By GMA's Bangladesh correspondent Nabil Abaddon
Enmachined, a bone-crushing old school Thrash Metal band ascending from the depths of Dhaka, Bangladesh have just signed with Salute Records. A demo album entitled "Thrash Assault" is on the way to being unleashed from their arsenal on the 24th August and will comprise of 3 demo tracks completed by the band.
Enmachined is one of the protagonist bands in the Thrash Metal resurgence movement in Bangladesh and conceives the raw spirit of Thrash Metal in their hearts. They have performed in innumerable shows all around the capital city Dhaka and in metal fests like Metal Morgue and Death Skull Ritual. The band is all set for their international debut gig in Kolkata, India in September 2013 and will be accompanied by their countrymen Nafarmaan, a Black / Death metal band in the show Ritual Ascension Fest II (Kolkata), organized by Putrid Ascendency. The band has also reported that they have firm plans on hitting the studio for their full length album right after the Kolkata tour.
You can read an interview that was done with Nafarmaan as part of the Ritual Ascension Fest II here.
Also read up on the festival and our media collaboration with them here.
Enmachined line up:
Abir - Vocals
Anil - Guitars
Noor - Guitars
Nasa - Bass
Sabbir - Drums
Wormholedeath and Lost Penguin Conspiracy are proud to present their latest addition to the worldwide distribution roster: Barbarian Prophecies. Wormholedeath will distribute and market the new album from Spanish Death Metal assault Barbarian Prophecies titled “XIII”.
The release date is set for early autumn 2013.
You can stream the album preview here:
The band stated:
“We are very proud to announce that our next album, “XIII”, will be released under the label WormHoleDeath, which makes us one of the first Spanish bands in being part of this label. After having self-released our previous record, “Remember the Fallen”, we decided that it was necessary to count with the support of a label to give greater international projection to our work. For this reason, and after assessing the options that we had, we think that WHD was the record label that is more suited to our needs. Their professionalism and interest in the band provides the security that their work will be thinking in seeking the best for Barbarian Prophecies. Also want to thank our agency “Lost Penguin Conspiracy” by the management in the process from the first minute, always looking for the best for the band, and without which we had not reached this agreement.”
Denmark's Artillery is one Europe's earliest thrash metal exports, and their contribution to the bourgeoning genre is difficult to ignore. The Danish quartet successfully managed to fuse an abrasive brutality with technicality and strong melodies, with the noteworthy guitar leads of the Stützer-brothers serving as highlights.
Artillery was formed in the Copenhagen suburb of Taastrup, Denmark in 1982 by Michael and Morten Stützer. Since then, Artillery have gone thru numerous line-up changes and released six studio LPs. The first period of Artillery's existence gave the world the three classic albums "Fear of Tomorrow", "Terror Squad" and "By Inheritance", featuring some of the finest moments of thrash metal Europe has ever put out.
After an eight-year hiatus Artillery returned in style in 1999, sounding as fresh and hungry as ever before without sounding like one of those nostalgia acts. The three albums "B.A.C.K.", "When Death Comes" and "My Blood" put Artillery not only back on the map, but also to the top of their genre.
Artillery expressed their thoughts on their signing:
"Artillery is very proud to have signed with legendary Metal Blade Records! Metal Blade is the company who released Metallica's first song, Slayer's and Trouble's debut records and who in their line-up have our fellow Danes Mercyful Fate / King Diamond signed. With their over 30 years of experience in the business this is a big step forward for Artillery. We can't wait to have our new album released on Metal Blade, and we are looking forward to promote it with our first American tour ever. We also want to thank Metal Mind and Agnieszka for the last 5 years!"
Since the release of their last album "My Blood" in 2011 Artillery have played European and US tours and appeared at several festivals and the Barge To Hell cruise. In 2012 Artillery saw the departure of Carsten N. Nielsen and Søren Adamsen. Two new members were recruited, making Josua Madsen the new drummer and Michael Bastholm Dahl the new singer. Touring plans for the rest of 2013 include the U.S. as well as South America, making the band tour extensively for the rest of the year.
A new album has been recorded in the spring of 2013 and is right now in the stage of mixing and mastering. More info on the new Artillery longplayer will be revealed shortly!
Michael Bastholm Dahl ˆ vocals
Michael Stützer ˆ guitars
Morten Stützer ˆ guitars
Peter Thorslund ˆ bass
Josua Madsen ˆ drums
_Italy’s very own Tombstone Highway is the newest member of the Agonia Records roster and a fresh addition to the label’s expanding profile. The band emerges from the muddy shores of The Po River in Piacenza and draws strong inspiration from the rural and folklore parts of its homeland. Their upcoming debut album is a classic blend of feisty Stoner/Southern Rock and Doom Metal, with catchy guitar solos and old-school heavy metal parts that may remind of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Corrison Of Conformity, Pride and Glory, Down, Black Sabbath, or even ZZ Top riffage. Apart from Hard Rock instruments, the band uses also a banjo and Hammond organs.
3 songs (raw and unmastered versions) from Tombstone Highway can be heard at their Reverb Nation profile here.
The release date of the debut album entitled 'Ruralizer' is scheduled for this Autumn.
The band has issued the following statement with regards to the signing: "
We are pleased to announce that we signed with Agonia Records for the release of our first album 'Ruralizer'. We're very proud of how the album came out and we strongly believe it's the perfect way to begin our legacy. People into heavy, ballsy southern-tinged Hard Rock should take note!"
_Victory Records are pleased to announce the signing of Welsh Metal/Hardcore outfit Continents.
Philip Cross, Vocals
Darryl Sweet, Guitar
Duncan Hamill, Drums
Tom Weaver, Guitar
Dominic Turner, Bass
Victory Records welcomes dynamic Welsh Metal/Hardcore outfit Continents, to its roster. Watch the full announcement video here.
“We've always tried to put our own passion for our music before external influence, the most important thing for us is that we enjoy the music we play, and if other people enjoy it too then that's awesome,” said Vocalist, Philip Cross. “We like to mix elements of our favorite styles and influences, and then put our own perspective on things to see where it takes us.”
Formed in 2010, Continents quickly established themselves within the UK music scene. They are five self-proclaimed “lads with a party attitude who love getting groups of people into a room who share their passion for music.” In concert, this UK bunch throws a blistering barrage of songs and energy at the crowd which is evident in their first music video from the band’s self-released single "Trials"; which received over 10,000 views on YouTube, in just the first few days. Thanks to “Trials”, in November the band was voted as a favorite YouTube UK Metal Act and was featured on the YouTube home page.
They will be killing it on stage Saturday, June 30, at Leeds University for Europe's biggest indoor metal/hardcore festival, Ghostfest 2012. They will be joining the likes of Emmure, The Black Dahlia Murder, Comeback Kid and many more.
_Metal Blade Records have made another addition to their roster with the signing of Germany's Downfall of Gaia! The band eschews clichés and delivers a monolithic, yet melodic, wall of sound. Formed in 2008 in Hannover, Germany to date the band has released a demo cd, a split tape, a split LP, and a full length album. Their split with In The Hearts of Emperors can be found on bandcamp here.
Starting out as a crust band then developing further, the band has become much more difficult to compare to any other bands. Over the years, their songs became longer, slower, heavier; their influences range from doom to black metal, from down-tempo, to sludge, and hardcore.
The band comments on their deal with Metal Blade Records:
"We feel quite honored to be a part of the Metal Blade family and to work with one of the most notable labels in the world! We are really excited about our Metal Blade debut and the future! A big thank you to all the people who supported us in any way during the last years, without you all of this wouldn't be possible!"
Their concept album, "Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes", will be released later on in 2012.
Dominik Goncalves dos Reis – vocals/guitars
Peter Wolff – vocals/guitars
Anton Lisovoj – vocals/bass
Johannes Stoltenburg - drums
_Agonia Records have recently announced the signing of Swedish Doom Metal outfit Kongh.
This relatively new band, formed back in 2004, has quickly risen amongst the ranks of Swedish acts worth watching, being nominated to the P3 Guld Award (Swedish equivalent of the Grammy Awards) for their debut album. After a successful and intense tour with critically acclaimed Yob in September and October of 2011, Kongh focused on writing their 3rd to date album: yet untitled and expected for early 2013.
The band has issued the following statement regarding the new deal and upcoming release:
"Three years have passed since our last album was released, and we're stoked to announce that the song writing for a whole new album is now finalized. We'll skip the in-depth details for now since it's nearly possible to give a sensible description of your own music, but there's definitely some new twists and dimensions there as well as the traditional Kongh riffage. One thing we can say for sure is that we're very enthusiastic about the songs and we cannot wait to enter the studio! It will happen at the end of the summer, with Karl Daniel Lidén (Dozer, Switchblade) in the engineering seat. Another thing we're happy about is the new record deal with Agonia Records. We've been in touch with them for well over a year now, and while we've had a few offers from different labels, Agonia was the one which seemed to suit us best. Our expectations are high and we're sure this will turn out great".
Metal Blade Records is thrilled to announce the signing of German Progressive Death Metallers Over Your Threshold.
Arising from Munich, Germany Over Your Threshold began playing live in 2007. After numerous gigs with renowned Death Metal acts like Obscura, Deadborn and Hokum, the band made a name for itself in the local metal-scene.
The first record, "Progress In Disbelief EP", was self-released in 2008. Over the years the band's concept of Death Metal gained ground and its actual sound is enriched with a great diversity of musical elements. Influenced by different Death Metal bands (reaching from the 80's up to now) Over Your Threshold's _music combines progressive Death Metal with a bit of Thrash and some fusion components.
In 2011, the band entered the Woodshed Studio in Landshut, Germany to record their first full-length album, entitled "Facticity". The sound of the album is not only more blasting but also more technical, interspersed with energetic Death Metal riffing as well as melodic acoustic guitars. It's enriched by brute-force blast beats, Thrash Metal, jazzy harmonics and the distinct tones of smooth, fretless bass. Furthermore, the band recruited guest musicians Steffen Kummerer (Obscura, Thulcandra) and Jonas Fischer (Hokum, Ex-Obscura) to jazz up their debut album.
Ther band comments on the deal with Metal Blade Records: "Metal Blade Records ranges among the highest renowned labels for extreme metal music and we are very glad about the possibility to release our upcoming debut album 'Facticity' via such a strong partner. We are looking forward to work with Metal Blade and the future development!"
"Facticity" will be released August 27th via Metal Blade Records in the UK.
OVER YOUR THRESHOLD is:
Ludwig Walter – vocals
Lukas Spielberger – guitars
Kilian Lau – guitars
Christian Siegmund – bass
Julian Matejka – drums
Catch OVER YOUR THRESHOLD live at the following events:
16/06/12 – DE – München – 103er Freizeittreff Obergiesing
01/09/12 – DE – Laberweinting – Fistful Of Metal 2012
19/10/12 – DE – Landshut – Poschinger Villa
02/11/12 – DE – Ingolstadt - Ohrakel
_Swedish Death Metal stalwarts Entrails smeer blood over the contract and sign to Metal Blade Records.
Formed in the 90s, but split up until 2008 when guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist rediscovered some old tapes. With modern technology, the first Entrails demo took shape. After releasing another demo in 2009 the band recorded and released their debut album 'Tales From The Morgue' in 2010.
Just a year later 'The Tomb Awaits' was released, an album that gained worldwide attention and was considered by many as the best death metal album of 2011!
Jimmy Lundqvist comments on the deal with Metal Blade: "Being on Metal Blade has been a dream since Slayer's Hell Awaits came out and given the chance to be there as well is just pure magic! It is with honourable excitement that we have signed to Metal Blade!"
Currently the band are finalising the songwriting process for their third studio album to be recorded during the summer."Our upcoming third opus is filled with old-school and rotten bastards of songs. Groovy and heavy like a pile of flesh that will be like a punch in your face. To us it's the perfect step from The Tomb Awaits album…beware!"
Joakim Svensson - vocals/bass
Jimmy Lundqvist ˆ guitar
Mathias Nilsson ˆ guitar
Adde Mitroulis - drums
Swedish Viking Metallers King Of Asgard have finished recording their second album '…to North' at Sonic Train Studios with engineer Andy LaRocque (KING DIAMOND) at the helm. The album will be released July 27th / 30th via Metal Blade Records.
The band has said that: "First out is female vocalist Heléne Blad whom did a guest appearance on "Fi'mbulvintr" as well. This time around she's present on the album opener, "The Nine Worlds Burn", doing an epic folk inspired vocal part. She's been a longtime friend of the band and is a professionally schooled folk singer et cetera. She was also once, for a short while, the keyboardist of the KING OF ASGARD predecessor Mithotyn. The second appearance on "…to North" presents the extremely talented guitarist Jimmy Hedlund. Yet another friend known from bands such as Falconer and Supreme Majesty. He shreds two guitar solos on the song "Gap of Ginnungs". Least say, amazing stuff and truly breathtaking!"
Bassist Jonas Albrektsson shares views on the recording process and what to expect from '…To North':
"The "…To North" master just arrived and it sounds astonishing! Andy LaRocque made a great job on the production and the mastering along with Olof Berggren. It's upright and powerful. We feel very proud of what we achieved on this recording and merely the sound of it makes it a worthy follow-up to the firstborn "Fi'mbulvintr". Songs and sounds came out much as of what we planned, with power and a great variety. "…To North" takes off pretty much where "Fi'mbulvintr" left off so to say, with a natural development, more varied songs and structures. It's a development of our sound which will be recognized by old fans as well as bring some new ones to the horde. This time around I've been more involved in the writing process along with Karl, which kind of shines through, giving the songs a wider perspective. Expect some very strong songs on "…To North", where epic meets with brutality! The lyrical theme this time is basically in the same vein but has different twists. Not as obvious as before. "…To North" will make The Nine Worlds Burn… and Varberg was just left behind."
Check out the first video trailer for the album here.
Karl Beckman ˆ vocals/guitars
Lars Tängmark - guitars
Jonas Albrektsson ˆ bass
Karsten Larsson - drums
Metal Blade Records have signed Australian Heavy Doom outfit Raven Black Night.
Formed in 1999 in Adelaide, Raven Black Night started their campaign to bring their traditional metal sound to the global scene. After numerous gigs throughout Australia they recorded and released their debut album 'Choose The Dark' in 2005.
'Choose The Dark' turned heads all over Australia and Europe, resulting in an invite in 2007 to play at the 10th annual Headbangers Open Air in Germany. A new collaboration with Metal Blade Records and a new album in the process will firmly bring the quartet to the masses.
The band's singer/guitarist Jim Petkoff said: "As founders of Raven Black Night my metal brother Rino Amorino and I are proud and excited to sign with Metal Blade, a label with a rich history and much respect in the metal world. We believe Metal Blade will help bring Raven Black Night to the metal masses and look forward to a great journey together."
Watch out for RAVEN BLACK NIGHT's new album in late 2012!_
Jim Petkoff (The White Knight) [guitar/vocals]
Rino Amoriono (The Raven) [guitar]
Chris Dorian [bass]
Christiain Jones [drums]
Big Tom [bass] * only live
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