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/
Only five months after the release of their last album 'Tando Ashanti', Danish Hardcore / Crust / Post Black Metal terrors Hexis will release a brand new EP called 'XII' coming out on September 29th for 10' vinyl & Digital through Division Records (Closet Disco Queen, Papertank, Process Of Guilt, Unfold…), Moment Of Collapse Records (Cranial, Heaven In Her Arms, Meraine, Red Apollo, etc,..), Crown & Throne Ltd (Primitive Man) et Truthseeker Music (Howl, Human Future, Yards…).
On this new 5 songs EP, Hexis strikes harder, hit faster and takes no prisoner. These guys are not doing a sort of post black metal hipster shit, goddamn no. They are actually the best representation of what black metal has to be in 2017: fierce, relentless, uncompromising, dangerous & wicked. Their style is still firmly rooted in a sort of hardcore urgency, but the atmosphere on this songs is so thick that you’ll somehow find yourself walking in a forest, surrounded by deep fog, unable to see anything, but clearly hearing the wolves all around you.
This EP is the real deal if you’re searching for pure darkness In the meantime, the band unveiled a few days ago a first excerpt from this upcoming effort with "Nefarious" available right now on Bandcamp.
For the record... Denmark, 2010: the idea of creating a hardcore black metal band emerged in the mind of Filip, actual singer and leader of Hexis. His goal was to give birth to a band playing "as dark and heavy music as possible and go on crazy amount of tours around the world and release tons of different records". And it has been successful. Indeed, Hexis’ music is as scary as thrilling, as introspective as explosive and gives an idea of what addiction to darkness could be. To satisfy it, Hexis plays about 200 gigs per year. Among all these gigs and the thousands of kilometres swallowed, Hexis has released 10 records in 7 years, including 3 EP's, 4 splits (w/Primitive Man, This Gift is a Curse, As We Draw, Euglena and Redwood Hill) and 2 full-length albums (Abalam and Tando Ashanti). Hexis is not just music, it is a way of life, a mindset, and every note that reaches your brain will prove it.
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Unseen Faith delivers dark and brutal deathcore in an atmospheric universe, and they’re now ready with their debut album “Waver” – a power demonstration with compositions that move from neck breaking breakdowns to exalted musical breathing halts.Their 2nd single from the upcoming full-length is called 'Lost World', and you can listen to it right here:
The title of the album, "Waver", expresses the wavering feeling of being a religious person, who tries to hold on to his faith, in the midst of a modern and hectic society. The belief in something bigger is rarely something which is spoken about, even though most people still relate to it. Unseen Faith's spiritual and religious approach this genre of music is quite unique.
“Waver” will be released on August 25, 2017, through Prime Collective. The release will be followed by a Danish tour and European dates.
Nearly three years in the making, black metal legends Satyricon have revealed their highly anticipated ninth studio album, 'Deep calleth upon Deep' is set for release on 22nd September via Napalm Records. The opus will be available in digital format, CD digipak and gatefold vinyl options and is now available for pre-order HERE!
The band recently unveiled initial album details and the album’s artwork, an obscure drawing from 1898 by perhaps the greatest Norwegian artist of all time, Edvard Munch.
Recorded in Oslo, Norway and Vancouver, Canada, during early 2017 and mixed together with revered studio guru Mike Fraser (who previously worked on Satyricon’s 2006 album, ‘Now, Diabolical’), ‘Deep calleth upon Deep’ is not just a new collection of songs from one of extreme music’s most enduring and reliable bands: this is a wholesale reinvention and a brand new era in Satyricon history.
Says frontman and visionary Satyr: “Approaching this release, what I always kept in mind is that either this is the beginning of something new or it’s gonna be my last record. If this is going to be the last, then it needs to be something special. If there are more records, then I’d better make sure that this is so different from the last one that it feels like a new beginning. I think it’s really, really dark, very spiritual and filled with confidence and energy.”
'Deep calleth upon Deep' is a profound statement about the essence of Satyricon’s music and the eternal value of art itself. Satyr continues, “The way that I see it is that for any art, be it Satyricon or any other form of art with substance, in order for you to be able to inhale and completely understand it, it will take a little bit of you as well. If you get it all after a couple of listens, you know that it probably won’t stay with you. So the title is saying, ‘From the depth of the people making this record to the depth of the listener…’ If you want to take part in this journey, you should be prepared to dig deep down in the darkest corner of your soul with us."
Satyricon have always excelled as a live band, their evocative performances increasingly becoming special events as their frequency is dialled back to accommodate the Oslo band’s new ‘modus operandi’. In support of 'Deep calleth upon Deep' the band is set to tour on the following dates:
24.09.17 DE - Hamburg / Grünspan
25.09.17 DE - Essen / Turock
26.09.17 NL - Tilburg - 013
27.09.17 BE - Vosselaar / Biebob
29.09.17 UK - London / Heaven
30.09.17 FR - Paris / La Maroquinerie
01.10.17 FR - Nantes - MJC De Reze
02.10.17 FR - Toulouse / Le Metronum
04.10.17 ES - Madrid / Sala But
05.10.17 ES - Barcelona / Razzamatazz
06.10.17 FR – Montpellier / Rockstore
07.10.17 IT - Bologna / Zona Roveri
09.10.17 CH - Zurich / Dynamo
10.10.17 DE - Munich / Backstage Halle
11.10.17 AT - Vienna / Szene
12.10.17 CZ - Prague / Akropolis
14.10.17 PL - Krakow / Kwadrat
15.10.17 PL - Warsaw / Progresja
16.10.17 DE - Berlin / SO36
17.10.17 DK - Copenhagen / Pumpehuset
19.10.17 DK - Aarhus / Train
20.10.17 SE - Gotherburg / Pustervik
21.10.17 SE - Stockholm / Klubben
31.10.17 MX - Guadalajara / C3 Stage
01.11.17 MX - Mexico City / Circo Volador
02.11.17 CR - San Jose / Pepper’s Club
07.11.17 CL - Santiago / Blondie
08.11.17 AR - Buenos Aires / Uniclub
10.11.17 BR - Belo Horizonte / Stonehenge
11.11.17 BR - Sao Paulo / Clash Club
12.11.17 BR - Rio De Janeiro / Teatro Oddiseia
22.11.17 NO - Molde / Gamle Kulturset
23.11.17 NO - Trondheim / Byscenen
24.11.17 NO - Oslo / Sentrum Scene
25.11.17 NO - Tromso / Driv
29.11.17 NO - Bergen / Hulen
30.11.17 NO - Stavanger / Folken
01.12.17 NO - Kristiansand / Kick
02.12.17 NO - Hamar / Gregers
Copenhagen-based modern hardcore group Psy:code has teamed with Pavement Entertainment for the release of Mørke.
Psy:code has posted a 360 video of album track "Loosen the Tight" at: youtu.be/Qt7kVaBY-Zw
Mørke will be out August 4. Orders available at PavementMusic.com. Psy:code is a band driven by a desire to reach beyond its own boundaries. The band's first two releases, Delusion and Cause and Neglect, were met with critical acclaim by critics worldwide. The praise was not met with complacency and Psy:code set the bar higher when writing their third album.
Mørke is a natural progression, but remains grounded in the roots planted by its predecessors.
Over the years Psy:code has supported several major acts, including Slayer, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Trivium, Gorefest, Illdisposed and Artillery. The band has toured extensively in their native Denmark and throughout Europe.
Psy:code has a series of videos planned in the months following the release of Mørke Tour dates in support of the album will be announced soon.
Austria's Belphegor reveal album artwork and announce first dates for the 'Totenritual Crusade 2017'
On September 15th, European diabolical death/black metal kings Belphegor will unleash their new full-length inferno ‘Totenritual’, releasing their diabolical death/black sounds onto the world once again.
Today, the band have revealed the cover design of the upcoming album. The artwork was created by Greek artist Seth Siro Anton, who also painted the cover artwork for ‘Pestokalypse VI’ in 2006 and ‘Conjuring The Dead’ in 2014.
Belphegor are also pleased to announce that they will be heading to our UK and Ireland shores again. Support bands on this run will include Deströyer 666, Enthroned, Nervochaos and Nordjevel. The dates are a part of a wider European hell ride which will kick off September 28th in Copenhagen, Denmark.
28.09.2017 - DEN - Copenhagen, Pumpuheset
04.10.2017 - GER - Weinheim, Café Central
05.10.2017 - GER - Oberhausen, Helvete
06.10.2017 - BEL - Bruges, Het Entrepot
07.10.2017 - BEL - Marbehan, Salle du Bois Isles
08.10.2017 - London, The Dome
10.10.2017 - Glasgow, Audio
12.10.2017 - Belfast, Limelight 2
13.10.2017 - Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
17.10.2017 - FR - Marseille, Jas' Rod
18.10.2017 - CH - Lucurne, Schuur
20.10.2017 - AUT - Graz, Xplosiv
Belphegor will soon reveal the remaining Rituals and cities for this tour of brutal Death/Black Metal cremations!!
‘Totenritual’ was recorded at Stage One Studios, Germany and Studio Mischmaschine, Austria. Over three years have passed since the ‘Conjuring The Dead’ album was released. The new album was mixed by Jason Suecof and mastering handled by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios, Florida.
After their extensive tour with Children Of Bodom, the young rockers from Forever Still caught their breath and dedicated their time to the writing of several new songs. Just like they already did for their debut, singer Maja Shining and multi-instrumentalist Mikkel Haastrup once again work closely together for the songwriting process to create the successor of 'Tied Down', which was recently nominated for 'best debut' at the German Metal Hammer Awards - the ceremony will take place on September 15th in Berlin! Their second full-length release will drop in early 2018 and promises to stir up the heavy rock scene once more.
But before entering the studio, Forever Still conquer the festival stages again and today, they are happy to announce that they will play the main-stage on UK's biggest independent metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air!
The band comments: "We’re looking so much forward to playing the festival! We’ve all been hoping to play Bloodstock one day and we’re beyond excited to open the main stage this year; and what better occasion to premiere a track from our upcoming album?"
You can also see the Danes on one the following open air shows:
04.08. S Rejmyre - Skogsröjet
06.08. UK Bedfordshire - Fort Fest
11.08. UK Catton Hall - Bloodstock Open Air
17.08. S Falun - Sabaton Open Air
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