Blending a sound that is a complex mix of classical orchestrations, cosmic synths, and extreme metal to portray the epics of parallel worlds, Hickory, N.C. based Rapheumets Well (Ra-few-mets) bring forth a voyage enriched with lore, fabricated from scratch to show the depth in which represents them as artists. From the birth of organic matter to great wars that tear the fabric of space/time, the story of Rapheumets Well’s music serves to immerse you into a world of oddities.
Inspired by the fictitious universe of the Atai, Rapheumets Well is the name coined to the conscious deity who oversees the anastomosis of the multiverse, the master of portals and inter-dimensional travel. Being personified as a trickster, Rapheumet often creates chaos for unsuspecting voyagers. The word “Well” refers to the gravity wells, which like black holes, are catalyst of change and gateways between the cosmic plains.
“We created this name in hopes of personifying a living gateway between dimensions. We love science fiction and a few of us have extended education and degrees in science.” says drummer Joshua Ward.
Unleashing three albums over the years, Dimensions (2014), Exile (2016) and Enders Door (2017) that progressively told a larger story portrayed in a complex saga of the Atai (ancient architects) who aid in the propagation of sentient life throughout the multi-verse, the band returns in 2018 with their epic “The Elder’s Anthology”, a trilogy of sorts featuring selective tracks remixed and remastered from those releases due out on October 26th from Test Your Metal Records.
The band comments:
"'The Elder's Anthology' is a collection of songs (we felt) are important in re-igniting the lore of the previous albums. With new changes and new members, we felt it was important to transpose their skills into the foundation of the band. The Elder's Anthology is re-mastered with updated guitars, vocals, and baselines and we fell this was appropriate for moving forward with the next full length album!"
Their first single "The Betrayer" in support of “The Elder’s Anthology” is now streaming via Youtube channel Black Metal Promotion at https://youtu.be/kPym5DiG700
Rapheumets Well is also offering fans an immediate download of their tracks "Resurrecting The Blood Gate" and "The Betrayer" with album pre-order via the band's Bandcamp here.
Shay Hecate – Lead Vocals
Taylor Maltba – Clean/Operatic vocals
Hunter Ross – Guitar
Daniel Presnell – Guitar
Alex Rush – Bass/Vocals
Joshua “Nassaru” Ward – Drums, Keys, Vocals
Special Guest: Aaron Rogers – Keys and Orchestrations
“This comes from the core, the heart of the original vision for Evanescence” – Amy Lee
On 12 October 2018, Evanescence will be releasing ‘Synthesis Live’ on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+CD, Blu-Ray+CD set and digital video via Eagle Vision.
Recorded late last Autumn during the band’s critically-acclaimed Synthesis tour, the concert was captured in state-of-the-art 4K by director P.R. Brown & produced by Craig Ziogas/CTGS Productions.
The songs span Evanescence’s 20-year history to date, reinvented with a full orchestra over a deep electronic landscape. Synthesis is a soulful and sweepingly grandiose event to witness live. Seated at the piano, Amy Lee opens the set with a single note that builds into the instrumental Overture, seamlessly leading into the crushing wave that is Never Go Back.
Bring Me To Life, the anthem that lead many people to discover Evanescence, reaches a new level of power and emotion with a pounding, electric heartbeat and soaring orchestral accompaniment, while songs like My Immortal, Lithium and Lost in Paradise evoke heartbreaking scenes from a beautiful, timeless film.
Amy Lee’s incredible vocal range and the group’s expressive, multi-layered music naturally lends itself to orchestral accompaniment, shining a light on the singular beauty of the arrangements by composer David Campbell and conductor Susie Seiter creating a truly dynamic, cinematic sound. Lee has called this, ‘a passion project’, which undoubtedly shines through. The sense of occasion is not lost on the band or audience alike in this unique and highly emotive show.
Evanescence recently took their Synthesis live tour around the world, delivering highly-acclaimed performances throughout Europe, North America and Australia. This summer, the band teamed with violinist Lindsey Stirling on a tour of North American amphitheatres - one of Live Nation’s Top 10 tours of the summer.
2. Never Go Back
4. End of the Dream
5. My Heart is Broken
7. Bring Me To Life
8. Unravelling (Interlude)
10. Secret Door
12. Lost in Paradise
13. Your Star
14. My Immortal
15. The In-between (Piano Solo)
17. Speak to Me
18. Good Enough
19. Swimming Home
30 Second Trailer: https://youtu.be/hOUgavMJ2js
Nixon is thrilled to announce a collaboration with one of the original sideways thinkers: iconic Metal band, Metallica. The hard core collection, which includes six watches plus two Limited Editions, was born of long-shared mutual respect for upstarts who buck the system and wind up changing it for good. Nixon x Metallica will be available from 10th September 2018 both in stores and online at Nixon.com. The collection includes six hard rocking models, plus two special limited editions.
Master Distiller extraordinaire, Dave Pickerell in collaboration with Metallica, Sweet Amber Distilling Co and Meyer Sound will unveil the next evolution of whiskey this autumn with Blackened. The spirit isn’t just inspired by the iconic band’s music, it is literally shaped by it. The team behind Blackened has taken the concept of sonic-enhancement and turned it into Black Noise™, a patent-pending process that uses Metallica’s own music to shape the flavour of this unconventional American whiskey.
Metallica and long-time collaborator, Meyer Sound had already engineered a proprietary subwoofer that could amplify the low frequency sound waves that Metallica used specifically to hit that range, a hallmark throughout their music. It was pure coincidence that the low frequency range needed for Black Noise™ (sonic-enhancement) was the range that Metallica frequented in their music. The process of sonic-enhancement that would define the finishing process of Blackened was born.
Blackened will currently only be available in the U.S but news on additional markets will be updated on https://blackenedwhiskey.com
Founded in 1998 in Encinitas, CA, Nixon is the premium watch and accessories brand for the youth lifestyle market. Focused on making the little stuff better, Nixon began with a small line of team-designed, custom-built watches sold exclusively in speciality board-sport and fashion retailers. Currently distributed in over 90 countries, Nixon’s product range has grown to include select soft-goods, leather goods, custom audio products and more. For more information, please visit nixon.com.
Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, a luminary in the world of whiskey, is one of the nation’s preeminent distillers. Dave is currently the Master Distiller of WhistlePig Whiskey, and Blackened, a new Straight American Whiskey, which is a collaboration and partnership between Metallica and Dave Pickerell. Before joining Blackened and WhistlePig, Pickerell spent 14 years as Master Distiller for Maker's Mark in Loretto, Kentucky and has since established and advanced a multiplicity of distilled spirits projects both domestically and abroad.
Earlier this year, Global Music Award-winning nomadic folk metal group Tengger Cavalry turned heads with the release of their sixth album, Cian Bi, via Napalm Records. Now, the band is thrilled to announce their upcoming return to Carnegie Hall’s stunning Weill Recital Hall in New York City (154 W 57th St.) for a special performance on Thursday, September 20. The performance will begin at 8:00 PM and tickets start at $30. The performance will feature traditional nomadic musical techniques and instruments such as throat singing, Mongolian long song, and Morin Khuur. Visit this link for more information.
In celebration of this performance announcement, Tengger Cavalry have revealed a brand new music video for their track “Redefine”, cut from Cian Bi. The video acts as an artistic interpretation of the message that Tengger Cavalry’s music often represents – raising awareness for the preservation of Mongolian culture in the face of modernization and overall culture conflict. Watch the video now, exclusively via Heavy Consequence, Consequence of Sound’s brand new metal vertical: https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/08/tengger-cavalry-redefine-music-video/
Frontman Nature G explains in description of the video:-
“As core members of Tengger Cavalry and traditionally trained Mongolian folk musicians, both Wulijimuren and I immigrated from China to New York City several years ago. Being stripped away from the Nomadic Grassland and stepping into the very industrial and multi-cultural world of the Big Apple, we’ve both faced challenges of progressing and preserving the traditional Nomadic culture in our lives and in modern day. Unlike Viking trends, Nomadic culture still exists upon the Grasslands and horse riding landscapes in Northern China and is facing great danger in the face of modernization and industrialization from the South. This video represents the mixed challenge we, as Tengger Cavalry, are facing every day. It’s a video about cultural conflict, homeland, modern culture, progression and inner strength.”
Cian Bi can be ordered via iTunes, Amazon, and/or Google Play, and streamed via Spotify.
In January, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine retweeted the group's cover of “Symphony of Destruction,” while the previous month, the official Motörhead Facebook page reposted their rendition of “Fight.”
Tengger Cavalry has been praised by top media outlets such as Metal Hammer, Terrorizer, Billboard, CNN, The Huffington Post and countless others.
TENGGER CAVALRY is:
Nature G - Vocals, Dombra, Production, Composition
Wulijimuren - Morin Khuur
Greg Baker - Bass
Pat Reilly - Guitar
Randy Tesser - Drums
Thrash legends Testament are thrilled to announce a merger forged in metal: a new long-term promotional agreement with PRiVCY, the hottest new cryptocurrency.
Always at the forefront of musical innovation, the thrash metal legends continue their dedication to the future of technology by bringing the crypto revolution to music fans around the world with the new PRiVCY coin.
PRiVCY is a POW/POS privacy coin project, utilizing several security elements to protect the anonymity of PRiVCY users. Offering fast, secure and cheap transactions, the PRiVCY coin is integrated with TOR and has stealth addresses enabled to provide additional layers of privacy and security.
Go to www.privcy.io to learn more about the benefits of the PRiVCY coin.
Testament and PRiVCY cryptocurrency are joining forces to offer a unique contest in which fans who buy PRiVCY cryptocurrency (PRIV) earn a chance to win three amazing prize packages. The grand prize includes a huge VIP experience with Testament when they headline opening night of the Decibel Metal & Beer Fest at the historic Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, CA on December 1, 2018. The band will perform a special set of both their classic The New Order and The Gathering records in full.
On November 14 at 14:00 UTC (7:00 AM PST), the three fans with the largest amount of purchased PRIV in their registered PRiVCY desktop or web wallet will win the three contest prizes.
The three winners will be announced on November 15 at 14:00 UTC, giving the first prize winner at least two weeks to make travel arrangements to the Decibel Metal & Beer Fest on December 1 and 2, if they live outside of the Los Angeles area. The winners will be announced at https://testamentlegions.com/privcy and through all Testament and PRiVCY social media channels.
A one-of-a-kind 20 x 10 foot (6 x 3 meters) autographed TESTAMENT show banner of The Formation of Damnation album cover that was used on tour with TESTAMENT around the world. Many hardcore fans and collectors of TESTAMENT memorabilia will covet this second prize more than the huge first prize.
A collection of autographed Testament CDs, vinyl and DVDs from their incredible 35-year discography.
Testament vocalist Chuck Billy says:-
"When creating Testament music, we always use the latest technology. It's something that we insist on. And we like to be the first to use anything that's new, cutting-edge and cool. Cryptocurrency is something that we're excited about. We dig their technology, vibe, attitude and commitment to be the best privacy coin in the world. Our goal is to enable fans around the world to buy Testament music and merchandise with the PRiVCY coin."
Testament guitarist Eric Peterson says:-
"Cryptocurrency is something we've been very interested in for a while now, so when we were presented with the opportunity to work with PRiVCY, we jumped on it right away. They not only have a hard-working and innovative crypto team but they also like metal, so they're our kind of people."
Go to www.testamentlegions.com/privcy for full contest details, how to register, and how and where to buy the PRiVCY coin (PRIV) to compete in the contest for these three incredible prizes.
There will be other cool contests and promotions coming from the Testament/PRiVCY alliance. Keep an eye on the PRiVCY and Testament social media channels for more exciting upcoming information.
Active since 2015, Sacremento, California-based progressive melodic death metal outfit The Odious Construct are a young band relatively speaking. Yet in their brief existence, they've moved at blinding speeds to continually refine their craft live and in the studio in order to reach the next level. After hashing out two single song demos in 2015, the band quickly released their well-received self-titled EP in July of 2016. 2016's "The Odious Construct" was additionally praised by outlets such as Dead Rhetoric who called it "Straight-forward death metal with enough technical zest and melodic underpinnings to keep it interesting."
Now in 2018, The Odious Construct have evolved as musicians and songwriters and are primed to release their strongest music to date on Shrine of the Obscene. Recently signed to The Artisan Era, Shrine of the Obscene will be The Odious Construct's first effort on the label and is set for release on Friday, October 12th through The Artisan Era.
Throughout the five swift and deadly songs on Shrine of the Obscene, The Odious Construct carves out a path beyond the typical "complex for complexities sake" approach with a focus built upon catchy guitar melodies, straightforward brutality, and enhanced by orchestral flair to ensure the songs remain stuck in your head. The Odious Construct - Shrine of the Obscene will strongly appeal to fans of groups such as Alterbeast, The Black Dahlia Murder, Irreversible Mechanism, Virvum, and The Faceless.
*You can listen to an extended early teaser video for Shrine of the Obscene HERE
The Odious Construct had the following to say about the upcoming release of Shrine of the Obscene
"This upcoming EP is a progression from the previous self-titled EP. While still melodic, there is more speed and technicality involved, and there is more experimentation with orchestra instruments. Thematically, the writing is still dark. The lyrics revolve around psychological disorders, horror, suicide, etc. The goal of this EP was to include more dynamics musically and more diverse instrumentation. We are still a melodic death metal band but we are incorporating more modern elements to the music stylistically."
The Odious Construct is:
Casey Ryle - vocals
Wesley Yee - guitar
Ben Jackson - guitar
Sam Datu - bass
KC Brand - drums (The Ritual Aura)
Nu Metal vets Disturbed announce new album 'Evolution' out Oct 19th; reveal video for first track 'Are You Ready'
Grammy Award-nominated multi-platinum hard rock leaders Disturbed will unleash their seventh full-length album ‘Evolution’ on Friday October 19th on Reprise Records. The pre-order goes live at all digital retailers today with special D2C packages available on the band’s official website with the lead single ‘Are You Ready’ provided as an instant grat. Pre-order ‘Evolution’ HERE and watch the official music video for ‘Are You Ready’ HERE.
Said Disturbed: -
“It is with tremendous pride, joy, and anticipation that we look forward to sharing the next chapter in the creative life of Disturbed with the world. This record is truly unique, and very special to us, and we can only hope that upon listening to it, that the world will feel the same. The record showcases the most adventurous and eclectic combination of musical styles and moods that we’ve ever attempted in our careers. Each song truly has its own identity, feel, and power.
The writing and recording sessions that fostered this album were truly an emotional and magical experience for us, creating without boundaries or limitations, and simply going where each day’s musical inspiration led us. Influenced by some of the great classic rock records of our youth, it is an experience unlike anything we’ve previously created. Its time is drawing near for the world to finally hear what is undoubtedly the most daring record of our lives. Evolution is coming. Are you ready?”
‘Evolution’ makes good on the promise of its title. Disturbed unwaveringly cling to the uncompromising spirit that solidified them as a history-making force, while boldly progressing at the same time. Reteaming with ‘Immortalized’ producer Kevin Churko behind the board at the Hideout in Las Vegas, the musicians – David Draiman (vocals), Dan Donegan (guitar), Mike Wengren (drums) and John Moyer (bass) – retain their signature thunderous grooves and hypnotic heaviness as they further refine their ambitious melodies and penchant for progression, spanning the gamut of their potential.
Preceding the announcement, Disturbed engaged their diehard fan base to actually choose the first single – another historic first. They launched a site giving fans the option to vote for a heavy song or a ballad. The people spoke and picked ‘Are You Ready’.
‘Evolution’ arrives in the wake of the group’s 2015 album ‘Immortalized’, which became their fifth consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200, That accolade elevated them alongside Metallica, the only other hard rock group to do so in the history of the chart. The album also earned a platinum certification, and yielded the triple-platinum crossover smash ‘The Sound of Silence’ which received a nomination at the 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance.
Disturbed have sold 16 million albums globally. Their quadruple-platinum 2000 debut ‘The Sickness’ formally announced their arrival as hard rock leaders, with that status solidified by subsequent Grammy Award nominations as well as gold, platinum and double platinum-certified records together with countless sold-out shows around the globe.
American blackened rockers Cloak have revealed a new music video for the track "Beyond the Veil". The song has been taken from the full-length, 'To Venomous Depths', which was released in November 2017 via Season of Mist. Watch the (uncensored) video at the link below.
""Beyond The Veil" is a song that's grown in meaning and importance the longer it's been with us. It's a song about both the fear and comfort of knowing there is something much greater in charge here and the empowerment that it can bring. Regarding the visual aspects, we wanted to work with colour this time. Being fans of Dario Argento and classic 'Hammer Horror' films, it only felt right to pair the song with rich and powerful colours."
The Artwork of 'To Venomous Depths' has been created by Adrian Baxter.
Atlanta, Georgia in the Deep South of the USA is probably not among the cities named as first suspects for a black metal influenced rock band to emerge. Yet there at the crossing of two old American railroad lines, Cloak was conceived in the year 2013.
Their debut full-length, 'To Venomous Depths' is simply a perfect amalgamation of Nordic black metal with catchy hooks and melodic rock. And while the Americans are not claiming to be reinventing the wheel, their outstanding song-writing is catapulting this album to the top.
Cloak have named Dissection, Deep Purple, and Fields Of The Nephilim as main influences, but their harsh yet groove-fuelled sound has invited critics to draw comparisons with such acts as Tribulation, Watain, and Young And In The Way.
After spending two years in the rehearsal room carefully preparing their material, Cloak released a first sign of life in the shape of 'Demo 2015', which created an audible buzz in the US underground.
A two-track, self-titled EP followed in 2016, gaining the Americans worldwide attention and critical acclaim. In their short time of existence, Cloak have already shared stages with renowned acts such as Wolves In The Throne Room, Windhand, Inter Arma, Satan, and Taake.
It will not take CLOAK long to capture your interest, but with each new spin 'To Venomous Depths' will reveal new details that make their discovery worthwhile. There are no fillers on this debut album, just hits. Let's rock this cool darkness!
Taking root in early thrash and death metal, and combined with dark, foreboding ambiance, Seeds Of Perdition strive to create a more atmospheric style of death/thrash metal. While the trend in extreme music today is towards technicality and virtuosity, the group present a more raw and intense sound that gives a simpler, yet heavier vibe.
Seeds Of Perdition formed in Philadelphia, P.A. in 2010 when founding members Daniel Loughry and George Cathers, formerly of Insatanity and Polterchrist, decided to take a different direction from past projects. They recorded their first demo, New World Tyrants, in Spring 2011.
After a couple of years touring and with the departure of original members Matt Frost and Steve Raimer, early 2013 saw the addition of Chris Natalini on vocals. Chris brings in his experience from such bands as Dawn Of Correction, Circle Of Fear and Blood Feast. He is also a patch wearing member and leader of the NYDM’s Pennsylvania chapter. Their debut 5 song EP entitled From Within was released on Born Of Chaos Records in May 2013.
In 2014, came the addition of Chris Kerns on bass guitar, hailing from groups such as Crucifier and Pale Existence. “Crazy Ass” Paul Dunleavy joined the band on lead guitar for 2014-2015. Late 2016 saw the arrival of Joseph Muir on lead guitar. Originally an acoustic jazz guitarist, he is new blood to the death metal genre and music scene.
The album Incarnation was released in June 2017 and now Seeds Of Perdition are ready and waiting with the release of their brand new opus Suffering Of The Dead worldwide via Sliptrick Records in the coming months.
Suffering Of The Dead | Released TBA, 2019 on Sliptrick Records
Seeds Of Perdition are:
George Cathers – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Dan McGrouty – Drums
Joseph Muir - Lead Guitar
Chris Natalini – Lead Vocals
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | On Sliptrick
California melodic metal quartet Upon The Water have released a music video for their new single "Fire". Produced by Jordan Lockrey of Carnifex and mixed and mastered by Onism Creations, the song comes from the band's upcoming record, set to release later this year.
“This is a very personal song for us as it journeys through the depths of our experiences with alcohol/substance abuse, and the inner turmoil it causes," said Guitarist, Justin Joseph. "It was probably the most fun song to write as it really touched on a lot of our different influences which really took the song to fun new places.”
The video for "Fire" was shot and directed by Dana Willax (Kingdom of Giants), who captured the song's emotions through subtle lighting and rapid movements.
Willax commented on the project saying:-
"The UTW guys are a dream to work with. They are down to put in as much work as it takes and I appreciate that. I also appreciate the fact that they reached out to me to make them a video knowing I had never made a music video before. I am stoked for their future as a band and can't wait to work with them again."
Watch "Fire" below.
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