Swedish melodic death crew Ablaze My Sorrow release first single from upcoming EP
Swedish melodic death metal act Ablaze My Sorrow will release their brand new EP "The Loss of All Hope" on January 27 via Black Lion Records. Sharpening melodic death metal for 30 years now, "The Loss of All Hope" features four intense tracks where melodies, heavy riffs, and sheer aggression are combined with expressions of despair, dystopian nightmares, and misanthropic hopelessness.
In support of the upcoming EP, Ablaze my Sorrow have shared the first single "Transfiguration (The way of the strong)". The track comes with a lyric video, which you can watch here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88JBEqlEJC4
"The Loss of All Hope" is available for pre-order at THIS LOCATION
Northern Irish black metallers Imperial Demonica sign worldwide deal with Black Lion Records
Imperial Demonic are a melodic black metal band from Belfast, Northern Ireland paying homage to the more polished black metal sound of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. For fans of Dark Funeral, Dissection and Dimmu Borgir, Imperial Demonic delivers the classic Swedish black metal sound with their debut release "Beneath The Crimson Eclipse". With relentless blast beats, melodic hooks and visceral lyrics, Imperial Demonic are bringing the fire and brimstone back to the modern black metal scene.
Imperial Demonic are set to release their debut EP "Beneath The Crimson Eclipse" worldwide on April 7th. Expect nothing but pure crushing pestilence, paying homage to the polished black metal sound of the late 90s
Finnish melodic death metallers Admire The Grim release new single 'The Flood'; taken from their upcoming debut EP
Finnish melodic death metal band Admire the Grim is set to release their debut EP Rogue Five on January 13th 2023 via Inverse Records. The first single Rogue Five was released earlier with a music video. The second single The Flood is released today and it's available on all essential streaming platforms: https://push.fm/fl/atg-flood
Vocalist Katri Snellman comments on The Flood Single:
“The Flood was the first song that we wrote together. Jani came up with the idea for the instruments and I wrote the vocal and lyric lines. The lyrics are about the feeling of drowning into your own thoughts, described with a lot of metaphors”.
Guitarist Jani Loikkanen comments on Rogue Five Single:
“My goal was to write a song that has a catchy chorus and lead parts. There’s good energy and spirit for a sweet party. I wrote the intro riff first and that set the song up for a fast paced guitar riffage. And to be honest, this is definitely a song for guitar maniacs”.
Admire the Grim is a melodic death metal band from Lappeenranta, Finland. The group was formed by five friends in early 2021. In May 2022 the band released its first single ‘Storm the Barricade’ and in September 2022 music video and single for ‘Rogue Five’ saw the daylight. In November 2022 the second single ‘The Flood’ from ‘Rogue Five’ EP was released and the EP itself is published on January 2023 via Inverse Records.
Finnish melodic death outfit Swansong sign to Noble Demon and re-release "Winter Maiden" EP
Swansong have announced their worldwide signing with German label Noble Demon for the release of the band’s upcoming debut album. Founded in 2020 in Kuopio, Finland and combining melodic death, heavy and folk metal - just to name a few -, Swansong are bringing their very own blend and something new to the metal scene. Powerful melodies with hard-hitting riffs revive the 80s and 90s and at the same time the old-school elements get a fresh & modern twist with female death growls and screams!
"We are honoured and excited to announce, that we have started to work on our first full-length album with Noble Demon Records! This is HUGE for us! The recordings for the album have already begun. We want to THANK YOU ALL, this is all for you! Thank you for listening to our music and supporting us! Thank you Noble Demon for seeing our potential. We are grateful to join the impressive Noble Demon roster with many awesome bands (Dawn Of Solace, Mercury Circle, Night Crowned, Gomorra, Kaunis Kuolematon, Zornheym, Oceanhoarse, Humavoid and more) that we respect! Along with these amazing partners Noble Demon & Heavy Metal Heart Agency we continue the Swansong journey. NOW LET'S MAKE A KILLER ALBUM!!
Furthermore, to celebrate the signing in glorious style, Swansong and Noble Demon announced the re-release of the band's 2022 debut EP "Winter Maiden", which was produced by Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns (Finntroll, ...And Oceans, Dispyt) and has already received great response from listeners all around the globe. Listen to the full EP at THIS LOCATION.
So let the cold wind howl and dive into the Swansong world of powerful stories with midnight warriors and strong maidens!
Scottish doom metallers MisophoniA release new maxi-single 'Sorrows Of Yesterday'
The new maxi-single from Scottish doom metal Group MisophoniA is entitled "Sorrows Of Yesterday" and it’s essentially a metaphoric musical coin. Sorrows Of Yesterday Pt. I is a despairing piano driven dirge, laden with dark orchestral undertones which serves as the prelude to the guitar driven bombast that is Sorrows Of Yesterday Pt. II. As a whole this is an emotional piece written from both the depths of depression and the highs of breaking free from its shackles.
Sorrows Of Yesterday Pt. II is the catharsis and release you feel when you have overcome your demons. This is a complete reversal in pace and tone from what came before. Part II is a high energy guitar driven piece that punches you in the face from the off and is very much a middle finger to all the negatives in life.
As a whole Sorrows Of Yesterday is here to remind us how powerful music can be and how it can build bridges and mend the soul when life beats you down.
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Metal heroes Sabaton make an exciting announcement: With their fascination for the stories of World War I and two dedicated studio albums filled to the brim with stories from this conflict, the band from Falun have decided to dive even deeper into this topic with their newest release: The EP trilogy entitled Echoes Of The Great War. This new EP trilogy features new songs specifically about World War I, coupled with topically related catalogue music. You read that right! Sabaton has been busy in the studio recording some new music for their fans.
With this WWI collection, the band aims to present this music in a different way, enabling the listener to familiarise themselves with these incredible war stories, while simultaneously quenching the thirst for metal music.
Commenting on the new project, Pär Sundström states:
“This trilogy complements our two studio albums The Great War and The War To End All Wars. We were definitely not ready to close our World War I chapter. We wanted to continue the journey and let it echo a little longer in the hearts and minds of our fans."
The first in the series, Weapons Of The Modern Age, is OUT NOW. In times of conflict, science is very much linked to the war system. The First World War witnessed some of the biggest leaps in scientific evolution, weaponizing land, sea and skies in ways never witnessed before. This EP sheds light on the powerful and devastating tactics used to fight the war, and kicking off this release is Sabaton's new track, 'Father'.
Sharing his insight on the track, Joakim Broden declares:
“Our new song 'Father' is a dark track about a very controversial person. Fritz Haber, the man who weaponized lethal gas, is responsible for about 4 billion people being alive today thanks to the Haber-Bosch process that he won a Nobel Prize for. It takes some serious thought to wrap your head around his story. Things aren’t always easy to understand or simply black and white, but rather all shades of grey. 'Father' really forces you to think a bit more than the average song you hear on the radio."
Stream it now: https://music.sabaton.net/WeaponsOfTheModernAge
Sabaton is releasing a limited edition digipak in limited numbers, so if you want to get your hands on a physical copy of the EP for your collection, be quick!
Get the digipak (LIMITED) > http://nblast.de/Sabaton-WOTMA
Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the other two EPs in this new trilogy:
Heroes Of The Great War
The songs on the second EP in the collection, Heroes Of The Great War, are a nod to some of the Great War’s fearless heroes who left a legacy worthy of a thousand songs. Men and women pushed themselves to their physical and psychological limits, accomplishing almost superhuman things. In this EP, Sabaton pay tribute to heroes whose unique stories resonated with the band, and whose narratives are truly inspiring.
Stories From The Western Front
The third EP in the series, Stories From The Western Front, features songs about some of the most gripping tales from one of World War I’s main theatres of war. These stories, some of which are unimaginable in this day and age, depict the chaos, danger and instability soldiers faced on the daily, who were fighting in the name of their countries.
For the sake of atmospheric continuity, and staying true to the sound of both The Great War and The War To End All Wars albums, Sabaton have continued to work with Black Lounge Studios – more notably, Jonas Kjellgren, the band's long time producer and recording engineer. The three new EP releases will be available on all major digital music services. Sabaton will also release an exclusive, limited edition Digipak with every EP.
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UK metal monsters Defects release their debut “Dream Awake” EP, with an accompanying video for the title track.
“Dream awake is about that fear of being trapped in a digital reality.” Explains frontman Tony Maue. “The last 2 years really showed us what that could be like for all of us with socializing being totally limited and having to stay indoors. The only choice we had was to use technology to salvage our socialization. The lyrical inspiration came directly from that. All I can say is this: go outside, see your friends. Don't live your life behind a screen.”
The accompanying video perfectly captures the essence of the song.
“We had a concept of being trapped in a facility that experimented on people. They escape and go through all these twists and turns to get out, but really they are still doing that in the simulation. It really ties in the with lyrics, about humanity having total control over everything including the ability to manipulate decision making.”
We shot it at an abandoned school that we sometimes rehearse at and the long corridors really gave off that vibe that we wanted, especially for some of the later scenes. They made it feel like the place was almost a labyrinth so it tied in with the story board nicely.”
Having spent the summer winning over fans via appearances at The Great Escape, 2000 Trees, Download and Bloodstock Festivals, Defects will undertake a headline tour of the UK in support of the EP in October.
With multiple years on the road in their former bands playing alongside acts such as Iron Maiden, Bring Me The Horizon, Shinedown, Disturbed and Bullet For My Valentine, Defects now look forward to delivering their own shows for their rapidly growing fanbase.
"After so long of being absent from the music scene it feels great to put on our own headline shows. The set is packed with new songs and vibes that will make you want to mosh. Can't wait to see you out there."
Catch them at the following shows in October 2022:
11/10 - Key Club, Leeds
12/10 - Asylum2, Birmingham
13/10 - Satans Hollow, Manchester
15/10 - Exchange, Bristol
16/10 - The Black Heart London
17/10 - Fuel, Cardiff
18/10 - Kaz Stockroom, Liverpool
19/10 - Corporation, Sheffield
Tickets are available from https://linktr.ee/WeAreDefects
Tony Maue - Vocals
Luke Genders - Guitar
James Threadwell - Guitar
Harry Jennings – Drums
David Silver - Bass
North Dakota's resident death dealers Gorgatron will release the Agony Reborn EP November 4 on digital and cassette formats via Blood Blast Distribution. The cassette version is limited to 100 copies and also includes four exclusive live tracks on Side B.
The first single from Agony Reborn, "The Unwilling," will be released on October 14 on all digital platforms, along with the official video for the track.
The EP, which is the final release of the Blood Blast Distribution deal, consists of three original studio recordings and a cover of Sepultura's "Dead Embryonic Cells." Gorgatron is currently seeking a new label for release of the band's recently recorded full-length album. Interested parties should contact Cameron.Gorgatron@gmail.com.
Gorgatron's sound is based on a “love of the riff” approach to writing and rooted in the old-school stylings of Death Metal and Thrash, one that comes across loud and clear on Agony Reborn. The EP is a product of what the band has dubbed the “Covid Sessions." As further explained by bassist Cameron Dewald: "We were on track to do a bunch of touring etc to support our last album Pathogenic Automation (2020) but clearly and for obvious reasons that didn’t happen… So instead we stayed as busy as we could in 2020 and 2021, played a few shows and hashed out some new tunes. The cover for 'Dead Embyronic Cells' was originally for Metal Injections Slay At Home series, but we ended up holding onto it and found a suitable home for it on this EP."
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The idea for the band started sometime around 2006. After a couple demos and line-up changes, the first record Torturtorium was released independently in 2010. The line-up changed again for the sophomore LP Inner Supremacy, and was released independently in 2015.
Gorgatron has completed multiple DIY tours all over the States, from north to south, east to west, and performed at multiple Metal Fests. You may have experienced Gorgatron if you were at Las Vegas Death Fest 8, Philadelphia Infest 3, Manitoba Metal Fest 2019, Slam Dakota Metal Fest, Topeka Metal Fest, Spring Bash Milwaukee, ‘The Road to GorgaMania’ Tour, Pathology and Pyrexias spring 2020 tour, ‘The Ultimate Midwest’ Tour, ‘Midwest Madness’ Tour, ‘Too Drunk For the Kumite Tour.
Gorgatron joined the ranks of Extreme Management Group in 2017 alongside heavy hitters; Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Disgorge, Rings of Saturn, Internal Bleeding and more.
From 2006-present Gorgatron has shared the stage with many notable bands, Anthrax, Testament, Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore, Skeleton Witch, Anal Cunt, Nile, Narcotic Wasteland, Defeated Sanity, Anal Blast, Origin, Pathology, Machine Head, Vital Remains, Havok, Weedeater, Skeletal Remains, Devourment, Eat The Turnbuckle, Beyond Creation, Mortician, Gorgasm, Visceral Disgorge, Jucifer, Unmerciful, and many more….
Note: Guitarist Neal Stein played on the EP, but is no longer with the band.
The Australian progressive metal outfit Ironstone is thrilled to announce their new EP, “The Place I Cannot Find”, set to be released on October 26th. Featuring the hit singles ’Mr. Struggle’ and ’Shiny Things’. (Watch Video's below) The EP is the band’s second major release and a follow up to their highly praised debut EP ‘Prophecy’.
The six track EP features cover art created with AI, a process that was very exciting, diving into such new technology. Mixed by Chris Themelco of Monolith Studios and mastered by Acle Kahney of TesseracT, the release has a run time of just under 30 minutes. Ironstone will celebrate the release with a launch party at Melbourne’s iconic Tote Hotel on Saturday October 29th. Special guests to be announced soon, with tickets on sale now.
Tickets are available through Oztix here:
Rapidly rising as one of Melbourne's brightest progressive metal outfits, Ironstone demonstrate an astounding level of musical ingenuity as they blend layers of crushing, low tuned guitars and technical rhythm with groove, hooks and melody galore. Greatly influenced by progressive metal giants such as Periphery, Tesseract and Twelve Foot Ninja, Ironstone craft clever, quirky songs that offset melodic choruses and atmospheric layers with heavy breakdowns and extreme vocals. The result is a juggernaut of modern metal that is both sophisticated and hard hitting.
Finnish cello metal maestros Apocalyptica release classical cover EP and stream new track
Finnish four piece Apocalyptica have dropped their very own Cello-Metal reinterpretation of classical bangers with the new EP Metal Classic, Classic Metal. Release day also sees the band unleash the focus track 'Flight of the Bumblebees' originally by Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow.
On the EP's focus track, Perttu Kivilaakso states:
"'Flight of the Bumblebee' is one of the most well-known virtuosic pieces. I have played it during my classical years many times, always aiming for faster and faster performances. This time I thought it would be the coolest thing to make a rough and heavy 'Bee' for our band, basically creating the slowest and most doomy 'Bumblebee' ever! It's fascinating how musical structures can work out in many various ways! This 'Bee' is heavy and angry, but surely flies out with a smile on her face and a blink in it's eye!"
Metal Classic, Classic Metal also includes a new version of Beethoven’s '5th Symphony' as well as a re-do of Maurice Ravel’s 'Bolero'. The full EP is available HERE.
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