New Music Roundup: Dead Trooper, Auroch, Project Mars, Ever Circling Wolves

Hello out there on the other side of the computer screen! How are things where you are? Here, it was a pretty typical Monday. Back to work, feeling half-asleep all day long, struggling to do simple things like remember my network password…

Sounds like lots of fun, doesn’t it? Yeah, not so much. Times like this, it’s pretty tough to stay focused on anything for very long. So just to warn you, this will end up being a pretty disjointed post! I’ve been hearing about upcoming new music from a bunch of different places over the past few days, so basically I’ve assembled a collection of previews for you — some you can listen to, some you can watch, and some you can download.

There’s a pretty wide variety in this assortment of songs, so chances are, you’ll find something here that appeals to you. If you see/hear something you find interesting, let me know! It’s always nice to know what resonates with you, the reader, so I can be sure to put more effort into stuff like that. And if you don’t find anything you like here, then definitely let me know, and I’ll try harder next time!

Anyway, here we go…





Dead Trooper

This “groovy, aggressive thrash metal” band from Norway (their words, not mine) were scheduled to play at the Wild Metal Festival (more info here) in Cancun, Mexico, earlier this month. They did make it to Mexico, they made it to the festival venue, and they even had the opportunity to get onstage and play through one song and part of a second. Unfortunately, though, at that point all hell broke loose!

Or more accurately, perhaps I should say all heaven broke loose — because at that moment, an enormous torrential downpour was unleashed, which was so severe that it ended up causing the remainder of the event to be cancelled. Eventually, Dead Trooper (and other musicians, some local, and some in town for the festival) ended up hanging out at a local biker bar where they played music and partied with some of the displaced fans. However, the band felt bad about the forced cancellation, and also felt that they owed the local metalheads a “thank you” for their hospitality.

Therefore, they decided to release No Tan En Vivo En Mexico, a “not so live” album, which they actually had recorded during their warm-up to the scheduled Wild Metal Fest show. Although performed in a studio, this album features the band running through their entire set as it would have been performed onstage at the event.

The album is scheduled to be released on vinyl through Hellish Records in September of this year, but one of the tracks (“Kiss of the Kannibal,” originally released on 2009’s Cynicist) can be heard right now, at the band’s Soundcloud page:

If you’d like to hear more of the band’s black-and-gothic-metal-influenced thrash, a few tracks from each of their last couple releases can be played OR DOWNLOADED FOR FREE right here.

Dead Trooper: website, Facebook, Myspace, Soundcloud, Youtube
Hellish Records: website




This Vancouver, BC, extreme death metal band, formed in 2008, has announced details about its forthcoming full-length debut, From Forgotten Worlds. For starters, they’ve revealed the cover art which you can see hanging out just above this paragraph. The release is set for sometime later this summer, presumably after they complete their July tour across western Canada.

The band just released this brief video with a whirlwind overview of the recording studio:


From Forgotten Worlds tracklisting:

1. From Forgotten Worlds
2. Fleshless Ascension (Paths of Dawn)
3. Slaves To A Flame Undying
4. Dregs Of Sanity
5. Talisman For Total Temporal Collapse
6. Terra Akeldama
7. Bloodborne Conspiracy
8. Tundra Moon


Auroch Canadian Abomination Tour:

13 July, 2012 – Armstrong, BC @ The Branding Iron w/ Odinfist, Breathe Knives
14 July, 2012 – Kamloops, BC @ Pogue Mahones w/ Fenrirs Thirst, Pangaia
16 July, 2012 – Lethbridge, AB @ The Slice w/ Psycomantium, The Avulsion
17 July, 2012 – Medicine Hat, AB @ Oly’s Pub (Headlining Medicine Hat Metal Fest) w/ Ted Bundy, The Avulsion, Barrows, Sinister Fiend, Trissection
18 July, 2012 – Leader, SK @ The Leader Inn w/ Naraka
29 July, 2012 – Edmonton, AB @ DV8 Tavern w/ Begrime Exemious
21 July, 2012 – Calgary, AB @ Vern’s w/ Begrime Exemious, Ominosity, Savage Streets, The Whore House Massacre

Auroch: Facebook, Bandcamp (includes a FREE download of “Astral King,” a demo track from 2011!)



Project Mars

These hard rockers from Ottawa, ON, have just released the title track from their debut full-length Don’t Hold Back. The album is scheduled to come out in September, but the single is available right now, and you can download it FOR FREE!

Dedicated to the bandmembers’ friend and former bassist who was sent into military service in Afghanistan, you can listen to this anthemic song — or grab yourself a free copy — right here:

You can also check out a lyric video for the song here:

Furthermore, Project Mars have just announced the dates for their upcoming Canadian summer tour…

July 13, 2012 – The Bull & Quench – North Bay, ON
July 14, 2012 – Victory Tavern – Timmins, ON
July 18, 2012 – Leps – Saskatoon, SK
July 19, 2012 – The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
July 20, 2012 – Squier’s Gastro Pub – Medicine Hat, AB
July 21, 2012 – Blind Beggar – Calgary, AB
July 22, 2012 – The Bone – Edmonton, AB
July 23, 2012 – Cheers – Red Deer, AB
July 24, 2012 – TBA – Vancouver, BC
July 26, 2012 – Iron Road Studio’s – Vancouver, BC
July 27, 2012 – Daves Sports Bar – Kelowna, BC
July 28, 2012 – Front Row Pub – Lethbridge, AB
July 29, 2012 – TBA – Regina, SK
July 31, 2012 – Shooters – Kenora, ON
Aug 1, 2012 – TBA – Marathon, ON
Aug 2, 2012 – Sunshine Tavern – Kapaskasuing, ON
Aug 3, 2012 – Canadian Nightclub – Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Aug 5, 2012 – Bovine Sex Club – Toronto, ON

Project Mars: Facebook, Reverbnation


Ever Circling Wolves

One of the best death/doom bands out there, in my opinion, these Finns should need no introduction to longtime readers of this blog. However, if you need a refresher, check out this review of last year’s EP Chapter III. That post also includes links to the band’s earlier full-length, The Silence from Your Room, which was without a doubt one of my favorite new CD acquisitions of the past year.

I guess it goes without saying that I’m really excited that these guys are in the middle of recording their next album. As I understand it, they’ve got all the drums tracked so far, and will be adding the other instruments and vocals in the near future. But for now, they’ve released demo versions of two songs, which they recorded live in the studio during the drum sessions.

The first of these, “Cœur,” was announced a couple of weeks ago, and I grabbed a copy of it but then got distracted by something else and forgot to share it with you!

I humbly apologize for that, but to make up for it, I’ll embed it here IN ADDITION TO the video and player for the second song (“One Joyless Night,” the original version of which appeared on the band’s debut release Picturesque, Petrified). This JUST was brought to my attention this afternoon, so recently that I haven’t even heard it yet, but I didn’t want to risk forgetting to pass it along to you readers again! So here are the songs…


“One Joyless Night”


Ever Circling Wolves: website, blog, Facebook


2 responses to “New Music Roundup: Dead Trooper, Auroch, Project Mars, Ever Circling Wolves

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