Recently reformed Jordanian thrash metal band Esodic has revealed a guitar playthrough for one of the band’s new tracks, “Undoing.”
Watch guitarist Michael Nolasco’s playthrough today via Ultimate Guitar at https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/upcoming_releases/ug_exclusive_premiere_jordanian_metal_band_esodic_shares_guitar_playthrough_of_undoing.html.
“Undoing” was mixed and mastered by Damien Rainaud (Dragon Force, Once Human, Fear Factory) and produced by Nolasco with bassist Kevin McCombs. The song features a guest appearance by Jeff Potts (Vocana, Mantic Ritual, Warbringer) on lead guitar in addition to Nolasco.
"‘Undoing’ is about the experience of shedding old skin and ridding old versions of oneself, and how those versions will come back to haunt you,” says drummer Zed Amarin.
Born and bred in the underbelly of Amman, Jordan, nearly 20 years ago, Esodic’s sound was inspired by legendary old school - albeit culturally forbidden - thrash and death metal bands like Slayer, Testament and Kreator. Fuelled by an insatiable obsession with metal music and anger and frustration resulting from the significant socio-political strife in their country, the band became a regular fixture in the underground music scene of Amman.
Esodic quickly stood out from other local bands, distinguished by their own style of fast-paced, loud thrash metal. Not long after forming in 2003, they began booking gigs and forming a solid loyal following throughout Jordan. Unfortunately, gaining attention for any countercultural activity was no small matter in Jordan and was met with great repercussions. Members of the band were regularly harassed, detained and arrested, and underground shows were often cancelled or raided.
In 2005, Esodic entered an international music competition, The Global Battle of the Bands, marking the first time the group was able to play publicly to a wide audience. Esodic destroyed with their performance, receiving massive praise and positive feedback for their unique sound and onstage presence. In addition to making their way to the finals, Esodic also received the highest number of fan votes in the competition. In the end, the thrashers came in second, but the experience proved Esodic to be a force to be reckoned with worldwide.
Esodic continued to play local shows until 2008 when the Jordanian Intelligence Department raided a show, sentencing the organizers to jail time. Following this incident, the Jordanian underground scene was shut down, as it remains to this day.
By 2010, due to a combination of life circumstances and political unrest including the Arab Spring, all the members disbanded to different parts of the world. But just before disbanding, Esodic released a split record with Tampa-based death metal band Generichrist on Deathstar Records.
In 2015, drummer Amarin relocated to Los Angeles and began gathering all of Esodic’s recorded material for mixing and mastering in preparation for their first EP, Mirrors of Disgrace. Though the members had disbanded, they had all agreed that this album was an important snapshot that needed to be released. Mirrors of Disgrace was self-released in February 2018. Two years later, Amarin made the decision to revive Esodic and continue the legacy. “Undoing” is the first musical output from the reinvigorated trio.
“Our new line up has a strong multiple disciplinary foundation, ensuring the beginning of a new era for Esodic” Amarin says.
“Undoing” is available today at https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/esodic/undoing-2. Stay tuned for more new music from Esodic.
Polish death thrashers Frightful to release new album "Spectral Creator" on October 31st via Awakening Records
Polish death / thrash metallers Frightful formed in December 2016 in Gdansk, since then the band has released several EPs and demos. Extensive touring has made the band stronger and stronger, and even COVID-19 couldn't stop the band from moving forward, and in the isolated state of 2020, the band created a new, more technical, and better material, and that is the debut full-length album, Spectral Creator!
The album will be released on October 31st via Awakening Records.
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Criminal have released their new album, "Sacrificio", via Metal Blade Records. To celebrate the album release, the band has launched a video for their latest single, "Sistema Criminal". Directed by Carlos Toro of Abysmo Films (Kreator, Arch Enemy, Rob Halford), the video can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdbK9CO2eaQ
Sacrificio is Criminal's ninth full-length studio album: a twelve-track bludgeoning that harks back to their roots - both literally and metaphorically. Whilst writing for Sacrificio, Criminal's home country of Chile saw a social uprising that has impacted the lives of Chileans in immeasurable ways. Protests against corruption, inequality and the poor standard of living saw citizens take to the streets to make themselves heard.
This civil action and vehement anger seeped into the creative process of the four members of Criminal - three of them being Chilean. Although there is a deep personal connection to the lyrical content, the events unfold from the perspective of a spectator - albeit one who has also experienced tyrannical leadership and witnessed the divide between ordinary citizens and the social elite.
Chilean culture weaves its way into the album in other ways too; though suitably heavy, there's a percussive element to the sound of Sacrificio that reveals its Latin American roots. Coupled with an unapologetic nod to the 90s in terms of both composition and production, this album sees Criminal finding their groove in more ways than one. The resulting sound is celebratory, rhythmic, organic, and captures everything that was glorious about the flourishing extreme metal scene in the 1990s.
For a band that originally formed out of the ashes of 80's death metal legends Pentagram Chile, the album highlights the benefits of embracing the band's origins; writing and recording took place in Chile for the first time since the 1990s. Criminal continues to prove that South America can create powerful death metal on its own terms. For Sacrificio, much of the material was written in the old-fashioned way - jamming in a sweaty rehearsal room, refining as they went. The old school vibe is further enhanced by the natural sounding production of Seba Puente, which adds to the immediacy and live feel found throughout Sacrificio.
The past 30 years have seen twists and turns in the Criminal tale, but Sacrificio finds them sounding more compelling than ever. The sole original member, vocalist / guitarist Anton Reisenegger (Brujeria, Lock Up, Pentagram Chile), allows plenty of room for the newer and younger members of the band - Danilo Estrella (drums), Danny Biggin (bass), Sergio Klein (guitar) - to add their personal touches to the band's missives.
Hailing from Beijing, Ancestor is one of the foremost old-school thrash metal bands from China. They have been creating headbangers since 2007. Their musical style is in the vein of early Teutonic thrash and the lyrical themes deal with the injustices of life and the philosophical dilemmas of being human.
In 2018, Ancestor's debut full-length album "Lords of Destiny" was released via Awakening Records, which was met with rave reviews and was included in many top 5 and top 10 lists for 2018. The CD version sold out within 6 months (LTD. 1000), while the cassette version (LTD. 200) was released by Eerie Hint Productions and instantly sold out.
Now, the vinyl version will be released via Awakening Records on August 18th. With aggressive riffs, transcendental melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics, "Lords of Destiny" captivates and assaults. The solemn, artistic seriousness that is offered will leave you spellbound and hungry for more. Mastered for vinyl by Patrick W. Engel at Temple of Disharmony.
● 12" VINYL 33 ⅓ RPM
● 180G HEAVYWEIGHT VINYL
● 350GSM GATEFOLD JACKET
● 250GSM CARDBOARD INSERT
● BLACK VINYL (LTD. 300)
● VIOLET VINYL (LTD. 100)
● SPLATTER VINYL (LTD. 100)
Out on August 18th, 2021
Peruvian Thrash / Death Metal band Maze Of Terror, have just released a lyric video of the song "Priest of the Ancient Ones" as the second advanced single from their upcoming 2nd full-length album that will see the light through Xtreem Music and that will be titled "Offer to the Fucking Beasts" which will be released on CD and Digital formats, on August 26th.
You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/SVBe5wcKVTQ
"Offer to the Fucking Beasts" contains 10 songs of an intense, savage and catchy Thrash/ Death influenced by bands like INFERNÄL MÄJESTY, MERCILESS, MASSACRA, PROTECTOR, DEMOLITION HAMMER, SARCÓFAGO... and the cover art has been created by US artist Karl Dahmer.
Austrian Death/Thrash metal act Cyrox have signed a licensing deal with Wormholedeath for the release of their album "Beyond Control". More info coming soon!
The music of Cyrox can roughly be described as a mixture between Death and Thrash Metal, whereby they try to fit into no genre specifically. The influences range from Rock to Black Metal.
Cyrox has the following to say about their signing and new album:-
"We are very excited to become a part of the WormHoleDeath family. This marks the next big step for our band and we are ready to take it. With the worldwide release of our debut album „Beyond Control“ we are proud of the opportunity to take our music out there and show the metal fans our take on real Austrian Metal. We are looking forward to a long and great relationship. Lets riff!"
"The album is about things you have to deal with in your personal life, whether its physical or psychological and you have no influence on it. For example the song “Frozen In Life” is written from the view of a man who is in a vegetative state and wants his life to be ended. The song “My Insanity” is about sleep paralysis. Gernot and Andreas came up with the concept and the lyrics after the songs were done instrumentally."
Cyrox gives their accounts of how the band started and how they are nowadays:-
"The band was founded under the name Black Void in February 2016 in Leoben, Austria, by drummer Markus Antoniol from St. Stefan Ob Leoben and guitarist Gernot Weber from Eisenerz, who have been friends since early youth and played together in various bands.
We soon found our second guitarist Christian Gallmayer, who is a colleague of Markus. For about a month we were looking for a bass player, when Gernot heard about a guitarist named Andreas Fahrleitner who was doing a solo cover show in his home town of Radmer. Gernot watched some clips of his show and contacted him if he was interested in joining the band, which he did, so Gernot switched from guitar to bass.
The next problem, however, was that Andreas and Christian had to do their military service in the Austrian army for six months, so they didn't really have time to make music. So the band took a break until November 2016.
Finally, Manuel Kirchleitner from Trofaiach joined the band as a singer, who is also a colleague of Markus and Christian. We changed the name from Black Void to Cyrox and started jamming again and soon the first songs were born.
Our first gig was in December 2017 in Eisenerz, Austria. From that on we played live on a regular basis up till the first lockdown in Austria in March 2020. In May 2020 Christian Gallmayer left the band, because of private circumstances which didn’t allow him to put any more time in the band. He was replaced in June 2020 by Leo Buchegger.
In April 2021 Markus Antoniol had to leave the band, he was replaced in May 2021 by Andreas Tobias."
Since their debut, Hangok (1994), the four-piece around singer / guitarist Zoltán “Zoli” Farkas has regularly delivered new power to their devotees. With their return to form on Reborn, Ektomorf impressively showcase their undeniable thrash metal power. Today, they’ve released a new video for their single “Fear Me” off Reborn!
Guitarist & Singer Zoltán “Zoli” Farkas about “Fear Me”:
“One more video from the Reborn album, dedicated to the Ektomorf family across the globe! I hope this will make your day! “Fear Me“ is tight and heavy riffs, with some amazing harmonies in the mid part. I send this song to those in my life who deserve it on a maximum level! You’re welcome to do the same.”
Watch the Music Video for “Fear Me” HERE:
Only three years after the release of their chart-breaking full-length, Fury (2018), Reborn ignites a blazing fire with its heavy sound and harsh lyrics that will burn any genre limitations to the ground. Their 15th studio album breathes the spirit of the “Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth – while at the same time, beginning a completely independent new chapter of Ektomorf.
Greek Thrash / Death metal combo Deathcraeft have signed with Wormholedeath a deal for the release of their album "On Human Devolution", out on 16 07 2021 worldwide.
"On Human Devolution" is Deathcraeft's debut concept album - self-released by the band almost a year ago. The story is set in the world of the Cthulhu Mythos, originally created by prolific writer H.P.Lovecraft, and the music is an amalgamation of various extreme styles of metal (thrash, death, black). It was produced at Infinite Loop music studio (Ioannina, Greece) and mastered by well-known mastering engineer Peter In de Betou."
After gathering many positive reviews on online media - but also through magazines, the band, in their effort to bring their music to wider audience, sought the help of WormWholeDeath Rec. Label who will be releasing the album on digital format starting from July, 16th, 2021. With the pandemic hopefully coming to an end, the band plans to return to gigging in order to support the album.
Deathcraeft is a thrash / death metal band from Greece. It was formed in 2017 by guitarist Kostas Kalampokas who, after attending Berklee College of music created a recording studio business in his hometown, Ioannina. After producing albums for various bands he created Deathcraeft and started working on the band's debut album titled "On Human Devolution".
It is a concept album based on H.P. Lovecraft's writings and the Cthulhu Mythos he created, but at its core it deals with socio-political issues. Soon after, new members were added in the band's line-up and its present stable formation consisted of:
Due to the epidemic taking over the whole world Deathcraeft didn't have an opportunity of doing any live shows but they hope this will change. when concerts will be once more part of our lives. Currently, not wasting any time, the band is working on their next release. Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!
Nikonas Tsolakos – Vocals
Kostas Kalampokas – Guitar
Pantelis Floudas – Guitar
Christos Zois – Bass
Christos Doukas – Drums
German death / thrash metal band Entorx have unveiled their music video for "Morbid Rage" (taken from the album "Faceless Insanity") - https://youtu.be/1wZXErW1zn8
The band shared their thoughts about the music video:-
"We felt very early that "Morbid Rage" had to be equipped with a video. The song is in stark contrast to itself and the lyrics. So what could be more obvious than creating a special video for it? Have fun and always stay sane! :)"
Since 2009, Entorx have provided rough, atmospheric and complex death / thrash metal, with a blend of progressive music. Pushing and playful drums collide with mighty walls of guitars, which are underpinned by driving and highly variable bass compositions. René’s blood-curdling vocals cap it all, while seamlessly changing to impressive clean vocals.
In 2020, Entorx increased their range massively. Their previously released EP "Theta Waves“ and LP "Broken Ways“ are highly praised: a more than solid foundation is already pounded. Also, they are known for their energetic and precise live performances.
After tightening the screws creating a new album for a few years, Entorx are ready for the next level. Their new and highly anticipated album "Faceless Insanity" is a very dark and aggressive brew; simultaneously more playful than its highly praised predecessor "Broken Ways“. The band's more demanding technical and bleak arrangements are a real pleasure for fans of bands like DARKANE, REVOCATION, OPETH, GOJIRA and HATE!
Entorx are continuously active as a live act and can look back on more than 140 concerts. They successfully had the chance to demonstrate their musicianship at various festivals, like Metallergrillen, Knüppelnacht, Waldpark Open Air, Rhein Neckar Metal Festival and Metal Infection.
Bay Area Thrashers Infex will self-release "Burning In Exile" August 13 on CD, digital, and limited edition red translucent 12" vinyl formats. The official video for album track "Acid Reign" is available at youtu.be/EDjRsqTlfCE
Though the sound of "Burning In Exile" is firmly anchored in a ripping form of thrash metal, elements of old school hardcore and crossover metal are present as well. Having grown up during the Thrash Metal heyday and listening to genre pioneers like Exodus, Kreator, Destruction, Slayer, Dark Angel and the like, along with old-school hardcore influences like Discharge, Attitude Adjustment, Cryptic Slaughter, DRI, and Excel, Infex blends the styles of all these and more into a raw outpouring of aggression and anger.
"Burning In Exile" was recorded at Trident Studios in Martinez, CA (Machine Head, Vio-Lence, Testament, Exodus). It was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga. Infex booked the studio time in late 2019 and began recording in March of 2020, right as the Covid-19 pandemic became serious. Due to the lockdown, the recording sessions were spaced out further than anticipated, resulting in the inspiration for the album title, "Burning in Exile".
The band's album release show happens on August 14 at 3 Disciples Brewing in Santa Rosa, California.
Infex was formed in 2010 by Jack and Phil, who met via Craigslist while searching for others with similar interests. At their early jam sessions the beer and the riffs flowed freely and songs started to take shape fairly quickly. In 2011 after jamming with several drummers with mostly lacklustre results, the two met drummer Corey, who stylistically fit in from the get go. A few months and several bass players later Dave came on board to round out the line-up and the band started playing shows, their first performance being in February of 2012. The group released debut full-length album Circling The Drain in August of that year.
In late 2012, Phil stepped down from the band to focus on his family, and Infex soldiered on as a trio, while searching for a suitable replacement. Finally in early 2014, the band recruited Derek from the ashes of Bay Area Thrash youngsters Dizastor. This line-up lasted for a year, until Derek moved on to pursue other musical interests.Not faltering, Infex took some time off from the local scene to begin recording their second release, Killing for Jesus (January 2016), and in that process ended up recruiting Aaron on lead guitar.
In 2017 Infex went on tour with crossover legends D.R.I. as well as playing with Exodus’ two night residency at San Francisco's The Chapel. Aaron left the band in late 2017 to pursue other interests, so the band enlisted Adam Weber (Embryonic Devourment) on lead guitar.
In 2018 Dave retired from music to manage his son’s band and Infex recruited Ronald Morten-Maystein (RC) on bass. Invigorated with the new line-up and a new LP scheduled for release in summer of 2021, Infex has once again hit the local Bay Area live circuit and are currently working on booking tours to support the ensuing release.
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