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
Katharos XIII presents the second song previewing the release of the band's third studio album, Palindrome, scheduled for a October 14th release via Loud Rage Music. Listen to Xavernah Glory here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_xqV6sGKNI
"Xavernah Glory is a song the closes this journey and we want also to present our guests on this material: Sol Faur (Dordeduh, Sunset in the 12th House) on dulcimer and keyboards and Gabriel Almasi (Alexandria Hristov, ex-Subcarpati) who played theremin on the song No Sun Swims Thundered. It also features the elements that sum up the whole hour of this album: ambient, doom, dark jazz."
Palindrome is now available for pre-orders here:
- jewel-case CD: http://shop.loudragemusic.com/katharos-xiii-palindrome
- digital: https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/katharos-xiii-palindrome-2
Belarusian instrumental black metal trio Krvvla is about to release their new (maxi) single on July 5, 2019. Pre-order launched - http://smarturl.it/krvvla. Keeping true to the tradition of one-letter album titles, the band named their upcoming track "T". This is Krvvla’s 5th release since their formation in 2015. The track features a mixture of black and death metal that sounds more like a dialogue between the two subgenres rather than their fusion.
Check out the teaser right now:- https://youtu.be/9krr7y6-H1k
Krvvla is a three-piece instrumental black metal band based in Minsk, Belarus. Formed in 2015, the band has already released 4 EPs and shared the stage with such bands as Hexis, Wiegedood, Celeste, and Furia. Even though they've been playing together for only 4 years, each of the band members has at least a decade of experience in playing in various local bands (Crown For the Rat King, Coat, Barrow, Sen Deni, Scenario, Challenger Deep).
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