Albania's Crossbones - who entered the Alpha Omega Studios in late 2018 to record their new album - have revealed the first details of the upcoming effort: the title "The Awakening" and the artwork! The album is set to be released still before Summer on Alpha Omega Records. More details will be unveiled soon.
Crossbones is the most recognized metal act in Albania and the only band from the mid 90’s that still keeps going, today stronger than ever. Their new album “WWIII” is making quite a buzz since its launch in January 13th 2017. The news has spread throughout 3 continents, Europe, USA and Australia in about 100 webzines and portals with great reviews. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Tommy Talamanca (Sadist) at Nadir Music Studios. “WWIII” combines American thrash metal influences with a dark sound and typical Est European sonorities.
The result is an album created with the intention of hit hard the ears of the listener without losing melodic passages and “catchy” riffs, and where the recurring use of both English and Albanian languages marks a new way in the European post-thrash genre. Among countless gigs and performances, Crossbones have played with Rock and Metal giants such as Ian Paice, legendary drummer of Deep Purple and as a direct support act for Greek Black Metal legends of Rotting Christ. Furthermore the band has headlined many concerts and festivals in Italy, Greece, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, toured in Baltics (Estonia and Latvia), Ukraine and headlined Balkan Metal Meeting 4 Tuzla/Bosnia, April 27-28 2018, and more.
Irish death metal militia Sacrilegia stream the entirety of their striking debut album, The Triclavian Advent, at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. Set for international release on April 12th via Invictus Productions. Hear Sacrilegia's The Triclavian Advent in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from Dublin, Sacrilegia specialize in IMPURE AND RUTHLESS METAL. Although no public recordings exist prior to The Triclavian Advent, one listen through and it's immediately apparent that this full-length is the work of veterans with a master touch. Deadly direct, no fucking about, iron-fisted and iron-willed: Sacrilegia are a grand repository of blackened thrash metal's most sterling moments across the past three-plus decades, but minced 'n' mangled in a manner most engaging and effervescent. Indeed, The Triclavian Advent strikes with a purity of intent and startling immediacy, but almost effortlessly invigorates the listener with bloodlust and battle fervour. And, in a mere 33 minutes, it gets in and gets the job done with fierceness and finality - and duly compels repeat listens, to whip forth total possession once again...and again...and again...
Maniacs pining for a new spiritual ascendant of Australia's reigning blackthrash paradigm (Destroyer 666, Gospel of the Horns, Nocturnal Graves) and maniacs of Germany's Desaster, Cruel Force, and early Ketzer, your unholy prayers have been answered with Sacrilegia's The Triclavian Advent! The full salvation can be found exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com.
Spain's best kept secret, Hex, return with a pummelling new full length of death/doom metal music with unconventional riffing and delivery. This is mid-paced death/doom metal that is reminiscent of early Runemagick, Bolt Thrower, Paradise Lost, Hypocrisy and Unleashed. But there's more than meets the eye, as the music is interspersed with exotic riffing, female vocals, interludes and even breakdowns. There's a certain appeal to their music that makes it stand out from the derivative lot as this doesn't owe too much to any particular style or band. It's a cohesive fusion of various influences melded into a sound that Hex can now call their own. With members of experienced bands in the line-up such as Virulency, Tomb, Incursed, to name a few, the outcome is simply phenomenal. The fiercely titled release 'God Has No Name' will go down as the breakthrough album for the band and perhaps even the whole of the current death/doom style with the band's innovative and thoughtful approach towards it.
Band line-up -
Adolfo WB - Guitars
Jon - Guitars
Asier - Drums
Jonathan - Vocals
Endika - Bass
Artwork by Warbanner
Finland's Kryptsreturn to unfurl an aeonic slab of death metal upon your ears. Cadaver Circulation explores immeasurable depths with six intense offerings of misanthropic and doom-laden death metal.
Stream album track "The Reek of Loss" now at this location.
Cadaver Circulation is as unrepentant as the grave in it’s tormented and suffocating aura. From funereal dirges to steamroller bombasts of putrid death and decay, Cadaver Circulation leaves no tomb intact. Reverb drenched atmosphere collides with eerie chords and abysmal vocals to craft one of the most harrowing death metal experiences of the year.
"A journey into cavernous, hellish doom, the songs on "Cadaver Circulation" are beefier, more deathly and more powerful than anything the Finns have released before." - Decibel Magazine
Dark Descent Records will unleash Cadaver Circulation May 31 on digital, CD, vinyl and cassette tape. Pre-order the album at darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com
Vile - Guitars
Otso - Drums
Jukka - Guitars
Anti - Throat / Bass / Lyrics
Coma set to release new album "Disorder" later this spring; produced by Francesco Paoli (Fleshgod Apocalypse)
Sardinian thrashers Coma have finished works on their new full-length album titled "Disorder". Production was realized by Francesco Paoli (Fleshgod Apocalypse). Their new chapter will be released later this spring via Punishment 18 Records. New details will be available soon!
Finnish atmospheric sci-fi metallers The Phantom of Phobos release its debut double CD “From a Dead Channel / The Uninvited” via Concorde Music Company on April 5th 2019. The physical issue has 8 tracks and furthermore includes a turbocharged cover version of the “Halloween” movie theme as well as a cinematic 3-track EP “The Uninvited” which is also released digitally on the same date.
The quartet operates behind pseudonyms I, II, XX and XIX in the musical areas of cinematic metal and darker progressive rock. The listeners of murkier material by Nine Inch Nails and Faith No More will find themselves at home, alongside with the friends of the melodic side of The Gathering and cinematic soundscapes by John Carpenter.
The album and EP were mixed by Mirko Nosari (Bunkker Universe, Italy) and mastered by Mika Jussila (Finnvox Studios, Finland). The tracks also include orchestral arrangements by an Italian master composer Mattia Benedetti Vallenari. The Phantom of Phobos are playing live next time in Oulu, Finland on April 13th, 2019.
Order the record here: Record Shop X
CD1 - From a Dead Channel
1. Collide (4:42)
2. Phobia (4:06)
3. Brother Mine (5:06)
4. No Signal (5:39)
5. Halloween (2:57)
6. Made of Stars (5:33)
7. Of the Undead (5:06)
8. Cydonia (6:03)
9. Counterkarma (4:09)
CD2 - The Uninvited
1. The Uninvited (5:46)
2. Them (4:02)
3. Dreaming of Dying (5:16)
Dying Victims Productions announces April 23rd as the international release date for the highly anticipated fourth album of Slovenia's Vigilance, Enter the Endless Abyss.
Born from the cavernous depths of Adelsberg, Slovenia, Vigilance have been unleashing their own brand of heavy metal since Walpurgisnacht 2010. Inspired both by the harmonic arts of the original NWOBHM wave and the sepulchral elements of the first wave of black metal, Vigilance possess a unique crossover appeal to fans of early Iron Maiden and Mercyful Fate, but will also hook in anyone who's into Bathory, Venom, and everything else with a goat on the cover artwork.
Over the years, Vigilance released numerous demos, an EP, and three increasingly well-received albums, firmly fortifying their place in the European underground. No strangers on the live front, they've shared the stage with many bands such as Raven, Archgoat, and Grave Desecrator across the whole of Europe, frequently playing in Germany, Belgium, and Austria. Of the many gigs played, Vigilance have made appearances at such cult festivals as Heavy Sound Festival (Belgium), Raging Death Date (Germany), Old Grave Festival (Romania), a 10-day tour across Europe with Körgull the Exterminator and Wildhunt, and an appearance at the esteemed Party.San Open Air festival in 2017.
With all that experience under the bulletbelts, Vigilance are poised to make their grandest strike yet with Enter the Endless Abyss. Aptly titled, Enter the Endless Abyss is indeed a dark and dynamic plunge into the beyond, but galloping gloriously with the eternal luminescence of HEAVY METAL might! Here, Vigilance make their boldest strides forward in songwriting, expertly working with light and shade to create immediately memorable and yet simultaneously mysterious anthems, epic yet judiciously compact sonic storytelling where head/fistbanging takes center stage and full ensemble playing colors each of those eight tales with finesse and fire. Throughout it all, the dual-guitar work dazzles - truly, intensely DAZZLES - and the lithe, contrapuntal rhythm section supports with equally important panache.
Or, simply put, Enter the Endless Abyss is the new, Now sound of blackened epic metal...either way, Vigilance have at last arrived as conquering kings! Hear the first march with a special promo video for the new track "Stormblade" HERE at Dying Victims' official YouTube channel.
Sardinian thrashers Coma are ready to enter studio to star working on their second new full-length album, following the debut "Mindless" released in 2013. The new full-length will be released by Punishment 18 Records later this year.
Norwegian Black / Thrash quartet Nocturnal Breed to release new album "We Only Came For The Violence" in June
Norwegian Black/Thrash Metal cult act Nocturnal Breed have revealed first details for their new album. It will be entitled "We Only Came For The Violence" and was produced by Sverre Dæhli (Audiopain). At the moment, the album is being mixed and mastered. The release date is set for June 28th, 2019, and "We Only Came For The Violence" will be released by Folter Records.
Furthermore, Nocturnal Breed have confirmed some festival shows for 2019 – the band will be on stage at the following events:
Under The Black Sun 2019 (Germany)
Hellbotn Metalfest 2019 (Norway)
Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2019 (Netherlands)
Savage Messiah have announced their new album, Demons, out May 17th via Century Media as well as sharing their new single, ‘Under No Illusions’, the first to be taken from the album. To celebrate the release, the band will also be playing three headline shows in Manchester, London and Glasgow in May. Pre-order the album here.
“This is the first time we’ve ever attempted to play some kind of special album launch shows, and we’re going to pull out all of the stops to make these really memorable events for our fans in the U.K.”
The track is an explosive blend of frenzied riffs with anthemic choruses melded together to form an intense, melodic metal rocket. The video sees footage of the band performing from a string of mainstream festivals last year including the mainstage at Hellfest, Graspop and Download festival.
Demons is Savage Messiah’s fifth studio album and sees the band deliver a fresh new sound that will infect ears and conquer minds. Singer and guitarist Dave Silver describes a band reborn on the new record. “I looked at what we’ve done in the past and knew we could be taking this band way further.”
“The word ‘Demons’ encapsulate the story of the band,” Silver continues. “It’s about rising to the inevitable challenges that everyone faces in pursuit of any higher end goal. The album deals with attempting to conquer both the internal and external demons that perpetually arise and permanently threaten to derail and discourage.”
The group pursued a change of dynamic on the new record by enlisting producer David Castillo. Renowned for his work with metal stalwarts including Opeth, Dimmu Borgir and Soilwork, David produced their recording sessions at Jens Bogrens’ Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. The outcome is a an incredibly varied body of work and a huge step up from previous releases.
Joined by Carcass drummer Dan Wilding and touring drummer Ali Richardson for the Sweden sessions, the band took a spontaneous approach to developing the 11 new tracks that comprise the record.
One of Demons’ biggest surprises is undoubtedly its cover of hit single Parachute by American country/folk Grammy winner Chris Stapleton – cleverly rewired into a hard rock format by trading the banjos and acoustics for loud and proud electricity. Of the cover version, Silver comments, “I noticed the arrangement almost felt like a heavy metal song, so wanted to see what we could do with it.”
With millions of YouTube and Spotify streams and a social media reach extending beyond even some of the metal heroes that influenced them, the band’s focus is to now be heard anywhere and everywhere.
When Dave describes connecting with the streaming audience as “where the roller coaster ride starts in terms of being heard”, it’s because he’s had more insight than most on how technology can shape culture have worked in various roles across the music industry over the last decade.
Having seen changes from the inside as much as the outside, Dave’s experiences have provided enough perspective to help him stay grounded about his band’s accomplishments and aspirations without diminishing his fervent drive to succeed.
Savage Messiah are completed by guitarist David Pear, bassist Mira Slama and now drummer Charly Carreton.
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