Appalling Ascension, the tumultuous debut album by Portuguese death metal sect The Ominous Circle, will see a cooperative release through Osmose Productions and 20 Buck Spin this Friday, January 27th. On the verge of its public infiltration, the entire album has been unleashed through an exclusive stream hosted by Noisey.
With the early stream, Noisey offers of the album, "Throughout its eight tracks, Appalling Ascension devotes its time to roiling riffs, apocalyptic percussion, an impossibly heavy low end, and echoing growls-classic modern dark death metal, really, with perhaps even more of a ghoulish doom edge and some truly nasty guitar work. Unlike many of its cave-dwelling peers, the band obviously pours real effort in crafting songs, not just song fragments sandwiched between swaths of spooky atmosphere..."
The first onstage ceremonies for The Ominous Circle have been initiated, the band having made their live debut in November 2016, with more live actions being slated for 2017.
THE OMINOUS CIRCLE live:
5/27/2017 RCA Club - Lisbon, PT w/ Asphyx
Triaxis are proud to reveal their new vocalist to be the incredible Greek musician and songwriter Angel Wolf-Black. Those with a keen interest in European metal will know Angel from her own solo work, or with bands such as ‘Seduce The Heaven’, ‘Bare Infinity’, featuring in ‘Vivaldi Metal Project’ or working with female metal vocalist community ‘Eve’s Apple’. Having recently moved from Greece to study music in Southampton, UK, this is a perfect time for Angel to bring her unique tones to mix with a typically British classic metal sound, forging something exciting for Triaxis fans old and new to enjoy.
Angel comments: “Over the last couple of months I have loved learning and rehearsing the Triaxis material and I am so excited to perform it live! I hope that the fans will share in my excitement and enthusiasm for the future. We have already begun to write for our next release so they shouldn’t have long to wait!”
Angel joins Glyn Williams and Matt Chambers (guitars), Becky Baldwin (Bass) and Gareth Arlett (drums), to work together rehearsing for upcoming shows and writing the band’s fourth album. Becky comments on the recent changes and the future of the band:
“We are very happy to welcome Angel on board, it was pure good fortune that such a perfect fit for the band had just moved to England when we had started advertising for a singer. We would also like to thank the Triaxis vocalist of 10 years, Krissie Kirby, for all her work with the band. When she first spoke about leaving the band we were of course feeling low and uneasy. But now we are honoured to have Krissie’s blessing in continuing the band in it’s new chapter with Angel at the helm. There is still an exciting future ahead for Triaxis!"
You can catch Angel Wolf-Black fronting Triaxis on tour this Spring, starting with a support slot on the 25th of February in Southampton, and a full headline performance in Birmingham on the 26th of February for Power Metal Quest Fest. (Get tickets from http://triaxis.bigcartel.com/ )
Watch a clip of Angel performing ‘Stand Your Ground’ from Triaxis’ latest album ‘Zero Hour’ here:
Gigs this spring include:
Saturday 25th February @ The Firehouse, Southampton
Sunday 26th February @ The Roadhouse, Birmingham
Friday 7th April @ Sound Circus, Bournemouth
Belgian modern melodic death metallers Hexa Mera will release their second full-length album, "Enlightenment", on March 31st. The album was recorded at Empyrean Studio, mixed at OceanSide Studio by Ace Zec and mastered at Fascination Street Studios By Jens Bogren
The artwork of Hexa Mera's follow-up to 2014’s “Human Entropy” was created by Colin Marks from Rain Song Design.
The extreme female-fronted machine [IN MUTE] strikes back with hot details about their debut LP, which will receive the title of "Gea".
In words of the band:
"Our new album is harder, more complex and more progressive without losing the roots of Melodic Death Metal. A logic evolution from our last EP. We just can't wait to release these tracks in order to give you a kick in the ass and reach wider audiences with the support of Art Gates Records worldwide!"
The artwork has been created by the artist Lukaz Jaszak.
[IN MUTE] recorded "Gea" at Millenia Studios in Valencia, Spain. The album has been pre-produced by David G. Álvarez (Angelus Apatrida) and [IN MUTE], recorded and mixed by Raúl Abellán, mastered by Vicente Leal.
Release date & pre-order options coming soon ...
While My City Burns (Metalcore / Post-Hardcore from Iceland) are proud to announce that their single & official video "Standing Alone" are out today via Wormholedeath Records / The Orchard and Vevo!
The band is currently writing the new album that will be released by Wormholedeath. While My City Burns is a five piece Metal/ Hardcore band hailing from Iceland. They mix their influences into a sweet ass Metal blend with tasty riffs, crushing breakdowns and choruses that get stuck in your head.
Mixed and Mastered : Austin Hull
Filmed and Edited by Aron Bragi Baldursson
Special thanks to Hljóðfærahúsið
Excitement has been swirling around the debut Earthists. record ever since they released the first single "Winterfell" off "Dreamscape". The band announced the album will be out on March 8th and is now available for pre-order on Bandcamp.
Earthists. challenged themselves to create a record that transcends genres and to write lyrics that are meaningful. Guitarist Yuta Tanaka explains:-
"Dreamscape has variety of genres of music from a post rock song to metalcore songs. With this record, we wanted to create something new while incorporating technical riffage, jazzy piano sounds and grooves. Lyrically, we showcased struggling with loneliness and importance to live strongly. The band wants the record to inspire listeners and has a special message to share with their fans, "We want all of you to never give up on your dream."
Listen to "Resonating Light" (ft. Ichika) now
The Japanese Nature-Core powerhouse Earthists. formed in January 2015 in Tokyo. Musically comprised of technical guitar work, a groove-driven rhythm section, emotional singing and jazzy piano, Earthists. offers a unique interpretation on the flowering progressive metal-core scene. Now a part of the ever growing Tragic Hero Records roster, Earthists. looks to take their place among musical contemporaries such as ERRA, Intervals, Northlane and more. The band will release their label debut in 2017 and plans to tour in support of the full length record.
Beast Incarnate, the impending new long player from Malta-based brutal death metal merchants Beheaded, will see release tomorrow via Unique Leader. In advance of its release today No Clean Singing is streaming the infernal, eight-track offering in full noting:-
"the obliterating effects of Beast Incarnate will be the big draw for most fans. It's the kind of music that fuels metaphorical rhetoric: Most of the time it's a rocket ride through a mechanized slaughterhouse, in an active war zone, during an earthquake. This is what Beheaded do. And they do it very well, with dedication, veteran skill, and self-assurance. If you enjoy death metal that rushes at your head with megawatt energy, dizzying percussive pummelling, dark pulsating melodies, and an insatiable blood lust, this is your fix."
Read more and hear Beast Incarnate in full RIGHT HERE.
Beast Incarnate will be released on January 27th, 2017 via Unique Leader Records. Pre-order options are currently available HERE.
Recorded at MKII Recording Studio (Italy) and mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Teadeat, Bone Gnawer, Aeon, Those Who Bring The Torture etc.) at Enhanced Audio Productions Sweden, Beast Incarnate comes shrouded in the cover art of Gabriel Alegria Sabogal, welcomes the addition of new recruits - drummer Davide Billia and guitarist Simone Brigo - and truly stretches the boundaries of Beheaded's signature sound to meet new extremes.
Shadow Kingdom Records has set March 17th as the international release date for Crime's debut EP, First Crime, on cassette tape. Crime are a duo hailing from Santiago, Chile. Grounded in all the classics, they explode with a classic early heavy metal sound that's indebted as equally to rock 'n' roll like Rose Tattoo and Motörhead as they are by '80s punk. Across the three songs comprising their First Crime, Crime exude both grit and charm, energy and finesse, youthful exuberance and wizened erudition. Verily, it's like a long-lost transmission from the mid '80s, from the corners of the earth where pure heavy metal was a revolutionary act - and yet, it's been thawed out in the present. Fittingly, Crime's lyrics are mainly inspired by the risks in the city when night falls, with the intention of returning some mystery, rawness, and danger to heavy metal.
"This demo/EP of three tracks is our first attempt to achieve all of these ideas," state the band. "We will soon start working on our first LP, to be titled Second Crime, with the same lineup, which will follow the same lines musically and lyrically." In the meantime, get caught listening to First Crime! And right now, it can be streamed in its entirety at Shadow Kingdom's Bandcamp HERE.
Selfmachine proud to announce the release dates of their sophomore album "Societal Arcade" (recorded at RealSound Studio (Parma, Italy); mixed and mastered by Waldermar Sorychta and Dennis Koehne).
The release party will take place @Melkweg Amsterdam on 17th March.
Get ready for the blast!
Digital release date : 17th March 2017 (Wormholedeath/The Orchard)
U.S.A : 17th March 2017 (Wormholedeath U.S.A.)
Physical release date : 17th March 2017 (Aural Music Group)
Japan (Wormholedeath Japan /DiskUnion Japan) TBA
Groove and melody, heaviness and catchiness. These are just a couple of words describing the ‘Modern Metal’ sound of Selfmachine. Like a bearded Michael Jackson driving a monster truck through the hills of Teletubbieland. Selfmachine released their debut album ‘Broadcast Your Identity’ globally through Wormholedeath / Aural music in 2014. The album received many positive reviews and was even awarded ‘Dutch release of the year’ by website ‘Global Metal Apocalypse’. Selfmachine embarked on their first European Tour supporting internationally acclaimed bands The Agonist and Ferium in March 2015. Returning from this tour more eager and determined than ever, they set out to record their sophomore album. ‘Societal Arcade’ will be released in March 2017, again through Wormholedeath Records.
The album was recorded in Langhirano, Italy at Realsound Studios and mixed and mastered by legendary producers Waldemar Sorychta and Dennis Koehne. To promote this album the band will tour Europe in April 2017 (together with Koronal, Fractal Universe, Unprocessed e.a) and record several music videos. Selfmachine has also recently been confirmed for the MetalDays 2017 Festival in Tolmin, Slovenia. The band holds the firm belief that a live-show should be more than just a bunch of guys on a stage, playing music. It should be an experience, something to engage in and something to remember. So put on your dancing shoes and get run down by that funky monstertruck called Selfmachine!
Today, reanimated Greek black metallers Disharmony premiere the new track "The Gates of Elthon" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's LONG-awaited debut album, Goddamn the Sun, set for international release on March 3rd via Iron Bonehead Productions. Hear Disharmony's "The Gates of Elthon" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Disharmony are an often-overlooked entry in the history of Greek black metal. Formed in 1991 but broken up by '95, the band would record three demos and a cult EP on the legendary Molon Lave label. Although Disharmony's sound early on slotted well into the classic Hellenic BM paradigm - militant pulse, mystical atmosphere, deep roots in traditional metal - they largely took a more unorthodox approach, touching upon Beheritian weirdness and ritualistic soundscape, but always with a thoroughly occult aura. Longtime fans of the band, Iron Bonehead collected Disharmony's old discography together under the title Vade Retro Satana and released it on CD and double-LP formats in 2016, reintroducing the band to old fans as well as younger generations.
But, now 2017 dawns and Disharmony have been resurrected, and their long-promised debut album has arrived in the form of Goddamn the Sun. Immediately, it is clear that this is a work of ancient Hellenic darkness; those immediately recognizable fundamentals are firmly in place, and it is literally like a blast from the past - specifically for pioneering Greek black metal, the watershed year of 1993. And yet, so many years and a couple decades later, there is a new and strikingly refreshing sense of refinement to Disharmony on Goddamn the Sun. Long gone the unorthodox accoutrements may be, but what takes their stead is a stout 'n' surging iteration of Hellenic classicism, triumphant and otherworldly in equal measure, and still emitting a sulphurous sensation of aeons-old occultism. Even the cover art to Goddamn the Sun itself suggests an eldritch era, sometimes forgotten but never fully dead.
Finally, seemingly a lifetime in the making, Disharmony have stepped forward to ascend the throne of this rich, timeless pantheon. The next step can be taken exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. The first step can be taken at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud with the track "Elochim" exclusively HERE.
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