Israeli Prog Metallers Subterranean Masquerade sign with Sensory Records; new album impending + teaser posted
New Jersey-based progressive metal source Sensory Records has signed Israel's long-running troupe Subterranean Masquerade. The band has recently completed their fourth LP, Mountain Fever, which is being prepared for release in the months ahead.
Subterranean Masquerade, which until recently was considered a cult studio project for fine taste followers, has transformed over the last two years into an exciting, colourful live act, mixing the traditions of heavy metal together with the aesthetics of world music performance, spiritual punk and pure rock 'n' roll. Praised by music journalists all over Europe and beyond, the band has taken over the stages, showcasing a distinctly audacious execution of their complex songwriting while maintaining an almost magical grip on their audience, reviewed as rave parties for metalheads.
Led by guitarist Tomer Pink, Subterranean Masquerade was previously fronted by Green Carnation vocalist Kjetle Nordhus and Novembers Doom's Paul Khur. The band officially announces its new line-up - a fully Israeli collective of musicians hand-picked from the top of Israel's prog scene - under which the band has been touring with and recording since 2018. Now, the band is heading towards new ground; the spearheads of Israeli progressive oriental metal are back with their most diverse album yet.
With their fourth LP, and sixth overall release, Mountain Fever was recorded between Golan Heights to Fascination Street Studio (engineered by David Castillo) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Leprous, Katatonia, Opeth). Here, Subterranean Masquerade continues pushing the balance between pioneering experimentalism to their own take on modern pop culture and its manifestation in the Middle East. Revealing an album comprised of African and Balkan brass sections, Arabic violins, extended vocal techniques, and several special guest appearances, the band explores radio friendly hooks that emerge out of heavy riffs and polychromatic arrangements.
See a brief teaser for Subterranean Masquerade's Mountain Fever RIGHT HERE. Watch for an official release date for Mountain Fever to be announced alongside full audio samples and much more over the coming months.
Davidavi (Vidi) Dolev - vocals
Tomer Pink - guitars
Shai Yallin - keys
Golan Farhi - bass
Or Shalev - guitars
Omer Fishbein - guitars
Jonathan Amar - drums
Brazilian progressive metallers Caravellus have inked a worldwide record deal with Rockshots Records for the release of their third album coming out later this year.
Featuring Dark Avenger's guitarist Glauber Oliveira, Caravellus bring the technical sophistication of progressive metal while transcending the genre by writing amazing songs with masterful musicality. The arrangements and song structures with highly technical, challenging instrumental work and unbelievable melodic vocal harmonies. With elements of thundering metal, rock, jazz, classical, Brazilian folk rhythms, solos with unstoppable guitar shredding and intense keyboards.
The first single 'Panis Et Circenses' off the new album, that features drummer John Macaluso (Malmsteen, Riot, Ark, Labyrinth) as special guest, is now available at the following links:
Glauber Oliveira - Guitars
Daniel Felix - Keyboards
Pedro Nunes - Drums
Fernando Molinari - Bass
Leandro Caçoilo - Vocals
For more info:
Australian progressive metal band Ironstone is set to release their debut EP Prophecy on 29 May 2020. Today they are thrilled to present Downpour, a new single and video from Prophecy. The video was premiered at Metal.de yesterday. (Video below)
The band states:-
"Downpour was written quite a while ago and has developed over time. We incorporated an eastern theme to create the atmosphere of a heavy, monsoonal storm. We loved the idea of filming a music video in pouring rain, which was actually a major incentive to write the song. The lyrics deal with missing the early signs of trouble and then suddenly finding yourself immersed in a bad situation. The song is really about the beauty of hindsight! “
Downpour is both aggressive and melodic, with a djent driven guitar riff that interweaves with a Japanese koto, giving the song a distinctly oriental feel. It features heavily down-tuned guitars, a brutal breakdown, ambient synth elements, an intricate guitar solo and a strong melody.
Music & Lyrics by E.Warren
Mixed and Mastered by Chris Thelmeco (Monolith Studios)
The video for Downpour revolves around lots of water, slow motion and a very wet band. Even though Downpour is not about rain, the video represents the song with that very thing. Torrential rain.
Downpour was mixed and mastered by Chris Themelco of Monolith Studios, Melbourne.
Downpour is out now! - https://gyro.lnk.to/Downpour
Greek Psychedelic Progressive Metallers Hail Spirit Noir premiere new song 'The First Ape On New Earth'
Greek Psychedelic / Progressive Metallers Hail Spirit Noir unveil the first single, "The First Ape On New Earth", from their forthcoming studio album, "Eden In Reverse". The release is slated for June 19th on Agonia Records.
Listen to the new song, at: https://youtu.be/6kf--_8d0ko
The band had this to say on the new album:-
"This is the album we've spent the most time on. We started off doing some experiments without any idea where they could lead to. After the first 3-4 tracks, we realized we were onto something new for the band. We were no longer in the 60s-70s zone but more in the 70s-80s. The songs sounded retro-futuristic and surreal but they were also more prog, psychedelic and challenging than ever. In the lyrics, we re-wrote the story of Eden from a surreal, Richard Dawkins-esque, Darwinian point of view. The result was Eden in Reverse".
Hail Spirit Noir is an intriguing psychedelic prog metal band, with strong experimental and prog rock influences, recommended for fans of Oranssi Pazuzu, Ulver, Borknagar, or Ghost, yet with an identity of its own. Their third and last album, "Mayhem In Blue", was released to critical acclaim in 2016, and was followed by several festival appearances, including a thundering performance at Roadburn (which simultaneously marked the first-ever appearance of a Greek band at the festival) and other festivals such as Inferno (Norway), Dark Bombastic Evening (Romania) and more.
The group was established late 2010 as a trio and issued their debut album "Pneuma" two years later. Its warm reception strengthened the band's experimental approach and enhanced its quirky take on music, all of which inevitably led to the release of "Oi Magoi" in 2014; a psychedelic prog-black metal opus of trippy melodies and satyric aura. Followed by "Mayhem In Blue" in 2016, the band's signature sound was solidified, and at the same time expanded into more aggressive territories, without abandoning the group's trademark psychedelic-infused melodies. Since 2018, the trio has been joined full-time by its live members, changing the band into a sextet. The new album "Eden In Reverse" was completed late 2019. It is regarded by Hail Spirit Noir as the next step in their ongoing evolution, this time with an 80s twist.
"Eden In Reverse" was recorded at Lunatech Studios. The album was produced and mixed by Dimitris Douvras (Rotting Christ) and mastered by Alan Douches (Nile, Aborted, Whitechapel). Cover artwork was prepared by StuZor. The track "Crossroads" features guest vocals from Lars Nedland of Borknagar.
- Jewelcase CD.
- Digipack CD.
- Gatefold black LP.
- Gatefold white / grey marble LP.
- Gatefold clear LP with blue, silver and yellow splatter.
Haris - synths
Theoharis - guitars, vocals
J. Demian - bass, acoustic guitars
Sakis Bandis - synths
Cons Marg - vocals
Foivos Chatzis - drums
HAIL SPIRIT NOIR on-line:
Innovative British metallers Cypher16 have unveiled the first song and video, “Break,” from their upcoming second full-length album, It's A Long Way Back (From This Road).
The video, which features guest bassist Vishal “V” Khetia from Heart of a Coward, is available today, exclusively via Metal Injection at https://metalinjection.net/video/cypher16-teams-with-heart-of-a-coward-bassist-in-new-song-break.
Says guitarist/vocalist Jack Doolan:-
“'Break' is a focus on the struggle and downward spiral of addiction, and asks the question: ‘How do you break away from something that has held you in chains for your entire life?’ The song also looks at other people with the same problems, those who we can see fading away before our very eyes.”
The lyrical theme of “Break” has also taken on an unplanned relevance in the current climate, providing a message of hope during this trying time.
“The faster section propels the song into a different sphere - one of hope, resilience and perseverance. The music is for everyone suffering, and we hope that it will send a message to people, letting them know that they aren't alone, and that whatever their demons are, there's a way to push through to the other side. I hope it resonates with people, especially with the current situation that we're all going through together!”
“Break” was produced by Jakob Herrmann (Machine Head) at Top Floor Studios in Sweden, mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat) at Hansen Studios in Denmark and mastered by Sean Magee (The Beatles) at Abbey Road Studios in England.
The “Break” digital single is available at https://cypher16.bigcartel.com/product/break-digital-single.
A refreshingly original rock band, Cypher16 harnesses metal with a hint of modern industrial to create a truly massive sound. The band’s debut album, The Great Surveyor, was released in October 2015 to rave reviews. Cypher16 has toured in 17 countries, including multiple tours of America, China and India, playing shows and festivals with the top names in metal.
Cypher16 is also known for epic music videos, filmed at famous landmarks such as Battersea Power Station (“Lonely Road”) and The Natural History Museum (“Open the Dark Door”), where the band was given unprecedented access for an entire night, in 2017. Watch the video for “Open the Dark Door” at https://youtu.be/Xvl9IPquPhw.
Jack Doolan - Vocals / Guitars
Will Cass - Guitars Vocals
Rich Hinks - Bass
Declan Doran - Drums
Progressive metal act Treatment from the northern city of Rovaniemi, Finland, releases a single from their upcoming album
Listen to the single:
"As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul." - Hermes Trismegistus
Vocalist Juha Kemppanen states:-
"Interpretations of the sentence are many and as a subject it's enormous. Because of that our purpose is to challenge the viewer to make their own conclusions. For example, one branch of my own interpretation is based strongly on old Finnish saying "niin makaa kuin petaa". Every deed you do, or leave undone will have an impact to everything else. Trying to live without remorse and one day at a time. Don't fantasize about glorious afterlife, but instead by your choices and actions, make an everyday life a paradise for yourself and for those close to you."
Norwegian Experimental Prog Metallers Green Carnation reveal new album details; launch interview series
Norwegian progressive metal act Green Carnation are now revealing the album details for 'Leaves of Yesteryear'. The new record is the first release by the band in 14 years and will be out on May 8th, via Season of Mist. The cover artwork was created by Niklas Sundin and can be found below together with the tracklist.
"The cover contains elements from the lyrics on the album, affected by the music and expressed through the cover artist Niklas Sundin’s pencil. Niklas put a lot of effort into going deep into this album, and came up with a few different sketches. We immediately fell for this one. It is rich in detail, is eye catching and of course has Niklas’ signature, which we very fond of", singer Kjetil Nordhus says.
The band has also launched a small interview series about the new full length, which can be viewed at the Season of Mist Youtube Channel HERE.
After almost 10 years of total silence, Norwegian Prog / Avant-garde metal act Green Carnation announced their comeback to the international metal scene for the 15th anniversary of their cult classic 'Light of Day, Day of Darkness' in 2016. After a successful comeback year with festival appearances and special shows both in Europe and North America, the Norwegians are now preparing to release their first album release in 14 years.
Green Carnation from Kristiansand, Norway, was founded as early as 1990. After founding member Tchort joined legends-to-be Emperor and continued in Satyricon and Einherjer, the band was laid to rest until their debut album, 'A Journey To The End Of The Night' came out in 2000. Following a period with line-up changes, 2001 marked the release of the bands epic 'Light of Day, Day of Darkness'.
With their albums 'A Blessing in Disguise' (2003) and 'The Quiet Offspring' (2005), Green Carnation shifted towards a more rock orientated style, before they surprised everyone with the stripped-down record 'Acoustic Verses' in 2006. What followed in the same year is perhaps one of the most spectacular DVD recordings metal history. The band played a show in the mountains, under a 30-meter-high dam. Only a year later, Green Carnation disbanded.
After the successful return in 2016, the band continued to play shows in 2017 and 2018. In September 2019, the progressive metal act announced that they were going to record their first album in 14 years, in DUB Studio, with producer Endre Kirkesola (ABBATH, IN VAIN and SOLEFALD), who also produced their classic, 'Light of Day, Day of Darkness'. The new album is expected to be released in the first half of 2020 via Season of Mist.
Kjetil Nordhus - vocals
Tchort - guitars
Bjørn Harstad - guitars
Stein Roger Sordal - bass
Kenneth Silden - keys
Jonathan Alejandro Perez - drums
Portuguese Prog Rock / Metal outfit Subversive have published a video for the track "Alethea", which is the first single advance from the band's upcoming full-length "Dissonance".
Watch the video for "Alethea" at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3zPAQLuFWM
Subversive is born from the need for creation between Miguel Mateus and Miguel Branco, creating the embryo of the themes for an album. After recording the bulk of the songs, they invited David Pais to join in the creation of vocal lines and lyrics and after that Xinês joined in the percussive wing.
The result of this work, inspired by several philosophical strands and currents of thought, is given the name "Dissonance". The final result was then mixed and mastered by Daniel Cardoso (Ultrasound Studios), and the launch is scheduled for the summer of 2020. The live debut of this new project is already scheduled for the 7th of June, in the already celebrated Comendatio Music Fest, in Paço da Comenda (Tomar).
Arts Gates Records are excited to share the news of the beginning of their partnership with Serbian progressive symphonic rock & metal band Aurium. Lead by the captivating Dragica Maletic, this 5 piece musical act combines heavy riffs, beautiful atmospheres with incredible orchestral arrangements in a unique way. Its name was inspired by the medical term 'Tinnitus Aurium' describing sounds of physiological or pathological origin, which may or may not always be perceived in consciousness.
In the words of the band:-
“When the creative part of the album is done, the entire administrative side awaits. As any up-and-coming band surely knows, it takes so many emails, phone calls, negotiations and false hopes before you finally find the perfect fit, the label you can trust with your hard work. In 2020, we struck gold and gladly joined the AGR family. After a refreshingly streamlined and transparent correspondence, our musical journey finally started in safe hands.”
After releasing 2 albums "Still Life" (2015) and "The Silent Moon" (2016) and touring all over Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, Aurium will release their new album through Art Gates Records in June this year!
Expect an amazing new single to be revealed this month.
Swiss Prog Metallers Cellar Darling unveil the new lyric video for 'Love Pt. II' from their latest album 'The Spell'. Watch the video here via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njhVjsMKnXM
The band comment:-
"It seems the world desperately needs more love. So, here you go with an animated video of 'Love Pt. II', from our concept album 'The Spell.' This is the 10th video in our ongoing series, in which every one of the 13 album tracks will receive a visual interpretation by Costin Chioreanu. We hope you enjoy it!"
The entire album will be visualised with animated music videos to present the whole story of 'The Spell' in the enchanting and unmistakable style of Costin Chioreanu’s visual imagination. The remaining videos will be released later this year to complete the story so far.
Watch the story so far: https://bit.ly/2lTFxBC
Cellar Darling's latest album 'The Spell' is available on all digital platforms as well as in physical collector’s editions version as a 2LP black vinyl or a limited edition 2CD digibook featuring an audiobook of Anna narrating the story of the record: http://nblast.de/CDTheSpell
Cellar Darling are:
Anna Murphy - vocals, hurdy-gurdy, multi-instrumentalist
Merlin Sutter - drums
Ivo Henzi - guitars, bass
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