Forged In Black have taken a break from working hard on the follow up to their successful Fighter Records album, "Descent Of The Serpent", to bring you a new video for a fan favourite from that album. 'One In The Chamber' was recorded during the imposed isolation of lockdown, but still fizzes with the exuberance, good humour and downright metalness that Forged In Black are renowned for.
Speaking about the video band spokesman, bassist Kieron Rochester said:
"'One in the Chamber' was the first song we wrote in support of our album, Descent of the Serpent. When we heard this song come together in the studio we knew we were on to something. It quickly became a huge part of our live set and it seems to be a bit of a fan favourite. Recorded over the lockdown period, we're delighted to bring you some home-bound harmonies, remote rocking and quarantine screams. Enjoy!'
Sensory Records presents "The Ironic Divide", the blistering third album from Chicago instrumental metal trio Aziola Cry. The album is out now and streaming in its entirety.
Aziola Cry has performed with Behold… The Arctopus, Don Caballero, Tiles, Far Corner, and many others, while appearing at progressive rock festivals including M.A.R.S. Fest. The band released their debut album, Ellipsis, in 2005, followed by Ghost Conversations in 2007, after which they went wholly dormant, until now.
With Mike Milaniak on guitar, Jason Blake on Warr guitar, and Tommy Murray on drums, Aziola Cry closes a nearly fourteen-year gap between records in 2021 with their third album, The Ironic Divide. Boasting their heaviest and most intricate work yet, the forty-eight-minute album features four songs which tell the story of one person‘s final descent. There are two types of people in this world. There are those who do good for others and make a positive contribution to society in some way. Then, there are those who do evil and hurt fellow humans. There is no rationale behind their behaviour. They are cowards. This is their story.
Aziola Cry‘s The Ironic Divide was recorded by Jim Siwek at Ultralownoise Studio and Transient Sound, mixed by Steven Gillis at Transient Sound, mastered by Ted Jansen at Sterling Sound (Alice In Chains, Lamb Of God, Gijora), and completed with artwork and design by Micka Klauck.
Stream Aziola Cry‘s entire The Ironic Divide now here: https://lasersedge.bandcamp.com/album/the-ironic-divide
Watch for additional video output and more from Aziola Cry to post over the weeks ahead and for new live announcements to come later this year once touring safely returns across the country.
Russian progressive metalcore band Next Door To Heaven's new EP "Inside" is now out as of Thursday, March 25th. The self-released EP is the follow up to the band's 2020 single "Dance With Me" and the 2019 second album "V Ways To Accept" released on Sliptrick Records.
"Inside" features five djenty melodic prog tracks along with special guest vocals from Lord Nelson (ex-Stuck Mojo) on the record's closing song "Flare Up". The band's discography has always been known for flirting with djent metalcore influences and this new release is no different, except this time guitarist Evgenii “Gene” Mazunov took the helm on the band's sound with the use of a 9-string Ibanez along with bass, arrangement, and composition duties. Also joining as a guest for the recording is well-known Russian drummer Pavel Lokhnin (God Eat God, Dominia, Perimeter).
Vocalist and lyricist Daria Mazunova comments:
"We put our souls into the music we create, always. It’s not about making music for something in return, not about making it for fun. It’s about emotions transformed into music. I would say for 'Inside', we entered into more metalcore territory though it doesn’t mean there aren't prog components or experimentation done. Conceptually, the general idea of the EP is a fight between a human and a machine and a master/obeying inside one person. If you look at the cover art you will see a heart combined with a car engine in the moment of ignition."
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UK grime-metal quintet Hacktivist have announced their eagerly anticipated new album, "Hyperdialect", due for release on June 18th via UNFD. The band have also released a video for their brand new single “Planet Zero.”
Co-vocalist J. Hurley comments:
"Look at the state of the planet at the moment and people are still ignoring it. It doesn’t make sense. There are all these homeless people on the streets, but there’s all this land and enough food to go around for everyone.”
Co-vocalist Jot Maxi adds:
"There are so many things wrong with the way humanity is. We’re self-destructive and everybody knows it. It’s in a lot of films, especially in science fiction. But that dark future is no longer fiction and it’s very clear that we’re on a downwards path. If I buy a bottle of something to drink, it’s going to be sold in plastic and I’m going to feel guilt about that. Take a look at any city around the world – there’s so much opulence and grandeur on show, but look closely enough and you’ll find people living on the streets, homeless. Where is this going? There are islands of plastic bottles in the sea now, but we only have this one planet. It’s mad. It’s all tilting downwards, and into the mouth's of the rich."
The news of "Hyperdialect" follows Hacktivist's exhilarating return in 2020 with their single “Armoured Core,” featuring rising artist Kid Bookie, which saw support from Radio 1's Future Artists with Jack Saunders, the Radio 1 Rock Show, Kerrang! Radio and more.
Hacktivist will bring "Hyperdialect" to life on stage later this year, having been confirmed to appear at RADAR Festival in July, Bloodstock in August and Slam Dunk Festival in September, with more dates to follow.
Question everything. Consider your sources. Be wary of ulterior motives, insidious media narratives and even your own unconscious bias. Trust sparingly and try to make smart, informed choices. As the world slides further into ruin at the behest of old, rich white men ruling with catastrophic, zero-sum thinking, it’s more important than ever to be vigilant and fight back against the forces that be who seem hell-bent on creating a dystopian future for us all.
Luckily, Hacktivist are back to help cut through the noise and bullshit, tooled-up and ready to attack with renewed vigour and reinforced ranks; with Jot Maxi and J. Hurley now sharing the vocal and lyrical load, drummer Rich Hawking and bassist Josh Gurner bringing the beats and rhythms, and guitarist and production don James Hewitt fleshing out the group’s genre-fluid muscle. With a brand new album in the works, scheduled for release in 2021, Hewitt played a very active role in Hacktivist's writing and recording process, bringing a new and compelling dynamic to the table.
In 2016, when Hacktivist initially set sights on their enemies with debut album Outside The Box, the world wasn’t fully equipped to heed their warnings and pay attention to its timely rallying cries. They return into a very different one, however – a world that’s sadly now all-too-finely-attuned to the horrors they first forecasted four years ago. In the wake of a global pandemic that has sharpened collective senses and exposed the systematic flaws across society, these should be times primed and ready for the truth-bombs that Hacktivist are about to drop. But recent hardships only amplify the band’s messages – these dispatches from the edge were written way before a virus brought humanity to its knees.
If all of that sounds grim and miserable, fear not, because Hacktivist aren’t here for unhelpful told-you-so's or sensationalist scaremongering. What use would holding a mirror up to all of this ugliness be if there weren’t some lessons to learned from the reflection, or at least to offer even the faintest glimmers of hope? "It’s becoming clear that we are on the brink of some type of revolution," says Jot Maxi, with no small dose of conviction or optimism. "Hacktivist are here to bring truth and positivity – the silver lining of a society clouded in poisonous fear. Hacktivist also represents a voice that isn’t afraid of saying what needs to be said. We’re already living in the future. We have the choice to either be shaped by it or to stand up and shape it ourselves. Which path will you take?”
It was with those battle lines clearly drawn and ambitions duly set that Hacktivist entered into the creation of Hyperdialect. Starting almost two years ago and developing on the acerbic sonic filth introduced by 2019 singles “Reprogram” and “Dogs Of War,” the five-piece felt fired up by their new working dynamic and the collective process involved, with each member actively encouraged to contribute ideas until the best outcome was reached. Unusually, for such a group of bloody-minded insurrectionists, this democratic approach worked wonders – a testament to how much they were all on the same page on these 12 tracks. Aside from guest spots from rapper Kid Bookie on the monstrous “Armoured Core” and Betraying The Martyrs’ Aaron Matts lending his vocal talents to the title-track, this was all Hacktivist: no filter, no frills, and no holding back.
Singaporean death metallers Adarraak to release debut album in May; ft. guest contributions from Marty Friedman & more
Singapore-based death metal newcomers Adarrak will release debut album "Ex Oriente Lux" May 27th on Satanath Records (physical) and Blood Blast Distribution (digital). The album's first single, "Bereft," will be released on April 1st . A teaser video for "Bereft" is available at youtu.be/T62GTwns_nQ
On "Ex Oriente Lux", Adarrak showcase a mixture of established (Headcrusher, Norse, The Amenta, Dispiteous, Sol de Sangre, Somnium Nox) and emerging musicians that are both local and global. The album boasts guest appearances by Marty Friedman of Megadeth fame, as well as other local musicians (Üllermach, Boxchild).
All music written by Adarrak. All lyrics by Zigor Munoz and Gustavo Valderrama. Produced by Adarrak. Mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound studios.
Says Swanö about the forthcoming album:
“Adarrak is truly progressive since they are not afraid to implement all kinds of metal into the mix, anything from epic leads to insane blast parts.”
Teaser videos for the songs "Mettle" and "Withering" are available here and here, respectively.
For fans of the extreme yet progressive with a touch of the Gothenburg sound.
Greek extreme metal horde Karma Violens have launched the premiere of the title track from Mount of the Congregation. "Mount of the Congregation" features guest vocals by Natasa Tsirou, from Greek progressive rock band The Mighty N. Stream it now at this location.
The band’s most straightforward release to date, "Mount of the Congregation" features 13 tracks of scathing blackened death/thrash. The album was recorded at Symbolic Π Studios, and produced and mixed by Costas Papadopoulos. Mastering was done at Hertz Studios.
Two additional tracks from the album are currently streaming. Listen at the links below:
Mount of the Congregation was recorded and mixed by Karma Violens at Symbolic Studios and mastered Hertz Studios (Behemoth, Decapitated). Artwork for the album was created by Remedy Art Design (Evergrey, Suffocation, Oceans of Slumber).
Mount of the Congregation will be out April 2. Pre-order the album here.
If you believe in karma then you have to believe that violence is something innate in every human or inhuman being. Karma in the old and now Indian religions is the concept of "action" understood which creates the entire cycle of cause and effect. Violence from the other hand, is inside in each one of us, some people can control it and others cannot, but in every occasion it is a part of human nature. Living in the modern world, all of us can witness violence on the streets and in every aspect of our everyday lives. The combination of Karma Violens describes the action and reaction of violence, as every action in these brutal days creates a violent response.
Karma Violens has been active in the Greek metal scene since 2002. The band has shared the stage with some of metal’s biggest names, including Judas Priest, Amon Amarth, Opeth, Fear Factory and Testament.
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Belarusian black metal band Khandra have released the first track from their new album 'All Occupied By Sole Death'. The new record will be out on Season of Mist Underground Activists on May 28, 2021. Listen to the band's first single "Irrigating Lethal Acres with Blood" at the Season of Mist YouTube Channel HERE.
'All Occupied by Sole Death' is available for pre-orders at the Season of Mist shop HERE.
Khandra have furthermore unveiled the cover artwork and tracklist for 'All Occupied by Sole Death'. The artwork was made by Chris Kiesling (Misantropic Art). The album was recorded at Cavum Atrum Studio, produced by sound engineer Dmitry Romanovsky and mixed / mastered at and by Studio Forz, Dmitry Haladko.
Shrouded in a veil of mystery and death, Belarusian black metal act Khandra are soon to release their new offering ‘All occupied by sole Death’ upon mankind. Characterized by aggressiveness, dissonance and by creating a strong sense of atmosphere, the band’s third assault seamlessly fits in with the wave of black metal fronted by MGŁA and Blazee Of Perdition.
Khandra’s first revelations were perpetrated in October 2017 under the banner ‘All is of no avail’ which subsequently merged with its successor ‘There’s no division outside existence’ in October 2018. These seeds sprouted even more fatal progression of metastases which transformed into ‘All occupied by sole Death’.
Khandra [xɐnˈdra] is a term to describe deathly ennui over the nothing. With that in mind, one can expect ‘All occupied by sole Death’ to be a dark and cold work of art. The musical vessel here is a result of expression that has no bonds with any personal emotion of social nature.
As a surprise and special thank you to their fans, Swedish melodic death metal unit The Unguided have just released a new official music video for the dreamy crusher “Where Love Comes To Die”. With their new track, the Swedes once again prove that the well-balanced symbiosis of pop-inspired elements in combination with merciless heaviness and lyrics with depth succeeds with ease and that their songs absolutely stay in your head. In four minutes, the track takes you on a journey through a diverse sound construct and makes you scream for more!
The Unguided's Richard Sjunnesson states:
"We’ve been sitting on this video for quite some while now! Our first thought was to save it for an eventual tour but that’s not going to happen in quite some time, so we just decided to do an interactive event with the fans to “unlock” the new music video. It’s for the only ballad on the album Father Shadow and we once again got the opportunity to work with Patric Ullaeus who filmed both “Crown Prince Syndrome” & “Where Love Comes To Die” during the same day! Roger and my sister and her husband can be seen in the video as the actors."
Convince yourself and watch “Where Love Comes To Die” HERE:
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Northern Irish death / doom trio The Crawling have announced plans for their new single, "Sparrow," due for release via Grindscene Records Friday 2nd April 2021.
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Sparrow was recorded over the lockdown period, produced, mixed and mastered by vocalist / guitarist Andy Clarke. The song is a haunting tale of isolation, misery, and the emotional outcome of living a pointless life; amplified by the fact so many 'spectate' a chain of events, without offering support. Additionally the single features a surprising B-Side cover; a version of Bjork's "Play Dead."
The artwork was created by Irish artist Kelvin Doran from Serpent Tusk; a fantastic piece, uniquely designed for The Crawling, inspired by the lyrics and demo tracks.
Vocalist / guitarist Andy Clarke commented:
“I became so frustrated over the last year; i felt like our whole existence had come to an end; the endless cycle of nothingness was overwhelming. We began writing Sparrow, a tale of not fitting in and the purposeless of being, early 2020; all of a sudden it became clear we had to release it. We got work, and recorded our parts individually, It was a challenging process, but it worked. The Bjork cover was decided by drummer Gary; the lyrics and vibe fitted perfectly, and it was an enjoyable experiment to translate a pop song into doom death metal!”
Formed in the winter of 2014 in Lisburn city, Northern Ireland, The Crawling use a guttural vocal to combine melancholy with weight, churning out a heavy, doom / death ensemble.
January 2015 saw the debut single ‘Choking On Concrete,’ followed in October 2015 by the critically acclaimed In ‘Light of Dark Days' EP. April 2017 the bands debut album 'Anatomy Of Loss' was released via Grindscene Records, accompanied by five music videos, receiving excellent reviews worldwide, and was streamed exclusively by Metal Hammer UK. November 2018, ‘Wolves and the Hideous White’ features six tracks, building on the sound of their debut. The album did well with media and fans alike, increasing the fan base.
With live music on hold, and gatherings being kept to a minimum, and rehearsals being limited; The Crawling concentrated efforts on their most depressive track to date - “Sparrow,” coupled with an interpretation of the Bjork track “Play Dead.”
The Crawling have spread the misery drenched album through a strong live performance, with support from a loyal fan base; most notably appearing at Inferno Metal Festival (Norway), Bloodstock Open Air (UK), Seige of Limerick (IRE), Metal Days (SLO), Shellshockfest (Malta), Uprising (UK), Incinerationfest (UK), Mammothfest (UK) and Full Metal Mensa (GER).
The Crawling are highly active on all social media platforms, and have continued support from Grindscene Records.
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Belgian melodic death metal band Fragmentum have set 16th April, 2021 as the international release date for their second full-length album "Masters Of Perplexity".
Fragmentum were founded in 2015 and became well known as a band that diverges from the rulebook. The alliance of musical creativity resulted in the adamant but sincere EP "D!verge". Working hard on new songs and reinforcing the band with new members for live shows resulted in their debut album "Pugnacity". This full album was released worldwide shortly after touring with Children Of Bodom in the US and has received rave responses and reviews from the metal industry and fans alike. Subsequently Fragmentum have shared the stage with Soulfly on their European tour and played more venues with other major bands like Annihilator.
The second full album "Masters Of Perplexity" features blasting, diverging Mayan-themed metal songs and is ready to be released upon the masses. No fillers, only killers! The recording, mixing and mastering have all been completed in their own studio Z-Underground.
A cool intriguing video clip of the "Origination Of Mankind" song will be unleashed on all social media on March 26th 2021. A tour to promote the album is planned for the beginning of next year. There is a lot more to come soon.
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