Finnish epic melodic death metal masters Wintersun have launched their crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for their own headquarter studio. You will have time until March 31st to pre-order the “Forest Package” for 50€ directly from the band, which includes the digital high quality files of the new album 'The Forest Seasons' as well as the instrumental version of the release, a version with isolated tracks and both their last two albums with a remastered sound. In addition you will also receive the audio of the band’s impressive show “Live At Tuska 2013”.
Watch the campaign video of Wintersun including snippets of new song material here:
Support the band and help them reach their crowdfunding goal by contributing here at IndieGoGo: www.indiegogo.com/projects/wintersun-crowdfunding
Front man Jari Mäenpää states:
“Here it is guys!!! We welcome you to change the future of Wintersun and the Wintersun fans for the better! We are doing this crowdfunding campaign by working directly with you guys to take Wintersun together to the next level. We are offering you an amazing crowdfunding package called the 'Forest Package', which has a lot of epic content including our 3rd full length album "The Forest Seasons". Please go to our IndieGoGo page to check out our crowdfunding video to learn more about our vision for the future, about our new album and all the great stuff we are offering! And remember, this deal and the crowdfunding will last only this month, ending on March 31st 2017! Make sure to watch the whole video! Music from the new album throughout the video! TURN UP THE VOLUME AND ENJOY!“
In July, Nuclear Blast will release the physical formats of 'The Forest Seasons' (the pre-order will start soon) and on the same day, you will receive the download link for “The Forest Package” if you purchased the album directly from the band.
In the meantime you can witness the band's return to the stage at the following festivals:
07. - 10.06. S Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
30.06. - 02.07. FIN Helsinki - Tuska Open Air
11. - 13.08. P Vagos - Vagos Metal Fest
10. - 13.08. UK Derby - Bloodstock Open Air
16. - 19.08. D Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
18. - 19.08. SK Zvolenská Slatina - More Than Fest
The Spanish Melodic Death Metal band In Thousand Lakes have just released their second album “Age Of Decay” through Xtreem Music.
"Age of Decay" was recorded at Chromaticity Studios (Vhäldemar, Rise To Fall...). This new album means a huge step for the band where they reflect all their influences that goes from European styled Death Metal to Heavy Metal, Thrash, Progressive...
Once Human have just released their new studio album ‘Evolution’. While the video for their first single “Eye Of Chaos” now exceeds the 2.5 million views, a new video for their song “Dark Matter” is now available on YouTube.
Watch it here: https://youtu.be/OTua2ZrZr7M
Evolution is not just the title of Once Human’s sophomore release, it’s an armor-plated declaration. Having made waves with their 2015 debut, The Life I Remember, the band have dramatically progressed beyond the melodic death metal sound of that release into something more complex, emotional, distinct, and devastatingly heavy.
“Having been focused on recording, producing and developing bands, I had not picked up the guitar out of passion for twelve years but as soon as I started writing with Lauren (Hart, vocals) I fell in love with what we were making, and I wanted to play in the band and get back on stage,” states guitarist Logan Mader, whose name will be familiar to metalheads not only for his production and / or mixing work on records from the likes of Gojira, Fear Factory and DevilDriver, but also as the original guitarist in Machine Head, and his late 90s stint in Soulfly.
With the line-up rounded out by drummer Dillon Trollope, bassist Damien Rainaud and guitarists Skyler Howren and recent recruit Max Karon, everything about Evolution makes it clear that this is a band pushing itself to deliver something that truly stands apart. “Our first record was getting the ball rolling, but now it’s as if we’re a totally different band. We really found our sound and our identity, it’s quite unique and I think what we’re doing is really on fire.”
With the intensity and range of Hart’s roar having drastically increased, she unleashes it across complex and constantly shifting time signatures, and thick, contorted riffs that land with sledgehammer force. However, this is not only about bludgeoning the listener into submission, the violence often juxtaposed with eerie atmospherics and dark melodies to create something with great depth.
Progressive metal act Persefone releases an animated video for the song "Prison Skin". It´s the first single out from the already critical acclaimed album "Aathma" that will be in stores, worldwide on February 24.
Persefone´s own words about the song:
"It's been some time since we finished and mixed the album. Although we couldn't wait to share this music with everyone, some steps have to be followed before the release. The wait is almost over. During this time we have had the chance to witness a highly appreciated feedback from media and now we are ready to finally show you the first single from "Aatham". The single "Prison skin" is the first full track of the album and makes a musical statement about how the album will develop musically and sets the mood for the lyrical concept. It was supposed to be a lyric video in the beginning, but the people behind this creation did such a great job that we decided to go with just the animation part. But please, make sure you read the lyrics as you listen to the music, because one part meets the other to bring this concept to live. Thanks for the patience, love and support."
Watch "Prison Skin" here:
"Aathma" was mixed and mastered by legendary producer Jens Bogren in his Fascination Street Studios (Sweden). The album includes the epic 20-minute title-track, with guest appearances from vocalist Merethe Soltvedt and Leprous guitarist Øystein Landsverk. "Aathma"is set for worldwide release on February 24th, 2017 through ViciSolum Records, and will also feature Cynic's Paul Masvidal, appearing on the song "Living Waves", as well as on "An Infinitesimal Spark". The amazing cover art is created by none other than Travis Smith, who shouldn't need further introduction.
"Aathma" will be released as double vinyl, digipak, CD and digital via ViciSolum Productions.
Aathma European Tour 2017
Special Guest: Poem
07.04, 2017 Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain w. Poem
08.04, 2017 Changó, Madrid, Spain w. Poem
09.04, 2017 Garaje, Murcia, Spain w. Poem
11.04, 2017 Barrio's Cafe, Milan, Italy w. Poem
12.04, 2017 Backstage, Munich, Germany w. Poem
13.04, 2017 Z-7, Pratteln, Switzerland w. Poem
14.04, 2017 La Boule Noire, Paris, France w. Poem and Daturha
15.04, 2017 La Ferrailleur, Nantes, France w. Poem
16.04, 2017 Underworld Camden, London, UK w. Poem
17.04, 2017 Turock, Essen, Germany w. Poem and Samsara Circle
18.04, 2017 Podium Duycker, Hoofddorp, Holland w. Poem
19.04, 2017 Merleyn, Nijmegen, Holland w. Poem
20.04, 2017 Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany w. Poem
21.04, 2017 Forbraendingen, Copenhagen, Denmark w. Poem
22.04, 2017 Kraken, Stockholm, Sweden w. Poem and Loch Vostok
07.23-29.2017 Metal Days, Slovenia
Today, Spanish Melodic Death Metal ensemble In Thousand Lakes premiere the new video "I Rise" at PureGrainAudio.com. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated second album, Age of Decay, set for international release on February 20th via Xtreem Music. Eleven tracks recorded at Chromaticity Studios (Vhäldemar, Rise to Fall), Age of Decay is an album which reflects all the band's influences, which go from European death metal through to heavy metal, thrash metal, and progressive. See/hear In Thousand Lakes' "I Rise" video HERE.
Belgian modern melodic death metallers Hexa Mera have unleashed a lyric video for the song 'Inhuman', taken from their second full-length album, "Enlightenment", which will be released on March 31st. The song is streaming on Terrorizer via the link below.
The band has the following to say about 'Inhuman': "Inhuman stands for all the messed up things we've done. Ironically, humanity is the most inhuman thing there is. Every single day various channels remind us of a simple truth: violence is everywhere, and violence doesn't sleep. We wanted to write a song to condemn all of this. Writing the lyrics was easy, finding footage of our species’ disbehavior even more so. But selecting the scenes wasn’t. We watched hours of messed up footage. We had to take breaks because it became too much. We were totally overwhelmed. In the end we became immune to the gore, the sick and our own moral barriers. Management stepped in because we were taking it too far. The video didn’t need all the blood and explicit imagery to deliver the message, it had to be clear without going overboard. We didn’t create this one to enjoy, we created it to open your eyes and face humanity’s inhumanity. That’s what this track is about."
The album was recorded at Empyrean Studio, mixed at OceanSide Studio by Ace Zec (Spoil Engine, Diablo Blvd,..) and mastered at Fascination Street Studios By Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Soilwork,..).
The artwork of Hexa Mera's follow-up to 2014’s “Human Entropy” was created by Colin Marks from Rain Song Design (Sylosis, Threat Signal, Scar Symmetry,..)
The band has the following to say about "Enlightenment": "The idea to use the age of enlightenment as theme for this album was forged right after we released our debut album ‘Human Entropy’. The world was and still is spinning out of control: Extremists became a larger threat to our civilization, human and animal rights are being violated, political correctness is censoring the truth, media focusing on sales instead of news value, and so much more… the world never was an utopia place, but with the information we got, it seemed to become worse. We felt fear, disappointment, but most of all, we felt anger. Because we felt powerless, the only thing we could do was to speak out, and this is exactly what this album is about."
The official ‘Enlightenment’ release-show will take place on April 1st at the renowned ‘Nijdrop’ venue in Opwijk, Belgium. More information can be found here.
Romanian Melodic Death Metal combo False Reality announces a line-up modification, after Marc Spedalska, the bass player who only performed in three live gigs, decided to quit the band, after being admitted as a resident neurologist medic in the city of Cluj-Napoca, thus pursuing his medical career.
His replacement is a young bass player from Brasov, the band’s home city, Radu “Snuff” Constantinescu, who was active in the bands Consequence and Around the World and who has other two active projects: Arrest The Moment and My Backyard Telescope. He already performed in two live shows with False Reality during the first two concerts in the End of Eternity album promotion tour that started in January this year.
False Reality will continue their Romanian tour with their new bass player, announcing four more shows for now, in March, in the following cities:
Last week, the Finnish kings of epic melodic death, Wintersun, unveiled the track list of their third studio album 'The Forest Seasons' that will see the light of day in 2017. This new full-length album of 53 minutes follows the concept of Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons', but will of course feature typical epic death metal on four massive tracks. And although the album is already finished, front man and mastermind Jari Mäenpää now needs the support of his loyal fans:
"There will be a Wintersun crowdfunding starting March 1st. During last autumn, we had long and productive negotiations with our record label Nuclear Blast and we finalized it in November 2016. We came to a good solution, a win-win deal that will benefit everyone - Wintersun, Nuclear Blast and especially the fans! This means that we will do the crowdfunding and it will include our new album The Forest Seasons!
The purpose of this crowdfunding is to build the Wintersun HQ studio. As some of you may know this has been in the plans for a long time. It is our long time goal and dream. Building the studio is absolutely essential in order to finish TIME II and produce our future albums as fast as possible and with the best production. All the money we raise will go directly to Wintersun, 100%, which we will use for building the Wintersun Headquarters.
This will be the biggest crowdfunding you've ever seen in the metal scene! It will be a different kind of crowdfunding than usually. We are not going to offer dozens of different items from guitar picks to used socks for a thousand bucks. We're going to cut all the crap and only offer one very valuable perk! That's right! It will be a massive Wintersun Crowdfunding Package called the Forest Package and it will have lots of great Wintersun content including our new album The Forest Seasons. You will be blown away!
The Forest Package is huge and otherwise it would be very expensive, but we are going to offer it with to very affordable price in our crowdfunding. So you guys will get great value for your money and enjoy the new album like it should be experienced, with the best quality! The best thing is that all of the content is 100% done, so you don't have to wait for many months. It will be basically a pre-order for our new album.
This way you get the new Wintersun album the easiest way, with the best quality and with the best price and you'll help us get to the next level, so we can produce albums foryou guys faster and with the best production! So this is a WIN-WIN for everyone!
The crowdfunding will take place on Indiegogo between March 1st - 31st. It will last only one month, so you guys need to be prepared! Get those credit cards and PayPal accounts ready!
Thank you! "
- Jari, Jukka, Kai, Teemu
Belgian modern melodic death metallers Hexa Mera will release their second full-length album, "Enlightenment", on March 31st. The album was recorded at Empyrean Studio, mixed at OceanSide Studio by Ace Zec and mastered at Fascination Street Studios By Jens Bogren
The artwork of Hexa Mera's follow-up to 2014’s “Human Entropy” was created by Colin Marks from Rain Song Design.
The extreme female-fronted machine [IN MUTE] strikes back with hot details about their debut LP, which will receive the title of "Gea".
In words of the band:
"Our new album is harder, more complex and more progressive without losing the roots of Melodic Death Metal. A logic evolution from our last EP. We just can't wait to release these tracks in order to give you a kick in the ass and reach wider audiences with the support of Art Gates Records worldwide!"
The artwork has been created by the artist Lukaz Jaszak.
[IN MUTE] recorded "Gea" at Millenia Studios in Valencia, Spain. The album has been pre-produced by David G. Álvarez (Angelus Apatrida) and [IN MUTE], recorded and mixed by Raúl Abellán, mastered by Vicente Leal.
Release date & pre-order options coming soon ...
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