Saudi Arabia's Aana.n7n is a melodic progressive metal quintet that is passionate about three things: writing stories, making music, and creating visual art. They are only one of a few bands from their country doing heavy music in Arabic vocals.
The band says that:-
"There isn’t a lot of music in our genre that converses with the listener using vernacular language and we truly wanted to showcase this in our stories, music, and visuals. We genuinely think it’ll be received positively by most local listeners and worldwide, be it they’re into the type of music we make or not. This album is unique in the way it is presented and we feel like it could set a standard for other acts to follow."
Today, the band presents their fourth single "Sonnaa Al Dayaa" (translated to English 'Those Who Corrupt'), to follow their three previously released tracks "Youm Bedon Shams", "Al-Awwal" and "Esh Sawet". All will be featured on the band's yet to be titled debut album to be released later this year from Saudi Arabian based label Wall of Sound Records.
Listen to "Sonnaa Al Dayaa" at the following links:
The planned debut full length will be a concept record that will tell one story about how social media affect us along with the people around us. Each track will be a chapter / themes covering topics such as the double life of a social media influencer, the effects of social media on self-esteem, cyber-bullying, etc. The band is aiming to take the listener through an engaging journey of ups and downs. They want people to be keener to the experience of listening to one coherent narrative of music, and they hope they manage to achieve that with this album.
"The themes of the songs affect the sound textures we choose, this is best exemplified in songs like Youm Bedon Shams (Galactic and dark), Al Awwal (anxious and competitive), and the yet-to-be-released Al Rakhees (dirty and deceiving)."
All the songs on the full length are meant to be viewed with accompanying artwork on Instagram and YouTube for the full audio and visual experience. It will also be sung entirely in Arabic and be an album that is percussive, heavy on the bass, with synth providing a melodic and dark background to it, along with Middle Eastern melodies. Post-Covid, Aana.n7n is very much looking forward to hitting the stage and incorporating their visual art with their live performances.
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Brazilian melodic metal Lasting Maze performed on April 24th at Festival Desérticas II, where they released their second EP, "Thunder".
Vocalist Grazy Mesquita commented on the event:
"We were looking for the right date to release our new EP "Thunder", and the festival festival gave us an excellent opportunity to do it. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we produced a great audiovisual content for the festival that was shown in a pre-recorded format, those were the videos from the 'Lockdown Sessions' version of the songs 'Thunder', 'Kosmos' and 'Destiny (Carry On)', all songs belonging are taken from our new EP.
We had a wonderful team to produce these videos, Tiago Bampa was responsible for the location and filming, he is a partner who has been producing our videos for a long time and always delivers an impeccable job. Polly Freitas and Adrienny RosWin were responsible for makeup and costumes. For each video there was a change of costumes and special makeup, which brought characteristics and elements of the themes of the songs, they did a sensational work that was highly praised. We, Lasting Maze members, did our best playing and performing the songs for the videos, it was amazing to see that the final result of our efforts was highly praised by the festival audience. It was amazing to be able to play alongside so many inspiring bands, fronted by strong women, and to see a local festival receiving this notoriety made us all very proud".
Now the quartet is making available one of the videos of this "lockdown sessions", recorded for "Thunder", the title track of the new EP. To watch click HERE.
Listen "Thunder" EP HERE.
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Brazilian melodic metal Lasting Maze was formed back in 2014. Composing songs about the human mind, psychology, science, movies, games, as well as human feelings, the group formed by Grazy Mesquita (vocals), Pedro Anselmo (guitars), Isaac Barros (bass) and Mick Souza (drums) worked hard despite the delay caused by coronavirus pandemic, releasing singles, videos and playing online festivals while finishing their new effort, a follow-up to 2016's "Silent Spring" EP.
April 23rd marks the end of this wait with the release of "Thunder" EP, an effort which shows Lasting Maze's new approach and maturity, presenting a positive message to fans, showing that it is possible to face your fears and challenges with patience, wisdom and holding your head high.
Singer Grazy Mesquita says about the EP:
"'Thunder' brings an energetic and positive atmosphere, making a reflection on fear, a normal feeling, but one that can imprison the human mind. In order to face fear, it's necessary to understand it, question it and map it, then you are be able to move on. The songs propose that it is possible to face all adversities without placing yourself in a victim position, understanding your place as an individual, empowering yourself and facing obstacles with vigour, wisdom, patience and holding your head high."
The EP was recorded, mixed and mastered by Daniel Tavares, at Nevada Studio. The artwork was made by Wesley Souza and shows elements that represent all the songs of the EP: Thunder, empowerment, the Cosmos, the search to achieve what is desired. Above all, the artwork conveys a stormy and dark atmosphere, representing the countless adversities that we face, but it also conveys serenity and strength through the features of the character. All these elements result in a beautiful masterpiece that sets the atmosphere of "Thunder" EP.
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Multi-national melodic metallers Angel Nation have just released a music video for their new single "Fly Away".
Angel Nation are currently working on the band's third album, but they've made a pit stop on this journey by releasing an extra special song "Fly Away". Some time ago a long term supporter approached Elina to ask if she would write a song to his son's memory. She read the story behind it which turned out to be very moving and sad. However, when hearing more and looking more closely, it was the positivity and joy that shone through. A song dedicated to the memory of Leif Ole, someone who touched so many hearts, kept laughing, showing others how to enjoy the small things. Someone whose smile will never die in the hearts of those who got to know him.
Musically "Fly Away" has the true Angel Nation sound, bringing back the old school band feel and 80’s vibes. This ballad combines a more intimate, acoustic approach and a full rock sound being delicate, strong, sad and joyful, all at the same time!
"We are thrilled to be releasing new music and hope this song will bring positivity in the midst of what has been a hard year for many of us. If you want to support us on our way to our third full-length album, you can purchase and stream this single on the usual digital platforms."
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German melodic metal band, Witchbound, have released a new single and music video for 'End Of Paradise', it's the title track from their forthcoming second album, which will be released on April 30th via El Puerto Records. The YouTube video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/LBdvnetS2LI
Six years after the sensational debut album "Tarot‘s Legacy", Witchbound step out of the shadows of their musical past and present a melodic metal album that will delight both previous fans and win many new ones.
"End Of Paradise" is digital available here: https://backl.ink/144924184 and appears in addition to the collectors box as a jewel case CD.
Everlust, gothic rock / melodic metal band from Latvia, will release their sophomore full length album “Diary of Existence” on May 7th, 2021 via Wormholedeath on all digital platforms worldwide.
"The album will consist of 11 compositions, which are like different diary entries. The album describes the feelings of a person writing a diary. The mood is mostly melancholic in songs like “Land of Dreams”, “I Never Was” and “Alone”, which are heartbreak ballads about loneliness and unrequited love, even a little mystical “Despair” filled with more aphotic feels. There is also energy driven philosophical song “Running” which is about being alone in a crowd and running from oneself, lustful song “Everlust” and bipolar “Destroyer”. The band also made their version of famous Sam Smith’s song “Writings on the Wall”. “Diary of Existence” will also feature a duet song “Entwined” with Ålandic band LAMORI's front man Matias Juselius, which is also a romantic ballad about sick relationships."
About their new album:
“Each of these songs is like the tales about our feelings, while going through some difficult situations in life and getting over them. We hope that these songs will be a helping hand to our listeners facing the same problems.”
Everlust is a gothic rock / melodic metal band from Riga, Latvia. Their music can be described as melancholic and romantic. They sing about love, passion, heartbreak, misery, death. Besides, they are the only active gothic band left in the Baltic region at the moment with strong influence from bands like “Draconian”, “Theatre of Tragedy”, “Charon”, “Paradise Lost”, “Sentenced”, “Lacuna Coil”, “Trees Of Eternity” and more.
In 2020 Everlust signed a record deal with “Wormholedeath” records label from Italy. The new album “Diary of Existence” was recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered at Titans Lab Studio (Ferrara, Italy). Produced by Carlo Bellotti and Riccardo Daga.
Greek metal masters Nightfall are now streaming their brand new opus 'At Night We Prey' in full in advance of the release date. The new offering is set for release on March 05, 2021. The album can now be streamed via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel HERE. The link may be freely spread throughout your channels.
The album can be ordered in various formats HERE.
Vocalist Efthimis comments on the stream:
"This album is made of anger and hope. Anger about all those stereotypes built around serious subjects affecting all, like depression; and hope for things to change for the better. We sing for younger generations to break down old misconceptions about mental disorders. Music in this album is not following a linear pattern, but rather tries to catch the entire spectrum of mood swings one is experiencing, while in this state. It is a blend of fast and slow parts, heavy and heavier passages, in a natural progress from start to end. Enjoy it and let its message root in you."
It has been seven long years since the world was last blessed with new music from the melodic blackened death metal stalwarts of Nightfall. While the band has been absent from the scene since the release of 2013’s Cassiopeia, their legacy has not been forgotten. Comprising the holy trinity of Greek metal – along with Rotting Christ and Septicflesh – Nightfall was the first extreme act in the country to sign an international deal, introducing the world to the burgeoning Mediterranean scene in the early 90s. Now, the band is plotting a triumphant return with At Night We Prey, the darkest and latest chapter of Nightfall’s already storied career.
During the first decade of Nightfall’s lifespan, the band headlined stages across Europe. Thereafter, went on to dominate international festivals such as Brutal Assault, Sonisphere, and Wacken, the latter of which the band solidified their legacy as the first ever Greek band to earn an envied spot at the renowned festival. The band eventually made the decision to switch to a studio act before they went completely silent. When reflecting upon the sudden disappearance after a steady rise from the underground, vocalist and founding member Efthimis Karadimas explained that it was due to an all too familiar beast – depression:-
“It's because of depression that kicked in as early as mid-00s. I can write for hours and get into details about stuff gone wrong or mistreated situations, but the basis of all discouragement to move on has been depression and the effort required to get over it.”
Despite the dark days, Karadimas did not abandon music entirely, moving on to form The Slayerking, a gothic doom metal band that has released two agonizing full-length records between 2016-2019.
Alas, the abrupt departure of the band was not the final “goodbye” as Nightfall has been reinvigorated with a new line-up and coveted deal with Season of Mist. Karadimas has reunited with original Nightfall guitarist Mike Galiatsos, who helped define the band’s sound during the early years. With the addition of drummer and producer Fotis Benardo (ex-Septicflesh) as well as guitarist Kostas Kyriakopoulos (The Slayerking), the band is finally ready to release the tenth studio album At Night We Prey. In addition to the long-awaited new music, Season of Mist will also be re-issuing the band’s original albums that were produced by Holy Records back in the 90s. This is not the only news the band has to share as Nightfall has also vowed to finally perform again. “We are gonna play these live, including stuff never played live before,” says Karadimas.
"‘At Night We Prey' is a very dark and personal effort, tackling the topic of Karadimas’s battle with depression. “A beast I have experienced its teeth deep into my soul, I decided to come out and share that experience with metalheads. This is the least I can offer now to the big fight against depression. If we do not stop this, it will eat us all alive. Share your pain, speak openly about it. This is the only way to kill the demons in your mind.”
Efthimis Karadimas : Bass, vocals
Mike Galiatsos : Guitar
Kostas Kyriakopoulos : Guitar
Fotis Benardo : Drum
Italian melodic metal band Marble have just released their new single 'Heartless Disease' along with a new lyric video. This is the first new music available from the forthcoming album "S.A.V.E." (due out 15th February via Sliptrick Records) and is about the sin of lust. “Lust is not necessarily evil, it is a social convention imposed through the centuries by the clergy.”
Check out the lyric video here: https://youtu.be/0symogJzTGY
The lyric video was created by Jan “Örkki” Yrlund.
English extreme metallers Ghosts Of Atlantis unveil music video for "The Third Pillar" with magical take on Greek myth
English extreme metal group Ghosts Of Atlantis are pleased to debut their cinematic journey for the next track from their debut album "220.127.116.11". The bands sound is an epic journey for the listener, full of beautiful melodies, backed up by a crushing assault with emotive lyrics. Building the lore around the mythology of ancient Greece and Atlantis, GOA delivers it's own story, a story weaving both historic findings and fantasy storytelling.
The album begins with the track "The Third Pillar", this first track ties in with the band’s 'Three Pillar' logo, and sets the tone. The bands debut album entitled "18.104.22.168" will be out March 26th worldwide via Black Lion Records in CD, LP and digital formats.
"The Third Pillar" tells the tale of the great pilgrimage by the Atlantean people. The path to the Lemuiran Halls are treacherous, blinded by belief, the people embark across the lands. The ultimate goal being to reach the Three Pillars, it is said that the pillars are the sole point of contact with the Ghosts. The elders teach of the ability to unlock time travel and magic, yet, to raise the Ghosts, they must first survive the journey.
Check out the music video here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyJ-kZqNcQk&feature=youtu.be
Buy the album in CD / LP / digital formats here: http://smarturl.it/GOA3624
"Taking the listener on a journey that spans the emotional gamut, the experience is at times ominous and optimistic, set to a soundtrack that is as rich, layered, and intricate as it is well-researched." - Knotfest
The video premiered over at Knotfest.com alongside an exclusive interview with Phil And Colin from Ghosts of Atlantis. Check it out here:
Ukrainian modern melodic metallers Scarleth unveil their new video for the track "Be What You Are"; taken from their latest full length album "Vortex".
Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/3jmvVOiJvHY
Playing music at the joint of modern heaviness and diverse melodism, the band’s style is expanding constantly and represents a mind-blowing mixture of many melodic metal genres – from power, folk, doom and gothic metal to modern progressive metal. The band completely deserves to be called one of the most outstanding young musical representatives of their style.
Guitarist Victor Morozov comments:
"This music video is a tribute to the pre-COVID 19 era we all miss so much. We hope that the good old days when bands were touring the world freely will return soon! "Be What You Are" is a short and driven song which says that anyone can achieve anything. The most important thing s to believe in yourself and take action. I must say that the riffs in this track are quite unusual for our style and that makes the track stand out on it's own."
The "Be What You Are" video was recorded during the final show on the "Vortex" tour - November 16th, 2019 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Their second album "The Silver Lining" was reissued in December 2020.
Both "Vortex" and "The Silver Lining" are available on Rockshots Store:
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