Circle Of Witches Recruits New Bassist Daniel “The Wolf” Shepard

Italian heavy metal stoner band Circle Of Witches today announces the recruitment of a new bass player: Daniel “The Wolf” Shepard of Heimdall. He was selected among three candidates who replied to band’s calling in June, after a sudden split with Caputo.

“We took on board Daniel because of his musical skills, his enthusiasm, his speed to learn and rearrange some bass lines of our basic song list,” said Mario Bove, singer and founder of the band. “Thanks to him, we grabbed the opportunity to play during the Doom over Rome on 30th September along with doom masters Candlemass and important Italian bands like Epitaph, Shores of Null, Invernoir, and In Aevum Agere.”

Circle Of Witches will play new songs live from the upcoming “Natural Born Sinners,” scheduled for release on the very first month of 2018. Circle Of Witches is:

Mario “HELL” Bove – lead vocals and guitar
Vinnie “the MACE” Mazzone – guitar and back vocals
Daniel “WOLF” Shepard – bass and back vocals
Joey “HELMET” Coppola – drums

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Video Clip For New Song “Joy Through Death” Posted By Grave Pleasures

Finnish apocalyptic post-punk quintet Grave Pleasures released a video clip for the new song “Joy Through Death.” The song appears on the sophomore release, “Motherblood,” coming September 29th via Century Media Records. Check out the video in the player below.

Mat McNerney quotes from The Bhagavad Gita: “For all things born in truth must die, and out of death in truth comes life. Face to face with what must be, cease thou from sorrow. Invisible before birth are all beings and after death invisible again. They are seen between two unseens. Why in this truth find sorrow?… “

The track list is:

1. Infatuation Overkill (see video here)
2. Doomsday Rainbows
3. Be My Hiroshima
4. Joy Through Death
5. Mind Intruder
6. Laughing Abyss
7. Falling For An Atom Bomb
8. Atomic Christ
9. Deadenders
10. Haunted Afterlife

Check out “Joy Through Death” here:

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Video Clip For New Single “Deadweight” Issued By Skein

Finnish alternative metal quintet Skein released the new album “Deadweight” today via Inverse Records. To celebrate, the band unloaded a video clip of the title track, which you can check out in the player below.

The track list for “Deadweight” is:

1. Seduction
2. Lies Divine
3. Bound (see video clip here)
4. Lies Mundane
5. The Fear is Love
6. Deadweight
7. Mare
8. In Circles
9. The Unknown

Check out “Deadweight” here:

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Music Video For New Single “Never Alone” Posted By Winds Of Plague

Los Angeles metal act Winds Of Plague has debuted an all new music video today for the brand new track “Never Alone.” Check it out in the player below.

The clip, directed by Orie McGinness, is the first bit of music we’re hearing from the band from the upcoming LP “Blood of My Enemy,” which is set to drop on October 28th via eOne. “Never Alone was actually one of the first songs written for this record and immediately became the balance point for the remaining songs that were to be written,” says vocalist Johnny Plague. “It’s not the heaviest song of the record and it isn’t the most melodic song of the record. I wanted this to be the first taste of the new album because I feel it best represents the new music showcasing both the dark symphonic arrangements and the vast range of vocal styles used on the record.”

“I have always used WOP music videos as an opportunity to create cinematic shorts. Never Alone is no different. We partnered with Enlighten Creative Studio’s to tell the story of a misunderstood woman who has harnessed her inner demons to her advantage. I design and produce haunted attractions for my career so it’s always fun when I can bring my two worlds together to create these videos.”

The all new effort will be the follow up to the widely celebrated “Resistance” LP released in 2013. Johnny continues, “Over a year ago I started making weekly trips up to a small apartment in North Hollywood on my days off to work on music for WOP with Noah Sebastian from Bad Omens. It was strange at first since past WOP records were worked on in larger recording studio’s or rehearsal spaces and now here I am sitting on the floor of this bedroom working on record number six.”

Johnny continues, “Although it was different and humbling it proved to be the unedited creative environment we needed for this record. We had no time limits, no ‘suits’ giving their input. It was just a few friends sitting in a room together, having a good time creating music. Something I haven’t been able to experience in a very long time. Sometimes to move forward you have to take a few steps back. I can confidently say this is the most satisfied I have been with a WOP record. I feel producer’s Noah Sebastian and Joakim Karlsson have helped us to further develop our unique approach to symphonic deathcore with distinct epic orchestral backed chorus’s walking the fine line of brutal and melodic.”

Additionally, the band teamed up with artist Pär Olofsson to create the stunning cover art seen below. “‘Blood Of My Enemy’ takes us back to the iconic samurai theme. The imagery is inspired by a lyric from the title track ‘I will give my life on the battlefield, drowning in the blood of my enemy’ Which represents to me a ‘I will fight to the end’ state of mind. Pär Olofsson brilliantly portrays the aftermath of an epic war showing an almost celestial spark of life amongst the carnage.”

The track listing for the album is:

1. A New Day
2. Nameless Walker
3. Kings Of Carnage
4. Soul Eater
5. From Failure, Comes Clarity
6. Blood Of My Enemy
7. Snakeskin
8. Never Alone
9. 5150
10. Either Way You Lose
11. A Walk Among The Dead
12. Dark Waters

Check out “Never Alone” here:

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Details Of New Album “Deliverance From The Godless Void” Posted By Desolate Shrine

Finnish Death Metal trio Desolate Shrine will release the new album “Deliverance from the Godless Void” on November 10 via Dark Descent Records. The album’s opening track, “The Primordial One,” is streaming at the bottom.

It may be Desolate Shrine’s fourth album (third on Dark Descent Records) in six years, but the band shows no sign of fatigue on their newest opus. The band continues to erase the already thin line existing between black, death and doom and once again come out of the abyss with their own instantly recognizable style.

Recorded during 2016 with the same core trio since 2011’s debut Tenebrous Towers, this new beast, while no less epic than its predecessors (three of the seven songs featured here are at over eight minutes long) is even more textured and tortured while at the same time highly atmospheric. And while a track like “Unmask the Face of False” may be the heaviest and slowest they’ve ever done, that doesn’t prevent “Demonic Evocation Prayer” from being transfigured by hellish blast beats either. Still, as with each of their albums, Desolate Shrine’s latest full-length is to be considered like one big entity, almost like a ceremony if you will, one that demands to be experienced from beginning to end without interruption.

The album artwork (shown below) was created by L.L. Dan Lowndes mastered “Deliverance from the Godless Void” at Resonance Sound Studio.

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Primordial One
2. Lord of the Three Realms
3. Unmask the Face of False
4. The Waters of Man
5. The Graeae
6. Demonic Evocation Prayer
7. The Silent Star
8. …of Hell

Check out “The Primordial One” here:

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Eponymous Single Avialable From Dom Zly

Polish act Dom Zly released the new single “Dom Zly” off the self-titled debut EP. The title track is streaming now exclusively via Echoes & Dust at this location, or just by clicking play in the player at the bottom. “Dom Zly” is out on October 13th via Unquiet Records.

Dom Zly was established in late Autumn of 2016 in Pulawy, Poland. The inner need to express oneself about everyday realities surrounding us was the main reason for starting this project. The climate of the music is the result of the band members’ common fascination with alternative music and its broad horizons, inclined more towards the heavier or extreme side.

Dom Zly is the crust vision of a degenerated world, condemning the existing order.

The project consists of members of bands such as Kaldera, Hidden World, The Feral Trees, Weedcraft, Panacea and Words Mean Nothing.

Check out the track here:

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New Album “The Forgotten Tome” Streaming In Full From Overoth

As the clock struck midnight marking another Friday, this one signalled the release of “The Forgotten Tome” from Irish death dealers Overoth. With no less than ten tracks and over 40 minutes of extreme metal laden with orchestration, and artwork from none other than Will Simpson (Game Of Thrones, DC Comics), the quartet’s forthcoming grand opus has finally been released into the public domain after weeks of praise from the metal media.

Now you can hear the album in full – streaming in the player below.

The track listing is:

1. Opus Obscura
2. Sigil Of The Empty Throne
3. Winter Of Iniquity
4. The Keeper (see music video here)
5. God Of Delusion
6. The Forgotten Tome
7. Leviathan Swallowed The Sun
8. Mar The Gates
9. Harbinger Of The End Times
10. Shadows In A Thousand Shades Of Black

Check out “The Forgotten Tome” here:

The Forgotten Tome by Overoth

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Video Clip For New Song “Shadowmaker” Posted By Lovebites

Today sees the release of the brand new video from Japanese rock/metal sensations Lovebites. It’s a single entitled “Shadowmaker” and is taken from the group’s upcoming debut full length album “Awakening From Abyss,” coming October 25th via Sliptrick Records. This anthem has the lot, 6 awesome minutes of the girls rocking out, soaring vocals, amazing solos and a fist tight backing from the drum and bass section. On “Shadowmaker,” the band is firing on every cylinder and if you needed any more proof that Lovebites has arrived, then this is it!

The music for “Shadowmaker” was written by Mi-ya and together with the band, they took care of the arrangement. The lyrics, which were written and sung in English by lead vocalist extraordinaire, Asami. Check it out in the player at the bottom.

Also revealed today, is the full track listing for “Awakening From Abyss,” featuring 12 tremendous tracks that are going to simply rock your socks off. Awakening From Abyss (US Edition) is already available for pre-order at iTunes.

The track listing for the album is:

1. The Awakening
2. The Hammer Of Wrath
3. Warning Shot
4. Shadowmaker
5. Scream For Me
6. Liar
7. Burden Of Time
8. The Apocalypse
9. Inspire
10. Don’t Bite The Dust
11. Edge Of The World
12. Bravehearted

Check out “Shadowmaker” here:

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Christmas Album “From Spritis And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas)” Announced By Tarja

This holiday season, you can expect the unexpected.

Tarja is bringing the festive season early with the release of her brand new Christmas album “From Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas)” on November 17th via earMusic.

The album includes 11 Christmas classics and brings them to a never-before-seen level, uniquely blending Tarja’s classically-trained voice with darker gothic influences.

Utilizing the sound of a grand orchestra, the successful Finnish solo artist puts a sinister spin on traditional songs like “O Tannenbaum,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Feliz Navidad,” reminding the listener of a dark movie score.

Besides covering classic carols, “From Spirits and Ghosts” also features a twelfth track, the brand new original song “Together.” This song is aligned with the dark sound of the album and embodies the theme of ghosts and mysticism throughout, in a brilliant, Tarja-styled manner.

“Producing a dark Christmas album in the middle of the summer is a very interesting process, especially if you are doing it by the turquoise Caribbean Sea,” Tarja said. “It’s significantly different from the snowy Christmas that I am used to in my home country Finland — another proof that the darkness comes from deep within.

“On this album, I explored the other side of Christmas — the Christmas of the lonely people and the missing ones, the Christmas for those that do not find joy in the blinking lights and the jingle bells.”

“From Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas)” will be issued as a 1CD digipak, 1LP Gatefold (180g, black) and digital download. There will also be a wide variety of exclusive, limited fan items and bundles.

The album was produced by Tarja, the American Emmy Award-winning film score composer Jim Dooley, and British producer Tim Palmer, known for his work with Pearl Jam, U2, David Bowie, Lang Lang and The Cure among others, who also mixed the album at 62’ Studio in Texas. The album was mastered at Sterling Sound in NYC.

This Christmas, gather your loved ones, dim the lights, put on some candles and play Tarja’s “From Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas)” loud!

The track listing is:

1. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
2. Together
3. We Three Kings
4. Deck The Halls
5. Pie Jesu
6. Amazing Grace
7. O Tannenbaum
8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
9. God Rest Ye
10. Feliz Navidad
11. What Child Is This
12. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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Xtreem Music Signs No Amnesty For Debut Full Length “Psychopathy”

Spanish thrashers No Amnesty has just inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of the debut full length album “Psychopathy,” due to drop November 14th.

Formed back in 2012 in Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona) with an average age of 15 and currently 20, except new vocalist Albert (also vocalist in Fuck Off) who is 30, No Amnesty began to play its first local shows until in April 2013 when the band recorded the debut EP “A New Order For Attack.” In 2015, the band recruited Pol as new drummer and in 2016, due to the departure of bassist & vocalist David, the band welcomed Albert (vocals) and Mija (bass) to complete the lineup as a five-piece.

In early 2017, No Amnesty entered Ax Studios to record “Psychopathy,” a 9-song opus of intense, varied, fresh and aggressive thrash metal that follows the steps of local masters like Crisix and Aggression.

More information on the album is expected soon.

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