Last week Irish metalheads, Stormzone were shooting a new music video for a track from their latest album, "Seven Sins". Acclaimed director Alex Perisson, responsible for many award winning videos from Europe's top metal bands, had signed up to direct the video, in a concept that involved recording footage in a disused asylum, against the advice of local experts.
As far as we can ascertain, the band and entire production crew encountered some kind of problem during the shoot. We have not been able to contact anyone involved since the date of filming. The attached news report contains footage found at the scene, which some viewers might find distressing.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the band or crew should get in touch immediately.
Occult death metallers Unaussprechlichen Kulten premiere the new track "Sacrificio Infanticida" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated fourth album, Keziah Lilith Medea (Chapter X), set for international release on June 2nd via Iron Bonehead Productions. Hear Unaussprechlichen Kulten's "Sacrificio Infanticida" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
For nearly 20 years now, this Chilean cult has built a commanding canon of eldritch death metal darkness. From their early demos to later splits and especially their preceding three full-lengths - not least of which, 2014's critically acclaimed Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath - Unaussprechlichen Kulten have explored the furthest reaches of primordial dread and ancient mysticism, all through pure 'n' authentic Metal of Death. But now, they've transcended all past accomplishments with the monolithic Keziah Lilith Medea (Chapter X).
Verily a summation of the Unaussprechlichen Kulten aesthetic to date - songwriting that slithers through the slime with a preternatural grace, execution that's barbaric and crusted in mud and blood, production that plumbs the foulest ends of the sonic spectrum - Keziah Lilith Medea (Chapter X) possesses an immediately engaging aura of demonology and witchcraft. In fact, such themes are central to Keziah Lilith Medea (Chapter X), as explored in the album's HOW 12-page booklet, with liner notes painstakingly crafted by the band.
"This Chapter is inspired by women, the persecution against them by the Holy Office Sacred Congregation (The Inquisition), their essential role in the myth and legend, their place at the witches’ Sabbath, and the profound fear they spread - and still do - in mankind under the concept of Witch." Further, as the band explains, "The ancient pagan cults awarded a leading role to the woman inside the spiritual. However, in medieval Europe, among other things, the exaggeration of the divinity and chastity of the feminine, the exaltation of virginity and motherhood as unique roles for women - the image of the Virgin Mary - create a shadow, a mirror image, an opposite principle. The repression of sexuality and denial of the Soror Mystica incubated a mysterious, dark, and evil female image."
Across its taut, eight-song/39-minute duration, Keziah Lilith Medea (Chapter X) displays an Unaussprechlichen Kulten at their most frighteningly feral and also most devilishly nuanced. The songs' successive slipstreaming surge creates a miasma of blunt-force trauma and hallucinogenic tension; any dynamic and detail the band wish to engage in is delivered with an almost unsettling, paradoxical grace. Keziah Lilith Medea (Chapter X) takes all the urgency 'n' ugliness of classic death metal and upends into the realm of high art. That assertion is further elucidated by the aforementioned booklet gracing the album, as well as its ominously striking cover. As if their bounty wasn't already overflowing, Unaussprechlichen Kulten here deliver a work for the ages.
Bear witness to the next emanation from Keziah Lilith Medea (Chapter X) exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. The first emanation can be heard at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud HERE, with the track "Sabbatical Offering."
dEMOTIONAL is an up-rising, promising sextet hailing from Sweden, formed in 2009 with the aim to step and be in the front line of the new wave of Swedish metal bands. The band is not only recognized for their music but also for their sense of fashion and style on and off stage. The audience is thrilled to see head banging rockers in suites, and not only trashy jeans and tank tops like common metal bands typically wore.
After releasing two albums of studio "State: In Denial" (2013) and "Tarassis" (2015) and numerous shows in Scandinavia and Europe (sharing stages with Arch Enemy, Entombed ...) plus a headlining tour in Russia, dEmotional is ready to release its new opus "Discovery".
Watch & listen to the brand new singles "All That It Takes" & "Ashes""Discovery" (produced my Pontus Hjelm, Dead By April) will be the bands third full length album and will be released 27th May 2017 worldwide. Expect hot news soon!!!
Austrian Thrash Metal maniacs DeathTale join the family of Art Gates Records.
The band was founded in 2008, raised up from the Thrash / Death Metal band Demolition, founded by Tom Kräutner in 1996. The development of the music, which is technically more mature and more melodious, is based on international standards.Biting, multi-layered vocals combined with impulsive, powerful melodies and challenging guitar solos leads to intense "metal compositions".
In words of the band:
"We are looking forward to working with AGR, which is also a new chapter in the band history of Deathtale. AGR offer us with its possibilities a completely new level to reach people with our music. At the same time they create a good basis for the band to bring out and promote our upcoming album. We are sure that we will get the best support from our new label."
The band is ready to release their third album of studio this year through Art Gates Records worldwide.
More info coming soon to www.artgatesrecords.com and: www.deathtale.at
Folk Metallers Triddana presents "Twelve Acoustic Pieces", a selection of tracks from their first 2 albums in acoustic format. This release will be available only in digital format on the main platforms.
Triddana was formed in 2011 in Buenos Aires, the first album "Ripe for Rebellion" was released in 2013 and it´s second album entitled "The Power & The Will" in 2015 through the German label PowerProg.
After a tour in Europe in 2016, the band will return in summer of 2017 to present this new album
Everlasting lie https://youtu.be/5WCqFIQsRA8
Tour in Germany:
15/06 - MISE Open Air - Büssfeld (Hessen, Germany)
17/06 - Irish Pub Giessen - Giessen (Hessen, Germany)
23/06 - Dingens Am See - Mengerskirchen (Hessen, Germany)
24/06 - Rockkeller - Alsfeld (Hessen, Germany)
01/07 - Purgatory - Runzhausen (Hessen, Germany)
22/07 - Open Air Seedorf - Lüneburg (Lower Saxony, Germany)
24/07 - Free & Easy Festival Backstage - Munich (Baviera, Germany)
British black metal horde Stahlsarg have inked a deal with the Dutch label Non Serviam Records.
The 2nd album entitled “Mechanisms Of Misanthropy”, will be released autumn 2017 as a physical release and through all digital platforms.
The album has been recorded and mastered by Danny B Takoma (Lockup, Criminal) at HVR Recording Studio
With cover art created by Simon Bossert of Metal Artworks (Unlight, Imperium Dekadenz official).
This second album by Stahlsarg focuses more on the human side of living in a time of oppression, uncertainty and death and the desperate lengths people put themselves through to resist and survive. One of the songs is about Sophie Scholl of the White Rose movement,with a guest vocal from Kim "Kylla" Dylla / Vulvatron known for her roles in Gwar and the black metal band A Winter Lost, another is about the Norwegian resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud.
Comment by Stahlsarg:
"We are very pleased and honoured to join Non Serviam Records and be a part of their excellent roster of bands. Non Serviam Records is a perfect partner for the future development of Stahlsarg and we look forward to working together to unleash more of our black metal onslaught with our new album Mechanisms of Misanthropy"
Non Serviam Records commented:
“We are really happy to sign Stahlsarg to our label. This band plays great black metal, and we can’t wait to release this beast upon mankind”
Italian thrash metal act Haniwa has released a new album called "Helleven" via Qua Rock Records. The music is rapid, groovy and catchy, at times with melodic openings. This album is the result of an hard work, made of sweat, passion and attitude, where Haniwa unleashed all their experience and musical impetuousness. The first video taken from the single "Haniwa" will be available soon.
About the new album, the band says: “We have composed 11 songs where we believe that our unusual and personal vision of the music is contained, including the listening of totally different music genres in decades but represented in the Haniwa’s way. Haniwa means brutality, aggression, melody and rhythm with a fresh and direct attitude, which takes natural inspiration from the single elements background, but the explosive mix goes beyond the sum of them. The album is the evolution of an instinctive EP, played by impulse, which allowed the band to create a synergy and a compositional maturity that permitted within a year to conceive Helleven”.
London-based extreme death metal group Abhorrent Decimation are prepared to release their most inspired, charismatic and dominating material to date in the form of their upcoming sophomore album, The Pardoner, hitting digital and physical retailers worldwide on July 28, 2017 via Prosthetic Records. Pre-order links and the first single from this record will become available on Friday, June 2.
The 10 track, 50 minute opus was recorded, mixed and mastered by bassist David Archer at Audio Empire. The intricate artwork for The Pardoner was created by German illustrator Karmazid, based on a visual concept by Vocalist Ashley Scott.
Conceptually, the album is an in-depth exploration into "The Pardoner", English poet Geoffrey Chaucer's most depraved and deceitful character from The Canterbury Tales. "The Pardoner" is a religious fraud and hypocrite who preaches against the love of greed, yet whose own love of wealth enabled him to profit off the sins of others. He claimed to work on behalf of the clergy, selling spiritual forgiveness for one's sins in the form of his pardons, which included forged "official letters" from high ranking church officials absolving one of their sins and bones and crystals blessed with healing powers. In Chaucer's story, "The Pardoner" tells a harrowing tale of three men whose materialism becomes the death of them.
Vocalist Ashley Scott comments on the lyrical content of the album:-
"Lyrically, the album opens with a scene setter. 'Pardoners' would often operate with a partner called a 'Soothsayer'. A 'Soothsayer' would visit a town prior to 'The Pardoner's' arrival. It was his job to stir locals up regarding their sins and the repercussions thereof. He would advise people that if they could find a 'Pardoner', they should do so and atone for their sins by buying a pardon or indulgence.
Tracks 2 to 7 are the story 'The Pardoner' tells of the three men, avarice and Death. In many places throughout tracks 2 to 7, I actually use Middle English turn of phrase. In some places, I have used my own interpretation and translations of Chaucer's work and in other places; I introduced some of my own narrative and details. The idea was to create an obvious storytelling feel to this section, with word play and rhyme playing a major role in what I did, as I wanted to ring as true to the original as possible. Track 8 is my own conclusion of the inexorable nature of death and greed. Track 9 is an instrumental and then the record closes with Track 10, The Pardoner. A sort of self damning, confession-monologue."
Stay tuned for more coming from Abhorrent Decimation leading up to the release of The Pardoner in July.
Asphodelia have officially announced that they have inked a deal with The Flaming Arts as their worldwide management and booking agency, alongside many international artists of their great roster.
Spanish power metal hopefuls Tales of Gaia have inked a deal with Fighter Records for the release of their upcoming debut album this September.
Formed back in 2010 in Barcelona, Tales of Gaia did their first demo recording in 2012 and then their self-financed debut EP, Breaking Dawn, in 2014, which came out in January 2015. This EP was well received in the scene and sold copies not only throughout Europe, but also America and Asia. However, their vocalist left the band after a couple of shows, and a new one was recruited in June of the same year.
After some line-up changes, the band finally entered the studio in early 2017 to record their debut album, entitled Hypernova, at Dante Studios with Israel Ramos (vocalist in Avalanch, Alquimia, and Amadeüs) and Wheel Sound Studio with Txosse Ruiz (producer of bands like Ankor and Döria). Now, they just got signed to Fighter Records, who will take care of the worldwide promotion and distribution.
Tales of Gaia are finishing the recordings of Hypernova, and soon we'll be able to reveal the fantastic cover artwork as well as track-listing and a first advance single, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the band's official Facebook site below for more news.
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