Icelandic black metal formation Auðn are now premiering the second new track of their upcoming record 'Vökudraumsins Fangi'. The track "Ljóstýra" is streaming via the official Season Of Mist Youtube channel HERE. The video was created by Aimed and Framed.
The band's third full length will be released on October 30th. Pre-orders are now live in the Season Of Mist shop HERE.
Auðn comment on the track:-
"'Ljóstýra', meaning 'Faint light' is a metaphor for loneliness and the never ending jaded grind our world is spiralling towards, we hope for brighter days that never seem to materialize. Set in a frozen waste (Auðn) a shimmer of light flickers in the distance in an old house This faint light represents the hope of change, that the seasons will return and this perpetual darkness and cold will cease. As the years go by you grow bitter and cold like the world you are forced to inhabit, the feeling that the world will get brighter ever fading into memory. When darkness falls and all hope seems gone the faint candle light brings solace and for a brief moment the world feels bright again.This is 'Ljóstýra'"
As the country's vibrant black metal scene has proven, Iceland can be a beautiful and sinister place where furious elements rage teaching fear but also inspiring human creativity. Emphasizing melodies rather than dissonance and approaching their music from a dramatic, classical black metal angle, Auðn deliver another mesmerizing piece of art with ‘Vökudraumsins Fangi’.
Hailing from the village of Hveragerði in the south of Iceland, Auðn deliver haunting melodies and beautifully frozen atmospheres – as opposed to the jarring and caustic blunt force trauma that has brought this remote place in the Northern Atlantic to the black metal forefront.
Founded in 2010, Auðn's talent was quick to be recognized. After the release of the self-titled debut, the band got invited to Iceland’s main metal event, the Eistnaflug Festival. They participated and won the local Wacken Metal Battle contest in 2016, while making it to the top three during the infamous Wacken Open Air festival itself. Shows at the prestigious Inferno and Roadburn festivals followed in 2017.
The second full-length, 'Farvegir Fyrndar' was released in November 2017, continuing the band’s fast ascent. Highly praised by the international metal press, the second record reached back to a more classic second-generation black metal approach combined with a sense of elegance and melancholy that one can feel while dwelling among the bleak, extraordinary landscapes of the island.
The Icelanders embarked on European tours with label mates Gaahl’s Wyrd in 2017 and The Great Old Ones (2017 and 2018) and captivated festival audiences at the biggest European fests, such as Copenhell, Summer Breeze Open Air, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Roskilde, Eindhoven Metal Meeting and more.
Returning with ‘Vökudraumsins fangi’, Auðn explore new soundscapes and push their music to new heights, thereby setting themselves further apart from their Icelandic contemporaries. The six piece draws inspirations from their natural surroundings, but also chart the territory of the mind. The album title literally translates to ‘prisoner of the daydream’, but rather refers to a perpetual state of delusion of a life that never took place.
Join Auðn while traversing the blurred lines between reality and the supernatural and the otherworldly sceneries of their native Iceland.
Andri Björn Birgisson - Guitars
Aðalsteinn Magnússon - Guitars and vocals
Hjalti Sveinsson - Vocals
Hjálmar Gylfason - Guitars
Matthías Hlifar Mogensen - Bass and guitars
Sigurður Kjartan Pálsson – Drums
Arnaldur Ingi Jónsson - Hammond organ on “Næðir um “and “Horfin mér”
Magnús Jóhann Ragnarsson - Grand piano & Mellotron on “Næðir um” and “Vökudraumsins fangi”
Cover artwork: Mýrmann
Australian Progressive Metal Band Ironstone releases Hollow. They state:
“We’re thrilled to present 'Hollow’, the third single from our debut EP, Prophecy. The song addresses one of the largest challenges facing our generation today... the state of the Earth’s ecology. This topic evokes a range of emotions, from anger and despair through to disbelief and sadness. Despite this, Hollow is about hope and the part we need to play in affecting our future for the better."
Hollow’s lyrics caution against a path of ongoing greed and excess and cynically invite the listener to ‘gorge upon the bounty’ without considering anyone else or the consequences of their actions, giving a healthy dose of clarity in a reverse psychology package.
Hollow has a sound that is as nuanced as the message it delivers. The guitars while conveying frustration and rage are offset by carefully placed ambient elements. The whole song fluctuates between bursts of percussive, aggressive guitar, technical drumming and beautiful melodies that overflow with emotional tension. All of this culminates in a big build-up and pay-off to help drive the message home!
The video for Hollow features orange and blue lighting, giving it a jarring, dramatic theme. Individual shots are complemented by graphics, glitches, and symbols, giving the clip a frantic atmosphere that helps to convey a feeling of urgency.
Hollow was mixed and mastered by Chris Themelco of Monolith Studios, Melbourne.
Dan Charlton - Lead Vocals
Edward Warren - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Aidan Kalms - Rhythm Guitar
Oliver Hosking - Bass Guitar
Jackson Whyte - Drums, Vocals
Ironstone is a progressive metal band from Bendigo, Australia. With influences coming from a range of modern metal genres, their music features the duality of clean and distorted vocals, djent driven riffs and breakdowns, atmospheric layers and catchy choruses. The result is a contemporary metal sound that is sophisticated, melodic and hard-hitting.
The year 2020 has been a doomsday worshipper’s wild dream and since the woe does not seem to end, Goresoerd has decided to dive into this harsh subject as well. The band is releasing another video single called “Plague” under Inverse Records, which should also end up on their sixth studio album.
Watch the music video: https://youtu.be/MvWQXb0qfdk
Listen to the single:
To ease the pain of lacking concerts this year, Goresoerd is more than happy to present the new song already on this Saturday, 05.09, at rock club Tapper in Tallinn.
The furious track “Plague” was recorded by Magnus Andre (Talbot) at his Andrerecordings studio. The video was filmed by Ander Kolk at Hard Rock Laager this year and was cut together by Rasmus Tauk.
Give it a listen because “nothing will help you, nor the planks on the windows or your cries, nothing will help you.”
From Calgary, Alberta, metalcore is alive and rowdy thanks to Lost In Static. They have made a name for themselves locally and with the new single, “Jordan”, the band is continuing to entice listeners at home and abroad.
Watch and listen to the lyric video HERE.
This single is going to be on Lost In Static’s debut self-titled album released later this year. The heartfelt and personal song has special meaning to the band, which they explain in their own words:
“Our new single “Jordan” is our second track to be released from our upcoming debut record. 'Jordan' was a childhood friend who unfortunately lost his life from drinking and driving. This song was written in his honour. It's heavy, it's beautiful and we hope everyone is going to love it as much as we do!”.
The combination of solid riffs and juxtaposed vocals show a sombre and passionate side of Lost In Static while keeping with the heaviness that is the staple of the genre. Lost In Static takes their craft to a new level and will definitely be intriguing for heavy music lovers of all kinds. Recommended for fans of After the Burial, Veil of Maya, and Born of Osiris this is true metalcore.
“Jordan” is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play HERE.
What started as a cover band called Moron Mountain many years ago has now fully blossomed into an original metal act that has been playing stages since early 2019.
Comprised of seasoned musicians Lance MacBain, Noureen Amin, Jared Boyd, Tyler Johansen the metal band has just started their musical journey fusing the djent elements of progressive metal with metalcore.
The group works together to create music that is both aggressive and fun, with MacBain generally writing the music and MacBain, Johansen and Boyd collectively writing the lyrics. Relating to their band name, the messages they send through their lyrics convey relation to the feeling of getting lost in the “static” of the world, and all the events that take place; an almost overwhelming feeling of white noise.
With an emphasis on producing a tight live show full of headbanging, energy and moshing, Lost In Static is hitting the ground running with their debut album being released soon.
Australian metalcore band, Alpha Wolf, unveil their latest single, “creep”. This is the second single, following “Akudama”, from the band’s forthcoming new album, a quiet place to die, due out on September 25th via SharpTone Records. Following up the band’s 2017 debut LP, Mono, and 2019 EP, Fault, a quiet place to die is an intense, 11-track collection dealing with loss, anxiety and animosity.
Stream the new track here: http://shrptn.co/creep
The album is available now for pre-order here: https://sharptonerecords.co/collections/alpha-wolf.
Vocalist Lochie Keogh states:-
"‘Creep’ vents on frustrations and betrayals faced growing up attending and playing shows in the heavy music scene. It wasn't long after first coming to shows I realised I was still in the same popularity contest that cast me out when I was younger."
An iron will is only ever hardened within the forge, and Australia’s fastest rising metalcore act Alpha Wolf have proven they are made of sterner stuff. The five-piece bared their teeth in 2019 with the release of their EP Fault in joint partnership with Greyscale Records and SharpTone Records, it became a line in the sand that set expectations for all that would follow.
The band played sold out shows across Australia both headlining, and in support of acts such as Polaris and August Burns Red; as well as a slew of international tours across Asia, Europe, and even dipping their toes in to the American market.
If Fault was the line in the sand however, Alpha Wolf desired to make their mark permanent, something etched in stone for all to see. The band needed to push themselves harder, the band needed to prove they were worthy of their name, the band needed a quiet place to die.
2020 sees Alpha Wolf bite harder than ever with their sophomore release a quiet place to die, the culmination of every lesson learnt, every hit taken, and every loss felt. a quiet place to die is the end result of five individuals who have faced the fire and refuse to flinch, pouring their every-thing into making something they are truly proud of. The path to this point has only made their thirst greater, and soon enough, the wolves will be out for blood.
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.
U.N.S.I.N. are an alternative metal band from Greece which first came on the scene in 2009. Having been influenced from different music genres, they have formed a unique musical hybrid.
Just released their new single titled “Blink”, which will be included in their upcoming album. The new record is ready and bound to be released soon. With this very album U.N.S.I.N. are expected to surprise their fans. The band's experimentation in this record has evolved their sound into something completely new without sacrificing their true metal soul.
Further details are to be announced along the way to its release.
Watch official video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70yVV12Q9a4
Norwegian Black / Death Metallers Brotthogg to release new album "The Die Is Cast" on August 1st; new song 'Nokturne' out now
Without further ado, Norwegian Black / Death Metallers Brotthogg announce their new album "The Die Is Cast". The album is the follow-up to last year album "Echoes Of The Past". "The Die Is Cast" will be released on August 1st.
With this second full-length album following their critically acclaimed debut Echoes of the Past (2019), Brotthogg presents a new hyper charged melodic blackened thrashing beast. The album is filled with high-speed staccato riffing, massive and intense harmonies, as well as slower parts with a gloomy, heavy atmosphere. The band has now released the first track of the new album, Nokturne, to give you an taste of what to come.
Check it out here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLXAA1dyamo
"With our new album we continue to improve our witches' brew of everything we consider to be the best attributes of extreme metal. We aim to offer our listeners the duality of the melodic and the aggressive, the heroic and the chaotic, the moderate and the technical, all in one fine mixture. This is black metal influenced by melodic death metal, and strongly laced with elements of thrash, and I hope we have created an ambitious and intriguing release well worth exploring.”
Brotthogg deals in Melodic Black / Death / Thrash Metal that owes its allegiance to bands like Emperor, Old Man's Child, Symphony X and Dissection. The members are known from bands like Subliritum and Chton. The name Brotthogg is derived from an old forgotten Norwegian word in dialect meaning ”The one who has to take care of the job, the unpleasant one”
Brotthogg's album The Die is Cast is now available for pre-order on their Bandcamp page.
Finnish Cinematic Metallers Dark Sarah release their third single, “Illuminate“, off the upcoming album Grim
The wait is almost over! Cinematic metal icons Dark Sarah will release their new epos Grim in about two weeks on July 17, 2020 via Napalm Records. To lift some of the suspense, they have just released a third stunning single, “Illuminate”, along with a perfectly fitting music video, drawing the listener even deeper into their fairytale-like storyline of magical orbs and otherworldly magic.
Bursting with the tremendous energy of their music, Dark Sarah's cinematic metal hymn, “Illuminate”, quickly expands into a mighty summoning, enfolding its pure power in the spellbinding chorus that will send shivers down the listener's spine.
Heidi Parviainen states:
””Illuminate” is the name of the second ’orb’ that the protagonist Luna finds. It is a magical purple orb to summon the powers of wind and the moon. Luna asks the moon to illuminate her and to revive her magic powers to fight against the darkness upon the city of Grim.”
Watch the video for “Illuminate!” HERE:
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.
Pre-Order New Album, Grim, HERE!
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Top-charting dark groove metal originators Devildriver recently announced the highly-anticipated release of their upcoming double album, Dealing With Demons. The first volume – entitled Dealing With Demons I – drops on October 9, 2020 via Napalm Records and marks the band’s first release of new, original material since 2016’s acclaimed Trust No One. Representing the onset of a final purging of the themes that have long possessed frontman Dez Fafara and Devildriver’s music, each track on Dealing With Demons I illustrates a different demon to be dealt with, or released.
Today, the band is following up on the release of their burgeoning latest single “Keep Away From Me” and its thought-provoking video with yet another unforgettable anthem – the menacing, mosh-ready second single "Iona". From the ominous siren at its start to its grooving verses, the track pulls no punches. The hair-raising, anthemic chorus line, “She carries a black rose…” beckons the listener again and again into a chilling ghost story! Travel the dark road into Iona's clutches via the heart-gripping music video, directed by Vicente Cordero, below.
Watch the chilling official music video for “Iona” HERE
Frontman Dez Fafara says about “Iona” and the demons that inspired the track:
"Iona is unlike any other Devildriver song we’ve put out. From the frantic verses to the haunting chorus, this song is another move forward to push our sound and the listener's ears into the fray! The chorus, “she carries a black rose, effigy from a story closed", tells the story of the long dead ghost of Iona and her obsession with death represented by the black roses in her hands – each one the soul of someone she’s taken from this life on a lonely dark road, assimilating their souls into black roses, which she carries for eternity.
This theme relates to myself and “Dealing With Demons” in that, often times, we as people have a hard time “letting go” of things. This can be applied to relationships, death, and so on. Iona carrying the black roses symbolizes her inability to move on – always seeking revenge. The past is exactly that – the past – it’s important to let go and not be stuck in a perpetual loop of living in it."
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