Soothsayer Premiere New Single “Cephalopod”

Irish doom metal band Soothsayer premiere a new song entitled “Cephalopod”, which will soon be released on a 7” split vinyl. Explains the band:

“Within 2 weeks, it shall be available on a 7” split vinyl with another band from Cork called Partolón. This is the first release to feature Pavol Rosa on bass and Sean “Junior” Breen on drums. With the new rhythm section, the musicianship of the band has stepped up enormously and writing for the album is close to completion. The album shall be recorded during the summer. The songs are really good! Songwriting has stepped up and even includes some catchy hooks!

“We recorded this song ourselves and it was mastered by Magnus Lindeberg of Cult Of Luna. It also features guest vocals from Ian O’Callaghan from the band Horse.”

Check out now “Cephalopod” below.

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Keyboardist Vikram Shankar joins progressive metal band Redemption

– April 11th, 2018 –

Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral

Keyboardist Vikram Shankar has joined progressive metal band Redemption. Nick van Dyk – the band’s guitarist and songwriter, who has also played the majority of keyboards on Redemption‘s seven studio albums – comments: “We haven’t had a dedicated keyboard player since before 2011′s ‘This Mortal Coil‘. We were very happy and fortunate to have had Greg Hosharian in the band for some time, but when Greg left to focus on composing and conducting classical music, we decided to continue without replacing him and I returned to playing keys in addition to guitar. I’m comfortable enough handling things, but at the same time, from a performance and also from a compositional standpoint, it’s always been in the back of my mind that having a dedicated keyboardist allows us to do more, sound better, and grow.”

Van Dyk continues: “Almost as soon as Tom [Englund, vocals] joined Redemption, he introduced me to Vikram by way of Vik’s YouTube channel, where Vik showcases both original compositions as well as stunning arrangements of some great progressive metal songs. I was utterly floored. This is a guy who has perfect pitch, tremendous feeling to his playing, and is absolutely a virtuoso – I mean he literally plays blindfolded to perfect his technique. I’ve never seen anything like it. Then we spent some time together, both one on one and then with the rest of Redemption, and learned he’s a terrific guy as well as a terrific musician. He came out to LA for a few days and spent some time adding some parts to our otherwise-finished upcoming release, Long Night’s Journey into Day, and it was evident that not only does he have technique and feel for miles to enhance our musicianship, but he and I share a similar compositional sensibility. We hear things the same way, plus Vikram adds fresh ideas and his tremendous talent as an arranger and writer. I can’t wait to involve him more in songwriting for future material, and we are all thrilled to have him join us on stage and in the studio. He’s an absolutely stunning talent.”

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to play alongside the talented folks in Redemption!” enthused Vikram. “The guys are wonderful musicians and wonderful people, and I can’t thank them enough for welcoming me into the fold as they have. Can’t wait to see and play for all the Redemption fans at Progpower USA and elsewhere, and for the future of our music and collaboration!”

Vik’s YouTube channel can be found at: youtube.com/channel/UCal7_PcromdHIiUfD_oa3Uw, and a good example of his technique and composition can be found in his Fugue in B Minor here: youtube.com/watch?v=tfVBTOJOfA8.

Already confirmed to headline ProgPower USA 2018, Redemption – featuring Tom Englund (vocals; Evergrey), Nick van Dyk (guitars and keyboards), Sean Andrews (bass), Chris Quirarte (drums), Vikram Shankar (keyboards) – will release their seventh full-length album, Long Night’s Journey into Day, this summer via Metal Blade Records. The first to be produced with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Doro, etc.), Long Night’s Journey into Day also features guest guitarists Chris Poland (Megadeth, OHM) and Simone Mularoni (DGM). Stay tuned for more Redemption news coming soon!

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https://www.facebook.com/RedemptionBand
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Lecherous Nocturne to release new full length album “Occultaclysmic”

South Carolina tech death brutes Lecherous Nocturne’s fourth full length release Occultaclysmic will be out on April 6, through Willowtip Records.

Guitarist Krieshloff had this to say: “Occultaclysmic is darker, more chaotic, and much more brutal, drawing more influence from blackened and atmospheric masterpieces than previous releases. The structured evolution of our musicianship is at an all-time high, resulting in a torturous opus that will leave death metal fans craving more!”

Get a taste of the album with the track “Quantum Mysticism” below:

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NY In 64 Announces New Album “The Gentle Indifference Of The Night”

New Jersey-based instrumental hardcore outfit NY In 64 will present expansive second album, “The Gentle Indifference Of The Night,” this May 26th through Magic Bullet Records.

The follow-up to 2015’s self-titled debut documents NY In 64 pushing the sonic template to new heights, realizing an even more refined and uniquely inspired style of instrumental hardcore aggression. The hooks are bigger, the musicianship has broken through the ceiling, the dynamics are deeper and far more textured.

The album’s guitars and bass were recorded by Chris Alfano at Volume Fact, with the drums and additional guitars recorded by John Ferrara at Portrait Recording Studios. The record was mixed by Scott Evans at Antisleep Audio, and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East, and its layout completed with photography by Justin Hock and layout by the band and Brent Eyestone.

1. Couldn’t Be Saved
2. The Endless Spiral
3. It Gets Worse
4. Don’t Breathe Out
5. 50 Lbs. Of Ash
6. Her Chosen Hell

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OmnisighT Posts “Power Of One” Drum Playthrough

Vancouver prog metal band OmnisighT recently unleashed latest effort “Power of One,” and today the gropu is excited to share a new drum playthrough featuring Chris Warunki performing the title track.

Warunki comments on the newly released EP: “The ‘Power Of One’ is the sound of a band firing on all cylinders. Guitarists, bassists, drummers and vocalists will all have something in-store for them here with this EP. We are excited to get this out to the prog/rock/metal masses both musically and lyrically.

“Speaking of lyrically, the album will come with a PDF booklet exclusive to our Bandcamp supporters. We took a ‘more is more’ approach with this one and it will be a real challenge, but a welcome challenge; to take it to the stage. We want to keep the musicianship in the music, that has been our agenda since day one!”

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Damnations Day Signs With Sensory Records To Release “A World Awakens”

Sensory Records enthusiastically welcomes Australian melodic progressive power metal outfit Damnations Day to the label’s roster, signing the act for the early spring release of upcoming sophomore record, “A World Awakens.”

You might recall hearing about Damnations Day before with debut album “Invisible, the Dead,” which earned the band a nomination for our Best Metal Newcomer award back in 2013.

Recorded and mixed by Dean Wells at Wells Productions and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Kamelot, Wolverine), new album “A World Awakens: maintains the raw energy, power, and integrity of “Invisible, The Dead,” while showcasing the band’s growth in maturity, honesty and depth of both their musicianship and songwriting.

Offers Mark Kennedy on the band’s new alliance with the Sensory: “We are very privileged to team up with Sensory Records, for the release of, ‘A World Awakens.’ This being our second release promises a more refined and mature sound, this beginning a new exciting chapter for Damnations Day.”

“A World Awakens” will be the first 2017 title for Sensory Records, the album now set for release on March 24th.

1. The Witness
2. Dissecting The Soul
3. Colours Of Darkness
4. I Pray
5. Into Black
6. To Begin Again
7. The Idol Counterfeit
8. A World Awakens
9. Diagnose

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Damnations Day Signs With Sensory Records To Release “A World Awakens”

Sensory Records enthusiastically welcomes Australian melodic progressive power metal outfit Damnations Day to the label’s roster, signing the act for the early spring release of upcoming sophomore record, “A World Awakens.”

You might recall hearing about Damnations Day before with debut album “Invisible, the Dead,” which earned the band a nomination for our Best Metal Newcomer award back in 2013.

Recorded and mixed by Dean Wells at Wells Productions and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Kamelot, Wolverine), new album “A World Awakens: maintains the raw energy, power, and integrity of “Invisible, The Dead,” while showcasing the band’s growth in maturity, honesty and depth of both their musicianship and songwriting.

Offers Mark Kennedy on the band’s new alliance with the Sensory: “We are very privileged to team up with Sensory Records, for the release of, ‘A World Awakens.’ This being our second release promises a more refined and mature sound, this beginning a new exciting chapter for Damnations Day.”

“A World Awakens” will be the first 2017 title for Sensory Records, the album now set for release on March 24th.

1. The Witness
2. Dissecting The Soul
3. Colours Of Darkness
4. I Pray
5. Into Black
6. To Begin Again
7. The Idol Counterfeit
8. A World Awakens
9. Diagnose

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Metal Church Reveals Details Of New Album “XI”

Pacific Northwest metal titans Metal Church have announced the track listing and unveiled the cover for their latest album “XI,” slated for release on March 25th via Rat Pak Records. The band’s 11th studio release marks the return of legendary vocalist and frontman Mike Howe. The new album is available for pre-order in various exclusive bundles at this location.

A limited number of the deluxe international versions are available on the website, which features a bonus disc of 8 extra songs. Other bundles include guitar picks, stickers, a special edition behind the scenes photo book, t-shirts and even a limited number of personal phone calls from Mike Howe himself. The album is also available for pre-order on Amazon, Google Play and via iTunes over here. Fans that order the digital version will receive an instant download of “Killing Your Time” from the new album. “XI” was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier.

From the first guitar riff of album opener “Reset” through the driving outro of album closer “Suffer Fools,” it is clear Metal Church is back and better than ever. “Needle and Suture” and “Soul Eating Machine” showcase the songwriting that made the early Mike Howe albums “The Human Factor,” “Blessing In Disguise” and “Hanging In The Balance” such fan favorites. Musical opuses “Signal Path” and “Sky Falls In” clock in at over 7-minutes each and put the musicianship that Metal Church was known for on full display in 2016.

Metal Church recently released an official music video for the debut single from “XI” – “No Tomorrow” – which can be viewed over at this location. The video was filmed in the Satsop Nuclear Facility, an abandoned nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington.

The track listing for “XI” is:

1. Reset
2. Killing Your Time
3. No Tomorrow
4. Signal Path
5. Sky Falls In
6. Needle & Suture
7. Shadow
8. Blow Your Mind
9. Soul Eating Machine
10. It Waits
11. Suffer Fools

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Title Track Of New LP “Fallen” Streaming From Stryper

California Christian metal pioneers Stryper are back to reclaim the throne in the hard rock/heavy metal world with the latest song from their upcoming 9th studio album “Fallen.” The title track can be heard in the player below.

The original lineup comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars), Oz Fox (guitars), Tim Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet (drums) return with an album of all new material showcasing the musicianship that garnered them a huge fan base in the mainstream world and the Christian market. From the opening choral refrains of “Yahweh” to the signature vocal scream at the end of “King Of Kings,” it is apparent that Stryper is back with the heaviest and most inspired work to date that is scheduled for release on October 16th via Frontiers Music SRL.

“Fallen” is available for pre-order via digital retailers and can be ordered via iTunes at this location and via AmazonMP3 over here. It is also available in various physical configurations at the band’s Official Website. “Fallen” was produced by vocalist Michael Sweet.

“Fallen is about Lucifer before he became Satan. It’s the story of how he got kicked out of Heaven. He tried to overthrow God and take over,” describes Michael Sweet. “The song talks about how beautiful he was. When he walked, there was music. He was the angel of worship and this incredibly powerful and beautiful being.”

The track listing for Fallen is:

1. Yahweh
2. Fallen
3. Pride
4. Big Screen Lies
5. Heaven
6. Love You Like I Do
7. All Over Again
8. After Forever (Black Sabbath Cover)
9. ‘Till I Get What I Need
10. Let There Be Light
11. The Calling
12. King Of Kings

Check out “Fallen” here:

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Ex-Rings of Saturn Guitarist Joel Omans Slams Lucas Mann To Be “A Hack Of A Musician”

Ex-Rings of Saturn Guitarist Joel Omans outlines in a vitriolic rant on his Facebook timeline the real reasons why he left the band after their recent tour:

“So there’s been quite a bit of vagueness to the real reason why I quit Rings of Saturn and It’s been eating away at me keeping it to myself so here it goes. The deciding factor in me leaving the band was Lucas. I had enough of biting my tongue and going along for the ride. When I first joined the band we got along great and had the same common goals as musicians but that changed more and more over the years. To summarize he simply doesn’t care about playing guitar or being a musician anymore. Word for word he told me “I don’t give a shit about playing guitar or getting better at guitar, I just want to write music and get the band as big as possible in the shortest amount of time.” So with that kind of attitude it hindered the band from playing any of the new songs from Lugal Ki En that we were suppose to be playing live for the last 6 months. Ian, Aaron, and myself were all capable of playing the new songs we prepared for the set but we had to make up excuses such as “the label won’t let us play songs until the music video is out or we didn’t have time to practice as a band so we aren’t playing any songs on the album release tour.” And his reason for not learning the songs was that he was too busy managing the band. I was also told to get off his back for it since he “Does more in life in general than I do.” All in all what it comes down to is Lucas Mann is a hack of a musician and I will never work with him ever again. He stresses the band into recording songs note by note, releases them, doesn’t learn them and then makes as much money as he can from the merch while sitting in the comfort of his parents’ house. On top of that he is a self centered asshole to his band mates and fans which is not acceptable to me in anyway. I admit he is very smart with managing and promoting a band. Maybe he’d do better helping other bands since he doesn’t have the desire to play instruments himself. I’ve learned a lot from being in ROS and met some amazing people but Ive had enough of the bullshit. I’m not going to sacrifice time with my family, my musicianship, or my integrity for some childish wanna be musician. I couldn’t be happier with my choice to leave. I now have time with the people I care about and I’ve regained that burning passion for my instrument. Thanks to all who have supported the band, I’m excited to start releasing albums that are REAL all the way through for the remaining listeners of mine to enjoy. No longer will I stand for someone to record bullshit parts with my music and not even learn it. Fuck that.”

Below you can check out the latest official “Rings of Saturn” video.

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