Dark Essence Records have announced that the 20th January has been set for the release of "landawarijaR" the much-anticipated ninth full-length album from Norwegian Viking Metallers Helheim.
"LandawarijaR" will contain seven tracks, all of which bear the hallmarks of Helheim's traditional Norse heritage. A Heritage of which they are rightly proud and to which they have remained true, eschewing the temptation to turn themselves into the Viking parodies that so many bands have espoused. With "LandawarijaR" Helheim use their lyrics to express the need to include the Norse Heritage into modern life by emphasising the importance, mystery and never-changing wonder of the Runes.
Just as Helheim's "RaunijaR" followed in the same vein as its predecessor "Asgards Fall", "LandawarijaR" continues where "Heidindomr" ended. All four albums incorporate the use of Timpani and Horns, and the new album also has a number of artists performing guest vocals including William Hut, Morten Egeland (Narrowhead), Pehr Skjoldhammer (Alfahanne), Bjornar E Nilsen (Vulture Industries, Black Hole Generator) and Ottorpedo.
With music by by H'grimnir and V'gandr, lyrics by V'gandr and artwork by H'grimnir, "LandawarijaR" was recorded at the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen, and produced by Bjornar E. Nilsen (Vulture Industries, Black Hole Generator) and mastered by Herbrand Larsen (Enslaved).
Helheim recently announced that two songs from the album were being turned into videos by Guilherme Henriques, who is both producing and directing the videos. 'Ymr' and 'Baklengs mot intet' are the songs that been chosen because, as the band explained, they are "neatly intertwined into a dualism which Guillherme will portray". The videos are expected to be debuted in the run-up to the release of "LandawarijaR".
A series of stills from the video shoot by the photographer Mathis Backe of Yggdrasil Photo (http://yggdrasilphoto.net ), and featuring Helheim's line-up of Vgandr on bass and vocals, Hgrimnir on rhythm guitar and vocals, Noralf on rhythm and lead guitar and Hrymr on drums and programming , were recently published, and can be seen on Helheim's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway
Following a whirlwind year in promotion of their new album “Lost Ritual” including stops at Desertfest & Download Festival, Corby sextet Raging Speedhorn have announced they will be unable to play any further shows in 2016.
The band have made the following announcement:
“It is with great sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of all our shows for the remainder of 2016 and the immediate cease in activity until the New Year. Raging Speedhorn is a unit, we work together or not at all and right now we need to be together to take care of one of our number. We hope you understand that we don't want to go into details or go public with any information other than to say we will be back in the New Year. This is just something we have to do so we can make sure we can come back in 2017 fully ready for anything it has to throw at us. I hope you will understand and respect our privacy in this matter.
We'd like to say sorry to all the promoters who've booked us, bands who were due to play shows with us and fans who are attending any of the shows we had booked for the remainder of the year. We hope any shows that still go ahead will still be attended, if possible, and that you have a great time with us in mind. You the fans are why we do this and without you we are nothing. All of us are forever grateful for everything you do in support of the Horn, you are like family to us. Right now, we need to regroup and take care of our own.
Party hard, take care of one another and see you in 2017.”
The band have asked for privacy for the time being on the matter and insist they will return in 2017.
German Black Metallers Streams Of Blood have finished the production of their forthcoming album. Now, the band has published first details about their third full-length record. It's entitled "Allgegenwärtig" and will be released on February 27th via Folter Records. Again, Streams Of Blood offers brutal and deep, yet sometimes melodic Black Metal without any compromises.
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Galactic Empire's self-titled album will be released on February 3 via Rise Records.
With a couple of music videos and singles that quickly captured the attention of metal and sci-fi fans alike, the announcement of the galaxy's foremost Star Wars cosplay band's highly anticipated debut album should be welcome news.
In a joint statement, the band says: “AT LONG LAST! Our preparations are com...plete. The mighty Galactic Empire will unleash our ultimate weapon in the battle to bring heavy metal to your galaxy. The puny humans at Velocity and Rise Records have succumbed to the crushing power of the Dark Side and will release our debut full-length album on which we pay tribute to Supreme Sith Overlord John Williams with 11 tracks of pure sonic devastation. Join us, and together, we can rule the galaxy!"
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... actually fairly recently - a new heavy metal band was formed by some of the most infamous and feared villains in the galaxy. Introducing Galactic Empire.
The band performs classic pieces from the iconic soundtrack of the Star Wars films written by John Williams.
Dark Vader (guitar) had the following to say: "These instruments are crude but should be adequate to shred some faces as we journey across the galaxy. We have been doubling our efforts to complete our debut full-length album in time for the Emperor's arrival. If you are not part of the Rebel Alliance or a traitor, buy our singles on iTunes and prepare to succumb to the Dark Side upon our album’s release."
Galactic Empire is:
Boba Sett - drums
Bass Commander - bass
Dark Vader - lead guitar
Shadow Ranger - guitar
Red Guard - guitar
Gothic, one of the best Romanian Metal bands, proudly unveils the cover artwork and release date for their upcoming full-length, "Demons"!
Demons will be released on the 14th of January 2017 via Loud Rage Music, and represents the band's best work to date and at the same time an anniversary present for their fans marking 24 years of activity! The cover artwork was produced by the band's bass player Talpai "Taly" Csaba.
Established back in 1992 by Alin Petrut in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania, Romania, the band became in a short period of time one of the most respected Metal bands in the country and kept the same statute to this day by touring extensively within Romania and abroad all over Europe, playing alongside acts like Manowar, Dimmu Borgir, Europe, Korpiklaani, Gojira, Napalm Death, Decapitated, and many more.
In anticipation of the new album Gothic released a new video for the track 'Demons', streaming here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouwS141W_Bs
More news will follow soon! Beware the Demons!.
In an unprecedented move for Metallica, the band will release music videos for each song from their forthcoming album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct starting today at 12:00 PM EST on www.metallica.com and simultaneously with editorial partners around the world for every two hours. New songs and their videos will premiere right up to when the clock turns over at midnight in New Zealand, where the first official copy of the new album will be available worldwide. The videos – shot around the globe – will give fans the opportunity to hear the long awaited Metallica album two days ahead of its official November 18th release via Blackened Recordings.
Directors for the videos include: Jonas Åkerlund, who originally worked with the band on “Turn The Page” and “Whiskey In The Jar,” album package photographers Herring and Herring, Colin Hakes (“Hardwired”), Clark Eddy (“Atlas Rise,” and countless “Making of . . .” clips), Tom Kirk (“Moth Into Flame”), Claire Marie Vogel, Jessica Cope, Rob Valley, Phil Mucci, and Metallica’s very own videographer Brett Murray. The forthcoming clips follow the previously released videos for “Hardwired”, “Moth Into Flame”, and “Atlas, Rise”. See below for a complete schedule of when and where each video will be debuted, along with who directed each video.
Wednesday, November 16
12p EST – “Dream No More” (Directed by Tom Kirk) - Gshow Globo, Brazil
2p EST – “Confusion” (Directed by Claire Marie Vogel) – Rolling Stone, USA
4p EST – “ManUNkind” (Directed by Jonas Åkerlund) – Bravewords, Canada
6p EST – “Now That We’re Dead” (Directed by Herring & Herring) – Pitchfork, USA
8p EST – “Here Comes Revenge” (Directed by Jessica Cope) – Triple M, Australia
10p EST – “Am I Savage” (Directed by Herring & Herring) – Ro69.JP (Rockin’ On), Japan
Thursday, November 17
12a EST – “Halo On Fire” (Directed by Herring & Herring) – BiLD / Metal Hammer, Germany
2a EST – “Murder One” (Directed by Robert Valley) – Le Parisian, France
4a EST – “Spit Out The Bone” (Directed by Phil Mucci) – NME, England
6a EST – “Lords of Summer” (Directed by Brett Murray) – Aftonbladet, Sweden
Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, a 2 CD / 2 Vinyl set, is the Grammy® Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee's first studio album since 2008's multi-platinum Death Magnetic. Hardwired...To Self-Destruct is available for pre-order at www.Metallica.com in various configurations including: CD, Vinyl, Digital, Deluxe, and Deluxe Deluxe Versions. Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed Death Magnetic, produced the album.
Belarusian Symphonic black metallers Nightside Glance have signed a deal with Musica Production. Their second masterpiece “Gray Haven” will be released on December, 9.
The album was recorded in Monroe Sound Studio, Poland (Vesania, Masachist). Dialogues and female vocals for track “Daydream Lullaby” was recorded in GFI Studios, USA. Bass was recorded by Artem Serdyuk (Thy Disease, Disloyal).
“Gray Haven” is a conceptual album about mental hospital Gray Haven. The main character is a psychiatrist, whom falls into a different reality. He's trying to understand and finding answers about his mental condition. Then he became the prisoner of his own hospital.
Nightside Glance was founded in Minsk in 2003. “Gray Haven” is the second album from the band. Debut album “Edge Of Time” was released via the biggest Russian metal label Irond Records.
November 14th, was the day of the year when the Moon comes closest to the Earth. The last time it was so close to the Earth was on January 26th, 1948, i.e. 70 years ago, and the next time will be on November 25th, 2034!
To celebrate this unique day, Japanese metallers Gyze have presented an outstanding & fascinating Death Metal cover version of Moonlight Sonata (Pt. III) by Beethoven!
Greek melodic Power metal masters Firewind, the group led by guitar-wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band member Gus G., are proud to announce the release of their upcoming 8th studio album, 'Immortals', which will be released on January 20th, 2017 via the band’s long-time label partner Century Media Records in Europe.
Gus G. checked in to comment about 'Immortals' and its artwork (which can be seen above!) as follows: “Today we're very happy to reveal the cover artwork for our 8th studio album. It's titled "Immortals" and it's the first concept album Firewind has ever made. Since we're from Greece, we thought it would be a cool idea to make a concept of Greek history and heritage. So, on this album we focused on the legendary battles of Thermopylae and Salamis during the 2nd Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC. The artwork was once again created by our long-time collaborator, Gustavo Sazes and we feel it reflects the vibe we tried to capture on this album - Epic, Powerful, Glorious, Everlasting.”
'Immortals' marks the first time Firewind used an outside co-producer, working with Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69), who not only engineered, mixed and mastered the album, but also co-wrote it together with Gus G.
Next to the standard jewel case CD and Digital Download formats, “Immortals” will also be released as LP on 180gr vinyl with a poster as well as the entire album on CD as bonus. Additionally, there will also be a limited edition Media-book CD with expanded booklet, a bonus track and 3 stickers. Look out for more details and pre-order details soon…
A first album’s online single is set to debut on November 25th, but in the meantime you can already check out a few sample riffs in a play-through clip that Gus G. recorded in co-operation with Toontrack’s EZmix 2 and the Metal Guitar Gods 4 EZmix Pack expansion here:
Gus G. and Toontrack have also launched a regular "Metal Month Masterclass" series of video lessons, of which the first two episodes can be seen here:
1. Arpeggios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv4jKjnb5zM
2. Phrasing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3rJScx9nAk
3. Alternate Picking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAhtDn9Nco8
In order to support the release of “Immortals”, Firewind are set to hit the road across Europe and the UK. Those dates as well as some first festival dates confirmed for 2017 and also a string of GUS G. solo shows in Asia are as follows:
Firewind – European & UK Tour 2017
Special Guests: Manimal & Scar Of The Sun
15.02.2017 Glasgow (UK) - Audio
16.02.2017 Manchester (UK) - Academy 3
17.02.2017 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation
18.02.2017 Wolverhampton (UK) - Slade Rooms
19.02.2017 London (UK) - Underworld
21.02.2017 Southampton (UK) - Engine Rooms
22.02.2017 Paris (France) - Backstage by the Mills
23.02.2017 Strasbourg (France) - La Laiterie
25.02.2017 Vienna (Austria) - Szene
26.02.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
27.02.2017 München (Germany) - Feierwerk
28.02.2017 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
01.03.2017 Bochum (Germany) - Rockpalast
02.03.2017 Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob
FIREWIND – European Festivals 2017
16.06.2017 Duisburg (Germany) - Rage Against Racism
13-15.07.2017 Balingen (Germany) - Bang Your Head
09-12.08.2017 Villena (Spain) - Leyendas del Rock
08.09.2017 Olen (Belgium) - Olensfest
GUS G – Live 2016/2017
10.12.2016 Maasmechelen (Belgium) - Maasvallei
20.01.2017 Anaheim, CA (USA) - The Grove (w/ Metal Allegiance, Marty Friedman)
22.03.2017 Tokyo (Japan) - Club Quattro
23.03.2017 Osaka (Japan) - Club Quattro
25.03.2017 Seoul (South Korea) - Vhall
Italian metallers Windshades will release their debut EP, titled “Crucified Dreams” on November 18th, 2016 on iTunes, Spotify and all major digital platforms. A short video teaser can be viewed below.
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