British death/doom band Dygora have teamed up with Invisible Oranges to stream their new song "Lucy". The song is taken from their upcoming EP Chamber of Reflections.
Listen to the song here: http://www.invisibleoranges.com/lucy-is-dygoras-brutal-missing-link/
The Death/Doom metal legion Dygora came to life in 2016 with the initial collaboration of vocalist Omar Swaby & guitarist Reece Beasley in London. To complete this early incarnation, the band rounded out their sound with a second guitarist Mark Cross and Kieran Heraghty on drums, and a year later solidified the line up with the addition of Archie Farrer on bass guitar.
Dygora set out early on to hit as much of the UK as possible, playing live to showcase their unique blend of metal, with evil throaty vocals that could curdle blood, non-stop pummelling drums and blistering guitar riffs that go from articulate death metal picking to some of the heaviest doom-laden progressions that this planet has ever heard.
2018 sees a new year for Dygora with the unveiling of their latest EP titled “Chambers of Reflections”. This follow up to their previously released demo is slated to come out in July to an eagerly anticipating audience of metal heads. This also marks the year that Dygora will play their first international show when they head out to Tokyo this September. Dygora have been writing, touring and recording for almost two years now, and making a prominent mark in the local scene, and delivering an auditory message that reflects upon their turmoil. They are ready to bring their interpretation of extremity and perseverance around the world.
"Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken".
Shadow Kingdom Records sets October 26th as the worldwide release date for Alms' highly anticipated debut album, Act One, on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats.
Hailing from Baltimore, Alms honours Maryland's rich heritage of doom metal with a swaggering, soulful sound that unselfconsciously spans decades and idioms. They made their first, grand steps with a two-song demo released at the beginning of 2017. Having already made waves in their local scene, this demo would soon spread like wildfire amongst doom fanatics, and soon the Alms name was on many a tongue. But alas, with the full-length Act One, that name will be on tongues worldwide.
Stomping forward across six BIG songs in a judiciously concise 34 minutes, Alms quickly establish a mood of both merriment and portent. Theirs is a sound which culls the bluesy ruminations of classic Deep Purple, the wild excursions of equally classic Uriah Heep, and the dark thunder of Maryland forebears The Obsessed. And yet, that aforementioned soul and swagger soon take centre stage, both allowing the doom chunder to loosely lumber whilst putting a particularly pleading-for-deliverance aspect upon proceedings. It's that eternal fire of the greatest rock music, especially in that pre-metal era of the 1970s, where fire and brimstone often coursed through rock 'n' roll, but near-equally pays homage to the heavy developments at the turn of the '80s. But all of this would be for naught if Alms didn't have the songs to back it up, and indeed does Act One have SONGS.
Head to the void or to the pub, or both: Alms will take you there (and back) with Act One! Hear all of it for yourself HERE at Shadow Kingdom's Bandcamp, where the album can be pre-ordered.
Shadow Kingdom Records sets October 26th as the international release date for Iron Void's highly anticipated third album, Excalibur, on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats. A mainstay of the UK doom metal scene, Excalibur is the album by which Iron Void will truly be launched onto the world stage.
Iron Void was originally formed by Jonathan "Sealey" Seale and Andy Whittaker (Solstice, The Lamp of Thoth) in 1998 in order to create an old-school doom metal band, worshipping at the altar of doom legends such as Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Pentagram, etc. The band reformed in 2008, with the current line-up consisting of Jonathan "Sealey" Seale (bass & vocals), Steve Wilson (guitars & vocals), and Richard Maw (drums).
Iron Void's debut EP, Spell of Ruin, was originally released on CD in 2010 and re-released in 2012 via Doomanoid Records. Their self-titled debut full-length album was released on CD in 2014 via Barbarian Wrath and released on limited-edition vinyl by Fear Me! Music in 2015. The critically acclaimed second album, Doomsday - recorded & produced at Skyhammer Studio by Chris Fielding (Conan, Winterfylleth, Electric Wizard) and mastered by James Plotkin - was released on CD via Doomanoid Records in 2015 and released on limited gatefold vinyl via Fear Me! Music in 2016.
With considerable live action in the past few years as well, and encouraged by the critical acclaim heaped upon Doomsday, Iron Void patiently set to work on Excalibur. Arguably the band's magnum opus, Excalibur is an epic behemoth of Arthurian legend, emitting an atmosphere that's truly medieval whilst sacrificing whilst sacrificing none of their trademark DOOMED-OUT heaviness. Here, across the album's massive yet strangely concise 48 minutes, Iron Void weave old-as-time tales of myth and magic, all set to rumbling, dramatically dynamic doom metal. The album is sequenced together with a subtle sort of mastery, taking the listener on a journey into centuries past, all concluding with the stark 'n' stirring acoustic closer "Avalon." As the final notes ring out, you'll be reaching for the calendar to check what year it is!
Hear for yourself with the previously revealed track "The Coming of a King" HERE at Shadow Kingdom's Bandcamp, where the album can also be pre-ordered.
U.S. Doom/Death legends Novembers Doom are on the market and seeking a new label to continue their robust legacy. Vocalist Paul Kuhr released the following statement concern the status of the long-running, critically acclaimed quintet:
"After spending over a decade working with The End Records, Novembers Doom have fulfilled our contractual obligations, and are now exploring options for the future of the band. We are already hard at work, creating the follow up to the 2017 release of Hamartia, and we are seeking a partnership with a label who understands the importance of the European territory. We are open to talk to anyone and everyone who has a serious offer, as we said, we are exploring all of our options, and need to make the right choice, for both us, and our future home."
Please contact Paul@novembersdoom.com to open this conversation.
Ozzy Osbourne – The Prince Of Darkness and one of the most iconic names in rock music – is to be honoured as 2018’s Golden God at The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2018 in association with Monster Energy. This is the evening’s most prestigious accolade that honours the most inspirational, important and groundbreaking artists in rock and metal.
The awards ceremony will take place at Indigo at The O2, London, on Monday, June 11, capping off what is always the UK's biggest weekend in rock and metal. This is an awards ceremony all about the fans, and tickets are on sale now for just £11.25. As well as the awards presentations, there will be live performances from Baroness, Meshuggah, Carpenter Brut and Myrkur, with an incredible headliner to be announced imminently. Tickets are available at https://goldengods.eventbrite.co.uk.
With a career dating back almost five decades, Ozzy Osbourne’s status sees him rightly revered as one of the most important – and, at times, infamous – figureheads in all of rock and metal.
In 1969 he founded the legendary Black Sabbath alongside Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, with the four men inventing and going on to popularise the genre of music that would come to be known as heavy metal. Ozzy’s original tenure with the band produced some of the greatest albums in metal’s long history, initially fronting the band for 10 years and eight albums.
After his departure from Sabbath in 1978, he released his debut solo album, Blizzard of Ozz, which was met with global critical and commercial acclaim. In all, Ozzy has released 11 solo records and nine with Black Sabbath – including the band’s 2013 reunion album, 13 – resulting in sales of more than 100 million. His touring schedule has been unrelenting, playing sold-out shows in stadiums and arenas around the world for almost 50 years solid, and it shows no signs of waning – he’s currently in the middle of the No More Tours 2 Tour that will see him headline Download festival on June 10.
Ozzy Osbourne says, "What an immense honour it is to be getting a second Golden God Award after Sabbath picked one up last year. The fans who have supported me and this music mean everything to me, which is why getting this award is so special. I will see you all down there."
Previous recipients of the Golden God Award include Motörhead legend Lemmy, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Rob Zombie amongst others.
“It just doesn’t get any bigger than this,” says Metal Hammer Editor, Merlin Alderslade. “The Prince Of Darkness, the most iconic name in heavy metal, a man without whom these very awards, this very magazine – hell, our very culture – would quite simply not exist. Seeing Ozzy walk out on that stage at the Indigo on June 11 is going to be unmissable. We can’t wait to share what will be a very special moment with you all. All aboard!”
Metal Hammer is the biggest and best heavy metal magazine on the planet, and Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta will host this year’s ceremony. This is the 16th annual Metal Hammer Golden God Awards.
Metal Hammer put on this show for the people who truly matter: the fans. As well as the awards, which are a combination of reader-voted and editorially chosen, there will be live music from the aforementioned Baroness, Meshuggah, Carpenter Brut and Myrkur, plus the show’s headliners, who will be announced on June 1. In previous years, there have been headline sets from Motörhead, Mastodon, Anthrax, Steel Panther and many more.
Witch Mountain, who recently announced the May 25 release of their self-titled album via Svart, stream "Mechanical World" (https://soundcloud.com/nathan-carson-783351518/mechanical-world-a-spirit), a cover of Spirit's 1968 single.
"As my Spirit LP collection grew, I played this song for Rob Wrong," explains Nate Carson. "He recognized the riff because it had been sampled in the Brother Ali song, ‘Sleepwalker’. That was cool because it meant we each had a connection to the song, from different angles. We both thought 'Mechanical World' was classic, unique. So we played it for Justin and Kayla in the tour van, and they both latched onto it immediately. We especially liked hearing a woman sing these lyrics without changing the pronouns. That always freshens things up. Our arrangement is the same as the original but tuned down a few steps to make it heavier."
Witch Mountain pre-orders are available via https://witchmountain.bandcamp.com/album/witch-mountain.
Witch Mountain tour dates:
May 31 Seattle, WA North West Terror Fest
June 23 Portland, OR Star Theater #
July 11 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp
July 12 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
July 13 San Diego, CA Til Two
July 14 Los Angles, CA Lexington
July 15 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
July 16 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
July 18 Austin, TX Lost Well
July 19 Denton, TX Dan’s Silverleaf
July 20 Memphis, TN HiTone
July 21 Knoxville, TN Pilot Light
July 22 Atlanta, GA The Earl
July 23 Asheville, NC Mothlight
July 25 Chapel Hill, NC Cat’s Cradle
July 26 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
July 27 Baltimore, MD Metro
July 28 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
July 29 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
July 31 Boston, MA Great Scott
August 1 Portland, ME Geno’s
August 2 Montreal, QC Vitrola
August 3 Ottawa, ON House of Targ
August 4 Toronto, ON Garrison
August 5 Buffalo, NY Mohawk
August 7 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlie’s
August 8 Chicago, IL Reggie’s
August 9 Omaha, NE Lookout Lounge
August 10 Denver, CO Hi-Dive
August 11 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Osmose Productions have set June 29th as the international release date for The Evil, the highly anticipated debut album of Brazilian evil doom band The Evil.
Evidence of evil on the face of the earth has never been so present. Every day, thousands are killed, tortured, raped, and robbed… The greed of politicians, the perversion of the sadists, the indifference of the drug dealers, the falsehood of the priests, the wrath of the killers… Daily examples that the doom is near!
Maybe a bomb will do the service… Maybe an epidemic…. Maybe our addictions… Maybe our own hands! A barren land will be left for the cancerous who dare to survive…
And as long as the devastation and desolation consume the insignificant lives of the human race being extinguished, the sound of the Apocalypse will be propagated by the four horsemen of The Evil: Miss Aileen (all voices, screams and whispers), Iossif (distortions and screech noises), Theophylactus (bass fuzz), and Saenger (drums and percussions).
In the leadup to its physical release, The Evil's self-titled debut is currently streaming at Osmose Productions' website HERE. Additionally, view the previously revealed video for "Screams" at Osmose's website HERE
German doom quartet Confusion Master presents the newest video from their freshly-released Awaken LP, out now through Exile On Mainstream. The video is crafted for the deeply-grooved "In The Shadow Of The Bong" which makes its debut through The Obelisk on the eve of the band's album release show.
Confusion Master's Awaken represents the band's focus and attitude: condensation and reduction to what is really important and, musically, creates a well-focused sound: existentialism and escapism - manifesting the personal horrors in tone drawing from these inspirations. Awaken features four tracks delivered over forty minutes. The LP will contain a CD version of these tracks and three additional bonus songs which will later be released on vinyl as limited edition split records with other bands to keep the band's release politics an ongoing venture.
Guitarist, vocalist, and lyricist for Confusion Master Stephan Kurth discloses:-
"'In The Shadow Of The Bong' draws inspiration from the three antidotes to the absurdity of life according to Albert Camus. Conditions must be fulfilled to be translated in consequences such as revolt, freedom and passion. Camus' call to a greater degree of understanding among people and greater sincerity building on mankind becoming ultimately frank and free to allow communication inspired this song. This all we wrapped up in a Cavity-/Iron Monkey-inspired riffage. Enjoy!"
Sink into Confusion Master's "In The Shadow Of The Bong" video at The Obelisk RIGHT HERE.
Awaken is out now through an LP/CD package and digital release via Exile On Mainstream; place pre-orders for the LP HERE and the digital through iTunes, Amazon, and all other major providers. Japanese label Bonten Records is releasing a CD only-version on their own.
Also see the official video for "Reaper's Fist" HERE and stream the entire Awaken LP HERE.
In support of Awaken, a home town record release show is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, May 5th, with fellow labelmates Treedeon. This will be followed by a run of tour dates in Japan with Guevnna scheduled for May 21st through 26th, with shows in Tokyo, Fujisawa, Gifu, Nagano, Niigata, and Tokyo. Stand by for additional dates to be announced, including a tour across Europe and beyond in the fall.
Confusion Master Tour Dates:
5/05/2018 Plattnfischn Record Fair - Rostock, DE *Awaken release show w/ Treedeon
5/21/2018 Ruby Room - Tokyo, JP
5/22/2018 Gigs Shonan - Fujisawa, JP
5/23/2018 Casper - Gifu, JP
5/24/2018 The Venue - Nagano, JP
5/25/2018 Golden Pigs - Niigata, JP
5/26/2018 Moonstep - Tokyo, JP
Ukrainian Doom / Death metal band Polynove Pole have signed with Moon records! On The Edge Of The Abyss available worldwide via all important digital stores! http://moon.ua/en/muzika-angl/on-the-edge-of-the-abyss.html
Polynove Pole (Ukrainian: “Wormwood Field”) was formed in the fall of 2004 in Lviv, Ukraine.
After the first demo recordings in 2005, the band started to perform at local concerts, and then on rock festivals of western Ukraine and Kyiv. In the beginning of 2008, the first EP “Pure Souls” was officially released, and at the end of the same year a full-length album On Seven Winds as well.
Due to active concert activity and selection of musician line-up, the band came to prominence as one of the leading groups of Western Ukraine. New songs of Polynove Pole were represented in tribute-albums and collections of Ukrainian rock music.
The band’s next EP, Under the Cold Stone, was released in 2009 and became the heaviest and the most melodic at that time in the discography.
Since 2010, a long pause has taken place in the history of the band. After taking time off, the band joined forces with new members and resumed work on new material. The band resurgence started in November 2017, with a new release, On The Edge Of The Abyss.
Polynove Pole delivered the record with lyrics that appeared in Ukrainian and English for the first time.
Slovenian priestesses of doom Mist have released a new song "Disembody Me" from their anticipated debut album "Free Me Of The Sun", which will be released on June 1st, 2018, via Soulseller Records.
Mist - Disembody Me: https://youtu.be/jz7B3sUUAT4
After a demo and 2 EP's, this year, Mist will release ten brand new songs on their first full-length album titled "Free Me Of The Sun". Staying true to their traditional doom roots the band builds upon strong riffs with bright female vocals and epic guitar solos. The album was recorded in Studio Ork, produced and mixed by Benjamin Kic and mastered by Patrick W. Engel (Candlemass, Pentagram, Darkthrone, Exodus) from Temple Of Disharmony. With this release Mist are starting a new chapter on their path in the depths of doom.
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