In November of 2015, the Iranian metal duo, Nikan "Siyanor" Khosravi and Arash "Chemical" Ilkhani, were arrested in November of 2015 by the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution and had some serious charges levied against them: blasphemy, advertising against the system, running an illegal and underground band and record label promoting music considered to be Satanic, writing anti-religious lyrics and granting interviews to forbidden foreign radio stations. At the time, we reported the band faced a maximum penalty of six years in prison, or worse, execution. Very little was public about the case at the time.
Today, Metal Injection published an interview with Nikan "Siyanor" Khosravi, offering his first public comments since the arrest.
Nikan offers an update on the trial, discusses how he discovered metal and reveals words of encouragement he's gotten from the likes of Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, Arch Enemy's Alissa White-Gluz and even Eminem.
Read the entire interview here.
Wearing their influences on their sleeves, quite literally, patched denim and all things NWOBHM is their art, they are the purveyors of traditional heavy metal. Belfast heavy metal trio Rabid Bitch Of The North have announced they will release their debut full length album, Nothing But a Bitter Taste, this August via Hostile Media. "Nothing But a Bitter Taste has essentially been several years in the making. For the first time in over 10 years of performing live we had to find time to take off, go to our studio, and do this album justice," comments band frontman Joe McDonnell. "Nothing But A Bitter Taste, is a concrete slab of that classic British sounding metal. It's something straight off a NWOBHM compilation cassette. A varied spectrum of styles and tempos, and each track has its own story. It is heavy metal with rock n roll, but it is definitely progressive sounding from the previous EP and singles we've released."
The album was recorded by guitarist Gerard Mulholland, as with all their previous releases. "Gerrys production has been a learn as you work approach. Using his skills built up from years of making our demos and singles," Joe adds regarding the recording process. "What we wanted to achieve was a record that captured our unique character, as well sounding like a record that we would listen to. We wanted it to sound like the metal we like, which is anything from the golden era of heavy metal. Maybe a few Judas Priest records were points of reference at times, but the album was never based on one particular sound."
As well as announcing details of the album the band have also released the first single, a track entitled 'The Missionary', and a song which purpose was to try and harness the bizarre excitement and feeling heavy metal fans first experience on finding the genre, seeing the first album covers of Maiden's Eddie or the devilish artwork depicted on Ozzy and Dio records. "It's a song about the journey of discovering metal, searching out new bands and sounds, and then becoming part of the scene creating your own songs."
Listen To 'The Missionary' On Spotify Now
Nothing But A Bitter Taste will be released on a limited edition gatefold 3 panel digipack via Hostile Media on 18th August 2017 as well as digital via iTunes, Spotify, etc. Pre-order HERE!
Icelandic Death Metallers Beneath to release Ephemeris Via Unique Leader this summer; new track streaming
Ephemeris is the third full length release from Icelandic death metal titans, Beneath. The album was
recorded, mixed, and mastered by Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, At The Gates, etc.), at the acclaimed Studio Fredman in the fall of 2016. After the departure of founding member and drummer Ragnar Sverrison, Beneath teamed up with Mike Heller (Malignancy, Control/Resist, Fear Factory) to handle the drums for the album. The result is nine tracks of relentless brutality; an odyssey through the forthcoming millenniums of exponential colonization of planets and galaxies by human induced technology; a world where technology has gone way beyond the frontier of the imagination.
Commented vocalist Benedikt Natanael Bjarnason, "We are immensely proud to announce the release of our third full-length album Ephemeris. We teamed up with Mike Heller to provide session drums for the nine-track album which adds a whole new dimension to the soundscape of Beneath. Make sure to not miss the release date on August 18th!"
Guitarist Jóhann Ingi Sigurðsson adds, "Ephemeris has been a demanding album for us personally and in many ways, it represents a turning point for the band. We've always pushed ourselves in ways that keep us invested and engaged in our music, and on this album, that meant making big changes to our overall sound. There are songs that are a marriage of pure heaviness and brutality, while on the other spectrum there are some very challenging technical arrangements pushing the limits of our playing abilities. In the end, we ended up with an album that feels musically multidimensional and that we are extremely proud of."
Ephemeris will be released on August 18th via Unique Leader Records. Check out opening track "Constellational Transformation" at the Unique Leader Bandcamp page HERE.
Italian Progressive / Metalcore band, Led By Vajra, have released their first official video from their forthcoming Sliptrick Records release ΨΥXN. It’s a monster track entitled 'White Dress' which features the bands duel female/male fronted vocals, their eclectic new wave metal-core sound and carries a serious social message within the lyrics. In the bands own words; “The video stands for the double identity of the women who get raped: they start to think they deserved what happened to them instead of feeling just like a victim.”
Video Footage by Dario Monaco and Giuseppe Nappo
Video Edited by Gabriele Quaranta
Video Post production by Alfonso Del Vecchio at “Visualize”
Track engineered, recorded and mastered by Gabriele Quaranta
Watch the video here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pCoqMyLVcs&feature=youtu.be
ΨΥXN (Psychè) will be released later in the year via Sliptrick Records
Led By Vajra are:
Atena Fedele – Clean Vocals
Mariano Esposito – Raw Vocals
Walter Orlando – Guitar
Gabriele Quaranta – Guitar
Marco Cantiello – Drums
Luca Muneretto – Bass
Official Website | Facebook | Youtube
The unrelenting artillery barrage continues as Pathogen treads the bloody left hand path of musical atrocities that grinds and detonates its way into oblivion. After nearly four years in the making, "Ashes Of Eternity" is Pathogen's most furious and aggressive outing to date! Delivering nine fatal munitions of multi-megaton death metal mayhem from the hellish shores of the Philippines, Pathogen once again brings to you death-whether you want it or not!
Carach Angren are premiering a stunning new video for the track "Charles Francis Coghlan" taken from their new album, 'Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten', which is hitting the stores today, 16th of June.
The horror clip of of cinematic quality is now streaming via the Season of Mist YouTube channel and may be freely spread at and from the link below.
Carach Angren comment: "After months of incredible hard work, we are extremely proud to present our official horror video for 'Charles Francis Coghlan'. Together with director Rick Jacops, we have relentlessly pushed all creative limits to transport the viewer into another terrifying dimension. Everything you see is real and produced as well as co-directed by us. Prepare to be obsessed and possessed!"
Produced by Carach Angren & Backstage Film Productions
Directed by Rick Jacops & Carach Angren
Actress: Amber Delahaye
Sound Design by Clemens Wijers Music Productions & Backstage Film Productions
Team: Brendan Gijzen, Stefan Wijers, Julien Wijers
Special thanks: Paul Kops, Ria Hendriks, Transportbedrijf Chris Wijers, Het Leukermeer, Merith Rooden
Serbian Gothic Doom Sextet The Father Of Serpents are just a a few days away from releasing their debut full length "Age Of Damnation" via Satanath Records (Russia) & United By Chaos (Finland)
Decibel Magazine Exclusively Streamed the Music Video of "Viral", the 10th and last track of the album, which can be found at this location
The Father Of Serpents is an entity consisted of six souls, entwined with admiration for doom metal. Formed in 2015, by the members of the renown bands from the Serbian scene (The Hell/Awaiting Fear, Tamerlan, Rain Delay, Consecration), their purpose was to leave their name within the musical path paved by the old masters like My Dying Bride, Saturnus, Paradise Lost and Moonspell. Father Of Serpents quickly got large amount of attention in Serbia and beyond. Band performed in Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania
First album "Age Of Damnation" contains about an hour of apocalyptic atmosphere, presented through the gentlest of acoustic passages, to the most brutal and vicious parts.
Testimony from the band:
"Viral was the last song we did before recording the album in the studio, just a few days before. It was almost done in 15 minutes and it went pretty natural and straightforward. We didn't have the time to overthought or analyse the song, so the energy of the moment when we were jamming the song is there. It is both groovy, catchy and dark"
Line - up:
Tamerlan - Vocals (growls/screams/narations)
Pavle Sovilj - Vocals (clean) & Violin
Igor Lončar - Guitars
Željko Zec - Guitars
Milan Šuput - Bass
Aleksandar Maksimović - Drums
Greek metal / rock band, Raw In Sect, have released a new and crazy music video for 'Therion'. The song is taken from the upcoming third album 'Kitro', to be out in September. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/GqwHHW76LTY
Filmed in London's Black Island studios by director Peter Lee Scott, the band says the video is mean to reflect the transformation into Therion, which is to "find inner power in a primitive way getting in touch with your instincts."
The song's unique blend of traditional Greek music with rock 'n' roll is, according to RAW IN SECT, meant to "redefine what aggressive/rock music is through a totally different approach than the one that has been known in the music scene.
"Really though, it's about doing something new and artistic instead of repeating the same old patterns of established bands in hopes of securing a career in a declining music industry. Changing the language of the lyrics in Greek, recording live, and not setting on the sound of previous records that was somewhat accepted, are among the risks we took willingly in order to express something new and reach wider audiences."
Raw In Sect is a Greek metal / rock act that has released two full length albums, “Red Flows” (2011) and “Blue Haze” (2014). Possessed by a diverse, surprising and totally unique sound as described by many, the quartet has done several tours performing all over Europe which has gained them a loyal fan base as well as recognition as one of the most deserving bands to rise from the underground.
When the “Red Flows” touring era ended, they went on to record “Blue Haze” and mixed it with nominated Grammy award producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Caspian, Pearl Jam). RAW IN SECT presented a 7 minute animation epic for the self titled song which was praised by fans and members of artistic communities. The release of Blue Haze was followed by a very long touring schedule which included over 150 concerts in venues and festivals almost in every corner of Europe.
2017 finds Raw In Sect preparing to release their new album “Kitro” among other activities. Having performed parts of it in various audiences, people speak of a band that is expected to shake and redefine the sound of the global metal/rock scene.
Satanath Records has a knack of discovering great bands from even the most unexpected countries for metal in the world. This time around, they've unearthed a band from Iran, playing a form of black / death metal that leans towards the Scandinavian template but add their own flavour to the mix. Zurvan have created a sublime blend of semi-melodic, Dissection-meets-Bolzer kind of sound which it infuses with riffs that are distinctly Eastern-sounding. They're on their way to forming their own identifiable sound but even as of now, their music is a breath of fresh air and holds immense promise, especially for a band from a place like Iran. Like Azooma, they're likely to leave a mark in the genre.
Cuban Black Metallers Narbeleth have announced a new album! It will be entitled "Indomitvs" and is set to be released via Folter Records at the end of September. At the moment, the vocals are being recorded. After this, the album will mastered by Ole Hartvigsen (Kampfar). Here is the so far confirmed track-list:
1. The Distortion of Life
2. When the Sun has Died
3. The Lower Point of the Star
4. Herald of the Dawn
5. The First to Rise
6. Via Profane Crafts
7. Sinister Laberynths of Human Soul
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