The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
Ugly, frost-bitten, troll-ravaged folk-metallers Frost Giant will unleash a new beast in 2018.
Transcending Records is gearing up for the release of The Harlot Star, an 11 track salute to the glory of battle from one of folk metal's most unique and entertaining bands. Frost Giant's third full-length is a catchy mix of 90's So-Cal punk, European folk metal and American hardcore rooted in Norse mythology, historical references and general silliness.
Ahead of the album's release, Frost Giant offers the animated video for "Prisoner of the Past." Check it out at https://youtu.be/TBeOGMINaqg.
Decibel Magazine recently posted a stream of album track "Forgive Me Not" as part of an interview with Transcending Records owner Mike Ramirez. The interview also features songs by Transcending Records artists Transylvania Stud and Mountaris.
Transcending Records will release The Harlot Star on January 19.
Inspired by Norse mythology, epic metal, punk rock, and combined with an American hardcore attitude, Frost Giant drops an icy hammer on everything trendy and weak. The music pays no attention to boundaries, deliberately crossing genres and bringing them all together in one truly unique sound. From the mead-hall sing along choruses to the shredding melodic death metal passages laced with tortured growls and screams, from the pounding double bass to the pop-punk riffs that linger for days, Frost Giant's music journeys through stories and lore, bringing to light the tales of old in a modern folk-metal context.
Whether they be warm memories of hearth and home, heroic sagas, or tragic remembrances, the songs will carve these colourful volumes into the soul of anyone whose ears they touch.
Denmark's Hexis have teamed up with Cvlt Nation and Legacy Magazine to stream the entirety of their new release XII which will be released tomorrow.
Stream XII via Cvlt Nation here: http://www.cvltnation.com/warpremiere-streaming-hexis-xii/
Polish act Dom Zły release their new single off their self-titled debut EP. The title track is streaming now exclusively via Echoes & Dust. Dom Zły is out on 13 October 2017 through Unquiet Records.
Listen to “Dom Zły” now: http://echoesanddust.com/2017/09/exclusive-track-premiere-dom-zly/
Dom Zły was established in late Autumn of 2016 in Puławy, Poland. The inner need to express oneself about everyday realities surrounding us was the main reason for starting this project. The climate of the music is the result of the band members’ common fascination with alternative music and its broad horizons, inclined more towards the heavier or extreme side.
Dom Zły is the crust vision of a degenerated world, condemning the existing order.
The project consists of members of bands such as Kaldera, Hidden World, The Feral Trees, Weedcraft, Panacea and Words Mean Nothing.
Only five months after the release of their last album 'Tando Ashanti', Danish Hardcore / Crust / Post Black Metal terrors Hexis will release a brand new EP called 'XII' coming out on September 29th for 10' vinyl & Digital through Division Records (Closet Disco Queen, Papertank, Process Of Guilt, Unfold…), Moment Of Collapse Records (Cranial, Heaven In Her Arms, Meraine, Red Apollo, etc,..), Crown & Throne Ltd (Primitive Man) et Truthseeker Music (Howl, Human Future, Yards…).
On this new 5 songs EP, Hexis strikes harder, hit faster and takes no prisoner. These guys are not doing a sort of post black metal hipster shit, goddamn no. They are actually the best representation of what black metal has to be in 2017: fierce, relentless, uncompromising, dangerous & wicked. Their style is still firmly rooted in a sort of hardcore urgency, but the atmosphere on this songs is so thick that you’ll somehow find yourself walking in a forest, surrounded by deep fog, unable to see anything, but clearly hearing the wolves all around you.
This EP is the real deal if you’re searching for pure darkness In the meantime, the band unveiled a few days ago a first excerpt from this upcoming effort with "Nefarious" available right now on Bandcamp.
For the record... Denmark, 2010: the idea of creating a hardcore black metal band emerged in the mind of Filip, actual singer and leader of Hexis. His goal was to give birth to a band playing "as dark and heavy music as possible and go on crazy amount of tours around the world and release tons of different records". And it has been successful. Indeed, Hexis’ music is as scary as thrilling, as introspective as explosive and gives an idea of what addiction to darkness could be. To satisfy it, Hexis plays about 200 gigs per year. Among all these gigs and the thousands of kilometres swallowed, Hexis has released 10 records in 7 years, including 3 EP's, 4 splits (w/Primitive Man, This Gift is a Curse, As We Draw, Euglena and Redwood Hill) and 2 full-length albums (Abalam and Tando Ashanti). Hexis is not just music, it is a way of life, a mindset, and every note that reaches your brain will prove it.
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Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Erdve. The freshly conceived Lithuanian experimental hardcore collective will release their debut full-length, 'Vaitojimas' through Season of Mist.
The band comments: "Since Erdve is a very young name, this collaboration is proof that it is all about what matters the most - the music itself. We certainly did not have any expectations that the record could be presented to a wider audience, yet we are extremely proud and happy that our desire to create something meaningful for ourselves has procured a relationship with a record label which believes in artistic value. This partnership is a huge achievement in our creative lives and will set a strong basis for us to communicate our music, ideas, and artistic identity further on. We are incredibly thankful to Season of Mist for this opportunity.''
When Erdve formed in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius in 2016, the band had a clear aesthetic vision of creating a unique heavy sound that experimented with elements from hardcore, sludge, and black metal, yet was not bound by any unwritten "rules" surrounding those genres.
Erdve's members had already been active in their local scene and performed in various acts such as NYKSTA, SRAIGĖS EFEKTAS, and SPIRALE.
The core ideas of Erdve are translated into lyrics, visuals, and sound by in-depth reflection on concepts such as domestic violence, utmost disgusting behaviour, crimes against humanity, and extremism.
Erdve will release their debut album, 'Vaitojimas'' on Season Of Mist in 2018.
Vaidotas: guitar, vocals
Kristijonas: guitar, soundscapes
Copenhagen-based modern hardcore group Psy:code has teamed with Pavement Entertainment for the release of Mørke.
Psy:code has posted a 360 video of album track "Loosen the Tight" at: youtu.be/Qt7kVaBY-Zw
Mørke will be out August 4. Orders available at PavementMusic.com. Psy:code is a band driven by a desire to reach beyond its own boundaries. The band's first two releases, Delusion and Cause and Neglect, were met with critical acclaim by critics worldwide. The praise was not met with complacency and Psy:code set the bar higher when writing their third album.
Mørke is a natural progression, but remains grounded in the roots planted by its predecessors.
Over the years Psy:code has supported several major acts, including Slayer, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Trivium, Gorefest, Illdisposed and Artillery. The band has toured extensively in their native Denmark and throughout Europe.
Psy:code has a series of videos planned in the months following the release of Mørke Tour dates in support of the album will be announced soon.
Italian melodic hardcore combo Fankaz are proud to announce that "Screams Of Lies" official video is out today on VEVO!
"Screams Of Lies" is taken from the band's third album "Seities" that has been released early this year via Wormholedeath / The Orchard, Aural Music and Wormholedeath Japan.
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
Okkultokrati has been awarded Best Metal Album Of 2016 in the prestigious Norwegian Spellemann Awards, for their Southern Lord-released Raspberry Dawn album! The award is the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy, making this a massive landmark for the band and their incredibly adventurous, genre-entangling style of eclectic hardcore punk.
As recently announced, the Norwegian mavericks are hitting the road again this Spring, with new tour dates constantly being updated. See all confirmed live listings HERE, and watch for more dates to be announced.
While paying homage to their native region's 1990s black metal heritage, the cinematic synth/goth rock of the prior decade, and the raging early punk movement ahead of that, Okkultokrati still manages to create sincerely original and infectious music through every bar of Raspberry Dawn, resulting in a starkly raw and original sounding album.
See Okkultokrati's videos for "Magic People HERE, "Raspberry Dawn" HERE, and "Hidden Future" HERE, and stream all of Raspberry Dawn at Bandcamp HERE.
Raspberry Dawn is available on CD, LP, and digital platforms via the Southern Lord store.
Okkultokrati Tour Dates:
3/21/2017 Gleis 22 - Münster, DE
3/22/2017 The Plaque - Leipzig, DE
3/23/2017 DasBACH - Wien, AT
3/24/2017 P.M.K - Innsbruck, AT
3/25/2017 Tetris - Trieste, IT
3/26/2017 Scum - Pescara, IT
3/27/2017 Freakout Club - Bologna, IT
3/28/2017 Cinema Metropolis Umbertide - Umbertide, IT
3/29/2017 Spazio Ligera - Milano, IT
3/30/2017 Trokson - Lyon, FR
3/31/2017 Hipster Cafe - Rouen, FR
4/01/2017 301 Live Club - Lille, FR
4/02/2017 The Flapper - Birmingham, UK
4/03/2017 Black Heart - London, UK
4/05/2017 Audio Glasgow - Glasgow, UK
4/06/2017 The Cluny - Newcastle, UK
4/07/2017 Antwerp Music City - Antwerp, BE
4/08/2017 Merleyn - Nijmegen, NL
4/09/2017 The Pit's - Kortijk, BE - Bang Zoom Noise Produktions VZW
4/10/2017 Magasin 4 - Bruxelles, BE
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