With Bloodstock 2021 well under way, the festival is thrilled to already be looking ahead and announcing a swathe of bands for the 2022 event, which is set to take place on 11th-14th August 2022 at Catton Park, Derbyshire. Headlining one of the days (tbd) on the Ronnie James Dio main stage will be mighty groove metal overlords, Lamb Of God! Frontman Randy Blythe tells the festival that:-
“It’s been way too long since we’ve rocked the festivals of Merry Olde - what better way to announce our return than a headliner slot at Bloodstock? Until then, pack your wellies and stay safe, England - Lamb of God (and Roger Brilliant) will see you Summer 2022!”
In the meantime, remind yourself of their awesomeness with this video of 'Walk With Me In Hell' from their 2013 debut Bloodstock headline set.
Saturday's main stage headliner will be the previously announced, King Diamond-fronted, heavy metal icons Mercyful Fate, who roll over a year after global issues prevented their appearance at this year’s festival. The band states:-
“Mercyful Fate comes to Bloodstock…this will be a dangerous meeting you don’t want to miss. This time we are going to bring the Devil himself.”
Also landing main stage slots across the weekend are Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals playing their Pantera set, Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Exodus, Black Dahlia Murder, Gwar (in a UK festival exclusive), Bury Tomorrow, Sacred Reich, Life Of Agony, Butcher Babies, Vio-lence and Bloodywood.
Over on the Sophie Lancaster stage, headlining Thursday night are The Night Flight Orchestra and closing out Sunday night will be Static-X, in their only UK show of 2022. Also landing a slot across the weekend are Heathen.
Early bird weekend camping tickets are available at the on-site box office across the duration of the 2021 event, then will go on sale online at 9am Monday 16th August, priced at £135 (+ bkg fee) from the ticket store, as well as Serpents Lair VIP tickets, child tickets, and camper van passes (which always sell out very quickly, so don’t snooze if you’re after one).
The remaining main stage headliner is yet to be revealed. Stay tuned for more band announcements soon and check out the first 2022 trailer here
Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2022.
For more info, click to www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Symphonic metal foursome Sirenia recently released its exquisite tenth studio album, Riddles, Ruins & Revelations, via Napalm Records. The 11-track offering draws the listener deep into a versatile symphonic metal vortex through combining heavy soundscapes with modern influences and showcases the multifaceted nature of the unit around mastermind, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and producer Morten Veland.
This is proven evident once more on their fourth single “This Curse Of Mine”. The song sets off with a fresh yet harsh riff attack and consecutive electronics, leading into a confident and strong vocal presentation of operatic vocalist Emmanuelle Zoldan, whilst unfolding all its magic in a memorable, grooving chorus.
Morten Veland on “This Curse Of Mine”:
“We are pleased to bring you a lyric video for the song 'This Curse Of Mine' taken from our brand new album Riddles, Ruins & Revelations. As touring is not an option these days we might as well be bringing you videos instead of shows. That being said, we really can't wait to see you all on tour again though. In the meantime, please enjoy 'This Curse Of Mine'. We hope you like it.”
Watch the official lyric video for “This Curse Of Mine” HERE.
Morten Veland on the album:
"Riddles, Ruins & Revelations is Sirenia's tenth studio album. The album is very diverse, as a Sirenia album should be. There's a lot of material that shows the band from a new side, and there is lots of material that is to be expected from the band musically. All in all, the album will take listeners through a journey that will cover both familiar and unexplored musical landscapes. We hope that you will enjoy the journey.”
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Norwegian Black / Death Metallers Brotthogg to release new album "The Die Is Cast" on August 1st; new song 'Nokturne' out now
Without further ado, Norwegian Black / Death Metallers Brotthogg announce their new album "The Die Is Cast". The album is the follow-up to last year album "Echoes Of The Past". "The Die Is Cast" will be released on August 1st.
With this second full-length album following their critically acclaimed debut Echoes of the Past (2019), Brotthogg presents a new hyper charged melodic blackened thrashing beast. The album is filled with high-speed staccato riffing, massive and intense harmonies, as well as slower parts with a gloomy, heavy atmosphere. The band has now released the first track of the new album, Nokturne, to give you an taste of what to come.
Check it out here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLXAA1dyamo
"With our new album we continue to improve our witches' brew of everything we consider to be the best attributes of extreme metal. We aim to offer our listeners the duality of the melodic and the aggressive, the heroic and the chaotic, the moderate and the technical, all in one fine mixture. This is black metal influenced by melodic death metal, and strongly laced with elements of thrash, and I hope we have created an ambitious and intriguing release well worth exploring.”
Brotthogg deals in Melodic Black / Death / Thrash Metal that owes its allegiance to bands like Emperor, Old Man's Child, Symphony X and Dissection. The members are known from bands like Subliritum and Chton. The name Brotthogg is derived from an old forgotten Norwegian word in dialect meaning ”The one who has to take care of the job, the unpleasant one”
Brotthogg's album The Die is Cast is now available for pre-order on their Bandcamp page.
Dusktone is extremely proud to announce the signing of Norwegian black metal conglomerate Ulvehyrde.
Hailing from Hønefoss and featuring past and present members from Beastcraft, Vulture Lord, Sarkom, Angst Skvadron etc. they are planning to release the debut full-length album later this year on both vinyl and CD format.
It is known that Norway is considered, without any doubt, the cradle of the worldwide black metal movement and Ulvehyrde fully represents the incredibly misty and dark spirit that comes out of those lands.
Their music is a pure fundamental mid-tempo black metal based upon old, dark, Norwegian history.
The band is now in the middle of recording process and any further infos, details and updates will be provided from time to time....
In the meanwhile, stay connected to Dusktone pages and band itself.
W : https://www.dusktone.it
IG : https://www.instagram.com/dusktone/
Nestled in the small northern Norwegian town of Alta, far above the Arctic circle, there's a rumbling of brutality shaking the earth from a young, dynamic metal quintet known as Féleth. Creating heavy, melodic assaults, that transcends the traditional limits of the genre, these great northern Norwegians, are taking their influences of death metal, thrash, deathcore, rock and even elements of Jazz to unleash to the world their debut album "Depravity" due out via DeadPop Records on May 22, 2020.
With songs like 'Swan Song' showing off their deathcore influences, to the epic 'Dissolution' jumping from death metal to jazz to black metal seamlessly, and tracks like 'Pale Tongue' transforming from in your face death metal to a beautiful ambient soundscape, Féleth is a band that is ready to rise to the occasion and leap into the international moshpit.
The album was mixed and mastered by death metal legend, Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Shadow of Intent, The Agonist, Beyond Creation) at The Grid Productions. The album also features guest vocals from home town hero, singer / songwriter Petter Carlsen.
Lyrically the album pulls away from traditional death metal tropes, to also criticize capitalism, pollution, fake news and the depravity of humanity at large. Musically, the full length features beautiful melodic leads, heavy chugging guitars, bass solo’s, fast intricate drum work and the huge vocal range from the lead vocalist, Espen Dagenborg.
The band's to first two singles off "Depravity" can be heard at the following links:
'Arise' - YouTube
'Pestilence' - YouTube
Mixing & Mastering: Christian Donaldson
Producer & Recording engineer: Liam Knott
Artwork: Eric Hyrcza at Kahinienn Graphix
Lyrics by: Espen Dagenborg
Music by: Espen Dagenborg, Alexander Stamnes, Thomas Nyvoll, Brage Ingebrigtsen Westgaard and Aleksander Alsen
Vocals: Espen Dagenborg
Guitar: Alexander Stamnes
Guitar: Thomas Nyvoll
Bass: Brage Ingebrigtsen Westgaard
Drums: Aleksander Alsen
Recently, Norway’s blackened death metallers Nexorum unleashed their debut album “Death Unchained” via Non Serviam Records.
Today, Nexorum 's Roger Isaksen presents you a new guitars play-through video for the song ‘Antediluvian Purification’ that you can watch here: https://youtu.be/yx0_lzttF2A
Roger Isaksen comments on ‘Antediluvian Purification’:
"Norway is in lock-down mode and we are advised to keep to ourselves. Not the worst situation to be in when you are somewhat introvert and have misanthropic tendencies, but it's also kind of boring to only play music in solitude. That's why we would like to share a guitar play through of ‘Antediluvian Purification’ with you! Do you like this kind of videos? If so, which song would you like to see next, and what instrument? Comment on our Facebook page or send us a PM!".
“Death Unchained” is available at Non Serviam Records webshop: https://www.non-serviam-records.com/products/nexorum-death-unchained
Get the album digitally here: http://smarturl.it/kim2px
Nexorum comment about the album:-
“We all love playing and listening to music and of course the brutality and intensity of extreme metal. I think it is apparent that the album is written with passion when listening to it. We’re not trying to make groundbreaking music or show of how technically we are able to play; we just want to deliver a solid album that we can be proud of!”.
The amazing artwork has been created by the Polish renowned artist Rafal Wechterowicz.
Hailing from Trondheim, Norway, the band consists of members from Keep Of Kalessin, Khonsu, CHTON, VECORDIOUS among others.
More about “Death Unchained”
“Saligia Moralis Codice” OFFICIAL VIDEO: https://youtu.be/aeUc2OV1Ttk
“Great Horned King” OFFICIAL VIDEO: https://youtu.be/PxWWSKUsrSs
“Death Unchained” OFFICIAL VISUALIZER: https://youtu.be/We36p-hKAro
Norwegian black metallers Thokkian Vortex release their new opus “Thy Throne is Mine” via Non Serviam Records.
To celebrate the event the band fronted by Lord Kaiaphas, the former vocalist of Norwegian black metal act, Ancient, unveils the new single “Winter Forest Cry”.
“The new single, ‘Winter Forest Cry’ is a bit more experimental and different from the rest of the songs from the album. I wanted to make a slow-paced and melancholic track based around a piano riff with a more modern and black-gaze type of atmosphere. Cold, yet emotional. It features spoken vocals with distortion as well as traditional Black metal vocals. The lyrics tell a story of a majestic forest in the north during wintertime, but they are open to the listener’s interpretation”, explains Lord Kaiaphas.
Order the album HERE: https://www.non-serviam-records.com/collections/frontpage/products/thokkian-vortex-thy-throne-is-mine
Listen to the full album HERE https://non-serviam-records.bandcamp.com/album/thy-throne-is-mine
Norwegian black metallers Thokkian Vortex have recently announced the release of their new opus “Thy Throne is Mine” on February 28th via Non Serviam Records.
Today the band fronted by Lord Kaiaphas, the former vocalist of Norwegian black metal act, Ancient, unveils the second single “Traverse The Tonal”.
Pre-orders of the album are available here.
Recently the band revealed the first single and lyric video for ‘Banishing the Lion of Kutha’. Watch it now on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dACu0FMjc7Y
Mastermind Lord Kaiaphas states: “‘Thy Throne is Mine’ is simply the best Black Metal that I’m capable of creating thus far. As a whole, it’s an album with songs that are catchy and memorable. I didn’t want to make an album with every song sounding the same. For the lyrics of Banishing the Lion of Kutha I created a story based on Sumerian and Akkadian mythology. This song has a warlike feeling.”
Norwegian Experimental Prog Metallers Green Carnation reveal new album details; launch interview series
Norwegian progressive metal act Green Carnation are now revealing the album details for 'Leaves of Yesteryear'. The new record is the first release by the band in 14 years and will be out on May 8th, via Season of Mist. The cover artwork was created by Niklas Sundin and can be found below together with the tracklist.
"The cover contains elements from the lyrics on the album, affected by the music and expressed through the cover artist Niklas Sundin’s pencil. Niklas put a lot of effort into going deep into this album, and came up with a few different sketches. We immediately fell for this one. It is rich in detail, is eye catching and of course has Niklas’ signature, which we very fond of", singer Kjetil Nordhus says.
The band has also launched a small interview series about the new full length, which can be viewed at the Season of Mist Youtube Channel HERE.
After almost 10 years of total silence, Norwegian Prog / Avant-garde metal act Green Carnation announced their comeback to the international metal scene for the 15th anniversary of their cult classic 'Light of Day, Day of Darkness' in 2016. After a successful comeback year with festival appearances and special shows both in Europe and North America, the Norwegians are now preparing to release their first album release in 14 years.
Green Carnation from Kristiansand, Norway, was founded as early as 1990. After founding member Tchort joined legends-to-be Emperor and continued in Satyricon and Einherjer, the band was laid to rest until their debut album, 'A Journey To The End Of The Night' came out in 2000. Following a period with line-up changes, 2001 marked the release of the bands epic 'Light of Day, Day of Darkness'.
With their albums 'A Blessing in Disguise' (2003) and 'The Quiet Offspring' (2005), Green Carnation shifted towards a more rock orientated style, before they surprised everyone with the stripped-down record 'Acoustic Verses' in 2006. What followed in the same year is perhaps one of the most spectacular DVD recordings metal history. The band played a show in the mountains, under a 30-meter-high dam. Only a year later, Green Carnation disbanded.
After the successful return in 2016, the band continued to play shows in 2017 and 2018. In September 2019, the progressive metal act announced that they were going to record their first album in 14 years, in DUB Studio, with producer Endre Kirkesola (ABBATH, IN VAIN and SOLEFALD), who also produced their classic, 'Light of Day, Day of Darkness'. The new album is expected to be released in the first half of 2020 via Season of Mist.
Kjetil Nordhus - vocals
Tchort - guitars
Bjørn Harstad - guitars
Stein Roger Sordal - bass
Kenneth Silden - keys
Jonathan Alejandro Perez - drums
Norwegian Black & Roll veterans Vreid have announced their participation in the "Songs That Changed the World" project by the Nobel Peace Center and Inferno Metal Festival. The band will be commissioned to interpret and cover a song about freedom of expression. The song is yet to be determined. Vreid will perform this special song and their own material during a show at the Nobel Peace Center on April 7, 2020.
Founder and bass player Hváll comments:
"In Vreid we have always been up for new challenges. It was therefore with huge excitement we took on this task when Inferno Metal Festival and Nobel Peace Center challenged us to do our interpretation of a song that changed the world. Freedom of speech has been relevant since the very beginning of rock, and is just as relevant and important today. A lot has changed since rock 'n' roll was new and rebellious in the 60s, but still today the freedom of speech are controversial and debated, so maybe the world has been at a stand still over the last 60 years. We are thankful for the engagement. Vreid looks forward to dig deep into the rock history of many fantastic songs, and will be ready to perform our song at the Nobel Peace Center in April."
More information on the Nobel Peace Center can be found HERE. Inferno Metal Festival will take place on April 9 - 12, in Oslo, Norway. Find more information on the festival HERE.
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