Zeal & Ardor Streaming “Come On Down”

Zeal & Ardor just shared the new song “Come On Down” – listen to the black metal blues track below. “Come On Down” comes off the album “Devil Is Fine,” due out February 24th, 2017.

“Devil Is Fine” mixes a variety of genres, including black metal, blues, and more, while the lyrics are delivered in the fashion of slave spirituals sung by chain gangs.

Zeal & Ardor is the one-man brainchild of Manuel Gagneux, a Swiss-American formerly based in New York City. His approach draws on an alternate history and stems from two thoughts: Christianity was imposed upon American slaves, just as it was imposed in Norway, and black metal in the ’90s grew as a rebellion to monotheism. What would have happened if American slaves had rebelled in the same way? Or put bluntly: What would satanic spirituals sound like?

1. Devil Is Fine 03:12
2. In Ashes 02:38
3. Sacrilegium I 01:54
4. Come On Down 03:19
5. Children’s Summon 03:08
6. Sacrilegium II 02:11
7. Blood In The River 03:33
8. What is a Killer like you gonna do here? 02:15
9. Sacrilegium III 02:44

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Enepsigos Premieres New Song & Lyric Video “Pagan Rites” From Upcoming Debut Album “Plague Ov Plagues”

Occult black metal outfit Enepsigos premieres a new song and lyric video entitled “Pagan Rites”, taken from the upcoming debut album “Plague Ov Plagues”, which will be out in stores on January 15th by Drakkar Productions.

Check out now “Pagan Rites” below.

Plague Ov Plagues was mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.

Guitars, bass, and vocals were recorded by engineer Christer Krohg at Velvet Recording in Spydeberg, Norway, with drums recorded at the Beastcave Studios in Italy. The album’s eye-catching artwork was created by Vincent Fouquet and Above Chaos.

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Shaarimoth Debuts Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Of Upcoming New Album “Temple of the Adversarial Fire”

Røyken, Norway based blackened death metal outfit Shaarimoth debuts the pre-release full-album stream of the band’s upcoming new album “Temple of the Adversarial Fire”, which will be out in stores through W.T.C. Productions this Friday, January 13th.

Check out now “Temple of the Adversarial Fire” in its entirety below.

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Ghost Avenue Announces New Album “Impact”

Pitch Black Records today announces the return of Norway’s Ghost Avenue for a third album scheduled to be released on February 3rd. New album “Impact” is a concept release about an alien invasion of earth and the battle for humanity’s freedom.

Offering a unique blend of classic hard rock and 80’s heavy metal, and despite the obvious preference for the classics, the band manages to achieve a contemporary sound with music that’s full of melody and catchy tunes.

01. Impact
02. Escape
03. The Prison
04. Time Traveller
05. Affection
06. Dancing With the Devil
07. Construction
08. The Edge of Darkness
09. Collateral Damage
10. The Ace

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New Album “Future Hopes” Announced By White Willow

Laser’s Edge has confirmed the release date for “Future Hopes,” the seventh full-length from eclectic Norwegian prog quintet, White Willow, unveiling the album’s artwork, track listing, and other details on the record. “Future Hopes” will be issued on CD, vinyl LP and digital formats on March 31st, 2017. Audio samples, preorder info, and more will be issued in the coming days.

“Future Hopes” is the band’s first album since 2011’s well-received “Terminal Twilight” and it sees the outfit exploring some of the most “progressive” territory ventured into to date, with several lengthy tracks and more instrumental passages than the band is usually known for. Musically, the album builds upon the foundation of its predecessor, with a modern approach to production. “Future Hopes” also features a heavy use of synthesizers, including the unique textures of the famed Blade Runner synth, the Yamaha CS80.

The “Future Hopes” lineup, which as always is a loose constellation of musicians with multi-instrumentalists Jacob Holm-Lupo and Mattias Olsson at the core, sees the return of several White Willow stalwarts, including flautist Ketil Einarsen (Jaga Jazzist, Motorpsycho), keyboardist Lars Fredrik Frøislie (Wobbler, Tusmørke), and bassist Ellen Andrea Wang (Pixel, Manu Katché Quartet). The singer is however a new arrival. Venke Knutson is best known in her native Norway

for a string of Top 10 hits and is well established as a solo pop artist. She came into Holm-Lupo’s orbit as a guest singer with his other project, The Opium Cartel. Guesting on several tracks and putting a clear stamp on the album is Norway’s trailblazing guitar hero Hedvig Mollestad, known from her own Hedvig Mollestad Trio. Holm-Lupo felt the material needed a soloist who could both navigate the tricky, almost jazz-influenced chord and time changes on the album while at the same time retaining a rock edge, and Hedvig fit the bill perfectly.

“Future Hopes” was mixed by highly respected Norwegian Grammy-nominated engineer Christian Engfelt, known for his work on the Elephant9/Reine Fiske album, Atlantis, and the Todd Rundgren/Lindstrøm collaboration, Runddans. The record was mastered by Grammy Award-winning audiophile legend Bob Katz, and completed with a specially commissioned painting by Roger Dean. The CD and digital versions of the album also feature two bonus tracks, including an original tune, “Damnation Valley,” as well as a cover of The Scorpions’ classic dirge, “Animal Magnetism,” re-interpreted as a Tangerine Dream-like electronic piece while still retaining the heaviness of the original. The star on the track is New York-based clarinetist David Krakauer, knows as the world’s foremost klezmer clarinetist, with countless credits to his name both with his own projects, in jazz constellations, with many of the world’s best philharmonic orchestras and with soundtrack music. Krakauer is a recipient of many prestigious nominations and awards, from DownBeat to the Grammys.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Future Hopes
2. Silver And Gold
3. In Dim Days
4. Where There Was Sea There Is Abyss
5. A Scarred View
6. Animal Magnetism [CD/digital bonus track]
7. Damnation Valley [CD/digital bonus track]

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Kampfar Reviews A Momentous 2016

Kampfar just checked in with the following “year in review” message to fans about what went down in 2016:

“2016 has been a roller coaster with ups and downs for Us. But what we did together and what we achieved in 2016 have still reached the highest peak in our 22 years of existence. Starting the year with winning a Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy) in metal. Who could have thought that 22 years ago.

“In a year when we as a band has been put on the toughest tests personally we still managed to do 4 tours in one year together+ festivals. There is still some fire left burning inside of us. And we can tell you for sure that without all of you. This band would have most likely faded away this year. Cause the personal life and emotions behind the scene this year has been tough!

“This can be said without being too dramatic. It has been a battle. A battle we won because of the amazing support from all of you and because of the strong bloodline in our band itself. The brotherhood Dolk, Ask, Ole and Jon its just to strong to go to pieces. Its the 4 of us or no band. End of story!

“Going though the year with short words like this can not be done actually. But to think about one special moment this year it can not go without mention our late night show at Wacken. The band has never been this destroyed ever on the personal level. It was a band on the edge of the cliff.

“But just thinking about all of the strength you guys in that tent gave us when we entered that stage it just make Us speechless. Thank you so much. It pretty much sums up the massive support this year from all of you. Thank you again!

“We are looking forward to 2017 and a new year with all of you and we promise some more news will come pretty soon in 2017 for you. Have a great new year people! Without you we are nothing!
Respect. (Below are 2 photos I think sums up 2016. One photo is private taken by Ask without me knowing it. The band photo is from the Grammy Awards in Norway).”

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Vicious Rumors Posts European Tour Recap

Vicious Rumors just checked in with this European tour recap and year-end message to all the fans:

“Thank you, Europe! First leg of the ‘European Protocol Tour’ in support of the ‘Concussion Protocol’ album is over. It was an awesome tour, one of the best in VR’s history!! A huge thank you to all our families, fans, business partners, crew, and thousands of new fans from the European Protocol Tour! Nine weeks on tour took VR all over Europe from Oct 24 to Dec 22 . The shows were amazing!

“With incredible response from the new fans. We gave it all we had and the result was the fans gave it right back!! From Sweden, Norway, Finland to Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and back again. The fans made it all worth while!! It’s never easy on the road and in frozen weather conditions it’s even harder!

“Looking back on this year I’m very proud to be part of this metal institution called Vicious Rumors and all the band’s hard work on ‘Concussion Protocol’ album, my 2 month promo campaign last summer, entering the charts, all the monster shows, this was one of the very best tours in our long career!!

“Now we look to the rest of the world in 2017 with many touring plans in discussion! Bang Your Head festival is already confirmed ! The ball keeps rolling! Many thanks to my band members and fans for keeping the dream alive! Metal Christmas and Heavy New Year!! See you next year on the road! We will be back!”

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Zhrine Gearing Up For 2017 Festival Appearances

Icelandic death metal cult Zhrine just announced several festival dates across Europe for 2017. These stops include Blastfest in Norway, Inferno Fest, Roadburn in the Netherlands, and Funkenflaug in Austria. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.

Zhrine also recently saw the release of a full live set, shot on the band’s first North American tour and filmed at New York’s Saint Vitus bar. Catch the band live on these upcoming dates:

Feb. 23rd Bergen, Norway @ Blastfest
Apr. 15th Oslo, Norway @ Inferno Festival
Apr. 21st Tilburg, Netherlands @ Het Patronaat, Roadburn Festival
Apr. 23rd London, England @ The Unicorn (with Auðn)
June 16th Abtenau, Austria @ Funkenflaug Festival

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Vimic Announces Lineup Change, European Tour Dates

Heavy metal fans around Europe now have something to look forward to as Vimic prepares for the band’s first-ever world tour. Founded by Joey Jordison (formerly of Slipknot), Vimic combines heavy guitar riffs with unearthly drums patterns that Jordison is known for.

When it came time to form the band, Jordison assembled a team of five extremely devoted, driven, and dedicated musicians: Kalen Chase [vocals], Jed Simon [guitar], Kyle Konkiel [bass], Matt Tarach [keyboards]. Vimic is also excited to welcome new guitarist Steve Marshall to the band.

Vimic’s full-length debut “Open Your Omen: – arriving early 2017 – signals the biggest triumph of Jordison’s illustrious career as it came to life in the face of his most trying time. Jordison was diagnosed with the often permanent neurological affliction Acute Transverse Myelitis. He spent three months in the hospital during 2012 and underwent intensive physical rehabilitation and training. Not only did he achieve a full recovery, but he reached a new level of proficiency behind the drums.

“The riffs, lyrics, and drums of ‘Open Your Omen’ will tell you a lot,” Jordison admits. “I did this record when I was coming out of the Acute Transverse Myelitis condition. It’s literally what saved me and helped me get back to where I’m healthier than ever. These guys and this album pushed me to not only relearn how to walk, but how to play the drums again. ‘Open Your Omen’ is the rebirth of the rest of my life.”

Dec. 26 – Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA
Dec. 27 – The Back Bar, Janesville, WI
Dec. 28 – Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
Dec. 30 – Aztec Theatre, San Antonio, TX – with HellYeah
Dec. 31 – House of Blues Dallas, Dallas, TX – with HellYeah

March 07 – Debaser Strand, Stockholm, Sweden
March 08 – John Dee, Oslo, Norway
March 10 – Pumpehuset, Main Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
March 12 – Musik & Frieden, Berlin, Germany
March 13 – Headcrash, Hamburg, Germany
March 14 – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
March 15 – Luxor, Cologne, Germany
March 17 – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
March 19 – Dynamo, Zurich, Switzerland
March 20 – Legend, Milan, Italy
March 23 – Sala Arena, Madrid, Spain
March 24 – Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona, Spain
March 26 – Trabendo, Paris, France
March 28 – Electric Ballroom, London, UK
March 29 – Academy 2, Birmingham, UK
March 30 – Academy 2, Manchester, UK

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Doedsvangr Announces “Satan Ov Suns” Album Release

Norwegian front man Doedsadmiral has formed new band Doedsvangr alongside Shatraug (Horna, Sargeist) and Anti-Christian (Tsjuder) joining the frontman on guitars and drums respectively.

The band has inked a deal with the Belgian label Immortal Frost Productions for the release of this first album. With debut full-length album “Satan Ov Suns,” Doedsvangr has created an album that according to the band is “very dark work, very evil and with extreme variations, but with a lot of groove.”

Drums for “Satans Ov Suns” were recorded at the Oslo Klang studios, vocals at Velvet Recording in Sypdeberg, Norway and guitars and bass were recorded in Tampere, Finland. The album will be mixed and mastered by producer Bjarne Stensli and is set for release in 2017 at a date as yet to be announced.

Doedsadmiral comments: “All my other bands each have a different sound and musical ethos one from the other, and Doedsvangr is one that comes from a much darker direction. Doedsvangr, like the other projects in which I’m involved, does not come from me alone, but is the result of two great musicians coming onboard so that together we can create music the way we all want it to sound, and perform it in a way that we all want to hear it. Will Doedsvangr perform live one day? That remains to be seen, let’s just see where the album takes us first.

“Why another band? Why not? I’ve been a fan of black metal, and all it’s different forms, for as long as I can remember. In fact, it was just the other day that I was saying to my manager, Patricia Thomas, that it has been twelve years since she and I first started talking about doing what I’m doing right now.

“Whilst many say that I do have some skill as a vocalist, I certainly don’t class myself as a brilliant musician, or writer, or anything even close to it come to that. But I have been fortunate enough to have the means that allow me to create different bands within the Extreme genre and bring together different artists, exceptional artists at that, for whom I have long had an enormous respect, and whose skills and experience fortunately more than make up for my own shortcomings.

“It’s that ‘bringing together’ of these superb artists and allowing them free reign with what they do musically, that is, and always will be, the crux of what I do. Am I living the dream? Yes, most definitely! Do I work hard at all aspects of it? You bet I do! Will there be more to come in the future? Just watch this space!”

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