Québecois black metal upstarts Trépas premiere the new track "Rivages Sombres" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's striking debut album, L'héritage du monde, set for international release on December 5th via Sepulchral Productions. Hear Trépas' "Rivages Sombres" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Founded by members and ex-members of Morgue and Outre-Tombe, Trépas is one of the more recent black metal bands emerging from Québec. The band journeys between harsher moments and more atmospheric passages, all complemented by acoustic guitars and just a dash of doomish sensibility, creating a sound that is their very own in the process. A newcomer that is sure to delight fans of the more brooding and melancholic side that this scene has been known for!
In the meantime, hear the brand-new track"Rivages Sombres" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Pre-order for the album can be found HERE.
Rising metalcore band Heart Of Jordan has released an intense new video for the track “Echoes Still Remain” from their self-titled debut album.
Watch “Echoes Still Remain” today, exclusively via Alternative Press at https://www.altpress.com/features/premiere/heart-of-jordan-convey-the-self-hatred-of-addiction-in-echoes-still-remain-watch/.
Directed by Scott VanGilder, Josiah Wood and Heart Of Jordan, “Echoes Still Remain” was filmed and edited by Scott VanGilder and Josiah Wood and serves as a sort of prequel – and sequel – to the album’s first video for “Deny.”
Says guitarist Elijah White:-
“Lyrically, the song is about the struggles of trying to help an addict stop the vicious cycle of addiction. Visually, the torture scenes of the video represent a prequel to our ‘Deny’ music video story line, using the metaphor of torture to articulate the songs message. Also, the beginning of the video shows a bit of a sequel to the ‘Deny’ story, letting the viewer know there is more story to tell. P.S. Look out for the plot twist at the end!”
From their humble beginnings in a dingy attic making rough demos on a trusty outdated tablet, Heart Of Jordan is becoming the next hopeful to stand out in the often over-saturated, cookie-cutter metal and hard rock world. In just two years, Heart Of Jordan has quickly garnered international attention through fierce social media campaigns and DIY tactics that would make the most diehard indie band proud. And in this short time frame, they have wasted no time making their mark on the live scene, having the honour of sharing the stage with many national touring acts such as 36 Crazyfists, Vyces, The Veer Union, Whitechapel and Lorna Shore, among others.
Recorded by acclaimed producer Josh Schroeder (King 810, For The Fallen Dreams), Heart Of Jordan’s debut album is a raw and modern twist on the early 2000s era metalcore sound, while drawing from diverse influences like anthemic ‘80s metal, dirty ‘90s grunge and heavyweight hard rock giants. From the powerful emotion of the song “Eye” and the minacious groove of “Deaf Ears” and “Throne Alone” to the soaring choruses of “Echoes Still Remain,” Heart Of Jordan has established a signature sound through simplicity and ingenious song writing that resonates with a broad audience, all while embracing the integrity and devotion to their creative vision.
Heart Of Jordan’s debut album is available via all digital retailers. For a full list of retailers and links, visit https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/heartofjordan/esai.
HEART OF JORDAN is:
Preston Mailand - Vocals
Eric TenEyck - Guitar
Elijah White - Guitar
Alfonso Civile - Bass
Andrew Everett - Drums
Mass Murder was founded in August 2013 by Francesco Corcio (ex-guitarist of Necrotorture), with the idea to make a new style of Brutal Death Metal utilizing themes and a high quality of sound. With the line-up complete and tracks recorded, the first album Aracnofenik was released in July 2015 which made the band officially active and ready to do gigs promoting the first album. Aracnofenik is an 8 track album whose concept is centred on the human phobia for insects but narrated and seen from the insects point of view. The first release was sold out after a few months of the publishing.
During a static period due to band members leaving to pursue other commitments in life, Francesco didn’t waste time and composed new tracks for a new album, and managed to reform the band through a careful search to come back even more energized and motivated than before, with a desire for growth and aiming for the top. The first member who joined in the band this time was Alessandro Sarni (Viperium) on drums and some months later, with her 5 strings basses, Aurora Corcio joined the project, to complete the backing the wall of sound. The last member who joined in the band was the growling and snarling Aldo Gorgoglione and his presence finalized the official new line up and the return of Mass Murder.
The group is currently finishing their latest opus Extreme Extinction which is set for release via Sliptrick Records in 2020.
Mass Murder are:
Francesco Corcio – Guitars
Alessandro Sarni – Drum
Aurora Corcio – Bass
Aldo Gorgoglione – Vocals
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Italian Alternative / Nu Metal band, Overlaps, have signed with Time To Kill Records, the label debut album is planned for early 2020. The first single and music video will be released on December 13th, 2019.
Overlaps started in 2017 with the release of 3 singles “Countdown”, “Dreams For Sale” and “On Monday”, produced by Fabio Trentini (Guano Apes, Donots, H -Blockx), and showing the potential of Overlaps in mixing atmospheres of the most classic rock with modern influences.
Overlaps played the same year at the Bloodstock Festival in UK and the same year saw them performing at the Treviso Home Festival in Italy. In 2018 Overlaps released their debut album and in autumn the same year they did a European tour with 26 dates, as support to the Finnish band The Rasmus.
Overlaps is ready to announce more details of their second album very soon, which will be released via Time To Kill Records.
Gloria Piccinin - Vocals
Marco Perviero - Drums
Stefano Galioto - Bass
Marco Marinato - Guitars
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.
The four Danish women of Konvent may conjure up a deserved revival for the whole death doom genre when they release their hotly anticipated album, Puritan Masochism, on January 24th 2020 via Napalm Records. Formed in 2015, the Copenhagen collective stoically trudges through the blackest mires – guttural vocals and tenacious riffing combined with menacingly heavy production make Puritan Masochism an irresistible highlight of early 2020! Today, Konvent unleashes a brand new single for the doomy-as-hell track Trust. Listen and watch the band's new lyric video HERE!
Guitarist Sara says:-
“Our second single, Trust, is written based on the opening riff, with sudden breaks to create a contrast between the heavy bass and the guitar. The lyrics are about how some groups can manipulate fragile people into opening up and sharing deep secrets, giving the group an immense power over them.“
Following their 2017 demo and highly acclaimed appearances at festivals such as Aalborg Metal Festival, Metal Magic Festival and Copenhell Freezes Over in 2018, Konvent not only inked a worldwide deal with powerhouse label Napalm Records, but their mesmerizing mix of death and doom also led them to the big Danish stages, allowing them to perform at Copenhell and Roskilde Festival.
While rapidly stepping out as one of Europe's best kept death and doom metal secrets, January 2020 will finally see Konvent release their first full-length, Puritan Masochism, which was recorded live in Lasse Ballade’s studio in Copenhagen over a period of two weeks.
The band recently stated that:-
“During the process of the songwriting, we were inspired musically by both death, black and doom metal, as we aimed to give this album a broader sound than our demo back in 2017. The lyrics are inspired by the fight of regaining control when surrounded by chaos of different forms, which everyone may be affected by at some point in your life.”
A video to the album title track was also recently released. Watch it HERE!
Coming January 24th as LP, CD and Digital formats via Napalm Records, the pre-sale is available at THIS LOCATION!
Rikke Emilie List – Vocals
Sara Helena Nørregaard – Guitar
Heidi Withington Brink – Bass
Julie Simonsen – Drums
Italian Symphonic Power Metallers Ravenword will release their one-time studio album, "Transcendence," on Rockshots Records
Symphonic power metal band Ravenword has signed a worldwide deal with Rockshots Records to release their one-time studio album, Transcendence, on January 31.
Inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe's novel The Raven, the Milan, Italy-based band was originally formed in 2007 by the mind of keyboardist and composer Davide Scuteri (Choirs Of Veritas). After several years of activity, which included a self-titled demo, the band went on a brief hiatus, re-grouping in 2016 when singer Chiara Tricarico (Sound Storm, Moonlight Haze), drummer Michele Olmi (Chronosfear, Skeleeton) and bass/guitar player Cesare Ferrari (Choirs Of Veritas) joined the band, in order to create a one-time studio album that embodies the whole history of the band.
With Transcendence, Ravenword captures the romantic and decadent poetic themes typical of Edgar Allan Poe's period, combined with an equally decadent symphonic metal sound. In line with Ravenword's ode to poetry, the title Transcendence was chosen to symbolize the idea of always going beyond one's perception of reality and seeking deeper meanings.
Chiara Tricarico comments:-
"Transcendence is a collection of super-melodic, symphonic power metal tracks with catchy choruses and beautiful melodies, enriched with fast keyboard solos and both modern and operatic vocals and powerful choirs."
Fans will get a sample of Transcendence later this month with the release of the album's first single and full details on November 29. Mark your calendar!
Transcendence track listing:
1. Blue Roses
2. Life is in Your Hands
3. No More
4. Lullaby of the Last Petal
6. Rain of Stars
7. The Queen of Darkness
8. What I Need
9. The Swansong
11. Crimson Lake
12. The Distance
13. Bleeding Moon
Belgian epic symphonic metallers Cathubodua are revealing another new track entitled 'My Way To Glory' taken of their new opus 'Continuum', which is out now via Massacre Records.
The (live)-video can be streamed here: https://youtu.be/mjMhF3I4H_Q.
The footage was recorded at Mysteria Fair Fantasy Festival 2019.
Direction, camera and post-production: Isabel Restrepo
Camera and direction assistance: Alex Rjabovs (FDfilms)
Camera crew: Marc Vandenbruaene, Vera Snykers, Marcel Uithoof
Kenny Callebaut - Rhythm Guitar
Ricardo Lievano Flores - Drums
Peter Thielemans - Bass
Katrien Van den Hurk - Violin & Symphonies
Sara Vanderheyden - Vocals
Kyron Vannuffelen - Lead Guitar
Norwegian Black Metal veterans Enslaved re-sign with Nuclear Blast and release video for 'What Else Is There'
There is ample reason to celebrate: Enslaved have once again joined forces with Nuclear Blast, to spread the music of the Norwegian avant-garde metallers all around the globe. With that, band and label renew a collaboration that has been ongoing for around ten years and two years ago produced the universally lauded album E.
Band founding member and guitarist Ivar Bjornson stated about the re-signing:
"It is with great pleasure we re-sign our record deal with Nuclear Blast worldwide! We have been working together for more or less a decade, and it has been an in-divided positive experience. They have both the heart to grasp our musical visions, and the business-muscles to spread them out into the world. When you add personal friendships with the wonderful people in America, U.K. and Germany it is simply an ideal situation for us to be in. Onwards, forwards and in all directions!"
To mark the occasion, Enslaved present a stunning new music video filled with atmospheric imaginary for their interpretation of ‘What Else Is There’ by Norwegian electropop band RÖYSKOPP. The song is featured as a bonus track on the digipack CD and digital version of their latest album, E.
Watch and listen here: youtu.be/7_3WnNAJDRM
Formed in Bergen, Norway in 1991, Enslaved had evolutionary zeal in their eyes from the start. Even as they emerged from the nascent Norwegian black metal scene of the early ‘90s, guitarist Ivar Bjørnson and vocalist/bassist Grutle Kjellson demonstrated a fervently idiosyncratic approach to making extreme music. By eschewing the wilful conservatism of their peers in favour of an outward-looking ethos, Enslaved’s reputation grew rapidly in the wake of extraordinary, epic albums like their primitive but insidious debut Vikingligr Veldi and its strident follow-up Frost (both 1994). By the late ‘90s, the band had morphed into a wildly progressive and adventurous beast, always retaining the core, aggressive tenets of their musical roots but increasingly in thrall to the limitless possibilities that music, in its entirety, truly presents.
Widely acknowledged as a powerful and ferocious live band, Enslaved entered the 21st century by flexing new muscles on the acclaimed likes of 2003’s Below The Lights and its groundbreaking successor, Isa (2004). Now as much a part of the flourishing progressive rock and metal realm as they were loyal servants of the extreme metal underground, Bergen’s finest hit a rich vein of form as the years passed, with albums as diverse and challenging as 2008’s Vertebrae and 2010’s Axioma Ethica Odini joyfully expanded the Enslaved musical universe, drawing in countless new acolytes along the way.
In 2015, Enslaved released their 13th studio album, In Times. A tour-de-force of hypnotic prog intensity and scabrous, blackened pomp, it exuded an air of completion and finality that led perfectly into 2016’s extravagant celebrations, as Enslaved marked their 25th anniversary with some truly life-changing shows that explored all shadows and hidden corners in the band’s colossal catalogue.
Despite rarely pausing for breath – not just as a result of Enslaved’s hectic touring schedule, but also due to numerous extracurricular projects – the band in 2017 somehow managed to piece together yet another full-length milestone in the shape of their 14th studio effort, the elegantly titled E.
An album full of revelatory moments, spine-tingling dynamics and exquisite but alien atmospheres, E showcased a refreshed Enslaved line-up via songs that took the band into unprecedented territory. From the grandiose, weather-beaten riff-scapes of 11-minute opener Storm Son to the wild, psychedelic frontier squall of Sacred Horse and the muscular, sax-powered shoegaze barrage of monstrous closer Hiindsiight, it was both a typically bold and fearless statement from this most inventive of modern metal bands and a thrilling sideways step that harnessed the spirit of old and set it loose in a whirlwind of imagination. Conceptually, too, Enslaved made giant forward strides.
14 albums and 28 years into a career that shows no signs of losing neither momentum nor its magical, effervescent creative sheen, Enslaved will certainly continue evolving before our ears and eyes. This time, however, even the sky is no limit. Stronger than ever and manifestly thrilled to be in such rude health, life in Enslaved has never been more rewarding. And the best is yet to come.
Finnish modern Thrash Metal band Justice Theory has released their new single "Anyone Anymore".
The new release is aiming to larger and more modern sound than previous Justice Theory releases.
The idea for lyrics came from today's society where there's lack of social interaction and care of other people. In modern world there is more and more self-centeredness and the most important values will be forgotten.
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