American progressive metal band DemiAura have released their debut album, entitled "The Ascendant", via Pavement Entertainment. "The Ascendant" features ten songs that were mixed and mastered by Brad Cox at Black Paw Studios in Lawrenceville, GA.
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Vocalist Chelsea Wrathchild says:-
“The Ascendant has a lot of musical depth and complexity, as well as definitive moments of tension inside the songs that make you wonder what’s just beyond the horizon. The uncertainty propels you forward, yet there is some solace and solitude waiting for you on the other side. This is exactly how we felt creating the album - the ethereal cover art was unintentionally representative of how we were able to pull this project together against the odds, pass through that veil, and ‘ascend’ to the next phase of the band. We hope listeners will immerse themselves in the experience and keep an open mind about this modern perspective of progressive metal.”
Check out DemiAura’s latest music video “Between Two Fires” ( BETWEEN TWO FIRES ), a song from The Ascendant which premiered in late June. The music video was directed by Steve D. Dorssom. “Between Two Fires” features stunning cinematic visuals from Arizona that pairs well with the atmospheric metal.
DemiAura is the latest incarnation of the ongoing progressive rock fusion project first conceptualized by drummer Keith Heaney. Along with veteran guitarist Bobby Chavez and keyboardist Jonathan Gabriel, Jr., the trio had sought a vocalist for years without a proper fit. In 2017, they auditioned and welcomed vocalist Chelsea Wrathchild to complete the spectrum - a unique origin story of fate meeting opportunity.
Pennsylvania hard rock / metal powerhouse The Letter Black has released “Born for This,” the hard-hitting second single from their highly anticipated self-titled album – and heaviest release to date - due out August 6 on Rockfest Records.
The dynamic new single addresses the pressures of life, the feeling of no escape, then reaching the ultimate revelation to ignore doubt and negativity and follow your calling. “Born for This” features a guest performance by Thousand Foot Krutch vocalist Trevor McNevan, marking the first time firecracker frontwoman Sarah Anthony has shared vocals with a guest.
“‘Born for This’ is a song about standing up for what you believe in, in the face of adversity,” Anthony says. “It’s about taking a stand, drawing that line in the sand and boldly saying ‘this is me, this is what I believe, this is who I am, and nothing and no one will shake me.’ I’m especially excited about this specific release because it’s the first time in TLB history that we’re featuring a duet with a guest vocalist- and a powerful one at that!”
“Born for This” is available at https://lnk.to/TLBbornforthis.
The Letter Black formed in 2006 in Uniontown, PA, and burst onto the hard rock landscape with their Tooth & Nail debut Hanging On By a Thread in 2010. The quartet landed at #8 on the iTunes Rock chart that same day. As their career developed, The Letter Black continued building on this energy, and released their second lbum Rebuild in 2013. After parting ways with Tooth & Nail in 2016, The Letter Black found themselves in the driver’s seat for their third album, 2017’s Pain, which was funded by a highly successful $25,000 Kickstarter campaign. In spring of 2020, the band began working their fourth studio album and soon signed with Rockfest Records. The first single from The Letter Black, “Rise,” was released in February.
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Bay Area Thrashers Infex will self-release "Burning In Exile" August 13 on CD, digital, and limited edition red translucent 12" vinyl formats. The official video for album track "Acid Reign" is available at youtu.be/EDjRsqTlfCE
Though the sound of "Burning In Exile" is firmly anchored in a ripping form of thrash metal, elements of old school hardcore and crossover metal are present as well. Having grown up during the Thrash Metal heyday and listening to genre pioneers like Exodus, Kreator, Destruction, Slayer, Dark Angel and the like, along with old-school hardcore influences like Discharge, Attitude Adjustment, Cryptic Slaughter, DRI, and Excel, Infex blends the styles of all these and more into a raw outpouring of aggression and anger.
"Burning In Exile" was recorded at Trident Studios in Martinez, CA (Machine Head, Vio-Lence, Testament, Exodus). It was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga. Infex booked the studio time in late 2019 and began recording in March of 2020, right as the Covid-19 pandemic became serious. Due to the lockdown, the recording sessions were spaced out further than anticipated, resulting in the inspiration for the album title, "Burning in Exile".
The band's album release show happens on August 14 at 3 Disciples Brewing in Santa Rosa, California.
Infex was formed in 2010 by Jack and Phil, who met via Craigslist while searching for others with similar interests. At their early jam sessions the beer and the riffs flowed freely and songs started to take shape fairly quickly. In 2011 after jamming with several drummers with mostly lacklustre results, the two met drummer Corey, who stylistically fit in from the get go. A few months and several bass players later Dave came on board to round out the line-up and the band started playing shows, their first performance being in February of 2012. The group released debut full-length album Circling The Drain in August of that year.
In late 2012, Phil stepped down from the band to focus on his family, and Infex soldiered on as a trio, while searching for a suitable replacement. Finally in early 2014, the band recruited Derek from the ashes of Bay Area Thrash youngsters Dizastor. This line-up lasted for a year, until Derek moved on to pursue other musical interests.Not faltering, Infex took some time off from the local scene to begin recording their second release, Killing for Jesus (January 2016), and in that process ended up recruiting Aaron on lead guitar.
In 2017 Infex went on tour with crossover legends D.R.I. as well as playing with Exodus’ two night residency at San Francisco's The Chapel. Aaron left the band in late 2017 to pursue other interests, so the band enlisted Adam Weber (Embryonic Devourment) on lead guitar.
In 2018 Dave retired from music to manage his son’s band and Infex recruited Ronald Morten-Maystein (RC) on bass. Invigorated with the new line-up and a new LP scheduled for release in summer of 2021, Infex has once again hit the local Bay Area live circuit and are currently working on booking tours to support the ensuing release.
Don’t let the name fool you – anyone familiar with legendary South Texas metalcore act Scarlett O’hara knows that their name may be dainty but that’s where any trace of delicacy disappears, as evidenced by the band’s first single in three years, “Friction.”
Watch the video for “Friction” now at https://youtu.be/VE_YLt92G58.
Guitarist Logan Burns says:-
“Growth is commonly seen as a good thing, but oftentimes, the road to get there is harder than we expect. ‘Friction’ is about that road. It’s about the difficult path to your goals, the constant obstacles in your way, and the incredible people that you meet along the way. We hope that ‘Friction’ will help people with identifying their unique struggles associated with growth and inspire them to endure.”
Formed in 2008, Scarlett O'hara has pushed the metalcore genre further with a high-paced signature style, now known as South Texas Metalcore, an unrelenting barrage of sound that evokes images of being kicked in the face by an angry bull.
After the release of their highly praised 2010 Rise Records debut "Lost in Existence", the McAllen, TX-based band went on hiatus, finally regrouping for the 2018 release of their second album, "Welcome Back To The Brodeo". The critically acclaimed album debuted on several US Billboard charts including: #19 Hard Rock Album Sales, #20 HeaterSeeker Albums and #1 Heatseeker (South Central), as well as #25 on the iTunes Metal chart for its release week.
The band has most recently teamed up with Grammy nominated producer Erik Ron (Godsmack, Panic! at the Disco, New Years Day) to deliver another molten slab of pure platinum rock in “Friction.” Stay tuned for more new music from Scarlett O'Hara!
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Light The Torch — Howard Jones [vocals], Francesco Artusato [guitar] and Ryan Wombacher [bass] — will release their new album and second full length "You Will Be the Death of Me" on June 25 via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order it here.
The band has dropped the video for the first track, "Wilting in the Light," which was directed by Ramon Boutviseth in L.A.
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"You Will Be the Death of Me has been a journey — even without the pandemic. This album has been emotional and rewarding in every way, and we couldn't be more excited to finally release it. Maybe there was a bit of desperation writing and recording these songs.
Going through personal turmoil and watching Francesco deal with injuries, we knew this could change things drastically for us. The album was a welcome distraction, and we dumped every emotion we had into YWBTDOM. To watch Fran heal and become an even more complete artist in front of my eyes has been amazing to watch. Everything we went through individually and together with this album drew Fran, Ryan, and I together. I couldn't be more proud of this album knowing I made it with my family."
Artusato opens up about his experiences, saying:-
"This record is special to me in a different way. From writing the music during one of the toughest times of my life while dealing with a bad injury due to a car accident to being obsessively involved with every aspect of its production, recording, and creating the artwork. It's hard to describe how I feel, and to finally see this record getting ready to be released.
We are all very satisfied with how this record showcases the evolution of our band and our evolution as individuals. Without our brotherhood, this music could not have happened. Music is what kept us strong together during our toughest times. There's nothing like art that expresses pure and deep emotions, and that's what I feel when I listen to Howard's performance on this record."
"I think this album shows the growth the band has experienced after years on the road together, and a friendship that has continued to thrive doing what we love together."
The guys returned to Sparrow Sound in Glendale, California to once again work with the production team of Josh Gilbert and Joseph McQueen [Bullet for My Valentine, As I Lay Dying, Suicide Silence]. This time around, they also welcomed Whitechapel's Alex Rudinger on drums. "He's incredible," says Artusato. "He was exactly what we needed."
Upheld by head-spinning seven-string virtuosity yet anchored to skyscraping melodies, Light the Torch crafted 12 metallic anthems, including an unexpected and awesome cover of the '80s hit 'Sign Your Name' by R&B singer Terence Trent D'Arby. The group shot out of the gate as a contender on their full-length debut, Revival. It bowed at #4 on the Billboard US Independent Albums Chart and at #10 on the Hard Rock Albums Chart in addition to receiving acclaim from Revolver, Outburn, and many more. 'Calm Before the Storm' racked up a staggering 14.5 million Spotify streams, while 'The Safety of Disbelief' remains one of SiriusXM Octane's all-time most requested songs. They also crisscrossed North America and Europe on tour with the likes of Trivium, Avatar, In Flames, Ice Nine Kills, Killswitch Engage, and August Burns Red to name a few.
You Will Be the Death of Me finds Light the Torch firing on all cylinders and ready to take things to the next level.
Evanescence’s new album, The Bitter Truth (Sony Germany/RCA), has charted at No 4 in the UK making it their fourth Top Five album. The band’s first full-length release of all-new material in a decade, The Bitter Truth has also debuted as the top-selling Rock & Alternative album in the US, according to Nielsen Music Connect.
Shortly after its release on March 26th, The Bitter Truth rose to the top of the iTunes Album Charts in 22 countries. Recorded during the pandemic, it confronts the dark realities of the world head-on. Yet its resounding message is one of light, and that pushing through is better than giving up.
Check out the band performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! HERE, and pre-order a special graphic anthology series “Echoes From The Void,” a collaboration with Heavy Metal Entertainment inspired by The Bitter Truth cuts “Better Without You” and “Wasted on You,” HERE.
Watch this space for a new music video and more exciting Evanescence news to be revealed in the coming weeks.
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Kill The Imposter is an in-your-face, no-holds-barred deathcore onslaught hailing from Orlando, USA. They have a new album coming out in May of 2021 and it promises violence, rage, and a monstrous barrage of breakdowns, screams, riffs, and blast beats.
“The Violence Sessions” is a seven-track album, and the third released from the band following “The Decimation” (2019), and “A Strain Of Agony” (2020). The upcoming offering is pure chaotic energy, something that current fans will recognize and new fans will revel in.
Already, Kill The Imposter has released two music videos for the tracks “Mace” and “Suffer Alone”. “Mace” is likely the only political song the band will ever write, but the takeaway of it is, think for yourselves. People, who have no allegiance to you, are not the people you should be listening to.
“Suffer Alone” was written for vocalist Johnny Nobody’s ex-wife as he explains himself:
“I didn’t know a better way to describe the way I felt at my worst with her. I took the idea from the movie “300’ when Leonidas tells the traitor “I hope you live forever”.” He continues to share his thoughts on the full album, “we cannot wait for the fans to get their hands on it, the music is just getting tighter and more violent with each song. The more we work together the better these hits are turning out”
Violent and tight, Kill The Imposter is the remedy for a hard day or the encouragement you need at the gym, they are recommended for fans of Hatebreed, Alpha Wolf, and Dealer.
“The Violence Sessions” comes out on May 28, 2021.
Singles available on Spotify and Apple Music
Kill The Imposter is an Orlando, USA-based deathcore band that was formed in late 2018. Pulling musical inspiration from everywhere, the intention of this four-piece band is to make you move in any capacity you see fit. Coming from local and national bands, Kill The Imposter brings experience, drive, and mayhem, to the stage.
The quartet banded together over a shared love for heavy and violent music, after sharing the stage for one song they knew they had something special, so they sat down together and within a week had 3 songs written and a video lined up. They haven’t stopped since that first sit down, and they won’t stop.
One of the founding members Danny Arrieta (guitar) is the primary music writer getting help with arrangement by Johnny Nobody (vocals). Nick Colvin (drums) carries the aggressive speed and heavy grooves with Wilson Bembry ( bass) definitely sharing and blending the thundering lows and technical playing between all of it.
Since they got together, Kill The Imposter has released “The Decimation” (2019), “A Strain Of Agony” (2020) and “The Violence Sessions” (2021). They have pummeled the stages of Central Florida Metal Fest and Tampa DeathFest and played alongside heavy hitters such as Nile and Terrorizer.
The Devil Wears Prada can always be counted on to challenge themselves — and the world around them with their music.
The band —Mike Hranica [vocals], Jeremy DePoyster [vocals, guitar], Mason Nagy [bass], Kyle Sipress [guitar], Jonathan Gering [keys, synthesizers], and Giuseppe Capolupo [drums] — refuse to be hemmed in by boundaries.
With their new ZII EP, which arrives 21st May 2021 via Solid State Records, The Devil Wears Prada did not come to play. It's a discordant, dissonant exercise in excellence.
The band has also planned a livestream event for Saturday, 15th May, during which they will play the entire ZII EP in full. Fans can purchase tickets along with the pre-order of the EP.
The original Zombie EP dropped all the way back in August 2010 and remains an intense fan favourite. While not a chronological release in the TDWP catalogue, ZII is the next chapter.
"There's no question that the Zombie EP is a fan favourite and a record that really set the pace for us as a heavier band. A goal we had for this EP was to pay tribute to Z1 while honing in on the characteristics that we enjoy about heavy music today and the directions we want to see it heading.
We just had our first song go to radio with 'Chemical', and now in the same year we will be releasing the heaviest music of our career with Z2. This isn’t just a new chapter for the Zombie EP this is a new chapter for us as a band, and an opportunity to lean into both sounds in ways that feel better than ever. We’ve found our footing with these six members and now we're stepping on the gas and not letting up.
Before, there were five songs about how to fend off the apocalypse. Now there are five songs of hopelessness against the hoard.”
Rising Texan death metal force Cathexis has signed with Willowtip Records! The band will release debut album Untethered Abyss June 25 on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. The album's first single, "Mortuus In Perpetuum," has been released and is streaming now on YouTube and Bandcamp.
Untethered Abyss is the culmination of six years of painstaking songwriting and a carefully selected cast of international talent amassed to bring forward a finely tuned and unrelenting piece of modern death metal.
Untethered Abyss is eight tracks of tightly focused death metal with a production that captures the humanity and unfiltered energy each musician displays in every performance. The band’s focus on holistic songwriting seeks to create naturally flowing and memorable tracks where every riff’s place within the song is carefully considered to maintain internal consistency and create meaningful arcs within the music, rather than meander through detached ideas.
Cathexis strives to make unique and forward thinking death metal that pays tribute to the genres basest and most satisfying elements.
Floridian metalcore four-piece Afterlife have shared a brand new single and music video “Burn It Down”. The music video takes the new lyrics literally, complete with the band performing alongside some major pyrotechnics. Fans can listen to “Burn It Down” and watch the accompanying music video now at https://smarturl.it/burnitdownvideo
Vocalist Tyler Levenson shares his thoughts:-
“’Burn It Down’ was written towards the tail end of the recording process and at that time we were many months into the global pandemic which personally resulted in a lot of anger and frustration with how things were being handled in not only our country but around the world.
Writing and recording music in a time where there is this looming sense of fear and uncertainty put me in a place where I’ve never been before mentally and at that time I felt very hopeless and as if my “world” was on fire so I wanted the song to feel very empowering and anthemic in tone to counter how I was feeling which resulted in the lyrics “You bring the match, I’ll bring the gas, Together we’ll burn it and live among the ash” and “When push comes to shove, You gave us no choice” to really visualize that we’ve had enough and it’s time for change which I’m sure many others feel the same exact way as we do.”
“Burn It Down” follows late 2020 single release “Wasting Time,” an anthemic track that was written to inspire people. Afterlife released their debut album Breaking Point via Hopeless Records in early 2019, which immediately gained immense praise from fans while garnering adds to Spotify’s Rock Hard, New Core and New Blood playlists, Amazon’s Fresh Hard Rock and The Forge UK playlists and Pandora’s New Rock station. Additional support from BBC Radio 1, Kerrang!, idobi Howl and Alternative Press as well as multiple Number 1 spots on Sirius XM Octane has helped propel Afterlife into headphones of listeners around the world.
The album ambitiously tackles a variety of impactful topics from mental health and domestic assault to political apathy and the weight of guilt over the course of 10 unique tracks that blend influences like Slipknot, Linkin Park and modern hip-hop. Breaking Point is available to stream and purchase at http://smarturl.it/afterlifebp.
Blending singing, screaming and rapping over a heavy, yet satisfyingly melodic landscape for a unique sound coupled with socially conscious lyrics, Afterlife are poised to influence this generation of heavy music.
For more information, please visit www.hopelessrecords.com
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