Dutch powerhouse Within Temptation have released the official music video for their brand-new song ‘Shed My Skin’.
The music video is released one day before the band’s online show ‘The Aftermath – A Show In A Virtual Reality’ – taking place on July 15th & 16th. ‘The Aftermath’ is an online show fuelled by bleeding-edge technology, enabling the band to do a performance that’s out of this world – literally. The show will take place in four different worlds, in which the band and audience are witness to the aftermath of the destruction of mankind.
The video for ‘Shed My Skin’ (feat. Annisokay) previews this highly anticipated online show, which promises to be an audiovisual spectacle with guest singers from all over the world joining the band for striking duets in even more striking settings.
For ‘Shed My Skin’, Within Temptation have teamed up with German metalcore band Annisokay. This collaboration has resulted in an absolute bombastic metal anthem.
Frontwoman Sharon den Adel comments,
”’Shed My Skin’ revolves around dealing with inevitable changes in life. It is about becoming the person we are meant to be, even if that means losing people we love, but have grown apart from. Real growth begins where comfort zones end and that’s exactly what the song is all about: if we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”
Listen to the brand-new single ‘Shed My Skin’ (feat. Annisokay) across all major streaming platforms now.
Israeli dark rock / metal band Fatum Aeternum released a few weeks ago their first single "Spiders", taken from their upcoming album “Goth’n’Jazz”.
You can listen at this location: https://open.spotify.com/album/7sR6E28rGtqhp283VbZamA
For fans of Diablo Swing Orchestra, Primus, Charles Mingus, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Spiders was recorded/mixed/mastered in A.G. Studio (Tel Aviv, Israel) by Alex Zvulun, who previously worked with such known Israeli bands like The Fading and Desert
French Progressive metal combo Moonshine Oversight have signed a deal with Wormholedeath for the release of their concept album "The Frame".
"The Frame" will be out on 05 11 2021 on all digital platforms worldwide. CD release TBA.
"Moonshine Oversight are very proud to be part of the WormHoleDeath artists. We hope that our collaboration will lead to great things. We would like to thank the label for their trust."
Band statement about the album:
"The Frame" is a concept album about a protagonist living in a dystopian system where certain values have been hijacked creating a world where ultra-competition, ultra-individualism and over-consumption are virtues. To not want to be part of it or to fail, is to be part of the "misfits". Each song describes the dogmas of this System through the eyes of the protagonist who progressively questions its workings and its "virtues", until his exclusion from the System for his contrary thoughts.
The album ends with an injunction from the protagonist to change the System and to join him in this change."
Hailing from Toulon, Moonshine Oversight is an alternative rock / progressive metal band founded in late 2014. Connected to the rock / metal scene, the band stands out for its progressive approach, borrowing the energy of rock, the power of metal, and even the delicacy of folk, creating powerful, introspective, and personal music. The band released their first demo EP in mid-2016, including a preliminary version of four songs from their upcoming debut album as well, and began playing numerous concerts in France.
In 2017, the band began recording their debut album at CoxInHell Recording Studio in Saint-Aygulf( France) with producer Anthony Belguise. The tracks were mixed by Sebastien Gros and the album mastered by François Fanelli at Sonics-Mastering Studio (Marseille, France). "Vanishing Lines", the band's debut LP, was released on December 8, 2017.
This first effort was well received by the music press and the band started a French tour in April 2018. In 2019, WormHoleDeath, an independent label specializing in metal music, discovered the band and offered to join them. This is how the band started to compose our second album. At the beginning of 2020, the drummer Julien Sorel left the band for personal reasons and was quickly replaced by François Mayer, a drummer with a solid experience.
At the end of 2020, the band finished the composition and during the month of February 2021, they recorded it in Italy in Pistoia at The Grid Europe studio directed and produced by Jonathan Mazzeo. The band is ready to share its music with the support of the label WormHoleDeath and to introduce the album with a video clip with the song "Ghosts", the first single from their second album: "The Frame".
Italian melodic death metallers Hell's Guardian are back with a new powerful and epic single called “Sentenced”.
The band comments:
“This single will not anticipate an album but in this difficult time we felt the need to release new material for ourselves and our fans. ‘Sentenced' is an ultimatum of the Earth asking for mercy from mankind and to become aware of our actions because we are destroying it. This strong theme led us to have an apocalyptic sound, tight rhythms, impactful guitar riffs, orchestral parts from typical classical instruments to oriental melodies thanks also to the choirs of Marco Pastorino, who took care of the production of the vocal lines.”
In May of this year the band entered the studio at “Media Factory” in Esine (Brescia, Italy) under the guidance of Fabrizio Romani who also mixed and mastered the single. The orchestral parts were conceived by Samuele Faulisi (Atlas Pain) while the choirs and the production of the vocal lines are the work of Marco Pastorino (Temperance, Virtual Symmetry).
The representative artwork was created by the famous Gustavo Sazes (AMARANTHE, KAMELOT, ARCH ENEMY, MACHINE HEAD). The video was made by Tiziano Spigno and Andrea Buratto Truck Me Hard.
Hell's Guardian were formed in 2009 and released a self-titled demo in 2010, a full-length album entitled “Follow Your Fate” in 2013, an EP “Ex Adversis Resurgo” in 2015 and a second album "As Above So Below" in 2018 which marked an international milestone by opening the doors to important tours with bands such as Sabaton, Amorphis, Children Of Bodom and Trivium.
Indian prog metallers Midhaven explores the concept of time on new album, "Of the Lotus & the Thunderbolt"
Indian metal trio Midhaven’s new album, Of the Lotus & the Thunderbolt, a rich concept album based on the theory of time, is available now.
“Not clockwork time, but universal, cyclical time,” the band says. “We've grown up with a belief system that has repeatedly told us that things that have happened will happen yet again, and again, and again. Time is seen as a continuum, and there are more universes than just this one. These are subjects we’ve debated and discussed from time immemorial. From the ancients, right down to us, this is how time is experienced where we come from. So naturally, when we started discussing lyrical concepts, time is something that all subjects were ultimately pointing toward.
We were acting from an awareness that in this grand circuit of the cosmos, the self is constantly recreated in every moment. It’s not just about time, it’s also about a very personal experience of that time, through the aeons as life itself. It ultimately boils down to how time chisels to perfection the one universal soul that finds itself echoed in every living being. For reasons not entirely known to us, it felt as though time channelled itself through us for the creation of this album. We were merely conduits in this process.”
Keeping in line with the concept of time, the first video from Of the Lotus & the Thunderbolt, “Primal Song,” premiered with Rolling Stone India on the Summer Solstice. Watch “Primal Song” at https://youtu.be/gfFr2TMmn6s.
The three-piece Mumbai-based band fuses traditional metal with progressive and modern rock to create earth shattering, heavy music with soaring guitars, operatic vocals, guttural growls and war track ready drums, polished off by deeply fascinating lyrical concepts. The melancholic and anguished tracks “Codeman” and “Para Brahman” focus on the existential search for “the reason why,” while the screams and cries of the past echo through “Primal Song” with its rage-induced lyrics and grimy vocals, conjuring images of man’s animalistic need to maraud and destroy. “Zhitro” and “Mahakaal” are the heavyweights of the album, ushering in Indian elements of dark, experimental sounds that are at once groundbreaking and heavy. Riddled with references to the ancient past, “Mahakaal” is the running theme of the album - consuming the world we exist in.- and an homage to Shiva, the Hindu god known as the Destroyer.
Of the Lotus & the Thunderbolt was recorded in 2019 and readied for release by mid-2020, but Covid-19 – and particularly India’s staggering second wave of infection – caused the band to delay its release. “Covid-19 and its wreck-fest on planet Earth put a huge stop sign right in front of the music industry’s gate,” says the band. “We held off on release until things got better but a second lockdown prevented any place for release or tours in our country. We curated a 2021 release, and even though vaccinating a country as big as India is a daunting task, we just couldn’t wait on it any longer. ‘Of The Lotus & The Thunderbolt’ is a universal, yet personal experience that is being conveyed in the form of heavy metal. The world hasn’t had enough metal from this side of the planet.
Of the Lotus & the Thunderbolt’s artwork, brought to life by prolific indie artist Gaurav Basu (aka Acid Toad), reflects the theme of the album, presenting a gorgeous visual representation of the album’s concept. The record was mixed and mastered by ARIA nominated and internationally renowned Australian producer Forrester Savell (Animals As Leaders, Make Them Suffer, Karnivool), who adds a touch of polish and refinement while not straying far from the raw, analogue recording process.
Formed in 2012, Midhaven grew quickly with the launch of their first release, the 2013 EP Tales From The Tide. The trio soon became one of the first major signings of an Indian metal band to a worldwide record label, Universal Music Group (UMG), which release Midhaven’s debut full-length, Spellbound, in 2014. Like Of the Lotus & the Thunderbolt, Spellbound was also a concept album and featured re-recorded tracks from Tales From The Tide. Midhaven has been nominated for the VH1 Sound Nation awards in the category of Best Metal Act, performed live on VH1’s Indian Music Diaries, and was nominated for Radio City’s Best Metal Live Act in 2015.
Pennsylvania hard rock / metal powerhouse The Letter Black has released “Born for This,” the hard-hitting second single from their highly anticipated self-titled album – and heaviest release to date - due out August 6 on Rockfest Records.
The dynamic new single addresses the pressures of life, the feeling of no escape, then reaching the ultimate revelation to ignore doubt and negativity and follow your calling. “Born for This” features a guest performance by Thousand Foot Krutch vocalist Trevor McNevan, marking the first time firecracker frontwoman Sarah Anthony has shared vocals with a guest.
“‘Born for This’ is a song about standing up for what you believe in, in the face of adversity,” Anthony says. “It’s about taking a stand, drawing that line in the sand and boldly saying ‘this is me, this is what I believe, this is who I am, and nothing and no one will shake me.’ I’m especially excited about this specific release because it’s the first time in TLB history that we’re featuring a duet with a guest vocalist- and a powerful one at that!”
“Born for This” is available at https://lnk.to/TLBbornforthis.
The Letter Black formed in 2006 in Uniontown, PA, and burst onto the hard rock landscape with their Tooth & Nail debut Hanging On By a Thread in 2010. The quartet landed at #8 on the iTunes Rock chart that same day. As their career developed, The Letter Black continued building on this energy, and released their second lbum Rebuild in 2013. After parting ways with Tooth & Nail in 2016, The Letter Black found themselves in the driver’s seat for their third album, 2017’s Pain, which was funded by a highly successful $25,000 Kickstarter campaign. In spring of 2020, the band began working their fourth studio album and soon signed with Rockfest Records. The first single from The Letter Black, “Rise,” was released in February.
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Brazilian gothic metallers Wolfheart & The Ravens release video for "Gimme Your Blood" and announce guest stars of new album
Wolfheart & The Ravens are the new chapter of the gothic metal saga started by Ravenland, a band founded by Dewindson Wolfheart back in 1996. As Ravenland the group received international recognition, having their music played on radio stations worldwide including the BBC (UK) and Japan, where they were featured in Osaka’s TransaRock compilation for being one of the most requested bands there. Ravenland’s first video, "End of Light", was featured in several Brazilian networks, like Multishow, Play TV, Record, Rede TV, TV Cultura and MTV Brasil.
With Ravenland, Dewindson played hundreds of gigs, either as a headliner or alongside the likes of Moonspell, Tiamat, Nightwish, Theatre of Tragedy, Anneke van Giersbergen, and Danny Cavanagh. In all Ravenland released two albums, five EPs and two singles, besides being featured in compilations and tribute albums.
In 2015 Dewindson Wolfheart and Fábio Jhasko (ex-Sarcófago) recorded together "The Ravens", for a tribute to Bathory, which resulted in a project called Wolfheart & The Ravens, which later, after line-up changes from Ravenland, became the band's new name. To start this new chapter, they released the singles "Ravphenix - From Ashes", "Inês - The Dead Queen", and "Midnight", besides appearing in a couple tribute albums and playing several gigs.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the quintet released videos, was featured in a My Dying Bride tribute and the soundtrack of director Marcos Debrito's new movie, "Almas Que Dançam na Escuridão" (“Souls that Dance in the Dark”). The new album, will feature special guests such as Tommy Lindal (ex-Theatre of Tragedy), Margriet Mol (Asrai), Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell), Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride) and Skinny Kangur (Deathstars).
A sample of what is to come is available through the band's new effort, "Gimme Your Blood" single. A video was shot for it and can be seen HERE.
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Spanish symphonic power crew Phoenix Rising sign with Wormholedeath & announce "Acta Est Fabula" album
Spanish Symphonic Power Metal band Phoenix Rising have signed a licensing deal with Wormholedeath for the album "Acta Est Fabula", due for digital release on 23 07 2021. More info about the physical CD coming soon!
“Acta Est Fabula” is the 4th release from Phoenix Rising and it features songs that are a balanced combination of aggressive drums, shredding guitars, epic orchestrations, powerful vocals and catchy chorus. Phoenix Rising have stepped up their game even more on this new album and the level of detail in the production, mixing and composition. “Acta Est Fabula” is a concept album and the band have even written a short novel around the CD for a more complete and immersive experience.
Influences for the Album:
Rhapsody of Fire, Orden Ogan, Kamelot, Helloween, Brothers of Metal, Two Steps from Hell, Opera Magna, Amaranthe, Arion.
Phoenix Rising was formed in 2007 under the name “Quinta Enmienda” but it was not until 2010 that the band released its debut album “Ne Bis In Idem”. The band toured intensively during the next couple of years and gained good reputation both from public and media. Their convincing performance in front of 5000 metalheads at Sonisphere festival finally got them signed to German label “Sonic Attack” and the band decided to change its name to “Phoenix Rising”.
The second album, “MMXII”, was recorded both in English and Spanish language and it finally dropped in March, 2012. The album was distributed worldwide by “SPV” as a double CD and marvelous critics comparing them with world-class bands such as “Rhapsody” or “Sonata Arctica” don’t last to show up. As a result, later that year the band signed another deal with Japanese label Hydrant Music to release an exclusive version of the album containing several bonus tracks in Japan.
In late 2013 Phoenix Rising entered the studio to record its third album, “Versus”, which was finally self-published in 2014.While musically speaking, the band kept the same formula acclaimed by the fans and media, lyrically speaking, the band focused more on life-struggle and life-death duality. The tour that followed “Versus” took the band to many new places, not only within Spain but to different cities in France and Belgium during the summer of 2016.
After that, the band decided to take a long break from touring to focus in the writings for the upcoming album, “Acta Est Fabula” which aims to become the most ambitious of its career, combining epic orchestrations and choral sections with Phoenix Rising’s trademark of epic vocals and shredding guitars. The album was recorded at New Life Studios between 2018 and 2020 and was funded through a Verkami campaign. “Acta Est Fabula” was officially launched on March 26th, 2021.
Since their debut, Hangok (1994), the four-piece around singer / guitarist Zoltán “Zoli” Farkas has regularly delivered new power to their devotees. With their return to form on Reborn, Ektomorf impressively showcase their undeniable thrash metal power. Today, they’ve released a new video for their single “Fear Me” off Reborn!
Guitarist & Singer Zoltán “Zoli” Farkas about “Fear Me”:
“One more video from the Reborn album, dedicated to the Ektomorf family across the globe! I hope this will make your day! “Fear Me“ is tight and heavy riffs, with some amazing harmonies in the mid part. I send this song to those in my life who deserve it on a maximum level! You’re welcome to do the same.”
Watch the Music Video for “Fear Me” HERE:
Only three years after the release of their chart-breaking full-length, Fury (2018), Reborn ignites a blazing fire with its heavy sound and harsh lyrics that will burn any genre limitations to the ground. Their 15th studio album breathes the spirit of the “Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth – while at the same time, beginning a completely independent new chapter of Ektomorf.
Doro Pesch of Warlock reveals the album artwork as well as the track list for her upcoming live masterpiece ’Triumph And Agony Live‘, which will be released on September 24, 2021. The artwork centres on Geoffrey Gillespie's famous original drawing of the "Warlock" embracing the blonde rock star.
"The cover and the whole artwork including booklet and inlay are a combination of live shots and the amazing iconic Warlock paintings of my favourite artist, Geoffrey Gillespie, who did all the classic Doro / Warlock artworks. It worked out great. I am so happy with it.“
Doro will celebrate the 35th anniversary of her hit album ’Triumph And Agony‘ with the release of the spectacular live album ’Triumph And Agony Live‘. The highly anticipated work will be released in many different configurations on CD, vinyl, cassette, Blu-ray as well as in an exclusive, strictly limited fan box! Recorded in front of a mega-crowd at the famous Sweden Rock Festival, Doro and her band delivered a show for the ages.
"It has always been my dream to play the complete ’Triumph And Agony‘ album live. The order of the tracks is different from the original album, but we're playing all ten songs in new, powerful versions."
The audience thanked them frantically. "It was fantastic," Doro explains. "There was a killer atmosphere!" And this was perfectly captured in sound and image. To be heard (and seen) on the great ’Triumph And Agony Live‘ album.
Doro admits that:-
"It's one of my all-time favourite albums. It's got some of our biggest classics and anthems like "All We Are", "Für Immer" or "I Rule The Ruins", plus fan favourites "Metal Tango", "Three Minute Warning" and “Kiss Of Death". Not forgetting the album opener and headbanger "Touch Of Evil". I'm super excited and can't wait to let fans hear and see ’Triumph And Agony‘. And it's so exciting to hear the live versions of the classic songs. They capture even more magic now. When I see the fans at the shows and hear them scream and sing along, I know what I live for."
The track list includes all ten songs from the 1987 album, but in a different order than originally released.
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