After more than a decade honing its craft, Russia's Tantal soared to new heights with the release last September of Ruin, an album of dynamic compositions, stylistically located at the junction of Dark, Progressive, Gothic, and Modern Metal. Featuring penetrating melodies, punctuated with the powerful vocals of front woman Sofia Raykova, and expressive guitar work in the tradition of Dream Theater and Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Ruin is the ultimate representation of the Tantal sound.
Tantal released several videos in support of Ruin, all of which can be experienced below.
Ruin is available at the following locations:
Formed in Moscow in 2005, Tantal is an eclectic metal band, whose music covers a wide range of the Metal and Rock genres in creating a style all its own: Modern, Progressive, Death, Gothic and Alternative Metal, to name some of the more obvious ones. The undeniable spark that sets all aglow comes in the form of Sofia Raykova's vocals, which range from powerful clean singing to screaming and growling.
The members of Tantal boast an impressive pedigree. Dmitry Ignatiev is guitarist of Everlost and Flash Of Aggression (alongside Andrey Smirnov from German legends U.D.O. & Dirkschneider). Ignatiev is also a guitarist in grand symphony project Metallica Show (tribute to S&M album). Singer Sofia Raykova also participates in famous Russian Power-Metal band Epidemia together with Maria Archipova from Arkona.
Tantal tours regularly in major cities of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine and shared the stage with such bands as Lacuna Coil, Resistance, Sadist, Anata.
Guitarist Dmitry Ignatiev is officially endorsed by ESP Guitars (Japan/USA) and AMT Electronics (Siberia (RU)/Europe).
Moscow folk metal band Foxtale have released their debut album "Сказания Севера” via Musica Productions. Album was recorded at "Old Factory" from February to September of 2017 with sound producer Igor Korolev. Artwork by Alexey Fedoseev.
Александр Васильев - вокал
Андрей Загорнов - гитара, хор
Анатолий Круглов - гитара, хор
Евгений Алаев - бас-гитара, хор
Андрей "Андреев" - ударные
Анна Ерилина - скрипка (сессионно)
Russian old school thrash/heavy metal band Abrin proudly presents the new album entitled "Hell on Earth". It will be released by SoundAge Productions (Russia) and Punishment 18 Records (Italy) labels on March 20th, 2018.
The band have spent the last one and a half year in the studio recording the new album in collaboration with famous Russian rock musicians such as Andrey Smirnov (U.D.O), Artyom Molodtsov (Distant Sun) and a legendary Russian drummer Andrey Ischenko (Arkona).
"Hell on Earth" album was recorded, mixed and mastered in Moscow by well-known in Russian heavy music world Evgeniy Vinogradov which guarantees an absolute powerful sound on album. The first single from album has been unleashed on 18th of November 2016 right after band’s Russian tour was ended. It was a powerful and energetic saga dedicated to famous F-1 racer Ayrton Senna called «The Last Turn». Most songs were composed by bands founder and guitarist Vyacheslav Zavershnev.
"Hell on Earth" also includes two already known songs from the previous album "1939" and "Heavy Metal". The songs were completely rearranged and rerecorded and band has even written new English lyrics for "1939" whereas it has Russian lyrics on the previous album. We recall that the previous album was released in 2015 and called "Возврата нет" (No Way Back).
Russian post-metallers L'Homme Absurde have completed work for their sophomore album "Sleepless", which can be considered as a logical follow-up to the band's creativity, the working formula of "Monsters" (2016), but with more influences from hardcore/metalcore music. "Sleepless" is set to be released on March 26th via Russian label Soundage Productions.
L'Homme Absurde was started by A., a Russian musician formerly known as the drummer for a series of Moscow doom metal bands (Mare Infinitum, Comatose Vigil, Who Dies In Siberian Slush) and as a mastermind of doom/downtempo band A Young Man's Funeral. In 2016 the band joined with other members and released their first self-titled demo. That same year L'Homme Absurde recorded their first full-length album entitled "Monsters", which was released by Russian label Fono ltd.
Russian death metal combo Infiltration have signed a worldwide distribution deal for their EP "Nuclear Strike Warning" with Wormholedeath.
The band stated:
"Hello everyone! This is Infiltration, and we've got some bad ass news for y'all) We are proud to announce that we are currently signing a deal with WormHoleDeath record label!!! We are super stoked to be signed with such a cool label and to be part of WormHoleDeath family!"
"Nuclear Strike Warning" EP will be out on February the 23rd 2018 via Wormholedeath / The Orchard. The pre order date is February the 9th 2018.
The death metal band Infiltration was formed during spring 2017, upon remains of then dysfunctional band Free at last. It was rather a surge of frustration and anger due to FAL disbanding, that caused the formation of the band, than the intentional purpose. The idea to start a new band originally belonged to Andrew, the bass player (ex-Free at Last, ex-Svartby, Stormland), supported by the guitarist Eugene (ex-Free at Last, ex-Svartby). The two had a considerable experience, so they wasted no time in vain, which resulted in only a two months’ period from initial talks to the actual studio work.
The duo was later joined by Paul, the vocalist and Alex the drummer. Each one of the band members is considered to be a pretty much legendary figure in the underground metal scene of Saint-Petersburg. Alex, the drummer (of the Hellbomb fame) has done incredible amount of recordings, working with such bands as Katalepsy, Perimeter, Tesla Machine, to name a few, also he was fairly enthusiastic about participating in this new band. It would take a lot of time talking about Paul, but basically if we were to describe this musician in a laconic yet succinct manner – he is a Death Metal.
Apart from the powerful line up, the debut record features the guest appearances from to legendary musicians as well, these are: Vitaly Abramov of Narada fame and Sergey “Bomi” of Buicide fame, who provided their talents to this explosive sound assault of a debut record! Also it must be noted that the entire process of recording was done in a fairly short time, in order to capture the vibe of the material without losing a bit in a quality of the delivery! Recorded at Redneck studio, by Nikita – sound engineer, produced by Andrew and Eugene.
The sound assault performed by the Infiltration could be described as mixture of Napalm Death ferocity, with infectious grooves by the likes of Six Feet Under and Bolt Thrower. This is a 100% Death Metal. From December of 2017 Infiltration becomes a part of WormHoleDeath label family!
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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)
Black / Death alchemists Vhorthax premiere the new track "Thy Foul Graal" at heavily trafficked web-portal CVLTNation.com. The track hails from the band's striking debut EP, Nether Darkness, set for international release on January 5th, 2018 via Iron Bonehead Productions. Hear Vhorthax's "Thy Foul Graal" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from Russia, Vhorthax was formed by members of the band Abyssfire - Morkh (voices & psalms - also Sickrites and Serpentrance), Nicholas-N.A.-I.I. (drums), and M.P. (guitars & bass) - in 2016 during a night of black candle mass meditations in their rehearsal bunker. There's no other goal but the channeling of primitive and cavernous chants of the Devil in the rough form of morbid Black / Death echoing with the sounds of the altars of worship. After several gigs, Vhorthax locked themselves in the bunker and crafted the four foul songs branded as Nether Darkness.
Now bookended by a suitably haunting intro and outro, Nether Darkness indeed evokes its title: a plunge into the deepest, darkest recesses of the eternal abyss. Muscular yet atmospheric and travelling across all sorts of diabolical terrain, Vhorthax craft a sound that's both patient and potent, simmering with sinister energies before winding up and into a fiery fury. Moments of ritualism become full conflagrations, and the slipstreaming momentum becomes too much to bare. Truly, this is Nether Darkness, and Vhorthax are leading the way downward with torch in hand.
The next torch has been lit exclusively HERE, courtesy of CVLTNation.com. The first torch has been lit HERE at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud, with the previously revealed track "Stabat Mater".
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
Russian Deathcore band SamadhiSitaram launched new video clip, entitled "ShangriI La", 8th track taken from the album - "KaliYuga Babalon", released on July 14 via Sliptrick records.
'We always wanted to make a simple black and white video. These colours are classics forever, and it's magnetic! They remind us of Charlie Chaplin and Ingmar Bergman movie aesthetics.'
Russian progressive metal / rockers Starsoup will release sophomore album Castles of Sand digitally on November 20 and on CD December 1 via Metalism Records. Album teaser videos are available at youtu.be/Opng1icpvmk and youtu.be/ibkNuZwLp6M
After inspiring debut album Bazaar of Wonders (2013, Sublimity Records), the band took a break due to leader Alexey Markov taking part in his other projects Distant Sun (power/thrash metal) and Garage Dayz (Metallica S&M Tribute Show). But the long wait will be worth it! Castles of Sand is even more eclectic than the debut album with thrash metal, soft rock, progressive, folk and singer-songwriter tracks mixed together. The album will certainly appeal to the fans of Queensryche, Pain Of Salvation and Circle II Circle.
There will be two versions of the CD available: a standard jewel case with 12-page booklet and a deluxe digipak with 24-page colour booklet, a Starsoup guitar pick, and stickers. The CD versions also include two bonus tracks ("Light Up the Stars" and "Road to Sunset").
Digital pre-orders are available on iTunes at https://goo.gl/kA82mU and on Google Play at https://goo.gl/HZSpjV
Starsoup is the heavy metal / progressive rock project of vocalist/guitarist Alexey Markov (also Distant Sun).
The songs vary stylistically - you may find them partially resembling Queensryche or Pain of Salvation and even Metallica (Alexey Markov plays a role of James Hetfield a in a Metallica S&M tribute with symphonic orchestra). The project's founding stages took place in Moscow towards the end of 2011, when the first single, "Angels", was recorded. The music consists of heavy guitars, atmospheric keys with an accent on the grand piano and varying vocal techniques. Lyrically, both albums are full of diversity. From sci-fi, fantasy and horror to love, politics and the depressing reality.
For the moment, Starsoup is a studio project - the band consists of guest musicians. Due to the number of invited musicians and the band leader's engagements in other projects the recording of the first album was extended for over a year. In 2013 the first album BAZAAR OF WONDERS finally emerged into the light with the Sublimity Records label and received more than 50 reviews in 10+ languages. The second full-length, CASTLES OF SAND, will be released on the 1st of December 2017 via Metalism Records as a limited digipack and a standard jewel case. It will feature 2 bonus tracks in addition to the digital version.
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