After more than two decades of silence, Finnish cult black/epic metallers and pioneers of the scene Darkwoods My Betrothed carve their long-awaited comeback in stone by signing a worldwide record deal with Napalm Records!
In 2020, the old horde from the original line-up rejoined forces, now augmented by former session keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen as a full member of the band, bringing a significant contribution to the creative process, and Kai Hahto (both Nightwish) as session drummer.
Founded in 1993 in Kitee, Finland, Darkwoods My Betrothed quickly gained a cult status in the black metal underground. In 1995, they released their debut album, Heirs of the Northstar, followed by second album, Autumn Roars Thunder (1996), and Witch-Hunts (1998). Shortly after, the pagan flame of Darkwoods My Betrothed became but a fleeting glimpse in the nocturnal darkness of Eastern Finland. But it never faded away completely.
Be prepared for an onslaught of melodic black metal and epic majesty!
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Long running Australian folk metallers, Valhalore recently released an epic music video for their new single Legacy.
Watch it here:- https://youtu.be/lzATM5RAMGE
The bands vocalist Lachlan Neate comments on the track:-
"Legacy is an impassioned cry for the every man to stand up and be counted! We find ourselves awake and aware on a habitable rock hurtling through space as old as time itself. Why not live epically and be remembered?! This song aims to incite a fire within the listener to appreciate their life, look within for what drives them, and to then go forth and 'conquer the day'!"
The video has clocked up an incredible 177 000 views on the bands Facebook post and has received unanimous praise from fans all over the world for its outstanding production values courtesy of Third Eye Visuals.
Catch Valhalore in the coming weeks as they join Finland’s legendary Kalmah on their Australian tour
Thursday, October 31: Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane
Friday, November 1: Crowbar, Sydney
Sunday, November 3: Max Watts, Melbourne
Tickets on sale now via - www.overdrivetouring.com
Formed in 2013, Valhalore have been carving a path through the Australian metal landscape like an unstoppable Viking longship. Drawing upon elements of Melodic Death, Power, and Symphonic Metal, as well as folk music and cinematic scores, Valhalore weave a musical tapestry that is both breathtaking and awe-inspiring. With haunting melodic passages, crushing riffs, and heartfelt lyrical journeys, Valhalore awakens a sense of majesty within all who hear them.
Regarded as one of the most engaging live acts in the scene today. Their 2017 “Voyage Across Australia” tour saw the band play to a sold out Brisbane album launch, and hordes of screaming fans night after night, further solidifying their place as masters of their craft. The band have shared stages with notable global acts such as Kamelot, Eluveitie and Insomnium as well as Australian luminaries Be’Lakor and Lagerstein. In 2018 they made their international debut travelling to Japan in support of Ensiferum, Trollfest and Wind Rose.
Lachlan Neate – Lead Vocals, Mandolin & Cello
Anthony Willis – Guitar & Vocals
Lucas Fisher – Guitar & Vocals
Sophie Christensen – Low Whistle & Tin Whistle
Matthew Grimley – Bass Guitar
Morgan O'Sullivan – Drums
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German epic metal pioneers, Equilibrium, will set aflame a brand new bonfire this summer with their sixth studio album. 'Renegades' (out: August 23rd via Nuclear Blast) is heralding a watershed, the turn of an era for this genre. This is metal at its most epic and most monumental, bearing huge songs, resting firmly in the Zeitgeist with a massive, modern production and sporting quite a number of eclectic influences. And before the bleating erupts: It’s working, it’s blending in - and above all, it’s still Equilibrium. Quite possibly more than ever.
Last week, the band released the second digital single 'Path of Destiny'. The song is available on all major streaming and download platforms: http://nblast.de/EquilibriumDestiny
Today, the band presents the official video clip of the song.
Check it out here: https://youtu.be/L6TqqOeKFKA
"'Path of Destiny''s music video is actually a love letter to humanity and it's diversity, but at the same time a reminder and warning, packed with serious topics into a strange and colourful fictive 80s world. It's about how people's lifelines collide in kinda strange ways and how all of us unconsciously influence other people's lives every single day. Which is kinda interesting...as most of us humans don't really care that much about others, but we are all connected. We all do feel the same things, we fear the same things and we all struggle sometimes. But one single smile, word or gesture at the right time and the right place can actually change another person's whole life. Isn't that powerful?! Humans are super interesting beings and it's amazing to actually see how an action leads to a reaction, and how emotions guide our actions. All of us have decisions to make, whether we like it or not, whether they are right or wrong in the end...we have to make them. That's just how our universe works.
Diversity is beautiful and instead of being afraid of it or even fear it, we should learn to love it. Our human mind is the most powerful weapon. Use it wisely.
Don't judge so rashly. Offer an open mind and an open heart instead. Listen. Give people a smile.
And maybe you will unconsciously access someone else's path of destiny."
'Renegades' was recorded and produced during September 2018 until March 2019 by the band and Swedish producer Robin Leijon and is the first Equilibrium album to feature Skar with his clean vocals and Skadi Rosehurst on synths.
"The Blackening Tide" is the new album from Danish epic melodic death metallers Heidra and the follow up to the band's first full length album "Awaiting Dawn͛" from 2014.
"The Blackening Tide" is a concept album continuing the epic narrative and story arc that started with "Awaiting Dawn", and building upon Heidra's musical trademarks of twin lead guitar harmonies, soaring orchestral passages, growled vocals mixed with powerful clean singing and a relentless barrage of crushing metal riffs
The story of a king deposed and his attempts to reclaim his throne continue and the album opens with the dawn of the day of reckoning and the march to the battlefield, where the two armies clash in a murderous fury. With victory seemingly at hand for our hero, events suddenly take a turn for the worse as he and all his army is cast into a hellish realm.
The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Marco Mastrobuono (Hour Of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse) at Kick Recording Studio in Rome and is out now via Time To Kill Records.
The official music video for the single "Lady of the Shade" can be watched HERE.
Morten Bryld - Vocals, acoustic guitar
Martin W. Jensen - Lead and rhythm guitars
Carlos G.R. - Lead and rhythm guitars
Dennis Stockmarr - Drums
James H. Atkin - Bass
Italy's Epic/Melodic Death Metal band Hell's Guardian present the video streamer for "Colorful Dreams" (feat. Ark) with a mash-up of the band's previous official videos "Blood Must Have Blood" ( https://youtu.be/lTKIkcKLJ5U) and "Crystal Door" (https://youtu.be/9VoLYsplWh8), which were taken off from the new album "As Above So Below".
Watch the video streamer for "Colorful Dreams (feat. Ark)" at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ilubQwg3CQ&feature=youtu.be
Hell's Guardian released their new album, entitled "As Above So Below" on September 14th 2018. The album has been recorded by Media Factory Esine studios of Fabrizio Romani and mixed and mastered by Michele Guaitoli (Temperance, Kaledon) at the Groove Factory Studios in Udine and hosts singers like Adrienne Cowan (Winds of Plague, Light & Shade), Marco Pastorino (Temperance) also as vocal producer and Ark Nattlig Ulv (Ulvedharr).
The band comments:
"Three years after the release of our last record, we can say that this new album will mark a musical turning point for us, abandoning the fantasy themes and focusing on real issues that life can reserve in each one of us. All this with a sound that is closer and closer to the typical Scandinavian Melodic Death mould with tight rhythms, guitar riffs which are less epic but with impact, and orchestrations designed by Samuele Faulisi (Atlas Pain), from typical classical instruments up to modern parts with synths, more focused collaborations, from the guest singers to the musicians who collaborated with us in the studio, they made everything more natural and spontaneous without forcing, all with a powerful mix."
Below is the tracklist and cover designed by Gustavo Sazes (Amaranthe, Kamelot, Arch Enemy, Machine Head)
Voyagers! Take a seat, and let Valhalore help you find your Solace!
Solace is the first single taken from Valhalore’s upcoming acoustic EP Solace & Solitude – arriving November 30th. Check out the stunning video for this release!
LIMITED pre-orders available through Valhalore's website November 3rd! Sign up to Valhalore's official Fan-Club so you can be notified FIRST when these are available: www.valhalore.com/fan-club/
Solace & Solitude track listing:
2. A Rose for Epona (Eluveitie cover)
3. Guardians of Time (Acoustic)
4. The Bard’s Song (Blind Guardian cover)
Carving their way through the Australian metal scene like a Viking longship through tempestuous seas is Brisbane’s Epic Folk Metal powerhouse, Valhalore. Founded by guitarist Anthony Willis and vocalist Lachlan Neate in 2013, Valhalore has been making waves with their unique brand of metal since their live debut in late 2015.
The German epic death metal band Kambrium are set to release their new studio album "Dawn Of The Five Suns" on November 9th via NoiseArt Records.
Today, the band is pleased to release the first trailer for this upcoming masterpiece. Check it out and find out more about the upcoming album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lqicsKRUC4
The band states:
"Starvation, fear, suffering and torment - all that the inhabitants of a tribe do not want to accept any-more. What have the gods ever done for them? It is time to get up and fight! "Against All Gods" is about the battle between humans and gods and the hope of living in peace one day. A fast song with a chorus that won't leave your ears any-more!"
Pre-order the album here: www.dawnofthefivesuns.noiseart.eu
For the first time in history the band had the chance to work with a real choir of 16 men just to multiply the already high dense catchy tunes on "Dawn Of The Five Suns"’. The musical substance is even more eclectic, ambient and illustrious than before. Thus creating a jungle-like ambience just to drag the listener into the myths and sagas of the Aztecs!
In addition to that Felipe Machado did it again and designed the fantastic and remarkable artwork. You might already know him from his artwork projects with Blind Guardian, Xandria, Rhapsody of Fire and of course from Kambrium‘s last album ‚The Elders’ Realm’.
"Dawn Of The Five Suns" was mostly recorded at the renowned Kohlekeller Studio under the direction of Kristian Kohlmannslehner.
The German epic death metal band Kambrium are set to release their new studio album "Dawn Of The Five Suns’ on November 9th via NoiseArt Records.
The band has released the first single titled 'Against All Gods' right in time for the pre-order start today.
The song can be heard and watched in the form of a lyric video here:
The band states:
"Starvation, fear, suffering and torment - all that the inhabitants of a tribe do not want to accept anymore. What have the gods ever done for them? It is time to get up and fight! "Against All Gods" is about the battle between humans and gods and the hope of living in peace one day. A fast song with a chorus that won't leave your ears anymore!"
Pre-order the album here: www.dawnofthefivesuns.noiseart.eu
For the first time in history the band had the chance to work with a real choir of 16 men just to multiply the already high dense catchy tunes on "Dawn Of The Five Suns". The musical substance is even more eclectic, ambient and illustrious than before. Thus creating a jungle-like ambience just to drag the listener into the myths and sagas of the Aztecs!
In addition to that Felipe Machado did it again and designed the fantastic and remarkable artwork. You might already know him from his artwork projects with Blind Guardian, Xandria, Rhapsody of Fire and of course from Kambrium‘s last album "The Elders’ Realm".
Italian epic metallers Sound Storm are both excited and proud to introduce the new members who have recently joined the symphonic metal band.
Now made up of 7 experienced musicians each bringing their own elements to the music, Sound Storm will feature two different style of vocals both of which are quite different from the previous singers.
Due to ex members’ quitting over the years (due to personal decisions), the band wanted something different than before, as they've been craving for something totally different from the past. Sound Storm is a continuous evolutionary process, and these changes are just the start of their (r)evolution.
The new line-up is made of:
Chiara Tricarico - Vocals
Andrea Racco - Vocals
Valerio Sbriglione - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Elena Crolle - Piano, Keyboards and Arrangements
Massimiliano Flak - Bass
Rocco Mirarchi - Rhythm Guitar
Mattia Rubino - Drums
Sound Storm know their fans will give the warmest welcome to Chiara, Andrea and Mattia as permanent members of the band both in the studio and live activities as they are immensely talented and will help the band reach new heights. The new members will have their official touring debut with Sound Storm in September and October alongside the mighty Haggard on the upcoming "Bards of Symphony and Metal" tour, it will definitely be a blast!
Confirmed tour dates:
Tue 18 Sep - Essen, Turock (GER)
Wed 19 Sep - Z7 , Pratteln (SWI)
Thu 20 Sep - Substage, Karlsruhe (GER)
Fri 21 Sep - Backstage, München (GER)
Sat 22 Sep - Hellraiser, Leipzig (GER)
Sun 23 Sep - Bi Nuu, Berlin (GER)
Mon 24 Sep - Markthalle, Hamburg (GER)
Tue 23 Oct - Szene ,Wien (AT)
Thu 25 Oct - Form Space, Cluj-Napoca (ROM)
Fri 26 Oct - Quantic, Bucharest (ROM)
Sat 27 Oct - TBA, Sofia (BUL)
Tue 30 Oct - Dom Im Berg, Graz (AT)
Wed 31 Oct - Dagda Live Club, Retorbido (ITA)
The Sacramento-based quintet Graveshadow – who deftly mixes symphonic/gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash and epic progressive power metal – unveil the first taste of their new album via the lyric video for the song, “Widow and the Raven”:
The band describes the track as “a song of self-reflection and the struggle to begin anew.” The song is also available digitally for stream or download at iTunes, Spotify and other platforms.
“Widow and the Raven” comes from the group’s second album, Ambition’s Price, which will be released April 13, 2018 on the Graveshadow’s new label M-Theory Audio. The stunning and detailed cover art for Ambition’s Price was created by Serbian fantasy graphic designer Dusan Markovic (Jag Panzer, Seven Kingdoms, Mystic Prophecy).
Pre-order the CD at the label’s site at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store
“The album title and artwork were directly inspired by events that occurred within Graveshadow over the past few years,” explains the band. “With all the incredible experiences that have come with the evolution of our musical family, a great deal of sacrifice has been given by every member of the band in the pursuit of our dreams. Though the price of our ambition still weighs heavy in our hearts, we are proud of what we have accomplished with this album and are excited by what the future may hold.”
Ambition’s Price features Heather Michele’s powerful vocals that range from operatic highs to unearthly growls backed by crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, and earth-shattering drums creating a rich and dynamic atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. Whether it is a tale of personal struggle or of fantastical creatures, the listener is sure to find themselves immersed in a world apart. The new album was produced and mixed by Armand John Anthony (Night Demon, The Fucking Wrath, Gygax), and mastered by Colin Davis at Imperial Mastering (Deeds of Flesh, Decrepit Birth, Origin) and is the follow-up to the group’s Mausoleum Records’ debut, Nocturnal Resurrection, from 2015. Since its release, Graveshadow have toured with the likes of Arkona, Sirenia, Anvil, Night Demon and Unleash the Archers steadily building a following and reputation.
Touring will commence in April as the band supports Norway’s Sirenia and Canada’s Threat Signal on a run of west coast shows. Watch for more specifics soon.
Graveshadow is poised and ready to leave a lasting impact within the metal community. With an electrifying stage show and a sound as large as the Dragons of Westeros, they are as talented as they are unforgettable.
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