Korpiklaani Posts New Music Video, “Harmaja” Online

Finnish Folk Metal Superstars Korpiklaani are set to release their new studio album ‘Kulkija’ (‘Wanderer’) on September 7th 2018 via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band have unveiled the second single, “Harmaja,” in the form of a thought-provoking music video. Watch the clip, directed by Ville Lipiäinen (Nightwish, Beast In Black, Powerwolf), below.

Says Jonne; “‘Harmaja’ is an unusual Korpiklaani song with its slow tempo and emotional strength. The song is about longing and I managed to charge it with a great emotional atmosphere. When making the album we mostly used the first takes; we didn’t get stuck in details when there was no particular need to.

“I was surprised – although in a positive sense – that Nuclear Blast wanted to release ‘Harmaja’ as a single and a video. Usually they prefer more uptempo, fun drinking songs. The new album ‘Kulkija’ of course has that material too since being over an hour long it contains the entire scope of different emotions.

“I bought a new classical guitar and started to re-acquaint myself with the 5-finger picking technique. I created a finger exercise that then formed the basis of the song. I sent a very basic version of the song to our lyricist Tuomas Keskimäki who, in the same evening, sent back the lyrics for ‘Harmaja’. The text refers to ‘Sylvian Joululaulu’, a well known poem about longing by Zachris Topelius. I sang the demo in my home studio immediately and that was it – the song felt good and strong right away and I knew that it was going to end up on the album.

“The video was shot in the pool of the Maritime Safety Training Centre in Lohja. The water was so cold that even constant visits to the sauna couldn’t stop the coldness from creeping into my bones. It was very difficult to remember the lyrics, keep my head above the surface of the water and sing – while at the same time trying to look like I wasn‘t freezing to death. All for art!

“Lipiäinen knew exactly what was needed for the video and managed to create just the right atmosphere. Lipiäinen knew exactly what was needed for the video and managed to create just the right atmosphere. The shots change slowly, there is no rush with anything and the story stays just right above the surface until the more stormy ending.”

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Haunted Premiere New Music Video For “Mourning Sun”

Last friday the international doom promises HAUNTED unleashed their new studio album, “Dayburner” via Twin Earth Records.

In celebration of the album release, the band revealed the video of the second single ‘Mourning Sun’ streaming below:

Cristina Chimirri, vocalist, tells about the song:

“When I wrote the lyrics of Mourning Sun, I thought about the “feeling of Death” which sometimes comes over us inexplicably. It’s a kind of call to the other side, that a lot of people live like a halluciation in a dream. Then there’s a will to generate the nightmare, the darkness, the night. Aim to the sun and turn it off.”

The drummer Dario Casabona adds: “The ‘incipit’ of a journey that only lasts a day, to the dark.”

The creation of the video has been entrusted to the Canadian artist, resident of Glasgow, Teresa Elizabeth Lobos.

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Runescarred Premiere New Song “A Darker Man” From Upcoming New EP “We Are”

Progressive groove metal band RUNESCARRED premiere a new video for their song “A Darker Man”. The track is taken from their upcoming EP “We Are”, which will be released on June 29th.

Watch the video below:

Vocalist Ven Scott commented:

“‘A Darker Man’ is a cathartic song for me. Lyrically, I drew from probably one of the heaviest and most disappointing times I have gone through with my art. In the last year many accusations and fingers were waggled in my face and I started questioning my own motives and actions. “Was this the right thing to do?” “Did I over react?” “Am I the problem here?” This tune addresses that and allows me to wear my vulnerability on my sleeve. Sometimes you have to get broken down to become empowered.

For the video, we shot it in the historic Red Top Jail in Llano, Texas. Contextually, imprisonment seemed very poignant especially when paired with teh content of my lyrics. Then I shot a horror film called Date From Hell. I could give you some deep meaning for using the footage but, fuck it. I wanted to co-promote my band and my movie .”

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Mark “Barney” Greenway Reveals Mitch Harris Has Already Played Guitar On Napalm Death’s Upcoming New Full-Length

Napalm Death vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway spoke to Metal Wani about the work progress for their upcoming new effort.

States Barney: “The music is recorded to a point, and I’m working on the vocals at the moment and the lyrics and stuff. Realistically, it’ll be released next year, I think.”

The group’s frontman also confirmed that guitarist Mitch Harris, who has been going on hiatus from Napalm Death in late 2014 to focus on his family, will be involved with the band’s next full-length.

Reveals Greenway: “Mitch has played guitar on the album so far. I don’t know what Mitch is gonna do outside of recording, to be honest with you. But I can officially say he has played on the album.”

Check out the entire chat below:

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Gruesome Debut New NSFW Music Video For “Fatal Illusions”

Gruesome debut another new music video, the latest being more of a statement against mass shootings. The video is for their song “Fatal Illusions”. June 01st stands as the release date for the group’s new effort, “Twisted Prayers“, through Relapse Records.

Comments the band’s vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey (also of Exhumed) of the NSFW clip:

“‘Fatal Illusions‘ is a track that was truly co-written by Dan, Gus and myself musically and it was a lot of fun to arrange everyone’s riffs while we put the song together. One of the coolest things about this new record, for me personally, is that the writing has become more and more of a team effort, which is invigorating and keeps things interesting for us.

When looking at ‘Spiritual Healing‘ for inspiration, one of the more depressing realizations that I came to as far as the lyrics, was that many of the topics that Death were addressing back in 1990 are still major issues today. As everyone knows, mass shootings have reached epidemic proportions in this country and we felt that it was a very ‘death metal’ appropriate topic to tackle.

This tune is more about the delusions that lead someone to commit this kind of violence; the mindset that would make someone take such a drastic and tragic course of action. Before anyone starts projecting their own politics on the song, this is not an anti or pro-gun song. This is an anti-mass shooting song. And if you think that there’s anything controversial about that, you can fuck right off.”

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Exmortus Premiere New Music Video For “Feast Of Flesh”

Exmortus premiere a new music video for their track “Feast Of Flesh“, which is taken from their new album “The Sound Of Steel“, which was produced by Zack Ohren (Machine Head, Suffocation). The effort will be out June 08th via Prosthetic Records.

Comments vocalist/guitarist Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez:

“As some may have noticed on my personal page, I don’t just post guitar or band stuff, but a lot of food pictures and I’m no vegan. ‘Feast Of Flesh‘ is a celebration of our carnal needs and desires. I’m not trying to make any political/environmental statements but I feel this song expresses the ugly and brutal nature of humans and other animals.

It ain’t pretty so we thought it would be fun to shoot the band chowing down on actual raw flesh fresh from the meat market. My girlfriend was willing to play the hapless victim of the carnage, which made the whole experience quite fun and yet funny since we were all trying to act and not laugh at the whole idea. The song itself is more of a caveman stompy headbanger so the music works beautifully with the lyrics and visuals in bloody harmony. So, sit back and enjoy the Feast of Flesh! Cheers!”

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Alkaloid (Obscura) Debut New Track “As Decreed By Laws Unwritten”

Alkaloid, featuring current and former members of Obscura and more, debut another track from their new album “Liquid Anatomy“. “As Decreed By Laws Unwritten” is the latest single to land from it, which arrives in stores on May 18th via Season Of Mist. You can stream the track now over at nocleansinging.com.

Explains the band’s guitarist Danny Tunker:

“This was the second song I wrote for ‘Liquid Anatomy‘. When we first started sending demos and talking about songs we felt we needed some heavier songs. We had the title track, which is a ballad, ‘Kernel Panic‘ which didn’t have a heavy section yet and another song I wrote, which was a mellotron driven prog-ballad at that point and turned into ‘In Turmoil’s Swirling Reaches‘ later.

As a result Florian wrote ‘Azagthoth‘ and I wrote ‘As Decreed By Laws Unwritten‘. Most of the song was written in one sitting in a hotel room, but after it was conceived it went through various incarnations with a full-on flamenco part and even a string section. When I completed the lyrics I chose to drop those sections in favour of the desolate atmospheric section that’s there now.

This song also marks my singing debut with Alkaloid. I’d never done any screaming or harsh vocals but since I had a clear idea of how I wanted the vocals to be I just did demoed them at home. We found out that my voice blends quite nice with Florian‘s, so for this album I’m providing backing vocals on most songs. I’m extremely happy with how this song came out. Recording the rhythm parts over Hannes‘ ultra heavy groove was one of my favourite moments in the making of this album.”

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Nomad Premiere New Music Video For “Feral”

British Sludge/Doom quartet NOMAD have released a new video for “Feral” which is the title track of their upcoming album on APF Records.

The band commented “I wrote the lyrics to Feral as a way to champion primitive existence and to represent the suffocating experience of living amongst almost infinite information whilst being unable to verify any of it.”

Watch the video below:

Nomad will be playing three special gigs to launch the album with label mates RedEye Revival:

1st June – The Peer Hat, Manchester
2nd June – The Phoenix, Coventry
3rd June – The Dev, London

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LIK releases video for 2nd single, “Dr. Duschanka”

– April 5th, 2018 –

Death metallers Lik from Stockholm, Sweden have just released the 2nd single taken off their new album, Carnage, to be released May 4th via Metal Blade Records. To watch the video for “Dr. Duschanka”, please visit: youtube.com/watch?v=pqYrg8Jf1R8

Lik comments: “‘Dr. Duschanka’ is a gruesome piece about what can go down if you happen to book yourself into the appointment of your nightmares. We were looking for a video that necessarily didn’t need to depict what happens in the lyrics, but reflects the dark and gritty story. At an early stage it was decided to do a classical performance video inspired by old classics like Pantera‘s ‘I’m Broken’. Together with crew of ‘The Happy Creative’ we achieved this and the visual distortion goes well with the sonical!”

The first single, “Rid You Of Your Flesh”, can be heard at: metalblade.com/lik – where the record can pre-ordered in the following formats:


–ltd. 1st ed. Digipak-CD
–180g black vinyl
–grey black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–white vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–red opaque/black splattered vinyl (EU/EMP exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–clear/black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

In the dirt where fallen idols lay to rest, the maggots and seeds in 2014 spawned a new creation. This took the ugly form of Lik, which fittingly means corpse in Swedish. An un-dead creation which offers a plate of savory old school death metal. Walking the earth for three cold winters, and with the first offer named Mass Funeral Evocation in 2015, it’ll have a sister released in May of 2018. Through iconic Metal Blade Records, Carnage will reach even further in the quest to spread the beauty of imperfection.

Responsible to capture this on tape was once again Lawrence Mackrory (Darkane, F.K.U). This time things where stepped up a notch as the recording took place in the famous Dugout studios in Uppsala where Daniel Bergstrand also added some spice to the infernal stew. In the land where the craft is polished to resemble something else than brute reality, Lik has no passage as this entity is devoted to make a permanent mark in those who lay down their souls to rock’n’roll. That’s why the recipe will always, and has always been, to record as much live as possible. Keeping editing to a minimum offers a “what you hear is what you get”-experience. That’s why it feels like you’re on the spot at a live gig, rather than a calm studio environment when you spin the disc.

The new offering from the Stockholm group delivers more of what you got on the debut. It’s an effort where you can expect everything from slow and bone crushing songs to fast and furious riffs. The lyrics are once again about everything between heaven and hell, both in reality and in fiction. It portrays the deepest corners of humanity and it also flirts with old school horror.

Carnage track-listing
1. To Kill
2. Rid You Of Your Flesh
3. Celebration Of The Twisted
4. Dr. Duschanka
5. Left To Die
6. Cannibalistic Infancy
7. Death Cult
8. The Deranged
9. Only Death Is Left Alive
10. Embrace The End

Lik line-up:
Chris Barkensjo – drums & vocals
Tomas Akvik – vocals & guitars
Niklas “Nille” Sandin – guitars & bass

Lik online:
https://www.facebook.com/LIKofficial
https://www.instagram.com/lik_official
https://twitter.com/lik_official

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Rivers of Nihil lands on international charts with new album, ‘Where Owls Know My Name’

– March 28th, 2018 –

Rivers of Nihil recently released their new album, Where Owls Know My Name, via Metal Blade Records; for their efforts, the band has now entered the international charts! See below for all positions:

#3 Top New Artist Albums (USA)
#9 Current Hard Music Albums (USA)
#11 Top New Artist Albums Consumption (USA)
#12 Record Label Independent Current Albums (USA)
#21 Current Rock Albums (USA)
#25 Internet Albums (USA)
#40 Record Label Independent Current Albums Consumption (USA)
#51 Current Digital Albums (USA)
#53 Digital Albums (USA)
#57 Top 200 Current Albums (USA)
#61 Billboard Top 200 Albums (USA)
#91 Top Albums w/ TEA (USA)
#50 Top 200 Chart (Canada)
#10 Top Hard Music Charts (Canada)
#38 Top Digital Charts (Canada)

To preview and purchase Where Owls Know My Name, please visit: metalblade.com/riversofnihil

Where Owls Know My Name reunites Rivers of Nihil with Monarchy producer Carson Slovak (August Burns Red, The Last Ten Seconds of Life) and Dan Seagrave, the storied artist behind such celebrated album covers as Entombed‘s Left Hand Path and Suffocation‘s Effigy of the Forgotten. The result is the Reading, PA quintet’s most visceral, accomplished, and satisfying offering to-date.

Guitarist Brody Uttley comments:
“This record is Rivers of Nihil being exactly who we want to be. Many bands get stuck in a comfortable routine of releasing the same album over and over again. Constantly relying on the same familiar formula may work for some bands, but it does not work for us. Music is art, and art is ever-changing. Without change, there is no progress. Without progress, the very fire that powers art and expression will die. This record is the sound of where we come from, where we are, and where we are going.”

Adds bassist/vocalist Adam Biggs:
“This time around, the lyrics feel a little more personal than on previous albums. The story picks up several millennia after the events of ‘Monarchy‘, where one person still remains alive, chosen by the planet to be the sole intelligent witness of its ultimate fate. But ‘Where Owls Know My Name‘ is less about overarching narrative than our previous albums. The scenario is just a backdrop for the more emotional material we tried to put forth this time around. Ultimately, this is an album about loss, getting older, and reaching a point where death becomes a much more present part of your life.”

Rivers of Nihil tour dates
w/ Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Enterprise Earth, Sanction

Mar. 28 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Mar. 30 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
Mar. 31 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Apr. 1 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Apr. 2 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Jamspot *
Apr. 3 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Apr. 4 – Springfield, MO @ The Riff
Apr. 6 – Knoxville, TN @ International
Apr. 7 – Miami, FL @ The Ground
Apr. 8 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
Apr. 9 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
Apr. 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Apr. 11 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904
Apr. 13 – Houston, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Apr. 14 – Austin, TX @ Texas Independence Fest
Apr. 15 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Apr. 16 – Hot Springs Village, AR @ The Building *
Apr. 17 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
Apr. 18 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
Apr. 19 – Allentown, PA @ One Centre Square
Apr. 20 – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
Apr. 21 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independence
Apr. 22 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
*=Rivers of Nihil, Enterprise Earth only

Rivers of Nihil line-up:
Jake Dieffenbach – Vocals
Brody Uttley – Guitar
Jon Topore – Guitar
Adam Biggs – Bass/Vocals
Jared Klein – Drums

Rivers of Nihil online:
https://www.facebook.com/riversofnihil
https://twitter.com/riversofnihil
https://www.youtube.com/user/Riversofnihilpa

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