Sarcasm sign with Hammerheart Records and a new album is in the plans for the end of 2020 of early 2021!
Sarcasm got started during the Golden Age of Swedish Death, in the year 1990. After 4 years of releasing demos Sarcasm disappeared, but returned to form by 2015. Aside from several compilations Sarcasm has released three critically acclaimed albums since then, with a crowning achievement in 2019 with the release of “Esoteric Tales Of The Unserene”, an album that appeared on a lot of year lists. Said album is a highlight within the Scandinavian tradition of high-intensity melodic Death Metal and got Sarcasm noticed more than ever before.
Germany's currently most successful heavy metal band, Powerwolf, has extended their deal with renowned label Napalm Records.
Guitarist Matthew Greywolf states:-
"We are pleased to inform you that we have extended our great collaboration with the Napalm Records team. To have people behind us that help to spread the word of metal with know-how, energy and — above all — passion is great."
Napalm Records' CEO Markus Riedler adds:-
"We already achieved so much with Powerwolf, it's excellent that we can continue our good and trustful cooperation with the band. They have everything to grow further and eventually be accepted to the Hall Of Fame of metal."
The story of Powerwolf, beginning in 2004, reads like a true fairytale, but is the result of one of the most hard working and entertaining live bands on the heavy metal planet. Powerwolf has not only received plenty of Gold and Platinum awards to date, numerous releases have entered the official album charts at the pole position #1. With Blessed & Possessed (2015), Powerwolf achieved Gold status for the first time and stayed at the Top of the charts for more than nine weeks, while the predecessor, Preachers Of The Night (2013) – as well as the incredible DVD, The Metal Mass (2016) – hit the official German album charts at #1.
Powerwolf's holy mass in the name of heavy metal is unstoppable, their latest magnum opus, The Sacrament of Sin (2018), again entered the album charts at #1. The accompanying Wolfsnächte tour, in which Powerwolf headlined large venues with their phenomenal stage performances, became a single major triumph - as well as the numerous summer festival shows in which the crowds were thrilled and completely captivated by the ‘wolf. While the high priests of metal celebrated their 15th band anniversary last year, expect many more great things to come from PowerwolfF in 2020!
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With their roots in Dublin, Ireland, the folk metal band Cruachan have staggered their heavy Celtic inspired metal across world since 1992. The band are pioneers in the folk metal genre and are recognized as one of the founders of the music genre, the band has arguably gone the furthest of all in their attempts to expand this still largely unexplored subgenre. With a brutal but yet delicate mix of traditional Celtic music, pure metal and the use of Celtic mythology in their lyrics, the band has built a huge and dedicated fan-base all over the world.
"We are delighted to have signed with Despotz Records and look forward to starting the next chapter of Cruachan's journey with them. We chose Despotz based on their proven track record and their professionalism. Here's to 2020! Sláinte!" // Cruachan
"We're happy and proud to finally announce that we'll be working with Cruachan and their upcoming material that will be released in 2020. The band are true pioneers in the folk metal genre and we're looking forward to collaborate with joined forces of experience, impact and our genuine passion of metal music to take part in Cruachan's journey." // Ömer Akay, Despotz Records
Back in 1992, three young Irishmen, Keith Fay, John Fay and John Clohessy, took their love of Celtic history and mythology, blended it with traditional Irish music and pure metal and created a whole new genre of music. The band has become known the world over as Cruachan and the genre has become Folk Metal.
Since the beginning of Cruachan, the band has released eight successful albums and with their unique sound from their Irish roots with traditional Celtic music, extreme metal and a pinch of raw energy, the band has become a cult band for the folk metal community. Such as the cult classic debut album 'Tuatha na Gael', 'Folklore' that was produced by, and featuring guest vocals from the legendary Shane Macgrowan of The Pouges, and the album 'Pagan' where the artwork was created by the well-known artist John Howe who is best known from his illustrations of "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit".
Cruachan is known for their strikingly great live performances and stage presence and has been touring and headlined festivals all over the world, such as Europe, South America and Russia to name a few. In 2020, the band celebrate their 25 year anniversary and will release a brand new album via Despotz Records.
Keith Fay - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Banjo, Tin-whistle, Bodhran
Kieran Ball - Guitar
Rustam Shakirzianov - Bass
John Ryan - Violin, Mandocello, Bouzouki
Mauro Frison - Drums, Percussion
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Since 1998, Lapsus Dei has been recognized as one of the most important South American doom metal bands and are characterized by their powerful shows full of killer attitude in Chile and other countries. With an amazing line-up made up of renowned musicians, the band has managed to capture a unique style within metal music, full of technique, great compositional quality and a great live sound. Over the years, Lapsus Dei has performed in many cities, acting as headliners, or support for legendary European bands such as Amorphis, Katatonia, Ensiferum, Therion, Soen, etc.
Lapsus Dei was born in 1998, when Rodrigo Poblete decided to form a band with influences of classical music in a similar style to Therion. After a few months the band began to take shape and at the end of that year it was already has a formation of seven musicians, among which there is a violinist and two vocalists. In 2001, the group recorded their first demo entitled Dibujando mi Karma, which was produced on CD and tape and gained an excellent public acceptance. In 2003 the band recorded an EP with which they began to turn on the national circuit. Then in 2006, their highly anticipated debut album appeared, with a circulation of 3000 copies, which was a very large number for the time. Wanted to grow in the national metal scene, Lapsus Dei moved to the capital of Chile, Santiago, paving the way for two more albums and many amazing shows and tours as the wheels keep rolling on the road.
The band is currently experimenting within the doom metal scene with prog touches, pointing to a refreshing of their sound and the musical ideas and ambitions of its members.
Lapsus Dei are:
Alejandro Giusti – Vocals/Guitars
Agustín Bastías – Bass
Rodrigo Poblete – Guitars/Vocals
Luis Pinto – Drums
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Polish death metal veterans Trauma have completed working on the newest full length. “Ominous Black” is the 8th studio album and will be released on Selfmadegod Records. All tracks have been recorded by the band themselves in person of Mister who has also composed entire material.
This is what Mister says about the new material:
"All songs have been recorded in our very own TRAUMAtic Sound Studio in Elbląg, Poland where we used to make pre-productions of the previous albums. Whole thing has been mixed and mastered by Wiesławscy Bros at famous Hertz Studio (Behemoth, Vader, Hour Of Penance, Beheaded). The new album includes nine brand-new songs and it’s entitled “Ominous Black”."
Check out official teaser of the album on Selfmadegod Records YouTube profile here: https://youtu.be/GbPlY0DH124
First song will be premiered mid January.
“Ominous Black” is set for March 6th 2020 release date in the following formats: CD / limited edition CD BOX / 12”LP / digital download as well as apparel. Pre-order will be launched shortly.
Trauma is one of the most experienced and oldest Polish death metal bands. The band started in the late 80’s known as Thanatos. Under the moniker two demo tapes have been recorded. Thanks to that the band became known as one of the most interesting and musically advanced bands from Polish metal scene. In December 1992 they decided to change the name to Trauma and few months later recorded its debut full length “Invisible Reality”. Since then the death metal squad have been around continuously for nearly 30 years! The 2020 brings the long-awaited premiere of the 8th studio album "Ominous Black" featuring nine new songs. The album will be released by Selfmadegod Records in March 2020.
Artur „Chudy” Chudewniak – vocals
Jarosław „Mister” Misterkiewicz – all guitars and bass, samples, backing vocals
Arkadiusz „Mały” Sinica - drums
Canadian death metal band Atrae Bilis have signed to our label and will be unleashing their debut full length titled 'Divinihility' this year. The official announcement link can be found HERE.
The band states:-
“Atrae Bilis is pleased to contribute to the dynamic soundscape of Transcending Obscurity. Future plans set by both the label and band are exciting ones, and we’re thrilled to push Atrae Bilis into the underground under their banner.”
Label owner Kunal Choksi comments:-
“I’m thrilled to work with a promising new band like Atrae Bilis who show great ambition and drive. Their music is hard-hitting and contemporary in addition to being unpredictable which is hugely impressive these days. Moreover, they’ve nailed the aesthetics securing a fitting artwork by Adam Burke (Coexistence, Lurk, Imperialist) and also getting the sound right. I can’t wait to put out their debut full length as soon as possible.”
The band released their official video for the song Ectopian which will be featured on the upcoming 2020 label sampler to be released on January 5th, 2020.
Band line-up -
Jordan Berglund - Vocals
David Stepanavicius - Guitar
Brendan Campbell - Bass Guitar
Luka Govednik - Drums
Artwork by Adam Burke (Imperialist, Lurk)
Logo by Christophe Szpajdel (Rogga Johansson)
In their endless quest to push and support current underground acts that perpetuate the odour of vintage death metal, Memento Mori are extremely thrilled to announce a new signing: Inanna, from Chile.
In a weird and horrific hallucination, guitarist/songwriter Diego Ilabaca received the revelation to create new music. Still in his teen years, he came up with the idea of fusing his favourite albums, Morbid Visions and Altars of Madness, with the mysticism and transcendence of the long and amazingly structured compositions of his '70s prog-rock heroes. It took a long time to find the right musicians to realize that vision. Once he did, and like the powerful gods of the Sumerian pantheon, Inanna came to life from the netherworld in 2000, obsessed with such early technical death metal acts as Atheist, Cynic, Death, and Pestilence, and plagued with the evil brutality of Suffocation, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Immolation, and Gorguts. Even though inspired by those acts, this four-piece entity walk a path of uniqueness through their own spheres and interdimensional portals. Unlike other ridiculously over-the-top, ultra-complex, soulless bands, Inanna seek inspiration in the outer worlds and the obscure abysses of the unknown, via demented growls, the nightmarish writings of H.P. Lovecraft, mythology, and ancient lore. Malice, death, and insanity, the human mind, and Cthulhu spells also lurk deep within the band's concept, like eerie sea tales from a distant century that one can only whisper in fear.
After two albums and many a stage hit by Diego Ilabaca (guitars), Max Neira (bass/vocals), Carlos Fuentes (drums/guitars), and Cristobal Gonzalez (guitars) over the band's years of existence, Inanna are now ready to start creating their third full-length opus, whose CD version will be released by Memento Mori in 2021. Further details to follow in the coming months. For more info, consult the links below.
US Deathcore band The Alpha Structure signs with French label Music-Records for the release of their new album for 2020. The album will be available in June on platforms and available in September, in physical format.
For fans of: Oceano, Emmure, Traitors, Whitechapel.
"This is Endless" (official video stream): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-vnQy3uVic
News regarding the album coming soon!
Founded in 2015, The Alpha Structure composes and presents their musicality in the vein of modern Deathcore.
Their 1st EP released in 2019, well received by the media in the USA, the band begins the composition of their 1st album which will be released on Music-Records in 2020.
With their 1st EP, their expertise is noticed and shapes their quality of composition!
Their 1st album will confirm their musicality!
French Symphonic Metallers Beneath My Sins sign with Pride & Joy Music; new album “I Decide” out March 20th
French Symphonic Metallers Beneath My Sins have signed a record deal with Pride & Joy Music for their new album “I Decide” which will be released on March 20th, 2020!! The year 2020 will be a very promising year as the band has secured an UK tour in April - together with the mighty Serpentyne and Tezaura.
Beneath My Sins is a French symphonic metal band created in December 2015 by the guitarist Clement Botz and the singer Emma Elvaston. Former members of Evolvent, they have together taken their first steps in the metal scene and in the musical composition. In March 2017, Beneath My Sins released their first album “Valkyries of Modern Times”, promoted during shows in Belgium with Skeptical Minds and during two European tours shared with the Russian thrash metal band, Pokerface. Quickly perceived as the emerging symphonic metal band of the French scene, Beneath My Sins had the opportunity to tour with the famous Canadian Kobra And the Lotus during their stay in France in June 2018 and Imperial Age in 2019. In September 2018, the band got in contact with Fabio D’Amore, bassist from Serenity. After a few meetings and discussions they all agreed that he would provides his services as a producer to the band. Thanks to this collaboration, the band was able to record under professional conditions and to work with famous names of the music business. Many talented guests such as Matteo Sisti from Eluveitie, Melissa Bonny from Ad Infinitum, Michele Guaitoli from Temperance and Visions of Atlantis and Fabio Lethien Polo from Elvenking also joined the ship for one or more songs. While awaiting the release of the album, the band has worked on an acoustic set warmly welcomed in France.
Watch the videos:
Dreams Shall Be Live@La Boule Noire – https://youtu.be/EnE2arUQUpo
Fly Raven Fly (Live) – https://youtu.be/1VfTDbzWqDk
‘My Rules’ music video – https://youtu.be/idxaASOK7p8
‘From the Flames’ music video – https://youtu.be/oRZvJlGneCA
Notörious is a hard rock/glam metal band from Bergen, Norway. The band was formed at the beginning of 2018 with the intention to bring back to life the classic sound of the hard rock/glam metal bands that ruled the Sunset Strip back in the early 1980’s. The band is inspired by legendary groups such as Mötley Crüe, Van Halen (not Van Hagar), Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force, Europe, Skid Row and Poison, etc. Being a Norwegian band, they also draw inspiration from the black metal scene and incorporate some elements of this into their own music adding spice to the mix.
The band released their first EP called Seducer in the spring of 2019 and got great reviews, saying that the band was able to capture the rawness of those earlier mentioned bands …yet the music also has a lot of originality to it. Now the boys are ready with their first full length album Glamorized which will be released via Sliptrick Records in 2020.
Notörious Dream are:
Chris Höudini – Lead Vocals
Nikki DiCato – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Andy Sweet – Bass/Backing Vocals
Freddy Kixx – Drums
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