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.
Spawned in the benighted ichor-filled nether-pits below Liverpool, disgusting doomed triumvirate Coltsblood deliver the most depraved and repulsive take on death-inspired doom metal ever to punish your worthless ears; Coltsblood will unleash their second album, ‘Ascending Into Shimmering Darkness’ on April 21st 2017 via Candlelight/ Spinefarm Records.
The sleeve is one again covered in the demented scrawlings of legendary Grief mainman Eric C Harrison...
‘Ascending Into Shimmering Darkness’ produced by Chris Fielding (Winterfylleth, Primordial, Napalm Death) at Skyhammer Studio and mastered by Greg Chandler of Esoteric and Priory Recording Studios.
Coltsblood will drown you in raw filth.
The UK metal scene is filled with a lot of talented bands, and we are so very lucky to add Repulsive Vision to the growing Mighty Music family!
Matt Davidson: "Repulsive Vision are beyond thrilled to be working with Mighty Music and proud to be a part of their roster. Their support and understanding so far has been an amazing help to us and we are eager to bring our plans to fruition with this union".
“Look Past the Gore and See The Art” A mantra that embodies the very soul of UK Death metal band, Repulsive Vision. The battle cry of anti censorship and open mindedness that influences the very meaning of the band itself.
Heavily inspired by video nasties and their controversial history, this vicious four piece is a relentless assault of punk fueled old school death metal in the vein of Obituary, Carcass, Napalm Death and Entombed.
Formed in 2010, Repulsive Vision has evolved over the years, eventually maintaining a strong current line-up consisting of Dan McEwan (Vocals), Mark Kirby (Bass), Gary Young (Drums) and Matt Davidson (Guitars).
Recorded in the depths of Newcastle at First Avenue Studios and mixed/mastered by Dean Thompson, “Look Past the Gore and See the Art” is a work built on frustration and old school inspirations to bring an honest and unstoppable piece of grinding death metal.
The long awaited debut album “Look Past The Gore and See The Art” shall be released in stores and on all digital platforms from the 31st of March 2017.
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