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GATEKEEPER joins Cruz Del Sur Music

Cruz Del Sur Music is proud to announce the signing of Canadian epic metal force GATEKEEPER. The band’s first full-length, “East Of Sun”, will be released this April worldwide on compact disc (including 2 bonus songs), vinyl and digital.

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”. Their signing to Cruz Del Sur will mark a new, exciting era for the band.

Comments Blackwell: “Cruz Del Sur has been a bastion for great heavy metal for a long time and it's a pleasure to be included alongside a host of bands that have been influences on our music and bands that we consider our contemporaries. Above all, Enrico [Leccese] has been extremely fair and willing to work with us so that we can present the album the way we've envisioned.”

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, who, according to Black “stayed up through many all-night recording sessions with us.”

The “East Of Sun” title is a shortened version of a book of Scandinavian folk tales that parallels the content on the record where each song stands on its own. The album’s cover art was created by Duncan Storr, who has previously worked with SKYCLAD, RAGE and Cruz Del Sur’s own DARK FOREST.

“East Of Sun” boasts a mixture of older, unreleased material written by Blackwell which are complemented by live staples that have recently been updated. “It's pure heavy metal with a sword and sorcery flourish,” says Blackwell. “We wear our influences on our sleeves, but we don't want to be a pale imitation of them. We try to capture the spirit of what we love without copying anyone’s' notes. This album has our fastest song and it's got our biggest, most epic slow-burner and many songs in between. It has melodic electric guitar playing coupled with fierce riffs, thunderous rhythms, mystical acoustic passages and, of course, a unique and varied performance from our singer, Jean-Pierre. And these things are just the start.”

GATEKEEPER’s immediate plans include assembling live dates near their Vancouver home base and on the west coast of Canada. Currently, they are scheduled to play the Northwest Metal Fest in Seattle this March alongside Q5, HEIR APPARENT, GLACIER, WILD DOGS, SKELATOR, SUBSTRATUM and RIOT CITY. Aside from that, Blackwell says GATEKEEPER has its sights set on even bigger territories, namely Europe:

“With Cruz Del Sur on our side, I think it's just a matter of time before we cross into European soil, so beware!”

Line up:
Jean-Pierre Abboud - Lead Vocals, Chorus
Geoff Blackwell - Rhythm/Lead Guitar, chorus
Kenny Kroecher - Lead/Rhythm Guitar
David Messier, Bass guitar, chorus
Tommy Tro - Battery

https://www.facebook.com/gatekeepervinland / http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE - "My Heart is Leaving Here" premiere via Decibel Magazine

Indiana’s doomsters APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE have tapped Decibel Magazine for the exclusive premiere of "My Heart is Leaving Here," taken from the band's upcoming fourth album, "From Gold to Ash", which will be released on 23rd February 2018 through Cruz Del Sur Music.

Clocking in at nearly 10 minutes, "My Heart is Leaving Here" is an emotionally-stirring and powerful display of APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE's brand of True American Doom Metal.

Take the journey at http://www.decibelmagazine.com/2018/01/19/track-premiere-apostle-solitude-heart-leaving.

CD Pre-order: http://tinyurl.com/yaty2zet / Vinyl Pre-order: http://tinyurl.com/ycjz3elg

https://www.facebook.com/apostleofsolitude / http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
REVEL IN FLESH – Compilation Album Announcement – ‘Relics Of The Deathkult’

War Anthem Records proudly presents “Relics Of The Deathkult” - a compilation album of German Death Metal masters REVEL IN FLESH!

This release features 11 rare tracks that have been originally released only on 7" EP format or as vinyl bonustracks during the period of 2012 until 2017 – now coming for the very first time on CD format.

The album will be released on 16th March 2018 in a slipcase edition including a 12 page booklet loaded with liner notes, rare photo material and infos. The exclusive artwork and layout was created by long-time REVEL IN FLESH main artist and supporter Juanjo Castellano.

A lyric video for the song “The Ending in Fire”, which was originally published on a split 7"EP with HUMILIATION in 2015, is available at this location: https://youtu.be/lLjCuDYFf-Q

1. Bonecrusher
2. Corpus Vermis
3. Chant Of Misery
4. Deathkult
5. Phlebotomy - Blood Dripping Healing
6. Nightrealm Ghouls - The Dead Will Walk The Earth
7. The Ending In Fire
8. Casket Ride
9. Pay To Die (Master - Cover)
10. Mutilation (Death - Cover)
11. Deny The Light (Headhunter D.C. - Cover)

https://www.revelinflesh.com / http://www.war-anthem.de
DESOLATION ANGELS - New song premiere

The third album of NWOBHM legends DESOLATION ANGELS, entitled "King", will be unleashed on 23rd February 2018 via Dissonance Productions.

"Another Turn Of The Screw" is streaming now at this location: https://youtu.be/s1ARSwlNqaQ

A blistering tour-de-force of everything that made the band so electrifying first time round, bolstered by a fat dose of contemporary belligerence, it’s the kind of unrelenting heavy metal blitzkrieg that promises to increase national neck-brace manufacture tenfold. Make no mistake, DESOLATION ANGELS are back and hell-bent on conquering all. Old warriors never die.

1. Doomsday
2. Another Turn Of The Screw
3. Devil Sent
4. Rotten To The Core
5. Your Blackened Heart
6. Find Your Life
7. Hellfire
8. Sky Of Pain
9. My Demon Inside

http://desolationangels.co.uk / http://www.dissonanceproductions.co.uk
WAY OF DARKNESS - Festival 2018 - Update

ASPHYX (NL) have been added to the billing!

WAY OF DARKNESS FESTIVAL / Stadthalle Lichtenfels (GER) / 05. + 06.10.2018


Tickets: https://www.cudgel.de/tickets/2

www.facebook.com/Wayofdarknessfestival / www.wayofdarkness.de
KILL RITUAL - New album 'All Men Shall Fall' in February

US Metallers KILL RITUAL, formed in 2010 by former members of Imagika, Dark Angel and Eldritch, will release their new album "All Men Shall Fall" through Dissonance Productions on 23rd February 2018.

Check out the track "Megalomaniac" at this location: https://youtu.be/O9aApdG8Nyc

1. Tales Of Woe
2. This Addiction
3. All Men Shall Fall
4. Megalomaniac
5. Save Yourself
6. A Re-imagining
7. Dead Man On The Water
8. Heart Collector
9. Sins
10. Lies
11. Kage

https://www.facebook.com/KillRitual / http://www.dissonanceproductions.co.uk
JOHANSSON & SPECKMANN - ‘From The Mouth Of Madness” - Album Details and Songstream available

The deadly duo JOHANSSON & SPECKMANN strikes back with its fourth attack!

"From The Mouth Of Madness" will be released on 30th March 2018 via Soulseller Records on CD, LP and digitally. Expect 9 new tracks full of old schoolish, monstrous heaviness!

The Death Metal masterminds are once again backed up by drummer Brynjar Helgetun, who also took care of the mix and mastering, and lead guitarist Kjetil Lynghaug. The artwork was created by Roberto Toderico.

A first song, the stomping album opener "The Demons Night”, is available at this location: https://soundcloud.com/user-767453808/1-the-demons-night

Speckmann comments: "Mr. Johansson and I have hooked up for another round of killer tunes, this is likely the best of the four although I like them all! So be forewarned and be sure and pick up this killer slab of Metal!" Johansson adds: "Paul and I are very proud to offer you our fourth album, especially as it turned out to be something of the best we have done together. It’s more of everything, especially heaviness and more dark brooding parts!"

1. The Demons Night
2. Is This Just Virtual?
3. Remove The Creep
4. Condemned
5. Why Fear
6. Heal The Strain
7. The Heathen Of The Night
8. The Fallen Angel
9. Kill And Kill

https://www.facebook.com/Johansson-Speckmann-225899484206206 /

SALEM - New studio album - New song available

"Attrition", the brand new studio album from NWOBHM legends SALEM, will be released on 23rd February 2018 via Dissonance Productions!

The album was recorded at Hairy Monster Studios in Hull. Developing from the up-beat theme of "Forgotten Dreams" (2013) and the more reflective mood of "Dark Days" (2016), lead guitarist Paul Macnamara described the third studio as a little "edgier", but with the same Salem heavy and melodic approach.

The track "Taking Control" is available at this location: https://youtu.be/o8mqdAmL9Ic

1. Attrition
2. Black and White
3. I'm the One
4. Lest We Forget
5. My Only Son
6. Sights of Wonder
7. Stay With Me
8. Taking Control
9. Warning Sings
10. We Are Gods
11. Isolation

https://www.facebook.com/SalemBand / http://www.dissonanceproductions.co.uk
USURPER signs with Soulseller Records

Soulseller Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Chicago’s Metal extremists USURPER!

Their blend of 80's inspired Thrash Metal, classic Heavy Metal anthems, over-the-top chaos and hints of dark, melodic atmosphere has been a trademark of the band since day one.

USURPER will record their 6th - yet untitled - full-length album during April/May 2018.

Beware! Metal is back!

https://www.facebook.com/usurper.chicago / http://www.soulsellerrecords.com
ATOMWINTER – New album ‘Catacombs’ – Details and first song revealed

Trollzorn proudly presents “Catacombs” – the new and third full-length of German Old School Death Metal maniacs ATOMWINTER!

The album will be released on 9th February 2018 on CD, gatefold LP and in digital formats.

“Catacombs” sets the morbid underworld to music, creating a sinister, merciless and threatening atmosphere. This piece of raw and filthy Death Metal will crush down headbanger´s mind like a warmachine! There´s no salvation for the damned!

A first track, entitled “Necromancer”, is available at this location: https://youtu.be/jewLK52t-Y8

1. Intro
2. Catacombs
3. Dark Messiah
4. Sadistic Intent
5. Ancient Rites
6. Gathering of the Undead
7. Carved in Stone
8. Necromancer
9. Morbid Lies
10. Funeral of Flesh

http://www.facebook.com/atomwinter / http://www.trollzorn.de
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