Bay Area melodic death metal outfit Light This City issues a new teaser video for the band's first new album in ten years. Having completed the new LP in recent days, the trailer shows the reactivated outfit in the studio, leaking the very first traces of the anxiously awaited record.
After a decade of silence between albums, Light This City has returned with ten blazing tracks that capture the band's tendency towards extreme melody and intensity, honouring the Swedish sound of the '90s. Having spent the past decade performing and touring in numerous other bands, the five members of Light This City have only honed and shaped their skills and musicianship since their 2008-released Stormchaser. The album was recorded from December 2017 through February 2018 with Zack Ohren, who handled the band's previous four full length albums, at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, and features artwork by Tony Midi.
See the new Light This City teaser video RIGHT HERE.
Thenew record will be released in CD, LP, and digital formats on May 25th; watch for the title, artwork, track listing, preorder links, audio samples, and more to be issued in the days ahead.
Light This City began in 2002, when best friends Laura Nichol and Ben Murray decided to start a melodic death metal project in the vein of At the Gates, Carcass, In Flames, and all the Scandinavian bands that inspired them to play fast, melodic, crushing music, largely untouched by the American population of metalcore, deathcore, and numerous other subgenres of heavy metal that were ignoring the monstrous influences of the '90s. After the sparks were lit, Nichol and Murray soon wrote their debut 2003 full-length, The Hero Cycle, which quickly landed them a deal with Prosthetic Records, who would go on to release the band's following three albums.
As Murray and Nichol neared the end of high-school, Light This City released 2005's Remains Of The Gods, which sparked the rest of the band's trajectory on Prosthetic Records, and saw the band touring heavily in support of their Bay Area brand of melodic-death metal infused thrash. Remains Of The Gods gained favourable reviews and it seemed as if the metal press knew what was in store for Light This City.
Next came the band's undeniably most popular album, Facing The Thousand. By the time Nichol and Murray had arrived into 2006, they were out of high-school, on the road full-time, with Steve Hoffman on guitar, Ryan "Hollywood" Hansen on lead guitar, and Jon Frost on bass. Facing The Thousand saw the band supporting a multitude of metal acts such as Death Angel, Vader, Malevolent Creation, Edguy, Into Eternity, All That Remains, Chimaira, Soilent Green, Darkest Hour, Suicide Silence, Misery Signals, and many more, gaining the band a rapid exposure into the metal mainstream.
After a three-year touring cycle the band retreated to Oakland to record their fourth album, Stormchaser, which saw a guest vocal appearance by Chuck Billy of Testament. Before the official release of the album, Light This City disbanded before even having the chance to tour on their fourth and final effort.
In 2010, Light This City played five final shows, dubbed The Final Thrash Attack, in which the band was able to celebrate the songs of Stormchaser, and give the fans a bit of closure that they never received with the band's sudden disappearance from the world of heavy metal. In September of 2015, Darkest Hour requested that Light This City play the San Francisco date of their twentieth anniversary tour. Light This City quickly reunited within a few months to rehearse one final set that would celebrate the band's four-album career. The show was absolutely one for the books, sparking the flame which lead the band to reunite, ten years later.
LIGHT THIS CITY:
Laura Nichol - vocals
Ben Murray - drums
Ryan Hansen - lead guitar
Steve Hoffman - rhythm guitar
Jon Frost - bass
Formed in 2015, Kyiv, Ukraine's atmospheric prog metal rockers Sleep In Heads are unleashing their debut full-length album "On the Air" on March 1, 2018 via Noizr.Leading up to its release, the band has posted an album teaser, which can be heard at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDYp-NLsfn4
Comprised of Sonya (Vocals) (whom the band is named after when her name is loosely translated from Ukrainian/ Russian means "sleepyhead"), Serj (Guitars), Natali (Violins), Fann (Bass) and Roman (Drums), the quintet are offering fans a quality crafted dreamscapes, groovy riffs, charming female vocals and violins, all blended into a dynamic musical journey of the sleepers. Fans of bands like Opeth, Porcupine Tree, The Gathering, Katatonia, Anekdoten, Anathema, The Pineapple Thief are not going to want to miss this one.
Vocalist and band lyricist Sonya comments:
"The album's title "On the Air" perfectly reflects its concept - it's a life here and now, a life filled with all kinds of emotions, events, moods, like a song on the air. Each track encourages you not to become isolated, but to be open and sincere. Live so as not to destroy that important balance between your consciousness and the world."
Album pre-order available on Bandcamp (Digital + CD), iTunes, Amazon, Google Play.
Italian doom/post-metal band Wows will release the video for their song "Chakpori" in March 2018. The song is taken from the band's critically acclaimed album 'Aion' which was released in November 2015.
The band commented: "This is the last song we wrote for Aion, the process was very hard for us but we love this song and we always open our gigs with it. It is a sum of all the ambiance we like to hear in a song and the final part always makes our hearts skip a bit when the voice screams "show me your skies."
Watch the video trailer here: https://youtu.be/2-w_VlCOz1E
Listen to Aion here: https://thewows.bandcamp.com/
Paolo Bertaiola (vocals)
Marco Bressanelli (guitar)
Matteo Baldi (guitar)
Fabio Orlandi (drums)
Pierluca Esposito (bass guitar)
Kevin Follet (keyboards, samples)
Russia's leading and finest pagan metal band Arkona, who are set to release their brand new album Khram on January 19th 2018 with Napalm Records, have just unveiled a first teaser and exclusive album preview! Get your ears on this first sneak peak, featuring all tracks from Arkona's upcoming album right HERE!
A Khram, the Russian word for temple, is shrouded in natural mysticism slumbering behind nocturnal treetops, yet open to everyone. The sincerity and depth that binds all five band members together resonates in the sumptuously dark cover artwork and front-lady Masha`s lyrics, that are written in her own blood (which is also part of the artwork)! Arkona may have used sound samples in their early days, but nowadays cellos, brass parts, wind instruments and throat singing are recorded live meticulously and flow naturally into the band's harsh metal tunes: King-sized songs effortlessly shift from blackened pagan metal masterpieces to epic tracks with crystal-clear melodies and piano infusions. So better mark your calendars for January 19th 2018, as Arkona’s Khram is an exuberant and demanding affair that defies genre boundaries with untameable spirit!
Coming as CD Digi Pack, Digital Download and LP Gatefold editions, Khram is now available to pre-order HERE!
In support of their upcoming album, Arkona will be heavily touring in early 2018, including an extensive European tour with Korpiklaani, Heidevolk, Trollfest & many more!
Make sure to catch Arkona live and on the following dates:
01.02.2018 - SI - Winter Days of Metal Festival
02.02.2018 - HR - Zagreb / Boogaloo
03.02.2018 - RS - Novi Sad / SKC Fabrika
04.02.2018 - RO - Cluj Napoca / From Space
08.02.2018 - GR - Athens / Kytarro Live
09.02.2018 - GR - Thesalonniki / Eightball
10.02.2018 - BG - Sofia / Mixtape 5
11.02.2018 - RO - Bucharest / Fabrica
24.03.2018 - RU - Moscow / RED
30.03.2018 - RU - St.Petersburg / Aurora
28.04.2018 - SE - Stockholm Slaughter
with KORPIKLAANI, HEIDEVOLK & TROLLFEST:
15.02.2018 - BE - Antwerpen / Trix
16.02.2018 - DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
17.02.2018 - DE - Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle 2
18.02.2018 - NL - Amsterdam / Melkweg
20.02.2018 - FR - Paris / Elysée Montmartre
21.02.2018 - FR - Nantes / Stereolux
22.02.2018 - FR - Toulouse / Le Bikini
23.02.2018 - ES - Madrid / Sala BUT
24.02.2018 - ES - Barcelona / Salamandra 1
25.02.2018 - FR - Lyon / Transbordeur
27.02.2018 - DE - Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
28.02.2018 - DE - Berlin / Columbia Theater
01.03.2018 - CZ - Prague / Meet Factory
02.03.2018 - DE - München / Backstage
03.03.2018 - DE - Stuttgart / LKA
04.03.2018 - CH - Pratteln / Z7
05.03.2018 - IT - Milano / Magazzini Generali
07.03.2018 - AT - Graz / Orpheum
08.03.2018 - AT - Vienna / SIMM City
09.03.2018 - DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser
10.03.2018 - DE - Geiselwind / Musichall
11.03.2018 - DE - Hannover / Capitol
Hailing from Poland, the epic black / death metallers of Devilish Impressions will release their new album, “The I” on September 22nd, 2017 via Lifeforce Records. The album will be available as CD digipak, limited vinyl LP and digital download.
The first teaser for the new album can be seen HERE
Recorded at various studios, including Dobra12 (drums) and Icaros Studio (guitars) the disc was mixed and mastered at Impressive Art Studio by Przemyslaw Nowak who also handled vocals recording sessions and guitars’ re-amping. The album’s artwork, design and layout were created by Infected Minds.
The album features special guest appearances by Mercyful Fate / King Diamond’s guitarist Mike Wead and by Norway’s dark metal masters Aeternus’ vocalist / guitarist Ares. Other artists who also contributed to the record are shamanic ritual meditative experimental act BÖN and Impressive Art Studio’s owner Przemyslaw Nowak who came up with interludes, additional background tunes and effects.
“It’s been a really long way to be finally able to wrap it all up, countless nights spent on writing the music and lyrics first, then working on the album’s pre-production, followed by what seemed to be never-ending, proper recording sessions, and tones of work that had to be done for the band afterwards. We really wanted this new album to become something really special and therefore, to avoid any haphazard decisions, we let them come out of us smoothly, without putting ourselves under any external tension and stuff. Did it pay off? Well, we’ll see… We surely worked our asses off, pushed things back and forth to get the best out of it. As a result we’ve got something we are damn proud of, something that we believe surpasses on all possible levels everything we’ve done in the past. I simply believe we’d outdone ourselves and recorded something that will cause your hearts beat faster…” – comments Quazarre, the band’s composer, vocalist and guitarist.
The title chosen, “The I”, for the record is not only a phonetic acronym of the band’s name, but above all it reflects the manifesto they stand for since the Horde’s inception in the year 2000 – the notion of freedom of choice and will. A supremacy of an individual over any external factors being imposed on us by others, with special emphasis on religion and its convictions, dogmas and paradigms. “The I” is a rebellious manifesto targeted against all those who stand opposed to anything that drives us towards individual perfection.
"The I" - Out September 22 on Lifeforce Records
Visit and "like" the band's Facebook page and stay tuned about latest news and live shows.
The German pirate metal horde The Privateer will release their upcoming third album "The Goldsteen Lay" on July 28, 2017 via NoiseArt Records.
Today, the band has launched the first Trailer for this record on YouTube. Check it out the here: https://youtu.be/bN8lJThB4sw
The Privateer states:
"Ahoi bloody fellows! Have you ever asked yourself:
Then you will find the answers to (almost) all of your questions in our four-part video series! The videos were recorded at the house bar of our singer Pablo, alcoholic decay in the process of the videos included."
Get your physical copy of the album, here: http://thegoldsteenlay.noiseart.eu
If you can't wait to listen to some new stuff, purchase "Gunpowder Magic", instantly or pre-order the digital version of the new album, also here: http://thegoldsteenlay.noiseart.eu
French black metallers AOSOTH are in the process of recording their fifth studio album, and today they have released a new trailer. It's available here:
AOSOTH started recording their new album in July, 2016. Its release date has been shceduled for 2017 on Agonia Records, while its title is yet to be revealed.
The band's two-track EP "IV" was released last October on Agonia Records. It serves as bridges between their fourth full-length record "IV: Arrow In Heart" (2013), and the upcoming one.
More details will follow soon.
16.02.2017 Reykjavík @ Oration Mmxvi, ISL (with Mgła, SvartIdaudi, Sinmara)
21.10.2017 Bucharest @ Rites of Black Mass II, RO (with Blaze Of Perdition)
The Finnish theatrical metal newcomers LOST IN GREY shied the public so far. Founded back in 2013, the Finnish sextet around front man Harri Koskela entrenched themselves over the course of the last years to give their debut album "The Grey Realms“ (out March 3rd, 2017) the final polishing.
Today, the band presents the fourth interview trailer about the upcoming record on YouTube.
Check it out and get more information about the cover artwork:
The band states:
"Greetings all thee! We have shared some short stories of how the album was born, and now it is time for the last clip. Let us introduce our very own Miika Haavisto, the graphical magician behind the logos and cover artwork of the album. And Anne Lill, our visual wizard, will be sharing her thoughts on the photography on The Grey Realms.
Yours sincerely, Lost In Grey"
Check also the first interview trailers:
Interview #1: https://youtu.be/qiFJBe529Js
Interview #2: https://youtu.be/AuUfYTd2Hyo
Interview #3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puf9ULjHcSo&feature=youtu.be
Few weeks ago, the band already released their first music video for the song "Dark Skies".
It can be seen here: https://youtu.be/T0CD_Q2B5ao
Pre-order »The Grey Realms« digitally and receive 'Dark Skies' as IG Track instantly:
Swedish adventure metallers, Twilight Force, will release their second album entitled ‘Heroes Of Mighty Magic’ on August 26th through Nuclear Blast. After revealing the first sonic taster from their opus last week, it's time to experience more about the making-of and the concept behind this magical musical journey.
Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire) commented:
"I remember I was on tour with Rhapsody Of Fire and Gamma Ray in Scandinavia and while I was doing some shows, the guys from Twilight Force called me and proposed that I be a guest on their new record... well... it was a great experience! I went into the studio with them and we had a great time together... a cool time with very cool guys... It took place on a day off from the tour... so I had some hours to do the parts, listen to the song and talk with the guys (...and drink some cappuccinos together!)
I think the band were very nice with me and they had in mind exactly what they wanted from my collaboration... my parts were ‘epic’ and the vocal lines were made for my voice and style... I would like to thank them and I'm happy to know that Nuclear Blast is releasing this new work! I'm so sorry I couldn't attend their show in Northern Italy some months later. I really wish the best of luck to the guys and to their new work!"
You can pre-order ‘Heroes Of Mighty Magic’ here:
Limited Edition Double CD
Limited Edition Magenta 2LP Gatefold Vinyl
Limited Edition Light Blue 2LP Gatefold Vinyl
Alternatively, pre-order the digital album and get 'Battle Of Arcane Might' instantly: http://bit.ly/TwilightForceiTunes
To present their new album to the masses, the band will be supporting label mates Sonata Arctica on their upcoming European tour this October.
The tour will hit the UK with a one off show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. The full run will be taking the band across nine European countries.
You can get tickets for the UK show here:
15th October – London, Shepherds Bush Empire
Close to the release of their new music video "Curly Wolves," which will be released on April 28, premiere on Laestadea webzine, the band offers us a small preview of their new work as a teaser, where you can appreciate the quality and forcefulness which is to come. Composed of fragments of the 10 songs of the album makes it very clear line to follow this emerging band that will delight lovers of modern Melodic Death Metal.
Produced by Facundo Novo at Novo Estudios, the songs presented a fat and deep sound that fits perfectly with synthesizers, choirs and other details that bring brilliant hues and playing with contrasts between guttural and melodic vocals of the singer Patricia. Betting on a renewed melodeath with a very personal touch.
Check out the album teaser below
Pre-orders of the album are already available, digipak and t-shirt limited edition. The pre-orders will receive a gift and will be entered into a draw for the background canvas of 'Melodichrome Tour' dedicated and signed by the band's members. Don't wait more and order here: http://www.synlakross.com/#!pre-orders/c19iw
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