The Sacramento-based quintet Graveshadow – who deftly mixes symphonic/gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash and epic progressive power metal – unveil the first taste of their new album via the lyric video for the song, “Widow and the Raven”:
The band describes the track as “a song of self-reflection and the struggle to begin anew.” The song is also available digitally for stream or download at iTunes, Spotify and other platforms.
“Widow and the Raven” comes from the group’s second album, Ambition’s Price, which will be released April 13, 2018 on the Graveshadow’s new label M-Theory Audio. The stunning and detailed cover art for Ambition’s Price was created by Serbian fantasy graphic designer Dusan Markovic (Jag Panzer, Seven Kingdoms, Mystic Prophecy).
Pre-order the CD at the label’s site at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store
“The album title and artwork were directly inspired by events that occurred within Graveshadow over the past few years,” explains the band. “With all the incredible experiences that have come with the evolution of our musical family, a great deal of sacrifice has been given by every member of the band in the pursuit of our dreams. Though the price of our ambition still weighs heavy in our hearts, we are proud of what we have accomplished with this album and are excited by what the future may hold.”
Ambition’s Price features Heather Michele’s powerful vocals that range from operatic highs to unearthly growls backed by crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, and earth-shattering drums creating a rich and dynamic atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. Whether it is a tale of personal struggle or of fantastical creatures, the listener is sure to find themselves immersed in a world apart. The new album was produced and mixed by Armand John Anthony (Night Demon, The Fucking Wrath, Gygax), and mastered by Colin Davis at Imperial Mastering (Deeds of Flesh, Decrepit Birth, Origin) and is the follow-up to the group’s Mausoleum Records’ debut, Nocturnal Resurrection, from 2015. Since its release, Graveshadow have toured with the likes of Arkona, Sirenia, Anvil, Night Demon and Unleash the Archers steadily building a following and reputation.
Touring will commence in April as the band supports Norway’s Sirenia and Canada’s Threat Signal on a run of west coast shows. Watch for more specifics soon.
Graveshadow is poised and ready to leave a lasting impact within the metal community. With an electrifying stage show and a sound as large as the Dragons of Westeros, they are as talented as they are unforgettable.
Nuclear Blast proudly announces the signing of Dutch epic death/black metallers BLEEDING GODS!
Of the signing, founding member and guitarist Ramon Ploeg comments: "BLEEDING GODS is very proud to announce the signing of a worldwide deal with the mighty Nuclear Blast Records. We feel honoured to be part of the Nuclear Blast family - it is exciting beyond words to be part of the finest metal label on earth. We deeply respect Nuclear Blast and all it stands for. The visions of the band and the label match in every way and we feel this is the start of an incredible collaboration. We can simply not wait to unleash our upcoming beast of an album upon you. We hope to see you on the road somewhere soon!"
BLEEDING GODS not only made a name for themselves in their home country but also received lots of positive feedback from the likes of Aardschok Magazine (NL), Amped Up (BE) and Ghost Cult Magazine for their live shows at Eindhoven Metal Meeting, Antwerp Metal Fest and Stonehenge Festival.
Their fan base also includes famous metal acts such as SEPTICFLESH, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, NILE and EPICA/MAYAN:
“The combination of ancient Hellenic mythology with darkened death metal leads to a killer result of epic proportions. BLEEDING GODS have managed to create a menacing piece of music that will haunt your dreams!” - SEPTICFLESH
"BLEEDING GODS put out powerful and balanced death metal the old way. I can hear some old DIMMU BORGIR, some BEHEMOTH (the raw side) and KREATOR influences. The production is well done and clean, yet not cold at all. Definitely an interesting band to keep an eye on!" - FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE
"I really enjoy the heaviness of BLEEDING GODS. They are great songwriters and their songs are an enjoyable listen!" - NILE
"Great work from this death metal machine from the Netherlands! Good riffs, sinister atmospherics and brutal grunts. All ingredients for kick ass metal, the way it's meant to be!" - EPICA/MAYAN
The band was founded in 2012 when guitarist Ramon Ploeg started to write an album after he had left the Dutch death metal band HOUWITSER. Ramon, who wanted to fulfil his dream of having his own band, wrote some basic demos that were groovy, heavy, thrashy and, in parts, classical. When the pre-production demos were finished, the time was right to look for people to join the project. Ramon set about contacting some fellow metal musicians he had met over the past few years at several festivals, club shows and tours. The former bands of his band colleagues at that time were (technical) death metal bands so the challenge to do something different this time was really appealing!
After a few rehearsals, BLEEDING GODS recorded their 4-track promo entitled ‘Blood Symphony’ in 2013. The lyrical theme was about ancient gods and history related to the Mayans, ancient Egypt and Greek gods. With the pre-production demo alone, BLEEDING GODS secured worldwide endorsement deals with ENGL-Amps and Serpent King Guitars (SKG) and the demo soon sold out.
In 2014, BLEEDING GODS signed to Punishment 18 Records, who released their debut album ‘Shepherd Of Souls’. The record was met with positive reviews around the world.
The big turning point for the band came one year later when the band had a new line up, new songs, new concept, and a new album! Now stronger than ever, BLEEDING GODS are a band that knows exactly where they’re heading and what they want.
Currently, BLEEDING GODS consists of Ramon Ploeg (Guitars), Mark Huisman (Vocals), Rutger Van Noordenburg (Guitars), Gea Mulder (Bass & Backing Vocals) and Daan Klemann (Drums).
‘Dodekathlon’ will be released in January 2018. More information coming soon!
In 2014 they delighted the fans of melodic emphasized Epic Viking Metal with their acclaimed album "Elderslied".
Now the Basque masters Inscursed return with a remarkably fine EP and a nutritious album, whereby the typical style of the playful band can be optimally represented.
Officially, "The Slavic Covenant" was released on July 31, 2017.
This EP serves as a harbinger for the new studio album "Amalur", which was funded by the band with a crowdfunding campaign. The official release of "Amalur" was on September 25th.
The five mercurial compositions on "The Slavic Covenant", including the equally surprising and original done A-ha cover of the chart-breaker "Take On Me", show a completely unused and persistently hungry formation. Incursed also free up massive energy spills in 2017!
For the song Fear A' Bhata", Incursed adapted the musical basic theme of a Gaelic folkloric song from the late 18th century. The refrain is presented in original language.
The modified band logo - in Cyrillic spelling - on "The Slavic Covenant" is a courageous tribute of the crafty Basque bunch to a Ukraine tour, which has been remembered as a wonderful experience.
INCURSED - online:
Malta's Forsaken can finally unleash the first single and lyric video "Primal Wound" from the long awaited comeback album "Pentateuch" along with album cover and track-list. The first album in six years from one of the true survivors of the epic doom metal genre. Forsaken was formed back in 1990.
"Pentateuch" will be released on the 13th of October on LP, CD and digital. A release concert is held in Malta on the 14th of October in a new venue called The Garage in Zebbug and afterwards the band will be heading on European tour.
Watch the "Primal Wound" lyric video here:
Requiem. Demo. Self-released 1991.
“Virtues of Sanctity” 7” Ep. Arkham Productions (France). 1993.
“Evermore”. CD. Storm Records (Malta) 1996.
Demo 2002. CD. Self Released.
“Iconoclast”. MD. Golden Lake Productions (Scotland, UK). 2002.
“Anima Mundi” CD. Golden Lake Productions (Scotland, UK). 2004.
“Anima Mundi/Iconoclast” DLP. Immortal Vinyl Records (Germany). 2005.
“Evermore”. Re-Mastered, re-release. CD. Golden Lake Productions (UK). 2005.
“Dominaeon”. CD. Golden Lake Productions (Scotland, UK), 2005.
“Evermore”, DLP. Immortal Vinyl Records (Germany). 2005.
“Dominaeon”. DLP. Immortal Vinyl Records (Germany). 2006
“After the Fall”,. CD. I Hate Records (Sweden). 2009.
“Tales of Doom and Woe”. Split 12” Ep. I Hate Records (Sweden). 2010.
“After the Fall”,. DLP. I Hate Records (Sweden). 2011.
Leo Stivala - Vocals.
Albert Bell - Bass
Sean Vukovic - Guitars
Simeon Gatt - Drums
Acclaim Records exclusively presents:
Forgotten Forests - "Rebirth Beyond / Spirits of the Ash MMX" CD
Epic and Melodic Death / Doom Metal from Bulgaria!
This release combines "Rebirth Beyond", which is the second album of the band and re-recorded version of the first album "Spirits of the Ash". Sixteen tracks recorded in April 2010, one hour of music.
Hailing from Poland, the epic black / death metallers of Devilish Impressions will release their new album, “The I” on September 22nd, 2017 via Lifeforce Records. The album will be available as CD digipak, limited vinyl LP and digital download.
The first teaser for the new album can be seen HERE
Recorded at various studios, including Dobra12 (drums) and Icaros Studio (guitars) the disc was mixed and mastered at Impressive Art Studio by Przemyslaw Nowak who also handled vocals recording sessions and guitars’ re-amping. The album’s artwork, design and layout were created by Infected Minds.
The album features special guest appearances by Mercyful Fate / King Diamond’s guitarist Mike Wead and by Norway’s dark metal masters Aeternus’ vocalist / guitarist Ares. Other artists who also contributed to the record are shamanic ritual meditative experimental act BÖN and Impressive Art Studio’s owner Przemyslaw Nowak who came up with interludes, additional background tunes and effects.
“It’s been a really long way to be finally able to wrap it all up, countless nights spent on writing the music and lyrics first, then working on the album’s pre-production, followed by what seemed to be never-ending, proper recording sessions, and tones of work that had to be done for the band afterwards. We really wanted this new album to become something really special and therefore, to avoid any haphazard decisions, we let them come out of us smoothly, without putting ourselves under any external tension and stuff. Did it pay off? Well, we’ll see… We surely worked our asses off, pushed things back and forth to get the best out of it. As a result we’ve got something we are damn proud of, something that we believe surpasses on all possible levels everything we’ve done in the past. I simply believe we’d outdone ourselves and recorded something that will cause your hearts beat faster…” – comments Quazarre, the band’s composer, vocalist and guitarist.
The title chosen, “The I”, for the record is not only a phonetic acronym of the band’s name, but above all it reflects the manifesto they stand for since the Horde’s inception in the year 2000 – the notion of freedom of choice and will. A supremacy of an individual over any external factors being imposed on us by others, with special emphasis on religion and its convictions, dogmas and paradigms. “The I” is a rebellious manifesto targeted against all those who stand opposed to anything that drives us towards individual perfection.
"The I" - Out September 22 on Lifeforce Records
Visit and "like" the band's Facebook page and stay tuned about latest news and live shows.
Wormholeath are proud to announce that Greek epic / melodic death metallers The Shadeless Emperor have signed a distribution deal with the label for the worldwide release of their album "Ashbled Shores".
Digital: 01 August 2017 (Wormholedeath/The Orchard)
CD: 13 October 2017 (Aural Music Group)
USA: 08 September 2017 (Wormholedeath U.S.A.)
Japan: 20 December 2017 (Wormholedeath Japan/Disk Union Music Distribution
The Shadeless Emperor is a five piece Epic / Melodic Death metal band originating from Larissa Greece, officially formed in early 2010. Due to many unfortunate circumstances, the band was inactive until late 2012, were they started the recordings for their Demo under the name “Homeland”, which was self-released on January 2013.
The band’s main lyrical themes are inspired by fantasy, literature, mythology and philosophy. The Shadeless Emperor shared the stage all around Greece with bands such as Wolfheart, Jinjer, Kin Beneath Chorus, Bewized, Among Ruins to mention a few.
In 2014 The Shadeless Emperor also self-released an 8-bit version of their Demo “Homeland”. When their line-up was finally complete, the band started the recordings of their Debut Album, named “Ashbled Shores”. The recordings took place at “Fabric Studios” on August 2015, and they also self-released their first Lyric Video of their song “Sullen Guard” on June 2016.
The Mixing phase of the album took place at “Anirok Studios” in Kefalonia Greece by sound engineer and bassist of the band, Filippos Salapatas whilst the Mastering phase took place in Athens, Greece by “Steve Lado”, guitarist of Tardive Dyskinesia.
Finnish epic melodic death metal masters Wintersun have launched their crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for their own headquarter studio. You will have time until March 31st to pre-order the “Forest Package” for 50€ directly from the band, which includes the digital high quality files of the new album 'The Forest Seasons' as well as the instrumental version of the release, a version with isolated tracks and both their last two albums with a remastered sound. In addition you will also receive the audio of the band’s impressive show “Live At Tuska 2013”.
Watch the campaign video of Wintersun including snippets of new song material here:
Support the band and help them reach their crowdfunding goal by contributing here at IndieGoGo: www.indiegogo.com/projects/wintersun-crowdfunding
Front man Jari Mäenpää states:
“Here it is guys!!! We welcome you to change the future of Wintersun and the Wintersun fans for the better! We are doing this crowdfunding campaign by working directly with you guys to take Wintersun together to the next level. We are offering you an amazing crowdfunding package called the 'Forest Package', which has a lot of epic content including our 3rd full length album "The Forest Seasons". Please go to our IndieGoGo page to check out our crowdfunding video to learn more about our vision for the future, about our new album and all the great stuff we are offering! And remember, this deal and the crowdfunding will last only this month, ending on March 31st 2017! Make sure to watch the whole video! Music from the new album throughout the video! TURN UP THE VOLUME AND ENJOY!“
In July, Nuclear Blast will release the physical formats of 'The Forest Seasons' (the pre-order will start soon) and on the same day, you will receive the download link for “The Forest Package” if you purchased the album directly from the band.
In the meantime you can witness the band's return to the stage at the following festivals:
07. - 10.06. S Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
30.06. - 02.07. FIN Helsinki - Tuska Open Air
11. - 13.08. P Vagos - Vagos Metal Fest
10. - 13.08. UK Derby - Bloodstock Open Air
16. - 19.08. D Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
18. - 19.08. SK Zvolenská Slatina - More Than Fest
Hungarian epic pagan death metallers Heroic have announced the release of their sophomore album, "Barbár"!
Heroic, which were formed in 2011, presents 10 brand new songs, two of them sung in Hungarian. The lyrics are inspired by C. G. Jung and reflect the development of the collective barbaric mind of the humanity.
The band has already supported acts such as Amon Amarth, Primordial, Cattle Decapitation, Theatres And Vampires, Christ Agony, Theos, to name a few.
You can listen "Barbár" Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGaDk7arUraJGNmZaG7IoBg
German Epic Metal pioneers, Equilibrium, will set aflame a brand new bonfire this summer with their fifth studio album. Guitarist, composer and lyricist René Berthiaume spent almost two years working on this new opus called 'Armageddon'. The result is rather dark, yet still contains the bombast and folk elements of the previous records.
This time, the album was recorded, mixed and produced by René himself and was mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Los Angeles). The cover artwork was again created by Skadi Rosehurst.
"Once more, Skadi created a wonderful piece of art, which captures the more darker atmosphere of 'Armageddon' perfectly. As on the album, you can discover a lot of details in the artwork as well. Skadi's style - traditionally drawn motifs become one overall picture digitally - fits marvellously to our music. Again and again, it's an exciting feeling if the music becomes even more concrete and livelier by the artwork."
'Armageddon' will be released on August 12th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Stay tuned for more details!
Please consider a small donation to continue the running of the site
Global Metal Apocalypse