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Italian Dark Goth Metallers DISMAL’S New Album “Via Entis” OUT NOW!

Line-up:
Caterina Accorsi – Voice
Bradac – Piano, synt, bass, orchestration, percussion and lyrics.
Daniele Porfido – 8 strings, e.guitar and classic guitar
Cécile Delzant – violin

The 8th Album from the Italian Dark Gothic Masters DISMAL,Via Entis will be released on January 27th 2023 via Aural Music. The album is a mix of magical and theatrical atmospheres; a concept album in the form of musical and gothic fairy tales.About DISMAL:

DISMAL is an Italian artistic and musical project formed in 1995. The first year was dedicated to experimenting with the new musical style, aiming at originality. Love for music and alchemy became a need for expression and Our Sad Saga was their debut demo in 1996, which was printed on CD and considered a great novelty in the European underground scene. Our Sad Saga contained doom and black metal sounds, approaching the nascent gothic metal genre.

The first full-length album was released in November 1998 via Pagan Moon Records (Audioglobe distribution), titled Fiaba Lacrimevole – Like A Red Bleeding Rose In A Glacial Desert. This album was an immediate success and soon it became a top selling album for the label. In September, 2002 DISMAL signed a long-term deal with Dreamcell11, a division of Aural Music Group, to promote the band artistically and commercially. By the end of 2002 the band entered the Gulp Studio by Marco Calliari (sound engineering of Subsonica) to record their second CD titled Rubino Liquido – Three Scarlet Drops… using a 12-element orchestra.

Miele Dal Salice is the third album released in 2006, the band dedicated a lot of time to this record, full of bizarre and intense tones, characterized by gothic-bohemian and neofolk shades. In this new album, the band has collaborated with ROSSANA LANDI, solo singer and double bass player. After a short but intense tour in Germany and Italy, protagonists of important festivals like the Wave Gothic Treffen in Leipzig and Berlin, DISMAL took a break and Afelio (guitarist and male vocalist) left the band due to personal reasons.

After this very long break, the band decided to enter the studio at the Punto Rec Studios with Fabrizio Argiolas (sound engineer) in 2013 to record the new album Giostra di Vapore. In this work, the band has created a new sound dimension fusing electronic sound with classical music, modern and antique meet together for a sound inspired by steampunk and the industrial revolution. The lyrics of Giostra di Vapore are always focused on topics like social psychology, alchemy and more spiritual themes. They released 6 video clips and participated in some live and big neofolk and steampunk festivals.

DISMAL in 2019 began the composition of their fifth new concept-album Quinta Essentia, concluding the recording in July 2020 at Gulp Studio with Marco Calliari (sound engineer). The band claims to have combined all their previous work, keeping their signature Gothic and theatrical sound constant.

Via Entis represents the new parallel path, made with a higher musical and cultural awareness: starting precisely from the Middle Ages and its atmospheres.

TRACKLIST:
I – RETURN TO THE EMERALD FOREST
II – WHITE ELIXIR & RED ELIXIR
III – ALL IS ONE
IV – THE ALCHEMIST AT THE KING’S COURT
V – THE GATHERING OF THE DEW
VI – THE REIGN OF UTOPIA
VII – HISTORY TO UNLOCK

Discography:
“Our Sad Saga” – (Demo– CD 1996)
“Fiaba Lacrimevole” – (Pagan Moon LP – 1998)
“Dionisiaca” – (Beyond…prod – MCD – 2001)
“Rubino Liquido – Three Scarlet Drops” – (DreamCell11/Aural Music – CD – 2004) “Miele Dal Salice” – (DreamCell11/Aural Music – CD – 2007)
“Giostra di Vapore” – (DreamCell11/Aural Music – CD – 2013)
“Quinta Essentia” – (DreamCell11/Aural Music – CD/LP/box – 2020)
„Via Entis“ – (dreamcell11/Aural Music – CD/LP – 2023)

Biography: Dismal is an Italian artistic and musical project formed in 1995. The first year was dedicated to experimenting with the new musical style, aiming at originality. Love for music and alchemy become a need for expression and “Our Sad Saga” is the debut demo tape in 1 996, which is printed on CD and considered a great novelty in the European underground scene; “Our Sad Saga” contained doom and black metal sounds, approaching the nascent gothic metal genre. The first album was released in November 1998 for Pagan Moon Records (Audioglobe distribution), titled “Fiaba Lacrimevole – like a red bleeding rose in a glacial desert”. This album was an immediate success and soon it became a top selling album for the Label. In September 2002 Dismal signed a long-term deal with Dreamcell11, a division of Aural Music Group, to promote the band artistically and commercially. Within the end of 2002 the band entered the Gulp Studio by Marco Calliari (sound engineering of Subsonica) to record their se cond CD titled “Rubino Liquido – Three Scarlet Drops…” using a 12-elements orchestra. Described as a mix of claustrophobic and essential drum parts, waltz and tango mixed with baroque and orchestral sound. “Miele Dal Salice” is the third album released in 2006, the band dedicated a lot of time to this record, full of bizarre and intense tones, characterized by gothic-bohemian and neofolk shades. In this new album, the band has collaborated with Rossana Landi, solo singer and double bass player. After a short but intense touring in Germany and Italy, protagonists of important festivals like the Wave Gothic Treffen in Leipzig and Berlin, Dismal take a break and Afelio (guitarist and male vocalist) left the band due to personal reasons. After this very long break, the band decided to enter the studio at the Punto Rec Studios by Fabrizio Argiolas (sound engineer) in 2013 to record the new album “Giostra di Vapore”. In this work, the band has created a new sound dimension fusing electronic sound with classical music, modern and antique meet together for a sound inspired by steampunk and the industrial revolution. The lyrics of “Giostra di Vapore” are always focused on topics like social psychology, alchemy and more spiritual themes. They released 6 video clips and participated in some live and big neofolk and steampunk festivals. Dismal in 2019 begins the composition of their fifth new concept-album “Quinta Essentia”, concluding the recording in July 2020 at Gulp Studio by Marco Calliari (sound engineer). The band claims to have combined all their previous work, keeping their signature Gothic and theatrical sound constant. With “Quinta Essentia” is made an animated video clip about the song “Hermes the Thrice-Greatest”; Moreover, a rich limited-edition boxset was made to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the band. In February 2022, with the new singer Caterina Accorsi (professional jazz singer), Dismal entered the studio at Gulp Studio to record the new album “Via Entis”, a return to the past, where they join to relive the path of the beginnings.
“Via Entis” could represent the new parallel path, made with a higher musical and cultural awareness: starting precisely from the Middle Ages and its atmospheres. – www.dismal.eu –

DISMAL,Via Entis Online
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https://www.instagram.com/dismal_the_waltz_of_mind/
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Watch The Stunning New Video From THE WOLVES OF AVALON The Shining Company Off Their New Album Y Gododdin

In late November of last year The Wolves Of Avalon released their latest album, Y Gododdin, a thrilling ride acorss the battlefields of ancient Britain. One of the album’s standout tracks is ‘The Shining Company‘, which features guest appearances from Thurios of Drudkh and Nico Millar of Aklash.The band have now released a stunning video to accompany the song, blending band performance with breathtaking images of winter forests and evocations of battle. Step back into the past and join ‘The Shining Company’ here:

The Wolves Of Avalon’s Y Gododdin album is available now from Godreah Records and has been showered with plaudits by the music press…
“… a beautifully tailored composition. Faultless.” – ROCK QUEEN REVIEWS
“… power and intensity but still maintains a sweeping melancholy throughout…” – MOSHVILLE TIMES
“… a true work of art.” – UBER ROCK

Visit The Wolves Of Avalon on Facebook
Enter the realm of the Wolves here
Find more information on The Wolves Of Avalon here
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DEMONSTEALER: Indian metal icon streams new track ft. Kataklysm, Ne Obliviscaris members; ‘The Propaganda Machine’ LP out March via Black Lion Records

Demonstealer, India’s premier metal musician Sahil Makhija’s (of Demonic Resurrection) solo venture, is streaming “Monolith of Hate,” the first single from his upcoming fourth album, The Propaganda Machine, out 31st March via Sweden’s Black Lion Records digitally and physically (CD, cassette, and vinyl). The track features Anabelle Iratni (Veile, ex-Cradle of Filth) on keys, Hannes Grossmann (Alkaloid, Triptykon, Blotted Science) on drums, and Dominic ‘Forest’ Lapointe (First Fragment, Augury, BARF) on bass.

Speaking of “Monolith of Hate,” Anabelle Iratni comments:“There’s a beautiful duality in this track, as often seen in the human condition. It was a very natural process writing the keyboard parts, they lend themselves well to the umbra throughout.”

States Demonstealer: “Musically this is one of the fastest songs on the album and yet also the most melodic. Lyrically the song talks about the current state of the world and how hateful the world is. The political and social divide, the hate in particular. I live in India which, like most countries, is experiencing a wave of hate. It’s always politicians and religious leaders riling up hate against minorities. We’re being consumed by it and everyday we see horrific news and crimes. In India, ever since the right-wing Hindu nationalist party came into power, there has been a surge in crimes against minorities, there have been attacks on students, journalists and activists being jailed and so on. They have employed hundreds of people into their IT cell and their only job is to spread propaganda and hate online. Not even Bollywood is spared. It’s a real sh*t show and this song is a reflection of the hate we are seeing in the world today.”

The single “Monolith of Hate” is now available on all digital/streaming media.

Watch the Playthrough Video:

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Watch the Visualizer:

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PRE-ORDER The Propaganda Machine on CD/cassette/vinyl/digital HERE or HERE (includes PRE-SAVE on digital platforms).

Black Lion Records is also issuing the back catalog of Demonstealer; PRE-ORDER them on CD/Digital RIGHT HERE.

Featuring a stellar line-up of metal musicians across the globe, The Propaganda Machine is another chapter in the story of one of heavy music’s most tenacious underground legends. The album is a brilliantly wicked 40-minute ride featuring the likes of Hannes Grossmann (AlkaloidTriptykonBlotted Science), Martino Garattoni (Ne ObliviscarisAncient Bards), and KenBedene (Aborted). Technical symphonic death metal at its finest — no-holds-barred, full-throttle heaviness. Relentless in its brutality, triumphant in its melodies. Vocally the album is also hard-hitting, marking a lyrical turn to reality and escape from fantasy — an eviscerating take on the polarised world today, and a record that fully speaks truth to power.

The Propaganda Machine was Mixed and Mastered at Hertz Studio in Poland; Artwork by Daemorph Art.

Track Listing:
1. The Fear Campaign
(Hannes Grossmann, Dominic ‘Forest’ Lapointe, Anabelle Iratni & Dean Paul Arnold)
2. Monolith of Hate
(James Payne, Martino Garattoni & Anabelle Iratni)
3. The Propaganda Machine
(Ken Bedene, Stian Gundersen & Anabelle Iratni)
4. The Art of Disinformation
(Sebastian Lanser, Kilian Duarte, Alex Baillie & Anabelle Iratni)
5. Screams of Those Dying 
(Hannes Grossmann, Dominic ‘Forest’ Lapointe & Anabelle Iratni)
6. The Great Dictator 
(James Payne, Martino Garattoni & Anabelle Iratni)
7. The Anti-National 
(Sebastian Lanser, Kilian Duarte & Anabelle Iratni)
8. Crushing the Iron Fist 
(Ken Bedene, Stian Gundersen, Sanjay Kumar & Anabelle Iratni)


Sahil Makhija, better known as Demonstealer, has long been one of the pillars of the heavy metal scene in India. From being at the vanguard of a fledgling metal scene to becoming one of its most visible and respected proponents today, Demonstealer is integral to the growth of the Indian metal community.

In 2000, Demonstealer formed Demonic Resurrection, one of India’s best-known and biggest metal bands. Over the last two decades the band has become one of the most recognizable faces of Indian metal, nationally and internationally. Also in 2000, he established India’s first recording studio dedicated solely to metal — a home to all of the country’s top metal bands.

Five years later, he launched Demonstealer Records — India’s first metal record label. The label included the best in India’s burgeoning metal scene on its roster and licensed internationally renowned acts, including Behemoth and Dimmu Borgir. Demonstealer also founded and ran Resurrection Festival, alongside Demonic Resurrection bassist Husain Bandukwala. For years it was India’s only dedicated extreme metal festival. Needless to say, Demonstealer’s impact on the national scene cannot be overstated.

Aside from the success of Demonic Resurrection (5 studio albums, Metal Hammer Golden God award, multiple tours and festivals across the UK and Europe), Demonstealer’s solo career is notable. From his debut album And Chaos Will Reign (2008) to 2021’s The Holocene Termination, Sahil has been blazing a thunderous solo trail.

Demonstealer is:
Sahil Makhija – vocals, guitars

Demonstealer:
https://linktr.ee/demonstealer
https://www.facebook.com/DemonstealerOfficial
https://www.instagram.com/demonstealer
https://twitter.com/thedemonstealer
https://demonstealer.bandcamp.com
https://www.youtube.com/demonstealer

Read Metal Lairs Interview With DEMONSTEALER Here:

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ENTERPRISE EARTH Issues “The World Without Us” Video/Single; European Tour With Shadow Of Intent Underway

Photo by Chris Klumpp

Progressive deathcore summoners ENTERPRISE EARTH today unveil their latest single, “The World Without Us.” The staggering hymn follows the band’s “Death Magick” single, released earlier this month.

Elaborates ENTERPRISE EARTH guitarist Gabe Mangold, “‘The World Without Us’ is intended to follow directly after the ending of ‘Death Magick.’ There’s also an obvious juxtaposition between the two songs, which is also intended. When it comes to our music, we have always enjoyed being a multidimensional band and don’t like to limit ourselves to one sound. With “The World Without Us” being more melodic, uplifting yet energetic, and progressive compared to the sheer intensity and aggression found in ‘Death Magick,’ we feel that together these two songs capture a broad range of what we offer musically. Enjoy!”

View the band’s previously released video for “Death Magick” at THIS LOCATION.

The release of “The World Without Us” and its companion track “Death Magick” comes in conjunction with ENTERPRISE EARTH’s European tour supporting Shadow Of Intent, currently underway. The Elegy Tour kicked off January 6th in Wiesbaden, Germany and runs through February 1st in Karlsruhe, Germany. Additional support is being provided by AngelMaker and To The Grave. See all confirmed dates below.

ENTERPRISE EARTH w/ Shadow Of Intent, AngelMaker, To The Grave [remaining dates]:
1/27/2023 Bahnhof Pauli – Hamburg, DE
1/28/2023 High 5ive Winter Fest – Johanneshov, SE
1/29/2023 Hotel Cecil – Indre By, DK
1/30/2023 Hole44 – Berlin, DE
1/31/2023 Z-Bau – House of Contemporary Culture – Nürnberg, DE
2/01/2023 Die Stadtmitte – Karlsruhe, DE

ENTERPRISE EARTH’s most recent full-length, The Chosen, was released last January via MNRK Heavy. Adored by fans and critics alike, Blabbermouth championed a record that’s “huge and definitive,” MetalSucks lauded “the most vicious, the most technical, and… the catchiest offering in the band’s already-impressive repertoire,” while New Transcendence commended, “the most memorable ENTERPRISE EARTH release to date.” The Chosen continues to astound listeners both Stateside and abroad.

The Chosen is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find ordering options at THIS LOCATION where the record can be streamed in full.

Stream the instrumental version of The Chosen HERE.

View the band’s video for “Psalm Of Agony,” the first track to feature new singer Travis Worland (Aethere, Bite//Down, The Willow), as well as videos for “You Couldn’t Save Me,” “Where Dreams Are Broken,” “Reanimate // Disintegrate,” “Legends Never Die,” and a variety of visualizers and playthroughs from The Chosenand beyond at the ENTERPRISE EARTH YouTube channel HERE.

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Symphonic Metal Wonder BELLE MORTE Release “Exorcism” Ft. Ulziisaikhan Horoldamba Single & Video

Line up
Belle Morte – vocalist, lyric/music author
Sergey Butovsky – bass guitar, arrangements, sound producing
Maria Shumanskaya – keyboards
Ilya Rogovoy – guitars
Ilya Petrashkevich – guitars
Rostislav Golubnichiy – drums


When a piece of music crosses my path that sounds like this, I get chills which some researchers have dubbed ‘skin orgasm’ and excitement builds. Thats when inspiration hits me to write a review. Exorcism is in the category of symphonic metal but its more of an auditory vacation! This song is opulent, and beautifully layered with exquisite Eastern inspired soundscapes.

As the intro begins, the curtain falls and your journey commences. Vibrations from the strings transmit and reverberate in waves producing rich, brilliant tones. The bands stunning rendition of Exorcism shows off their artistic talents in many ways.

Belle’s smooth vocals are the perfect accompaniment for the symphonic excursion into lands far away. She serenades the audience with melancholy and danger. You can hear the melodrama of the lyrics enacted in her vocal performance which is no easy feat.

The unique and skillful instrumentation of a bowed stringed instrument called mornin khuur and subtle khuumei (throat singing) in the backdrop both performed by Ulziisaikhan Khoroldamba are nothing short of next level musicianship. Ulziisaikhan’s much welcomed addition to this composition brings this piece to a melodic climax and quantifies the brilliance with imagination.

Its both exhilarating and impressive when bands experiment with different sounds and constantly reinvent themselves. Belle Morte proves to be a force of nature with all their creative endeavors. I for one cant wait to hear whats next. ~Metal Lair


“Exorcism” continues Belle Morte’s international collaborative series and takes listeners on a journey far East, to the grassy steppe of Mongolia. This single features a traditional Mongolian bowed stringed instrument called mornin khuur and khuumei(throat singing), both performed by Ulziisaikhan Khoroldamba .

Stream/buy “Exorcism” HERE

Download the MP3 HERE (for radios)

Check out the visualizer video here:

Belle Morte is a musical project from Belarus, Minsk, playing dark symphonic metal with a gothic/progressive flavor and melancholic vibe. The debut band’s EP “Game On” was released in 2018. In 2021 the band signed a deal with Italian label Wormholedeath to release their full-length conceptual album “Crime of Passion” inspired by John Fowles’s “The Collector”. Album tells a coherent story that started as an unhealthy obsession and stalking and resulted in murder, both from the side of the murderer and his victim.
Currently, the band is working on a series of songs in collaboration with musicians from different parts of the world. The first single from the series is “Fallen Idol’ featuring Finnish tagelharpa parts by Tero Kalliomäki, the second one, “Krew” features Ukrainian bandura by Yaroslav Dzhus and the third one features Mongolian morin khuur and throat singing performed by Ulziisaikhan Khoroldamba .
The idea behind Belle Morte is playing on contrasts – in music, lyrics, and visual imagery. It’s about seeing its own beauty in disturbing things, ugly things, and, vice versa, seeing the bad side in nice things which might not be that obvious at the first sight.


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LUNAR Announces Progressive New Album “The Illusionist” And Single “Juggling Chainsaws” Ft. Obscura’s Christian Münzner

Track Listing:
1. Prestidigitation – 6:16
2. The Illusionist – 10:04
3. Showtime – 3:45
4. Worship The Sun – 5:23
5. Turn Off The World – 7:14
6. Disassembled – 5:53
7. Juggling Chainsaws – 7:30
8. For My Next Trick – 3:57
9 . Now You See Me – 8:39
Album Length: 58:46

Album Credits:
– Album Produced by: Alex Bosson
– Album Mixed by: Linus Coreliusson
– Album Mastered by: Jens Bogren
– Album artwork by: Travis Smith
– Album layout / design by: Brian Lewis
– Member of ASCAP

Recording Lineup:
Drums & Percussion – Alex Bosson
(Music – Track 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8,9) (Lyrics – Track 2, 3, 5, 6,9)
Guitars – Balmore Lemus
(Music – Track 4) (Lyrics – Track 4, 7
Bass – Ryan Price (Music – Track 8)
Keyboards & Synthesizers – Alex Nasla
Lead Vocals – Chandler Mogel
Growl Vocals – Brian Lewis
Clarinet – Gleb Kanasevich (Track 1)
Saxophone – Patrick Corona (Track 2)
Flute & Saxophone – Jørgen Munkeby (Track 6)
Violin & Viola – Ben Karas (Track 9)
Additional Guitar Solo – Andy Gillion (Track 2)
Additional Guitar Solo – Taylor Washington (Track 3)
Additional Guitar Solo – Sam Vallen (Track 5)
Additional Guitar Solo – Christian Münzner (Track 7)

LUNAR Announces Progressive New Album “The Illusionist” And Single “Juggling Chainsaws” Ft. Obscura’s Christian Münzner

ft. members from Witherfall, Helion Prime, Planeswalker, Novareign. Mokili, Nordic Frost, Outloud, Double Vision

Album Guests Jørgen Munkeby (Shining), Christian Münzner (Obscura), Andy Gillion (Mors Principium Est),
Taylor Washington (Paladin), Sam Vallen (Caligula’s Horse), Ben Karas (Thank You Scientist), Gleb Kanasevich, Patrick Corona

Top – L- R – Ryan Price – Bass, Alex Nasla – Keyboards & Synthesizers, Chandler Mogel – Lead Vocals
Bottom – L – R – Alex Bosson – Drums & Percussion, Brian Lewis – Growl Vocals, Balmore Lemus – Guitars

Hailing from Sacramento, USA, Lunar is a progressive metal band that was founded in 2013 by longtime friends Alex Bosson (drums/percussion) (Helion Prime) and Ryan Erwin (guitar/vocals) (who passed away unexpectedly in 2018). The two together wrote the style of music that was always in their hearts: genre-defiant and free of restrictive influence over three albums. With the unexpected death of Ryan Erwin, band co-founder Alex Bosson continues the next chapter of Lunar with friends in Witherfall, Novareign. Mokili, Nordic Frost, Outloud, and Double Vision for the release of this year’s “The Illusionist”,the fourth album from the band. Optimistically, Bosson quotes that this album is likely to be the fan favorite, being the best they’ve done, with strong songwriting, and production; and songs that all sound different, but remain cohesive. The introduction to the album lies with the single “Juggling Chainsaws” featuring Obscura’s Christian Münzner, which Bosson explains:

“We want to come out of the gate swinging with this one. This is likely the most chaotic, most technical and heaviest song we’ve ever done in a lot of ways. There’s more musical complexity, including an incredible guest guitar solo from Christian Münzner. Lyrically, it conveys the character’s feeling of completely losing control. Constantly trying to juggle the chainsaws of life and keep them all in the air without something terrible happening.”

Listen to“Juggling Chainsaws” ft. Obscura’s Christian Münzner via its premiere on Metal-Rules HERE

Proggy and crazy, the Dream Theater and Haken influences are evident in this song. As for the album, is it a concept album that tells the story of a magician that questions his entire life’s work. He’s spent his entire life devoting himself to his craft and now he questions if it was worth it. Musically the album goes through many stages as the character does on this journey of himself. There are songs that are angry, songs that are confused, songs that are depressed, and everywhere in between.

recommended for fans of Opeth, Katatonia, and Haken, The nine-track album “The Illusionist” is being released on March 3, 2023, via Saibot Reign Records and can be pre-ordered via https://lunarbandofficial.bandcamp.com.

For more info: Facebook.com/lunarbandofficial| Instagram.com/lunarbandofficial | Twitter.com/LunarBandOffcl | YouTube.com/@lunarbandofficial

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Arched Fire: New Single “Pestilence (feat. Tim “Ripper” Owens)” Out Now!

“Pestilence” is the second video and single off Arched Fire’s second album Trust Betrayal, to be released in the spring of 2023. The b-side “Mr. Death” is not on the album.

Lyrically, “Pestilence” observes a pandemic from a societal point of view. Among other things, a virus is a handy tool in politics.

“As people gather closer to each other, diseases rise from poor hygiene. People want to find someone to blame for the disease”, says Kristian, the band’s singer and main lyricist. “The main principle in magic is to direct your attention to somewhere else while you do the trick. This is what some people in charge may use to their advantage,” he continues.

Musically “Pestilence” is a pure heavy metal song with some speed/thrash influences.

Some ideas, or shall we say primitive versions of them, are so old that I would bore everybody by rambling about how they’ve evolved from a mournful arpeggio intro to a twisted middle-part riff and so on, but let’s not go there,” says Ari, the rhythm guitar player. “Let’s just say that we found some ancient stuff of ours that really clicked with some of our latest riffs, and ta-dah, we had this killer new song called ‘Pestilence’.”

The song features some fiery vocals from Tim “Ripper” Owens (Ripper, Judas Priest, Iced Earth, etc.).

I heard Ripper for the first time when Judas Priest’s Jugulator came out and I loved that record”, says Kristian. ’Cathedral Spires’ was my favorite tune because of Ripper’s high screams. I used to blast my stereos and sing along with him. I could not even dream that 25 years later he would sing with me on our album. It’s totally awesome and incredible to have Ripper featured in our song. Great respect and gratitude to him!

Arched Fire Is Kristian Herkman (vocals), Aslak Purojärvi (drums), Mika Rytilahti (bass), Janne Särkelä (lead & rhythm guitar) and Ari Väntänen (rhythm guitar). Musically, Arched Fire is where heavy metal meets speed metal. The prologue of the band took place in 1989–1990 when a bunch of school kids formed Arched Fire in Finnish Lapland. Thirty years later they got back together and recorded their acclaimed first album Remote Control, out on Wormholedeath Records in 2021.

The band’s second full-length effort Trust Betrayal, out in 2023, takes their old-school metal game to a whole new level.

Buy/Stream “Pestilence” Single HERE
Download the MP3 HERE (for radios)

“Pestilence” [Official Music Video]

Arched Fire Online

www.archedfire.com
www.facebook.com/OfficialArchedFire
www.instagram.com/arched_fire_official

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APOLLO Launches Deathcore Take On The Classic Tale Of Dante In “A Divine Comedy”

L-R – Kyle Prusky (Guitars, Bass), Adrian Parcioaga (Vocals)

Apollo is the solo side project of one Kyle Prusky who brought in the expertise of Adrian Parcioaga to create an enthusiastic, heavy, and memorable concept EP revolving around the classic story of Dante and his descent into hell. “A Divine Comedy” takes the listener on a cathartic journey through breakdowns, growls, and aggressive riffs. Prusky shares his thoughts on the release:

“This EP has been in the works for a long time, and I could not be happier with the result. This EP is for those who have ever doubted themselves, have fallen apart to the demons in their head, felt like giving up, and needed guidance. Don’t give up. Keep fighting. Keep climbing. Trust the ones who stick by your side. Eventually, you’ll find your path. Every single choice, every note, and vocal take was absolutely deliberate and meant to evoke a specific response. Throughout the journey, the listener will be presented with soaring melodic solos, somber but beautiful keys that guide the self to introspection, crushingly heavy 8-string guitars, pounding drums, and vocals that dance with the music like a soliloquy to an audience of one.”


The concept record contains 5 tracks, each one a chapter following Dante’s descent into hell. It is a journey that has its ups and downs; you feel the weight of what Dante is going through; the aggression, uncertainty, unknown, and mystery. Don’t forget an unrelenting progression that crescendos into epic highs, straight down to epic lows.

According to Parcioaga “A Divine Comedy” is a progressive death metal opera, unabashedly dynamic and ever-shifting; and Apollo is an expression and extension of whatever comes to Kyle Prusky’s brilliant mind, regardless of genre. The EP was produced, mixed, and mastered by Prusky, with assistance from Parcioaga who also did the cover artwork. It is recommended for fans of Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist, and Spiritbox.

Listen to the EP in full via its premiere on TheCirclePit – https://youtu.be/w_6bJQxZx-w

Track Listing:
I: Dark Woods – 3:59
II: Abandon All Hope – 6:19
III: Interlude – 1:19
IV: Deeper, Darker – 6:22
V: Ascendance – 6:56
EP Length: 24:56

EP Recording Credits:
• All songs performed by: Kyle Prusky, Adrian Parcioaga
• All songs written by: Kyle Prusky, Adrian Parcioaga
• Produced by: Kyle Prusky, Adrian Parcioaga
• Mixed by: Kyle Prusky
• Mastered by: Kyle Prusky
• EP Artwork by: Adrian Parcioaga

EP Band Lineup:
Kyle Prusky – Guitars, Bass
Adrian Parcioaga – Vocals
Alex Rudinger – Programmed Drums
Layne Murdoch – Solo Guitar (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4)
Lucas de la Rosa – Keys (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4)

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Visceral Explosion – Malevolent Dismemberment Of Entire Putrefacted Gastrointestine South Korean Brutality on Brutal Mind

VISCERAL EXPLOSION – MALEVOLENT DISMEMBERMENT OF ENTIRE PUTREFACTED GASTROINTESTINE
LABEL: BRUTAL MIND
RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 23rd 2023

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The ravens soar across vast landscapes formed from the broken bodies of the tortured. They lie in tumbled heaps, hang from hook and branch with every intimate secret of their inner workings torn out and displayed for all to see, while an impossible flicker of agonised life remains within their hopeless eyes. The Extricators walk amongst them with billhook and blade, silent and diligent in their work, leaving no skin unbroken, no piece of flesh unturned, no vein or vessel hidden from the ravens’ curious gaze. There was no beginning, there will be no ending to the fields of torment, there is only now and always, knee deep in blood forever…

There is no gradual build up, no warning, no introduction to Malevolent Dismemberment Of Entire Putrefacted Gastrointestine, the new EP from South Korea’s Visceral Explosion. The silence is shattered in a sudden eruption of violence that then rages through four tracks of immeasurable savagery, precision dissections and unhinged beatings before it ends just as abruptly, leaving the listener breathless, bloodied and bewildered. From ‘Unanesthetized Hypothalamotomy’ to ‘Asphyxiation by Malignant Neoplasm of Oropharynx’ this is brutal death metal of the most fiercely focussed and unremittingly battering kind. Yet each track is executed with exquisite skill, each one bearing the cruel scars of a wicked, spiralling riff or a heart-stopping rhythmic shift. The drumming courtesy of Kim Yu Jong is staggering throughout and Ryu Gun’s vocal work beyond bestial. Despite the relative brevity of Malevolent Dismemberment… there is so much to hear and appreciate within the furious blood storm, so many cruel twists and malicious nuances to please the ear of the dedicated disciple of death. Quite simply, Visceral Explosion have carved out some of the most effective and decimating brutal death metal you will ever hear.

Following on from their acclaimed Human Meat Distribution Process album of 2022, Malevolent Dismemberment… raises the bar for Visceral Explosion in every way. From the superlative playing and impressive song writing to the recording, mixing and mastering from the band’s own Ryu Gun – a defining exercise in how brutal death metal should sound. Even the EP’s artwork is a statement piece of horror and warped imagination, which was created for the band by Daemorph Art (Aborted Fetus, Avulsed, The Black Dahlia Murder etc). Released through Brutal Mind on January 23rd in digital format, with a physical release to follow, Malevolent Dismemberment of Entire Putrefacted Gastrointestine is an essential release for all fans of extreme, malignant brutality!

Line-up:
Ryu Gun – Vocals/Guitar
Lee Kyeong Won – Bass
Lee Seok Ho – Guitar
Kim Yu Jong – Drums

Genre: Brutal Death Metal
For fans of: Guttural Disease| Beheaded | Unfathomable Ruination | Posthuman Abomination

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ARMSTRONG METALFEST Announces Early Bird Tickets – July 14-15 – Armstrong, BC, Canada

Watch the official video recap of AMF 2019 here.
(video created by Mayne Brand Productions)

AMF Spotify Playlist 2022 Lineup here.

Canada’s mountain-shaking extreme music festival Armstrong MetalFest is kicking off early bird weekend passes for the 2023 edition being held on July 14th and 15th at the Hassen Arena in Armstrong, BC.

Tickets are available at https://armstrongmetalfest.ca/tickets/

Prices are as follows:

Early bird $139.99 (Jan 18 to Feb 28 (only 150 available) 

Pre-sales $179.99 (Mar 1 to July 12) 

Door sales weekend pass $219.99 

One day admission $119.99

After their most successful event to date in 2022, which saw the festival’s highest attendance on record along with marking AMF‘s return after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic, the 2023 edition promises to be an eclectic earth-shaking lineup with bands from across Canada and beyond. (lineup to be announced at a later date)

Hosted in British Columbia’s Okanagan valley with the Canadian Rockies as a specular backdrop, the 2022 gathering of metalheads witnessed Spokane, WA deathcore titans ENTERPRISE EARTH headline the festival along with Vancouver’s cult-loved pyro maniacs ZIMMERS HOLE and progressive death kings NECK of THE WOODS. AMF also presented a very special performance from Kelowna’s OMNIA NIHIL (formerly Apollyon) in memory of beloved vocalist Matt Depper who suddenly passed away this past January. A total of 28 bands from across Western Canada and the USA fueled the moshpit for much-needed music therapy.

Festival co-organizers Jesse Valtsar adds:

“Mark it down on the calendar, we have huge plans to make 2023 the biggest event to date! With the success of 2022, we are going to continue the momentum right into next year! We are planning out our headliners and dreaming up new ways to make Metalfest the best!” 

Since 2009 (minus pause years 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid pandemic), West Metal Entertainment and Armstrong Metalfest have not only fostered the talent of hundreds of local bands, but have imported well-known, international acts to the quiet, little Canadian town of Armstrong, British Columbia.

Each year up to 700 metalheads from Canada and the USA descend into the picturesque Okanagan Valley and under the blistering sun they spend three days camping, taking in over 30 bands, participating in wrestling events, scavenger hunts, and catching up with their metal family.

The festival has seen such renowned headliners as Kataklysm, Cattle Decapitation, Archspire, Nekrogoblikon, and Beyond Creation as well as emerging artists from across North America. At the end of the revelry, the festival disappears without a trace, leaving the landscape as pristine as it has always been.

West Metal Entertainment is a non-profit society that not only puts on Armstrong Metal Festival every year in Armstrong, B.C., but gives bands opportunities to play different venues throughout the region including all-ages shows, to encourage musical passion in kids as well as adults.

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Archetypes Collide Announce Self-Titled Debut Out 3/31 New Video “What If I Fall” Out Now!

ARCHETYPES COLLIDE ARE:
Kyle Pastor – Vocals
Brandon Baker – Guitar
Jared Knister – Guitar
Ky Sanders – Bass
Tyler Flamm – Drums

ARCHETYPES COLLIDE ANNOUNCE SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM OUT MARCH 31 VIA FEARLESS RECORDS

BAND SHARES “WHAT IF I FALL” VIDEO — WATCH

Arizona upstarts ARCHETYPES COLLIDE — Kyle Pastor(vocals), Brandon Baker and Jared Knister (guitars), Ky Sanders (bass), and Tyler Flamm (drums) — have quickly established themselves as a band unafraid to blur the lines between safety and innovation in heavy music. Soaring vocals, melodies, and heavy grooves swirl with passion and precision. Today, the band announces its self-titled debut, which arrives March 31 via Fearless Records. Pre-order it here

The quintet has shared the video for brand new single “What If I Fall.” Watch it here

“I’ve always had a deep rooted fear of letting my friends and family down,” says Pastor. “Even though I know they’ll love me in the midst of my failures, the anxiety of it all buries me and pushes me further away from them. I hope this song can be an anthem for those who feel that same burden.”

ARCHETYPES COLLIDE TRACK LISTING:
“Parasite”
“Fade Away”
“Counterfeit”
“What If I Fall”
My Own Device
“Suffocate Me”
“Destiny”
“Deep End”
“Separate”
“Paranoid”
“Silence”
“Love Again”

ABOUT ARCHETYPES COLLIDE:
ARCHETYPES COLLIDE demand repeated listening, mixing everything from Linkin Park and Bring Me The Horizon to The Chainsmokers, and Stranger Things-style retro synths, into a unique musical identity. A collection of singles and EPs drew a devoted fanbase and the attention of Oshie Bichar, bassist for Beartooth. Bichar enlisted his management, and the pair took Archetypes Collide under their wing. Soon after, SiriusXM’s Octane got behind songs like “Your Misery,” “Becoming What I Hate,” and “Above It All.” The band appeared on major festivals like Aftershock, Louder Than Life, and Welcome To Rockville, toured with genre giants The Amity Affliction, and crafted an ambitious self-titled debut album for Fearless Records. Archetypes Collide spent several weeks in the first part of 2022 making their inaugural full-length, with a super team surrounding them to execute their vision. Bichar produced alongside Nick Ingram (Dayseeker, Convictions, Hawthorne Heights) at Capital House Studio in Ohio. Additional production came from Jon Eberhard (Skillet, I Prevail, Until I Wake); The Plot In You frontman Landon Tewers lent a creative hand as well. The resulting album, mixed by Jeff Dunne (Ice Nine Kills, Wage War, Make Them Suffer), captures the vibrant spirit of the 2010s-era Warped Tour with a postmodern edge. It’s a diverse but singular mission statement, brimming with authenticity and hope. ARCHETYPES COLLIDE aren’t bound by preconceived notions or limitations. As single Kyle Pastor explains simply: “Why not take every shot, in every direction, under the umbrella of hard rock and metal?”

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PLAGUE BEARER: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Antichristian Inquisition” By Seattle Black/Death Act; Summoning Apocalyptic Devastation LP Nears Release On Nameless Grave Records

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Stream PLAGUE BEARER’s “Antichristian Inquisition” HERE.

As Seattle, Washington-based blackened death metal quartet PLAGUE BEARER prepares for the Nameless Grave Records release of their debut LP Summoning Apocalyptic Devastation, Decibel Magazine delivers the lead single to the monstrous record, today premiering “Antichristian Inquisition.”

Born on the wings of pestilence out of a thirty-year slumber, PLAGUE BEARER is primarily known as a primitive blackened Satanic brother long-running act Drawn And Quartered. The band has produced a string of underground demos and EPs over the years but never committed to a definitive full-length until now. Summoning Apocalyptic Devastation delivers a devastating triple-pronged vocal assault supported by brutal melodic riffing and pummeling drums heralding the end of this pathetic existence.

The production of Summoning Apocalyptic Devastation is clear without being sterile, allowing every instrument to freely breath and speak. Guitars, bass, and vocals were self-engineered at K.S. Kuciemba’s home studio The Plague Pit, while drums were recorded with Jon Schluckebier at Radioactive Recording. Mixing duties were handled by Andrew Lee (Ripped To Shreds) who contributed a guest solo on “Rise Of The Goat,” the album was mastered by Loic Fontaine of Krucyator Productions, and the record was completed with cover art by Thomas Westphal/Necromaniac and layout by Obscure Visions.

With the new single, the band proclaims, “PLAGUE BEARER brings ‘Antichristian Inquisition.’ Goat age death/black metal assault upon all that is holy. Satan chaos commands persecution of the faithful.”

Decibel writes with the song’s debut, “It’s a wretched, unrelenting assault of hellish death metal with sick and twisted vocal utterances and sulfurous guitar pyrotechnics. Not a bad way to introduce/reintroduce the band after so many years.”

Stream PLAGUE BEARER’s “Antichristian Inquisition” first at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Summoning Apocalyptic Devastation will be released on LP, CD, and digital formats through Nameless Grave Records on March 3rd. Preorders have been issued through the label’s webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

Stand by for additional audio previews of the album to be issued over the weeks ahead.

PLAGUE BEARER in its most primordial form created death metal demos in 1993 and 1994, but lineup changes resulted in a rebranding to Drawn And Quartered in 1996. Nevertheless, guitarist K.S. Kuciemba (Drawn And Quartered, Draghkar, Serpent Rider) was determined to keep the Satanic flame alive, slowly amassing simpler, eviler blackened riffs with partner H (Drawn And Quartered, ex-Vetus Obscurum), releasing a demo in 2001 and EP in 2006 with Nuclear Winter Records. In 2017, K and H reunited with longtime ally T on drums, along with vocalist Nihilist (ex-Abazagorath, ex-Lord Gore, ex-Thy Infernal), to infect the Pacific Northwest with live rituals.

While Summoning Apocalyptic Devastation is laden with the legacies of its storied members, it never loses its individuality. Existing beyond the stylistic trappings of death and black metal, PLAGUE BEARER raises a middle finger to the modern scene. Evil is the only way! The album is a must-hear for fans of Drawn And Quartered, Imprecation, Thy Infernal, and Fallen Christ.