Belarusian brutal death metallers Ominous Scriptures to release "Rituals Of Mass Self-Ignition" on Willowtip Records
Belarus brutal death metallers Ominous Scriptures will unleash their third full-length album early next year on Willowtip Records. Rituals of Mass Self-Ignition features 8 relentless tracks of straightforward and blasphemous brutality rooted in the aural violence of early 2000s extreme death metal.
The band is offering the first taste of the punishment to come with the album’s first single, "Demonic Totem I Am." Stream the song at youtu.be/Gz23Ssemepk
Willowtip Records will release Rituals of Mass Self-Ignition on CD, vinyl and digital formats on January 27. Pre-order at ominousscriptures.bandcamp.com
Formed in 2013, Ominous Scriptures released their full-length debut, Incarnation of the Unheavenly, in 2015 via Permeated Records. The band later signed with Willowtip Records for the 2020 release of The Fall of the Celestial Throne. With the release of Rituals of Mass Self-Ignition, Ominous Scriptures stands at the forefront of the new wave of brutal death metal.
The music project Raskasta Joulua piloted by guitarist Erkka Korhonen has been creating a Christmas atmosphere for Finns for almost 20 years in the form of albums and concerts.
The project, consisting of more heavily arranged Christmas classics performed by well-known rock and metal soloists, has grown into the most popular Christmas tour in Finland and released seven albums (Raskasta Joulua -04, Raskaampaa Joulua -06, Raskasta Joulua -13, Ragnarok Juletide -14, Raskasta Joulua 2 -14, Tulkoon Joulu – Akustisesti -15, Raskasta Joulua IV -17),, of which all albums in Finland have charted gold. 2013's Raskasta Joulua has been certified triple platinum.
"The big question is always whether there are songs somewhere to record, or whether old ones are recycled again. I'm happy to say that we found a great bunch of songs for this album, all of which are new to us. With the new songs, it feels like we get more of ourselves and our own sound into the material," says Erkka Korhonen.
On November 18, the long-awaited and hoped-for new album "Viides Adventti" will be released, featuring soloists Marko Hietala, Tony Kakko, Noora Louhimo, Elize Ryd, Tommy Karevik, Ilja Jalkanen, Antti Railio, J-P Leppäluoto, Pekka Heino, Tuple Salmela, Antony Parviainen and Ville Tuomi. The album is dedicated to the memory of the late Kimmo Blom, who had a big impact on the Raskasta Joulua project.
"Queensrÿche's 'Silent Lucidity' is a song that I have wanted to realize in some way with Raskaan Joulun for several years. At first, I thought the lyrics was a winter fantasy, but the death of our friend and singer Kimmo Blom in August changed my view of the lyrics. I wanted to take Kimmo into account in the lyrics, keeping the winter atmosphere. Kaisa Korhonen succeeded wonderfully in her lyrics. The translated song 'Lullaby' found on the album is our memorial song for Kimmo, for whom Queensrÿche was an important band. The song also includes Kimmo's speech about his last remaining interview, which was conducted only ten days before his death. Our last year's release 'Stars' is also included in the album, as it is Kimmo's last vocal track with us," says Korhonen
The Raskasta Joulua tour, which has been organized almost twenty times, will visit a total of 22 places this year. The concerts of Finland's most popular Christmas tour are mainly held in ice rinks, arenas and large halls. With the Raskasta Joulua band, 12 skilled interpreters of metal music tour Finland.
Swedish retro-influenced heavy metal group The Riven launch "Peace and Conflict"; the fifth and final single as well as the title track of their second studio album. The track is mixed and mastered by Ola Ersfjord, who is known for his work with Tribulation, Lucifer, and Imperial State Electric, to name a few. "Peace and Conflict" moves from psychedelic soundscapes with front woman Charlotta’s vocals in the spotlight into a powerful, energetic finale centered around electrifying guitar arrangements.
Listen to the band's new single through your favourite streaming platform.
The Riven’s second studio album "Peace and Conflict" will be released on vinyl, CD, and digital formats on the 25th of November. The album will be released on The Sign Records, and can be pre-ordered now on The Riven’s Bandcamp.
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Mexican death metallers Grave Of Sacrifice sign with Wormholedeath for their EP Land Of Decay, due for release on November 18th, 2022.
"We wanted since we started to create an album that really speaks for us, all the songs in it are a way to say here we are, the concepts in the lyrics based on personal experiences, dreams, literature, and the composition of the music are a direct result of the passion and influence of great bands from a very vast variety of genres like death, thrash, jazz, groove, and black metal. The idea and the concept are very raw and straight: a statement of wrath to the current society, a scream for the voiceless, the rage of a group of 5 dudes, tired of living in a country with a corrupt and rotten government, an attempt to change things, and to send a message of strength. We are very honoured and happy to start this new experience and to share it with all the people who want to listen to and follow our music. It's a matter of fact that we're very grateful and excited to move forward and to keep creating the music we love for everyone, everywhere."
Grave of Sacrifice was formed in 2021, as a band that offers a powerful sonic attack based on heavy riffs, intense harsh vocals, and a high-speed rhythmic foundation, which together seek to bring a fresh and aggressive perspective to the death metal scene in Mexico.
2022 saw the emergence of the first official video of the band: "Macron", as well as two singles: "Blind Maze" and "Macron", which will be included in the group's first official release, "Land of Decay", a compilation of diverse influences from all the members of the group and which, united in an amalgamation of aural fury, is designed to rock the audience’s foundations to their very core.
“Land of Decay” will be internationally released by Wormholedeath Records on CD and distributed all around the world both physically and digitally by the Italian-based label. Their influences are bands like Decapitated, Lamb of God, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Gojira, Suffocation, Beyond Creation, The Faceless, Atheist, Pantera, Metallica, and The Haunted, among others.
Polish heavy metal act Airstrike is poised to unleash its debut album on November 18th 2022! Titled "Power in Your Hand", the new release features 11 tracks of classic heavy thrash tunes that tackle subjects on society, war, politics and pseudo-psychological concepts.
The band recently dropped their first single accompanied by a music video for the track "Prey". Check it out here: https://youtu.be/pJEtWzdl0wQ
The band comments on some of the tracks that will appear on "Power in Your Hand":
"Some of the lyrics are more obvious, such as First to Fight: "Ready to fight, ready to strike...", where it is clearly about the fight, war, and resistance. The song itself is also fast and makes you quickly decide if you don't have time to think about what to do at the moment. The best defence is attack.
The track "I Deny" was supposed to be a manifesto of opposition, but due to the quite positive and energetic riff, the message may be perceived differently than intended, but that's good - the track has evolved.
Regarding the evolution of the tracks, it is due to the fact that the album was created quite a long time, the tracks just changed over time and just evolved just like us. The subject of the songs is a bit anti-war, a bit anti-political, pseudo-psychological, eccentric, energetically lyrical, trying to force some reflection or reflection alongside hi-speed riffs."
"Power in Your Hand" will be released independently on November 18th 2022 on CD and digital streaming platforms. For more info, head to: http://www.airstrike.pl
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The Sunrise sign their second record deal with WormHoleDeath. For the second time in two years, the Venetian band is outlining the details of the record agreement that will allow them to work with the international metal specialists again. Their sophomore album "Rising Loop" will be released on November 4th, 2022.
The band stated:
“If the first time was a bet, now we really want to show what we are made of”; These are the words of Tommaso, the guitarist, and spokesperson of the band, who does not spare himself in reiterating how much the Progressive / Hard-Rock band from Chioggia (VE) is determined to take place in the current Rock and Metal scene. After almost a year of hard work, punctuated by interruptions and extensions, due to the current condition we live in, Rising In Loop will finally see the light. A committed, structurally rich, and conceptual album that differs from the previous record “Brand New Disorder” both in terms of timing, arrangement, and sound; if previously the critics were divided on the lack of intelligibility of the musical identity of the band, this time the progressive matrix is unequivocal.
The theme of the production recalls the style of the concept album, the core of the story is religions, the intertwining of cultures and populations of the past, present, and future created in order to give the listener a vision and a representation of the critical thinking of the band regarding the folklore and events, which have become absolute legends of the world crime news. “Rising Loop”, in fact, proposes, by tackling “historically” the development and consolidation of the mythological and religious thought of mankind, to weave a historical and legendary plot in time and space as a legacy, a warning that something has changed; "We will bring you on a journey that you will hardly forget, unlike the stories we all know, this one will not have a happy ending"
The Sunrise is a Progressive / Hard-Rock band based in Venice (Italy), born in 2018, after the first phase of experimentation and publication of a self-produced EP entitled "RISE" (2019 EP) finally finds an artistic binder represented by the conscious mix of different musical genres such as Pop - Rock Progressive and Metal, thanks to which it arrives at the agreement with the US label WormHoleDeath® in conjunction with the signing of the contract and the subsequent publication of the album "Brand New Disorder" in 2020.
The turning point for the band was the possibility, during the following years of making his music known to the public by participating in various competitions and achieving good placings such as the participation as Headliners at the 2021’s National Music Day in Treviso (Italy) and the participation to the semi-final phase of the Hybryd Venice Constest 2021, competition held in the beautiful scenario of Bissuola Park’s Theater in Mestre (VE). “The stage has always been a place for us to express and externalize thoughts, concepts, and music without filters, in direct line with the listeners,” says Tommaso, the group's spokesperson.
The new album will be released in 2022, but preceded by the video clip of the first single extract entitled “TakeTime / WasteTime”; forget the Amarcord sweetness of the romantic songs of “Brand New Disorder”, this time the atmosphere will be very different, more gloomy and reflective, the subtle voices, the painful harmonies, and the overbearing rhythm will dominate; you will find yourself in the middle of a storm.
Ukrainian alternative / industrial metal band Aghiazma set November 30th, 2022 as international release date for their long-awaited second full-length album Carnage. Album was recorded and mixed at Lizard Production in 2022.
Aghiazma was created in 2013 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The band is the bright representative of an original and unique creative unit. Bright visual images and a deep energy message are an integral part of the concert performances of this musical formation.
In 2015 Aghiazma made it to the finals of Global Battle of the Bands in Ukraine and took the 5th place. At the beginning of 2017, the band took part in the semi-finals of the national selection for Eurovision 2017, where the musicians announced themselves to a multi-million audience with their unusual music and immediacy, finding many new fans both in Ukraine and abroad.
In 2018 Aghiazma released first long-play album Plus Ultra that showed high passion, quality and a hit feeling to the audience. After some touring with Plus Ultra the band started to release new singles supported by video clips. The band changed the sound of the songs to more metal oriented.
In 2020 and 2021 a sudden collaboration with Super Sus (YouTube Star) brought the videos for “Bloody Rite” and “You Spin Me Round”. Successful by all means, it gathered a lot of attention for the band.
In 2022 Aghiazma recorded their second album Carnage.
Danish power / progressive metallers Royal Hunt are set to release their 16th album 'Dystopia. Part II'
On October 26, 2022, the new and 16th studio album from Danish power-/progressive metal band Royal Hunt, called 'Dystopia. Part II', will be released in Japan and SE Asia through King Records. On October 28, 2022, the album will be released in Europe and North & South America through Northpoint Productions.
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Last year Babymetal concluded their 10-year journey which culminated in the celebration of the revered Japanese metal band with the vinyl release of their retrospective album, 10 Babymetal Years. Later they released a cryptic video that announced Babymetal would be “sealed” from the world until further notice.
Now, Babymetal break the seal, making their return to Earth. Their official website has revealed a LEGEND MAP depicting all of Babymetal’s future activities, including the news that Babymetal’s first concept album The Other One will be released worldwide on Friday, 24th March, 2023.
Pre-orders available here: https://bm.lnk.to/theotherone
The concept album reveals the other side of the Babymetal story that, until now, remains untold. A total of 10 songs have been discovered within THE OTHER ONE restoration project, with each song representing a unique theme based on 10 separate parallel worlds that they have discovered.
Full length audio of each of the 10 songs will finally be revealed when fans get their hands on the album next March. Leading up to the concept album’s release, five pre-release digital singles will be available worldwide for download and streaming, each respectively scheduled to release in October, November, January, February, and March.
The Other One will be available in the following formats:
- Transparent vinyl (available at all retail)
- Half-Black / Half-White vinyl (exclusive to the BABYMETAL webstore)
- Gold vinyl (exclusive to EMP)
- Silver vinyl (exclusive to Revolver)
- Solid white vinyl (exclusive to indie stores)
- Bronze vinyl (exclusive to Rock Sound)
- 10 variants of the CD, each with a collectible art card (exclusive to the BABYMETAL webstore)
- Jewel case CD (available to all retailers)
Pre-orders are available now at https://bm.lnk.to/theotherone
The band have also announced a two-day performance titled BABYMETAL RETURNS - THE OTHER ONE, on January 28th and 29th of 2023 at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall in Tokyo. With the huge announcements made today for BABYMETAL, stay tuned to what the FOX GOD has in store, including the first single coming soon.
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Italian power metallers Highlord sign with Rockshots Records; new album "Freakin' Out Of Hell" out December 2022
Rockshots Records is proud to announce their latest signing of power metallers Highlord for the release of their new album "Freakin' Out of Hell" due out on December 9th.
Infusing heavy-power metal with progressive and symphonic influences was formed in Turin Italy in 1997, over the span of their career they have released eight albums, contributed to two tribute albums for Manowar and Helloween, have toured all over Europe and performed with Zak Steven’s Circle II Circle, Dark Moor, Freedom Call, Pino Scotto, Vision Divine, Elvenking, Sacred Steel, Seventh Wonder and more along with music featured on movie soundtracks for 'The Werewolf Chronicles' and 'Blood Of The Werewolf'.
For their ninth album "Freakin’ Out Of Hell", the band began recording it between May 2020 and December 2021. The album includes 11 tracks of pure power-metal in perfect Highlord style, but with a much more aggressive sound and a touch of prog-metal. Again the album has been recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced in-house by bass player Massimiliano Flak at Evolution Recording Studio (Italy). The album’s artwork was created by Harley Velasquez on a concept by Highlord.
The band adds about the ninth offering:
"Freakin’ out of Hell is a solid work from every point of view. Not only the songs are all potential singles, but they have more or less the same average length of 4/5 minutes; we avoided recording the classic long suite just as much as the hit-and-run happier song because in this album we have found the perfect balance between all the elements of our sound. We have also set the average level of heaviness and aggression a bit higher; this is not a happy metal record, it’s a heavy metal piece that fully deserves this definition."
The album is already available for pre-order: https://bit.ly/Highlord_CD
Singles are to be revealed in the coming weeks.
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