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terça-feira, 12 de dezembro de 2017

Ocean of Grief - In Bleakness (Official Video)

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Ocean of Grief was founded in 2014 when bassist Giannis(ex-Typhon) and guitarist Filippos(ex-Typhon) decided to form a band musically close to the melodic doom/death metal genre. The keyboards and guitar duties were handled by Aris(Meden Agan, Memorain) and Panagiotis Kyriakou respectively, who also introduced Thomas to the band, as a drummer. 

The band's line up was completed with the arrival of Charalabos on vocals and then the bands 1st song, Drowned in Nostalgia, was recorded at Panagiotis' home studio as a demo. Following the song's upload, Panagiotis had to leave the band in order to move permanently to Australia so a new guitarist needed to be found as soon as possible. 

Luckily, Dimitra (ex-Final Words Of Sorrow) auditioned for the band, she became a regular member and the band started working on its first official release. EP's recordings started, eventually, at autumn of 2015 and the EP was finished at early 2016 when the russian lebel GS Productions agreed with the band to release the EP on February 2016.

On December 8th, 2017 the band released the first song from their new album entitled "In Bleakness", brought to life by the amazing Haris Kountouris of the HK Visual Creations

Nightfall's Lament out on 26.1.2018 through Rain Without End Records.

Relased: December 8th, 2017

Produced By Ocean Of Grief
Recorded/Mixed/Mastered by Filippos Koliopanos

Video by Haris Kountouris of HK Visual Creations.

© All Rights Reserved by Ocean of Grief

Formed In: 2014
Status: Active
Years Active: 2014-Present

Giannis Koskinas - Bass
Thomas Motsios - Drums
Dimitra Zarkadoula - Guitar
Filippos Koliopanos - Guitar
Aris Nikoleris - Keyboards
Charalabos Oikonomopoulos - Vocals

Country of Origin: Greece
Location: Athens, Attica
Genre: Melodic Doom/Death Metal

Current Label: Naturmacht Productions/Rain Without End Records
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Mistralth - My Grief (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Youtube Stream

After a substantial gap of 16 years, Finland's Mistralth return with their second album, the follow up to 2001's independently released 'Diary of Despair'. Having enjoyed a lengthy hiatus, the group reformed with a new line-up and began demoing new tracks in 2015. And so, in September 2017 Mistralth's sophomore effort was finally unleashed. Fortunately, it's apparent very quickly that this second coming has produced an outstanding new album.

Mistralth is 1998 formed Dark Metal band from Finland. This is the second album from the band following “Diary of Despair” released in 2001. The sound and style is described as simple, rough, Old School style dark metal. Sometimes melodic, atmospheric and almost optimistic, at other times more misanthropic sounding.

The recordings took place between the spring of 2016 and summer 2017. An album by the name "My Grief" that includes 7 songs was born. A lyric video of the opening track "No Tomorrow" has been released the beginning of September 2017. The full album will be released by the end of September 2017.

Formed In: 1998
Status: Active
Years Active: 1998-2003, 2013-present

R.K. (Napoleon Skullfuk, Inverted Virtue) - Vocals, Lyrics 
Daniel N. (Clouds, Shape of Despair, Eye of Solitude) - Drums, Vocals 
Juha S. - Songs, Lyrics 

Country of Origin: Finland
Location: N/A
Genre: Gothic/Doom/Death Metal

Current Label: GS Productions

My Grief (Full-Length Album - 2017)
Released September 29, 2017 

Track listing below:

0:00 No Tomorrow
5:27 Feel, Nothing
10:20 I Survive
15:39 Existence
21:37 Coming Full Circle
26:53 Left Behind
32:42 Chains of Bastille

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Bereft of Light - Hoinar (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream

Cascadian Black Metal project Bereft of Light by Romanian musician Daniel Neagoe, known from his work in bands like Shape of Despair, Eye of Solitude, Unfathomable Ruination or Clouds.

Here’s what Daniel had to say on this new project: “Bereft of Light is a symbol for introspection, a chapter in the solitude we all long for, a thousand thoughts that break the barrier of mind and a calm before the storm of feelings.

Hoinar, Romanian word for “wanderer” is a statement of solitude and introspection, a simple but ample opportunity to escape in one self’s own world where anything and everything can shape up and be coloured in all possible tints.

A soul’s journey up the ladder of life, past, present and future. A dive into the unknown of one’s mind and an open door in the mirror of eternity.” - Daniel Neagoe 

Formed In: 2017
Status: Active
Years Active: 2017-Present

Daniel Neagoe - Everything

Country of Origin: Romania
Location: N/A
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal

Current Label: Loud Rage Music

Hoinar (Full-Length Album - 2017)

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Marja Mattlar & Anton Belov - Kohti (EP - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream

Legendary Finnish folk singer-songwriter and poet best known for writing the songs "Lintu" and "Kehtolaulu" covered by Finnish metal band Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus. Since her 1993 debut, Pariisi–Vuorenkylä, she has created works that are direct, uncompromising and widely regarded as classics. The poetic lyrics and strong atmosphere of her music have secured her a place among the great folk artists of our time. Recent works include collaborations with the Finnish folk group Tenhi.

In February 2016 a southeastern musical wind started to blow towards Vuorenkylä (the village where Marja lives). Anton Belov, who makes Finnish-language music in Kiev, Ukraine, and performs it with his band Kauan, contacted Marja. He asked if Marja would be interested in writing lyrics to Kauan's new album. Marja decided to accept this surprising challenge. Anton's compositions and Marja's lyrics were published as Kaiho in September 2017.

When Marja had finished the lyrics for the album Kaiho, she asked Anton Belov to arrange four new songs that she had written. Anton had never before arranged music made by others but took the challenge. These songs written by Marja and arranged by Anton were published 1st of December 2017 as an EP titled Kohti ('towards').

Marja Mattlar was the one whose poetry always made chills on my skin. By simplicity and beauty of every word in every sentence, Marja leads you through her story.

I first discovered Marja’s tracks years ago when living in Lahti. The city library had many of her CDs. Marja’s pronunciation of the Finnish language is impeccable, and I loved her simple-but-deep lyrics. For every album I write, there is always a stage when the music is nearly finished but there are no lyrics yet. It occurred to me that I could get one of Marja’s poems from her website and just use it temporarily. After doing so, it was clear that it fit the track so perfectly that I decided to write her asking if we can keep it on the album. Marja answered and said that she was familiar with the band and that one of her sons listens to KAUAN. This is how we started. Working with her was a great experience. She’s actually never written lyrics for anyone else. So this is an experiment, but I feel like it’s a 100% successful experiment. 

I heard her previous work with Tenhi (album Polku) and was impressed by her musical personality. When i recorded promo version of Kaiho, i used her poem as placeholder lyrics, and every word fit the melody so well that i asked her to write lyrics for the whole album. Happily she agreed. She is an outstanding Finnish poet and it's a great honor to work with her.

Oh yes, 1st of December, my (as Anton Belov) first collaboration with Marja Mattlar, Kohti, was released under our very own label, kauanmusic. It's my first release as composer and arranger for Marja's tracks. –Anton Belov

Formed in: 2017
Status: Active
Years Active: 2017-Presemt

Anton Belov - Composition, Arrangements
Marja Mattlar - Lyrics, Vocals

Country of Origin: Russia
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Genre: Experimental Folk

Current Label: Kauan Music
Press Contact:
MANAGEMENT: Johnny Pleasant//

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 Kohti (EP - 2017)
Released December 1, 2017

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Kauan - Kaiho (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream

Kaiho is KAUAN’s eighth album following 2015’s lauded Sorni Nai, and focuses on childhood and the transition to adulthood, when the death of a loved one shatters halcyon beginnings and makes clear the stark reckoning that awaits in the end. 

"This is a new circle in KAUAN’s life. We’ve been slowly walking through the genres of music, and now I feel we are coming to a destination. To me, it sounds like a very mature and comprehensive sequel to our 2009 album Aava tuulen maa. And yeah, it will have a totally different sound because we've taken on a new approach and recorded with very old-school methods (most of the sounds were sculpted before tracking and there was almost no digital processing)." -Anton

Lyrics for Kaiho were written by the great Finnish folk singer Marja Mattlar, and as always with KAUAN, they are sung in Finnish, a language that in its eliding vowels creates soothing ethereal tones understood by few but deeply felt by all.

KAUAN was founded in 2005 by Anton Belov. KAUAN’s music evokes feelings of languor and nostalgia, drawing upon viola, choirs, slow and melancholic piano melodies, ambient vibes and a neoclassic approach.   

KAUAN have always created moments of quiet introspection, even amidst the thundering riffs and caustic screams that largely defined the contours of the band’s earliest output. But on Kaiho, as KAUAN step out of their past, songwriter and founding member Anton Belov explores the transition from idyllic childhood to the care-laden weight of adulthood, fondly and tenderly bringing the faded memories of days long gone to life. KAUAN are from Russia, sing in Finnish, and are based in Ukraine, but their music is universally stirring.

Formed in: 2005
Status: Active
Years Active: 2005-Presemt

Anton Belov - Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Alex Vynogradoff - Bass, Vocals (backing)
Anton Skrynnik - Drums
Alina Belova - Keyboards, Vocals (backing)
Anatoly Gavrilov - Viola

Country of Origin: Russia
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Genre: Atmospheric Doom Metal|Post-Rock

Current Label: Blood Music
Press Contact:
MANAGEMENT: Johnny Pleasant//

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Kaiho (Full-Length Album - 2017)
Released September 22, 2017

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Aeternam - Ruins of Empires (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream

Formed in 2007 in Quebec City by Antoine Guertin and Achraf Loudiy, Aeternam has been preparing to unleash their own brand of epic death metal upon the world. Combining classic death metal song writing with epic melodic soloing and middle-eastern influences, Aeternam fine-tuned its craft and made it into a perfect blend of brutality and melody.  The sheer amount of talent and creativity inherent in Aeternam is refreshing and fans of metal everywhere took notice once the band’s debut studio album "Disciples of the Unseen" was unleashed upon the masses in 2010.  The album, produced by JeF Fortin, contains 10 tracks of pure intensity, crushing riffs, pounding bass lines and brutal growls paving the way for epic solos, acoustic melodies, ambient keyboards and large vocal harmonies.  Fans of Behemoth, Iced Earth and Melechesh will most certainly find something about this band to enjoy.

Canada’s Aeternam joined the Metal Blade roster in May 2009 and continued locking down shows in the great white north, including dates with Behemoth in Montreal, at the Trois-Rivières Metal Fest alongside Suffocation, Unexpect and Quo Vadis, just to name a few.

In October 2012, the group moved to another level by releasing its second album entitled "Moongod" and confirmed its particular sound signature.  The collaboration with Jef Fortin was a success for their debut album, therefore they decided to continue working with him. "Moongod" is a continuation of "Disciples of the Unseen" having developed in maturity and sound as well as having grown into a new context: “Symphonic Ethnic Metal”.  Clean production, epic orchestrations, lyrics that surely will give your brain a workout, memorable song writing, top-notch musical execution are all the characteristics that coalesce into the great experience that is "Moongod". A boatload of fun and headbanging is guaranteed!

The band parted ways with Metal Blade Records and joined Galy Records roster in 2012, supporting bands such as Overkill, GammaRay, Ex Deo, Krisiun, Septic Flesh, Melechesh, and many more.

In 2016, after taking a writing break of two years, the band announced that they were making a concept album entitled "Ruins of Empires", depicting tales of nine rulers of the ancient times. Each song will take you to the past, in a musical and lyrical way, to experience the colorful atmosphere of a glorious figure. 

Produced by Jef Fortin for the third time, Aeternam wants to stick to its winning formula, while experimenting different cultural sonorities.

The band released its first official video for the song Damascus Gate in January 2017, bringing a powerful visual dimension to their sound.

Equipped with a new guitarist in Eclipse Prophecy’s Maxime Legault, their latest once more dives deep into ancient civilizations and musically has some of the best material the Quebecois have penned to date. Taking melodic death metal as their foundation, the inclusion of mostly Middle Eastern and some Asian influences is what gives their music that special flair that makes them stand out, together with a remarkable knack for amazing dynamics and great flow.

From their begining in 2007 in Quebec city, Aeternam has been known for their unique and authentic sound, combining extreme and epic riffs with middle-eastern melodic influences, making a perfect blend of harmony and brutality.

It is an absolute mystery how this band can not be under contract, because not only is the musical side outstanding, but the production is clear and powerful, the cover artwork great and they simply do not just sound like yet another band in the jungle. Easily a contender for a high spot in year-end lists and hopefully also a worthy contract, Ruins of Empires is another gemstone in Quebec’s star-studded metal crown!

"Ruins of Empires" was released on February 10th, 2017. The band hopes to broaden its dominance and conquer the world by touring in support of the new album.

Successful Indiegogo crowdfunding - 174% over the fixed target - 5226$ raised
People's choice winners - Road to Heavy MTL 2014
Opening act for Krisiun, Septic Flesh, Melechesh, Ex Deo, Kataklysm - October 13th, 2012 - Trois-Rivières Metal Fest
Opening Act for Overkill - July 13th, 2012 - L'impérial de Québec
Opening Act for Gamma ray - January 30th, 2011- L'impérial de Québec
Opening act for Suffocation, Quo Vadis - November 13th, 2009 - Trois-Rivières Metal Fest
Opening Act for Behemoth - June 29th, 2009 - Le Medley Montréal

Formed In: 2007
Status: Active
Years Active: 2007-Present 

Achraf Loudiy - Vocals, Guitars 
Maxime Boucher - Bass, Vocals
Maxime Legault - Guitars, Vocals (backing)
Antoine Guertin - Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Samples

Country of Origin: Canada
Location: Québec, Quebec
Genre: Symphonic/Folk/Death Metal

Current Label: Unsigned/Independent
Booking Agent:

Booking Worldwide - THE FLAMING ARTS AGENCY//

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Ruins of Empires (Full-Length Album - 2017)
Released February 10, 2017

Recorded by : JeF Fortin
Album Artwork : Pascal Laquerre
All Music and Lyrics : Aeternam 

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sexta-feira, 8 de dezembro de 2017

Requiem Laus Announes New EP + New Single Released

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After the EP "Last Winter" be released in February, the Requiem Laus will make their comeback in December 2017 with the new EP “Hate & Despair”, out 15 December. Once again the lyrics sung by Miguel Freitas are authored by the poet Jorge Ribeiro de Castro. 

"The goal, instead of releasing albums, is to be more regular in releasing EPs," says Ricardo Fernandes. The musician / designer also hopes to return to concerts in national and international territory.

“Hate & Despair” was produced at Blackart Studios under the supervision of Ricardo Fernandes himself and vocalist / guitarist Miguel Freitas. The mix was once again in charge of Jorg Uken who again appears as a guest drummer. The cover was designed by Blackart designs.

Even without releasing yet "Hate and Despair", the band is already preparing the release of their next EP, TBA.
 Released: November 16th, 2017

Formed in: 1992
Status: Active
Years Active: 1992-1994(as Requiem), 1994-Present

Miguel - Vocals & Guitar 
Dani - Guitar 
Ricardo - Bass 
Pedro Pereira - Keyboards 
Marcelo Freitas - Drums

Country of Origin: Portugal
Location: Funchal, Madeira Island
Genre: Melodic Death/Black Metal

Current Label: 666 Productions
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