The Nordic Epic Metal masters Sirenia are going to return to the European stages again. In November, Morten Veland and his bandmates are heading South for an headlining tour. Supported by their fellow Norwegians, Triosphere, Sirenia will bring their epic melancholic symbiosis of orchestral opuses and raw heavy metal sounds to the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Italy. Don’t miss the chance to see them on the road.
On this tour, Sirenia will play tracks from their brand new album, called Arcane Astral Aeons, scheduled for release by the end of October 2018. Be amongst the first to listen to this brand new opus live! Today, we are proud to unveil the album cover.
Band leader Morten Veland about the artwork and the album:
“We are very pleased to present the artwork for our new album Arcane Astral Aeons. Once more we have worked with designer Gyula Havancsák to create an artwork that renders and adorns the heart and soul of our music. The album was recorded in Audio Avenue Studios (Norway), and Sound Suite Studios (France), while the mixing and mastering took place in Hansen Studios (Denmark) with mixing engineer Jacob Hansen. This album is something unique to us as it is the first one we have made together with our fans, everyone who have supported our pledge campaign has directly contributed to the funding of the album and to make it what it has turned out to be. We are very proud of what we have achieved together and we're very eager to share it with you, hoping that you all will find it as special as we do."
Sirenia on tour:
04.11.18 UK – London / The Dome
05.11.18 FR – Paris / La Boule Noire
06.11.18 FR – Nantes / Ferailleur
08.11.18 ES – Barcelona / Razzmatazz 2
09.11.18 ES – Madrid / Mon Live
10.11.18 PT – Lisbon / RCA Club
14.11.18 CH – Musigburg / Aarburg
15.11.18 CH – St-Maurice / Le Manoir Pub
16.11.18 IT – Bologna / Alchemica Club
17.11.18 IT – Milan / Legend Club
more dates to be announced soon!
Morten Veland about the upcoming tour:
"We are excited to announce the first tour dates in support of our upcoming album to be released the 26th of October. We will return to some countries we have not been to for some time. We intend to announce further dates later on, covering more countries and territories. Stay tuned for more news and we are looking forward to see you on the road again soon."
Coventry Metal 2 The Masses winners Pelugion will release their debut EP in readiness for their appearance at Bloodstock Festival. The EP titled I is aptly named; Not only is it their first ever CD but it is to be a full collection of all recordings to date!
Pelugion were announced the winners of Metal 2 The Masses Coventry back in April, securing them a slot on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Festival. In the run up to Bloodstock, they have released a single & video for ‘Bane Of Humanity’ taken from the EP.
To carry on their Bloodstock celebrations, they now announce the release of I which will be released on both CD and in digital format on August 4th
I is a collection of all Pelugions’ recordings to date & will be released on 04.08.18
Some of the tracks have been released previously in digital format only, other recordings haven’t been heard before, but none of these tracks have ever made it to CD until now!
Track 1. Monster Recorded in 2016 Produced, mixed and mastered by Mike Exeter and Barry Bayliss at Gospel Oak Studios
Track 2. Bide My Time Recorded in 2015 Produced, mixed and mastered by Mike Exeter, Stuart Jones and Clint Murphy at Woodworm Studios
Track 3. Desire Recorded in 2017 Produced, mixed and mastered by Dan Willett at Univibe Studios
Track 4. Bane Of Humanity Recorded in 2018 Produced, mixed and mastered by Dan Willett at Univibe Studios
Track 5. Remedy Recorded in 2017 Produced, mixed and mastered by Dan Willett at Univibe Studios
Track 6. Bury me Recorded in 2015 Produced, mixed and mastered by Dan Willett at Univibe Studios
Track 7. Serpent’s mistress Recorded in 2015 Produced, mixed and mastered by Dan Willett at Univibe Studios
Track 8. Believe Recorded in 2015 Produced, mixed and mastered by Dan Willett at Univibe Studios
Pelugion have commented:-
“We are so excited. This will be our first proper release and it’s been such a long time coming! Fans are constantly asking us for CD’s at every gig we play, and now we have not only got a new CD to give them, but anyone owning a copy of I can say that they have every Pelugion recording ever made so far! The CD sounds bad-ass and we really hope everyone enjoys it. We would like to thank everyone who has put the time and effort into the EP over the years, it means a lot to the three of us. Thank you all! We look forward to Bloodstock now, still can’t believe we’re playing it really. See you in the pit!”
You can catch Pelugion on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival on Friday August 10thI
John Pittaway – Guitars
Brandon Balou – Drums
Andy Sweeney - Bass / Vocals
Alpha Omega Management is extremely thrilled to announce the signing of the UK Thrash Legends Onslaught!
Onslaught stated on the signing:
'Onslaught are incredibly happy to announce Alpha Omega as their new managerial representation. We have set ourselves an ambitious set of goals, targets and achievements for the coming year and beyond. We honestly feel that Alpha Omega are the right team to ensure that those ambitions become a reality and to take them on even further! Buckle up ladies and gentlemen, things are about to get crazy!’
Alpha Omega Management‘s General Manager Alex Azzali adds:
"We couldn't be more excited to welcome the UK Thrash Legends Onslaught to our roster family! No need to say that with their new line-up, these guys are relentless and hungry to blast the world harder than ever! Cannot wait to start working for their ambitious goals! Stay tuned, great things are going to happen!"
As previously Onslaught announced, the band will unveil their new line up on the main stage at Bloodstock Festival 2018 on Friday 10th August. Longstanding members Nige Rockett (Guitar), Sy Keeler (Vocals) and Jeff Williams (Bass) will be joined by James Perry (Drums) and Wayne Dorman (Guitar).
Next Onslaught shows:
August 10th - UK - Bloodstock Open Air Festival
October 5th - Germany - FUeLDA Thrashers Delight @ Alte Piesel
October 19th - Belgium - Evil or Die Fest
More shows TBA.
UK Thrash legends Onslaught are one of the most explosive and controversial Metal bands ever to come out of the UK. Releasing 3 now legendary albums in the 80's (Power From Hell, The Force, In Search of Sanity), the band marked it's path to become a major influence for many Metal generations to follow. Since reforming in 2005, the band have performed countless shows / tours all across the globe, earning themselves the reputation as one of the very best Live Acts in the scene today, with crushing performances at Wacken, Bang Your Head, Thrash Domination, 70000 Tons of Metal, Hammersonic, Hellfest, Brutal Assault & Bloodstock Festivals to name just a few. With four critically acclaimed album releases in 2007 / 2009 / 2011 & 2013 (Killing Peace / Live Damnation / Sounds of Violence / VI) and with the back catalog being released no fewer than 3 times Onslaught stands as one of the most respected acts in the Metal scene today.
During the mass promotion in the USA for the latest studio album ‘VI’ we saw Onslaught reach and stay in the top 10 of the CMJ charts for 4 consecutive weeks. ‘VI’ was also the number 1 selling thrash metal album with Amazon.com becoming one of the biggest selling acts in North America for their Label AFM records.
Early 2016 saw the release of ‘Live at the Slaughterhouse’ a live DVD that celebrated the power and raw intensity of an Onslaught show that was well received by the public and critics alike. 2016 also saw Onslaught as the first international thrash metal band to play Vietnam as well as touring China, Taiwan and Indonesia and Europe.
2017, the band hit South and Central America, Mexico and once again Europe. One of the highlights of the year however was breaking new ground as the first legitimate international thrash metal band ever to play in the Lebanon. With a new album now well underway the Onslaught continues, as relentless and hungry as ever!
"Sound Of Violence" (Official Video 2011): https://youtu.be/duUULTUwTT0
"66Fucking6 (Official video 2014): https://youtu.be/x4gMbHLUv_k
The North West, UK-based blackened death metal sextet Hecate Enthroned – whose 'brutal epic scornful metal' has earned extensive acclaim over the past two decades – have signed a worldwide recording contract with the American label M-Theory Audio. The group plans to release a new album – their sixth full-length, and first in five years – in January. More information about the recording will be revealed in the coming months.
Originally co-founded in Wales by guitarist Nigel Dennan in the mid-1990s, Hecate Enthroned is dedicated to delivering their own brand of evil metal with little regard to politics or the trends of popular demand. The group's 1997 debut full-length, the Andy Sneap-produced “The Slaughter Of Innocence, A Requiem For The Mighty” (Blackend Records), was a seminal release in the then-burgeoning orchestral black metal movement. Since then, several full-lengths and EPs and numerous live performances have firmly established the band as one of extreme metal's most important voices, a sentiment that the group's forthcoming album will surely reinforce.
"It is with a great amount of pride that we announce this deal with M-Theory Audio,” says longtime bassist Dylan Hughes. “We feel M-Theory is the right label to take the band on to where we want to be, and we have total confidence in them to handle the new album as it deserves to be. Marco' s reputation and character is second to none, and we look forward to working and developing together. Along with Extreme Management Group, we have a great team behind us and can honestly say that this marks a new era for Hecate Enthroned. We would like to thank all our fans for their patience during these months of uncertainty around the new album but be assured – the wait will be worth it."
Hecate Enthroned will next perform live at the MetalDays festival in Slovenia on July 23 alongside the likes of Behemoth, Skeletonwitch and Carpathian Forest. The group has also announced a September 15 headlining show at London's Black Heart. Advance tickets are on sale now for just £8. Additional tour dates will be announced in the near future.
HECATE ENTHRONED live:
July 23 MetalDays Festival – Tolmin, Slovenia
Sept. 15 Black Heart – London, United Kingdom
Cypher16 have begun recording their second album at Top Floor Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. The record (as-yet untitled) will be produced by Jakob Herrmann (Anthrax, Machine Head etc) and mixed by Jacob Hansen (Amaranthe, Volbeat etc) in Denmark.
'We've been having a lot of fun trying to make a record that is heavy, but which steps away from the traditional 'heavy rock/metal' sound and style that we feel has caused the genre to stagnate in recent years. We're turning down the gain, but turning up the attitude, and we'll be interested in what the reaction is to a very heavy album with a difference!'
The first single 'Push Through The Water' is due for release at the end of August.
Signed lyric sheets and other items from the recording session are available to buy from the band's merchandise store here. All proceeds go towards the album production costs.
British goth metal band Her Despair have just released their new track "Valentine's Mourning". The song is taken from their upcoming release Mournography, which will be released later this month.
The band commented:-
“Valentine’s Mourning” is as much a display of adoration to the punk rock of the 2000’s as to the gothic music of the 1980’s. Veering more towards romance than repentance, we wanted to showcase a song which is more upbeat than usual. A faint light in the approaching dark."
Listen to the song here: https://distortedsoundmag.com/premiere-valentines-mourning-her-despair/
Her Despair, formed in 2015, began as a solo project with the release of debut album “Hymns For the Hopeless.” Showcasing the melodramatic sound and aesthetic of gothic music with the accessibility of punk and the stylings of heavy metal, the solo studio project has subsequently evolved into the current full line-up. With nods toward fellow countrymen The Sisters of Mercy and Paradise Lost, to bands such as HIM and Rammstein, the band create their own unique twist on the styles that they are influenced by.
“Mournography,” the brand new follow-up EP and first as a full-fledged band, was recently completed by the band with Matt Bew at Whitehouse Studios (Reading, UK), and is described as such:
“Mournography is an exploration into the mysteries of tragedy, blasphemy, death, and love; both literally and figuratively. The mourning of some, the lust of others. These songs praise and pervert the Word of God simultaneously: providing a deeply unsettling spiritual experience set to a bleak backdrop of melancholia.”
From their location in Berkshire UK, the band is set to unleash new convocations upon locations which have included London, Oxford, Bournemouth and Reading. Continuing to expand their fan base throughout live performances, clouds of smoke and lights theatrically immerse the audience, providing a perfect setting to experience the compelling material.
Bury Tomorrow have released the third track from their highly anticipated fifth album, 'Black Flame', out July 13th on Music For Nations.
Speaking of 'The Age' the band say:-
"The Age is pushing the boundaries of our melodic side. We wanted to make a driving powerful song. Lyrically it draws from the reflections of how destructive the human race is - it would be better to burn it all and start over because no body has listened to the warning signs. The message and meaning is juxtaposed from the sonic melodic elements."
Watch it here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yjb8byK8bCg
By whatever measure you care to use, Bury Tomorrow are among modern British metal’s upper echelon.
Long since established as one of the UK’s most successful heavy exports, the Hampshire quintet have performed on main stages at virtually every major European festival you care to name, racked up millions of YouTube views, scored two top 40 UK albums and sold tens of thousands of tickets to their incendiary live shows in the process. Shows which combine a passion, precision and uncompromising aggression that has become both a trademark and a badge of honour.
That they have achieved all of this, and much more besides, not by following trends or jumping from bandwagon to bandwagon, but by sharpening to a diamond-cut point their brand of punishing, yet effortlessly melodic heaviness, speaks of a character that few bands of any genre could hope to match.
Indeed, it is this character, this unwavering spirit, that has earned them one of the most rabidly dedicated, dye-in-the-wool fan-bases in the whole of rock music. A fan-base which has seen the band grow steadily across four pulverising records of unerring quality and ever-expanding ambition.
But something is about to change for Bury Tomorrow – the embers of steady growth are about to ignite into something much, much larger. The band pouring petrol on the blaze and starting an out and out inferno. ‘Black Flame’ is here, and it’s a record, and a movement, that’s going to spread like wildfire.
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 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.
Maynard James Keenan received the Icon Award at Monday night’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods’ ceremony.
The award was presented to Keenan by Daniel P. Carter, host of BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show, recognizing a lifetime of contributions to heavy music, with past lifetime achievement winners including Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Lemmy and Alice in Chains. Keenan was celebrated for his work with his trio of bands: A Perfect Circle, Puscifer and Tool.
Keenan is in the midst of a European tour with A Perfect Circle, supporting the band’s recently released album, Eat The Elephant. A Perfect Circle kicks off the first of three consecutive, sold out shows in the UK beginning this evening at the O2 Apollo in Manchester followed by back-to-back performances at the O2 Academy Brixton.
A Perfect Circle tour dates:
June 12 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo Manchester SOLD OUT
June 13 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT
June 14 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT
June 16 Landgraaf, Netherlands Pinkpop Festival
June 17 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle SOLD OUT
June 20 Zurich, Switzerland Halle 622
June 21 Dessel, Belgium Kastelsedijk
June 22 Clisson, France Hellfest
June 23 Esch-Sur-Aizette, Luxembourg Rockhal
June 24 Dessel, Belgium Graspop
June 26 Paris, France Olympia SOLD OUT
June 28 Madrid, Spain Download Festival Madrid
June 29 Barcelona, Spain Be Prog! My Friend Festival
July 1 Verona, Italy Rock The Castle
October 20 West Valley City, UT Maverik Center
October 22 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
October 24 Austin, TX Austin 360 Amphitheatre
October 26 – 28 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
October 29 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
October 30 Orlando, FL CFE Arena
November 1 Charlotte, NC Bojangles’ Coliseum
November 2 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
November 3 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena *
November 6 New York, NY The Theater at Madison Square Garden
November 7 Baltimore, MD UMBC Events Center
November 9 Detroit, MI Masonic Temple Theatre (WRIF Radio Show)
November 11 Minneapolis, MN Armory (93X Radio Show)
November 13 Cedar Rapids, IA U.S. Cellular Center
November 14 Park City, KS Hartman Arena
November 17 Anaheim, CA The Theatre at Honda Center
November 18 Las Vegas, NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Chelsea
November 20 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
December 2 Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow Academy
December 3 Manchester, UK Victoria Warehouse
December 5 London, UK Wembley Arena Pavilion
December 7 Antwerp, Belgium Lotto Arena
December 12 Copenhagen, Denmark Forum Copenhagen
December 13 Hamburg, Germany Sporthalle Hamburg
December 15 Kraków, Poland Tauron Arena Kraków
December 16 Vienna, Austria Wiener Stadhalle
December 18 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
December 19 Rome, Italy Palalottomatica
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