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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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
Witch County nefarious frights Devilment – led by vehement frontman Dani Filth, are incredibly pleased to announce their forthcoming masterpiece ‘Devilment II: The Mephisto Waltzes’. The record, which is the follow up to 2014’s debut ‘The Great And Secret Show’, will be released by Nuclear Blast Entertainment on 18th November 2016.
Dani had this to say on the subject of the new record:
“Everybody in Devilment is very excited about the prospect of releasing our latest album, ‘II – The Mephisto Waltzes’, which we have worked extremely hard on. The album is definitely a step-up from our debut, featuring a more mature, dissonant presence coupled with a darker edge, yet at the same time utilising our better musical assets to deliver a unique metal hybrid. I don't even know what to classify it!”
Dani’s crew have meticulously pieced together a second blood-spattered batch of deranged anthems that brings vastly more colour, intensity and lyrical versatility to this band’s spectral palate. The second Devilment record makes no splintered bones about its nefarious intent, offering a bewildering torrent of disparate and demented ideas and delivering them with refined, ultra-gothic panache and several jolting doses of Dani’s trademark verbal subterfuge. Assisted by long-time collaborators Lauren Francis (keys and vocals), Colin Parks (guitar), Nick Johnson (bass) and new drummer Matt Alston, Dani has arrived at the telling moment where Devilment become a genuine force to be reckoned with.
Regarding the album’s artwork, Dani revealed:
“Winner of many international awards, the artist for the new Devilment album is Elena Vizerskayaaka Kassandra, whose photography and photo-manipulation perfectly complements the mysterious and magickal world of Devilment. Elena's work is sometimes compared to Dali and Magritte due to the complexity of artistic figures and the perceptible amount of layers, something to be felt and not necessarily understood, exotic dreams filled with reflections and allusion. I have been a fan of Elena's work for a long while now and had originally wanted to utilise it for the Cradle Of Filth album, 'The Manticore And Other Horrors' as far back as 2011, which only fell through when band politics intervened and an in-house label artist was used instead.”
“In conjunction with Elena, the booklet was compiled and further augmented with illustration by Dan Goldsworthy, who has also undertaken album artwork for the likes of Accept, Hell, Xentrix, Gloryhammer and Sylosis, amongst others. His contribution to the album has provided it with a minimalist dark uniformity, punctuated by slick and classily macabre imagery, the perfect balance to Elena's gorgeously vibrant photography.”
The album was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered at Grindstone Studios by close friend and long term collaborator Scott Atkins (Cradle Of Filth, Behemoth, Sylosis, Savage Messiah...), between March and July of this year.
“Scott has worked very closely with the band to share our vision and we are very proud of the finished result, especially the megalithic production values and the hammered-home emphasis on song writing.”
Devilment recently announced an extensive UK tour which will commence this December. The run will kick off on December 6th in Colchester, taking the band through 11 UK cities – before wrapping up at eminent Southampton venue, the Engine Rooms on December 19th.
Tickets are available to purchase here:
Dec 6th – Colchester, Arts Centre
Dec 7th – Nottingham, Rock City Basement
Dec 9th – Stoke, Sugarmill
Dec 10th – London, Boston Music Room
Dec 11th – Norwich, Waterfront
Dec 13th – Glasgow, Stereo
Dec 14th – Newcastle, Think Tank
Dec 15th – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
Dec 16th – Leeds, Key Club
Dec 18th – Reading, Sub 89
Dec 19th – Southampton, Engine Rooms
Prevail delivers groovy death metal directly from the darkest parts of Jutland Denmark. The experienced 5 piece including former members of Svartsot is a relatively unknown quantity in the Danish metal scene. Prevail have spent time developing the aggressive tone that is a the steppingstone for their debut album that has received the appropriate title "War Will Reign". The album is a tornado of leg crushing guitar riffs and technical ability. "War Will Reign" is an inferno of sound that takes no prisoners. There is no doubt that Prevail is "old school" but they are also a band that doesn’t shy away from great melodic choruses inspired the new and alternative metal genres that have gained tremendous popularity all over the world.
The production of the album is thick, chaotic and crystal clear and is recorded and mixed in the legendary Hansen Studios by Jonas Haagensen.
Lyrically Prevail addresses topics and stories about the darker sides of the human mind, the question of war, pain, worldwide spread of disease, and generally the darkest corners of the human mentality.
They have already shared the stage with bands like Unearth, Ferocity, Corpus Mortale, Artillery, Illdisposed, Konkhra, One Machine and many others. Now Prevail are ready to stand on their own feet and convince the metal community that Denmark have a brand new metal warship that will resonate for several years. The album will be released on October 15 and will be celebrated with two release parties respectively Von Hatten October 1st and Lygten St. October 15th.
Trinidadian Groove Metallers Lynchpin became the first metal band from the Caribbean to play in Europe, the highlight of their adventure was ultimately performing at the Wacken Open Air in Germany. They had won the W:O:A Metal Battle Caribbean competition and took their small scene to one of the world's largest. Now we at GMA doth our cap to these gentleman and hope that after their tour in Germany and The Netherlands, they they'll visit the UK.
Sadly they did not win the Wacken Metal Battle, nor came in the top five, but still representing your country is an achievement on it's own. The winners were Zombies Ate My Girlfriend, a Death Metal band from South Africa.
Last summer, internationally-renowned heavy rock band Lamb Of God released their latest Grammy-nominated full-length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, which includes the emotive anthem "Embers" featuring Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno.
In order to further illustrate the story behind "Embers", Lamb Of God has revealed the official music video for the track. The video is directed by Zev Deans, also recognized for directing videos for Ghost, Behemoth, Chelsea Wolfe, and others.
Watch the "Embers" Video and Read a Personal Op-Ed by Mark Morton via Vice/Noisey Here
Lamb Of God will perform in their hometown on August 20th at Gwar BQ 2016 in Richmond, VA. Tickets are available here.
VII: Sturm Und Drang landed a #2 first week debut on the Billboard U.S. Top Current Albums chart, #3 on the Top 200, and #1 on both the Rock Album and Hard Rock Album charts.
Get your copy of VII: Sturm Und Drang here: Lamb-of-God.com | iTunes | Amazon | Google Play
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