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DEATH DEALER UNION Premieres Third Single, “ILL FATED” Plus Eye-Catching Music Video

Photo Credit: Jeremy Saffer

Lena Scissorhands – Vocals
CC McKenna – Percussion
Doug Weiand – Lead Guitars
Hunter Havokk – Rhythm & Lead Guitars
Jonny Heinz – Bass

DEATH DEALER UNION Premieres Third Single, “ILL FATED” + Eye-Catching Music Video | Watch HERE

Debut Album, Initiation, out now!
via Napalm Records | Pre-Order HERE

Find the power within you!
Get initiated into the DEATH DEALER UNION!

West coast-based metal unit DEATH DEALER UNION – featuring frontwoman Lena Scissorhands of modern metal leaders INFECTED RAIN – released their debut album, entitled Initiation via Napalm Records!

Following searing recent singles The Vow of Silence and The Integument, today, the band has released a third single – the dynamic “ILL FATED”. The track juxtaposes 80s-influenced clean guitars and sinister metallic riffs as Lena displays her soaring trademark vocal delivery and introspective wordplay. The video features eye-catching imagery, sets and costumes, making for a striking viewing experience!

DEATH DEALER UNION says about the video:
“We wanted to present something a little different with this video – everything from the fantastic Cherry Bombs dance troupe to the actors involved. We sought to do something not usually done in heavy metal videos. Enjoy!”

Watch the music video for “ILL FATED” HERE:

In 2019, metal musicians CC McKenna (drums) and Doug Weiand (lead guitars) set forth on a dark musical path – aligning diverse metal influences with otherworldly channelings of alchemy, the occult and all things esoteric. Little did they know, the final ingredient of their impending amalgamation was on the horizon, set to emerge as DEATH DEALER UNION.

After meeting acclaimed frontwoman Lena Scissorhands, a musical pact was instantly formed – propelling the band into the studio with producer Valentin Voluta (also recognized for his work with Infected Rain). Now, with two new members – Hunter Havok (rhythm and lead guitars) and Jonny Heinz (bass) – in tow, the band is set to unleash their very first sacrificial offering to the masses, Initiation. The album brings forth the huge sound and exciting visuals fans experienced with the band’s debut offerings, plus an entire new trove of musical and lyrical elements. While no track is the replicant of another, they all weave a common thread of compelling essence that will have listeners clamoring to heed the word of DEATH DEALER UNION.

Pre-Order Initiation HERE:

Initiation track listing:
1. Initiation
2. The Vow of Silence
4. Ekphrasis
5. The Integument
6. Mythos
7. The Big Blue
8. Back To Me
9. The Downfall
10. Love Me When I’m Ugly
11. Anew
12. Beyond Heaven

Initiation kicks off with its instrumental title track, droning deeply into electronic flourishes and spine-tingling organs. The track flows into first album single “The Vow of Silence” – a fast-paced burner featuring aggressive verses and a catchy chorus that fully showcases the album’s immense production, once again helmed by Valentin Voluta. “ILL FATED” juxtaposes 80s-influenced clean guitars and sinister metallic riffs as Lena Scissorhands displays her dynamic trademark vocal delivery and introspective wordplay. Tracks such as “Ekphrasis” and “Mythos” – the latter boasting one of the album’s most heart-stopping guitar solos – are rife with chunky 90s heavy metal and even nu-metal-inspired riffage. “The Big Blue”, “Back To Me”, “The Downfall” and “Anew” dance with metal styles ranging from symphonic power to progressive, showcasing the band’s diverse macrocosm of musical skill, before potent, heavy ballad “Love Me When I’m Ugly” provides heartfelt lyrics and melodies. Initiation ends with “Beyond Heaven”, an opus of expansive harmonies and eerie embellishments, closing the album with its most theatrical cut.

Find your own power within DEATH DEALER UNION – your Initiation is only the beginning!

Initiation will be available in the following formats:
-1CD Digipak
-2LP Gatefold Purple – available only via Napalm Records Mail Order and DEATH DEALER UNION, limited to 300
-Digital Album

[2LP Gatefold Purple, limited to 300]


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VEXED Drops Visualizer Video for “Lay down your flowers” (feat. Lochie Keogh/Alpha Wolf)

Photo Credit: Andy Ford

Megan Targett – Vocals
Jay Bacon – Guitar
Willem Mason-Geraghty – Drums

UK Alt-Metal Act VEXED Drops Visualizer Video for “Lay down your flowers”, feat. Lochie Keogh/Alpha Wolf | Watch HERE!

Get Your Copy of The New Album, Negative Energy, NOW!

UK Tour Dates Announced!

After releasing their second beast of an album, Negative Energy, earlier this year, UK alt-metal outfit VEXED grace their fans with a new highlight, taken from their critically acclaimed offering. Today the band presents a visualizer video for the furious song “Lay down your flowers“. The track features special guest and Alpha Wolf vocalist Lochie Keogh and impresses with extreme vocals and bombarding drums.

As one of the hottest newcomers in alternative metal, VEXED have received great attention with recent Negative Energy and singles like “Anti-Fetish”. Amongst others, the track was aired on BBC’s Radio 1 Rock Show. On top of that, VEXED will bring Negative Energy to six intimate headline shows in the United Kingdom, starting October 10 in Glasgow this fall.

VEXED add:
“This tour is so special to us because it is proof that no matter how dark things may get, there are always better days ahead. We invite you to join us in our healing process, a cathartic and brutal celebration of how hitting rock bottom has saved us.”

Check out the visualizer video for “Lay down your flowers” HERE:

Megan Targett on “Lay down your flowers”:
“‘The boy who cried wolf’ is a story that we are all familiar with. ‘Lay down your flowers’ is based on the vindication of the people who have had to endure living their lives in constant fear and threat of tragedy.
Finding the courage to stand up to those who use your emotions and good nature to take advantage, and claiming back your sanity which was so manipulatively taken from you.”

Order the devastatingly heavy Negative Energy NOW:

1-LP Gatefold Baby Blue

Negative Energy Tracklisting:
2. Anti-Fetish
3. We don’t talk about it
4. X my <3 (Hope to die)
5. Panic attack
6. Lay down your flowers
7. There’s no place like home
8. Extremist
9. Default
10. Trauma Euphoria
11. It’s not the end
12. DMT
13. Nepotism

Negative Energy achieves pinnacle musicianship and gripping, profound and brave lyricism. Instead of opting for forced positivity like many of their contemporaries, the Hertfordshire three-piece channel every ounce of their current album into these 13 tracks – recharging themselves for an uphill battle. Negative Energy proves itself as a stunning, devastating musical conduit – ventilating the band’s pain-stricken burdens and breathing life into their fresh approach, delivered with a vengeance.

VEXED UK Headline Tour 2023:
10.10.2023 – Glasgow / Audio (
11.10.2023 – Leeds / The Key Club (
12.10.2023 – Cardiff / Fuel Rock Club (
13.10.2023 – Birmingham / Devils Dog (
14.10.2023 – Southampton / Suburbia (
15.10.2023– Cambridge / The Six Six (

VEXED online:
Napalm Records


Beginning in October – Tours Featuring CRADLE OF FILTH, DEVILDRIVER & MUSHROOMHEAD

Extreme metal icons CRADLE OF FILTH and groove metal pioneers DEVILDRIVER are primed to embark on the second leg of their “Double Trouble Live” co-headlining tour! The follow-up to the duo’s successful summer run in the states, “Double Trouble Live II” will kick off in Los Angeles, CA on October 4, making its way through 19 cities before ending in Riverside, CA on October 29.

Support acts rounding out the bill are Ill Niño, Black Satellite and Savage Existence. See below for a complete list of dates!

“Double Trouble Live II” – US Co-Headlining Tour
w/ Ill Niño, Black Satellite & Savage Existence

10/04/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco
10/05/23 – Tucson, AZ @ Encore
10/07/23 – San Antonio, TX @ Boeing Center at Tech Port
10/08/23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion
10/10/23 – Fayetteville, AR @ JJ’s Live
10/12/23 – Destin, FL @ Club LA
10/13/23 – Fort Myers, FL @ The Ranch
10/14/23 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room
10/15/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
10/17/23 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground – Charlotte
10/18/23 – Asheville, NC @ Salvage Station
10/20/23 – Harrisburg, PA @ HMAC
10/21/23 – New York, NY @ Palladium Times Square
10/22/23 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
10/24/23 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
10/25/23 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
10/26/23 – Wichita, KS @ TempleLive
10/27/23 – Lubbock, TX @ The Garden
10/29/23 – Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium



MUSHROOMHEAD are heading out on tour next month for a three-week headlining run in the states. Joining the band on this tour are Hellzapoppin, Kurt Deimer, and Fleischkrieg. The trek kicks off in Poughkeepsie, NY on October 6, and will conclude with a special Halloween show in Cleveland, OH on October 28.

A complete list of dates can be found below!

MUSHROOMHEAD – 2023 US Headline Tour
wsg. Hellzapoppin, Kurt Deimer, Fleischkrieg

10/6/2023 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/7/2023 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
10/8/2023 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10/10/2023 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
10/11/2023 – Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
10/13/2023 – Houston, TX @ Rise Event Center
10/14/2023 – Dallas, TX @ The Studio at The Factory
10/16/2023 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
10/17/2023 – St. Louis, MO @ Red Flag
10/18/2023 – Hobart, IN @ The Art Theater
10/19/2023 – Madison, WI @ The Annex
10/20/2023 – Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theater
10/21/2023 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
10/22/2023 – Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel Concert Lounge
10/24/2023 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Jergels
10/25/2023 – Leesburg, VA @ Tally Ho
10/26/2023 – Columbus, OH @ The King of Clubs
10/27/2023 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
10/28/2023 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater


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AETHER REALM Reveals New Single, “Should I?”, Featuring Soilwork’s Björn “Speed” Strid

Vincent “Jake” Jones – bass, vocals
Heinrich Arnold – guitar, vocals
Tyler Gresham – drums
Donny Burbage – guitar

photo credit: Bryce Chapman

AETHER REALM Reveals New Single, “Should I?”, Featuring Soilwork’s Björn “Speed” Strid

Listen/Watch the New Visualizer HERE
Stream/Download the Track HERE

UK Tour Supporting Nekrogoblikon and Cage Fight Begins September 13!

North Carolina melodic death metal leaders AETHER REALM will soon hit the road in the UK and Ireland with headliners Nekrogoblikon and fellow support artists Cage Fight! Today, in celebration of the upcoming tour, AETHER REALM have dropped an entirely brand new single, entitled “Should I?”, featuring none other than the iconic Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork/The Night Flight Orchestra).

The introspective new single follows acclaimed albums Tarot (2017) and Redneck Vikings From Hell (2020, #16 US Top New Artist Albums), and is chock full of epic bombast and undeniable groove, uniquely mixing melodic soundscapes with southern-fried metal riffage.

Frontman Vincent “Jake” Jones offers:
“‘Should I?’ is a song about doubt. Way back in 2020, right after we put out Redneck Vikings From Hell, AETHER REALM experienced a surge of new fans. However, this was coupled with an increase in the number of “anti-fans” – people that aren’t content to simply not enjoy our music, but feel a strong need to convince other people not to as well. You might call them “trolls” or “haters” or whatever. You know the type. We were also navigating the music industry for the first time – the world of labels and contracts and generally feeling like a small fish in a big pond.

I hadn’t really figured out how to deal with this transition. Some of it was getting under my skin, and I found myself doubting my choices and abilities. At the same time, the skeleton for a new track was coming together. I had been listening to a lot of Soilwork, and I think that showed in the songwriting. I definitely wrote the vocals with Soilwork‘s vocalist Björn Strid in mind but in a vague ‘wouldn’t it be cool if’ way. The lyrics spilled out naturally, taking the shape of the question I ask myself every time someone tells me I should be doing something different than what I’m doing. Heinrich and Donny laid down guitars for a working demo, and we picked it back up in 2023 and started polishing it up. Our boys in Wilderun had just done a tour with Soilwork, and a connection was made. I shot my shot with Björn, and a short time later he responded that he dug the track and would do it.

Tyler and I tracked drums, vocals, and bass with Kile Odell at Top Track Studios and No Heroes Studios respectively. I think it came out pretty great, but I’m sure I’ll hear someone tell me that I should write a different way. I think from now on I’ll probably get some catharsis out of just responding with ‘Should I?'”

Check Out “Should I?” HERE

See below for all AETHER REALM tour dates in the UK and Ireland supporting headliners Nekrogoblikon alongside Cage Fight!

AETHER REALM w/ Nekrogoblikon and Cage Fight:
13/9 – Dublin, IE @ Grand Social* [LOW TICKETS]
15/9 – Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse [SOLD OUT]
16/9 – Leeds, UK @ Key Club [LOW TICKETS]
17/9 – Southampton, UK @ Joiners [LOW TICKETS]
19/9 – Birmingham, UK @ Asylum
20/9 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City (Beta)
21/9 – Manchester, UK @ Rebellion
22/9 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
23/9 – London, UK @ Underworld [LOW TICKETS]
*No Cage Fight

Order Latest Album, Redneck Vikings From Hell, HERE!

With Redneck Vikings From Hell, AETHER REALM improves upon their already distinctive sound taking listeners on a stupefying rollercoaster ride of death metal, thrash and even neo-classical shred. In addition to being produced and mixed by Kile Odell (Motionless in White, Cane Hill), mastered by Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist, Scale The Summit) and featuring orchestration by Ben Turk of Gloryhammer, Redneck Vikings From Hell features a treasure trove of fantastic special musical guests, including guitarist/banjoist Wayne Ingram (Wilderun), guitarist Greg Burgess (Allegaeon), Eric W. Brown (Nekrogoblikon, Vale of Pnath, Swashbuckle, Rainbowdragoneyes) and vocalist Josh Rieke of YouTube fame. The album also features contributions from voice actress Erica Lindbeck (Final Fantasy VII remake), harpist Amy Turk (sister of Ben Turk), vocalist Michael Rumple (Ashen Idol, Flood District), vocalist Zach Williams (Dead Eyes) and returning AETHER REALM guest vocalist and sister of Vincent “Jake” Jones, Elly Jones.


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Finnish Melodic Death Metal Force BRYMIR Unveils Performance Music Video for “Seeds Of Downfall”

Viktor Gullichsen – Vocals
Joona Björkroth – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Sean Haslam – Guitars
Jarkko Niemi – Bass, Backing vocals
Patrik Fält – Drums

photo credit: Janica Lönn

Finnish Melodic Death Metal Force BRYMIR Unveils Performance Music Video for “Seeds Of Downfall” Watch HERE!

On Tour with Battle Beast this Fall!

Get Your Copy of the Latest Album, Voices In The Sky, NOW!

Melodic death metal outfit BRYMIR have released a new performance music video set to their bludgeoning track, “Seeds Of Downfall”, cut from the band’s stunning fourth full-length, Voices In The Sky, released via Napalm Records one year ago in August 2022! With more than a million Spotify streams on their biggest hits, over 100k YouTube views on their most popular music videos and a European tour with Finntroll and SKALMÖLDunder their belts, BRYMIR are at the top of the Finnish melodic death metal scene. Together with their peers in WOLFHEART and BEFORE THE DAWN, the five-piece is playing at legendary Tavastia Club in their hometown of Helsinki this autumn, before joining Battle Beast on tour, kicking off November 22 in Haarlem, NL.

“Seeds Of Downfall” is the most aggressive and gloomy track on Voices In The Sky, and it doesn’t lack anything in majestic arrangements – merging with heroic choirs, it represents the technical brilliance of the unit at its best. Check out the captivating official performance video below!

Viktor Gullichsen on “Seeds Of Downfall”:
“In honor of the first anniversary of our latest album, we present you with a music video for the song ‘Seeds of Downfall’. It’s a live video shot at the release show of Voices in the Sky at Tavastia, Helsinki. (when I still had some hair left on my head). Tavastia is one of our all-time favorite venues and watching this brings back many sweet memories from that exciting time we when finally got to show our new stuff to the world. Let’s wish our album a happy birthday and blast the heck out of our new video!”

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Shamanic Dark Folk Act NYTT LAND Unleashes Music Video for New Album Single “Huginn ok Muninn”

photo: Olga Gellert

Shamanic Dark Folk Act NYTT LAND Unleashes Music Video for Haunting New Single “Huginn ok Muninn”

Watch the New Music Video for “Huginn ok Muninn” HERE

New Album, Torem, Out October 6, 2023 via Napalm Records
Pre-Order HERE

October 6, 2023 sees Siberian dark folk duo, NYTT LAND – led by shamanic couple Natasha “Baba Yaga” and Anatoly Pakhalenko – release their ninth album epos, entitled Torem, via Napalm Records. Formed in 2013, NYTT LAND is one of the most captivating and haunting acts the dark folk music scene has to offer, and is highly recommended for fans of HEILUNG, WARDRUNA, and RUNAHILD.

Torem invites listeners into a mystic world of ancient percussive instrumentation and mesmerizing vocal spheres. The album, sung in old languages Khanty (Siberian Native Tribe) and Old Norse (Old Icelandic), will take you on a sonic experience and journey of the band’s new trilogy, dedicated to the three worlds in the cosmology of their land. NYTT LAND’sunique sound has always been inspired by the sound of Siberian nature – their musical roots are deeply connected with mythology, historic themes and ancient shamanic culture.

Following their previously-released first single “Nord”, today, the extraordinary duo lends the ravens a voice and premieres a new music video for the track “Huginn ok Muninn”!

Watch the New Music Video for “Huginn ok Muninn” HERE:

The band comments:
“This song-spell on Old Norse is about Huginn and Muninn – two ravens endowed with speech.
The role of Huginn and Muninn as messengers of the supreme God is connected with the tradition of shamanic practices and with the general symbolism of the northern peoples, depicting the raven as a source of hidden knowledge.

The lyrics and rhythm of the song are interpreted as the transcendental journey of a shaman who worries about whether he can return from this state.”

Torem was produced, recorded and mixed by NYTT LAND, with mastering by Anatoly Pakhalenko. With intelligent, captivating storytelling, haunting visuals and atmospheric, ambient yet massive melodies encapsulated by unique throat singing, meditative grooves and an otherworldly spirit of mythology and nature, NYTT LAND is about to deliver a surefire highlight of 2023!

Pre-Order Torem HERE!

Torem Tracklist:
1. Olenmet
2. Nord
3. Risu Raknar
4. Johem Ar
5. Manito
6. Huginn ok Muninn
7. Rise of Midgard
8. Torem
9. Iavel

Torem will be available in the following formats:
– 1CD Digipak
– 1LP Gatefold CLEAR
– T-Shirt + 1CD Digisleeve
– Digital

[1LP Gatefold CLEAR]

NYTT LAND online:

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POWERWOLF Makes History with the Use of Augmented Reality at a European Rock/Metal Festival

Attila Dorn – vocals
Falk Maria Schlegel – organ
Charles Greywolf – guitar
Matthew Greywolf – guitar
Roel van Helden – drums

POWERWOLF Makes History with the Use of Augmented Reality at a European Rock / Metal Festival

Headline Show at Summer Breeze Featured One of the Biggest Productions Ever | Watch the Full Show HERE

POWERWOLF set another milestone in their career, and live music as a whole, when they made history with the use of augmented reality at a live music festival in Europe during their headline set at Summer Breeze Festival in Germany! It was one of the biggest productions ever, during which POWERWOLF performed in front of tens of thousands of fans.

Together with ARTE Concert and the 0221 Mediaagentur, using technology used in video games, they created a monstrous wolf above the stage in real time during the set, visible by both fans on site, as well as devotees watching the livestream from all over the world. The wolf was visible four times during the set, during their hits “Incense & Iron”, “Amen & Attack”, “Beast Of Gévaudan” and “Resurrection By Erection”.

The show at Summer Breeze was yet another demonstration of power by POWERWOLF, who currently reign as Germany’s most actively successful artist right now. With the biggest pyro show of the festival, a mass of actors on stage, a huge fireworks display and a band in top form in front of the biggest crowd of the entire festival, the high priests of heavy metal have impressively underlined their status as the leading force in the genre!

Watch POWERWOLF’s Stunning Full Headline Show HERE:

Here are more impressions from the exceptional show:

POWERWOLF are undoubtedly one of the most celebrated and successful heavy metal bands of the last decade. Multiple #1 album chart entries, gold and platinum records, huge sold out arena shows, as well as headline slots at the biggest festivals have paved their way. In less than 20 years of band history, POWERWOLF have made it to the very highest league of heavy metal.

08.09.23 CZ – Havirov / Havirovske Slavnosti
31.10.23 DE – Dusseldorf / Mitsubishi Electric Hall
02.11.23 DE – Ravensburg / Oberschwabenhalle
03.11.23 DE – Bamberg / Brose Arena
04.11.23 NL – Den Bosch / The Rock Circus
05.11.23 DE – Leipzig / Quarterback Immobilien Arena

The story of POWERWOLF, beginning in 2004, reads like a true fairytale, but is the result of the efforts of one of the most innovative and entertaining live bands on the heavy metal planet. POWERWOLF have secured a remarkable collection of gold and platinum awards, starting in 2015, when they reached Gold status for the first time in the Czech Republic with their album, Blessed & Possessed. Additionally, both Preachers Of The Night (2013) and the subsequent masterpiece The Sacrament Of Sin (2018), as well as the groundbreaking streaming event The Monumental Mass: A Cinematic Metal Event (2022), entered the German album and DVD charts at #1 (a massive achievement for an audio-visual release). The thrilling DVD, The Metal Mass, (2016) also secured the #1 spot on the German DVD charts. Most recently, the new studio album, Call Of The Wild, entered the album charts at #2 (and staying for 16 weeks in the charts) while the hit single “Dancing With The Dead” went gold and platinum. The Best Of album, Best Of The Blessed, released in 2020, also successfully entered the German charts at #2, while the in-between album Interludium climbed on #3.

POWERWOLF achieved massive success as they headlined large venues with their phenomenal stage performances on the almost completely sold out Wolfsnächte headline tours (2019 & 2022), as well as numerous summer festival shows in which crowds were thrilled and completely captivated by the wolves and their unique, (un)holy metal mass. Beyond many others, they’ve also headlined Wacken, Masters Of Rock, Summer Breeze – all massive live successes. After the huge success of the recent Summer Breeze headline show, the whole world is completely under the sign of the wolfpack once again!



CRYPTA to Embark on First US Headline Tour, Beginning January 2024

Photo Credit: Estevam Romera

Fernanda Lira – bass, vocals
Jéssica di Falchi – guitar
Tainá Bergamaschi – guitar
Luana Dametto – drums

Death Metal Quartet CRYPTA Announces First US Headlining Tour
Shades Of Sorrow Over North America 2024

Beginning January 27, 2024 in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Tickets On Sale Now!

Latest Album, Shades of Sorrow, Out Now via Napalm Records
Order HERE

World-renowned Brazilian death metal unit CRYPTA are thrilled to announce their first ever US headlining tour! The “Shades Of Sorrow Over North America 2024” tour kicks off in San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 27, visiting several major cities along the central and western United States before coming to an end on March 2 in Seattle, WA.

Tickets are on sale now! Check local venues and the band’s official website for tickets and more information.

CRYPTA offers:
“We are so happy to be back in the US! Since we were confirmed for 70000 Tons, we thought it would be a good idea to be back in the US to mainly cover territories we haven’t been to yet on our previous run there, so it’s gonna be awesome to reach fans who haven’t had the chance to watch us yet in the states we’re visiting for the first time. Also, bringing the new album setup on a first ever headlining tour around there is gonna be extra special for us!”

CRYPTA North American Headline Tour Dates

01/27/24: San Juan, Puerto Rico @ La Respuesta
01/29/24 – 02/2/24 Miami, FL @ 70,000 Tons Of Metal
02/03/24: Orlando, FL @ Conduit
02/04/24: Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
02/06/24: Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
02/07/24: Greensboro, NC @ Hangar 1819
02/08/24: Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
02/09/24: Covington, KY @ Madison Live
02/10/24: USA – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
02/11/24: Atlanta, GA @ Boggs Social & Supply
02/12/24: Nashville, TN @ Drkmttr
02/14/24: Fayetteville, AR @ Majestic Lounge
02/15/24: Houston, TX @ Rise Rooftop
02/16/24: Dallas, TX @ Trees
02/17/24: Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
02/19/24: El Paso, TX @ RockHouse Bar & Grill
02/20/24: Alburquerque, NM @ Launchpad
02/21/24: Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
02/23/24: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
02/24/24: Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky a Go Go
02/25/24: Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar & Billiards
02/27/24: Sacramento, CA @ The Starlet Room
03/01/24: Portland, OR @ Dante’s
03/02/24: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

CRYPTA recently released their sophomore record Shades of Sorrow via Napalm Records. Impressively, the album debuted at #5 on the US Top New Artist Albums Chart, #7 on the US Current Hard Music Albums Chart, #4 on the Canadian Hard Music Albums Chart, #17 on the UK Official Rock & Metal Album Charts, #23 on the Official German Album Charts, and landed at more top positions on charts around the world!

The band presents the very best of their technical ability and songwriting skills on this 13-track onslaught. Formed in 2019 by former NERVOSAmembers Luana Dametto (drums) and Fernanda Lira (vocals), and now featuring guitarists Tainá Bergamaschi and Jessica di Falchi, CRYPTA once again stay true to the unique sound introduced on their first full-length, blending classic and modern death metal with significant extreme and black metal elements. Shades of Sorrow was recorded at Family Mob Studio, mixed by Daniel Bergstrand at 33 Stockholm, Sweden and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio.

With millions of video views and performances at the famous Wacken Open Air among other premium festivals, and a recent US tour supporting Morbid Angel and Revocation, the band will add another highlight when supporting Ghost at two shows later this year.

CRYPTA opening for Ghost:
09/20/23: BR – São Paulo @ Espaço Unimed
09/21/23: BR – São Paulo @ Espaço Unimed

Order Shades of Sorrow HERE:

Shades of Sorrow tracklisting:
1 The Aftermath
2 Dark Clouds
3 Poisonous Apathy
4 The Outsider
5 Stronghold
6 The Other Side of Anger
7 The Limbo
8 Trial of Traitors
9 Lullaby for the Forsaken
10 Agents of Ch1aos
11 Lift the Blindfold
12 Lord of Ruins
13 The Closure

Shades of Sorrow will be available in the following formats:
Deluxe Wooden Box Set (incl. 1 CD Digisleeve, Pendant, Guitar Pick, Shaped Woven Patch, Flag) – ltd. to 500 copies worldwide
1 LP Gatefold SPLATTER RED YELLOW BLACK (incl. Slipmat) – ltd. to 500 copies worldwide
1 LP Gatefold SUN YELLOW – ltd. to 400 copies worldwide
Music Cassette (BLACK w/ Gold print) – ltd. to 200 copies worldwide
1 CD Digisleeve + T-Shirt bundle
1 CD Digisleeve
Digital Album

1 LP Gatefold SPLATTER RED YELLOW BLACK (incl. Slipmat) – ltd. to 500 copies worldwide

CRYPTA online:
Napalm Records

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30 Plus NEW Napalm Records Metal Titles Arriving Next Week on Thunderflix!

Hey Metalheads,

Get ready for a METAL STORM on Thunderflix! Brace yourselves for an onslaught of 30+ NEW Napalm Records titles hitting our platform next week.

Whether you’re into brutal power or melodic mastery, we’re about to redefine your metal playlist.

Stay tuned for the ultimate metal feast, exclusively on Thunderflix.

Horns up,

The Thunderflix Team

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Icelandic Viking Metal Masters SKÁLMÖLD Unveil Album Title Track “Ýdalir” + Performance Video

Photo Credit: Íris Dögg Einarsdóttir

Baldur Ragnarsson – Guitar, vocals
Björgvin Sigurðsson – Lead vocals, guitar
Gunnar Ben – Keyboard, vocals, oboe
Jón Geir Jóhannsson – Drums, vocals
Snæbjörn Ragnarsson – Bass, vocals
Þráinn Árni Baldvinsson – Lead guitar, vocals

Icelandic Viking Metal Masters SKÁLMÖLD Unveil Album Title Track “Ýdalir” + Performance Video | Watch HERE!

New Studio Album, Ýdalir, out this Friday August 18, 2023 via Napalm Records | Pre-Order NOW!

SKÁLMÖLD are back and hungry! With ÝDALIR, the sextet retells an old saga in a new way that likely no one has heard before.” – Metal Hammer Germany

“Extreme and very intense” – Rock Hard Italy

“On Ýdalir, they sound more serious and mystical than ever without losing the fun.”

Just in time for the release of their highly anticipated upcoming album, Ýdalir, Viking metal icons SKÁLMÖLDunleash their infectious title track, “Ýdalir”, together with a gripping official performance video. Through a collection of awe-inspiring songs, guided by the threads of fate spun by Urður, Verðandi, and Skuld, experience a captivating narrative that blurs the boundaries of reality and myth on the band’s upcoming full-length album, Ýdalir, out this Friday, August 18, 2023 via Napalm Records.

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of “Ýdalir”, a haven nestled amidst lush valleys filled with yew trees. A galloping rhythm and melodic riffs dominate the title track while a fight of growls and screams represent the darkness of Níðhöggur, threatening to destroy the tranquil existence.

Releasing their first record in five years, SKÁLMÖLD have returned with furious sets – such as their performance at Wacken Open Air (which even the President of Iceland himself made a point of attending) and their upcoming show at Summer Breeze.

Björgvin Sigurðsson on “Ýdalir”:
“The third single we present to you from our upcoming album is the title track, ‘ÝDALIR’. Here we get to know a little about ULLUR and his home in ÝDALIR, and are introduced to the horrors he and his folk must face.

Two things I would like to mention regarding this song are, first, the majority of the song was written by our drummer, Jón Geir. He has written riffs and melodies before, but this is the first time he presents to us what became the backbone of a song. The opening riff and verse are very straight forward and menacing and you can sense the danger ULLUR and his folk are facing. And then comes the melody in the chorus. Such a strong melody which could have easily been written in 1988 and recorded for Seventh Son, if you ask me.

Second, we have to talk about the guitar solo. Þráinn is such a monster when it comes to guitar solos and has done some fantastic solos for us in the past. But here he gives us what might be his best guitar solo to date. Good stuff.

So, ÝDALIR is a song that we are very proud to present to you and I can see this song becoming a constant in our live set for years to come. And now we just have to wait a few more days until you can enjoy the album as a whole. It´s gonna be a blast.

Watch the performance video for “Ýdalir” HERE:

Icelandic Viking metal giants worship the heritage of Norse mythology!

Starting off with soothing opener “Ýr”, gentle acoustic guitar and organs are the calm before the storm. Catapulted to a dwelling owned by the god Ullur, the unsettled “Ýdalir” builds with its hypnotizing guitar rhythms and galloping drum sounds, building a solid ground for ominous and dark growls. Based on Norse mythology, the sister “Skuld” makes up a trio of Norns, responsible for deciding the fate of people. Remarkable clean tenor vocals guide through the mystic mood, breaking up the heavy horizon with a fast-paced guitar solo and underlined by eerie bass lines. Closing the album, the stunning ten-minute track “Ullur”invites the listener into a colorful journey of melodic folk metal. Accompanied by roaring fire, the lyrics conform to some of the Old Norse poetic forms and create a magnificent interaction of oboe and keyboard elements, while the catchy guitar riff rises dramatically with the more eerie-like harmonies, providing a cinematic, epic ending. With Ýdalir, SKÁLMÖLDshowcases a blend of both ancient and modernized cultural heritage, and connects precious sagas with thrilling black metal elements while folk metal melodies give them an enigmatic touch.

Pre-Order Ýdalir HERE:

Ýdalir Tracklist:
1 Ýr
2 Ýdalir
3 Urður
4 Ratatoskur
5 Verðandi
6 Veðurfölnir
7 Skuld
8 Níðhöggur
9 Ullur

Ýdalir will be available in the following formats:
2-LP Gatefold Splatter White/Blue
1-CD Digipak with Sleeve + Shirt Bundle
T-Shirt – Cover Artwork
Digital Album

2-LP Gatefold Splatter White/Blue]

Experience SKÁLMÖLD live 2023:

Festival Shows:
17.08.23 CZ – Moravsky Krumlov / Rock Castle
18.08.23 DE – Dinkelsbühl / Summer Breeze
22.-24.09.23 NO – Oslo / DE – Kiel / Full Metal Cruise

Iceland Shows:
15.09.23 IS – Reykjavík, Háskólabíó
16.09.23 IS – Akureyri, Hof

Ýdalir European Tour 2023:
w/ Metsatöll & Atavistia

13.10.23 DK – Copenhagen / Lille Vega
14.10.23 DE – Hamburg / Headcrash
15.10.23 DE – Trier / Mergener Hof
16.10.23 DE – Cologne / Gebäude 9
17.10.23 FR – Paris / Backstage O’Sullivan
18.10.23 CH – Monthey / Pont Rouge
19.10.23 CH – Solothurn / Kofmehl Raumbar
20.10.23 FR – Sélestat / Rock Your Brain Festival
21.10.23 DE – Mannheim / MS Connexion
22.10.23 DE – Munich / Backstage
23.10.23 AT – Vienna / Szene
24.10.23 AT – Graz / Explosiv
25.10.23 HU – Budapest / Analog Music Hall
26.10.23 SK – Kosice / Collosseum
27.10.23 PL – Bielsko-Biala / Rude Boy
28.10.23 PL – Lublin / Studio

SKÁLMÖLD online:


DRAGONFORCE Announces North American Headline Tour. Signs Worldwide Contract with Napalm Records!

Photo Credit: Travis Shinn

Herman Li – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Sam Totman – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Marc Hudson – Vocals
Alicia Vigil – Bass, Backing Vocals
Gee Anzalone – Drums, Backing Vocals

Napalm Records is proud to announce the signing of the world’s fastest band – GRAMMY nominated power metal legends DRAGONFORCE! Formed in 1999, the London, UK based unit has captivated audiences worldwide with their highly successful records and iconic singles, including the platinum-selling anthem “Through the Fire and Flames.” Renowned for their epic compositions, DRAGONFORCE‘s signature lies in their masterful and lightning-fast guitar solos, brilliantly crafted by the virtuosic duo of Herman Li and Sam Totman. Comprising vocalist Marc Hudson, bassist Alicia Vigil, and drummer Gee Anzalone, the five-piece ensemble draws inspiration from a myriad of heavy metal styles, fantasy realms, and video games, blending 80’s rock influences with infectious sing-along choruses and uplifting melodies.

Together with today’s signing announcement, and with their most ambitious album on the horizon, DRAGONFORCE is excited to announce the North American headline leg of a colossal world tour that promises to be their most exhilarating to date! Featuring special guests Amaranthe with additional support from Napalm Records labelmates NanowaR of Steel, as well as Edge of Paradise, the tour will begin on October 20, 2023 in Mesa, AZ. After visiting many major cities across the US and Canada, the tour will culminate in a grand finale in Los Angeles, CA on November 19. DRAGONFORCEpromises to take their unique stage production to new heights, presenting a fresh setlist that includes new tracks, songs not played for a long time and beloved classics.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 11, 2023 at 10:00AM local time. To secure your spot, visit for ticket options and limited VIP upgrades.

In the meantime, European fans can catch the band’s energetic live performance at their remaining summer festival shows at Leyendas del Rock and Summer Breeze Open Air.

Stay tuned for news on upcoming releases from DRAGONFORCE!

DRAGONFORCE frontman Herman Li on the signing:
“We are absolutely thrilled to join forces with Napalm Records, a true powerhouse in the metal music universe! This marks the beginning of an epic new chapter for DragonForce, and we’re eager to see what our collaboration will bring to our fans around the world!”

Napalm Records Managing Director Thomas Caser adds:
“It’s an absolute honor to team up with the mighty DRAGONFORCE and announce this signing today. Their speed, sound and hooks are undeniably legendary along with their captivating and unique concepts! We look forward to getting their new music out to the world!”

Herman Li adds on the tour:
“We’re really looking forward to touring in the US and Canada again. We’ve prepared a new setlist with some brand new songs that we’ll be releasing before the tour begins. Alongside these, we’ll also be playing some older songs that haven’t been in our setlist for a long time, as well as some classic favorites that are a must. It’s shaping up to be a fantastic tour!”

Watch the Official Tour Trailer HERE!

Experience DRAGONFORCE Live in 2023:

Festival Shows
Aug 11 – Spain, Villena – Leyendas del Rock 2023
Aug 19 – Germany, Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze Open Air 2023

North American Tour 2023
w/ Amaranthe, NanowaR of Steel + Edge of Paradise
Oct 20 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater*
Oct 21 – Albuquerque, NM – Revel*
Oct 23 – Austin, TX – Empire Garage
Oct 24 – Dallas, TX – The Granada
Oct 25 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Oct 27 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
Oct 28 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Oct 30 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – Heaven
Oct 31 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
Nov 01 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Nov 03 – New York, NY – Palladium Time Square
Nov 04 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Nov 05 – Montreal, QC – MTelus
Nov 06 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Nov 08 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
Nov 09 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic
Nov 10 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Nov 11 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Nov 12 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
Nov 14 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Nov 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Nov 16 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Nov 18 – Berkeley, CA – UC Theater
Nov 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
* no NanowaR of Steel


Herman Li online:

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MOONSPELL Announces “The Antidote” Reissue!

Photo: Paulo Moreira / Naked Photography

Fernando Ribeiro – Vocals
Ricardo Amorim – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Pedro Paixão – Keys, Guitar
Aires Pereira – Bass
Hugo Ribeiro – Drums

MOONSPELL Celebrates 20th Anniversary of The Antidote
– To be Reissued via Napalm Records on September 29, 2023!

Pre-Order HERE

“The beauty of horror, the horror of beauty.”

Originally released by Century Media back in 2003, The Antidote is yet another MOONSPELL album that drifted off the paths of the trendy symphonic metal that dominated the scene at the time. It’s a record that laughed at the softening powers in power metal that began poisoning the scene 20 years ago. Thus… it has been, again, misunderstood by the fans and the press alike.

That didn’t stop The Antidote from becoming a long ago out of print, sold-out record and an unnamed classic in its own right. To properly celebrate its two decades of life, The Antidote will be re-released via Napalm Records on September 29, 2023, under exclusive licensing from Century Media! Exactly 20 years after its original release, MOONSPELL will once again bring you the fear and the intimidation of an album inspired by what we dread: our darkest dreams and bleak crossroads. It’s a tribal, ritualistic album, devoid of the plastic, business-like beauty of what became gothic metal along the way.

An album that is also a book by Jose Luis Peixoto, one of Portugal’s most celebrated authors, and that opens traps beneath your feet and holes within your mind – a work that is not for the faint of heart.

Here’s your second chance to own it and to claim the consternation inside of you. The Antidote, in its cup, is yours to take – if only you could dare…

The Antidote will be available in CD Digipak, LP Gatefold Vinyl editions and a highly collectable, limited Deluxe Earbook.

Pre-order this must-have MOONSPELL classic HERE!

The Antidote track listing:
1. In and Above Men
2. From Lowering Skies
3. Everything Invaded
4. The Southern Deathstyle
5. Antidote
6. Capricorn at Her Feet
7. Lunar Still
8. A Walk on the Darkside
9. Crystal Gazing
10. As we Eternally Sleep on it

August 10, 2023 (CZ) Brutal Assault
August 11, 2023 (ROM) Bucovina Motorfest
August 25, 2023 (PT) Milagre Metaleiro