“Throughout history people have always been searching for ways to cleanse themselves. They’ve always been searching for… The Purge”
Dutch powerhouse Within Temptation have released the video for their brand-new single ‘The Purge’, which sees frontwoman Sharon den Adel search for self-redemption.
The track is a full-throttle rock song, heavy and dramatic with an addictive chorus, and contains elements of the classic Within Temptation sound, whilst pushing forward into new sonic territory and has received an amazing response from international press.
Adel offers her thoughts on the new single:-
“The Purge’ revolves around self-reflection and a search for redemption. No one gets through life without scars or without inflicting them on others and there will always be moments in your life you start questioning your choices. You start realizing you've made mistakes, causing harm to not only others but also to yourself. To confess, to acknowledge and to accept these mistakes, can be a very painful process - however, inescapable when the burden becomes too heavy.”
‘The Purge’ follows the release of ‘Entertain You’ - a song that marked the beginning of a series of digital single releases and exceeded all expectations. ‘Entertain You’ peaked at #1 of ‘Most Added Songs’ in the Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator Chart and debuted in the Top 50 of the Mainstream Rock Charts in the USA. The song also garnered airplay on over 40 leading radio stations across America and became a European hit.
It’s also had a fantastic reception in the UK with fans and media alike praising its dramatic new sound for the band – with the single proving an airplay hit on rotation at Kerrang Radio, as well as the band featuring in the UK rock press.
Stand by for further new music to come from Within Temptation in 2021!
Symphonic power metal prodigy Aeternitas are proud to release the astonishing official video to "Fountain Of Youth", taken from their upcoming album "Haunted Minds" due for release on 20 11 2020 worldwide.
"Fountain Of Youth" was the first song we wrote for our new album "Haunted Minds". It already contained the elements of the entire album: a strong and catchy chorus; powerful riffing along with mighty orchestral parts and the varied alternate voices of Alex and Julia. We were very excited to bringing it to live in our music video and looking forward for the feedback of our fans..."
Watch "Fountain Of Youth" Official Video below:-
"Haunted Minds" is the band's 6th album, the most powerful Aeternitas album yet, and with Henning Basse (Ex-Metalium, Ex-Firewind) and Glen Drover (Ex-Megadeth, Ex-King Diamond) they are honoured to have these guest musicians involved.
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Hungarian symphonic metallers Tales Of Evening premiere new song and music video “Leap of Faith” / “Csak én Látom”!
Symphonic metal band Tales Of Evening have released a brand new song and music video, “Leap of Faith”, also recorded in their native language as “Csak én látom”. Taken from their upcoming album, which is expected to be released in 2021, the new song continues the tradition of English language songs started by their 2019 album, “A New Dawn Awaits”. Main songwriter, bandleader and keyboardist Attila Ádám shared his thoughts about the new song, the shooting of the music video and their future plans below.
Tales Of Evening - Csak én Látom (Official Music Video) (Hungarian version)
Tales Of Evening - Leap of Faith (Official Music Video) (English version)
“The base of our new song, “Csak én látom” has been finished for a while now, but we had to delay the release several times due to the pandemic. We definitely wanted to publish “Csak én látom”, because it’s very important for us to always release something between the albums. The feedback for our latest album, “A New Dawn Awaits” has been very positive, and while touring with Rhapsody Of Fire this spring, it’s also been proven that international audiences are quite fond of those songs as well. On that tour we had the chance to share our music live with wonderful people of various countries. English version of the song, “Leap Of Faith” was recorded to make this kind of international interaction possible once again.
As many of us are from Zala county, Hungary, this music video was shot and directed by Balázs Gerócs at the Hevesi Sándor Theatre at Zalaegerszeg, and also in the village where I was born, Tornyiszentmiklós. Although the song is unusually short, it is especially tight and modern in sound. It is thought-provoking and also carries a strong message, hence we hope it gets the attention by fans and radios we think it deserves.
It is also the first song we’ve recorded with our new bass guitarist, Dávid Szegedi, who’s also a student of the Music Studio of Kőbánya.
2021 is Tales Of Evening’s 10th birthday, and we’re working hard to celebrate it with a brand new album. This song is it’s first herald, so we’re positive it will become something truly special.”
Suffolk based Ghosts Of Atlantis premiers first track Halls Of Lemuria of their debut album set for release early 2021 via Black Lion records
Hailing from deepest, darkest Suffolk, Ghosts Of Atlantis are a metal band that carry a wealth of experience and professionalism. Like both Cradle Of Filth, and Devilment before it, Ghosts Of Atlantis continues the tradition and staple of the witch county trademark sound. The sound is dark and aggressive, sinister and twisted, yet universally appealing due to big chorus lines, emotive orchestration and massive hooks Sonically, the band crosses many genres and lyrical styles, from poetic spoken word elements, full choirs, and memorable choruses to guttural destruction carried forth through the main vocals. Ghosts Of Atlantis (G.O.A) features both present and past members of Devilment, Failed Humanity, The Conflict Within and Cold Lazarus.
Founder Colin Park states : "Halls of Lemuria" The road ahead is long and the elements ruthless. The Atlantian people embark on a pilgrimage to reach the great halls of Lemuria. For it is within these sacred walls, that the power to turn the tide of battle resides. The power to summon the Ghosts of Atlantis and give hope to the people of Atlantis.
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Israeli prog / symphonic metallers Scardust unveil music video for 'Stranger', taken from their new concept album
An intriguing concept album built of complementary song pairs working from the outside in, “Strangers” – set to be released on Oct. 30 by M-Theory Audio – is the newest effort from acclaimed Israeli progressive / symphonic metal band Scardust. With one pair of songs already unveiled to the general public via the music videos for “Tantibus II” and “Addicted”, the band has now revealed the first chapter of another two-part saga with their new music video for the track “Stranger”, which can be viewed at YouTube here: https://youtu.be/FSTTK8uvpsA. A video for its companion track will be released next week.
Vocalist Noa Gruman states that:-
“When someone close to your heart is leaving you and you’re breaking down and feeling that you’re left to face the world on your own, the shared memories and moments that you had become 'Stranger.' Being neglected is a fragile and exposed feeling, so in this one song we chose to lose the choir and strings and strip things down to the core musicians. In the video, they are playing the song, but never together, in an obscure, unrealistic location. They are surrounded by concrete pillars and the scene is continuously spinning, leaving the viewer feeling dizzy and uncomfortable. Lyrics pop out here and there to highlight specific parts, and there are also hints of water by the musicians' feet and paint cans lying on the ground. One may wonder why, and it will all be revealed in the other side of the story, told from the side of the neglecter.”
Mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Arch Enemy), “Strangers” was written and composed jointly by singer Noa Gruman and composer Orr Didi, who also collaborated with Gruman on Scardust’s full-length debut “Sands of Time” – which was hailed by Prog Magazine as “extraordinary” – and their 2015 EP “Shadow.” The album features guest appearances from German folk musician Patty Gurdy, as well as vocals by the Hellscore choir and England’s prestigious Westbrook Hay Prep School Chamber Choir. Pre-orders for CD and limited-edition gray smoke vinyl editions of “Strangers” are now live at: https://smarturl.com/scardust2020
Scardust also recently launched the “Mist Cover Challenge,” an invitation for fans to play or sing along with the final minute of the new song “Mist,” the closing track of “Strangers.” To enter the challenge, follow the instructions at https://scardust.co/mist-cover-challenge/ and upload your video anywhere on social media, tagging the band and including the hashtag #scardustmist. Entries close on Oct. 25, and winners will be announced by the band during a special livestream on Nov. 1 that will also feature a live performance and a Q&A with special guest Patty Gurdy.
Israel’s leading progressive metal group, Scardust has performed at such major festivals as Ramblin’ Man Fair (UK), Metaldays (Slovenia) and Midi (China). In addition, the band hosts the annual “Scarfest” event in their home country, where they’ve also appeared alongside the likes of Therion, Epica and Symphony X.
Noa Gruman – Vocals
Yanai Avnet – Bass
Yadin Moyal – Guitar
Itai Portugali – Keyboards
Yoav Weinberg – Drums
Mumbai-based death metal multi-instrumentalist, Sahil Makhija aka Demonstealer, is all set to release his next solo EP titled ‘And This Too Shall Pass’ on the 11th December, 2020. The 4-song EP is being self-released with the help of a crowd-funding campaign that Makhija personally set up in July earlier this year. Three years after The Last Reptilian Warrior, it was the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown in the country that provided Makhija with a new perspective and the inspiration to write new music.
And This Too Shall Pass sees Makhija return to his absolute roots. He adds:-
“I guess this is me at my most vulnerable. It’s just me, no incredible musicians to back me up, just me putting my expression and feelings and thoughts into songs for the world to listen to”.
An extreme music old-timer Makhija has long been a crucial part of the Indian metal scene; be it founding the country’s biggest extreme metal band (Demonic Resurrection), or starting up an independent record label (with releases by Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir) or setting up a premium recording studio dedicated to extreme metal – Makhija has had an enormous role in shaping the country’s heavy music landscape. After a successful third album, which saw collaborations with Kévin Paradis (Benighted, Svart Crown), Romain Goulon (Necrophagist), Kerim Lechner (Septic Flesh, Decapitated) and David Diepold (Obscura) amongst others, Makhija has resurfaced with a brand new Demonstealer release.
The release was mixed and mastered at the esteemed Hertz Studio (Behemoth, Decapitated, Vader), a first for Makhija who is otherwise known to mix all the Demonstealer releases. The glorious artwork for the EP was provided by Indonesian artist Adi Dechristianize (Embalmer, Disgorge). All music on And This Too Shall Pass has been written, played and recorded by Makhija — making it truly a solo effort — a feat he hasn’t performed since his debut album released in 2008.
01. This Crumbling Earth (06:26)
02. A Festering Wound (04:06)
03. Systemic Failure (04:30)
04. From Flesh To Ashes (06:09)
Total runtime – 21:11
All music written, played & arranged by Demonstealer
All music recorded by Demonstealer at Demonic Studios, India
All music mixed & mastered by Hertz Studio, Poland
Album artwork & layout by Adi Dechristianize
And This Too Shall Pass releases on 11th December, 2020. Pre-orders for the digital release are now available on the band’s Bandcamp (World) and Redwolf (India). The EP will also be available on all streaming services including YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music.
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Dutch symphonic metal giants Epica proudly announce the release of their new album "Omega", the album comes out on the 26th February 2021 via Nuclear Blast. "Omega" is the bands first studio album in five years. Epica have also released the first single from the album, titled 'Abyss Of Time', with an amazing accompanying video that was made in collaboration with Grupa 13.
Watch the video for 'Abyss Of Time' here: https://youtu.be/sTbk3SfUq9Q
Get the single digitally here: http://nblast.de/Epica-OmegaDSP
Simone Simons comments:
"Finally we can show you the video for our newest single 'Abyss Of Time'! We flew all the way to Poland to work with Grupa 13 for the first time. Shooting videos is one of my favourite parts of creating the visual side to our music. The costumes were insanely beautiful. It was so much fun and I hope that you like the video'.
The band also kick off the pre-order for "Omega", that will be available in the following formats:
Pre-order the album in the format of your choice, here: http://nblast.de/Epica-Omega
About the new album, Mark Jansen comments:
"I am very proud of this album, as I am convinced we have written a very refreshing and well balanced album even after so many years of existence. Our strength is that we have many great songwriters in one band. We have managed to combine each other's strongest qualities and selected the best songs. It was a fruitful period of spending time together to work as one team on those tracks. I think this has made the biggest difference compared to our previous albums. Still using the advantages of comfortably sending files by the internet to each other but combining that with coming physically together again to work on all the tracks. I think I have listened to "Omega" about 50 times already and still can't get enough of it!"
Northern Irish Symphonic Power Metallers Ravenlight have just released a haunting new cover of ‘Zenith’ by Ghost.
Following on the release of their debut album ‘Project Genesis’ in June of this year, Ravenlight, unfortunately, had their live plans to promote the release cancelled due to the ongoing situation in the world, however, instead of remaining idle, they returned to the studio to record an ambitious cover of the Ghost track.
Singer Rebecca Feeney had the following to say about the track:
“Zenith may seem a not so obvious song for a cover, however, we went with Zenith for many reasons. I really enjoyed singing along to it, it really suited my range. Furthermore, we felt that Zenith is a very underrated Ghost song, due to the fact that it is a bonus track on the Vinyl version of Meliora, so it is not as well known as other tracks, giving us a chance to really put our own spin on it.”
The video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtYrszs5uxk
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After 6 years of rocking international stages with their heavy metal style, Scarlet Aura signs again with Universal Music. The Universal Music Romania will handle an exclusive worldwide digital distribution as well as physical distribution in band’s home country for the upcoming release, while Silver City Records will take care of the international physical distribution and production.
The deal includes the 6th studio album of Scarlet Aura that will be released in 2021 alongside the tour with Primal Fear. This is the new phenomena that the Romanian band brought to the metal stage – a trilogy of metal albums followed by fantasy book volumes written by the singer Aura Danciulescu. The upcoming album will continue a conceptual trilogy called “The Book of Scarlet” that started in 2019 and already includes two critically acclaimed albums “Hot’n’Heavy” (2019) and “Stormbreaker” (2020) together with accompanying fantasy books.
Scarlet Aura on the signing:-
“Alongside Silver City Records, we are putting our shoulder into strengthening the metal stage after an almost devastating year and we are happy to have Universal Music as partners. Life is now, music is forever! See you at the shows!”
Universal Music Romania statement:
”We are happy to join forces again with Scarlet Aura, a band that proved throughout the years its talent, innovation, hard work and dedication for what they love the most: metal music!”
Aura Danciulescu – Lead Vocals
Mihai Danciulescu – Lead guitar, Vocals
Rene Nistor – Bass guitar, Vocals
Sorin Ristea – Drums
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Thai Symphonic Power Metallers Melodius Deite sign with Art Gates Records; new album "Elysium" due out October
Art Gates Records are proud to announce Thai symphonic & progressive power metal act Melodius Deite as the new artist to join their international roster. The five pieced combo is formed back in 2007 and is characterized by their advanced skills and the unique combination of Heavy Metal subgenres, such as symphonic metal, power metal, progressive metal and even the most extreme genres.
In words of the band:-
"We feel more than happy to work with Art Gates Records. They’re really professional and dedicated, definitely a great record label. We’re so excited and can’t wait to show you what we got with the new album"
After releasing 3 albums: "Episode 1: Dream On", "Episode II: Voyage Through the World of Fantasy", "Episode III: The Archangels of the Olympians", the band is ready to release their fourth and brand new album "Elysium" in October 2020 through Art Gates Records worldwide.
The album has been recorded at Melodius Deite Studio, mixed and mastered by Pawel Karlinski at Karlin Studio in Poland and produced by Biggie Phanrath.
More info at www.artgatesrecords.com
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