Voivod, Animals as Leaders plus others added to Brutal Assault line-up

The only predictable thing about Canadian cosmic-metal warriors Voivod is that they will forever be unpredictable. On the warpath for more than 35 years, Voivod have pushed their sound relentlessly forward, constructing imaginative musical realms with each endeavor. They literally changed the face of thrash metal in the ‘80s, forged new prog-metal ground in the ‘90s, and kept up with changing times and lineups in the 2000s with fresh, inspired music and they’re back with a new album The Wake, which keeps pushing the limits!

Appearing in 2002, even before the rebirth of thrash metal scene worldwide, Violator was formed with the purpose of rescuing the spontaneity and anger that seemed forgotten in the metal scene. Coming from the center Brazil, Brasilia, Violator is one of the most intense South American bands and after years of waiting, they will finally thrash Brutal Assault! Doing so they will be joined by masked Swedish crossover deviants Dr. Living Dead and legendary veterans of Boston HC scene Slapshot! Ensiferum are true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal and with their latest output Two Paths they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre, so it was about a time they returned to Brutal Assault!

Polish death machine Decapitated is back with a bang! Their new album Anticult highlights just how vital have remained two decades deep into their career. They have long been undeniable masters of their craft and they are expanding their parameters with this album, which should elevate the band’s profile beyond the death metal realm in which it has dominated for years. And now they’re coming for the Brutal Assault crowd! And speaking of technical death metal, of all the amazing technical death metal bands out there, very few can write memorable catchy songs with extreme technicality like French killers Gorod. Get ready for intelligent, deftly crafted flights of musicianship…that will rip your head off!Sometimes, a band’s music registers just as seismically on an emotional wavelength as it does on a sonic spectrum. And one of those unique bands are Animals as Leaders, who re imagine, reinterpret, and refresh instrumental prog, experimental metal, modern jazz, alternative, and even world music to a point where the reaction becomes primal. Consistently delivering a captivating show, their show will surely be one of the musicianship highlights of the festival.

New York’s Car Bomb detonate a vicious blast of wildly technical and progressive modern metal. The Long Island quartet’s attack is relentless and suffocating: vicious jazz-inspired blasts shift into mechanistic, canyon-wide grooves. Schizophrenic, whisper-to-a-scream vocals seem to spiral out of control, only to snap back lock-step into the churning assault. Make sure to witness their Brutal Assault debut! Progressive Swedes Letters from the Colony had proven that they could marry various elements of death metal, metalcore and jazz into a complex hybrid and produce something strangely familiar yet truly original. And this list finished with Chinese atmospheric black metal Zuriaake.

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Voivod, Animals as Leaders plus others added to Brutal Assault line-up

The only predictable thing about Canadian cosmic-metal warriors Voivod is that they will forever be unpredictable. On the warpath for more than 35 years, Voivod have pushed their sound relentlessly forward, constructing imaginative musical realms with each endeavor. They literally changed the face of thrash metal in the ‘80s, forged new prog-metal ground in the ‘90s, and kept up with changing times and lineups in the 2000s with fresh, inspired music and they’re back with a new album The Wake, which keeps pushing the limits!

Appearing in 2002, even before the rebirth of thrash metal scene worldwide, Violator was formed with the purpose of rescuing the spontaneity and anger that seemed forgotten in the metal scene. Coming from the center Brazil, Brasilia, Violator is one of the most intense South American bands and after years of waiting, they will finally thrash Brutal Assault! Doing so they will be joined by masked Swedish crossover deviants Dr. Living Dead and legendary veterans of Boston HC scene Slapshot! Ensiferum are true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal and with their latest output Two Paths they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre, so it was about a time they returned to Brutal Assault!

Polish death machine Decapitated is back with a bang! Their new album Anticult highlights just how vital have remained two decades deep into their career. They have long been undeniable masters of their craft and they are expanding their parameters with this album, which should elevate the band’s profile beyond the death metal realm in which it has dominated for years. And now they’re coming for the Brutal Assault crowd! And speaking of technical death metal, of all the amazing technical death metal bands out there, very few can write memorable catchy songs with extreme technicality like French killers Gorod. Get ready for intelligent, deftly crafted flights of musicianship…that will rip your head off!Sometimes, a band’s music registers just as seismically on an emotional wavelength as it does on a sonic spectrum. And one of those unique bands are Animals as Leaders, who re imagine, reinterpret, and refresh instrumental prog, experimental metal, modern jazz, alternative, and even world music to a point where the reaction becomes primal. Consistently delivering a captivating show, their show will surely be one of the musicianship highlights of the festival.

New York’s Car Bomb detonate a vicious blast of wildly technical and progressive modern metal. The Long Island quartet’s attack is relentless and suffocating: vicious jazz-inspired blasts shift into mechanistic, canyon-wide grooves. Schizophrenic, whisper-to-a-scream vocals seem to spiral out of control, only to snap back lock-step into the churning assault. Make sure to witness their Brutal Assault debut! Progressive Swedes Letters from the Colony had proven that they could marry various elements of death metal, metalcore and jazz into a complex hybrid and produce something strangely familiar yet truly original. And this list finished with Chinese atmospheric black metal Zuriaake.

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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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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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