PRIMITAI - British Melodic Metallers sign with Dissonance Productions
PRIMITAI will release their fourth full length album entitled “The Calling” on May 25th 2018. Get ready as something special is about to be unleashed, heed “The Calling”, it’s a killer slab of high quality melodic metal.
PRIMITAI (pronouned Primi-tie) are a London based melodic metal band drawing inspiration from classic heavy metal and combining it with a modern production, intensity and a subtle progressive edge. Whether sharing the stage with NWOBHM bands like Saxon, power metallers Edguy, thrash bands like Warbringer, or even Scandinavian sleaze rock like Crashdiet, the power, melody and intensity of Primitai’s songs and performance has struck a chord with fans across a wide spectrum of metal.
Serj/Primitai: “We’re extremely proud to say that we have signed with Dissonance Productions. The vision shown by them shows what potential this label has to really put Britain back on the Heavy Metal map”.
Steve/Dissonance: “An exciting band that to my mind has been criminally overlooked thus far. I hope signing us will put them on the map, they deserve it!"
GRAVEYARD - 'Back To The Mausoleum' EP coming this April
Spanish Death Metallers GRAVEYARD return with a new EP!
To celebrate 10 years of madness, sonic debauchery and total Death Metal worship, GRAVEYARD decided that it was time to go back to the ‘House of Death / Mountains of Madness’ (a filthy garage up in the Castelldefels mountains), bring a trailer of equipment (and beers) and try to do something similar to their first ever demo "Into The Mausoleum", which was recorded right there shortly after the band's formation back in the day.
"Back To The Mausoleum" will be released on 27th April 2018 via War Anthem Records on CD and Vinyl and features a cover artwork Matt "Putrid" Carr. It was entirely written, rehearsed and recorded at this infamous 'House of Death', while the fine tuning with overdubs, solos and vocals was done at Moontower Studios owned by guitarist Javi Félez.
Check out the first track of this alcohol infused two-day-session (200 beers in 1 day - there you go…) at this location: https://soundcloud.com/war-anthem-records/graveyardes-an-epiphany-of-retribution
1. Scorched Earth
2. And The Shadow Came
3. Craving Cries I Breath
4. In Contemplation
5. An Epiphany Of Retribution
www.facebook.com/deathmetalgraveyard / www.war-anthem.de
SUSPERIA - 'My Darkest Moment' music video premiere
Norwegian metallers SUSPERIA release music video for the track "My Darkest Moment". The video was filmed by Costin Chioreanu (Twilight 13 Media) and Gina Sandulescu. The song comes from the band's upcoming album "The Lyricist", set to be released on March 16th via Agonia Records.
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/oW00nyP9JTo
"The Lyricist" was recorded at three different studios in Norway between February 2015 and May 2016. The album was later mixed and mastered at Strand Studio (Chrome Division, The Wretched End, In Vain) by Marius Strand. Cover design and artwork was prepared by Vincent Fouquet. New band photos were shot by Espen Bakken.
GATEKEEPER - 'East Of Sun' Album Cover Revealed
Soon, the metal world will get to absorb the sounds of GATEKEEPER’s first full-length album, “East Of Sun”, an epic metal tour-de-force that will see the light of day on 27th April 2018 via Cruz Del Sur Music.
Rewind back to the early months of 2017, though, and it was legendary British artist Duncan Storr (DARK FOREST, EDGE OF SANITY, RAGE, SKYCLAD) who became one of the first people to hear the demos that would ultimately become “East Of Sun”. Well before they were signed to Cruz Del Sur, GATEKEEPER leader Geoff Blackwell mustered up the courage to email Storr a demo to see if he’d be willing to work on the project. Luckily for Blackwell and co., Storr took an immediate liking to GATEKEEPER and got down to business.
“I liked the demo and asked to hear a few more songs if they had more,” says Storr. “Geoff sent me over another two demos to listen to so I could get a good feel for their sound. The titles of the tracks ‘Warrior Without Fear’, ‘Oncoming Ice’, and ‘East Of Sun West of Moon’, sparked something and I got a few ideas from listening to the tracks.”
Storr proceed to reach into his vault and selected an unfinished piece he thought would be suit GATEKEEPER. “I sent Geoff a few of these images and relayed how I would like to incorporate some of the song ideas and embellish the atmosphere in the painting,” he says. “He got back to me after showing the rest of the band. The band have been great to work with and have kept me informed and added more demos for me to work with as I paint. I find this always helps.”
"We had a short list of people that we wanted to work with on this album and Duncan Storr was on it,” adds Blackwell. “He is a real gentleman and a master behind the paintbrush. The piece he showed us instantly clicked with our vision for the record and in a way, it drove us to work even harder on the music in order to match the quality of his art. GATEKEEPER would like to thank Duncan for his hard work, dedication to his craft and for being a loyal fan of rock and roll."
Originally formed in 2009 as a solo project by guitarist Geoff Blackwell, GATEKEEPER has assembled an impressive array of EPs and splits, including an appearance on Metal Blade’s “Metal Massacre XIV” where they contributed the song “Bell Of Tarantia”. Recorded over the span of six months at Harbourside Studios in Vancouver, Canada, “East Of Sun” was produced by Mike Rogerson, whose previous credits include ANNIHILATOR, AGGRESSION, 88 MILE TRIP and LOVERBOY, with additional production assistance provided by Angelo Boose.
www.facebook.com/gatekeepervinland / www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
DREAMARCHER - Debut EP "Harding" coming in March 2018
"Harding" is a tribute to Hardanger, the area of Norway where DREAMARCHER comes from. It is written with respect to those from the past who clung to the steep mountain sides, planted fruit trees, played the fiddle with eight strings and dressed the mountains in large black pipes which fueled the turbines of industry. They created a society and a life for all those who came after them. Harding was written with the fascination of both the heroic and legendary stories, of common people who fought their own battles of survival.
Harding is the Norwegian word for "a person from Hardanger", but is also the word used to describe the weathered, warm and mentally strong. Hardanger is an icon of Norwegian Romantic Nationalism and also lead the industrial development from around 1900. Because of its remote geography, Hardanger was an area where religion struggled to get a foothold for a long time. During the religious revivals in the 1800s, the Hardanger Fiddle was viewed as a sinful instrument encouraging wild dances, drinking and fights. This lead to the burning and destruction of many fiddles, as they thought it would be best for the soul - and thus the fiddle remains a symbol of rebelliousness.
"Harding" will be released on 9th March 2018 via Indie Recordings.
www.facebook.com/dreamarcherofficial / www.indierecordings.no
UNRAVEL - Debut album via Testimony Records - Details and first song revealed
Testimony Records proudly presents "Eras Of Forfeit" - the debut full-length of their new signing UNRAVEL!
Crawling from the gutters of Perth, Western Australia in 2014, UNRAVEL exhume the brutally-primal sledge hammer of Old School Death Metal, and ravage it with the violent, political consciousness of Grindcore and Hardcore Punk to sonically smack the heck out of punters in their path.
"Eras Of Forfeit" will be released on 13th April 2018 on CD, limited Vinyl (100 x transparent red/black marbled, 200 x black - both versions including DIN A1 artwork poster) and in digital formats.
The album is garned with an amazing artwork by renowned artist Dan Seagrave and was tracked in the band’s hometown by Cam Murphy at Opaque Recording, mixed by Taylor Young at The Pit Recording Studios (Nails, Xibalba, Twitching Tongues etc) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Poison Idea, Gehenna, High On Fire etc).
A first track, "Fostering The Festering Spawn", and pre-order options are available at these locations: https://testimonyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/unravel-eras-of-forfeit + http://testimonyrecords.bigcartel.com
2. No Validation For Violation
3. Reign Of Wasps
6. Isle Of Rot
7. Perpetual Servitude
9. Fostering The Festering Spawn
10. Mortals’ Thirst
http://www.facebook.com/unravelmetal / https://www.facebook.com/testimonyrecords
BLACK CYCLONE - Join Gates Of Hell Records
Gothenburg, Sweden thrashers BLACK CYCLONE have inked a deal with Gates Of Hell Records for the physical release of their first full-length album, “Death Is King”. The album was released by the band in digital format in early 2018.
Originally formed in 2009, BLACK CYCLONE’s sound initially channeled black metal on their “Chaos Brigade” (2012) and “Under Your Hoof” (2013) demos, eventually morphing into all-out, vintage thrash, which is displayed across “Death Is King”, an album stocked with surges of speed, NWOBHM-styled guitar solos, twisting power metal and the animated, sky-scraping vocals of Linus Johansson, who also handles vocal duties in TRIAL.
“After we settled on thrash metal, it all felt right and we were ready to record BLACK CYCLONE’s first album,” comments bass guitarist Per Andreasson. “The changes in style were just a result of what we wanted to play in different periods of time.”
The songs on “Death Is King” are the result of many years of work, songs that were accordingly, re-written to suit BLACK CYCLONE’s ever-evolving sound. “Now that we have found our style, it’s time to begin this journey,” says Andreasson. “We just thought that ‘Death Is King’ had a nice ring to it and it’s easy to remember. The name comes from the opening track of the album, ‘Death Is Crowned As King’, which we thought would be a too long name for the album title. The lyrical themes differ from song to song, everything from Cthulhu and anti-religion to anarchy and anti-establishment.”
“Death Is King” will be released on April 27th on CD and vinyl.
THE OSIRIS CLUB - New single "The Hopeless Distance"
London's THE OSIRIS CLUB keeps on encompassing the worlds of progressive rock, metal and post-punk with their new single titled 'The Hopeless Distance'.
This particular track is inspired by Robert Aickman's short story 'Choice of Weapons' and it is finally available on all digital services!
Stream & Download: https://believemusic.lnk.to/TheHopelessDistance
The band comments on the single: "Drawing on ‘Robert Aickman’s’ short story; ‘Choice Of Weapons’…the songs highlights the perils of Lust, Obsession, Jealously and Fixation.The song focuses on the mind of Malcolm Fenville, a man destroyed by his obsession with Dorabelle, a mysterious woman he meets by chance. His intrigue unfolds into a fixation, only to be rewarded with Dorabelle's unrequited love…finding Fenville falling into a sickness that no modern medicine can cure."
The band's new album "The Wine-Dark Sea" will be released on 23rd February 2018 via Indie Recordings.
https://www.facebook.com/Osirisclub / https://shop.indierecordings.no
USURPRESS - New track "The Iron Gates Will Melt" unveiled
Prog-influenced Swedish death metallers USURPESS unveil a new song titled "The Iron Gates Will Melt". The track comes from the band's fourth studio album "Interregnum", set to be released on February 23rd in Europe and April 27th in North America on Agonia Records.
Listen to the song at: https://youtu.be/o3gpEJnymJU
This time, core members Stefan Pettersson (vocals, lyrics), Påhl Sundström (guitars, music) and Daniel Ekeroth (bass, music) are joined by jazz-fusion drummer Stefan Hildman and ambient/trance keyboardist Erik Sundström, and the outcome astounded even the band itself. "Interregnum" can be described as "an unholy mix between Camel and Bolt Thrower, that somehow works flawlessly", so be prepared for something quite out of the ordinary. And out of this world.
The album was recorded and mixed in the world-renowned studio Dugout Productions (Soilwork, Behemoth, In Flames, Dark Funeral, etc.) in the band’s hometown of Uppsala, Sweden.
1. A Place in the Pantheon
3. In Books Without Pages
4. Late in the 11:th Hour
5. Ships of Black Glass
6. The Iron Gates Will Melt
7. The Vagrant Harlot
www.facebook.com/Usurpress / www.agoniarecords.com
DEMONICAL - New album announcement: "Chaos Manifesto"
Swedish brutal, melodic, old-school death metal tyrants DEMONICAL, will emerge with a brand new, fifth studio album titled "Chaos Manifesto", on March 23rd in Europe and April 27th in North America via Agonia Records.
Listen to the first single "Towards Greater Gods" on YouTube, at this link: https://youtu.be/K6sNSADX_Fo
DEMONICAL arose from the ashes of formerly disbanded Centinex in 2006, and in comparison to its older sibling, executes death metal in a far more impetuous and melodic manner. "Chaos Manifesto" is a testament to that statement. After nearly five years since the release of the last full-length album "Darkness Unbound" (2013), the Swede's - now led by a new prominent death growler Alexander Högbom (October Tide, Centinex) - continue the traditional DEMONICAL path with fierce HM-2 driven death metal of utter brutality, yet return in a partially new, yet fully fit five-piece line-up.
From the violent album opener "A Void Most Obscure", via melodic mid-tempo anthems "Towards Greater Gods" and "Välkommen Undergång" (the band's first ever track is Swedish), all the way to the final song "Nightbringer", DEMONICAL once again prove that they're a force to be reckoned with in the extreme metal scene. The five-year gap between albums has not made the band become stale in ideas, either:
"Chaos Manifesto features some new elements and streaks the band hasn’t explored before" - comments bassist, Martin Schulman. "We have tapped an award-winning Swedish producer and we are confident that the album - which summons bits and pieces from all our previous releases - will become an improved quality-related chapter for Demonical, and push our Swedish Death Metal Darkness to a new level".
"Chaos Manifesto" was recorded in 2017 and both mixed and mastered by Karl Daniel Lidén (Terra Tenebrosa, Cult of Luna, Katatonia). The album artwork was designed by Karmazid (Urfaust, Wolfbrigade, Blaze of Perdition). Pehr Skjoldhammer of Alfahanne guest appears on vocals.
1. A Void Most Obscure
2. Towards Greater Gods
3. Sung To Possess
4. Välkommen Undergång
5. Torture Parade
6. From Nothing
7. Unfold Thy Darkness
8. Death Unfaithful
9. Nightbringer (*Digipack CD exclusive)
www.demonical.net / www.agoniarecords.com