As the release date for I Promised Once's Needful Things Records label debut, "Salvation," grows near, the band is ready for the world to hear their unique take on metalcore. Not afraid to take risks, I Promised Once is proud to premiere their single, "Break," that showcases their diversity and includes an element not often found in metal; rap.
While I Promised Once has used EDM as an influence in the past, the band wanted to experiment further with different genres and they knew that Blumio would be the perfect fit. Guitarist Nils shared the band's thoughts when writing the track, "We wanted to make it a collaboration with someone that fits our concept of “Borderless Metalcore”. Luckily, we knew just the right guy: Blumio. We first made the hip-hop beat/verse for Blumio, and then constructed the rest of the song around it with our signature riffing & a huge breakdown. The rhythm of the song goes a bit into nu-metal territory and is reminiscent of old classics like Limp Bizkit & Korn."
Lyrically, I Promised Once to create a song to empower listeners to stand up for themselves no matter what life throws at them. Nils explained, "There will always be people talking behind your back who will try to put you down and will try to stop you from achieving your dreams."
"Salvation" will be out on 2/23 and pre-orders of the record are available now on Merchbucket. The band had one last piece of advice for listeners that are experiencing people trying to tear them down, "Remember, those people have no power over what destiny you are creating for yourself, so give them the middle finger and keep going your own way!"
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German Thrash-Metal-Maniacs, Pripjat, have just released more details of their upcoming second studio album. The follow up of the successful debut album "Sons Of Tschernobyl" is titled "Chain Reaction" and will be unleashed on April 27th, 2018 via NoiseArt Records.
The stunning cover artwork of "Chain Reaction" was done by Russian artist Timur Khabirov.
The band states:
"We tried out a couple of things for the "Chain Reaction"-Artwork. In the end, the motif of Timur Khabirov left us no choice but to take it. It is an interesting coincidence, that he also comes from the Eastern-Europe. The layout for cover and booklet was made by our friend Leonardo Bardelle, who is the drummer of the fantastic "Grim Van Doom" and "Morast". As you can see - this chain is linked!"
Three years have passed since Pripjat released their debut "Sons Of Tschernobyl". The record came out of nothing, delighting thrash-fans and the press all over the world. Songs like ’Born To Hate‘, ’Toxic‘ or ’Acid Rain‘ became must-plays on the many shows the band have played since the release, convincing fan by fan, riff by riff. After over a year of recording Pripjat have finished their second Album.
Sad news from German thrash titans Destruction: After joining the band back in 2010, drummer Vaaver announces that he will be parting ways with the group in March after 8 years. His departure from the band is due to family reasons.
"It is never easy to make hard decisions. It is time for me to part ways with Destruction - the band that has hosted me for nearly a decade; my brothers, my best buddies. Above all, these guys are great musicians that I have enjoyed countless performances with. 8 years with Destruction means more than words can describe. We shared the stage more than 500 times, travelled to the moon and back at least twice! It is time to drift my career towards more calm waters which surround my family. At the same time, Destruction needs to explore new exciting and challenging stages of their career.
I would like to thank Schmier and Mike for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Destruction. I tried my best to enhance the band's sound and groove with my skills. I could see the fans' reactions around the world that came to the gigs and the signing sessions with tears in their eyes…just happy to see the band they had listened to since the beginning of the 80's. It has been a truly unforgettable experience!
I wish you guys all the best. I know you will find the right replacement with the skills and dedication that you deserve for your incredible band. I am not quitting my profession either. It is just a change in life that we all sometimes go through and have to adjust to new circumstances. Hope we meet again one day or night on your rough Destruction seas! Thank you Schmier and Mike…!"
To be clear, all shows will still be going ahead with Vaaver playing with Destruction until March. Randy Black, who already replaced him on his baby-break, will step in for the shows after March, until the band has decided who will be Vaaver's worthy successor.
"There is not much more to add in this moment of sorrow. We all know it really sucks to separate with people you cherish for reasons beyond control. So ‘family first’ is something we all have to accept. Vaaver was not just the best drummer we ever had and I don't wanna diminish the dignity of any of our old drummers here, but he also was a killer dude and a great friend. So yes, this really hurts…of course he will stay a part of our clan and the big Destruction family! Cheers for all those fantastic years, our paths will definitely cross again and all the best for your future, Vaavski!"
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
Pulverizing German death metal outfit Pestilent Reign is proud to announce the upcoming March 16th release of their skin-flaying debut album, Pyres. The Southwest Germany-based group has spent the last few years developing a unique sound through countless live performances and the release of two EP's to date. Now in 2018, their dedication and hard work have culminated in the devastatingly heavy and varied work of death metal that is Pyres.
Across eight tracks, Pyres draws strength from a multitude of influences such as Dyscarnate, Psycroptic, Dying Fetus, Aborted, Misery Index, and Revocation in a multi-faceted manner that's as rewarding to listen to as it is fun. On Pyres, Pestilent Reign strikes the perfect balance between straightforward modern death metal, sledgehammer-like brutality, thrashy hooks, technically adept flourishes, and monstrous grooves. Pestilent Reign - Pyres will see release on March 16th through Rising Nemesis Records and Rebirth the Metal Productions.
Pestilent Reign had this to say about Pyres and the experience it offers
"Our first full-length album, Pyres is not only a compilation of our early material, it is also partially a refined, structured concept with the songs "Martyr", "Savior" and "Zealot" as the lyrical centre of Pyres. But musically, the wideness of the spectrum of Pyres is a lot bigger, including our early songs like "I.M.T.R.M." or "Cleanse the Flesh" and also well-structured, long and variant tracks like "Gutter's Filth".
Stay tuned for more Pestilent Reign news, early singles, and pre-orders to launch soon in the coming weeks.
The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
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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