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.
Veteran UK Black Metallers Hecate Enthroned to release new album 'Embrace Of The Godless Aeon' on January 25th
The UK-based blackened death metal group Hecate Enthroned will release “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon,” their first album in five years (and their debut for new label M-Theory Audio), on January 25, 2019. The album – 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 this location (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.
A new song from the album, “Temples That Breathe,” will premiere on streaming and digital download platforms on December 7. A brief teaser clip can be seen here: https://youtu.be/VGB5hTZwcas
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 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).
Says bassist Dylan Hughes:-
“This album with its epic sweeping orchestration and heavy aggression represents a new chapter for us cementing the chemistry of the current line-up and our partnership with M-Theory. A welcome return from Sarah Jezebel Deva hints to the grandiose flavour of earlier releases, but this time, it's tempered with a guitar and drum sound forged from solid steel and then edged by a razor-sharp production from Dan Abela. The summoning of unholy flame and terror that is the cover art is an oil painting commissioned from in-demand satanic artist Nestor Avalos and begins your visceral journey through cold bleak landscapes, crushing tormented seas and searing shards of heavy metal.”
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 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 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 “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” firmly reinforces.
Hecate Enthroned's next live performance will take place on December 1 at the Tabernacl Chapel in Llandundo, North Wales, followed by a show in Belgium on December 14th with Altar at De Verlichte Geest in Roeselare. The group plans to tour extensively throughout 2019.
A Crisis of Faith Live is finally here! Limited to 100 copies on CD, once they've sold out we will not be making anymore. Digital is just £3 and will be members only after the CD has sold out. Kaine members get the digital version for free already and Elite album buyers also receive the CD for free.
This is the final release from the A Crisis of Faith line-up. This was recorded at the now closed Asylum venue in Chelmsford IN 2017, and features early versions of the songs from the then yet to be recorded A Crisis of Faith album including two additional tracks from The Waystone featuring the bands founding members in guest appearances.
This CD is already selling very fast, so click here or the order link below to avoid disappointment. Once it's gone, it's gone!
Japanese Metalcore crew Crystal Lake sign to Sharptone, release new music video and announce new album
Japan’s breakout Metalcore band Crystal Lake has signed a deal with SharpTone Records and will make their label debut with a brand new album titled 'Helix', that’s due out on February 15th.
“We're very excited to see our name on the SharpTone Records roster among so many great bands. We look forward to all the opportunities the future brings with them. This is going to be a new chapter of our career. STAY HEAVY” - Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake’s new record will coincide with the band’s first ever North American tour, with August Burns Red, Fit For A King and Miss May I.
The artwork for 'Helix' can be found below. Additional album details, music and pre-order info is forthcoming.
Also check out the video for the band's brand new single, 'Aeon', here: https://youtu.be/CKHsfceVK2g
The band is currently touring Europe supporting BURY TOMORROW.
30.11. D Berlin - SO36
01.12. D Leipzig - Conne Island
02.12. CZ Prague - MeetFactory
03.12. D Munich - Backstage (Halle)
04.12. A Graz - Explosiv
06.12. CH Zurich - Dynamo
07.12. D Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
08.12. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
09.12. F Paris - Petit Bain
11.12. UK Bristol - SWX
12.12. UK Birmingham - O2 Institute
13.12. UK Glasgow - The Garage
14.12. UK Manchester - O2 Ritz
15.12. UK London - O2 Forum Kentish Town
CRYSTAL LAKE live 2019
28.06. NL Ysselstyn - Jera On Air
04.07. ES Viveiro - Resurrection Fest
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English Metalcore mob Invisions announce new album 'Between You & Me' due 8th Feb on Stay Sick Recordings
InVisions are ecstatic to announce their signing to Stay Sick Recordings. They’ll make their return on 8th February 2019 with their most ambitious and loudest work to date, second album Between You & Me. You can pre-order the physical record from InVisions and Stay Sick Recordings, or digitally from iTunes.
Speaking of the signing, guitarist Lucas Gabb says “We were all at work, just a normal day when we got a message from our manager saying that Mike & Fronz (Attila / Co-Owner) were listening to the new record. Pretty much straight away he showed interest and said he’d be in touch with a formal offer to join the label, which was mad! Mike has a badass history in the music industry and Fronz is G so we’re definitely really hyped to get on board with them for the new record!”
InVisions recently released the first cut from the record, Good For Nothing. A pummelling, relentless statement of intent, showcasing an ear for colossal hooks and choruses, accentuated with stabbing orchestral layers and electronic elements. “Good For Nothing was the second track we wrote for the new record so we’ve been sat on this track for what feels like forever!”, explains Lucas, “When Alex (guitars) and I went into writing this track, we knew we wanted to incorporate a guitar riff driven chorus that's not only catchy, but something that keeps your head boppin’! Lyrically the track deals with the idea of using vices to escape yourself even though you know they are damaging you and are only a short term solution. It’s all about the struggle to take control over your life and breaking out of that negative cycle”
Spawned into being in 2016 from the ashes of former local bands in their hometown of York, England, InVisions are contagious, NSFW and blistering. Drawing from a plethora of influences - the adrenaline and aggression in metalcore, combined with intricate guitar work inspired by 80s thrash, with the no-fucks-given attitude of modern rap - it’s all tied together with the schizophrenic vocals of Ben Ville leading at the helm, ranging from guttural growls, to biting and demonic squeals, and moments of relief in his emotive singing.
Diving headfirst into their debut self-released album Never Nothing in August 2017, which was recorded at Innersound Studios with Sam and Joe Graves (Asking Alexandria, Eyes Set To Kill, Deaf Havana), InVisions garnered support from the likes of Rock Sound, Kerrang! Radio and Metal Hammer. This fuelled a hefty touring schedule, with highlights including Download Festival and support to Slaves (US), Our Hollow, Our Home and Glamour Of The Kill.
InVisions returned to Innersound Studios to record their forthcoming second record Between You & Me. Guitarist Alex Scott explains “Between You & Me’ is a phrase everyone has said at some point when confiding in another person or divulging personal information. It’s the lead in to a confession, an off-the-record statement. It wholly sums up the themes that this album explores and the way in which it portrays them”
Pre-order ‘Between You & Me’
InVisions | Stay Sick
With UK and European tour dates to be announced soon and a monstrous second album, InVisions are on the rise. Watch this space for additional news.
Ben Ville - Vocals
Alex Scott - Guitars
Lucas Gabb - Guitars
Josh Hardy - Drums
UK Thrash Metal Group Reaper-X Join Sliptrick
Reaper-X is a five piece thrash metal band originating from Corby in the United Kingdom. Formed back in 2014 by original members Scott Austin (vocals), Mark Innocent (lead guitar) and Drew Reilly (rhythm guitar), they set about creating the foundations of what would become the upcoming album release entitled Rise. In 2017, Carl Sheldrick joined the band on drums and soon after Jake Coles joined on bass guitar to complete the line up and make Reaper-X a reality.
The completed group released their first single in 2017 entitled Fury In Flames online and as a physical copy which also included the bonus track entitled Reaper. The tracks laid the template for the Reaper-X sound consisting of fast riffs, melodic solos, and balls to the walls metal. With this the band had shown people what they were made of and planted the seed for what was to come. At the beginning of 2018, they went into Initiate Audio and Media to record what would be their best work to date. With Neil Hudson at the helm, they recorded a full album expressing a number of different styles of metal from hardcore to thrash and even a ballad to show how diverse they can be. The album Rise will be released worldwide via Sliptrick Records in 2019.
Scott Austin – Vocals
Mark Innocent – Lead Guitar
Drew Reilly – Rhythm Guitar
Carl Sheldrick – Drums
Jake Coles – Bass Guitar
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England'ss Groove Thrashers Hostile release video for 'Retribution':
Hostile is Groove / Thrash Metal band hailing from the West Midlands, the birthplace of Heavy Metal. Their debut album Eve Of Destruction, as well as their second album were produced by the legendary K.K. Downing of Judas Priest and were both well received by the press. Hostile toured their debut album all over Europe supporting bands such as Machine Head, Soulfly and Hatebreed - and more recently Megadeth at Moscow's live Stadium - going down a storm at every tour. The band is currently planning to release a handful of singles as well as embark on an Eastern Europe tour in 2019.
Barbarian metal kings Kull featuring the renown Bal Sagoth and Dysgraphia members joins Black Lion Records new album coming 2019.
Kull was forged by four members of Bal-Sagoth (all except for Byron), together with Dyscaphia’s guitarist and composer Tarkan (vocals in Kull). The bands debut was recorded at Wayland’s Forge Studio. Everything is composed by Jonny and Chris Maudling, so fans of Bal-Sagoth will not be disappointed.
Building on the musical tradition already established in Maudling's back-catalogue.
Their debut album ‘Exile’ will be released on CD/LP/Digital in 2019 vi Black Lion Records
Tarkan Alp – Vocals
Chris Maudling – Guitars
Jonny Maudling – Keyboards/synths
Alistair MacLatchy – Bass
Paul “Wak” Jackson – Drums
Stay tuned for more info.
Jon Davis of legendary British doom metal band Conan is pleased to announce his new solo project Ungraven which showcases his love of 90's metal.
In Jon's own words:-
"I am a huge fan of Fudge Tunnel, Ministry, Godflesh, Sepultura and Nailbomb. I fell in love with ‘For All Those Who Died’ by Bathory on Headbangers Ball and also the ‘Speed Kills’ comp. Since then I have referenced these bands in some of Conan’s material. With Ungraven I pay homage to the industrial sounds emanating from Birmingham in the 90s with a few other influences that I’ve been obsessing over for a while. It’s super heavy but sightly different from what I have done so far.”
Ungraven's debut album will be released in spring of 2019, but to celebrate the announcement, Davis has released the track "Blackened Gates of Eternity" on Bandcamp.
Listen to the song here: https://ungraven.bandcamp.com/album/demos
More information on Ungraven will be coming soon.
England's Architects return with "Holy Hell" (out 9/11 via Epitaph); "Hereafter" video debuts as pre-orders launch
Architects, the Brighton-based outfit Kerrang! recently awarded the title of “Best British Live Band” to, The Independent dubbed “one of Britain’s finest metal bands” and The Guardian said feature “gloriously crafted anthems of defiance,” return with their eighth album, Holy Hell, on Nov. 9 via Epitaph Records. The band has simultaneously debuted the song and video for “Hereafter” (https://youtu.be/WqRYBWyvbRo), which was directed by Jeb Hardwick.
Holy Hell marks the band’s first release since the untimely passing of Tom Searle, Architect’s founding guitarist, principal songwriter and twin brother to drummer Dan. “In those first months after Tom’s death, I didn’t deal with it at all and I felt so unhappy and anxious,” Dan explains. “I’d ignored it and just tried to cope. But I knew that at some point, I had to learn from it.”
“It’s at times like that you ask yourself, ‘What is left?’” adds vocalist Sam Carter. “As a group of friends, we had to find something.”
“Ultimately, there were two choices,” Dan says. “Feel sorry for yourself, and believe the world to be a horrible place and let it defeat you. Or let it inspire us to live the life that Tom would have wanted us to live. I was very worried about people taking away a despondent message from the album. I felt a level of responsibility to provide a light at the end of the tunnel for people who are going through terrible experiences.”
Finding a way forward, the band spent six months from the Fall of 2017 through the Spring of this year recording what would become the 11-song album, with Dan and guitar player Josh Middleton handling production. “For me, broadly speaking Holy Hell is about pain: the way we process it, cope with it, and live with it,” Dan offers. “There is value in pain. It’s where we learn, it’s where we grow.”
Album pre-orders, including physical bundles featuring vinyl and various merchandise, as well as digital pre-orders offering instant downloads of “Hereafter” are available via the band’s website (architectsofficial.com).
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