The release date of the of the new album „Rise Of The Lycans“ by the German Power/Thrash Metal Band Wolfen on CD is June 22nd, 2018. The pre-order phase will start on June 8th, 2018 in our webshop.
Even in 2018 you can count on the German metal-institution Wolfen! And they've got great news!
The line-up is finally complete again. After both drummer Holger Bloempott and long-time guitarist Björn Grüne left the band for private and family reasons, new band member is now former interim drummer Siegfried Grütz, who's already been causing sensation with Brainfever back in the '80s. The band had another lucky shot with their new second guitarist.
They were able to get Andreas Doetsch to join them, widely known with his solo project as „Andi the wicked“ and from his work in bands like Steelpreacher.
After their „Evilution“ tour in 2014-2016 with more than 50 concerts (including an Europe tour with Grave Digger), it got a little more quiet around the band. Only a few selected gigs were played, due to the training of the new band members. With the new line-up the band's showing themselves in their most mature form, as they prove on their latest album „Rise Of The Lycans“.
This is the sixth album in the band's career and contains all typical Wolfen trademarks and much more. It is way more powerful than it's predecessors, making it an actual Melodic Power metal album with Thrash influences. Furthermore, an utopian concept story stretching over four songs was composed. All songs are full of the characteristic vocals, a very powerful rhythm section and some extraordinary guitar-work, which has always played a huge role in the band's sound. After the quintet gained new uplift through their „comeback album“„Chapter IV“ and its successor „Evilution“, also thanks to the terrific feedback from the online press, continuation seemed to be the only right and logical step! The outcome can be seen as the peak of the band's current creative period and encapsulates all of their facets.
Everything's rounded up with a killer production by Martin Buchwalter from the Gernhart Studios! Even if it may sound worn out: The band sounds as good as never before!!!
Ukrainian Doom / Death metal band Polynove Pole have signed with Moon records! On The Edge Of The Abyss available worldwide via all important digital stores! http://moon.ua/en/muzika-angl/on-the-edge-of-the-abyss.html
Polynove Pole (Ukrainian: “Wormwood Field”) was formed in the fall of 2004 in Lviv, Ukraine.
After the first demo recordings in 2005, the band started to perform at local concerts, and then on rock festivals of western Ukraine and Kyiv. In the beginning of 2008, the first EP “Pure Souls” was officially released, and at the end of the same year a full-length album On Seven Winds as well.
Due to active concert activity and selection of musician line-up, the band came to prominence as one of the leading groups of Western Ukraine. New songs of Polynove Pole were represented in tribute-albums and collections of Ukrainian rock music.
The band’s next EP, Under the Cold Stone, was released in 2009 and became the heaviest and the most melodic at that time in the discography.
Since 2010, a long pause has taken place in the history of the band. After taking time off, the band joined forces with new members and resumed work on new material. The band resurgence started in November 2017, with a new release, On The Edge Of The Abyss.
Polynove Pole delivered the record with lyrics that appeared in Ukrainian and English for the first time.
Danish Thrash / Power metallers, Manticora, are presenting the cover artwork for their upcoming (8th) album - a stunning picture, painted by the extremely talented Danish painter David Troest (www.facebook.com/david.troest). As the new album "To Kill To Live To Kill" is another Manticora concept double-album, based on the thriller/horror novel that lead singer, Lars F. Larsen has written, the artwork resembles the stories of the novel.
"We have always tried out new cover artwork artists for each album, so when looking for the perfect person to give justice to the novel and the two albums, we wanted someone who'd be able to grasp the essence of the stories within the book, and when looking at David's pictures in general, it's evident for even the feeble-minded that he's that exact guy. He also lives less than an hour away from us, so it was a win-win situation for everyone to be able to meet up and do corrections on the front cover and all the other pictures that'll appear in the booklet. We're already beginning the work for the second album as well, so we can follow the release schedule of having the albums out 12 months apart."
The two concept albums, which are a part of a grandiose concept, based on the thriller/horror novel that lead singer, Lars F. Larsen has written, will be released as two separate albums, one year apart.
The novel itself is scheduled for a May 2018 release, followed by the first album, which will see the light of day on August 3rd, 2018, released by ViciSolum Records, worldwide.
The music was recorded and mixed in Hansen Studios, with World-famous producer, Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Destruction, a.o.) who also produced the first two Manticora albums back in the last millenium, and vocals were recorded with Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse studios (Helloween, Beyond Twilight, Jorn, a.o.). Tommy has previously produced five albums for the band.
Manticora have released 7 critically acclaimed albums, since 1999, and toured numerous times around Europe as well as in the US + played at prestigious festivals, such as Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock Festival, ProgPower USA, etc.
Kristian Larsen - guitars
Lars F. Larsen - vocals
Stefan Johansson - guitars
Sebastian "Ceppe" Andersen - bass
Drummer - tba (drums on the album, played by Lawrence Dinamarca, courtesy of Loch Vostok).
Poland's Orphanage Named Earth to release “Re-evolve” on April 20th; album streaming via Echoes And Dust
Polish Post Metal / Sludgers Orphanage Named Earth will release their anticipated album “Re-evolve” on April 20th via Argonauta Records.
Today the band unleashes the exclusive album streaming in collaboration with Echoes And Dust.
Listen to “Re-evolve” here https://www.echoesanddust.com/2018/04/exclusive-album-stream-orphanage-named-earth-re-evolve/
“Re-evolve” is a story of a romantic thinking about the world of peace, respect for human and animal life and earth liberation, meeting the brutality of metal, crust d-beat and harsh but atmospheric guitars. Lyrically, the band touches important sociological issues evolving around one main topic: human greed and selfishness, as according to the band, human thinking needs to re-evolve unless we want to live in the world of wars and exploitation.
“Re-evolve” orders are active here.
More about “Re-evolve”
Monuments of Tomorrow https://youtu.be/_XSE_5Y0XTU
Piss On Your Parade https://youtu.be/NC9XhasTDx0
Double LP will be released in collaboration of several DIY punk labels in April/May 2018:
Dilapidated Records (USA) https://www.facebook.com/Dilapidated-Records-488736094509442/
Distroy Records (Ireland) https://www.facebook.com/distroyrecords/
DIY Koło Records (Poland) https://www.facebook.com/DIYKoloRecords/
Hasiok Records (Germany) https://www.facebook.com/hasiokrecords/
PHR Records (Czech Republic) https://www.facebook.com/Papagajuv-hlasatel-records-241696125352/
Sanctus Propaganda (Poland) https://www.facebook.com/sanctuspropaganda/
COVER ART BY Andy Lefton (WAR//PLAGUE, TAU CROSS)
US Sci-Fi Metallers Xael to release debut album "The Last Arbiter" via Test Your Metal Records on May 18th
L-R - Xolotl - Bass / Back Vocals, Tuurm - Lead Guitar / Back Vocals, Nassaru - Lead Vocalist / Guitar / Studio Drummer, Sorgiem - Lead Guitar - Photo Credit: Shannon Wells
Test Your Metal Records are proud to announce they will unleash North Carolina sci-fi metallers Xael's debut album "The Last Arbiter" on May 18th, 2018.
Combining elements of extreme metal with orchestrations and folk music to create soundscapes for the imagination, the sci-fi inspired band's music focuses on the endeavours of its members in a science fantasy epic. From the wastelands of war torn planets to the pits where the fallen gods dwell, Xael paints an odd and fantastic world musically and visually. The band was founded by Nassaru of Rapheumets Well as well as Sorgiem “Daniel Presnell,” Tuurm “Alex Rush”, and Xolotl “Fernando Ortega and is joined by musical artist is Rei Haycraft, Firran “Joshua Morse” and Zabrûz “Chris Hathcock.”
"Xael started out as a personal project that evolved into a unity of like-minded musicians. The music derives inspiration from extreme metal, folk and tribal music, as well as 80's synth and sci-fi textured scores. We are very excited to for people to see the handwork and detailed time we put into this album given the limited resources we had. Xael "The Last Arbiter" is not just a musical regurgitation but a unique experience that follows an intrinsic story. Our characters, emotions, and trials of life are woven throughout the album as we aim to bring a very diverse and immersive album to our growing fan base."
A teaser for the album can be viewed at https://youtu.be/eHw9zZVlPL0
Music Video - Apathy of The Immortal - https://youtu.be/Y6MB9RFKhjg
Music Video - The Last Arbiter - https://youtu.be/pDiWtgZiLiE
Album pre-order available on Xael's official website here and TYM's Bandcamp here.
“The Last Arbiter” Album summary:
The sky ghost, the wayfarer, the shadow of time, the exile; he is called by many names yet for the Immortal, he is cursed to traverse the cosmos aimlessly, searching for an unattainable purpose. Chained to him is a beast, a demon from antiquity who the immortal keeps as a reminder of his past.
Upon the corridors of the Tymeer capitol the immortal presents his seemingly profound doctrine called the “Compendium of Ethical Symbiosis” which outlines a harmonious way of governing and regulating the various civilizations under the ruling regime through casting down warmonger ideologies and laws which degrade the value of its species.
Though momentarily entertained, the ruling counsel of Tymeer dismisses the wisdom of the wayfarer. Passing through the city gates tired and morally degraded, the immortal along with his insidiously chained demon wanders into the wastelands of Tymeer. It is here that his journey begins
April 13 - Greensboro, NC - Shiners - info (Fuel The Magazine Anniversary Show)
Bury Tomorrow have announced the release of their fifth album (and first for Music For Nations / Sony Music), ‘Black Flame’, on July 13th. The band, who have this week been inviting fans to ‘Claim Their Flame’ via http://www.bury-tomorrow.com, have also just released the album’s title track as the first single, complete with an accompanying music video at: http://www.smarturl.it/blackflamevideo
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR 'BLACK FLAME
By whatever measure you care to use, Bury Tomorrow are among modern British metal’s upper echelon.
Long since established as one of the UK’s most successful heavy exports, the Hampshire quintet have performed on main stages at virtually every major European festival you care to name, racked up millions of YouTube views, scored two top 40 UK albums and sold tens of thousands of tickets to their incendiary live shows in the process. Shows which combine a passion, precision and uncompromising aggression that has become both a trademark and a badge of honour.
That they have achieved all of this, and much more besides, not by following trends or jumping from bandwagon to bandwagon, but by sharpening to a diamond-cut point their brand of punishing, yet effortlessly melodic heaviness, speaks of a character that few bands of any genre could hope to match.
Indeed, it is this character, this unwavering spirit, that has earned them one of the most rabidly dedicated, dye-in-the-wool fan-bases in the whole of rock music. A fan-base which has seen the band grow steadily across four pulverising records of unerring quality and ever-expanding ambition.
But something is about to change for Bury Tomorrow – the embers of steady growth are about to ignite into something much, much larger. The band pouring petrol on the blaze and starting an out and out inferno. ‘Black Flame’ is here, and it’s a record, and a movement, that’s going to spread like wildfire.
Pre-orders are available now at: www.smarturl.it/BT_BlackFlame
Forthcoming live shows:
20 - Impericon Festival, Vienna, Austria
21 – Impericon Festival, Oberhausen, Denmark
23 – Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
25 – Fangelset, Gothenburg, Sweden
27 – Orange House, Kiel, Germany
28 – Impericon Festival, Leipzig, Germany
1/2 – Rock am Ring / Rock Am Park
5 – Volxshaus Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria
6 – In Fest, Milan, Italy
7 – Greenfield Festival, Interlaken, Switzerland
9 – Download Festival, Donnington, England
15 – Download Fesitval, Paris, France
16 – Bas Bett, Frankfurt, Germany
17 – Forum Karlin, Prague, Czech Republic
18 – Hydrozagadka, Warsaw, Poland
19 – Musik & Frieden, Berlin, Germany
21 – Graspop Metal, Dessel, Belgium
24 – Keller Klub, Stuttgart, Germany
26 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
27 – Musikcentrum, Hannover, Germany
29 – Jera On Air, Ysselsteijn, Netherlands
30 – Vainstream Rockfest, Munster, Germany
Three years have passed since Acid Death's successful "Hall Of Mirrors" album has been released in September 2015, also the re-releases of "Pieces Of Mankind" and "Random's Manifest" followed in March 2016 and the official release for band's very-first and "lost" album "Balance Of Power" (recorded in 1992) in physical format in March 2017. Now Acid Death is ready to take and to the next step.
The composing along with the pre-production processes of the new, 6th album and 8th official release has finished and we are about to enter Devasoundz Studios in Athens on April 14th to start the recordings. Fotis Benardo (SiXforNinE) will be for one more time the sound engineer. The new album (possibly) titled "Primal Energies" will be finished around late August/2018 (if everything goes to plan), so the release will be around Autumn/2018 by 7hard/7us Media Group GmbH (www.7hard.de & www.sevenus.de).
We will have many updates on the recording/mixing progress over next months... Stay tuned for more!
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Hungarian heavy metal veterans Kalapács have just released their 10th studio album called Örökfekete (English translation: Everblack) today via Hammer Records. A lyric video for the first new song ‘A lángok évada’ was premiered last week and can be seen below. The disc was recorded by László Weisz at his very own studio, Ecseri Vasmű. The cover art was designed by Ádám Devecz (SNDSGN / HammerWorld).
Kalapács - A lángok évada (Official lyric video) - goo.gl/gxAtLm
Kalapács was formed by Hungarian heavy metal singer József Kalapács in 2000 after participating in successful bands like Pokolgép and Omen in the ‘80s and ‘90s respectively. The band’s name means Hammer, and that is indeed his real surname.
You can order the new album’s limited special digipak version by contacting the following address:
The 2-disc digipak version - beside the 12 brand new songs - also contains the “Félszáz év Total / 30 év Metal” (English translation: Half-Hundred Years Total / 30 Years of Metal) bonus DVD, recorded at the 50th birthday concert of József Kalapács in 2015. This version is limited to 1000 copies and comes with a signed poster.
The content of the bonus DVD can be watched on the link below:
Kalapács streaming on online platforms:
Lord Of The Lost are a multi-talented, modern metal band whose music presents itself far beyond genre stereotypes: a solid metal base featuring industrial parts or other dark rock elements – nothing is impossible. This band takes a flying leap beyond genre parameters – better than ever! Their previous releases topped the German album charts already, while the upcoming release 'Thornstar' will in no way be inferior to past efforts. This, their sixth studio album, reveals even more sonic facets of the band, all the while remaining hard and forceful.
The deep and emotional concept behind the album follows the story of a doomed high civilization - 'Thornstar' is a record unique in both sound and concept.
Singer Chris Harms on this concept:
“From the beginning it has been a big vision we had with Thornstar – the concept demands a lot of responsibility. And the final result overtook us completely.”
Canadian heavy thrashers Enime have announced the beginning of the recording sessions for the band's sophomore album full-length, "Bleeding Out".
So far all demo tracks have been recorded and the band is working on finalizing all the little nuances before hitting the studio at the end of April.
"Bleeding Out", which will feature 10 brand new tracks, is set to be released by the end of this summer and according to the band, is expected to sound "brilliant, aggressive, heavy, catchy and an well-written metal album."
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