New Lyric Video “Road To Heaven” Issued By Stormhammer

Munich based power metal act Stormhammer posted a new lyric video for the song “Road to Heaven.” The song appears on the band’s latest effort “Welcome to the End,” which was issued back in March via Massacre Records.

Check out the clip here:

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Street Symphonies Records Inks Deal With Aerodyne

Street Symphonies Records is proud to welcome Swedish hard rockers Aerodyne to its roster.

Aerodyne is what happens when two of the leading local bands in Gothenburg, Sweden, collide head first. Formed back in January 2016, the Scandinavian combo is now finally ready to bring powerful hard rock to the world.

With heavy riffs and memorable choruses, it’s hard to not bang your head and sing along. The first EP and music video “Old Flames Die Hard” were released in June 2016, receiving great feedback from rock fans all over the world. Although the rock scene of Gothenburg is fairly dormant, Aerodyne is in no need for a rest: in early 2017, the band entered the studios to record the full length debut album “Breaking Free,” which is scheduled for a winter release on Street Symphonies Records/Burning Minds Music Group. With visions of world tours to spread the music to every last rock fan in the world, Aerodyne is here to stay.

Stay tuned for more information.

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New Album Details, New Single Released By Evertale

German power metal act Evertale announced that the sophomore album will be entitled “The Great Brotherwar.” The album drops on October 27th via NoiseArt Records. In addition, the band issued the new single “Empire Rising” in the form of a lyric video, which you can check out in the player below.

“The Great Brotherwar” is the follow up to the 2014 debut “Of Dragons and Elves” (see review here). The cover art, created by the legendary Andreas Marschall (Rage, Running Wild, Blind Guardian, etc.), and track listing can be found here:

1. Battle for Mankind
2. Empire Rising
3. The Swarm
4. The Joining
5. For the King and the Crown
6. Oceans of Sand l
7. The Journey to Iskendria
8. Chapter 666 (We are the Hammer)
9. March to the North
10. And the Dragon Returns
11. All Hail the Crimson King
12. The Great Brotherwar
13. Take to the Sky (Van Canto Cover)

Check out “Empire Rising” here:

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New Song “Notes From The Underground” Streaming From Antarktis

Sweden’s metal/post-rock act Antarktis is streaming the new song “Notes From Underground” in the player at the bottom. The song appears on the upcoming debut album “Ildlaante,” which drops on October 6th via Agonia Records.

The track list and cover art can be found here:

1. Aurora
2. Svalbard (see music video here)
3. Notes From The Underground
4. Ildlaante
5. Cape Meteor, Pt 1
6. Cape Meteor, Pt 2

Check out “Notes From The Underground” here:

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Trippy New Video “Star Rider” Available From Hällas

Swedish psychedelic metal band Hällas released a video clip for the new song “Star Rider,” the new single from the upcoming album “Excerpts From The Future Past,” which is due out October 13th via The Sign Records.

The video can be seen via Doomed and Stoned over at this location, or more conveniently in the player below.

The track list for “Excerpts From The Future Past” is:

1. The Astral Seer (song streaming here)
2. Repentance
3. Nebulon’s Tower
4. The Golden City of Semyra
5. Star Rider
6. Shadow of the Templar
7. Illusion Sky

Check out “Star Rider” here:

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New Album “IAO 269” Announced By Corpose Garden

Latin American death metal act, Corpse Garden, will be releasing the third album “IAO 269” in November 2017 via Godz ov War Productions on CD, vinyl, cassette and digitally (exact date TBA). Check out the new track “Selenomantic Ecstasies” in the player at the bottom.

“IAO 269” follows up conceptually on the previous album, “Entheogen” (2015), and takes the band into a brand new and bolder, experimental – and even trance-like – direction.

Guitarist Federico Gutiérrez comments on what influenced this direction: “music is always a response from whatever we are feeling at the moment of its creation. It is an extension of our feelings and emotions”. The album was heavily influenced by the music the band members were listening to during the creation process of the album: krautrock, 70s and 80s post-punk and ambient music among others.

“When we were crafting the music, it became more obvious that the concept of the album would be a continuation of the concept on Entheogen: It’s the harness of knowledge through the occult and realizing its power and the abilities it descends upon one’s hands”.

“IAO 269” was produced by Colin Marston and Corpse Garden. It was recorded, mixed and mastered in January 2017 by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves Studio, Queens, New York.

Stay tuned for more information on the album. In the meantime, check out the new song “Selenomantic Ecstasies” here:

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First Details Of New Album “Castles Of Sand” Posted By Starsoup

Russian prog-rockers Starsoup will release the second album “Castles Of Sand” in December 2017. The exact release date will be revealed soon. The artwork and track list was revealed today and can be viewed below.

Starsoup is the heavy metal/progressive rock project of vocalist Alexey Markov (Distant Sun). The songs vary stylistically – you may find that some are heavily influenced by Metallica, Queensryche and Savatage. The project was founding in Moscow towards the end of 2011 when the first single, “Angels,” was recorded. The music consists of heavy guitars, atmospheric keys with an accent on the grand piano and varying vocal techniques.

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Catcher in the Lie
2. Brother’s Plea
3. Into the Woods
4. Your World Is Dead
5. Rumors of Better Love
6. Escapist
7. Winter in Shire
8. Castle
9. The World That Has Moved On
10. Light Up the Stars
11. Moon on the Shore
12. Road to Sunset (Piano Version)

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Xandria Splits With Vocalist Dianne Van Giersbergen

German symphonic metal band Xandria has now split with its fifth vocalist, officially parting ways with Dianne van Giersbergen today. The group issued this statement:

“Dear all, we are very sad about the situation that we and you, the people following Xandria, have to face now. After we already had to cancel many concerts since July due to Dianne not being able to perform we had now been informed by her that she is leaving the band with immediate effect.

“This happened after we published news that the upcoming concerts will be played with a temporary replacement singer. It was clear to everyone, including Dianne, that it was supposed to be a temporary solution only. We had to learn about her departure in a way that has been surprising us very much and with a statement in which we do not recognize ourselves in.

“We have been very downhearted about not being able to play these concerts, and probably would not have been able to play for an undetermined time also in the future. For that reason, we wanted to play at least the concerts in November and December with a temporary replacement singer that can celebrate the music we love so much together with you and us, instead of cancelling any more concerts.

“We always have been doing our best to be there for you fans, so we tried the same in this difficult situation. Just as we always tried to find a good way to care for all members of the band to live the passion that is music, which can sometimes be difficult for everyone. Unfortunately, it seems that Dianne´s needs and goals were drifting apart from the band´s ones.

“However, we are proudly looking back at what we achieved together and we are thanking Dianne for the great times we shared and everything she did for the band. We wish her all the best for what she is heading for on her future way. We will live the passion we have for our music together with you all on our concerts in November, December & beyond! With a heavy heart, but at the same time looking forward to the future and to see you out there sharing our music with you,

“Philip, Marco, Steven & Gerit.”

Dianne tells a very different version of events, posting this message online via Facebook about her departure from Xandria:

“The moment I promised you and me that would never come is here: I am leaving Xandria. And the reason is simple: staying in the band would cause further damage to the health problems the band has caused me.

“For nearly 2 years now I’ve been trying to put band and management issues on the table, with the sole reason to keep this band healthy, together and ready for the future. Today I am sad to say that my attempts failed and have been ignored, that my cries for help have been met with financial threats and emotional extortion and that my persistence to keep on going, ignoring all the warning signs, has left me with uncontrollable stress symptoms (confirmed by doctors). I am a fighter, but I’ve come to see that this is one I cannot win. I don’t want to leave, I love the music that I got to write for you – which is 100% me – but I can’t live, can’t perform, can simply not exist in an environment that harms me. This environment does not care for me nor for the fans (even proposed me to playback in order to do more shows in a row) and somehow miraculously never generated any financial outcome and therefore no stability for any of its band members.

“Yesterday evening the last hope I had of ever reconciling with the boys was shattered when they made a statement announcing that ‘I’ could not perform with the band anymore, forgetting to mention that I am in this unhealthy position because of Xandria & management. Not surprisingly they also already have a replacement for me and kicked me out of every Xandria social media page. With that they’ve send me one last clear message: they are not interested in fixing the situation nor are they willing to support me if that means (partly) stepping away from the business perspective (quote: ‘we are not friends’) which leads me to conclude what I know now: it is time for me to close this chapter and wish them the best of luck in continuing the band I loved so much.

“Now, I don’t know where we will meet again, but I didn’t follow my passion, study all those hours and travel all those roads to simply give up. I’m sad to close this chapter, but I’m sure there will be another one to write. In the meantime I will be focussing on what does make me happy and I will be posting my daily business and updates on my Precious Metal Jewelry and Ex Libris stuff as usual. I very much hope to see you online so we can stay in touch and who knows, maybe one day in an audience again. Thank you all for understanding, for your love and support! I am forever grateful.”

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Mark “Barney” Greenway: No New Napalm Death Album Before Late 2018

Napalm Death frontman Mark “Barney” Greenway was recently interviewed by Australia’s “Sticks For Stones”. Questioned about a recent post on the band’s Facebook page revealing they were back at Parlour Studios in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England recording their next album, Greenway clarifies:

“This is one of the, I say, problems in small letters with social media sometimes. As soon as you put a post like that, people just kind of think – understandably so – that you’ve got a bunch of new songs ready to go. Well, we haven’t. It’s very preliminary stages. I mean, basically, we’re at the point where Shane went into the studio with Danny and basically laid a load of stuff down that he’d been thinking of doing. So there may be some material that never sees the light of day. I just don’t know, ’cause I haven’t actually heard it yet. I’ve got the stuff, but I haven’t actually sat down and listened to it yet. So there’s nothing approaching any complete songs. And the reality is that it won’t even surface probably till later next year, I would have thought. So it’s gonna be a while yet.”

You can now listen to the entire chat below.

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Unsane Streaming New Single “The Grind”

As “Sterilize,” the eighth album by NYC noise rock trio Unsane, bulldozes towards release at the end of the month, today a new single titled “The Grind” comes online.

Closing a five-year gap since the 2012 release of the Alternative Tentacles-issued “Wreck” LP, Unsane makes a vicious return with “Sterilize,” a record that recalls the most defining elements of the band’s seminal albums.

Of “The Grind,” Unsane guitarist/vocalist Chris Spencer declares: “This is the drum crusher we’ve been looking forward to doing live! A song about living to the fullest while you’ve got the chance.”

Sterilize by Unsane

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