Welsh ragga metallers Skindred announce the re-release of their breakthrough album 'Roots Rock Riot'
Thirteen years after its release, Skindred are excited to announce the re-release of their second album Roots Rock Riot. The album will be available on February 26th 2020, and can be pre-ordered now here.
Written in the basement of a Newport boxing club, recorded in America and laying the groundwork for everything that followed it, Roots Rock Riot is an important piece of Skindred’s history – a piece that this re-release celebrates.
The first record of their discography to feature what would become the permanent line-up of vocalist Benji Webbe, bassist Daniel Pugsley, guitarist Mikey Demus and drummer Arya Goggin, it started its life as that difficult second album. What it became completely transcends that, bookending a difficult period of the band’s existence and boldly kicking down the door to the future of their illustrious career.
Benji remembers delivering the vocals with the same passion he employs in front of a festival crowd, and recalls:-
“I’m not one of those people who cheers when they’ve finished a record. But I’m always thankful to get to make my art, blending contemporary British music and Jamaican music, with my friends. On Roots Rock Riot I think we did that excellently.”
Mikey meanwhile sees this re-release as an opportunity to examine how he and his band have come on in the years since:-
“I’m really proud of the record. I had a hell of a lot of fun making it and it features some really important Skindred tracks.”
Producer Matt Squire (Panic At The Disco / Neck Deep) brought the whole album to life and realises its importance in cementing Skindred as one of the most important bands in the British heavy rock scene.
“Longevity is all about being real. Times were changing when the album was made, and if the band hadn’t been real in what they did they might have been passed off as a metal band with an innovative singer. Roots Rock Riot presented Skindred as a band with amazing songs. Those songs are made up of a crazy amalgamation of sounds, while remaining absolutely undeniable.”
Available on vinyl for the first time as well as CD, the re-release of Roots Rock Riot features rare cuts and previously unheard music. As well as the complete tracklist of the original, the vinyl version of the record comes with an additional 7” containing two exclusive tracks: ‘It’s A Crime’ (previously only featured on the Japanese release) and ‘Struggle’ (never released). The CD release also contains both those tracks and an acoustic version of ‘Destroy The Dance Floor’.
If that’s not enough, the re-release is also accompanied by some exclusive merchandise pre-order bundles. Available in the bundles are three 12” vinyl colour variants (Transparent Orange, Transparent Green and a special 3-colour Red, Yellow & Green), a t-shirt and a turntable slipmat, both of which feature a classic design from the original Roots Rock Riot release. Pre-orders are available here.
The re-release of Roots Rock Riot follows the recent announcement of their full UK Showtime Tour for September 2021, joined by very special guests Royal Republic.
SEPTEMBER 2021 SHOWTIME TOUR DATES
Thu 23rd – Cambridge, Junction
Fri 24th – Oxford, Academy
Sat 25th – Northampton, Roadmenders
Thu 30th – Leeds, Academy
Fri 1st – Birmingham, Institute
Sat 2nd – London, Roundhouse
Thu 7th – Cardiff, Tramshed
Fri 8th – Bristol, Academy
Sat 9th – Nottingham, Rock City
Sun 10th – Glasgow, SWG3
Fri 15th – Southampton, Guildhall
Fri 22nd – Sheffield, Corporation
Sat 23rd – Newcastle, Uni Students’ Union
Fri 29th – Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
Sat 30th – Manchester, Academy
Sun 31st – Norwich, UEA
Brazilian death / thrash quartet Nervosa are back! Fourth studio album, 'Perpetual Chaos', due January 2021
The four warriors of thrash / death frontrunners Nervosa stay true to their roots while exploring new terrain with a revitalized line-up!
A heavy, uncontrollable vortex led by the full-speed thrash / death metal engine Nervosa is ready to attack the world and leave nothing but Perpetual Chaos (out January 22 via Napalm Records) in its wake! Their talented new line up – featuring founding guitarist Prika Amaral and talented new members Diva Satanica on vocals, Mia Wallace on bass and Eleni Nota on drums – strike with inexorable full femme power, showcasing their ability for critical and straightforward lyricism mixed with an intoxicating blend of thrash spiced with remarkable death metal assaults.
Their high-speed new single, “Guided By Evil”, is the first offering from next year’s full-length and highlights their sinister new facets, whilst also underlining their unmistakable thrashing roots. The fitting audio-visual grabs the demons by the horns and evokes a bloody, enigmatic spell. The first single pulls no punches by dissecting the concept of two-faced people who eventually stab you in the back – truly guided by evil. Enter the coven and be a part of the next generation of Nervosa!
Guitarist Prika Amaral comments:
“It was a wonderful experience with these girls, they are all very talented and did an excellent job, I have never been so happy with the final result of a record. I chose Artesonao studio in Malaga, because it is isolated and in an extremely beautiful place, we worked hard but we had the best vibe between us.”
Watch “Guided By Evil” HERE
Pre-Order the new album Perpetual Chaos NOW!
Perpetual Chaos was recorded in Malaga at Artesonao Casa de Grabación Studio by Martin Furia, who also produced the new full-length with Prika Amaral – the explosive outcome is mastered by Yarne Heylen.
Vocalist Diva Satanica on the album process:
“It was undoubtedly a very intense process in every way. Not only did we learn to work together, but also to get to know each other and live together. I am very lucky to be able to be part of a project like this and I am sure that with the release of this album, Nervosa will take a very important step in its career. Working with Martin Furia was incredible, he helped me to find nuances in my voice that I didn't know I had. Get ready, for a new era more powerful than ever!”
Guided by a marvellous force of uncompromising thrash and death metal, the raw power of Perpetual Chaos has its finger on the pulse of time: lyrically, Nervosa does not hesitate to tackle issues that impact the very core of society as we know it. From political grievances and amplifying the voices of minorities to protesting against factory farming, capitalism and succumbing to the ill-informed musings of social elites - these commanding women do not mince words.
Tracks like the airtight opener “Venomous”, the fast-twitching “Until The Very End” and “Time To Fight” prove that Nervosa’s revitalized identity experiments with both fresh new elements and crucial auditory foundations without succumbing to any clichés. “Genocidal Command” perks ears with Diva Satanica’s vocal eloquence, accented by the outstanding range of Schmier (Destruction) whilst mirroring a rousing thrash metal manifest. A tremendous outcome awaits with brawl-brushed guitar lines, blisteringly fast drums and critical lyricism – striking the listener in a way only Nervosa could. Viva Perpetual Chaos!
Spanish Melodic Death Metallers Bloodhunter to re-release their debut self-titled album; including bonus EP
Spanish Melodic Death Metal band Bloodhunter will re-release their debut self-titled album from 2014 on July 3rd 2020 (Digital) and September 4th 2020 (CD). The re-release will include bonus EP - "Live in Madrid (2020)"!
Band comments about the re-issue:
"Bloodhunter was my first studio recording as a vocalist. It was a hard process during which I learned a lot and for that I'm especially fond of it. When we realized that physical copies were selling out, we started to think of the idea of making a reissue further on, as a gift to the fans, and that's how this reissue came up, with new artwork by Gustavo Sazes and 6 live bonus tracks from the concert we played in Madrid last year."
"Bloodhunter, our first album, will always hold a special place in our hearts. The experience in the studio with our engineer Pedro was eye opening, and I personally learned a lot from him that shaped me both as a bass player and a sound engineer, which consequently spilled over to our second album when we took most of the engineering duties on our own hands. When considering the idea of a reissue with a new cover and layout, we decided to use the tracks from the live show we recorded in Madrid in March 2019, which I think makes a great contrast in showing where we were as a band in 2014 compared to 2019 with a second album and several big festivals under our belt. We hope everyone enjoys the new design and the bonus tracks, and maybe it also gives new fans the chance to rediscover our early work!"
"We have been thinking about reissuing our first album for a while, as it has been sold out since 2015, but we didn’t want to just release it again, so we tried to record a couple of shows in order to add some live bonus tracks to this reissue. We usually have positive comments from our fans saying they love our live shows, so this is a compensation for their support in these hard moments.
We have very good memories when we were recording this album with Pedro Mendes in Braga (Portugal). There were many changes in Bloodhunter since we recorded this album, but the core of the band remains the same."
Bloodhunter is an extreme metal band born in Galician lands (Spain) in 2008 from the hand of sole founding member and main songwriter, Dani Arcos. After several changes in their line-up and concept, Diva SatanicaATANICA joins the band in 2009, whose guttural vocal assault helped drift the band into more extreme territories.
Their self-titled full-length album is released in May 2014, produced by Daniel Cardoso and Pedro Mendes at Ultrasound Studios. Eleven tracks that include updated versions of the 3 songs already present in the demo, as a result of a journey from the instinct that expresses the essence of this band: its versatility.
This album has been distributed physically in many countries around the world such as Japan, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, UK, Germany, Sweden, France, among others.
Later, the band would open for bands like Hemdale (USA), Holy Moses (Germany), Avulsed (Spain), Ancient Rites (Belgium), Rise to Fall (Spain) and Aposento (Spain), before joining Nightrage (Sweden) and Methedras (Italy) on their first week-long Spanish trek called "THE BLOODY TOUR".
Diva Satanica participates in the TV Show “THE VOICE”, surprising the coaches by singing screaming and growling, being the first contestant to perform this type of singing. The international artist Juanes chooses her to be part of his team, where she performed songs like “SWEET DREAMS”, “EYE OF THE TIGER” or Lady Gaga’s “BAD ROMANCE”.
During 2020, Bloodhunter released a reissue of their first album with a new artwork. This reissue included 6 live bonus tracks recorded in Madrid during THE TOUR OF FAITH (2018-2019). Since beginning of 2020, DIVA SATANICA is also the new vocalist of the Brazilian band NERVOSA.
The band is currently recording their 3rd full-length album.
South African post metal band Constellatia are announcing the re-release of their acclaimed debut album 'The Language of Limbs' on various physical formats. The new pressings will be out on June 19 and are available for pre-ordering HERE.
'The Language of Limbs' was originally released on November 15, 2019 and soon after, the four piece landed a worldwide record deal with Season of Mist. The album can already be found on all digital streaming platforms HERE.
"We hope everyone is keeping safe during these unprecedented times. We are making the most of our interrupted lives by working on record number two. Today, we are thrilled to announce that pre-orders for the Season of Mist pressing of our debut album are now live, as well as a slew of new t-shirts (all designed by Rouleaux van der Merwe)."
The cover artwork of 'The Language of Limbs' can be found below, together with the track list.
Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Constellatia is the collaborative vision of Gideon Lamprecht and Keenan Oakes, founders of well-known acts Crow Black Sky and Wildernessking respectively.
'The Language of Limbs' is essentially a post-metal record with black metal and progressive influences, and a healthy dose of ambience and atmosphere; always deeply engaging with a flair for the romantic and nostalgic. "It is a record that came from a place of desperation; a musical outlet for the years of hardship both members endured in their personal lives." Gideon Lamprecht comments. "It's an album about obsession and overcoming. It's a triumphant record." adds Keenan Oakes.
Formed in September 2018, and enlisting the talents of a few key collaborators, Constellatia soon completed work on the beautiful and emotional ride that is 'The Language of Limbs'. While the drums (Played by Lawrence Jaeger) and vocals were engineered by Daniel Thackwray at City Varsity, Cape Town, all other instruments were recorded by Lamprecht at his home studio in Glencairn, where he also mixed and mastered 'The Language of Limbs'. The album features additional and high class guest vocalists, namely Alison Rachel of Honeymoan and renowned singer/songwriter Lucy Kruger, and is an absolute must-have for fans of Cult Of Luna, Opeth, Pink Floyd or Wolves In The Throne Room.
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Adam Hill - Rhythm guitar
Gideon Lamprecht - Lead guitar
Keenan Oakes - Bass, vocals
Lawrence Jaeger - Drums
Hungarian Death Metallers Extreme Deformity to reissue iconic releases; 30th anniversary celebrated with postcard and stamp
Extreme Deformity are considered by many as the most famous Hungarian death metal band. Founded in 1990, the band was also the first ever Hungarian band to be celebrated with a postcard and stamp for their 30th anniversary.
Disbanded in 1995, Extreme Deformity released a demo in 1992 and a full-length entitled "Internal" came in 1993. These records have been re-released on CD in 2011 by Hungarian label Neverheard Distro, which is now working on the re-mastered re-release of "Internal" album and "Demo 1992" on double 12" vinyl. The postcard and stamp will be available as part of the limited Die Hard" version of the Double LP "Internal + Demo 1992".
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the release of this DLP was postponed but hopefully will see daylight by the end of 2020.
Extreme Deformity - www.facebook.com/ExtremeDeformityOfficial
Neverheard Distro - www.facebook.com/nhd666
Bandcamp - https://neverhearddistro.bandcamp.com
Nuclear War Now! Productions sets February 28th, 2020 as the international release date for vinyl LP reissues of Loits' first two albums, Ei kahetse midagi (2001) and Vere kutse kohustab (2004).
For more than two decades, Loits has been producing some of the most meticulously crafted and unique black metal. Hailing from the tiny nation of Estonia in northeastern Europe, Loits draw upon the history of their proud people for inspiration, particularly the Estonian underground guerilla resistance movement—often referred to as “the Forest Brothers”—that struggled against Soviet occupation during and after WWII.
With its 2001 debut full-length, Ei kahetse midagi, Loits carved out a distinct, idiosyncratic niche. Though originally self-released as a cassette, Ei kahetse midagi has gained greater attention through the years as the band’s stature has risen, resulting in more than 10 additional reissues on various formats. And for good reason: From the first track, this album is captivating, rich in texture and atmosphere, and operating with an intellectual depth and emotional valence far beyond many of the band’s peers. The eight tracks on this album are compositionally dynamic and epic in scope. Loits demonstrate a penchant for seamless shifts in mood—furious blastbeat-driven riffs suffused with lilting melodies deftly adjoined with folkish passages and atmospheric segues.
On this debut album, Loits draw influence from Norwegian pioneers like Satyricon, Ulver, and In The Woods, but add to that concoction eccentric elements of Masters Hammer and Ved Buens End. But Loits’ sound cannot be captured or described simply by comparison to other bands; there is something very singular about Loits, something deviant and peculiarly Estonian in their sound.
Complementing the musical complexity on Ei kahetse midagi are the lyrics, laden with poetic expressions of the pride and sorrow of life and war. The band characterized the conceptual intent of the album as “reviving the bonds between modern-day man's courage and the ancient events that defined Estonian identity as an ethnos.” Indeed, though delivered in the band’s native Estonian language, the English translations provided in the liner notes demonstrate a remarkably literate and evocative approach to lyrical content that adds further depth to the profound impact of this album.
With their second album, Vere kutse kohustab, released in 2004, Loits further defined their musical identity, which the band describes as “Militant Flak ‘N’ Roll”—a hybrid of black metal and rock ‘n’ roll with reference to anti-aircraft artillery fire, evoking the band’s historical and military interests. The photo accompanying the album depicts the five members of the band completely dressed in WWII-era Estonian military uniforms. (The only exception is female keyboardist Karje, who wears a military nurse’s uniform.) Though the uniforms may appear similar to those worn by the Germans, this was because, in an effort to preserve their independence from the Soviet Union, the Estonian resistance was briefly aligned with Germany. An explanation of this complex and tortured history is provided in the liner notes. As the band has said, this album “is dedicated to those young men who might have been wearing a wrong uniform but fought against the right enemy.”
More conceptually focused than the band’s esoteric debut album, Vere kutse kohustab is steeped in the odour of blood and gunpowder, capturing the essence of battle beneath the soot-stained skies of Estonia. Loits’ influences on this album are less obvious. The early Norwegian sound forms a foundation—comparisons to Enslaved, Satyricon, and Fluerty are justifiable—but Loits’ expansive palette and advanced musicianship allow for radical deviations from any formula. At times, Loits incorporate a more raw, elemental approach, drawing upon the influence of Motörhead and Estonian punk pioneers J.M.K.E., while at other points on the album, the band’s approach is abstract and atmospheric.
Vere kutse kohustab is a finely tuned expression of Loits’ intentions. Musically and lyrically, the album is visionary, summoning with every song the spirit of fallen warriors fighting for their homeland. The drama of war—the glory of conquest, the horror and sorrow, all of the adrenaline-drenched sensations of combat—find complete expression on Vere kutse kohustab in a way that few, if any, bands have managed to achieve.
In the meantime, both albums can be streamed in their entirety at Nuclear War Now!'s Bandcamp: Ei kahetse midagi can be heard HERE, while Vere kutse kohustab can be heard HERE.
Parlophone Records will continue their reissues series of the Iron Maiden catalogue with the fourth and final set of Digipak CD titles in The Studio Collection – Remastered, to be released on November 22nd.
The albums are Dance Of Death / A Matter Of Life And Death (standard/collectors) / The Final Frontier and 2015’s double-album The Book Of Souls.
The Studio Collection – Remastered follows on from 2014/2017’s black vinyl releases and 2015’s Mastered for iTunes project and features recordings taken from the same remasters as the 2015 hi-res digital releases. The most recent studio album – The Book Of Souls – was released that year in the same quality audio, but is appearing in Digipak for the first time.
The albums supersede the previously available studio catalogue and all titles will also be made available on streaming platforms.
As a bonus for collectors, one CD from each batch of releases is optionally available in a specially artwork designed box featuring a 1:24 scale figurine and exclusive patch. In the final batch, this will be A Matter Of Life And Death.
All four albums in this set are available for pre-order now from - studiocollection.ironmaiden.com
Iron Maiden have attracted rave reviews on their mobile game-inspired, three-month Legacy Of The Beast Tour across North, South and Central America with Rolling Stone calling it the “pinnacle of Heavy-Metal escapism” and a “pure multi-media spectacle”. The tour included a headline performance at Rock In Rio - which NME described as “brilliant” - with all 100,000 tickets sold in less than two hours.
The Legacy Of The Beast tour returns to the UK in June 2020 with headline performances at Download Festival (Donington) and Belsonic (Belfast), which will be the band’s only UK shows of next year. See www.ironmaiden.com for full tour details.
Parlophone Records will continue their reissues series of the Iron Maiden catalogue with the third set of Digipak CD titles in The Studio Collection – Remastered, to be released on July 26th.
Following on from 2014/2017’s black vinyl releases and 2015’s Mastered for iTunes project, The Studio Collection – Remastered features recordings taken from the same remasters as the 2015 hi-res digital releases. The albums supersede the previously available studio catalogue and all titles will also be made available on streaming platforms.
As a bonus for collectors, one CD from each batch of releases will also be optionally available in a specially designed box featuring a 1:24 scale figurine and exclusive patch. In the July 26th batch, this will be Fear Of The Dark. All four albums in this set are available for pre-order now from studiocollection.ironmaiden.com
The first four albums in this collection were released in November 2018 Iron Maiden / Killers / The Number Of The Beast (standard/collectors) / Piece Of Mind
The second four albums were released in March 2019 Powerslave / Somewhere In Time (standard/collectors) / Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son / No Prayer For The Dying
4th batch 2019 date TBC
Dance Of Death / A Matter Of Life And Death (standard/collectors) / The Final Frontier / The Book Of Souls*
*not remastered but appearing in Digipak for the first time
Iron Maiden will continue their Legacy Of The Beast tour across North, South and Central America this summer, starting in Florida on July 18th. It includes a headline performance at Rock In Rio, with all 90,000 tickets sold in less than two hours.
See www.ironmaiden.com for full tour details.
Black / heavy metallers Hellish Grave stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Hell No Longer Awaits, at Decibel magazine's website. Set for international release on May 31st via Helldprod Records, hear Hellish Grave's Hell No Longer Awaits in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from Brazil, Hellish Grave formed in 2011 with the intent to play blackthrash influenced by great masters of the style, such as Vulcano, Sodom, Celtic Frost, Venom, and Nifelheim, as well as classic heavy metal acts like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, and Mercyful Fate. After the release of a demo and an EP, in 2016, the band released their debut album, Worship Macabre, via Kill Again Records, which is also the label home for Violator, The Force, Attomica, etc.
Emboldened by that momentum and striking while the iron's red fucking hot, Hellish Grave return with an even stronger second album, Hell No Longer Awaits, via fans-from-the-beginning Helldprod Records. Pushing forward a more unique identity with the force of an iron fist, Hellish Grave here aren't easily labelled as simply "blackthrash"; their songwriting chops have deepened, and they've found an ever-elusive balance between tight execution and Bachanalian wildness. More to the point, they're delivering fucking ANTHEMS that are more accurately described as BLACK heavy metal: the headbang reigns supreme, and it's supremely evil. Not for nothing is the album devilishly titled Hell No Longer Awaits, such is their slaying...
Recorded & mixed in professional studio Da Tribo - where the likes of Krisiun, Ratos de Porão (RDP), and Torture Squad have recorded, among others - Hell No Longer Awaits is truly the coming-of-age record Hellish Grave have hinted at since their not-inconsiderable beginnings. Graced with cover art and layout by Fernando JFL (Damn Youth, Flagelador, Violator, Etc), Hellish Grave's second strike is the deadliest!
Get deadly struck in full exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Preorder info can be found HERE.
Ordinul Negru, Timisoara / Romania based Occult Black Metal band re-releases two of its previously sold out albums: Lifeless from 2008 and Nostalgia of the Fullmoon Nights from 2011, composed and released as one-man-band by Fulmineos. Both were initially out on Banatian Darkness in very limited edition and sold-out shortly after, are now remastered and re-released with new artworks via Loud Rage Music in Digipak CD format.
Lifeless was re-released May 1st and is available here:
Nostalgia of the Fullmoon Nights will be released May 15th and is now available for pre-orders here:
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