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SWEDEN’S THE SONIC OVERLORDS RELEASE 'LAST DAYS OF BABYLON'

CD/digital versions of debut album out today; upcoming live performance at Rock at Sea Hårdrock

 

THE SONIC OVERLORDS unleash their debut album, “Last Days of Babylon,” today -- Friday, October 22nd. The first offering of the Swedish outfit's blend of melodic rock majesty and thunderous doom will be available on all digital platforms, with CD versions available at music retailers and HERE. THE SONIC OVERLORDS will also soon unleash their power on the live stage, performing as part of Viking Line's Rock at Sea Hårdrock cruise on November 19th, traveling from Stockholm, Sweden to Mariehamn in the Åland Islands, alongside fellow Swedish rockers such as Mustasch, Thundermother, and more. More information on the Rock at Sea Hårdrock cruise can be found at https://www.vikingline.se.

 

"Album release day is HERE!! Let us present "Last Days of Babylon," exclaims guitarist Morgan Zocek. "A lot of blood, sweat, tears, love, enthusiasm, joy and happiness went into this album recording and now we're finally able to share it with the rest of the world. It's kind of an overwhelming feeling. Welcome to our musical journey, and hope you will enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed creating it. PLAY IT LOUD!!"

 

The first single from THE SONIC OVERLORDS, “In My Darkest Room”, was released in October 2020. That song gained rock radio airplay throughout Scandinavia and spread through mainland Europe, the US and Australia as DJs and programmers were drawn to the group's combination of powerful doom riffs and the epic and melodic majesty of 'late '70s/early '80s heavy rock with influences from the likes of Dio/Martin-era Black Sabbath, Rainbow, early Candlemass, Yngwie J. Malmsteen/Rising Force, Scorpions and MSG. The band's blend of power, darkness, and musicality was recognized by former Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin via a shout-out to “In My Darkest Room” on his social media channels. The music video for “In My Darkest Room” - also directed by Per Andersson – can be viewed HERE.

 

THE SONIC OVERLORDS followed up the release of that single by signing with M-Theory Audio at the beginning of 2021, and began putting the finishing touches on their debut album, “Last Days of Babylon.” The album features nine tracks powered by the group's sonically wicked brew, including “In My Darkest Room” and “Utopia,” the band's second single which was released in May 2021, backed by a music video directed once again by Andersson that can be viewed HERE. The group's music video for their third single "Eternal Heroes," which shows off the band's more progressive metal influences, was unveiled in September 2021 and can be viewed HEREThe CD version of “Last Days of Babylon” also features a guest appearance by Tony Martin, who provides vocals for bonus track “Past the End of Time,” a re-imagining of “Sands of Time,” an original song by the band that is featured on the main record.

THE SONIC OVERLORDS were founded in 2017 by Swedish rock guitarist Morgan Zocek. He began jamming with various musicians and writing songs inspired by classic hard rock of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but with a more modern approach to the production and sonics. The full sound of THE SONIC OVERLORDS began to solidify with the addition of Per Soläng on drums in 2018. This was followed by the addition in 2020 of vocalist Marcus Zachrisson Rubin, who had been playing with Zocek in an Ozzy Osbourne cover band for many years, and the rumbles of new bassist Daniel Ramírez.

More news on THE SONIC OVERLORDS and their debut album, “Last Days of Babylon,” will be unveiled in the weeks ahead at www.facebook.com/Thesonicoverlords and by M-Theory Audio.

California Thrashers HEXEN Announce Reissue Remastered Edition of Second Album “Being and Nothingness;” Today The Group’s Debut Album, “State Of Insurgency” hits store shelves

First-ever vinyl and cassette releases alongside expanded 2CD feature bonus disc of extras

 

M-Theory Audio will reissue “Being and Nothingness,” the acclaimed 2012 sophomore album from California neo-thrashers HEXEN, February 11, 2022. The reissue is the second in a series of HEXEN reissues and remasters from M-Theory Audio, who released a reissued and remastered version of the band's 2008 debut, “State of Insurgency” today, Oct. 15th).

 

“Being and Nothingness” saw the band continue evolving the combination of old-school ferocity, with a more progressive new-school technicality and dark and socially conscious lyrics that helped them stand out in the fiercely competitive Southern California thrash revival that birthed acts such as Warbringer, Fueled By Fire, Merciless Death, Bonded By Blood and Exmortus. Pre-orders for the upcoming reissue of “Being and Nothingness” – which include expanded packaging and personal liner notes available as a blue vinyl double LP, a 2CD with a bonus disc of previously unreleased demo and live tracks, and a blue shell cassette – are available now alongside the reissue of “State Of Insurgency” at www.smarturl.com/hexen.

 

Says drummer Carlos Cruz (Warbinger, Machine Head, Power Trip, Ohm), "We thank you for all the incredible response to our 2021 re-issue of "State of Insurgency" and to show our gratitude for your support, we're bring you its interstellar follow-up, "Being and Nothingness," out of obscurity by celebrating its 10-Year anniversary with a 2022 re-issue on M-Theory Audio! Prepare your minds to enter the stream of unconsciousness with another round of 2LP, 2CD & Cassette release of HeXeN's unique fusion of Extreme, Melodic and Progressive Thrash Metal!"

 

“Being and Nothingness” - originally released by Pulverised Records – saw original HEXEN co-guitarist Artak Tavaratsyan (also formerly of Exmortus) return to the band after a hiatus of several years, bolstering the foundation laid on the previous record by the shredding guitar assault of Ronny Dorian, the precise drumming of Cruz and the dextrous bass and searing vocals of Andre Hartoonian. The band's second album – which featured cover art from renowned metal artist Kristian Wåhlin aka “Necrolord” (At The Gates, Dissection, Emperor) - was hailed by Metal Underground as “a roaring spectacle of glossy solos and intricate songwriting” and was praised as “one of the more impressive thrash albums” of 2012 by Sputnik Music. HEXEN disbanded soon after the release of “Being and Nothingness,” with band members turning their focus to academic and collegiate endeavours and Cruz joining Warbringer.

 

M-Theory Audio's reissue of “Being and Nothingness” joins the now-available reissue of “State of Insurgency” by also including new liner notes by Hartoonian.

 

"Of course, I was jumping up and down moshing in front of the stereo in my room like I was 16 again the second I got the Vinyl LP of "State of Insurgency," notes Hartoonian. "Knowing full-well that I've heard my own work a billion times and thus must have a biased ear/brain that I can't help. It wasn't until a lifelong friend of the band (who totally is not an audiophile, and always argued against the hoopla over "analog" anything beating "digital," and from whom compliments/praises about the band never, EVER came easy) texted me soon as her presale arrived saying, "right off the bat the vinyl sounds a million times better" which was when I knew that it wasn't just me. If even the person who only ever game brutally honest feedback says there's a been a big improvement in the sound on the LP that this REALLY is the best we've ever heard 'State of Insurgency' sound." 

 

"Additionally, there isn't a SINGLE audio version we've re-released the HeXeN catalogue on that doesn'thave something unique to the specific format. The 2CD version of 'State of Insurgency' comes with a bonus disc of 2 live sets while the bonus disc for 'Being and Nothingness' has a whole slew of behind-the-scenes extras featuring demos and live recordings. GRAB YOURS TODAY!"

"Of course, I was jumping up and down moshing in front of the stereo in my room like I was 16 again the second I got the Vinyl LP of "State of Insurgency," notes Hartoonian. "Knowing full-well that I've heard my own work a billion times and thus must have a biased ear/brain that I can't help. It wasn't until a lifelong friend of the band (who totally is not an audiophile, and always argued against the hoopla over "analog" anything beating "digital," and from whom compliments/praises about the band never, EVER came easy) texted me soon as her presale arrived saying, "right off the bat the vinyl sounds a million times better" which was when I knew that it wasn't just me. If even the person who only ever game brutally honest feedback says there's a been a big improvement in the sound on the LP that this REALLY is the best we've ever heard 'State of Insurgency' sound." 

"Additionally, there isn't a SINGLE audio version we've re-released the HeXeN catalogue on that doesn'thave something unique to the specific format. The 2CD version of 'State of Insurgency' comes with a bonus disc of 2 live sets while the bonus disc for 'Being and Nothingness' has a whole slew of behind-the-scenes extras featuring demos and live recordings. GRAB YOURS TODAY!"

REUNITED MODERN-DAY THRASHERS MANTIC RITUAL UNVEIL SINGLE FOR 'CRUSADER'

First new music since 2009's 'Executioner'; Pre-orders for 7-inch vinyl available now

 

Reunited thrashers MANTIC RITUAL have unveiled their new single, “Crusader.” The first new music in 12 years from the reunited group – featuring original members Dan Wetmore (vocals/guitars), Jeff Potts (guitars), and Ben Mottsman (bass) alongside new drummer Carlos Cruz (Warbringer, Exmortus, Power Trip) – is on all streaming and download platforms now. Pre-orders for a limited-edition (300) 7-inch vinyl with “Crusader” as the A-side and the band’s cover of the Mercyful Fate classic “Black Funeral” is set to be released in early 2022 are available now HERE.

 

Says vocalist/guitarist Dan Wetmore, “What’s up, metal wackos, death stare daddies and thrash ragers? I’m pleased to announce the first MANTIC RITUAL release since our 2009 debut on Nuclear Blast. Though it has been a while, the metal flame never died. We aren’t dropping an album at this time, but rather putting out a few smaller releases in anticipation. It’s been a while and we’re stoking the fire, revvin’ up, getting our shit together. Via M-Theory Audio, this 7-inch is just a small taste of what’s to come, and paves the way for a worthy successor to 'Executioner,' condensing our thrash, death and punk influences into something competent and pointed.

 

When I was 18, the thrash revival seemed like a nice jumping point for the pissed-off, metal-head prick I was. I'm still pissed-off, might still be a prick, but shit has landed and it's way more concise, and I think, way better. Whatever furious adjective-filled heavy metal tagline you choose, I promise the new Mantic Ritual will deliver. Sure, a 7-inch isn’t a big release, but I’m sure it’s bigger than most of you...stay tuned, mates!”

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