Set to unleash their new EP "The War Inside" on May 10th, Orlando's Meka Nism, a metal tour de force has teamed up with PureGrainAudio.com for the premiere of their next single "Trailblazer".
Listen to one of metal's next titan's triumph with this powerful anti-suicide track about keeping positive and persevering when times feel they have no escape.
"Trailblazer" can be heard at http://puregrainaudio.com/audio/floridian-metal-quintet-meka-nism-stream-hot-new-trailblazer-single-exclusive-premiere
The band adds:
"The meaning behind 'The War Inside' has a lot to do with the duality of things, the mental wars we all have with ourselves, good vs. bad, all of the stuff going on in the world today, and the everyday battles that we all go through. Whether its depression, anxiety, suicide, family, or outside pressure, everyone deals with some sort of War Inside, and we are here to try and help you through it."
"The War Inside" follows Meka Nism's three previous releases "Live From The Machine Shop" (Live CD) (2016), "The Shift" (EP) (2015), "The Dance At The End of The World" (EP) (2013).
Inspired by Metallica, Joan Jett, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Ghost, Meka Nism’s sound is powerful, metallic, aggressive, melodic, and in your face. They are a band that fires on all cylinders and with the most charismatic front-woman "Meka", they have supported legends like Mastodon, Gojira, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit, Otep and In Flames, which now continues as the band has been confirmed to be local Orlando support for Korn's Jonathan Davis' tour date on May 14th at Plaza Live, details can be found here.
Vocalist Meka comments:
"We are very excited to have this opportunity to play with Jonathan Davis. I know I speak for everyone in Meka Nism, that we are greatly inspired by his music as a solo artist and with Korn. He is a brilliant artist, consistently creating truly great music with his own unique sound. This will be special experience to share with our home-town tribe in Orlando."
"The War Inside" EP pre-order available at www.meka-nism.com.
Music Video - The War Inside - http://youtu.be/zKm8hZhe8jI
May 10 - Orlando, FL - Park Ave. CDs - info ( The War Inside EP Release & Listening Party)
May 12 - Tampa Bay, FL - Brass Mug - info (Halfway To Halloween 2018)
May 14 - Orlando, FL - Plaza Live - info (w/ Jonathan Davis)
June 2 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre - info
EP and Live Band Line Up:
- Ms. Meka (Vocals)
- Bobby Keller (Guitar)
- Chris Lane (Drums)
- Jarret Robinson (Bass)
- Jay Adkisson (Keys)
Defiatory are far from done with taking over the cyber space with their aggressive hard hitting Thrash Metal. Their impending new album "Hades Rising”, covers all the basses of what good metal should be. A fantastic trip to the Emergency room, to have neck fusion surgery, to repair it from the continuous beating it just received from this album.
New Noise Magazine premieres the 09th track “Bane Of Creation” exclusively HERE
Defiatory's thoughts on the song: “This is your typical apocalypse song where the dark serpent rises to swallow the sun and end the world. The end of all things will come in one form or another, no matter what deity people choose to worship.”
Defiatory was initiated in 2015 by Ronnie upon his departure from the prominent death metal band Aeon. Soon, Martin Runnzell joined the band to fill the vocal position, and the first demo track, “Furor Unleashed” saw the light of day within a week after the initial collaboration between Martin and Ronnie. Defiatory completed their debut “Extinct” (released via Black Lion Records in 2016) after completing the full line-up.
Defiatory is about to release their second album, aptly titled “Hades Rising”. The album marks the continuation of the band’s collaboration with Black Lion Records. "Hades Rising" carries on from the aggressive thrash metal sound established on the debut album, evolving into more rhythmic and melodic sessions, granting more variances without losing focus on what is important in the old school style of thrash metal. Taking influences from the Bay Area thrash masters, Defiatory flourishes their music through comprehensible production approach. The sophomore album, containing 11 tracks of relentless neck-wrecking thrash metal, with an amazing artwork painted by Mika Rudin, will be released this May 11 on CD formats.
Defiatory has already released the music video of the track “In Hell”, an ultimate sonical ride to the menacing combat zone. Gigs and tours will be followed to support the album.
After more than a decade of silence, the brutal creators of darkness - Carpathian Forest - are stripping your petty existence down to nothingness! Your skin, your flesh and your bones will decompose once hit by their necrotic black metal axe! The legendary Carpathian Forest is currently premiering their new single, “Likeim”, the title-track of the band’s forthcoming EP, “Likeim”, to be released tomorrow, Friday, April 13.
When asked about the essence of the track "Likeim", Nattefrost commented:
"Existentialism, suicide. To jump in the waterfalls of Rjukan, Telemark.” Experience these depths and their complexities with "Likeim"!
CARPATHIAN FOREST - LIKEIM
Carpathian Forest's upcoming EP is consisted of two tracks: one of which is a cover track of Turbonegro (All My Friends are Dead) and an original track titled Likeim (corpse stench). Two brutal and brutally honest songs that truly represent what is and has always been one of the world’s most necro black metal bands. Infused with black thrash and old school black metal, the two tracks spear the very core of your 90’s black metal nostalgia. Carpathian Forest is the groovy mid-tempo black metal, with the chillingly nihilistic and in your face vocals that sticks to your membrane.
CARPATHIAN FOREST - 'LIKEIM' OUT APRIL 13
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Legendary, melodic Greek black metallers Varathron, reveal the fourth and last single from the "Patriarchs Of Evil" album, due out on April 27th via Agonia Records. Listen to the new track at:
Varathron - Luciferian Mystical Awakening (Official Track Stream)
Co-founded in 1988 by Stefan Necroabyssious, the band's vocalist and sole original member, Varathron has been on a steady release schedule since 2004's "Crowsreign". The latter album introduced Haris (drums) and Achilleas C. (guitars) to the band, who were later joined by Sotiris (guitars) and Stratos (bass). Together, they established a new, well-bonded line-up of an already established Hellenic black metal act, considered as one of the forefathers of the genre, next to Rotting Christ and Necromantia.
Having previously described "Patriarchs Of Evil" as "heavy, dark and full of melodies that will revive past memories", Varathron elaborates on the successor to "Untrodden Corridors Of Hades" (2014):
"The time has come to deliver our new opus 'Patriarchs of Evil'. A sinful sip of this unholy communion will lure you into an astral journey of absurd dimensions - with an awakening smell of the old era. This album is one of the finest pieces Varathron has ever unleashed. We promise a true heavy, blasphemous and unique masterpiece with Necroabyssious delivering his best performance ever. With glorious riffs, profound melodies and a solid rhythm section, this dark testament is to delve into. The time of the rejuvenation has come!! WE ARE FOREVER IMMORTAL!!".
"Varathron are proudly spreading the Mediterranean plague since 1988! 30 years have passed and we continue to worship darkness and preach the unholy word! 'Patriarchs of Evil' is not just a new album, it is a celebration and one of our greatest creations. Behold the 8 hymns!".
"Patriarchs Of Evil" was recorded, mixed and mastered over the course of 2017 by Achilleas Kalantzis (aka Achilleas C.) at Crown Audio Conspiracies, except for drums which were recorded at Infinite Loop Music Studio. Both studios are based in Varathron's home town of Ioannina, Greece. The album's artwork and layout were designed by Juanjo Castellano. New band photos were taken by Evi Savva.
- Digipack CD with slipcase and 16 pages booklet.
- Black gatefold LP.
- Picture disc gatefold LP (with insert, patch and poster) limit. to 200 handnumbered copies.
- Yellow with black splatter gatefold LP (with insert, patch and poster) limit. to 125 handnumbered copies.
- "30 years" zipper hoodie.
Stefan Necroabyssious - vocals
Achilleas C - guitars
Sotiris - guitars
Stratos - bass
Official Site: https://varathron.com
Official Webshop: http://shop.varathron.com
American death metal stalwarts Cardiac Arrest premiere the new track "Professional Victim" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated sixth album, A Parallel Dimension of Despair, set for international release on April 23rd via Memento Mori. Hear Cardiac Arrest's "Professional Victim" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Formed in the bowels of Chicago way back in 1997, Cardiac Arrest should need no introduction to the ardent fans of rotting and blood-drenched death metal, for these grave-dwellers have been carving out aural nightmares of perishing and grime for decades now. Consisting of four individuals with an unearthly interest in all that's absurd, morbid, gruesome, and unhealthy, the band's been consistently getting heavier and more vile with every album they spat out via previous labels such as Razorback Recordings and Ibex Moon Records, honouring timeless death metal of the most grinding and putrid ilk with genuineness and a no-nonsense approach, yet adding enough personality to be in a forever-rotting league of their very own.
Now, half a dozen albums deep into their 20-plus-year career Cardiac Arrest have delivered a master-stroke that bands a third of their age would be jealous to release: A Parallel Dimension of Despair. Time moves on and tastes change, but these American diehards stay true to the iron-clad ethos of true and TIMELESS death metal. Put on A Parallel Dimension of Despair and you'd be forgiven for thinking the year was 1991, so authentic and ingrained is that ethos. For those were days of true songwriting, and Cardiac Arrest have never forgotten that. Not for them the speed-for-its-own-sake stakes nor unnecessary gore that doesn't serve the heart of horror; instead, the quartet churn forth streamlined yet shit-heavy DEATH that puts emphasis on hooks and groove as well as well-timed bouts of speed. References to be made include Grave, Master, Benediction, Obituary, Cianide, Malevolent Creation, and of course the Floridian masters Death and Massacre, but here delivered with a class and clarity that's entirely their own. If anything, this is Cardiac Arrest at their outright catchiest, addictively navigating between gallop and blast.
With suitably haunting cover art courtesy of Juanjo Castellano and mastering by Javier Felez at Moontower Studios, A Parallel Dimension of Despair proves old age doesn't soften the diehard one bit - it just kicks them into Cardiac Arrest! Hear for yourself with the new track "Professional Victim" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. The previously revealed "Become the Pain" can be heard exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com, and "It Takes Form" can be heard HERE at Memento Mori's official YouTube channel
Shock metal troublemakers Fear Of Domination reveal the cover artwork and track listing for their upcoming fifth album “Metanoia”, out on 4th of May through Ranka Kustannus. The band also announces third single from the full-length, titled “Face Of Pain”, which is set to release on 13th of April. The new single offers a look in to the darker and starker side of the album, as male vocalist Saku Solin explains:
“Face Of Pain sinks into the question of what pain looks like, how it shows itself and how it feels, and also how easy it is to hide behind a smile, to stand strong and pretend being able to cope with it. We all feel pain, but how we express it is a far sadder question – how we are like unfinished paintings, trying to complete ourselves.”
On “Metanoia”, Fear Of Domination has gone through a metamorphosis, and wanted to bring that to the visual side as well.
“We’ve reached a new level in our evolution, so we wanted this re-birth and metanoia to show in the album art”, Solin says.
Artwork for “Metanoia” was created by Finnish photographer and digital artist Jani Kormu, who sheds some light on the idea behind it:
“We wanted to pay a little homage to H.R. Giger with the band, but still create something characteristic for Fear Of Domination. That way, we ended up with this industrial/Giger kind of structure in these photos.”
Fear Of Domination will join Amaranthe on their Baltic tour this spring, and tour Finland earlier in May.
Fear Of Domination tour dates:
4.5. Ilokivi, Jyväskylä, Finland
5.5. Henrys Pub, Kuopio, Finland
11.5. Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland
12.5. Yo-talo, Tampere, Finland
18.5. Loftas, Vilnius, Liethuania (w/ Amaranthe)
19.5. Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia (w/ Amaranthe)
20.5. Tapper, Tallinn, Estonia (w/ Amaranthe)
21.6. Nummirock, Kauhajoki, Finland
Fear of Domination official website: https://www.fod.fi/
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Roman Catholic Black Metallers Reverorum Ib Malacht set release date for new Annapurna album; reveals first track
On May 11th internationally (June 15th in the United States), AnnapurnA shall release Reverorum ib Malacht's highly anticipated fourth album, Im Ra Distare Summum Soveris Seris Vas innoble. The album will be released on CD, vinyl, and digital, with the vinyl to be available in two editions: black vinyl, or coloured vinyl with download card.
As sole practitioners of Roman Catholic Black Metal, Reverorum ib Malacht are truly in a league of their own. Their three albums to date - 2011's Urkaos, the three iterations of 2014's De Mysteriis Dom Christi, and last year's Ter Agios Numini - are unparalleled in their intensity of vision and sound. But with Im Ra Distare Summum Soveris Seris Vas innoble, whatever conceptions of "vastness" and "density" the band deeply explored prior have been hereby dwarfed.
Like any of the band's albums, Reverorum ib Malacht's Im Ra Distare Summum Soveris Seris Vas innoble is not an easy album to navigate, nor was that ever an option to begin with. For music - truly MUSIC, whether it be classed as "black metal" or "ambient" or otherwise - this personal and idiosyncratic was meant for exploration of truths far beyond the surface level, both above and below, encompassing the totality of eternity and its incomprehension. Layers are built upon layers upon layers, each one denser and yet more Spartan than the next, weaving a maze that becomes a riddle that circles back to a maze again, like the very Ouroboros forever swallowing its tail. It very much "sounds like" black metal (or ambient-intensive black metal, that is) but rather aims for what IS...existing, spreading further, forever outwards...living, dying, being.
Belarusian atmospheric black metal unit Raven Throne is returning with their sixth album "I Miortvym Snicca Zolak" on May 02, 2018 via Dutch Label Non Serviam Records.
Decibel Magazine unfolds the premiere of the second track "Pole cicha šaptała kałossiem..." from the upcoming album, which is based on poems from the beginning of the 20th century. Listen to it RIGHT HERE.
"With lyrics and music based on and inspired by Slavic poetry, I Miortvym Snicca Zolak enfolds the listener in a blinding maelstrom of spellbinding riffs, weightless but imbued with that special brand of Eastern European melancholy that makes bands from that part of the world so singular, and so irresistible." — Dutch Pearce, Decibel Magazine
The Band informs: “The song “Pole cicha šaptała kałossiem” is taken from the poem (having the same title) of Michas Charot — the Belarusian poet, playwright and writer who was shot in the framework of the repression, committed by the Soviet leaders in October, 1937. Michas dedicated this to Tishke Gartnoy (real name Dmitry Fyodorovich Zhilunovich), another prominent poet from Belarus. The poem fits perfectly into the music of Raven Throne, thus forming one of the most powerful and piercing tracks from this album.”
Chaostar are now streaming their complete forthcoming album, 'The Undivided Light'. The Greek avant-garde explorers will release their fascinating fifth full-length on March 23rd, 2018.
'The Undivided Light' is now premiering at the link below, which can be published immediately.
Chaostar vocalist Androniki Skoula comments:
"The human being as an individual and as a master of his own destiny appears again as the central core around which our forthcoming album, 'The Undivided Light' revolves. We have always been attracted to the investigation of the womb in which our secretive and most tiring battles take place. There is no blood there, no human casualties, no weapons, but only arsenals of strength and belief, waiting for us to prove that we deserve the feasts that life has provided us unconditionally. Silent soldiers confronting their lethal decisions, an ancient conspiracy in the subconscious, memories, and intentions merging into a crystal magic ball, a two-sided coin.
Life and death, this price has to be paid. The light that leads cannot be divided, its flame sprung from the opened doors of knowledge and wandered in silent yards, confronting the eternal circle of yin and yang. Its flame asks from each of us to be remembered. Its flames demand to be protected and kept alive, either to light the way or to burn down. 'The Undivided Light' is an album that does not just 'comment' on someone's ability to defend certain values, but it is mostly a statement of the band's contributors that outlines the secretive 'liaison' between memory and conscience.
The extent of conscience in our actions defends the real value of any kind of memory that we inherit towards others and also towards ourselves. In the end, the level of self-redemption does not only relate to our actions, but mostly to the pretext into which we include them. Remembrance has become a struggle, it is not an easy medal to gain, an undivided flame that burns on the soil of our soul. May we be remembered."
'The Undivided Light' comes as an invitation to a fascinating musical journey around the globe, which is equally true for space as well as time. Chaostar is far more than just a side-project of Septicflesh guitarist Christos Antoniou.
Chaostar was conceived out of Christos' longing to create music that reflects more on his aspect as an academy trained composer and go beyond the possibilities that his orchestral arrangements for Septicflesh offer. After all, the guitarist finished his studies of classical composition in London with honours and distinction.
When Septicflesh released their single, "The Eldest Cosmonaut" in 1998, the Greek band took a step towards classical music, which in turn inspired Christos to create Chaostar to pursue this course even further.
Out of a timeless confrontation of different sounds and styles rose an avant-garde concept for emotional music to which vocalist Natalie Rassoulis added a feminine voice. After a first statement of intent via a demo entitled 'The Underworld' in 2000, Chaostar released the albums 'Chaostar' (2000), 'Threnody' (2001), and 'The Scarlet Queen' (2004), as well as the 'Underworld' compilation in 2007.
After a self-imposed hiatus of both Chaostar and Septicflesh, Christos decided to revive his project as well when the latter reunited. The former returned with their fourth full-length, which was based on a Greek word roughly translating as "sin". 'Anomima' featured the celestial vocals of new singer Androniki Skoula, who also contributed most of the lyrics.
'Anomima' brilliantly combined rich, classical orchestration with lush soundscapes and modern textures, and even some elements of extreme music. Chaostar easily adopted a global musical language that induced the listener into a dreamlike trance with geographically unchained sounds.
With the 'The Undivided Light', Chaostar take their experimentation another step further. Classic orchestration, traditional instruments, electronica, rock, and more are deconstructed by Christos only to be reassembled into something fresh and exciting. 'The Undivided Light' gives new meaning to the term world music.
Blackened death metallers Scarificare premiere the new track "Occult Radiance" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated third album, Tilasm, set for international release on April 20th via Helldprod Records. Hear Scarificare's "Occult Radiance" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
A work of both crushing heaviness and mystical atmosphere, Tilasm is the album where Scarificare truly come into their own. Theirs is a sound that skilfully ranges black metal, death metal, and doom alike, never settling for easy categorization nor schizophrenically losing focus. Across seven songs in 45 minutes, the listener is taken on a cosmic ride like no other, each movement as memorable as the last. They say the third time's a charm, and indeed it is for Scarificare with Tilasm.
Scarificare are a Portuguese extreme metal band formed by Crusher (bass/vocals), Sothis (drums), and Quetzalcoatl (guitars) in Oporto in late 2006. The main purpose was - and still is - to make extreme metal music inspired by all cosmic forces, the wisdom of ancient pagan religions, and consequently in ourselves.
In 2007, Inverno joined the band on bass guitar, leaving Crusher totally dedicated to the voice. The band recorded the demo tape Sulphurous Wrath, to be released by Portuguese label Skull Productions. In the beginning of 2008, Sothis leaves the band, giving place to a new drummer named Njord.
In 2009, the band started recording their first album, Perpectual Decline. The album was self-financed and was released on October 9th, 2010. After some live concerts in Portugal and Spain for the debut album's promotion, the band participated in the Portuguese black metal compilation Lusitania Dark Horde II with one original track called "Burning Abyss." In the subsequent months, the band started composing the second album, and during the course of that, Crusher leaves. Since then, Quetzalcoatl has assumed vocals in the band.
That second album, Postulado, was recorded between late 2012 and April 2013, and officially released on October 12th, 2013 by the Portuguese label Helldprod. The bass lines recorded by Inverno closed his participation in the band. Promotional live concerts during the following months were given by some guests on bass guitar. In late 2014, Njord also leaves the band.
During 2015 and 2016, Quetzalcoatl was already composing new music and searching for new band members to keep Scarificare going. In late 2016, Eligos joins the band on bass guitar. At the beginning of 2017, Luis Leal joins the band on drums. During the summer of that same year, the band starts recording their third album, Tilasm, at Hannuman Studios with producer Bruno Silva. The recording process ended in December 2017, and the official release date has been set for April 20th, again through Helldprod Records.
In the meantime, hear the new track "Occult Radiance" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. The previously revealed "Crystal Skull" can be heard HERE at Helldprod's Soundcloud. Preorder info can be found HERE.
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