New Album “Dawn Of Aquarius” Announced By Arrayan Path, New Single Available

Cypriot epic power metal act Arrayan Path returns with its sixth album “Dawn of Aquarius” just a little over a year since the band’s last offering “Chronicles of Light.” “Dawn of Aquarius” is out on November 17th in CD and digital formats via Pitch Black Records. A limited collector’s edition will be announced shortly. Pre-orders are available via the PBR Online Store or Bandcamp.

Check out the first single – the album’s title track via a lyric video available in the player below.

This album is as full as it gets, not only because of its thirteen tracks, but also because it includes everything that has always distinguished this band masterfully blended together creating a remarkable musical variety – from galloping fast and epic, to dark and doomy, exotic melodies and soaring epic vocals! It’s also one that reveals a somewhat darker side to the band, mainly due to the album’s central theme.

In the words of Nicholas Leptos (Warlord), the band’s frontman and driving force: “This album is 13 mantras honoring mother goddess Kali and explores all aspects of Hindu history and mythology in regards to the black Madonna – Kali. The album’s full name is actually ‘Dawn of Aquarius: Maha Kali Stuti’ and this is an album as varied as Kali’s many faces and traits.”

On this album, the band added some traditional folk instruments such as the oud and yaylin tambur. However, make no mistake – this is 100% Arrayan Path, complete with the catchy choruses and melodies and the band’s unique blend of 80s and 90s heavy metal.

The album was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio and featuring guest vocal appearances by Andreas Paraschos (BLYND) and George Eracleous (ONEIRISM).

The track listing and artwork can be found here:

1. Equilibrium
2. The Flower Born of Itself
3. Dark Daughter of the Snake
4. The Hundred Names of Kali Ma
5. So it Shall be Written
6. She Who is Primordial Wisdom
7. Dawn of Aquarius
8. Cremation Grounds
9. Empress (Reality of all the Threes)
10. Lotus Eyes
11. The Eleventh Mantra
12. Guardian Angel
13. Garland of Skulls

Check out “Dawn of Aquarius” here:

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Frontiers Music Srl Inks Deal With Warlord

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to welcome legendary U.S. metal act Warlord to the family for the release of a new studio album in 2018!

Long admirers of the band and having gotten to know drummer Mark Zonder through his work with Graham Bonnet Band and the upcoming group, Spirits Of Fire, (which also features Tim Ripper Owens (Charred Walls Of The Damned, ex Iced Earth, Judas Priest), Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), and Steve Di Giorgio (Death (Official), Testament, Sadus)), Frontiers approached Zonder about the prospect of doing a new Warlord album for release in 2018. Luckily for the label, Zonder and co-founder/guitarist William J. Tsamis were very much open to the idea. Says Zonder, “[a]fter all of these years, Warlord is with a ‘real label.’ It will be great to have Warlord music shared with a worldwide audience., which is something that has been missing for many years. With my prior working experiences with Frontiers, I know Warlord is in the right place and I am very appreciative of this great opportunity. We thank everyone at the label for their belief in Warlord!”

In September 2013, Tsamis and Zonder announced that they had tapped vocalist Nicholas Leptos of Arrayan Path and Astronomikon to be the new Warlord singer. This line-up, along with bassist Bynoe will be the line-up for the upcoming new album. Adds Zonder, “this Warlord release will be like all of the previous ones, 100% Warlord. No changing of direction to keep up with the current fad, just good ol’ school Warlord music. Maybe leaning back a touch to the early days and we promise a high energy album that features the classic Bill Tsamis compositions and his classic guitar melody lines. As I always try to do, I’ll give it my all in tandem with my favorite bass player Philip Bynoe, working together to create a solid foundation. This will be the first studio recording with Nicholas Leptos on vocals. We have performed live with him several times and are eagerly awaiting to capture his dynamic performances on tape. A classic Warlord album in the making……”

Stay tuned for updates as work on the album progresses….

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Arrayan Path Reveals New Album “Chronicles Of Light”

Arrayan Path will release “Chronicles Of Light” ironically via Pitch Black Records on February 8th, 2016. This is the band’s fifth album follow-up to 2013’s “IV: Stigmata.”

The album was recorded at Maranis Studios in Germany and Play On Ten Studios in Nicosia. It was produced by Arrayan Path and Vagelis Marani,s who also handled mixing and mastering. The cover was designed by Caio Caldas and the album features the following guest appearances:

Francois Micheletto (Marianne’s Wish) – lead vocals
Sotiris Gogos – lead guitar
Kikis Apostolou (Chainsheart) – lead guitar
Kostas Vretos (Wardrum, Jaded Star) – lead guitar
Antonis Mavrou – lead guitar
Huseyin Kirmizi – keyboards
Angelos Vafeiadis – keyboards

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Armageddon Rev. 16:16 Inks Deal With Pitch Black Records

Pitch Black Records is extremely proud to announce the addition of Armageddon Rev. 16:16 to its artist roster and the release of upcoming album, “Sundown on Humanity,” on March 11th, 2014. The label comments:

“Armageddon Rev. 16:16 (aka Armageddon) is the longest living and most respected Cypriot metal band. The scene veterans were formed in 1985 and have kept active since then, mainly with their continuous live presence as well as their demo and EP releases. Of course their renowned 1993 s/t 12” EP needs no introduction as it is now considered a truly hard-to-find, major collector’s item internationally.

“‘Sundown on Humanity’ is actually the band’s first full length album after all these years, making this album an even more highly anticipated release! The band’s style remains true to its original beginnings of melodic classic heavy metal with some power and progressive elements fused in their style.

“The album line up sees original members Jimmy Mavrommatis on vocals, Kikis A. Apostolou on lead guitar and Elias A. Andreou on rhythm guitars joined by accomplished musicians Nikolas Papaeftychiou on bass and Kerry Elgar on drums (replaced recently by Evangelos Varnava).

“‘Sundown on Humanity’ includes guest appearances by Bob Katsionis (Firewind) on keyboards and guitar, Nicholas Leptos (Arrayan Path, Warlord), Tasos Karonias (R.U.S.T.) and Andreas Paraschos (Blynd) on vocals. Bob Katsionis also mixed and mastered the album at his own Sound Symmetry Studio in Athens, Greece.

“Featuring 12 tracks, ‘Sundown on Humanity’ clocks in at just over 58 minutes! Special mention should be made to the closing track of the album, ‘Icy Blackness (Kursk),’ a tribute to the crew of the Russian submarine ‘Kursk’ that perished in the summer of 2000. This song includes yet another guest appearance, that of Petros Leptos (Solitary Sabred), who lends his voice to create a haunting spoken intro.”

The full track listing is as follows:

1. E.K. 40 (Intro)
2. Human Sundown
3. Shades of Tomorrow
4. Strange Dreams
5. Fallen Angels and Lost Souls
6. Hypocrites of Destruction
7. New Day Will Come
8. 13-Seventh Eleven
9. Why
10. Heavy Metal
11. United
12. Icy Blackness (Kursk)

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New Music Video “Clepsydra” Released By Arrayan Path

Cypriot power metal act Arrayan Path posted the band’s first ever music video for the track “Clepsydra.” The song appears on the latest LP “IV: Stigmata,” which was issued in June via Pitch Black Records.

The video was shot and directed by Stavros Pamballis, post-produced by Costas Chrysanthou and Stavros Pamballis and produced by Decoupage Productions (Cyprus). Check it out:

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Pitch Black Records Offering Free 5th Anniversary Sampler

Pitch Black Records has checked in with the following announcement about offering a free sampler in celebration of the label’s fifth anniversary:

“When we were putting together our first release back in 2008 we knew that we were going to continue doing this for a long time afterwards. This was obvious from the sheer passion and dedication we found ourselves putting into that first release and this hasn’t changed one bit for any of our releases that followed later on.

“Five years might not sound much (or even 20 releases for that matter) but hey, we never bragged about being the biggest label ever! Besides, we pride ourselves in that what we lack in quantity we most certainly make up in quality! Each and every one of our releases has received a fair share of enthusiastic reviews, many of those releases have been included in ‘best of the year’ lists by various writers and reviewers while others have received significant distinctions. Of course we’re not forgetting the fans and how they have all embraced Pitch Black Records and our releases so a HUGE thanks to you as well for being part of this.

“During the last five years we have established some good solid relationships and friendships, both with business partners as well as with the artists we have had the honor of working with and releasing their work. Even more exciting things are happening this year, some of which include an important new distribution deal for North America (details to be announced soon), some great new releases (including new albums by Illnath and Arrayan Path) our new and revamped online store already in operation and our just-released free mobile app (currently available for Android, coming soon for iPad and iPhone). We are also working on a compilation album that will be very special in lots of ways.

“As part of our 5-year celebrations we are offering a free 20-track sampler containing a song from each of our releases since 2008 (totaling in over one hour of music). We are offering this as a free download BUT… we are also offering the same compilation (again, for free) on CD! More details on how to acquire either version (or both) are available on our official Facebook page.

“We may be small but we definitely have a big heart when it comes to metal and fellow metal fans and we hope this is evident throughout everything we do. We’re driven by the same passion and dedication as we were on day one and we don’t foresee this changing any time soon, so stick around, we’re still just getting started…”

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Album Art & Release Date Unveiled By Astronomikon, Streaming New Track "Witch Hunter"

Cyprus metal band Astronomikon, featuring Arrayan Path members Nicholas Leptos (vocals) and Paris Lambrou (bass), unveiled the album art work for the debut LP “Dark Gorgon Rising.” The album will be released on February 15, 2013 via Pure Legend Records, a division of Pure Steel. In addition, the band is streaming the new track “Witch Hunter,” which can be heard in the player below.

Lambrou commented on the album “Our debut is a concept album full of powerful feelings. We are trying to bring the Metal version of the myth of Perseus and Medusa to life. Our music is epic heavy/power metal combining elements of both US and European metal schools.”

Astronomikon is:

Paris Lambrou – Bass
Nicolas Leptos – Vocals
Socrates Leptos – Guitars
Stefan Dittrich – Drums

Check out the album art work here:

Check out the track “Witch Hunter” here:

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Arrayan Path Comments On Upcoming Album "Ira Imperium"

Arrayan Path has checked in with the following statement about the band’s upcoming album:

“Arrayan Path’s new, third album, ‘Ira Imperium,’ is almost here and we can confidently say that this album is simply a masterpice (for lack of a better word)!

“As previously announced, the album features a guest appearance (on the title track more specifically) by the legendary Tony Martin (ex BLACK SABBATH). It also sees the return of Vagelis Maranis (SANVOISEN) lending his voice on several tracks.

“Recorded and mixed at Maranis Studios in Germany, ‘Ira Imperium’ is released worldwide on November 4th (November 7th in the UK) while at the same time it will be available as a digital download through major mp3 stores. A limited edition will also be available for die-hard fans, details of which will be revealed later.”

Arrayan Path is also offering a free download of the new song “77 Days ’til Doomsday,” which can be found here.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Dies Irae
2. Gnosis of Prometheus
3. Ira Imperium (The Damned)
4. Kiss of Kali
5. Katherine of Aragon
6. 77 Days ’til Doomsday
7. Emir of the Faithful
8. Hollow Eyes of Nefertiti
9. Amenophis
10. Lost Ithaca
11. I Sail Across the Seven Seas
12. The Fall of Mardonius
13. The Poet Aftermath

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Arrayan Path Streaming New Album "Ira Imperium" Sample

Arrayan Path (formerly known as Arryan Path) has issued the following update about streaming a sample online from the band’s upcoming album:

“This is a small sample from the upcoming album ‘Ira Imperium’. These are rough exports, this is not mixed! Mixing begins end of the month but we’ll release a song for free download somewhere in august. Hope you’ll enjoy!!”

You can check out the sample by heading over to the Arrayan Path MySpace page. A recent edition of Metalunderground.com’s “Pit Stories” column also featured Arrayan Path, which can be found here. The “Ira Imperium” track listing and cover artwork can be viewed below.

1. Dies irae
2. Gnosis of prometheus
3. Ira imperium (the damned)-feat.Tony martin
4. Kiss of kali
5. Katherine of aragon-feat.Natalie kyprianou
6. 77 days ’till doomsday
7. Emir of the faithful
8. Hollow eyes of nefertiti-feat.Vagelis maranis
9. Amenophis
10. Lost ithaca
11. I sail across the seven seas
12. The fall of mardonius
13. The poet aftermath

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Arrayan Path Cancels Swordbrothers Festival Appearance

Cyprus based power metal act Arrayan Path has issued the following brief update about canceling the band’s previously scheduled appearance at the Swordbrothers Festival:

“The band would like to state that due to personal reasons the band has been forced to cancel its appearance at Swordbrothers festival.

“We want to thank the guys from the festival for asking us to play and we hope that in the future we will be able to play at the festival. Thanks to all our fans for the support, until we meet again!”

Further details on the Swordbrothers Festival can be found here. In other recent Arrayan Path news, the band announced its upcoming appearance at the Ayia Napa Youth Festival. Details are available by heading over to this location.

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