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)
The leading Hungarian folk metal band, Dalriada just released a new music video for ‘Búsirató’ from the upcoming new studio album ‘Nyárutó’.
Watch the video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAeR3u9dHIc
‘Nyárutó’ will be released by Nail Records on digipak CD, MC and digital. Worldwide release: 19th January 2018 and distribution will be operated by Plastic Head Music Distribution (www.plastichead.com) - the album will be available on all major digital platforms!
Studio recordings were done by Denevér Studió and final works and mastering by the Finnish Finnvox Studios under the direction of Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Amorphis, Sólstafir, Stratovarius).
Direct pre-order available from now on through the band’s website: www.dalriada.net
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 - Budapest - Barba Negra Club
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 - Pécs - Est Café
Fri, 26 Jan 2018 - Szolnok - Váróterem Club
Sat, 27 Jan 2018 - Szekszárd - Est Café
Sat, 03 Feb 2018 - Sopron - Hangár Music Garden
Sat, 10 Feb 2018 - Miskolc - Helynekem
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 - Debrecen - Kaptár Klub
Sat, 24 Feb 2018 - Kecskemét - TEKA
Sat, 03 Mar 2018 - Győr - Bridge Klub
Sat, 10 Mar 2018 - Zalaegerszeg - Atlantis
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 - Szombathely - Végállomás Klub
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 - Dunaújváros - Rockmaraton Festival (/w Powerwolf)
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 - Vizovice, Czech Republic - Masters of Rock (/w Helloween, Powerwolf, Korpiklaani, Orden Ogan, Van Canto)
Wed, 08 Aug 2018 - Villena, Spain - Leyendas del Rock (/w Saxon, Nightwish, Sepultura)
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 - Falun, Sweden - Sabaton Open Air (/w Powerwolf, Battle Beast, Beast in Black, Primal Fear)
Hungarian black metallers Nocrul have released their fourth full-length "Eye Of Terror" via Bandcamp. It contains seven new heroic black metal songs and a cover from the band Heaven And Hell.
The band comments: "The Eye of Terror is a realm of madness and despair, where skies weep blood, ancient stars burn in multi-coloured flares and the whims of the Dark Gods of Chaos hold sway. The weak and foolish bands like to say the new record is their very best - we think this kind of statement is pure humiliating of the previous releases and the listeners who enjoyed them. Nocrul's new material is just as good as any others before! The only but slightly differences is that the songs have more variety through the album than before - not to be better, but because this was the requirement of the Chaos Gods!"
Apart from Bandcamp you can find the first lyric video on Youtube!
Unsigned Budapest alternative metal outfit Madison Paradox has just unleashed a new video to the masses. The video, for the song "SINS," is a hybrid music/lyric video for the title track of their debut album that was released July 30th. The band features ex-Claps For Caroline drummer Zoltan Rivasz-Toth and will be taking 2018 by storm.
"My number one track on our debut album was "Sins" from the moment we finished writing it. I knew I planned wicked and painful visuals to reflect on the lyrics themselves. It is everything we wanted our album to be, hence the album title becoming 'SINS' as well. Its atmosphere swallows me for 3 minutes and then spits me back into reality when its done feeding off my current mood.”
- Peter Torok (Vocalist)
Madison Paradox is an alternative metal band, established in August of 2016 from Budapest. Their story begins with finding the fifth and final member to their current formation, "We’d hit the point of no return when Zoltan Rivasz-Toth (ex-Claps for Caroline) joined as our drummer. He was well prepared to take the best out of the band with lots of experience on stage and within the music industry. We showed 2 of our demo songs and that basically set the five of us to start writing an entire LP. It’s been a year of music production along with the preparation for live shows and the shooting of our first music video for "ESC".”
They played their first show 4 months after appearing on social media by opening up to Jonny Craig’s newest formation, SLAVES, in Budapest. They acknowledged it as a huge success as their first show, "The reactions were mind blowing. We thought that people barely know the band and suddenly we are standing on stage with countless people in front of us, singing our songs by heart.” The undeniable "Madison-sound" has an atmospheric, emotional appeal to their darker roots reflected by heavy breakdowns, and close-to-pop clean vocals in contrast of raw screams. The unique blend of metal music and dark melodies guarantee the euphoric feeling on their shows as well as the shivering we all strive for, which is seen on their first album S I N S that was released July 30th, 2017.
MADISON PARADOX LINKS
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Portugal's Dark Metal pioneers in Moonspell are set to release their brand new and hotly anticipated album, titled '1755', on November 3rd 2017 with Napalm Records.
The band's 13rd studio record will not only outclass all standards you have ever heard from your favourite Portuguese before, sung in their native language it's the musical version of the year of horror when a giant earthquake wrecked Moonspell's home town Lisbon. This album is a dark adventure, breathtaking and completely earthshaking!
Moonspell's '1755', coming as CD digipak, digital download & LP gatefold editions, is now available to pre-order HERE!
For the first time ever, Moonspell recorded their new album in Portuguese only, but there will be one bonus track appearing in Spanish, and today the band has released this stunning version for the song 'Desastre'! Dive into the brand new tunes by the masters of dark art and check out Moonspell's upcoming album - bonus track right HERE!
Says vocalist and creative spirit Fernando Ribeiro:
"Desastre is a homage to all our Spanish-speaking fans around the world. In the late 18th century, in our streets a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese was spoken and guess what that’s exactly what we do here! This song is about how the earthquake took Lisbon by surprise and how we are nothing but a a human leave left alone to break when a strong winds blows. Enjoy Desastre, gracias y saludos!“
In support of Moonspell's upcoming release, the band will be heavily hitting the road this year, while kicking off in Portugal and Spain first, followed by an extensive tour with CRADLE OF FILTH in early 2018! Make sure to catch the masters of dark art live on the following dates:
30.10.17 PT - Lisbon / Lisboa Ao Vivo (Special album release show)
31.10.17 PT - Lisbon / Lisboa Ao Vivo (Special album release show)
01.11.17 PT - Porto / Hard Club (Special album release show)
with special guests Bizarra Locomotiva and Norunda:
03.11.17 ES - Santiago / Malatesta
04.11.17 ES - Bilbao / Santana 27
05.11.17 ES - Valencia / Rock City
06.11.17 ES - Barcelona / Salamandra
07.11.17 ES - Zaragoza / CC Delicias
08.11.17 ES - Madrid / Sala Caracol
09.11.17 PT - Arcos De Valdevez / Casa das Artes ( special theatre show! )
10.11.17 PT – Aveiro / Teatro Aveirense ( special theatre show! )
12.11.17 PT - Castelo Brnaco / Cine Teatro Avenida ( special theatre show! )
07.12.17 PT – Loulé / Cineteatro Louletano ( special theatre show! )
with CRADLE OF FILTH:
18.01.18 CZ Prague, Roxy
19.01.18 CZ Ostrava, Garage
20.01.18 SK Bratislava, MMC
21.01.18 HU Budapest, A38
23.01.18 PL Krakow, Kwadrat
24.01.18 PL Warsaw, Progresja
25.01.18 PL Gdansk, B90
27.01.18 DE Leipzig, Hellraiser
28.01.18 DE Berlin, C-Club
29.01.18 DE Hamburg, Grünspan
30.01.18 DE Bremen, Schlachthof
01.02.18 NL Tilburg, 013
02.02.18 NL Haarlem, Patronaat
03.02.18 DE Osnabrück, Hyde Park
04.02.18 DE Cologne, Essigfabrik
06.02.18 DE Bochum, Zeche
07.02.18 DE Frankfurt, Batschkapp
08.02.18 DE Nürnberg, Hirsch
09.02.18 DE Saarbrücken, Garage
10.02.18 CH Pratteln, Z7
12.02.18 IT Milano, Live Club
13.02.18 IT Bologna, Zona Roveri
14.02.18 FR St. Etienne, Le Fil
15.02.18 ES Barcelona, Salamandra 1
16.02.18 ES Madrid, Mon Live (former Penelope)
18.02.18 FR Limoges, CC John Lennon
19.02.18 FR Paris, La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
20.02.18 FR Lille, Le Metaphone
21.02.18 FR Besancon, La Rodia
23.02.18 DE Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
24.02.18 DE Mannheim, MS Connexion Complex
25.02.18 AT Dornbirn, Conrad Sohms
26.02.18 AT Wien, Simm City
27.02.18 DE München, Backstage Werk
01.03.18 BE Antwerp,Trix
02.03.18 DE Flensburg, Roxy
03.03.18 DK Odense, Posten
04.03.18 NO Oslo, Vulkan Arena
05.03.18 SE Stockholm, Fryshuset Klubben
Leading Hungarian folk metal band, Dalriada unveils new album details, new booking agency and first festivals for 2018!
‘Nyárutó’ will be released early 2018 by Nail Records on digipak CD and digital. Worldwide release: 19th January 2018. Direct pre-order starts on the bands website on 6th December 2017 - limited fan editions also. Worldwide distribution will be operated by Plastic Head Music Distribution (www.plastichead.com/) - the album will be available on all major digital platforms!
Nyárutó is going to be the 8th studio album of the ultimate Hungarian folk metal band, Dalriada. Album title refers to the folkish name of the month August - following the traditions as every Dalriada album dedicated to a month in line.
One unified, ambitious, in terms of its musical keys something similar to the previous records’ vehement wildness album was born, which is still deeply interlaced by the power and effect of the Hungarian folk music and cultural patrimony.
Amongst the covered themes there’s one saga from Szent István’s period (the founding of the hungarian state) but ancient Hungarian folk tales, a song about the medieval witch trials, some tracks in remembrance of the “hungarian El Cid”, Thury György (“turkish beater valiant”) also can be found.
Fajkusz Banda - the internationally well-known folk band - played a very important role again as with their authentic hungarian strings music they helped to deepen Nyárutó albums folk music bondings. Album artwork by long time Dalriada design artist Lakihegyi-Binder Júlia.
Dalriada inked new international booking deal with RTA - Rising Talent Agency (The Vision Blea, Draconian, Amberian Dawn, Wisdom, Manegarm, Helrunar etc.) , - a division of RTN-Touring (Alestorm, Korpiklaani, Arkona, Heidevolk, Borknagar, Kamelot, Korpiklaani, Mayhem, Moonspell, TYR, Wintersun, Hypocrisy etc.) in 2017!
2017 was an eventful year for the band: 70000 tons (Cripper Award win), Metalfest Open Air Plzeň, Durbuy Rock Festival, Cernunnos Pagan Fest and more to come in 2018! Leyendas del Rock festival appearance (as the first ever hungarian band to play the legendary spanish metal festival) already announced - now we are happy to confirm Hungarys leading folk metal act, Dalriada’s first ever gig in Sweden - after many gigs together on festivals in Hungary - the band will play on the very own festival of Sweden’s finest metal band: Sabaton. Sabaton Open Air will take place in Falun, 15 to 18 august 2018
- 2017, November 4, La Guerre des Gaules Festival ,Liege, Belgium
- 2017, November 18, Tanzt! Festivall, München, Németország
- 2018, august Leyendas Del Rock, Spain
- 2018 august 15-18 Sabaton Open Air / Falun, Sweden, Sabaton-Land
Hungary's Ghost Toast released their critically acclaimed third album "Out Of This World" today June 7th 2017 via Finnish Inverse Records. Listen to the album on
Ghost Toast is an instrumental, experimental progressive rock band from Debrecen, Hungary, formed in 2008. They love heavy, trippy music and film scores as well, so they use these elements to create their own unique music.
Their music video Gordius is available here: http://bit.ly/2qaDpni
The songs on Out Of This World are connected by a loose concept - a connection between fantasy and some mythological themes.
Ka Mai means a pawn of fate (see title of the last track) and refers to Stephen King's Dark Tower saga. It does not directly refer to the novels (though we believe that the mixed mood sets and theatrical elements match it very well), it's rather the words themselves and their meaning which grabbed us and suited the concept.
Gordius is the most complex item on the album, the name derives from this fact and human complexity, and this was the basic idea that the projected images shown in the video were applied on.
Alia got the name from the character in Frank Herbert's Dune, the speech samples originate from the TV miniseries. She is a tragic character who turns into a monster, a severely troubled mind trapped in a little girl's body.
The Dragon's Tail is our first attempt to create a movie score without an actual movie behind it. The title is somewhat of a pun, but the dragon represents the world of fantasy into which the music tries to teleport the listener.
Minotaur is a half-chill out, half-pounding song, this duality represented by the title also, perfect for a some labyrinth rambling.
Kaia is based on a sample from an American a capella singers' band called Kaia - it is a Finnish children's song ("Kaiababies"). The name Kaia also means "from the earth" or "pure" in Greek, and "sea" in Hawaiian.
Last Man was inspired by the novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, and two movie adaptations (Last Man on Earth and Omega Man), the speech samples are from these movies as well. We tried to represent the dramatic mood of the story, gradually built up from beginning to end.
Ishvara is our first song which was basically created on demand. One of our friends' Indian dance group asked us to create a rather modern song - one that they can still perform their traditional dance moves on. Ishvara can mean supreme soul, ruler, lord, king, queen or husband, God, Supreme Being, personal god, or special self.
Pawn of Fate (one who has hope but no real choices) is the grand finale and farewell of the album, the background was already elaborated at the Ka Mai part.
László Papp (drums)
János Stefán (bass, sound fx, samples)
János Pusker (cello, keyboard)
Bence Rózsavölgyi (guitar).
Toast in the shell (self-released in February 28, 2011)
There is no en... (self-released in November 22, 2013)
Gordius -Single (May 12, 2017) (Inverse Records)
Out of this World (June 7, 2017) (Inverse Records)
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