Archive for May 4th, 2017

Sollertia, the new progressive dark metal project by VoA VoXyD (ex-Ad Inferna) and James Fogarty (In The Woods…) will release a debut album on May 19th via Apathia Records simply called “Light.” The new album’s track listing will be as follows:

1. Adducantur
2. Abstract object theory
3. Pascal’s wager
4. Enter the light eternal
5. Praying at the chapel perilous
6. The devils seethe
7. Mathematical universe hypothesis
8. Dark night of the soul
9. Sisyphean cycle
10. Positive disintegration
11. Light

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The gritty southern metal groove chiefs known as Undercover Devil just premiered an official music video for “Burn It Black” – check it out below. The band also comments:

“We are excited to finally unleash this song as it basically gives an inside view into our overall sound. We are a groove based band. No Groove is no good. If you don’t leave hummin’ that chorus then you might want to re-evaluate your life. Everyone has those days when they want to just burn it all down. We are the soundtrack to your bad days.”

Undercover Devil is a 5-piece group from Malvern, Arkansas for fans of Down, Pantera, and Crowbar or anyone with a relentless urge to head bang with the Devil.

Band manager Mark Müller from Extreme Management Group mentions, “These guys have a sound that reels you in, their roots are strong and they know how to put it all out there. We’re ecstatic to be working with Undercover Devil, they’ve put in tremendous work to get where they are and have a lot more coming.”

Debut album “Burn It Black” will be available worldwide through Rock Avenue Records USA on June 2nd, 2017.

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Toronto-based experimental doom trio Volur will release sophomore album, “Ancestors,” on June 2nd via Prophecy Productions. Produced by the band and mixed by Charles Spearin (Broken Social Scene), “Ancestors” is the follow-up to Volur’s debut album “Disir.”

In advance of the record’s release, today new song “Breaker of Skulls” comes online and can be heard below.

“‘Breaker of Skulls’ is a dark, sludgy slab of doom inspired by the ancient Icelandic warrior poet Egil Skallagrímsson, a man who fought terrible battles across the North Sea,” comments the band. “He was at once barbarous and poetic. A man who would commit a brutal act of violence and then recite a beautiful poem immediately after. The song was inspired by his epic poem, ‘The Loss of My Sons’. It moves from a combative, gnarly sludge riff to a bittersweet and almost beautiful conclusion, all the while filled with yearning chromatic movement. The piece finds the band at its most aggressive, and almost its most experiment with disjointed improvised passages paired against bleak heavy doom.”

1. Breaker of Silence
2. Breaker of Skulls
3. Breaker of Oaths
4. Breaker of Famine

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Frontiers Music Srl is truly excited to present The Ferrymen’s self-titled debut album, set for release on June 2nd, 2017. Today a lyric video for second single “Still Standing Up” comes online and can be seen below.

The Ferrymen is a brand new project featuring guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall) and vocalist Ronnie Romero (Lords Of Black, Rainbow), together with drummer Mike Terrana (Rage, Axel Rudi Pell, MasterPlan).

1. End Of The Road
2. Ferryman
3. Fool You All
4. Still Standing Up
5. Cry Wolf
6. One Heart
7. Darkest Hour
8. How The Story Ends
9. Enter Your Dream
10. Eyes On The Sky
11. Eternal Night
12. Welcome To My Show

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Black Bow Records today reveals “Gravity,” a new track from Houston’s Pyreship. The band’s sound will appeal heavily to fans of Kings X, Soundgarden, and Isis.

“Gravity” is taken from the band’s forthcoming album “The Liars Bend Low,” which will be released May 26th 2017 on vinyl and digital formats. Pyreship consists of:

Steve Smith – drums
George Ellis Lusito – bass
Sam Waters – guitar/vocals
Cru Jordan Jones – guitar/vocals

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The definition of matriarch: “A woman who rules or dominates a family, group, or state; specifically a mother who is head and ruler of her family and descendants.”

“The Matriarch” is also the brand new track and music video off off Unleash The Archers’ upcoming album “Apex,” due out June 2nd via Napalm Records.

Brittney Slayes states “This track is chapter three in the story, and in it we are introduced to our antagonist “The Matriarch” in all her malevolent glory. We call this one our ‘quick banger’ because it’s fast, catchy, and fun, and hopefully it won’t take long to learn the words!

“It is sung from an omniscient point of view, drawing the listener in with tales of The Matriarch’s depravity. The best part is the bridge, because the song is so dark, and then it launches into this flowing wraithlike guitar melody that is so memorable, I sing along to it every time and I think the fans will too! Absolutely cannot wait to play this one live ;)”

1. Awakening
2. Shadow Guide
3. The Matriarch
4. Cleanse The Bloodlines
5. The Coward’s Way
6. False Walls
7. Ten Thousand Against One
8. Earth And Ashes
9. Call Me Immortal
10. Apex

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Symphonic metal band Constraint released a new lyric video for the song “Autumn Hymn,” taken from the debut album “Enlightened by Darkness.”

A new edition of the album is set to be released worldwide this summer via Rockshots Music, and it’s already available for pre-order right here.

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Islander just premiered “Casket,” the fifth and final video from latest album, “Power Under,” which can be seen in the YouTube clip below.

“We actually shot this video on NASA’s property in Florida,” states vocalist Mikey Carvajal. “We were riding to a show with the director, Nathan Mowery, and saw a spot that looked good to dig some graves down a gravel road. Once a NASA helicopter started hovering right above us, it was pretty apparent that we probably should have picked another spot. Thankfully, we were already done shooting. Also, we didn’t find any aliens, sadly.”

On the track, he continues, “Lyrically, when I was writing ‘Casket,’ I felt like I took a page out of the Johnny Cash playbook. I think the song speaks for itself, it’s a jammer.”

Before teaming up with road comrades Korn, Islander has announced a batch of summer headlining dates with special guests Bad Seed Rising and The Funeral Portrait.

Headlining tour with Bad Seed Rising and The Funeral Portrait:
6/7 – Cincinnati, OH @ Mad Frog
6/8 – Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots
6/9 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
6/10 – Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
6/12 – Colorado Springs @ The Black Sheep
6/13 – Denver, CO @ Moon Room

Summer Of Serenity with Korn, Stone Sour, Baby Metal:
6/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
6/18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
6/20 – Chula Vista, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheater
6/21 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
6/22 – Mt. View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
6/24 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre (KISW Pain in the Grass)
6/25 – Boise, ID @ Ford Idaho Center
6/26 – Pocatello, ID @ Portneuf Wellness Complex Amphitheatre
6/28 – Redding, CA @ Civic Auditorium

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Niklas Kvarforth, founder of the controversial Swedish metal band Shining, is featured as the focal point of a new documentary produced by Art House Films.

Titled “Cold Void,” the documentary is a personal portrait of Kvarforth, the man behind headlines that have included suicide and self-destruction, addiction, bipolar disorder, passion and schizophrenia. The documentary was filmed by Art House producer Claudio Marino and his film production company Artax Film.

“Cold Void” is set for release in the fall and will also be available worldwide in DVD format directly from Artax Film and Shining, as well as via VOD.

Marino comments: “I’ve known about Niklas and his music for a long time. His story interested me and I wanted to know more about him as a person. I did some research and we got in contact. I showed him my documentary trilogy ‘Blood and Spirit’ and he was interested in working with me. We got along from the start and he proved to be very cooperative. He was brutally honest, and never left any of my questions unanswered.”

You can catch Shining and Revenge on tour:

May 05 Baltimore, MD @ Sparta Inn
May 06 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar
May 07 Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti Bar
May 08 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
May 09 Toronto, ON @ Garrison
May 10 Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
May 11 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
May 12 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
May 14 Boise, ID @ The Shredder
May 15 Vancouver, BC @ Red Room
May 16 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 17 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
May 18 Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
May 19 Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
May 20 Los Angeles, CA @ Complex
May 21 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
May 23 Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
May 24 Fort Worth, TX @ Rail Club

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Southern California black / death metal group Empyrean Throne has signed with M-Theory Audio, helmed by Marco Barbieri (former president of Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast America). The group’s debut album, “Chaosborne” – produced by Mick Kenney of Anaal Nathrakh – will be released this summer.

Over the past five years, Empyrean Throne – which describes itself as a “clandestine order of Chaos-Gnostic black metal practitioners” – has built a steady regional following through theatrical performances alongside the likes of Nile, Overkill, Kataklysm, Aborted and Cattle Decapitation, as well as two West Coast tours. 2013 debut EP “Demonseed” and subsequent digital singles (including a cover of Behemoth’s “Ov Fire and the Void”) have hinted at the promise that’s on full display on “Chaosborne.”

Comments Empyrean Throne vocalist Andrew Knudsen, “Marco is a man of vision, and his continuing hard work and achievements in the music industry are a testament to this. His excitement and enthusiasm for what our Order hopes to achieve and cultivate is what we have been searching for in a label. We are hungry for the growth Marco has planned for us and are ready to carve a path of sonic destruction across the face of the extreme music scene. We’re both honored and humbled to join Marco and the M-Theory ranks for the release of ‘Chaosborne.’”

Adds Barbieri, “Empyrean Throne came to my attention when I noticed the ‘Haereticus’ video. It blew me away that such a promising visual band with top-notch production and a high-quality concept video were planning to self-release their album. After some research and conversations with the band and Mark Muller at Extreme Management Group, I knew I had to join the team and help further spread the good word. I’m very excited about the potential of these guys and look forward towards the future.”

Catch these upcoming Empyrean Throne tour dates:

5/6 Rites ov Ascension II Festival – Laguna Niguel, CA
5/19 Adrenaline – Las Vegas, NV (w/ Shining, Revenge, Wolvhammer)
5/20 Complex – Los Angeles, CA (w/ Shining, Revenge, Wolvhammer)
5/26 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA (w/ Taake)
7/30 Viper Room – Los Angeles, CA (w/ Helsott, Apothesary, Sicocis)

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