Fleshgod Apocalypse Enters The Studio To Record New Album

Italian symphonic death metallers Fleshgod Apocalypse are currently in the studio recording the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2016 release, “King.” Frontman and drummer Francesco Paoli recently checked in to offer the following update:

“It’s official, we’re finally back in the studio and it feels absolutely great! This past year marked a new era for the band, so we felt the need to look back at our death metal roots and, at the same time, to push ourselves beyond our limits, reaching a wider level of variety and influences within the songs. We wanted this album to be fierce but also organic and unpredictable, as if it had a life on its own. That’s why we decided to involve several guest musicians, a full classical string section and even a choir!

“We’re also incredibly excited to work with legendary producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Destruction, Aborted, Epica) for the first time. He’s the man behind so many amazing metal records and definitely one of our favourite producers at the moment. On my side, being back as the frontman also means this is my last chance to record drums on a Fleshgod Apocalypse record and this awareness actually inspired me so much while writing the parts. I really think this album will be a true landmark for me, as a drummer.”

The as of yet untitled record is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2019 release.

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Tragul Premiere New Video “The Tree of Life”

Formed in 2016 by keyboardist Adrian Benegas (Pergana), symphonic power metal act Tragul features a powerhouse of guest musicians that includes vocalist Zuberoa Aznarez (Diabulus In Musica), guitarist Steve Conley (Flotsam and Jetsam), bassist Oliver Holzwarth (ex Blind Guardian, ex Rhapsody of Fire, ex Tarja) and drummer Alex Holzwarth (ex Rhapsody of Fire). Having unleashed three singles “Bennu”, “The Message” and “Into The Heart of The Sun” earlier this year, the band reveal their latest video for their fourth single “The Tree of Life” streaming below.

Band founder Adrian Benegas comments:

“Our latest single ‘The Tree of Life’ is about hope, we wanted to give the fans a song they can relate to when they have had hard times. From its flowing melodies, powerful choruses, and a nice blend of the instrumental parts. We like to introduce a pleasant listening experience: nice sounds and beautifully executed vocals.”

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New Lyric Video “Savages” Posted By Cranely Gardens

New Jersey crushers Cranely Gardens has released the lyric video for “Savages,” a track from new release “House of Decay.” The video was created by the band’s own Joe Fedele and can be devoured in the player below.

“House of Decay” is out now and can be purchased and/or streamed in its entirety at this location.

Drawing influence from deathcore, metalcore, the new wave of American heavy metal, black, death, thrash and nu-metal, Cranely Gardens blends these various ends of the spectrum together to form their particular style. The band consists of Chaz Macklin on vocals, Randy Mac and Joe Fedele on guitar, Alex Niszczak on bass, and Victor Figueroa behind the drums. The band independently released the debut EP, “Locust Valley,” in 2015. On August 11 of this year, the seven-song EP “House of Decay” was self-released with the assistance of Ghostship Recordings.

“House of Decay” shows a much darker and more technical effort than the previous EP, and features guest musicians Chad Ruhlig (For the Fallen Dreams), Dan Watson (Enterprise Earth), Sims Cashion, Will Ramos (A Wake in Providence), and Josh Frazier (Narrow Vision).

Check out the clip for “Savages” here:

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Melted Space Begins Recording New Album

Melted Space is proud to announce a new album for November 2017. Recording sessions have started this week with François-Maxime Boutault in Bordeaux, with additional recording sessions planned in the Czech Republic, Sweden, United States, Norway, and more.

The outfit’s founder PierreLe Pape comments: “I can’t wait to share the nine new songs with you guys and go back on the road with all the crew! This album should bring some new sides of the Melted Space universe; different sounds, different voices… I’m very proud of it and I can’t wait to start to production process!”

Melted Space is a France-based metal opera project featuring a huge roster of guest musicians and vocalists. The outfit’s first album, “The Great Lie,” was released in October 2015 through Sensory Records. Additional details on the new Melted Space opus will be issued during the summer months.

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Sinner Posts “Battle Hill” Lyric Video

Germany’s hard n’ heavy institution Sinner is set to release new album “Tequila Suicide” on March 31st. As a first teaser, the band now presents a lyric video for the track “Battle Hill.”

“Tequila Suicide” was produced by Mat Sinner and Dennis Ward. Expect a full dose of tracks in typical Sinner style, with a few surprises added here and there, like the bluesy rock ballad “Sinner Blues.”

Numerous guest musicians also appear, inlcuding Gus G of Ozzy Osbourne & Firewind, Ricky Warwick (The Almighty, Thin Lizzy) and Pete Lincoln (Sailor, Sweet).

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Wear Your Wounds Releasing “WYW” aLBUM

Wear Your Wounds is the product of years of lo-fi solo recordings by Converge founder Jacob Bannon. On this “WYW” release he is joined by guest musicians Kurt Ballou (Converge), Mike McKenzie (The Red Chord, Stomach Earth, Unraveller), Chris Maggio (Sleigh Bells, Trap Them, Coliseum), and Sean Martin (Hatebreed, Cage, Kid Cudi, Twitching Tongues).

Together they have created a powerful album that is unlike anything they have ever individually worked on, containing ten emotional songs that call to the slower, more epic leanings of Converge, as well as his previous work in Supermachiner.

Pre-orders are available here. Check out a video for the title track below, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Wear Your Wounds
2. Giving Up
3. Iron Rose
4. Hard Road To Heaven
5. Best Cry of Your Life
6. Breaking Point
7. Shine
8. Fog
9. Heavy Blood
10. Goodbye Old Friend

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Project Pain Working On Album, Stopping Live Activity

Project Pain just issued this brief announcement online about ceasing live activity while work progresses on a studio recording:

“For health reasons from our guitarist Guido (nothing serious) we have stopped with the live band, Bauke and Guido continuing recording the 3rd CD with some guest musicians, and maybe we’ll start a live band again, who knows! Special thanks to our live band Frank, Niels, and the bass beast Kristof.”

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Zmey Gorynich Premieres Full-Album Stream Of Brand New Album “Malafya”

Moscow’s Zmey Gorynich premieres the full-album stream of the band’s brand new album “Malafya”, out in stores now via Bandcamp. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Roman Arsafes at Arsafes Records.

Check out now “Malafya” in its entirety below.

MALAFYA by Zmey Gorynich

Zmey Gorynich are:

Mityai – Vocals/Lyrics/Ulyulyukanye
Kudeyar – Guitars/Back Vocals/Music/Bran’
Potapych – Balalaika/Roars

Guest Musicians:
Alexandra Sidorova (Sky Too High, ex-Rarog, Imperial Age) – Vocals
Misha JetLaim Talanov (Multiverse, JuneJuly, J.Hellboy) – Violin

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Full Scale Riot Announces “Empower” Album

NYC area-based hardcore quartet Full Scale Riot has today issued the details for debut album, “Empower.” Set for release through Eulogy Recordings this November 25th, the album includes an all-star cast of guest musicians, with Ben Harper, Chris Rivers, members of Soulfly, Murphy’s Law, and more having taken part in the recordings.

Engineered and co-produced by Eric Rachel with engineering assistance from Eric Kovortec at Trax East Recording Studio, “Empower” delivers nearly a half-hour of punk and thrash-fueled hardcore.

Guest vocalists on the album include a raging intro by Jimmy Gestapo (Murphy’s Law) for the track “Eighty-Two Hundred,” vocals from fledgling singer Tsarina Romanoff on the track “Hold You To The Fire,” and an explosive session by Bronx rapper Chris Rivers (son of the late great rapper Big Pun) on the track “Freedom Of Self.”

Additionally, Marc Rizzo (Soulfly, Misfits) supplies a volatile guitar solo to the song “Hope,” while Ben Harper provides guitars to the inspiring “Game Face.”

1. Hold You To The Fire
2. All Day PMA
3. Eighty-Two Hundred Drop
4. Eighty-Two Hundred
5. Game Face
6. Hope
7. Rising Tide
8. The Day I Died
9. Freedom Of Self

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Thy Catafalque Premieres New Song “Mezolit” From Upcoming New Album “Meta”

Hungarian progressive/avant-garde metal project Thy Catafalque premieres a new song entitled “Mezolit”, taken from the upcoming new album “Meta”, which will be out in stores September 16 via Season of Mist.

Check out now “Mezolit” below.

Comments mastermind Tamás Kátai:

“The track ‘Mezolit’ (‘Mesolithic’) features two vocalists taking my place – my old friend, Lambert Lédeczy from AHRIMAN, MÖRBID CARNAGE, and TYRANT GOATGALDRAKONA and Gyula Vasvári from PERIHELION delivering the clean vocals. The song itself is set in prehistoric times, we cannot fully comprehend and at least for me it breathes a feeling of timelessness, like existing through aeons.

The Greek term ‘Meta’ originally meant ‘beyond, over, through’, which corresponded to my vision of a journey through different times and life forms. I am fascinated by the idea of a circle of life, of existence in another form after the disintegration of our bodies, how we dissolve into earth, and how something very different is built from our cells that is still derived from the most basic elements of life. Musically speaking, a great number of guest musicians have contributed to ‘Meta’. Apart from Gyula and Lambert, Attila Bakos and Ágnes Tóth are each back for one song, and also Zoltán Kónya (GIRE). Balázs Tóth from CASKETGARDEN appears on lead guitar in one track and there are some oboe and cello as well. I assume all in all, ‘Meta’ comes across a tad friendlier than ‘Sgùrr’ was.”

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