Swedish riff lords Grand Magus have announced their new studio album will be titled: 'Sword Songs'.
The 8th studio album will be released on May 13th through Nuclear Blast. This stunning new cover artwork (above) was created by acclaimed artist Anthony Roberts.
Mastermind JB commented:
“We put all of our sweat, blood and tears into this new album and I think that you can hear that. For me, "Sword Songs" is the best Grand Magus album ever! The new songs are faster and more aggressive than on "Triumph And Power” - and we have also included some more extreme and harder stuff. I’m convinced that there are some future classics on the disc!"
"Sword Songs" was produced by Nico Elgstrand at Studio Supa in Stockholm, Sweden. Guitars, vocals and bass were recorded at Studio Supa, too. Drums were recorded with Roberto Laghi at Top Floor Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The album was mixed by Roberto Laghi (Oral Majority Records, Gothenburg) and mastered by Svante Forsbäck (Chartmakers, Helsinki).
Pre-order 'Sword Songs' now on limited gatefold gold vinyl from the UK store here:
The tracklists are as follows:
01. Freja's Choice
03. Forged In Iron - Crowned In Steel
04. Born For Battle (Black Dog Of Brocéliande)
05. Master Of The Land
06. Last One To Fall
07. Frost And Fire
09. Everyday There's A Battle To Fight
Bonus Tracks (digipak only)
10. In For The Kill
11. Stormbringer (Deep Purple Cover)
01. Freja's Choice
03. Forged In Iron - Crowned In Steel
04. Born For Battle (Black Dog Of Brocéliande)
05. Master Of The Land
01. Last One To Fall
02. Frost And Fire
04. Everyday There's A Battle To Fight
05. In For The Kill
06. Stormbringer (Deep Purple Cover)
Grand Magus will play festivals throughout Europe this summer including the UK's Download Festival!
07.05. - S - Medis - Stora Scenen
13. - 15.05. - D - Gelsenkirchen - Rock Hard Festival
03. - 05.06. - CZ - Pilsen - Metalfest Open Air
12.06. - UK - Donington Park - Download Festival
19.06. - F - Clisson - Hellfest
06. - 09.07. - D - Ballenstedt - Rockharz Open Air
17.08. - D - Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
"Throne Of Heresy add themselves to illustrious ranks with some of the greater Black and Death Metal musicians on the planet. With tracks that hold such jaw shattering, gut ripping riffing and a song with brilliant progressive elements, ‘Antioch’ really has it all." - Overall Loudness
"The best Blackened Death Metal I've heard in years!" - Devo of Marduk.
Swedish Death Metal act Throne Of Heresy unleash their sophomore album Antioch, a blackened piece of death metal art and a stylistic triumph for the band. The album was written over a period of two years, each song painstakingly arranged to deliver the full impact expected from the Swedish death metal canon. Antioch was recorded and produced by none other than Magnus ”Devo” Andersson (Marduk, Pain) in Endarker Studios.
Featuring members of Abscession, King Of Asgard and Ceremonial Execution, Throne of Heresy are no strangers to the world of extreme metal.
Antioch is released by The Sign Records on CD and vinyl today the 12th February 2016. Following the release, Throne of Heresy plan to tour extensively throughout Scandinavia and Europe (live dates to be released soon).
Thomas Clifford - vocals
Tomas Göransson - guitars
Michael Edström - guitars
Björn Ahlqvist - bass
Mathias Westman - drums
Swedish "adventure metallers" Twilight Force are proud to announce that they have joined forces with mighty metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast in the form of a record deal.
The foundation for what is now Twilight Force was laid out in 2011, with a quest to bring back the golden age of epic symphonic power metal. By combining strong melodies with orchestral arrangements and fast tempos, Twilight Force wanted to create an intense and memorable listening experience; immersing the audience in a magic universe filled with wonder, heroic tales and mesmerising mythical worlds. Using their vast experience from previous musical endeavours, their classical training and technical proficiency, they started working intensely and meticulously in their studio in the heart of Sweden, the Twilight Forge. The music took shape and grew from the depths of their hearts, and the basis of the songs swiftly came into existence. Hence, the first ever adventure metal album – ‘Tales Of Ancient Prophecies’ - saw the light of day in 2014. In the wake of their successful first release, and two glorious tours across Europe with Sonata Arctica and Gloryhammer, Twilight Force have returned to the Forge to craft their second opus. The conquest has merely begun...
The band commented:
"Sound the Horns of Triumph! It is with great exuberance that we can finally reveal that a legendary Scroll of Allegiance has been sealed. Twilight Force have entered into a pact with Nuclear Blast, and will henceforth stand proudly alongside venerable acts such as Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Sabaton and Blind Guardian. This wondrous covenant will unlock magic portals to kingdoms unknown, and help us guide humans and kindred spirits alike into our mystical glorious realm. So, now is the time to rejoice! The Knights of Twilight's Might shall rise!"
"We are currently working fervently and meticulously in the studio, the Twilight Forge, to complete the second opus of Twilight Force. We aim to create something that will take power metal to new heights - it will be a milestone for us and hopefully for the genre, and far exceed our debut album in both length and sound quality. Expect a fast-paced adventurous and bright listening experience, both through tonality, storytelling and even sound design. It will be a sparkling magical adventure filled with lore, virtuosity, memorable melodies and majestic soundscapes previously unheard-of in the genre. We are working to transcend our own sound from the first album, and develop it into something new and fresh, but still keep the essence of power metal intact. The currently untitled adventure metal album is scheduled for a September 2016 release on Nuclear Blast Records."
Nuclear Blast's Head of Promotion and A&R, Markus Wosgien, commented on the signing:
"It was love at first sight. Their debut album rotated endlessly and after I had the chance to convince myself from their live qualities on tour, the mission was sealed. Their symphonic, like an arrow and hyper-melodic power metal may polarise, but Twilight Force make matters satisfying, honestly and with loads of lifeblood. Everyone who likes the early Rhapsody records, who appreciates Stratovarius' classics and who counts Dragonforce as one of their favourites, will be enthusiastic about Twilight Force for sure. The point, that the band consist of really smart guys in addition, made it very easy for all of us to find common ground and to develop a clear vision. We're looking forward to a fertile cooperation and their upcoming album, its’ demos suggest something big."
'The Power Of The Ancient Force' lyric video.
'Gates Of Glory' (feat. Joakim Brodén from Sabaton) video single.
To present their new album to the masses, the band will be supporting label mates Sonata Arctica on their upcoming European tour this October. The tour will hit the UK with a one off show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. The full run will be taking the band across 9 European countries.
You can get tickets for the show here:
15th October – London, Shepherds Bush Empire
As Sweden’s decimating Grind faction Gadget is set to make a triumphant return with its first new album in ten years, MetalSucks has premiered the latest single from "The Great Destroyer", "I Don't Need You / Dead And Gone.” MetalSucks commented on the song,"Talk about truth in advertising: featuring seventeen blistering tracks with all the warmth and kindness of a rabid Doberman and a guest appearance from Napalm Death’s Barney Greenway (which is just about the most prestigious endorsement a grind band can hope for), The Great Destroyer will, indeed, destroy you. Greatly.”
"I Don't Need You / Dead And Gone" can be streamed here.
"The Great Destroyer" will see worldwide release on CD / LP / Digital this March 4, 2016. Last month, Noisey premiered two other new tracks from the album - stream "Violent Hours (For A Veiled Awakening)" and the title track "The Great Destroyer" now here.
A blistering high-speed assault of relentless grind, Gadget's new album "The Great Destroyer" is a cohesive exercise in extremity that blends hints of doom, sludge and death metal with unadulterated, old-school grindcore. The result is an album that is as memorable and infectious as it is pummeling and explosive. With "The Great Destroyer", Gadget have released their most accomplished material to date! Physical pre-orders are available now via Relapse here; digital pre-orders can be found at Gadget's Bandcamp page here.
2. Sleepless sun
3. Reckless abandon
4. A question ignite
5. Nursed by the cold
6. Lost in rapture
8. Coffins of November
Acclaimed melodic Doom / Death Metal experts, October Tide, have announced details regarding their forthcoming 5th studio album, titled "Winged Waltz". Set to be released on April 22nd via Agonia Records, the record will feature eight brand new tracks and cover artwork prepared by Albin Högbom.
Alexander Högbom (vocals) commented on "Winged Waltz":
"This is undoubtedly the best and most emotionally charged material October Tide has created, in my opinion. I know how much hard work Fredrik (guitars) has put into making this album and you can really feel the thought behind it all. I almost injured myself physically and was close to pass out a couple of times during the recording of the vocals. I gave it all to match the intense music and those powerful lyrics and I'm very happy with the result".
The successor to "Tunnel Of No Light" (2013) has been recorded, mixed and mastered in Wing Studios (Demonical, Centinex, Diabolical) in Sweden and produced by Sverker Widgren.
"Winged Waltz" will be available in the following formats:
"Death Doom Darkness" European Tour
October Tide (SWE) + Demonical (SWE) + Author (FIN)
22.09-01.10.2016 (Routing to be announced soon).
Swedish Thrash Metallers The Haunted are busy songwriting work for their upcoming studio album release, which is expected to be recorded later this year. The band checked in with the following comment: “Next to playing a US tour and a bunch of dates in Europe, The Haunted are hard at work for the follow up album to 'Exit Wounds'. The material we are currently looking at is both super-heavy and dynamic, so we are excited to be recording the new tracks later in the year. Stay tuned!“
The band will embark on a US tour with label mates At The Gates tomorrow and have also announced a string of European club-shows and festivals for 2016. Here is a complete list of dates confirmed so far:
THE HAUNTED - Live 2016:
11.02.2016 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade + At The Gates, Decapitated & Harms Way
13.02.2016 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey, + At The Gates, Decapitated & Harms Way
14.02.2016 Austin, TX - Mohawk + At The Gates, Decapitated & Harms Way
16.02.2016 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre + At The Gates, Decapitated & Harms Way
17.02.2016 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre + At The Gates, Decapitated & Harms Way
18.02.2016 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues + At The Gates, Decapitated & Harms Way
19.02.2016 San Diego, CA - House of Blues + At The Gates, Decapitated & Harms Way
20.02.2016 Pomona, CA - Glass House + At The Gates, Decapitated & Harms Way
21.02.2016 San Francisco, CA - Regency + At The Gates, Decapitated & Harms Way
14.04.2016 Haarlem (The Netherlands) - Patronaat
15.04.2016 Kortrijk (Belgium) - De Kreun
16.04.2016 Oberhausen (Germany) - Turbinenhalle 2 + Overkill
27.04.2016 Stockholm (Sweden) - En Arena + Hatebreed & Dr. Living Dead!
05.05.2016 Gävle (Sweden) - Harry's
06.05.2016 Borlänge (Sweden) - Liljan + Dark Funeral
07.05.2016 Karlstad (Sweden) - Heaven & Hell Club
27.05.2016 Baltimore, MD - Maryland Death Fest
03.-04.06.2016 Örebro (Sweden) - Pappersbruket / Metallsvenskan 2016
08.07.2016 Oulu (Finland) - Jalometalli Festival
04.-06.08.2016 Wacken (Germany) - Wacken Open Air
With their mind-melting eighth epos, Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas brings you to the outer rim of the ever expanding boundaries of the cosmos - where the rules of man is not applicable and the cold, dark nothing envelops the harsh realities of the universe.
Click here for more info.
Since their beginnings in 1998 – Cult Of Luna has released seven albums, been awarded the top rock/ metal award at the Swedish National Radio Awards and cemented their status as one of the true progressors of the metal genre, known to most metal aficionados.
In 2013, the Swedes teamed up with Indie Recordings for the release of perhaps their most successful work to date in the shape of “Vertikal I” and "Vertikal II". These cohesive pieces of work received worldwide appraisal and only pillared Cult Of Luna to even greater heights.
For their eight effort, the post-metal pioneers join forces with the talented Julie Christmas (Battle Of Mice, Made Out of Babies) from Brooklyn, whom bring an even larger depth to Cult Of Luna's sound – powerfully displayed on “Mariner”
« At the end of Vertikal, we stood in the cold harshness of the mechanical city and looked up onto the stars.
We lost ourselves in the awe of their grace and thought that ”maybe the answer is to be found above".
The ship was leaking and by to look of it, our home was dying.
No room for fear when a greater call demands your full attention. So, we left...
Onward, forward. Like the old seafarers, we explored the vastness of space.
Not bound by physical laws we pass the speed of light and chase the expansion of space until we reach its limit.
And then, we continued on and disappeared.
This is our story. »
- Cult Of Luna
Said about their sixth effort "Vertikal I":
"A superb sixth studio album from the envelope-pushing post-metal Swedes."
"Cult of Luna have gloriously forced themselves back into our consciousness."
- CVLT Nation
"The wait was well worth it."
- Blabbermouth (9 of 10)
"It may have taken them five years to get here, but Vertikal makes it clear that no matter how linearly Cult of Luna present themselves, they’ll never be one-dimensional artists."
- Metalsucks (4.5 of 5)
Pre-order sales have started for At The Gates’ upcoming and much anticipated new album, “At War With Reality”, due out worldwide on October 27th, 2014 via Century Media Records!
Pre-order your format of choice from CM Distro HERE
“At War With Reality” is available in the following versions:
- Jewel case CD (20 page booklet)
- Ltd. media book CD (40 page booklet; 2 bonus tracks; patch, CM Europe)
- Digipak CD (20 page booklet; 2 bonus tracks; patch, CM USA)
- Ltd. 3-disc art book (48 page booklet; 4 bonus tracks; 5.1 surround mix DVD; patch) - limited to 3000 copies
- Cassette (limited to 500 copies worldwide)
- Digital download
- Ltd. 2x10" vinyl box set (20 page booklet; poster) - limited to 1000 copies worldwide via CM Distro
- Gatefold 180gr. LP (20 page booklet; poster)
The 12" LP format will be available in the following colored vinyl editions:
- Black (unlimited)
- Transparent red (limited to 300 copies via CM Webshop EU)
- Dark green (limited to 500 copies via CM Distro EU)
- Clear (limited to 500 copies in Sweden)
- Lilac marble (limited to 100 copies via CM Distro USA) *sold out*
- Blue marble (limited to 200 copies via CM Distro USA) *sold out*
- Magenta marble (limited to 200 copies via CM Distro USA) *sold out*
- Ash grey marble (limited to 500 copies via CM Distro USA)
- Silver (limited to 400 copies in the USA)
- Gold (limited to 1500 copies in the USA)
- White (limited to 100 copies; exclusive 2015 MDF edition in the USA)
The track-listing for the standard album version is as follows:
At The Gates - “At War With Reality”:
1. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
2. Death And The Labyrinth
3. At War With Reality
4. The Circular Ruins
5. Heroes And Tombs
6. The Conspiracy Of The Blind
7. Order From Chaos
8. The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)
9. The Head Of The Hydra
10. City Of Mirrors
11. Eater Of Gods
12. Upon Pillars Of Dust
13. The Night Eternal
Next to an expanded, artistic booklet, the limited edition Media book and also the Digipak format will include the bonus tracks “Language Of The Dead” and “The Skin Of A Fire” as well as a vintage ATG-logo patch. The 3-disc Art book format (Attention: Only 3,000 copies worldwide!) will also include the patch and those same two bonus tracks as well as a cover version of Canadian cult Thrash Metallers Sacrifice with the track “Re-Animation” and a demo version of “Eater Of Gods”. The 3rd disc is an exclusive bonus DVD featuring a special 5.1 surround mix of the album.
With the classic line-up of their latest masterpiece, “Slaughter Of The Soul” (1995), At The Gates recorded “At War With Reality” with Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir) and mixed with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Kreator). Never compromising their vision, this is an album that once again captures the honesty and integrity that has defined At The Gates, making them one of the most significant extreme metal names of the past 25 years. True devotees have always been excited by the band’s willingness to be diverse; “At War With Reality” continues that tradition after 19 years of anticipation.
With this long-awaited album, “the greatest Swedish Death Metal band ever reclaims their rightful throne” (Decibel Magazine).
Here is a list of all upcoming At The Gates live-shows:
AT THE GATES, TRIPTYKON, MORBUS CHRON:
04.12.2014 - London (UK) - Forum
05.12.2014 - Manchester (UK) - Academy 2
06.12.2014 - Glasgow (UK) - Garage
07.12.2014 - Birmingham (UK) - The Oobleck
08.12.2014 - Cardiff (UK) - The Globe
10.12.2014 - Essen (Germany) - Turock
11.12.2014 - Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle
12.12.2014 - Eindhoven (The Netherlands) - Eindhoven Metal Meeting
13.12.2014 - Leipzig (Germany) - Conne Island
14.12.2014 - Wien (Austria) - Arena
16.12.2014 - Aarau (Switzerland) - Kiff
17.12.2014 - Munich (Germany - Backstage Werk
18.12.2014 - Antwerpen (Belgium) - Trix
19.12.2014 - Cologne (Germany) - Essigfabrik
20.12.2014 - Berlin (Germany) - Postbahnhof
AT THE GATES - live 2015:
08.01.2015 - Istanbul (Turkey) - Garajistanbul
09.01.2015 - Athens (Greece) - Stage Volume 1
10.01.2015 - Thessaloniki (Greece) - Principal Club
16.01.2015 - Bologna (Italy) - Estragon
17.01.2015 - Rome (Italy) - Orion
18.01.2015 - Trezzo Sull'Adda / Milano (Italy) - Live Club
31.01.2015 - Dublin (Ireland) - Academy
21.02.2015 - Bergen (Norway) - Blastfest
26.02.2015 - Oslo (Norway) - Vulkan Arena
27.02.2015 - Karlstad (Sweden) - Nöjesfabriken
28.02.2015 - Umeå (Sweden) - House Of Metal
01.05.2015 - Örebro (Sweden) - Ritz * New show!
02.05.2015 - Sundsvall (Sweden) - Pipeline
29.05.2015 - Johannesburg (South Africa) - Carfax
30.05.2015 - Johannesburg (South Africa) - Carfax
Swedish heavy-metal veterans Sabaton, have announced a killer 10 date tour across the UK for this coming November, December & January. After the huge release of their latest record 'Heroes' in May, this will be the perfect time for the mighty warriors to hit our shores and show us what it really means to put music to battle!
According to Par Sundstrom, Sabaton "can reveal our plans for UK this year! We love to play a lot of shows and we love to see a sweaty sold out club everywhere! Sabaton always brings a good party wherever we go and when we take Korpiklaani and Tyr with us for this run its certain that we will leave no city untouched".
The tour dates are as follows: (Click through for ticket links):
Nov 28th – Norwich, Waterfront
Nov 29th – Brighton, Concorde 2
Nov 30th – Plymouth, White Rabbit
Dec 2nd – Reading, Sub 89
Dec 3rd – Weymouth, Pavilion
Dec 5th – Glasgow, QMU
Dec 6th – Dublin, Academy
Dec 7th – Belfast, Limelight
Dec 8th – Manchester, Ritz
Dec 9th – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
Jan 12th – London, Forum
Support will come from Finnish label-mates Korpiklaani & Faroese natives, Tyr.
If you are at Download Festival this weekend - be sure to head over to the Zippo Encore Stage on Sunday at 4.15PM for a taster of what to expect from this tour!
Ever since the pioneers of the “Gothenburg style” Melodic Death Metal sound, At The Gates, have announced a comeback studio album with the classic line-up of their latest masterpiece 'Slaughter Of The Soul' (1995), the anticipation within the scene has been immense. At The Gates are now in full pre-production mode and expect to be recording the upcoming album 'At War With Reality' in June / July with a tentative release period of October / November 2014 via Century Media Records worldwide.
At The Gates have now launched a video featuring updates on the new material’s pre-production process. Check it out here.
Most recently, At The Gates have announced the dates for their 'At War With Reality' tour throughout Europe and the UK together with label mates Triptykon and Morbus Chron for December, which many people consider one of the most tasteful extreme metal packages of the year 2014. Here is a list of all upcoming At The Gates live-shows announced so far:
AT THE GATES @ Festivals 2014:
SA 26.04.2014 Santiago (Chile) – The Metal Fest
SA 17.05.2014 Trezzo Sull'adda (Italy) – Metal Italia
FR 23.05.2014 Baltimore (USA) – Maryland Death Fest
TH 10.07.2014 Neskaupstadur (Iceland) – Eistnaflug Festival
AT THE GATES + Support:
TH 20.11.2014 Tampere (Finland) – Klubi
FR 21.11.2014 Jyväskylä (Finland) – Lutako
SA 22.11.2014 Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi
AT THE GATES, GRAVE, MORBUS CHRON:
TH 27.11.2014 Göteborg (Sweden) – Trägårn
FR 28.11.2014 Stockholm (Sweden) – Arenan
SA 29.11.2014 Malmö (Sweden) – KB
AT THE GATES, TRIPTYKON, MORBUS CHRON:
TH 04.12.2014 London (UK) – Forum
FR 05.12.2014 Manchester (UK) – Academy 2
SA 06.12.2014 Glasgow (UK) – Garage
SU 07.12.2014 Birmingham (UK) – Academy
MO 08.12.2014 Cardiff (UK) – Solus
WE 10.12.2014 Essen (Germany) – Turock
TH 11.12.2014 Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle
FR 12.12.2014 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Eindhoven Metal Meeting
SA 13.12.2014 Leipzig (Germany) – Conne Island
SU 14.12.2014 Wien (Austria) – Arena
TU 16.12.2014 Aarau (Switzerland) – Kiff
WE 17.12.2014 Munich (Germany – Backstage Werk
TH 18.12.2014 Antwerpen (Belgium) – Trix
FR 19.12.2014 Cologne (Germany) – Essigfabrik
SA 20.12.2014 Berlin (Germany) – Postbahnhof
More details on 'At War With Reality' will be unveiled soon…
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