Russia's Shokran release new album 'Ethereal'; debuts #2 on the U.S iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums
Progressive Metal Band Shokran has released their newest full length album, "Ethereal". Released on February 8th, Ethereal immediately blew fans away, debuting at #2 on the U.S iTunes Top 100 Heavy metal Albums.
"It's been a while since our last release, *Exodus*. We took our time, we honed our musical skills, and we are very proud of the end result! Our new CD, Ethereal is the most mature and complex album in the history of Shokran, we set out to deliver those next level feels" - Shokran
Shokran started as a Groove/Djent/Oriental Metal solo project by Dmitry Demyanenko in 2012, with the debut EP Sixth Sense. In 2014, the solo project transformed into a full-time band, and Shokran released its debut album Supreme Truth followed by extensive Russian tours & critical acclaim. As the group found their footing, there was a change in the line-up, and they were joined by their current singer, Andrew Ivashchenko, and bass player Valery Yushkevich.
The band was set to release their 2nd album entitled Exodus in 2015 but delayed the release after receiving interest from several record labels including Sumerian Records. During the negotiations, no agreements were ultimately reached, and the band decided to release Exodus on their own in September 2016. It was a conceptual work, that describes the 10 Plagues of Egypt, each song on Exodus tells about each Plague. The record took the band to an altogether higher level. Shokran gained new fans around the world, reunited with their original bass player Rodion Shevchenko, completed several more tours and began to compose their latest album ETHEREAL, which was released on February 8th, 2019 and debuted #2 on the U.S iTunes Top 100 Heavy metal albums.
Catch SHOKRAN LIVE:
05/11 - Graz (AUS)
05/12 - Viena (AUS)
05/17 - Vicenza (IT)
05/18 - Rome (IT)
05/19 - Milan (IT)
05/21 - Zurich (CH)
05/25 - Valencia (ES)
05/26 - Madrid (ES)
05/30 - Paris (FR)
09/27 - Euroblast Fest(GER)
U.S TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
On July 6th, Lebanese Metallers Phenomy performed at Metalhead Meeting 2018, in Bucharest, Romania! The band has issued the recap from the festival, read below:
"It was the first time we play on a big stage like this and it really took us to a next level. On the first moments it was really intimidating but after the second song when we really realised that the crowd were really enjoying our shit it became like a flow of energy passing from the crowd to us and vise versa. After the performance the reception of the fans was awesome.They really showed us that they knew what it took us to be here it was really a pay off for all the hard work.Then of course meeting people from other bands especially Alexi Laiho from Children Of Bodom, the look on his face when we told him that we were from Lebanon was priceless. Also, sharing our experiences on the road was fun and educative. We are really excited for what's to come!"
See more photos here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/OfficialAlphaOmegaManagement/photos/?tab=album&album_id=715122398823819
Next Phenomy shows:
August 2nd-4th - Wacken Open Air 2018 - Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/328105420965621/
September 7th-8th - Beirut Metal Fest 2018 - Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1990982270926489/
Lebanese metal band Phenomy was formed by Loïc El Haddad and Rudy Bejjani in 2014. The band’s sound is a mixture of Thrash/Groove metal with Melodies, breakdowns and tribal/ethnic rhythms. Only three month after its formation, Phenomy performed in several local gigs and in the Persian Metal and Rock Festival in Cannakale/Troya city in Turkey alongside big names like Orphaned Land. Later on, Phenomy released their debut album “Once And For All” and received good feedbacks from magazines and webzines, before signing a distribution deal with Via Nocturna in 2017. In Summer 2017 Phenomy toured with Repay the eastern European countries (Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria). Furthermore the band supported GRAVE in Lebanon in October 2017. The band released their second album “Threaten World Order” on March 2018.
Watch “Sacrifice (Live at i8 Production Studios)” video, taken from their latest album “Threaten World Order”: https://youtu.be/l-p9d6q7uuM
Phenomy, winners of the W:O:A Metal Battle in The Lebanon are set to perform at Wacken Festival 2018
On 27th of April in Beirut, Lebanese metal act Phenomy, alongside three other bands, took the challenge to battle for a slot in the worldwide final of the Metal Battle at the Wacken Festival 2018 (August 2nd-4th). Phenomy gained the first place in the battle! Congratulations, Guys!
Stated the band:
"It is an honour for us to represent our country in one of the biggest metal festivals in the world, Wacken Open Air. We are happy that the hard work is paying off and we are thankful for everything we are being able to do. Going through a hell of a journey climbing the ladder step by step and we are proud of what we have accomplished so far. To all those who believe in Phenomy, thank you so much for being a part of our family!"
Govad Music (the responsible promoter for the W:O:A Metal Battle in Middle East) wrote about Phenomy:
"Approaching the metal scene with a solid ground, a clear vision, and a steady aim; Influenced by Thrash metal and their love for melodies, they set out to define a sound of their own, away from the common labels and flavours of the genre." Read more here: http://www.govad-music.com/phenomy-is-the-winner-band-of-the-metal-battle-in-lebanon
Wacken Open Air 2018 Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/328105420965621
Lebanese metal band Phenomy was formed by Loïc El Haddad and Rudy Bejjani in 2014. The band’s sound is a mixture of Thrash / Groove metal with Melodies, breakdowns and tribal / ethnic rhythms. Only three month after its formation, Phenomy performed in several local gigs and in the Persian Metal and Rock Festival in Cannakale / Troya city in Turkey alongside big names like Orphaned Land. Later on, Phenomy released their debut album “Once And For All” and received good feedbacks from magazines and webzines, before signing a distribution deal with Via Nocturna in 2017. In Summer 2017 Phenomy toured with Repay in the eastern European countries (Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria). Furthermore the band supported Grave in Lebanon in October 2017. The band released their second album “Threaten World Order” on March 2018.
Stream “Dance Of The Wounded Souls” here:
Orphaned Land have an announcement to make regarding their latest album:-
"At first it was a huge crisis. "This is not our album, it's shit!" We said to our record label the first minute we saw this misprint copies (the misprint is at that lack of black where the white colour is at the guns and the all knowing eye). Immediate actions were made to take back copies from distributors and send corrected covers to the others and meanwhile the release date of the jewel case CD was delayed from Jan 26th to Feb 9th. Feb 9th came to earth, and still, doesn't matter how hard we tried, we received photos from shops that got the misprint version of our albums. At this point we have decided, "If you cannot beat them, join them". Then we figured out: "Wait a minute, we are Jews - if you cannot beat them - SELL THEM!" So, are there any collectors here who like to have those misprint versions of albums? this one is for you!"
Limited to a 100 signed copies only, at our www.orphaned-land.com/shop.html
Ukrainian metal band Ignea has released a new official video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RBR7GvNYv0) for the song ‘Seytanu Akbar’. The aim of this video is to reflect the atmosphere usually present at the Ignea shows. It has been recorded at The Best Ukrainian Metal Act 2017, the annual awards for the top Ukrainian metal bands where Ignea has entered the top 3 bands.
'Seytanu Akbar' is the song opening Ignea’s LP The Sign of Faith. Despite provocative title of the song, the band’s intention is to carry the idea of peace. According to the band’s words: “What we want to say is that there is no reasonable cause to kill other people, be it regime, faith or moral principles. We mainly speak about Islamic terrorism in this song, as one of the social plagues of 21st century, taking lots of innocent lives. However, this applies to every human on Earth, regardless of their religion.”
Ignea mixes melodic metal with symphonic and oriental vibes. So far, the band has released 1 EP, 2 singles, and 1 LP, has gained nearly 4 million views and 26,000 subscribers on YouTube, over 18,000 followers on Facebook, and over 17,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Ignea has performed at the top Ukrainian festivals and has opened the show for Orphaned Land in Kiev, Ukraine.
Recently, Igneahas also joined the roster of The Flaming Arts Agency that includes such famous bands as Behemoth, Venom, Bethlehem, Hate, Keep of Kalessin, Igorrr, Aeternam, and many others.
Currently, the band is about to record new singles and shoot a video. In May, the band is heading off to Europe for an EU tour (TBA) as well as to the RockMetalCampFest (France).
The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
Groove / Oriental Metal artists Shokran have announced the release of their second album Exodus. Exodus tells an ancient story. You'll have a chance to join the times of the Pharaohs' reign, namely, The Plagues of Egypt times, which had persuaded the Pharaoh to release the ill-treated Israelites from slavery, the beginning of the Exodus.
Accompanied by the tough riffs, minor harmonic melodies, furious rhythm section, beautiful clean singing and all the lung's power screams, Exodus causes a full-immersion in the antiquity. As a special bonus the CD version of Exodus will be a double CD with the standard album and an instrumental version of the album.
Exodus will be released on September 17th
Kna'an is a project that was born in the head of the Memmingen's Landestheater director - Walter Wayers. Wayers wrote a complete new play with his modern perspective about the familiar biblical story of Abraham in the land of Kna'an and was looking for someone to fit in writing the soundtrack and songs for this purpose. That's how a co-production between Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land) and Erez Yohanan (Amaseffer) was born.
Kobi & Erez, with the help of Orphaned Land's members, composed this special soundtrack consisting ballads and metal songs about all the characters and inner conflicts of the heroes in this complex episode, a story that still reflects till this day the three Abrahamic religions.
The concept album “Kna’an” will be released through Century Media Records on August 26th, 2016.
Orphaned Land will celebrate their 25th anniversary with an exciting journey into World Metal music which takes you through Russian-Chinese and Middle Eastern metal. All three bands embedded in their own different cultures and yet all brought together in a night of the finest Metal music the world has to offer:
25 Years Orphaned Land: The Anniversary & Very Best Tour 2016
+ Voodoo Kungfu, Imperial Age
03.11.2016 Germany Matrix Bochum
04.11.2016 Holland Nieuwe Pul Uden
05.11.2016 Germany tba Bremen
06.11.2016 Denmark Loppen Kobenhavn
07.11.2016 Germany Marx Hamburg
08.11.2016 Germany Bi Nuu Berlin
09.11.2016 Germany Backstage Munich
10.11.2016 Czech Rep tba Prague
11.11.2016 Poland Firlej Wroclaw
12.11.2016 Slovakia Randel Club Bratislava
13.11.2016 Italy Midian Live Cremona
14.11.2016 Italy tba Florence
15.11.2016 Swiss Z7 Pratteln
16.11.2016 France Coo Vileurbainne Lyon
17.11.2016 France Devan du Monde Paris
18.11.2016 Holland Baroeg Rotterdam
19.11.2016 Belgium Biebob Vosselaar
20.11.2016 UK Underworld London
19.06.2016 Hellfest Open Air, Clisson, France
23.06.2016 Nof Ginosar, Ginosar, Israel
02.07.2016 Basinfirefest, Mírová, Czech Republic
15.07.2016 Rock Fest, Barcelona, Spain
25.07.2016 Metaldays, Tolmin, Slovenia
05.08.2016 Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
06.08.2016 Gugulan Rock Fest, Caransebes, Romania
"Epic" is a descriptive term bandied about a lot these days, but nowhere can it be used more fittingly than in describing the upcoming release from Finland's Whispered! The masters of ‘Samurai Metal’ are back with third album "Metsutan – Songs of the Void", which is set for release on May 20th through Redhouse FMP / Inverse Records.
"Metsutan – Songs of the Void" is a complex masterpiece, addictive from the get-go. The band seamlessly fuse traditional Japanese instruments and atmospheres with Scandinavian melodic death making for a captivating listening experience throughout the album’s ten tracks.
Vocalist, guitarist and founding member of the band Jouni Valjakka talks on the lyrical themes explored on the album:-
“Similar to our last album "Shogunate Macabre" , we move across many themes. We have songs about warriors, spirits, Japanese mythology and more. With this album we touch on a more spiritual side with our thematics... Strong concepts about determination, life, retribution and values of one overall.”
The band teamed up once again with talented Japanese artist TOK who not only perfectly encapsulates the band’s visions she also acted as a mentor to ensure the band stays true to the core Japanese themes and concepts they explore on the album.
“On this album TOK used a more ethnically authentic approach with the writing of kanji and the whole artwork," comments Jouni. "Such as song names being displayed in old Japanese 'seals'. TOK really understands the spirit of what we are trying to do, and lectures us about the visual aspects in Japanese culture.”
“Artwork on this album emphasises the story of the last and longest song on the album 'Bloodred Shores Of Enoshima', which is based on a Japanese mythology telling of a certain dragon and the goddess Benzaiten.”
1. 血ノ舞 - Chi No Odori
3. Exile of the Floating World
4. Sakura Omen
5. 劍聖 - Kensei
6. Our Voice Shall Be Heard
7. 月明 - Tsukiakari
8. Warriors of Yama
9. Victory Grounds Nothing
10. Bloodred Shores of Enoshima
Act 1. 五頭龍 - Gozuryu
Act 2. The Chord of a Goddess
Act 3. Divine Affection
Act 4. The Fury of the Five
More album updates in the coming weeks but for now to whet your appetites even more, check out the lyric video above of 2015’s single ‘Sakura Omen’ which also features on the final track listing of "Metsutan - Songs of the Void."
"Metsutan - Songs of the Void" will be released on 20th May 2016 through Redhouse FMP / Inverse Records.
“The main inspiration for the story behind the song lies with the famous World War 1 story called "The Christmas Truce". We were simply blown away from that story. From the way that those holy day songs were the trigger to bring the enemies to co-exist and celebrate together as brothers for one night in No Man’s Land. The next day they just got back to bomb and kill each other. It is an outstanding story that shows us the eternal hope of mankind, the power of music and the tragedy that despite all of that - evil still prevails.” - Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land) on the story behind 'Let The Truce Be Known'
In anticipation of their upcoming release, Israeli Oriental Metallers Orphaned Land have premiered a new lyrical video for the song 'Let The Truce Be Known', taken from the band's new 6th studio album, 'All Is One', which will surface on June 24th via Century Media Records.
'Let The Truce Be Known' can be heard on the Century Media YouTube channel here
'All Is One' was mixed by Jens Bogren (Kreator, Amon Amarth, James LaBrie, Devin Townsend Project, Opeth) and was recorded in three different countries: Israel, Turkey and Sweden. Ironically, these countries are Jewish, Muslim and Christian respectively, which strengthens the Orphaned Land message of unity through music. Over 40 musicians were used to flesh out the sound of All Is One, including 25 choir singers and eight classical violin, viola and cello players from Turkey.
Further to that the band have announced tour dates across Europe from September to November and will visit France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands and will finish in the UK then Ireland, so see if they are coming to a venue near you!
All Is One European Tour 2013:
20.09. Colmar - Le Grillen / Fr
21.09. Lille - Le Splendid / Fr
22.09. Tongeren - Sodom Klub / Be
24.09. Aschaffenburg - Colossal / Ger
25.09. Bochum - Matrix / Ger
26.09. Hamburg - Rock N Roll Warehouse / Ger
27.09. Kobenhavn - Amager Bio Uniting The Powers Of Metal / Dk
28.09. Gera - Sachsischer Bahnof / Ger
29.09. Nuernberg - Hirsch / Ger
01.10. Praha - Exit us / Cz
02.10. Warsaw - Proxima club / Pl
03.10. Krakow – Lizard King club / Pl
04.10. Budapest - Club 202 / Hg
05.10. Vienna - Reigen Club / At
06.10. Bratislava - Randal Club / Sk
11.10. Sofia - Mix Tape 5 / Bg
12.10. Tessaloniki - Eight Ball Club / Gr
13.10. Athen - Kyttaro Live / Gr
15.10. Ankara - Jolly Joker Balans / Tk
16.10. Istanbul - Kucukciftkik Park / Tk
18.10. Belgrad - Dom Omladine / Srb
19.10. Zagreb - TBA / Ct
20.10. Maribor - Mc Pekarna Klub / Slov
23.10. Milan - Rock N Roll Arena / It
24.10. Prateln - Z7 / Ch
26.10. Lyon - o Totem Rillieux Mjc / Fr
27.10. Toulon - Le Vox / Fr
28.10. Toulouse - Connexion Live / Fr
29.10. Bilbao - Rock Star / Sp
31.10. Porto - Hard Club / Pt
01.11. Lisbon - Music Box / Pt
02.11. Madrid - Ramdall / Sp
03.11. Barcelona - Apolo 2 / Sp
04.11. Montpellier - L'antirouille / Fr
06.11. Nantes - Le Ferrailleur / Fr
07.11. Paris - Divan Du Monde / Fr
08.11. Zoetermeer - Boerderij / Nl
09.11. Apeldoorn - Gigant / Nl
11.11. Norwich - Waterfront / UK
12.11. Bilston - Robin 2 / UK
13.11. London - The Garage / UK
14.11. Manchester - Sound Control / UK
15.11. Dublin - The Pint / IRE
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