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.
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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."
Evanescence release “The Game is Over” the second song to be taken from The Bitter Truth (RCA), their first album of new original music in nine years. The Bitter Truth will be released incrementally throughout 2020.
The iPhone-shot, neon-nightmare of a video for “The Game is Over” will go live Friday 3rd July at 12 pm ET / 5 pm UK during a live YouTube premiere featuring a fan Q&A with Amy Lee – link HERE.
A guitar-driven anthem, “The Game is Over” is a protest against the facades we are pressurized to put on by society. In the face of depression and anxiety - and especially in a world that seems to crumble further each day - it’s a cry to end the charade that everything’s fine.
The accompanying video is a nightmarish, effects-laden look at the emotional havoc that the current situation has wrought. Despite being restricted to shooting themselves on iPhones, the band, in collaboration with director P.R. Brown, managed to achieve a highly stylized production literalizing the metaphorical monsters within us. The video is astonishing proof of the creative spark of working with limited resources and a testament to the band’s commitment to its craft. Spotlighting the mental darkness behind the false smiles, it’s a disturbing, technicolour tribute to the light at the end of the tunnel - if you’re willing to face the terrors that line its walls.
Singer Amy Lee says of “The Game is Over” -
“This song is about being sick of the facade. The disguises we wear for others to make them feel comfortable, the inside feelings being so different than what we show on the outside to fit within the boundaries of what’s socially acceptable, or what’s not going to make you unpleasant or too ‘weird’ to be around.
‘The Game is Over’ is a promise to myself and out loud that I’m going to be more of my real, inner self on the outside--not lock her up because she can’t be contained any more. It’s also a prayer to become better, to not feel so messed up, locked up, and hurt inside.”
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Alternative metal vocalist Jen Janet has announced the upcoming release of her new single "Possession," out on all digital platforms July 8th.
Self-described as a ‘multimedia musical project,’ Jen Janet has long-term industry experience as both a solo artist and front woman, as well as in fashion, makeup, photography, and videography. Built upon darker imagery, her new music highlights a noticeable shift in genres - her last solo EP, released in 2017, was a focused pop record. "Possession" finds Jen back in her rock roots and ready to embrace the darkness. Jen Janet is a classically trained vocalist and songwriter. Her songs have been licensed for media placements in mobile apps in both Korea and Turkey.
Jen is the vocalist for Mimesis, a progressive art rock project featuring members of Scale the Summit, the Beast of Nod, and Abiotic. The band’s debut music video, Ctrl Alt Del, was released November 11, 2019 and is influenced by bands such as Polyphia, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, and Plini. With her former band Blind Revision, Jen Janet shared the stage with internationally touring acts: Saving Abel, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Motionless in White, Puddle of Mudd, Buckcherry, The Amity Affliction, Devildriver, Amorphis, and many more.
In 2018, the band was nominated for best hard rock/metal act of the year in the New England music awards. Blind Revision was also nominated for best rock/metal and hardcore act in 2017 for the Worcester music awards, and in 2018 for Rhode Island’s Motif Magazine music awards. Motif Magazine also nominated Jen Janet for best female vocalist the same year.
Ravened, a young modern metal band from Sweden, with family connections to bands like Hellfueled, Narnia, The Waymaker and Audiovision, release their debut album ’From the Depths‘ on August 7, 2020.
The first single – “From the Depths” is available today on all major digital platforms, along with a music video. Watch it HERE: https://youtu.be/1nLB2BAbfTs
Ravened from Jönköping, Sweden, started in 2018 and plays modern metal merged with influences from the past from bands like Pantera, Bloodbath, Lamb of God, and Metallica. The members are between 19-24 years old, but the music has been a big part of their lives for generations. Olle Liljegren (guitars, songwriter) is son to Simeon Liljegren (Modest Attraction, Audiovision), and nephew to Christian Liljegren (Narnia, The Waymaker, Audiovision, Divinefire, Golden Resurrection, etc.) and drummer Oliwer Svensson is son to Kent Svensson (Hellfueled).
Jonatan Samuelsson, founder and owner of record label JONO states:-
"These guys have poured 100% of their hearts into the tracks, which would attract both listeners interested in the technical aspect of music, as well as anyone who just loves great metal. Ravened has a hunger and passion like few other bands in their age. They have started their journey towards an exciting future. This is where it all starts!"
’From the Depths‘ was recorded in Lund, produced by Ulf Blomberg (HoboRec) and will be released by record label JONO and distributed by Sound Pollution.
Pre-order the album HERE: https://orcd.co/from-the-depths
Despite their sporadic activity during the past few years, Romanian Grindcore veterans Spiritual Ravishment are back to work for their upcoming new album "Exit Humanity" to be released in collaboration with Loud Rage Music. A a new taste of what's to come, the track "Fed to the Ground" is now available here: https://youtu.be/sYLxDDyxa3E
Also check out the previous two singles released by Spiritual Ravishment: Grindimus Prime (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmR1tDF8jLI) and Harbinger (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFN3jvF45nQ)
"Exit Humanity" was recorded at Postanalog Studio in Oradea and Consonance Studio in Timisoara, mixed by Tudor Scanteie and Andrei Jumuga and mastered by Marius Costache.
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Russian Brutal Death Metallers Ossuary Anex unveil first single, artwork and tracklist from new album
Russian Brutal Death Metallers Ossuary Anex, have just revealed details of what will be their 3rd album to be entitled "Obscurantism Apogee", which will be released in September 22nd, 2020 through Xtreem Music on CD format.
Ossuary Anex were formed in 2008 and released two albums: "Awakening" (2012) and "Mutilation Through Prayer" (2016) before joining Xtreem Music and releasing their mini CD "Holy Blasphemition" in 2018. Already with their 3rd album "Obscurantism Apogee", where Dave Rotten (AVULSED) and Frank Rini (INTERNAL BLEEDING) collaborate, the band has achieved a much more mature and personal sound where its roots based on bands like SUFFOCATION, PYREXIA or SKINLESS, merge with different elements that makes them differ from the mass of meaningless bands that infest Brutal Death today. Cover artwork, once again, has been made by the genius Vladimir 'Smerdulak' Chebakov.
Release date for "Obscurantism Apogee" will be September 22nd, 2020 through Xtreem Music on CD format. You can visit OSSUARY ANEX's official site here: www.facebook.com/OssuaryAnex
Finnish Dark Metallers Kaamos Warriors release second single and music video from their upcoming third album
Finnish dark metal band Kaamos Warriors released a new single Kuilu. The track is taken from the upcoming third album "Kirous" which is set to be released later on 2020.
Watch music video here: https://youtu.be/ipPMApS5jEA
Guitarist Jani Moilanen comments:
"The fast paced song Kuilu is the second single from the upcoming album capturing the essence of Kaamos Warrior's brutal yet beautiful atmospheric dark music."
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Extreme Belarusian Avant Garde duo Mora Prokaza are now releasing the third brand new track taken from their forthcoming album 'By Chance'. The album is scheduled for release on July 3rd, 2020. The new offering 'I'm Not Yours' can now be viewed via HERE!
Welcome to the unnerving and anger driven world of MORA PROKAZA where madness reigns! Just like MORA PROKAZA, the upcoming new opus ‘By Chance’ cannot be contained nor be put in one single musical category. A mixture between Avant Garde Black Metal meets New School Trap, integrated with the Belarusian arts roots that lay so deep within.
The band with the cunning name MORA PROKAZA was formed back in 2013 by Farmakon (guitars, vocals) and Isvind (drums). Both musicians have a long-term experience of playing in many local Belarusian extreme metal bands. The material for the first release “Bringer of Plague” was quickly composed and released in early 2015 and with that, MORA PROKAZA shared Russian stages with bands such as HELL SPIRIT, SUSPERIA, DARKEND, CLAYMORDS, MORIBUND OBLIVION and many others. In the winter of 2015, the band even supported INQUISITION in St. Petersburg (RU).
Shortly after the release of their debut album, Isvind leaves MORA PROKAZA and furious drummer Hatestorm joins the band commencing the recording of new material. With the addition of Hatestorm, the band opened up for new opportunities and In May 2015 the musicians present a brand-new EP "My Awakening" shorty followed by a new full-length "Dark Universe" (2016).
In 2018 MORA PROKAZA completely changed their approach to composing and sound concept and with the release of the single ‘Blacker than Black’, the band reinvented themselves with great feedback from fans all around the world. The band set out for new musical horizons and started recording a brand-new full length after signing a deal with Season of Mist.
Take what you will from ‘By Chance’. The underlying aggression in its purest form or perhaps the philosophical glance towards spiritual growth. In the end, WIMG?
Russian Dance Metallers Xe-None are back with a brand new single "Cosmos" - their first single taken from their new upcoming album. This song is dedicated to all Soviet people who worked on the space program, the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and all those who believe that one day humanity will find new worlds in the Universe!
"Cosmos" is currently available on all digital services: https://band.link/7DtxQ
Also Xe-None released a lyric-video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F5QfRLmfjw
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