Atmospheric black metallers Fen have announced details of their fifth full-length album, set to see release via Aural Music imprint Code666 on March 10th. Titled Winter, the six-track production
was captured by Jaime Gomez Arellano at the Orgone Studios in London (Ulver, Altar Of Plagues, Grave Miasma, Primordial, Solstafir) and stands among the band's most enticing piece of work yet for the English three-piece; rich in sound, beguilingly delicate, and shrouded in darkness.
Winter's six movements are thematically and compositionally linked flowing into each other seamlessly. Ideally, the whole record is intended to be listened to in one sitting to allow the full journey to be absorbed. Musically, the band have sought to push themselves further than ever before and Fen's trademark use of atmospheric black metal and spacious clean segments have been complimented by shades of '70s progressive rock, shoegaze, and doom metal.
Winter, which comes sheathed in the cover art of Fen bassist / vocalist Grungyn, will be available in standard CD, double black vinyl limited to 300 copies, and digital formats in North America on March 10th followed by a European street date of March 17th. Additionally, Fen's Winter will be available in a Special Collectors Box limited to 199 copies which will include the standard CD, an additional bonus CD, the DLP 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.
Formed in early 2006 with the goal of producing atmospheric black metal that incorporates elements of post-rock, Fen has, since then, found themselves at the vanguard of a resurgent UK black metal scene. With an EP, four full length albums, several splits, and compilations, two European tours and numerous appearances at prestigious festivals under their belts, Winter serves as the band's most ambitious, and yet most fundamental expression, yet.
It is an album in which, conceptually, Fen has returned to the roots of their ideology, seeking to embrace and distil all that inspired them when they first set out on this path over a decade ago - that is, to invoke the ambience of bleak reflection and ancient sorrow that permeates the mysterious landscapes of the fens of Eastern England.
Frontman The Watcher elaborates, "With Winter, we wanted to 'return to the roots' of the band so to speak but not in the clichéd, nostalgic way many bands do. Instead, we wanted this record to represent the 'essence' of Fen in terms of tone, atmosphere, and above all, concept. This album therefore very much describes a journey towards sanctity and redemption across a landscape steeped in mystery, hints of forgotten darkness, and sorrows long since drowned in the distant past. It represents the culmination of over eighteen months of writing and rehearsing, pushing ourselves harder and harder as musicians - it is a lengthy and self-indulgent record for which we make no apology. Indeed, it is a fitting tribute to mark ten years of the existence of Fen."
UKEM Records have announced that the new Solitary album will be unleashed on Friday, March 3rd. The album is entitled The Diseased Heart Of Society and features stunning sleeve art from Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art (Flotsam And Jetsam and many more), who also created the hard hitting lyric video for the single ‘Unidentified’. Check it out here:- www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncm0V0LjOos
‘Unidentified’ appears on the album, along with nine other monster tracks that together set new standards for UK thrash.
Renowned producer Simon Efemey (Amorphis, Paradise Lost, Napalm Death etc) worked with the band on The Diseased Heart Of Society to ensure that it delivers nothing less than total thrash destruction.
Pre-orders for the album are open now – with both the band and label offering some exclusive package deals. For some truly incredible bundles, featuring signed copies of The Diseased Heart Of Society and the following exclusive items head to www.solitary.org.uk/shop
- I Promise To Thrash Forever: The Solitary Story – a brand new book written by Solitary front man Rich Sherrington, recounting the history of one of the UK’s most enduring thrash outfits
- The Solitary Media Card – featuring a digital copy of the new album along with a mass of video material and demos unavailable anywhere else
- Limited edition t-shirts, patches, stickers, key rings, metal artwork plaques – all only available from the Solitary shop
Meanwhile UKEM are offering digi-pack CDs combined with fantastic album artwork t-shirts at http://www.ukemrecords.co.uk/?p=10118
Or simply pick up a digi-pack copy of the album here
Solitary will be heading up to Scotland and over to mainland Europe for a series of live dates to support the album release – full details to follow shortly – as well as playing at the already sold out Hammerfest, 23rd – 26th of March and joining forces with Acid Reign and Shrapnel for a thrash spectacular in London, at the Camden Underworld on April 8th.
This morning You Me At Six vocalist Josh Franchesci joined the Victoria Derbyshire programme (BBC Two) to discuss the revelation that Robbie Williams's management team is placing tickets directly on to resale ticketing websites at higher prices.
Ie:music put tickets for Williams's 2017 tour on Get Me In and Seatwave - in one case for £65 more, before fees, than a similar ticket on Ticketmaster.
The company has previously called on the government to take stronger action against resale sites.
See Josh’s comments here: https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaDerbyshire/videos/vb.125309456546/10154264854001547/?type=2&theater
Watch the package: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04p3jd6
Read the full story is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38131028
Credit goes to:- Victoria Derbyshire programme, BBC Two
England's Kaine releases 'Holding The Line' single in aid of raising funds for Chelmsford venue The Asylum
Kaine recently released a special one off single 'Holding The Line' to help raise money to support the Asylum music venue in Chelmsford. The single, which is the bands top selling online item, is available for just £1 from Bandcamp.
Every penny from the single goes to the venue, and the track was recorded and mixed by Threecircles Recording Studio and mastered by Z-Plane for free to help support the fundraising efforts.
If you are yet to buy the track, please order from the link above.
Kaine singer Rage Sadler recently gave an interview with Exposed Vocals which can be found here.
"Writing and recording the third Kaine album is our focus for 2017, in between doing as many shows as we are able to. It’s going to be a tough year in 2017, venues are closing, audiences are dwindling, we just need to make it through and see if we can’t improve our fortunes on the road. It will be hard work regardless but we aren’t going down without a fight."
Remaining dates for 2016
Blaze Bayley, Iron Maiden singer 1994-1999, has released a brand new Christmas song on 2nd December 2016.
'Crazy Christmas' was written and recorded during spring/summer this year and is available now via digital platforms including iTunes and Amazon mp3.
A light-hearted and fun music video has also been released today to help promote the song.
Blaze co-wrote 'Crazy Christmas' with singer/songwriter Michelle Sciarrotta who also performs under the name Fall Girl, and Chris Appleton who is lead guitarist in Blaze's own recording and touring band and is also singer/guitarist in British metal band Absolva.
Blaze Bayley's career spans in excess of 30 years, starting as singer in Wolfsbane before catapulting to worldwide fame in Iron Maiden during 1994 to 1999. After leaving Iron Maiden he has pursued a successful solo career with particular progress with the release of a new album earlier this year entitled 'Infinite Entanglement' which is the first in a trilogy of albums with a sci-fi concept.
The second instalment in the trilogy is set for release in March 2017 together with plans for a World Tour and full details of that are expected to be revealed within the next 7-10 days.
Meanwhile, 'Crazy Christmas' is available for download now at iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/crazy-christmas-single/id1177499026
and Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crazy-Christmas/dp/B01N2HPBFC/ref=sr_1_14
The 'Crazy Christmas' music video is available to view on YouTube at https://youtu.be/pZS3XOEh-7U
Following a whirlwind year in promotion of their new album “Lost Ritual” including stops at Desertfest & Download Festival, Corby sextet Raging Speedhorn have announced they will be unable to play any further shows in 2016.
The band have made the following announcement:
“It is with great sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of all our shows for the remainder of 2016 and the immediate cease in activity until the New Year. Raging Speedhorn is a unit, we work together or not at all and right now we need to be together to take care of one of our number. We hope you understand that we don't want to go into details or go public with any information other than to say we will be back in the New Year. This is just something we have to do so we can make sure we can come back in 2017 fully ready for anything it has to throw at us. I hope you will understand and respect our privacy in this matter.
We'd like to say sorry to all the promoters who've booked us, bands who were due to play shows with us and fans who are attending any of the shows we had booked for the remainder of the year. We hope any shows that still go ahead will still be attended, if possible, and that you have a great time with us in mind. You the fans are why we do this and without you we are nothing. All of us are forever grateful for everything you do in support of the Horn, you are like family to us. Right now, we need to regroup and take care of our own.
Party hard, take care of one another and see you in 2017.”
The band have asked for privacy for the time being on the matter and insist they will return in 2017.
Greek melodic Power metal masters Firewind, the group led by guitar-wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band member Gus G., are proud to announce the release of their upcoming 8th studio album, 'Immortals', which will be released on January 20th, 2017 via the band’s long-time label partner Century Media Records in Europe.
Gus G. checked in to comment about 'Immortals' and its artwork (which can be seen above!) as follows: “Today we're very happy to reveal the cover artwork for our 8th studio album. It's titled "Immortals" and it's the first concept album Firewind has ever made. Since we're from Greece, we thought it would be a cool idea to make a concept of Greek history and heritage. So, on this album we focused on the legendary battles of Thermopylae and Salamis during the 2nd Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC. The artwork was once again created by our long-time collaborator, Gustavo Sazes and we feel it reflects the vibe we tried to capture on this album - Epic, Powerful, Glorious, Everlasting.”
'Immortals' marks the first time Firewind used an outside co-producer, working with Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69), who not only engineered, mixed and mastered the album, but also co-wrote it together with Gus G.
Next to the standard jewel case CD and Digital Download formats, “Immortals” will also be released as LP on 180gr vinyl with a poster as well as the entire album on CD as bonus. Additionally, there will also be a limited edition Media-book CD with expanded booklet, a bonus track and 3 stickers. Look out for more details and pre-order details soon…
A first album’s online single is set to debut on November 25th, but in the meantime you can already check out a few sample riffs in a play-through clip that Gus G. recorded in co-operation with Toontrack’s EZmix 2 and the Metal Guitar Gods 4 EZmix Pack expansion here:
Gus G. and Toontrack have also launched a regular "Metal Month Masterclass" series of video lessons, of which the first two episodes can be seen here:
1. Arpeggios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv4jKjnb5zM
2. Phrasing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3rJScx9nAk
3. Alternate Picking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAhtDn9Nco8
In order to support the release of “Immortals”, Firewind are set to hit the road across Europe and the UK. Those dates as well as some first festival dates confirmed for 2017 and also a string of GUS G. solo shows in Asia are as follows:
Firewind – European & UK Tour 2017
Special Guests: Manimal & Scar Of The Sun
15.02.2017 Glasgow (UK) - Audio
16.02.2017 Manchester (UK) - Academy 3
17.02.2017 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation
18.02.2017 Wolverhampton (UK) - Slade Rooms
19.02.2017 London (UK) - Underworld
21.02.2017 Southampton (UK) - Engine Rooms
22.02.2017 Paris (France) - Backstage by the Mills
23.02.2017 Strasbourg (France) - La Laiterie
25.02.2017 Vienna (Austria) - Szene
26.02.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
27.02.2017 München (Germany) - Feierwerk
28.02.2017 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
01.03.2017 Bochum (Germany) - Rockpalast
02.03.2017 Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob
FIREWIND – European Festivals 2017
16.06.2017 Duisburg (Germany) - Rage Against Racism
13-15.07.2017 Balingen (Germany) - Bang Your Head
09-12.08.2017 Villena (Spain) - Leyendas del Rock
08.09.2017 Olen (Belgium) - Olensfest
GUS G – Live 2016/2017
10.12.2016 Maasmechelen (Belgium) - Maasvallei
20.01.2017 Anaheim, CA (USA) - The Grove (w/ Metal Allegiance, Marty Friedman)
22.03.2017 Tokyo (Japan) - Club Quattro
23.03.2017 Osaka (Japan) - Club Quattro
25.03.2017 Seoul (South Korea) - Vhall
As Lions announce their debut full-length album "Selfish Age", out January 20 via Better Noise Records.
Selfish Age is the follow-up to As Lions’ debut EP Aftermath released earlier this year. Produced by award-winning producer David Bendeth (Of Mice & Men, Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon) and Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, In This Moment), Selfish Age is an illustration of the band’s mission to create “the biggest, baddest hard rock we could, and on an almost cinematic scale.” The album’s 11 dynamic tracks are a study in contrasts, with the epic and evocative 'Aftermath', the crushing 'Deathless' which targets the internet culture’s obsession with image, 'Bury My Dead', a hard-hitting personal statement complemented by stately piano tinklings, and the electro-tinged title track, 'Selfish Age' —full track listing enclosed.
WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'AFTERMATH' HERE
Comprised of Austin Dickinson on vocals, guitarist and keyboardist Conor O’Keefe, guitarist Will Homer, bassist Stefan Whiting and drummer Dave Fee, As Lions showcase an evolution in British rock. Having already played sold out shows in the UK, As Lions are now leaving their imprint on the States during their US arena tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, and Sixx:A.M.. For more information on the band, album and tour, visit aslionsband.com.
British atmospheric black metal band Terra have teamed up with Terrorizer Magazine to stream their new song "Apotheosis". The track is taken from their forthcoming album Mors Secunda which will be released via Code666 on December 2nd 2016.
Stream "Apotheosis" here: http://www.terrorizer.com/news/listen-terras-new-song-apotheosis
Terra are an atmospheric black metal band from Cambridge, England, who have quickly left a lasting impression on the U.K. Black metal scene. Incorporating elements of Drone and Post-rock, Terra create a unique and intense form of obscure music with dark, brooding bass lines and terrific elemental drumming creating an experience that ebbs, flows, leaps and soars through a panoply of emotions, textures and moods.
Skyfire are delighted to welcome symphonic metallers Dead Of Night to their roster. Hailing from the North West of England this 5 piece female-fronted band have achieved some fantastic reviews with their debut album “The Dead Shall Rise Again”
Originally the band were a studio based band but have made the decision to become a live touring band. They are currently working on a new album to be released by the end of the year
Skyfire are currently looking for bookings for this fantastic band for any festivals over the next 12 months. If you would like to find out more please contact Rick @ Skyfire.
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