Sleep Inertia drummer takes on 24 hour drumming session for Comic Relief, before dropping debut release at London show on 14th March
Wiltshire's Sleep Inertia have something to cheer about, well two things really. Drummer Tom Shrimpton is set to undertake a 24-hour drum session from midnight GMT 12th March - Midnight 13th March in aid of Comic Relief, taking a break every hour for 5 minutes. Anybody who wishes to make a contribution can do so at www.facebook.com/TomShrimpDrums or TomShrimpDrums.com
This feat awaits an official confirmation but it's most likely to be at an emergency services center, Tom admits that he is "not too sure at the moment, it's proving difficult to finalize", but anyone can come visit him anytime on that Friday. For a drummer who has time and time again challenged and improved his skills, he certainly has taken this challenge in his stride and is excited about the whole thing, "I always enjoy raising money for charity and this way I get to do something I love but yet pushing myself to the limit".
Naturally Tom will be pummeling away at the Sleep Inertia material as well as some Antoinette (his other band) songs, in addition to swift solo's and technical complex grooves, Tom admits to Global Metal Apocalypse that he has the gig in mind as well, " I don't want to push myself too hard too early haha", moreover because Tom is considering breaking the world record drumming session (which currently stands at 122 hours, 25 minutes and is held by Kunto Hartono from Indonesia) sometime late 2016 or sometime in 2017, but for now cautiously admits that he wants to see how this 24 hour marathon goes.
Now as if that is not good enough news, well in addition to the challenge, Sleep Inertia will be performing 14th March at the The Underworld in Camden, London. The show will be used as a platform to release their debut EP “Growth, Decay, Transformation” through. The EP itself has a scheduled release date of 20th March.
Sleep Inertia arose out of the ashes of The Dead Lay Waiting, featuring ex-members Ben Connett (lead guitar), Steve Franklin (rhythm guitar), Sam Sara (bass guitar) and Tom Shrimpton (drums) plus new front-man Jamie Harrison.
Sleep Inertia are quickly earning themselves a reputation within the music scene. “Growth, Decay, Transformation” is exactly what you would expect from a band of this genre; a progressive-edged sound with complex and fresh riffs.
Ukrainian black metal pioneers Drudkh have revealed the title of their next full-length, which will march under the flag of 'A Furrow Cut Short'. The album has been scheduled for release on the 20th April 2015. Pre-sale will commence in late February, which will also mark the revealing of the album's cover art and track-list.
Drudkh maintain their strict policy of no interviews, no pictures, no live performance, and no statements. Yet everybody following the career and art of the band's mastermind Roman Sayenko will be aware that 'A Furrow Cut Short' cannot have been conceived without the dire situation of his Ukrainian homeland under military attack of a nuclear power playing a role in its inspiration.
With 'A Furrow Cut Short', Drudkh follow-up on their latest album 'Eternal Turn of the Wheel', which witnessed the band returning to their black roots. In an ever evolving metamorphosis the Ukrainians took several steps back with their previous effort from the sound of their previous release 'Handful of Stars' (2010), which advanced in a more progressive and lighter direction. 'Eternal Turn of the Wheel' owed deeply to their early legacy from the Nordic Black Metal inspired debut 'Forgotten Legends' (2003) via the cinematic soundscapes of 'Autumn Aurora' (2004) to the traditional influences rising on 'The Swan Road' (2005).
Instead of re-discovering Ukrainian poets, mastermind Roman Sayenko relied on self-penned lyrics again with each song representing a season. To their dedicated following this turn did not come as a surprise as Drudkh took many turns in their career since their inception in 2002. On “Blood in Our Wells” (2006), progressive elements surfaced, while after the instrumental and partly acoustic 'Songs of Grief and Solitude' (2006) a sharp contrast was delivered by the harshly black 'Estrangement' (2007). Their 2009 masterpiece 'Microcosmos' seemed to tie up the different strands of Drudkh previous works, before embarking on a quest to more outlying realms with 'Handful of Stars' that led to the founding of OLD SILVER KEY joined by vocalist Neige (ALCEST). 'Eternal Turn of the Wheel' returned to the dark melancholy that permeates all of Drudkh's music, which is often dubbed Slavonic Heathen Metal as a perfect soundtrack for a harsh winter will.
Texan metal group Shattered Sin have inked a deal with Victory Records, this follows the bands attraction of Breaking Bands LLC management (owned by PR CEO Maria Ferrero, Jon Zazula and Testament front-man Chuck Billy).This means that Shattered Sin will be releasing their highly-anticipated new album "Hope Within Hatred" on April 21st, 2015.
For those who do not know who this sextet are, you can check out the lyric video for the title track “Hope Within Hatred” by clicking the red writing.
As for vocalist Marcos Leal, he admits that it was a childhood dream for the band to be signed to Victory Records, a label of whose bands are some of the band members favorites. For Shattered Sun, they collectively feel that "it's truly an honor to be a part of this family". Building up this news, the six-piece are conformed to perofm at the 17th annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, taking place in Worcester, MA at The Palladium, on Saturday, April 18th.
In context with the festival, Marco feels that the band are ready to unleash a barrage of Texan brutality upon the New England crowd.
For more information on the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival and details on how to purchase tickets, please visit www.metalandhardcorefestival.com.
Shattered Sun at Victory Records
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"Suffering is the Seed", the sophomore album from Colombian Death / Black Metallers Nepente will get the vinyl treatment from Cimmerian Shade Recordings. The RingMaster Review called the album "a savage and sonically scurrilous violation, a torment of intensity and unbridled devastation". Targeted for later this year, Suffering is the Seed will be the first vinyl release for the U.S. label.
In the meantime fans can look forward to new Nepente EP "I Will Get Your Soul", which will be released through Cimmerian Shade Recordings on March 31. And this time the temperature is raised to "face-melt!" "I Will Get Your Soul" was recorded at Manizales Studio (Manizales Colombia), and mixed/mastered at Hertz Recording Studio (Bialystock, Poland) by Slawomir Wieslawski and Wojciech Wieslawski.
1. I Will Get Your Soul
2. Show me that You are Suffering
3. Gray Land
4. Last Rites
Napalm Records are excited to announce the signing of Michigan’s Walls Of Jericho, who are currently conjuring up their new album which will be released via Napalm Records later this year.
Drummer Dustin Schoenhofer expressed the band's excitement and honor they have being accepted into the Napalm Records family, whilst suggesting previous record label deals were not 100% satisfactory as the band "are looking forward to finally finding the right partnership"; indicating not all was well with previous relationships. The band are grateful for their fans and families patience as it has been seven years since the band had released an album.
Napalm Records' Vice-President Thomas Caser expressed his delight at the news, calling Walls Of Jericho "one of the most exciting acts out of this genre", heavily praising their live performances and expressing his belief that the band stands out in the music industry.
Walls Of Jericho seem to have gone from strength to strength, negating the whole genre-tagging and image fiasco that never seems to end in the music industry, whilst using their wealth of talent to create music meant to last and stand on it's own feet.
Walls Of Jericho is:
The Way Of Purity's new album is available for streaming here
"The Way Of Purity doesn't show off with smart or cool band members. No names, no fancy photos, no effigy, no trendy musical influences and no nationality. No compromise, no way to talk or get to know us - we are NOTHING. We are a very real and solid message.
Most militant bands in the past have reached a superior level of strength through their message and faith. The Way Of Purity is different. The message about God intended as nature (animals and the perfection of their creation) is our faith, but the power for The Way Of Purity is a high level of inspiration, self control, and correction of human errors through the inspiration of the animal perfection.
We are the hand of God, we're here to bring the animals message to the wrong doers in humanity. We are not an organisation, we are just the potential event in every animal's life. The Way Of Purity is inspired by a blind and extremely dark dimension where Christ and Satan, evil and good, are the same. This ultraviolent dimension takes shape in the music. The voices we hear everyday are our nightmares and dreams. These voices asked us to change things, giving us the chance of salvation by becoming the hand of God and finding the real way of purity.
Welcome to the precarious balance and the ancient code of The Way of Purity, that might hold the key to salvation... "
It is with sad regret that we have to announce that Wayne Static, formerly of Static-X has passed away at the age of 48. Wayne's publicist confirmed this with Global Metal Apocalypse early this morning.
He was always known for his spiked up hair (which took around 20 minutes to do) and his highly successful band Static-X, of whom had their song 'The Only' featured on the Need For Speed: Underground video game. After Static-X split, he pursued his own successful solo career; with a reformation of Static-X in 2012 however this was very short-lived (split in 2013).
Wayne Static was confirmed earlier this week to tour with Drowning Pool and Powerman 5000 and over the next several months, their European stint was meant to take place at the following locations and dates:
1/8: Ekaterinburg, RUSSIA @ Tele Club
1/10: St Petersburg, RUSSIA @ Glav Club
1/11: Moscow, RUSSIA @ Glav Club
1/13: Norwich, ENGLAND @ Waterfront
1/14: Reading, ENGLAND @ Sub 89
1/15: Wolverhampton, ENGLAND @ Slade Rooms
1/16 Manchester, ENGLAND @ Club Academy
1/17 Glasgow, SCOTLAND @ Classic Grand
1/18: Newcastle, ENGLAND @ Riverside
1/19: Leeds, ENGLAND @ The Stylus
1/21: London, ENGLAND @ The Garage
1/22: Southampton, ENGLAND @ 1865
1/23: Brighton, ENGLAND @ Concorde 2
1/24: Plymouth, ENGLAND @ The Hub
1/25: Bristol, ENGLAND @ The Fleece
Wayne Richard Wells (Wayne Static) is survived by his widow Tera Wray
Cause of death has not been confirmed at this point, we will keep you all posted.
Norway's Sarpedon are finally ready to unleash themselves onto the metal scene. A long-time project of guitarist Torgeir P. Krokfjord, the band have been working together for several years – and whilst all members have been pursuing other projects and careers throughout, the Sarpedon project has now finally come to fruition.
Although relying heavily upon influences such as Savatage, Nevermore, Symphony X, Emperor, and Queen, Sarpedon intends not only to take these impulses one step further, but also to combine them into a whole new beast altogether – and in the process, declaring war on Prog Metal as we
know it today. Trying not to sound too much like a bearded freelance nothing describing overpriced coffee, Sarpedon’s music is an uncompromising blend of the immediate and the sophisticated, with a
slight topping of Broadway to go with it.
Torgeir is the musical catalyst of the band, his guitar playing combining the finest of melodic Scandinavian shredding, and Southern chugging. His brother Eirik P. Krokfjord (all vocals) once started singing with Sarpedon in mind – and now, more than ten years and two singing degrees from the Norwegian Academy of Music later, he is ready to race out of the blocks of a promising career at the front of one of Norway’s most exciting Metal exports. Drummer Carl Engstrøm has extensive experience from the Extreme / Black Metal scene (currently also playing and touring with Troll, Endezzma, Astaroth, and Attentat), and contributes virtuosity at the back, with both Andreas Wærholm and Eirik producing haunting sound landscapes at the keys.
Having signed with Inverse Records, Sarpedon are ready to become more than just a distant rumbling. Imagine Dimebag Darrell reborn, falling from the sky onto a moving tank wearing green war paint underneath an opera phantom’s mask. This is a ride you’ll want to be on. Debut album “Anomic Nation” is released December 5th.
A track "Anomic Nation" from the upcoming album can be heard here
01. Anomic Nation
02. The Lusk Letter
03. The Claustrophober
04. Dead Birds
05. A Seed of Evil
06. The Carnival
07. My Mysteries Unwind – Part I
08. My Mysteries Unwind – Part II
Eirik P. Krokfjord: Lead & backing vocals, keys
Torgeir P. Krokfjord: All guitars & bass
Carl Engstrøm: Drums
Andreas Wærholm: Keys
So whilst Metallica have had the utmost joy in becoming the first band in the world to play on all seven continents, The Defiled however have found solace by becoming the first band in the world to perform on an iceberg.
Before we turn our attention to the London industrialists, we at GMA would like to draw your attention to the band Arctic Spirits and their music video "Assiliarsuaq" which can be seen below. Arctic Spirits are one of the first ever metal bands from Greenland, yeah we bet Kerrang! and the like didn't tell you that!
Right well back to The Defiled, so an iceberg was transformed into not quite exactly a 'gig venue' per se, more like the most literal open-air concert you'll ever see and this all took place in the Greenland Sea (all in aid of the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig, which if you like pits artists under jaw-dropping temperatures i.e. -30*C).
Rocking out in temperatures to a number of locals from nearby Kulusuk (of which is near Kulusuk Airport and features direct flights to Reykjavik in Iceland), all of whom attended the gig in Amon Amarth fashion via standing and watching the band perform from an array of fishing boats and leisure craft.
The Defiled's journey began with flying from London to Reykjavik (Iceland) and then got their connected flight to Kulusuk Airport, where they then traveled across ice and sea to their base on the neighbouring island of Tasiilaq (just over 2000 inhabitants).
Before taking the challenge head on, front-man Stitch D, along with keyboardist The AvD, bassist Vincent Hyde and drummer Needles spent time mingling with local musicians and watching them perform their own traditional music, before inviting them and other residents to come and witness their unique one-off performance. The choice of set? 30 minutes of insane music taken from their latest album "Daggers" (Nuclear Blast)
To thank the locals for making the gig happen, The Defiled donated their equipment to the local community hall, this happened upon hearing that the Kulusuk village music hall, and all of their equipment, had burnt down in a fierce winter storm. The donations included strings from Mapex and Blackstar, a donated drum kit and guitar amp to contribute to the rebuilding of the facilities.
Stitch D admitted that this performance was one of the most insane they have ever done, adding that "you see these things on TV documentaries but it’s not until you get to see them in real life that you realise just how big and amazing icebergs are. Although it was cold, I don’t think any of us noticed once we got started as the stage location literally takes your breath away."
He goes on to further add that:
“As a group of mates we’ve shared some amazing experiences together but this has been an adventure that has bought us closer together and something that we all feel really privileged to have been part of. We’ve made a lot of friends during our short stay here and donated some music equipment to the local people, so we look forward to coming back one day and playing a joint gig out here next time – maybe the first ever gig with two bands playing on two icebergs at the same time!”
In order to capture the gig and the breath-taking surroundings, the expedition team turned to the latest technology to film and photograph the gig – utilizing state-of-the-art ‘octocopter flying drone cameras’ to hover above and alongside the iceberg which are controlled remotely from the flotilla of boats nearby.
Tom Carson, Jägermeister music manager, added:
“As far as stage backdrops go, I don’t think you’ll find anything more impressive than this. We’re used to staging events at music venues and summer festivals, so it made for an interesting change to be checking ‘berg suitability’ as part of the pre-event checks as opposed to the typical band riders and sound systems."
“We’ve worked with The Defiled for a number of years now as part of our Jägermusic programme and we’re extremely grateful to them for accepting the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig challenge and staging one of the most unique sets we’ve witnessed – we hope the locals of Kulusuk enjoyed it as much as we did.”
View pictures of The Defiled taking on the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig Challenge here
The Defiled tour dates:
Tickets for all shows available at http://kililive.com/artists/the-defiled
Blastfest has accepted the challenge and has delivered! It is official, Blastfest will be even bigger! With very positive results and excitement of a recent poll, the Bergen, Norway festival have decided 3 days of metal madness wasn’t enough and have expanded the festival into a 4 day event with a total of 60 bands! That’s 4 days, 4 venues, and 60 bands! Yes. 60 BANDS! The festival is now running from Wednesday February 18th to Saturday February 21st.
And that’s not just the only announcement the festival will make today because just like the recent spate of updates the festival are keeping form and have just confirmed another 4 bands to the already exploding poster! So without further adieu, we are pleased to report the addition of true Norwegian black metal veterans Gehenna, British symphonic black metallers Hecate Enthroned, Norwegian death metal titans Blood Red Throne and death thrashers Wyruz!
Alfahanne | Asphyx | At The Gates | Baptism | Blood Red Throne | Bolzer | Borknagar | Byfrost | Craft Crib45 | Cryptopsy | Dark Funeral | Dark Tranquility | Dead To This World | Decapitated | Demilich | Den Saakaldte | Djevelkult | Destroyer 666 | Destruction | Endstille | Esoteric | Finntroll | Gehenna | Hecate Enthroned | Impaled Nazarene | Melechesh | Moonsorrow | Morgoth | Paradise Lost | Primordial | Rotting Christ | Samael | Sarke | Sarkom | Satan | Saturnus | The Sickening | Tortorum | Tsjuder | Vallenfyre | Wyruz + more yet to be announced.
4 Days | 4 Venues | 60 Bands | Exhibitions | Clinics | Stand Up Comedy | Tattoo Convention | Theme DJ's
Tickets on sale now: http://blastfest.no/?page_id=60