Italy's anthemic Dark Metal combo, Ecnephias, have just launched their new video from band's new album "The Sad Wonder Of The Sun".
Enjoy here the lyric video for the song "Gitana": https://youtu.be/44OqnfX8r3Q
The album "The Sad Wonder Of The Sun" released on July 2017 contains 9 songs and it is Mediterranean Dark Metal at 101%, more gothic, murky and darker than ever, and surely the best and most various ever composed by the Lucanian band.
Brazilian dark / gothic / symphonic metal act Darkship have released their new music video "You Can Go Back" in support of their 2016 debut album "We Are Lost". The video is also a re-recorded track featuring new members violinist Ander Santos and vocalist Marcos Follador. The music video was directed by Douglas Coutinho and presents footage shot at historical places in Rio Grande do Sul. To watch "You Can Go Back", please visit the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjViTNo8FTI
Dark Ship's debut album "We Are Lost" features ten songs and is the band's first release of a planned concept trilogy that tells a fictional story about two people in love who are controlled by a higher force called “Darkship”.
Portuguese dark metal combo Painted Black have signed a distribution deal with Wormholedeath for the worldwide release of their album "Raging Light".
"Raging Light" will be available on all digital shops the 6th October 2017. The physical and Japanese release dates are still TBA.
Band Statement:- "We're very thrilled to work together with the team at WormHoleDeath who have been very passionate with our music since day one! It’s a great feeling to know that with this record we can finally reach a wider audience thanks to the promotion and distribution network of the label, and have 'Raging Light' available in its physical format all around Europe, the United States and Japan!"
José Carlos Santos statement:-
"It has been a long journey for Painted Black. Akin to the pacing of several of their older songs, the Portuguese quintet has slowly but surely matured and evolved from denser, doom-laden beginnings into a multi-faceted, dynamic outfit, and their new album 'Raging Light' will not only be the glorious confirmation of that lengthy metamorphosis, but also that it is still an ongoing process. While many fans still hold on to Painted Black's 2010 debut full-length 'Cold Comfort' very close to their hearts, even there the seeds for what was to come were already being sown.
Far from the monolithic approach of many of their peers, the core duo of Luís Fazendeiro (guitars) and Daniel Lucas (vocals) already showed hints of their forthcoming exploration, on heavy tunes filled with subtle sadness. 2014 gave us another glimpse into the band's untapped potential, with the 'Quarto Vazio' EP, a short but sweet collection of two surprising covers (Nine Inch Nails and Portuguese pop/rock legends Rádio Macau) spearheaded by the rocking energy of the title-track.
Three years later, and 'Raging Light' is finally here, showing yet again that Painted Black simply won't stay in the same place for long and will refuse to be pegged down. Although the opening title track's intro itself underlines the continuity, picking up where 'Cold Comfort' left off – a cheeky wink to all those who have followed the band since those days – the departure is indeed wonderfully dramatic over the next 61 minutes. The guitar work is constantly phenomenal, intricate and elegant, its prog undertones offering unexpected twists and conflicting moods, while the rhythm section provides the necessary density and depth for the more fragile and sensitive moments to shine through.
Vocalist Daniel Lucas, like a bolt of raging light himself, wanders between the power of his furious death metal roar and the beauty of his heartfelt, clean melodies, dripping with sorrow and melancholy. No two songs sound alike – from the hypnotic, clean-sung 'The Living Receiver' to the brief fury of 'Absolution Denied', from the instant catchiness of 'Chamber' to the rock-out grooves of 'In The Heart Of The Sun', but never do they stray too far from the quintet's established personality, and that is the most delicate balance the band is able to achieve with 'Raging Light'.
No matter how far they have come since those early days, their restless creativity still operates within the framework of the band's uniquely forged personality, and that is valid even for their most ambitious undertaking so far, 'The Raging Light's closing giant, 'Almagest'. A true emotional roller-coaster enriched by a string quintet, a 17 minute long tour-de-force tracing the very journey of existence itself and ending the album on a remarkable high note.
Just like the explosion of colour and vitality of the amazing artwork will force your eyes to refocus and readjust to take in its power in one swoop, so too will the deeply evocative songs of 'Raging Light' will have a similar impact on your brain and on your heart, and leave you with both wide open."
'Raging Light' is out worldwide on October 2017 via Italian label WormHoleDeath.
Formed by Daniel Lucas (vocals) and Luis Fazendeiro (guitars) in Portugal in 2001, Painted Black is a band which music, although clearly rooted in Metal and with influences in the Doom/Death Metal scene, isn’t pigeon-holed in a single genre. The band’s distinct sound is built on aggression and occasional fast pieces mixed with atmospheric and melancholic sections. “Energy” and “melancholy” are words often used to describe Painted Black’s music, often amplified by the intense and emotional live performances. The release history of the band started in 2005 with the demo/EP “The Neverlight”, followed two years later by another demo/EP: “Verbo”
After being hailed as the “Best Portuguese Unsigned Band” by Portugal’s lead metal magazine LOUD! in three consecutive years (2007, 2008 and 2009), Painted Black released its debut full-album, “Cold Comfort” in 2010 through the indie Portuguese label Ethereal Sound Works. The record was considered “Best Portuguese Metal Album” in that same year in LOUD!’s Readers Poll and made it to plenty Albums of the Year lists of several other media outlets. In 2014 the band released a more Rock oriented digital EP, titled “Quarto Vazio” and, after some live promotion in Portugal and in the UK, playing along side international acts like Primordial, Mourning Beloveth, Heavenwood and Antimatter, the project is now ready to release its second full-length album, “Raging Light”.
Daniel Lucas - Vocals
Luís Fazendeiro - Guitars & Synths
Gonçalo Sousa - Guitars
António Durães - Bass
Filipe Ferreira - Live Drums
German band Atrium Noctis are ready with the release of their new album, Aeterni. With a new line-up, formed around ever present member Hydra Gorgonia, the band have moved into a new, advanced artistic direction. Atrium Noctis plays music which has its roots in symphonic dark and black metal. Influences from classical music and elements from Pagan Metal, contribute to a pronounced, unique sound and a special type of sheen to the output. There is great darkness paired with a thick slice of heaviness emphasized within the new songs.
Melancholic, hymnic and sentimental passages are also a part of the music. Additionally, epic and colourful nuances enrich everything as a whole. Atrium Noctis love big sound pictures and have largely unburdened themselves from the genre limits of black metal which have allowed songs like Datura Noir and Die Nacht des Falken to be created. Multiple singers have been involved and guarantee a wide range of vocal diversity throughout the songs and highlighting the German lyrics.
Atrium Noctis have also dedicated themselves to a melodic sound and the band members bring their different musical backgrounds to the fore. There are open minded musicians who have played metal their entire lives, a female singer who is classically skilled, two studied musicians who are open for anything, all of which contribute to the deep black soul of the album. With Aeterni, the musicians of Cologne, successfully strive for a true authenticity and a return to the roots of the original formation.
Aeterni | Released September 9th, 2017 on Sliptrick Records
Atrium Noctis are:
Hydra Gorgonia – Keys
Hein – Screams
Sturm – Guitar
Thyratus – Guitar
Rhadamanthys – Guitar
Nemrod – Drums
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube
Asphodelia, in collaboration with The Flaming Arts Agency, have released a lyric video for the new song ‘Welcome Apocalypse’, title track of the band’s upcoming debut album.
Watch the video here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igH1t35sm-k
The Italian combo is also soon to announce the first dates of their European tour that will start this fall.
Portugal's Dark Metal pioneers in Moonspell are finally back with a brand new and hotly anticipated album, titled '1755'. Set to be released on November 3rd 2017 on Napalm Records, this record will outclass all standards you have ever heard from Moonspell before!
From the first second the conceptual dramaturgy Moonspell have created feels like a detonation of the mind. '1755' is more than just the band's new magnum opus: It's the musical version of the year of horror where a giant earthquake wrecked their home Lisbon. Naturally this album comes and is sung in Portuguese. The album, produced by Tue Madsen (Meshuggah, The Haunted, Dark Tranquility, Dir En Grey, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter) also features Paulo Bragança, supplying a hauntingly voice of a Fado fallen angel who is a big part of the Portuguese culture. His fascinating vocals are featured in "In Tremor Dei" (eng.: "Fear Of God").
Now the band fronted by the soul of dark art and visionary Fernando Ribeiro unveiled first details about '1755' and unleash the stunning cover artwork as well as the album track list!
“I have been fascinated with Portuguese history since I can remember. The year of 1755 marked the birth of a new Portugal. Much more than just the greatest natural disaster ever to occur on European soil, the great Lisbon Quake, shock-waves can not be reduced to a dramatic death toll. From absolute tragedy, a new city was born, giving way to a new time where Portuguese relied more on themselves than on the crown or the cross, granting us, much of the city, the lay country, the free will that we enjoy today. This is not just another album from us. It’s a musical and lyrical History document, a homage we pay to our legacy and to the amazing skills and resilience of our fellow Portuguese back then, of all mankind when brought down to the knees by the violent forces of Nature and Reason. Whatever is, is right... yet the earth shakes."
'1755' is a dark adventure in medieval landscapes - emotionally, technically and completely earthshaking! The album will be available for pre-order soon.
In support of Moonspell's upcoming release, the band will be heavily hitting the road this year!
Make sure to catch the masters of dark art on the following dates:
17.08.17 DE - Dinkelsbuehl / Summer Breeze
19.08.17 PT - Góis / Concentração Internacional de Motos de Góis
23.08.17 PT - Corroios / Festas de Corroios
02.09.17 DE - Markneuenkirchen / ReeveLand Festival
09.09.17 DE - Santarém / Parque da Ribeira
10.09.17 IT - Milano / Metalitalia Festival 2017
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)
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
More dates to be announced soon!
Spanish dark metallers Totengott have just inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of their debut album, which will see release this coming summer. Whilst Xtreem Music will be doing the CD version, Dutch label Burning World will be handling the digital and vinyl versions.
The album was recorded, produced, and mixed by Totengott at Anglagard Recording Studio (Grao, Spain) during late 2016 / early 2017, and was mastered by James Plotkin (well known for his work with bands like Conan, Electric Wizard, Isis the band, Amenra, Thou, Jesu et. al.). Artwork was created by Procesonegro Art Studio. Promo picture has been shot by the mighty Jaimephotolive.
Release date, title, artwork, track-list, and other info will be released in the next weeks, so stay tuned! In the meantime, you can visit Totengott's official Facebook page below, and listen to a song from their demo 2015 HERE.
Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Foscor. The dark atmospheric metal innovators from Catalonia will release their next album on the label.
Regarding their signing, the band comments: "Long has been the path through darkness, but a new light shines and will accompany us on the most thrilling journey Foscor have ever undertaken. We are pleased to announce that we have signed a deal with Season of Mist, visionary home of pioneers all around the globe in the noble art of musical creation, and the best partner possible to unveil our new emotional act to the world. We feel delighted sharing label with brilliant bands from the most intricate and extreme language to the most subtle and beautiful dark sounds. It gives us a great opportunity to expand our musical language and outlook on life while learning from such an experienced team. We are eager to have you bear witness of this moment. Stay with us to see where this venture will lead. Expect more news very soon."
Foscor hail from Catalonia, which is still yet largely unwilling part of modern Spain. With Barcelona as its capital this region has a long artistic tradition with the fin de siècle style of Modernisme a parallel development to Art Noveau and Jugendstil among others forming one of its major achievements. Catalonia has also left its mark in the extreme music scene of Spain.
Foscor are attracted to and build upon these foundations, while taking inspiration from the morbid, decadent, and sick reflections on a rapidly changing society that shaped the artistic landscape at the end of the nineteenth century.
Based in Barcelona, the name Foscor translates as "darkness" from their native Catalan tongue, which the band often uses for their lyrics as a distinctive element and strong connection with their cultural reality.
The Catalans first three albums, 'Entrance to the Shadows' Village' (2004), 'The Smile of the Sad Ones' (2007), and 'Groans to the Guilty' (2009) were wrapping a shroud of classic second wave black metal around a melancholic yet vital core, while already showing a distinct individuality reaching out from the confines of any genre.
'Groans to the Guilty' witnessed Foscor setting out towards more progressive and avant-garde course, but it was their next full-length 'Those Horrors Wither' (2014), which marked a clear departure from the black metal waters as well as related clichés and self-imposed limitations. Darkness found an equally strong expression through the use of clean vocals, doom infused tempo reduction, and catchy heavy riffing.
Foscor have already finished recording their forthcoming fifth full-length, which will be released in the course of 2017. Expect something magical...
Dodecahedron are streaming the first track taken from their forthcoming album 'kwintessens', which has been scheduled for release March 17th.
The song "Hexahedron - Tilling The Human Soil" is now exclusively streaming via the official media partners below.
Metal Obsession (AU)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Friedhof Magazine (ES)
Radio Metal (FR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Rock Hard (IT)
Zware Metalen (NL)
Crank It Up (SE)
Regarding their sophomore full-length, Dodecahedron previously commented: "We are very excited about our new material. The forthcoming album is more coherent and straight forward compared to the debut. It was written with a clear and cold concept in mind, whereas the first album is a collection of material composed over a five year period. Expect more of our dismal atmospheres and calculated madness."
Dodecahedron are simultaneously revealing the new artwork and the track-list of 'Kwintessens', which can both be viewed below.
There is a universe of possibilities to explore musical darkness. Yet metal seems to have a tendency for endlessly riding stereotypical riff-horses until they are flogged to death and beyond the point of any meaningful resurrection. Dodecahedron furiously destroy such notions and advance to new horizons.
This Dutch League of Extraordinary Musicians is harnessing the power of seething black chaos into a precisely aimed sonic assault. Expanding on the pioneering works of Mayhem in their 'Ordo Ad Chao' (2007) phase and French trailblazers Deathspell Omega, Dodecahedron push this stream of extreme consciousness forward into even more spine-chilling dimensions.
Their sophomore full-length 'Kwintessens' arrives with intensified focus. Those atonal and dissonant monstrosities created by ultimate technical mastery and spawned on the self-titled debut album 'Dodecahedron' (2012) are now directing their explosive fury with even more precision straight to the point. The balance between aggression and suspended states of icy shock has been re-calibrated.
Dodecahedron started out as Order Of The Source Below before embracing a clear vision of darkness reaching beyond black metal. Carving their own path into the cosmic dark musical matter with a stellar technical brilliance, 'kwintessens' delivers the spark to ignite the new flame. Expect a brutal blast!
M. Eikenaar: vocals
M. Nienhuis: guitar, composition
J. Bonis: guitar, sound synthesis
Y. Terwisscha van Scheltinga: bass
J. Barendregt: drums
Galactic Empire's self-titled album will be released on February 3 via Rise Records.
With a couple of music videos and singles that quickly captured the attention of metal and sci-fi fans alike, the announcement of the galaxy's foremost Star Wars cosplay band's highly anticipated debut album should be welcome news.
In a joint statement, the band says: “AT LONG LAST! Our preparations are com...plete. The mighty Galactic Empire will unleash our ultimate weapon in the battle to bring heavy metal to your galaxy. The puny humans at Velocity and Rise Records have succumbed to the crushing power of the Dark Side and will release our debut full-length album on which we pay tribute to Supreme Sith Overlord John Williams with 11 tracks of pure sonic devastation. Join us, and together, we can rule the galaxy!"
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... actually fairly recently - a new heavy metal band was formed by some of the most infamous and feared villains in the galaxy. Introducing Galactic Empire.
The band performs classic pieces from the iconic soundtrack of the Star Wars films written by John Williams.
Dark Vader (guitar) had the following to say: "These instruments are crude but should be adequate to shred some faces as we journey across the galaxy. We have been doubling our efforts to complete our debut full-length album in time for the Emperor's arrival. If you are not part of the Rebel Alliance or a traitor, buy our singles on iTunes and prepare to succumb to the Dark Side upon our album’s release."
Galactic Empire is:
Boba Sett - drums
Bass Commander - bass
Dark Vader - lead guitar
Shadow Ranger - guitar
Red Guard - guitar
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