Bristling with an epically baroque life and energy, Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-rockers Apocalyptica have unveiled their brand new single ‘Ashes Of The Modern World.’ The song is taken from Cell-0, their upcoming ninth studio album, released on January 10th via Silver Lining Music.
The powerful video was directed by the award-winning Finnish photographer/videographer Ville Juurikkala who has worked with a wide variety of prominent artists from Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith to opera singer Andrea Bocelli.
The recording of Cell-0 followed a four-year break between albums that gave the band - Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, Paavo Lötjönen, and Mikko Sirén, all of whom are classically-trained musicians - a fresh perspective and affected the way they approached the new music. The album sees them return to their roots and is the quartet’s first instrumental album in 17 years, finding Apocalyptica challenging themselves to discover new flavours and colours in their respective instruments.
“It is tough to express without lyrics, but in Cell-0, we found particles of our universe previously unknown to us,” they explained. “Millions of notes combine to create music just as millions of cells combine to create life, and when you visualize the whole thing, similar patterns appear.”
Produced by Apocalyptica, mixed by Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Metallica and Black Sabbath), and recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Cell-0 sees the band soaring into ethereal space on ‘Ashes Of The Modern World,’ while diving head-first into aggressive thrash cello-riffery during ‘En Route To Mayhem.’
Rather than put strategic attention on aspects like writing singles, the band approached Cell-0 as a fully-formed piece of art, connecting the right details and hues with the energy of being a real cello-metal band. By pushing themselves to find other places and levels in their music, Apocalyptica opened up to some seemingly unorthodox methods and emotions while travelling through that creative process.
“These new songs have so many layers and are so complex, and it’s not always easy to point exactly what they are about,” Toppinen expresses. “But I think that’s also the beauty of instrumental music, that the listener always can feel free to experience the same songs in very, very different ways. It’s also one reason why we don’t want to explain the songs before they’re experienced.”
In support of the release of Cell-0, Apocalyptica will Special Guest with Sabaton on a 15-country, 23-date European arenas tour, including an appearance at Wembley Arena on February 8th 2020. All confirmed dates are below.
17 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
18 Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
19 Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
21 Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
22 Arena, Budapest, Hungary
24 Torwar, Warsaw, Poland
25 Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany
26 O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
28 Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
30 Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
31 Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
1 König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
2 Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
4 Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
5 Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain
7 Zenith, Paris, France
8 Wembley Arena, London, UK
9 Afas Live, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
11 Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
12 Forum Black Box, Copenhagen, Denmark
14 Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
15 Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
16 Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
Cell-0 will be available in a variety of formats, including CD Mediabook, heavy-weight double vinyl and a variety of digital download options. Pre-order at www.apocalyptica.com.
Turkish black metal cult Horrocious reveal the new track "Perceived Integrity of Lord." The track hails from the band's highly anticipated debut album, Depleted Light and the Death of Uniqueness, set for international release on October 25th via Osmose Productions. Hear Horrocious' "Perceived Integrity of Lord" HERE at Osmose's official YouTube channel.
Inexorable hatred occurred with the coming together of Godslaying Hellblast, Sarinvomit, and Persecutory members in early 2015. Horrocious started as a two-man black metal band to spread the infernal sounds that symbolize the destruction of the universe under the infinite chaos and eternal dominance of diabolic nothingness, and in this way, they recorded a four-track debut EP, Obscure Dominance Of Nothingness, which was released as limited-edition cassette in 2015 and CD edition in 2016. Later, three new members (C.G. on guitars, E.K. on bass, Alexey on drums) were added to the line-up to record an eight-track debut full-length in the first quarter of 2018.
On this debut full-length, Depleted Light and the Death of Uniqueness, Horrocious points the egoism and ambition of the divinity and his spatial prison in the thearchia light of his orders when he wanted to be respected, and prepares the ground for an endless struggle. True power of the Lucipherian energy above the spiritual light and embraces infinite sinfulness by rebelling against the incomprehensible secret uniqueness trapped in sanctity. Would it be forgotten that the war of freedom given by the falling angels and the wrath of sealed old evil spirits? From the creation to the scarcity of information, the salvation of humiliated existence will be realized by the destruction of all the things mentioned as goodness, so the control of the worlds was only an embarrassing force, and the irresistible principles and authorities destroyed endless dissatisfaction and the system was designed in stages and the system of interdependence was inevitable. Because this was rebellious son Lucifer’s eternal war against the integrity of all worlds...
In the meantime, hear the new track "Perceived Integrity of Lord" HERE at Osmose Productions' official YouTube channel. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
Dutch death metal squad Dictated are unleashing the third crushing track entitled 'Taphe' taken from their upcoming album 'Phobos', which will be released on October 25th 2019. 'Phobos' is the follow-up to 2014's 'The Deceived'. With ‘Phobos’, Dictated is leaving behind their known-path of ‘old-school’, and add the purest of misery without the loss of their blast-beat ethics.
Blast the video (designed by Aimed & Fraimed) here: https://youtu.be/xXYcDcMiBsw
Dictated comments on 'Taphe'':-
"We have taken you up high and of the edge with 'Hypso' and plunged you into the vast depth of the sea with 'Thalasso'. Now it's time to let the weight of the earth choke us slowly...'Taphe' (phobia) is also known as the fear of being buried alive. In the history of mankind, this fear became reality for about 2% of the burials. Notable persons in history requested their veins cut or their heart taken out because of this. In some cases people were buried with a string attached to an (above ground) bell; saved by the bell....
With 'Hypso', we have shown sheer brutality and 'Thalasso' took us back to our old death metal roots. 'Taphe' shows another dimension of the diversity that is 'Phobos'. We hope you enjoy this track, as much as we do!
the rhyThm of a heartbeat, defining smAll contrasts, tranquillity and Peace, notHing is all, silEnce fills the air."
The new opus was recorded, mixed and mastered at Double Impact Productions by Pieter Tjeerdsma & WD Glashouwer. Cover artwork came courtesy of Greg ‘AbsuManiac’ Czart.
'Phobos' recording line-up:
York Keijzer - vocals
Sonja Schuringa – guitar & backing vocals
Jessica Otten – guitar
Koen Verstralen – bass
Frank Schilperoort - drums
Swiss metal warriors Megaton Sword premiere the new track "Vulva of the Nightfall" at Deaf Forever magazine's website. The track hails from the band's striking debut EP, Niralet, now set for international release on November 8th via Dying Victims Productions. Hear Megaton Sword's "Vulva of the Nightfall" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from Switzerland and founded in 2018, Megaton Sword are ever aptly monikered: theirs is a nuclear-powered style of true-as-steel HEAVY METAL drunk on high fantasy and the enduring themes of conquest and valor, triumph and tragedy. The band's first public recording is titled Niralet, and it arrives as a fully formed document of a young band already capitalizing on their considerable strengths. The quartet - vocalist Uzzy Unchained, guitarist Chris the Axe, bassist Simon the Sorcerer, and drummer Dan Thundersteel - here create five mini-epics that feel far vaster than their succinct track times suggest. Perhaps it's the patient pacing they employ, allowing each bellow of bathos and push of pathos to ring out and as true as possible; perhaps it's the passion and machismo dripping from every element, every drop of blood, sweat, and tears tangible and intense; or perhaps it's Niralet simultaneously sounding timeless and fresh, safely evading both rote "retro" throwback and over-modernity in kind.
We can make references to '80s Manowar, Warlord, and Manilla Road as well as maybe early Running Wild or Nasty Savage, but even this early on, Megaton Sword are being no one but themselves. Wield Megaton Sword and begin the quest to Niralet!
Draw the the next sword with the new track "Vulva of the Nightfall" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Deaf Forever, Germany's defenders of the true. Draw the first swords with the previously revealed "Pristine War" HERE, courtesy of the NWOTHM YouTube channel, and "For Glory" HERE at Dying Victims' official YouTube channel.
Swedish groove metallers Methane will release a new monster into the world on September 27, 2019. After the band’s successful debut album “The Devil’s Own” released on Sony/ Dark Star Records, Methane has been busy touring with bands such as Nervosa, Warbringer and the Haunted. The first single and video from the band’s sophomore album ‘Thin the Herd’ can be listened at this location: https://soundcloud.com/user-297833215/thin-the-herd-1/s-FeGva
"Thin the Herd" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jonas Arnberg at Sellnoise Studio.
Methane formed in the fall of 2012 by American brothers, living in Sweden, Tim Scott (former bassist of Revenant and HatePlow) and Dylan Campbell together with Tim’s long time friend Jimi Masterbo and drummer Andreas Strom. After gaining underground recognition for their previous EP releases, 2014's 'Southern Metal', and 2015's 'Spit On Your Grave', Methane was signed in 2016 by Sony's Dark Star Records. The band has also appeared on the soundtrack for Scottish mini series Metalhedz (S03E02 and S03E03) as well as the first ever E-Novel with music "How an Atomic Fart Saved The World".
Thin The Herd Tour 2019
10/04 Borlänge Sweden @House of Blues
10/05 Karlstad Sweden @The Rock Bar
10/10 Narva Estonia @Art Club Ro-Ro
10/11 Rakvere Estonia @Kära Kants
10/12 Riga Latvia @Republika
10/30 Hollywood CA @The Haley
10/31 Los Angeles CA @ 5 Star Bar
11/01 San Diego CA @ The Bancroft
11/02 Tucson AZ @ House of Bards
11/06 Gallup NM @ Wowie’s Event Ventrr
11/07 Colorado Springs CO @ Sunshine Studios
11/08 Greeley CO @ Moxi Theater
11/09 Denver CO @Bar Bar
Australian death/doom cult Carcinoid premiere the new track "Sickness" through NoCleanSinging.com. The track hails from the band's striking debut album, Metastatic Declination, set for international release on October 7th via Memento Mori for the CD version and November 1st via Blood Harvest Records for the vinyl LP version. Hear Carcinoid's "Sickness" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from Melbourne, Carcinoid belong to that strain of nefarious bands that could not possibly be given birth to: this is the offspring of a miscarriage, more like. So odorous, pugnacious, and hideous is the music that this quartet belch forth, it verily sounds like a radioactive, cancerous growth bubbling up from a post-apocalyptic landscape; not for nothing are they Carcinoid. Comprised of past/current members of other local underground acts such as Dungeons of Blood, Pregnancy, Reaper, Eternal Rest, Hobo Magic, Xenos, and Spawn, Carcinoid claim to be equally influenced by the likes of Autopsy, Napalm Death, Paradise Lost (early!), Corrupted, Pungent Stench, Obituary, Grief, Carcass, Cathedral (also early!), and Brutal Truth among others. The amalgamation of such foul ingredients results in a putrescent stew where death metal and doom of the filthiest and most crushing order predominates, and sudden blasts of grinding derangement help intensify the vile listening experience. Such is the sound of Metastatic Declination, the band's debut album: no melody, no light, no hope!
Suitably furnished with starkly regressionist cover art courtesy of Necro Frost and with gutsf***ing mastering from Blood Duster's Jason Fuller at Goatsound, Carcinoid's Metastatic Declination is truly a record for only the sickest and most hardened ears - if you're a false, do no entry! Memento Mori's CD version will also include as bonus tracks the band's 2018 demo.
In the meantime, hear the next cancerous growth of the new track "Sickness" in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Hear the first cancerous growth with the previously revealed "Suffering Reborn" both HERE at Memento Mori's official YouTube channel and HERE at Blood Harvest's Bandcamp.
Black metal visionaries LvxCaelis premiere the new track "The Beginning Was the End" through CVLTNation.com. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated third album, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, set for international release on October 31st via Lamech Records. A symbiosis of spiritual black metal and its Bathorian antecedent, here LvxCaelis create a shimmering cavern of haunting splendor, of cosmic weight verily crushed with the tyranny of true masters. Mystical and mesmerizing, Maher Shalal Hash Baz is the sound of LvxCaelis at the very peak of their powers. Hear "The Beginning Was the End," the first track to be revealed from the new album, in its entirety exclusively HERE.
LvxCaelis was formed in the year 2004 in southern Chile by Irad and former drummer Etlidur. The band was rehearsing actively during their first years but faced many line-up changes. In early 2009, their first demo, Nigredo-The Dead Head, was recorded in the form of a rehearsal. This demo caught the attention of Lamech Records, which later released this recording on pro tape format limited to 300 copies. In the year 2011, LvxCaelis entered the studio and recorded their debut album, Mysteria Mystica Maxima 23, released one year later by Lamech Records. This album got a very good response from the black metal underground worldwide. Frater N. joins the band that year as their bass-player.
In 2012, LvxCaelis decided to perform live for the very first time. Their debut show was held in December 2012 in Santiago, Chile. In the beginning of 2014, the band recorded a new demo called Slaughtering of the Lamb, which was meant to be an advance for their upcoming full-length. This demo was released by Lamech Records on pro tape format and limited to 300 copies. All copies sold out very fast, and it got great response, as well. In the same year, Irad travelled to Sweden to record the new album and perform a few exclusive dates - this time, integrating members of Hetroertzen for the live performances. The Watchers, the band's second album, was then recorded by Irad and Deacon D. on drums and released by Lamech Records in 2014.
In 2015, LvxCaelis was invited to join Hetroertzen on their US mini-tour. This was the band’s first time performing on North American soil, and they got a great response there. Between 2017 and 2018, LvxCaelis focused on preparing material for a new album. During this time, the line-up was completed by the addition of drummer Frater B. Later in the autumn of 2018, LvxCaelis joined Hetroertzen and Sektarism for the "Lvx in Tenebris" European tour where they performed 10 dates over several cities of Europe. After the tour was over, the band travelled to Västerås, Sweden to record their third album, Maher Shalal Hash Baz. Recorded at Lamech Studios by Deacon D., Maher Shalal Hash Baz clearly shows LvxCaelis' musical refinement after 14 years of existence: a vast and visionary work that stays true to the band's original tenets whilst pushing its boundaries ever wider.
In the meantime, hear LvxCaelis' "The Beginning Was the End" - the first track to be revealed from their forthcoming third album, Maher Shalal Hash Baz - in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of CVLTNation.com
UK progressive sludge metal band Sail are pleased to reveal their new song "Starve" which is now streaming via Heavy Blog Is Heavy. The single is set to be released on all streaming platforms this Friday.
Listen to the song here: https://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2019/09/18/exclusive-premiere-sail-make-sure-you-dont-starve-with-new-ep/
UK progressive sludge band Sail offers up their new single "Starve," a grotesque ode to the anxieties of modern life. Fans of Torche, Red Fang and Baroness will eat up what this Southwestern UK band is dishing out.
Sail released their debut album Slumbersong in March 2017 on Hibernacula Records, receiving excellent reviews including a 4K Kerrang review, coverage in Terrorizer, and play on Radio Fenriz. Later that year, they toured England and Scotland with Cybernetic Witch Cult. This was followed by more performances with Ohhms, Alunah, and Desert Storm, plus tours with Morag Tong and Morass of Molasses. The band has been writing new material since then and also runs their own shows as Sub Terra Promotions.
In regard to their new single, the band says:-
"'Starve' is, put simply, a discussion about facing anxieties in life but with the backing of a big riff. It's fairly thematically similar to our debut release -- our lyrics are very often introspective and hugely personal to us all in differing ways -- but despite this common ground the song feels like a step in a more solid, focused direction."
In regards to their sound, the band commented:-
"We've recently started working in partnership with Zilla cabs, who now provide all our guitar and bass cabs. They've been amazing to work with and they've helped up define our guitar sound for the single."
Italian sludge merchants Juggernaut return with their most complex, powerful and strongly evocative instrumental record to date. They share a first single taken from their cinematic sludge metal masterpiece "Neuroteque", due out October 11th on Subsounds Records.
Listen to Orbitalia NOW!
Neuroteque, the place where everything is allowed, where everything takes the risk of becoming something else. Urban and science fiction scenarios overlap with bucolic and mystical incursions, sweet lullabies turn into screams, a stealthy step becomes a crazy ride.
On their upcoming, third album, the four-piece band Juggernaut from Rome, Italy, deliver seven tracks as the seven different doors to enter Neuroteque: A lisergic menu of cinematic progressive, metallic psychedelia, mellow and disturbing atmospheres. This record holds seven stories of harmonic and emotional transformation, seven winding paths towards Neuroteque.
Says the band:-
"Neuroteque is a new step forward in the research and definition of the way we think music. It certainly picks up where "TRAMA!" left off, but new images and emotions shuffle the cards towards a more abstract, kaleidoscopic and exciting trip. We are immensely proud and anxious to share our new studio work with everyone! "
Juggernaut New album "Neuroteque" - Out October 11th on Subsounds Records
Pre-orders available here
Juggernaut is a Roma based four-pieces, enjoying complex, powerful and strongly evocative instrumental music, immersed in obscure and grotesque atmospheres. After the band's second and critically acclaimed album "TRAMA!" was released (2014, Subsound Records), they performed countless stages all over Italy and Europe, including the prestigious Euroblast Festival in Köln, Germany (with Cynic, Between The Buried And Me, Monuments, Leprous…). Juggernaut shared the stage with acts such as Soen (with Martin Lopez, ex-Opeth), Philm (with Dave Lombardo, ex-Slayer), Amenra, Today Is The Day, Red Sparowes and Zu.
Andrea Carletti - electric and acoustic guitars, sitar, samples
Roberto Cippitelli - bass, glockenspiel, vibraslap, synth
Matteo D'Amicis - drums, ATV aFrame, egg and soft shaker, tambourine, tabla, senasel, trash can
Luigi Farina - electric, acoustic and classical guitars, synth
Facebook ⎪ Bandcamp ⎪ Subsounds Records
Californian Death Metallers Infirmity unleash their new track "Darkness Reigns Supreme" via Decibel Magazine
Los Angeles Death Metal quartet Infirmity and Decibel Magazine have launched the exclusive world premiere of "Darkness Reigns Supreme." The newest track from the band's upcoming full-length debut, Descendants of Sodom, offers a firestorm of pummeling black and death metal.
Stream "Darkness Reigns Supreme" at this location.
Descendants of Sodom is set for release on November 9 through Lost Apparitions Records. Pre-order at infirmity.bigcartel.com/product/decadents-of-sodom-cd
Pummeling and lacerating, yes, but also superbly constructed for maximum memory retention, the music of Descendants of Sodom is to stand the test of time (however much of it we have left on this planet). Built on on an unwavering foundation of dynamic Death Metal, while at times channelling the deathly thrash of Dark Angel or Slayer, as well as shrieking black metal flourishes, that INFIRMITY have gone all in on Descendants of Sodom is a gross understatement. John Haddad's (Intronaut, Abysmal Torment, Phobia, etc) work recording, mixing, and mastering the album has paid big dividends in a sound that is crisp, cutting, and direct in the trauma that it will in fact inflict on those listeners who dare to take the beating. Wear protective clothing and brace yourself!
All music written and performed by Infirmity
Recorded, mixed and mastered by John Haddad at Trench Studios, Corona
Cover art done by the amazing Daemorph Art!
Kevin Lowery - Guitar / Vocals
Daniel Shultz - Guitar / Vocals
Zachary Ramirez - Drums
Brent Gore - Bass
Infirmity, a group of four guys who like to get together, drink beer and make some heavy metal death rock! So crank up your stereo to “11”, get into position to air guitar (or air drum), grab your favourite beer, some ibuprofen for the whiplash, and be prepared to head-bang your ass off! This is metal! This is Infirmity!
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