The new studio album by the metal band Synlakross has now been published. An album called 0K4M1 and which addresses a conceptual message in which the listener also becomes the protagonist of the story, as they themselves explain. Synlakross explained the concept of the album in this way:
“This album is completely different from our previous albums. This time you are part of history, how? The album is a message sent by the creature 0K4M1, and you are the one who receives this message from millions of light years away. Like a message in a bottle. At the end of the listening, you must choose if you want to keep it a secret, or if you want to share it with others.And who is 0K4M1?0K4M1 is a creature created by humans from a synthetic embryo and alien DNA.Created to be a lethal weapon, the new Antichrist.Before dying, it decides to record its life experience and share it with everyone who receives this message.Because perhaps its experience can ease the listener's existential pain and suffering.It’s a sad but beautiful album, dark but full of energy. ”
Berklee College Of Music adds four orchestral scores by Christos Antoniou (Septicflesh) to their music library
Greek symphonic death metal outfit, Septicflesh, is proud to announce that guitarist and orchestral composer, Christos Antoniou, has been selected by the prestigious Berklee College Of Music to have four of his scores added to the music library. The orchestral arrangements for "Dark Art," "Enemy Of Truth," and "Portrait Of A Headless Man" from the band's tenth album, Codex Omega, and "The Vampire From Nazareth" from their eighth album The Great Mass is now available at the college.
"We are very honoured to announce that Berklee College of Music, one of the most prestigious music schools in the world, has asked Christos Antoniou for various compositions from his orchestral scores to be included in their libraries."
Stay tuned for more updates about the forthcoming album!
Melbourne metalcore risers Drown This City have announced their new EP "Colours We Won't Know" will be released on Friday 28th May via UNFD. Following their new single and video 'New Burn Order' last month, the band are following up with a fierce new cut from the EP titled 'Borderline Existence' today.
DTC vocalist Alex Reade shares how the track's haunting scenario – depicting a person's out of body experience watching on at themselves trapped in an asylum – represents the agitation and anger she’s experienced feeling forced to pursue a certain path due to external pressure placed on her:-
"I've found myself wearing thin because of this, wondering what I was fighting against and how long could I keep going for. This song reflects the battle I feel to succeed against all odds, fuelled by sheer terror that my life will be for nothing. The line ‘I really thought that I’d amount to something, I should have known you’d get me in the end’ really reflects the exhaustion I feel wondering if I can keep going with this fight to be heard and understood. I’m exhausted, always pushing against, trying to win, trying to get ‘there’ and I just don’t know where that is any more.”
Drown This City's Alex Reade describes the band's 2021 EP as the ultimate purge of darkness. While their 2019 release "Alpha // Survivor" had been the proving ground for her strength and overcoming, "Colours We Won’t Know" finds the vocalist winding back the clock and standing face to face with the past torment she thought had been put to rest.
“I think being in lockdown in Melbourne left us no choice but to face whatever we were running from, and that time drew every bit of honesty with myself out of me. It was very confronting to feel such sadness in me again, but I worked through all of the disgust and shame I’d been suppressing, and we’ve written our saddest and bleakest songs to date because of it.”
Musically, DTC find themselves at their absolute heaviest and collaborating on themes and ideas as a band and team more than ever. With a freshly formed core writing group at play — comprising Reade (lyrics), guitarist Josh Renjen leading instrumentation and new bassist/vocalist and co-lyricist Toby Thomas — together the band push every boundary possible. Fuelled by references to metalcore, hardcore and other heavy sub-genres, CWWK offers dynamic instrumentation, stark lyrical imagery and elevated clean/unclean vocal delivery.
Thomas joined the DTC family just prior to the writing and recording of the release and listeners will find his particular influence over belters ‘Carbon14’ and ‘Time Won’t Remember Us’. On his debut project with Drown This City, he shares how he and Reade quickly formed a bond and drew from their similar experiences to bring the release to life.
“Colours We Won’t Know is an exploration of cognitive distortions depicted from different perspectives and stories, ultimately derived from our experiences. The songs discuss the results of trauma and mental illness, along with the effects this has on our own environments and those around us. It both embraces and challenges hope in the face of personal awareness and growth.”
Despite its darkness, CWWK ultimately offers a glimmer of hope with the message that it’s never too late to tackle your mental health head on, even long after you think you’ve beaten it. With their own personal wounds truly laid bare and continuing to heal, ultimately Drown This City hope to stir up the courage in everyone to dig deep and fight their buried pain.
Ukrainian ethnic groove / death metal band Arhat have released official music video for Freedom! The song was taken from the band's powerful debut full-length album Dead Life, released last year.
The band comments on Freedom:
"We are the band Arhat and we present a music video for the song 'Freedom' from our debut album "Dead Life", which was released in December 2020. We chose it not by chance, we consider this song iconic. 'Freedom' is the most valuable thing. This is what we have at the genetic level. Without freedom, any thing is worthless. But at the same time, freedom is everything. Freedom to choose, to be who you are, to live by your own rules. Many thanks to everyone who took part in the creation process! Special thanks to Sergei Subbotin for professionalism, Ruslan Seferov for sincere emotions and positivity, Dmitry Kim for drive drums!"
French alternative metal band ODC present their newest track 'I Love The Way You Fall'. The single is now available across all platforms.
'I Love The Way You Fall' twists the codes of mainstream love songs to display the image of today's woman: free to choose and free to act. This track is very typical of ODC's sound as it results from a great mix of influences: alternative metal, electronic sounds, strong 8 strings guitar riffs and melodic vocals with touches of saturation.
The release is supported by a modern music video shot in the streets of Paris, we want rock / metal to be part of today's urban culture. The 'I Love The Way You Fall' music video is also now available on YouTube and IGTV.
ODC is an alternative metal band founded by vocalist Celia Do in 2017 in Paris, France. ODC's sound is a fusion of different influences: alternative rock, metal and punk. Modernising rock / metal is the ODC credo. ODC's first EP was released in 2019 followed by a series of single.
Japanese metal band Bridear have today (May 7th) released their debut international album Bloody Bride, out now via Setsuzoku Records. The album features recent singles ‘Daybreak’ and the haunting title track, two insatiable samples of what to expect from the record. Listen to Bloody Bride here.
Brimming with big riffs and even bigger hooks all tastefully laced with both classic and modern metal characteristics, Bloody Bride is the perfect introduction to the quintet and what they are capable of. From furious thrash passages, blistering lead lines and irresistible pop sensibilities, the 45 minutes of music encased within displays their talent, their creative vision and their individuality among their peers, showcasing J-metal like you’ve never heard it before.
Formed in Fukuoka, Japan in 2012, Bridear are one of Japan’s premier heavy metal bands and are setting their sights on the global stage. With diverse influences from German metal legends Helloween to British prog-pop pioneers Muse, the all-female quintet combine elements of power metal, progressive rock, and the melodic hooks of J-Pop to create a sound unlike any of their rivals from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Bridear released their first EP Overturn the Doom in 2012, and followed up with their hit single ‘Light in the Dark’. They have been performing across Japan ever since where they have developed a dedicated following. International audiences soon discovered the video online creating a massive buzz and ever-expanding global hard rock/metal audience.
Following the 2016 release of their first full-length Japanese album Baryte, the group continued to perform across their home country gaining a reputation for excellent musicianship and engaging live performances. In 2017, Bridear performed in Europe for the first time and appeared at major conventions such as Mondocon in Budapest, Hungry and Made in Asia in Brussels, Belgium supporting their EP HELIX.
Having now performed in 11 countries, Bridear have built a passionate fan base in the West while becoming a major label act in Japan for their 2019 album Expose Your Emotions.
In October 2019, Bridear performed in London at METAL MATSURI, the first all J-Metal festival outside of Japan, with a stunning set winning more international fans and praise for their memorable performance. With their ‘Into The Darkness’ UK and European tour scheduled for later this year, the band aim to pick up exactly where they left off as they continue on their ascension.
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French Thrash Metal band Dead Tree Seeds present their new lyric video "Thru God For Vengeance" from their album "Push the Button".
From the ashes of the Thrash Triakanthos project, Nico and Alex decided in 2009 to continue the adventure, and completed a line-up by finding Franck on guitar, Tom on bass and Alban "Shamane" on vocals.
The foundations of a solid band resolutely oriented towards old-school thrash are laid. The band makes its first concerts in very modest rooms but keeps a steady rhythm. The arrival of Pierre to replace Franck gives a more technical and ambitious direction to the sound, without leaving aside the brutal violence and they continue to scour the halls of the Paris region (in particular the Bastille Stage) with a few dates in the south of France.
The style becomes more complex, going from a thrash inspired by the great classics of Metallica or Megadeth and Slayer, to the most violent fringe of the first Kreator or Sepultura, passing by some more groovy forays like Testament or Pantera. Finally in April 2013 the 1st album of Dead Tree Seeds (Seeds of Thrash) is released. Following this album, Pierre and Tom decide to leave the band to devote themselves to other projects, both musical and family.
2014, Aurelien (guitar) and Sidi (bass) joined the band, followed by numerous concerts almost everywhere in France with in particular the first part of Angelus Apatrida.2016 marks yet another change following the departure of Alban in Germany and that of Nico for musical differences.
Dead Tree Seeds continues its journey and composes 8 songs in order to prepare the recording of the 2nd album in line with the first.
At the end of 2017 Ivanne on guitar and at the start of 2018 Frank Vortex on vocals joined the band with directly 3 concerts in 2018 including the first parts of no return, Mercyless, Insanity Alert... In early 2019, Ivanne left the band for professional reasons and was replaced in the process by Francois.
April 2020, the group signs with the Music Records label for the release of the 2nd album "Push the Button" scheduled for July 2020 (digital) and October 2020 (physical).
Brazilian melodic metal Lasting Maze performed on April 24th at Festival Desérticas II, where they released their second EP, "Thunder".
Vocalist Grazy Mesquita commented on the event:
"We were looking for the right date to release our new EP "Thunder", and the festival festival gave us an excellent opportunity to do it. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we produced a great audiovisual content for the festival that was shown in a pre-recorded format, those were the videos from the 'Lockdown Sessions' version of the songs 'Thunder', 'Kosmos' and 'Destiny (Carry On)', all songs belonging are taken from our new EP.
We had a wonderful team to produce these videos, Tiago Bampa was responsible for the location and filming, he is a partner who has been producing our videos for a long time and always delivers an impeccable job. Polly Freitas and Adrienny RosWin were responsible for makeup and costumes. For each video there was a change of costumes and special makeup, which brought characteristics and elements of the themes of the songs, they did a sensational work that was highly praised. We, Lasting Maze members, did our best playing and performing the songs for the videos, it was amazing to see that the final result of our efforts was highly praised by the festival audience. It was amazing to be able to play alongside so many inspiring bands, fronted by strong women, and to see a local festival receiving this notoriety made us all very proud".
Now the quartet is making available one of the videos of this "lockdown sessions", recorded for "Thunder", the title track of the new EP. To watch click HERE.
Listen "Thunder" EP HERE.
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One of the earliest Australian bands to play thrash/speed metal, Nothing Sacred was conceived in Melbourne, Australia in 1983. Unleashing their debut EP "Deathwish" in early 1985, launching the band as one of the most sought-after pit makers with the record's title track becoming a classic within the Australian metal scene. In 1988, the band unleashed their first full-length entitled "Let Us Prey" on Cleopatra Records. Unfortunately a year after the LP's release, the band disbanded in 1989. Lead guitarist Mark Woolley, bassist Karl Lean and drummer Sham went on to contribute to Hobbs' Angel of Death's early work in the late 1980s. Woolley also appeared on Hobbs' first self-titled album in 1988. Vocalist Mick Burnham later joined short-lived Melbourne band Seizure in 1993.
Although their tenure was short-lived, Nothing Sacred still remains an underground metal phenomenon in Australia. Songs from the Deathwish EP still get airplay on several Australian metal radio programs.
In 2012, Nothing Sacred performed a series 30th anniversary shows with Ross Percy (Ion Drive, Little House Godz) joining George Larin on guitar that included a support slot for the ex-Iron Maiden vocalists Paul Di'Anno/Blaze Bayley Australian tour. Despite the success, the band agreed not to continue and returned to retirement.
In 2015, the band decided to re-activate with a line-up of Sham, Karl Lean, George Larin, Ross Percy, and new vocalist Chris Stark. A slot on Melbourne's Brewtality Metal Festival received positive reviews before the band embarked on a short tour of Japan, which inspired them to continue and lead the band to headline day one of the Steel Assassins Festival in Sydney.
Line-up changes again slowed the band, but with the addition of James Davies now on vocals and Stu Bedford on guitar, the band spent most of 2019 and 2020 writing and recording, what is now to be their first full length in over 30 years. Entitled "No Gods", the record is the Nothing Sacred's resurrection to the thrash world. With a wealth of experience, a bucket load of riffs, and a renewed energy for one of Australia’s longest-running metal bands.
The band adds:
"We think our return with this new album will be received well. We've made a conscious effort to not be one-dimensional. We picked a cross-section of tracks we thought would make the album interesting. Though eight of the tracks are brand new, we decided to add two tracks 'Final Crime' and 'Oracle' we wrote for our 2nd album in the late 80's, but never released."
To give fans a preview of what's to come, Nothing Sacred is sharing their music video for the first single "Final Crime".
The band comments:
"This is one of the two tracks we'd chosen for the No Gods album from our archives that we'd written many moons ago. I saw acid rain and smog, you saw the sunset and a rainbow. There’s no tomorrow just a blank, you’ve only got yourself to thank. Don’t tell me that you never knew, you thought that hope would pull you through. I think those are our favourite lines from Mick Burnham. There's nothing like stupid people doing nothing till it's too late. Though this is one of our favourite tracks for some reason, it was never properly recorded and released. Here she is in all her glory, enjoy!"
Watch the music video for "Final Crime" on Rockshots Records YouTube channel - https://youtu.be/uq27JF_5pXI
"No Gods" will be released on July 16, 2021 via Rockshots Records and available for pre-order at the following links:
ALBUM PRE ORDER - http://bit.ly/NoGodsCD
PRE SAVE - http://bit.ly/NoGodsDIGITAL
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Salvadoran death / thrash metallers Apes Of God have released their 2nd length album “En El Recinto De La Tempestad”, it is released as a standard jewel case CD with slip case, limited edition to 300 copies.
The tape version is out now via Deathrockersorrow Records in conspiracy with Morbid Skull Records, limited to 100 copies.
"En el Recinto de la Tempestad" captures the rage in these guys. No compromises here, only fast death / thrash metal tracks that will punch your soul, with poisonous music and violent lyrics.
Apes Of God is active and the current line-up is: Aldair Mejía (vocal), Rodrigo Salguero (Guitar), Rob Malcoms (Guitar), Alejandro Perez (Bass) and Gabriel Puente (drums).
*This album is dedicated to the memory of Cesar Canales (ex-vocalist) R.I.P. 1991 - 2019
Apes Of God is a death / thrash metal band from El Salvador founded in 2015 by Rodrigo Salguero (Guitar) and Cesar Canales (Vocalist). In September 2016 the band published their first record production, a demo titled "Holy Spirit" and after the incorporation of Carlos Sanglas (Drums) the band debuted live in November of that same year.
In July 2017 the band released their second record production, an EP titled "Fuck Off!" under the Salvadoran record label Megarock Records. After the publication of this second production and the incorporation of Rob Malcoms (Bass), the band made a series of presentations in the interior of the country with which little by little and with the help of said production they began to consolidate as one of the emerging bands more constant and with more projection in the Salvadoran metal scene.
After the launch of two record productions, in February 2018 the band released their third record production, their first full-length material entitled “Misanthropy”. This production was launched by the Salvadoran record labels Megarock Records and RGR Distro, in addition, this production has the participation of Diva Satanica (vocalist of Bloodhunter and Nervosa). After the recording of said material, Carlos Sanglas left the band and Gabriel Puente (drums) joined.
In 2019 Apes Of God publishes the EP entitled “Procession Of Death” which to date has been the most emblematic material of the band. This production was released by different record labels around the world, some of these labels are Death In Pieces Records (Mexico), Atolinga Records (Mexico), Salute Records (Sweden) and Rawblackult Productions (Bolivia). After the publication of this fourth record production, Rob Malcoms accompanies Rodrigo Salguero on guitar, so the incorporation of Alejandro Pérez (Bass) is carried out. After a series of dates promoting “Procession Of Death” Cesar Canales (vocalist) was killed during the band's presentation at the Green Metal Concert event held in the municipality of Armenia, Sonsonate on August 3, 2019. After this event the band makes the final decision not to perform live in Salvadoran territory again.
On May 5, 2020, Apes Of God announces the launch of a new demo titled “El Poeta y El Cementerio de Memorias” where Rodrigo Salguero takes charge of the voices in said production and while the rest of the lineup remains intact. This production was published on June 15, 202 only in digital format by the record label RGR Distro. Later, on July 31, 2020 the band announced the release of their first “live album” titled “MMXIX” which is the last official record recorded by Cesar Canales. "MMXIX" was published by RGR Distro on September 3, 2020 in honour of Cesar Canales' birthday.
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