THE GREAT DISCORD Launch Second Video Teaser for New Album Duende

– April 21st, 2015 –

Debut Album Out This June on Metal Blade Records

Sweden has been a fertile ground for metal of all varieties for multiple decades, and there appears to be no sign that this will change anytime soon. The variety and quality of bands is staggering, and Metal Blade Records is prepared to help add THE GREAT DISCORD to the list of one of Sweden’s finest new groups. The band’s cornerstone is with the enigmatic vocals of Fia Kempe. Her tone and delivery is immensely emotive and is augmented by a band whose sound is impossible to describe. It’s technical, heavy, and yet not so much to overwhelm those not anointed in metal. What’s important is that The Great Discord offers a truly unique twist on both metal, and what is to be expected from a female-fronted band.

The uniqueness THE GREAT DISCORD encapsulates is put on display today with the release of the second teaser from Duende. Part 2, “Sacrosanct (Deus Ex Homine)” can be viewed HERE. The first video teaser entitled “Sanguine” which features a brief sample of new music with eerie yet perfectly entwined visuals. Check it out HERE.

Duende will be available worldwide on Metal Blade Records on June 2nd in North America, June 1st in the UK / Europe, and May 29th in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Listen to the first single “Eigengrau” and pre-order your copy of Duende now at metalblade.com/thegreatdiscord. Sample The Great Discord‘s striking visuals, which will be a big part of their live show, on their official YouTube channel HERE.

The relationship between Fia Kempe and drummer Aksel Holmgren has stood for many years, connecting on a deep personal level when it comes to music, though it was only when they came together to form THE GREAT DISCORD in 2013 that their collaboration began. Sharing an interest in progressive music, they count the likes of Genesis and King Crimson as well as contemporary acts such as Meshuggah and The Dillinger Escape Plan among those who have inspired them.

While music pundits and critics will fall over themselves trying to label the unique and intriguing sounds contained within Duende the band are more interested in presenting their music to the world, with the hope of making a profound musical connection with the likeminded. Having been working toward the completion of the record for nearly two years the band have perhaps only just arrived at the beginning, and the ambitiousness of their music is further reflected in their goals. “We obviously want to take over the world,” Kempe smiles. “We really believe in our vision, we really believe in the concept behind everything that we do. We want to entertain people. We want them to come to our shows and experience everything that we have visualized for this band, and we want them to relate to the emotion that we’re putting into our songs, to be able to find something in THE GREAT DISCORD that they cannot find anywhere else.

THE GREAT DISCORD is:
Fia Kempe – vocals
Aksel Holmgren – drums
André Axell – guitars
Gustav Almberg – guitars
Rasmus Carlson – bass

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Every Hour Kills Streams New Single “Chosen”

There’s a new sound exploding out of Calgary, AB’s rising metal scene with Every Hour Kills – a new modern melodic metal band featuring ex-Divinity guitarist Sacha Laskow, bassist Brent Stutsky (Breach of Trust), drummer Rob Shawcross (ex- Out Of Your Mouth), and vocalist Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster (Walk As Chaos, Out of Your Mouth, Autobody).

Over the last two years, the band has been busy in the lab working on recording new songs to be unleashed to the masses. Last year saw the band’s first single “Deliver Us” exposed to the world and set the path for next release “Chosen,” produced by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Emmure, Of Mice & Men, We Can As Romans). Give the song a listen below.

Guitarist Sacha Laskow comments: “It was an awesome experience working with an outside producer this time, especially one as talented as Joey. Usually we’ve done everything ourselves, so it was really interesting getting an outside perspective from someone we respect. We are all beyond stoked with the results; Joey definitely added some of his magic to our vision and took the song up to a higher level. Lyrically the song is basically about rising up in the face of adversity, struggling to make our goals and dreams a reality amidst the chaos of the world and other people trying to drag us down. We are all ‘Chosen’ for something, to take our own path and create our own lives.”

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Ihsahn Comments On Upcoming Album “Das Seelenbrechen”

As was recently announced, Candlelight Records has confirmed October 22nd as the North American release date for “Das Seelenbrechen,” the fifth solo album from Ihsahn, and follow-up to last year’s “Eremita” (reviewed here).

Das Seelenbrechen will be available on compact disc, a limited edition digibook (with expanded graphics and liner notes), and double 180-gram clear vinyl. Pre-orders are set to launch via online and physical retail outlets beginning September 10th. The following press release was issued about the album:

“Das Seelenbrechen is a bold and adventurous recording that is a musical contrast to the progressive shades and saxophone augmentations of the former Emperor vocalist/guitarist’s previous two albums (2009’s After and 2011’s Eremita). The recording exists in an entirely unfamiliar sonic world as Ihsahn draws upon his most esoteric influences, fully embracing the spirit of the avant-garde. Comprising ten vivid but disparate explorations in sound that range from bittersweet electronica to deranged and feral improvisation, Das Seelenbrechen is every bit as dark and destructive as the artist’s previous work but is far more disorientating and disturbing than anything he has attempted in his past.”

Ihsahn himself states: “Musically, this album is a very deliberate sidestep to what I have been doing; a necessity to reset the creative parameters so not to fall into formula. I think I do my best work slightly outside of my comfort zone and I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time. Free form and improvisational can be scary for a musician but it is very liberating at the same time.”

Recorded at his own studio in Norway in collaboration with drummer Tobias Ornes Anderson (Leprous), “Das Seelenbrechen” eschews traditional metal instrumentation in favor of a limitless textural landscape that evokes the freewheeling spirit of artists like Diamanda Galas, Scott Walker, and John Zorn.

In discussing the album, Ihsahn notes, “even though my music has changed over the years, I feel there is a source of inspiration at the bottom of it all that is constant. The general idea for this album was to try and dig deep into this raw source and express it without too much refinery and do so within a less familiar musical landscape. It is the reason for several purely improvised songs and parts on this album. I spontaneously performed with just lyrics and the idea of the atmosphere I was wishing to create. While many will feel it sounds different, I don’t think it is necessarily different from my previous album. And in my head, it will fit in perfectly with my plans for the sixth album.”

“Das Seelenbrechen” takes its name from Nietzche’s famed “Human, All Too Human: A Book of Free Spirits.” Writings by the 19th century philosopher and other historical figures have often found their way into Ihsahn’s songwriting. “The title is taken from one of his aphorisms on art and how, in its purest form, is neither good nor bad,” says the front man. The album’s abstract packaging, again conceived by Spanish graphic artist Ritxi Ostariz, embraces the aphorisms essence. “Of all my albums, my goals for this one have been the most abstract. I’ve had quite a rollercoaster ride putting it together but now that it is done I must say I am very pleased.”

The track listing is:

1. Hilber
2. Regen
3. NaCl
4. Pulse
5. Tacit 2
6. Tacit
7. Rec
8. M
9. Sub Alter
10. See
11. Entropie (bonus)
12. Hel (bonus)

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Tantara Splits With Guitarist Per Semb

Guitarist Per Semb from Tantara has checked in with the following statement about parting ways with the band:

“It’s with a heavy heart I’m telling you this, but my time in Tantara is now over. I’ve decided to leave the band after almost 4 years with lots of fun and memories I will remember for the rest of my life.

“You may wonder why I’ve decided to do this: I’m no longer motivated for this way of life. The European tour was too much for me both mentally and physically, and it all went up for me that I can’t handle something like that again. I’ve also got other goals and dreams in my life that I want to focus on and try the best to fulfill.

“Don’t worry, I’m not giving up music in general. My passion for music is still strong, but the life on the road is simply not for me. I will still continue making music, but it won’t be on a such serious level. Feel free to contact me on my official page if you got (musical) questions.

“I want to thank everyone that have supported me and the band, those of you who showed up to our gigs, to all of you that have thrashed, headbanged, moshed… Simply enjoyed our music in a way or another. You guys have been great, and I’m thankful that I was lucky enough to be a part of something this special and unique. That I managed to fulfill my biggest dreams in such young age. I’ll never forget it.

“It’s sad, but life goes on. I wish all the best for the band, and I’m proud of all the things they’ve learned. I know they’re able to continue on the road into the future without me.
Thank you for the experience. It’s been a blast!”

The band also adds: “On that note, Tantara will continue working hard towards the new album, and now we’re more motivated than we’ve ever been. We want to wish Per good luck in the future, and we want to thank for him for 4 good years as a band. It has been awesome! Fredrik, Stian and Emil will continue doing what they love – making music and being Tantara. We’ll be back!”

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Korpiklaani Splits With Accordian Player Juho Kauppinen

Accordian player Juho Kauppinen from Finnish folk metal outfit Korpiklaani has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band:

“I have decided to set my goals elsewhere, as a result of which Korpiklaani will go on without me from now on. Korpiklaani was a prominent part of my life for long, but after these eight and a half years I played in the band I have come to realize that I currently want to experience and pursue something else.

“Accordion has never been my primary instrument. I also understood that performing in front of an audience is not exactly what I hugely enjoy. Strange as it sounds, what I most want from making music nowadays is playing guitar at home. That is what I find relaxing and free of stress. Some people love touring, but because I am a very private person I found living and traveling on the tour bus for four weeks in a row a little challenging.

“Nevertheless, I got to experience many things I am deeply grateful for and want to thank all Korpiklaani’s listeners, fellow bands, crew members and our staff who enabled all of this. I am glad that the band has now found a truly professional accordionist to take the place of me to take care of the future tours and shows as planned. I wish everyone well. The journey has just begun.”

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Fisthammer To Record Second Album

Philadelphia’s Fisthammer has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album:

“It’s been awhile since we’ve made any announcements regarding new material, and I think today is as good as any! A little over a year ago, we released Devour All You See, and have been humbled by the enormous amount of positive feedback.

“As we prepare for a massive amount of touring this year, we are also excited to go back into the studio to record a 2nd album. To make this all possible, we are creating a kick-starter campaign to hopefully achieve all of our goals. The goal is not only to record an album, but to promote it well, and to tour our asses off.

“Along with the many incentives we will be offering. We are currently recording TWO songs that will appear on the next album, and will be available to you for a small donation. More details about this will be told soon. Until then, please check out all of our March tour dates with Sacrificial Slaughter and Master, as well our solo dates. Some still need booking! We look forward to partying with all of you on the road!”

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Breed Of War Posts Full "Blood" EP Online For Streaming

After a six year break Calgary’s thrash act Breed of War is back with a new five song EP titled “Blood,” which can be heard at Bandcamp or in the player below.

“Blood” was produced, engineered, and mixed by Robert Kukla at Leper Studios, while drums were recorded by Sasha Laskow at Perfict Fifth Studios. The band also commented on its sound:

“Influenced by all styles of metal, BoW’s sound is that of the greats coupled with a modern twist. Borrowing influence from death and NWOAHM bands, BoW creates a modern sound that’s sure to impress. From full on thrash to ball crushing death metal, BoW has a sound for everyone. Re-incarnated with passion, vision and drive BoW is here to stay. With aim to become a professional touring band, BoW will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.”

The track listing is as follows:

1. Scars Of Defeat 05:55
2. Burnt To Ruins 04:35
3. Blood 06:18
4. Soul Extinction 05:19
5. Internal Power 06:38

Blood by Breed Of War

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Reign Of Vengeance Posts "Fuck The Recession…"

Arizona Death Unit Reign Of Vengeance (ROV) has released the new single “Fuck The Recession: Kill Those That Caused It” today. The song will appear on the upcoming EP “The Final Solution: The Final Rebellion,” which is scheduled for a November 20th release on ROV imprint Synister Empire Records. Stream the single below. ROV vocalist Marshall Beck released the following statement about the upcoming EP:

‘The Final Solution: The Final Rebellion’ is an EP crafted in the standard Reign Of Vengeance new-school, horror-oriented, death metal fashion. As always this upcoming ROV album features musicians of the already proven and established top tier Metal and music industry Elite.

Contrary to ROV’s previous release, ‘The Final Solution: The Final Rebellion’ is a concept EP. While other bands are currently tossing the [The All Seeing Eye] symbol around because it seems like the trendy thing to do, ROV front man Marshall ‘Fucking’ Beck has grown to know its aims, its religion, and the goals of its sects of the powerful and of the Elite. He has grown to know THE faith in its power, its guidance, and the rewards for those that abide by its will.

With the age of Osiris having ended and the age of Isis coming to a close the New World Age (Order) of Horus shall bring forth a world peace that shall last throughout the remaining aeons of man’kind’s’ time. The second form of Atlantis shall rise forth and bring with it ONLY the enlightened and illuminated individuals.

With every revolution there is always ascension. Therefore, in order for ITS quest for world peace to be complete there must first be a massive internment and conflagration/decontamination of the flesh from billions, the flesh of the non-believers and ascenders from ITS Faith. ROV’s ‘The Final Solution: The Final Rebellion’ focuses on what will enable this holocaust as well as how it will transpire through the eyes of the rebellious tiers, the common tiers and the upper Elite tiers. But, do not worry common civilians-(vermin), this album is all just a work of fiction…. Sleep well.”

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Baroness Gives Detailed Account Of August Bus Crash In Bath

Back in August the members of Baroness were in a serious bus crash while on the road, and vocalist John Baizley has now posted a statement online about the incident. You can read the report below, or find photos from the band over at the Baroness website.

On August 15th, just before 11 am, Baroness and our crew were involved in a very bad crash while on tour. The brakes in our bus failed completely, on a notoriously dangerous, incredibly steep (12% grade) hill in Monkton Combe, UK, on our way from a show Bristol to another show in Southampton. Our bus went entirely out of control, and we had no choice other than hitting a perpendicular guardrail going about 50 mph at the bottom of the hill. The guard rail and the 20 or 30 trees we ploughed through snapped like matchsticks as we went fully airborne and fell down more than 30 feet off of a viaduct to the ground below. Half of the band/crew were asleep while we lost our brakes, and a few of us were awake and sitting in the rear lounge. I was up front with our driver, and I bore witness to the entire thing. Once our brakes failed, the bus could do little more than gain momentum and plummet down the hill. There was nothing anyone on the bus could have done during our descent to avoid the crash, and no one, the local residents, the police or any of us can believe we survived the impact.

Most people who have been in accidents understand the pre-trauma sensation of time slowing down. There were almost two minutes during which I knew we were heading for a collision. It felt like two hours. I remember the sound of the air-brakes failing, and the panicked cursing of our driver as we slowly realized how desperate the situation was. I tried as hard as I could to yell and wake everyone up to prepare for impact. I remember the sounds of confusion from behind me as our collective terror rose. I remember seeing the guardrail split, then a cluster of trees smacking against the front windshield. While we were airborne my eyes met with our driver’s. I knew then that we each shared the same look on our face; and I won’t soon forget it. We had spent enough time in the air to appreciate, make peace with and accept a fate we thought inevitable, and we looked at one another with a horribly silent “goodbye” in our eyes.

When the bus hit the ground, I flew like a missile into the windshield. I can still see the double-paned auto glass turning blue and the spider-webbing cracks spreading outwards from the impact my body made. I hit the glass so hard, that the entire windshield flew from the frame to the ground, and I bounced back inside the bus. I landed on the ledge of the windshield. This came with an immediate and overwhelming pain throughout my body. I surveyed the damage to see instantly that my left leg was very obviously and badly broken. Then I lifted my arms forward to see if either had been damaged. My right arm was covered in burns, blood and broken glass, but working well enough. My left arm was crushed beyond belief, broken in the middle of the bone in my upper arm (humerus), and hanging 90 degrees backwards, with many spurs of bone poking through muscles and sinew at the surface of my skin. The bone was shattered into seven free-floating pieces, and my wrist and hand were swinging behind my back, spasming freely. Instinctively, I reached behind my back, grabbed my wrist and re-broke my arm forwards, hugging it to my chest, where it remained for the next three hours until it was cast in plaster. Meanwhile, I watched as some of the band was able to get off the bus and help the others, many of whom were broken-up as well, and several of whom were unconscious. There was blood, glass and diesel fuel everywhere.

We were all rushed to the hospital in Bath, and treated for our various injuries, broken arms, legs, vertebrae, bruises, cuts, etc. Our driver was air lifted to a separate hospital with many breaks as well. A few of us had to remain in the hospital for a few days, I was hospitalized for two weeks, following an eight-hour surgery in which my arm was rebuilt with the aid of 2 massive titanium plates, 20 screws and a foot-and-a-half of wire. The 15? incision took almost 50 staples to close up. I was left completely immobilized for the remainder of my hospital stay, able to do next-to-nothing on my own and in need of constant care. Following those excruciating first two weeks, I was quite literally stuck in an apartment for another three weeks with my family while waiting for my doctor to allow me to safely board an airplane, for fear of bloodclots and swelling. I have just this past week returned back to the US and my home, where I am wheelchair-bound for another several weeks of physical therapy, learning to use my arm and leg again.

While I cannot lift a glass of water to my lips to drink with my left arm and hand, I am still able to play music with it. I picked up a guitar and played the day after I returned. Not without pain (for the time being), but the hand still acts out the creative impulses I give it. I’m told I was quite lucky to have regained any use at all of my hand and arm, though I have sustained quite extensive nerve damage. In spite of this and against my logic and reason, when I pick up an instrument, my hand remembers exactly what to do. It’s far from perfect, and will require a lot of therapy in order to recover mobility and strength, but I am encouraged by the ability I have been allowed. I do not believe in superstitious signs, but I am truly overwhelmed to have been granted the continued use of my hands.

As a result of the crash, I feel encouraged not only to recover, but to move forward with Baroness, as we had been doing every day previous to August 15th. This accident has inflicted an injury which has left its mark on the band: physically, mentally and spiritually. In order to rehabilitate ourselves fully, we must work towards and then past the goals we had prior to the accident. I will consider our immediate recovery a success only on the day we plug back in to play another show.

We cannot allow this accident, which I believe is unrelated to the band or our music, to slow down or stifle what has become so much more than a passionate hobby for the four of us. Through Baroness, we have discovered a method by which we may harness our drive to create, and channel all the emotion, anxiety and pain in our lives into something constructive. Music is the universal means of communication we have chosen to express ourselves. Our message has never been one of the absolute positive or negative, neither black nor white. True life occurs within the shades of grey, and I see this experience form that perspective. It seems only fitting to me that we continue working towards creating and performing again as soon as possible, as this band and its music are the vehicle through which we grow as individuals, artists and brothers. The injury the band suffered is an injury to my family and loved ones. Rather than allow it to become a wedge that forces us apart, I would like to see this experience become part of the glue that strengthens us. We have only begun to accomplish what we set out to do through this band. There is so much more to say, and though we do need to heal up a bit; we will not allow any of those things to be left unsaid.

I have no regrets about touring. I don’t blame music or the touring lifestyle for my current physical state, or for the accident itself. It happened the same way all things happen: randomly. If I was a carpenter, and I was injured on the way to the job-site, I wouldn’t consider quitting my job. That is truly how I see this situation. Baroness doesn’t stop because we got hurt on the way to work. We love what we do much more than that, and we have chosen this path because it offers us an unpredictable adventure. With any adventure that involves travel, and with any real passionate pursuit, one will occasionally come face-to-face with the reality of living on the other side of the yellow line. I didn’t choose to be a musician in order to live a risk-free life, safely avoiding bumps and bruises. I didn’t choose to play music because it seemed like a simple opportunity to make some quick cash. Nor did I ever make the assumption that things would get easier as we progressed.

We can do nothing but attempt to make something constructive and beautiful out of all this disaster, and we are well on the way to becoming active again. I have used this time, stuck inside my own head, to consider the importance of music and Baroness in my life. I can say, after nearly 6 weeks of reflection, that I feel more resolute and passionate about our music than ever. I have come to realize the importance of time in this particular equation, that is, I have none to waste and none to spare. There is no better moment than now, broken and in physical stasis, to devote ourselves more fully towards our art than ever. We cannot allow the traumatic fallout of our crash to cripple us internally. It seems simple: the shows we have cancelled we will reschedule and play in the future. It isn’t going to happen next week nor will it be next month. But it will happen. We will be back on tour as soon as we possibly can.

There was one moment in the crash that cut me deeply. For one heartbeat and one tiny sliver of time, I became disconnected entirely. It was, specifically, the moment I impacted with the glass. In that barest heartbeat of a moment, I came face to face with the infinite. I didn’t see a light, or the tunnel or hear any music. Nor did I get a “best-of” montage of my life. Instead, I felt the tip of my nose brush up against the very same fate I had accepted moments before. I looked into a cold, unreflective mirror. It was the dark, silent, dispassionate logic of the end. I realized in that moment that life can be seen as a light switch: “on” or “off”. When the moment passed and I heard the screaming, felt the pain, and tasted my own blood, I was overcome with joy. I was ecstatic to be back amidst all that chaos and horror because it was alive and real. I finally glimpsed the relative importance of all things. The support of our fans, our friends and our families has real meaning to me now. I say that now honestly, without false humility. Thank you. Everyone.

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Prey For Sleep Signs Deal With Nemesis Records

Nemesis Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Prey For Sleep:

“We are excited to welcome Prey for Sleep to our full time roster as a Nemesis recording artist. The band’s professionalism on and off stage along with their ability to entertain a variety of crowds is something we could not ignore and we at Nemesis are very eager to continue our working relationship with the band as they push towards achieving their goals as a professional Artist.

“The band has just recently released a new EP entitled ‘Amongst Liars and Thieves’ and finished a successful west coast run on The Zombie Apocalypse Tour. Prey for Sleep has plans to enter the studio in the later half of 2012 to start production on their newest offering.”

Prey for Sleep is:

Hunter Townsend – Vocals
Jason Powell – Guitar
Chase Townsend – Guitar
Jake Archer – Bass
Dave Swanson – Drums

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