Ukrainian death metallers Orbstruct set release date for their 2nd full-length album
“Deimos Falling”, the new album by the Ukrainian death metal band Orbstruct, will be released on September 22nd on CD and in digital format via Envenomed Music in Europe and Paragon Records in USA.
Ideologically, the future full-length is a continuation of the previous album “Phobos Rising” and tells about the new stage of personality development as seen by the band members.
"In “Deimos Falling” we will go from fight of a person against external factors and poisonous influence to fight against inner doubts and horrors caused by inflamed mind and fears imposed by social rules and doctrinal beliefs. Melodies are more atmospheric and tone is darker" – according to the musicians themselves.
They will also present their new album at gigs in the largest Ukrainian cities within the co-headlining tour with Swedish death metal legends Vomitory. Be ready to submerge into embracing dread and horror together with Orbstruct.
Orbstruct is a band from Kharkiv, Ukraine playing death metal in the best traditions of the genre; successfully combining powerful guitar riffs and high-speed blast beats with subjects of atheism, agnosticism, self-knowledge and self-development.
The band was formed in 2016 by the musicians spotted at different times as live and in-studio members of mainly black metal formations, part of which has become iconic in Ukraine and well-known abroad. The band’s first album known as “Phobos Rising” was released in spring 2020 on CD by two labels: Envenomed Music in Europe and Paragon Records in USA.
Parlophone Records is thrilled to announce the release of Iron Maiden’s 17th studio album Senjutsu, their first in six years, on September 3rd. It was recorded in Paris with long-standing producer Kevin Shirley and co-produced by Steve Harris.
It was preceded on Thursday 15th July by an already highly acclaimed animated video for the first single ‘The Writing On The Wall’ made by BlinkInk based on a concept by Bruce Dickinson with two former Pixar Executives. It followed a month-long teaser campaign & global ‘treasure hunt’ for clues about the track title and concept.
For Senjutsu - loosely translated as ‘tactics & strategy’ - the band once again enlisted the services of Mark Wilkinson to create the spectacular Samurai themed cover artwork, based on an idea by Steve Harris. With a running time of a little under 82 minutes, Senjutsu, like their previous record The Book Of Souls, will be a double CD/Triple vinyl album.
“We chose to record at Guillaume Tell Studio in France again as the place has such a relaxed vibe. The setup there is perfect for our needs; the building used to be a cinema and has a really high ceiling so there’s a great acoustic sound. We recorded this album in the same way we did The Book Of Souls in that we’d write a song, rehearse it and then put it down together straight away while it was all fresh in our minds. There’s some very complex songs on this album which took a lot of hard work to get them exactly as we wanted them to sound, so the process was at times very challenging, but Kevin is great at capturing the essence of the band and I think it was worth the effort! I’m very proud of the result and can’t wait for fans to hear it.”
Lead singer Bruce Dickinson continues:-
“We’re all really excited about this album. We recorded it back in early 2019 during a break in the Legacy tour so we could maximize our touring yet still have a long set up period before release to prepare great album art and something special as a video. Of course the pandemic delayed things more - so much for the best laid plans – or should that be ‘strategies’!? The songs are very varied, and some of them are quite long. There’s also one or two songs which sound pretty different to our usual style, and I think Maiden fans will be surprised - in a good way, I hope!”
Senjutsu will be released on the following formats and available to pre-order from Wednesday July 21st:
Iron Maiden have revealed their brand-new track, 'The Writing On The Wall', with an eagerly anticipated global YouTube video premiere. The song was written by Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith & lead singer Bruce Dickinson, produced by Kevin Shirley and co-produced by Maiden bassist and founder-member Steve Harris.
WATCH IT HERE
Bruce Dickinson initially had a concept for the video which came to fruition in collaboration with two Award-winning former Pixar executives and long-standing Maiden fans Mark Andrews & Andrew Gordon. The pair have over 50 years of animation industry experience between them at the very top-level including work on The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Brave, Monsters Inc & Finding Nemo. With partners lining up to get involved with the project they chose BlinkInk, a London based animation studio celebrated for their work with a variety of global brands from Adidas to Coca-Cola and a number of high-profile music videos.
In BlinkInk director Nicos Livesey, another long-time Maiden fan & kindred spirit, they found a man who shared the collective vision for the track – resulting in the final film which features the very first glimpse of a stunning new incarnation of Eddie in spectacular 3D form.
“I had a pretty clear idea of the concept to accompany the song and when I met Mark and Andrew, on Zoom, it quickly became clear we were all very much on the same wavelength, and this was reinforced with the addition of Nicos and his young BlinkInk team. Our weekly team Zoom meetings were then usually both highly creative and a lot of fun!
I’m very proud of the way the video turned out, it’s more like a mini-film really. I knew it was going to work out as soon as Mark brought my treatment to life with his incredible storyboards - I thought we could make something very special together. I think we did and hope our fans will agree. In fact it’s pretty much created by Maiden fans!!”
Director, Nicos Livesey takes up the story:-
“We quickly found the expertise we wanted, and people were literally throwing themselves at me to work on a Maiden video – we had more than 60 people in 13 countries from Brazil to France, & Romania to the USA to add something to the clip and I’d say their love, passion and understanding of the band shines through every frame. They were a dream team for the producers and myself to manage.”
The intricate & painstaking process of the making of the video can be read about in more detail here.
You can hear the song and watch the video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhBnW7bZHEE
Russian goth metallers The End Of Melancholy unveil video for stirring cover of “The Immigrant Song”
Russian alternative / goth metal band The End Of Melancholy has revealed a new video for their take on the Led Zeppelin classic “The Immigrant Song” from their latest album, Nature Unleashed.
The band share their thoughts:-
“We always loved this great band and in honour of their huge contribution to music, we decided to do a cover. There’s a line in lyrics, ‘We come from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs flow.’ Our band is from cold Russia, so we know what we’re singing about!”
Watch The End Of Melancholy’s video for “The Immigrant Song” now at
Nature Unleashed is available now digitally on Spotify and Bandcamp, and as a limited-edition CD including a jewel box, slipcase and 16-page booklet at https://theendofmelancholy.bandcamp.com/album/nature-unleashed.
The End Of Melancholy was founded in 2014 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and was quickly recruited to perform with such bands as Motionless in White, Theatres Des Vampires and Hanzel und Gretyl. Their 2019 album Paradox Intention was supported with two European tours, making stops in Poland, Lithuania, France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium, Switzerland and Estonia. Later that year, The End Of Melancholy was chosen by Motionless in White to support the American band at their first Russian show. The following year, the band signed on with Massive Music, one of the largest European booking agencies.
In addition to Paradox Intention, The End Of Melancholy has released numerous videos, including a cover of Lord of the Lost’s “Black Halo” and the originals “Monster’s Feeling,” “Genesis,” “Peaceful Warrior,” “The Demon” and “Dolphins.”
Italian death metallers Spiritual Deception to release 'Oxymoron' EP on October 8th
Italian death metal quartet Spiritual Deception will release their "Oxymoron" EP on October 8. Following EP releases in 2018 (self-titled) and 2019 (Etemenanki), "Oxymoron" showcases the band's highest level of compositional strength and technical prowess to date. A most apt summation of the sound heard on Oxymoron is introspective death metal infused with technical riffs and obscure atmospheres.
The band released the following statement concerning the finer points of the forthcoming EP:
"Oxymoron is born as a concept about light and darkness’ dualism. It takes inspiration from myths, Talmud, and works of literature. In the heart of the EP we placed a 3-part endeavour, composed by the triptych Captatio Benevolentiae’, ‘Oxymoron,' and ‘Damnatio Memoriae,’ as inspired by John Milton’s Paradise Lost. This mini-concept deals with the relationship between God and Lucifer, their conflict and how each character is depicted by the original author, focusing on the anti-hero concept.
Pre-orders will be available on July 26.
Spiritual Deception was born in June 2016 from an idea of Mirko Frontini (guitar) and Luca Zanlorenzi (vocal) after the breakup of their previous band Humans Ablaze. In a short time Gabriele Della Stua (bass) and Manuel Del Giudice (drums) joined the band to complete the line-up.
In 2019 Gabriele parted ways with the band and Riccardo Maccarana joined the line-up as an additional guitarist. In 2020 Billy Repalam joined the band as a new bass player and Mirko Frontini became the main vocalist of the band, while keeping playing guitar, after Luca’s departure the same year.
Maldivian guitar virtuoso Shahyd Legacy becomes the first ambassador for NFT Tone
One of the most successful guitarists in the Maldives has been chosen as the Ambassador for NFT Tones - the decentralized NFT Market Place for Music Arts. While Shahyd Legacy is mostly famed as the lead guitarist of Maldivian metal band Sacred Legacy, he made his entrance onto the musical platform in late 2004 with his first band ‘SYN’. After that, he took his music to a whole new level, and he formed his own band Sacred Legacy in 2006. In that year, we saw Shahyd releasing his first guitar solo album called the ‘Sacred Legacy’ in September, and the album gained recognition almost instantaneously with hard thrashing riffs and melodious solos. Shahyd began his solo career soon afterward as his melodies demanded more singular attention that had to be addressed. He has toured in Asia and Europe and gained worldwide recognition.
It was stated in Shahyd Legacy's Social Media and NFT Tone Social Media platforms yesterday that he would be working together as an Ambassador to aware new generation artists about the platform and the opportunities that come from it. He believes that NFT tone is the next big thing needed for the music industry.
NFT offers music artists the ability to connect with each other along with investors and digitally exchange NFTs for their creations within a sustainable and powerful 'tokenomics' system running on the blockchain, giving entrée to a world of opportunities for those with a thirst to entertaining values of music and performing arts. With NFT Tones content creators (artists) can create their own NFT’s that can be sold on auction or for a fixed price. They can also be able to set a percentage of royalties for each time their NFT is traded. A song can be an NFT to prove ownership and secure artistic ownership. Users will be able to support their favorite musicians and content creators by purchasing the special editions of their unique NFT’s.
Shahyd’s fifth solo album “Stasis” is furthermore due to release on the NFT tone Market place while there's more work to be done to in order to release on Q4 2021.
American progressive metal band DemiAura have released their debut album, entitled "The Ascendant", via Pavement Entertainment. "The Ascendant" features ten songs that were mixed and mastered by Brad Cox at Black Paw Studios in Lawrenceville, GA.
Stream DemiAura’s "The Ascendant" on digital platforms everywhere here:
Vocalist Chelsea Wrathchild says:-
“The Ascendant has a lot of musical depth and complexity, as well as definitive moments of tension inside the songs that make you wonder what’s just beyond the horizon. The uncertainty propels you forward, yet there is some solace and solitude waiting for you on the other side. This is exactly how we felt creating the album - the ethereal cover art was unintentionally representative of how we were able to pull this project together against the odds, pass through that veil, and ‘ascend’ to the next phase of the band. We hope listeners will immerse themselves in the experience and keep an open mind about this modern perspective of progressive metal.”
Check out DemiAura’s latest music video “Between Two Fires” ( BETWEEN TWO FIRES ), a song from The Ascendant which premiered in late June. The music video was directed by Steve D. Dorssom. “Between Two Fires” features stunning cinematic visuals from Arizona that pairs well with the atmospheric metal.
DemiAura is the latest incarnation of the ongoing progressive rock fusion project first conceptualized by drummer Keith Heaney. Along with veteran guitarist Bobby Chavez and keyboardist Jonathan Gabriel, Jr., the trio had sought a vocalist for years without a proper fit. In 2017, they auditioned and welcomed vocalist Chelsea Wrathchild to complete the spectrum - a unique origin story of fate meeting opportunity.
Icelandic tech death outfit Ophidian I stream new album 'Desolate' in advance of release date
Icelandic Tech Death outfit Ophidian I are now fully streaming their upcoming release 'Desolate' in advance of the release date. The album is scheduled for world-wide release on July 16th, 2021 via Season of Mist. 'Desolate' can be listened to via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel HERE. The link may be freely spread throughout your channels.
The band comments on the album:
"The culmination of all our hard work and passion is finally here! We are beyond proud to present our lives work, our greatest achievement to date; 'Desolate.' We feel like this album truly belongs in the collection of every tech-death enthusiast and shamelessly declare this to be the sickest death metal ever to come out of Iceland."
Pre-orders for the upcoming albums are live HERE.
The artwork for 'Desolate', which has been created by Eliran Kantor, and further album details can be viewed below.
With a clear goal of reaching the apex of technical metal in terms of proficiency, arrangements and sound, Ophidian I has produced the destructive full-length album ‘Desolate’.
Emerging from Iceland; the barren island in the north, home to apocalyptic weather, eruptions, and storms. The breeding intensity, blazing speed, and ferocity of Ophidian I reflects the chaos it hails from as well as the inherent beauty and complex harmony. Consisting of familiar faces within the Icelandic scene as members of bands such as Helfró, Beneath, Une Misère and Atrum; Ophidian I set forth with the intent of testing the boundaries of the extreme, while retaining focus on composition and arrangements.
After getting together and realizing the goal was within reach, the band spent days upon days in the rehearsal space expanding and calibrating their physical and mental abilities in order to actualize the envisioned form of Ophidian I. Bound and determined to create an absolute no-compromise piece of work, Ophidian I headed to the studio after having honed in on the direction and arrangements of the 10 songs that were to become ‘Desolate’. Remaining extremely meticulous throughout the process, the methodically performed tracks were handed over to Christian Donaldson (The Grid) for mixing and mastering. To finalize the vision, Eliran Kantor took to creating artwork fitting the aforementioned direction and soundscape. With the completion of ‘Desolate’ the raison d’être of Ophidian I had been established and partially fulfilled. Bringing the ferocity to the masses is now a central objective.
Incessantly at work, Ophidian I is a monumental brute-force to be reckoned with. Amidst the dominant roster at Season of Mist, Ophidian I will be unyielding in their claim to be amongst the titans of the industry. With various influences ranging from all styles, the unique melt of technical death metal – with immersive melody and hooks at every corner – ‘Desolate’ will appeal to all those who seek peak militant musicianship on all fronts.
Japanese post-grunge / gothic metallers Gods Of Decay have signed with Sliptrick Records.
Gods Of Decay was formed in Tokyo in 2018 by Japanese guitarist Frost and Georgian vocalist Anna. Their music lies at an intersection of genres and styles such as post-grunge, alternative and gothic metal, the fusion of which gave birth to a dark, “meaty” and yet beautiful sound.
The band pride themselves with a strong adherence to melody, intricately interwoven with heavy and angry guitar riffs – a feature that makes them stand out. Anna’s fascination with modern literature has a strong impact on the lyrics she writes. The major themes in her lyrics are introspective, dreams, vanishing boundaries between the real and the imaginary, madness and social criticism. Her musical influences range from the mellow (The Cure) to the brutal (Necrophagist). She enjoys experimenting with styles and aims for “theatricality” in her singing manner. She has received opera vocal training in the past, but enjoys experimenting with extreme vocals.
The mastermind behind Gods Of Decay‘s compositions, Frost, names among his favourite artists and major influences such bands as Creed, Pearl Jam and Nirvana. By implementing beautiful melodies into heavy distortion “shell”, his compositions are powerful, yet at the same melodious. “Beauty in strength” can nicely describe the sound that he aims for.
Yorke, on bass and programming, has joined the group recently but has immediately brought new colors to the band’s musical palette and yet more layers into compositions by balancing out the aggression of Frost’s guitar with his mellifluous and sensual basslines. His influences include such bands as Nine Inch Nails, Apex Twin and Portis Head.
Gods Of Decay are currently preparing to release their first full-length album Collective Psychosis, which is planned to be preceded by the release of a single and a music video titled Suffocate You.
Gods Of Decay are:
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | On Sliptrick
Austrian death thrashers Cyrox sign with Wormholedeath & announce "Beyond Control" album
Austrian Death/Thrash metal act Cyrox have signed a licensing deal with Wormholedeath for the release of their album "Beyond Control". More info coming soon!
The music of Cyrox can roughly be described as a mixture between Death and Thrash Metal, whereby they try to fit into no genre specifically. The influences range from Rock to Black Metal.
Cyrox has the following to say about their signing and new album:-
"We are very excited to become a part of the WormHoleDeath family. This marks the next big step for our band and we are ready to take it. With the worldwide release of our debut album „Beyond Control“ we are proud of the opportunity to take our music out there and show the metal fans our take on real Austrian Metal. We are looking forward to a long and great relationship. Lets riff!"
"The album is about things you have to deal with in your personal life, whether its physical or psychological and you have no influence on it. For example the song “Frozen In Life” is written from the view of a man who is in a vegetative state and wants his life to be ended. The song “My Insanity” is about sleep paralysis. Gernot and Andreas came up with the concept and the lyrics after the songs were done instrumentally."
Cyrox gives their accounts of how the band started and how they are nowadays:-
"The band was founded under the name Black Void in February 2016 in Leoben, Austria, by drummer Markus Antoniol from St. Stefan Ob Leoben and guitarist Gernot Weber from Eisenerz, who have been friends since early youth and played together in various bands.
We soon found our second guitarist Christian Gallmayer, who is a colleague of Markus. For about a month we were looking for a bass player, when Gernot heard about a guitarist named Andreas Fahrleitner who was doing a solo cover show in his home town of Radmer. Gernot watched some clips of his show and contacted him if he was interested in joining the band, which he did, so Gernot switched from guitar to bass.
The next problem, however, was that Andreas and Christian had to do their military service in the Austrian army for six months, so they didn't really have time to make music. So the band took a break until November 2016.
Finally, Manuel Kirchleitner from Trofaiach joined the band as a singer, who is also a colleague of Markus and Christian. We changed the name from Black Void to Cyrox and started jamming again and soon the first songs were born.
Our first gig was in December 2017 in Eisenerz, Austria. From that on we played live on a regular basis up till the first lockdown in Austria in March 2020. In May 2020 Christian Gallmayer left the band, because of private circumstances which didn’t allow him to put any more time in the band. He was replaced in June 2020 by Leo Buchegger.
In April 2021 Markus Antoniol had to leave the band, he was replaced in May 2021 by Andreas Tobias."
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