Croatian Heavy / Power metal band Sage inks a worldwide deal with Rockshots Records!
Hailing from Croatia, the rising stars Sage have just signed a worldwide record deal with Rockshots Records for the release of their debut album "Anno Domini 1573" !
The album is about the Peasants’ Revolt, a metaphor of the battle between good and evil, honesty and greed. Sage delivers a mix of heavy, power and progressive metal, even though is hard to define it specifically due to the band’s unique style.
"The band name Sage means both the plant and flower sage and 'a wise old man'", comments Enio Vučeta, guitarist and backup singer of the band, a living legend of the Croatian rock/metal scene, "We wanted to connect this to ourselves in a way because we are composed of several generations of Croatian musicians and we have great ambitions for our music to make a breakthrough in the whole world."
The first single and video of "Treason" is already available on YouTube at the following link:
Speed metal cult Speedclaw stream the entirety of their highly anticipated new mini-album, Beast in the Mist, at Legacy magazine's website. Set for international release on April 20th via Shadow Kingdom Records, hear Speedclaw's Beast in the Mist in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Following hot on the heels of their debut EP, Iron Speed - which Shadow Kingdom released on cassette to widespread critical acclaim earlier in 2017 - now Speedclaw strike while the iron's white hot with Beast in the Mist! Taking all the electricity and excitement of that debut short-length, this new short-length sees this Croatian force of nature increasing their power and professionalism in equal, no-less-devastating measures. Just like that first record, Speedclaw still embody all the energy of the early '80s, when the NWOBHM was in full steam and speed metal was in its early days, and take their hooks and heaviness even higher into the night.
Here, no doubt bolstered by the rich 'n' robust production, these four maniacs more patiently ply their bolder and more epic songwriting whilst not losing an ounce of engaging immediacy; if anything, they're going even harder and faster for the throat. Then again, Beast in the Mist plays out its drama in a darker manner, letting Speedclaw dig their nails in deeply and differently than Iron Speed. But make no mistake: Speedclaw are their own masters, and totally heavy metal to the bone! Beware the Beast in the Mist!
In the meantime, stream Beast in the Mist in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Legacy, Germany's defenders of the true. Additionally, view the previously revealed video for the title track "Beast in the Mist" HERE. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
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
The sophomore album from Croatian death-punk duo HerezA is out now via Godz ov War Productions. Aptly named, I Become Death is streaming now in its entirety over at No Clean Singing, who call it “one turbocharged neck-breaker after another”.
STREAM I Become Death: http://bit.ly/2kCtGCg
HerezA formed in July 2014. Their debut album, Misanthrope, was released in February 2015 by PRC Music. Their new album I Become Death, which is set for release in February 2017, will continue and improve the “chunky, HM-2 overdriven, and loud” (Angry Metal Guy review) sound of Misanthrope. I Become Death was recorded in "Brvnara" homemade studio by Denis Sloboda. It was mixed and mastered by Mario Markovic, Crna Zemlja Recording Studio. The stunning album artwork was done by Maciej Kamuda.
Godz ov War Productions online:
10,000 Ways To Die Tracklisting:
2. Ten Thousand Ways To Die
3. Redneck Stomp (Live - The Mayan - Los Angeles)
4. Centuries Of Lies (Live - The Masquerade - Atlanta)
5. Visions In My Head (Live - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore)
6. Intoxicated (Live - Revolution Center - Boise)
7. Bloodsoaked (Live - Irving Plaza - New York)
8. Dying (Live - Metro - Chicago)
9. Find The Arise (Live - Opera House - Toronto)
10. Til Death (Live - House Of Blues - San Diego)
11. Don't Care (Live - Club Red - Phoenix)
12. Chopped In Half-Turned Inside Out (Live - The Ritz Ybor - Tampa)
13. Slowly We Rot (Live - Revolution Live - Fort Lauderdale)
Listen to the new single "Loathe" now via this location. Physical pre-orders for Ten Thousand Ways To Die are available at this location with digital pre-orders available here.
Additionally, the band has announced a Fall European Tour, The Battle of the Bays, with support from Exodus, Prong and King Parrot. The tour kicks off October 21st in Hannover, Germany and a complete listing of dates is included below.
The band commented on the live album saying:
"We are very excited about the live songs that we recorded on this last US Tour. Joe Cincotta from Full Force Studio is also our live sound engineer and he had his full recording rig on the road with us so we took advantage of the opportunity and recorded the show every night. The quality was amazing so we decided to include this as part of the Ten Thousand Ways to Die release to give the fans a little Ob bonus! We selected songs from different cities so you will hear the sound difference between each song. Nothing was done to the songs after the live performance recording so it gives you the real, true, unedited "live show" sound and feeling that the fans experienced at each show."
Oct 21 Hannover, DE Capitol
Oct 22 Lille, FR Aeronef
Oct 23 Rennes, FR L’Etage
Oct 24 Paris, FR Elysée Montmartre
Oct 25 London, UK Electric Ballroom
Oct 27 Glasgow, UK Garage
Oct 28 Manchester, UK Academy 2
Oct 29 Birmingham, UK 02 Academy 2
Oct 30 Southampton, UK Engine Rooms
Nov 01 Antwerp, BE Trix
Nov 02 Tilburg, NL O13
Nov 03 Leuuwarden, NL Neushoom
Nov 04 Cologne, DE Live Music Hall
Nov 05 Aarhus, DK Voxhall
Nov 06 Copenhagen, DK Pumpehuset
Nov 08 Dortmund, DE FZW
Nov 09 Berlin, DE Huxley’s
Nov 10 Leipzig, DE Taubchenthal
Nov 11 Warsaw, PL Progresja
Nov 12 Katowice, PL Mega Club
Nov 13 Ostrava, CZ Garaz
Nov 15 Bucharest, RO Arlene Romane
Nov 16 Budapest, HU Durer Kert
Nov 17 Zagreb, HR Tvornica Club
Nov 18 Vienna, AT Arena
Nov 19 Bologna, IT Zona Roveri
Nov 20 Zurich, CH Komplex
Global Metal Apocalypse
Battle Of The Bands
Brutal Death Metal
Line Up Change
Play Through Video
Record Store Day
Wacken Open Air