Albania's Crossbones release their new album “The Awakening” Friday, July 12th, via Alpha Omega Records. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Alex Azzali at Alpha Omega Studios. “The Awakening” is now available on all the digital platforms:
Spotify – iTunes – Apple – Amazon
Comments the band on “The Awakening”:
"What if everything you are told is a lie? Are you ready to start accepting it? This album is an inner reflection on the origins of human kind. It is a personal view on who brought us here on Earth. It also raises questions on whether all the information and knowledge we have is true or beneficial to our journey. What if everything we are taught is wrong, wayward, a version of the truth; the personal truth of a certain group and not the objective truth? It is time for us to open our minds and hearts and to begin accepting that our origins and this place we call “home” maybe far more exotic and fantastic than what we can even begin to imagine. It is time to wake up from the deep sleep of ignorance and absolute darkness and enlighten our minds, hearts and souls and to prepare to take a step further into ascension."
Just recently Crossbones released the official video “Realigning The Truth”, taken from the new album, watch it here: https://youtu.be/PeTi4DX9XqY
Crossbones is the most recognized metal act in Albania and the only band from the mid 90’s that still keeps going, today stronger than ever. Their album “WWIII” is making quite a buzz since its launch in January 13th 2017. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Tommy Talamanca (Sadist) at Nadir Music Studios. “WWIII” combines American thrash metal influences with a dark sound and typical Est European sonorities. The result is an album created with the intention of hit hard the ears of the listener without losing melodic passages and “catchy” riffs, and where the recurring use of both English and Albanian languages marks a new way in the European post-thrash genre. Among countless gigs and performances, CROSSBONES have played with Rock and Metal giants such as Ian Paice, legendary drummer of Deep Purple and as a direct support act for Greek Black Metal legends of Rotting Christ. Furthermore the band has headlined many concerts and festivals in Italy, Greece, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, toured in Baltics (Estonia and Latvia), Ukraine and headlined Balkan Metal Meeting 4 Tuzla/Bosnia, April 27-28 2018, and more. Crossbones' new effort, “The Awakening” is released digitally on July 12th, via Alpha Omega Records, produced, mixed and mastered by Alex Azzali at Alpha Omega Studios.
Danish Black Metallers Orm release first excerpt from 'Ir'; album nears August release through Indisciplinarian
Danish black metal band Orm recently announced the release of their long awaited second album, Ir ("verdigris"), which will see the light of day on August 30th through Indisciplinarian. Now, the band releases the first album audio excerpt. As the album is comprised of two massive compositions, the new preview showcases five minutes of music from the record's A-side in a filmed live fashion. Preorders for the album's physical formats are now also available.
Orm's second album Ir is an ambitious progressive black metal work consisting of the two compositions "Klippens Lyse Hal" ("The Bright Hall Of The Cliff") and "Bær Solen Ud" ('Carry Out The Sun"), which clock in at twenty-three and twenty-four minutes respectively. The band's guitarist and singer Simon Sonne Andersen produced the album, and the band collectively designed the record's visual side themselves.
Recently, Orm released the first sounds from Ir in an album trailer, but now the band unleashes the first genuine excerpt from the album in the shape of five minutes from the record's side A, "Klippens Lyse Hal." The excerpt is not sound directly from the album though but instead it comes from a recent live session in the Copenhagen based studio Black Tornado, produced by the band itself and filmed by film-makers Bjørn Patterson and Anders Dahl.
Listen and watch as Orm performs an excerpt from Ir's "Klippens Lyse Hal" HERE.
Orm (Danish for "serpent") assumed form in 2015, and in 2017, the band released its first and eponymous album which arose with its mythical tales of man and nature accompanied by a grandiose, melodic yet raw and direct black metal. The next chapter of Orm's history is Ir, where the contrasts are bigger, the complex is more complex, the simple simpler, and the melodies are poignant and contagious. The form is elongated, dynamic, and adventurous, and the musical ambition and performance bears witness to an ensemble void of compromise and led solely by its own flame, wherever it may lead. The album's narration revolves around the impermanence of all things and is a personal reflection on how this aspect is contained within the human drama, religion, and nature.
Ir will be released on vinyl, cassette, and digital formats on August 30th 2019 through Indisciplinarian. The vinyl version is pressed in runs of 400 copies on black vinyl and 100 on white, both with a beautiful gatefold with a booklet, and the cassette version comes in 150 white copies in a slipcase. Both physical versions of the album are now available for pre-ordering via Indisciplinarian webshop HERE.
In connection with the album release, Orm will play a string of Danish shows, among those a release show at Alice in Copenhagen the day before the release. The band has also added two November shows in Aarhus and Odense, and they are among the headliners at the Raise Your Horns Festival on their native island of Bornholm in September. Mainland European shows are currently being booked for early 2020.
ORM Live 2019:
8/29/2019 Alice - København, DK *Ir release show [info]
9/13-14/2019 Raise Your Horns Festival - Rønne, DK [info]
11/01/2019 Headquarters - Aarhus, DK [info]
11/02/2019 Studenterhuset - Odense, DK [info]
As announced a few weeks ago and after already unveiling the official music video of the single "For Today" and then releasing their new album 'One Last Breath' for CD & Digital, French melodic metallers EZOX just streamed the full-record over YouTube.
In addition to the album full-stream, the official 4K music video for the single "For Today" is still up on YouTube too while physical and digital versions of the album are both available on bandcamp.
Stream the whole record on YouTube | Buy your copy on Bandcamp
...For the record...
Founded in 2013 in South-East of France, EZOX is a melodic metal four-piece which spend its first year as a band to write some songs and find its own musical path.
EZOX's first effort official 'Crawl To Paradise' compiling the works written between 2014 and 2018 is a bewitching journey through violence and melodies of an announced disaster that sounds like crushing waves...
A few months only after the release of the EP, Ezox entered the studio to record a new album released worldwide on May/June 2019.
For fans of In Flames, Dissection, Parkway Drive, Trivium, Thy Art Is Murder...
Art Gates Records are proud to welcome to their big family, the Portuguese Prog Melodic Death Metal veterans Morbid Death!
During many years, their sound differed from song to song, turning a difficult task to label a metal genre and never knowing how the next song would sound like. Actually, and due to the influences of their new members, Morbid Death sounds more into Prog Melodic Death Metal. That is what turns Morbid Death as an unique metal band.
In words of the band:
“The band is currently living a great moment with great ideas, vibes, motivation and great plans for the upcoming future. Describing this joy, isn’t easy. Despite being so called veterans, we humbly know that there’s much work ahead and this amazing alliance with Art Gates Records, enlarges the bands horizon. We truly believe in their professionalism, know-how. Their guidance will be very helpful in taking our Prog / Melodic Death Metal to a new plateau and new audiences. So, thank you so much AGR for finding us!!! Thanks for believing in us (Ricardo, Rafael and Luís) and also in our fans! Lets do this!”
With two demo tapes, three studio albums, one EP, one Live DVD and three official videos released, 2019 marks the start of Morbid Death‘s worldwide career relaunch and proudly becomes part of the AGR family. With this alliance, the band will release their new album in the beginning of 2020, the year of Morbid Death’s 30th anniversary.
Floridian Symphonic Black/Death Metallers Immanifest sign with The Artisan Era; new album out this year
Tampa, Florida-based symphonic black/death metal project Immanifest is excited to announce their signing to rising extreme metal label, The Artisan Era. Active since 2008, Immanifest immediately made a name for themselves with the 2010 release of their EP, Qliphotic. A well-received effort by fans of symphonic extreme metal all over the globe. After it was released, it was also highly praised by numerous members of influential extreme metal acts including musicians who play in Old Man's Child, Borknager, Deicide, Kamelot, and Malevolent Creation.
Good things come to those who wait, and, Immanifest is gearing up to unleash a new album of their best material yet later in the year that is very much worth the time it's taken it to come to fruition. The Artisan Era excitedly shared that, "We've been fans of their previous work for many years now and we are very excited to work with Immanifest on their coming out this fall!"
Immanifest comments on signing with The Artisan Era:-
"It is with pleasure and honor to announce that we – Immanifest – have signed with the Artisan era. Awakened from stasis, the band is thrilled to be joining the ranks of musicians that have gained such distinction within extreme metal. In the words of our vocalist Eldrik, ‘With combined strength, we shall be unstoppable."
The Artisan Era YouTube Channel
Plague 9's EP Mr Ass is out now! The Australian traditional heavy metal newcomers from Adelaide have just released their debut EP. Mr Ass is a good mix of thrash and more traditional style heavy metal riffs. Drawing influence from bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Iron Maiden and also Jeff Loomis, Marco Sfogli and Andy James... there is sure to be something for every headbanging metal junkie.
"Each track is riddled with savage & catchy riffs and filled out with blazing solos." Hysteria Mag
The EP's artwork was created by Dusan Markovic who has worked with bands like Dragony, Mystic Prophecy, Dragonheart..
Formed by rhythm guitarist/singer Devon Smith and bassist John Hopf in 2017, Plague 9 recorded their first song Stuck in Hell for the release on the Metal United Down Under Vol 1 compilation. Since then lead guitarist David Hone has jumped on board bringing his very unique playing style and blistering speed taking the songs into a new dimension.
Plague 9 are:
John Hopf - Bass guitar
David Hone - Lead guitar
Devon Smith - Rhythm guitar/vocals
Kon Tsacos - Drums
MR ASS is available on their Bandcamp page.
Italian Symphonic Metallers Astralium to release debut album via Rockshots Records / Spiritual Beast (Japan) in August 2019
Italy’s symphonic metal band Astralium have just unleashed 'The Journey', the first single and video off their upcoming debut album 'Land Of Eternal Dreams', due out on August 23rd via Rockshots Records (worldwide release) along with the full length being available in Japan via Spiritual Beast on the same date.
The official video clip is available on YouTube at the following link:-
'The Journey' is available as digital single at the following links:
A pure symphonic album with power heavy prog metal influences, epic choirs, high pitch vocals plus lyrical sections and baroque / magniloquent arrangements, “Land Of Eternal Dreams” is a concept release about dreams and the astral universe, but also the fantasy world that lives in us. It's an inner journey through imaginary stories about myths and legends from the past.
The band explains the release:-
"First of all, I want to say that we are very excited about our debut album “Land Of Eternal Dreams”. Fans can expect an amazing album of great melodies, blended with cinematic, symphonic and classical music, along with metal guitar riffs and epic choirs. We believe that music evokes sensations, emotions and real fantastic worlds in our minds."
The album also features specials guests Tommy Johansson (Sabaton, Majestica), Jo Lombardo (Ancestral, ex-Metatrone), Andrea Martongelli (Arthemis), Stefano "Ghigas" Calvagno (Metatrone, NefeshCore), Adam Cook (A Hill To Die Upon), Davide Bruno (Metatrone, NefeshCore) and more.
Astralium was formed in 2014 by soprano Roberta Pappalardo and bass player Giuseppe Pappalardo. Drummer Salvo Grasso (Metatrone, Hypersonic) and guitarist Emanuele Alessandro complete the line-up.
Chilean traditional metallers Hemisferio stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Anacronía, at Decibel magazine's website. Set for international release on July 8th via Dying Victims Productions. Hear Hemisferio's Anacronía in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from the cult metal hotbed of Chile, Hemisferio have been prodigiously perfecting their iron-clad craft since 2015. A couple singles kicked off their heavy metal march, soon followed by a split tape with Chilean comrades Asedio in 2016. With momentum building, those early singles found their way onto 7" vinyl format, that same year, and then capped off by rough 'n' rowdy live album. Afterwards, vocalist Pedro Antonio departed and was replaced by Carlos Contador.
With that line-up firmly in place, Hemisferio make their grand entrance onto the worldwide stage with Anacronía. Suitably, this debut album encapsulates all the magic, mystery, and might of their aesthetic thus far, except rendered in rich, era-authentic analogue. Indeed, Hemisferio create a truly ancient sound that encompasses many early '80s metals: the NWOBHM taking creative flight, the first rustic rumblings of the contemporaneous US power metal scene, Teutonic metal burning brightly in the night before revving into thrash overdrive, and even Scandinavia's oft-overlooked contribution to the heavy metal lexicon during this era. However, even in their native tongue, Hemisferio's passion pours forth across each of these nine anthems in the making, with moody-yet-majestic solos flying fast and free, underpinned by a subtle yet no less dynamic rhythm section. And as prefaced by the preceding single from last year, Carlos Contador proves to be a commanding frontman, his tone and delivery bleeding the hard-fought/wrought pathos intrinsic to early, working-class metal.
Gaze into the crystal ball, raise thy sword, and rev that motorcycle, for Hemisferio have arrived with Anacronía! Hear the full sound of that arrival exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine.
Italian renaissance metallers Temptress stream the entirety of their debut EP, The Orb, at the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal (NWOTHM) YouTube channel. Set for international release on July 8th via Dying Victims Productions on 7" vinyl format, hear Temptress's The Orb in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Although a brand-new entity, Temptress are a veritable blast from the past. Moodily melodic and draped in the cloak of night, Temptress create effortlessly cruising mid-tempo heavy metal of a most early '80s vintage. Even down to their production style, the power-trio have this style down COLD, and it emits a nostalgic fire that's somehow fresh across these two equally strong tracks. A new twist on the old NWOBHM comes courtesy of Italy - gaze deeply into Temptress' The Orb!
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.
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