Portuguese dark metal collective Painted Black have published a new video for the track “Dead Time”, which is taken off from the band’s forthcoming album “Raging Light”.
You can watch the video at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoSx_MrDOVo
"Raging Light" will be available on all digital shops the 6th October 2017. The physical and Japanese release dates, which will be available through WormHoleDeath, are still TBA.
US Melodic Death outfit Light This City reunite; band to record first new album in a decade
San Francisco's Light This City have just announced the band's recent reactivation, as the outfit reunites to record their first new LP in a decade.
Light This City will enter Castle Ultimate Studios with Zack Ohren to record their fifth full-length LP in December.
Vocalist Laura Nichol states, "Performing and writing with Light This City has never stopped being fun. Now that I have the perspective from a guitarist/vocalist standpoint, I love to be able to switch it up and engage an audience with the freedom of only my voice, words, and a microphone in my hand. The personality that Light This City's music and influences draw out of me is something that I really enjoy exploring and embodying. While Heartsounds feels like an exhilarating challenge every time I step onstage, when I'm in front of an audience with Light This City, I always feel at home. I don't know if I could have both of those feelings with one band, but luckily, I have two to round it out!"
Drummer Ben Murray explains, "I think I can speak for all five of us when I say that we couldn't me more excited to resurrect Light This City, finish this upcoming fifth album of ours, and get back out there to shred some new and old songs for all ya' headbangers out there! We are eight tracks into this record and it tops anything we've ever released, by far. Thank you for waiting ten years; we'll see you all soon!"
Murray's own Creator-Destructor Records will be releasing the album in March of 2018; stand by for further updates to be released in the coming months.
Light This City began in 2002 when best friends, Laura Nichol and Ben Murray, decided to start a melodic death metal project in the vein of At the Gates, Carcass, In Flames, and the other Scandinavian bands that inspired them to play fast, melodic, crushing music, largely untouched by the American population of metalcore, deathcore, and numerous other subgenres of heavy metal that were ignoring the monstrous influences of the '90s. After the sparks were lit, the two soon wrote their debut 2003 full-length, The Hero Cycle, which quickly landed them a deal with Prosthetic Records, who would go on to release the band's following three albums.
As Murray and Nichol neared the end of high-school, Light This City released 2005's Remains Of The Gods, which sparked the rest of Light This City's trajectory on Prosthetic Records, and saw the band touring heavily in support of their Bay Area brand of melodic-death metal infused thrash. Remains Of The Gods gained favourable reviews and it seemed as if the metal press knew what was in store for the band.
Light This City released their 2006 follow-up, Facing The Thousand, undeniably their most popular album. By 2006, Nichol and Murray were out of high-school, on the road full-time, with a full band in tow, with Steve Hoffman on guitar, Ryan "Hollywood" Hansen on lead guitar, and Jon Frost on bass. Facing The Thousand saw the band on the road in support of a multitude of metal acts such as Death Angel, Vader, Malevolent Creation, Edguy, Into Eternity, All That Remains, Chimaira, Soilent Green, Darkest Hour, Suicide Silence, Misery Signals, and many more, gaining the band a rapid exposure into the metal mainstream.
After a three-year touring cycle on Facing The Thousand, the band retreated to Oakland to record their fourth album, Stormchaser, which saw a guest vocal appearance by Chuck Billy of Testament. Before the official release of the album, Light This City disbanded before even having the chance to tour on their fourth and final effort.
In 2010, Light This City played five final shows, the short tour titled The Final Thrash Attack, in which the band could celebrate the songs of Stormchaser, and give the fans a bit of closure that they never received with the band's sudden disappearance. In September of 2015, Darkest Hour requested that Light This City play the San Francisco date of their 20th anniversary tour. The band quickly reunited within a few months to rehearse one final set that would celebrate the band's four-album career. The show was absolutely one for the books, sparking the flame which lead the band to reunite.
LIGHT THIS CITY:
Laura Nichol - Vocals
Ben Murray - Drums
Ryan Hansen - Lead Guitar
Steve Hoffman - Rhythm Guitar
Jon Frost - Bass
The Netherlands' Neocaesar sign with Xtreem Music, features ex-Sinister members
Xtreem Music is extremely proud to announce the signing of Dutch death metallers Neocaesar, a band formed by all ex-Sinister members like: Mike van Mastrigt (vocals), Bart van Wallenberg (guitars), Michel Alderliefsten (bass), and Eric de Windt (drums).
Neocaesar's debut album, 11:11, was self-released a few months ago, but it's now going to be officially released with worldwide distribution and promotion through Xtreem Music on December 5th.
Formed back in fall 2014 by these four '90s ex-Sinister former members, Neocaasar wrote their debut album during 2015 and recorded it during 2016 while playing shows through Holland, Germany, Denmark, and Czech Republic. 11:11 was released in early 2017 as a limited self-financed pressing just to get the band out and playing around, but it's now when this album will get the promotion and distribution it deserves with the help of Xtreem Music.
Every good fan of the true Sinister sound of the early '90s, will for sure love Neocaesar's debut since this is probably one of the best European death metal albums of the year!
Release date for 11:11 will be December 5th through Xtreem Music on CD format. In the meantime, you can listen to the advance track "From Hell" at Xtreem's official YouTube channel HERE as well as the label's Soundcloud HERE.
The melodic metal band Within Silence just released a music video for "Heroes Must Return", the first single from their new album "Return From The Shadows".
Link to the music video: https://youtu.be/_6RQQWS0t5U
"Return From The Shadows" will be released on October 27th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.
"Return From The Shadows" is a perfect follow-up to the debut album "Gallery of Life" and feels like a more mature and focused album. The impressive song-writing and melodies are still there, and together with heavy riffs, symphonic arrangements and epic parts the result is a really strong album!
The album was mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow [Masterplan, ex. Helloween] and the artwork was created by Jan Yrlund [Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani]. "Return From The Shadows" is a perfect album for fans of bands like Theocracy, Sonata Arctica and Stratovarius!
Within Silence tour dates
Nov 03: Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, NL
Mar 24: Lindenkeller [with Brainstorm & Signum Regis] - Freising, DE
Swedish act Necrophor, have released a lyrics video from their recent album Reborn. The track is Chaos Undividedand it’s a typical slice of uncompromising Death/Black Metal to set your soul on fire.
Taken from the EP: Reborn | Sliptrick Records | 2017
Video created by YOD Multimedia
Henrik Eriksson – Vocals
Henrik Larsén – Guitar
Mikael Strandberg – Drums
Björn Sundling – Bass/Guitar
Band links: Facebook | Youtube
Greek black metal institution Kawir have revealed a lyric video for the new track "Orestes." The track hails from the band's highly anticipated seventh album, Exilasmos, set for international release on November 3rd via Iron Bonehead Productions. See & hear Kawir's "Orestes" video exclusively HERE.
Since 1993, Kawir have been one of the unsung pillars of the classic Greek black metal sound. While the names Rotting Christ, Varathron, and Necromantia are incredibly important to that style's foundation, it was Kawir who kept the faith during the '90s and into the new millennium. In 1994, the then-young band released two pivotal 7"s, Eumenides and a split with Japan's Sigh - on the pivotal Cacophonous Records, no less - and then followed those up in 1996 with the To Cavirs MLP, which is the first truly pagan-oriented record to hail from the Greek black metal scene. With that mini-album, Kawir set about on a Hellenistic crusade to celebrate their native gods and mythology in their lyrics and sartorial presentation. From the late '90s onward, the band continued to remain prolific, perpetually committed to fine-tuning their idiosyncratic craft, culminating in underground classics Arai (2005) and Ophiolatreia (2008). Although 2012's Ισόθεος featured a cross-continental line-up, the album further solidified Kawir's status as unique icons in the black metal underground.
Then, just last year, Iron Bonehead released the massively acclaimed Father Sun Mother Moon, which saw Kawir return to an all-Greek line-up and recast their classic sound in a whole new light, and now they continue that forward momentum with the fiery Exilasmos. If the 64-minute Father Sun Mother Moon was the sound of Kawir indulging their most epic expanses - always with power and poignancy, it must be said - then the 42-minute Exilasmos is its punchier and more restless counterpart. Across its six characteristically cascading tracks, Kawir take a decidedly darker and more aggressive turn, racing into the fray in a manner most mid '90s (or To Cavirs, as it were) but never losing the inherently heroic aspect so crucial - and so engaging, after all these years - to their Hellenic sound. Supplementing that dark heroism is the addition of a full-time keyboardist in Aristomache, who lends mystical light and shade to the band's surge 'n' swell. Further colouring the windswept wildness of Exilasmos are an endless supply of dramatic solos from guitarists Melanaegis and founder Therthonax.
But, as ever with Kawir, the sonic portrait they paint is imbued with a deep lyricism hailing the Greek pantheon. In the case of Exilasmos, the record is conceptually about the tragic dynasties of the house of Lavdakides (Oedipus Tyrannus) and the house of Atreus. Both dynasties nearly exterminated themselves, and all these violent and inhuman acts brought forth the wrath of Zeus and the curses were consequently laid upon the whole bloodline. "Exilasmos" in Ancient Hellenic Language means calming down the gods' wrath, so it perfectly describes the tragic events featured in the namesake album.
Recorded at Esoteron Studio in Athens and mixed and mastered by Esoteric's Greg Chandler at Priory Studio, Exilasmos is yet another gleaming jewel in the rich Kawir canon. Long may they ascend Mount Olympus!
Continue that ascent with the brand-new lyric video for "Orestes" at the band's official YouTube channel exclusively HERE. Begin that ascent with a special promo video for the "Agamemnon" HERE at Iron Bonehead's official YouTube channel.
Kawir line-up 2017
Therthonax - rhythm and lead guitars
Melanaegis - rhythm, lead guitars, solos, and 12-string acoustic guitar
Porphyrion - vocals
Echetleos - bass
Hyperion - drums and ercussions
Pandion - bagpipes, wind instruments, and psaltere
Aristomache - keyboards
New Zealand's Blindfolded & Led Into The Woods premiere "33440" via Toilet Ov Hell
Modern Adoxography, the second album from brutally-demented Christchurch-based Blindfolded & Led To The Woods, is now less than three weeks from release alongside the band's performances supporting The Dillinger Escape Plan. Toilet Ov Hell is now hosting a premiere of the band's gnarled new single, "33440."
Offers Blindfolded & Led To The Woods on the new track, "'33440' is the most dynamic song on the album. Musically it's unlike anything we have ever done before, thus making it somewhat stand out. Lyrical introspection concerns control and interaction, metaphorically speaking of a reclusive blind serial killer who strangles his victims but struggles to deal with the fact nobody really cares they are dying."
Toilet Ov Hell provides with the song's public debut, "as filthy as this concoction may be, it's also expertly crafted on both a musical and technical level. It can go from a dense, sludgy feel to lightning speed in a measure or two, and the drums and guitars drip with primal malice. The distortion is laid on thick, matched in timbre by the vicious, throaty vocals and augmented by chunky bass. Recorded live without any digital assistance - no quantization, no click track, no amp modelling - it sounds absolutely fantastic. '33440' is no exception; it doubles down on the aforementioned sludge aspects, lurching forth at an ever-shifting pace and oozing slime from every orifice."
Unleash Blindfolded & Led To The Woods' "33440" at THIS LOCATION.
Blindfolded & Led To The Woods will independently release Modern Adoxography on CD and digital platforms on Friday, October 13th; see the band's brutalizing "Meth Tooth" video HERE and stream "Licking A Landmine" alongside pre-orders for the record HERE.
Modern Adoxography is set to see release in conjunction with Blindfolded & Led To The Woods' direct support slots for The Dillinger Escape Plan on the band's final New Zealand tour dates, playing Wellington on October 24th and Auckland on October 25th. The band will announce additional live performances in the months ahead, and will tour beyond their native continent in 2018.
Blindfolded & Led To The Woods w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan:
10/24/2017 San Francisco Bathhouse - Wellington, NZ [info]
10/25/2017 Kings Arms Tavern - Auckland, NZ [info]
Blindfolded & Led To The Woods recorded their sophomore album Modern Adoxography, the record manifesting everything audiences have come to love about the band, with ten relentless tracks in thirty-five minutes of crushing riffs, technical wizardry, and merciless vocals. While the band's musical foundation is built upon brutal death metal, elements of demented grindcore and bizarre sci-fi tones weave their way into the complex structures, resulting in an engaging and damaging listening experience. Modern Adoxography was produced by Joseph Veale and Blindfolded & Led To The Woods, the album recorded at Blue Barn Studios with James Goldsmith, mixed by Samuel K. Sproull, and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, completed with artwork and design by Syn Photography.
Swedish death metal band Throne Of Heresy have teamed up with Invisible Oranges to stream "Pax Mongolica". The track is taken from the band's upcoming concept album Decameron which will be released on November 3rd.
Listen to "Pax Mongolica" here: http://www.invisibleoranges.com/throne-of-heresy/
Pre-order Decameron here: https://thesignrecords.bandcamp.com/album/throne-of-heresy-decameron
Canada's Augury sign with The Artisan Era. Highly anticipated 3rd album set for spring 2018 release.
Montreal-based progressive death metal legends Augury has been hard at work the last few years writing and recording their highly anticipated third full-length. The group's 2004 debut album Concealed and 2009 follow-up Fragmentary Evidence are widely revered death metal releases which were far ahead of their time. Eventually, the group's forward-thinking ways have led to their esteemed status as highly influential legends in the progressive death metal and technical death metal scenes. Today the band is proud to announce their signing to rising extreme metal label The Artisan Era. Which will be followed by the release of their 3rd album in 2018.
Augury had this to say about signing with The Artisan Era:
"We are proud to announce that Augury has teamed with The Artisan Era Records for the release of their third album. While the recording is entering the mixing/mastering process with Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy) at The Grid Studios, Augury is back with a new creation, lyrically influenced by lost civilizations and their enigmas, musically following the roots from the two predecessors, 2004’s Concealed, and 2009’s Fragmentary Evidence. The album's artwork and title will be disclosed in a further statement, so brace yourselves for its emergence in Spring 2018!"
A video featuring clips of some of the new Augury material is live and can be heard HERE
Patrick Loisel - Vocals, Guitars
Mathieu Marcotte (Humanoid) - Guitars
Dominic "Forest" Lapointe (First Fragment, Teramobil, ex-Beyond Creation) - Bass
Antoine Baril (Contemplator) - Drums
As recently announced, Spain’s Symphonic Power Metal act Döxa has joined Pitch Black Records with the band’s third album, “Lust for Wonder”, scheduled for release on September 29th on CD and Digital.
Döxa came to existence in the Spring of 2007, in Madrid, Spain as the brainchild of Víctor Fernández (ex- Darksun). The band’s music draws heavily from Symphonic and Classic Metal, but also from other musical styles as well such as Folk, New Age and Classical.
“Lust for Wonder” features guest vocal appearances by David Readman (Pink Cream 69) and Ani M. Fojaco (Last Days of Eden). A lyric video for “Erin Go Bragh” (the song featuring David Readman) has just been released at https://youtu.be/0NGsXgrguhc
The album’s opening track that has already been released for streaming and free download is still available at https://soundcloud.com/pitch-black-records/doxa-a-game-of-you
Pre-order “Lust for Wonder” at: https://pitchblackrecords.bandcamp.com or http://store.pitchblackrecords.com
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