Israeli prog metal quintet Soul Enema has teamed up with Prog magazine for an exclusive premiere of their sophomore album Of Clans and Clones and Clowns, out on June 23rd. The album can be streamed from this location.
About the record, the band stated: “We are delighted and proud to present you our new album ‘Of Clans and Clones and Clowns’ in its full length! A hard, prolonged and intense work of many people, that has finally resulted in a 73 minutes of this crazy, funny, sad, colourful, expressive, rocking, exciting slice of our world, our hearts, our souls. A myriad of styles, moods, emotions, influences, experiences. Looking at the golden age of rock music, at its best representatives, it was about the great songwriting, pushing the boundaries, taking chances and setting the trends instead of following them. About depth and impressive substance. We attempted to capture these principles, the way we see it fit for a modern times, and we hope that you will find a multicoloured world we present here, deserving of a long-term interest. We’d like to thank everyone involved in album production, the fans, the friends, the supporters—you made it happen. Time to enjoy the music!”
Of Clans and Clones And Clowns features guest contributions from Ayreon’s Arjen Lucassen, Yossi Sassi (ex-Orphaned Land, Yossi Sassi Band), Sergey Kalugin and Yuri Ruslanov (from leading Russian proggers Orgia Pravednikov). The record was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at the Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.
Head over to Prog to stream the album in its entirety, and pre-order the record from Bandcamp or iTunes.
Italian Progressive / Metalcore band, Led By Vajra, have released their first official video from their forthcoming Sliptrick Records release ΨΥXN. It’s a monster track entitled 'White Dress' which features the bands duel female/male fronted vocals, their eclectic new wave metal-core sound and carries a serious social message within the lyrics. In the bands own words; “The video stands for the double identity of the women who get raped: they start to think they deserved what happened to them instead of feeling just like a victim.”
Video Footage by Dario Monaco and Giuseppe Nappo
Video Edited by Gabriele Quaranta
Video Post production by Alfonso Del Vecchio at “Visualize”
Track engineered, recorded and mastered by Gabriele Quaranta
Watch the video here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pCoqMyLVcs&feature=youtu.be
ΨΥXN (Psychè) will be released later in the year via Sliptrick Records
Led By Vajra are:
Atena Fedele – Clean Vocals
Mariano Esposito – Raw Vocals
Walter Orlando – Guitar
Gabriele Quaranta – Guitar
Marco Cantiello – Drums
Luca Muneretto – Bass
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Greek metal / rock band, Raw In Sect, have released a new and crazy music video for 'Therion'. The song is taken from the upcoming third album 'Kitro', to be out in September. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/GqwHHW76LTY
Filmed in London's Black Island studios by director Peter Lee Scott, the band says the video is mean to reflect the transformation into Therion, which is to "find inner power in a primitive way getting in touch with your instincts."
The song's unique blend of traditional Greek music with rock 'n' roll is, according to RAW IN SECT, meant to "redefine what aggressive/rock music is through a totally different approach than the one that has been known in the music scene.
"Really though, it's about doing something new and artistic instead of repeating the same old patterns of established bands in hopes of securing a career in a declining music industry. Changing the language of the lyrics in Greek, recording live, and not setting on the sound of previous records that was somewhat accepted, are among the risks we took willingly in order to express something new and reach wider audiences."
Raw In Sect is a Greek metal / rock act that has released two full length albums, “Red Flows” (2011) and “Blue Haze” (2014). Possessed by a diverse, surprising and totally unique sound as described by many, the quartet has done several tours performing all over Europe which has gained them a loyal fan base as well as recognition as one of the most deserving bands to rise from the underground.
When the “Red Flows” touring era ended, they went on to record “Blue Haze” and mixed it with nominated Grammy award producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Caspian, Pearl Jam). RAW IN SECT presented a 7 minute animation epic for the self titled song which was praised by fans and members of artistic communities. The release of Blue Haze was followed by a very long touring schedule which included over 150 concerts in venues and festivals almost in every corner of Europe.
2017 finds Raw In Sect preparing to release their new album “Kitro” among other activities. Having performed parts of it in various audiences, people speak of a band that is expected to shake and redefine the sound of the global metal/rock scene.
Israel-based Progressive Metal band Soul Enema is announcing a release date of the upcoming album titled Of Clans and Clones and Clowns. Out on June 23, the album is now available for pre-order from Bandcamp and iTunes.
The promising band's second album represents an interesting and varied combination of influences, including 14 tracks mixed an mastered by legendary Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Paradise Lost, Symphony X).
Soul Enema has issued a statement on the forthcoming album saying:
"Looking back, it took a lot of time and effort to create ‘Of Clans and Clones and Clowns,’ and the final result brings the feeling of a real accomplishment. It was a long, complicated process, constantly laden with a myriad of good reasons to give up or compromise. It probably couldn't be any different, as our goal was a mature, well-produced statement, consistent in quality throughout, and at the same time versatile enough in its various moods, styles and approaches.
“A creative and diverse Rock/Metal album, exploring vast melodic and rhythmic territories — from ABBA to Zappa, from King Crimson to King Diamond, between East and West and way beyond — in true progressive fashion. Like any reflection of the world we live in, it takes a wild ride over a wide emotional spectrum: sad, funny, perfectly sane, totally insane, very direct, quite obscure, and everything in between.”
Of Clans and Clones and Clowns also features guest contributions from Ayreon’s Arjen Lucassen, Yossi Sassi (ex-Orphaned Land, Yossi Sassi Band), Sergey Kalugin and Yuri Ruslanov (from leading Russian proggers Orgia Pravednikov).
The band commented:
“We had a great honour of featuring the instrumental talents of these, as well as other wonderful musicians. Our next aim was to ensure that all of these components work in the final picture, and that's the reason why we welcomed one of the best guys on the list to mix and master this work — Jens Bogren. It deserved the best possible treatment, just as you as a listener deserve the best possible quality. The mixing process was far from trivial, and it took some effort to shape everything our way - clear and powerful enough, yet not overproduced. So, if you like what you hear, please order yourself a CD, or the highest quality digital download, to have it the way we really meant it to sound - full-scale and uncompromising. We hope you will have your own exciting experience with the album!”
Calgary, AB progressive death metal band Divinity will be unleashing their new album "The Immortalist" on May 26th. The album is a culmination of 5 years of hard work and dedication to Divinity's craft. The album features 12 tracks that include their two previous EP releases "The Immortalist, Pt. 1 – Awestruck" and "The Immortalist, Pt. 2 –Momentum" with their 3rd EP "The Immortalist Pt. 3 - Conqueror" now completed to finish off the trilogy series as one huge full length album. All the tracks on the album are re-mixed and re-mastered by the talented Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Grid Productions) to make the songs more cohesive and work as a full-length experience. This album also features Bjorn ‘Speed’ Strid of Soilwork on vocals for the song ‘D.M.T.’.
Teaming up with MetalInjection.net, Divinity is exclusively premiering the full stream of the release for fans before it's officially out later this week.
The band comments:
"We're very proud of our new album! Our dedication to song writing, recording and producing these 12 songs over the past 5 years has been a crazy musical journey and a huge learning experience that we will never forget. Our lyrical content and artwork is based on an original science-fiction concept story about a character who wakes up in a random field within an intricate crop circle with no memory of who he is or how he got there. The character is then thrown into a crazy adventure and eventually learns who he is and how to become immortal. There's so much more to the story but we don't want to give it all way just yet."
To listen to "The Immortalist" in full, please visit the following link on MetalInjection.net at http://www.metalinjection.net/latest-news/listen-to-technical-metal-masters-divinity-wrap-up-their-trilogy
Pre-order of the album is available on Divinity.ca, iTunes or Amazon plus an exclusive digipak CD available on their website for those who like to support the band directly. The digipak CD contains a 24-page booklet that showcases this entire concept giving fans way a full physical experience to the story, songs, lyrics, and visual aspect of the new album.
Music Video - "Atlas" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL7NUOjw51c
Music Video - "Manhunt" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW4XelJ6Rzw
Influenced by bands such as Symphony X, Dream Theater, Haken, Plini, Rush along with classical, jazz and progressive rock, Montreal's instrumental violin prog metal Cydemind offer a refreshing take on progressive music that is sure to attract interest from a wide audience with their new album "Erosion". Teaming up with TheProgReport, the quintet is proud to premiere the full stream of the release, which consists of six compositions including a 27 minute masterpiece of the album's title track.
"We’re very excited to finally release Erosion. We’ve been working on it for so long; to finally launch it feels like we’ve reached the summit of a mountain that took 5 years to climb. We hope you’ll appreciate the scenery as much as we do. Thanks for supporting us and here’s to many more albums!”
"Erosion" was recorded in Montreal at The Grid with producer Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Agonist, Beyond Creation, Neuraxis) along with additional recording of grand piano done at Studio 270. Album artwork was done by drummer and band co-founder Alexandre Dagenais along with lyrical poems included with the release written by pianist Camille Delage. The poems describe each composition as the album gravitates around the theme of nature and its persistence through time.
To hear the full stream of "Erosion", please visit the following link: http://progreport.com/cydemind-stream-their-new-album-erosion/
'Erosion' is available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify and all other major online retailers.
In additional news, Cydemind's local CD launch in Montreal will be held June 17th at the Cabaret Lion D'Or with special guest progressive rockers No Ticket.
Tickets are available on www.lepointdevente.com.
Olivier Allard (Violins)
Alexandre Dagenais (Drums)
Camille Delage (Keyboards/Piano)
Nico Damoulianos (Bass)
Kevin Paquet (Guitars)
Turkish progressive death metal band Carnac return with 9 hard and heavy tracks on their new album, Times Undone. This is an intense and guttural experience, greatly expanding on the bands original sound and marks another step in the constant evolution of the 5 members of the group. The recent lyrics video for Cessation, the opening track for the album, is an excellent example of where Carnac are heading and great way to kick start the album.
Times Undone takes on the story of a daughter escaping with her father from the invasion of their land by hordes, while gradually losing her friends and loved ones to sacrifice, rape and much more. The 46-minute effort blends death metal and black metal in a progressive manner. It also sees the band adapt a much darker sound.
The album was mixed and mastered by Achilleas Kalantzis (Aenaon, Katavasia, Varathron) and will be released in digital format via Sliptrick Records. Physical copies will follow at a later date.
Times Undone | Released worldwide via Sliptrick Records on May 26th, 2017
Burak Yenitepe – Vocals
Nurhacý Çeri – Guitar
Ozan Turakine – Guitar
Baybora Topaloðlu – Drums
Ünal Akünal – Bass
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Argentinian Prog-Tango Metal act Bandolirium, led by bandoneon player Amijai Shalev, are set to release their self-titled debut album this Friday, May 12.
Although there were tries in the past to blend Tango and Progressive Metal together, Bandolirium’s approach to this idea goes a few steps further by including a bandoneon—a type of square concertina popular in Argentina—in their music.
About the idea to create Prog Metal music with the inclusion of the instrument, Shalev commented:-
“I feel it's a natural result of the music I listen to and my personal background. Great part of being a composer is finding the unique combination that we are and the way we see our environment. Living in Buenos Aires, this combination seems obvious to me, it hasn't been done before just because people have a tendency to keep on doing the same stuff. In Prog Metal you hear very often rhythms and melodies from different cultures, so if we want to do Argentinian Prog Metal, Tango is a great inspiration, also using the bandoneon in metal parts is interesting because the sound is similar to keyboards but you can work the dynamics of an acoustic instrument, and of course for Tango audience the metal sound is something new.”
Progressive Metal and Tango have a lot in common, the intensity and drama especially, but even specific rhythms that are used in metal are found in tango. Bandolirium has previously released a cover of Metallica’s classic “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Shalev said: “I think that our version of ‘For whom the Bell’ tolls is an example how close tango and metal (in this case thrash) can get.”
About the creative process of the self-titled album, Amijai said: “I composed all the parts with scores at home, a very intimate process, for the drums I only wrote a reference and our drummer, Marcos Edwards, composed the real drums. While rehearsing we made the changes and corrections; there were many of them. It was a very interesting work, we learned a lot doing it.”
"Bandolirium" is out on May 12th.
Amijai Shalev - bandoneon
Marcos de Cristobal - guitars
Matias Brandauer - bass
Marcos Edwards - drums
Italian progressive rock / metallers Heretic’s Dream have signed with Revalve Records, for the release of their new album, ready in Fall 2017!
As previously announced, this week Heretic’s Dream will join the Finnish progressive metal masters Amorphis, as their main support, on the 10th Eclipse Anniversary Shows in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, as follows:
May 12, 2017 – Moscow at Volta
May 13, 2017 – St.Petersburg at Club Zal
Furthermore the band will perform at Faine Misto Festival, on July 22nd, in Ternopil (Ukraine), sharing the Main Stage alongside Guano Apes!
Heretic’s Dream is a five piece Rock band that can’t easily be labelled as playing anyone type of Rock music! Their music is Hard Rock, Alternative, Progressive and Metal, combining unusual and complex rhythms with a fierce energy, making their music unique! Check out their latest video for the song ‘Secret Place’, taken from the forthcoming album ‘Floating State Of Mind’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JctFa8sjKhI
The Spanish 4-pieced combo The Third Grade joins the family of Art Gates Records with the ultimate aim of releasing their new opus in 2017 and enhance their musical career from now on.
The Third Grade are a Metal outfit which combines in a pretty particular way the genres of Rock & Prog along with pasajes classic and symphonic passages; having the vocals, harmonies and melodies a leading role in the music of the band. The Third Grade means complexity, melody & feeling in its purest form.
In words of Iván Magdalena, CEO & responsible for the Marketing & Promo department:
"I have known The Third Grade for a few years now and I have been always interested in their career, the band is remarkable not only for them closeness but also for their track. From now on we will be working for them to spread their music around the globe."
The latest album "Deeper, Darker" (2016), will be distributed through Art Gates Records worldwide in the following months. Watch the video for "Blanket", extracted from this album RIGHT HERE
Right now The Third Grade are immersed in the production process of their new opus, due out this summer.
Contemporary Fronted-woman Metal outfit Absalem is the new artist joining the international AGR roster of artists
Absalem starts its way in 2016 looking for a contemporary sound characterized by sharp guitar riffs, powerful drums and a striking combination of growls and clean vocals. In the mood of bands such as Arch Enemy or the Agonist, Absalem define its sound as modern and full of anger.
In words of Xavier Tolosa, CEO & A&R:
"From the very first time we trusted in Absalem as a safe bet. I'm sure this is the beginning of something bigger, there's a long way to go".
This year the band is immersed in the recording process of their debut, ready to go on stage & release the album through Art Gates Records worldwide in the following months
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