US Sci-Fi Metallers Xael to release debut album "The Last Arbiter" via Test Your Metal Records on May 18th
L-R - Xolotl - Bass / Back Vocals, Tuurm - Lead Guitar / Back Vocals, Nassaru - Lead Vocalist / Guitar / Studio Drummer, Sorgiem - Lead Guitar - Photo Credit: Shannon Wells
Test Your Metal Records are proud to announce they will unleash North Carolina sci-fi metallers Xael's debut album "The Last Arbiter" on May 18th, 2018.
Combining elements of extreme metal with orchestrations and folk music to create soundscapes for the imagination, the sci-fi inspired band's music focuses on the endeavours of its members in a science fantasy epic. From the wastelands of war torn planets to the pits where the fallen gods dwell, Xael paints an odd and fantastic world musically and visually. The band was founded by Nassaru of Rapheumets Well as well as Sorgiem “Daniel Presnell,” Tuurm “Alex Rush”, and Xolotl “Fernando Ortega and is joined by musical artist is Rei Haycraft, Firran “Joshua Morse” and Zabrûz “Chris Hathcock.”
"Xael started out as a personal project that evolved into a unity of like-minded musicians. The music derives inspiration from extreme metal, folk and tribal music, as well as 80's synth and sci-fi textured scores. We are very excited to for people to see the handwork and detailed time we put into this album given the limited resources we had. Xael "The Last Arbiter" is not just a musical regurgitation but a unique experience that follows an intrinsic story. Our characters, emotions, and trials of life are woven throughout the album as we aim to bring a very diverse and immersive album to our growing fan base."
A teaser for the album can be viewed at https://youtu.be/eHw9zZVlPL0
Music Video - Apathy of The Immortal - https://youtu.be/Y6MB9RFKhjg
Music Video - The Last Arbiter - https://youtu.be/pDiWtgZiLiE
Album pre-order available on Xael's official website here and TYM's Bandcamp here.
“The Last Arbiter” Album summary:
The sky ghost, the wayfarer, the shadow of time, the exile; he is called by many names yet for the Immortal, he is cursed to traverse the cosmos aimlessly, searching for an unattainable purpose. Chained to him is a beast, a demon from antiquity who the immortal keeps as a reminder of his past.
Upon the corridors of the Tymeer capitol the immortal presents his seemingly profound doctrine called the “Compendium of Ethical Symbiosis” which outlines a harmonious way of governing and regulating the various civilizations under the ruling regime through casting down warmonger ideologies and laws which degrade the value of its species.
Though momentarily entertained, the ruling counsel of Tymeer dismisses the wisdom of the wayfarer. Passing through the city gates tired and morally degraded, the immortal along with his insidiously chained demon wanders into the wastelands of Tymeer. It is here that his journey begins
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Last Days Of Eden are proud to announce that Oviedo Filarmonía Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Director Gaspar Muñiz will be recording a symphonic version of the new album. We are really looking forward to making this, and we thing that this is gonna be an amazing mix between classic, traditional and modern music. There´s no doubt that this is gonna be a really important step in our career!.
Ghost of Mary plays melodic death metal with symphonic and orchestral elements borrowed from classical music. The band, active from the early months of 2014, recorded its first concept album “Oblivaeon” , an original allegory about life and death. The compositions are structured with progressive architectures and immersed in a dark atmosphere. The songwriting is articulated and distinctly melodic, characterized by a heavy metal rhythm section and swedish death guitar riffs. The voice alternates different styles, from screaming and growling vocals to clean and scratched ones. The orchestral scores of piano, violin, viola and cello make the music of Ghost of Mary an evocative journey through time.
Let the journey begin.
Swedish four piece orchestra TID have partnered with Metal Hammer UK for the exclusive premiere of "Aurora Surrealis" video. The song is taken from the forthcoming album "Fix Idé" and can be streamed at the following link http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-09-08/secretive-cinematic-swedes-tid-unveil-a-mesmerising-new-video
A dark mantra depicting a never-ending spiral as the ways of mankind. A whirlwind of science and ideas and the will to move forward - but do we really? A sonic landscape telling mystic truths and esoteric visions. The constructed dawn: Aurora Surrealis - Mankind’s own sunrise.
Listen to "Aurora Surrealis"
Tid’s third album "Fix Idé" will be released 7th October via The Sign Records. The album will be released on LP, CD and Digital. Pre-order here thesignrecords.bandcamp.com/album/tid-fix-id
The Finnish symphonic/film score metal band Ravenia just released a music video for the track "We All Died For Honor" online. Their debut album "Beyond The Walls Of Death" will be released on April 29th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
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The video was directed by Markus Nieminen.
The sound of Ravenia is characterized by the massive orchestrations and the beautiful and emotional vocals from Armi and can be described as a mix between composers like Two Steps From Hell and Hans Zimmer, and metal bands like Nightwish and Epica.
"Beyond The Walls Of Death" was mixed by Nino Laurenne [Wintersun, Battle Beast, Ensiferum] at Sonic Pump Studios and mastered by Svante Forsbäck [Volbeat, Sonata Arctica, Apocalyptica] at Chartmakers. The album artwork was created by Jan Yrlund [Korpiklaani, Apocalyptica, Leah].
Armi Päivinen - Vocals
Samuli Reinikainen - Guitars
Veikko Ringvall - Drums
Toni Hintikka - Bass
Ville Koponen - Violin
Erkki Lasonpalo - Violin
Janne Ahvenainen - Viola
Juuli Ilmonen - Cello
Tommi Laitinen - Contrabass
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