New Zealand Thrashers Alien Weaponry release "Ahi Kā" music video; currently touring North America, European tour this summer
Alien Weaponry have released the music video for their new single, "Ahi Kā", which premiered last week over at Billboard. The song represents the first new material from the New Zealand based metal trio since releasing their 2018 debut album, Tū. Fans can check out the music video for "Ahi Kā" via the link below. The track is also featured on Adult Swim's new, streaming-only compilation record Metal Swim 2.
Alien Weaponry's singer-guitarist Lewis de Jong talks about "Ahi Ka" (Which, like many of the band's songs, is sung in New Zealand's indigenous language of Te Reo Māori):-
"Ahi Kā was inspired by the Auckland city council's decision to burn down what was considered to be the unsightly indigenous Maori village of Okahu Bay in advance of Queen Elizabeth II's 1953 visit. The eviction sparked a 40-year battle for the native Ngati Whatua to reclaim their land, including protests and battles with the police. Amid worldwide criticism, a small portion of the original land was ultimately returned with an apology and some compensation."
Watch "Ahi Ka" HERE
"Ahi Kā" is available for streaming and purchase through Spotify and iTunes (respectively) over HERE!
Fans and music critics alike have applauded the band's approach to unifying Te Reo Māori (the native language of New Zealand) with thrash metal sensibilities; ultimately creating a sound that is driven by emotionally and politically charged conflict while boasting youthful, warrior-like resilience.
Both Lewis and Henry are of Ngati Pikiāo and Ngati Raukawa (Māori tribal) descent, and began their schooling at a kura kaupapa Māori (full immersion Māori language school) where singing waiata (songs) and performing haka were a daily routine. Also ingrained in their early education were stories of New Zealand history told to them by their father, who would also introduce them to the music of Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Anthrax, Ministry, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many others.
Alien Weaponry was formed in 2010 by brothers Lewis (vocals & guitar) and Henry de Jong (drums), who were 8 and 10 years old at the time. The two would later move to the small town of Waipu in 2012, and went on to meet Ethan Trembath (bass) there in 2013. The de Jong brothers came up with the name Alien Weaponry after watching the film District 9.
Alien Weaponry have also been nominated for "Best International Breakthrough Band" at the 2019 Heavy Music Awards (UK). The event takes place on August 22nd at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London. Fan voting is now open at https://vote.heavymusicawards.com/ until June 27th.
ALIEN WEAPONRY On Tour:
North American Headlining Tour
11.05.2019 US - Rockingham, NC / Epicenter*
12.05.2019 US - Washington, DC / DC9
13.05.2019 US - Boston, MA / Middle East
15.05.2019 US - New York, NY / Saint Vitus
16.05.2019 CA - Montreal, QC / L'Esco
17.05.2019 CA - Toronto, ON / Velvet Underground
19.05.2019 US - Chicago, IL / Chicago Open Air*
22.05.2019 US - Minneapolis, MN / 7th St Entry
24.05.2019 US - Pryor, OK / Rocklahoma*
26.05.2019 US - Denver, CO / Bluebird Theater
28.05.2019 US - San Francisco, CA / Bottom of the Hill
29.05.2019 US - Los Angeles, CA / The Roxy
TOUR DATES EU
07.06.2019 DE - Berlin / Musik & Frieden
08.06.2019 DE - Frankfurt / Batschkapp
10.06.2019 UK - Cardiff / Fuel Rock Club
11.06.2019 UK - Bristol / The Exchange
12.06.2019 UK - Dublin / Vodoo Lounge
13.06.2019 UK - Glasgow / Audio Glasgow
15.06.2019 UK - Donington / DE74 2RP Castle Donington
16.06.2019 UK - London / The Underground Camden
18.06.2019 LX - Belval / Rockhal
19.06.2019 DE - Köln / Luxor
20.06.2019 DE - Hamburg / Uebel & Gefährlich
21.06.2019 DK - Kobenhavn / Copenhell Festival 2019
23.03.2019 FR - Clisson / Hellfest Open Air 2019
25.06.2019 DE - Saarbrücken / Garage
26.06.2019 DE - Hannover / Capitol
28.06.2019 FI - Helsinki / Tuska Festival 2019
03.07.2019 FR - Paris / Les Etoiles 61 rue du Chateau d´Eu
04.07.2019 FR - Toulouse / Rue Louis Bonin
06.07.2019 ES - Galicia / Resurrection Fest 2019
07.07.2019 PT - Lisbon / RCA Club
09.07.2019 ES - Sevilla / Sala Even
10.07.2019 ES - Madrid / Nasca Music Live
12.07.2019 ES - Barcelona / Sala Boveda
15.07.2019 IT - Milan / Circolo Magnolia
16.07.2019 IT - Padova / Parco Della Musica
20.07.2019 NL - Eindhoven / Dynamo Metalfest 2019
22.07.2019 SL - Tolmin / MetalDays Festival 2019
24.07.2019 HU - Budapest / Dürer Kert
27.07.2019 PL - Warsaw / klub Stodola Batorego
03.08.2019 DE - Stuttgart / Hanns-Matin-Schleyer-halle
06.08.2019 DE - München / Backstage Werk
07.08.2019 DE - Dresden / Alter Schlachthof
08.08.2019 CZ - Josefov / Brutal Assault 2019
10.08.2019 NL - Leewarden / Into The Grave Festival 2019
11.08.2019 BE - Kortrijk / Alcatraz 2019
16.08.2019 AT - Graz / Metal On The Hill Festival 2019
Official Website: www.alienweaponry.com
After the release of their epic new album in September 2018, symphonic death metal collective MaYaN (featuring current and former members of Epica, After Forever, Delain, Orphanage and Stream of Passion) is still busy travelling the world to spread the word of Dhyana. Having recently finished a tour of Mexico, as well as playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal, the band is now ready to return to Europe for more shows and festivals.
To celebrate hitting the road again, MaYaN have released a new music video for 'The Power Process'. Watch here: youtu.be/K1KeTPpgaBI
Marcela Bovio comments: "We're very excited to share with you our new videoclip 'The Power Process'! We had the pleasure of working again with Arno de Haas, who also directed the videoclip of 'Saints Don't Die'. Can you guess who the story was inspired by? :)"
Feel the power of the international collective MaYaN at the following shows this year:
03.05. CH Wetzikon - Hall of Fame
04.05. I Mantua - Milady Metal Fest
24.05. NL Haarlem - Patronaat
25.05. NL Arnhem - Luxor Live
28.06. NL Dokkum - Dokk’em Open Air
29.06. NL Hertme - Openluchttheater
11.07. CZ Vizovice - Masters of Rock
16.08. A Graz - Metal on the Hill
05.09. USA Atlanta, GA - ProgPower USA
07.09. CO Medellín - TBA
08.09. CO Bogotá - Ozzy Bar Rock
22.11. NL Lelystad - Corneel
23.11. NL Ulft - Metal on Metal
Tickets are available at mayanofficial.com/tour/upcoming-shows
Dhyana is available to order here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dhyana-2CD-Card-Slipcase-MaYaN/dp/B07FDTF4J7/nucblas-21
Watch the official video for 'Dhyana' here: youtu.be/nW6Jkpv5iZA
Mark Jansen, George Oosthoek | grunts
Henning Basse, Adam Denlinger | clean male vocals
Laura Macrì, Marcela Bovio | clean female vocals
Jack Driessen | synths, orchestral arrangements
Frank Schiphorst, Merel Bechtold / Arjan Rijnen / Jord Otto | guitars
Roel Käller | bass
Ariën van Weesenbeek | drums
Dutch Old Schoolers Bloodphemy present first single "A Barbarous Murder" from new album In Cold Blood
Dutch Old Schoolers Bloodphemy present first single "A Barbarous Murder" from new album "In Cold Blood".
Check it out here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhP2PwYv1_0
Taken from their upcoming album, "In Cold Blood" is the third attack from Dutch Death Metal unit Bloodphemy since their resurrection in 2015. By blending a powerful combination of Floridian and Swedish Death Metal with a modern touch has left us with a bloody trail across Europe. Pre Order
following the bands success with their last album Bloodline In Cold Blood picks up the hatchet where they left off with Bloodline, and now we have the final pleasure of presenting the first track.
A Barbarous Murder a slow yet brutal flesh ripping down tuned doomy track for the old schoolers amongst us. The band is already making plans for 2019 with new shows being presented as we speak. Bloodphemy consists of no others than seasoned veterans in the underground scene with members coming from previous bands such as Pleurisy, Bodyfarm, Sinister, to their most recent return of old member Rutger from Bleeding Gods filling in live duties due to the unfortunate leave of Michael, never the less the band is ready to return stronger then ever with their upcoming album in stores March 29.
You can catch Bloodphemy live on following festivals 2019
6th April Big Ass Metal Fest # 27
4-7th July GoatHell Metal Fest
18th July Gothoom open air fest
More dates TBA
Rutger van Noordenburg
Olivier van der Kruif
CD/Digital at - smarturl.it/BloodphemyICB
The female dominated Dutch Death Metal squad Sisters Of Suffocation releases its second video from the upcoming album "Humans Are Broken" for their new single “Little Shits”. It’s as raw and energetic statement against all sexists and haters that didn’t take the band serious because of their gender.
The band on the new video:
“This song is about doing what you love and following your dreams, regardless of what other people may think of it. It is about diversity and equality, as well as having a passion for music and living for it to the fullest. It is about being yourself and trying to deal with people putting you down due to ignorant views and blatant prejudice. Finally, it is about overcoming negativity and putting your foot down, cause no-one has to take shit from another person simply because they live their lives and love it. We hope you all enjoy it; we certainly do! Also: big shout out to Marc Van Peski for the live pics in the video.”
Watch the new video HERE.
Dutch death thrash ragers Izegrim have released a video for the song 'Retraumatized' which is taken from their latest EP entitled 'Beheaded By Trust'. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/qcxZf6rTMkQ
The video follows the band throughout their performance at the sold-out Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival, which took place on the 14th of December. The video was directed by Sebastiaan Spijker from Ik Wil Ook Een Videoclip.
Izegrim's Marloes comments:-
"From preparations, to soundcheck, to the gig at the prestigious sold out Eindhoven Metal Meeting: it's all packed into Izegrim's latest videoclip. No expensive props, no bluescreens, no storyline or silly choreography. This is 100% Izegrim at its best!"
The track was recorded, mixed and mastered at Kohlekeller Studio (ABORTED, BENIGHTED,..) in December 2017. The cover artwork came courtesy of Kirill Semenov. ‘Beheaded By Trust’ is the follow-up to 2016’s ‘The Ferryman’s End’, which drew a positively roaring press response worldwide and saw the band touring and sharing stages with the likes of FLOTSAM & JETSAM, KREATOR, ANNIHILATOR, ONSLAUGHT and more.
Japanese Metalcore crew Crystal Lake sign to Sharptone, release new music video and announce new album
Japan’s breakout Metalcore band Crystal Lake has signed a deal with SharpTone Records and will make their label debut with a brand new album titled 'Helix', that’s due out on February 15th.
“We're very excited to see our name on the SharpTone Records roster among so many great bands. We look forward to all the opportunities the future brings with them. This is going to be a new chapter of our career. STAY HEAVY” - Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake’s new record will coincide with the band’s first ever North American tour, with August Burns Red, Fit For A King and Miss May I.
The artwork for 'Helix' can be found below. Additional album details, music and pre-order info is forthcoming.
Also check out the video for the band's brand new single, 'Aeon', here: https://youtu.be/CKHsfceVK2g
The band is currently touring Europe supporting BURY TOMORROW.
30.11. D Berlin - SO36
01.12. D Leipzig - Conne Island
02.12. CZ Prague - MeetFactory
03.12. D Munich - Backstage (Halle)
04.12. A Graz - Explosiv
06.12. CH Zurich - Dynamo
07.12. D Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
08.12. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
09.12. F Paris - Petit Bain
11.12. UK Bristol - SWX
12.12. UK Birmingham - O2 Institute
13.12. UK Glasgow - The Garage
14.12. UK Manchester - O2 Ritz
15.12. UK London - O2 Forum Kentish Town
CRYSTAL LAKE live 2019
28.06. NL Ysselstyn - Jera On Air
04.07. ES Viveiro - Resurrection Fest
www.crystallake.jp/ | www.instagram.com/crystallake777
Eindhoven based death metal squad Sisters Of Suffocation are here to bring us the best of both worlds: the raw and primal force of old school death metal clashes with the sophisticated technicality and epic-melodic infusions of modern times.Now the already infamous quintet announces its second studio album Humans Are Broken!
Dutch melodic death metallers The Invict are set to release their debut full-length "A Sun That Never Sets" on November 5th via Profane Records.
The band comments:-
“We have been working incredibly hard on our debut full-length "A Sun That Never Sets", so it feels great to finally release this record into the world. We truly hope you enjoy it as much as we did writing, recording and playing those songs. Bang your head and hopefully see you on the road! We would love to hear what you think. #sharingiscaring "
The opening track, "My Shrine", has already been released as a single on September 17th and it's available on all major streaming platforms.
Profane Records: https://www.profanerecords.com
All Metal Agency: https://www.allmetalagency.nl/
To celebrate the release of their new 10'' inch today, metal giants Epica have launched a lyric video for their bombastic track 'Beyond The Matrix - The Battle' – a unique collaboration with the Dutch Grammy-award winning Metropole Orkest.
Watch the clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP8vRlp9PzM
Singer Simone Simons states:
"Here it is, our lyric video from 'Beyond the Matrix- the Battle'. Get ready to dive into the sea of pure tranquillity together with Epica and the Metropole Orkest"
In the summer of 2017, with the help from their massive fan base, Epica won a high-profile competition organized by the Metropole Orkest. The first prize was a recording of a song of their choice with the orchestra. In between Epica‘s heavy touring schedule, the band was able to conjure up a unique, never-before-seen 'Big Band meets Symphonic Metal' rendition of 'Beyond the Matrix'. As a bonus to all voters, runner-up in the competition and friend of the band, Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) contributed a beautiful guest-solo on the song.
Epica vs Metropole Orkest - 'Beyond The Matrix - The Battle' is out today and available as a limited-edition vinyl and digital download through Nuclear Blast.
You can order the limited-edition 10-inch and bundles from the band‘s webshop http://smarturl.it/epica_vs_mo or from the Nuclear Blast mail-order: http://nblast.de/EpicaBeyondTheMatrix
Digital version: http://geni.us/EpicaBeyondTheMatrix
www.epica.nl | www.facebook.com/epica | www.nuclearblast.de/epica
Metal giants Epica have launched a short teaser from their upcoming release 'Beyond The Matrix - The Battle' – a unique collaboration with the Dutch Grammy-award winning Metropole Orkest.
In the summer of 2017, with the help from their massive fan base, Epica won a high-profile competition organized by the Metropole Orkest. First prize was a recording of a song of their choice with the orchestra. In between Epica‘s heavy touring schedule, the band was able to conjure up a unique, never-before-seen 'Big Band meets Symphonic Metal' rendition of 'Beyond the Matrix'. As a bonus to all voters, runner-up in the competition and friend of the band, Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) contributed a beautiful guest-solo to the song.
Simone Simons comments:
"The short teaser of 'Beyond The Matrix - The Battle' gives you a small preview of our upcoming release. Never before did we have such a unique collaboration as with the Metropole Orkest. Expect to be blown away, literally and figuratively!”
Watch the teaser here: https://youtu.be/R8DjQ8bOdLg
EPICA vs METROPOLE ORKEST - 'Beyond The Matrix - The Battle' will be released as a limited-edition vinyl and digital download on October 26th through Nuclear Blast.
You can pre-order the limited-edition 10-inch and bundles from the band‘s webshop http://smarturl.it/epica_vs_mo or from the Nuclear Blast mail-order: http://nblast.de/EpicaBeyondTheMatrix
Digital version: http://geni.us/EpicaBeyondTheMatrix
www.epica.nl | www.facebook.com/epica | www.nuclearblast.de/epica
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