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"
So without further ado, we present the winners of the
2021 Global Metal Apocalypse (GMA) awards.
All categories except "Release Of The Year"
came with an 'other' option.
See you in December 2022
Global Metal Release Of The Year
WARRIOR OF LIGHT
Breakthrough African Band
Breakthrough Asian Band
Breakthrough European Band
Breakthrough North & Central American Band
Breakthrough Oceanian Band
Breakthrough South American Band
Breakthrough UK Band
BEYOND EXTINCTION (ESSEX)
GHOSTS OF ATLANTIS (ESSEX / SUFFOLK)
Breakthrough International Band
Music Video Of The Year
Cradle Of Filth - Necromantic Fantasies
Singaporean melodic death metallers Assault unveil artwork and tracklist for new album "In Aevum Et Illustrata"
Singaporean melodic death metallers Assault are back! After releasing their debut full-length "The Fallen Reich" in 2017, they are ready to unleash In Aevum Et IIustrata. The new album title translates into "In the Age of the Enlightened" will be released on June 30th 2021 via Eastbreath Records. Now the band have announced the artwork and the tracklist.
Vocalist Clarence provides some insights what the album is about:
“The whole album revolves around the theme of the Bavarian Illuminati era - a complex and short history of the Bavarian Illuminati which was founded on 1 May 1776 and ended in 1788 by Adam Weishaupt. We hope to transpire our listeners with our interpretation of the Bavarian Illuminati on this album. In terms of songwriting, this is another step forward for us as a band as we are continuously trying to push our musical boundaries beyond our comfort zone”.
The album also featured a guest appearance by Mr Andy Gillion from Mors Principium Est on the track 1788.
- Noh - Guitar
- Clarence - Vocal
- Hanesh - Guitar
- Mitch - Drums
- Syaz - Bass
The album is mixed and mastered by Wong Jian Liang from Aeonix Production and Verta Collective. Artwork by Mr Arif Rot, Vocalist of Wormrot.
Assault was formed in June 2006 by vocalist Clarence and later joined by guitarist Hanesh and bassist Syaz. After several lineup changes, rhythm guitarist Noh joined the band in March 2010. Newest member Mitch (drums) joined the band on January 2019. The group debut 4-track EP, titled 'The Exceptions of the Rebellions' was released in 2011. The EP recorded and mixed by Cedric Chew, Inversion Studio. The EP garnered many positive reviews from reputable heavy metal website & magazine worldwide like Heavy Metal Tribune and Decibel Magazine. The same year, Assault toured heavily to support their EP release in South East Asia.
The band first full-length album 'The Fallen Reich' was released in 2017 worldwide by Transcending Obscurity Asia, again with mixing/mastering by Cedric Chew, Inversion Studio. The album garnered attention worldwide and received critical acclaims and recognition such as the “Best Release of the Year – Singapore” awarded by Global Metal Apocalypse in December 2017. In January 2018, its debut album 'The Fallen Reich' made it onto Bandwagon top 45 standout Singapore music release. The released followed another tour through South-East Asia and Mongolia. The band was the first South-East Asia band to perform in the annual “Noise Metal Festival” held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Singaporean death metallers Adarraak to release debut album in May; ft. guest contributions from Marty Friedman & more
Singapore-based death metal newcomers Adarrak will release debut album "Ex Oriente Lux" May 27th on Satanath Records (physical) and Blood Blast Distribution (digital). The album's first single, "Bereft," will be released on April 1st . A teaser video for "Bereft" is available at youtu.be/T62GTwns_nQ
On "Ex Oriente Lux", Adarrak showcase a mixture of established (Headcrusher, Norse, The Amenta, Dispiteous, Sol de Sangre, Somnium Nox) and emerging musicians that are both local and global. The album boasts guest appearances by Marty Friedman of Megadeth fame, as well as other local musicians (Üllermach, Boxchild).
All music written by Adarrak. All lyrics by Zigor Munoz and Gustavo Valderrama. Produced by Adarrak. Mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound studios.
Says Swanö about the forthcoming album:
“Adarrak is truly progressive since they are not afraid to implement all kinds of metal into the mix, anything from epic leads to insane blast parts.”
Teaser videos for the songs "Mettle" and "Withering" are available here and here, respectively.
For fans of the extreme yet progressive with a touch of the Gothenburg sound.
- Emmanuel George Bi - Lead/Rhythm guitars and solos, except where noted
- Gustavo Valderrama - Vocals
- Zigor Munoz - Bass
- Guest musician: Robin Stone - Drums
Singaporean two-piece atmospheric doom outfit Onset's debut EP, Unstructured Dissemination, bridges a fine line between doom, post rock and even death/black metal elements. The EP was previously only made available on bandcamp and now it will see a proper release on CD format under the banner of Japanese doom specialized label Weird Truth Productions. This EP Features Sigh mastermind Mirai Kawashima and Singaporean darkwave prodigy Microchip Terror on synthnoises.
Stream "Unstructured Dissemination" On Bandcamp AT THIS LOCATION
Formed in early 2017, to simply pigeonhole Onset as a “doom band would” just be scratching the surface; the influences brought forward to the band are extremely diverse, with an almost no-holds-barred attitude and seeping in emotive passages surging into post-rock territory while still staying remotely under the radar of the doom genre itself. The tempo and the vibe embody the feeling of melancholy and dread.
The “Unstructured Dissemination” EP showcases two imposing tracks clocking at over 25 minutes in length, as well as an undaunted attempt to record them in a completely live and rehearsal-like environment. Another very integral part of the Onset sound comes from the collaborative effort of synthwave artist Microchip Terror, who provided a very cinematic approach amongst the wash of fuzzed-out guitars and wall of drums, thus giving the entire EP an incredible spectrum of soundscape. Also featuring Mirai Kawashima from Sigh on additional keys/synth on both the intro and outro tracks.
The cover artwork for “Unstructured Dissemination” was designed by Branca Studio (Paradise Lost, Marty Friedman, Foo Fighters, Confrontational, etc) teaming up with the band’s concept and vision perfectly.
“Unstructured Dissemination” will be released on CD version under Japanese seminal doom label Weird Truth Productions on November 28, 2018.
Asian Metal veterans RudraA, who have been the ultimate pioneers of Vedic Metal have finally released their much awaited music video for the track- ‘Ancient Fourth’. The track is taken off their last album ‘Enemy of Duality’; that released via Transcending Obscurity Asia in the winter of 2016.
The band is currently celebrating their 25th Anniversary and wanted to release this video on this occasion. The video is directed by Arvind and features various dancers and the renowned percussion group - Damaru Singapore; who have also played an important role in shaping this album.
The Music video is currently premiered by-
Metal Hammer (Norway)
MetalShock Finland (Finland/ Italy)
NO CLEAN SINGING (USA/North America)
Heavy Metal Tribune(Singapore)
Metal-Roos (Australia/ New Zealand)
The link to the music video is here-
Rudra- Ancient Fourth (Official Music Video) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff3mWywOgW8
Connect with the band-
Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
Nervochaos’ most recent Asian tour - co-headlined with Krisiun and presented by Alpha Omega Management‘s Alpha Omega Tours - was a success and has received a mini-documentary. In the video we will see the band’s passage through Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Indonesia. Watch it here! https://www.facebook.com/NervoChaos/videos/10155486328839645/ or via YouTube here: https://youtu.be/Dq87mOqX-9M
Documentaries for Brazil and Latin America have also been made available, be sure to check out:
Latin America - https://www.facebook.com/NervoChaos/videos/10155462243224645/
All concerts are part of the promotion tour of the recently released ‘Nyctophilia’. The album can already be bought at the main specialized stores of the market, either directly with the band, by email, Facebook or in the official store: https://goo.gl/aF7Xkx.
Nervochaos released their new album ‘Nyctophilia’ on March 10th in Brazil via Cogumelo Records. The art of both the cover and the booklet was created the talented Brazilian artist Alcides Burn (Blood Red Throne, Acheron, Iconoclasm, Malefactor, Queiron, Headhunter DC, etc). ‘Nyctophilia’ was recorded in Italy at Alpha Omega Studio, along with producer Alex Azzali, who is also responsible for mixing and mastering the work. Check out the outstanding 360° live studio video for the song “Total Satan”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AntmUMeGQY
NERVOCHAOS: www.nervochaos.net - www.facebook.com/NervoChaos
It's really not often that you get such high quality albums from new bands in countries like Singapore, and on Transcending Obscurity Asia, here's Assault, playing a scintillating mix of death metal and thrash metal with rare emotional depth. No Clean Singing premiered their first official video HERE.
Assault are Singapore's best kept secret. They're playing scintillating death / thrash metal with rare ferocity coupled with melodic sensibilities in a way that the intensity remains unabated throughout. With guest appearances from notable band members of Chthonic (Taiwan) and Nothnegal (The Maldives), they're touted as one of the best emerging bands from Asia. Additionally, 'The Fallen Reich' features artwork from none other than the world renowned artist Mark Riddick. It's certainly one of the most exciting and promising albums in recent times and will set new standards for bands in their region.
Transcending Obscurity Official Site
NEW Transcending Obscurity Records Facebook
Assault are Singapore's best kept secret. They're playing scintillating death / thrash metal with rare ferocity coupled with melodic sensibilities in a way that the intensity remains unabated throughout. With guest appearances from notable band members of ChthoniC (Taiwan) and Nothnegal (The Maldives), they're touted as one of the best emerging bands from Asia. Additionally, 'The Fallen Reich' features artwork from none other than the world renowned artist Mark Riddick. It's certainly one of the most exciting and promising albums in recent times and will set new standards for bands in their region.
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