Greece's On Thorns I Lay premiere "Erevos" video via Invisible Oranges; Aegean Sorrow pre-orders available
In less than one-month, Greek death doom veterans On Thorns I Lay will unleash their anticipated new full-length Aegean Sorrow, upon the masses.
In advance of its release, today Invisible Oranges is hosting the official premiere of the band's video for "Erevos," issuing of the work:-
"On Thorns I Lay wastes no time as they launch with zero fanfare or fussiness into the song's earworm of a primary melody. Ringing out over beefy chords and ominous drums, this strong melody (and its later counterpart) will play on repeat in the heads of listeners long after the song has concluded. Midway through the track, the band spice things up with a new riff that makes use of a few unanticipated chord changes as well as a truncated measure of just two beats at the end of its phrase. These additional beats stand out in stark contrast to the rest of the song, in which On Thorns I Lay favour intuitively comfortable sets of four-bar phrases so as not to detract from the overwhelming melancholy in the atmosphere. As if one absurdly catchy lead wasn't enough, the band deliver a second only moments later, after a brief interlude of acoustic guitar and tom fills. The guitar solo then returns, this time as a lead with layered vocals, before ceding the floor back to the second central melody to finish out the song. Led by the domineering presence of vocalist and bassist Stefanos Kintzoglou with one of his strongest and most consistent performances yet, On Thorns I Lay are as powerful and poignant as ever."
View "Erevos," courtesy of Invisible Oranges, at THIS LOCATION.
On Thorns I Lay's 'Aegean Sorrow' will see release on CD and digital formats via Alone Records and on vinyl via The Vinyl Division on March 12th. For CD pre-orders, go to this location. For vinyl orders, go HERE.
Aegean Sorrow was captured at Devasoundz Studios by Fotis Benardo (Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh etc.) and mixed and mastered at Unisound AB Studio by Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Pan.Thy.Monium, Incision etc.). Easily among the most intense records of their more than twenty-year career, Aegean Sorrow fuses seemingly clashing concepts of catchy melodies and an incessantly mournful ambiance throughout.
"We never stopped listening to our favourite albums - simple atmospheric doom death metal music since our formative years - so this is how Aegean Sorrow was created," the band notes. "It is a mix taken from our first demos and our first four albums back in the '90s, but with a modern sound. It is exactly what we love to hear, first of all, as fans. No trends, just pure feelings and music. Aegean Sorrow is the music we have dreamed of since we were teenagers. Waves of emotions flow over and over; it is a magical journey into the depth of our soul."
On Thorns I Lay began as a death metal band in 1992 under the name of Paralysis. By 1993 they changed their name to Phlebotomy and released the Beyond The Chaos demo and the Dawn Of Grief EP. The following year they settled on the name On Thorns I Lay and recorded the Voluptuous demo which draw attention of France's Holy Records who went on to release the death/doom sounds of their Sound Of Beautiful Experience debut. The band released five more albums and played countless shows and top festivals with the likes of Dream Theater, In Flames, Anathema, Amorphis, Katatonia, Septic Flesh, and many more before going on a twelve-year hiatus. 2015's Eternal Silence meant the return of the band, back to the roots, playing traditional gothic-inspired doom metal at its best and reaping critical accolades from fans and media across the globe. And now, 2018 ushers in Aegean Sorrow.
Dutch melodic death metal band Purest Of Pain will be the releasing their debut album "Solipsis" on March 1st, 2018 to follow their 2013 single "Momentum" and 2011 EP "Revelations In Obscurity".
Lead by guitarist and main songwriter Merel Bechtold of DELAIN, whom also performs in much respected bands MaYaN and The Gentle Storm / Anneke van Giersbergen, the energetic quintet from Holland, which now includes Delain drummer Joey de Boer is a force to be reckoned with. Combining Scandinavian metal influences with groove, ambiance, tone and melody, the band has teamed up with NoCleanSinging.com for the North American premiere of their lyric video and second single "The Solipsist".
Check out the "The Solipsist" at the following link: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2018/02/16/an-ncs-video-premiere-purest-of-pain-the-solipsist/
Seven years in the making, from the writing process up to the final mastering to launching a successful online crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo (raising over 18,000 Euros, thank you video here), along with increasing their funds through live performances, which saw them open for such bands as Opeth, Textures, Suicide Silence, Unearth and Attack Attack! plus an unforgettable slot at Wacken in 2014. "Solipsis" is 14 tracks of brutality blended with groove and emotion produced by Merel Bechtold with recording done at Mantis Audio Studio (Delain) and mastering by Jens Jorgen (Opeth, Arch Enemy, Soilwork).
Guitarist Merel Bechtold comments:
"‘Solipsis’ is a guitar oriented record, is has been recorded as organic as possible: partly at home, partly at Mantis Audio Studio. The song ‘E.M.D.R.’ is written by fellow guitarist Michael van Eck. All the other songs were summoned by myself. The lyrics are written by vocalist J.D. Kaye. And even though the music is at times technical and challenging, it's undeniably driven by relentless groove, enhanced by hugely melodic passages, wonderful tone and moments of ambient clarity."
"Solipsis" will be available on CD, Vinyl plus as a digital release and is available for pre-order here. Their single "Terra Nil" is available for download and stream on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer.
The CD and Vinyl versions have slightly altered artwork. Merel Bechtold was responsible for its concept and bass player Frank van Leeuwen designed and finalized the covers.
J.D. Kaye - Vocals
Merel Bechtold - Guitars
Michael van Eck - Guitars
Frank van Leeuwen - Bass
Joey de Boer - Drums
Chilean Thrashers Straight Terror drop new album 'Between The Lies'; picture video for 'Inferno' released
Chile's thrash metallers Straight Terror just released their debut album 'Between The Lies' and posted a picture video for the song 'Inferno': https://youtu.be/X22MYy4enRQ
The album is produced by Straight Terror. Mixed by Javier Bassino (Fireland, Rexx, Elías), and mastered by Acle Kahney (TesseractT, Archetype, Mask Of Judas, Fell Silent) at 4D Sounds in UK. The artwork was made by Patricio Saavedra.
Straight Terror recently released a music video for 'Blind Witness': https://youtu.be/5C4P6cwGykQ
STRAIGHT TERROR is:
Max Kübler - Vocals & Guitars (Agresion, Extrema, Blast)
Alan Lagies - Guitars (Remains)
Javier Menares - Bass Guitar (Caravan 1973, ADB)
Wernher Schurmann - Drums (Penerect, Apeiron)
Straight Terror is a thrash metal band from Stantiago, Chile and was formed in 2012. The band members were before in several South American metal bands, like Agresia, Extrema, Blast, Remains and Sadism. Straight Terror have supported Kreator and more in the past. Straight Terror have released 2 demo EP's before they started to work on their debut album 'Between The Lies'.
After a successful 2017 that included several tours and their Billboard charting label debut, Florida technical metalcore outfit Forthteller have started 2018 by releasing their brand new music video. The video, for "Of Nothing off the Nihilist EP (view here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38_DPTHMFZk&feature=youtu.be), is one of the last pieces of content in support for that EP before the band begins work on their follow-up while continuing their consistent tour schedule.
“‘Of Nothing’ represents the struggle to find meaning. In an exceedingly nihilistic society, the search for meaning and purpose has created, for many, an existential crisis that can often drive us to madness. The main character in this video represents the internal struggle of a person trying to find meaning, while the cloaked figure represents an enlightened being attempting to guide a lost individual through the void. On the whole, this song fits with the rest of our Nihilist EP, which is our attempt to create a dialogue about the topic of human existence. Why do we exist? We do we persist?" - Thom Schultz (Drummer)
Forthteller is a rising local band out of Tampa, FL that began in 2014 under the name I Shot the Albatross. Due to an evolution in sound from their first EP to their second one, which was released on May 21st, 2016, the band decided that a name change was in order. The band strives to push the boundaries in metalcore with unique riffs, progressive composition, and a myriad of changes in time signatures. Blending a diverse range of sounds, Forthteller is not your average metalcore outfit. Their emotional and dramatic showmanship, with visually striking intensity, lends the bands’ live performance to be endlessly captivating. In late June 2016, the band signed with Imminence Records and announced their first tour. The continued their consistent touring schedule while releasing their Billboard charting label debut in July of 2017.
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Spanish dark metallers Totengott premiere a new video for "Satan Beside You" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's critically acclaimed debut album, Doppelgänger, released last July 11th through Xtreem Music on CD format and Burning World on vinyl. See & hear the video for Totengott's "Satan Beside You" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Containing three long tracks, Doppelgänger was recorded, produced, and mixed by Totengott at Anglagard Recording Studio (Grao, Spain) during late 2016 / early 2017, and was mastered by James Plotkin (well known for his work with bands like Conan, Electric Wizard, Isis the band, Amenra, Thou, Jesu et. al.). Artwork was created by Procesonegro Art Studio. Promo picture has been shot by the mighty Jaimephotolive.
In the meantime, see the stirring new video for "Satan Beside You" in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Additionally, the entirety of Doppelgänger can be streamed exclusively HERE, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com.
Decibel Magazine has issued an official video for "Rotten" the title track to the new album by Edinburgh, Scotland-based blackened grind/metal faction Scumpulse, as the record nears release via Gore House Productions next week.
Alongside the new video and a brief interview with the band, see Scumpulse's new "Rotten" video at Decibel RIGHT HERE.
Also see the band's previously-released official video for "Alba Gu Bràth" HERE and a promo video HERE.
Rotten will see release through Gore House Productions on CD and digital formats on February 23rd; pre-orders are now available HERE.
Scumpulse will devastate audiences across Europe in support of Rotten, having announced several new bursts of live dates for the coming weeks including an album release show the day of the album's release and several dates supporting Ancst. Watch for more live dates to be announced, including a European Summer tour.
Scumpulse Tour Dates:
2/23/2018 Banshee Labyrinth - Edinburgh, UK *Rotten release show
3/03/2018 Funeral Fest - Barrow, UK
3/24/2018 Opium - Edinburgh, UK
3/25/2018 Aatma - Manchester, UK w/ Ancst
3/26/2018 The Gryphon - Bristol, UK w/ Ancst
3/27/2018 The Black Heart - London, UK w/ Ancst
Founded in 2013, Edinburgh-based Scumpulse follows a previously-released EP and single with one of the most anticipated albums to hail from the Gore House compound. Their debut album, Rotten, delivers eight punishing tracks of perfectly blended crusty, blackened metallic grindcore. Eight tracks align into a savage, thirty-eight-minute assault, bridging influences from Darkthrone and Impaled Nazarene to Carcass and Exhumed. Rotten was recorded between Black Cave Recordings, Chamber Studios, and s9fifty, and mixed/mastered by Andrew Rankine, and completed with artwork by Kasper "Sandullos" Povlsen. Rotten is a debut you do not want to miss.
Italian doom/post-metal band Wows will release the video for their song "Chakpori" in March 2018. The song is taken from the band's critically acclaimed album 'Aion' which was released in November 2015.
The band commented: "This is the last song we wrote for Aion, the process was very hard for us but we love this song and we always open our gigs with it. It is a sum of all the ambiance we like to hear in a song and the final part always makes our hearts skip a bit when the voice screams "show me your skies."
Watch the video trailer here: https://youtu.be/2-w_VlCOz1E
Listen to Aion here: https://thewows.bandcamp.com/
Paolo Bertaiola (vocals)
Marco Bressanelli (guitar)
Matteo Baldi (guitar)
Fabio Orlandi (drums)
Pierluca Esposito (bass guitar)
Kevin Follet (keyboards, samples)
Melbourne's melodic thrashers Trigger have published a brand new video for the track "The Divide", which is taken from the band's debut full-length "Cryogenesis", a sci-fi influenced concept album spanning 10 tracks at 53 minutes.
Watch the video at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN0vE-TTmQU
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.
Indian death metal legends have announced a UK tour and have already confirmed two festival appearances. The band had this to say about it -
"We are stoked to return to the UK once again and we couldn't have asked for a better festival to be a part of. We get to play alongside some of the artists that have inspired us over the years like Abbath, Rotting Christ and many more incredible artists".
The second festival appearance is at Eradication Festival 2018 where the leading band will be playing alongside bands such as Extreme Noise Terror, Hecate Enthroned, Wombbath, Warlord UK and others. RSVP HERE.
The band also released a brand new video of their song Krishna - The Cowherd AT THIS LINK.
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