Martyrdöd Begins Recording New Album; May Release Expected

Swedish metal crust punks, Martyrdöd, are currently in the studio to record their upcoming, seventh studio album, Hexhammaren.

The recording is again done by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (Wolfpack, At The Gates, In Flames) in Gothenburg, Sweden. This album marks the band’s first release on Century Media Records and is planned for May, 2019.

Martyrdöd comments: “We’re very excited to be back in Studio Fredman and feel that the material for the new album Hexhammaren might be the strongest stuff we’ve ever made.”

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Borknagar Reveals New Drummer; Posts Album Update

Norway’s avant-garde metallers, Borknagar, are finally back in the studio in order to record their 11th album, following up 2016’s Winter Thrice release. The new album will be once again mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio (Opeth, Kreator, Amon Amarth) in March 2019 and is expected for a worldwide release via Century Media Records in fall of 2019.

The upcoming album will also be the first to feature new drummer Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow, replacing Baard Kolstad, who has parted ways with the band on good terms, due to busy schedules, heavy touring and various other musical commitments. Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow has already recorded drums for the upcoming Borknagar album at Strand Studio in Oslo and can be seen pictured above together with Borknagar mainman Oystein G. Brun.

Øystein G. Brun comments: “So, again, we are about to set sail for new musical adventures. The horizon certainly looks broader, higher and shimmers even deeper than before. We are all extremely excited about this new album and the material therein. The album derives as a natural continuation from Winter Thrice, but we’ll take a huge leap forward as well. In all facets, that is. Baard leaving the band has been known to the band for quite some while, so absolutely no drama in regards to his departure. I am truly happy for the time we shared on and off stage over the past years and wish him nothing but the best for future to come. His future is indeed bright, the young man is already a legend!

“Who is the new drummer? His name is Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow and has proven to be a stunning drummer. No wonder Baard hooked us up. A few months ago, we had our first rehearsal and during the past week, we recorded the drums for the new album at Strand studio in Oslo together with engineer Marius Strand. The recording session turned out stellar. I am deeply impressed by the level of professionalism, dedication and sweaty efforts Bjørn put into this album. A drummer of world class. Mark my words.

“Last but not least we are stoked to once again be able to work with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio. We will spend the next months doing the remaining recordings in various studios and eventually do the mix/master of the album at Fascination Street Studio in March 2019.

“This will be grandiose, in so many ways! More information will follow shortly.”

Baard Kolstad comments: “With lots of different ambitious musical projects and bands at the same time, I kind of always knew that it would come a time where I had to set some priorities. There’s nothing but good memories and great experiences and valuable moments from the time I had with Borknagar. My first step into the professional rock and metal world! I already look forward to follow Borknagar closely in the time to come, something I know I will, as I’m good friends with all members, last but not least the new drummer and roomie Bjørn Dugstad! He was strongly recommended by myself to be the new Borknagar drummer, and I’m so happy on behalf of both him and Borknagar that they ended up choosing him!

“Because we only made one record in the time I was a member of BORK, it was not an easy decision to choose to not join this one as the last chapter of this journey, but again, priorities for my own bands had to lead my decision and I know it would be a perfect kick start for a new drummer to feel connected with the material in the tours to come etc. I wish them all good times to come and can’t wait to follow them further from the side!“

Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow comments: “I’m honoured to take over the torch after my good friend Baard in this legendary band. It’s already been an absolute pleasure working on and recording the upcoming album and I’m sure we’ll have a blast out on the road in 2019. I can’t wait to hit the stage with these guys!”

Borknagar live shows announced so far for 2019 are as follows:

April 26-27 – Lichtenfels, Germany – Ragnarök Festival
May 25 – Baltimore, MD – Maryland Deathfest
June 21-23 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
August 14-17 – Falun, Sweden – Sabaton Open Air

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Sundrifter Premiere Full-Album Stream Of Brand New Album “Visitations”

“Visitations”, the latest full-length from New England-based desert rock trio SUNDRIFTER, has premiered online and is now streaming for you below.

“Visitations is the exploration of other worldly themes,” issues the band. “Each song is a new idea with a greater whole. There is more to life than the material world and we hope Visitations lets you escape for only a moment.”

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New Album From Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik Streaming Online

After the success of their previous collaboration under the moniker of Skuggsjá, Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar Selvik (Wardruna) are now following up with an imposing new piece entitled “Hugsjá,” which can be streamed in full or purchased via bandcamp. The word “Hugsjá” means to see with, or within, the mind – and it reflects the idea that one’s mind has the potential to see further than the eyes can reach. By weaving together indigenous and contemporary thoughts, sounds and instruments, they are inviting you on a vivid journey – exploring the distant history and traditions along coastal Norway.

“Hugsjá” was first commissioned by, and performed at, Bergen International Festival in 2017, as part a series of concerts named Nordvegen (“the northern road”); inspired by local history and traditions in each of the places visited. Ultimately the material was recorded and became this full-length album.

The songs “Ni Mødre av Sol” and “Um Heilage Fjell” feature a mixed choir under management of Stine Kobbeltvedt with the voices of Anna Lisa Lekven, Laila Moberg, Marianne Evensen Østrem, Lisa Nøttseter, Lise Renee Aase, Kristine Bjånesøy Tikkanen, Linda Nytræ, Leif Østrem, Brede Lærum, Jan Helge Kordts, Jan-Ove Hansen, Richard Myhre Gåssand and Stine

Hugsjá by Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik

The full tracklisting for “Hugsjá” is as follows:

1. Hugsjá (4:35)
2. WulthuR (4:16)
3. Ni Døtre av Hav (6:02)
4. Ni Mødre av Sol (5:55
5. Fornjot (4:41)
6. Nattseglar (7:06)
7. Nytt Land (7:48)
8. Nordvegen (3:41)
9. Utsyn (5:23)
10. Oska (7:29)
11. Um Heilage Fjell (5:26)

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Stream Malformity’s Entire “The Rapturous Unraveling” 7”

The Rapturous Unraveling, the newest material from Atlanta death metal purists Malformity is streaming below. Now available on 7-inch vinyl via Boris Records, The Rapturous Unraveling delivers a lethal dose of violent OSDM that digs deep into the roots of extreme metal.

The band comments on the release:

“The songs on The Rapturous Unraveling reflect our passions for death metal, in what we like to listen to, and what we like to play, unhindered by current trends or attempts at appealing to others. These songs also accurately represent the current lineup of the band. Where the material on the first release was largely already written, these songs were created from the ground up with today’s stronger lineup. They show our collaborative writing style where each member’s input brings something unique to the sound.”

Stream The Rapturous Unraveling now below:

The Rapturous Unraveling 7″ by Malformity

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Jarun Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Of Upcoming New Album “Sporysz”

Polish folk-influenced black/prog metal act Jarun are now streaming their third album, “Sporysz”, in its entirety below. It will be released on December 22 by Arachnophobia Records.

The band explains:

“”Sporysz” is a story about death and madness, humans and nature, and the transformation of seasons. It’s a kaleidoscope of thoughts and words, and memories based on deep and serious life experiences.

Musically, it’s a journey from black metal through traditional acoustic sounds, and reaching out to alternative and prog rock. On the one hand the material is experimental and unconventional, while on the other, it is full of melancholy with Jarun’s “folk” atmosphere which they have been creating for the past decade.

“Sporysz” is the next step in the band’s evolution with a new direction and sound, while at the same time keeping the atmosphere of their previous work.

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Video Clip For New Song “My Mistake” Posted By Hallatar

Today, Hallatar released a music video for the new song “My Mistake.” The song and clip features a guest appearance by Heike Langhans (Draconian) and was lifted from the highly anticipated debut album “No Stars Upon The Bridge,” which is available via Svart Records on October 27th.

Hallatar features among its ranks Swallow the Sun and Trees of Eternity guitarist Juha Raivio, Amorphis vocalist Tomi Joutsen, and former HIM drummer Gas Lipstick. All the material on “No Stars Upon The Bridge” is based on the lyrics and poems of Aleah Liane Starbridge.

The video comes courtesy of Metal Hammer at this location, or you can just check it out in the player here:

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New Video Clip “The Race” Posted By Arch Enemy

Having just completed a successful run of dates across Eastern Europe on the “Will To Power International Tour,” extreme metal giants Arch Enemy is back with another ripping single from the recently released album “Will To Power,” with the music video single for “The Race.”

Founding member Michael Amott commented: “This was actually the last song written for the ‘Will To Power’ album. Listening through all the material we had up to that point we agreed that the album needed one more song that would be a relentless and fast paced counterpoint to some of the more epic compositions we already had. We sent Alissa the music and she came up with a thought provoking set of lyrics with an intense vocal arrangement that complemented the music perfectly. We’ve been having a blast playing this song on the current tour and we had our video director Patric Ullaeus come out to capture the mayhem at our recent show in Helsinki, Finland… Enjoy ‘The Race’!”

Check it out here:

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Spiritbox (IWrestledABearOnce) Debuts New Song “The Beauty Of Suffering” From Forthcoming Self-Titled Debut EP

Spiritbox – featuring former (?) IWrestledABearOnce vocalist Courtney LaPlante and her husband, guitarist Mike Stringer – debuts a new song called “The Beauty Of Suffering”. The single is taken from the duo’s forthcoming self-titled debut EP, which will arrive in stores on October 27th.

Check out now “The Beauty Of Suffering” below.

Says Courtney of the project:

“Personally this record is really important for me because I finally was able to sing a lot. For Michael and me, it is our first collaborative effort since getting married and we wanted every song to reflect our commitment to structure and lyrical emotion, yet still maintain a distinct vibrancy and sound. The first four songs are one long piece meant to be listened to together. They are called ‘The Mara Effect.'”

Adds Stringer:

“We just wanted to focus on the material, and show our talents as seasoned professionals, but at the same time reflect what lies ahead, within a young and fresh vibe, not something from grizzly old jaded musicians.”

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Debut Album “Garden Of Heathens” Released By Eastern High

Swedish progressive metal band Eastern High has released the debut album “Garden of Heathens.” You can preview some of the material by checking out the two video clips – one for the title track and the other for the song “Eyes of Heaven” in the players below.

The album was produced, recorded and mixed by Erik “Wissard” Wiss (Creye, Cruzh, Eleine, Grand Slam) at Wisseloord Studios and mastered by Thomas Plec Johansson (Soilwork, Onslaught, Armageddon, Degradead, Dynazty) at The Panic Room. The illustrated cover art was made by Christian Wallin of Illustrations by Christian Wallin (Bulletrain, Cruzh, Methane, Emma Varg, Shameless, Rock Stage Malmö).

Eastern High was fromed in early 2016 by Ola Svensson and Johan Svensson, two brothers who always finds it interesting and inspiring writing music together. Since 2010 Ola and Johan, was both members of the band Wasted Shells until the breakup in December 2015. After writing material throughout 2016 the recording session started in February 2017 and the debut album “Garden of Heathens” was born.

The Eastern High duo is currently working on putting a quintet together with a drummer, a bassist and a second guitarist, so in near future to become a touring live band.

The album track listing is:

1. Bottled Insanity
2. Eyes of Heaven
3. Evil Inc.
4. Ghost of the Sea
5. Garden of Heathens
6. Clandestine Hunger
7. The Pretender
8. Afterglow

Check out the video for the title track here:

Check out “Eyes of Heaven” here:

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