Portuguese long-running symphonic death metal band Godiva set February 3rd, 2023 as the international release date for their highly anticipated debut full-length album Hubris!
Debut Single "The Meaning Of Life" will be released on December 5th, stay tuned!
Godiva formed, in 1999 Famalicão, released their first recording as a promotional CD entitled Tales to be Untold (2000). Followed by the EP Traces of Irony (2002) recorded at Rec n'Roll Studios and produced by Rui Danim and Luís Barros (Tarântula). This EP was a significant mark in the band's affirmation on the scene. In 2007, Spiral emerges recorded at Ultrasound Studios and produced by Daniel Cardoso (Anathema) and, like its predecessor, played an important role in the band's consolidation in the Portuguese metal scene, gathering excellent reviews, national and international.
After an interregnum of 11 years, Godiva returns to the stage, debuting their new line-up and sound with a memorable concert at Vagos Metal Fest, accompanied by an orchestra of about 50 musicians and a sold out concert at Hard Rock Café Porto.
This year we were lucky, even with COVID-19 restrictions, enough to give two concerts this summer, both sold out: one in Lisbon, at RCA Club in a special edition of Laurus Nobilis Music Fest and recently on the latest edition of Riverstone Fest.
Portuguese gothic metallers Black Widows release third single and music video Schizo; second studio album out in October
Portuguese gothic metal band Black Widows released their third single and music video 'Schizo' from their upcoming second studio album Among the Brave Ones which is set to be released on October 21st 2022 via Finnish Inverse Records.
Vocalist / guitarist Rute Fevereiro comments:
"Schizo was chosen to be our third single. It's a more complex song that honestly represents well the darkest side of our album. This song is all about hypocrisy, the need of showing positive thinking and smiles regardless of what you're going through, to the extend of worsening our mental health. This song is specially focused on someone I used to know who is described in these lyrics. The music is the perfect marriage with the words professed. There are lots of clowns in the real world, showing smiley faces and yet they feel miserable. I'm sure you all know someone like this."
Among The Brave Ones -album pre-sales has started and can be pre-ordered here: https://blackwidowsportugal.bandcamp.com
Listen / Buy Schizo single: https://push.fm/fl/black-widows-schizo
Nameless Theory are tremendously happy and proud to announce that they are signing with Wormholedeath Records for the reissue of their debut album “Into the Void”, due for re-release on October 21st, 2022.
The band states:-
"For a couple of months now we’ve been talking to Carlo and his team at Wormholedeath and the feedback and working relation has been absolutely great, above all of our expectations! For us, it is an opportunity of a lifetime and one which we will not take for granted and work our butts off to make it work. Opportunities like these don’t come around often so we are grateful for the trust and we are sure that this is the start of a great relationship.
"Into the Void" was composed between 2013 and 2018. In 2018 we entered the studio to start recording it. The recording process took around one year to be concluded. As for its concept, Into The Void is a dark album as it deals with anxiety, depression, existentialism, and a lot of everyday struggles and events that we have collectively gotten through the years. For this reason, Into the Void is a very personal album and one that we are very proud to have it as our debut.
The music was written by all the band members and because of that it mixes a lot of genres and influences, you’ll hear a lot of Iron Maiden vocal lines and guitar melodies, while the guitar and bass riffs may come from bands such as Deftones, Korn but also metalcore acts such as As I lay Dying, which is also a big influence on the drumming in pair with for example Lamb of God. All of this while trying to blink an eye at some prog metal landscapes in terms of song structure and dynamics."
Nameless Theory is a metal band from Pinhal Novo, Portugal formed by Pedro Piedade on lead vocals, Márcio Júnior on bass guitar, André Marques on lead guitar, and Igor Pedroso on drums. Their objective is to bring together both the band and the audience in an engaging environment full of energy and emotion.
The band was formed in January 2013 and on April 25th, 2013 the band released their first EP "2013" and spent the following months promoting this work. As the band performed and rehearsed, they matured and changed their musical direction and approach. Bearing this in mind, the band decided to record a second EP called "Ghosts". The EP was recorded in May / June 2015 at "Le Baron Rouge Studios" in Nirvana Studios by producer Tiago Borges (The Royal Blasphemy) and released on October 17th, 2015.
In September 2018 the band entered Ultrasound Studios in Moita to start recording their first album, which ended up being titled “Into the Void”. Produced by Igor Azougado (Shivers) this work presents itself as a solid summary of the band's years as musicians and people. The album was released independently on February 8, 2020, followed by 4 promotion concerts until an abrupt halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In April 2022 the band signed with the label Wormholedeath to the rerelease of “Into The Void”, an amazing opportunity and partnership that for sure will help Nameless Theory step up their game. With concerts played all over Portugal in great venues such as "Paradise Garage", "Stairway Club", "Popular Alvalade", "Festival Bardoada, and AJCOI" as well as being the opening act for the bands "Ash Is a Robot" and " O Bisonte", Nameless Theory wants to be one of the next great metal bands to come out of Portugal!
'Vile Birth', the new album by the Portuguese slamming deathcore mob Downfall Of Mankind is out now
Lacerated Enemy Records has released Vile Birth, the full-length debut album from slamming symphonic deathcore band Downfall of Mankind! Options to stream and purchase follow!
Hailing from Portugal, Downfall of Mankind formed in 2019 creating their brand of Slamming-Deathcore Metal in the vein of Shadow Of Intent, Signs of the Swarm, Lorna Shore, Mental Cruelty and the like.
After releasing a successful EP, The Path of Human Existence, the band established a strong fan base in Europe and received great reviews on their live shows. In late 2021 Downfall of Mankind was ready to enter the studio to record its first full length Vile Birth. The album brings its influences from Slam and Deathcore song writing, while still accompanied by a powerful atmospheric quality that keeps the listener intrigued.
Portuguese alt metallers VËLLA sign worldwide deal with Art Gates Records; new album to be released later this year
Art Gates Records are proud to introduce Portuguese alternative metal act Vëlla as the new artist to join their ranks.
Vëlla was formed in Lisboa (Portugal) and are influenced by all kinds of music styles. The sound of the band resonates in resounding rhythms, neck breaking riffs, graceful drumming, fierce hooks, impressive staging, elegant and furious clean & growling vocals.
The crushing Lisbon quintet combine technique, power, and melody, with an unparalleled mastery of making remarkable songs, bringing ruthless energy to their live performances. With a harmonious melting pot of several metal subgenres, blending deep powerful hooks and mesmerizing melodic grandeur, VËLLA’s music is often described as a must-listen, impressive and well-executed fusion of power and melody with memorable hooks.
Iván Magdalena (Label's CEO) comments on the signing:-
"VËLLA is one of those projects whose members are absolutely committed to give 150% of their energies to the band. This is the one and only way to make it in the music business and I'm sure we will conquer the scene with their upcoming opus".
Oz Vilesov, Vëlla's guitarist states:-
“It is an honour for us to be part of the Art Gates Records family. We know, especially through our friends Gwydion, the incredible work that Art gates develop and we are convinced that together we will achieve great things. From the first contact, we have been treated with the utmost respect and professionalism. This step for us means evolution and growth towards our goals."
After releasing their extraordinary debut full-length “Coma” in 2020, Vëlla are more than ready to lead the way with their upcoming new album that will be released through Art Gates Records in 2022.
Portuguese brutal death metal trio Analepsy unveil details of new album 'Quiescence'
A new song, music video and pre-orders are expected to be released on January 31st.
“Quiescence” continues the space motif from Analepsy’s previous releases, but from a different perspective. There are no living creatures, only the deserted cosmos awaiting its own demise. The album features guest appearances from Ricky Myers (Suffocation, Disgorge), Angel Ochoa (Cephalotripsy, Disgorge, Abominable Putridity, Condemned) and Wilson Ng (Facelift Deformation, Vermicular Incubation).
The band commented:
"We are delighted to present our most recent work: Quiescence! This has been a tight process, and despite all the changes the band went through, everything worked like clockwork. The essence of our music lives on!"
The recordings of “Quiescence” took three months (August - October, 2021), entailing the skills of guitarist / co-founder Marco Martins, guitarist/vocalist Calin Paraschiv (ex-Pestilence), bassist João Jacinto and ex-drummer Tiago Correia. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Miguel Tereso at Demigod Recordings studio in Caxarias, Portugal.
The cover artwork was created by Pedro Sena - Lordigan.
Analepsy's sound can be described as a crossover between old-school brutal death metal and modern melodic elements. The correct pronunciation of the name of the band is "uh-nuh-leh-psy" [ʌnʌlepsy], and it was chosen due to its (now obsolete) meaning: recovery of strength after an illness. The band was formed in late 2013 and started gaining popularity with the single "Genetic Mutations". Their short discography embraces the 2015 EP "Dehumanization by Supremacy", followed by 2017 debut album "Atrocities from Beyond" and split release "The Kraanialepsy Split", to whom the band was invited by Kraanium. The release of "Atrocities from Beyond" was met with growing interest and turned the eyes of many towards the band. In the months that followed its release, ANALEPSY won the Portuguese W:O:A Metal Battle, to later perform at Wacken Open Air 2017. Their first show outside Europe led them to Japan in 2019.
Marco Martins - guitar
João Jacinto - bass
Calin Paraschiv - vocals/guitars
Global Metal Apocalypse (GMA) Awards 2021 - Metal Release Of The Year (by country / territory)
So we now know who the winners of the GMA Awards 2021 were, but to wrap up the event in it's entirety and bid farewell to 2021 and usher in 2022, we must turn to the last bunch of awards - 'Metal Release By Country / Area'.
Usually these would include the flag of the band's nation, but given the events in Afghanistan this year among other political turmoil, I felt it would be prudent to forgo any flags and just list the winners.... so without further ado here are the....
"Under The Verdict"
"The Search For
The Dark Star"
"Beyond Unseen Gateways"
"In The Mouth Of Madness"
Black Serpent Ritual
BOSNIA - HERZEGOVINA
"Abyss Of Lost Souls"
"A Whole New Land"
"暮色绽放 Twilight Blooming"
Act Of Denial
Cycles Of Revocation
"Capítulo 1: Repugnante Negocio Del Terror"
Ghosts Of Atlantis
"A Legacy Of Vengeance"
"Lullabies Of Mountain Beasts"
"Empire Of Sins"
ISLE OF MAN
Serenity In Murder
"Midnight Bloody Dances"
"Te Ho Ngeza"
"Cold In Our Hearts"
"Sub Cultura Urii"
Scorn Of Creation
"Todas Las Sangres"
"Eulogy For The Gods"
Dethrone The Corrupted
"The Amygdaloid Decay"
Seraph In Travail
"A Black Death Incense"
"Covered in Concrete"
From The Abyss
"Carving The Fires Of Akhet"
"Chronicles Of War"
"Throne Of Control"
Her Last Sight
"Monument Of Reclamation"
"Mankind / Obsolete"
"Decades Of Suffering"
"The Constitutional Sacrifice"
The Iridium Experiment
"The Order Of Satan's Rage"
Deep Inside Us
"Untitled 2021 Demo"
"Death To Traitors"
"The Ultimate Dream. Plan B: Disposal Of Humanity"
"Belong To Hell"
"Ashes Of Dead Worlds"
"Annihilation Of Mankind"
"Vol. 4: Toxicolandia"
Apes Of God
"En El Recinto De La Tempestad"
Sol Draconi Septem
Beneath The Void
"Attack Of The 50ft Lobsters"
"The Inheritance Of Beauty"
"Gurus Of Destruction"
"Chaos Of Fear"
Becoming The Entity
"Signs Of Saturn"
"Empire Of Glass"
Robot Death Monkey
"Shame Of The Proud Angel"
"A Common Theories"
"Prelude To The Apocalypse"
"A Lip To Earth, A Lip To Heaven & A Tongue To The Stars"
"Punishment In The World To Come"
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
"Terror in Thrace"
The Only Survivor
"The Birth Of Anger"
"Thy Kingdom Kong"
Portuguese melodic death metallers Apotheus release new video for "Staring The Abyss" (first post-pandemic live show)
Portuguese melodic death metal titans Apotheus just released a new video for the track “Staring the Abyss”, taken from their latest full-length "The Far Star".
You can watch the video at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGqUI_pEcVE
“Staring the Abyss” is about despair and loss, but it also paves the way for a fallback plan in which everyone puts their hopes. After such a dark terrible loss for everyone, the band has decided to bring you a glimpse of light. This video captures very well the joy and excitement of what happened at our first post-pandemic live show. It’s hard to put into words the feeling of rediscovering what truly drives them.
In essence, this is what “The Far Star” is about: a journey, with terrible losses and majestic wins, but above all, it’s about never giving up.
Portuguese groovy alternative metallers Vëlla have just shared the video for their 5th single “Despair”.
Portugal's purveyors of groovy alternative metal band Vëlla have just shared the video for their 5th single “Despair”. The single is taken from their long-awaited debut album “Coma”, which was released via Raising Legends Records on the 9th March 2020.
"Despair", the 5th official single from “Coma”, can be heard here: https://youtu.be/ss9C4HhuJeQ
The album was recorded at Raising Legends Studios in Lisbon and was produced, mixed and mastered by Caesar Craveiro.
The album features renowned musicians from within the Portuguese metal scene, guesting on these tracks:
- “The Promise” - Miguel Inglês
- “Tormento” - Ana Marques & Ariana Pereira
- “I'll Be The End” - André Ferreira aka Wild Maui.
Guitarist Oz Vilesov states that:
"This record is a special record for everyone involved. Despite the pandemic, we did not throw in the towel and despite being our debut album we have received fantastic reactions from all over the world."
Vocalist Pedro Lopes admits that the band:
“Expects, after the end of this pandemic, extremely great things for us, since the reactions about our debut album, are being spectacular, and we are sure that with all the hard work we are doing this will allow us to step on some big stages in a near future".
From "Coma" you can expect a dynamic, powerful metal monument, built with powerful riffs, melancholic facades, and melodic grandeur.
- Pedro Lopes - Vocals
- Caesar Craveiro - Bass, back vocals
- Paulo Adelino - Drums
- Mário Rui - Guitars
- Oz Vilesov - Guitars
Portuguese dark heavy metallers King Baal sign with Wormholedeath and release official video to "Immortality"
Portuguese heavy metal combo King Baal signed a deal with Wormholedeath for the release of their debut album "Conjurements", due for digital release on 29 01 2021 worldwide.
"Somewhere between Doom, Symphonic and pure Heavy Metal, King Baal hail from Portugal with a very personal approach to metal, blending powerful and intense patterns with occasional dreamy musical landscapes."
"We are thrilled to be part of the Wormholedeath team and join such a fantastic and talented artist roster, as we believe this is the perfect partnership for releasing our debut album."
Somewhere between Doom, Symphonic and pure Heavy Metal, King Baal hail from Portugal with a very personal approach to metal, blending powerful and intense patterns with occasional dreamy musical landscapes. This emotion filled energy is topped with a mix of sung, spoken and screaming vocals, thus adding even more depth to the band’s dark mood.
All these elements are present in King Baal’s first effort “Conjurements”, an eight track album inspired by King Solomon’s writings and set for release by WormHoleDeath, on 29-01-2021. Recorded and produced by Narciso Monteiro at Interstellar Cloud Studios, the album features a rich lineup with members that have played and recorded with bands like Heylel, Nihility, Sotz and Lyfordeath.
Joana Carvalho : Vocals
Narciso Monteiro : Guitars, Vocals
João Amorim : Bass
Luis Moreira : Drums
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