Malta's long-running death metallers Beheaded, by far the island’s biggest metal export, have signed a record deal with Agonia Records. The band is currently gearing up to perform as a co-headliner at this year's Metalgate Czech Death Fest in Czech Republic, on the 16th of June.
On signing with Agonia, Beheaded's vocalist Frank Calleja commented:-
"The unholy alliance between Beheaded and Agonia Records has begun for us to carry forward the legacy of the beast and let the horror breathe. DEATH IS COMING".
Beheaded' rolled into life in 1991 with Malta as a backdrop to its caustic roots of death metal. Drawing inspiration from death metal hailing from Europe and the US at that time, and diving head on in the tape trading, zine and snail mail networks, Beheaded' furnaced its demo "Souldead" in 1995. With its strong statement and character, both European and worldwide record deals preceded the final cementation of the band as a placeholder in the extreme music scene. With six official releases under its belt, respect was gained through the energetic live set tying its relentlessness to its pure death metal inner sanctum. Several tours and festivals in Europe, US and Asia have channelled this thick skinned aural punishment to crowds all over, bringing more devoted followers in this death metal cult. Years ahead have taken the tinge of freshened vigour; BEHEADED is ready to deliver death metal of the highest calibre.
Beheaded' released its last album "Beast Incarnate" via Unique Leader Records in 2017. More news on its follow-up and Agonia Records debut will follow.
Following their stellar turn at the Rock The Rock Festival in 2017, Maltese metallers Decline The Fall return with their new video for the track “Composing Madness”! Taken from the band’s upcoming, untitled album, quintet have stated they intend for the record to be out before the end of 2018.
Frontman John Castiel had this to say on the track:
“It's about dreaming of who you want to be in a world you struggle to identify with, struggling to survive, and how mitigating circumstances can wreak havoc with an individual’s mental health. In this video, we wanted to tackle the topic of depression; how it can have a terrible impact, and the depths in which it can plunge a person.”
On the topic of the album, Castiel had this to say:
“It’s a dark record, I can tell you that much already. We’re still in the early stages musically, but I really want to tackle the darker aspects life. We view this as a vital record for Decline The Fall, as we’ve made some serious headway in the last year, playing alongside some huge bands from around the world. We feel eyes are on us, and we want to deliver.”
DTF, completed by Drummer, Ehren 'Bunny' Fenech, Guitarists Matthew Mercieca & Kris Farrugia, and Bassist Fabio Negro, formed in 2015 and have since busied themselves in their homeland, as well as across parts of Southern Europe, including Italy and Romania. In 2017, the band shared the stage with such luminaries as Mayhem, Rotting Christ and Lacuna Coil. With big things on the horizon, Decline The Fall are preparing to fly the flag for Maltese metal across Europe.
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).
Malta's Forsaken can finally unleash the first single and lyric video "Primal Wound" from the long awaited comeback album "Pentateuch" along with album cover and track-list. The first album in six years from one of the true survivors of the epic doom metal genre. Forsaken was formed back in 1990.
"Pentateuch" will be released on the 13th of October on LP, CD and digital. A release concert is held in Malta on the 14th of October in a new venue called The Garage in Zebbug and afterwards the band will be heading on European tour.
Watch the "Primal Wound" lyric video here:
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“Virtues of Sanctity” 7” Ep. Arkham Productions (France). 1993.
“Evermore”. CD. Storm Records (Malta) 1996.
Demo 2002. CD. Self Released.
“Iconoclast”. MD. Golden Lake Productions (Scotland, UK). 2002.
“Anima Mundi” CD. Golden Lake Productions (Scotland, UK). 2004.
“Anima Mundi/Iconoclast” DLP. Immortal Vinyl Records (Germany). 2005.
“Evermore”. Re-Mastered, re-release. CD. Golden Lake Productions (UK). 2005.
“Dominaeon”. CD. Golden Lake Productions (Scotland, UK), 2005.
“Evermore”, DLP. Immortal Vinyl Records (Germany). 2005.
“Dominaeon”. DLP. Immortal Vinyl Records (Germany). 2006
“After the Fall”,. CD. I Hate Records (Sweden). 2009.
“Tales of Doom and Woe”. Split 12” Ep. I Hate Records (Sweden). 2010.
“After the Fall”,. DLP. I Hate Records (Sweden). 2011.
Leo Stivala - Vocals.
Albert Bell - Bass
Sean Vukovic - Guitars
Simeon Gatt - Drums
Beast Incarnate, the impending new long player from Malta-based brutal death metal merchants Beheaded, will see release tomorrow via Unique Leader. In advance of its release today No Clean Singing is streaming the infernal, eight-track offering in full noting:-
"the obliterating effects of Beast Incarnate will be the big draw for most fans. It's the kind of music that fuels metaphorical rhetoric: Most of the time it's a rocket ride through a mechanized slaughterhouse, in an active war zone, during an earthquake. This is what Beheaded do. And they do it very well, with dedication, veteran skill, and self-assurance. If you enjoy death metal that rushes at your head with megawatt energy, dizzying percussive pummelling, dark pulsating melodies, and an insatiable blood lust, this is your fix."
Read more and hear Beast Incarnate in full RIGHT HERE.
Beast Incarnate will be released on January 27th, 2017 via Unique Leader Records. Pre-order options are currently available HERE.
Recorded at MKII Recording Studio (Italy) and mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Teadeat, Bone Gnawer, Aeon, Those Who Bring The Torture etc.) at Enhanced Audio Productions Sweden, Beast Incarnate comes shrouded in the cover art of Gabriel Alegria Sabogal, welcomes the addition of new recruits - drummer Davide Billia and guitarist Simone Brigo - and truly stretches the boundaries of Beheaded's signature sound to meet new extremes.
Beast Incarnate is the impending new long player from Malta-based brutal death metal merchants Beheaded.
Set for release next month via Unique Leader, the infernal, eight-track production draws upon the brutal and melodic approach to the band's 2012-issued, critically-championed Never To Dawn long player. Recorded at MKII Recording Studio (Italy) and mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Teadeat, Bone Gnawer, Aeon, Those Who Bring The Torture etc.) at Enhanced Audio Productions Sweden, Beast Incarnate comes shrouded in the cover art of Gabriel Alegria Sabogal, welcomes the addition of new recruits -- drummer Davide Billia and guitarist Simone Brigo - and truly stretches the boundaries of Beheaded's signature sound to meet new extremes.
As a precursor to its release, Decibel Magazine is hosting Beheaded's visual companion to the record's title track, the band issuing of the clip:-
"When music is enriched with literature, imagery, colors, and visuals that reflect its essence, it is able to deliver a deeper, more profound immersive visual and aural experience. That is precisely what the video for the album title track 'Beast Incarnate' does. Using all these elements we have worked very closely with Very Metal Art in graphically creating and capturing the character and lifeblood of Beast Incarnate. The music video comes to outline the attributes of Mediterranean death metal - hard hitting and drilling in the psyche. Musically drawing upon the very roots of the band's earliest material and molded from a quarter of a century since Beheaded's inception. Beast Incarnate cements twenty-five years of extreme music with an imprint of the band's present signature sound."
Savor the Beast, courtesy of Decibel Magazine, Here
Beheaded's Beast Incarnate will be released on January 27th, 2017 via Unique Leader Records. Preorder options are currently available an Indie Merch HERE.
Malta-based brutal death metal horde Beheaded will release their long-anticipated fifth full-length next year via Unique Leader Records. Entitled Beast Incarnate, the infernal, eight-track production draws upon the brutal and melodic approach to 2012's critically-championed Never To Dawn offering. Welcoming drummer Davide Billia and guitarist Simone Brigo to the fold, the album seethes with the band's self-proclaimed Mediterranean brand of brutality belting out caustic vocals, punishing riff and crushing drum sequences. Recorded at MKII Recording Studio in Italy and mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Teadeat, Bone Gnawer, Aeon, Those Who Bring The Torture etc.) at Enhanced Audio Productions in Sweden, Beast Incarnate comes shrouded in the cover art of Gabriel Alegria Sabogal stretches the boundaries of Beheaded's signature sound to meet new extremes.
Comments the band:
"The driving force behind Beast Incarnate was to create a milestone for Mediterranean death metal by cementing and defining the essence of Beheaded's signature sound drawing inspiration from the different facets of the band's twenty-five years of existence and pushing boundaries to take it to new extremes. Beast Incarnate can be considered the pinnacle of the band's history, echoing the eerie old school melodies and blasphemous poetry of the 1998 album Perpetual Mockery infused with technical elements of the 2005 Ominous Bloodline making this album an indisputable successor to Never To Dawn. The Horror breathes and The Beast is among us."
Beheaded's Beast Incarnate will be released on January 27th, 2017 via Unique Leader Records with pre-order options to be announced in the weeks to come. In the meantime check out second cut, "The Horror Breathes" at the label's official Bandcamp page HERE.
Alpha Omega Management have announced the signing of Malta's Weeping Silence to its roster! Furthermore Weeping Silence will join Alpha Omega's two other roster bands, Cadaveria and Mechanical God Creation at “Voices Of The Succubi” (aka VOTS) – Female Fronted Metal Festival, set to take place on September 17th in Malta.
Gothic / Doom Metal band Weeping Silence, formed in 1998 in Malta, released their fourth album ‘Opus IV Oblivion‘ via Massacre Records, bringing together the best that Weeping Silence has to offer. Heavy, melodic, dark and full of ambience with doom-laden riffs. This album has already left its mark and received stellar ratings. It has been listed in Top 20 Best-of Albums of 2015 in several webzines. Over the years Weeping Silence appeared on-stage at numerous festivals and concerts, including UK dates with To-Mera, the Malta Doom Metal Fest, a tour in Benelux including Respect for Metal alongside Therion, Metaldays, Metal over Malta Fest and The Dames of Darkness Fest. Bookings for 2016 include January tour dates in France, Belgium and The Netherlands with Thurisaz, Gothoom Open Air Fest (Slovakia), Metal over Malta Fest, Metaldays (Slovenia), a November tour and others. Weeping Silence also organises and hosts the Metal over Malta Festival.
Sean (bass) states: "After what has been an incredible couple of years for Weeping Silence, playing shows across Europe and the release of our fourth studio album 'Opus IV Oblivion' late last year, we are thrilled to now announce our signing with Alpha Omega Management. We feel that they have the experience and vision to get Weeping Silence on the best international festivals and tours, and in so doing assure the band's best interests. Together we will undoubtedly achieve great things, and we look forward to many good times ahead!"
Alpha Omega Management adds:
"We're glad to welcome this great female fronted goth doom band to our family! Weeping Silence has been long around and their latest effort confirms that the band has still a lot to offer to their fans, and that new frontiers are soon to be reached, so stay tuned for next announcements!"
Atmospheric Extreme Metal outfit MartYriuM unleashes the new video for "Necropendulum", extracted from the upcoming opus "Destiny Wore A Bondage Mask".
The video has been directed and produced by Maltese director Patrick Vella and Frank Psaila and premiered through Blank TV.
Martyrium already confirmed the first shows of their European Tour presenting the album:
DESTINY WORE A BONDAGE MASK WINTER TOUR 2016
20/02 - Malta - Shellshock Metal Fest
03/03 - Cologne, Germany -MTC
04/03 - Lille, France, Le Midland
05/03 - Mons, Belgium - Female Fronted Extreme
18-19/03 - Malta -Metal Over Malta
Europe & Worldwide: 28/03/2016
Pre-Order "Destiny Wore A Bondage Mask" on AGR Online!
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