New Album “Emperor’s Path” Announced By Tyfon’s Doom

Tommi Varsala’s heavy metal machine Tyfon’s Doom will release the new album “Emperor’s Path” November 17th via Gates of Hell Records.

Too often, classic or traditional metal bands get caught in the vacuum of relying too much on the past. Not Tyfon’s Doom sole member, Tommi Varsala. Varsala’s innate ability to create classic, but timely metal rung true throughout previous EP “Yeth Hound,” but it’s even more prominent on the band’s first full-length, “Emperor’s Path.” The album’s 11 songs brim with confidence, not to forget a production job that puts “Yeth Hound” to shame. It’s classic metal for the modern age.

Recorded from autumn 2016 to February 2017 primarily in Tampere, Finland in Varsala’s own rehearsal studio, “Emperor’s Path” marks the first Tyfon’s Doom release to feature drummer Cederick Forsberg (Blazon Stone, Rocka Rollas, Cloven Altar) who laid down his parts at Studio 2-takt in Sweden. The production of Emperor’s Path also turned out to be another two-man effort, with Varsala recording his parts then sending them to Forsberg to mix and master. This allowed Varsala to focus on what he does best, namely, melodic, surging numbers, stocked with flighty twin-guitar harmonies and his throaty rasp, best described as the denim-wearing cross between Motorhead legend Lemmy Kilmister and Destruction’s Schmier.

While songs like album opener “Tyrant’s Sceptre” and “Beyond Treason” are molten slabs of pure metal, the brilliant stacked melodies that kick off “The Hidden Hand” and ride throughout “Moonlight” showcase an outfit capable of combining the never-say-die melodies of NWoBHM with the bright melodicism of the band’s Finnish homeland.

The album cover (depicted below) was also handled by Varsala himself, who said “I couldn’t leave the first impression of an album to anyone else.” The artwork expresses a chaotic atmosphere on the “Dead Earth” and the themes and reasons associated with the situation as it’s presented in the lyrics. Go even deeper and it consists of the themes presented in the album’s songs such as the hole in the sky (“Sea of Life”), the galaxy (“Rising Earth”), the cathedral and the graveyard (“The Hidden Hand”) and the black raven (“The Rider From Abandoned Town”).

The track list for the album is:

1. Tyrant’s Sceptre
2. The Hidden Hand
3. Sea Of Life
4. Beyond Treason
5. Endless War
6. Moonlight
7. Howling Danger
8. The Rider From Abandoned Town
9. Rising Earth
10. Strange Aeons
11. Emperor’s Path

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Sun Of The Sleepless Premieres New Song “The Owl” From Upcoming New Album “To the Elements”

Black metal unit Sun Of The Sleepless premieres a new song entitled “The Owl”, taken from the upcoming new album “To the Elements”, which will be released by Prophecy Productions in a variety of formats: as a digipak CD (with a 12-page booklet), a gatefold LP (on both black and limited silver vinyl), and as a collector’s 2xCD box (which includes the digipak CD, the out-of-print 1999 MCD Poems To The Wretches Hearts in a cardsleeve, a patch, and an autographed, hand-numbered certificate in a hotfoil-embossed box).

Check out now “The Owl” below.

Explains Sun Of The Sleepless:

“‘The Owl‘ is actually the first song that was written and recorded for the album. The verse riff/main theme of this song was the spark that lit the fire, so to speak. This was also the first song I recorded the drums for and it made me realize that Black Metal drumming is even more exhausting than I remembered it to be from — wait…18 years ago. ‘The Owl‘ is a hymn to the nocturnal self. The Owl as a symbol for individuality (in German we use the word “Kauz” — tawny owl — to describe a pariah) but also wisdom, superiority — the unrelenting spirit of the night. Musically, I really wanted to have this ‘lonesome nighttime atmosphere’ to be the absolute focus of this song. It draws elements from Empyrium (how come?), old The 3rd and the Mortal, Emperor and influences by some of the more melodic Swedish Black Metal Bands too. One of my favorites for sure. Sublime, free, forever at night — The Owl”

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Prezir Debuts Full-Album Stream Of Brand New EP “Contempt”

Milwaukee’s Prezir debuts the full-album stream of the band’s brand new EP “Contempt”, out now via Bandcamp. Featuring guitarist/bassist Rory Heikkila (Shroud of Despondency), vocalist/lyricist Luka Djordjevic (Khazaddum), and drummer Brian Serzynski (Pigs Blood), “Contempt” is an iniquitous and undeniably feral blend of death, black, and thrash metal with influences inclusive of early Emperor, early Enslaved, Grand Belial’s Key, Arghoslent, Morbid Angel, Deicide, and Destroyer 666.

Check out now “Contempt” in its entirety below.

Contempt by Prezir

Drums on Contempt were tracked by Dan Klein at Iron Hand Audio. Everything else as recorded and produced by the band in 2017. Mixing by Rory Heikkila.

Track Listing:

1. How God Loves
2. Devotee Decree
3. Holy Men of Putridity
4. The Legend of the Five Suns
5. Dar al-Harb
6. Serpents in the House of Ra

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Lago Signs With Unique Leader Records

Unique Leader Records is proud to announce the signing of Phoenix, Arizona-based death metal quartet Lago for the release of the band’s impending second LP. Lago comments:

“With this record, we are really trying to step outside of the box that we’ve created for ourselves. Our previous stuff is very heavily influenced by Morbid Angel and Emperor, and though those influences are still very heavy in our sound, we really want to make sure we just aren’t going to put out the same record as our last one, ‘Tyranny.’

“A lot of the new stuff we’re doing is exclusively two-part guitar. We wouldn’t go and call this a prog record, but in terms of what’s going on within the songs themselves I would say the guitar work is a lot busier. Lyrically, I think you can expect a lot of similarities. Our country is a crazy place right now with the political climate and a seemingly divided population. There’s a lot of vile, and disgusting things happening, and I think that will reflect in the writing and really set the tone for the album.”

Stand by for additional info on Lago’s impending second album upon its completion in the months ahead.

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New Song “The Beginning Of The Night” Streaming From Kaledon

Italian symphonic power metal act Kaledon – now featuring Overtures vocalist Michele Guaitoli – is streaming the new song “The Beginning of the Night.” The song is taken from “Carnagus: Emperor Of The Darkness,” the new album which drops on May 25th via Sleaszy Rider Records.

The track listing is:

1. Tenebrae Venture Sunt
2. The Beginning of the Night
3. Eyes Without Life
4. The Evil Witch (see video clip here)
5. Dark Reality
6. The Two Bailouts (song streaming here)
7. Trapped on the Throne
8. Telepathic Messages
9. Evil Beheaded
10. The End of the Undead

Check out the tune here:

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Video Studio Report On New Album “Carnagus” Issued By Kaledon

Italian metal act Kaledon issued a video studio report showcasing the orchestrations and synthesizer recordings of the upcoming 10th studio album “Carnagus – Emperor of the Darkness.”
The album drops on May 15th via Sleaszy Rider Records.

“Carnagus – Emperor of the Darkness” is the first album to feature vocalist Michele Guaitoli (Overtures), who joined the band in 2015.

The track listing is:

1. Tenebrae Venture Sunt
2. The Beginning of the Night
3. Eyes Without Life
4. The Evil Witch
5. Dark Reality
6. The Two Bailouts (song streaming here)
7. Trapped on the Throne
8. Telepathic Messages
9. Evil Beheaded
10. The End of the Undead

Check out the studio clip here:

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Emperor Reuniting For “Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk” 2017 Shows

Following the previous 20th anniversary shows for “In The Nightside Eclipse” a few years back, Emperor is again reunited for a slew of dates in remembrance of follow-up album “Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk.”

Front man Ihsahn just issued this update:

“Finished a very successful pre-prod with Emperor this week for the upcoming #anthemstothewelkinatdusk2017 shows! Original hand painted backdrop from 1997 in the background to set the mood. Thanks to Konsert-Service as and @tonedeafproductionsdk for making this sound right both on stage and for everyone attending this summer!”

Stay tuned for full details on the dates and venues to be announced shortly.

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Hatebreed, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Overkill, Wintersun Added To Brutal Assault 2017 Line-Up

A bunch of new bands have been announced for the 22nd edition of Brutal Assault, which takes place this year in Fortress Josefov near Jaromer in the Czech Republic on August 9-12. Returning once more are heavy-weights Hatebreed, who last graced the fortress stages in 2012 and 2013. This is reportedly in response to festival-goers requests for more hardcore in the line-up.

The Dillinger Escape Plan will be including the festival in their series of farewell dates. It looks like the band’s appearance here won’t be affected by the bus crash that caused some European tour dates to be cancelled last month. Dillinger last played Brutal Assault in 2015.

Thrash veterans Overkill, touring in support of their recently released 18th studio album, “The Grinding Wheel”, have also been added. No stranger to the fortress stage, Overkill last appeared at the festival in 2013.

Helsinki’s Wintersun are newcomers to Brutal Assault, appearing for the first time. Can we assume they will be playing material from their long-awaited third album? There’s no official word as yet.

Also announced were Oathbreaker from Belgium, Australians Aversions
Crown and King Parrot, Power Trip from Texas, Norway’s Helheim and the return of New Jersey mathcore outfit The Number Twelve Looks Like You, returning from a six year hiatus.

These new additions join what is already a pretty hard-hitting roster of bands with Emperor, Opeth, Morbid Angel, Nile, Electric Wizard and Mayhem as highlights. Held over four days, the festival has three stages and will reportedly include 100 acts in the final reckoning.

More information and tickets are available at http://www.brutalassault.cz

The full line up now stands at:

AEON
Amorphis
Architects
Arkona
August Burns Red
Aversions Crown
Batushka
Birds In Row
BORN OF OSIRIS
Chelsea Grin
Clawfinger
Cough
Cryptopsy
Decapitated
Demolition Hammer
Der Weg einer Freiheit
Deserted Fear
Einherjer
Electric Wizard
Eluveitie
Emperor
Fallujah
Front Line Assembly
Gadget
God Is An Astronaut
Gorguts
Gruesome
Gutalax
Hatebreed
Havok
Helheim
Igorrr
Incantation
King Parrot
KMFDM
Life Of Agony
Macabre
Malignant Tumour
Mantar
Master’s Hammer
Mayhem
Metal Church
Morbid Angel
Mourning Beloveth
Nervosa
Nile
Oathbreaker
Oceans Ate Alaska
Opeth
Overkill
Possessed
Power Trip
Prong
Protector
Revocation
Rotten Sound
Rotting Christ
Sacred Reich
Samael
Sikth
Suffocation
Svart Crown
Swallow The Sun
Swans
Teethgrinder
Terror
The Amity Affliction
The Crown
The Devin Townsend Project
The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Lurking fear
The Number Twelve Looks Like You
Tiamat
Trivium
Tsjuder
Ulcerate
Vision Of Disorder
Walls Of Jericho
While She Sleeps
Wintersun
Wolfheart
Wrekmeister Harmonies
Zhrine

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Ghost Iris Posts “Save Yourself” Music Video

Ghost Iris has released a new single and video “Save Yourself,” which can be seen below and comes of upcoming album “Blind World.” Vocalist Jesper Vicencio Gün comments:

“Save Yourself is the next level of Ghost Iris. We wanted to create almost a pop song but with metal instrumentals, which I think we achieved. The video is our bid for a ‘Euphoric State’ pt. 2. We upgraded from the bicycle to a limo. We’re funny like that.”

“Blind World” will be released worldwide on February 17th on Long Branch Records. The album contains 10 brand new tracks, including the singles “Pinnacle” and “Save Yourself.” Fans can also catch Ghost Iris live on these dates:

17.02. EE – Tallinn – Red Emperor Bar
18.02. FI – Helsinki – Bar Bäkkäri
17.03. DK – Copenhagen – S-Huset
24.03. IT – Aosta – Hibou
25.03. IT – Rozzano – Circolo Svolta
26.03. IT – Vicenza – Bocciodromo Autogestito
01.09. DK – Lyngby – Templet

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Les Chants Du Hasard Working On New Album

If you dig your metal a little different, you’ll want to check out Les Chants du Hasard, an orchestral black metal project featuring only orchestral instruments – no guitars, no bass, and no drums.

The music is experimental, influenced by classical composers but also by metal bands such as Emperor, Ved Buens Ende, and Ulver. An album is currently in progress and will be released in the course of 2017. While awaiting that full release, check out three (of a projected six total) unmastered tracks below.

1. Chant cinquième 07:26
2. Chant second 06:35
3. Chant quatrième 06:45

Les Chants du Hasard by Les chants du hasard

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