Austria's Belphegor reveal album artwork and announce first dates for the 'Totenritual Crusade 2017'
On September 15th, European diabolical death/black metal kings Belphegor will unleash their new full-length inferno ‘Totenritual’, releasing their diabolical death/black sounds onto the world once again.
Today, the band have revealed the cover design of the upcoming album. The artwork was created by Greek artist Seth Siro Anton, who also painted the cover artwork for ‘Pestokalypse VI’ in 2006 and ‘Conjuring The Dead’ in 2014.
Belphegor are also pleased to announce that they will be heading to our UK and Ireland shores again. Support bands on this run will include Deströyer 666, Enthroned, Nervochaos and Nordjevel. The dates are a part of a wider European hell ride which will kick off September 28th in Copenhagen, Denmark.
28.09.2017 - DEN - Copenhagen, Pumpuheset
04.10.2017 - GER - Weinheim, Café Central
05.10.2017 - GER - Oberhausen, Helvete
06.10.2017 - BEL - Bruges, Het Entrepot
07.10.2017 - BEL - Marbehan, Salle du Bois Isles
08.10.2017 - London, The Dome
10.10.2017 - Glasgow, Audio
12.10.2017 - Belfast, Limelight 2
13.10.2017 - Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
17.10.2017 - FR - Marseille, Jas' Rod
18.10.2017 - CH - Lucurne, Schuur
20.10.2017 - AUT - Graz, Xplosiv
Belphegor will soon reveal the remaining Rituals and cities for this tour of brutal Death/Black Metal cremations!!
‘Totenritual’ was recorded at Stage One Studios, Germany and Studio Mischmaschine, Austria. Over three years have passed since the ‘Conjuring The Dead’ album was released. The new album was mixed by Jason Suecof and mastering handled by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios, Florida.
French Heavy / Power Metal band, Öblivïon, (ft. former Nightmare members) have have signed with European label ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records. Öblivïon's debut album ‘Resilience‘ includes 11 tracks and was recorded, mixed and mastered by Pat Liotard (Nightmare, Now Or Never). A first video trailer can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/psib7UpQrJ0
Öblivïon is representing the "Dream Team" of Heavy Metal's musicians in France! Jo Amore, David Amore and Steff Rabilloud (3 former members of Nightmare) joined by Markus Fortunato, bassist 6-string soloist from metal-neoclassical (Fortunato, ex-MZ) and the shredder Flo Lagoutte - a new guitar hero - coming from the metal extreme scene (Forsaken World). Be ready for a Tsunami in the European power metal scene...
Jo Amore - Vocals (Now Or Never, Temple Of Dio, ex Nightmare)
David Amore - Drums & Machines (ex Nightmare)
Markus Fortunato - Bass (Fortunato, ex MZ)
Steff Rabilloud - Guitars (Urgent, Hey Stoopids, Eye On Maiden, ex Nightmare)
Florian Lagoutte - Guitars (ex Despairhate, ex Fenrir, Forsaken World)
Due to its original and timeless compositions, the quintet is proud to raise the flag of the melodic metal through solid, lyrical, powerful and excellent melodic songs, presenting by twin-guitars, hooks, unrestrained, speedy pace, with symphonic, progressive elements and great lyrics. When Classical Hard Rock meets a mix of modern sounding metal production.
On this first opus, the amazing voice of Jo Amore (Now Or Never, ex former member of Nightmare) has never been so crystalline and raging, magnified by the most charming melodies, he has never sung before, with a lyricism as its top.
"Resilience" will blow the minds of lovers of Melodic Modern Power Metal. Öblivïon is the mighty force of a Power Metal raced and bloody as hell.
Four musicians from four different countries with four entirely different biographies, yet all stemming from the world of Rock, now united in one band: Exit Eden
The all-female four piece ensemble unites all attributes ascribed to the new millennium: cosmopolitan, self-confident-independent and ready to do their very own thing! Despite their diversity, the four singers Amanda Somerville, Clémentine Delauney, Marina La Torraca and Anna Brunner blend together personally as superbly as they do vocally with their very diverse vocal tones and techniques that go from opera style to raspy rock! This constellation created extraordinary and powerful ideas and finally became their unique plan to raise Exit Eden’s very own edge: to show the world that almost every classic song can be transformed into a solid metal-rock song.
Exit Eden’s debut "Rhapsodies in Black”, which will be released on August 4 via Napalm Records (worldwide excluding Germany / Switzerland / Austria via Starwatch), is home to a colourful mix of international super hits from Rihanna to Madonna, from Depeche Mode to Adele, and many more! Still and all, it’s miles away from being just a cover album. A first video will present a grand entrance very soon! Stay tuned for more updates on Exit Eden
Who the musicians are:
Amanda is a rock-solid authority of the music scene: both as a solo artist and sharing success and the stage with bands like Avantasia, Epica and Kamelot. Though her US-American roots are based in Pop & Rock, she fell in love with the Metal scene and made it her home. She has toured with Alice Cooper, Ian Gillan and many more legends with her commanding voice and fronts the projects Trillium and Kiske Somerville (with Helloween icon Michael Kiske). All of this, combined with her wide range of experience, grants her a unique edge and a permanent address in the Metal world.
A natural talent, Anna began singing at a very young age. As a daughter of a German father and an American mother, she grew up bilingual and founded her first Rock band as a teenager. Due to a music study that lead her through different parts of the world, she garnered a multitude of experience and it became crystal clear to her: music has to rock – and vocals need to be emotional – just like a passionate scream.
Marina La Torraca:
Hailing from Brazil, Marina was born with rhythm in her blood. As the auspicious frontwoman of several Metal bands since the age of 15, her path led her to Europe, where she got to perform with Avantasia and to found her up-and-coming band, Phantom Elite. Since having studied musical theatre in New York, the versatile singer and actress can also be seen internationally in musical productions, including the upcoming German tour of the Broadway-Hit, RENT. For her, being close to the crowd is what counts – no problem for her and her natural convincing character.
Clémentine was born near Paris 30 years ago. She has been a multi talent since her childhood days – no matter if she was dancing, playing the piano or singing – she enchanted her audience. At the age of 16, she joined her first Metal band, she is currently fronting Symphonic Metal outfit Visions Of Atlantis and also worked with Serenity and Melted Space. Another one of her career highlights is her participation on Kai Hansen’s (Helloween, Gamma Ray) first solo album, released in 2016. Thus, Clémentine has carved her way into being one of the great performers of the scene.
On August 25th, 2017, French metal force Dagoba will release its seventh studio album, “Black Nova”, as a cooperation of Jive/Epic for France and Century Media for the rest of the world.
Formed in 1997 and inspired by 90's American metal greats such as Pantera, Machine Head and Fear Factory, Dagoba quickly expanded their furious sound with dark, symphonic and industrial elements culminating on what is to become their strongest album to date, “Black Nova”.
Shawter – singer, guitarist, composer and leader of Dagoba – helmed the recordings of “Black Nova”, which took place at Eagle Black, his own studio in Marseille, whereas Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica, Heaven Shall Burn) took care of mix and mastering. “Black Nova” sounds massive with rich dynamics, towering riffs, vigorous shouts and infectious melodic choruses all over the place. The equally powerful artwork was created by Seth Siro Anton (Septic Flesh).
The first single "Inner Sun" premieres on Rock Hard France's sampler CD out this week – "Inner Sun" will be available everywhere on May 19th.
2. Inner Sun
3. The Legacy Of Ares
4. Stone Ocean
5. The Infinite Chase
6. The Grand Emptiness
7. Lost Gravity
8. Fire Dies
9. Phoenix et Corvus
Known as an impressive live act, Dagoba are about to set sails for Japan in May with full European touring under way right around time of release of “Black Nova”. Stay tuned for further details in the coming weeks!
Death metal diehards Skelethal have recently premierde the new track "Pantheon of the Abyss" via InvisibleOranges.com. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated debut album, Of the Depths..., set for international release on June 23rd via Hells Headbangers. Hear Skelethal's "Pantheon of the Abyss" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from the now-fertile French death metal scene, Skelethal comprise two diehard death metal addicts, Gui Haunting and Jon Whiplash, who decided in early 2012 to form a band mainly influenced by the genre's classics: Entombed, Carnage, Morbid Angel, Pestilence, Autopsy, and Death among others. With that foundation firmly in place, Skelethal unleashed the Morbid Ovation demo in 2012 and then two critically acclaimed EPs in 2014, Deathmanicvs Revelation and Interstellar Knowledge of the Purple Entity, which were later compiled onto CD in 2015 as Morbid Revelations.
Having played many gigs and spread their name in several countries, Skelethal are now about to reveal their first full-length, Of the Depths..., for new label home Hells Headbangers. The duo's aim is plainly stated - absolute DEATH WORSHIP - and once again, they will wield the Metal of Death like a scythe, an axe, and blunt hammer simultaneously, all in obeisance to occult forces beyond the mien of man. Being diehard death metal addicts themselves, Hells Headbangers couldn't be more pleased to have Skelethal among its roster, and are anxiously anticipating unleashing the band's rumbling, roiling tank-tread of a sound.
Indeed, the immediately tangible heft and just utterly CRUSHING weight of Skelethal is felt upon the first few seconds into Of the Depths.... It is familiar, for sure, for the duo proudly wear the aforementioned influences, but just like their opening clutch of EPs, Skelethal manage to authentically extract the essence of said influences rather than ripping them off wholesale (or worse). In that sense, Of the Depths... verily becomes a proud 'n' potent entry into the classic death metal canon, being no more but certainly no less than actual DEATH fucking METAL done by two diehards who live (and die) for this form of filth. And yet, with nine tracks spanning a total of 40 minutes, Skelethal here display some subtle twists to their timeless sound, branching out but barely, never betraying themselves or their chosen metal; it simply becomes a longer, stronger display of all that made the band tick and kick before, a deeper and darker plunge into cosmic horrors and boundless morbidity. Will you join them and become Of the Depths...?
Take the next plunge exclusively HERE, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com. Additional plunges can be taken with a teaser video for the new track "Chaotic Deviance" HERE at Hells Headbangers' YouTube channel and at Hells Headbangers' Bandcamp HERE, where the album can be preordered, and where both "Chaotic Deviance" and "Catharsis" are both streaming.
French death metal legion The Walking Dead Orchestra is the latest addition to Unique Leader Records' expanding roster of brutality. The band will release their self-produced, as-yet-untitled second full-length later this year.
Issues the band:-
"Two years of hard work were necessary for the writing and production process of this record. We decided to propose a more mature, personal, and of course, wilder record than our first album. We went back to our roots with straight, old-school death metal riffs. Our choice to develop our own identity pushed us to record, mix, and master the album ourselves. This is a new chapter in the band's story. We promise many surprises. We are proud to join the Unique Leader family for the release of this record. Run! Epidemic is coming."
The Walking Dead Orchestra was forged in 2011 in Grenoble, France. In 2012, the band unveiled its first EP Oppressive Procession, and performed nearly thirty shows throughout France alongside the likes of Betraying The Martyrs, UltraVomit, Death Mentality, Agnostic Front, Promethee, and many others. That Summer, the band was able to secure a three-week tour of Latin American with Descomunal which included a performance at Ecuador's QuitoFest.
2013 saw the release of their Klonosphere-issued Architects Of Destruction debut. Offering a more professional production quality, the record was recorded and mixed by Mickaël Valesi at Sonovore Studio in France and mastered by Charles J. Wall (Whitechapel, King Conquer, et al) at Sonic Assault Studio in Florida. The nine-tracks comprising Architects Of Destruction reaped critical acclaim among underground critics in the know with Metal Temple writing, "This release is not merely a collection of tracks about the undead, but an account of what one may feel if lost in a zombie epidemic. The band seems well-equipped for an impending armageddon."
The following year, The Walking Dead Orchestra shared stages with Suicide Silence, Six Feet Under, Napalm Death, M:Pire Of Evil, Loudblast, Benighted, and Mumakil before joining Broke Hope and Internal Bleeding on their European tour in 2015.
On Friday 24th March, the official pre-sale for the concert film "Rammstein: Paris" began ahead of its worldwide release on May 19. The film, which will be released in many configurations, sets new standards. In March 2012, during the "Made in Germany" tour, Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund shot two acclaimed Rammstein concerts at the Palais Omnisports arena in Paris in front of 17,000 spectators. Featuring 22 songs from the band’s entire repertoire, the resulting film is not only the most spectacular collection of imagery about the most successful German rock band of our time, but also a masterpiece of music cinema, capturing Rammstein's energy as a unique visual and sonic experience.
Åkerlund is notorious for his radical, pioneering video clips for bands such as The Prodigy, Metallica, the Rolling Stones and also Rammstein. Absurd details, upended perspectives, shocks of contrast and sensory confusion flicker through his music productions, and in "Rammstein: Paris", he celebrates this from the very first minute. Rammstein play 22 songs (128 mins), ranging from "Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?", the first song from the very first album, to "Frühling in Paris" from the last studio album "Liebe ist für alle da".
Artistically and dramaturgically ingeniously staged, like an overwhelming video clip, "Rammstein: Paris" is one of the best rock concert films of all time. “Absolument“
A first impression of this masterpiece can be seen HERE.
French hardcore metal group DeathAwaits, come at you kicking and growling their way through their head-smashing new video Brainless. Taken from the forthcoming album, Solve Coagula (out 14th April via Sliptrick Records), the track really bristles with anger and aggression whilst showing plenty of musical dexterity. Check out the video below.
Video directed by Anthony Mouchet
Special thanks to Vincent Portal (Torv) for his acting skills
DeathAwaits have also announced a release party on April 15th and tour dates across France and Spain in May to promote the new album Solve Coagula. If you have the chance, get yourself along and catch one of their storming live shows …you won’t regret it.
Apr 15 | Bordeaux, FR
May 05 – Tours, FR
May 06 – Angers, FR
May 07 – Poitiers, FR
May 19 – Nancy, FR
May 20 – Vormelange, FR
May 25 – Cantabria, ES
May 26 – Palencia, ES (at Brutologos Fest)
May 27 – Salamanca, ES
May 28 – Barcelona, ES
Florian Garrigue – Vocals
Jordan Bonnevialle – Guitar
Damien Riou – Guitar
Frédéric Bouziat – Drums
Thomas Granturco – Bass
DeathAwaits are endorsed by EICH Amplification, Atelier Kraken, Skull Strings, SP Custom, DINE Wear, Riki le Plectrier.
Band links: Facebook | Youtube
French black metallers AOSOTH are in the process of recording their fifth studio album, and today they have released a new trailer. It's available here:
AOSOTH started recording their new album in July, 2016. Its release date has been shceduled for 2017 on Agonia Records, while its title is yet to be revealed.
The band's two-track EP "IV" was released last October on Agonia Records. It serves as bridges between their fourth full-length record "IV: Arrow In Heart" (2013), and the upcoming one.
More details will follow soon.
16.02.2017 Reykjavík @ Oration Mmxvi, ISL (with Mgła, SvartIdaudi, Sinmara)
21.10.2017 Bucharest @ Rites of Black Mass II, RO (with Blaze Of Perdition)
Today, death metal tyrants Ritualization stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss, at heavily trafficked webzine Transcending Obscurity. Released on February 3rd by Iron Bonehead Productions, stream Ritualization's Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss exclusively HERE.
Hailing from the now-fertile French death metal underground, Ritualization have been patiently fine-tuning their fiery craft for a decade now. Although diehards are familiar with the band's name, Ritualization strike upon the international scene with Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss, a 10-track/44-minute firestorm of malicious and iron-fisted DEATH METAL.
Ritualization are the gathering of four individuals who share the same ideas about the way death metal must be played. Manning the six six six wires of hatred, Infamist’s initial purpose was to bring another musical incarnation to the light of darkness. He began to jam with Blastum (warhammers) in late 2005 to early 2006 until Warchangel joined the fold in September 2006 to take care of vocal duties, soon followed by Krig (pulse of the dead + ghouls vomit). Four tracks were recorded in April 2007 in their ritual chamber; this rehearsal tape was meant to spread the name of the band.
In March 2008, Ritualization performed their very first ritual in Colmar, France with fellow death metal maniacs Bloody Sign and Necros. Then the band recorded The Abduction Mass that spring. This tape contained four tracks of brutal and obscure death metal, plus a cover of the mighty Finnish gods Archgoat's "Black Messiah." This demo was unleashed through Blood Harvest's brother label Zombie Ritual Tapes, and it remains sold out to this day.
In 2009, Ritualization focused on gigs and played in Lille (with Terminal War and Disgust), in Lyon (with Proclamation, Blasphemophagher, Vortex of End, and Deadly Sins), and finally Paris (with Vorkreist, Purge, and old comrades Bloody Sign). Meanwhile, the band still worked on new material in order to hit the studio the following year to record material for their upcoming releases.
An alliance was sealed with French black/death cult Temple of Baal to create a split album through Agonia Records. Titled The Vision of Fading Mankind and released in late November 2011, this critically acclaimed split introduced Ritualization to their widest audience yet. Meanwhile, during summer 2011, Set enters the band as second guitarist to increase the audial impact and live aggression, performing his first live rituals at the Surrender to Death gig in Clermont Ferrand and the Ritual for the Dead in Berlin. Then, in 2013, a 7" EP entitled Beyond the Shrine of Shattered Bones is released through Blood Harvest Records.
Now, with Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss, Ritualization bring forth an unadulterated vision of death metal and a tribute to bestial legions such as Angelcorpse, Incantation, Archgoat, Immolation, Centurian/Nox, Ravager/Hacavitz, Naked Whipper, and many more minions of audial darkness. Channeling obscure death metal onstage and unleashing releases forged in the faithful tradition of what death metal must be - that is Ritualization's purpose. Hear the entire sacrament exclusively HERE, courtesy of Transcending Obscurity webzine, as well as read an in-depth interview with the band.
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