Ireland’s hottest metal export, Dead Label have released their highly anticipated new video for ‘Pure Chaos”, ahead of the band's appearance at the UK’s Download Festival this coming June.
With a legacy that has already involved touring with some of the world's most exciting metal acts, across three continents - not forgetting an impressive amount of critical acclaim from a host of respectable media outlets, Dead Label have finally released their first new track since their highly acclaimed ‘Throne of Bones’ sophomore LP last June.
‘Pure Chaos’ sees Dead Label capture the essence of their live sound and enhancing it in a recorded environment. Check out the video in full here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2cOPduOaHo
The video for Pure Chaos is based around a religious cult leader, who, after forcefully expanding his congregation, gets his comeuppance. Directed and produced by Crooked Gentlemen, this marks the band's fourth music video to date. Drummer, Claire Percival commented on the video’s concept;
“We gave the Crooked Gentleman guys (Shaun Ryan and Jeff Doyle) the track and they came back to us very excited about this concept; to which they were inspired by after hearing the track. When they pitched it to us; we really loved the idea. It’s without a doubt the darkest video in terms of subject matter that we have created.”
With the last two years being of significant importance, due to their debut North American 40 date tour, (which saw them perform in 30 states), Dead Label gained significant international interest following a vast amount of European, UK and Irish dates, with the likes of Machine Head, Gojira, Fear Factory and Raging Speedhorn to name but a few. A slew of Summer shows followed with appearances at festivals such as, Bloodstock (UK), main stage billing Metal Days (Slovenia), Made of Metal and Aggressive Music Festival (Czech Republic) and Gothoom Open Air (Slovakia), eventually leading to the band’s ‘Hot New Band’ feature in Metal Hammer (December, 2016 issue) and their recently confirmed slot at this year’s UK Download Festival in June.
Dead Label have been tracking demos for the follow-up to Throne of Bones and plan to enter the studio later this year, following dates in Europe and further afield, with a prediction for 2018 release.
Catch Dead Label on Saturday, June 10th at the Dogtooth stage during this year's Download Festival. Stage times will be confirmed closer to the date.
Assault are Singapore's best kept secret. They're playing scintillating death / thrash metal with rare ferocity coupled with melodic sensibilities in a way that the intensity remains unabated throughout. With guest appearances from notable band members of ChthoniC (Taiwan) and Nothnegal (The Maldives), they're touted as one of the best emerging bands from Asia. Additionally, 'The Fallen Reich' features artwork from none other than the world renowned artist Mark Riddick. It's certainly one of the most exciting and promising albums in recent times and will set new standards for bands in their region.
Originating from Moscow Russia, Pokerface were formed in 2013. Following line-up changes the band overcame the obstacles of establishing themselves in the female fronted metal scene and are now releasing their 3rd studio album “Game On” this March 2017. With a unique style reminiscent of bands like Arch Enemy and Kreator the band has shared the stage with the likes of Slayer, Testament and Sodom amongst many others. Their music is characterised by heavy riffs and a combination of clean and brutal vocals.
"Game On” is not your ordinary album; It consists of 10 tracks in line with the core theme of ‘chance’.
The album provides an insight into how we deal with opportunities and how we face our inner fears. It is inspired by the concept of self development and that the easiest choice is not always the right choice.
The hero of the album does not ‘break’ in light of social pressure and chooses the high road , the path less taken. Now trapped in a whirlpool of greed, fear and betrayal his problems surface as monsters which pursue him into the depths of his subconscious. He plays with fire and the demons inside him lead him to the loss of everything he has earned throughout his life. Trapped in a labyrinth with no beginning and no exit the realisation that our very own person is the route to salvation does not come as a surprise. The album communicates to the listener that until we remember who we really are our demons will haunt us until we take control of our own destiny and live as autonomous individuals.
Alexandra “LadyOwl” Orlova / Vocal
Alina “Xen Ritter” Kuzmina / Guitar
Oles “Doctor” Pisarenko / Drums
Dmitry “Ded Moroz” Morozov / Bass
Slovenian Thrashers Eruption have just finished the recordings of their 3rd full length album entitled "Cloaks of Oblivion" due to be released next 2nd of May through Xtreem Music.
While some Thrash Metal bands tend to sharpen their sound, making it more aggressive, Eruption decided to step out from their traditional Bay Area-influenced sound to a more US Power / Heavy Metal sound in the vein of bands like SANCTUARY, HELSTAR, VICIOUS RUMORS... while still retaining their usual FORBIDDEN, VIO-LENCE, DEATH ANGEL touches, recording one hell of a great album with a killer production and fantastic cover artwork by Alex Boca.
Today, Hells Headbangers announces the signing of Spain's Krossfyre. The first fruit of this union shall be the band's six-song debut EP, Burning Torches, whose cover art and tracklisting are further below.
Krossfyre formed only last year, but set to work on writing and recording Burning Torches, completing the six-song/20-minute EP last September at Moontower Studios. Although an otherwise brand-new name, Krossfyre include among their ranks members who do or have done time in such bands as Sheidim, Spain's Graveyard, Körgull the Exterminator, Insulters, Morbid Flesh, and Suspiral.
References to be made include classic Nifelheim and Vomitor, but also early Tribulation, later Desaster, Gospel of the Horns, Bestial Mockery, and Nocturnal Graves among others. But the sheer charisma and cantankerous esprit Krossfyre exude - not to mention infectious, gloriously METAL songwriting - puts the band squarely amongst those hallowed ranks. Early days still, to be sure, but on evidence of the forthcoming Burning Torches, the name Krossfyre will soon be upon the tongues of diehards worldwide soon enough.
A statement from the band reads: "Playing blackened heavy/thrash evil music, Hells Headbangers was our very first choice for obvious reasons. It is the home of Hobbs' Angel of Death, Vomitor, and Blood Feast just to name a few of an endless list. No other label can presume to have such a strong, high profile and respected roster, especially these days where labels need to adapt to new trends or disappear. We put all our energy and effort into Burning Torches, and we're sure that Hells Headbangers will know how to push it the way it deserves!"
Having been through so many phases and transformations throughout the years, it seems that often, heavy metal music can seem over-complicated - too complex, showy or pretentious. Alternatively, it can be too simple, regurgitated or repetitive. It's easy to forget that putting out an accessible, quality heavy metal recording shouldn't be difficult. Something inspired but direct, razor sharp but heavy. Truly exceptional music shouldn't have to be too conceptually and musically convoluted or dumbed-down to push you face-first into that tingling, meditative journey that it should provide.
With replicated, simulated and easily-absorbed tracks dominating the airwaves and often showy, overly conceptualized prog-dilutions ruling the underground, it seems the ability to achieve any sort of balance of the two in metal is primarily lost. Enter Kansas City metal hybrid Hyborian, who illustrate a perfect equilibrium of rich concept and straightforward songwriting with their debut album, Hyborian: Volume I. The album drops on March 17, 2017 via Kansas City-based label The Company, and is available for pre-order now via www.thecompanykc.com. iTunes pre-orders will go live on March 3, with their first single, "Maelstrom", as an instant grat track.
Check out "Maelstrom", streaming now exclusively via Decibel Magazine: http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2017/2/15/track-premiere-hyborian-maelstrom
As many parts stoner rock as it is retro-inspired and deliciously groovy, Hyborian's Hyborian: Volume I takes the listener on a ride that emits wall-shaking-levels of heaviness and lyrical fantasy, remaining engaging for any metal listener. Immense riffage, barrelling verses and piercing leads combine to create a sound that invites the listener to sit back and become fully-absorbed, when it isn't summoning involuntary elbow-throwing. Lyrically, the album's storytelling style is inspired by Robert E. Howard's Conan stories, but based on an interstellar, extra-dimensional cloaked being called The Traveller. Hyborian: Volume I tells his legends from the time before written language.
Lead vocalist Martin Bush discusses the roots of Hyborian's lyrical inspiration, "I grew up reading pretty much anything I could get my hands on, which included me raiding my dad's book collection. He had a ton of classic sci-fi and fantasy, from Asimov and Heinlan to Howard and Cooper. Because of that, this writing style comes very naturally to me."
He further explains, "Basically The Traveller is a being that exists outside of humanity's understanding of space and time. He is the source of all life in the universe, but is not omnipresent. He wanders the cosmos, visiting and recording times of great strife or hardship, great suffering or great triumph. We are his chosen mouthpiece on Earth, so we relate those stories, whether from far in the past or far in the future. For instance, "Maelstrom" is the story of a mountaintop battle between a being who has just achieved a higher consciousness in the midst of a scuffle with a sentient storm. In order to defeat the creature in the storm, he expends his newfound powers and gives up his life.
We are also pretty into cryptography, so there are several hidden messages on the album from The Traveller if the listener is clever enough to find them."
When a band says they built their sound from the ground up, they normally don't mean it literally. Once again, Hyborian prove individuality in this department, as Hyborian: Volume I was recorded at the band's own studio that they built themselves and eventually began also using as a rehearsal space. The album was then mixed by Justin Mantooth at Westend Studios (Radkey, Family, Godmaker) and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East (The Red Chord, Torche, Trap Them).
Bush says that recording on the band's own terms, in their own space, really helped them achieve their best product: "We decided to build our own space to record simply because it cost us about what it would have cost to track at a decent studio, but now we have a home base to make record after record after record. The art of crafting an album as opposed to a group of songs is somewhat lost, or at least relegated to the realms of people with incredibly deep pockets, so being able to really play around and do all the extra stuff that makes an album an album was really important to us."
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Morbid Skull Records presents the latest release of the black/thrash metal sensation Lucifera from Colombia. With a sound firmly rooted in the old school style, they whip up a storm and deliver a dozen extremely potent and acerbic tracks. Alejandra Blasfemia's vocals are veritably hateful and vile, and coupled with the fact that they're delivered in a native language exacerbates things greatly. Given the nature and tone of the primitive music, they go very well with it and sound like fierce incantations belonging to an ancient black art ritual. 'Preludio Del Mal' is scathing yet laden with catchy riffing and exudes a fantastic vibe throughout. Lucifera are a revelation indeed and anyone who can appreciate vicious old school black/thrash metal will find a new favourite in this one.
Slovenian thrashers Panikk premiere the new track "Sedated in Utopia" via PureGrainAudio.com. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated second album, Discarded Existence, set for international release on March 15th via Xtreem Music. Hear Panikk's "Sedated in Utopia" in exclusively HERE.
Panikk was formed in 2008 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and to this point, they evolved into a vivid thrash act. They play fast and energetic old-school thrash metal influenced by Bay Area thrash acts such as Vio-lence, Forbidden, Forced Entry, Exodus, etc.
In 2009, Panikk recorded a demo, and since then, they played numerous gigs across Slovenia. In 2013, they released their first album, titled Unbearable Conditions, through Slovenian label Metal Tank Records, which immediately gained a wealth of accolades and positive reviews.
In 2014, new drummer Črt Valentić from Mephistophelian joined the Panikk ranks, and Unbearable Conditions was reissued by Xtreem Music with worldwide distribution. In 2015, they played the MetalDays festival, opened for Nuclear Assault, and shredded through many other venues both at home and abroad. In September of that year, Jaka Črešnar replaced Nejc Nardin on lead guitars, and they released the EP Pass the Time. Renewed, the band spent all of 2016 working on their second album, Discarded Existence.
Hear "Sedated in Utopia," the next taste of Discarded Existence, exclusively HERE, courtesy of PureGrainAudio.com. "Eyes Don't Lie," the first taste of Discarded Existence, can be heard at Xtreem Music's Youtube channel HERE.
Desecrator are a 4-piece Thrash Metal band based in Melbourne, Australia. With a sound that has been compared to early Testament, Death Angel and Sacred Reich, Desecrator’s twin guitar attack, punishing rhythm section and blood soaked vocals have won over the old guard of staunch metal fans as well as recruiting the new wave of young thrashers. Furthermore, Desecrator will unveil more information about their upcoming album, soon!
The band's statement for the signing:
"Desecrator are hella excited to announce our addition to the Alpha Omega roster. Alex Azzali's vision for Alpha Omega roster bands, their touring schedules, logistics and progression is exactly in line with how we have operated over the last 7 years. We feel he understands the necessity for a DIY ethic in a current day cashless business and how to maintain that status whilst climbing the music industry ladder internationally. We can't wait to sink our teeth into 2017!”
Alpha Omega Management adds:
"We're excited to welcome our first Australian band, Desecrator, to our roster! We've seen these guys in action and seen how they steam the stages they play, delivering some serious ass-kicking thrash with their unconditional attitude! Next announcements soon, stay tuned!"
www.desecrator.net - https://www.facebook.com/DESECRATORAUS
Finnish Death Metal band Skeletal have just released their debut album "Dreadful Life".
"Dreadful Life" is the bands first full length album, and was recorded and mixed by Tom Brooke, at Tonehaven recording studio.
The album features 8 songs, inspired by classic Death Metal and Thrash Metal bands, from the late 80´s and early 90´s.
Check the album from Spotify:
Samuel Lehikoinen: guitar and vocals,
Markus Tiainen: lead guitar,
Roope Hytönen: bass,
Josa Lahti: drums.
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