Self-Titled New Album Available For Streaming

New Jersey metallers Symetria don’t just play old school influenced metal, the band lives and breathes it. Remember the first time you blew your windows out by blasting Anthrax’s “Fisful of Metal” or scared your neighbor’s dog with the sheer volume at which you played Overkill’s “Feel the Fire”?? That’s exactly what Symetria is throwing at you.

Symetria will release their self-titled record via Tripsquad Records on September 29 2017. The record can be heard in full over at this location.

Old school metal never died, it went back to it’s home in New Jersey, where it belongs. The land of Method of Destruction (M.O.D.), TT Quick, Overkill and legendary metal label, Megaforce Records, the genre is safe once again after flailing about aimlessly for the better part of the last two decades.

Rising to the top of the current throng of hopefuls is newcomers Symetria. While the Garden State quintet may be fresh out of the box, the wealth of talent and the ability to deliver within their ranks put them a step ahead of the competition is there. Core members Vince Santonastaso and Kevin Gust met through a Craigslist ad and after playing covers from the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Metallica, Santonastaso knew there must be more to life. Guitarist Cust followed him out the door and gave an old friend of his, Fernando Carrera a call, who came on board shortly after. The search for a drummer began and Blair Smith was quickly found on Bandmix, solidifying the initial Symetria lineup.

The band spent the fall of 2016 writing and working up a live show, playing their first gig at a Toys for Tots benefit in November of that year to critical praise across the board. Santonastaso recalls, “Kevin’s wife overheard someone in the audience talking about us and he seemed to be blown away, according to her. The fact that it was a complete stranger solidified the fact that we were on to something.”

Before long the band had gotten in touch with former M.O.D. guitarist Tim McMurtrie – an old acquaintance of Vince’s – who had just formed a label called Tripsquad Records. Symetria wound up being his first signing. Entering Trax East in South River, NJ with producers Eric Rachel (Burnt by the Sun, M.O.D.) and McMurtie, the band set to work, laying down eight songs in seven days. “We definitely learned a lot working with Eric and Tim,“ says bassist Fernando Carrera. “It was a fantastic experience and definitely an honour to be in the same room with those guys. After recording, I realized I had learned three things: my “true” bass lines, to be patient and that I can eat an eggplant-Parmesan sandwich as long as my entire arm in one take,” he adds, laughing. While second guitarist James Soto had technically joined just as they began tracking, it wasn’t until after the band had stepped away from the studio that Soto was able to jump in with both feet. “James met us and we initially practiced a few times with him before we recorded,” Vincent says. “While we were in the studio he was going over his parts and by the time we were finished recording he was more than ready to be a full time member.”

When it comes to their self-titled album, Symetria play with the confidence and power of a band who have several years under its belt rather than a small handful. The track “Flying High” brings up the ugliness of addiction. More specifically, Kevin Cust’s addiction and recovery. “All Kevin did was tell me what the song was supposed to reflect and as soon as he did, I just ran with it,” while “Venial Sin” is about the 7 Deadly Sins, “I just used Latin terms for the sins themselves for a cool effect,“ tells Santonastaso. “A venial sin is a lesser sin, I chose the name because I wanted to draw attention to the sad truth that so much of our lives have become trivial now and so little really has meaning anymore. We’re just lost souls wandering around destroying ourselves blindly” and “Too Late” calls for immediate action for whatever it is you intend to do in life. “While there’s a tomorrow on the calendar there’s no guarantee you’re going to see it so stop procrastinating.”

The band’s name, Symetria, is actually the Polish translation for symmetry – a literal translation would be “balanced and intelligent” and that’s exactly how the members of the band see themselves and their vision for the future.

The track listing is:

1 – Wakening
2 – Flying High
3 – Vinial Sin
4 – All The Same
5 – Stomp
6 – Time
7 – Too Late
8 – Symetria

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New Album “Revelation Highway” Detailed By Babylon A.D.

Babylon A.D. are proud to be one of the few hard rock bands from the late ’80s/early ’90s that are still operating with all of the original members: Derek Davis, vocalist/songwriter, guitarists and songwriters, John Matthews and Ron Freschi, drummer Jamey Pacheco and bassist Robb Reid. The band formed in 1987 and to celebrate the 30th Anniversary, the band will release the new album “Revelation Highway” on November 10th via Frontiers Music srl.

Today, Babylon A.D. presents the video for the first single from the album “Crash and Burn.” Watch the video in the player at the bottom.

Vocalist, Derek Davis on the new album: “This record kicks ass, from the opening track ‘Crash and Burn’ to the last track ‘Saturday Night’. The band had a blast making the album and a lot had to do with original founding member lead-guitarist John Matthews rejoining the band. He really lit the fire that got the bands blood pumping to make a new record. For me it was awesome to produce and mix such a cool record. It’s very hard hitting yet melodic, with some great lyrical story telling and great stand out tracks like, ‘One Million Miles’, ‘Tears’, ‘Rags to Riches, and ‘She Likes To Give It’. The songs are so catchy and memorable on the first listen I know our fans are gonna love it! And of course there are some burning guitar leads to keep the metal heads happy. The band is very grateful that Frontiers Music Srl listened to the tracks and felt the same way about them as we do and offered us the opportunity to get this record out. We can’t wait to hit the road and play the material live.”

Featuring 10 tracks of the energetic classic hard rock the band is known for, “Revelation Highway” is sure to please fans of the band’s classic early material.

The track list reads as follows:

1. Crash And Burn
2. Fool On Fire
3. One Million Miles
4. Tears
5. She Likes To Give It
6. Rags To Riches
7. Last Time For Love
8. I’m No Good For You
9. Saturday Night
10. Don’t Tell Me Tonight

Check out “Crash And Burn” here:

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Debut Full Length Album “Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing” To Be Released By Spectral Voice

After no less than five demos/rehearsals and two splits, Colorado’s Spectral Voice are finally crossing the Styx and delivering their first proper full-length…and it is gigantic. The album will be entitled “Eroded Corridors of Unbeing” and will be issued on October 13th via Dark Descent Records as a vinyl LP, cassette and digital download.

While things appear quite straight-forward on paper (the band has never hidden their love of roughly mixing early and down tuned Finnish death metal with extreme doom in an acid bath) there’s something quite unique about this band. Instead of weakening the impact, the rawness and vast sound only emphasizes a genuine thirst for darkness.

Like a lurker oozing with evil intentions, Spectral Voice likes to remain in the shadows. There, the band patiently learned from elders, only to regurgitate its own brand of extreme death/doom. For instance, “Visions of Psychic Dismemberment” is an eleven-minute long trip into the darkest regions of our collective mind, where Uholy’s trippiest moments join Incantation for a dance around the fire. The opening blast beat sequence in ‘Lurking Gloom’ on the top of bleak arpeggios will fire up most Disembowelment freaks.

Far more than just a sum of its parts, “Eroded Coridors of Unbeing” is a unique and claustrophobic voyage, cavernous yet full of clarity. Here, Spectral Voice is the sound of one’s soul going further down the abyss…and it is taking you with it!

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting Completes 2017 Festival Lineup

With the addition of Czech experimental black metal Master’s Hammer, the line-up for Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2017 is now complete. The ninth edition of Netherlands’ longest-running indoor extreme metal festival will take place on Friday the 15th & Saturday the 16th of December 2017 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven.

The festival is also proud to reveal its day-by-day schedule, which is subject to changes as always. A total of 34 bands will make their appearance at the festival. Regular combi and day tickets are available at the festival website here. The complete line-up per day is as follows:

Friday 15th December 2017

MY DYING BRIDE (UK)
CARPATHIAN FOREST (NO)
BLASPHEMY (CA)
CULT OF FIRE (CZ)
DOOL (NL)
BAPTISM (FI)
DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (AT)
SPASM (CZ)
PENTACLE (NL)
DIABOLICAL (SE)
ENDEZZMA (NO)
ANTROPOMORPHIA (NL)
VERWOED (NL)
HAUNTED (IT)
DYSTOPIA (NL)

Saturday 16th December 2017

VENOM (UK)
CORONER (CH)
MASTER’S HAMMER (CZ)
TANKARD (DE)
DESTRÖYER 666 (AU)
MERCILESS (SE) – Last show ever!
GAAHLS WYRD (NO)
EXTREME NOISE TERROR (UK)
DARKANE (SE)
THE GREAT OLD ONES (FR)
JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES (FI)
OUR SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON US (AT)
BALFOR (UA)
DISTILLATOR (NL)
AUDN (IS)
ANOMALIE (AT)
DARKFALL (SE)
MORTAL STRIKE (AT)
SABIENDAS (DE)

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Final Drive Gearing Up For August Tour Dates

Final Drive just announced a new string of August tour dates accompanied by Shawshank Redeemed and Shinebright on select shows. Kicking off August 11th, Final Drive will join forces with Letters From The Fire for a St. Louis performance at The Firebird. Tickets are available now at this location.

Vocalist Jordan Gaw comments: “There’s nothing like kicking off a tour in our hometown, we had the awesome luck of timing and lined up the show with Letters from the Fire! This will sure to get the run off to a killer start. Working on a few surprises as well, so come out, say hello, get down on some FYM! VIP upgrades available!”

Friday August 11th – ST.LOUIS, MO – THE FIREBIRD w/ LETTERS FROM THE FIRE
Saturday August 12th – COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – ROCKS
Monday August 14th – PORTLAND, OR – ANALOG THEATER*
Wednesday August 16th – BOISE, ID – THE SHREDDER*
Thursday August 17th – SALT LAKE CITY, UT – CLUB X*
Friday August 18th – ST. GEORGE, UT – MILLCREEK*
Saturday August 19th – SAN DIEGO, CA – SOMA*
Friday August 25th – LAWTON, OK – RAILHEAD SALOON
Saturday August 26th – DALLAS, TX – TREES
Sunday August 27th – AUSTIN, TX – TEXAS MIST

* w/Shawshank Redeemed and Shinebright

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Stick To Your Guns Debuts New Song “The Sun, The Moon, The Truth: Penance Of Self” From Upcoming New Album “True View”

Stick To Your Guns premieres a new song and lyric video titled “The Sun, The Moon, The Truth: Penance Of Self”, taken from the upcoming new sixth full-length album “True View”, which will be out in stores October 13th through Pure Noise Records.

Check out now “The Sun, The Moon, The Truth: Penance Of Self” below.

Comments frontman Jesse Barnett of the track:

“Something I see in a lot of people, including almost everyone of my peers, is the inability to be honest with oneself. Everyone thinks they’re right. Everyone can’t seem to get a grip on the reality of being self-aware. I was this way and I’m sure I still can be. I was an incredibly selfish person who did whatever I felt like doing. I would leave a trail of destruction everywhere I went and my loved ones would always give me the pass — ‘Oh well, that’s Jesse.’ I came to a point where I realized no one is going to keep me accountable for my actions but myself. I lost some of the most important things in my life these last few years and I had nowhere left to hide. I had to face my fire. I had to finally, for fucking once, live with the hurt I created. I had to own my mistakes and it’s been the heaviest weight I’ve ever had to carry.”

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Adrenaline Mob Accident: Police Reveals Details Of Fatal Car Crash That Claimed Bassist’s Life

The police have now identified the injured and the deceased from past Friday’s fatal car accident involving the Adrenaline Mob and a tractor-trailer. The band and its crew had been traveling in a convoy on Interstate 75 near Micanopy, FL while on tour around noon.

Th band’s RV had pulled over to the shoulder of the road to fix a flat tire with its van and trailer also stopping to assist. During that time a tractor-trailer truck veered off the highway and struck the band’s RV, causing extensive damage to it that saw it catch fire. The band’s trailer and van were also struck and suffered extensive damage.

Nine people were in the involved vehicles with Adrenaline Mob‘s bassist David Zablidowsky being killed in the RV. While police omitted his identity from their report due to pending notification of next of kin, his passing has since been confirmed by various friends and family. According to Gainesville.com, the following were involved in the accident:

• Robert Edwin Haines, 59 of Largo, driver of the 2014 semi, who was not injured.

• Jason McCole, 41 of Wilksbarre, Pa., driver of the RV, who was seriously injured.

• A second passenger in the RV, Russell Allen (Adrenaline Mob), 38, of New Jersey, who was seriously injured.

• A third passenger, Janet Revis [aka Janet Rains], 48, of Pitts Pond, Pa., who was critically injured.

• A fourth passenger, Dale Campiglia, 51 of Levittown, N.Y., who was seriously injured.

• A fifth passenger, Robert Dressler, 45 of Plaines, Pa., who was seriously injured.

• The driver of driver of a 2003 GMC Sierra, Jordan Cannata (Adrenaline Mob), 27 of West Babylon, N.Y., who was seriously injured.

• The lone passenger in the GMC, 46-year-old Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob) of Staten Island, N.Y., who seriously injured.

According to Mike Orlando‘s girlfriend, Dale Campiglia, Janet Rains and Jason McCole‘s injuries are currently the most severe, with the rest being described as being “ok”. Police are still investigating the incident.

Adrenaline Mob singer Russell Allen has now issued the below statement regarding the traffic accident that claimed the life of his band’s bassist David Zablidowsky:

“Yesterday I was involved in an accident that took the life of my dear friend and band mate David Z Rock and left 3 of our crew in critical condition. I’m overwhelmed with sorrow. I am so grateful for the out pouring of love we have received from around the world. Please continue to pray for David‘s family during this difficult time. And those in critical condition. I want to personally thank Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Dumon for his bravery in assisting me pull our Driver Jason from the wreckage and for attending to his wounds. And for helping me to secure and attend to Jane once I was able to get her free from the fire. Without his selfless act of courage I would not have been able to get them clear of the RV before it was engulfed in flames. On behalf of my band and crew I thank you.”


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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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Date For Debut EP Release “Burning Torches” Set By Krossfyre

Today, Spain’s Krossfyre set September 15th as the international release date for the debut EP “Burning Torches” via Hells Headbangers on both CD and 12″ vinyl.

One of the most exciting newcomers Hells Headbangers has come across lately, Krossfyre formed only last year, but set to work on writing and recording “Burning Torches,” completing the six-song/20-minute EP last September at Moontower Studios. Although an otherwise brand-new name, Krossfyre include among their ranks members who do or have done time in such bands as Sheidim, Spain’s Graveyard, Körgull the Exterminator, Insulters, Morbid Flesh, and Suspiral. Nevertheless, the creation of Burning Torches itself bespeaks a whole new era of domination.

Right from its very beginning, “Burning Torches” explodes with an excitement and electricity that are uniquely Krossfyre’s, passion and poison mixed into one.

Pounding metal, diabolic force, total power from Hell: this Spanish quintet whip forth a fury that’s strangely familiar yet simultaneously refreshingly unique; it’s a sound that’s been brewing in cast-iron cauldrons for time eternal, but now bubbling over with a youthful joie de vivre. References to be made include classic Nifelheim and Vomitor, but also early Tribulation, later Desaster, Gospel of the Horns, Bestial Mockery, and Nocturnal Graves among others. But the sheer charisma and cantankerous esprit Krossfyre exude – not to mention infectious, gloriously METAL songwriting – puts the band squarely amongst those hallowed ranks. Early days still, to be sure, but on evidence of the forthcoming “Burning Torches,” the name Krossfyre will soon be upon the tongues of diehards worldwide soon enough. Take these “Burning Torches” and feel the fire!

The track listing is as follows:

1. Krossfyre (intro)
2. Fire Solution (check out the song here)
3. Burning Torches
4. Tabellae Defixionum
5. Black Jaws of Evil
6. The Great Masturbator

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New Album “The Deviant Chord” Detailed By Jag Panzer

For Jag Panzer, team spirit is more important than anything else. Without team spirit, guitarist Mark Briody would no longer see any reason for continuing the band. “We’re like a family, we’ve all known each other for many years,” he says and looks back at the years between 2011 and 2013 when Jag Panzer were on the brink of calling it a day. “Two band members quit and there was little interest in hiring new people and starting over. Introducing new musicians would have been tough, so we decided to disband.”

But then the American power metal act’s strong fan base made itself heard, causing the spark to be rekindled. Briody: “We had a lot of interest in our early albums, so my band mates soon noticed that people were still listening to Jag Panzer, that the audience was still there. We started talking on the phone more and more. Some excellent gig offers arrived so we decided we should get back together.” What a stroke of good fortune, after all now the public can look forward to an accomplished comeback album. “The Deviant Chord” is a veritable metal manifesto, scheduled for release on Steamhammer/SPV on September 29, 2017, and consists of ten awesome songs featuring all those typical Jag Panzer strengths that the band’s fans have come to appreciate.

Together with band members John Tetley (bass), Harry ‘The Tyrant’ Conklin (vocals), Rikard Stjernquist (drums) and Joey Tafolla (lead guitar), who has returned to the fold, Briody has recorded an album that impresses in every respect and that benefits from the outstanding qualities of all five band members. “John does our ‘quality control’, meaning that he makes sure every song we do is the best it can be. Harry is a musical genius. He’s been singing since we were kids, he’s very skilled in vocal arrangements and vocal recording techniques. This skill makes him a very big contributor in the songwriting. Rikard is all about drumming. He’s been drumming since he was a small child and has never stopped. He grew up living all around the world and he has always been in a band. Joey is the classic lead player in every sense of the world. He has amazing skill on the guitar plus an outstanding stage presence. His playing makes every song better.”

The Deviant Chord will be available as a CD Digipak (including poster) and double LP colored version as well as for download and streaming. The cover artwork was created by Serbian artist Dusan Markovic and reflects the album’s haunting atmosphere perfectly. Briody gives also some hints: “Fans of both science fiction and real life scientists should look closely at the new Jag Panzer album as the band has placed a few hidden tributes in the album art!”

There can be no doubt: the spark has rekindled the fire in Jag Panzer and it’s burning brightly. Briody: “The mood in the band is very focused. This album was the first time we did multiple demos for every song. So everyone has been very involved in every step. Each band member got to see a song grow and change with time. That’s very exciting for us. And we’re all excited to unleash ‘The Deviant Chord’ unto the world.”

The track listing for the album is:

1. Born Of The Flame 4:00
2. Far Beyond All Fear 3:49
3. The Deviant Chord 5:37
4. Blacklist 4:19
5. Foggy Dew 3:20
6. Divine Intervention 3:30
7. Long Awaited Kiss 6:16
8. Salacious Behavior 4:07
9. Fire Of Our Spirit 4:37
10. Dare 5:17

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