Top-charting dark groove metal originators Devildriver recently announced the highly-anticipated release of their upcoming double album, Dealing With Demons. The first volume – entitled Dealing With Demons I – drops on October 9, 2020 via Napalm Records and marks the band’s first release of new, original material since 2016’s acclaimed Trust No One. Representing the onset of a final purging of the themes that have long possessed frontman Dez Fafara and Devildriver’s music, each track on Dealing With Demons I illustrates a different demon to be dealt with, or released.
Today, the band is following up on the release of their burgeoning latest single “Keep Away From Me” and its thought-provoking video with yet another unforgettable anthem – the menacing, mosh-ready second single "Iona". From the ominous siren at its start to its grooving verses, the track pulls no punches. The hair-raising, anthemic chorus line, “She carries a black rose…” beckons the listener again and again into a chilling ghost story! Travel the dark road into Iona's clutches via the heart-gripping music video, directed by Vicente Cordero, below.
Watch the chilling official music video for “Iona” HERE
Frontman Dez Fafara says about “Iona” and the demons that inspired the track:
"Iona is unlike any other Devildriver song we’ve put out. From the frantic verses to the haunting chorus, this song is another move forward to push our sound and the listener's ears into the fray! The chorus, “she carries a black rose, effigy from a story closed", tells the story of the long dead ghost of Iona and her obsession with death represented by the black roses in her hands – each one the soul of someone she’s taken from this life on a lonely dark road, assimilating their souls into black roses, which she carries for eternity.
This theme relates to myself and “Dealing With Demons” in that, often times, we as people have a hard time “letting go” of things. This can be applied to relationships, death, and so on. Iona carrying the black roses symbolizes her inability to move on – always seeking revenge. The past is exactly that – the past – it’s important to let go and not be stuck in a perpetual loop of living in it."
Lamb Of God has released “Routes,” the fourth single from their June 19 self-titled Epic Records release, featuring a guest appearance from Testament vocalist Chuck Billy.
A visualizer for the track is available now at http://lamb-of-god.com. Fans can pre-order Lamb of God, including a new alternate CD cover version signed by all five band members, now at the band’s official web store: http://shop.lamb-of-god.com.
“Routes” was lyrically inspired by vocalist D. Randall Blythe’s time alongside native peoples at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota during the No DAPL movement. This protest, which began with just a few Native women and children camping at the site in protest of the pipeline being built so near to their water supply on unseeded treaty land, quickly grew to an encampment of thousands and received global attention.
“I went to Standing Rock because I had heard reports of violence committed on the peaceful protestors there by both state law enforcement and private security contractors, and this violence was not reported in mainstream media for the most part. I went to bring supplies and support these people, who were trying to protect their water, and thereby protect everyone, as everything in the natural world is protected. I was there a week, made some great friends, and learned a lot. It was a very profound experience in my life, and I knew one day I would write a song about it.”
Although Blythe conveys his story through the song’s vivid lyrics, he called in his friend Chuck Billy, who is of Pomo Native American heritage, to lend a deeper authenticity to his narrative.
“My experience, although my own, was tempered and shaped by the hundreds of years of brutal oppression of Native peoples in our country. So, it was imperative for me to have a Native voice represented on the song, and Chuck Billy was happy to be that voice. At the end, there is a call and response section - Chuck calls and I respond. This is intentional. Musically, it is symbolic of my experience there. A native voice leads, bringing forth positive energy and calling to the people to unite, and I reply, providing support. That was my physical experience, and it is reflected in the song.”
Chuck Billy adds:-
“It was a great honour as a proud Pomo Native American to be asked by Lamb Of God to do some guest vocals on this song. The No DAPL movement by the indigenous people of this country was a historic event. Being able to lend my voice to represent the Native American people, complementing Randy's storytelling and lyrics, is something really special to me. I’m glad this movement was put in a musical message, and I am extremely happy to have been a part of it.”
Audiences got a taste of the first new Lamb Of God music in nearly five years with “Checkmate” back in February, followed by “Memento Mori” and the most recent single, “New Colossal Hate.” All four songs will appear on Lamb Of God, the follow-up to VII: Sturm und Drang (2015). The album was once again produced by collaborator Josh Wilbur (Gojira, Korn, Megadeth, Trivium), fuelled by a mountain of riffs and looming rhythmic shadows. It is also the band’s first record with Cruz, who sat behind the kit with Lamb Of God in 2018 and became an official member the following year. In addition to Chuck Billy, the new album features a guest appearance from Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed). Blythe sounds more driven and insightful than ever on Lamb Of God, offering up the angriest and most comprehensive diatribes, addressing modern life in the current landscape, of his storied career thus far.
Lamb Of God propelled heavy metal into the new millennium two decades ago with the prophetically titled New American Gospel. They followed with 2003’s As the Palaces Burn, which made the Rolling Stone list of the Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. Ashes of the Wake (2004) was the first Lamb Of God album to be certified gold by the RIAA, followed by Sacrament (2006), which debuted in Billboard’s Top 10. Wrath (2009) earned the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock, Rock, and Tastemaker charts and was No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Those No. 1 positions were repeated with Resolution (2012). VII: Sturm und Drang (2015) debuted at No. 3 in North America and in the Top 5 in several countries. The single “512” from VII: Sturm und Drang received a Grammy nod for the “Best Metal Performance,” making it Lamb Of God’s fifth Grammy nomination.
Lamb Of God has issued a statement regarding the release of their upcoming self-titled album and the album’s third single:
“Regrettably, we have to announce that the release date for our upcoming self-titled album is being moved five weeks, to June 19th. We're in extraordinary times due to the current global reality and the delay of shipments of all-but essential goods needed in the fight against COVID-19. After talks with our labels, there is no other option than to delay the release so that fans who pre-ordered the album can receive the record they paid for.
We appreciate your patience during these times – a global pandemic is not something people in the music industry usually take into account when scheduling album releases, but as you know, this thing has affected everyone across the board, and we are no exception.
We will, however, be releasing a new song, "New Colossal Hate", this Thursday, April 23rd and plan to release a 4th song from the album before the full album is released in June.
Thank you for your understanding.
Wash your damn hands, let us know what you think of the new tunes, and see you on the road sometime!”
– LAMB OF GOD
A true collaboration between all members of the band, Lamb Of God’s eighth studio album is an amalgam of each individual’s contributions, blended to create a singular style. Guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler fuel the album with a mountain of riffs, taking what Lamb of God are known for, and unbelievably, upping the ante to new levels. The rhythm section of John Campbell, looming large as a rhythmic shadow, and drummer Art Cruz, who makes his studio debut with Lamb Of God here on this record, underpin the proceedings with passion, sweat and expansive dynamics. Vocalist D. Randall Blythe is as angry, insightful, and informed as ever. Never one to shrink from facing the darker aspects of our nature head-on, Blythe delivers with no punches pulled, and as only he and Lamb of God can in 2020.
Lamb Of God track listing:
1. Memento Mori
4. Reality Bath
5. New Colossal Hate
6. Resurrection Man
7. Poison Dream (feat. Jamey Jasta)
8. Routes (feat. Chuck Billy)
9. Bloodshot Eyes
10. On The Hook
Lamb Of God’s self-titled, 8th studio album is now set to be released June 19, 2020 on Epic Records.
Lamb Of God pre-orders are available at http://lambofgod.lnk.to/LOG.
Hungarian Groove / Thrashers Ektomorf have officially signed with Napalm Records and Napalm Events! Two years after their latest chart breaking album, Fury, they’ve reconnected to their roots and choose to reincarnate stronger than ever before. Napalm Records is looking forward to work on a new record with these exceptional musicians.
Over the course of the past twenty-six years and uncountable worldwide live shows, Ektomorf have established themselves to a powerful position in the Groove / Thrash metal scene. Their earthshaking grooves not only perfectly match with Zoli’s rough vocals, but always come along with a critical, strong message. Ektomorf are tearing down the walls to unite everyone with their mesmerizing, yet energetic sound!
Zoltan "Zoli" Farkas on the signing:
“I am very happy and proud to be a part of the Napalm family now. This is definitely a new chapter in my carrier that reaches the next level with the combination of Napalm Records and Napalm Events. Napalm Records is the best label I can imagine to release the new Ektomorf album and to go new ways together with us.
Napalm Events is very well established by now and I can't wait to go on a world tour again with the new album and play further countries. I am very thankful to my new manager Tom, he made this work out. We visited together the Napalm team in Berlin last week. We had very good conversations and a lot of fun. The combination of Napalm Records and Napalm Events is really unique because of the close cooperation. I am super motivated and can’t wait to start with the Napalm team. The new chapter starts now!”
Markus Jakob, Napalm Records, adds:
”We’re happy to welcome Ektomorf to the Napalm family and work hard on both album and live activities! Zoltan for sure is one of the hardest working metal musicians out there and definitely outdid himself on the upcoming record - expect nothing but a cross-generational thrash manifesto! Here’s to a bright and heavy mutual future!”
Zoltán Farkas – vocals, guitars
Simon Szebasztián – guitars
Csaba Zahorán – bass
Kálmán Oláh – drums
Brazilian Metal legends Sepultura mark release of new album with official video for 'Means To An End'
The age of Quadra is upon us as Sepultura release their new album today via Nuclear Blast. The Brazilian thrash metal masters mark the occasion with a stunning music video for their new single 'Means To An End'. Watch here: youtu.be/TMLed7lL5CU
Guitarist Andreas Kisser comments:-
"Sepulnation around the world the wait is over! 'Quadra' is out now!! It feels great to be here today with such a strong album in our hands, I cannot wait to see you all on the 'Quadra' World Tour. Thank you all the fans around the world that keeps this band alive and motivated. Let’s celebrate 'Quadra' together, play it loud! I know I will!”
He adds on the new song/video:-
“'Means To An End' is our third video/single taken form our new album 'Quadra'. Is the the second song on the album, it is a very powerful and complex theme that inspired director Otavio Juliano and Luciana Ferraz to make an amazing visual interpretation of the song. It shows the human greed with no limits, the arrogance and the ignorance of ourselves, we think we can do it all without knowledge, without respect. Judas and his treason, defying death in a chess game, saving money for who’s knows what and how much is enough?
It was shot in the city of Jundiaí, in an old train station museum and in Sao Paulo as well, at an old bank safe, it was the biggest in Latin America from the 50’s till it got shut down in the late 80’s. We had a lot of fun working on it and I’m very happy with the final result, hope you like it! See you on the 'Quadra' World Tour.”
Order your copy of Quadra here: nblast.de/Sepultura-Quadra
Quadra is available on Limited Edition 2 CD Digipak, 2 LP Vinyl, 2 LP Vinyl Picture Disk, Earbook, and CD.
Quadra is Sepultura's fifteenth studio album, which presents a thrilling and brutally honest concept around the Portuguese word quadra. Everyone grows up in a different quadra, shaped by rules and definitions. We are all determined by these concepts, our relationships, our careers. Our whole lives.
Sepultura will be playing at Sunstroke Festival Ireland in summer 2020, alongside the likes of Deftones, Faith No More, Mastodon etc.
13/14th June 2020 IE Punchestown Racecourse - Sunstoke Festival
You can also catch the band at Download Festival 2020:- downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets
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.
Psyanide is a five-piece band formed in 2013 in Katerini/Thessaloniki Greece.
Their sound is groovy, melodic and sticks the roots of death metal in a modern way. Some of their biggest influences are bands like Lamb Of God, Heaven Shall Burn, The Haunted Decapitated, Pantera and Gojira. Etc.
The full-length album “I Declare War” is their third official release of the band. Contain 10 songs.
One of them is the song “Premonition” - Watch official video here:-
Kansas City Heavy / Groove crushers Dreams In Peril are proud to present the band’s first ever video clip titled ‘Neckties and Nostalgia’.
With a sound that brings through the pummelling drive of acts such as THE ACACIA STRAIN, ARCHITECTS and DEFTONES, the band balance massive hooks alongside atmosphere and dynamic, introducing a single that defines the sound of the band’s debut album "MePhobia".
Check out the video for ‘Neckties and Nostalgia’ at this location.
The video clip was produced by Paper Anchor Media and offers an insight into the bands background and the struggles they have faced in suffering for their art. Bassist Dalton Collins offers:-
“The song is about overcoming one's failures and issues, no matter what issues or failures one faces. To us as a band, the song is about what we have faced as a band and individuals to get where we are today”
The new single also marks the introduction of the band’s new vocalist Mike Yeager who joined Dreams In Peril earlier this year. Commenting on the journey so far, Mike states:-
“In the short time since joining this band and telling them not to cancel anything after firing the previous singer, I had three weeks to learn all of the material, within six weeks I was recording the single and two months later, I was filming a video. I am being exactly what this band hired me to be – an unstoppable juggernaut!”
Having shared the stage with acts such as VEIL OF MAYA, THE ACACIA STRAIN, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and BORN OF OSIRIS, the video clip is a step forward between an active live performance schedule and preparation for the bands next album which is being written right now.
Croatian Melodic Groove Metallers Arises sign with Wormholedeath and announce "System" digipak CD release date
Croatian Melodic / Groove / Death metal combo Arises signed with Wormholedeath a distribution deal for their album "System" .
The digipak CD will be out on 15 11 2019 via Wormholedeath / Goodfellas.
"System" has been recorded at Sweetspot Studios (Sweden) and produced by extraordinary Rickard Bengtsson
Arises are your atypical metal band, proof of long lasting bond and alliance between the members, fifteen years in making. Four friends with vast experience in live performance sharing big stages supporting some of the greatest acts today, joined by fifth on vocals, became a new collective world will come to know as Arises. Band established across European clubs and festivals in search for eye-to-eye energy surge. Collective that unifies metal, rock, grunge and stoner at most interesting terms with clear and ongoing theme – we're all part of the System to be opposed to repay what dignity we still preserve. Coming from the place where the System feels more rooted than anywhere else, Arises are Balkan scream for change.
Born and bred against the grain our strength Arises. Create a sense of belonging to a tribe without the System that puts you down. Follow this band-of-five – collective Arises to be your voice in a time to thrive. Be part of it, join this sound of refusal!
Russian Post-Black / Groove merchants Second To Sun premiere "Once Upon A Time In Russia" official video
MetalBite has premiered the official video for "Once Upon A Time In Russia" from prolific Russian Metal band Second To Sun. The song is taken from the band's forthcoming album Legacy. Check it out below.
"Once Upon A Time In Russia" (official video)
Second To Sun will release new album Legacy on November 7! Consistent with previous albums, the group will also release an instrumental version of the album on November 16.
Second To Sun mastermind Vladimir Lentinen had this to say about the forthcoming album:
"I'm proud to present you our new album named Legacy, which is even more aggressive and heavier than previous one, but still retains the melodic, hypnotic and cinematic qualities of its predecessor. Legacy is logically divided into three ideological arches: one dedicated to social solitude; an occult part, which is closely intertwined with actual historical events, and a traditional part of our music, which is based on culture of the Finno-Ugric people.
We see it as a trilogy unified by a sole idea, which was earlier dubbed as social-decay black metal. All tracks are undoubtedly our legacy, which is the foundation of our album's name. Brilliant artwork for both versions of the release, created by Denis 'Forkas' Kostromitin, who also worked with such bands like Behemoth and Children of Bodom.
We live in incredible times, when a band like our can exist without support from the psychopathic musical industry and shortlived trends.Our music simply exists because there are people, who listen to it. Thank you for your attention and support."
Pre-order Legacy: - https://smarturl.it/STSLEGACY
Pre-order Legacy (Instrumental Edition): - https://smarturl.it/STSLEGACYINSTR
"Monster" (Official Video):- youtu.be/RXPOfgu8Ezc
"Devil" (Official Video):- youtu.be/KbbiCG_PXg0
Second To Sun is a band from Saint Petersburg, Russia. The most important musical inspiration source of the band is Scandinavian black metal along with creations of groove metal bands Pantera and Fear Factory. Their songs are performed in Russian language or in instrumental versions, and the main lyrical themes for the songs are mystic, mythology and social decay. The basic work unit for the band is still releasing new music, one new song almost every month.
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