Russian metal collective Millstone is set to release its newest album, Isle. The album falls under the groove / death metal umbrella, with melodic solos, varied rhythms and a "wall-of-sound" density. Each of the 9 tracks carries its own unique mood; from acoustic sketches to bottom heavy Meshuggah-esque passages, along with a lethal dose of straightforward classic thrash.
Isle was written by Millstone mastermind Ivan Scherbakov and produced by Vladimir Lehtinen (Second To Sun, Ultar, Grima, etc.), Isle is a concept album based on sci-fi novel “The Inhabited Island” (Arkady and Boris Strugatsky).
The Czech band joins the roster of Rock On Agency. ALIA TEMPORA is a Modern Metal Band with a strong influence from pop, dance and dubstep music. The band is characterized by its musical emphasis, a prismatic modern image, catchy music, and a captivating live show thanks to the strong personality of the frontwoman. The band already has a good following of fans both in Central and Western Europe, up to countries in North America and Mexico, and has already been able to perform on the stages of some major festivals. Their sound can be described as a combination of strong metal riffs, dance beats and dubstep grooves. The band is especially appreciated by all those who love melodic metal in a more modern interpretation!
Markie – Vocals
Stepan – Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals
Roman – Bass
Patrik – Drums
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.
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This past November, Edmonton, Canada's Juliet Ruin excited fans with their new single “Dark Water”. Their first of many new sounds to come since releasing their highly praised 2019 album "Old Stardust, Love, and Chaos".
The hot new track features a guest guitar solo from their good friend Diego Fernandez (Eye of Horus) and is the preview to their next EP of the same title that will arrive in 2021. The upcoming EP represents a step into a heavier domain continuing on with the low-tuned guitars along with taking a slightly different direction from originally three vocalists to one with frontwoman Jess Ruin fully taking over vocals.
In continuation of promoting the single, Juliet Ruin drummer Jesse Bauman is showcasing his behind the scenes playing on the track with a play-through video, which can be viewed via its premiere on Sonic Perspectives HERE.
"For our new single Dark Water, we had discussed showcasing a significantly harder side we haven’t explored yet. With that in mind, I had a vision for the drums the second that I heard that opening guitar riff. Heavy, hard hitting and driving. Dark Water didn’t require 300bpm blast beats or mind bending polyrhythms, the song screamed simplicity with flair. From the funky hit hats, to the heavy double kick, I feel like the drums in Dark Water are a perfect blend of KISS (keep it simple, stupid) and Djent."
Juliet Ruin is recommended for anyone who enjoys heavy and melodic metal with powerful vocals, especially those who already have The Agonist, Jinjer, and Killswitch Engage in rotation.
“Dark Water” is available on Spotify, Apple Music.
Lyric Video can be viewed here.
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Moldovan modern metal band Infected Rain is thrilled to announce that they have entered the studio to begin recording their upcoming fifth full-length album! Frontwoman Lena Scissorhands has issued an official update from the studio, hinting at what’s coming next with their music and conceptual themes.
Lena Scissorhands says:
"Working on the new album is like a breath of fresh air for us! We needed this like never before! So much to say, so much to talk about... This challenging year gave us a lot to think about on a personal and social level. Every song here is painfully sincere and raw, digesting it might take you a minute."
In anticipation of the upcoming music, the Moldovan frontrunners have revealed a brand new “sing-through” video featuring a passionate studio performance by Lena Scissorhands of the hard-hitting track “Taphephobia”, cut from their most recent full-length album, Endorphin.
Watch the sing-through video of “Taphephobia” HERE
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Sticking their heads in the sand during a pandemic has never been an option for Ukrainian groove metal juggernaut Jinjer. Instead of drowning in self-pity and using the current global situation as an excuse to be lazy, the band has not only unleashed the ferocious new video to their 6th single, "The Prophecy", today, but have also announced that they will be making videos for the remaining three songs off of their critically acclaimed breakthrough album, Macro.
Eugene, Jinjer bassist, comments:-
"When we wrote "The Prophecy" in 2019, little did we know that it would prophetize things to come in 2020 ... the entire screwed up, scary and confusing year all wrapped up in our brand new single. That being said - we are not only very excited for this new video, but to also announce that we will release videos for all tracks from our Macro album. It‘s the very least we can do in these strange times!"
Jinjer are gearing up for the release of their very first official live album: Alive In Melbourne, to be released on November 20, 2020 via Napalm Records. Alive In Melbourne was recorded during the sold out debut Macro Australia Tour in March 2020, just days before Covid-19 stopped Jinjer's world tour in its tracks and changed all of our lives collectively forever.
Ravened, a young modern metal band from Sweden, with family connections to bands like Hellfueled, Narnia, The Waymaker and Audiovision, release their debut album ’From the Depths‘ on August 7, 2020.
The first single – “From the Depths” is available today on all major digital platforms, along with a music video. Watch it HERE: https://youtu.be/1nLB2BAbfTs
Ravened from Jönköping, Sweden, started in 2018 and plays modern metal merged with influences from the past from bands like Pantera, Bloodbath, Lamb of God, and Metallica. The members are between 19-24 years old, but the music has been a big part of their lives for generations. Olle Liljegren (guitars, songwriter) is son to Simeon Liljegren (Modest Attraction, Audiovision), and nephew to Christian Liljegren (Narnia, The Waymaker, Audiovision, Divinefire, Golden Resurrection, etc.) and drummer Oliwer Svensson is son to Kent Svensson (Hellfueled).
Jonatan Samuelsson, founder and owner of record label JONO states:-
"These guys have poured 100% of their hearts into the tracks, which would attract both listeners interested in the technical aspect of music, as well as anyone who just loves great metal. Ravened has a hunger and passion like few other bands in their age. They have started their journey towards an exciting future. This is where it all starts!"
’From the Depths‘ was recorded in Lund, produced by Ulf Blomberg (HoboRec) and will be released by record label JONO and distributed by Sound Pollution.
Pre-order the album HERE: https://orcd.co/from-the-depths
It’s been a tough time in recent months but Greek modern metal group Simplefast have kept themselves busy backing up the release of their latest album Eternal (Sliptrick Records – February 21st, 2020) with two video releases. First up was the official video for the dynamic track The Liar’s Truth and this was quickly followed by the excellent lyrics video for Nero Reborn. Check both videos out below.
The 8 tracks which make up Eternal are ideal for heavy metal and thrash metal listeners, moreover they combine elements for a more modern metal sound. These are characterized by melodic and growly vocals with groovy drums and bass and a guitar duo, with smashing riffs, sharp solos and melodies filling the space. In their humble opinion, Simplefast consider the album, the “Magnum Opus” of the band. Read more …here
Available now from: Shop Sliptrick | Apple Music | Spotify | & other major stores
Yiannis Voulgaropoulos – Vocals
Hector Stavrakas – Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals
Panos Zorg – Lead Guitar
Nikolas Tzanavaras – Bass
Stratos Midelias – Drums
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Staying indoors for long periods of time does have its silver linings - for instance, more time for artistic inspiration! Jinjer fan Mychailo Halinin turned boredom and isolation into creativity and remade the seminal music video for "Perennial" from their 2019 EP Micro - with LEGO.
Today, the band releases the video through the official channels. Watch the video HERE!
Commented bass player Eugene Abdukhanov:-
"Who has not played with LEGO as a kid? Who has not secretly dreamed of starring in their own LEGO MOVIE!? What a wonderful gift and pleasure this was to watch and now to release Perennial LEGO to the world … these are indeed very strange days but thank you Mychailo for making our day a little bit more bright and positive!"
Devastating riffs, aggressive vocals, powerful melodies and astonishingly deep lyrics are what make their new album, Macro, Jinjer’s most advanced and undeniable album yet – taking the listener on a journey of trauma, power struggle and greed with a progressive groove metal backdrop.
Order Macro as well as the Micro EP HERE
Canadian Modern Death Metallers Protosequence to release 'A Blunt Description of Something Obscene' on May 19th; lyric video out now
Modern Death Metal quartet Protosequence will release A Blunt Description of Something Obscene May 19 on Lacerated Enemy Records. A lyric video for EP track "Savagery in Fundamental Behaviours" is available at youtu.be/BE_o3hF3nJw
Protosequence is without a doubt one of the most amazing progressive tech death metal bands in the scene today! The group released the following statement about its new label home and the forthcoming EP:
"We are very excited to announce our signing with Lacerated Enemy Records! Featuring a new vocalist [Josh Hahn], our new EP 'A Blunt Description of Something Obscene' marks a musical turning point in Protosequence. We can't wait to hit the road, and see what our future with LE holds."
Recommended for fans of Job for a Cowboy, Black Crown Initiate, The Faceless, Rivers of Nihil, and Signs of The Swarm.
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All music written and performed by Protosequence
Drums and Vocals recorded by Diego Trujillo at Oracle Studios
Guitar and Bass recorded by Josh Hahn at Ass Pirate Studios
Mixing/Mastering by Diego Trujillo at Oracle Studios
Album artwork and layout by Jois Cabe Artwork
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