Finnish Troll / Folk metal band Verikalpa released their anticipated debut album 'Taistelutahto last Friday via Inverse Records.
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The band earlier released two singles Pahan Laulu & Tyrmä which both got stunning feedback from both fans and media. Verikalpa also secured a slot from famous Finnish midsummer metal festival Nummirock.
Verikalpa is a Troll/Beer-metal band from the Northern city of Oulu in Finland. They combine groovy riffs and rhythms with twisted folk melodies with a very Finnish touch. The lyrics are in Finnish and more specifically in the accent of Oulu. The songs are tales about drinking, hangovers, trolls and of course blood-spattered eternal battles. Verikalpa is formed by six musicians from bands such as Catamenia and Quake The Earth and this experienced group of musicians deliver their music with a firm touch and with an energetic live show.
The band comments:
"The time has finally come! After all the teasing and foreplay Verikalpa takes it's biggest step ever and presents Taistelutahto to the world! It took a lot of beering, strained neck-muscles and a few square feet of dandruff on the floor of the rehearsal-disco but after all that and the long hours in the studio we have to say it was all worth it! What make it so worth it you ask?
YOU! The fans and all you who have listened to the songs and headbanged in your bedroom hopefully in your underwear with a cold beer in your hands or in the middle of a sexual act!
A new page in Finnish groovy-folk-troll-beer-metal has been turned and this is only one of beginning chapters! Please keep streaming/listening the music on the platform of your choosing and let this be the soundtrack to your wildest nights! Cheers and beers to you all from Verikalpa!"
Vocals - Jani Ikonen
Bass - Sami Knuutinen
Keys - Jussi Sauvola
Guitars - Jussi Heikkilä
Guitars - Janne Niva
Drums - Aleksi Heiskanen
Sliptrick Records welcome Italian Folkcore group Lou Quinse.
Lou Quinse - “The fifteen” in langue d’Oc, “The Devil”, fifteenth major arcana of Tarot.
Conceived in 2006 in val d’Ala, in the mountains of Balme (Barmés) with the grouping of various underground musicians of Torino, Lou Quinse want to celebrate an heretical marriage between diabolic heavy metal and the cultural heritage of the western Alps. Traditional instruments such as hurdy-gurdy, flutes, accordion, percussion and bagpipes, find new life and energy crashing into a wall of waves and distorted vibrations generated by huge guitars, a deep bass and fast drums. At the same time, a pure metal voice screams and growls words that have been sung in taverns, forests and cobble stoned streets for centuries.
From the beginning, Lou Quinse have been a really motivated band, performing intense shows, searching for high grade atmospheres on all stages in Italy and Europe whether good or (indeed in some cases) bad. The new album from Lou Quinse is titled Lo Sabbat. Recorded in 2017, it contains 12 blistering tracks and is due for release worldwide via Sliptrick Records.
Lou Quinse are:
IX. L’Ermite – Vocals
XIX. Lo Solelh – Guitar
Lo Mat – Drums
XVII. La Luna – Bass
I. Lo Bagat – Diatonic Accordion
VII. Lo Carreton – Flutes/Pipes
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Reverbnation
After the release of their debut "Dark Rising" (2012) via Massacre Records, Portuguese heavy/gothic metallers Enchantya are very proud to announce that the band started recording their sophomore album on the 10th of February, at the Pentagon Audio Manufactures Studios with amazing Fernando Matias (Sinistro) on the control. The new album, which will be entitled "On Light And Wrath" has 11 tracks. EnChanTya invited Ricardo Oliveira (My Enchantment, Attick Demons) to record the drums. More news will be available soon.
In the meantime watch or re-watch the video for the track "Dark Rising", released back in 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaIfpmzn1r0
Greece's On Thorns I Lay premiere "Erevos" video via Invisible Oranges; Aegean Sorrow pre-orders available
In less than one-month, Greek death doom veterans On Thorns I Lay will unleash their anticipated new full-length Aegean Sorrow, upon the masses.
In advance of its release, today Invisible Oranges is hosting the official premiere of the band's video for "Erevos," issuing of the work:-
"On Thorns I Lay wastes no time as they launch with zero fanfare or fussiness into the song's earworm of a primary melody. Ringing out over beefy chords and ominous drums, this strong melody (and its later counterpart) will play on repeat in the heads of listeners long after the song has concluded. Midway through the track, the band spice things up with a new riff that makes use of a few unanticipated chord changes as well as a truncated measure of just two beats at the end of its phrase. These additional beats stand out in stark contrast to the rest of the song, in which On Thorns I Lay favour intuitively comfortable sets of four-bar phrases so as not to detract from the overwhelming melancholy in the atmosphere. As if one absurdly catchy lead wasn't enough, the band deliver a second only moments later, after a brief interlude of acoustic guitar and tom fills. The guitar solo then returns, this time as a lead with layered vocals, before ceding the floor back to the second central melody to finish out the song. Led by the domineering presence of vocalist and bassist Stefanos Kintzoglou with one of his strongest and most consistent performances yet, On Thorns I Lay are as powerful and poignant as ever."
View "Erevos," courtesy of Invisible Oranges, at THIS LOCATION.
On Thorns I Lay's 'Aegean Sorrow' will see release on CD and digital formats via Alone Records and on vinyl via The Vinyl Division on March 12th. For CD pre-orders, go to this location. For vinyl orders, go HERE.
Aegean Sorrow was captured at Devasoundz Studios by Fotis Benardo (Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh etc.) and mixed and mastered at Unisound AB Studio by Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Pan.Thy.Monium, Incision etc.). Easily among the most intense records of their more than twenty-year career, Aegean Sorrow fuses seemingly clashing concepts of catchy melodies and an incessantly mournful ambiance throughout.
"We never stopped listening to our favourite albums - simple atmospheric doom death metal music since our formative years - so this is how Aegean Sorrow was created," the band notes. "It is a mix taken from our first demos and our first four albums back in the '90s, but with a modern sound. It is exactly what we love to hear, first of all, as fans. No trends, just pure feelings and music. Aegean Sorrow is the music we have dreamed of since we were teenagers. Waves of emotions flow over and over; it is a magical journey into the depth of our soul."
On Thorns I Lay began as a death metal band in 1992 under the name of Paralysis. By 1993 they changed their name to Phlebotomy and released the Beyond The Chaos demo and the Dawn Of Grief EP. The following year they settled on the name On Thorns I Lay and recorded the Voluptuous demo which draw attention of France's Holy Records who went on to release the death/doom sounds of their Sound Of Beautiful Experience debut. The band released five more albums and played countless shows and top festivals with the likes of Dream Theater, In Flames, Anathema, Amorphis, Katatonia, Septic Flesh, and many more before going on a twelve-year hiatus. 2015's Eternal Silence meant the return of the band, back to the roots, playing traditional gothic-inspired doom metal at its best and reaping critical accolades from fans and media across the globe. And now, 2018 ushers in Aegean Sorrow.
Under the Metal United World Wide banner, we call for support. Dark Phantom is an Iraqi metal band. Metal is forbidden in Iraq which is why they cannot play an official Metal United World Wide show. However, they would like to tour their war-torn neighbours Syria to perform Metal publicly. To be able to tour, the band members are still 1.200 EUR short. If you have some spare dollars, support these guys and the Metal in the Middle East: https://www.leetchi.com/c/trip-murad-mohammed
If you don't have spare dollars (or your country's currency), check out their Facebook page and their album Nation of Dogs on Bandcamp. They are quite a rare breed in a region where Metal is between forbidden and restricted by the government. We think they deserve some kind of support for keeping the Metal flag up - a like, a good listen to their album or financial tour support. United We Stand, Divided We Fall \m/ Metal United World Wide is an initiative of the global metal community. The community will come together on 5 May 2018 for around 60 Metal shows in over 50 countries. For more information, visit www.metal-united-world-wide.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Dutch melodic death metal band Purest Of Pain will be the releasing their debut album "Solipsis" on March 1st, 2018 to follow their 2013 single "Momentum" and 2011 EP "Revelations In Obscurity".
Lead by guitarist and main songwriter Merel Bechtold of DELAIN, whom also performs in much respected bands MaYaN and The Gentle Storm / Anneke van Giersbergen, the energetic quintet from Holland, which now includes Delain drummer Joey de Boer is a force to be reckoned with. Combining Scandinavian metal influences with groove, ambiance, tone and melody, the band has teamed up with NoCleanSinging.com for the North American premiere of their lyric video and second single "The Solipsist".
Check out the "The Solipsist" at the following link: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2018/02/16/an-ncs-video-premiere-purest-of-pain-the-solipsist/
Seven years in the making, from the writing process up to the final mastering to launching a successful online crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo (raising over 18,000 Euros, thank you video here), along with increasing their funds through live performances, which saw them open for such bands as Opeth, Textures, Suicide Silence, Unearth and Attack Attack! plus an unforgettable slot at Wacken in 2014. "Solipsis" is 14 tracks of brutality blended with groove and emotion produced by Merel Bechtold with recording done at Mantis Audio Studio (Delain) and mastering by Jens Jorgen (Opeth, Arch Enemy, Soilwork).
Guitarist Merel Bechtold comments:
"‘Solipsis’ is a guitar oriented record, is has been recorded as organic as possible: partly at home, partly at Mantis Audio Studio. The song ‘E.M.D.R.’ is written by fellow guitarist Michael van Eck. All the other songs were summoned by myself. The lyrics are written by vocalist J.D. Kaye. And even though the music is at times technical and challenging, it's undeniably driven by relentless groove, enhanced by hugely melodic passages, wonderful tone and moments of ambient clarity."
"Solipsis" will be available on CD, Vinyl plus as a digital release and is available for pre-order here. Their single "Terra Nil" is available for download and stream on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer.
The CD and Vinyl versions have slightly altered artwork. Merel Bechtold was responsible for its concept and bass player Frank van Leeuwen designed and finalized the covers.
J.D. Kaye - Vocals
Merel Bechtold - Guitars
Michael van Eck - Guitars
Frank van Leeuwen - Bass
Joey de Boer - Drums
Belgium's post-ambient black metallers Soul Dissolution, which comprises members from Marche Funebre, have released the first single from their recently announced new studio album, "Stardust". Entitled "Far Above The Boiling Sea Of Life", the single is available in the form of a static video designed by Marcos Cerutti. LINK: https://youtu.be/wpJPKCN_-SA
"Stardust" will arrive nearly 2 years and 5 weeks since the day its predecessor ("Pale Distant Light ", 2016) came out on Throats Productions . The band's new album release date has been scheduled for the 25th of March with Black Lion Records.
In addition to the new album release a music video has been produced in the cold northern parts of Sweden. The band comments: "Our new album Stardust is a big step-up for us, and this song marks the end of the journey presented therein, a final release from everything. It's one of the faster-paced songs we have written so far, and in addition to our usual influences, it also bears hints to bands like Saor, Ghost Bath, and other actors of the modern-day Atmospheric Black Metal scene. "Far Above the Boiling Sea of Life"is definitely one of our most solid tracks, and we're glad to finally present it to you!"
Chilean Thrashers Straight Terror drop new album 'Between The Lies'; picture video for 'Inferno' released
Chile's thrash metallers Straight Terror just released their debut album 'Between The Lies' and posted a picture video for the song 'Inferno': https://youtu.be/X22MYy4enRQ
The album is produced by Straight Terror. Mixed by Javier Bassino (Fireland, Rexx, Elías), and mastered by Acle Kahney (TesseractT, Archetype, Mask Of Judas, Fell Silent) at 4D Sounds in UK. The artwork was made by Patricio Saavedra.
Straight Terror recently released a music video for 'Blind Witness': https://youtu.be/5C4P6cwGykQ
STRAIGHT TERROR is:
Max Kübler - Vocals & Guitars (Agresion, Extrema, Blast)
Alan Lagies - Guitars (Remains)
Javier Menares - Bass Guitar (Caravan 1973, ADB)
Wernher Schurmann - Drums (Penerect, Apeiron)
Straight Terror is a thrash metal band from Stantiago, Chile and was formed in 2012. The band members were before in several South American metal bands, like Agresia, Extrema, Blast, Remains and Sadism. Straight Terror have supported Kreator and more in the past. Straight Terror have released 2 demo EP's before they started to work on their debut album 'Between The Lies'.
The smoking debut full-length, Under The Mountain, from Scotland-based doom metal faction King Witch is set for release in North America on March 16th via Listenable Records. Unleashed last week in Europe, the record is as melodic as it is monolithic, taking its listener on a journey from soulful doom to full-tilt metal mayhem. Stream / Share King Witch's Under The Mountain at this location.
Under The Mountain was recorded and produced by guitarist Jamie Gilchrist at their underground studio in their home city of Edinburgh, mixed and mastered by Tom Dring at Vagrant Recordings (Dragged Into Sunlight, Acolyte) in Southport and comes swathed in artwork created by vocalist Laura Donnelly. The record serves as King Witch's follow-up to their debut EP, Shoulders Of Giants. Influenced by everything from Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to Mastodon and High On Fire, Under The Mountain boasts nine riff-laden tracks offset by Donnelly's powerful yet bewitching vocals.
King Witch's Under The Mountain is streaming in full at the official Listenable Records Bandcamp page at this location.
Order Under The Mountain today at this location.
Formed in early 2015 in a dark cavern beneath the streets of old Edinburgh, King Witch manifests a potent and heavy brew of old school metal and the meatiest of '70s classic rock. In a time where many seek to stick rigidly within the confines of their chosen genre, King Witch simply writes the songs they want to play.
After a successful 2017 that included several tours and their Billboard charting label debut, Florida technical metalcore outfit Forthteller have started 2018 by releasing their brand new music video. The video, for "Of Nothing off the Nihilist EP (view here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38_DPTHMFZk&feature=youtu.be), is one of the last pieces of content in support for that EP before the band begins work on their follow-up while continuing their consistent tour schedule.
“‘Of Nothing’ represents the struggle to find meaning. In an exceedingly nihilistic society, the search for meaning and purpose has created, for many, an existential crisis that can often drive us to madness. The main character in this video represents the internal struggle of a person trying to find meaning, while the cloaked figure represents an enlightened being attempting to guide a lost individual through the void. On the whole, this song fits with the rest of our Nihilist EP, which is our attempt to create a dialogue about the topic of human existence. Why do we exist? We do we persist?" - Thom Schultz (Drummer)
Forthteller is a rising local band out of Tampa, FL that began in 2014 under the name I Shot the Albatross. Due to an evolution in sound from their first EP to their second one, which was released on May 21st, 2016, the band decided that a name change was in order. The band strives to push the boundaries in metalcore with unique riffs, progressive composition, and a myriad of changes in time signatures. Blending a diverse range of sounds, Forthteller is not your average metalcore outfit. Their emotional and dramatic showmanship, with visually striking intensity, lends the bands’ live performance to be endlessly captivating. In late June 2016, the band signed with Imminence Records and announced their first tour. The continued their consistent touring schedule while releasing their Billboard charting label debut in July of 2017.
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