Symphonic metal band Meteora has released a new song and lyric video off their latest album “Tragedy Of Delusion” released in March. “Stay Among Us” is the third song they’ve released as a video from this record, and it was made by István Lajcsák who has created the artwork of all their albums, the videos of “My Reality” and “After the Civil War”, and was also the designer of the “champion poster” that can be seen in the music video of “Memento Mori”.
The band is often referred to as "The lovechild of Nightwish and Fleshgod Apocalypse" - they’re known for balancing the melodies and operatic elements of Therion, Nightwish, Epica and After Forever with the more extreme influences of Fleshgod Apocalypse, Septicflesh and Gojira, offering a perfect mixture for the lovers of both sides of metal music.
Meteora: Stay Among Us (Official lyric video) - youtu.be/mvK8lNRqRa0
Máté Fülöp (screamed vocals, bass) has shared details of how his personal life and thought sparked the idea behind this song:
“Ever since its conception - from the first rehearsals to recording it in studio and listening to the final mastered version countless times - we’ve felt this song has a very personal and special meaning to us. We’ve been absolutely sure we’d love to release a video for this one!
This song was born when my whole family, including Atilla (Atilla Király, keyboards/vocals) who is my cousin was going through very difficult times. On that spring one of my grandfathers was hospitalized with a serious stroke, not much time after my other granddad passed away. Not many people know it, but that same spring I was hospitalized too after being hit by a car. I’ve spent the summer in bed, and spent the autumn learning how to walk again, just like my grandfather, who survived the stroke, but was paralysed for a while.
Knowing all this makes it much more understandable why this song is about passing. It consist of two parts. The first, slower segment describes the kind of passing away that we gently, slowly accept when it happens to our grandparents and elder relatives. The other half of the song is about the kind of caducity that we fight against, because it happens to us - emotions, memories, and ultimately, our own lives. Many people experience that they cannot perpetuate and store their memories the way they want them to. Although the digital world offers us countless ways, even some of the most important moments of our lives are easily erased from our brains, like it was leached from time to time.
It was in the hospital I’ve felt for the first time that I’ve been rushing through everything in my life too quickly, maybe because I have too many activities in the same time: my job, theatricals, Meteora, and so on. There is an exciting challenge for every single week that maybe happens to other people twice a year. Spending time in studio with the band, performing a few plays in the theatre, sending an application for a building permit at work, then a show with Meteora on the next day. I felt - and keep feeling it to this very day - that I can’t fully live and keep these important events within me, because the next day comes another one which pales the one before.
So this song is also an advice. If we can, try to slow down a little bit. Let’s think through our days, lest we miss anything that might be important. Maybe these tough times - the pandemic - are also about making us realize this. If you can, stay at home. Listen to some (or a lot!) of metal. The video of “Stay Among Us” hides many little mysteries as well: what’s the meaning of the three-way crossroads in the savannah, the lonely tree, the pianist, the child with a dog, the white piece of hair of that girl? There could be so much to be said about these, but they all reflect to something very personal by each member. So for now, we’d like the ones who watch this video to find out the meaning behind these secrets.”
Noémi Holló - lead vocals
Máté Fülöp - bass, harsh vocals & screams
Csaba Solymosi - guitars
Atilla Király - keyboards & clean vocals
Gábor Kása - drums
Thrash Metal veterans Testament celebrate new album with animated video for 'Children Of The Next Level'
Legendary bay area thrash metal giants Testament unleash new thunder to the masses in the form of their thirteenth studio album, Titans Of Creation, via Nuclear Blast.
In celebration of the release, the band offer fans the official video for 'Children Of The Next Level' by Balázs Gróf, which can be seen here: youtu.be/C9hDhc1Bd4U
(Check out more work from Balázs Gróf at grofbalazs.hu)
Chuck Billy comments:-
"Being so busy with touring, we weren't able to schedule a video shoot and thought we'd try something different and came up with a killer animated video for the song 'Children Of The Next Level'. With the song being about the Heavens Gate cult, we thought it would make for a good visual story. It takes a lot of time and effort to make animated video and it was really cool to watch the process as it came to life. i think it came out awesome."
Eric Peterson states:-
"Watching clips as it was being put together was exciting, but after seeing it for the first time from beginning to end, its hilarious as hell and lots of fun to watch. It sticks to the story board of lyrics while remaining very entertaining to watch and much more, I think even non metal fans will love this too!"
Order your copy of Titans Of Creation on the format of your choice here: nblast.de/TestamentTOC
Still filled with a massive and unstoppable energy since their last release, Testament have taken their style to the next level and present an album that is loyal to the roots of traditional thrash metal while still including alluring, brilliant and progressive ingredients that they are known for.
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Italian Melodic Metallers Ravenscry have released their new music video and single for 'Maybe', the track is taken from the forthcoming studio album '100', which will be out on May 15th, 2020. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/ROgLlZSBfzE
The video was directed by Salvatore Perrone.
Dramatically soaring vocals, bone-shaking rhythms and darkly real songwriting.
The album was produced by Ravenscry. Mixed by Roberto Laghi (In Flames, Mustasch, Sonic Syndicate). Mastered by Dragan Tanasković (In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Evergrey). Artwork and graphics by Mario "Aégis" S. Nevado.
Ravenscry is a female-fronted, melodic-metal band from Italy who are currently launching back onto the global metal scene with their highly-anticipated, new album “100”. To this day, they have released three full-length albums, charted in the Spotify metal charts; and stacked up streams in the millions for a number of their smash singles. They have also worked with numerous famous producers, who have crafted the sound for icons like Alice Cooper, Steve Vai, Marilyn Manson, In Flames and Megadeth. Following the release of a highly ambitious concept album, “The Invisible” (2017), Ravenscry are back. More energy. More melody. Even smarter lyrics. The latest evolution of their sound is one that stays true to the core of their sound, whilst still being extra accessible for new listeners.
Giulia Stefani - Vocals
Mauro Paganelli - Guitars
Federico Schiavoni - Guitars
Andrea "Fagio" Fagiuoli - Bass
Simone "Simon" Carminati - Drums
Symphonic Dark Metal band Thy Despair unleash their second single, "Ghost Rider" taken from "The Song Of Desolation" album coming out May 8 via Rockshots Records.
The band stated:-
"Ghost Rider tells us a story of night warrior on hell-born motorcycle who gathers souls of sinners in the name of Satan. The song gets out the idea that concepts of the good and the evil can't be absolute, as far as the world is not black and white. Good acts can be fuelled by evil forces, while evil deeds can come from good ideas".
Thy Despair blends black, gothic, doom, symphonic and melodic death elements into their sound along with vocals being sung in both English and Ukrainian.
"The Song Of Desolation" features 10 tracks each with its own tale to tell and a statement that unites all of them together.
International project Enzo The Glory Ensemble unveil new video from their new album "In The Name Of The World Spirit"
Enzo And The Glory Ensemble unleash new Video for "Try To Put In Pit The Fear" featuring Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land). Check it out below; new Album "In The Name Of The World Spirit" coming out this Friday March 27 via Rockshots Records.
Following up the previous albums ‘In the Name of the Father’ and ‘In The Name of The Son’, composer Enzo Donnarumma teamed up once again with Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery) for the production of the new record entitled ‘In The Name Of The World Spirit’.
Enzo and The Glory Ensemble’s stellar line-up includes Enzo Donnarumma, Marty Friedman, Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord), Gary Wehrkamp & Brian Ashland (Shadow Gallery), Nicholas Leptos (Warlord, Arrayan Path), Derek Corzine & Amulyn Braught Corzine (Whisper from Heaven) , David Brown (Metatrone), Alessandro Battini (Dark Horizon), Maria Londino and Francesco Romeggini (S91), Mr Jack, Claudia Coticelli and Clara People.
In addition to this out-of-this-world line-up, bass player Philip Bynoe (from Steve Vai’s backing band) joined the Glory Ensemble for the new album.
Lasting over one hour across 13 tracks, ‘In The Name Of The World Spirit’ will be definitely a must-have for all those who are into progressive metal with ethnic influences. This final chapter of the trilogy is a bridge between the western and the eastern cultures, besides a huge step towards a top-notch production. The balance between the instrumental parts and the vocals are now improved, while the ethnic arrangements are driven by the magnificent Weza Meza Choir ensemble from Congo. Once again, thanks to the massive choir section, ‘In The Name Of The World Spirit’ sets a new standard into the so-called “Gospel Metal” scene.
"Nothingness (It's Everyone's Fate)" OFFICIAL AUDIO ➤ https://youtu.be/GX5jZNgY8Kk
"Last Weep" VIDEO ➤ https://youtu.be/elzcvzBDHpU
"In The Name Of The World Spirit" is set to be released on March 27 via Rockshots Records
ALBUM PRE ORDER / Digipak Deluxe Edition: ➤ http://bit.ly/InTheNameOfTheWordSpirit_CD
PRE SAVE ➤ https://backl.ink/131991147
Artwork by Nello Dell'Omo / Art For Music
Mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio
German Medieval Metallers Feuerschwanz release "Metfest" live video; release date for new album unveiled
German Medieval Metallers Feuerschwanz have released the official live video for "Metfest", the first single off the band's upcoming album, Das elfte Gebot.
"Metfest“ is that anthem that makes any party a real one! Super catchy medieval, yet rocky melodies, frenetic sing-alongs and an ode to friendship! A song to grab your best bud and a barrel of mead to and crank it up!
Today the band also announces the release date for the successor of 2018's extremely successful album, Methämmer, (#6 in the official German album charts). Das elfte Gebot is scheduled for a June 26 release via Napalm Records.
Commented the band:-
"In December 2019 we celebrated our 15 year anniversary on the sold out Metfest tour – our biggest tour so far! The extraordinary spirit of wild shows in packed venues is captured in this new live video: Raise your horns and scream out loud with hordes of folk metalheads praising the brew of Vikings, dwarves and warriors – hail to the holy mead - Metfest!"
More info to follow soon...
30.04.20 DE - Meißen / Albrechts Burgfest
01.05.20 DE - Losheim am See / Hexentanz Festival
02.05.20 DE - Bad Segeberg / Felsenburg Festival
29.05.20 DE - Dietenhofen / Bibertal Festival
13.06.20 DE - Berlin / MPS
20.06.20 DE - Kranichfeld / Sternenklang Festival
26.06.20 DE - Brande-Hörnerkirchen / Hörnerfest
27.06.20 DE - Dischingen / Rock Am Härtsfeldsee
04.07.20 DE - Weil am Rhein / MPS
25.07.20 DE - Tuttlingen / Honbergsommer
31.07.20 DE - Cottbus / Elbenwald Festival
01.08.20 DE - Köln / MPS
08.08. - 09.08.20 DE - Hildesheim / M'era Luna Festival
21.08.20 DE - Schleswig / Baltic Open Air
Hauptmann Feuerschwanz - vocals, guitars
Johanna von der Vögelweide - fiddle, hurdy gurdy
Sir Lanzeflott - drums
Jarne Hodinsson - bass
Prinz Hodenherz - winds, vocals
Hans der Aufrechte - guitars
Finnish death metallers Torchia have unleashed their new video 'Plague Peasant' in support of their second album "The Coven" due out March 27th via Rockshots Records.
Watch it at the following link: https://youtu.be/t9z9Q_dMrn4
Plus available on
Edward Torchia adds about the track:-
"The up-tempo single ‘Plague Peasant’ is heavily driven by the melodic lead guitar, which has been the trademark of many Finnish melodic death metal bands, but not so often for Torchia. This song is somewhat an homage to our great countrymen and another favourite for all fans of old-school melodic death and Finnish sound."
Arising from the inner darkness of composer and lyricist Ville Riitamaa, Torchia takes inspiration from a multitude of metal subgenres and their mission is to revitalize the genre of melodic death metal by bringing in a sense of danger and unpredictability.
'The Coven' is now available for pre-order at the Rockshots Records' official store ➤ http://bit.ly/Torchia_PREORDER
Edward Torchia - Lead and backing vocals
Ville Riitamaa - Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals
Henri Heikkinen - Rhythm Guitars
Pirkka Birkstedt - Bass
Ville Virtanen - Drums
Italian death metallers Manam have just released the new video 'The Silver Bride', second single off their sophomore album 'Ouroboros', coming out on April 3 via Rockshots Records!
Marco Salvador, mastermind and songwriter of the band, comments about the song:-
"'The Silver Bride' is the second single from 'Ouroboros'. It's a power ballad, with great importance given to the strings and a beautiful melody that will ring in your head. The lyrics are written in the form of a poetry, which talks about our lost innocence, our inner child that still lives in us and screams for being listened. It's Manams first song with clean vocals only. "
Alongside the official video on YouTube, the track is also available as digital single on the major online stores:
Following-up to the previous 'Rebirth Of Consciousness", the new record is a concept album about alchemical initiation in the typical Manam's style made of epic, cathartic and emotional songs.
With influences that range from death metal to classical music and jazz, their music can be better described as "spiritual metal", a metaphysical power that transcends any labels or mental wall.
Pre-orders of the forthcoming album 'Ouroboros' are now open at the record label's official store:
Marco Salvador: Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar
Marco Montipò: Bass, Backing Vocals
Nicola De Cesero: Drums
Thomas Montefusco: Rhythm Guitar
Luca Mantovani: Rhythm Guitar
All music and Lyrics by Marco Salvador except for "The Silver Bride", music by Marco Montipò & Marco Salvador
Italian death metal stalwarts Across The Swarm will release their new album "Projections" on April 10th, 2020 via Time To Kill Records.
A video for the album title track has been released today and you can watch it HERE!
The band comments:
"'Projections' shows how much we have evolved during the years, as it intertwines our typical brutal riffs with new melodic elements. Seneca once said: 'we die a little every day'. 'Projections' represents the path that we must walk: a passage between lights and shadows, a perpetual growth opposed to an imminent decay".
The album was produced by Simone Mularoni and Simone Bertozzi at Domination Studios (Rhapsody, Labyrinth, Gory Blister) and mixed by Steve Wright (Dying Fetus, Misery Index). All songs feature Raphael Saini (Iced Earth, Cripple Bastards) on drums.
Pre-orders are available here: https://acrosstheswarm-ttk.bandcamp.com/album/projections
Formed in 2013, Across The Swarm's exhilarating brand of death metal and charged live shows have quickly earned them a reputation as one of the most exciting acts to emerge from the Italian metal scene.
The group's complex and dynamic sound along with their resonating live performances helped the band quickly rise to prominence. Following the release of their self-titled EP in December 2013, they took to the road sharing the stage with acts such as Fleshgod Apocalypse, The Modern Age Slavery, Electrocution, Hideous Divinity and Hate.
In 2016 the band released the "Waiting for the Hyenas" single to considerable acclaim. It wasn't long before they caught the eye of Time To Kill Records who welcomed them to their roster. The band's new album "Projections" will be released in spring 2020. Its diverse sound defies categorization while delivering a blend of aggressive attitude, emotive expression and modern flair, garnering a range of stylistic comparisons from classics like Suffocation to modern heavy hitters such as Despised Icon and Decapitated.
Francesco A. Flagiello – Vocals
Marco Lambertini – Guitar
Luca Sammartino – Guitar
Mirco Diana – Bass
Finnish melodic death metal band Babylonfall is set to release their debut album 'Collapse' on April 24th 2020 by Inverse Records. The band released a second single Murder of Crows along with music video and it is available here: https://youtu.be/A6fyjAYkNtM
Vocalist Okko Solanterä comments:-
""Murder Of Crows" is in a way our love letter to old school melodic death. Straightforward and a little bit of flirting with Swedish metal. The lyrics go through conflicts with the self and the world, and the rest I'll leave to the imagination. The music video was shot in the beautiful (and haunted) Anjala Mansion. Our drummer Mikko had a fever, but he pulled through like a champ! The whole band is super happy with the results, as the video beautifully supports the feeling of the song! It's easy to stand proudly behind it."
The album consists of ten versatile metal tracks, which show a wide range of influences. Lyrical themes of the album deal with “collapsing” on a personal and societal level. There are also sci-fi-themes as an added bonus.
“Collapse” was forged during late 2018 and early 2019 at Deep Noise Studios in Kouvola, Finland. It was recorded and mixed by Saku Moilanen. Mastering was done at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden by Tony Lindgren.
Listen to the single on:
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2vGNIGB
PRE-ORDER Collapse CD: http://bit.ly/2TD1kKW
PRE-SAVE Collapse album to your Spotify playlist: http://bit.ly/35CuGx0
Digital pre-order: https://babylonfall.bandcamp.com
Watch first music video Stars And Constellations: https://youtu.be/YndqMYa3lnM
Okko Solanterä (Vocals)
Esa Viren (Guitar)
Ossi Viren (Guitar)
Matti Huopainen (Bass)
Mikko Huopainen (Drums)
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