Finnish death metallers Torchia released a visually stunning music video for the song “Light My Path” taken from their widely acclaimed debut album “Of Curses and Grief”. The video was directed and edited by Jouni Valjakka’s (Whispered) Obliviart Productions. Edward Torchia, the vocalist and the mastermind behind the video comments the piece:
”Light My Path is about walking the final day and washing oneself in the river of death. While writing the lyrics I had a strong visual image of the story, so I really wanted to depict that in a visual form at some point. It was important for me that everything happened in water so half of the video was shot literally in a lake. The five of us have already made the passage and are beckoning the one dying to join in the abyss.”
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/ANVkVEl5cu8
The band also heads on to tour Europe at the end of September. A Curse Upon Europe 2018 starts on September 28th in Croatia and passes through Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Slovenia and Austria before returning to the cold, dark Finland.
09/28 Pozega, Croatia | Tom Klub
09/29 Monastier di Treviso, Italy | Krach Club
09/30 Cassano d’Adda, Italy | The One Metal live
10/01 Lyon, France | Rock’n Eat
10/02 Stuttgart, Germany | Gaby’s Gruft
10/03 Chapelle-lez-Herlaimont, Belgium | Le Cercle
10/05 Maribor, Slovenia | DOM Maribor
10/06 Spittal an der Drau, Austria | Bar Walhalla
10/11 Helsinki, Finland | Bar Loose
10/12 Jyväskylä, Finland | Kiskoklubi
Italian epic metallers Sound Storm are both excited and proud to introduce the new members who have recently joined the symphonic metal band.
Now made up of 7 experienced musicians each bringing their own elements to the music, Sound Storm will feature two different style of vocals both of which are quite different from the previous singers.
Due to ex members’ quitting over the years (due to personal decisions), the band wanted something different than before, as they've been craving for something totally different from the past. Sound Storm is a continuous evolutionary process, and these changes are just the start of their (r)evolution.
The new line-up is made of:
Chiara Tricarico - Vocals
Andrea Racco - Vocals
Valerio Sbriglione - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Elena Crolle - Piano, Keyboards and Arrangements
Massimiliano Flak - Bass
Rocco Mirarchi - Rhythm Guitar
Mattia Rubino - Drums
Sound Storm know their fans will give the warmest welcome to Chiara, Andrea and Mattia as permanent members of the band both in the studio and live activities as they are immensely talented and will help the band reach new heights. The new members will have their official touring debut with Sound Storm in September and October alongside the mighty Haggard on the upcoming "Bards of Symphony and Metal" tour, it will definitely be a blast!
Confirmed tour dates:
Tue 18 Sep - Essen, Turock (GER)
Wed 19 Sep - Z7 , Pratteln (SWI)
Thu 20 Sep - Substage, Karlsruhe (GER)
Fri 21 Sep - Backstage, München (GER)
Sat 22 Sep - Hellraiser, Leipzig (GER)
Sun 23 Sep - Bi Nuu, Berlin (GER)
Mon 24 Sep - Markthalle, Hamburg (GER)
Tue 23 Oct - Szene ,Wien (AT)
Thu 25 Oct - Form Space, Cluj-Napoca (ROM)
Fri 26 Oct - Quantic, Bucharest (ROM)
Sat 27 Oct - TBA, Sofia (BUL)
Tue 30 Oct - Dom Im Berg, Graz (AT)
Wed 31 Oct - Dagda Live Club, Retorbido (ITA)
The Nordic Epic Metal masters Sirenia are going to return to the European stages again. In November, Morten Veland and his bandmates are heading South for an headlining tour. Supported by their fellow Norwegians, Triosphere, Sirenia will bring their epic melancholic symbiosis of orchestral opuses and raw heavy metal sounds to the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Italy. Don’t miss the chance to see them on the road.
On this tour, Sirenia will play tracks from their brand new album, called Arcane Astral Aeons, scheduled for release by the end of October 2018. Be amongst the first to listen to this brand new opus live! Today, we are proud to unveil the album cover.
Band leader Morten Veland about the artwork and the album:
“We are very pleased to present the artwork for our new album Arcane Astral Aeons. Once more we have worked with designer Gyula Havancsák to create an artwork that renders and adorns the heart and soul of our music. The album was recorded in Audio Avenue Studios (Norway), and Sound Suite Studios (France), while the mixing and mastering took place in Hansen Studios (Denmark) with mixing engineer Jacob Hansen. This album is something unique to us as it is the first one we have made together with our fans, everyone who have supported our pledge campaign has directly contributed to the funding of the album and to make it what it has turned out to be. We are very proud of what we have achieved together and we're very eager to share it with you, hoping that you all will find it as special as we do."
Sirenia on tour:
04.11.18 UK – London / The Dome
05.11.18 FR – Paris / La Boule Noire
06.11.18 FR – Nantes / Ferailleur
08.11.18 ES – Barcelona / Razzmatazz 2
09.11.18 ES – Madrid / Mon Live
10.11.18 PT – Lisbon / RCA Club
14.11.18 CH – Musigburg / Aarburg
15.11.18 CH – St-Maurice / Le Manoir Pub
16.11.18 IT – Bologna / Alchemica Club
17.11.18 IT – Milan / Legend Club
more dates to be announced soon!
Morten Veland about the upcoming tour:
"We are excited to announce the first tour dates in support of our upcoming album to be released the 26th of October. We will return to some countries we have not been to for some time. We intend to announce further dates later on, covering more countries and territories. Stay tuned for more news and we are looking forward to see you on the road again soon."
Swiss metal band, Maxxwell, have announced the release of their fourth album 'Metalized' on September 21, 2018. Metalized says it all - many concerts have left their mark. On the new record, the band rocks harder, catchier and a lot more edgier than on their earlier releases. The lyric video for the title track 'Metalized' will be released on June 29, 2018. The song is a homage to the band's big influences, with a bit of a wink. A video teaser can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/40vwMxI7DP4
Sometimes it takes a little longer for a work to reach completion. This is what happened with Maxxwell, who have taken a full four years to produce their fourth release, "Metalized". Thanks to the strength of the band's last album, "Tabula Rasa", they played support on tours with Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock, Doro, Kissin' Dynamite, Rage & Shakra and support slots for Within Temptation, Extreme, Gloryhammer - just to name a few. In the almost 10-year career of Maxxwell, they have performed a total of over two hundred shows.
The band is ready to conquer the stages of this world, and all signs point to a storm. The band's new self-confidence is also the completely autonomous way things are being done this time round. The band is overseeing the label, management, booking and production all in one. A tour has already been confirmed. Maxxwell will be accompanying "Threshold" on their "Legends Of The Shires" tour as a special guest. More to come soon...
10.10. Musikbunker – Aachen, DE
11.10. Z7 - Pratteln, CH
12.10. Colos-Saal - Aschaffenburg, DE
13.10. Boerderij - Zoetermeer, NL
14.10. Markthalle - Hamburg, DE
16.10. F-Haus - Jena, DE
17.10. Nová Chmelnice - Prague, CZ
18.10. Feierwerk - Munich, DE
19.10. MS Connexion Complex - Mannheim, DE
20.10. Turock - Essen, DE
21.10. Islington Assembly Hall - London, UK
New Hampshire's Begat The Nephilim have teamed up with Decibel to stream their entire new album Begat the Nephilim I: The Surreptitious Prophecy / Mother of the Blasphemy which will be released on June 15th via Unholy Anarchy.
Listen to the album here: https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2018/06/12/full-album-stream-begat-the-nephilim-i-the-surreptitious-prophecy-mother-of-the-blasphemy/
In addition, the band have announced a number of shows to coincide with the release. Check out all dates below.
15th - Bungalow - Manchester, NH
16th - Cooks Cafe - Naugatuck, CT
29th - The Tank - Agawam, MA
30th - 212 - Westbrook, ME
12th - Century Bar - Philadelphia, PA
13th - Lakeside Tavern - Richmond, VA
14th - Grove - Knoxville, TN
15th - Springwater Supper Club - Nashville, TN
16th - Highlands Taproom - Louisville, KY
17th - The Estate - Columbus, GA
18th - Verona - Port Richey, FL
19th - Warrior on the river - Tallahassee, FL
20th - Slims - Raleigh, NC
21st - The Palladium - Worcester, MA (W/ Summer Slaughter)
Pre-order the album here: https://unholyanarchy.aisamerch.com
Begat The Nephilim is an American blackened melodic death metal band based out of Southern New Hampshire that has a sound comparable to acts such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, Cattle Decapitation and Fleshgod Apocalypse.
Since the bands inception in August 2012 Begat The Nephilim have shared the stage with high profile acts such as Soulfly, Suicide Silence, Napalm Death, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Morbid Angel, Job For A Cowboy, Dillinger Escape Plan and many more as well as participating in tours/festivals across the US such as Summer Slaughter and the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.
Begat The Nephilim have a heavy yet melodic sound and bring a frenetic and chaotic live performance to the stage which has left a lasting impression on crowds across the US with the band undertaking several nationwide tours and resulted in them being picked up by Unholy Anarchy Records.
Japan's Crossfaith release new single 'The Perfect Nightmare'; UK headline dates in October announced
Osaka's Crossfaith have today released 'The Perfect Nightmare', the first taste of their forthcoming fifth album. Speaking of the track, singer Ken says:- "Welcome to The Perfect Nightmare! You will all be hearing more music from us very soon, but we wanted to start telling our next story with this raging tune. We will see you all soon!”
Watch / listen here:- https://unfd.lnk.to/ThePerfectNightmare
He's not wrong either, the Japanese quintet bring their must-see live show to UK and European venues in September and October.
World Tour - UK & Irish dates:
13: BRISTOL Marble Factory
15: GLASGOW The Garage
16: NOTTINGHAM Rock City
17: MANCHESTER Academy 2
19: LONDON Electric Ballroom
20: SHEFFIELD Festivile
21: DUBLIN Academy
An album announcement will follow shortly.
Witch Mountain, who recently announced the May 25 release of their self-titled album via Svart, stream "Mechanical World" (https://soundcloud.com/nathan-carson-783351518/mechanical-world-a-spirit), a cover of Spirit's 1968 single.
"As my Spirit LP collection grew, I played this song for Rob Wrong," explains Nate Carson. "He recognized the riff because it had been sampled in the Brother Ali song, ‘Sleepwalker’. That was cool because it meant we each had a connection to the song, from different angles. We both thought 'Mechanical World' was classic, unique. So we played it for Justin and Kayla in the tour van, and they both latched onto it immediately. We especially liked hearing a woman sing these lyrics without changing the pronouns. That always freshens things up. Our arrangement is the same as the original but tuned down a few steps to make it heavier."
Witch Mountain pre-orders are available via https://witchmountain.bandcamp.com/album/witch-mountain.
Witch Mountain tour dates:
May 31 Seattle, WA North West Terror Fest
June 23 Portland, OR Star Theater #
July 11 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp
July 12 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
July 13 San Diego, CA Til Two
July 14 Los Angles, CA Lexington
July 15 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
July 16 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
July 18 Austin, TX Lost Well
July 19 Denton, TX Dan’s Silverleaf
July 20 Memphis, TN HiTone
July 21 Knoxville, TN Pilot Light
July 22 Atlanta, GA The Earl
July 23 Asheville, NC Mothlight
July 25 Chapel Hill, NC Cat’s Cradle
July 26 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
July 27 Baltimore, MD Metro
July 28 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
July 29 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
July 31 Boston, MA Great Scott
August 1 Portland, ME Geno’s
August 2 Montreal, QC Vitrola
August 3 Ottawa, ON House of Targ
August 4 Toronto, ON Garrison
August 5 Buffalo, NY Mohawk
August 7 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlie’s
August 8 Chicago, IL Reggie’s
August 9 Omaha, NE Lookout Lounge
August 10 Denver, CO Hi-Dive
August 11 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Death metal mavericks Taphos premiere the new track "Ocular Blackness" at heavily trafficked web-portal InvisibleOranges.com. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated debut album, Come Ethereal Somberness, set for international release on June 8th via Blood Harvest Records and Helter Skelter Productions. Hear Taphos' "Ocular Blackness" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hot on the heels of Blood Harvest's compilation of the band's first two recordings as Demo MMXVI & 7" EP MMXVII, garnering widespread acclaim and heightening anticipation for their first full-length, at last arrives Taphos' Come Ethereal Somberness. As a debut LP, Come Ethereal Somberness does everything it should: stay consistent to a band's sound established on their demos whilst pointing toward new avenues. Here, Taphos do both, and then some.
Hailing from the same Danish scene as Undergang and Phrenelith, Taphos create a classic - and classically gutted - style of Metal of Death. Their first recording, Demo MMXVI, possessed a darkly thrashing sound highly reminiscent of turn-of-the-'90s death metal on both sides of the Atlantic, as resolutely Scandinavian as it was American, its filthy propulsion as palatably fresh as it was authentically ancient. On the subsequent two-song EP, Taphos' sound becomes more world-eating, their songwriting aims more epic whilst not losing the raw fury of their beginnings.
Now, with Come Ethereal Somberness, they synthesize the two stylistic shifts into something both berzerker and epic, manic and finessed in equal measures. Indeed, Taphos are firing on all songwriting cylinders here, as the energy literally bursts off the charts but retains a sense of composure and daresay class rarely scene in full-blooded death metal. Hammering and hideous yet nevertheless invoking a clarity that never castrates their attack, the quartet render each of these seven central compositions (bookended by moody instrumentals) a story unto itself. Hell, the titles themselves tell that story - "Ocular Blackness," "Insidious Gyres," and the equally telltale "Thrive in Upheaval" and "Impending Peril" among them - and that story is horrific.
New nightmares are here, then, and Taphos will be taking them on the road with a full European tour this month alongside Swedish comrades Degial (dates after the jump). Thus, as its title ominously proclaims, Come Ethereal Somberness! Hear the new, aforementioned track "Ocular Blackness" exclusively HERE, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com. Hear the previously revealed (and aforementioned) "Thrive in Upheaval" and "Impending Peril" HERE at Blood Harvest's Bandcamp. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
"The Preditorial Siege of Europa" tour dates with Degial
Wednesday 2nd May: Oslo, Norway - Revolver *just Degial
Thursday 3rd May: Gothenburg, Sweden - The Abyss *just Degial
Friday 4th May: Hamburg, Germany - Bambi Galore
Saturday 5th May: Oberhausen, Germany - Helvete
Sunday 6th May: Arnhem, The Netherlands - Willemeen
Monday 7th May: London, UK - Boston Music Room w/ Aura Noir (n)
Tuesday 8th May: Paris, France – Le Klub
Wednesday 9th May: Toulouse, France - Les Pavillions Sauvages
Thursday 10th May: Bilbao, Spain – Pub Mendigo
Friday 11th May: Porto, Portugal - Metal Point
Saturday 12th May: Madrid, Spain – Studios Rock & Pop
Sunday 13th May: Barcelona, Spain – Sala Monesterio
Monday 14th May: Nice, France – Atherax Music
Tuesday 15th May: Milan, Italy – Circolo Svolta
Wednesday 16th: Abtenau, Austria - Temple Neudegg Alm
Thursday 17th May: Dresden, Germany - Chemiefabrik
Friday 18th May: Wroclaw, Poland - Ciemna Stromna Miasta
Saturday 19th May: Berlin, Germany - Urban Spree
This April and May, Chicago post-metallers Snow Burial will embark on an eleven-date European tour with Cornwall doom outfit Monolithian. Beginning in the United Kingdom on April 23rd, circling through the continent, and closing with London's acclaimed Desertfest on May 5th, this tour will be Snow Burial's second trip across the pond.
Snow Burial recently recorded at the famed Electrical Audio in early 2018, crafting a split 7-inch with Iowa City’s doom maestros Aseethe (Thrill Jockey). The tapes and vinyl will be released courtesy of Hand Of Death Records.
The band commented, "We are beyond excited to get back to Europe and hit the road with our good friends in Monolithian. The opportunity to be a part of Desertfest and spend two weeks getting loud across an ocean is amazing and humbling. Add to that the chance to bring with us a brand new split tape with Aseethe from Hand of Death Records and we're on top of the world. "
Formed after a Shiner reunion show, Snow Burial established themselves in the American Midwest scene and released twin EPs Oxblood Siren (2013) and Oxblood Tides (2014). Through promoting the EPs and extensive regional touring, the band earned a reputation for their crushing sound and performances.
Following positive reviews, tours, and airplay, the band released their inaugural LP Victory In Ruin in January 2016. Snow Burial continued touring the US and UK in 2017, featuring an opening slot for Scott Kelly and Sanford Parker’s project Mirrors for Psychic Warfare, with coverage from Metal Hammer Magazine and multiple blogs. In spring 2017, they proudly released a new song “Burn Down the Crown,” on the Unpresidented: DIY vs. Donald Trump benefit compilation.
*with Quietus (FR)
23.04.18 Portsmouth UK @ The Festing
25.04.18 Saint-Etienne FR @ The Thunderbird
26.04.18 Lille, FR @ Bobble Cafe*
27.04.18 Plzen, CZ @ Divadlo Pod Lampou
28.04.18 Kolin, CZ @ Bar Pod Hodinami
29.04.18 Biansko-Biala, PL @ Rudeboy Club
30.04.18 Jena, DE @ Cafe Wagner
02.05.18 Barnbury UK @ The Wheatsheaf
03.05.18 Plymouth, UK @ The Underground
04.05.18 Nottingham, UK @ EARTHMOVER Festival (Angel Microbrewery)
w/Primitive Man and Bismuth
05.05.18 London, UK @ DESERTFEST (The Dev)
Lord Of The Lost are a multi-talented, modern metal band whose music presents itself far beyond genre stereotypes: a solid metal base featuring industrial parts or other dark rock elements – nothing is impossible. This band takes a flying leap beyond genre parameters – better than ever! Their previous releases topped the German album charts already, while the upcoming release 'Thornstar' will in no way be inferior to past efforts. This, their sixth studio album, reveals even more sonic facets of the band, all the while remaining hard and forceful.
The deep and emotional concept behind the album follows the story of a doomed high civilization - 'Thornstar' is a record unique in both sound and concept.
Singer Chris Harms on this concept:
“From the beginning it has been a big vision we had with Thornstar – the concept demands a lot of responsibility. And the final result overtook us completely.”
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