Joining the ranks at Sliptrick Records this week is the South Korean Dark Symphonic / Black Metal group Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy.
“Naturalness within unnaturalness, or the gathering between sorrow and ecstasy”
From various forms of musical expression, the Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy themes use spontaneous minor key melodies which deeply infect the listener’s sensitivity. Coming from the existing local music standards, their breaking and mixing of musical styles is not easily categorized. The group have an inclination toward experimental and progressiveness which further incite and stimulate the listener’s mind. All coming from their strong creative base. Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy, with their flashing musical sensibilities and outstanding song-writing pay close attention to their evolving course.
The band name Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy is taken from the Middle-age prophet Nostradamus, who saw the through his mirror, a dark and cursed future. Like their name, the music is the combination of small pieces of echoing memories from their own life experiences carved together by going back and forth from the dark to the light. They conjure these sources with basic instruments such as guitar, bass, drums and keyboard with a natural combination of minor keys which fully express their eastern sentiments.
Classical gothic music is the outstanding essence of Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy, with anguished vocals and brooding instruments performing chapters and poems which evoke nothingness and wholeness, darkness and daylight, beauty and ugliness!
The Lord Ov Shadows | Released TBA, 2018 on Sliptrick Records
Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy are:
Material Pneuma – Vocals
Gash – Guitars
Senyt – Guitars
Reverof – Bass
Confyverse – Drums
Genie – Keyboards
Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | On Sliptrick
The horror metallers Menschenfresser from Trier/Germany will release the successor of “Kannibalistische Reiter” on 5th of October this year. The name of the new album will be “Sterben”. The cover of “Sterben” is made by the "dancing devil" Tom Sullivan (Evil Dead) himself. In addition, Patrick Mameli of Pestilence plays a solo in a song as a guest musician. The album was mixed and mastered by Cemetary frontman Mathias Lodmalm. The band has published the cover and the track-list on their Facebook-page in advance.
Swiss melodic dark metal band, Xaon continue their stellar 2018 with a show at the Rock The Castle Festival in Verona on June 30th. The festival will take place at the stunning Castle of Villafranca from June 29th to July 1st and will include performances from legendary acts such as Megadeth, A Perfect Circle, Carcass, Killswitch Engage and Testament, to name a few. The group also play this weekend at the Wings Of Bea MetalFest in Santhià, Italy, taking place from June 15th – 17th.
Since the release of their tremendous album The Drift via Sliptrick Records in 2017, Xaon have been playing all over the world taking in a tour of Japan and various major festival appearances. Xaon are booked by our comrades in arms over at Go Loud Agency.
Xaon’s latest release (The Drift) takes the band’s sound to a new sonic level, progressing from spectral ambiances to grandiose and intricate orchestrations. The album evolves from oppressing aggressiveness to majestic lamentations and due to it’s very nature, it is soberly entitled The Drift and presents the band at their electrifying best.
Get your copy of The Drift from: Shop Sliptrick | Amazon | iTunes
Listen to the whole of The Drift on: Spotify
Rob – Vocals
Vinc – Guitar
John Six (Bass)
Jordan Kiefer (Drums)
Onbra Oscouŗa (Guitars)
Klin HC (Guitars)
Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | On Sliptrick
Alpha Omega Management is thrilled to announce the signing of the Dark/Gothic Metallers Animae Silentes. Furthermore the band is about to release their new single. More details to be revealed shortly.
Italian Dark/Gothic metal act Animae Silentes was formed in June 2015. In February 2017 the band released the debut album "Suffocated" as independent and immediately began promoting the album with a series of live shows, mainly in Northern Italy. Among the live experiences, the band shared the stage with names like Lacrimas Profundere at "Venice Vampire Fest" and also Votum and Swallow The Sun at "Metal Gates Festival" in Romania in November 2017. In the summer 2017 Animae Silentes sign a record contract with the label Sliptrick Records for the reprint and promotion of Suffocated and made it's first foreign experience with a mini tour in Latvia.
Comments the band:
"Hey Sinners! Animae Silentes are very proud to announce the entrance in the Alpha Omega family. We can't wait to start and collaborate with them. Stay tuned, because the Animae's future will be infernal. New merch and new single coming soon. Keep the Dark \m/"
Alpha Omega Management adds:
"We're extremely glad to welcome Animae Silentes to our roster family! Their amazing dark sounds go in perfect harmony with all the mystical souls out there, but also with those who want to discover new sensations in gothic metal! Check them out and stay tuned!"
Asphodelia is a dark symphonic metal act founded in 2016 in Foggia, Italy, by Samuela “Samah” Fuiani (vocals and keyboards) and Ruggero “Lordian” Doronzo (guitar), and currently including Davide Ricciardi (bass), Giuseppe Centonza (drums) and Gianni Colonna (guitar). Their sound blends symphonic and choral sonorities, electronics and Mediterranean echoes into a solid metal frame with a strongly dark mood. Their lyrics are usually centred on the theme of the afterlife, on the life and death dichotomy, the fleetingness of time and the misery of the human condition.
The band is named after the asphodel, typical Mediterranean flower connected to the ancient Greek Underworld: in the ancient Greek mythology, the Asphodel Meadows is a place where the indifferent souls, who lived a life of neither good or evil, are sent to live after death. The band released a promo EP entitled ’Vengeance' on May 26, 2016, receiving enthusiastic response from their fan-base.
In May 2017 they signed a management and booking deal with The Flaming Arts Agency, leading to important stage experiences such as the Female Metal Voices Tour Russia 2017 as main support to The Agonist, Sirenia and Cellar Darling. Recently, Asphodelia have recorded their debut album "Welcome Apocalypse" and signed to Denmark's Mighty Music. The band are currently about to perform on an European tour with more shows to come, in support of the album release.
Truth is free from labels and categories. What lies beyond has no boundaries. Welcome to the place in the Underworld where boundaries fall apart. Welcome to the Asphodel Meadows.
The long awaited album of Asphodelia will be released on April 20th 2018, with gigs starting even before the release.
Asphodelia already have these dates confirmed - and more to come:
31.03 “The Carlisle" - Hastings, UK
01.04 “The Quinphonic Festival” - Birmingham, UK
02.04 “The Musician” - Leicester, UK
05.05 “SinFest Metal Festival” - Paola, MALTA
02.06 “The One Metal Club” - Milan, ITALY
15.06 "Zobens un Lemess Open Air” - Bauska, LATVIA
23.06 “Metal Lorca” - Lorca, SPAIN
Check out the lyric video for the title track "Welcome Apocalypse" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqB-4nBgTc8&feature=youtu.be
Swedish metal band, Hexed, have released a lyric video for the song 'Obedience', the track is taken from their debut album 'Netherworld', out on March 30th - 2018, via ViciSolum Productions. The video was made by Mattias Norén (Kamelot, Epica, Sabaton, Evergrey) at Progart Media. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/Lo0o0e5Zx4U
Hexedis a Swedish Metal band fronted by the amazing vocalist Tina Gunnarsson. The music is a genius blend of thick driving rhythms, melodic guitars and are sometimes progressively orientated, but always with catchy chorus lines and strong powerful female vocals.
'Netherworld' was produced, recorded, mixed by HEXED & DIZTORD. Mastered by JOUNI NIEMI at BIG JAMBO STUDIOS. Artwork & layout by MATTIAS NORÉN (Kamelot, Epica, Sabaton, Evergrey) at PROGART MEDIA.
TINA GUNNARSSON - Vocals
DANIEL HÅKANSSON - Bass
STELLAN GUNNARSSON - Guitars, Keys, Vocals
TEDDY MÖLLER - Drums
HEXED was formed in 2015 by vocalist/songwriter Tina and lead-guitarist/ songwriter Stellan Gunnarsson in Uppsala, Sweden. Both of them played in several bands before and had an early history in the metalscene and of music composing. Now they wanted to create and write music together, something completely new.
They started writing songs and soon they knew exactly what kind of sound they were aiming for. Since both of them had the source of inspiration from bands such as Queensrÿche, Crimson Glory and Pagans Mind they knew that they wanted to create metal music with focus on strong and powerful vocals combined with melodic guitars.
When they had the songs ready and the preproduction was about to start they had to find members who got the quality's required to setup the band. The driven bassist Daniel Håkansson who played earlier in other metal bands, were chosen to take place along with the experienced musician Teddy Möller on drums. HEXED was now formed and complete as a band.
The debut single and lyric video release ”Dreams” was launched in the beginning of May 2016. The debut album "Netherworld" was recorded and produced in 2017. HEXED released their second official music video ”Exhaling Life”. This song and video contains guest vocals from Thomas Vikström and was filmed and produced by the talented Magnus Ewald who also produced videos for Liv Sin, Crucified Barbara, Firespawn,etc. "Exhaling Life" was also released as a limited edition promo EP in March 2017.
The interest and response for HEXED music after the releases have been overwhelming. HEXED got several proposals to consider and are very proud for the decision to sign a worldwide deal with Thomas Hörnkvist and ViciSolum Productions. This Swedish label already have several established bands in its row, such as Persefone, Loch Vostok and Divine Ascension.
Greek Symphonic Dark Metallers W.E.B. have announced their new bass player and backing vocalist, Hel Pyre:
"It is with great pleasure that we introduce Hel Pyre (AfterBlood, TV WAR co-hostess, live appearances with King Diamond, Hel Pyre Darkworks) to you as the newest member of W.E.B., who will be undertaking the task of handling bass guitars and backing vocals."
Photo by Aphrodite Kumbitsi.
Next W.E.B. Shows:
March 23 - Moscow, RU - Arbat Hall w/ Moonspell
March 24 - St.Petersburg, RU - Club Zal w/ Moonspell
June 1 - Thessaloniki, GR - Principal w/ Cradle of Filth
June 2 - Athens, GR - Gagarin 205 w/ Cradle of Filth
W.E.B. is a Dark / Black / Death / Goth Metal band based in the ashes of Athens – Greece. The Fall of 2002AD was the time that the idea of W.E.B. was born and started to take a life-form shape from an embryonic state to a music challenge expressing darkness and death through adrenaline and poetry. An expression both straight but at the same time theatrical. W.E.B. is here to move you, provoke you, and invite you to the journey through raven-dark starless nights with a fire made of Metal music. Their fourth album, “Tartarus” came out on November 10th (2017) via Apathia Records, which is probably the band’s most diverse album, so far! “Tartarus” focuses on a deeper inclusion of orchestrations, making it sound more epic, while keeping the band’s very own Dark Metal genre. The album also features a noticeable guest apparition by Sotiris Vayenas (Septic Flesh) on the ninth track “Thanatos Part I – Golgotha”.
Godz Ov War Productions are pleased to announce the signing of a covenant with the Alaskan quartet DRUJ. Music-wise, this young but talented band provide an atmospheric and ritual mixture of blackened doom metal with dissonant sludge that wraps up a message strongly inspired by the Zoroastrian mythology and Sumerian traditions. Currently, DRUJ members are working in the studio on their debut album which will feature six premiere tracks, including one instrumental track. The album premiere was planned for the second half of 2018.
If you want to find out what you are about to face, make sure to check out their two-track EP titled 'The Malignant Dweller' available for streaming at this location: https://ersetu.bandcamp.com/releases
Sean Holladay - Guitars
Connor Tetlow - Guitars
Wayne DeWilde - Bass
Adam Kimball - Drums
More info about DRUJ: Facebook
Spanish dark metallers Totengott premiere a new video for "Satan Beside You" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's critically acclaimed debut album, Doppelgänger, released last July 11th through Xtreem Music on CD format and Burning World on vinyl. See & hear the video for Totengott's "Satan Beside You" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Containing three long tracks, Doppelgänger 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.
In the meantime, see the stirring new video for "Satan Beside You" in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Additionally, the entirety of Doppelgänger can be streamed exclusively HERE, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com.
The Dark rock / metal band For My Demons have released the Lyric video for the song "Reborn", taken from the album "Close to the Shade":
"Close to the Shade" available on https://player.believe.fr/v2/3614974375827
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