Pagan Altar Unveils Final Album “The Room Of Shadows”

NWOBHM / doom band Pagan Altar will release long-awaited final album, “The Room of Shadows,” on CD, cassette, and vinyl through Temple Of Mystery Records on August 24th, 2017. The label comments:

“Pagan Altar is one of the most complete and mystical bands to have emerged from the NWOBHM movement. Mixing ’70s proto-doom elements with English folk, hard rock and heavy metal, the band wrote some of the most grandiose songs of the genre on the sinister ‘Volume 1’ and more recently, ‘Lords of Hypocrisy’ and ‘Mythical & Magical’ – influencing a whole generation of doom-obsessed fanatics.

“Originally written 13 years ago, ‘The Room of Shadows’ has gone through various shapes until finally being completed two years after the tragic passing of beloved frontman Terry Jones, who had been bravely battling cancer for a year prior. This album is not only Pagan Altar’s last record, it also Terry’s very last vocal performance, and picks up where ‘Mythical & Magical’ left off.

“Admirers of previous works will be pleased to hear that this album is just as timeless, with its epic hard-rocking riffs and enchanting, poetic macabre lyrics of olde. And thus closes the Pagan Altar legacy, which will be with us after forever…”

1. Rising of the Dead
2. Portrait of Dorian Gray
3. Danse Macabre
4. Dance of the Vampires
5. The Room of Shadows
6. The Ripper
7. After Forever

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Afterbirth Posts “Sifting Through The Sands Of The Unholy”

“The Time Traveler’s Dilemma,” the impending debut from New York death metal collective Afterbirth, will see release next week via Unique Leader Records. In advance of its release, today new song “Sifting Through The Sands Of The Unholy” is offered up for streaming below.

“Originally, this song was always intended to be an instrumental,” states guitarist Cody Drasser. “Even when we had our original, pioneering death metal vocalist Matt Duncan in the band and I was preparing the song to show to the rest of the members, it always had a sense, to me at least, of being a long, epic, and atmospheric progressive death metal track that lent itself more to mental imagery and inner wanderings than needing any particular lyrical vision. Conceptually, I had always been reminded of the horrific ambience and terror of H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Nameless City’ when I was piecing the song together.”

Cody goes on to say, “The song title itself arose from a late-night death metal talk with a friend of mine many years ago and it always stuck in my head as being particularly inventive and memorable. Musically, it springs from inspiration guided by my early love for thrash and heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden, Kreator, Megadeth, Metallica, etc. as I wanted to capture and evoke the aura and spirit that those bands stirred up in my young psyche with their adventurous, legendary songwriting, especially when it came to some of their more extended, and epic song passages. For a long time it did exist as the instrumental version. After Matt’s departure from the band and new vocalist Will Smith coming on board, we all spoke about the idea of perhaps adding lyrics to the song; while I might have been slightly hesitant at first, Will presented ideas to the band that coincided with my own personal interpretations that were a perfect fit for the song and honestly too good to ignore just for the sake of keeping the track strictly instrumental.”

Adds Smith, “This song was originally written as an instrumental, but when I heard it I could imagine classic Afterbirth vocal patterns and easily convinced the guys to let me write and record the song’s vocal mix. I’m very proud that it ended up being used on the album. Like most of the album, the song title and concept were established before I joined and I just wrote the lyrics based on my band mate’s ideas. Most of the visuals and narrative are based on the flashback scenes from ‘The Exorcist II’ and ‘Exorcist: The Beginning’ which explored that back story further.”

Afterbirth’s “The Time Traveler’s Dilemma” will see release on July 28th on CD, digital, and vinyl formats. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joseph Cincotta at Full Force Studios (Suffocation, Dehumanized, Mortal Decay) and comes enclosed in the cover art of Kishor Haulenbeek (Black Harvest). The vinyl edition was mastered by James Plotkin (OLD, Scorn, Khanate, Khlyst et al). As an extra bonus, Frank Rini (ex-Internal Bleeding) performs backing vocals on the track, “Timeless Formless.”

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Steelheart Announces New Album “Through Worlds Of Stardust”

Steelheart is the brainchild of Miljenko Matijevic, whose powerful voice and multi-octave range is the heart and soul of the band.

Today the Steallheart crew announces the release of new album “Through Worlds Of Stardust,” which is set for a September 15th release via Frontiers Music Srl.

The first single culled from the album, titled “Got Me Runnin,” has also been unveiled and can be heard below. “Through Worlds Of Stardust” is available for pre-order right here.

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Video Clip For New Song “Where Fables Are Made” Issued By The Privateer

German folk/melodic death/power metal act The Privateer released a video clip for the new song “Where Fables Are Made.” The song appears on the upcoming new release “The Goldsteen Lay” – the band’s third full length studio effort – which drops on July 28th via NoiseArt Records.

The track list for the album is:

1. Preamble
2. Where Fables Are Made
3. Draft of the Strange
4. Wide in the Open
5. Arrival
6. As We Saw Some Path
7. Ocean of Green
8. Survival of the Quickest
9. Gunpowder Magic
10. Derelict
11. The Island, It’s Calling

Check out the video here:

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Title Track Of New Album “Brave New World” Posted By Wings Of Destiny

Latin American melodic metal act Wings Of Destiny issued a lyric video for the new song “Brave New World.” The song is the title track of the upcoming third studio album, which is slated for release this fall via Melodic Revolution Records. More information on the album is expected soon.

The band commented: “In the song Brave New World, humankind’s mistakes have finally destroyed the Earth. Only a few are saved and seek a brave new world to live in and start a new life”

Check out the clip, created by 351 Studios, here:

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New Song “The Illuminated Sky” Premiered By Prospekt

Decibel Magazine is hosting an exclusive stream of “The Illuminated Sky,” the epic title track to the anticipated second album by UK-based progressive metal quartet, Prospekt, as the record is being prepped for worldwide release through Sensory Records on July 21st. Check it out over here, or simply play it in the convenient player at the bottom.

Closing a four-year void since the release of “The Colourless Sunrise” debut, from technical power metal, laden with soaring vocals and blistering guitar work, to epic orchestral driven prog, Prospekt has produced the best effort to date. “The Illuminated Sky” is an album that excites and takes the listener on a journey through the cosmos via the wonders of prog.

Offers Prospekt ‘s Lee Luland, “We’re all super hyped for the album release next Friday. The title track offers a perfect representation of what you can expect from the new album. Musically it’s a busy track – plenty of riffs, time signatures and key changes. As well as the big choruses and hectic solos! It’s been a long road and a lot of effort but we are thrilled with how the album has turned out and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

Check out the track here:

The Illuminated Sky by Prospekt

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First In A Series Of “Medusa” Trailer Clips Issued By Paradise Lost

The countdown to “Medusa” is on! The album from U.K. death/doom pioneer Paradise Lost drops on September 1st via Nuclear Blast. The band issued the first in a series of trailer clips leading up to the album’s release.

In the first, the band showcases the recording process for “Medusa.” The track listing for the album is:

1. Fearless Sky
2. Gods of Ancient
3. From the Gallows
4. The Longest Winter (lyric video available here)
5. Medusa
6. No Passage for the Dead
7. Blood & Chaos
8. Until the Grave
9. Frozen Illusion
10. Shrines
11. Symbolic Virtue

Check out the clip here:

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New Song “Slow Kill Genocide” Available From Bloodclot

Bloodclot – the band featuring John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Todd Youth (Warzone, Murphy’s Law), Joey Castillo (ex-Queens of the Stone Age, Blast!) and Nick Oliveri (ex-Queens of the Stone Age, Dwarves) – issued the new song “Slow Kill Genocide” one day ahead of the full album release. Get “Up In Arms” via Metal Blade Records tomorrow, July 14th.

The track list for the album is:

1. Up in Arms
2. Fire
3. Manic (streaming here)
4. Kill the Beast
5. Prayer
6. Siva/Rudra
7. Soldiers of the New Babylon
8. Kali (video available over here)
9. Slow Kill Genocide
10. Slipping into Darkness
11. Life As One
12. You’ll Be the Death of Me

Check out “Slow Kill Genocide” here:

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New Album “Covered In Black” Detailed By Anubis Gate

Danish progressive metal act Anubis Gate will release its seventh album “Covered in Black” on September 1st via Nightmare Records.

With six highly acclaimed albums, what can be said about a seventh album? It would be easy to say the following: It is our most mature album. Or how about this: We built on everything that came before it and added new twists and turns. Or this is our most accessible album perhaps.

But that wouldn’t be quite true. In fact it might even be quite untrue. Except for the part about building on past experiences, since everybody does that.

What would have been mature was to make an album resembling our previous album “Horizons”, going with the beautiful feel-good vibe of that album (though its topics were not all that feel-good)

Commented the band: “Instead, the writing of this album simply did not go in that direction. While ‘Covered In Black’ is a highly melodic affair, it is also challenging in a way none of our previous albums are. Dealing with, and dedicated to, people in dark places, this albums has a darker and more complex edge to it. Allowing ourselves to dig deeper into our collective pool of musical experiences and knowledge, the inspirations come from far across the spectrum. Ranging from classical chamber music, seventies prog and extending to thrash, with very eastern influences popping up,this is an album that is best heard as one piece, even if the individual tracks can stand on their own. Since we’ve come this far we also allowed ourselves that freedom.

“Is it a concept album? No. But it is a theme album. About people in dark places. From psychopaths, assassins to the more modern topics of being at the receiving end of what is bad about social media. Topics of lifelong failure and revenge are touched upon. The ten-song-long album has two suites, both consisting of three songs. One has the songs spread here and there on the album, while the other is connected as one long piece if you wish to listen to it that way. Wonderfully old-fashioned and just the way we like it. And it is, we feel, simply the best album we’ve ever done.”

The album was produced by Kim Olesen and Jacob Hansen, as per good tradition. The track listing is:

1. Psychotopia
2. The New Delhi Assassination
3. The Combat
4. Too Much Time
5. A Journey To Nowhere
6. Black
7. Blacker
8. Blackets
9. Operation Cairo
10. From Afar

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Studio Update On New Album Posted By Bleeding Utopia

Swedish death metal act Bleeding Utopia issued a video studio update on the upcoming new album. The band is currently in the studio finishing up the album, which is said to be a blast of deep-rooted Swedish death metal meshed with modern American extremes.

The new album will include 9 tracks of the bands most mature work to date, consisting of relentless in-your-face chops and an onslaught of melodic passages tying all the brutality together.

Check out the update here:

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