Furious Argentine Groove / Thrash unit Granada will be releasing their latest full length "Sincronizado" via Symbol of Domination Prod.
Metal Underground exclusively streamed the music video of the title track of the album, which can be found at this location
Granada was formed in the year 2008 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Founded by Guillermo Estévez (vocals and guitar), the band´s debut show was in 2010 with Black Dahlia Murder (USA), and continued with a series of shows in every possible venue in Buenos Aires and the rest of Argentina. With 03 full lengths and one EP, the band has crossed the border by touring the neighbouring countries and achieving huge admiration from the audiences of all over the world.
Granada achieve their own sound with their 4th album "Sincronizado", recorded at "El Pie Recording Studio" and Chulengo, produced by Guillermo Estévez. The album will be released by Symbol of Domination Prod., and will be distributed by Icarus Records (Argentina) and Blacktape Unorthodox Records (Argentina)
Testimony from the band about the video:
"Taxidermy is the preserving of an animal's body via stuffing or mounting for the purpose of display or study. In the official video, we shot a real Taxidermist working for us, trying to communicate that the process of recording and album or song, or even playing it live is similar to Taxidermy."
It was a battle of the best from the Philadelphia and Boston areas for the first ever Wacken Metal Battle USA to send one American band to play at this year's Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany as part of the festival's international Metal Battle competition. The final four came down to Corpse Hoarder (Philadelphia), Goblet (Boston), Power Theory (Philadelphia) and Upheaval (Boston) for one to play the stage at Wacken. Bringing their blasts of metal ranging from power, black, death, thrash and a mixture of more, the first ever Wacken Metal Battle USA champion was crowned to Corpse Hoarder who brought an exciting, energetic set of their blend of groove death grind metal that the judges could not deny being presented to the Wacken stage.
The Wacken Metal Battle USA final was held in Philadelphia on May 20th at the Whiskey Tango.
Wacken Metal Battle USA Finalists
Corpse Hoarder (Philadelphia) - https://corpsehoarder.bandcamp.com/ - WINNER
Goblet (Boston) - http://goblet2.bandcamp.com/
POWER THEORY (Philadelphia) - http://www.sentinelmusic75.wix.com/powertheoryand
Upheaval (Boston) - http://upheavalboston.bandcamp.com/
Wacken Metal Battle USA will be returning for 2018 with an announcement of participating cities and submissions.
Please follow them at http://www.metalbattlusa.com and https://www.facebook.com/metalbattleusa/.
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!
Nuclear Oath is a five-member groovy, heavy, sludgy, intense, and interactive metal wrecking crew from Medicine Hat, Alberta. Influenced by such bands as Pantera, Slipknot, Sylosis, Lamb of God, and Avenged Sevenfold, they will be releasing their new album ‘Toxic Playground’ on June 9, 2017 to follow their debut EP 'Ashes of the Unborn'. The forthcoming album will take the listeners on a journey inspired by the band's personal experience and struggles combined with intense energy. They hope each individual who listens takes something different from the band.
"We feel it is an aggressive album from start-to-finish, which generates different emotions as the album progresses.” says the band.
Teaming up with TheGauntlet.com, Nuclear Oath premiere the second cut and the album's title track 'Toxic Playground'.
Bassist Nathanael Bohnet comments:
“This is the title track off the album and also the last song we wrote for the album. We wanted to aim to make the track as hard hitting as possible with it still maintaining a strong structure. Overall, we feel this song properly captures the feel of the entire album, musically and lyrically.”
Check out 'Toxic Playground' at the following link: http://thegauntlet.com/article/32806/THE-GAUNTLET-PREMIEREs-NUCLEAR-OATH-2nd-Single-TOXIC-PLAYGROUND-
Album pre-order available at https://nuclearoath.bandcamp.com/album/toxic-playground
Having been through so many phases and transformations throughout the years, it seems that often, heavy metal music can seem over-complicated - too complex, showy or pretentious. Alternatively, it can be too simple, regurgitated or repetitive. It's easy to forget that putting out an accessible, quality heavy metal recording shouldn't be difficult. Something inspired but direct, razor sharp but heavy. Truly exceptional music shouldn't have to be too conceptually and musically convoluted or dumbed-down to push you face-first into that tingling, meditative journey that it should provide.
With replicated, simulated and easily-absorbed tracks dominating the airwaves and often showy, overly conceptualized prog-dilutions ruling the underground, it seems the ability to achieve any sort of balance of the two in metal is primarily lost. Enter Kansas City metal hybrid Hyborian, who illustrate a perfect equilibrium of rich concept and straightforward songwriting with their debut album, Hyborian: Volume I. The album drops on March 17, 2017 via Kansas City-based label The Company, and is available for pre-order now via www.thecompanykc.com. iTunes pre-orders will go live on March 3, with their first single, "Maelstrom", as an instant grat track.
Check out "Maelstrom", streaming now exclusively via Decibel Magazine: http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2017/2/15/track-premiere-hyborian-maelstrom
As many parts stoner rock as it is retro-inspired and deliciously groovy, Hyborian's Hyborian: Volume I takes the listener on a ride that emits wall-shaking-levels of heaviness and lyrical fantasy, remaining engaging for any metal listener. Immense riffage, barrelling verses and piercing leads combine to create a sound that invites the listener to sit back and become fully-absorbed, when it isn't summoning involuntary elbow-throwing. Lyrically, the album's storytelling style is inspired by Robert E. Howard's Conan stories, but based on an interstellar, extra-dimensional cloaked being called The Traveller. Hyborian: Volume I tells his legends from the time before written language.
Lead vocalist Martin Bush discusses the roots of Hyborian's lyrical inspiration, "I grew up reading pretty much anything I could get my hands on, which included me raiding my dad's book collection. He had a ton of classic sci-fi and fantasy, from Asimov and Heinlan to Howard and Cooper. Because of that, this writing style comes very naturally to me."
He further explains, "Basically The Traveller is a being that exists outside of humanity's understanding of space and time. He is the source of all life in the universe, but is not omnipresent. He wanders the cosmos, visiting and recording times of great strife or hardship, great suffering or great triumph. We are his chosen mouthpiece on Earth, so we relate those stories, whether from far in the past or far in the future. For instance, "Maelstrom" is the story of a mountaintop battle between a being who has just achieved a higher consciousness in the midst of a scuffle with a sentient storm. In order to defeat the creature in the storm, he expends his newfound powers and gives up his life.
We are also pretty into cryptography, so there are several hidden messages on the album from The Traveller if the listener is clever enough to find them."
When a band says they built their sound from the ground up, they normally don't mean it literally. Once again, Hyborian prove individuality in this department, as Hyborian: Volume I was recorded at the band's own studio that they built themselves and eventually began also using as a rehearsal space. The album was then mixed by Justin Mantooth at Westend Studios (Radkey, Family, Godmaker) and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East (The Red Chord, Torche, Trap Them).
Bush says that recording on the band's own terms, in their own space, really helped them achieve their best product: "We decided to build our own space to record simply because it cost us about what it would have cost to track at a decent studio, but now we have a home base to make record after record after record. The art of crafting an album as opposed to a group of songs is somewhat lost, or at least relegated to the realms of people with incredibly deep pockets, so being able to really play around and do all the extra stuff that makes an album an album was really important to us."
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Instagram - @hyboriancult
During February (official release date TBA) Semper's new album Kháos will be released through Necromance Records. This album have been recorded, produced and mixed in Goat Studios (www.facebook.com/GoatStudiosLP) and the cover artwork have been designed by Kendall Johns (www.facebook.com/artworkofkendalljohns).
Pre-order will be available soon through Necromance Records's bigcartel shop (necromancerecordsshop.bigcartel.com), meanwhile, Necromance Records in advance presents the second track "En Nombre De".
Internationally-renowned Groove Metal band Lamb Of God recently announced the upcoming release of their brand new EP, entitled The Duke, out November 18, 2016 via Epic Records. The Duke EP is titled after the new track "The Duke", written in honour of the band's late friend and fan, Wayne Ford, who was named after "The Duke" John Wayne. You can listen to the track "The Duke" here:https://youtu.be/GzybO09MOmA
As previously announced, in conjunction with The Duke EP release, Lamb Of God is offering the following items as part of an online charity campaign, which is now live via www.propeller.la/lambofgod
All proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (https://www.lls.org/):
- Randy Blythe's Ashes of the Wake gold record plaque
- Signed signature model guitars
- Signed copies of handwritten lyrics
- Signed copies of The Duke EP on CD
- Signed copies of The Duke EP on Vinyl
- Signed copies of Randy Blythe's book
- Pair of Chris Adler Pro-Mark Drum Sticks Signed by Chris
- Signed Drum Head
**Contributors who give $5 or more will automatically be entered to win Randy Blythe's Ashes of the Wake gold record plaque.
At www.propeller.la/lambofgod, you can also contribute to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society without receiving a reward.
The Duke EP pre-orders, including CD and vinyl versions (vinyl out November 25):
Merch Bundles: http://theduke.lnk.to/merch
Finnish extreme metal band Pohjoisen Soturit have released their debut album "Oksat Pois... Ja Osa Latvuksista" today via Inverse Records. The band have released several music videos and the latest video "Sisu" is available here: https://youtu.be/FxM6WJnkE2Q
The album is available on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5pCEogTmGLuu8Ung5fcCYg
Groove / Oriental Metal artists Shokran have announced the release of their second album Exodus. Exodus tells an ancient story. You'll have a chance to join the times of the Pharaohs' reign, namely, The Plagues of Egypt times, which had persuaded the Pharaoh to release the ill-treated Israelites from slavery, the beginning of the Exodus.
Accompanied by the tough riffs, minor harmonic melodies, furious rhythm section, beautiful clean singing and all the lung's power screams, Exodus causes a full-immersion in the antiquity. As a special bonus the CD version of Exodus will be a double CD with the standard album and an instrumental version of the album.
Exodus will be released on September 17th
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