Japanese Metalcore crew Crystal Lake sign to Sharptone, release new music video and announce new album
Japan’s breakout Metalcore band Crystal Lake has signed a deal with SharpTone Records and will make their label debut with a brand new album titled 'Helix', that’s due out on February 15th.
“We're very excited to see our name on the SharpTone Records roster among so many great bands. We look forward to all the opportunities the future brings with them. This is going to be a new chapter of our career. STAY HEAVY” - Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake’s new record will coincide with the band’s first ever North American tour, with August Burns Red, Fit For A King and Miss May I.
The artwork for 'Helix' can be found below. Additional album details, music and pre-order info is forthcoming.
Also check out the video for the band's brand new single, 'Aeon', here: https://youtu.be/CKHsfceVK2g
The band is currently touring Europe supporting BURY TOMORROW.
30.11. D Berlin - SO36
01.12. D Leipzig - Conne Island
02.12. CZ Prague - MeetFactory
03.12. D Munich - Backstage (Halle)
04.12. A Graz - Explosiv
06.12. CH Zurich - Dynamo
07.12. D Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
08.12. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
09.12. F Paris - Petit Bain
11.12. UK Bristol - SWX
12.12. UK Birmingham - O2 Institute
13.12. UK Glasgow - The Garage
14.12. UK Manchester - O2 Ritz
15.12. UK London - O2 Forum Kentish Town
CRYSTAL LAKE live 2019
28.06. NL Ysselstyn - Jera On Air
04.07. ES Viveiro - Resurrection Fest
www.crystallake.jp/ | www.instagram.com/crystallake777
This April and May, Chicago post-metallers Snow Burial will embark on an eleven-date European tour with Cornwall doom outfit Monolithian. Beginning in the United Kingdom on April 23rd, circling through the continent, and closing with London's acclaimed Desertfest on May 5th, this tour will be Snow Burial's second trip across the pond.
Snow Burial recently recorded at the famed Electrical Audio in early 2018, crafting a split 7-inch with Iowa City’s doom maestros Aseethe (Thrill Jockey). The tapes and vinyl will be released courtesy of Hand Of Death Records.
The band commented, "We are beyond excited to get back to Europe and hit the road with our good friends in Monolithian. The opportunity to be a part of Desertfest and spend two weeks getting loud across an ocean is amazing and humbling. Add to that the chance to bring with us a brand new split tape with Aseethe from Hand of Death Records and we're on top of the world. "
Formed after a Shiner reunion show, Snow Burial established themselves in the American Midwest scene and released twin EPs Oxblood Siren (2013) and Oxblood Tides (2014). Through promoting the EPs and extensive regional touring, the band earned a reputation for their crushing sound and performances.
Following positive reviews, tours, and airplay, the band released their inaugural LP Victory In Ruin in January 2016. Snow Burial continued touring the US and UK in 2017, featuring an opening slot for Scott Kelly and Sanford Parker’s project Mirrors for Psychic Warfare, with coverage from Metal Hammer Magazine and multiple blogs. In spring 2017, they proudly released a new song “Burn Down the Crown,” on the Unpresidented: DIY vs. Donald Trump benefit compilation.
*with Quietus (FR)
23.04.18 Portsmouth UK @ The Festing
25.04.18 Saint-Etienne FR @ The Thunderbird
26.04.18 Lille, FR @ Bobble Cafe*
27.04.18 Plzen, CZ @ Divadlo Pod Lampou
28.04.18 Kolin, CZ @ Bar Pod Hodinami
29.04.18 Biansko-Biala, PL @ Rudeboy Club
30.04.18 Jena, DE @ Cafe Wagner
02.05.18 Barnbury UK @ The Wheatsheaf
03.05.18 Plymouth, UK @ The Underground
04.05.18 Nottingham, UK @ EARTHMOVER Festival (Angel Microbrewery)
w/Primitive Man and Bismuth
05.05.18 London, UK @ DESERTFEST (The Dev)
The Czech Djent / progressive masters Between the Planets released their second album "Of Inner Sight"
The band is an instrumental trio presenting a mix of groove, metal and ambient. They originally created as a one man project by Martin "Spacosh" Perina. However, they are not a traditional Djent, their music have many ambient backgrounds, a frequent post-metal elements and a pure, progressive rock-sounding guitar parts.
"Of Inner Sight" hosted by Norwegian saxophonist Jørgen Munkeby (Shining, ex Jaga Jazziest), the singer Barbora Mochowa, and the cellist Karel Žďárský. The mix and mastering was done by the proven Ecson Waldes from BIOTECH, the artwork of CD is the work of Lukáš Lancko 3D graphics (ISIS DESIGN STUDIO). Both have already collaborated with the band on the first album.
The main concept behind it is sort of being telegraphed by the title alone – "Of Inner Sight" – something about our third eye. The record is trying to express the fight between the inner self and its view concerning different things. It explores the state of mind when you are trying to connect to yourself and communicate with your inner thoughts and processes. At the same time if one is opened enough, there are impulses of inspiration and he/she doesn’t even know where that came from. You can experience this while meditating, composing music (or anything that expresses your creativity) – when you focus on one thing only and do not think about anything else at all.
There are some emotional and ambient passages, which needs to be heard more than once, so you can clearly hear all the layers of the sound.
At the same time, guitar-heavy passages are having more impact and are much straighter to the point.
Martin Spacosh expressed the process of creating new songs as; "I am the sole author of the BTP music as of yet. Well the process is as following: I record all the music in my home studio and create quite detailed drum patterns and layers in the MIDI format. Then I share this version of MIDI drums with our drummer Filip and he will edit the tracks from the drummer’s perspective. That means inserting some breaks, changing the dynamics, altering arrangements etc. Then he will send his version back to me. I will or will not accept any / all of those changes (there comes the iteration process into play) and it’s basically done. Filip will learn how to play the final parts and we can go live. The bass lines are basically staying the same throughout this process – that means they are exactly the same as on the first demo. Lots of demo stuff actually makes it to the final record.
When it comes to tracks, it’s quite the same process as of other musicians – the tracks are born when I improvise or play with some melodic motives. When it captures my attention or inspire me in any way, it can grow up to be a basis for a track."
You can find "Of Inner Sight" on BandCamp, Spotify, BandZone, and YouTube. Also, they are aiming to release new music very soon.
Czech Progressive Masters Between The Planets sign with the Egyptian PR agency Naqada Music Management.
Between The Planets is an instrumental groove / metal / ambient trio originally created as a one man project by Martin "Spacosh" Perina. However, they are not a traditional djent, their music have many ambient backgrounds, a frequent post-metal elements and a pure, progressive rock-sounding guitar parts.
"Immersion Into The Unknown" was their debut back in 2013, and recently released their new masterpiece full-length "Of Inner Sight" October, 2017
BTP and Naqada Music agreed for an exclusive deal to become their official media representative for 2018.
Stay tuned for more info will be revealed very soon.
2018 marks the return of Oxford-based sludge-metal titans Desert Storm as they prepare to follow the release of 2014’s critically-acclaimed ‘Omniscient’ album with their new opus ‘Sentinels’, confirmed for release this coming March 16th via APF Records.
Recorded with engineer Jamie Dodd (Orange Goblin) at Flesh & Bone Studio's, Hackney and tracked by Steve 'Geezer' Watkins at Woodworm studios (which has also been used by legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi), ‘Sentinels’ is a colossal sounding record, it’s ten tracks punching the listener with an oppressive towering monolithic sound that batters, but never dulls the senses.
“This album is a natural progression from our previous releases,” explains guitarist Ryan Cole. “It has the Desert Storm sound, but has moved in a much harder, darker and heavier direction.”
Today we get to hear the first rumblings from ‘Sentinels’ in the shape of ‘Too Far Gone’, a brutal, pounding powerhouse of a track that tackles the bleak subject of excessive binge drinking. “It’s the paradox of hard liquor being both the cause and the remedy of the sickness,” states vocalist Matt Ryan. “Self destruction and punishment of the body. It’s inspired by the tragic tales of Bon Scott and John Bonham, along with fictional characters Ben Sanderson of Leaving Las Vegas and to a lesser extent, Jim Lahey of Trailer Park Boys. It’s a miserable outcome as our song begins with alcoholism and ends in death.”
Stream ‘Too Far Gone’ here: https://soundcloud.com/apf-records/desert-storm-too-far-gone/s-oelmn
Pre-order ‘Sentinels’ here: http://apfrecords.bigcartel.com/
In addition to the album’s release, the band will be hitting the road hard throughout February, March and beyond in the UK and Europe. This is a band that have never been afraid to get in the van and have shared stages with a who’s who of heavy talent over the years, including Karma To Burn, Corrosion Of Conformity, Red Fang, VoiVod, Orange Goblin, Crowbar, Weedeater, Valient Thorr and many more.
Catch Desert Storm live at the following dates in the UK and Europe:
03.02.18 | United Kingdom | Manchester | The Bread Shed
17.02.18 | United Kingdom | Birmingham | o2 Academy
22.02.18 | United Kingdom | London | The Devonshire Arms
23.02.18 | Netherlands | Rotterdam | Baroeg
24.02.18 | Netherlands | Eindhoven | The Jack Cafe
25.02.18 | France | Douai | Red Studio
26.02.18 | Belgium | Antwerp | Kids Rhythm & blues bar
27.02.18 | Germany | Berlin | Urban Spree
28.02.18 | Germany | Weimar | Gerber3
01.03.18 | Germany | Dresden | Chemiefabrik
02.03.18 | Czech Republic | Prague | Theremin
03.03.18 | Poland | Warsaw | Hydrozagadka
04.03.18 | Slovakia | Bratislava | Fuga
05.03.18 | Slovakia | Kosice | Collosseum
06.03.18 | Poland | Katowice | Klub Faust
07.03.18 | Poland | Wroclaw | Black Moon
08.03.18 | Germany | TBC
09.03.18 | Netherlands | Zwolle | Jacks Bar
10.03.18 | Belgium | Brussels | Rock Classic
07.07.18 | United Kingdom | Bradford | Underground
28.07.18 | United Kingdom | Bournemouth | The Anvil
04.08.18 | United Kingdom | Abingdon | Abingdon Town F.C
25.08.18 | United Kingdom | Bolton | Alma Inn
29.09.18 | United Kingdom | Sheffield | o2 Academy
Desert Storm is:
Matt Ryan - Vocals
Chris White - Guitar
Ryan Cole - Guitar
Elliot Cole - Drums
Chris Benoist - Bass
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)
The leading Hungarian folk metal band, Dalriada just released a new music video for ‘Búsirató’ from the upcoming new studio album ‘Nyárutó’.
Watch the video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAeR3u9dHIc
‘Nyárutó’ will be released by Nail Records on digipak CD, MC and digital. Worldwide release: 19th January 2018 and distribution will be operated by Plastic Head Music Distribution (www.plastichead.com) - the album will be available on all major digital platforms!
Studio recordings were done by Denevér Studió and final works and mastering by the Finnish Finnvox Studios under the direction of Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Amorphis, Sólstafir, Stratovarius).
Direct pre-order available from now on through the band’s website: www.dalriada.net
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 - Budapest - Barba Negra Club
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 - Pécs - Est Café
Fri, 26 Jan 2018 - Szolnok - Váróterem Club
Sat, 27 Jan 2018 - Szekszárd - Est Café
Sat, 03 Feb 2018 - Sopron - Hangár Music Garden
Sat, 10 Feb 2018 - Miskolc - Helynekem
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 - Debrecen - Kaptár Klub
Sat, 24 Feb 2018 - Kecskemét - TEKA
Sat, 03 Mar 2018 - Győr - Bridge Klub
Sat, 10 Mar 2018 - Zalaegerszeg - Atlantis
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 - Szombathely - Végállomás Klub
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 - Dunaújváros - Rockmaraton Festival (/w Powerwolf)
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 - Vizovice, Czech Republic - Masters of Rock (/w Helloween, Powerwolf, Korpiklaani, Orden Ogan, Van Canto)
Wed, 08 Aug 2018 - Villena, Spain - Leyendas del Rock (/w Saxon, Nightwish, Sepultura)
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 - Falun, Sweden - Sabaton Open Air (/w Powerwolf, Battle Beast, Beast in Black, Primal Fear)
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
Heidevolk are the true definition of Pagan Metal Brotherhood. These Dutchmen hold up the flag for intelligent and perfectly balanced Pagan Folk Metal like no other.
It’s time to unveil the info on their brand new release and upcoming masterpiece from Heidevolk. Please welcome “Vuur van Verzet" – set to be released on January 12th 2018.
Marvelous riff power, bombastic ensembles and folkloric tunes make up the amazing album that is "Vuur van Verzet”.
The band states:
“Friends, we are excited to announce our long-awaited new album “Vuur van Verzet” (“Fire of Resistance”). An album that catapults you to a battlefield where a failing Roman empire is retreating and Germanic tribes are on the rise to claim back what is theirs. It will guide you through the great migrations and tell the tale of early traditions, gods and nature. We’ve fitted these stories in 11 songs that emphasize the characteristic Heidevolk sound but also underline the progression of our songwriting. Fast metal riffing combined with a our trademark dual male vocals, a 24 piece male choir, various folk musicians, a string ensemble and the raw guest vocals of Primordials’ Nemtheanga make “Vuur van Verzet” an album that shows its teeth..in a bombastic way. Join us, the Pagan Metal Brotherhood is on the rise!”
Take a look at the full track listing, available formats and upcoming tour dates below:
1 CD 6-pages Digipack incl. 24 pages booklet
1 LP Gatefold, black and limited golden vinyl
Ltd Edition Album Bundle incl. 6-pages Digipack, Leather wristband, flag, patch
Digital Album Download
“Vuur van Verzet" is scheduled for a January 12th 2018 release. Pre-Orders are NOW up and ready.
Get your hands on your exclusive pre-order HERE!
Heidevolk will be hitting the road for an European tour run together with their label mates in Arkona as well as Finnish Folk Metal Superstars Korpiklaani & True Norwegian Balkan Metal, Trollfest in 2018. Check out all dates below and make sure to grab your tickets soon:
HEIDEVOLK w/ KORPIKLAANI, ARKONA, TROLLFEST
15.02.18 BE - Antwerp /Trix
16.02.18 DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
17.02.18 DE - Oberhausen / Turbinehalle 2 *
18.02.18 NL - Amsterdam / Melkweg *
19.02.18 DE - Saarbrucken / Garage **
20.02.18 FR - Paris / Elysee Montmartre
21.02.18 FR - Nantes / Stereolux
22.02.18 FR - Toulouse / Le Bikini
23.02.18 ES - Madrid / Sala But
24.02.18 ES - Barcelona / Salamandra 1
25.02.18 FR - Lyon / Transbordeur
26.02.18 CH - Vevey / The Rocking Chair **
27.02.18 DE - Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
28.02.18 DE - Berlin / Columbia Theater
01.03.18 CZ - Prague / Meet Factory
02.03.18 DE - Munich / Backstage *
03.03.18 DE - Stuttgart / LKA *
04.03.18 CH - Pratteln / Z7
05.03.18 IT - Milano / Magazzini Generali
06.03.18 AT - Salzburg / Rockhouse **
07.03.18 AT - Graz / Orpheum
08.03.18 AT - Vienna / Simm City
09.03.18 DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser *
10.03.18 DE - Geiselwind / Musichall *
11.03.18 DE - Hannover / Capitol
* extended shows with Black Messiah, Evertale & The Privateers
** no Arkona
Portugal's Dark Metal pioneers in Moonspell are set to release their brand new and hotly anticipated album, titled '1755', on November 3rd 2017 with Napalm Records.
The band's 13rd studio record will not only outclass all standards you have ever heard from your favourite Portuguese before, sung in their native language it's the musical version of the year of horror when a giant earthquake wrecked Moonspell's home town Lisbon. This album is a dark adventure, breathtaking and completely earthshaking!
Moonspell's '1755', coming as CD digipak, digital download & LP gatefold editions, is now available to pre-order HERE!
For the first time ever, Moonspell recorded their new album in Portuguese only, but there will be one bonus track appearing in Spanish, and today the band has released this stunning version for the song 'Desastre'! Dive into the brand new tunes by the masters of dark art and check out Moonspell's upcoming album - bonus track right HERE!
Says vocalist and creative spirit Fernando Ribeiro:
"Desastre is a homage to all our Spanish-speaking fans around the world. In the late 18th century, in our streets a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese was spoken and guess what that’s exactly what we do here! This song is about how the earthquake took Lisbon by surprise and how we are nothing but a a human leave left alone to break when a strong winds blows. Enjoy Desastre, gracias y saludos!“
In support of Moonspell's upcoming release, the band will be heavily hitting the road this year, while kicking off in Portugal and Spain first, followed by an extensive tour with CRADLE OF FILTH in early 2018! Make sure to catch the masters of dark art live on the following dates:
30.10.17 PT - Lisbon / Lisboa Ao Vivo (Special album release show)
31.10.17 PT - Lisbon / Lisboa Ao Vivo (Special album release show)
01.11.17 PT - Porto / Hard Club (Special album release show)
with special guests Bizarra Locomotiva and Norunda:
03.11.17 ES - Santiago / Malatesta
04.11.17 ES - Bilbao / Santana 27
05.11.17 ES - Valencia / Rock City
06.11.17 ES - Barcelona / Salamandra
07.11.17 ES - Zaragoza / CC Delicias
08.11.17 ES - Madrid / Sala Caracol
09.11.17 PT - Arcos De Valdevez / Casa das Artes ( special theatre show! )
10.11.17 PT – Aveiro / Teatro Aveirense ( special theatre show! )
12.11.17 PT - Castelo Brnaco / Cine Teatro Avenida ( special theatre show! )
07.12.17 PT – Loulé / Cineteatro Louletano ( special theatre show! )
with CRADLE OF FILTH:
18.01.18 CZ Prague, Roxy
19.01.18 CZ Ostrava, Garage
20.01.18 SK Bratislava, MMC
21.01.18 HU Budapest, A38
23.01.18 PL Krakow, Kwadrat
24.01.18 PL Warsaw, Progresja
25.01.18 PL Gdansk, B90
27.01.18 DE Leipzig, Hellraiser
28.01.18 DE Berlin, C-Club
29.01.18 DE Hamburg, Grünspan
30.01.18 DE Bremen, Schlachthof
01.02.18 NL Tilburg, 013
02.02.18 NL Haarlem, Patronaat
03.02.18 DE Osnabrück, Hyde Park
04.02.18 DE Cologne, Essigfabrik
06.02.18 DE Bochum, Zeche
07.02.18 DE Frankfurt, Batschkapp
08.02.18 DE Nürnberg, Hirsch
09.02.18 DE Saarbrücken, Garage
10.02.18 CH Pratteln, Z7
12.02.18 IT Milano, Live Club
13.02.18 IT Bologna, Zona Roveri
14.02.18 FR St. Etienne, Le Fil
15.02.18 ES Barcelona, Salamandra 1
16.02.18 ES Madrid, Mon Live (former Penelope)
18.02.18 FR Limoges, CC John Lennon
19.02.18 FR Paris, La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
20.02.18 FR Lille, Le Metaphone
21.02.18 FR Besancon, La Rodia
23.02.18 DE Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
24.02.18 DE Mannheim, MS Connexion Complex
25.02.18 AT Dornbirn, Conrad Sohms
26.02.18 AT Wien, Simm City
27.02.18 DE München, Backstage Werk
01.03.18 BE Antwerp,Trix
02.03.18 DE Flensburg, Roxy
03.03.18 DK Odense, Posten
04.03.18 NO Oslo, Vulkan Arena
05.03.18 SE Stockholm, Fryshuset Klubben
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