Sliptrick Records are proud to announce their new licensing partnership with Victor Entertainment (Asia). With that news comes the release date of the most recent album from Japanese all girl band Mary’s Blood. The album Fate will be made available in the US, Canada and Mexico via Sliptrick on August 29th, 2017.
Japanese, Tokyo based band Mary’s Blood, are a power metal band formed by ex-Destrose members Eye, Saki and Mari. Originally formed as a 5 piece, the band has now settled into a tight-knit 4 member group with Rio filling the bass position. Although their music is very much of the here and now, the band wear their love of the 80’s proudly and share with that era, a gift of blending melody with tremendous power and precision. Whilst the stylistic influences may be clear, Mary’s Blood have forged their own raw unique sound which gives them their truest identity within the Japanese scene and singles them out as one of the best all girl hard rock/metal bands out there.
The group have had numerous releases since their debut EP in 2011 and are currently promoting their 3rd album release, Fate which has had wide spread critical acclaim in Asia and beyond. Fate and their previous album, Bloody Palace are now being made available worldwide and if you love down, dirty, groovy and melodic heavy metal music played by fantastic female musicians with a fiery passion for what they do, then then these albums are an absolute must for any self-respecting fan of the genre!
Fate (US Edition) | Released Aug 29th, 2017 on Sliptrick Records
Mary’s Blood are:
Eye – Lead Vocals
Saki – Guitar
Rio – Bass
Mari – Drums
Band links: Official Website (eng) | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube
Unholy Prophecies have set September 16th as the international release date for the LONG-awaited debut album of Japan's Necrophile, Awakening Those Oppressed. Featuring current and ex-members of such cult bands as Anatomia, Multiplex, Messiah Death, Wormridden, and Transgressor, Necrophile arose from the ashes in 2012 after a two-decade-long slumber but are now prepared to unleash a torrent of deathrashing insanity with their very first full-length, Awakening Those Oppressed!
Formed back in 1987, Necrophile are widely considered to be one of the first death metal bands from Japan. The band was formed in 1987 by two high school students, Takaaki Ohkuma (vocals/bass, ex-Criminal Christ and later Multiplex) and Keisuke Matsunaga (guitar/drums, ex-Messiah Death). During their original tenure, they were quite prolific. They recorded two demo tapes in 1988 and 1989 - The Terminal Derangement and Beyond the Truth, respectively - and especially the second demo received a lot of attention in the the worldwide underground scene. Then, with the line-up of Takaaki (bass/vocals), Takashi Tanaka (drumers, later Transgressor and Anatomia) and Kenichi Matsunaga (guitar, later Hellchild), they recorded the Dissociated Modernity EP and a split LP with Singapore's Abhorer, both in 1991, and also played several gigs in the USA with Sadistic Intent, Deceased, and many others; they may be the first Japanese death metal act to play the States.
The original incarnation of Necrophile faded out as the members began to play in different bands, but the band reunited and played a gig in December 2012 with the line-up of Takaaki (bass/vocals), Takashi (guitar), and Keisuke (drums). After the reunion, they became active again on the live front and played many gigs in the Tokyo area. Thereafter, they appeared on the Grind Bastards #8 compilation and a split LP with Necrorite, both released in 2014.
But at long last, Necrophile's debut album is upon us! Fittingly titled Awakening Those Oppressed, Necrophile's first full-length is a literal blast from the past, like the hypothetical album that could've followed that cult split LP with Abhorer. From throttling deathrash to quick 'n' concise grindcore, with plenty of filthy headbanging in between, Awakening Those Oppressed possesses the immediately ingraining charm that recalls more innocent times: death metal's earliest, fledgling years, where subgenre splintering had yet to happen, where bands could plough through a whole range of motions so long as they were dark and, above all, DEATHLY. And that's exactly what Necrophile's debut LP is - and it keeps on raging forward, each minute as explosive and exciting as the last. Across ten tracks in 34 minutes, these veterans play with the intensity and enthusiasm of bands half their age. It's not so much a "blast from the past," then, as the past never having stopped: Necrophile are eternal, and they're Awakening Those Oppressed!
Awaken with the first track to be revealed, "Hysteria Siberiana," at Unholy Prophecies' Bandcamp HERE.
Nuclear War Now! Productions sets August 15th as the international release date for Evil's highly anticipated debut album, 邪悪を讃えよ(Rites of Evil), on vinyl LP format.
Evil are a four-piece black / speed metal band from Japan. Formed in 2011, Evil has previously released two demos and a split CD, and now looks to introduce itself to a larger audience with its first full-length album, 邪悪を讃えよ(Rites of Evil). Evil’s blend of black metal succeeds in combining the Italian speed metal assault of early Bulldozer, the unhinged Brazilian Deathcore of Sarcofago, and the uniquely Japanese vocal style of G.I.S.M. Having toiled in the shadows to prepare this black metal Molotov cocktail, Evil is eager to unleash its incendiary debut on a largely unsuspecting public. Feel the full force of their onslaught at Nuclear War Now!'s Bandcamp HERE, where the whole album is currently streaming in the lead-up to its physical release
Nervochaos’ most recent Asian tour - co-headlined with Krisiun and presented by Alpha Omega Management‘s Alpha Omega Tours - was a success and has received a mini-documentary. In the video we will see the band’s passage through Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Indonesia. Watch it here! https://www.facebook.com/NervoChaos/videos/10155486328839645/ or via YouTube here: https://youtu.be/Dq87mOqX-9M
Documentaries for Brazil and Latin America have also been made available, be sure to check out:
Latin America - https://www.facebook.com/NervoChaos/videos/10155462243224645/
All concerts are part of the promotion tour of the recently released ‘Nyctophilia’. The album can already be bought at the main specialized stores of the market, either directly with the band, by email, Facebook or in the official store: https://goo.gl/aF7Xkx.
Nervochaos released their new album ‘Nyctophilia’ on March 10th in Brazil via Cogumelo Records. The art of both the cover and the booklet was created the talented Brazilian artist Alcides Burn (Blood Red Throne, Acheron, Iconoclasm, Malefactor, Queiron, Headhunter DC, etc). ‘Nyctophilia’ was recorded in Italy at Alpha Omega Studio, along with producer Alex Azzali, who is also responsible for mixing and mastering the work. Check out the outstanding 360° live studio video for the song “Total Satan”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AntmUMeGQY
NERVOCHAOS: www.nervochaos.net - www.facebook.com/NervoChaos
No Limited Spiral (melodic death metal from Japan) have signed a distribution deal with Wormholedeath for the worldwide release of their sophomore album "Into the Marinesnow".
Check out the announcement here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HUaE5A8OHU&feature=youtu.be
JAPAN : 26th July 2017 (Wormholedeath Japan / Disk Union Music Distribution)
DIGITAL JAPAN : 26th July 2017
(Wormholedeath Japan / Disk Union Music Distribution)
DIGITAL : 28th July 2017 (Wormholedeath / The Orchard)
USA : 28th July 2017 (Wormholedeath U.S.A.)
CD : 22nd September 2017 (Aural Music Group)
Formed in 2009, No Limited Spiral is a melodic death metal band from Japan. Extreme beats, melancholic melody, and atmospheric keyboards are the trademarks in its music. NLS has released 1 full length album "Precode:Slaughter ", 2EPs "My Bleeding Legacy" and "ONYX" so far. In 2017, NLS begins to attack worldwide, signing up with Worm Hole Death, Italy.
India's Japan-based band Bhaira unveils music video for "Baigan"; title track taken from debut album now out
Bhaira in their own words are "an up and coming band currently located in Tokyo, Japan". Their debut album entitled, "Baigan", [in their words] would definitely be a breath of fresh air in the metal world.
Ajay was more than happy to disclose Bhaira's past and current state:-
"Sanjay and I (Ajay) have been playing together for the last seven years under the name DarkEcho with many line up changes. However, in December 2015, both of us met the lead guitarist, Rustam through a contact who auditioned for the position of the bassist in our band. In the same month, the three of us found the bassist in Malcolm. Right after the four of us met, we decided to take a more solid image under the name, Bhaira. We have been playing in Tokyo, Japan for over one year, and the crowd has been amazing. The metal scene is fairly strong, just trailing the United States and the United Kingdom. However, anything that is "kawaii" spreads like wildfire, overpowering the metal scene."
Bhaira just recently released the title track from their debut album on the 28th of April. You can check it out below:-
The music video was produced by SET Japan. The video was directed by Keivan Salehpour and Alexis Wuillame. The crew excluding the directors consists of Tom Slemmons, and Andy Tyrrell.
The question of how they came up with the music video idea is quite a simple one at the very core, but overarching that is a personal message as Ajay goes on to explain:-
"The word "Baigan" means 'egg plant', but it is slang for something that is messed up or absolutely repulsive in Hyderabadi Hindi (a dialect of Hindi from Hyderabad, India, where Sanjay and I are from). The inspiration for this song / music video comes directly from situations that occurred in my life, that imprisoned me till Bhaira came to my rescue. The four phases that are shown in the video depict the major factors that led me astray, drove me away from playing my instrument, forced me to give up on my dreams and almost making "a slave of my own grave"."
This sense of emotional disarray reflects in the band's music and despite not knowing what to call their music or indeed genre-tag it, Bhaira could probably fall into the Post-Metal category... ultimately whoever listens to them will decide what to call them. As for Ajay, he insinuates that Bhaira are not fussed about the whole genre-tagging thing... a question GMA posed to them.
"This is something that we have never found the answer for ourselves. That being said, we do strive for the heavy sound and intense energy, conveying the emotions and telling stories effortlessly to the listeners. Our major inspirations have been Metallica (obviously), Slipknot, Stromae, System Of A Down, and Hans Zimmer. "
And what about the band name after all, what does it mean and where did that come from? Ajay admits that:-
"As far as the meaning of the word goes, we don't think it has any (if at all there is any, we do not intend to associate with it). When we decided to evolve towards a solid image, we wanted to have a name which is powerful, easy to chant, easy to pronounce, easy to remember, different and most importantly we wanted to personify the band by giving it a human-like name.
It was me Ajay who chose the name, and it was immediately loved and accepted by the whole band. "
Japanese Thrash Metal / Crossover band Beyond Description posted on-line, in streaming on YouTube, the new song 'Castle'. It was taken from their 5th full-length album called "The Robotized World", out via Punishment 18 Records.
Earthists. released their debut record, "Dreamscape," in March and has gained a lot of attention for their technical abilities, as well as meaningful lyrics. The band is heavily influenced by progressive metal bands, some of which elements can be showcased in "Footprints." The standout characteristics of technical guitar work in the verses mesh perfectly with catchy lead guitars, all while implementing Guitarist Yuto Hirabayashi's unique chord progressions.
"Footprints" was originally intended to be an instrumental track. However, when Hirabayashi joined the band, he perfected the track with additional guitar riffs. The end result also included lyrics that focus on the idea that, "We're always meeting and parting in our lives, but in order to move on, we need to look past our footprints behind us."
Watch "Footprints" Play Through Now
"Dreamscape" is available now at Merchbucket and MerchNow.
If you haven't learned the name Earthists., this is a band you'll want to get to know. They've been consistently playing shows in Japan and catching the attention of big name international touring acts. The band stands out with their combination of meaningful lyrics, incredible stage presence and musicianship. These elements are showcased in the new live video for "Dreamscape".
Despite the language barriers, one might think there's a loss in translation, however the lyrics really do explain who the band is and what's important to them as they sing, 'We live on this planet, Forever will we. Don't destroy the only place to stay, There cannot be us anymore once it's broken'.
When Tragic Hero Records discussed the lyrics with Earthists, the band explained the concept of, “What is done cannot be undone.” Pretending not to see destruction of the earth needs to be changed, and Earthists strongly emphasizes how we, ourselves, should be that change. Additionally, the lyrics describe the idea that, “We have no choice where we are born.” However, we can truly start to live our lives once we choose exactly how we want to live them. Earthists. debut album is available now at Merchbucket and Merchnow.
Watch "Dreamscape" Now
Long-running Japanese brutal death metal faction Vomit Remnants will unleash a new full-length next month via Unique Leader Records. Fittingly titled Hyper Groove Brutality, the band's first studio output in twelve years was produced by Darren Cesca (Arsis, Vile, Goratory) of House Of Grind Studios and features guest appearances from vocalist Henrik Cranz of Soils Of Fate, guitarist Craig Peters of Deeds Of Flesh and Destroying The Devoid, and guitarist Paul Masvidal of Cynic/ex-Death.
Hyper Groove Brutality will see release on April 21st, 2017 worldwide via Unique Leader and comes wrapped in artwork by Phlegeton of Phlegeton Art Studio (Braincasket, Korpse, Whoretopsy etc.) with pre-order bundles to be announced soon.
In the meantime, check out "Wire Rope Strangle" at the Unique Leader Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.
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