Metal Life Crisis is a New Jersey based heavy metal force. Formed in 2015 by Shawn Kaiser (guitars) and Kevin Dixon (drums), the group was solidified with the addition of Gerald Franklin (guitars, vocals) and Mark Yard Sr (bass).
Their second full-length release Theatre Of Fire will be released via Sliptrick Records in 2023 and comes at the height of their eight year history blending power, musicality and thoughtful song writing. Another highlight not to be missed on Theatre Of Fire, is the amazing drumming of Matt Thompson (King Diamond).
Metal Life Crisis is excited for the international metal community to hear their contribution to this diverse genre of music and look forward to bring Theatre Of Fire to stages worldwide which will feature their newest member Rich Dinnerman on drums.
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Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | On Sliptrick
Weight Of Emptiness are a death metal band that fuses melodic and progressive elements, whose music uses various styles within extreme metal and together with the lyrics, seek to express emotions and feelings from the depths of the human being.
Originally from Santiago, Chile and formed in 2015, the band has two previous albums, Anfractuous Moments For Redemption (2017) and Conquering The Deep Cycle (2019) which received the “Escuchar” Award as Best Extreme Metal Album. Weight Of Emptiness has toured several countries in Latin America and Europe, giving a powerful and emotional stage show, which never leaves the public indifferent and has earned them recognition as one of the main groups of the style on the continent.
Under the tireless search for new sounds to express emotions, the group will release their third album Withered Paradogma via Sliptrick Records, composed in the lonely and full of uncertainty times of the global pandemic, and comes to show a new direction for Weight Of Emptiness, which will seek to illuminate the deepest darkness of the soul.
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Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | On Sliptrick
Progressive metalcore head-turners Invent Animate have dropped the video for their latest single "Elysium." Watch it here.
The track cycles through multiple modes, textures, and layers — vacillating between intricate, slow, and downright pretty sonic passages before erupting with brutal riffage and nightmare-haunting vocals. It moves in fits and starts, and invites the listener to ride sidecar on a sonic thrill ride. Lyrically, the song dives deep into subject matter we can all relate to — grief.
"When my grandfather got sick, I was a 15-year-old boy with no emotional grip on my world," offers vocalist Marcus Vik, pulling back the curtain on the song's inspiration and sharing how it helped him exorcise a personal demon he was dealing with. "We were close, but his sickness was something I didn't see. It might've been because I didn't want to see it or that I was too scared. When he passed, I didn't comprehend the mourning, I didn't feel it, and that made me feel shame. It took me 12 years to wake up one day and embrace it, and it hit me like a wave of odd emotions that I've never felt before. Grief is upon me and this is the story of me looking back, searching my inner self and looking forward."
Earlier this year, Invent Animate released the new single "Shade Astray." Listen here. The quartet is hard at work on its forthcoming album, due out next year. The new material follows The Sun Sleeps, As If It Never Was EP, which arrived in 2021 and served as the band's UNFD debut. To date, the EP has tallied over 2 million streams. The 2020-released full-length Greyview has topped 10 million streams, as well.
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Progressive metallers Hollow Hour, hailing from the outskirts of Copenhagen, deliver a curious mixture of heavy, progressive guitars and majestic drum rhythms combined with melodic and catchy choruses. With their modern and distinguishable sound, the young quartet now present their brand new single 'The Canyon' - watch the accompanying music video here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGdWgi1N7Is
“The Canyon' tells a personal story of betrayal. I tried to put into words how much I needed forgiveness in order to process this feeling, which seemed like a never-ending canyon to climb”, vocalist Jonas Larsen explains.
With roots in the small, Danish town Køge, three of the current band members united in 2015, playing club shows and writing demo material under the name Mosaik. With an ambition of solidifying their sound to a broader audience, the quartet changed their name to Hollow Hour. In 2022 the band has been releasing a string of singles while finishing up recording their coming debut EP with producers Claudio Andersen and Chris Kreutzfeldt (CABAL, Møl, Ghost Iris). The new single 'The Canyon' is already available on all streaming services.
Brazilian progressive death metallers Abstracted – whose sound blends the blistering technicality of acts such as Obscura and Necrophagist with moments evoking the progressive side of bands such as Opeth and The Faceless – have unveiled a new music video for their song “Wither to Dust” from their latest album, Atma Conflux. The new video can be viewed HERE - https://youtu.be/W_NskdxIlOg
“The ‘Wither to Dust’ video shows a little about Atma Conflux's lore,” explains singer Rosano Matiussi. “We have this story about a man, who is the main character of our album, who after murdering his wife in a fire that he caused (unintentionally) gets into a battle between good and evil. He has the visualization of two tulpas (a being that is created in imagination through spiritual or mental power in Tibetan Buddhism). The tulpas represent good and evil, good being the solar tulpa while bad is represented as the lunar tulpa. They follow him through his mental suffering and guide him through his redemption, where he's comforted by the solar tulpa and gets his retrieval.
We shot the story part at our drummer's house, and the band part at a hall in Cotia, a small city near São Paulo, Brazil. Movilabe was the team that recorded all the scenes, and they put special attention on choosing the correct camera and gear to get the best result for our idea. We hope everyone to enjoys the video and gets more into the Atma Conflux's storyline.”
Abstracted took their name from a song by Swedish melodic death metal greats Scar Symmetry. Influences from other European acts such as Gojira and Edge of Sanity, American bands such as Allegaeon and Between The Buried And Me, and genre giants such as Death and Coroner all formed the basis for the sound that the band explored on their thrilling 2015 debut EP, Ophidian. The group continued to build their name in the years that followed while balancing scholastic pursuits with live appearances on festivals throughout their native country.
Abstracted began working on their debut full-length, Atma Conflux with continued writing, crafting, and producing the record throughout 2019 and 2020. The new album sees the group integrating synthesizers and orchestral keyboards into their already-expansive sound. Previous videos from Atma Conflux were revealed earlier this year including “Between Samsara and Samadhi” https://youtu.be/VU1zTDIFbw4 and “Decree of Sunlight” (featuring guest vocals by Mike Semesky (Raunchy, Interloper)) https://youtu.be/msJX0ZQzeiM
Atma Conflux is available in stores, online or order direct all at www.smarturl.com/abstracted
After 5 years from our latest album, we are finally proud to release our brand-new single: "The Aftertaste"! It’s really been an infinite work, starting from a music idea created by guitarist Mattia “The Skeptic”, back in 2018. We changed the first draft many times in the following months, at the end turning it into a yet melodic and catchy but also harsh and powerful prog-rock song. For such reason, we decided to release this very song, "The Aftertaste", as the first official single of our new upcoming album, Fractals: a Light among Shadows.
"The Aftertaste" talks about the passing of time, through the eyes of a worn-out, broken man who looks back at his life and tries to get the meaning of it. As he goes back through time in his mind, seasons such as “spring” and “autumn” metaphorically represent “youth” and “adulthood” respectively, as he is now approaching the “winter” of his life. But, unlike it happened too often in the past, this time something is different: he is now wiser, stronger and with much more self-consciousness that he is ready to face head-on whatever comes.
Watch "The Aftertaste" here: https://youtu.be/nO-zCHc1cKw
Frozen Sand is Alternative Prog. Metal band from Italy, active since 2010. They narrate concepts and stories through Time and Space by means of modern alternative / progressive metal.
As power / progressive metal band Immortal Guardian continue building their next opus, the group issues “Perfect Person” as the fourth sample of their new work. Recording independently and remotely the quartet is assembling the follow-up to 2021’s successful ‘Psychosomatic’ track-by-track and sharing the material as it completes, along with visually captivating music videos, that again the self-contained group produce themselves.
“Perfect Person” is available now for streaming / download at all digital platforms or watch the video HERE https://youtu.be/MRTrNHlC90A
“I grew up in a very religious Mexican family. It was a big part of our lives, especially every Sunday morning when we went to church,” explains guitarist / keyboardist Gabriel Guardian. “But one day, our pastor had a heart attack while in the middle of a sexual act cheating on his wife and died right there in the church after-hours. It was absolutely bonkers and I remember it really stirred up the moral point-of-views in our tiny Texas town. We stopped going to church after that and really started questioning why we were there to begin with. You see, some Christians had such a bad taste of the church that they left religion altogether and felt lied to and deceived, while others said the Christian thing to do would be to forgive him and move on and find another church. It was super interesting to grow up and watch both sides of this play out. This made a very interesting topic to write about and it definitely fuelled the spark for ‘Perfect Person.’
At the end of the day, it is about NOT over idolizing and over glorifying religious figures, politicians, celebrities, even musicians, and the like. I wonder if that pastor had just lived his life and died a non-religious man, nobody would have been bothered, but because everyone sought this man’s advice every week, got baptized by him, got married by him, and put his words and lifestyle on a pedestal, it made it that much more devastating. Everyone can pin a local ‘icon’ in their minds as a perfect figure that could do no wrong and preach endless golden words when in fact, he is just a mortal man with mortal sin.”
Heavy topics are not unfamiliar to Immortal Guardian whose previous album focused on the COVID pandemic, likely the first full album to be thematically linked to the disease and its effect on the globe and its people. In the past year, Immortal Guardian have revealed three brand new songs -- “Ozona,” “Echoes” and “Southern Rain” forming a basis for their next conceptual piece. The band will continue to share new material as the creative process proceeds building up to a follow-up full-length traditional album planned for 2023. More info will be released by Immortal Guardian and M-Theory Audio in the weeks and months to follow, including new tour dates.
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The Sunrise sign their second record deal with WormHoleDeath. For the second time in two years, the Venetian band is outlining the details of the record agreement that will allow them to work with the international metal specialists again. Their sophomore album "Rising Loop" will be released on November 4th, 2022.
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“If the first time was a bet, now we really want to show what we are made of”; These are the words of Tommaso, the guitarist, and spokesperson of the band, who does not spare himself in reiterating how much the Progressive / Hard-Rock band from Chioggia (VE) is determined to take place in the current Rock and Metal scene. After almost a year of hard work, punctuated by interruptions and extensions, due to the current condition we live in, Rising In Loop will finally see the light. A committed, structurally rich, and conceptual album that differs from the previous record “Brand New Disorder” both in terms of timing, arrangement, and sound; if previously the critics were divided on the lack of intelligibility of the musical identity of the band, this time the progressive matrix is unequivocal.
The theme of the production recalls the style of the concept album, the core of the story is religions, the intertwining of cultures and populations of the past, present, and future created in order to give the listener a vision and a representation of the critical thinking of the band regarding the folklore and events, which have become absolute legends of the world crime news. “Rising Loop”, in fact, proposes, by tackling “historically” the development and consolidation of the mythological and religious thought of mankind, to weave a historical and legendary plot in time and space as a legacy, a warning that something has changed; "We will bring you on a journey that you will hardly forget, unlike the stories we all know, this one will not have a happy ending"
The Sunrise is a Progressive / Hard-Rock band based in Venice (Italy), born in 2018, after the first phase of experimentation and publication of a self-produced EP entitled "RISE" (2019 EP) finally finds an artistic binder represented by the conscious mix of different musical genres such as Pop - Rock Progressive and Metal, thanks to which it arrives at the agreement with the US label WormHoleDeath® in conjunction with the signing of the contract and the subsequent publication of the album "Brand New Disorder" in 2020.
The turning point for the band was the possibility, during the following years of making his music known to the public by participating in various competitions and achieving good placings such as the participation as Headliners at the 2021’s National Music Day in Treviso (Italy) and the participation to the semi-final phase of the Hybryd Venice Constest 2021, competition held in the beautiful scenario of Bissuola Park’s Theater in Mestre (VE). “The stage has always been a place for us to express and externalize thoughts, concepts, and music without filters, in direct line with the listeners,” says Tommaso, the group's spokesperson.
The new album will be released in 2022, but preceded by the video clip of the first single extract entitled “TakeTime / WasteTime”; forget the Amarcord sweetness of the romantic songs of “Brand New Disorder”, this time the atmosphere will be very different, more gloomy and reflective, the subtle voices, the painful harmonies, and the overbearing rhythm will dominate; you will find yourself in the middle of a storm.
Italian avant garde crew MindAhead unveil music video for next single off upcoming album out Oct 2022
Look up to the sky to see the "Burning Horizon", the next music video for the third single from Italian progressive avant-garde metal MindAheaD in support of their sophomore story album "6119 Part 1" being released via Rockshots Records on October 28th.
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"'Burning Horizon' is direct and catchy both melodically and structurally; it focuses on the voices that intersect and duet, sometimes harmoniously, sometimes aggressively opposing each other. The instrumental part is articulate, but always keeping an eye on melody and easy assimilation. The orchestrations also play an important role, providing a backdrop to the burned horizon that will turn into a desert very soon."
MindAhead's next full-length offering "6119 Part 1" follows their 2017 debut "Reflections" released on Roman label Revalve Records. Just like its predecessor, the band's new offering is once again a concept album with a complex, personal and unusual sound to test the limits of their songwriting. "6119 Part 1" is a continuation of the previous work on "Reflections", which will tell us the story of 6119, the main character, through a surreal, oneiric journey, always poised between physical space and the realm of the mind. Trapped in this dreamlike kaleidoscope, he proceeds heedless of the consequences, hoping to find at the end of the journey (the "Part II," currently in production) the reason why all this is happening to him.
Merging different aspects, sometimes opposite, of human feeling, bringing them together in a colourful and personal musical proposal, which has its roots in influences ranging from prog 70s to death metal, the band explains the new album in further detail:
"This album is a concept realized with the aim of telling a story that straddles the line between dystopian science fiction and the psychological investigation of the human mind, so the music and lyrics were created in order to reach these goals. We would like the listening experience to be completely immersive. We would like the listener to be able to take a break from the real world and step into another dimension, one that is distant but at the same time well known, not alien, but almost familiar. The listener should passionately follow the events of '6119' in its inner and outer search for reality, in a story that began in the previous album 'Reflections' and will end in the band's next release, so as to complete a narrative trilogy."
Having shared the stage with bands such as Jinjer, Vision Divine, Deathless Legacy, Domine, Pino Scotto, MindAhead is recommended for fans of Opeth, Ayreon, Haken, Katatonia and Pink Floyd. "6119 Part 1" is due out October 28th, 2022 via Rockshots Records.
Danish power / progressive metallers Royal Hunt are set to release their 16th album 'Dystopia. Part II'
On October 26, 2022, the new and 16th studio album from Danish power-/progressive metal band Royal Hunt, called 'Dystopia. Part II', will be released in Japan and SE Asia through King Records. On October 28, 2022, the album will be released in Europe and North & South America through Northpoint Productions.
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