ONWARD - Deal with Cruz Del Sur Music - New Album announcement
Cruz Del Sur Music is proud to announce the signing of cult US Power Metallers ONWARD!
A new studio album, entitled "Of Epoch and Inferno", will be released sometime in 2022.
Formed in 2000 by guitar hero Toby Knapp, ONWARD broke onto the international metal stage with 2001’s “Evermoving” and 2002’s “Reawaken”, both of which were released via Century Media Records. The albums showcased Knapp’s superlative guitar skills that blended neoclassical and melodic sensibility, as well as original vocalist Michael Grant’s smooth delivery.
Grant sadly passed away in 2012, leaving Knapp to issue his final recordings on 2014’s “New Fathoms Dawn”. The band went dormant after its release. But, after several false starts in reviving ONWARD, Knapp says the 2020 death of bassist Chris Payette spurred him to start new writing music as a coping mechanism. Now joined by new vocalist Robert Van War and drummer Bart Barkac, Knapp feels as though he has a batch of songs that pay appropriate tribute to Grant and Payette while staying true to ONWARD’s sound.
“The consensus among most fans seems to be that if I create quality traditional heavy metal under the ONWARD banner, it’s still a legitimate ONWARD,” he says. “The new songs are in the vein of traditional heavy metal with doses of speed metal, thrash and neoclassical-inspired guitar work. Robert has an Udo [Dirkschneider, ex-ACCEPT] and Bobby “Blitz” [Ellsworth, OVERKILL] vibe to his vocals and I’m really excited about it. The music hasn’t changed; I’m still using the same guitars and refusing to tune down! I hear a bit of early LOUDNESS and ANNIHILATOR going on…maybe even some nods toward METALLICA’s ‘Kill ‘Em All’.”
Van War came to Knapp’s attention through social media. Knapp regularly posted the progress of his new compositions and expressed frustration in finding a suitable vocalist. Van War got in touch then offered to provide guest vocals on a new song, but Knapp went one further and offered him the ONWARD gig.
“I floated the idea to him of working under the ONWARD name and joining me for live shows,” says Knapp. “Now things are coming together. ONWARD always flowed naturally. Doors are opening and it feels kinda like the early days. I just go with it. I am also in the process of selecting a setlist and live band situation. We have to get out there and play. ONWARD was more popular a few years after disbanding and I would really enjoy performing some of the early tunes for those that never saw us live. It's a new ONWARD, but the spirit is very much there and we will respect our lineage.”
Knapp says he sought out Cruz Del Sur Music to do a vinyl pressing of the album. When the label heard some of Knapp’s camera phone-recorded samples, the discussions went to the next level and a deal was struck.
“That’s more of the way things happened in ONWARD back in the day,” says Knapp. “Things just clicked. Even the original album cover artist, Ioannis, got in touch with me about the new album. The engineer/co-producer of ‘Reawaken’, Brett Hansen, contacted me, too! I just think ‘Man, this is cool!’ Everyone is coming together for the cause.”
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KHOLD - Deal with Soulseller Records - New Album in 2022
Soulseller Records proudly announces the signing of Norway's KHOLD!
Many years have passed…. but now it is smoldering again: KHOLD has been revived and heavy dark Norwegian Black Metal is under construction!
The band will enter the studio this November to record a new album, which is set for a 2022 release. It'll be their first record since 2014's "Til endes".
Frontman Gard promises: "We will supply only real Khold Black Metal!"
www.facebook.com/Khold.official +++ www.soulsellerrecords.com
ÆNIGMATUM - New Album "Deconsecrate" via 20 Buck Spin - Details and Trackstream available
20 Buck Spin proudly announces the sophomore full-length of Portland’s ÆNIGMATUM!
"Deconsecrate", featuring a surreal artwork by Ivory Crux (Voidceremony), will be released on 13th August 2021 on CD, LP, MC and in digital versions.
The eight songs on "Deconsecrate" constitute a labyrinthian structure of twisting nuanced complexity and intricate explosive chaos. Blood-freezing and incandescently beautiful at once, ÆNIGMATUM temper their withering elaborate intensity with astonishingly elegant melodic passages carved into the mind like towering marble hallucinations.
"Forged From Bedlam", the album’s opening track, can be checked out here: https://youtu.be/C1bbNID9NQg
Uniquely technical melodic Black/Death Metal!
1. Forged From Bedlam
2. Undaunted Hereafter
4. Fracturing Proclivity
5. Floods Within A Splintered Cortex
6. Larker, Sanguine Phantom
7. Despot Of Amorphic Dominions
8. Animus Reflection
https://listen.20buckspin.com/album/deconsecrate +++ www.20buckspin.com
SVARTELDER - Deal with Soulseller Records - New Album in 2022
Soulseller Records proudly announces the signing of Norwegian Black Metallers SVARTELDER!
The band is currently working on their new, yet untitled, studio album which is scheduled for a release in the first part of 2022. Expect an unusual piece of black arts!
They state: "It is with great pride that we ink a deal with Soulseller Records. It is rare to share the same vision with someone when the tides of our own artistic creativety is so unchained as it is. With Soulseller we feel that our world can expand in its natural form, and that our next album can shape itself without restrictions."
After an initial flurry of activity in 2005, SVARTELDER largely remained dormant until founder and frontman Doedsadmiral decided to reactivate the project with an infusion of new blood in the shape of vastly experienced musicians, who contributed their own individual styles to the band's old-school roots in order to broaden the whole sound and to take it into new directions. Interestingly, the musicians themselves chose to use different names for their work in SVARTELDER, something that allowed them to explore new avenues without any pre-conceptions and expectations from fans that may arise because of their previous bodies of work. Aside from Doedsadmiral on vocals, the rest of the line-up comprises Tjalve on bass and guitars and Spektre on drums. In 2014 the band released their first demo called "Askebundet". After this demo they where signed by Dusktone Productions and released the "Askebundet" EP in 2015, the debut album "Pyres" in 2016, and the follow-up, entitled "Pits", in 2018.
www.facebook.com/SvartelderOfficial +++ www.soulsellerrecords.com
THE DAMNNATION - Signing with Soulseller Records & Debut Album Announcement
Soulseller Records proudly announces the signing of Brazilian Thrashers THE DAMNNATION!
Based in São Paulo, THE DAMNNATION is a trio consisting of Renata Petrelli (vocals, guitar), Aline Dutchi (bass, backing vocals), and Luana Diniz (drums, backing vocals). Earlier this year, they dropped a four-track EP entitled "Parasite", which conveys a raging fist of old school Heavy Metal meeting the skull of Thrash Metal. Imagine the love child of Judas Priest, Megadeth, and Power Trip if you will.
Now, THE DAMNNATION are preparing the release of their yet untitled debut full-length album, that will hit stores worldwide during the winter of 2021/22. Even heavier and more attractive!
On signing to Soulseller Records the band comments: "We are very happy with this support and for being part of this roster with incredible bands from the world scene! We will definitely have an amazing road together!"
www.facebook.com/theDamnnationofficial +++ www.soulsellerrecords.com
TEMPLE OF DREAD - New Album "Hades Unleashed" - Details & Trackstream revealed
After the previous albums "Blood Craving Mantras" and "World Sacrifice", which were highly acclaimed by critics and fans, TEMPLE OF DREAD complete their opening triple with the new hateful chunk "Hades Unleashed"!
The album will be released with nine brand-new songs on July 23rd, 2021 via Testimony Records. It was recorded and produced once again by band drummer Jörg Uken in his Soundlodge-Studio in Rhauderfehn, Germany.
A first track entitled "Wrath of the Gods (Furor Divinus)" has been premiered at these locations: Youtube +++ Spotify +++ Bandcamp
"Despite the two extremely strong previous albums, we managed to pack a few more bits on top! 'Hades Unleashed' definitely contains our strongest material so far", says Markus Bünnemeyer, guitarist of the North German Death Metallers. "The album keeps what our name promises - even if we experiment more within the genre boundaries than on the previous albums. We have both clubbed the fastest songs of our career so far and slowed down the pace significantly on some of the other songs. All in all, the listener gets a fat piece of Old-School Death Metal, seasoned with a good portion of eighties thrash."
The lyrics, once again written by band friend Frank Albers, deal conceptually with ancient, mainly Greek, myths. The congenial cover artwork was designed by the Italian artist Paolo Girardi and perfectly reflects the mood of the album.
1. Aithon`s Hunger
3. Wrath of the Gods (Furor Divinus)
4. Threefold Agony
6. Crypts of the Gorgon
7. Nefarious, I
8. Whores of Pompeii
9. Procession to Tartarus
https://www.facebook.com/TempleofDread +++ https://testimonyrecords.bigcartel.com/products
RIEXHUMATION - New Track Premiere - "Embrace Nihility"
Lavadome Productions have unveiled another track from the upcoming debut album of Italy's RIEXHUMATION!
"Embrace Nihility" is streaming at these locations now: https://youtu.be/7StEJEx0yvM +++ https://lavadome.bandcamp.com/track/embrace-nihility
RIEXHUMATION deliver ancient Death Metal that summons the dark powers of the outer space and invoke the madness dwelling within its chasms.
"The Final Revelation Of Abaddon", featuring a cover art by Roberto Toderico, will be unleashed on May 28th 2021 on CD, MC and digitally. A real Death Metal heavy-weight expanding the essence yet remaining absolutely devoted to the substance.
2. Inbreeding A Final Form In The Flesh
3. Take The Throne Of Enlil
4. Conflagration Mantra
5. Manifestation Of The Horned-Head Presence
6. Ascension XIV
7. The Vectorcvlt
8. Embrace Nihility
9. Triumph Of Perfect Darkness
https://www.facebook.com/riexhumation +++ https://lavadome.org
BLAZON RITE - New Video Clip - Executioner's Woe
Philadelphia’s BLAZON RITE have revealed another song from their upcoming debut full-length "Endless Halls Of Golden Totem".
A video clip for "Executioner's Woe" is available at this location: https://youtu.be/HzQY3tDF0ek
"Endless Halls Of Golden Totem" will be released on June 16th 2021 via Gates Of Hell Records. It was recorded from mid-December 2020 to January 2021 at guitarist James Kirn’s home studio. Richie Rabid served as engineer, while Will Mellor (Red Water Recording) handled mixing and master duties. The album will feature a hand-painted cover artwork from Matt Stikker.
Following last year’s highly acclaimed "Dulce Bellum Inexpertis" EP, BLAZON RITE stands firmly with a new batch of unique, challenging and epic songs. A triumph of true metal power!
1. Legends of Time and Eidolon
2. Put Down Your Steel (Only for the Night)
3. The Executioner's Woe
4. Endless Halls of Golden Totem
5. Alchemist’s Brute
6. The Night Watchmen of Starfall Tower
7. Consumed by Glory Light
8. Into Shores of Blood
www.facebook.com/blazonriteofficial +++ http://www.gatesofhellrecords.com
CASKET – New Lyric Video - "The Rope"
Long-running German Death Metallers CASKET have premiered a lyric video for their upcoming new release "Urn"!
You can check out "The Rope” at this location: https://youtu.be/svRpSqM17Ac
Since their formation back in 1990, CASKET are delivering honest Death Metal the way it was meant to be. No trends, no hypes - just savagery, fury and relentless brutality.
"Urn", comprising five new tunes and three live tracks, will be released on June 4th 2021 via Neckbreaker Records on CD, gatefold vinyl and digitally. It was mixed and mastered by Roman Schönsee at Found Sound Music NL and features a cover artwork by Roberto Toderico.
1. Bombing Graves
2. The Rope
3. Amnesia *
4. To Separate The Flesh From The Bone **
5. Final Predicament
6. Onwards To Destruction (live)
7. Kill The Red Lamb (live)
8. Faces Of The Dead (live)
* feat. guest vocals by Ralf Haubersson (Revel In Flesh)
** feat. guest vocals by Roman Thyzorn Schönsee
https://casketdeath.bandcamp.com +++ www.facebook.com/casketdeath +++
KILLING - New Video & Single "Kill Everyone"
Today, the new video and single from the young thrashing Danes KILLING is unleashed unto the world! "Kill Everyone" fulfills its promise with a murderous riff, a thrashing rhythm assault, and genuine youth energy that separates the world-class thrash bands from the rest. And it completes the pack with a - literally - killer video.
"Kill Everyone" is taken from KILLING's debut album "Face The Madness", probably the best Danish thrash metal record since "Excursion Demise" by Invocator and "By Inheritance" from Artillery.
The track can be streamed and download via this link. The video has premiered via Decibel Magazine, Deaf Forever (for Germany), and Devilution (for Denmark).
The vicious monster of energy KILLING comes from east Jutland, Denmark. Formed late 2013, with the sole purpose of writing uncompromising thrash metal, as in the good old days. Inspiration is drawn from the golden era of the genre, where bands like Slayer, Exodus, Kreator, and Metallica ruled the stage with an iron fist.
After years of concerts and songwriting, they released the 2018 critically acclaimed EP "Toxic Asylum", which was followed by a longer tour around northern Europe. The following year, the single "Raise Your Anger" was released, which was followed by a long series of festival performances.
The many shows has proven their worth, as the east Jutland quartet on stage create an intense and engaging vibe, that echoes long after the lights go out. Due to Covid, the winter/spring tour of 2020 had to be cancelled. This meant the band could focus their strength towards recording their debut album “Face The Madness” with Jacob Bredahl, in Dead Rat Studio.
"Face The Madness" will be released in digital, LP, and CD formats by Mighty Music on 13th August 2021.
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