Danish thrash metal band sickOmania have released a new official video (also containing lyrics) for the track Slumberland Prophets. Their self-titled debut album is due out worldwide via Sliptrick Records soon. sickOmania play a crossover of melodic thrash, death and classic heavy metal.
The band stated:-
“In a world where everyone can go be a wiseman about the lives of others, the doomsday prophet has awakened in people sitting and hiding behind their computer screen”.
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | On Sliptrick
Danish melodic thrash / death / heavy metallers SickOmania have signed with Sliptrick Records. SickOmania is a brand new Danish metal band that plays a crossover of melodic thrash, death and classic heavy metal. The band consists of experienced forces from bands such as Dominus, Deadflesh, Timeless Hall, Carnal Forge, Loch Vostok, Manticora, Furious Trauma and Shadowspawn.
The group was formed in the fall of 2019, and has spent 2020/2021 recording their debut album, which will be released worldwide via Sliptrick records later in the year. 3 digital singles have already been released for the album (the latest being 'Saint Psycho'), which are available on all relevant streaming services.
Expect a frontal sharp-edged riff attack from SickOmania, in which magnificent melody meets brutal assault.
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | On Sliptrick
Global Metal Apocalypse (GMA) Awards 2021 - Metal Release Of The Year (by country / territory)
So we now know who the winners of the GMA Awards 2021 were, but to wrap up the event in it's entirety and bid farewell to 2021 and usher in 2022, we must turn to the last bunch of awards - 'Metal Release By Country / Area'.
Usually these would include the flag of the band's nation, but given the events in Afghanistan this year among other political turmoil, I felt it would be prudent to forgo any flags and just list the winners.... so without further ado here are the....
"Under The Verdict"
"The Search For
The Dark Star"
"Beyond Unseen Gateways"
"In The Mouth Of Madness"
Black Serpent Ritual
BOSNIA - HERZEGOVINA
"Abyss Of Lost Souls"
"A Whole New Land"
"暮色绽放 Twilight Blooming"
Act Of Denial
Cycles Of Revocation
"Capítulo 1: Repugnante Negocio Del Terror"
Ghosts Of Atlantis
"A Legacy Of Vengeance"
"Lullabies Of Mountain Beasts"
"Empire Of Sins"
ISLE OF MAN
Serenity In Murder
"Midnight Bloody Dances"
"Te Ho Ngeza"
"Cold In Our Hearts"
"Sub Cultura Urii"
Scorn Of Creation
"Todas Las Sangres"
"Eulogy For The Gods"
Dethrone The Corrupted
"The Amygdaloid Decay"
Seraph In Travail
"A Black Death Incense"
"Covered in Concrete"
From The Abyss
"Carving The Fires Of Akhet"
"Chronicles Of War"
"Throne Of Control"
Her Last Sight
"Monument Of Reclamation"
"Mankind / Obsolete"
"Decades Of Suffering"
"The Constitutional Sacrifice"
The Iridium Experiment
"The Order Of Satan's Rage"
Deep Inside Us
"Untitled 2021 Demo"
"Death To Traitors"
"The Ultimate Dream. Plan B: Disposal Of Humanity"
"Belong To Hell"
"Ashes Of Dead Worlds"
"Annihilation Of Mankind"
"Vol. 4: Toxicolandia"
Apes Of God
"En El Recinto De La Tempestad"
Sol Draconi Septem
Beneath The Void
"Attack Of The 50ft Lobsters"
"The Inheritance Of Beauty"
"Gurus Of Destruction"
"Chaos Of Fear"
Becoming The Entity
"Signs Of Saturn"
"Empire Of Glass"
Robot Death Monkey
"Shame Of The Proud Angel"
"A Common Theories"
"Prelude To The Apocalypse"
"A Lip To Earth, A Lip To Heaven & A Tongue To The Stars"
"Punishment In The World To Come"
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
"Terror in Thrace"
The Only Survivor
"The Birth Of Anger"
"Thy Kingdom Kong"
So without further ado, we present the winners of the
2021 Global Metal Apocalypse (GMA) awards.
All categories except "Release Of The Year"
came with an 'other' option.
See you in December 2022
Global Metal Release Of The Year
WARRIOR OF LIGHT
Breakthrough African Band
Breakthrough Asian Band
Breakthrough European Band
Breakthrough North & Central American Band
Breakthrough Oceanian Band
Breakthrough South American Band
Breakthrough UK Band
BEYOND EXTINCTION (ESSEX)
GHOSTS OF ATLANTIS (ESSEX / SUFFOLK)
Breakthrough International Band
Music Video Of The Year
Cradle Of Filth - Necromantic Fantasies
Danish melodic metallers Beneath The Silence present their second single 'Fear'
Armed with soaring vocals, groovy riffs and catchy melodies, the melodic metal quintet Beneath The Silence is gearing up for the release of their debut full-length album ‘Black Lights'. Today they present the catchy second single 'Fear' - check out the music video above.
Vocalist Mette Hessellund states that:-
"‘Fear’ is a natural extension of the sound our EP 'Phoenix' was composed of. A new release is often the marker of a new evolution or direction, but we still felt it was important to hold on to the core of what we have already done. Heavy riffs, catchy choruses and a consistent groove”.
Since the band was formed in 2013, they have released two EP’s - ‘Meant for the Clouds’ (2016) and ‘Phoenix’ (2018). The latter, which was very well received, has amassed over 2,5 million streams across streaming platforms with placements on Spotify official playlists such as New Metal Tracks, New Blood, Kickass Metal and more. Beneath The Silence are now getting ready to release their debut album ‘Black Lights’, which has been produced by Nicklas Sonne (Defecto, Between Oceans, Malrun). ‘Black Lights’ is set to be released through Prime Collective February 11th.
'Fear' is already available on all streaming services.
Danish metalcore crew Wolves Among Us are back with brand new single 'Calamity'
The Danish metalcore quintet Wolves Among Us are positively known and recognized for their ability to cleverly and smoothly combine the heavy with the pop-ish. They are now back and ready with the first single 'Calamity', from their coming second album ‘Hollow Gloom’:
Guitarist Rune Bohnstedt muses:-
“'Calamity' is the perfect image of a dystopian relationship and the realization of how it's better to sometimes give up and move on. It was important for us to capture the right atmosphere to really set the mood on this song. The hard hitting guitars and vocals combined with the ambient theme is meant to really emphasize this.
Wolves Among Us are getting ready to release their second album, which has been produced and mastered by Chris Kreutzfeldt (Cabal, Daze Of June, Ghost Iris). The quintet has been working on this album for quite some time, which has resulted in kicking it up a notch when it comes to quality and ambition. The coming album ‘Hollow Gloom’ will be released on November 19 through Prime Collective.
The first single 'Calamity' is already available on all streaming services - here https://orcd.co/calamity
With Bloodstock 2021 well under way, the festival is thrilled to already be looking ahead and announcing a swathe of bands for the 2022 event, which is set to take place on 11th-14th August 2022 at Catton Park, Derbyshire. Headlining one of the days (tbd) on the Ronnie James Dio main stage will be mighty groove metal overlords, Lamb Of God! Frontman Randy Blythe tells the festival that:-
“It’s been way too long since we’ve rocked the festivals of Merry Olde - what better way to announce our return than a headliner slot at Bloodstock? Until then, pack your wellies and stay safe, England - Lamb of God (and Roger Brilliant) will see you Summer 2022!”
In the meantime, remind yourself of their awesomeness with this video of 'Walk With Me In Hell' from their 2013 debut Bloodstock headline set.
Saturday's main stage headliner will be the previously announced, King Diamond-fronted, heavy metal icons Mercyful Fate, who roll over a year after global issues prevented their appearance at this year’s festival. The band states:-
“Mercyful Fate comes to Bloodstock…this will be a dangerous meeting you don’t want to miss. This time we are going to bring the Devil himself.”
Also landing main stage slots across the weekend are Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals playing their Pantera set, Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Exodus, Black Dahlia Murder, Gwar (in a UK festival exclusive), Bury Tomorrow, Sacred Reich, Life Of Agony, Butcher Babies, Vio-lence and Bloodywood.
Over on the Sophie Lancaster stage, headlining Thursday night are The Night Flight Orchestra and closing out Sunday night will be Static-X, in their only UK show of 2022. Also landing a slot across the weekend are Heathen.
Early bird weekend camping tickets are available at the on-site box office across the duration of the 2021 event, then will go on sale online at 9am Monday 16th August, priced at £135 (+ bkg fee) from the ticket store, as well as Serpents Lair VIP tickets, child tickets, and camper van passes (which always sell out very quickly, so don’t snooze if you’re after one).
The remaining main stage headliner is yet to be revealed. Stay tuned for more band announcements soon and check out the first 2022 trailer here
Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2022.
For more info, click to www.bloodstock.uk.com.
By combining metalcore with elements found in both ambient and classical genres, the Danish metalcore quartet Archon present an atmosphere which is brutal, mellow, ambient and graceful all at once. Gearing up for the release of their debut EP 'Altiora' on June 11, they now present a brand new music video for their latest single 'Playing the Victim', which features a guest performance by vocalist Mathias Rønde Uldall-Jessen of Royal Deceit.
Guitarist Kresten Maigaard Axelsen explains that:-
"Playing the Victim is the weight and guilt brought upon us by the past. It is about standing up for yourself and sticking it to those who just want to bring you down".
Archon consists of vocalist Sofus Nielsen, guitarist Kresten Maigaard Axelsen, guitarist Jonas Larsen, and drummer Jeppe Bo Kibsgaard. The coming debut has been produced, mixed and mastered by Chris Kreutzfeldt (Cabal, Møl, Ghost Iris) and features guest performances by Andreas Bjulver Paarup (Cabal) and Mathias Rønde Uldall-Jessen (Royal Deceit).
The new single 'Playing the Victim' is already available on all streaming services.
From the sewers of Copenhagen emerge Undergang! The filthy bastards in Undergang are preparing to unleash their fifth full-length album of sewer death metal, "Aldrig I Livet".
The first taste of "Aldrig I Livet" comes with the official music video for album track "Menneskeæder." Watch the video at this location.
"Aldrig I Livet" will be out on Dark Descent Records/Me Saco Un Ojo Records December 4 on digital, CD, cassette and vinyl. Pre-order the album at darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/aldrig-i-livet
Since 2008, Denmark’s Undergang have been pursuing the deepest, darkest depths of total death metal. Steeped in the classics, the quartet aren’t so much “old school” like so many HM-2 worshippers nowadays as they are simply old-sounding, brazenly brandishing a sound that nods to early Finnish death metal, slimy doom-death as equally as timeless goregrind. It’s a sound that’s garnered the band a legion of devotees across the world, and justifiably so.
And while it’s been three interminably long years since their last album, Misantropologi, at long last do Undergang arrive with their long-awaited fifth full-length: "Aldrig I Livet". Simply put, this is Undergang at their very best, subtly striving for new twists on their characteristic sound whilst making that sound more engaging than ever before. Graced with utterly crushing production, "Aldrig I Livet" is undoubtedly the band’s most ominous record to date, rooting among the ruins of the most desolate doom-death committed to tape and warping that wreckage with slithering solos that seem to creep like tendrils across an inter-dimensional portal.
It’s a sick and sickening slog through the sewers of the subconscious – forecasted by the cover art, once again courtesy of vocalist/guitarist David Mikkelsen – and Undergang effortlessly lumber forth with a swagger that’s startling to behold. Even this many years into their celebrated catalog, the quartet show no signs of relinquishing their crown as Denmark’s premier death metal champions, and "Aldrig I Livet" is disgusting proof.
Cover art for "Aldrig I Livet" by D. Torturdød. The video for Menneskeæder was filmed and edited by Martin Goltermann/Muskedonner Medier.
A. Dødshjælp- Drums
D. Torturdød - Vocals/Guitars
Mads Haarløv - Guitars/Backing vocals
Martin Leth Andersen - Bass
With two albums on their back (the first one, “Designed To Dislike”, being considered “the debut album of the year 2007” at MTV’s Danish Metal Awards), Pitchblack is undisputedly on the top of the Danish death metal scene. Their attraction to the Swedish typical brutality is obvious, but their soft spot for aggressive catchiness and surprising, rapid-fire hooks is what makes their approach to the style so special. 2020 is the year Copenhagen quartet return to full-length albums, with “Death & Disbelief”, an effort granted to make Scandinavia shake in its foundations. Eleven tracks of sheers brutality, fast hooks, and that sense of metal-no-frills that makes Denmark’s metal so appealing.
“Death & Disbelief" will be released in digital and LP by Emanzipation Productions, on October 23rd, 2020 and can be pre-ordered here.
Pitchblack was formed in 2002 and, five years later, their “Designed To Dislike” debut album made quite an impact in the Danish and European extreme metal scenes. Fast forward to 2010, and “The Devilty”, their second effort, continued the same path, even featuring Mercyful Fate’s Hank Sherman as guest in one of the solos of the album. The reactions to this record were of extremes: the cover artwork was banned in Germany for being too gore, but the festival promoters did take notice too, and soon Pitchblack was stepping in stages of events such as Download Festival (UK) or Copenhell (DK).
“Death & Disbelief” is, now, the third chapter of the quartet’s history. Where will it lead them?
- JP Storm: guitars
- Danihjel: vocals
- Schou: drums
- Dag: bass
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