With the official North American release of their new full-length, "Obsideo", nearly two weeks away, today the miscreants at MetalSucks offer up a premiere of "Aura Negative" from Dutch progressive metal extremists, Pestilence.
Produced by vocalist / guitarist Patrick Mameli, "Obsideo", which means "to besiege," is the band's inaugural recording for Candlelight Records and first new material from the four-piece since 2011. "Obsideo" boasts Mameli and his innovative guitar work. Utilizing eight-string guitars for the album's recording, the celebrated musician expands his already massive arsenal of riffs. Together with long-time guitarist Patrick Uterwijk, Mameli, bassist George Maier and drummer Dave Haley deliver a scorching, genre-defying effort.
"Obsideo is one of the catchiest death metal albums to come along recently," and, "a good return to form for one of the genre's pioneers," :- Apeshit
"New drummer David Haly (Blood Duster, Psycroptic) is a Godsend and throws down a whirlwind of dynamic fills and rolls while laying waste to his kit in service of these hyper-kinetic nuggets of mayhem. I found my ears locking into to what the drums were doing way more than usual, and with so much else going on, that's a testament to his performance." :- AngryMetalGuy
"Obsideo has smoothly combined both sides of the Pestilence sound, old and new, and the resulting merger sounds pretty damn good." :- Adds Metal Reviews
Scorch your ear holes with "Aura Negative," courtesy of MetalSucks at THIS LOCATION.
"Obsideo" will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on November 11th.
BAND FACT: Only two members of the original band line-up are in the current line-up: Francesco Lupi & Daniele Valseriati
Italian progressive metal quintet, Tragodia, have released the second of two in-studio video diaries capturing the inception of their third full-length, "Mythmaker".
Recorded this Spring at Elfo Studio in Piacenza with producer Daniele Mandelli (Forgotten Tomb) and mastered at Sterling Sound in New York City by UE Nastasi (Lamb Of God, Gojira, Paradise Lost), on "Mythmaker", Tragodia employ their skilled songwriting tactics and creates their most challenging album yet, the record unloading a wealth of brilliant musicianship with nearly fifty minutes of new material.
Watch "Mythmaker" come to life with the newest video diary, RIGHT HERE, and if you missed it, catch the first installment of the series, HERE. Also watch the band's lyric video for "A Temple In Time" HERE.
Italian metal label Kolony Records will release Mythmaker in North America on November 5th.
While gearing up for their North American “This Tour Is Personal” run Washington DC progressive metal outfit Periphery have just launched a brand new live video for the song 'Ragnarok'. The live clip was filmed during the Summer Slaughter tour and is captivating some of the finest moments from Periphery’s legendary live shows. Watch 'Ragnarok' here
'Ragnarok' was taken from Periphery’s current album 'Periphery II' which Century Media Records released outside of North America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan in July of 2012.
German Progressive Death Metallers Nailed To Obscurity have posted a teaser for "Opaque", the band's forthcoming sophomore album and first to feature new vocalist Raimund Ennenga. Check out the teaser at this location.
The follow-up to the band's 2007, self-released debut, "Abyss", "Opaque" will be released on September 20th in Germany, September 23rd in the UK and the rest of Europe and October 1st in North America through Apostasy Records. "Opaque" was produced together with Lasse Lammert at LSD-Studio in Lübeck, Germany. Artwork comes courtesy of Ben Borucki (Irrleuchten).
The band comments admits that: "By suppressing our deepest feelings and by concealing our fears and emotions we mask our inner self. This topic runs like a red thread through our new album. No other title would fit the content better than "Opaque". The artwork, which was done by Ben Borucki, captures this atmosphere perfectly and creates a symbiosis between the music, the lyrics and the art."
02. Torn To Shreds
04. Murder Of Crows
05. In Vain
06. On The Verge Of Collapse
Since 2005, the name Nailed To Obscurity has stood for an inventive mélange of hard riffs, atmospheric melancholy and a distinctively unique sound. The band has already displayed all of these qualities on their debut album, "Abyss", recorded at the Soundlodge Studio with producer Joerg Uken (God Dethroned, Izegrim a.o.).
After the release of their debut, Nailed To Obscurity focused their energies on progressing as a band and elevated themselves to the next level through numerous shows and their consistent pursuit of musical refinement. The results have clearly paid off with their newest masterpiece, "Opaque".
After an exciting and busy start to 2013, Progressive Metallers Scythia are heading out on the Western Canadian Tour “Waking From Hibernation Tour” which is starting on 18th April.
This year started out with a bang and only keeps getting better with Scythia nominated for best metal group / duo at the 13th Annual Canadian Independent Music Awards – “The SiriusXM Indies”. Even though Devin Townsend won the award the band was honored to even be nominated with such amazing and high profile artists. The good news does not stop there!
Scythia just completed their IndieGogo Campaign to raise money for their upcoming fantasy music video “Bear Claw Tavern” with renowned director Richard Olak (The Battle of Burgledorf and It Haunts Me). With a goal of $2100 Canadian Dollars, Scythia surpassed it by hitting a total of $2645. The money will be going towards filming the video, costumes, CGI and to make Scythia's music come alive.
“We would like to thank everyone who promoted our campaign and especially a special thank you to those who donated - no matter how much or how little. Scythia can’t wait to create this imaginative video and share it with our fans and followers. As a band we are so very thankful for all the positive things happening and most of all the support that so many have given us! Can’t wait to see some of our fans, both familiar and new, in person on our upcoming tour!“
Until then Scythia hits the road across mountains and plains to perform for their fans in a Western Canadian Tour starting at Filthy McNasty's in Edmonton, AB with dates all across British Columbia and Alberta. Fans can follow the band while on tour on facebook – Who knows what will happen!
18.04 - Edmonton, AB - Filthy McNasty's
19.04 - Vancouver, BC - Funky Winkerbeans
20.04 - Maple Ridge, BC - Sniper's Pool Hall
21.04 - Kamloops, BC - Bailey's (Jam Night)
22.04 - Vernon, BC - The Green
23.04 - Calgary, AB - Dicken's Pub
24.04 - Edmonton, AB - DV8
25.04 - Devon, AB - The Legion
27.04 - Lethbridge, AB - U of L Ballroom
When Scythia return from their tour they will be off to make their music video “Bear Claw Tavern” and work on their next album!
Karhu have just announced their 2013 tour, a string of 17 dates will see them performing across the UK from 10th to 26th May. London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Sheffield, Bristol and Gloucester are just a few of the UK cities and towns that will be experiencing 'The Karhu Groove'.
Following on from the enthusiastic reception of their 2012 tour, the band have changed the management team and gone full steam ahead into the tasks of band promotion. The first album "Survival of the Richest" has been polished up with improved vocal and guitar parts, remixed and mastered, with a DVD including a couple of bonus tracks and a documentary to accompany the CD.
The UK element of the band which now includes Hampshire based Jake Archer is rehearsing through March and April. Finnish guitarist and growling vocal, Osku Kinnunen, flies in the week before the tour to polish up the performance.
Karhu's Manager 'The Glove' wants to:
"Thank all the Promoters and Agents that have been involved in the setting up of the 'Reality 2.0 Tour 2013'. Due to the costs involved in flying Osku in from Finland, the band has not been able to make use of the Battle of the Bands route to recognition within the British Metal Music Industry. We are grateful that some of the UK's Promoters have taken a chance on Karhu and given the band a fantastic opportunity to play to the Metal Heads of this great Island."
The band have also put together their own record label 'The Karhu Groove Ltd' and a sister company 'Great Bear Promotions Ltd' for the touring side of the business. Joseph Parry, clean vocalist and guitar, said "The response from the fans is one of pure enthusiasm. We had a great time touring in 2012 and aim to take the band and it's music to anywhere the fans want it."
Various bands will be joining the shows including, Tyrant, Disfracture, Headstone Down, Forbear and Italian hard rock Easter Before Christmas will be teaming up for a couple of dates, to name a few.
The gig will be streamed live from the Snooty Fox on the 22nd May, check out http://www.snootyfoxlive.com/
Stream of Passion will join Epica on seven UK dates in December 2012, as part of their "Requiem for the Indifferent" tour.
See them here:
11th NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms
12th SHEFFIELD – Corporation
14th NEWCASTLE – Academy 2
15th GLASGOW – Classic Grand
16th MANCHESTER – Ritz
18th WOLVERHAMPTON – Robin 2
19th LONDON – Electric Ballroom
“Stefan Lindholm” of Vindictiv and Raven Lord joins the ranks with VGS Guitars. Stefan uses the VGS E-Gitarre Pro Series Screech – Model “VG507.305 Faded Transparent Black”Swedish guitar sensation
Stefan says: “I’m very happy to be part of the VGS family and I wish to thank VGS for granting me the privilege to play this axe.”
Swedish Melodic / Progressive metaller Vindictiv and multi national metaller Raven Lord are currently in the studio to record new albums.
Stefan Lindholm was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1973 and picked up the guitar at the age of 15 after his father bought him his first electric guitar, which incidentally was the well known and highly appreciated: “Emperador Strat” from the Kasuga Factory in Japan, which he played through a Squire 15-watt amplifier to his neighbourghs cheerful delight. After two years of intensive playing, he took private tutoring from guitarist Mike Wead, known for his involvement with bands such as: “Candlemass”, “The Haunted”, “King Diamond”, “Momento Mori” and “Hexenhaus”.
Stefan Lindholm is also endorsed by “Manne Guitars” and “Hughes & Kettner AMPS”.
Six Magics have renewed their deal with Coroner Records for the release of their brand new album "Falling Angels" scheduled for release on July 2nd 2012.Chilean metallers
The female fronted quintet presents a new long and intense chapter of classic heavy metal mixed with epic, symphonic, power and progressive influences, for an over 60 minutes trip into Six Magics' world.
The cover artwork was created by Machine Room Deisgn (My Dying Bride, Dawn of Ashes, Dope Stars Inc. and more).
1. Another Name
2. Falling Angels
4. Dreamer (B:O:M)
5. Do You Remember?
6. Sick & Tired
7. Icy Lips
8. Start Another War
12. How To Live
13. I Know
The live video of "Another Name" can be seen here
Progressive metalcore outfit, A Hero A Fake takes fans inside the studio for a sneak peak of their recording process for, 'The Future Again', which releases on July 17, 2012. This album was recorded by Jamie King (Between The Buried and Me, Wretched), who also recorded their two previous Victory Records releases, 'Volatile' (2008) and 'Let Oceans Lie' (2010). Cameron Mizell completed the mixing and Joey Sturgis did the mastering.
The band will be on tour this summer and throughout the year. Pre-order packages for 'The Future Again' are available through the Victory Records Webstore.
Justin Brown, Vocals
Eric Morgan, Guitar
Patrick Jeffers, Guitar
Chris Rosser, Bass
Evan Kirkley, Drums
Watch the studio footage here.