Groove / Oriental Metal artists Shokran have announced the release of their second album Exodus. Exodus tells an ancient story. You'll have a chance to join the times of the Pharaohs' reign, namely, The Plagues of Egypt times, which had persuaded the Pharaoh to release the ill-treated Israelites from slavery, the beginning of the Exodus.
Accompanied by the tough riffs, minor harmonic melodies, furious rhythm section, beautiful clean singing and all the lung's power screams, Exodus causes a full-immersion in the antiquity. As a special bonus the CD version of Exodus will be a double CD with the standard album and an instrumental version of the album.
Exodus will be released on September 17th
Kna'an is a project that was born in the head of the Memmingen's Landestheater director - Walter Wayers. Wayers wrote a complete new play with his modern perspective about the familiar biblical story of Abraham in the land of Kna'an and was looking for someone to fit in writing the soundtrack and songs for this purpose. That's how a co-production between Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land) and Erez Yohanan (Amaseffer) was born.
Kobi & Erez, with the help of Orphaned Land's members, composed this special soundtrack consisting ballads and metal songs about all the characters and inner conflicts of the heroes in this complex episode, a story that still reflects till this day the three Abrahamic religions.
The concept album “Kna’an” will be released through Century Media Records on August 26th, 2016.
Orphaned Land will celebrate their 25th anniversary with an exciting journey into World Metal music which takes you through Russian-Chinese and Middle Eastern metal. All three bands embedded in their own different cultures and yet all brought together in a night of the finest Metal music the world has to offer:
25 Years Orphaned Land: The Anniversary & Very Best Tour 2016
+ Voodoo Kungfu, Imperial Age
03.11.2016 Germany Matrix Bochum
04.11.2016 Holland Nieuwe Pul Uden
05.11.2016 Germany tba Bremen
06.11.2016 Denmark Loppen Kobenhavn
07.11.2016 Germany Marx Hamburg
08.11.2016 Germany Bi Nuu Berlin
09.11.2016 Germany Backstage Munich
10.11.2016 Czech Rep tba Prague
11.11.2016 Poland Firlej Wroclaw
12.11.2016 Slovakia Randel Club Bratislava
13.11.2016 Italy Midian Live Cremona
14.11.2016 Italy tba Florence
15.11.2016 Swiss Z7 Pratteln
16.11.2016 France Coo Vileurbainne Lyon
17.11.2016 France Devan du Monde Paris
18.11.2016 Holland Baroeg Rotterdam
19.11.2016 Belgium Biebob Vosselaar
20.11.2016 UK Underworld London
19.06.2016 Hellfest Open Air, Clisson, France
23.06.2016 Nof Ginosar, Ginosar, Israel
02.07.2016 Basinfirefest, Mírová, Czech Republic
15.07.2016 Rock Fest, Barcelona, Spain
25.07.2016 Metaldays, Tolmin, Slovenia
05.08.2016 Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
06.08.2016 Gugulan Rock Fest, Caransebes, Romania
"Epic" is a descriptive term bandied about a lot these days, but nowhere can it be used more fittingly than in describing the upcoming release from Finland's Whispered! The masters of ‘Samurai Metal’ are back with third album "Metsutan – Songs of the Void", which is set for release on May 20th through Redhouse FMP / Inverse Records.
"Metsutan – Songs of the Void" is a complex masterpiece, addictive from the get-go. The band seamlessly fuse traditional Japanese instruments and atmospheres with Scandinavian melodic death making for a captivating listening experience throughout the album’s ten tracks.
Vocalist, guitarist and founding member of the band Jouni Valjakka talks on the lyrical themes explored on the album:-
“Similar to our last album "Shogunate Macabre" , we move across many themes. We have songs about warriors, spirits, Japanese mythology and more. With this album we touch on a more spiritual side with our thematics... Strong concepts about determination, life, retribution and values of one overall.”
The band teamed up once again with talented Japanese artist TOK who not only perfectly encapsulates the band’s visions she also acted as a mentor to ensure the band stays true to the core Japanese themes and concepts they explore on the album.
“On this album TOK used a more ethnically authentic approach with the writing of kanji and the whole artwork," comments Jouni. "Such as song names being displayed in old Japanese 'seals'. TOK really understands the spirit of what we are trying to do, and lectures us about the visual aspects in Japanese culture.”
“Artwork on this album emphasises the story of the last and longest song on the album 'Bloodred Shores Of Enoshima', which is based on a Japanese mythology telling of a certain dragon and the goddess Benzaiten.”
1. 血ノ舞 - Chi No Odori
3. Exile of the Floating World
4. Sakura Omen
5. 劍聖 - Kensei
6. Our Voice Shall Be Heard
7. 月明 - Tsukiakari
8. Warriors of Yama
9. Victory Grounds Nothing
10. Bloodred Shores of Enoshima
Act 1. 五頭龍 - Gozuryu
Act 2. The Chord of a Goddess
Act 3. Divine Affection
Act 4. The Fury of the Five
More album updates in the coming weeks but for now to whet your appetites even more, check out the lyric video above of 2015’s single ‘Sakura Omen’ which also features on the final track listing of "Metsutan - Songs of the Void."
"Metsutan - Songs of the Void" will be released on 20th May 2016 through Redhouse FMP / Inverse Records.
“The main inspiration for the story behind the song lies with the famous World War 1 story called "The Christmas Truce". We were simply blown away from that story. From the way that those holy day songs were the trigger to bring the enemies to co-exist and celebrate together as brothers for one night in No Man’s Land. The next day they just got back to bomb and kill each other. It is an outstanding story that shows us the eternal hope of mankind, the power of music and the tragedy that despite all of that - evil still prevails.” - Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land) on the story behind 'Let The Truce Be Known'
In anticipation of their upcoming release, Israeli Oriental Metallers Orphaned Land have premiered a new lyrical video for the song 'Let The Truce Be Known', taken from the band's new 6th studio album, 'All Is One', which will surface on June 24th via Century Media Records.
'Let The Truce Be Known' can be heard on the Century Media YouTube channel here
'All Is One' was mixed by Jens Bogren (Kreator, Amon Amarth, James LaBrie, Devin Townsend Project, Opeth) and was recorded in three different countries: Israel, Turkey and Sweden. Ironically, these countries are Jewish, Muslim and Christian respectively, which strengthens the Orphaned Land message of unity through music. Over 40 musicians were used to flesh out the sound of All Is One, including 25 choir singers and eight classical violin, viola and cello players from Turkey.
Further to that the band have announced tour dates across Europe from September to November and will visit France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands and will finish in the UK then Ireland, so see if they are coming to a venue near you!
All Is One European Tour 2013:
20.09. Colmar - Le Grillen / Fr
21.09. Lille - Le Splendid / Fr
22.09. Tongeren - Sodom Klub / Be
24.09. Aschaffenburg - Colossal / Ger
25.09. Bochum - Matrix / Ger
26.09. Hamburg - Rock N Roll Warehouse / Ger
27.09. Kobenhavn - Amager Bio Uniting The Powers Of Metal / Dk
28.09. Gera - Sachsischer Bahnof / Ger
29.09. Nuernberg - Hirsch / Ger
01.10. Praha - Exit us / Cz
02.10. Warsaw - Proxima club / Pl
03.10. Krakow – Lizard King club / Pl
04.10. Budapest - Club 202 / Hg
05.10. Vienna - Reigen Club / At
06.10. Bratislava - Randal Club / Sk
11.10. Sofia - Mix Tape 5 / Bg
12.10. Tessaloniki - Eight Ball Club / Gr
13.10. Athen - Kyttaro Live / Gr
15.10. Ankara - Jolly Joker Balans / Tk
16.10. Istanbul - Kucukciftkik Park / Tk
18.10. Belgrad - Dom Omladine / Srb
19.10. Zagreb - TBA / Ct
20.10. Maribor - Mc Pekarna Klub / Slov
23.10. Milan - Rock N Roll Arena / It
24.10. Prateln - Z7 / Ch
26.10. Lyon - o Totem Rillieux Mjc / Fr
27.10. Toulon - Le Vox / Fr
28.10. Toulouse - Connexion Live / Fr
29.10. Bilbao - Rock Star / Sp
31.10. Porto - Hard Club / Pt
01.11. Lisbon - Music Box / Pt
02.11. Madrid - Ramdall / Sp
03.11. Barcelona - Apolo 2 / Sp
04.11. Montpellier - L'antirouille / Fr
06.11. Nantes - Le Ferrailleur / Fr
07.11. Paris - Divan Du Monde / Fr
08.11. Zoetermeer - Boerderij / Nl
09.11. Apeldoorn - Gigant / Nl
11.11. Norwich - Waterfront / UK
12.11. Bilston - Robin 2 / UK
13.11. London - The Garage / UK
14.11. Manchester - Sound Control / UK
15.11. Dublin - The Pint / IRE
_ Masters of Mesopotamian Black / Thrash Metal, Melechesh, have finally made their debut album, "As Jerusalem Burns“, available for digital download via iTunes. The long out of print landmark album can be purchased through the following link: http://bit.ly/meljerus
Commented guitarist / singer and mainman Ashmedi:
"Finally available for legal downloading. Our debut album from 1996, "As Jerusalem Burns...Al Intisar“ means a lot to me, it was recorded with next to nothing budget in the city of Jerusalem and all the odds were against us, at the time no one paid attention to black metal being made in the holy city, with time we changed that. We recorded it live to tape so this means we all played at the same time without any breaks in the songs so no room for corrections or to remake one particular part. If we felt there was one little mistake we would re-record the whole song all over again, I think this gave it a sense of authentism. So for now it is available as a digital format and that’s it. Hopefully we will also make it availed on vinyl for the first time. Furthermore one day we perhaps might license it on CD for re-release. The music is raw as we intended it to be with hints of middle eastern music. This is Melechesh more than 15 years ago though half of our sophomore album "Djinn“ was written then.“
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