Australian Progressive Metal Band Ironstone releases Hollow. They state:
“We’re thrilled to present 'Hollow’, the third single from our debut EP, Prophecy. The song addresses one of the largest challenges facing our generation today... the state of the Earth’s ecology. This topic evokes a range of emotions, from anger and despair through to disbelief and sadness. Despite this, Hollow is about hope and the part we need to play in affecting our future for the better."
Hollow’s lyrics caution against a path of ongoing greed and excess and cynically invite the listener to ‘gorge upon the bounty’ without considering anyone else or the consequences of their actions, giving a healthy dose of clarity in a reverse psychology package.
Hollow has a sound that is as nuanced as the message it delivers. The guitars while conveying frustration and rage are offset by carefully placed ambient elements. The whole song fluctuates between bursts of percussive, aggressive guitar, technical drumming and beautiful melodies that overflow with emotional tension. All of this culminates in a big build-up and pay-off to help drive the message home!
The video for Hollow features orange and blue lighting, giving it a jarring, dramatic theme. Individual shots are complemented by graphics, glitches, and symbols, giving the clip a frantic atmosphere that helps to convey a feeling of urgency.
Hollow was mixed and mastered by Chris Themelco of Monolith Studios, Melbourne.
Dan Charlton - Lead Vocals
Edward Warren - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Aidan Kalms - Rhythm Guitar
Oliver Hosking - Bass Guitar
Jackson Whyte - Drums, Vocals
Ironstone is a progressive metal band from Bendigo, Australia. With influences coming from a range of modern metal genres, their music features the duality of clean and distorted vocals, djent driven riffs and breakdowns, atmospheric layers and catchy choruses. The result is a contemporary metal sound that is sophisticated, melodic and hard-hitting.
Australian metalcore band, Alpha Wolf, unveil their latest single, “creep”. This is the second single, following “Akudama”, from the band’s forthcoming new album, a quiet place to die, due out on September 25th via SharpTone Records. Following up the band’s 2017 debut LP, Mono, and 2019 EP, Fault, a quiet place to die is an intense, 11-track collection dealing with loss, anxiety and animosity.
Stream the new track here: http://shrptn.co/creep
The album is available now for pre-order here: https://sharptonerecords.co/collections/alpha-wolf.
Vocalist Lochie Keogh states:-
"‘Creep’ vents on frustrations and betrayals faced growing up attending and playing shows in the heavy music scene. It wasn't long after first coming to shows I realised I was still in the same popularity contest that cast me out when I was younger."
An iron will is only ever hardened within the forge, and Australia’s fastest rising metalcore act Alpha Wolf have proven they are made of sterner stuff. The five-piece bared their teeth in 2019 with the release of their EP Fault in joint partnership with Greyscale Records and SharpTone Records, it became a line in the sand that set expectations for all that would follow.
The band played sold out shows across Australia both headlining, and in support of acts such as Polaris and August Burns Red; as well as a slew of international tours across Asia, Europe, and even dipping their toes in to the American market.
If Fault was the line in the sand however, Alpha Wolf desired to make their mark permanent, something etched in stone for all to see. The band needed to push themselves harder, the band needed to prove they were worthy of their name, the band needed a quiet place to die.
2020 sees Alpha Wolf bite harder than ever with their sophomore release a quiet place to die, the culmination of every lesson learnt, every hit taken, and every loss felt. a quiet place to die is the end result of five individuals who have faced the fire and refuse to flinch, pouring their every-thing into making something they are truly proud of. The path to this point has only made their thirst greater, and soon enough, the wolves will be out for blood.
Australian progressive metal band Ironstone is set to release their debut EP Prophecy on 29 May 2020. Today they are thrilled to present Downpour, a new single and video from Prophecy. The video was premiered at Metal.de yesterday. (Video below)
The band states:-
"Downpour was written quite a while ago and has developed over time. We incorporated an eastern theme to create the atmosphere of a heavy, monsoonal storm. We loved the idea of filming a music video in pouring rain, which was actually a major incentive to write the song. The lyrics deal with missing the early signs of trouble and then suddenly finding yourself immersed in a bad situation. The song is really about the beauty of hindsight! “
Downpour is both aggressive and melodic, with a djent driven guitar riff that interweaves with a Japanese koto, giving the song a distinctly oriental feel. It features heavily down-tuned guitars, a brutal breakdown, ambient synth elements, an intricate guitar solo and a strong melody.
Music & Lyrics by E.Warren
Mixed and Mastered by Chris Thelmeco (Monolith Studios)
The video for Downpour revolves around lots of water, slow motion and a very wet band. Even though Downpour is not about rain, the video represents the song with that very thing. Torrential rain.
Downpour was mixed and mastered by Chris Themelco of Monolith Studios, Melbourne.
Downpour is out now! - https://gyro.lnk.to/Downpour
Australian metal band Make Them Suffer have shared new song "Drown With Me." The song will appear on the quintet's forthcoming album How To Survive A Funeral, which arrives this summer via Rise Records.
Listen to the song here
"'Drown With Me' is just a really fucked up love song," the band bluntly explains. "Love can be beautiful, but also dark and terrifying. The lyrics 'Take my hand, don't be scared, drown with me if you can' beckons the listener to take the plunge into the unknown."
Make Them Suffer previously shared video for the first single Erase Me watch and listen here.
How To Survive A Funeral is the Make Them Suffer's fourth full-length and sees inspiration from their past and present sounds twisted together into a package that will define their place amongst their contemporaries as a truly creative act. The band enlisted Drew Fulk A.K.A. WZRDBLD, who has worked with everyone from Motionless In White and Bullet For My Valentine to Yelawolf and Lil' Wayne. The band travelled to L.A. to hole up at Fulk's studio. It marked the first time in the band's career that it worked this closely with a producer and the result is truly something unique.
Australian blackened death metal outfit Earth Rot are now streaming their entire upcoming opus 'Black Tides of Obscurity' in advance of the release date. The album drops tomorrow March 6, but can already be heard on the official Season of Mist YouTube channel HERE. The link may be freely spread throughout your channels.
Earth Rot comments:-
"Black Tides Of Obscurity is the sum total of all our efforts over the course of a year. We took an even greater hands on approach on this album to try and capture the sound in our heads and we're very pleased that we've found an even greater depth of savagery compared to anything we've released previously."
The album can be ordered in various formats HERE.
More info on the album and additional assets can be found HERE! For more Earth Rot updates, check their Facebook, Website or Instagram.
Jared Bridgeman – Lead Vocals / Bass Guitar
Tom Waterhouse – Guitar / Backing Vocals
Colin Dickie – Guitar
Daniel Maloney – Drums
ARIA-certified Australian metalcore trailblazers The Amity Affliction have just dropped the video for "Forever." Watch it here.
The song appears on the band's album Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them which is out today and is the band’s Pure Noise Records debut.
"'Forever' is a song about the dueling internal narrative while in the depths of a depressive episode," says singer Joel Birch. "On the one hand, love and support, on the other hand, thoughts of suicide, while also grappling with the follow on effect it would have. I made a promise to myself to make it to my son’s eighteenth birthday when he was three, and I intend to keep it. Hopefully by then I will have figured out how to properly cope with what is likely a lifelong battle with bipolar II."
The Amity Affliction — Joel Birch [vocals], Ahren Stringer [vocals, bass], Dan Brown [lead guitar], and Jon Longobardi [drums] — previously released the video for "Soak Me In Bleach." Watch it here. The band also premiered the new song "Catatonia" over at Loudwire. Listen here. Prior to that, the band roared out of the gates with "All My Friends Are Dead."
"This album is a result of our re-found love for heavy music," The Amity Affliction said upon announcing the record. "We wanted to make a heavier album to back up our most recent releases to let our fans know that we understand what the majority want to hear from us. We have experimented creatively over the years and are now able to apply what we’ve learnt to what we consider the perfect blend of Amity new and old."
Since emerging in 2008 on the debut Severed Ties, The Amity Affliction have served up two ARIA gold-certified albums, Youngbloods  and Chasing Ghosts , and earned a platinum certification from ARIA for the seminal Let the Ocean Take Me . This Could Be Heartbreak  marked the band's second consecutive Top 30 debut on the Billboard Top 200, while Misery  elevated them to new critical heights with praise from Medium, Alternative Press, The Noise, and more. To date, the group's total stream tally has surpassed 200 million and counting. Meanwhile, The Amity Affliction sold out countless headline shows and toured alongside many genre heavyweights. During 2019, the musicians returned to Beltsville, MD to record their Pure Noise Records debut, Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them, alongside Misery producer Matt Squire.
Australian Thrash / Death crew Thrash Bandicoot release debut EP Milwaukee Cannibal & video of title track
Australian Thrash / Death metal band Thrash Bandicoot have just released their debut EP Milwaukee Cannibal on January 6. The title song is a display of "spine-wrenching thrash metal exploring the mentality of Jeffery Dahmer, the Milwaukee Cannibal", states the band. Milwaukee Cannibal has been produced, engineered, mixed & mastered by Matt Clarke (Daemon Foetal Harvest, Bastardizer, Darker Half). Thrash Bandicoot's debut EP Milwaukee Cannibal is now available for download on their Bandcamp page.
Thrash Bandicoot are:
Jack Insley-Flowers - Bass
Daniel Lever - Vocals & Guitar
Matt Perkins - Lead Guitar
Tim Worley - Drums
Thrash Bandicoot are a 4 piece Thrash / Death metal band hailing from Wollongong, Australia. The band is drawing influences from the likes of Pantera, Testament and Slayer. Forming in 2016, the guys have played up and down the East Coast of Australia, sharing the stage with Australian acts such as Bastardizer, Mason, Hidden Intent, and US thrash titans Lich King.
Produced,engineered, mixed & mastered by Matt Clarke
Drums recorded at Main Street Studios, Fairy Meadow
Album artwork by Eko Gruffyanto
Australian Deathcore mob Thy Art Is Murder announce new drummer Jesse Beahler + release drum play-through
Australia's premier extreme metal export, Thy Art Is Murder are proud to announce the addition of drummer Jesse Beahler. In celebration, the band have released a drum play-through for 'Human Target' which can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICiFp1-zwYQ
"I’ve been long time friends with Thy Art Is Murder, from touring beside them on their first American tour in 2013, to becoming a contributing member of the band during ‘The Depression Sessions’, and eventually evolving into a full-fledged member during the writing and recording process of our latest album, ‘Human Target’. I’m very grateful to be working alongside great friends and musicians, and feel like Thy Art is a band I was always meant to be a part of.
I am incredibly proud of the performances we tracked on our newest album ‘Human Target’, and it sounds so good in part because of the great gear we selected. Thanks to Zildjian, Tama, Remo, Vic Firth, Czarcie Kopyto, and Foot Blaster Triggers for creating exceptional tools that help me deliver the best possible performance every time I sit behind the kit."
'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).
Order 'Human Target' in various digital and physical formats from www.thyartismurder.net
THY ART IS MURDER is:
C.J. McMahon | Vocals
Sean Delander | Rhythm Guitar
Kevin Butler | Bass Guitar
Jesse Beahler | Drums
Andy Marsh | Lead Guitar
Australian thrash metallers Warrior Within released their second EP In Light Act II on 8 February 2020. The EP follows their first act EP In Darkness Act I. The EP can be ordered via Bandcamp.
The Australian East Coast tour kicked off in their hometown in Brisbane on Saturday 8 February. It was a special show, not only because of the EP launch. It was also the first Metal Battle Australia in Brisbane. After Brisbane, Warrior Within will tour Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne. In Melbourne Warrior Within join Metal United Down Under and then head back to Brisbane for Brewfest. The tour will end on June 20 at Bangers and Thrash in Sydney. So, stay in the Darkness to catch the show In Light!
Warrior Within are purveyors of good wholesome thrash metal. They do not stick to one topic lyrically but cover social, political and esoteric themes. Guitarist Tass states: "We have persevered through all adversity to release our music. To us Heavy Metal is not just entertainment, its a vehicle to explore a better reality."
Warrior Within are:
Scott Macintyre - Vocals
Tass Hadoulis - Rhythm / Lead Guitar
Apostolis Hadoulis - Bass
Dan Stixx - Drums
Warrior Within are a thrash and speed metal band hailing from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Having been together in one form or another since 1992, the band have since cemented their line up in 2017, and are working hard to unleash their pummelling and vicious brand of metal upon Australia, and the world at large. Comprised of Scott Macintyre on vocals, Dan Stixx on drums and the brother duo of Tass Hadoulis on guitars and Toli Hadoulis on bass, Warrior Within have been brutalising crowds with their energetic live shows all over Queensland, but now have their sites firmly set on conquering Australia, and then the world.
Pre-order your copy of the digital album at Bandcamp here.
Australian Symphonic / Gothic Metallers Victoria K sign to Rockshots Records; debut album "Essentia" out this April
Rockshots Records is proud to announce their signing of Australia's Victoria K for the release of her debut album "Essentia" coming April 2020. The full length was produced by Lee Bradshaw and features special guest Michalina Malisz (Eluveitie).
The Melbourne singer/songwriter has made her mark on the rock and metal scene with the release of her debut single 'Monster' in 2016, featuring guitar work by Brett Garsed (John Farnham Band) along with her 2019 follow up track 'Lacuna' distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Warner Music Group (Australia) and is the lead single off the upcoming album.
The single garnered a lot of media praise and created an opportunity for Victoria K to support Swiss folk metal giants Eluveitie for their May 2019 tour date in Melbourne, a performance that had the crowd chanting for an encore.
Although the album was originally a solo project, it has now developed into the current band structure with each member bringing their own energy and experience to the collective. The band is looking forward to collaborating on future releases and is now heavily focused on the release of this debut full length in April 2020.
Victoria K adds:
"'Essentia' is Latin for Essence. Essence is the indispensable quality of something that determines its very nature or character. So I guess the album as a whole tries to tackle and define the very nature of humanity. In a way, I’m trying to unravel the complexity of human essence and emotion. It all hopefully leads to being struck by a moment of Sonder - therefore the realization that everyone, including strangers, has a life as complex as our own, despite our lack of awareness of it."
Victoria K's talented songwriting and compositional influences include Evanescence, Within Temptation, Nightwish and Kamelot amongst other current bands in the European metal scene and her music have been likened to be a blend of these influences. Victoria K has racked up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube with her own original creations and through featured videos alongside a number of talented musicians covering a plethora of songs. Victoria K's covers include Iron Maiden's "The Trooper", Nightwish's "Last Ride of the Day", Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" and Kamelot's "Insomnia", the latter of which received attention from the band themselves on Twitter and led to a meeting of talents when the American power metal band found themselves in Melbourne during their 2018 'The Shadow Theory' Australian tour.
'Lacuna' - https://youtu.be/vHqZ7tMu0xw
'Monster' - https://youtu.be/Sylw2fAeNDw
1. Freedom Uncharted (feat. Sheri Vengeance)
3. Forsaken (feat. Sheri Vengeance)
4. Matrix (feat. Sheri Vengeance)
5. Shroud of Solitude (feat. Michalina Malisz – Eluveitie)
6. The Haunting
8. Mist Filled Sky
Victoria K - Vocals
Sheri Vengeance - Extreme Vocals (Black Like Vengeance, ex. Ne Obliviscaris)
Julia Mammone – Guitar (Enlight)
Martin Kawaler – Bass (Black Like Vengeance, ex. Ten Thousand)
James Davies - Drums
Produced by Lee Bradshaw for Bradshaw Music Productions
Arrangements by Victoria K and Lee Bradshaw
Orchestra composed and arranged by Lee Bradshaw
Vocals - Victoria K
Guitars - Brett Garsed
Drums - Gerry Pantazis
Bass - Rich Panaia*
*except “Lacuna” - Chris Rourke
Keys, Piano, Synth and Sound Design - Lee Bradshaw
Hurdy Gurdy on “Shroud of Solitude” - Michalina Malisz from Eluveitie
Feature Vocal on “Freedom Unchartered”, “Forsaken” and “Matrix” - Sheri Vengeance
Orchestra - Budapest Scoring Orchestra, conducted by Zoltán Pad
Orchestra engineered by Dénes Rédly
Orchestral contractor - Bálint Sapszon
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