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Red Cain Offering Free Song Download

After unleashing a self-titled EP this past November (which netted the band a spot on our look at the best cover art of 2016), Red Cain is now offering a free download of the "Guillotine" track.

Grab a copy at PureGrainAudio here. Red Cain also has an upcoming show date in the band's hometown of Calgary, AB on January 7th for the first annual Winter War at Distortion.

The band has returned to the scene after a two year hiatus and lineup change that now features orchestration guru William Lancaster, along with the multi-instrumentalist Rogan McAndrews, joining founding band members Evgeniy Zayarny, Nikita Ryzhenkov plus Samuel Royce. More...

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The Best Heavy Metal Cover Art From 2016

Every year in December we cover the best and worst of metal with a focus on recorded material and live releases, but what frequently gets lost in the shuffle is an integral part of all things metal: the artwork.

While the prominence of physical media that you actually handle and admire while listening to an album has faded with the advent of digital distribution, cover artwork remains a core and iconic part of the heavy music experience across all sub-genres.

From frozen occult black metal to the most over-the-top fantasy power metal, the artwork is the first thing people are going to notice, and the artists deserve more recognition than they typically get.

Our roundup of the most memorable art last year saw jaw-dropping pieces from the likes of Marco Hassman, Par Oloffson, and the increasingly prolific Seth Siro Anton. This year will feature a markedly contrasted lineup of artists and bands as we explore drastically different styles that all express thematic ideas in amazingly divergent ways.

Some art this year was memorable for more negative reasons. Freedom Call, Devildriver, Gojira, and Metallica in particular all had less-than-stellar or head-scratching cover artwork this time around. We'll (mostly) be skipping that sort of memorability below, and instead focusing on things that looked amazing or were too bizarre to ignore.

Alkerdeel – Lede

We have to start here with Alkerdeel's “Lede” cover crafted by Luchtrat, an artist I'd never heard of before who does a variety of graphic designing online. I seriously haven't been able to stop thinking about this cover all year long from the moment I first laid bewildered eyes upon it.

Is it a joke? Is it completely serious? Is it taking square aim at the sort of people who would wonder about the difference? It's both minimalist and somehow simultaneously complex. It's a childish idea presented very simply – a demon taking aim and farting – but also seems to be so much more. Is it a comment on the pointlessness and absurdity of life? Is it meant to be lighthearted or threatening? Are we supposed to be taking something away from the stripped down color scheme and the blank spaces between the lines?

I have no idea if this was even the intention, but this artist caused something of an existential crisis for me. I have to wonder if somewhere there's a farting demon currently laughing about that fact.

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Red Cain Streaming New Release

Red Cain is proud to unleash a self-titled EP today (November 25th) via iTunes, CD Baby, and Bandcamp. You can also stream all of "Red Cain" below.

The band returns to the scene after a two year hiatus and line up change that now features orchestration guru William Lancaster along with the talented multi-instrumentalist Rogan McAndrews joining founding band members Evgeniy Zayarny, Nikita Ryzhenkov plus Samuel Royce. The group comments on this EP's release:

"Red Cain" is a concept album, with the tracks mirroring the four 'Faces of Man.' Guillotine is War. Dead Aeon Requiem is Ascendance. Hiraeth is Yearning, future and past. Unborn is the Primordial.

"It is with a great sense of pride, anticipation, and optimism that we finally reveal these four songs - our first quality thrust at the musical abyss, and our first challenge to you, the fans, as well as ourselves. There are lyrical, musical, and thematic layers to be discovered within these tracks; they are as much a reflection of their creators as of the subject matter, and, as often happens in music, we came out much changed on the other end. If we can instill even a small portion of that change within you, the listeners, that will make all of this worthwhile. More...

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Red Cain Offering Free Download

Calgary, AB's Red Cain will release a debut self-titled EP on November 25th, but before it drops the band has teamed up with PureGrainAudio.com for an exclusive free download of the track "Dead Aeon Requiem."

"Dead Aeon Requiem" is the second single off the band's upcoming debut and follows previously released track "Hiraeth" that can be heard via a playthrough video here. The new release's track listing is as follows:

1. Guillotine (6:12)
2. Dead Aeon Requiem (5:45)
3. Hiraeth (5:17)
4. Unborn (7:03) More...

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Red Cain Posts "Hiraeth" Playthrough

Calgary, AB's Red Cain just released a playthrough for first single "Hiraeth," taken off an upcoming self-titled debut EP set for release on November 25th. The track was written as an anthem to glorious ages past, driven by the band's Eastern European roots.

Enveloped in Slavic mythology and imagery, "Red Cain" takes the listener into an era where mysticism and sorcery coexisted with sharp steel, pagan hymns, and a still-present yearning for the restless wild. The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Guillotine (6:12)
2. Dead Aeon Requiem (5:45)
3. Hiraeth (5:17)
4. Unborn (7:03) More...

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Red Cain Releases New Lyric Video

Calgary, AB's Red Cain just released anew lyric video for first single "Hiraeth," taken off the band's upcoming self-titled debut EP, which is set for release on November 25th.

The track was written as an anthem to glorious ages past, driven by the band's Eastern European roots. Enveloped in Slavic mythology and imagery, the songs takes a listener into an era where mysticism and sorcery coexisted with sharp steel, pagan hymns, and a still-present yearning for the restless wild.

1. Guillotine (6:12)
2. Dead Aeon Requiem (5:45)
3. Hiraeth (5:17)
4. Unborn (7:03) More...

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Red Cain Posts EP Trailer

Calgary, AB's Red Cain has posted a new teaser for an upcoming self-titled debut EP set for release on November 25th.

The powerful, modern melodic metal project with European roots is back on the scene after a two year hiatus and line up change. The band now features orchestration guru William Lancaster along with the talented multi-instrumentalist Rogan McAndrews, who join founding band members Evgeniy Zayarny, Nikita Ryzhenkov, and Samuel Royce.

1. Guillotine (6:12)
2. Dead Aeon Requiem (5:45)
3. Hiraeth (5:17)
4. Unborn (7:03) More...

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