Okkultokrati has been awarded Best Metal Album Of 2016 in the prestigious Norwegian Spellemann Awards, for their Southern Lord-released Raspberry Dawn album! The award is the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy, making this a massive landmark for the band and their incredibly adventurous, genre-entangling style of eclectic hardcore punk.
As recently announced, the Norwegian mavericks are hitting the road again this Spring, with new tour dates constantly being updated. See all confirmed live listings HERE, and watch for more dates to be announced.
While paying homage to their native region's 1990s black metal heritage, the cinematic synth/goth rock of the prior decade, and the raging early punk movement ahead of that, Okkultokrati still manages to create sincerely original and infectious music through every bar of Raspberry Dawn, resulting in a starkly raw and original sounding album.
See Okkultokrati's videos for "Magic People HERE, "Raspberry Dawn" HERE, and "Hidden Future" HERE, and stream all of Raspberry Dawn at Bandcamp HERE.
Raspberry Dawn is available on CD, LP, and digital platforms via the Southern Lord store.
Okkultokrati Tour Dates:
3/21/2017 Gleis 22 - Münster, DE
3/22/2017 The Plaque - Leipzig, DE
3/23/2017 DasBACH - Wien, AT
3/24/2017 P.M.K - Innsbruck, AT
3/25/2017 Tetris - Trieste, IT
3/26/2017 Scum - Pescara, IT
3/27/2017 Freakout Club - Bologna, IT
3/28/2017 Cinema Metropolis Umbertide - Umbertide, IT
3/29/2017 Spazio Ligera - Milano, IT
3/30/2017 Trokson - Lyon, FR
3/31/2017 Hipster Cafe - Rouen, FR
4/01/2017 301 Live Club - Lille, FR
4/02/2017 The Flapper - Birmingham, UK
4/03/2017 Black Heart - London, UK
4/05/2017 Audio Glasgow - Glasgow, UK
4/06/2017 The Cluny - Newcastle, UK
4/07/2017 Antwerp Music City - Antwerp, BE
4/08/2017 Merleyn - Nijmegen, NL
4/09/2017 The Pit's - Kortijk, BE - Bang Zoom Noise Produktions VZW
4/10/2017 Magasin 4 - Bruxelles, BE
After spending some time with the brothers relatives in the deep south of Louisiana bayou, taught how to make moonshine, fixin old rusty cars, fishing and of course playing some music with the locals. They went back home to deliver a heavy mix of hard rock, metal, hardcore and a twist of blues or as they say Hillbilly metal.
Their debut single “Hillbilly For Life” was self released in 2015, produced by Kristoffer Folin at Purple Skull Media in Stockholm. Followed by a music video available on YouTube. Since then they have been touring around Sweden and played at some of the biggest Rock Festivals such at Sweden Rock Festival and Skogsröjet. They also toured the USA in 2015 travelling from east to west through of course the south.
Now the fearsome Swedes unleash their new music video 'Blood Sweat & Shine' - watch here
Fearless present a full energy live show hard to forget topped with self-designed instruments in the form of a pitchfork guitar, a shovel bass and a tractor like drum kit. Fearless musical influences are: Hellyeah, Black Label Society, Texas Hippie Coalition, Lamb of God, Pantera, Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie, Kiss.
Crack open that bottle of Jack Daniels and chew on some straw.
Sweden's Zonetripper releases 'Disconnected' music video feat. Fredrik Reinedahl (Solstafir, Opeth, In Flames)
Swedish metal band Zonetripper released a music video for 'Disconnected', it's the first single out of their debut album, due for release later this year. Zonetripper was formed by metal and rock producer Fredrik Reinedahl (Solstafir, Peter Dolving, Opeth, In Flames). The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/QLTLIUELR-M
The video was shot by Ninja Agborn in support of Standing Rock and the water protectors there - to commemorate the Wounded Knee massacre.
Zonetripper was formed by metal and rock producer Fredrik Reinedahl, known for producing, engineering and mixing bands like Solstafir, Peter Dolving, Opeth, In Flames, Burst, Gadget and more, with the idea to reinvigorate the metal scene by taking what he learned from growing up as a metal fan and fusing it together into a something fresh, something never heard before. Everything from blues to thrash metal, from psychedelia to pop. There are no limits, that was the basic idea.
Songs came together quickly, but forming the band took some time. Numerous singers have passed the door, among them Peter Dolving from The Haunted (now in I Am Fire and Dress The Dead) and Krummi Bjorgvins (Legend).
Now the band consists of some known faces from the Gothenburg metal and punk scene. The bass is handled by none other than Martyrdöd vocalist Mikael Kjellman. Kalle Persson from Skitsystem joined Zonetripper on drums last spring, together with keyboard player Niklas Abrahamsson. The band is fronted by vocalist Anette Lith, who has a background as a singer and dancer in musicals and shows across the globe.
The band have recorded it's first album and is looking to release it in 2017. In the meantime, the band will do as much touring as possible
Wormholedeath are proud to announce that Meltdown (Metal / Metalcore from Norway) have signed a distribution deal with the label for the worldwide release of their debut album "Answers".
Digital Release : 20th January 2017 (Wormholedeath / The Orchard)
Physical Release : 17th February 2017 (Aural Music Group)
U.S.A. : 10th March 2017 (Wormholedeath U.S.A.)
Japan (Wormholedeath Japan / DiskUnion) TBA.
Meltdown had this to say:-
"We are delighted to announce that we have signed a worldwide distribution deal for our debut album “Answers” with WormHoleDeath Records. A debut album is of course very dear to us, and it became instantly obvious to us that WHD and the staff, with Carlo Bellotti and Thomas Hansen in particular, are the right company and people to cooperate with.
Not only do they work professionally with a solid network around the world, but they also care personally, understand our music and share our passion, which is so rare in the business. In short, we prefer to work with great people and WHD and the staff ticks all the boxes.
Carlo wants to be as a part of the band and obviously this passion means more to him than just the business. As a band you can´t ask for more dedication than that. We are really looking forward to a long and successful cooperation with the great people at WHD."
Romanian Metal combo Gothic have released the second 'Making Of' video their for upcoming album, Demons, stream it online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kugh7G26b1I (English subtitles available)
Demons will be released on the 14th of January 2017 via Loud Rage Music, and represents the band's best work to date whilst simultaneously offering itself as an anniversary present for their fans marking 24 years of activity! The cover artwork was produced by the band's bass player Talpai "Taly" Csaba.
Established back in 1992 by Alin Petrut in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains of Transilvania, Romania, the band became in a short period of time one of the most respected Metal bands in the country and kept the same statute to this day by touring extensively within Romania and abroad all over Europe, playing alongside acts like Manowar, Dimmu Borgir, Europe, Korpiklaani, Gojira, Napalm Death, Decapitated, and many more.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Austrian / German quintet Glare Of The Sun to the Lifeforce Records roster.
Drown yourself into the deep sea of wide and heavenly guitars. Dreamy, shoe-gazy, epic. But wait for it – the massive hammer of doom will hit you soon enough. Unexpected, unprepared, merciless. Glare Of The Sun are beautiful and brutal at the same time. Promising and melancholic, tumbling at the edge of senses, between falling and rising, light and dark, night and day. Always creating space, leaving it up to you which side you want to choose.
Experienced musicians (form Germany and Austria) of all kinds of genres breaking the boundaries. No rules – no remorse. And that’s also how their music sounds like. Doom meets Post, Shoe-Gaze, Prog and several other kinds of music. All is authentic, all is glare. In July 2016 Glare Of The Sun booked the Vato Loco Studios of Martin Schirenc (Pungent Stench) to create their first Album „Soil“, which will be released in January 2017 on Lifeforce Records. Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath) and his Unisound Studio Sweden was responsible for the mastering.
Glare Of The Sunconsists of members/ex-members of Zombie Inc., Collapse 7, Microtonner, Ghouls come knockin‘, Proll Guns.
Debut album "Soil" out January 2017 on Lifeforce Records.
Visit and "like" the band's Facebook page and stay tuned about latest news and live shows.
The graphic novel everyone is talking about is coming to the large and the small screen!
The animated motion comic version of ‘Realm Of The Damned’ will feature the dark and disturbed voices of David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Dani Filth (Cradle Of Filth) Jill Janus (Huntress) and many more.
Directed by Tom Paton who’s first Sci-fi debut set the world alight with his post-apocalyptic vision – Pandorica. Tom now takes on the world of animation by bringing the graphic novel Realm of The Damned to life as a motion graphic comic.
This is a fresh and genuinely brilliant new world for fans of anime, horror, vampires and Metal the world over. So feast your depraved souls on this rare spectacle if you dare………
VIEW A TRAILER AT THIS LOCATION
There’s no one left to protect us from what lurks in the dark. No one is coming to save us. The monsters have won. Our world now belongs to them.
The Vatican’s last line of paranormal defence – The Congregation – has finally been overrun by the supernatural forces of darkness. Our heroes are all dead; only the damned remain. Among them is Alberic Van Helsing – addict, murderer, survivor – and the creatures that were once his prey now hunt him across America. But when an apocalyptic evil is resurrected in the forests of Norway, it falls to Van Helsing to become the hunter once again if mankind and monster alike are to see the dawn.
Van Helsing’s quest for salvation and survival takes him through the ruins of a neo-Gothic Europe, where he must face the vampire queen of the Vatican, a man-made monster with the heart of a storm, the lycanthropic lord of the forest, the mummified ruler of the slums of Cairo, and the crazed vampire demi-god who threatens to devour them all.
This is Realm of the Damned: Tenebris Deos, an animated motion comic of pure Black Metal horror that unleashes the classic gothic monsters on a modern rampage of redemption and damnation. Raw, fast-paced and bristling with atmosphere, this is a bloody and blasphemous epic that leaves no church unburned.
Sofia's (Bulgaria) hereAndNow will release debut album "Flipside Story" on June 16. Check out the album teaser video at this location. "Flipside Story" is now available for pre-order: https://hereandnowband.bandcamp.com/releases
A new force on the internal metal scene, hereAndNow rages against the ills of society through its music. Stylistically, this is melodic, progressive, modern, and groovy metal. The album was mastered by Swedish producer Jens Bogren (Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity, Moonspell, Amon Amarth etc). The album will be available on the band's site and all major online outlets. In addition to the CD, a custom designed flash drive will be available, with maximum quality sound and a subscription to the supporters' area with exclusive making-of material, including pictures, videos, song notations and alternative mixes.
Stream single "rebuildAndDestroy" on Soundcloud.
Japanese Electro / Metal band Sever Black Paranoia has released a new music video single, "Insanity" off their upcoming full length "Eliza". After staying quiet since the band's last EP "East of Eden" in 2013, the group is getting ready to make some noise with the anticipation of their debut LP set to release May 20th.
“Insanity was created with a unique view on the world. We used sounds differing from other electronica bands, as well as uses new sources of electronica element. This song could be described as a dark parade of sounds and lyrics being unleashed upon the world.”
May, 2009 start off of Sever Black Paranoia producing a project of synchronizing video and sound.
July, 2012 1st mini album “Metasentiment” release March, 2013 2nd mini album “East of Eden” release. And now, at last, it was announced that they will release their 1st full album “Eliza” in spring of 2016.
Full with unique view of the world, sounds of chaos dark electronic differing from other digital bands and also new sources of electro sounds. This could be described as a dark parade of sounds. It is totally dark as it were the note of arts. Finally a full album with extremely dark view of the world has been created.
Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik's Skuggsjá, the thrilling and tempestuous collaboration between Enslaved and Wardruna have entered the top ten of the US Billboard World Music Chart last week with their debut full-length 'Skuggsjá', which was released worldwide on March 11th. Season of Mist proudly congratulates the Norwegians on their success!
On further news, Einar Selvik of Skuggsjá and Wardruna was featured on last week's episode of The History Channel's acclaimed TV-series 'Vikings'. Spoiler warning: Einar can be seen singing off the Viking long-ships to war in season 4, episode #6 "What Might Have Been". His performance is starting at 12:30 minutes.
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