Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-rock band Apocalyptica have released the video for ‘En Route To Mayhem’, which will transport the viewer to a fantastical post-humanity future. This imaginary world is barren, dusty, and littered with broken pieces of things once considered essential to humankind such as bits of plastic, a teddy bear, crumbling structures, cell phones and computers, bleached bones, and long-forgotten musical instruments. The setting is devoid of mankind, but brimming with the hope of new life; and then one day, thunder, lightning, and one drop at a time, it begins to rain, and Mother Nature steps in. Check out the ‘En Route To Mayhem’ video HERE.
Apocalyptica’s Eicca Toppinen comments:-
“‘En Route To Mayhem’ is a journey of hedonic needs growing into greed and aggression, driving into inner mayhem and ending without satisfaction. This video underlines the fact that however we think we are in control by destroying things and life around us, life itself will take over in the end, always. We are not in control of the bigger picture, and we should be aware of it and raise our respect to life around us.”
The ‘En Route To Mayhem’ video is in support of Apocalyptica’s upcoming album, Cell-0, due out January 10th, 2020 via Silver Lining Music. Produced by Apocalyptica – cellists Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, and Paavo Lötjönen, and drummer Mikko Sirén and mixed by Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Metallica and Black Sabbath), and recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki.
The recording of Cell-0 followed a four-year break between albums that gave the band a fresh perspective and affected the way they approached the new music. Cell-0 is the quartet's first instrumental album in 17 years and found the musicians challenging themselves to discover new flavours and colours in their respective instruments. For Cell-0 pre-order options, go to this location.
Perttu Kivilaakso comments:-
“Cell-0 has a concept which is to challenge the listeners to question themselves and ask “Am I doing the best I can for the environment, for other beings? Is there still something I can change?”
To highlight environmental issues, the band wanted to ask fans to do something for our planet; so to coincide with the release of the new video, they have launched a very special competition, which will give fans the chance to win the opportunity for Apocalyptica to play in their living room.
To enter, fans will need to show the band how they are making the planet a healthier place for everyone. Fans can head to their Facebook page and comment with photos/videos showing what they are doing to help the planet and telling the band why they should be picked as a winner.
To find out more information, head to the band’s Facebook page. The online contest is open to all European fans from now and will close at 7:00 pm CET Friday, January 10th, 2020. Full terms and conditions can be found here.
In concert, Apocalyptica are known for their moving live performances and will kick off the New Year as Special Guests on Sabaton's 15-country, 23-date European arena tour that begins on January 17, 2020 in Zurich, Switzerland. With a set list that will likely vary night to night, Apocalyptica's performances will be comprised of new songs from Cell-0 as well as from the band's rich catalogue. Tickets are on sale now; go to https://www.apocalyptica.com for all pre-sales, VIP packages, and ticketing details.
APOCALYPTICA 2020 TOUR DATES
17 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
18 Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
19 Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
20 Culture Factory, Zagreb, Croatia
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
12 Logomo, Turku, Finland
14 Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
15 Musiikkikeskus, Kuopio, Finland
27 Tullisali, Oulu, Finland
28 Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki, Finland
3 The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
4 The Masquerade - Heaven, Atlanta, GA
6 Emo's, Austin, TX
7 House of Blues, Houston, TX
9 Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM
10 The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
11 The Mayan, Los Angeles, CA
12 The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
13 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
14 The Showbox, Seattle, WA
15 Imperial, Vancouver, BC Canada
17 Midway, Edmonton, AB Canada
18 The Palace Theatre, Calgary, AB Canada
20 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
21 House of Blues, Chicago, IL
22 The Opera House, Toronto, ON Canada
23 MTelus, Montreal, QC Canada
24 Webster Theater, Hartford, CT
25 Webster Hall, New York, NY
26 Big Night Live, Boston, MA
18 Hant Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia
19 Amfithéater, Terchova, Slovakia
Eicca Toppinen – Cello
Perttu Kivilaakso – Cello
Paavo Lötjönen – Cello
Mikko Sirén – Drums
For further information visit: www.apocalyptica.com
Slovakian metal monks Malokarpatan reveal the cover art to their highly anticipated third album, Krupinské ohne (The Fires of Krupina). The album will be released on March 20th, 2020 on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats via Invictus Productions once again in conjunction with their US allies at The Ajna Offensive. The band will be performing a release show with Cult of Fire on March 21st in Prague. In conjunction with the international release of Krupinské ohne, vinyl reissues of both Stridzie Dni and Nordkarpatenland will also be available.
The artwork for Krupinské ohne (The Fires of Krupina) was created by Matúš S. Ďurčík, AKA Svjatogor, a graphic designer and artist from Slovakia who was chosen to represent the historical themes throughout the new album. Says guitarist Adam of the artist and artwork, "I wanted to work with Svjatogor already when having the album concept set, as his personal style works wonderfully with the historical topic of the record and gives it a feeling of an old book rediscovered after gathering dust somewhere within lost archives. He perfectly understood the tension between the dreamy idyll of a pastoral world and the sinister, nightside elements of folklore that always lies at the heart of our work." Svatogor's artwork can be viewed HERE as well as HERE.
Malokarpatan's new album will be available on gatefold LP (on regular black vinyl and limited dark-orange vinyl), jewel-case CD, and cassette along with represses of the first two albums and will be available for pre-order at midday (CET) on Friday, December 6th along with an exclusive, limited-edition wooden box-set titled Trilógia ludového desu, which features all three full-length albums on vinyl with a metal pin, patch, and t-shirt. There are 85 color-vinyl box-sets and 85 black-vinyl boxsets available only from Invictus, shipping worldwide. Boxsets and Krupinské ohne (The Fires of Krupina) will ship to customers in early March in time for the new album's release. A track from the album will be published shortly to satiate your hunger for more Malokarpatan!
Masterful Norwegian storytellers Wardruna sign to Sony Music/Columbia Records for the world, and announce European tour dates for 2020. Dates below with tickets going on sale on 11th October at 10am BST, 11am CEST. Details of the upcoming album shall be revealed in due course.
Einar Selvik comments:
“Wardruna has been a DIY to-the-bone kind of project since the very beginning. Slowly and patiently evolving. Working hard and always keeping the art itself as the primary decisive factor. This will never change for me, and so having people on our team that also embrace this way of working is paramount. Partnering up with Sony Music / Columbia Records is a new steppingstone for us and I am very confident that this new addition to the team will give us new opportunities to further develop our art and take it to the next level.”
2019 marks ten years since Wardruna’s first release. A series of sold out shows at prestigious concert venues around the world culminate in the highlight of the fall; Wardruna will perform in the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in the United States, followed by sold out European tour. The group's critically acclaimed “Runaljod” trilogy based on the Nordic runes reached its conclusion and was followed by a stripped-down, fully acoustic album exploring the ancient poetic traditions of the Skalds. This spring, a new chapter for the band will start. New music is being worked on as well as further steps in the band´s concert production.
“I don’t wish to reveal too much at this point but can say that we are now deep into the process of writing and recording a new album. When Wardruna gets up from the current studio-hibernation and initiate the concert-year of 2020, it is clearly allowed to hope for new music!" Says Einar Selvik.
WARDRUNA 2020 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
28 Mar - Oslo (NOR) - Sentrum Scene
2 Apr - Kristiansand (NOR) - Kilden Teater
3 Apr - Stavanger (NOR) - Konserthus
4 Apr- Bergen (NOR) - Grieghallen
30 Apr - Moscow (RUS) - Crocus City Hall
01 May - St. Petersburg (RUS) - Yubileyny Sports Palace
03 May - Poznan (POL) - Hala Ziemi
04 May - Krakow (POL) - ICE Congress Center
05 May - Bratislava (SVK) - Refinery Gallery
07 May - Belgrade (SRB) - Sava Centar
08 May - Bucharest (ROM) - Arena Romanele
04 Jun - Manchester (UK) - Albert Hall
05 Jun - Dublin (IRL) - Vicar St.
06 Jun - Birmingham (UK) - Symphony Hall
07 Jun - Glasgow (UK) - Royal Concert Hall
09 Jun - London (UK) - Royal Festival Hall
10 Jun - Cambridge (UK) - Cambridge Corn Exchange
01 Aug - Savonlinna (FIN) - Savonlinna Opera Festival
21 Sep - Reykjavik (ISL) - Harpa
Slovakian Black / Heavy Metallers Malokarpatan unveil details of third album; to be released by Invictus / Ajna March 20th, 2020
Slovakian metal monks Malokarpatan announce details regarding their highly anticipated third album, to be titled Krupinské ohne (The Fires of Krupina).
Malokarpatan will be entering Dark Ceremonies Studio, Hostivař, Prague, Czech Republic in October to commence recordings for their third full-length album, Krupinské ohne (The Fires of Krupina). The album will be released on March 20th, 2020 on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats via Invictus Productions once again in conjunction with their US allies at The Ajna Offensive. The band will be performing a release show with Cult of Fire on March 21st in Prague. In conjunction with the international release of Krupinské ohne, vinyl reissues of both Stridzie Dni and Nordkarpatenland will also be available.
Says guitarist Adam says of the impending third Malokarpatan album:-
"Krupinské ohne (The Fires of Krupina) is a concept work dealing with real and magical events that took place during the 17th century in the town of Krupina. A coven of witches operated here and instilled fear in the area that has eventually led to their fiery deaths upon the pyres of the Catholic Church. Adjusted to the conceptual nature of the album, the music is inspired by the specific mystique and adventurous spirit of '70s progressive rock albums, while still remaining true to our roots of Iron Curtain-style obscure black/heavy metal."
Slovakia's progressive/power metal unit Signum Regis have released a new lyric video for the track “Kings Of The Underground” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/69DRcxmKBfg
“Kings of the Underground” is the first single from the band's upcoming album “The Seal of a New World”, which will be released in November through Beyond The Storm Productions. The band’s new vocalist Jota Fortinho really shines throughout this catchy, dynamic and melodic song, that is perfect for fans of heavy and power metal!
The album was mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Kamelot).
"The Seal Of A New World" can be pre-ordered here:
Ukraine's most ferocious metal export Jinjer have officially begun work on their highly anticipated third album and follow up to their Napalm Records debut King Of Everything (2016) and their amazing “Micro” EP (2018). Once again teaming up with sound producer Max Morton at Kaska Studio in Kiev, the as of yet untitled album is expected to be released sometime in fall 2019 and promises to be their best and most fierce material to date.
"No rest for the wicked! Together with our long time friend and producer Max Morton, we are pleased to announce that we’ve entered Kaska Studio in Kiev to begin recording our third full album, to be released later this year. Trust us, it’s gonna blow your heads off," says the band.
Hot off the heels of the news that numerous North American dates with special guests The Browning being upgraded to bigger venues and some shows near the sell out point, Jinjer have also announced a full blown European Headline Tour in November/December to coincide with the release of their new album.
Jinjer seem determined to take over the world one country at a time and by any means necessary:-
“Europe! We are coming for you! The time has come to show you the fiercest side of Jinjer ever, with a new album, new songs as well as all our older hits and a few surprises in-between. We know a lot of you have been waiting for us to do a proper headline tour with our own production and that time has finally come! Join us this November/December throughout Europe and the United Kingdom and help us celebrate this new era with a bang!”
Do not miss your chance to see Jinjer somewhere in Europe or North America this year!
JINJER at European Festivals:
14.06.19 UK – Donington Park / Download Festival
15.06.19 ES – Fuengirola / Rock The Coast Festival
18.06.19 SE – Malmoe / KB (w/ Tesseract)
19.06.19 SE – Gävle / Gasklockorna (w/ Tesseract)
20.06.19 SE – Gothenburg / Pustervik (w/ Tesseract)
22.06.19 DE – Essen / Turock (w/ Tesseract)
23.06.19 DE – Karlsruhe / Substage
25.06.19 PL – Krakow / Mystic Festival
27.06.19 FR – Antibes / Festival les Nuits Carrées
29.06.19 DE – Gräfenhainichen / With Full Force
30.06.19 FI – Helsinki / Tuska Festival
02.07.19 AT - Salzburg / Rockhouse (w/ Tesseract)
03.07.19 CH – Aarburg / Musigburg
04.07.19 CH – Monthey / Pont Rouge
05.07.18 FR - Colombier-Saugnieu / Plane’R Fest
06.07.19 DE – Trier / MJC Mergener Hof
09.07.19 DE – Lindau / Club Vaudeville
11.07.19 AT – Wörgl / Komma
12.07.19 HU – Dunaújváros / Rockmaraton
14.07.19 UA – Kiev / Atlas Weekend
19.07.19 UK – Gloucestershire / Amplified Open Air Festival
20.07.19 FI – Laukaa / John Smith Rock Festival
27.07.19 IT – Bolotana / Roc And Bol Metal Festival
02.08.19 DE – Wacken / Wacken Open Air
03.08.19 DE – Köln / RheinRiot Festival - Palladium
06.08.19 DE – Jena / F-Haus
07.08.19 CZ – Josefov / Brutal Assault
08.08.19 PT – Vagos / Vagos Metal Fest
10.08.19 NL – Leeuwarden / Into The Grave
11.08.19 NL – Rotterdam / Baroeg
15.08.19 DE – Aachen / Musikbunker
17.08.19 DE – Hamburg / Elb Riot
21.08.19 DE – Siegburg / Kubana
22.08.19 DE – Würzburg / Posthalle
23.08.19 DE – Wörrstadt / NOAF
24.08.19 DE – Sulingen / Reload Festival
JINJER North American Tour w/ The Browning:
9/7: St Louis, MO @ Fubar
9/8: Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
9/11: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
9/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
9/13: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red (MAIN ROOM)
9/15: Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
9/17: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
9/19: Austin, TX @ Come and Take it Live
9/20: Dallas, TX @ GMBQ
9/24: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
9/25: West Palm Beach, FL @ Respestable Street
9/26: Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
9/27: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
9/28: Greenville, SC @ The Firmament
9/29: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
10/1: Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Vounge
10/2: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
10/4: New Bedford, MA @ The Vault @ Greasy Luck
10/5: Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s
10/6: Montreal, QC @ Astral
10/8: Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
10/9: Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey
10/10: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
10/11: Cleveland, OH @ The Winchester
10/12: Cincinnati, OH Riverfront Theater
10/13: Pittsburgh, PA @ Crafthouse
10/15: Indianapolis, IN @ Black Circle
10/16: Angola, IN @ The Eclectic Room
10/18: Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
10/19: Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
10/20: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache @ Interection
10/22: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/23: Belvedere, IL @ Apollo Theater
10/24: Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s
10/25: Iowa City, IA @ Wildwood Smokehouse
10/26: Racine, WI @ Route 20
10/29: Calgary, AB @ Dickens
10/30: Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
10/31: Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theater
11/1: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11/2: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
JINJER Headlining Europe:
08.11.19 UA – Kiev / Bingo Club
12.11.19 DE – Dresden / Beatpol
14.11.19 DE – Berlin / Bi Nuu
15.11.19 DK – Copenhagen / Pumpehuset
16.11.19 DE – Hannover /Musikzentrum
19.11.19 LU – Esch-Alzette / Kulturfabrik
20.11.19 DE – Frankfurt / Das Bett
21.11.19 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
22.11.19 DE – Annaberg-Buchholz / Alte Brauerei
23.11.19 DE – Köln / Gebäude 9
24.11.19 DE – Bochum / Zeche Bochum
26.11.19 NL – Amsterdam / Q-Factory
27.11.19 NL – Eindhoven / Dynamo
28.11.19 NL – Antwerp / Kavka
29.11.19 UK – London / Heaven
30.11.19 UK – Birmingham / Asylum
01.12.19 UK – Newcastle / Think Tank
03.12.19 UK – Manchester / Rebellion
04.12.19 UK – Bristol / The Exchange
06.12.19 FR – Paris / La Maroquinerie
07.12.19 FR – Annemasse / Château Rouge
08.12.19 FR – Toulouse / Le Rex
10.12.19 ES – Murcia / Garaje
11.12.19 ES – Madrid / Mon
12.12.19 ES – Barcelona / Bóveda
13.12.19 FR – Toulon / Omega Live
14.12.19 IT – Milan / Legend Club
15.12.19 CH – Zürich / Dynamo
16.12.19 DE – München / Backstage Werk
18.12.19 AT – Graz / Dom im Berg
19.12.19 AT – Wien / Szene
20.12.19 HR – Zagreb / KSET
21.12.19 SK - Bratislava / Majestic
Slovakian black metal vanguad Malokarpatan stream the entirety of their a special new EP Cesta podzemnými sálami Kovovlada at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. Set for international release on April 8th via Sun & Moon Records on 7" vinyl format, hear Malokarpatan's Cesta podzemnými sálami Kovovlada in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Simply put, Malokarpatan are Slovakian black metal both at its finest and most adventurous. Since the band's humble beginnings in 2014, the band have swiftly and almost effortlessly built a challenging body of work with two now-cult, critically acclaimed albums. A grass-roots movement if there ever was one, nearly everyone agrees: there's simply no other nowadays black metal band who are so vividly able to straddle staunch traditionalism and boundless adventurousness quite like Malokarpatan.
Ever restless, the maverick quintet return with a special two-song EP, Cesta podzemnými sálami Kovovlada. Originally self-released on digital format, Sun & Moon steps forward to unleash these two brand-new songs on physical format, as they so deserve, which are strictly exclusive to this release and will not appear on a future album. The material here deals with a mythological theme of Kovovlad – master of the underworld and its treasures, who abducts a maiden from the world above to become his bride. This is reflected directly in the music, with the first ambient part painting a psychedelic picture of strange underground halls and the second metal part expressing the darkness of the maiden's fate, left forever to dwell in this world of night.
While Cesta podzemnými sálami Kovovlada comprises two songs, let it be emphasized that this is not just a mere "single" but rather a thematically unified work that should be considered an EP. But, whether long-format or short, Malokarpatan refuse to be shackled in the creativity, and Cesta podzemnými sálami Kovovlada is yet another sterling 'n' stirring chapter in their increasingly bold story.
In the lead-up to its 7" vinyl release next Monday, hear Cesta podzemnými sálami Kovovlada in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com.
Slovakian death/black metal duo Ceremony Of Silence will unleash its mind-bending debut album Outis this spring on Willowtip Records.
Drummer Svjatogor comments on the album's lyrical themes:
“The main lyrical concept behind ‘Outis’ deals with a mystical path of a man—a confrontation with his innermost self and his direct experience of the ultimate perennial wisdom, while releasing all his attachments to the mundane world. Various stages of this path are concealed in a series of metaphorical visions that add another layer to the music itself.”
Decibel Magazine has launched the exclusive, worldwide premiere of "Ceremony of a Thousand Stars," the first track from Outis to be released. Listen to "Ceremony of a Thousand Stars" at this location
Willowtip Records will release Outis on CD Digipack, LP and digital formats on April 5.
The music itself can be described as death metal with a dissonant, yet atmospheric feel, powered by rapid-fire blast beasts and dizzying tremolo riffs. The lyrics deal with mysticism and death, concepts that carry over into the album’s cover art - a traditional woodblock print designed by Svjatogor.
Outis was recorded, mixed and mastered in 2017 by Miroslav Spevák at SPK Audio (Badin, Slovakia). Lyrics and album art by Svjatogor.
Guitarist Vilozof and drummer Svjatogor – both already deeply-rooted in the Slovakian underground metal scene – formed Ceremony Of Silence in 2015. The duo spent countless hours immersed in free-flowing, improvised jams and writing sessions.
Those sessions evolved from a frenzied and spirited expression of the duo’s combined energies to a more focused exploration of the shapeshifting and misted musical horizons in the distance. The result of their journey became the band’s seven-song debut album Outis.
Slovakian Power Metal Group Eufory are back with their new album Higher And Higher and it’s different in almost every aspect when compared to their previous album. From the members’ songwriting capabilities, the technical proficiency, the lyrical thoughts to the resulting sound – all of these things have moved to another level and changed through several gears, providing the greatest amount of pleasure possible to the listeners ears. The only thing that has remained untouched is the urge to push the “Play” button once again, even after repeated spins of the album.
The material was recorded in PureSound Studio in Slovakia and GM Recording Studio in Czech Republic. Higher And Higher got its final touches thanks to the mixing and mastering skills of Roland Grapow (Grapow Studios), who is also known as the former guitarist of Helloween and co-founder of the Masterplan band. His creative ideas greatly contributed to how the final of the album. This is straight ahead, old-school influenced power metal with a modern attitude. Eufory are back with 9 tracks (including a killer Motorhead cover) and a great new sound to get the juices flowing!
Higher And Higher | Released on May 29th, 2018 on Sliptrick Records
Lubos Senko – Vocals | Stevo Hodon – Guitar | Peter Drabik – Guitar | Miriama Hodon – Drums | Adrian Benca – Bass
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