Chilean Thrashers Straight Terror drop new album 'Between The Lies'; picture video for 'Inferno' released
Chile's thrash metallers Straight Terror just released their debut album 'Between The Lies' and posted a picture video for the song 'Inferno': https://youtu.be/X22MYy4enRQ
The album is produced by Straight Terror. Mixed by Javier Bassino (Fireland, Rexx, Elías), and mastered by Acle Kahney (TesseractT, Archetype, Mask Of Judas, Fell Silent) at 4D Sounds in UK. The artwork was made by Patricio Saavedra.
Straight Terror recently released a music video for 'Blind Witness': https://youtu.be/5C4P6cwGykQ
STRAIGHT TERROR is:
Max Kübler - Vocals & Guitars (Agresion, Extrema, Blast)
Alan Lagies - Guitars (Remains)
Javier Menares - Bass Guitar (Caravan 1973, ADB)
Wernher Schurmann - Drums (Penerect, Apeiron)
Straight Terror is a thrash metal band from Stantiago, Chile and was formed in 2012. The band members were before in several South American metal bands, like Agresia, Extrema, Blast, Remains and Sadism. Straight Terror have supported Kreator and more in the past. Straight Terror have released 2 demo EP's before they started to work on their debut album 'Between The Lies'.
New Zealand’s rising musical stars and teenage thrash metal band Alien Weaponry have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records! With such an impressive career that started five years ago when the band members were just 10 and 12 years old and this unique combination of thrash metal and Māori cultural background, Napalm Records is excited to welcome Alien Weaponry to their eclectic artist roster:
"Napalm Records is proud to announce the signing of the thrash metal band Alien Weaponry from New Zealand“ says Sebastian Muench, A&R of Napalm Records. "Besides the fact that they are the youngest musicians we ever added to the Napalm band roster they are also one of the most exciting and unique bands in recent years. Their combination of old school thrash metal and Māori culture elements and language creates intense and energetic songs that should be highly attractive to all true genre fans especially those stopped listening to the Sepultura after the „Roots“ album. Kia Ora Alien Weaponry and welcome to the Napalm family!“
The band comments: "Napalm is a great label for us to work with because their whakapapa (genealogy) includes a lot of thrash metal, which is where our roots are. So we fit within their whanau (family), but we're also doing something different, introducing our own language and style. For these reasons, we think we will both grow and benefit from this relationship. "Being based in the tiny town of Waipu, New Zealand, we are pretty much as far away as you can get from the heavy metal centre of the world (which to us is Wacken, Germany), so this is a massive step for us towards establishing our career internationally.“
The trio shocks and surprises audiences on a number of levels. Alien Weaponry's songwriting is complex, developed and highly political. Their live performance energy is startling, with just two fifteen-year old's commanding the front of stage as effectively as four- and five-piece bands three times their age. But perhaps most surprising of all, given their blonde flailing locks and Viking appearance, many of their songs are in New Zealand’s native language, Te Reo Māori. In fact, guitarist/lead singer Lewis de Jong (15) and his brother, drummer Henry (17), are of Ngati Pikiāo and Ngati Raukawa descent – they call themselves ‘Stealth Māori.’ They attended a full immersion kura kaupapa Māori (Māori language school) until they were seven years old, where singing waiata and performing haka were a daily routine. Also ingrained in their early learning were stories of New Zealand history from a Māori perspective. In September 2017, they won the prestigious APRA Maioha award for their song ‘Raupatu’ – a thrash metal commentary on the 1863 act of parliament that allowed the colonial government to confiscate vast areas of land from the indigenous Māori people. On 16 November, they took their places among NZ’s musical elite as nominees at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
The combination of thrash metal with Māori history and language has proved popular. Their latest music video for Rū Ana Te Whenua has more than a million YouTube and Facebook views, spent 2 weeks at no. 1 on Spotify’s NZ Viral chart, and hit no. 2 on the iTunes global metal chart (just behind Iron Maiden’s ‘Run to the Hills’). The band’s music has been play-listed on stations in New Zealand and around the world – from Scotland to Brazil, as well as the USA, Australia and Germany.
Alien Weaponry's English material is equally controversial, calling out everyone from teachers and friends at school to the media for variously glorifying and destroying the lives of television and sports stars. “We listened to all sorts of music when we were younger,” says lead singer and guitarist Lewis de Jong, “but we were drawn to thrash metal because it’s quite complex music, and it is a great vehicle for expressing real stories and emotions.” “It also works with Te Reo Māori,” adds drummer Henry. “Both the musical style and the messages have a lot of similarities with haka, which is often brutal, angry and about stories of great courage or loss.”
But it’s not just the metal community who are taking notice. London-based youth culture and fashion institution i-D ran a piece on the band in September 2017. More recently, Alien Weaponry featured in a story entitled ‘Can a Thrash Metal Band help save the Maori Language?’ published in the respected New York political and cultural journal, The Atlantic. In New Zealand, they have appeared on everything from Kids’ TV shows Pukana! and Sticky TV to late night political comedy panel 7 Days. “These guys could be bigger than Lorde in terms of our musical export,” says TV One Breakfast music correspondent Sarah Gandy. “They believe in their identity as a metal band, their use of Te Reo is impressive, there’s really nothing else like this in the world at the moment,” agrees Jeff Newton from NZ On Air.
Napalm Records is proud to welcome Alien Weaponry to their roster, more exciting news and album details about the band's upcoming record, set to be released for mid of 2018, will follow soon!
Alien Weaponry live:
17.02.18 NZ - Wellington / Pao Pao Pao
03.03.18 NZ - Auckland / Auckland City Limits Festival
22. - 28.07.18 SLO - Tomlin / Metal Days Festival
02. - 04.08.18 DE - Wacken / Wacken Festival
01.09.18 DE - Hamburg / Welt-Turbojugend Tage
More dates for 2018 to be added shortly.
Melbourne's melodic thrashers Trigger have published a brand new video for the track "The Divide", which is taken from the band's debut full-length "Cryogenesis", a sci-fi influenced concept album spanning 10 tracks at 53 minutes.
Watch the video at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN0vE-TTmQU
The Sacramento-based quintet Graveshadow – who deftly mixes symphonic/gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash and epic progressive power metal – unveil the first taste of their new album via the lyric video for the song, “Widow and the Raven”:
The band describes the track as “a song of self-reflection and the struggle to begin anew.” The song is also available digitally for stream or download at iTunes, Spotify and other platforms.
“Widow and the Raven” comes from the group’s second album, Ambition’s Price, which will be released April 13, 2018 on the Graveshadow’s new label M-Theory Audio. The stunning and detailed cover art for Ambition’s Price was created by Serbian fantasy graphic designer Dusan Markovic (Jag Panzer, Seven Kingdoms, Mystic Prophecy).
Pre-order the CD at the label’s site at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store
“The album title and artwork were directly inspired by events that occurred within Graveshadow over the past few years,” explains the band. “With all the incredible experiences that have come with the evolution of our musical family, a great deal of sacrifice has been given by every member of the band in the pursuit of our dreams. Though the price of our ambition still weighs heavy in our hearts, we are proud of what we have accomplished with this album and are excited by what the future may hold.”
Ambition’s Price features Heather Michele’s powerful vocals that range from operatic highs to unearthly growls backed by crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, and earth-shattering drums creating a rich and dynamic atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. Whether it is a tale of personal struggle or of fantastical creatures, the listener is sure to find themselves immersed in a world apart. The new album was produced and mixed by Armand John Anthony (Night Demon, The Fucking Wrath, Gygax), and mastered by Colin Davis at Imperial Mastering (Deeds of Flesh, Decrepit Birth, Origin) and is the follow-up to the group’s Mausoleum Records’ debut, Nocturnal Resurrection, from 2015. Since its release, Graveshadow have toured with the likes of Arkona, Sirenia, Anvil, Night Demon and Unleash the Archers steadily building a following and reputation.
Touring will commence in April as the band supports Norway’s Sirenia and Canada’s Threat Signal on a run of west coast shows. Watch for more specifics soon.
Graveshadow is poised and ready to leave a lasting impact within the metal community. With an electrifying stage show and a sound as large as the Dragons of Westeros, they are as talented as they are unforgettable.
Finnish thrashers Home Style Surgery has signed a new deal with Punishment 18 Records that will release their second full-length album. The new effort was mixed and mastered by Niko Hyvönen (Serotonin Syndrome, Temblad). New information will follow soon.
Recently, Italian thrash metal band Kinetik signed a new record deal with Italian label Punishment 18 Records that will handle their new full-length album due for next spring. New information will follow soon.
German Thrash-Metal-Maniacs, Pripjat, have just released more details of their upcoming second studio album. The follow up of the successful debut album "Sons Of Tschernobyl" is titled "Chain Reaction" and will be unleashed on April 27th, 2018 via NoiseArt Records.
The stunning cover artwork of "Chain Reaction" was done by Russian artist Timur Khabirov.
The band states:
"We tried out a couple of things for the "Chain Reaction"-Artwork. In the end, the motif of Timur Khabirov left us no choice but to take it. It is an interesting coincidence, that he also comes from the Eastern-Europe. The layout for cover and booklet was made by our friend Leonardo Bardelle, who is the drummer of the fantastic "Grim Van Doom" and "Morast". As you can see - this chain is linked!"
Three years have passed since Pripjat released their debut "Sons Of Tschernobyl". The record came out of nothing, delighting thrash-fans and the press all over the world. Songs like ’Born To Hate‘, ’Toxic‘ or ’Acid Rain‘ became must-plays on the many shows the band have played since the release, convincing fan by fan, riff by riff. After over a year of recording Pripjat have finished their second Album.
Sad news from German thrash titans Destruction: After joining the band back in 2010, drummer Vaaver announces that he will be parting ways with the group in March after 8 years. His departure from the band is due to family reasons.
"It is never easy to make hard decisions. It is time for me to part ways with Destruction - the band that has hosted me for nearly a decade; my brothers, my best buddies. Above all, these guys are great musicians that I have enjoyed countless performances with. 8 years with Destruction means more than words can describe. We shared the stage more than 500 times, travelled to the moon and back at least twice! It is time to drift my career towards more calm waters which surround my family. At the same time, Destruction needs to explore new exciting and challenging stages of their career.
I would like to thank Schmier and Mike for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Destruction. I tried my best to enhance the band's sound and groove with my skills. I could see the fans' reactions around the world that came to the gigs and the signing sessions with tears in their eyes…just happy to see the band they had listened to since the beginning of the 80's. It has been a truly unforgettable experience!
I wish you guys all the best. I know you will find the right replacement with the skills and dedication that you deserve for your incredible band. I am not quitting my profession either. It is just a change in life that we all sometimes go through and have to adjust to new circumstances. Hope we meet again one day or night on your rough Destruction seas! Thank you Schmier and Mike…!"
To be clear, all shows will still be going ahead with Vaaver playing with Destruction until March. Randy Black, who already replaced him on his baby-break, will step in for the shows after March, until the band has decided who will be Vaaver's worthy successor.
"There is not much more to add in this moment of sorrow. We all know it really sucks to separate with people you cherish for reasons beyond control. So ‘family first’ is something we all have to accept. Vaaver was not just the best drummer we ever had and I don't wanna diminish the dignity of any of our old drummers here, but he also was a killer dude and a great friend. So yes, this really hurts…of course he will stay a part of our clan and the big Destruction family! Cheers for all those fantastic years, our paths will definitely cross again and all the best for your future, Vaavski!"
The album marks the continuation of the band's collaboration with Black Lion Records, following up their debut release "Extinct", released on the same label.
with their debut album in the back the Swedish thrash metal giants Defiatory are ready to crush everyone with their new album Hade Rising, the album features some of the heaviest and most intense headbanging thrash one ever may hear.
Spawned from the East Bay era scene Hades Rising presents 11 killer tracks of pure Bay Area Thrash.
Defiatory had this to say about the new album -
"Hades Rising carries on from the raw thrash metal sound established on the debut album, evolving in more rhythmic and melodic sessions, granting more variety without losing focus on what is important in the old school style of thrash metal."
With artwork by the artist Mika Rudin Hades Rising" will be available in CD, Digital formats. Spring 2018
Finnish death / thrash metallers Khiral have released their first full length album called 'Chained'.
The foundations of Khiral were built already in 2008, but this stew required some years of slow cooking and a few line-up changes until 2016 when Khiral released their first singles Orphanage and UltravioleNt, followed by several live shows. During that period their style has evolved from hardcore-inspired rock to a unique mixture of death, thrash and even some black metal elements, still leaning hard on catchy rhythms.
Year 2017 was a real step forward, as Khiral made their way to Emergenza band competition's Finnish final, thus being able to introduce themselves to larger audiences, made their first appearance abroad in Germany, and on top of all, recorded their first album Chained. Chained represents the band's evolution from almost the first songs to this day. Rock elements of the early days are long gone, but there are still hints of those hardcore-inspired breakdowns and rhythm that were the salt and the pepper right from the beginning.
Strict categorization of the music has been hard even to the members themselves, so let's just call it metal with a twist that you don't necessarily expect.
Listen to the album:-
Joni Öhman - bass,
Matti Hämäläinen - guitars,
Tuomo Vänskä - vocals,
Jouni Tuovinen - guitars,
Markus Lehto - drums
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