Art Gates Records is proud to introduce Belgian Symphonic Metal act Elusion as our new artist.
The music of the band consists of a blend of several subgenres combined with a strong Symphonic basis and the versatile vocals of Evy.
In words of the band:
"Elusion is very excited about the collaboration with Art Gate Records. This record deal is the next big step for us. We appreciate the trust AGR puts in us and we are convinced that this partnership will allow our music to reach new people and unexplored stages.”
After sharing stage with well known acts such as Xandria and Welicoruss in 2017 the band is ready to release their debut album through Art Gates Records worldwide in the first half of 2019.
Belgian heavy metal band, Thorium, feat. former members of Ostrogoth have announced the worldwide digital release of their self-titled debut album on November 9, 2018 via Rock'N'Growl Records.
David Marcelis - vocals (Lord Volture, Black Knight)
Tom Tee - guitars (ex Ostrogoth)
Dario Frodo - guitars (ex Ostrogoth)
Kurk "Stripe" Lawless - bass (ex Ostrogoth)
Louis Van der Linden - drums (23 Acez, Vermilion)
Given great incentive by their work together in Belgium’s legendary Heavy Metal band Ostrogoth, axemen Dario Frodo, Stripe and Tom Tee found themselves overwhelmed by massive amounts of inspiration for new material, much of which proved to lie too much outside the boundaries of what they could rightly realize with Ostrogoth. They decided, therefore, to found a brand new formation through which to channel all these new ideas, and thus Thorium was born.
After splitting with Ostrogoth, the three musicians seized the opportunity to devote themselves full-time to Thorium, and with the addition of classically trailed batterist Louis Van Der Linden (23 Acez, Vermilion,...) to the fold, the search was open for a powerful vocalist with a wide range and striking stage presence, which they found in seasoned Dutch singer David Marcelis (Lord Volture, Black Knight,...). With the line-up complete, the band put the finishing touches on their debut album, eponymously titled ‘Thorium’.
Influenced by and incorporating elements of all the classic styles of Metal from the past four decades, such as NWOBHM, Power Metal, Progressive Metal, Speed Metal, Bay Area Thrash and of course classic Heavy Metal, Thorium’s members set themselves no boundaries and seek to deliver music that is heavy, melodic, virtuosic, catchy and conceptual.
Belgian death metal band Carnation have unveiled a lyric video for the song "Hellfire", taken from the upcoming album 'Chapel of Abhorrence'! The new offering is slated for worldwide release on August 17th, 2018, via Season of Mist.
Watch here:- https://youtu.be/UcSv7DlY92Q
Carnation commented on the track:
"Hellfire is the second track of the upcoming Chapel of Abhorrence album. It was the first track that we've written for this album, back in 2015. The song describes one's descent into a personal hell where he is doomed to be tortured for an eternity. The lyric video, made by Scott Rudd, showcases the incredible artwork that Juanjo Castellano created for us. The design contains visual references to the lyrics of several songs on the album."
Carnation have previously unveiled the cover art of 'Chapel of Abhorrence', which can be viewed together with the album details above.
Embrace the new death metal overlords with their death metal offering, 'Chapel of Abhorrence'!
Carnation equals blistering death metal madness from Belgium. Early 2013, guitar player Jonathan Verstrepen created the band to show his appreciation for the old school death metal legends from the ‘80s & early ‘90s. Vocalist Simon Duson, bass player Yarne Heylen, guitar player Bert Vervoort, and drummer Vincent Verstrepen were summoned to complete the band, and it didn’t take long until the chemistry between this quintet to hit critical mass.
2015 marks the year that the first offering entitled 'Cemetery of the Insane' was released upon the masses. Tracks such as "Explosive Cadavers" or "The Rituals of Flesh" take you back in time to the better days of shredding riffs, neck-breaking drums, and skull-crushing guttural vocals.
The live rituals that followed were executed with stone cold merciless aggression. Carnation delivered their bloodbath at select festivals across Europe during 2015 and 2016. Their next journey led them to distant Asia for their first tour across mainland Japan. This resulted in the infamous 'Live at Asakusa Deathfest' recording (2017). These releases, combined with their reputation as a notoriously impressive live act, drew the attention of fans worldwide and provided Carnation with the opportunity to perform at several European festivals and saw the band touring alongside Pestilence during their special Brazilian tour in April 2018.
With 'Chapel of Abhorrence', Carnation welcome you to death’s domain and invite you to witness them rise to their throne!
Good news for the lads of Leng Tch'e. After 5 long months, parts of their stolen equipment has been returned to them via the power of social media.
The band comments:-
"A couple of weeks after we got our van broken into and our gear stolen in Ostrava, we received a mysterious e-mail from an even more mysterious, disposable e-mail address. This person claimed he bought our gear from some junkies, and that he didn't know it was stolen. In reality it was the owner of a pawnshop who couldn’t sell our gear to anyone because everybody in the Czech Republic and beyond knew it was stolen.
In the meantime we got in touch again with the Ostrava police department, who gave us instructions on how to handle this situation. The pawnshop owner wanted us to pay €2000 to get our own gear back. We obviously weren't going to do this, so we set up a meeting with our local contact, who was joined by an undercover police officer, and the owner of the pawnshop to get our stuff back. This guy had the audacity afterwards to call us dishonest because he didn't want to give the stolen gear back to its rightful owners.
A big thank you goes out to our good friends Anxur Moravian and Dalibor who invested so much time and energy together with the Ostrava police department in coordinating this operation, and to our amazing fans who exposed our social media post to over 300,000 (!) people: we cannot thank you enough. This would not have been possible without you. Don't mess with the underground!
We are still missing Olivier's drum pedals (Pearl Demon Drive) and a lot of effects pedals, as well as a box of "Razorgrind" gatefold vinyl and t-shirts. So please keep an eye out for those. More info can be found here."
Maynard James Keenan received the Icon Award at Monday night’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods’ ceremony.
The award was presented to Keenan by Daniel P. Carter, host of BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show, recognizing a lifetime of contributions to heavy music, with past lifetime achievement winners including Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Lemmy and Alice in Chains. Keenan was celebrated for his work with his trio of bands: A Perfect Circle, Puscifer and Tool.
Keenan is in the midst of a European tour with A Perfect Circle, supporting the band’s recently released album, Eat The Elephant. A Perfect Circle kicks off the first of three consecutive, sold out shows in the UK beginning this evening at the O2 Apollo in Manchester followed by back-to-back performances at the O2 Academy Brixton.
A Perfect Circle tour dates:
June 12 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo Manchester SOLD OUT
June 13 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT
June 14 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT
June 16 Landgraaf, Netherlands Pinkpop Festival
June 17 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle SOLD OUT
June 20 Zurich, Switzerland Halle 622
June 21 Dessel, Belgium Kastelsedijk
June 22 Clisson, France Hellfest
June 23 Esch-Sur-Aizette, Luxembourg Rockhal
June 24 Dessel, Belgium Graspop
June 26 Paris, France Olympia SOLD OUT
June 28 Madrid, Spain Download Festival Madrid
June 29 Barcelona, Spain Be Prog! My Friend Festival
July 1 Verona, Italy Rock The Castle
October 20 West Valley City, UT Maverik Center
October 22 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
October 24 Austin, TX Austin 360 Amphitheatre
October 26 – 28 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
October 29 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
October 30 Orlando, FL CFE Arena
November 1 Charlotte, NC Bojangles’ Coliseum
November 2 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
November 3 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena *
November 6 New York, NY The Theater at Madison Square Garden
November 7 Baltimore, MD UMBC Events Center
November 9 Detroit, MI Masonic Temple Theatre (WRIF Radio Show)
November 11 Minneapolis, MN Armory (93X Radio Show)
November 13 Cedar Rapids, IA U.S. Cellular Center
November 14 Park City, KS Hartman Arena
November 17 Anaheim, CA The Theatre at Honda Center
November 18 Las Vegas, NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Chelsea
November 20 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
December 2 Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow Academy
December 3 Manchester, UK Victoria Warehouse
December 5 London, UK Wembley Arena Pavilion
December 7 Antwerp, Belgium Lotto Arena
December 12 Copenhagen, Denmark Forum Copenhagen
December 13 Hamburg, Germany Sporthalle Hamburg
December 15 Kraków, Poland Tauron Arena Kraków
December 16 Vienna, Austria Wiener Stadhalle
December 18 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
December 19 Rome, Italy Palalottomatica
Belgian Metalcore crew Here Stands A Hero sign with Imminence Records; release new single 'I Am Death'
Imminence Records' is pleased to announce the signing of Belgium metalcore outfit Here Stands A Hero. The band has seen the lead single from their forthcoming album premiered. Their label debut, entitled Atheist \ \ Omnist, will be released April 20th with the band hitting the road with Novelists and Landmvrks shortly thereafter.
"We are honoured to be signed to Imminence Records for our upcoming full album album and feel more then confident with the label and the team. We are excited to see what the future brings as a lot of effort has been put in the creation of this album which took almost 2 years. The album is dedicated to the perceptions of religion. We started to dig deep into this pit of religious statements and found ourselves lost in the true meaning of belief. Being hit by numerous violent attacks in the name of religion, it got us thinking. We want to believe religion is a positive thing that brings hope and strength in times needed. We greatly respect these aspects as people need to find this mental state of comfort for themselves.
However, religions also state there is only one right way to believe and other beliefs should be neglected. This is were we see they are wrong. We wanted to write about the positive aspects everyone should dare to see. Atheism is an extreme form that states there is no God, no one to bring or preach destruction and tunnel vision. True atheism accepts the fact that people do believe and doesn’t ignore it’s values. The other extreme side of it is called Omnism. It states to believe and accept all religions. There is no right way to handle all of these conceptions. We tried to figure out the right ways for ourselves, which turned into 'Atheist \ \ Omnist'. This is what we feel in our hearts and minds.” - Kevin Surmont (Guitarist)
Watch 'I Am Death' here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajx8SIIWaXs&feature=youtu.be
Here Stands a Hero is a metalcore band from Lier, Belgium. The band released their debut EP, entitled Hollow Hearts, in early 2016. With this release and their strong live performances they made themselves known and had the opportunity to share the stage with several international bands. They eventually caught the attention of Imminence Records and announced their signing in April of 2018. Being influenced by many different bands and genres, Here Stands A Hero tries to differ themselves from other bands by making music which doesn’t fit just one genre.
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In the run-up to the release of the debut album "Eternal Bloodcult" by Wound Collector May 24th 2018 the band releases its first official video for the song "Divine Music, Unholy Flesh" in high definition (HD).
The album can be pre-ordered, just follow the link below...
Pre-Order "Eternal Bloodcult" HERE...
Wound Collector: Divine Music, Unholy Flesh (Official video) https://youtu.be/dte8ePmwMtM
According to Peter: "The song depicts Italian Renaissance composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina as a devote Catholic composer. According to the Council of Trento his music was to be considered the highest and purest form of Catholic music. However the 12 popes he served during his lifetime were all engaged in nepotism, the Inquisition, anti-Semitism and indulged in luxury."
Belgium’s epic saxophonised death metallers Wound Collector, are ready to release their full length debut ‘Eternal Bloodcult’ on the masses. The foursome of Peter Verdonck (vocals / saxophone), Kurt Hermans (bass / vocals), Guy Van Campenhout (guitars / vocals) and Ben Van Peteghem (drums) mix an old school death metal vibe with modern accents, a hefty dose of saxophone, triple vocal attacks and progressively brutal songs into a whirlwind of death, negativity and hopelessness.
The music is diverse and challenging while maintaining that catchy vibe. Lyrically, the band centres their songs around moments in history that are often forgotten or neglected, thus unearthing them to a wider audience. The saxophone assaults are more than filler, as Wound Collector uses this instrument to its full potential, therefore becoming a necessary mainstay in all songs, be it in melody, rhythm or lead-shape.
Wormholedeah are proud to announce that Belgian thrash metal combo Basement Critters have signed a worldwide distribution deal for their EP "Hurt Me With The Truth". The band is currently working on a full length album with Carlo Bellotti and Jonathan Mazzeo.
"We have the great honour to work with Wormholedeath Records. Carlo, his crew and Jonathan from Mathlab Recording Studio showed us a future plan, a much bigger picture with opportunities. We will be able to grow in a healthy, creative environment. It just feels right!"
"Hurt Me With The Truth" EP is out on all digital stores via Wormholedeath / The Orchard.
Basement Critters are in the corridors of your basement, creepy and scary, but not inflicting any damage. And as a collective mind, so are we. Like a five legged monster with humanoid features that doesn’t destroy or kill. We grew up in the 90's and want to hold that sound, so no low tuning. All basement critters have a different musical background, a unique approach in music. It made us a collective mind that wants to play hard and send out a clear message.
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Belgium's post-ambient black metallers Soul Dissolution, which comprises members from Marche Funebre, have released the first single from their recently announced new studio album, "Stardust". Entitled "Far Above The Boiling Sea Of Life", the single is available in the form of a static video designed by Marcos Cerutti. LINK: https://youtu.be/wpJPKCN_-SA
"Stardust" will arrive nearly 2 years and 5 weeks since the day its predecessor ("Pale Distant Light ", 2016) came out on Throats Productions . The band's new album release date has been scheduled for the 25th of March with Black Lion Records.
In addition to the new album release a music video has been produced in the cold northern parts of Sweden. The band comments: "Our new album Stardust is a big step-up for us, and this song marks the end of the journey presented therein, a final release from everything. It's one of the faster-paced songs we have written so far, and in addition to our usual influences, it also bears hints to bands like Saor, Ghost Bath, and other actors of the modern-day Atmospheric Black Metal scene. "Far Above the Boiling Sea of Life"is definitely one of our most solid tracks, and we're glad to finally present it to you!"
2018 marks the return of Oxford-based sludge-metal titans Desert Storm as they prepare to follow the release of 2014’s critically-acclaimed ‘Omniscient’ album with their new opus ‘Sentinels’, confirmed for release this coming March 16th via APF Records.
Recorded with engineer Jamie Dodd (Orange Goblin) at Flesh & Bone Studio's, Hackney and tracked by Steve 'Geezer' Watkins at Woodworm studios (which has also been used by legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi), ‘Sentinels’ is a colossal sounding record, it’s ten tracks punching the listener with an oppressive towering monolithic sound that batters, but never dulls the senses.
“This album is a natural progression from our previous releases,” explains guitarist Ryan Cole. “It has the Desert Storm sound, but has moved in a much harder, darker and heavier direction.”
Today we get to hear the first rumblings from ‘Sentinels’ in the shape of ‘Too Far Gone’, a brutal, pounding powerhouse of a track that tackles the bleak subject of excessive binge drinking. “It’s the paradox of hard liquor being both the cause and the remedy of the sickness,” states vocalist Matt Ryan. “Self destruction and punishment of the body. It’s inspired by the tragic tales of Bon Scott and John Bonham, along with fictional characters Ben Sanderson of Leaving Las Vegas and to a lesser extent, Jim Lahey of Trailer Park Boys. It’s a miserable outcome as our song begins with alcoholism and ends in death.”
Stream ‘Too Far Gone’ here: https://soundcloud.com/apf-records/desert-storm-too-far-gone/s-oelmn
Pre-order ‘Sentinels’ here: http://apfrecords.bigcartel.com/
In addition to the album’s release, the band will be hitting the road hard throughout February, March and beyond in the UK and Europe. This is a band that have never been afraid to get in the van and have shared stages with a who’s who of heavy talent over the years, including Karma To Burn, Corrosion Of Conformity, Red Fang, VoiVod, Orange Goblin, Crowbar, Weedeater, Valient Thorr and many more.
Catch Desert Storm live at the following dates in the UK and Europe:
03.02.18 | United Kingdom | Manchester | The Bread Shed
17.02.18 | United Kingdom | Birmingham | o2 Academy
22.02.18 | United Kingdom | London | The Devonshire Arms
23.02.18 | Netherlands | Rotterdam | Baroeg
24.02.18 | Netherlands | Eindhoven | The Jack Cafe
25.02.18 | France | Douai | Red Studio
26.02.18 | Belgium | Antwerp | Kids Rhythm & blues bar
27.02.18 | Germany | Berlin | Urban Spree
28.02.18 | Germany | Weimar | Gerber3
01.03.18 | Germany | Dresden | Chemiefabrik
02.03.18 | Czech Republic | Prague | Theremin
03.03.18 | Poland | Warsaw | Hydrozagadka
04.03.18 | Slovakia | Bratislava | Fuga
05.03.18 | Slovakia | Kosice | Collosseum
06.03.18 | Poland | Katowice | Klub Faust
07.03.18 | Poland | Wroclaw | Black Moon
08.03.18 | Germany | TBC
09.03.18 | Netherlands | Zwolle | Jacks Bar
10.03.18 | Belgium | Brussels | Rock Classic
07.07.18 | United Kingdom | Bradford | Underground
28.07.18 | United Kingdom | Bournemouth | The Anvil
04.08.18 | United Kingdom | Abingdon | Abingdon Town F.C
25.08.18 | United Kingdom | Bolton | Alma Inn
29.09.18 | United Kingdom | Sheffield | o2 Academy
Desert Storm is:
Matt Ryan - Vocals
Chris White - Guitar
Ryan Cole - Guitar
Elliot Cole - Drums
Chris Benoist - Bass
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