SWORN ENEMY Unveils First Taste Of New Robb Flynn-Produced Album 'Gamechanger'
Music video for 'Prepare For Payback' unveiled; record release shows announced
SWORN ENEMY has inspired numerous mosh pits around the world over the past 15 years, but the group's punishing new album “Gamechanger” – due out via M-Theory Audio on April 5 – shows that the Queens, New York-based group is just getting started. For proof, look no further than the venomous new song “Prepare For Payback,” which is now available on all streaming platforms. A lyric video, created by Kevin Muller, which premiered yesterday via Metal Injection, can be seen at this location.
Says vocalist Sal Lococo, “'Prepare for Payback' just had that old SWORN ENEMY feel to it. It was very angry and hard as fuck, and definitely could've been the opening track on 'As Real As It Gets.'”
A hard-knuckled fusion of metal, thrash and New York hardcore, “Gamechanger” – which was produced by Robb Flynn (Machine Head) and mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Warbringer) – is available now for pre-order on CD and limited-edition blue splatter vinyl at our Web Store. As a bonus first 100 pre-orders include a bonus Sworn Enemy fanny pack and 3 button pins. Digital pre-orders via iTunes, Bandcamp and other platforms include “Prepare For Payback” as an “instant grat” track.
“Gamechanger” track listing:
- Prepare For Payback
- Seeds of Hate
- Coming Undone
- Fragments of a Broken Life
- The Fall of Modern Man
- Selling A Dream
- The Consequence
- Integrity Defines Strength
SWORN ENEMY will celebrate the release of “Gamechanger” with three record release shows in late April. (See below for details.) Additional tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
SWORN ENEMY was first signed by Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta, who released the group's first two EPs on his Stillborn Recordings label in 2001 and 2002. He also produced the band's full-length debut, “As Real As It Gets,” memorably praised by Lambgoat as “music that inspires you to want to beat the living piss out of the next unsuspecting person who walks in the room.” The album was released by Elektra Records in 2003, a year that saw the band deliver memorable performances on tour with Ozzfest.
In the 15 years since, SWORN ENEMY released four additional albums of punishing metallic hardcore and toured with a number of notable acts, including Anthrax, Mastodon, Fear Factory, Sepultura, Suicide Silence, Dying Fetus, Earth Crisis, Madball, Biohazard and Hatebreed. The band expects to spend much of 2019 touring in support of “Gamechanger.”
SWORN ENEMY live:
4/26 Brooklyn, NY – The Kingsland
4/27 Falls Church, VA – VFW 9274
4/28 Brockton, MA – Dylan's
IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Shoots For The Stars In Epic 'Stardust' Music Video/Short Film
Extreme progressive/power metal band currently on tour with guitar icon Marty Friedman
The Texas-based extreme progressive/power metal group IMMORTAL GUARDIAN have been described as “seriously epic” (MetalSucks), so it's only fitting that the group's new music video for their song “Stardust” fits that same description. A riveting, special effects-laden five-minute hybrid of an “Armageddon”-like action movie and a telenovela, the clip can be seen at this location.
The music video that plays out more like a short film was shot and directed by Andrew Gonzales who has helped the band achieve some over the top concepts in the past such as their previous "Walk Alone" music video as well as the implementation of their Immortal Guardian Shred Sled (a mobile heavy metal show on wheels) that has melted faces at the ESPN X-Games and SXSW in Austin, TX. Gonzales partnered with band manager and video producer Brett Rivera for the "Stardust" project and the small team collectively spent hundreds of hours to produce a video with the quality that truly matches the band. Featuring special effects by the Russian VFX company Great Heights Design (Witherfall, Nightrage, Noctem), “Stardust” was filmed last year on location in the West Texas desert. It stars vocalist Carlos Zema and Brazilian actress Bella Carrijo, a childhood friend who has starred in several independent films and Netflix original series. The on-set chemistry between the two was genuine, as just six months after the video was filmed, the pair were married.
On camera, however, IMMORTAL GUARDIAN were determined to avoid traditional cliches and make a music video to remember. To that end, the group – founded by Gabriel Guardian, whose uncanny ability to play guitar and keyboard simultaneously has been showcased on MTV and during a recent guest stint on tour with Powerglove – takes the viewer on an intense roller coaster that spans from the desert to outer space, with an ending twist that leaves the viewer suspended in disbelief.
The “Stardust” video is another feather in the cap for IMMORTAL GUARDIAN, whose acclaimed full-length debut, “Age Of Revolution,” was recently on limited-edition blue/black vinyl. (Copies are available via the M-Theory Audio webshop and Bandcamp.) Last month, the group embarked on a national tour with metal guitar icon Marty Friedman (Megadeth, Cacophony). A full list of the tour’s remaining stops can be seen 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 assault of anthemic melodies, technical rhythms, furious shred and high-flying vocals by Brazilian vocalist Carlos Zema (ex-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.
In addition, Gabriel Guadian 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.”
Don't miss the chance to experience IMMORTAL GUARDIAN and their scintillating brand of “face-melting shred” live!
IMMORTAL GUARDIAN (w/ Marty Friedman):
2/12 Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
2/13 Chicago, IL – Reggie's Rock Club
2/14 Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi
2/15 Detroit, MI – Diesel Concert Lounge
2/16 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
2/17 Pittsburgh, PA – Craft House
2/19 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
2/20 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
2/22 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
2/23 Garwood, NJ – Crossroads NJ
2/24 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/igmetal
HECATE ENTHRONED Premieres Video For Collaboration With Sarah Jezebel Deva
Symphonic black/death horde's acclaimed new album 'Embrace Of The Godless Aeon' out now
With “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon,” their first record in five years, proving to be one of the best-reviewed extreme metal releases of the year to date, the UK-based symphonic blackened death metal group HECATE ENTHRONED have unveiled a lyric video for the album track “Erebus and Terror,” which features guest vocals by Sarah Jezebel Deva (Cradle of Filth, Therion, Mortiis). Watch it HERE .
While “Embrace...” proves definitively that HECATE ENTHRONED is still as brutal and scornful as ever, the album also shows occasional hints of gothic and ambient influences, and “Erebus and Terror” is a prime example. Says bassist Dylan Hughes, “On an album full of epic tracks, 'Erebus and Terror' still stands out as a monster. Massive and powerful, it creeps between eerie dark chills and huge powerhouse sections that utilize the full armory of soaring orchestras and crushing guitars to deliver a skillfully-crafted song. With the incredible vocal talents of Sarah Jezebel Deva, this track is lifted to another level of emotion and feeling, as she delivered a performance that matches the intensity of the music. To have Sarah with us gives our music and writing another dimension – a real organic element that can lift or carry a song through the emotion ranges.”
Adds vocalist Joe Stamps, “'Erebus and Terrror' is about the ill-fated Franklin Expedition, in which the sailors who were stranded in the Northwest Passage were reported to have begun to cannibalize one another. The lyrics describe a loss of humanity through sickness and desperation and even compares these to lycanthropy – men becoming beasts.”
“Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” – which features cover artwork by Nestor Avalos (Bloodbath, Rotting Christ, The Black Dahlia Murder), as seen above – is out now on CD, digital and red splatter vinyl. A limited-edition deluxe box set that features exclusive purple vinyl and cassette editions of the album, a signed photo card, stickers, patches and other collectibles is also available exclusively direct from our webstore.
One of the UK underground's longest-running and most respected acts, HECATE ENTHRONED has been praised by the likes of Terrorizer for their “mixture of death metal aggression with black metal atmosphere.” “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” – their first recording with Stamps, who joined the band in 2015 – sees the group continue to deftly mix black with death, modern with classic and extreme with symphonic. The album was co-produced by Dan Abela (Voices, The Antichrist Imperium, Tristania).
Originally co-founded in Wales by guitarist Nigel Dennen 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 full-length debut, 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 albums and EPs and numerous live performances have firmly established the band as one of extreme metal's most important voices, a sentiment that “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” firmly reinforces.
HECATE ENTHRONED's next live performance will take place on April 20 at the Veneration Of The Dead festival in Rotterdam, Holland.
Aztec Metal Group CEMICAN Signs With M-Theory Audio
Anticipated new album due this year; first round of 2019 festival appearances announced
The Mexican-based Aztec folk metal group CEMICAN – whose unique music incorporates elements of the legends, mysticism and ideologies of ancient Mexican culture – has signed with M-Theory Audio, who plans to release the group's new album in the late spring/early summer.
CEMICAN – who combine the modern instrumentation of a metal band with traditional pre-Hispanic instruments – experienced a breakout year in 2018. In addition to their new single/video “Guerreros de Cemican” receiving regular airplay on SiriusXM's Liquid Metal, the six-piece group was invited to perform at the Paris edition of the Download Festival and Germany's Wacken Open Air, as well as Force Fest – described by Revolver as “Mexico's premier open-air festival” – in their native country.
The band plans to build on their momentum on 2019, when they will return to Europe in both the winter – when they'll perform at France's Cernunnos Pagan Fest and Germany's Wacken Winter Nights – as well as the summer, when they will make their debut at the French festival Hellfest.
“I was first exposed to the sound of Cemican upon hearing ‘Guerreros de Cemican’ played on Liquid Metal. Finding out more about this exciting new band I saw the captivating promo video and that they were performing on some big shows,” explains M-Theory label head Marco Barbieri. “I was impressed and wanted to buy their record only to find that they were still unsigned and looking for a home. I immediately had to get in touch and share my enthusiasm and belief in the group and their musical and visual concept and here I’m proud to announce the forthcoming album and help further develop the band and spread their appeal.”
“Life is the center of every culture, the mysticism and ancient sounds gathered in the path of the death, warrior blood and glory of an empire,” states Xaman Ek. “The rituals of the Aztecs lead by the war drums thru the red path...TODOS SOMOS GUERREROS.” (We Are All Warriors)
Formed in 2008, CEMICAN has independently released two albums to date – 2009's “Ometiliztli” and 2012's “Ticateh Ipan Miquixtlahuac.” More information on the group's new record – which will include “Guerreros de Cemican” in addition to other new tracks recorded in late 2018 – will be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/CemicanMex and Instagram @cemican_mex
Tlipoca – Drums
Tecuhtli – Guitar/vocals
Ocelotl – Bass/backing vocals
Yei Tochtli – Prehispanic Instruments
Mazatecpatl – Prehispanic Instruments
Xaman-Ek – Rituals/Dance/Prehispanic Instruments
CEMICAN live dates:
Feb. 6 C3 Stage – Guadalajara, Mexico with Ensiferum & Tiamat
Feb. 23 Cernunnos Pagan Fest – Noisiel, France
Feb. 24 Wacken Winter Nights III – Wacken, Germany
June 21 Hellfest – Clisson, France