Dutch Pagan Metallers Heidevolk drop first track & music video from upcoming album “Vuur van Verzet"
After having released details of their forthcoming Heidevolk album including the title, artwork, track listing and release date, it’s time to get a first listen to the new record!
The first track of the record as well as first single to be released is “Ontwaakt” (awaken), the band gives a deeper insight of the track and story behind:
"Awaken, the Roman Empire is falling! The internal battle for power tears the Empire apart. Legions turn against each other, emperors bleed and Rome burns. It is time for the tribes of the Northern lands to unite and rise against the tyrant. To take back what is theirs and drive the invaders back to Rome. Every battle that is fought by my people resounds in Rome. With sword and shield the Empire will be banished and the voice of my people will be heard!"
Furthermore songwriter Rowan Roodbaert comments:
“Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, we proudly present the first single of our new album. This is “Ontwaakt” (“Awaken”), the opening track of “Vuur Van Verzet”. An in-your-face metal song that tells the ageless story of revolt and resistance set against the backdrop of the historic collapse of the Roman empire. Heavy guitars, thundering drums and Heidevolks’ trademark dual vocal harmonies will catapult you back in time. Imagine a battlefield where Romans are being pushed back by Germanic warriors. Well, this is the soundtrack. Now awaken, the Pagan Metal Brotherhood is on the rise!!!”
See it for yourself HERE!
"Vuur van Verzet" is set to be released on January 12th 2018 – what a perfect start in the New Year! In case you missed the latest news on track listing and available formats, take a look below and get your exclusive pre-order!
“Vuur van Verzet" will be available in the following formats:
“Vuur van Verzet" is scheduled for a worldwide January 12th 2018 release. Pre-Orders are now up and ready. Get your hands on your exclusive pre-order HERE!
Dutch death metallers Neocaesar - a band formed by all ex-Sinister members like Mike van Mastrigt (vocals), Bart van Wallenberg (guitars), Michel Alderliefsten (bass), and Eric de Windt (drums) - stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, 11:11, at Decibel magazine's website. Self-released a few months ago but now seeing official release & distribution through Xtreem Music on December 5th, hear Neocaesar's 11:11 in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Formed back in fall 2014 by these four '90s ex-Sinister former members, Neocaesar wrote their debut album during 2015 and recorded it during 2016 while playing shows through Holland, Germany, Denmark, and Czech Republic. 11:11 was released in early 2017 as a limited self-financed pressing just to get the band out and playing around, but it's now when this album will get the promotion and distribution it deserves with the help of Xtreem Music.
Every good fan of the true Sinister sound of the early '90s will for sure love Neocaesar's debut since this is probably one of the best European death metal albums of the year! Hear for yourself, as the album streams in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine.
Russia's leading and finest pagan metal band Arkona, who are set to release their brand new album Khram on January 19th 2018 with Napalm Records, have just unveiled a first teaser and exclusive album preview! Get your ears on this first sneak peak, featuring all tracks from Arkona's upcoming album right HERE!
A Khram, the Russian word for temple, is shrouded in natural mysticism slumbering behind nocturnal treetops, yet open to everyone. The sincerity and depth that binds all five band members together resonates in the sumptuously dark cover artwork and front-lady Masha`s lyrics, that are written in her own blood (which is also part of the artwork)! Arkona may have used sound samples in their early days, but nowadays cellos, brass parts, wind instruments and throat singing are recorded live meticulously and flow naturally into the band's harsh metal tunes: King-sized songs effortlessly shift from blackened pagan metal masterpieces to epic tracks with crystal-clear melodies and piano infusions. So better mark your calendars for January 19th 2018, as Arkona’s Khram is an exuberant and demanding affair that defies genre boundaries with untameable spirit!
Coming as CD Digi Pack, Digital Download and LP Gatefold editions, Khram is now available to pre-order HERE!
In support of their upcoming album, Arkona will be heavily touring in early 2018, including an extensive European tour with Korpiklaani, Heidevolk, Trollfest & many more!
Make sure to catch Arkona live and on the following dates:
01.02.2018 - SI - Winter Days of Metal Festival
02.02.2018 - HR - Zagreb / Boogaloo
03.02.2018 - RS - Novi Sad / SKC Fabrika
04.02.2018 - RO - Cluj Napoca / From Space
08.02.2018 - GR - Athens / Kytarro Live
09.02.2018 - GR - Thesalonniki / Eightball
10.02.2018 - BG - Sofia / Mixtape 5
11.02.2018 - RO - Bucharest / Fabrica
24.03.2018 - RU - Moscow / RED
30.03.2018 - RU - St.Petersburg / Aurora
28.04.2018 - SE - Stockholm Slaughter
with KORPIKLAANI, HEIDEVOLK & TROLLFEST:
15.02.2018 - BE - Antwerpen / Trix
16.02.2018 - DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
17.02.2018 - DE - Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle 2
18.02.2018 - NL - Amsterdam / Melkweg
20.02.2018 - FR - Paris / Elysée Montmartre
21.02.2018 - FR - Nantes / Stereolux
22.02.2018 - FR - Toulouse / Le Bikini
23.02.2018 - ES - Madrid / Sala BUT
24.02.2018 - ES - Barcelona / Salamandra 1
25.02.2018 - FR - Lyon / Transbordeur
27.02.2018 - DE - Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
28.02.2018 - DE - Berlin / Columbia Theater
01.03.2018 - CZ - Prague / Meet Factory
02.03.2018 - DE - München / Backstage
03.03.2018 - DE - Stuttgart / LKA
04.03.2018 - CH - Pratteln / Z7
05.03.2018 - IT - Milano / Magazzini Generali
07.03.2018 - AT - Graz / Orpheum
08.03.2018 - AT - Vienna / SIMM City
09.03.2018 - DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser
10.03.2018 - DE - Geiselwind / Musichall
11.03.2018 - DE - Hannover / Capitol
Israel's Soul Enema launches animation video for "Eternal Child"; song features Ayreon's Arjen Lucassen
Israeli Prog band Soul Enema releases a new animation video for “Eternal Child,” taken from the brand new album Of Clans and Clones and Clownes. The video features visuals from world renowned sand animation artist Kseniya Simonova and the song includes guest appearance by Dutch Progressive Rock mastermind Arjen Lucassen on guitar.
Songwriter and keyboard player Constantin Glantz comments:
“‘Eternal Child’ was written at the last stage of the album recordings, almost like a flash of lightning coming out of nowhere. It literally took about 40 minutes to come up with the music and the basic lyrics, something that never happened so fast for me before. It’s almost like the song had written itself and all I had to do was document it quickly before it faded away. And this one really felt like it could be a great closing piece on the record, sort of a final missing part of the puzzle. Speaking of lyrics, I believe it captures, in particular, that slightly nostalgic feeling about everything that a grown person is bound to lose when childhood is over, and the rediscovery of the will to live and learn, to be flexible and curious about things again and again, to have those dreams and do whatever it takes to fulfil them.
I'd like to note that Noa [Gruman] has made a hell of a journey in vocal dynamics and range here — from very intimate verses to soaring, high range choruses. And it's obviously a great honour to feature Arjen Lucassen with a truly mesmerizing guitar solo contribution. When I was much younger, exploring these influential Ayreon records in the late ‘90s, I could only dream about such a collaboration becoming reality one day. Last but not least, special thanks to Kseniya Simonova — the world’s leading sand animation artist and inventor of original plastic animation techniques featured here. I'm a long time admirer of her art, it's very unique. She totally loved the track, and her masterful job is a great visual counterpart to the things we were trying to express musically and lyrically.”
Of Clans and Clones and Clownes was released on June 23, 2017. Featuring 70+ minutes of music, prime international guests, which include Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One), Yossi Sassi (Orphaned Land, solo), and mixed by the legendary Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Paradise Lost, etc.), the album enjoys great feedback and interest from the international Progressive Rock and Metal audience.
You can listen to the full album streaming and order the album here: https://soulenema.bandcamp.com/
Dutch death metal bruisers Apophys have been making waves since their surfacing in 2012, slowly carving their path in the modern death metal scene. Featuring members from God Dethroned and Toxocara this is a band with experience and a clear vision and approach to their writing, song structure above technicality. Their debut album was testament to that and seen the band tour internationally with acts such as Vader, Hate Eternal, Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Cattle Decapitation and many others as well as several festival appearances including Eindhoven Metal Meeting and Deathfeast Open Air among others. Building on their growing reputation 2017 has seen Apophys complete their second full length, a sci-fi epic entitled Devoratis, set for release January 22nd via Ultimate Massacre Productions.
Listen To The First Single ‘Retaliate’ Here!
The album is based on a science fiction story written by vocalist Kevin Quilligan. “We wanted to do a concept album but we couldn’t find a fitting concept,” Quilligan shares. “So we decided to write it ourselves. Together with all the members we fashioned our own tale to tell which has given a whole new meaning to our music.”
Read the full story below…
The story of an unlikely union of two forces against an intergalactic race led by a zealous leader known as Consul…
It all starts with an Operator called Zohm, an engineer with remarkable skills. His task is to demolish planets, entire galaxies of them, to cast out all the elements within. “To make sure the Universe keeps developing as it should.” At least, that’s what his superiors told him. Zohn could care less for the ideology and secret plans of his superiors. It was the technology behind the devices used that he was most interested in. As long as he could keep working on those, he would believe whatever Consul came up with.
One day, a day like any other, everything went wrong. A device failed to go off, a device operated by Zohm. He didn’t know why, there was nothing out of the ordinary. He knew he did everything right. He also knew he would be the one held accountable (which meant a trial before Consul and his peers). Everything went so fast that he could hardly remember it all, but he did remember the verdict:
You must return to right your wrong
To find a way
Cast down into solitude
An exile from this day
Ultimately you will meet your end
When your task is complete
Eternally alone you will stay
And now we will proceed.
Zohm was exiled to the planet he was supposed to destroy. To fix the device and let it carry out its task. This wasn’t just exile; this was a death sentence. While trying to find out what went wrong he comes across a creature called Xiux. Xiux is an ancient being unlike anything else, more a consciousness then an organism. He is the planet and the planet is him. He stopped the device, to some personal damage. Zohm, unaware of the vastness that is Xiux, tried to trap him. The two collide and instead of taking each other down they merge. The resourceful engineer and the living planet form an entity of unparalleled power.
Consul, outraged at the news that Zohm has not fulfilled his sentence, sends the entire fleet back to show everyone that disobedience will not be tolerated. He is met by Zohm and Xiux, eagerly awaiting them, hungry for a challenge.
The stage has been set
All pieces in place
Their end is our beginning
Devoratis is out January 22nd via Ultimate Massacre Productions.
After the recent signing about Harlott's deal with Metal Blade Records, Ultra-Violence with Candlelight Records and Mindwars with Dissonance Productions, another Punishment 18 Records discovered band lands to a major label. We are proud to announce Bleeding Gods as new part of Nuclear Blast Records. In 2014, the band signed for us in order to release their debut "Shepherd Of Souls" that got worldwide success and awesome reviews. We wish Bleeding Gods all the success that this extraordinary band deserves. Good luck friends!
Heidevolk are the true definition of Pagan Metal Brotherhood. These Dutchmen hold up the flag for intelligent and perfectly balanced Pagan Folk Metal like no other.
It’s time to unveil the info on their brand new release and upcoming masterpiece from Heidevolk. Please welcome “Vuur van Verzet" – set to be released on January 12th 2018.
Marvelous riff power, bombastic ensembles and folkloric tunes make up the amazing album that is "Vuur van Verzet”.
The band states:
“Friends, we are excited to announce our long-awaited new album “Vuur van Verzet” (“Fire of Resistance”). An album that catapults you to a battlefield where a failing Roman empire is retreating and Germanic tribes are on the rise to claim back what is theirs. It will guide you through the great migrations and tell the tale of early traditions, gods and nature. We’ve fitted these stories in 11 songs that emphasize the characteristic Heidevolk sound but also underline the progression of our songwriting. Fast metal riffing combined with a our trademark dual male vocals, a 24 piece male choir, various folk musicians, a string ensemble and the raw guest vocals of Primordials’ Nemtheanga make “Vuur van Verzet” an album that shows its teeth..in a bombastic way. Join us, the Pagan Metal Brotherhood is on the rise!”
Take a look at the full track listing, available formats and upcoming tour dates below:
1 CD 6-pages Digipack incl. 24 pages booklet
1 LP Gatefold, black and limited golden vinyl
Ltd Edition Album Bundle incl. 6-pages Digipack, Leather wristband, flag, patch
Digital Album Download
“Vuur van Verzet" is scheduled for a January 12th 2018 release. Pre-Orders are NOW up and ready.
Get your hands on your exclusive pre-order HERE!
Heidevolk will be hitting the road for an European tour run together with their label mates in Arkona as well as Finnish Folk Metal Superstars Korpiklaani & True Norwegian Balkan Metal, Trollfest in 2018. Check out all dates below and make sure to grab your tickets soon:
HEIDEVOLK w/ KORPIKLAANI, ARKONA, TROLLFEST
15.02.18 BE - Antwerp /Trix
16.02.18 DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
17.02.18 DE - Oberhausen / Turbinehalle 2 *
18.02.18 NL - Amsterdam / Melkweg *
19.02.18 DE - Saarbrucken / Garage **
20.02.18 FR - Paris / Elysee Montmartre
21.02.18 FR - Nantes / Stereolux
22.02.18 FR - Toulouse / Le Bikini
23.02.18 ES - Madrid / Sala But
24.02.18 ES - Barcelona / Salamandra 1
25.02.18 FR - Lyon / Transbordeur
26.02.18 CH - Vevey / The Rocking Chair **
27.02.18 DE - Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
28.02.18 DE - Berlin / Columbia Theater
01.03.18 CZ - Prague / Meet Factory
02.03.18 DE - Munich / Backstage *
03.03.18 DE - Stuttgart / LKA *
04.03.18 CH - Pratteln / Z7
05.03.18 IT - Milano / Magazzini Generali
06.03.18 AT - Salzburg / Rockhouse **
07.03.18 AT - Graz / Orpheum
08.03.18 AT - Vienna / Simm City
09.03.18 DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser *
10.03.18 DE - Geiselwind / Musichall *
11.03.18 DE - Hannover / Capitol
* extended shows with Black Messiah, Evertale & The Privateers
** no Arkona
Nuclear Blast proudly announces the signing of Dutch epic death/black metallers BLEEDING GODS!
Of the signing, founding member and guitarist Ramon Ploeg comments: "BLEEDING GODS is very proud to announce the signing of a worldwide deal with the mighty Nuclear Blast Records. We feel honoured to be part of the Nuclear Blast family - it is exciting beyond words to be part of the finest metal label on earth. We deeply respect Nuclear Blast and all it stands for. The visions of the band and the label match in every way and we feel this is the start of an incredible collaboration. We can simply not wait to unleash our upcoming beast of an album upon you. We hope to see you on the road somewhere soon!"
BLEEDING GODS not only made a name for themselves in their home country but also received lots of positive feedback from the likes of Aardschok Magazine (NL), Amped Up (BE) and Ghost Cult Magazine for their live shows at Eindhoven Metal Meeting, Antwerp Metal Fest and Stonehenge Festival.
Their fan base also includes famous metal acts such as SEPTICFLESH, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, NILE and EPICA/MAYAN:
“The combination of ancient Hellenic mythology with darkened death metal leads to a killer result of epic proportions. BLEEDING GODS have managed to create a menacing piece of music that will haunt your dreams!” - SEPTICFLESH
"BLEEDING GODS put out powerful and balanced death metal the old way. I can hear some old DIMMU BORGIR, some BEHEMOTH (the raw side) and KREATOR influences. The production is well done and clean, yet not cold at all. Definitely an interesting band to keep an eye on!" - FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE
"I really enjoy the heaviness of BLEEDING GODS. They are great songwriters and their songs are an enjoyable listen!" - NILE
"Great work from this death metal machine from the Netherlands! Good riffs, sinister atmospherics and brutal grunts. All ingredients for kick ass metal, the way it's meant to be!" - EPICA/MAYAN
The band was founded in 2012 when guitarist Ramon Ploeg started to write an album after he had left the Dutch death metal band HOUWITSER. Ramon, who wanted to fulfil his dream of having his own band, wrote some basic demos that were groovy, heavy, thrashy and, in parts, classical. When the pre-production demos were finished, the time was right to look for people to join the project. Ramon set about contacting some fellow metal musicians he had met over the past few years at several festivals, club shows and tours. The former bands of his band colleagues at that time were (technical) death metal bands so the challenge to do something different this time was really appealing!
After a few rehearsals, BLEEDING GODS recorded their 4-track promo entitled ‘Blood Symphony’ in 2013. The lyrical theme was about ancient gods and history related to the Mayans, ancient Egypt and Greek gods. With the pre-production demo alone, BLEEDING GODS secured worldwide endorsement deals with ENGL-Amps and Serpent King Guitars (SKG) and the demo soon sold out.
In 2014, BLEEDING GODS signed to Punishment 18 Records, who released their debut album ‘Shepherd Of Souls’. The record was met with positive reviews around the world.
The big turning point for the band came one year later when the band had a new line up, new songs, new concept, and a new album! Now stronger than ever, BLEEDING GODS are a band that knows exactly where they’re heading and what they want.
Currently, BLEEDING GODS consists of Ramon Ploeg (Guitars), Mark Huisman (Vocals), Rutger Van Noordenburg (Guitars), Gea Mulder (Bass & Backing Vocals) and Daan Klemann (Drums).
‘Dodekathlon’ will be released in January 2018. More information coming soon!
Portugal's Dark Metal pioneers in Moonspell are set to release their brand new and hotly anticipated album, titled '1755', on November 3rd 2017 with Napalm Records.
The band's 13rd studio record will not only outclass all standards you have ever heard from your favourite Portuguese before, sung in their native language it's the musical version of the year of horror when a giant earthquake wrecked Moonspell's home town Lisbon. This album is a dark adventure, breathtaking and completely earthshaking!
Moonspell's '1755', coming as CD digipak, digital download & LP gatefold editions, is now available to pre-order HERE!
For the first time ever, Moonspell recorded their new album in Portuguese only, but there will be one bonus track appearing in Spanish, and today the band has released this stunning version for the song 'Desastre'! Dive into the brand new tunes by the masters of dark art and check out Moonspell's upcoming album - bonus track right HERE!
Says vocalist and creative spirit Fernando Ribeiro:
"Desastre is a homage to all our Spanish-speaking fans around the world. In the late 18th century, in our streets a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese was spoken and guess what that’s exactly what we do here! This song is about how the earthquake took Lisbon by surprise and how we are nothing but a a human leave left alone to break when a strong winds blows. Enjoy Desastre, gracias y saludos!“
In support of Moonspell's upcoming release, the band will be heavily hitting the road this year, while kicking off in Portugal and Spain first, followed by an extensive tour with CRADLE OF FILTH in early 2018! Make sure to catch the masters of dark art live on the following dates:
30.10.17 PT - Lisbon / Lisboa Ao Vivo (Special album release show)
31.10.17 PT - Lisbon / Lisboa Ao Vivo (Special album release show)
01.11.17 PT - Porto / Hard Club (Special album release show)
with special guests Bizarra Locomotiva and Norunda:
03.11.17 ES - Santiago / Malatesta
04.11.17 ES - Bilbao / Santana 27
05.11.17 ES - Valencia / Rock City
06.11.17 ES - Barcelona / Salamandra
07.11.17 ES - Zaragoza / CC Delicias
08.11.17 ES - Madrid / Sala Caracol
09.11.17 PT - Arcos De Valdevez / Casa das Artes ( special theatre show! )
10.11.17 PT – Aveiro / Teatro Aveirense ( special theatre show! )
12.11.17 PT - Castelo Brnaco / Cine Teatro Avenida ( special theatre show! )
07.12.17 PT – Loulé / Cineteatro Louletano ( special theatre show! )
with CRADLE OF FILTH:
18.01.18 CZ Prague, Roxy
19.01.18 CZ Ostrava, Garage
20.01.18 SK Bratislava, MMC
21.01.18 HU Budapest, A38
23.01.18 PL Krakow, Kwadrat
24.01.18 PL Warsaw, Progresja
25.01.18 PL Gdansk, B90
27.01.18 DE Leipzig, Hellraiser
28.01.18 DE Berlin, C-Club
29.01.18 DE Hamburg, Grünspan
30.01.18 DE Bremen, Schlachthof
01.02.18 NL Tilburg, 013
02.02.18 NL Haarlem, Patronaat
03.02.18 DE Osnabrück, Hyde Park
04.02.18 DE Cologne, Essigfabrik
06.02.18 DE Bochum, Zeche
07.02.18 DE Frankfurt, Batschkapp
08.02.18 DE Nürnberg, Hirsch
09.02.18 DE Saarbrücken, Garage
10.02.18 CH Pratteln, Z7
12.02.18 IT Milano, Live Club
13.02.18 IT Bologna, Zona Roveri
14.02.18 FR St. Etienne, Le Fil
15.02.18 ES Barcelona, Salamandra 1
16.02.18 ES Madrid, Mon Live (former Penelope)
18.02.18 FR Limoges, CC John Lennon
19.02.18 FR Paris, La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
20.02.18 FR Lille, Le Metaphone
21.02.18 FR Besancon, La Rodia
23.02.18 DE Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
24.02.18 DE Mannheim, MS Connexion Complex
25.02.18 AT Dornbirn, Conrad Sohms
26.02.18 AT Wien, Simm City
27.02.18 DE München, Backstage Werk
01.03.18 BE Antwerp,Trix
02.03.18 DE Flensburg, Roxy
03.03.18 DK Odense, Posten
04.03.18 NO Oslo, Vulkan Arena
05.03.18 SE Stockholm, Fryshuset Klubben
Xtreem Music is extremely proud to announce the signing of Dutch death metallers Neocaesar, a band formed by all ex-Sinister members like: Mike van Mastrigt (vocals), Bart van Wallenberg (guitars), Michel Alderliefsten (bass), and Eric de Windt (drums).
Neocaesar's debut album, 11:11, was self-released a few months ago, but it's now going to be officially released with worldwide distribution and promotion through Xtreem Music on December 5th.
Formed back in fall 2014 by these four '90s ex-Sinister former members, Neocaasar wrote their debut album during 2015 and recorded it during 2016 while playing shows through Holland, Germany, Denmark, and Czech Republic. 11:11 was released in early 2017 as a limited self-financed pressing just to get the band out and playing around, but it's now when this album will get the promotion and distribution it deserves with the help of Xtreem Music.
Every good fan of the true Sinister sound of the early '90s, will for sure love Neocaesar's debut since this is probably one of the best European death metal albums of the year!
Release date for 11:11 will be December 5th through Xtreem Music on CD format. In the meantime, you can listen to the advance track "From Hell" at Xtreem's official YouTube channel HERE as well as the label's Soundcloud HERE.
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