Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Chinese Atmospheric Black Metal band Zuriaake. The band will release their new album via the label at a later date, as well as a part of the back catalogue.
The band comments:-
"We are very pleased to announce that we have sealed a brand new record deal with one of most famous metal labels: Season of Mist. It is an honour for us to join the ranks of this label who have released a lot of great records in the long metal music history, and Season of Mist will definitely support us in bringing our music to a wider audience."
Founded by Blood Fire and Blood Sea in Jinan city, Shandong Province, Zuriaake is one of the earliest extreme metal bands in China.
After signing to Black Happiness Production, the first black metal record label in China, the band released a demo sub-series with Yngizarm, Blood Fire's personal black metal project. In this sub-series, Zuriaake began to explore Chinese black metal in both form and ideology. In 2006, Zuriaake signed to Pest Productions and started to write their debut 'Afterimage of Autumn' (released in 2007).
This record turned into one of the most important albums in the history of extreme metal in China. Zuriaake, based on its simple expression technique and unique creative concept, further explored the integration of traditional Chinese music elements and black metal music in the form, and searched for the balance and intersection of Eastern and Western cultures. This record was popular outside of China as well, including Germany, the United States and Japan.
After a long break due to the studies of Blood Fire, the band returned with a new EP in 2015 and a second full-length "Gu Yan". This record was highly praised by many professional metal media and fans at home and abroad.
In May 2017, Zuriaake was invited by Finland's Steelfest Open Air, the largest black metal music festival in northern Europe where the band played its European debut show. The three piece became the first Chinese metal band that performed in northern Europe. Meanwhile, the first overseas tour across Europe also achieved great success.
In the following years, the atmospheric black metal act returned to various European festivals, such as Roadburn, Wacken Open Air, Brutal Assault and Midgardsblot, building their name in the international metal scene. Signing to Season of Mist will be the start of the next chapter.
China's death-thrash murder crew is back from the Nausea Skeleton Abyss! This CD is a compilation of these homicidal hooligans’ past three cassette releases. Thus, making this 18-track collection a 75-minute blast of pure brutality! If you're possessed by the likes of Possessed, Morbid Saint and Repulsion Dugu's poison is your cup of tea.
Nausea Skeleton Abyss was released on November 23rd, 2019, via Awakening Records.
Get your copy here
Speed Scum Dog - Drums
TormentoRx - Guitars
IronfingerHo - Guitars
Morbid Gut - Vocals
Spike - Bass
Recently, Chinese Thrash Metallers Explosicum have signed a new deal with Punishment 18 Records for the release of their latest full-length album titled "Living's Deal". Album was recorded and mixed at JiangNan Studio and Black Iron ARG Studio in NanChang, Jiangxi Province, China. Album is expected to be released later this year.
01. Thrash Out Your Brain
02. Thrash & Claaaaash
03. N.L.N.S (No Law No Sky)
04. Living's Deal
05. Die for Thrash
06. Endless Killing
07. Faster than Shot
08. Kill Them All
Chinese Thrash Metallers Explosicum have signed a new deal with Punishment 18 Records for the release of their latest full-length album titled "Living's Deal". The album was recorded and mixed at JiangNan Studio and Black Iron ARG Studio in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, China.
New information will follow soon.
Start your engine and speed into the night! A Million Stars will be with you.
Formed only last year, Nightbound is a young Hard n' Heavy band from Asunción, Paraguay. The band has made quick a name for themselves in their country. So there is no wonder that Chinese Label Awakening Records, picked up the young band and released their debut EP on March 31.
If you are a fan from Thin Lizzy and Saxon this EP will be something for you.
Hailing from Beijing, China, Life Awaits make their label debut by releasing,their newest single, Better now, through Dreambound's YouTube channel.
With a mix of heartfelt lyrics - gutwrenching vocals and fantastic instrumentation, Life Awaits are here to impress and take no prisoners with this first single of 2019. Both new and old fans alike are bound to find lyrics and moments that will resonate within them, be it tapping their foot along to the beat, or screaming along at the top of their lungs, there's a bit for everyone to enjoy.
Vocalist Yu opened up about the track:-
"Better now is kind of an experimental song for us. We wanted to find connections between the lyrics and each note. I personally suffered from bipolar disorder for a period of time. So there’s anger in it and there’s also desperation. But most importantly, there is an exit from it all. And we hope the song can reach out to those who have the same problem and can find their own way out. This is also the first single release after signing with Famined Records. We are all very excited. And we hope it brings a new chapter to our career."
You can stream or purchase "Better now" here.
Life Awaits is a 4-piece Post-Hardcore / Alt Metal band from Beijing, China. Established in May 2015, the band gained massive attention since their first single < In Descent> that same year in September. Although the band is at its new-born stage, the band members have experience performing with their former bands all around Asia. This is part of the reason why the band has been named for “The most anticipated and international Chinese metal/hardcore band”.
In April, 2017, the band released their music video <You> which grabbed more than 600 reposts and over hundred thousands of views. The music video was also released on Dreambound’s Youtube Channel and reached over 100k views within a week which also helped to the band to gain significant global recognition. On June 3, 2017, Life Awaits released their debut album <WAVES>.
Watch the video, stream or purchase "Better now" here
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Tengger X Cavalry Recordings is pleased to present Liberation - a new Mongolian-language melodic metal force hailing from Hohhot, China. Liberation is thrilled to enter the North American metal scene with their new music video for the single "Hope". The emotional, stunning new video can be viewed now via YouTube here, or via the Alternative Press Facebook page here.
Liberation's native Hohhot is a major northern city in China rich with nomadic history and culture. The band incorporates these themes in their music, but with a fresh, young twist.
"'Hope' is an emotional track with peaks and valleys. The song describes the struggle of a person going through desperation and depression, but then rising up to hope and enlightenment."
Tengger X Cavalry Recordings founder Nature G says about the band:-
"Liberation is newly formed, yet as soon as I heard the quality and energy behind their music, they caught my eye really quickly. They're very passionate, great composers, and they give a fresh take on their own Mongolian influence with metalcore and Linkin Park-like choruses and melody. Well balanced."
"Hope" can be found on the new compilation album, Sound of the Raging Steppe, available now via Tengger X Cavalry Recordings - a new record label founded by Tengger Cavalry frontman Nature G to bring underground Chinese and Mongolian nomadic metal music to North American listeners. Sound of the Raging Steppe is available for download here via Bandcamp. The compilation also features music from five additional folk-influenced heavy metal bands, who have come together to provide a stampede of horseback-heavy sound - weaving an untold story of Chinese history that smashes stereotypes.
Vocal - Oyun Dalai
Guitar - Buren Bayar
Guitar - Zurhe
Bass - Oyun Bayar
Drum - Namora
The young trancecore group To The Rats & Wolves are back! Today the German sextet have released a music video for their brand new single 'Cheap Love', which has been taken off their upcoming third full length record.
Watch their brand video for single 'Cheap Love' here: https://youtu.be/WJ5Nrwz6mOQ
Get the song here: https://ToTheRatsAndWolves.lnk.to/CheapLove
"'Cheap Love' is a fusion of older and newer musical elements. After two years without releasing any new material we wanted to come back with a bang, and that’s what Cheap Love is for." - To The Rats & Wolves
To The Rats & Wolves will be back on the road in March/April next year for a widespread European tour, which includes two UK show dates - due to take place in London and Manchester. Tickets available from the link below:
'CHEAP LOVE EUROPEAN & UK RELEASE TOUR 2019'
15.03 DE Hamburg - Knust
16.03 DE Berlin- Bi Nuu
22.03 UK London- Boston Music Room
23.03 UK Manchester- Deaf Institute
27.03 DE Stuttgart - Universum
28.03 DE Munich - Backstage Halle
29.03 AT Wien - Chelsea
30.03 CZ Prague - Nova Chmelnice
03.04 CH Zurich - Dynamo
04.04 DE Frankfurt - Das Bett
05.04 DE Cologne - Essigfabrik
06.04 NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
Born from the ashes of Beast War Returns, To The Rats & Wolves gained popularity rather quickly with their eye-catching outfits, two singers and a trademark heavy sound. One EP and two albums in, their energetic mix of electronic energy and modern, contemporary heaviness is unique in today’s music scene. Their newest effort benefits from a strict DIY-attitude - as the band took over every part of it’s production without outside influences.
To The Rats & Wolves are:
Dixi Wu | vocals
Nico Sallach | vocals
Danny Güldener | guitars
Marc Dobruk | guitars
Stanislaw Czywil | bass
Simon Yildirim | drums
In the beginning of 2018, Ancestor began to bring out their first full-length album under Awakening Records. This album has now been released and the lads are on an extensive Asia tour.
As a bit of background: Beijing’s thrash force Ancestor is considered to be one of the first Chinese old school Thrash Metal bands. Under the influence Kreator, Protector, Sodom and other underground legends of the Teutonic Thrash Metal scene, the four-piece have been making violent underground sound since 2007. Due to unstable line-up in the early days the lads have only managed to release their debut EP in 2017. The five-tracker under the title Age of Overload is a pure underground killer. It is brutal, energetic and violent while being musical. The darkness and the artistic seriousness of the EP reminds people of the early 80s, when the European thrash metal scene began to thrive. But this is happening in Beijing, China, in the 21st Century.
Ancestor plays up-tempo Thrash Metal. Their music is aggressive in their own way. In spite of their old school song-writing they have a quite unique production, which makes their music sounding quite neat. After their release of the first album, they have made a big tour in and around China. Ancestor has been shared stage with Assassin, Artillery, Legion Of The Damned, Onslaught, Rage, Wolf Spider, etc.
Are you ready for the underground thrash maniacs from China?
Li Meng - Vocals/Guitars
Yang Fuwen - Guitars
He Yang - Drums
Li Han - Bass
Ancestor's album Lord of Destiny is now available on Bandcamp.
The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
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