CRIMSON SWAN – Album teaser available
Death-Doomers CRIMSON SWAN from Hamburg (GER) have revealed an album teaser for their upcoming debut full-length "Unlit", which will be released on March 13th through Quality Steel Records. Check out the clip at this location: youtu.be/_WqvifrMjqw
“Unlit” will feature 6 songs, blending atmospheric Death-Doom with oppressive Funeral Doom parts and haunting melodies.
ANDSOLIS – Official and full album stream
‘Vigil’, the debut album of German Progressive/Melodic Death Metal band ANDSOLIS, is out now!
To celebrate today's release date, Quality Steel Records proudly presents an official and full stream at this location: youtu.be/E0dPHvlqU5M
Sit back and enjoy this varied masterpiece! And if you like what you hear, don’t forget to show your support:
Quality Steel Records: smarturl.it/ANDSOLIS_QSR
PENTAGRAM re-signs with Peaceville Records! Album recording underway!
Peaceville Records is proud to announce the re-signing of US metal legends Pentagram for their forthcoming studio album, set to be released summer 2015. The highly influential American heavy metal/doom act fronted by the mysterious Bobby Liebling, formed in the early 1970s, though their debut album - now known as ‘Relentless’ - didn’t see a release until 1985. Through 4 decades of adversity and triumph, Pentagram has become a legendary international act and have firmly stamped their name in the heavy metal history books.
Pentagram recently completed pre-production with Swedish producer Mattias Nilsson at studios in Baltimore, DC and VA with additional vocal and guitar production in Knoxville, TN with Travis Wyrick. Wyrick is a Grammy Award-winning producer who produced their previous album, ‘Last Rites’.
The band comments on the signing: "PENTAGRAM is happy to return to the label that helped relaunch interest in our debut album and introduce us to a new metal audience in the 1990s. Peaceville Records has been an ally to us throughout the past 20 years. We are happy to have them by our side once again as we record our fourth album under their banner. Never properly recorded songs written by Bobby in the 70s will be heard on the album as fresh as they were when they were written over 40 years ago. Brand new numbers by the core of Griffin, Turley and Liebling that were written this fall will appear along the old songs, and will produce an album that encompasses the true spirit of Pentagram. Doom is often mistaken as exclusively slow music. If you listen to our classic "doom" album "Relentless", many of those doomed classics are quite fast. One of the magics of doom metal is to have a faster song seem much slower because of the sheer heaviness of the number. That's what we are going for. The band will sound like they are as much from the street as they are from the Sabbath, because, well, we are."
It has also been announced that Sean Saley has decided to step down from the drum throne. "Minnesota" Pete Campbell will step in to complete recording and touring duties throughout 2015. Campbell is best known for his drumming with Victor Griffin's In-Graved, Place of Skulls and stoners Sixty Watt Shaman.
Preceding the still-to-be-titled opus is an extensive DVD release, ‘All Your Sins’, featuring numerous electrifying concerts spanning three decades & over 7 hours, straight from the band’s collection. This first-ever official video collection recovers, repairs and resurrects the earliest known footage of these doomed metal pioneers and more. Featuring 2 DVDs packed with priceless archive footage, as well as recent shows, ‘All Your Sins - Video Vault’ unearths the rumoured lost visual evidence pent up in the Ram Family vault for decades.
Although always a cult act with a strong and dedicated worldwide fanbase, Pentagram has enjoyed a recent surge in interest due in part to the fly-on-the-wall 2011 documentary, ‘Last Days Here’ following the life, trials & tribulations of Bobby Liebling. The film gained international recognition; travelling the worldwide film festival circuit where it won several awards including “Best Music Documentary” at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.
DEATH ALLEY signs to Tee Pee Records
Amsterdam's heavy, punked-out, proto-metal outlaws DEATH ALLEY have signed to NYC's Tee Pee Records. The ferocious four piece will let loose the full length LP, Black Magick Boogieland, on May 19. The album is the highly anticipated debut from the underground band featuring former The Devil’s Blood guitarist Oeds Beydals and ex-members of Gewapend Beton and Mühr.
The sound of DEATH ALLEY has been described as "an unorthodox cross contamination of MC5, Captain Beyond, Blue Öyster Cult, Motörhead and Black Sabbath" and "Rock ‘N' Roll played with metal finesse and a pitch black psychedelic soul". In 2013, DEATH ALLEY released the limited 12" split vinyl single, "Peter Pan Speedrock vs. Death Alley", which announced the group's formation with a vengeance. The band's debut 7" -- Over Under b/w Dead Man’s Bones -- dropped last year via Van Records and was hailed as "a serious musical Rock ’N' Roll statement." DEATH ALLEY followed the release of the 7" with an appearance at the 2014 Roadburn Festival and month-long European tour with new label mates, The Shrine.
"It’s thrilling to release our first full-length on Tee Pee, to become part of a family of bands whose music inspires us and with people we know well," says DEATH ALLEY front man Douwe. "It's about time Tee Pee opens the gates to Black Magick Boogieland."
More information on DEATH ALLEY's Black Magick Boogieland, including new music, will be issued soon. Stay tuned to TeePeeRecords.com for breaking news and updates.
DREAMSHADE - New single “Dreamers Don’t Sleep” + Tourdates
After their last release "The Gift Of Life" (2013) and a tour which led them through all Europe, USA, South Africa and Russia, the Dreamshade boys are now back with a new and powerful single entitled “Dreamers Don’t Sleep” and a new tour! The track, produced by Dreamshade & Jacob Hansen, will be digitally released worldwide on March 2nd 2015 through Japan's Zestone Records and it will be presented with a new Music Video directed by Andrea Todaro.
Fernando (Guitars, Vocals, Songwriting) comments: “Dreamers Don’t Sleep will give you a little taste of the new sound we are currently experimenting in the studio and it represents for us a bridge between “The Gift Of Life” and what our new chapter will be like."
Kevin (Vocals) comments: "We always want and love to add new elements to our sound: This single is very positive and energetic. We want to dedicate it to all the "Dreamers" who are supporting us everyday.
Dreamers Don’t Sleep is an invite to never give up on your dreams and to stop having fear of what you may not accomplish, because you could seriously regret it one day. Dreaming is what makes us alive and real, it's a very personal experience. Each of us is a Dreamer is his/her own way and has fantasies, ideas and thoughts which are stuck in our hearts and minds. We are shaping our Future everyday: it's about choices, big or small, we all make along the way."
16.03.2015 - GER - Wiesbaden @ Schlachthof
17.03.2015 - GER - Köln @ Underground
18.03.2015 - GER - München @ Backstage
19.03.2015 - A - Wien @ Arena
20.03.2015 - CZ - Praha @ Modrá Vopice
21.03.2015 - GER - Berlin @ K17 The Club
22.03.2015 - GER - Hamburg @ Hafenklang
04.04.2015 - CH - Basel @ Sommercasino
18.04.2015 - CH - Lugano @ Studio Foce
War Anthem Records - New signing: LIK
Crawling out from beyond the putrid grave, of the cemetaries of Hornstull/Stockholm! Chris (ex-Kaamos, ex-Grave, The Resistance) and Tomas (Nale, ex-Chaosys) cracked their heads together and started jamming in early 2014 and with the combined worship for old school swedish death metal they had a couple of songs made. As the year flogged on Nille (ex-Siebenbürgen) joined the ranks as the lead guitarist. More songs where done, and the first ones where "polished" and perfected. Later on Matte (Nale) took on the bass duties to complete the band. The demo "Behold The Beheaded" (check it out: soundcloud.com/lik-official) was made and sent out to very few labels. Just to see if anyone would even touch the tunes of LIK. War-Anthem Records took LIK under their wings. And the future holds the debut album "Mass Funeral Evocation" soon to be unleashed upon the feebleminded. Stay tuned!
SHAKHTYOR - First teaser clip for their upcoming 2nd album
Something BIG is coming..."Tunguska", the 2nd album of Hamburg´s finest SHAKHTYOR will blow away every fan of intense, deep and massively heavy stuff! The album will be released in spring 2015 by Cyclone Empire.
Check out the clip at this location: youtu.be/QT3fWzS9JV0
CRUACHAN - First official video
This is the brand new video from Cruachan, taken from the new album. The video was shot in Dubiln, Ireland by Angel Croiter (Puka productions). The video features George Bracebridge as the main Shaman, George is a professional actor currently appearing in various Irish TV productions including TV3’s new crime drama “Red Rock”. Also featured is Rachel Lally as the Chieftans wife, Rachel is a professional actor and model from the Assets modelling agency in Ireland, she also presents “County Matters” for Irish TV on Sky 191.
The narrative shows the grim and selfless task taken by the Chieftan of a Gaelic village to sacrifice his own first born child to the Blood God known as Crom Cruach. By appeasing the God in this way he hopes to restore glory and fortune to his clan. His wife must accompany him on this journey and partake in the ritual of sacrifice despite the obvious pain it is causing both of them.
Check out the clip at this location: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEH0j9KsjCw
Norway's MYSTICUM release debut promo video
Lifted from the band’s widely acclaimed 2014 return, ‘Planet Satan’, the debut video ‘The Ether’ is complete. In the true spirit of Mysticum do not expect the typical kind of video, but instead a dark & cosmic trip, & a powerful glimpse into the all-conquering Mysticum universe. Hail Satan!
The video was created by Miles at Crystal Spotlight and can be viewed here:
A work of intense and otherworldly black metal power injected with Mysticum’s strong cosmic, satanic and psychedelic overtones, ‘Planet Satan’ welcomes Mysticum to the new millennium with full & unrelenting force, whilst retaining the core elements which made the Norwegians pioneering legends of industrial black metal. Both infernal & nihilistic, as well as apocalyptic in its scope and execution, ‘Planet Satan’ is a new milestone for the genre in its sublime, chaotic ferocity. Primitive minor-chord riff patterns & tortured vocals mixed with the band’s manic and often unconventional programmed drum beats makes this an eerily hypnotic work of the darkest order.
DØDHEIMSGARD announce details of new album
Dødheimsgard, Norway’s premier experimental extremists have completed work on their fifth album, titled ‘A Umbra Omega’, and set for release on March 16th on Peaceville Records.
One of the top bands and boundary-pushing visionaries of the mid-90’s Norwegian Black Metal evolution, having released 4 full-length albums since their inception, DHG are widely hailed as masters of dark & psychotic psychedelia-tinged extremity.
The first fruits of DHG’s re-animated labour manifest in the shape of new studio album, ‘A Umbra Omega’, with original co-founding member Aldrahn (Thorns/The Deathtrip) making a return to the asylum on vocal duties alongside Vicotnik’s exquisite & unconventional compositions & structures.
‘A Umbra Omega’ is DHG’s first album since 2007’s ‘Supervillain Outcast’ opus, and undoubtedly marks the band’s most challenging work to date; twisted, technical, sprawling epics & an inverted outlook on existence from the depths of band mastermind/writer/producer Vicotnik, with similarities drawn to previous classic DHG works such as ‘666 International’ and ‘Satanic Art’. A raw and organic production permeates the album courtesy of Vicotnik himself, with the album mastered at Strype Audio in Oslo by Tom Kvålsvoll.
Dødheimsgard was formed in 1994 by Vicotnik & Aldrahn. The early incarnation was that of a raw and melodic black metal band, with their debut album also featuring Fenriz of Darkthrone on bass, before the poisons of a more avantgarde & schizophrenic concoction started to take hold.