After releasing their debut album "Erosion" in 2017 and writing the video game soundtrack of NavyBlue and the Spectrum Killers in 2018, Cydemind is back with a new single and music video called "Winter". The song is an arrangement of one of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Season violin concertos.
Watch "Winter" via MetalInjection.net at the following link: http://www.metalinjection.net/video/cydeminds-violin-metal-shred-was-made-for-winter-in-this-beautiful-video
As the Montreal-based quintet is led by classical violinist Olivier Allard, it was natural for the band to showcase its classical sound in this music video as Oliver explains:-
"It’s always been in Cydemind’s side-projects to make metal covers of classical music pieces. What better way to start than with one of my favourite violin concertos by Vivaldi!"
Co-directors Vincent Allard and Juliette Guerin hopped in the project without hesitation:
"Vivaldi’s Winter violin concerto is already such a cinematic piece with lots of contrast. It was a great challenge to find landscapes that could match both our view of Quebec’s winter while maintaining Cydemind’s highly energetic approach to the piece."
The video was shot in various locations in Quebec, Canada. Scheduled to be filmed in March 2018, the project was postponed to February 2019 due to bad weather. Guitarist Kevin Paquet adds:-
"As much as we had no luck last year, karma was on our side this year. The weather was fabulous, I think it definitely highlights the splendour of our Canadian winters."
“Winter” was recorded at The Grid studio in collaboration with producer Christian Donaldson (The Agonist, Cryptopsy, Beyond Creation). The artwork was created by Cydemind’s own drummer Alexandre Dagenais.
"Winter" is available for stream and download on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, and all other major platforms, where you can also find Cydemind’s debut album Erosion (2017).
In a world where so much music is bland and generic, Cydemind is a breath of fresh air! Mixing progressive rock, jazz, classical, and progressive metal, Montreal-based Cydemind is a special and unique band, one we’ll be hearing a lot more from in the future. Influenced by such bands as Dream Theater. Symphony X. Haken, Neal Morse Band, and jazzmen like Avishai Cohen and Tigran Hamasyan, violinist Olivier Allard describes their sound as “violin meets instrumental prog metal!”.
Prolific artists, Cydemind released its first EP ‘Through Mists and Ages’ back in 2014 and soon after its single ‘What Remains’. After a few years of writing and refining their sound, the quintet (violin, bass, piano, guitar, drums) came back with their first full-length album. Entitled ‘Erosion’, its six tracks are centred around the theme of nature and its persistence through time. Epic is the word here, with one track clocking in at an impressive 27 minutes. ‘Erosion’ was released independently on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all major online retailers.
Cydemind then branched off a bit from the usual metal band musical path to produce the music for the indie video game ‘Navyblue and the Spectrum Killers’. The game released in September 2018 and is available on Steam. In addition to writing the whole soundtrack for the game, Cydemind also released two singles ‘Navyblue’ and ‘Lights of Iberia’ as bonus content for the game.
To further expand their musical soundscape and reach new audiences, the versatile band released its first music video ‘Winter’ in March 2019. The single is an arrangement of Vivaldi’s ‘Winter violin concerto’ from the Four Seasons. Shot in various locations in Quebec, Canada, the video highlights both the majestic Canadian winter and the highly energetic performance of the band.
In addition to their recording experiences, the band has performed many times in the Montreal area since 2011 in venues like Foufounes Électriques, Katacombes, Theatre Plaza and more. They recently created the first edition of Proggy Nights in Canada, a small tour that reunited 3 Canadian prog bands in Québec City, Montreal and Toronto.
Aside from their performance expertise, Olivier (violin) and Camille (piano) have also been teaching their instrument for many years. Olivier is a doctorate student in violin performance at University of Montreal, while Camille graduated from the classical piano program at CEGEP St-Laurent in Montreal.
Based in Vancouver BC, this sonically diverse act is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Dan Potter. Using heavy barrages of thrashing poly-rhythmic riffage to whip up intensity levels, DYFN descends into abstracted darkness and finds a sonic blueprint that’s filled with endless possibilities. Guitars are driven to their most extreme by incorporating experimental approaches in technique and composition serving as a perfect backdrop to the deep, chaotic experiences brought forth lyrically as dark riddles are wretched out with harrowing screams.
The debut LP by Dark Years from Now was conceived to be a unique listening journey. Whether it’s the pulsating industrial metal edged aesthetic or the cathartic layers of electronic instrumentation, each track offers a world of intriguing sound and substance. Unafraid to take a non-linear approach, many of the songs are forged with abstract intent even using the words as yet another aural paintbrush, obscuring to reveal. Four of the eleven tracks are instrumental in nature providing more time for listeners in the churning abyss of variable perception.
Dark Years from Now will release its self-titled debut on March 8, 2019.
Canadian speed metallers Chainbreaker stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Lethal Desire, at heavily trafficked web-portal CVLTNation.com. Set for international release on February 15th via Hells Headbangers, hear Chainbreaker's Lethal Desire in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Chainbreaker formed sometime in the frigid depths of 2013. The band began as a three-piece in Al Chambers' garage, with Al taking care of vocal duties and drums, Ian Chains on guitar, and band friend Craig Rose on bass. Initially, the band was just an excuse to cope with winter by get hammered and playing Razor songs. Eventually, a solid line-up came together (Rob Ouellette on vocals, Curtis Faux on bass) and the Constant Graving demo tape was released in early 2014 to coincide with the band's debut gig at the now-defunct Izakaya Sushi Bar. A handful of shows were played in Eastern Canada in support of the tape, as well as a brief US tour with now-labelmates BAT in the summer.
The following year, three songs were recorded for the Enslave Your Masters 7” single that has yet to be released, but has since been made available online. In the spring of 2017, the debut full-length Lethal Desire was recorded at Lincoln County Social Club (Cauldron's main recording haunt) in Toronto, and was mixed and mastered by Toxic Holocaust frontman Joel Grind. It's also the first Chainbreaker recording to feature new bassist Phil Zeller (Rammer/Toxic Holocaust) and will be the first release for the band on Hells Headbangers.
For a band featuring current and former members of Cauldron, Toxic Holocaust, and Rammer, it's not surprising that Chainbreaker suitably specialize in lean 'n' mean speed metal that pays respects to their '80s Canadian forebears like Razor, Sacrifice, Piledriver, and Slaughter whilst honourably adding to that classic canon. All that was crude 'n' rude about said canon - the locomotive rush, the raw-blooded intensity, the emphasis on simple yet exclamatory hooks - is dragged kicking and screaming into the present, under the oh-so-fitting title of Lethal Desire. Poisonous yet endlessly fun, the album unleashes one mini-anthem after another, each one more rivet-headed than the last, but always in service of the eternal glory of heavy metal. And a dozen of those mini-anthems fly by in a compact 35 minutes, making Lethal Desire the perfect soundtrack to beer-drinking and hell-raising.
On lethal evidence of the long-desired Lethal Desire, in the succinct words of Chainbreaker, "2019 is the year of broken chains!" Break all the chains exclusively HERE, courtesy of CVLTNation.com. Pre-order info can be found HERE at Hells Headbangers' Bandcamp.
Canadian metallers All Else Fails are ready to release their new album ‘The False Sanctuary’, coming 2 years after the last critically-acclaimed full length ‘The Forever Lie’. Keeping with their tradition of crushingly heavy and progressive metal they have composed 2 new songs for this album and included 5 B-sides from ‘The Forever Lie’, which were never released digitally.
To accentuate this album they have also released a music video for the first single ‘A Dream of Names’. Technical guitar parts are juxtaposition against melodic vocals in the band’s 10th music video, a moody visual for the thought provoking lyrics that address the current state of the world.
“In a lot of ways this album is at a state of the union address. It's been 2 years since the release of The Forever Lie, and already the themes of financial corruption, abuse of religious power, and political scandal seem tame. I wrote this one half with a sarcastic smirk, half with an crippling sense that we are well past the point of return.” says Barrett Klesko (vocals, guitar).
Produced by Barrett Klesko
Engineered by: Barrett Klesko
Mixed by: Bevin Booth
Mastered by: Bevin Booth
Artwork by: Danny Perdana
All Else Fails is:
Barrett Klesko: Vocals, Guitar, Programming
Mike Sands: Guitar
Cody Lee: Bass, Vocals
Nelson Collins-Lee: Drums
Joining the ranks at Sliptrick Records this week is the Canadian Alternative Metal | Progressive Rock group Doan.
Doan is a progressive alternative metal band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Formed of Diane Thibault at vocals, Olivier Roy on the drums, André Labrecque on bass and Nicholas Roy on guitar, they first established in 2011 as a cover band bearing the name Ghettoblaster. They changed their name in 2017 to dedicate themselves more seriously to their own compositions. Heavy and incisive to sweet and melodious, the band’s music is the result of a collaborative effort influenced by the music of bands like Tool, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, A Perfect Circle, Deftones, Godsmack and many others.
To the question “What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?” They respond: “We want them to remember the emotions it brings to them, that’s what music is all about, isn’t it?”
With their first album Stupidity Kills due out via Sliptrick Records in 2019, Doan are ready to rock the stage and look forward to spreading their words and music across the globe.
Diane Thibault – Vocals
Olivier Roy – Drums
Andre Labrecque – Bass
Nicholas Roy – Guitar
Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | On Sliptrick
Canada-based mantra doom act Zaum has signed a multi-album deal with Listenable Records.
Zaum is a passage toward the dark realizations of the old world; a monolithic, doomy mantra-based meditative experience forged by bass and drums interwoven with sitar, woodwind, string, and synth textures. Based in New Brunswick, observers experience a tranquil resonance whereby the astral and physical planes can coexist and be understood from a natural perspective.
Zaums most recent full-length musical chapter, Eidolon, was released in October of 2016 via I Hate Records. In their few years as an active, touring band Zaum has performed over two-hundred shows including support stints for Voivod, Cauldron, Mars Red Sky, and Bison as well as showcases at Roadburn, Haywire Festival, and Incubate.
Zaum is currently composing new material for their next full-length, slated for a spring 2019 release via Listenable.
In the meantime, check out the band's mesmerizing live performance of "Influence Of The Magi" (taken from Eidolon) at THIS LOCATION.
Kyle Alexander McDonald - vocals, bass, textures
Christopher Lewis - drums, percussion
Nawal Doucette - visual performance art, ambiance
Canadian black metal cult Goathammer premiere the new track "Right of Conquest" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated debut album, Ceremony of Morbid Destruction, set for international release on December 7th via Hells Headbangers. Hear Goathammer's "Right of Conquest" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Formed in 2013 and promptly getting to work on a split tape and two successive demos, Goathammer have been a study of staunch underground ethics from the very beginning. Theirs is a sound that's steeped in decades of arcane black/death wisdom, canvassing an array of eras and international flavours whilst being finesse into foul, filthy form by true fanatics. As such, Ceremony of Morbid Destruction is the grand, garish culmination of Goathammer's noble work thus far. Here, the quartet prove they're more than just an identikit "goat"/bestial band; there's a sulphurous aura and true dungeon-bound darkness that bespeak the ancient ways of the 1990s, but completely unselfconsciously so.
Sure, the swarming violence of Blasphemy is certainly detectable, but more so is the hammering disgust of legendary labelmates Profanatica; likewise, the crude magic of classic Ungod coexists alongside the frantic misery of old Mütiilation. Which is all to say that, despite the signposts being clear, Goathammer possess the unique elan to conjure a sensation that evokes both nostalgia and newness, and above all, put forth an identity that's theirs alone and offering boundless exploration of those depths for the future.
The more things change, the more they stay the same, so engage in a true Ceremony of Morbid Destruction with Goathhammer! Continue engaging with the new track "Right of Conquest" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal. Begin engaging with the previously revealed "Invoking the Sadistic Spirits" HERE at Hells Headbangers' Bandcamp, where the album can be pre-ordered.
Canada's KOSM premiere "The Esoteric Order" video via Bravewords; H.P. Lovecraft inspired album out Nov 16th
Combining influences from Tool, Mastodon, The Agonist, Gojira and A Perfect Circle; Vancouver progressive metal band KOSM's sound is dynamic and unquestionably lethal. Since their induction in 2016, they have been making their mark on Vancouver’s metal scene and beyond with cover videos along with singles "Ancient Heart" and "Space Mead". Set to unleash their debut album "Cosmonaut", a release loosely based on themes from stories by H.P. Lovecraft and others, the band is ready to be reveal on Bravewords.com their new lyric video for their next single "The Esoteric Order". "Cosmonaut" will be released on November 16th and available on all major digital platforms.
Check out "The Esoteric Order" at the following link: http://bravewords.com/news/exclusive-kosm-premiere-the-esoteric-order-lyric-video
The band explains "Cosmonaut":
"Cosmonaut is a concept album loosely based on the weird-fiction of HP Lovecraft, and borrowing concepts from the science-fiction of Frank Herbert, and Roger Zelazny. The album follows a cosmonaut on a cosmic journey through time and space; from the earthly confines of mortal life, to ascendancy as an immaterial and omnipotent being. The cosmonaut's journey is essentially symbolic, serving as a commentary on the human experience: a journey from confusion and anger, to transcendence and self-understanding."
And the story behind the track "The Esoteric Order":
"The cosmonaut finds themselves marooned at a monastery in the stars. This monastery is of the Esoteric Order. They offer the space mead as a means to push forwards. The cosmonaut initially refuses, hoping to avoid the mind-altering properties of the mead, but ultimately accepts, realizing there is no other way forward."
With even more material in the works and future albums planned, KOSM summons you to join them on this journey full of experimental and progressive metal.
For those in the Vancouver area, KOSM will be hosting their CD release concert at Pub 340 on Saturday, November 17th with local support from OmnisighT, Truent, and Opus Arise. Event info here.
Erik Leonhard – Guitar
Mike Slater – Guitar
Jessie Grace – Vocals
Sterling Paterson – Drums
Michael Mastracci – Bass
Lutharö, from Hamilton, Canada is proud to premiere their music video for their single “Unleash The Beast” via Bravewords.com. The single is the title track off their upcoming EP and is an enticing amalgamation of death metal growling and punchy double kicks accompanied by power metal cleans and fiery guitar solos.
The myriad of dynamic elements and groovy bits make this one powerhouse of a song. Its lyrics follow the familiar situation of someone restraining themselves for too long in fear of judgement or emotional pain; as this goes on they feel an anger grow inside of them until it eventually turns into a full on monster seeking vengeance. The range on the vocals masterfully paint a vivid image of all hell breaking loose.
Further expanding on where Shipperbottom’s lyrics come from:
“The lyrics specifically on this EP were all inspired by emotional experiences in her day to day life with a more morbid twist and added metaphors.”
The band has crafted this EP in the hope their listeners will have a positive and and lasting experience, finding it enjoyable and authentic but also relatable. Giving nods to some of their noticeable influences including Arch Enemy, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Behemoth and Iron Maiden, Lutharö sits imposingly on the border of the death, power and thrash sub-genres.
The video for “Unleash the Beast” can be heard at http://bravewords.com/news/exclusive-canada-s-lutharo-premier-unleash-the-beast-music-video-new-ep-out-in-november
"Unleash the Beast" is due out November 16th and will be available on Bandcamp, iTunes, and Spotify. Download of the EP title track is available on the band's Bandcamp here.
Vancouver, BC Metalcore artists Bastian release their new video Unstable
Unstable takes you deep into the humane psyche. What someone is like on the surface, might be totally different inside and snap into a murderous rage when pushed. Bastian gives a warning about Unstable...
Everything you think you know about sanity will be thrown out the window once you watch this
Unstable was directed by Mike Chatwin and is off Bastian's upcoming self-titled EP do out later this year. Unstable is premiering on New Noise Magazine and can be seen HERE
Ty Kingston : Guitar/Vocals
Chris Revill : Bass/Vocals
Dylon Opalinsky: Vocals
Jeff Wang : Guitar
Scott Miller : Drums
Bastian is a 5 piece metal band from Vancouver, B.C. Canada. In January 2018, the band revealed a new line up and a self titled EP to be released late summer 2018.
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