Asphodelia is a dark symphonic metal act founded in 2016 in Foggia, Italy, by Samuela “Samah” Fuiani (vocals and keyboards) and Ruggero “Lordian” Doronzo (guitar), and currently including Davide Ricciardi (bass), Giuseppe Centonza (drums) and Gianni Colonna (guitar). Their sound blends symphonic and choral sonorities, electronics and Mediterranean echoes into a solid metal frame with a strongly dark mood. Their lyrics are usually centred on the theme of the afterlife, on the life and death dichotomy, the fleetingness of time and the misery of the human condition.
The band is named after the asphodel, typical Mediterranean flower connected to the ancient Greek Underworld: in the ancient Greek mythology, the Asphodel Meadows is a place where the indifferent souls, who lived a life of neither good or evil, are sent to live after death. The band released a promo EP entitled ’Vengeance' on May 26, 2016, receiving enthusiastic response from their fan-base.
In May 2017 they signed a management and booking deal with The Flaming Arts Agency, leading to important stage experiences such as the Female Metal Voices Tour Russia 2017 as main support to The Agonist, Sirenia and Cellar Darling. Recently, Asphodelia have recorded their debut album "Welcome Apocalypse" and signed to Denmark's Mighty Music. The band are currently about to perform on an European tour with more shows to come, in support of the album release.
Truth is free from labels and categories. What lies beyond has no boundaries. Welcome to the place in the Underworld where boundaries fall apart. Welcome to the Asphodel Meadows.
The long awaited album of Asphodelia will be released on April 20th 2018, with gigs starting even before the release.
Asphodelia already have these dates confirmed - and more to come:
31.03 “The Carlisle" - Hastings, UK
01.04 “The Quinphonic Festival” - Birmingham, UK
02.04 “The Musician” - Leicester, UK
05.05 “SinFest Metal Festival” - Paola, MALTA
02.06 “The One Metal Club” - Milan, ITALY
15.06 "Zobens un Lemess Open Air” - Bauska, LATVIA
23.06 “Metal Lorca” - Lorca, SPAIN
Check out the lyric video for the title track "Welcome Apocalypse" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqB-4nBgTc8&feature=youtu.be
Swedish metal band, Hexed, have released a lyric video for the song 'Obedience', the track is taken from their debut album 'Netherworld', out on March 30th - 2018, via ViciSolum Productions. The video was made by Mattias Norén (Kamelot, Epica, Sabaton, Evergrey) at Progart Media. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/Lo0o0e5Zx4U
Hexedis a Swedish Metal band fronted by the amazing vocalist Tina Gunnarsson. The music is a genius blend of thick driving rhythms, melodic guitars and are sometimes progressively orientated, but always with catchy chorus lines and strong powerful female vocals.
'Netherworld' was produced, recorded, mixed by HEXED & DIZTORD. Mastered by JOUNI NIEMI at BIG JAMBO STUDIOS. Artwork & layout by MATTIAS NORÉN (Kamelot, Epica, Sabaton, Evergrey) at PROGART MEDIA.
TINA GUNNARSSON - Vocals
DANIEL HÅKANSSON - Bass
STELLAN GUNNARSSON - Guitars, Keys, Vocals
TEDDY MÖLLER - Drums
HEXED was formed in 2015 by vocalist/songwriter Tina and lead-guitarist/ songwriter Stellan Gunnarsson in Uppsala, Sweden. Both of them played in several bands before and had an early history in the metalscene and of music composing. Now they wanted to create and write music together, something completely new.
They started writing songs and soon they knew exactly what kind of sound they were aiming for. Since both of them had the source of inspiration from bands such as Queensrÿche, Crimson Glory and Pagans Mind they knew that they wanted to create metal music with focus on strong and powerful vocals combined with melodic guitars.
When they had the songs ready and the preproduction was about to start they had to find members who got the quality's required to setup the band. The driven bassist Daniel Håkansson who played earlier in other metal bands, were chosen to take place along with the experienced musician Teddy Möller on drums. HEXED was now formed and complete as a band.
The debut single and lyric video release ”Dreams” was launched in the beginning of May 2016. The debut album "Netherworld" was recorded and produced in 2017. HEXED released their second official music video ”Exhaling Life”. This song and video contains guest vocals from Thomas Vikström and was filmed and produced by the talented Magnus Ewald who also produced videos for Liv Sin, Crucified Barbara, Firespawn,etc. "Exhaling Life" was also released as a limited edition promo EP in March 2017.
The interest and response for HEXED music after the releases have been overwhelming. HEXED got several proposals to consider and are very proud for the decision to sign a worldwide deal with Thomas Hörnkvist and ViciSolum Productions. This Swedish label already have several established bands in its row, such as Persefone, Loch Vostok and Divine Ascension.
Greek Symphonic Dark Metallers W.E.B. have announced their new bass player and backing vocalist, Hel Pyre:
"It is with great pleasure that we introduce Hel Pyre (AfterBlood, TV WAR co-hostess, live appearances with King Diamond, Hel Pyre Darkworks) to you as the newest member of W.E.B., who will be undertaking the task of handling bass guitars and backing vocals."
Photo by Aphrodite Kumbitsi.
Next W.E.B. Shows:
March 23 - Moscow, RU - Arbat Hall w/ Moonspell
March 24 - St.Petersburg, RU - Club Zal w/ Moonspell
June 1 - Thessaloniki, GR - Principal w/ Cradle of Filth
June 2 - Athens, GR - Gagarin 205 w/ Cradle of Filth
W.E.B. is a Dark / Black / Death / Goth Metal band based in the ashes of Athens – Greece. The Fall of 2002AD was the time that the idea of W.E.B. was born and started to take a life-form shape from an embryonic state to a music challenge expressing darkness and death through adrenaline and poetry. An expression both straight but at the same time theatrical. W.E.B. is here to move you, provoke you, and invite you to the journey through raven-dark starless nights with a fire made of Metal music. Their fourth album, “Tartarus” came out on November 10th (2017) via Apathia Records, which is probably the band’s most diverse album, so far! “Tartarus” focuses on a deeper inclusion of orchestrations, making it sound more epic, while keeping the band’s very own Dark Metal genre. The album also features a noticeable guest apparition by Sotiris Vayenas (Septic Flesh) on the ninth track “Thanatos Part I – Golgotha”.
Godz Ov War Productions are pleased to announce the signing of a covenant with the Alaskan quartet DRUJ. Music-wise, this young but talented band provide an atmospheric and ritual mixture of blackened doom metal with dissonant sludge that wraps up a message strongly inspired by the Zoroastrian mythology and Sumerian traditions. Currently, DRUJ members are working in the studio on their debut album which will feature six premiere tracks, including one instrumental track. The album premiere was planned for the second half of 2018.
If you want to find out what you are about to face, make sure to check out their two-track EP titled 'The Malignant Dweller' available for streaming at this location: https://ersetu.bandcamp.com/releases
Sean Holladay - Guitars
Connor Tetlow - Guitars
Wayne DeWilde - Bass
Adam Kimball - Drums
More info about DRUJ: Facebook
Spanish dark metallers Totengott premiere a new video for "Satan Beside You" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's critically acclaimed debut album, Doppelgänger, released last July 11th through Xtreem Music on CD format and Burning World on vinyl. See & hear the video for Totengott's "Satan Beside You" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Containing three long tracks, Doppelgänger was recorded, produced, and mixed by Totengott at Anglagard Recording Studio (Grao, Spain) during late 2016 / early 2017, and was mastered by James Plotkin (well known for his work with bands like Conan, Electric Wizard, Isis the band, Amenra, Thou, Jesu et. al.). Artwork was created by Procesonegro Art Studio. Promo picture has been shot by the mighty Jaimephotolive.
In the meantime, see the stirring new video for "Satan Beside You" in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Additionally, the entirety of Doppelgänger can be streamed exclusively HERE, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com.
The Dark rock / metal band For My Demons have released the Lyric video for the song "Reborn", taken from the album "Close to the Shade":
"Close to the Shade" available on https://player.believe.fr/v2/3614974375827
Belarusian Dark Black metal band Victim Path releases new lyric video, entitled "Faceless nameless"!
Dark way of metal formation Victim Path started in 2009. The lyrics of the team are based on the theme of misanthropy, pain, loneliness of a human being who is deprived of a right to be god's creation. The denial of religious postulates, rules and dogmas of everyday life is the main idea of the hard music of the group.
In April 2009 the world got the first spit from the team, it was demo-album "In life we trust". It was done in the black metal style. On the 22d of November the material was published on Depressive Illusions Records label.
In the beginning of 2012 the first full-time 40-minute piece "Surrounded by pain" was recorded. In august 2012 the album came out as a release on label Possession Productions (possession.ru)
In this time the band in serch for new label for release the second album.
During its existence the band shared stage with: Shining, Vesania, Christ Agony, imperium dekadenz, Totalselfhatred, Lychgate, Raventale, BlackDeath, TeitanFyre, Arvet, Khasm and etc.
Greek Symphonic Dark Metallers W.E.B. have unleashed their 2006 debut album "Don't Wake Futility" for streaming, listen to it here: https://youtu.be/dBjzpz7ixiQ
Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/2BqMvy6vvGbx47Ew3By3HW
W.E.B. is a Dark / Black / Death / Goth Metal band based in the ashes of Athens – Greece. The Fall of 2002AD was the time that the idea of W.E.B. was born and started to take a life form shape from an embryonic state to a music challenge expressing darkness and death through adrenaline and poetry. An expression both straight but at the same time theatrical. W.E.B. is here to move you, provoke you, and invite you to the journey through raven-dark starless nights with a fire made of Metal music. Their fourth album, “Tartarus” came out on November 10th (2017) via Apathia Records, which is probably the band’s most diverse album, so far! “Tartarus” focuses on a deeper inclusion of orchestrations, making it sound more epic, while keeping the band’s very own Dark Metal genre. The album also features a noticeable guest apparition by Sotiris Vayenas (Septic Flesh) on the ninth track “Thanatos Part I – Golgotha”.
Venezuelan Gothic Vampire Metal act Infestus presents a lyric video from their EP "Dresses Of Darkness" released by Club Inferno Ent. It's for the song "My Mournful Charlotte". View it at https://youtu.be/hja2Vv16jcg
If you like Moonspell, Tiamat and Theatres Des Vampires this is your blood.
Portuguese dark metal collective Painted Black have published a new video for the track “Chamber”, which is taken off from the band’s forthcoming album “Raging Light”.
You can watch the video below or at this location:
"Raging Light" is available on all digital shops. The physical and Japanese release dates, which will be available through WormHoleDeath, are still TBA.
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