Regrettably, Ozzy Osbourne has postponed all of his 2019 tour dates as he recovers from an injury sustained while dealing with a recent bout of pneumonia. Osbourne fell at his Los Angeles home, aggravating years-old injuries (from his 2003 ATV accident) that required surgery last month. Due to the postponement of Ozzy’s tour, Ozzy Osbourne will no longer be performing at this year’s Rocklahoma. Details about the festival’s Saturday, May 25th line-up will be announced as soon as they are finalized.
Ozzy Osbourne released the following statement earlier this morning:-
“I can’t believe I have to reschedule more tour dates. Words cannot express how frustrated, angry and depressed I am not to be able to tour right now. I’m grateful for the love and support I’m getting from my family, my band, friends and fans, it’s really what’s keeping me going. Just know that I am getting better every day…I will fully recover…I will finish my tour…I will be back!”
Mike DuCharme, Festival Producer and Talent Buyer for Rocklahoma says:-
“While there is no replacement for Ozzy yet, we are working diligently to find a new headliner and will update our fans as soon as we can. We wish Ozzy a speedy recovery, and hope to see him on the Rocklahoma stage in the future.”
Rocklahoma will take place May 24-May 26 at Pryor Creek Music Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. For more information on Rocklahoma, visit: https://rocklahoma.com
Savage Messiah have announced their new album, Demons, out May 17th via Century Media as well as sharing their new single, ‘Under No Illusions’, the first to be taken from the album. To celebrate the release, the band will also be playing three headline shows in Manchester, London and Glasgow in May. Pre-order the album here.
“This is the first time we’ve ever attempted to play some kind of special album launch shows, and we’re going to pull out all of the stops to make these really memorable events for our fans in the U.K.”
The track is an explosive blend of frenzied riffs with anthemic choruses melded together to form an intense, melodic metal rocket. The video sees footage of the band performing from a string of mainstream festivals last year including the mainstage at Hellfest, Graspop and Download festival.
Demons is Savage Messiah’s fifth studio album and sees the band deliver a fresh new sound that will infect ears and conquer minds. Singer and guitarist Dave Silver describes a band reborn on the new record. “I looked at what we’ve done in the past and knew we could be taking this band way further.”
“The word ‘Demons’ encapsulate the story of the band,” Silver continues. “It’s about rising to the inevitable challenges that everyone faces in pursuit of any higher end goal. The album deals with attempting to conquer both the internal and external demons that perpetually arise and permanently threaten to derail and discourage.”
The group pursued a change of dynamic on the new record by enlisting producer David Castillo. Renowned for his work with metal stalwarts including Opeth, Dimmu Borgir and Soilwork, David produced their recording sessions at Jens Bogrens’ Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. The outcome is a an incredibly varied body of work and a huge step up from previous releases.
Joined by Carcass drummer Dan Wilding and touring drummer Ali Richardson for the Sweden sessions, the band took a spontaneous approach to developing the 11 new tracks that comprise the record.
One of Demons’ biggest surprises is undoubtedly its cover of hit single Parachute by American country/folk Grammy winner Chris Stapleton – cleverly rewired into a hard rock format by trading the banjos and acoustics for loud and proud electricity. Of the cover version, Silver comments, “I noticed the arrangement almost felt like a heavy metal song, so wanted to see what we could do with it.”
With millions of YouTube and Spotify streams and a social media reach extending beyond even some of the metal heroes that influenced them, the band’s focus is to now be heard anywhere and everywhere.
When Dave describes connecting with the streaming audience as “where the roller coaster ride starts in terms of being heard”, it’s because he’s had more insight than most on how technology can shape culture have worked in various roles across the music industry over the last decade.
Having seen changes from the inside as much as the outside, Dave’s experiences have provided enough perspective to help him stay grounded about his band’s accomplishments and aspirations without diminishing his fervent drive to succeed.
Savage Messiah are completed by guitarist David Pear, bassist Mira Slama and now drummer Charly Carreton.
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM
Legendary UK Thrash Metal band Onslaught premieres a brand new track entitled- 'A Perfect Day to Die' that is taken off the forthcoming album whose title will be revealed in the coming days.
Guitarist Nige Rockett comments:-
"We are really psyched to finally get some new material out to the fans, the first single to come from the new album is entitled 'A Perfect Day to Die' and is a little nod to our sadly departed friends from 'Motorhead' who were a major influence for Onslaught in many many ways. The track has been mixed by 'Jacob Hansen' (Volbeat, Udo, Evergrey) and produced by ourselves and 'Pete Hinton' (Saxon) it sounds so heavy with a super aggressive vibe, it really has a ton of potential..!" He goes on to add, "Right now we're currently working flat out finish the remainder of the writing for the next record, things are sounding so cool, fresh and very brutal."
Watch the video for the track here - https://youtu.be/Zv2XgaTALo0
Social media links:
Facebook | Website
English Gothic Metallers Devilment say goodbye to drummer Matt Alston and welcomes bassist Chris Casket
Having played the HRH Metal festival in at the 02 Academy Birmingham, Devilment's drummer Matt Alston announces he is to stand down from band duties after posting on Instagram the following:-
"Having stepped in to complete the show as a favour, it gave me clarity on my decision to leave.
I won’t talk any further on the reasons, but it has been a pleasure spending the last couple of years in the Devilment camp, and being a part of writing the music I am most proud of in my career. Thanks to all the fans, and all involved over the years!"
Whilst the drummer vacancy will remain one to keep an eye on, in the mean time the Suffolk crew have brought Chris Casket on to fill in bassist duties. Both Chris and Matt know each other from playing in the WW2 Black Metal band Eastern Front, as for Devilment the merry-go-round of musicians carries on, as only just last year Anabelle Iratni took on the female vocals and keyboard duties, replacing the departing Lauren Francis. It so happens that Chris taking on bass duties comes as a result of Nick Johnson leaving in 2017.
Devilment had this to say about Chris joining the band:-
"Joining us for the first time on stage this weekend (16th Feb) will be our new(ish) bass player Chris Casket. Chris has been with us for the past year working patiently behind the scenes with the band, so HRH Metal Birmingham will be his live debut. So, welcome aboard the Devilment express another creature from the depths of Suffolk our bassist and friend, Mr. Casket!"
Welsh Symphonic Black Metal veterans Hecate Enthroned premieres video for collaboration with Sarah Jezebel Deva
With “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon,” their first record in five years, proving to be one of the best-reviewed extreme metal releases of the year to date, the UK-based symphonic blackened death metal group Hecate Enthroned have unveiled a lyric video for the album track “Erebus and Terror,” which features guest vocals by Sarah Jezebel Deva (Cradle of Filth, Therion, Mortiis). Watch it here - https://youtu.be/m8WSg5pcr5I
While “Embrace...” proves definitively that Hecate Enthroned is still as brutal and scornful as ever, the album also shows occasional hints of gothic and ambient influences, and “Erebus and Terror” is a prime example.
Says bassist Dylan Hughes:-
“On an album full of epic tracks, 'Erebus and Terror' still stands out as a monster. Massive and powerful, it creeps between eerie dark chills and huge powerhouse sections that utilize the full armoury of soaring orchestras and crushing guitars to deliver a skilfully-crafted song. With the incredible vocal talents of Sarah Jezebel Deva, this track is lifted to another level of emotion and feeling, as she delivered a performance that matches the intensity of the music. To have Sarah with us gives our music and writing another dimension – a real organic element that can lift or carry a song through the emotion ranges.”
Adds vocalist Joe Stamps:-
“'Erebus and Terror' is about the ill-fated Franklin Expedition, in which the sailors who were stranded in the Northwest Passage were reported to have begun to cannibalize one another. The lyrics describe a loss of humanity through sickness and desperation and even compares these to lycanthropy – men becoming beasts.”
“Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” – which features cover artwork by Nestor Avalos (Bloodbath, Rotting Christ, The Black Dahlia Murder), as seen above – is out now on CD, digital and red splatter vinyl. A limited-edition deluxe box set that features exclusive purple vinyl and cassette editions of the album, a signed photo card, stickers, patches and other collectibles is also available direct from our webstore www.m-theoryadio.com/store or www.plastichead.com.
One of the UK underground's longest-running and most respected acts, Hecate Enthroned has been praised by the likes of Terrorizer for their “mixture of death metal aggression with black metal atmosphere.” “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” – their first recording with Stamps, who joined the band in 2015 – sees the group continue to deftly mix black with death, modern with classic and extreme with symphonic. The album was co-produced by Dan Abela (Voices, The Antichrist Imperium, Tristania).
Originally co-founded in Wales by guitarist Nigel Dennen 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 full-length debut, 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 albums and EPs and numerous live performances have firmly established the band as one of extreme metal's most important voices, a sentiment that “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” firmly reinforces.
Hecate Enthroned's next live performance will take place on April 20 at the Veneration Of The Dead festival in Rotterdam, Holland.
UK heavy metal act Forged in Black premiere a new video for "Seek No Evil" at Zero Tolerance magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated second album, Descent of the Serpent, set for international release on March 5th via Fighter Records. See & hear Forged in Black's "Seek No Evil" video in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Forged in Black’s quest for metallic perfection began in 2013, and the band released their eponymous debut album that same year, swiftly followed by the EP The Tide and a single, "Exodus," which was produced by Romesh Dodangoda, famed for his work with Motörhead, Bring Me The Horizon, and Bullet For My Valentine. At this point in their career, the band struck up a great working relationship with legendary, much-missed producer Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath. etc). Chris and Forged in Black together created two excellent EPs, Fear Reflecting Fear and 2017's Sinner Sanctorum, both of which raised the band’s profile, gathered them great critical acclaim, and set them on the path towards Descent of the Serpent. After Chris’ sad passing at the beginning of 2018, Forged in Black sought once again the help of Romesh Dodangoda, and the producer stepped into the breach, guiding the band through the recording of what is undoubtedly their finest collection of songs to date: Descent of the Serpent.
See & hear for yourself with the new video for "Seek No Evil" HERE, courtesy of Zero Tolerance, the UK's premier extreme metal authority. Also hear the first advance song, "Descent of the Serpent," HERE at Fighter Records' official YouTube channel.
Formed in 2012, the battle-hardened folk-metal warriors, Atorc of East Anglia have become a force to be reckoned with on the UK metal circuit, sharing stages with the likes of Evil Scarecrow, Whispered, Manegarm and Grimner they have already received praise for their diverse sound and powerful live show.
Atorc are now ready to release their first full length studio album titled ‘Under The Raven Banner’ which was produced, mixed and mastered by Danny B of HVR Studios. Utilising soaring classic metal vocals alongside harsh growls, over fleet-fingered guitar and violin work and raging double bass drumming, the group's music has drawn comparisons to the likes of Ensiferum, Turisas, Iron Maiden, Bal Sagoth and Bathory. The group will be releasing their successfully crowd-funded debut album 'Under The Raven Banner'
Atorc have said:-
“We are excited to introduce to the fans a new chapter in the sagas of Atorc, as we battle together “Under The Raven Banner”. We are all very proud of what we have accomplished, ’Under The Raven Banner’ represents the beginning of a new era for Atorc. This album features our best production and performances to date, and is packed with epic, anthemic songs - blending catchy folk-metal with black metal drum work and classic heavy metal vocals, while Huldra’s outstanding violin playing elevates the band’s sound to new heights that we know our heathen warriors will love to hear. “
Under The Raven Banner will be released on the 4th April 2019
Atorc will be performing on stage 2 at HRH Metal on Saturday 16th February 2019 with the likes of Trollfest and Decapitated headlining.
UK Heavy Metal act Forged In Black, have just inked a deal with Fighter Records for the worldwide release of their upcoming 2nd album "Descent of the Serpent", scheduled for 5th of March 2019.
Forged In Black was born in 2013 after changing their moniker from Merciless Fail (2007-2013). Their debut album "Forged in Black" was released that same year, being followed by three EP's: "The Tide" (2013), "Fear Reflecting Fear" (2016) and " Sinner Sanctorum" (2017). These releases got a great acceptation within the british Heavy Metal scene and paved the way for their 2nd full length album "Descent of the Serpent", recorded in 2018, again with producer Romesh Dodangoda, with cover art made by Dan Goldsworthy (ALESTORM, HELL, ACCEPT, etc.).
The style of Forged In Black is a fresh, melodic and powerful Heavy Metal where you can find classic elements from british bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest or Angel Witch, with a slight dose of CANDLEMASS and hints of Thrash in the vein of bands like FLOTSAM & JETSAM, HEATHEN, METAL CHURCH... You gotta listen by yourself!!
This is what Forged In Black said about their signing to Fighter Records:
“We are absolutely thrilled at the prospect of working with Fighter Records. To be added to their already stellar roster is overwhelming and we cannot wait to see what this partnership brings. This album is the culmination of 10 years of hard work and we are certain that this release has something to love for all Metal fans. We are currently working on a host of shows to support the release and can't wait to display our most ambitious live performance to date. See you down the front!”.
International release date for Forged In Black's "Descent of the Serpent" will be 5th of March 2019 through Fighter Records on CD format. In the meantime, check out FORGED IN BLACK's official Facebook site here: www.facebook.com/forgedinblacks and listen to the 1st advance song of the album on the following link: https://youtu.be/4QHIHMRUI4U
www.fighter-records.com / www.facebook.com/fighter.records
Multi-platinum selling Bring Me The Horizon are on course for world domination in 2019, with a fresh Grammy Nomination now under their belt and news of their curated headline show at All Points East festival in May announced plus a US Arena tour. A third single entitled Medicine, is out now ahead of their new album amo, which is out on January 25th through RCA.
The single was Annie Mac’s hottest record on Radio 1 last night.
Bring Me The Horizon are one of the most exciting and successful rock bands to emerge from the UK, selling over 2 Million albums globally to date, playing sell out shows in over 40 countries, including two sold out nights at London’s O2 plus wowing a traditionally non-rock crowd at Glastonbury Festival in 2016. They just completed a sold out UK tour in November and embark on a mammoth US tour next month.
Poised now to release their sixth studio album, the band spent last summer writing and recording in Los Angeles, with Oli Sykes and Jordan FIsh handling production. Bring Me The Horizon continue to push the envelope in terms of sound and blur the lines of traditional rock, well and truly taking it to the next level!
Pre-order the album now here
TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE
Last week, the UK-based blackened death metal group Hecate Enrthroned announced that “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon,” their first album in five years (and their debut for new label partner M-Theory Audio), will be released on January 25, 2019. Now, the group has unveiled the first proper taste of the new record – “Temples That Breathe,” which can now be heard on all streaming platforms. A video for the song, which premiered yesterday via Decibel Magazine, can be seen at this location: https://youtu.be/7wotTFLhXDk
Says bassist Dylan Hughes:-
“The track is a critique of the Catholic Church for centuries of abuse. It paints the church as a kind of virulent entity that spreads pain and horror, almost as if the church itself is alive – hence, temples that breathe. The stark, menacing stills and imagery within the video create this unnerving miasma, an uneasy feeling like cold, stale secular breath on the back of your neck. The song features epic and sweeping orchestrations, heavy aggressive riffing, breakneck speeds and harmonies with a brutal vocal delivery – all the elements you’d expect from Hecate Enthroned, which are contained in abundance on this album, making this track the perfect first release to give you a flavour of what's to come.”
“Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” – which features cover artwork by Nestor Avalos (Bloodbath, Rotting Christ, The Black Dahlia Murder), as seen above – can be pre-ordered now on CD and red splatter vinyl at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store A limited-edition deluxe box set that includes exclusive purple vinyl and cassette editions of the album, a signed photo card and other collectibles is also available. Digital pre-orders on Bandcamp and other platforms include “Temples That Breathe” as an instant download.
One of the UK underground's longest-running and most respected acts, Hecate Enrthroned has been praised by the likes of Terrorizer for their “mixture of death metal aggression with black metal atmosphere.” “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” – their first recording with vocalist Joe Stamps, who joined the band in 2015 – sees the group continue to deftly mix black with death, modern with classic and extreme with symphonic. The album, which features guest vocals on three songs by Sarah Jezebel Deva (Cradle of Filth, Therion, Mortiis), was co-produced by Dan Abela (Voices, The Antichrist Imperium).
Originally co-founded in Wales by guitarist Nigel Dennen in the mid-1990s, Hecate Enrthroned 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 full-length debut, 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 albums and EPs and numerous live performances have firmly established the band as one of extreme metal's most important voices, a sentiment that “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” firmly reinforces.
Hecate Enrthroned 's next live performance will take place on December 14 in Roeselare, Belgium. The group plans to tour extensively throughout 2019.
Global Metal Apocalypse