Portland Power/Thrash Shredders SILVER TALON Unleash
'Deceiver, I Am' Single
Music video premiered yesterday via Decibel Magazine;
7-inch single now available for pre-order
Portland power/thrash group SILVER TALON has unleashed another thrilling combination of heavy metal hooks and guitar-driven virtuosity with their latest single, “Deceiver, I Am.” The music video for the song, which premiered yesterday via DecibelMagazine.com, can now be viewed https://youtu.be/34P2TiMSa_M. The single – a small taste of the shred to come in 2021 on the band's upcoming full-length album, “Decadence & Decay” – is now streaming on all digital platforms, while a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl pressing featuring cover art from Daniel Porta (Haunt, Visigoth, Eternal Champion) backed with an exclusive B-side cover of Savatage's “Power of the Night” (plus a logo patch and sticker) is available for pre-order at www.smarturl.com/silvertalon.
The music video for “Deceiver, I Am” combines the rough-and-rowdy atmosphere of a shot-on-VHS live performance with the haunting visuals of the 1922 classic film “Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages.” Guitarist Bryce VanHoosen says of the video, “We wanted the visual equivalent of a drug-induced, lo-fi religious experience that started in a dive bar and ended at a Witches Sabbath. Using VHS handicam footage and clips from the demented 1922 film 'Häxan,' (director) GBRHL delivered in spades.”
With a virtuosic guitar attack, a rumbling rhythm section and powerful vocals, SILVER TALON was launched in 2017 after rising from the ashes of Spellcaster. VanHoosen joined forces with fellow ex-Spellcaster member Sebastian Silva – who now handles additional guitar duties in SILVER TALON and also plays in goth-rockers Unto Others (formerly Idle Hands) – in a shared mission to keep the heavy metal flame burning brightly. Bolstered by the soaring vocal attack of Wyatt Howell (Sanctifyre), SILVER TALON began 2018 by unveiling two demo tracks, “Devil Machine” and “Warrior's End,” which showcased the group's ability to create fist-clenching, head-banging heavy metal through a combination of masterful hooks, lush melody and technical dexterity.
SILVER TALON then built on this foundation in the second half of 2018 with the release of their self-released debut EP “Becoming A Demon.” The EP saw the band return to the studio to re-record their original demos with Zach Ohren (Exmortus, Fallujah, Machine Head) alongside three new originals and a cover of Sanctuary's “Battle Angels” featuring that group's former guitarist (and future Nevermore/Arch Enemy guitar hero) Jeff Loomis. The release was praised by Dead Rhetoric as “a solid salvo for those who love mid-'80s U.S.-style power/heavy metal with occasional nods to Teutonic finesse” and “metal that has plenty of heaviness while being musically sharp, sophisticated and awe- inspiring.”
The group would further their reputation as masters of triumphant heavy metal with live performances alongside acts such as Exmortus, Unleash The Archers, Striker, The Absence, Powerglove and Hatchet, as well as a nationwide tour at the end of 2019 supporting Savage Master. VanHoosen's guitar prowess is also displayed through his YouTube channel, which is regularly updated with play-through videos, guitar covers and product reviews.
SILVER TALON's forthcoming full-length album, “Decadence & Decay”, will be released in 2021.
SILVER TALON is:
Wyatt Howell – Vocals
Bryce R. VanHoosen – Guitar
Sebastian Silva – Guitar
Devon Miller – Guitar
Walter Hartzell – Bass
Michael Thompson – Drums
SCARDUST Further Explores New Album's Concept In Music Video For 'Break The Ice'
Israeli progressive/symphonic metal group’s sophomore LP
‘Strangers’ continues to win acclaim
Following a wave of conceptually-driven music videos from their acclaimed new album “Strangers” – hailed by Sonic Perspectives as “progressive metal album-of-the-year material” – Israel's SCARDUST have given fans a candid peek behind the scenes with their latest clip, “Break The Ice.” The video, which showcases stages of the album's production and recording process from both before and after the global coronavirus outbreak, can be viewed HERE.
“We all experience moments in life,” says vocalist Noa Gruman, “when we feel like we can’t possibly go on without a helping hand. 'Break The Ice' is about feeling trapped in the cold and longing for a savior. In the video, we give an inside look into the process of creating and producing our new album. Recording started before the pandemic hit, and it continued through lockdowns and quarantines. The world trapped us and everyone who was involved in creating this album, but no savior came to get us out – we had to do that ourselves. Together, we were our own saviors.”
“Strangers” – which can be streamed on all major digital platforms or purchased on CD and limited-edition gray smoke vinyl HERE – is a unique concept album built of complementary song pairs working from the outside in. Several recently-released music videos, which can be seen HERE, further demonstrate the degree to which different tracks from the album are thematically connected, a trend that will continue when a companion clip for “Break The Ice” will be released next month.
Mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Arch Enemy), “Strangers” – described by by Dead Rhetoric as “captivating from start to finish” – was written and composed jointly by Gruman and composer Orr Didi, who also collaborated with SCARDUST on their full-length debut “Sands of Time” and their 2015 EP “Shadow.” The album features guest appearances by acclaimed German folk musician Patty Gurdy, the Hellscore choir (Orphaned Land, Amorphis) – who appear alongside Gruman on Ayreon’s new album, “Transitus,” and are featured prominently in the music video for “Break The Ice” – and England’s prestigious Westbrook Hay Prep School Chamber Choir.
Israel’s leading progressive metal group, SCARDUST, hailed by Prog Magazine as "Serious contenders in the symphonic prog metal world," has performed at such major festivals as Ramblin’ Man Fair (UK), Metaldays (Slovenia) and Midi (China). In addition, the band hosts the annual “Scarfest” event in their home country, where they’ve also appeared alongside the likes of Therion, Epica and Symphony X.
Polish Pagan Black Metal Group VARMIA Signs With M-Theory Audio
New album 'bal Lada' to be released in Spring 2021
The Polish pagan black metal group VARMIA – who pay tribute to their Baltic roots by combining black metal sounds with traditional instruments such as the goat horn and the tagelharpa - has signed with M-Theory Audio. The band's third album, “bal Lada,” will be released in Spring 2021. An early taste of the spirits soon to be summoned can be seen in this video showcasing the making of the album HERE.
VARMIA was formed in 2016 by vocalist/guitarist/composer Lasota with a mission of fusing black metal with musical influences that pay tribute to the ancient Baltic tribes of the historical Warmia region of northern Poland. On vocal duties, Varmia emits harsh growls that shroud the band's music and native Polish lyrics in a visceral aura, the only breaks from this vocal assault occurring when using the traditional, ancient technique of “whitevoice” clean singing as utilized during ancient East-Central European rituals, rites of passage and festivals. Meanwhile, the power of the band's metal influences are enhanced on "bal Lada" by traditional ethnic instrumentation of the Baltic Rites via sounds of tagelharpa, goat horn, wood tuba and krivula. The final result is a compelling mix of dark metallic sounds that channel the spirit of early Enslaved, Satyricon and Wolves in the Throne Room and folk elements that drive acts such as Wardruna.
VARMIA has released two albums to date – 2017's “Z mar twych” and 2018's “W ciele nie”. The group records all of their music in culturally significant remote locations throughout their native Poland, and “bal Lada” continues that practice, as the 11 tracks of ominous and atmospheric pagan black metal contained within were recorded in a makeshift studio set up by the band in an old 19th-century manor in Northern Poland, where they recorded while playing together as a live unit with no sound editing.
With the forthcoming release of “bal Lada,” M-Theory Audio is set to spread the band's native sounds to a worldwide audience. Says Lasota, “With two releases so far, VARMIA has shouted out the voice of our land mainly on the Polish soil – the voice of disquiet, passion and agitation. It is now time to hear it echo throughout the whole world. VARMIA still has many stories to tell, and we are very excited to work with such well-respected people from overseas. We have many spirits yet to summon.”
More information on VARMIA and the upcoming release of “bal Lada” will be unveiled by M-Theory Audio in the weeks to come, and by VARMIA at www.facebook.com/varmiaband.