Three teenagers, known as Alien Weaponry, from a tiny town in the small South Pacific nation of New Zealand have managed to capture the imaginations of people all over the world with their unique thrash metal sound and commanding live performances. This in itself is surprising, but perhaps the most unexpected element of all in their success is that many of the band’s songs are delivered in a language that is unknown to international audiences – New Zealand’s native language, Te Reo Māori.
Now, Alien Weaponry are ready to release their furious debut album "Tū" on the world. Short for "Tūmatauenga", the Māori god of war, "Tū" also means to stand strong and proud, and to stand for something. The notion is reflected in the album artwork, which includes the tradtional moko kanohi (facial tattoos) of the Māori warrior.
Standing for something important is something the band does equally well in English or in Māori. Today, Napalm Records releases the single and video for the song “Holding My Breath” – the first single so far to be sung entirely in English. Watch the premiere HERE!
The song was written by Lewis (Vocals/Guitar). In it, he talks about the anxiety of being judged and socially ostracised by peers to the point of being unable to function.
"It’s about something that actually happened to me. I felt so bad that I literally stayed in my room and couldn’t bring myself to leave the house or talk to anyone," he says. "I wrote the song at that time, and it was one of the things that helped me work through it, so I hope it will resonate with other people going through similar things."
One of the people it has already resonated with is actress Rose van Wylich, featured in the video; who experienced similar feelings of isolation as a teenager.
“Holding My Breath” is the first single put out by Napalm Records in advance of Alien Weaponry's debut album "Tū" being released on June 1st. A month later, the band will head to Europe for a 3-month tour which includes the world’s biggest metal festival, Wacken Open Air.
Preorder "Tū" HERE!
Available in the following formats:
1 CD Digipack & 2 Bonus Tracks
LP Gatefold & 7" Single (2 Bonus Tracks)
Vocals, Guitars: Lewis de Jong
Drums: Henry de Jong
Bass: Ethan Trembath
03.02.18 NZ - Hamilton / Rugby Sevens World Cup
06.02.18 NZ - Wellington / Waitangi Day Festival
17.02.18 NZ - Wellington / Pao Pao Pao
03.03.18 NZ - Auckland / Auckland City Limits Festival
20.03.18 NZ - Auckland / Prophets of Rage support
22. - 28.07.18 SL - Tomlin / Metal Days Festival
02. - 04.08.18 DE - Wacken / Wacken Festival
01.09.18 DE - Hamburg / Welt-Turbojugend Tage
More Dates Coming Soon!
The new album from Moldovan group Francis is entitled A Million Years Of Loneliness and highlights many urgent and serious problems of our time; personal, social, political and global, with acute social issues coming to the forefront. The themes of the eternal struggle for the right to “live in the sun”, for the right to be the first, for the right to reach the most difficult and daring dreams don’t leave the listener throughout the entire track list.
On a musical side, the material is a mixture of extreme metal and a more melodic direction of modern metal music, as well as interspersed with symphonic and electronic arrangements. The melodic sound came from the influence of bands working in completely different genres: As I Lay Dying, Arch Enemy, Nightwish, etc. Aggressive couplets and breakdowns with melodic choruses are created in the style of Metalcore/Melodic Death and coexist with thrash, death and modern-metal elements. The vocal parts are represented by a combination of extreme vocals with a clean voice, which expanded the creative space for the music’s authors and gave the tracks a striking motif matched by a clear, bright voice. Thus, the recording involved two vocalists.
The composition of the texts on A Million Years Of Loneliness involved the whole group agreeing on different opinions in a single concept for each individual song. The special uniqueness of the texts of the album consist of describing the atmosphere of the problems of each topic. Francis offer the listener not only a specific social, philosophical or personal problem, as food for thought, but also an interpretation of their own emotional feelings of a certain situation, thereby motivating the listener to intuitively comprehend the composition.
Guitar parts were recorded in home studios. Mixing and mastering services, as well as aid in the arrangements, was provided by the studio MoonHome after a long search for the optimal sound of all instruments.
A Million Years Of Loneliness | Released March 27th, 2018 on Sliptrick Records
Kirill Izhakovsky – Vocals
Alex Baboy – Guitars/Programming
Artemy Kessler – Bass/Extreme Vocals
Band links: Facebook | VK | Youtube | On Sliptrick
Greek nu metal/rapcore group Project Theory have released their first new material since the bands album 'Something Between Us' released via Sliptrick Records in 2016. The track is called 'The Way We Follow' and comes with an official video featuring dancer Danae Tsirigoti and Project Theory in all their glory.
Watch video here:- www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QnK88LnH04&feature=youtu.be
Project Theory – The Way We Follow [Official Video]
Recorded and mixed at Valve Studios (Greece) by: Project Theory and Stratos Karagiannidis
Mastered at Nagasaki Studios (USA) by: Steve Nagasaki
Filmed, Directed, shot & edited by: Tasos Amarantidis
From Thessaloniki, Greece, Project Theory was formed in 2013 and they beautifully mixed aggressive riffs and sorrowfully melodic vocals to craft a killer formula with the title Something Between Us. Their sound is in the range of metal with clear influences from Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, System Of A Down, etc, all with the traditional Project Theory twist.
Get your copy the album from: Amazon | Shop Sliptrick | iTunes | Deezer & more
Listen to Something Between Us on: Spotify
Project Theory are:
Antreas Boutos – Vocal
Lefteris Arapoglou – Guitar
Alexis Kipouridis – Bass
Kostas Papageorgiou – Drums
Facebook | Youtube | Reverbnation | Twitter | On Sliptrick
Kenos will release their 4th full-length album "Pest" on May 18 via My Kingdom Music, 8 years since their last album "X-Torsion".The artwork was designed by Mhadi.
One of Italy's most intransigent Death Metal bands is ready to return with a new devastating release, a concentrate of violent Death Metal, a real blow in the face, for sure the most furious, fast and aggressive piece of music the band has conceived. It is Death Metal music as it was supposed to be... so violent, heavy and technical.The result is absolutely impressive!
Australian legends Vomitor premiere the new track "Abracadabra" at Deaf Forever magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated fourth album, Pestilent Death, set for international release on April 20th via Hells Headbangers. Hear Vomitor's "Abracadabra" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
By now, Vomitor should need no introduction. For nearly 20 years now, these Aussie hooligans have been dominating the metal underground with their own, idiosyncratic brand of Total Death Metal. From their raucous 'n' ribald early demos to their utterly classic debut album, Bleeding the Priest, and onward, Vomitor have been a study in staunch defiance and sheer uncompromising will. Each album of theirs is its own world, its own head-space, its own frothing, ferocious beast of bedlam; and while the world around them continues to change, Vomitor stand sure as steel, doggedly and deadly.
Vomitor have never been ones for half measures: it's all in, or nothing. They do not rush records, and only attack when inspiration arises; this explains why eight years separate that momentous debut LP and its nuclear-powered follow-up, Devils Poison. Then, two years after that second album, in 2012 came The Escalation - which, true to its title, found Vomitor hitting a fever pitch. Alas, another considerable hiatus - not to mention more live detonations across Europe and, at long last, North America - and five years later arrives Pestilent Death.
Also true to its title, Pestilent Death is swarming and virulent, boundless and final. Characteristically, Vomitor kick into high gear immediately here, and there's no relenting to their iron-fisted fury. Ancient spells from underground metal's rich past are corralled and then contorted to Vomitor's diabolical design, resulting in a trademark sound that's all their own. Blood-red and raw yet somehow refined, the bolstered four-piece line-up of The Escalation (which saw Portal's Horror Illogium joining their ranks) continues their dominance across seven stout tracks in an incendiary 32 minutes. Each one's a literal tornado of everything that's made Vomitor so endearing and enduring: thermonuclear riffing, dive-bombing solos, vocal vomit, and chaotic crunch, now all rendered in its clearest but most cutting state.
Warped minds breed warped music, and Vomitor are more warped than most: Pestilent Death is heavy metal barbarity taken to its most maniacal extreme. Hear for yourself exclusively HERE, courtesy of Deaf Forever, Germany's defenders of the true. The previously revealed track "Tremendous Insane" can be heard HERE at Hells Headbangers' Bandcamp, where the album can also be pre-ordered.
Hells Headbangers announces the signing of Greek black metallers Funeral Storm. The first fruit of this union shall be the band's highly anticipated debut album, Arcane Mysteries, which will see release through the label later this year. Now featuring members from Hellenic scene legends Necromantia and Varathron, Funeral Storm deliver truly ancient - and truly authentic - Greek black metal in the most classic early '90s style, full of mysticism and might.
Funeral Storm was formed in 2001 by Wampyrion Markhor Necrowolf under the name Raven Throne as a one-man-project. The name was later changed for legal reasons, and after several changes, the moniker Funeral Storm was chosen. Lyrical themes were set early on, and are heavily inspired by occultism, legends, myths, evil, mysteries, horror, and the Cthulhu mythos.
After several line-up changes and one live show, Wampyrion decided to stop any activities concerning the band until 2012, where he released a digital split with Mortuus Sum and a six-way split on tape format with Human Serpent, Thaer Os Valael, Opus Magorum, Silent Dominion, and Varg Order a year later under his label Abyssic Black Cult Records.
Funeral Storm were active again with the addition of members of Serpent Path. In 2016, Mercyful Hell Productions released a compilation with songs that cover most of the years of Funeral Storm that were never actually released. In the meantime, Wampyrion decided to change the sound of the band, now fully inspired by '90s Greek black metal.
Nick Christogiannis of Deviser and Necroabyssious of Varathron/Katavasia/Zaratus then joined as full-time members. With this line-up, Funeral Storm released a split in early 2017 with Celestial Rite entitled Funeral Rite with Eskarth of Agatus performing acoustic guitars and a solo on the song "Martyr Of The Lake." Reaping international acclaim, Funeral Rite was released on 12" vinyl and CD formats by Iron Bonehead, while Mercyful Hell released the tape format.
Funeral Storm now join Hells Headbangers with the addition of Arcania (Aherusia) on guitars to deliver their first full-length album, Arcane Mysteries. An album of approximately 40 minutes of atmospheric tartaric black metal in the vein of old Hellenic black metal inspired by sorcery, magic, and myths, Arcane Mysteries will also feature two special guests: Eskarth of fellow Hells Headbangers labelmates Agatus and M.W Daoloth of Necromantia/Prinicipality Of Hell. The music is being recorded at Raven Studios, while the vocals were recorded at Crown Audio Conspiracies, with mixing & mastering to be done at Studio 222. The front cover design, titled "King Necromancer," has been created by Markus Vesper (Denial Of God, Manilla Road, Attic).
More info to be revealed shortly. In the meantime, check out the links below.
Hailing from Greece, heavy/thrash metal band Sense Of Fear sign a worldwide deal for the release of “As The Ages Passing By…” with Rockshots Records.
Formed in late ‘90s, as the band’s name suggests, their sound reminds to very deep and dark feelings, blended with power and aggressive tones. “Fear” is a key instinct for humans to survive.
The debut album “As The Ages Passing By…” is a result of almost 20 years working hard on the songs, each one picked up carefully and with a unique story to tell alongside a deep feeling within. All the lyrics come from personal experiences and emotions, and these are a way to express ourselves and fight the personal demons. Each song has its own gravity to the album, and all together create Sense Of Fear’s presentation to the world as a band and as musicians.
The blending of every metal genre in a total personal way makes this record a release you don’t want to miss, as it turns the old style into something new and innovative!
All the album tracks have been recorded at Valve Studio in Thessaloniki by Stratos "Strutter" Karagiannidis (Gus G , Wardrum), mixed and mastered at Music Factory and Prophecy Studios in Kempten-ALLGÄU, Germany by R.D. Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy, Devil's Train) & C. Schmid.
The album's artwork has been designed and edited by Colin Marks, (Nevermore, Exodus, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Kataklysm, Jeff Loomis, Xerath, Sylosis).
The new album “As The Ages Passing By…” is set to be released via Rockshots Records on April 20, 2018.
Polish doom-death veterans Mordor announce the release of their first album in 21 years. Entitled “Darkness...” the new album will be released through Pagan Records on 20 April 2018. The artwork has been created by Arkadiusz Zając, and the graphic design was done by Mentalporn.
View “Darkness...” teaser: https://youtu.be/6L6C-l9MXnk
Mordor are one of the precursors of Polish doom metal. Established in 1990 in Częstochowa, they have quickly become one of the most respected Polish doom-death bands. This was confirmed with the favourable response to their “Nothing” (1992) demo and the debut album “Prayer to…” (1993), both receiving positive reviews from around the world.
The comeback album, “Darkness…”, was recorded at No Solace Studio with production duties taken care of by M. of Mgła fame. Consisting of six tracks, it is a return to the band’s roots, naturally continuing from the band’s days in the early 90s when Mordor where one of the first representatives of Polish doom-death metal. Listeners should expect heavy riffs, strong, deep vocals and a massive sound. In short, it is a return to the old atmosphere with a much stronger sound.
In the run-up to the release of the debut album "Eternal Bloodcult" by Wound Collector May 24th 2018 the band releases its first official video for the song "Divine Music, Unholy Flesh" in high definition (HD).
The album can be pre-ordered, just follow the link below...
Pre-Order "Eternal Bloodcult" HERE...
Wound Collector: Divine Music, Unholy Flesh (Official video) https://youtu.be/dte8ePmwMtM
According to Peter: "The song depicts Italian Renaissance composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina as a devote Catholic composer. According to the Council of Trento his music was to be considered the highest and purest form of Catholic music. However the 12 popes he served during his lifetime were all engaged in nepotism, the Inquisition, anti-Semitism and indulged in luxury."
Belgium’s epic saxophonised death metallers Wound Collector, are ready to release their full length debut ‘Eternal Bloodcult’ on the masses. The foursome of Peter Verdonck (vocals / saxophone), Kurt Hermans (bass / vocals), Guy Van Campenhout (guitars / vocals) and Ben Van Peteghem (drums) mix an old school death metal vibe with modern accents, a hefty dose of saxophone, triple vocal attacks and progressively brutal songs into a whirlwind of death, negativity and hopelessness.
The music is diverse and challenging while maintaining that catchy vibe. Lyrically, the band centres their songs around moments in history that are often forgotten or neglected, thus unearthing them to a wider audience. The saxophone assaults are more than filler, as Wound Collector uses this instrument to its full potential, therefore becoming a necessary mainstay in all songs, be it in melody, rhythm or lead-shape.
US Death Metal veterans Skinless return with their pulverizing sixth studio offering, aptly titled Savagery. Recorded by Tom Case at Doomsday Bunker Studio in New York and by Dave Otero (Primitive Man, Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage) at Flatline Audio in Colorado. Savagery embodies ten slabs of rotting, aural remains across 37 minutes of titanic slams, untouchable grooves, mauling riffs and blood-thirsty, bestial growls. Savagery sees SKINLESS at the top of their game, more than 25 years into an untouchable reign of terror. Features stunningly sick cover art by renowned tattoo artist Jesse Levitt.
Listen to Skinless’ new song “Savagery” on MetalSucks HERE and digital streaming services AT THIS LOCATION.
Skinless’ sixth studio album Savagery is due out May 11, 2018 on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages are available via Relapse.com HERE and Digital Downloads / Streaming Services AT THIS LOCATION.
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