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Last updated on December 6, 2016 at 11:25 AM ET
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Next Monday, December 12th marks the release of "The Great Void Of Mystery," the debut album from Heavens Decay.
A week ahead of that drop date, we're letting you in on the mystery of the void early with a full, exclusive album premiere! Check out "The Great Void Of Mystery" below, and if you dig it, be sure to pre-order your own copy here.
Led by Julio Viterbo (Tormentor, Shub Niggurath, Cenotaph) the music is primarily NWOBHM-inspired music infused with the range of influences from Viterbo's impressive career as a musician.
After a long and illustrious path in death metal as a guitarist in the aforementioned bands, Viterbo decided to reconnect with the classic heavy metal that enveloped him as a youth and gave meaning to his life. This change in direction led to the launch of Heavens Decay.
After composing several songs, Viterbo invited Oscar Clorio to join him on the journey as drummer and the pair then recruited Nick Hernandez (Stone Magnum) as vocalist. The songs were completed via the Internet, as Oscar lives in Mexico City, while Julio and Nick call Chicago home.
Finally in July 2016, Heavens Decay recorded "The Great Void Of Mystery" in Chicago's Minbal studios. The album was engineered by Matt Russell and mastered by Dan Swanö in Unisound studios in Sweden. Artwork was created by Arturo Vargas at Souls Crematorium Art Studio and the full track listing is as follows: More...
Czech/German/Slovak power metal act Symphonity released a new lyric video for the song "King of Persia." The song is the title track of the latest album available now through Limb Music.
Check out the clip here:
Hanging Garden released another new music video in support of the new EP "Hereafter," which is available now through Lifeforce Records. Check out the clip for "Towards the Sun," which features Swallow the Sun's Mikko Kotamäki as vocal guest.
Check out the clip here:
Greek power metal group Firewind - led by guitar wizard Gus G. - released a EPK video for the upcoming new album "Immortals." The album is set to hit the streets on January 20, 2017 via AFM Records in North America and Century Media in Europe.
The clip gives a behind the scenes look into the making of "Immortals." The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Hands Of Time (song streaming here)
2. We Defy
3. Ode To Leonidas
4. Back On The Throne
5. Live And Die By The Sword
6. Wars Of Ages
7. Lady Of 1000 Sorrows
9. Warriors And Saints
10. Rise From The Ashes
11. Vision Of Tomorrow (Bonus Track on Digipak)
Check out the clip here: More...
Arduini/Balich is the result of two very powerful figures in in the metal scene. Victor Arduini needs no introduction, being one of the founding members of Fates Warning. The same can be said for Brian "Butch" Balich, the mighty voice of Argus.
The project has released a preview clip showcasing the forthcoming debut album "Dawn of Ages." While only a mere fraction of the nearly 80-minute long record, the teaser video serves as a taste of what's to come when Cruz Del Sur Music releases this "doom-laden progressive wall of metal" next year. Check it out further below.
"Dawn Of Ages" will be released on February 24, 2017 as a deluxe 6-panel digipack embellished by a wonderful, original Michael Cowell's (Alunah) artwork (shown below). The vinyl version will be released as a gatefold colored vinyl double LP with three incredible cover songs as a bonus: Uriah Heep's "Sunrise", Beau Brummels' "Wolf Of Velvet Fortune" and Black Sabbath's "After All (The Dead)."
"Dawn Of Ages" is one of the most ambitious records ever released on Cruz Del Sur Music. A monumental piece of music on the level of While Heaven Wept or Atlantean Kodex's releases. A rollercoaster of emotions, an album that captures the collisions of two worlds, progressive and doom. The final result is a really amazing journey inside human soul. Through six original compositions that last for more than an hour, the audience will be captured and hypnotized by the eclectically familiar Victor's guitar melodies empowered by Butch's passionate interpretation. Indeed "Dawn of Ages" is an album that could have been easily recorded in the mid/late 70s for the total dedication that transpires through each and every note of it. It is not an album that wants to please any old or new trend in metal, rather an intimate expression of two musicians who have always put their passion for heavy music before anything else.
The track listing for the album is:
1. The Fallen
2. Forever Fade
3. Into Exile
4. The Wraith
5. Beyond the Barricade
6. The Gates of Acheron
7. Sunrise (Uriah Heep Cover)
8. Wolf of Velvet Fortune (Beau Brummels Cover)
9. After All (The Dead) (Black Sabbath Cover) More...
Sunday December 4, 2016—
Veteran speedsters Helstar and Flotsam stopped in Austin, Texas for an old school metal throw down. New wave thrashers, Hatchet warmed up the crowd. Hair flew, fists pumped and even a mosh pit or two broke out. From pure speed to concrete grooves, from high pitch vocals to growls, the show was a lesson in true metal. More...
German metal act Panzer - featuring bassist/vocalist Schmier (Destruction) and ex-Accept drummer Stefan Schwarzmann - announced a new lineup. Replacing Herman Frank on guitar will be Poltergeist guitarist V.O. Pulver and HammerFall's Pontus Norgren.
"After producing the debut with Panzer, the guys asked me to help them out live to help provide the double axe-attack on stage", recalls V.O. Pulver. "Of course I took the opportunity to rock out with my buddies. And when the chance came up to join them permanently, I didn't hesitate to accept and now I can't wait to play the sound of my youth!"
Pontus Norgren was just as excited to join the heavy metal war machine: "It was not a hard decision when I got asked to join the Panzer project, it was a straight up YES! To be able to create music with good friends is the most important thing in my world and in this band, having fun when making music, is number one. I'm looking forward to all of the craziness that the future is going to bring with these guys. So let's kick some serious...!"
Fans of the band can expect a loud comeback in 2017, since Schmier has already revealed some great news about the band's future plans: "(The German) Panzer was always about some friends jamming their favorite music, without any pressure of the business and exaggerated expectations. We have decided to release this brand new song 'Satan's Hollow' for the fans as a statement, because people ask me all the time 'Will Panzer go on?' This track simply shows that we are creative and working on a new record for 2017! The next album will continue our tribute to our roots with pure fuckin' METAL! Oh and one more little thing – as we have a Swedish and Swiss member now, just simply call us Panzer!"
Panzer made the announcement in a video clip featuring the new song "Satan's Hollow," which you can check out in the player below. "We decided to give the fans an impression of the new Panzer line-up with the brand new track 'Satan's Hollow'", Schmier comments. "It stands for all of our trademarks; straight-in-your-face melting metal with an old school melodic vibe - pure energy and shredding lead guitars! We pay tribute to the music we grew up with. I hope our fans enjoy this new song as much as we do - expect the new album before summer 2017!!"
Check it out here: More...
The debut full length album by Italian death metal act Daemoniac is complete and ready to be unleashed on January 1st via Xtreem Music. "Spawn of the Fallen" is the continuation of the debut debut EP "Lord of Immolation," which was released in May 2015. The album was recorded at Sweden at Sunlight Studios with producer Tomas Skogsberg. Check out a taste with the new song "Procreation of Hatred" in the player below.
Formed back in 2013 by ex-Horrid bass player, Daemoniac follows the path laid down by the greats of Swedish death metal, but in a more dark and brutal way, with inspiration from bands like Nihilist, Crematory (SWE), Macrodex, early Necrophobic and Carnage. "Spawn of the Fallen" is an 8-song opus (including a Macrodex cover) which will surely stand out among countless other bands with its overwhelming brutality and ferocity that perfectly captures the essence and feeling of the '90s.
The track listing for "Spawn of the Fallen" is as follows:
1. Intro/Macabre Eucharist
2. Regurgitated From Hell
3. From Depths of Hideous Chasms
4. Spawn of the Fallen
5. Intro/Procreation of Hatred
6. Cursed Hecatomb
7. Upon Golgotha
8. Cremation (Macrodex cover) More...
Austria's metal underground festival Sick Midsummer has announced the addition of Austrian/French brutal death metal veterans of Monument Of Misanthropy to the billing of its 2017 edition. Sick Midsummer will take place on Saturday, July 8th, 2017, in front of the spectacular backdrop of the Austrian Alps nearby the small village of Scharnstein, including the following so far confirmed bands:
Outre, Lebenssucht, Soul Demise.
Tickets for the festival can soon be ordered online HERE.
Portugal's A Dream of Poe premieres the full-album stream of the band's new album "A Waltz for Apophenia", out now via Solitude Productions.
Check out now "A Waltz for Apophenia" in its entirety below.
Those Who Fear debuts a new song entitled "Heretic", taken from the upcoming new album "State Of Mind", due out in stores on December 09th via Facedown Records. The track features a guest turn from Sleeping Giant frontman Tommy Green.
Check out now "Heretic" below.
Melbourne’s Boris The Blade premieres a new song entitled "Misery", taken from the upcoming new album "Warpath", which will be out in stores January 27th through Siege Music. The new track features a guest turn from ex-Thy Art Is Murder frontman CJ McMahon. The release will also feature guest turns from Within The Ruins and Carnifex‘s frontmen as well.
Check out now "Misery" below.
The track listing for "Warpath" shapes up as follows: More...