Darkyra from Australia sign with Sliptrick Records. Darkyra is a ﬁve piece Symphonic Hard Rock band based in Perth Western Australia.
It’s members consist of Gina Baﬁle – vocals, Dave Lyon – Guitar, Kim Siragusa – Keyboard, Dan Grainger – drums and Maciek Mastalarczuk – bass.
After the successful release and rave reviews of two high production studio albums (a solo project of Gina Bafile under the name Darkyra Black), Darkyra Black was thrown into the spotlight as a strong emerging artist within the world of female-fronted metal and rock, fuelling the desire of talented singer Gina to take the music on the road.
In 2015 the focus was to project the brand as a complete band which led to the recent name adjustment from ‘Darkyra Black’ to ‘Darkyra’, and with the new found Australian members the transition from solo artist to a working band was complete.
Keeping within the traditional Darkyra Black style, the relatively young band begin their creative journey together. With a new album concept on the horizon, their very ﬁrst collaboration, ‘Against all Odds’ is now taking shape.
Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2MMZAIwTAHiwzLfg04XaUd
Official Website: http://www.darkyra.com/
Sliptrick Records: http://sliptrickrecords.com/
Metallica’s 10th studio album, Hardwired…To Self Destruct, debuted at No. 1 around the world today selling over 800,000 albums worldwide. In addition to the United States, Hardwired…To Self Destruct is No. 1 on the album charts in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, and Sweden with many of these markets having their best sales week of 2016. A complete list of the 20+ countries where the album debuted at No. 1 will be available midweek when the respective charts are published.
In the United States, Hardwired…To Self Destruct debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 chart with over 291,266 equivalent album units and 281,645 actual album sales, and is the band’s 6th consecutive No. 1 album in the United States. It is the largest debut for a rock band in 2016, and according to Hits Magazine, this is the third biggest debut of 2016 behind Beyoncé and Drake. It is currently the “Most Wished For” album on Amazon.com.
Hardwired…To Self Destruct was released on November 18 on Metallica’s own Blackened Recordings record label. It was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and is available in various configurations including: CD, Vinyl, Digital, Deluxe, and Deluxe Deluxe Versions available at www.metallica.com. By industry standards the standard 2-CD set would be considered a deluxe package. However, the band also released a special deluxe edition of the album featuring 3 CDs of Metallica music, and fans came out in droves over the past week to purchase the set, amounting to 80-90% of Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’s first week global sales - a true testament to the extraordinary relationship Metallica has with its fans.
Praise for Hardwired…To Self-Destruct includes
Rolling Stone: “Metallica’s ‘Hardwired’ shreds back to vintage eighties terror”,
Q: “An album that sees Metallica extend their legacy”,
Kerrang!: “This is Metallica galvanized, refreshed, refocused and rediscovering themselves. Best thing they've done since The Black album? Yep”,
The Guardian: “Metallica have just made their finest record in 25 years,”
NME: “Metallica remain both vital and innovative,”
Metal Hammer: “Easily Metallica’s strongest album in 25 years”
Mojo: “more savage, more inspired and crucially more fun than they have been for years” and much more.
In an unprecedented move for Metallica, on November 16, the band released music videos for each song on Hardwired…To Self Destruct via www.metallica.com and simultaneously with editorial partners around the world every two hours. New songs and their corresponding videos premiered right up to when the clock turned over at midnight in New Zealand, where the first official copy of the new album became available worldwide. To watch the music videos, visit www.metallica.com.
Additionally, almost 100 independent record stores around the world stayed open throughout the night on and into the morning selling Hardwired…To Self-Destruct LPs and CDs as part of November 18’s Blackened Friday. Stores were stocked with music, prizes, and exclusive items were given away free with purchase.
In the UK the band gave their fans 48 hours of access via their first ever Radio 1 Maida Vale session which is available on http://bbc.in/2gBk5gj , a midnight signing at HMV Oxford Street as well as an exclusive London performance at House of Vans which benefitted https://www.railwaychildren.org.uk. Catch up here: http://bit.ly/2fLN2oD
Metallica also recently joined Jimmy Fallon and The Roots for a rendition of the band's song "Enter Sandman" as part of the popular segment 'Classroom Instruments' on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC. The video has racked up nearly 100 Million views on Facebook and 10 Million views on YouTube. Watch the clip HERE.
Visit www.metallica.com/tour for a complete list of upcoming Metallica tour dates.
Pimeä Metsä (Viking / Folk Metal from Spain) have signed a deal with Wormholedeath for the worldwide release of their album "No Blood, No Glory".
Digital release date: 23 December 2016 (Wormholedeath/The Orchard)
U.S.A: 27 January 2017 (Wormholedeath U.S.A.)
Europe: 27 January 2017 (Aural Music Group)
Japan: 22 February 2017 (Wormholedeath Japan /Disk Union Distribution)
Finnish Kantele Metal act Valkeat has been something different since their foundation.
For the last couple years, Valkeat has been modernizing the sounds and playing styles of the traditional Finnish instrument kantele, that according to legends was first played by Väinämöinen in the Finnish national epic Kalevala. As a result, the band has created their own soundscapes by melting together traditional Finnish kantele-music, deeply personal poetic Finnish lyrics and modern metal/hard rock to shape a tone of their own.
When the band released their first demo early 2015, Valkeat quickly took the notice of Finnish metal fans and kantele manufacturers alike. A multi-album recording contract was soon signed with Redhouse FMP and collaboration with the premier Finnish kantele manufacturer family Koistinen Kantele, who have forged the sounds of Finnish kantele for generations, started soon afterwards.
After finishing their debut album late 2016 with the top Finnish metal music engineers Mikko Karmila and Mika Jussila, who have worked with artists such as Nightwish, Amorphis and Ensiferum, Valkeat is looking to take their own vision of new generation Finnish Folk Metal all across the world.
Aallot music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFmGXLpMSGs
As the freezing Winter skies are haunted by a Super Full Moon, we find it suitable to announce the upcoming fourth album by Scandinavian Occult Black Metallers Grafvitnir. Obeisance to a Witch Moon will be released December 16 in Europe on Carnal Records and in the U.S. through Daemon Worship Productions. Stream new song "The Great Beast" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDXi0AT8C3Y
Obeisance to a Witch Moon is highly inspired and composed under the influence of the lingering streams of Gamaliel, the mystifying rays of Gha'asheblah, the White Moon of Chesed and the Black Moon of Geburah. What awaits are nine ominous hymns to the Lightbringer, the Ancient Witch and the Moon Goddess Hecate. This is blistering cold Scandinavian Occult Black Metal fiercely performed and crowned with a haunting piece of art from Chadwick St. John. The album was mastered by Devo Andersson of Endarker Studio Sweden. Layout design by O.O.
Indian metal artist Demonstealer, who also fronts Demonic Resurrection has released a new lyric video for the song 'Frail Fallible'. The song comes of his latest album 'This Burden Is Mine' and features George Kollias on drums.
Watch the lyric video here: https://youtu.be/MVu6UBhFpPw?list=PL3NnyfhQbUe24Y32HQ4c1XyD-GCPCDRRK
The lyric video was created by Deepesh Goyal.
'This Burden Is Mine' was released independently on March 22nd via Demonstealer's bandcamp page http://demonstealer.bandcamp.com/album/this-burden-is-mine
Turkish metallers Pitch Black Process have released a new lyric video for the song 'Toy Soldier / Oyuncak Asker'. The track is taken from their forthcoming album 'Derin', due out on December 3, 2017 via EMP Underground in Turkey on Atlantis Yapım / EMP Label Group and on Ellefson Music Productions / SPV in Europe. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/lssMoemOKeI
The album was recorded at Dugout Studios Uppsala, Sweden – produced by Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Soilwork, Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth) and Pitch Black Process. Mixed by Daniel Bergstrand and mastered by George Nerantzis (Abbath, Dark Funeral, Nightrage) at Dugout Studios.
Italian Death Metal maestros Worstenemy will start recording their new album at Mathlab Studio with producer Jonny Mazzeo on November 27th.
The record will be mixed by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy) in Montreal (Canada). To describe this moment, the band has released a video, talking about the work behind the new album and introducing 2 new members in the line-up :Simone "Arconda" Piras on drums and Luigi Cara on bass.
This can be viewed here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idAB5fruC1Y
Ithilien (FolkCore Metal from Belgium) have signed a licensing deal with Wormholedeath for the worldwide release of their album "Shaping the Soul".
Ithilien speaks of the album:-
"Our goal with this album is to share our experience of grief with the listener, as we believe that it is through loss and pain that our soul is being shaped. This process of grief then becomes a journey through a series of strong emotional stages such as denial, anger, bargaining and depression before the acceptance of reality."
Ithilien is a Belgian metal band defining itself as FolkCore to underline the combination of traditional Belgian (Folk) music, played with Flemish bagpipes, a hurdy gurdy, whistles and a bouzouki; and a modern metal genre (Death Metal, MetalCore) influenced by bands such as Parkway Drive, Architects, All Shall Perish, and many more. Ever since a stable and ideal line-up was formed in 2012, Ithilien has been working hard on its music, live performances and its image in general, making it a concept more than just another folk metal band.
Sri Lanka's black metal unit Plecto Aliquem Capite are streaming their latest EP "The End" on their Bandcamp page https://plectoaliquemcapite1.bandcamp.com/
The band will be releasing a limited edition version of the EP with the following covers:
Plecto Aliquem Capite is also working on a music video for the track "Parasomnia".
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