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sexta-feira, 30 de setembro de 2016

Saor Announces New Album + Two Singles Released



"Guardians" is the much anticipated third full-length album from one-man Scottish Atmospheric Celtic Metal project Saor. Two years after the release of his highly successful sophomore album "Aura" (2014), Andy Marshall returns with his unique brand of beautifully crafted, epic Folk Black Metal steeped in folklore.

Recorded over two years in Cairndow and the Isle of Skye, the new release contains five majestic new tracks with a playing time of just under an hour. Musically it carries on where "Aura" left off, weaving together intelligently-crafted guitar riffs, soaring folk melodies and stirring string sections, taking you on a journey throughout the majestic, mist-covered Highland landscapes. As well as being inspired by nature, the album takes influence from various traditional Scottish poems which cover a range of themes such as ancient battles, cultural heritage and sorrow.

On this new release, Andy has worked alongside a host of incredibly talented guest musicians from around the world including Bryan Hamilton (Cnoc An Tursa) on drums, Meri Tadic (Ex-Elueviete, Irij) on fiddle, John Becker (Austaras) on strings and Kevin Murphy on bagpipes.

"Guardians" is essential for Atmospheric Metal fans and those craving more emotional depth in their Folk/Black Metal.

The band do Atmospheric music from Scotland inspired by Highland nature/landscapes, heritage and traditional poetry.

Saor means "Free" in Gaelic. The name refers to "Saor Alba" meaning "Free Scotland", a phrase commonly used by the Scottish Independence movement. Saor played a few live shows between 2015 and 2016. It is now a studio-only project and there will not be any more live shows as of the aforementioned date.

The CD comes as collectors edition in digipack with 12-page booklet, limited to 1000 copies, and as regular edition in jewel case. The DLP will be released in early 2017. Release date and details tba.

Tracklist:

1. Guardians (11:31)
2. The Declaration (10:31)
3. Autumn Rain (11:09)
4. Hearth (11:27)
5. Tears Of A Nation (11:18)

The album will be released on November 11, 2016, but they already released 2 singles extracted from the album.

 Guardians (Single - 2016)


The Declaration (Single - 2016)


Pre-Order The Album At:
Northern Silence Productions Webstore: http://shop.northern-silence.de
Official Saor's Webstore: http://saor.bigcartel.com

All music composed and performed by Andy Marshall unless stated below. 

Session Musicians: 
Bryan Hamilton - Drums 
John Becker (www.johnbeckermusic.com) - Strings 
Meri Tadić (www.irijmusic.com) - Fiddle on "Guardians" and "Hearth" 
Reni McDonald Hill - Bodhrán on "The Declaration" 
Kevin Murphy - Highland bagpipes 

Production: 
Mixed and mastered by Spenser Morris. (spensermorrisaudio@gmail.com
Vocals and drums recorded by Reni McDonald Hill at The Cottage Studio, Cairndow, Scotland. 
Guitars recorded by Martyn Moffat at Seann Druim Cottage, Isle of Skye, Scotland. 
Strings recorded and guitars re-amped by Spenser Morris at Decade Music studio, Chicago, US. 
Fiddle recorded by Meri Tadić. 
Highland bagpipes recorded by Kevin Murphy. 

Artwork: 
Front and back cover painted by Sebastian Wagner (www.sebastianwagner-art.com
Inlay photography by Land of Light Photography (www.landoflightphotography.com
Artwork edited by Northern Silence.

Media Praise

"You’ll notice throughout this album that musically Andy is constantly upping his game from start to finish, there’s moments on here which will leave you breathless and you won’t even have finished taking those in when the next twist comes and elevates things even further. [...] By the time the fourth song “Hearth” plays you will without doubt be fully immersed in the rich and vivid atmosphere Saor has created and the album still continues to bloom, the music at this point becoming yet more intricate and complex and new ingredients still coming in [...] You’re left wondering constantly just where Saor will take this next as you try to absorb everything that’s going on, something which will take many, many listens to fully achieve. [...] [Tears of a Nation] is a final exclamation point, a culmination of a dazzling showcase of masterful composition and musicianship and by the time it’s done I’m sure many a jaw will need picking up from the floor. [...] all in all it’s safe to say that Saor has truly delivered a hugely impressive and absolutely essential album with this third effort. You’ve no doubt figured this out by now, Guardians left one hell of an impression here, and while I wish to take absolutely nothing away from Roots and Aura, Saor’s previous works I get the feeling that this is the album Andy has wanted to make for a long time, possibly his entire life. This is the coming together of music, inspiration, culture and tradition, shaped and moulded by gifted hands into something that transcends all of those things, and it’s an album which cannot fail to impress just about any fan of atmospheric metal in general. We already have some extremely strong players in this area anyway, now is certainly a good time to be into it and with Saor significantly raising the stakes it just got even better. We’ve been presented with an incredible listening experience here, one I can find very little to find fault with and as such I have no qualms in giving this the following mark."10/10 - blackphoenixrising.freeforums.org

"As on the previous albums have also all five tracks from" Guardians "with in section 11 of minutes of playing time over length. What others fail gloriously because running Saor in top form! [...] The combination of extremely atmospheric black metal and folk elements of course the Highlander comes here to Good. in this genre is dreamy guitar passages have felt ever drag on, without losing its charm. but the folk instruments bagpipes, flute, bodhran and violin (the latter, incidentally, partly recorded by the former Eluveitie- violinist Meri Tadic) were integrated, is quite big cinema! "14/15 - www.folkmetalaustria.wordpress.com

"It’s been awhile since I’ve been completely blown away when I’ve heard an artist for the first time, and blown away is exactly what happened when I heard Scottish artist Saor. [...] Andy Marshall has created a beautiful sounding album with complex musical arrangements containing masterfully crafted guitar riffs melodiously accompanied by bagpipes, fiddles, and other stringed instruments plus pounding double bass drumming. [...] Guardians is surely not an album to miss if you’re looking to hear something some fresh and original." - www.metalmofos.com

"Fans of AGALLOCH, MOONSORROW or WINTERFYLLETH will gravitate to this music quickly if they haven’t already done so by now. [...] This album was a great pleasure to hear. SAOR extends their talents far beyond mediocrity. It is mandatory to be moved by music this passionate and strong. The Scottish patriotism throughout this album calls us all back to the Highlands of Scotland despite where you may actually come from. There is something so mystical about that place that it leaves a stain on its countryside and people; People who can use this mysticism to enchant their music."

"Andrew crafted once again a masterpiece of Scottish Folkloric Black Metal that ends the same way it started, with bagpipes and guitar. While fans of his more aggressive previous releases might find it a little soft, this record demonstrates that Andrew can still change the formula and stay relevant to the genre. The folkloric instruments bring a whole new depth to his soundscape that wasn’t as important as on this record and this is emphasized by the great composition of the songs."- rastapunkreviews.blogspot.de

Formed In: 2013
Status: Active
Years Active: 2012-2013 (as Àrsaidh), 2013-Present

LINE UP
Andy Marshall - All instruments, Vocals

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Genre: Atmospheric Folk/Black Metal

Current Label: Northern Silence Productions
Booking/Press Contact: fortriuprod@gmail.com

Official Website: www.saormusic.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/saorofficial
Bandcamp: http://saor.bandcamp.com
VK: http://vk.com/saorofficial
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/saormusic
Merch: https://saor.bandcamp.com/merch
Official Webstore: http://saor.bigcartel.com

quarta-feira, 28 de setembro de 2016

Temperance - The Earth Embraces Us All (Full-Length Album - 2016) - Bandcamp Stream



Melodic metallers, Temperance, released their new album, The Earth Embraces Us All, on September 16th via Scarlet Records. The album artwork has once again been made by Gustavo Sazes (Kamelot, Arch Enemy, Morbid Angel).

Singer Chiara Tricarico comments: “This is without any doubt the most complex and mature album we’ve ever done. It basically gave us the chance to add many new elements to our music. Most of the songs in our previous albums were short and straight to the point, these new ones are longer and stylistically challenging, it takes time to fully grasp their essence. The Earth Embraces Us All is the natural evolution of our musical path, we are very proud of it, I think it represents us well!”

Temperance was born in late 2013 in Northern Italy. Four out of five of the original members, respectively Giulio Capone (drums and keyboards), Sandro Capone (rhythm guitars), Luca Negro (bass) and Marco Pastorino (lead guitars and vocals) had already played together in other projects for many years, and they decided to start a new music adventure with a band which would also include female vocals with Chiara Tricarico (vocals).

The idea was to create a unique mixture of many musical genres, with a solid melodic metal base. After a few months of rehealsals and songwriting sessions, they gave birth to their first and self titled album and signed a deal with Scarlet Records. A few months later, after the first European gigs, the band played as opening act for Within temptation in Milan and for Korpiklaani in Sicily.

After attending many gigs and festivals in Italy and Eastern Europe, in September 2014 the band toured throughout the US West Coast. That experience brought much inspiration to the band, which started the composition of the second album “Limitless” a few months later. “Limitless” was released in March 2015, via Scarlet Records. Temperance re-started again on tour over Europe including the new songs and with more powerful shows. The following summer they played as opening act for Slipknot and At The Gates at PostePay Rock In Roma.

Shortly after, the guitarist Sandro had to part ways with the band due to personal reasons. The following year was very busy for the band, that played many headlining shows and festivals in Italy and joined the European Tour supporting the shows of Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody.

In June 2016 the band performed as opening act for Nightwish, Epica and Apocalyptica in Rome. During that show, they played a preview of their third album, "The Earth Embraces Us All", released in September 2016 via Scarlet Records.

Media Praise 

" ..a symphonic metal album with enough power to compete with some of the old Nightwish and Epica albums." metal-discovery (Rating 10/10)

"With the surprising" The Earth Embraces us All "as the Temperance can never merge insights, ideas and heterogeneous elements without ever obliterate their identity more commercial, modern and melodic. The embrace of the earth has never been so compelling. " - truemetal.it (Rating 80/100)

"There are some great songs on The Earth Embraces Us All and then we see the comparisons with previous bands like the fingers. For me this is the best female fronted album of the year to date already. " - amped-up.be (Rating 9/10)

"TEMPERANCE thus provide a first serious contender for the melodic album of the year and just can not fall on deaf ears! Well done!" - Stormbringer.at (Rating 4,5/5)

"I had already taken the opportunity to review the Temperance. The first time it was out of curiosity, now I've done for confirmation. These guys are very good and are getting the success they deserve. Hats off. " - METALWAVE (Rating 81/100)

"Over time, the Temperance become more and more complete, and this record is its most profound and tangible evidence. An album that has virtually no weaknesses, because it manages to combine different styles and different registers with enviable authoritativeness" - Hardsounds.it (Rating 85/100)

" The Earth Embraces Us All is nothing less than a triumph. " - Moshville Times

”The Earth Embraces Us All“ is a very good album that will please many. I recommend it especially for fans of Amaranthe and Nightwish, but if you like symphonic/melodic metal in general you should definitely check it out, too! " - Magna Femina - A webzine about women in metal (Rating 85/100)


"Fans of Nightwish and others will be in heaven, hungry metalheads rough riffs and more violent music will get their money and spend their way But one thing is certain. Yet we hear a lot about the Italians Temperance" - Music in Belgium (Rating 4/5)

" I already thought Temperance had stepped up their game big time on Limitless, but with their new release The Earth Embraces Us All, they have surprised me with two of their most ambitious and impressive songs to date" - Myglobalmind Online Magazine (Rating 10/10)

"Really their best shot so far, but there is still plenty of room to surpass it, though they may before now really get a lot out of the closet. Temperance, I congratulate you. The Earth Embraces us All for now, a masterful record! " - WingsOfDeath 

Formed In: 2013
Status: Active
Years Active: 2013-Present

LINE UP
Chiara - Vocals
Marco - Lead Guitar & Vocals
Luca - Bass
Giulio - Drums & Keys

Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Arona (Novara), Piedmont / Milan, Lombardy
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal

Current Label: Scarlet Records
CEO: Truck Me Hard - www.truckmehard.com
Booking/Press Contact: info@truckmehard.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/temperanceofficial
Instagram http://temperanceband.com/instagram
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/temperanceband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TemperanceMetal
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TemperanceOfficial
Merch: http://www.temperanceofficial.bigcartel.com


The Earth Embraces Us All (Full-Length Album - 2016)

Released September 16, 2016

Credits
Artwork by Gustavo Sazes
Mixing, Mastering maded by Simone Mularoni
Produced by Marco Pastorino and Giulio Capone
Recorded at Music Ink Studio.
Mixed and mastered at Domination Studio.

Buy The Album At:

segunda-feira, 26 de setembro de 2016

The Fërtility Cült - A Forest of Kings (Full-Length Album - 2016) - Bandcamp Stream



Enter into the cosmic world of The Fërtility Cült. This five-piece band from Tampere is dropping some slow-burning tunes of dark textures and prog-rock twists. The Path Is Clear is the first single off the album entitled A Forest of Kings. Except for this single, which is merely seven minutes long, the rest of the songs are stretched to the 10-minute mark and transit through many different dark places. Sax and keyboards give a retro sound, and while guitar and bass couldn't be heavier and dirtier, they form a good combo.

The prog-rockers from Tampere The Fërtility Cült released their new album A Forest of Kings on the 9th of September, 2016. The album is avaliable in your favourite digital outlet and record stores.

The band describe themselves as astral travellers and planewalkers fulfilling pledges to preternatural cosmic cow deities and hypersensual fertility priestesses channeling from time immemorial through subterranean cults of clandestine rites taking place in ancient isthmic necropolises inhabited by keepers of arcane legacies practicing idolatry of lascivious demiurge vixens while listening to Black Sabbath.  

Media Praise 

"Part Doom-gloom, part inspiringly playful and almost cheesy, part Hammond-Organ dominated Hard Rock, part psychedelic-etheral drift, part Punk attitude, and this amazing Saxophone going through all those different modes of expression as well" - stalker-magazine.rocks (Rating 7.5/10)

The sound that displays the Finnish quintet The Fertility Cult is so enigmatic and nebulous as the cover that illustrates this captivating new album." - microminusculo.blogspot.fi

Formed In: 2008
Status: Active
Years Active: 2008-Present

LINE UP
Kailasha - Bass, Vocals
Mäkinen - Drums
Kimmel - Guitars
Solismaa - Organ, Piano

Country of origin: Finland
Location: Tampere
Genre: Psychedelic Stoner/Doom Metal

Current Label: Unsigned/Independent
Booking/Press Contact: fertilitycultists@gmail.com

A Forest of Kings (Full-Length Album - 2016)

Released September 9, 2016

Listen/Buy The Album On:

Khepra - Cosmology Divine (Full-Length Album - 2016) - Bandcamp Stream



Khepra was formed in 2009 under the name Gurz by Dou Kalender and Kenan Turandar. Since its formation, the band has released one EP in 2012 titled “Sons of Earth and Sky”, the EP received many positive comments worldwide and later went on to perform in several European countries.

The sound of the band evolved into having more middle eastern/Anatolian influences and got more aggressive as well. With the new style, they changed the band name to KHEPRA. They have recorded their first full length album "Cosmology Divine" in 2015, the album was mixed and mastered by producer Logan Mader.

Khepra  are  a  band  from  Turkey  that plays  a  symphonic  and melodic  mixture  of  black,  death and  folk  metal, they released their debut album  "Cosmology  Divine"  September 10th, 2016 under the label, Naturmacht /Rain  Without  End  Records.

The debut album of turkish Khepra is a wonderful blend of melodic death metal with black, symphonic and etchnical elements and delivers its very own listening experience. Everything is worked out very professional and with love for detail. The lyrics are as varied as the music: Science combined with Folklore and Myth from the realm of the East.

A  very  epic  and  symphonic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and also  mixes  in  with the  heavier sections  of  the  music  while acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  guitar solos and  leads  are  utilized  they  are d one  in  a  very  melodic fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds up  a  great  amount  of blast beats  can  be  heard.

Most  of   the  vocals  are  black  metal  screams  while  clean singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times and  there  are  also  some female  vocals  in some  parts  of t he  songs  and  the  music  also mixes in  a  lot  of  ethnic  folk  music  elements  which  also shows different  types  of  musical instruments  being  added  onto  the recording.

Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid paced  and  fast  parts  and some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a more  melodic  death  metal  style  and  you  can  also  hear traces of  Arabian and  Oriental  music  in  most  of  the  tracks  and  as the  album  progresses  some of  the  riffing  starts  getting  more thrash  influenced  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and epic in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word samples.

Media Praise

Plunged conceptually a mixture of folklore, myth and oriental heritage, each track of this "Cosmology Divine " is an earthly journey that makes us fly to the high levels of cosmic spirituality through an elegant combination of melodic death metal and ethnic sonorities. - ultraje.pt (Rating 8.5/10)

Basically it’s melodic death metal with oriental influences. Raw vocals, not as low as true death metal, no shrieks like you find in black metal, no clean vocals like in power metal. Just very powerful, gruff but understandable. The folky side is found within the melodies and the use of oriental and acoustic sounds. Khepra is original enough to stand out among all the other competitors. - Folk-metal.nl (Rating 9.5/10)

the sound of Khepra is sufficiently personal and full of inventiveness and, all things considered. In essence, Divine Cosmology is a work not to be missed for any reason, especially if you appreciate the basic these particular sounds. - metaleyes.iyezine (Rating 8/10)

Khepra have created a debut that knows how to appeal in all matters. The songs on "Cosmology Divine" are never too long, despite the many influences consistent and simple fun. The compositional talent of these two musicians is by the impeccable production in nothing, so there is virtually nothing to complain about. Who wants to hear Metal and symphonic Middle Eastern music in perfect balance, should use that disk not miss and absolutely essential to keep in mind Khepra. - metal1.info (Rating 8.5/10)

Kephra  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  symphonic  black metal and  melodic  death  metal  and mixes  it  with  ethnic  folk  music to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Cosmology,  Occultism, Mythologies,  History  and  Religion themes. In  my  opinion Kephra  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  and  melodic mixture  of black,  death  and  folk  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan of those  musical  genres,  you  should  check out  this  band. - A Diferent Shade of Black Metalzine (Rating 8.5/10)

Formed In: 2015
Status: Active
Years Active: 2009-2015 (as Gürz), 2015-Present

LINE UP
Dou Kalender - Vocals & Guitars & Orchestral
Tolga Köker - Guitars
Kenan Turandar - Bass
Erce Arslan – Drums

Country of Origin: Turkey
Location: Istanbul
Genre: Symphonic Death/Folk Metal

Current Label: Naturmacht / Rain Without End Records
Press Contact: info@khepraofficial.com
Booking: WORLDWIDE.BOOKING:info@khepraofficial.com 
GERMANY.BOOKING: basakgunel@hotmail.com

Homepage: http://khepraofficial.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/khepraofficial
Bandcamp: http://khepraofficial.bandcamp.com
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/khepraofficial
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpVrXKd8d3aadAkR0Gqny2Q


Cosmology Divine (Full-Length Album - 2016)

Released September 10, 2016

Credits
Erce Arslan - Recording, Engineering
Barış Baykal - Recording, Engineering
Doğukan Kalender - Recording, Pre-mixing (Orchestrations)
Logan Mader - Mixing, Mastering
Aybars Altay - Cover art
Tolga Köker - Design

Guest Musicians 
Murat Ilkan - Vocals (clean) (track 1)
Özgür Özkan - Vocals (clean) (track 2)
Onur Turgut - Vocals (choirs) (tracks 1, 2, 5), Ney (track 10)
Uğur Yılmaz - Vocals (choirs: baritone, bass) (tracks 1, 2, 5, 8, 9)
Hakan Çiftçioğlu - Vocals (choirs: bass) (tracks 1, 5)
Melis Eser - Vocals (soprano) (track 1)
M.Cantuğ Ağıç - Guitars (add. lead) (tracks 1, 2)
Onur Narin - Guitars (add. lead, add. acoustic) (tracks 4, 7, 9)
Ersin Baykal - Kemane (tracks 2, 4), Bağlama (track 1), Oud (track 3)
Sühendan Çetin - Ney (tracks 3, 4)
Ediz Aydın - Ney (track 4)
Tolga Şekerci - Qanun (tracks 2, 7)
Erkan Yalın - Bendir (tracks 1, 4)
Özlem Yıldırım - Cello (track 5)

Avaliable At:

domingo, 25 de setembro de 2016

Old Seas / Young Mountains - Vanishing Lights (Full-Length Album - 2016) - Bandcamp Stream



Sweden, the land thats currently often to be talked of, regarding music. With the last post about Versus from pg.lost we now present you a not quite so well known band from the scandinavian country.

Old Seas / Young Mountains are Linus Andersson and Adam Jacobsson, formed in 2014, who stylistic in the genre can be described as post-rock with some ambient. The two are definitely talented, they both play guitars and keys for the band, while (Adam) also play the bass while writing/recording. Drums are programmed by the both of them.

With their debut album ”Vanishing Lights" they want to lay the foundation for their career. The album for sure has potential. ”Vanishing Lights" also contains both singles of this year, when the swedes made the first step into the music industry.

Generally spoken the debut is multifaceted, emotional and despite some rough edges has a certain charm. Old Seas / Young Mountains combine modern post-rock-arcs and experimental facetes, with light dynamic facetes of the ambient span and dream-pop.

The arrangements of the guitars are, for a newcomber band, widely spread and not monotonous on the emotional level. The synth play is integrated seamless and give the compositions some modern coat. Even though some passages are a bit tedious and could technically improve a bit, you find some charming songs as little musical pearls on this debut.

In that category is definitely ”Chasing the Sun“ and "In This Unlikely Event". Thrilling songs with catchy sound structures and energetic guitar eruptions. The smart dynamics and the mix of emotions and explosions makes those two a highlight. Another great song is ”A Journey“, with its energetic rythm. The title song ”Vanishing Lights“ and ”Silver Sun Horizon“ are convincing with their modern structure of post-rock. Vanishing Lights is, for a totally unknown band, as debut to be rated quite positive. As mentioned above, its a little rough diamond in this genre.

It's obvious, that the two swedes put/invested alot of work, time and money, therefor Old Seas / Young Mountains should get a chance with their debut. That's why Vanishing Lights can be downloaded in the category "pay what you want"on their Bandcamp. As you can pick out the musical talent of those swedes quite often, its absolutely worth to contemplate the two with their next works."

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

LINE UP
Linus Andersson - All Performed Instruments, Recording, Engineering, Mixing, Graphics & Design
Adam Jacobsson - All Performed Instruments, Recording, Engineering, Mixing, Graphics & Design

Country of Origin: Sweden
Current Label: Unsigned/Independent

Bandcamp: https://oldseasyoungmountains.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oldseasyoungmountains
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6vyobvZH6SfOgm0YtXBbeS
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/old-seas-young-mountains
Twitter: https://twitter.com/osymband
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyOpikfbswK4M2DL4KIU7cA


Vanishing Lights (Full-Length Album - 2016)

Released September 9, 2016 

Written / Performed / Mixed by Linus Andersson & Adam Jacobsson. 
Mastered by Philip Nordquist

Crimson Swan - (2012 - 2015) [ Full Discography] - Bandcamp Stream



The roots of the band date back to a vacation in 2010, that Robert, Simon and Marcos spent in a lonely forest cottage in North Rhine-Westphalia. Inspired by this gloomy and forlorn place “When Angels Fall” was written, which should mark the first song of Crimson Swan.

Fueled by the positive responses to the demo-version of said song, more tunes were concocted, until the EP “Icon” could be recorded with the help of session musicians.

Although initially planned as a studio project, first gig inquiries came with the release of “Icon”. A few months and the joining of Jakob (Bass) and Martin (Drums) later, Crimson Swan found themselves playing the first shows. Til today they had the pleasure of sharing the stage with great bands like Saturnus, Shape Of Despair, Officium Triste, Mournful Congregation, Ophis, Ataraxie and many more.

After a video for an early version of “Accusations” which came out in late 2013, the band took some time off to finish their first full-length album.

“Unlit” was released in early 2015 via Quality Steel Records and was met with a very positive response from fans and critics.

Blending atmospheric Death-Doom with oppressive Funeral Doom parts and haunting melodies, Crimson Swan from Hamburg (Germany) deliver music that every friend of the slower paces should definitely lend an ear!

Although sharing the mood with bands like Swallow The Sun, Saturnus, Officium Triste and Shape Of Despair, Crimson Swan yet managed to develop their own note with only an EP and the  full-length debut “Unlit”.

Plaintive leads and elegiac keys form a solemn symbiosis with a slowly crushing rhythm section, topped off by the interplay of wistful clean-vocals and brutal growls. Doom or be doomed!

Media Praise on "Unlit":

The band demonstrates how white space in music can be used to increase tension, but have compositions that also exemplify the importance of the resolution of that tension and the power of dynamics. Unlit‘s music is dynamic2, depressive—gothic, even—and filled with sorrow, longing and anxiety. Crimson Swan is a band to watch, and I’ll be following their developments with great interest. - Angry Metal Guy (Rating 3.5/5)

Crimson Swan’s ‘Unlit’ is an ambitious debut that has masterful moments, but is blighted by mawkish sentimentalism. - DoomMetalHeaven (Rating 6/10)

Musically, even using very songs, the musical side is enriched by changes in tempos and on riffs, the best songs of the album are melodic and introspective, elegant and depressive, very deeper and well worked . The album is very good as a whole. Metal Temple (Rating Almost Perfect)

Media Praise of "Icon" reached an average of 8/10 points in world wide reviews. 

"... it would be so good to revel in sounds of such a classy work much, much longer ..." - 8/10 - metal.de 

"... doomy, atmospheric and nearly sacral ..." - " ... mournful, vigorous guitar chords ..." - 12/15 - myrevelations.de 

"... oppressive ..." - "'Icon' is an absolutely cleanly produced, complex creation with much raffinesse." - 8/9 - disctopia.de

Formed in: 2010
Status: Active
Years Active: 2010-Present

LINE UP
Jakob – Bass & Backing Vocals
Martin – Drums & Backing Vocals
Robert – Guitars
Marcos – Keys
Simon – Vocals & Guitars

Country of Origin: Germany
Location: Hamburg
Genre: Doom/Gothic Metal

Current Label: Quality Steel Records
Booking: booking@crimsonswan.de
Press Contact: contact@crimsonswan.de

Homepage: http://www.crimsonswan.de
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crimsonswan
Bandcamp: https://crimsonswan.bandcamp.com
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/crimsonswandoom
Twitter: https://twitter.com/crimsonswandoom
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/crimsonswandoom

DISCOGRAPHY

UNLIT (Full-Length Album - 2015)


Released March 28, 2015
Child In Time (Deep Purple Cover)


Released March 27, 2015

Icon (EP - 2012)

Released November 25, 2012 

Produced by R. Franz @ aerion audio.solutions in 2012. 
Mixed and mastered by R. Franz @ aerion audio.solutions 
Artwork by J. Gozdzielewski 

Avaliable At:

In The Woods... - Pure (Full-Length Album - 2016) - Bandcamp Stream


Norway has always been the most fertile of lands for experimental and avant-garde Metal. During the last three decades fabulous visionaries have pushed beyond boundaries time and time again, propagating the ever-healthy Metal underground and its myriad sub-genres. The most prestigious and mythical of all are the legendary IN THE WOODS… the originators of truly progressive Dark Metal.

Now, 21 years after their singular, beyond-classic debut "Heart Of The Ages" and 17 protracted years after last full-length "Strange In Stereo", a reimagined and revitalised IN THE WOODS… deliver "Pure" - a stunningly focussed new record – a distillation of everything that makes them one of the greats.

The prolonged absence has led to a propulsive reinvigoration, a renewed directness and melodic refinement, a set of addictive songs grounded in the same strain of epic, atmospheric and psychedelic blackened Prog-Doom the band mined for their 1997 masterpiece "Omnio" – although this record is anything but a re-tread of old terrain.

As always with ITW the exploratory nature of the music stems from the freedom of 70's progressive rock: the dreaminess of vintage FLOYD and CAMEL, the skewed restlessness of prime CRIMSON, the perpetual questing of GABRIEL-era GENESIS and subtle Krautrock intimations.

The band have evolved, matured, the unit revelling in the pleasures of restraint. The mind-chaos of youth has transmogrified into the dark divinity of wisdom that only experience can bring - a welcome respite in times of ephemeral pleasures and hyperactive multiplicities.

At core "Pure" is a collection of huge-sounding, all-enveloping cosmic tales - a supermassive record fusing epic Dark Metal with hook-ridden doom-tinged modernism, the mind’s eye trained far beyond the archaic firmament deep into worlds unknown.

Formed in: 1991
Status: Active
Years Active: 1991-2000, 2014-Present

LINE UP
C:M. Botteri - Bass
Christian "X" Botteri - Guitar
Anders Kobro - Drums
James Fogarty - Vocals, guitars and Keys
Kåre "Corey" Sletteberg - Guitars

Country of origin: Norway
Location: Kristiansand
Genre: Avant-garde/Progressive Rock/Metal 

Current Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Booking/Press Contact: micha@redback-promotion.com
Phone: +47 976 32 955
Bandcamp: https://in-the-woods.bandcamp.com
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/in-the-woods.../id78418903


Pure (Full-Length Album - 2016)

Released September 16, 2016

Recorded at Woodscave Studio.
Mixed & mastered by WSL Studio.
Artwork by Max Winter / Teratogen.

The Album is Avaliable in the Follow Versions:

Vinyl : goo.gl/Da7tsD
Special edition vinyl : goo.gl/Eu9NfQ
Digipack CD : goo.gl/qV0eA0
Special edition Digipack CD : goo.gl/W7vQzU

Shokran - Exodus (Full-Length Album - 2016) - Bandcamp Stream



Shokran started out as a one-man band however, after the debut release “Sixth Sense” the project quickly turned into a full band production! The group wasted no time and quickly released their debut EP in 2014 titled “Supreme Truth”. In support of this first group release, Shokan embarked on a tour covering Russia. Though they have had a slight turn over in band members the band has settled on four extremely talented musicians, led by founding member, song writer and guitarist Dimitry Demyanenko. He is joined by drummer Michael Isaev, bassist Valery Yushkevich and vocalist Andrew Ivashchenko. 

Shokran returned to the studio in the end of 2014 to begin recording their newest release “Exodus”. This album is two years in the making, and fans have been patiently following the progress with small teasers along the way. These include the March 2015 releases of the single “Creatures From The Mud” and music video for the track “Collapses”. 

The guys gained their experience, replaced two band members, had a long negotiations with the top-lables of our "Heavy world" such as Sumerian Records etc.

And now the hour has struck! This time they'll narrate you the the ancient story. You'll have a chance to join the times of the Pharaohs' reign, namely, The Plagues of Egypt times, which had persuaded the Pharaoh to release the ill-treated Israelites from slavery, the beginning of the Exodus. Accompanied by the tough riffs, minor harmonic melodies, furious rythm section, beautiful clean singing and all the lung's power screams, this LP will cause a full-immersion in the antiquity.

For those who want to buy CDs the band made a gift-instrumental version of the album. It will be available exclusively on physical copies. Hurry up to buy it. Pre-order of the CD could be issued by Bandcamp's form.

Media Praise

In the end, Exodus is about as perfect as a progressive deathcore album can get. Incredible vocals, aided by creative and masterful writing that flows together as a masterpiece. The album truly needs to be experienced in full, as it will constantly give the listener chills. Shokran have raised, if not destroyed the bar for the genre. - Heavy Blog Is Heavy (Rating 5/5)

Exodus is easily the best thing I’ve heard all year, and it’s a true treat for fans of the style. - New Noise Magazine (Rating 5/5)

Exodus needs to be a movie soundtrack to the most epic film ever created. If you haven’t picked it up yet, please do yourself a favor and do so immediately. I would personally put this as my album of the year. - It Djents (Rating 10/10)

Formed In: 2012
Status: Active 
Years Active: 2012-Present

LINE UP
Dmitry Demyanenko - Guitar
Michael Isaev - Drums
Valery Yushkevich - Bass
Andrew Ivashchenko - Vocal

Country of Origin: Russia
Location: Yeisk, Moscow
Genre: Groove Prog Metal

Current  Label: Unsigned/Independent
Email: shokranband@gmail.com
Booking/Press Contact: shokran.exodus@gmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Sh0kran
Bandcamp: https://shokranband.bandcamp.com
Instagram: http://instagram.com/shokran_band
VK: https://vk.com/shokran
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ShokranBand

Exodus (Full-Length Album - 2016)

Released September 17, 2016

The Album is Available for All Electronic Stores:

terça-feira, 20 de setembro de 2016

A Constant Storm Unveils The Music Video For "Pale March"


"Pale March" is the fourth track and first single out of A Constant Storm's debut full length album, "Storm Alive".

The official video for "Pale March" is simultaneously a tribute to the Danish 1916 film “Verdens Undergang” (EN: The End Of The World).


The movie, directed by August Blom, is notable for being one of the very first cinematographic pieces of work that tried to represent a cataclysmic event and 2016 marks its centenary. In the movie it is announced that the catastrophe would occur on September 20th, so on this very day we celebrate Blom’s apocalypse’s 100th anniversary.

Storm Alive was released on May 6th, 2016 on ACS’ official bandcamp page (http://aconstantstorm.bandcamp.com) and is available for streaming and digital purchase on the same website.

Foremed In: 2013
Status: Active
Years Active: 2013-Present

LINE UP
Daniel Laureano (Stormbringer) – Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Additional Musicians:
Ricardo Pereira – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Afonso Aguiar – Drum Programming

Country of Origin: Portugal
Location: Porto
Genre: Melodic Death/Black Metal

Current Label: Unsigned/Independent
Booking/Press Contact: aconstantstorm@gmail.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeap0Q0vV5Cm2pmUjNBugZg

Pale March (Official Video)

Released September 20, 2016

All music belongs to A Constant Storm
All lyrics belong to A Constant Storm
All images belong to the Danish Film Institute and were created by August Blom

segunda-feira, 19 de setembro de 2016

In Sanity Releases Music Video For "Inferno"

Resultado de imagem para In Sanity - Inferno

IN SANITY released a music video for "Inferno" that is the second single taken from the Album "Ocean Of Black" released on July 1, 2016. The video was recorded at Kulturwerkstatt Paderborn on the  Album Release Show.

Formed in 2011, IN SANITY embodies a modern approach of the Gothenburg Sound – a musical background that has influenced all band members from the beginning. The songs stand out due to their classic melodies and powerful old-school riffs coupled with modern catchiness.

Formed In: 2011
Status: Active
Years Active: 2011-Present

LINE UP
Erik Sollmann - Vocals
John Turner - Guitar
Tim Lobner - Guitar
Andrey Astafiev - Bass
Felix Martens - Drums

Country of Origin: Germany
Location: Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Current Label: Unsigned/Independent
CEO: Erik Sollmann
Booking: booking@insanitymetal.com
Press Contact: erik.sollmann@gmx.de

Official Site: http://insanitymetal.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/insanitymodernmetal
Twitter: https://twitter.com/InSanityGER
Instagram: http://instagram.com/in_sanity_metal
Last fm: http://www.lastfm.de/music/In+Sanity
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/insanity2012
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8dgrqGhB_hVCLvNqfqMyvA
Merch: http://insanitymetal.com/merch.html

In Sanity - Inferno (Official Video)

Released September 16, 2016 

Scuorn Unveils Lyric Video For “Viriglio Mago”



SCUORN was born to worship the cult of Parthenope by revealing the most ancient legends and history of the mysterious Neapolitan lands, known over the centuries for their hellenic and roman origins and for being fervent cradle of the Italian culture.

The epic black metal atmospheres, strongly influenced by the world famous “canzone napoletana”, and the sound of traditional folk instruments melt with majestic orchestrals and evocative lyrics in native language, express the concept of the band at its best.

Founded in Naples (Italy) in 2008 by Giulian (Vocals, All Instruments & Orchestral Arrangements), SCOURN (which means "shame" in Neapolitan language) will soon release the debut album “PARTHENOPE”, recorded, mixed and mastered at 16th Cellar Studio by Stefano “Saul” Morabito (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour Of Penance, Theatres des Vampires).

Very special guest on the album is the “maestro” Riccardo Studer from Italian extreme epic metal pioneers STORMLORD, who shaped an impressive orchestra who reminds of bands such as DIMMU BORGIR and SEPTICFLESH for epicness and greatness.

The concept album is focused on the most ancient greek-roman origins of Naples, and each song is related to a specific legend from those times, such as the 79 a.d. volcano Vesuvio’s eruption who destroyed Pompeii and many others.

On September 19, 2016 the Parthenopean Epic Black Metal act SCUORN unveils lyric video for the song “Viriglio Mago”, the second track from the upcoming debut album “PARTHENOPE”, out worldwide at the beginning of 2017 via Dusktone.eu.

The legend of “Virgilio Mago” is based on the famous poet Publius Vergilius Maro, arguably believed to be a visionary clairvoyant by the neapolitans, who later proclaimed his pagan legendary figure as spiritual patron of Naples. His obscure magic was always used to benefit and help the city and its population, and invoked in times of famine, drought, plague and disease, and thus his mysterious oracle was never forgotten.

Official Lyric Video produced by the Italian artist Goffredo Passi at EstremArte videoproduzioni.

Featuring special guest orchestrals by Riccardo Studer from Italian Extreme Epic Metal pioneers Stormlord and guest narrated vocals by Daniele Ogre Cristiano in the role of Publius Vergilius Maro.

The legend of “Virgilio Mago” is revealed …


Formed In: 2008
Status: Active
Years Active: 2008-Present

LINE UP
Giulian (Vocals, All Instruments & Orchestral Arrangements)

Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Napoli
Genre: Parthenopean Epic Black Metal

Current Label: Dusktone
Booking/Press Contact: info@scuorn.com

Official Website: http://www.scuorn.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scuorn
Bandcamp : https://scuorn.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/scuorn
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf0gDm6CtTzq2Jph8ljHtiA
Merch: https://scuorn.bandcamp.com/merch
Merch: http://scuorn.bigcartel.com

Virgilio Mago (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO - 2016)
Released September 19, 2016

Official Lyric Video produced by Goffredo Passi at Estremarte Videoproduzioni.

Single extracted from the debut album “PARTHENOPE”, out worldwide at the beginning of 2017 via Dusktone.eu.

sábado, 17 de setembro de 2016

Aephanemer - Memento Mori (Full-Length Album - 2016) - Bandcamp Stream


The French Melodic Death metallers AEPHANEMER released their debut full length album, ‘Memento Mori’ via Primeval Records on September 16th, 2016. On this special occasion, AEPHANEMER had the honor of collaborating with Niklas Sundin (DARK TRANQUILLITY) who designed the album artwork and Maciej Dawidek (WIDEK) who took over the audio production. 

Aephanemer’s signature sound combines great melodies and riff-heavy metal with dirty growling which crawls all over the songs. Add to that a liberal use of keyboards that paint a dreamy sound landscape. The result really appeals to me. Melodic death metal it is, but with heaps of progressive metal and a very personal touch. Aephanemer manages to cram a lot of personality into its songs. In a crowded scene with many bands sounding quite alike, the personal touches, including some folk-inspired parts to some of the songs, make Aephanemer stand out from the crowd.

Having initially begun as a one-mand band, the musical essence of Aephanemer has been crystallized in January 2014, within a first solo EP : « Know Thyself », mixed by Maciej Dawidek (Widek) and illustrated by Niklas Sundin (Dark Tranquility). The band broke into the metal scene with their debut EP ‘Know Thyself’ in 2014. Integrating musical elements from scandinavian Melodic Death Metal, slavic traditional music and classical symphonies, AEPHANEMER brought some freshness to the modern metal scene and generated significant expectation from their newly formed and quickly growing fanbase.

Marion, Mickaël and Anthony quickly joined the band after the EP release.

The year 2014 was marked by the formation of a complete line-up and the organization of concerts in Toulouse’s musical scene, but also by the composition and realization of a first full-length album.


After a multitude of shows given all over France and strengthened by the support received from eminent metal webzines (Metal Observer, Lords of Metal, HornsUp, Metal Impact) the band is now planning a National and European tour for November 2016.

Media Praise


"If you’re a fan of melodic metal, grab this album." - Skullbanger
"Aephanemer has a great debut album that stands out with a signature sound." - Roppongi Rocks
"Memento Mori is a gem worth seeking out." - Dead Rhetoric (Rating: 10 / 10)
"No weak moments here, just superb music." - Metalmaniack (Rating: 10 / 10)



Formed in: 2013
Status: Active
Years active: 2013-Present

LINE UP
Martin Hamiche - Lead Guitar
Marion Bascoul - Vocals & Rythm Guitars
Anthony Delmas - Bass
Mickaël Bonnevialle - Drums

Country of origin: France
Location: Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées

Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Current label: Unsigned/independent
Booking/Press Contact: contact@aephanemer.com

Official Website: http://aephanemer.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Aephanemer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Aephanemer
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/NifRiffs
Last FM: http://www.last.fm/music/Aephanemer
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/aephanemer
Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/aephanemer
Merch: http://music.aephanemer.com


Memento Mori (Full-Length Album - 2016)

Released September 16, 2016 

Music - Martin Hamiche 
Lyrics - Marion Bascoul 
Artwork - Niklas Sundin (DARK TRANQUILLITY) 
Mixing & Masterig - Maciej Dawidek (WIDEK) 

Released through Primeval Records

Pre-order The Album At:
Primeval Records Webstore:  atstore.primevalrecords.fr 
Aephanemer's Webstore: music.aephanemer.com