Aegean Sorrow, the impending new full-length from Greek death/doom veterans On Thorns I Lay, will see release this March via Alone Records. In advance of its official unveiling, Decibel Magazine offers up the consuming sounds of "Olethros Part II" for public consumption.
Offers guitarist Chris Dragamestianos of the track, "'Olethros' speaks about the loneliness of the soul in this cruel world we are living in and its journey towards salvation to paradise. 'Olethros' is a perfect example of how On Thorns I Lay loves using acoustic guitar parts with melodies performed over Hammond keys. We also did it on the Crystal Tears and Future Narcotic albums and we will do it again in the future. The song continues with another trademark of our band: Beautiful double lead guitars over the rhythms and a great solo from our second guitar player. I really love this song; it's a very special one for me."
Hear the lamenting sounds of "Olethros Part II" courtesy of Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.
And if you missed it, sample the album's title track "Aegean Sorrow" HERE.
On Thorns I Lay's Aegean Sorrow will see release on CD and digital formats via Alone Records and on vinyl via The Vinyl Division on March 12th with pre-orders to be announced in the coming weeks.
Aegean Sorrow was captured at Devasoundz Studios by Fotis Benardo (Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh etc.) and mixed and mastered at Unisound AB Studio by Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Pan.Thy.Monium, Incision etc.). Easily among the most intense records of their more than twenty-year career, Aegean Sorrow fuses seemingly clashing concepts of catchy melodies and an incessantly mournful ambiance throughout. "We never stopped listening to our favorite albums - simple atmospheric doom death metal music since our formative years - so this is how Aegean Sorrow was created," the band notes. "It is a mix taken from our first demos and our first four albums back in the '90s, but with a modern sound. It is exactly what we love to hear, first of all, as fans. No trends, just pure feelings and music. Aegean Sorrow is the music we have dreamed of since we were teenagers. Waves of emotions flow over and over; it is a magical journey into the depth of our soul."
On Thorns I Lay began as a death metal band in 1992 under the name of Paralysis. By 1993 they changed their name to Phlebotomy and released the Beyond The Chaos demo and the Dawn Of Grief EP. The following year they settled on the name On Thorns I Lay and recorded the Voluptuous demo which draw attention of France's Holy Records who went on to release the death/doom sounds of their Sound Of Beautiful Experience debut. The band released five more albums and played countless shows and top festivals with the likes of Dream Theater, In Flames, Anathema, Amorphis, Katatonia, Septic Flesh, and many more before going on a twelve-year hiatus. 2015's Eternal Silence meant the return of the band, back to the roots, playing traditional gothic-inspired doom metal at its best and reaping critical accolades from fans and media across the globe. And now, 2018 ushers in Aegean Sorrow.
Kent heavy quintet Cove announce their sophomore, EP ‘A Conscious Motion’, will be self-released on 23rd March 2018. With a chosen title that means something different to each member, guitarist Pete Woolven explains his own interpretation as concerning “conscious change, making a personal journey”. With change in mind, the band decided to be more hands on for their follow-up to 2016’s ‘We Were Once Lost’, interweaving the lyrical content into the artwork and ensuring nothing is lost in translation, by creating it themselves. “We’ve always been fairly hands-on and are happier with a DIY approach to artwork. It’s something we feel puts more of a personal stamp on what we have created”, explains Woolven.
The band, completed by Jack Bowdery on Drums, Charlie Smith on Bass, Ben Brazier on Guitar and new vocalist Ben Shorten, are also now streaming single ‘Coincide:Collide’ here, following on from last night’s premiere on the Radio 1 Rock Show. Woolven explains that it is “probably our most different track, we really wanted to do something that set us apart from the current trend of bands in UK at the moment”. It is the second track to be taken from the forth-comer, with summer release ‘Solis’ (here) acting as an introduction to Shorten and the band explaining: “Solis has elements from the past release but also combines the more anthemic and bigger sound we’re going for this time around. Ben has been an important part of the band, even before he actually joined, having been our friend and sound engineer. He has definitely brought new things to the table, from another person helping to structure and piece together songs, to also exploring different musical dynamics with his voice.”
Revisiting Hidden Track Studios to work again with Oz Craggs, the band’s focus for ‘A Conscious Motion’ was collaboration: “There is a little piece of everyone in each song, something we didn’t have before. This has definitely broadened our sound; we’ve explored new dynamics and opened new doors. “Cove” is a group of individuals who make honest music for themselves not based on current trend or flavour of the month.” Reaching new depths, the EP covers themes such as “losing someone to illness; diving deep inside your soul to the things you detest about yourself and learning to recognize them and accept them.” A must for fans of While She Sleeps, Architects, Devil Sold His Soul and British heaviness in general, Cove declares: “We got bored of being compared to sounding like other bands – we wrote to sound like Cove.”
Now out of the studio, the quintet are focussing their energies on the road, with dates alongside Sikth and Feed The Rhino in the diary. “We want to be a band that even if you don’t like heavy music, you walk away from seeing us thinking “Fuck me, that was good,” the band asserts - you do not want to miss them:
Supporting Sikth -
3rd Feb, Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
Supporting Feed The Rhino -
20th Feb Bristol, The Exchange
21st Feb Exeter, The Cavern
22nd Feb, Southampton, The Joiners
23rd Feb, London, The Underworld
24th Feb, Norwich, Owl Sanctuary
27th Feb, Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
28th Feb Newcastle, Think Tank
1st March, Glasgow, G2
2nd March, Manchester, Rebellion
3rd March, Birmingham, The Flapper
23rd June, York, Fibbers – Pile Up Fest
Cove Self-release Sophomore EP ‘A Conscious Mind’ On 23/03/18
Stream ‘Coincide:Collide’ now: https://soundcloud.com/user-795922679/coincidecollide/s-bVBwS
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German Thrash-Metal-Maniacs, Pripjat, have just released more details of their upcoming second studio album. The follow up of the successful debut album "Sons Of Tschernobyl" is titled "Chain Reaction" and will be unleashed on April 27th, 2018 via NoiseArt Records.
The stunning cover artwork of "Chain Reaction" was done by Russian artist Timur Khabirov.
The band states:
"We tried out a couple of things for the "Chain Reaction"-Artwork. In the end, the motif of Timur Khabirov left us no choice but to take it. It is an interesting coincidence, that he also comes from the Eastern-Europe. The layout for cover and booklet was made by our friend Leonardo Bardelle, who is the drummer of the fantastic "Grim Van Doom" and "Morast". As you can see - this chain is linked!"
Three years have passed since Pripjat released their debut "Sons Of Tschernobyl". The record came out of nothing, delighting thrash-fans and the press all over the world. Songs like ’Born To Hate‘, ’Toxic‘ or ’Acid Rain‘ became must-plays on the many shows the band have played since the release, convincing fan by fan, riff by riff. After over a year of recording Pripjat have finished their second Album.
Rising up from the mind of Olivier Verron (more known in the international Metal Scene under the alias of Amduscias, leader of the French Black Metal band Temple Of Baal), Conviction was officially born in November 2013, when the first demo was composed and recorded... In only 11 hours.
“An intense and spontaneous experience”, states the musician. “I recorded as I composed, and the ideas just kept on flowing one after another. Maybe due to the long gestation of the project, which I had in mind ever since the nineties, but that I couldn’t render concrete back then, due to the lack of musicians into Doom Metal, and the fact that I hardly had any equipment to record back then.”
Conviction’s first release introducing a pure traditional Doom band influenced by SAINT VITUS, PENTAGRAM, COUNT RAVEN or early CATHEDRAL, was very well received within the Underground. CONVICTION stands for true classic Doom Metal. “In a time when Doom is turned into cheerful Stoner, or melted with sludgy Hard Core vibes, my intention is to keep up with the old school and Metal way. Doom should deal with gloom and darkness, and to me it’s a nonsense to turn it into a positive, party-like music dealing with how cool it is to smoke a joint or whatever”, states the leader.
After a second self-release in the form of the digital single Outworn, CONVICTION was joined by guitar player Frédéric Patte-Brasseur (ATARAXIE, FUNERALIUM), bass player Vincent Buisson (MOURNING DAWN) and drummer Rachid “Teepee” Trabelsi (MOONSKIN, CORROSIVE ELEMENTS).
“We are excited, honoured and happy to join the Argonauta family, seeing this first album becoming reality is a dream come true after all these years, and I am personally thrilled to see my old friends Fred, Vincent and Teepee joining me on this adventure.”
The band, now ready to doom the stages of Europe, will have the first album ready at the end of 2018.
Brasov, Romania based Black Metal veterans Indian Fall present a new track from their upcoming third studio album scheduled to be released soon in collaboration with Loud Rage Music. Dincolo de Timp was mixed and mastered at Lowbass5 Studio by Adrian Bila and its official video was produced and directed completely by the band itself, and is now available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4OQtVf6cMg
Indian Fall is:
Djeeckx – vocal
Adi – bass
West Virginia's Curses has released their first new music since their critically acclaimed Imminence Records debut, entitled Chapter I: Introspect. The new single, entitled "Rest," serves as a precursor to what is to come from the band in 2018 and beyond. The band will have further news to announced in the coming months.
"Rest is more of an expression for depressive emotions controlling one’s mindset. The song mentions overthinking, overwhelming anxieties, anticipating death, but also reminding one’s self of better times, inspiring change and letting go of negative thoughts and outlooks.” - Eli Fry (Vocalist)
West Virginia metalcore act Curses was formed in early 2014 and have since hit the ground running with multiple tours, a slot on their region’s Vans Warped Tour date, and the completion of their unreleased full length album Chapter I: Introspect. With the assistance of Taylor Larson and Spencer Sotelo, the band spent a month in the studio crafting their debut record. After a long wait and plenty of teasing, Curses teamed up with Revolver Magazine to release a single from the album titled “Fortune Collapse” featuring the impressive vocal talents of Spencer Sotelo himself. With a single in the air and the hype mounting ever further, the band signed with Imminence Records and released a second single.
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Swiss Trance / Melodic Death Metal band Rage Of Light has just released its sixth music video and new single, two years after the launch of the project in early 2016.
True to the band’s modern style, mixing electronic sounds with powerful and fast metal, the new track is called « I Can, I Will » and shows once again the beautiful lead singer, Melissa Bonny, alternating brilliantly between screams and clean singing. She’s accompanied with Jonathan Pellet on harsh vocals, composer but also director of the music video, and with guitarist Noé Schüpbach.
"I Can, I Will" music video : https://youtu.be/0MjyGPp__-w
Rage Of Light is especially known thanks to two music video covers : the famous « Twilight Of The Thunder God » from Amon Amarth and in another style « Lollipop » from Aqua. Both videos have been seen more than 100’000 times on YouTube.
Czech Progressive Masters Between The Planets sign with the Egyptian PR agency Naqada Music Management.
Between The Planets is an instrumental groove / metal / ambient trio originally created as a one man project by Martin "Spacosh" Perina. However, they are not a traditional djent, their music have many ambient backgrounds, a frequent post-metal elements and a pure, progressive rock-sounding guitar parts.
"Immersion Into The Unknown" was their debut back in 2013, and recently released their new masterpiece full-length "Of Inner Sight" October, 2017
BTP and Naqada Music agreed for an exclusive deal to become their official media representative for 2018.
Stay tuned for more info will be revealed very soon.
Sad news from German thrash titans Destruction: After joining the band back in 2010, drummer Vaaver announces that he will be parting ways with the group in March after 8 years. His departure from the band is due to family reasons.
"It is never easy to make hard decisions. It is time for me to part ways with Destruction - the band that has hosted me for nearly a decade; my brothers, my best buddies. Above all, these guys are great musicians that I have enjoyed countless performances with. 8 years with Destruction means more than words can describe. We shared the stage more than 500 times, travelled to the moon and back at least twice! It is time to drift my career towards more calm waters which surround my family. At the same time, Destruction needs to explore new exciting and challenging stages of their career.
I would like to thank Schmier and Mike for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Destruction. I tried my best to enhance the band's sound and groove with my skills. I could see the fans' reactions around the world that came to the gigs and the signing sessions with tears in their eyes…just happy to see the band they had listened to since the beginning of the 80's. It has been a truly unforgettable experience!
I wish you guys all the best. I know you will find the right replacement with the skills and dedication that you deserve for your incredible band. I am not quitting my profession either. It is just a change in life that we all sometimes go through and have to adjust to new circumstances. Hope we meet again one day or night on your rough Destruction seas! Thank you Schmier and Mike…!"
To be clear, all shows will still be going ahead with Vaaver playing with Destruction until March. Randy Black, who already replaced him on his baby-break, will step in for the shows after March, until the band has decided who will be Vaaver's worthy successor.
"There is not much more to add in this moment of sorrow. We all know it really sucks to separate with people you cherish for reasons beyond control. So ‘family first’ is something we all have to accept. Vaaver was not just the best drummer we ever had and I don't wanna diminish the dignity of any of our old drummers here, but he also was a killer dude and a great friend. So yes, this really hurts…of course he will stay a part of our clan and the big Destruction family! Cheers for all those fantastic years, our paths will definitely cross again and all the best for your future, Vaavski!"
Inferno Records are thrilled to announce the new band to join their roster... they're coming from Japan, they're named Significant Point and play incredible Traditional Heavy Metal in the veins of Loudness, Accept, MSG, Iron Maiden, Saxon...
Inferno Records believes this band has a huge potential & are sure you'll be amazed when discovering the first 7"EP "Attacker" (due out March 15th 2018)! In spite of their young ages, the musicians have a lot of experience & deliver hi-class Heavy Metal! This EP is made of amazing vocals, incredible guitar parts & neck-breaking rhythms!!
"Attacker" EP will be released to 500 copies, 100 as blue wax, 400 as black wax! They encourage everyone into Heavy Metal to pre-order as we're confident this is gonna sell fast & well! Don't be late !!
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