Blackened Prog-Metal Group VINTERSEA Unveil 'Quarantine Playthrough Video'
For 'Fiery Tongue'
When the Portland, Oregon-based blackened progressive metal group VINTERSEA normally films a music video, the band – whose 2019 sophomore album (and M-Theory Audio debut) “Illuminated” was praised by Dead Rhetoric as “a wondrous, challenging record that will reward listeners who are seeking something more” – typically does so in grand fashion, whether deftly capturing the darkened majesty of their native Pacific Northwest or filming in striking settings such as abandoned nuclear power plants.
While the group – whose latest video, “Befallen,” has received nearly a half million views on YouTube – is currently working hard to complete their next mini-epic, they recently also put the finishing touches on what they describe as a “quarantine playthrough video” for the “Illuminated” track “Fiery Tongue.” Check it out HERE.
Says bassist and videographer Karl Whinnery, “Most of our fans don’t know that we were just about to announce a huge summer tour as the world started to shut down. When we were able to get back together for the first time, I really wanted to capture something unique for our fans. We’re in the middle of preparing a huge music video/short film for release later this year, so for now, we went for something fun and simple.”
Adds guitarist Riley Nix, “Like millions of people around the world, we have been separated from our musical family for most of the year. Going months without getting together to play concerts, record, tour or make videos has been difficult for everyone in different ways. 'Befallen' helped a massive new group of people find our music, and we wanted to reach out to our friends and fans the best we could, from afar, to show everyone how much we love and appreciate everything they have done to keep us going during these past few months.”
“Fiery Tongue” is one of six epic tracks featured on “Illuminated,” which was released in September on CD, digital and limited-edition blue/white vinyl. The album was engineered and mixed by Gabe Johnston (Idle Hands) and mastered by Troy Glessner (Devin Townsend, Intervals), while the cover artwork was designed by Xenoyr of Australia's Ne Obliviscaris.
Explains vocalist Avienne, “'Fiery Tongue' is an ode to the destruction that people have imposed on themselves time and time again. We wanted to paint a landscape that has been set ablaze by people who have led themselves into their own demise through the song’s lyrics, crushing riffs, and choral melody.”
VINTERSEA – whose riveting mix of prog, black, death and post-metal has earned comparisons to forward-thinking acts such as Agalloch and Enslaved – first made waves via their self-released 2017 debut, “The Gravity Of Fall.” Recorded by Justin Phelps (The Mars Volta, Joe Satriani) and mixed by Evan Sammons (Last Chance To Reason), the album was hailed by No Clean Singing as “dynamic and genre-bending.” The group earned additional praise for its dynamic live performances alongside artists such as Jinjer, Arkona, The Ocean and Sirenia.
UK Black Metal Group HECATE ENTHRONED: Reissue of 2013's 'Virulent Rapture'
Due Sept. 25
On the heels of the 2019 release of pioneering British blackened death metal group HECATE ENTHRONED's acclaimed sixth album “Embrace of the Godless Aeon,” M-Theory Audio is proud to announce that its 2013 predecessor, “Virulent Rapture,” will be reissued on Sept. 25. A music video for the album's “Abyssal March” can be seen HERE.
Hailed by New Noise Magazine as “an absolute must for fans of extreme gothic metal,” “Virulent Rapture” – which has been out-of-print for several years, and never before available on vinyl – features artwork by Nestor Avalos (Bloodbath, The Black Dahlia Murder) and guest vocals by Sarah Jezebel Deva (Cradle of Filth, Mortiis, Therion), as well as newly-written liner notes by the band. Pre-orders on digipak CD and limited-edition (300) burnt orange vinyl are available HERE now.
Says bassist Dylan Hughes, “'Virulent Rapture' was our first release after a long studio hiatus, so it was a big album for us. We wanted to give our fans something meaty with depth and range, and the mix of heavy riffs and huge orchestration gave it a big and powerful sound to match the importance of the release. Now that it has a reissue through our current label M-Theory Audio with updated artwork and an incredible vinyl print, metalheads will finally have the chance to complete their HECATE collection. All we can say is enjoy, and play it at 11!”
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.” Originally co-founded in Wales by guitarist Nigel Dennen in the mid-1990s, the band 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 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, and since then, several full-lengths and EPs and numerous live performances have firmly established the band as one of extreme metal's most important voices.
French Hardcore Group STINKY Unveil Video For
'Unplugged' Version Of 'Rough Diamond'
New album 'Of Lost Things' out now
The French band STINKY – praised by Outburn for its “solid melodic hardcore/punk that employs notes of Sick Of It All, Parkway Drive and Comeback Kid” – has released a music video for “Rough Diamond (Unplugged),” the closing track on the group's recently-released third album (and M-Theory Audio debut) “Of Lost Things.” The clip can be seen HERE.
The original version of “Rough Diamond” appears on the group's acclaimed 2017 release “From Dead-End Street,” which the group supported with extensive touring throughout Europe alongside the likes of Terror, Walls of Jericho and Millencolin. According to the band, “This is our first acoustic piece that we've ever recorded, and it's a real achievement for us. We've wanted to record one of our songs as an acoustic version for years, and this time, we found a way to do it. After working on the acoustic arrangement, we wanted to give it more substance, so we invited our good friend Eddy Kaiser, who leads a dark/folk solo project, to collaborate with us on the song.”
While STINKY's plans to tour in support of “Of Lost Things” have been postponed indefinitely, the group recently returned to the stage as part of noted French metal festival Hellfest's “Hellfest From Home” livestream. The band's performance can be viewed at HERE.
Says the band, “We were really happy to be invited to perform on an event of this scale, even though playing a show in front of video cameras with basically no audience is kind of a strange experience. We're thrilled about the amount of positive feedback we've received, and we'd like to thank every single person who watched the event and who are still watching it right now. A big shout-out to Arte Concert and Hellfest for putting their trust in us."
“Of Lost Things” – which was recorded in part by Fabien Guilloteau (Hacride, The Necromancers) and features cover artwork by Emy Rojas (Clutch, Ministry, Queens of the Stone Age) – features 11 tracks of metallic hardcore that the UK's Down For Life magazine praised for its “monstrous anthems and full-on bangers.” In recent weeks, STINKY has unveiled music videos for three of the album's blistering tracks – “Revival Fire,” which features footage of the band performing live at last year's Hellfest; “Strangers With Familiar Faces,” which originally premiered via Germany's Visions Magazine; and “Distance,” which was unveiled via New Noise Magazine and quickly added to Spotify's New Punk Tracks and All The Rage playlists.
The initial orange splatter vinyl pressing of “Of Lost Things” is already a collector's item thanks to an overwhelming response via the band's Bandcamp page. While a limited number of copies are still available online and at select record shops around the world, the band recently introduced a new vinyl pressing – a limited-edition orange-and-black variant that is currently available exclusively on the band's Bandcamp page.
Since their formation a decade ago, STINKY has played more than 350 concerts across 15 different countries in support of their first two albums, 2015's “Against Wind and Tide” and 2017's “From Dead-End Street.” While the band's name might seem curious to some, their music – a combustible mix of energy and aggression that the UK's Midlands Metalheads Radio says “makes you feel like you can headbutt through a brick wall” – unquestionably passes the smell test.
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LET US PREY Unveils Music Video For Title Track
From New Album 'Virtues Of The Vicious'
To celebrate today's release of LET US PREY's new album “Virtues of the Vicious,” the band has released a music video for its title track, which features a guest guitar solo by Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford, Testament). The clip – which debuted yesterday via Rock Hard Magazine and Ghost Cult Magazine, the latter of which described the track as “a blend of Lamb of God, Death, recent Testament and classic Nevermore... one of the best metal songs of the summer” – can be streamed at HERE.
Says vocalist Marc Lopes (who helmed the video himself), “'Virtues of the Vicious' in simple terms is about if we are inherently violent by nature and born this way, or if it's a learned trait and a product of our environment. I actually did a two-week study about this before writing the lyrics. The conclusion is up for endless debate, and a conversation I would only have in a personal one-on-one encounter with a person of open and sound mind. The title was inspired from an episode of 'The Punisher,' and the artwork is relief sculpture from Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo by Gustav Vigeland. When I saw this piece while visiting Oslo in 2017, I was immediately drawn and fascinated by the work, so I took a series of pictures knowing I would use them in some manner in the future. The image and title just worked for me. The music itself is chaos, mixing many styles of metal into one sitting. I wanted total mayhem for the guitar solos, so I called on Metal Mike Chlasciak, who also I jam with in another project. I could not be happier with the results, which are my personal musical to the subject matter.”
“Virtues of the Vicious” is out now digitally on all major streaming platforms, while physical copies on CD and limited-edition blood red vinyl can be purchased via smarturl.com/LUP and our Webstore. The album was recorded by Nick Bellmore (Hatebreed, Toxic Holocaust, Five Finger Death Punch) and Pete Rutcho (Revocation, Havok, Bury Your Dead), with the latter also handling mixing and mastering.
In recent weeks, LET US PREY has premiered music videos for several of the tracks on “Virtues of the Vicious” that feature guest guitar solos by notable friends of Lopes, best known as the front man of Manowar/The Dictators co-founder Ross Friedman's group Ross The Boss. In addition to Chlasciak, the album includes appearances by Anthrax's Jon Donais (“Halo Crown”), Jimi Bell of Autograph and House of Lords (“Ghost Echoes”) and late All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert (“The Saint of Killers”).
Led by Lopes and guitarist Jon Morency, LET US PREY incorporates numerous subgenres of metal into their style while still sounding organic. The group's adventurous music sees elements of thrash, death, power and progressive metal meld seamlessly with industrial samples and symphonic keyboards. The drumming is surgically precise and blisteringly fast without sounding mechanical; the guitars mix crushing, down-tuned brutality with dense harmonies and ripping leads; and Lopes shifts effortlessly from thrash/death metal growls to soaring melodic vocals and searing Halford-esque highs with layered harmonies.
“A little Nevermore here, some Soilwork there, plus a smattering of Fear Factory cyber-ness and Testament ferocity... LET US PREY deliver and crush!” (Dead Rhetoric)
“Virtues of the Vicious” track listing:
- Above The Vaulted Sky
- Virtues of the Vicious (feat. Metal Mike Chlasciak)
- In Suffering
- Halo Crown (feat. Jon Donais)
- Murder Thy Maker
- The Saint of Killers (feat. Oli Herbert)
- Ghost Echoes (feat. Jimi Bell)
- The Cruel Creation of Me
- And Hell Followed With Me
LET US PREY have performed in and around the northeastern United States alongside the likes of Soilwork, Suffocation, Soulfly, Life Of Agony, Metal Church, Battle Beast, Doro and Scar Symmetry, among others.