New album announcement roundup: Steven Wilson, Bloodbath, Leviathan, Clutch, Symphony X, Fuck the Facts

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First and definitely foremost, prog mastermind Steven Wilson and his band are currently working on a new album in AIR Studios in London. Scroll up to see a photo of the devilishly handsome master at work, and check out his Facebook page for twenty more. That’s all the official information we have right now, but here’s some unofficial information: it’s going to be really, really good. How do I know that? Simple statistics, that’s how. Are you familiar with his catalog? It is vast and primarily unspotted. Look forward to this one early next year.


 

Bloodbath and GMFtheir record label have been stirring up a lot of brouhaha about who’s going to be handling vocal duties on the first album since Åkerfeldt’s departure, mainly in the veritably annoying form of “YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHO LOL.” I and many others grow weary of their games. Apparently they’re going to reveal his identity on September 16th. All I can say is that, with all this hype, he better be Fabio Lione or something.

Good news for fans of the band is that they’ve announced the title and release date. Grand Morbid Funeral will hit the shelves on November 17th. Bad news for fans of the band is that this album cover is lame. Anders “Blakkheim” Nyström (guitarist):

“We’re proud of all these different styled releases and we loved doing each and every one of them, but the objective was never to settle with a certain style, so our time has come to shift once more. It was already decided right after the last album that the next record would not become The Fathomless Mastery part two, but in certain aspects it would actually become its antithesis. So prepare for an ultimate blueprint of destructive, raw, heavy, organic, and sludgy death metal.”


Wrest

 

In a recent interview with Jef Whitehead of Leviathan over at Steel for Brains, he revealed that his follow-up to True Traitor, True Whore will be released via Profound Lore in early 2015 and that it will probably be titled Scar Sighted. As far as what you should expect, here’s what he said:

“I feel like I was much more prepared for this record: working out arrangements, harmonies, lyrics beforehand. As with a lot of LVTHN material, I’m trying to play above my musical abilities. There’s a lot of death metal played around the house, and I think maybe it shows on this record.”

There’s him wielding a torch and giving you the inverted finger. Let’s hope the guy can stay out of trouble until then.


 

According to this here source, there is a new Clutch album coming our way. Clutch front-man and all-around hardass Neil Fallon only said that they’re going to “take October, November and December off to finish up writing and pre-production” for the new album. That’s really all I know. I thought I’d include it because who in their right mind doesn’t love Clutch? Here’s the interview if you have deep-seeded trust issues:


 

Lastly, since I know we have some Symphony X fans in the house toilet, bassist Michael LePond said in a long video interview with United Rock Nations that you shouldn’t watch that the band is entering the studio this week and that they hope to have their new album out come springtime. He went on to say the album “has a lot of classic Symphony X elements in it, which I think a lot of our fans were missing for a few years. So I think our fans will really like this one. It really just focuses on solid songwriting.” We shall see.


Totally last minute update: Canadian grind warriors Fuck the Facts have a new EP dropping October 1st. It’s called Abandoned and you can preorder it digitally here or preorder a very limited edition cassette (only 100 printed) if you’re one of those people. (h/t 365 Days of Horror)

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  • Bloodbath’s new singer is either going to be “oh, cool” or Corey Taylor / David Draiman.

    • M Shadows!

      NOPE IT WILL BE ME!! DON’T TELL ANYONE ITS A SECRET!

      -M Shadows!

    • Dëpütÿ Dïpshït

      OH WAH AH AH AH!

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    The Raven that Refused to Sing was probably my favorite album of last year. Can’t wait for the followup!

    • I somehow missed the boat on that so I’m listening now. Very interesting.

      • Nine Inch Males

        That album/incarnation of the SW band is the real fucking deal. 6 tracks, recorded in 6 days. Goes through so much yet still feels concise.

        And live…jesus christ. Never seen a tighter performance. Keyboardist Adam Holzman played with Miles Davis in the 80s and said the SW band was the most consistently on-point group he’s ever played with. And every single solo (except for Deform To Form a Star) was different and orgasmic.

        And I just came.

    • my fellow PT brother, do you have their Anesthetize blu-ray? it’s rocket of the highest order.
      i recommended Don’t Hate Me to Howard “Byah” Dean, who’s never heard any of their music. that’s a good starting point right?

      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        I am pretty sure I have seen it, but I’ll go scope out a video to see if it sparks my memory. I know I was psyched for the concert dvd of the incident because they filmed it at the venue I was at, but it took them like 3 years to put out and it was a weird special release thing so I never saw it 🙁 I did see them during the Anesthetize tour though.

        • i never seen them live, and now i never will 🙁
          just buy that blu-ray mate, it’s worth every penny!!

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            Are you sure they are like done forever? I was pretty sure they were just taking an extended break.

            Edit from Wikipedia:
            While not formally broken up, they also have no particular reformation plans beyond “someday”, with members all working on separate projects, and Wilson committing himself to his solo work through most of 2015.

          • i’m not sure, it just seems like when bands go as quiet as they have — and with the lead vocalist pursuing so many other solo efforts — that the inertia starts dissipating.
            i hope they’re not finished!!

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            He has always been involved in 100 things at once, I am pretty confident they can still make another solid album.

      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        Also I haven’t listened to Stupid Dream in a very long time. Good song, but I don’t know if it is the bet starting point. I’d start with something like Blackest Eyes?

        • In Absentia was my entry to the band. FoaBP is my favorite album of theirs. The Incident was just pretty good (which is bad for P.T.)

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            In Absentia was my entry to the band. FoaBP is my favorite album of
            theirs. The Incident was just pretty good (which is bad for P.T.)
            (I just copied and pasted because everything you said also applies to me)

          • LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! high five bro

    • Metaphysical Anus

      In my opinion it’s his best solo album so far.

  • W.

    I have a serious beard-boner for Neil Fallon.

    • Hardest working band in rock-n-roll? Could be.

      • W.

        I love Clutch so much. Srs.

    • RustyShackleford

      it’s fucking beautiful

    • Mother Shabubu III

      They say underneath Neil Fallon’s beard….is a chin.

      For whatever reason, I’ve always wanted to hear Clutch go uncharacteristically heavy so Neil can yell like he did on “Blood and Thunder”.

      • Phuo

        Heavier than Transnational Speedway League or the Impetus EP? Thats unpossible.

        • W.

          Oh man. Binge and Purge!

  • Scrimm

    Bloodbath’s new vocalist will be Jorgen Sandstrom. I’d bet money.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      even though he is not on vocals for the new bloodbath swano is the most versatile talented guy in extreme music. Great vocalist, plays every instrument, excellent songwriter, producer extraordinaire ( his production credits are as long as my arm – and some MAJOR bands too) Basically the jimmy page of extreme metal production. Plus the best part ? No hissy fits, pissing and moaning or bellyaching about how he got screwed over. A GODLIKE talent who is as humble as he is talented.

      • Scrimm

        I really wish he was on the new one. He is my favorite producer too, If we had the money we would definitely be using him.

  • Nine Inch Males

    Stevennnnnn *sploooggeeee*

  • Howard Dean

    I’m super excited for new Leviathan. I felt like True Traitor, True Whore was sort of a kneejerk pissed off reactionary album, and that it suffered because of that. The way Jef described the new album has me keen to hear it. He said to expect more death metal influence/sound, as he and his wife have been playing a lot of death metal around the house. True story.

    If anyone is interested and gets a chance to, read the interview with Jef Whitehead/Wrest over on Steel for Brains. It’s very good.

    EDIT: Here’s the interview: http://www.steelforbrains.com/post/97137227537/jef-whitehead

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Fucktards leave the hall!

      *leaves the hall*

      • Howard Dean

        *leaves right behind you*

    • Keegan Lavern Still

      It’s nice to know that he’s happier and in a better frame of mind after watching that “One Man Metal” documentary. Does a misanthrope’s heart good.

  • sweetooth0

    Looks like I’m one of those people…

    New Fuck the Facts tape pre-ordered!

    • Keegan Lavern Still

      Even i you can’t play it, at least it makes a nice little collector’s item. And a cheap one at that.

      • sweetooth0

        scored a tape deck for 25bucks at my local record shop, so I can even play it!

  • Cock ov Steele

    Symphony X! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  • Howard Dean

    Fun (fuck the) facts: I’ve never listened to a single second of Porcupine Tree or Fuck the Facts.

    • #DeanFacts

      Porcupine Tree was my favorite band of all. then they called it quits for a reason NOBODY KNOWS!!! (see my whining above).

      don’t blow your load on their 17-minute masterpiece Anesthetize, that’ll come later. for now, check out Don’t Hate Me (warning, if you don’t like Pink Floyd you may hate PT):

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO3OX82qKns

      • Metaphysical Anus

        “17-minute masterpiece Anesthetize”. Jimmy, you just got more points.

        • W.

          Fear of a Blank Planet = Brilliance.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            You are one handsome man!

          • W.

            Awww, shucks!

        • do i have a positive number yet?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I’m pretty sure you’ve never had a negative score.

          • Edward Meehan

            NOT EVEN CLOSE TO NEGATIVE

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Please don’t yell at me. I’m a sensitive guy deep down.

      • Howard Dean

        I’ll delve into this bad boy when I have a little time and can really listen to it (i.e. when I’m not in my office and surrounded by lifeloving coworkers).

        • Xan

          They’re just the worst.

    • Edward Meehan

      Fvck The Facts might be worth checking out for their band name alone, if not musical merits lol

      • Howard Dean

        To be honest, I’d probably find something I like about both Porcupine Tree and Fuck the Facts. I’d probably enjoy some (if not most) of their stuff. I’m just finding myself so strapped for free time to listen to new music that I’ve become a discriminating consumer.

        This is where being a “physical media only” guy helps. I may consume a smaller swath of music, since I’m not finding 75 new bands a day via every streaming service known to mankind, but I really delve into the shit I choose to consume. I like to give things many a fair shakes. I listen to albums repeatedly. I like to know who is making the music, what the band members are like, what the band history is, and what other bands they sound like. I like to read interviews with bands and reviews for albums.

        Since I can’t listen to music all day, I’m reduced to being picky and choosy about what I listen to. I almost have a reluctance to delve into something new (to me) that’s as colossal as Porcupine Tree, as I know it’s a pretty sizeable discography of dense proggy material, and it would take me a long time to really listen to it all. But maybe someday, when I’m feeling like I’m ready to tackle a monster.

        • Edward Meehan

          I hear you there. I’m super into music, have been for eons. Still, I feel like I listen to a shred of music compared to many of our esteemed colleagues, despite using streaming services, just based on work and adult obligations etc.

          We also were just talking about this a little recently, and I think the glut of music available dulls the consumer to some degree. I can listen to practically anything I want to musically within moments and a few clicks of my mouse. If I were inclined I could download high quality full length albums in mere minutes. Are a lot of these bands good? Yes. Are many of them great and worth our time? Absolutely. There are just so many. I was thinking of writing an OpEd about this but I know in the last couple of years at least a couple of good ones have been done, but, it is a subject I may like to tackle.

          • W.

            I honestly don’t even try to keep up with all the stuff Tyree posts. @disqus_SuTZzQbXC5:disqus, I’m really reluctant to spend a lot of time listening to EPs because I typically don’t feel that they give me a good representation of what a band sounds like or is trying to achieve. Therefore, if a group only has splits and two-song EPs on bandcamp, I’m much more likely to overlook them in favor of a group with full-lengths I can really sink my teeth into. I think metal is best absorbed in full length format, listening to an album front to back.

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            I agree with this, I have gotten excited by too many EPs in the past, only for the band to disappear before they release anything else.

          • Howard Dean

            I actually really love splits and EPs. The EP is a great format and length. There is no filler. Bands that are good at it can make an EP better than a lot of albums. Look at a lot of full length albums. There are probably a few songs on there that suck ass, and you either skip them or space out when they come on. If you cut this shitstains, you’d be left with an EP length of the best tracks. And that EP would kick ass.

            Now, I prefer a full length to an EP, too, when the full length is quality. But a mediocre/average full length is never better than an outstanding EP. I’d put either of Bolzer’s EPs or any Deathspell Omega EP up against any full length. They are that good.

            And, you can listen to an EP three times in a row in (usually) an hour or so. And split albums are just good unclean fun. I was actually thinking about tackling an article about splits or EPs, since they are so prevalent in underground black and death metal.

          • W.

            I’d read that. I guess I just like seeing how a band tries to fully flesh-out an artistic vision with a full length, but I see where you’re coming from.

          • Edward Meehan

            … Yellow Eyes has an EP that is two tracks, 20 minutes long, that is fantastic. I think I picked it up on Bandcamp!

        • Keegan Lavern Still

          I’m largely the same. I obsessively immerse myself in the stuff that I really like while still listening to anything and everything else that piques my interest. For example, I got the last Twilight album about a month before its release date from the Atlas Moth on a one-off show before their tour with the Ocean, and I spun that shit so much that my housemates at the time could make out the individual songs without knowing their names or the band by the time it was officially released. Same with the new Behemoth and Septicflesh, among others, minus getting them early.

        • don’t tell anybody this, but when people are sharing 10 new bands on bandcamp a day, it’s just so difficult for anyone band to stand out. i forget most of them next day

          • W.

            I usually just end up checking out one or two of them.

    • Paris Hilton

      Why Fuck The Facts? Facts cannot be fucked, facts don’t even got titties. The dream is to fuck an 11/10 grad student.

      • W.

        There are no hot grad students.

        • Paris Hilton

          🙁

        • Edward Meehan

          Wha… ?

    • Sponge Of Mystery

      me either

  • screw Steven Wilson.
    his projects are so … pretentious i guess.
    i want Porcupine Tree! i want gavin, richard, colin, and chris. they’re all important, not just steven. 🙁 🙁 🙁

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Don’t say that about him! He is above us all! If there is a god, it’s Steven Wilson!

    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      I am bored to tears by almost all of his side projects, but his most recent album was unreal.

  • Evan Clutson

    Bring back Swano to do vocals.

    And tell him to make a Crimson III

    • old_man_doom

      Bring back Swano for THE RIFFS, SON. And vocals, of course.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    If I were gay, I’d have sex with Steven Wilson.

    • I’d probably do it anyways.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        One just can’t resist him.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      But would he sex you back?

      • Metaphysical Anus

        You present a good question. Unfortunately, this is not for me to know. Only the mighty Steven Wilson knows.

      • (i’ll put in a recommendation)

    • Paris Hilton

      If I were gay, I’d probably dress a lot better.

    • before or after Ryan Gossling?

  • CyberneticOrganism

    EXCELLENT. Also, that header pic looks like the goddamned coolest studio ever.

  • old_man_doom

    “So prepare for an ultimate blueprint of destructive, raw, heavy, organic, and sludgy death metal.”

    Usually I can see right through this kind of baiting, but coming from Bloodbath, it gets me all warm and fuzzy on the inside.

    • Keegan Lavern Still

      The “sludgy” pronoun makes that warm fuzzy feeling a touch moist for me.

  • LVTHN FTW

    • Wizard Aura

      HVHV

  • Paris Hilton

    Beards are out in metal, pubes are in!

    BUY COME ALIVE!

    -Paris Hilton

    • Metaphysical Anus

      I’ve never cared about what’s in or out. Beards for life!

    • Beards are essentially face pubes, so REJOICE!!!

  • Dammit i need a turntable in my office….streaming youtube just doesn’t cut it when i need to abuse my coworkers with sonic confusion.

  • Paris Hilton

    Ok, really though, can we talk about why the lyric in The Light That Blinds by Shadows Fall at 2:17 is “Get the Fashion Police! When lifting weights!” (once you hear it you will never unhear it).

    • Just pulled it up. You are correct.

      • Paris Hilton

        Have I ever been incorrect?

        • W.

          Never

          • Paris Hilton

            Also near the start of Hate Incarnate by The Project Hate (who I listen to because I hate the possibility of being a prep XD m/) they add a sample of the sound an A&W counter makes when your onion rings are done. On that note, A&W onion rings are the most underrated fast food side!

            PERIOD!!!

            *Flushes Arby’s because it is shit before it even enters your body*

          • W.

            I haven’t been to an A&W in foreeeever. I hardly eat fast food anymore.

          • Paris Hilton

            I’m a fitness nut on the outside but a fat kid on the inside. I LOOOOVVEEE me my fast food! The new double bacon cheese at McDicks is one of the best $2 burgers I’ve ever had.

    • whoa, this might be the first time people have talked about Shadows Fall in quite the number of years…

      • Paris Hilton

        Due to the fact that people have been kidnapped by The Fashion Police during their workouts! #wakeupsheeple

  • Paris Hilton

    HEY! Speaking of James Labrie, anybody remember this piece of shit music video? This fucking video makes me lol everytime! Shit looks like it was animated from a calculator, even The General Insurance has better animation than this laughable gem!
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NOw2kLzE-5k

  • Mother Shabubu III

    Dat Fuck Da Faktz sounds juicy.

    PS: Fuck Da Faktz = best nu metal band name ever never to be use by a nu metal band.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    Yay, a new Symphony X album!

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    I’m excited about the Symphony X album and the vinyl reissue of the one Aerosmith album I like called Rock In A Hard Place. I enjoy that album much more than I should.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Just to be clear, Leviathan and LVTHN are two different bands. And both are awesome sauce.

    LVTHN: http://bandcamp.fallenempirerecords.com/album/adversarialism

    Leviathan:
    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=zGGlXhx2u3U

  • Tyree

    Leviathan and Fuck the Facts… BYAY!!!!

  • crazytaco_12

    Yo, you should mention on here that Anacrusis frontman Kenn Nardi is finally releasing his solo album (that was supposed to be the new Anancrusis album, but he couldn’t legally/morally call it that). For anyone interested, limited advance copies and digital downloads available November 4th, major release available January 13th! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203772133816067&set=a.1403784146878.51357.1600607283&type=1&theater&notif_t=photo_reply

  • Mike

    It makes me happy on a Monday morning to hear Steven Wilson and Symphony X are back in the studio. The Odyssey and Divine Wings of Tragedy wrecked me when I frst heard them.