Iced Earth is set to begin the writing process of their 12th studio album in the spring 2015. After a short hiatus, (due to founder, chief songwriter, and guitarist Jon Schaffer's second cervical fusion surgery), the heavy metallers are planning their schedule for the remainder of the year. Iced Earth fans can expect the next album, tentatively entitled The Judas Goat, and the subsequent touring cycle to begin in early 2016, according to their latest update. Long time drummer Brent Smedley will be returning to the band for the recording and touring of the next album cycle.
New York experimental doom/sludgers Unearthly Trance have announced via their Facebook page recently that they're back together. Two local shows have been booked on July 17th at The Acheron in Brooklyn and July 21st with Primitive Man at Sinclairs in Long Island. Some more shows are in the works for the North East dates in August as well as a soon to be announced festival in California. The band also announced that they've also begun work on what will be their sixth full length album.
Sludge metal band Earthship is currently touring in Europe in support of their latest album Withered. Unfortunately, they will have to continue the tour as a three-piece because their guitarist Marcel Schulz injured himself in the knee in a show in Hungary. The band is still playing a few shows in Germany, France and The Netherlands.
The Finns Barren Earth have shared the second track off their impending new opus On Lonely Towers. After showcasing the long title track, now they have launched a lyric video for their brand new song "A Shapeless Derelict". You can enjoy the 7-minute track from the progressive death metallers right here now and share your impressions.
After joining Century Media Records, the Finns Barren Earth have now shared the first track from their new record. The progressive death metal outfit, now reinforced by Faroese native lead singer Jón Aldará, launched the title track of their upcoming third full-length. The album will be entitled On Lonely Towers and will be released on March 30th, 2015 in Europe and March 24th in North America. Enjoy the 11-minute song below and share your impressions of the music.
Good news for Barren Earth fans today. The progressive death metallers have a new label home: Century Media Records. More importantly, Barren Earth recently finished the recordings for their third studio album which is scheduled to be released in early 2015. More details on that will be released shortly. Do you have high hopes for the successor of The Devil's Resolve? According to the group, this will be by far their best album.
Here is another great festival coming to California. After the California Deathfest 2015 was announced, now it's time for Psycho California Festival 2015 which will happen at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California, from May 15th-17th, 2015. Why should you go? Well, for starters, Kylesa, Om, Russian Circles, Earth, Eyehategod, Pallbearer, Subrosa, to name just a few, are performing. And that is just the beginning folks!
After the release of their latest effort, Primitive And Deadly, American psychedelic/drone trio Earth is excited to announce a headlining European and UK tour for next January/February. Joining them for support on this tour will be Black Spirituals and Don McGreevy & Rogier Smal Duo. The complete list of confirmed tour dates can be found down under.
Unearth also premiered new music today. While the metalcore outfit hasn't released a new album since 2011 Darkness In The Light, they are now gearing up to release Watchers Of Rule. The new offering will be out on October 28th via eOne Music. In anticipation, the group has debuted online a new track, "The Swarm." Check it out below and let us know what you think about it.
Drone doom providers Earth are pleased to announce a full US tour in support of their upcoming new effort, Primitive And Deadly, to be released on September 2nd via Southern Lord Recordings. Opening act on all dates will be King Dude and tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am local time. Additionally, Earth had already confirmed a set of European summer tour dates, which can be found below the US tour list.
US droners, Earth, announced that their newest song "From The Zodiacal Light" is currently streaming over at Pitchfork. The song is taken from Earth's forthcoming album, called Primitive And Deadly, which is due out in September via Southern Lord. You can stream the song here.
Unfortunately, Iced Earth will have to cancel this summer's festivals and headline shows. The group's mastermind and guitarist Jon Schaffer will undergo neck surgery again, for a problem he has sustained for quite some time. He was advised to do the surgery as fast as possible. Hopefully, Schaffer can have a full recovery.
Drone doom metallers Earth have announced their full August European tour dates and also confirmed that they will be previewing songs from their next record to be titled Primitive And Deadly. The output is coming out worldwide this September on Southern Lord Recordings (with a final street date to be announced shortly). This new studio album follows Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II. Also, check out their upcoming tour dates below.
Beneath the burden of their fans' anticipation with regards to the new vocalist, Barren Earth plans to enter the studio in March to partially record the follow-up to their 2012 release, The Devil's Resolve. Due to keyboardist Kasper Mårtenson's schedule conflicts, they will return to the studio to finish off the album later in the year. Jón Aldará, who stepped in for renowned Swallow The Sun frontman Mikko Kotamäki, hails from Faroe Islands doom metal band Hamferð. You can read up on the subject over here and here.