US Power Metal band Reverence have released a lyric video for 'New Order', which is taken from the band's latest EP, 'Foreverence'. 'New Order' is the second release from ‘Foreverence’. The first official video off their new EP was for the song ’FireLord’. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/LO5sMmBFGko
‘Foreverence’ is the follow-up to 2015’s Gods Of War and will also feature two bonus tracks from their up and coming live CD, due out in 2018. All Reverence artwork is from Jobert Mello of Sledgehammer Graphix.
'Fire Lord' video: https://youtu.be/KP1XY_k6uVk
Scott Oliva - Vocals (ex-Wind Wraith, Innerstrength)
Bryan Holland - Guitars (ex-Tokyo Blade)
Paul Kleff - Guitars (ex-Firewölfe, Metal Church live)
Steve ‘Doc Killdrums’ Wacholz - Drums (ex-Savatage/Crimson Glory)
Russ Pzutto - Bass (Twisted Sister live)
Joining the ranks at Sliptrick Records this week:
Eufory (SK) Metal | Power Metal | Melodic Metal
Old-school metal influenced act with modern attitude – this is Eufory, a group from the Slovak Republic led by highly experienced singer, Lubos and backed by their exotic drummer girl, Miriama. Starting out as a Def Leppard tribute band and after spending time searching for the right direction, the decision to write and record their own material was the obvious way ahead. After stabilizing the previously uncertain line-up, Eufory released their debut album Flying Island Eufory and presented it on tour in Slovakia, Poland and Czech Republic. The band wasted no time in starting work on their follow up album which will be entitled Higher And Higher and is set for release worldwide via Sliptrick Records in 2018.
Over the coming months, the band plan to perform more shows incorporating most of the new songs from Higher And Higher into their set-list. For their upcoming stage appearances, the band promise more effects, more movement and even more sweat every single night. This band know how to to rock!
Lubos Senko – Vocals
Stevo Hodon – Guitar
Peter Drabik – Guitar
Miriama Hodon – Drums
Adrian Benca – Bass
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | On Sliptrick
Veteran Italian Power / Heavy Metal band Airborn have inked a deal with Fighter Records for the release of their 5th album to be entitled "Lizard Secrets", to be officially released worldwide (except Asia) next 15th of May.
Emerged in 1995 in Torino (Italy), Airborn have released four albums: "Against the World" (2001), "D-Generation" (2003), "Legend of Madog" (2009) & "Dark Future Rising" (2014) plus a live album "Dinosaurs: 20 Years Live" (2016). Having played tours, shows and festivals with bands like Iron Savior, Fates Warning, Freedom Call, Paragon and many others, Airborn have been building a solid reputation within the European Power / Heavy Metal scene during their 23-year career.
"Lizard Secrets" is the band's 5th full length studio album and it's the 1st instalment of a trilogy of albums. Here we can find many international guests, including Claudio Ravinale of Disarmonia Mundi, Jan Bertram of Paragon, Alexis Woodbury of Istanzia and Marius Danielsen of Legend Of Valley Doom and Darkest Sins
Very soon we'll be able to reveal the cover artwork, track-list and 1st single of "Lizard Secrets" which will see the light on 15th of May 2018 through Fighter Records. In the meantime you can check Airborn's official Facebook site here:
The Sacramento-based quintet Graveshadow – who deftly mixes symphonic/gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash and epic progressive power metal – unveil the first taste of their new album via the lyric video for the song, “Widow and the Raven”:
The band describes the track as “a song of self-reflection and the struggle to begin anew.” The song is also available digitally for stream or download at iTunes, Spotify and other platforms.
“Widow and the Raven” comes from the group’s second album, Ambition’s Price, which will be released April 13, 2018 on the Graveshadow’s new label M-Theory Audio. The stunning and detailed cover art for Ambition’s Price was created by Serbian fantasy graphic designer Dusan Markovic (Jag Panzer, Seven Kingdoms, Mystic Prophecy).
Pre-order the CD at the label’s site at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store
“The album title and artwork were directly inspired by events that occurred within Graveshadow over the past few years,” explains the band. “With all the incredible experiences that have come with the evolution of our musical family, a great deal of sacrifice has been given by every member of the band in the pursuit of our dreams. Though the price of our ambition still weighs heavy in our hearts, we are proud of what we have accomplished with this album and are excited by what the future may hold.”
Ambition’s Price features Heather Michele’s powerful vocals that range from operatic highs to unearthly growls backed by crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, and earth-shattering drums creating a rich and dynamic atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. Whether it is a tale of personal struggle or of fantastical creatures, the listener is sure to find themselves immersed in a world apart. The new album was produced and mixed by Armand John Anthony (Night Demon, The Fucking Wrath, Gygax), and mastered by Colin Davis at Imperial Mastering (Deeds of Flesh, Decrepit Birth, Origin) and is the follow-up to the group’s Mausoleum Records’ debut, Nocturnal Resurrection, from 2015. Since its release, Graveshadow have toured with the likes of Arkona, Sirenia, Anvil, Night Demon and Unleash the Archers steadily building a following and reputation.
Touring will commence in April as the band supports Norway’s Sirenia and Canada’s Threat Signal on a run of west coast shows. Watch for more specifics soon.
Graveshadow is poised and ready to leave a lasting impact within the metal community. With an electrifying stage show and a sound as large as the Dragons of Westeros, they are as talented as they are unforgettable.
Argentinian Symphonic Power Metal band Preludio Ancestral has launched 2nd single from their upcoming 4th album "Oblivion".
"Oblivion" is a magnificent opus of epic tainted Power Metal with symphonic arrangements and awesome guitar work, where various European vocalists and Argentinian musicians gives shape to an album that will be the delight of any lover of this genre in the vein of bands like Stratovarius, Rhapsody Of Fire, Gamma Ray, Masterplan...
You can listen to the new single here:
Prelugio Ancestral's 4th album “Oblivion" will see the light on 21st of March on CD format through Fighter Records.
You can check the band's official Facebook site here: www.facebook.com/preludioancestral2018 Listen to the previous 1st advance single on the following link: https://youtu.be/13HFb8kkOeU
www.fighter-records.com / www.facebook.com/fighter.records
Falun – the magical city in the heart of Sweden, surrounded by idyllic forests and blue lakes emerges more and more as a creative centre for ambitious and talented young bands. Is it in the water? Is it in the air? No one knows, but it remains a fact that Falun is the glorious birthplace of some of the most promising and hottest acts on this planet. After spawning bands like Sabaton, Twilight Force, Civil War and Billion Dollar Babies, Falun now has a new up-and-coming crew in stock. Follow The Cipher are ready to herald in a new musical era and crash through the many dimensions of our universe to steal your breath. Despite their stylistic diversity, the Swedish metal act creates a very cohesive ambiance, mixing first class sound with magical charisma, an innovative concept, live presence and an incredibly talented vocalist.
Let's take a little look into the past; Follow The Cipher‘s story started in May 2014, when Ken Kängström decided to start a band with the intention to be different from everything else out there. The idea itself had been haunting his mind for years, but the catalyst to finally put his thoughts into action was the result of a long-time collaboration with the internationally acclaimed metal giants Sabaton, with whom Follow The Cipher maintain a close friendship. Ken Kängström is definitely not a newcomer in the Scandinavian music scene, since he wrote and produced some well known Sabaton songs such as the monumental anthem ’Carolus Rex‘. It was this track which got the ball rolling: "I think the song sparked the first inspiration in me – in particular, it was responsible for me starting to trust my own abilities and judgment," Ken reflects. "When I wrote this track, I felt deep inside that it was time to put my plans with Follow The Cipher into action." Therefore, the band has also included a version of this important track, ’Carolus Rex‘, on their debut album.
Something unique was born, growing to become a mixture between Nightwish, In Flames and Sabaton, yet creating something completely different and innovative. "I consider our music as both visual and cinematic," says Ken. "The sound is large scaled and multi-layered - each element plays an important role within the overall concept. You can listen to our music in two different ways; either by focusing on the individual, versatile elements like the keyboard melodies or Linda's powerful voice, or you can indulge in the whole package.“
The Cipher crew consists of five talented members; Linda Toni Grahn, equipped not only with a powerful and characteristic voice, but also outstanding charisma. When taking to the stage, all it takes are a few seconds for Linda to capture everyone‘s attention. "Linda is unique - she stands out from the crowd not only as a great singer, but also as a charismatic personality! Immediately after meeting her, I knew she would be the right person for us!” Ken Kängström (guitar) recalls the first meeting with the captain of the Cipher workforce. Other crew members include Karl Löfgren (drums), Viktor Carlsson (guitar) and Jonas Asplind (bass).
Follow The Cipher is an ambitious troop, not only do they express their passion through their music, but also through their extravagant outfits and impressive live shows. Therefore it didn‘t come as surprise that the world‘s biggest metal label, Nuclear Blast, signed them after experiencing the band live at Sabaton Open Air 2017. "We had them on our radar for the past two years, we were convinced of the song quality and appreciated the commitment of the members. Eventually, the determining factor was their outstanding live performance, which proved to us that Follow The Cipher have everything they need," states Markus Wosgien A&R of the German metal label. The band adds: "We are super excited to be a part of the biggest independent metal label in the world. This collaboration will shock the heavy metal ground, and is for sure a dream coming true for all of us."
To cut a long story short, the Cipher crew is more than ready to take you on an exciting journey through the darkest galaxies of metal. It's time to open a new chapter of heavy metal history.
Check out the new video for 'The Rising' (lyric video): https://youtu.be/vJqc7NR1mTM
Follow The Cipher live:
01-03.06 CZ Pilsen - Metalfest Open Air
21.06 BE Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting
Spanish Power Heavy Metallers Vhäldemar have just launched a brand new video-clip of the song “Metalizer” taken from their new album “Against All Kings”, which was released month of November through Fighter Records.
You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/lCoROrrhSwE
Vhäldemar will see their 4th album "Shadows of Combat" (2013) officially re-issued through Fighter Records next spring.
Vhäldemar's 5th album “Against All Kings" was released on CD & 12"LP last 7th of November through Fighter Records.
You can check the band's official Facebook site here: www.facebook.com/VhaldemarOficial
Llisten to the entire album as well as buying digital version on the following link:
Physical CD can be bought here:
Physical 12"LP can be bought here:
www.fighter-records.com / www.facebook.com/fighter.records
Argentinian symphonic power metal band Preludio Ancestral reveal the first single, cover, and track-listing for their forthcoming fourth album, Oblivion, which will see international release on March 21st via Fighter Records (except Asia). That first track, "King of Silence," can be heard exclusively HERE.
Formed back in 2005 by guitarist Leo Gatti, the band released a demo in that same year, but it wasn't until 2012 when a first EP and their debut album, Hacia lo Inmortal (Towards the Immortal), was released, being followed by another EP a year later and their second and third albums - Kybalion in 2015 and El Misterio de la Pasión Divina (The Mystery of Divine Passion) in 2016, respectively. Preludio Ancestral have been gaining quite a recognition not only in their native country, where they even opened for acts like Rhapsody of Fire and Stratovarius, but also around the world.
Preludio Ancestral's Oblivion will be a magnificent opus of an epic-painted power metal with symphonic arrangements and awesome guitar work, where various European vocalists and Argentinian musicians give form to an album that will be the delight of any lover of this genre.
"King of Silence," the first track to be revealed from Oblivion, can be heard HERE at Fighter Records' official YouTube channel.
The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, 'Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided).
The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
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