Italy's Kingcrow release "Night's Descending" single ft. Daniel Gildenlow from Pain Of Salvation; pre-order For The Persistence now
Italian prog rock/metal outfit Kingcrow has issued a new single from their impending new album, The Persistence, set for early September release through Sensory Records. The new track, "Night's Descending," features a guest vocal performance by Pain Of Salvation's vocalist Daniel Gildenlow. This is a extra special pairing as Kingcrow will tour across Europe supporting Pain Of Salvation in conjunction with the release of The Persistence.
Offers Kingcrow's Diego Cafolla with the new single:-
"'Night's Descending' holds a special place in my heart for personal reasons and I love the sense of drama that permeates the song. As soon as I wrote the vocal melody I thought that it sounded perfect for the voice of Daniel Gildenlow from Pain Of Salvation. I talked with our singer Diego Marchesi about the idea and when he heard the song he totally agreed with me, so I contacted Daniel telling him I wrote a song that I thought it was perfect for his singing. Luckily Daniel liked the song quite a bit and told me he was going to making it. When we heard Daniel singing on 'Night's Descending' for the first time I was impressed by his incredibly emotional performance and I thought we definitely made right choice."
Tune in and experience Kingcrow's "Night's Descending" featuring Daniel Gildenlow from Pain Of Salvation RIGHT HERE.
The Persistence will be released on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats worldwide on September 7th via Sensory Records. The vinyl version features three bonus tracks recorded at ProgPower USA have a new mastering by Alan Douches on the D-side. Find pre-orders HERE.
Stand by for additional audio samples from The Persistence and more info on the album to be issued in the coming days.
The release of The Persistence is tied in conjunction to Kingcrow's support slot for Pain Of Salvation, which will run from August 31st through September 20th.
Kingcrow w/ Pain Of Salvation:
8/31/2018 Columbia-Theater - Berlin, DE
9/01/2018 Progresja - Warsaw, PL
9/02/2018 Studio - Krakow, PL
9/04/2018 MMC - Bratislava, SK
9/05/2018 A38 - Budapest, HU
9/07/2018 Colos-Saal - Aschaffenburg, DE
9/09/2018 Markthalle - Hamburg, DE
9/10/2018 Zeche - Bochum, DE
9/12/2018 Academy Club - Manchester, UK
9/13/2018 Islington Assembly Hall - London, UK
9/14/2018 Muziekgieterij - Maastricht, NL
9/15/2018 Melkweg - Amsterdam, NL
9/17/2018 Z-7 - Pratteln, CH
9/18/2018 L'Empreinte - Savigny-le-Temple, FR
9/19/2018 Ninkasi Kao - Lyon, FR
9/20/2018 La Laiterie - Strasbourg, FR
Kingcrow's upcoming third album for Sensory Records, The Persistence closes a three-year gap since their acclaimed Eidos album. Describing Kingcrow today is quite a difficult task, but one could state that the influence of different kinds of music; progressive rock, alternative rock, ambient music, metal, and more are all present in the band's songs. With each release, they take a step further away from their original roots and is regarded today as one of the most exciting bands that Italy has to offer. Recorded at Sound Under Pressure, The Persistence was produced by Kingcrow's Diego and Thundra Cafolla, mixed by Giampiero Ulacco, and completed with the photography and design of Devilnax, all the same as the album's predecessor. Fans of Steven Wilson, Riverside, and Dream Theater, this is required listening.
The Icelandic Viking Metal Heroes SKÁLMÖLD strike back with their 5th full length album Sorgir. The album title (eng.: sorrows) gives the headline for this concept album that is divided in two parts: The first four songs tell four short stories about tragedies and death. It is called Sagnir (tales). The second chapter called Svipir (ghosts) thickens the plot by telling the same four stories from a different perspective.
Sorgir is a dark, cold and tragic album dealing with Icelandic myths of superstition, shadows, spectre and despair. Look elsewhere for something light, warm and comforting! Soaring melodies, folk elements and harsh outbursts remind of the chilly beauty of SKÁLMÖLD`s home country – Iceland, the eternal and awe-inspiring source of inspiration for neckbreakers such as "Gangari" and the gripping epic "Mara."
Pre-Order Sorgir HERE!
Barcelona-based Heavy & Epic Doom Metal band Black Lotus release the first single from the upcoming album 'Sons of Saturn'. The album is released in October 19th 2018 by Inverse Records.
Watch the music video 'Sons of Saturn' here: https://youtu.be/lay83_1GJ9w
Black Lotus is founded by Hug Ballesta in 2015. After finding a proper line-up they headed into the Moontower Studio at the end of 2017. The album is recorded and mixed by Javi Félez and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, Portland, Oregon.
Hug Ballesta comments:
"We have chosen Sons of Saturn as the first single because it represents by itself the key sounds we search for as a band. We are lovers of both the classic bands and the new sounds and styles in metal: rawness, heavy-doomy-slow tempos, but at the same time catchy melodies that can equally transport the listener to apparently opposed moods. We are delighted that Inverse Records helps us spread our music... can't wait for the feedback!"
Black Lotus' sound is grounded in the diverse influences of the band members. Traditional Heavy Metal is the common factor and driving force of the band, but alternative sounds of the 90s, Stoner Rock, Doom Metal and post metal genres are also colours in their palette. Their compositions are embracing all those influences without limitations or dogmas. Likewise, lyrics are eminently symbolic, expressing a dystopic vision of society and their view of the world. Classic mythology, occultism, and personal experiences and visions are the sources for their compositions.
"Sons of Saturn" is available on all digital platforms worldwide.
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2KFX5Ia
Spanish heavy metal band Valkyria have revealed the first advance single, cover art, and track-listing for their second album, Tierra Hostil (Hostile Land), which will be released on October 10th through Fighter Records.
Tierra Hostil was recorded, mixed, and mastered under the production of Pedro J. Monje (Vhäldemar) at his own Chromacity Studios where Valkyria recorded their debut album, Principio y Fin (Beginning & End), in 2016. This new work shows a natural development and a more mature sound in their own style of melodic, catchy, and powerful heavy metal that blends both modern and classic influences with a charming voice that creates killer vocal lines.
It's been two years of hard work and milestones for Time, the Valuator, and the time to release their long-awaited debut full-length has finally come. 'How Fleeting, How Fragile' releases today via Famined Records around the world as well as through Long Branch Records in Europe. The album is streaming in full on all digital retailers and on YouTube.
Drop whatever you're doing, sit down, and hold on tight as the German quartet brings you along on their journey in which this album is merely the first step. Whether you're looking for technicality, melody, vocally-driven performances, or a deeper lyrical meaning, the band delivers all that and then some. Regardless of what you hope to find when delving into this release, you're bound to emerge with something to hold on to and to sink your teeth into. If you're eager to grab your copy, you can get your hands on it here.
The artwork was created by Make North, while Embark Audio (Sever, Light the World) provided mixing and mastering.
More about the band: "Create an impression, let your light shine, or leave traces," with this vision, the German lineup Time, The Valuator was founded mid-2015. Holding vast influences from a wide array of different styles, they craft a sound of their own, blending atmospheric, catchy and heavy elements together, while taking absolutely no creative compromises. Through heaps of creative potential and disciplined working, Time, The Valuator strive to create something to remember.
Japanese metal juggernauts Crossfaith have released their brand new album, EX_MACHINA, streaming now on Apple Music and Spotify. The album features cameos from Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds and industrial hip hoppers Ho99o9, and is a blistering and fast-paced adventure that transports listeners to a dystopian future. EX_MACHINA is out now via UNFD and can be purchased at: unfd.lnk.to/ex_machina.
On the new album, lead singer Kenta Koie shares:-
"After we released our last album XENO, we were thinking about what the next theme is for us. We decided on "Awake the individuality," because we're always trying to make new things and that's a big part of the band's attitude.
This album is a grave warning for our future, I hope you guys listen to this and think about what the meaning of this album is for you and feel how you feel through this album and start something for your future."
EX_MACHINA, the new album from Crossfaith, is a concept album set in an alternative near future in which the ruling class, known as Angels, maintain their world through artificial intelligence and other technology, which dehumanises people and effectively turns them into drones - as explained in the opening title track, "Deus Ex Machina."
The other 12 songs featured on the album represent the voice of the resistance - in the form of underdogs known as Demons. Kenta was inspired to include these figures by Devilman Crybaby, particularly on the Slipknot-esque "Catastrophe," the frantic, bloodcurdling "The Perfect Nightmare," and the epic assault of "Daybreak," rather than because they wanted to provide a comment on religion.
"There's no particular religious message," clarifies Ken. "In order to explore the dualism of humans, we decided to include Angels and Demons, which are opposing elements just like fire and water."
"Angels aren't necessarily good and demons aren't necessarily bad," he explains. "The most important theme is that we should never stop questioning the world around us."
EX_MACHINA is a relentless album that strives for the listener's attention, and is unquestionably the heaviest that Crossfaith have put their name to since forming in their native Osaka in 2006.
Since their inception, Crossfaith have been on the edge of a fusion of rock, metal, electronica and big ideas on their albums; and the edge of euphoria with their live shows. EX_MACHINA is the album on which they walk that fine, fiery line more skilfully and seismically than ever.
Crossfaith is back with EX_MACHINA, now available for purchase here: unfd.lnk.to/ex_machina.
Finland's Wolfheart to release "Constellation Of The Black Light" on September 28th via Napalm Records
The Wolves strike back with their long awaited 4th full length studio album Constellation Of The Black Light which will be released on September 28th via Napalm Records.
Wolfheart’s music embraces the sheer force and beauty of Finnish nature with fiery passion. After the success of their first three albums that all hit the Top 10 in the Finnish album charts, among them their last album Tyhjyys that charted in Switzerland as well, the time has come to unleash the next masterpiece of raw Winter Metal! Constellation Of The Black Light comes with seven tracks that dive head-first into Black Metal, Nordic Death Metal, soaring melodies and complex arrangements.
The band on the new album:-
"Determination and perseverance were the key points in the making this album while conquering obstacle after obstacle during the process of recordings while coldness and beauty of winter were the themes where the music was born. This is definitely a triumph in Wolfheart career and one of the biggest battles won in my personal career. I could not be more satisfied with the result and with new label and management behind us we are headstrong to stay in the bath of victories."
Unholy Baptism has returned with their long awaited sophomore album, Volume I: The Bonds of Servitude, which will be released on October 5. Album track "Whispers of Power Eternal" is streaming at youtu.be/xnFxFn5O8Pk
Produced, mixed, and mastered at Black Goat Studios in Flagstaff, AZ, the album has improved on virtually all aspects of the band's debut, ...On the Precipice of the Ancient Abyss. The album is the first instalment in a trilogy the band is writing, exploring new themes and songwriting techniques. Staying true to their black metal roots, Volume I: The Bonds of Servitude has cemented the band's signature USBM sound while bringing a more polished production to the table.
Mantus, the band's lead vocalist and bassist, said of the new release:
"The album is the beginning of a trilogy exploring the unrepentant darkness of the human condition and the inconceivable power of the gods deep within the farthest reaches of the universe. This album explores the human consciousness and the opening of the mind to the vast, overwhelming power that exists outside of this terrestrial prison."
Aussie metal vanguard Mongrel's Cross stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court, at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. Set for international release on August 3rd via Hells Headbangers, hear Mongrel's Cross's Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from the extreme metal hotbed of Australia, Mongrel's Cross are one of the best-kept secrets Down Under. Mind you, the band - now pared down to a duo - have been quiet since the release of their Hells Headbangers debut album, The Sins of Aquarius, in 2012, but those years away from the prying eyes of the metal public have paid off in spades on Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court. Here, these hooligans take everything that made The Sins of Aquarius so grimly gratifying - the widescreen span of filthy thrashing, down-tempo war-marches, and epic metal grandeur alike - and render it all the more terrifying and triumphant through clear 'n' cutting production. It's the age-old axis of form meeting content, and rarely has a metal record this cleanly produced sounded so threatening, which simply underlines the powerful panache to the band's strong songwriting.
Taken another way, with Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court, Mongrel's Cross step deeper into territory that's entirely their own. Not for them the over-generalization of "Australia = war metal" nor the simplistic connotations associated with such; no, the duo are at the height of their compositional powers and are now truly a great extreme METAL entity. All the drama and danger, legendary and lawlessness, power and poison, and essential OTT abandon of this art-form otherwise known as heavy metal: everything is played out with a palpably physical poetry across Psalter of the Royal Dragon. Suitably, its lyrical themes range a rich panoply of occultism - among others, such titles as "Vessel of Shar On," "Neurian Transformation," and "Derkesthai - Initiation (to see clearly)" should suggest plenty - making this a thoroughly engrossing experience deserving of the band's elevated standards.
When so much metal aims so low, for such no-hope ghettoization, it's down to true mavericks like Mongrel's Cross to lead the intrepid to illumination. Hereby, open the Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court!
Inferna Profundus Records has set September 10th as the international release date for Goat Sperm's striking debut EP, Voice in the Womb.
Hailing from Ukraine, Goat Sperm are a shadowy power-trio who play orthodox black/death metal exclusively. Theirs is a world-eating sound drawing equal influence from the realms of sepulchral death and morbid black, billowing obsidian smoke and weaving an almost ceremonial aspect, all whilst maintaining an intensely martial surge. Unremittingly physical and yet suffused with an atmosphere that's paradoxically wide-open and chokingly claustrophobic, Voice in the Womb is aptly titled: within its three-song/19-minute foundation lay myriad catacombs to get lost amongst, deeper mysteries at each turn to unravel.
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