W.T.C. Productions sets December 6th as the international release date for the long-awaited third album of long-running black metal cult Crimson Moon, Oneironaut. Crimson Moon was established in 1994 by Scorpios Androctonus - known also for his work with Acherontas, Zemial, Demoncy, Melechesh, and Akrabu among others - as a solo project in the U.S. and relocated to Germany in 1998.
After working with different members throughout the years, 2016 reveals the long-awaited third full-length release titled Oneironaut. Four years in the making, this album has returned to the roots of the line-up and was written, performed, and recorded once again entirely by Scorpios Androctonus with additional guest appearances by members of Acherontas, Demoncy, and Ralph Santolla (ex-Deicide, Death, Obituary) on select tracks.
The aura of Oneironaut is a familiar one to previous Crimson Moon releases in the spirit and atmosphere, both musically and lyrically. A definite progression is also introduced in song structure and strategic use of additional instruments, including exotic instruments such as the Esraj, Frame Drums, Tanpura, Cretan Lyra, fretless acoustic bass, and innovative uses of acoustic guitars among other stringed instruments and percussion.
The music of Oneironaut executes a blend of mystical, dream-like atmospheres which morph from violent and aggressive black metal synonymous with the occult atmosphere. Lyrically, the topics vary from traditional Necronomicon-inspired myths, Sumerian lore, astral projection, and lucid dreaming to content that covers homage to the old goddesses of worship, survival of the fittest/breaking the myths of equality, and spiritual transcendence.
As of 2016, Crimson Moon has established a new and potent full lineup which will debut its first live appearance this month, which will be the first live performance from Crimson Moon in nearly a decade, and the first time to perform live on European soil. More select live shows will follow and are being booked for the remainder of the year and 2017.
The new Crimson Moon new line-up consists of:
Scorpios Androctonus - bass and vocals
Sabnoc - guitars and backing vocals
Vual - drums and percussion
Agreas - guitars
With the new line up, work is currently being put into new material for an upcoming split release that will be announced by the end of 2016, which will forebode much more to come in 2017.
Chicago's heavy metal veterans Ditchwater released the official music video for their new track "Heal Me", which was released last week on all major digital platforms. An early preview of the video, posted exclusively to the band's Facebook page, has already amassed nearly 5,000 views. “Heal Me” serves as the first glimpse of their upcoming LP, recently announced to be coming late this year.
The track made an surprise early debut on internet radio stations around the country last month, quickly gaining the attention of both long-term fans and new. "Heal Me" is somewhat of a departure from the band's existing discography, whose most recent offering "Into The Storm" contained songs written over the course of over 5 years.
When asked about the significance of the new single, bassist John Partipilo said:-
"Heal Me is a departure from anything Ditchwater has done in the past. The track is a tease as to what's to come from us."
The writing process has shown no signs of slowing Ditchwater down, however, as the band recently finished a string of dates with the North Carolina's rapidly growing rock act Another Lost Year, as well as an appearance on the 6th annual Illinois music festival The Revival, which features a powerhouse line-up of some of the hottest up-and-coming acts in the Midwest.
Eternal Halloween are about to raise eyebrows within religious establishments following their ‘controversial’ depiction of Christ as his evil counterpart. The band has released its debut music video ‘Eternal Halloween’ - a clear invitation into their reign...
Lead by Dave Devil the members of this anonymous group are ft to be described as condemned souls leading their own revolution against modern society and religious establishments. Not much of a surprise as Jesus Christ is depicted by Dave Devil in a re-enactment
of his cruxifction:
“Praying has never solved my problems anyhow…life gets tougher with the weak killing them by getting sick”.
They are neither the frst nor the last band within the Metal scene which is bound to fuel
the controversy between Metal music and the religious groups which oppose the genre.
Check their self-titled music video below
Regardless of which side you are on, Metal music has on multiple occasions being accused for putting religious topics into question and what is largely ignored within this argument is the fact that most metal bands use the imagery and themes of multiple religions and occult practices yet in obedience to none. Ghost have been described as "Grammy Winning Satanic Band” whilst according to The Guardian over 6,000 residents of Wales and England register their religion as “heavy metal”.
With heavy riffs, catchy choruses and theatrics inspired by an amalgamation between Rammstein and Rob Zombie, Eternal Halloween invite you to give in to your desires, embrace your sins and feast with them on the eve of your last supper.Sit back and enjoy the ride, it will get bumpy, so you better hang tight….
Eternal Halloween is:
Dave Devil: Vocals/Guitars
Rudolf Dionkeldei: Keyboards/Backing Vocals
Damien Schweinsteiger: Guitars/Backing Vocals
Katryna Draven: Bass
Markus Mortem: Drums
Floridian death/black metal band Bhavachakra are streaming their highly ambitious self-titled debut. The quartet will release their eponymous album via the label on Sept. 23rd later this year. Pre-orders for the album are available here.
The album, accompanied by an exclusive interview with founder Kenneth Michael Reda, is streaming now at Noisey.
The word "Bhavachakra" itself coming from eastern theology; the name is given to the depiction of a large demon holding a wheel, which represents each of the different realms of rebirth one may find themselves in, depending on their karma in the cycle of life. It is these very concepts and lyrical themes the band employs on their crushing debut full-length.
Belgium's Oathbreaker are preparing for the release of their most groundbreaking album to date (Rheia, out September 30th on Deathwish Inc.). This record features the most honest, fragile and self-reflective lyrics that the band has written thus far in its 8+ year long career. Oathbreaker have premiered another new song off of the album - listen to “Immortals” now on Stereogum.
Oathbreaker formed in 2008 and released their debut full-length Maelstrom in 2011, which was followed by the critically-acclaimed Eros Anteros full-length in 2013. On Rheia, which was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Loma Prieta), Oathbreaker have truly hit their stride and carve a new path for their blackened/post-metal sound. Rheia is a deeply personal album that showcases the artistic strength that vulnerability brings.
See Oathbreaker on tour in North America from September 28th through October 30th with Skeletonwitch and Iron Reagan. More news coming soon.
OATHBREAKER, ON TOUR:
9/28 Asheville, NC – Mothlight #
9/29 Atlanta, GA – The Earl ^
9/30 Savannah, GA – The Jinx ^
10/1 Tampa, FL – Crowbar ^
10/2 Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic ^
10/4 New Orleans, LA – Siberia ^
10/5 Houston, TX – White Oak ^
10/6 Dallas, TX – RBC ^
10/7 Austin, TX – Barracuda ^
10/9 Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge ^
10/10 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick ^
10/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy ^
10/12 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge ^
10/14 Portland, OR – Panic Room ^
10/15 Seattle, WA – Highline ^
10/17 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar ^
10/18 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater ^
10/19 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room %
10/20 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews %
10/21 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock %
10/22 Chicago, IL – Subterranean %
10/23 Indianapolis, IN – 5th Quarter %
10/25 Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo %
10/26 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts %
10/28 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus %
10/26 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery %
10/30 Richmond, VA – Hardywood Brewery %
# with Skeletonwitch, Iron Reagan, All Hell
^ with Skeletonwitch, Iron Reagan, Gatecreeper
% with Skeletonwitch, Iron Reagan, Homewrecker
Dual female-fronted band Your Chance To Die sign worldwide deal with David Ellefson's Underground / EMP Label group
EMP: Underground, the extreme Metal imprint of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s EMP Label group, has announced the signing of dual-female-fronted Death Metal powerhouse Your Chance To Die, featuring in its ranks ex-Cerebral Bore vocalist Som Plujimers, who will release their debut EMP Release Ex-Nihilo in Spring 2017.
Founded by original members Coca (guitars) and Missi Avila (vocals), YCTD now includes musicians Ron Dalton and Coca Avila (guitars), Thomas White (drums), and second vocalist Som Pluijmers formerly of Cerebral Bore (vocals). With the current line-up solidified, the band has progressed into a melodic death metal machine; complete with symphonic elements, and featuring the dual-female vocal assault of Missi and Som.
On signing to EMPUG, front-persons Missi Avila and Som Pluijmers said,
"Your Chance To Die is honoured to be a part of the EMP label group family. We are very excited about our future with EMP, the new record that we have written, and are very thankful for this amazing team we now have behind us. We have worked very hard on our new songs…to become a new band…with different, new, music…and now a great label. We are very excited to have finally have a team that believes in us to release the new album."
EMP’s A&R Director and Operations Manager Thom Hazaert says,
“We are beyond thrilled to welcome YCTD into the EMP Family. They truly are bringing something new and interesting to the Extreme-Metal table, and we’re very excited that we’re able to partner with them to bring it to the World. Obviously, many in the extreme Metal World are familiar with Som’s amazing work in Cerebral Bore, and I am confident soon YCTD will be a household name in that regard as well.”
YCTD has released 2 full-length records (Suscitacio Somnus 2011; The American Dream 2013)., and are currently finishing up in the studio with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me) working on their third full-length album, entitled "Ex Nihilo," to be released by EMP Label Group in early 2017. It will be the first record to feature Thomas White and Ron Dalton, as well as the first with the dual vocals of Missi and Som.
YCTD has a long touring record, including opening national tours for bands like Origin, Wednesday 13, King Parrot, Arsonists Get all The Girls, and Beyond Creation. They are currently booked by Jacob Devries at Tone Deaf Touring Agency in the U.S., Mike van den Heuvel at Loud Noise agency in Europe, and managed by Mark Kloeppel of Extreme Management Group. They have toured as a headlining act in Central America and Mexico, and, most recently, toured Mexico as direct support to extreme metal titans Cryptopsy.
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Metalcore artists Attraction To Tragedy have announced the release of their debut album Passion Over Fashion
Passion Over Fashion was produced by Jim Fogarty (All That Remains, Shadow's Fall) and Joe Cocchi (Within The Ruins) and features both producers playing bass and guitars on the album.
Passion also features Kevin McGuill (Within The Ruins) on drums. The album is meant to prove that music should matter first and foremost over any fashion trends that are prominent in the music world today. Passion Over Fashion will be released October 14th worldwide. The lyric video for the first single titled "Trippin" Premiered on PureGrainAudio.
Although I love the reaction it’s always passion over fashion” With their debut album, “Passion Over Fashion”, Attraction To Tragedy are ready to prove that style and substance can coexist. Recorded at Zing studios (Killswitch Engage, Underoath etc) with producers Jim Fogarty (All That Remains, Shadows Fall) and Joe Cocchi the record combines shameless pop hooks and infectious metal riffs. In the studio 22 year old singer / guitarist Jaiden Shay was joined by Jim Fogarty on bass and Joe’s Within The Ruins bandmate Kevin “Drummer” Mcguill. After a long search for musicians who shared his vision Jaiden was joined by bassist Brandon Burke and drummer Izzy Scott to take the band to the next level. Now stronger than ever Attraction To Tragedy are out to prove that they really do put Passion Over Fashion.
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Phoenix-based Progressive Metalcore band The World To Come is ready to unveil their last single that’s been leading up to their brand new full length, The Cartesian later this month, via Famined Records. The brand new track, titled Temple Of Minerva is the third and last single that the band will be releasing before the album is available worldwide, digitally, and was premiered through Chugcore’s YouTube channel, known for also having premiered bands such as 2x4, Immoralist and xKINGx. You can watch it here.
The band had this to say, about the album and new track: " In preparation for our album, we present to you our latest single, "Temple of Minerva." Dark and unrelenting in its atmosphere, it was the first song composed for our debut release and we are beyond excited to share it with all of you!”.
After years of hard work and line up changes, The World To Come is ready to unveil the last piece of their puzzle before unleashing upon their fans their latest effort, The Cartesian, coming out this September 30th on all digital retailers worldwide. In the meantime, you can pre-order the album on iTunes or find their merchandise here.
Formed in 2011 by guitarist Shane Griffin, The World to Come is a band formed around the creative idea of exploring the music aesthetic. Creating a sense of ambiance and emotion to accompany the overall ideal of any Deathcore band. Starting off amidst the plethora of hardcore music talent within the Phoenix metro area, The World To Come eventually morphed into its own entity. Taking each members unique love for atmospheric music and creating a new blend of heavy hitting, and thought provoking progressive metal.
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Barishi are unleashing their complete forthcoming full-length 'Blood from the Lion's Mouth' exclusively via the official media partners listed below. The gritty progressive metal outfit from Vermont, USA will release their second album on September 16.
Metal Obsession (AU)
Metal Hammer (DE)
La Grosse Radio (FR)
Kronos Mortus (HU)
Rock Hard (IT)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
The band already presented the artwork of 'Blood from the Lion's Mouth', which has been created by Brian Mercer (Soundgarden, Eyehategod, Black Tusk) and can be viewed together with the track-list below.
In a scene that has become largely repetitive, nostalgia driven, and prone to navel gazing, few bands stand out as breaking new ground. With their sophomore full-length 'Blood from the Lion's Mouth', Barishi demonstrate that it is still possible to challenge the established formulas of the metal genre by recombining its musical DNA.
There is an undeniable progressive undertone in their modern approach to hard guitar based music, but at the same time, the Americans delve into the darker side of extreme sound that defies the happy fret-fingering all too often employed by their peers. This album will not give away its treasures at a superficial glance but demands to be given time to grow.
After two successful independent releases, their Imminence Records’ debut, and two tours; metalcore outfit Under Paris is pleased to release their brand new single “Revive.” The music video was just premiered and is released in support of their brand new tour with Ashes Of My Regrets and Set For Tomorrow that begins today in Beckley, WV.
“‘Revive’ is more than just a song to us. It’s a new beginning. It’s a fresh start. For me personally it’s about getting a lot of things of my chest and saying what I’ve been thinking and feeling for the past two years. You hear the phrase ‘turning the page’ a lot but this is so much more. This is us closing the book on what we use to be and starting something new. This is us, being honest and being real. This is us moving on, this is us growing. This is our Revive.” - Michael Alexander (Vocalist)
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