Wearing their influences on their sleeves, quite literally, patched denim and all things NWOBHM is their art, they are the purveyors of traditional heavy metal. Belfast heavy metal trio Rabid Bitch Of The North have announced they will release their debut full length album, Nothing But a Bitter Taste, this August via Hostile Media. "Nothing But a Bitter Taste has essentially been several years in the making. For the first time in over 10 years of performing live we had to find time to take off, go to our studio, and do this album justice," comments band frontman Joe McDonnell. "Nothing But A Bitter Taste, is a concrete slab of that classic British sounding metal. It's something straight off a NWOBHM compilation cassette. A varied spectrum of styles and tempos, and each track has its own story. It is heavy metal with rock n roll, but it is definitely progressive sounding from the previous EP and singles we've released."
The album was recorded by guitarist Gerard Mulholland, as with all their previous releases. "Gerrys production has been a learn as you work approach. Using his skills built up from years of making our demos and singles," Joe adds regarding the recording process. "What we wanted to achieve was a record that captured our unique character, as well sounding like a record that we would listen to. We wanted it to sound like the metal we like, which is anything from the golden era of heavy metal. Maybe a few Judas Priest records were points of reference at times, but the album was never based on one particular sound."
As well as announcing details of the album the band have also released the first single, a track entitled 'The Missionary', and a song which purpose was to try and harness the bizarre excitement and feeling heavy metal fans first experience on finding the genre, seeing the first album covers of Maiden's Eddie or the devilish artwork depicted on Ozzy and Dio records. "It's a song about the journey of discovering metal, searching out new bands and sounds, and then becoming part of the scene creating your own songs."
Listen To 'The Missionary' On Spotify Now
Nothing But A Bitter Taste will be released on a limited edition gatefold 3 panel digipack via Hostile Media on 18th August 2017 as well as digital via iTunes, Spotify, etc. Pre-order HERE!
Eight years after melodic death/folk metal masters Eluveitie released their acoustic album Evocation I, the Swiss musicians have decided to put aside their electronic instruments once again in favour of a new acoustic offering. Evocation II - Pantheon will be released August 18th via Nuclear Blast Records.
Band mastermind Chrigel commented on the artwork and new single 'Epona':
"Evocation II is a journey back to the source of it all: Antumnos, the other world. Join us on this wayfare through the Celtic pantheon, the world of the gods of our ancestors! The album cover expresses nothing less but exactly this! It's full of symbolism and meaning and depicts things of deepest meaning and importance in Celtic mythology. The symbol contains the 'great wheel', symbolizing the wheel of the year with the four seasons and the equinoxes – forming the foundations of Celtic mythology. The great wheel is framed by a tripartite Enneagram; while three is an important number in Celtic mythology in general, we also face trinity in the Celtic pantheon!
While the inner circle contains the initials of the names of the deities revered on this album – arranged tripartitedly according to their relations within the pantheon and place in the mythology – the outer circle utters an invitation as well as a blessing, a magical benediction for the one to dare to enter and set forth on this journey. The core of the symbol implies triune symbolism. The depiction shows the god Lugus, who was sometimes also addressed in the plural – Lugoves – since he's a triune god, as well as a tricephalos. The 'one with the skillful hand' and 'artisan of all skills' is depicted and a combination of two important symbols: On the one hand he's shown as 'high king' (and druid of druids), a typical gallic symbolism of an essential meaning and significance. On the other hand he's framed by the gallic 'lord of the animals/lord of life' symbolism: The character surrounded with diverse animals, but being strongly connected with all of them at the same time. So after all, the album cover vibrantly and mystically expresses the content of Evocation II! Join & let the journey begin!"
Today sees the reveal of the new cover artwork, as well as the launch of the album pre-orders:
The first single off the new record, 'Epona', is now available to purchase digitally: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/evocation-ii-pantheon/id1245639622
Pre-order the album on Limited Edition Double Gatefold Clear Vinyl from the Nuclear Blast UK store: http://www.nuclearblaststore.co.uk/shop/nuclearblast/products.php?cat=5096
“The time feels right to go on with Evocation II! It’s time for the album”, continues Chrigel, who revived the initial concept after three successful albums in the usual Eluveitie style.Evocation II conjures up images and emotions from another time, to eras long gone. As the title already reveals, the concept of the first opus continues and is entirely dedicated to the Celtic mythology. Evocation II takes you into the Gallic pantheon and bows down to the gods after which the song titles are named.
Jonas Wolf | guitars
Matteo Sisti | whistles, bagpipes, mandola
Nicole Ansperger | fiddle
Alain Ackermann | drums
Chrigel Glanzmann | vocals, whistles, mandola, bagpipes, bodhran
Fabienne Erni | vocals, celtic harp, mandola
Kay Brem | bass
Michalina Malisz | hurdy gurdy
Rafael Salzmann | guitars
The first single of the Heavy Metal Band Skinflint from Botswana - "Chief Of The Ghosts" was released on Soundcloud. The release date of the Skinflint album "Chief Of the Ghosts“ on CD is July 7th, 2017. The pre-order phase will start on June 23th, 2017 in our webshop.
Skinflint from Botswana, a country that is not well known for traditional Metal or Rock in general, already can be considered to one of the old guards on our label. Very rightly, albums like"Iklwa“ (2010) and "Dipoko“ (2012) are small classics nowadays in the underground. A perfect combination between traditional Heavy/Epic Metal and decent African folk music.
The trio around Giuseppe "Juice“ Sbrana continues with their old tradition also on the fifth long player "Chief Of The Ghosts“. Rough and simple, yet with much sensitivity for the decent exotic touch, there are nine new songs, again partly sung in their native language Setswana.
Those who already love the predecessors won’t be disappointed with "Chief Of The Ghosts“ at all.
Chief Of The Ghosts @ Soundcloud
Giuseppe Sbrana - vocals, guitars
Kebonye Nkoloso - bass
Sandra Sbrana - drums
North Wales Metalcore quintet Rosen Bridge are pleased to unveil their striking new video for single ‘Brand New’ here. Vocalist Antony Jones reveals of the track: “It is about appreciating what you have and being thankful for the people that support you. When you're in a negative spiral it's really hard to realise the little things that people may be doing to help you. Reflectively, it can make you feel better by being thankful and taking steps towards a positive mindset.” Shot at Manchester's Brunswick Mill studios with Matty Daley of Clearway Media, the visuals and energy change as the song gets heavier. The track is taken from their May sophomore release ‘Dreamcatcher’, available to stream here and for digital download via major platforms.
Rosen Bridge, completed by Eddie Edwards and Marcus Williams on Guitar, Rowan Jack on Drums and William Roberts on Bass duties, are named after a synonym for worm holes. As a somewhat tongue-in-cheek reference, they class themselves as ‘spiritually driven metal’, which ultimately boils down to wanting to spread a message of positivity, something often not found in heavy music. “Our music is heavily influenced by our experiences in battling mental health issues. We want to motivate people to talk to us and each other and share their own experiences. We want people to be inspired to move against their pain and be the best person that they can be. We have all had experiences with living through highs and lows and the music that has inspired us in these times is the music that motivates us to change for the better,” comments Jones.
Serving as the follow-up to debut ‘Entropy’, ‘Dreamcatcher’ saw the band set out with the aim of creating a record that would “make people feel great”. Laying down the release with John Mitchell at Outhouse Studios, the members slept in one van and commuted to the studio each day, ready to give it their all. The outcome is comparable to a blend of Issues, Volumes & Northlane, with the band explaining: “It tries to focus more on keeping a consistent groove, with the soulful vocal hooks from the first EP. It’s about overcoming obstacles and chasing what your goals are. Creating this record has essentially been a collective purge of emotions for us. It could have easily been a very dark record but the music & the experience of creating it with each other has been the positive driving force to help us find our feet and out of that negative space. We hope then that if it has achieved this for us, it can also be a catalyst of hope for other people.”
2: Hold On
3: Never Grow
4: Brand New
Rosen Bridge Confirmed Live Dates:
01/07: Theatr Clwyd, Mold
08/07: Beicfest, Vaynol, Bangor
05/08: ProgMetalMadness, New Cross Inn, London
Carach Angren are premiering the third amazing track of their forthcoming new album, 'Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten' in the shape of a stunning animated video with lyrics, which has been created by renowned Romanian artist, Costin Chioreanu.
The Dutch masters of horror metal will release 'Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten' on June 16th.
The animated video for the song "Blood Queen" is now streaming via the Season of Mist video channel and may be freely spread at the link below.
Carach Angren comment:
"We are extremely proud to present you the horror that is 'Blood Queen'. This cruel and sad tale surrounding her fate that we have brought alive in an intense musical is now wrenching your gut through the incredibly imagery created by Costin Chioreanu. He has given our dark vision a more than fitting frame. This clip is more than just another 'lyric video' but an artistic merger of song and image. We are proud that our work of passion also led to Costin really outdoing himself once again."
In further news, Carach Angren have just been nominated in the "newcomer" category of the prestigious German Metal Hammer Awards for the 2017 edition. The ceremony will take place at the Kesselhaus in Berlin, Germany on September 15th.
More information can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/mkme8mj
Tickets are available at this link: www.metal-hammer.de/tickets
India's Japan-based band Bhaira unveils music video for "Baigan"; title track taken from debut album now out
Bhaira in their own words are "an up and coming band currently located in Tokyo, Japan". Their debut album entitled, "Baigan", [in their words] would definitely be a breath of fresh air in the metal world.
Ajay was more than happy to disclose Bhaira's past and current state:-
"Sanjay and I (Ajay) have been playing together for the last seven years under the name DarkEcho with many line up changes. However, in December 2015, both of us met the lead guitarist, Rustam through a contact who auditioned for the position of the bassist in our band. In the same month, the three of us found the bassist in Malcolm. Right after the four of us met, we decided to take a more solid image under the name, Bhaira. We have been playing in Tokyo, Japan for over one year, and the crowd has been amazing. The metal scene is fairly strong, just trailing the United States and the United Kingdom. However, anything that is "kawaii" spreads like wildfire, overpowering the metal scene."
Bhaira just recently released the title track from their debut album on the 28th of April. You can check it out below:-
The music video was produced by SET Japan. The video was directed by Keivan Salehpour and Alexis Wuillame. The crew excluding the directors consists of Tom Slemmons, and Andy Tyrrell.
The question of how they came up with the music video idea is quite a simple one at the very core, but overarching that is a personal message as Ajay goes on to explain:-
"The word "Baigan" means 'egg plant', but it is slang for something that is messed up or absolutely repulsive in Hyderabadi Hindi (a dialect of Hindi from Hyderabad, India, where Sanjay and I are from). The inspiration for this song / music video comes directly from situations that occurred in my life, that imprisoned me till Bhaira came to my rescue. The four phases that are shown in the video depict the major factors that led me astray, drove me away from playing my instrument, forced me to give up on my dreams and almost making "a slave of my own grave"."
This sense of emotional disarray reflects in the band's music and despite not knowing what to call their music or indeed genre-tag it, Bhaira could probably fall into the Post-Metal category... ultimately whoever listens to them will decide what to call them. As for Ajay, he insinuates that Bhaira are not fussed about the whole genre-tagging thing... a question GMA posed to them.
"This is something that we have never found the answer for ourselves. That being said, we do strive for the heavy sound and intense energy, conveying the emotions and telling stories effortlessly to the listeners. Our major inspirations have been Metallica (obviously), Slipknot, Stromae, System Of A Down, and Hans Zimmer. "
And what about the band name after all, what does it mean and where did that come from? Ajay admits that:-
"As far as the meaning of the word goes, we don't think it has any (if at all there is any, we do not intend to associate with it). When we decided to evolve towards a solid image, we wanted to have a name which is powerful, easy to chant, easy to pronounce, easy to remember, different and most importantly we wanted to personify the band by giving it a human-like name.
It was me Ajay who chose the name, and it was immediately loved and accepted by the whole band. "
Nuclear Oath is a five-member groovy, heavy, sludgy, intense, and interactive metal wrecking crew from Medicine Hat, Alberta. Influenced by such bands as Pantera, Slipknot, Sylosis, Lamb of God, and Avenged Sevenfold, they will be releasing their new album ‘Toxic Playground’ on June 9, 2017 to follow their debut EP 'Ashes of the Unborn'. The forthcoming album will take the listeners on a journey inspired by the band's personal experience and struggles combined with intense energy. They hope each individual who listens takes something different from the band.
"We feel it is an aggressive album from start-to-finish, which generates different emotions as the album progresses.” says the band.
Teaming up with TheGauntlet.com, Nuclear Oath premiere the second cut and the album's title track 'Toxic Playground'.
Bassist Nathanael Bohnet comments:
“This is the title track off the album and also the last song we wrote for the album. We wanted to aim to make the track as hard hitting as possible with it still maintaining a strong structure. Overall, we feel this song properly captures the feel of the entire album, musically and lyrically.”
Check out 'Toxic Playground' at the following link: http://thegauntlet.com/article/32806/THE-GAUNTLET-PREMIEREs-NUCLEAR-OATH-2nd-Single-TOXIC-PLAYGROUND-
Album pre-order available at https://nuclearoath.bandcamp.com/album/toxic-playground
Russian black metallers Khashm have premiereed the new track "Obsidian Keys" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated fourth album, Asmodeus Rising, set for international release on May 26th via Iron Bonehead Productions on vinyl LP format with bonus 7" EP. Hear Khashm's "Obsidian Keys" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
One of black metal's best-kept secrets, Khashm belong to the inner circle of Russia's True Ingrian Black Metal Death. As such, the sound they've patiently crafted for nearly a decade bears a tangibly gnarly physicality contrasted by an almost-levitational aspect: truly, an alchemical melding of aggression and atmosphere.
Asmodeus Rising is arguably Khashm's most complete and engrossing work yet. At five songs on the main LP and a bonus 7" featuring two new bonus tracks, the near-50 minutes comprising Asmodeus Rising exhibit a haunting spirit that's at once wholly modern and authentically ancient. Traces of the most orthodox black metal both past and present are taken and twisted into garish 'n' grimy shapes, and often buttressed by medieval organ. The production is full and filthy, never sacrificing the sanguine in its search for cobwebbed clarity. Khashm even exhibit the sonic nous to tackle fully fledged dark ambient for the main LP's climactic, catacombed end. Asmodeus Rising, indeed...
Continue to rise with the track "Obsidian Keys" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Begin that rise with the track "The Hidden One" at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud HERE.
Japanese Thrash Metal / Crossover band Beyond Description posted on-line, in streaming on YouTube, the new song 'Castle'. It was taken from their 5th full-length album called "The Robotized World", out via Punishment 18 Records.
The Desire is the first single extract from the forthcoming album Insights by Distant Landscape. It’s a beautiful, melodic, sweeping track full of discordant guitar, layered vocals and simple harmony. The ever-moving images within the video represent distorted memories and the rushing of time. While outside everything changes, inside “The desire is still the same”.
Insights | Released worldwide via Sliptrick Records on May 23rd
Band links: Facebook | Youtube
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