Ravened, a young modern metal band from Sweden, with family connections to bands like Hellfueled, Narnia, The Waymaker and Audiovision, release their debut album ’From the Depths‘ on August 7, 2020.
The first single – “From the Depths” is available today on all major digital platforms, along with a music video. Watch it HERE: https://youtu.be/1nLB2BAbfTs
Ravened from Jönköping, Sweden, started in 2018 and plays modern metal merged with influences from the past from bands like Pantera, Bloodbath, Lamb of God, and Metallica. The members are between 19-24 years old, but the music has been a big part of their lives for generations. Olle Liljegren (guitars, songwriter) is son to Simeon Liljegren (Modest Attraction, Audiovision), and nephew to Christian Liljegren (Narnia, The Waymaker, Audiovision, Divinefire, Golden Resurrection, etc.) and drummer Oliwer Svensson is son to Kent Svensson (Hellfueled).
Jonatan Samuelsson, founder and owner of record label JONO states:-
"These guys have poured 100% of their hearts into the tracks, which would attract both listeners interested in the technical aspect of music, as well as anyone who just loves great metal. Ravened has a hunger and passion like few other bands in their age. They have started their journey towards an exciting future. This is where it all starts!"
’From the Depths‘ was recorded in Lund, produced by Ulf Blomberg (HoboRec) and will be released by record label JONO and distributed by Sound Pollution.
Pre-order the album HERE: https://orcd.co/from-the-depths
Announced as Sweden’s best and finest Metalcore band, Writing The Future gives you a show that is something spectacular and are experts on giving the audience a live show that is just as intense as the records.
With 5 music videos, 2 EP 's, 1 album and countless executed live shows with bands such as Smash Into Pieces, Lillasyster, The Unguided, Dead By April, Dregen and many more, Writing The Future is stronger than they ever have been before.
The upcoming EP, “A World Of Disaster”, is recorded by Philip Strand and mixed / mastered by Dino Medanhodzic. It is a high quality and powerful piece that brings out a lot of emotions. The sound is modern and somewhat different and new from what they usually do. The band was searching for someone to cooperate with, someone that believes in their music and their product as much as they do. So, the cooperation with GAIN/Fifth Island Music was initiated.
“We are thrilled to announce the signing with Writing The Future. They have been on our radar for a while and finally we can have our go in taking this band to the levels they deserve.” – Team GAIN.
February 28th will see Swedish Blackened Death Metal masters, Night Crowned, release their brand new album "Impius Viam" on Noble Demon Records. Combining past and present members of legendary acts as Dark Funeral, Nightrage and Cipher System, this unholy ritual is a true reawakening of the sounds dormant from the most influential acts and masterpieces of the Scandinavian ‘90s! Get your ears and eyes on it and check out the brand new video for "Reborn", streaming now at THIS LOCATION
"Reborn is a spiritual journey from life into death to rebirth. To take their rightful place over everything, to be chosen for something greater than life itself.", Henric Liljesand.
"REBORN“ now streaming on all DIGITAL PLATFORMS
"IMPIUS VIAM“ to be released February 28th on Noble Demon and available for pre-order RIGHT HERE
NIGHT CROWNED is:
K. Romlin – Vocals
J. Jaloma – Drums
J. Eskilsson – Lead Guitar
H. Liljesand – Bass, Guitar, Keys
Modern Metallers Amaranthe unleash official video for new digital single 'Do Or Die' (ft Angela Gossow)
Sweden’s hottest metal export is just rounding up their European arena tour with Sabaton and are ready to present a very special Valentine’s Day gift: Amaranthe spice up the day with a brand new song featuring former vocalist of Arch Enemy, Angela Gossow. 'Do Or Die' displays Amaranthe’s heavier side and is accompanied by a dystopian horror video filmed in Spain, featuring Fardou Keuning's stunning creations. Brave enough? Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/iZweNFWbegI
Angela Gossow comments:-
"It was thrilling to join Amaranthe for a more extreme track and shooting a cutting edge video for it! This is no cosy studio performance, but real ice cold winds, sewage, cadavers and pouring rain - the reality we live in, the devastating legacy we leave to our future generations. Time to wake up, turn - and bang - some heads! Watch out for these guys and killer lady, they are going to crush you this year with a new album and some heavy touring!!!"
Guitarist Olof Mörck states:-
"While Amaranthe's music is often uplifting, energetic and positive, sooner or later everyone needs to deal with the obvious fact that the world is literally crumbling around us - and it is crumbling fast, thanks to the short sighted abuse of our common Mother Earth! We talked to legendary Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy fame to do an entire package of a video and a song, outside of any normal album cycle, and let our different perspectives on metal collide in a massive explosion; and it resulted in Do or Die! Together with Overbeck Media who shot the video, we delivered something really quite special, and Angela brings in a fresh strength to the trademark Amaranthe sound that is sure to resound all across the metal world! Death and Fire!"
Purchase or stream the digital single here: https://nblast.de/Amaranthe-DoOrDie
Listen to 'Do Or Die' and other new tracks in the NB New Releases Playlists:
http://nblast.de/SpotifyNewReleases | http://nblast.de/AppleMusicNewReleases
With their foundations tracing back to 2008, the group have released 5 albums since then (2011's Amaranthe, 2013's The Nexus, 2014's Massive Addictive, 2016's Maximalism, and 2018's Helix), consistently delivering hauntingly catchy tunes led by their unique three-part vocals. Within their arsenal of hit singles - with 'Drop Dead Cynical' leading right at the front - a myriad tracks have been received very well via press and fans alike; having also gained countless plays on both radio stations around the globe and across streaming services (the group's songs have been streamed more than 100 million times on Spotify). A string of support tours have blazed Amaranthe's trail in front of huge crowds as well as at their own headline concerts (the group impressively once performed in front of 10,000 fans at Liseberg, Gothenburg). They have kept working incredibly hard over the years, the latest product of which culminated in the form of Helix, which achieved them some of their highest chart positions in the band's history (Switzerland #21, Germany #29 etc.).
Be sure to follow the band on Spotify & YouTube to not miss any of their upcoming releases..
Elize Ryd | vocals
Olof Mörck | guitars, keyboards
Henrik "GG6" Englund Wilhelmsson | vocals
Johan Andreassen | bass
Morten Løwe Sørensen | drums
Nils Molin | vocals
Sarcasm sign with Hammerheart Records and a new album is in the plans for the end of 2020 of early 2021!
Sarcasm got started during the Golden Age of Swedish Death, in the year 1990. After 4 years of releasing demos Sarcasm disappeared, but returned to form by 2015. Aside from several compilations Sarcasm has released three critically acclaimed albums since then, with a crowning achievement in 2019 with the release of “Esoteric Tales Of The Unserene”, an album that appeared on a lot of year lists. Said album is a highlight within the Scandinavian tradition of high-intensity melodic Death Metal and got Sarcasm noticed more than ever before.
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.
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
Swedish Melodic Folk / Black Metallers Wormwood nominated for 'Best metal album of the year' at P3 Guld
The Swedish melodic folk/black metal-band Wormwood has been nominated in the best metal/rock album-category of the year by P3 Guld. The gala will be held in Gothenburg in January 2020.
Vote for ’Nattarvet‘ now: https://www.p3guld.se
P3 Guld is an award ceremony that was established in 2003 by the national Swedish radio station P3 and is being held in the beginning of every new year. The P3 Guld award has been given out to outstanding artists in the music field and consists of nine different categories.
This year‘s gala will take place on January 18, 2020 and broadcasted live on national television. The jury consists of music experts as well as the vote of the Swedish people. Past winners include huge global artists such as Avicci, The Hives and Robyn and in the metal category you‘ll find Sweden‘s finest metal exports Opeth, In Flames and the ever so popular shock rock band Ghost.
The Swedish melodic folk/black metal-band Wormwood raised critical acclaim among the global music press with their sophomore full length “Nattarvet”. A concept album about the Swedish winter landscape and the famine in the end of the 19th century.
Swedish black metal standard-bearers Avslut stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Tyranni, at NoCleanSinging.com. Set for international release on November 29th via Osmose Productions, hear Avslut's Tyranni in its entirety exclusively HERE.
The highly anticipated second album from the Swedish black metal legion Avslut is finally ready to be unleashed upon the world. With nine vicious new songs, the band takes it to a whole new level with Tyranni.
Avslut depicts a deformed, decayed, and lost mankind. The group has its roots in the suburbs of Stockholm. With full force, following their well-received Deceptis debut album for Osmose last year, Avslut waste no time in continuing their reign of ice-cold, idiomatic Swedish black metal supremacy.
Now more than ever, Avslut is a weapon, an uncompromising passage to meet your fate. Prepare yourself for infernal war and even more intense and authentic material than ever before with Tyranni. LEGION, ARISE!
Fully arise by streaming Tyranni in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Preorder info can be found HERE.
Swedish doom metallers Avatarium release their highly-praised new dark gospel The Fire I Long For today via Nuclear Blast. To mark the occasion, the band has unveiled an official lyric video for the song 'Lay Me Down', which features guest appearances by Leif Sundin (backing vocals) and Michael Blair (percussion). Watch now: youtu.be/wMXrWN4D8P4
Guitarist Marcus Jidell comments:-
"'Lay Me Down' is maybe one of the best songs we've written thus far. It contains so many elements I think a good song should have: great and moving lyrics, soulful musical performances and psychedelic elements that might be a way of trying to understand and feel connected with other dimensions and spiritual energies."
The Fire I Long For is available to order here: nblast.de/Avatarium-TheFire
★ Limited digipak
★ Black Vinyl
★ White Vinyl (NB mail-order and wholesale exclusive)
★ Gold Vinyl (NB mail-order exclusive)
★ Digital Download | Stream
Founded in 2012 by Leif Edling of Candlemass, Avatarium soon saw the arrival of Marcus Jidell (producer Candlemass) and Jennie-Ann Smith who brought an air of charisma with her soulful grace. The band has become an entity of its own and while Leif still contributed three songs for the new album, the band’s current line-up consists of Marcus and Jennie-Ann, who are accompanied on this record by organist Rickard Nilsson and new drummer Andreas ‘Habo’ Johansson (The Doomsday Kingdom). Together, this open-minded, yet doom-laden collective draws elements of folk, jazz and psychedelic brilliance into a grandiose amalgamation that manages to maintain an almost pop-like elegance. Recorded at Studio DeepWell in Stockholm, the album was produced by Marcus Jidell, mixed by Grammy Award winner Niklas Flyckt and mastered by Svante Forsback (Rammstein).
Jennie-Ann Smith | Vocals
Marcus Jidell | Guitar
Andreas ‘Habo’ Johansson | Drums
Rickard Nilsson | Organ
Mats Rydström | Live Bass
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