Irish dark metal band Darkest Era have released their emotive new single 'Wither On The Vine'. It's the third track to be taken from their stunning new album, Wither On The Vine, which is out now via Candlelight Records.
Guitarist Ade Mulgrew comments:
"The song 'Wither On The Vine' pulls together many of the thematic threads across the album. It is inspired by the antithetical feeling of, on one hand, overwhelming despair at the social, political, and environmental realities of today, whilst simultaneously looking into the innocent eyes of childhood and wanting to maintain the illusion that there is only beauty in the world for as long as possible."
Eight years have passed since Darkest Era’s last album, 2014’s Severance. In that time, the Northern Irish-centred band have undergone personal and personnel changes, while the world itself has entered its own new dark era. Now, they return with critically acclaimed third album, Wither On The Vine.
Recorded at Wales’ legendary Foel Studios with producer Chris Fielding (Electric Wizard, Primordial, Winterfylleth, Witchsorrow), it finds the band exploring their shadowy take on the traditional heavy metal sounds of Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy, whilst incorporating elements of doom, black metal, blackgaze and anything else that casts a musical shadow. Expanding their horizons as to where their sound could go on Wither On The Vine, guitarist Ade Mulgrew says it could best be described as simply “dark metal”.
Speaking on the album, Ade adds:
"The album presents a bleak reflection of the world as it stands today; politically, socially, environmentally. Among themes of human tragedy and personal introspection, there are also songs touching on pagan spirituality, the Dionysian perspective and even gothic romance. Stylistically the album mixes black metal and doom metal elements with an almost classic rock sense of tone. We hope the album resonates with listeners seeking music with genuine power and emotional weight, pulling them into its dark visions."
After a long absence, far from withering away, Darkest Era have returned as experts in their craft, and made a definitive dark metal statement.
Darkest Era are:
Krum – Vocals
Ade Mulgrew – Guitar
Sarah Wieghell – Guitar
Daniel O’Toole – Bass
Cameron Åhslund–Glass – Drums
Darkest Era online:
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New Zealand global metal frontrunners Alien Weaponry have been touring around the world nonstop since the 2021 release of their acclaimed sophomore album, Tangaroa, out now via Napalm Records! Spreading vital messages of peace, awareness and warning through the power of their culturally-driven music, Tangaroa proves a massive next step for the band – encompassing all of the elements that make Alien Weaponry heavy metal’s most authentic rising stars.
Following the release of their three previous Tangaroa music videos for "Tangaroa", "Buried Underground", and "Hatupatu", today, in anticipation of their winter and early 2023 performance plans supporting both Guns N' Roses and Gojira, Alien Weaponry have dropped an official video for none other than their album closer track "Down The Rabbit Hole". The track extends an important proclamation against bullying through the eyes and experiences of frontman Lewis de Jong.
Lewis de Jong says about "Down The Rabbit Hole":
"This was an absolute blast to film! 'Down The Rabbit Hole' represents the growth I've experienced throughout my life and putting to bed demons from the past. The video captures the meaning well - the broken objects representing said demons. It’s the rough times in life that make you who you are, as long as you rise above it."
Watch the brand new official music video for “Down The Rabbit Hole” HERE
As mentioned above, Alien Weaponry is thrilled to be hitting the road this winter and next spring with some of rock and metal's biggest icons. In December, the band will support Guns N' Roses on two shows in their home country of New Zealand, and will pick back up to join Gojira on a tour of the UK and Europe in February 2023. See below for all tour dates, and for individual show information, visit www.alienweaponry.com.
Alien Weaponry upcoming tour dates:
w/ Guns N' Roses in 2022
w/ Gojira in 2023
Alien Weaponry is:
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Irish grindcore / death metal legends Abaddon Incarnate are releasing a brand new full length after a gap of eight years, with the last one coming out way back in 2014 on Candlelight Records. Since their inception in the early '90s, they've augmented their sound by adding elements to make it even more effective and varied without diminishing their intensity. This is possibly the best expression of the grindcore / death metal hybrid that they've achieved thus far. As the album is quite diverse, three songs are streaming on Bandcamp HERE and on the YouTube channel here.
Having been active since the '90s, Irish grindcore / death metal legends have only perfected their sound over the years, creating a quintessential blend of both the styles. They've come a long way from their explosive, highly caustic album 'Nadir' that put them on the map and have since then imbibed more death metal influences to improve upon their expression, adding better structure and nuance to their music. On their latest full length, their sixth, they've expanded upon their sound like never before, injecting myriad elements from thrash riffing to atmospheric passages and stringing them together using staggering transitions, and turning it into a fascinating beast of an album.
Every song here offers something different, some even climaxing into a terrific breakdown or shapeshifting into something mind-blowing. The Wretched Sermon is easily their most diverse and expressive album yet, meticulously written to flesh out every nuance, while keeping things brisk and intense. Abaddon Incarnate are in top form here, crafting a potent and relevant album that's bound to go down as one of the best ones in this grindcore / death metal vein in recent years.
So we now know who the winners of the GMA Awards 2021 were, but to wrap up the event in it's entirety and bid farewell to 2021 and usher in 2022, we must turn to the last bunch of awards - 'Metal Release By Country / Area'.
Usually these would include the flag of the band's nation, but given the events in Afghanistan this year among other political turmoil, I felt it would be prudent to forgo any flags and just list the winners.... so without further ado here are the....
"Under The Verdict"
"The Search For
The Dark Star"
"Beyond Unseen Gateways"
"In The Mouth Of Madness"
Black Serpent Ritual
BOSNIA - HERZEGOVINA
"Abyss Of Lost Souls"
"A Whole New Land"
"暮色绽放 Twilight Blooming"
Act Of Denial
Cycles Of Revocation
"Capítulo 1: Repugnante Negocio Del Terror"
Ghosts Of Atlantis
"A Legacy Of Vengeance"
"Lullabies Of Mountain Beasts"
"Empire Of Sins"
ISLE OF MAN
Serenity In Murder
"Midnight Bloody Dances"
"Te Ho Ngeza"
"Cold In Our Hearts"
"Sub Cultura Urii"
Scorn Of Creation
"Todas Las Sangres"
"Eulogy For The Gods"
Dethrone The Corrupted
"The Amygdaloid Decay"
Seraph In Travail
"A Black Death Incense"
"Covered in Concrete"
From The Abyss
"Carving The Fires Of Akhet"
"Chronicles Of War"
"Throne Of Control"
Her Last Sight
"Monument Of Reclamation"
"Mankind / Obsolete"
"Decades Of Suffering"
"The Constitutional Sacrifice"
The Iridium Experiment
"The Order Of Satan's Rage"
Deep Inside Us
"Untitled 2021 Demo"
"Death To Traitors"
"The Ultimate Dream. Plan B: Disposal Of Humanity"
"Belong To Hell"
"Ashes Of Dead Worlds"
"Annihilation Of Mankind"
"Vol. 4: Toxicolandia"
Apes Of God
"En El Recinto De La Tempestad"
Sol Draconi Septem
Beneath The Void
"Attack Of The 50ft Lobsters"
"The Inheritance Of Beauty"
"Gurus Of Destruction"
"Chaos Of Fear"
Becoming The Entity
"Signs Of Saturn"
"Empire Of Glass"
Robot Death Monkey
"Shame Of The Proud Angel"
"A Common Theories"
"Prelude To The Apocalypse"
"A Lip To Earth, A Lip To Heaven & A Tongue To The Stars"
"Punishment In The World To Come"
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
"Terror in Thrace"
The Only Survivor
"The Birth Of Anger"
"Thy Kingdom Kong"
Irish doom metal band The Grief is proud to release their new digital EP “Descent” on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp & all other common streaming platforms. The EP will be released this week on Thursday, Oct 22. Lyric & guitar playthrough videos for the lead single “To Hew In Wrath” can be found at the band’s YouTube channel (link below) & on all streaming platforms.
The Descent EP is the band’s second release in 2020 and follows on from the debut “Ascent” EP, released in March this year. Descent features 5 tracks of varied material, recorded during the same sessions as the Ascent EP & once again the 5 tracks were mastered by Dan Swano at Unisound. Artwork fo the EP was created by Slava Gerj.
Formed in early 2016, The Grief features members from Cork-based metal bands Corr Mhóna, For Ruin and Soothsayer some of whose members had originally played together in a Katatonia tribute band (Katatonik). The Grief plays a mixture of doom-tinged metal with influences from many of the classic British doom metal bands & made their initial live appearances in 2017 before recording an initial unreleased demo with the initial line up of the band:
- Robert Farrow - Drums
- Kieran O'Leary - Bass
- Paul Quinn - Guitars
- Stephen Quinn - Vocals
- John Murphy – Guitars.
When the drum position was vacated by Farrow (who moved abroad), the band decided to focus on recording their first 9 songs during 2019 at Murphy’s home studio in North Cork. Recordings were completed in late 2019 with Murphy performing the drum parts until new drummer Con Doyle joined the band in March 2020.
Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/album/4lnH42S4uNvwBAYoKzn6LN?si=JbiIZkmZQv6YLtfBQazkJA
Bandcamp - https://thegrief1.bandcamp.com/releases
iTunes - https://music.apple.com/ie/artist/the-grief/1496996964
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/griefdoommetal/
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_oU9fvolEB52i6IBskopTw
Brazilian Metal legends Sepultura mark release of new album with official video for 'Means To An End'
The age of Quadra is upon us as Sepultura release their new album today via Nuclear Blast. The Brazilian thrash metal masters mark the occasion with a stunning music video for their new single 'Means To An End'. Watch here: youtu.be/TMLed7lL5CU
Guitarist Andreas Kisser comments:-
"Sepulnation around the world the wait is over! 'Quadra' is out now!! It feels great to be here today with such a strong album in our hands, I cannot wait to see you all on the 'Quadra' World Tour. Thank you all the fans around the world that keeps this band alive and motivated. Let’s celebrate 'Quadra' together, play it loud! I know I will!”
He adds on the new song/video:-
“'Means To An End' is our third video/single taken form our new album 'Quadra'. Is the the second song on the album, it is a very powerful and complex theme that inspired director Otavio Juliano and Luciana Ferraz to make an amazing visual interpretation of the song. It shows the human greed with no limits, the arrogance and the ignorance of ourselves, we think we can do it all without knowledge, without respect. Judas and his treason, defying death in a chess game, saving money for who’s knows what and how much is enough?
It was shot in the city of Jundiaí, in an old train station museum and in Sao Paulo as well, at an old bank safe, it was the biggest in Latin America from the 50’s till it got shut down in the late 80’s. We had a lot of fun working on it and I’m very happy with the final result, hope you like it! See you on the 'Quadra' World Tour.”
Order your copy of Quadra here: nblast.de/Sepultura-Quadra
Quadra is available on Limited Edition 2 CD Digipak, 2 LP Vinyl, 2 LP Vinyl Picture Disk, Earbook, and CD.
Quadra is Sepultura's fifteenth studio album, which presents a thrilling and brutally honest concept around the Portuguese word quadra. Everyone grows up in a different quadra, shaped by rules and definitions. We are all determined by these concepts, our relationships, our careers. Our whole lives.
Sepultura will be playing at Sunstroke Festival Ireland in summer 2020, alongside the likes of Deftones, Faith No More, Mastodon etc.
13/14th June 2020 IE Punchestown Racecourse - Sunstoke Festival
You can also catch the band at Download Festival 2020:- downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets
With their roots in Dublin, Ireland, the folk metal band Cruachan have staggered their heavy Celtic inspired metal across world since 1992. The band are pioneers in the folk metal genre and are recognized as one of the founders of the music genre, the band has arguably gone the furthest of all in their attempts to expand this still largely unexplored subgenre. With a brutal but yet delicate mix of traditional Celtic music, pure metal and the use of Celtic mythology in their lyrics, the band has built a huge and dedicated fan-base all over the world.
"We are delighted to have signed with Despotz Records and look forward to starting the next chapter of Cruachan's journey with them. We chose Despotz based on their proven track record and their professionalism. Here's to 2020! Sláinte!" // Cruachan
"We're happy and proud to finally announce that we'll be working with Cruachan and their upcoming material that will be released in 2020. The band are true pioneers in the folk metal genre and we're looking forward to collaborate with joined forces of experience, impact and our genuine passion of metal music to take part in Cruachan's journey." // Ömer Akay, Despotz Records
Back in 1992, three young Irishmen, Keith Fay, John Fay and John Clohessy, took their love of Celtic history and mythology, blended it with traditional Irish music and pure metal and created a whole new genre of music. The band has become known the world over as Cruachan and the genre has become Folk Metal.
Since the beginning of Cruachan, the band has released eight successful albums and with their unique sound from their Irish roots with traditional Celtic music, extreme metal and a pinch of raw energy, the band has become a cult band for the folk metal community. Such as the cult classic debut album 'Tuatha na Gael', 'Folklore' that was produced by, and featuring guest vocals from the legendary Shane Macgrowan of The Pouges, and the album 'Pagan' where the artwork was created by the well-known artist John Howe who is best known from his illustrations of "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit".
Cruachan is known for their strikingly great live performances and stage presence and has been touring and headlined festivals all over the world, such as Europe, South America and Russia to name a few. In 2020, the band celebrate their 25 year anniversary and will release a brand new album via Despotz Records.
Keith Fay - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Banjo, Tin-whistle, Bodhran
Kieran Ball - Guitar
Rustam Shakirzianov - Bass
John Ryan - Violin, Mandocello, Bouzouki
Mauro Frison - Drums, Percussion
CRUACHAN ON THE WEB:
Masterful Norwegian storytellers Wardruna sign to Sony Music/Columbia Records for the world, and announce European tour dates for 2020. Dates below with tickets going on sale on 11th October at 10am BST, 11am CEST. Details of the upcoming album shall be revealed in due course.
Einar Selvik comments:
“Wardruna has been a DIY to-the-bone kind of project since the very beginning. Slowly and patiently evolving. Working hard and always keeping the art itself as the primary decisive factor. This will never change for me, and so having people on our team that also embrace this way of working is paramount. Partnering up with Sony Music / Columbia Records is a new steppingstone for us and I am very confident that this new addition to the team will give us new opportunities to further develop our art and take it to the next level.”
2019 marks ten years since Wardruna’s first release. A series of sold out shows at prestigious concert venues around the world culminate in the highlight of the fall; Wardruna will perform in the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in the United States, followed by sold out European tour. The group's critically acclaimed “Runaljod” trilogy based on the Nordic runes reached its conclusion and was followed by a stripped-down, fully acoustic album exploring the ancient poetic traditions of the Skalds. This spring, a new chapter for the band will start. New music is being worked on as well as further steps in the band´s concert production.
“I don’t wish to reveal too much at this point but can say that we are now deep into the process of writing and recording a new album. When Wardruna gets up from the current studio-hibernation and initiate the concert-year of 2020, it is clearly allowed to hope for new music!" Says Einar Selvik.
WARDRUNA 2020 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
28 Mar - Oslo (NOR) - Sentrum Scene
2 Apr - Kristiansand (NOR) - Kilden Teater
3 Apr - Stavanger (NOR) - Konserthus
4 Apr- Bergen (NOR) - Grieghallen
30 Apr - Moscow (RUS) - Crocus City Hall
01 May - St. Petersburg (RUS) - Yubileyny Sports Palace
03 May - Poznan (POL) - Hala Ziemi
04 May - Krakow (POL) - ICE Congress Center
05 May - Bratislava (SVK) - Refinery Gallery
07 May - Belgrade (SRB) - Sava Centar
08 May - Bucharest (ROM) - Arena Romanele
04 Jun - Manchester (UK) - Albert Hall
05 Jun - Dublin (IRL) - Vicar St.
06 Jun - Birmingham (UK) - Symphony Hall
07 Jun - Glasgow (UK) - Royal Concert Hall
09 Jun - London (UK) - Royal Festival Hall
10 Jun - Cambridge (UK) - Cambridge Corn Exchange
01 Aug - Savonlinna (FIN) - Savonlinna Opera Festival
21 Sep - Reykjavik (ISL) - Harpa
Doom metal band The Crawling have just released a video for their song "Still No Sun". The song is from their album Wolves and the Hideous White which was released last year.
The band commented:-
"The urge to belong can be overwhelming, and we often sacrifice parts of ourselves to be with others. Still No Sun explores the failing of relations through the eyes of one who knows it should end, despite the desperate urge to remain. The unearthing feelings of loneliness, and haunting images of a life in solitude can be blinding when it comes to logical thought. I often wonder if it is genuinely possible to deceive yourself completely, or is there always a part that knows, and is the relief of separation worth it?"
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/c7hKTRNo4uA
In addition the band is also pleased to announce some tour dates for this year.
12th Oct - Limerick, Dolans Warehouse
19th Oct - Belfast, The Limelight II
UK Tour w/ Tides of Sulfur
24th Oct - London, The Dev
25th Oct - Rotherham, Gizzardfest III
26th Oct - Swansea, The Bunkhouse
2nd Nov - Cork, An Spailpin Fanach
16th Nov - Dublin, Thomas House
Listen to the band's previous music here: https://thecrawlingband.bandcamp.com/
Irish doom band Slomatics have just released their song "Gears of Despair" over at Heavy Blog Is Heavy. The song is taken from their upcoming album "Canyons" which will be released on June 14th via Black Bow Records.
Listen to the song here: http://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2019/05/30/exclusive-premiere-hear-slomatics-turn-the-gears-of-despair/
Formed in Belfast late 2004, Slomatics aim to reduce riffs to a primal state of heaviness, to produce music which whilst imploding under its own weight, creates a joyous and euphoric state of well-being which can only be obtained with a slew of vintage amplifiers, fuzz pedals, analogue synths and an alarming array of percussion instruments.
This has endured through UK tours, gigs in Europe, five albums and a mountain of split/vinyl/cassette releases. 2012’s “A Hocht” was released to widespread critical acclaim, gaining support from around the world which was capped off with a deafening performance at the Incubate Festival in Tilburg.
The band's fourth album Estron was released Feb 2014 and has been mentioned as one of the Quietus' Best Of 2014 and nominated for the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2014. Their album Future Echo Returns was unleashed in September 2016 and their collaboration with Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard was released in 2018.
Gatefold Vinyl (3 colour variants) - https://blackbowrecords.bigcartel.com/product/slomatics-canyons-vinyl
Cd Digipak - https://blackbowrecords.bigcartel.com/product/slomatics-canyons-cd
Tape Cassette (strictly limited edition) - https://blackbowrecords.bigcartel.com/product/slomatics-canyons-tape-cassette
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