Italy-Based Avant Extreme Metallers Syk stream I-Optikon exclusively via Revolver; album out now via Housecore
Italy-based avant extreme metal merchants Syk will unleash their maniacal I-Optikon full-length via Housecore Records tomorrow, December 2nd, 2016. Produced by Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Scour, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Arson Anthem etc.) and Stephen Berrigan (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Eyehategod, Haarp, Classhole, etc.), I-Optikon features the debut appearances of recently recruited second guitarist Gianluca Ferro who's collaborated with Andy Timmons, Kiko Loureiro, Guthrie Govan, Jeff Loomis, and more. Worshippers of artists like Meshuggah, Crisis, Diamanda Galas, Starkweather, and general sonic annihilation, listen up.
In advance of its release, today Revolver Magazine is offering an exclusive stream of the record before you can buy it at THIS LOCATION.
For I-Optikon preorder options, point your browser HERE. For digital orders, go HERE.
Led by the nihilistic vocal assault of Dalila Kayros, Syk scorches ears and torches the soul with their grim, complex, chest-rupturingly weighty brand of noise-laden, apocalyptic-sounding savagery. Forged by Stefano Ferrian and Federico De Bernardi Di Valserra, both former members of the well-known long-running avant-grind monstrosity Psychofagist, the band released their debut Atoma via Czech imprint L'Inphantile Collective in 2014. Following performances supporting the likes of Godflesh and Gigan, the band piqued the interest of Housecore Records.
Metal Trenches accurately calls I-Optikon, "an artsy, unconventional fusion of Meshuggah guitar and drum work with off-kilter clean vocals from one Dalila Kayros. She bares a similar nihilistic approach to melody as Björk Guðmundsdóttir. Hers is a bit more aggressive, but I can't think of a single more appropriate comparison. Compositions are quite technical, and the results are unlike anything else I have heard," while Echo Eyes hails, "female vocals that carry a yell like Exene Cervenka, if done with the same power as Henry Rollins."
Ghost of Mary plays melodic death metal with symphonic and orchestral elements borrowed from classical music. The band, active from the early months of 2014, recorded its first concept album “Oblivaeon” , an original allegory about life and death. The compositions are structured with progressive architectures and immersed in a dark atmosphere. The songwriting is articulated and distinctly melodic, characterized by a heavy metal rhythm section and swedish death guitar riffs. The voice alternates different styles, from screaming and growling vocals to clean and scratched ones. The orchestral scores of piano, violin, viola and cello make the music of Ghost of Mary an evocative journey through time.
Let the journey begin.
Italian Death Metal maestros Worstenemy will start recording their new album at Mathlab Studio with producer Jonny Mazzeo on November 27th.
The record will be mixed by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy) in Montreal (Canada). To describe this moment, the band has released a video, talking about the work behind the new album and introducing 2 new members in the line-up :Simone "Arconda" Piras on drums and Luigi Cara on bass.
This can be viewed here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idAB5fruC1Y
Ithilien (FolkCore Metal from Belgium) have signed a licensing deal with Wormholedeath for the worldwide release of their album "Shaping the Soul".
Ithilien speaks of the album:-
"Our goal with this album is to share our experience of grief with the listener, as we believe that it is through loss and pain that our soul is being shaped. This process of grief then becomes a journey through a series of strong emotional stages such as denial, anger, bargaining and depression before the acceptance of reality."
Ithilien is a Belgian metal band defining itself as FolkCore to underline the combination of traditional Belgian (Folk) music, played with Flemish bagpipes, a hurdy gurdy, whistles and a bouzouki; and a modern metal genre (Death Metal, MetalCore) influenced by bands such as Parkway Drive, Architects, All Shall Perish, and many more. Ever since a stable and ideal line-up was formed in 2012, Ithilien has been working hard on its music, live performances and its image in general, making it a concept more than just another folk metal band.
As A Conceit is a five-piece progressive metalcore band based in Venice, Italy.
It's 2016, and the band is back with a vengeance: after releasing their last single in 2015 the band huddled up into the studio to craft their debut full length, out December 2nd. "Boneheads" was the first track taken from "Frown Upon Us", and premiered via Lambgoat, followed by "Idle Hands", which saw Philip Strand of Normandie on guest vocals, via CaliberTV.
Now, the band has teamed up with Prog Sphere to drop a third and final single, "Running Tired", which hooks in the listener right from the beginning, when vocalist Fabio screams to the audience "Can you face death in a life without purpose?". Stream it here.
The quintet also shed some light on the concept of the track, and what it means to them: "The lyrics of 'Running Tired' are about the burden of life we all are carrying, dealing with the feeling of having lost all hopes and letting ourselves go down in a spiral of self-abandonment and detachment from this reality as we're living it, with a nihilist point of view based on the disillusion we get once we realize we exist without any superior purpose and that our lives are all going to end the same, no matter what we do or achieve during the span of our short existence.!"
Coming from the north east of Italy, As A Conceit is a 5 piece Metalcore band based in Venice, Italy.
Established in 2012 from the breakup of previous projects, As A Conceit released the single 'Live Up To The Hype' in early 2013, whilst sharing the stage with several bands around Italy. In late 2013 the first music video for the single 'Living Entities' hit the web, granting a wider acquaintance and laying the foundation for a more elaborate project.
On June 2014, the band released an EP entitled 'Ebb / Flow', with an advanced and improved heavier and more emotional new sound, getting the opportunity to further spread the word about their music by sharing many stages with many bands. On March 2015 As A Conceit released a new single with a music video, 'Transient', an experimentation of the evolution of the band's new sound.
In 2015 Q3 the band announced they started the writing process for their new album, scheduled to be released December 2, 2016.
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My Kingdom Music is extremely proud to announce the latest signing, the skilful, intense and delirious extreme metallers, 5rand! They signed a multi-album deal and "Sacred / Scared" debut of the band will see the light on February 2017.
5rand, headed by the talented, versatile and amazing Julia’s voice, without any doubt a great promise of the Italian Modern Metal movement, have decided that My Kingdom Music is the right home for their music.
They will stand at the deep heart of each listener with the alienating extreme sound of their proposal in the best Arch Enemy, In Flames, Gojira tradition.
"I'm really excited to be signing 5rand to My Kingdom Music" commented Julia. "We’ve put all ourselves in our album working very hard for months on it and at the end we are really satisfied of the final result. "Sacred / Scared" is not an album like others and we are sure the listeners will feel its pulsating energy and passion. We really think that the deal 5rand makes today with My Kingdom Music will be a significant step towards our quest to present people a different way to play Extreme Metal through originality, intensity and devotion!"
The managerial and booking activity of the band will be followed by Rock On Agency and it confirms the high expectations 5rand have.
Keep your eyes peeled for more news heading your way soon!
Italian metallers Windshades will release their debut EP, titled “Crucified Dreams” on November 18th, 2016 on iTunes, Spotify and all major digital platforms. A short video teaser can be viewed below.
Italy's industrial / electronic metal masters Aborym premiere first new song from their upcoming album "Shifting.negative" in the form of a music video. The band's 7th studio album is set to be released on January 25th via Agonia Records. Listen to the new track titled "Precarious" at this link:
The follow up to 2013 "Dirty" was recorded with an all new line-up consisting of founder Fabban, multi-instrumentalist Dan V, bassist & guitarist RG Narchost, guitarist Davide Tiso (ex-Ephel Duath, Gospel Of The Witches), keyboardist Stefano Angiulli and several guest musicians (including Sin Quirin of Ministry fame).
"Shifting.negative" was mixed and mastered by Grammy-award winning Marc Urselli at Eastside Sound Studios (Lou Reed, John Zorn, Mike Patton) in New York, who commented on the album:
"I've known Fabban and Aborym for over 20 years so it's nice that we finally get to work together on an Aborym record and this is the most forward thinking of all the Aborym records for sure! It's definitely a break from the past and a step forward into the future of a band that has never stood still and never wanted to sound like everything else that's out there. They continue to evolve with every record! This is a great sounding album that blends all of their metal and industrial influences and represents a new milestone in the history of such a well respected and established group. I'm excited to be a part of it".
Guido Elmi (Vasco Rossi's legendary producer & manager) is responsible for the album's post-production. Fabban commented:
"We are working with a real professional, a true legend, probably our biggest fan and a great friend. Please join us in welcoming mr. Guido Elmi. No need to say Guido is Vasco Rossi’s producer & manager over the past 30 years and he has worked as producer with dozens of artists including Stadio, Skiantos, Gaznevada, Steve Rogers Band, Clara & Black Cars and many others. Today he's also a singer and songwriter".
Italian Post / Doom Metallers Wows release the official video-clip of the song Nemesi, taken from their latest opus AION, out in November 2015 via Argonauta Records.
While working on new material for the new album scheduled during 2017, the band gave us a new taste of their intensity and visual approach.
"Nemesi" video-clip is both a celebration of the album feedbacks received in the past months and a new step by Wows into the new year made of obscure vibes and dramatic sonorities.
Wows teamed-up with Transcending Obscurity (http://tometal.com/video-premiere-italian-sludge-doom-band-wows) to premiere this new opus of arcane and enchanting images, for a disturbing journey into human psyche.
Altered Shade (Death / Thrash Metal from France) have signed a deal with Wormholedeath for the worldwide release of their album "The Path of Souls".
Digital release date: 25th November 2016 (Wormholedeath/The Orchard)
U.S.A: 13th January 2017 (Wormholedeath U.S.A.)
Europe (Aural Music Group) and Japan (Wormholedeath Japan /Tower Records Japan) TBA.
Altered Shade is a metal band from the south-west of France, that play a powerful death/thrash metal with raw energy through punchy grooves adding a melodic and dark touch. The project was born during spring 2009 when Rudy (guitar) and Cedric (drums) met. Several musicians joined the band, and during January 2012 the final line up was completed by the arrival of Fab (bass), Romain (guitar) and Edwin (vocals). Their music is influenced by old school death, thrash and heavy metal, but also by dark, black, power and brutal. The lyrics are about esotericism and fantasy, but always linked to human psychology. After a few concerts, the band recorded two demos, the last one during 2014. Altered Shade were discovered by the producer Johnathan Mazzeo, which brought the band to record their first album in Prato Italy at the Mathlab Recording Studio under the flag of Wormholedeath Records. This first album “The Path of Souls” has been recorded and mixed by Johnathan Mazzeo and mastered by Chris Donaldson at the Grid studio Montreal Canada. It will be released in fall 2016.
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