Danish Thrash / Power metallers, Manticora, are presenting the cover artwork for their upcoming (8th) album - a stunning picture, painted by the extremely talented Danish painter David Troest (www.facebook.com/david.troest). As the new album "To Kill To Live To Kill" is another Manticora concept double-album, based on the thriller/horror novel that lead singer, Lars F. Larsen has written, the artwork resembles the stories of the novel.
"We have always tried out new cover artwork artists for each album, so when looking for the perfect person to give justice to the novel and the two albums, we wanted someone who'd be able to grasp the essence of the stories within the book, and when looking at David's pictures in general, it's evident for even the feeble-minded that he's that exact guy. He also lives less than an hour away from us, so it was a win-win situation for everyone to be able to meet up and do corrections on the front cover and all the other pictures that'll appear in the booklet. We're already beginning the work for the second album as well, so we can follow the release schedule of having the albums out 12 months apart."
The two concept albums, which are a part of a grandiose concept, based on the thriller/horror novel that lead singer, Lars F. Larsen has written, will be released as two separate albums, one year apart.
The novel itself is scheduled for a May 2018 release, followed by the first album, which will see the light of day on August 3rd, 2018, released by ViciSolum Records, worldwide.
The music was recorded and mixed in Hansen Studios, with World-famous producer, Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Destruction, a.o.) who also produced the first two Manticora albums back in the last millenium, and vocals were recorded with Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse studios (Helloween, Beyond Twilight, Jorn, a.o.). Tommy has previously produced five albums for the band.
Manticora have released 7 critically acclaimed albums, since 1999, and toured numerous times around Europe as well as in the US + played at prestigious festivals, such as Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock Festival, ProgPower USA, etc.
Kristian Larsen - guitars
Lars F. Larsen - vocals
Stefan Johansson - guitars
Sebastian "Ceppe" Andersen - bass
Drummer - tba (drums on the album, played by Lawrence Dinamarca, courtesy of Loch Vostok).
Denmark's Taphos sets release date for debut album; reveals first tracks, to tour with Degial in May
Blood Harvest Records and Helter Skelter Productions set June 8th as the international release date for Taphos' highly anticipated debut album, Come Ethereal Somberness, on CD and 12" vinyl formats.
Hot on the heels of Blood Harvest's compilation of the band's first two recordings as Demo MMXVI & 7" EP MMXVII, garnering widespread acclaim and heightening anticipation for their first full-length, at last arrives Taphos' Come Ethereal Somberness. As a debut LP, Come Ethereal Somberness does everything it should: stay consistent to a band's sound established on their demos whilst pointing toward new avenues. Here, Taphos do both, and then some.
Hailing from the same Danish scene as Undergang and Phrenelith, Taphos create a classic - and classically gutted - style of Metal of Death. Their first recording, Demo MMXVI, possessed a darkly thrashing sound highly reminiscent of turn-of-the-'90s death metal on both sides of the Atlantic, as resolutely Scandinavian as it was American, its filthy propulsion as palatably fresh as it was authentically ancient. On the subsequent two-song EP, Taphos' sound becomes more world-eating, their songwriting aims more epic whilst not losing the raw fury of their beginnings.
Now, with Come Ethereal Somberness, they synthesize the two stylistic shifts into something both berzerker and epic, manic and finesse in equal measures. Indeed, Taphos are firing on all songwriting cylinders here, as the energy literally bursts off the charts but retains a sense of composure and daresay class rarely scene in full-blooded death metal. Hammering and hideous yet nevertheless invoking a clarity that never castrates their attack, the quartet render each of these seven central compositions (bookended by moody instrumentals) a story unto itself. Hell, the titles themselves tell that story - "Ocular Blackness," "Insidious Gyres," and the equally telltale "Thrive in Upheaval" and "Impending Peril" among them - and that story is horrific.
New nightmares are here, then, and Taphos will be taking them on the road with a full European tour this May alongside Swedish comrades Degial (dates after the jump). Until then, as its title ominously proclaims, Come Ethereal Somberness! Hear two new tracks off the album, the aforementioned "Thrive in Upheaval" and "Impending Peril" HERE at Blood Harvest's Bandcamp. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
"The Preditorial Siege of Europa" tour dates with Degial
[more tour info: www.killtownbookings.com]
Having remained silent on the subject for a year now, Danish Black Metallers Blodarv are ready to announce their new drummer with the arrival of Galheim (Denial Of God, Ad Noctum, Exmortem, Livjatan) on a full time basis.
Commenting on the new addition to the band, founder and frontman Hugin had this to say:
"Not only do we consider Galheim to be the best Danish drummer that ever walked this earth, but also, and even more importantly, we consider him to be the only real match for Blodarv, not just from a musical perspective, but also when it comes to the ideology, visions, and essence of the band. So much so, in fact, that we actually neither looked anywhere else, nor accepted any applications from anyone to take over the drummer's vacancy. Everyone in the band was in agreement that we didn't just want a great drummer, we wanted one who was hewn from the same rock as Blodarv, and Galheim was that person.
"He has his roots firmly planted in the Danish Black Metal scene of the 90’s and is someone we can connect and sync with, both musically and on a personal level, because he shares and understands the passion and dedication that goes into a life's work such as Blodarv. Not only do we want to keep the flame burning, we want to add fuel to the fire, elevate the band, and sharpen the knife that is Blodarv".
More information about Blodarv can be found on the band's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/blodarvofficial and on their website at www.blodarv.net
The official video for the track "A Snowy Night In November" from Blodarv's album "Gâst" can be seen at https://youtu.be/9Y9CRabYO8Q
Xenoblight launched new lyric video "Transcendence", featuring the seventh track off Xenoblights debut album "Procreation".
Band comments: "People and dire circumstances can push minds over the edge, but who divides the insane from the sane?"
Explore the lyrical universe in Xenoblights track "Transcendence" off their debut album "Procreation" backed by galloping double pedals, shrieking vocals and piercing guitar riffs all presented through Scott Rudd Film editing and Fendieart's cover artwork.
Danish death/black metal outfit, Crocell, has released a stop motion video for "Once Called Slaves", which was premiered by BlankTV and can be viewed below. The song is taken from Crocell's fifth album, "Relics", which was recorded during Crocell's ten year anniversary in 2017 and will be released via LongLife Records on March 16th 2018.
Crocell - 'Once Called Slaves' video: https://youtu.be/xUDGU1_k_pk
Referencing both early Crocell artwork and more than one cult film, the nightmarish music video was shot and edited by Lasse Frisk from Frisk Film and consists of close to 15.000 still photos.
Crocell drummer Andreas Posselt comments: "We were searching for a video producer when we came across Lasse, who wanted to try out some more grotesque and gory ideas compared to the work he had previously done with renowned Danish hip-hop artists such as Per Vers and Ham Den Lange. After having discussed a few ideas with him, we decided to just let him loose - and this was what he came up with at the first go. It is exactly what we wanted and a perfect companion to both the music and lyrics!"
The album was produced by Jacob Olsen at JBO Sound and features hand-drawn artwork by BF.B, who has previously worked with Metal Magic Festival, Vomit Angel, Ligfaerd, and Departed Souls among others. The album will be available on CD and white vinyl and can be pre-ordered from the band's Bandcamp profile.
Blood Harvest Records sets April 6th as the international release date for Taphos' first two recordings on CD, entitled Demo MMXVI & 7" EP MMXVII.
A young Danish death metal band hailing from the same scene as Undergang and Phrenelith, Taphos create a classic - and classically gutted - style of Metal of Death. Their first recording, Demo MMXVI, was indeed recorded in 2016, to be followed a year later by the two-song EP MMXVII. The demo, in particular, possessed a darkly thrashing sound highly reminiscent of turn-of-the-'90s death metal on both sides of the Atlantic, as resolutely Scandinavian as it was American; its filthy propulsion is as palatably fresh as it is authentically ancient. On the subsequent EP, Taphos' sound becomes more world-eating, their songwriting aims more epic whilst not losing the raw fury of their beginnings. Together, these six songs are an auspicious start as any.
Taphos have recently finalized the recording of their debut album, which will see release later this spring/summer through Blood Harvest, and is currently being mastered at Resonance Sound by Daniel Lowndes. Additionally, Demo MMXVI will be released separately on vinyl as a 12".
In the meantime, the entirety of the CD edition can be streamed HERE at Blood Harvest's Bandcamp. Preorder info for the vinyl can be found HERE, and the preorder for the CD 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)
Danish old school heavy metal band, Savage Machine, will release their first full-length album 'Abandon Earth' on January 19, 2018. The album is produced, mixed and mastered Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Jorn, Pretty Maids) at Jailhouse Studios. A video teaser can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/dChqYYpp80g
The cover artwork was made by Mario E. Lopez M. (Iron Maiden, Megadeth, King Diamond, Metal Church).
After a long time dormant, Savage Machine is armed, recharged and ready to resume their heavy metal crusade. The result is an ambitious full-length album with battering, yet playful riffs, powerful vocals and a rock-solid rhythm squad whose only purpose is to convert your heathen soul to that of a true headbanger. “Abandon Earth” takes you into the grim future of post-apocalyptic despair, where the war between man and machine rages. Earth Is dead and the last remaining resource’s are spent. The only salvation of mankind lies in the heavens but, who gets to go? Who deserves to go? And is there really anything other than darkness out there?
Savage Machine, from Denmark, is honouring a proud lineage of Heavy Metal kings with a modern twist. Ambitiously, The machine delivers savage riffs, thundering drums and galloping bass over the grandiose vocals of pure metal thunder. Having existed since 2010, Savage Machine has been a big part of the Danish underground scene for several years before emerging onto the international stage in 2015’s Wacken Open Air. In the past year, Savage Machine recorded a hard-hitting debut album and toured across Europe with Spain’s ”Lords of Black”.
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
Denmark's Hexis have teamed up with Cvlt Nation and Legacy Magazine to stream the entirety of their new release XII which will be released tomorrow.
Stream XII via Cvlt Nation here: http://www.cvltnation.com/warpremiere-streaming-hexis-xii/
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