Israel's Matricide drops their new single 'Walk Into The Flames', the first 2022 release for the Tel-Aviv groove metal quartet. The band's previous cover single was released and distributed by Universal Music.
“Going for a unique and fresh type of sound, the band sets off to explore new grounds, throwing some interesting elements into the mix. The idea was to send the listener into a new kind of journey; something heavy and groovy, but at the same time a spiritual, thought-provoking listening experience,” explains guitarist Auria Sapir. “The title of our new single fits perfectly, it’s about walking into the unknown, looking for a way out of our comfort zone, both in music and in life as a whole.”
The single is taken from the band’s upcoming second full-length album, a follow-up to their highly acclaimed “When Random Turns to Fate”. It sounds just how the band described it: 'heavy and progressive, with powerful melodic hooks.'
2022 marks a new era for Matricide - as they continue marching forward, establishing themselves as a powerful heavy quartet.
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English prog metallers Deadly Circus Fire unveil 'White Wash' music video; new album 'Extinction' out in June
UK prog metal quartet Deadly Circus Fire have released a music video for their new single 'White Wash', the song is taken from their forthcoming album 'Extinction', which will be released on June 30th, 2022. The new single sees the return of original vocalist Adam Grant.
“This album for us is a culmination of the last few years struggles in this fucked up modern society", explains guitarist Save Addario. "Throughout a pandemic time to the edge of a world war. Every song, every lyrics it’s a statement, a warning of being close reaching a point of no return: the EXTINCTION of the human race. We are so excited this album is officially scheduled to be released in June and we can’t wait for you to finally hear it."
Deadly Circus Fire is a four-piece prog metal band from London, England. Formed in early 2009, the group's line-up includes guitarist Save Addario, drummer Paul Igoe, vocalist Adam Grant and bassist Mike Enort.
The past 12 years the band have released a self titled EP and two studios albums (‘The King and the Bishop’ and ‘The Hydra’s Tailor’). As well as touring multiple times in the UK and Europe alongside acts such as Skindred, Crossfaith and Bleed from Within. Following their acclaimed debut album, the London based Prog-Metal outfit released their second studio album, The Hydra's Tailor, after successfully surpassing their £10,000 Pledge target.
Singles from this album including 'House of Plagues' and 'Devil's Opera' have been played on many radio stations including XFM, Team Rock and BBC Radio 1. Citing Tool, Mastodon and Deftones as influences, the band's debut album The King and the Bishop received critical acclaim from Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine and more.
During the 2020 pandemic, the band decided to spend the time proactively and begin composing and recording their 3rd studio album ‘EXTINCTION’. Modelling their signature heavy sound with modern influences and slightly more mainstream approach to reach a bigger, worldwide audience and step out, once and for all, from the underground scene.
Australian black / death metal band Denouncement Pyre is premiering a music video for a new song titled "Hung Like Swine". The track is taken from the band's upcoming album "Forever Burning", due out June 17th on Agonia Records.
"Forever Burning" is the fourth instalment from the Melbourne-based band and follow-up to "Black Sun Unbound" (2016). As a monument of black/death chaos, this collection of songs "represents a fiery will that cannot be broken," comments D (guitars/vocals). "A homage to the triumph and tribulations of those who walk the path of fire. With the limitations of the mundane world fiercely aligned against us, we charge forth, unwavering, unbound! Forever Burning!"
The album was recorded at the band's own studio, apart from drums, which were recorded at The Black Lodge Studio by Joel Taylor. Mixes took place at I-HQ (Nocturnal Graves, Order of Orias) with Jarro Raphael and mastering at High Voltage Audio with James Frazzetto. The cover artwork was crafted by Mitchell Nolte (Aborted, Mystifier, Lucifers Child). Elizabeth D’Aprano shot new band photos.
Denouncement Pyre is active in metal underground since 2003. Prior to signing with Agonia Records in June of 2021, the band released a string of various EPs & 7”s, and conjured three full-length albums through Hells Headbangers Records; "World Cremation" (2010), "Almighty Arcanum" (2013) and "Black Sun Unbound" (2016). Amidst extensively touring throughout their native Australia, they brought their live show to New Zealand and USA, during Maryland Deathfest in 2016.
Indian metal veterans Demonic Resurrection recently returned with a new track in March 2022 called 'The Eye Of Eternity'. This was the first new music from the band in 5 years. Now they've dropped their 2nd single 'The Mask'
This track, like the previous features Benighted drummer Kevin Paradis and Australian keyboard sensation Misstiq who recently joined the band Earth Caller as a full time member. The rest of the line-up includes vocalist/guitarist Demonstealer who also recorded the bass and newly recruited lead guitarist Aditya Swaminathan (Kill The King).
The track has been inspired by the artwork of Michal 'Xaay' Loranc who created the artwork for the band’s 20th-anniversary merchandise line. Michal has worked with bands such as Behemoth, Nile and Vader.
The track has been mixed and mastered by ex-Demonic Resurrection guitarist Daniel Kenneth Rego and the lyric video was created by Abshishek Goswami from Sonicspawn Studios.
Fans who have purchased the 20th-anniversary merchandise are getting a free download of the song from the band as well.
Austrian symphonic metal force Visions Of Atlantis release second single “Melancholy Angel” + music video
Visions Of Atlantis are set to release their upcoming studio album, Pirates, on May 13, 2022 via Napalm Records! Now the band released the second single “Melancholy Angel” – a song that has already proven to be one of the fan favourites, when played live during the ongoing US tour. The single comes together with a stunning official video, including great visual effects and outstanding acting by the band around singer Clémentine Delauney, who has clearly developed further vocally and has both beautiful high tones and deeper more soulful colourings in her vocal repertoire.
The mighty new single “Melancholy Angel” is representative of the new Visions Of Atlantis sound, who with Pirates, reveal their most honest and intimate album to date. With their latest albums, visionaries Visions Of Atlantis have without a doubt proven that they are on top of the scene. Now, the band sets sail on an adventurous new journey and exciting chapter, marking a turning point in their discography with the upcoming album, Pirates.
German medieval metallers Schandmaul release new single and music video "Königsgarde" (ft. Feuerschwanz & Saltatio Mortis)
Leading the scene for almost 25 years, German medieval folk rock greats Schandmaul have definitely proven that they stand at the top of their genre with good reason. With six top 10 albums on the German charts (with their 2016 highlight Leuchtfeuer reaching #1 and most recently, 2019's Artus, at #2), successful tours and numerous festival appearances, as well as millions of streams on digital platforms, Schandmaul have summited to the top of the folk rock scene without a doubt. With their upcoming 11th studio album, Knüppel aus dem Sack, out June 10, Schandmaul once again demonstrate their inimitable talent as songwriters and storytellers.
After the first single and title track were recently served as prelude to this massive milestone, Schandmaul have just granted the next exciting insight with their second hymn, entitled “Königsgarde”. The multifaceted track marks an undeniable highlight and uplifting anthem packed with catchy melodies and rousing bagpipe elements and features high-class guest appearances by Saltatio Mortis and Feuerschwanz!
Thomas Lindner on “Königsgarde”:
"Stick together, stand together, stand up for each other, side by side, back to back - this is a noble goal, a source of our strength, not only these days, but at any time. The "Königsgarde" (Engl. king's guard) is an ode to unity."
Ben Metzner (Feuerschwanz u. d'Artagnan) adds:
"When Schandmaul asked me to be a part of the "Königsgarde" together with Saltatio Mortis, there was no doubt, I was in immediately! With both bands I have many concerts and memories in common. In my younger years I found my way to medieval rock through exactly these bands in the first place. The circle is closing now and I'm happy to be part of it!"
Saltatio Mortis on the song:
“We are really happy to be part of the king's guard. It was about 20 years ago when our paths crossed with Schandmaul’s for the first time. Colleagues became friends and the meetings on common performances became unforgettable moments. We have shared many beers, joy and sorrow. When Schandmaul invited us to participate in their song and video, we were happy from the bottom of our hearts and, of course, we participated wholeheartedly. Hopefully we will see each other very soon to celebrate the album and the alliance of the king's guard!”
Since their debut, Wahre Helden, released in 1999, Schandmaul has been a reliable force of top-notch, high-level folk rock full of exciting, captivating storytelling, performed by genre-trademarked instruments such as bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy and folk flutes, all topped with the unmistakable skills of vocalist Thomas Lindner.
With the title of their upcoming masterpiece, Knüppel aus dem Sack, the Munich-based outfit refers to a fairy-tale by the Brothers Grimm, "The Wishing-Table, the Gold-Ass, and the Cudgel in the Sack" (original German name: “Tischlein deck dich, Goldesel und Knüppel aus dem Sack”). Knüppel aus dem Sack shows the band at their undeniable peak as songwriters, storytellers and entertainers and embodies another high that is not only directed to die-hard fans but to everyone keen on diving into the magnificent universe of the German frontrunners.
Schandmaul on the album:
"With the eleventh album we announce ourselves loud and clear back after the forced silence!" (Thomas Lindner)
"We report back! A rocking album, nevertheless unmistakably Schandmaul. Fresh wind came additionally by producer Simon Michael, who tickled unexpected sides from the band..." (Martin Duckstein)
"The new Schandmaul album is really on fire and with the first single we literally take the "cudgel out of the sack"! Look forward with us to a fantastic video, and that we can finally rock together again at concerts. We have the music for it in our luggage." (Stefan Brunner)
“Out of the cultural lockdown, out of the cold of winter, out of rigidity. Time to go out again, to meet and move. To new music, peacefully united. May the album be a ray of hope, especially now in these sad times. Peace." (Matthias Richter)
Danish melodic deathcore band Hanging The Nihilist are gearing up for the release of their debut full-length album ‘Prophetic Blasphemy’, an album with an epic story of cosmic treason and revenge, on a backdrop of some of Europe’s most crushing and frenzied modern deathcore. Today they present the second single '... To the Sound of Madness' - watch the accompanying music video above.
Vocalist Alex Hall Kristensen muses:-
“'...To The Sound of Madness' is a track where we truly combined all our influences - from the frenzied blackened passages to the hard-hitting breakdowns and slams that for sure will make people move. Lyrically, the song explores the remains of the story’s fallen empire, and how it keeps spiralling further into despair even though the evil that influenced its downfall is gone."
Since being formed in 2016, Hanging The Nihilist has played shows with bands such as Shokran, Imminence, MØL, Cabal, among others. After the release of their EP ‘Crow’, the six-piece debuted at the UK metal scene with their performance at TECH METAL FEST 2019, with headliners DYING FETUS, MONUMENTS and LEPROUS. The coming debut album marks a new level of ambition and direction for the band, revealing what the hard-hitting six-piece has to offer the world of extreme metal. ‘Prophetic Blasphemy’ has been recorded and produced by renowned sound engineer Chris Kreutzfeldt (CABAL, Unseen Faith, MØL) and is set to be released on June 3rd through Prime Collective.
The new single '... To the Sound of Madness' is available on all streaming services.
Scotland's Alestorm unveil music video for new single, “Magellan’s Expedition” + announce new album details
It’s time to put on your pirate hat and inflate your rubber ducks, because the world-famous Pirate Metal Drinking Crew, Alestorm, have just set sail on a new voyage with their seventh studio album, Seventh Rum of a Seventh Rum, set for release on June 24, 2022 via Napalm Records. Pre-orders start now!
Alongside its pre-order kick-off, Alestorm have released the charging first single from the new album, “Magellan’s Expedition” – an epic quest telling the tale of Ferdinand Magellan’s historical circumnavigation of the earth in 1522. The official video was filmed on location in a castle, features tons of pyro, and of course, a huge yellow laser-eyed rubber duck fighting a young maiden warrior, transforming her into a real, beautiful duck! Featuring majestic orchestral backing, whirling folky violins and huge Latin choirs, this song is classic Alestorm like you haven’t heard in years – a real throwback to the early days of Captain Morgan’s Revenge!
The band spent two years during the lockdown going insane and frantically dredging up the craziest pirate metal anthems from their treasure chest of ideas, and have created the most epic and serious (yes, serious) sounding Alestorm album you’ve ever heard. From the symphonic choir-powered “Magellan’s Expedition” to the rousing anthem “Under Blackened Banners” featuring intense technical riffing and exquisite solo duels, Seventh Rum of a Seventh Rum is a real throwback to the early days of Captain Morgan’s Revenge. But fans of the modern Alestorm sound need not worry either – there’s plenty of party mood in the aptly-named future hit song “P.A.R.T.Y.”, and the high speed, insane folk metal banger “Cannonball” has the most ridiculous and offensive lyrics you’ve ever heard in a pirate metal song (making “Fucked With an Anchor” sound tame).
As an extra special treat for the die-hard collector fans, some special editions come with a full acoustic rendition of the entire album, and there’s even a legendary version of the album FOR DOGS once again. In the Wooden Box only, there is a special 7” Single vinyl, including “Christmas with Alestorm” and “Nyár Van”.
Seventh Rum of a Seventh Rum will be available in the following formats:
Alt-metal band Violet Blend campaign against gender discrimination with Maestra Gianna Fratta by performing Giuseppe Verdi's "La Donna Mobile". Watch the new "La Donna Mobile" music video via YouTube, and stream the song on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music, Tidal, Deezer and more.
New full-length album Demons is out now! Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Quiet Riot, LA Guns, Nanowar of Steel). Download / Stream at this location
Eclipse Records: Italian alternative metal band Violet Blend just dropped their new full-length album Demons and revealed a new music video for the song "La Donna Mobile", taken from Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto opera. In the video, Violet Blend are conducted by world-famous Maestra Gianna Fratta at the historic Teatro Verdi in Firenze, Italy.
"La Donna Mobile" is the fourth music video from the band's new full-length album Demons, which was just released worldwide on April 1, 2022 via Eclipse Records. Aside from being a timeless classic originally written by Giuseppe Verdi, the song has been adopted as the theme of "La Donna Mobile - Campaign against gender discrimination and violence”, a non-profit project to promote equality, empowerment, education, and information, focused on the role of women in the world of work. The campaign is promoted by Violet Blend, with the patronage of Municipality of Florence, the Department of Equal Opportunities of Florence, the sponsorship of Teatro Verdi of Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana of Florence and Viper Theatre of Florence, in support of AIDOS - Italian Association of Women for Development, that since 1981 has worked throughout the Italian territory for the rights, dignity and freedom of choices of women and girls in the world. Learn more about the campaign at this location.
"As a classical musicologist, I've always had to study and deal with music written by men, where women were always secondary characters with little to think or say," says lead vocalist & composer Giada Celeste Chelli. "La Donna è Mobile is one of the most famous arias of 19th century Italian opera, but I realized that very few people really knew its meaning. It is misogynist and discriminatory, and even if it was written during the 19th century, I find it terribly current. We wanted to underline the importance and relevance of a reflection on the role of women, focusing on the world of work, where still today there is a dangerous and frightening gender gap. With this project, we wanted to gather and show the public the testimonies of these wonderful women that work and succeed in professions that are socially still linked only to men. We asked women to help us spread a message of gender equality and the women responded!"
Demons contains thirteen hard-rocking tracks that personify discontent, passion, beauty, and rage. The lyrical subject matter of the album explores the human soul by investigating its contradictions and ambitions. The album was produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Quiet Riot, LA Guns, Nanowar of Steel). Demons will be released worldwide via Eclipse Records on April 1, 2022. Singles from the album include the powerful debut “Rock DJ” which describes the primordial sense of joy and freedom that music transmits. The second single entitled “Among All These Fools”, is about asking the music to guide you through some wicked people that try to surround you and prevent you from reaching your goals.
The third single “Need” is about a situation of great uncertainty, where you must decide if you should abandon the old life for a new one. The last single "La Donna Mobile" is part of a prominent social campaign to raise awareness against discrimination and gender-based violence, featuring AIDOS (Italian Association of Women for Development) and the Municipality of Florence, Italy. Altogether, Demons is an exciting record with something for everyone, from the superlative vocal to the rhythm-chops which seem to echo the true pulse of the world. Get ready to rock!
For more information about Maestra Gianna Fratta, check out her official website.
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Danish thrash metal band sickOmania have released a new official video (also containing lyrics) for the track Slumberland Prophets. Their self-titled debut album is due out worldwide via Sliptrick Records soon. sickOmania play a crossover of melodic thrash, death and classic heavy metal.
The band stated:-
“In a world where everyone can go be a wiseman about the lives of others, the doomsday prophet has awakened in people sitting and hiding behind their computer screen”.
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