Metal News for April 29, 2015
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After recently signing with AFM Records, Finnish power metal act Burning Point is set to release the new album "Burning Point" on June 12th (EU) and July 7th (US). The album includes five brand new songs and six re-recorded tracks from the band's first three releases.
In 2014, former Battle Beast vocalist Nitte Valo joined the band, and this marks her debut fronting Burning Point. Guitarist Pete Ahonen commented: "It was clear from the start that we wanted this album to be an absolute best representer of the new improved line-up, as well as a breath of new life to some of the old BP-classics! This self-titled album is a perfect example of where we come from, where we are and to where we are heading to."
The track listing is as follows:
1. In The Shadows
2. All The Madness (2015 Re-Recording)
3. Signs Of Danger (2015 Re-Recording)
4. Find Your Soul
5. Heart Of Gold (2015 Re-Recording)
6. My Darkest Times
7. Dawn Of The Ancient War (2015 Re-Recording)
8. Into The Fire (2015 Re-Recording)
9. Queen Of Fire
10. Blackened The Sun (2015 Re-Recording)
11. I've Had Enough (Into The Fire) (Kiss Cover) More...
Dew-Scented just checked in with the following announcement about wrapping up work on a new full-length album:
"Dew-Scented’s 10th (!) studio album is completed! The record is entitled 'Intermination' and sounds more focused and determined than ever before.
"This time around we worked with Dan Swanö / Unisound Studio for the mix as well as with Gustavo Sazes / Abstrata.net for the artwork and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results we achieved.
"You can now check out the album's opening track “On A Collision Course” below. 'Intermination' will be released in June via Metal Blade Records in Europe on June 12th/15th and Prosthetic Records in North America on June 30th."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Declaration Of Intent (1:00)
2. On A Collision Course (3:49)
3. Scars Of Creation (3:46)
4. Affect Gravity (3:56)
5. Means To An End (4:41)
6. Ode To Extinction (4:05)
7. Demon Seed (3:48)
8. Power Surge (3:53)
9. Ruptured Perpetually (3:35)
10. Living Lies (4:19)
11. Atavistic (3:38)
12. Reborn (3:32)
13. Radiation Sickness (2:05) *Repulsion cover More...
With Goatsnake's newest LP in a decade-and-a-half, "Black Age Blues," nearing its unveiling in early June, this weekend the band has several special Southern California pre-release actions planned.
First up, this Saturday, May 2nd the band will venture out to secluded Pioneertown for a one-off show at Pappy and Harriet's. The next day, Sunday, May 3rd, sees the band hosting a public record listening party in Los Angeles where members of Goatsnake will be in attendance and fans can hear the entire album a full month before its release.
Following this weekend's actions, the band also has a record release show in Los Angeles on May 20th, followed by the band's first performance at Maryland Deathfest just days later. "Black Age Blues" will be released through Southern Lord Recordings in North America on June 2nd, 2015.
5/02/2015 Pappy And Harriet's - Pioneertown, CA w/ Mojave Lords
5/03/2015 Black - Los Angeles, CA *Black Age Blues listening party
5/20/2015 Complex - Glendale, CA *Black Age Blues release show w/ Bl'ast, Eagle Twin
5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD
5/30/2015 Temples Festival - Bristol, UK
6/01/2015 De Kreun - Kortrijk, BE
6/02/2015 Melkweg - Amsterdam, NL
6/03/2015 SO36 - Berlin, DE
6/04/2015 Freakvalley Festival - Siegen, DE
6/07/2015 AN Club - Athens, GR
6/20/2015 Crucialfest - Salt Lake City, UT
Debemur Morti Productions has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Manii:
"Old school maniacs rejoice: 'Under ein blodraud maane' certainly rings a bell, right? 1999, Norway. Manes' debut album. And damn! What an album it was! Manii is the new old Manes. The new incarnation of their original essence.
"Today, I'm most pleased to announce Manii joins Debemur Morti Productions! To celebrate this partnership, we will unleash, in the coming weeks, a 7" with two old Manes songs completely re-recorded with Bornyhake (Kawir) on drums.
"The chosen hymns are 'i helvetes haller' and 'dansen gjennom skuggeheimen.' Both originally appeared on the 2nd and 3rd Manes demos. In the meanwhile, Cernunnus and Sargatanas are also working on what's to become the second Manii full-length."
Why Manii and not Manes then? Cernunnus explains: "There’s many different small things and issues, that added together became kind of a burden... people’s expectations, our own motivation, the previous history (old-manes vs new-manes), and more… we understand that we probably should use the Manes name for what it’s worth. But we also want to signal 'a new dawn,' a paradigm shift if you want... and that little band-name twist fits well with that. Let there be darkness!" More...
Just a few days after unveiling a music video for the song "Bête Noire" (still available here), the time has come for The Prestige to unleash brand new full-length album "Amer."
Tons of gigs will follow in the coming weeks but in the meantime, the band has spread "Amer" online for streaming in full. The track listing is as follows:
1. Amer 01:24
2. Bête Noire 03:38
3. Léger de Main 03:58
4. Enfants Terribles 02:34
5. Voir Dire 02:53
6. Négligée 06:19
7. Ingénue 01:00
8. Marquee 03:58
9. Apaches 02:57
10. Petite Mort 02:14
11. Cri de Coeur 06:03 More...
Sicilian technical Thrashers Eversin have revealed the first track off the new album "Trinity: The Annihilation." Check out the lyric video for "Chaosborn," created by Adhiira Art, which can be heard in the player below.
"Trinity: The Annihilation" will be released on May 18th and will feature special performances by James Rivera (Helstar) and Glen Alvelais (ex-Forbidden/ex-Testament).
Bassist Ignazio Nicastro commented: "We've worked very hard for months on this new album and we wanted that it could get the right attention and promotion. I think it's time for Eversin to do the big step towards a more international audience, because "Trinity: The Annihilation" is not an album like others and we really think that it could happen now!"
The track list for "Trinity: The Annihilation" is:
1. Flagellum Dei
2. Fire Walk With Me (feat. James Rivera)
4. We Will Prevail (feat. Glen Alvelais)
5. Crown Of Nails
6. Beneath An Atomic Sun
7. Litanies Of War
Check out "Chaosborn" here: More...
Valkyrie will release "Shadows" on May 19th, and the band just unveiled a new track from the Relapse Records' debut LP. Check out "Wintry Plains" below, thanks to Stereogum.com. Relapse Records also comments:
"Propelled by the stunning guitar heroics of brothers Pete and Jake Adams, Virginia's Valkyrie return with their third full length Shadows, one of the year's best guitar-driven, heavy rock records.
"Valkyrie's twin harmonized guitar leads and clean dual vocal assault matched with a strong nod to classic doom and heavy metal creates a psychedelic and heavy sound that pays homage to classic heavy rock bands like Deep Purple and Thin Lizzy while bringing to mind the pastoral and organic sounds of Pagan Altar and Jethro Tull.
"With no regard to current trends, or retro-rock posturing, Valkyrie rides on with a true, classic, heavy metal assault that has turned many heads with its impressive live shows and soul-stirring conviction." More...
Canadian powerhouse Kataklysm is set to release twelfth studio album "Of Ghosts And Gods" on July 31st (Europe, UK, US) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Today, the band has released a short video previewing music from the album and detailing plans to release a video clip for every track on "Of Ghosts And Gods." Check it out below.
The artwork from Kaktaklysm's explosive new album was done by up-and-coming dark and macabre artist Surtsey. The track listing is:
01. Breaching The Asylum
02. The Black Sheep
03. Thy Serpents Tongue
04. Soul Destroyer
06. Marching Through Graveyards
08. Hate Spirit
09. Carrying Crosses
10. The World Is A Dying Insect More...
Coming off the "Poltourgeist Tour" this past March, Cryptic Hymn now announces upcoming show dates in Detroit, St. Louis, and Nashville.
The blackened death metallers are a newly formed brutal assault featuring ex-Voyage of Slaves members Dave Palenske, Jon Grace, and Nathaniel Vowell as well as Josh Mumford of Anagnorisis.
Debut single "Revel In Disgust" was released earlier this year and can be heard below to give fans a taste of what's to come in 2015 as a debut release is finalized.
May 16 - DETROIT, MI @ NEW DODGE LOUNGE
June 21 - ST. LOUIS, MO @ FUBAR
July 3 - NASHVILLE, TN @ THE HI TONE More...
Independent hip-hop powerhouse Tech N9ne will drop new album, "Special Effects," on May 4th via Strange Music.
Today Tech N9ne unleashes the metallic side of his persona with the brand new anthem, entitled “Wither,” featuring none other than Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour. Check it out below.
Corey Taylor has often publicly praised Tech and his approach to both hip-hop and heavy music. “Working with Tech was a no-brainer,” states Taylor. “When I heard the music for ‘Wither’, I knew the two of us would make something dark and crazy. The slow burn in the music is awesome- his band is great and the performance is incredible. People are gonna shit!”
Tech is no stranger to the music of Slipknot, having been a dedicated fan for over a decade. “This collaboration is a total dream come true, because I’ve been a Maggot (what Slipknot affectionately calls their fans) since ’99. This song we did together is such a dynamic rollercoaster ride! It starts off calm and cool and then fuckin’ gets loud and extremely mean and crazy! It’s perfect!” More...
Inanimate Existence is currently writing material for the follow-up to 2014's "A Never-Ending Cycle of Atonement." The band comments:
"We are working on new music! More details to come once we get deeper into the writing process. You can definitely expect more of our signature elements such as female vocals and a wide variety of various instruments and atmospheres. We'll also be announcing our new vocalist in the next few weeks. Stay posted, stay mystic." More...
On May 11th, Norwegian instrumental outfit Spurv will drop debut album "Skarntyde" in collaboration with No Forevers Records.
Three years after the EP "Blader som faller til jorden og blir til nye trær," the band has composed a new album consisting of four beautiful, massive and heavy tracks. Spurv comments:
"The album was written and recorded during the past two-three years after the previous EP of 2012. We have attempted to challenge our own compositional skills, especially when it came to the song structures and arrangements. The album features music that is more heavy, massive and intense than before, while still focusing on fragile and beautiful melodies. Four songs in 45 minutes isn’t the average everyday radio music, but we think that it should be available listening for many, regardless to whether they have listened to instrumental- and postrock/metal before, or not.
"‘Skarntyde’ is an ambitious album, with complex structures, long melodies and dense polyphonic textures. With three guitars in front, alongside drums, bass, violin and cello, the band creates thought-provoking and emotive music. More...
The Magik Way will release "Curve Sternum" on May 11th via Sad Sun Music, which will envelop the listener through a vivid and obsessive mood for fans of Ulver and Devil Doll (the cult underground European act featuring Mr. Doctor, not the later U.S. group of the same name). The track listing is as follows:
1. I Corpi Pesanti
2. La Mano Raccoglie
3. A Curva Di Sterno
5. Nel Tempo Restare
7. Scuotiti, Oh Vita!
8. In Alto Come In Basso More...
All About The Rock has compiled an awesome free download featuring Psychostick, Mutank, Arrival of Autumn, Witch of The Waste, and more.
Grab your copy of "Destroying The Moshpit" at this location or stream all the songs below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Bro Jovi - The Heist 01:58
2. Arkiva - Final Solace 03:54
3. Nothgard - Age of Pandora 04:58
4. Arrival of Autumn - Shadows 04:10
5. Black Tower - Death March 04:15
6. Cyrence - The Hospital 06:47
7. OMV - As Heavy as the Sky 03:32
8. Halo Creation - Through the Looking Glass 05:10
9. Mutank - Corporate Child 02:35
10. Pravitas - Queen Nothing 04:00
11. Premortal Breath - Fuck My Brain 05:40
12. Psychostick - So Heavy 04:48
13. Witch of the Waste - I Bet You're Wondering What I'm Doing With This Here Gas Can 03:52
14. Vintage Warlords - The Invisible Foe 06:40
15. Dead Earth Politics - Men Become Gods 05:15
16. My Wooden Pillow - The Line 04:10
17. Cave of Swimmers - The Prince of the Power of the Air 06:36
18. Moodhoover - Drop Jesus 06:32
19. The Kahless Clone - Everything You See is Gone 05:54 More...
Following the "Blood, Guts and Dirt" release from back in 2013, Montreal metal band WarCall is gearing up to drop the simply titled "III" album this coming June 2nd. Check out the cover artwork below. The track listing will be as follows:
01. New Threat
02. The Gun
05. Third War
06. The Devil Speaks With a Gentle Voice
07. In Case of Fire
08. Black Powde
09. Threshold of Death
10. Cry Out More...
Grenouer just released a music video for "Point Of No Return," taken from the band's 8th full-length album "Unwanted Today."
Directed by Alexander & Yulia Mikhailovs (Kinostudiya M), "Point Of No Return" is a pang of melancholy asking what might happen if you write a letter to yourself in the past. The "Unwanted Today" track listing is as follows:
2. Unwanted Today
3. A Little Too Obsessed
4. Something Really Bad
5. On a Rainy Day
6. Blossoms in the Dust
7. I Can't Stand It
8. Daily Miracles
9. Going to Stay
10. Point of No Return
11. Artificial Tears
12. Don't Let Them Get You Down
13. Clearway More...
"Graveward" is the new ten-track offering from iconic Japanese avant extreme metal unit, Sigh (check out our review here).
Inspired by musician/composer Fabio Frizzi, "Graveward" pays homage to Italian zombie and Hammer Horror classics and features guest performances from Trivium's Matthew Heafy, DragonForce's Fred Leclercq, Shining's Niklas Kvarforth, Rotting Christ's Sakis Tolis, The Meads Of Asphodel's Metatron and more.
Already consuming the hordes in Europe, "Graveward" will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on May 4th, 2015. You can now hear the entire album online in full below, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com. More...
The Golers from Vancouver are happy to announce that they will be embarking on a cross-Canada Summer tour supporting latest album "In 'n 'Outlaws."
The band's debut album "South Mountain Style" will also be re-released on May 19th 2015 through various digital outlets.
Check out a track off the re-issue below and see the band live on these dates:
July 8th - Lethbridge AB-Red Trail Studios
July 9th - Edmonton AB-DV8
July 10th - Saskatoon SK-Vangelis Tavern
July 11th - Winnipeg MB-The Zoo
July 12th - Thunder Bay ON-TBA
July 14th - North Bay ON- TBA
July 15th - Sudbury ON-Little Montreal
July 16th - Barrie ON-Bourbon Bar and Grill
July 17th - Oshawa ON-The Atria
July 18th - Toronto ON-Coalition
July 19th - Hamilton ON-Doors Pub (Matinee show)
July 21st - St Catharines ON-Mikado Bar and Lounge
July 22nd - Peterborough ON-TBA
July 23rd -Guelph ON-TBA
July 24th - London ON-TBA
July 25th - Montreal PQ-TRH Bar
July 26th - Quebec City PQ-TBA
July 27th - Fredericton NB-TBA
July 28th - Saint John NB-The Pub Down Under
July 29th - Moncton NB-Plan B
July 30th - Charlotetown PEI -Hotshots Lounge
July 31st - Sydney NS-Embers More...
The one and only Garm (Kristoffer Rygg of Ulver), who provided vocals for the debut self-titled album from Borknagar, has returned to the fold and recorded vocals for the band's upcoming release.
Garm will appear on two tracks for the album, due to drop later this year via Century Media to follow the 2012 album "Urd" (reviewed here). Borknagar's Øystein G. Brun comments:
"These days, 20 years ago, Kristoffer and I hooked up for the very first time in Bergen to record vocals for the Borknagar debut album. Glorious days, indeed. Last night I was barely asleep as I got the first vocal samples from Kristoffer late yesterday evening and have been listening to the songs repeatedly since then. Still trying to get my jaw back in position and the goosebumps seem to have turned chronic on me.
"Being a former bandmate and a huge fan of his work ever since we parted ways back in the days, I certainly did expect a lot, but what he sent over this time around surpasses every expectations. Really! More...
Virginia-based psychedelic sludge faction Akris, led by the low-end conjurings of bassist/vocalist Helena Goldberg, will return to the stage this weekend with two new recruits -- drummer Tim Otis (Admiral Browning) and guitarist/vocalist Paul Cogle (Nagato, Slagstorm, Black Blizzard) -- marking the first time ever Akris performs as a trio. Comments Goldberg:
"Tim Otis is one of my best friends, and I've been a big fan of his drumming in Admiral Browning since I moved down to the northern Virginia area in 2008. When it became evident that Sam Lohman would not be able to continue playing drums for Akris this past January, Tim officially joined the band.
"Soon after, the decision was made to have our mutual friend Paul Cogle join on guitar. This was a huge decision because I have been playing in a two piece band for almost ten years. However, I have been a fan of Paul's music and guitar playing for years, and have always heard and felt that we had very similar approaches to playing and songwriting.
"It has been an absolutely amazing, positive experience preparing our new set over these past few months. I am truly honored to call both Paul and Tim bandmates and friends." More...
Finland Cain's Offering - featuring Stratovarius vocalist Timo Kotipelto, keyboardist Jens Johansson and ex-Sonata Arctica guitarist Jani Liimatainen - is streaming another new track...this time its "The Best of Times."
The song appears on upcoming new album "Stormcrow," the sophomore album and first since 2009 debut "Gather the Faithful." The album is expected to drop via Frontiers Records on May 15th (EU) and May 19th (North America).
The track listing for "Stomcrow" is as follows:
1. Stormcrow (song streaming here)
2. The Best of Times
3. A Night to Forget
4. I Will Build You a Rome (see lyric video here)
5. Too Tired to Run
6. Constellation of Tears
8. My Heart Beats for No One
9. I Am Legion
10. Rising Sun
11. On the Shore
Check out "The Best of Times" here: More...
SlimBz TV has posted live video of Red Deer, AB groove metal five piece Leave The Living performing "Let Go," "Pacifist," "Manifesto" and "Word of A Whore" during a show last week in Calgary at Dicken's Pub. Check out the clip below.
The tracks come off the band's upcoming debut album "Pacifist," due out May 1st. In additional news, Leave The Living will be performing at this year's Farmageddon Open Air in Ryley, AB on June 13th. The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. Let Go (2:28)
2. Pacifist (2:59)
3. Manifesto (4:08)
4. Word of a Whore (3:49)
5. Open Sea (1:57)
6. Undone (3:07)
7. Poison Pen (3:06)
8. Sink or Swim (5:24)
9. Farewell (2:41) More...
The Brazilian band Espera XIII just released new album "Unexpected Austral Lights" and has also dropped a lyric clip for "Black Moon Rising."
"Unexpected Austral Lights" was produced by guitarist Renan Brito and had the mixing and mastering handled in Germany by producer Andy Classen at his studio Stage One. The track listing is as follows:
1. Unexpected Austral Lights 05:13
2. Alliance 05:28
3. Leviathan 04:02
4. The Great Dark Spot 05:14
5. Kaap Die Hoop 04:14
6. Black Moon Rising 04:33
7. Dehydration 07:23
8. The Giant 11:08
9. End 05:15 More...
Abiotic released sophomore album "Casuistry" last week on Metal Blade Records. The critically acclaimed album cracked two of the Billboard Charts this week: clocking in at #50 on the Billboard Current Hard Music Album Chart and #68 on the Billboard New Artist Chart.
Check out the stream of "Cast into the Depths" below, featuring Dying Fetus front man John Gallagher on guest vocals.
In support of the album, the band is currently on an extensive North American tour. Abiotoic is heading out alongside Boris the Blade, Alterbeast and more. The tour stops tonight in Salt Lake City, UT and wraps up May 8th in San Francisco, CA. In addition to the dates with Boris the Blade, Abiotic will play an additional headline date on the way back home. A complete list of dates can be found below. More...
Belgian sludgy black-metal foursome Deuil will release a sophomore album on May 29th via Consouling Sounds.
Titled “Shock/Deny,” the two-track follow-up to 2013’s debut release "Acceptance/Rebuild" was recorded at Rising Recording Studio and will available on vinyl and CD.
Reserve de Marche's second album "Inside The Drama" dropped last month, and now all the tracks are available for streaming at Bandcamp here or in the player below.
“Inside The Drama” features mythology-based stories that are played by ancient gods and peoples in the modern world recorded live at Mosfilm Studio. The track listing is as follows:
1. Althaea Lights a Fire 04:33
2. No Time for Chronos 04:42
3. RE: Bring Back Helena! 08:36
4. Poseidon Pacific Movement 09:20
5. Andalusian Psyche 06:32
6. Proschema 05:23
7. Venus Stays Until the Morning 04:40 More...
The Finnish crossover punks Graveyard Shifters will release "High Heels & Broken Bones" on June 12th via Eternal Sound. Punk, metal, and fiery rock ‘n roll combine for a raucous good time! The band has released the following statement about the new album:
"What´s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear of fucking nut cracking punk 'n' roll from Finland? Add to that picture cover art that is flirting with the traditional, well known Finnish painting 'Aino' from The 'Kalevala'-stories. We´re sure that you´re confused, but curious.
"Anyway, don't get us wrong. We are NOT telling stories about 'Kalevala', hehehehe.. The cover art just tells you what we Finns are like, and how others see us. And it’s the music the really tells you what the Graveyard Shifters are all about! The title of the album comes from life's ups and downs. We will take you to the top of a skyscraper and to the bottom of a cesspool.
"The situation in the world is dangerous at the moment in many ways, and the media is full of propaganda from both sides. People need to take off their blindfolds and remember that it is your job as a human to filter facts from hullabaloo. Our job is to give you a break from all this warfare - We all are ONE, and we are all ONE!"
The track listing is as follows: More...
"The Tides Of Damocles" have rolled in as the new album from New Zealand's Dawn Of Azazel sees official release this week.
A name referencing the ocean as a metaphor for the forces of life that constantly assail and erode the will of those who seek power, "The Tides Of Damocles" marks the trio's first new offering in six years. You can stream the full album below, or catch Dawn Of Azazel live on these dates:
5/02/2015 The King's Arm Tavern - Auckland, NZ w/ Suffocation, Decapitated
7/04/2015 Rust In Perth 2015 - Perth, AU
8/29/2015 Living Death Fest 2015 - Melbourne, AU More...
With the release of "Through Light To Night," the debut LP by Swedish lo-fi punk/hardcore solo outfit Broken Cross rapidly approaching, Noisey has unleashed a punishing new track from the impending album. Check out "World Demolition" in the player below.
The "Through Light To Night" LP delivers ten new anthems for the end of times, the unhinged vibe of the album's gutter punk approach driven with merciless divebomb guitar leads, d-beat manglings and blackened punk might, all fueled by a razor-lined vocal tirade. The track listing is as follows:
2. Forsaken Existence
3. World Demolition
4. Total Isolation
5. Into The Fire
6. Path To Extinction
7. The Age Of Deceit
8. Open The Black Hole
9. Poison Of Insanity
10. Outrocalypse More...
"God Leash," the second album from Finnish death metal band Torture Pulse, is coming out on June 1st via Xtreem Music.
A new song from the album is now online, along with the album cover art made by Toni Hietomaa. The track listing is as follows:
01. Myths of Belial Incarnated
02. On Lacerated Wings
03. Burst of Black Blood
04. Napalm to the Cross
05. Macabre Magister
06. Army of Pestilence
07. Plague Poetry
08. Glory that Was
09. Golgotha Revisited
10. Morbid Connection Through Flesh More...
Senses Fail will be releasing a sixth studio album titled "Pull The Thorns From Your Heart" on June 30th via Pure Noise Records. As a teaser of what’s to come, the band today reveals a video for the track “The Importance of the Moment of Death,” which can be seen below. The new record can be pre-ordered now at this location.
“This record is the complete documentation of my transformative spiritual experience from the darkness to the light,” says front man Buddy Nielsen. “It is the completion of a journey I have been on since I started making music when I was 17. I want this record to be more than just words and music but a blueprint for how through contemplative practice you can come to love, grow and blossom out of the muck of life and into the light. It is not intended to motivate in steps or exact teachings but empower. It is above all a personal story of struggle and realization.”
His journey is told through an intense collection of 11 songs that are sonically a slight departure from Senses Fail’s earlier records.
“I wanted the heaviness and anger of the record to not be matched with equal words of despair but words that show growth and change,” he adds. “Most music that represents change and growth is calmer and less abrasive but I wanted to show that friction is what helps spur action. Without the friction, we wouldn't want to change, we would be content. Out of darkness is ultimately the opposite, the light., but without opposition there would be no urge to change. Half the record represents the darkness and half the record represents the light, or the appearing of light, the flowering of what the experience is.” More...
Los Angeles, California's Armored Saint is set to release a seventh studio album this summer. The album, "Win Hands Down," is all things Armored, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015.
The album is scheduled for release on June 2nd in North America, with release dates for June 1st in Europe/UK, and May 29th in DE/CH/AT. A limited number of European deluxe box set bundles have been imported for North American fans. Those bundles can be ordered now at this location.
Armored Saint is also proud to be joining the legendary Saxon for a few select, high profile shows across the country from May 12th through May 30th. The group will also only be performing one, very special headlining date in the U.S. this year in Las Vegas at Count's Vamp'd Rock Bar and Grill on July 11th. See Armored Saint live: More...
Relapse Records is excited to announce Goblin Rebirth's new self-titled album, which will see a release on June 30th, 2015.
The group (which features members of Italian film score figureheads Goblin) has revealed an album trailer to give fans a taste of what to expect of the record, which is available to stream below.
Inspired by the legendary Goblin, the 1970's horror-synth / film score icons responsible for such soundtracks as Suspiria, Zombi and Tenebre, Goblin Rebirth came together after a temporary reformation of the original group in 2009.
The new incarnation of the group contains the famed rhythm section of the original Goblin (drummer Agostino Marangolo and bassist Fabio Pignatelli, who both played on the classic soundtracks to Zombi/Dawn of the Dead, Suspria, Profondo Rosso/Deep Red and more), with the addition of Aidan Zammit and Danilo Cherni on keyboards and Giacomo Anselmi on guitar.
The music from this new album is to be performed at festivals in Italy starting in May 2015, and there are plans for live performances in other countries in the following months. The track listing is: More...
Toronto symphonic power metal group Ascendia is premiering the video (posted below) for "The Lion and The Jester" today. The track is taken from the album of the same name.
The video was directed by Garret Henery of GGH Motion Pictures. Starting with the premiere of this video, Ascendia will be donating 50% of all band sales to the Red Cross to help those who have been affected in war torn areas of the world.
Ascendia comments on the video, ""An intense game of chess represents the reality of religious warfare. The opposing teams battle symbolizes the clashing of religions in conflict areas. In the end, who is truly the winner?" More...
Russian power/speed metal act Distant Sun, featuring Shadowhost members Konan Molodtsov (bass) and Alexey Markov (guitars/vocals), will release "Dark Matter," the debut full-length album, on May 30th through Metalism Records. It will be available as a CD and digital format.
The album is the follow-up to 2012 EP "Sunless Citadel" (Sublimity Records) and features 10 songs in the finest traditions of melodic European power metal, bolstered with elements of American thrash metal. A deluxe digipack edition, which will include several bonus cover songs, will be released later in the year.
The band has released a lyric video for new track "Matrix Hacked," which can be viewed below.
Though Distant Sun's main influences are speed and power metal bands like Annihilator, Iced Earth, Blind Guardian and Rage, listeners will note a James Hetfield (Metallica) vocal style. No keyboards or drum samples were used during the recording, and the overall sound brings the feel of the heavy '90s. The drums on "Dark Matter" were recorded in Kiev, Ukraine, while the remainder was produced in various Moscow studios. The lyrics deal with a variety of topics, including science fiction, space travel, mysticism, fantasy and adventure. The cover art was designed by W. Smerdulak (Arkonw) and can be seen below.
The band is planning its very first gigs for the autumn of 2015 in promotion of "Dark Matter," after which Distant Sun will begin work on a sophomore full-length.
The track listing for "Dark Matter" is:
1. Prophet of the Mean
2. Kill the Fremen
3. Dark Matter
5. Matrix Hacked
6. Shattered Empire
7. Gifts of Journey
8. Healer of Souls
10. Zero to Hero More...
Slovakian melodic power metal band Signum Regis just released a music video for the new track "Living Well." The track is taken from the upcoming new EP "Through The Storm," which will be released on May 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America through Ulterium Records.
There are four new tracks on the EP, as well as a re-recorded version of “All Over The World” from the debut album and a cover medley of the Yngwie Malmsteen classics "Vengeance/Liar." "Through The Storm" shows that Signum Regis is a band that is constantly developing and improving everything from song-writing and musicianship to production and the visual part of the band. With this EP, and the full-length album that will be released later this year, Signum Regis is sure win over many new fans in the melodic metal scene.
Mastering duties for "Through The Storm" were handled by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Evergrey) and the artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani).
"Through The Storm" EP track listing:
1. Living Well
2. Through The Desert, Through The Storm
3. My Guide In The Night
4. Come And Take It
5. All Over The World
Check out "Living Well" here: More...
Italian death metal act Humangled have signed on with Bakerteam Records for the release of the sophomore album "Prodromes of a Flatline." The album drops on June 23rd.
Born from the ashes of cyber-grind duo Putrid Sequence, Humangled officially debuted with the EP "Refoetalize" in 2007, which attracted positive reactions in the underground, leading the band to sign a deal with U.S. based label Abyss Records in 2010. The debut album "Fractal" came out later that year, followed by a second EP "Odd Ethics" in 2012.
"Prodromes Of A Flatline" is a brutal and uncompromising death metal powerforce, which was produced by the legendary Dan Swanö (Opeth, Katatonia, Therion, Novembre). The album contains nine brand-new tracks deeply rooted in the old school death metal scene (Death, Carcass and Cannibal Corpse are amongst their biggest influences) but also infused with the band's strong personality. An outstanding cover version of Therion's classic 'To Mega Therion' is also included in the album.
The track list is as follows:
1. Liberté, Égalité, Brutalité
3. Men of Straw
4. Foretasted in Flesh
5. Intimacy Curse
6. Untastable Fear
9. Vegan Realm
10. To Mega Therion (Therion Cover) More...
Italian metal act My Refuge will release the debut full length album "A Matter Of Supremacy" on June 23rd via Bakerteam Records.
My Refuge is a new sensation in modern power and heavy metal, with influences coming from progressive rock and melodic metal, mixing melancholic and dark atmospheres with epic tunes. The band was born in 2010 and later that year they released the self-produced EP "3407 – Pictures Of An August Night." In 2013, the band released a second EP "Living In Anger," which was very well received by critics around the world.
In 2015, My Refuge signed on with Bakerteam Records for the release of the long waited debut album, which was mixed and mastered at Eleven Studio under the supervision of producer Andrea De Bernardi. The album has deep roots in classic metal with influences from bands such as Crimson Glory, Iron Maiden, Rage, Helloween and Blind Guardian, with a very personal touch and deep, introspective lyrics, often dealing with social and political issues.
The track list for the album is:
1. A Storm Is Coming
2. The Cage
3. Calling Of The Wind
4. Endless Night
5. Living In Anger
6. This Wall
7. The Raven
8. Empty Room
9. On Wings Of Wax
10. Somewhere More...
Vallenfyre is streaming a new live drum-cam playthrough below, showcasing Waltteri Vayrynen performing the track "Savages Arise" (courtesy of sickdrummermagazine ).
Catch the band live at the following remaining dates: More...
The Bloodline (ex-Divine Heresy/Dirge Within) is streaming a new music video for the new song "Poisonous" below. The song is taken from the band's debut album "We Are One" which will be released on May 5 via Another Century.
States vocalist Travis Neal (ex-Divine Heresy) about the track: More...
Baltimore death/thrash outfit Noisem (f.k.a. Necropsy) is streaming the entire new album "Blossoming Decay" ahead of its June 06th release via A389 Recordings. The album is the follow up to the acclaimed 2013 debut release "Agony Defined".
Weedeater is offering another new track titled "Bully" taken from the upcoming full-length album "Goliathan". Season Of Mist have that album scheduled for release on May 19th (US) and one day earlier in UK/Europe.
Check out now "Bully" below.
Hailing from Orange County, California experimental technical death/grind outfit Bedlam of Cacophony premieres a track titled "In Frantic Search of an Answer" taken from the upcoming record "Abstract Gods".
Check it out now below.