Australian Trap Metal pioneers The Weight Of Silence return with new single & video "Runnin' Through The 666"
Hot off of a collaboration with Upon A Burning Body main man Danny Leal, The Weight Of Silence are here to prove that trap metal isn't a trend and neither are they. Continuing to prove their unique approach to a fresh genre, The Weight of Silence are "Runnin' Through The 666" on their latest single, blending metalcore with the swagger of trap!
Vocalist Jacob Pederson states that:-
“While we’ve focused our recent 2 singles on the #TRAPMETAL movement, our brand new single "Runnin Through The 666" could almost be placed as melodic hardcore! This is the sound we started this band on, and even though we’re all about evolving with our sound, we will never forget where we came from. This one is for our day one fans!"
Watch "Runnin' Through The 666" Official Video
The video for "Runnin' Through the 666" premiered on September 18 through New Noise Magazine; it showcases the band's live energy and the flare for the dramatic that can be heard in all of their songs. It's undeniably an unconventional and sometimes silly approach, but The Weight of Silence's roots in hardcore are evident in their music and in their dedication to their fans!
Australian death/doom cult Carcinoid premiere the new track "Sickness" through NoCleanSinging.com. The track hails from the band's striking debut album, Metastatic Declination, set for international release on October 7th via Memento Mori for the CD version and November 1st via Blood Harvest Records for the vinyl LP version. Hear Carcinoid's "Sickness" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from Melbourne, Carcinoid belong to that strain of nefarious bands that could not possibly be given birth to: this is the offspring of a miscarriage, more like. So odorous, pugnacious, and hideous is the music that this quartet belch forth, it verily sounds like a radioactive, cancerous growth bubbling up from a post-apocalyptic landscape; not for nothing are they Carcinoid. Comprised of past/current members of other local underground acts such as Dungeons of Blood, Pregnancy, Reaper, Eternal Rest, Hobo Magic, Xenos, and Spawn, Carcinoid claim to be equally influenced by the likes of Autopsy, Napalm Death, Paradise Lost (early!), Corrupted, Pungent Stench, Obituary, Grief, Carcass, Cathedral (also early!), and Brutal Truth among others. The amalgamation of such foul ingredients results in a putrescent stew where death metal and doom of the filthiest and most crushing order predominates, and sudden blasts of grinding derangement help intensify the vile listening experience. Such is the sound of Metastatic Declination, the band's debut album: no melody, no light, no hope!
Suitably furnished with starkly regressionist cover art courtesy of Necro Frost and with gutsf***ing mastering from Blood Duster's Jason Fuller at Goatsound, Carcinoid's Metastatic Declination is truly a record for only the sickest and most hardened ears - if you're a false, do no entry! Memento Mori's CD version will also include as bonus tracks the band's 2018 demo.
In the meantime, hear the next cancerous growth of the new track "Sickness" in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Hear the first cancerous growth with the previously revealed "Suffering Reborn" both HERE at Memento Mori's official YouTube channel and HERE at Blood Harvest's Bandcamp.
Australian black metal band Hope Drone are streaming the entirety of their new album Void Lustre via Decibel. The album is set out now.
Take a listen here: https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2019/08/29/full-album-stream-hope-drone-void-lustre/
Not from dark Norway, as you might expect from this kind of music, but from sunny Australia, the quartet Hope Drone will release their third album Void Lustre on August 30th 2019.
In 2012 the band gave their first sign of life with the digital single "From Mimas To Phoebe". The following year, the self-titled debut was released on OSCL (Australia) and Moment Of Collapse. In their Australian homeland, the band played from now on as a solid support for Deathwish or Relapse bands. Consequently, their second album "Cloak Of Ash" (2015) was also released on Relapse. With this album, the band finally managed to establish themselves at the top of the league of modern post-black metal bands.
For their third album "Void Lustre", the quartet took a little more time. The five songs consistently continue the band‘s path. Nothing is rushed here. Slowly and deliberately, atmosphere and tension build up and then end in a blast-beat thunderstorm. The sound is not strictly bound to (black metal) conventions and oscillates between ambient, post-rock, drone and post-hardcore and sludge elements. "Void Lustre“ is not a blind rage, but a thoroughly breathtaking and intense album. If you are looking for a related band, you will find them at Deafheaven and Wolves In The Throne Room, but Altar Of Plagues and Downfall Of Gaia are also mentioned here.
Hope Drone is:
Chris Rowden (Guitar, Vocals)
Karl Hartwig (Guitar, Noise)
Aaron Pickersgill (Bass)
Francis Keil (Drums)
The world’s biggest heavy metal battle of the bands is coming to Australia for the first time ever!
The legendary Wacken Metal Battle will be making it’s triumphant debut in the great southern land, giving unsigned Australian metal acts the opportunity to battle it out for a spot at the world’s largest and greatest heavy metal festival - Wacken Open Air. 30 years have passed since the creation of Wacken Open Air and now going into their fourth decade, the “holy land of heavy metal” has chosen Australia as it’s newest inclusion into the ranks of their fabled battle of the bands.
Wacken Open Air and national promoter Bailey Graham (Founder, Pinnacle Music Group) will be bringing the competition across Australia next year in search of the greatest unsigned metal band down under, and send them off to play Wacken Open Air 2020. The regional heats will hit Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and twice in Melbourne.
The process is simple - 8 bands are chosen per regional heat to compete. The winner of every regional heat is given a slot to perform at the grand final in Melbourne at the iconic Max Watts House of Music. The winner of the grand final is given a slot at Wacken Open Air in front of tens of thousands of the world’s biggest metalheads!
Winners are decided by a judging panel of some of Australia’s most prolific industry figures - label heads, journalists, promoters and other influential Australian heavy metal figures.
For further information and band applications, go to the links on the side/below.
THIS IS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED
HOW TO APPLY
Please send your application (Demo CD with 3-4 songs, photo, band info and contact address) via www.overdrivetouring.com/wmb-australia
Australian Death / Doom crew Carcinoid set release date for Memento Mori debut; first track revealed
In their endless quest to push and support current underground acts that perpetuate the odour of vintage death metal, on October 7th, Memento Mori is proud to present Carcinoid's striking debut album, Metastatic Declination, on CD format.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Carcinoid belong to that strain of nefarious bands that could not possibly be given birth to: this is the offspring of a miscarriage, more like. So odorous, pugnacious, and hideous is the music that this quartet belch forth, it verily sounds like a radioactive, cancerous growth bubbling up from a post-apocalyptic landscape; not for nothing are they monikered Carcinoid. Comprised of past/current members of other local underground acts such as Dungeons of Blood, Pregnancy, Reaper, Eternal Rest, Hobo Magic, Xenos, and Spawn, Carcinoid claim to be equally influenced by the likes of Autopsy, Napalm Death, Paradise Lost (early!), Corrupted, Pungent Stench, Obituary, Grief, Carcass, Cathedral (also early!), and Brutal Truth among others. The amalgamation of such foul ingredients results in a putrescent stew where death metal and doom of the filthiest and most crushing order predominates, and sudden blasts of grinding derangement help intensify the vile listening experience. Such is the sound of Metastatic Declination, the band's debut album: no melody, no light, no hope!
Suitably furnished with starkly regressionist cover art courtesy of Necro Frost and with gutsfucking mastering from Jason Fuller at Goatsound, Carcinoid's Metastatic Declination is truly a record for only the sickest and most hardened ears - if you're a false, do no entry! Memento Mori's CD version will also include as bonus tracks the band's 2018 demo.
In the meantime, hear the first cancerous growth of the new track "Suffering Reborn" HERE at Memento Mori's official YouTube channel.
Australian Black Metallers Advent Sorrow set release date for new Werewolf album; first track revealed
Werewolf Records, in conspiracy with Hells Headbangers, sets September 27th as the international release date for Advent Sorrow's highly anticipated second album, Kali Yuga Crown, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
One of Australian black metal's best-kept secrets, Advent Sorrow have been in a perpetual state of refinement for a decade now. In 2015, the band released their debut album, As All Light Leaves Her, a haunting 'n' hovering slice of prime DSBM. Since then, Advent Sorrow have been planning a grand rebirth, and it arrives at last with Kali Yuga Crown: a bolder, more muscular iteration of total solitude & inner destruction. As suggested by its cover art and especially its title, Kali Yuga Crown steps forward toward Advent Sorrow at their most Alpha - richer, rougher, more well-rounded, yet exuding an arrogance suitable for their newfound finesse - and a sound that poignantly straddles the epic and remorselessly violent. Truly panoramic, this is black metal that breathes an atmosphere of past, present, and future; no easy, trendy sonic signposts here nor safe digestion for ears weaned in the social media era. Roots to Advent Sorrow's earlier days have surely been planted across Kali Yuga Crown, but the foremost importance is its destination: song titles like "Wolfhook and Weapon," "With Conviction," "Caesar," and most definitely "Death in Magic Antagonism" should say more than enough. And with this record, Advent Sorrow have indeed arrived.
Werewolf Records is a Luciferian metal temple founded in 1998. The wolfish cry from the Carelian battlegrounds, Werewolf Records releases black metal and other dark arts motivated exclusively by theistic Satanist views of the founder Werwolf. In this age when black metal's worth is questionable, idealism and rigour are the exception when they should be the highest law. We uphold the law of the Wolf - the destruction of the weak and the false so that the original vitality of the dark magic art can continue to grow and create the foundations for an empire. Black metal is Will and Power. We deal with material that inspires us on our journey towards our own kingdom - a kingdom that is not yours, but bears a resemblance to the one there could be for you. Now in conspiracy with Hells Headbangers, the temple of Werewolf Records shall wage its war farther and wider than ever, with no spiritual surrender.
In the meantime, hear the new Advent Sorrow track "Verminblood" HERE at Werewolf Records' Bandcamp, where the album can also be pre-ordered.
Melbourne metalcore four-piece Void Of Vision have announced details of their forthcoming sophomore album Hyperdaze, due Friday September 13 via UNFD. Alongside the news comes a blistering first taste of the release in the form of 'Hole In Me'.
“Pure hatred, self-loathing and nihilism, are themes that unravel throughout this record," explains Void Of Vision lead vocalist Jack Bergin. Though there's no positivity or light to be drawn from the album, Bergin asserts that there's a lot to unpack. Hyperdaze is an invitation into the depths of his world, with its creation process offering a steep exercise in catharsis for him as an individual and an artist. The result is a belting 11-track release that laces raw anger and vulnerability between superior musicianship.
Today Void of Vision also offer visuals for the record with the reveal of a gut-wrenching music video for 'Hole In Me', watch - HERE
If not for its epic musical onslaught (see the chaotic 'Splinter', harrowing 'Kerosene Dream' and the roaring 'If Only'), there's an unnerving sense of darkness in Hyperdaze's lyricism that makes for a one-two assault upon listening. Soaking in bleak lines including “Don’t pity me, I’m dead already” ('If Only') and “There is no God, we were all born to rot, we all die the fucking same” ('Babylon'), Hyperdaze is the ultimate musical parcel of rancour.
On the band's progression since their 2016 debut full-length, Bergin quips: “Children Of Chrome was an experiment, Hyperdaze is an experience."
“[Hyperdaze] is the most we’ve explored each and every detail that we put onto an album,” he adds. “From fine-tuning and tweaking all the synths and accompaniment to the grittiness and aggression of the vocals, we really wanted the pure anger that went into making these recordings to translate out the other side – something I feel we haven’t quite grasped on previous records.”
Building on the momentum of 'Children Of Chrome', and their more recent outputs, 2017's Disturbia EP and 2018 single 'Kill All My Friends', Void Of Vision have been consistently stretching their touring muscles. With slots at Good Things, UNIFY and Halloween Hysteria, extensive headlining across Australia, European visits and a recently announced support slot alongside Northlane, the band have been busy showcasing their live assault.
Now geared to impart their refined new material on the masses, the Hyperdaze era is set to see Void Of Vision at their most tenacious and hell bent yet.
'HYPERDAZE' TRACK LISTING
2. 'Year Of The Rat'
4. 'If Only'
5. 'Slave To The Name'
7. 'Hole In Me'
8. 'Kerosene Dream'
VOID OF VISION - 2019 AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES - SUPPORTING NORTHLANE
Friday October 11 – UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney
Saturday October 12 – The Triffid, Brisbane (SOLD OUT)
Thursday October 17 –170 Russell, Melbourne
Friday October 18 – 170 Russell, Melbourne (SOLD OUT)
Saturday October 19 – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide (SOLD OUT)
Plague 9's EP Mr Ass is out now! The Australian traditional heavy metal newcomers from Adelaide have just released their debut EP. Mr Ass is a good mix of thrash and more traditional style heavy metal riffs. Drawing influence from bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Iron Maiden and also Jeff Loomis, Marco Sfogli and Andy James... there is sure to be something for every headbanging metal junkie.
"Each track is riddled with savage & catchy riffs and filled out with blazing solos." Hysteria Mag
The EP's artwork was created by Dusan Markovic who has worked with bands like Dragony, Mystic Prophecy, Dragonheart..
Formed by rhythm guitarist/singer Devon Smith and bassist John Hopf in 2017, Plague 9 recorded their first song Stuck in Hell for the release on the Metal United Down Under Vol 1 compilation. Since then lead guitarist David Hone has jumped on board bringing his very unique playing style and blistering speed taking the songs into a new dimension.
Plague 9 are:
John Hopf - Bass guitar
David Hone - Lead guitar
Devon Smith - Rhythm guitar/vocals
Kon Tsacos - Drums
MR ASS is available on their Bandcamp page.
Four years after releasing their monolithic "Cloak of Ash" on Relapse Records, Brisbane’s Hope Drone return with a new meditation on personal and existential despair in the form of "Void Lustre". Crafted with patience and restraint the album sees the band travel further down the textured and dynamic pathways forged by their previous work as they dance from austere atmospheres to crashing walls of sound through frenetic blasts and thunderous dirges. Blending the likes of black metal, sludge and post-rock with influences even further afield the band creates a rich sound that is as beautiful as it is devastating.
"Void Lustre had to be dragged into existence through loss, depression and doubt", the band comments. "Songs were crafted, reformed and discarded. Ultimately however this record is a continuation of our search for catharsis, comfort and hope found in walls of sound made only for ourselves and those like us."
Engineered and produced together with the band by long-time collaborator Christopher Brownbill (Underground Audio) and released by the capable MOMENT OF COLLAPSE RECORDS (Heaven in Her Arms, Suffocate for Fuck Sake, Hope Drone self-titled) the album is built on relationships forged over the years. Joining the production fold is mastering engineer Mell Dettmer (Earth, SunnO))), Wolves in the Throne Room) who, with her deft hand and experience, brought forth a master of dynamic and clarity.
Coming August 30th on 2xLP, CD and Digital via Moment Of Collapse Records, watch out for many more news plus album tunes to follow in the days ahead!
Hope Drone is:
Chris Rowden (Guitar, Vocals)
Karl Hartwig (Guitar, Noise)
Aaron Pickersgill (Bass)
Francis Keil (Drums)
Australian Deathcore merchants Thy Art Is Murder release brutal official music video for new single, 'Death Squad Anthem'
Thy Art Is Murder have delivered another master lesson in brutality via their new single / video 'Death Squad Anthem'. A champion for the youth who are fed up with the current political system, 'Death Squad Anthem' is the second cut lifted from their earth-scorching fifth record, Human Target, set for release on July 26 via Nuclear Blast (ROW) and Human Warfare (AU/NZ). Watch here: https://youtu.be/uw_qPfgTxuI
Guitarist Andy Marsh comments:-
"'Death Squad Anthem' is a blazing examination of the current state of politics riddled with hyperactive virtue signalling, extremism and disenfranchisement. The despondency of 'Death Squad Anthem' is brought to life with stark socio-political traumatic scenes of warfare, genocide, police states, brutality famine and riots interspersed with those at the helm of the atrocities."
Pre-order 'Human Target' in various digital and physical formats from www.thyartismurder.net
Watch the official video for ‘Human Target’: https://youtube.com/watch?v=pMl3exzgGto
Human Target was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio in Belleville, NJ. The artwork was once again painted by Eliran Kantor (Hatebreed, Testament, Iced Earth, Sodom).
THY ART IS MURDER is:
C.J. McMahon | Vocals
Sean Delander | Rhythm Guitar
Kevin Butler | Bass Guitar
Jesse Beahler | Drums
Andy Marsh | Lead Guitar
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