English Gothic Metallers Devilment say goodbye to drummer Matt Alston and welcomes bassist Chris Casket
Having played the HRH Metal festival in at the 02 Academy Birmingham, Devilment's drummer Matt Alston announces he is to stand down from band duties after posting on Instagram the following:-
"Having stepped in to complete the show as a favour, it gave me clarity on my decision to leave.
I won’t talk any further on the reasons, but it has been a pleasure spending the last couple of years in the Devilment camp, and being a part of writing the music I am most proud of in my career. Thanks to all the fans, and all involved over the years!"
Whilst the drummer vacancy will remain one to keep an eye on, in the mean time the Suffolk crew have brought Chris Casket on to fill in bassist duties. Both Chris and Matt know each other from playing in the WW2 Black Metal band Eastern Front, as for Devilment the merry-go-round of musicians carries on, as only just last year Anabelle Iratni took on the female vocals and keyboard duties, replacing the departing Lauren Francis. It so happens that Chris taking on bass duties comes as a result of Nick Johnson leaving in 2017.
Devilment had this to say about Chris joining the band:-
"Joining us for the first time on stage this weekend (16th Feb) will be our new(ish) bass player Chris Casket. Chris has been with us for the past year working patiently behind the scenes with the band, so HRH Metal Birmingham will be his live debut. So, welcome aboard the Devilment express another creature from the depths of Suffolk our bassist and friend, Mr. Casket!"
Welsh Symphonic Black Metal veterans Hecate Enthroned premieres video for collaboration with Sarah Jezebel Deva
With “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon,” their first record in five years, proving to be one of the best-reviewed extreme metal releases of the year to date, the UK-based symphonic blackened death metal group Hecate Enthroned have unveiled a lyric video for the album track “Erebus and Terror,” which features guest vocals by Sarah Jezebel Deva (Cradle of Filth, Therion, Mortiis). Watch it here - https://youtu.be/m8WSg5pcr5I
While “Embrace...” proves definitively that Hecate Enthroned is still as brutal and scornful as ever, the album also shows occasional hints of gothic and ambient influences, and “Erebus and Terror” is a prime example.
Says bassist Dylan Hughes:-
“On an album full of epic tracks, 'Erebus and Terror' still stands out as a monster. Massive and powerful, it creeps between eerie dark chills and huge powerhouse sections that utilize the full armoury of soaring orchestras and crushing guitars to deliver a skilfully-crafted song. With the incredible vocal talents of Sarah Jezebel Deva, this track is lifted to another level of emotion and feeling, as she delivered a performance that matches the intensity of the music. To have Sarah with us gives our music and writing another dimension – a real organic element that can lift or carry a song through the emotion ranges.”
Adds vocalist Joe Stamps:-
“'Erebus and Terror' is about the ill-fated Franklin Expedition, in which the sailors who were stranded in the Northwest Passage were reported to have begun to cannibalize one another. The lyrics describe a loss of humanity through sickness and desperation and even compares these to lycanthropy – men becoming beasts.”
“Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” – which features cover artwork by Nestor Avalos (Bloodbath, Rotting Christ, The Black Dahlia Murder), as seen above – is out now on CD, digital and red splatter vinyl. A limited-edition deluxe box set that features exclusive purple vinyl and cassette editions of the album, a signed photo card, stickers, patches and other collectibles is also available direct from our webstore www.m-theoryadio.com/store or www.plastichead.com.
One of the UK underground's longest-running and most respected acts, Hecate Enthroned has been praised by the likes of Terrorizer for their “mixture of death metal aggression with black metal atmosphere.” “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” – their first recording with Stamps, who joined the band in 2015 – sees the group continue to deftly mix black with death, modern with classic and extreme with symphonic. The album was co-produced by Dan Abela (Voices, The Antichrist Imperium, Tristania).
Originally co-founded in Wales by guitarist Nigel Dennen in the mid-1990s, Hecate Enthroned is dedicated to delivering their own brand of evil metal with little regard to politics or the trends of popular demand. The group's 1997 full-length debut, the Andy Sneap-produced “The Slaughter Of Innocence, A Requiem For The Mighty” (Blackend Records), was a seminal release in the then-burgeoning orchestral black metal movement. Since then, several albums and EPs and numerous live performances have firmly established the band as one of extreme metal's most important voices, a sentiment that “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” firmly reinforces.
Hecate Enthroned's next live performance will take place on April 20 at the Veneration Of The Dead festival in Rotterdam, Holland.
Italy's symphonic metal band Astralium has just inked a worldwide record deal with Rockshots Records for the release of their debut album titled "Land of Eternal Dreams".
The band is currently in studio working on the final adjustments and finishes, while "Land of Eternal Dreams" is set to be released during next Spring.
Astralium was formed in 2014 by the soprano Roberta Pappalardo and the bass player Giuseppe Pappalardo. Drummer Salvo Grasso (Metatrone, Hypersonic) and guitarist Emanuele Alessandro complete the line-up.
Roberta Pappalardo – Vocals & Piano / Orchestral arrangements
Giuseppe Pappalardo – Bass / Orchestral arrangements
Salvo Grasso – Drums & male vocals / Orchestral arrangements
Emanuele Alessandro – Guitars
Temperance is where exceptional vocal melodies, energetic Metal guitar riffing and symphonic atmospheres meet in perfect harmony! Different from most Symphonic Metal bands, these Italians bring together no less than three vocalists, all adding their own style and flavor to the ensemble. The combination of Alessia Scolletti’s crystalline voice, the strong timbre of Michele Guaitoli and the rough vocals of mastermind and guitarist Marco Pastorino, makes Temperance stand out completely.
This vibrant five-piece has now joined forces with Napalm Records and is ready to take the next step!
Marco Pastorino (Vocalist/guitarist/main songwriter of Temperance) on the new signing:
"We are thrilled to announce that we are joining Napalm Records for the release of our next album! They are the best team possible to be part of for the most important chapter of our career.
We are working extremely hard to give you the best Temperance album ever and we are looking forward to giving you more updates very soon! New energetic hymns of Melodic Metal are coming your way!"
Sebastian Muench, A&R Napalm Records states:
“We are super thrilled and excited to finally announce the signing of the Melodic Metal Band Temperance. After hearing the 2018 album release of "Of Jupiter and Moons“ and seeing the perform live alongside Visions Of Atlantis we are certain this amazing Italian band has what it takes to reach the next level in their career. Fans of Within Temptation, Delain or Visions Of Atlantis should be very pleased!”
To get a first taste of this very promising new part of the Napalm Records roster! With Millions of YouTube views, hymns as ‘The Last Hope In A World Of Hopes’ or ‘Of Jupiter And Moons’ seem to prove that point. Take a look and listen HERE & stay tuned for many more exciting news to come!
Over the past four years the band performed around 200 shows worldwide, including a full European tour supporting Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, another EU tour supporting Serenity, one Japan tour and finally two own headlining tours in Europe. On top of that the band performed in support of Nightwish, Slipknot, Within Temptation among others!
Alessia - Vocals
Michele - Vocals & Piano
Marco - Lead Guitar & Vocals
Luca - Bass
Alfonso - Drums
Symphonic metal masters Visions Of Atlantis reveal a brand new lyric video for the live version of “Words Of War“. Watch the video right HERE!
The band on the video and the upcoming live activities:
“After a successful tour which was the first as co-headliner, we are really excited to present „Words Of War“ in its live version. The promotion for our very first live album will bring Visions Of Atlantis over the Atlantic to the 70,000 tons of Metal cruise, Mexico, a South American tour and back to the venues all around Europe as special guest for Kamelot & Evergrey.”
Visions Of Atlantis take you to a world of myths, tales and the long forgotten seas: With a unique mixture of symphonic metal and power metal, paired with a f fantastic female/male vocal duo, the Austrian quintet has been enchanting the metal world since 2000.
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Swedish symphonic death metal titans Meadows End, unleashes their new teaser for their upcoming video "Non-Dreaming Eye" out on January 7th taken of their fourtcoming album, "The Grand Antiquation", out on March 4th 2019 via Black Lion Records.
You can watch the video teaser at this location: https://youtu.be/55IRI5WFc1k
Last month On October 27, the Greek symphonic death metal band Dimlight released “Kingdom of Horrors”, the first instalment of their latest full-length work. “Kingdom of Horrors” is much more than “just an album”; in fact, it’s a multiform conceptual release scheduled to come out in two parts and centred around an original dark-fantasy storyline. Following up and expanding the standard they set with their previous album, “The Lost Chapters”, this time Dimlight have created an entire world to set their new album in:
“Kingdom of Horrors” is set in a fantastic high antiquity, right after mankind rose again from the destruction of a devastating global cataclysm. In this harsh world of sorcery, corsairs and warlords, where a tyrannical empire rules with god-like impunity, a young man by the name of Athanor is caught up in his own, personal tragedy. He loses all that he loves through forces beyond his control and ends up wandering and devastated, looking for some way to dull his pain. Pursuing old legends, he manages to find an unholy way into Irkala Kar, the Underworld, where the deformed dead dwell. There, he is forced to face nightmarish creatures in the hopes of being reunited with his lost loved ones; but only too late will he realize that the worst monster of all down there is his own self…
The first part of this release is comprised of three pieces: first, the “Kingdom of Horrors” album, delivered in Dimlight’s signature heavily orchestrated brand of death metal with a strong mix of female and male brutal vocals on the forefront. Majestic and atmospheric arrangements mix with aggressive riffs and pounding tempos at full speed, to create a chilling and insanely triumphant vibe. “Kingdom of Horrors” was mixed and mastered at Dark Cortex Studio by Invoker Peter, while the cover artwork is a creation of Mathos Stergiou (Manster Design). Then there’s the “Realm of Tragedy” album, a trippy, post-rock instrumental release, providing soundscapes to describe Dimlight’s post-cataclysmic concept. “Realm of Tragedy” was mixed and mastered at Dark Cortex Studio by Invoker Peter, while the cover artwork is a creation of Achilleas Xydis. Finally, there’s the “Bowels of Madness” horror-adventure novella, a paperback publication in which the entire concept of the release is laid out in detail.
All three pieces of the first installment (Two albums and the paperback) can be ordered now at Dimlight’s official page www.dimlightband.com/shop
Start your initiation into Dimlight’s new offering of horror, grandiose madness and brutal adventure by witnessing the rise of the Red King in the band’s latest video, “The Red King”, directed by Dimitris Kostoudis : https://youtu.be/DoSa17s5bd0
First formed in 2006, Dimlight are highly active in live performances worldwide, touring from Europe to the Middle East and sharing a stage with such talent as Arch Enemy, Lacuna Coil, Epica, Septic Flesh, Firewind, Annihilator, The Haunted and many more. Their first album, “Obtenebration” debuted in 2009, followed by “Psychosynthesis”, in 2012. Despite a rising tide of difficulties and misfortunes that would have justified any band to quit, Dimlight pressed on through the storm and in 2015 they released their concept album “The Lost Chapters”, confirming their resilience, passion and dedication to delivering high quality extreme music which always pushes the envelope with each step of the way.
South Korean symphonic black metal group Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy have released their first official video culled from their forthcoming album The Lord Ov Shadows, due worldwide via Sliptrick Records on Jan 22nd, 2019. The track is the 6 and a half minute opus I Am The Lord Ov Shadows and shows the band in all their dark, heavy and progressive beauty. Classical gothic music is the outstanding essence of Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy, with anguished vocals and brooding instruments performing chapters and poems which evoke nothingness and wholeness, darkness and daylight, beauty and ugliness!
Check out the video:- https://youtu.be/VtQgF17JwB0
“The Lord OV Shadows, finally emancipated, ordering ourselves to face the inner creature, through endless slaughter of our kind dwelling in the deepest darkness and fear. Alas, the moment of encounter, The Lord Ov Shadows has arrived.”
Director & Production Designer: Senyt
Director of Photography: Junhyung Lee & Wooram Jeong
The Lord Ov Shadows (out January 22nd, 2019 on Sliptrick Records) available now on pre-order from: Shop Sliptrick
Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy are:
Material Pneuma – Vocals
Gash – Guitars
Senyt – Guitars
Reverof – Bass
Confyverse – Drums
Genie – Keyboards
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Italy's A Tear Beyond share video footage "Journey and Live Report" from Romexpo show in Bucharest, supporting Nightwish
On August 17th, Italian Visual gothic act A Tear Beyond, alongside their roster mates Fallen Arise, joined Nightwish at RomExpo in Bucharest. Today the band releases a video footage "Journey and Live Report" from the show, watch it here: https://youtu.be/ysTE55PVgeQ
The band stated:
"We are proud to share with you this short video about our gig @ Romexpo in Bucharest last august, with Nightwish and Fallen Arise! Live scenes filmed and edited by Alex Tuturescu. Journey scenes filmed and edited by A Tear Beyond and Hypnoise Recording Studio. Thanks to: Alpha Omega Management, METALHEAD, Olivia Ignatescu & Cavalleria Events"
See more photos here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialAlphaOmegaManagement/posts/758331527836239
A Tear Beyond – formed in 2008 in Vicenza, Italy – come from the fusion of six elements with more than 15 years of musical experience. In 2012 came out their first studio album “Beyond” followed by a strong live activity. In 2015 the band released the second studio album “Maze of Antipodes”.The album was supported by sequence of live gigs opening for international bands like Moonspell, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Folkstone, Isole, Septicflesh, Dark Lunacy, Jack Frost and Extrema. May 5th 2018 the band unleashed their third studio album “Humanitales”. The band repertoire blend industral electro sounds with gothic metal arrangements and melodies. Key point of the band is the live theatricality when the audience can get involved in a true 360° show by means of scene costumes, Venetian masks, performers and intermission shows. Watch “Frolic”, taken from the new album “Humanitales”: https://youtu.be/oFtpia9g1dc
Art Gates Records is proud to introduce Belgian Symphonic Metal act Elusion as our new artist.
The music of the band consists of a blend of several subgenres combined with a strong Symphonic basis and the versatile vocals of Evy.
In words of the band:
"Elusion is very excited about the collaboration with Art Gate Records. This record deal is the next big step for us. We appreciate the trust AGR puts in us and we are convinced that this partnership will allow our music to reach new people and unexplored stages.”
After sharing stage with well known acts such as Xandria and Welicoruss in 2017 the band is ready to release their debut album through Art Gates Records worldwide in the first half of 2019.
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