Candlelight Records today confirms November 11th as the North American release date for Obsideo, the new album from Dutch metal extremists PESTILENCE. Produced by vocalist/guitarist Patrick Mameli, the album is the band’s inaugural recording for the label and first new material from the four-piece since 2011.
“We have gone beyond our human limits to achieve the highest form of brutal music,” reveals Mameli when discussing the album’s creation. ”The musicianship is such high quality; it is really ten of the most demanding songs written in death metal.”
DAGOBA ANNOUNCES U.S. STREET DATE FOR NEW RECORD
“POST MORTEM NIHIL EST” AVAILABLE 11/5/13
NEW SONG DEBUTED TODAY
French metal act DAGOBA have officially announced the release of their new LP “Post Mortem Nihil Est,” which will be available in the states on November 5, 2013. In anticipation of its release, the band has released another single called “The Great Wonder.”
New Album ‘Darkness In A Different Light’ Hits Stores in North American on October 1, 2013
U.S. progressive metal pioneers FATES WARNING are soon to unleash their new studio album entitled Darkness In A Different Light on September 30, 2013 in Europe and October 1, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.
Another song from the new album, ‘I Am’, can be checked out now via a static video on the InsideOutMusic YouTube-channel:
Darkyra Black, the musical vision of one woman, a vision made reality with the completion of some of Europe’s best musicians. For those not familiar with Darkyra Black, she takes the best parts of female fronted symphonic metal and bends it to her will with her beautiful soaring melodies. Upon first listen you may liken it to industry greats such as Within Temptation or even Tarja (ex-Nightwish) but in doing so you wouldn’t even come close. Very few women in the industry are able to weave music in such as way as Darkyra and make music her own muse.
Latest video clip “Tears By Candlelight” proved just that when it took over Youtube with over 30000 views in less than a week. Unfortunately, resulting in an A-typical corporate response to flag it and remove the video. Still, the video has been reintroduced to demonstrate the untapped talent that Darkyra demonstrates and melodies that she bends to her own style.
With BLACK SABBATH’s North American tour wrapping up last week (September 3) with a sold-out show at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, fans who didn’t see the band live will now have the chance to experience them via a new DVD, “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” (Vertigo/Republic).
Pics and article by Arto Lehtinen & Timo Hanhirova
The 3rd Hammer Open Air was held at a new location. The line-up of this year’s Hammer Open Air was utterly killer and offered everything from sludge stoner to extreme black/death metal. The whole festival is an authentic event, even though there is quite a limited capacity as just over a thousand extreme underground metal diggers had crawled to the fest. Read the rest of this entry »
New Swedish doomsters AVATARIUM – featuring legendary doom metal pioneer Leif Edling (CANDLEMASS) on bass, Marcus Jidell (EVERGREY) on guitar, Carl Westholm (CANDLEMASS) on keyboards, Lars Sköld (TIAMAT) on drums, and singer extraordinaire Jennie-Ann Smith – have revealed the cover artwork and track listing for their upcoming self-titled debut album, due out in the North America on November 26th.
“As opposed to many contemporary artists eager to express their inner emotional turmoil, my ambitions as a painter stand first and foremost from a lifelong love of hard rockin´music and the inherently darker iconography of that genre,” states Swedish artist Erik Rovamperä (CANDLEMASS), who created the album artwork. “I’m seldom one to channel personal experiences in my art but rather view my work as part of the Heavy Metal tradition forged by likes of Derek Riggs [IRON MAIDEN], Ken Kelly [RAINBOW, KISS], and many more. In the specific case of AVATARIUM, my sources of inspiration have come to include the heretical idolatry of the pre-Christianized cults throughout ancient Europe and esoteric allegories of the late medieval secret societies.” Read the rest of this entry »
Since Black Sabbath unleashed the floodgates of the hellish sounds of heavy metal in 1970 it’s been believed that heavy metal is the domain of white, heterosexual males. Is this representation accurate?
Laina Dawes, author of What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, answers to stereotypes during a free “Women in Metal” seminar at 7PM, Thursday, September 19, at the Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival and Conference in Calgary, Canada. She will be joined by metal photographer/journalist Sarah Kitteringham and special guest Dr. Deena Weinstein (author of Heavy Metal: A Cultural Sociology). The event will be facilitated by Dr. Sara Sutler-Cohen of San Francisco State University.
The ambitious three-day Noctis festival will also feature performances by top-tier metal bands including Carcass, Candlemass, Girlschool, Pagan Altar, Blasphemy, and Possessed.
To celebrate the news, the band has premiered a stunning video clip of “The Final Countdown – Live”. Click HERE to see the video performance of this classic song in its entirety.
On 7th June 2013, Europe took the stage in their home country Sweden for a special occasion: celebrating 30 years of rock music. The Swedish rock band celebrated this event together with 30,000 fans at the prestigious Sweden Rock Festival. Europe performed 28 songs, selecting their personal favourite moments spanning from their earlier years up to their most recent songs taken from albums including Last Look At Eden and Bag Of Bones; plus songs performed for the very first time. Read the rest of this entry »
Rivers of Nihil have released their final studio up from their recording sessions at Mana Recording Studios in Florida. In this clip, guitarist Brody Uttley details some of the guitar gear used on the record, and tracks a portion of “Rain Eater.” Watch this clip now at metalblade.com/riversofnihil, where “Rain Eater” is streaming and pre-order bundles for “The Conscious Seed of Light” are available.
Rivers of Nihil have added to their already busy Fall touring schedule. In October, fans will be able to see Rivers of Nihil touring with Beneath the Massacre, Rings of Saturn, and Legion throughout the east coast. Confirmed dates can be seen below, as well as at facebook.com/riversofnihil.
On August 30th the „Cry Wolf“ was unleashed – WOLFPAKK’s second album. The melodic metal allstar-project again managed to gather an impressive list of guest stars, including Amanda Somerville, one of the best female voices in the scene and known from her works with Kiske/Somerville and Avantasia a.o.
Amanda now also appears in the new video clip for the heartfelt ballad “Cold Winter”.
Thrash fans, watch out! U.K. pioneers ONSLAUGHT will release their new album “VI” on September 20th. The successor to 2011’s “Sounds Of Violence” can be purchased as CD, ltd. Digipak and limited vinyl editions (black and military green).
Check out the lyric video for the new track “Chaos Is King”.
The North American pre-order for MOTÖRHEAD’sAftershock is live! That’s right, you can pre-order the next chapter of MOTÖRHEAD’s legendary catalog now in Limited Edition Digipack format via Amazon.com at this link. The album is also available now in regular CD format and vinyl (gatefold – 180-Gram Single LP) format (digital coming soon). Since the pre-order launch yesterday, Aftershock has already shot to #1 on Amazon’s Movers & Shakers chart and #3 on Amazon’s Hard Rock & Metal chart. Aftershock,MOTÖRHEAD’s mammoth 21st studio album, hits stores in North America on October 22, 2013 via UDR Music. Recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, Aftershock is a true leveler, a crushing confirmation of everything MOTÖRHEAD stands for, marching from the dust storm to deliver 14 belting statements which see MOTÖRHEAD in perhaps their best writing form for years.
TÝR will be streaming their brand new album, “Valkyrja,” exclusively via metalblade.com/tyr all weekend! The album can be heard in its entirety beginning on Friday, September 13th, through Monday, September 16th. Fans: this is your chance to hear previously unreleased tracks, including “The Lay of Our Love,” which features Leaves’ Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine. Plus, TÝR‘s covers of Iron Maiden’s “Where Eagles Dare” and Pantera’s “Cemetary Gate,” which about.com called “downright amazing, faithfully capturing the emotional essence of the original.” Additionally, George Kollias was enlisted to handle drum recording duties on “Valkyrja.” In terms of what the band hopes fans take away from the album, bassist Gunnar H. Thomsen states “I hope they will enjoy it and they like the new direction as well as (guitarist) Terji’s bigger involvement in writing and George’s drumming. We had a more upbeat direction without changing TÝR’s style.”
TÝR performed live on August 10th as part of the Faroe Island’s Summarfestivalurin in Klaksvik. Over 8,000 Faroese were in attendance as the band put on a huge set featuring old favorites, as well as new tracks, including “Blood of Heroes.” The event was filmed and a video for “Blood of Heroes” can be seen now at youtube.com.
Valkyrja, the seventh full-length album from TÝR, will be released next week in North America. Limited edition pre-order bundles are still available that include: TÝR rune pendants, t-shirt, vinyl, and digipak CD.
About Valkyjra: Valkyrja is a concept album with a story line based loosely around a nameless Viking age warrior who leaves his woman and goes off to impress the Valkyrie on the battlefield so that she may bring him to Valhalla, or to Fólkvangr, the home of Freyja—the goddess associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, sorcery, war, and death. One can say the album is also indirectly about women and how they affect men and what men will do to impress and obtain women. Front man and founder Heri Joensen goes on to explain; “the woman that the warrior leaves may represent the earthly women. Freyja, The Lady Of The Slain, may represent the perfection of Women, and the Valkyrie is the link between the two, taking men from earthly to godly women.”
TÝR is on tour now with Finntroll in Europe. Dates are available below as well as at facebook.com/tyrband.
13/09/13 HU – Budapest – Club 202
14/09/13 RO – Brasov – Rockstadt
15/09/13 RO – Bucharest – Silver Church
17/09/13 HR – Zagreb – Mochvara
18/09/13 AT – Wien – Szene
19/09/13 CZ – Prag – Nova Chmelnice
21/09/13 DE – Bochum – Matrix
22/09/13 DE – Augsburg – Kantine
23/09/13 AT – Wörgl – Komma
24/09/13 IT – Milano – R’n'R Arena
25/09/13 CH – Pratteln – Z7
26/09/13 DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
27/09/13 DE – Speyer – Halle 101
28/09/13 DE – Jena – F-Haus
29/09/13 BE – Bruges – Factor
30/09/13 UK – Norwich – Waterfront
01/10/13 UK – Glasgow – Classic Grand
02/10/13 UK – Manchester – NQ Live
03/10/13 IE – Dublin – The Pint
04/10/13 UK – Bilston – Robin 2
05/10/13 UK – London – The Garage
06/10/13 FR – Lille – Le Splendid
08/10/13 FR – Strasbourg – La Laiterie
09/10/13 FR – Lyon – La Salle Du Kao
10/10/13 CH – Geneve – L’Usine
11/10/13 FR – Istres – L’Usine
13/10/13 ES – Madrid – Rockkitchen/ Caracol
14/10/13 FR – Toulouse – Le Bikini
Brazilian metallers ALMAH featured by former ANGRA’s singer Edu Falaschi and Italian melodic metal band SECRET SPHERE will join forces for a co-headlining European tour in November. The list of confirmed dates is available below.
After a successful year of shows to promote the high acclaimed album “Portrait Of A Dying Heart” ended at the Wacken Open Air festival , SECRET SPHERE musicians are currently in the studio re-recording the second album of the band “A Time Never Come” , considered one of the best power metal album coming from the italian metal scene since years. It will be a special 15th years Anniversary edition with the addition of extraordinary singer Michele Luppi’s vocals.
ALMAH is going to play their first shows in Europe ever and the tour will support the fourth album of the band “Unfold”, coming later this year. The album was recorded in São Paulo/Brazil and mixed and mastered by Damien Rainaud at Darth Mader Music in Los Angeles, California. The release dates and other detail will be unveiled soon. On September 19 Almah will play at ROCK IN RIO Festival (Brasil), one of the most important musical events of the year.
ALMAH – SECRET SPHERE BRAZITALIAN TOUR 2013
November, 3rd – Holland – Kerkrade – The Rocktemple
November, 5th – Belgium – Roeselare – Le Verlichte Geest
November 6th – France – Paris – Gibus Café
November, 8th – Spain – Madrid – Sala Indipendance
November, 9th – Spain – Erandio – Sala Sonora
November, 10th – Spain – Gijon – Sala Acapulco
November, 11th – Spain – Barcelona – Sala Boveda
November, 12st – France – Marseille – Le Korigan
November, 15st – Italy – Brescia – Colony Club
November, 16st – Italy – Trofarello – Peocio
More European dates and supporting acts will be announced soon.
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