Award-winning Canadian Melodic Death Metallers Kavara to release debut album 'Weathered & Lost' on 31st May
Fresh off the Forest City London Music Awards' bestowal of "Best Metal Act of 2019," Canadian Melodic Death Metal quintet Kavara are proud to announce the May 31 release of full-length debut album Weathered & Lost. The album's first single, "Scarecrow," can be streamed below.
"Scarecrow" (Bandcamp) - kavaraofficial.bandcamp.com/track/scarecrow
"Scarecrow" (YouTube) - youtu.be/Tt4t3SnDkvg
Emerging from the smoke and debris left by the explosive launch of 2016 debut EP Overthrown, Kavara ratchets up the intensity, hones the songwriting to a fine point, and devastates the hemisphere with 11 tracks of dyed-in-the-wool melodic death metal! Eschewing trends in favour of authenticity and letting the music do the talking, Kavara's Weathered & Lost is Death Metal par excellence. Up the volume and revel in the glory of Death! Weathered & Lost was recorded at Icehouse Studios in Goderich, Ontario
Pre-order Weathered & Lost - kavaraofficial.bandcamp.com/album/weathered-lost
Kavara is a melodic death metal band hailing straight out of the depths of the Forest City (London, Ontario). Formed in 2015 through Fanshawe College's Music Industry Arts program, Kavara released their debut EP Overthrown a year later while also playing shows all around Ontario. They've shared the stage with some well-known bands (Skeletonwitch, Beyond Creation & Insurrection) and toured on the east coast, where they had their first festival performance at Freedom Fest in the Field!
Kavara takes influence from many genres from both the past and the present, and is always working on new material to deliver a consistent supply of impressive music and powerful messages. With a wide range of musical backgrounds, the members are able to create an innovative sound for the heavy metal world.
Influences: Children of Bodom, Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Cattle Decapitation, Lamb of God, Dethklok (and many others!)
Serena Dorton - Vocals
Chris Strange - Guitar
Mike MacGibbon - Guitar
Spinny Guilbault - Bass
Steve Cummer - Drums
Australian Prog Metal wizards Ne Obliviscaris share live footage and are nominated for Indie Music Award
Progressive metal masters Ne Obliviscaris will soon be embarking on their previously announced tour dates in Australia with label mates Beyond Creation. In conjunction with the upcoming trek, the band has shared pro-shot live video footage from their concert in Montreal from October 10, 2018. The clip, which was recorded and edited by Dr. Light Productions, can be viewed here!
Vocalist/violinist Tim Charles comments:-
"Our live show is to us is such a vital part of what we do. That chance to really feel the connection between you and the audience through the music is something so special. It's what we live for. When performing in Montreal last October we had the chance to film the show and are pleased to release this live video of two songs - 'Libera Pt 1/Urn Pt 2.' We are excited to get back on the road playing here in Australia in a couple weeks time alongside some amazing bands for what is going to be our biggest ever headline shows anywhere in the world, before heading back to Europe for a festival tour in June as well. We hope you enjoy the video and that we see you at a live show sometime soon!"
Additionally, Ne Obliviscaris have been nominated for an Indie Music Award in the Metal/Hardcore song category for the track "Intra Venus." Fans can vote for the song here!
Blackened death metallers Sectorial have been nominated for a Best Ukrainian Metal Act award in the category of Best Metal Band. The award show will take place on December 22nd in Kyiv, Ukraine. Event details can be found here.
Best Metal Band nominees:
Sectorial recently unleashed their third full-length entitled "VYR" via Noizr Productions on November 9th, 2018 to follow their sophomore release "We Are The Titan's Rising Ashes"(2015), which won two BUMA awards for "Best Metal Video" (Tree Eater) and "Best Metal Album".
"VYR" captures the band's advancement in both musicianship and sound, every instrument, every bit of music on this release has its own story. Featuring 12 brutal tracks mixed and mastered by Warkhoros, the album showcases an assault of diversity, from intense blast-beats to acoustic compositions to using different ethnic instruments such as drymba / munnharpe, jouhikko, bukkehorn, flutes, duda, and trembita.
The band comments:
"Capricious and unpredictable streams of life, violent waves and the hypnotic blue of the the universe’s depths... an element that can withstand anything that will happen on the way... a bottomless stellar sky, reflected on a calm mirrored surface that in an instant turns into an incredible dance of the wind and drops, and spins in a gigantic powerful VYR."
Music Video "The Observer"
Music Video "Inhuman Ones"
CD and digital album order for "VYR" available on Noizr here, Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Warkhoros, Tyrant Studio.
Cover artwork and print design by Lita Akhmetova.
Ivan 'Burz' Kozakevych - Vocals, Folk Instruments
Igor 'Reich' Kovalenko - Drums, Percussion
Dmytro 'Trit' Vashchenko - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Boris 'Karis' Krivous - Bass, Backing Vocals
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Metallica to receive Polar Music Prize; Swedish award given in recognition of excellence in the world of music
On Thursday, June 14th Metallica – along with fellow laureate Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, founder of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) – will be awarded the Polar Music Prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
How to Watch: If you live in Sweden, you can tune in to TV4 or stream the ceremony on TV4 Play beginning at 18.00 CEST.
If you live or are stationed in Afghanistan, you can catch the ceremony broadcast on TOLOnews.
For fans outside of the Polar Music Prize broadcast regions, fans can follow Metallica’s socials as they explore Stockholm on Tuesday, watch Lars participating in the “Meet the Laureates” Polar Talk on Wednesday, and for the ceremony itself on Thursday.
Metallica commented "We are truly humbled and inspired to be recognized in this manner and hope you will follow along with us throughout the whole experience."
For more information about the Polar Music Prize visit polarmusicprize.org.
Metallica was formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield and in the nearly 37 years since, they’ve pretty much done it all. If you need to know more, loads of facts can be found on Wikipedia…and some of them are even true. The band recently wound up the European leg of their WorldWired tour and will be taking their in-the-round production to the US kicking off on September 2, 2018, in Madison, WI.
Crossbones, the metal squad from Tirana, Albania, has been nominated in the "Breakthrough European Band" category at the GMA Awards 2017.
Voting is open until December 28, 2017. You can vote here: http://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/gma-awards.html
Winners are announced on December 29, 2017
This is the first time ever that Albania is represented in the international rock / metal scene music awards.
Alice scooped up the award for Best International Artist at the 19th annual awards held in Glasgow on Saturday 2nd December at Nordoff Robbins Fundraiser.
Accepting his award in advance when playing Glasgow’s SSE Hydro last month, Alice recorded a special video message that was played at the ceremony for the SSE Scottish Music Awards held at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket. Commented Alice:
“Thank you this is great. You have to survive this business long enough and rock ‘n’ roll business is not the easiest thing… We’ve been doing it 50 years and keeping the quality of the show and music up really is the whole trick to doing it. In my case though they do cut my head off every night so it’s a matter of survival! Thanks very much!”
The awards are held each year to raise money for music charity Nordoff Robbins Scotland. This year they raised over £148,000 for the music therapy charity.
Alice Cooper has just finished a hugely successful UK-wide tour, his first full UK Tour in five years, which included a stop at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
The shows saw Alice reunited with the original Alice Cooper band and schoolmates Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce. The Alice Cooper band split in 1974 after which Alice went on to continued success as a solo artist.
2017 has been a busy year for Alice, who also released the new album ‘Paranormal’ earlier this year. His first new original studio album in six years saw him collaborate with his original band as well as iconic guests such as ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, U2’s Larry Mullen, and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover. It was recorded by Alice’s long-time producer Bob Ezrin and received much acclaim from fans and critics alike.
Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock. With his influence on rock & roll long since acknowledged, his place in rock history and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame secure, and his multiple gold & platinum albums, sold-out tours plus countless honours and career achievement awards, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn’t achieved in his remarkable career.
Cooper has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn, like a great horror movie, even in an era where 24 hour cable news can present real life shocking images.
Still touring worldwide year-in and year-out, still hosting his worldwide syndicated radio show (heard on Planet Rock 5 days a week in the UK), still writing and recording new music, Alice Cooper show no sign of slowing down.
For more than 30 years, Metal Hammer has been the biggest heavy metal magazine on the planet, and after a turbulent end to 2016, and their resurrection in 2017, they threw the party of all parties for their readers at this year’s Golden God Awards 2017 in association with Orange Amplification.
Taking place at IndigO2 at The O2, London on Monday, June 12, WWE megastar Chris Jericho hosted this unique and special night, which was, like all Golden Gods shows, all about the fans. There are no tables, no sit-down dinners, no industry backslapping – this is a room full of genuine fans who have voted in their hundreds of thousands to see their favourite bands be victorious. The night celebrated the best of heavy metal from the past 12 months as well as performances from some of the world’s most exciting bands.
“After a difficult end to last year in which the future of our magazine looked uncertain, we couldn’t have thought of a better way to celebrate our comeback,” says Metal Hammer Editor Merlin Alderslade. “From the one and only Chris Jericho returning to host our awards for a record-breaking third time, to seeing legends like Tony Iommi, Tom Morello and Chuck D walk out on stage, to honouring the contemporary names who make our scene great, it was the kind of evening that only the Golden Gods can provide. As always, though, the most important thing was the metal community coming together again – and we salute everyone who has supported us in the last year and beyond, be it by coming to the show, buying our magazine or simply spreading the good word of heavy. Horns up!”
The godfathers of metal, Black Sabbath, collected the evening's main honour: the Golden God award presented by Roadrunner Records. Founding member and metal legend Tony Iommi was on hand to collect the gong in the year that saw the end of the band’s final, 81-date world tour and glittering 49-year career.
Mastodon headlined the evening’s ceremony with a blistering live set in what was one of their most intimate performances in years. Following the release of their acclaimed ‘Emperor Of Sand’ album in March, the band’s stock has risen monumentally to become one of the world’s must-see live acts, proven by them winning Best Live Band presented by Monster Energy.
Opening the show were riff veterans Orange Goblin, one of the UK’s most vital and important metal bands. Frontman Ben Ward, along with his partner Sandie Soriano, were behind the incredible campaign to raise money for TeamRock (Metal Hammer’s then parent company) staff following the closure of Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Prog magazines – and rightly the team behind those magazines felt that Ben and Sandie deserved the Defender Of The Faith award presented by Orange Amplification.
Sweden’s Avatar brought their catchy ‘circus metal’ and enthralling theatrical live show to the proceedings. This truly unique band were also voted Breakthrough Band Of The Year presented by World Of Tanks, proving they are a band on the up. Completing the live line-up were blues rock legends Clutch, simply one of the greatest live bands heavy music has ever seen!
One of the evening’s most sought-after awards is Album Of The Year and this year it was awarded to ‘Magma’ by Goijra. The follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘L'Enfant Sauvage’, ‘Magma’ was one of the most hotly anticipated albums of the past 12 months and also topped Metal Hammer’s end-of-year critics’ poll.
Exodus are true legends of the game. Founded in 1979 in California, they were one of the pioneers of thrash metal. A mainstay in ‘Greatest Thrash Metal Bands Of All Time’ lists, they inspire and influence bands to this day and were rightly crowned 2017’s Inspiration presented by Spinefarm Records, an award presented on the night by fellow thrash icon Mille Petrozza of Kreator.
This year’s Icon presented by uDiscover Music award went to The Dillinger Escape Plan. Currently on a world tour, the band announced earlier this year that they will be disbanding following their Tokyo date in October. In their 20-year career they’ve released six acclaimed albums and are regarded as the pioneers of mathcore.
Best International Band presented by Nuclear Blast went to Avenged Sevenfold, who continue to sell out arenas around the world, pushing the boundaries of rock and metal. Best UK Band went to Architects, whose 2016 album ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ broke the Top 15 of the UK charts and capped off a significant and difficult year for the band.
Rap metal supergroup Prophets Of Rage picked up the Spirit Of Hammer award. This is an award for those who hold the principles and passion of metal and what Metal Hammer stands for in their daily lives. The group consists of three members of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave (bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk), two members of Public Enemy (DJ Lord and rapper Chuck D) and rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill. On announcing the band, Morello stated, "We're an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit, and confront it head-on with Marshall stacks blazing." Need we say more about them collecting this year’s Spirit Of Hammer gong?!
Iron Maiden’s role-playing mobile game, 'Legacy Of The Beast', took the Best Game accolade, with Eddie himself making an appearance via VT to collect the award. Formed in 2015, UK death metallers Venom Prison have been making a serious impact on the scene and beyond, and they picked up Best New Band. Doom metallers Pallbearer, who released their third album, ‘Heartless’, in March, have received huge critical acclaim since their inception in 2008 and picked up the Best Underground award.
Once again the guitarists got the plaudits that they deserve – after all, where would music be without the incredible axemen and women we love to worship?! This year, Airbourne’s kamikaze guitarist Joel O’Keeffe picked up the Dimebag Darrell ‘Shredder’ award, and tour de force Devin Townsend was rightly awarded Riff Lord presented by Century Media.
The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in association with Orange Amplification winners are…
Metal Hammer would like to thank all of our sponsors, without whom our awards would not be possible:
World of Tanks
Okkultokrati has been awarded Best Metal Album Of 2016 in the prestigious Norwegian Spellemann Awards, for their Southern Lord-released Raspberry Dawn album! The award is the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy, making this a massive landmark for the band and their incredibly adventurous, genre-entangling style of eclectic hardcore punk.
As recently announced, the Norwegian mavericks are hitting the road again this Spring, with new tour dates constantly being updated. See all confirmed live listings HERE, and watch for more dates to be announced.
While paying homage to their native region's 1990s black metal heritage, the cinematic synth/goth rock of the prior decade, and the raging early punk movement ahead of that, Okkultokrati still manages to create sincerely original and infectious music through every bar of Raspberry Dawn, resulting in a starkly raw and original sounding album.
See Okkultokrati's videos for "Magic People HERE, "Raspberry Dawn" HERE, and "Hidden Future" HERE, and stream all of Raspberry Dawn at Bandcamp HERE.
Raspberry Dawn is available on CD, LP, and digital platforms via the Southern Lord store.
Okkultokrati Tour Dates:
3/21/2017 Gleis 22 - Münster, DE
3/22/2017 The Plaque - Leipzig, DE
3/23/2017 DasBACH - Wien, AT
3/24/2017 P.M.K - Innsbruck, AT
3/25/2017 Tetris - Trieste, IT
3/26/2017 Scum - Pescara, IT
3/27/2017 Freakout Club - Bologna, IT
3/28/2017 Cinema Metropolis Umbertide - Umbertide, IT
3/29/2017 Spazio Ligera - Milano, IT
3/30/2017 Trokson - Lyon, FR
3/31/2017 Hipster Cafe - Rouen, FR
4/01/2017 301 Live Club - Lille, FR
4/02/2017 The Flapper - Birmingham, UK
4/03/2017 Black Heart - London, UK
4/05/2017 Audio Glasgow - Glasgow, UK
4/06/2017 The Cluny - Newcastle, UK
4/07/2017 Antwerp Music City - Antwerp, BE
4/08/2017 Merleyn - Nijmegen, NL
4/09/2017 The Pit's - Kortijk, BE - Bang Zoom Noise Produktions VZW
4/10/2017 Magasin 4 - Bruxelles, BE
2017 will once again be a loud year for the Swedish metal institution, In Flames!
Yesterday they kicked off the year with a UK arena tour as special guests to Avenged Sevenfold, followed by a European headline tour in select cities (see below) this spring. In addition to their busy touring schedule ahead, their recent album ‘Battles’ has now been nominated for the Swedish Grammis as ‘Hard Rock / Metal Album of the Year’, marking it the group’s 8th nomination to date. The awards will take place in Stockholm on February 28th. Other bands nominated in this category include Dark Tranquility and Ghost.
The band states:
"We are very honoured to have received our 8th Swedish Grammis nomination for our newest album, ‘Battles’. We can’t thank our fans enough, who, throughout their years of support and dedication to our music, have kept In Flames alive and inspired. Jesterheads, this one's for you!"
In March, the band will kick off their European tour named 'In Our Room - An Evening With In Flames'. They will perform in spectacular, intimate locations such as churches and theatres. Most of the shows are already sold out. Tickets are available from InFlames.com. These are all of the dates:
March 18 NO Oslo, Kulturkirken SOLD OUT!
March 19 S Gothenburg, Pustervik SOLD OUT!
March 20 S Stockholm, Berns SOLD OUT!
March 22 D Berlin, Admiralspalast
March 23 D Bochum, Christuskirche SOLD OUT!
March 24 D Offenbach, Capitol SOLD OUT!
March 26 D Munich, Freiheiz SOLD OUT!
March 27 I Milan, Teatro Dal Verme
March 28 F Strasbourg, La Laiterie
March 29 F Paris, Alhambra
March 31 CH Zurich, Theatre 11
You can order their new record ‘Battles’ here:
'Battles' Limited Edition Mail Order Box Set'Battles' Limited Edition Double Gatefold 180gm White Vinyl
'Battles' Limited Edition Double Gatefold 180 gm Picture Disc vinyl
'Battles' Limited Edition Double Gatefold 180gm Green Vinyl
‘Battles’ Limited Edition CD
‘Battles’ Limited Edition 2LP Vinyl
‘Battles’ Digital Album
In Flames Links:
Wrapping up their USA and Canadian tour last week, power new wave metallers Striker returned home just in time to receive their award win at this year's Edmonton Music Awards for Metal Recording of The Year for their track 'Too Late' from their latest album 'Stand In The Fire' released this past February.
"Huge thanks to Edmonton Music community, as well as everyone that has helped us out over the years including the AFA, Edmonton Arts Council, FACTOR, and many others! We hope this award can bring some awareness to all the other great bands coming out of Edmonton these days as well." comments guitarist Tim Brown.
Striker were nominated alongside the following Edmonton bands listed below for Metal Recording of The Year.
In additional news, Striker are nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for 'Metal / Hard Rock Artist of The Year' alongside KEN mode (MB), Shooting Guns (SK), Third Ion (SK), Van Halst (AB). The awards will be held in Regina, SK on October 13th. For more info, please visit the following link here.
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