Asher Media Relations Offer Holiday Sampler “Happy Metal Annihilation Vol. 7”

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s that time of year that Asher Media Relations, a PR company promoting aggressive music in Canada, USA and Europe shares its next holiday sampler featuring artists they have had the honour of working with in 2017. This year’s 7th volume of “Happy Metal Annihilation” showcases over 4 hours of headbanging tunes from black to death to thrash to metalcore to hard rock and everything else under the metal umbrella. Let the holiday mosh pit begin!

Publicist Jon Asher of Asher Media Relations comments:

“I’ve been putting together this compilation for the last six years to promote the bands I love working with. I believe they need to be heard and discovered by those who are not yet familiar with them. This holiday sampler is my gift to the headbanging community to enjoy and celebrate all that is heavy. m/m/”

“Happy Metal Annihilation Vol. 7” features over 50 tracks and is available for FREE DOWNLOAD via Bandcamp:

Happy Metal Annihilation Vol. 7 by Asher Media

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God Mother Debuts New Song “De Ovälkomna” From Upcoming New Album “Vilseledd”

God Mother debuts a new song entitled “De Ovälkomna”, taken from the upcoming new album “Vilseledd”, which Party Smasher Inc. will have in stores on September 29th. The new track sports a guest turn from Jonas Holmberg and Patrik Andersson of This Gift Is A Curse.

Check out now “De Ovälkomna” below.

States God Mother frontman Sebastian August Campbell of it:

“The idea of the lyrics came from one of our tours in northern Sweden during the winter, where the days are short and the night is always looming. Some days, even farther up north, the sun doesn’t show face at all. Winter depression is a real factor in Scandinavia. This song is a praise for the crawling chaos behind the veil of civilized human society that lives after the sun’s hours.”

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Craig Locicero Comments On Death Of Chris Cornell

Last night news broke that Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) had passed away, with news arriving this morning that the cause of death was an apparent suicide. Musicians from across the genre spectrum have expressed their condolences or extreme surprise, with Forbidden’s Craig Locicero issuing this lengthy statement:

“When Alice told me that Chris Cornell was found dead, it was around midnight last night. After looking around I saw it was evidently true. Shocking and somehow not shocking, but most certainly dauntingly sad for millions of us and especially his loved ones and bandmates. When I awoke this morning it still didn’t seem real, but as I opened up Instagram, every post was a Cornell picture with heartfelt words attached to them. It hit me hard in that moment. It’s hitting me right now.

“In 1989 Forbidden went to the Foundations Forum in L.A. to do the schmooze thing with hundreds of other metal bands. Hair metal, thrash metal, prog metal, heavy metal…metal metal. It was like what the NAMM show has turned into these days, but worse. Or better… I dunno…
Everybody got a gift bag the first day. I didn’t even sift through mine until I got home. At that time I went back to living at my parents house in Fremont for a short stay. I opened up my gift bag and found a bunch of unmemorable crap and one cassette that looked interesting to me. Didn’t fit in the cheese bag. That cassette was ‘Loud Than Love’ by Soundgarden.

“I remember putting it on and immediately feeling transformed into a different world. One far less ridged and more free than what music was turning into commercially, even in my thrash metal genre. A world that wasn’t laid into perfect lines, but was splashed in colors and emotion. Less processed, more raw emotion and power.

“Like Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and Black Sabbath all met up in Egypt for a hooka hashish jam session. Chris Cornell was lofty and sang with gut wrenching passion without at all being pretentious.

“This completely cleaned my pallet from all I knew about music at my naive 20 years. I’d found something that transformed me and changed the way I looked at heavy music, for the better. All because it was in a little gift bag at the right time.

“The next thing I did was went backwards buy ‘Ultra-Mega OK.’ So heavy and beautiful. Nobody else in Forbidden appreciated it very much at the time. I was addicted. When the word ‘grunge’ came along following after Nirvana’s breakthrough, I was already entranced by Soundgarden and then Alice in Chains. These were not grunge bands. They were rock bands who did it better than most. They just were great bands.

“Ultimately, Soundgarden was the vessel that started me upon my musical growth and made me more fearless to try new things with my life. Up until then I was just riffing and writing without putting as much of my heart into it. This all happened as we were writing ‘Twisted Into Form’ but really didn’t have time to marinate into the music yet.

“After ‘TIF’ was finished, Alice and I headed to New York to get the record mastered by Howie Weinberg. I had a few days off to hang out with Jim Welsh and everyone at Combat, so one night we went to La’Amours to see Voivod, Soundgarden and Faith No More. In that order.

“This would be the first of many times I saw Soundgarden. That particular night, they took the show with their Middle Eastern influence and care free delivery. It was just heavy and massive. Beautiful. Cornell was a rock god in person.

“That was all the origins for me. Since then They got the accolades that they much deserved and put amazing slabs of art out with Badmotorfinger, Superunknown, Down the Upside and finally King Animal. All mysterious offerings laced with magic and chemistry.

“The closest I came to actually meeting Chris is when we were recording the Manmade God record in Hollywood starting in 2001. Rick Rubin signed us and was co-producing our record. Rick loved our sound and thought that our singer (Pann Reed) had a very powerful and soulful voice, much like Cornell.

“He loved it so much, in fact that he had an idea. To get the guys in Rage Against the Machine to jam with Chris Cornell and see what happens. This is while we are doing preproduction down in Hollywood.

“Next thing we know, they are writing songs on the spot for Audioslave and in the studio a month or so later. Audioslave pretty much was put together, recorded an offering and put it out all while we were still trapped in L.A. working on our record, which took over 2 years to come out after we started the recording process. Crazy and true.

“By the time the MMG record finally did start getting radio play, 6 months before the record hit, the reviews and DJ’s starting making the comparison to Audioslave. Because they figured we came after them. The irony. Not a bad thing at all, but certainly not the case.

“Cornell himself was a true enigma. Not too much was ever known about him because he was very private. His life was a bit mysterious and I’d heard many differing opinions about Chris, the man. I’d never come across him personally for some reason, it just didn’t happen.

“I do know from the time we spent down there recording that Chris was battling his demons during the Audioslave recordings. Just like the rest of us humans, he was vulnerable. I’m actually glad I never met Chris, so the mystery will stay with me forever.

“Much like John Lennon and David Bowie, he will sit in a special place that only true legends sit at in my heart.”

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Pallbearer Premieres New Music Video “I Saw The End” From Upcoming New Album “Heartless”

Arkansas progressive doom quartet Pallbearer premieres a new official music video entitled “I Saw The End”, taken from the upcoming new album “Heartless”, which will arrive in stores March 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. Zev Deans directed and produced the clip.

Says the band of it:

“Both song and video present a telescopic view on an eternity of corruption. The path of greed leads to misery. When higher awareness allowed us to claw our way out of the mud, we found new ways to exploit one another, abusing the gift that could bring us to new heights. In the end, we pay for our selfishness. Join us for this elegy for what might have been.”

Check out now “I Saw The End” below.

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The Moth Gatherer Posts 2016 Holiday Message To Fans

The Moth Gatherer just checked in with this year-end message and update about what’s on the horizon for 2017:

“2016 is coming to an end. And we have had an amazing year, sharing stages and festivals with some truly great bands, This Gift is A Curse, Tombstones, Monolord, Misery Loves Co., Age of Woe, Gloson and many more. We have also met many of you out there, and that is a blessing!

“Now we are looking forward to 2017, we have some new sounds coming and so far we know we will play in Belgium at Dunk!festival and we hope that we will announce more shows soon.

“Thank you all for a great year. And a R.I.P. for all the stars that sadly passed on. Happy new year!”

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This Gift Is A Curse Gearing Up For European Tour Dates

This Gift Is A Curse today announces new European tour dates for October and November in support of latest album “All Hail the Swinelord.”

This time round, the Swedish sludge black metal beats will mainly hit France with short excursions to Germany and Switzerland. A list of all confirmed shows can be viewed below.

27 Oct 16 Rouen (FR) Le 3 Pièces
28 Oct 16 Nantes (FR) Le Ferrailleur
29 Oct 16 Bordeaux (FR) Le Fridge
30 Oct 16 Montpellier (FR) Black Sheep
31 Oct 16 Marseille (FR) Le Molotov
01 Nov 16 Genève (CH) L’Usine Kalvingrad
02 Nov 16 Strasbourg (FR) Mudd Club
03 Nov 16 Frankfurt (DE) Freikönigskeller
04 Nov 16 Troyes (FR) Mac Callary’s
05 Nov 16 Paris (FR) Le Klub

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Usurpress Posts Full New Album “The Regal Tribe” Online

Uppsala’s death metal quartet Usurpress is now streaming new studio album “The Regal Tribe” in full, prior to its September 23rd release date on Agonia Records.

“The Regal Tribe” was recorded under the supervision of rising star producer Lawrence Mackrory (FKÜ, Darkane) while the album’s haunting cover artwork was created by renowned Dutch artist Marald van Haasteren (Bolt Thrower, High on Fire, Baroness, Kylesa).

I: Beneath the Starless Skies
II: The One They Call the Usurpress
III: Across the Dying Plains
IV: The Mortal Tribes
V: The Halls of Extinction
VI: Throwing the Gift Away
VII: Behold the Forsaken
VIII: On a Bed of Straw
IX: The Sin that Is Mine
X: In the Shadow of the New Gods

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Terra Tenebrosa Premieres New Song “Ghost At the End of the Rope” From Upcoming New Album “The Reverses”

Black metal outfit Terra Tenebrosa premieres a new song titled “Ghost At the End of the Rope”, taken from the upcoming new album “The Reverses”, which will be out in stores via Debemur Morti Productions on June 17th (July 22nd in North America), with a vinyl edition to follow shortly after.

The new album features appearances by the following notable guests: Jonas A Holmberg (This Gift Is A Curse), Alex Stjernfeldt (The Moth Gatherer), MkM (Antaeus, Aosoth), and Vindsval (Blut Aus Nord).

Check out now “Ghost At the End of the Rope” below and the lyric video for “The End Is Mine To Ride” after the jump.

The Reverses by TERRA TENEBROSA

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In Twilight’s Embrace Covers Armia Track

Polish death metal band In Twilight’s Embrace has paid homage to the visionary punk band Armia, releasing a video for a cover of the track “Opowiesc Zimowa” (“Winter’s Tale”). This interpretation of the song will also be included on upcoming EP “Trembling.”

Cyprian Lakomy (vocals) comments: “’Legenda’, the second album of Armia is in my opinion not only the most unique landmark of Polish music, but also one of those records which stick to you for a lifetime. Right from the moment I heard it as a teenager, I was totally blown away by the utter darkness these songs channeled and the unconquered spirit they possessed.

“The whole opus has this grim, dark and cold feeling which perfectly corresponds with the Polish reality of the early 90s with its fear and trembling. At the same time, there is a deep yearning for the worlds far beyond this place. In this respect, I find the band’s founders Tomasz Budzynski and Robert Brylewski a perfect songwriting duo with the gift of creating new realms through sound.

“‘Opowiesc Zimowa’ is perhaps one of their strongest songs – full of horror and weird kind of beauty at the same time. Covering it has been on my mind for years and I couldn’t be happier that we have finally done this. This is our homage not only to Armia, but to Polish music in general and the otherworldly power it was able to conjure back in the day.”

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In Twilight’s Embrace Covers Armia Track

Polish death metal band In Twilight’s Embrace has paid homage to the visionary punk band Armia, releasing a video for a cover of the track “Opowiesc Zimowa” (“Winter’s Tale”). This interpretation of the song will also be included on upcoming EP “Trembling.”

Cyprian Lakomy (vocals) comments: “’Legenda’, the second album of Armia is in my opinion not only the most unique landmark of Polish music, but also one of those records which stick to you for a lifetime. Right from the moment I heard it as a teenager, I was totally blown away by the utter darkness these songs channeled and the unconquered spirit they possessed.

“The whole opus has this grim, dark and cold feeling which perfectly corresponds with the Polish reality of the early 90s with its fear and trembling. At the same time, there is a deep yearning for the worlds far beyond this place. In this respect, I find the band’s founders Tomasz Budzynski and Robert Brylewski a perfect songwriting duo with the gift of creating new realms through sound.

“‘Opowiesc Zimowa’ is perhaps one of their strongest songs – full of horror and weird kind of beauty at the same time. Covering it has been on my mind for years and I couldn’t be happier that we have finally done this. This is our homage not only to Armia, but to Polish music in general and the otherworldly power it was able to conjure back in the day.”

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