If ya haven't heard yet, Canadian heavy metal powerhouse Striker is back from the grave! Last month with rumours spreading of the band calling it quits after they posted an image that was titled "RIP Striker 2007-2021" on their social media, fans began speculating on their future. In the end, it was all made to prepare them for Striker's new single "Deathwish", a track that has their signature sound of putting a modern twist on classic heavy metal mixed with 1980s AOR.
The single is also the band's introductory track with new drummer Jonathan Webster and bassist Pete Klassen who joined the line-up in 2019 along with it being their first of many new recordings to come since releasing their Juno award-winning album 2018's "Play To Win".
Now, Striker unveils their music video for "Deathwish", which can be viewed below.
“The world’s already on fire, you might as well light a smoke on it and kick back and watch. While you’re at it, feast your eyes on our new music video for Deathwish.” adds the band.
"Deathwish" can be streamed and downloaded on Spotify and Apple Music.
In additional news, Striker will be performing their first and only hometown show of 2021 in Edmonton, AB on November 27th at The Starlite Room with support from Riot City, Tymo and Tower Hill. Event Details can be found here.
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Champions in blending classic heavy metal, hard rock, and 80’s hair metal, Striker have been making shredtacular anthems since 2007. The band has toured multiple times across Europe and North America along with festival appearances at 70,000 Tons of Metal, Bang Your Head Festival (Germany), and more to add to their almost 1000 shows performed in their decade-plus career. The band has been honoured with multiple Best Album awards in their home country of Canada from the JUNO Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, and the Edmonton Music Awards. Since their inception, Striker has released six studio albums Eyes in the Night (2010, Iron Kodex), Armed to The Teeth (2012, Napalm), City of Gold (2014, Napalm), Stand in the Fire (2016, Record Breaking), Striker (2017, Record Breaking), and Play to Win (2018, Record Breaking).
Canadian epic symphonic metallers Operus (ft. ex-members of Annihilator, Vital Remains, Skull Fist) release new music video "Lost"
Canadian epic symphonic metal band, Operus has a new music video for their single "Lost" off their latest album "Score of Nightmares" released through German label Pride & Joy Music during June 2020.
The vision behind the new video is that of a journey through an inner self-created metaphoric world of being lost along with the feeling of self-doubt and the inevitable anxiety of running out of time. The video's purpose is to demonstrate that we all need guidance and that although our time here isn’t infinite, what we do with our "sands of time" is the most important.
The visually stunning music video was filmed by Joe Lyko of Dark Moon Productions and features Bunny Noire in the role of the "Lost Girl", which can be viewed at the following link: https://youtu.be/vaQ_8iub-dw
Operus' latest album "Score of Nightmares" follows their 2017 album "Cenotaph" (Darkstar Records) and 2015 debut EP "Opus I" (Boonsdale Records).
Recommended for fans of Nightwish, Opeth, Wintersun, Kamelot, Epica, Symphony X, and Helloween, "Score of Nightmares" can be heard at the following links:
Modern metal powerhouse Living Dead Girl has revealed a video for “Poltergeist,” the haunting fourth single from the forthcoming Exorcism debut.
“This song is very different from the first three singles, and we love the ‘90s industrial vibe,” says vocalist Molly Rennick. “The music video is the perfect visual to accompany the song, and I’m really in love with how it turned out. The creepy horror movie aesthetic combined with the choir vocals make for a video that people are telling me gives them chills - the exact reaction I hoped for!”
Watch “Poltergeist” and read The Pit’s chat with Rennick now at https://www.wearethepit.com/2021/05/living-dead-girl-get-in-your-head-with-new-video-poltergeist/.
Exorcism, available June 11, is available for digital pre-order at https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/livingdeadgirl1/exorcism-2. Additional bundles, including physical CDs, vinyl and exclusive merchandise are available at www.livingdeadgirl.ca/. Also check out the official video for “Alive,” the album’s first single, which received airplay on Toronto’s mainstream rock station 94.9 The Rock, 89.1 Max FM in Barrie, Orilia and the Muskokas, X92.9 Calgary, X100.7 - Red Deer’s Alternative and CBC Radio Canada online, and the lyric videos for “Escape” and “Exorcism.”
On Exorcism’s 11 banging tracks, Rennick channels her inner “goth girl gone bad” attitude. From the raging, down-tuned riffs of the title track and “Worship Me,” to the infectious, sing-along chorus of “Villain,” to the enticing, taunting melodies of “Beautiful” and “Alive,” Rennick commands your full attention.
Formed in 2017, Living Dead Girl’s style is a unique combination of goth-inspired heavy metal meets fellow Canadian frontwoman Avril Lavigne, possessing an amalgam of genres including rock, metal, industrial, goth, pop and punk rock. The music perfectly encapsulates Rennick’s personality, which she admits is a dichotomy of “one wears baby pink and Hello Kitty and listens to pop music, and the other a goth girl in fishnet stockings who listens to dark heavy metal.” The 21-year-old Rennick’s amazing vocal range sees her seamlessly switching from taunting, high-pitched croons, to menacing, harsh barks, to haunting growls with relative ease.
Montreal, QC's Sanguine Glacialis have a new music video for the track “Kraken” in support of their 2018 album “Hadopelagic”. The band experiments with a vast array of musical styles such as jazz, classical, folkloric music, and Latin music while keeping a very strong melodic death metal accent.
Today, the band is asking fans to come dance La Valse des condamnés! with the premiere of the video for “Kraken” via Bravewords HERE.
Sanguine Glacialis explains the song in their own words:
“This is the third and last single from our album “Hadopelagic”. It’s actually the first song that was written when we finished the recording of our first album “Dancing with a Hanged Man”, and because of that, you can clearly hear the influences of the first album and former line-up. It’s a song that we all liked, so we decided to keep it and adapt it to our new line-up. The lyrics talk about a man who goes to sea, knowing well that a monster awaits him, and despite the warnings of the people around him, unfortunately never comes back. The music video is centred on this story, showing a ghost ship wandering the seas, reliving the passengers’ deaths in the hands of the Kraken, forever.”
“Hadopelagic” is the second full-length album from Sanguine Glacialis, following 2012’s “Dancing With A Hanged Man” and 2016’s EP “Pitch Black Sight”. The beauty of Sanguine Glacialis is that their influences shine through prominently in their music, and each song has its own atmosphere, taking from a unique slice of the musical spectrum.
With this album, the band took a huge step forward and fans have been appreciating its mature sound much more than the previous one. According to the band, everything is better on this release and they are proud of the new direction they have taken. There has been talk of writing another album and getting back to live performances in the not too distant future.
Fans of Fleshgod Apocalypse, Between the Buried and Me, and Diablo Swing Orchestra will likely be interested in the genre-bending sounds of Sanguine Glacialis.
“Hadopelagic” was released on April 6, 2018 and available on the following platforms:
Sanguineglacialis.bandcamp.com, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify.
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Progressive Death / Thrash Metal quartet Cathartic Demise have released a lyric video for the song "Blade In The Dark," the second single from forthcoming album In Absence. Check out the video at the following location: youtu.be/aze66JZqHjs
Cathartic Demise will release full-length album In Absence on April 9. Pre-order at: catharticdemise.bandcamp.com/album/in-absence
In comparison to the band's self-titled EP, In Absence still consists of the Melo / Prog / Death Thrash Metal elements, but with a more "mature" approach. The overall musicianship within the band improved, as well as the overall songwriting capabilities. In Absence features the same aggression as the self-titled EP, but brings an intense atmosphere with extreme tempos, and brisk riffs. This release heavily carries on the epic melodic sections heard previously, and even going further with more complex song structuring and longer tracks. Aside from the aggressive side of things, hints of experimentation can be heard, showing slower sections, and clean parts as well.
Album Art by Ioannis Vassilopoulas
Recorded and mixed by Jonah Kay at HM Studio, Waterloo ON
Mastered by Jamie King
Bennett Smith - Vocals/Guitars
Aaron Tanner - Bass
Taylor Wroblewski - Lead Guitars
Angus Pike - Drums
The thought of Cathartic Demise came into fruition on October 8, 2017, after high school friends Angus Pike (drums) and Bennett Smith (guitar/vocals) jammed for the first time, and immediately decided to form a group. Bennett had demos previously prepared, (two of the EP songs) and the week after Aaron Tanner would join the line up, following a few weeks with Taylor Wroblewski (guitar) quickly completing the quartet. The four rehearsed immensely over a eight-month period landing their first show September 16, 2018. In December of 2018, the band entered into HM Studio, to record the self titled three-track EP Cathartic Demise, released April 26, 2019. For the rest of the year, the band played around Ontario, and in January 2020, Cathartic Demise would begin the recording sessions of In Absence.
Canadian melodic death metallers Tides Of Kharon release official video ‘Atlas Endures’ from forthcoming EP "Titanomachy"
Canadian melodic death metal Tides Of Kharon unveil 'Atlas Endures', the first video from their upcoming EP, "Titanomachy". Telling a tale of betrayal and punishment, the aptly named 'Atlas Endures' is sung from the point of view of Atlas as he is sentenced to hold the sky on his shoulders for all eternity. Lyrically, Atlas Endures is emotionally intense, sharing the character’s heartbreaking acceptance of his unfortunate eternal future, with hopes and dreams being his only escape from the struggle.
To compliment the story, Tides Of Kharon proceed powerfully into the track, which happens to open the album. A dark chord progression layered with syncopated double-bass patterns force goosebumps on the listener, a phenomenon the refuses to relent throughout the song’s movement through verse, chorus and bridge. The latter half of the track features a guitar solo, performed by the band’s newest member, Mike Burton, which adds an elegance to this dramatic, yet hard-hitting opus.
"Titanomachy" is out on April 6th, 2021 via Sliptrick Records.
Tides Of Kharon are:
Band links: Facebook | YouTube | Instagram | On Sliptrick
Canadian Deathcore band Wych set February 26, 2021 as international release date for their debut EP "Agony".
Hard-hitting Deathcore as cold and unforgiving as the winters of their homeland, Alberta-based Wych delivers heavy grooves and rhythms that bind to the core of the listener, and then shatter it down with raging, brutal breakdowns. Paired with thought inspiring, abstract lyrics centred around the darkness and disparity of human nature in its many forms, Wych is a sound and experience new to this world.
Canadian alternative metal crossover stars Sumo Cyco are about to transcend into an explosive new era with their upcoming full-length, Initiation, scheduled for release on May 7, 2021 via Napalm Records! Interlaced with infectious heavy metal grooves, pop-perfected hooks, electronic undertones and a dose of punk flavour, Initiation breaks all the rules while delivering a cohesive yet purely unbridled sonic adventure.
Sumo Cyco has cemented their name by garnering an impressive legion of fans with their hard-working attitude and story-building prowess. With Initiation, Sumo Cyco takes it to a whole new level – demonstrated by their new single, “Bystander”! Crowned by expert, airtight vocal domination from Juno-nominated pop star-turned-rock frontwoman Skye “Sever” Sweetnam, the track features an aggressive, fast-paced attack of low, grooving metal riffage, relentless drums and slinking electronic accents. Its accompanying music video reflects the track’s energetic, chaotic vibe with sharp, vivid visuals. Don’t just be a bystander, check it out now!
Frontwoman Skye “Sever” Sweetnam says about “Bystander” and its video:
“‘Bystander’ was inspired by the frustration of our lives turning upside down in this pandemic. I felt like instead of living my life, I was now a slave to a screen, watching the world fall apart right before my eyes, totally helpless. The music video depicts my character trapped in a floating house watching news events taking place on TV, and at the same time, right outside my window. This entire video was produced, filmed and edited by Matt and I in our home studio!”
Watch the brand new music video for “Bystander” HERE
Initiation invites a mass of new followers into their warped, dystopian-like world of “Cyco City”! As with its predecessors Lost In Cyco City (2014), Opus Mar (2017) and countless singles, Initiation is based in the imaginative conceptual location of “Cyco City”. But unlike most concept albums, the lyrical content is inspired by the band’s real-time environment – featuring timely, personal themes of love, sacrifice, anxiety, empowerment and more that all listeners can relate to.
Sweetnam adds about the album:
"The album’s title, Initiation, stems from wanting to invite the audience to be “initiated” into our world. There are usually two congruent themes to each of our albums – one is real-world inspiration, and the other is “Cyco City”, a comic book-esque alternate universe where all our music videos take place. With Initiation, we introduce four gangs or clubs. Our music videos for Initiation all include a theme of these clubs – whether it’s gang vs. gang, a forbidden love between opposing sides, or the idea of having to choose where you belong.
Outside of the story, the lyrics relate to the polarization of the world we live in now. We all have a longing to belong, but what makes one feel accepted or ostracized from a group? To be INITIATED, would you be willing to try to understand another point of view? I have always written lyrics about internal struggle, the war within oneself. Throughout the album, we bounce back and forth between struggle and overcoming. It reflects the times, and there are moments that seem a bit dark.”
Pre-order Initiation HERE
*Various new tracks, such as “New Jive” and “We Are The Nation” are available in different groupings on various formats of Initiation (i.e. Die Hard Limited Edition).
Initiation will be available in the following formats:
SUMO CYCO is:
Skye “Sever” Sweetnam – vocals
Matt “MD13” Drake – lead guitar
Matt "Trozzi" – drums
Oscar Anesetti – bass
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This past November, Edmonton, Canada's Juliet Ruin excited fans with their new single “Dark Water”. Their first of many new sounds to come since releasing their highly praised 2019 album "Old Stardust, Love, and Chaos".
The hot new track features a guest guitar solo from their good friend Diego Fernandez (Eye of Horus) and is the preview to their next EP of the same title that will arrive in 2021. The upcoming EP represents a step into a heavier domain continuing on with the low-tuned guitars along with taking a slightly different direction from originally three vocalists to one with frontwoman Jess Ruin fully taking over vocals.
In continuation of promoting the single, Juliet Ruin drummer Jesse Bauman is showcasing his behind the scenes playing on the track with a play-through video, which can be viewed via its premiere on Sonic Perspectives HERE.
"For our new single Dark Water, we had discussed showcasing a significantly harder side we haven’t explored yet. With that in mind, I had a vision for the drums the second that I heard that opening guitar riff. Heavy, hard hitting and driving. Dark Water didn’t require 300bpm blast beats or mind bending polyrhythms, the song screamed simplicity with flair. From the funky hit hats, to the heavy double kick, I feel like the drums in Dark Water are a perfect blend of KISS (keep it simple, stupid) and Djent."
Juliet Ruin is recommended for anyone who enjoys heavy and melodic metal with powerful vocals, especially those who already have The Agonist, Jinjer, and Killswitch Engage in rotation.
“Dark Water” is available on Spotify, Apple Music.
Lyric Video can be viewed here.
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Canadian heavy metal band, Greybeard, has signed with Wormholedeath for the re-release of their astonishing full-length debut "Oracle"!
Hailing from the northern reaches of Canada, Greybeard has honed their sound on "Oracle" with a story that wraps betrayal, cowardice, hatred, and ultimately vengeance into an epic album. Combining elements of death, black, and prog, with a solid dose of classic metal influences, "Oracle" is set for release on 06 11 2020 on all digital stores and streaming services worldwide and it can be pre ordered HERE.
A thunderous machine, pumping as much old-school groove as modern musicianship, Greybeard weaves roaring riffs and slithering solos, while tales of tyrants and tragedies spew forth. The band’s headbanging , fist pumping performances whip audiences.
into a froth of dancing demons as Greybeard unveils genre-defying harmonic soundscapes through a backbone of metal. Audience members have been unable to pigeonhole Greybeard, being treated with an homage to influences stretching from Opeth to Mastodon to Black Sabbath. Born under the vast shadows of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Greybeard are Ross Andersen, Casey Rogers, Amada Bourdon and Guy Onraet. The four friends entered a coven in 2018 over their love for the many moods inspired by all things heavy. After thumping stages in clubs and festivals in the local scene, and riding the wings of three EP releases, Greybeard’s full length debut album is primed for a new wave of aural ecstasy in 2020.
Amanda Bourdon - Bass Vocals
Casey Rogers - Drums
Guy Onreat - Guitar
Ross Andersen - Vocals, Guitar
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