BATTLEROAR - Cover and tracklist for "Codex Epicus" revealed
Greek epic/power metal force BATTLEROAR has revealed the cover art and track listing for their forthcoming studio album, “Codex Epicus”. Due on June 15th via Cruz Del Sur Music, the “Codex Epicus” album art was created by Vagelis Petikas of Revolver Design.
The follow-up to 2014’s “Blood Of Legends” was recorded at Devasoundz Studios in Athens, Greece and features a guest appearance from MANILLA ROAD guitarist/vocalist Mark Shelton on the song “Sword of the Flame”, reprising a role he first took on with “The Wanderer”, which appears on BATTLEROAR’s 2005 album, “The Age of Chaos”.
Comments BATTLEROAR guitarist Kostas Tzortzis: “Mark is one of my biggest musical influences, my mentor and my brother. I am lucky enough to know him personally for more than 16 years and we have shared many experiences in many different places on this planet! So, during the creation of this album, I found myself drained of inspiration, with a nice song on my hands half-finished, but with absolutely no idea how to get it done. Time was running out and I was getting desperate, so I thought of asking Mark for help. Mark has never failed me and this time was no different. He wrote the lyrics, created the vocal lines, sang them and he even added a guitar solo in the end of the song. The rest is history...”
BATTLEROAR will support “Codex Epicus” with extensive live shows across Europe.
Originally formed in 2000, BATTLEROAR’s self-titled debut album was released in 2003. The band followed it up with “Age Of Chaos” in 2005 before joining Cruz Del Sur for the release of 2008’s “To Death And Beyond…”
“Codex Epicus” track listing:
1. Awakening the Muse
2. We Shall Conquer
3. Sword of the Flame
4. Chronicles of Might
5. The Doom of Medusa
6. Palace of the Martyrs
7. Kings of Old
8. Enchanting Threnody
9. Stronghold (CD BONUS TRACK - new version)
www.facebook.com/BattleroaR / www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
WAR ANTHEM RECORDS new signing: NIXA - Sludge/Doom from Florida
NIXA “EARTH OF NO RETURN”: Dwelling in primordial riffs and anguished melodies, NIXA create melodic, hulking doom - both imposing and intricate. Establishing a powerful dynamic that recalls Yob and Neurosis in its earnesty together with foreboding aural landscapes and heavy-as-mountains riffs, they create a somber pulse for the band’s vocal layers (Vocalist of Sweden’s dark metal band DeathWolf) to viciously and melodically intone ruminations on the nature of man. Since their inception, NIXA has shared the stage with bands like Crowbar, High on Fire, Stephen O’Malley, and Jucifer, culling their firm stance in the sphere of heavy music, and ready to step forward.
A new album is currently being recorded at NIXA’s own studio Skybound in South Florida and is co-engineered/produced together with Kristian Karlsson (Cult of Luna, pg.lost). It is turning into a giant beast with many heads, melodies and dark atmospheric landscapes and the albums lyrical theme, a deep dive into the dualities of human nature and the complex relationship ancient man had with the cosmos, the gods, and their role into the woven fabric of their existence - a world nearly forgotten, roaring back to life through the vision and sounds of NIXA.
NIXA got recently signed to War Anthem Records and is now releasing a 9-minute single “Earth of No Return”, a tremouring journey that explores the heft of the band’s sound and primeval vocal lore. The song was mixed by Kristian Karlsson and mastered by Magnus Lindberg, both of Cult of Luna. The new album is planned to be released Fall of 2018.
Valentin Mellstrom / vocalist (DeathWolf)
Raul Valentine / guitar
Michael Rodriguez / drums
David Miller / bass
www.facebook.com/nixaband / www.war-anthem.de
SENTIENT HORROR - 'Enter Crypts Below' Lyric Video
New Jersey based Death Metallers SENTIENT HORROR have unleashed a lyric video for the song "Enter Crypts Below"!
The track is taken from the band’s new EP "The Crypts Below", which is out now via Testimony 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.
Full stream and ordering options: testimonyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sentient-horror-the-crypts-below + testimonyrecords.bigcartel.com
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
BATTLEROAR - New album 'Codex Epicus' in June via Cruz Del Sur Music
Greek epic/power metal force BATTLEROAR is currently putting the finishing touches on their fifth full-length album, "Codex Epicus", which is set for a June 15th release via Cruz Del Sur Music. The follow-up to 2014’s "Blood Of Legends" was recorded at Devasoundz Studios in Athens, Greece and will feature a guest appearance from someone very familiar to fans of epic metal: MANILLA ROAD guitarist/vocalist Mark Shelton. The cover artwork is being created by Vagelis Petikas of Revolver Design.
“The title symbolizes that in order to create something that will stand the test of time, something epic, you need to fight and struggle for it,” says guitarist Kostas Tzortzis. “We drew our inspiration from the ‘Codex’, a book written by worthy men well before our time. We wanted to portray that after gaining knowledge from the ‘Codex’, you could now create music that is epic and fitting of the book.”
"Codex Epicus" will mark the second BATTLEROAR album with vocalist Gerrit Mutz (also of SACRED STEEL). Mutz, who can also be heard on the band’s 2017 split with long-running U.S. metal bastions OMEN, is described by Tzortzis as someone who “sings with great passion and strength.” Asked to describe the sound of “Codex Epicus”, the guitarist says BATTLEROAR fans should expect something even more bold and grandiose compared to “Blood Of Legends”, along with some added wrinkles thrown into the mix.
“Musically speaking, the album has some new elements to present,” says Tzortzis. “But, overall, it’s definitely melodic, powerful, doomy and most certainly epic! We worked really hard on the songs and tried to come up with some new twists and turns while properly representing the history of BATTLEROAR.”
BATTLEROAR will support "Codex Epicus" with extensive live shows across Europe.
Originally formed in 2000, BATTLEROAR’s self-titled debut album was released in 2003. The band followed it up with "Age Of Chaos" in 2005 before joining Cruz Del Sur for the release of 2008’s "To Death And Beyond…".
www.facebook.com/BattleroaR / www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
ASPHAGOR - New album "The Cleansing" - First track available
The third album of Tyrolean Black Metallers ASPHAGOR, entitled "The Cleansing", will be released via Black Sunset / MDD on 11th May 2018.
With "(In The) Sea Of Empty Shells" a first track of the new masterpiece is now streaming on the MDD YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/UicL2iTbK_I
"The Cleansing" will be released as a valuable digipak and contains 10 songs with a playing time of about one hour. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Patrick W. Engel (Temple Of Disharmony) and promises to be one of the most impressive Black Metal releases of the year.
01. The Delphic Throne
02. Sun Devourer
03. The Solipsist
04. (In The) Sea Of Empty Shells
07. Circle Of Abaddon
08. Monodia (He, My Wall)
09. Aurora Nocturna
10. The Cleansing
30.04.2018 +Irdorath +Support @Wakuum, Graz
19.05.2018 +Ars Irae +Erl @Komma, Wörgl
08.06.2018 +Transilvania +Portae Obscuritas +Eridu @pmk, Innsbruck
14.07.2018 Sick Midsummer Festival
www.facebook.com/Asphagor / http://mdd-records.de
MIST - Debut Full-Length in June - Details and First Song released
MIST, the Slovenian priestesses of doom, return with their debut full-length! "Free Me Of The Sun" will be released through Soulseller Records on 1st June 2018 on CD, vinyl and in digital formats.
Staying true to their traditional Doom Metal roots, the band builds upon strong riffs with bright female vocals and epic guitar solos. The album was recorded in Studio Ork, produced and mixed by Benjamin Kic and mastered by Patrick W. Engel (Temple of Disharmony). With this release MIST are starting a new chapter on their path in the depths of doom!
"Disembody Me" - Official Track Stream: https://youtu.be/jz7B3sUUAT4
1. The Ghoul
2. Ora Pro Nobis
3. White Torch
5. Altar Of You
6. Disembody Me
7. The Offering
10. Free Me Of The Sun
www.facebook.com/mist.doom / www.soulsellerrecords.com
CRUACHAN - "Queen Of War" Lyric video available
One of the founding fathers of the Folk Metal genre celebrate their 25th anniversary in style in 2018. CRUACHAN release their new masterpiece "Nine Years Of Blood" on the 27.04.2018 through Trollzorn Records. It "will be available as a ltd. Boxset, ltd. Gatefold LP, DigiCD and as a digital download as well.
A lyric video for the track "Queen Of War" is available here: https://youtu.be/r7VrFHFQq6U
These pioneers of Folk Metal have been on the go for a quarter of a century and are one of the most consistently highly rated bands in the folk metal genre. Since 1992 this clan of Irish warriors have been making Folk Metal with a Black Metal edge, led by founding member, guitarist and vocalist – Keith Fay. Like a good wine Cruachan just get better and better, this is evident on their eighth studio album that some reviews have already described as a “Masterpiece”. You can hear for yourself when you pick up your copy of “Nine Years Of Blood”.
www.facebook.com/cruachanclan / www.trollzorn.de
WOMBBATH - New Album 'The Great Desolation' - Details revealed
Soulseller Records proudly presents the new album of Swedish Death Metallers WOMBBATH! "The Great Desolation" will be unleashed on 1st June 2018 on CD, vinyl and digitally.
The band's third full-length takes the WOMBBATH sound to the next level and is charged with old school rawness, darkness and haunting melodies.
A first track entitled "The Weakest Flesh" is streaming at this location: https://youtu.be/sQqdyOxSjVo
WOMBBATH were part of the birth of the Swedish Death Metal scene and went into hiatus after a handful of classic releases. In 2014 original member and guitarist Håkan Stuvemark felt the urge to play raw old school tunes again, resurrected the band and released the comeback album "Downfall Rising" in 2015.
1. Embrace Death
2. The Great Desolation
3. Footsteps Of Armageddon
4. Born Of Filth
5. Punisher Of Broken Oaths
6. The Weakest Flesh
7. Cold Steel Salvation
8. Hail The Obscene
9. Harvester Of Sin
www.facebook.com/Wombbath / www.soulsellerrecords.com
CELTACHOR - New album in April - Video clip and details revealed
The third full-length of Ireland’s CELTACHOR, entitled “Fiannaìocht”, will be released on 20th April 2018 through Trollzorn.
The band, established 2007 in Dublin, melds influences of Black, Doom and Folk Metal and showcases their own vision of Irish Mythology by playing music with passion and straight from the heart.
By adding a violinist and instruments like Irish harp and bouzouki, the new album results in more folk and melodic tunes.
A video clip for the opening track “Sons Of Morna” is available at this location: https://youtu.be/iad8zUqJ0Xc
1. Sons Of Morna
2. King Of Tara
4. The Search For Sadbh
6. Great Ships Came From Over The Waves
7. The Battle On The Shore
8. Tears Of Aoife
9. Cauldron Of Plenty
10. Dubh, Dun Agus Liath
www.facebook.com/celtachor / www.trollzorn.de
DEMONICAL - "Chaos Manifesto" - Full Album Stream
Swedish death metal masters DEMONICAL are streaming their new studio album "Chaos Manifesto" prior to its March 23rd (April 27th in North America) release on Agonia Records. Listen to the new album at this link:
"Chaos Manifesto features some new elements and streaks the band hasn’t explored before" - comments bassist, Martin Schulman. "We have tapped an award-winning Swedish producer and we are confident that the album - which summons bits and pieces from all our previous releases - will become an improved quality-related chapter for Demonical, and push our Swedish Death Metal Darkness to a new level".
"Chaos Manifesto" was recorded in 2017 and both mixed and mastered by Karl Daniel Lidén (Terra Tenebrosa, Cult of Luna, Katatonia). The album artwork was designed by Karmazid (Urfaust, Wolfbrigade, Blaze of Perdition). Pehr Skjoldhammer of Alfahanne guest appears on vocals.
1. A Void Most Obscure
2. Towards Greater Gods
3. Sung To Possess
4. Välkommen Undergång
5. Torture Parade
6. From Nothing
7. Unfold Thy Darkness
8. Death Unfaithful
9. Nightbringer (*Digipack CD exclusive)
www.demonical.net / www.agoniarecords.com