Dutch extreme metal outfit Autarkh are now releasing the first track, 'Turbulence' from the upcoming debut 'Form in Motion'. The new album will be released on March 12, 2021 and pre-orders are now live HERE.
Listen to 'Turbulence' via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel HERE. The link may be freely spread throughout your channels.
Founder Michel Nienhuis comments:-
‘Turbulence’ is a song about an ongoing realization and understanding of internal conflict. Change is necessary and inevitable but seems unattainable and out of range. ‘Turbulence’ is the first full blown song of the album and is quite representative of the Autarkh sound – up-tempo blasts versus downtempo grooves, locking harmonies versus chaotic dissonance and ethereal layers versus dark growls. This visualizer is the result of a first experiment of our producer and sound designer Joris Bonis with his analogue oscilloscopes from the 1970’s, that generate images based on audio. We invite you to join in on this new chapter of our musical evolution.
Autarkh have previously revealed the album cover for 'Form in Motion', and can be viewed together with the album details above.
From the fertile grounds of Tilburg rises new contemporary metal outfit Autarkh, a group of musical extremists dedicated to pushing the boundaries of the auditory senses. Autarkh is the brainchild of Michel Nienhuis, founding member and composer/guitarist of Dodecahedron. Dodecahedron released 2 albums on the French record label Season Of Mist in 2012 and 2017 and has played at Inferno festival (NO), Reykjavík Metalfest (IS) Brutal Assault (CZ), Roadburn Festival (NL) and Eurosonic (NL) amongst others.
Death and illness was closing in on Dodecahedron, triggering a conceptual transformation that was necessary to effectuate Nienhuis’ artistic development. In the fall of 2019 Nienhuis teamed up with producer Joris Bonis (Dodecahedron, Ulsect), guitarist David Luiten and electronic composer / producer Tijnn Verbruggen, a set of musicians with backgrounds ranging from metal to techno. Autarkh’s first full length album ‘Form In Motion’ will be released the 12th of March 2021 through Season of Mist records.
Autarkh takes a unique position in the world of extreme metal. Synthetic, IDM-style beats and glitch effects - reminiscent of those produced by artists such as Aphex Twin and Autechre - are perfectly balanced with overwhelming riffs and vocals that range from dark growls and exasperating screams to semi-clean harmonies. Together with fluttering blast beats, dense bass lines and eerie soundscapes these elements produce an intense and crystal clear tunnel of sound where the energy of contrasting emotions is constantly felt.
‘Form In Motion’ feels like an evolution in both sound and lyrical content from the two albums Nienhuis released with Dodecahedron. Musically, because of the radical approach the band takes with their rhythm section; lyrically because the album is more about a personal experience of human nature and the nature of the universe. The album takes us from unravelling storms and destructive chaos to transformation, liberation and fundamental shifts in understanding in order to align with the divine. That progression is also present in a linear sense – the intrusive uneasiness the album starts with gives way to a sense of epic victory towards the end.
Give yourself the opportunity to dive into this radical exploration of sonic and spiritual ideas and allow yourself to get inspired by what Autarkh has to offer.
Michel Nienhuis: vocals, guitars, bass, programming
David Luiten: vocals, guitars
Tijnn Verbruggen: synthesis, beat design
Joris Bonis: synthesis, sound design
A few days after the official release of their brand new album 'The Sand Within', French melodic death metallers Sound Of Memories have shared the whole record for free streaming through the RareMetalAlbums YouTube Channel.
The Sand Within' is available right now physically on CD & digitally through Bandcamp and all legal platforms (Apple Music, Deezer, Spotify...) with the help of the Domino Media Group.
Sound of Memories is a band from the Parisian suburbs created in 2010. Their style can be described as a mix of heavy / thrash metal riffs with an old-school melodic death metal foundation.
After a few years experimenting and carving out their musical style and the arrival of Nacim on drums, the band found its own musical identity, with the recurrent theme of humanism in general, and in particular human’s evolution, philosophy and perception of the world through the ages. In 2013, the band welcomed their new member Flo as their frontman, before going to record their first EP 'Living Circles' at the ZOE-H studio.
In the wake of this project, the band joined the promotion and touring association Army of One, and performed at a number of French metal shows (such as the PHYC Fest, the Eragny’s Covent Garden, La Boule Noire and more...). Then in 2015, Julien Delsol (Deep in Hate, 91 All Stars...) lead the production of the band’s first album, a much darker, complex and ambitious opus than their previous effort.
In November 2015, the band released their first LP 'To Deliverance' through FinisterianDeadEnd / Season of Mist / Code7, and a number of subsequent gigs allowed the band to make their music and energy known.
Right now, Sound of Memories is ready to promote their new album: 'The Sand Within'.
For fans of Arch Enemy, In Flames, Children Of Bodom...
Buy the 'The Sand Within' on CD/Digital
Cuban black metal pioneers, Mephisto, are about to release their newest album Pentafixion via Wormholedeath Records. Mephisto have been active since 1997 and left their mark on the Cuban metal scene with their unique sound and style. The band will unleash their first single soon.
Mephisto states about signing with Wormholedeath Records:-
"On behalf of all members of Mephisto we wish to announce that we have been offered a contract with the long established and well respected Italian label WormHoleDeath Records.It is our pleasure to announce that after some discussion, Mephisto have accepted the offer and now enthusiastically join the label. We can’t wait to start working with the team at WormHoleDeath after following their label and their artists for many years. To now be considered part of this family is a long awaited dream come true. We are excited to be bringing our style of Cuban Black Metal to the world thanks to the relationships WormHoleDeath has with its partners including Warner / Chappell Music Holland BV and The Orchard Inc. (Sony Music Ent).
We look forward to our first release with Worm Hole Death which is our full length album “Pentafixion”, an album that we have been working on for the best part of 2 years. Who knows, maybe the back catalogue will be released sometime on WHD too! We’d like to officially thank Carlo from WHD for being so passionate about securing us to the label. The work and dedication shown by him is incredible! From finding us in Subtle Death Magazine, to reaching out to its editor (Omar Vega) to contact us, to the late night calls to our management (in Australia), all the way through to walking us through the deal. We couldn’t be happier knowing that our music and our career are in great hands with WHD.
So what can you expect from us now?
Well just because you can see the mountain doesn’t mean the climb has finished. Now the hard work begins to reward our fans for their patience waiting on our new album and to show WHD that the new kids on the block came to kick heads and take names."
Look out world…. Mephisto, the pioneers of Black Metal in Cuba have just been unleashed on the world and it’s all thanks to WormHoleDeath Records!
The band Mephisto was founded in September 1997 in the city of Holguín, Cuba. Mephisto was the first Cuban metal group to combine a multitude of organic and orchestral sounds to emerge as the pioneers of the Black Metal genre in Cuba. Building on their unique sound, the band continued to push contemporary boundaries by appearing on stage in full make-up and costumes, another pioneering first, which caused a great movement within the national scene.
With momentum building, 2018/2019 saw Mephisto welcome international representation with a view of developing a larger global following. Immediately Mephisto rebranded their image, logo and on stage style whilst simultaneously moving towards a more digital platform to facilitate the advancements in technology being felt throughout the music industry. With a grittier live performance harkening back to a more traditional hard edged Mephisto appearance, old fans and new ones alike, resonate with the Pioneers of Cuban Black Metal.
Accepting invitations to appear at "The Beast in the Undercity”, Pinar del Rio, Bayamo Musicfest and Romerias de Mayo festivals, Mephisto quickly expanded these shows to encompass the entire nation; kicking off their “Haciendo Metal Cuba” tour in mid March 2019. Completing the run of dates in early May 2019, Mephisto once again returned to the studio to continue the development of their highly anticipated 2020 album “Pentafixion”. The band’s first single from this album titled “Pentafixion” was completed with filming for the complementing video clip also undertaken.
The video was shot on location in Havana by renowned Producer and Film Maker Victor Vinuesa (Vitiko) and demonstrates perfectly Mephisto’s professionalism, dedication and passion to their craft. Following up on this single, Mephisto under took it’s first tour of Nicaragua in late 2019 selling out venues and building a new fan base in the heart of Managua. A national tour of Cuba is now slated for mid 2021 before returning to Nicaragua for a run of dates later in 2021.
Italian progressive / power metal band Souls Of Diotima will release their fourth studio album, titled “Janas”, on January 29th 2021 via Diotima Records / Rockshots Records.
The quartet are proud to unleash their lyric video for the title track ‘Janas’.
Commenting on the new single the founder member, lyricist and drummer Giorgio Pinna says:
“Along with ‘The Black Mask’, this song best represents the essence of the entire album. It tells the story of the Janas, fictional fairy creatures found around our island, who are depicted on the album cover. They lived inside small caves carved into the rock and only came out on full moon nights. They are portrayed as small, winged fairies, with a beautiful, delicate appearance.
They are also described by Grazia Deledda, a Sardinian writer and Nobel prize winner in literature, as ‘largely evil little creatures’, because despite their deceptive appearance, they were not angelic in the slightest. They were enchantresses who bewitched with their beauty, with the power to decide the fate of human beings, often choosing an unfortunate destiny. According to many stories, the Janas kidnapped humans, especially males, to suck their blood. They also stole from their victims and kept their treasures hidden inside their caves”.
“Janas” was recorded, mixed and mastered by Oscar Nilsson at Crehate Studios in Mölndal (Sweden).
The album “Janas” is a concept, the second chapter of a journey that began with the previous album, “The Sorceress Reveals - Atlantis”. “Janas” tells the stories and legends of band’s land, Sardinia. Their island is full of wonderful mythological tales and characters, of esoteric stories that are often macabre, but which portray a truly fascinating historical and cultural journey.
Giorgio Pinna admits that:
“We have a shared interest in the history and culture of the peoples of the sea, of the Mediterranean, and we are one of them. Much of Western history is rooted in the tales of the peoples of the sea, skilled conquerors who crossed the seas to conquer new lands or to defend their own. But there is more. Within Sardinia there are places that often remain undiscovered. Far from the more accessible touristic locations, these places are steeped in stories both true and fictitious, which we were often told during our childhood, and which probably formed the basis of our personality and the way we see the world. In brief, ‘Janas’ talks about these stories, about us, and about the Earth we have been walking on since we were born."
Souls Of Diotima is a band with a unique style, featuring recognizable elements of traditional, progressive and symphonic metal, as well as unconventional elements, woven together musically in a powerfully expressive new way. Their style recalls Mediterranean atmospheres and traditions, and you can call it "Mediterranean Metal”.
Souls Of Diotima are:
Claudia Barsi - Lead Vocals
Giorgio Pinna - Drums
Antonio Doro - Bass, Scream Vocals
Fabio "The Black Mask" Puddu - Guitars
French metalcore mob Dizorder stream new album 'SKY//LIGHT''; out now on CD & digital through all platforms
French metalcore newcomers Dizorder finally released their debut full-length album called 'SKY//LIGHT', available right now on CD & Digital through all platforms.
In addition to the official release-news, the band also shared the whole effort for free streaming on Bandcamp.
Stream 'SKY/LIGHT' on your favourite platform
...For the record...
Born from Val-d'Oise, Dizorder recently won 2 days of training at Le Forum de Vauréal to get prepared for any gig and has been elected by the audience of the open mic of La Ruche 2018.
Driven by the brutal screams of their female singer, the band offers an alternative metal at the crossroads between Flyleaf, Deftones, Northlane and frees themselves from more lyrical spheres.
For fans of Northlane, Deftones, Flyleaf...
Buy physical album + merch on the Dizzygang webstore
Russian brutal death metallers Insect Inside unveil new single 'Posthumous Grief', taken from their 'The First Shining Of New Genus' album
Gore House Productions recently announced that they had signed Russian exponents of savage brutality, Insect Inside, for the 2021 release of their debut album, The First Shining Of New Genus. Now band and label are ready to unveil the first rotten fruits of their new alliance, with the lead single from The First Shining... premiering at the Gore House Productions YouTube channel. Grit your teeth and hold on tight, it's time for 'Posthumous Grief'!
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gXmpY8RA48&feature=youtu.be
'Posthumous Grief' is definitely one of the stand out tracks from The First Shining Of New Genus and it features a guest vocal performance from Kevin Muller of The Merciless Concept. Kevin is a hugely respected vocalist in the brutal death metal scene who also sings with Soils Of Fate and has performed guest vocals for Suffocation. Also appearing on The First Shining... album are Roman Vlasenko from Abnormity and Kirill Nazarov from Decomposition Of Entrails.
The band have shared a few words with us to give you an idea of what to expect when you head to the Gore House channel...
"Our album is a symbiosis of several subgenres of brutal death metal! You will hear insane blastbeats, atmosphere, slamming riffs and technical riffs inherent in technical death metal, and of course ultra brutal guttural with old school growling. Our members love all death metal, from Ulcerate and Gorguts to Last Day Of Humanity, which is why on the album we tried to come to a common denominator through the theme of an ancient and undersoil swarm of insects that woke up in order to devour humanity and revive their population! Our goal is to get the listener to move to the beat of our slam grooves and just enjoy full quality brutality!"
So now you know what awaits, it's time to expose yourself to 'Posthumous Grief'!
The First Shining Of New Genus will be unleashed on February 19th 2021 and pre-orders are live now!
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Insect Inside on Spotify
Visit Gore House Productions
Portuguese dark heavy metallers King Baal sign with Wormholedeath and release official video to "Immortality"
Portuguese heavy metal combo King Baal signed a deal with Wormholedeath for the release of their debut album "Conjurements", due for digital release on 29 01 2021 worldwide.
"Somewhere between Doom, Symphonic and pure Heavy Metal, King Baal hail from Portugal with a very personal approach to metal, blending powerful and intense patterns with occasional dreamy musical landscapes."
"We are thrilled to be part of the Wormholedeath team and join such a fantastic and talented artist roster, as we believe this is the perfect partnership for releasing our debut album."
Somewhere between Doom, Symphonic and pure Heavy Metal, King Baal hail from Portugal with a very personal approach to metal, blending powerful and intense patterns with occasional dreamy musical landscapes. This emotion filled energy is topped with a mix of sung, spoken and screaming vocals, thus adding even more depth to the band’s dark mood.
All these elements are present in King Baal’s first effort “Conjurements”, an eight track album inspired by King Solomon’s writings and set for release by WormHoleDeath, on 29-01-2021. Recorded and produced by Narciso Monteiro at Interstellar Cloud Studios, the album features a rich lineup with members that have played and recorded with bands like Heylel, Nihility, Sotz and Lyfordeath.
Joana Carvalho : Vocals
Narciso Monteiro : Guitars, Vocals
João Amorim : Bass
Luis Moreira : Drums
Exactly two years after the release of their debut full-length album, Cern Sol, Romanian Black Metal band Genune announce the follow-up material, a second full-length album titled Inert & Unerring scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2021 in collaboration with Loud Rage Music.
Here's what the band had to say about the new album:
"Inert & Unerring contains tracks that are compositionally more akin to one another, but it otherwise follows the same stylistic choices seen in our previous album. Without going into detail, its theme revolves around identity and the past, exploring the notion of heritage through different lenses. Inert & Unerring is not a concept album, as the lyrics don’t have any plot or characters to follow along, they’re instead composed of images and perceptions put into words, to allow for personal interpretation. The title is taken from a novel written by Arthur Koestler, that is relevant to the subject matter of this album."
More details on Inert & Unerring are soon to be revealed. In the meantime Cern Sol is still available for streaming and download directly from the band: https://genune.bandcamp.com/
Indonesian brutal death metallers Sufism release debut album "Republik Rakyat Jelata via Brutal Mind
Republik Rakyat Jelata, the debut album from the Indonesian brutal death metal band Sufism, is out now via Brutal Mind.
Republik Rakyat Jelata contains 10 massive brutal songs which total just shy of a half an hour! The lyrics generally address topics concerning the nation of Indonesia, as well as Indonesian culture.
The album can be streamed and / or purchased at the links below.
French operatic symphonic metallers Avaland sign with Rockshots Records; debut album "Theater Of Sorcery" out April 2021
Rockshots Records is proud to announce their signing of Grenoble, France's Avaland, an epic and symphonic metal opera, directed, written, and composed by young 22-year-old prodigy Adrien G. Gzagg.
Inspired by heroic fantasy, history, mythologies, and the esoteric, Gzagg decided to create an epic story with 8 characters. Entitled "Theater Of Sorcery", the debut will be a theatrical metal adventure that tells the story of a young sorcerer Adam Wilstorm who could be the salvation of bringing back the light to the kingdom of Avaland and during his journey, he must learn to control his powers linked to the Storm.
For Avaland, Gzagg reunited with four musician friends Camille Souffron (Bass), Christophe Feutrier (Guitars), Lucas Martinez (Guitars), and Léo Mouchonay (Drums) that he has performed with in the past to help him to record the metal opera's debut full-length. The record also includes talented guests for vocals and guitars with Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Zak Stevens (Savatage/TSO), Zaher Zorgati (Myrath), Emmanuelson (Rising Steel), Stéphan Forté (Adagio), Madie (Nightmare) among many other great musicians.
"I started my heavy metal life as a great fan of Avantasia and Ayreon. I was impressed by those big teams Tobias Sammet and Arjen Lucassen could create. I quickly knew I would make something like this in my life! It wasn’t easy to find musicians who were crazy enough to follow me in this adventure, and I thank them so much for their trust in this project, especially guitarist Christophe Feutrier (guitars) my partner in crime for Avaland for 5 years now.
I like to also add that Avaland is not a “classic” band, it’s a Metal-Opera and when Covid is over, I plan to take it the stage with many vocalists to perform this theatrical tale of an epic and magical story. To sum it up, Avaland is a modern-age opera to not just fans of metal, but beyond!"
"Theater Of Sorcery" album will be released in April 2021, while first single is expected in January 2021!
An album teaser can be heard and viewed on YouTube:- https://youtu.be/yoynEMnaAPI
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