Birmingham's doom frontrunners Alunah return with a consuming fifth album "Violet Hour" this October 11th on Heavy Psych Sounds, streaming in full exclusively via Metal Insider.
This new album sees the energy of Alunah's dark, doom-tinged hard rock being cranked up with the arrival of guitarist Dean Ashton (Diamond Head) alongside the lush vocals of Siân Greenaway and rhythmic foundation of Dan Burchmore and Jake Mason. Recorded at the historic Welsh Foel Studio and produced by Chris Fielding (Conan, Electric Wizard, Primordial), these eight tracks display a searing combination of melodies, riffs and focused writing.
Darkened your world with ‘Violet Hour’ HERE
The band tells more about the album:
"The time is here to release our new LP “Violet Hour”. This album represents a period of focused creativity and we are proud to now share it with the world. Having it released on Heavy Psych Sounds Records also makes this a very special time for Alunah.”
Alunah - "Violet Hour" - out October 11th on Heavy Psych Sounds - Pre-order here
With their roots dating back to 2006 in "Sabbath City" of the UK and an evolution that has grown over four previous albums and numerous European tours and festival dates, the momentum now picks up the pace. A UK summer tour with The Obsessed and an appearance at this year's prestigious Damnation Festival have just been confirmed with many more live dates as well as album tunes to follow soon!
Siân Greenaway - Vocals
Daniel Burchmore - Bass
Jake Mason - Drums
Dean Ashton - Guitar
Bloodstock’s hugely popular, grass roots-supporting ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ scheme gives unsigned and DIY bands the chance of being part of the Bloodstock Festival experience.
With 2020 marking 20 years of Bloodstock, plans are already well underway for the festival’s biggest and best year yet and Bloodstock along with our favourite ale, Hobgoblin, are aiming once again to track down the best, hot new metal talent to win slots to perform on the New Blood stage. All bands chosen to play via the M2TM scheme will also be included on a free compilation CD courtesy of CRAM Duplication given away to fans at the festival next summer.
M2TM 2020 will take place in 28 regions across the UK, Ireland, Poland, and Norway. See the full list of participating areas below, and then if you’re in a self-released or unsigned band and want to try out for a slot on the Bloodstock bill, get in touch with the event nearest you and get yourselves involved!! One winner from each region will win a slot on the New Blood stage. In August 2020, YOU could be stepping on stage at Bloodstock!
Full details including who to contact to enter can be found at https://www.bloodstock.uk.com/events/boa-2020/venues and also via https://www.facebook.com/groups/m2tmofficial.
The regions are:
Bloodstock 2020 is set to welcome Friday night headliner Devin Townsend, plus Jinjer, Gloryhammer, Skindred, Black Dahlia Murder, Vio-lence, Sacred Reich, Dark Tranquility, and Butcher Babies announced to date. Bloodstock’s remaining two headline acts and many more bands, including the eventual M2TM winners will be announced in due course. Discounted Early Bird tickets, VIP tickets (which are moving especially fast), child tickets and car parking tickets for 2020’s event are available now at the ticket store. Campervan tickets for 2020 are already sold out.
Bloodstock 2020 takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 6th-9th August 2020.
For more info, click to www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Masterful Norwegian storytellers Wardruna sign to Sony Music/Columbia Records for the world, and announce European tour dates for 2020. Dates below with tickets going on sale on 11th October at 10am BST, 11am CEST. Details of the upcoming album shall be revealed in due course.
Einar Selvik comments:
“Wardruna has been a DIY to-the-bone kind of project since the very beginning. Slowly and patiently evolving. Working hard and always keeping the art itself as the primary decisive factor. This will never change for me, and so having people on our team that also embrace this way of working is paramount. Partnering up with Sony Music / Columbia Records is a new steppingstone for us and I am very confident that this new addition to the team will give us new opportunities to further develop our art and take it to the next level.”
2019 marks ten years since Wardruna’s first release. A series of sold out shows at prestigious concert venues around the world culminate in the highlight of the fall; Wardruna will perform in the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in the United States, followed by sold out European tour. The group's critically acclaimed “Runaljod” trilogy based on the Nordic runes reached its conclusion and was followed by a stripped-down, fully acoustic album exploring the ancient poetic traditions of the Skalds. This spring, a new chapter for the band will start. New music is being worked on as well as further steps in the band´s concert production.
“I don’t wish to reveal too much at this point but can say that we are now deep into the process of writing and recording a new album. When Wardruna gets up from the current studio-hibernation and initiate the concert-year of 2020, it is clearly allowed to hope for new music!" Says Einar Selvik.
WARDRUNA 2020 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
28 Mar - Oslo (NOR) - Sentrum Scene
2 Apr - Kristiansand (NOR) - Kilden Teater
3 Apr - Stavanger (NOR) - Konserthus
4 Apr- Bergen (NOR) - Grieghallen
30 Apr - Moscow (RUS) - Crocus City Hall
01 May - St. Petersburg (RUS) - Yubileyny Sports Palace
03 May - Poznan (POL) - Hala Ziemi
04 May - Krakow (POL) - ICE Congress Center
05 May - Bratislava (SVK) - Refinery Gallery
07 May - Belgrade (SRB) - Sava Centar
08 May - Bucharest (ROM) - Arena Romanele
04 Jun - Manchester (UK) - Albert Hall
05 Jun - Dublin (IRL) - Vicar St.
06 Jun - Birmingham (UK) - Symphony Hall
07 Jun - Glasgow (UK) - Royal Concert Hall
09 Jun - London (UK) - Royal Festival Hall
10 Jun - Cambridge (UK) - Cambridge Corn Exchange
01 Aug - Savonlinna (FIN) - Savonlinna Opera Festival
21 Sep - Reykjavik (ISL) - Harpa
Bristling with an epically baroque life and energy, Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-rockers Apocalyptica have unveiled their brand new single ‘Ashes Of The Modern World.’ The song is taken from Cell-0, their upcoming ninth studio album, released on January 10th via Silver Lining Music.
The powerful video was directed by the award-winning Finnish photographer/videographer Ville Juurikkala who has worked with a wide variety of prominent artists from Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith to opera singer Andrea Bocelli.
The recording of Cell-0 followed a four-year break between albums that gave the band - Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, Paavo Lötjönen, and Mikko Sirén, all of whom are classically-trained musicians - a fresh perspective and affected the way they approached the new music. The album sees them return to their roots and is the quartet’s first instrumental album in 17 years, finding Apocalyptica challenging themselves to discover new flavours and colours in their respective instruments.
“It is tough to express without lyrics, but in Cell-0, we found particles of our universe previously unknown to us,” they explained. “Millions of notes combine to create music just as millions of cells combine to create life, and when you visualize the whole thing, similar patterns appear.”
Produced by Apocalyptica, mixed by Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Metallica and Black Sabbath), and recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Cell-0 sees the band soaring into ethereal space on ‘Ashes Of The Modern World,’ while diving head-first into aggressive thrash cello-riffery during ‘En Route To Mayhem.’
Rather than put strategic attention on aspects like writing singles, the band approached Cell-0 as a fully-formed piece of art, connecting the right details and hues with the energy of being a real cello-metal band. By pushing themselves to find other places and levels in their music, Apocalyptica opened up to some seemingly unorthodox methods and emotions while travelling through that creative process.
“These new songs have so many layers and are so complex, and it’s not always easy to point exactly what they are about,” Toppinen expresses. “But I think that’s also the beauty of instrumental music, that the listener always can feel free to experience the same songs in very, very different ways. It’s also one reason why we don’t want to explain the songs before they’re experienced.”
In support of the release of Cell-0, Apocalyptica will Special Guest with Sabaton on a 15-country, 23-date European arenas tour, including an appearance at Wembley Arena on February 8th 2020. All confirmed dates are below.
17 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
18 Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
19 Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
21 Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
22 Arena, Budapest, Hungary
24 Torwar, Warsaw, Poland
25 Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany
26 O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
28 Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
30 Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
31 Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
1 König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
2 Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
4 Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
5 Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain
7 Zenith, Paris, France
8 Wembley Arena, London, UK
9 Afas Live, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
11 Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
12 Forum Black Box, Copenhagen, Denmark
14 Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
15 Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
16 Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
Cell-0 will be available in a variety of formats, including CD Mediabook, heavy-weight double vinyl and a variety of digital download options. Pre-order at www.apocalyptica.com.
Doom metal band The Crawling have just released a video for their song "Still No Sun". The song is from their album Wolves and the Hideous White which was released last year.
The band commented:-
"The urge to belong can be overwhelming, and we often sacrifice parts of ourselves to be with others. Still No Sun explores the failing of relations through the eyes of one who knows it should end, despite the desperate urge to remain. The unearthing feelings of loneliness, and haunting images of a life in solitude can be blinding when it comes to logical thought. I often wonder if it is genuinely possible to deceive yourself completely, or is there always a part that knows, and is the relief of separation worth it?"
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/c7hKTRNo4uA
In addition the band is also pleased to announce some tour dates for this year.
12th Oct - Limerick, Dolans Warehouse
19th Oct - Belfast, The Limelight II
UK Tour w/ Tides of Sulfur
24th Oct - London, The Dev
25th Oct - Rotherham, Gizzardfest III
26th Oct - Swansea, The Bunkhouse
2nd Nov - Cork, An Spailpin Fanach
16th Nov - Dublin, Thomas House
Listen to the band's previous music here: https://thecrawlingband.bandcamp.com/
UK progressive sludge metal band Sail are pleased to reveal their new song "Starve" which is now streaming via Heavy Blog Is Heavy. The single is set to be released on all streaming platforms this Friday.
Listen to the song here: https://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2019/09/18/exclusive-premiere-sail-make-sure-you-dont-starve-with-new-ep/
UK progressive sludge band Sail offers up their new single "Starve," a grotesque ode to the anxieties of modern life. Fans of Torche, Red Fang and Baroness will eat up what this Southwestern UK band is dishing out.
Sail released their debut album Slumbersong in March 2017 on Hibernacula Records, receiving excellent reviews including a 4K Kerrang review, coverage in Terrorizer, and play on Radio Fenriz. Later that year, they toured England and Scotland with Cybernetic Witch Cult. This was followed by more performances with Ohhms, Alunah, and Desert Storm, plus tours with Morag Tong and Morass of Molasses. The band has been writing new material since then and also runs their own shows as Sub Terra Promotions.
In regard to their new single, the band says:-
"'Starve' is, put simply, a discussion about facing anxieties in life but with the backing of a big riff. It's fairly thematically similar to our debut release -- our lyrics are very often introspective and hugely personal to us all in differing ways -- but despite this common ground the song feels like a step in a more solid, focused direction."
In regards to their sound, the band commented:-
"We've recently started working in partnership with Zilla cabs, who now provide all our guitar and bass cabs. They've been amazing to work with and they've helped up define our guitar sound for the single."
English Death Metallers Unfathomable Ruination are to release 'Enraged & Unbound' November 22nd on Willowtip Records
Death Metal extremists Unfathomable Ruination will release its third full-length album, the aptly titled Enraged and Unbound, November 22 on Willowtip Records. The album's opening track - "An Obsidian Perception" - is now streaming, courtesy of Toilet Ov Hell.
Check it out at this location.
On Enraged and Unbound, Unfathomable Ruination delves into the darker side of the human psyche. Each song plumbing the depths of the deepest mental illness and exploring the primitive violence that lies within us all. Musically, each instrument has been pushed to its limit: breaking barriers to create something emotive, unique, and above all else one of the most significant death metal releases of 2019. Three years in the making, Enraged and Unbound promises to be Unfathomable Ruination's best work yet.
As if that weren't enough, the band is extremely proud to announce two of the best vocalists in Death Metal - Julien Truchan from Benighted and Sven de Caluwé from Aborted - are honored guests on the album! Sven performs on "Occulta Violentiam" and Julien on "Defy the Architect."
Eliran Kantor is responsible for the album art and captures the feel of Enraged and Unbound perfectly. A solemn solitary figure stands surrounded by demonic deformities which represent the inner turmoil that torments those with mental illness. Screams of anguish and vicious voices whispering of fear, violence and self-loathing. The art in itself is a true masterpiece and completes the experience that is Enraged and Unbound.
Enraged and Unbound will be available on CD, vinyl LP, and digital formats via Willowtip.
Recorded at Ritual Sound Studio by Sam Turbitt.
Guitars re-amped at Deadlight Studio by Lars Lüttge.
Mixed at OTB by Neil Kernon (Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Deicide) for Auslander.
Mastered by Alan Douches (Death, Mastodon, Hate Eternal) for West West Side Music.
Unfathomable Ruination logo by Christopher Horst
Without question, Rob Halford is one of heavy metal’s all-time great vocalists - as heard through his highly influential and groundbreaking work with Judas Priest. But over his career, he has also proven able to master a variety of other styles vocally - including holiday-themed music. And in time for this holiday season, Halford will be releasing an all-new album, entitled Celestial on October 18th via Legacy Recordings.
Credited to Rob Halford with Family and Friends, the album mixes holiday classics with all-new compositions, and will appeal to lovers of traditional holiday music and headbangers alike. The man also known as the Metal God goes on to explain:-
“The great thing about heavy metal is it’s got these kinds of multiple dimensions. I think when you look at it from an outside point of view - if you’re not really familiar with the metal scene - it can look pretty intimidating. And it is a very strong, powerful experience. But it comes at different levels. I think the music that we’ve made on Celestial, for example, gives a display of that. Metal maniacs - as we call ourselves - are just as ready for the holidays as everybody else. And what we’ve tried to do with this music is to reach out to as many of those metal dimensions as we possibly can.”
And judging from the “Rob Halford with Family and Friends” banner, Celestial sees Halford joined by a supporting cast of those very close to him - his brother (Nigel) on drums, his nephew on bass (Alex, son of Priest bassist Ian Hill), has sister (Sue) on bells, and twin guitar tandem of Robert Jones and Jon Blakey.
Once all the contributors were in place, Halford:-
“Went away and listened to a lot holiday music and Christmas carols. Traditional stuff. 12 tracks - including original tracks that I’m particularly excited about. And in that way, because of the dimensions of each song and the messages of each song, I think we cover a really broad platform. To me, more than anything, I wanted it to have its own characteristics and be a little bit more different than the regular rock n’ roll Christmas album.”
Halford has certainly accomplished this goal, as evidenced by such standout originals as the album-opening title track, “Donner and Blitzen,” and “Protected by the Light,” as well as re-workings of such holiday standards as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Joy to the World,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” among other standouts. “‘Donner and Blitzen’ gets the snowball rolling for Celestial - a song full of excitement, love and hope,” says Rob. “You can hear and feel the power of Christmas time - energy roarin’ with rockin’ reindeers haulin’!”
“I think the holidays for any family are a mixture of fun and excitement and apprehension of the whole event. The magic of it more than anything else. It’s just a beautiful time of year - which a lot of us wish would be for every day of the year. It’s a beautiful thing as far as bringing families together. So, what better way to celebrate it than with your family, friends...and music. You must have music at Christmas time.”
And with the arrival of Celestial, Rob Halford has certainly done his part.
1. Celestial [new song]
2. Donner and Blitzen [new song]
3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4. Away In A Manger
5. Morning Star [new song]
6. Deck The Halls
1. Joy To The World
2. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
4. The First Noel
5. Good King Wenceslas
6. Protected By The Light [new song]
Formed in early 2019 by long time friends Kyle Mortiss and Morgan Weeds with the desire to bring a fresh type of Nu Metal into the world of music, the duo quickly started looking for musicians to round out the band. Kyle recruited former band mate Christian Elvins on rhythm guitar and long time friend Chris Watkins on bass and then after auditioning drummers, deciding on Luke Hill, former Hells Bells and Body Harvest beats man.
After writing a single and 5 other tracks which would constitute their debut EP, Red Flag, they hit the studio with Jeff Rose (Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, Glamour Of The Kill, Wreckage Of Society, Etc) to record the resulting tracks. On completion of the recording, the band parted with rhythm guitarist Christian Elvins and bassist Chris Watkins, and they were replaced with Kyle Zehtabi on rhythm guitar and Matthew Hulin on bass finally forming the current solid line-up of Malicious Inc..
Having signed with Sliptrick Records, the group will be releasing the Red Flag EP soon with the single Bone & Mortar preceding that on September 20th …but they are not resting on their laurels just yet. Malicious Inc. are already working on follow up material for what will be their debut album.
In preparation for these releases, they will be playing a preview show on August 25th at Taboo Nightclub in Bristol (Club night with Ghetto Viking Music and Clothing afterwards).
Check it out on the Facebook event page.
Bone & Mortar (SI) | Released on September 20th, 2019 on Sliptrick Records
Malicious Inc. are:
Kyle Mortiss – Vocals
Morgan Weeds – Lead Guitar
Kyle Zehtabi – Rhythm Guitar
Matthew Hulin – Bass Guitar
Luke Hill – Drums
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Fresh from their monumental performance at Glastonbury Festival and headline Radio One Big Weekend, Bring Me The Horizon are poised to release another epic single from their now silver, Number 1 album ‘Amo’, entitled ‘Sugar Honey Ice & Tea’.
Watch ‘Sugar Honey Ice & Tea’ HERE
The Sheffield 5 piece have been making their mark globally on mainstream music over the past few years; 2019 alone saw them nominated for a Grammy, scoring a Number 1 album with 'Amo' in 17 markets and their album That’s The Spirit has now been streamed over a billion times making it platinum.
See Bring Me The Horizon live
1st - House Of Blues, Chicago, USA
2nd - Lollapalooza - Grant Park, Chicago, USA
16th - Summer Sonic Festival - Osaka Maishima Sonic Park, Osaka, JAPAN
17th - Summer Sonic Festival - Zozo Marine Stadium, Tokyo, JAPAN
19th - Studio Coast - Tokyo, JAPAN
25th - Rock En Seine - Domaine National De Saint-Cloud, Paris, FRANCE
12th - Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, USA
18-19th - Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, Las Vegas, USA
25th - 27th - Voodoo Festival, New Orleans, USA
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