In 2016, Swedish Death / Black Metal specialists Necrophor entered Sunlight Studio for a third time, this time with the purpose to record their first full-length album. It took almost 6 months from the start to the finished album with the group not wanting to rush through any step of the process. The result is Reborn, containing nine tracks infused with the essence of chaos..
This is not a band that wallows in self-promotion, this is not a band looking for gimmicks and fads… Necrophor want to be taken on their own terms and let the music do the talking. So hop onto the roller coaster, this is purely a one way ticket!
“Like it, hate it or just be indifferent – it does not matter.”
“The Word will take root and in due time manifest itself within the depths of your being”
Reborn | Released June 8th, 2017 on Sliptrick Records
Swedish Symphonic Black metal DSBM band Mist Of Misery is back with a new EP Shackles Of Life
Shackles Of Life and Fields Of Isolation were written and recorded during 2016 in studio Forlorn Halls and on various private locations around Stockholm.
The band comments: "The themes on both EP's vary quite a lot from our earlier works, but the original concept of Mist Of Misery is still there. Those who have heard our latest release, Absence, will surely find some similarities to both that album and also to our earlier releases."
The EP features guest vocals from Paolo Bruno of Thy Light and Georg of Coldworld. Artwork was done by talented Russian artist Alex Tartsus. Link
Iron Bonehead Productions sets July 28th as the international release date for Urn's highly anticipated fourth album, The Burning. One of the Finnish underground's longest-running yet best-kept secrets, Urn have been flying the flag of hate for unholy black / thrash since 1994. Founded by ex-Barathrum guitarist Sulphur, Urn have been a study in delayed-gratification patience and trend-bucking defiance. Their 2001 debut LP 666 Megatons sounded exactly like that, detonating a nuclear blast of classic black / thrash-cum-speed metal, which was further roughed up and refined on the successive LPs Dawn of the Devastation (2006) and Soul Destroyers (2008). But just as Urn had seemingly perfected their addicting 'n' acidic style, their classic power-trio line-up disintegrated and it was up to Sulphur to rebuild the band again. And rebuild, the bass-playing frontman did, as The Burning is the triumphant phoenix from the ashes.
Still maintaining that power-trio formation but now featuring a new line-up that includes guitarist Too Loud and drummer Revenant, The Burning literally explodes with an excitement that's long been missing in black metal - suitably so, as it's Urn's first new recording in nearly a decade. Well rested, then, but certainly not resting on past laurels, Urn here fire off one veritable anthem after another with an urgency that's startling to behold; the energy and passion are writ large across The Burning, and absolutely impossible to contain. And yet, for all its immediacy, there's a certain grace and grandeur to The Burning that Urn have never revealed before: a wide-open, widescreened "man on the mountain" type of atmosphere that makes this pure black HEAVY METAL all the more majestic. However, let it be known that these Finnish bastards still revel in the dirt, just that now they've delivered their rancorous visions in a recording that's their most robust and powerful to date.
Feel The Burning? It's Urn, 666% back with a bestial invasion in the sign of evil! Bow before its first sign HERE at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud with the new track "Sons of the Northern Star." Cover art, by Rok of Sadistik Exekution, and tracklisting are above.
Swedish underground entity El Camino release a gritty, slow-burning black metal album with elements of thrash and heavy metal to make it stand apart from their peers. It's most reminiscent of the Greek black metal scene. You can listen to a couple of songs on their Bandcamp page AT THIS LINK.
Malicious black metal written with deliberate nuances and with a fervour that's ritualistic is what El Camino are conjuring up over here on 'Cursed Congregation', their latest full length album. These Swedes are eschewing the Dissection-esque done-to-death sound and are going for something more original and authentic. This is black/thrash metal tempered with heavy and doom metal influences. The result is a plodding, intriguing affair, evocative of a H.P. Lovecraft setting and permeating a sense of looming dread. Well-placed leads lighten up the sordid affair, as the music trudges further into deeper mental caverns and hidden structures. Morbidly dark, upbeat and tantalizing, El Camino are on to something very special.
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dEMOTIONAL is an up-rising, promising sextet hailing from Sweden, formed in 2009 with the aim to step and be in the front line of the new wave of Swedish metal bands. The band is not only recognized for their music but also for their sense of fashion and style on and off stage. The audience is thrilled to see head banging rockers in suites, and not only trashy jeans and tank tops like common metal bands typically wore.
After releasing two albums of studio "State: In Denial" (2013) and "Tarassis" (2015) and numerous shows in Scandinavia and Europe (sharing stages with Arch Enemy, Entombed ...) plus a headlining tour in Russia, dEmotional is ready to release its new opus "Discovery".
Watch & listen to the brand new singles "All That It Takes" & "Ashes""Discovery" (produced my Pontus Hjelm, Dead By April) will be the bands third full length album and will be released 27th May 2017 worldwide. Expect hot news soon!!!
Austrian Thrash Metal maniacs DeathTale join the family of Art Gates Records.
The band was founded in 2008, raised up from the Thrash / Death Metal band Demolition, founded by Tom Kräutner in 1996. The development of the music, which is technically more mature and more melodious, is based on international standards.Biting, multi-layered vocals combined with impulsive, powerful melodies and challenging guitar solos leads to intense "metal compositions".
In words of the band:
"We are looking forward to working with AGR, which is also a new chapter in the band history of Deathtale. AGR offer us with its possibilities a completely new level to reach people with our music. At the same time they create a good basis for the band to bring out and promote our upcoming album. We are sure that we will get the best support from our new label."
The band is ready to release their third album of studio this year through Art Gates Records worldwide.
More info coming soon to www.artgatesrecords.com and: www.deathtale.at
Swedish Melodic Metallers Sarea have signed a publishing deal with Wormholedeath for the worldwide release of their album "Black at Heart". "Black at Heart" has been recorded, mixed and mastered at 'Crehate Studios', Gothenburg, Sweden by Oscar Nilsson.
"We are so thrilled to reveal all the details on our upcoming album 'Black at Heart'!! The album will be released on May 26th through Rambo Music (a subdivision of Sony / Gain) and WormholeDeath."
Eyes Wide Open are thrilled to announce that they have signed a distribution deal with Sony Music for their upcoming release.
Kristofer from the band states:
"We are super stoked about this cooperation with Sony Music and together we will take EWO to the next level ".
Further information about the upcoming release is yet to be publicised and we are eagerly anticipating the next announcement!
Since their humble beginnings in Karlstad, Sweden, back in 2011, Eyes Wide Open have become one of the forerunners in the Swedish Metal Scene. With clear melodies and catchy riffs they deliver an immense sound as they lead the way in the Melodic Death Metal genre.
Spring 2012 saw the release of their debut EP “Revelations” which was followed by their fist album “Aftermath”. Their music is aired on radio channels globally and Eyes Wide Open have gained a loyal following of 50K+ fans and counting!
The band built on this success with the release of the single “Blindead” which they supported with multiple performances across Europe including the headliner slot at the Swedish Metal Invasion tour in 2016.
2016/2017, E.W.O come back to life with the highly anticipated third and final part of their pre-announced album trilogy. Erik Engstrand has stepped up as the bands new vocalist to cement Eyes Wide Open as a cutting edge entity. With Erik leading the way and the band at it’s peak they are about to unleash a full force melodic death metal album.
E.W.O reach for the sky and extend their hand to the world….
And So it begins!
Kill The Kong is a Swedish rhythm based Metal / Hardcore band formed in 2015. With seven members including two singers and a percussionist their music is influenced by several different bands in the harder genre, such as Slipknot, Architects, Parkway Drive, Upon A Burning body, Every Time I die.
They released their debut album during the summer of 2015 and now it´s time for their second album. The album will be released in the end of 2017 by the Swedish record label GAIN (Avatar, Europe, etc.) which the band recently signed with.
"We can finally make it official that we have signed a record deal with Gain / Sony Music Sweden who will release our upcoming album. The album will be released later this fall/winter. We are stoked to be a part of this awesome team and we can’t wait to see what the future will bring!" - Kill The Kong
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Check out the new single from the album ‘Killing Ourselves to Live’ (featuring a guest appearance from Destruction main man Schmeir!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwL9P1mku4I and the first release, ‘Let Me Out’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qNeERh1sUw
After a successful thirteen-year career, Sister Sin called it a day in 2015. Undeterred, front woman and musical force of nature Liv Sin formed a new band and began work on her debut solo album. ‘Follow Me’ is the stunning result!
Liv comments; ‘For me, it has never been an option to stop singing. I live for the stage and for my fans. I still miss Sister Sin, but I am very excited to work on my own project, and I can promise it will not be some soft pop rock. This is going to be metal deluxe, because that’s who I am!’
Co-produced by long time Accept and U.D.O. member Stefan Kaufmann and U.D.O. bassist Fitty Wienhold. ‘Follow Me’ captures Liv at the peak of her abilities, focused and powerful.
‘Follow Me’ will be released via Despotz Records, April 28th 2017.
On the collaboration with Stefan, Liv states: ‘I’m truly excited to work with Stefan! He is an incredible musician and a long time metal hero. I think he brings that extra bit to my music with his lifelong experience from both Accept and U.D.O.’ Kaufmann adds; ’When Liv called me and asked to produce her new project together with Fitty, of course I said yes! Liv has talent, and I am sure it will be a blast.’
With their third full-length album "Det Nya Svarta" set for release on the 7th April on Indie Recordings, Sweden's Alfahanne have revealed a track from the album. Titled "Stigmata", the band explained that the track "is about our home town. How you are born full of hope for the future, but the raw climate destroys you and the town drags you down".
"Stigmata" can be heard on YouTube at https://youtu.be/uKg2mBrn-T0
Recorded at the Dödskult studio by Alfahanne's Pehr Skjoldhammer and Mixed and mastered by Stamos Koliousis, "Det Nya Svarta" follows the Alfahanne tradition of including some high profile artists making guest appearances. Artists which in the past have included Taake’s Hoest, Shining's Niklas Kvarforth, HELHEIM’s V’gandr, KVELERTAK frontman Erlend Hjelvik, Spellgoth from HORNA and TURMION KÄTILÖT, and Nattfursth from SORHIN, not just on their first two albums, but also live on stage
Guests making an appearance on "Det Nya Svarta" include KAMPFAR's Dolk, David Lindh from YVONNE AND BRODER DANIEL, Sanrabb from GEHENNA and Nadine Skjoldhammer.
Formed in Eskilstuna in 2010, the self-styled “Alfapokalyptic Rockers” burst onto the scene with energy, exuberance, and an impressive swagger, which, coupled with a fan-friendly attitude quickly earned them respect, and an ever-increasing, and dedicated, following. Alfahanne 's debut full-length album “Alfapokalyps” appeared on Dark Essence Records in 2014 and was followed by "Blod Eld Alfa" in 2015.
The band's lineup of Pehr Skjoldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass, have a couple of decades of experience under their belts in bands like VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT. Together they have created a sound that mixes Black Metal with Classic Rock and Punk, and good old Rock n Roll that is unmistakably ALFAHANNE's.
Frontman Skjoldhammer recently explained that with their third full-length album Alfahanne are continuing to explore the dark side of mankind: "Alfahanne's lyrics are very personal and have many layers of dirt. Once you dig deeper into them you find many truths as I see them. Alfahanne will never lean to the left or to the right or write about political issues. The only political issue that is close to our hearts is equal rights but the flipside of that same coin is that we think everyone is equally.... Equally useless."
"Det Nya Svarta" is now available to pre-order in CD and Vinyl formats from http://shop.indierecordings.no/artist/16189--alfahanne and in Digital format from https://itunes.apple.com/no/album/det-nya-svarta/id1202165056?
Confirmed live appearances for Alfahanne include the By:Larm Festival in Oslo, Norway in March and In Flammen Open Air in Torgau, Germany in July. More dates to be announced shortly.
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