Bristling with an epically baroque life and energy, Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-rockers Apocalyptica have unveiled their brand new single ‘Ashes Of The Modern World.’ The song is taken from Cell-0, their upcoming ninth studio album, released on January 10th via Silver Lining Music.
The powerful video was directed by the award-winning Finnish photographer/videographer Ville Juurikkala who has worked with a wide variety of prominent artists from Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith to opera singer Andrea Bocelli.
The recording of Cell-0 followed a four-year break between albums that gave the band - Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, Paavo Lötjönen, and Mikko Sirén, all of whom are classically-trained musicians - a fresh perspective and affected the way they approached the new music. The album sees them return to their roots and is the quartet’s first instrumental album in 17 years, finding Apocalyptica challenging themselves to discover new flavours and colours in their respective instruments.
“It is tough to express without lyrics, but in Cell-0, we found particles of our universe previously unknown to us,” they explained. “Millions of notes combine to create music just as millions of cells combine to create life, and when you visualize the whole thing, similar patterns appear.”
Produced by Apocalyptica, mixed by Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Metallica and Black Sabbath), and recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Cell-0 sees the band soaring into ethereal space on ‘Ashes Of The Modern World,’ while diving head-first into aggressive thrash cello-riffery during ‘En Route To Mayhem.’
Rather than put strategic attention on aspects like writing singles, the band approached Cell-0 as a fully-formed piece of art, connecting the right details and hues with the energy of being a real cello-metal band. By pushing themselves to find other places and levels in their music, Apocalyptica opened up to some seemingly unorthodox methods and emotions while travelling through that creative process.
“These new songs have so many layers and are so complex, and it’s not always easy to point exactly what they are about,” Toppinen expresses. “But I think that’s also the beauty of instrumental music, that the listener always can feel free to experience the same songs in very, very different ways. It’s also one reason why we don’t want to explain the songs before they’re experienced.”
In support of the release of Cell-0, Apocalyptica will Special Guest with Sabaton on a 15-country, 23-date European arenas tour, including an appearance at Wembley Arena on February 8th 2020. All confirmed dates are below.
17 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
18 Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
19 Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
21 Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
22 Arena, Budapest, Hungary
24 Torwar, Warsaw, Poland
25 Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany
26 O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
28 Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
30 Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
31 Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
1 König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
2 Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
4 Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
5 Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain
7 Zenith, Paris, France
8 Wembley Arena, London, UK
9 Afas Live, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
11 Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
12 Forum Black Box, Copenhagen, Denmark
14 Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
15 Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
16 Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
Cell-0 will be available in a variety of formats, including CD Mediabook, heavy-weight double vinyl and a variety of digital download options. Pre-order at www.apocalyptica.com.
Since 1999, Battlesword have been the flagship of Germany's melodic death metal, and now they have a new album to celebrate their 20th anniversary! Entitled "And Death Cometh Upon Us", the band's' fifth full-length is set to be released on November 22nd on Black Sunset/MDD.
You'll find 10 tracks showcasing Battlesword's own distinctive style which revolves around melodic death and the old school style from Scandinavia. The album was recorded and produced in April this year at Beefy Audio Mönchengladbach by André Bodewein, while Mark Erskine (Erskine Designs) has given the album a worthy visual frame for the band's anniversary. Be prepared!
Italy's Melodic Death metal band Extinction has revealed tracklist and preview of the upcoming album The Apocalypse Mark, out October 18th via Revalve Records.
Watch to: https://player.believe.fr/v2/3616401028849
The band in collaboration with Inside Brain Music, are pleased to present their GERMAN & ITALIAN TOUR 2019 supporting the German Rock'n'Metal band Grimgod!
Extinction is a thrash death metal band formed in 1995 in Puglia (Italy) by Massimo Muci (vocals), Danilo Bonuso (guitar), Daniele Greco (guitar), Giuseppe de Benedittis (bass) and Tonio Latino (drums). In November 1996 the band released their demo "Progress Regress" including 5 tracks, recorded at the Pure Rock Studios in Brindisi. Their style is characterized by a balanced mix of death and thrash metal, influenced by bands like Pantera, Sepultura, Metallica, Pestilence, Morbid Angel etc. Subsequent reviews of music magazines are more than positive. Especially Metal Hammer Italy praises their music for the mix of styles and declares them as "Blind Guardian of death metal" referring to the song "Evil's Revenge".
When singer Massimo Muci left the band in 1997, guitarist and vocalist Danilo decided to move to Turin and in consequence of that, the band split up. Seventeen years later in 2014, Danilo reformed the band in Turin with Alice Darkpeace (vocals), Jacopo Farcito (bass) and Alberto Scrivano (drums). The new Extinction debuts at Rocking Universe Metal Fest in September 2014, followed by numerous concerts, with international bands like Necrodeath, Game Over, Materia, Onslaught, Mindwars, Node etc. After Jacopo (bass) had left the band in February 2015, Marco Vicenza became the new bassist in march of the same year. During this period Luca Maggi accompanied the band on second guitar for a short time. In May 2015 - almost 20 years after the demo Progress Regress - Extinction released a new single called "Conspirators".
In the same year Marco "Hellfire" Campanati joins the band as permanent second guitarist, following Luca, who left the band in December. In April 2016, vocalist Alice Darkpeace appears on the TV show "Italia's Got Talent", demonstrating her growling skills. This event was quite important for the band, in as much as it helped them gain popularity. Besides, growling was never performed on Italian television before. On 30 April 2017, the band released the debut album "The Monarch Slaves" with the German label Unholy Fire Records; after the same titled promo video! The album is available in CD, limited CD digipak, limited tape edition and digital download! In August 2018 the band crosses the national borders playing in Hanover (Germany) and in Serbia at the Rock Village Festival in Banatski Sokolac.
In October 2018, Alice leaves the band due to disagreements and at its place comes Filippo Collaro. Between April and May 2019, the band recorded the new album in Davide Billia's Mk2 Studio (Anthropofagus, Beheaded, etc.). In June 2019 bassist Marco will also be replaced by Lorenzo Catolla, also by Silenti Luna. With the new line-up, in July of the same year, the band signs the contract with the renowned Italian label Revalve Records.
Here are the dates:
02 October 2019 @ Neukirchen (D) - Sägewerk Neukirchen, with Grimgod & Hell-O-Matic
04 October 2019 @ Freiberg (D) TrainControl Freiberg e.V..with Grimgod & Hell-O-Matic
05 October 2019 @ Pahlen (D) - Pahlazzo, with Grimgod & Hell-O-Matic
17 October 2019 @ Morozzo (Cn, I) - Bughi Bar with Grimgod & Hopeless
18 October 2019 @ Vercelli (I) - Officine Sonore, with Grimgod & local support
19 October 2019 @ Saronno (Va, I) - The Old Jesse, with Grimgod & Isolirion Band
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
After a raft of successful summer festival performances this year, Doro is preparing to continue her Forever Warriors - Forever United World Tour in a few weeks. Kicking off the next leg of the tour in Russia and the USA, the band will then be travelling back to Europe for gigs in Germany, UK, Switzerland, Netherlands and Luxembourg. To celebrate the upcoming live dates, our favourite Metal Queen has released the official video for the hit single 'Freunde Fürs Leben' (Friends For Life), taken from her latest album "Forever Warriors - Forever United".
Watch the video for 'Freunde Fürs Leben' here: https://youtu.be/kZ1e9AItu2w
"The fans love the song as much as I do. The video for 'Freunde Fürs Leben' turned out to be awesome and offers lots of really touching scenes of and with the fans. I wanted this song as my new single and definitely wanted the video to turn out how it looks right now."
Catch Doro live this year on the following dates:
06.09 RU Sankt Petersburg - Club Zal
08.09 RU Moscow - Izvestia
10.09 RU Krasnodar - Arena
11.09 RU Rostov - Arena
13.09 RU Kaliningrad - Yantar Hall
13. - 18.10 USA Los Angeles, CA - MegaCruise
26.10 DE Düsseldorf - Mitsubishi Eletric Halle
08.11 UK Motherwell - Firestorm Rocks Festival
09.11 UK Great Yarmouth - Hard Rock Hell
11.11 LU Luxembourg - Den Atelier
12.11 CH Zürich - Komplex 457
15.11 DE Radolfzell - Milchwerk
16.11 DE Reutlingen - Stadthalle
17.11 DE Mannheim - Maimarktclub
19.11 DE Lübeck - Kulturwerft Gollan
20.11 DE Wilhelmshaven - Pumpwerk
22.11 DE Coesfeld - Fabrik
23.11 DE Bonn - Brückenforum
24.11 NL Arnhem - Luxor
Order 'Backstage To Heaven' here physically: http://nblast.de/DoroBackstageToHeaven
Order 'Backstage To Heaven' here digitally: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/backstage-to-heaven-ep/1449880530
Order 'Forever Warriors - Forever United' here: http://nblast.de/DoroForeverWarriors
Germany's melodic thrash metal maniacs Dissorted have signed a deal with Black Sunset and will release their debut album this fall! The album will feature 10 tracks and was mixed and mastered at Dreamsound Studios Munich (Graveworm, Serenity)! Somewhere between the neck breaking riffs influenced by Exodus, Testament and traditional bands like Iced Earth, the band has found their own musical identity, and this fall they will release a thrash metal album that will kick your ass! Stay tuned!
German epic metal pioneers, Equilibrium, will set aflame a brand new bonfire this summer with their sixth studio album. 'Renegades' (out: August 23rd via Nuclear Blast) is heralding a watershed, the turn of an era for this genre. This is metal at its most epic and most monumental, bearing huge songs, resting firmly in the Zeitgeist with a massive, modern production and sporting quite a number of eclectic influences. And before the bleating erupts: It’s working, it’s blending in - and above all, it’s still Equilibrium. Quite possibly more than ever.
Last week, the band released the second digital single 'Path of Destiny'. The song is available on all major streaming and download platforms: http://nblast.de/EquilibriumDestiny
Today, the band presents the official video clip of the song.
Check it out here: https://youtu.be/L6TqqOeKFKA
"'Path of Destiny''s music video is actually a love letter to humanity and it's diversity, but at the same time a reminder and warning, packed with serious topics into a strange and colourful fictive 80s world. It's about how people's lifelines collide in kinda strange ways and how all of us unconsciously influence other people's lives every single day. Which is kinda interesting...as most of us humans don't really care that much about others, but we are all connected. We all do feel the same things, we fear the same things and we all struggle sometimes. But one single smile, word or gesture at the right time and the right place can actually change another person's whole life. Isn't that powerful?! Humans are super interesting beings and it's amazing to actually see how an action leads to a reaction, and how emotions guide our actions. All of us have decisions to make, whether we like it or not, whether they are right or wrong in the end...we have to make them. That's just how our universe works.
Diversity is beautiful and instead of being afraid of it or even fear it, we should learn to love it. Our human mind is the most powerful weapon. Use it wisely.
Don't judge so rashly. Offer an open mind and an open heart instead. Listen. Give people a smile.
And maybe you will unconsciously access someone else's path of destiny."
'Renegades' was recorded and produced during September 2018 until March 2019 by the band and Swedish producer Robin Leijon and is the first Equilibrium album to feature Skar with his clean vocals and Skadi Rosehurst on synths.
German melodic death metallers In Sanity are not only close to become insane but from now on they're also part of the Black Sunset / MDD Records family! The band has completed works on their third full-length, which was recorded and produced by Seeb Levermann at the Greenman Studios (Orden Ogan, Brainstorm, Almanac).
The new album is set to be released this autumn through Black Sunset. More details to be announced soon.
German Death Metal act Necrotted has recently announced a new EP for October. Now the band has released a live video for the title track „Die For Something Worthwile“. The clip can be watched here: https://youtu.be/EZ7AudiK0Ug
"Die For Something Worthwile“ will be released on October 11th, 2019 via Rising Nemesis Records and will contain four new songs. The EP was produced by Kai Bigler and Benjamin Stelzer from Parasite Inc.
More than 10000 people signed a petition last year for the authorities to grant Doch Chkae the necessary visa to allow the young Cambodian band to perform at the Wacken Open Air 2018. Despite intense public campaigning and strong political efforts their application was unfortunately turned down in the end.
Yet the band, Swiss social worker Timon Seibel, and the Wacken Open Air endured and their persistence was finally rewarded. Last week, Doch Chkae were informed that their visa application has been approved and the band will be allowed to enter Germany to perform at the Wacken Open Air 2019!
Holger Hübner comments:-
"We are stoked that we will finally be able to welcome Doch Chkae in Wacken this year," says the festival organiser. "We sincerely thank all authorities involved, private individuals, and our crew, who have paved the way for this young Cambodian band to come to Germany. Music and particularly metal is an international language that connects people across all borders, cultures, and religions in friendship."
The band adds:-
"Last year's problems with our visa unfortunately made it impossible for us to come to Germany", Doch Chkae relate happily. "We are all the more pleased to have been invited again and to get the chance to play at the world's biggest metal festival! This is our biggest dream coming true! We are totally thrilled! Thank you, Wacken! Thank you, Germany!"
Doch Chkae translates as "dog life" – in which many of the inhabitants of the big slums in Cambodia are trapped. The three band members grew up in what was once the country's biggest waste dump. According to UNICEF, more than 10,000 children live on and off the streets in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh alone. The kids catch dogs for restaurants, prostitute themselves, trade in drugs, look for recyclables in garbage or try to survive in other ways.
Theara, Vichey, Pic, and Hing were lucky - three of the homeless kids were not only lodged in an orphanage run by Moms Against Poverty, but their social worker Timon also happened to find the right valve for the angry teenagers: Heavy Metal. After visiting a concert of the deathcore act SLITEN6IX, the original trio quickly formed their own band. Doch Chkae play angry death metal – and are probably the first to use their native language Khmer.
Doch Chkae have become a role model that has long been encouraging other children and young people in Cambodia to use music as a means to gain some control over their lives. The band plays concerts for their community, has founded its own label, and even appeared on television.
Before their show at the Wacken Open Air, DOCH CHKAE will be joined by Lebanese girl band SLAVE TO SIRENS, TRAINWRECK from Bangladesh, and VALLEY OF CHROME from the Philippines to play a warm-up gig at Hamburg's Kaiserkeller under the banner of "United Metal Nations" on July 27th.
The official festival trailer for the Wacken Open Air 2019 can be viewed here:-
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