SANHEDRIN - Deal with Cruz Del Sur Music
SANHEDRIN, one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from the Brooklyn music scene, has signed with Cruz Del Sur Music for the April 27th European and May 4th North American vinyl release of their debut full-length, “A Funeral For The World”.
The 2014 creation of guitarist Jeremy Sosville (BLACK ANVIL) and drummer Nathan Honor, SANHEDRIN was eventually joined by former AMBER ASYLUM and LOST GOAT bassist/vocalist Erica Stoltz, whose vocal and lyrical exploits quickly became the perfect complement to the pair’s fledgling compositions. The trio produced a self-titled demo in 2015, but it wasn’t until “A Funeral For The World” did the band come into their own. Boasting a familiar, but not derivative sound, SANHEDRIN’s songwriting is rooted in the classics, translating into a fresh and honest take on rock and metal that easily crosses into doom, hard rock and stoner metal territory.
Live stints with ACID KING, CASTLE, CAULDRON, CRYPT SERMON, HELL FIRE, KHEMMIS, MAGIC CIRCLE and SATAN furthered honed SANHEDRIN’s approach, ultimately leading to Cruz Del Sur Music offering the band a deal.
www.facebook.com/sanhedrinband / www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
SENTIENT HORROR - New EP ‘The Crypts Below’ - Details and First Song revealed
New Jersey based Death Metallers SENTIENT HORROR strike back with a new EP!
"The Crypts Below" will be released on 30th March 2018 via Testimony Records on CD, limited vinyl and digitally. The North American release will be handled by Redefining Darkness Records.
Featuring 4 new songs and a cover version of the EDGE OF SANITY classic "Darkday", it paints a beautifully haunting landscape that celebrates Death Metal’s past while carving a hollow path towards the future. The EP was produced by bandleader Matt Moliti, mixed by Damian Herring (Subterranean Watchtower Studios, Virginia USA) and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios. The cover artwork was created by Juanjo Castellano.
A first track, entitled "Bled Dry By The Night", and pre-order options are available at these locations: https://testimonyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sentient-horror-the-crypts-below +
Matt Moliti states: "The idea for this EP was to go for the throat and never let up. The songs came out fast, brutal, and a little more complex than the material on ‘Ungodly Forms’. No leftovers or B sides here... these tunes are solid from front to back, and I believe this will serve as a an excellent bridge point between our debut and whatever we wind up doing on the 2nd full length. Covering ‘Darkday’ was a blast. We've played it live a few times, and since Edge of Sanity is one of our biggest influences, it was an obvious choice for a cover."
1. Enter Crypts Below
2. Bled Dry By The Night
3. Hatchet Crimes
4. Hell Marked
5. Darkday (Edge Of Sanity - Cover)
www.facebook.com/sentienthorrorofficial / www.facebook.com/testimonyrecords
THE SPIRIT - Sounds From The Vortex - Vinyl Announcement
German Black/Death horde THE SPIRIT will finally release their highly acclaimed debut album "Sounds From The Vortex" on Vinyl via Eternal Echoes.
The release date has been set for February 28th, preorder starts today. Keep an eye on the band’s shop: http://thespirit.bigcartel.com
The LP edition comes in 180g / Gatefold-12'' and will be limited to 500 copies: 450 in black, 50 in blue/black.
24.03.2018 - Helvete, Oberhausen DE
28.04.2018 - Garage, Saarbrücken DE
PRIMITAI - British Melodic Metallers sign with Dissonance Productions
PRIMITAI will release their fourth full length album entitled “The Calling” on May 25th 2018. Get ready as something special is about to be unleashed, heed “The Calling”, it’s a killer slab of high quality melodic metal.
PRIMITAI (pronouned Primi-tie) are a London based melodic metal band drawing inspiration from classic heavy metal and combining it with a modern production, intensity and a subtle progressive edge. Whether sharing the stage with NWOBHM bands like Saxon, power metallers Edguy, thrash bands like Warbringer, or even Scandinavian sleaze rock like Crashdiet, the power, melody and intensity of Primitai’s songs and performance has struck a chord with fans across a wide spectrum of metal.
Serj/Primitai: “We’re extremely proud to say that we have signed with Dissonance Productions. The vision shown by them shows what potential this label has to really put Britain back on the Heavy Metal map”.
Steve/Dissonance: “An exciting band that to my mind has been criminally overlooked thus far. I hope signing us will put them on the map, they deserve it!"
GRAVEYARD - 'Back To The Mausoleum' EP coming this April
Spanish Death Metallers GRAVEYARD return with a new EP!
To celebrate 10 years of madness, sonic debauchery and total Death Metal worship, GRAVEYARD decided that it was time to go back to the ‘House of Death / Mountains of Madness’ (a filthy garage up in the Castelldefels mountains), bring a trailer of equipment (and beers) and try to do something similar to their first ever demo "Into The Mausoleum", which was recorded right there shortly after the band's formation back in the day.
"Back To The Mausoleum" will be released on 27th April 2018 via War Anthem Records on CD and Vinyl and features a cover artwork Matt "Putrid" Carr. It was entirely written, rehearsed and recorded at this infamous 'House of Death', while the fine tuning with overdubs, solos and vocals was done at Moontower Studios owned by guitarist Javi Félez.
Check out the first track of this alcohol infused two-day-session (200 beers in 1 day - there you go…) at this location: https://soundcloud.com/war-anthem-records/graveyardes-an-epiphany-of-retribution
1. Scorched Earth
2. And The Shadow Came
3. Craving Cries I Breath
4. In Contemplation
5. An Epiphany Of Retribution
www.facebook.com/deathmetalgraveyard / www.war-anthem.de
SUSPERIA - 'My Darkest Moment' music video premiere
Norwegian metallers SUSPERIA release music video for the track "My Darkest Moment". The video was filmed by Costin Chioreanu (Twilight 13 Media) and Gina Sandulescu. The song comes from the band's upcoming album "The Lyricist", set to be released on March 16th via Agonia Records.
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/oW00nyP9JTo
"The Lyricist" was recorded at three different studios in Norway between February 2015 and May 2016. The album was later mixed and mastered at Strand Studio (Chrome Division, The Wretched End, In Vain) by Marius Strand. Cover design and artwork was prepared by Vincent Fouquet. New band photos were shot by Espen Bakken.
GATEKEEPER - 'East Of Sun' Album Cover Revealed
Soon, the metal world will get to absorb the sounds of GATEKEEPER’s first full-length album, “East Of Sun”, an epic metal tour-de-force that will see the light of day on 27th April 2018 via Cruz Del Sur Music.
Rewind back to the early months of 2017, though, and it was legendary British artist Duncan Storr (DARK FOREST, EDGE OF SANITY, RAGE, SKYCLAD) who became one of the first people to hear the demos that would ultimately become “East Of Sun”. Well before they were signed to Cruz Del Sur, GATEKEEPER leader Geoff Blackwell mustered up the courage to email Storr a demo to see if he’d be willing to work on the project. Luckily for Blackwell and co., Storr took an immediate liking to GATEKEEPER and got down to business.
“I liked the demo and asked to hear a few more songs if they had more,” says Storr. “Geoff sent me over another two demos to listen to so I could get a good feel for their sound. The titles of the tracks ‘Warrior Without Fear’, ‘Oncoming Ice’, and ‘East Of Sun West of Moon’, sparked something and I got a few ideas from listening to the tracks.”
Storr proceed to reach into his vault and selected an unfinished piece he thought would be suit GATEKEEPER. “I sent Geoff a few of these images and relayed how I would like to incorporate some of the song ideas and embellish the atmosphere in the painting,” he says. “He got back to me after showing the rest of the band. The band have been great to work with and have kept me informed and added more demos for me to work with as I paint. I find this always helps.”
"We had a short list of people that we wanted to work with on this album and Duncan Storr was on it,” adds Blackwell. “He is a real gentleman and a master behind the paintbrush. The piece he showed us instantly clicked with our vision for the record and in a way, it drove us to work even harder on the music in order to match the quality of his art. GATEKEEPER would like to thank Duncan for his hard work, dedication to his craft and for being a loyal fan of rock and roll."
Originally formed in 2009 as a solo project by guitarist Geoff Blackwell, GATEKEEPER has assembled an impressive array of EPs and splits, including an appearance on Metal Blade’s “Metal Massacre XIV” where they contributed the song “Bell Of Tarantia”. Recorded over the span of six months at Harbourside Studios in Vancouver, Canada, “East Of Sun” was produced by Mike Rogerson, whose previous credits include ANNIHILATOR, AGGRESSION, 88 MILE TRIP and LOVERBOY, with additional production assistance provided by Angelo Boose.
www.facebook.com/gatekeepervinland / www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
DREAMARCHER - Debut EP "Harding" coming in March 2018
"Harding" is a tribute to Hardanger, the area of Norway where DREAMARCHER comes from. It is written with respect to those from the past who clung to the steep mountain sides, planted fruit trees, played the fiddle with eight strings and dressed the mountains in large black pipes which fueled the turbines of industry. They created a society and a life for all those who came after them. Harding was written with the fascination of both the heroic and legendary stories, of common people who fought their own battles of survival.
Harding is the Norwegian word for "a person from Hardanger", but is also the word used to describe the weathered, warm and mentally strong. Hardanger is an icon of Norwegian Romantic Nationalism and also lead the industrial development from around 1900. Because of its remote geography, Hardanger was an area where religion struggled to get a foothold for a long time. During the religious revivals in the 1800s, the Hardanger Fiddle was viewed as a sinful instrument encouraging wild dances, drinking and fights. This lead to the burning and destruction of many fiddles, as they thought it would be best for the soul - and thus the fiddle remains a symbol of rebelliousness.
"Harding" will be released on 9th March 2018 via Indie Recordings.
www.facebook.com/dreamarcherofficial / www.indierecordings.no
UNRAVEL - Debut album via Testimony Records - Details and first song revealed
Testimony Records proudly presents "Eras Of Forfeit" - the debut full-length of their new signing UNRAVEL!
Crawling from the gutters of Perth, Western Australia in 2014, UNRAVEL exhume the brutally-primal sledge hammer of Old School Death Metal, and ravage it with the violent, political consciousness of Grindcore and Hardcore Punk to sonically smack the heck out of punters in their path.
"Eras Of Forfeit" will be released on 13th April 2018 on CD, limited Vinyl (100 x transparent red/black marbled, 200 x black - both versions including DIN A1 artwork poster) and in digital formats.
The album is garned with an amazing artwork by renowned artist Dan Seagrave and was tracked in the band’s hometown by Cam Murphy at Opaque Recording, mixed by Taylor Young at The Pit Recording Studios (Nails, Xibalba, Twitching Tongues etc) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Poison Idea, Gehenna, High On Fire etc).
A first track, "Fostering The Festering Spawn", and pre-order options are available at these locations: https://testimonyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/unravel-eras-of-forfeit + http://testimonyrecords.bigcartel.com
2. No Validation For Violation
3. Reign Of Wasps
6. Isle Of Rot
7. Perpetual Servitude
9. Fostering The Festering Spawn
10. Mortals’ Thirst
http://www.facebook.com/unravelmetal / https://www.facebook.com/testimonyrecords
BLACK CYCLONE - Join Gates Of Hell Records
Gothenburg, Sweden thrashers BLACK CYCLONE have inked a deal with Gates Of Hell Records for the physical release of their first full-length album, “Death Is King”. The album was released by the band in digital format in early 2018.
Originally formed in 2009, BLACK CYCLONE’s sound initially channeled black metal on their “Chaos Brigade” (2012) and “Under Your Hoof” (2013) demos, eventually morphing into all-out, vintage thrash, which is displayed across “Death Is King”, an album stocked with surges of speed, NWOBHM-styled guitar solos, twisting power metal and the animated, sky-scraping vocals of Linus Johansson, who also handles vocal duties in TRIAL.
“After we settled on thrash metal, it all felt right and we were ready to record BLACK CYCLONE’s first album,” comments bass guitarist Per Andreasson. “The changes in style were just a result of what we wanted to play in different periods of time.”
The songs on “Death Is King” are the result of many years of work, songs that were accordingly, re-written to suit BLACK CYCLONE’s ever-evolving sound. “Now that we have found our style, it’s time to begin this journey,” says Andreasson. “We just thought that ‘Death Is King’ had a nice ring to it and it’s easy to remember. The name comes from the opening track of the album, ‘Death Is Crowned As King’, which we thought would be a too long name for the album title. The lyrical themes differ from song to song, everything from Cthulhu and anti-religion to anarchy and anti-establishment.”
“Death Is King” will be released on April 27th on CD and vinyl.