SEPTAGON - New Album 'Apocalyptic Rhymes' in November
German power-thrash hybrid SEPTAGON will release their sophomore album, “Apocalyptic Rhymes” on November 9th, 2018 via Cruz Del Sur Music. The follow-up to 2016’s “Deadhead Syndicate” was recorded across a variety of studios with the band opting to produce the album themselves.
Songwriting for “Apocalyptic Rhymes” began shortly after SEPTAGON started playing shows in support of “Deadhead Syndicate”. The result, as guitarist Markus “Ulle” Ullrich (also of LANFEAR and THEM) tells it, is a more focused and catchier album: “When the music for the debut was written, there was no band at all. This time, it was more of a collective work. Except for one track, I wrote all the music for the last album while our second guitarist Stef [Binnig-Gollub] now also brought in some ideas and songs. The production for the album took a bit longer than we expected, otherwise we would have released it sooner. But, we are very pleased with the results.”
SEPTAGON (who are rounded out by vocalist Markus Becker, bassist Alexander Palma and drummer Jürgen “General” Schrank) are arguably neither a true thrash nor power metal band, rather, a seamless blend of the two, whereupon punchy, but anthemic songs are born. With the powerful throat of Becker (also of ATLANTEAN KODEX) out front, SEPTAGON presents a fresh take on two of metal’s most familiar genres. According to Ullrich, SEPTAGON thrives off of this balance.
“When SEPTAGON started, I really wanted to keep it old-school with a nice mixture of speed and thrash and some U.S. vibes in the riffing,” he says. “Markus is a singer with a very melodic voice and I always thought that this is a nice combination. Some songs musically are pure thrash, but since we listen to all kinds of music, it happens from time to time that we come up with some ideas that lead us into a different direction. On the one hand we want to keep our roots, but there's always room for some experiments.”
Conceptually, “Apocalyptic Rhymes” presents a wide variety of topics, including literature (John Knittel’s “Via Mala” on lead single “Home, Sweet Hell”) while venturing into social commentary on “Make A Stand”, “Cosmic Outrage” and “The Weight Of The World”. However, given the current perilous nature of politics on an international scale, “P.O.T.U.S.A” is sure to raise some eyebrows.
Comments Ullrich: “It's obvious what ‘P.O.T.U.S.A.’ is about and simply because Markus lived in the U.S. for more than five years, it was something he just had to do. Some people will agree, some will probably say ‘Shut your mouth and mind your own business, you fuckin' Germans.’ I don't really care since it more and more became also ‘our’ business.”
Armed with a fresh batch of vertical, melodic and biting melodic metal, Ullrich and SEPTAGON are gearing up for another round of shows with an eye toward the future. “We’re going to take this step-by-step,” he concludes. “We want to play more shows, sell some albums and honestly, I can’t wait to write more songs for album number three.”
1. The End
2. The Weight Of The World
3. Home, Sweet Hell
4. Apocalyptic Rhymes
5. Make A Stand
6. The Unfathomable Evil
8. Cosmic Outrage
9. Nothingness Awaits
10. Sunset Blood
www.facebook.com/septagonband / www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
HITTEN – New Video “In The Heat Of The Night”
Spanish Heavy Metallers HITTEN proudly present a second song from their upcoming new album "Twist Of Fate" - to be released on 14th September 2018 via High Roller Records on CD and LP (special edition in blue aqua vinyl).
Check out the official tour video for “In The Heat Of The Night” at this location: https://youtu.be/ezFnQglvo0M
"Twist Of Fate", introducing the band's new vocalist Alexx Panza, will contain ten songs full of wild riffs, classic vocals mixed with powerful high pitches, crazy twin guitar passages and super feeling solos. A must for each and every genre lover!
The first released track, "On The Run", is available here: https://youtu.be/oG9DbTjb2Lg
1. Take It All
2. Final Warning
3. Twist Of Fate
4. Flight to Freedom
6. Evil Within
7. On The Run
8. In The Heat Of The Night
9. Rockin' Out The City
www.facebook.com/HITTENOFFICIAL / www.hrrecords.de
THE WIZARDS - Signing with High Roller Records - New Album in October
"Rise Of The Serpent" is the title of the new album of spanish Rock/Metal fanatics THE WIZARDS. It will be out on 26th October 2018 via High Roller Records.
THE WIZARDS from Bilbao is a five-headed serpent, rising from the ruins of a society in decline. "Rise Of The Serpent" contains eight Apocalyptic Weapons that will survive the Circle of Time. It is a magical war against The Man, and there is no turning back. From this point of no return, we declare this: magic shall be released and revealed. May the Serpent show you the way, the same it has shown us. This is a magical artifact, listen carefully and the Serpent will rise. Join our cult and let´s ride together towards our Destiny!
The cover was exclusively created by Barcelona based DC Comics, Marvel and Verotik international artist Rafa Garrés.
1. Apocalyptic Weapons
3. Circle of Time
4. Distorted Mirrors
5. Age of Man
6. Strings Synchronise
8. VOID (Visions of Inner Death)
www.facebook.com/TheWizardsRock / www.hrrecords.de
HAMMER KING - New Album 'Poseidon Will Carry Us Home’ in October
German true metal ensemble HAMMER KING will release their third full-length, “Poseidon Will Carry Us Home”, on October 5th 2018 via Cruz Del Sur Music. Recorded at Studio Greywolf with POWERWOLF bassist Charles Greywolf at the helm, “Poseidon Will Carry Us Home” is an unabashed bow to classic, anthemic, hook-laden metal, proving HAMMER KING was more than up to the task of meeting the often-high expectations that come with a band’s third album.
Variety abounds on “Poseidon”, with HAMMER KING engaging in strident, call-to-arms jaunts like the opening title track and “Battle Of Wars”. Twin guitar harmonies and fierce gallops highlight “7 Days And 7 Kings” and “Where The Hammer Hangs”, while the true metal call is heeded on the mid-tempo “Warriors Of Angelhill” and “Glorious Nights Of Glory”.
An album stocked with future anthems at every corner, “Poseidon Will Carry Us Home” is representative of a band now hitting its creative stride — and fully realizing it. “The studio work with Charles Greywolf is a time of sheer joy and fun, but also a highly relaxed time where everyone constantly gains power and self-confidence,” says vocalist/guitarist Titan Fox V. "I have never sung more relaxed, we have never shot more from the hip when it came to playing. But certainly, it is a very fulfilling progression starting with no songs at all and ending up with a mixed and mastered album sporting massive artwork!”
1. Poseidon Will Carry Us Home
2. The King Is A Deadly Machine
3. Battle Of Wars
4. 7 Days And 7 Kings
5. Warriors Of Angelhill
6. Where The Hammer Hangs
7. Last Rites
8. Glorious Night Of Glory
9. Locust Plague
10. At The Mercy Of The Waves
11. We Sail Cape Horn
12. Meatus Majestatis
www.facebook.com/thehammerking / www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
VANHELGD – New Album "Deimos Sanktuarium" - Details Announced
Swedish Death Metallers VANHELGD have announced their new full-length effort "Deimos Sanktuarium", to be released on 12th October 2018 (CD, Vinyl & Digital) worldwide via Pulverised Records. Dark Descent Records is handling North American territories.
Now with their fifth album, VANHELGD have further honed their craft - a spectacle of heavy-as-hammer guitars immersed in funereal coldness. The artwork and layout for "Deimos Sanktuarium" was once again conceptualized and designed by bandleader Mattias Frisk (Ghost, Entrapment, Vampire, etc). It was recorded at Studio Underjord with Joona Hassinen (Year Of The Goat, Saturnalia Temple, Ocean Chief, etc) and mixed/mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio (Watain, Repugnant, Desultory, etc).
A teaser is available at this location: https://youtu.be/1wv19dFbLEY
1. A Plea For Divine Necromancy
2. Så förgås världens härlighet
3. Vi föddes i samma grav
4. Profaned Is The Blood Of The Covenant
5. The Ashes Of Our Defeat
6. The Silent Observer
7. Här finns ingen nåd
The vinyl version for “Deimos Sanktuarium” will be released in limited quantities on Black Vinyl, White Vinyl (Cudgel & Pulverised Records exclusive) and Ultra Clear Vinyl (Dark Descent Records exclusive).
www.facebook.com/vanhelgd / www.pulverised.net
CAULDRON - New Album In September, New Song Streaming
Canadian metal trio CAULDRON will release their long-awaited fifth studio album entitled "New Gods" on September 7 through Dissonance Productions in Europe and The End Records in North America. For the follow up to their critically-acclaimed 2016 album "In Ruin", Jason Decay (lead vocals/bass), Ian Chains (guitar) and Myles Deck (drums) together with producer Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Wooden Sky) honed and recorded the songs at Union Sound in Toronto for what would become "New Gods". "New Gods", the group’s fifth full-length studio record, once again promises a strong emphasis on songwriting and melody, complete with high-end organic production to match.
Listen to new song "Never Be Found": soundcloud.com/dissonanceproductionsuk/cauldron-never-be-found-official-stream
“I am very proud of the songwriting, performances and production on this one, and it is definitely the most confident I have been in a finished album of ours. It is dark, it’s heavy and it has a very melodic sense of AOR. Most importantly, it still sounds very CAULDRON. I’m pretty sure people who were into In Ruin will like this one just as much if not more!” says Decay.
www.facebook.com/cauldronmetal / www.dissonanceproductions.co.uk
CAST THE STONE - "A Plague Of Light" lyric video premiere
American death/black metallers CAST THE STONE (feat. members of Misery Index, ex-Cattle Decapitation and Scour) present a lyric video for their new song "A Plague Of Light", taken from the "Empyrean Atrophy" EP. The EP is set to be released at the end of this month, on August 31st, via Agonia Records. Watch the new lyric video here:
CAST THE STONE is Mark Kloeppel (Misery Index, Scour with Phil Anselmo), Derek Engemann (ex-Cattle Decapitation, Scour), Jesse Schobel (Legend, ex-Scour) and vocalist Andrew Huskey. First formations of the band began in 2002, long before its protagonists departed for their better known metal-scene mainstays. While such ties leave a clear mark, CAST THE STONE emerge not as some metal supergroup, but as a project of the original and purest intent of its membership.
"Empyrean Atrophy" was produced by Dan Swanö (Katatonia, Merciless, Edge Of Sanity) and features cover artwork by Gary Ronaldson of Bite Radius Designs (Primordial, Kreator, Napalm Death). It includes five new, original compositions and a cover of Infestdead's "Jesusatan".
1. As the Dead Lie - https://youtu.be/u2kx8PTf9mc
2. The Burning Horizon - http://geargods.net/?p=31105
3. Standing in the Shadows
4. A Plague of Light
5. Empyrean Atrophy
Andrew Huskey – vocals
Mark Kloeppel – guitars
Derek Engemann – bass
Jesse Schobel – drums
www.facebook.com/castthestoneofficial / www.agoniarecords.com/castthestone
PANZER SQUAD – New Video available
German Extreme-Thrashers PANZER SQUAD have unleashed a second track from their upcoming new album!
Check out the DIY video for “Escapist” at this location: https://youtu.be/y8K-PgIMF0I
"Ruins" will be released on 31st August 2018 via Testimony Records on CD, limited vinyl (100 gold & 200 black) and in digital versions.
Be prepared for a killing mixture of old school 80s Thrash and D-Beat-Punk - all about violence, drugs, insanity and death! No-frills! Straight in your face!
The album opener "Extinction" is streaming here: https://testimonyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/panzer-squad-ruins
2. Death Toll
4. Sewer Rat
5. Societal Funeral
6. Singular Purpose
7. Shut in
8. Victims Of War
10. Approaching The End
11. Zombie Shot
12. After The Bombs
13. Warsystem (Shitlickers Cover)
www.facebook.com/panzersquadthrash / testimonyrecords.bigcartel.com
LETHEAN - UK Epic Heavy Metallers sign with Cruz Del Sur Music - Debut Album in November
UK Heavy Metal ensemble LETHEAN has inked a deal with Cruz Del Sur Music for the release of their “The Waters Of Death” debut album, which is due November 9th.
Comments founding member James Ashbey: “We’re excited to be joining Cruz Del Sur. We feel at home within their roster as so many of their releases are ones we spin regularly. We’ve long felt Cruz Del Sur would be a good match for our style of heavy metal, so we’re grateful to Enrico for putting faith in the two of us despite our relative obscurity. It’s been a pleasure so far — his reputation for professionalism and honesty is well deserved.”
Formed in Essex in late 2012, LETHEAN’s stated purpose was to combine epic metal, NWOBHM and doom, along with the lyrical ethos of mortality and time, leveraging imagery from mythology, history and literature. The band’s 2013 debut two-song demo caught the attention of Greek duo Giannis Alexandrakis (WRATHBLADE) and Michalis Bakoulas (CONVIXION) who helped LETHEAN re-record the songs at an Athens studio. However, it was not until the early 2017 addition of vocalist and co-writer Thumri Paavana that LETHEAN started to gain creative traction, sparking the creation of “The Waters Of Death”.
The album is the first product of the fledgling Seven Gates recording studio in Gothenburg, Sweden, with Jamie Elton (ex-AMULET) in the producer’s chair. Recorded in the age-old tradition with microphones in front of loud Marshalls and given an analogue mastering by Jaime Gomez (ANGEL WITCH, PARADISE LOST) of Orgone Studios, London, “The Waters Of Death” has a traditional tone that sets it apart from highly-polished contemporary metal.
The atmospheric cover artwork for “The Waters Of Death” was painted by German artist Stefan Bleyl, who has captured the album’s themes of departure and the unknown beyond while reinforcing the frequent references to water, fire and oblivion found in LETHEAN’s lyrics.
Described by Ashbey as “six solemn heavy metal songs about death, turmoil and the passage of time,” “The Waters Of Death” effortlessly skirts genre boundaries, all the while maintaining a strong sense of melancholy — a defining trait of the band. “We have found that people have struggled to draw immediate parallels between us and other bands,” he says. “Of course, there are plenty of glimpses of our influences, but hopefully these rise and fall within a sound that isn’t defined by mimicry. And while we hate the vague categorization that tends to be assigned to ‘female-fronted’ bands, our use of female vocals will undoubtedly catch new listeners off-guard, repelling some and attracting others. We like it this way; we would much rather our music polarized opinion than stirred no one.”
“The Waters Of Death” will be released via the following formats: COMPACT DISC | VINYL | DIGITAL
Idylls Of The King
In Darkness Veiled
Time And The Gods
Across Grey Waters
www.facebook.com/letheanuk / www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
ANCIENT BARDS - Crowdfunding Campaign
Ancient Bards, symphonic metallers from Italy, launched a Crowdfunding campaign for the release of their fourth album “ORIGINE – The Black Crystal Sword Saga Part 2” on Monday July 2nd and they met their goal in three days.
“The support we received from the very beginning of the campaign is so incredible we’re speechless. We knew we had many loyal fans ready to back us, but we would have never dreamed for them to be this generous and trusting. We’re extremely grateful!
Our first goal was set on 17.000€ and we reached 100% of the funding in 79 hours. The sum, after all the fees, is going to cover the recordings and the promotion of what it’s going to be our most ambitious project so far.
This gratifying success has the potential of becoming even bigger, because the campaign will be live until August 12th and we set some stretch goals that would allow us get even closer to our true vision. Our next targets are: 20.000€ (which would get us the funds to make a second video clip), 25.000€ (which would unlock the video "Live from Willemeen"), and 30.000€ (which would unlock the video "Live from Wacken Open Air”).
The album is called “ORIGINE – The Black Crystal Sword Saga Part 2” and, through this campaign, we are releasing an exclusive Deluxe Edition of it that will be available only for our backers.
Indiegogo Campaign URL: www.ancientbards.com/newalbum
Campaign pitch video: https://youtu.be/02fxfMy9Cc0