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)
The time has finally come to let this beast out of its cage!
German nu-metalcore act Heruin has officially unveiled their debut EP, Addict. The five-song release is now available worldwide. You may have previously stumbled upon their anthemic Sworn In-meets-Korn single "Haunted" or the headbang neck-breaker title track, but now you can listen to the full package.
Listen to the Full Addict EP now by clicking here
Alike the aforementioned songs, "Gore" will have you seeing red in the mosh pit right before singing along for the catchy chorus. "Love" digs deep into djent territory, yet still maintains that classic metalcore vibe with a spine-chilling clean vocal verse. And if you're searching for a bit of nu-metal nostalgia, give "Issue" a spin. For anyone big on modern nu-metalcore acts like Sylar or Cane Hill, this will most definitely be up your alley.
Heruin is a recently formed project based in Munich, Germany consisting of Darius Asgarian (vocals), Benjamin Cepiga (guitar), Ludwig Urban (guitar), Jonas Hoelscher (bass), and Aaron Dylan Rusch (drums). Their style is both reminiscent of nu-metal bands like Korn and Linkin Park as well as more modern metalcore groups including Sworn In or My Ticket Home. With a ferocious groove and harsh vocals building up to a huge, hooky chorus, you'll want to jump on the bandwagon immediately before these guys explode.
Check out the band's merch here and stay tuned for more Heruin videos and announcements!
Purchase & Addict EP
Since their foundation in 2014 Beyond The Black have become an integral part of the German Symphonic Metal landscape in addition to their unrivalled talent and absolute enthusiasm! Now with Napalm Records the band have found a strong partner and have signed worldwide with the label (excl. GSA)
Jennifer Haben on the signing with Napalm Records:
"We are really looking forward to the collaboration! With Napalm and Airforce1 we got exactly the right team to bring the new album to international heights and to tear down as much as possible!“
The success of Beyond The Black speaks for itself. The debut „Songs Of Love And Death“ (2015, Airforce1 Records) immediately hit #12 on the German album charts. Only one year later with the release of „Lost In Forever“ (2016), the band stormed the charts again and a top 5 ranking catapulted them even further forwards!
Beyond The Black has played countless shows in Germany and the near foreign countries, with the British heavy metal legends Saxon, one of Germany’s most successful metal bands Powerwolf and the Dutch symphonic metal masters Epica.
Additionally the band were tapped to open for the Scorpions on their 50th anniversary tour. The band has also made festival appearances including Wacken Open Air Festival, Summer Breeze or Wave-Gotik-Meeting.
This year the studio work continues at full throttle! More info and details on the upcoming album will be unveiled soon!
Meet Beyond The Black at the following shows near you:
BEYOND THE BLACK – LIVE 2018:
16.06.2018 DE – Cologne / Metaltörn
07.07.2018 RU – Novokuznetsk / Heroes Of World Rock
30.08.2018 DE – Hartenholm / Werner Rennen
21.09.2018 DE – Hamburg / Hamburg Metal Dayz
14.10.2018 ES – Mallorca / Full Metal Holiday
More dates tba!
Beyond The Black is:
Jennifer Haben (Vocals)
Stefan Herkenhoff (Bass)
Chris Hermsdörfer (Guit./Backings)
Tobias Lodes (Guit./Backings)
Jonas Roßner (Keyboards/Backings)
Kai Tschierschky (Drums)
Germany’s progressive death metal masters Obscura complete their long-running, four-album conceptual circle with the release of Diluvium (defined as a great oceanic flood), their most evocative, diverse and vibrant release to date. Diluvium is due out July 13th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records.
Watch the official video for “Diluvium” via YouTube HERE and all digital streaming services AT THIS LOCATION. “Diluvium” was directed by Mirko Witzki (Kreator, Blind Guardian, Caliban) and further explores the album’s celestial themes. The band commented further on the concept:
"With the title track of our new album we present you one of the most fast forward and brutal compositions "Diluvium" has to offer. The music video created by German Cinematographer Mirko Witzki shows the first part of a connected story relating to the band’s long running four album cycle.” - Steffen Kummerer
Additionally, Obscura will perform at select European festivals this summer including Vienna Metal Meeting, Amsterdam Metal Meeting and Summer Breeze Open Air. Stay tuned for more tour dates in the near future.
Obscura ’s fifth studio album Diluvium is due out July 13th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages are available via Relapse.com HERE and Digital Downloads / Streaming Services AT THIS LOCATION.
Recorded with long-time producer V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence) at Woodshed Studios in Landshut, Germany, Diluvium is a stunning achievement for the illustrious quartet and a landmark release for progressive metal as a whole. Complete with all the band's signature elements plus groundbreaking poly-rhythms, dramatic songwriting, and jaw-dropping virtuosity, Obscura raise the bar once again with an album that will go down in the annals of metal history as one of the most astonishing performances the genre has to offer.
Death metal mavericks Abythic stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Beneath Ancient Portals, at Decibel magazine's website. Set for international release on May 11th via Blood Harvest Records and Helter Skelter Productions, hear Abythic's Beneath Ancient Portals in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, Abythic formed in 2015 and soon recorded & released their first demo, A Full Negation of Existence. Aptly titled, the demo portrayed four foul tracks of churning death metal of a most early '90s mold. Alas, that was an all-too-brief teaser for Beneath Ancient Portals, the band's full-length debut. Also aptly titled, Beneath Ancient Portals sees Abythic taking the demo's same rudiments - patient and pulsing riffing, linear composition, an emphasis on doomy downtempo segments - and brings them to fuller fruition, diving deeper and deadlier into thundering, desolate DOOM. In many ways, Beneath Ancient Portals often recalls the proud 'n' powerful class of mid-period Bolt Thrower, Asphyx, Grave, and Pentacle, so hypnotically heaving is their dreadnought weight here. But in other ways, Abythic put their own stamp on doomy death metal through a potently occult aura...or one that sounds like a crypt slowly opening, all before a rust- and blood-covered tank rolls forward out of it, crushing all in its path. It's simply mesmerizing either way.
Completed by absolutely devastating production, Beneath Ancient Portals will surely be hailed as one of the year's best and mightiest death metal debuts. Old school, new school, no school: nothing matters but sheer devastating weight, and Abythic possess a fuckton of it. Hear all of it for yourself exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine.
Nordic symphonic metal masters Midnattsol have just released the official lyric video for the title track of their upcoming new album “The Aftermath” which will be released on May 25th via Napalm Records.
Midnattsol now has true full sister power featuring Liv Kristine and Carmen Elise! The name "Espenæs“ rightfully makes a lot of people swoon – as both sisters have been a vital part of a magnitude of gothic / symphonic / folk metal milestones. Until this point a supergroup involving both sisters sharing microphone duties was only the stuff only dreams were made of. Now it is a reality!
The band comments on the track:
“As a huge thank you for waiting for us all these years, here is another song for you before the release of our new album! It contains a message that we want to reach out with; What do you think it is?”
“The Aftermath” relies much more heavily on folk influences lending atmospheric density to the melancholic symphonic metal compositions. A sumptuous and sensual affair and a shimmering highlight in the discography of this German / Norwegian team! Enjoy the brand new video HERE!
German doom quartet Confusion Master presents the newest video from their freshly-released Awaken LP, out now through Exile On Mainstream. The video is crafted for the deeply-grooved "In The Shadow Of The Bong" which makes its debut through The Obelisk on the eve of the band's album release show.
Confusion Master's Awaken represents the band's focus and attitude: condensation and reduction to what is really important and, musically, creates a well-focused sound: existentialism and escapism - manifesting the personal horrors in tone drawing from these inspirations. Awaken features four tracks delivered over forty minutes. The LP will contain a CD version of these tracks and three additional bonus songs which will later be released on vinyl as limited edition split records with other bands to keep the band's release politics an ongoing venture.
Guitarist, vocalist, and lyricist for Confusion Master Stephan Kurth discloses:-
"'In The Shadow Of The Bong' draws inspiration from the three antidotes to the absurdity of life according to Albert Camus. Conditions must be fulfilled to be translated in consequences such as revolt, freedom and passion. Camus' call to a greater degree of understanding among people and greater sincerity building on mankind becoming ultimately frank and free to allow communication inspired this song. This all we wrapped up in a Cavity-/Iron Monkey-inspired riffage. Enjoy!"
Sink into Confusion Master's "In The Shadow Of The Bong" video at The Obelisk RIGHT HERE.
Awaken is out now through an LP/CD package and digital release via Exile On Mainstream; place pre-orders for the LP HERE and the digital through iTunes, Amazon, and all other major providers. Japanese label Bonten Records is releasing a CD only-version on their own.
Also see the official video for "Reaper's Fist" HERE and stream the entire Awaken LP HERE.
In support of Awaken, a home town record release show is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, May 5th, with fellow labelmates Treedeon. This will be followed by a run of tour dates in Japan with Guevnna scheduled for May 21st through 26th, with shows in Tokyo, Fujisawa, Gifu, Nagano, Niigata, and Tokyo. Stand by for additional dates to be announced, including a tour across Europe and beyond in the fall.
Confusion Master Tour Dates:
5/05/2018 Plattnfischn Record Fair - Rostock, DE *Awaken release show w/ Treedeon
5/21/2018 Ruby Room - Tokyo, JP
5/22/2018 Gigs Shonan - Fujisawa, JP
5/23/2018 Casper - Gifu, JP
5/24/2018 The Venue - Nagano, JP
5/25/2018 Golden Pigs - Niigata, JP
5/26/2018 Moonstep - Tokyo, JP
The release date of the of the new album „Rise Of The Lycans“ by the German Power/Thrash Metal Band Wolfen on CD is June 22nd, 2018. The pre-order phase will start on June 8th, 2018 in our webshop.
Even in 2018 you can count on the German metal-institution Wolfen! And they've got great news!
The line-up is finally complete again. After both drummer Holger Bloempott and long-time guitarist Björn Grüne left the band for private and family reasons, new band member is now former interim drummer Siegfried Grütz, who's already been causing sensation with Brainfever back in the '80s. The band had another lucky shot with their new second guitarist.
They were able to get Andreas Doetsch to join them, widely known with his solo project as „Andi the wicked“ and from his work in bands like Steelpreacher.
After their „Evilution“ tour in 2014-2016 with more than 50 concerts (including an Europe tour with Grave Digger), it got a little more quiet around the band. Only a few selected gigs were played, due to the training of the new band members. With the new line-up the band's showing themselves in their most mature form, as they prove on their latest album „Rise Of The Lycans“.
This is the sixth album in the band's career and contains all typical Wolfen trademarks and much more. It is way more powerful than it's predecessors, making it an actual Melodic Power metal album with Thrash influences. Furthermore, an utopian concept story stretching over four songs was composed. All songs are full of the characteristic vocals, a very powerful rhythm section and some extraordinary guitar-work, which has always played a huge role in the band's sound. After the quintet gained new uplift through their „comeback album“„Chapter IV“ and its successor „Evilution“, also thanks to the terrific feedback from the online press, continuation seemed to be the only right and logical step! The outcome can be seen as the peak of the band's current creative period and encapsulates all of their facets.
Everything's rounded up with a killer production by Martin Buchwalter from the Gernhart Studios! Even if it may sound worn out: The band sounds as good as never before!!!
German Atmospheric Melodic metal duo Era Capricorn launched "I Wander Alone" full album teaser! Watch it here:- https://youtu.be/C3NWPHMNT0Q
"We would like to send a warm "welcome" to all our fans from all over the world. We appreciate your support and are happy to see your support. We would like to finally show you all a trailer for our whole record, where you can listen to every song. The album is now available as a nice digipak from our shop, containing 8 songs with a playtime of roughly 68 minutes - http://eracapricorn.bigcartel.com."
Era Capricorn was founded in August 2016 by Marina and Alex.
The decision to found a band was made, after we realized, that we want to create our own music with our very own, specific sound. We started writing our material in February 2017 and recorded our music during August and December 2017. Finally we released our record "I wander alone" on April 9th 2018 and it is available as a digipak from our shop. The band currently consists of 2 musicians. Marina plays all keys and synths. Alex plays guitars and the bass.
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)
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