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ANCIIENTS Announce Record Release Shows

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ANCIIENTS Announce Record Release Shows in British Colombia 

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

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

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

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

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

Anciients Beyond the Reach of the Sun Record Release Shows 

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

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

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

Pre-order & Stream 

https://orcd.co/anciientsbeyondthereachofthesun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recording studio
Rain City Recorders

Producer / sound engineer
Jesse Gander
Assisted by Szymon Wojciech

Mastering studio and engineer
Stu McKillop @ Rain City Mastering

Mixing studio and engineer
Jesse Gander Rain City Recorders

Cover artwork artist 
Adam Burke @ Nightjar Illustrations

Bio
Kevin Stewart-Panko

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

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https://www.youtube.com/user/ANCIIENTS
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/anciients/603538280
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NILE are back with their first album in 5 Years Via Napalm Records

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NILE

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

Out August 23, 2024 via Napalm Records 

Pre-order The Underworld Awaits Us All Here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch the new official music video for

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

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

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

Karl Sanders says about the album:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pro Xristou Album Review: ROTTING CHRIST’s Unwavering Legacy Prevails”

Photo by © Chantik Photography

Pro Xristou Album Review Written By Tristan Cardinelli

Rotting Christ, the Greek pioneers of unapologetically anti-Christian black metal, have returned with their latest offering, “Pro Xristou” (Before Christ), challenging conventions and igniting controversy once again. With their distinct sound and fiercely provocative lyrics, Rotting Christ’s newest opus is sure to ruffle feathers. Yet, amidst the dissent, black metal enthusiasts are bound to embrace it wholeheartedly.

“Pro Xristou” sees the band continuing their trajectory, embracing clean, melodic baritone vocals infused with their distinctive signature Greek dialect, Benedictine chants, and a plethora of pinch harmonics. If you’ve found resonance in Rotting Christ’s later works like “Rituals” and “The Heretics,” this album will undoubtedly captivate you. The journey begins with the slow, atmospheric title track, setting the stage for what’s to come.

The Apostate” follows suit, blending melody with choral elements and spoken word passages by Sakis Tolis, creating a breathtaking sonic experience.

Like Father, Like Son” elevates the majesty further, transporting listeners to the breathtaking vistas of ancient Greece, while tracks like “The Sixth Day” provoke contemplation with their blend of beauty and religious critique.

As the album progresses, darker tones emerge with tracks like “La Lettera Del Diavolo” and “The Farewell,” taking listeners on an emotional rollercoaster. However, it’s “Pix Lax Dax” that stands out, with its subtle time changes, haunting squeal technique, and captivating chorus.

“Pro Xristou” solidifies Rotting Christ’s place in the metal pantheon, showcasing a renewed energy and confidence. Bonus tracks like “Saoirse,” “Primal Resurrection,” and “All for One” add further depth to an already impressive offering.

Despite their extensive discography and decades-long career, Rotting Christ remains at the top of their game by stretching limits and defying expectations.

Pro Xristou is steeped in fervent dissent against conventional religious dogma, echoing with subversive undertones and incisive critiques of established faith.

Sakis Tolis, the vocalist and guitarist, who has been one of the primary songwriters and driving forces behind the group, has propelled their career over decades.

“Pro Xristou” may not reinvent the wheel, but it’s a testament to the band’s enduring legacy and unwavering dedication to their craft. Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to their music, Rotting Christ’s “Pro Xristou” is a captivating journey into the heart of Greek black metal. And remember, if you ever get the chance, experiencing Rotting Christ live is an absolute must.

Pro Xristou is out now! Friday May 24th, on Season of Mist. 

Listen to Pro Xristou: 

Pre-order

https://redirect.season-of-mist.com/RottingChristProXristou

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Track-list

1. Pro Xristou (Προ Χριστού) (1:29)
2. The Apostate (5:01) [WATCH]
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!
Total runtime: 55:17

Style: Melodic Black Metal

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.

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

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 

Available Formats:
Digital Download
CD Digipak
CD Clamshell Box – Deluxe Digipak w/ Gold Foil + 2 Bonus
Tracks & Extras
12″ Vinyl Gatefold – Black
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Crystal Clear
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Crystal Clear, Red & Blue Mixed
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Green
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Turquoise
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Yellow
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Blue
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – silver & Black Marbled
Limited Box Set Vinyl – 12″ Gold & Black Marbled w/ Gold Foil + 2 Bonus Tracks & Extras
Cassette

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Powerwolf Deliver The Most Elaborate Video in the Band’s History. New Album, Wake Up The Wicked, out July 26

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Today, POWERWOLF presents the long-awaited first single from their upcoming studio album, Wake Up The Wicked, out July 26, 2024 via Napalm Records. “1589” tells the story of Peter Stump, who lived near Cologne, Germany in the 16th century and is known today as the “Werewolf of Bedburg”. After being defamed as a werewolf, the farmer confessed to several murders under torture, and was cruelly executed on October 31, 1589. This morbid story has fascinated people all over the world ever since and has been picked up by National Geographic, among others.
 

For the video for “1589”POWERWOLF traveled to England to stage Stump’s fate in the dark woods in a cinematic way. With carefully selected locations, countless actors and crew members and impressive special effects, it marks the most elaborate music video production in the band’s history to date – and thus offers a worthy first taste of what fans can expect with Wake Up The Wicked

Experience the Cinematic Video for “1589” 
Directed & produced by Adam Barker
https://youtu.be/5S0-oP9JsL0 

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.

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. 

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 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 

Pre-Order your version of the new album, Wake Up The Wicked
https://lnk.to/PW-WakeUpTheWicked

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

POWERWOLF online:
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Metal Lair Interviews Travis Everett of Witchgrinder

Tom Wilke of Metal Lair recently had a chat with the Frontman of the Melbourne based Industrial Metal band Witchgrinder, Travis Everett.

During their lively conversation, they delved into an array of captivating subjects, including the band’s current tour, the release of their latest album, “Nothing Stays Buried,” the creative inspiration behind their latest video, “Queen of Sin,” and the fervent debate surrounding the casting choices in the upcoming film “The Crow.” Emotions ran high as they explored differing opinions on the decision to recast Brandon Lee’s iconic role with Bill Skarsgård.

You can watch the full interview here:

Get Your Copy of Nothing Stays Buried Here

TRACKLISTING:
1.My Exorcist
2.Dead by Dawn
3.Queen of Sin
4.Upon Cursed Ground
5.Inject The Venom
6.Left for the Rats
7.You Bury Your Own
8.Nothing but Fire

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Aborted, Vault of Horrors Album Review

Written By Lindon Faynes

As creatures of habit, it is often easy to feel content with repetition and familiarity. We know what to expect and can find solace in homogeneity. This often applies to the music we listen to, something that follows a distinct style or sound that can make one feel gratification. Originality and personality can be and usually will be sacrificed for an indifferent but pleasing sound to feed this appetite.   

Belgium’s Aborted have always been a band that were “style over substance” as in whilst offering nothing new to the death metal spectrum, do add a direct-on-target sound that utilizes the influences from Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse & Carcass that quenches that grim death metal thirst. I very much doubt Sven ever set out to redirect or reinterpret the genre but to just play brutal and intransigent music which has been accomplished album after album.  

“Vault of Horrors” is an album comprised of drummer driven death metal. It is as fast paced and as frantic as any other current death metal sound. I am in no shape or form calling Aborted generic, but the riffs presented here are formulaic. Lots of tritone power chords & tremolo littered with syncopated chugging that draws a good amount of influence from the current deathcore sound sprinkled in with technical showmanship and the typical melodies used in most extreme metal. Not riff devoid by any means, however it is very paint-by-numbers in terms of songwriting and with the clean and very modern production does not help with differentiation from other similar acts. This is not a critique but more so an observation of the current extreme music scene what with bands using the same instrument brands, tunings and amp pre-sets. It all has a great sound however leaves a lot more to be desired in originality or ingenuity.   

One of the main selling points for this release was that all 10 tracks (not including the bonus song) feature a well-known guest vocalist. I have always found that the most unique feature of Aborted’s music was frontman Sven’s vocals. He, alongside other belching greats Frank Mullens and George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, have very distinct styles & sounds. I have heard songs he has guested on without knowing and was able to pick that it is him which should display my reverence for his voice. Kicking the thesaurus aside and just stating it – he’s an awesome vocalist. Everyone else is great too. However, hearken back to my point on the production and writing, these songs could have been written by the guests bands themselves. Eric from Despised Icon does his vocals over a slam riff and isn’t too different sounding from his own band, same with Oliver from Archspire, his section could be either Aborted or Archspire and this echoes for a good portion of the guest spots here (Fleshgod & Cryptopsy are exceptions to the rule). Despite this, it is understandable that the album would have these features as all these bands are touring brothers, and it would help bring in new fans.

In short, this album is a solid slab of death metal; did you really come in expecting more than that? Songs like “The Shape of Hate”, “Death Cult” & the grindy “Insect Politics” still batter your ear drums effortlessly. Solid but not stellar, safe but not stagnant.

ORDER VAULT OF HORRORS HERE:

1.Dreadbringer (feat. Shadow Of Intent)
2.Condemned To Rot (feat. Francesco Paoli)
3.Brotherhood Of Sleep (feat. Johnny Ciardullo)
4.Death Cult (feat. Despised Icon)
5.Hellbound (feat. Matt McGachy)
6.Insect Politics (feat. Jason Evans)
7.The Golgothan (feat. Hal Microutsicos)
8.The Shape Of Hate (feat. Oliver Rae Aleron)
9.Naturom Demonto (feat. David Simonich III)
10.Malevolent Haze (feat. Ricky Hoover)

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

Photo by © Chantik Photography

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.

Pre-order: https://shop.season-of-mist.com/list/rotting-christ-pro-xristou

Pre-save:https://orcd.co/proxtristoupresave

“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:
Digital Download
CD Digipak
CD Clamshell Box – Deluxe Digipak w/ Gold Foil + 2 Bonus
Tracks & Extras
12″ Vinyl Gatefold – Black
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Crystal Clear
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Crystal Clear, Red & Blue Mixed
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Green
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Turquoise
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Yellow
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Blue
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – silver & Black Marbled
Limited Box Set Vinyl – 12″ Gold & Black Marbled w/ Gold Foil + 2 Bonus Tracks & Extras
Cassette

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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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German Heavy Metal Outfit Vulture Unleashes “Realm of the Impaler” Video / Single

Photo by Evil Live Photography

VULTURE:
L. Steeler – vocals
S. Castevet – guitars
M. Outlaw – guitars
A. Axetinctör – bass
G. Deceiver – drums

Sentinels Full-Length Nears Release On Metal Blade Records

Watch VULTURE’s “Realm Of The Impaler” video HERE

German heavy metallers VULTURE will unleash their fourth album, Sentinels, upon the masses on April 12th via Metal Blade Records. In anticipation of the release, today the band drops the fiery new single, “Realm Of The Impaler.”

If there is one band that combines a classic approach with fresh ideas and an expansive joy of playing to honor their ancestors from the likes of early ExodusMetallica, or Slayer, then it is VULTURE

Blabbermouth once hailed the band for breathing, “fresh life into the peerless sounds of the ’80s metal underground,” adding that, “while there are countless bands taking a similar approach, very few of them have either the songwriting chops or the inarguable conviction that this band keep delivering in massive, choking quantities.” Defenders Of The Faith Metalconcurred, “Their musical chops are such a force to be reckoned with; if they wanted to, they could form a traditional/prog metal band on the side, but they won’t. They’ll continue to subtly incorporate elements of such without losing their way.”

On SentinelsVULTURE proves once again that tradition and further development are not mutually exclusive, but on the contrary can lead to something extraordinary that leaves no headbanger untouched.

In direct comparison to the last album, Dealin’ Death, we’ve picked up the pace again noticeably,” says guitarist Stefan Castevet. “We’re bolder and a bit wilder again. It was important to us to be catchy and to include choruses that stick. Of course, we’ve basically retained our style, but we’ve defined the framework of the songs more clearly.”

VULTURE again recorded with Marco Brinkmann in his Hellforge Studio where there were also some innovations. “We had a clearly structured daily routine, a normal working day with set goals in which we could focus purely on recording the songs. Our previous recordings were a bit less organized which resulted in working overtime for everyone involved at the end. This is one of the reasons why Sentinels is the best sounding VULTURE record to date!

Comments Castevet on the band’s latest single, “‘Realm Of The Impaler’ shows our musical roots in classic heavy metal. Lots of twin guitars and melodies paired with driving drums and a dark atmosphere. The song proves that we are much more than a typical ‘hit it’ thrash band. Lyrically, the song deals with the infamous figure Vlad Tepes: His name a curse, his tongue a whip!

Watch VULTURE‘s “Realm Of The Impaler” video at THIS LOCATION.

Watch VULTURE’s previously released video for “Unhallowed & Forgotten” HERE.

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

Crystal Clear w/ Black Smoke (US)
180g Black (EU)
Blood Red & White Splattered (EU – Ltd. 200)
Bright Red White Marbled (EU – Ltd. 700)
Special Edition Bundle w/ 12″ (Midnight Blue Marbled), 7″, Patch, Photo, Poster (EU – Ltd. 500)

Find pre-orders at: metalblade.com/vulture

VULTURE Live:
3/14-17/2024 Underground Resistance Festival – Göteborg, SE
4/11/2024 Don’t Panic – Essen, DE * Record Release Show
4/12/2024 Bambi Galore – Hamburg, DE * Record Release Show
4/13/2024 Hühnermanhattan – Halle, DE * Record Release Show
4/26/2024 SWR Festival – Barroselas, PT
5/10/2024 Huginns Awakening Fest – Ostende, BE
5/30 – 6/1/2024 Muskelrock Festival – Alvesta, SE

A devastating Teutonic speed attack forged in the blazing fyres of the Ruhrpott!” — Yorck Segatz, Sodom

VULTURE strikes again! From technical finesse and fast-paced riffs to catchy choruses and laid back groovers, Sentinels delivers forty-one merciless minutes of electric ecstasy straight in your face! A refined and perfectionized successor to 2021’s Dealin’ Death that strikes with unchallenged power!” — Max Mayhem, Evil Invaders

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Hamferð: “Men Guðs hond er sterk” Full-Length from Faroese Death/Doom Collective Out Today on Metal Blade Records

Photo by Gaui H 

HAMFERÐ:
Jón Aldará – vocals
Theodor Kapnas – guitars
Eyðun í Geil Hvannastein – guitars
Esmar Joensen – keyboards
Remi Kofoed Johannesen – drums
Jenus í Trøðini – bass

“Marrusorg” Video Now Playing

Watch HAMFERÐ’s “Marrusorg” video HERE

Men Guðs Hond Er Sterk, the new full-length from Faroe Islands-based death/doom collective HAMFERÐ, is out today on Metal Blade Records!

When this magisterial sextet’s third album Támsins likam emerged in 2018, the highly acclaimed and powerfully emotive opus thrust the mourning-suited band onto the world stage. Louder Sound championed, “a stunning triumph,” Heavy Music HQconcurred lauding a, “tour de force for the band,” while Bandcamp Daily observed accurately, “HAMFERÐ presents metal’s obligatory preoccupation with dying in a light we rarely see it, finding melodrama, romance, and – yes – beauty in mortality.”

Six years on, the accumulation of plentiful live experience and interpersonal chemistry has had a profound impact on HAMFERБs extraordinary fourth LP, Men Guðs Hond Er Sterk, feeding into the artisanal sonic vision of guitarist and producer, Theodor Kapnas. Avoiding all the quick-fix trickery of modern recording technology, the band recorded the songs together live in the studio, without a click-track. The result is a resoundingly human album that heaves, swoops, and shifts in elemental style – from passages of glacial post-metallic beauty through sorrowful folky goth cadences, via icy blackened blastbeats to shuddering vistas of extreme doom mastery – with a crackling tight-but-loose interplay recalling the giants of yesteryear.

The narrative concept behind Men Guðs Hond Er Sterk is inspired by the 1915 whaling disaster off the Faroe Island village of Sandvik (home of HAMFERРkeyboardist Esmar Joensen), when fourteen men died driving whales ashore in the stormy bay. The village population witnessed the tragedy from the seaside. The sad tale has enabled HAMFERРto powerfully bring to life the meaning behind their Faroese name, zeroing in on the traumatic emotional force behind this supernatural phenomenon.

In celebration of today’s release, the band has unveiled a video for “Marrusorg.” “‘Marrusorg’ describes a parent’s attempt to create an imaginary world to avoid facing the death of their child. The verses are a dreamlike nursery rhyme where the child is the hero in an underwater kingdom. The choruses represent the unbearable grief that floods over the parent when this fantasy melts away.”

Watch HAMFERБs “Marrusorg” video at THIS LOCATION.

Watch HAMFERБs previously released videos for “Ábær” HERE and “Hvølja” HERE.

Men Guðs Hond Er Sterk is available on CD and digital formats as well as vinyl in the following color variants:

Azure Blue Marbled (US/EU)
180g Black (EU)
Sand Beige Marbled (EU – Ltd. 300)
Crystal Clear Blackdust (EU – Ltd. 200)

Find orders at: metalblade.com/hamferd

In related HAMFERРnews, the band will join Sólstafir and Oranssi Pazuzu for a portion of the Nordic Descent Tour this November.

Comments the band, “We are very excited to hit the road with our friends in Sólstafir and the amazing Oranssi Pazuzu. It’s a musically diverse package which we are honored to be a part of, and we can’t wait to perform our new music on stages around Europe. We also can’t wait to finally get to play in the UK, it has been long overdue!

See all confirmed dates below.

HAMFERÐ w/ Sólstafir, Oranssi Pazuzu:
11/13/2024 Oosterpoort – Groningen, NL
11/14/2024 Doornroosje – Nijmegen, NL
11/15/2024 Muziekgieterij – Maastricht, NL
11/16/2024 Botanique – Brussels, BE
11/17/2024 Forum – Bielefeld, DE
11/19/2024 Splendid – Lille, FR
11/20/2024 Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK
11/21/2024 Club Academy – Manchester, UK
11/22/2024 Opium – Dublin, IR
11/23/2024 Queen Margaret Union – Glasgow, UK
11/24/2024 Electric Brixton – London, UK

The true depth of this work may not be immediately apparent – but knowing all its facets, you can hardly help but let yourself be absorbed and drawn in by it.” — Metal Hammer Germany

…heavy riffs meet deep growls and pleading clear vocals as well as melodic sprinkles and a pleasant mixture of anger and melancholy… the album… invites you to let out your frustration about the misery of this world over a cold drink. And that’s exactly what music like this is for…” — Slam Magazine

HAMFERÐ’s latest offering is a powerful, emotionally charged exploration of tragedy, memory, and the indomitable human spirit. It is an album that stands as a bold statement from a band that continues to push the boundaries of their genre, crafting music that is as deeply felt as it is beautifully rendered.” – Lots Of Musik 

Very few records that exist in this genre are a strong as Hamferð’s music, and Men Guðs Hond er Sterk simply reinforces Hamferð’s mastery of the style.” — Wonderbox Metal

The band excels at transmitting vibes of desolation and hopelessness with their music, and with Men Guðs Hond Er Sterk they take things to a whole new level.” — Infernal Masquerade

…a marriage of music and meaning… I haven’t “felt” another album as deeply this year.” — Metal Temple

[HAMFERÐ] continues to strike a fine line between entrancing melodies that have a bleaker, melancholic tone alongside more crushing riffs, but this time the formula has been shaken up a bit more and some of these songs are their most destructive to date.” — Metal Trenches

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Dreaded Metal Pirates ALESTORM Conquer the Aral Sea and Unveil “Uzbekistan”

photo credit: Niek van de Vondervoort

ALESTORM are:
Christopher Bowes – vocals, keytar
Gareth Murdock – bass
Mate Bodor – guitar
Peter Alcorn – drums
Elliot Vernon – keyboard

Dreaded Metal Pirates ALESTORM Conquer the Aral Sea and Unveil “Uzbekistan” + Official Video | Watch HERE

New EP, Voyage of the Dead Marauder, out this Friday, March 22 | Get Your Copy HERE

Currently on Tour in North America!

Oh wow! Just in time for the release of their upcoming EP, Voyage of the Dead Marauder, pirate parties are raging around the world with ALESTORM’s new, infectious single “Uzbekistan”, out now alongside an official music video. The new EP, Voyage of the Dead Marauder, drops this Friday, March 22, 2024 via Napalm Records. 

The crew sails forth with “Uzbekistan”, showcasing a classic pirate metal anthem featuring a synth-laden party breakdown full of intense screams while teaching geography to the greatest historians about the famous pirate-sea-land of Uzbekistan. 

This EP succeeds the  band’s chart-topping previous album, Seventh Rum of a Seventh Rum, which debuted at #7 on the German album charts and #5 on both the US Current Hard Music and Top New Artist Albums charts upon release, as well as six further humorous masterpieces. After a successful UK and Ireland tour supported by Korpiklaani and label mates Heidevolk, and a long crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, they are currently headlining venues in North America!

Chris Bowes comments:
“Oh wow! We’ve decided it is our life goal to become the biggest band in Uzbekistan, so we wrote this wee song about the place. I trust it is 100% historically accurate.”

Watch the Official Video for “Uzbekistan” HERE!

ALESTORM return to the seven seas with new Pirate Metal anthems!

The EP breaks loose with the epic title track Voyage of the Dead Marauder – an accelerating anthem featuring an appearance from returning guest favorite Patty Gurdy, giving the track some extra spice with a hurdy-gurdy performance and captivating vocals. “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate” will transform any gathering into a packed pirate pub with its jolly flute melody, conveying a freeing, energetic mood, before “Sea Shanty 2” uplifts with an instrumental interlude. But don’t fret – listeners who clamor for the band’s most raucous anthems will have their needs met, as closing track “Cock” fully balances out the EP’s more serious tracks with its delightfully foul lyrics. Get on board landlubbers, and embark with your favorite pirate crew on this seaworthy adventure!

Get Your Copy of Voyage of the Dead Marauder HERE!

Voyage of the Dead Marauder Tracklisting:
1. Voyage of the Dead Marauder 
2. Uzbekistan    
3. The Last Saskatchewan Pirate    
4. Sea Shanty 2    
5. Cock  

Voyage of the Dead Marauder will be available in the following formats:
1-LP Gatefold SPLATTER + 16p Booklet, Artprint
1-LP Gatefold GREEN + 16p Booklet
1-LP Gatefold BLACK
1-CD Digisleeve + Shot Glass Set
1-CD Digisleeve
Digital EP

Make sure to catch ALESTORM live on tour!

ALESTORM Live 2024
“Tour Of The Dead Marauder” 
w/ Elvenking & Glyph

22.03.24 CA – Toronto, ON / The Concert Hall
23.03.24 CA – Montreal, QC / MTELUS – Sold Out!
24.03.24 US – New Haven, CT / Toad’s Place
26.03.24 US – Pittsburgh, PA / Stage AE
27.03.24 US – Detroit, MI / The Majestic
29.03.24 US – Milwaukee, WI / The Rave
30.03.24 US – Omaha, NE / The Admiral
02.04.24 CA – Winnipeg, MB / Park Theatre
03.04.24 CA – Saskatoon, SK / Coors Event Centre
05.04.24 CA – Edmonton, AB / Midway Music Hall
06.04.24 CA – Calgary, AB / The Palace Theatre
08.04.24 CA – Vancouver, BC / Commodore
09.04.23 US – Spokane, WA / Knitting Factory
10.04.24 US – Boise, ID / Knitting Factory
12.04.24 US – Sacramento, CA / Ace of Spades
13.04.24 US – Santa Ana, CA / The Observatory
15.04.24 US – Tucson, AZ / Rialto Theatre
16.04.24 US – Albuquerque, NM / Sunshine Theater
18.04.24 US – Oklahoma City, OK / Diamond
19.04.24 US – St. Louis, MO / Red Flag
20.04.24 US – Indianapolis, IN / Old National 
21.04.24 US – Nashville, TN / Marathon

Festivals 2024
28.06.24 FI – Tuska / Sulvilahti 
05.07.24 DE – Rock Harz / Ballenstedt
11.07.24 HU – Rockmaraton / Dunaújváros
12.07.24 CZ – Masters of Rock / Vizovice
13.07.24 AT – Area 53 / Leoben
14.07.24 NL – Pirate Metal Party / Helmond
17.07.24 RO – Metalhead Meeting / Bucharests
20.07.24 IT – Luppolo in Rock / Cremona
10.08.24 ES – Leyendas del Rock / Villena

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ABORTED – Bring Back 80’s Sci-Fi-Horror With New Single ‘Dreadbringer (feat. Ben Duerr)’!

After slaying January with the announcement of their upcoming album Vault of Horrors, Belgian death metal miscreants ABORTED take a stab at another horror movie classic. Together with SHADOW OF INTENT’s Ben Duerr, the band evoke The Thing with their latest single ‘Dreadbringer’ – a psychotic blend of guttural growls and razor sharp riffs.

Watch the visualizer for ‘Dreadbringer’ here: https://youtu.be/XCDHt7QjH1Q

ABORTED have not only summoned Leatherface and The Thing, but a whole host of horror movie villains, ready to be unleashed on March 15th. So sit back, grab a snack, and crawl down into the Vault of Horrors – the upcoming album from the death metal veterans, and the first under the flag of Nuclear Blast.

Ten ferocious, gut-wrenching death metal slashers await you in this cabinet of horror movie classics. ABORTED invited the crème de la crème of the heavy music scene to the party, and on each track of the album you will find a different guest vocalist – ranging from Alex Erian (DESPISED ICON) to Johnny Ciardullo (CARCOSA / ANGELMAKER), Ben Duerr (SHADOW OF INTENT), Francesco Paoli (FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE) and more.

Vault Of Horrors Tracklist:
1. Dreadbringer (feat Ben Duerr)
2. Condemned To Rot (feat. Francesco Paoli)
3. Brotherhood Of Sleep (feat. Johnny Ciardullo)
4. Death Cult (feat. Alex Erian)
5. Hell Bound (feat. Matt McGachy)
6. Insect Politics (feat. Jason Evans)
7.The Golgothan (feat. Hal Microutsicos)
8. The Shape Of Hate (Oliver Rae Aleron)
9. Naturom Demonto (feat. David Simonich)
10. Malevolent Haze (feat. Ricky Hoover)

Preorder and/or presave Vault Of Horrors now, if you dare: https://aborted.bfan.link/vault-of-horrors

ABORTED will be on tour with CARNIFEX, REVOCATION and VEXED in spring 2024. 
The tour will stop here: 
16.03. DE Köln – Essigfabrik 
17.03. DE Berlin – SO36 
19.03. SE Stockholm – Slaktkyrkan 
20.03. SE Gothenburg – Brewhouse 
21.03. DK Copenhagen – Amager Bio 
22.03. NL Hengelo – Metropool GZ 
23.03. UK London – Electric Brixton 
24.03. UK Manchester – Club Academy 
25.03. UK Bristol – SWX 
27.03. FR Paris – Le Machine Du Rouge 
28.03. BE Sint-Niklaas – Casino 
29.03. CH Pratteln – Z7 
30.03. DE Karlsruhe – Substage 
31.03. DE Munich – Technikum 
01.04. IT Milan – Legend 
02.04. AT Vienna – Arena 
03.04. CZ Prague – Palac Akropolis 
04.04. PL Wrocław – Zaklęte Rewiry 
05.04. DE Leipzig – Hellraiser 
06.04. DE Hamburg – Markthalle