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TOWER - New Album "Shock To The System" this November via Cruz Del Sur Music

In November 2021, New York City true metallers TOWER will release their sophomore studio album, “Shock To The System”, via Cruz Del Sur Music. The album was recorded this May and June at Artifact Audio in Ridgewood, New York, with Sasha Stroud serving as co-producer and engineer. The album’s cover was created by Morgan Jesse Lappin.

According to vocalist Sarabeth Linden, half of the music and lyrics for “Shock To The System” were written during the recent lockdown attributed to the global pandemic. The result is TOWER’s most complete outing to date - a veritable metal call-to-arms that combines the band’s energetic brand of NWOBHM and classic rock into ten anthemic cuts.

“We stayed centered around our established style but took it to new levels in some places,” says Linden. “The heavy parts are heavier than before, the fast parts are faster, the slow parts are slower, and one song is around seven minutes, which we’ve never come close to previously. Musically, there are a lot of firsts on this record.”

TOWER (who are completed by the guitar tandem of James Danzo and Zak Penley and drummer James Jones) only has one previous full-length studio album to their credit, 2016’s self-titled outing. While their 2019 “Tomorrow & Yesterday” EP featured four songs of rocked-up metal, “Shock To The System” takes TOWER’s sound to the next level.

“The first album is already five years old!” exclaims Linden. “It seems so long ago now. The songs that are still in the live set, like ‘Flames’, ‘Raceway Rock’ and ‘Elegy’ are still very much in the vein of the new material. The EP was a bit more simple and aggressive, and those elements are on the album, too, but manifest in a different way. In general, we have grown a lot as a band and as individuals. We’ve matured, and it’s reflected in the music.”

TOWER recently celebrated its return to the stage in July. With “Shock To The System” in the can, the band plans on preparing for future live dates - and a new bassist. “We’re in the process of revamping the lineup for tour, as Jeff Filmer stepped aside to give his full attention to his bands SHADOWLAND and HUSTLER,” closes Linden. “We’ll be ready to hit the road by year’s end. See you soon! Be prepared!”

Tracklist:
1. Blood Moon
2. Prince of Darkness
3. Metatron
4. Running Out of Time
5. Lay Down the Law
6. Hired Gun
7. The Black Rose
8. On the Line
9. In Dreams
10. Powder Keg

www.facebook.com/TOWERnyc +++ www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
 

ESTERTOR - New Album "Tales From The Ancient Grave" via War Anthem Records - Details and Video revealed

War Anthem Records proudly announces the sophomore full-length of Spanish Thrashers ESTERTOR!

"Tales From The Ancient Grave" will be released on 26th November 2021. It was recorded, mixed and mastered at Moontower Studios by Javi Félez and is adorned with an artwork by César Valladares.

The album is a tribute to the classic horror movies of the 70's/80's (Maniac, The Sentinel, The Thing,…) and offers a mixture of the most furious Thrash like Bathory, Possessed, Sodom or Celtic Frost and old school Death Metal like Death, Massacre, Obituary or Sepultura.

A video clip for the track "Nocturnal Strigoi" is available at this location: https://youtu.be/v-M6G7drtRQ

ESTERTOR were formed at the beginning of 2016, composed of veteran musicians of the Catalan Death/Doom/Black Metal scene like Ered, Decapitated Christ, Onirophagus, Wild Road Roller, Falç and Blazemth. In 2017 they released "Buried in Morningside", their first full-length that compiled old songs and which led them to play all over the peninsula making themselves known in the most evil Thrash scene.

Pure morbid HORROR THRASH straight from the crypts of Catalonia!

Tracklist:
1. Assimilating Flesh
2. Venereal Horror
3. Nocturnal Strigoi
4. The Torch That Corrupted The Earth
5. Blood For Sheetar
6. Repugnant Face Of Death
7. Tales From The Ancient Grave
8. Worship The Black Goat
9. Keeper Of Hell

www.facebook.com/estertorthrash +++ www.war-anthem.de
 

APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE - New Album Announcement - "Until The Darkness Goes" via Cruz Del Sur Music

Indianapolis doom titans APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE will release their fifth studio album, "Until The Darkness Goes", on November 12th 2021 via Cruz Del Sur Music.

APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE - featuring vocalist/guitarist Chuck Brown, guitarist/vocalist Steve Janiak, bassist Mike Naish and drummer Corey Webb - initially planned to record the album in late 2020, but health and safety concerns over the global pandemic pushed the start date to May 17 of this year. Once again, the band hunkered down in Russian Recording in Bloomington, Indiana, with long-time producer/engineer Mike Bridavsky at the helm. The album’s cover is a fitting accompaniment that was created by visual artist WÆK, who also handled the artwork for the band’s 2018 studio album "From Gold to Ash".

According to Naish, the goal heading into the creation of "Until The Darkness Goes" was to write shorter, more compact songs, with an onus on their quality and emotional impact on the listener. "This album is short even by our standards," he says. "The emotion of the lyrics coupled with slower tempos suggest a sudden and painful personal loss, a mood that evolved over the album’s creation. It is probably more about refining what we do best as a band - and individuals - to convey an idea as opposed to continuing a theme. In short, it’s a more polished version of everything we all loved about our previous records."

The pandemic directly impacted APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE - one of its members lost both parents, casting a pall over its creation. The band took advantage of shifting recording dates to refine the album, resulting in what is unquestionably their darkest and most heartfelt LP to date.

"The pandemic was ever-present as the songwriting process evolved," says Naish. "Thus, more of our personal experiences became infused in our playing and songwriting, specifically around vocal harmonies. To play music together was cathartic for us, but it was also challenging to stay safe during a pandemic. We were fortunate to have support from our label, Cruz Del Sur, to record when we felt comfortable. So, that’s what we did."

APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE recently resumed live activity, including two opening slots on the abbreviated THE OBSESSED and THE SKULL American tour. While the band enjoyed hitting the stage once again, they couldn’t help but worry things could come to a halt at any time. "There always seemed to be some impending sense of doom (pun intended?) that nothing has any sense of permanence," finishes Naish. "We are generously supported when we tour, and, for that, we are grateful. We owe it to ourselves and each other to pull our weight to bring this pandemic to an end. We want to tour in support of this release when conditions are favorable for both performers and fans. Unfortunately, we cannot predict when that will be. Working musicians are struggling right now to make ends meet, and we feel uncomfortable putting anyone at risk in these trying times. We’ll see you all as soon as we can do it safely."

Tracklist:
1. When the Darkness Comes
2. The Union
3. Apathy in Isolation
4. Deeper Than the Oceans
5. Beautifully Dark
6. Relive the Day

www.facebook.com/apostleofsolitude +++ www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
 

ALDA - New Trackstream "Drawn Astray"

Cascadian sonic architects ALDA have revealed the new track "Drawn Astray"!

The track is the second to be revealed from the band's highly anticipated fourth album, "A Distant Fire", set for international release on October 8th 2021 via Eisenwald. It is available for streaming on all major digital platforms: https://ffm.to/drawnastray.oyd

On "A Distant Fire", ALDA demonstrates a keen sense for engaging songwriting and a use of melody that is sure to enthrall listeners familiar with their work as well as individuals who are new to their sound. Thematically, the album tells a story about facing a dire and uncertain future, of nights illuminated by distant blazes and days obscured by ash and smoke. The songs fuse elements of the aforementioned genres with an ease that allows these songs to develop organically and presents listeners with an enticing sonic experience. The immersive qualities of the album are emphasized by the band's epic compositions, both in length and musical development throughout the songs.

Written between 2017 and 2019, "A Distant Fire" was recorded and engineered during 2020 by Jake Superchi (UADA, Ceremonial Castings), who provides these songs with an appropriately warm and accessible production job that complements the band's music and compositions admirably. Finally, mastering was done by the renowned Mell Dettmer at Studio Soli (Sunn O))), Wolves in the Throne Room, Earth, Elder).

The cover and whole insert artwork was painted by Second Nature Artwork - Craig Strother.

Overall, "A Distant Fire" represents a noticeable growth and transformation in ALDA's songwriting and musical performance, while staying true to the spirit and intentions that have informed their music during their 14 years as a band.

Tracklist:
1.First Light
2.Stonebreaker
3.Drawn Astray
4.Forlorn Peaks
5.Loo-Wit
6.A Distant Fire

www.facebook.com/aldacascadia +++ www.eisenton.de
 

HORNS OF DOMINATION - Album Announcement + Trackstream

HORNS OF DOMINATION return at last! 6 years after their rehearsal demo, which resulted in a string of reputable shows and festivals, HORNS OF DOMINATION will finally release their debut album 'Where Voices Leave No Echo" on October 22nd 2021 through Sepulchral Voice Records.

Featuring 8 songs which raise the band's musicality to a new level. The filth and bestiality displayed on the demo give way to a brilliance and virtuosity within. Breathing an absolutely oppressive energy over 36 minutes, full of intoxication, rage and trepidation, HORNS OF DOMINATION manage to put together all the indispensable ingredients for a grand Black/Death Metal album: Mania & madness, tension & atmosphere, frenzy & melody. A manifesto of excess, suckled at the breast of Mother Darkness where your shredded dreams of humanity and a better world are served on a platter of bloody skins and sharp strings!

Elevated by an outstanding earthy and highly professional production in this disdainful world of compression and plastic and refined through mastering by Brad Boatright (Audiosiege), "Where Voices Leave No Echo" is perfected through artwork by Ernst Morsch (Discordia Graphics). You’ll die here, in solitude!

"No Beyond (For No One )" - Trackstream: Youtube +++ Soundcloud +++ Bandcamp

Tracklist:
1. No Beyond (For No One)
2. Vanish
3. Untamed
4. Oscillating
5. Cold Breath
6. Where Voices Leave No Echo
7. Die Here, In Solitude
8. Throne of Ecstasy

http://hornsofdomination.de +++ www.sepulchralvoice.de
 

EXTREME COLD WINTER – New Album “World Exit” via Hammerheart Records – Details and Trackstream

Hammerheart Records proudly announces the debut full-length of EXTREME COLD WINTER!

“World Exit” will be released on 15th October 2021 on CD, LP and digitally.

The album’s opening track, "Animals In Wintertime", can be checked out at these locations: https://youtu.be/J0kZaimOe68 +++ https://extremecoldwinterhhr.bandcamp.com/album/world-exit

EXTREME COLD WINTER was started in 2009 by A.J. van Drenth, who earned his wings for being the guitarist/vocalist in bands as Temple, Beyond Belief and Beast of Revelation. He teamed up with Drummer Seth Van de Loo (Severe Torture, Centurian, Cthuluminati) and as a vocalist extraordinaire they were joined by Pim Blankenstein, frontman of long-running Dutch Doom/Death band Officium Triste. Six years ago the band finally unleashed a five tunes killer EP named “Paradise Ends Here” that received excellent reviews in the international underground scene and created a lot of anticipation for a full-length album.

“World Exit” defines the true essence of gloomy and dismal extreme metal music – prepare for a very heavy sounding slab of Dutch old school Death/Doom!

Tracklist:
1. Animals in Wintertime
2. Time Space World
3. Permafrost Entombment
4. The Sea Taketh
5. Pharmakia
6. Serpent’s Seduction
7. Cursed Like Cain

Line-up:
Pim Blankenstein - Vocals
A.J. van Drenth - Guitars
Seth van de Loo - Drums
Hans Pieters - Bass (Session)
Carsten Altena - Keyboards (Session)

www.facebook.com/Extreme.Cold.Winter +++ www.hammerheart.com
 

SARKE - New Album "Allsighr" via Soulseller Records - Trackstream

Pioneering extreme Norwegian metal act SARKE announce their long awaited 7th full-length, entitled "Allsighr"!

The album will be released worldwide via Soulseller Records on November 5th 2021. It was recorded by Børge Finstad and Kevin Kleiven at Top Room Studios, mixed by Lars Erik Westby at H-10 productions and mastered by Thomas Eberger at Stockholm Mastering. The artwork was created by Kjell Åge Meland.

SARKE continue to exploit their unusual mix of 70`s rock, 80`s speed metal and 90`s black metal, resulting in an album full of heavy-rocking and groovy metal while not forgetting the unique psychedelic, doomy and dwelling passages.

A monster of an album by a beast of a line-up!

Check out the first single, "Bleak Reflections", at this locaton: https://youtu.be/8xZOp5pr4rg

Tracklist:
1. Bleak Reflections
2. Grim Awakening
3. Funeral Fire
4. Allsighr
5. Beheading Of The Circus Director
6. Through The Thorns
7. Glacial Casket
8. Sleep In Fear
9. The Reverberation of The Lost
10. Imprisoned

Line-up:
Nocturno Culto - Vocals
Sarke - Bass
Steinar Gundersen - Guitar
Anders Hunstad - Keyboards
Cato Bekkevold - Drums

https://www.facebook.com/sarkeofficial +++ http://www.soulsellerrecords.com
 

ORGANIC - New Album "Where Graves Abound" via Testimony Records - Details & Trackstream revealed

Almost three years after their crushing debut "Carved In Flesh", Old School Death Metal Maniacs ORGANIC are ready to unleashed their sophomore full-length!

"Where Graves Abound" will be released on 22nd October 2021 via Testimony Records on limited LP (Transparent Swamp Green, Gold & White), CD and in digital formats. It was recorded at Sound Control Studio with Lukas Flarer and mixed and mastered by Obey Mastering in Sweden. The cover artwork was illustrated by Vladimir Chebakov.

A first track, "Waste Monolith", can be checked out at these locations: Youtube +++ Spotify +++ Bandcamp

ORGANIC deliver a new variety of vigorous and insane riffs while frontbeast Max brings the chaotic energy to a whole new level and vomits his soul onto the vocal tracks. Together with the trenchant drumming and forceful bass-playing a tremendous thunder reigns over the Tyrolean Alps. Expect the most devastating dosage of the chainsaw sound!

Tracklist:
1. Ropedragger
2. Waste Monolith
3. Schizophrenic Execution
4. Caged in a Tomb
5. Fall, Rot
6. Where Graves Abound
7. Die Schwanzdirn
8. The Howling
9. Knives

www.facebook.com/organicdeathmetal +++ www.facebook.com/testimonyrecords
 

TUMBA DE CARNE - Debut Album "Decatexis // Perpetuo Altar" via Lavadome Productions - Details & Trackstream revealed

Lavadome Productions proudly announces the debut full-length of Argentinian Extreme Metallers TUMBA DE CARNE!

"Decatexis // Perpetuo Altar" will be released on September 24th 2021 on CD, MC and in digital formats. It was produced by the members themselves with a final analog mastering performed by Andrea P. of Ad Nauseam in MSTR Sound Studio.

This gargantuan album has emerged by combining multiple elements from Death Metal’s most prominent subgenres and offers five tracks of abrasive, tripping soundscapes of pulsating heaviness and overall musical dichotomy.

For a first impression, check out the track "Odian" at this location: https://youtu.be/FX7LVz1mc1M

Pre-orders: https://store.lavadome.org +++ https://lavadome.bandcamp.com/album/decatexis-perpetuo-altar

Tracklist:
1. Errar
2. Herida
3. Odian
4. Ulcera
5. Ciego

www.facebook.com/Tvmbadecarne +++ www.facebook.com/lavadome
 

WALDGEFLÜSTER - New Album "Dahoam" via AOP Records - Lyric Video

AOP Records proudly announces the 6th full-length album of German Black Metallers WALDGEFLÜSTER!

"Dahoam" will be released on September 24th 2021 on CD, LP and digitally. It was mixed and mastered by Markus Stock and is adorned with a cover artwork and illustrations by Benjamin König.

A lyric video for the track "Im Ebersberger Forst" is available here: https://youtu.be/6KNwJRbMqvE

WALDGEFLÜSTER shows an individual mix of melancholic and nature-bound topics. The project, which was founded in autumn 2005, renders homage to Black Metal and its complexity with every note and every word of the lyrical songs.

10 years after the last concept album "Femundsmarka", which dealt with the insights one can find while traveling abroad in the nature, "Dahoam" will be its mental follow up and deal with the different aspects of home. Written and sung completely in Bavarian dialect, it marks a search for the soul of this place called home. Embedded in the pictures and metaphors of the beautiful Upper Bavarian landscape, it is intended to be a universal treatise for everyone who is thinking about the different ideas of home.

Tracklist:
1. A Taglachinger Morgen
2. Im Ebersberger Forst
3. Am Stoa
4. Am Tatzlwurm
5. In da Fuizn
6. Mim Blick aufn Kaiser
7. Am Wendelstoa

https://www.facebook.com/BlackMetalWaldgefluester +++ https://artofpropaganda.bandcamp.com/album/dahoam
 
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