Hailing from Beijing, Ancestor is one of the foremost old-school thrash metal bands from China. They have been creating headbangers since 2007. Their musical style is in the vein of early Teutonic thrash and the lyrical themes deal with the injustices of life and the philosophical dilemmas of being human.
In 2018, Ancestor's debut full-length album "Lords of Destiny" was released via Awakening Records, which was met with rave reviews and was included in many top 5 and top 10 lists for 2018. The CD version sold out within 6 months (LTD. 1000), while the cassette version (LTD. 200) was released by Eerie Hint Productions and instantly sold out.
Now, the vinyl version will be released via Awakening Records on August 18th. With aggressive riffs, transcendental melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics, "Lords of Destiny" captivates and assaults. The solemn, artistic seriousness that is offered will leave you spellbound and hungry for more. Mastered for vinyl by Patrick W. Engel at Temple of Disharmony.
● 12" VINYL 33 ⅓ RPM
● 180G HEAVYWEIGHT VINYL
● 350GSM GATEFOLD JACKET
● 250GSM CARDBOARD INSERT
● BLACK VINYL (LTD. 300)
● VIOLET VINYL (LTD. 100)
● SPLATTER VINYL (LTD. 100)
Out on August 18th, 2021
Finnish Old School Death Metallers Skeletal sign with Death In Pieces Records
“Bitterness and Burning Hatred” full length album - CD limited edition to 500 copies, first 50 include sticker + pin
Release date to be announced!!
Skeletal is a death metal band from Jyväskylä Finland, originally formed in 2007, reactivated in 2013.
Musically the band is influenced by late 80's / early 90's classic death and thrash bands, such as Morbid Angel, Death, Pestilence, Carcass and Slayer. The band combines the aggression of thrash and brutality of classic death metal, with ambitious songwriting, melodic guitar leads and atmospheric parts.
“Bitterness and Burning Hatred” is the band’s second full length album, following the debut “Dreadful Life” (2016). This upcoming album features 9 songs of aggressive death metal with old school production and more progressive influences on songwriting.
Danish Extreme Metallers Chronicle release new album "Demonology" in March; pre-orders available
Hailing from the northern part of Denmark, Chronicle is the bastard child of old-school thrash metal, melodic death metal & black metal, with a sprinkling of Finnish melody thrown in for good measure. Technical riffs and lightning fast drums are par for the course, when it comes to Chronicles music.
And now the Danish band is ready to release their new album “Demonology"!
“We've always strived towards a high level of technicality and musicianship in the music we write, and "Demonology" represents to us a big step into a heavier and more extreme direction, while maintaining our brand of catchy melodic death metal. We can't wait to share more info with you all in the coming months!" - Chronicle
The new album was produced, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Meshuggah, The Haunted) at Antfarm Studios and will be released on March 27th 2020 on CD, vinyl and digital formats. It can be pre-ordered here:
Lars Bo Nepper: guitar/vocals
Jari Sielemann Holopainen: drums
Sebastian Skousgaard: guitar
Jacob Wammen: bass
Finnish old school thrash metal band Terrific Verdict release the single ”Big C” from their upcoming debut album ”Wheel of Fortune” due to be released on March 29th by Inverse Records. This single is dedicated to all those who fight against this vicious disease.
Listen to the single:
Check the music video: - https://youtu.be/DpVcGlMFHEM
Chile's Critical Defiance to release "Misconception" on Unspeakable Axe Records
Thrash or be thrashed! Chilean heshers Critical Defiance are set to release their debut full-length, Misconception.
Critical Defiance goes straight for the jugular with their relentless and intricate brand of old-school thrash metal. Though spawned in the depths of Chile's underground, Critical Defiance bear all the markings of a band that came straight from the 80s Bay Area scene.
Following two demos and a limited-edition split with Santiago's Parkcrest, Critical Defiance signed with Unspeakable Axe Records for the release of Misconception. This eight-track album is an aggressive assault of violent riffs, shredding, yet melodic leads and shouted group vocals.
Stream album track "What About You" at https://youtu.be/TxQ0WKquTPk
Misconception will be out February 8 on Unspeakable Axe Records.
After releasing a successful debut album 'Screaming from the Grave' last year, Icelandic old school death machine Narthraal unleashed a new single 'Baptized in Blood'.
WATCH a video from a new track: https://youtu.be/OhPoag2dZqA
The band comments:-
"We are very happy with how well received our material has been, our EP's, Blood Citadel and Chainsaw Killing Spree, our LP Screaming from the grave and now our single.
We have been trying our very best to keep the old school death metal alive and we are very happy to see so many others like ourselves out in the world. Of course we also try to go a little outside the traditional OSDM style, like with our single "Baptized in Blood", we went for a little death / doom motif.
It's actually pretty funny, we were just brainstorming various ideas for a new song and then we decided to revisit some very old riffs we each made years ago that never really made sense on their own, but when put together they made complete sense! Then the song title suddenly came to our vocalist when he was in catholic mass, so he sat down and wrote down the lyrics describing a satanic cult performing ritualistic sacrifice.
We didn't expect the song to come out so well, but we are very glad that it did! And now we're just brainstorming song after song for our next full length album! We think it's going to be in some ways similar and other ways very different from what we have done so far, and we're looking forward to sharing it with everyone!"
"Baptized in Blood" is available on all digital platforms worldwide.
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2EJhoH7
Vocals/Bass: Viktor Penalver
Rhythm Guitar: Antonio Aguilar
Lead Guitar: Birkir Karason
Drums: Jónas Haux
Old school heavy metal newcomers Burning Witches are set to release their new album Hexenhammer on November 9th. Today, the band are premiering the official video for the title track, over on YouTube. Check it out, here: youtu.be/1OCmwMFKDlE
The band commented on the video:-
"The filming of the 'Hexenhammer' video was an exciting new experience for the band. Our second video dives into the story of Malleus Maleficarum, written by the discredited Catholic clergyman Heinrich Kramer, to legitimate his cruel deeds against woman in the 15th century. The title track stands for the album, it is melodic and heavy and reflects the sound of the band in a perfect way! We hope you will enjoy the video, which opens up a new authentic chapter for the band! We wanna thank the Witchcraft museum in Gränichen/Switzerland and its founder and director Miss Wicca Meier-Spring and her team for the support on this large project. Also we wanna thank the Operahouse of Zurich for the costumes and the props. Ancient recordings and editing by Michael Buzek - cheers to the whole team for making this amazing venture possible!"
Hexenhammer is now available for pre-order on a variety of different formats:
All formats: nuclearblast.com/bw-hexenhammer
Limited Digipack CD: nblast.de/BurningWitchesCD
Limited Edition Double Gatefold Black Vinyl: nblast.de/BurningWitchesVinyl
Limited Edition Double Gatefold Red Vinyl: nblast.de/BurningWitchesNBShop
Limited Edition Double Gatefold Blue Vinyl + poster: nblast.de/BurningWitchesNBShop
Digital album: nblast.de/BWHexenhammerIT
Watch and listen to 'Executed' over on YouTube: youtu.be/840vcVzth-0
Hexenhammer was produced in the Little Creek Studio by the same team as its predecessor: V.O. Pulver (PRO-PAIN, DESTRUCTION, NERVOSA, PÄNZER) and DESTRUCTION legend Schmier, who also helped and advised as a close friend of the band. The result is a truly brilliant heavy metal album.
Sweden's Desolator re-release debut EP 'Spawn of Misanthropy' via Black Lion Records
The Swedish band, Desolator, was originally going in a doom/death direction, but changed into an old school death metal band after some full band rehearsals. After many long and hard considerations, the name Desolator was approved.
Black Lion Records are pleased to inform that Swedish Old schoolers Desolator's debut EP "Spawn of Misanthropy" was re-issued by the label on CD early this month.
Jonas Bergkvist - Bass, Vocals ( Ending Quest, Soliloquium, Wolfcross)
Stefan Nordström - Guitars, Vocals ( Ending Quest, Soliloquium)
Joakim Rudemyr - Guitars, Vocals ( Within the Fall)
Victor Parri Drums - ( Eosphorus, Hadriel, Isole, The Curse, Valkyrja, ex-Dark Forest of North, ex-One Hour Hell, ex-Kraanium (live), ex-Mephorash (live), ex-Skitarg (live), ex-Sterbhaus (live), ex-Within the Fall (live) )
Check Out the lyric video for Illusions of Grandeur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQLIAQFhi9o
CD is available for sale here: https://desolatorblacklion.bandcamp.com
Dutch old school Death metallers Bloodphemy join Black Lion; new album out in 2019
Black Lion is pleased to welcome Dutch Death Metal group Bloodphemy. Bloodphemy’s members have played in numerous successful Death Metal bands such as Sinister, Pleurisy, Bodyfarm, Houwitser, Khaoz, Judgement Day. They know their shit when it comes to playing Death Metal, writing and recording albums, touring internationally, and are known for creating one hell of a live show. Their new album "In Cold Blood" will be released worldwide in 2019.
Bloodphemy are ready to take the stages in 2019 in support of their new album the band is already confirmed for:
*Fuck the Commerce - Germany
Březovská Metalová Noc Open Air - Czech Republic
Bloodfest - The Netherlands
To be sure to catch the band live and stay tuned for more news.
Get your copy of In Cold Blood via Black Lion Records:
Black Lion Records Website
Black Lion Records Facebook
Finnish old school heavy metallers Wrestling release new music video about serial killer artist
Wrestling is an old school heavy metal band from Oulu, Finland and their debut album "Ride On Freaks" is released via Inverse Records on September 14th 2018. The album pays homage to the classic heavy metal style of the 80’s, and you can clearly hear the influence of bands like Accept or Ozzy Osbourne in Wrestling’s music. But Wrestling is not just a tribute band. On the contrary they are spicing up their soup with various different styles. You can find clues of punk at one end and even some pure pop melodies at the other. The album is quite diverse in style and it’s also been recorded in a traditional fashion that leaves lots of room for the musicians to create the atmosphere they are after. So Wrestling is definitely not math metal. Or well… perhaps short term math metal at most.
The band released a new single from the upcoming album "Surreal Killer".
Watch the music video here: https://youtu.be/K4Th1vrDibI
"Surreal Killer shows us Wrestling at its most vicious mood. This speed metal influenced tune tells us a story of a serial killer artist, whose simple mission is… well, to make art out of death."
LISTEN TO SURREAL KILLER single on:
APPLE MUSIC: https://apple.co/2zhy2e4
The album was recorded on Anvil Road Studio and it is mixed and mastered by Harri Eksymä (Earmore Studios)
Tommi Saha (voc)
Risto Nyman (gtr)
Janne Kela (d.)
Pekka Moilanen (gtr)
Riku Rousu (b, voc)
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