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sexta-feira, 14 de julho de 2017

Frosttide - From Dusk To Ascend (Single - 2017) + Two Bonus Tracks - Bandcamp Stream

 
BIOGRAPHY

FROSTTIDE are a five-piece melodic/folk metal band from Finland formed by Joni Snoro back in 2009. FROSTTIDE released their first EP called "Dawn of Frost" in 2010 and won the "Year’s underground act 2011" trophy at the Finnish Metal Awards. The band played shows as a support act with KORPIKLAANI as well as performing at “Nummirock 2012 Metal Festival” together with the likes of SABATON, FEAR FACTORY among other bands. The band released their second EP "Our Journey" – again single-handedly in 2012.

The first full-lenght album called "Awakening" was released on 30th of August 2013 via Noise Art Records. Soon after the release of Awakening, FROSTTIDE embarqued to play in the mighty HEIDENFEST 2013 tour together with ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, EQUILIBRIUM, SUIDAKRA + extended show bands. In the beginning of 2014, the band was back on the road supporting ENSIFERUM on their Unsung Heroes Tour France. After a successful tour in France, FROSTTIDE played few shows in their home country Finland along with KORPIKLAANI & FINNTROLL.

2nd album "Blood Oath" was released on 27th of February 2015! Straight after Blood Oath's release FROSTTIDE joined the ONE MAN ARMY TOUR FINLAND with ENSIFERUM and later on the spring the band embarked on the PAGANFEST TOUR 2015 with WINTERSUN, TURISAS, HEIDEVOLK & OBSCURITY. After a successful tour in Europe, the band focused on playing live shows in Finland in cooperation with the booking agency Northern Solitude Entertainment for the rest of 2015 with exception of their first headliner show abroad at the Bridge Blast Metal Festival in Herisau, Switzerland on September 27, 2015. Later that year FROSTTIDE played as a support act for CRADLE OF FILTH and NE OBLIVISCARIS at their show in Nosturi, Helsinki on November 21st.

In 2016, the band continued supporting their second album "Blood Oath" with live shows in Finland and became part of NEM agency's roster. The continuous touring within Finland led the band to play for the first time at the legendary TUSKA festival together with CHILDREN OF BODOM, TESTAMENT, BEHEMOTH & GHOST among other bands. In the fall of 2016, due to personal differences, the band parted ways with singer/guitarist Joni Snoro and bass player Lauri Myllylä.

FROSTTIDE is currently working on their new album as a three-piece with guitarist and main composer Juho patinen on lead vocals. The band is supported by two session musicians on the live shows and will head on their very first North American tour supporting their album Blood Oath this fall in Canada together with fellow metallers VALFREYA.

On July 2017, the band released their new single with two bonus tracks, this is a brand new track that will be featured in their forthcoming album. From Dusk To Ascend felt to be the right choice for the single. It has the traditional Frosttide sound and still gives a good representation of the new elements and sound that will be heard in our new album. For this track, the band wanted to keep a more organic sound for the band and not rely entirely on orchestrations.  Guitars are more prominent than in our previous material but fear not! Keyboards are strongly present in this track providing the atmospheric landscape and bombastic elements for these aggressive riffs and powerful drumming together with a brand new voice.

ASSAULT:
Originally published on the EP "Our Journey", the bans always wanted to revisit this song and record it with the current sound of the band. So they finally did it during these recording sessions and they bring it to you as a bonus track for this single release! It is great to have this track back in the set and they look forward to play it live with these new arrangements!

LODI (CCR Cover):
The mandatory cover! Ever felt trapped in your hometown and dreamed to travel around the world? You know, play some shows, have some Caipirinhas in Brazil or enjoy some cold beers at Oktoberfest in Germany? Well... this is the story of this guy! Or sort of!

Originally composed by John Fogerty and performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival, the song tells about a touring musician that is stuck in a small town where nobody appreciates his music leaving him unable to raise enough money to leave town. This is probably the cover that they had most fun recording! They wanted to keep the essence of the original song but we also infused couple of new elements musically to add some flavour the story told in the lyrics.

LINE UP
Juho Patinen - Guitars & Lead Vocals
Felipe Munoz - Keyboards, Orchestrations & Backing Vocals
Joonas Nislin - Drums

Genre: Epic /Dark /Folk Metal
Hometown: Jyväskylä, Finland
Record Company: NoiseArt Records: contact@noiseart.cc
Booking: NEM Agency

Iiro Laitinen/ iiro@nem.fi//+358 (0)45 259 3030
E-mail: frosttide@hotmail.com

Site: http://www.frosttide.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Frosttide
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLqb__ghn3DXJIjhwh8ftjQ
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Frosttide
Las FM: http://www.last.fm/music/Frosttide
My Space: http://www.myspace.com/frosttide


From Dusk To Ascend (Single)

Released July 14, 2017 

Credits
Lyrics by Juho Patinen. 
Music by Juho Patinen & Frosttide 
Artwork by Jouni Valjakka 

Mixed and mastered by Juho Patinen 
Bass played and recorded by Juho Patinen 

"Lodi" music and lyrics by John Fogerty. Published by Jondora Music/Misty Music AB 


This single is available for purchase in two formats:

REGULAR VERSION 2.99 e 

Includes the single track + 2 bonus songs. Available at: http://www.frosttideofficial.bandcamp.com and http://frosttide.com/shop.

DELUXE VERSION 4.49 e

Includes the single track + bonus tracks + high res. artwork + wallpapers and lyric video! Available in our webstore at: http://www.frosttide.com/shop

domingo, 2 de julho de 2017

Thamnos - Night of the Raven (EP - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream

Thamnos is a one-man band created by a young Polish Metal musician called Mikołaj "KrzaQ" Krzaczek, he makes most of his music by himself, as well as mixing and mastering. Night of the Raven is his debut, solo, concept EP which contains story about fantastic view on the end of the world caused by mysterious Goddes called Raven. However although, there is also one being who can save the world.

Formed In:
Status: Active
Years Active: -Present

LINE UP
Mikołaj "KrzaQ" Krzaczek - Everything

Location: Chelm, Poland
Genre Folk/Melodic Death Metal

Current Label: Independent/Unsigned
Booking/Press Contact: kkrzaczek1@gmail.com

Bandcamp: https://thamnos.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thamnosrecords
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThamnosRecords
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thamnosrecords
Snapchat: krzaqcinek
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_eVE-Wl3oYG8zQLvxlCDBg

Night of the Raven (EP - 2017)
Released June 25, 2017

Credits
Lyrics - Thamnos
Music - Thamnos
Mix/Master - Thamnos Records
Album cover - Photo by Piotr Bielecki Creations/Edit by Thamnos

sábado, 1 de julho de 2017

Beyond The Dark Announces New EP + New Single Released

Beyond The Dark is a melodic death metal band formed in 2014 in Rome, Italy. The band started composing their own songs immediately and at the end of 2014, after a period of intense work, entered in the studio to record the first and homonymous EP "Beyond The Dark". The EP was released on November 30, 2015 and was  mixed and mastered at Overload Recording Studios.  

Aside from delivering blast beats and blistering guitar riffs, Beyond the Dark also displays impressive range and mellows things down just a bit. Just a bit, though. It still retains the driving sound that makes it fit with the rest of the album. The sum total is 6 tracks that deliver a great sound. 

On October 25th, 2016 the band announced a new EP "Unspoken" following the below statement:

"Hi guys, we have some news to share with you all. 
Giovanni -main songwriter and founding member of the band- is undergoing a big change in his life and he is going to leave Italy very soon. As a result, we decided to change priorities and we are now switching the direction of the band to a studio project.
This doesn't mean we won't be playing live again, but it will just be in selected shows and not in the near future.

And now, for the good news... we already started the recording sessions of a new 3-tracks EP to be released in the first months of 2017! Stay tuned, updates coming soon!" - Commented the band.

On June 30th, 2017, Beyond The Dark released the first single "Retune Your Mind", the whole EP willl be released on July 23rd, 2017. This Ep is the first band's release with their new vocalist Giuseppe Massimiliano Di Giorgio  (Black Therapy, ex-Eyeconoclast, ex-Adimiron).

Retune Your Mind (Single - 2017)


Released: June 30th, 2017

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

LINE UP
Giuseppe Massimiliano Di Giorgio - Vocals
Giovanni Fontanella - Lead / Rhythm Guitar
Valerio Catoni - Lead / Rhythm Guitar
Matteo Boccardi - Bass
Gabriele Santoni - Drums

Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Rome, Lazio
Genre: Melodic Death Metal/Metalcore

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

Helslave - Divination (EP - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream


BIOGRAPHY
Helslave is a death metal band from Rome. The band was formed in 2009 by guitarist Jari, who soon teamed up with Daniele on vocals to play the music they both liked. The band's influences are mainly from the 90's death and melodeath Swedish scene, revisited with a personal and modern style. The live activity has never stopped during these years, peaking, in July '14, with the partecipation to the Metaldays festival in Slovenia, where they shared the stage with bands like Asphyx, Possessed, Havok, Forgotten Tombs and many others.

After some lineup changes, in 2013 Helslave release their first self-product Ep “Ethereal Decay”. A few months later, they signed a deal with label Revalve Records for the release of their first full length album “An Endless Path” that came out in June 2015, recorded at OuterSound Studios by Giuseppe Orlando.

On May 23rd 2017 the band announced a new EP titled "Divination" and released a new single called "Lord Of Lies", "Divination" out on June 23rd via Black Market Metal Label. 

New EP "Divination" by Helslave is both crushing and memorable, playing Swedish inspired Death Metal in the vein of Grave, Entombed and Desultory. Prepare yourself for grim and murky death metal in the old style, the kind of stuff that doesn't rely on triggered blast beats, light-in-the-loafers warbling, or anything but the crudest building blocks to construct its killing art.


Recorded at 16th Cellar Studio (Hideous Divinity, Decrepit Birth) and Mixed & Masterd by Sverker Widgren (Diabolical) at Wing Studios.

The EP is the band's first release with their new vocalist Diego Laino (Ade, Symbolyc, ex-Winter Mist). 

Formed In: 2009
Status: Active
Years Active: 2009-Present

LINE UP
Lorenzo Fabiani - Guitar
Jari Sgarlato - Guitar
Daniele Vitale - Vocals
Francesco Comerci - Drums
Luca Riccardelli - Bass

Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Rome, Lazio
Genre: Melodic Death/Thrash Metal

Current Label: Revalve Records
Booking/Press Contact: helslaveband@gmail.com


Lord of Lies (Single - 2017)


Released June 23, 2017 

Credits
"Divination" has been recorded at Stefano Morabito's 16th Cellar Studio and Mixed & Mastered by Sverker Widgren ( Diabolical, Centinex) at Wing Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. 
Artwork by Misanthropic Art

Pre orders:

Clouds - Fields Of Nothingness (feat Mikko Kotamäki) - (Single - 2017) - Youtube Stream

Clouds - Destin
On June 30th, 2017 Clouds released the first single Fields Of Nothingness feat Mikko Kotamäki (Mikko from Swallow the Sun vocalist).

Their new EP "Destin", the EP will be released on
1st of August 2017 (Digitaly) and on1st of September 2017 (Physicaly) in Fifty limited edition 100% handmade, hand numbered (both cd and packaging) digipacks. The digipacks will have between 3 to 5 panels (CD in the middle, 2 folds sideways and 2 folds up and down). You can Pre-Order and kow more about the package features here: https://www.thevinyldivision.com/product-page/clouds-destin-wooden-box.

Clouds is a veritable supergroup containing members of some of the most prolific Doom bands around. Formed by Daniel Neagoe (Eye Of Solitude, Deos, Colosus) in 2013, he states, "The music is dedicated to departed ones, loved ones who now, are no longer amongst us." Joined by Jarno Salomaa (Shape Of Despair), Déhà (Imber Luminis, Slow), Kostas Panagiotou (Pantheist, Wijlen Wij), Pim Blankenstein (Officium Triste, The 11th Hour), Jón Aldará (Barren Earth, Hamferð), Daniel Mark Antoniades who plays foi Eye Of Solitude (guitars) and Sidious (vocals) and crew. CLOUDS orchestrate solemn odes of pain and sorrow dedicated to departed souls. Forged following the passing of someone close and dear, to hear CLOUDS is to lose yourself in a grievous journey through paths of desolation, anguish and despair.


Fields Of Nothingness (feat Mikko Kotamäki - Swallow The Sun)

Released: June 30th, 2017

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

LINE UP
Daniel Neagoe  -  Drums, Vocals 
Jarno Salomaa  - Guitars 
Déhà - Guitars, Bass 
Kostas Panagiotou - Keyboards 
Pim Blankenstein - Vocals 
Jón Aldará - Vocals 
Anders Eek  - Drums
Mark Antoniades - Guitar

Genre: Atmospheric Doom Metal
Country of origin: International
Location: United Kingdom / Finland / Netherlands / Faroe Islands / Belgium

Current label: Domestic Genocide Records
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Clouds.Visions
Bandcamp: https://cloudsofficial.bandcamp.com
Merch: http://doomclouds.bigcartel.com

Blaze of Sorrow - Astri (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream

Hailing from Italy, Blaze of Sorrow was born ten years ago as a musical vessel to deliver themes of sorrow and self-reflection through nature-inspired black metal with a number of folk influences. Masterminded by multi-instrumentalist Peter, after several demos they quickly caught the attention of the underground with their self-released ‘L’ultimo Respiro’ debut albums, a record steeped in an ambience of despair and longing.

Since then, Peter has continued to fashion Blaze of Sorrow’s unique approach to atmosphere across a further three full-length albums – fusing the essence of the night sky and the tranquillity of the wilderness with outpourings of pure anguish, the band has distilled their own instantly-recognisable sound to increasing effect throughout their career.

And so in 2017, it almost feels like destiny that to mark a decade of existence, Blaze of Sorrow have chosen to join the Eisenwald roster to release their fifth album. ‘Astri’ is a fitting tribute to what the band have achieved so far in their career as well as offering a further development of their sound. Delicate acoustic guitars and sibilant, whispered vocals are contrasted with raging chords and furious percussion (courtesy of long-standing drummer N) to deliver a truly immersive and atmospheric experience. Taking cues from legendary acts such as Agalloch and Katatonia, Blaze of Sorrow paint paeans to melancholy on waves of searing melody in a beguiling blend of dark folk and raging extreme metal.

The encroaching autumnal twilight and desolate lamentations to the lost are what Blaze of Sorrow call home – and they invite you to join them. “Astri” was released on ‘09/06/2017’ on CD /LP and digital formats.

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

LINE UP
Peter - All instruments, Vocals
NEVON (N) - Drums 

Country of Origin:  Italy
Location: Mantua, Lombardy
Genre: Atmospheric Black/Folk Metal

Current Label: Eisenwald Tonschmiede
Booking/Press Contact: blazeofsorrow@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blazeofsorrow
Bandcamp: http://blazeofsorrow.bandcamp.com
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/blazeofsorrow
Merch: https://blazeofsorrow.bandcamp.com/merch


Astri (Full-Length Album - 2017)

Released June 9, 2017 

Artwork by Elisa Urbinati: www.elisaurbinati.it

Order CD, LP or the "Mooneater" T-shirt:

terça-feira, 6 de junho de 2017

Cold Insight - Further Nowhere (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream

 

Born in 2007, Cold Insight is the solo project of Sébastien Pierre also known as Sebdoom  (Enshine, Fractal Gates, ex-Inborn, ex-Lethian Dreams). Further Nowhere is the debut full-length album released on May 28th, 2017 following the self-released a pre-production demo version of the album named Further Nowhere from 2013.

On this finished album, Pierre‘s Enshine bandmate Jari Lindholm performed guitar solos (and handled mixing and mastering), and Christian Netzell (Volturyon, Exgenesis, Vholdghast, Spasmodic) was the drummer. 

Combining post-rock, trance, melodic doom and AOR elements, with science fiction atmospheres, lyrics with dual meanings. The album unveils a cosmic journey through ethereal worlds.

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

Line UP
Sébastien Pierre - Everything

Country: France
Genre: Atmospheric Melodic Doom Metal / Melodic Death Metal 
Current Label: Rain Without End / Naturmacht Productions

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coldinsight
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sebdoom

Further Nowhere (Full-Length Album - 2017)

Released May 28, 2017 

All songs are included as instrumental bonus tracks with the album purchase. Physical CD contains the vocal versions. Digital album contains both vocal and instrumental versions. Purchasing the physical gives access to the digital.

Credits
All music, vocals, lyrics and visuals by Sébastien Pierre 
Guitar solos on tracks 1, 8 and 9 by Jari Lindholm 
Drums performed by Christian Netzell 
Mixed and mastered by Jari Lindholm at Esta Studios, Stockholm

Pre-Order the Album On: 

segunda-feira, 5 de junho de 2017

Æther Realm - Tarot (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Soundcloud Stream

Foto de ÆTHER REALM.
BIOGRAPHY
Thor's hammer crashed to the earth with a mighty rumble. When the smoke cleared, there were some guys. Some stuff happened that set the mood, something about a quest to rock some towns, and now they play melodeath.

Æther Realm formed in June, 2010, consisting of Vincent Jones (Bass/Vocals/Synths), Heinrich Arnold (Guitar), and Tyler Gresham (Drums). The first year of their existence was spent writing music, playing local shows, and generally creating the foundation that the band would be built upon. In 2011, Jack Rodriguez­Dougherty joined the group on guitar, and their lineup was solidified.

In July of 2011, the band entered The Basement Studios with Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Human Abstract, Wretched) and recorded their first two­song demo, Odin Will Provide. The demo was released in September of the same year.

The band began recording their first full length in January 2012, and released the first single, Swampwitch, from the album in May of the same year. Their first tour followed, hitting the majority of the east coast in June. Their debut full length, One Chosen by the Gods, was also recorded by Jamie King, was released in January of 2013, and was accompanied by another short promotional tour.

In May 2013, Æther Realm toured the East Coast and Midwest with Wilderun, another folk metal band from the US. The band has since been playing regional shows and writing new material. The first single, entitled The Magician, from the band’s untitled sophomore album, was released on November 27th, 2013.

On 2016 after a solid debut, a whirlwind tour with Alestorm, and a successful crowdfunding campaign the band recorded the second album. Featuring 11 tracks totaling 73 minutes, “Tarot” hits various styles and tempos along the way and shows a huge amount of diversity, heaviness and musicianship. With two tracks having been previously released as a single (“The Magician” and “The Chariot”) the rest of the album seems to be all new stuff. One super bonus part of this album right of the bat is song lengths…..a few as short as 3 minutes with an epic album closer topping 19 minutes. 



It seemed the band was destined for some great things. The singles that followed certainly gave the impression of something even greater. Turns out, those impressive tracks only scratched the surface of what the band has been able to do with this release.


At 73-minutes in length, Tarot is packed with highlights and a staggering amount of diversity. It’s hard to really describe the album without going into the nuances and direction of each track – there’s folk, melodic death, black, progressive, and it’s merged with compelling synths, a choir, and gang vocals at times. It’s very clear that the band found its essence early with OCbtG, but have done some maturing over the last few years as well. The fun, energetic Children of Bodom influences still reign supreme on some of the tracks, such as the instantly infectious romp of “The Tower” and bouncy vibes of “The Chariot,” along with the party-friendly “King of Cups” (complete with guest vocals from Chris Bowes of Alestorm), but beneath the fun are grin-inducing guitar licks and melodies that stand up well beyond listens in the double-digits.

here’s a more progressive side to the band that rears its head in a number of tracks, perpetuating the ‘epic’ feeling found on the debut and giving it an even more satisfying sound to wander in. The entirely gorgeous “Temperance” sounds like a glorious bonfire track, slowly building up from acoustic guitars and clean vocals to an ethereal sing-a-long. The slower pacing and effective use of some sneaky melodies within “Death” combine with a catchy chorus show a more grounded take on the band’s usual approach. On the other side of the spectrum, “The Devil” boasts multiple tempo shifts, including some killer clean vocals atop blastbeats and later Opeth-esque progressive rhythms and an acoustic break, to give the song a larger than life feel.

But the album’s greatest accomplishment is that of the 19-minute closing epic “The Sun, The Moon, The Star.” Starting off with some 8-bit fun before diving into grandiose riffs and combining much of what makes the album work in smaller doses into a track that has it all, yet retains an impressive mission statement. Despite an excellent start, there’s also a build-up to the song’s climax, with bassist/vocalist Vincent ‘Jake’ Jones singing a few emotive lines over some synths that explodes into a final movement with gang vocals and screams along with one more return to one of the most elegant melodies of the album. 


Simply put, Tarot is an album to be treasured. Lengthy albums can be tricky to maintain the same level of quality from start to finish, but you’ll be enthralled by the get-go and completely sold by the end of your first listen. This scribe has previously referred to the band as one of the US folk metal scene’s best kept secrets, and one can only hope that changes with the release of Tarot. Something this masterful should not be kept hidden. Source: Dead Rhetoric (Rating 10/10).


Awards

best new viking metal band 3015 greenville sun harold meme-baased internet webzine.

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

LINE UP
Vincent "Jake" Jones – Bass, Vocals
Heinrich Arnold – Guitar, Vocals
Tyler Gresham – Drums
Donny Burbage — Guitar

Country of origin: United States
Location: Greenville, North Carolina

Genre: Melodic Death/Folk Metal
Current Label: Primitive Ways Records
Agent: Jake/Heinrich
CEO: Jake/Heinrich

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AetherRealm
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aetherrealm
Last FM: www.last.fm/pt/music/Æther+Realm
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AetherRealm
Merch: http://aetherrealm.storefrontier.com
Merch: http://www.aetherrealm.bigcartel.com

Tarot (Full-Length Album - 2017)
Release Date: June

Credits
Produced by  Kyle Odell
Orchestrations by Dan Muller from Wilderun

Guest Musician
Chris Bowes (vocals) of Alestorm

Pre-Orders: 

domingo, 4 de junho de 2017

Myrkgand - Myrkgand (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Youtube Stream

Foto de Myrkgand.

Myrkgand is a solo project created by Dmitry Luna, brazilian musician, in 2012, when he decided to mix some genres of Metal that he loved, adding lyrics about fantasy, legends, battles, mythology, witchcraft, etc. In 2016 he started to record his first full-length album with the music producer Diego DoUrden, frontman of the legendary Black Metal band "Mystifier". Dmitry plays almost all instruments and sings in the recordings, and he invited many artists to participate playing solos and singing as well. The songs are a mix of Death/Black/Folk Metal, mainly, with harsh and clean vocals. Myrkgand's self titled debut album was released on June 1st, 2017. 

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

LINE UP
Dmitry Luna - All instruments, vocals, compositions, lyrics.
Eduardo “Warmonger” Amorim (Mystifier): Drums (session)

Country of Origin: Brazil
Location: João Pessoa
Genre: Melodic Death/Folk Metal

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Myrkgand
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2nyZJfBM6222JfyTDdgdFQ
Merch: https://www.facebook.com/Myrkgand/photos/a.290232418030543.1073741828.289222561464862/337057680014683/?type=3&theater

Myrkgand (Full-Length Album - 2017)

Release date: June 1st, 2017

Credits
Recorded, mixed & mastered @ Darkside Studio in Recife, Brazil between 2016 & 2017.
Produced by Diego DoUrden & Dmitry Luna
Artwork by Emerson Maia, colors added by Antonio Cesar.
Myrkgand logo by Christophe Szpajdel.

Guest Musicians
Vito Marchese (Novembers Doom/The Kahless Clone) - Baritone Acoustic Guitar (tracks 1, 6 & 11).
Diego DoUrden (Mystifier/Infested Blood): Vocals (track 4) as the Demon of Ice, additional guitar & choir (track 9).
Lord Vlad Vladimir Senna (Malefactor Brazil): Clean vocals (track 5).
Rafael Cadena (Cangaço): Guitar solo (track 7).
Armando “Beelzebub” (Mystifier): Guitar solo (track 8).
Mike LePond (Symphony X): Bass solo (track 9).
Antonio Araújo (KORZUS OFFICIAL/One Arm Away): Guitar solo (track 9).
Andre Tulipano (Steel Warrior): Clean vocals (track 9).
Jairo Neto (Cruor): Choir participation (track 9).
Alysson Drakkar (Luxúria de Lillith): Vocals & lyrics contribution (track 10).
Jafet Amoêdo (Malefactor Brazil): 2nd guitar solo (track 10).

quinta-feira, 1 de junho de 2017

ANFEL Announes New Album + New Single Released

Foto de ANFEL.
BIOGRAPHY
ANFEL is a combination of Gothic Doom Metal and instrumental-keyboards songs. Vocal lines are built on the contrast between a woman's clean vocals and male quality growling. The music of the group distinguishes the symphonic saturation, atmosphere and melody. And solo work by Denis Lobotorov.

In the beginning of 2009 the composer Denis Lobotorov and guitarist Mikhail Lebedev decided to create a tool online project, which would embody their personal creative ideas and plans. The first release  was instrumental album: "In Memory About", in 2009. As a basis, it was decided to take such music genres as: Melodic Metal, Instrumental, Gothic Doom Metal. in these genres the musicians were able to more fully realize their ideas and thoughts, to reveal, to convey their inner feelings, emotions, and convey them to the audience. Were the first judges of these simple soulful instrumentals.

In 2010 was released the second instrumental album :"Blind Me". The music of this album is very saturation.The musicians are experimenting with the sound.Compositions were becoming harder.
In the beginning of 2011 appears the third instrumental album: "Pain Of A Thousand Tears". The musicians had come to the lyrics again.  The main ideas of this album are melody and brightness.

In middle of 2011 Denis and Mikhail had taken a decision about creating a full-fledged band. In many respects this decision was caused by creative and professional development of the musicians, and the desire of larger Express their inner world in music: «Our music is a must to gain a voice and live sound. The project received the official name of the "ANFEL" - And New Future Ever Lives - And a New Future Still Lives, the genre of the group was clearly defined (Gothic Doom/Death Metal) And in the middle of 2012 were appeared two full-fledged work of a group: it were singles "My Truth And Its Gist" and the single "Why". After the release of two singles, the band has begun to work on the EP, which has received the name: Icy World.

In the end of October 2012 while we work on the EP, was released the fourth instrumental album wich has got the name "the Fragments Of Memories" , Guys don`t apply heavy sound here.Whole album is based on the contrast of piano, symphonic and choral inserts, making this album more melancholy.

In the end of January 2013 was created a new fifth instrumental album which received the name "The Heart Of The Black Queen".Album was created in two steps, the first part was made in Tver, and the second final in Moscow. Album was  heavier than previous works.The main emphasis was taken on a more symphonic richness, more powerful sound, but the melody, lyrics and melancholy were the same.In November 2013 the musical band released the single "Cry", which was one of the tracks from the forthcoming album Icy World, also was introduction of a new vocalist. In the end of December 2013 the band released an instrumental album "Silhouettes Of Consciousness". Album was created in two steps: songs were written in Tver, the final mixing - in Moscow. It was a first experience of group with vocals in the distance. Finally , new album was created more darker, heavier and symphonic than previous albums, but at the same time as good as the other.

In the end of October 2014 ANFEL has released a new instrumental album "One Last Touch" .Album is a more saturated and melancholic than previous releases.

"On May 5th, 2017 the band released a  new single "Dead Romance". It's a song from their future LP "Echoes Of Buried Hope". Elvira Alchemida is debuting here as new vocals of the project. Enjoy your listening and stay tuned for more updates! More news to come!


Formed In: 2009
Status: Active
Years Active: 2009-Present

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Denis DIONIS Lobotorov - Founder,Ideologist,Composer,Vocals
Elvira ALCHEMIDA Lobotorova - Vocals,Guitars, Arrangements, Sound

Country of Origin: Russia
Location: Tver
Genre: Symphonic Gothic/Doom Metal

Current Label: Magna Opera Studio
Booking/Press contact
Denis Lobotorov//https://www.facebook.com/denis.lobotorov//denislobotorov@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anfelband
Bandcamp: http://anfel.bandcamp.com
ReverbNation: https://www.reverbnation.com/anfel
VKontakte: http://vk.com/anfelgroup
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/denislobotorov
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LobotorovDenis
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/anfel/id607339334
Merch: http://www.7digital.com/artist/anfel

Dead Romance (Single - 2017)

Released May 5, 2017 

Produced and recorded by Denis Lobotorov and Elvira Alchemida at MAGNA OPERA studio 

Photo by Daria Vorobyova
Artwork by Aina Blackthorn
Lyrics by Darja Yudina
Recording, mixing and mastering by Magna Opera studio

quarta-feira, 31 de maio de 2017

The Ruins Of Beverast - Exuvia (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream



Alexander von Meilenwald’s career over the past decade as the creator of and solo performer in The Ruins of Beverast, while varied in tone and sonic direction, has been nothing short of exemplary. From the lo-fi catacombs of Rain Upon the Impure to the doom-laden heaviness of Blood Vaults, each release has painted consistently mesmerizing portraits of death, suffering, and mysticism through a unique amalgamation of black and doom metal. While each release by the band has been unique in comparison to its predecessors, it’s been four years since The Ruins of Beverast released a full-length, and 2016’s puzzling EP Takitum Tootem! was a sonic curveball of epic proportions. Equally championed and reviled by fans, the EP not only added confusion as to which sonic direction the band would take with its latest record, Exuvia, but trepidation in some as to whether it would be any good. If you were worried that The Ruins of Beverast is losing its edge, may your fears be assuaged. This is some premium metal.

Exuvia feels like the culmination of a decade-long journey for the band toward new sonic and thematic territory, hinted at most clearly in last year’s EP release, which delved into musical and philosophical concepts behind mankind’s loss of its ascendant status in the biological world. While albums such as Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite showed glimmers of the mythic, shamanistic sounds that the band is capable of conjuring, few works in the band’s discography could mentally prepare listeners for the raw, psychedelia-infused tribal nightmare that bleeds through every inch of this record. Airy and ethereal chants, pounding and spacey drums, and ethereal guitar effects all combine to create an almost trancelike musical narrative that sucks you in from the album’s opening seconds and genuinely grips the listener throughout. This is atmospheric, blackened doom metal at its most mythical and truly epic. Few bands are making music like this, especially at this caliber or scale.

Exuvia is a vessel of constipated lethal bacteria, loading an atonic fluid, a venomous substance of colours, a marsh of florescence. It is a fortress against a siege machine of spiritless organisms and so much a yell to nature's cleansing spirits. EXUVIA features 6 psychoabyssal downward spirals in TROBesque paintwork. Production and mixing was processed with Michael Zech.

Exuvia is an incredibly dense album. It is also a thoroughly rewarding listen. Fifteen-minute songs breeze by in a fiery squall of sound that never once veers south of interesting. It is intricately plotted, expertly performed, and engaging from start to finish. Listeners who like their doom and black metal drenched in atmosphere and organic, tribal overtones will have found one of their favorite albums of all time. 

All told, this is an incredibly complex album that is difficult to digest, especially the first time around. However, its complexity and difficulty is part of what makes it so outstanding. There are so many elements present on this album and though the Native American percussion may be off-putting to some, it fits beautifully with the rest of the soundscape that The Ruins of Beverast have created on Exuvia. You can feel every bit of emotion present in these songs as the album really benefits from being recorded in a professional studio. For all who enjoy good metal, look no further than Exuvia for an hour of incredible music. Strongly recommended.

Media Praise

"Journey is the appropriate word here. This album is a trip and a half. The layering of instruments and sounds is exceptional, and could keep the active listener busy for hours on end trying to parse out and dissect each individual component. This is some premium metal." - Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"The more I listen to Exuvia the more it works. Its content warrants its length; it needs the time and space to root its unique tendrils into the brain. This is exactly the album I wanted The Ruins of Beverast to release: diverse, experimental, and unsettling. An album that inhales, exhales and moves with fluency and togetherness. But most importantly its sound is anchored by rage-filled black-death-doom that hearkens back to the wonders of The Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite. " - Angry Metal Guy (Rating: 4.5/5).

Formed In: 2003
Status: Active
Years Active: 2003-Present

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Alexander von Meilenwald - Everything 

Country of Origin: Germany
Location: Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia
Genre: Atmospheric Black/Doom Metal

Current Label: Ván Records

Exuvia (Full-Length Album - 2017) 

Released May 5, 2017

Production and mixing was processed with Michael Zech.

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segunda-feira, 29 de maio de 2017

Forest of Fog - (2003 - 2016) [ Full Discography] - Bandcamp Stream

Foto de Forest Of Fog.

After first forming in 2003, and following the release of three full-length albums in the early 2000’s, Forest of Fog, the brainchild of ex-Eluveitie guitarist and Swiss musician Ivo Henzi, is back with a vengeance in 2016. Since the unfortunate happenings with Eluveitie, Ivo Henzi joined with ex-Eluveitie band mates Merlin Sutter and Anna Murphy to form a three-piece band based on the title of Anna’s debut album, Cellar Darling. Their Dedut album will be released on June 30, 2017.

Ten years after the release of album number three, Abgründe, the first single, “Awake” from Forest of Fog’s new forthcoming album (as-yet-untitled) was released back in August this year and has already seen the video accumulate over 21,000 hits on YouTube.

Not only is single “Awake” the first track and piece of new material from Forest of Fog in 10 years, but it is also the first track from the band written and performed entirely in English, the Swiss guitar player stretches genre boundaries and proves his worth far beyond his legacy with Eluveitie.

The music of Forest of Fog has always run a fine line between black metal and melodic death, with “Awake” showing an even stronger leaning towards the latter. Featuring drumming from Merlin Sutter and mixing/mastering from Anna Murphy, both (ex-Eluveitie, Cellar Darling). The  cover art, created by Romania’s Costin Chioreanu.

“‘Awake’ is the first new song from Forest Of Fog since 2006. It describes the profound feeling of an inner awakening: facing the past and letting go can be painful, but what follows is the realisation that it is the only way to find new paths in life. It is something you can apply to your physical, psychological or even spiritual state.” - Ivo Henzi

Henzi plays a style that ties Nagelfar, Nargaroth and Taake together. However not extremely original, borrowing from all three, the combination is unique. He released one phenomenal demo in 2003, an outstanding full-length in 2004 and, for as far as my taste can be projected on others hearing the band, Nebelhymnen (2005) beats both on multiple surfaces. The Demo was called Rabenflug, a title that might origin from a Nagelfar song called Der Flug Des Raben.

Forest Of Fog’s debut, Untergang (2004), was an even more epic release. Nagelfar played a more important role as an influence here, which mostly resulted in the powerfully thrashing guitar parts and heroic sonic explosions that are clearly Nagelfar’s trademark.

Formed In: 2003
Status: Active
Years Active: 2003-Present

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Ivo Henzi - Everything

Country of Origin: Switzerland
Location: Winterthur
Genre: Black Metal

Current Label: Schwarzmetall Musikproduktionen
Email: forestoffog@gmx.ch
General Manager:
Merlin Sutter & Kate Piatkowska at Booya Ventures Ltd / Booya Music, www.booyaventures.com
Booking/Press Contact: merlin@booyaventures.com

Official Website: http://www.forestoffog.com
Bandcamp: https://forestoffog.bandcamp.com

Awake (Single - 2016)

 Released August 5, 2016

All music written, performed & recorded by Ivo Henzi (ex-Eluveitie, Cellar Darling).
Drums performed by Merlin Sutter (ex-Eluveitie, Cellar Darling, Anna Murphy).

Recorded at Soundfarm studios by Anna Murphy & Marco Jencarelli | Mixed by Anna Murphy | Mastered by Marco Jencarelli & Anna Murphy.

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Abgründe (Full-Length Album -  2006)


Released May 29, 2006

Nebelhymnen (Full-Length Album - 2005)

 Released May 2, 2005

Untergang (Full-Length Album - 2004)

 Released April 11, 2004

Rabenflug (Demo - 2003)

Released October 10, 2003

quinta-feira, 25 de maio de 2017

Helslave Announces New EP + New Single Released


BIOGRAPHY
Helslave is a death metal band from Rome. The band was formed in 2009 by guitarist Jari, who soon teamed up with Daniele on vocals to play the music they both liked. The band's influences are mainly from the 90's death and melodeath Swedish scene, revisited with a personal and modern style. The live activity has never stopped during these years, peaking, in July '14, with the partecipation to the Metaldays festival in Slovenia, where they shared the stage with bands like Asphyx, Possessed, Havok, Forgotten Tombs and many others.

After some lineup changes, in 2013 Helslave release their first self-product Ep “Ethereal Decay”. A few months later, they signed a deal with label Revalve Records for the release of their first full length album “An Endless Path” that came out in June 2015, recorded at OuterSound Studios by Giuseppe Orlando.

On May 23rd 2017 the band announced a new EP titled "Divination" and released a new single called "Lord Of Lies", "Divination" out on June 23rd via Black Market Metal Label. 

Formed In: 2009
Status: Active
Years Active: 2009-Present

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Lorenzo Fabiani - Guitar
Jari Sgarlato - Guitar
Daniele Vitale - Vocals
Francesco Comerci - Drums
Luca Riccardelli - Bass

Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Rome, Lazio
Genre: Melodic Death/Thrash Metal

Current Label: Revalve Records
Booking/Press Contact: helslaveband@gmail.com


Lord of Lies (Single - 2017)

Releases June 23, 2017 

Credits
"Divination" has been recorded at Stefano Morabito's 16th Cellar Studio and Mixed & Mastered by Sverker Widgren ( Diabolical, Centinex) at Wing Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. 
Artwork by Misanthropic Art

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domingo, 21 de maio de 2017

Running Death - DressAge (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream


BIOGRAPHY
The band was founded 2004 and has from the beginning always been looking for quality, diversity and a completely unique style. Exploring their own ground is what keeps the musicians around founder, guitarist and singer Simon Bihlmayer awake at night.

You're way more likely to hear stomping heavy metal riffs paired with unorthodox arranged razor sharp trash riffs ... than all the things you've already heard so often and really have grown weary of! Celebrating wide diversity and integrating an extraordinarily ambitioned reinterpretation of 80s flair, the four métier maniacs invite you to a journey through their wonderfully catchy and powerful songs.

In the year 2012 RUNNING DEATH for the first time managed to be heard and saluted outside of the THRASH METAL underground, thanks to their EP titled "The Call Of Extinction". Their search for style, flow of ideas and songwriting started taking extraordinarily unique shapes on their just as playful as original release.

A major factor why fans and music media alike received it with highest praise is the plethora of wonderfully fresh ideas, the bavarian Thrash Metal exception around singer and guitarist Simon bring to life.

They write 2015, the year RUNNING DEATH released their shining debut album "Overdrive". Inspired to a huge extend by their experience on the road, playing highly explosive and headcrushing shows wherever they can, "Overdrive" is one of the most original, interesting and rewarding releases of it's own demonstratively sophisticated Thrash genre, that has made it into our ears for a long time. This is due a lot to the extraordinary vocals by axeman Simon, whose voice couldn't be less conformant. While others constantly scream with all they got, the RUNNING DEATH frontman prefers giving in fully to his own individuality.

In an ever so solid and exciting team with co-six-stringer Julian the guitars keep screaming high intensity riffs to your ears, even when the songs dive into some of the more progressive areas. Drummer Jakob as well is no small deal, besides keeping it professional all the time he is giving those surprising accents that listeners desiring for precision and complex rhythms enjoy so much. And especially if you're a fan of MEGADETH or the good old INTRUDER you should find just what you're looking for in this masterful bavarian band.

Their elaborate mix of old school Metal, timeless art and finest melodies together with a huge portion of idealism gives the quickly moving band a huge space to work and develop in. If you first are put off by their individuality, this will soon be what brings you back to their music over and over again.

Last but not least, all of the above also applies to the artistically as well as meaningful front cover artwork of "Overdrive", which helps RUNNING DEATH seted apart from the broad masses a lot.

With their 2015 debut album "Overdrive" they triggered a positive as well as far-reaching surprise-effect as a vertical starter, which attracted a multitude of worldwide fans. Countless reviews attested the band around guitarist and singer Simon Bihlmayer with their 'dancing from the row' material, a very own, upscale class. Encouraged by this, the songwriting became even more hungry, but also more settled and determined.

And now RUNNING DEATH are back with a new work: "DressAge" titled, the second longplayer presents the crisp rocking THRASH METAL of the Bavarians in so far unheard freshness and dynamics!

Official release date for "DressAge" is May 26th, 2017.


Whoever, as a new listener wants to get a route for orientation in advance - many sorts of references to Megadeth lead in the correct direction. For friends of such stylistics, it should be difficult in any case to resist ultra-melodic and discreetly progressive rhythm-grenades like "Heroes Of The Hour".

Similar to the aforementioned US giants, RUNNING DEATH also let all classic, grippy Rock elements flow in homogeneously manner into their partly hit-suspicious staged Thrash alarm.

Even on the textual level, there is deliberately thought-through content. Often written with a pinched eye, the quartet's punctual lyrics are definitely the most readable in the genre.


With tracks like "Duty Of Beauty" for example, RUNNING DEATH humorously relate to the ever-dehumanizing fashion madness of today.

The natural, striking singing of frontman Simon, who already caused lively discussions with the successful debut-disk, breaks out of the ten new songs even more individual and uncompromising.


Even in the balladesque passages, the guitarist, as a convinced 100 % guy, simply inverts his innermost outwards with full emotion, instead of following the standards of the metier.


The detailed front cover for "DressAge" was created by the Mexican graphic artist Joel Sánchez Rosales, which was the perfect match for the lyrical relationship to the delicious dressage theme of the title song.

The four men from Kaufbeuren celebrate a well working mixture of talent, intellect, class and innovation as well as having the greatest fun working on their material.

For sure gain a lot of prompt attention – from more than just fans of their genre.  What we’ve seen so far makes us expect nothing less than a thrash metal sensation. All those factors combined create such an unique and ever exciting soundscape, that many kinds of Metal and even Rock heads will find their itch for genuinely good music scratched!

Formed in: 2004
Status: Active
Years active: 2004-Present

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Simon Bihlmayer - Guitar, Vocals
Max Bauer - Bass
Jakob Weikmann - Drums
Julian - Guitar, Shouts

Country of origin: Germany
Location: Kaufbeuren, Bavaria

Genre: Thrash Metal
Current Label: Punishment 18 Records
Booking/Press Contact: mail@runningdeath.com


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DressAge (Full-Length Album - 2017)

Releases May 26th, 2017

Art Cover by Joel Sánchez Rosales

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