Denmark's Myrkur wins Metal Hammer’s 'Album Of The Year' award at Golden Gods Ceremony for 'Mareridt'
Renowned Danish composer and classically trained multi-instrumentalist, Myrkur’s, recent full-length release Mareridt was the recipient of Metal Hammer’s prestigious Album Of The Year Award at last night’s Golden Gods Ceremony, as chosen by the magazine’s editorial staff! A full list of winners is available here.
Mareridt is available for purchase via Relapse.com HERE and on all digital retail outlets HERE.
A full collection of Myrkur’s music videos and live performances is available AT THIS LOCATION.
On Mareridt (translation: Nightmare), Myrkur explores deeper into the mysterious and the feminine with 11 songs that further progress her visionary blend of metal with gorgeous, stirring melodies, dark folk passages, choral arrangements and superb, horrific beauty. The conceptual masterpiece includes lyrics in multiple languages, an unforgettable collaboration with Chelsea Wolfe and an array of special instrumentation including violin, mandola, folk drums, nyckelharpa (an ancient Swedish key harp), and Kulning (an ancient Scandinavian herding call).
Like a marriage of King Diamond's 'Them' with Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake', Mareridt is a carefully composed concept freed from genre - a profound manifestation of nightmares that demonstrates Myrkur as one of the truly exceptional artists of our time. The compositions sweep into one another like a soundtrack designed to guide the listener through emotional turmoil. Timeless, triumphant, powerful and hypnotic, Mareridt is a sonic nightmare that you never want to escape.
Amalie Bruun - all instruments and composition.
Myrkur Tour Dates:
Jun 28 Madrid, ES Download Madrid 2018
Jun 29 Varnial, LT Kilkim Zaibu Festival 2018
Jul 06 Roskilde, DK Roskilde Festival 2018
Jul 07 Roskilde, DK Roskilde Festival 2018 (Folkesange)
Jul 22 Brescia IT Colony Open Air
Jul 27 Tolmin, SI Metal Days
Aug 09 Jaromer, CZ Brutal Assault
Aug 18 Berlin, DE Pop-Kultur
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Galactic Empire release new video for 'March Of The Resistance' off new album Episode II, out now via Rise Records.
Watch to 'March Of The Resistance' here
Talking on new album Galactic Empire said:-
"While our debut allowed us to bring a new perspective to much-loved anthems, our latest technological terror is a darker, heavier and far more epic testament to the true power of the Dark Side of the Force. We are confident that any rebel strongholds that remain after the last cycle will soon bow before the Empire. There will be no one to stop us this time."
Galactic Empire are touring the EU this June.
You can see Galactic Empire this summer at the following dates:
16th June Download Festival, Paris, France
17th June De Helling, Utrecht, Netherlands
18th June Logo, Hamburg, Germany
19th June Kesselhaus, Weisbaden, Germany
20th June Rock The Ring Festival, Switzerland
22nd June Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium
23rd June Reading 3, Tel Aviv, Israel
26th June Impact Festival, Krakow, Poland
28th June Download Festival, Madrid, Spain
30th June Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, Helsinki, Finland
Tickets on sale now.
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)
Last Days Of Eden are proud to announce that Oviedo Filarmonía Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Director Gaspar Muñiz will be recording a symphonic version of the new album. We are really looking forward to making this, and we thing that this is gonna be an amazing mix between classic, traditional and modern music. There´s no doubt that this is gonna be a really important step in our career!.
Influenced by bands such as Symphony X, Dream Theater, Haken, Plini, Rush along with classical, jazz and progressive rock, Montreal's instrumental violin prog metal Cydemind offer a refreshing take on progressive music that is sure to attract interest from a wide audience with their new album "Erosion". Teaming up with TheProgReport, the quintet is proud to premiere the full stream of the release, which consists of six compositions including a 27 minute masterpiece of the album's title track.
"We’re very excited to finally release Erosion. We’ve been working on it for so long; to finally launch it feels like we’ve reached the summit of a mountain that took 5 years to climb. We hope you’ll appreciate the scenery as much as we do. Thanks for supporting us and here’s to many more albums!”
"Erosion" was recorded in Montreal at The Grid with producer Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Agonist, Beyond Creation, Neuraxis) along with additional recording of grand piano done at Studio 270. Album artwork was done by drummer and band co-founder Alexandre Dagenais along with lyrical poems included with the release written by pianist Camille Delage. The poems describe each composition as the album gravitates around the theme of nature and its persistence through time.
To hear the full stream of "Erosion", please visit the following link: http://progreport.com/cydemind-stream-their-new-album-erosion/
'Erosion' is available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify and all other major online retailers.
In additional news, Cydemind's local CD launch in Montreal will be held June 17th at the Cabaret Lion D'Or with special guest progressive rockers No Ticket.
Tickets are available on www.lepointdevente.com.
Olivier Allard (Violins)
Alexandre Dagenais (Drums)
Camille Delage (Keyboards/Piano)
Nico Damoulianos (Bass)
Kevin Paquet (Guitars)
Up-and-coming extreme metal label The Artisan Era is proud to announce the signing of Dark Matter Secret, a talented instrumental progressive death metal project started by guitarist and composer Denis Shvarts and fretless bassist Pavel Semin. Previously, the group released a challenging two song demo in 2015 called Xenoform that rightly drew attention and praise their way. Dark Matter Secret will be releasing their debut album this June, with more news regarding the album to be announced in the coming weeks.
"We are ecstatic to announce the signing of Dark Matter Secret. Hailing from Russia, the instrumental trio (with members of Arkona and Irreversible Mechanism) bring forth something fresh to the table with their truly progressive death metal sound. Be on the lookout for their debut album this summer!"
Galactic Empire have recently announced their self-titled album, to be released on 3rd February via Rise Records. Alongside the record, the band have just premiered 'Rehearsal One' which can be viewed here.
With a couple of singles that quickly captured the attention of music and sci-fi fans alike, the announcement of the band's highly anticipated debut album should be welcome news.
In a joint statement, the band says: “At long last! Our preparations are com...plete. The mighty Galactic Empire will unleash our ultimate weapon in the battle to bring heavy metal to your galaxy. The puny humans at Velocity and Rise Records have succumbed to the crushing power of the Dark Side and will release our debut full-length album on which we pay tribute to Supreme Sith Overlord John Williams with 11 tracks of pure sonic devastation. Join us, and together, we can rule the galaxy!"
Check out Galactic Empire performing the main Star Wars theme
Wed-1-Feb London UK 02 Academy Islington
Thu-2-Feb Southampton UK Joiners
Fri-3-Feb Milton Keynes UK The Craufard Arms
Sat-4-Feb Brighton UK Patterns
Sun-5-Feb Plymouth UK The Hub
Mon-6-Feb Bristol UK Fleece
Tue-7-Feb Cardiff UK Globe
Wed-8-Feb Birmingham UK Academy 3
Thu-9-Feb Leamington Spa UK Zephyr Lounge
Fri-10-Feb Manchester UK Satans Hollow
Sat-11-Feb Edinburgh UK Opium
Sun-12-Feb Glasgow UK ABC2
Mon-13-Feb Newcastle UK Academy2
Tue-14-Feb Reading UK Sub89
Wed-15-Feb Oxford UK Academy2
Thu-16-Feb Derby UK The Venue
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