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New Danko Jones single, "We're Crazy," available for streaming/download at all Digital Platforms.

New Danko Jones single, "We're Crazy," available for streaming/download at all Digital Platforms.

DANKO JONES Returns With New Single 'We're Crazy'

Canadian Hard Rock Trio Confirms U.S. Tour With Nashville Pussy; New Album Due Spring 2019

 

The acclaimed Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES – who have shared the stage with rock legends such as Guns N' Roses, Motörhead, Ozzy Osbourne and The Rolling Stones, and whose namesake front man contributed guest vocals on Volbeat's recent #1 Active Rock hit “Black Rose” – has released a new single, “We're Crazy.” The song, produced by GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro, Rise Against), can be streamed on Metal Injection, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other digital platforms.

 

“We're Crazy” marks the first taste of DANKO JONES' forthcoming, as-yet-untitled new album, which will be released in the spring via M-Theory Audio (U.S.), Rise Above (UK), Indica (Canada, AU, NZ) and AFM (rest of the world). The track  – which the group has performed live in recent months during appearances at major European festivals such as Summer Breeze and Copenhell – was recorded with Richardson earlier this year. The group is currently tracking additional material with the famed producer at The Farm Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

“We've got songs that are kicking my ass so hard, I can't wait to lay them down,” Jones said. “Whip out the Prep H, 'cause we're all out of bubble gum!”

 

DANKO JONES – who will tour Europe and the United Kingdom from Nov. 14 through Dec. 15 – has also confirmed their first tour of 2019, which will see the group headline throughout the Western United States with support from Nashville Pussy and Prima Donna. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 25. A complete list of the band's upcoming concerts appears below.

 

DANKO JONES' latest album, 2017's “Wild Cat,” cracked the sales charts in Canada and eight European territories, achieving the group's highest chart positions yet in Germany, France, Belgium and Switzerland. Upon its release, lead single “My Little RNR” became one of the fastest-streaming songs of the band's career and has since become a live staple.

 

Over the years, DANKO JONES has earned extensive praise for their visceral live shows and attitudinal, libidinous rock. The group's best-known material includes “Had Enough,” which earned the group their first gold and platinum singles in Sweden and has racked up more than 13 million Spotify streams; “Gonna Be A Fight Tonight,” which WWE used as the official theme song of the 2015 Royal Rumble; and “Lovercall,” their first of seven singles to crack the U.S. Active Rock Top 40.

 

DANKO JONES on tour:

 

UK

(with Sir Admiral Cloudesley Shovell)

14 Nov   Glasgow, UK – King Tut's

15 Nov   Manchester, UK – Ruby Lounge

16 Nov   London, UK – The Underworld

 

Europe

(with Prima Donna)

17 Nov   Eindhoven, NL – Helldorado Festival

18 Nov   Alkmaar, NL – Victorie

19 Nov   Deventer, NL – Burgerweeshuis

21 Nov   Antwerp, BE – Zappa

22 Nov   Hamburg, DE – Markthalle (SOLD OUT)

23 Nov   Erfurt, DE – Stadtgarten

24 Nov   Vienna, AT – Flex

26 Nov   Stuttgart, DE – Longhorn

27 Nov   Salzburg, AT – Rochouse

28 Nov   Zurich, CH – Dynamo

29 Nov   Milan, IT – Legend Club

30 Nov   Rome, IT – Orion Club

1 Dec      Pinarella di Cervia, IT – Rockplanet

4 Dec      Madrid, ES – Cool Club

5 Dec      Zaragoza, ES – Las Armas

6 Dec      Toulouse, FR – Connexxion Live

7 Dec      Solothurn, CH – Kofmel

8 Dec      Lindau, DE – Club Vaudeville

9 Dec      Munster, DE – Skaters Palace

11 Dec   Paris, FR – Forum

12 Dec   Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof

13 Dec   Saarbrucken, DE – Garage

14 Dec   Hannover, DE – Faust (SOLD OUT)

15 Dec   Copenhagen, DK - Pumpehuset

 

USA

(with Nashville Pussy and Prima Donna)

Feb. 6     Las Vegas, NV – Club172 (no Nashville Pussy)

Feb. 7     Phoenix, AZ – The Nile

Feb. 8     West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go

Feb. 9     Tustin, CA – Marty's On Newport

Feb. 10  San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park

Feb. 13  Long Beach, CA – Alex's Bar

Feb. 14  Ventura, CA – Discovery Ventura

Feb. 15  San Jose, CA – The Ritz

Feb. 16  San Francisco, CA – Slim's

Feb. 17  Sacramento, CA – Harlow's

Feb. 19  Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo House of Music

Feb. 20  Portland, OR – Dante's

Feb. 21  Seattle, WA – El Corazon

 

Tickets for all shows: www.dankojones.com

 

DANKO JONES is:
Danko Jones – guitar, vocals

John “J.C.” Calabrese – bass

Rich Knox – drums

 

For more information, please visit:

www.dankojones.com

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The third of a series of in-studio reports from Hiss From The Moat as we set-up the album for an early 2019 release on M-Theory Audio. This time focusing on Guitars.

"When James and I started to write this album, we didn't expect something like this," explains guitarist Jack Poli. "We are really proud of it, I think it starts to have more a 'personal' sound introducing some clean parts and ambient parts that I loved the most with some effects and more conscious about structures, not having the guitar as a showcase like most of the modern music do, but as an element to go somewhere all together."

The second of a series of in-studio reports from Hiss From The Moat as we set-up the album for an early 2019 release on M-Theory Audio. This time focusing on Bass.

"I'm pretty excited about this record. It's far from the many modern productions we're used to listen nowadays. It's going to make the difference and you'll hear it,” explains bass player Carlo Cremascoli. “We always thought that the bass guitar is one of those instrument that can be a huge part of the songs if used in a certain way, and we approached it more as a percussive instrument rather than a guitar.”

IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Unveils New Video, Confirms Tour With Exmortus

'Face-melting shred' specialists' debut full-length 'Age Of Revolution' due Sept. 28

 

IMMORTAL GUARDIAN – the Texas-based “super metal” quartet featuring acclaimed guitarist/keyboardist Gabriel Guardian and powerhouse vocalist Carlos Zema (ex-Outworld) – has premiered a music video for their new song, “Aeolian.” The clip, which includes footage of the group's high-energy live performances during their recent summer tour, can be seen at this location.

 

The lyrics of “Aeolian” describe the struggles of being an up-and-coming musician while remaining fully invested in that passion, something which Gabriel – who is currently filling in on guitar and keyboards for PowerGlove during their ongoing summer tour – has recently experienced firsthand. Soon after the group arrived in Portland, Oregon last weekend, he was rushed to a local hospital, where he had emergency appendicitis surgery. Not wanting to leave PowerGlove hanging, he returned to the stage the following night and hasn't missed a show since.

 

“Like the famous words of Freddie Mercury, the show must go on,” says Gabriel, whose tour with PowerGlove wraps up Sept. 4. “I'm now missing an organ, but at least I still have my keyboard.”

 

“Aeolian” – which is also now available for streaming on Apple Music, Spotify and other digital platforms – is featured prominently on IMMORTAL GUARDIAN's full-length debut, “Age of Revolution,” which will be released via M-Theory Audio on Sept. 28. Fans who pre-order digital copies of the album via Amazon, iTunes and Bandcamp will receive the song – as well as the previously released “Zephon” – as instant downloads. Physical copies of “Age of Revolution” are available for pre-order via the M-Theory Audio webshop.

 

IMMORTAL GUARDIAN will support the album's release by hitting the road once again with recent tour mates Exmortus, with Hatchet also appearing on select dates. A complete list of the group's upcoming tour dates appears below, with more shows to be confirmed in the near future.

 

Hailing from the same state as guitar greats Dimebag Darrell and Stevie Ray Vaughan, IMMORTAL GUARDIAN proudly fly the flag of musical innovation and virtuosity for the Lone Star State. Over the past few years, the group has released two acclaimed EPs, “Revolution Part I” (produced by Roy Z of Halford/Bruce Dickinson fame) and “Super Metal: Edition Z,” that showcased a full-frontal assault of anthemic melodies, technical rhythms, furious shred and high-flying vocals by Zema.

 

In support of their EPs, the group has made jaws drop on stages in not only their home state – where they've performed alongside some of the biggest names in metal, including Judas Priest, Dragonforce, Kamelot, Symphony X, Sonata Arctica, Slayer, Metal Church, Soilwork and Steve Vai – but also abroad in countries such as Brazil and Russia, and during high-profile performances at ESPN's X Games, South By Southwest and the Fun Fun Fun Fest.

 

In addition, Gabriel Guardian has developed an extensive following on YouTube, where his unique dual-instrument covers of classics by the likes of Iron Maiden, Pantera and Guns N' Roses have garnered hundreds of thousands of views. His virtuosity was also recently showcased on the MTV program “Amazingness” (watch a clip here).

 

IMMORTAL GUARDIAN live (w/ Exmortus):

9/18 Margate, FL - O'Malley's

9/19 Orlando, FL - The Haven

9/20 New Orleans, LA - Southport Hall

9/21 San Antonio – Fitzgerald’s

9/22 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey

9/23 Laredo, TX - Ethos Live*

9/24 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar and Grill*

9/25 Gallup, NM - Juggernaut Music*

9/26 Mesa, AZ - Club Red*

9/27 Flagstaff, AZ - Green Room*

9/28 Las Vegas, NV – Dive Bar*

*also with Hatchet

RISING SYMPHONIC METAL ACT GRAVESHADOW ANNOUNCES SEPT TOUR DATES

**ACCLAIMED CALIFORNIA GROUP TO SUPPORT FORMER NIGHTWISH VOCALIST TARJA TURUNEN IN MEXICO

Since the spring release of their sophomore album “Ambition's Price,” the Sacramento, California-based symphonic metal quintet GRAVESHADOW has toured the Western United States extensively, first with Sirenia and Threat Signal and then again earlier this summer on their first headlining tour. Today, the band announced their third leg of dates in support of the record, a 10-day trek in September that includes six Texas shows, their first-ever appearance in Denver and a performance in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico alongside former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen. Upon their return to Sacramento, GRAVESHADOW will then perform alongside the legendary Brazilian power metal act Angra. See below for the full itinerary.

 

Says guitarist Will Walker, “We are thrilled to announce that we will once again be returning to some of our favorite southwestern cities and heading to Colorado for the first time. What’s more, we cannot truly express how honored and excited we are to share the stage with such a prolific and talented singer as Tarja Turunen. This will be one for the books. Can’t wait to see you all out there!”

 

Upon its release last month, “Ambition's Price” – GRAVESHADOW's M-Theory Audio debut – appeared on Billboard's Top New Artists (Heatseekers), Current Hard Music and Top Independent Albums charts. The record, which sees the group deftly mix symphonic and gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash and epic progressive power metal, was mixed by Armand John Anthony (Night Demon, Gygax) and mastered by Colin Davis (Deeds of Flesh, Decrepit Birth). The cover was designed by Serbian fantasy artist Dusan Markovic (Jag Panzer, Mystic Prophecy).

 

GRAVESHADOW recently released a music video for the song “Warchief,” which serves as the closing chapter of their “Call Of The Frostwolves” trilogy. The clip, which was directed by Mike Sloat (Testament, Machine Head), can be seen at this location: https://youtu.be/EncKRuqKAuY.

 

GRAVESHADOW on tour:

9/14  Bisbee, AZ – The Quarry

9/15  Ciudad Juarez, MX – Teatro Paso del Nort (w/ Tarja)

9/16  San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald's

9/17  Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live

9/19  Houston, TX – Acadia

9/20  Dallas, TX – Braindead Brew

9/21  San Angelo, TX – The Deadhorse

9/22  El Paso, TX – RCBG Thunderbird

9/23  Denver, CO – Lion's Lair

9/28  Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver (w/ Angra)

CULTURAL WARFARE Unveil Title Track Of Forthcoming Album 'Warmageddon'

Bay Area thrashers' debut full-length due Sept. 14; group announces shows with Exmortus, Hatchet

 

The Oakland-based thrash quintet CULTURAL WARFARE has unveiled the title track of their debut full-length album, “Warmageddon,” due Sept. 14 via M-Theory Audio. A lyric video, created by LVMP, can be seen at this location, while the song is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms. In addition, fans who pre-order digital copies of “Warmageddon” via Amazon, iTunes and Bandcamp will receive the title track – as well as the previously released “Divided We Crawl” – as instant downloads. Physical copies are available for pre-order via the M-Theory Audio webshop.

 

Explains vocalist Jacques Serrano, “'Warmageddon' is loosely related to the song 'Future Kill' off our debut EP. It is a continuation of the demise of human religions, beliefs and overall way of life. Warmageddon is when the Blood Machines begin their brutal takeover of all humanity, erasing all symbols of the humans way of life. The world is being overwhelmed with technology and machines to where they treat the human race as cattle. Life as we knew it is over, and now humans must hide and hopefully prepare for a rebellion, but it is a time when it seems all that are left are the meek.”

 

CULTURAL WARFARE has announced several West Coast performances to celebrate the release of “Warmageddon,” including a pair of shows alongside Exmortus and Hatchet. A complete list of their upcoming shows appears below.

 

“Warmageddon” is the follow-up to the CULTURAL WARFARE's 2017 debut EP “Future Kill,” hailed by Metal Wani as “neck-breaking thrash.” Recorded at California's Trident Studios with producer Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Exodus) and mastered at Sweden's Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren (Sepultura, Kreator), “Warmageddon” is a “look into the future” where a “new world chaos” reigns supreme, according to the band. The album's artwork was designed by Brian Lewis (DevilDriver, Black Label Society).

 

Guitarist Billy Garoutte details the concept of “Warmageddon” further: “Decade after decade, humanity has been in constant battle. Now set in a post-apocalyptic time, there is a new form of humanity now known as the blood machines and the eye of the future that live off of what once was. The extinction of mankind has brought forth the Warmageddon and a new world order.”

 

CULTURAL WARFARE create music that stays true to the classic Bay Area while creating a modern twist in the music to create a melodic, yet aggressive sound. With all five members of the band having long-standing roots in the Bay Area dating back to the golden age of thrash metal, CULTURAL WARFARE understands the rich history and lineage of the classic bands that paved the way for the heavy bands of the modern age. With that said, the group has created a sound of their own while flying the flag for the legendary music that inspired them along the way.

 

Upon releasing “Future Kill” last year, the group performed throughout the Western United States alongside the likes of Warbringer, Apothesary, The Agonist, Hatriot and others. Whereas the EP found Kevin Doughty playing drums, “Warmageddon” sees him join Billy Garouette on guitar to make room for new percussionist Bones Padilla, a former tech for Biohazard.

 

The Bay Area has a legacy for great music throughout the decades, and the influence of the region’s thrash metal bands on the international scene is unparalleled. With their unique combination of traditional metal and aggressive, melodic thrash, CULTURAL WARFARE furthers the area's legacy and proves that thrash is undoubtedly alive and well.

 

CULTURAL WARFARE live:

8/18     Ukiah, CA – Redwood Metalfest

9/8       Toot's Tavern – Crockett, CA

9/29     Spancky's – Cotati, CA

9/30     Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA w/ Exmortus, Hatchet

10/1     The Riff Haus – Fullerton, CA w/ Exmortus, Hatchet

Pagan Metal Warriors HELSOTT: New Album 'Slaves And Gods' Due Oct. 12

Video For Title Track Unveiled; Summer Tour Kicks Off This Weekend

 

The California-based pagan metal quartet HELSOTT will release their second full-length album, “Slaves And Gods,” on Oct. 12. The follow-up to the group's M-Theory Audio debut, the acclaimed 2017 EP “The Healer,” sees the band continue to mix folk metal, death metal, symphonic metal, classical and rock to stirring effect, but this time around, they've recruited some notable allies to help fight the good fight. Some guests on the new album include Masha Scream (Arkona), Lazar (Arkona), Dr. Leif Kjonnsfleis (TrollfesT), Trollmannen (TrollfesT), Damna (Elvenking), Lethien (Elvenking) and Kevin Storm, who join vocalist Eric Dow, drummer Cooper Dustman and returning guitarist Mark Dow on 10 tracks of rollicking battle cries. A lyric video for the title track, designed by Rafael Ortega (Ayreon, Blackfinger, Subterranean Masquerade) can be seen at this location. The song can also be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music and other providers.

 

The cover art for “Slaves And Gods” was designed by Felipe Machado Franco (Iced Earth, Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire), who also contributed the cover for “The Healer.” The album was mixed and mastered by J-F Dagenais (Kataklysm, Misery Index, Despised Icon). Physical copies on CD and limited-edition blue/clear haze vinyl can be pre-ordered via the M-Theory Audio webshop, while digital pre-orders – which include an instant download of the title track – are now underway via Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.

 

Says Dow, “We are proud to present the first video and single for the self-titled track off of our new album 'Slaves and Gods.' The hard work that we put in on this record is immeasurable, and we feel like this track represents everything that we have worked for in the past eight-plus years. This song features Dr. Leif from TrollfesT on guitar and is an absolute crusher! Raf took Felipe Machado Franco's art and our song and created a very entertaining experience. Crank it up!”

 

 

 

“Slaves And Gods” track listing:

 

1. Slaves and Gods (feat. Dr. Leif Kjonnsfleis and Bjorn Friedrichsen)

2. The Coward's Curse (feat. Kevin Storm and Bjorn Friedrichsen)

3. Winter Smells Like Death (feat. Masha Scream, Lazar and Bjorn Friedrichsen)
4. Whiskey Breath (feat. Bjorn Friedrichsen)
5. Eye of the Past (feat. Damna, Dom Crey, Kevin Storm and Bjorn Friedrichsen)
6. Trollskald (feat. Trollmannen, Kevin Storm and Bjorn Friedrichsen)

7. Zep Tepi

8. Return Hyperborea

9. Honour Thy Valkyrie

10. Runnin' Down a Dream (Tom Petty cover feat. Lethien)

 

HELSOTT plans to perform “Slaves And Gods” live during their summer tour, which kicks off in Dallas, Texas. The group will be supported by labelmates Sicocis, as well as Malphas and Dark Visions of Terror on select dates. The complete itinerary appears below.

 

Since forming eight years ago, HELSOTT – whose name means “fatal illness” in Old Norse – has paid homage to pagan cultures and mythologies while keeping true to their American influences. The group's first caught the attention of audiences on a large scale during the 2013 Paganfest North American tour, where they performed with Ensiferum, Tyr and Trollfest. The group built further momentum the following year via their debut full-length, “Woven,” behind which they toured alongside Arkona and Heidevolk, and on subsequent tours with the likes of I Am Morbid, Necrophagia and Tengger Cavalry.

 

HELSOTT on tour:

 

8/11 Reno’s Chop Shop - Dallas, TX

8/12 Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX

8/13 Santos Bar – New Orleans, LA

8/14 Exit In – Nashville, TN

8/16 Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC

8/18 Maryland Folk Metal Festival – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

8/19 Lizard Lounge – Lancaster, PA

8/20 Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY

8/22 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

8/24 Pit Stop – Denver, CO

The first of a series of in-studio reports from Hiss From The Moat as we set-up the album for an early 2019 release on M-Theory Audio.

"Myself and the band are very happy and satisfied with this album. We worked hard on every step of its creation, from songwriting to production, recording, mix and master and we want to share some goodies and details of what we did with everyone with these videos,” states HISS FROM THE MOAT drummer James Payne.

"The drums haven't been quantized on this album, they're all natural as they've been played. We want people to hear a human being playing when they listen to the album, which is something very rare nowadays."

Acclaimed Extreme Progressive Metal Act INTO ETERNITY Signs With M-Theory Audio

Long-awaited sixth album 'The Sirens' due Oct. 26 on CD, LP and digital

The Canadian extreme progressive metal quintet INTO ETERNITY recently unveiled a new song, “The Fringes of Psychosis,” which marked the first official taste of their long-awaited sixth album “The Sirens.” Today, M-Theory Audio is proud to announce the group's signing, and that the record will be released on October 26. Physical pre-orders are available now at this location, while a digital pre-order (which includes an instant download of “The Fringes of Psychosis”) is underway on Bandcamp.

 

Originally, INTO ETERNITY intended to self-release “The Sirens” after a planned release through a European label fell through, but the group recently reconnected with M-Theory Audio president Marco Barbieri, who served as president of Century Media Records when the band released such acclaimed albums as “Buried In Oblivion” (2004) and “The Scattering Of Ashes” (2006).

 

“The Sirens” – which features guest appearances by former vocalist Stu Block (now in Iced Earth), Cam Dixon (ex-Annihilator) and Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth) – sees INTO ETERNITY firing on all cylinders, with Amanda Kiernan's fierce vocals and Tim Roth's trademark guitar heroics and vocal harmonies backed by longtime bassist Troy Bleich and newer recruits Bryan James Newbury (drums) and Matt Cuthberston (guitars, also of Untimely Demise). The album was co-produced, mixed and mastered by former guitarist Justin Bender, while longtime artist Mattias Noren (Evergrey, Epica, Kamelot) designed the cover and layout.

 

Says founding guitarist Tim Roth, “First of all, INTO ETERNITY would like to thank all of our fans for the support regarding this new album we're about to release. The original plan was to release it independently ourselves, but the plan has changed. We are pumped to announce that we are now releasing 'The Sirens' worldwide through M-Theory Audio! Thanks go out to Marco for reaching out to us and providing us a new deal that we simply could not refuse. INTO ETERNITY worked for years and years with Marco when he was president of Century Media, so for us this is a perfect fit for our band. Unfortunately, this does mean that we will be pushing back our release date until October, as our new label is going to need some time to manufacture and properly promote the release. Thanks again to everyone for the longtime support, and you'll all be hearing 'The Sirens' in the coming months!”

From 2005 to 2008, there wasn't a harder-working metal band on the planet than INTO ETERNITY, whose extreme progressive metal built on the pioneering work of such forward-thinking acts as Death, Cynic and Opeth. The group toured seemingly nonstop with the likes of Dream Theater, Symphony X, Dark Tranquillity, The Haunted, Kataklysm and Hate Eternal, and also joined the epic lineup of Megadeth, Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy and Overkill on the 2006 edition of Gigantour.

 

In 2008, the group released their fifth record, the concept album “The Incurable Tragedy,” and prepared for another busy touring cycle, which began with a vengeance on that year's Summer Slaughter Canada (where the band played alongside Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Veil of Maya, Whitechapel and others). From there, the group hit the road in support of Iced Earth, after which they planned to take a short break to recover from four years of road work.

 

Soon after Roth returned home to Regina, Saskatchewan, however, he became a first-time father, and it soon became clear that touring as aggressively wouldn't be possible. The group still performed periodically in subsequent months, even traveling to Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan in the spring of 2009, but as the band considered their next moves after the end of the “Incurable Tragedy” touring cycle, vocalist Stu Block was asked to join Iced Earth.

 

At first, he planned to perform double-duty, and in 2011, INTO ETERNITY recorded two digital singles featuring Block. It quickly became apparent, though, that Iced Earth's touring commitments would keep Block on the road indefinitely, so in 2012, Roth recruited the Edmonton-based singer Amanda Kiernan (also of The Order of Chaos) to become INTO ETERNITY's new vocalist. The group subsequently began demoing material for a new album, which they would record gradually over the next few years.

 

This weekend, INTO ETERNITY will join Fit For An Autopsy and Archspire as co-headliners of the Loud As Hell festival in Drumheller, Alberta. Additional tour dates are in the works.

CULTURAL WARFARE Prepare For Warmageddon

California thrashers' debut full-length due Sept. 14; 'Divided We Crawl' video streaming now

 

After first making waves with their 2017 debut EP Future Kill, hailed by Metal Wani as “neck-breaking thrash,” the Oakland-based CULTURAL WARFARE return with Warmageddon, their blistering full-length debut. A video for the album's first single, “Divided We Crawl,” (created by Rafael Ortega (Ayreon, The Absence)) can be seen at this location while the new album is available now for pre-order via the M-Theory Audio webshop -

 

“’Divided We Crawl’ captures the essence of where we are today as a society,” explains vocalist Jacques Serrano. “We are so divided and forgetting our history as well. In essence it tells the story of all this division and I hope it helps some open their eyes to make some changes in the world.”

 

Recorded at California's Trident Studios with producer Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Exodus) and mastered at Sweden's Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren (Sepultura, Kreator), Warmageddon is a “look into the future” where a “new world chaos” reigns supreme, according to the band.

 

CULTURAL WARFARE create music that stays true to the classic Bay Area sound of its time while creating a modern twist in the music to create a melodic, yet aggressive sound. With all five members of the band having long standing roots in the Bay Area back to the golden age of thrash metal, CULTURAL WARFARE understands the rich history and lineage of all the classic bands that paved the way for all heavy bands for the modern age. With that said, the band has created a sound of their own while flying the flag of music that inspired them along the way.

 

Upon releasing Future Kill last year, the group performed throughout the Western United States alongside the likes of Warbringer, Hatchet, Apothesary, The Agonist, Hatriot and others. Whereas the EP found Kevin Doughty playing drums, Warmageddon sees him join Billy Garouette on guitar to make room for new percussionist Bones Padilla, a former tech for Biohazard.

 

The Bay Area has a legacy for great music throughout the decades, and the influence of the region’s thrash metal bands on the international scene is unparalleled. With their unique combination of traditional metal and aggressive, melodic thrash, CULTURAL WARFARE furthers the area's legacy and proves that thrash is undoubtedly alive and well.

 

 

UK Blackened Death Metal Horde HECATE ENTHRONED Signs With M-Theory

Performing at MetalDays Festival July 23; London showcase performance Sept. 15

 

The North West, UK-based blackened death metal sextet HECATE ENTHRONED – whose “brutal epic scornful metal” has earned extensive acclaim over the past two decades – have signed a worldwide recording contract with the American label M-Theory Audio. The group plans to release a new album – their sixth full-length, and first in five years – in January. More information about the recording will be revealed in the coming months.

 

Originally co-founded in Wales by guitarist Nigel Dennan in the mid-1990s, HECATE ENTHRONED is dedicated to delivering their own brand of evil metal with little regard to politics or the trends of popular demand. The group's 1997 debut full-length, the Andy Sneap-produced “The Slaughter Of Innocence, A Requiem For The Mighty” (Blackend Records), was a seminal release in the then-burgeoning orchestral black metal movement. Since then, several full-lengths and EPs and numerous live performances have firmly established the band as one of extreme metal's most important voices, a sentiment that the group's forthcoming album will surely reinforce.

 

"It is with a great amount of pride that we announce this deal with M-Theory Audio,” says longtime bassist Dylan Hughes. “We feel M-Theory is the right label to take the band on to where we want to be, and we have total confidence in them to handle the new album as it deserves to be. Marco' s reputation and character is second to none, and we look forward to working and developing together. Along with Extreme Management Group, we have a great team behind us and can honestly say that this marks a new era for HECATE ENTHRONED. We would like to thank all our fans for their patience during these months of uncertainty around the new album but be assured – the wait will be worth it."

 

HECATE ENTHRONED will next perform live at the MetalDays festival in Slovenia on July 23 alongside the likes of Behemoth, Skeletonwitch and Carpathian Forest. The group has also announced a September 15 headlining show at London's Black Heart. Advance tickets are on sale now for just £8. Additional tour dates will be announced in the near future.

 

HECATE ENTHRONED live:

July 23             MetalDays Festival – Tolmin, Slovenia

Sept. 15           Black Heart – London, United Kingdom

DEVILSTAR Reveals Lineup For Their Second Single –

A Cover Of The Led Zeppelin Classic, “Dazed and Confused”

 

DevilStar, billed as the world's first interactive band, earlier this summer released their debut single -- a cover of the Judas Priest classic “Beyond The Realms Of Death”. Today producer/guitarist Paul Crook (Anthrax, Sebastian Bach, Meat Loaf) and executive producer John Madera reveal the DevilStar recording lineup for the all-star hard rock and heavy metal group’s sophomore outing, a cover of the Led Zeppelin classic “Dazed and Confused” (available July 27th on all digital streaming and download platforms).

 

“Dazed and Confused’s psychedelic-dark vibe really captured me as a young teenager,” explains Paul on his choice to cover the Zep classic. “That descending riff… it’s terrifying. Plant’s performance is mind-blowing. I always felt that the solo section was something out-of-this-world. I love how Bonham and Jones blast off. Page’s solo has everything - great hand tone, cool bends, killer note choice, controlled chaos. Recording this beast was no easy venture. I knew that going in. With the exception of shortening the psychedelic sections, I didn’t see any need to mess with the arrangement. It obviously stands the test of time. Zeppelin kept the tempo raised after the solo section. I thought it might be cool to drop it back down to the intro tempo to cause some uneasiness, tension. My only real goal, besides having fun, was to stay true to Page’s vision while giving the mix a contemporary fatness. I had to take a lot of things into consideration when putting together the band line-up. Each position needed to have world class technical ability mixed with a deep understanding of pocket/ dynamics/ tone. My guitar tones are a Nash Telecaster straight into a Fractal Axe FX (Marshall vibe). I couldn’t hear them any other way. Contemporary oversaturated tones (although beautiful) simply didn’t work here.”

 

Paul continues when discussing his choice of musicians to realize his vision, “I needed a bass player who would take things to another level of heavy…

 

Steve Di Giorgio (Testament, Death, Sadus) What can I say about this guy… He’s an innovator in the extreme metal genre. He is downright nasty. I think I laughed out loud hearing the first playback of his performance. He used his Rickenbacker. It’s exactly how I wanted to hear things. It’s somewhere in the Geddy Lee/Cliff Burton area. Combine that with his hand-tone. Beautiful…

 

John Miceli (Blue Oyster Cult, Rainbow) is a badass drummer. He and I have toured the world together with Meat Loaf. I love how he makes his entire drum kit ring. It sounds like one instrument. He hits with so much balance and has a true understanding of how to get his drums to light-up whatever room they are being recorded in. He is a master of his universe. John and I also worked together in the We Will Rock You! – the Las Vegas musical. I can still see Roger Taylor and Brian May gushing over John during the audition process. Brian calls on John for a lot of his music ventures these days.

 

Frank DiMino (Angel)… Frank “The Tank” is probably the biggest Robert Plant fan I know. I wish I had a video recording of the vocal session. He walked in and crushed the song in only a few takes. No song/lyric referencing… Zeppelin is part of his DNA. Frank has great vocal control. He knows where to place things in his voice to get an attractive tone. Frank and I first worked together in 2015 on his solo album Old Habits Die Hard. I handled the production duties. John Miceli played drums. Anyway, we’d see a lot of each other when I was living in Vegas. He makes a great marinara sauce.

 

Subsequent DevilStar single releases – which will be a mix of covers and original material – will feature other notable hard rock/metal names, with Crook handling production and mixing in addition to playing guitar. While several tracks have already been recorded for release in the coming months, fans are invited to email devilstarmusic@gmail.com to propose potential “dream team” lineups and/or suggest cover songs to tackle in the future.

 

Crook first rose to prominence as lead guitarist of thrash pioneers Anthrax in the mid-1990s, when he performed on and toured in support of the group's albums Stomp 442 and Volume 8: The Threat Is Real, the latter of which he also co-produced. In 1999, Crook began a five-year stint as lead guitarist for former Skid Row front man Sebastian Bach. In 2004, he was personally chosen and trained by Queen guitarist Brian May to handle his guitar parts for their musical production of We Will Rock You, which performed for a year on the Las Vegas strip at the Paris Casino Hotel. For the last 15 years, he has served as lead guitarist of Meat Loaf's Neverland Express. In that time, he has performed on four Meat Loaf studio albums and three live albums/DVDs, including Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose and Bat Out Of Hell: Live With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He also produced Meat Loaf's two most recent studio albums, Hell In A Handbasket and Braver Than We Are. Still, Crook – who over the years has also collaborated with artists ranging from Glenn Hughes to M.O.D. – remains a hard rock and heavy metal fan at heart, and DevilStar will now serve as a supercharged vehicle through which he'll exorcise his heavier musical demons.

Pagan Metal Warriors HELSOTT Announce Summer Headlining Tour

Group to headline fourth annual Maryland Folk Metal Festival

 

The California-based pagan metal quartet HELSOTT has announced a series of summer tour dates around their previously announced headlining appearance at the fourth-annual Maryland Folk Metal Festival, which takes place at Baltimore's Ottobar on August 18. The group will be joined on the tour by M-Theory Audio labelmates Sicocis, whose guitarist, Rafael Ortega, also plays in HELSOTT (along with returning guitarist Mark Dow) performing double-duty each night. A complete list of the group's upcoming shows – which will also include Malphas and Dark Visions of Terror – appears below.

 

The summer dates will mark HELSOTT's first tour with new bassist Doc “The Healer” Beaulieu, a longtime fan of the band (and a real-life doctor) who helped to make the group's 2017 EP “The Healer” a reality. As part of an Indiegogo campaign, the group offered a unique perk – a song written about the donor. Beaulieu took the band up on their offer and they subsequently became friends, and since then, he's joined them on tour as a crew member. Now, he'll be on the front lines.

 

Says HELSOTT vocalist Eric Dow, "We are excited to be getting back to the Southern, East Coast and Midwestern states that we have not played in a few years. Also, we will be headlining the Maryland Folk Metal Fest on this tour, so that is amazing for us. This will be our last run supporting 'The Healer' EP, and this time around, we will have The Healer himself playing bass for us. We will also have some surprises in the set list as we put The Healer behind us and look forward to our next full-length album due out later this year. We are stoked to be taking our label mates Sicocis out with us along with our friends in Malphas and Dark Visions of Terror. Come out and support the madness!"

HELSOTT recently finished recording their second full-length album, which will be released this fall. It will serve as the follow-up to “The Healer,” which the group supported with a European tour alongside I Am Morbid and Necrophagia, as well as numerous regional performances alongside the likes of Dark Tranquillity, SepticFlesh and Evergrey.

 

Since forming eight years ago, HELSOTT – whose name means “fatal illness” in Old Norse – has paid homage to pagan cultures and mythologies while keeping true to their American influences. The group's unique mix of folk metal, death metal, symphonic metal, thrash, classical and rock first caught the attention of audiences on a large scale during the 2013 Paganfest North American tour, where they performed with Ensiferum, Tyr and Trollfest. The group built further momentum the following year via their debut full-length, “Woven,” behind which they toured alongside Arkona and Heidevolk.

 

More information on HELSOTT's new album will be revealed in the coming weeks.


HELSOTT on tour:

 

8/11     Reno’s Chop Shop - Dallas, TX

8/12     Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX

8/13     Santos Bar – New Orleans, LA

8/14     Exit In – Nashville, TN

8/16     Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC

8/18     Maryland Folk Metal Festival – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

8/19     Lizard Lounge – Lancaster, PA

8/20     Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY

8/22     Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

8/24     Pit Stop – Denver, CO

… more dates to be announced

IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Unveils Video For First Single From Full-Length Debut

'Zephon' digital single streaming now across all platforms; 'super metal' group to perform live with Exmortus and Hatchet this weekend; new album 'Age of Revolution' due Sept. 28

 

The Texas-based “super metal” quartet IMMORTAL GUARDIAN – whose “face-melting shred” takes progressive power metal to the extreme – has released a digital single for their new song “Zephon,” the first taste of the group's forthcoming full-length debut. The track can be streamed now on all digital platforms, while a lyric video – which also includes live footage of guitarist/keyboardist Gabriel Guardian performing jaw-dropping solos on both instruments simultaneously – can be seen here

 

“Zephon” will be featured prominently on “Age of Revolution,” IMMORTAL GUARDIAN's debut album, which will be released via M-Theory Audio on Sept. 28. The artwork for the album, featured above, was created by the group's vocalist, Brazilian powerhouse Carlos Zema (ex-Outworld). The album can be pre-order now on Bandcamp and through the M-Theory Audio webshop, with additional digital pre-order options to follow in the coming weeks.

 

This weekend, IMMORTAL GUARDIAN kicks off a series of live dates alongside Exmortus and Hatchet. Additional information on those shows appears below.

 

Hailing from the same state as guitar greats Dimebag Darrell and Stevie Ray Vaughan, IMMORTAL GUARDIAN proudly fly the flag of musical innovation and virtuosity for the Lone Star State. Over the past few years, the group has released two acclaimed EPs, “Revolution Part I” (produced by Roy Z of Halford/Bruce Dickinson fame) and “Super Metal: Edition Z,” that showcased a full-frontal metal assault of anthemic melodies, technical rhythms, furious shred and high-flying vocals by Zema.

 

In support of their EPs, the group has made jaws drop on stages in not only their home state – where they've performed alongside some of the biggest names in metal, including Judas Priest, Dragonforce, Kamelot, Symphony X, Sonata Arctica, Slayer, Metal Church, Soilwork and Steve Vai – but also abroad in countries such as Brazil and Russia, and during high-profile performances at ESPN's X Games, South By Southwest and the Fun Fun Fun Fest. Live footage shot during the band's SXSW showcase last month can be viewed at this location - .

 

In addition, Gabriel Guardian has developed an extensive following on YouTube, where his unique dual-instrument covers of classics by the likes of Iron Maiden, Pantera and Guns N' Roses have garnered hundreds of thousands of views. His virtuosity was also recently showcased on the MTV program “Amazingness” (watch a clip here). This summer, Gabriel will tour North America extensively as a guest member of video game metal icons PowerGlove. The tour includes a stop at Austin's Come and Take It Live in August, where IMMORTAL GUARDIAN will also perform.

 

IMMORTAL GUARDIAN live:

July 1 – Tulsa, OK – The Shrine (w/ Exmortus, Hatchet)
July 2 – Fort Worth, TX – Rail Club (w/ Exmortus, Hatchet)
July 3 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live (w/ Exmortus, Hatchet)

August 7 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live (w/ PowerGlove)

 

Symphonic black metal horde EMPYREAN THRONE confirms tour dates with Carach Angren

Acclaimed full-length debut 'Chaosborne' out now

 

The Southern California-based symphonic black metal group EMPYREAN THRONE, hailed by Decibel as “one of U.S. black metal's most exciting up-and-coming bands,” will support Dutch occultists Carach Angren on the Western leg of their fall tour. Dates are listed below.

 

The performances mark EMPYREAN THRONE's first extensive run of dates since the group terrorized the West Coast with Wolf King last December. Since then, the band has continued to perform frequently in their native California, but the Carach Angren tour will reintroduce EMPYREAN THRONE to audiences in the Northwest and Southwest.

 

Says vocalist Andrew Knudsen, “We in EMPYREAN THRONE are beyond excited to have the opportunity to be a part of Carach Angren’s first U.S. headlining tour. Carach Angren has always delivered a unique and fresh take on the symphonic black metal genre, which has been both invigorating and inspiring to us musicians and artists. We are equally excited to be performing alongside Mors Principium Est and Wolfheart on the west coast leg of this October campaign. Both bands pull no punches and push the boundaries of extreme metal. We cannot wait to share our debut album 'Chaosborne' in company with this prestigious line up!”

 

EMPYREAN THRONE live with Carach Angren, Mors Principium Est, Wolfheart:

10/9     Seattle, WA – Club Sur

10/10   Portland, OR – Analog Theater

10/11   Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House

10/12   Los Angeles, CA – 1720

10/13   Santa Ana, CA – Malone's

10/14   Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar

10/15   San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

10/16   Mesa, AZ – Club Red

 

2017 saw the long-awaited release of EMPYREAN THRONE's debut full length record “Chaosborne”, produced by Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh, Motionless In White). With over an hour of music, “Chaosborne” is a titan of a record pushing the boundaries of modern extreme metal while lurching deeper into the infernal depths of Black Metal and higher unto the celestial domain of orchestral concert music, receiving praise from notable publications such as No Clean Singing, Metal Tranches, and Metal Injection. Amidst the albums eleven venomous tracks of sonic devastation, “Chaosborne” takes the listener on a journey following an idealistic Templar knight’s decent deep into the maw of the pan-dimensional realm of Chaos. While struggling to survive against the eldritch horrors of this Lovecraftian monarchy, the Templar faces punishment, loss, one’s darkest fears, and ultimately the Elder Gods themselves in an epic tale of self-discovery.  Order themselves.

 

Check out their promo videos for “Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam” (https://youtu.be/bDHVryD2u18) and “Haereticus Stellarum Part II” (https://youtu.be/38YNQ62O-34) to catch a glimpse of the band’s vision and identity.

 

EMPYREAN THRONE have been privileged to fly their banners on the live front alongside many esteemed acts in extreme music including Nile, Overkill, Kataklysm, Aborted, Shining, Carach Angren, Scour, and Cattle Decapitation, among others. All while carving out a sphere of influence from the sweat and grime of the road, with three regional US tours. Through these achievements and with the support of their ever-growing legion of disciples, EMPYREAN THRONE continues to spread their voice through their campaign of unharnessed Chaos.

Trans-continental black/death metal outfit HISS FROM THE MOAT

Signs With M-Theory Audio

Second full-length album planned for early 2019 release

 

HISS FROM THE MOAT – the Italian/US black/death metal band founded by acclaimed drummer James Payne (Vital Remains, Hour of Penance) – has signed with M-Theory Audio. The group is currently recording its second full-length album at Milan's SPVN Studio for a planned early 2019 release. Sound/studio engineer Stefano Orkid Santi, who previously worked as live engineer for bands such as Origin, Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, and produced the last Cripple Bastards album, is tracking all the instruments in his studio. 

 

US-based Payne formed HISS FROM THE MOAT with two Italian friends - bassist/vocalist Carlo Cremascoli and guitarist Giacomo Poli - when he was just 18 years old. In 2009, the group self-released their debut EP, "The Carved Flesh Message," which they supported by performing alongside the likes of Psycroptic, Skeletonwitch and The Black Dahlia Murder.

 

Four years later, HISS FROM THE MOAT released their debut full-length, “Misanthropy,” via Lacerated Enemy/Nuclear Blast. The band's intense use of both extremes of death and black metal produced an album that stood alongside the delivery of acts such as Behemoth and Belphegor.

 

Following the release of the album, HISS FROM THE MOAT embarked on an extensive tour across Russia, Europe and Asia, delivering an intense and visually engaging performance backed by the blackened intensity of the band's new material. During this period, drummer James Payne left the legendary death metal act Vital Remains – a group he joined following a two-year stint with Italian death metal powerhouse Hour of Penance – to focus full-time on HISS FROM THE MOAT, and the band extended from a three to four-piece act with the addition of Max Cirelli (guitar/vocals).

 

Over the past two years, the band has toured extensively worldwide while writing their sophomore album. Working between the U.S. and Italy, HISS FROM THE MOAT aim to unleash another sonic onslaught that captures the band’s range of death and black metal inspiration while creating a unique and intense presence in the world of extreme music.

 

"Last year, Andrew Knudsen from Empyrean Throne gave me a list of bands they would like to tour with, and HISS FROM THE MOAT's name was the only unknown to me. Unfamiliar with the band, I checked them out and quickly became a fan of their debut album 'Misanthropy,'" explains M-Theory Audio president Marco Barbieri. "Earlier this year, I was pleasantly surprised to find their manager Greg Shaw shopping the band. Immediately we expressed our interest in working together, and I feel fortunate we were able to work out a deal and begin our collaboration with this young and promising extreme band."

 

Adds Payne, "We are super-excited to sign a worldwide deal with M-Theory for the release of our new album! We've been looking for the right people to help us spread our music, and we're confident that working with a person like Marco, who has an extraordinary background with labels like Century Media and Metal Blade, will be the perfect fit for us. The album is almost ready, as we've tracked all the instruments and are working on the final steps towards mixing and mastering. We can't wait to share all the new material with everybody and start this path surrounded by all these amazing people that we're working with."

 

More information on HISS FROM THE MOAT's new album will be revealed in the coming months.

THE ABSENCE Confirms First Tour In Support Of Comeback Album 'A Gift For The Obsessed'

Melodic death heavyweights to support Exmortus this summer; new lyric video now streaming

 

Having returned with a vengeance from an eight-year hiatus via their acclaimed comeback album “A Gift For The Obsessed,” the Tampa, Florida-based melodic death metal powerhouse THE ABSENCE has announced its first tour in support of the record, which will see the group join forces with Exmortus and Hatchet for three weeks before headlining another week's worth of shows. A full list of the group's upcoming dates can be seen below.
 

Says vocalist Jamie Stewart, “We are beyond excited to hit the road with these great bands, and we are very much looking forward to unleashing our new songs live. It’s going to be sick!”


To celebrate their return to the road, the group has unveiled a new lyric video for their crushing song “Thought & Memory.” According to Stewart, the track was inspired by Norse mythology. “Odin has two ravens – Huginn and Muninn, which loosely translate to thought (or spirit, in some cases) and memory, respectively,” he says. “Each day, these ravens fly, soaring throughout the world, retrieving news from all over to keep Odin informed. It is said that he fears that the two ravens may never return, although he fears more for Muninn (memory/mind) than for Huginn (thought/spirit). There are various interpretations that can be taken – spiritual, magical, poetic – but what I did with the words thought and memory was to take them at their literal definition and apply them to an everyday existence. How can somebody truly use these to guide themselves in a positive direction? We have a million thoughts that run through our heads every single day, and we all have choices to make with them in mind. In these instances, one should uses the memories they have gained to separate what they think is right from what they know is wrong, no matter how hard that choice is. In reference to Odin fearing more the loss of memory over the loss of thought, one could see the possible detriment of a life devoid of memories.”

 

Check out the “Thought & Memory” video, created by Rafael Ortega (Ayreon, Helsott, Sicocis), at this location: https://youtu.be/5vYqZRmPxVQ

 

"A Gift for The Obsessed" – which includes includes a cover of Suicidal Tendencies’ “You Can’t Bring Me Down” featuring guest vocals by Bjorn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra) – is THE ABSENCE’s first release to feature their current lineup. Led by founding members Stewart (vocals) and Jeramie Kling (drums) along with longtime bass player Mike Leon (Soulfly, Havok, Arsis), the group now features the high-flying guitar work of Joey Concepcion (Jasta, Armageddon) and Taylor Nordberg (Soilwork, Ribspreader), who made their debut on the band's self-released digital single, "Septic Testament," in 2016.

 

Notably, three of the group's members have kept busy in recent months by touring with a number of high-profile acts – Leon with Soulfly, Kling with Venom Inc. and Concepcion with Sanctuary. Concepcion also appears on Dee Snider's new solo album, “For The Love Of Metal.”

 

THE ABSENCE came onto the scene in 2005 with their crushing, Erik Rutan-produced Metal Blade debut, “From Your Grave.” The album and its two follow-ups, 2007’s “Riders of the Plague” and 2010’s “Enemy Unbound,” showcased the perfect mixture of heart-wrenching melodies and skull-pounding aggression, truly making them one of the premiere bands of the melodic death metal scene. THE ABSENCE further ensconced their reputation via numerous tours supporting some of the biggest names in metal, including Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Goatwhore, Evergrey, Malevolent Creation, Kataklysm and Destruction.

 

THE ABSENCE on tour:

 

7/5       Tampa, FL – Crowbar *

7/6       Atlanta, GA – 529 Bar ^

7/7       Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero ^

7/8       Richmond, VA – Canal Club *

7/9       Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz *

7/10     Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus ^

7/11     Palladium – Worcester, MA ^

7/12     Quebec City, QC – Source de la Martiniere ^

7/13     Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar ^

7/15     Joliet, IL – The Forge %

7/16     Minneapolis, MN – Lee’s Liquor Lounge %

7/17     Kansas City, MO – Riot Room %

7/18     Denver, CO – Roxy Theater ^

7/19     Salt Lake City, UT – Club X ^

7/21     Boise, ID – The Shredder ^

7/22     Seattle, WA – Club SUR ^

7/23     Portland, OR – Twilight Cafe & Bar ^

7/24     Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House ^

7/25     Fullerton, CA – Slidebar #

7/26     Mesa, AZ – Club Red +

7/27     Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad +

7/28     El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar +

7/29     Dallas, TX – Reno's Chop Shop +

7/30     Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live +

7/31     Houston, TX – BFE Rock Club +

^ with Exmortus, Hatchet

* with Exmortus, Hatchet, Black Fast

% with Exmortus, Hatchet, Micawber

# with Thrown Into Exile, Goregang

 

DEMON LUNG unveils new lyric video for cover of DANZIG's "How The Gods Kill"

Expanded reissue of group's debut EP Pareidolia out now digitally and on limited-edition vinyl

 

The Las Vegas-based doom metal quartet DEMON LUNG - who Pitchfork says “harken back to the arching lurch of classic Candlemass and the distortion-caked tones of Electric Wizard” – have released a lyric video for their haunting and powerful rendition of the Danzig classic “How The Gods Kill.” The clip can be seen at this location - https://youtu.be/0yjBK7eDSm8

 

“Those early Danzig albums are obviously a major influence on us. 'How the Gods Kill' has a certain evilness to it that always set it apart, and we tried our best to do it justice,” explains drummer Jeremy Brenton.. “We spent a lot of time recording the song because it means so much and we wanted to pay tribute respectfully. Hopefully everyone can hear the love that we put into it!”


“How The Gods Kill” appears on the recently-released expanded vinyl and digital reissues of DEMON LUNG's 2012 debut EP, Pareidolia. Initially released as a four-track CD, Pareidolia now features an additional three songs on top of the Danzig cover – the original song “Pray For Rain,” which dates back to the original Pareidolia recording sessions, as well as covers of Wounded Giant's “The Road To Middian” and Twisted Sister's “Captain Howdy.”

The limited-edition vinyl edition (only 300 copies) of Pareidolia is available in green-and-black marbled wax and includes a color lyric sheet and a download card. It can be ordered at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store.

 

DEMON LUNG have built quite a reputation for themselves via two critically acclaimed albums on Candlelight Records and live appearances all over the West Coast with bands like Candlemass, Crowbar, Venom Inc., High On Fire, Eyehategod, Today Is the Day, Saint Vitus, Pentagram and more. The group recently performed alongside Royal Thunder and will next support The Atlas Moth and Mustard Gas and Roses in their Las Vegas hometown on June 7th at The Beauty Bar.

 

“If DEMON LUNG were any heavier, any more smothering, the Earth would open and swallow you whole.” – Metal Insider

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Traditional Heavy Metal Quintet BLADE KILLER Finishes Recording Debut Album 'High Risk'

Mixed/mastered by Olof Wikstrand; group readies for upcoming festival performances

The Los Angeles-based BLADE KILLER – whose NWOBHM-inspired anthems and energetic live performances have earned the group a strong following in Southern California – have finished recording their debut full-length, “High Risk,” with Allen Falcon again at Birdcage Studios (Exmortus, Naked Aggression) and due out later this year via M-Theory Audio.

 

“Although the album had taken us longer than expected, it has definitely been a learning experience for all of us. We had to re-record it a few times actually, as we wouldn’t release something for you that we weren’t happy with and couldn’t stand behind 100%,” explains bassist Kelsey Olivia. “Initially, lineup changes with our drummer really caused issues with the recording timeline, but we managed to figure things out, get through it and moved forward with our new band mate Peter Lemieux (Widow, Walpyrgus). We faced a number of roadblocks while recording this album, I will not go into detail about all of them haha, but let’s just say we’ll be doing things much differently for the second album.”

 

“There’s a lot I took away from this experience, and although it’s easy to dwell on the issues we faced, I choose to only see the good among all this. It’s brought us closer as a band, and with that being said, I’m extremely proud of what we’re about to release. I had worried so much for so long about getting this album released, and after a while I just learned to allow things to happen the way they were supposed to. Instead of fighting the process I learned to work with it and see the opportunities that came our way because of it.”

 

The album is currently being mixed by Enforcer vocalist/guitarist Olaf Wikstrand (Tribulation, Cauldron), who will also handle mastering duties. Says bassist Kelsey Wilson, “It made sense to have Olaf handle the mixing because he clearly understands the sound and feel of what we’re going for, seeing that he comes from a heavy metal background. It’s been so easy working with him, and we’re eager and excited to hear the first mixes of the songs.”

 

BLADE KILLER will premiere material from “High Risk” live at two high-profile festival appearances in the coming weeks – Muskelrock (Sweden), the group's first-ever European performance, and the Los Angeles Strikefest, where the band will share the stage with the likes of Nasty Savage, Exciter and Morbid Saint.

 

“Muskelrock is right around the corner, and we’re thrilled to be a part of this year's fest, especially since it’s their 10-year anniversary,” Wilson says. “For me personally I’ve always wanted to play this fest in particular since it still has such a genuine underground feel. It’s a great opportunity for BLADE KILLER's live debut in Europe. We play Friday evening and we’ve added a few new songs from the upcoming album 'High Risk,' plus some limited-edition merch will be available only for this exclusive show.”

 

In recent months, BLADE KILLER has performed alongside such groups as Eternal Champion, Sumerlands, Thor, Evil Dead, BAT, Exmortus, Hell Fire, Grim Reaper, Voltax and Spell. The group will announce additional live appearances surrounding the release of “High Risk” in the months ahead; stay tuned for additional details.


BLADE KILLER live

6/1       Alvesta, Sweden – Muskelrock Festival

6/22     Los Angeles, CA – Strikefest @ The Regent

DEVILSTAR Unveils Teaser Video For Debut Single

Featuring Former Members Of Judas Priest

Interactive all-star collective led by guitarist/producer Paul Crook readies June 1 release

 

The all-star hard rock and heavy metal group DevilStar, which founding producer/guitarist Paul Crook (Anthrax, Meat Loaf, Sebastian Bach) and executive producer John Madera describe as the world's first interactive band, have posted a teaser video of the group's debut single – a cover of the Judas Priest classic “Beyond The Realms Of Death.” The clip can be seen at this location: https://youtu.be/Wj-iouKmuh0

 

Due out digitally June 1 on all streaming/download platforms, “Beyond The Realms Of Death” was covered to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Stained Class, the legendary album on which the song originally appeared. In addition to Crook, DevilStar's rendition of the song features performances by three former members of Judas Priest – vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens, longtime guitarist K.K. Downing and drummer Les Binks, who co-wrote the track with Rob Halford – as well as bassist Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning).

According to Crook, the idea of covering “Beyond The Realms Of Death” originated from a shared love of Judas Priest between himself, Madera and Vera. “I was speaking with Joey about the thought of DevilStar reaching out to Binks,” he recalls. “He was in before I could even finish the sentence.”

 

From there, Crook and Binks willed the project to fruition. “It took some time to get this song together.” Crook says. “I live in New Jersey. Les and K.K. both live in the UK. Ripper is in Ohio, and Joey is in L.A. Les was the key, as he kept us all 'talking.'”

 

Recording commenced in October, Crook remembers. “I did some simple due diligence to figure out a working key center and tempo,” he says. “I then recorded all the rhythm guitars and Glenn’s solo parts and fired the project over to Les. I remember calling John when I received Les’ files – 'We have Binks and he is playing great!'”

 

The next steps were to add bass, vocals and Downing's solo. “I dropped a stereo drum mix into the project and fired it to Joey,” Crook says. “He sent back two huge sounding tracks with beautiful bass tones. Receiving the isolated solo from K.K. was also very exciting for me. Thinking about it now, my arm hairs are standing. Then Ripper’s files arrived – wow! He really put in the time and sent me several tracks to work with. I comped his vocal then carefully mixed the song.”

 

Crook believes that DevilStar did the song justice. “I feel confident that all fans of metal and hard rock are going to love this 40th anniversary rendition of 'Beyond The Realms Of Death,'” he says. “We all put in the love, making sure Priest fans wouldn't be disappointed. K.K. was very vocal about this point. He had final say on the mix. I can't wait for everyone to hear it.”

“Beyond The Realms Of Death” will be followed by subsequent DevilStar single releases in the coming months, which will be a mix of covers and original material that feature other notable hard rock/metal names, with Crook handling production and mixing in addition to playing guitar. While several tracks have already been recorded for release, fans are invited to email devilstarmusic@gmail.com to propose potential “dream team” lineups and/or suggest cover songs to tackle in the future.

 

Crook first rose to prominence as lead guitarist of thrash pioneers Anthrax in the mid-1990s, when he performed on and toured in support of the group's albums Stomp 442 and Volume 8: The Threat Is Real, the latter of which he also co-produced. In 1999, Crook began a five-year stint as lead guitarist for former Skid Row front man Sebastian Bach.

 

For the last 15 years, he has served as lead guitarist of Meat Loaf's Neverland Express and also produced the iconic vocalist's two most recent studio albums. Still, Crook – who over the years has also collaborated with artists ranging from Glenn Hughes to M.O.D. – remains a hard rock and heavy metal fan at heart, and he founded DevilStar to serve as a supercharged vehicle through which he'll exorcise his heavier musical demons.

Progressive Power Metallers NOVAREIGN Unveil Lyric Video For Epic "The Builder"

California-based group confirms summer tour dates

 

After building a strong local following in the Los Angeles area with powerful live shows that feature stunning musicianship, the progressive power metal quintet NOVAREIGN – whose new album, Legends, has been praised as “a bombastic mix of epic metal” (BraveWords) and “an instrumental fireworks show” (Metal Bandcamp) – will hit the road this summer for a West Coast tour with the power/thrash group Railgun. In addition, the band will also perform at select shows alongside Angra, Powerglove and label mates Graveshadow in the coming months. All of the group's currently confirmed tour dates are listed below.

 

NOVAREIGN guitarist Danny Nobel says that the band is looking forward to hitting the road. “We are ecstatic to embark on this quest with the boys in Railgun,” he says. “The guys have been great friends of ours for quite some time, and they're talented young cats who are really fun to be around. We also felt that our sounds complement one another well, so it seemed only fitting to have them join us on this tour. It's sure to be a killer time with more shred than any mere mortal can ever handle!”

 

In recent months, NOVAREIGN has performed throughout Southern California alongside the likes of Michael Schenker Fest, Act of Defiance, Exmortus, White Wizzard, Bonded By Blood and Holy Grail. Still, while guitarist Balmore Lemus has toured previously with other acts (including Dire Peril, who recently supported Sirenia), the shows with Railgun mark the band's first official tour. “To be honest, NOVAREIGN as a whole are virgins to the road,” Nobel says. “You always want to start at home, so a West Coast tour seemed like the perfect way to get the party started. After we get our feet wet on our own turf, we'll traverse the States to a farther extent and beyond! No territory is safe!”

 

To celebrate their upcoming tour, NOVAREIGN has unveiled a lyric video, created by Scott Rudd (Opeth, Fallujah), for the Legends track “The Builder,” which can be seen at this location - https://youtu.be/tttm8ivYUFY. Says Nobel, "'The Builder' is a song that paints a color of its own in relation to the rest of the album, as it's the only mid-tempo song. It tells the story of a being – be he fictitious or of practiced belief – who is the creator of all things, physical and abstract alike. The creator of time, space and the cosmic ocean herself. The sculptor of fortunes, if you will. A being of this caliber would most appropriately be the subject of some form of worship, and the song celebrates the existence of a figure like that. Though it's not a sermon or anything, it's kind of cool to talk about all-powerful beings like that. I'd say some comic book elements were a huge influence to the lyrical theme. It's a fun song to play, and hopefully, a fun song to sing along to.”

 

Influenced by bands ranging from Iron Maiden and Dream Theater to Dragonforce and Angra, NOVAREIGN personifies a new generation of progressive power metal, with adventurous, virtuosity-laced musical tales influenced by epic fantasy tales, comic books and video games. After steadily and surely building a buzz with energetic live shows filled with nonstop shredding guitar interplay and powerful traditional metal vocals, the group released their debut album, Legends, in February.

 

 

NOVAREIGN live

6/28     San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick w/ Exmortus

6/29     The Rainbow – Hollywood, CA w/ Macrocosm

7/18     Hollywood, CA – Viper Room w/ Graveshadow

 

(all tour dates below with Railgun, more dates to be added)

8/4       Tempe, AZ – Yucca Tap Room

8/6       Boise, ID – The Shredder

8/7       Seattle, WA – The Highline

8/8       Vancouver, BC – Pub 340

8/9       Portland, OR – High Water Mark

8/10     Sacramento, CA – The Blue Lamp

8/12     Hollywood, CA – Viper Room

 

8/17     Santa Ana, CA – Malone's w/ Powerglove

9/30     San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick w/ Angra

10/2     Las Vegas, NV – Dive Bar w/ Angra

Check out this short teaser of the upcoming DEVILSTAR digital single celebrating 40 years of Judas Priest's "Beyond the Realms of Death" featuring former Priest members - KK Downing, Tim "Ripper" Owens and Les Binks.

Pagan Metal Warriors HELSOTT Announce New Members; New Album This Fall

 

The Southern California-based pagan metal group HELSOTT has begun recording their second full-length album, which will be released this fall. It will serve as the follow-up to the band's M-Theory Audio debut, last year's acclaimed “The Healer” EP, which the group supported with a European tour alongside I Am Morbid and Necrophagia, and numerous regional performances alongside the likes of Dark Tranquillity, SepticFlesh and Evergrey.


HELSOTT's new album will feature two new members, as joining vocalist Eric Dow and drummer Cooper Dustman are guitarist Mark Dow, who appeared on the group's 2014 full-length debut “Woven,” and bassist Doc “The Healer” Beaulieu, a longtime fan of the band who helped to make “The Healer” EP a reality.

 

Says Dustman, “We are stoked to have Mark back in the band, as he is the original songwriter of many HELSOTT tunes and will continue helping us progress as writers. As for Doc, this is a cool story – he started as a crowd-funder in 2014, and we found out that he is a real doctor in Newberry, Michigan. We then wrote the song 'The Healer' for him as part of the crowdfunding perk, which ended up being the title track of our last EP. From there, he toured with us as crew and we became great friends. Now he is joining the band as our bass player. Don't knock crowdfunding to me!"

 

Vocalist Dow notes that the group's new album cranks up the volume on their pagan-influenced brand of melodic death. “I think it is going to be a very strong album, as it has all of the old HELSOTT elements that fans have come to expect, but we also tread a heavier and darker path on this new adventure,” he says. “This album is definitely going to represent Pagan Metal from around the world!"

 

More information on HELSOTT's new album will be revealed in the coming months. In other band news, the group recently signed with European management company/booking agency The Flaming Arts. "We are thrilled to be working with The Flaming Arts,” says Eric Dow. “They booked us for our first European tour, so it just feels natural to continue working together. I feel like this partnership will bring forth great things for the band.”

Adds TFA's Jon Knight, "We are pleased to announce pagan metallers HELSOTT to our roster today. We are planning a number of American tours and their second run in Europe at the moment, so stay tuned for more updates!"

 

HELSOTT will perform two-high profile shows in San Diego in the coming weeks – a gig alongside former Paganfest tour mates Tyr on May 21, and another with Insomnium on June 7. The group has also been confirmed as the headliner of the fourth-annual Maryland Folk Metal Fest on August 18. At these shows, the band will be joined by guitarist Rafael Ortega of M-Theory Audio label mates Sicocis.

 

Since forming eight years ago, HELSOTT – whose name means “fatal illness” in Old Norse – has paid homage to pagan cultures and mythologies while keeping true to their American influences. The group's unique mix of folk metal, death metal, symphonic metal, thrash, classical and rock first caught the attention of audiences on a large scale during the 2013 Paganfest North American tour, where they performed with Ensiferum, Tyr and Trollfest. The group built further momentum the following year via their debut full-length, “Woven,” behind which they toured alongside Arkona and Heidevolk.

 

HELSOTT live dates

5/21     San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick w/ Tyr, Orphaned Land

6/7       San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick w/ Insomnium, Oceans of Slumber

8/18     Baltimore, MD – Maryland Folk Metal Fest IV

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Symphonic Metal Powerhouse GRAVESHADOW Announces Summer Headlining Tour

Acclaimed new album 'Ambition's Price' out now!

 

On the heels of their recent West Coast tour dates with Sirenia and Threat Signal and the successful launch of their acclaimed sophomore album Ambition's Price, the California-based symphonic metal quintet GRAVESHADOW has announced their inaugural headlining tour. The two-week summer trek will kick off in Reno, Nevada on July 13 and wrap up in the group's hometown of Sacramento on July 27. The full itinerary is listed below.

 

Says vocalist Heather Michele, “We are very excited to finally be going on our first headlining tour! We're looking forward to playing longer sets and visiting all our wonderful friends and fans that we've had the pleasure of meeting in the past. Get ready, West Coast – we're coming for you!”

 

Upon its release last month, Ambition's Price – GRAVESHADOW's M-Theory Audio debut – appeared on Billboard's Top New Artists (Heatseekers), Current Hard Music and Top Independent Albums charts. The album, which sees the group deftly mix symphonic and gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash and epic progressive power metal, was mixed by Armand John Anthony (Night Demon, Gygax) and mastered by Colin Davis (Deeds of Flesh, Decrepit Birth). The cover was designed by Serbian fantasy artist Dusan Markovic (Jag Panzer, Mystic Prophecy).

 

GRAVESHADOW recently released a music video for the song “Warchief,” which serves as the closing chapter of their “Call Of The Frostwolves” trilogy. The clip, which was directed by Mike Sloat (Testament, Machine Head), can be seen HERE.

 

GRAVESHADOW on tour:

7/13     Reno, NV – Shea's Tavern

7/14     Las Vegas, NV – Dive Bar

7/15     Tempe, AZ – Yucca Tap Room

7/17     San Diego, CA – The Merrow

7/18     Hollywood, CA – Viper Room (with Novareign)

7/19     San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room

7/20     Medford, OR – Bamboo Room

7/21     Bend, OR – Third Street Pub

7/22     Boise, ID – The Shredder

7/24     Vancouver, BC – Astoria

7/25     Seattle, WA – Studio Seven

7/26     Portland, OR – Dante's

7/27     Sacramento, CA – Blue Lamp

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'Face-Melting Shred' Quartet IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Signs With M-Theory Audio

Debut Full-Length Album Due Late Summer

 

The Texas-based “super metal” quartet IMMORTAL GUARDIAN – whose founding member, Gabriel Guardian, has earned extensive notoriety for his ability to shred on guitar and keyboard simultaneously – has signed with M-Theory Audio.

 

Hailing from the same state as guitar greats Dimebag Darrell and Stevie Ray Vaughan, IMMORTAL GUARDIAN proudly fly the flag of musical innovation and virtuosity for the Lone Star State. Over the past few years, the group has released two acclaimed EPs, Revolution Part I (produced by Roy Z of Halford/Bruce Dickinson fame) and Super Metal: Edition Z, that showcased a full-frontal metal assault of anthemic melodies, technical rhythms, furious shred and high-flying vocals by Brazilian singer Carlos Zema (Outworld).

 

In support of their EPs, the group has made jaws drop on stages in not only their home state – where they've performed alongside some of the biggest names in metal, including Judas Priest, Dragonforce, Kamelot, Symphony X, Sonata Arctica, Slayer, Metal Church, Soilwork and Steve Vai – but also abroad in countries such as Brazil and Russia, and during high-profile performances at ESPN's X Games, South By Southwest and the Fun Fun Fun Fest. Live footage shot during the band's SXSW showcase last month can be viewed at this location.

 

In addition, Gabriel Guardian has developed an extensive following on YouTube, where his unique dual-instrument covers of classics by the likes of Iron Maiden, Pantera and Guns N' Roses have garnered hundreds of thousands of views. His virtuosity was also recently showcased on the MTV program “Amazingness” (watch a clip here). This summer, Gabriel will tour North America extensively as a guest member of video game metal icons Powerglove. The tour includes a stop at Austin's Come and Take It Live in August, where IMMORTAL GUARDIAN will also perform.

 

“At NAMM a couple years back, I met Gabriel and his manager Brett through the Exmortus and Havok guys. I was immediately caught off-guard by someone who could shred on two instruments at once and have eyed IMMORTAL GUARDIAN ever since,” explains label founder Marco Barbieri. “With M-Theory Audio in place and the band finalizing a new record the time is now and I’m pleased to make the announcement and work with such gifted musicians and join their creative team to spread the word.”

 

“I’m very happy to announce IMMORTAL GUARDIAN's signing with M-Theory Audio and the start of our next epic chapter,” Gabriel says. “Marco Barbieri and his team have been accumulating a serious roster, and with a track record like his, we are definitely honored to be joining the family. Looking forward to all the good times ahead!”

 

More information on the new IMMORTAL GUARDIAN album will be revealed in the coming months.

 

For more info:

www.ImmortalGuardian.net

www.GabrielGuardian.com

https://www.facebook.com/igmetal

https://www.facebook.com/gabrielguardianmusic

 

Trad-Metal Heroes WHITE WIZZARD Unveil Video For Eight-Minute Epic 'Chasing Dragons'

European Summer Tour Dates Confirmed; Acclaimed New Album 'Infernal Overdrive' Out Now

 

The Los Angeles-based WHITE WIZZARD, who have proudly flown the flag of traditional heavy metal for the past decade, have unveiled a music video for their eight-minute epic “Chasing Dragons.” The clip, which premiered yesterday via Loudwire, can be seen on YouTube at this location - https://youtu.be/Xh8vMEYqCeg

“Chasing Dragons” comes from WHITE WIZZARD's fourth album (and M-Theory Audio debut), Infernal Overdrive, which Loudwire recently named one of the “Best Metal Albums Of 2018 So Far.” Produced by Ralph Patlan (Megadeth, UFO), the record saw the return of original guitarist James J. LaRue and the group's most celebrated vocalist, Wyatt “Screaming Demon” Anderson.

Says founding bassist Jon Leon, “The new album has deeper themes lyrically, so this video is not as humorous as the videos from the past that we are known for. The title of the song is a play on words on how we all chase that first high we feel in life with love, drugs, art or anything, and how even though it destroys us, we keep coming back for more. The video is a bit avant-garde and relies on visuals to tell a story but leaves a lot to the imagination. This song is the favorite among all of us from the new album, so we are hoping it gets a more focused listen having the video accompanying it. We all think it shows a strong maturity in Ralph Patlan's production work, in Wyatt's vocals, in my songwriting and rhythm guitar/bass playing and in James' lead work. I feel we took a quantum leap here and the song is original and deep, so we're very proud of this one.

“We financed the latest album recording on our own with support from the fans and we again want to say thank you to all of them,” he continues. “I also want to thank the video director and co-visionary, Mr. Israel Perez, for doing this for practically nothing for a band with very little budget. Without him, this would not have even been possible. These days in this industry, you need artists that are willing to help other artists, and for that I am very grateful. Check out his other work and support him.

“No matter what happens in the future with WHITE WIZZARD, I am thrilled we did this album and am very pleased of the work everyone put in. This song and video are the culmination of a couple years of work and dreaming – chasing those dragons – and even though this band has kicked my ass so many times, I keep coming back for more because I'm just too in love with music to ever give up. Cheers and thanks to the fans and musicians that have been with the band for years of memories both good and bad. It's been a hell of a run, but I'm happy I got to experience it. 'Buy the ticket, take the ride' – that's the only way to live your life. I moved to L.A. living in a car and then a rehearsal space with nothing but guitars and a dream. I've taken it this far so I can't complain, and I'm still standing. We did what we set out to do, regardless of how popular it gets.”

In other WHITE WIZZARD news, the group has confirmed two European summer tour dates – an August 18 headlining show at London's Underworld, and a performance the following week at Munich's Trveheim Festival, where the group will share the stage with the likes of Satan, Praying Mantis and Witchfynde.

WHITE WIZZARD are recognized as one of the first bands to bring back classic/traditional heavy metal when they released High Speed GTO in 2009, which Metal Hammer referred to as a “fun blast of NWOBHM-centric metal.” Since then, the band has released four full-length albums and toured across the U.S., Europe and Japan. The group recently completed a West Coast tour but are anxious to return to the stage in support of their new album of timeless heavy metal.

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Guitarist Paul Crook Launches All-Star Interactive Band DEVILSTAR;

First Single Unites Former Members Of Judas Priest

 

Producer/guitarist Paul Crook (Anthrax, Sebastian Bach, Meat Loaf) and executive producer John Madera have announced the formation of DevilStar, an all-star hard rock and heavy metal group billed as the world's first interactive band. The first release under the DevilStar moniker will be a cover of the Judas Priest classic “Beyond The Realms Of Death,” which will be available on streaming and digital platforms on June 1.

 

DevilStar's rendition of “Beyond The Realms Of Death” will feature performances by three Priest alumni – guitarist K.K. Downing, vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens and drummer Les Binks – in addition to Crook and bassist Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning). The song, which marks Downing's first collaboration with Binks (who co-wrote the song with Rob Halford) since 1979, was chosen to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the group's iconic album Stained Class.

 

Subsequent DevilStar single releases – which will be a mix of covers and original material – will feature other notable hard rock/metal names, with Crook handling production and mixing in addition to playing guitar. While several tracks have already been recorded for release in the coming months, fans are invited to email devilstarmusic@gmail.com to propose potential “dream team” lineups and/or suggest cover songs to tackle in the future.

Crook first rose to prominence as lead guitarist of thrash pioneers Anthrax in the mid-1990s, when he performed on and toured in support of the group's albums Stomp 442 and Volume 8: The Threat Is Real, the latter of which he also co-produced. In 1999, Crook began a five-year stint as lead guitarist for former Skid Row front man Sebastian Bach. In 2004, he was personally chosen and trained by Queen guitarist Brian May to handle his guitar parts for their musical production of We Will Rock You, which performed for a year on the Las Vegas strip at the Paris Casino Hotel. For the last 15 years, he has served as lead guitarist of Meat Loaf's Neverland Express. In that time, he has performed on four Meat Loaf studio albums and three live albums/DVDs, including Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose and Bat Out Of Hell: Live With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He also produced Meat Loaf's two most recent studio albums, Hell In A Handbasket and Braver Than We Are.

 

Still, Crook – who over the years has also collaborated with artists ranging from Glenn Hughes to M.O.D. – remains a hard rock and heavy metal fan at heart, and DevilStar will now serve as a supercharged vehicle through which he'll exorcise his heavier musical demons.

 

“John and I are proud to partner our DevilStar brand with M-Theory Audio and Marco Barbieri,” Crook says. “There is no one better suited to help us share our passion for heavy metal with the world than Marco.”

“I’ve heard the magnificent cover of ‘Beyond the Realms of Death’ and I’m excited by the possibilities teaming up with DevilStar,” concludes label president Marco Barbieri. “Paul has tremendous talents and experience and John is quite the ambitious visionary, and together we’re going to have a lot of fun bringing you some great collaborations and future recordings.”

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Symphonic Metal Quintet GRAVESHADOW Unveils Music Video For New Song 'Warchief'

New Album 'Ambition's Price' Out Tomorrow; West Coast Tour With Sirenia Underway

 

Having previously teased the release of their M-Theory Audio debut “Ambition's Price” via the well-received “Widow And The Raven” and “Doorway To Heaven,” the Sacramento, California-based GRAVESHADOW has now unveiled a music video, directed by Mike Sloat (Testament, Machine Head, Lynyrd Skynyrd), for the song “Warchief.” The clip, which debuted yesterday via MetalInjection.net, can be seen at this location: https://youtu.be/EncKRuqKAuY

 

Says guitarist Will Walker, “A song of pain, sacrifice and revenge, 'Warchief' is perhaps my favorite track off of the new record. The melodies and the raw emotion of this song made it an easy choice for a video. I hope you all enjoy the song just as much as we enjoyed making it!”

 

“Ambition's Price” will be released tomorrow (April 13), the same day that GRAVESHADOW – who last night performed alongside Exmortus and labelmates Novareign in Fullerton, California – joins Sirenia and Threat Signal for a series of shows along the west coast. From there, the band will play twice in their hometown on April 21 – an acoustic, in-store performance at Dimple Records (Arden Way location), followed by a full, electric record-release show later that night at The Boardwalk.

 

On “Ambition's Price” – the follow-up to the group's 2015 debut, “Nocturnal Resurrection” (Mausoleum Records) – GRAVESHADOW deftly mixes symphonic and gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash and epic progressive power metal. The album, which features stunning cover art by Serbian fantasy graphic designer Dusan Markovic (Jag Panzer, Seven Kingdoms, Mystic Prophecy), was produced and mixed by Armand John Anthony (Night Demon, The Fucking Wrath, Gygax), and mastered by Colin Davis at Imperial Mastering (Deeds of Flesh, Decrepit Birth, Origin).

 

“Ambition’s Price” features powerful vocals by Heather Michele that range from operatic highs to unearthly growls backed by crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, and earth-shattering drums creating a rich and dynamic atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. Whether it is a tale of personal struggle or of fantastical creatures, the listener is sure to find themselves immersed in a world apart.

 

Having previously toured with the likes of Arkona, Anvil, Night Demon and Unleash The Archers, GRAVESHADOW is poised and ready to leave a lasting impact within the metal community. With an electrifying stage show and a sound as large as the Dragons of Westeros, they are as talented as they are unforgettable.

 

GRAVESHADOW on tour with Sirenia and Threat Signal (except *):

4/13 Club Red – Mesa, AZ

4/14 The Hub – Colton, CA

4/15 Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA

4/16 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland OR

4/17 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

4/18 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

4/21 Dimple Records (Arden Way location) – Sacramento, CA* (1 p.m. in-store acoustic performance)

4/21 The Boardwalk - Sacramento, CA*

Symphonic metal group GRAVESHADOW unveils new song from M-Theory Audio debut

Group announces tour dates with Sirenia, confirms Record Store Day in-store acoustic performance

The Sacramento-based quintet GRAVESHADOW – who deftly mix symphonic/gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash and epic progressive power metal – have released a riveting new track from their forthcoming M-Theory Audio debut, Ambition's Price, due out April 13. The song “Doorway To Heaven” can be heard at this location: https://youtu.be/2Ea3AS9H-yQ

Says vocalist Heather Michele, “When the music for the song was completed, it brought to me feelings of adventure and mysticism. I was reminded of the film 'Stargate' from the '90s and based the lyrics off of that. The odd yet compelling combination of ancient Egyptian imagery with a sci-fi twist has been a favorite of mine for years. It was only a matter of time before we included this tale in our catalog.”

“Doorway To Heaven” – which is also now available digitally for stream or download at iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and other platforms – marks the second advance taste of Ambition's Price. Last month, the group released a lyric video for the new song “Widow and the Raven,” which can be seen at this location - https://youtu.be/sjGsEINzJys A music video for a third song was filmed last week and will premiere closer to the album's release.

GRAVESHADOW will perform the new songs live next month when they hit the road for a string of West Coast dates with the Norwegian gothic metal act Sirenia and Canada’s Threat Signal. The group, who just played a successful show in their native Sacramento alongside Iced Earth, has also announced a hometown acoustic performance at Dimple Records (Arden Way location) on Record Store Day, April 21. A local record-release show will take place later that night at The Boardwalk.

Ambition's Price is available now for pre-order via the M-Theory Audio webshop (www.m-theoryaudio.com/store). The stunning and detailed cover art was created by Serbian fantasy graphic designer Dusan Markovic (Jag Panzer, Seven Kingdoms, Mystic Prophecy), while the album was produced and mixed by Armand John Anthony (Night Demon, The Fucking Wrath, Gygax), and mastered by Colin Davis at Imperial Mastering (Deeds of Flesh, Decrepit Birth, Origin).

“The album title and artwork were directly inspired by events that occurred within GRAVESHADOW over the past few years,” explains the band. “With all the incredible experiences that have come with the evolution of our musical family, a great deal of sacrifice has been given by every member of the band in the pursuit of our dreams. Though the price of our ambition still weighs heavy in our hearts, we are proud of what we have accomplished with this album and are excited by what the future may hold.”

“Ambition’s Price” – the follow-up to the group's 2015 debut, Nocturnal Resurrection – features Michele’s powerful vocals that range from operatic highs to unearthly growls backed by crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, and earth-shattering drums creating a rich and dynamic atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. Whether it is a tale of personal struggle or of fantastical creatures, the listener is sure to find themselves immersed in a world apart.

Having previously toured with the likes of Arkona, Anvil, Night Demon and Unleash The Archers, GRAVESHADOW is poised and ready to leave a lasting impact within the metal community. With an electrifying stage show and a sound as large as the Dragons of Westeros, they are as talented as they are unforgettable.

GRAVESHADOW on tour with Sirenia and Threat Signal (except *):

3/17 The X-Bar – Cupertino, CA w/ Vox Vocis*

4/13 Club Red – Mesa, AZ

4/14 TBA – Los Angeles, CA

4/15 Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA

4/16 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland OR

4/17 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

4/18 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

4/21 Dimple Records (Arden Way location) – Sacramento, CA* (in-store acoustic performance)

4/21 The Boardwalk – Sacramento, CA*

THE ABSENCE release new music video for “Misery Trophies” from new album

‘A Gift For The Obsessed’ due March 23

The Florida-based melodic death metal quintet THE ABSENCE have unveiled a music video for a new song called “Misery Trophies.” The clip, which premiered yesterday via Decibel Magazine, can now be viewed on YouTube at this location: https://youtu.be/fkZ3aT42vzE

The single, which is also available for download and stream via digital platforms, comes from their highly anticipated new album, A Gift for The Obsessed, out March 23rd on M-Theory Audio

“Misery Trophies” marks THE ABSENCE's second music video release leading up to the launch of A Gift For The Obsessed. In January, the group posted a clip for the album's title track, which can be viewed at this location - https://youtu.be/AdHUryDMcHs

“’Misery Trophies’ is about the toxic people that we all have in our lives,” explains singer Jamie Stewart. “The people who cannot wait to be the bearers of bad news - individuals so devoid of joy themselves, that they revel in the delivery of misery to others.”

The video was directed and shot by Deidra Kling and Jeramie Kling, and edited by Tommy Jones (Slayer, Testament) at VideoHammer.

A Gift for The Obsessed is THE ABSENCE’s first full-length in eight years, but the band members have been keeping themselves busy in their off-time, especially as of late touring with a number of high-profile acts. Bassist Mike Leon is currently touring with Soulfly as the group performs Nailbomb's “Point Blank,” and will hit the road with the band again in April and May as they tour with Nile. Jeramie Kling, meanwhile, is drumming for Venom Inc. during their current European tour with Suffocation. Finally, guitarist Joey Concepcion is guesting with Sanctuary as the group tours North America with Iced Earth. This is all in addition to resumes that include names such as Soilwork, Havok, Arsis, Armageddon, Jasta, Necromancing the Stone, Ribspreader, Gus G and others highlighting the fact that the players in THE ABSENCE are go-to guys for first-rate musicians and excellent live performers.

A Gift for The Obsessed by produced by Jeramie Kling and Taylor Nordberg at Smoke & Mirrors Studios in Tampa, FL, mixed by David Castillo at Sweden’s Ghost Ward Studio (Katatonia, Opeth) and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson at The Panic Room (Watain, Scar Symmetry), while the cover was created by Russian artist Stray Child.

A Gift for the Obsessed will be released on CD, Digital and limited-edition vinyl (500 copies) with an alternate track sequence on red/black haze colored vinyl, a heavyweight 24-pt. jacket, a color lyric sheet and a download card. Pre-orders are available at this location www.m-theoryaudio.com/store

Helsinki Hellraisers SANTA CRUZ Kick Off American Tour, Unveil Lyric Video For New Single

'Fire Running Through Our Veins' Hits Rock Radio;

Exclusive Blood Red Vinyl Tour Edition

of New Album 'Bad Blood Rising' Available At Band's Merch Booth

Hard rock fans, rejoice – SANTA CRUZ, one of Finland's most raucous gangs of youth gone wild, have returned to America. The quartet kicked off their first U.S. tour in support of their acclaimed new album Bad Blood Rising last week in Houston, when they performed the first of two dozen shows alongside Fozzy, Through Fire and Dark Sky Choir. The tour continues today (March 7) in Tucson, Arizona before hitting the famed Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood this weekend. From there, the groups will head toward the Pacific Northwest before SANTA CRUZ plays a handful of headline dates prior to the tour's second leg, which begins in Milwaukee on March 27. All currently confirmed dates are listed below. (Additional dates to be announced shortly; check the band's Facebook for updates.)

To celebrate their triumphant return to the States, SANTA CRUZ has unveiled a lyric video for their new single, “Fire Running Through Our Veins.” The track is impacting active rock radio now, so fans who want to hear the Helsinki hellraisers on the airwaves in their home markets are welcome to call their local stations and request the track. The lyric video – edited by Rafael Ortega (Blackfinger, Ayreon, Sicosis) – can be seen at this location - https://youtu.be/ZEXQ-oS7OCQ
“Fire Running Through Our Veins” is one of 11 blasts of pure f**king adrenaline that appear on Bad Blood Rising, which Rolling Stone called “debaucherous and flamboyant.” The mustard-yellow initial vinyl pressing of the album has sold out, but an exclusive blood-red second pressing – limited to only 200 copies – can be purchased directly from the band during their American tour.

SANTA CRUZ is a Scandinavian modern hard rock band inspired initially by the likes of Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses who previously released two well-received albums on Spinefarm Records, where they took their energetic hard rock sound and combined it with elements of modern rock, punk and metal, put it in their own special blender, then iced the mix a healthy dash of bad attitude. Bad Blood Rising, the band's M-Theory Audio debut, is out now digitally and on CD and limited-edition colored vinyl. A music video for the album's anthemic opening track, “Young Blood Rising,” can be seen here - https://youtu.be/7TWkmy5ELJc

SANTA CRUZ on tour with Fozzy, Through Fire, Dark Sky Choir (except where noted):

3/7 Tucson, AZ – Club X's

3/8 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater

3/9 San Diego, CA – House of Blues

3/10 Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go-Go

3/11 Las Vegas, NV – Count's Vamp'd

3/13 San Francisco, CA – Slim's

3/15 Portland, OR – Dante's

3/16 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven

3/17 Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center (headline show)

3/20 Billings, MT – Pub Station (headline show)

3/23 Fargo, ND – Sidestreet Bar (headline show)

3/27 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Ballroom

3/28 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

3/29 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection

3/30 Detroit, MI – Shelter

3/31 Dayton, OH – Oddbody's

4/2 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

4/3 Pittsburgh, PA – Jergel's

4/4 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall

4/5 New York, NY – Gramercy

4/6 Philadelphia, PA – Foundry

4/7 Portland, ME – Aura

4/8 Hampton Beach, NH – Wally’s Pub

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GRAVESHADOW release first single/video and debut cover art from their forthcoming album

The Sacramento-based quintet GRAVESHADOW – who deftly mixes symphonic/gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash and epic progressive power metal – unveil the first taste of their new album via the lyric video for the song, “Widow and the Raven” https://youtu.be/sjGsEINzJys The band describes the track as “a song of self-reflection and the struggle to begin anew.” The song is also available digitally for stream or download at iTunes, Spotify and other platforms.

“Widow and the Raven” comes from the group’s sophomore album, Ambition’s Price, which will be released April 13, 2018 on the GRAVESHADOW’s new label M-Theory Audio. The stunning and detailed cover art for Ambition’s Price was created by Serbian fantasy graphic designer Dusan Markovic (Jag Panzer, Seven Kingdoms, Mystic Prophecy). Pre-order the CD at the label’s site at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store

“The album title and artwork were directly inspired by events that occurred within Graveshadow over the past few years,” explains the band. “With all the incredible experiences that have come with the evolution of our musical family, a great deal of sacrifice has been given by every member of the band in the pursuit of our dreams. Though the price of our ambition still weighs heavy in our hearts, we are proud of what we have accomplished with this album and are excited by what the future may hold.”

Ambition’s Price features Heather Michele’s powerful vocals that range from operatic highs to unearthly growls backed by crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, and earth-shattering drums creating a rich and dynamic atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. Whether it is a tale of personal struggle or of fantastical creatures, the listener is sure to find themselves immersed in a world apart. The new album was produced and mixed by Armand John Anthony (Night Demon, The Fucking Wrath, Gygax), and mastered by Colin Davis at Imperial Mastering (Deeds of Flesh, Decrepit Birth, Origin) and is the follow-up to the group’s Mausoleum Records’ debut, Nocturnal Resurrection, from 2015. Since its release, GRAVESHADOW have toured with the likes of Arkona, Sirenia, Anvil, Night Demon and Unleash the Archers steadily building a following and reputation.

Touring will commence in April as the band supports Norway’s Sirenia and Canada’s Threat Signal on a run of west coast shows. Watch for more specifics soon.

GRAVESHADOW is poised and ready to leave a lasting impact within the metal community. With an electrifying stage show and a sound as large as the Dragons of Westeros, they are as talented as they are unforgettable.

Bay Area Metal band CULTURAL WARFARE issues update

regarding lineup and new recording

“It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce Bones Padilla as the new drummer for CULTURAL WARFARE. We held private auditions several months ago and were very lucky to have some stellar drummers tryout for our band. Bones came in fully prepared and determined for his audition and just nailed it. His skills, pro attitude, and personality just seemed to fit with all of us right from the get-go. Bones is originally from NYC and was the former drum tech for Biohazard and toured with such heavyweight bands as Pantera, Slayer and Korn. We have been working together for a months now making absolutely sure, on both sides, that this is a fit. From the four of us, Jacques [Serrano – vocals], Billy [Garoutte – guitars], Pete [Aguilar – bass], and Kevin [Doughty – drums], we could not be happier to welcome our new brother Bones Padilla into our band and brotherhood! Welcome aboard!

With all that said, why the new drummer if we already have one in the band you ask? Well, as some of you may know, we have been working on finding that right guy to complement Billy as the second guitarist in CULTURAL WARFARE for quite some time. For whatever reason, it has not been an easy task... so after searching with no luck we decided that maybe we were looking in the wrong place. Billy and Kevin have been the primary songwriters in the band since its inception and have always had a great joy and love in playing and writing the tunes on guitar together. Kevin’s first love and instrument has always been guitar so Billy approached the band with the idea of Kevin making the switch and the band as a whole was fully on board with it. With that said, we would also like to announce Kevin Doughty's switch from drum duties to CW's 2nd guitarist. We all feel that this lineup now is the true lineup we have been seeking for quite some time and we could not be more ecstatic for what’s to come!

Well, now that we have our band’s lineup exactly where we want it we are finally announcing that we will be entering Trident Studio in Martinez, California on March 31st to start recording CULTURAL WARFARE’s first full-length. Producer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Exodus) will once again be at the helm. The band is extremely excited to work with Juan again as we thoroughly enjoyed our first experience with him while recording the Future Kill EP in 2016. We had a great response from it, and hope to follow up with new tunes we have poured our hearts and souls into. It will once again be released on M-Theory Audio with larger distribution this time and tours/shows to follow! Thank you to all who have supported and have been patient with us. The band is very much looking forward to 2018 and beyond. \mm/”

“I 'm ecstatic about the future of this band,” states singer Jacques Serrano. “Bones Padilla has taken the drum duties and made it his own while keeping the foundation heavy and tight. Kevin switching to guitar has solidified the sound we have all been striving for and I believe the fans are in for a surprise hearing the guitar team we now have. All of this will be heard on our new CD which has the CULTURAL WARFARE classic sound but encompasses all OUR styles in the most mature growth I personally have ever seen. Let the War Begin!”

The Bay Area has a legacy for great music throughout the decades and the influence the region’s thrash metal bands played on the international scene is an unparalleled story. Well thrash metal is alive and well, as Cultural Warfare continues the area's legacy. But more than homage Cultural Warfare are a unique combination of traditional metal and aggressive, melodic thrash metal topped by the powerful and respected vocals of Jacques Serrano (Taunted). The group released their Future Kill EP in January 2017 on M-Theory Audio, the first release from the re-launched label. Produced by Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Testament, Exodus), mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Fates Warning, Faith No More) and featuring cover art by Brian Lewis (DevilDriver, Black Label Society), the 5-song EP showcases a promising young band's abilities and is currently on sale at the label’s webshop for only $3 this month www.m-theoryaudio.com/store

Links to previously released lyric videos from the debut, Future Kill EP

“Future Kill” - https://youtu.be/wRk_jTeQGB8

“Defy the Blade” - https://youtu.be/OZDaSVdTiFg

NOVAREIGN, the new generation of Progressive Power Metal, premiere “Heavy Heart” from their forthcoming debut, Legends, out Feb. 16th

 

Influenced by bands like Iron Maiden and Dream Theater to Dragonforce and Angra, NOVAREIGN are the next generation of Progressive Power Metal telling stories in musical literature speaking to a generation influenced by epic fantasy tales, comic books and video games. Having made a reputation for themselves through energy-abounding live shows filled with nonstop shredding guitar interplay and powerful traditional metal vocals NOVAREIGN will debut their album on Feb. 16th via M-Theory Audio. Legends is an hour-plus of over-the-top, shred-tastic epic, yet melodic, power and progressive metal. Take a listen to the next sample from the album, the new single “Heavy Heart” https://youtu.be/zoZCUaPAdOY

"’Heavy Heart’ is the collaborative of [former Exmortus guitarist] Balmore Lemus and [vocalist] David Marquez. While Lemus had stored the guitar melodies in his back pocket for years, lyrics composed by Marquez spawned the appropriate time for the song to make its outing into the world,” explains guitarist Danny Nobel. “It is no secret that the number of people who suffer from depression, anxiety, or anger is running rampant. It’s a heartbreaking topic that caught the eye of David, who felt that it was too important to be ignored, and deserved to be addressed. The lyrics remind anyone who suffers that they can always rise above the pain, to remember that they are not alone, and there is always a choice.”

In addition, to the audio stream of “Heavy Heart”, please check out the band’s personal, short and insightful videos for each song, including first two singles “Heavy Heart” https://youtu.be/FR2UCDA_Gx8 and “Beyond the Cold” https://youtu.be/qDPuIy9ZAHA. The full mini-documentary will be released the week of release.

Legends will be released on CD and digitally and is available for pre-order from the label’s webshop at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store, as well as Amazon or Bandcamp.

“There is something that can't help but to fascinate me with tracks like ‘Heavy Heart’ with their high powered guitarmonies. There is a level of compositional excellence here that hearkens back not just to Shrapnel Records but also the work of neoclassical composers like Paganini. Of course, within this all there is a great sense of fun, padded out by fantasy inspired lyrics and all sorts of tasty little flourishes that only serve to make Legends one of the most addictive power metal records I've heard in a long time.” – Two Guys Metal Reviews

“Nothing short of supremely impressive… [they] appear to have all the ingredients to carry the torch for years to come.” – Metal Assault

UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS:


2/9 PBW – Pomona, CA with Witchaven, Macrocosm & Nyctophile

2/17 DiPiazza’s – Long Beach, CA (headlining record release show)

3/2 The Slidebar – Fullerton, CA with Act of Defiance & Shattered Sun

Check out this short, insightful clip of the NOVAREIGN guys talking about the first single, "Beyond the Cold", from their forthcoming album, Legends, out Feb. 16th on M-Theory Audio

Who's ready for the next sample from this superb album from the phenomenal musicians in NOVAREIGN... coming soon, as well as more clips talking about the material.

THE ABSENCE unveil music video for title track from new album

‘A Gift For The Obsessed’ due March 23; cover art revealed

The Tampa-based melodic death metal band THE ABSENCE will release "A Gift for The Obsessed,” their first album in eight years, through M-Theory Audio on March 23. A music video for the album’s blistering title track, which premiered yesterday via MetalSucks, can be viewed at this location https://youtu.be/AdHUryDMcHs The song is also available for streaming and purchase on all digital platforms.

Says vocalist Jamie Stewart, "‘A Gift for the Obsessed’ embodies many of the dynamics that THE ABSENCE stand for as a whole: melody, brutality, speed, dexterity, cadence, etc. -- a truly comprehensive and cohesive listening experience indeed! The title of the album/song refers to that very moment when any artist or creator makes something to the integral point of satisfaction -- when your craft meets your obsession in furious culmination, and you are finally able to take a step back, if only for just a moment, completely fulfilled by the fruits of your artistic labor. It‘s one of the most maddening yet needed satisfactions in life -- exorcism through creation."

"A Gift for The Obsessed" is THE ABSENCE’s first full-length since 2010's acclaimed "Enemy Unbound" (Metal Blade Records), and is the first to feature their current lineup. Led by founding members Stewart and Jeramie Kling (drums) along with longtime bass player Mike Leon (Soulfly, Havok, Arsis), the group now features the high-flying guitar work of Joey Concepcion (Jasta, Armageddon) and Taylor Nordberg (Soilwork, Ribspreader), who made their debut on the band's self-released digital single, "Septic Testament," in 2016. 

“Septic Testament” is one of 10 tracks on the band's new album, the LP edition of which will feature red/black haze colored vinyl, a heavyweight 24-pt. jacket, a color lyric sheet and a download card. The record also includes a cover of Suicidal Tendencies’ “You Can’t Bring Me Down” that features guest vocals by Bjorn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra). Pre-orders are available at this location www.m-theoryaudio.com/store

“A Gift for The Obsessed” was mixed by David Castillo at Sweden’s Ghost Ward Studio (Katatonia, Opeth) and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson at The Panic Room (Watain, Scar Symmetry), while the cover was created by Russian artist Stray Child.

On the new album and the making of the music video, Leon said, "The album turned out even more killer than we could have expected. The video shoot for ‘A Gift For The Obsessed’ was a blast as well. We shot it at Bay Stage Live here in Tampa, where Taylor and I work, with Jeramie's wife Deidra Kling handling most of the camera duties, and we had Tommy Jones (Slayer, Death Angel) supply his editing wizardry!"  In addition to signing to M-Theory Audio, THE ABSENCE have teamed up with Jonny and Marsha Zazula's CraZed Management. Tour dates will be announced soon.

THE ABSENCE came onto the scene in 2005 with their crushing, Erik Rutan-produced Metal Blade debut, “From Your Grave.” The album and its two follow-ups, 2007’s “Riders of the Plague” and 2010’s “Enemy Unbound,” showcased the perfect mixture of heart-wrenching melodies and skull-pounding aggression, truly making them one of the premiere bands of the melodic death metal scene. THE ABSENCE further ensconced their reputation via numerous tours supporting some of the biggest names in metal, including Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Goatwhore, Evergrey, Malevolent Creation, Kataklysm and Destruction.

WHITE WIZZARD release new video for “Infernal Overdrive”

in advance of live shows and album release this week.

 

This Friday, January 12th, marks the release of the new album from White Wizzard. Today Decibel is pleased to premiere the lyric video to the album’s heavy metal title track, “Infernal Overdrive”. 

Fans have long anticipated the return full-length from traditional metal heroes White Wizzard, who revamped their lineup last year to include the return of their strongest players to date, vocalist Wyatt “Screaming Demon” Anderson and guitarist James J. LaRue. Reviews have been overly positive and critics are recognizing the band firing on all cylinders by not only bringing back all of their expected true metal ingredients but flavoring this hour-plus ride with an expanded repertoire of moods and influences citing comparisons to Rush, Led Zeppelin and Metallica on certain tracks, all highlighted by the group’s seasoned musicianship and proper album production, courtesy of Ralph Patlan (Megadeth, UFO).

“We’re very excited to release yet another song from our new album via this lyric video created by LaRue. The lyrics are a bit of a sarcastic comment on modern times... as we watch technology and idiocy fuse together for one entertaining ride as humanity circles the drain into the abyss!” explains Jon Leon. “We bring it a bit heavier here and Wyatt sings his ass off on this one.”

“We are really proud of the new album and super excited to finally share it with the fans. We’re doing a special run of shows starting Wednesday and are super excited to announce that Devil’s Cut axe grinder Will Willner will be joining us on second guitar live. He complements LaRue perfectly and it’s a very strong tandem!

Next up, White Wizzard just shot a proper promo video for a more epic track, “Chasing Dragons,” so keep an eye out for that.

Infernal Overdrive, the band’s fourth full-length, will be released on all digital platforms, as well as CD and gatefold double colored vinyl (orange haze retail version or white exclusive from the band & label). Order now at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store

White Wizzard will play a handful of special shows in the Southwest to kick off Infernal Overdrive’s release, as well as a showcase in London March 31st.

January 10 - The Whisky - W. Hollywood, CA

January 11 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA*

January 12 - The Beauty Bar - Las Vegas, NV*

January 13 - Karman Bar - Laguna Niguel, CA*

January 14 - Club Red - Mesa, AZ

*with Novareign as support

March 31 - Underworld - London, UK

NOVAREIGN, the new generation of Progressive Power Metal,

premiere new song, cover art and street date of debut album

For those in the know, Southern California’s Novareign have been steadily and surely building a buzz and reputation for themselves in recent years. The group has become a fixture with energy-abounding live shows filled with nonstop shredding guitar interplay and powerful traditional metal vocals. Having honed their attack and lineup, the band are now ready to march forth internationally Feb. 16th with their debut full-length, Legends, an hour-plus of shred-tastic, over-the-top, epic power and progressive metal.

Metal Assault defined Novareign as “nothing short of supremely impressive… [they] appear to have all the ingredients to carry the torch for years to come.” Influenced by bands like Iron Maiden and Dream Theater to Dragonforce and Angra, this is the new age of Progressive Power Metal telling stories in musical literature speaking to a generation influenced by epic fantasy tales, comic books and video games. Showcasing these qualities is the first emphasis track and already a fan-favorite, “Beyond the Cold”. LISTEN NOW 

“The reason the song was chosen first was because it’s a perfect example of our accumulative taste and talents, tailored into a traditionally structured piece,” explains guitarist Danny Nobel. “The song uses clean vocals featuring harmonies, an odd time signature breakdown and shredding guitar solos with a climactic hook. These are elements in music that are featured throughout the album but are all present within the one song. ‘Beyond the Cold’ should do well in getting a listener prepared for the rest as it gives them a good idea what they're in for.”

Legends will be released on CD and digitally and is already available for pre-order from the label’s WEBSHOP.

“The art was based off an idea I had pitched to have giant statues of god-like figures in an astral plain,” explains Danny. “Our bassist, Moises, took the idea and created the drawings you’ve seen so far. The characters are all based on warriors and mythical beings, which represent themes of courage, heroism, strength and virtue. These are characteristics and themes of the overall album. That along with a cosmic decor.”

Recently Novareign was a finalist in the battle to get a spot on this year’s Knotfest Meets Ozzfest, and in January they will support White Wizzard on a run of U.S. dates.

UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS:
12/16 Winterfest @ Malone’s – Santa Ana, CA w/ Holy Grail & Thrown Into Exile

12/31 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA

1/11 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA w/ White Wizzard

1/12 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV w/ White Wizzard

1/13 Karman Bar – San Niguel, CA w/ White Wizzard

1/23 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA w/ Michael Angelo Batio and Deathriders (feat. Neil Turbin)

Finnish Hard Rockers SANTA CRUZ Plot Return To America

Helsinki hell-raisers to tour alongside Fozzy from Feb. 28 – Apr. 8

The “debaucherous and flamboyant” (Rolling Stone) hard rock quartet SANTA CRUZ – whose raucous new album “Bad Blood Rising” recently debuted at #5 in their native Finland – will make their long-awaited return to America in early 2018, when they will take part in Fozzy's “Judas Rising” U.S. tour. The trek – which also features Through Fire and Dark Sky Choir – kicks off in New Orleans on Feb. 28 and wraps up in Hampton Beach, N.H. on April 8. The complete itinerary for the tour appears below. The group expects to announce additional North American live dates in the near future. 

Says vocalist/guitarist Archie Cruz, “We can’t wait to finally be back on U.S. soil! And what better way to do this than with an awesome band like Fozzy! Let’s kick sum ass muthafuckas!”


SANTA CRUZ is a Scandinavian modern hard rock band formed with the mutual aspiration of playing their rear ends off and kicking people’s derrieres. Inspired initially by the likes of Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses, the young group initially developed a buzz through strong live shows and two well-received albums on Spinefarm Records, where they took their throwback hard rock sound and combined it with elements of modern rock, punk and metal, put it in their own special blender, then iced the mix with blinding energetic performances and a healthy dash of bad attitude. “Bad Blood Rising,” the band's M-Theory Audio debut, is out now digitally and on CD and limited-edition colored vinyl. A music video for the album's anthemic opening track, “Young Blood Rising,” can be seen here.

SANTA CRUZ – who  previously toured America alongside the likes of Amaranthe, I Prevail and Sebastian Bach, in addition to playing the Rock On The Range festival in 2015 – is currently in the midst of an extensive European tour, the 12-date UK leg of which kicks off tomorrow (5) in Nottingham. See below for more information.

SANTA CRUZ European tour dates:

05.12​Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms

06.12​Milton Keynes, UK - Crauford Arms

07.12​Grimsby, UK - Yardbirds

08.12​Sheffield, UK - Corporation

09.12​Birmingham, UK - The Flapper

10.12​Glasgow, UK - Cathouse

12.12​Manchester, UK - Academy 3

13.12​London, UK - Underworld

14.12​Chester, UK - The Live Rooms

15.12​Swansea, UK - Sin City

16.12​Bournemouth, UK - Anvil

17.12​Norwich, UK - Waterfront

19.12​Hamburg, Germany - Indra

20.12​Cologne, Germany - MTC

21.12​Bochum, Germany - Rockpalast

22.12​Lichtenfels, Germany - Paunchy Cats

 

SANTA CRUZ on tour with Fozzy:

2/28​New Orleans, LA – House of Blues (Parish Room)

3/1​Houston, TX – Scout Bar

3/2​Dallas, TX – Canton Bar

3/3​Lubbock, TX – Jake's

3/4​El Paso, TX – Speaking Rock

3/7​Tucson, AZ – Club X's

3/8​Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater

3/9​San Diego, CA – House of Blues

3/10​Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go

3/11​Las Vegas, NV – Count's Vamp'd

3/13​San Francisco, CA – Slim's

3/15​Portland, OR – Dante's

3/16​Seattle, WA – Studio Seven

3/27​Milwaukee, WI – Turner Ballroom

3/28​Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

3/29​Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection

3/30​Detroit, MI – Shelter

3/31​Dayton, OH – Oddbody's

4/2​Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

4/3​Pittsburgh, PA – Jergel's

4/4​Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall

4/5​New York, NY – Gramercy

4/6​Philadelphia, PA – Foundry

4/7​Portland, ME – Aura

4/8​Hampton Beach, NH – Wally's

DEMON LUNG to reissue the band’s debut, Pareidolia,

on M-Theory Audio on Limited-Edition Colored Vinyl plus bonus tracks

Las Vegas female-fronted Doom Metal band DEMON LUNG have built quite a reputation for themselves via 2 critically acclaimed albums on Candlelight and live appearances all over the west coast with bands like Candlemass, Crowbar, Venom Inc., High On Fire, Eyehategod, Today Is the Day, Saint Vitus, Pentagram and more.

On February 23rd, DEMON LUNG will reissue their previously self-released 2012 CD EP, Pareidolia, onto Vinyl for the first time. Limited to 500 copies on Black & Green Marble, Pareidolia will include 4 bonus tracks, including covers of Twisted Sister’s “Captain Howdy” and Danzig’s “How the Gods Kill”.

“With every studio session we’ve ever done, we always throw down on some of our favorite covers at the end of live tracking,” explains drummer Jeremy Brenton. “This was just the perfect time to open the vault and pull out our favorites.”

In addition, DEMON LUNG have included an old, original track. “’Pray For Rain’ is a song that we recorded around the same time as the original Pareidolia EP. We wanted to keep it to 4 songs so we dropped it before finishing the solo section”, clarifies Jeremy.

Finally, the reissue includes a surprise cut, a cover of Seattle friends and frequent touring partners Wounded Giant’s “The Road to Middian”.

“We jammed the song with Wounded Giant at the end of their set on tour every night,” clarifies Jeremy. “[Wounded Giant singer/guitarist] Bobby James came down to hang out with us and we figured we should try to record it for posterity.”

“We are still very proud of the original EP and are stoked to have it finally issued on vinyl through M-Theory! Why now? I don’t really have a good answer for that. We wanted to put it on Vinyl and we had enough to fill up the other side. lol.”

Preorder DEMON LUNG’s Pareidolia now at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store

SICOCIS release new video, “Dawn of the Final Day”,

Perform tonight with Ne Obliviscaris/Allegaeon

Tonight Las Vegas’ SICOCIS will perform with Australia’s NE OBLIVISCARIS and Colorado’s ALLEGAEON at The Beauty Bar Downtown.

It marks an ideal time to release the fourth video clip from the band’s full-length, Requiem of the World, released earlier this year. “Dawn of the Final Day” is an epic song with a video equal in nature and completes a sampling of tracks into the group’s dark and apocalyptic concept, yet also giving hope. https://youtu.be/2CNPwSw4kts

Singer/guitarist Ernie Rodrigues comments, “This was the most difficult video we have filmed to date, but I think it is our best yet. Sicocis works hard to bring you nothing but the best, and here it is. This is our last video for Requiem of the World… the last Requiem if you will. We wanted to evoke the feelings and emotions of events yet to come, and some events that have already seen the light of day. You may never know when you will wake up and witness the Dawn of the Final Day. You may never know when you will take your last breath, and sing the Last Requiem of this World. On this day, we bring forth the darkness, because the time has in fact come. This however is not the last line written, but it is in fact, a new beginning.”

The Vegas band toured the US and Canada last spring in support of Russia’s ARKONA and Norway’s SIRENIA and have since played random dates regionally with EXMORTUS, and labelmates HELSOTT, APOTHESARY and EMPYREAN THRONE.

In addition, tonight marks the last date with drummer Rob McDonald, who has to step down due to personal commitments, and the band are looking for a new drummer able to tour with the group as they continue working on their follow-up release for next year. Interested parties please email sicocistheband@gmail.com

Sicocis are a Las Vegas based band who’ve risen in the scene by winning local Battle of the Bands and were voted Best Metal Band in Vegas by Vegas Rocks magazine, as well as sharing the stage with the likes of Devin Townsend, Dark Tranquillity, Kamelot, Amaranthe, Tesseract, Kataklysm, Dragonforce, Pain of Salvation, Insomnium, Swallow the Sun and many more. Sicocis blends influences from the melodic death metal, epic power metal and dark, progressive scenes creating their own unique and modern sound.

“This record is truly epic, it isn’t just a conglomeration of tracks to build a body of music. Like a film, it is one cohesive body of work that stirs your emotions in a way that can be described as “musically cinematic “. Requiem of the World is an open and ever-flowing record that floats through air and crashes into your psyche with a lasting impression. Sicocis sets the tone not only for the future of prog metal, but the bright career path they’ve carved for themselves.” – Metal Assault

“This album has really nice flow. I haven’t heard an album that blended speed, aggression, progressive parts, keyboards all so seamless into to exciting songwriting for a long time. They avoid just randomly throwing weird parts in, just because they can (something some prog bands suffer from) but in the cases of Sicocis, the song comes first. I am hooked. This is a truly cohesive piece of heavy art start to finish.” – Metal-Rules

EMPYREAN THRONE announces US dates with Wolf King for December

Southern California’s chaos-worshipping symphonic black metal horde, EMPYREAN THRONE, announce an anticipated run of shows this December as they head to Texas for the annual Christmassacre Festival. Referred to by Decibel Magazine as “one of US black metal’s most exciting up-and-coming bands, (Empyrean Throne) play a biting fusion of black and death metal… with furious, technical guitar playing and symphonic elements that contribute grandiose undertones to the music.

“We are excited to finally have the opportunity to bring our Omega Ritualis to the southern territories of the United States. This “Meridional Crusade” will also mark the first tour Empyrean Throne will undertake with our debut record Chaosborne in hand,” states singer Andrew Knudsen. “To celebrate Chaosborne’s maiden voyage, we will be joined on the road by our fellow carnal brethren of the war-breast known as WOLF KING. Wolf King is a gruesome act unto their own, uncompromising in both fury and fervor. Now officially inducted among the ranks of Prosthetic Records, we are honored to share the stage alongside our hardworking comrades. Our combined arms campaign will strike at the heart of Houston, Texas where we will bring the message of Chaosborne to this year’s Christmassacre Fest featuring Black Metal juggernauts THY ANTICHRIST. We would like to express our sincerest gratitude for this opportunity for all the hard work put in by our manager Mark Müller and the EMG staff, booking agents (Satellite Touring and Continental Concerts), and the continued support from Marco Barbieri and the M-Theory Audio crew. We look forward to forging new alliances and bringing new disciples under our banner over the course of this glorious journey. The March Ov Chaos has begun!”

Empyrean Throne’s recently released full-length, Chaosborne, produced by Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh, Motionless in White), is a testament to the infernal depths of Black Metal and higher unto the celestial realm of orchestral concert music. Dead Rhetoric calls it “elegant, but brutal at the same time”. Telling the story of a hapless Templar knight in medieval Europe and his subsequent decent into the realm of Chaos, the album offers eleven solemn hymns to unbecoming, with the searing Black Flame of illumination and wrath burning brighter than ever before in the hearts of those who have created it, the members of the Order themselves. Check out their promo videos for “Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam” https://youtu.be/bDHVryD2u18 and “Haereticus Stellarum Part II” https://youtu.be/38YNQ62O-34 to catch a glimpse of the band’s vision and identity.

Empyrean Throne have been privileged to fly their banners and leave their mark on the live front alongside many of the esteemed acts in extreme music, including Nile, Kataklysm, Aborted, Shining, and Cattle Decapitation amongst others. The Order has also carved its sphere of influence from the sweat and grime of the road, with two west coast tours under their belts and an appearance at Central Oregon Metalfest in 2016. Apart from that and a smattering of singles, which includes a vast rendition of the Behemoth classic “Ov Fire and the Void”, Empyrean Throne have been quite occupied preparing the ground for Chaosborne live, and for whatever may lie beyond… INTO CHAOS, TOWARDS THE BEYOND, EVER VIGILANT.

 

11/4/17 The Boiler Room – Temecula, CA with Carach Angren, Lost Society

11/21/17 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV with Belphegor, Cryptopsy, Panzerfaust

11/30/17 Malone’s – Santa Ana, CA with Motograter

 

12/10/17 The Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ

12/11/17 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Albuquerque, NM

12/13/17 Rockhouse – El Paso, TX

12/14/17 Tomcats West – Dallas, TX

12/15/17 Recuerdos – McAllen, TX

12/16/17 Christmassacre Fest – Tumbleweeds, TX

12/17/17 Desert Flower Art Bar – Big Springs, TX

12/20/17 The Viper Room – W. Hollywood, CA

12/22/17 The Other Place – Modesto, CA

12/23/17 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

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WHITE WIZZARD "Storms the Shores" with the premiere of their new lyric video

Expectant fans have waited long enough for the first taste of new music from the revamped White Wizzard. The band is pleased to have teamed up with Bravewords.com to present their first lyric video, "Storm the Shores," from their highly anticipated new record, Infernal Overdrive (out Jan. 12, 2018).

Infernal Overdrive brings back classic members, vocalist Wyatt "Screaming Demon" Anderson and guitarist James J LaRue, rejoining with bassist and band leader Jon Leon and new drummer Dylan Marks for the group's finest record to date. Produced by Ralph Patlan (UFO, Megadeth, Flotsam and Jetsam), the album is over an hour long and captures all of the ingredients of past White Wizzard work but expands upon the template with seasoned maturity, outstanding musicianship and a widening of influenced including '70s hard rock and progressive rock/metal.

"Storm the Shores" is an immediate track that will please longtime fans that the band explains, "The song and video is a tribute to military personal and those that have fought and died for the ideas of peace and freedom all around the world. White Wizzard in no way is making any political statement with this song and video - it is simply a tribute to the men and women that have served and dies in combat. We respect all nations, creeds and cultures. We do however want to recognize those that have suffered and fought for freedoms many of us in the western world take for granted. Many of them poor with only the military to build a life, or many in the past drafted with no choice. They fought for a belief that sadly in this day and age has been raped by greedy corporate politicians on BOTH sides of the political spectrum. The belief in a dream. We want to light that candle and remember them, and that dream. There is nothing more pure than passion and dreams. Many of these men and women were not fighting for government, but something much more important. A belief in a future and opportunity. A belief in a chance to live in a world of peace. So we say screw the entire system that has betrayed the men and women that fought and died with greed and corruption. Forget taking a side. See beyond that and realize that these men and women that fought and died deserve to be remembered and revered regardless of your political affiliations, no for fighting for a government, it's ideology or corporate greed... but for dreaming a bigger dream and for wanting freedom for all. That's why I wrote this song and that's what this video is about. Nothing more"

Infernal Overdrive, the band's fourth full-length, will be released on CD and gatefold vinyl, with artwork by Christopher Hardy. Pre-order now at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store 

WHITE WIZZARD announce details on new album and upcoming tour dates

True American Metal band White Wizzard finally unveil concrete plans regarding their long anticipated new album. Band leader and bassist Jon Leon earlier this year announced the return of classic members, vocalist Wyatt “Screaming Demon” Anderson and guitarist James J. LaRue, to the ranks of White Wizzard, as well as a new label deal with M-Theory Audio. The band have spent much of 2017 crafting their finest offering to date, helmed once again by producer Ralph Patlan (Megadeth, UFO, Flotsam and Jetsam). Entitled Infernal Overdrive, the band’s fourth full-length, will be released January 12th on CD and gatefold double vinyl. (Preorder now at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store) The album is over an hour long and captures all the ingredients of past White Wizzard work but expands upon the template with seasoned maturity, outstanding musicianship and a widening of influences including ‘70s hard rock and progressive rock/metal.

“We’re very excited to FINALLY release the official artwork and title for our new album, Infernal Overdrive. Despite madness and delays we’ve persevered through hard work and determination and this album has finally come to be,” explains Jon Leon. “This is, in everyone’s opinion, a special album and what we feel is our best work to date. It has a lot of dynamics and amazing vocals by Wyatt with stunning lead guitar by James J. LaRue.

The cover art for the album was created by a fan in the UK named Christopher Hardy, who did a killer job based on my latest Pontiac GTO, as well as a bunch of cool pieces for each individual song; which will definitely make it to a couple t-shirts!
I am very proud of the work we have all done on this album. It's something that upon writing it I felt was going to be special, and it's turned out to exceed even my highest expectations. Thanks to the fans, especially all the Kickstarter donators who can finally expect to see their packages close to release date. We can't wait to see you all on tour and cannot thank you all enough for the amazing support and passion.”

White Wizzard have announced a handful of special shows in the Southwest to kick off the new release, as well as one in London March 31st which will be part of a planned European tour.

January 10 - The Whisky - W. Hollywood, CA

January 11 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA

January 12 - The Beauty Bar - Las Vegas, NV

January 13 - Karman Bar - Laguna Niguel, CA

January 14 - Club Red - Mesa, AZ

March 31 - Underworld - London, UK

WHITE WIZZARD are recognized as one of the first bands to bring back classic/traditional heavy metal when they released High Speed GTO in 2009, which Metal Hammer referred to as a “fun blast of NWOBHM-centric metal.” Since the band has released 3 full-length albums on Earache Records and toured across the US, Europe and Japan. Now re-teamed with their strongest members WHITE WIZZARD are anxious to get back out there supporting a new album of timeless Heavy Metal.

Expect the first taste of the new album next week when we launch the lyric video for the first single.

Black Metal Dagger Cult SICARIUS premiere new music video for “Ferox Impetum”

Black Metal Terrorists SICARIUS plunge their dagger ever deeper with their intense new clip, “Ferox Impetum”, off their forthcoming album, Serenade of Slitting Throats, out tomorrow Friday the 13th of Oct. Decibel Magazine premiered the clip but here it is in all its g(l)ory https://youtu.be/iUUEGo3s6eY

"’Ferox Impetum’ is a quick banger of a battle anthem -- very direct and to the point,” cites guitarist Argyris. “Director Andrew Knudsen (Empyrean Throne) and I hashed out some ideas and we came up with the overall mood of the video. He interviewed a few camera teams and Zack Yan was the most promising. Everyone involved delivered 100%. It was the easiest video shoot I’ve been a part of, but our vocalist, K. Karcass, kept falling into the mass of rusted barbed wire so he was just gashed up by the end of the shoot. Pretty rad.”

SICARIUS, meaning contract killer or assassin in Latin, formed 3 years ago in Southern CA and pay homage to the black metal greats of the early '90s, yet inject a modern high-velocity method to deliver their brand of bludgeoning and savage music. Ruthless, lethal and foul, Serenade of Slitting Throats will be released on M-Theory Audio this Friday, Oct 13th, featuring artwork by Misanthropic Art (Bolzer, Hate Eternal, Craft), and produced by Anaal Nathrakh's Mick Kenney at Barack Studios. The album can still be pre-ordered now via the label shop at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store or bandcamp www.sicariusblackmetal.com and is available on CD, limited edition old-school cassette with red shell (only 100 copies made) and digitally.

SICARIUS UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS:

11/2 The Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV w/ Goatwhore, 1349 and Tombs

12/16 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA w/ Execution and Darkult

THE ABSENCE returns!

Melodic Death Metal band signs with M-Theory Audio; set to release new album in 2018.

Florida’s The Absence came onto the scene in 2005 with their crushing Metal Blade Records’ debut, From Your Grave. The album, and its two successive follow-ups, 2007’s Riders of the Plague and 2010’s Enemy Unbound, showcased the perfect mixture of heart-wrenching melodies and skull-pounding aggression truly making them one of the premiere bands of the melodic death metal scene. The Absence further ensconced their reputation via several tours supporting some of the biggest names in metal. And then they seemingly disappeared.

Despite some setbacks in personnel and for some band members a desire to explore new terrain recording/performing with additional groups or working in related fields producing or handling live sound/tour managing for others, The Absence was merely put on hold waiting for the right time to return. Last year the regrouped outfit of singer Jamie Stewart, drummer Jeramie Kling and bassist Mike Leon, along with the addition of celebrated guitar duo Joey Concepcion (Jasta, Armageddon) and Taylor Nordberg (Soilwork, Ribspreader), teased fans with the face-melting “Septic Testament”. The reaction was phenomenal and motivated the band members to continue writing and recording the epic return and be absent from the scene no more.

Armed with a brand new full-length the group has signed a deal with new label M-Theory Audio, headed by former Century Media/Nuclear Blast President Marco Barbieri along with a team of friends and seasoned pros with labels like Victory, Prosthetic and Epitaph on their resumes, for an early 2018 release.

“We as a unit could not be happier to sign a deal with such an amazing group of hardworking people,” states drummer Jeramie Kling. “Marco and the crew over at M-Theory are the future of record labels!”

“I am thrilled to sign The Absence to M-Theory Audio and continue this next chapter” declares Marco. “I’ve followed The Absence as a fan since the beginning and always thought they were one of the better new bands. I love their mix of rapid-fire hostility and ear-pleasing guitar work.”

Watch for more info regarding the new album including sound samples, preorder link and release date in future news updates.

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SANTA CRUZ PREMIERE ANTHEMIC "YOUNG BLOOD RISING" PROMO VIDEO

 

Helsinki hell-raisers SANTA CRUZ – whose brash, Sunset Strip-inspired hard rock was recently praised by Rolling Stone as “debaucherous and flamboyant” – have released a music video for their anthemic new song “Young Blood Rising.” The track appears on the group's forthcoming M-Theory Audio debut, “Bad Blood Rising,” which will be available digitally on Oct. 6 and physically on CD and LP on Nov. 10. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/7TWkmy5ELJc

 

Says guitarist Johnny Cruz, “It's a live video that shows lots of headbanging, shredding and attitude, so you definitely get the point of what it looks like when you come to our live show.”

 

“Young Blood Rising” is the second single issued in advance of the release of “Bad Blood Rising,” following the infectious initial preview track “River Phoenix.” According to Johnny, the album is – to quote one of its other song titles – pure f**king adrenaline, but it also adds a few new colors to the group's musical palette.

 

“This album has probably both the heaviest and the softest Santa Cruz moments on it,” he says. “We didn't intentionally try to come up with something totally different than before, but I guess some of the new influences we've picked up along the way can be heard on these songs. At the end of the day, the apple didn't fall all that far from the tree. People can still expect the SANTA CRUZ sound – the fast guitars and heavy drums are still there, just served with a different sauce. All in all, we see 'Bad Blood Rising' as a 'comeback album' – a start of a new era. It's like what Archie is singing in ‘River Phoenix’ – 'We're going down like River Phoenix, to rise up from the ashes once again.'”

 

“Bad Blood Rising” is available now for pre-order on CD and LP at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store. Digital pre-orders via iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and Google Play include instant downloads of both “River Phoenix” and “Young Blood Rising,” which can also be heard on streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.

 

SANTA CRUZ is a Finnish modern hard rock band formed with the mutual aspiration of playing their rear ends off and kicking people’s derrieres. Inspired initially by the likes of Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses, the young group developed a strong buzz through stupefying live shows and two well-received albums on Spinefarm Records, where they took their throwback hard rock sound and combined it with elements of modern rock, punk and metal, put it in their own special blender, then iced the mix with blinding energetic performances and a healthy dash of bad attitude. M-Theory Audio recently announced the group's signing in a continued effort to present the best, promising new bands from every niche of the metal/hard rock world.

 

The band – who has previously toured America alongside the likes of Amaranthe, I Prevail and Sebastian Bach, in addition to playing the Rock On The Range festival in 2015 – has an extensive European tour set over the final months of 2017, with plans to return to the States in the new year. See below for their complete upcoming itinerary, and for more information, please visit

www.santacruzbandofficial.com or www.facebook.com/santacruzband 

 

SANTA CRUZ on tour:

 

29.9 Gothenburg, Sweden – Hard Rock Cafe

30.9 Stockholm, Sweden – Hard Rock Cafe

06.10. Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia

07.10. Loimaa, Finland - Seurahuone

13.10. Pori, Finland - Kino

14.10. Oulu, Finland - Hevimesta

26.10. Turku, Finland - Gong

27.10. Jyväskylä, Finland - Lutakko

28.10. Kuopio, Finland - Henry's Pub

03.11. Joensuu, Finland - Kerubi

04.11. Tampere, Finland - Olympia

10.11. Lappeenranta, Finland - Old Cock

11.11. Savonlinna, Finland - The Rocks

29.11. Stockholm, Sweden - Kraken

30.11. Oslo, Norway - Olsen på Bryn

01.12. Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers

02.12. Malmö, Sweden - KB

03.12. Copenhagen, Denmark - Hard Rock Cafe

05.12. Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms

06.12. Milton Keynes, UK - Crauford Arms

07.12. Grimsby, UK - Yardbirds

08.12. Sheffield, UK - Corporation

09.12. Birmingham, UK - The Flapper

10.12. Glasgow, UK - Cathouse

12.12. Manchester, UK - Academy 3

13.12. London, UK - Underworld

14.12. Chester, UK - The Live Rooms

15.12. Swansea, UK - Sin City

16.12. Bournemouth, UK - Anvil

17.12. Norwich, UK - Waterfront

19.12. Hamburg, Germany - Indra

20.12. Cologne, Germany - MTC

21.12. Bochum, Germany - Rockpalast

22.12. Lichtenfels, Germany - Paunchy Cats

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Eric Wagner's BLACKFINGER premieres music video for 'Afternow'

Doom group's new album 'When Colors Fade Away' now available; record release show set for Oct. 28

Featuring the instantly recognizable vocals of former Trouble (and current The Skull) front man Eric Wagner, the doom group BLACKFINGER – which also features guitarist Terry Weston (Dream Death, Penance) – has unveiled a music video for their song “Afternow.” Filmed in the band's rehearsal room, with additional footage added and edited by Rafael Ortega (Helsott, Ayreon), the clip can be seen at this location: 

Says Wagner, “I think 'Afternow' is about wondering why things are the way they are when they don't really need to be. Maybe if we could only catch a glimpse of where we came from, it might be enough to change the future. (Wishful, I'm afraid.)”

“Afternow” comes from BLACKFINGER's just-released M-Theory Audio debut, “When Colors Fade Away.” which The Obelisk says “brims with not-to-be-missed vitality.” The album can currently be streamed on all digital platforms, while physical copies on CD and limited-edition blue/black marbled vinyl – which feature photos from Matt Bluejay and a striking graphic design by Al Oaks – can be purchased at M-Theory Audio's online store and at select retailers worldwide. 

BLACKFINGER has also announced a record release show, which will take place in Wagner's current hometown of Pittsburgh at the venue Howlers on Oct. 28. The group will announce additional performances in the coming weeks.

Renowned and still cherished for the classic material he recorded with Chicago's Trouble for over two decades, Wagner began sowing the seeds for BLACKFINGER soon after he left Trouble in 2008. After removing himself from the spotlight, he began intently writing material of a more personal nature, which would ultimately yield the musical inspiration for BLACKFINGER. Over the next few years, Wagner and his new band mates would meticulously craft and commit 11 tracks to tape – songs that would ultimately become the group's self-titled debut (Wagner's first recorded output since Trouble's 2007 release “Simple Mind Condition”). 

“When Colors Fade Away” is a powerful collection of songs that picks up where the debut album left off, but takes the listener even further down the path less-traveled. Featuring sonic landscapes of endless peaks and valleys, “When Colors Fade Away” will satiate even the most ardent of doom fans, yet also appeal to those beyond with its exquisite craftsmanship and beautiful storytelling.

M-Theory Audio is the new label recently launched by Marco Barbieri, former president of Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast America. The label's burgeoning roster also includes such notable acts as Finnish hard rockers Santa Cruz, nomadic folk metal act Tengger Cavalry and traditional metal powerhouse White Wizzard.

Finland’s SANTA CRUZ signs with M-Theory Audio;

New album to be released Nov. 10th

Praised this year by Rolling Stone magazine as “One of the Top 10 bands you need to know” for their “debaucherous, flamboyant flair,” SANTA CRUZ is a Finnish modern hard rock band formed with the mutual aspiration of playing their rear ends off and kicking people’s derrieres. Inspired initially by the likes of Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses, the young group developed a strong buzz through stupefying live shows and two well-received albums on Spinefarm Records where they took their throwback hard rock sound and combined it with elements of modern rock, punk and metal, put it in their own special blender, then iced the mix with blinding energetic performances and a healthy dash of bad attitude!

M-Theory Audio is pleased to announce the signing of this promising young group to their roster in a continued effort to bring you the best, promising new bands from every niche of the metal/hard rock world.

“We are really excited to start working with M-Theory Audio, and be part of a new label and new team!” explains Santa Cruz singer Archie.

The band already released the record’s infectious first single, “River Phoenix,” earlier this summer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIC4svlnGUc), but Friday Sept 15th brings the next digital single release with “Young Blood Rising”; a promo video will follow soon in the coming weeks. Both tracks come from the group’s forthcoming slab Bad Blood Rising, to be released Nov. 10th on CD, limited-edition colored vinyl and via digital outlets. Pre-order now at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store The band has a European tour set for Nov – Dec, with plans to return to the States in the new year.

“This album has probably both the heaviest and the softest Santa Cruz moments on it. We didn't intentionally try to come up with something totally different than before, but I guess some of the new influences we've picked up along the way can be heard on these songs”, states guitarist Johnny. "At the end of the day the apple didn't fall all that far from the tree. People can still expect the Santa Cruz sound -- the fast guitars and heavy drums are still there, just served with a different sauce. All in all, we see Bad Blood Rising as a 'comeback album'. A start of a new era. It's like what Archie is singing in ‘River Phoenix’ - 'We're going down like River Phoenix, to rise up from the ashes once again'.”

After an attention-grabbing EP five years ago, SANTA CRUZ signed to Spinefarm Records and in 2013 released their full-length debut, Screaming For Adrenaline. The album was released to rave reviews and cracked the Finnish Top 40. It saw the sound of SANTA CRUZ truly take flight, assaulting the ears with an explosion of pure adrenaline and attitude in the form of honest rock n' roll and virtuoso musicianship. That same year, the band signed an international booking deal with TKO Agency (Motörhead, Anthrax) and in addition to the complete conquest of Finnish stages big and small, SANTA CRUZ subsequently played their first three British tours, as well as first visits to Germany and Belgium supporting their heroes Skid Row.

In between all the touring, SANTA CRUZ somehow also found a way to squeeze in the recording of their eponymous second album, which debuted at #3 on the Finnish charts upon its release in 2015 and featured “We Are the Ones To Fall” – the most aired song of the year on the Finnish nationwide station Radio Rock. The band also appeared in a Mercedes-Benz commercial and on the AXS-TV show Breaking Bands. After additional extensive touring around the world (including three jaunts to America, where they performed with Amaranthe, I Prevail and Sebastian Bach, as well as before thousands at the Rock On The Range festival in 2015), the group now returns with their raucous third LP Bad Blood Rising. Be prepared for this “Young Blood Rising”.

For more information:

www.santacruzbandofficial.com

www.facebook.com/santacruzband

Black Metal Terrorists SICARIUS premiere new lyric video and announce release date, pre-order and artwork for their forthcoming full-length debut

The Dagger Cult wreaks havoc with the premiere of their first foul taste from the forthcoming full-length from Sicarius. Presented to you by Invisible Oranges, the lyric video for the title track, “Serenade of Slitting Throats”, was created by David Thelen and can be viewed HERE 

"This is probably my favorite track on the album," explains guitarist Argyris, "It just has everything in it -- power, speed, violence, and atmosphere. It's a very well-rounded hitter that I'm very proud of both on a musical standpoint and a lyrical one. It just flowed together on its own when I composted it. It made perfect sense to make it the flagship track of the album, and unleash it first as an appropriate means of showcasing where Sicarius is at first glance. It swallows you up in a wave of violence and grabs you by the throat and only relents at the end, which symbolizes the death of the quarry."

"The lyric video was directed by David Thelen (http://www.david-thelen.de/). I saw his work for the German band Attic and thought it was fantastic. His lyric videos are gritty yet well composed. We were kind of in a pinch and he was very kind to fit us into his schedule and delivered a great piece. He captured the vision that myself and album artist/designer Misanthropic Art (http://www.misanthropic-art.com) had for the visual aspect. We couldn't be happier."

Serenade of Slitting Throats will be released on M-Theory Audio on Friday the 13th of October, and features artwork by Misanthropic Art (Bolzer, Hate Eternal, Craft). The album can be pre-ordered now via the label shop at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store and will be available on CD, as well as a limited edition old-school cassette with red shell (only 100 copies made) and exclusive t-shirt bundle options.

"I'm excited to finally be able to reveal the album artwork, as I'm sure Misanthropic Art is as well, as he's been waiting patiently for the work he's done for this album to come out," tells Argyris. "I love working with Chris there because his visual conceptions are very dark and atmospheric, and he's one of the easiest people to work with. When it came time to design the album I pretty much gave him free reign. I told him that i wanted the album art to FEEL like those classic 2nd wave black metal albums I grew up admiring. I think he nailed it. He listen to a few songs off the album and what he envisioned, he put ink to paper and we were honored by the end result."

Produced by Mick Kenny (Anaal Nathrakh) Serenade of Slitting Throats was recorded at Barracks Studio in Southern California. Expect a murderous, bloodthirsty and ultra-violent black metal assault paying home to classic, black metal bands, like Mayhem, Bathory, Gorgoroth and Rotting Christ, yet also injecting a modern high-velocity method to delivering bludgeoning and savage music.

SICARIUS UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS:

9/30     Extermination Fest – The San Antonio Rose – Vernon, CA

10/10   Viper Room – W. Hollywood, CA (Record Release Show)

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APOTHESARY ANNOUNCE OCTOBER SHOWS with GREEN DEATH

Touring in support of their Accept Loss Forever album, released earlier this summer on M-Theory Audio, Northern California's APOTHESARY are back with another round of dates with friends GREEN DEATH.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be hitting the road and going out east for the first time since the release of Accept Loss Forever, and with our best friends in Green Death, no less! Having toured with them playing in Hatchet last year," explains guitarist Clayton Cagle, "I know we're in for some insane competition: non-stop pranks, serious alcohol consumption, and 'round the clock shreddage'. I mean, we're seriously the most hilarious two bands in the world... I guarantee this will be the most fun tour you'll see all year! See you soon, East Coast. Because just like your last time seeing the dentist, we're long overdue for a visit!"

10/11 - The Venue - Dubuque, IA

10/12 - Reggies - Chicago 

10/13 - New Dodge Lounge - Detroit, MI

10/15 - Jit'z - Auburn, NY

10/16 - Flashback Lounge - Watertown, NY

10/17 - Dusk - Providence, RI

10/18 - tba

10/19 - tba

10/20 - Jabber Jaw's - Allentown, PA

10/21 - Annabell's - Akron, OH

APOTHESARY describe the emotionally charged Accept Loss Forever as an “ode to suffering,” the album chronicles the various challenges and difficulties the group has overcome. According to guitarist Clayton Cagle, “'Accept Loss Forever' was written for anyone who’s been depressed, who’s wished for their own death, who’s struggled with drug abuse to numb the pain, or who’s ever been broken by the loss of a loved one. Everyone in the band who put pen to paper to write this album lived through some, if not all, of the above. I don’t know where I would be without the support and catharsis that APOTHESARY has given me, and if just one person is helped by this record in the same way that I was, it will all be worth it.”

This was further exemplified in their recent video, "You've Met with a Terrible Fate, Haven't You?" with its anti-suicide message.

Los Angeles has always been a breeding ground for some of the finest traditional heavy metal and in recent years a new, young generation of bands have taken their ‘80s influences and created some new, exciting and original music. BLADE KILLER is and should be one of the groups noted for leading this true revolution of classic metal, as evidenced by the promise and reception of their 2014 self-titled EP and countless shows around the Southern California area.

“We’re excited to announce that Blade Killer has joined forces with M-Theory Audio to release our upcoming full-length album,” states bassist Kelsey Wilson. “There is much to look forward to on the horizon and we couldn’t be more stoked to have the support of M-Theory Audio and all of you!”

“Blade Killer is another band I’ve been eyeing for some time and wanted to bring to the label. I loved the EP and feel their potential and commitment to metal is unparalleled,” explains M-Theory founder Marco Barbieri. “I’m pleased to publicly announce the signing and look forward to hearing the group’s new recordings.”

Currently Blade Killer are diligently finishing up recording 9 new songs to be released early next year but will be embarking on a string of west coast shows next month supporting BAT (with Ryan Waste and Nick Poulos (both of Municipal Waste) and (ex-D.R.I.) drummer Felix Griffin), including an L.A. show which features the return of old-school thrash metal band Evil Dead.

For more info: www.facebook.com/bladekillerheavymetal 

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BLACKFINGER, featuring vocalist Eric Wagner, debuts the title track of their forthcoming album, “When Colors Fade Away”, via Decibel and Rock Hard magazines premier of its lyric video

Singer ERIC WAGNER, formerly of TROUBLE and currently of THE SKULL, brings his unique and legendary voice to the new BLACKFINGER album, When Colors Fade Away, to be released Sept. 15th on M-Theory Audio. Now based in Pittsburgh, PA, Eric is joined by another familiar name in doom circles, guitarist Terry Weston (DREAM DEATH, PENANCE), and you can get the first taste of the group’s latest with the lyric video for the album’s opening song, and title track.

“After I finished the first Blackfinger record and actually sat back and listened to it, it dawned upon me that ‘when colors fade away’ would be a great title and concept for the next one… of course I didn’t know there would be one but I always hope,” explains Eric. “A common thread throughout that album was the different feelings of what colors meant to me. I wondered what would happen if all the colors were gone? What would life be like without colors? I also wanted to clear up some of the misconceptions of what we are taught throughout our lives, most of which seems unrealistic to me and only serves to better the collection plate. When I first saw the lyric video for ‘When Colors Fade Away’ I was totally fuckin’ blown away. I was not expecting it… it was perfect… like the dude read my mind. It is in my opinion thee best lyric video I have ever seen… I love it.”

The lyric video for “When Colors Fade Away was created by Rafael Ortega (Ayreon, Helsott, Subterranean Masquerade) was debuted this week in the US courtesy of Decibel Magazine, while in Europe Rock Hard Magazine premiered it.

When Colors Fade Away will be in-stores and online Sept. 15th, but you can pre-order CDs or limited-edition blue/black marble vinyl at the label’s shop at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store or downloads at www.theblackfinger.bandcamp.com

Watch for live show announcements from Blackfinger soon.

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California-based Fucking Black Metal Terrorists SICARIUS signs with M-Theory Audio

 

Like a merciless dagger onto the scene comes SICARIUS with their murderous, bloodthirsty and ultra-violent black metal assault. Founded 3 years ago Sicarius, meaning contract killer or assassin in Latin, drew influence and pay homage to classic, black metal bands, yet also inject a modern high-velocity method to deliver their brand of bludgeoning and savage music.

"I witnessed Sicarius perform at a small show featuring some other M-Theory Audio acts, including Helsott and Empyrean Throne," explains M-Theory Audio label head Marco Barbieri. "I was unfamiliar with the band previously but within minutes of taking the stage the group commanded my attention. Not only with their look, but more so for their performance which was raw, violent and reckless. The 'danger' aspect is something that escapes most rock and metal these days , but with Sicarius I was intrigued which ultimately lead to this signing."

"We at SICARIUS are absolutely thrilled to be a part of the M-Theory team and to work with a leader of such a high caliber like Marco. The man is a visionary to say the least, and has worked with countless black metal acts that have influenced SICARIUS in many facets," explains guitarist Argyris. "Since forming this outfit the biggest goals have been to write music that we want to listen to, and to carry the torch of the classic bands from the late '80s/early '90s, such as Rotting Christ, Mayhem, Bathory and Gorgoroth. We hold the utmost respect and confidence in this label and the team that operates it. After meeting with Maco I am very privileged to share our vision for Sicarius under the banner of M-Theory Audio and together unleash uncompromising black metal violence upon the world."

Sicarius have created a reputation for themselves in Southern California appearing on live shows with Vader, Helheim, Uada, The Noctambulant, Imperial Triumphant and more, as well as in underground circles with their previous EP, Scorch the Earth. Watch for more info soon regarding their recently recorded new full-length album, Serenade of Slitting Throats, to be released this fall on M-Theory Audio.

M-Theory Audio is the new label helmed by Marco Barbieri, former president of Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast America with a staff whose resumes include Prosthetic, Epitaph and Victory Records. M-Theory Audio features a burgeoning roster including such notable acts as Nomadic Folk Metal group Tengger Cavalry, Pagan metal warriors Helsott, doom/psychedelic outfit Blackfinger (featuring former Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner and Dream Death guitarist Terry Weston), female-fronted symphonic metal band Graveshadow and traditional metal band White Wizzard.

SICARIUS UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS:
8/18     The Union – Los Angeles, CA w/ Marduk, Incantation & Abysmal Dawn

8/24     The Bancroft – Spring Valley, CA w/ Panzergod

9/30     Extermination Fest – The San Antonio Rose – Vernon, CA

For more information –     www.sicariusofficial.com                         www.facebook.com/sicariusblackmetal  

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EMPYREAN THRONE RELEASES NEW PROMO VIDEO FOR "SED NOMINI  TUO DA GLORIAM" FROM THEIR UPCOMING ALBUM, CHAOSBORNE

Lake Forest, CA-based Symphonic Black Metal artists EMPYREAN THRONE have released the music video for their song "Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam" from their debut album, Chaosborne, out Aug. 11th on M-Theory Audio. Pre-order here.

The video for "Sed Nomini..." was directed by reknown music video director Matt Zane (Zakk Wylde, John 5, Dope, Combichrist) and was premiered via Decibel Magazine's website. View video.

“Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam” is the catalyst for our narrative arc within our album ‘Chaosborne.’ The song encompasses the legendary Battle of Montgisard during the 10th century Ayyubid-Crusader War. We wanted to bring the horrors of that battle to life with our story’s main character, Mathias, an idealistic Templar. Within the song, his worldview is shattered, as he is utterly unprepared for the ensuing madness upon the killing fields of Montgisard in addition to the true nature of his brothers among his knightly order. We also wanted to explore that darkness that lurks within mankind, what we call the “Shadow Self.” Director Matt Zane and I talked about how we wanted to bring these concepts to life, while showing the struggle of a Templar confronted with the consequences of the Crusades as he is tormented by the souls of the vanquished. Zane and the rest of the cast and crew were an absolute pleasure to work with. We couldn’t have been more pleased with the end product. We hope you enjoy the latest offering from our debut album, ‘Chaosborne.’ –Andrew Knudsen / Lead Vocals

Empyrean Throne's debut album, Chaosborne, was produced by Mick Kenney (Anaal Nackrakh) and features artwork from Valadislov Kutusov.

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Upstart hard rock/heavy metal record label M-THEORY AUDIO

to host showcase events this weekend in Los Angeles, Las Vegas

M-THEORY AUDIO – the new hard rock/heavy metal record label recently launched by Marco Barbieri, former president of Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast America – will host showcase events this weekend in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, where several up-and-coming acts on the company's burgeoning roster will perform live.

On Sunday (30), Metal Assault (www.metalassaultla.com) will host a show at Hollywood's legendary Viper Room featuring performances by four M-THEORY artists:

  • Pagan death metal warriors HELSOTT, who earlier this summer toured Europe with I Am Morbid and Necrophagia before hitting the road in the States alongside Felix Martin and label mates Tengger Cavalry. The group recently released a new EP, The Healer; a video for the song “Astralive” can be seen at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAJivZxTvds
  • The Northern California-based quartet APOTHESARY, which features Hatchet guitarist Clayton Cagle and deftly mixes death metal, metalcore and thrash. The group's new album, the emotionally charged Accept Loss Forever, was released earlier this month; a music video for the track “You've Met With A Terrible Fate, Haven't You?” can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imxOl3yXyeY
  • The Las Vegas-based epic/progressive metal quartet SICOCIS, who have supported their new album Requiem Of The World with tours alongside Sirenia, Arkona and Exmortus. A music video for the song “We Shall Rise” can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah9HwTp782c
  • The Lake Forest, Calif.-based quintet EMPYREAN THRONE, who have been hailed by OC Weekly as “a vicious mix of raw black metal and traditional death metal.” Next month, the group will release their full-length debut, Chaosborne, which was produced, mixed and engineered by Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh, Motionless in White). A video for “Haereticus Stellarum (Part II)” can be seen at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38YNQ62O-34

The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

On Friday (28), HELSOTT, APOTHESARY and SICOCIS will also play a free show at Las Vegas' Beauty Bar (517 Fremont St.). The concert begins at 8 p.m.

M-THEORY AUDIO features a burgeoning roster including such notable acts as Nomadic Folk Metal

group Tengger Cavalry, doom / psychedelic outfit Blackfinger (featuring former Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner) and traditional metal band White Wizzard. In addition to Barbieri, the label's staff includes veterans of esteemed labels such as Century Media, Prosthetic, Victory and Epitaph Records. For more information, visit www.m-theoryaudio.com.

APOTHESARY partners with BraveWords to premiere new promo video,

“You’ve Met with a Terrible Fate, Haven’t You?”

After a week from the release of APOTHESARY’s new album, Accept Loss Forever, on M-Theory Audio, the Nor Cal band releases another promo video, this time for the song “You’ve Met with a Terrible Fate, Haven’t You?” once again produced by Tsunami Films. Watch video HERE.

"We're all extremely happy to premiere 'You've Met with a Terrible Fate, Haven't You"' on Bravewords! This song was one of the last to be written for the album - at a time when you couldn't force me to write much of anything," explains guitarist Clayton Cagle. "You've Met's lyrics deal with a pretty fragile point where I was struggling to find value in myself. I was stuck sort of contemplating who in my life really mattered and who I felt still cared. The list seemed short, as it usually does for someone in that state of mind, so the lyrics really serve to reflect that feeling of hopelessness I held in that moment. It was a very dark time, for sure, so I'm grateful I had a pen and a notebook to spill those thoughts onto."

APOTHESARY describe the emotionally charged Accept Loss Forever as an “ode to suffering,” the album chronicles the various challenges and difficulties the group has overcome. According to guitarist Clayton Cagle, “'Accept Loss Forever' was written for anyone who’s been depressed, who’s wished for their own death, who’s struggled with drug abuse to numb the pain, or who’s ever been broken by the loss of a loved one. Everyone in the band who put pen to paper to write this album lived through some, if not all, of the above. I don’t know where I would be without the support and catharsis that APOTHESARY has given me, and if just one person is helped by this record in the same way that I was, it will all be worth it.”

“You’ve Met with a Terrible Fate, Haven’t You” follows earlier lyric and promo music video premieres, such as “Tempest (Even Tide)” via Metal Underground and “Elizabeth” via No Clean Singing, who called the song “a barn-burner, a rushing, pulsating death/thrash blast that gets the blood pumping, with ferocious vocals, battering grooves, fret-burning guitar work, a blistering solo, and a melody that rings in the head well after the song ends.”

APOTHESARY have a couple shows at the end of July with label mates HELSOTT and SICOCIS, including a Free showcase at The Beauty Bar in Las Vegas on July 28th and a Metal Assault promoted show at The Viper Room in W. Hollywood on July 30th (which also includes label mates EMPYREAN THRONE). Watch for more tour dates in late summer as more shows will be announced soon.

APOTHESARY self-released their first album, 2011's “A Harsh Reality,” while its members were still in high school. During summer breaks, the group embarked on DIY-booked tours to spread their name by playing shows with the likes of Killswitch Engage, Dark Tranquillity, Fear Factory, Dying Fetus, Helloween, Suffocation, Motograter, Soil, American Head Charge, Psycroptic and Warbringer. The band has subsequently released two EPs, “They All Carry Ghosts” and “Sensory Overload,” that showcased new and old-school thrash and technical death metal influences blending to concoct something simultaneously brutal, melodic and adventurous.

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California-based Progressive Power Metal band NOVAREIGN signs with M-Theory Audio

For those in the know Southern California’s Novareign have been steadily and surely building a buzz and reputation for themselves in recent years. The group has become a fixture with energy-abounding live shows filled with nonstop shredding guitar interplay and powerful traditional metal vocals. Honing their attack and lineup the band are now ready to take it internationally with their debut full-length and M-Theory Audio is pleased to bring another amazing and promising young band to the greater masses.

“I’ve long been intrigued by the talent and potential of this band,” explains M-Theory Audio founder Marco Barbieri. “Coming to know them through their guitarist Balmore Lemus (an early member of Exmortus and touring guitarist for Warbringer), I’ve watched this young band’s development. Upon starting M-Theory Audio I knew that Novareign was a band I wanted to have on the label’s roster. They exemplify the vision I had for the label – young, extremely talented, down-to-earth and in it for the right reasons with a good look and intense live show.”

Metal Assault defined Novareign as “nothing short of supremely impressive, [they] appear to have all the ingredients to carry the torch for years to come.” Influenced by bands like Iron Maiden and Dream Theater to Dragonforce and Angra, this is the new age of Progressive Power Metal telling stories in musical literature speaking to a generation influenced by epic, fantasy tales, comic books and video games.

“We are ecstatic to be working with Marco Barbieri and everyone in the M-Theory Audio family. With as much history and experience in the music industry as Marco has, not to mention the impact he has made in the ever growing metal community, we knew that he was someone we could learn and grow with as a band,” states Balmore. “Novareign has always been a band that has had our nose to the ground and is constantly and relentlessly working to better ourselves, the performance, the music, and everything else that entails creating what we hold near and dear to our hearts. After spending quite some time talking with Marco and M-Theory Audio about the work ethic we try to uphold, as well as what it is we would want from a partnership with a label, we decided that they were the right choice for us to help us on our journey. We look forward to releasing some awesome tunes with a label that has the same mentality and work ethic as we do.”

Watch for more news and music from Novareign in the coming months. The band is just completing the recording of their debut full-length and they and their label are looking forward to kicking off the new year with its release.

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GRAVESHADOW enter studio to record new album

Recently completing a west coast run of shows with Russia’s Arkona and Norway’s Sirenia, Sacramento’s GRAVESHADOW – a female-fronted Symphonic Metal band that incorporates Doom, Thrash and Goth Metal influences - has entered the studio to begin recording their sophomore album and debut for M-Theory Audio. Recording at The Captains Quarters in Ventura, California with producer (and Night Demon guitarist) Armand John Anthony.

“The idea came to record with Armand while we were on tour with Night Demon. I got to talking with him and he showed me some of his production work,” explains Graveshadow guitarist Will Walker. “What we really want to accomplish on this album is more of a raw and organic sound while still maintaining the symphonic elements of the music. It was a natural fit. The gear, the room, everything is working out to realize exactly what we were looking for. Armand is an absolute joy to work with and we feel he’s really helping us make this the best it can be.”

Recording will continue over the month of July with plans to release in early 2018 via their new deal with M-Theory Audio. Check their Facebook page for more recording updates.

Since forming at the end of 2012 Graveshadow has created a sound defined by crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, and earth-shattering drums. The powerful operatic vocals shift into unearthly growls to create a rich and dynamic atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. Whether it is a tale of personal struggle or of fantastical creatures, the listener is sure to find themselves immersed in a world apart. Releasing an EP in 2014, and a full-length, Nocturnal Resurrection, the following year Graveshadow have toured and played shows with Marty Friedman, Flotsam and Jetsam, Unleash the Archers, Apocalyptica, Children of Bodom, Death Angel, Skinlab, Doyle, Wednesday 13 and John 5, as well as tours with Anvil, Night Demon, Sirenia and Arkona.

BLACKFINGER confirms SEPT. 15th release date for new album,

WHEN COLORS FADE AWAY, and debuts cover art and CD/Vinyl preorder

Singer ERIC WAGNER, formerly of TROUBLE and currently of THE SKULL, brings his unique and legendary voice to the next BLACKFINGER album, When Colors Fade Away. Now based in Pittsburgh, PA, Eric has a new BLACKFINGER lineup including another familiar name in doom circles, guitarist Terry Weston (DREAM DEATH and PENANCE). M-Theory Audio is pleased to announce a Sept. 15th release date for the album on CD, limited edition colored vinyl and digital. Preorder now at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store

Featuring photos from Matt Bluejay and graphic design by Al Oaks, When Colors Fade Away is a striking and artistic package with a full color 12-page CD booklet and a 4-page vinyl insert.

“Colors were a common theme throughout the first record… I think it was a reference for life, or maybe it was hope…,” explains Eric Wagner. “What happens when colors start to fade or you feel like all hope is lost? I think there comes a time in everyone’s life when you need to confront your dark side in order to get to the light. When I saw the photographs of the old abandoned funeral home by Matt Bluejay, I thought it would make the perfect album cover for When Colors Fade Away, and the start of the journey to feel good about oneself again.”

Recently BLACKFINGER performed at Cleveland’s Agora Theatre as part of a live show captured for the forthcoming fictional film, Death Metal. Watch for more live show announcements, as well as audio samples coming soon.

EMPYREAN THRONE release new lyric video “And None Shall Rise” from upcoming debut album,

Chaosborne (out Aug. 11) – Pre-Order Now!

Los Angeles, CA Symphonic Blackened Metal artists Empyrean Throne have released the official lyric video for the single, “And None Shall Rise…” from their upcoming debut album, Chaosborne. The lyric video was created by Scott Rudd (Opeth, Fallujah, Fear Factory), “And None Shall Rise…” is premiering on Metal Injection, and can be seen here.

Chaosborne was produced by Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh), features artwork by Vladimir Kutusov, and will be released August 11th on M-Theory Audio. Pre-order now!

“’And None Shall Rise…’ is not only the subsequent single from the upcoming debut album, Chaosborne, but the opening salvo in the second act of the record’s story ark. Lovecraft enthusiasts will recognize much of the themes presented within the song, including the barren setting of the ice covered dreamworld Polaris. Narratively the somber and treacherous atmosphere of Polaris was a perfect companion for the bombastic arrangement of ‘And None Shall Rise’. At this point in the album’s story, our main character, a knights templar named Mathias, is locked in a battle of wills with beings of the Lovecraftian pantheon. His ideals, sacred truths, and feeble view of the world around him has been fragmented, like a broken mirror that further pains his sanity as he tries to rearrange the pieces. However, with this suffering comes illumination and the awakening of a deeper power within. Everyone experiences agony, but it is within these trials that we are able to unlock hidden parts of our being capable of great feats, strengths, and resolve. We hope that you enjoy listening to ‘And None Shall Rise”. Ever vigilant disciples! – Andrew Knudsen (vocals).

Chaosborne Track List:

1) The Twilight Order

2) Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam

3) Usurping the Obsidian God

4) And None Shall Rise…

5) The Devouring Mask

6) From the Mouth Ov the Black Icons

7) Stormrite Ascension

8) Chaosborne

9) Haereticus Stellarum Part I

10) Haereticus Stellarum Part II

11) Follow the Plaguelored Part II: The Harbinger Ov Pestilence

Empyrean Throne’s upcoming full-length, Chaosborne, is a testament to this new unfolding, lurching deeper into the infernal depths of Black Metal and higher unto the celestial realm of orchestral concert music. Telling the story of a hapless Templar knight in medieval Europe and his subsequent decent into the realm of Chaos, the album offers eleven solemn hymns to unbecoming, with the searing Black Flame of illumination and wrath burning brighter than ever before in the hearts of those who have created it, the members of the Order themselves.

Empyrean Throne have been privileged to fly their banners and leave their mark on the live front alongside many of the esteemed acts in extreme music, including Nile, Kataklysm, Aborted, Shining, and Cattle Decapitation amongst others. The Order has also carved its sphere of influence from the sweat and grime of the road, with two west coast tours under their belts and an appearance at Central Oregon Metalfest in 2016. Apart from that and a smattering of singles, which includes a vast rendition of the Behemoth classic “Ov Fire and the Void”, Empyrean Throne have been quite occupied preparing the ground for Chaosborne, and for whatever may lie beyond…

INTO CHAOS, TOWARDS THE BEYOND, EVER VIGILANT.

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Progressive Metal band SICOCIS completes first North American tour.

Set to return to the road later this month opening for TENGGER CAVALRY.

 

Las Vegas’ SICOCIS recently completed their first N. American tour, opening for Russia’s ARKONA and Norway’s SIRENIA. The 4-piece were thrilled by their maiden voyage cross-country and the welcome reception fans in every city gave the group. Only home a couple weeks SICOCIS will embark on a second journey later this month as the join Mongolian/Nomadic Folk Metal group TENGGER CAVALRY on more dates across the US. In anticipation SICOCIS have created a promo teaser vid for the tour. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DE0ESScdcM

The band also wants to share some sentiments and appreciation for the first run, so let’s hear from singer/guitarist Ernie Rodrigues, “Now that we have had a week or so of recovery we can finally talk about our first amazing tour with Arkona, Sirenia and MindMaze! First, we would like to send a huge thank you to Marco Barbieri and M-Theory Audio for making this possible -- we couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks to our new Russian friends in Arkona for the good times and hospitality -- you were amazing each night and it was awesome getting to hang out and watch you perform nightly. We would like to also send our thanks to Sirenia! You were truly inspiring to watch and it was out of this world learning from you, and finally being able to see you perform. Not to mention all the craziness that happened after the shows . This would not be complete without our good friends in MindMaze, who were so easy-going to work with -- you are the true embodiment of a hard working band and more bands should follow your example. We look forward to play with you again! Also, a huge shout out to Jonah Weingarten. It was amazing to finally be able to meet you. Thank you for the good times! We cannot forget to mention the man behind it all, the man who kept us all in line, and made sure everything was in order… Anton Dobrovolsky. Thank you for being so friendly and helpful brother. Last but not least, we have to thank all the fans who came to these shows. We love you and we will see you all really soon!”

Beginning June 28th, SICOCIS will begin their tour in Kansas City, MO opening for TENGGER CAVALRY and FELIX MARTIN finishing up in New York on July 7th, before doing a few shows back home. Also noteworthy, is the band’s full-length, “Requiems of the World,” originally released in late Feb. will be given wider physical distribution via RED/Sony distribution June 16th making it available via more stores and online retailers. The record has been receiving great reviews, including the latest from Smash Magazine, “a blistering assault of European-influenced intensity. It’s thrashy, it’s melodic, it’s haunting, it’s fucking awesome!”

So let’s allow Ernie to conclude, “We took the states by storm with this first tour, and we showed exactly what Sicocis is all about. Not only did we find great success in doing so, but we are primed and ready to take on our second set of shows. We are gonna be hitting up some of the same cities we visited on the last tour, and even more new places! So we ask fans to come escape their reality with us!”

SICOCIS opening for TENGGER CAVALRY and FELIX MARTIN

6/27 Riot Room- Kansas City, MO

6/29 Fubar – St. Louis, MO

6/30 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN

7/1 East Room – Nashville, TN

7/3 529 – Atlanta, GA

7/4 Mothlight – Ashville, NC

7/5 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA

7/6 KungFu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA

7/7 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY

SICOCIS opening for HELSOTT and APOTHESARY

7/28 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV (free show)

7/30 Viper Room – W. Hollywood, CA

HELSOTT join TENGGER CAVALRY tour, after returning from Europe.

A few days after returning home from their first European tour, Pagan Death Metal warriors HELSOTT are back on the road in the US supporting Mongolian Nomadic outfit TENGGER CAVALRY and Venezuelan guitar pioneer FELIX MARTIN on their west coast shows.

“We had a killer time in Europe touring with I AM MORBID [the new band of Morbid Angel’s David Vincent with Tim Yeung, Bill Hudson and Ira Black focusing on material from the early Morbid Angel catalogue] and NECROPHAGIA. We met some amazing people and embraced the energy of the old world. We can’t wait to return,” begins HELSOTT Eric Dow. “We just finished our set here in Vancouver and if tonight was any indication then this tour is going to be great. The fans are really going to enjoy such a diverse line-up.”

 

TENGGER CAVALRY / Felix Martin

6/18 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC

6/19 Highline – Seattle, WA

6/21 Dante’s – Portland, OR

6/23 Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA

6/24 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA

6/25 Club Red – Mesa, AZ

6/27 Hi Dive – Denver, CO

 

Helsott’s exotic sound mixes death metal with pagan influences and their new five-song EP, The Healer, was tracked at Trench Studios (Intronaut, Abysmal Dawn) and mixed/mastered by J-F Dagenais (Kataklysm, Ex Deo) and features stunning artwork from Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Iced Earth). The Healer was reissued last Friday, June 16th, via their label’s, M-Theory Audio, new national distribution via AISA/RED (Sony/The Orchard) or can be ordered directly at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store

Since forming seven years ago, HELSOTT – whose name means “fatal illness” in Old Norse – has paid homage to pagan cultures and mythologies while keeping true to their American influences. The group's unique mix of folk metal, death metal, symphonic metal, and rock first caught the attention of audiences on a large scale during the 2013 Paganfest North American tour, where they performed with Ensiferum, Tyr and Trollfest. The group built further momentum the following year with the release of their debut full-length, Woven, behind which they toured alongside Arkona and Heidevolk.

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TENGGER CAVALRY Reveals Music Video for Politically-Charged Track “Independence Day” 

Watch Now via Loudwire

New Album, Die On My Ride, Out Now , On Tour Now – See Below for Dates

Global Music Award-winning nomadic folk metal group TENGGER CAVALRY officially released their new album, Die On My Ride, last week via M-Theory Audio, in addition to kicking off their current North American headline tour with support from Felix MartinMalphasSicocis and Helsott (see below for dates).

Today, TENGGER CAVALRY is following up with a fast-paced music video for one of the most politically-charged tracks on the new album, entitled “Independence Day”. Take a look at the video now, exclusively via Loudwire

On “Independence Day”, the band uses their voice to incite social change and raise awareness in the name of equality. Frontman Nature G says: “Growing up in China and seeing what the regime has done to its citizens to suppress their individuality, free speech and activism through education has awoken me to how other countries and their leaders treat their citizens. These leaders force their people into becoming sheep-like and afraid to stand up to authority. Speaking up and challenging mainstream thought is considered dishonorable.

It saddens me that even coming from brave origins, inhabitants of this country are still letting things slide and pretending as if everything is just fine. We ignore the atrocities happening right in front of us – such as minorities being seen as less than other citizens because of their skin color and those of a different sexual identity being discriminated for just being who they are – and a leader who seems to be passive about it all.

After experiencing life both in China and the US, I decided to write “Independence Day”. It is an anthem for anyone who embraces their independent identity, fights for the truth and speaks up against any manipulator. We are all sons and daughters of the sky and we all have the right to decide who we want to become!”

Die On My Ride is available now worldwide in both physical CD and vinyl format via M-Theory AudioDie On My Ride adds new flavor to the band’s celebrated, exotic metal-meets-Mongolian/Central Asian musical influence and lyrical explorations of tradition, history and warfare. The album further delves into topical themes of personally-experienced racial discrimination, identity conflicts and equal rights issues while exploring new sounds and musical influence.

In addition to TENGGER CAVALRY’s current North American headline tour, the band will also raid Europe this summer at three different festivals: Ragnard Rock Fest 2017 on July 21 in Simandre-sur-Suran. France, the legendary Wacken Open Air on August 5 in Wacken, Germany, and Midgardsblot Metalfestival on August 19 in Borre, Vestfold, Norway. See below for a full listing of international dates.

TENGGER CAVALRY Headline Tour Dates w/ Felix Martin +

Malphas June 3-13

Helsott June 18-June 27

Sicocis June 28-July 8

6/03 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz

6/04 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks

6/05 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck

6/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo

6/08 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme

6/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Taps Live

6/10 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen

6/11 – Fargo, ND @ Aquarium

6/13 – Winnipeg, MB @ Windsor Hotel

6/14 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos

6/15 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room

6/16 – Calgary, AB @ Distortion

6/18 – Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria

6/19 – Seattle, WA @ Highline

6/21 – Portland, OR @ Dantes

6/23 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

6/24 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

6/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red

6/27 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive

6/28 – Kansas, City MO @ Riot Room

6/29 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone

6/30 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar

7/01 – Nashville, TN @ East Room

7/02 - Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway

7/03 – Atlanta, GA @ 529

7/04 – Asheville, NC @ Mothlight

7/05 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

7/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Fire

7/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus

7/08 – Manchester, NH @ Jewel

TENGGER CAVALRY on European Festivals

7/21 - Simandre-sur-Suran. France @ Ragnard Rock Fest 2017

8/5 – Wacken, Germany @ Hauptstraße - Wacken Open Air

8/19 – Borre, Vestfold, Norway @ Midgardsblot Metalfestival

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APOTHESARY premieres new song from

forthcoming album 'Accept Loss Forever'

After recently announcing that their sophomore album “Accept Loss Forever” will be released by M-Theory Audio on July 7, the Northern California-based death metal/core quartet APOTHESARY have now unveiled the album's cover art and track listing, in addition to premiering a lyric video created by Tsunami Films for the new song “Tempest (Even Tide).” The song, which features a guest guitar solo by Bill Hudson (U.D.O., I Am Morbid, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) can be viewed here . Pre-orders for the album are available now at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store.

Described by the band as an “ode to suffering,” the emotionally charged “Accept Loss Forever” is a chronicle of the various challenges and difficulties the group has overcome. According to guitarist Clayton Cagle, “'Accept Loss Forever' was written for anyone who’s been depressed, who’s wished for their own death, who’s struggled with drug abuse to numb the pain, or who’s ever been broken by the loss of a loved one. Everyone in the band who put pen to paper to write this album lived through some, if not all, of the above. I don’t know where I would be without the support and catharsis that APOTHESARY has given me, and if just one person is helped by this record in the same way that I was, it will all be worth it.”

  1. Sensory Overload
  2. Two-Minute Hate
  3. 1976
  4. Elizabeth
  5. Accept Loss Forever
  6. Making Up For Lost Time
  7. You've Met With A Terrible Fate, Haven't You?
  8. Knight
  9. Woodland Critter Christmas
  10. Tempest (Even Tide)
  11. Expressionless Me

“Tempest (Even Tide)” marks the second appetizer for “Accept Loss Forever,” as earlier this year, the group released a Multiverse theory-inspired music video for “Elizabeth” (also directed by Tsunami Films) via No Clean Singing, who called the song “a barn-burner, a rushing, pulsating death/thrash blast that gets the blood pumping, with ferocious vocals, battering grooves, fret-burning guitar work, a blistering solo, and a melody that rings in the head well after the song ends.” 

Taking advantage of a break in the busy touring schedule of his other band Hatchet, guitarist Clayton Cagle and his APOTHESARY bandmates – guitarist/vocalist Jared Eandi, drummer Greg O'Neill and bassist Brittany Shankle – spent much of April on the road in the western U.S. (including several dates with label mates Blessed Curse), their first proper tour since a summer 2016 run that saw the group play alongside the likes of Psycroptic, Motograter, Soil and American Head Charge.

APOTHESARY self-released their first album, 2011's “A Harsh Reality,” while its members were still in high school. During summer breaks, the group embarked on DIY-booked tours to spread their name by playing shows with the likes of Killswitch Engage, Dark Tranquillity, Fear Factory, Dying Fetus, Helloween, Suffocation and Warbringer. The band has subsequently released two EPs, “They All Carry Ghosts” and “Sensory Overload,” that showcased new and old-school thrash and technical death metal influences blending to concoct something simultaneously brutal, melodic and adventurous.

Last weekend, APOTHESARY headlined the seventh annual Metalfest of Middletown in Northern California. Later this summer, the group will share the stage with M-Theory Audio label mates Helsott, Sicocis and Empyrean Throne at Hollywood's legendary Viper Room, as well as the Beauty Bar in Las Vegas. Additional tour dates will be announced soon. 

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American Heavy Metallers WHITE WIZZARD drive back into action with classic lineup.

Sign with M-Theory Audio for a new album this fall.

2017 marks the return of True Metal Crusaders WHITE WIZZARD. Mainman and bassist Jon Leon returns energized and re-joined by classic members vocalist Wyat "Screaming Demon" Anderson and guitarist James J. LaRue for a new album of timeless Heavy Metal.

WHITE WIZZARD are recognized as one of the first bands to bring back classic/traditional heavy metal when they released High Speed GTO in 2009, which Metal Hammer referred to as a "fun blast of NWOBHM-centric metal." Since the band has released 3 full-lengths on Earache Records and toured across the US, Europe and Japan. Now re-teamed with their strongest members WHITE WIZZARD are anxious to get back out there with plans already underway for dates in the fall supporting a new album on M-Theory Audio.

"White Wizzard is very excited to be signing with Marco Barbieri and M-Theory Audio. I've had several talks with Marco about his new label over the past few months and felt we shared a similar vision," explains Jon Leon. "I came away feeling he was a really good guy and in the music industry for the RIGHT reasons and I felt like I could trust him, which is rare for me in this business. That inspired me to take a chance on someone that is on a path that I feel will be successful. Marco has a lot of passion for music and I am hopeful we can both find greater heights through this venture. White Wizzard has been through a lot of adversity and this album means a lot for many different reasons and it's something we are all very proud of. With Wyatt 'Screaming Demon' Anderson and James J. LaRue back in the band we have the best of our past whilst creating a vision to take it to the next level with a powerful dynamic musical force."

WHITE WIZZARD is currently finishing up mixes for a new album with producer Ralph Patlan (Megadeth, UFO, Flotsam and Jetsam). Expect more details soon.

Singer Wyatt Anderson add, "This is the best album we have put out to date. We're excited for its release on M-Theory Audio, and thanks to the fans for your continued patience and support. We will see you all in 2017/2018!"

M-Theory Audio is the new label helmed by Marco Barbieri, former president of Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast America. M-Theory Audio features a burgeoning roster that includes such notable acts as Nomadic Folk Metal group Tengger Cavalry, Pagan metal warriors Helsott, doom / psychedelic outfit Blackfinger (featuring former Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner), Female-fronted symphonic metal band Graveshadow and Progressive/Power Metal band Sicocis.

GRAVESHADOW begin tour today with ARKONA and SIRENIA;

Announce Summer Recording Plan

Having just completed a US tour opening for ANVIL and NIGHT DEMON, GRAVESHADOW – a Female-fronted Symphonic Metal band that incorporates Doom, Thrash and Goth Metal influences, based out of Sacramento, CA - will begin their west coast tour today in Seattle opening for Russia's ARKONA and Norway's SIRENIA.

"It's great to be back on the road, especially with bands that have had a profound impact on the genre and us as musicians," states guitarist Will Walker. "We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones, it promises to be one helluva week!"

In between tours GRAVESHADOW have continued writing new material for the follow-up to 2015's Nocturnal Resurrection, and their M-Theory Audio debut.

“The new album is shaping up very nicely and all that’s really left is to fine-tune arrangements and continue rehearsing,” continues Will. “We will record in July with NIGHT DEMON’s Armand [John Anthony - guitarist] and we’re very excited about the project. It’s interesting to see how the new material has developed and we can’t wait to share with everyone. Keep an eye out!”

GRAVESHADOW formed at the end of 2012 creating a sound defined by crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, and earth-shattering drums. The powerful operatic vocals shift into unearthly growls to create a rich and dynamic atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. Whether it is a tale of personal struggle or of fantastical creatures, the listener is sure to find themselves immersed in a world apart. Releasing an EP in 2014, and a full-length, Nocturnal Resurrection, the following year GRAVESHADOW have also toured and played shows with Marty Friedman, Flotsam and Jetsam, Unleash the Archers, Apocalyptica, Children of Bodom, Death Angel, Skinlab, Doyle, Wednesday 13 and John 5.

M-Theory Audio features a burgeoning roster that includes such notable acts as Nomadic Folk Metal group Tengger Cavalry, Pagan metal warriors Helsott, doom / psychedelic outfit Blackfinger (featuring former Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner and Dream Death guitarist Terry Weston), Prog/Power Metal band Sicocis and Black Metal Ritualists Empyrean Throne.

See GRAVESHADOW live –

With ARKONA, SIRENIA and MINDMAZE

5/23 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

5/24 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR

5/25 Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA

5/26 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA

5/27 Pranksters – Scottsdale, AZ

APOTHESARY to release new album 'Accept Loss Forever' on July 7

Fresh from a successful tour of the western U.S., the Northern California-based death metal/core quartet APOTHESARY – praised by No Clean Singing for their “impressive, hard-charging melodic death metal with a shitload of technical flair and enough pummeling brutality to leave bruises” – has finished recording their sophomore full-length. Titled “Accept Loss Forever,” the album, described by the band as an “ode to suffering,” will be issued by M-Theory Audio on July 7. More details about the release will surface in the coming weeks.

Taking advantage of a break in the busy touring schedule of his other band Hatchet, guitarist Clayton Cagle and his APOTHESARY bandmates – guitarist/vocalist Jared Eandi, drummer Greg O'Neill and bassist Brittany Shankle – spent much of April on the road in support of their acclaimed 2016 EP “Sensory Overload.” Hailed by MetalSucks as a “fine blend of death metal and thrash,” the release was previously supported by a tour that saw the group play alongside the likes of Psycroptic, Motograter, Soil and American Head Charge.

That was all just a precursor for “Accept Loss Forever,” which Cagle describes as an emotional and cathartic album that painstakingly captures the group's evolution, musically and personally. “'Accept Loss Forever' is the true definition of 'coming of age,' as some of its material dates back to 2012 – when our average age was just 17 – and spans over half the life of the band,” he explains. “That makes these songs special, because they're the most accurate representation of our growth both as a band and as human beings. Every significant moment of our transition from adolescence to adulthood has a place on this record, and I don't know where I would be right now if I didn't have this outlet to help put life in perspective. It is my hope that the music on this record helps someone else in the same way it helped me, and the rest of APOTHESARY, to write. We can't thank the M-Theory team more for believing in us enough to make this release a reality.”

APOTHESARY self-released their first album, 2011's “A Harsh Reality,” while its members were still in high school. During summer breaks, the group embarked on DIY-booked tours to spread their name by playing shows with the likes of Killswitch Engage, Dark Tranquillity, Fear Factory, Dying Fetus, Helloween, Suffocation and Warbringer. The band has subsequently released two EPs, “They All Carry Ghosts” and “Sensory Overload,” that showcased new and old-school death metal influences blending to concoct something simultaneously brutal, melodic and adventurous.

APOTHESARY will next perform live on May 27, when they will headline the seventh annual Metalfest of Middletown in Northern California. Later this summer, the group will share the stage with M-Theory label mates Helsott and Sicocis at Hollywood's legendary Viper Room. Additional tour dates will be announced shortly. For more information, please visit
www.facebook.com/apothesary  

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TENGGER CAVALRY Reveals Groovy, Introspective New Track “Cursed”

 Listen Now via Metal Hammer

 New Album, “Die On My Ride”, out June 2, 2017 | Pre-Order Physical 

 Upcoming North American Tour Begins June 3 in Montreal, QC

Global Music Award-winning nomadic folk metal group TENGGER CAVALRY have already released two new singles from their upcoming album, Die On My Ride, on June 2 via M-Theory Audio. The tracks, entitled “Die On My Ride” and “Ashley” portray two very different sides of the band, both musically and conceptually.

Today, TENGGER CAVALRY is introducing a third track into the mix. “Cursed” is a more introspective look at breaking down personal barriers risen by oneself and others. Listen now via Metal Hammer

“‘Cursed’ is about breaking barriers,” says TENGGER CAVALRY frontman Nature G. “Society has always put up different mental and physical barriers barring individuals just trying to achieve their dreams. You are too short, you are minority, you are a female not a man, you are from somewhere else, you don't look good enough. All these disadvantages that we think we are born with, are like a curse to us. We are cursed for believing these barriers, aren't we? No, we are not. We need to break this barrier of belief. We need to strike it and claim who we are supposed to be. Cursed, or rise above the curse.”

Die On My Ride is available to pre-order now in both physical CD and vinyl format via M-Theory Audio or digitally via the band’s Bandcamp page. The album is distributed by AISA/RED in North America and PHD in the UK. Die On My Ride adds new flavor to the band’s celebrated, exotic metal-meets-Mongolian/Central Asian musical influence and lyrical explorations of tradition, history and warfare. The album further delves into topical themes of personally-experienced racial discrimination, identity conflicts and equal rights issues while exploring new sounds and musical influence.

In addition to hearing these tracks on Die On My Ride, you can witness them live on the band’s upcoming 25+ date North American headline tour featuring support from Felix MartinMalphasSicocis and Helsott. The tour will begin in Montreal, QC on June 3 and visit several other major Canadian and U.S. cities before coming to an end on July 8 in Manchester, NH (Malphas will appear June 3-13, Helsott June 18-27, and Sicocis June 28-July 8).

This summer, TENGGER CAVALRY will also raid Europe at two different festivals, Ragnard Rock Fest 2017 on July 21 in Simandre-sur-Suran. France, and Midgardsblot Metalfestival on August 19 in Borre, Vestfold, Norway. See below for a full listing of international dates.

 

TENGGER CAVALRY Headline Tour Dates w/ Felix Martin +

Malphas June 3-13

Helsott June 18-June 27

Sicocis June 28-July 8

 

6/03 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz

6/04 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks

6/05 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck

6/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo

6/08 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme

6/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Taps Live

6/10 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen

6/11 – Fargo, ND @ Aquarium

6/13 – Winnipeg, MB @ Windsor Hotel

6/14 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos

6/15 – Edmonton, AB @ Brixx

6/16 – Calgary, AB @ Distortion

6/18 – Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria

6/19 – Seattle, WA @ Highline

6/21 – Portland, OR @ Dantes

6/23 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

6/24 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

6/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red

6/27 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive

6/28 – Kansas, City MO @ Riot Room

6/29 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone

6/30 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar

7/01 – Nashville, TN @ East Room

7/03 – Atlanta, GA @ 529

7/04 – Asheville, NC @ Mothlight

7/05 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

7/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Fire

7/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus

7/08 – Manchester, NH @ Jewel

TENGGER CAVALRY on European Festivals

7/21 - Simandre-sur-Suran. France @ Ragnard Rock Fest 2017

8/19 – Borre, Vestfold, Norway @ Midgardsblot Metalfestival

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California-based symphonic black metal act EMPYREAN THRONE signs with M-Theory Audio

Debut full-length album 'Chaosborne' due this summer; music video now streaming

The acclaimed Southern California group EMPYREAN THRONE, who have been praised by the OC Weekly for their “vicious mix of raw black metal and traditional death metal,” have signed with M-Theory Audio. The group's debut album, “Chaosborne” – produced by Mick Kenney of Anaal Nathrakh – will be released this summer. More information about the recording will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Over the past five years, EMPYREAN THRONE, who describe themselves as a “clandestine order of Chaos-Gnostic black metal practitioners,” has built a steady regional following through theatrical performances alongside the likes of Nile, Overkill, Kataklysm, Aborted and Cattle Decapitation, as well as two West Coast tours of their own. In addition, their 2013 debut EP “Demonseed” and subsequent digital singles (including a cover of Behemoth's “Ov Fire and the Void”) have hinted at the promise that's on full display on “Chaosborne.”

Late last year, the group unveiled a video for the “Chaosborne” track “Haereticus Stellarum Part II.” Brimming with the venom and hatred one would expect from titans like Watain and reinforced by haunting chants and invocations more akin to bands like Batushka, “Haereticus Stellarum Part II” delivers a sonic flogging from start to finish and shows that EMPYREAN THRONE are able to simultaneously wield the blades of both the raw elements of traditional black metal and experimental orchestral music, a feat few modern bands can accomplish. The video, which offers a glimpse into the ritualistic practices of the Gnostic order, can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38YNQ62O-34

Featuring a burgeoning roster that includes such notable acts as Nomadic Folk Metal group Tengger Cavalry, Pagan metal warriors Helsott and doom / psychedelic outfit Blackfinger (featuring former Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner), M-Theory Audio is the new label helmed by Marco Barbieri, former president of Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast America.

Says EMPYREAN THRONE vocalist Andrew Knudsen, “Marco is a man of vision, and his continuing hard work and achievements in the music industry are a testament to this. His excitement and enthusiasm for what our Order hopes to achieve and cultivate is what we have been searching for in a label. We are hungry for the growth Marco has planned for us and are ready to carve a path of sonic destruction across the face of the extreme music scene. We’re both honored and humbled to join Marco and the M-Theory ranks for the release of 'Chaosborne.'”

Adds Barbieri, “EMPYREAN THRONE came to my attention when I noticed the 'Haereticus' video. It blew me away that such a promising visual band with top-notch production and a high-quality concept video were planning to self-release their album. After some research and conversations with the band and Mark Muller at Extreme Management Group, I knew I had to join the team and help further spread the good word. I'm very excited about the potential of these guys and look forward towards the future."

In the coming weeks, EMPYREAN THRONE will play several high-profile shows in the Western U.S. More dates will be announced shortly. For further information, please visit www.empyreanthrone.com.

EMPYREAN THRONE on tour:

5/6       Rites ov Ascension II Festival – Laguna Niguel, CA

5/19     Adrenaline – Las Vegas, NV (w/ Shining, Revenge, Wolvhammer)

5/20     Complex – Los Angeles, CA (w/ Shining, Revenge, Wolvhammer)

5/26     Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA (w/ Taake)

7/30     Viper Room – Los Angeles, CA (w/ Helsott, Apothesary, Sicocis)
 

 

 HELSOTT debut promo video clip for “Astralive” from The Healer.

announce US and European tour dates.

On the eve of the release of their new EP, The Healer, there’s lots of news this week from the Helsott tribe.

First, the premiere of the band’s new promo video clip, “Astralive”, directed by Sicocis guitarist Rafael Ortega (Ayreon, Blessed Curse). 

"Filming 'Astralive' was a very enjoyable experience," explains vocalist Eric Dow. "Raf was great to work with and Coop and I had fun scouting for a location in Arrowhead. We want to thank Mike Grieg for letting us set up camp."

"I love how cold the video came out," adds drummer Cooper Dustman. "It was actually blistering hot that dat, we all got sunburns! Finding this remote spot in the mountains was adventurous considering the gps can only show so much. We scouted and shot this within a few days, and we're proud of the final product."

Second, Helsott is pleased to announce some upcoming tour dates, including the band's first trip to Europe. The band will be supporting I Am Morbid (the new band from Morbid Angel's David Vincent (vocals/bass) and Tim Yeung (drums) playing tracks from the first 4 classic Morbid Angel album) and death metal legends Necrophagia.

"We have been working so hard to fulfill our goals," states Eric Dow. "taking our brand of Pagan Death Metal overseas has always been an ultimate goal for this band and now that we have the opportunity we will take full advantage of it. Europe... Helsott is finally coming!"

The run is immediately followed by the band taking part joining the west coast dates of the just announced Nomadic Folk Metal band Tengger Cavalry and virtuoso guitarist Felix Martin tour.

"We are excited to be joining our label mates, Tengger Cavalry, and the amazing Felix Martin on a west coast leg of their North American Raid," explain Eric. "This is a unique line-up and fans are in for a treat!"

5/2        Slidebar - Fullerton, CA w/ Gruesome and Skeletal Remains
5/5        Blacklight District - Long Beach, CA w/ Voices of Ruin
5/14      Brick by Brick - San DIego, CA w/ Evergrey
 

I AM MORBID / NECROPHAGIA European Tour

5/29        Rudeboy – Bielsko Biela, Poland

5/30        Colosseum – Kosice, Slovakia

5/31        Durer Kert – Budapest, Hungary

6/1          Orto Bar – Ljubljana, Slovenia

6/2          Revolver – Venice, Italy

6/3          Kulturfabrik – Lyss, Switzerland

6/4          Logo – Hamburg, Germany

6/5          Live Music Hall – Morlenbach-Weiher, Germany

6/6          Feierwerk – Munich, Germany

6/7          From Hell – Erfurt, Germany

6/8          Roxy – Flensburg, Germany

6/9          Paard Van Troje – Den Haag, Netherlands

6/10        013 – Tilburg, Netherlands

6/11        Hellraiser – Leipzig, Germany

 

TENGGER CAVALRY / Felix Martin

6/18        Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC

6/19        Highline – Seattle, WA

6/21        Dante’s – Portland, OR

6/23        Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA

6/24        Soda Bar – San Diego, CA

6/25        Club Red – Mesa, AZ

6/27        Hi Dive – Denver, CO


7/30        Viper Room - W. Hollywood. CA w/ Apothesary, Sicocis, Empyrean Throne

Helsott’s exotic sound mixes death metal with pagan influences and their new five-song EP, The Healer, will be released April 28th on M-Theory Audio. Tracked at Trench Studios (Intronaut, Abysmal Dawn) and mixed/mastered by J-F Dagenais (Kataklysm, Ex Deo) the release features stunning artwork from Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Iced Earth) and can be ordered at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store

Since forming seven years ago, HELSOTT – whose name means “fatal illness” in Old Norse – has paid homage to pagan cultures and mythologies while keeping true to their American influences. The group's unique mix of folk metal, death metal, symphonic metal, and rock first caught the attention of audiences on a large scale during the 2013 Paganfest North American tour, where they performed with Ensiferum, Tyr and Trollfest. The group built further momentum the following year with the release of their debut full-length, Woven, behind which they toured alongside Arkona and Heidevolk.
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TENGGER CAVALRY Announces North American Headline Tour with Support from FELIX MARTIN and HELSOTT 

Begins June 3 in Montreal, QC

 New Album, “Die On My Ride”, out June 2, 2017 | Pre-order Now

Last week, it was announced that June 2, 2017 will mark the release of Global Music Award-winning nomadic folk metal groupTENGGER CAVALRY’s upcoming full-length album, Die On My Ride. The band is thrilled to announce that just a day after album drops, they will kick off a 25+ date North American headline tour featuring support from Venezuelan world music/progressive fusion guitarist Felix Martin and pagan folk metal group Helsott.

The tour will begin in Montreal, QC on June 3 and visit several other major Canadian and U.S. cities before coming to an end on July 8 in Manchester, NH (Helsott will appear June 18-June 27). See below for a full listing of dates.

TENGGER CAVALRY frontman Nature G states: “After so many months off the road, hours and hours of recording in the studio and many intense rehearsals, we are so excited to finally hit the road and raid with Felix Martin and HelsottHelsott is amazing – they play European-influenced pagan folk metal, and Felix Martin is an absolutely skillful progressive-influenced metal/rock act. We’re stoked to play many songs from our brand new album and also to have these awesome fellow world/folk music artists out with us!”

TENGGER CAVALRY Headline Tour Dates w/ Felix Martin, Helsott:

6/03 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz

6/04 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks

6/05 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck

6/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo

6/08 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme

6/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Taps Live

6/10 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen

6/11 – Fargo, ND @ Aquarium

6/13 – Winnipeg, MB @ Windsor Hotel

6/14 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos

6/15 – Edmonton, AB @ Brixx

6/16 – Calgary, AB @ Distortion

6/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater

6/19 – Seattle, WA @ Highline

6/21 – Portland, OR @ Dantes

6/23 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

6/24 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

6/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red

6/27 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive

6/28 – Kansas, City MO @ Riot Room

6/29 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar

6/30 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone

7/01 – Nashville, TN @ East Room

7/03 – Atlanta, GA @ 529

7/04 – Asheville, NC @ Mothlight

7/05 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

7/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Fire

7/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus

7/08 – Manchester, NH @ Jewel


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Nomadic Folk Metal Band TENGGER CAVALRY Explores New Horizons on Upcoming Full-Length Album, “Die On My Ride”, out June 2nd on M-Theory Audio

Watch the New Lyric Video for “Die On My Ride” Now via Metal Injection Link

Pre-Order Vinyl and CD Now

Bands that take on a “theme” often end up pigeonholing themselves, releasing album after album with the same overarching concept and sound. When it came time to write and record their upcoming full-length album, Die On My Ride, Global Music Award-winning nomadic folk metal group TENGGER CAVALRY recognized the opportunity to expand on their celebrated exotic sound and lyrical explorations of tradition, history and warfare by delving into more personal, topical themes of racial discrimination, identity, equal rights and freedom.

Die On My Ride, which is scheduled to hit stores on June 2, 2017 via M-Theory Audio, delivers the potent, inimitable metal-meets-Mongolian/Central Asian world music sound that diehard TENGGER CAVALRY fans have come to know and love, while incorporating fresh styles and concepts that a whole new fanbase will enjoy.

Listen to the brand new title track, “Die On My Ride”, via lyric video now at MetalInjection.net: Metal Injection Link

Die On My Ride is a rather different album than all of our previous releases,” states TENGGER CAVALRY mastermind and frontman Nature G. “This album reaches a more personal place for us. We discuss personal struggle surrounding identity conflicts, racial discrimination and individual freedoms. I think an important part of existing in modern society is learning to accept one another for who we are and embrace our differences, and to look beyond that to find a deeper connection between each race or ethnic group. Coming from a different place and walking the line between the Mongolian music world and American music world is sometimes challenging for me. I see all kinds of stereotyping and people throwing hatred, prejudice and judgment at one other because of arrogance, insecurity or simply a lack of understanding. This creates a huge identity conflict for individuals. These concepts make up a lot of what this album is about. Being yourself, pushing past judgment from others, being strong and fighting for your individual freedoms.”

Nature G continues, “Musically, I intentionally tried to incorporate more clean vocal choruses, semitones and western minor scales, rather than stick just within our traditional Mongolian folk style. We also incorporated piano to add a more emotional element to the songs.”

Die On My Ride was self-produced at Nature G’s production studio Raiding Media, and is available to pre-order now in both physical CD and vinyl format via M-Theory Audio or digitally via the band’s Bandcamp page.

Die On My Ride is TENGGER CAVALRY’s first album available in vinyl format, as well as their first album to be released with M-Theory Audio – the new label recently launched by Marco Barbieri, former president of Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast America.

Die On My Ride will be supported by a North American tour and performances at several European summer festivals. Further details will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Die On My Ride track listing:

1. Snow

2. Die On My Ride

3. Independence Day

4. To The Sky

5. Prayer

6. Strike

7. Ashley

8. Cursed

9. The Frontline

10. The Choice Of My Mind

11. Me Against Me

12. We Will Survive (Bonus)

13. Burn (Bonus)

14. Blade Of Time (Bonus)

About TENGGER CAVALRY:

As one of the most unique and innovative acts in modern music, TENGGER CAVALRY (“the army of the sky god” in Mongolian) blends the nomadic musical traditions, instrumentation and warrior spirit of Central Asia with the aggression and power of heavy metal. The group was founded by Nature “G” Ganganbaigal, who sings using the ancient Mongolian tradition of Khoomei (more commonly known as throat-singing) and plays multiple native instruments, including the Morin Khuur (an ancient fiddle), the Tovshuur (a Mongolian guitar) and the Mongolian flute.

Following Nature G's relocation to America four years ago, TENGGER CAVALRY has successfully completed two headlining tours and even sold out a performance at New York City's prestigious Carnegie Hall.

In the studio, meanwhile, the group's output has been prodigious – since forming in 2010, they've released four full-length albums, two EPs and numerous singles, including unique cover interpretations of metal classics. In January, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine retweeted the group's cover of “Symphony of Destruction,” while the previous month, the official Motörhead Facebook page reposted their rendition of “Fight.”

TENGGER CAVALRY has been praised by top media outlets such as Metal Hammer, Terrorizer, Billboard, CNN, The Huffington Post and countless others.

www.tengger-cavalry.com
www.facebook.com/tengger0cavalry

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THE INFAMOUS VOICE OF TROUBLE, ERIC WAGNER, SIGNS WITH M-THEORY AUDIO;

NEW BLACKFINGER ALBUM DUE THIS SUMMER

 

Eric Wagner is a unique and legendary voice in our scene, and M-Theory Audio is pleased to announce we’ll be releasing his next Blackfinger album, When Colors Fade Away, this summer.

Reknown and still cherished for the classic material he recorded with Chicago’s Trouble for over two decades, in recent years Wagner has been focusing on a couple other promising new bands in a similar vein and one of those is Blackfinger. Now relocated to Pittsburgh, Eric has a new full band lineup and is joined in Blackfinger for their sophomore album by another respected name in doom metal circles, guitarist Terry Weston of Dream Death/Penance.

“I’m extremely excited to announce that Blackfinger has signed with M-Theory Audio,” cites Eric Wagner. “It is an honor and a pleasure to work with Marco Barbieri again after all these years.”

“Eric, the pleasure is all mine,” responds M-Theory Audio’s Marco Barbieri. “Eric Wagner is a true artist, talent and storyteller. I’ve spent the last 34 years listening to classic tales weaved by this man; and he is truly one of my favorite vocalists. Along the way I’ve had the pleasure of working with Eric and Trouble while at Century Media during their Plastic Green Head album cycle and even had his other band, The Skull, headline one of the Doom in June Festivals. Now our co-operation and friendship continues and I am fortunate to release the new and phenomenal Blackfinger album.”

M-Theory Audio is the new label recently launched by Marco Barbieri, the former president of Century Media Records, whose previous experience includes Nuclear Blast and Metal Blade. Joining Marco in this adventure are colleagues whose past experience includes work for labels like Century Media, Prosthetic, Victory and Epitaph. The label’s roster includes Bay Area thrash outfit Cultural Warfare, Las Vegas prog/power metal band Sicocis, Sacramento headbangers Blessed Curse, Southern California’s Pagan Death Metallers Helsott, Nomadic Folk Metal band Tengger Cavalry, Female-fronted symphonic metal band Graveshadow and Nor Cal’s death/metalcore band Apothesary.

Street date and pre-order will be announced soon. For more information on Eric and Blackfinger please visit: 

   www.facebook.com/blackfingermusic          www.ericwagnermusic.com              
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HELSOTT premiere personal video detailing
their forthcoming The Healer EP

Helsott, whose exotic sound mixes death metal with pagan influences, will release a new five-song EP, The Healer, on April 28th on M-Theory Audio. The release features stunning artwork from Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Iced Earth) and was mixed/mastered by J-F Dagenais (Kataklysm, Ex Deo). Pre-order The Healer CD now at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store.

As the hype builds towards street date, the band found time to get together and make a personal video giving commentary and shedding more detail about the individual songs, the recording process and it features previews and live footage.

"We are very proud of this EP and invite you all on this very serious track-by-track journey of The Healer through the minds of the creators," states singer Eric Dow.

Since forming seven years ago, HELSOTT – whose name means “fatal illness” in Old Norse – has paid homage to pagan cultures and mythologies while keeping true to their American influences. The group's unique mix of folk metal, death metal, symphonic metal, and rock first caught the attention of audiences on a large scale during the 2013 Paganfest North American tour, where they performed with Ensiferum, Tyr and Trollfest. The group built further momentum the following year with the release of their debut full-length, Woven, behind which they toured alongside Arkona and Heidevolk.

HELSOTT now returns with The Healer, a five-song EP recorded in part at Southern California's Trench Studios (Intronaut, Abysmal Dawn) and mixed and mastered by J-F Dagenais (Kataklysm, Ex Deo). The release spawned from the band's successful crowd-sourcing campaign to fund the recording of Woven, when they offered to write a song about a fan who pledged a certain amount. A patron named Doc – who was indeed a doctor – took them up on their offer, and the band liked the final result so much that they decided to write and record additional new songs to be issued in conjunction.
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Mongolian Folk Metal Group TENGGER CAVALRY Signs with M-Theory Audio to Release New Full-Length Album in June

TENGGER CAVALRY
, the nomadic Mongolian folk metal group whose exotic sound has been praised by outlets ranging from Metal Hammer and Terrorizer to Billboard and CNN – has signed with M-Theory Audio. The band's new album is expected to be released in June and will be supported by a five-week North American tour and performances at several European summer festivals. Further details will be revealed in the coming weeks.

M-Theory Audio is the new label recently launched by Marco Barbieri, former president of Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast America.

Barbieri says, TENGGER CAVALRY is one of the most unique new bands, and I've been impressed how Nature Ganganbaigal and the group developed themselves to this point independently. By teaming up with an old friend, Dawn Robinson, as management and now working with us at M-Theory Audio, I'm excited by the upward possibilities the future holds and the fun and breakthroughs possible with their themes and great music.”

TENGGER CAVALRY frontman Nature Ganganbaigal adds, “To work with Marco, who was an integral part of Century Media, and M-Theory Audio is TENGGER CAVALRY's greatest honor. We are excited to bring on our next ‘raid’ together with the mighty M-Theory!”

One of the most unique and innovative acts in modern music, TENGGER CAVALRY (“the army of the sky god” in Mongolian) blends the nomadic musical traditions, instrumentation and warrior spirit of Central Asia with the aggression and power of heavy metal. The group was founded by Nature Ganganbaigal, who sings using the ancient Mongolian tradition of Khoomei (more commonly known as throat-singing) and plays multiple native instruments, including the Morin Khuur (an ancient fiddle), the Tovshuur (a Mongolian guitar) and the Mongolian flute.

Following Ganganbaigal's relocation to America four years ago, TENGGER CAVALRY has successfully completed two headlining tours and even sold out a performance at New York City's prestigious Carnegie Hall.

In the studio, meanwhile, the group's output has been prodigious – since forming in 2010, they've released four full-length albums, two EPs and numerous singles, including unique cover interpretations of metal classics. In January, Dave Mustaine retweeted the group's cover of “Symphony of Destruction,” while the previous month, the official Motörhead Facebook page reposted their rendition of “Fight.” The band's most recent original single, “A Blade of Time,” was issued in January; a video for the song can be seen at this location: https://youtu.be/k43wSxkEDto

Learn more about TENGGER CAVALRY:
http://tengger-cavalry.com
www.facebook.com/tengger0cavalry 

 

HELSOTT premiere “The Healer” lyric video

HELSOTT premiere the first taste from their forthcoming EP, The Healer, with a lyric video for the title track, created by Scott Rudd (Opeth, Aborted). https://youtu.be/VpmUMbXByh8

Helsott, whose exotic sound mixes death metal with pagan influences, recently signed with M-Theory Audio, who will release the group's new five-song EP on April 28th, featuring stellar artwork from Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Iced Earth). Pre-order The Healer CD now at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store.

“We are proud to share the title track from our new EP via this awesome lyric video,” states singer Eric Dow. “This was a fun record to make and we look forward to hitting the road soon and playing the song live.”

Since forming seven years ago, HELSOTT – whose name means “fatal illness” in Old Norse – has paid homage to pagan cultures and mythologies while keeping true to their American influences. The group's unique mix of folk metal, death metal, symphonic metal, and rock first caught the attention of audiences on a large scale during the 2013 Paganfest North American tour, where they performed with Ensiferum, Tyr and Trollfest. The group built further momentum the following year with the release of their debut full-length, Woven, behind which they toured alongside Arkona and Heidevolk.

HELSOTT now returns with The Healer, a five-song EP recorded in part at Southern California's Trench Studios (Intronaut, Abysmal Dawn) and mixed and mastered by J-F Dagenais (Kataklysm, Ex Deo). The release spawned from the band's successful crowd-sourcing campaign to fund the recording of Woven, when they offered to write a song about a fan who pledged a certain amount. A patron named Doc – who was indeed a doctor – took them up on their offer, and the band liked the final result so much that they decided to write and record additional new songs to be issued in conjunction.
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BLESSED CURSE premiere “Nightbreed” lyric video from Beware of the Night

It’s 2017 and Nor Cal’s Blessed Curse is back raging their way through 5 news songs of scathing metal, exemplified by the first preview – a lyric video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iuPxWBBCvU from their forthcoming EP, Beware of the Night.

“Nightbreed” picks up where things left off on their debut album as the trio hack and slash with some deadly thrash exemplified in this new lyric video created by Rafael Ortega, from label mates Sicocis. The CD was once again produced by Juan Urteaga (Testament, Exodus, Sadus) at Trident Studios in Martinez, CA with cover art by Brian Lewis (DevilDriver, Zakk Wylde, Cultural Warfare) at Stone Design and will be released March 31st on M-Theory Audio. Pre-orders, including t-shirt bundles, available at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store

“This video is truly a historic chapter in the Blessed Curse history book because it marks the first official video from the band,” explains drummer Derek Bean. “I can’t say enough about the pro quality of the Beware of the Night EP project and everything that has gone into it from the time in the studio to this lyric video and everything in between. After first view of the ‘Nightbreed’ video, my initial reaction was ‘this is absolutely killer’. I love the Evil Dead/Blair Witch camera views of something going through the woods. The vibe of the song was definitely captured to the T in this vid.”

Blessed Curse’s core includes drummer Derek Bean and singer/guitarist Tyler Satterlee who began playing music as kids and gained acclaim a decade ago under their previous moniker Devastator releasing a couple of praised demos and touring all over the west coast as part of the burgeoning thrash metal revival playing with peer bands like Warbringer, Hatchet, Fueled By Fire, Merciless Death and opening local area shows for larger acts like Kreator, Overkill, Napalm Death and Sodom. Changing their name to the more unique Blessed Curse 2012 and recording their debut the band supported it via national tours with Rattlehead and Sacrificial Slaughter before deciding to put the brakes on the band for a bit while Derek attended college. Now, with Dan Keenan on bass, it’s time to get back into the game and Blessed Curse has several dates booked in the Bay Area and Central California, with more live opportunities in the works.          ___________________________________________________________________________________

 

APOTHESARY PREMIERE NEW VIDEO
ANNOUNCE APRIL TOUR DATES


Still in support of their Sensory Overload EP, Northern California's APOTHESARY are back with another round of tour dates and a new promo video clip. The video, for the song "Elizabeth", is Apothesary's first attempt at doing a proper promo clip and has an interesting concept behind it.

"We wanted to choose a song that was both powerful and reflective of our sound as a whole. The story of 'Elizabeth' is based around the Multiverse theory, or the concept of parallel universes," explains guitarist Clayton Cagle. "The film follows our heroine (and stellar bassist) living multiple timelines beginning with her arrival and ending in her demise - with pieces of the overarching story being explained in each world."

"Akin to Cloud Atlas and loosely influenced by the Hindu belief of reincarnation, it was important to us that we accurately portray the concept (without confusion) in less than four minutes," furthers guitarist/vocalist Jared Eandi. "We couldn't be happier with the end result and thank Tsunami Films immensely for the incredible work!"

Check out the video premiere at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDNHdpCBnnY

Last summer Apothesary toured across part of the US playing shows alongside American Head Charge, Motorgrater, Soil and Psycroptic, building up awareness and support for Sensory Overload. Since guitar player Clayton Cagle has been busy with moonlighting by performing nonstop with his other band, Bay Area thrashers Hatchet. Now with a break in the Hatchet schedule new Apothesary shows were booked for the Southwest in April.

"We want to hit the road hard in support of the EP and set up a future release.We're very happy with the awesome reception our new jams have been gifted; it's definitely stoked our flames to follow that up with some live violence to showcase these songs in their natural habitat," states Clayton. "First up for Apothesary's 2017 season is a two-week march through the Southwest to reconvene with old friend, play states we haven't seen in a few years, and head to some cities for the first time. Bust out those shin guards from your youth soccer days and we'll see you in the dark very soon...."

4/2 - Black Light Lounge - Long Beach, CA
4/4 - Juggernaut - Gallup, NM
4/5 - House of Rock - El Paso, TX
4/7 - The Lost Wall - Austin, TX
4/9 - Thunder Alley - Oklahoma City, OK
4/10 - Riot Room (outside) - Kansas City, MO
4/12 - Mesa Theatre - Grand Junction, CO
4/14 - Jub Jub's - Reno, NV
4/15 - Appleton Bar & Grill - Watsonville, CA
4/16 - Codeword SF - San Francisco, CA

Nor Cal's Apothesary is a young band, average age 21, who started making music as 14-year-old friends blending their influences into something they could call their own. Instead of just hanging out in the garage and dreaming about the possibilities, these teens started releasing independent CDs and ftouring the country on DIY-booked tours spreading their name by playing shows with Killswitch Engage, Dark Tranquillity, Fear Factory, Dying Fetus, Helloween, Suffocation, Warbringer and As I Lay Dying and networking with no feat in summer breaks between school.

Now 7 years later, this is no boy-band, and Apothesary are ready to join the bigger leagues. Having the solid, original core of guitarist/vocalist Jared Eandi, drummer Gregg O'Neil and guitar player Clayton Cagle (also of Bay Area thrashers Hatchet) along with new bassist Brittany Shankle, he group's latest EP showcases a continued maturity as they blend new and old-school death metal influences to concoct something brutal, melodic and adventurous all in one.

On Sensory Overload, APOTHESARY epitomize their generation – youth plagued by depression, anxiety, and drug use writing songs that paint the beauty of struggle at its most primal with every riff, heavy… every melody, heartfelt… and every word, honest.
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GRAVESHADOW SIGNS WITH M-THEORY AUDIO;

TOUR WITH ANVIL AND NIGHT DEMON IN MARCH

 

GRAVESHADOW – a Female-fronted Symphonic Metal band that incorporates Doom, Thrash and Goth Metal influences, based out of Sacramento, CA and winner of the 2016 "Sammie" (Sacramento Area Music Awards) for best Metal band - is the latest signingto M-Theory Audio.

Since forming at the end of 2012 Graveshadow has created a sound defined by crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, and earth-shattering drums. The powerful operatic vocals shift into unearthly growls to create a rich and dynamic atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. Whether it is a tale of personal struggle or of fantastical creatures, the listener is sure to find themselves immersed in a world apart. Releasing an EP in 2014, and a full-length, Nocturnal Resurrection, the following year Graveshadow ha toured and played shows with Marty Friedman, Flotsam and Jetsam, Unleash the Archers, Apocalyptica, Children of Bodom, Death Angel, Skinlab, Doyle, Wednesday 13 and John 5. Graveshadow intend to release a new full-length by the end of the year, but until recording this summer the group will continue to perform live.

"We are extremely excited to be working with Marco and M-Theory. With his status in the industry, belief in this band, and the growing family under the label, we could not think of a better home for our release this year," states singer Heather Michele. "We are ready to unleash this monster for you all to enjoy, more details soon to come!"


M-Theory Audio is the new label recently launched by Marco Barbieri, who ran the N. American office of Century Media for 14 years, as well as time with Nuclear Blast and Metal Blade. Barbieri has assembled an experienced team previously employed by esteemed labels like Century Media, Prosthetic, Victory and Epitaph Records. The M-Theory roster also includes Bay Area thrash outfit Cultural Warfare, Las Vegas’ power/progressive band Sicocis, Sacramento headbangers Blessed Curse, Nor Cal’s death metal/metalcore group Apothesary and So Cal’s Folk/Pagan Death Metal band Helsott.

“I’ve been following Graveshadow’s evolution the past 2 years, since their manager Jeff Keller brought the young band to my attention,” explains Marco. “In that time I’ve witnessed their commitment and hard work, as well as enjoying their friendly in person, yet fierce on stage live performance. I’m very pleased we will be involved in the continued development of this promising band.”

GRAVESHADOW will tour across the US in March opening for ANVIL and NIGHT DEMON, with additional West Coast shows in May opening for ARKONA and SIRENIA.

See GRAVESHADOW live -
With ANVIL and NIGHT DEMON

3/2 Great Scott – Allston, MA

3/3 Putnam Den – Saratoga Springs, NY

3/4 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA

3/5 Webster Hall – New York, NY

3/9 Riffhouse Pub – Chesapeake, VA

3/10 Jammin’ Java – Vienna, VA

3/11 Reggie’s 42nd St. – Wilmington, NC

3/12 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

3/16 Nighthawks – Jacksonville, FL

3/17 State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL

3/18 West End Live – Sanford, FL

3/22 Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA

3/23 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX

3/24 Korova – San Antonio, TX

3/25 Diamond Jim’s Saloon – Arlington, TX

3/26 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX

3/30 Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE

3/31 Thunder Alley – Oklahoma City, OK

4/1 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

4/2 Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA

4/6 Token Lounge – Westland, MI

4/7 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI

4/8 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL

4/9 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH

With ARKONA and SIRENIA

5/23 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

5/24 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR

5/25 Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA

5/26 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA

5/27 Pranksters – Scottsdale, AZ
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SICOCIS release another new video, “Isolated Salvation”, in advance of their CD release this Friday,  Feb. 24th street date

This Friday, Feb. 24th Las Vegas’ Sicocis release their anticipated album, Requiem of the World on M-Theory Audio. In anticipation the group reveals the third promo video clip, “Isolated Salvation”, for the album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz_j9zIVjcA

“’Isolated Salvation’ take a plunge into yet another side of Sicocis,” explains singer/guitarist Ernie Rodrigues. “This emotionally driven anthem takes you into the dark world of wanting to escape the prison of your mind. Combining the perfect balance of light and dark, ambience and heaviness, ‘Isolated Salvation’ is a unique look into what Sicocis is capable of.”

The vision and creativity of this young band is inspiring as the group self-records and handles all these videos, as well as cover art and layouts themselves.
Pre-orders Sicocis’ Requiem of the World at the label’s shop - www.m-theoryaudio.com/store Otherwise, digital downloads/streams coming Friday on all reliable platforms including iTunes, Spotify, Napster, GooglePlay, etc.

Or better get yourself a copy at one of the band’s upcoming shows, including their local record release show...
 
2/23       The Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV with Exmortus and Thrown Into Exile
2/26       The Slidebar – Fullerton, CA with Exmortus and Thrown Into Exile
Dates below on tour with Arkona, Sirenia and MindMaze
5/13 Studio @ Webster Hall - New York, NY
5/14 Firehouse 13 – Providence, RI
5/15 L’Anti – Quebec City, QC
5/16 L’Astral – Montreal, QC
5/17 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
5/18 Subterranean – Chicago, IL
5/19 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
5/20 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/21 Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
5/28 Rockhouse – El Paso, TX
5/29 The Curtain Call – Dallas, TX
5/30 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
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2/15/17
AMERICAN PAGAN METAL ACT HELSOTT SIGNS WITH M-THEORY AUDIO;

NEW EP DUE IN APRIL
 
HELSOTT – whose exotic sound mixes melodic death with pagan influences – has signed with M-Theory Audio, who will release the group's new five-song EP, The Healer, on April 28. The cover art by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Iced Earth) can be seen below.
 
Since forming seven years ago, HELSOTT – whose name means “fatal illness” in Old Norse – has paid homage to pagan cultures and mythologies while keeping true to their American influences. The group's unique mix of folk metal, death metal, symphonic metal, thrash, classical and rock first caught the attention of audiences on a large scale during the 2013 Paganfest North American tour, where they performed with Ensiferum, Tyr and Trollfest. The group built further momentum the following year with the release of their debut full-length, Woven, behind which they toured alongside Arkona and Heidevolk.
 
HELSOTT now returns with The Healer, a five-song EP recorded in part at Southern California's Trench Studios (Intronaut, Abysmal Dawn) and mixed and mastered by J-F Dagenais (Kataklysm, Ex Deo). The release spawned from the band's successful crowd-sourcing campaign to fund the recording of Woven, when they offered to write a song about a fan who pledged a certain amount. A patron named Doc – who was indeed a doctor – took them up on their offer, and the band liked the final result so much that they decided to write and record additional new songs to be issued in conjunction.
 
M-Theory Audio is the new label recently launched by Marco Barbieri, the former president of Century Media Records' North American office. Its roster also includes Bay Area thrash outfit Cultural Warfare, Las Vegas heavyweights Sicocis and Sacramento headbangers Blessed Curse, among others.
 
“We are beyond excited to be working with the M-Theory Audio team,” says HELSOTT vocalist Eric Dow. “Marco is one of the true good guys of the industry and we look forward to everything he and his respected team brings to the table. We plan on bringing an equal amount of work to this partnership and we feel like this union will only benefit everyone involved, especially our amazing fans!”
 
HELSOTT will perform live in California in the coming weeks alongside Immolation and Evergrey. Additional tour dates will be announced shortly. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/helsott               www.helsott.com              

See HELSOTT live:

3/5       Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA (w/ Immolation)
5/9       Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA (w/ Evergrey)
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2/13/17
BLESSED CURSE return March 31st with Beware of the Night

Nor Cal’s Blessed Curse is back. It’s been some time since the trio released their full-length, self-titled album in 2012. But on March 31st these thrashers make a comeback with Beware of the Night. Ripping and tearing their way through 5 new songs of blistering, aggressive metal once again produced by Juan Urteaga (Sadus, Exodus, Testament) at Trident Studios.

The core of the band, drummer Derek Bean and singer/guitarist Tyler Satterlee, are childhood friends and have been playing music ever since. The group gained acclaim a decade ago under their previous moniker Devastator releasing a couple of praised demos and touring all over the west coast as part of the burgeoning thrash metal revival playing with peer bands like Warbringer, Hatchet, Fueled By Fire, Merciless Death and opening local area shows for larger acts like Kreator, Overkill, Napalm Death and Sodom. Changing their name to the more unique Blessed Curse and recording their debut the band supported it via national tours with Rattlehead and Sacrificial Slaughter before deciding to put the brakes on the band for a bit while Derek attended college. Now it’s time to get back into the game and Beware of the Night picks up exactly where they left off – deadly inspired thrash metal with the band bringing in a few more progressive elements and better musicianship. Once again the guys went to Juan Urteaga to help them record some new material.

“Recording with Juan has been a great experience in the past and this time was no different,” states drummer Derek Bean.  “I feel like this whole session was an improvement from the 2012 self-titled album from our playing to the final masters.  We worked timely and efficiently on getting these songs recorded to the best of all our abilities, which definitely shows in the final release.”

Beware of the Night also introduces new bass player Dan Keenan. “The delay of the band also just had to do with finding the correct person who has the same goals and desires as us and wants to improve and push us forward into our own sound and style which took some time,” adds Derek.

Now armed with a new recording, featuring striking cover artwork from Stone Design’s Brian Lewis (DevilDriver, Black Label Society, Cultural Warfare), Blessed Curse have been doing regional shows, including one this week supporting The Mentors at Café Colonial in Sacramento on Feb. 18th, but are looking once again to tour the country behind the new release. In the meantime, the guys promise there won’t be as much delay between recordings as they already have several new songs written for a future full album.
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SICOCIS announce US and Canadian shows with ARKONA and SIRENIA

Today Las Vegas’ Sicocis are honored to announce their first N. American run of shows opening for female-fronted European bands Arkona (Slavic Pagan/Folk Metal) and Sirenia (Gothic Metal), as well as Pennsylvania’s prog/power metal band MindMaze.

“We are beyond excited to be announcing our first official tour, and it’s with an amazing lineup with Sirenia from Norway and Arkona from Russia,” says Sicocis guitarist Rafael Ortega. “For years we incorporated the rich, dark and melodic sounds that come from the great metal scenes in the Scandinavian regions and this tour will be the perfect starting point to introduce Sicocis to a whole new possibility of music fans.”

5/13 Studio @ Webster Hall - New York, NY
5/14 Firehouse 13 – Providence, RI
5/15 L’Anti – Quebec City, QC
5/16 L’Astral – Montreal, QC
5/17 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
5/18 Subterranean – Chicago, IL
5/19 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
5/20 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/21 Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
5/28 Rockhouse – El Paso, TX
5/29 The Curtain Call – Dallas, TX
5/30 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX

These dates in addition to their previously announced run of shows with Exmortus and Thrown Into Exile
2/23 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV
2/25 Loaded – Hollywood, CA
2/26 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA

Sicocis release their anticipated album, Requiem of the World, Feb. 24th on M-Theory Audio. 

Check out the band’s two video clips to get a better idea of the dark, modern progressive metal fused with elements from the death and power metal scenes.
“Beyond the Quantum Waves” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cVMVYwXNjQ
 “We Shall Rise” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah9HwTp782c

Pre-orders for Sicocis’ Requiem of the World CD, as well as specially priced bundle package with CD, shirt and sticker, are already being taken at the label’s website www.m-theoryaudio.com/store

Sicocis are a Las Vegas based band who’ve risen in the scene by winning local Battle of the Bands and  voted Best Metal Band in Vegas by Vegas Rocks magazine, as well as sharing the stage with the likes of Devin Townsend, Dark Tranquillity, Kamelot, Amaranthe, Tesseract, Kataklysm, Dragonforce, Unearth and many more. Sicocis blends influences from the melodic death metal, epic power metal and dark, progressive scenes creating their own unique and modern sound.

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SICOCIS unveil new video, announce Feb. 24th street date and shows with Exmortus

Sicocis have scheduled Feb. 24th as the release date for their anticipated album, Requiem of the World on M-Theory Audio. The band follow-up their first video, “We Shall Rise”, with another clip showcasing this multifaceted Vegas band’s abilities.

“’Beyond the Quantum Waves’ is our epic, melodic, sci-fi episode that combines great progressive elements with a dark cyber cloud hanging over it as you listen,” explains guitarist Rafael Ortega, who created the lyric video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cVMVYwXNjQ

“It’s the contradictory lyrical concept about the atom and how scientists found this everlasting power for life and yet we used it to destroy, hence the atom bomb. Einstein knew that by using it as a weapon it would cause more pain and suffering as mankind knows its power only as a weapon and not for something that can progress life,” explains singer/guitarist Ernie Rodrigues. “We tried to bring that element of science and technology to the music, as well, mixing in synthetic sounds with organic orchestrations and choir fusing that progressive metal groove with a shred metal piece.”

Pre-orders for Sicocis’ Requiem of the World are already being taken at the label’s website www.m-theoryaudio.com/store
Sicocis are also happy to announce a run of dates with Exmortus and Thrown into Exile on the weekend of release.

2/23       The Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV
2/25       Loaded – Hollywood, CA
2/26       The Slidebar – Fullerton, CA

Sicocis are a Las Vegas based band who’ve risen in the scene by winning local Battle of the Bands and  voted Best Metal Band in Vegas by Vegas Rocks magazine, as well as sharing the stage with the likes of Devin Townsend, Dark Tranquillity, Kamelot, Amaranthe, Tesseract, Kataklysm, Dragonforce, Unearth and many more. Sicocis blends influences from the melodic death metal, epic power metal and dark, progressive scenes creating their own unique and modern sound.

www.sicocis.net
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CULTURAL WARFARE release “Future Kill” lyric video, new EP out this Friday, Jan. 27th

The Bay Area has a legacy for great music throughout the decades and the influence the region’s thrash metal bands played on the international scene is an unparalleled story. Well thrash metal is alive and well, as Cultural Warfare continues the area's legacy. But more than homage Cultural Warfare are a unique combination of traditional metal and aggressive, melodic thrash metal topped by the powerful and respected vocals of Jacques Serrano (Taunted). The group will be releasing their Future Kill EP this Friday, Jan. 27th on M-Theory Audio. Produced by Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Testament, Exodus), mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Fates Warning, Faith No More) and featuring cover art by Brian Lewis (DevilDriver, Black Label Society), this specially priced 5-song EP showcases a promising young band's abilities.

In tandem, Cultural Warfare release a lyric video for the EP’s title track, “Future Kill”, following up on the popular “Defy the Blade” lyric video that initially caught the M-Theory Audio label’s attention. https://youtu.be/wRk_jTeQGB8

“We are very excited to release our next video, ‘Future Kill’, from our EP of the same name,” explains drummer Kevin Doughty. “‘Future Kill’ is essentially a spin on a futuristic World War 3. The apocalypse or the almighty Cultural Warfare! Politics, division, false media, and corruption will lead us to this if we do not take a stand. This song is also a precursor to our full-length that we will release by the end of the year. That album will have songs that describe our world in a post-apocalyptic environment and what the human condition will be. It will also show the perseverance of humanity to rebuild the human race. Enjoy the new clip, and we’re excited to be releasing our EP, this Friday. The Future Kill is upon you!”

Future Kill will be available online at all outlets, and physical copies of the CD can be ordered directly from the label at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store

Hailing out of Oakland, California, Cultural Warfare is made up of four seasoned musicians with one common goal. Former Taunted members vocalist Jacques Serrano and bassist Pete Aguilar join forces with Cultural Warfare alum guitarist Billy Garoutte and drummer Kevin Doughty to form the heaviest lineup of CW to date. All four members having long standing roots in the Bay Area back to the golden age of Thrash Metal, Cultural Warfare understands as well as anyone the rich history and lineage that bands like Metallica, Exodus, Death Angel, Testament, Forbidden, and Vio-lence started in the '80s.

The EP is already getting great reviews and is being added to metal radio this week. Watch for Cultural Warfare live show announcements soon.

M-Theory Audio is a new label comprised of seasoned music industry professionals whose resumes include working for companies like Century Media, Nuclear Blast, Metal Blade, Prosthetic, Victory and Epitaph.
 
OAKLAND-BASED CULTURAL WARFARE SIGN TO M-THEORY AUDIO, FUTURE KILL EP TO BE RELEASED JAN. 27th, 2017

There’s no denying the impact Bay Area thrash has had on heavy metal. While that recognized glorious time has passed that doesn’t mean the soil is no longer fertile as the region still produces some of the best talent and CULTURAL WARFARE joins the list of noteworthy artists from the area. Hailing from Oakland’s East Bay, Cultural Warfare is made up four seasoned musicians with one common goal, who understand the rich history and lineage that their forefathers built and want to continue that legacy. Recently joined by former Taunted/Annihilation vocalist Jacques Serrano the band has elevated their potential bringing in a singer of his quality opening up the ability of the band to cross over and appeal to a wider audience of metalheads splicing the past with the present to create something the blends aggression with melody perfectly.

M-Theory Audio recognized this immediately when the group debuted a new track, “Defy the Blade”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZDaSVdTiFg from the forthcoming Future Kill 5-song EP and worked out a deal to assist the band in getting their music heard.

“We are very excited to announce our new partnership between M-Theory Audio/Salem Rose Music and Cultural Warfare,” explains drummer Kevin Doughty. “Marco Barbieri has been an integral part of the Metal scene, music business, and community for many years. He has a vast knowledge of this business and specializes in nurturing bands to get the best out of them to achieve their goals. This is exactly what we were looking for, so when Marco heard our song ‘Defy the Blade’ that we put out on YouTube, he reached out to our singer wanting to hear more of our new EP. We were completely blown away by his interest. Once Marco heard the entire EP he offered us a contract under his new label M-Theory Audio. We were beside ourselves to say the least! We believe this is a partnership that will blossom into something very special, and are very much looking forward to working with M-theory Audio and Marco in the upcoming year 2017.”

Produced by Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Exodus, Testament) at Trident Studios in Martinez, CA and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Sepultura, Halford, Faith No More) in Los Angeles, the five songs sound large and impactful capturing CULTURAL WARFARE perfectly. Awesome cover art by Stone Design brings the band’s concept of Future Kill to life perfectly. The EP is set for a January 27th release date on M-Theory Audio, via CD and digital distribution. Preorder copies now at the M-Theory shop for the special price of $5. www.m-theoryaudio.com/store 
 
M-Theory Audio is the imprint of former Century Media/Nuclear Blast label president, Marco Barbieri. With almost 30 years of experience in all aspects of the business, Marco is encouraged to discover and champion new bands as a continuation of his love and passion for heavy metal.
SICOCIS sign to M-Theory Audio to release new album in 2017

Las Vegas’ premiere metal band SICOCIS have been making a name for themselves in their scene from winning the title of best local metal band from Vegas Rocks magazine and Battle of the Bands to sharing the stage with the likes of Dark Tranquillity, Kamelot, Devin Townsend, Amaranthe, Tesseract, Kataklysm, Dragonforce, Unearth and many more. Recently the band has been gigging out regionally and recording a brand new full-length album, which will see release early next year.

Sicocis blends influences from the melodic death metal, epic power metal and dark, progressive scenes creating their own unique and modern sound. The group have partnered with label M-Theory Audio, also based in Las Vegas, to release, Requiem of the World. M-Theory Audio is the imprint of Marco Barbieri, former President of Century Media and Nuclear Blast Records, and current manager for bands like Flotsam and Jetsam, Warbringer and Exmortus.

"We are absolutely thrilled to announce our partnership with M-Theory Audio. We have known Marco for many years, and are very happy to be working with him as we share common goals and aspirations,” states singer/guitarist Ernie Rodrigues. “We are extremely excited to continue our path, and have M-Theory by our side. Sicocis is very proud to represent the finest!"

“A couple years back I was immediately struck by Sicocis as from the get-go they did everything right as they aggressively promoted their shows, performed very professionally for a local band, are super nice guys and most of all kicked-ass,” explains Marco Barbieri. “I’ve kept my eye on them and their development and was just floored when they played me their new album that I knew I had to bring my experience and connections so more people could be exposed to this band.”

 “We want to achieve an overall sound and feel for Sicocis that is a limitless source of emotions within the music. We want listeners to escape their realities and lose themselves in the stories and tone of each song,” explains guitarist Rafael Ortega. “The music is dark and heavy and bit progressive, but also incorporates that dynamic, almost cinematic, sound that can be fast-paced and extreme.”

Look for more details soon about Sicocis and the release date for Requiem of the World. Pre-order available for the special price of $8 in the store www.m-theoryaudio.com/store

In the meantime, enjoy the first video from the forthcoming album for the song “We Shall Rise” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah9HwTp782c

 
UPDATE: M-Theory Audio has teamed up with Times End Records to release the new album from Las Vegas death/thrashers Avenger of Blood. M-Theory is responsible for On Slaying Grounds' digital distribution but we have some physical copies in our shop so order now.

June 24th marks the release of the brand new EP, Sensory Overload, from Nor Cal’s APOTHESARY. This young band, average age 21, started making music as 14-year-old friends blending their influences into something they could call their own. Instead of just hanging out in the garage and dreaming about the possibilities, these teens started releasing independent CDs and touring the country on DIY-booked tours spreading their name by playing shows with Killswitch Engage, Dark Tranquillity, Fear Factory, Dying Fetus, Helloween, Suffocation, Warbringer and As I Lay Dying and networking with no fear in summer breaks between school.
 
Now 7 years later, this is no boy-band, and Apothesary are ready to join the bigger leagues. Having the solid, original core of guitarist vocalist Jared Eandi, drummer Gregg O’Neil and guitar player Clayton Cagle (also of Bay Area thrashers Hatchet) along with new bassist Brittany Shankle, the quartet will hit the road again this summer, including dates opening for American Head Charge, Motograter and Psycroptic, on their first agent-booked tour. In combination comes the new EP, showcasing a continued maturity as they blend new and old-school death metal influences to concoct something brutal, melodic and adventurous all in one. This EP will be released on M-Theory Audio, the indie, underground imprint from Marco Barbieri, formerly of Century Media, Metal Blade and currently running Salem Rose Music Mgmt and Publishing Co.
 
"We're beyond excited to announce our signing to M-Theory Audio!  Finally, Sensory Overload will see the light of day through this fabulous partnership,” states guitarist Clayton Cagle. “I've known Marco since Apothesary's Myspace days where I first asked him for feedback on our oldest material. Fast forward seven years, and he's given us advice on everything from how to get good promo, to touring contacts, to even helping orchestrate me playing in HATCHET. It's crazy to think that this relationship has come as far as M-Theory releasing our music - and APOTHESARY couldn't be happier about it!"
 
On Sensory Overload, APOTHESARY epitomize their generation – youth plagued by depression, anxiety, and drug use writing songs that paint the beauty of struggle at its most primal with every riff, heavy… every melody, heartfelt… and every word, honest.
 
The EP will be available June 24th on all digital and streaming platforms, as well as physical copies available at the band’s shows, in addition to mail-order from www.m-theoryaudio.com/store and for retailers from Alliance and Super D one-stops. Check out the lyric video for the title track, “Sensory Overload”, at https://youtu.be/AmFGscLjf3w
 
June 10 Laguna Niguel CA – Karmann Bar
June 11 Reno NV - Davidson's Distillery
June 12 Walnut Creek CA – Redhouse w/Blessed Curse
June 15 Seattle WA – El Corazon
June 17 Denver CO – Herman’s Hideaway w/American Head Charge and Motograter
June 18 Spearfish SD – The Z Bar
June 21 Madison WI - The Frequency w/Psycroptic
June 22 Des Moines IA – Lefty’s
June 23 Omaha NE – Lookout Lounge w/American Head Charge and Motograter
June 24 Moorhead MN – The Garage Bar
June 25 Minneapolis MN – Skyway Theater w/American Head Charge, Motograter and Soil
June 28 Ogden UT – Kamikaze’s w/Motograter
June 30 Salinas, CA - House Party 
 
"a thundering blast of death/thrash that will get your blood racing, complete with an infectious melody, rabid vocal tirades, and a combo of acoustic and electric guitar shred hot enough to singe your eyebrows." (No Clean Singing)
 
"Kicking and screaming from the get-go, I was heading for a raging storm... APOTHESARY sounds untamed, dripping with blood and on the attack with full force." (Metal-Temple)
 
"I can easily picture a room full of a hundred or so longhairs headbanging furiously to Apothesary’s fine blend of death metal and thrash." (Metalsucks)
 

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M-Theory Audio is an independent metal label producing fine works for friends. Begun in 2008 as an outlet to release revered '80s Las Vegas thrash metal band Papsmear's classic demos, we have since produced works for Nor Cal death thrashers Blessed Curse and the area's  death metal/metalcore band Apothesary (featuring Hatchet guitarist Clayton Cagle), as well as being associated in compiling the demo collections for Bay Area thrashers The Horde of Torment and Epidemic for Divebomb Records and having the digital distribution for the new Avenger of Blood album, On Slaying Grounds, and HeXeN's sophomore album, Being and Nothingness. In 2017 plans were made to step up activities by aggressively signing quality, new talent and have a more consistent release schedule. Additional staff was brought on board, with previous experience working for labels like Century Media, Prosthetic, Victory and Epitaph to fulfill this vision and properly work the artists and releases. Bay Area thrash metal Cultural Warfare released their EP, Future Kill, (Jan. 27), Las Vegas' Sicocis released their full-length, Requiem of the World (Feb. 24). Nor Cal headbangers' Blessed Curse with a new EP, Beware of the Night, on March 31 and So Cal's Pagan Death Metal band Helsott with The Healer EP April 28th. In addition, M-Theory Audio recently announced the signings of Tengger Cavalry, Eric Wagner's Blackfinger and Graveshadowl. Keep checking in for further updates and join our mailing list (located at the bottom right of this page).

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The Sacramento-based quintet GRAVESHADOW – who deftly mix symphonic/gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash and epic progressive power metal – have released a riveting new track from their forthcoming M-Theory Audio debut, Ambition's Price, due out April 13. The song “Doorway To Heaven” can be heard at this location: https://youtu.be/2Ea3AS9H-yQ

Says vocalist Heather Michele, “When the music for the song was completed, it brought to me feelings of adventure and mysticism. I was reminded of the film 'Stargate' from the '90s and based the lyrics off of that. The odd yet compelling combination of ancient Egyptian imagery with a sci-fi twist has been a favorite of mine for years. It was only a matter of time before we included this tale in our catalog.”

“Doorway To Heaven” – which is also now available digitally for stream or download at iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and other platforms – marks the second advance taste of Ambition's Price. Last month, the group released a lyric video for the new song “Widow and the Raven,” which can be seen at this location - https://youtu.be/sjGsEINzJys A music video for a third song was filmed last week and will premiere closer to the album's release.

GRAVESHADOW will perform the new songs live next month when they hit the road for a string of West Coast dates with the Norwegian gothic metal act Sirenia and Canada’s Threat Signal. The group, who just played a successful show in their native Sacramento alongside Iced Earth, has also announced a hometown acoustic performance at Dimple Records (Arden Way location) on Record Store Day, April 21. A local record-release show will take place later that night at The Boardwalk.

Ambition's Price is available now for pre-order via the M-Theory Audio webshop (www.m-theoryaudio.com/store). The stunning and detailed cover art was created by Serbian fantasy graphic designer Dusan Markovic (Jag Panzer, Seven Kingdoms, Mystic Prophecy), while the album was produced and mixed by Armand John Anthony (Night Demon, The Fucking Wrath, Gygax), and mastered by Colin Davis at Imperial Mastering (Deeds of Flesh, Decrepit Birth, Origin).

“The album title and artwork were directly inspired by events that occurred within GRAVESHADOW over the past few years,” explains the band. “With all the incredible experiences that have come with the evolution of our musical family, a great deal of sacrifice has been given by every member of the band in the pursuit of our dreams. Though the price of our ambition still weighs heavy in our hearts, we are proud of what we have accomplished with this album and are excited by what the future may hold.”

“Ambition’s Price” – the follow-up to the group's 2015 debut, Nocturnal Resurrection – features Michele’s powerful vocals that range from operatic highs to unearthly growls backed by crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, and earth-shattering drums creating a rich and dynamic atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. Whether it is a tale of personal struggle or of fantastical creatures, the listener is sure to find themselves immersed in a world apart.

Having previously toured with the likes of Arkona, Anvil, Night Demon and Unleash The Archers, GRAVESHADOW is poised and ready to leave a lasting impact within the metal community. With an electrifying stage show and a sound as large as the Dragons of Westeros, they are as talented as they are unforgettable.

GRAVESHADOW on tour with Sirenia and Threat Signal (except *):

3/17 The X-Bar – Cupertino, CA w/ Vox Vocis*

4/13 Club Red – Mesa, AZ

4/14 TBA – Los Angeles, CA

4/15 Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA

4/16 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland OR

4/17 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

4/18 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

4/21 Dimple Records (Arden Way location) – Sacramento, CA* (in-store acoustic performance)

4/21 The Boardwalk – Sacramento, CA*