Rovaniemi-based melodic metal band Hate World Hero have released their new single 'The Beast Has Awoken' via Inverse Records.
Watch "The Beast Has Awoken" video here: https://youtu.be/KS_qWwMDlMw
The band comments:
"The Beast Has Awoken is about the awakening or waking up of The Beast. The Beast itself can signify anyone or anything, even an object or an experience. In life we face setbacks, doubts and downplay from different directions, but once you find your inner spark and let it burn, it will break all chains and kick-start you on new paths, although others might not always understand. What is The Beast then? That’s for you to decide!
The Beast Has Awoken is a powerful, fast-paced, and energetic song that rolls on with rising intensity and enormous power. The song’s pace, melodicity and massive choruses will no doubt make you bang your heads. The Beast Has Awoken was composed by Hannu Kuoksa with lyrics written by Teemu Huhtala."
Listen to The Beast Has Awoken single on:
Hate World Hero plays powerful, melodic metal with massive choruses and tasty hooks. Members of the band are all long-time professionals in their respective crafts. Their live shows are energetic, compelling, and professionally organized. In 2022, Hate World Hero will release two new singles: Crimson Kiss and The Beast Has Awoken, while continuing to work on new material for the upcoming debut album.
Pre-save Crimson Kiss single to your Spotify playlist: https://bit.ly/3GD6DAM
Out on May 5th 2022 via Inverse Records!
Hok-Key have signed a digital distribution deal with Wormholedeath for their album "In Existence", which will be released on February 25th, 2022 worldwide.
"We're really happy to work together with Wormholedeath Records as it is a chance to spread our music around the world. We had good vibes during our communication and think that our cooperation will be successful and fruitful."
About the album:
"Seven elements are the basis of both creation and disruption. So is the essence of existence. Let's see where the scales will go. The "bricks" we're given could be used to build the Paradise,
But, well, we still ignite the fuse and pay the overprice."
Hok-key was created on the 7th November 1994, as a comedy metal band. From 1994 - 1997 the band played a series of concerts in Minsk and other cities across Belarus. In 1998 the band took a hiatus.
A year later Hok-key started to work on new material. Over the 2000 - 2002 period, Hok-key played about twenty concerts in Belarus and abroad, and took part in numerous festivals, radio and TV talk shows.
From 2003 - 2004 the band was in the amorphous state and took a second hiatus. In August 2005 Hok-key was revived as a melodic metal band. Hok-key is a vivid representative of the Belarusian metal scene, who have taken the path from comedy metal directly to its present form - philosophical texts and constant musical and sound experiments, and could be described as melodic metal with folk influences.
The band has been broadcasted on radio stations, actively participates in various festivals and concerts at both home and abroad. In 2015 the band went on their "Thunder and Lightning European Tour" and from 2017 - 2018, during their "Reaping Europe Tour" the band visited almost all of the countries in Europe, from Poland to Portugal.
Hok-key already has 5 LP's released, “In Existence” will be the sixth one.
American metalcore outfit Light The Torch unveil "Death Of Me" music video + embark on tour With Killswitch Engage + August Burns Red
Light The Torch — Howard Jones [vocals], Francesco Artusato [guitar] and Ryan Wombacher [bass] — are kicking off 2022 in a massive way. The band has just shared the video for "Death of Me." Watch it here.
The song appears on the band's latest album, You Will Be the Death of Me, out now through Nuclear Blast.
"'Death of Me' is a song dedicated to that one single person or habit you can't shake," Jones explains. "A slow death hurts so much more. Ramon [Boutviseth] did a great job with directing this video and we hope you enjoy it. We're excited to play the song for all of you on the 'Atonement' tour, which starts today!” [started 28th Jan]
As mentioned by Jones, Light the Torch's tour with Killswitch Engage and August Burns Red kicks off tonight, January 28, in Pittsburgh. It's their first tour in support of the new album, which arrived last June. All dates are below.
LIGHT THE TORCH w/ KILLSWITCH ENGAGE + AUGUST BURNS RED:
Armed with soaring vocals, groovy riffs and catchy melodies, the melodic metal quintet Beneath The Silence is gearing up for the release of their debut full-length album ‘Black Lights'. Today they present the catchy second single 'Fear' - check out the music video above.
Vocalist Mette Hessellund states that:-
"‘Fear’ is a natural extension of the sound our EP 'Phoenix' was composed of. A new release is often the marker of a new evolution or direction, but we still felt it was important to hold on to the core of what we have already done. Heavy riffs, catchy choruses and a consistent groove”.
Since the band was formed in 2013, they have released two EP’s - ‘Meant for the Clouds’ (2016) and ‘Phoenix’ (2018). The latter, which was very well received, has amassed over 2,5 million streams across streaming platforms with placements on Spotify official playlists such as New Metal Tracks, New Blood, Kickass Metal and more. Beneath The Silence are now getting ready to release their debut album ‘Black Lights’, which has been produced by Nicklas Sonne (Defecto, Between Oceans, Malrun). ‘Black Lights’ is set to be released through Prime Collective February 11th.
'Fear' is already available on all streaming services.
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.
LASTING MAZE is:
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.
LASTING MAZE is:
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."
Angel Nation online
Inner Wound Recordings online
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.
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