Extreme metal mavericks Firtan premiere the new track "Tag Verweil" at Legacy magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated second album, Okeanos, set for international release on July 13th via AOP Records. Hear Firtan's "Tag Verweil" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Firtan are one of Germany's most uprising extreme metal acts, delivering their very own mixture of styles to fans all over Europe since 2010. Having supported Rotting Christ, Imperium Dekadenz, and Der Weg einer Freiheit and played festivals like Summer Breeze and Metaldays, their sound originates from black metal involving atmospheric and progressive elements alongside intense vocal performances and accentuating ambient sounds. Firtan known for their intensive live shows, which, to date, they have delivered to ten European countries.
Now, after two EPs and one full-length, Firtan hereby present their strongest work, Okeanos. Inspired by avant-garde intellectuals like Nietzsche and Lovecraft, Okeanos is a dazzling display of epic black metal grandeur, suffused with autumnal atmosphere and winding-yet-captivating compositions. But, although deeply rooted in black metal, the overt muscle Firtan display here - not to mention the panoramic approach to songwriting, daring and boundless - helps Okeanos elude easy categorization. It's an immediately captivating experience, expanding the listener's consciousness whilst whisking the listener away to worlds yet unexplored. And its sound field is as robust as it is majestic, which is no surprise considering it was recorded at the esteemed studio Klangschmiede E with Markus Stock of The Vision Bleak/Empyrium. At six songs in 40 breathtaking minutes, Okeanos is the album by which Firtan enter into the elite.
Hear for yourself with the new track "Tag Verweil" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Legacy, Germany's premier extreme metal authority. Also hear the previously revealed "Seegang" exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. In the lead up to the album's release, Firtan will be playing a number of shows/festivals over the coming months (dates after the jump).
New Hampshire's Begat The Nephilim have teamed up with Decibel to stream their entire new album Begat the Nephilim I: The Surreptitious Prophecy / Mother of the Blasphemy which will be released on June 15th via Unholy Anarchy.
Listen to the album here: https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2018/06/12/full-album-stream-begat-the-nephilim-i-the-surreptitious-prophecy-mother-of-the-blasphemy/
In addition, the band have announced a number of shows to coincide with the release. Check out all dates below.
15th - Bungalow - Manchester, NH
16th - Cooks Cafe - Naugatuck, CT
29th - The Tank - Agawam, MA
30th - 212 - Westbrook, ME
12th - Century Bar - Philadelphia, PA
13th - Lakeside Tavern - Richmond, VA
14th - Grove - Knoxville, TN
15th - Springwater Supper Club - Nashville, TN
16th - Highlands Taproom - Louisville, KY
17th - The Estate - Columbus, GA
18th - Verona - Port Richey, FL
19th - Warrior on the river - Tallahassee, FL
20th - Slims - Raleigh, NC
21st - The Palladium - Worcester, MA (W/ Summer Slaughter)
Pre-order the album here: https://unholyanarchy.aisamerch.com
Begat The Nephilim is an American blackened melodic death metal band based out of Southern New Hampshire that has a sound comparable to acts such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, Cattle Decapitation and Fleshgod Apocalypse.
Since the bands inception in August 2012 Begat The Nephilim have shared the stage with high profile acts such as Soulfly, Suicide Silence, Napalm Death, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Morbid Angel, Job For A Cowboy, Dillinger Escape Plan and many more as well as participating in tours/festivals across the US such as Summer Slaughter and the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.
Begat The Nephilim have a heavy yet melodic sound and bring a frenetic and chaotic live performance to the stage which has left a lasting impression on crowds across the US with the band undertaking several nationwide tours and resulted in them being picked up by Unholy Anarchy Records.
Boston-based blackened technical melodic death metal prodigies Unflesh recently announced their debut record, Savior. Set for release on Friday, May 25th. Savior will strongly appeal to fans of Arsis, Dissection, Necrophagist, Naglfar, Emperor, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Obscura, Dimmu Borgir, Alterbeast, and Revocation.
Prior to the upcoming release of Savior, Unflesh put out Transcendence To Eternal Obscurity in 2016, a well-received six-song EP that featured session drums from Alkaloid/ex-Obscura genius Hannes Grossman. After it's release, Unflesh took on a full band line-up, began to play live shows, and work towards the release of their newly announced upcoming album, Savior. Today the group partnered with AntiHero Magazine to launch the albums third single, "Final Writhe".
You can check out Unflesh - "Final Writhe" HERE
You can also listen to Unflesh - "The Eradication Commenced" HERE
**You can also check out the first single, "Bestowal Of Decay" HERE
Unflesh - Savior (Out May 25th. Self-Released) Album Promo Download Link
Pre-orders for Unflesh - Savior are now live
Ryan Beevers (Solium Fatalis) – Vocals and Guitars
Chris Dovas (Seven Spires) – Drums
Peter De Reyna (Seven Spires) – Bass
Chris Gardino (Pathogenic, Wolfsmyth) – Guitars
From the ashes of Dublin veterans Coldwar, Seznar have emerged, even more enraged and potent as before delving far into philosophies and marrying it with the raw energy of extreme metal.
Vocalist Trevor McLave explains that:-
"Inspiration behind the name derives out of numerous relating sources. The argument put forward in Ernst Cassirer’s essay on man, where he argues man is a symbolic animal being one. Senzar, as the mystery of the mystery language, whether this be mythological or not, is in my opinion, in itself a measurelessly potent idea for a name. With regards to Coldwar. That was a project with which the line-up varied over the years. It was consistently transforming. The later Coldwar was by all rights something other than what it had started as. Due to dynamics and politics from within the band it transpired the time was right to allow what was manifesting to become something within its own right. Which is exactly what it now is."
The band will release their untitled debut record, an EP on 20th July 2018 via Hostile Media, and today have released the first taste of what's the come.
Listen To 'CII' - https://youtu.be/3eTIu4LiEl8
"Not to be pedantic but, it’s not a self-titled release, it’s non-titled. We wanted to take our musical ideas a lot further than we were able to with Coldwar, elements of which were hinted at on Pantheist. Creating atmosphere and soundscapes which hold measureless potency, correlating with the lyrics and retaining raw energy and heaviness was our goal. Regarding the lyrics, I guess there are rudiments of consideration regarding mankind’s position in the greater scheme of the cosmos. Beyond that, it really is something purposely devised as being unfixed, thus open to beholders interpretation."
Characteristically esoteric, Senzar are inspired by the relation of the human condition to the complexity and mystery of the cosmos. Motivated by the obscure yet intelligible patterns of order from chaos and our natural creative impulse, and being influenced by the darker, more challenging cultural output of modernity, they articulate a metaphysical engagement between the self and the natural world.
"The music is an endeavour to explore the unity and multiplicity of Being," states vocalist Trevor McLave. "Both interpretive and descriptive, it explores beyond the scope of the rational gaze to disclose the world, which, understood as a totality of all things, we are embedded in, and fundamentally related to in ways which are mystical."
Pre-Order 'Seznar' Here: www.facebook.com/hostilemedia/shop
Greece's Rotting Christ arrested in Georgia on grounds of terrorism-related charges pertaining to band name
Rotting Christ have been arrested in the Eastern European state of Georgia on spurious grounds involving charges of terrorism allegedly based on the band's name.
Rotting Christ frontman Sakis Tolis relates the events in his own words:-
"We arrived in Georgia's capital Tbilisi very early in the morning of Thursday, 12th of April. After the regular document check at the border, my brother and I were stopped by the police on our way out from the airport. After some minutes, we were ordered to follow police to another area of the airport under the pretence of further questioning before entering the country. Instead, we had our passports and mobile phones taken away and were lead into a prison cell. When we were demanding to be told the reason for this arrest, we were simply told this information would be 'confidential'. Our lawyers informed us later that we are on a list of unwanted persons of national security that branded us as Satanists and therefore suspects of terrorism.
Without previous warning and no official reason, we found ourselves in jail, locked into a small and rather dirty cell and without being permitted any contact to the outside world or legal representation or our embassy for 12 hours. Conditions were bad and no further information provided during this time.
Luckily, only the names 'Tolis' were on the list and the other two band members started to work with the local promoter to extract us from prison and commence legal procedures. It took strong efforts and a complicated procedure to find a solution. Due to the hard work of the local promoter, who involved legal experts, journalists, and activists in Georgia, we were finally released. We are extremely grateful to everybody involved in this process. In the end, we were even able to perform our show and it turned out to be a fantastic night. We would also like to thank all our Georgian metal brothers for their overwhelming support!"
Rotting Christ were allowed to leave the country towards Armenia without any further complications.
On further news, the band has updated their festival schedule for this summer. Please find a list of confirmed appearances below.
21 Apr 18 Burgas (BG) Youth Cultural Center
04 May 18 Velenje (SI) Metal Days Warm Up show
05 May 18 Izegem (BE) Headbangers Ball Festival
11 May 18 Kopervik (NO) Karmøygeddon Festival 2018
13 May 18 London (UK) Incineration Festival
27 May 18 Langres (FR) Outch! Festival
02 Jun 18 Duisburg (DE) Rage Against Racism
07 Jun 18 Sölvesborg (SE) Sweden Rock
16 Jun 18 ?ervený Kostelec (CZ) Metal Gate festival
14 Jul 18 Anyksciai (LT) Devil Stone Festival
17 Aug 18 Borre (NO) Midgardsblot Festival (exact date tbc)
18 Nov 18 Bucharest (RO) Metal Gates
US Sci-Fi Metallers Xael to release debut album "The Last Arbiter" via Test Your Metal Records on May 18th
L-R - Xolotl - Bass / Back Vocals, Tuurm - Lead Guitar / Back Vocals, Nassaru - Lead Vocalist / Guitar / Studio Drummer, Sorgiem - Lead Guitar - Photo Credit: Shannon Wells
Test Your Metal Records are proud to announce they will unleash North Carolina sci-fi metallers Xael's debut album "The Last Arbiter" on May 18th, 2018.
Combining elements of extreme metal with orchestrations and folk music to create soundscapes for the imagination, the sci-fi inspired band's music focuses on the endeavours of its members in a science fantasy epic. From the wastelands of war torn planets to the pits where the fallen gods dwell, Xael paints an odd and fantastic world musically and visually. The band was founded by Nassaru of Rapheumets Well as well as Sorgiem “Daniel Presnell,” Tuurm “Alex Rush”, and Xolotl “Fernando Ortega and is joined by musical artist is Rei Haycraft, Firran “Joshua Morse” and Zabrûz “Chris Hathcock.”
"Xael started out as a personal project that evolved into a unity of like-minded musicians. The music derives inspiration from extreme metal, folk and tribal music, as well as 80's synth and sci-fi textured scores. We are very excited to for people to see the handwork and detailed time we put into this album given the limited resources we had. Xael "The Last Arbiter" is not just a musical regurgitation but a unique experience that follows an intrinsic story. Our characters, emotions, and trials of life are woven throughout the album as we aim to bring a very diverse and immersive album to our growing fan base."
A teaser for the album can be viewed at https://youtu.be/eHw9zZVlPL0
Music Video - Apathy of The Immortal - https://youtu.be/Y6MB9RFKhjg
Music Video - The Last Arbiter - https://youtu.be/pDiWtgZiLiE
Album pre-order available on Xael's official website here and TYM's Bandcamp here.
“The Last Arbiter” Album summary:
The sky ghost, the wayfarer, the shadow of time, the exile; he is called by many names yet for the Immortal, he is cursed to traverse the cosmos aimlessly, searching for an unattainable purpose. Chained to him is a beast, a demon from antiquity who the immortal keeps as a reminder of his past.
Upon the corridors of the Tymeer capitol the immortal presents his seemingly profound doctrine called the “Compendium of Ethical Symbiosis” which outlines a harmonious way of governing and regulating the various civilizations under the ruling regime through casting down warmonger ideologies and laws which degrade the value of its species.
Though momentarily entertained, the ruling counsel of Tymeer dismisses the wisdom of the wayfarer. Passing through the city gates tired and morally degraded, the immortal along with his insidiously chained demon wanders into the wastelands of Tymeer. It is here that his journey begins
April 13 - Greensboro, NC - Shiners - info (Fuel The Magazine Anniversary Show)
Not stopping for one second! Straight off the back of their UK tour in support of new album Reanimation, released January 2018 via Hostile Media, melodic extreme metallers Bloodshot Dawn have unveiled their new music video 'Shackled'. The video was directed by Paul McGuire of Obscenery Films.
Watch 'Shackled' Here - https://youtu.be/W79nOt56zq0
Band leader Josh McMorran comments, "This song is about everyone's limitations on themselves. It also represents my personal struggle with depression and my regrets in the way I dealt with the situation. It's a reminder to myself that the only thing holding me back is myself and that I shouldn't fall back into those chains!"
Out via Hostile Media on 12th January 2018; Reanimation features prominent guests including Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore), Paul Wardingham, Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams, The Faceless), Mendel Bij De Leij (Aborted). The album was mixed and mastered by Per Nilsson from Scar Symmetry while artwork was completed by Chris Kewli & Tomasz Strzalkowski. Stream the album on Bandcamp and all other major streaming platforms, such as Spotify, Deezer, etc.
Stream 'Reanimation' In Full Here - https://youtu.be/wOHY09QTVe4
Catch Bloodshot Dawn Live!
17/04 - Quebec City, Le Scanner - Canada
18/04 - Montreal, Piranha Bar - Canada
19/04 - Ottawa, Cafe Dekcuf - Canada
20/04 - Toronto, Hard Luck - Canada
21/04 - Kitchener, Schwaben Club - Canada
22/04 - Guelph, Silence - Canada
24/04 - Winnipeg, The Doghouse - Canada
25/04 - Regina, Cloud Nine - Canada
26/04 - Saskatoon, Black Cat - Canada
27/04 - Edmonton, Brixx - Canada
28/04 - Vancouver, Astoria - Canada
29/04 - Kelowna, Muninn’s Post - Canada
01/05 - Calgary, Distortion - Canada
22-24/06 - Hellfest Open Air Festival - France
4-9/07 - UK Tech-Metal Fest - UK
26/07 - Soma, Osaka - Japan
27/07 - Imaike 3 Star, Agoya - Japan
28/07 - Cyclone, Tokyo - Japan
29/07 - Cyclone, Tokyo - Japan
Order Reanimation Here:- www.hostilemedia.net/shop
Greek extreme metal band, Karma Violens, have released a lyric video for 'Sons Of Destruction', the song is taken from their third album ‘Serpent God‘, and is set for a release on April 13th via Growl Records (Inactive Messiah) a division of ROAR! Rock of Angels Records (Monument, Gods Of Silence, Mean Streak, Panorama, Oblivion). The video was made by Jim Evgenidis at Iconfilworx and can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/yMQEJfpssUM
‘Serpent God‘, was produced and mixed by Costas Papadopoulos and Karma Violens at Symbolic Studios. Recordings by Costas Papadopoulos at Symbolic Studios. Mastered by Andreas Karayiannis at Dysmorphia Studios. The artwork and layout created by Greek Design mastermind Giannis Nakos at Remedy Art Studios.
Karma Violens returns with their 3rd album “Serpent God“. The album is an outcome of their new sound – an amalgam of extreme metal forms, with black metal influences prevailing. “Serpent God” is a conceptual album, mainly focusing on the transparency of today’s social standards and ideas. Freedom, or lack thereof today, is the main body of what the album conveys; man’s tendency to create social “musts” and “have-to’s” via religion, God and modern society. The Serpent God is the liberation from our modern way of life.
Karma Violens are:-
Marios – Vocals
George – Guitars
Costas – Guitars
Steven – Bass
The band was formed in 2002 and made an impact on the Greek metal music scene, a result of its powerful live performances (supporting Judas Priest, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Fear Factory, to name a few). The release of their first EP “Katara” was chosen as “demo of the month” In UK’s Metal Hammer in May 2007. Karma Violens deliver with ‘Serpent God‘ an amalgam of black/death metal sound, creating a gloomy and dark atmosphere from the very first second of the intro song.
Xenoblight launched new lyric video "Transcendence", featuring the seventh track off Xenoblights debut album "Procreation".
Band comments: "People and dire circumstances can push minds over the edge, but who divides the insane from the sane?"
Explore the lyrical universe in Xenoblights track "Transcendence" off their debut album "Procreation" backed by galloping double pedals, shrieking vocals and piercing guitar riffs all presented through Scott Rudd Film editing and Fendieart's cover artwork.
The new album from Moldovan group Francis is entitled A Million Years Of Loneliness and highlights many urgent and serious problems of our time; personal, social, political and global, with acute social issues coming to the forefront. The themes of the eternal struggle for the right to “live in the sun”, for the right to be the first, for the right to reach the most difficult and daring dreams don’t leave the listener throughout the entire track list.
On a musical side, the material is a mixture of extreme metal and a more melodic direction of modern metal music, as well as interspersed with symphonic and electronic arrangements. The melodic sound came from the influence of bands working in completely different genres: As I Lay Dying, Arch Enemy, Nightwish, etc. Aggressive couplets and breakdowns with melodic choruses are created in the style of Metalcore/Melodic Death and coexist with thrash, death and modern-metal elements. The vocal parts are represented by a combination of extreme vocals with a clean voice, which expanded the creative space for the music’s authors and gave the tracks a striking motif matched by a clear, bright voice. Thus, the recording involved two vocalists.
The composition of the texts on A Million Years Of Loneliness involved the whole group agreeing on different opinions in a single concept for each individual song. The special uniqueness of the texts of the album consist of describing the atmosphere of the problems of each topic. Francis offer the listener not only a specific social, philosophical or personal problem, as food for thought, but also an interpretation of their own emotional feelings of a certain situation, thereby motivating the listener to intuitively comprehend the composition.
Guitar parts were recorded in home studios. Mixing and mastering services, as well as aid in the arrangements, was provided by the studio MoonHome after a long search for the optimal sound of all instruments.
A Million Years Of Loneliness | Released March 27th, 2018 on Sliptrick Records
Kirill Izhakovsky – Vocals
Alex Baboy – Guitars/Programming
Artemy Kessler – Bass/Extreme Vocals
Band links: Facebook | VK | Youtube | On Sliptrick
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