Swiss melodic dark metal band, Xaon continue their stellar 2018 with a show at the Rock The Castle Festival in Verona on June 30th. The festival will take place at the stunning Castle of Villafranca from June 29th to July 1st and will include performances from legendary acts such as Megadeth, A Perfect Circle, Carcass, Killswitch Engage and Testament, to name a few. The group also play this weekend at the Wings Of Bea MetalFest in Santhià, Italy, taking place from June 15th – 17th.
Since the release of their tremendous album The Drift via Sliptrick Records in 2017, Xaon have been playing all over the world taking in a tour of Japan and various major festival appearances. Xaon are booked by our comrades in arms over at Go Loud Agency.
Xaon’s latest release (The Drift) takes the band’s sound to a new sonic level, progressing from spectral ambiances to grandiose and intricate orchestrations. The album evolves from oppressing aggressiveness to majestic lamentations and due to it’s very nature, it is soberly entitled The Drift and presents the band at their electrifying best.
Get your copy of The Drift from: Shop Sliptrick | Amazon | iTunes
Listen to the whole of The Drift on: Spotify
Rob – Vocals
Vinc – Guitar
John Six (Bass)
Jordan Kiefer (Drums)
Onbra Oscouŗa (Guitars)
Klin HC (Guitars)
Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | On Sliptrick
On 5 May, the biggest underground metal event with over 400 bands took place in 43 countries and 64 cities. It was a huge success with overwhelming impressions from metal communities all over the world. After this passionate display of love for the music and the community, there must be a second round of Metal United World Wide in 2019. Coordinating with so many countries (and possibly even more than in 2018), it is not easy to find consensus but 15 June 2019 has now been chosen for MUWWs second edition.
For those who would like to catch up on the shows they missed, we have compiled a youtube playlist with recorded live streams or videos from a range of countries. On our Facebook page, we shared a large number of videos, photos and reviews. Finally, the lists of shows, participating bands and partners can be found on our website www.metal-united-world-wide.com
The Metal United World Wide team will start with preparations for the next round soon. If you want to be part as a organiser, media partner or supporter - let us know. Don't forget, it's a community project and everybody can participate and contribute.
So on 15 June 2019, the worldwide motto of the metal community will be again:
United We Stand, Divided We Fall! \m/
Metal United World Wide is an initiative to overcome the distances between the widespread individual communities. The event consists of shows around the world on the same date under the united banner. For media contacts, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
AWS have been invited to Wacken Open Air - one of the biggest European metal festivals - this summer!
Wacken team ensured its support to AWS before as well as Germany's biggest metal festival posted a video message on their social media platforms according Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
► AWS - Wacken video message on Facebook:
►AWS - Wacken video message on YouTube:
► AWS - Wacken video message on Twitter:
AWS - a hard working, underground modern metal band did it again: after they won the local Eurovision Song Contest - with the support of the whole local scene from the major rock bands till’ the underground death metal fellows - they qualified for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2018.
Sadly they did not win, nonetheless they delivered a powerful performance.
►AWS - Viszlát nyár (Eurovision Semi-Final, Lisbon)
►AWS - Viszlát nyár (english and acoustic versions):
►AWS - Viszlát nyár (contest song and karaoke version)
This April and May, Chicago post-metallers Snow Burial will embark on an eleven-date European tour with Cornwall doom outfit Monolithian. Beginning in the United Kingdom on April 23rd, circling through the continent, and closing with London's acclaimed Desertfest on May 5th, this tour will be Snow Burial's second trip across the pond.
Snow Burial recently recorded at the famed Electrical Audio in early 2018, crafting a split 7-inch with Iowa City’s doom maestros Aseethe (Thrill Jockey). The tapes and vinyl will be released courtesy of Hand Of Death Records.
The band commented, "We are beyond excited to get back to Europe and hit the road with our good friends in Monolithian. The opportunity to be a part of Desertfest and spend two weeks getting loud across an ocean is amazing and humbling. Add to that the chance to bring with us a brand new split tape with Aseethe from Hand of Death Records and we're on top of the world. "
Formed after a Shiner reunion show, Snow Burial established themselves in the American Midwest scene and released twin EPs Oxblood Siren (2013) and Oxblood Tides (2014). Through promoting the EPs and extensive regional touring, the band earned a reputation for their crushing sound and performances.
Following positive reviews, tours, and airplay, the band released their inaugural LP Victory In Ruin in January 2016. Snow Burial continued touring the US and UK in 2017, featuring an opening slot for Scott Kelly and Sanford Parker’s project Mirrors for Psychic Warfare, with coverage from Metal Hammer Magazine and multiple blogs. In spring 2017, they proudly released a new song “Burn Down the Crown,” on the Unpresidented: DIY vs. Donald Trump benefit compilation.
*with Quietus (FR)
23.04.18 Portsmouth UK @ The Festing
25.04.18 Saint-Etienne FR @ The Thunderbird
26.04.18 Lille, FR @ Bobble Cafe*
27.04.18 Plzen, CZ @ Divadlo Pod Lampou
28.04.18 Kolin, CZ @ Bar Pod Hodinami
29.04.18 Biansko-Biala, PL @ Rudeboy Club
30.04.18 Jena, DE @ Cafe Wagner
02.05.18 Barnbury UK @ The Wheatsheaf
03.05.18 Plymouth, UK @ The Underground
04.05.18 Nottingham, UK @ EARTHMOVER Festival (Angel Microbrewery)
w/Primitive Man and Bismuth
05.05.18 London, UK @ DESERTFEST (The Dev)
After the release and critical acclaim for their debut album Awakening From Abyss, all female Japanese J-Metal group Lovebites continue their march towards world domination and here is the latest news on what’s coming up:
Lovebites – Awakening From Abyss.
Awakening From Abyss comes packed with 12 fantastic numbers from the 5 pronged attack courtesy of Asami (Lead Vocals), Midori (Guitar), Miho (Bass), Haruna (Drums) and Mi-ya (Guitar, Keyboards). The 4 tracks from The Lovebites EP are also present in re-worked and re-arranged versions that blend perfectly within Awakening From Abyss.
Each CD version of the album comes as a digipak with:
• A 20 page colour booklet
• English lyrics & liner notes by all 5 members
• A special sticker (1 of 5 collectibles)
Get your copy from: Amazon | iTunes | Shop Sliptrick & more
Listen to the whole of Awakening From Abyss on: Spotify
Asami – Lead Vocals | Midori – Guitar | Miho – Bass | Haruna – Drums | Mi-ya – Guitar, Keyboards
Band links: Official Website (eng) | Facebook | Twitter | On Sliptrick
Indian death metal legends have announced a UK tour and have already confirmed two festival appearances. The band had this to say about it -
"We are stoked to return to the UK once again and we couldn't have asked for a better festival to be a part of. We get to play alongside some of the artists that have inspired us over the years like Abbath, Rotting Christ and many more incredible artists".
The second festival appearance is at Eradication Festival 2018 where the leading band will be playing alongside bands such as Extreme Noise Terror, Hecate Enthroned, Wombbath, Warlord UK and others. RSVP HERE.
The band also released a brand new video of their song Krishna - The Cowherd AT THIS LINK.
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Official Demonic Resurrection Facebook
Official Demonic Resurrection YouTube Channel
Who would have thought that Global Metal Apocalypse (GMA) would be celebrating 6 years this year as an international metal music outlet, giving bands worldwide endless coverage through reviews, interviews and everything in and around the edges? Not me.
I started GMA 6 years ago with the vision of unearthing, nurturing, promoting and expanding bands coverage across all continents and the islands dotted across planet earth, with the extended view of tapping into nascent metal scenes that were either unbeknownst to the wider metal community e.g. French Polynesia or to those freshly starting out at the hands of one or two bands e.g. Iron Sliver from Gabon.
6 years later and here I am, ready to announce who has won what category(s) at the annual GMA Awards. Voting went on for two weeks and saw thousands upon thousands of votes pouring in since the voting form went live.
GMA is run solely by one person, myself. But this has not put me off from continuing the site's progression and this year I started a sister site:- Global Mainstream Arts (http://globalmainstreamarts.weebly.com/) to give non-metal artists / bands coverage. But metal will always be at the forefront.
The winners at the 2017 GMA Awards are:-
CHOSEN BY EDITOR:-
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
EVANESCENCE - "Synthesis"
BEST LIVE ACT
BREAKTHROUGH AFRICAN BAND
BREAKTHROUGH ASIAN BAND
NUCLEAR WARFARE (Thailand)
BREAKTHROUGH AUSTRALASIAN BAND
SILENT KNIGHT (Australia)
BREAKTHROUGH EUROPEAN BAND
JINJER (The Ukraine)
BREAKTHROUGH UK BAND
BLOOD OATH (England)
BREAKTHROUGH NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICAN BAND
BREAKTHROUGH SOUTH AMERICAN BAND
BREAKTHROUGH INTERNATIONAL BAND
JINJER (The Ukraine)
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