Deathcore squad Gravemind's EP 'The Deathgate' was released last week and the floodgates have opened - with the completely independent niche--within-niche genre Deathcore record hitting #70 on the ARIA Charts overall, #20 on the Australian Artists Chart and #2 on the Australian Independent AIR Chart. A massive effort for the Melbourne outfit, who have very few of the vinyl record pre-orders they put on pre-order last week as well.
For most of the release week, they sat within the top 5 Metal releases, top 20 Rock releases and top 100 overall in iTunes and number 2 Metal release in Bandcamp.
The release was announced via a viral mystery website - to which they revealed themselves to be the ones behind thedeathgate.com. It was a source of mystery that many media outlets tried to solve - The Music, killyourstereo, Rogue Inc, AAA Backstage, Reddit, Tomatrax, Deathcore Memes and more searched the site from top to bottom for clues, with varying degrees of success.
Early July saw Melbourne Deathcore outfit Gravemind unveil that they were behind mystery website thedeathgate.com. The site countdown eventually revealed that Gravemind were behind the site.
They are heading out on their EP release tour in September, which sees them on a three date jaunt in Brisbane, Melbourne and Launceston that brings along fellow Deathcore crew Blind Oracle for the Brisbane and Melbourne shows.
Punters can look forward to seeing Gravemind on tour, having developed their sound and bone-rattling live show in shows with bands such as Architects, House Vs Hurricane, I Killed the Prom Queen, King Parrot, Hollow World, Iconoclast, A Night in Texas and Justice for the Damned.
Gravemind's EP 'The Deathgate' is out now. Singles 'Anaesthesia' and 'Echo' are available now in iTunes and Spotify and all online retailers.
For more information go to gravemindofficial.com.
Finland's Funeralglade have just released their debut EP named "May The Funeral Begin" via Inverse Records.
Listen to the critically acclaimed EP on Spotify:
Funeralglade is a crushingly heavy melodic metal band from Turku, Finland, consisting of five young (from 16 to 18 year old) and passionate musicians. There are lots of signs that they will have a bright future ahead. They just played as a warm up act for Ulcerate and are now plotting new gigs which will be announced at a later date.
Having achieved such spectacular results working with legendary producer Chris Tsangarides (Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Exodus, Overkill, Girlschool, Anvil and so many more) on their last release – Fear Reflecting Fear – the band decided not to mess with a winning team and once again entrusted their songs to the man responsible for the sound on stone cold classics like Thunder And Lightning and Painkiller.
The Tsangarides / Forged In Black partnership has again served up real magic, with Sinner Sanctorum towering over all previous Forged In Black efforts, even the highly praised Fear Reflecting Fear. Sharper, more focussed, more accomplished and infinitely more powerful than anything they have released before, Sinner Sanctorum dares to stand tall beside the illustrious releases of Chris Tsangarides past work. No metal heart can remain unmoved by songs such as ‘Crimson Echoes’ or ‘Pay The Price’.
Forged In Black are the epitome of great heavy metal. With a heart of steel always at the core of everything they do, they reach out and draw in everything that’s great from across the metal map. Soaring, spiralling lead guitar work and the incredible vocals of front man Chris ‘Stoz’ Storozynski engage in aerial dogfights above a rugged, mountainous terrain of gritty riffs and a thunderous rhythm section. All the power and fury of thrash, the atmosphere, grandeur and emotion of doom and the epic scope and boundless energy of power metal are gathered in and poured into the burning elixir of Forged In Black’s unique take on the glorious metal art.
All the dedication to their craft and tireless work on the road with the likes of Breed 77, Savage Messiah, Praying Mantis, Beholder, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth), Neverworld, Alwaid and The Deep, amongst others, has brought Forged In Black to a place of supreme ability and confidence – which can be heard in every note of Sinner Sanctorum. The time for Forged In Black to take their place in the ranks of the metal greats is drawing near...
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On September 29th internationally, Svart Records will proudly present the New Wave of Japanese-Language British Heavy Metal: Coven's 'The Advent'!
Coven, the dynamic duo of Akihiro Ito and Taka, began in 2016. The Tokyo-based heavy metal band worship at the altar of the likes of Iron Maiden and other NWOBHM bands, Mercyful Fate, Metallica, and Manowar. However, the band’s approach is an original one in the sense that they bring in their Japanese heritage to the mix. "We want to retain our Japanese identity and originality. We want to bring our own Japanese metal to the world," the band comments.
The duo are hard at work on their debut full-length as we speak, and it will be released in 2018. The Advent is the band’s Svart debut, a very limited four-song cycle of 20 minutes. It is available on CD as well as limited vinyl. Hear the new track "Wings of Glory" at Svart's Soundcloud HERE.
Invictus Productions have set September 15th as the international release date for the brand-new mini-album of Chile's Oraculum, Always Higher. The Oraculum brethren incubate the raging pyre within the self, as a visionary element of utter omnipotence and unbreakable will. Designers of their own fiery path, never to be crossed, neither reached by traitors or prisoners of their ego. "Our blood is living fire feeding from your shame, scenting your trepidation with ease..."
Ever aptly titled, Always Higher is a true statement of intent, following Oraclum's critically acclaimed Sorcery of the Damned EP, released by Invictus in 2014. Always Higher stands a fierce manifestation of the primeval evil in man, bringing the principle of the conqueror as the true holder of wisdom, power, and conviction. Serving as an essential pillar in a world where the lack of spirit fools the sheep with hollow intentions and nothing valuable transcends, Oraculum hereby transcend their humble beginnings and assert their own intractable identity, unshackling themselves from influence but never forgetting the deepest truths death metal has taught them all these years. It is the full bounty of the ancient Metal of Death, fully steeped in metal AND death, maximized through sheer spirit and will. Blood and fire, Always Higher...
"Let the death metal hierarchy overwhelm the weak. We bow to none!" Bow before Oraculum's death metal hierarchy with the new track "Lex Talionis" HERE at Invictus' Soundcloud.
After being temporarily off the listeners' radars, Russian melodic heavy metallers Descenery are back with their debut LP, "Stillborn Monolith", which was self-released on July 1st, 2017.
The band's debut offers a combination of heavy and melodic death metal, presenting also elements from other genres. "Stillborn Monolith" features a number of guests not only from Russia but also from Sweden, Poland, UK, Italy, Australia, USA and Portugal. The complete list is as follows:
- Dag Swano (Nightingale);
- Ragnar Widerberg (Witherscape, ShadowQuest);
- Mick Armstrong (Atma Weapon);
- Sebastian Nadjer (HellHaven);
- Anastasia Mescheryakova (Mescheryakova, ex-Gospel Tramp);
- Igor Plotnikov (The World Within);
- Dario Guarino (Aged Teen, Nameless Crime)
- Emily Highfield (Suldusk);
- Phil Romeo (Countless Skies);
- Stephan Kobiakin (Finding Sanity, ex-Summoned Hell, ex-A Dream Of Poe).
Daria Kirianova is responsible for the artwork, and the lyrics for one of the tracks («A Man, Anew») were written by Amari Satsu from Khabarovsk.
Mikhail Myshalov, who is mostly known for his cooperation with Sergei Tabachnikov, did the mixing and mastering.
Legendary Finnish death metal masters Purtenance are back with a new release! It's a four-song EP entitled Paradox of Existence, and it's scheduled for international release on September 12th through Xtreem Music!
After returning to a five-piece line-up, Purtenance began to work on new tunes, which were recorded during the first half of 2017, and are now released as an EP that follows their trademarked heavy old-school Finnish death metal for which they're known since their inception in 1989. Cover artwork was once again made by Chris Moyen, who's done every Purtenance cover artwork since their debut album, Member of Immortal Damnation, in 1992.
Paradox of Existence will be released on CD format on September 12th via Xtreem Music. The first track from the EP, "In the End Only Death Will Remain," can be streamed at Xtreem's official YouTube channel HERE as well as the label's Soundcloud HERE.
North Wales Metalcore quintet Rosen Bridge are pleased to unveil their striking new video for single ‘Brand New’ here. Vocalist Antony Jones reveals of the track: “It is about appreciating what you have and being thankful for the people that support you. When you're in a negative spiral it's really hard to realise the little things that people may be doing to help you. Reflectively, it can make you feel better by being thankful and taking steps towards a positive mindset.” Shot at Manchester's Brunswick Mill studios with Matty Daley of Clearway Media, the visuals and energy change as the song gets heavier. The track is taken from their May sophomore release ‘Dreamcatcher’, available to stream here and for digital download via major platforms.
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: “It tries to focus more on keeping a consistent groove, with the soulful vocal hooks from the first EP. 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.”
2: Hold On
3: Never Grow
4: Brand New
Rosen Bridge Confirmed Live Dates:
01/07: Theatr Clwyd, Mold
08/07: Beicfest, Vaynol, Bangor
05/08: ProgMetalMadness, New Cross Inn, London
Iron Bonehead Productions have set August 4th as the international release date for Blooming Carrions' debut demo, Sparkling Rotten Dreams, on cassette tape format. Hailing from Finland, Blooming Carrions were formed in 2014 by EvM, with the aim to create dark and twisted death metal. And indeed, that's exactly the band does on the aptly titled Sparkling Rotten Dreams. Its mildew and rot can be felt upon first whiff, and its stench twists and malforms the further the demo goes on. In fact, the twisted 'n' idiosyncratic cover art perfectly encapsulates this first exposure to Blooming Carrions: lysergic and laconic one moment, bestial and bilious another, all wrapped together in a sort of illogical logic, bleeding fever dreams into the listener's psyche. As a first recording, Sparkling Rotten Dreams is both stand-alone statement and suggestion of further fathomless depths to come. Three decaying hymns of etheric visions about death and destruction: this is Blooming Carrions' Sparkling Rotten Dreams. Hear its opening track, "Crystalized Disembowelment," at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud HERE.
Swedish Symphonic Black metal DSBM band Mist Of Misery is back with a new EP Shackles Of Life
Shackles Of Life and Fields Of Isolation were written and recorded during 2016 in studio Forlorn Halls and on various private locations around Stockholm.
The band comments: "The themes on both EP's vary quite a lot from our earlier works, but the original concept of Mist Of Misery is still there. Those who have heard our latest release, Absence, will surely find some similarities to both that album and also to our earlier releases."
The EP features guest vocals from Paolo Bruno of Thy Light and Georg of Coldworld. Artwork was done by talented Russian artist Alex Tartsus. Link
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