Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Virvum. The Swiss tech death shooting stars will release their much anticipated second album through Season of Mist and in addition re-issue their debut full-length 'Illuminance' via the label as well.
Virvum comment: "We are extremely excited to announce our collaboration with Season of Mist. They are without doubt one of the most striving, hardest working labels out there and signing to them was on our wish list since we started this band. During the last couple years, they have proven repeatedly that they have a good and well educated perception of what is going on in the music industry. We could not be happier about the fact that they hit us up, just because one of their employees liked our album. This is something you cannot expect from a label their size, and it is just a small example of why they are one of the spearheads of the industry. We are looking forward to join their roster, and who knows, a new album might be on its way rather sooner than later!"
When a relatively unknown Swiss band released their debut 'Illuminance' in the year 2016, only insiders suspected the massive impact of this album.
Virvum have been founded by childhood friends in 2007 and since then the aspiring and hard working musicians continuously fine-tuned and honed the tracks of their first full-length to match their burgeoning skills.
Virvum first got noted, when guitarist and main songwriter Nic Gruhn happily took the offer to join a European tour with California's progressive death metal pioneers Fallujah while also opening for such renowned bands as Suffocation and Cephalic Carnage in 2013.
On the return of their guitarist, the name Virvum got chosen for the band and they immediately set out to perform as many shows as possible in order to establish themselves in Europe.
In 2015, a first single, 'Internal Howl' attracted immediate attention and the same year Virvum were picked to internationally support big names such as Dying Fetus, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Defeated Sanity among others.
In advance of their self-released debut full-length, Virvum received a massive response for the song premieres of "Ad Rigorem" and title track in 2016, while the album was highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike.
With their professional attitude, the exceptional technical prowess of each individual musician, and last but never least outstanding collective song-writing skills, the Swiss are now ready for the next step. Stand by, while Virvum create a new monstrous record in studio. To be continued soon...
Bryan Berger: vocals
Nic Gruhn: guitars
Tobias Koelman: guitars
Diego Morenzoni: drums
Hatched in Wellington, Order of Diptera is New Zealand's newest purveyors of dissonant Technical / Modern Death Metal. Feeding on the carcass of the collectives' extensive pedigree in New Zealand's metal scene, Order of Diptera is a coagulation of exceptionally skilled players seeking to bridge the gap between modern dissonance focused death metal and technical death metal.
The upstart new band attracted the attention of extreme metal label The Artisan Era who are proud to announce today's signing of Order of Diptera. The group's debut album will be released in the spring of 2018 through The Artisan Era. Fans of Hate Eternal, Ulcerate, Abhorrent and Spawn of Possession would be wise to keep an eye on Order of Diptera.
An early play-through for their song "Ordo Est Vermibus" can be heard HERE
Order of Diptera is:
Nag Reid (Heavy Metal Ninjas) - Guitar
Nesh Kumar - Guitar
James Vanner - Drums
Liam Cody - Bass
Michael Koefman - Vocals
Canada's long-running and much loved craftsmen of Technical Death Metal are returning with a 33-minute song. Entitled 'Pleiades' Dust' this complex, image evoking, and masterly arranged eponymous track fills an entire EP, which has been slated for release on May 13th. Gorguts are now exclusively streaming part II of the song, called "Wandering Times". You can listen to it via the official media partners listed below.
Metal Hammer (DE)
Friedhof Magazine (ES)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Marunouchi Muzik (JP)
Never Mind the Hype (NL)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Metal Hammer (UK)
Mastermind Luc Lemay comments:
"As our EP 'Pleiades’ Dust' consists out of a single long narrative composition, it was not written with the intention of being edited in segments. As the story-line proceeds in chapters though, I was able to isolate this part called 'Wandering Times' which will give the listener a good idea of the composition aesthetics which are present throughout the whole piece. The lyrics tell the story of the 'House of Wisdom', which is referring to a library that was based in Baghdad sometime between the 8th and the 13th century. There much of the intellectual activity of the Middle Age took place while Europe was stuck in the Dark ages after the fall of Rome. Many scientific discoveries were made at the time such as algebra, optics, astronomy, and many more... Without the translation movement that brought this library to life, we would have never had the Renaissance that we know. It is a story about curiosity, beautiful minds and sadly, about how man destroys great discoveries and achievements."
Cover artist Zbigniew M. Bielak adds:
"As a child I was fascinated by the Middle East. My uncle used to work on civil engineering contracts in Libya and Iraq, so we kept receiving exotic, mosque-graced postcards throughout the otherwise lacklustre eighties behind the Iron Curtain. I have a genuine affection towards the region’s architecture, climate and aesthetics, therefore it was a pleasure to illustrate Luc Lemay’s new concept album, which is a tribute to the scientific heritage of the Islamic Golden Age. Although the pun of the album title was not intended – as much as NASA supercomputer Pleiades today, Baghdad’s Bayt al-Hikma – The House of Wisdom, epitomized the Middle East’s scientific sophistication. Boasting the largest library of the medieval world, this vibrant multicultural research and educational center, drew in learned scholars including those of Jewish, Christian or Buddhist origin to translate, preserve and further develop important works of scholarship from across Europe and the Middle East whilst the Occident regressed into Dark Ages. Spanning from the 8th century of our calendar to its symbolic ending with Genghis Khan's grandson’s bloody Siege of Baghdad in 1258, resulting in obliteration of the House of Wisdom, The Golden Age of Islam left the world much indebted also to its numerous original contributions in diverse fields. From astronomy and medicine, to humanities and mathematics, Islam's heritage helped pave the way for the rise of the West to its present prominence. The mind-bending intricacy of Gorguts' aural landscapes portrayed in this single, over thirty minutes long piece of almost classically structured music, lends an aptly dramatic narrative to the story of a leading civilization abruptly returned to dust."
1. Pleiades' Dust
Californian Technical Death metal faction, Inanimate Existence, who feature within their ranks members of Brain Drill and Son Of Aurelius, will unleash their sophomore effort, "A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement" this Summer via Extreme Metal merchants, Unique Leader Records.
Tracked by Max Zigman (Son Of Aurelius, Smaragos) at Parade Outrageous in Santa Cruz and produced by Zack Ohren (Light This City, All Shall Perish, First Blood, Cattle Decapitation, Warbringer et al) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, "A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement" boasts eight conceptual tracks of progressive punishment.
The follow-up to 2012's "Liberation Through Hearing", which MetalSucks championed for its "eerie, psychedelic themes richly animated by the grandiose contrast between shamanic atmosphere and uncompromising brutality", finds Inanimate Existence's signature, over-the-top compositions elevated to an entirely new level of profundity. Each movement marvels at its own innovative density as intricate guitar structures coil seamlessly around complex rhythms and infernal vocal tirades all the while maintaining an absorbing magnetism that draws exploratory listeners in with each new measure. The record includes several guest musicians who offer female vocal accents, clarinet, bass flute, harp, bongos and other nuances to the proceedings, only adding to the record's already confounding depth.
"A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement" Track Listing:
1. Om Mani Padme Um
3. Bioluminescent Photophores
4. The Rune of Destruction
5. The Catacomb Of Mirrors
6. Staring Through Fire
7. Out of Body Experience
8. Dueling Shadows
Inanimate Existence's "A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement" will be released June 24th, 2014 via Unique Leader Records. Special pre-order bundles will be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, wrap your head around the album teaser here.
Inanimate Existence are:
Cameron Porras - Guitar / Vocals
Joel Guernsey - Guitar
Ron Casey - Drums (Brain Drill)
Riley McShane - Vocals (Son Of Aurelius)
Scott Bradley - Bass
With the official North American release of their new full-length, "Obsideo", nearly two weeks away, today the miscreants at MetalSucks offer up a premiere of "Aura Negative" from Dutch progressive metal extremists, Pestilence.
Produced by vocalist / guitarist Patrick Mameli, "Obsideo", which means "to besiege," is the band's inaugural recording for Candlelight Records and first new material from the four-piece since 2011. "Obsideo" boasts Mameli and his innovative guitar work. Utilizing eight-string guitars for the album's recording, the celebrated musician expands his already massive arsenal of riffs. Together with long-time guitarist Patrick Uterwijk, Mameli, bassist George Maier and drummer Dave Haley deliver a scorching, genre-defying effort.
"Obsideo is one of the catchiest death metal albums to come along recently," and, "a good return to form for one of the genre's pioneers," :- Apeshit
"New drummer David Haly (Blood Duster, Psycroptic) is a Godsend and throws down a whirlwind of dynamic fills and rolls while laying waste to his kit in service of these hyper-kinetic nuggets of mayhem. I found my ears locking into to what the drums were doing way more than usual, and with so much else going on, that's a testament to his performance." :- AngryMetalGuy
"Obsideo has smoothly combined both sides of the Pestilence sound, old and new, and the resulting merger sounds pretty damn good." :- Adds Metal Reviews
Scorch your ear holes with "Aura Negative," courtesy of MetalSucks at THIS LOCATION.
"Obsideo" will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on November 11th.
Struc/tures return to Europe w/ Parkway Drive, Emmure & The Word Alive & release single this November
Canadian technical metal trail blazers Struc/tures return to the UK and Europe this November to tour with Parkway Drive, Emmure and The Word Alive, on what is set to be one of the biggest metal tours of the year.
Demand for the Toronto quintet to return to our shores has been huge following their highly successful tour with Veil Of Maya in April, and the band cannot wait to come over and blow our minds with their technical wizardry and ball busting grooves once again.
Check out the new single ‘Hydroplaning’, to be released on November 12th.
Aged only 19-20, Struc/tures wrote, recorded and self-released a five track EP in April 2011 which took the underground scene by storm and promptly propelled them to the top of the Toronto scene. It wasn’t long before esteemed US label Sumerian picked them up to release their outstanding debut album ‘Divided By’ in October 2011, and the band have been unstoppable ever since. Having spent the last year touring the world and most recently their homeland with UK metallers Architects, Struc/tures are set to return to Europe on 13 November.
11/13 - Tilburg, NET – 013
11/14 - Birmingham, UK – Ballroom
11/15 - Manchester, UK – Academy
11/16 - Leeds, UK – University
11/17 - London, UK – Roundhouse
11/18 - Lint, BEL – Eurocam Media Center
11/19 - Hamburg, GER – Große Freiheit 36
11/20 - Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene
11/21 - Stockholm, SWE – Debaser Medis
11/22 - Gothenburg, SWE – Trädgårn
11/23 - Berlin, GER – Huxleys
11/24 - Oberhausen, GER – Turbinenhalle
11/25 - Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
11/26 - Zürich, SWI – Komplex
11/27 - Trezzo Sull’Adda, ITA – Live Club
11/28 - München, GER – Kesselhaus
11/29 - Budapest, HUN – Dürer Kert
11/30 - Prague, CZE – Meet Factory
12/01 - Dresden, GER – Eventwerk
_American Technical Melodeath mob Allegaeon have completed a lyric video for their song 'Behold (God I Am)' from their latest album'Formshifter'. The video was animated by Josh Knoff and features elements from the cover art (which was created by Colin Marks and is now the band's signature "A" symbol). Watch the video here. In January 2012, the band traveled to Southern California and entered Lambesis Studios with Daniel Castleman (As I Lay Dying, Impending Doom, Carnifex, Winds of Plague) to begin work on'Formshifter'.
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