Ashen Horde Posts New Lyric Video “Profound Darkness” Online

Hailing from the cold, unforgiving wastelands of Hollywood, California, Ashen Horde is a two-piece band that strives to embrace a multitude of extreme metal sub-genres, without being bound to any one of them. Drawing influence from metal’s crème de le extreme, from Enslaved and Devin Townsend to Ihsahn and Opeth, Ashen Horde (aka Trevor Portz and Stevie Boiser (Vale of Phath, Inferi)), may have a sound rooted in death and black metal, but can’t truly be called either.

Originally launched as a one-man project in 2013 by writer and multi-instrumentalist Trevor Portz, Ashen Horde has released two albums, as well as several EPs, over the past three years. Beginning with the ambitious Sanguinum Vindicta trilogy, Portz has worked tirelessly to develop a sound that is both challenging and unique.

The band has just completed its third album, Fallen Cathedrals and has signed with Extreme Metal Music/Rockshots Records for its release on CD and vinyl in Europe and North America on March 22nd.

The duo has unleashed the concept album’s first single and video “Profound Darkness”.

The band explains the track:

“We slow things down a bit for this one, it is a song that is much grimmer and dark. The power has gone out across the entire poor part of the city, and the inhabitants—wary and distrusting of their wealthy neighbors—have decided that it must surely be the fault of the rich. Thus, they determine that the peace between the two sides is over and that they must get revenge.”

A concept album in the vein of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel High Rise, Fallen Cathedrals explores class warfare and a society’s descent into primitive, warring tribes. Musically, the album expands further on the complexities of the band’s earlier releases, but with even more emphasis on progressive and melodic elements, even incorporating clean vocals for the first time. It will appeal to fans of the more progressive side of extreme metal, from Ihsahn and Borknagar to Opeth and Enslaved.

Portz states: “The forthcoming album, Fallen Cathedrals, is the perfect illustration of what Ashen Horde is all about. Musically, it draws influence from across the metal spectrum. There is hyper speed, blast-beat-fueled black metal that runs alongside pummeling death metal riffs; clean-sung melodic passages juxtaposed against face-melting screams, and headbanging beats intermixed with progressive odd-time signatures.”

Tracklisting:

1. Parity Lost
2. Profound Darkness
3. Retaliation-Regret
4. The Vanishing
5. Atavism
6. Cages
7. Final Ascent
8. Face Of The Enmity
9. Primal (bonus track on CD only)

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Imonolith (Threat Signal, Ex-Devin Townsend Project, Etc.) Premiere Debut Single & Video “Hollow”

Imonolith – featuring members of Threat Signal, Devin Townsend project and Methods Of Mayhem fame – premiere their first single “Hollow“ via a new music video streaming for you below.

Comments drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen of the track:

“‘Hollow‘ is a song about the personal battles we all can face internally. Social pressures and self expectation can drive you to a point of feeling hollow inside if you don’t meet specific standards in your mind. The song itself actually has a positive message built into it. It’s not about feeling hollow, it’s more about preventing that hollow feeling that any one of us can develop through negative thinking and limited beliefs.

“As for ‘Hollow‘, musically it represents the catchier side of Imonolith‘s music. We have varying influences spread throughout the band and we don’t like to play just one style of music. We have a more metal crushing side, a catchier radio side and then music that fits in-between our heavy and catchier vibes. We always aim to make Imonolith‘s overall sound diverse and interesting. Most of all, we’re always focused on trying to write a great song, no matter if it’s heavy or catchy.”

Imonolith’s first live shows will take place in February and March:

02/23 Vancouver, BC – The Red Room
03/01 Calgary, AB – Dickens
03/02 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Temple

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Last Union Posts “Taken” Video Online Featuring Dream Theater Singer James LaBrie

Italian progressive metal band, Last Union, featuring Mike LePond (Symphony X) on bass, Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween, ex-Masterplan) on drums, and as guest James LaBrie (Dream Theater) on vocals, have released a new music video and single for “Taken”. The track is taken from their debut album, Twelve, out on December 21st via ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records. Watch the clip below.

The album was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren, best known for his work with Arch Enemy, Symphony X, Devin Townsend, Angra, and Opeth, to name a few. The album artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard (Avantasia, Rage, Threshold).

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Dream Theater Singer James LaBrie Guests On Last Union Single “President Evil”; Video Posted Online

Italian progressive metal band, Last Union, featuring Mike LePond (Symphony X) on bass, Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween, ex-Masterplan) on drums, and as guest James LaBrie (Dream Theater) on vocals, have released a new music video and single for “President Evil”. The track is taken from their debut album, “Twelve,” out on December 21st via ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records. Watch the clip below.

The album was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren, best known for his work with Arch Enemy, Symphony X, Devin Townsend, Angra, and Opeth, to name a few. The album artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard (Avantasia, Rage, Threshold).

The quiet city of Tolentino in the Marche region of Central Italy not only boasts a rich historical background, it is also the place progressive metal band Last Union calls home. Founded by vocalist Elisa Scarpeccio, guitarist Cristiano Tiberi and keyboardist Claudio Feliziani in 2007, the band – originally known as Blazing Ice – embarked on their journey in the pursuit of sharing their thoughts and feelings about life, and ultimately their art, with the world. With the assistance of professional session bassists and drummers, the trio established themselves on the Italian scene with a string of shows that helped them evolve and refine their craft. Over the course of 20 shows, Last Union presented songs that would eventually make the final cut for their debut album.

Strong and positive reactions to their music spurred Scarpeccio and Tiberi on to take the first of many bold steps. The first was to invite drummer Uli Kusch to join the fold, who expressed interest in joining the band as a full member rather than just a touring drummer after hearing the music. A similar scenario played out with Symphony X bassist Mike LePond and Last Union was officially born. The icing on the cake, however, was getting Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie to sing on three tracks.

Tracklisting:

1. Most Beautiful Day
2. President Evil (Feat. James LaBrie)
3. Hardest Way
4. Purple Angels
5. The Best Of Magic
6. Taken (Feat. James LaBrie) – Radio Edit
7. 18 Euphoria
8. A Place In Heaven (Feat. James LaBrie)
9. Ghostwriter
10. Limousine
11. Back In The Shadow
12. Taken (Feat. James LaBrie)
13. President Evil (Feat. James LaBrie) – Video Version

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Imonolith (Threat Signal, Ex-Strapping Young Lad, Etc.) Preview Demo Version Of New Song “Dig”

Imonolith, featuring current and former members of Threat Signal, Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Project, preview a demo version of their new track “Dig“. The group began tracking their debut release earlier this year with more details still to be announced.

Comments the band:

“Hey everyone,

We’re working hard on our music and the process of getting it out to you as soon as possible.

This is a song (Demo Version) called ‘Dig‘. It’s a song about shit talkers and the importance of ignoring them. The message of the lyrics are to do what you think is best for you, do what you love with your life and leave the negative people behind. What they think is none of your business anyways 😉

Stay posted for more news soon….”

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Imonolith (Threat Signal, Ex-Strapping Young Lad, Etc.) Preview Demo Version Of New Song “Dig”

Imonolith, featuring current and former members of Threat Signal, Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Project, preview a demo version of their new track “Dig“. The group began tracking their debut release earlier this year with more details still to be announced.

Comments the band:

“Hey everyone,

We’re working hard on our music and the process of getting it out to you as soon as possible.

This is a song (Demo Version) called ‘Dig‘. It’s a song about shit talkers and the importance of ignoring them. The message of the lyrics are to do what you think is best for you, do what you love with your life and leave the negative people behind. What they think is none of your business anyways 😉

Stay posted for more news soon….”

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Devin Townsend Premieres Orchestral “By Your Command” Live Performance From New Blu-ray

Devin Townsend has debuted a live video of “By Your Command” being performed in Bulgaria with the aid of the Orchestra of Plovdiv State Opera. The footage comes from his brand new live set, “Ocean Machine – Live At The Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv“ which was released on July 06th. That release primarily captures a special 20th anniversary performance of “Ocean Machine: Biomech” that took place on September 22nd, 2017 at the Ancient Roman Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

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Devin Townsend Debuts Orchestral Live Performance Of “Regulator” From Upcoming New Blu-ray

Devin Townsend has debuted a live video of “Regulator” being performed in Bulgaria with the aid of the Orchestra of Plovdiv State Opera. The footage comes from his upcoming live set, “Ocean Machine – Live At The Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv“ which will be released on July 06th. That release primarily captures a special 20th anniversary performance of “Ocean Machine: Biomech” that took place on September 22nd, 2017 at the Ancient Roman Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Comments Devin Townsend:

“Hello again folks, dev here again…head above water for a minute from the massive writing period I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do. Today, i’m proud that we can release another track from the upcoming ‘Live at the Ancient Theatre’ Performance. This one comes in the form of ‘Regulator’ from the Ocean Machine portion of the set.

This DVD is a really important part of my work to date, as it not only summarizes a large portion of my musical output, but also swings right back around to the first true solo album, Ocean Machine, with the original bassist, John Harder, joining me onstage.

When all is said and done, this DVD acts as a powerful swan song for this portion of my career, and I am excited for people to actually get the whole thing into their worlds.

As always, thank you for the ability to do what I do, and I hope you enjoy it 🙂

Devin“

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Imonolith Premiere Demo Version Of New Track “The Reign”

Imonolith premiere a demo version of their new track “The Reign“. The band are comprised of current and ex-members of Threat Signal, Devin Townsend Project, Strapping Young Lad.

States the group:

“‘The Reign‘ is about how society can negatively influence the mass majority. Life is all about living it your own way and not trying to be someone you’re not. Be yourself. This may be an aggressive and heavy sounding song, but it has a positive underlying message.

This is just ONE side to Imonolith‘s overall sound. ‘The Reign‘ represents part of the heavier side of our music. On the flip side, you can expect a lot of melody (vocally and instrumentally), with vocal hooks, memorable guitar riffs and creative, plotting rhythms throughout our music. Imonolith was based and built off of being versatile. Stay posted for more music to come soon!”

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Imonolith (Threat Signal, Ex-Strapping Young Lad, Etc.) Debut Demo Of “Breathe”

Imonolith, the group featuring current and former members of Threat Signal, Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Project, debut a demo of another new track. You can now stream the preview of their song “Breathe” below. Previously the group shared this clip of their new song “The Reign“ HERE.

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