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Ensiferum: Finnish Folk Metal Titans to Release “Winter Storm” Full-Length on October 18th via Metal Blade Records

Photo by Svetlana Goncharova

New Video / Single Now playing + Pre-orders Available

Watch / stream ENSIFERUM’s “Winter Storm Vigilantes” HERE

ENSIFERUM will release their long-awaited new studio album, Winter Storm, on October 18th through Metal Blade Records.

The Finnish folk-metal melodeath sensation has maintained a prolific release schedule since their first demo in 1997, gradually increasing in stature until eighth album Thalassic crowned their ascent in 2020. The nautical opus went on to top Finland’s album chart, reaching #3 in Germany, and top ten in Switzerland, Canada, and the United States. Eventually, ENSIFERUM would take Thalassic on two massive world tours and to festivals like Wacken, Hellfest, Summer Breeze, and Ragnarök, but the global Covid pandemic ensured that the four-year wait for Winter Storm would be the longest in the band’s near-thirty-year history.

Much of the new material emerged in the lockdown era, when ENSIFERUM‘s founding guitarist Markus Toivonen set himself the challenge of finding new ways to make music — eventually composing every song except the rousing, anthemic “Fatherland,” written by bassist Sami Hinkka. The addition of singer/organist Pekka Montin’s crystal-clear melodic high notes provided a tremendous boost on Thalassic. But on Winter Storm — a fantasy concept narrative penned by Hinkka — Montin’s super-strong voice finds its optimal place in ENSIFERUM‘s sound. Bringing to life such grandiose, heroic material, the singer emerges as one of the greatest vocal discoveries of the decade.

The way I see it, this album is more like a ‘musical’ than a traditional album,” says Hinkka. “The lyrics of Winter Storm are based on part of my unpublished fantasy book. One day it will be out… I don’t want to reveal the plot or details too much but ‘Winter Storm Vigilantes’ and ‘Fatherland’ tell of two factions in this long tale. The Vigilantes have gained knowledge to utilize certain rare elements, and even though there was already magic in this world, with this new epiphany they have reached a completely new level. This element seems to interact with living things in a way that even the wisest men don’t completely understand. And through generations of trial and error, they have refined a skill to expose their horses to the element and managed to break the law of gravity, making their steeds fly. But they became ruthless and greedy on their quest to gain more of this element. A small tribe in the north keep on fighting for their land, which the Vigilantes plan to take over. These North Folks will literally fight until the last man…

Other characters include a Vigilante castaway, the last shaman of the North Folk, and a mysterious widow. The album ends with a great battle against the Vigilantes and the unholy alliance of the castaway and the North Folk shaman, who has transcended into a spirit wolf. Who will prevail? Will this be the final battle of the book? Time will tell… I understand that all this sounds very far out — well, it is a fantasy book — but believe me, it will be truly an epic story!

Adds Hinkka of ENSIFERUM‘s first single from the offering, “Winter Storm Vigilantes,” “Markus had quite grandeur visions of the song and it turned out to be even more heroic than we expected. It was an obvious choice to open the new album. This epic song serves as one faction of the big story. The song pushes forward with the might of a thousand horses and will surely be a great song in the future setlist.”

Watch ENSIFERUM’s “Winter Storm Vigilantes” at THIS LOCATION.

ENSIFERUM‘s Winter Storm was produced by Janne Joutsenniemi, mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren, and includes guest appearances by Lassi Logrén on Nyckelharpa and violin and Mikko Mustonen on orchestration as well as Eleine’s Madeleine Liljestam who provides all vocals on “Scars In My Heart.”

Winter Storm will be available on jewel case CD, special edition CD featuring two additional bonus tracks, and digitally as well as vinyl in the following color variants:

Frost (US)
180g Black (EU)
Light Blue Ice Marbled (EU)
Light Blue Ice Marbled w/ Signed Cover (EU – Ltd. 100 – Amazon EU excl.)
Blood Red Marbled (EU – Ltd. 500)
Pic-LP (EU – Ltd. 500)
Red Opaque Blackdust (EU – Ltd. 200 – Band Shop excl.)
Blood On Ice Splatter (EU – Ltd. 300 – EMP excl.)
Frosty Blue Splatter (EU – Ltd. 200 – Levykauppa excl.)

Find pre-orders at: metalblade.com/ensiferum

Winter Storm Track Listing:
01. Aurora
02. Winter Storm Vigilantes
03. Long Cold Winter of Sorrow and Strife
04. Fatherland
05. Scars in My Heart (feat. Madeleine Liljestam)
06. Resistentia
07. The Howl
08. From Order to Chaos
09. Leniret Coram Tempestate
10. Victorious
11. Six Ribbons (Jon English Cover) *
12. Lambada (Kaoma Cover) *
* Special Edition Bonus Track

ENSIFERUM:
Petri Lindroos – vocals, guitars
Markus Toivonen – guitars, vocals
Sami Hinkka – bass, vocals
Janne Parviainen – drums
Pekka Montin – keyboards, vocals

https://ensiferum.com
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CASKET ROBBERY Launch Video for “The Lacryphagist”

Casket Robbery is:
Megan Orvold-Scheider – Vocals
Cory Scheider – Guitars
Troy Powell – Guitars
Bryan Bykowski – Bass
Austin Vicars – Drums

Midwest death machine CASKET ROBBERY has posted the official music video for their newest single, “The Lacryphagist.” The song marks the band’s first new material since their 2022 album, Rituals of Death. 

Vocalist Megan Orvold-Scheider comments on the song, “I had so much fun writing for ‘The Lacryphagist’. When we decided it was finally time to sit down and begin writing for the next release, we came up with a really awesome concept and this is a really cool piece of the puzzle. Initially, I got inspired by the stories of Victorian tear vials and I loved the idea of this creature that feeds off of human tears and collects them in various states of emotion. We were able to put in some really grotesque imagery into both the lyrics and the video we shot. I think this single shows our natural next progression as a band and our writing; lyrically getting darker while staying true to our tongue-in-cheek horror vibes that we have so much fun with. We cannot wait to hear what you all think of ‘The Lacryphagist.’”

Watch the video for “The Lacryphagist” now at casketrobbery.com/lacryphagist-video

Pre-save the single at casketrobbery.com/the-lacryphagist

CASKET ROBBERY is celebrating the release of “The Lacryphagist” with an exclusive giveaway for their legions of fans. To enter the “Take Their Eyes” giveaway, fans need to submit a photo of their eyeballs, which will be used in the next CASKET ROBBERY video. The winner will receive a Lacryphagist T-shirt, a signed flag, and the prop eyeballs used in “The Lacryphagist” music video, along with two tickets and meet & greet passes to an upcoming CASKET ROBBERY show. 

Get rules and sign up for the “Take Their Eyes” contest at casketrobbery.com/contest 

The video for “The Lacryphagist” comes on the eve of CASKET ROBBERY’s Mechanical Necrosis Tour with GORGATRON and VORAATH. Dates are as follows:

Mechanical Necrosis Tour 2024 GORGATRON with CASKET ROBBERY and VORAATH

6/19 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium*
6/21 Missoula, MT – The Dark Horse
6/22 Richland, WA – Rays Golden Lion
6/23 Seattle, WA – THe Funhouse
6/24 Portland, OR – Twilight Cafe and Bar
6/26 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
6/27 Hollywood, CA – Knucklehead
6/28 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
6/29 San Luis Obispo, CA – Humdinger Brewing
6/30 Tempe, AZ – Metalhead’s Clubhouse
7/1 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse
7/2 Thornton, CO – Trailside Saloon
7/3 Albuquerque, NM – Rensden
7/5 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
7/6 Corpus Christi, TX – Boozers Rock Bar
7/7 Houston, TX – The Compound
7/8 New Orleans, LA – The Goat
7/9 Nashville, TN – The End
7/10 Springfield, MO – The Odyssey
7/11 Lincoln, NE – Cosmic Eye
7/12 Kansas City, MO – Farewell
7/13 Sioux Falls, SD – Bigs**

*tour kick off with Maul & Deterioration
**SlamDakota Death Fest

Festival Appearances:
7/13 – Sioux Falls, SD @ SlamDakota Death Fest (Fest Facebook Page)
8/24 – Battle Creek, MI @ Michigan Metal Fest (michiganmetalfest.net)

CASKET ROBBERY’s most recent album, Rituals of Death was released on November 11, 2022 on Blood Blast Distribution.

Order the album at:

casketrobbery.com/store (CD and merch bundles)

casketrobbery.bandcamp.com (digital)

Emerging from the darkest and most desolate areas of the Midwest, CASKET ROBBERY creates its own signature style of death metal by infusing horror and occult themes. Their trademark huge riffs and unstoppable grooves create the unrelenting, brutally catchy, and eerie sound that only CASKET ROBBERY is known for. Death metal with a wink.

CASKET ROBBERY’s intense, high-energy shows have quickly surfaced a die-hard following. They continue to show a relentless work ethic and dedication to their fanbase. After the release of their debut album CASKET ROBBERY has toured the United States continually, hitting large festivals like Full Terror Assault and Milwaukee Summerfest. CASKET ROBBERY has shared the stage with Cannibal Corpse, Jungle Rot, Psycroptic, Immolation, and more.

Your unrelenting nightmare has just begun.

Sponsors:

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Cryptopsy Sign to Season of Mist

Photo by Maciej Pieloch

No band has tested the boundaries of extreme music more than Cryptopsy.

After an ungentle exhumation from the Canadian underground during the early ’90s, Cryptopsy quickly rose to recognition amongst metalheads all across the globe. Most bands would consider themselves lucky to make one classic album. Cryptopsy have made three, including None So Vile, which is widely considered one of the best death metal albums of all time.     

Cryptopsy’s raw and blistering technical prowess set a precedent for extreme music. After all, their eldest statesmen did write the book on this style of drumming. But the band have continued to evolve throughout their storied career. Their 30-year discography defies any one categorization, incorporating everything from jazz fusion to mathy avant-garde rhythms and melodic experimentation before returning to their more brutal form.

Just last year, Cryptopsy won a JUNO Award for their most recent album, As Gomorrah Burns. This year, the band earned another prestigious honor: joining the celebration of death metal’s most iconic band. While they continue to tour North America alongside Death to All, recently, Cryptopsy made a stop at Maryland Death Fest for a special 30th anniversary set of their debut album, Blasphemy Made Flesh.  

Now that they’ve signed with Season of Mist, Cryptopsy are focused on keeping their momentum rolling. They’re hitting the road this fall on a second tour of North America, this time with CarnifexNew music is also on the way, along with definitive reissues from their classic catalogue.  

“We are thrilled to announce that Cryptopsy has joined forced with Season of Mist!” the band says. “Season of Mist’s dedication to artistic integrity and their track record of supporting diverse and innovative music make them the perfect partner for Cryptopsy. With their backing, we look forward to reaching new heights creatively, connecting with more fans and continuing to push the boundaries of extreme music. We are excited for the journey ahead and the opportunities this opens up for what’s already an exciting new chapter of our band”.

The Scream of Perseverance Tour 2024
featuring Cryptopsy and Death to All


June 15 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile [TICKETS]
June 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile [TICKETS]
June 17 – Richland, WA @ Ray’s Golden Lion [TICKETS]*
June 18 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre  [TICKETS]
June 19 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre [TICKETS]
June 21 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerston [TICKETS]
June 22 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone [TICKETS]
June 23 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst [TICKETS] 
June 24 – Fresno, CA @ Full Circle Brewery District [TICKETS]*
June 25 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick [TICKETS]
June 26 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick [TICKETS]
June 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater [TICKETS]
June 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater [TICKETS]
June 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile Theater [TICKETS]
June 30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad [TICKETS]*
July 2 – Oklahoma, OK @ 89th Street Collective [TICKETS]*
July 3 – St. Louis, MO @ Red Flag [TICKETS]*
*Cryptopsy only

Necromanteum Part II North American Tour 2024
featuringCryptoposy, Carnifex,Mental Cruelty, Organectomy and Heavy / Hitter

October 4 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House Concert Hall [TICKETS]
October 5 – Palmdale, CA @ Transplants Brewery [TICKETS]
October 6 – Roseville, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post [TICKETS]*
October 8 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre [TICKETS]*
October 9 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon [TICKETS]
October 10 – Vancouver, BC @ Hollywood Theatre [TICKETS] *
October 12 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom [TICKETS]
October 13 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room [TICKETS]
October 14 – Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’ [TICKETS]
October 16 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre [TICKETS]
October 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater [TICKETS]*
October 18 – Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre [TICKETS]
October 19 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s [TICKETS]*
October 20 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi Annex [TICKETS]
October 22 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House [TICKETS]
October 23 – Nepean, ON @ Brass Monkey [TICKETS]
October 24 – Montreal, QC @ Beanfield Theatre [TICKETS]
October 25 – Quebec City, QC @ La Source de la Martinière [TICKETS]
October 26 – Ablany, NY @ Empire Live [TICKETS]
October 27 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater [TICKETS]
October 28 – Cleveland, OH @ The Asylum at Masonic Temple [TICKETS]
October 30 – Springfield, MO @ Regency Live [TICKETS]
October 31 – Wichita, KS @ Temple Live Wichita [TICKETS]
November 1 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep [TICKETS]
November 2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex [TICKETS]*
November 3 – Reno, NV @ Virginia Street Brewhouse [TICKETS]
*no Cryptopsy

Lineup  
Flo Mounier – Drums
Matt McGachy – Vocals
Christian Donaldson – Guitar
Oli Pinard – Bass

Style: Death Metal

When Cryptopsy emerged from Montreal, Quebec in 1993, their groundbreaking blend of technical prowess and brutal intensity left an indelible mark on extreme metal.   

Right away, Cryptopsy showcased their unparalleled musicianship with their debut album. Blasphemy Made Flesh (1994) set the stage for a career that’s been defined by innovation and boundary-pushing. Their next album solidified the band as pioneers of death metal. None So Vile (1996) earned them critical acclaim and a devoted fanbase across the world.  

“Brutal and beautifully chaotic…a must-have for any extreme metal fan’s collection”, wrote Metal Hammer, who named None So Vile one of the best death metal albums ever.  

Cryptopsy has continued to evolve throughout their storied career. Their 30-year discography defies any one categorization, ranging from jazz fusion on Whisper Supremacy (1998) and the avant-garde rhythms of Once Was Not (2005) to the melodic experiments of The Unspoken King (2008).  

In 2012, Cryptopsy released their self-titled album, which signaled a return to their brutal roots. Three years later, the band embarked on The Book of Suffering, an ambitious two-part EP that Decibel regarded as “an absolute fucking burner”.   

Almost 30 years into their career, Cryptopsy won the JUNO Award for Best Metal/Hard Music Album for their latest album As Gomorrah Burns (2023). They followed that up by earning another prestigious honor: joining Death to All on a tour of North America.  

Along with their celebrated discography, a relentless work ethic and reputation as blistering live performers has cemented Cryptopsy as one of metal’s most influential and respected bands. But while their legacy is safely established, the band remain committed to expanding the definitions of extreme music. Having now signed with Season of Mist, they’re preparing to release new music, along with definitive reissues from their classic catalogue. 

Follow Cryptopsy
Bandcamp: https://cryptopsyofficial.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cryptopsyofficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cryptopsyofficial/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/29PgYwTelpNl6370XLqFtN
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@CryptopsyDeathMetal
BandsInTown: https://www.bandsintown.com/a/2941-cryptopsy

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ANCIIENTS Announce Record Release Shows

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ANCIIENTS Announce Record Release Shows in British Colombia 

JUNO Award winners return with the heavy and heartfelt Beyond the Reach of the Sun

After eight years of soul-searching deep within the Canadian wilderness, Anciients are back and ascending toward their rightful place as guiding lights for progressive metal. The JUNO Award winners recently announced their highly-anticipated third album

To celebrate the coming of Beyond the Reach of the Sun, this fall, Kenny Cook, Mike Hannay and the band’s new axe men Brock MacInnes and Rory O’Brien will play three record release shows in their native British Columbia. This special run includes one night at The Rickshaw Theatre in the band’s hometown of Vancouver.

“We are beyond excited to play our new album in a live setting for the very first time,” Cook says about the band’s upcoming shows. “It’s going to be epic! More show announcements are coming soon”.

Anciients will be supported by five fellow Canadian bands: metal-punks Fearbirds, progressive metalheads Black Thunder, metal stoners Waingro, thrashy death metal trio Bloodrhine and post-metal doomsayers Empress.   

Anciients Beyond the Reach of the Sun Record Release Shows 

September 20 – Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar with Fearbirds and Black Thunder [TICKETS]
September 21 – Nanaimo, BC @ The Queens with Fearbirds and Black Thunder [TICKETS]
September 27 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre with Waingro, Bloodrhine and Empress [TICKETS]

Beyond the Reach of the Sun comes out August 30, 2024 on Season of Mist. 

Watch the mind-bending guitar playthrough for lead single “Melt the Crown”.

Pre-order & Stream 

https://orcd.co/anciientsbeyondthereachofthesun

The video for the guitar playthrough of “Melt the Crown” was directed, filmed and edited by Claine Gorgoth Lamb (@claines_world).

Tracklist
1. Forbidden Sanctuary (8:16)
2. Despoiled (5:19)
3. Is It Your God (7:07)
4. Melt the Crown (7:08) [WATCH]
5. Cloak of the Vast and Black (6:20)
6. Celestial Tyrant (5:52)
7.Beyond Our Minds (4:12)
8. The Torch (4:13)
9. Candescence (4:10)
10. In the Absence of Wisom (6:35)

It’s been a rough handful of years for British Columbia-based extremity-laced progressive rockers, Anciients. When the quartet unleashed their Voice of the Voidalbum in 2016, the world appeared to be their oyster and things seemed ripe for the picking. They were coming off the success of their Heart of Oak debut from 2013, its ascendancy due in large part to a collective uptick in interest for involved, forward-thinking music. The public had moved beyond toe-dipping and tire-kicking, and were instead doing headfirst dives into exploring the likes of Opeth, Mastodon, Baroness, The Ocean, Intronaut and others who originally hailed from the extreme music underground, but had since grown, matured and scrubbed behind their ears to include heaping and healthy chunks from the outskirts of their record collections and influence pools.  

The Band That Auto-Correct Loves to Fuck With™ shared stages with everyone from High on Fire and Goatwhore to Boris and Lamb of God, were in the midst of a European tour when they discovered they were JUNO Award (Canadian Grammy equivalent) winners in the heavy metal/hard rock category. The world was ready to accept Anciients into its welcoming arms. Anciients was gearing up to employ takeover methods, specifically their brand of thunderous rhythms and labyrinthine riffing bolstered by a road warrior mentality. And then, the momentum petered out and the band seemingly fell off the face of the earth.  

Today, Anciients are ready and poised to resume their spirited quest for heavy metal paramountcy. There’s no doubt the band is back and with a stunning and beautiful collection of ten songs on offer in the form of new and third album, Beyond the Reach of the Sun, they are positioning to reestablish themselves as a dominant force for those who love windmilling their tresses around thoughtful tempo changes, complex harmonic layers and driving power chord shifting. But what the hell happened and where did they disappear to?

“Basically,” explains guitarist/vocalist Kenny Cook, “right before Voice of the Void was recorded, my wife had our first kid. She ended up having heart complications and almost passed away from it. We recorded the last record and once it came out, I was kind of just focusing on her, dealing with her health issues and keeping that in check. I wasn’t at the stage where I could be gone for half a year, especially with a new kid. Long story short, she’s happy and healthy now, but dealing with family issues was the main priority. It was a bit of a road.”

Adding to that bit of Anciients camp turmoil, guitarist/co-vocalist/co-founding member, Chris Dyck and the band parted ways in January of 2017. This left a gaping lineup hole at an inopportune juncture in the band’s timeline. Not only did Cook have to deal with the absence of his long-term song and lyric writing partner, but Dyck was also someone he had been splitting vocal duties with since the pair formed the band in 2009. And then, while helping his wife with her recovery, raising their new born and “because we wanted to raise our son in a small town environment,” the Cook family uprooted to Columbia-Shuswap four hours east of the Vancouver area, where drummer Mike Hannay, Brock MacInnes (Dyck’s replacement) and brand spanking new bassist Rory O’Brien still reside.

“We knew Brock from other bands he’d been in and we knew he’d be a great fit,” explains Cook. “He actually filled in for Chris on a tour we did back in 2015. As far as the vocals, I just found myself picking up the slack on both ends. It felt somewhat natural, it was definitely different. Doing the lyrics myself for the first time was somewhat daunting, but it was also something done out of necessity. But even when Chris was in the band I handled 80-90% of the vocals anyway, so it didn’t change all that much.”  

Then, that whole COVID-19 thing you probably heard about once or twice hit in 2020 and put another restraining bolt on Anciients’ activity, especially touring as the Canadians found themselves dealing with stricter travel restrictions and mandates than many other countries; most notably, not being able to cross the border for almost two years. Once the dust settled, Cook had to adjust to being the lone vocalist and how that impacted the material he was writing while navigating being creative with distance between Anciients’ members for the first time. Not a biggie, as in-person writing sessions are more of a rarity these days, but because of the time elapsed since Voices of the Void, things/interests/influences changed and the band ended up scrapping half of an album’s worth of material and starting fresh. When they put their heads down at the end of 2021 with the focus being Beyond the Reach of the Sun, what was revealed a year later was more streamlined and slithery, more chest-thumpingly direct, more epic and triumphant sounding. Riffs come in explosive layered packets. Leads, harmonies and melodies are more on par with wind-tussled mountain tops instead of sweaty bar shows and the band moves with finely honed, martial accuracy as conducted by Hannay’s rocket-in-the-pocket staccato swing and accents.  

Songs like “The Torch” blaze with the shirtless glisten of ‘70s stadium rock power. “Cloak of the Vast and Black” swirls and whirls with a combination of hardcore intensity, grunge groove and expansive six-string parries. “In the Absence of Wisdom” is a hurricane-sized maelstrom of classic and prog rock elevated to grandiosity by a return to their growling sludge/death early years as the song/album concludes. The album’s first single, “Melt the Crown” mixes cues from legendary fellow hosers Rush and Harlequin, turn-of-the-millennium post-metal and the most psychedelic corners of the Rise Above Records roster.

“The new record has a lot more of our rock side,” Cook offers, “and leans towards those elements of our sound and personalities, whereas Voice of the Void was pretty crushing all the way through. With the new material we’ve tried to add more dynamics to the music and give the songs more room to breathe.”  

Album opener “Forbidden Sanctuary” is the soundtrack to exploration, of new worlds and sonic arrangement as sine-wave guitars pull from vintage Mercyful Fate covens and Krautrock communes with synths opening up novel textural avenues, as they do on the ethereal wispiness and space rock/sci-fi soundscapes of the instrumental “Candescence.” Beyond the Reach of the Sun sees synths and keyboards making their first appearance on an Anciients record and were played by producer/mixer Jesse Gander and Justin Hagberg at the former’s Rain City Recorders studio. In addition to augmenting the album with his skill on the black and whites, Hagberg — a member of the recently reunited 3 Inches of Blood —  also helped Anciients navigate a significant last-minute hurdle, one that threatened to pull the reins back on their comeback roar.

“We lost our bass player literally a month before we were going in to record and were kind of up shit’s creek. Justin also plays in a band called Ritual Dictates with Rory and is the one who brought his name up.”

O’Brien, a former member of Vancouver’s Bushwhacker, was absolutely interested when approached by Anciients.  

“We got lucky and he saved our asses at the last minute.”  

Cook stepped up to the challenge of being the sole lyricist to drape Beyond the Reach of the Sun in deeply personal expressions of the inner turmoil, fear and isolation he’d experienced in himself and saw in others over the past few years. There were moments where he didn’t know whether loved ones were going to pull through and what life was going to look like were tragedy come to pass. Mental health and people living life without being able to see any light at the end of the tunnel became a very prevalent theme to tracks like “Despoiled” and “Beyond Our Minds.” And while the line that became the album’s title is taken from a David Attenborough-narrated Planet Earth documentary, it speaks more to the coming and going of despondency when one doesn’t know how dark the darkness is going to get, as in “Is It Your God,” which pulls from the manifestation of grief and how it can shatter belief systems.  

“That one is a little more personal to me and my situation,” Cook says somberly. “I had a good friend of mine from when I was younger pass away from cancer. His mother was super-religious and there were ideas taken from her questioning how could something like that happen to her when she had such a strong faith.”  

The title and themes of stripped away hope and piled on anguish and tumult were parlayed into the album’s spectacular cover art. Created by Adam Burke (Nightjar Illustrations), the drawing is part-pulp novel cover, part-Franzetta landscape, part-sci-fi movie poster and all a vast illustration one can easily lose themselves in while the record spins in the background.

“We gave him the concept and basic outline of how we wanted the cover to look and he took it to a whole new dimension. It turned out pretty wild!”

With all being said and done, Anciients have returned! They stand ready to ascend the prog metal ladder and get back to doing what they do best with a weighty and dense, but wholly accessible, album. It’s a collection of ten songs that possesses the ability to have those furiously banging heads also tapping into their power of self-reflection and contemplation to ponder the finality of existence, the value of life and their place in the universe.  

“Totally! We’re going to take as many of the opportunities that come to us. The hiatus is over and I think with the new members and everyone being on the same page we’re ready to get out there as soon as possible. We missed out on a huge block after the last record, so we’ve got to make up for lost time. Now that everyone is happy and healthy, we plan to hit it hard.”
Lineup
Kenny Cook (vocals, guitar)
Mike Hannay (drums) 
Brock MacInnes (rhythm guitar)
Rory O’Brien (bass)

Guest musicians
Justin Hagberg plays keyboard on “Forbidden Sanctuary”, “Is It Your God”, “Melt the Crown”, “Candescence”, “In the Absence of Wisdom”.

Jess Gander plays synths on “Candescence” and “Cloak of the Vast and Black”.

Recording studio
Rain City Recorders

Producer / sound engineer
Jesse Gander
Assisted by Szymon Wojciech

Mastering studio and engineer
Stu McKillop @ Rain City Mastering

Mixing studio and engineer
Jesse Gander Rain City Recorders

Cover artwork artist 
Adam Burke @ Nightjar Illustrations

Bio
Kevin Stewart-Panko

Pre-order & Streamhttps://orcd.co/anciientsbeyondthereachofthesun

Follow Anciients Online
https://www.facebook.com/ANCIIENTSRIFFS
https://www.instagram.com/anciients/
https://twitter.com/ANCIIENTS
https://www.youtube.com/user/ANCIIENTS
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/anciients/603538280
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3YQOcYukzO6U1MjFcavDUE?si=4QWahfZxQjOmAI7nYrav6g&nd=1&dlsi=0142e5e62ae54105

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The Black Dahlia Murder – New Album Announced, First Single Released

Photo by Marshall Wieczorek

To Release Servitude On September 27 via Metal Blade Records
First Single, Aftermath Out Now

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will release their tenth studio album, Servitude, on September 27 via Metal Blade Records, today unveiling the record’s first single and preorders.


“Before the tragedy, no one ever thought this band was going to exist without Trevor.”

That’s THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s co-founder Brian Eschbach telling it like it is. With the tragic passing of the band’s frontman and co-founder Trevor Strnad in 2022, Eschbach, bassist Max Lavelle, drummer Alan Cassidy, and producer/guitarist Brandon Ellis were faced with a decision: Close the door on one of the most beloved death metal bands of the last twenty years, or carry on in their fallen brother’s charismatic spirit?

“Everyone that’s in the band now is someone that Trevor and I searched for,” Eschbach says. “We spent so much time on the road together that everyone understands the mission statement. We don’t really need to talk about it. We just need to make great music and try to make people happy playing it.”

After a period of profound grief and deep soul-searching, Eschbach moved from guitar to vocals, setting aside his lifelong identity as a live guitarist for the survival of the band. Former THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER member Ryan Knight returned to the fold to take Eschbach’s place on guitar. The new lineup made their debut in TBDM’s hometown of Detroit in late October 2022 for a tribute show for Strnad.

Fast forward to right about now: THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s new album is the one that many would have thought impossible. Servitude marks Eschbach’s recorded debut as THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s lead vocalist and lyricist—and their first with Knight on guitar since 2015’s Abysmal.

“I just had to lean into it hard,” Eschbach says of approaching Servitude in a completely new role. “Honestly, writing the lyrics for this album was easier for me than writing the music for the three songs that I wrote music for. I’d pick a subject, research it, and just kinda dive in. Even though it’s not something I’d really ever done before, there was a natural flow to it once I started.”

You can hear the thrilling results on “Aftermath,” the ripping lead single, which envisions a post-apocalyptic cannibal scenario. “We wanted that one to be heard first because it’s one of the faster songs on the album, if not the fastest,” Eschbach says. “We wanted that very aggressive BLACK DAHLIA melodic death metal feel coming right at you. Lyrically, it’s about a meteor that fucks up the whole planet, but there’s still people living. Kind of like The Walking Dead, but with no zombies—so you get right to how people deal with it. And by the end, they’re eating each other.”

Watch THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s video for “Aftermath,”
created by My Good Eye: Music Visuals, at
https://youtu.be/pCFivg0a_co

Listen to the track HERE
 

The members of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER know that some will be skeptical of an album without Trevor’s inimitable presence. But many fans have already embraced the band’s decision to move forward. 

“More than pressures or expectations from the fanbase, I feel their trust and support,” Ellis says. “We’ve always done what we do for them, and they’ve appreciated our consistency over the years. The global outcry following Trevor’s passing has shown us how important the band’s music has been to so many people, and how important it is that we continue in his honor. Under all that weight, I think we all knew what needed to be done.”

“We put in everything we had, and this is the album that felt right to make,” he adds. “I’m proud of it and proud of the five of us. You can never please everybody, but I know that this music will be a healing and positive force for those who embrace it!”

The guitars, bass and vocals for Servitude were recorded at Ellis’ home studio in New Jersey. The drums were recorded by Mark Lewis in Nashville, Tennessee where the album was also mixed. Servitude was mastered by Ted Jensen.

Servitude will be released on CD & LP

Find preorders at 
metalblade.com/tbdm

Servitude Track Listing:
1.  Evening Ephemeral
2.  Panic Hysteric
3.  Aftermath
4.  Cursed Creator
5.  An Intermission
6.  Asserting Dominion
7.  Servitude
8.  Mammoth’s Hand
9.  Transcosmic Blueprint
10.  Utopia Black

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER:
Brian Eschbach – lead vocals
Max Lavelle – bass
Alan Cassidy – drums
Brandon Ellis – lead guitar, backing vocals
Ryan Knight – rhythm guitar, backing vocals

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VESTIGE Unveil Total Package on First Single

VESTIGE formed during an intense period of individual turmoil. But after vocalist and guitarist Théodore Rondeau and his old Naraka bandmates Pierre-André Krauzer (bassist) and Quentin Regnault (drums) bonded with guitarist Thomas Petit over a shared love for metal innovators like Alcest and Deftones, together, the four-piece embarked on their own journey toward a modern vision of metal that’s both cathartic and crushing.    

Last year, Vestige achieved their first milestone by signing with Season of Mist, even though they had yet to release any music. This year, the band have played several shows in their native France, including a recent date with Celeste. Now, people all over the world can hear the first glimmer of their debut album, Janis, with lead single “Deviens la Nuit”.    

“‘Deviens La Nuit’ catalyzes everything that Vestige represents in a single piece of music”, Rondeau says. “Between deep melancholy and the violence of realization, it marks the beginning of the journey that is Janis”. 

Watch the colorfully strobing video for “Deviens la Nuit”which was directed by Mathie Ezan (Cult of Luna, Hans Zimmer)

Janis comes out September 6 on Season of Mist.

Pre-order & pre-save: https://orcd.co/vestigejanis

Vestige draw inspiration from modern metal innovators like Alcest and Deftones, but “Deviens la Nuit” encapsulates all the individual pieces that make this band unique. Within the span of 5 minutes, they shift seamlessly from chugging riffs and tortured growls to melodic shoegaze and atmospheric post-metal before closing with a doomy and dissonant, head-banging breakdown. It’s here, within this dark night of the soul, that they bring us to the edge of despair so that we can feel what it’s like to be born anew.

“Cathartic, gentle, violent but enveloping, ‘Deviens La Nuit’ is the transformation and realization of the condition in which Theodore composed it”, Vestige says. “We hope that this song will invite you to experience this introspective journey with us”. 

Tracklist1. Différent (2:47)
2. Deviens la Nuit (5:29) [WATCH]
3. Démence de l’Âme (6:25)
4. Océan (5:27)
5. Automne Part 1 (5:50)
6. Automne Part 2 feat Neige (Alcest) (4:54)
7. Appel de l’Âme (4:15)
8. Corrosion (5:16)
9. Stigmates du Temps (4:34)
10. Envol de l’Âme (5:40)
11. Avant la Fin (7:15)
Total runtime: 57:53

Théodore Rondeau, the creative initiator behind VESTIGE, embarked on a journey of forming the band during a turbulent phase in his life. Emerged as a creative vessel for a complicated emotional journey, the band transcends the boundaries of individual therapy into a collaborative force that hopefully resonates with the feelings that may be all too common for the human experience.

With a profound connection to their craft, VESTIGE pour their souls into their debut album, infusing it with a captivating blend of melancholy, desperation, and catharsis. The music serves not only as an expression of their turmoil, but as a conduit for listeners to navigate the complexities of their own emotions. Through this process, VESTIGE becomes a project with the potential to connect with people on a profound level, forging a collective experience through the universal language of music.

The formation of VESTIGE’s lineup reads like a musical destiny unfolding: Pierre-André Krauzer on the bass, Quentin Regnault on drums, and Théodore on vocals and guitar. They first crossed paths during their tenure in Naraka, a band that shared stages with icons like Cradle of Filth and Alcest. This initial connection laid the groundwork for the formation of the band. Not long after, the addition of Thomas Petit on the second guitar solidified the lineup, bringing a sense of completeness to the ensemble. The band’s sonic identity now established; VESTIGE was ready to share this experience with the world.

The signing with Season of Mist brings the band’s first milestone, allowing VESTIGE to share their journey in the form of their debut album, Janis. Poised for release in late 2024, the album is a culmination of their collective efforts and a statement of the band’s arrival in the heavy music scene. Weaving through atmospheric shoegaze textures, melodic landscapes and intense, tormented moments that reflects the emotional spectrum of the human experience, the band established a foothold into the genre of modern metal.

Beyond the studio, VESTIGE is gearing up for a series of live performance in 2024, setting the stage for an introspective musical experience that brings raw and authentic energy. A cathartic release that pulls in the listener into the emotional depths the band has to bring.
Line-up
Théodore Rondeau – Vocals, Guitar
Pierre-André Krauzer – Bass
Quentin Regnault – Drums
Thomas Petit – Guitar

Recording Studio
Théodore’s Home Studio, and Quentin’s Home Studio (For Drums)

Production Credits
Mixed by Geoffrey Bonnifet at his Home Studio
Mastered by Acle Khaney at 4D Sounds, Oxfordshire, UK

Biography
Sébastien Gamez

Cover Art
Kilian d’Angelo & Justine Dorin

Photography & Video Production
Mathieu Ezan

Pre-save & Pre-order:https://orcd.co/vestigejanis

Follow Vestige:
https://linktr.ee/vestigemusic

Booking Contact:
Thomas Petit – thomas@tourvie.fr

Available Formats:
Digital Download
CD Digipak
2×12″ Vinyl Gatefold – Black
2×12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Gold

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MYLES KENNEDY to Release Third Solo Album, “The Art Of Letting Go”, on October 11

photo credit: Chuck Brueckmann

Vocalist/Guitarist/Songwriter MYLES KENNEDY Announces Third Solo Album, The Art Of Letting Go, Slated for Release
October 11, 2024 via Napalm Records | Pre-Order HERE

Music Video for Debut Single, “Say What You Will”, Now Available HERE

Myles and his Trio Comprised of Drummer Zia Uddin and Bassist Tim Tournier to Tour Around the Globe – New Tour Dates Announced 

Keeping the tradition of releasing new music every three years alive, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter MYLES KENNEDY – known for his work with rockers Alter Bridge and Slash and the Conspirators – is back with his third solo album, The Art Of Letting GoThe album marks the return of Myles, backed by his band comprised of Zia Uddin on drums and Tim Tournier on bass. The album is scheduled for release via longtime label home Napalm Records on October 11, 2024.

From the opening guitar riff of the title track “The Art Of Letting Go” to the haunting melody of album closer “How The Story Ends,” MYLES KENNEDY is back with a collection of songs that is sure to cater to old and new fans alike. Songs like “Mr. Downside,” “Miss You When You’re Gone,”and “Saving Face” showcase the memorable storytelling that has become synonymous throughout all of Myles’ projects.

The debut single – currently impacting radio around the globe from The Art Of Letting Go  is the upbeat rocker “Say What You Will.” The music video was directed by Gordy De St Jeor (Mammoth WVH) and tells the story of a bullied and timid student who breaks out of her shell with the help of a teacher, janitor and lunch person portrayed by Kennedy, Uddin, and Tournier in the school talent show.

Watch the official music video for “Say What You Will” HERE:

Pre-Order The Art Of Letting Go HERE:

The Art Of Letting Go track listing:
1. The Art Of Letting Go
2. Say What You Will
3. Mr. Downside
4. Miss You When You’re Gone
5. Behind The Veil
6. Saving Face
7. Eternal Lullaby
8. Nothing More To Gain
9. Dead To Rights
10. How The Story Ends

The Art Of Letting Go will be available in the following formats:        
-1LP Gatefold Splatter Royal Blue Die Hard Edition with Artprint, Record Butler, Slipmat (Napalm webstores only – limited to 300)
-1LP Gatefold Fuchsia (Napalm webstores only – limited to 400)
-1LP Gatefold Cristallo + signed card  (USA Newbury Comics exclusive – limited to 500) 
-1LP Gatefold Royal Blue (USA Best Buy exclusive – limited to 500) 
-1LP Gatefold Baby Blue (USA and Canada indie exclusive – limited to 500)
-1LP Gatefold Marble Rose (band webstore only – limited to 300) 
-1LP Gatefold Marble Blue (band webstore only – limited to 300) 
-1LP Gatefold Marble Violet Black (band webstore only – limited to 300) 
-1LP Gatefold Solid Viola (band webstore only – limited to 400) 
-1LP Gatefold Black
-1CD Digisleeve Boxset with Bookmark, Note Book, 3 Pencils, Pin (Napalm webstores only – limited to 300)
-1CD Digisleeve + sticker and guitar pick (USA Walmart exclusive – limited to 1000)
-1CD Digisleeve
-Digital Album

[1LP Gatefold Splatter Royal Blue Die Hard Edition with Artprint, Record Butler, Slipmat (Napalm webstores only – limited to 300)]

To celebrate the release of The Art Of Letting GoMYLES KENNEDY and his trio will be hitting the road in support of the new album. A six-date UK run with support from Devin Townsend recently went on sale for November and December. 20 more newly announced dates are being added to The Art Of Letting Go Tour 2024 all across Europe starting in October. The additional European dates will feature support from Black River Delta and Cardinal Black.

The band will also be bringing the tour to North America with dates set for January and February 2025. The 2025 dates will feature special guest Tim Montana. More information on all shows including links to tickets and VIP packages can be found at https://myleskennedy.com

Myles Kennedy The Art Of Letting Go Tour 2024
Sunday, October 27, 2024 – Hamburg, DE – Gruenspan ^
Monday, October 28, 2024 – Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset ^
Wednesday, October 30, 2024 – Gothenburg, SE – Valand ^
Friday, November 1, 2024 – Stockholm. SE – Debaser ^
Saturday, November 2, 2024 – Oslo, NO – John Dee ^
Tuesday, November 5, 2024 – Berlin, DE – Columbia Theater ^
Thursday, November 7, 2024 – Warsaw, PL – Club Progresja ^
Friday, November 8, 2024 – Prague, CZ – Palac Akropolis ^
Sunday, November 10, 2024 – Budapest, HU – Akvarium Klub ^
Monday, November 11, 2024 – Vienna, AT – Arena ^
Wednesday, November 13, 2024 – Milan, IT – Alcatraz ^
Thursday, November 14, 2024 – Zurich, CH – X-Tra ^
Saturday, November 16, 2024 – Munich, DE – Technikum ^
Sunday, November 17, 2024 – Luxembourg, LU – Rockhal ^
Tuesday, November 19, 2024 – Frankfurt, DE – Zoom +
Wednesday, November 20, 2024 – Tilburg, NL – 013 +
Friday, November 22, 2024 – Cologne, DE – Kantine +
Saturday, November 23, 2024 – Paris, FR – Le Cabaret Sauvage +
Monday, November 25, 2024 – Glasgow, UK – SWG3 #
Wednesday, November 27, 2024 – Manchester, UK – Academy #
Friday, November 29, 2024 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City #
Saturday, November 30, 2024 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy Birmingham #
Monday, December 2, 2024 – Cardiff, UK – The Great Hall, Cardiff Uni Students Union #
Tuesday, December 3, 2024 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town #
Thursday, December 5, 2024 – Dublin, IE – The Academy +
Friday, December 6, 2024 – Belfast, IE – Limelight +

^ with special guest Black River Delta
+ with special guest Cardinal Black
# Previously announced date with Devin Townsend Acoustic Performance

Myles Kennedy The Art Of Letting Go North American Tour 2025
Friday, January 17, 2025 – Joliet, IL – The Forge *
Saturday, January 18, 2025 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater *
Tuesday, January 21, 2025 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop *
Wednesday, January 22, 2025 – Toronto, ON – The Concert Hall *
Friday, January 24, 2025 – Uncasville, CT – Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
Saturday, January 25, 2025 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre *
Monday, January 27, 2025 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall *
Tuesday, January 28, 2025 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony *
Thursday, January 30, 2025 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage *
Friday, January 31, 2025 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre *
Sunday, February 02, 2025 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl *
Monday, February 03, 2025 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse *
Wednesday, February 05, 2025 – Destin, FL – Club LA *
Friday, February 07, 2025 – San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center *
Saturday, February 08, 2025 – Dallas, TX – Echo Lounge & Music Hall *
Tuesday, February 11, 2025 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall *
Wednesday, February 12, 2025 – Denver, CO – Summit *
Friday, February 14, 2025 – Mesa, AZ – The Nile Theater *
Sunday, February 16, 2025 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre *
Tuesday, February 18, 2025 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades *
Thursday, February 20, 2025 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune *
Friday, February 21, 2025 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory *

* with Special Guest Tim Montana

About MYLES KENNEDY:
As a prolific songwriter, powerhouse vocalist, and proficient guitar player, MYLES KENNEDY tunes into the rhythm of his surroundings and goes with the flow. Fronting Alter Bridge, his soaring vocals, open-hearted lyrics, and airtight riffs have fueled the group’s global impact as a gold-certified, arena-filling force of nature over two decades-plus. On the microphone for Slash and The Conspirators, his towering range has consistently stunned audiences since 2010. Becoming a celebrated collaborator, he’s the rare presence just as comfortable on a track with DisturbedHalestorm, and Sevendust as he is with Gov’t Mule and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels. It’s why he’s generated over one billion cumulative streams, earned gold and platinum certifications worldwide, uplifted countless fans, and KERRANG! christened him “one of rock’s finest vocalists. It’s also why he’s carved out his own lane. 2021 saw him deliver his acclaimed sophomore opus, The Ides of March. It impressively notched a total of four #1 debuts across three countries, toppling the Billboard US Top Current Hard Music Chart, the UK Official Rock & Metal Chart and Official Independent Album Chart, and Canada’s Hard Music Albums Chart. Beyond generating 10 million-plus streams, it incited unanimous critical applause from American SongwriterGuitar.comLoudWireGuitar World, and more. RIFF hailed it as “a fantastic and must-listen record, while Classic Rock Magazine awarded it “4.5-out-of-5 stars, going on to attest, “The Ides of March confirms Myles Kennedy as a musical powerhouse. With two solo efforts under his belt and sold out headline tours in the rearview, a sense of keenly honed intuition guides his third full-length LP, The Art of Letting Go [Napalm Records], led by the single “Say What You Will.”

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Icelandic Death Metal Squad DEVINE DEFILEMENT Release ‘Age of Atrocities’

Photo Credit: Einar Jarl
Line-up:
Ingólfur Ólafsson (Vocals)
Guðmundur Hermann Lárusson (Guitar)
Arek Alenjikov (Bass & backing vocals)
Sigurjón Óli Gunnarsson (Guitar)
Stefán Friðriksson (Drums)
Freyr Hreinsson (Vocals)

Reykjavík (IS) – Icelandic Death Metal squad Devine Defilement have released sophomore album, Age of Atrocities, on Rising Nemesis Records! The album is streaming in its entirety and can be purchased at:

devinedefilement.bandcamp.com/album/age-of-atrocities

The theme of Age of Atrocitiesreflects the atrocities of mankind throughout the ages and pinpoints the brutality and insanity of the human being. The album packs a healthy dose of technicality, guttural vocals, and blasting drums, all mixed with infectious grooves and slams.

“An album in which almost all facets of death metal find a place. Varied carnage of the highest order!” (9/10)

– Undergrounded

“Devine Defilement keeps a classic feel and rawness to their music that fans of death metal will love, but mixes in modern styles to create a fresh take.”

– The Metalverse

The band has released a whopping five official videos for tracks from the album, which are available below!

“Byzantine Blinding”

youtu.be/npQx4zFvmZE

“Wraith”

youtu.be/r6PVDymF3q4

“Embedded in Filth”

youtu.be/8oP84T5AIJ0

S.C.U (ft. Trausti from False Majesty & Floor from Korpse) youtu.be/aWkl8VwrotM

“Malformed Grin”

youtu.be/n7Fv-SmbDDs

Track Listing:

1. Summoning
2. The Wolf of Bedburg (ft. Steinar Ólafsson)
3. Byzantine Blinding
4. Malformed Grin
5. Labyrinth of Disfigurement
6. All Rise
7. S.C.U (ft. Trausti from False Majesty & Floor from Korpse)
8. Betrothed to Blasphemy
9. Embedded in Filth
10. Wraith
11. SIC (Slipknot Cover)

Mixed and Recorded by Sigurjon Oli Liquid Slam Studios.

Mastered by Floor at GLDCHN Studios.

Artwork by Freyr Hreinsson.

BIO:

The slam crew of Devine Defilementhas been on the forefront of the Icelandic death metal scene for the past few years. Pulling influences from a variety of death metal sub-genres they have concocted a brutal cocktail of groove, slams, blasts and ferocity that has made them a force to be reckoned with! Armed with the release of their sophomore album Age of Atrocities, they are poised to deliver a punishing 2024 for everyone who heeds their call.

facebook.com/devinedefilement

instagram.com/devine_defilement

devinedefilement.bandcamp.com

Devine Defilement Spotify

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NILE are back with their first album in 5 Years Via Napalm Records

Photo Credit: Casey Coscarelli

NILE

Death Metal Icons to Release First New Album in Five Years, The Underworld Awaits Us All

Out August 23, 2024 via Napalm Records 

Pre-order The Underworld Awaits Us All Here

New Single, “Chapter for Not Being Hung Upside Down on a Stake in the Underworld and Made to Eat Feces by the Four Apes”, Out Now 

World-renowned American death metal icons NILE return in 2024 with their highly-anticipated 10th onslaught, The Underworld Awaits Us All, out August 23 via Napalm Records. Boasting airtight technicality and unrelenting brutality, the new album pushes each member of NILE – founding mastermind/guitarist Karl Sanders, longtime drum master George Kollias, vocalist/guitarists Brian Kingsland and Zach Jeter, and bassist Dan Vadim Von – to their furthest extremes both in artistry and performance.

Once again produced and recorded at Sanders’ own Serpent Headed Studios in Greenville, South Carolina, the band returned to Vile Nilotic Rites engineer Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Whitechapel) for mixing and mastering.

In celebration of today’s announcement, NILE have dropped the album’s first new single, “Chapter for Not Being Hung Upside Down on a Stake in the Underworld and Made to Eat Feces by the Four Apes”, alongside a new official music video. Topped by killer screams and gutturals, the track is a winding hacksaw of brutal tech-death injections citing the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

NILE’s Karl Sanders comments on the new track and video:

“‘Chapter for not being Hung Upside Down’ is one of our favorite tracks on the new record. It’s a lot of fun to play, challenging and unpredictable, but with an infectiously brutal, unrestrained vibe that I am very certain will be a blast in the mosh pit during live shows.

We are super happy to be working with Tom Flynn for the video for this song – he is a visionary with insanely creative ideas and a really cool guy to work with. Very excited for people to see what he has been cooking up with this video.”

Watch the new official music video for

“Chapter for Not Being Hung Upside Down on a Stake in the Underworld and Made to Eat Feces by the Four Apes” 

Facing the planet’s inevitable end with their diehard fans at their side, NILE waste absolutely no time with histrionics on The Underworld Awaits Us All, distilling their trademark Egyptology driven tempest down to its most streamlined essence. Charging into battle as its namesake depicts, “Stelae of Vultures” makes an immediate impact with dissonant guitar chords and supernatural drumming, teasing the auditory evisceration to come. Topped by impressive screams and gutturals, the track leads into “Chapter for Not Being Hung Upside Down on a Stake in the Underworld and Made to Eat Feces by the Four Apes”, citing the Egyptian Book of the Dead’s 181st chapter. The album’s most succinct track, “To Strike with Secret Fang”, blends low-end punishment with blackened death metal inspiration, before album standouts such as “Naqada II Enter the Golden Age” and “Overlords of the Black Earth” breathe new life with thrash and fusion experimentation, as well as real human choirs – adding a raw element to the NILE fold. Each track soars as a technical tour-de-force – featuring career-defining extreme drumming from Kollias, as well as razor-sharp soloing from all three active guitarists and palpable bass exploration. A perfect example of this equation is pinnacle burner “Under the Curse of the One God”, combining sinister atmospherics with breakneck pacing and whirlwind, vicious riff acrobatics. 

Throughout the remainder of its 11 pummeling tracks and intricate interludes, NILE masters full-tilt speed and ferocious musicality. 30 years into their heavy reign, The Underworld Awaits Us All proves that NILE is marching onward and undoubtedly upward, bleeding metal for their fandom for as long as the sands of time will allow.

Karl Sanders says about the album:

“We are very happy to be sharing with fans Nile’s 10th album. We worked overtime making this record as killer as we could – because we sincerely felt fans deserved our best efforts. The Underworld Awaits us All – and we will see you there.”

The Underworld Awaits Us All‘s mind-bending art was once again envisioned and created by Michał ‘Xaay’ Loranc, with reference to the cycle of life and judgment at its end. 

The Underworld Awaits Us All track listing:
1. Stelae of Vultures
2. Chapter for Not Being Hung Upside Down on a Stake in the Underworld and Made to Eat Feces by the Four Apes
3. To Strike with Secret Fang
4. Naqada II Enter the Golden Age
5. The Pentagrammathion of Nephren-Ka
6. Overlords of the Black Earth
7. Under the Curse of the One God
9. Doctrine of Last Things
10. True Gods of the Desert
11. The Underworld Awaits us All
12. Lament for the Destruction of Time

The Underworld Awaits Us All will be available in the following formats:
-6 Page CD Digipak & Anubis Bust (limited to 500)
-2LP Gatefold MARBLED ORANGE RED BLACK w/ 24 Page Vinyl Booklet and Slipmat (limited to 200)
-2LP Gatefold SPLATTER DARK GREEN YELLOW (limited to 300)
-2LP Gatefold BLACK
-2LP Gatefold CLEAR (North American retail stores only – limited to 500)
-Cassette Tape Edition YELLOW (limited to 200)
-6 Page CD Digipak
-Digital Album

Pre-Order The Underworld Awaits Us All
https://lnk.to/NILE-TUAUA/napalmrecords

NILE is:
Karl Sanders – Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards,
George Kollias – Drums
Brian Kingsland – Guitar, Vocals
Zach Jeter – Guitar, Vocals
Dan Vadim Von – Bass

Nile Online:

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THE ATLAS MOTH announce ‘Coma Noir’ graphic novel

Photographer credit: Matt Driscoll

Chicago, IL experimental metal band THE ATLAS MOTH has announced a graphic novel, titled Coma Noir, co-written by  Stavros Giannopoulous (guitar and vocals) and Nick Savage, with illustration by M. Ryan Arnold, inspired by the band’s 2018 album of the same name. The Coma Noir graphic novel is an 88 page color comic, which includes a proprietary custom bookplate badge and bonus gifts.

ORDER THE COMA NOIR GRAPHIC NOVEL HERE.
Revisit THE ATLAS MOTH’s Coma Noir album via
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Speaking on the announcement, Stavros comments: “I’d long been thinking of this story that was part horror and part noir, since before Coma Noir‘s album release. I’m a huge fan of both genres of film and comics so being able to tie both into my love of music was a perfect opportunity. I’ve gotten to release albums on some of the best metal labels ever and now I get to release a comic, yet another notch on my belt.”

Coma Noir‘s primary protagonist Detective Valentine wants nothing more than to drown his sorrows and self-pity at the bottom of a bottle. But a mysterious female named Nour Samman hires him to track down a priceless amulet. During the investigation, Detective Valentine finds himself dealing with a secret society, The Streets of Bombay, that seems to want him as a leader and an old friend who warns him of the dangers he’s gotten caught up in. His feelings for this mysterious woman push him to leave it all behind for her, but the fates have something else in store. Will he be the one who is damned, or will he be able to escape the dangers of The Streets of Bombay?

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Seth Pierce Through Shadows On New Single

Photo By @AndyJulia

SETH are the harbinger of a sound that’s steeped in the clandestine narratives of Parisian lore and rebellion. Today, the French black metal band are releasing “Dans le Cœur un Poignard”, from their upcoming album La France des Maudits. Their latest single is a dark ode to those who bear the mark of betrayal and suffering within their hearts.

Watch the music video for “Dans le Cœur un Poignard” here: 

La France des Maudits is out July 14, on Bastille Day, through Season of Mist.

Pre-order & pre-save: https://orcd.co/sethlafrancesdesmaudits

The haunting melody of “Dans le Cœur un Poignard” weaves through a labyrinth of Parisian despair, illuminating the darkest corners of a wounded heart. Lyrically, the track is a poignant narrative of anguish and defiance, serving as a siren call to those who navigate the treacherous waters of existence with a dagger sheathed within their soul. Seth, with their meticulous craftsmanship, etch a tale of sorrow and resilience, emboldened by the ethereal whispers of a love lost to the voracious appetite of betrayal.

“Dans mon cœur ce poignard. Toujours souffrir, Jusqu’à la mort!”, Saint Vincent echoes. It’s a stark reminder of the perpetual battle against the specters of our past, encapsulating the essence of human struggle, a relentless journey punctuated by moments of exquisite pain and sublime liberation.

Alongside the haunting melodies of “Dans le Cœur un Poignard”, Seth has commissioned a visually arresting music video, bringing the song’s themes of betrayal, anguish, and defiance to life with heart-piercing imagery. Helmed by the visionary Pierre Reynard, the video is a striking piece of art that beautifully accompanies the song’s melancholy.

Tracklist
1. Paris des Maléfices (5:09)
2. Et Que Vive le Diable ! (5:35) [WATCH]
3. La Destruction des Reliques (5:51)
4. Dans le Cœur un Poignard (5:30) [WATCH]
5. Marianne (2:59)
6. Ivre du Sang des Saints (5:37)
7. Insurrection (7:33)
8. Le Vin du Condamné (8:06)
9. Initials B.B. (Serge Gainsbourg Cover) (Bonus Track) (3:49)
Total runtime: 46:22

In the solemn shadows of a lyrically resurrected Paris, where the whispers of revolution still haunt the cobblestones and the phantom caress of the guillotine’s blade lingers in the air, stands a band – not merely of musicians, but of modern Marats, Robespierres in leather and lace, anointed with the spirit of insurrection. SETH, the harbingers of a dark yet fervidly awaited dawn, are poised once more to unleash a tempest upon the sanctified silence of the contemporary music scene with their newest auditory uprising, La France des Maudits.

The history of black metal formation Seth and Season of Mist spans back to the early days of the French metal scene. The band’s debut Les Blessures de L’Ame (1998) was one of the first releases on the label. This album is now regarded as a cornerstone in French black metal, pioneering the usage of their native tongue on a black metal record.

The release of Les Blessures de L’Ame quickly gained international attention and Seth built a solid fanbase. The French blasphemers signed a two-release deal with Osmose Productions and participated on the MAYHEM cult tribute album Originators of the Northern Darknessalongside IMMORTAL and BEHEMOTH. The second full-length The Excellence came out in 2000 and featured a contribution from none other than Fenriz (DARKTHRONE), who wrote the lyrics for the song Let Me Be The Salt In Your Wound.

Shortly after, the group recorded their third album Divine-X (2002) at the Excess Studios in Rotterdam (EPICA, AFTER FOREVER, SINISTER). This record demonstrated the ability of the band to mix gloomy and violent atmospheres and received extensive coverage from the international metal press at the time.

Returning to the Netherlands to record the fourth album Era-Decay (2004), two new members joined the ranks of Seth: vocalist Black Messiah and guitarist Cyriex. Afterwards, the band was invited to play at the prestigious Inferno festival in Norway in 2005.

A long hiatus followed, until the band returned in 2011 to play an exclusive show in Germany with the German cult act BETHLEHEM. The band re-joined the ranks of Season of Mist, eventually releasing The Howling Spirit(2013) and embarking on a European tour with PESTILENCE. Several appearances at major festivals followed, including Hellfest and Graspop Metal Meeting, concluded by a Canadian headliner tour with new vocalist Saint Vincent (BLACKLODGE).

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Les Blessures de L’Ame in 2018, Seth exclusively performed the entire album at festivals in Switzerland, Canada (Messe de Morts) and Belgium (Thronefest). The French label Les Acteurs de l’Ombre productions released a live recording of these shows, called 20 ans de Blasphème. The band’s new line-up features members of LOUDBLAST, ARKHON INFAUSTUS and MELTED SPACE.

In the twilight year of 2021, within Paris’ shadow-ridden crypt, Studio Sainte Marthe, an album was birthed from Seth’s tumultuous revelation, christened, La Morsure du Christ. Earning plaudits of wonder, it was no mere collection of hymns, but a solitary harbinger of deconstruction, a cataclysm of unseen proportions. Inspiration seeped from Notre-Dame de Paris—her skeletal frame ablaze in a 2019’s firestorm—an emblem of decaying faith for a godforsaken era. As heavy as the iron heart of a guillotine, La Morsure du Christ echoed through the chambers of 2021, reigning supreme in a multitude of international & French metal charts, as well as its inclusion on premier streaming platform playlists. Bold symphonies interwoven with razor-sharp lyricism and a sophisticated conceptual resonance that dared to envision black metal through a revolutionary lens.

Rooted deeply in the soil that once drank deeply of royal and commoner blood alike during the tumultuous fervour of the French Revolution, Seth presents their latest opus – a black metal gospel according to the damned and the outcast. An intricate tapestry of shadows and defiance emerges from the darkness of history’s recesses, swirling with the mists of apocalyptic visions and the ashes of fallen angels. La France des Maudits is a declaration of war, a call to arms for the souls still smouldering beneath the veneer of a world too long gripped in the cold hands of a moribund orthodoxy.

With the fractured bones of dead gods beneath their boots, Seth voyages through the forbidden and the occult, tracing the lines of ancient prophecies and the decadent whispers of La Grande Catin Écarlate, the scarlet woman of the apocalypse. Their songs, from Paris des Maléfices to Insurrection, resonate with the echoes of a Paris besieged not by armies, but by souls clamouring for liberation – a city where each stone tells a tale of defiance, where every shadow harbours the spirit of revolt.

Lyrically, La France des Maudits is dripping with the wine of condemned men and the blood of saints, narrating the epic saga of rebellion from the ashes of a fallen Notre-Dame. This is not the Paris of light, but of enlightening darkness, where the façades of grandeur crumble to reveal the raw flesh of true humanity, writhing in its eternal struggle against divine oppression. Here, in the very heart of darkness, Seth finds its muse among the cacophony of broken chains and shattered dogmas.Prepare to march beneath the banner unfurled by Seth, in the grand tradition of those unyielding souls who once stormed the Bastille and dared to dream of a world remade. La France des Maudits beckons – not to the gallows, but to glory.

Line-up
Saint Vincent – Vocals (Blacklodge)
Heimoth – Guitar (Sinsaenum)
Drakhian – Guitar (ex-Loudblast, Griffar)
Pierre Le Pape – Keys (Melted Space)
EsX – Bass (Arkhon Infaustus, ex-Merrimack)
Alsvid – Drums (ex-Enthroned, ex-Ad Patres)

Recording Studio
Sainte Marthe Studio

Production Credits
Mixed, produced & mastered by Francis Caste

Biography
Sébastien Gamez

Cover Art
Andy Julia (Photography)

 Stream & Order: 
https://orcd.co/sethlafrancesdesmaudits

Links/Follow Artist
Official Website: https://www.innomineseth.fr/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/innomineseth
Instagram: https://instagram.com/sethblackmetal
Bandcamp: http://innomineseth.bandcamp.com/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0mZohnzbCiVv54VIEA6Wb7
Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/us/artist/56150
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/seth/1643927366
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/InNomineSethOfficial
ReverbNation: https://www.reverbnation.com/innomineseth

Available Formats
Digital Download
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Limited CD Clamshell Box
12″ Vinyl Gatefold – Black
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Gold
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Blue & Black Marbled
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Red, White & Black Marbled
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Crystal Clear
12″ Liquid-Filled Vinyl Gatefold – Bood Red Liquid
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HUNTSMEN, ‘The Dry Land’, out now

Photographer credit: Sam Porter

HUNTSMEN has today released their third album, The Dry Land, via Prosthetic Records. On The Dry Land, the Chicago, IL ensemble cover themes of purgatory and the liminal space between life and death via allegorical tales against a backdrop of Americana infused doom metal, with a newfound black metal influence in their sound. HUNTSMEN will be celebrating the release of The Dry Land this evening (June 7) at The Sleeping Village in Chicago, with support from Without Waves and Anatomy of Habit – more details below.LISTEN TO THE DRY LAND BELOW.
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Order The Dry Land here.

Speaking on the album release, Aimee Bueno-Knipe (vocals) comments: “After years of work, we are so proud to finally release our third full length album, The Dry Land. Through writing this album we addressed the fears, frustrations, and losses we suffered during the past few years to create an end product that we are each deeply emotionally invested in.

“This album holds particular significance to me as it is the first full length album that I have contributed to writing on as a full-time member of HUNTSMEN, and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity. This album has seen us struggle, heal, grow, and change, and we hope it will help others do the same.”

Following the release of their sophomore full-length, Mandala of Fear, in 2020 and The Dying Pines EP in 2022 HUNTSMEN’s intervening years between studio albums were marked with devastatingly contrasting highs and lows. Whilst their body of studio work continued to garner acclaim from fans and critics alike, chronic illness would become a recurring uphill battle for the ensemble. As these jarring mixed fortunes reached their apex towards the end of 2022, the band reached towards each other outside of their craft as old friends. Taking stock of four years of tribulations led to a reevaluation of what it is to be creatives and, in turn, ushered in a collective rebirth.

Writing sessions for The Dry Land saw a number of artistic firsts for HUNTSMEN, most notably with the first full collaborative inclusion of vocalist Aimee Bueno-Knipe. The creative process soon saw HUNTSMEN adding more black metal influences into their Americana and folk tinged doom, evidenced most overtly on tracks such as This, Our Gospel and lead single In Time, All Things. Elsewhere, HUNTSMEN’s knack for finely crafted and richly layered melodies offer moments of resplendence on the slow burning Lean Times and closer The Herbsight.

Mirroring the circumstances and environment that led to its creation, The Dry Land’s pacing is one rooted in the art of rise and fall dynamics both musically and lyrically. Tales of escaping religious violence, malevolent apparitions and death incarnate all play key roles throughout the album’s narrative thread. HUNTSMEN treat each tale as both exorcism and exaltation, adding a pervasively unsettling quality to The Dry Land that is sure to stick long after the runtime is over.

The Dry Land was recorded and mixed by Pete Grossmann at Bricktop Studios before being placed in the hands of Brad Boatright for mastering, with the resulting sound adding a towering grandiosity to the album whilst simultaneously highlighting HUNTSMEN’s newfound corrosive qualities. The Dry Land’s striking cover art was created by Derek Setzer, depicting an immolating dancer in high contrast black and white amongst rusted gold.

Through the fire, HUNTSMEN find themselves reborn on The Dry Land.

Upcoming HUNTSMEN shows:
June 7 – Sleeping Village – Chicago, IL (The Dry Land album release show)
w/ Without Waves and Anatomy of Habit

The Dry Land tracklist:
1. This, Our Gospel
2. Cruelly Dawns
3. Lean Times
4. In Time, All Things
5. Rain
6. Herbsight


HUNTSMEN is:
Chris Kang – guitar and vocals
Aimee Bueno-Knipe – vocals
Marc Stranger-Najjar – bass and vocals
Ray Bueno-Knipe – drums and vocals
Gavin Cushman – guitar and vocals
Kirill Orlov – guitar (on The Dry Landstudio recording only)