Switzerland's Burning Witches recruit new vocalist Laura + stream new track 'Wings Of Steel' on YouTube
The sad news of frontwoman Seraina leaving Burning Witches has been circulating the internet over the last week, highlighting that sometimes there are things beyond your control that you don't see coming... Continuing in their relentless pursuit of bringing heavy metal magic to the masses, the band are delighted to welcome new witch Laura from the Netherlands into the fold. The band are introducing Laura to their fans in the form of a new track. Check out 'Wings Of Steel' (available digitally from July 19) over on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Jr0hcJw8km8
Seraina states about her departure:-
"Dear friends, for personal reasons and after much deliberation I've decided to fully dedicate myself to my band Dead Venus and to leave the band Burning Witches. For the last four years I have had an incredible journey but I feel now that is the time to explore the challenge my own project is offering me. I would like to thank my family, friends and of course the fans for the incredible support. I also thank the band, the label and the management for all their help. There are a lot of beautiful experiences I’ll keep with me forever. My debut album for Dead Venus titled Bird Of Paradise will be released later this year. So my life remains exciting! I wish the Witches all the best and good luck for the future!"
Band leader Romana continues:-
"This is of course a very sad moment for all of us. We have been very close for the last few years and have achieved a lot together. It's with great sadness we have to accept that Seraina wants to move on and we wish her the best of luck for that! Your time with the Witches will never be forgotten! For us as a band it is important now to look to the new challenges ahead and the new record - the show must go on! Yes we are super thrilled that we have found Laura so quickly via our Dutch connection Sonia. We know it is impossible to replace a great voice in exactly the same way, that is why Laura is the perfect choice for us. She will bring her own strength and personality into the Witches! We will not change the identity of the band, we will continue playing the music we love! Laura is an experienced and crisp vocalist with a wide range and a crazy enough personality to be one of US! Please give her a warm welcome – she has already won many metal hearts at our first show with her at Sweden Rock Festival! We will continue to spread the magic of the witches - thanks for all the support over the years!"
New witch Laura states:-
"Dear Burning Witches fans of the world, I am really excited and know that I have big shoes to fill! I want to thank you that you've given me this opportunity and also the Burning Witches for their trust and the warm welcome they've given me into their sisterhood! Being able to play the music I love with great people, performing at those amazing shows and festivals, and being supported by a fantastic team is a dream that has come true for me. I can't really wish for more! We are working our asses off at the moment to bring the magic to you all! Keep the fire burning! See you soon on the road and thanks for the support!"
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Digital album: nblast.de/BWHexenhammerIT
Polish extreme metal veterans Vader are releasing their new EP titled "Thy Messenger". Also, the band have revealed a new lyric video for the single 'Steeler'.
Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvpidgZYb00
The band states:-
"We are so happy to give You all Vader’s new EP 'Thy Messenger'. We recorded those five songs in January when we were supposed to record a full-length album. However, we changed some plans and dates, which delayed the LP till December 2019. Since we already had several songs ready, we decided to travel to Hertz Studio again and record as an independent release. We added a re-make of a title track from album 'Litany', which was recorded 20 years ago. This one became one of favourites among our fans and we plan to perform the whole album as part of live-set in Autumn this year. The other song is our version of 'Steeler' from the legendary Judas Priest 'British Steel' record and is our huge respect for their heritage in the metal scene. In the meantime, we’re working on the new album in Grindstone Studio in UK with Scott Atkins as producer and there is only some vocals and leads left to finish. We will visit many festivals and our own shows in Summer and Autumn and we will bring songs from 'Thy Messenger' on stage too. See ya soon and… STAY VADERIZED \m/".
Order the EP now: http://nuclearblast.com/vader-thymessenger
You can also check out the video for the recently released single 'Grand Deceiver', here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a2zpFGUm-M
'Thy Messenger' was recorded over a week-long period in January and February at Hertz Studio in Białystok, Poland under the supervision of the Wiesławski Brothers. The cover art was painted by Wes Benscoter, who previously worked with Vader on the 'De Profundis' LP and has collaborated with such bands as Slayer, Kreator and Sinister.
A new full Vader album will be recorded later this year for a tentative autumn release.
Vader have one UK show currently scheduled for 2019 as follows :
June 29th – Hop Fest, Black Prince, Northampton
Italian obtuse metallers Barbarian premiere the new track "Hope Annihilator" at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated fourth album, To No God Shall I Kneel, set for international release on June 7th via Hells Headbangers. Hear Barbarian's "Hope Annihilator" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Since signing with Hells Headbangers in 2016, Barbarian have truly hit their stride. First came their third album, Cult of the Empty Grave, which found the power-trio in fiery form, taking all the rudiments of their first two albums and exploding the band out of the underground. Then, a year later, came a self-titled 7", which offered an even rowdier take on their now-trademark blackened traditional metal. It also saw them touring the United States for the first time, spreading their dark gospel to untouched heathen shores.
Now arrives the ever-aptly-titled To No God Shall I Kneel, arguably the grandest distillation of the Barbarian aesthetic yet. Still deadly committed to the eternal riddle of steel, Barbarian's sound continues to find a unique balance between the ancient and the fresh, but without once ever stinking of falseness or modernity. Timeless to the very end, To No God Shall I Kneel takes that characteristically sweat-drenched symbiosis of early Running Wild and '80s Manowar, grinds it through the gravel of classic Celtic Frost, and finishes it off the panache of likewise-classic Venom. If the critically acclaimed Cult of the Empty Grave eclipsed such a hypothesis, then To No God Shall I Kneel goes further into the realms of ballsy boisterousness, unapologetically OTT and Alpha at every turn, and simply takes no prisoners nor offers any safe spaces. Cult of the Empty Grave spelled it out with the track "Absolute Metal"; here, Barbarian tell you in no uncertain terms that you're now dealing with "Obtuse Metal." Wanna pose? Leave the hall!
With cover art courtesy of Acid Witch's Shagrat, Barbarian continue to hail & kill, because To No God Shall I Kneel! Bow before their hailing & killing majesty with the new track "Hope Annihilator" exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Also hail & kill with the previously revealed track "Birth and Death of Rish'ah" HERE at Hells Headbangers' Bandcamp, where the album can also be pre-ordered.
Greek black metal vanguard Funeral Storm premiere the new track "Funeral Storm" at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated debut album, Arcane Mysteries, set for international release on May 31st via Hells Headbangers for the CD format; the vinyl LP version will follow later this year. Featuring members from Hellenic scene legends Varathron, Funeral Storm deliver truly ancient - and truly authentic - Greek black metal in the most classic early '90s style, full of mysticism and might. Hear Funeral Storm's "Funeral Storm" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Funeral Storm was formed in 2001 by Wampyrion Markhor Necrowolf under the name Raven Throne as a one-man-project. The name was later changed for legal reasons, and after several changes, the moniker Funeral Storm was chosen. Lyrical themes were set early on, and are heavily inspired by occultism, legends, myths, evil, mysteries, horror, and the Cthulhu mythos.
After several line-up changes and one live show, Wampyrion decided to stop any activities concerning the band until 2012, where he released a digital split with Mortuus Sum and a six-way split on tape format with Human Serpent, Thaer Os Valael, Opus Magorum, Silent Dominion, and Varg Order a year later under his label Abyssic Black Cult Records.
Funeral Storm were active again with the addition of members of Serpent Path. In 2016, Mercyful Hell Productions released a compilation with songs that cover most of the years of Funeral Storm that were never actually released. In the meantime, Wampyrion decided to change the sound of the band, now fully inspired by '90s Greek black metal.
Nick Christogiannis of Deviser and Necroabyssious of Varathron/Katavasia/Zaratus then joined as fulltime members. With this lineup, Funeral Storm released a split in early 2017 with Celestial Rite entitled Funeral Rite with Eskarth of Agatus performing acoustic guitars and a solo on the song "Martyr Of The Lake." Reaping international acclaim, Funeral Rite was released on 12" vinyl and CD formats by Iron Bonehead, while Mercyful Hell released the tape format.
Since signing with Hells Headbangers, Funeral Storm added Arcania (Aherusia) on guitars while Christogiannis departed, and the band promptly set to work on their first full-length record. Ever aptly titled Arcane Mysteries, the album proudly and poignantly delivers 43 minutes of atmospheric tartaric black metal in the vein of the old Hellenic scene, inspired by sorcery, magic, and myths. Indeed, Funeral Storm are ancient souls, eschewing the nowadays trends of dissonant non-songwriting and cavernous obfuscation in favor of traditionally epic and dynamic songcraft, reverent to the old Hellenic gods whilst forging terrain all their own, all wrapped in a robust production that powerfully captures the trio's overt physicality - and indeed, THAT classic pulse. Arcane Mysteries is truly a record that brims with a timeless atmosphere - truly, one of arcane mysteries - and safely avoids lazy "throwback status" due to the inclusion of scene veteran Necroabyssious on vocals and the era-authentic, ever-mystical synths, handled by both Wampyrion and Arcania. In short, it's an album more than worthy of the legendary early '90s wave of Greek black metal.
To further underline those classic ties, Arcane Mysteries features two special guests: Eskarth of fellow Hells Headbangers labelmates Agatus performed the solo and acoustic guitars on "Martyr of the Lake," and The Magus of Necromantia / Prinicipality Of Hell composed, recorded, mixed, and mastered "Wandering Through The Abyss." Completed by awe-inspiring cover artwork courtesy of Markus Vesper (Denial of God, Manilla Road, Attic), Funeral Storm triumphantly prove that the past is alive...in fact, more than ever!
Delve into the past in the present with the new track "Funeral Storm" in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Delve deeper into that present past with the previously revealed track "Origins of Utter Darkness" HERE at Hells Headbangers' Bandcamp, where the album can also be pre-ordered.
Krakow's resident Doom Lords Monasterium have released a new song from forthcoming album Church of Bones. Stream "Liber Loagaeth" HERE.
Monasterium are set to release their sophomore opus Church of Bones May 6 on Nine Records. Expect nothing less than superb traditional doom metal that rumbles and burns, whilst crushing all under the weight of the band's mighty riffs!
In case you missed it, check out Monasterium's new lyric video for album-closer "The Last Templar," which features guest vocals from Forsaken's Leo Stivala.
"The Last Templar" (Lyric Video) - youtu.be/NOTsNmGBO_o
Monasterium is a Polish band founded in 2014 and dedicated to epic heavy/doom metal. All members of the brotherhood are experienced musicians sharing passion, common vision and belief in the power of traditional metal. These virtues brought them to their eponymous first full length album released in May 2016 by No Remorse Records.
'Monasterium' won critical acclaim of the metal underground and was promoted live at the highly esteemed European metal festivals: Hammer Of Doom, Up The Hammers, Malta Doom Metal Festival, Doom over Vienna and Seeds of Doom.
Michał Strzelecki - Vocals
Tomasz Gurgul - Guitars
Filip Malinowski - Bass
Maciej Berniak - Drums
French black metal militants Vortex of End premiere the new track "Voraciovs Egregore" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated third album, Ardens Fvror, set for international release on May 31st via Osmose Productions. Hear Vortex of End's "Voraciovs Egregore" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Born in the north-east of France in the early 2000s, Vortex of End is one of the most uncompromising bands that has risen and terrorized a slowly dying black metal scene. Years have made Vortex of End's music richer, its violence harder, and its ritual more glorious, and the band thus became the spearhead of what French black metal should have never stopped being: a mix of totalitarian darkness, an elevation through pain, courage through destruction, intelligence through violence, accomplishment in blood. JOIN THE PHALANX. FEED THE EGREGORE.
Join that phalanx and feed the Egregore with the new track "Voraciovs Egregore" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
Åland Islands metal combo LAMORI are proud to unleash their new single and official video "Born to Lose".
Statement about single:
"We chose Born to Lose as the first single because we wanted to skip all the small talk and just get straight down to business. And believe us, we have spared no effort here. This song is an “all guns blazing” first introduction to our upcoming album Neo Noir. So be prepared! This punch in the gut will leave you begging for more."
Shot by: Carolina Juselius
Edited by: Mikael Westerlund
Produced by: LAMORI
Thanks to: Mariehamns Räddningsverk, Uncan
Photo credit: Therese Andersson BLICK
Statement about video:
"Our two previous videos were both shot in black and white. So we thought it was time to add some colour. As you can all see in the video, we’re not for half measures. The core idea about the video is that we can all be our own worst enemies. The game of chess could be a metaphor for life. We are our only true opponent. So we have to choose. Do I want to be the me that is on the winning side or the losing side of the table? Sometimes it is hard to tell who is who though. And when we go and do stupid things, then it all becomes even harder. We always want more. We are never satisfied. We are born to lose."
From reservoirs of darkness and neon lit nightmares rises Finnish five-piece LAMORI. Uniting gothic metal with dark wave, modern rock and everything in between, is what defines the sound of LAMORI. With Lyrics inspired by cult horror movie maestros and old romanticism, the band furthermore finalize their macabre elegance. Founded in 2009 on the Åland Islands, an autonomous region in Finland, the band self-released their first album "Deadly Desires" in 2013. After penning a deal with Wormholedeath a year later, the band started working on their first major album "To Die Once Again", released in 2016. A follow up has been in the works for the last couple of years and is now ready to be released upon the world.
Filipino Black Metallers Omenfilth premiere "Summon The Beast Of Damnation"; 'Devourer Of The Seven Moons' nears release via Eternal Death
Decibel Magazine is currently streaming "Summon The Beast Of Damnation," the latest psalm from Philippines-based black metal practitioners Omenfilth. The punishing new tune comes by way of the band's impending Devourer Of The Seven Moons full-length, slated to drop later this month via eternal death.
"This track is one of most aggressive and musically adventurous songs we've ever written," notes the band of the track. "It's fast, ravaging, dark, angry, moody, and slapped with a very impious lyrical bent that we'll leave to the listener to come up with their own conclusions. And yet it's got two different dissonant riffs that strangely harmonize on the verses and a melodic mid-section. It's got everything, from bestial rhythms to the melodic mid-section and the thrashy guitar solo. It spans a wide array of extreme metal sub-genres and blends them together flawlessly and still sounds identifiably Omenfilth without losing any character."
Hear Omenfilth "Summon The Beast Of Damnation," only at Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
Omenfilth's Devourer Of The Seven Moons will be released on CD, cassette, and digital formats on April 12th via Eternal Death. The ten-track offering includes three bonus tracks: a cover of Vulcano's "Bloody Vengeance" and live recordings of "Equinox Of Evil" and "Fading Embers Of A Dying Era," both from the band's 2016 Opus Sanguinarium offering. For preorders, visit the Eternal Death Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION where "The Embrace Of Solitude" can also be streamed.
Following the path of traditional black metal rather than the war metal influences often associated with their place of origin, Omenfilth's Devourer Of The Seven Moons showcases the strengths of the band - eerie melodies ("The Embrace Of Solitude"), headbanging fury ("Summon The Beast Of Damnation," "Seared By The Flames Of Bawo"), and violent upsurges ("Bakuana Ex Inferis"). Appealing more to fans of bands like Varathron or Darkthrone than Blasphemy or Von, Devourer Of The Seven Moons shows that South-East Asian black metal is more than just sleazy goat-worship and mini-guns. Following the lyrical themes of the album, the artwork of Dave Fogg is based on the ancient Filipino mythological entity Bakunawa aka "The Devourer Of The Seven Moons."
Spanish black metal cult Deathwomb premiere the new track "Moloch's Domain" at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. The track hails from the band's striking debut album, Moonless Night Sacraments, set for international release on April 19th via Iron Bonehead Productions. Hear Deathwomb's "Moloch's Domain" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Deathwomb are ancient black metal personified. Theirs is a sound at odds with the modern world, brewed in the cauldron of simpler, more idealistic, and most definitely more underground times. With but a four-song demo from 2017 as their previous recording, this power-trio proves their Satanic worth with their first full-length, Moonless Night Sacraments.
Ever aptly titled, Moonless Night Sacraments conjures the lycanthropic spirit of '90s black metal's crudest proponents, lurking largely in Finland, North America, and Brazil. Doubtlessly physical in their profane ruminations, it'd be a gross misnomer to label Deathwomb as "bestial," at least in the more post-millennial definition. Rather, the swarming, oft-swampy surge they employ across Moonless Night Sacraments - suffused with mystical synth, most crucially - bears aesthetic kinship with '90s Demoncy, Havohej, and Black Funeral, early Mystifier, and of course, Beherit's landmark Drawing Down the Moon. Naturally, Deathwomb strive to add to this (un)hallowed canon rather than merely replicate it, so authentic is their (unholy) passion.
As modern life justifiably grinds to a halt, time stands still as Deathwomb offer you Moonless Night Sacraments...partake at your own peril. Continue partaking with the new track "Moloch's Domain" exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Begin partaking with the previously revealed "The Ancient Serpent" HERE at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud.
The Swedish melodic progressive metal band Darkwater will release their new album "Human" on March 1st via Ulterium Records. The album will be available on CD, 2LP and digital. "In Front Of You", the third single from the album can be streamed at YouTube below.
"Human" won't leave fans of melodic metal or progressive metal disappointed. The songs are heavier, more melodic and atmospheric than before and the band worked really hard on tweaking the ten songs and over 76 minutes of playing time into perfection. Jacob Hansen (Evergrey, Volbeat, Amaranthe) was chosen to mix and master the album and he did a fantastic job which resulted in the best sounding Darkwater album to date.
The lyrics of the album welcomes you into a world of you and me, how we affect the world around us and the struggles we deal with as humans.
Don't miss out on "Human", a perfect album for fans of melodic progressive metal and bands like Circus Maximus, Seventh Wonder and Evergrey!
Link to the music video for "Alive (Pt. II)": https://youtu.be/EDYtk6SYkJ8
Link to the lyric video for "A New Beginning": https://youtu.be/f5zpDD38Pr8
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