Italian musician Becko announces anime-inspired trap metal album "You Are (Not) Alone", out April 1st via FiXT
Trap metal artist Becko announces his latest album "You Are (Not) Alone" is now available for pre-order with the instant grat "Cryblood" (feat. Gizmo) dropping now. Written during the second Italian quarantine the trap metal album pays homage to his inspiration and love of anime and manga, with appearances from Prymus, Gizmo, IN6N, Stefan, Rhen, and Marry Me! Bellamy.
"You Are (Not) Alone" features a range of singles including the fiery single "Otaku Pride" which landed two official Spotify playlists upon release, "Lonewolf" an homage to Becko's former band, Hopes Die Last, which landed three official Spotify playlists when released, and the ultra-catchy alt-electronic-rock anime-inspired "Boku No Universe," placed in the Oculus VR music rhythm game Smash Drums.
The album also features "Darkest Days" a poignant creation with heartfelt vocal melodies overlaid with intense screams and hard-hitting beats, produced by Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda himself.
On the production of "Darkest Days," Mike Shinoda said:-
“I’ve had a lot of fun producing so many new, upcoming artists on Twitch, and Becko was definitely a standout. I’m excited for the song’s release and to see what he does in the coming years.”
On the upcoming album, Becko said:-
"I've written "You Are (Not) Alone" all in one shot during the second Italian quarantine. I was feeling in a cage as all we were and I've started to compare this feeling to the hikikomori way of life.
The album is a way to react to all the bad things that can happen in our lives. It's the path of the kid that becomes mature taking life in his hands fighting against his demons. It's the path of the new generation that fights against the old generation with this new technology as a weapon. It's my path through music knowing myself more and more."
You Are (Not) Alone is available now for pre-order and drops April 1st from the independent multi-genre label FiXT.
Danish melodic thrash / death / heavy metallers SickOmania have signed with Sliptrick Records. SickOmania is a brand new Danish metal band that plays a crossover of melodic thrash, death and classic heavy metal. The band consists of experienced forces from bands such as Dominus, Deadflesh, Timeless Hall, Carnal Forge, Loch Vostok, Manticora, Furious Trauma and Shadowspawn.
The group was formed in the fall of 2019, and has spent 2020/2021 recording their debut album, which will be released worldwide via Sliptrick records later in the year. 3 digital singles have already been released for the album (the latest being 'Saint Psycho'), which are available on all relevant streaming services.
Expect a frontal sharp-edged riff attack from SickOmania, in which magnificent melody meets brutal assault.
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | On Sliptrick
Finnish brutal death metallers Enragement sign with Rising Nemesis Records; new album out this Spring
Rising Nemesis Records is very proud to announce the signing of Helsinki, Finland-based brutal death metallers, Enragement.
Active since 2006, Enragement took their time in becoming the group they are now slowly, only getting to their current stage musically upon the 2014 release of their debut album, "Omnimalevolence Of Man". Afterward, the band dropped a well-received follow-up, Burned, Barren, Bloodstained, in 2017 via Finnish label Inverse Records. After many years of slow yet steady musical evolution, the band has finally found a new home in Rising Nemesis Records where they seek to put out their best material to date.
The group will be releasing their third album in the spring of 2022 via Rising Nemesis Records. Keep an eye out for new music and news tied to that effort coming soon.
Enragement comment on signing with Rising Nemesis Records:-
"With our third full-length, we set the bar high for ourselves. As the efforts on song writing, pre-production, and final studio production had already been enormous, we set out to find a label that could give the album the perfect final touch. With Rising Nemesis Records specialization in brutal death metal, we’re 100% sure we teamed up with one of the best possible labels for this release."
Norwegian melodic death metallers Haunted By Silhouettes take a leap of faith with their new "Flock" music video & single
Norwegian melodic death metal band Haunted By Silhouettes have just revealed a music video for their new single "Flock", as well as announcing the availability of pre-orders for their upcoming EP album 'No Man Isle'. "Flock" is the first single from the band's new EP which is set to drop worldwide on May 6, 2022. The music video was directed by Stian Hoel Fossen and Mathias Jamtli Rye.
Lead vocalist Mathias Rye comments on the new single:-
"Flock is mainly a departing speech to the world from a person that has decided to live the rest of his life completely alone. It’s also about taking a leap of faith and initiating a new beginning for oneself. That's why we think Flock was a good choice as the first single from our new release."
Guitarist Per Kristian Grimsland adds:-
"We had a lot of fun shooting this video. We did the band sequence on a huge stage. The process was a lot of fun; designing the lighting and mood of the shoot, and coordinating that with the song as it progressed. Stian and Mathias had the main vision for the visual aspect, and we all contributed with ideas on how to make it as good as possible. With this single we’re trying to set the stage of where we are and what is to come. From an audience perspective we’re more experimental this time around, but at the same time more focused on a set vision and concept than ever before. I’m very proud to share this with the world!"
"No Man Isle" was planned to become a short concept story written by Mathias. Inspired by poet John Donne, it focuses on themes such as solitary survival, family, independence and societal humanity.
"No Man Isle centres around a middle-aged divorced man that decides to cut all ties with the world, and to live on his family’s deserted island for the rest of his life. He travels to the island and a lot of mysterious things happen that seem to be connected to his uncle's disappearance from the island 40 years earlier."
The musical vision behind the EP saw the band turn to a slightly more melodic direction, while taking the song arrangements to the next level, while aspiring to become larger than life.
"The songs are perhaps more melodic and to the point this time around with more distilled, focused details added to each song. There’s also a maritime retro vibe going on with the added synth arrangements that make the songs pop out more and sound a bit bigger, epic and unique."
No Man Isle was also a great opportunity for Haunted By Silhouettes to take their unique death metal sound - down a heavier path. Their method of writing, demoing, and finally recording the album was an experience to remember.
"We wanted to tune down from drop-C to drop-A to make the sound heavier. Per Kristian and I wrote a bunch of riffs and then the whole band took a trip to a cabin in the mountains of Norway to write 7 demo tracks for the EP. From those seven, five songs ended up on the EP."
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Lappish melodic metallers Hate World Hero release new single 'The Beast Has Awoken'
Rovaniemi-based melodic metal band Hate World Hero have released their new single 'The Beast Has Awoken' via Inverse Records.
Watch "The Beast Has Awoken" video here: https://youtu.be/KS_qWwMDlMw
The band comments:
"The Beast Has Awoken is about the awakening or waking up of The Beast. The Beast itself can signify anyone or anything, even an object or an experience. In life we face setbacks, doubts and downplay from different directions, but once you find your inner spark and let it burn, it will break all chains and kick-start you on new paths, although others might not always understand. What is The Beast then? That’s for you to decide!
The Beast Has Awoken is a powerful, fast-paced, and energetic song that rolls on with rising intensity and enormous power. The song’s pace, melodicity and massive choruses will no doubt make you bang your heads. The Beast Has Awoken was composed by Hannu Kuoksa with lyrics written by Teemu Huhtala."
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Hate World Hero plays powerful, melodic metal with massive choruses and tasty hooks. Members of the band are all long-time professionals in their respective crafts. Their live shows are energetic, compelling, and professionally organized. In 2022, Hate World Hero will release two new singles: Crimson Kiss and The Beast Has Awoken, while continuing to work on new material for the upcoming debut album.
Pre-save Crimson Kiss single to your Spotify playlist: https://bit.ly/3GD6DAM
Out on May 5th 2022 via Inverse Records!
Finnish industrialists Ruoska to release their 6th album later this year; new single out now
Finnish industrial metal band Ruoska is finishing the production of their sixth full length album. Now they have released second single from the upcoming album.
Frontman Patrik Mennander backgrounds the new single:
"Kade leads the listener deeper inside the upcoming album's dark atmosphere. It's a story about eternal disasters and misery that continue across the generations. The Ruoska soldier on the cover artwork is about to begin his journey on this cursed and devastated world trying to survive while searching signs of life. Ruoska's story continues with familiar futuristic themes and the mystery around the concept starts to unveil. The music video of Kade visualizes the story and will be released later this spring. Also another single will be released later this spring and the full album in autumn 2022."
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Japanese genre-blenders Crossfaith channel rock, metal, rap, and grime with their new single "Gimme Danger" (ft. ralph), out now via UNFD.
Watch the video here.
Frontman Kenta Koie comments on the video / single -
"We decided to write new music to heal people and boost their minds. We still can't play live, but we can deliver new music to our fans and I'm pretty sure that is our role under these circumstances"; adding that the vocal feature of grime-inspired local rapper ralph brought both an energy, intensity, and chemistry to the song.
"On 'Gimme Danger,' we welcome ralph, an upcoming rapper who has the essence of grime. We feel a real chemistry, and our fans can catch new feelings with it. Those moments where people have a new experience are more important than just making music — we want to achieve something which we haven't figured out already, so our exploring will keep going."
"Gimme Danger" also features an audio sample of the audience clapping during Crossfaith's last headline tour in Japan.
German metalcore shooting stars Breathe Atlantis announce that their new album Overdrive, will be out March 18th via Arising Empire. Pre-order the record, which comes in limited coloured vinyl and bundles here.
The band has shared the video for "Break the Silence", watch it here. The song is an earworm that will have fans singing along.
Guitarist Jan Euler talks about the music video:-
"With 'Break the Silence', we mercilessly reckon with our past. For us, the song is a catharsis of all the things inside of us that have held us back too many times, and it's a turning point from stagnation and passivity. In the past, we often got in our own way trying to express ourselves and we also let to many people tell us what to do. This has come to an end and the brutality and rawness of the song shows the inner struggle to finally break away from all the bad habits and speak for ourselves."
Overdrive serves as a true arrival for Breathe Atlantis. The album was produced by Andy Posdziech (Any Given Day).
Breathe Atlantis have played countless shows with the likes of Sum 41, Memphis May Fire, Attila, Bury Tomorrow, Crossfaith, and beyond. Over time, the band has developed its catchy songs that encourage sing-alongs, with brutal mosh parts and that don't sugar-coat anything.
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French ambient groove metallers Mind Imperium sign with Wormholedeath & announce "Nemesis" album
Mind Imperium have signed a licensing deal with Wormholedeath for their album "Nemesis", which will be released on March 25th, 2022 worldwide. Hailing from France, Mind Imperium are a groove metal band in which powerful groove riffs blend with dark and melancholic tunes.
The band comments on the album -
"Loss begets emptiness. An infinite void feeding on our hopes, leaving only broken dreams and a growing sadness in its wake. As emptiness spreads like a disease in our mind, it reminds us that our existence is futile, that time will consume all things in the end, leaving an everlasting nothingness.
Nemesis portrays our unspeakable despair, but goes further. It is the unheard scream of our oceans stripped of all life by the hand of men, the bloodstained ashes of our forests whose life is burning away, the cub bereft of its mother’s warmth, the father without a son.
It is the incarnation of a declining world. From this despair, we draw an endless strength and our desire for revenge. We are Nemesis."
Mind Imperium is an ambient groove metal band from France, with Nogh (ex-Obnoxious, Death Of A Dryad) on lead vocals and guitars, Carol (ex-Necroblaspheme, Death Of A Dryad) on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Fabien (Paican) on drums and backing vocals.
The band began in late 2013, with a concept to create a groove metal band in which powerful groove riffs would blend with dark and melancholic ambiences. The band released its first EP – Amongst The Ruins – the same year, under the name My Imperium. Well-received by the public and the press, this first attempt allows them to play live extensively.
In 2016, after a few line-up changes and a small hiatus; while Nogh and Carol focus on other musical projects and the development of the associative label Dark Faery Records, the band resumed its live activities and started working on a full-length album. This project is inspired by artists from 19th century like Poe, Lovecraft or Chambers, but also from the works of Freud and Jung. Consequently, My Imperium becomes Mind Imperium, a name more fitting to the band’s unique universe.
In 2018, they release their first LP "Way To Carcosa", recorded at Vamacara Studio. It explores the diversity of emotions bred by the human mind when confronted with loss, whether it be symbolical or real. It also reflects Mind Imperium sustained engagement in the environmental cause, relating the album theme to damages done by mankind to the living world. In partnership with Sea Shepherd, the band releases a music video for their song 'A War Without End', to condemn the Grindadráp.
Right after their album’s release, Mind Imperium goes on tour in France and Belgium with their friends from Aeon Patronist, in support of both bands latest work. The band continues touring until COVID-19 hits, and spends the end of 2020 bringing "Nemesis" to life. Its recording takes place in Spring 2021 at Tidalwave Studio.
Belarusian melodic metallers Hok-Key sign with Wormholedeath & announce new album "In Existence"
Hok-Key have signed a digital distribution deal with Wormholedeath for their album "In Existence", which will be released on February 25th, 2022 worldwide.
"We're really happy to work together with Wormholedeath Records as it is a chance to spread our music around the world. We had good vibes during our communication and think that our cooperation will be successful and fruitful."
About the album:
"Seven elements are the basis of both creation and disruption. So is the essence of existence. Let's see where the scales will go. The "bricks" we're given could be used to build the Paradise,
But, well, we still ignite the fuse and pay the overprice."
Hok-key was created on the 7th November 1994, as a comedy metal band. From 1994 - 1997 the band played a series of concerts in Minsk and other cities across Belarus. In 1998 the band took a hiatus.
A year later Hok-key started to work on new material. Over the 2000 - 2002 period, Hok-key played about twenty concerts in Belarus and abroad, and took part in numerous festivals, radio and TV talk shows.
From 2003 - 2004 the band was in the amorphous state and took a second hiatus. In August 2005 Hok-key was revived as a melodic metal band. Hok-key is a vivid representative of the Belarusian metal scene, who have taken the path from comedy metal directly to its present form - philosophical texts and constant musical and sound experiments, and could be described as melodic metal with folk influences.
The band has been broadcasted on radio stations, actively participates in various festivals and concerts at both home and abroad. In 2015 the band went on their "Thunder and Lightning European Tour" and from 2017 - 2018, during their "Reaping Europe Tour" the band visited almost all of the countries in Europe, from Poland to Portugal.
Hok-key already has 5 LP's released, “In Existence” will be the sixth one.
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