Russian Dance Metallers Xe-None are back with a brand new single "Cosmos" - their first single taken from their new upcoming album. This song is dedicated to all Soviet people who worked on the space program, the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and all those who believe that one day humanity will find new worlds in the Universe!
"Cosmos" is currently available on all digital services: https://band.link/7DtxQ
Also Xe-None released a lyric-video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F5QfRLmfjw
The symphonic/gothic metal band Graveshadow have released a new single, “Gwynnbleidd,” the Sacramento, California-based act’s first new music in two years. The track – which is now available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms – marks the recording debut of the group’s new vocalist, Rachl Quinn, as well as new bassist Luci Rae. You can view a streaming audio player on YouTube - https://youtu.be/XrorDG70g3Q or find direct links at www.smarturl.com/Graveshadow
According to guitarist Aaron Robitsch,
“’Gwynnbleidd” was inspired by the popular Netflix fantasy drama ‘The Witcher.’ I initially wrote the music for the project that Will (Walker, guitars) and I were going to form when Graveshadow seemed like it was over,” he explains. “When Rachl was recruited, we felt that the song had the potential to showcase her vocals perfectly and show a strong comeback for the band. Lyrically, Rachl took inspiration from ‘The Witcher,’ continuing our trend of songs being influenced from a variety of fandoms, including ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘World of Warcraft,’ ‘The Legend of Zelda’ and ‘Doctor Who.’”
“I’m really excited about this track. I feel it showcases the next natural evolution of Graveshadow’s sound, and Aaron did a fantastic job composing it. It was also the first chance we got to work with Rachl in a writing capacity, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. I was on a huge ‘Witcher’ kick, so when Rachl wanted the lyrics to centre on Geralt and Ciri’s relationship, I was on board immediately. We’ve always enjoyed weaving lyrics about our favourite stories into our music, and I think this is one that our fans are really going to enjoy. It showcases a leap forward in the guitar work, and the orchestrations are bombastic and uplifting at the same time. This is just a taste of what we’ll be releasing later this year, and I feel it’s a damn fine first sip!”
“Gwynnbleidd” is expected to appear on Graveshadow's forthcoming EP, which will further showcase the potential displayed on their 2015 debut “Nocturnal Resurrection” and “Ambition's Price,” both of which saw the group deftly mix symphonic and gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash and epic progressive power metal. Additional details on the new release will follow in the coming months.
Since forming in 2013, Graveshadow have earned extensive praise for mixing fantasy-based lyrics with crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, earth-shattering drums and powerful vocals that range from operatic highs to unearthly growls, creating a rich and dynamic musical atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. The group has built a steady following in the Western United States in recent years through regional tours and performances alongside the likes of Sirenia, Tarja, Angra, Arkona, Children of Bodom, Apocalyptica, Marty Friedman, Death Angel, Flotsam and Jetsam and Anvil.
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Lamb Of God has released “Routes,” the fourth single from their June 19 self-titled Epic Records release, featuring a guest appearance from Testament vocalist Chuck Billy.
A visualizer for the track is available now at http://lamb-of-god.com. Fans can pre-order Lamb of God, including a new alternate CD cover version signed by all five band members, now at the band’s official web store: http://shop.lamb-of-god.com.
“Routes” was lyrically inspired by vocalist D. Randall Blythe’s time alongside native peoples at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota during the No DAPL movement. This protest, which began with just a few Native women and children camping at the site in protest of the pipeline being built so near to their water supply on unseeded treaty land, quickly grew to an encampment of thousands and received global attention.
“I went to Standing Rock because I had heard reports of violence committed on the peaceful protestors there by both state law enforcement and private security contractors, and this violence was not reported in mainstream media for the most part. I went to bring supplies and support these people, who were trying to protect their water, and thereby protect everyone, as everything in the natural world is protected. I was there a week, made some great friends, and learned a lot. It was a very profound experience in my life, and I knew one day I would write a song about it.”
Although Blythe conveys his story through the song’s vivid lyrics, he called in his friend Chuck Billy, who is of Pomo Native American heritage, to lend a deeper authenticity to his narrative.
“My experience, although my own, was tempered and shaped by the hundreds of years of brutal oppression of Native peoples in our country. So, it was imperative for me to have a Native voice represented on the song, and Chuck Billy was happy to be that voice. At the end, there is a call and response section - Chuck calls and I respond. This is intentional. Musically, it is symbolic of my experience there. A native voice leads, bringing forth positive energy and calling to the people to unite, and I reply, providing support. That was my physical experience, and it is reflected in the song.”
Chuck Billy adds:-
“It was a great honour as a proud Pomo Native American to be asked by Lamb Of God to do some guest vocals on this song. The No DAPL movement by the indigenous people of this country was a historic event. Being able to lend my voice to represent the Native American people, complementing Randy's storytelling and lyrics, is something really special to me. I’m glad this movement was put in a musical message, and I am extremely happy to have been a part of it.”
Audiences got a taste of the first new Lamb Of God music in nearly five years with “Checkmate” back in February, followed by “Memento Mori” and the most recent single, “New Colossal Hate.” All four songs will appear on Lamb Of God, the follow-up to VII: Sturm und Drang (2015). The album was once again produced by collaborator Josh Wilbur (Gojira, Korn, Megadeth, Trivium), fuelled by a mountain of riffs and looming rhythmic shadows. It is also the band’s first record with Cruz, who sat behind the kit with Lamb Of God in 2018 and became an official member the following year. In addition to Chuck Billy, the new album features a guest appearance from Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed). Blythe sounds more driven and insightful than ever on Lamb Of God, offering up the angriest and most comprehensive diatribes, addressing modern life in the current landscape, of his storied career thus far.
Lamb Of God propelled heavy metal into the new millennium two decades ago with the prophetically titled New American Gospel. They followed with 2003’s As the Palaces Burn, which made the Rolling Stone list of the Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. Ashes of the Wake (2004) was the first Lamb Of God album to be certified gold by the RIAA, followed by Sacrament (2006), which debuted in Billboard’s Top 10. Wrath (2009) earned the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock, Rock, and Tastemaker charts and was No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Those No. 1 positions were repeated with Resolution (2012). VII: Sturm und Drang (2015) debuted at No. 3 in North America and in the Top 5 in several countries. The single “512” from VII: Sturm und Drang received a Grammy nod for the “Best Metal Performance,” making it Lamb Of God’s fifth Grammy nomination.
Greek Symphonic Death titans Septicflesh announce DVD release of "Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX"
Greek Symphonic death metal masters Septicflesh are now announcing the release of the 'Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX' show on Blu-ray DVD! The full concert was taped in February 2019, during a sold out show at the 'Metropolitan Theater' in Mexico City. The unforgettable night was the largest production of its kind at the venue, which included the band and over 100 musicians from the 'Symphonic Experience Orchestra', the 'Enharmonía Vocalis Choir' and the 'National University of Mexico Children’s and Youth Choir'.
The Blu-ray DVD is set for worldwide release on July 31st, 2020 via Season of Mist and pre-orders are available HERE. A little taste of what's to come can be found in the official teaser HERE!
Septicflesh comment on the release:
"On the 2nd of February 2019, a historic for Septicflesh show took place in Mexico City at a fully packed Metropolitan Theater. For the first time and with the help of over 100 musicians, our songs were performed live in their full symphonic glory. The whole show was recorded and now it is time to present it to all our fans in a DVD/Blu Ray 5.1 entitled Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX that will be released from Season of Mist. We are grateful to all people that made this experience possible and success!"
Seth Siro Anton: vocals, bass
Christos Antoniou: guitar, orchestration
Sotiris Anunnaki V: clear vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar
Kerim "Krimh" Lechner: drums
Brazilian Prog Metallers Caravellus sign with Rockshots Records; new single out now
Brazilian progressive metallers Caravellus have inked a worldwide record deal with Rockshots Records for the release of their third album coming out later this year.
Featuring Dark Avenger's guitarist Glauber Oliveira, Caravellus bring the technical sophistication of progressive metal while transcending the genre by writing amazing songs with masterful musicality. The arrangements and song structures with highly technical, challenging instrumental work and unbelievable melodic vocal harmonies. With elements of thundering metal, rock, jazz, classical, Brazilian folk rhythms, solos with unstoppable guitar shredding and intense keyboards.
The first single 'Panis Et Circenses' off the new album, that features drummer John Macaluso (Malmsteen, Riot, Ark, Labyrinth) as special guest, is now available at the following links:
Glauber Oliveira - Guitars
Daniel Felix - Keyboards
Pedro Nunes - Drums
Fernando Molinari - Bass
Leandro Caçoilo - Vocals
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Australian Progressive Metallers Ironstone release new video / single 'Downpour'
Australian progressive metal band Ironstone is set to release their debut EP Prophecy on 29 May 2020. Today they are thrilled to present Downpour, a new single and video from Prophecy. The video was premiered at Metal.de yesterday. (Video below)
The band states:-
"Downpour was written quite a while ago and has developed over time. We incorporated an eastern theme to create the atmosphere of a heavy, monsoonal storm. We loved the idea of filming a music video in pouring rain, which was actually a major incentive to write the song. The lyrics deal with missing the early signs of trouble and then suddenly finding yourself immersed in a bad situation. The song is really about the beauty of hindsight! “
Downpour is both aggressive and melodic, with a djent driven guitar riff that interweaves with a Japanese koto, giving the song a distinctly oriental feel. It features heavily down-tuned guitars, a brutal breakdown, ambient synth elements, an intricate guitar solo and a strong melody.
Music & Lyrics by E.Warren
Mixed and Mastered by Chris Thelmeco (Monolith Studios)
The video for Downpour revolves around lots of water, slow motion and a very wet band. Even though Downpour is not about rain, the video represents the song with that very thing. Torrential rain.
Downpour was mixed and mastered by Chris Themelco of Monolith Studios, Melbourne.
Downpour is out now! - https://gyro.lnk.to/Downpour
German Dark Metallers Lord Of The Lost to release new ensemble album, Swan Songs III, via Napalm Records on August 7th 2020
Dark metal sensation Lord Of The Lost returns with their newest offer in their classic ensemble album series: Swan Songs III, the long-awaited successor to Swan Songs II, will be released via Napalm Records on August 7, 2020.
Deeply emotional storytelling melding with beautiful harmonies and Chris Harms’ palpitation-inducing deep vocals make Swan Songs III absolutely exceptional. The first single, “A One Ton Heart”, presents itself as a powerful ballad that makes the listener dive away with heavenly piano parts, underlined by delicate acoustic guitars and soft drum rhythms that take the listener onto a musical journey.
Watch the absolutely outstanding and surprisingly historical video – featuring hand saws, classical string instruments and the beauty of violence – below!
Lord Of The Lost on the new single and video:
“Since the founding of Lord Of The Lost, we have been wanting to shoot a video like this one. Unfortunately, none of our songs have ever fit to such a video. That hasn’t really changed with “A One Ton Heart”, but we didn’t want to wait any longer. So the video - in its non-existent statement - and our absurd looks have absolutely nothing to do with the song. Fortunately, the song didn’t care about that at all. And we have fulfilled another dream.”
Watch the new official video for “A One Ton Heart” HERE!
† DECLARATION †
No living instruments were harmed during the filming of this music video clip.
All instruments have already been dead and unplayable before.
After the shoot their mortal remains were cremated in an adequate satanic ritual.
The standard version of Swan Songs III consists of new songs, all recorded with The Lord Of The Lost-Ensemble, and brand new versions of a hand-picked selection of Lord Of The Lost classics, including the standout 18-minute-long song “Letters To Home”.
For all Dark metal connoisseurs, Swan Songs III comes with a high quality deluxe box, including the instrumental Swan Symphonies III-versions of all songs and previously unreleased demo versions of eight new songs. As a special bonus, there is a full live set, recorded at their 10th anniversary show in 2019 in their home town of Hamburg. More than five hours of Lord Of The Lost in all facets on seven CDs!
Swan Songs III will be available in multiple formats, including a high-class Earbook, a box set and a 2LP Gatefold Vinyl. The album is a gift to all music fans and marks the next highlight in Lord Of The Lost's musical career.
LORD OF THE LOST on the album:
"The Swan Songs project started as a musical infidelity, continued in a beloved carry-on and became like a second musical DNA. Meanwhile, we feel at home in our second musical facet, as well as in our classifying LORD OF THE LOST sound / shell. Swan Songs III has a musical depth that even surprises ourselves with a certain distance to its finishing. It is by no means the last part of a trilogy, but so far our personal highlight of LORD OF THE LOST’s classical-career.”
Swan Songs III will be available in the following formats:
The LORD OF THE LOST Ensemble 2020:
Chris Harms: Vocals, Violoncello, Semi Acoustic Guitar
π: Acoustic Guitar
Bengt Jaeschke: Acoustic Guitar
Class Grenayde: Acoustic Bass
Gared Dirge: Grand Piano
Corvin Bahn: Organ, Harpsichord, Celeste
Maline Zickow: 1st Violin
Felicitas Fischbein: 2nd Violin
Ida Luzie Phlipp: Viola
Miriam Göbel: Violoncello
Julia C. Pfänder: Contrabass
Niklas Kahl: Percussions
Daniel Möhrke: Percussions
Henrik Petschull: Percussions
LORD OF THE LOST:
July 3, 2020 will see the high priests of heavy metal, Powerwolf, release their highly anticipated album, Best Of The Blessed, via Napalm Records. Without a doubt, Powerwolf are one of the most successful metal bands of modern times, and anyone who has ever been to a show – the one and only metal mass – is aware of their incredibly entertaining and captivating live performances. Following sold-out arenas and headlining festival shows at Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze among many more, 2019 marked Powerwolf's 15th band anniversary.
As a very special gift, they will release Best Of The Blessed this summer, which features 16 timeless classics by the band shrouded in a brand new shape! And speaking of live: Powerwolf's upcoming, must-have magnum opus will also include 14 live tracks, recorded at the Wolfsnächte Tour 2018, such as “We Drink Your Blood”, “Resurrection by Erection”, and the epic, sing-along hit, “Sanctified with Dynamite”. The available Earbook and LP Box Edition will give you even more of the priests' incredible Live Sacrament!
Now, and to keep you heavy and decked in (un)holy metal in times of lockdown, experience Powerwolf's live show right in your living room, as the band has just released a blistering video for their Best Of The Blessed live version of “Sanctified with Dynamite”!
Watch POWERWOLF's brand new video HERE: www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3k6xANiavI
Russian and Dutch Symphonic Metallers Imperial Age and Epica to host live fan chat
On Sunday the May 17, 2020 Mark Jansen (leader and composer of Epica, MaYaN, United Metal Minds) and Alexander Osipov (leader and composer of Imperial Age) will meet online in a live chat on YouTube to discuss many interesting topics and answer questions of symphonic metal fans from around the world.
Unusually for rock stars, they actually have a scientific background: Mark has a master‘s degree in psychology (Maastricht University, Netherlands) while Alexander has a master‘s degree in history (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia).
On top of that, they are both interested in non-conventional disciplines, such as cold healing, bioenergy, esoteric, etc.
The discussion promises to be very interesting and highly intellectual. The approximate topics include:
- Music (obviously mainly Symphonic Metal)
- Music business (how to promote your band during lockdown)
- History (including alternative history and ancient advanced civilizations)
- Health (including alternative health practices)
- Magic & the occult
- The Current world situation
- And many other things
It is really hard to predict what two metalhead intellectuals might talk about…
FANS WILL BE ABLE TO ASK QUESTIONS IN THE LIVE CHAT AND GET ANSWERS IN REAL TIME.
This promises to be the most intriguing online chat during these interesting times - you surely want to be there! DATE AND TIME: May 17, 2020 at 7:00pm UK
JOIN FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1183319995362854/
STREAM ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmJm0NpDoN0
Dusktone is extremely proud to announce the signing of Norwegian black metal conglomerate Ulvehyrde.
Hailing from Hønefoss and featuring past and present members from Beastcraft, Vulture Lord, Sarkom, Angst Skvadron etc. they are planning to release the debut full-length album later this year on both vinyl and CD format.
It is known that Norway is considered, without any doubt, the cradle of the worldwide black metal movement and Ulvehyrde fully represents the incredibly misty and dark spirit that comes out of those lands.
Their music is a pure fundamental mid-tempo black metal based upon old, dark, Norwegian history.
The band is now in the middle of recording process and any further infos, details and updates will be provided from time to time....
In the meanwhile, stay connected to Dusktone pages and band itself.
W : https://www.dusktone.it
IG : https://www.instagram.com/dusktone/
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