GATEKEEPER - 'Grey Maiden' EP in February
Looking to strike while the iron is hot, Canadian true metal up-and-comers GATEKEEPER will release the “Grey Maiden” EP on February 22nd via Cruz Del Sur Music.
Featuring two brand-new compositions, a cover song and a track re-recorded from their first demo, “Grey Maiden” picks right up where the band’s acclaimed “East Of Sun” first full-length left off. The groundswell of support in North America and abroad — including the selling out of the vinyl and CD pressing of “East Of Sun” within six months — spurred GATEKEEPER to satiate their ever-growing fanbase with a new release.
“We’ve been working harder and faster than ever since all of this started happening,” says guitarist and founding member Geoff Blackwell. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from spending the past ten-plus years in bands, it’s that momentum is your greatest resource and you’ve gotta pour gasoline on the little fires that pop up in your career.”
GATEKEEPER’s future plans include a tour of Europe in support of “Grey Maiden”, including spots on key festivals such as Hell Over Hammaburg, Swordbrothers and Up The Hammers. In addition to more live dates in their home territory of Canada, GATEKEEPER will buckle down and get to work on their second LP, which, according to Blackwell, will feature material contributed by the entire band. But, before the calendar jumps over to 2019, some reflection of 2018 is warranted, a year that saw GATEKEEPER emerge as one of the best new traditional metal hopefuls in recent memory.
1. Grey Maiden
2. Tale Of Twins
4. Richard III
www.facebook.com/gatekeeperband / www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
DISQUIET – New Videoclip & Tour Dates
Dutch metallers DISQUIET have unleashed a video clip for their new song "Designed to Violate"!
The track delivers the band's typical mix of furious thrash with catchy melodic metal and gives a first impression of their third full-length which is planned to be released in 2019 via Soulseller Records.
Furthermore DISQUIET will be on tour with Six Feet Under and Incite this month!
06.12. Nijverdal (NL) – Cult Art Club
07.12. Röbel (Ger) – Alte Heimat
08.12. Glauchau (Ger) – Alte Spinnerei
09.12. Oberhausen (Ger) - Helvete
10.12. Kassel (Ger) - 130bpm
11.12. Aalen (Ger) – Rock It
12.12. Ostrava (Cz) - Barrak
13.12. München (Ger) – Backstage
14.12. Cham (Ger) – L.A.
15.12. Mannheim (Ger) – Ms Connexion Complex
www.facebook.com/disquietofficial / www.soulsellerrecords.com
BOOZE CONTROL – New album “Forgotten Lands” via Gates Of Hell Records
German Metallers BOOZE CONTROL will release their new and fourth full-length, “Forgotten Lands”, on February 22nd 2019 via Gates Of Hell Records!
The album was recorded in October 2017 at Overlodge Recording Studio in Harz Mountains, Germany, with Martin Schnella handling engineering duties.
“Forgotten Lands” is the embodiment of a band now in full songwriting stride. BOOZE CONTROL’s engaging blend of NWOBHM-inspired classic metal shines through on the album’s ten cuts. “The two previous albums really helped us find and define our style as a band,” says vocalist/guitarist David Kuri. “We feel that we got it now, so ‘Forgotten Lands’ is less of a search and more of an arrival. This doesn’t mean that it’s boring now — on the contrary, it allowed us to be more confident when deliberately diverging from that style, so there is quite some experimenting going on on top of the solid heavy metal foundation we defined for ourselves.”
Kuri says BOOZE CONTROL (who are rounded out by second guitarist Jendrik Seiler, bassist Steffen Kurth and drummer Lauritz “The Lord” Jilge) often come up with songs during rehearsal where they swap riffs and ideas. Some of the songs on “Forgotten Lands” stem back to the band’s 2013 “Heavy Metal” and 2016 “The Lizard Rider” albums, but always go through the same process with Kuri and fellow guitarist Jendrik Seiler adding finishing touches. One element on “Forgotten Lands” is sure to stand out: BOOZE CONTROL has adopted a much more serious lyrical tone than their previous efforts.
The “Forgotten Lands” cover art was created by Dimitar Nikolov (Keep It True, ROSS THE BOSS, STEELWING, SACRAL RAGE). Nikolov was asked to create the “Forgotten Lands” album cover due to the overwhelming response to the band’s previous two album covers, which he was also responsible for.
www.facebook.com/boozecontrol / www.gatesofhellrecords.com
SANHEDRIN - New Album 'The Poisoner' in February - Cruz Del Sur Music
Brooklyn Metallers SANHEDRIN will release their sophomore album, "The Poisoner", on 22nd February 2019 via Cruz Del Sur Music!
Recorded in August and September of this year at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves with Colin Marston at the helm, “The Poisoner” features eight songs of timeless, classy heavy metal that picks up where the band’s acclaimed “A Funeral For The World” debut left off, with an array of big riffs, catchy vocals and explorations into darker territory than before.
"We had no idea how that record would be received when we released it,” states guitarist Jeremy Sosville, also of BLACK ANVIL. “We knew we were proud of it, but the response from the greater public was quite surprising and humbling. Since then, we’ve been able to play some great shows and really learn what makes our band unique and build on that."
SANHEDRIN, who also feature former AMBER ASYLUM and LOST GOAT vocalist/bassist Erica Stoltz and drummer Nathan Honor, used ideas that date back to the formation of the band for "The Poisoner" in addition to songs that were written around the time of “A Funeral For The World’s” release. The overriding goal, however, was to have an album ready in time for their European live debut next March alongside label mates GATEKEEPER.
"The Poisoner" - Tracklist:
1. Meditation (All My Gods Are Gone)
2. Wind On The Storm
3. Blood From A Stone
4. The Poisoner
5. The Getaway
6. For The Wicked
7. Saints And Sinners
8. In From The Outside
www.facebook.com/sanhedrinband / www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
OPPROBRIUM - Worldwide Deal with High Roller Records - New Album
Legendary New Orleans' Death Metal masters OPPROBRIUM, the band and creators that brought you the worldwide critically acclaimed albums such as 'Serpent Temptation', 'Beyond The Unknown, 'Discerning Forces and 'Mandatory Evac', has signed a worldwide deal with the Germany-based label High Roller Records and will release their new album entitled 'The Fallen Entities', which is scheduled for a worldwide release on February 22nd 2019 on LP, CD and Digital.
'The Fallen Entities', the fifth studio full-length is the brand-new album by this world renowned legendary death / thrash metal pioneers brothers Francis (Guitars, Vocals) and Moyses M. Howard (Drums) in 10 years, since the release of 'Mandatory Evac' in 2009, and it's described by the band's riff master / vocalist Francis as; "One of the most ambitious albums that we've ever written”.
Lyrically Opprobrium's 'The Fallen Entities' will take you into a distant past to a present reality, and musically the band's songwriting goes to a new technical level and complex song structures that the band is known for along with numerous tempo changes. Opprobrium once again raised the bar with their soon to be release epic death / thrash metal album 'The Fallen Entities'.
So get ready, OPPROBRIUM is back! More information coming soon!
MARIUS DANIELSEN – New lyric video - 'Tower of Knowledge'
Norwegian all-rounder MARIUS DANIELSEN proudly presents the second single of his upcoming new album "Legend of Valley Doom - Part 2"!
The lyric video for "Tower of Knowledge" is available at this location: https://youtu.be/u0bAB1Mpb4g
The highly anticipated second part of "Legend of Valley Doom" will be released via Crime on November 30th 2018. Be prepared for breathtaking songwriting performed by some of the best metal musicians of our time and guided by a fantastic storyline. This is symphonic and epic Power Metal at its best!
Pre-orders are possible here: shop.crimerecords.no (physical versions with bonus track) + bandcamp.crimerecords.no (digital version)
1. King Thorgan's Hymn
2. Rise of the Dark Empire
3. Gates of Eunomia
4. Tower of Knowledge
5. Visions of the Night
6. Crystal Mountains
7. By the Dragon's Breath
8. Under the Silver Moon
9. Angel of Light
10. Princess Lariana's Forest
11. Temple of the Ancient God (https://youtu.be/yHC6VlDn13A)
12. We Stand Together
13. Tower of Knowledge (Vinny Appice Version / CD-BONUSTRACK)
14. Crystal Mountains (Vinny Appice Version / VINYL-BONUSTRACK)
CHAPEL OF DISEASE - New Video & Pre-sales
German Death & Heavy Metal Innovators CHAPEL OF DISEASE have revealed a video for their new track "Song Of The Gods"!
The band's new album, "...And As We Have Seen The Storm, We Have Embraced The Eye", will be released on 23rd November 2018 via Ván Records.
Pre-Sales are possible now: www.van-records.de
Release show (with Sulphur Aeon): 22.12. Club Volta / Köln (GER)
1. Void Of Words
2. Oblivious – Obnoxious – Defiant
3. Song Of The Gods
5. 1.000 Different Paths
6. The Sound Of Shallow Grey
IN TWILIGHT’S EMBRACE - New album 'Lawa' out now
Polish Black-Deathers IN TWILIGHT’S EMBRACE have unleashed a special release - “Law” is out now!
Released by the band in cooperation with Left Hand Sounds a year after the lauded fourth full-length “Vanitas”, “Lawa” is yet another step into the sonic realm of Metal Śmierci, a rift between the fundamental principles of black and death metal, yet this time taken even further, into more atmospheric, idiosyncratic and surreal directions. It’s an exorcism, during which the spirits are unbound into a November night and dance among the living. Come, join the celebration of the weird!
The complete album is available for streaming at this location: https://youtu.be/A21fbU3Br84
CD and digital versions are available here: https://intwilightsembrace.bandcamp.com
LP release will follow in early spring 2019.
The band states: “In the evening of Forefathers' Eve or All Saints’ Day to others, we are one with our Dead. To honor them and to communicate with the netherworlds, we unleash “Lawa”, a work of music and word meant to mark the significance of this very day in the culture of our homeland. Sung entirely in Polish, “Lawa” captures what we think is the essence of the Polish spirit: a boiling mixture of insane passion, belief in the supernatural, death worship and dwelling on the past. Drawing inspiration from both the famous poetic drama “Dziady” ("Forefathers' Eve") by Adam Mickiewicz and its psychedelic movie rendition “Lawa” (1989) by Tadeusz Konwicki, the new work of In Twilight's Embrace is the proof that romantic traditions are still the cornerstone of Poland’s DNA and cultural paradigm. For better or worse. Or bitter, if you will.”
1. Zaklęcie (The Spell)
2. Dziś wzywają mnie podziemia (The netherworlds beckon me today)
3. Krew (Blood)
4. Pełen czerni (Blackfilled)
5. Ile trwa czas (How long does time last)
6. Żywi nieumarli (Alive undead)
13th December, Poznań (PL), Klub u Bazyla, “Lawa” release party
15th December, Berlin (DE), De Mortem et Diabolum at Columbia Theater
THIRD STORM - New Song Available - Debut Album 'The Grand Manifestation' in November
Swedish Metallers THIRD STORM have unleashed another new track of their upcoming debut full-length "The Grand Manifestation"!
"Forgotten Deity" is streaming now at this location: https://youtu.be/V9ElSdseeg8
"The Grand Manifestation" will be released on 9th November 2018 via Dark Descent Records and features a well-crafted blend of Black, Death, Doom and Thrash Metal. Brutality, heaviness, speed, melodies, chaos, doomy stuff, blast beats - everything excellently performed in its pure blackest form.
1. Prima Mobilae
2. As the Stars Watched the Birth of Eternity (https://youtu.be/PARq_eKUaYo)
3. The Third Thought From the Sun
4. Sapiens Fomulae
5. Through Eyes of the Omnipresent
6. Forgotten Deity
8. In Wrath Enshrouded (https://youtu.be/vUeCkrB2pXg)
Heval Bozarslan: Vocals
David Eriksson: Guitars
Hasse Hansson: Guitars
Daniel Ekeroth: Bass
Alvaro Svanerö: Drums
www.facebook.com/thirdstorm / www.darkdescentrecords.com
WHILE HEAVEN WEPT - 'Vast Oceans Lachrymose' Lineup To Embark On 'Farewell' European Dates
In early 2015, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT mainman Tom Phillips had to regrettably pull the plug on the band’s European tour in support of their latest studio album, “Suspended At Aphelion”. The decision led to Phillips’ unexpected retirement from the metal scene, effectively putting the revered doomsters on ice. However, Phillips and his bandmates have long sought to make amends to the European crowds who have so strongly backed WHILE HEAVEN WEPT over the years. Now, as 2018 draws to a close, the most recent incarnation of WHILE HEAVEN WEPT that started with 2009’s classic “Vast Oceans Lachrymose” will play its final shows together on a run of European dates that begins November 16 at Germany’s Hammer Of Doom festival.
“I agreed to do these shows to give everyone else — the band members, our fans, even myself some closure, especially since the last tour was cancelled,” says Phillips. “The other aspect is the circumstances and priorities of the musicians involved are simply not aligned with what an actively touring band requires anymore.”
The “Vast Oceans Lachrymose” lineup — rounded out by bassist Jim Hunter, vocalist Rain Irving, second guitarist Scott Loose, keyboardist/harmony vocalist Michelle Schrotz and drummer Trevor Schrotz — have been holed up in a Virginia rehearsal room putting together a setlist that is not only representative of the latest era of WHILE HEAVEN WEPT, but the band’s storied past as well. According to Phillips, some of WHILE HEAVEN WEPT’s most memorable shows have taken place on European shores, including their 2010 appearance at Hammer Of Doom alongside Irish metallers PRIMORDIAL, which was not only Irving’s third show with the band, but also where the “Triumph: Tragedy: Transcendence” DVD/live album was recorded.
While these European dates signal the end for the “Vast Oceans Lachrymose” era of WHILE HEAVEN WEPT, it does not mean the end for the band. Phillips says there is an entire album of unfinished material that sits between “Fear Of Infinity” and “Suspended At Aphelion” in which he may look to finalize at some point.
WHILE HEAVEN WEPT 2018 European tour dates:
November 16 – Hammer Of Doom, Würzburg, Germany
November 18 – Temple, Athens, Greece
November 24/25 – Dutch Doom Days, Baroeg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
December 7 – Under The Doom VI, LAV Lisboa ao Vivo, Lisbon, Portugal
December 8 – Madrid Is The Dark, Madrid, Spain