Archive for October, 2012

FEAR FACTORY: The Industrialist Video Premieres At Metal Injection

Metal Injection has premiered the full length version of Fear Factory’s video for the song “The Industrialist” at THIS LOCATION.

The video, directed/edited by James Zahn, utilizes live footage of the band against a visual backdrop that pulls topical subjects from the story written by Burton C. Bell that served as inspiration for the band’s latest album. Released on June 5, the concept-driven The Industrialist was released on CD, vinyl, and digibook; the later includes the entire Bell story and illustrations by the vocalist. Limited copies of the digibook remain available at select retailers.

Fear Factory has been touring non-stop with only 16 shows on US soil since the release of The Industrialist. Making stops in Venezuela, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and next week set to embark on their second European trek (a 41-city endeavor with support coming from Devin Townsend), Bell with guitarist Dino Cazares, bassist Matt DeVries, and drummer Mike Heller are one well-tuned performance machine. Their set currently consists of selections from The Industrialist, 2010’s Mechanize, and classics from the Fear Factory vault. Cazares notes, “We are beyond pumped to bring this new leg of the World Industrialist tour cycle overseas with a mighty package. We have added a few classics which have not been in our set list for some time. We are ready to unleash the new Machine’s of Hate unto all.”

A part of “The Industrialist” video was revealed earlier this year leading up to the release of the album. Over half a million views of the excerpt has been logged to date. Now with the full video, the visual door to the concepts presented on the album are available for music fans to experience. Bell says, “We allowed James to take his time to create the video so that he could match his expertise with the conceptual imagery that was written in ‘The Industrialist.’ Being that he has been a long-time fan of Fear Factory, he understood the nature of the FF-machine; the concepts, imagery, and history. I believe he achieved a new era for Fear Factory video concepts.”

As a long-time fan of Fear Factory, director James Zahn knew his work on “The Industrialist” would be enhanced by his extensive knowledge of the band. “Growing up listening to Fear Factory and being captivated with the heavy industrial scene of the 1990s, the one thing that always stuck with me was the accompanying visual aspect.” He continues by affirming, “those videos that featured stock footage intercut with live performance clips were such a staple of the time and helped in editing ‘The Industrialist.’ Broken technology working alongside machinery in the midst of social change served as inspiration.”

Fear Factory has confirmed the first of many shows expected for 2013; a home town show at Key Club in Los Angeles on January 26. Tickets are on sale now HERE. Prong, Thrown Into Exile, and Scrap Metal will open the show. It will be the band’s first performance in Los Angeles in over two years.

Fear Factory tour dates for the remainder of 2012 are:

  • 10/27/2012 Rock City – Nottingham, England
  • 10/28/2012 Quarterhouse – Folkestone, England
  • 10/29/2012 La Laiterie – Strasbourg, France
  • 10/30/2012 Kulturfabrik – Esch-Suralzette, Luxembourg
  • 10/31/2012 Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany
  • 11/02/2012 Alborg Metal Festival – Alborg, Denmark
  • 11/04/2012 Betong – Oslo, Norway
  • 11/06/2012 The Circus – Helsinki, Finland
  • 11/07/2012 The Circus – Helsinki, Finland
  • 11/08/2012 Pakkahuone – Tampere, Finland
  • 11/11/2012 Amager Bio – Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 11/12/2012 C Club – Berlin, Germany
  • 11/13/2012 Essigfabrik – Koln, Germany
  • 11/14/2012 Substage – Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 11/16/2012 Barbey Club – Bordeaux, France
  • 11/17/2012 Plateruena – Durango, Spain
  • 11/18/2012 Hard Club – Porto, Portugal
  • 11/19/2012 Paradise Garage – Lisbon, Portugal
  • 11/20/2012 Fanatic – Seville, Spain
  • 11/22/2012 Penelope – Madrid, Spain
  • 11/23/2012 Rock City – Valencia, Spain
  • 11/24/2012 Le Rockstore – Montpellier, France
  • 11/25/2012 Magazzini Generali – Milan, Italy
  • 11/26/2012 27 – Pratteln, Switzerland
  • 11/28/2012 Backstage Halle/Werk Arena – Munchen, Germany
  • 11/29/2012 Arena – Vienna, Austria
  • 11/30/2012 Kino Siska – Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 12/01/2012 Boogaloo – Zagreb, Croatia
  • 12/02/2012 A38 – Budapest, Hungary
  • 12/04/2012 Progresja – Warsaw, Poland
  • 12/05/2012 Eskulap – Poznan, Poland
  • 12/06/2012 Republic Roxy – Prague, Czech
  • 12/08/2012 Christmas Metal Festival – Geiselwind, Germany
  • 12/09/2012 Metal Fest – Klokgebouw, Holland
  • 12/10/2012 Bataclan – Paris, France
  • 12/11/2012 Trix – Antwerp, Belgium
  • 12/13/2012 Wulfrum Hall – Wolverhampton, England
  • 12/14/2012 ABC – Glasgow, Scotland
  • 12/15/2012 Ritz – Manchester, England
  • 12/16/2012 Academy – Bristol, England
  • 12/17/2012 Mo’ Club – Southhampton, England
  • 12/18/2012 London KoKo – London, England

ANAAL NATHRAKH: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Todos Somos Humanos”

Today, Decibel Magazine offers up the inimitable ear-laceration that is “Todos Somos Humanos” from Birmingham blackened grindcore miscreants, Anaal Nathrakh. The tune comes from the band’s forthcoming Vanitas full-length, scheduled for North American release through Candlelight Records on November 6.

Witness “Todos Somos Humanos” at THIS LOCATION.

Vanitas has been reaping critical accolades domestically and abroad. In an early review of the record, Teeth Of The Divine commends Vanitas, calling it, “…easily the band’s best and most violent effort since Eschaton, both production and song-wise. There are quite literally times during the album where I shuddered with a tangible ‘whoa,’ as it melds that album’s seething, regal neo-grind with the debut’s harsh, caustic atmosphere, resulting in paint-peeling, ear shredding elegance and savagery that few, if any, bands can match.” The Digital Fix notes, “Turning up the grindcore elements of their sound, they blast through a set of tunes so utterly destructive that, with a heady mix of machine-gun blastbeats, sickening riffs and a mix perfectly balanced to bring out the murderous intent below, proves to be another highlight in a particularly vintage twelve months for metal,” while The Examiner proclaims, “If hell had a sound track, Vanitas would be the extended version.” Adds Stereokiller in a perfect 5/5 review: Anaal Nathrakh have it all going on throughout Vanitas. Whether you’re into industrial, death, melodic or black metal they seem to cover every aspect of the spectrum.”

Earlier this month, BrooklynVegan unveiled “Forging Towards the Sunset,” which is still available for your listening fix at THIS LOCATION. Coinciding with the release of Vanitas, Anaal Nathrakh will tour Canada for the first time beginning in Montreal on November 7. Full tour dates are available on the band and Candlelight’s official Facebook pages.


VISION OF DISORDER: Record Release Show To Be Filmed For LIHC Documentary

This weekend, Vision Of Disorder’s hometown release show for their commended new record The Cursed Remain Cursed will be filmed for inclusion in a video documentary on the Long Island hardcore community!

Currently being constructed by director Chris Lilli, Long Island Hardcore Documentary will showcase artists from the founding acts of the movement to today’s modern icons from the expansive Long Island scene, including Indecision, Silent Majority, Milhouse, Kill Your Idols, Backtrack, Neglect, Mind Over Matter and tons more. VOD frontman Tim Williams stated this week: “We will be shooting live from the Ollie’s point show and we want strong island to represent in all forms!” Anybody in the NYC area should not miss the disorder this show will surely provide.

Vision Of Disorder Live:

  • 10/19/2012 Club Revolution – Long Island, NY
  • 1/24/2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY w/ Primitive Weapons, Yuppicide

The first album from the band in over a decade, The Cursed Remain Cursed was released September 18th via Candlelight Records. One of the most dynamic and cleverly destructive releases in VOD’s twenty year history, the album surges with over forty minutes of brand new material, produced by Will Putney (Shadows Fall, Suicide Silence) and mixed by Cameron Webb (Motörhead, Social Distortion), and is already an instant classic with longtime fans of the band.


DAYLIGHT DIES: Premiere “Dreaming of Breathing” Video Via Metal Injection

As American doom metal unit Daylight Dies release their forth studio full-length, A Frail Becoming, via Candlelight Records this week, the band’s brand new video for the album is today unveiled via Metal Injection.

Constructed for the album’s epic fourth track, “Dreaming of Breathing,” the video was directed by Ramon Boutviseth, who Daylight Dies have previously worked with. Stated drummer Jesse Haff on the course taken in bringing the video to fruition: “We worked with director Ramon Boutviseth back in 2006 when he filmed the ‘Lies the Bind’ video. We were blown away by what he delivered, and by his talents and ambition. We knew without hesitation he was who we wanted to work with for the ‘Dreaming of Breathing’ video. It was important the video not only visually matched the aesthetic of the album art, but also communicate at least metaphorically some of the meaning behind the song. He filmed the narrative bits in Malibu, California, and the band shots in a small studio with no air conditioning during a sweltering hot evening in North Carolina. We think the end result is gorgeous and fitting, and are just so pleased to have worked with Ramon and his team once again.”

Delve into the visual version of the beautiful, pummeling “Dreaming of Breathing” at Metal Injection RIGHT HERE.

Fans can also listen to “A Final Vestige” from the album at the Candlelight Records Soundcloud page AT THIS LOCATION, as well as the opening track “Infidel” at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.

One of the premiere acts of the genre to hail from the continent, Daylight Dies have amassed a dedicated following through their live performances and multitude of releases and LPs since the mid-‘90s. On October 9th the band will release their fourth album, A Frail Becoming, onto the North American masses. Yielding nearly fifty minutes of the band’s tumultuous, orchestrated doom metal superiority, as always flooded with as much emotion as aggression, A Frail Becoming is the band’s most accomplished work to date. The album was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Katatonia, Devin Townsend), the packaging bearing photography from award-winning Jonathan Mehring in a layout designed by Agni Kaster.

Stay tuned for pending tour actions and more over the coming months as Daylight Dies head out in support of A Frail Becoming once again in early 2013.


ANAAL NATHRAKH: New Track Premiere Courtesy Of BrooklynVegan

Today BrooklynVegan brings you the ear-gorging sounds of “Forging Towards the Sunset” from Birmingham blackened grindcore instigators, Anaal Nathrakh. The exclusive track premiere comes from the band’s forthcoming Vanitas full-length, set for North American release through Candlelight Records on November 6.

Anaal Nathrakh’s seventh album, “sounds like someone showing you what the end of the world is like via the medium of a thousand hammers soaked in acid,” according to vocalist Dave Hunt, adding ”it’s more articulate and focused than any album before it in way of composition and recording technique. We worked hard and we’re convinced it has paid off.”

Witness “Forging Towards the Sunset” at THIS LOCATION.

Anaal Nathrakh was spawned in 1999 and has since earned a reputation for embodying the audio essence of pure evil. Various collaborations with the likes of Sethlans Teitan (Watain), Shane Embury and Danny Herrera (Napalm Death), and others, have placed the band high on media and metal fans’ “must seek out” list. This alongside countless placements in “Best Album Of The Month/Year” awards, Anaal Nathrakh’s status as one of the leading lights in extreme metal is undeniable.

“Anaal Nathrakh’s fascinating combo of black metal, grindcore and soaring, borderline-operatic vocals have carved a niche of their own over six full lengths.” – BrooklynVegan

“Anaal Nathrakh are one of the best bands out there when it comes to evoking horror and terror.” — MetalSucks