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EXIST share new music video for ‘Window To The All’ Via Prosthetic Records

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EXIST is:
Max Phelps – Guitars and Vocals
Alex Weber – Bass and Vocals
Charles Eron – Guitars and Synths
Brody Taylor Smith – Drums

US progressive metal band EXIST has today shared a new music video for Window To The All, the visual features footage of the band performing the track live in Charlotte, NC in January. Window To The All is taken from EXIST‘s upcoming fourth album, Hijacking the Zeitgeist, which is set for release via Prosthetic Records on Friday (April 13).

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR
WINDOW TO THE ALL BELOW.

Pre-order Hijacking the Zeitgeist here.

Speaking on the music video release, Max Phelps (vocals and guitar) comments: “Window To The All is the album closer for Hijacking The Zeitgeist. It probably contains some of the most ‘tech death’ parts on the album although it’s also chock full of groove as well as a beautiful jazz fusion solo executed by Charlie Eron (our new guitarist, WAIT). Musically there’s some great interaction between Alex Weber (bass) and Brody Taylor Smith (drums) that really adds life and depth to some of the repeating riffs. Lyrically the song reflects on the limitations of our vantage points as humans and how we are all stuck within ourselves.”

EXIST’s latest full-length sees the group expand upon their established dichotomy of extreme metal technicality and sanguine atmospherics with an intentionally more concise approach to songwriting, resulting in the most direct and emphatic album of their 14 year career.

Similarly to 2020’s EgoiistaEXIST took on a keen co-production role for Hijacking the Zeitgeist as recording sessions commenced in early 2022, with the band emphasising a collaborative approach to the songs arrangements. Drum co-production was handled by John Douglass (Mr. Bungle, Entheos and The Contortionist) before vocals were handled by Mike Semesky in the winter.

Hijacking the Zeitgeist’s sonic heft isn’t without its diaphanous counterpoints, as Phelps and new addition Charles Eron (guitar and synths) craft deceptively complex interplay on album high points in Thief of Joy (featuring Sanjay Kumar of Inferi and Wormhole), Blue Light Infinite and soaring closer Window to the AllEXIST’s sonorous sonic landscape is bolstered by immersive rhythmic lock-ins between Alex Weber (bass and vocals) and Brody Smith (drums), that shine in Anup Sastry’s mix and Kris Crummett’s mastering work.

At the core of Hijacking the Zeitgeist lies a multifaceted exploration of algorithmic rabbit holes, conspiratorial paranoia, and the universal traits that lie within humanity – these cautionary tales are tied together in striking detail with album art by Sebastian Jerke. EXIST treats both the allure and perils of both digital mazes and the real world, with equal parts wide eyed awe and horror.

Hijacking the Zeitgeist tracklist:
1. Blue Light Infinite
2. Thief of Joy
3. Hijacking the Zeitgeist
4. Funeral Toll
5. A Path to Nowhere
6. One Degree Removed From Human
7. Window to the All

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Ingested: UK Death Metal Trio Releases “Endless Machine” Video

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INGESTED:
Jason Evans – vocals
Sean Hynes – guitars, backing vocals
Lyn Jeffs – drums

The Tide Of Death And Fractured Dreams Full-Length Out Now On Metal Blade Records

Watch INGESTED’s “Endless Machine” video HERE

The Tide Of Death And Fractured Dreams, the latest full-length from UK death metal trio INGESTED, is out today on Metal Blade Records!

Since their fifth album, 2020’s Where Only God May TreadINGESTED has been on a creative tear that has produced almost a full record every year, each displaying the kind of musical growth that only comes from constantly practicing, playing, and writing. The Tide Of Death And Fractured Dreams is not only as innovative and brutal as their last disc — the bleak, firestorm Ashes Lie Still — it showcases a band willing to expand its creativity without sacrificing the ferocity that made it one of the most impressively destructive, technical death metal bands on the scene. The Tide Of Death And Fractured Dreams is proof that once INGESTED sniffs out a trail of musical blood, they ravenously follow it until they’ve uncovered a festering feast.

Whether pummeling listeners with double-bass rolls, blast-beats, and grinding rhythm; breaking it all down with jagged, staggered riffs, and piercing harmonics; or flooding the mix with rapid-fire bursts of minor key melodies, INGESTED has injected all of their experience, skill, and artistry into ten trenchant new tracks.

In celebration of the release, today the band unleashes a video for “Endless Machine.”

Comments vocalist Jason Evans, “‘Endless Machine’ is about the day to day grind you get stuck in, when you haven’t found the courage to get up and take charge of your own situation. Take a deep breath, embrace the risk, and don’t get stuck in an endless machine with no way out. So, sink your teeth into the live mayhem of this new video and expect the same carnage on our upcoming tour with Fallujah, Vulvodynia and Melancolia.”

Watch INGESTED‘s video for “Endless Machine” at THIS LOCATION.

Watch INGESTED‘s previously released videos for “Paragon Of Purity” HERE and “Pantheon” HERE.

The Tide Of Death And Fractured Dreams was produced by the band with the guidance of recording engineer Nico Beninato. The record includes a guest appearance by Chimaira‘s Mark Hunter who provides vocals for the track “In Nothingness” and Sylosis singer Josh Middleton who contributes to “Expect To Fail,” as well as the striking cover art of David Seidman.

INGESTED‘s The Tide Of Death And Fractured Dreams is available on CD, digitally, and LP in the following color variants:

Pulverised Viridian (US)
Wounded Scarlet (US)
Sapphire Shards (EU)
Empty Crimson (EU – ltd. 500)
Shattered Harlequin (EU – ltd. 500)

Order your copy today!

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INGESTED will embark upon a European headlining tour later this month with support provided by FallujahVulvodynia, and Mélancolia. See all confirmed dates below.

INGESTED w/ Fallujah, Vulvodynia, Mélancolia:
4/17/2024 The Fleece – Bristol, GB
4/18/2024 Asylum – Birmingham, GB
4/19/2024 The Underworld – London, GB
4/20/2024 Rebellion – Manchester, GB
4/21/2024 Slay – Glasgow, GB
4/22/2024 Rescue Rooms – Nottingham, GB
4/23/2024 Papillon – Southampton, GB
4/24/2024 Glazart – Paris, FR
4/25/2024 Le Ferrailleur – Nantes, FR
4/26/2024 Groove – Bilbao, ES
4/27/2024 Moby Dick – Madrid, ES
4/28/2024 Razz 3 – Barcelona, ES
4/29/2024 Le Rex – Toulouse, FR
5/01/2024 KiFF – Aarau, CH
5/02/2024 Feierwerk – Munich, DE
5/03/2024 Rock Café – Prague, CZ
5/04/2024 Analog Music Hall – Budapest, HU
5/05/2024 Viper Room – Vienna, AT
5/06/2024 2Progi – Poznan, PL
5/07/2024 Moritzbastei – Leipzig, DE
5/08/2024 Hole44 – Berlin, DE
5/09/2024 Pumpehuset – Copenhagen, DK
5/10/2024 Kollektivet Livet- Stockholm, SE
5/11/2024 Musikens Hus – Gothenburg, SE
5/12/2024 John Dee – Oslo, NO
5/14/2024 Logo – Hamburg, DE
5/15/2024 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE
5/16/2024 Kulttempel – Oberhausen, DE
5/17/2024 JH Comma – Bruges, BE
5/18/2024 Doornroosje – Nijmegen, NL
5/19/2024 Patronaat – Haarlem, NL

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Dååth: Progressive Death Metal Collective Unleashes “Ascension” Video / Single

Photo by Stephanie Cabral

DÅÅTH:
Eyal Levi – guitar
Sean Z – vocals
Krimh – drums
Jesse Zuretti – orchestration, synth, guitar
Rafael Trujillo – lead guitar
Davis Marvuglio – bass

The Deceivers Full-Length Nears Release On Metal Blade Records

Watch/stream DÅÅTH’s “Ascension” HERE

Returning progressive death metal collective DÅÅTH are excited to unleash their latest single, “Ascension,” and an accompanying video. “Ascension” also features a guest guitar solo from Dean Lamb (Archspire). The track comes off their forthcoming full-length (and first new studio output in fourteen years), The Deceivers, set for release on May 3rd via Metal Blade Records.

The band’s return has been surrounded by excitement from enthusiastic fans, though founder/guitarist Eyal Levi admits that the hiatus wasn’t by choice. “I kept wanting to get back together. It was tough psychologically.” But Levi kept himself busy working in studios for other bands (Chelsea GrinThe Contortionist), honing his production and engineering skills. He later co-founded Unstoppable Recording Machine, a school that teaches metal music production, and its sister company, Riffhard, that specializes in metal guitar instruction. Both became Levi’s primary focus for a number of years, but folks never stopped asking him asking the status of DÅÅTH. Interest never waned.

When the pandemic lockdowns and an injury stunted Levi’s ability to work out, he needed an outlet for his energy and decided to pick up his guitar again. After shaking off years of rust, his love for the instrument reawakened. “Once my playing was starting to sound like me, I started writing and the riffs started to sound like DÅÅTH,” Levi says. “At that point, I spoke to [vocalist] Sean [Zatorsky], and he told me that he’d been waiting for this phone call for eleven years.

The Deceivers is at once a devastating reminder and giant leap forward that showcases the technical wizardry and brutal intensity that the Atlanta, Georgia-bred band is capable of. Levi has overseen an overhaul of the lineup. Together with force-of-nature vocalist Zatorsky, who has fronted the band since 2007, they are now joined by Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (Septicflesh, ex-Decapitated) on drums, Jesse Zuretti (The Binary Code) on orchestration and guitar, Rafael Trujillo (ex-Obscura) on lead guitar, and David Marvuglio (ex-Ice Nine Kills) on bass.

The nine tracks comprising The Deceiversare monstrously heavy but beautifully orchestrated, blessed with melodies that will haunt anybody fortunate enough to hear them. The album title is the continuation of a theme that began with 2007’s The Hinderersand continued with 2009’s The Concealers. “Those titles are about the outside world,” Levi says. “They’re not about us. While they touch on self-destruction and self-deception, we all occasionally fall victim to, this album is a scathing critique and exploration of certain societal elements. The deceivers and obstructors in life. Those who impede your progress through subterfuge and manipulation.”

The latest single, “Ascension,” explores mindless conformity and how easily one can fall victim to coercion. From the first hit of the drum opening, the song is a powerhouse that delivers a journey through larger-than-life orchestrations fused with flattening metal devastation. “This song is a beast. Riffs for days, brutality and groove, there are soaring solos all over the place,” says Levi, “plus, it’s peppered with parallel universe Danny Elfman moments.”

Adds Zuretti. “Rarely is it true to be taken on a ride with music; let ‘Ascension’ prove its validity by guiding you through warping passages, orchestral fidelity, uncommonly creative musicianship, and uncontested power. ‘Ascension’ is the year’s mindfuck, carrying the listener from different realms of musical identity, showcasing talent to points that’ll make you think it’s otherworldly. Of all of the tracks you’ll hear in 2024, this will be one you’ll be revisiting the most whilst scratching your head in disbelief.”

Watch DÅÅTH’s “Ascension” video at THIS LOCATION.

Watch DÅÅTH’s previously released video for “Hex Unending” at THIS LOCATION.

The Deceivers was produced by Levi, with Andrew Wade handling vocal production, John Douglass engineering, Jens Bogren mixing, and Tony Lindgren mastering. Guest guitar solos are contributed across numerous tracks by Dan Sugarman (Ice Nine Kills), Jeff Loomis (NevermoreArch Enemy), Mark Holcomb (Periphery), Dean Lamb (Archspire), Per Nilsson, (Scar SymmetryMeshuggah), and Spiro Dussias (Platonist), with renowned video game composer Mick Gordon (Doom Eternal) contributing sound design and synth to “Purified By Vengeance.”

The Deceivers will be released on CD and digital formats as well as vinyl in the following color variants:

Mineral (US – Ltd. 300)
Transparent Blood Red Base w/ Opaque Black Smoke + Heavy White Splatter (US – Ltd. 200/EU – Ltd. 500)

Find pre-orders at: metalblade.com/daath

DÅÅTH began their journey in 1999 and stayed busy for just over a decade before its 2011 hiatus. In that time, the band released four studio albums – Futility in 2004, The Hinderers in 2007, The Concealers in 2009, and their self-titled LP in 2010. Tours with Cattle DecapitationDark FuneralCynicNileSlayerDragonforceGoatwhoreChimairaDying Fetus, and Devildriver followed. DÅÅTH also landed a coveted spot on Ozzfest playing before tens of thousands of fans in outdoor amphitheaters across the US, in addition to the infamous and long-running metal tour Summer Slaughter.

After twelve years on hiatus, DÅÅTH found their ideal new home at Metal Blade, signing to the label and wasting no time creating new music, cover songs (Death‘s “The Philosopher” and Morbid Angel‘s “Where the Slime Live“) and reissuing previous albums. The first new song from the revitalized DÅÅTH, “No Rest No End” (released ahead of the album in February 2023), features guest solos by Spiro Dussias and now-DÅÅTHmember Trujillo, who impressed Levi so much while guesting on the track that he was invited to join the band.

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Darkthrone Release “Black Dawn Affiliation” The Only Track To Be Released From, It Beckons Us All, Ahead Of Release on April 26

DARKTHRONE
Release “Black Dawn Affiliation” 
The Only Track To Be Released From It Beckons Us All,
Ahead Of Release on April 26.

With the highly anticipated launch of the new album ‘It Beckons Us All’ from the Norwegian black metal pioneers just two weeks away, Darkthrone have offered fans a glimpse of what is to come with the release of the track “Black Dawn Affiliation“.

The single release is accompanied by an animation created by Matthew Vickerstaff .

Watch The Lyric Video For Black Dawn Affiliation Here

Listen to it here
https://orcd.co/darkthrone_bda_listen

Fenriz comments of the song’s creation “Nocturno Culto sculpted BLACK DAWN AFFILIATION and as much as I writhe in woe trying to describe riffs I did not make, we are certainly rocking hard and dark around a dungeon of slow Kreator 1986-era riffs (think Awakening Of The Gods or Take Their Lives from the FLAG OF HATE 12”). 

The song is linearly constructed, which is bold for a single but we often write this way. One could say it is a two-pronged beast which after the intermission (filled with a choir of the damned that we sung ourselves, believe it or not: “Aaaaaa.”) continues with my favourite riff in the song since I first heard it appear early in the second part and it is there that I was given the reins to let the halls and chambers of stardust levitate with unearthly synth and a voice that still today, when writing this, strikes me as being influenced by the first rock album I heard back in 1973 – Morrison Hotel. Lyrics darker and more disturbed than ever solidify these halls now.

Nocturno Culto adds “It is not easy to describe the music you make, but for sure I will try…it´s heavy! Everything worked out as I hoped for this track. Some things are just forged in the studio, like as Fenriz´s excellent vocals at the end of the song; and the choir I wanted. Instead of just taking shortcuts, Fenriz and I recorded three vocal tracks each, and it was brilliantly mixed by Silje at Chaka Khan. There are many things one can say about riffs, but I make songs from a combination of a very methodical approach and happy accidents! And somewhere in the back of my head, it´s most likely there is something affecting a lot of my decisions on little details that shapes the riffing.”

And now, we must await…we must count down the days until It Beckons Us All, Darkthrone’s new masterpiece, is unleashed in full.

It Beckons Us All was recorded in April and May 2023 at Chaka Khan Studios in Oslo, the same location used for the Eternal Hails and Astral Fortress albums, mastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door, with artwork courtesy of Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak

It Beckons Us All tracklisting
1. Howling Primitive Colonies [06:30]
2. Eon 3 [05:43]
3. Black Dawn Affiliation [06:11]
4. And In That Moment I Knew The Answer [03:17]
5. The Bird People Of Nordland [07:27]
6. The Heavy Hand [04:18]
7. The Lone Pines Of The Lost Planet [10:03]

It Beckons Us All is available on the following formats and pre-orders are live NOW!  
https://darkthrone.lnk.to/beckons

*Limited Edition Deluxe boxed edition: includes It Beckons Us All on CD, an exclusive corona vinyl LP & cassette and art prints all housed in a heavy duty lift off lid box
*Limited edition ‘Fenriz’ edition LP on blue marble coloured vinyl– exclusively via Peaceville.
*Limited edition ‘Nocturno Culto’ edition LP on grey marble coloured vinyl–available via Peaceville.
CD LP Digital
Plus other limited edition coloured vinyl LPs are available in stores across the world
cream white, crystal clear, petrol and .. a collectors dream .. if you can find them!

“A cauldron of old and epic metal beckons thee” – Fenriz

Watch an introduction from Fenriz
https://youtube.com/shorts/FMQwAGpfxKA

Watch the “It Beckons Us All” trailer 
https://youtu.be/ZHaKnsJjkjY

 

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POWERWOLF’s Back Again With A New Studio Album, “Wake Up The Wicked”, Out July 26!

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

POWERWOLF’s New Studio Album, Wake Up The Wicked, to be Released on July 26, 2024 | Pre-Order Your Copy HERE

First North American Headline Tour Begins in August 2024

Headlining the Biggest Arenas in Europe on Wolfsnächte 2024 Tour

POWERWOLF – a band that fills the hearts of every heavy metal fan with joy – will release their highly-anticipated new studio album, Wake Up The Wicked, on July 26, 2024 via Napalm Records! With several #1 chart entries and multiple gold and platinum records, POWERWOLF is undoubtedly one of the most successful current heavy metal bands worldwide. Headline and premium slots at premier rock and metal festivals like Wacken, Hellfest and Graspop, as well as massive sold-out arena shows have further solidified the Wolfpack’s standing at the very top of the scene. POWERWOLF’s high quality releases are steadily praised by critics and fans alike, building upon the successful reach of their songs and impressive official music videos, which have been streamed tens of millions of times across platforms to date.

Fans can get a taste of the massive live shows by ordering one of the formats including the bonus album, Manhattan Metal Mass – Live in New York City, recorded at their first ever US show. Pre-order your version of the new album now!

Pre-Order your version of Wake Up The Wicked HERE:

Wake Up The Wicked Tracklisting:

Bless ’em With the Blade
Sinners of the Seven Seas
Kyrie Klitorem
Heretic Hunters
1589
Viva Vulgata
Wake Up the Wicked
Joan of Arc
Thunderpriest
We Don’t Wanna Be No Saints
Vargamor

Wake Up The Wicked – the highly anticipated successor to the extremely successful previous studio album, Call Of The Wild (2021) – will be released just in time for the award-winning band’s first ever full North American tour, starting in August 2024, followed by their biggest European headline tour to date, the Wolfsnächte 2024. Wake Up The Wicked is once again produced by the outstanding Joost van den Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities and marks a new benchmark and undisputed career highlight for the band. The new album is hard, surprising and full of variety. While staying true to their established, loved sound, POWERWOLF go one step further and showcase a different facet of their deft musical and technical skills. This is evident, for example, on the outstanding single “1589”, which is based on a true story from the 16th century.

20 years after their formation in 2004, POWERWOLF are expanding their repertoire with the highest quality and adding many future live hits to their extraordinary discography. Wake Up The Wicked is yet another statement cementing the status of the band as a leading force in the world of heavy metal!

Wake Up The Wicked will be available in various formats:
– 3LP Vinyl Box incl 1LP Popup Gatefold Vinyl Wake Up The Wicked red/black marbled, 1LP Gatefold Vinyl black Live in New York, 1LP Gatefold Vinyl black orchestral album, 96 pages booklet, DIN A1 poster – exclusively available via Napalm Records Mailorder – strictly limited!
– 3LP Vinyl Box incl 1LP Popup Gatefold Vinyl Wake Up The Wicked white/black marbled, 1LP Gatefold Vinyl black Live in New York, 1LP Gatefold Vinyl black orchestral album, 96 pages booklet, DIN A1 poster – exclusively available via Powerwolf Shop – strictly limited!
– 3LP Vinyl Box incl 1LP Popup Gatefold Vinyl Wake Up The Wicked yellow/red marbled, 1LP Gatefold Vinyl black Live in New York, 1LP Gatefold Vinyl black orchestral album, 96 pages booklet, DIN A1 poster – exclusively available via EMP – strictly limited!
– 2CD Mediabook + bust, incl Wake Up The Wicked and Live in New York, bust, 48 page booklet – exclusively available via Napalm Records Mailorder – strictly limited!
– 3 CD Earbook, incl Wake Up The WickedLive in New York, Orchestral Album, 96 pages booklet – exclusively available via Napalm Records Mailorder, Powerwolf Shop and EMP – strictly limited!
– 1LP Gatefold Vinyl, oxblood – exclusively available via Napalm Records Mailorder – strictly limited!
– 1LP Gatefold Vinyl, silver – exclusively available via Powerwolf Shop – strictly limited!
– 1LP Gatefold Vinyl, gold – exclusively available via EMP – strictly limited!
– 1LP Gatefold Vinyl, black
– 2CD Mediabook, incl Wake Up The Wicked and Live in New York, 48 page booklet poster
– 1CD Jewel Case
– Music Cassette, red – exclusively available via Napalm Records Mailorder – strictly limited!
– Music Cassette, black – exclusively available via Powerwolf Shop and EMP – strictly limited!
– Digital Deluxe Album
– Digital Album

[2CD Mediabook + bust, incl Wake Up The Wickedand Live in New York, bust, 48 page booklet – exclusively available via Napalm Records Mailorder – strictly limited!

POWERWOLF 2024 North American Tour:
w/ Unleash The Archers
08.29.24 US – Los Angeles, CA / The Hollywood Palladium
08.31.24 US – Denver, CO / The Ogden Theatre
09.03.24 US – Chicago, IL / The Riviera Theatre
09.04.24 US – Cleveland, OH / The Agora Theatre
09.05.24 US – Silver Spring, MD / The Fillmore
09.07.24 US – Tampa, FL / Jannus Landing
09.08.24 US – Atlanta, GA / The Masquerade
09.09.24 US – Charlotte, NC / The Fillmore
09.12.24 US – Philadelphia, PA / The Fillmore
09.13.24 US – Worcester, MA / The Palladium
09.14.24 US – New York City, NY / Brooklyn Paramount
09.15.24 US – Laval, QC / Place Bell

POWERWOLF Wolfsnächte 2024:
w/ HammerFall, Wind Rose
04.10.24 DE – Hamburg / Barclays Arena
05.10.24 NL – Amsterdam / AFAS Live
06.10.24 BE – Antwerp / Lotto Arena
09.10.24 FR – Nantes / Zenith
10.10.24 LU – Esch Sur Alzette / Rockhal
11.10.24 DE – Stuttgart / Schleyerhalle
12.10.24 DE – Frankfurt / Festhalle
14.10.24 IT – Milan / Alcatraz
16.10.24 CH – Zürich / The Hall
17.10.24 FR – Paris / Zenith
18.10.24 DE – Oberhausen / Rudolf Weber Arena
19.10.24 DE – Berlin / Velodrom
21.10.24 PL – Krakow / Tauron Arena
22.10.24 HU – Budapest / MVM Dome
23.10.24 AT – Vienna / Gasometer
25.10.24 DE – Munich / Olympiahalle
26.10.24 CZ – Prague / Sportovni Hala Fortuna

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ROTTING CHRIST Release New Single “Saoirse” From New Album Pro Xristou

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Line-up
Sakis Tolis – Guitar, Vocals
Themis Tolis – Drums
Kostas “Spades” Heliotis – Bass
Kostis Fouk – Guitar

In celebration of their 35th year as a band, this May, Rotting Christ are releasing their 14th album. ΠΡΟ ΧΡΙΣΤΟU (Pro Xristou) is bound to hold a revered place in the Greeks’ heretical history. Always true to their name, Sakis Tolis and his brother Temis pay tribute to the last of the Pagan kings. Today, they’re releasing the album’s rising and resolute new single, “Saoirse”.  

Watch the video for “Saoirse”https://youtu.be/ORI2fmbHzfg

Pro Xristou comes out May 24 on Season of Mist.

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“Saoirse” pays tribute to the Irish King of Tara, who was one of the last kings to resist the expansion of Christianity. In Gaelic, “Saoirse” means “freedom”. The song invokes this long-heard ancient battle cry from the very beginning, opening with a distant clang of swords. “I am the wind that blows across the sea”, Sakis warns as a riff comes charging in behind him like a tidal wave.

Like all of Pro Xristou, “Saoirse” was recorded and produced in Athens, Greece. Their new single also embodies the history of the band’s home country with its resounding choir and thunderous drum fills. But it’s also emblematic of the way Rotting Christ has evolved over the past 35 years. Steered by a steadily chugging rhythm section, minor chords and melodic leads unfurl with the towering majesty of an ancient tapestry. At the center of this black metal fresco stands Sakis, the unwavering captain of Rotting Christ’s battle ship. “Hails to our ancient Kingdom”, he growls, still fierce and full of fight after all these years. 

Track-list

1. Pro Xristou (Προ Χριστού) (1:29)
2. The Apostate (5:01)
3. Like Father, Like Son (4:35) [WATCH]
 4. The Sixth Day (3:56)
5. La Lettera Del Diavolo (4:01)
6. The Farewell (6:15)
7. Pix Lax Dax (4:33)
8. Pretty World, Pretty Dies (4:51)
9. Yggdrasil (5:04)
10. Saoirse (6:17) [WATCH]
11. Primal Resurrection (Bonus Track) (5:32) – Only Deluxe Editions!
12. All For One (Bonus Track) (3:37) – Only Deluxe Editions!

In the dimly lit catacombs of extreme metal, one name stands as a monolith: ROTTING CHRIST. Sakis Tholis and his brother Themis started this band together back in 1987. In the three decades since, these Greek titans have left their blackened imprint all over the metal world. They’ve released 13 studio albums and played more than 1,300 concerts around the globe.  Underneath all this hard work, Rotting Christ have but one vision – an urge to not only push the boundaries of extreme metal, but to keep reinventing themselves along the way.

Rotting Christ’s evolution has unfolded across several distinct chapters. After starting out closer to the barely controlled chaos of grindcore, they went on to establish the iconic sound of Hellenic black metal. Their albums often embrace refined gothic soundscapes, only to plunge back into the depths of blasphemous fervour. Each chapter marked another, further exploration, and an unwavering commitment to push boundaries.

But the real turning point came in 2007, when Rotting Christ signed a pact with Season of Mist. They unleashed a series of albums for the French label that defied any and all expectations. From the piercing Theogonia and the symphonic grandeur of Aelo to the ritualistic intensity of Κατά Τον Δαίμονα Εαυτού, the cinematic experiences created by Rotting Christ became a spectacle of bombastic atmospheres, mesmerizing choirs, and neo-classical arrangements. The unexpected is their modus operandi, with the use of various languages (Latin, Arabic, Greek,  English) as well as the extensive use of famous poetry woven into their music, like Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ on The Heretics.

In 2019, Rotting Christ’s epic journey continued with The Apocryphal Spell compilation, which offers fans an intimate glimpse into unreleased and rare material. This allowed them to gather strength, preparing for the release of their next, highly anticipated, 14th full-length studio album: Pro Xristou.

Pro Xristou
 (‘Before Christ’ in Greek), serves as a fervent tribute to the last Pagan kings who resisted the onslaught of Christianity, guarding their ancient values and knowledge. In this thematic odyssey, intricately woven through tracks such as ‘The Apostate’ and ‘Ygdrassil’, Rotting Christ delves into the legacies of historical figures such as Flavius Claudius Julianus and Nordic mythological kings, embodying the might of Pagan wisdom in the face of Christian adversity. The album encapsulates the essence of Rotting Christ’s signature style – melodic, yet harsh at times – reinventing themselves yet again, while remaining rooted in their 35-year legacy.

Guest Musicians
Amdroniki Skoula – Vocals (on ‘La Letra Del Diavolo’)
Nikos Kerkiras – Keyboard
Christina Alexiou – Choir
Maria Tsironi – Choir
Alexandros Loyziotis – Choir
Vasilis Karatzas – Choir

Andrew Liles – Narration (on ‘The Apostate’, ‘Pretty World, Pretty Dies’)
Kim Diaz Holm – Narration (on ‘Ygdrassil’)

Recording Studio
Deva Sounds Studios (Athens, Greece)

Producer
Sakis TolisSound Engineer
Fotis Bernando
Aggelos Karatzas

Mixing
Jens Borgen at Fascination Street Studios (Örebro, Sweden)

Mastering
Tony Lidgren at Fascination Street Studios (Örebro, Sweden)

Artwork Artists
Thomas Cole – Artwork
Adrien Bousson – Digital Processing

Biography
Sébastien J. Gamez 

Links:
Official Website: https://www.rotting-christ.com/en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rottingchristofficial/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/rottingchristofficial/
Twitter (X): https://twitter.com/athanatoieste
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/RottingChristOfficia
Bandcamp: https://rottingchristofficial.bandcamp.com/
Apple Music: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rotting-christ/id28441629
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7FhkwcO8Jd7BRWdllBpXBJ

Available Formats:
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German Heavy Metal Legends ACCEPT Reveal Second New Single, “The Reckoning”

Photo Credit: Christoph Vohler

ACCEPT are:
Wolf Hoffmann – guitar
Mark Tornillo – vocals
Uwe Lulis – guitar
Martin Motnik – bass
Christopher Williams – drums

German Heavy Metal Legends ACCEPT Reveal Second New Single, “The Reckoning” | Check Out the Music Video HERE

New Studio Album, Humanoid, out April 26, 2024 via Napalm Records
Pre-Order NOW

Check Out The Interactive Humanoid Experience Website and Immerse Yourself in the New Album HERE

ACCEPT’s New Teutonic Metal Masterpiece Humanoid!

Iconic heavy metal institution ACCEPT have released their second new single, “The Reckoning”, off of their highly anticipated album, Humanoid, out April 26, 2024! The dark accompanying music video channels ACCEPT’s captivating live energy and matches the sinister instrumentation and apocalyptic lyrics of the track.
 
Formed in 1976, ACCEPT was the first internationally successful German heavy metal band. Currently, the frontrunners are again at the top of the international heavy metal scene, having stormed the charts with their latest album, Too Mean To Die, peaking at #2 on the Official German Album Charts. Order your copy of ACCEPT’s next masterpiece, Humanoid, now, and check out the official music video for “The Reckoning”below for a taste of what’s to come!
 

Wolf Hoffmann on “The Reckoning”:   
“We’re thrilled to release ‘The Reckoning’ as our second single. It’s is one of our favorites from the new album: hard hitting, solid metal with lyrics about a poignant life theme. We hope the fans enjoy it as much as we do! “

Watch the Official Music Video for “The Reckoning” HERE:

“On Humanoid, ACCEPT once again succeed in channeling the essence of heavy metal: Cutting riffs, sublime solos, big melodies. Must be heard loud!”
– Metal Hammer Germany –

[ACCEPT Metal Hammer Coverstory with excl 7’’ Vinyl to be published on April 12 – Pre-Order now!]
 

Once again finalized by leading metal producer Andy Sneap (Judas Priest, Amon Amarth, Testament, Saxon, etc.) at his Backstage Recording Studios Ltd. in Derbyshire, UK, Humanoid is a towering musical achievement and another world class entry in the ACCEPT catalog, certain to rally fans from around the world. Humanoid will be available in various formats worldwide, some of them strictly limited.

Humanoid joins absolute genre classics like Balls To The Wall, certified Gold in USA and Canada, Metal Heart, and newer masterpieces like Blood of the Nations and the #1 charting album Blind Rage. Their albums regularly place in national Top 10 sales charts, with global sales in excess of 17 million to date.

Pre-Order Your Copy of HumanoidNOW:

Tracklist Humanoid:
1    Diving Into Sin
2    Humanoid
3    Frankenstein
4    Man Up
5    The Reckoning
6    Nobody Gets Out Alive
7    Ravages Of Time
8    Unbreakable
9    Mind Games
10    Straight Up Jack
11    Southside Of Hell

ACCEPT have never shied away from hot button issues, and this album is no exception. Yet the band’s 17th studio album is certainly not a concept album. It deals with topics like AI and how our reliance on technology is gradually stripping away our individuality. ACCEPT offers a warning in this new album and title track single Humanoid. Since singer Mark Tornillo will never be an advocate for the digital age, he counterbalances the title track with raw emotions, frailties, significant Rites of Passage we encounter on the path of life and characteristics that make us uniquely human: feeling uncomfortable, getting older, dealing with hurt, disappointment, and the final stop for everyone: death.   

Humanoid will be available in the following formats:
 Ltd Box incl. CD Mediabook + Flag, Keytool in Guitar Look, Lighter, Photo Card, Textile Sticker – Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive (strictly limited to 1000 copies worldwide)
– 1-LP Gatefold Vinyl SPLATTERED CRISTALLO, BLACK, BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW, WHITE Die-Hard Edition + 12 inch Booklet + Slipmat + Patch + Record Butler – Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive, (strictly limited to 666 copies worldwide)
– 1-LP Gatefold Vinyl SOLID BABY BLUE – Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive (strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide)
– 1-LP Gatefold Vinyl TRANSLUCENT TURQUOISE – Napalm Records North America exclusive (strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide)
– 1-LP Gatefold Vinyl CRISTALLO – JPC exclusive (strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide)
– 1-LP Gatefold Vinyl TRANSLUCENT ORANGE – EMP exclusive (strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide)
– 1-LP Gatefold Vinyl SILVER – Platekompaniet exclusive (strictly limited to 400 copies worldwide)
– 1-LP Gatefold Vinyl SOLID ROYAL BLUE– North American Indies exclusive (strictly limited to 1100 copies worldwide)
– 1-LP Gatefold Vinyl BLACK 
– 1-CD Mediabook w/ 28 pages booklet + 1 Bonus Tracks – limited edition
– 1-CD 6 pages Digisleeve + 12 pages booklet
– World exclusive 7“ vinyl incl. ”Humanoid”and “The Reckoning”, physically unreleased – only available with METAL HAMMER Germany May issue incl ACCEPT cover story (street date April 12th), before the new album drops
– Digital Album

Ltd Box incl. CD Mediabook + Flag, Keytool in Guitar Look, Lighter, Photo Card, Textile Sticker – Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive (strictly limited to 1000 copies worldwide)]

Humanoid is a ferociously electrifying, dynamic and subtly nuanced platter with tongue in cheek humor, as heard in biblical references on “The Reckoning” – an ode to concert audiences – a thrilling new spin on the “Frankenstein” story and “Straight Up Jack” – a track that surely would have been a Bon Scott approved drinking song.           

The opening track “Diving into Sin” gives listeners a hair-raising energetic jolt with its Middle Eastern influenced intro, and an almost aggressive, screaming vocal from Tornillo setting the rest of the album up for a most bountiful feast. “Unbreakable” is as much about the band as it is the bond between ACCEPT and their fans, in the concert arena – an easy going “Hey, let’s do this” kind of rock song. “Mind Games”, on the other hand, has a vintage feel, circa “Metal Heart”“No One Gets Out Alive” seems tailor made for live shows. It says that regardless of life’s circumstances, rich, famous, or not, death is the great equalizer. Upbeat and aggressive with guitar interplay, “Southside Of Hell” ends the disc with a wonderful bit of wordplay, courtesy of Tornillo.           

Humanoid is an album that targets the head, heart, gut and… balls! Listen for yourself!

ACCEPT Live 2024:
 
South American Headline Tour:
29.04.24 UY – Montevideo / Complejo Sala Show
01.05.24 BR – Sao Paulo / Carioca Club
03.05.24 AR – Buenos Aires / Teatro Flores
05.05.24 CL – Santiago / Coliseo
07.05.24 PE – Lima / CC Festiva
09.05.24 CO – Bogota / Royal Center
11.05.24 SV – San Salvador / Gimnasio Adolfo Pineda Santa Tecla
13.05.24 MX – Mexico City / Sala Urbana
15.05.24 BR – Belo Horizonte / Mister Rock
17.05.24 BR – Brasília / Toinha
18.05.24 BR – São Paulo / Carioca Club
19.05.24 BR – Santo André / Santo Rock
 
European Headline Tour:
17.10.24 TR – Istanbul / KCP
28.10.24 FR – Toulouse / Le Bikini
29.10.24 FR – Lyon / Transbordeur
31.10.24 BE – Antwerp / Trix
01.11.24 FR – Paris / Elysee Montmartre
02.11.24 CH – Lausanne / Les Docks
03.11.24 CH – Zurich / Komplex
05.11.24 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage
06.11.24 DE – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle
07.11.24 DE – Langen / Stadthalle
09.11.24 AT – Vienna / Simm City
12.11.24 DE – Munich / Backstage
13.11.24 DE – Berlin / Huxleys
15.11.24 DE – Neu-Ulm / Ratiopharm Arena
16.11.24 DE – Geiselwind / Musichall
20.11.24 DE – Gera – KuK
21.11.24 DE – Bremen / Aladin
25.11.24 NO – Oslo / Rockefeller
26.11.24 SE – Gothenburg / Trädgår’n
28.11.24 SE – Skövde / Valhall
29.11.24 SE – Karlstad / Nöjesfabriken
30.11.24 SE – Stockholm / Fryshuset
 
Festivals 2024:
05.-08.06.24 PL – Gdansk / Mystic Festival
19.-22.06.24 DK – Copenhagen / Copenhell
20.-22.06.24 ES – Cartagena / Rock Imperium Festival
26.-29.06.24 ES – Viveiro / Resurrection Festival
27.-30.06.24 FR – Clisson / Hellfest
11.-15.07.24 HU – Dunaújváros / Rockmaraton
12.-14.07.24 BG – Mogilovo / Midalidare Rock in the Wine Valley
14.07.24 CZ – Visovice / Masters Of Rock
20.07.24 DE – Pyras / Pyras Open Air
21.07.24 GR – Athens / Release Athens
26.-28.07.24 UK – Ebbw Vale / Steelhouse Festival
31.07.-03.08.24 DE – Wacken / Wacken Open Air
01.-03.08.24 SE – Rejmyre / Skogsröjet
20.10.24 ES – Mallorca / Full Metal Holidays
22.-23.11.24 GER – Weissenhäuser Strand – Metal Hammer Paradise

Tickets available HERE

ACCEPT online:
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FORETOKEN announce debut live shows

Photographer credit: Kip Dawkins

FORETOKEN is:
Dan Cooley – vocals
Steve Redmond – guitar and orchestration
Hannes Grossmann – drums (recording only)

Richmond, VA blackened death metal band FORETOKEN has today shared their debut live shows, set to take place in May and June. Alongside the announcement of their first set of live performances FORETOKEN has revealed their new line-up, upgraded from a duo to a quintet – full live dates and details below.

FORETOKEN DEBUT LIVE SHOWS
Stream Triumphs via Apple Music | TIDAL | Deezer | Bandcamp and Spotify

FORETOKEN debut shows:
May 4 – Fuzzy Cactus – Richmond, VA
May 5 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
May 18 – Another Round – Richmond, VA
June 7 – The Pie Shop – Washington, DC

Speaking on the shows, FORETOKEN‘s  Steve Redmond (guitar and orchestration) comments: “We’re stoked to finally be able to bring these songs to the stage! We think our newest members Chris, Andrew and Tweed are killer additions to the lineup and we’re excited for what’s to come!”

Dan Cooley (vocals) adds: “Andrew, Chris, and Tweed are not only cool to hang out with but are amazing musicians. We’re really looking forward to playing live and meeting our fans!”

Chris, Mike and Andrew shared the following.

Chris Hylton (drums) – “I was a fan of FORETOKEN before Steve asked me to join the band and these songs have been a blast to learn. I’m looking forward to helping bring the songs to the stage.”

Mike Tweed (bass): “I am stoked to be jamming with Steve and Dan again as we bring symphonic death metal to the stage.” 

Andrew Matthews (guitar): “I’m honored to be asked to bring Foretoken to the stage and look forward to playing many shows with these fine fellas.”

Utilizing traditional narratives of myths, legends, and folklore, FORETOKEN‘s latest album, Triumphs examines the ignored collateral damage of the cost of victory through these established mythos. Stories throughout Triumphsinclude the tale of the Persian epic poem Shahnameh, written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi (referenced in Serpent King’s Venom), Zhong Kui, the mythological Chinese King of Ghosts (Demon Queller) and Mexico’s The Weeping Woman, La Llorona (The Wraith That Weeps).

Taking musical inspiration from melodic and tech death metal, as well as power, folk and black metal, FORETOKEN’s core sound on Triumphs is bolstered by subtle and captivating use of traditionally Scandinavian, Southeast Asian, and Middle Eastern instruments for atmospheric depth within the album’s 51 minute runtime. 

Triumphs tracklist:
1. Revenant of Valor
2. Demon Queller
3. The Wraith That Weeps
4. The Labors
5. Serpent Kings Venom
6. His Riastrad
7. Devil o’ the Sea
8. A Tyrant Rises as Titans Fall
9. I Am Vengeance (Naglfar cover)

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Bay Area Legends FORBIDDEN Annouce OmegAfest Featuring BIOHAZARD, WARBRINGER, EXCITER and More

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 19, 2024) — Bay Area metal legends FORBIDDEN announce their first annual OmegAfest on May 4, 2024 at The UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA. When Forbidden was reborn last year things got off to a raucous start. One of the first things the band wanted to do is to be able to control their own flow. Choose where, when and what they play.

Thats why they created our own festival…OmegAfest!

OmegAfest 2024 Lineup:

May 4, 2024
The UC Theatre
Berkeley, CA
Biohazard
Forbidden
Warbringer
Exciter
Hatriot
Bewitcher
Death Grave
Frolic
Hellbender

Tickets for OmegAfest are available here

This will be the first of hopefully many more European-like festivals that the band will throw annually at the UC Theater in Berkeley. An amazing venue with a 1,400 capacity, excellent sound, stage & lights.

The idea is they get to hand pick the bands they play with every year covering multiple genres of heavy music. This year they have BIOHAZARD co-headlining with FORBIDDEN. BIOHAZARD’s first gig back in the Bay in 30 years!

Each year moving forward the band will select national acts as well as a few strong up and coming local bands. A genre blend creating a more European style of eclectic talent.

OmegAfest will be FORBIDDEN’s ONLY Bay Area appearance of 2024.

About Forbidden

Originally founded in 1985 as Forbidden Evil by singer Russ Anderson, guitarists Craig Locicero & Robb Flynn, basses John Tegio and drummer Jim Pittman, the quintet started playing house parties and Bay Area clubs such as the Legendary Ruthie’s Inn soon after.

After a couple of lineup changes (Paul Bostaph / drums & Matt Camacho / bass) in ’86, the band quickly rose through the ranks of Bay Area Thrash to gain a massive following and worldwide notoriety.

In 1986, the band added Glen Alvelais as the second guitarist. It was this lineup that cemented itself into the Bay Area scene and soon after recorded 1988 release ‘Forbidden Evil’ for Combat Records changing the band’s name to simply Forbidden.

In May of ’89 while on a European tour with Sacred Reich, Forbidden played their first appearance at the Legendary Dynamo Open Air in Eindhoven, Netherlands. It was here that Forbidden made their European mark and recorded the Raw Evil EP.

The band returned Stateside and replaced Alvelais with Tim Calvert. Calvert was a missing ingredient that brought the band closer together asa team. They continued to tour the U.S. first with Exodus and then again with Sacred Reich with Calvert on second guitar.

The band went on to release Twisted Into Form in 1990, Distortion in 1994 and Green in 1996 however the band having gone though many lineup changes disbanded in 1997.

In 2008 Craig being inspired at a screening of the movie Get Thrashed, called the other members of the band and suggested getting back on stage to see if they could reignite the Forbidden machine. With Anderson, Locicero, Camacho back in the mix along with new additions Glen Alvelais and Gene Hoglan they played two sold out Death Angel shows in San Francisco.

Steve Smyth came into the mix in place of Alvelais and Mark Hernandez took Hoglan’s place, the band then released Omega Wave, the 5th in the catalog and went on a US tour with Overkill. European festivals were next but afterwards Hernandez had to walk away due to personal reasons leading to a tour cancelation.

Sasha Horn was the answer to fill the drummer’s spot.

After playing Bonded By Baloff with Exodus and one Bay Area show, Forbidden embarked for Chile to play the Metal Fest in Santiago. It was on this flight back home that Russ informed the band that he couldn’t tour anymore because of the physical toll it was taking on him. With that, the band dissolved once again for 11 years.

Fast forward to 2023. The once improbable and impossible happened. Forbidden is reforming with new blood! Locicero, Camacho & Smyth remain from the Omega Wave lineup.

New vocalist Norman Skinner will take the elite position that belonged to Russ Anderson. Norman shocked everyone who witnessed his performance of Chalice of Blood with LA thrashers Warbringer accompanying him as the band. It was undeniable to all in attendance. Norman grew up in the Bay Area. His first thrash metal show was seeing Forbidden at the Omni. Russ would point to Norman at shows and call him
“Little Russ” on the mic. It could ONLY be Norman Skinner that stands aside the band.

The Bay Area thrash / punk drum Legend Chris Kontos takes over the drum throne. In a long line of world renown drummers, Kontos is the most logical & qualified man for the job. Bostaph, Jacobs, Hoglan, Hernandez, Horn… World class talents. Now Kontos.

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After success with ‘Invincible Shield’ – Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford reveals plans for blues solo album

Image: Judas Priest – new colour portrait – Credit James Hodges Photography 

After Judas Priest recently stormed the German charts with their new album “Invincible Shield” (reaching number 1), the avowed blues fan and band frontman Rob Halford has now announced to Rock Antenne that he is planning a blues album.

After Judas Priest recently stormed the German charts with their new album “Invincible Shield” (reaching number 1), the avowed blues fan and band frontman Rob Halford has now announced to Rock Antenne that he is planning a blues album. The same crew that worked on his Christmas album “Celestial,” including his brother Nigel and his nephew Alex, will be part of this project.

Speaking to Rock Antenne, Halford shared the backstory as follows: 
“As you might have occasionally heard here and there, I had the ambition to make at least one blues album. Because metal, yes, all of rock’n’roll, comes from the blues. A large part of music stems from the blues. And since I am a fan of the blues, I have always wanted to explore this area. A few years ago, we — that is, my brother, my nephew Alex on bass, and a friend of ours — made the CELESTIAL Christmas album together. And then, towards the end of those sessions, I said to the guys, ‘Why don’t we just make a blues album?’ Okay, it’s a simple idea, right? So, we have the music ready, all these songs are primed for the go-ahead. It’s just about timing. Timing and planning are so important in our world, in music. So, that’s something I’d really like to make happen. And if I get the time to implement it, I will do it.”

Watch the complete interview with Rob Halford here:

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Billy Morrison & Ozzy Osbourne: A Dynamic Collaboration for ‘Crack Cocaine’

Image: Crack Cocaine – musicvideo [YouTube]

Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison unveiled ‘Crack Cocaine’, the latest single from his upcoming third solo album, ‘The Morrison Project’. For this track, Morrison teamed up with none other than the Black Sabbath icon Ozzy Osbourne.

Last Friday, Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison unveiled ‘Crack Cocaine’, the latest single from his upcoming third solo album, ‘The Morrison Project’. For this track, Morrison teamed up with none other than the Black Sabbath icon Ozzy Osbourne.

Contrary to what the provocative title might suggest, the song has nothing to do with crack or cocaine, but is entirely about how certain relationships can also feel like an addiction, as Morrison explained to Metal Hammer UK.

‘Crack Cocaine’ impresses with strong riffs, dynamic melodies, and a dark theme, complemented by Ozzy’s iconic vocals, delivering the classic Ozzy sound we all know and love.

Watch the music video for “Crack Cocaine” here:

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Imperial Triumphant drops new single/video, “Cosmopolis (Redux 1924)”

Photo by: Shawn Brandon Media (@shawnbrandonmedia)

Imperial Triumphant line-up:
Zachary Ezrin – Vocals, Guitar
Steve Blanco – Bass, Keyboards
Kenny Grohowski – Drums

On May 3rd, New York’s Imperial Triumphant will release a new version of 2018’s Vile Luxury – remixed & remastered by longtime contributor Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts). Upon its initial release, the album set a new standard for the possibilities of extreme music; now, the trio returns with a fresh approach to this seminal record—often considered Imperial Triumphant at their most accessible—allowing stygian dimensions and monolithic intents to seep through. For a preview of Vile Luxury, a new video for “Cosmopolis (Redux 1924)” can be viewed now at: https://youtu.be/91fJUmRy3EQ

Zachary Ezrin (vocals, guitar) comments: “Cosmopolis, great melting pot. New York, the city of molten grandeur. Everything gold and grey, ash and emerald, eventually joins the giant crucible. All is sacrificed in the name of convenience. Wait in line and your turn will come. Welcome to the Cosmopolis.”

Steve Blanco (bass, keyboards) adds: “In the symphony of steel and shadows, echoes of a silent voice transcend the Art Deco facade, revealing the intricate dance of evil, chaos, and order in the Cosmopolis.”

The previously released video for “Swarming Opulence (Redux 1924)” can also be seen at: https://youtu.be/ijaePLLK6oM

Album artwork by: Noah Meihoff

Pre-order the remixed & remastered version of Vile Luxury now here: https://imperialtriumphant.lnk.to/VileLuxury-Redux1924 – where the record is available in the following formats:
–CD Digipak
–Hudson River Blue 2LP
–Chernobyl Radiation Neon Green 2LP
–Digital Album

To coincide with this release, Imperial Triumphant will head out on a North American tour supporting Abbath this May, featuring an exclusive Vile Luxury performance at all shows. See below for dates!

Abbath tour dates
w/ Imperial Triumphant, Black Anvil, Final Gasp
May 9, 2024 – Quebec City, QC – Theatre Capitole
May 10, 2024 – Montreal, QC – La Tulipe
May 11, 2024 – Kitchener, ON – The Hub
May 12, 2024 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
May 14, 2024 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre
May 16, 2024 – Saint Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
May 17, 2024 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre
May 18, 2024 – Munster, IN – Dark Lord Day *
May 19, 2024 – Cleveland, OH – TempleLive at Cleveland Masonic
May 20, 2024 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
May 22, 2024 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works
May 23, 2024 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
May 24, 2024 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
May 25, 2024 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
May 26, 2024 – Baltimore, MD – Maryland Deathfest *
*=no Imperial Triumphant

Since 2018, Imperial Triumphanthas taken their signature sound, equally rooted in eclectic black metal, the most claustrophobic notions of free jazz, and the concept of urban cityscapes as canyons of horror, and cemented their status with tours alongside the likes of Behemoth, Zeal & Ardor, and Voivod. Most recently, the three-piece digitally released a series of covers in 2023 to critical acclaim – all of which can be heard below:

“Paranoid Android” (Radioheadcover): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI9f_Sc3CAI

“A Night In Tunisia” (Dizzy Gillespie cover): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fczJK-Otu-Y

“Jacob’s Ladder” (Rush cover): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uQjqdRQ9FE

“Motorbreath” (Metallica cover): https://ImperialTriumphant.lnk.to/Motorbreath-CoverVersion

“Nefertiti” (Wayne Shorter cover): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkLr487PqpM


Imperial Triumphant online:

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