On April 17th Danish Viking Metallers Vanir release "10 Years Of Mead And Metal", celebrating a decade of raw Danish Viking power!
Ten years ago in Roskilde Denmark a group of metalheads came together to play some Viking folk metal. It later evolved into Vanir. A lot has happened since then. Both when it comes the band and the band's visual and musical soundscape. While in the process of working on their 6th album, they thought it was important to mark their 10th year of raiding with Vanir!
And to mark this occasion, they have re-recorded three songs from their debut album, "Særimners kød". The goal of the EP is to capture the essence of Vanir's roots and mix them with the sound of what they aim at today as a band. With the heavier sounding Viking metal that Vanir represents today, but with respect for the folk metal roots they came from.
To top it all Vanir have recorded a cover from the Danish minstrel Kim Larsen with the lyrics from the poem of Nordahl Grieg - "Kringsatt av fiender". This poem means a lot too many people and stands for unity in a world that tends to get more and more fragmented.
The critically acclaimed latest album by Vanir, "Allfather", was released last year.
Martin Holmsgaard - vocals
Phillip Kaaber - rhythm guitars
Kirk Backarach - lead guitars
Lars Bundvad - bass
Daniel ‘Luske’ Kronskov - drums
Stefan Dujardin - keys
Australian Thrash / Death crew Thrash Bandicoot release debut EP Milwaukee Cannibal & video of title track
Australian Thrash / Death metal band Thrash Bandicoot have just released their debut EP Milwaukee Cannibal on January 6. The title song is a display of "spine-wrenching thrash metal exploring the mentality of Jeffery Dahmer, the Milwaukee Cannibal", states the band. Milwaukee Cannibal has been produced, engineered, mixed & mastered by Matt Clarke (Daemon Foetal Harvest, Bastardizer, Darker Half). Thrash Bandicoot's debut EP Milwaukee Cannibal is now available for download on their Bandcamp page.
Thrash Bandicoot are:
Jack Insley-Flowers - Bass
Daniel Lever - Vocals & Guitar
Matt Perkins - Lead Guitar
Tim Worley - Drums
Thrash Bandicoot are a 4 piece Thrash / Death metal band hailing from Wollongong, Australia. The band is drawing influences from the likes of Pantera, Testament and Slayer. Forming in 2016, the guys have played up and down the East Coast of Australia, sharing the stage with Australian acts such as Bastardizer, Mason, Hidden Intent, and US thrash titans Lich King.
Produced,engineered, mixed & mastered by Matt Clarke
Drums recorded at Main Street Studios, Fairy Meadow
Album artwork by Eko Gruffyanto
Australian thrash metallers Warrior Within released their second EP In Light Act II on 8 February 2020. The EP follows their first act EP In Darkness Act I. The EP can be ordered via Bandcamp.
The Australian East Coast tour kicked off in their hometown in Brisbane on Saturday 8 February. It was a special show, not only because of the EP launch. It was also the first Metal Battle Australia in Brisbane. After Brisbane, Warrior Within will tour Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne. In Melbourne Warrior Within join Metal United Down Under and then head back to Brisbane for Brewfest. The tour will end on June 20 at Bangers and Thrash in Sydney. So, stay in the Darkness to catch the show In Light!
Warrior Within are purveyors of good wholesome thrash metal. They do not stick to one topic lyrically but cover social, political and esoteric themes. Guitarist Tass states: "We have persevered through all adversity to release our music. To us Heavy Metal is not just entertainment, its a vehicle to explore a better reality."
Warrior Within are:
Scott Macintyre - Vocals
Tass Hadoulis - Rhythm / Lead Guitar
Apostolis Hadoulis - Bass
Dan Stixx - Drums
Warrior Within are a thrash and speed metal band hailing from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Having been together in one form or another since 1992, the band have since cemented their line up in 2017, and are working hard to unleash their pummelling and vicious brand of metal upon Australia, and the world at large. Comprised of Scott Macintyre on vocals, Dan Stixx on drums and the brother duo of Tass Hadoulis on guitars and Toli Hadoulis on bass, Warrior Within have been brutalising crowds with their energetic live shows all over Queensland, but now have their sites firmly set on conquering Australia, and then the world.
Pre-order your copy of the digital album at Bandcamp here.
Indonesian Atmospheric Black Metal project Pure Wrath drops new single; The Forlorn Soldier EP out in March
Invisible Oranges is currently streaming "Children Of The Homeland" from Indonesian atmospheric / symphonic black metal project Pure Wrath, spearheaded by multi-instrumentalist Januaryo Hardy. The track comes by way of Hardy's impending new EP, The Forlorn Soldier EP, set to drop March 6th via Debemur Morti Productions.
An emotive three-track, near-half-hour exploration of events behind a brutal incident during the '60s genocide in Indonesia where male members of a family were kidnapped and "vanished" by a tyrannical army in the name of "so-called nationalism," The Forlorn Soldier is darker and more expansive than previous works. With its powerful, melodic cascades, impassioned vocals, skilled guest drum work by Yurii Kononov (ex-White Ward), and piano contributions by Dice Midyanti (Victorian), the effort journeys to an all-encompassing realm where mythic dreamscapes meet bloody thematic realism.
Hear Pure Wrath's "Children Of The Homeland," alongside an interview with Hardy, at This location.
Pure Wrath's The Forlorn Soldier will be released worldwide on digipak MCD, 10" MLP, special edition 10" MLP, and digital formats. Find pre ordering options below:
North America: https://debemurmorti.aisamerch.com/band/pure-wrath
Pure Wrath initially began as a primitive black metal solo project in 2014 before Hardy shifted
focus a bit "to be more open and realistic to my real life and family history." In early 2017, Pure Wrath 's Ascetic Eventide was released via Indonesian label, Hitam Kelam Records. The record received an overwhelmingly positive response and sold out in just four months. Throats Productions in Mexico issued the record on vinyl later that year followed by a split release between Pure Wrath and French symphonic black metal project, Onirism, entitled Endless Journey. By 2018, Hardy unveiled his second full length, Sempiternal Wisdom, via a joint collaboration with Hitam Kelam and China's Pest Productions. This year's The Forlorn Soldier EP serves as a thematic bridge from Sempiternal Wisdom to Pure Wrath's as-yet-untitled third opus, to be released via Debemur Morti Productions.
Lusitanian Music sets February 21, 2020 as an international release date for "Possession Done" - a new mini-album from legendary Polish metal band Funeral Cult, featuring three new tracks of uncompromising dark death-doom metal!
After «Korowody cieni» album and despite the turmoil of events with the band, Funeral Cult are working again on new material keeping their dark ambiance but giving their new tracks more death/doom atmosphere. Follow band's Facebook page for upcoming live events. Listen to band's preview and pre-order digipak CD at:
Funeral Cult was formed in 1993 by two friends Przemysław Pawlak (vocals) i Piotr Wilk (guitar). In a short time Karol Arkuszewski (drums) joined the band. They wanted to play severe and slow music which brings aura of sorrow, melancholy and dark. Lyrics were focused on Slavic people, their gods and funeral ceremonies and rites. All that described and shaped Funeral Cult’s soul. Finally Łukasz Jędrzejczyk (guitar) and Korsarz (bass) joined the band.
After few months of rehearsals the band recorded demo tape „In Tristitia Et In Lacrimis” at Radio Lodz – 4 death/doom metal tracks. This put things in motion. The band was interviewed by metal magazines and started to play some live shows. During all the time the band was working on the new stuff for the first full album. And in 1995, at Radio Lodz Studio again, they recorded 5 tracks. 50 minutes of death/doom metal but closer to doom metal from Great Britain represented by early Anathema or My Dying Bride with additional factor of Celtic Frost’s sound from „Into The Pandemonium”. They entitled the album „Korowody Cieni”. And the album was officially issued by Lusitanian Music from Portugal in 1996. In that time the line-up were: Piotr Wilk (guitar), Przemysław Pawlak (vocals), Karol Arkuszewski (drums), Sylwester Wilk (guitar), Paweł Matysiak (keyboards), Korsarz (bass). After „Korowody Cieni” there is one change in the line up, Korsarz leaves the band and Grzegorz Krom (bass) joins them.
In the meantime the band signs a contract with Polish label Millenium Records. They were supposed to record an EP, reissue „Korowody Cieni” and record their next full album. But everything went wrong and Millenium Records withdraws from the contract. Both parties ended in court. The trial lasted two years and the band was not able to do anything according to the contract conditions. This was the beginning of the end of Funeral Cult with their second album entitled „Mystery of Possession” recorded in 1998 and never issued.
In 2006 Karol Arkuszewski (drums) decided to reactivate the band. After 19 years he meets Piotr Wilk (guitar) again. They start to reshape new face of Funeral Cult and compose new tracks with a new millennium fresh approach but with the 90’s soul. Completing the line-up takes one year and Sylwester Wilk (guitar) and Grzegorz Krom (bass) join the band again. After Przemysław Pawlak (vocals) refusal they had to find new vocalist, this place was taken by Jacek Rybak. With this line-up the band starts to play live shows in 2018. They decided to play only two old songs – „The Wonderer” from „Korowody Cieni” and „Bojan’s Song” from „Mystery of Possession”. The rest of the songs are new ones. Before the end of 2018 Paweł Matysiak (keyborads) returns to the band. This was the last factor which let the band to hit with the full strike.
In April 2019 the band recorded three tracks at Heavy Gear Studio and tries to go to the open sea.
They contact Lusitanian Music again. After Portuguese label’s green light the idea of „Possession Done” EP was born...
Australian Thrash metallers Alkira self released their latest EP The Pulse on the 29th of November 2019. This release follows up their highly acclaimed album Klotho (2016). Alkira state that The Pulse is "5 tracks of raw and relentless thrash and groove metal, which will light a fire upon the souls who stumble across it."
After a small break from the scene the boys from Adelaide are back. Alkira have supported these releases through consistent Australian touring, as well as around South-East Asia as the main support act for US thrashers Havok and a headlining tour of New Zealand in 2015. Alkira have also been awarded support slots for Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Tankard, Toxic Holocaust, Grave, Municipal Waste, Warbringer, King Parrot and Psycroptic.
Alkira is an Adelaide 4 piece thrash/groove metal band, with a sound which is inspired by, and blends together influences of bands such as Sepultura, Metallica, Carcass, Testament, Black Breath and Death. The band started in 2010 and has since had success with two full length albums and two EPs and extensively tour national and international circuits. These international tours have included New Zealand, and a Southeast Asian tour with American thrashers Havok.
This run also saw the band sign to Truth inc Records, who re–released their first album Juggernaut while also releasing and managing the distribution of the sophomore album Klotho. Alkira has achieved numerous supporting slots which include a slew of international acts, such as Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Flesh God Apocalypse, Warbringer, Toxic Holocaust, Goatwhore, King Parrot, Lord and Municipal Waste. These shows were met with regular success and helped build the band a healthy fan base. Supporting a new release, The Pulse, Alkira are looking to hit the touring circuit again. Their aim is to bring new levels to their high energy, intense, charismatic live performance with huge crushing riffs so the name “Alkira” on tip of people’s tongues.
Gregory Challis - Guitar & Vocals
Joel Parkinson - Guitars
Tyson Mahoney - Bass
Ryan Quarrington - Drums
The Pulse is available on their Bandcamp page.
Italian Folk Metallers Kanseil release first single and lyric video 'Boscars'; taken from the new EP
Italian folk metallers Kanseil have unleashed the lyric video 'Boscars', first single off the upcoming acoustic EP ‘Cant Del Corlo’ (Chant of the Spinning Wheel) coming out next February 7th via Rockshots Records.
The song is available as digital single on the major online stores, paired with an official lyric video on YouTube:
YouTube ➤ https://youtu.be/V3qIm2_eDKU
Spotify ➤ https://spoti.fi/2QZfkgW
iTunes ➤ https://apple.co/2R4p5KV
Pre-orders of the new EP 'Cant del Corlo' are now available at the Rockshots Records' official store:
The record is a concept album inspired by the four seasons, a perennial cycle that escapes human control. The spinning wheel (‘Corlo’) becomes the eternal wheel that makes us mortal. Four epic songs with extra atmospheric intro and outro allow the listener to dive into the mood of the seasons, becoming inevitably part of the endless flow of time. Even if the acoustic mood has always been pervading Kanseil’s creations, they wanted to dare a step further by releasing a record without any electric instrument.
The record was recorded, mixed and mastered by Luigi Stefanini at New Sin Studio, produced by Kanseil. The artwork was created by Manuel Scapinello and Giulia Zuliani.
Italian symphonic metal band Eternal Silence releases their brand-new EP “Renegades”.Their sound combines powerful guitar riffs, a thunderous rhythmic section, catchy melodies and bombastic orchestral tracks, along with beautiful vocals of female lead singer Marika Vanni, and Alberto Cassina (guitar player, male singer and main composer).
“Renegades” is available on Spotify and all the main digital platforms via Sliptrick Records. To celebrate the release, the band unveils the official lyric video of the title track. The video has been created by Stefano Mastronicola.
Watch the video now on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZnP1S7My85w
“Renegades” has been inspired by the climate of contemporary social intolerance and racial hate. The song is an anthem written for people considered to be different who are abandoned, persecuted and discriminated because of their religion, race, system of belief, gender, and more.
Bass player and author of the lyrics, Alessio Sessa, states: -
"One day we could be rejected and lose our freedom. Our freedom of speech or simply of being alive. We risk to fall down in the dark. The night is fragile as a piece of paper, where someone put his own life to escape from a prison”.
Eternal Silence are:
Marika Vanni: Vocals
Alberto Cassina: Guitars and Vocals
Enzo Criscuolo: Guitars
Alessio Sessa: Bass
Andrea Zannin: Drums
Belgian post metal alchemists Hamelin premiere their debut EP "Hamelin" via No Clean Singing
The record is set for international release on November 30th, 2019 via Wolves of Hades on LP and on CD by the band.
Recently New Noise Magazine hosted the official premiere of the "Below the Waves" single HERE!
George De Decker is responsible for the EP's stunning artwork, which is available above.
The official video of the EP's first single, "Nadir", was launched on YouTube HERE.
Buried deep in the consciousness of four divergent souls from Mechelen grew a beast enchained by melancholy named Hamelin. Though they are in the process of releasing their first EP, they are in no way new to the scene. With all of them having a background in Belgium’s metal scene and coming from different bands and projects, you might just find yourself impressed by their unique sound and dynamic.
The combined musical backgrounds of their members fell effortlessly into place, pushing a sound that is characterised by a strong atmosphere and melody drifting between melancholy and hope, longing for light as we drift further into the void.
With haunting and calm riffs, cathartic vocals, pounding and yet serene drums and a dynamic composition Hamelin’s debut EP will drag the listener through a sorrowful journey into a maelstrom of blackened and atmospheric metal.
Jason Bond - Guitar
Casper De Decker - Vocals, Keys
Jesse Massant - Bass
Jan Dries - Drums
Watch for new tour updates, and more news on other upcoming Hamelin activities to be posted shortly.
Hells Headbangers announces December 27th as the international release date for Cianide's highly anticipated new mini-album, Unhumanized, on CD, 12" vinyl, and cassette tape formats.
One of the cult names in American death metal, Cianide have stuck to their guns for over 30 years now, patiently building a canon that's unrivalled in its consistency and trend-free philosophy. Theirs is a Metal of Death that's simple, straightforward, and effectively primitive: blunt-force trauma informed by Hellhammer and Chicago forebears DeathStrike, but with a sewer-dredging atmosphere all its own.
Cianide's rich discography reads like a study in unselfconsciousness: one could say the power-trio are strategic in how sparingly they release longer-form records, but they simply release records when they're ready, prizing quality over quantity. And indeed, the five-song/26-minute Unhumanized is a gutbusting bounty of QUALITY. Cianide's first non-split recording since the massively acclaimed Gods of Death LP in 2011 courtesy of Hells Headbangers, Unhumanized proves that the power-trio are hungrier and more energetic than ever. No great changes in their signature sound here - just time-honoured traditions like DEATH, headbanging gallops, and immediately memorable songwriting. If anything, the production on Unhumanized is among their clearest yet, but simply adds to how utterly CRUSHING that Cianide signature is.
Death, doom, destruction: 31 years strong, Cianide have become Unhumanized! Get unhumanized by the previously revealed track "Serpent's Wake" HERE at Hells Headbangers' Bandcamp, where all three formats can be pre-ordered.
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