OBSCURA recently announced their highly anticipated live album, A Celebration I – Live in North America, which will be released on October 27 th via Nuclear Blast Records.
Today, the band presents a stunning live video for the track ´Emergent Evolution´, captured during their electrifying Mexico tour. This video promises to deliver a sensory experience like no other, showcasing the band’s unmatched talent and captivating stage presence.
Steffen Kummerer comments: “´Emergent Evolution´ quickly became the most popular track of our 2018 record Diluvium. The song has been part of our live shows ever since, and combined with a loud and wild audience as in Mexico back in 2022, it’s just pure joy to perform live on stage.”
A Celebration I – Live in North Americatakes you on a mesmerizing journey through their iconic discography, featuring fan favorites from albums like Cosmogenesis, Omnivium, Akroasis, Diluviumand the chart-breaking A Valediction.
The album has been mixed & mastered at Studio Fredman by award-winning producer and engineer Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, In Flames, At The Gates), in Gothenburg, Sweden, in collaboration with OBSCURAs architect Steffen Kummerer. Vincent Grundke, who has been working alongside the band as a videographer and photographer since 2021, provided the visual accompaniments for the record.
A Celebraion I – Live In North America – Tracklist: 1. Forsaken 2. Emergent Evolution 3. Ode To The Sun 4. The Anticosmic Overload 5. Septuagint 6. A Valediction 7. Ocean Gateways 8. Akroasis 9. Orbital Elements II 10. Incarnated
Catch OBSCURA live, as they embark on an extensive Latin America tour, followed by another extensive run across UK with label mates DECAPITATED.
Latin America tour 28.10. ARG Buenos Aires – Uniclub 29.10. BR Sao Paulo – Carioca Club 31.10. CHL Santiago – Teatro Cariola 02.11. PER Lima – Teatro Cantaro 04.11. COL Bogota – Ace Of Spades 05.11. HND Tegucigalpa – Radio house Casa Campo 07.11. GTM Guatemala City – Rock ´ol Vuh 08.11. SLV San Salvador – Café Catedral 09.11. CRI San José – Pepper´s 11.11. MX Monterrey – Mexico Metal Fest
With Decapitated & Inferi 29.11. UK Bristol – The Fleece 30.11. UK Milton Keynes – MK 11 01.12. UK Bournemouth – The Old Fire Station 02.12. UK Torquay – The Foundry 03.12. UK Merthyr Tydfil – Redhouse Cymru 04.12. UK Liverpool – O2 Academy 2 06.12. IRE Limerick – Dolan´s Warehouse 07.12. UK Dublin – Opium 08.12. UK Belfast – Limelight 2 09.12. UK Glasgow – Slay 10.12. UK Newcastle – The Grove 11.12. UK Leeds – The Key Club 12.12. UK Norwich – The Waterfront 13.12. UK Southend-on-Sea – Chinneys 14.12. UK London – 229 15.12. UK Manchester – Club Academy 16.12. UK Birmingham – Asylum
Peter Tägtgren comments, “We wrote this song together, me and my son Sebastian. He wrote all the music and I did the lyrics. And it turned out great. We are very proud of this song. The lyrics are about false information on social media and news, and for a normal person, it’s hard to understand what is right and what is wrong.”
PAIN also confirmed their set for Wacken Open Air next year.
PAIN, known for high-energy live performances, are thrilled to announce their “I AM” European/UK Tour. With 17 countries and 33 cities on the itinerary, this tour promises an unforgettable experience for fans throughout Europe and UK. Prepare to be captivated by the raw energy and intensity of PAIN’s performances as they take the stage. Don’t miss out on this epic metal adventure!
PHOTO CREDIT: Alibi Assylkhanov
PAIN is an industrial metal project created by Peter Tägtgren, a Swedish musician, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. If you want to hear this story from him, it would be short and straight to the point: “PAIN was just me f*cking around in the studio, and it grew into becoming a band.”
Started as a one-man project with all the vocals, instruments parts, and production made by one person… Well, it still is, but not only. It also became a prominent touring group that today consists of, apart from Peter, his son Sebastian Tägtgren (drums), Jonathan Olsson (bass), and Sebastian Svalland (guitar).
Nevertheless, a long time ago, in 1997, when the debut album of the project was released, there was nobody but Peter. By this time, he already had four successful albums with HYPOCRISY — and also had some ideas that wouldn’t go with the band’s style.
That’s how the story of PAIN began — the story where eight albums are known and loved for such smashing hits as “End Of The Line,” “Shut Your Mouth,” “Same Old Song,” “Follow Me,” “Coming Home,” and many more. This story also contains strong lyrics, rich arrangements, solid melodies, unflagging energy, killing live shows, and big plans for the future.
BLACKBRIAR is: Zora Cock – VOCALS René Boxem – DRUMS Bart Winters – GUITARS Robin Koezen – GUITARS Siebe Sol Sijpkens – BASS Ruben Wijga – KEYS
Blackbriar RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘FOREVER AND A DAY’ + NEW ALBUM A DARK EUPHONY OUT ON SEPTEMBER 29th
Today BLACKBRIAR release their brand new single ‘Forever and a Day’. The new album A Dark Euphony will be released on September 29th via Nuclear Blast Records. A Dark Euphony features 11 brand-new tracks.
Zora Cock comments: “Forever and a Day is a tragically romantic song, inspired by 19th-century mourning traditions. While listening, I imagine a Victorian lady, dressed in a heavy black mourning gown. She lost her love a long time ago, and can’t move on. One day, she replaces her black gown into a day dress to spend the day with someone, to see if there could be another future for her, only to realize she can’t give her heart to another. It’s the final single of our forthcoming full-length album.”
A Dark Euphony – Tracklisting: 1. An Unwelcome Guest 2. Far Distant Land 3. Spirit of Forgetfulness 4. Bloody Footprints in the Snow 5. The Evergreen and The Weeping Tree 6. Cicada 7. My Soul´s Demise 8. We Make Mist 9. Thumbelina 10. Forever and a Day 11. Crimson Faces
BLACKBRIAR also announced their ‘The Euphonic Downfall Tour 2023’ together withAD INFINITUM. They will be supported by the band PHANTOM ELITE. ‘The Euphonic Downfall Tour 2023’ includes 10 dates around Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland.
Tourdates: The Euphonic Downfall Tour 2023 support: PHANTOM ELITE
26.09 DE – Saarbrucken, Garage 27.09 DE – Munich, Backstage 28.09 NL – Utrecht, Tivoli 29.09 NL – Heerlen, Nieuwe Nor 30.09 DE – Oberhausen, Resonanzwerk (+) 02.10 DE – Hamburg, Logo 03.10 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser 05.10 DE – Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal 06.10 CH – Solothurn, Kofmehl (*) 07.10 CH – Schaffhausen, Kammgarn (*) (+) festival (*) plus opener – INFINITAS
Get your tickets here: https://www.blackbriarmusic.com/#tour
“Some say that there is beauty in darkness – terrifying visitors, worlds far gone, gothic romances, bone-chilling legends, sin-eaters, burning hearts frozen in time, songs with a misleading voice, and a truthful whisper. This and so much more for you to discover on A Dark Euphony.”Such are the words of vocalist Zora Cock about the band’s upcoming sophomore album, set to release in fall 2023 on Nuclear Blast Records. A telling sign coming from a band who has reveled in gothic beauty and metallic darkness since their onset, spanning three EPs and a full-length album, along with long-time collaborator Joost van den Broek.
Formed in 2012 by Zora Cock, René Boxem, Bart Winters, and Frank Akkerman, they crafted their first single in 2014 with ‘Ready to Kill,’ but it was 2015’s second single ‘Until Eternity‘ that truly propelled them into the scene. A sweeping track with an equally compelling and beautiful video, it continues to draw many to the act with over 20 million views since its debut. Taking advantage of the growing buzz surrounding the band, they independently recorded and released their first EP, Fractured Fairytales, as well as acquiring a second guitarist in Robin Koezen. This EP layed down an impressive foundation for the band’s ethereal and breathtaking sound and brought about new opportunities for the act, including tour dates in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and more, where the band played alongside EPICA, HALESTORM, IN THIS MOMENT, DELAIN and MaYan.
To keep moving ahead with full control of their creative ideals, the band successfully crowdfunded their follow-up EP, We’d Rather Burn, and brought it to life in October 2018. This EP would be the first time the band worked alongside esteemed producer Joost van den Broek to arrange and produce the effort, and this fruitful collaboration allowed BLACKBRIAR‘s whimsical and enigmatic sound to reach new sonic heights. Released the same day as their self-made video for ‘I’d Rather Burn,’ this EP showcased a stronger sense of dreamy atmosphere and brought listeners beautifully grim tales of witches, banshees, and sea sirens. In the time following, keyboardist Ruben Wijga (ex-Re-Vamp) took a larger role within the band and began playing shows, after being involved in the songwriting process since Fractured Fairytales.
A busy 2019 followed, the band released a haunting single in May entitled ‘Snow White and Rose Red.’ A duet with Ulli Perhonen, their take on the Grimm’s fairytale featured striking cinematic visuals to accompany the spellbinding track. Continuing to dig deeper into fairytale realms, BLACKBRIAR closed the year with their third EP, Our Mortal Remains. Ever-sharpening their intoxicating blend of storytelling and breathtaking musicianship, the EP brought about new live exposures for the act as well. Small, sold out tours with EPICA in 2019 and 2020, as well as a sold out opening for DELAIN‘s Apocalypse & Chill release show in Utrecht followed, with more future plans then being put on hold due to COVID-19.
Championing their continued independence, which included everything from songwriting, maintaining their web presence, overseeing merch, as well as shooting and producing their own videos and photos, BLACKBRIAR reached out to their ever-growing and loyal fanbase for assistance to make their full-length album a reality in 2020. Fans fervently heeded the call, reaching the € 25,000 goal in under 24 hours and ending with a total of € 70,000 and achieving all five stretch goals. An impressive accomplishment for an independent act, which also showcases a strong internet presence with over 230,000 YouTube subscribers and 56.5 million channel views as well as 37.9 million Spotify streams and 275,000 monthly streamers on the platform.
Entering 2021, the band relinquished a bit of control in signing exclusively with Doomstar Bookings to help properly support their highly anticipated first full-length album, The Cause of Shipwreck, which released in April. Once again recorded with renowned producer Joost van den Broek (EPICA, AYREON, POWERWOLF) at Sandlane Recording Facilities, this release showcased the band’s continued evolution into masterfully dark gothic storytelling and theatrical aesthetics that entice you into a deadly yet spellbinding musical paradise. On the live front, launching into success with six sold out Dutch club shows, they later extended into more European territories such as Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, France, and the Czech Republic as the band moved into 2022.
Despite a very successful 2021, the band still hungered for more, unleashing their latest single, ‘Fairy of the Bog‘ in December. A song about ‘het meisje van Yde’ (Yde girl), it’s a mixture of folklore, myth, and ancient local history wrapped into a more mystical and magical package that showcases what BLACKBRIAR does best. Due to winning ‘Drents Talent Award Culture 2021’ from ‘Stichting Kunst & Cultuur,’ BLACKBRIAR performed ‘I’d Rather Burn‘ live on television together with the Dutch ‘Noordpool Orchestra in early 2022. In April, the band parted ways with founding member and bassist Frank Akkerman. Not a band to slow down, they welcomed Siebe Sol Sijpkens from The Netherlands as their new bassist. A happy and energetic performer with a lifetime of global performances, he is a welcome addition to the act as they continue to strive forward.
With their vision looking firmly into the future, with a major label behind them, they set their sights on 2023 to conjure their most deadly siren song yet. The band previously released the song ‘Crimson Faces‘ to celebrate their partnership with Nuclear Blast Records, and now the world eagerly awaits the release of A Dark Euphony this fall. Set to contain 10 new original songs as well as a bonus track, they recently released their first single from it with ‘My Soul’s Demise.’ According to Zora, “We’ve had the pleasure of working with producer and musical genius Joost van den Broek, and we gave it our all to write this record and feel that this is our most complete, personal, and mature album to date.” With this in mind, the band launched a preorder campaign in April for the release, full of unique perks, which has been quite successful already. They have also been preparing on the road, with festival shows Wave Gotik Treffen, SummerBreeze, and Rock the Lakes in 2023, as well as being a special guest on CHARLOTTE WESSELS‘s Club Tour.
With accolades behind them, such as being nominated three times for ‘Best Artist’ in EuroSonic/Noorderslag’s Popgala Noord (2018, 2020, 2022), and continued fan support with current monthly streaming totals on YouTube and Spotify near 1.5 million streams, the world is primed and ready for a spectacular journey into darkness and beauty.
BRUJERIA is: Juan Brujo | Vocals Sangron | Vocals Fantasma | Vocals Pinche Peach | Vocals La Encabronada | Vocals El Criminal | Guitars El Embrujado | Guitars Hongo | Bass El Cynico | Bass Hongo Jr. | Drums
Mexican death grind band BRUJERIA put the world of cartels and ritualistic murder on wax with a brutal power equivalent to when Compton arrived in pop culture via NWA. Today, the band unleashes their fifth full-length album Esto Es Brujeria onto the world via Nuclear Blast Records.
‘El Patrón Del Reventón‘ is the latest offering from the record. The music video was produced by Ceasar “Chorro” Padilla& Juan Brujo.
Esto Es Brujeria was recorded worldwide at the following studios: Dog Run Studio in Riverside, CA; Total Annihilation Studios in East Los Angeles, CA; Robanna‘sin Birmingham, UK; and Audiocustom in Santiago, Chile. Production of the record was handled by the band while engineering was a joint effort between Eddie Casillas, Eddie Rivas, and Miguel Seco. The mixing and mastering of the album was completed by Seba Puente who was also a part of the engineering team. The album artwork was created by Gary Ronaldson. Esto Es Brujeria saw the return of their metal mascot Coco Loco who is emblazoned on the ferocious cover.
Esto Es Brujeria – Tracklisting: 01. Esto Es Brujeria 02. El Patrón Del Reventón 03. Estado Profundo 04. Bruja Encabronada 05. G-A-K 06. Tu Vida Loca 07. Mexorcista 08. Bestia De La Muerte 09. Políticamente Correctos 10. Mochado 11. Perdido En El Espacio 12. Odio Que Amo 13. Testamento 3.0 14. Covid-666 15. Lord Nazi Ruso 16. Cocaína
On November 2nd, BRUJERIA will kick off their ‘Esto Es Tour 2023‘ in Yuma, Arizona. The 29-date trek will make stops in Dallas, Boston, and Seattle before ending in Pomona on December 10th. Joining them on the run are PIÑATA PROTEST and NO/MÁS.
Confirmed dates for BRUJERIA’s ‘Esto Es tour 2023‘ with PIÑATA PROTEST and NO/MÁS are: 11.02. US Yuma, AZ – Red Moon Ale House 11.03. US Tucson, AZ – The Rock 11.04. US Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad 11.06. US Dallas, TX – Granada Theater 11.07. US Lubbock, TX – Jakes Sports Cafe 11.08. US Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective 11.09. US Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live 11.10. US Houston, TX – Houston Vert Ramp 11.11. US Brownsville, TX – Outdoors at The Kraken Lounge 11.14. US Orlando, FL – Conduit 11.15. US Atlanta, GA – The Loft at Center Stage 11.16. US Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall 11.17. US Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27 11.18. US Mechanicsburg, PA – Lovedrafts 11.19. US Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall 11.21. US Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus 11.22. US Pittsburgh, PA – Preserving Underground 11.24. US Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop 11.25. US Chicago, IL – Reggie’s 11.28. US Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater 11.29. US Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall 12.01. US Seattle, WA – Substation 12.02. US Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom 12.05. US San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall 12.06. US Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post 12.07. US San Jose, CA – The Ritz 12.08. US Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom 12.09. US Las Vegas, NV – The Usual Place 12.10. US Pomona, CA – The Glass House Concert Hall
DORO PESCH‘s new masterpiece Conqueress – Forever Strong and Proud – will be released worldwide on October 27thvia Nuclear Blast.
Today sees the release of DORO‘sthird album single ‘Bond Unending’, in which the metal queen presents her fans with another high-profile duet partner, namely Sammy Amara from the German rock heavyweights BROILERS. DORO‘s powerful voice combined with Sammy‘s signature gritty sound creates a dynamic and unforgettable mix that will give you goosebumps. ‘Bond Unending’ is a sonic explosion of pure energy, passion, and rock ‘n’ roll magic. The single is accompanied by a stunning video that contains clips from DORO‘s huge anniversary live performance which took place at Wacken Open Air on August 2nd of this year.
DORO: “‘Bond Unending’ is a song about deep friendship. Sammy and I wrote it in the middle of the night. We had so much fun together. The chemistry was great right from the start.”
Conqueress – Forever Strong and Proud will be released with 15 brand new songs and 5 bonus tracks and comes in the following formats:
2CD Digibook with 36p booklet (including bonus tracks)
2LP in gatefold with 2 inserts | Splatter white/black
2LP in gatefold with 2 inserts | Marbled white/blue
2LP in gatefold with 2 inserts | Red transparent (US only)
2LP in gatefold with 2 inserts | Picture
Box Set 2LP in gatefold with 2 inserts (incl bonus tracks) + 2CD Digibook with 36p booklet (including bonus tracks) + Pendant + Numbered & Signed Certificate + Poster + Patch + Pick (NB mailorder only)
DORO Pesch stands as one of the greatest success stories in rock history.
In 1983, 19-year-old Dorothee Pesch from Düsseldorf set out to conquer the rock world. Today, 40 years later, with over 10 million studio albums sold and countless awards under her belt, DORO has been the undisputed Queen of Metal for decades. With over 3,500 concerts played in more than 60 countries around the world, she has earned herself an outstandingly powerful and enthusiastic fan base!
For this great 40th anniversary, the Metal Queen also invites you for her anniversary show in her former hometown Düsseldorf in the Mitsubishi Electric Halle on October 28th. Let’s celebrate with her, our true Metal Queen!
To commemorate their 25th anniversary as a band, ruthless Swedish black metal collective WATAIN has announced the release of a live album titled Die In Fire – Live In Hell (Agony And Ecstasy Over Stockholm)which will be released on November 3rd, 2023 through Nuclear Blast Records.
After 25 years of madness and mayhem that manifested in seven studio albums, WATAIN‘s intense and much talked-about live rituals remain in a league of their own. Experience the raw power and fiery precision captured perfectly on this live recording from a sold out show that took place in October 2022 in Stockholm, and features fan favourites from albums such as Casus Luciferi, Lawless Darkness, The Wild Hunt, Trident Wolf Eclipseand of course the band’s latest offering, The Agony And Ecstasy of Watain, as well as the BATHORY cover ‘The Return Of Darkness And Evil‘. The audio was recorded by Jamie Elton and mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio.
With all artwork created by vocalist and front man Erik Danielsson, Die in Fire – Live in Hell is not only a sonic but also a visual reflection of WATAIN‘s touring cycle for The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain, and beyond that a symbol of gratitude for their loyal followers worldwide! Die in Fire – Live in Hell is a very personal release dedicated to all those who have joined WATAIN on their path of lawless black metal darkness during the past 25 years.
WATAIN have shared a first single from Die In Fire – Live In Hell,the epic ‘Before The Cataclysm (Live In Stockholm 2022)‘. Below you can watch a music video for this track, which was directed by Johan Bååth (Opus Diaboli, I’m in the Band).
1. Ecstasies in Night Infinite (Live) 2. Black Salvation (Live) 3. The Howling (Live) 4. Black Flames March (Live) 5. Reaping Death (Live) 6. Devil’s Blood (Live) 7. Serimosa (Live) 8. Not Sun nor Man nor God (Live) 9. Before the Cataclysm (Live) 10. The Return of Darkness and Evil (Live) 11. Nuclear Alchemy (Live) 12. Malfeitor (Live)
Die In Fire – Live In Hell is available in the following formats:
Vinyl (2LP w/ 8 page booklet)
1 LP transp. yellow, 1 LP transp. red
1 LP gold , 1 LP oxblood – band exclusive
Coinciding with the release, WATAIN will play two very special anniversary shows at UKK in their hometown Uppsala on Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th. The first night was sold out within minutes, so a second one was added and a few tickets are still available here: https://secure.tickster.com/sv/8ttcd34a5687cc9/selectproductgroup.
New York death metal legends SUFFOCATION unleash their ninth full-length album Hymns From The Apocrypha on November 3rd via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to …of the Dark Light (2017) and the first release featuring the new vocalist Ricky Meyers, pushes the band to the very edges of extremity and is arguably the group’s strongest-sounding, most sonically punishing album yet. SUFFOCATION have achieved death metal perfection.
Today, the band offers fans the first taste of the album with the ferocious track ‘Seraphim Enslavement’. The menacing music video was directed and edited by Tom Flynn with character design by Kyle Monroe and is the perfect visual pairing to Ricky Myers‘s monstrous vocals.
Derek Boyer comments,“This is my fifth full-length studio album with SUFFOCATION and this album came out SICK! It features all of the brutal, technical, chaotic twists and turns everyone would expect from SUFFOCATION, plus new elements that are out of the normal realm one might expect. This is the sophomore effort of working with Christian Donaldson (who mixed and mastered Live In North America) and he absolutely KILLED IT on this one!!! We can’t wait to bring these songs to the stage and crush everything in our path!”
Ricky Myers states, “We are thrilled to unveil our 11th full-length album, Hymns From The Apocrypha, a creatively composed piece that blends our style of music with lyrical depth and intricate artwork. This album is a testament to our devotion to brutal music, which we display in the video of our single, ‘Seraphim Enslavement‘, a visual journey that complements the album’s concept.“
Hymns From The Apocrypha – Tracklisting: 1. Hymns From The Apocrypha 2. Perpetual Deception 3. Dim Veil Of Obscurity 4. Immortal Execration 5. Seraphim Enslavement 6. Descendants 7. Embrace The Suffering 8. Delusions Of Mortality 9. Ignorant Deprivation
SUFFOCATION took about a month and a half to record Hymns from the Apocrypha. They holed up at Hobbs and Boyer’s InLine Studio in Long Island. The duo engineered and co-produced with Christian Donaldson (BENEATH THE MASSACRE, INGESTED), who was also re-enlisted to mix and master, with Dominic Grimard (CRYPTOPSY, SHADOW OF INTENT) assisting.With stunning cover art by Greek illustrator Giannis Nakos of Remedy Art Design (VOMITORY, THE CROWN), Hymns from the Apocrypha is characteristically SUFFOCATION. It’s uncompromisingly brutal, artistically gutsy, and aurally heavy. Clearly, SUFFOCATION, as they head into their 35th Anniversary, are at the peak of their potential. Death metal or die!
Hymns from the Apocrypha will be available digitally and in the following formats:
Brown w/ White Splatter
White w/ Brown Corona (Mailorder exclusive, limited to 600)
SUFFOCATION are staying busy this fall with their 6-date ‘Darkness Within Mexico Tour 2023’ followed by their ‘Ancient Unholy Rising Tour 2023‘ with co-headlinerslegendary death metal band INCANTATION. The 26-date trek will kick off on November 7th in Baltimore and makes its way across North America with performances in Montreal, Seattle, and Houston before its conclusion in Greensboro on December 4th. Joining the bands as openers are SKELETAL REMAINS and STABBING.
‘Darkness Within Mexico Tour 2023’ 10.14.2023 MX Aguascalientes – Korobba 10.15.2023 MX Queretaro – Chihuahuas Bar 10.18.2023 MX Merida 10.19.2023 MX Monterrey – Cafe Iguana 10.21.2023 MX Hermosillo 10.22.2023 MX Mexico City
‘Ancient Unholy Uprising’ Tour 2023 with co-headliners INCANTATION and support SKELETAL REMAINS and STABBING
11.07.2023 US Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage 11.08.2023 US Reading, PA – Reverb 11.09.2023 US Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw 11.10.2023 US Providence, RI – Alchemy 11.11.2023 CA Trois-Rivières, QC – Amphithéâtre Cogeco 11.12.2023 CA Montreal, QC – Studio TO 11.13.2023 CA Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace 11.14.2023 US Detroit, MI – The Sanctuary 11.15.2023 US Chicago, IL – Reggies 11.16.2023 US Madison, WI – The Annex 11.17.2023 US Lawrence, KS – The Granada 11.18.2023 US Denver, CO – HQ 11.20.2023 US Richland, WA – Ray’s Golden Lion 11.21.2023 US Seattle, WA – El Corazon 11.22.2023 US Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom 11.24.2023 US San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge 11.25.2023 US San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick 11.26.2023 US Los Angeles, CA – 1720 11.27.2023 US Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge 11.28.2023 US Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad 11.29.2023 US Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective 11.30.2023 US Dallas, TX – Granada Theater 12.01.2023 US Houston, TX – Scout Bar 12.02.2023 US San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger 12.03.2023 US New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall 12.04.2023 US Greensboro, NC – Hangar 1819
CELESTE is: Johan Girardeau – Vocals & Bass Guillaume Rieth – Guitar Antoine Royer – Drums Sébastien Ducotte – Guitar
CELESTE RELEASE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘WITH IDLE HANDS NEW EP EPILOGUE(S) OUT NOVEMBER 17TH
French extreme metal avant-gardists CELESTE have released a video for their new single ‘With Idle Hands‘, another song from their upcoming new EP Epilogue(s), due out on November 17th through Nuclear Blast Records.
The EP features three exclusive bonus tracks from their most recent album, Assassine(s), released in2022. Scroll down for the tracklisting and available formats.
‘With Idle Hands‘ might be the most tender song CELESTE have ever written, and its English title and lyrics set it apart from anything the band has done previously. The vocals for this track have been contributed by Tim from US shoegaze metal band GRIVO.
Having played more than 500 shows around the world, including appearances at several prestigious extreme music festivals, theaters and venues (Hellfest, Roskilde, Copenhell, SummerBreeze, Brutal Assault, Roadburn, Psycho Las Vegas…), with one EP and six albums under their belt, CELESTE have succeeded in creating their own musical atmosphere and are today considered to be one of the most important bands of the “French Avant-Garde Black-Metal” scene.Check out the previously released music videos from ASSASSINE(S):
FUMING MOUTH is: Mark Whelan – Guitar, Vocals Andrew Budwey – Guitar Pat Merson – Bass James Davis – Drums
The musical ensemble known as Fuming Mouth, hailing from the New England has cultivated a auditory panorama that resides at the nebulous crossroads between the realms of death metal and hardcore. Their inaugural offering, “The Grand Descent,” unleashed upon the world in 2019, stood as a monolithic behemoth, followed swiftly by the 2020 EP, “Beyond The Tomb.”
In the annals of time, Fuming Mouth graced the stage of the America’s Hardcore festival last year, and now, they stand on the precipice of releasing their eagerly anticipated sophomore album. Aptly titled “Last Day Of Sun,” this album was meticulously crafted in collaboration with Converge’s own Kurt Ballou. A concept album that delves headfirst into the enigma of mortality, the inspiration for this was birthed during the trials of battling cancer. In a poignant statement, Whelan, reflects, “What started as a fictional concept album became incredibly real. I was facing certain death, but as I kept writing the album it’s theme became clear. You could die tomorrow.The album’s thematic essence crystallized with uncanny clarity: Tomorrow is not guaranteed, so seize today.”
The offering from this forthcoming masterpiece, titled “The Silence Beyond Life,” resounds with an ethos distinct from Fuming Mouth’s prior compositions. The guitar riffs, dense and weighty as an anchor in the abyss, envelop the listener in an atmosphere shrouded with foreboding. Within the shadows, hints of triumphant melodies emerge, evoking memories of the nineties’ golden age of Swedish death metal. It is a marvel, an embodiment of the profound significance woven into its creation—an anthem that resonates with the fragility of existence.
FUMING MOUTH is back! After years of uncertainty and dire circumstances, the revered and critically praised New England death metal perpetrators have overcome overwhelming obstacles to return this fall for the long-awaited release of their second, full-length album, Last Day of Sun, that’s due out November 3rd from Nuclear Blast.
Following a devastating diagnosis of leukemia in late 2021, vocalist/guitarist Mark Whelan spent nearly a year battling cancer through chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, and emerged in remission in 2022. Now cancer free, the beloved frontman returns rejuvenated with renewed determination, perspective and creativity in a new lease on life and the band’s most crucial and ferocious record yet. Commenting on the incoming record, Whelan says:
“What started as a fictional concept album became incredibly real. I was facing certain death, but as I kept writing the album it’s theme became clear. You could die tomorrow. Seize the day.“
Today, FUMING MOUTH has revealed the record’s first single, ‘The Silence Beyond Life,’ and coinciding video. Adding about the song, Whelan states:
“‘The Silence Beyond Life’ is our most melodic and heaviest song to date drawing influence from God Macabre, Gorement, and other melodic Swedish death metal acts of the time like Therion and Cemetary. It’s a song about trying to live while longing to die and overcoming that.“
Last Day of Sun Track List: 1. Out of Time 2. Respect and Blasphemy 3. The Silence Beyond Life 4. The Sign of Pain 5. Leaving Euphoria 6. I’ll Find You 7. Disgusterlude 8. Kill the Disease 9. Last Day of Sun 10. R.I.P. (Rest in Piss) 11. Burial Practices 12. Postfigurement
About FUMING MOUTH:
A fiery, resurrected rage barrels its way out of hell’s erupting chasms with blistering fury; Fuming Mouth has returned. Lead singer, guitarist, and founder Mark Whelan emerges triumphant after a life-threatening battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, rekindling the inferno of their music with Fuming Mouth’s second full-length album, Last Day of Sun.
What initially began as a full-on, fictional concept album underwent a profound transformation into a concept-reality hybrid, largely influenced by Whelan’s harrowing conflict with his health and anear brush with death. Just three weeks away from recording the album, Whelan was struck with a devastating cancer diagnosis. While bravely fighting the illness, he rewrote melodies, drum sections, and lyrics, infusing the music with his personal journey of struggle and hope.
The recording sessions began in October 2022, with Grammy Award winning Kurt Ballou of Converge at his studio, God City, inSalem, Massachusetts. Ballou reached out to Whelan after his battle with cancer and encouraged him to get back to their previously scheduled recording session.Working closely with Ballou in both engineering and production, the band found a wonderful and collaborative experience, as Ballou invested himself wholeheartedly in shaping their sound and vision. Salem itself also helped shape the album, as the Halloween Season had begun. Droves of tourists and residents mixing with people in costume made the streets of Salem seem like Last Day of Sun had come to life. The city where the Witch Trials took place presented the perfect setting for the album to be recorded.
At the genesis of this record, there was no other artist that could have captured the album’s essence better than Mariusz Lewandowski, with whom the band had already established a creative relationship through his work on the cover art of The Grand Descent. Tragically, Mariusz passed away while working on the album artwork, presenting the band with an immense obstacle to overcome. In tribute to his spirit and legacy, they joined forces with the talented artist Stefan Todorovic who crafted an evocative album cover depicting a Faustian city crumbling amidst the gray and sandy storms of the apocalypse. A colossal monster blocks the sun and hovers above the city as it burns, smoky buildings topple to the ground; all a visual representation of the chaos and darkness that permeates the album.
Fuming Mouth stands resilient, a testament to the indomitable human spirit. Amidst the carnage and depression lies a flicker of hope – a beacon of light that emanates from within. But as the last rays of the sun cast their shadow, the question remains. Will the people in Last Day of Sun survive? Will their worst inhibitions play out, will they rip each other to shreds, will they give up? Will everything they’ve built have been for not? Will they find a way to overcome, or will their panic lead to failure?
SYLOSIS is Josh Middleton – vocals, guitar Alex Bailey – guitar Conor Marshall – bass Ali Richardson – drums
UK metal heavyweights SYLOSIS have released their latest album A Sign Of Things To Come today. To coincide with the release of the album, the band have also revealed the video for the new single ‘Descent’.
Josh Middleton comments “The day has finally come! We are very proud to announce, our new album ‘A Sign Of Things To Come’ is OUT NOW! Thank you to our amazing fans for supporting Sylosis and making it possible for us to keep moving forward. This album is for you! We feel this is our best and most diverse music to date, whilst also being our shortest record yet!”
“This is the first time I’ve allowed myself to be produced; taking on some brutal criticism and pushing myself to deliver the best vocal performance of my career. I’m a big fan of progressive and long albums, but I was ruthless on myself during the whole process. I think that shows in the final result on the record!”Josh states.
A Sign Of Things To Come Tracklist 1. Deadwood 2. A Sign Of Things To Come 3. Pariahs 4. Poison For The Lost 5. Descent 6. Absent 7. Eye For An Eye 8. Judas 9. Thorns 10. A Godless Throne
SYLOSIS are on tour this winter with fellow UK metal giants, Malevolence on the dates below.
07 Nov – UK, Glasgow – Garage 08 Nov – UK, Manchester – O2 Ritz 09 Nov – UK, Birmingham – O2 Institute 10 Nov – UK, Bristol – SWX 11 Nov – UK, London – O2 Forum Kentish Town 13 Nov – DE, Hamburg – Gruenspan 14 Nov – DE, Koln – Essigfabrik 15 Nov – BE, Antwerp – Zappa 17 Nov – FR, Paris – Petit Bain 18 Nov – FR, Besancon – La Rodia 19 Nov – FR, Lyon – CCO La Rayonne 22 Nov – ES, Madrid – Mon Live 23 Nov – ES, Barcelona – La 2 de Apolo 24 Nov – ES, Bilbao – Stage Live 25 Nov – FR, Toulouse – Usine A Musique 26 Nov – CH, Geneva – PTR 27 Nov – CH, Zurich – Dynamo 28 Nov – IT, Milan – Legend 29 Nov – SI, Ljubljana – Orto Bar 01 Dec – AT, Vienna – Flex 03 Dec – DE, Chemnitz – AJZ Chemnitz 04 Dec – DE, Frankfurt – Batchkapp 05 Dec – DE, Munich – Backstage Halle 07 Dec – CZ, Prague – Meet Factory 08 Dec – PL, Krakow – Kamienna 12 09 Dec – PL, Warsaw – Hydrozagadka 10 Dec – DE, Berlin – SO36 Berlin 11 Dec – DE, Oberhausen – Kulttempel 12 Dec – NL, Tilburg – 013
The wait is over…Canadian extreme-metal legends CRYPTOPSY have unleashed their massively-anticipated, catastrophic new album, As Gomorrah Burns, today with Nuclear Blast Records. The tech-death masters’ 8th album, and first full-length in over a decade, arrives with a throat-punch of brutality as witnessed on singles like ‘Flayed The Swine‘ and ‘In Abeyance.’
Now fully revealed, As Gomorrah Burns seethes with barbaric savagery over the course of 8 vicious songs. Pure, unrelenting death metal made with no constraints or contritions orchestrated around a concept pitting the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah against the modern-day Internet, both being origins invention and a cesspool of exploitation. The stories told on the record are based on real-life incidences—online stalkers, cults, misinformation, isolation, and intimidation—but ornamented deviously to enhance their potency.
Today, CRYPTOPSY has revealed a lyric video for their song ‘Godless Deceiver,’ which takes listeners on a horrific tale of severe violence.
Vocalist Matt McGachy says of the song:
“The lyrics of ‘Godless Deceiver’ are extremely vulgar and disgusting. As I was doing research for the album, I came across the story of Fabiane Maria de Jesus. A 33 year old woman from Guarujá, Brazil, which is a city outside of São Paulo.
She was brutally murdered by a mob of people that thought she was responsible of kidnappings in the area, following a Facebook post by a local news outlet. The newspaper reported that a woman had been seen abducting children, and many believed her motivation was witchcraft. A sketch of the woman the news outlet claimed was a child abductor was included with the alert, and resembled the victim. It turns out in the end that she was innocent. This group of vigilantes killed her for no reason whatsoever. It really brings into light the importance of never trusting what you see, read or hear about on the internet.
I decided to write the lyrics from the mobs perspective, which is why they are simplistic. Brutal lyrics about an extremely violent act. The mob never questions if they are doing the right thing, they just acted in unison.
It is one of the nastiest song I have ever written.“
CRYPTOPSY Tour Dates: 09.08. US. Brooklyn, NY – Meadows 09.09. US. Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz 09.10. US. Pittsburgh, PA – Preserving Underground 09.11. US. Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell) 09.12. US. Tampa, FL – The Brass Mug 09.14. US. Houston, TX – Scout Bar 09.15. US. Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live 09.16. US. Dallas, TX – TBC 09.17. US. Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad 09.18. US. Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar 09.19. US. Mesa, AZ – Nile Underground 09.20. US. San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick 09.21. US. Los Angeles, CA – 1720 09.22. US. San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge 09.23. US. Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading 09.24. US. Portland, OR – Dante’s 09.25. US. Seattle, WA – El Corazon 09.26. CA. Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater 09.27. US. Boise, ID – The Shredder 09.29. US. Denver, CO – HQ 09.30. US. Lincoln, NE – Cosmic Eye Live 10.01. US. Joliet, IL – The Forge 10.02. US. Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme 10.03. CA. Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace 10.04. CA. Kingston, ON – Overtime Sports Bar 10.05. CA. Quebec City, QC – La Source De La Martiniere 10.06. CA. Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
Death metal juggernaut Cryptopsy return to pummel our collective senses anew with their new album, As Gomorrah Burns. Their first for Nuclear Blast, the Montreal-based quartet—featuring founding member/drummer Flo Mounier, guitarist Christian Donaldson, vocalist Matt McGachy, and bassist Olivier “Oli” Pinard—advance their signature Northern power as they celebrate 30-plus years of extremity. The merciless blasts of ‘Lascivious Undivine’ and ‘Flayed the Swine’ offer Cryptopsy at their most intense and maniacal, while ‘In Abeyance’ and ‘The Righteous Lost’ groove savagely. As Gomorrah Burns underscores the animus of fan-favorite None So Vile (1996) and the meticulous technicality of And Then You’ll Beg (2000) with a strikingly sinister vibe.
Formed in 1992, Cryptopsy has released eight full-lengths—counting As Gomorrah Burns—to date. Out of the gate, the Quebecers set new standards in death metal with their no-compromise attack and next-level musicality. Debut album, Blasphemy Made Flesh, shell-shocked all that encountered it, as follow-ups None So Vile, Whisper Supremacy (1998), and Once Was Not (2005) positioned the Canadians as apex predators. Throughout their storied career, the group embarked on high-profile tours, such as the inaugural Death Across America tour in 1998, the Summer Slaughter Tour in 2008, and the Devastation on the Nation tour in 2017. To date, they’ve performed over 1,000 shows across 47 countries. The release of As Gomorrah Burns on Nuclear Blast re-positions Cryptopsy for yet another reign of death metal domination.
As Gomorrah Burns isn’t merely the follow-up to EPs The Book of Suffering – Tome I (2015) and The Book of Suffering – Tome II (2018). It’s another beast entirely. Crafted over two years during the pandemic, the initial sessions took place in a cabin in the forests of Quebec. McGachy calls the horror-like backdrop “surreal,” but, as with everything Cryptopsy, the songwriting process was expectedly arduous. Donaldson was the primary motivator behind As Gomorrah Burns. The guitarist and producer served as taskmaster and advocate, grinding out of his bandmates in McGachy, Mounier, and Pinard eight slabs of unadulterated barbarity. If Cryptopsy were formidable before As Gomorrah Burns, they’re absolutely monstrous now.
Conceptually, As Gomorrah Burns pits the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah against the modern-day Internet. McGachy’s idea was to show how it’s both the birthplace of invention and a cesspool of exploitation. The stories are based on real-life incidences—online stalkers, cults, misinformation, isolation, and intimidation—but ornamented deviously to enhance their potency. Cryptopsy commissioned Italian artist Paolo Girardi (Power Trip, Temple of Void) to complement the old-world lyrical themes. If Renaissance masters Hieronymus Bosch and El Greco were thrust into McGachy’s modern mind, the stunning cover of As Gomorrah Burns would be the outcome.
As with The Unspoken King (2008) and the self-titled (2012), Cryptopsy enlisted their bandmate Donaldson to helm the production, mixing, and mastering of As Gomorrah Burns. Dom Grimard, of Ion Dissonance fame, also came into the production fold. McGachy says the time in the studio took much longer than anticipated, but with Donaldson directing and everyone finally in the same room again post-pandemic, Cryptopsy were able to capture newfound vigor (and velocity) on As Gomorrah Burns. Tracks such as ‘Godless Deceiver,’ ‘Ill Ender,’ and ‘Praise the Filth’ demonstrate Donaldson’s death metal mastery.
Aggressive to a fault yet thoughtful in its entirety, As Gomorrah Burns—with songs such as ‘In Abeyance,’ ‘Flayed the Swine,’ and ‘Lascivious Undivine’—pierces mundanity thoroughly and relentlessly. This is no-quarters death metal, the kind our bellicose world needed and only Cryptopsy could deliver.
“We are back,” says McGachy. “I want our fans to know we’re more than a legacy band. Yes, we have had massive cult favorite albums—like None So Vile—but we are creating modern and relevant extreme music 30 years later. We’re so proud of As Gomorrah Burns, and we can’t wait for you to hear it!“
GREEN LUNG is Tom Templar – Vocals Scott Black – Guitar Joseph Ghast – Bass John Wright – Organ Matt Wiseman – Drums
Occult rock darlings GREEN LUNG have released a new video for ‘Maxine (Witch Queen)’, the second single from their hotly anticipated new record This Heathen Land, which will be released on November 3rd via Nuclear Blast Records.
Vocalist Tom Templarcomments “We’ve celebrated British witchcraft in our lyrics since our first EP, and with this new single we wanted to celebrate the most iconic witch of the modern era – Maxine Sanders. The High Priestess at the heart of Alexandrian Witchcraft, Maxine is an unsung national treasure, and one of the first people to connect genuine witchcraft with rock ‘n roll back in the early Seventies. ‘Maxine (Witch Queen)’ is a love song to Maxine from the perspective of a member of her coven, and melds pounding riffage with psyched-out combo organs and stacked, multi-layered vocal harmonies. We were honoured to have several members of Maxine’s real life coven appear in the music video, and advise on the ritual elements. Ultimately, the song is intended as a celebration of Maxine Sanders, which we hope will introduce new initiates to her life’s work, and help her legend to live on.”
This Heathen Land Tracklist 1. Prologue 2. The Forest Church 3. Mountain Throne 4. Maxine (Witch Queen) 5. One For Sorrow 6. Songs Of The Stones 7. The Ancient Ways 8. Hunters In The Sky 9. Oceans Of Time
This Heathen Land is the most complete manifestation of the band’s vision to date, fulfilling their long-held goal to, in the words of vocalist Tom Templar, “create the definitive soundtrack to the folk horror film in our heads.” On This Heathen Land, the band have forged a sound and identity that is entirely their own, while maintaining the Sabbathian heaviness and addictive songcraft which made their previous albums so beloved in the metal underground. From the cover art to the vinyl inserts and lyrical themes, This Heathen Land is a painstakingly-researched and executed heavy metal love letter to the folkloric landscape of the UK.
This Heathen Land was produced by Wayne Adams at Bear Bites Horse Studios and was mixed by Tom Dalgety(Opeth, Clutch, Ghost).
GREEN LUNG have a host of live dates confirmed for the rest of the year, including their largest headline tour to date across the UK. Make sure to catch the band at one of these dates for the first chance to hear songs from This Heathen Land.
GREEN LUNG 2023 Tour Dates 25.10 – DE, Bonn – Harmonie 26.10 – DE, Hamburg – Indra 27.10 – DE, Berlin – Badehaus 22.11 – Glasgow, Cathouse* 23.11 – Manchester, Gorilla* 24.11 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms* 25.11 – Sheffield, Corporation* 26.11 – Bristol, Thekla* 30.11 – Wolverhampton, KK’s Steel Mill^ 01.12 – Norwich, Arts Centre^ 02.12 – Southampton, Joiners^ 03.12 – Brighton, Patterns~ 10.12 – London, Scala+
*Support from Boss Keloid ^Support from Inhuman Nature ~Support from Trevors Head +Support from Wytch Hazel