The UK's legendary extreme metal icons Cradle Of Filth have announced the details for the band's upcoming 12th full-length album.
‘Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay’ will be released on September 22nd via Nuclear Blast. You can view the stunning cover artwork by Artūrs Bērziņš below. Bērziņš is the mastermind behind the new record’s artwork, photography and videography – best known for his defiant neo-symbolism raster graphics and oil paintings; postmodern interpretations of classic myths. He has been proclaimed as a “sacred monster of Latvian postmodernism”.
Commented the infamous Dani Filth:
"The album is deeply infused with Victorian gothic horror and thus the title is a reflection of that. 'Cryptoriana' implies the Victorian's infatuation with the supernatural, the grave and the ghoulish. And the subtitle 'The Seductiveness Of Decay' further cements this attraction to death and the glittering lengthy process of self-annihilation."
The first single off ‘Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay’ will be released on July 5th, the same day that the album pre-order will become available.
‘Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay’ was recorded at Grindstone Studios, Suffolk, UK by the very honourable Scott Atkins, esq. who has been the resident go-to producer for Cradle Of Filth for several albums. Dani sat in during the mix, serving up flaming mugs of teas, making the studio couch his own and lending his ears when necessary.
The band have also announced their first full scale UK and Ireland tour in years, starting in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 30th October.
Added Dani Filth:
"We, as a band, are incredibly excited about hitting the UK and Ireland for a full run of dates around All Hallows Eve, as playing the band's home country is always great fun and the audiences here are very receptive. And nuts. The dates will be the first in a long line of shows that will extend throughout the rest of the World throughout 2018. We aim to be very prolific on the live front, delivering a show worthy of our fan’s exalted expectations and more"
CRADLE OF FILTH UK & IRELAND TOUR:
30.10. Belfast - Limelight
31.10. Dublin - Academy (Halloween Show)
02.11. Manchester - Academy 2
03.11. Glasgow - Garage
04.11. Birmingham - O2 Institute 2
05.11. Leeds – Church
07.11. Oxford - O2 Academy
08.11. Southampton - Engine Rooms
09.11. Norwich - Waterfront
10.11. London - Electric Ballroom
11.11. Bristol – Bierkeller
Tickets will go on sale on Monday, June 19th here: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
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UK alt-rock five piece As Lions have unveiled a special acoustic performance of the current hit single ‘Skin’ by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, filmed at London’s YouTube Creative Studio in Kings Cross. Showcasing the band’s softer side, the stripped back version exposes their incredible ability to adapt, and tone things down.
WATCH HERE / (Spotify Audio Link)
The band are currently on the road in the US with Shinedown, where they have bulldozed their way into the Top 15 of the Billboard Mainstream and Active Rock Radio Charts, joining the company of huge US rock acts including Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, Mastodon and many more.
And now, following their headline show at the Boston Arms Music Rooms in March, As Lions will be back in the UK for their first ever headline tour, playing a run of 17 dates in September.
As Lions are also confirmed for their first UK festival appearance of the year at Bristol's Fat Lip Festival in July with Young Guns. The band will also be playing a number of European & US festivals including Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park, Graspop, Rock On The Range and Northern Invasion.
June 2nd – Rock Am Ring (DE)
June 2nd-4th – Rock Im Park (DE)
June 16th-18th – Graspop (BEL)
July 23rd – Amplified Festival, Gloucestershire
July 29th – Fat Lip Festival, Bristol
Sept 9th – Bridgend, Hobo’s
Sept 10th Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
Sept 12th – Nottingham, Rock City Basement
Sept 13th – Bristol, Louisiana
Sept 14th – Tunbridge Wells, Forum
Sept 15th – Norwich, Waterfront
Sept 17th – Chester, Live Rooms
Sept 18th – Birmingham, Flapper
Sept 20th – Leeds, Key Club
Sept 21st – Newcastle, Jumpin Jacks
Sept 22nd – Glasgow, Garage Attic
Sept 23rd – Stoke, Sugarmill
Sept 25th – Manchester, Rebellion
Sept 26th – Dover, Booking Hall
Sept 27th – Bournemouth, Anvil
Sept 28th – Southampton, Joiners
Sept 29th – Leicester, Firebug
Sept 30th – London, Old Blue Last
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British black metal horde Stahlsarg have inked a deal with the Dutch label Non Serviam Records.
The 2nd album entitled “Mechanisms Of Misanthropy”, will be released autumn 2017 as a physical release and through all digital platforms.
The album has been recorded and mastered by Danny B Takoma (Lockup, Criminal) at HVR Recording Studio
With cover art created by Simon Bossert of Metal Artworks (Unlight, Imperium Dekadenz official).
This second album by Stahlsarg focuses more on the human side of living in a time of oppression, uncertainty and death and the desperate lengths people put themselves through to resist and survive. One of the songs is about Sophie Scholl of the White Rose movement,with a guest vocal from Kim "Kylla" Dylla / Vulvatron known for her roles in Gwar and the black metal band A Winter Lost, another is about the Norwegian resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud.
Comment by Stahlsarg:
"We are very pleased and honoured to join Non Serviam Records and be a part of their excellent roster of bands. Non Serviam Records is a perfect partner for the future development of Stahlsarg and we look forward to working together to unleash more of our black metal onslaught with our new album Mechanisms of Misanthropy"
Non Serviam Records commented:
“We are really happy to sign Stahlsarg to our label. This band plays great black metal, and we can’t wait to release this beast upon mankind”
London-based extreme death metal group Abhorrent Decimation are prepared to release their most inspired, charismatic and dominating material to date in the form of their upcoming sophomore album, The Pardoner, hitting digital and physical retailers worldwide on July 28, 2017 via Prosthetic Records. Pre-order links and the first single from this record will become available on Friday, June 2.
The 10 track, 50 minute opus was recorded, mixed and mastered by bassist David Archer at Audio Empire. The intricate artwork for The Pardoner was created by German illustrator Karmazid, based on a visual concept by Vocalist Ashley Scott.
Conceptually, the album is an in-depth exploration into "The Pardoner", English poet Geoffrey Chaucer's most depraved and deceitful character from The Canterbury Tales. "The Pardoner" is a religious fraud and hypocrite who preaches against the love of greed, yet whose own love of wealth enabled him to profit off the sins of others. He claimed to work on behalf of the clergy, selling spiritual forgiveness for one's sins in the form of his pardons, which included forged "official letters" from high ranking church officials absolving one of their sins and bones and crystals blessed with healing powers. In Chaucer's story, "The Pardoner" tells a harrowing tale of three men whose materialism becomes the death of them.
Vocalist Ashley Scott comments on the lyrical content of the album:-
"Lyrically, the album opens with a scene setter. 'Pardoners' would often operate with a partner called a 'Soothsayer'. A 'Soothsayer' would visit a town prior to 'The Pardoner's' arrival. It was his job to stir locals up regarding their sins and the repercussions thereof. He would advise people that if they could find a 'Pardoner', they should do so and atone for their sins by buying a pardon or indulgence.
Tracks 2 to 7 are the story 'The Pardoner' tells of the three men, avarice and Death. In many places throughout tracks 2 to 7, I actually use Middle English turn of phrase. In some places, I have used my own interpretation and translations of Chaucer's work and in other places; I introduced some of my own narrative and details. The idea was to create an obvious storytelling feel to this section, with word play and rhyme playing a major role in what I did, as I wanted to ring as true to the original as possible. Track 8 is my own conclusion of the inexorable nature of death and greed. Track 9 is an instrumental and then the record closes with Track 10, The Pardoner. A sort of self damning, confession-monologue."
Stay tuned for more coming from Abhorrent Decimation leading up to the release of The Pardoner in July.
Hailing from North Wales, Metalcore quintet Rosen Bridge have released sophomore EP ‘Dreamcatcher’. Available to stream here and for digital download via major platforms, vocalist Antony Jones gives an insight into the four tracker: “It’s about overcoming obstacles and chasing what your goals are. Creating this record has essentially been a collective purge of emotions for us. It could have easily been a very dark record but the music & the experience of creating it with each other has been the positive driving force to help us find our feet and out of that negative space. We hope then that if it has achieved this for us, it can also be a catalyst of hope for other people.”
The video for the lead single of the same name can also be viewed here.
Rosen Bridge, completed by Eddie Edwards and Marcus Williams on Guitar, Rowan Jack on Drums and William Roberts on Bass duties, are named after a synonym for worm holes. As a somewhat tongue-in-cheek reference, they class themselves as ‘spiritually driven metal’, which ultimately boils down to wanting to spread a message of positivity, something often not found in heavy music. “Our music is heavily influenced by our experiences in battling mental health issues. We want to motivate people to talk to us and each other and share their own experiences. We want people to be inspired to move against their pain and be the best person that they can be. We have all had experiences with living through highs and lows and the music that has inspired us in these times is the music that motivates us to change for the better,” comments Jones.
Serving as the follow-up to debut ‘Entropy’, ‘Dreamcatcher’ saw the band set out with the aim of creating a record that would “make people feel great”. Laying down the release with John Mitchell at Outhouse Studios, the members slept in one van and commuted to the studio each day, ready to give it their all. The outcome is comparable to a blend of Issues, Volumes & Northlane, with the band explaining: “The new release tries to focus more on keeping a consistent groove, with the soulful vocal hooks from the first EP. We still kept some more complex sections, but really wanted to develop our style to have a more varied sound with heavy and lighter moments.
Catch the quintet playing the new material live in May:
18th: AATMA, Manchester | 19th - Foxy's Lomax, Liverpool | 20th: The Saddle, Chester
22nd - Trillian's Rock Bar, Newcastle | 23rd - Subside, Birmingham | 24th - Mulberry Tavern, Sheffield 25th: The Bird’s Nest, Deptford | 26th: The Harp Restrung, Folkestone | 27th: Flairz Venue, Hastings 28th: 8 Bit, Swansea | 29th: The Full Moon, Cardiff | 30th - Skerries, Bangor
‘Dreamcatcher’ is available now via all major digital distributors and to stream at https://soundcloud.com/rosenbridgeuk/sets/dreamcatcher/s-Y4WBu
Watch ‘Dreamcatcher’: https://youtu.be/RxGJVk0a9-g
First Tygers Of Pan Tang, then Blitzkrieg and now NWOBHM legends Trespass sign to Mighty Music, with a new studio album out in late 2017.
Trespass was formed in Sudbury, Suffolk, England in April 1979 by brothers Mark (guitar, vocals) and Paul Sutcliffe (drums) Dave Crawte (guitar) Richard Penny (bass). Around this time they started gigging around East Anglia, playing a mix of rock covers and original songs including early versions of "One Of These Days" and Lightsmith.
Despite their fairly short lived time on the metal scene Trespass made a lasting impact.
Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield of Metallica remained fans since the very beginning and "One Of These Days" was featured on NWOBHM compilation '79 revisited put together by Ulrich and Geoff Barton in 1990
Trespass have recently played festivals in the UK and Europe in 2015/16 and will be touring in 2018 supporting the album.
Mark Sutcliffe - Guitars and Lead Vocals
Jason Roberts - Drums
Danny B - Bass
Joe Fawcett - Guitar
While She Sleeps’ third album ‘You Are We’ entered the UK album charts at a career-high Number 8 last week. The record also debuted at Number 15 in Germany and Number 26 in Australia. The Sheffield band chose to fund the campaign with the help of their loyal fanbase through Pledge Music, making for a totally independently produced and released record. They achieved well over 200% of their initial goal and were able to connect with their fans every step of the way.
Made with Carl Bown, who also produced ‘Brainwashed’, the songs that comprise ‘You Are We’ reaffirm While She Sleeps as one of the most inspiring, riotous and important voices in British music today, demonstrating both their continued musical evolution and their incisive social conscience.
Global metal icons Iron Maiden embark on the final leg of The Book of Souls world tour this weekend, simultaneously launching a synergistic player-vs-player battle arena for their mobile game, Legacy of the Beast. The game offers players a unique way to interact with the band’s real world activities, by introducing not only a replica of one of the tour stage productions, but also the debut of The Book of Souls ‘Shaman Eddie’ into the game, in his Mayan themed incarnation as featured on the band’s most recent studio album. Other characters from The Book of Souls are set to follow.
Legacy of the Beast is a definitive experience in the mobile RPG space – taking players on an unparalleled, epic, ever-expanding, strategic gaming journey via their smartphones & tablets.
Iron Maiden Manager Rod Smallwood says “With Legacy of the Beast we wanted to create something that appealed both to fans of Maiden music and gamers alike, wherever they are in the world, and I think we are well on our way to accomplishing that. The game has kept true to the band’s history and development not only through their music but with Eddie too. This latest feature focussed around our current tour is only the start of many new and exciting innovations we have planned to keep Legacy evolving and becoming even more addictive!”
Adds Llexi Leon, Interactive Creative Director of Phantom Music Management “The towering Mayan set piece of The Book of Souls world tour presented an ideal opportunity to expand the game and create a virtual event space to complement the band’s live show – whether you’re seeing Iron Maiden on the road or playing Legacy of the Beast on your mobile, we’ve crafted a gaming experience that explores the Mayan world of The Book of Souls record and marks the first of many timed in-game events that will enrich the band’s touring activity, engaging fans old and new across the globe in a way never before possible.”
The unprecedented integration of Iron Maiden’s creative output has seen the game and its characters featured on the side of Maidens own 747, on bottle tops of their Trooper beer, on the iconic black t-shirts and shown in cinematic trailers at live shows – a synthesis that continues to push boundaries in both the digital and physical space.
Players of the game can look forward to many more significant new features and characters to collect over the coming months, including ‘The Clairvoyant’ & ‘Trooper Eddie’, Social Chat and the ‘Night City’ game world and cast - inspired by Maiden’s early music catalogue and distinct East London upbringing.
Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, is available now for free on Apple’s App Store and GooglePlay.
For more information please visit www.ironmaidenlegacy.com
England's Cypher16 unveils striking music video for "Open The Dark Door"; filmed at London's Natural History Museum
Cypher16 just wrapped up a successful 24-city North American tour with headliners Amaranthe, and today, the band is following up with their brand new music video for the single "Open The Dark Door". The video's backdrop is the impressive and striking London Natural History Museum, where the band was given behind-the-scenes access to film their "Night At The Museum"-esque footage. The video is packed with fast-paced performance scenes, pyrotechnics and beautiful architectural views. Watch the music video, directed by Ben Thornley of Sitcom Soldiers, via Ultimate-Guitar here:
Cypher16 is considered to be one of the most anticipated metal / rock bands-to-watch out of the UK, and this video reflects their DIY prowess. Frontman Jack Doolan says:
"368 days in the making, "Open The Dark Door" at the Natural History Museum started out as a ridiculous and over-ambitious idea, but thanks to the hard work of a lot of people, became a reality. Like the "Lonely Road" video (which we shot at Battersea Power Station), finding an amazing and awe-inspiring venue was essential. When we somehow convinced the team at the NHM to let us invade for one night, Cypher16 was not only the first heavy rock band to ever conduct a full-scale shoot both outside and inside the Hintze Hall, but the shoot became one of the last projects to film with Dippy the Dinosaur before he left the museum for his extended tour.
We knew we would have to bring in a great film and direction team to help us make it a reality. Enter Ben, Bez and crew at Sitcom Soldiers, who brought their vision, enthusiasm and expertise and really made it all happen! I hope you all enjoy watching it our 'night at the museum' as much as we enjoyed making it, although I won't deny, it was one of the longest nights of my life!"
Cypher16 have risen up the ranks in their native UK throughout the last few years, amassing a devoted following which has afforded them the opportunity to perform at numerous festivals around the world (including India and China), and to catch the eyes and ears of reputable music publications and tastemakers. The band released their latest album - the hooky, symphonic metal-tinged alt-rock offering The Great Surveyor (recorded by renowned producer Romesh Dodangoda [Motörhead, Bullet For My Valentine, Funeral For A Friend]) - in 2015..
The Great Surveyor is available via Amazon here. Cypher16 melds modern European heavy metal riffage with unforgettable alternative rock-inspired choruses, generating a truly multi-faceted and unpredictable auditory attack.
Jack Doolan - Guitar and Vocals
Will Cass - Guitar
Carl Dawkins - Bass
Jerry Sadowski - Drums
Today marks the official release of Winter (on Aural Music/Code666), the gorgeous fifth full-length from atmospheric black metallers Fen. As a precursor to its long-anticipated release, today No Clean Singing is streaming the record in its entirety, issuing of the offering, "While the spine of the music is atmospheric black metal, in its fully fleshed-out form it's very much a prog album, intricate and rich in its textures and elaborate in its ever-changing instrumental variations. The drums will blast, the guitars will swarm, and the vocals will claw at your throat in abrasive snarls and impassioned cries. But the harsh, savage energy in the music is more than counterbalanced by other elements that become kaleidoscopic in the cascade of their sonic colors."
Read more and envelope yourself in Winter courtesy of No Clean Singing where you can also view the band's recently-released video for "II (Penance)" at THIS LOCATION.
The record comes sheathed in the cover art of Fen bassist / vocalist Grungyn and is available in standard CD, double black vinyl limited to 300 copies, and digital formats. Additionally, Fen's Winter is available in a Special Collectors Box limited to 199 copies which includes the standard CD, an additional bonus CD, the 2xLP with Side A/Side B in a smashed splatter effect of transparent aquamarine and opaque cream, an exclusive T-shirt and poster, and a certificate of authenticity signed by the band.
Various Winter pre-orders are available at THIS LOCATION.
Since the their formation in early 2006, Fen's trademark sound of atmospheric black metal which incorporates elements of post-rock, has seen the band rise on the wave of a resurgence within the UK black metal scene. And with Winter, produced by Jaime Gomez Arellano at the Orgone Studios in London (Ulver, Altar Of Plagues, Grave Miasma, Primordial, Solstafir), Fen has produced their most ambitious and yet most fundamental expression to date. In fact, it could be said that Fen has returned to the very beginnings of their ideology to invoke the atmosphere of bleak reflection and ancient sorrow that envelops the Fens, from whence the band originated, and from where they draw their inspiration.
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