Soul Secret has signed a deal with Layered Reality Productions!
Soul Secret hails from Naples, Italy and is known for its own blend of ‘classic’ prog metal combined with influences from modern metal, jazz, pop and more. The band has been around since 2004 and has played multiple festivals and released multiple critically acclaimed albums.
The band had the following to say about this new collaboration:
"We are proud to be part of this family, which immediately showed us enormous enthusiasm and strongly believed in our new album, which we will shortly unveil. Ee're sure it's our best work to date! Thanks to Tom and all the LRP for the opportunity! We are sure it will be an excellent and long-lasting collaboration."
The label's founder Tom had the following to say about this collaboration:
"It's been quite a ride with Layered Reality Productions the last couple of years and it is great to see that more and more high quality acts like Bioplan, Xpressive, Hillsphere and others want to be a part of this growing family. Adding Soul Secret to that roster really feels amazing and I hope we can get down to doing great stuff!"
The band will release their upcoming fifth album through Layered Reality Productions in 2020. Be sure to follow the Soul Secret pages here to stay on top of the news regarding the new album!
Just days away from kicking off their North American tour, Wednesday 13 and his boo crew have debuted a new lyric video for the latest single, 'Monster' (Feat. Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil) from their recently released album, 'Necrophaze,' that is available now from Nuclear Blast Records.
Watch the lyric video for 'Monster' here: https://youtu.be/FE_m7Ya9c6s
Purchase 'Necrophaze' here: http://www.nuclearblast.com/w13-necrophaze
Purchase 'Necrophaze' bundles here: https://theoraclemanagementmerch.com/collections/wednesday-13
“'Monster' is the 1st Wednesday 13 song recorded to feature guest vocals. I wanted something different than I had ever tried before and I wanted a female vocalist. Cristina was the perfect choice for this song. I gave her the lyrics and some minor details, and she came back with what you hear. She totally floored us with her amazing vocal range and adding a new element never heard on one of our songs before.” – Wednesday 13
“This collaboration was born from blackness. Wednesday and I are both fans of the darkest vision of art and music, and when I was asked to sing with him for the song 'Monster', I immediately visualized his concept and shared it with pleasure. What I love about this song is that some people in life are taking the worst out of us... but demonizing it all and pushing away the tension through notes is the best thing to do.” – Cristina Scabbia
Wednesday 13’s 8th studio album, 'Necrophaze,' is available now from Nuclear Blast Records. Featuring special guest appearances from, Alice Cooper, Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour), Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom), Jeff Clayton (GG Allin’s Murder Junkies) and Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) among others, 'Necrophaze' shocks and surprises with a cauldron of monster riffs and haunting lyrics and have listeners yearning for more.
Heavily influenced by real-life night terror occurrences of Wednesday himself, historical serial killers, and a slew of 80’s horror films, the ideas behind 'Necrophaze' are bizarrely familiar, frightening, and a hell of a lot of fun. Being a collector of both media and toys, Wednesday 13 was inspired by a craving for variety to create dual album artwork for this release (seen below). The covers showcase either end of the horror spectrum with a 'Creepshow' comic book vibe for the LP artwork, and the eeriness of something akin to John Carpenter’s 'The Fog' adorning the CD.
Italian Alternative / Nu Metal band, Overlaps, have announced the release of their second album 'In Your Room' on March 27th, 2020 via Time To Kill Records.
'In your Room' is arranged and produced by Franco Fraccastoro (except No Way, Queen of Peace and Wait for Me). Mixed and mastered in Finland by Jesse Vainio (Sunrise Avenue, Apocalyptica, The Rasmus). Album artwork by Diego Bozza. Pics by Daniele Visman.
"In your Room" shows an evolution not only in terms of sound, but also in terms of writing compared to the previous album. Many songs are inspired by some incisive experiences that the band lived last year during the European tours in which it took part.
“Wait for me” talks about opportunities, how to live one's passions fully, not to let them escape and to wake up every day in a different place with a different opportunity.
“Who I am” was written in a personal way by Gloria, who on stage finds that unconditional love for music, moved by the exchange of energy with the audience, which goes beyond everything, every emotion, every feeling.
“Queen of peace”, were written in London, has a more pop momentum. The English metropolis, which enjoys numerous corners of peace, becomes the subject of a metaphor to underline that the search for serenity can also find a place within us.
The lyrics of the other pieces are at times poetic and metaphorical, with references to decadent poetry: Baudelaire's "Spleen" and the evanescent images of Tim Burton's cinematography are an example. There is no shortage of riffs and pressing refrains like in Your eyes, Mr Right and Wasted.
“No way” and "I don't need", present stronger themes, such as the search for one's independence through the elimination of prejudices, fears, needs, and deleterious attachments.
“In this Room”, the first revealed single of the album, contains the meaning of the desire to leave your room, from your comfort zone, from the "bubble" where it all began.
Gloria Piccinin – Vocals
Marco Perviero – Drums
Stefano Galioto – Bass
Marco Marinato – Guitars
Italian Folk Metallers Kanseil release first single and lyric video 'Boscars'; taken from the new EP
Italian folk metallers Kanseil have unleashed the lyric video 'Boscars', first single off the upcoming acoustic EP ‘Cant Del Corlo’ (Chant of the Spinning Wheel) coming out next February 7th via Rockshots Records.
The song is available as digital single on the major online stores, paired with an official lyric video on YouTube:
YouTube ➤ https://youtu.be/V3qIm2_eDKU
Spotify ➤ https://spoti.fi/2QZfkgW
iTunes ➤ https://apple.co/2R4p5KV
Pre-orders of the new EP 'Cant del Corlo' are now available at the Rockshots Records' official store:
The record is a concept album inspired by the four seasons, a perennial cycle that escapes human control. The spinning wheel (‘Corlo’) becomes the eternal wheel that makes us mortal. Four epic songs with extra atmospheric intro and outro allow the listener to dive into the mood of the seasons, becoming inevitably part of the endless flow of time. Even if the acoustic mood has always been pervading Kanseil’s creations, they wanted to dare a step further by releasing a record without any electric instrument.
The record was recorded, mixed and mastered by Luigi Stefanini at New Sin Studio, produced by Kanseil. The artwork was created by Manuel Scapinello and Giulia Zuliani.
After one month of voting, nearly 6,000 votes cast and countless sharing across all social media platforms by us and nominees alike, the time has come to announce the winners of the GMA Awards 2019.
But before that happens, there will be a change to how the nominees are cast. For 10 months of the year we will be running a series of rounds from which the 10 finalists will be recognised for the annual event.
The system will work as thus: nominees elected in the month of January are voted for in February... February nominees voted in March, etc and finishes with nominees in October being voted for in November - the finalists will then be voted for across the month of December and into early January 2021; finishing 8th January 2021.
Now that's put out into the open, we can finally reveal the winners of the GMA Awards 2019.
Release Of The Year
Best Live Act
Breakthrough African Metal Band
Breakthrough Asian Metal Band
Breakthrough European Metal Band
Breakthrough UK Metal Band
Breakthrough North & Central American Metal Band
Breakthrough Oceanian Metal Band
Breakthrough South American Metal Band
Breakthrough International Metal Band
Festival Of The Year
Music Video Of The Year
Global Metal Ambassador 2019
* Later withdrawn by request of nominee.
Italian Heavy Metallers Shockin' Head release cover video for Muse's 'Hysteria', in re-interpreted metal version
Italian heavy metallers Shockin’ Head – ft. members of historical bands Chupacabras, R.A.V.E.D, Estremo Ponente – have released a re-interpreted cover video for Muse's 'Hysteria', in metal version. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/bCpK9jSYovM
Stated the band:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, as a wish for the end of the year and a good omen for a splendid 2020, we Shockin'Head offer you 'Hysteria' of MUSE, re-interpreted in our own way !!! We thank Giovanni Nebbia from Ithil Studio for their availability and craftsmanship ... stay metal..and stay Shockin'!”
Shockin’ Head rise from the ashes of the Chupacabras, R.A.V.E.D, Estremo Ponente, three historical bands of the extreme western Liguria. The alchemy and the natural feeling were born from the collaboration of this group of friends, creating a granite sound, alternating with pure power moments and melodic tunes. Shockin’ Head released their latest effort “XXXmiles” on January 25th 2019, via Volcano Records.
SHOCKIN’HEAD Line Up
Daniele Sedda – Voices
Black Ale – Bass
Zac Vanders – Guitar
Salvatore di Giovanni – Drums
Italian Death Metallers Horrid stream new album via Friedhof-Magazine.com; special career-spanning re-recordings
Italian death metal institution Horrid stream the entirety of As We Forget Our Past, a special collection of re-recordings, via Friedhof-Magazine.com. Set for international release on December 31st via Dunkelheit Produktionen for the CD version - the vinyl LP version shall be released on February 18th, 2020 - stream Horrid 's As We Forget Our Past in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Italy's longest-running death metal band, Horrid have built an enviously dependable, unyielding body of work since 1989. Starting with more primitive influences but soon moving on to those of early Entombed and Dismember, the band spent the 1990s solidifying their sound over a clutch of demos and EPs. Eventually, come 2002, their debut album manifested itself as Reborn in Sin. From there, the name Horrid has continued to stand for the timeless upholding of classic death metal values.
Now, after two brand-new albums for Dunkelheit - 2014's Sacrilegious Fornication and 2017's Beyond the Dark Border, each one as critically acclaimed as the last - once again do Horrid align with Dunkelheit for a special anniversary record. Fittingly titled As We Forget Our Past, the 10-song/53-minute album features a slew of "greatest hits" re-recorded with Horrid's line-up that's been firm since 2015. As such, these ten tracks together form a sort of symbiosis with the preceding Beyond the Dark Border, given the massive crunch & crush of that career highpoint.
With the original songs stretching back to 1997's Blasphemic Creatures and ranging 2002's Reborn in Sin, 2006's Rising From the Hidden Spheres, 2011's The Final Massacre, and even Sacrilegious Fornication, here do Horrid put on a masterclass of pure 'n' proud DEATH METAL: melodic yet dark, dynamic yet devastating, the power-trio bring the past into the present with seemingly effortless aplomb. Despite the usually tawdry proposition of most re-recordings, truly does As We Forget Our Past both re-acclimate and re-animate, this line-up of Horrid's executing these old creations with a palpitating breathlessness and goosebump-inducing poignancy, especially where the lead-guitar work is concerned. Suitably, the band round out the record with a brand-new song, the title track "As We Forget Our Past," bringing that past into the present and setting their sights on the future.
Timeless yet fresh, and perfectly complemented by moody, awe-inspiring cover art courtesy of Matteo Autunno Di Domenico, Horrid breathe new, rotten life into the undead with As We Forget Our Past! Rise with undead and stream As We Forget Our Past in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Friedhof-Magazine.com. Preo-rder info for both formats can be found HERE at Dunkelheit's Bandcamp.
Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-rock band Apocalyptica have released the video for ‘En Route To Mayhem’, which will transport the viewer to a fantastical post-humanity future. This imaginary world is barren, dusty, and littered with broken pieces of things once considered essential to humankind such as bits of plastic, a teddy bear, crumbling structures, cell phones and computers, bleached bones, and long-forgotten musical instruments. The setting is devoid of mankind, but brimming with the hope of new life; and then one day, thunder, lightning, and one drop at a time, it begins to rain, and Mother Nature steps in. Check out the ‘En Route To Mayhem’ video HERE.
Apocalyptica’s Eicca Toppinen comments:-
“‘En Route To Mayhem’ is a journey of hedonic needs growing into greed and aggression, driving into inner mayhem and ending without satisfaction. This video underlines the fact that however we think we are in control by destroying things and life around us, life itself will take over in the end, always. We are not in control of the bigger picture, and we should be aware of it and raise our respect to life around us.”
The ‘En Route To Mayhem’ video is in support of Apocalyptica’s upcoming album, Cell-0, due out January 10th, 2020 via Silver Lining Music. Produced by Apocalyptica – cellists Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, and Paavo Lötjönen, and drummer Mikko Sirén and mixed by Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Metallica and Black Sabbath), and recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki.
The recording of Cell-0 followed a four-year break between albums that gave the band a fresh perspective and affected the way they approached the new music. Cell-0 is the quartet's first instrumental album in 17 years and found the musicians challenging themselves to discover new flavours and colours in their respective instruments. For Cell-0 pre-order options, go to this location.
Perttu Kivilaakso comments:-
“Cell-0 has a concept which is to challenge the listeners to question themselves and ask “Am I doing the best I can for the environment, for other beings? Is there still something I can change?”
To highlight environmental issues, the band wanted to ask fans to do something for our planet; so to coincide with the release of the new video, they have launched a very special competition, which will give fans the chance to win the opportunity for Apocalyptica to play in their living room.
To enter, fans will need to show the band how they are making the planet a healthier place for everyone. Fans can head to their Facebook page and comment with photos/videos showing what they are doing to help the planet and telling the band why they should be picked as a winner.
To find out more information, head to the band’s Facebook page. The online contest is open to all European fans from now and will close at 7:00 pm CET Friday, January 10th, 2020. Full terms and conditions can be found here.
In concert, Apocalyptica are known for their moving live performances and will kick off the New Year as Special Guests on Sabaton's 15-country, 23-date European arena tour that begins on January 17, 2020 in Zurich, Switzerland. With a set list that will likely vary night to night, Apocalyptica's performances will be comprised of new songs from Cell-0 as well as from the band's rich catalogue. Tickets are on sale now; go to https://www.apocalyptica.com for all pre-sales, VIP packages, and ticketing details.
APOCALYPTICA 2020 TOUR DATES
17 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
18 Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
19 Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
20 Culture Factory, Zagreb, Croatia
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
12 Logomo, Turku, Finland
14 Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
15 Musiikkikeskus, Kuopio, Finland
27 Tullisali, Oulu, Finland
28 Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki, Finland
3 The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
4 The Masquerade - Heaven, Atlanta, GA
6 Emo's, Austin, TX
7 House of Blues, Houston, TX
9 Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM
10 The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
11 The Mayan, Los Angeles, CA
12 The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
13 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
14 The Showbox, Seattle, WA
15 Imperial, Vancouver, BC Canada
17 Midway, Edmonton, AB Canada
18 The Palace Theatre, Calgary, AB Canada
20 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
21 House of Blues, Chicago, IL
22 The Opera House, Toronto, ON Canada
23 MTelus, Montreal, QC Canada
24 Webster Theater, Hartford, CT
25 Webster Hall, New York, NY
26 Big Night Live, Boston, MA
18 Hant Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia
19 Amfithéater, Terchova, Slovakia
Eicca Toppinen – Cello
Perttu Kivilaakso – Cello
Paavo Lötjönen – Cello
Mikko Sirén – Drums
For further information visit: www.apocalyptica.com
Italian Alternative / Nu Metal band, Overlaps, have released a new music video for ‘In This Room‘, it’s the first single taken from their new studio album, which will be released early 2020 via Time To Kill Records. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/668vp2fCbcI
The video was directed by Andrea Bignami.
Overlaps started in 2017 with the release of 3 singles “Countdown”, “Dreams For Sale” and “On Monday”, produced by Fabio Trentini (Guano Apes, Donots, H -Blockx), and showing the potential of Overlaps in mixing atmospheres of the most classic rock with modern influences.
Overlaps played the same year at the Bloodstock Festival in UK and the same year saw them performing at the Treviso Home Festival in Italy.
In 2018 Overlaps released their debut album and in autumn the same year they did a European tour with 26 dates, as support to the Finnish band The Rasmus.
Overlaps is ready to announce more details of their second album very soon, which will be released via Time To Kill Records.
The project is realised with the support of MiBACT and SIAE as part of the initiative “Per Chi Crea”.
Gloria Piccinin – Vocals
Marco Perviero – Drums
Stefano Galioto – Bass
Marco Marinato – Guitars
Post-apocalyptic alternative metal band Revolutio is pleased to announce Samuele Casari (Demetra’s Scars) as new rhythm guitarist.
Samuele Casari stated:
“I am a big fan of Mad Max and I am very happy to play in a post-apocalyptic band like Revolutio.. Hope to see you soon at our gigs!!!”
The drummer Davide Pulito added:
“Samuele struck us immediately to be a technically gifted and determined musician at the same time. It is a pleasure to work with people like him.”
The band is currently working on the set-list based on the album Vagrant, recently released via Inverse Records. A play-through video is now available where to see Samuele Casari in action. You can see the video at the following link: https://youtu.be/AmO4LckrI1M
Get your physical copy on the Inverse Records webstore https://goo.gl/yf67V9
Maurizio Di Timoteo – Vocals
Luca Barbieri – Lead guitars
Samuele Casari – Rhythm guitars
Francesco Querzé – Bass
Davide Pulito – Drums
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