U.K. grindcore pioneers Napalm Death, who recently announced the release of their first album in five years, Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism (Sept. 18, Century Media Records), have released the first single and lyric video from the highly-anticipated album: “Backlash Just Because” (https://youtu.be/FFDHuCeaM_Y).
Napalm Death vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway said of the track, which debuted yesterday on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal with Jose Mangin:
“This song in particular really spurred me on when I was writing lyrics for the album overall. It’s raucous and traditional, but also quirky and discordant and ultimately catchy-as-anything in the context of rampaging noise. Lyrically it was directed at the spiteful art of creating easy targets and fomenting paranoia and revulsion, which is something that I feel has become de rigueur in very recent times. I really let loose on the more sporadic vocals at the end of the song – it’s a real barkfest at that point. Lovely.”
Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism is the eagerly-awaited follow-up to the band’s critically-acclaimed 2015 album, Apex Predator – Easy Meat, and is the sixteenth studio album effort by Napalm Death. It was again recorded with long time producer Russ Russell and features artwork by Frode Sylthe.
From the pinnacle of confrontational instrumental extremity and steadfast lyrical humanity, Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism warps musical landscapes all over again. The 12-song release is seething with caustic evolution and unrelenting scope.
Next to the jewel case CD edition of the album, Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism is also available digitally and as a limited mediabook CD (+ patch) with 3 bonus tracks: “Feral Carve-up,” “White Kross” (Sonic Youth cover) and “Blissful Myth” (Rudimentary Peni cover). The vinyl version of the album includes a double-sided A2 poster and the bonus track “Air’s Turned Foul in Here” in the following 180g. Variations and limitations:
Black LP - unlimited
“Germicidal yellow swirled vinyl” – 250 copies from Century Media Records webshop
“Stressed sanguine blood smear vinyl” – 500 copies from indie stores
“Mucus with envy swirled vinyl” – 250 copies from Revolver
“De-weaponised steel and black swirled vinyl” – 200 copies from Decibel Magazine
The pre-order for Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism in its various formats is starting today here: https://NapalmDeath.lnk.to/ThroesofJoyintheJawsofDefeatism.
Earlier this year, Napalm Death released a quickly sold-out 7”/digital EP entitled “Logic Ravaged By Brute Force” to enhance their latest and extremely successful European touring run and to begin the campaign for the upcoming Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism studio album.
Check out “Logic Ravaged By Brute Force”: https://youtu.be/AeYoQAhyArM
Or stream the EP via Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/57fFOIV2veGlPlQuZNNJnZ
Stay tuned for further details on Napalm Death’s upcoming studio album and touring plans coming soon.
German Medieval Metallers Feuerschwanz release music video for "Das Elfte Gebot"; pre-order album now
German medieval rock masters Feuerschwanz have released the official music video for the title track of the band's upcoming album, Das Elfte Gebot.
Watch Das Elfte Gebot HERE!
""Das Elfte Gebot" is exactly what we've been singing about for the past 15 years. Valar Moghulis - all men must die. Whatever you may call it: at some point life will be over and all of us have to ask ourselves what we've done with the time that had been given to us. Ever since the passing of my mother, mortality is a constant passenger within my thoughts and emotions. This may result in ballads, songs that celebrate life - or angry metal. "Das Elfte Gebot" has it all", explains singer and winds player Hodi.
Das Elfte Gebot is the successor of 2018's extremely successful album, Methämmer, (#6 in the official German album charts) and is scheduled for a June 26 release via Napalm Records.
The release coincides with the launch of the pre-order of the album which will be available in various lavish formats. See mocks below.
!!!PRE-ORDER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING FORMATS HERE!!!
- Limited Deluxe Box (2CD Media Book incl. covers album Die Sieben Todsünden, poster flag, drinking horn & leather holster, signed photo cards)
- Jewel Case
- 2CD Mediabook (incl. covers album Die Sieben Todsünden)
- Golden Vinyl (limited to 100 pcs)
- Black Vinyl
The band recently released the live music video for the brand new single, „Metfest“ (Stream/Watch).
„Metfest“ is that anthem that makes any party a real one! Super catchy medieval, yet rocky melodies, frenetic singalongs and an ode to friendship! A song to grab your best bud and a barrel of mead to and crank it up!
Hauptmann Feuerschwanz - vocals, guitars
Johanna von der Vögelweide - fiddle, hurdy gurdy
Sir Lanzeflott - drums
Jarne Hodinsson - bass
Prinz Hodenherz - pipes, guitars, vocals
Hans der Aufrechte - guitars
Finnish Cinematic Metallers Dark Sarah sign with Napalm Records; new album "Grim" out July 17th; pre order now
Finnish cinematic metal icons Dark Sarah have officially signed a worldwide contract with Napalm Records! Over the course of eight years and three epically conceptualized albums, the band has proven their standing in the scene. As a classically-educated opera singer and experimental performer, Heidi Parviainen (formerly of Amberian Dawn), created her alter ego with Dark Sarah and fascinates listeners with their talent for unique soundscapes in symbiosis with truly magical worlds.
Known for their incredible storytelling that coalesces perfectly into an unbreakable bond with their music, Dark Sarah are ready to start a new, mesmerizing journey with Napalm Records and their brand new upcoming epos, Grim, hitting stores on July 17, 2020!
Heidi Parviainen on the signing:-
“We are very happy and excited to start a new era in our band´s history and to start collaborating with Napalm Records, one of the biggest metal labels in the world! After working as an independent band for many years, we have got a good view on that path - both in good and bad. This is a new opportunity for us, which we´ll welcome with open arms!”
Cinematic metal icons Dark Sarah start an astonishing new fairytale-like storyline with their fourth studio album, Grim. The beguiling new dimension, coalescing between crystal-clear vocals and propulsive hardness, draws you into the tempestuous maelstrom of their horror fantasy theme. Introducing the new protagonist, Luna, the band invites you to their mythical world of orbs, ravens, rabbit-headed people and Mörk, that’ll wrap you up in a surreal dreamscape.
The overwhelming intensity of Dark Sarah’s masterfully told cinematic metal saga sends shivers down your spine and takes possession of heart and soul, while leaving you with pure emotions. Grim flourishes with its full magnitude, unfolding its potential with every very second.
Singer Heidi Parviainen on Grim:
“Our new album called Grim is a concept album like its predecessors, but Grim will start a new story line with a modern horror fantasy theme. Musically, Grim introduces a more modern sound and a taste of what's to come in the future - with a “DARK SARAH twist", of course. We´re very happy about this album and it has been really fun to make. Also creating the new visual brand and the Grim world has been an adventure already!”
DARK SARAH is:
Heidi Parviainen – vocals
Sami-Petri Salonen – guitar
Erkka Korhonen – guitar
Rude Rothstén – bass
Thomas Tunkkari – drums
Peruvian Black / Death crew Two Face Sinner unleash new single “Triumphant Satan” and unveil album details; “Spiritual Nemesis” pre-order available
Black/death metal band from Lima, Peru Two Face Sinner will release their third studio album “Spiritual Nemesis” on April 24th 2020 via Non Serviam Records.
Today the band unleashes the first single “Triumphant Satan” - https://youtu.be/5s6njgVPfKs
The band states:-
“‘Triumphant Satan’ is a metaphoric post-apocalyptic song the band wrote to stand out the triumph of the wise men, representing its greatness as a Raven. He is the guardian of the Holy or Unholy...”
“Spiritual Nemesis” will be released as CD and digital. Pre-order your copy now:
The stunning album artwork has been created by Hans Tasid
Two Face Sinner is a black/death metal band from Lima, Peru, and consists of members from Anal Vomit, among others. Founded by Numa (vocals and guitars) and Arún (guitars) in 2006, they released their debut album 4 years later. Their sophomore album “Peccatum Originale" followed in 2015.
“Two Face Sinner is a kind of archetype, that we use to develop ourselves in this society. It's like being the smartest individual in the middle of all common standardized religious society that reigns all across South America. I show you two faces of the coin, so I make sure I don't kill you attempting to co-exist in this world”, explains band founding member Numa.
TWO FACE SINNER are:
Numa - Guitars & Vocals
Arún - Guitars
Set - Bass
Joe Hoyle – Drums
Bucharest, Romania based Post Black Metal quintet Váthos present their new lyric video for the track Hold My Breath, an extract from their upcoming debut album, Underwater:- https://youtu.be/tYjbl__0MH0
Underwater is scheduled to be released on April 11th via Loud Rage Music and is now available for streaming and pre-orders here: https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/vathos-underwater
The 8 tracks material to be featured on Underwater was recorded at Studio148 (https://www.facebook.com/148studio) with Marius Costache.
Scottish Pirate Metallers Alestorm new album, Curse Of The Crystal Coconut due out May 29th; pre-order now
No matter if you are ready or not, you filthy landlubbers – Alestorm returns in an uncensored, satirical, and glorious manner! Two years after their latest album, No Grave But The Sea, the pirate metal drinking crew will return to the nightmares of all decent sea marauders out there with their brand new conquest, Curse Of The Crystal Coconut, to be released on May 29th, 2020 via Napalm Records.
Known for their signature attitude and unashamedly catchy tunes, the crew, led by Captain Christopher Bowes, is proud to present eleven bombastic pirate anthems, kept in their signature unadulterated, chaotic fashion that will pull the rug out from under your feet.
Breaking the stereotypical portrayal of pirates as the lone wolves of the sea, on Curse of the Crystal Coconut, Alestorm will be joined by Ally Storch of Subway to Sally (violin on the entire album) and Captain Yarrface of Rumahoy – amongst others! The variety of tracks featured on the album will satisfy even the pickiest adventure seeker and the wildest pirate parties out there. “Chomp Chomp”, featuring vocals of Vreth of Finntroll, may make you never want to enter the open waters again, but will definitely invite you to dance along to ravishing melodies. The catchy rhythm of “Pirate Metal Drinking Crew” makes the track yet another foot-stomping anthem in the assortment of these treasure-searching marauders. However, don’t take their rage too light-heart, as once they unleash the “Pirate’s Scorn” and its brutal riffs, there may be no coming back…
Of course, it wouldn’t be an Alestorm album without their unique sense of humour – this, and much more, can be found on the party-smashing “Treasure Chest Party Quest” or the surprising “Zombies Ate My Pirate Ship”. Although the Curse of the Crystal Coconut may remain a mystery for now, one thing is for sure – it will make you throw all the conventionalities aside and join this humorous pirate crew on their most fierce and grim journey so far!
Pre-Order Curse of the Crystal Coconut NOW!
Curse of the Crystal Coconut will be available in the following formats:
Christopher Bowes – vocals, keytar
Gareth Murdock – guitar
Mate Bodor - bass
Peter Alcorn - drums
Elliot Vernon - keyboard
When Finnish sextet Nightwish announce a new studio album people tend to take notice. They know that something special is brewing. The band's new and ninth record 'HUMAN. :II: NATURE.' will be released on 10th April 2020 and will be a double album containing 9 tracks on the main CD and one long track, divided into eight chapters on CD 2.
Today, the band releases the first single and video clip for the song 'Noise.'
The album will be available as: 2CD, 2CD-Digi, 3LP (different colours), Earbook, Boxset, Digital
You can pre-order all formats + check new merchandise here:
‘HUMAN. :II: NATURE.’ was recorded from August to October 2019 at Röskö campsite, Petrax Studios and Troykington Castle, as well as Finnvox Studios, by Tero Kinnunen, Mikko Karmila and Troy Donockley. The mixing was done by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox, with Tuomas Holopainen and Tero Kinnunen. Mastering was done by Mika Jussila at Finnvox.
Swiss Heavy Metallers Burning Witches launch album pre-order with video for new single, 'Sea Of Lies'
At the end of 2019, Burning Witches promised the release of the first taster from their forthcoming album Dance With The Devil, which is due on March 6, 2020 via Nuclear Blast - and today the group has delivered in the form of the lead single 'Sea Of Lies'! Watch the accompanying visualizer video for the track over on YouTube: youtu.be/decnY34nllo
Pre-order Dance With The Devil now: nblast.de/BWDanceWithTheDevil
The quintet says:-
"We are delighted to present you our second single 'Sea Of Lies'! In our humble opinion, the track mirrors the album really well. The old-school vibe, the heavy as hell approach and the growling yet melodic moments showcase the evolved WITCHES of 2020! The lyrical content deals with very personal events that took place during 2019, when there was a lot of challenges around the band. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!"
Purchase/stream the song here: nblast.de/BWSeaOfLies
Listen to 'Sea Of Lies' and other new tracks in the NB New Releases Playlists:
nblast.de/SpotifyNewReleases | nblast.de/AppleMusicNewReleases
The new album was recorded at Little Creek Studio and produced once again by V.O. Pulver and German thrash titan Schmier. The cover artwork was created by Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák (BLIND GUARDIAN TWILIGHT ORCHESTRA, ACCEPT, POWERWOLF, STRATOVARIUS etc.) and DESTRUCTION / GOMORRA guitarist Damir Eskic.
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
Veteran Brazilian Blackened Thrashers Vulcano to release new album "Eye In Hell" in March, pre-orders available
On Friday 13th March 2020, Mighty Music will release a new studio album from one of the most influential bands in South America: Vulcano. This will be the second important Friday the 13th event for the Brazilian veterans lately, after having released their new single and video, off the track "Bride Of Satan", on Friday the 13th of December. But then again, what else can we expect from a band with the charisma, history and aura of Vulcano?
"Eye In Hell", the new Vulcano album, will be their 11th in a career spawn of 38 years, and their first in four years. It will be released in CD, LP and digital formats and can be pre-ordered in the following links:
In a time when new bands are born at every minute and meaningless albums are spit forth and back, the simple existence of an entity with the historical depth, aura and attitude of Vulcano is nothing short of amazing. The Brazilian Black / Thrash metal masters are now back to studio album titled “Eye In Hell”, to be released worldwide by Mighty Music on the first quarter of 2020. “Eye In Hell” was produced by Zhema Rodero and Ivan Pelliciotti in O Beco studios, in Curitiba, Brazil, between April and August 2019 and has artwork drawn by Roberto Toderico (Paganizer, Pestilence, Sodom, Tygers Of Pan Tang).
Vulcano were one of Brazil's first heavy metal bands of note. Coming into existence some time before (and having no small influence upon) that country's most famous metal export, Sepultura, Vulcano's albums were far too inaccessible to surface above the heavy metal underground with any regularity; and yet, alongside fellow Brazilians Sarcofago, Mutilator, and others, their primal, astoundingly violent blend of black and thrash metal has attained a worldwide cult legend among some of the genre's most extreme practitioners - notably, Norway's feared black metal inner circle of the early '90s.
Zhema states that:-
“Vulcano has always been a DIY band in essence, since it’s very first album. But for the first time in our almost 39-year career, we signed a record deal with a label with name and focus on Metal. We’re very proud to be now in a roster with renamed artists - some of them created in the same era we did - like Tygers of Pan Tang and Artillery. This union gave us extra motivation and energy to keep going and I believe we still have a lot of albums and shows ahead”.
Zhema Rodero - guitar
Luiz Carlos Louzada - vocals
Carlos Diaz - bass
Gerson Fajardo - guitar
Bruno Conrado – drums
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