Morbid Skull Records presents the latest release of the black/thrash metal sensation Lucifera from Colombia. With a sound firmly rooted in the old school style, they whip up a storm and deliver a dozen extremely potent and acerbic tracks. Alejandra Blasfemia's vocals are veritably hateful and vile, and coupled with the fact that they're delivered in a native language exacerbates things greatly. Given the nature and tone of the primitive music, they go very well with it and sound like fierce incantations belonging to an ancient black art ritual. 'Preludio Del Mal' is scathing yet laden with catchy riffing and exudes a fantastic vibe throughout. Lucifera are a revelation indeed and anyone who can appreciate vicious old school black/thrash metal will find a new favourite in this one.
Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Altarage. The Basque death metal extremists will release its sophomore album on Season of Mist in 2017.
Regarding their signing, Altarage comment: "We are glad that Season Of Mist have joined us on our journey through the nothingness, chanting hymns of failure, and celebrating decay towards our inevitable end. The year 2017 will see a new nihilistic offering. The end is upon us."
In their own words, Altarage were spawned in a nihilistic cauldron of contempt to reach out the nothingness of all planes of existence. Little is known of the secretive death metal band from Bilbao, the largest city in the Basque country of Spain. In 2015 a demo simply entitled after its year of release, 'MMXV' generated interest around the globe and was followed by the critically acclaimed 'NIHL' (2016).
Spawned in the benighted ichor-filled nether-pits below Liverpool, disgusting doomed triumvirate Coltsblood deliver the most depraved and repulsive take on death-inspired doom metal ever to punish your worthless ears; Coltsblood will unleash their second album, ‘Ascending Into Shimmering Darkness’ on April 21st 2017 via Candlelight/ Spinefarm Records.
The sleeve is one again covered in the demented scrawlings of legendary Grief mainman Eric C Harrison...
‘Ascending Into Shimmering Darkness’ produced by Chris Fielding (Winterfylleth, Primordial, Napalm Death) at Skyhammer Studio and mastered by Greg Chandler of Esoteric and Priory Recording Studios.
Coltsblood will drown you in raw filth.
The sophomore album from Croatian death-punk duo HerezA is out now via Godz ov War Productions. Aptly named, I Become Death is streaming now in its entirety over at No Clean Singing, who call it “one turbocharged neck-breaker after another”.
STREAM I Become Death: http://bit.ly/2kCtGCg
HerezA formed in July 2014. Their debut album, Misanthrope, was released in February 2015 by PRC Music. Their new album I Become Death, which is set for release in February 2017, will continue and improve the “chunky, HM-2 overdriven, and loud” (Angry Metal Guy review) sound of Misanthrope. I Become Death was recorded in "Brvnara" homemade studio by Denis Sloboda. It was mixed and mastered by Mario Markovic, Crna Zemlja Recording Studio. The stunning album artwork was done by Maciej Kamuda.
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Chilean black metallers Praecognitvm are streaming the entirety of their debut demo, Inalienable Catharsis, at Decibel magazine's website. on cassette tape. Set for international release today on cassette tape via Iron Bonehead Productions, stream Praecognitvm's Inalienable Catharsis in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Self-released digitally last year, Inalienable Catharsis so impressed Iron Bonehead with its stout 'n' surging night-sky majesty that the label simply had to release it worldwide on physical tape format. Although Praecognitvm hail from the violent black/death hotbed of Chile, theirs is a sound rooted in classic black metal mysticism, emitting boundless atmosphere whilst remaining tangibly physical, albeit in a more spectral manner. And at four songs in 27 minutes, Inalienable Catharsis is structured in such a manner to weave its magic subtly and patiently, taking deeper root as the record plays on. Indeed, between the band's songwriting and the robust recording they receive here, Inalienable Catharsis is a true record and not merely a "demo" - and it's only the beginning for the duo. Achieve Inalienable Catharsis with Praecognitvm exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine.
Today, death metal tyrants Ritualization stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss, at heavily trafficked webzine Transcending Obscurity. Released on February 3rd by Iron Bonehead Productions, stream Ritualization's Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss exclusively HERE.
Hailing from the now-fertile French death metal underground, Ritualization have been patiently fine-tuning their fiery craft for a decade now. Although diehards are familiar with the band's name, Ritualization strike upon the international scene with Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss, a 10-track/44-minute firestorm of malicious and iron-fisted DEATH METAL.
Ritualization are the gathering of four individuals who share the same ideas about the way death metal must be played. Manning the six six six wires of hatred, Infamist’s initial purpose was to bring another musical incarnation to the light of darkness. He began to jam with Blastum (warhammers) in late 2005 to early 2006 until Warchangel joined the fold in September 2006 to take care of vocal duties, soon followed by Krig (pulse of the dead + ghouls vomit). Four tracks were recorded in April 2007 in their ritual chamber; this rehearsal tape was meant to spread the name of the band.
In March 2008, Ritualization performed their very first ritual in Colmar, France with fellow death metal maniacs Bloody Sign and Necros. Then the band recorded The Abduction Mass that spring. This tape contained four tracks of brutal and obscure death metal, plus a cover of the mighty Finnish gods Archgoat's "Black Messiah." This demo was unleashed through Blood Harvest's brother label Zombie Ritual Tapes, and it remains sold out to this day.
In 2009, Ritualization focused on gigs and played in Lille (with Terminal War and Disgust), in Lyon (with Proclamation, Blasphemophagher, Vortex of End, and Deadly Sins), and finally Paris (with Vorkreist, Purge, and old comrades Bloody Sign). Meanwhile, the band still worked on new material in order to hit the studio the following year to record material for their upcoming releases.
An alliance was sealed with French black/death cult Temple of Baal to create a split album through Agonia Records. Titled The Vision of Fading Mankind and released in late November 2011, this critically acclaimed split introduced Ritualization to their widest audience yet. Meanwhile, during summer 2011, Set enters the band as second guitarist to increase the audial impact and live aggression, performing his first live rituals at the Surrender to Death gig in Clermont Ferrand and the Ritual for the Dead in Berlin. Then, in 2013, a 7" EP entitled Beyond the Shrine of Shattered Bones is released through Blood Harvest Records.
Now, with Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss, Ritualization bring forth an unadulterated vision of death metal and a tribute to bestial legions such as Angelcorpse, Incantation, Archgoat, Immolation, Centurian/Nox, Ravager/Hacavitz, Naked Whipper, and many more minions of audial darkness. Channeling obscure death metal onstage and unleashing releases forged in the faithful tradition of what death metal must be - that is Ritualization's purpose. Hear the entire sacrament exclusively HERE, courtesy of Transcending Obscurity webzine, as well as read an in-depth interview with the band.
Evanescence’s Grammy Award winning singer / songwriter Amy Lee released a new single, “Love Exists,” on February 10th as an interactive valentine, which is available now at: http://amyleevalentine.me. Fans were invited to create and share their own valentine featuring surreal pop art by Jennybird Alcantara to accompany the song.
“Love Exists” is also available for download on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited.
Lee has a message for her fans about the creative process and inspiration behind the song:
“When I was in Italy filming the video for “Speak To Me," I fell in love with a song I heard on the radio there. L’amore Esiste by Francesca Michielin. It seemed to follow me everywhere, got under my skin and just wouldn’t leave. I couldn’t stop listening to it, over and over the whole way home. I started piecing together what the lyrics meant and wrote my own twist on them in English. I showed my idea to one of my dream producers, Guy Sigsworth, and somehow convinced him to come to New York and re-create the song with me. Dave Eggar contributed his lush string arrangement and we all just lived in this song for a week at Flux Studios on the lower east side.”
“What an incredibly fulfilling experience it was to make this beautiful thing. And with such a talented, down-to-earth, and inspired team- with no rules or limitations beyond the ones we created. Guy pushed me in new ways and I learned a few things. It was a unique honour to work beside someone I admire so much on something that at the time had no plan, no album to go on, and made no sense other than how good it felt. It’s easy to get bogged down by the “point” sometimes, when what matters most in my opinion, in music-making, is following your heart. Finding a way to satisfy that deep need to express something that can’t be said with words alone.”
“Love is anything but simple. And it manifests itself in countless forms. It can be inconvenient. Painful. Easier to ignore than to trust. But we are still connected, despite how alone we feel sometimes. Can we be brave enough to love, knowing it’s going to hurt? Can we drop our cynicism long enough to see beyond the frustrations, the discontentment, the fear of the unknown and the anger for all we can’t control? Love is all around. Even in the darkest places. And it is worth everything. Look out, look in. Love exists.” – Amy Lee
In addition, Lee’s single “Speak To Me” will appear on the soundtrack for the forthcoming supernatural thriller, Voice From The Stone, due April 28th which features Emelia Clarke (Game of Thrones).
Known for her soaring haunting vocals and sophisticated piano melodies, Rolling Stone describe Lee as “one of hard rock’s leading ladies” and Kerrang cites her as “one of the most significant and influential women in rock”. Needless to say, her upcoming effort is much anticipated.
Amy Lee is currently in the studio with her band, Evanescence, working on new music expected later this year. They play two shows at Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in June:
June 13th - London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
June 14th – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo SOLD OUT
With their third full-length album "Det Nya Svarta" set for release on the 7th April on Indie Recordings, Sweden's Alfahanne have revealed a track from the album. Titled "Stigmata", the band explained that the track "is about our home town. How you are born full of hope for the future, but the raw climate destroys you and the town drags you down".
"Stigmata" can be heard on YouTube at https://youtu.be/uKg2mBrn-T0
Recorded at the Dödskult studio by Alfahanne's Pehr Skjoldhammer and Mixed and mastered by Stamos Koliousis, "Det Nya Svarta" follows the Alfahanne tradition of including some high profile artists making guest appearances. Artists which in the past have included Taake’s Hoest, Shining's Niklas Kvarforth, HELHEIM’s V’gandr, KVELERTAK frontman Erlend Hjelvik, Spellgoth from HORNA and TURMION KÄTILÖT, and Nattfursth from SORHIN, not just on their first two albums, but also live on stage
Guests making an appearance on "Det Nya Svarta" include KAMPFAR's Dolk, David Lindh from YVONNE AND BRODER DANIEL, Sanrabb from GEHENNA and Nadine Skjoldhammer.
Formed in Eskilstuna in 2010, the self-styled “Alfapokalyptic Rockers” burst onto the scene with energy, exuberance, and an impressive swagger, which, coupled with a fan-friendly attitude quickly earned them respect, and an ever-increasing, and dedicated, following. Alfahanne 's debut full-length album “Alfapokalyps” appeared on Dark Essence Records in 2014 and was followed by "Blod Eld Alfa" in 2015.
The band's lineup of Pehr Skjoldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass, have a couple of decades of experience under their belts in bands like VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT. Together they have created a sound that mixes Black Metal with Classic Rock and Punk, and good old Rock n Roll that is unmistakably ALFAHANNE's.
Frontman Skjoldhammer recently explained that with their third full-length album Alfahanne are continuing to explore the dark side of mankind: "Alfahanne's lyrics are very personal and have many layers of dirt. Once you dig deeper into them you find many truths as I see them. Alfahanne will never lean to the left or to the right or write about political issues. The only political issue that is close to our hearts is equal rights but the flipside of that same coin is that we think everyone is equally.... Equally useless."
"Det Nya Svarta" is now available to pre-order in CD and Vinyl formats from http://shop.indierecordings.no/artist/16189--alfahanne and in Digital format from https://itunes.apple.com/no/album/det-nya-svarta/id1202165056?
Confirmed live appearances for Alfahanne include the By:Larm Festival in Oslo, Norway in March and In Flammen Open Air in Torgau, Germany in July. More dates to be announced shortly.
Italy's Aevum signs with Maple Metal Records to release new album ‘Dischronia’, details and teaser revealed!
Hailing from Turin, Italy, 8-member Symphonic metallers Aevum have signed with Canadian label Maple Metal Records to release their sophomore full-length album ‘Dischronia’ on March 17th worldwide. As part of the deal Maple Metal Records will re-distribute the band’s 2014 debut album ‘Impressions’, plus previously released material from the band’s two EP's “Celestial Angels” (2008) and “Nova Vita” (2012).
‘Dischronia’ was recorded and produced at Aurora Recording Studio by Hannodamalj Production. The album was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni (Vision Divine, Ancient Bards, ElvenKing) at Domination Studio, in the Republic of San Marino. The artwork for 'Dischronia' was created by Erick Vaghi of OneBlindEye Design, along with a partnership from Ronin Agency, Italy.
Aevum are known for their theatrical Live Shows, and have toured all over Europe with Haggard, Vision Divine, Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden), and performed at various Metal Festivals in Italy, since their inception. Aevum also performed at last years Metalhead Meeting Festival in Bucharest, Romania, that included such bands as Eluveitie, Delain, Dragonforce, Rotting Christ and Kreator.
Indiegogo 2017 Campaign: A New Aevum Era is ready to begin! Get more information here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/aevum-the-elements-a-new-journey-video-music#/
A teaser for the Track "Elements" from ‘Dischronia’ is streaming online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW4gWs4qXoU
Formed in 2008, Aevum‘s music is in perpetual inclination towards the union between the human being and the divine, between opposites, male and female, positive and negative, in a genre that is a bond between the neo-classical and gothic metal worlds. Aevum‘s debut album “Impressions” was released in October 2014, via Fuel Records. Their sophomore full-length album ‘Dischronia’ will come out on March 17th worldwide via Maple Metal Records.
Crossfaith have released a stream for their 'New Age Warriors EP' which is out now!
The band previously dropped a video stream for ‘Revolution – The Bloody Beetroots Remix’, the first single to be taken from the EP.
The EP contains remixes from The Bloody Beetroots, Shikari Soundsystem, KSUKE, The Qemists and more.
Stream 'New Age Warriors Remix' EP in full here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8mKob-3u2L81x4ZmXJD6k2_dmZOl43vK
Vocalist Kenta Koie says: “We believe there's no border between rock and dance music, and so our new singles on 'New Age Warriors’ have been reconstructed by amazing artists who share this understanding with us.You guys will find new possibilities through these remixes.This is another side of New Age Warriors. Don't miss it!"
Buy the EP here: https://unfd.lnk.to/RevolutionBBRemix
Crossfaith tour the UK as main support to Bury Tomorrow on 14th April through to 22nd April where they’ll be joined by Black Peaks and Any Given Day.
14 CARDIFF Y Plas
15 MANCHESTER Ritz
16 GLASGOW Garage
17 NEWCASTLE Riverside
19 LEEDS Stylus
21 BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
22 LONDON Forum
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