New EP “Embrace” Announced By Hell Is Other People, Title Song Available For Streaming

Drone. The word itself conjures the image of a bleak, desolate – dare I say – grim landscape, one covered in lakes of tears and forests of trajedy. In the middle of this forsaken purgatory exists the crushing bleakness that is Canadian post-black metal, shoegaze band HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE. Like their namesake, this pentagonal conglomerate of musicians vomit forth a soundtrack befitting the insanity that is mankind.

Building on a foundation of a bleak, droning atmosphere, Hell is Other People juxtapose elements of post black metal and shoe gaze to create an atmosphere that teeters between serene endearment, and crushing bleakness.

Immerse yourself in their brand new EP, “Embrace,” and pray to your false gods that you come out the otherside mentally and physically unscathed. The title track is available below.

The EP is set for release on September 15th via Black Element and features the following track list.

1. Visions
2. Embrace
3. Blossom
4. The Colour Returns

Check out “Embrace” here:

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Angelseed Releases “Dancing With The Ghosts” Music Video

“Dancing With The Ghosts,” the brand new cinematic video from Croatian symphonic metal band Angelseed, can be seen below.

The clip was filmed in Zadar by Igor Goic and Kreathia Studio. The storyline is a slightly twisted exploration on the theme of soul cages. The fundamental idea of the storyboard is based on the five elements philosophy in Japanese Buddhism, known as godai, whose elements are Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Void. Opposed to the five elements, there’s a diabolical and materialistic demon queen, the creator of earthly imprisonment.

Drummer Jurica Baljak explains: “It’s a metaphorical journey into the core of personal darkness where each element is found stranded in its own prison. It represents the dichotomy of life and death through the image of acceptance, finding purpose and struggle with demons in search for redemption. This video is about the journey of mankind.”

The “Dancing With The Ghosts” track comes off Angelseed’s “Crimson Dyed Abyss,” which was released in 2015 via Sliptrick Records. Stay tuned for info on a new album, due out in 2018.

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September Mourning Releasing Comic Series

From the stage to the pages of a comic book – created by Top Cow founder/artist Marc Silvestri and musician/singer Emily Lazar, September Mourning is a unique character who lives in multiple worlds and media: a rock band, social media, and now a comic book series.

“September Mourning, Vol. 1” recollects the Kickstarter first comic for the regular market on the heels of the band’s current tour across the U.S. The group will be setting up intimate acoustic shows and signings at comic shops while on tour.

Click here for a full run down of live activity in the coming months. Pre-orders for the comic are also available via Image Comics.

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Mayhem To Use Euronymous Hologram On “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” Tour

In recent years, it’s becoming increasingly (and frighteningly) common for dead musicians to be brought back to the stage using holographic technology, with the likes of Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Elvis Presley and even Ronnie James Dio all being seen by live audiences again. While the use of these projections a great deal of debate and controversy, mostly owing to the ethics of using the likenesses of musicians who died before they could give any consent to such use of their image and the argument that the holograms cheapen both the memories of the musicians and the live experience overall, it is nevertheless becoming a more common sight. It has now been revealed that the latest band to use the technology will be Norwegian black metal legends, Mayhem, who will use it to recreate the image of deceased guitarist Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth.

Mayhem will be hitting the road this year to perform their classic debut full length, “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” in full and to mark the occassion, the group has teamed up with Eyellusion, who worked on the Ronnie James Dio hologram to bring back Euronymous and give fans who never got the chance to see him in person the opportunity to do so. No word has been given yet on whether his image will be used for one song or for the whole performance, but it’s sure to be a decision which is divisive among fans.

Aarseth was infamously killed in 1993 at the hands of Burzum mastermind and former bandmate, Varg Vikernes, who performed bass on the “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” record. He was given the maximum Norwegian prison sentence of 21 years, but released in 2009.

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King Woman Posts New Track “Shame”

Bay Area group King Woman will release debut full-length album “Created in the Image of Suffering” next Friday, February 24th via Relapse Records. Today a new song from the album, titled “Shame,” can be heard below.

“Created in the Image of Suffering” was recorded with engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Wreck & Reference, Oathbreaker) at the Atomic Garden in Palo Alto, CA. Each of the 7 songs evoke rich, gloomy imagery with crumbling washes of blurred, billowing distortion densely layered atop hazy, psychedelic atmospheres.

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Famishgod Streaming Full “Roots Of Darkness” Album

After the debut “Devourers Of Light” album from 2014, Famishgod returned with “Roots Of Darkness.” The full album is now online for streaming below and available at Bnadcamp here. The following press release was also issued about the album:

“The original sickness that pervaded their music is present here and the whole record reverberates with it feverishly. It’s what brings the music of Famisghod to life. There are but too many lifeless bands playing this style of dark death metal with doom influences, but few remain genuinely convincing still. With a commanding, evil voice that goes hand in hand with the dank music, the momentum only snowballs over the course of the album, turning the output into a kind of an infernal juggernaut at whose mercy you lay haplessly.

“With an excellent artwork and a new logo, the image of the band is stronger than ever and gives off a fitting vibe. The music almost ends up having an atmospheric quality to it as you remain unable to listen to it and not think thoughts of darkness and gloom.”

1. Abyss of the Underworld 07:40
2. Bad Omen 09:17
3. Molested, Defiled, Disrupted 09:46
4. Chamber of Chaos 08:11
5. Eternal Embrace 09:02
6. Lost Language of the Dead 10:33
7. Mournful Sounds of Death 10:27

Roots of Darkness by FAMISHGOD

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New Album Title And Artwork Announced By Ayreon

Ayreon unveiled the cover artwork for the upcoming new album “The Source.” More details will be revealed very soon, including release date, track listing and pre-order information.

Mastermind/composer Arjen Anthony Lucassen commented: “The cover was made by the amazing Yann Souetre, he created all the artwork for the new album. Yann’s art inspired me enormously in the creative process of writing this album. The cool motion effects in the image below were done by David Letelier. Hope you like it as much as I do!”

Vocal guest appearances for “The Source” include: James Labrie (Dream Theater) as “The Historian”; Tommy Rogers (Between the Buried and Me) as “The Chemist”; Simone Simons (Epica) as “The Counselor”; Michael Mills (Toehider) as “TH-I”; Floor Jansen (Nightwish) as “The Biologist”; Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian) as “The Astronomer”; Tobias Sammet (Avantasia/Edguy) as “The Captain”; Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus) as “The Diplomat”; Nils K. Rue (Pagan’s Mind) as “The Prophet”; Zaher Zorgati (Myrath) as “The Preacher”; Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder/Kamelot) as “The Opposition Leader”; and, Russell Allen (Symphony X) as “The President.”

Musician guest appearances for “The Source” include: Paul Gilbert (Racer X), Guthrie Govan (Asia), Mark Kelly (Marillion) and Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged).

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Video Clip For New Song “Witches’ Brew” Available From Deathless Legacy

Italy’s Deathless Legacy – featuring Vision Divine keyboardist Alessio Lucatti (as Pater Blaurot) – released a video clip for the new song “Witches’ Brew.” The song is lifted from the new album “Dance With Devils,” which will be issued on January 27th via Scarlet Records.

“Witches’ Brew” is the second official single for “Dance With Devils,” and its main theme (along with the entire release) is witchcraft amd tje video tributes the image of the witch and of the woman.

The clip was directed by Andrea Falaschi and recorded at “Museo dell’Impossibile” set in Villa Webb (Lord Byron’s residence), Bagni di Lucca.

The album’s track listing is:

1. Dance with Devils
2. Join the Sabbath
3. Heresy
4. Witches’ Brew
5. Headless Horseman
6. The Black Oak
7. Lucifer
8. Voivode
9. Curse of the Waltz
10. Devilborn
11. Creatures of the Night

Check out “Witches’ Brew” here:

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New Song “Utopia” Streaming From King Woman

King Woman is streaming the new song “Utopia.” The song is taken from the upcoming new release “Created in the Image of Suffering,” which is due out February 24th, 2017 via Relapse Records. The album will be available in CD/LP/Digital formats.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Citios
2. Utopia
3. Deny
4. Shame
5. Hierophant
6. Worn
7. Manna
8. Hem

Check out “Utopia” here:

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Warbringer Unveils New Album “Woe To The Vanquished”

On March 31st, Warbringer will deliver a monumental 5th record entitled “Woe to the Vanquished.” Singer John Kevill describes the new album:

“For the music on this record we re-focused ourselves after a lot of the experiments on Empires Collapse, and decided we wanted to make a record that is start-to-finish more merciless, ruthless, and cruel, but also maintains some of the more melodic and progressive sense. What we ended up with is a record that has a lot of traits of classic thrash but also a lot of extreme metal, and a rather unique version of that blend. It’s overall faster and meaner than anything else we’ve put out, but also has our biggest and most ambitious song, the 11-minute ‘When the Guns Fell Silent’ to close the record.”

The album was produced and mixed by Mike Plottnikoff (Fear Factory, In Flames), mastered by Howie Weinberg (Slayer, Pantera) with cover art by the esteemed Andreas Marschall (Sodom, Blind Guardian, Obituary).

Kevill explains the stunning album artwork by saying: “It is directly based on a photograph from the end of the First World War–a grim monument, a pyramid of 12,000 German spiked helmets, right in the middle of New York City. What struck me about the image is firstly how morbid it seems to be celebrating 12,000 dead men and calling it victory.”

Kevill, who is studying to be a history professor, further comments: “The title ‘Woe to the Vanquished’ comes from early Roman history–before they were the huge empire they became. In 390 BC, a host of Gauls led by a warlord called Brennus attacked Rome, and captured all the city except the Capitoline Hill. From this hill the defeated Romans made a bargain, they would pay 1,000 pounds of gold for the Gallic army to leave the city with no further bloodshed. The Romans bring the gold before Brennus, who uses his own scales to measure it.

“On the Gaul’s scales, the Roman’s thousand pounds of gold measured to be less, which led the Romans to complain that the scale was rigged (it probably was). Responding to this, Brennus speaks “Vae Victis” (Woe to the Vanquished) and throws his sword on the counterweight. Because the Romans lost, they have to pay the rigged sum of gold as well as the weight of the sword, to add insult to injury. The irony here is that vowing this type of humiliation would never happen again, Rome went on to become an ancient war machine conquering and subjugating most of the old world. On the record ‘Woe to the Vanquished’ is spoken in an ironic, mocking tone–the defeated are trampled and time marches on, uncaring, and forgets they ever existed.

“One of the great things about heavy metal as a genre is you can express tougher subject material than ‘I met a (boy/girl) and it was (happy/sad).’ I looked for the most monolithic evil I could find to write about with this destructive, intense music… and I did not have to look any further than reality. Forget Satan, that’s a children’s story. Real evil is in the hearts of men.”

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