TAROT - Deal with Cruz Del Sur Music - New Album in 2023
Cruz Del Sur Music is proud to announce the signing of Australian vintage hard/rock metal outfit TAROT. The label will release the band’s second studio album sometime in 2023.
TAROT presents a familiar face from Cruz Del Sur Music: The band’s guitarist and vocalist Will Spectre, also leads arcane metallers THE WIZAR’D.
“I got in touch with Cruz Del Sur when I was looking for a label to release the most recent album from THE WIZAR’D,” he says. “Cruz Del Sur did a great job on that and were very supportive of us, so I thought they would be an excellent choice for the new TAROT album. Luckily for us, Cruz Del Sur was also fans of TAROT and agreed to release the album before they had even heard any songs. We are really looking forward to working on the release with them!”
The TAROT journey began in 2011 when Spectre decided to write songs in the vein of URIAH HEEP, RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE, bands that, admittedly, he is “obsessed with.” The two-track “Take A Look Around” demo arrived later that year. After honing the production methods needed to capture a warm, analog sound, TAROT released the “Life And Death” EP in 2014.
Two subsequent EPs, “Dying Daze” and “The Watchers Dream” were released in 2014, setting the stage for TAROT’s first full-length, 2016’s “Reflections”. The release of “Reflections” coincided with the expansion of the TAROT lineup to play live. The band now comprises organ and synth player David Harrington-George, guitarist/vocalist Felix Russell, bassist/vocalist Dave Walsh and drummer Mat Frodsham.
“Our current lineup is the strongest and tightest yet,” says Spectre. “I think we work very well together. I couldn’t imagine playing with anyone else. The other guys are also taking on writing duties and have contributed songs to our new album.”
TAROT recently laid down the drums for its aforementioned second full-length album with producer/engineer Joe Haley, with the remainder of the tracking to take place at the band’s home studios. Like previous efforts, TAROT’s new full-length will be self-produced and employ production techniques used in the 1970s.
“I think while the new material is very much in line with the previous stuff, the contributions of the other members will be very noticeable and it may take some people by surprise,” says Spectre. “Everything will be much more lively than before, and there will be a fairly distinct difference in the performance since, for the most part, the older recordings were me working on my own. Fans of our previous works won’t be disappointed, though!”
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TRIBUNAL - Debut Album 'The Weight Of Remembrance' via 20 Buck Spin - Details and Trackstream revealed
20 Buck Spin proudly announces the debut album of Canadian Gothic/Doom act TRIBUNAL!
"The Weight Of Remembrance", adorned with a beautifully painted cover artwork by band member Soren Mourne, will be released on January 20th 2023 on LP, CD, Tape and digitally.
A first track, "Apathy’s Keep", has been premiered at this locaton: https://youtu.be/l8iiAPcGHkY
The Vancouver duo may yet be unknown to the wider world, but spellbinding debut album "The Weight Of Remembrance" is poised to immediately change that. Steeped in the black velvet finery of Gothic Doom Metal, TRIBUNAL weave dark tales of ultimate judgement, never-ending rain and forsaken despair.
Featuring classically trained cellist / bassist / vocalist Soren Mourne and guitarist / vocalist Etienne Flinn, the duo’s brick heavy classic Doom riffage borders on Death Metal heaviness, like My Dying Bride filtered through a colossal stained glass edifice. The sound is instantly familiar with nods to the 80s and 90s but never sounds retro or like mere homage. Rather "The Weight of Remembrance" evokes the feeling of a painstakingly composed orchestral movement fit for a crumbling cathedral overgrown with moss. The duo frequently trade off vocals alternating between haunted wailing cleans, scathing black-metal style shrieks and dread-filled death calls.
2. Of Creeping Moss and Crumbled Stone
3. Apathy’s Keep
5. A World Beyond Shadow
6. Without Answer
7. The Path
Soren Mourne - Bass / Cello / Vocals
Etienne Flinn - Guitar / Vocals
Additional Musicians: Julia Geaman - Drums, Magdalena Wienski - Additional drums on 'Apathy’s Keep', Claine Lamb - Piano on 'Remembrance', Rory Say - Additional Vocals
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DOOMOCRACY - New Album "Unorthodox" out now via No Remorse Records - New Video Clip
Greek Doom Metallers DOOMOCRACY have revealed another video for their new album, "Unorthodox".
"Our Will Be Done" - Official Video Clip: https://youtu.be/3RMPF8o_Asc
"Unorthodox", the band's third full-length, is out now via No Remorse Records. It was recorded at Devasoundz Studios in Athens and Groove Studio in Heraklion/Crete. Mix & master were done by Simon Johansson and Mike Wead at SolnaSound Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. The cover artwork is a painting of Mariusz Lewandowski (RIP).
Special guest appearances include Mike Wead (King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Memento Mori) performing a guitar solo on "Catharsis", Miguel Robaina (ex-Memento Mori) performing keyboards on 4 songs and a flute solo on "Catharsis", and Sakis Bandis (Hail Spirit Noir, Horizon's End) performing piano on "The Hidden Gospel"
DOOMOCRACY were formed in 2011 in Crete, Greece. Their debut album "The End is Written" (2014) took the Doom Metal world by storm, bringing the band to big stages and festivals around Europe. Three years later, DOOMOCRACY released their second album "Visions & Creatures of Imagination", which established them as one of the best Doom Metal bands of the modern era. In "Visions & Creatures of Imagination", DOOMOCRACY paved a more progressive and powerful path of Doom Metal, something they continue in the new album. And while "Visions & Creatures of Imagination" was praised by press and fans as one of the best metal albums of 2017, the new album, "Unorthodox" is setting the standards higher, since DOOMOCRACY's technical and powerful Doom Metal in the vein of bands such as Solitude Aeturnus, Memory Garden, Memento Mori and Abstrakt Algebra, is a type of music performed just by a few.
01. Aeons of Winter
02. Eternally Lost
03. Prelude to the Apocalypse
04. The Hidden Gospel
05. The Spiritualist
06. Novum Dogma
07. Death: A State of Mind
08. Our Will Be Done
09. October 14th 1582
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IN THE WOODS - New Single available - Master Of None
Norwegian Avant-Gardists IN THE WOODS… have revealed the third and final single for their upcoming new full-length, "Diversum"!
"Master of None" is streaming now at this location: https://youtu.be/2-wmAb9OoIU
"Diversum" will be released via Soulseller Records on November 25th 2022 on CD, various limited vinyls and in digital versions. It was recorded in Kristiansand, Norway and mixed & mastered by Frédéric Gervais (Studio Henosis). The artwork was created by Dr. Winter (Teratogen).
On their new album, IN THE WOODS… continue with their very own mixture of avant-garde, progressive black rock/metal and manage to deliver another epic and unique masterpiece following untrodden paths and pagan tongue. True to their spirit with changes, with difference, with diversity!
Pre-order options: https://soulsellerrecords.bandcamp.com (World) +++ https://soulsellerrecords.aisamerch.com (Americas)
1. The Coward's Way
3. We Sinful Converge
4. The Malevolent God
5. A Wonderful Crisis
7. Master of None
8. Your Dark
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DER TRAUERSCHWAN - New Single available - Sanguinare Vampiris
Sweden's Blackened Doom Metal act DER TRAUERSCHWAN, founded by sole composer and mastermind Tristan Moreau in 2021, has revealed the third and final single for the upcoming debut full-length, "Sanguinare Vampiris".
You can check out the title track here: https://youtu.be/tTY6fzQiPro
With influences reaching from Summoning to My Dying Bride, DER TRAUERSCHWAN provides a unique blend of somber doom- and black metal, with vampiric-themed lyrics expressed through haunting songwriting.
The album will be released via Soulseller Records on November 25th 2022.
Pre-order options for CD, LP and digital versions: https://soulsellerrecords.bandcamp.com (World) +++ https://soulsellerrecords.aisamerch.com (Americas)
1. Of Broken Vows and Sorrow
2. To Where No Pathway Goes
3. From Artery to Vein
4. Sanguinare Vampiris
5. The Malady of Mortality
6. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
7. Cor Cordium
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PHANTOM SPELL - Vinyl Edition Of 'Immortal’s Requiem' via Cruz Del Sur Music
Cruz Del Sur Music is proud to announce the vinyl release of PHANTOM SPELL’s “Immortal’s Requiem” debut on January 20th 2023. The album was originally self-released in August this year.
PHANTOM SPELL is the brainchild of Kyle McNeill, frontman for London based classic metal stalwarts, SEVEN SISTERS. Having established his command of songcraft over several albums with the U.K.’s twin-guitar renegades, McNeill has decided to add a second string to his bow by delving heart-first into a musical love letter to his favourite prog rock artists of yesteryear.
“Musically, this is an area I’ve wanted to explore for a very long time,” he says. “The classic prog records have truly captured my imagination and continue to inspire me. I hope that in some odd way, this can be seen as me trying to repay the favour to those bands for enriching my life — a tribute to the dorkiness and grandeur of prog rock!”
Through “Immortal’s Requiem”, PHANTOM SPELL presents a spellbinding sonic journey. A journey in which fractured thoughts of a deteriorating clairvoyant are given form as cascading guitar harmonies and weaving mellotronic passages. Songs like “Dawn of Mind” and “Seven Sided Mirror” effortlessly navigate shifting sonic textures with purpose and unabashed curiosity that are akin to the theatrical majesty of those dear KANSAS and YES gatefolds tucked away in record collections worldwide.
The reaction to “Immortal’s Requiem” was immediate. German magazine Deaf Forever placed the album atop its “Soundcheck” along with a 9/10 review, noting, “The captivating and enraptured harmonies of the guitars…capture us immediately.” Forgotten Scroll webzine added, “How amazing the songwriting is on this release! How beautiful the twin guitars are sounding.”
A swell of positive press leads perfectly to the album’s vinyl release. According to McNeill, it will offer plenty for collectors worldwide.
“I could not be more pleased to have the opportunity to release ‘Immortal’s Requiem’ on vinyl,” he says. “Doubly so, with it being on a fantastic, well-loved label such as Cruz Del Sur. The label has been a helping hand for PHANTOM SPELL since the project’s inception, so it feels right to be working with him and his lovely team for this. The songs have been re-mastered by Justin Weis of Trakworx specifically for vinyl and they sound absolutely fantastic — if I do say so myself! The packaging has been lovingly put together by Tamara Arbazúa and the artwork by Jack Welch of SeventhBell will really shine! I can’t wait for fans to get their hands on this version for the ultimate visual and listening experience.”
“Immortal’s Requiem” - Tracklist:
1. Immortal’s Requiem
2. Dawn Of Mind
3. Seven Sided Mirror
4. Up The Tower
5. Black Spire Curse
6. Blood Becomes Sand
7. Moonchild (Rory Gallagher)
8. Keep on Running (Alternate Version)
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HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE - Vinyl Edition of 'Overtaker' via Cruz Del Sur Music
Cruz Del Sur Music, the label responsible for releasing HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE’s brilliant 2003 opus, “The August Engine”, is proud to announce a January (20) 2023 vinyl release of the band’s new “Overtaker” studio album.
The band’s first album in six years, founding member, guitarist and songwriter John Cobbett cites a change in direction in style he notes as “psychedlic thrash.”
The album features a revamped HAMMERS lineup that includes the return of Jamie Myers (vocalist and bassist in “The Locust Years” lineup) and the former rhythm section of VEKTOR, Blake Anderson and Frank Chin. Cobbett started work on “Overtaker” as early as 2018. Initially, Overtaker wasn’t supposed to be a HAMMERS album but a thrash side-project and was influenced by Cobbett and partner Sigrid Sheie’s work on VHÖL’s “Deeper Than Sky” (2015).
“When my family moved to Montana in 2016, my inclination was to continue expanding on this sound,” Cobbett said. “Initially, there was no intention of putting it out as HAMMERS or VHÖL. Everyone was so busy, and we were suddenly far away from our usual co-conspirators. But that changed as the album developed and old friends returned to the fold. ‘Overtaker’ is fast, furious, psychedelic and progressive. But it’s different from other progressive metal in true Hammers fashion.”
Like all the Hammers material that preceded it, Overtaker defies genres and labels. The sound is a combination of ’70s prog and furious ’80s thrash. The result is something that’s never been done before — a mix of King Crimson’s “In The Court Of The Crimson King” and Slayer’s “Reign In Blood”. “Overtaker” was put together during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and survived Anderson’s serious wrist injury in a scooter accident, which led to a year-plus recovery.
“Overtaker” was recorded both in home studios and Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studios in Chicago with Sanford Parker engineering. Drums, piano and timpani were tracked during a four-day session at Electrical Audio in 2021; the remaining material was recorded via home studios, including vocals and Sigrid Sheie’s mighty Hammond B3 organ.
Originally scheduled as an independent release on CD format this December, Corbett is excited to be working with his old friends at Cruz Del Sur Music on the “Overtaker” vinyl edition.
“We are happy to announce that ‘Overtaker’ will be getting a vinyl release on Cruz Del Sur Music!” he enthuses. “The record and the cover art were designed specifically to be released in this format, so this is fantastic news! Cruz Del Sur Music did an amazing job with the vinyl pressing of ‘The Bastard’ back in 2021, so this promises to be a beautiful release. Thanks to everyone for their support!”
“Overtaker” track listing:
2. Dark Brennius
3. Vipers Cross
4. Don’t Follow The Lights
5. Ghost Hearts
6. Outside Our Minds
7. The Raven’s Bell
10. Aggressive Perfection
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THE TEMPLE - New Album "Of Solitude Triumphant" via I Hate Records - Details and Trackstream revealed
I Hate Records proudly announces the new full-length album of Greek Doom Metallers THE TEMPLE!
"Of Solitude Triumphant" will be released on December 9th 2022.
A first track entitled "A White Flame For The Fear Of Death" can be checked out here: https://ihate.bandcamp.com/track/a-white-flame-for-the-fear-of-death
The new temple pillar. Hear these words vilifiers and pretenders; the finest doom band from the Hellenic Republic has returned for their second outing in triumph! Building upon the foundations of their house of worship, their solemn threnodies of purest doom take the form of a concept album about a soul’s journey from coming into being, all the way through rebirth, loss, the fear of death and ending with it at peace in the Light.
Highly recommended to fans of Scald, Isole and While Heaven Wept!
1. Me To Lichno Tou Astrou
2. The Foundations
3. Reborn In Virtue
4. Profound Loss
5. A White Flame For The Fear Of Death
6. Premonitions Of The Final Hour
7. The Lord Of Light
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PURSUIT - New Video Clip 'Loose Lips' revealed
German Heavy Rock newcomers PURSUIT present a video clip for the title track of their upcoming debut album, "Loose Lips".
Check it out here: https://youtu.be/OplxJ1ZoEmM
The band comments: "It tells the thrilling story of a man too convinced of his power and a woman teaching him that not everyone is willing to dance to his tunes..."
PURSUIT's modern approach to 80s heavy music bears the band’s first full-length "Loose Lips", a debut rich in driving rhythms, versatile riffing and old-school soloing. Intriguing, ardent singing, and lyrics that deal with Love, Lust and Loss, furthermore define PURSUIT’s sonic opus - a nourishing sun for the blossoms of your soul.
"Loose Lips" will be self-released on November 25th, 2022 - brace yourselves to take on the chase and let your ears feast on this opulent musical prey.
1. Lovers Have Their Price
2. Loose Lips
3. Coins On Your Eyes
4. Your Last Kiss
7. Hate Your Darlings
8. Beast With Two Backs
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WRITTEN IN BLOOD - Debut Album via Trollzorn - Lyric Video - New Band feat. former God Dethroned bassist Beef
Trollzorn Records proudly announces the debut full-length of Dutch Melodic Death Metallers WRITTEN IN BLOOD!
The self-titled album will be released on December 2nd 2022. It was recorded and produced at Franky’s Recording Kitchen with Berthus Westerhuis.
WRITTEN IN BLOOD was founded in 2019 by former God Dethroned bassist Bert "Beef" Hoving, shortly before the pandemic struck the earth. He was soon backed by members from previous projects and together the band set the goal to create recognizable material with a distinctive and real song character. Death Metal with melody rather than having the focus on astronomic speeds.
A lyric video for the song "Ghouls of the Forest" has been premiered at this location: https://youtu.be/_UbHe5amlVw
The cover artwork for "Written In Blood" was created by Rotted Artist from South America.
1. Slithering Snakes
2. Written in Blood
4. Wilde Jacht
5. Ghouls of the Forest
6. Thrown into the Bog
7. Witte Wieven
8. Heathens We Are
9. Return of the Ancient Gods
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