Italian renaissance metallers Temptress stream the entirety of their debut EP, The Orb, at the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal (NWOTHM) YouTube channel. Set for international release on July 8th via Dying Victims Productions on 7" vinyl format, hear Temptress's The Orb in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Although a brand-new entity, Temptress are a veritable blast from the past. Moodily melodic and draped in the cloak of night, Temptress create effortlessly cruising mid-tempo heavy metal of a most early '80s vintage. Even down to their production style, the power-trio have this style down COLD, and it emits a nostalgic fire that's somehow fresh across these two equally strong tracks. A new twist on the old NWOBHM comes courtesy of Italy - gaze deeply into Temptress' The Orb!
The new album of Greek thrash metal tank Suicidal Angels will be entitled "Years Of Aggression". The follow up to their highly acclaimed 2016 album, 'Division Of Blood' will be released on August 9th, 2019 via NoiseArt Records. The band has unleashed the first album trailer of the upcoming record.
Check it out here:- https://youtu.be/vo3NwPxwljc
The lyric-video of the first digital single "Born Of Hate" can be seen here:
The band states:-
“The time has come, the battle has begun! Put on your bullet belts and join us in the madness of The Years Of Aggression!”
Pre-order the album here: www.yearsofaggression.noiseart.eu
The stunning cover artwork was created by acclaimed artist Ed Repka (MEGADETH, DEATH, MUNICIPAL WASTE).
Founding member, guitarist and singer Nick Melissourgos has prepared the songs, which were subsequently recorded in the Zero Gravity Studios in Athens, Greece, and, in case of the drums, in the Soundlodge Studios in Papenburg, Germany. The album was produced by the band itself, which has for the first time in years a consistent line-up – making them stronger than ever before. Nine songs, driven by irrepressible rage, were finally mixed by Jens Bogren at the Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden, and mastered by Tony Lindgren.
More information coming soon – stay tuned.
Teutonic metal defenders Spiker premiere the new track "Kommando" at the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal (NWOTHM) YouTube channel. The track hails from the band's brand-new EP, Heavy Metal Macht, set for international release on July 8th via Dying Victims Productions. Hear Spiker's "Kommando" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Ever aptly titled, Heavy Metal Macht is indeed pure German metal THUNDER! No thrash, no speed, just simple (and simply stunning) HEAVY METAL brewed in the cauldrons of old, all delivered in Spiker's mother tongue, as a nod to the old GDR metal bands that also sang in German. Classy and cruising whilst emitting a touch of rowdiness that's intrinsic to the Teutonic rivethead ethos, here on Heavy Metal Macht do this young quartet of old souls charge into the night with gusto and panache, armed to the teeth with anthems of indelible steel. Granted, Spiker can certainly kick up the pace when they want to, but their thrust isn't strictly speed metal per se, but rather a hook-intensive sort somewhere between early Living Death and classic Tank, Germany's Warrant and Strong Arm of the Law-era Saxon. You've been warned about their Heavy Metal Macht!
The next warning comes in the form of the new track "Kommando," which can be heard exclusively HERE, courtesy of the NWOTHM YouTube channel. The first warning comes in the form of the previously revealed "Der Rock der's bringt" HERE at Dying Victims' official YouTube channel.
Hyderabad based Hardcore/ Crossover Thrash Metal act- R.A.I.D have finally unleashed their album cover for their new album- 'Imperium'. The album has a release date of 28th June 2019 and will be released through Rottweiler Records.
Frontman Rueban says:-
"The album is loosely based around the biblical character; Samson. Samson was depicted as the epitome of strength in the bible. Though, we might not be like Samson, we, as individuals have unique strengths that we can use. No matter who you are, what age group you belong, or what the status of your life may be, you have a gift that you can use. The pain only gets stronger when we refuse to learn a lesson. If there’s something ‘negative’ happening in your life right now, chances are that you need to learn to accept people the way they are. The album music shows you how to gather yourself and be stronger than you have ever been, based on everyday life experiences."
The two singles from the album can be heard here:
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Helldprod Records sets September 5th as the international release date for Alcoholocaust's highly anticipated debut album, Necro Apocalipse Bestial, on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats.
Expursed from the vast and highest Portuguese mountains, the underground genes run ruthless and cold in the arms of those that aim the poisonous path of metal, unless you use those same features to warm yourself along with the night fiery ghouls. Speaking of which, what better way to do that than get shitfaced forever? It seems a curse, but in this case, it gave birth to Alcoholocaust back in 2006: The Thrashing Demons of Speed Chaos Beverage!
After getting their banging heads hydrated with all sorts of alcohol, Alcoholocaust always showed their musical abilities to the extreme and believe that no raw demo recording could stop them a bit. Instead, and after a successive outburst in their prime times, they have built a legion of maniacs that party hard and unleash the metal fumes like no other. Highly inflamed by the old masters of the Teutonic school of metal, they present themselves armed to the teeth and ready to indulge you neck-breaking aches in honour of their loyal inspirations such as Destruction, Sodom, Kreator, and Germany's Poison.
"Show No Mercy" is Alcoholocaust's theme since they care not about the scene or any kind of trendy, poser-like mainstream attitude. These guys are metal PUNKS and provide the necessary SCUM into your ears. So welcome to this diabolical gathering and embrace their first full-length in 13 years (random but appropriate lucky number), Necro Apocalipse Bestial, at its fullest haste.
Relentless to the bone and iron to the core, these 10 songs will tight you in chains and unleash your fury upon the ordinary metallic traditions. Fully sung in the native language, there’s not one single moment of fragility or chastity in sight. On the other (left) hand, you can raise your horned fist and hell-bang to this powerful, impious, and obsessive rocking madness. Mandatory for back-patches, bullet-belts, spiked leather wristbands, heavy metal worshippers, and worldwide desecrating drinkers!
Begin the worldwide desecrating with the new track "Assalto Metalico," which can be heard HERE at Helldprod's Soundcloud as well as HERE at Helldprod's Bandcamp. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
It’s been a while but they’re back with arguably their finest album to date. Acid Reign will release their third full length on Dissonance this September.
Vocalist Howard Smith had this to say:
“For our first album in 29 years it was vitally important that we find the right home and I feel we have. From the very first contact it was obvious that the Dissonance team not only had an overwhelming enthusiasm for what we have recorded but the intelligence and infrastructure to deliver.
Many involved are the same people I dealt with when curating The Apple Core Archives in 2014 which was a hassle free experience, so we are going to release a four disc retrospective Acid Reign Anthology package after the new album comes out cos I found some more old stuff and our two singles need a CD home. Who knows you may even see some vinyl reissues too!
We cannot wait to unleash this beast and hit the road in support of it, once it’s out it will be two years since we started writing and a year since we recorded it. No one is as keen as us for you all to hear the results. Over the next few months we’ll be drip feeding you all information, we have so many plans for really cool things that we think you are all going to love. Stay tuned.”
Label head honcho Steve Beatty:
"Its great they are back with a new album and I am pleased they are on the Label, its great addition to the roster and I’m excited about the new album. As long as they don’t cover any-more Blondie songs I’m a happy camper!!!!"
In 1991 Acid Reign left an ailing UK thrash scene with a final show at the London Marquee. They toured with the likes of Nuclear Assault, Dark Angel, Exodus, Flotsam & Jetsam, Death Angel, and Candlemass. During this time they put out two full-length albums namely The Fear and Obnoxious following on from their Mini Album debut in 1988, Moshkinstein. A final compilation “The Worst Of Acid Reign” was released and their brief but highly productive career came to an end.
Since returning from a 24-year absence the band featuring original vocalist Howard H Smith, Pete Dee (Bass), Paul Chanter (Guitar), Marc Jackson (Drums) & Cooky (Guitar) have been busy. On the back of two new songs Plan Of The Damned (2015) and The Man Who Became Himself (2017) they hit the road both at home and throughout Europe for numerous tours and festival appearances. Including the now legendary record-breaking Headline slot of the Sophie Stage at Bloodstock 2016.
During this time, they have earned themselves a fearsome live reputation famous for its high energy, mass stage diving and violent pits. Reeling off old school classics from their back catalogue they have become a must-see act that has seen the band sign with K2 live agency (Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax).
With a new album already recorded their time to reign has come again.
Shadow Kingdom Records sets August 2nd as the international release date for the highly anticipated debut album of Finland's Excuse, Prophets From the Occultic Cosmos, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
One of Finland's hottest newcomers, Excuse began to make a name for themselves with their EP Goddess Injustice. Released to critical acclaim in 2016 by Shadow Kingdom, Goddess Injustice largely introduced the fierce foursome to the international metal underground - with a nuclear-powered bang! A finely honed missile of speed metal majesty, Excuse's sound on that EP in many ways recalled the classic Canadian gods Sacrifice and Razor, but there were hints of greater glories to come. And at last, they've arrived with the presciently titled Prophets From the Occultic Cosmos.
Whereas Goddess Injustice suggested some darkly melodic leanings, Excuse's first full-length expands that arsenal considerably. Here, the six songs comprising Prophets From the Occultic Cosmos stretch out to epic lengths - one even hitting double digits, the climactic 10-minute closer "Watchtower of the Trans-Dimensional Pathway" - and take the listener on a wild, winding ride. The evil 'n' sleazy surge on which Excuse made their name still exists, but has now been subjected to finesse, resulting in a wholly more dynamic beast, able to reflect haunting moodiness and spacey horror alike. Suitably, co-guitarist Oskar Lindström's vocals have a conspicuous amount of echo placed upon them, suggesting the inter-dimensional struggles of a narrator literally lost in space. Likewise, fellow guitarist Anselmi Ahopalo's leads take centre stage here and weave an almost storytelling aspect, much in the way that classic heavy metal songwriting should, evoking both triumph and tragedy but remaining equally hummable throughout. Completing the totality is album's production, which locates the perfect balance between grit and gleam.
So many young bands blow their proverbial wad during the demo/EP days and peter out by the time their debut album comes. Not so for Excuse, who have been able to transform their earlier youthful energy into enviably advanced maturity with Prophets From the Occultic Cosmos. Behold these Prophets' coming!
The first herald of that coming is the previously revealed video for "Sworn to the Crimson Oath" HERE. Also hear that track HERE at Shadow Kingdom's Bandcamp, where the album can also be pre-ordered. Cover and tracklisting are as above.
India's Heavy / Thrash metal unit Kryptos have published a video for the track "Afterburner", which is taken off from the band's upcoming album of the same name and will be released on June 21st, 2019 via AFM Records.
Frontman Nolan Lewis comments on the track:-
"Horns up headbangers! Bust out the spikes and whip out those bullet belts. Coming at you like a leather studded nuclear bomb is the blazing title track off the brand new album, Afterburner. This is the bastard child of Judas Priest and Motorhead at their devastating best, so crank the volume to 11 and kiss your neck goodbye. It's fast, it's furious, it's metal and it sure as hell doesn't fuck around. Time to succumb to the fury of the Afterburner!"
Watch the video at this location: https://youtu.be/VnwcFnQw8-U
Kryptos were formed in 1998 in Bangalore, India, and have long been considered one of the spearheads of the Indian heavy metal revolution. With four critically acclaimed albums under their belt, and a fifth one releasing in June 2019, they have supported some of metal’s biggest names like Iron Maiden, Testament, Kreator and Exodus, earning themselves a reputation as a fiery and exciting live act.
New Zealand's Maori Metal Sensation Alien Weaponry release a strictly limited 7 Inch Vinyl, including the two brand new songs “Ahi Kā” And “Blinded”. The three teenagers are celebrated worldwide as one of the hottest newcomer metal bands. After releasing the debut album Tū in 2018, Alien Weaponry toured Europe, North America, Australia and their home country of New Zealand extensively. They played the biggest festivals around the world and supported the legendary Ministry in the US. In 2019 they’ll go one step further by playing headline tours in the US and Europe and supporting Slayer on their last show in Germany ever.
Alien Weaponry on the two new songs:
“In 1952, in preparation for a Royal visit by Her Majesty the Queen, the Auckland City Council, in a misguided attempt to beautify the city, evicted the local Ngāti Whātua people from their village at Ōkahu Bay and burned it to the ground.”
“Relationships are difficult to understand at the best of times but when you are 16 and on tour all over the world these things are bound to get confusing and hard to reconcile. Blinded is about a very personal trip down this rabbit hole”
"We have had a very busy touring schedule ever since the release of Tū and we are stoked we managed to record two new tracks in the short break we had back home in New Zealand. We can’t wait to play the new songs live!“
The new 7 Inch is the first new material since the debut album and is strictly limited to 400 pieces.
Pre-Order Ahi Kā/Blinded NOW!
About "Ahi Ka":
"Ahi Kā was inspired by the Auckland city council's decision to burn down what was considered to be the unsightly indigenous Maori village of Okahu Bay in advance of Queen Elizabeth II's 1953 visit," Alien Weaponry's singer-guitarist Lewis de Jong says of the track. Which, like many of the band's songs, is sung in New Zealand's indigenous language of Te Reo Māori. "The eviction sparked a 40-year battle for the native Ngati Whatua to reclaim their land, including protests and battles with the police. Amid worldwide criticism, a small portion of the original land was ultimately returned with an apology and some compensation."
Official Website: www.alienweaponry.com
Puerto Rican frenzied thrashers Calamity bring forth a relentless neck-wrecking adventure through their awaited sophomore album, Kairos. As the previews of the album, they previously released the videos of the single The Truth, and later the second single Guerreros – their first song in Spanish.
“Kairos brings a new sound to the game -- the riffs, the lyrics, the sound. We are truly happy with everything. This is the realest we can get as a band so far!“
Premiered at New Noise Magazine, the album saw its worldwide release on May 10th digitally and on CD.
Calamity originally started off as a Metallica cover band under the moniker Silent Scream in 2009 and shortly after having own materials, they decided to continue under the name of Hush. Hush had their first gig on the local scene in 2010. After opening for Skeletonwitch in Puerto Rico, the band decided to adapt a full thrash metal style, rooted in the sonic aesthetics of both old school overlords and modern revival acts. In 2014, months before releasing their first EP, Let em’ burn, Hush changed their name to Calamity to have a better representation of their newly converted musical route.
The band released their first full length, Imminent Disaster, on December 18th of 2015, which was accompanied by their first US tour from December 2015 to January 2016. This album and the next single, End of the Road, led Calamity the way to get exposure on the local TV and later in Puerto Rico’s #1 radio station “La Mega”. The same year saw their second US Tour, “Northern Disaster”, and a supporting performance at Nervosa’s 2016 show in Puerto Rico. In 2018, Calamity played at Illinois Open-Air Festival “Full Terror Assault”.
Calamity brought fire and fury with their sophomore album, Kairos, released on 10th May 2019 digitally and on CD. Kairos offers reckless and lethal dose of headbanging tribulation throughout nine varied thrash metal anthems.
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