Progressive Power Metallers IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Release the “Southern Rain”
IMMORTAL GUARDIAN release “Southern Rain,” the latest new song and music video this year from the progressive/power metal band. The digital single can be heard at all streaming/download platforms or watch the video HERE
"For several moments in our history, we have doubted the humane side of humanity. Now this is the moment we arise to say: ENOUGH! No matter how hard things get, no matter how south things go, we will never back down,” states singer Carlos Zema. “We will not race against the races. We will not stand as victims anymore. We will unite and persevere against all the bullets that our families dodge every day. Together as one, we stand against the next bloodstain in our history, at all costs.”
“Southern Rain” is the third new song the talented and hard-working quartet have released since the spring highlighting their efforts in creating the follow-up to the successful 2021 ‘Psychosomatic’ album behind “Ozona” and “Echoes” forming a basis for their next conceptual piece.
‘Psychosomatic’ has been lauded by Metal Temple for its “melody and power, two things displayed in a smashing way throughout this album” and led Metal Rules to call the group “one of the most interesting bands that have emerged in recent years on the international power metal scene.” Video clips for the title track “Candlelight,” and “Phobia,” the latter of which featured a guest appearance by Angra guitarist Marcelo Barbosa, have captured the ears of heavy metal fans worldwide, while their videos for “Clocks,” “Lockdown” and “Read Between The Lines” have earned praise from the likes of MetalSucks, Metal Injection and Gear Gods. CD and digital editions of “Psychomatic” are still available for purchase at https://www.smarturl.com/immortalguardian.
After making a splash via their 2018 full-length debut “Age of Revolution” – which featured its own fair share of creative music videos, including the “Armageddon”-meets-telenovela clip for “Stardust” – and through tours with the likes of Marty Friedman and Exmortus, IMMORTAL GUARDIAN gathered in Las Vegas at the beginning of 2020 to record their second album. As the spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent pandemic began to ensue, shutdowns around the world began being enforced, resulting in the band completely scrapping the record that they had been working on and writing and creating a new thematic record about their emotions surrounding current events. The resulting “Psychosomatic” was a truly multi-national record, with guitarist/keyboardist Gabriel Guardian – known for his uncanny ability to play the two instruments simultaneously – remaining in Las Vegas, singer Carlos Zema recording his vocals from his home in Brazil, drummer Justin Piedimonte tracking from Montreal and bassist Joshua Lopez recording from IMMORTAL GUARDIAN's native Texas.
The newly-released music videos and singles are just a small taste of the new territory that IMMORTAL GUARDIAN plans to take their sound in 2022. More information on additional new music and touring in 2022 will be revealed in the months to come by M-Theory Audio and at https://www.facebook.com/igmetal/
WOE UNTO ME Sign With M-Theory Audio;
Release First Video/Single For ”Deep Beneath The Burden”
“It’s on rare occasion one of your artists recommends another, and by another I mean a band halfway across the world and with a different style of metal to their own, but that’s exactly how I came to know of WOE UNTO ME,” explains label boss Marco Barbieri. “When Voices of Ruin singer Dave Barrett told me I should check out this band I was immediately intrigued by their name, logo and their locale but what’s ultimately most important and convincing was the epic proportions of their grief-stricken heaviness enhanced by an infectious aura of somber melodies. I listened and listened, which some would say is not easy when you’re submitting 12-minute songs for consideration, but I loved it. It brought me back to the ‘90s and the first times I heard and worshipped bands like My Dying Bride, Anathema, and Katatonia, but while that influence is present what’s presented is fresh and their own.”
Belarus’ WOE UNTO ME is no stranger to some as the group formed in 2008 by guitarists Artyom Serdyuk and Dzmitry Shchyhlinski and appeared on the scene with their 2014 debut album, ‘A Step Into The Waters Of Forgetfulness,’ on Solitude Productions and its 2017 follow-up, ‘Among The Lightened Skies the Voidness Flashed.’ Both equally revered by underground and European press and cementing their name as a band to watch for fans of all things doom. For several years supporting these albums WOE UNTO ME performed all over Eastern Europe on tours and festivals in Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania. Ukraine, Poland, Finland and Russia, sharing stages with Shape of Despair, Saturnus, Ereb Altor, Hate, Arkona, Mors Principium Est, Swallow The Sun, Ophis and more. Now it’s time to expand their depression and mournfulness across Western Europe and North America with their next album released internationally by M-Theory Audio.
“We're so excited about the beginning of our collaboration with M-Theory Audio! It’s a real honor to work with Marco Barbieri and his team,” states guitarist Artyom Serdyuk. “This is a next step for Woe Unto Me and we are sure that with the new release and efforts from such experienced people in the music industry we will be able to expand our limits and conquer new heights. We feel rapturous to join the family!”
To preview some new music WOE UNTO ME have premiered a music video for the first single, “Deep Beneath The Burden” online today at all digital streaming and download platforms. You can watch the video HERE
“The idea for the lyrics in the song ‘Deep Beneath The Burden’ is inspired by Erich Fromm's investigations in ‘The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness,” explains singer Igor Kovalyov. “As you will learn the whole concept of the album is strongly associated with the idea of transformation. This song is not an exception. Here we are talking about doubt or hesitation and how this disturbing feeling morphs into obsession and action. The whole video clip is divided into four scenes. The first one is about the state of uncertainty, where the doubt is discovered. The idea is mostly inspired by the first lines of Dante's journey to hell from his outstanding ‘Divine Comedy.’ The next two scenes are about an acceptance of doubt and its transformation into an idea of destruction. The last one is a tragedy of a human obsession. The main character brings his doubt into real life and transforms the idea into action.”
“Musically the new record is the continuation of our movement into more progressive realms of doom metal. This is not a typical funeral doom or death-doom, but it contains the elements of all kinds of doom metal sub-genres,” states Artyom. “I think this album is going to be the most atmospheric, eclectic and mature in our discography so far. It’s quite complex musically and lyrically but at the same time I think it will be easier in terms of perception and more interesting even for the listeners that are not the fans of a classical doom metal. In terms of lyrics on this album we decided to move away from the typical plots for this kind of music and refused to just describe depressive or destructive conditions of a human being. We focused on the investigation of the nature of these feelings and tried to analyze them from the philosophical point of view.”
More information on WOE UNTO ME and the upcoming album release will be revealed in the weeks to come at www.facebook.com/woeuntome and by M-Theory Audio.
Finland’s ANZILLU Unleash The “Trumpets of War”
Music video for extreme metal band’s second single online; Full-length album coming early next year
Finnish extreme metal phenoms ANZILLU – whose sound is punctuated by buzz-saw guitar riffs delivered with equal amounts of dexterous shredding and pummeling brute force – recently signed with M-Theory Audio. The group have wasted no time and follow-up the slammin’ first taste “Needles (On My Nerves)” with a second assault of anthemic brutality under the guise of “Trumpets Of War.” You can watch the video HERE while the digital single is available for streaming/download at all digital platforms.
"Whereas the first single was straight up and a fast riff tornado, this second one is heavier and shows some muscle behind the songwriting; but it does not equal slow and you might be surprised in the middle, so not monotonic either," explains guitarist Jesse Kamarainen. "I'm eager to see how people will react to it."
Additional new music from the band's debut album will be unveiled throughout the remainder of 2022 as we head into an early 2023 album release. Watch for pre-orders for vinyl and CDs soon.
Though the band itself is new, the musicians comprising ANZILLU are not inexperienced. The new group – whose name is inspired by the ancient Sumerian word for “abomination” - was formed in 2019 by guitarist Jesse Kämäräinen after the dissolution of his previous group Inkvisitor, which released two records of thrash-influenced extreme metal between 2015 and 2018. Kämäräinen had already demoed an album's worth of new material at the time of that development, and went on to bring in a battery of fellow notables that had also been making their names within Finnish metal circles to form ANZILLU. The searing vocal talents of Teemu Kemppainen (Argent Void), the thunderous bass of Rasmus Kantonen, and the death metal crunch of fellow guitarist Sami Katajainen (GAF) join Kämäräinen's six-string powers to deliver a blistering assault of aural senses.
“We’re excited to be working with Anzillu, as I was impressed with Jesse’s work with Inkvisitor and seriously considered signing them a few years back,” comments label boss Marco Barbieri. “Anzillu takes things to another level, while still thrashy it widens the depth being infectiously catchy with melodic undertones and shout-along chourses, yet is even more seismic and relentless. We hope you enjoy ‘Trumpets of War’ as it was the one I immediately gravitated to upon hearing the album.”
ANZILLU – now armed with a full album's worth of material and their collective metallic powers – honed the existing demos into their final form throughout the first half of last year, and entered Sonic Pump Studios in August 2021 with Nino Laurenne (Wintersun, Amorphis, Lost Society) behind the soundboard handling recording/mixing duties and Svante Forsback (Volbeat, Candlemass, Kalmah) mastering.
The group is ready to perform at this weekend’s John Smith Rock Festival in Laukaa, Finland headlined this year by Airbourne, Dark Tranquillity, Powerwolf, Katatonia, Insomnium and more - during the weekend of July 21st through July 23rd.