Israeli Symphonic/Progressive Metal Band SCARDUST Debuts Live Video For 'Dials'
Group to perform three UK shows next week; acclaimed debut album 'Sands Of Time' out now
In advance of their upcoming live appearances in the United Kingdom, the Israeli symphonic/progressive metal band SCARDUST has unveiled a live composite video for “Dials,” a track from their recently reissued debut album “Sands of Time.” The clip – which was compiled by the group's vocalist, Noa Gruman – can be seen HERE.
"Ever since we first played ‘Dials’ live in 2015, our fans have been asking us to make a video for it. Being the longest and most complex piece of Sands of Time, we wracked our brains, time and time again about how to do that,” explains vocalist Noa Gruman. “The truth is - the answer was there all along. As the Dials forever turn for all of us, Scardust is also moving forward, and shaping every day, as we experience our ups and downs, our changing paths and scorching scars. The re-release of this piece gave us the perfect opportunity to present a compilation of Scardust's life up to this point, with scenes taken from the beginning of the road right up to our most recent concerts."
Next week, SCARDUST will travel from the Middle East to the UK to play three shows, including a performance at the annual Ramblin' Man Fair, where the band will appear on the Prog In The Park Stage alongside Riverside, Pain of Salvation and Anathema. From there, the group will head to Slovenia's Metaldays, where they will perform on the festival's Newforces Stage.
Originally self-released in Israel in 2017, “Sands Of Time” – mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, BTBAM) and featuring cover art by Drake Mefestta (Cradle of Filth, Michael Romeo, Devilment) – is now available worldwide on gatefold double LP, digital and compact disc. The new CD reissue features a bonus acoustic piano demo of the previously unreleased song “Mist,” while the limited-edition debut vinyl pressing includes the group's 2015 debut EP “Shadow” in its entirety on Side D – the first time that release has been offered on vinyl as well.
The critical response to “Sands of Time,” which includes guest appearances by Jake E (Cyhra, ex-Amaranthe) and Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land), has been overwhelmingly positive. In its 10/10 review, The Metal Observer called the album “a progressive metal epic that expands on the legacy of the biggest names in the genre,” while Prog Magazine called the record “extraordinary,” praising Gruman's “vocal gymnastics as she flips between elegant soprano and guttural demon in a split-second.”
SCARDUST have previously played alongside the likes of Symphony X, Therion and Epica and recently made their live debut in China, where they performed at the country's Midi Festival.
18 July Hitchin, UK – Club 85 w/ Serpentyne & Patty Gurdy
20 July Kent, UK – Ramblin' Man Fair Prog Stage w/ Anathema, Riverside, Pain of Salvation
21 July London, UK – The Lexington w/ Pythia & Patty Gurdy
24 July Tolmin, Slovenia – Metaldays
Progressive metal band VINTERSEA Signs With M-Theory Audio;
New Album 'Illuminated' Due This Fall
The Portland, Oregon-based VINTERSEA – whose melodic progressive metal also incorporates elements of black, death and post-metal – have signed with M-Theory Audio. The group's second album, “Illuminated,” will be released this fall. A music video for the record's title track can be seen HERE.
“M-Theory Audio continues to bring you the best new talent,” explains label founder Marco Barbieri. “I’ve had my eye on Vintersea for the past couple years watching the band progress and promote themselves. With the release of their latest single and video, ‘Illuminated,’ the time is now to get this promising and talented band further international exposure.”
Fronted by Malaysian-born singer Avienne, whose vocal range spans from haunting melodies to fierce growls, VINTERSEA delivers heavy, emotionally powerful and technically intriguing music that is undeniably inspired by the majesty of the Pacific Northwest. The group's 2017 debut – “The Gravity Of Fall” – recorded by Justin Phelps (The Mars Volta, Joe Satriani) and mixed by Evan Sammons (Last Chance To Reason) – was hailed by No Clean Singing as “dynamic and genre-bending,” while Invisible Oranges praised the band for mixing a “Scandinavian flavor with a distinctly Pacific sound reminiscent of Agalloch and other more progressive moods.”
That combination is present in full force on “Illuminated,” which was engineered and mixed by Gabe Johnston (Idle Hands) and mastered by Troy Glessner (Devin Townsend, Intervals). Additional information on the album will be revealed in the coming weeks.
“We have long admired M-Theory Audio as a shining example of a company that is uniquely positioned to help ambitious bands achieve their goals in the modern music landscape,” states Vintersea guitarist Riley Nix. “Marco Barbieri and the M-Theory family have been cheering us on from the sidelines throughout the promotion of our first album, and now the time has come to join forces in getting ‘Illuminated’ out to the world. We in VINTERSEA are incredibly excited for all of the doors that this partnership will open for us, and endlessly grateful for the worldwide fans that we will be able to reach.”
VINTERSEA has performed alongside artists such as Ne Obliviscaris, Arkona, The Ocean and Sirenia. The band's next scheduled performance will take place alongside Jinjer, The Browning and Sumo Cyco at Portland's Hawthorne Theatre on November 2.
Aztec Folk Metal Group CEMICAN Unveils Video For New Song 'La Que Baja De Las Estrellas'
New album 'In Ohtli Teoyohtica In Miquiztli' due August 23; band to perform at Hellfest on Sunday
On the eve of their Sunday appearance at France's largest annual metal festival, Hellfest, Mexico's CEMICAN have premiered a lyric video for a new song from their forthcoming third album (and M-Theory Audio debut), “In Ohtli Teoyohtica In Miquiztli” (“the mystical path of the dead”). Check out “La Que Baja De Las Estrellas” (“the one that comes down from the stars”) HERE.
Says the band, “This song represents the essence of CEMICAN and reflects in the music a tribute to death, with atmospheres created in the initial passage that transport you to the mystic ritual via the dark sound of the pre-Hispanic instruments.”
The music of CEMICAN – whose name means “the duality of life and death” in the Aztecan language of Nahuatl (spoken by 2 million people in Central Mexico) – incorporates elements of the legends, mysticism and ideologies of ancient Mexican culture. Due August 23, the group's new album further explores those themes, as the title refers to fallen warriors who travel to Mictlan, the underworld in Aztec mythology.
Featuring striking cover artwork designed by Jesús Lhysta (Rotted Artist / Extreme Metal Artworks), “In Ohtli Teoyohtica In Miquiztli” is now available for pre-order on CD and limited-edition black vinyl at our Webstore. As with CEMICAN's previous releases, the album sees the group combine the modern instrumentation of a rock band with traditional pre-Hispanic instruments.
“In Ohtli Teoyohtica In Miquiztli” track listing:
1) Guerreros de Cemican
2) La Que Baja De Las Estrellas
3) Itlach In Mictlantecuhtli
4) Cuando Los Muertos Suspiran (Mihcailhuitl)
6) Luna Desmembrada
8) El Respiro De La Tierra (Tlatecuhtli)
9) Diosa De Todos Los Dioses
10) Tzitzimime (Danza De Los Huesos)
11) Azteca Soy
12) Donde Nace El Viento (Ehecatl)
After independently releasing two albums and performing alongside some of metal's top names (Amon Amarth, Korpiklaani, Ensiferum, Eluveitie, etc.) in their native Mexico, CEMICAN experienced a breakout year in 2018. In addition to their 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” – and Hell & Heaven Fest in their home country. The band's momentum continued to build in early 2019, when they were invited to perform at two European winter festivals – France's Cernunnos Pagan Fest and Germany's Wacken Winter Nights.
Tlipoca – Drums
Tecuhtli – Guitar/vocals
Ocelotl – Bass/backing vocals
Yei Tochtli – Pre-Hispanic Instruments
Mazatecpatl – Pre-Hispanic Instruments
Xaman-Ek – Rituals/Dance/Pre-Hispanic Instruments
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