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
PANZER SQUAD - New Album 'Ruins' via Testimony Records - Details and First Song revealed
Testimony Records proudly presents the first full-length of German Extreme-Thrash-Trio PANZER SQUAD!
"Ruins" will be released on 31st August 2018 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 at this location: 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 / www.facebook.com/testimonyrecords
CRUACHAN - New Videoclip 'The Battle of the Yellow Ford'
Ireland's Folk/Black Metallers CRUACHAN proudly present a new video clip for ""The Battle of the Yellow Ford"!
The track is taken from the band's new and eighth full-length album "Nine Years of Blood" which is out now on Trollzorn!
www.facebook.com/cruachanclan / www.trollzorn.de
INFERNAL EXECRATOR - 'Obsolete Ordinance' Album Details and Song Premiere
Unrelenting and krushing Black Metal from Singapore!
INFERNAL EXECRATOR strike back with their second full-length: “Obsolete Ordinance” will be released on 27th July 2018 through Pulverised Records.
The album was recorded at Altar 47 with Nizam Aziz, mixed and mastered at Necromorbus Studio and features guest contributions from SACRILEGIOUS RITE frontman Ex Ipsis-Mors, Infernal Vlad of CULT OF FIRE and Ludo Lejeune aka Ludo Evil. The artwork was created by Indonesian illustrator Jenglot Hitam (Impiety, Zubirun, etc).
A first track, “Supreme Barbarous Ordo”, is available for streaming now - presented and premiered by Decibel Magazine:
1. Infernal Execrator (True Blasphemous Conqueror)
2. Incinerate Halakhah Theorem
3, Scions Of Irreverent Bloodshed
4. Northern Superiority
5. Quintessence Of Timeless Void
6. Supreme Barbarous Ordo
7. Obsolete Ordinance
8. Absolute Celestial Condemnation
www.facebook.com/Infernal.Execrator / www.pulverised.net
CAST THE STONE - Lyric Video Premiere "As The Dead Lie"
American death/black metallers with a Swedish touch, CAST THE STONE, premiere the first single "As The Dead Lie", taken from their recently announced six-track EP "Empyrean Atrophy", which is due for release on Agonia Records on the 31st of August. The track comes with a lyric video designed by Scott Rudd Film (Opeth, Rings Of Saturn).
Listen to the track at this link: https://youtu.be/u2kx8PTf9mc
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.
Each of CAST THE STONE members is involved in writing music, and each has varying tastes. But they all seem to have one acquired taste in common: an appetite for American and Swedish death metal. On "Empyrean Atrophy", one can distinctly hear sounds similar to Dismember, Grave, At The Gates, and other proponents of the genre. There are also artisan elements one could liken to more dark and progressive Swedish acts such as Opeth, Edge Of Sanity and Dissection. Perhaps this reason alone, Dan Swanö was a clear choice for production (having produced or had been a member of some of the aforementioned bands).
"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
2. The Burning Horizon
3. Standing in the Shadows
4. A Plague of Light
5. Empyrean Atrophy
www.facebook.com/castthestoneofficial / www.agoniarecords.com
MINDREAPER - "Mirror Artifacts" Lyric Video
Hessian Thrash-Deathers MINREAPER will release their new album "Mirror Construction (... a disordered World)" on 8th June 2018 via Black Sunset / MDD.
A first song, entitled "Mirror Artifacts", is available now at this location: https://youtu.be/4sSaqzL-Oys
The album contains 10 songs of traditional, melodic and thrashing Death Metal and was produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Classen / Stage One Studio. The album artwork was created by Björn Gooßes / Killustration.
2. Bull’s Eye
3. Mirror Artifacts
4. Stillborn God
5. Purity of Wrath
6. Passage to Extinction
7. Against the Flood
8. New Age Tyranny
9. Story of Rejection
10. Torch’s Fall
www.facebook.com/TheMindreaper / www.mdd-records.de
UADA - New Lyric Video Available "Snakes And Vultures"
UADA present a lyric video from the upcoming new album "Cult Of A Dying Sun", which will be released on 25th May via Eisenwald.
Check out "Snakes And Vultures" at this loation: https://youtu.be/-a-Q3X6jLPI
The album was recorded by Robb Bockman at The Maleficarum, Portland, OR and Shane Howard at Sawn & Quartered, Denver, CO with final mix and mastering duties taken over by Arthur Rizk (Inquisition, Power Trip, Cavalera Conspiracy). It features again classic artwork of Kris Verwimp, interior design from Chris Kiesling/Misanthropic-Art and photography by Peter Beste.
1. The Purging Fire
2. Snakes & Vultures
3. Cult Of A Dying Sun
4. The Wanderer
5. Blood Sand Ash
6. Sphere (Imprisonment)
www.facebook.com/OfficialUADA / hwww.eisenton.de
VULTURES VENGEANCE - 'Lyrids: Warning From The Reign Of Untold' 7-inch in September
As Italian epic metallers VULTURES VENGEANCE prepare to record their first full-length this summer, the band will further whet their fans’ appetite by releasing the “Lyrids: Warning From The Reign Of Untold” 7-inch in September via Gates Of Hell Records, a sub-label of Cruz Del Sur Music.
Featuring two leftover songs from their 2016 “Where The Time Dwelt In” EP (“Empire Of The Crimson Fields” and “Into The Cave”), the 7-inch will also include the talents of new lead guitarist Tony L.A. Scelzi, who joined VULTURES VENGEANCE last year.
“We have always played both of these songs at our live shows, so fans of the band should have no problem recognizing them,” says guitarist/vocalist Tony T. Steele. “The two songs maintain the same spirit and atmosphere of the ‘Where The Time Dwelt In’ EP, so in some ways, it could be interpreted as a sequel, just with different production. And, we are excited to feature Tony’s lead guitar playing on an actual release. Sadly, this will mark the last release with drummer Kosathral Khel, but it’s a fitting way for us to bid farewell to him.”
Steele says the VULTURES VENGEANCE lineup is “stronger than ever,” which should come in handy as they get to work on a new album and begin integrating a new drummer into the band.
“We are always really glad to play live, but the most important thing is that all the people who make it possible are those who sincerely love what we do and heavy metal in general,” says Steele. “We will always be thankful to these people, for they keep this music alive not because it’s a trend, but because they’re passionate about it. Our main goal for the future and upcoming shows is to keep this unchanged and encourage everyone to read the messages that are within our music. Ultimately, our fans should expect that the stage for VULTURES VENGEANCE will always be like a book where we will write the accurate description of who we are and not of whom we would like to be.”
The “Where The Time Dwelt In” EP was released in October 2016 via Gates Of Hell Records.
DECLINE OF THE I - New album details
French multifaceted, post-black metal band DECLINE OF THE I will release their third studio album titled "Escape" on the 27th of July via Agonia Records.
In anticipation, the band has revealed a new music video for the edit version of the track "Je Pense Donc Je Fuis". The video is available here: https://youtu.be/HGLNjH7y7us
"Escape" will feature six varied, original compositions (including the full, 12-minute version of "Je Pense Donc Je Fuis") replete with artwork from David Fitt, who filmed the new video.
The band commented: "After a heavy and neurasthenic first chapter, and an epileptic, dirty and violent second one, here's the last part of the Decline of the I’s trilogy: Escape. It’s now time to leave, to avoid this perpetual aggression of the outside world. All the other reactions leaded to a dead end. Running away is the only possible move for the subject to preserve its entity. There are many forms of escape: madness, suicide, technology, spirituality. This third album explores all of them. Musically, it’s the synthesis of all the previews works; it's contemplative and slow but also very fast, dark and brutal".
"Escape" was recorded, mixed and mastered at Blacksun Recording by Junior Rodriguez. The album will be available in CD, LP and digital formats.
2. Enslaved by existence
3. Organless body
4. Hurlements en faveur de FKM
5. Negentropy (Fertility sovereign)
6. Je pense donc je fuis
https://www.facebook.com/declineofthei / http://agoniarecords.com