Two essential contributions to the history of Norwegian Black Metal, both recorded in 1994, Forgotten Woods’ “As The Wolves Gather” & “Sjel Av Natten” will become part of the ATMF’s collectors editions on a very special format: Digipak CD, 24-page booklet with unreleased photos and an early-days retrospective by Rune Vedda, Forgotten Woods’ former member. Rune will further contribute to this edition with additional notes to every song, explaining the band’s musical approach and concept.
These classics will finally achieve the editions they deserve. Any version still printed and sold by No Colours has to be considered as unofficial, not formally agreed with the band, which doesn’t get any kind of royalties. Therefore, Forgotten Woods invite all the fans to not support No Colours’ unofficial represses.
“ATMF has provided a glorious haven for Forgotten Woods to reside in for many years and will continue to do so in the future. There is no interest in dealing with other labels.
Any releases put forth by other (thieving) labels are to be considered unofficial.” – Forgotten Woods, 2017.
Cult005 – Forgotten Woods – “As The Wolves Gather / Sjel Av Natten” will be released on May 5th. Pre-order available on March 13th via Bandcamp and Eshop
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This is not just an ordinary music video premiere! Ukraine based JINJER have decided to release the track “Pisces” off of their latest effort “King Of Everything” (2016, Napalm Records) in support of their upcoming tour as special live session video!
Read what the band has to say about the concept behind filming a new music video:
“I believe we had this idea to record a new version of “Pisces” when we first rehearsed the song with Vlad Ulasevich as a new drummer. His drumming makes the song sound really different. So we finally had some free time last winter, we went to Istok studio in Kiev, did a live recording and shooting, then added over some extra lines, like a few backing vocals and guitars, then Max from Morton Studio made this new magnificent version of mixing and here we are – Pisces video. I hope you will enjoy it!”
Their latest lyric video for the track “Captain Clock” has also been released just a little time ago.
Enjoy the stunning Groove Metal clip HERE.
“King Of Everything” is out now via Napalm Records! Get your copy HERE.
The Symphonic Death metal band Ghost of Mary have released a new video clip for the song “Nothing”.
The song is taken from the album “Oblivaeon” released via Revalve Records.
“Obliveaon” is available now on:
Selfmachine’s sophomore album “Societal Arcade” is finally out via Wormholedeath / The Orchard, Aural Music and Carlo Bellotti Publishing US.
The full-lenght has been recorded at Realsound Studios, Italy and mixed and mastered by Waldemar Sorychta and Dennis Koehne.
“Communion”, a song from the the Boston, Massachusetts-based technical metal act REVOCATION, will be featured in the upcoming “Power Rangers” movie. Fans in America can hear the track when the film is released in theaters on March 24.
“Communion” is taken from REVOCATION‘s latest album, “Great Is Our Sin”, which was released last July via Metal Blade.
Having delivered five killer albums boasting some of the most potent, technical and abrasive metal unleashed over the last decade, it would be easy for REVOCATION to sit back and rest upon their laurels. However, with their constant drive to push their sound ever forward and refusal to compromise their integrity, this could never be the case — and “Great Is Our Sin” is their most dynamic, boundary-pushing and weighty release to date.
When it came time for the follow up to 2014’s “Deathless”, the quartet had their work cut out for them, and their response to the challenge is a record that grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go. Never forcing anything, the songs that would comprise “Great Is Our Sin” came together organically, and while the members being spread all around North America would have been an impediment to some, REVOCATION drew strength from it.
Reuniting with producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL), who also helmed “Deathless” and 2012’s “Teratogenesis” EP, the record packs the requisite punch, yet retains the organic feel with which it was conceived. Known for their technical prowess, the band remained dedicated to upping the ante without ever losing sight of the importance of good songwriting.
While the songs come together to make for a cohesive record that is engaging from front to back, they are further united by the lyrical concept penned by Davidson. The title itself appropriated from Charles Darwin‘s quote: “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin”, Davidson went about building a theme that was not only fittingly expansive, but also had real resonance with regard to contemporary society. “The concept revolves around the folly of man throughout the ages,” he said. “Some themes come from historical references that are hundreds of years old, yet sadly these themes are still very relevant today due to mankind’s refusal to learn from the lessons history has taught us, time and time again.”
Regardless of the state of the world, nothing is going to slow REVOCATION down any time soon. Whilst the lineup has changed over the ten years the band has been in existence, Davidson‘s passion has never waned, and they are arguably sounding better than ever as they look toward the future. “We can’t wait to bring these songs out on the road and perform them for different audiences all over the world,” he said. “‘Great Is Our Sin’ is a new chapter for the band, and collectively we feel that it is our defining record to date.”
Next week, REVOCATION will play select shows in Canada, as well as appear in Rhode Island, before heading out on a full USA tour with MORBID ANGEL, SUFFOCATION and WITHERED in May/June.
VALLENFYRE, the U.K. death metal band featuring Gregor Mackintosh, songwriter and guitarist of PARADISE LOST, alongside Hamish Glencross, formerly of MY DYING BRIDE, will release its third album, “Fear Those Who Fear Him”, on June 2 via Century Media Records.
Recorded by the band’s new core lineup consisting of Mackintosh (vocals and guitar), Glencross (guitar and bass) and Waltteri Väyrynen (drums), “Fear Those Who Fear Him” was once again produced by Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, NAILS) at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts and mastered by Brad Boatright (OBITUARY, BEASTMILK, YOB) at Audiosiege Mastering in Portland, Oregon. The cover artwork was created by Hal Rotter.
Mackintosh comments: “Most bands refine their sound over the first two or three albums. Becoming more technically adept and honing their craft. VALLENFYRE have done almost exactly the opposite. We have devolved, made things simpler and crush most of the melody under swathes of rotting noise. From ‘A Fragile King’ to ‘Splinters’ and now to ‘Fear Those Who Fear Him’, we have become more savage, more raw and less compromising!”
“Fear Those Who Fear Him” will be released as gatefold LP+CD on limited colored and regular black 180-gram vinyl, as special edition digipak (international version), jewelcase CD (Canada, USA, Mexico only) and on all digital / streaming platforms.
Inspired by the likes of HELLHAMMER, CELTIC FROST, AUTOPSY, ANTISECT, DISCHARGE, NIHILIST, ENTOMBED, early NAPALM DEATH, early BATHORY and CONFLICT, VALLENFYRE have forged a trademark sound between rotting death metal driven by a chainsaw-like guitar sound, filthy doses of crust and early grind as well as crushing, depraved doom.
Onstage, VALLENFYRE performs as a quintet with live members Sam Kelly-Wallace (rhythm guitar) and Chris Casket (bass) completing the lineup.
“Fear Those Who Fear Him” track listing:
01. Born To Decay
04. An Apathetic Grave
06. Amongst The Filth
07. The Merciless Tide
08. Dead World Breathes
09. Soldier Of Christ
10. Cursed From The Womb
11. Kill All Your Masters
12. Temple Of Rats
Aarrrrrrrr, the one and only heavy metal pirates of ALESTORM are back, and they’ve brought with them their 5th full length album titled ‘No Grave But The Sea‘! Time to put on your eyepatch and let the rum flow freely for the unstoppable international party machine, as ALESTORM have finally announced first and hotly anticipated details on their brand new album!
‘No Grave But The Sea‘ will be released on May 26th 2017 on Napalm Records, now the band fronted by Captain Chris Bowes unveiled their upcoming album cover art as well as track listing.
Captain Christopher Bowes commented on the album:
“Oh wow! It’s a new Alestorm album! I hope all of you fellow humans & dogs like it; we think it’s pretty gosh darn ok! It’s also our first album to feature our grandiose guitarist Máté Bodor who brings his tasty & delicious solos and rifftacular riffing into the mix. This is the place in the press release where we would usually tell you this album is darker and heavier than our previous works, but that’s probably not true. It is, however, full of epic songs about pirates, drinking, and pseudoscientific cryptogeography. I’m sure y’all will enjoy those things just as much as we do.”
The track list of ‘ No Grave But The Sea ‘ will read as follows:
No Grave But The Sea
To the End of the World
Bar und Imbiss
Fucked with an Anchor
Man the Pumps
Rage of the Pentahook
No other band in the galaxy creates such epic modern symphonic folk metal anthems with endless hooks that will be stuck in your head until the heat death of the universe. Or in Alestorm’s own words…”Stupid songs about getting drunk and stealing treasure”. Twisted together with blistering harmonized guitar & keyboard solos, thunderous power metal majesty, and unrelenting modern metal riffing, ‘No Grave But The Sea’ is nothing less than the perfect soundtrack to the most epic battle of your life. “A pirate’s life is simple; we drink and steal and kill!” So raise up your tankard into the sky for this brand new treasure of pirate metal!
In support of ‘No Grave But The Sea’, ALESTORM will drop their anchor at the following live dates! More shows will be announced soon.
20.03.17 CA – Montreal, QC / Theatre Corona
21.03.17 CA – Quebec City, QC / Le Cercle
22.03.17 CA – Toronto, ON / The Opera House
23.-26.03.17 UK – Gwynedd / HammerFest
09.-11.06.17 UK – Castle Donington / Download Festival
16.-19.06.17 BE – Festivalpark Boeretang / Graspop Metal Meeting 2017
16.-19.06.17 FR – Clisson / Hellfest
16.-19.06.17 BE – Dessel / Graspop Metal Meeting
09.08.17 ES – Villena / Leyendas Del Rock
11.-12.08.17 AT – Graz / Metal On The Hill
Norwich prog metallers SynaptiK launched their second studio album “Justify & Reason”, for which they already received some great reviews. The band has been confirmed for this year’s edition of the Mammothfest which takes place in Brighton, England from October 6-8.
Along with the album release SynaptiK is also premiering a lyric video for the song “The Incredible Machine.”
Following a long radio silence, Finnish rock giants HIM have announced a farewell tour, closing the final chapter on their 26 year career. “After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you.” Says frontman Ville Valo. Tickets go on general sale 9am Wednesday 8th March.
Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen, HIM truly stand out as one of the rock world’s most unique acts. Beautifully blending metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and moving lyrics, HIM offered the world a new take on the metal genre, which became known as Love Metal (also the title of their fourth album).
Over the course of eight studio albums, HIM captured the hearts and minds of fans across the globe, drawn by their irresistible and inimitable style. Under the banner of their Heartagram logo – a potent symbol encapsulating the juxtaposition of the light and dark, the fierce and forlorn, and the evil and love found in their music – HIM filled venues and crashed charts the world over, collecting numerous awards, gracing countless magazine covers and becoming the first Finnish act to achieve Gold status in the USA.
Now, four years after the release of their last studio album ‘Tears On Tape’, HIM are saying farewell, taking in 14 countries across 35 shows for their final goodbye. “At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild.” Says bassist Mige. “Before this event of great transformation we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His Majesty’s service. It shall not be a weepfest but a celebration of love metal in all its lovecraftian glory! See you there!”
Catch HIM for the last time at one of the following shows.
WED 14/06 BARCELONA (SP) RAZZMATAZZ
THU 15/06 MADRID (SP) LA RIVIERA
FRI 16/06 SANTANDER (SP) SALA ESCENRIO
SAT 17/06 PORTO (PT) HARD CLUB
SAT 01/07 HELSINKI (F) TUSKA FESTIVAL
THU 13/07 TUURI (F) MILJOONAROCK
FRI 24/11 ST PETERSBURG (RU) DK LENSOVETA
SUN 26/11 MOSCOW (RU) CLUB STADIUM LIVE
TUE 28/11 WARSAW (PL) STODOLA
WED 29/11 HAMBURG (DE) DOCKS
FRI 01/12 BERLIN (DE) COLUMBIAHALLE
SAT 02/12 PRAGUE (CZ) FORUM KARLIN
MON 04/12 LEIPZIG (DE) HAUS AUENSEE
TUE 05/12 MUNCHEN (DE) TONHALLE
WED 06/12 ZURICH (CH) X-TRA
THU 07/12 MILAN (IT) ALCATRAZ
FRI 08/12 KOLN (DE) PALLADIUM
SAT 09/12 ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE (LUX) ROCKHAL
MON 11/12 AMSTERDAM (NL) PARADISO
TUE 12/12 TILBURG (NL) 013
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By Filipe Marta