Alcest Re-Issuing “Souvenirs D’un Autre Monde” Special Edition

Released in 2007, Alcest’s debut album, “Souvenirs d’un autre monde,” marks the starting point of the French band’s extraordinary career.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of this groundbreaking record, Prophecy Productions has unveiled plans to reissue “Souvenirs d’un autre monde” in two very special limited edition formats on September 22nd.

With the release of “Souvenirs d’un autre monde” (English: “Memories from another world”), Alcest mastermind Neige forged a luminous sound that floats on the fringes of metal, yet incorporates emotions of euphoria, bliss, and nostalgia. The album has become known as one of the fundamental releases of the blackgaze / post-black metal genre, and a record that continually influences countless other bands in its wake.

In 2016, the release was selected by Pitchfork as one of its “50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time.”

1. Printemps Émeraude (“Emerald Spring”)
2. Souvenirs d’un autre monde (“Memories from another world”)
3. Les Iris (“The Iris”)
4. Ciel Errant (“Wandering Sky”)
5. Sur l’autre rive je t’attendrai (“On the other shore I will wait for you”)
6. Tir nan Og (Irish: “Land of the Young”)

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Mordatorium Debuts New Track “The Culling” From Upcoming New Album “Obsessed With Death”

Chicago death metal trio Mordatorium is proud to announce the August 25 release of new album “Obsessed With Death”. Inspired by the likes of Grave, Carcass, and early Entombed, Mordatorium deliver harsh, biting death metal fueled by the sounds of the early British and Swedish scenes.

With main man Andrew Oosterbaan handling guitars, bass, and vocal duties alongside Pearl Kacew on drums, recording for “Obsessed With Death” began over the final months of 2016 and the album was completed in the spring of 2017. The cover artwork and visual design was created by Lauren Gornik Illustration.

Check out now “The Culling” below.

Obsessed With Death by Mordatorium

Andrew Oosterbaan comments:

“We’re very excited to present this album, as it has been a long time in the making. A couple of the songs are almost two years old now! It’s also a big pleasure to be able to unleash the first full-length Mordatorium release featuring acoustic drums and my longtime partner in crime Pearl. Obsessed With Death continues the trend begun on 2014’s Raw, steering away from the more melodic and experimental material of Mordatorium’s early years in favor of some more straight forward and nasty sounding death metal. I absolutely love the old-school looking artwork that Lauren did for us, as I feel it fits the current style of the band nicely.”

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Sicarius Inks Deal With M-Theory Audio

Like a merciless dagger onto the scene arrives Sicarius (meaning contract killer or assassin) with an ultra-violent black metal assault. Founded 3 years ago, Sicarius pays homage to classic black metal bands while injecting a modern high-velocity method that has seen the band signed to M-Theory Audio.

“I witnessed Sicarius perform at a small show featuring some other M-Theory Audio acts including Helsott and Empyrean Throne,” explains M-Theory Audio label head Marco Barbieri. “I was unfamiliar with the band previously but within minutes of taking the stage the group commanded my attention. Not only with their look, but more so for their performance which was raw, violent and reckless. The ‘danger’ aspect is something that escapes most rock and metal these days, but with Sicarius I was intrigued which ultimately lead to this signing.”

“We at Sicarius are absolutely thrilled to be a part of the M-Theory team and to work with a leader of such a high caliber like Marco. The man is a visionary to say the least, and has worked with countless black metal acts that have influenced Sicarius in many facets,” explains guitarist Argyris.

He goes on to say, “Since forming this outfit the biggest goals have been to write music that we want to listen to, and to carry the torch of the classic bands from the late ‘80s / early ‘90s such as Rotting Christ, Mayhem, Bathory and Gorgoroth. We hold the utmost respect and confidence in this label and the team that operates it. After meeting with Marco I am very privileged to share our vision for Sicarius under the banner of M-Theory Audio and together unleash uncompromising black metal violence upon the world.”

Catch these upcoming Sicarius live shows:

8/18 The Union – Los Angeles, CA w/ Marduk, Incantation & Abysmal Dawn
8/24 The Bancroft – Spring Valley, CA w/ Panzergod
9/30 Extermination Fest – The San Antonio Rose – Vernon, CA

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Almanac Unveils New Album “Kingslayer”

Victor Smolski’s Almanac stands for a new dimension of symphonic power metal, featuring three singers: Jeannette Marchewka (Lingua Mortis Orchestra), Andy B. Franck (Brainstorm) and David Readman (Pink Cream 69).

In March of 2016, Almanac unleashed debut album “Tsar,” followed by a European tour alongside Orden Ogan, as well as EU headline tour in the spring. Within the past few weeks, Almanac completed the recording of a second long player entitled “Kingslayer,” which was recorded at HeyDay Studios in Wuppertal, Germany.

“Our second strike is complete,” reveals guitar player Victor Smolski. He goes on to say, “’Kingslayer’ is the logical follow-up to ‘Tsar,’ just more compact, heavier and faster. The experience now under our belts gained from our many live experiences, including the two tours and festivals, has been fully implemented in the studio. The band has grown closer and stronger, you can feel this unified energy within the new tracks. We took a lot of time and gave our very best. ‘Kingslayer’ is a crafted metal album with a lively power sound!”

New album “Kingslayer” will be released on November 3rd via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork was once again created by Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák (Accept, Destruction).

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Orange Goblin Writing New Album Due Out In 2018

London’s Orange Goblin finally officially announced that the writing process has begun for a brand new album, slated for release in the spring of 2018.

The new record will be Orange Goblin’s first for the Candlelight label since being acquired by Spinefarm/Universal and will be recorded early next year at Orgone Studios with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Cathedral, Paradise Lost, Angel Witch, etc.)

The new album marks the band’s first since 2014’s “Back From the Abyss.” Although there is no information on the album title or track listing, the band can reveal that the record will feature a guest appearance by legendary Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell.

The remainder of 2017 sees Orange Goblin continuing to play across Europe at the likes of Woodstock Poland, Wacken Open Air, Desertfest Athens, Up In Smoke Festival, and the HRH Doom V Stoner Festival.

8/4 -Woodstock – Kostrzyn, Poland
8/5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
8/12 – Sonic Blast Fest – Moledo, Portugal
9/9 – Fall of Summer Fest – Torcy, France
9/30 – HRH Doom V Stoner – Sheffield, UK
10/6 – Desertfest – Athens, Greece
10/7 – Up In Smoke Festival – Pratteln, Switzerland
10/27 – Voodoo Lounge- Dublin, Ireland
10/28 – Limelight, Belfast – Northern Ireland
10/29 – Siege of Limerick Fest – Limerick, Ireland
11/4 – Ozzfest Meets Knotfest – California, USA
11/18 – Helldorado Fest -Eindhoven, Netherlands
11/25 – MMC Fest at Slade Rooms – Wolves, UK

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Debut Self-Titled Album From Bigfoot Expected This Fall

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the self-titled debut of one of the latest U.K. signings – Bigfoot. The album will be released October 13th.

Bigfoot is a hard rock band from Wigan who burst onto the scene in the spring of 2014. With a wide range of influences from The Eagles through to Pantera, the group boasts the powerful vocals of Antony Ellis, dual lead guitars from Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh, plus the thunderous rhythm section of bassist Matt Avery and drummer Tom Aspinall.

Order the debut album at this location or digitally through iTunes or Google Play. Digital pre-orders come with an instant download of the new song “The Fear,” the video clip of which you can see in the player below.

“The Fear” was written shortly after the release of the second EP. Sam Millar describes it as
“a song about the fear in our heads and how it can consume your whole life and take over”, while musically Mick McCullagh states that “it is a Jekyll and Hyde type affair. There’s the gnarly, in your face heavy rock guitar side of it, then the melodic, anthemic side with big uplifting vocals. It’s very dynamic, which adds to the tension we were aiming for.”

The video for “The Fear” was shot by Shane Green at The Giffard in Wolverhampton.
Tom Aspinall says “we had played there a month or so before and thought the stage would be perfect for the shots we wanted with the idea of it being quite dark and frantic. We’ve worked with Shane in the past and knew he would deliver a fast paced and exciting video.”

Having toured constantly around the UK and performed at festivals including Breakout, Bloodstock, Hard Rock Hell, Steelhouse and more, the quintet have built themselves a loyal grassroots following in home territory. Two successful self-released EP’s also drew the attention of the Naples based rock powerhouse Frontiers Music Srl, who signed them to their roster as fast as it could.

The self-titled debut album was co-produced by the band with Justin Richards (who also mixed the record), it consists of eleven songs. The artwork and track listing are as follows:

1. Karma
2. The Fear
3. Tell Me A Lie
4. Forever Alone
5. Eat Your Words
6. Prisoner Of War
7. Freak Show
8. I Dare You
9. The Devil In Me
10. Uninvited
11. Yours

Check out “The Fear” here:

This Bigfoot is no myth, but they are about to become legends.

Upcoming UK shows:
25.08.17 HULL Hair Metal Heaven
14.10.17 MANCHESTER Sound Control (album launch event)
11.11.17 SHEFFIELD Corporation (with Tyketto)
25.11.17 EDINBURGH La Belle Angele (with Tyketto)

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Summer Tour Dates Announced By Flotsam And Jetsam

Flotsam And Jetsam announced the 2017 summer tour dates with a handful of shows in the U.S., before traveling to Europe for select club dates centered around the band’s appearances at this year’s Wacken Open Air and Into The Grave Festival, in Leeuwarden, NL.

With the departure of Jason Bittner to Overkill, Flotsam And Jetsam is fortunate to have friend of the band and Phoenix, AZ native Ken Mary (Fifth Angel, Alice Cooper, House Of Lords, TKO, Chastain) step in to handle drum duties for the upcoming dates.

“We’re looking forward to seeing our European friends and fans one last time this year, before we start production work on our upcoming album. And we’re just as excited to get a chance to play a few shows with a drum legend like Ken Mary. Good times ahead,” the band commented.

The band recently posted on Facebook an email address for drummers to request audition songs to send videos into the band, which generated numerous submissions from around the world. The band is working through the audition videos to narrow down and then select a permanent drummer after the summer tour dates are complete. Also, the band begins pre-production tracking for a new album for a Spring 2018 release.

The live dates are:

20.07.2017 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
21.07.2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
22.07.2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
23.07.2017 Malone’s – Santa Ana, CA

02.08.2017 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
05.08.2017 Hypothalamus – Rheine, Germany
06.08.2017 Moonlight Music – Diest, Belgium
10.08.2017 Nueshoorm – Leeuwarden, Netherlands
11.08.2017 Into The Grave Festival – Leeuwarden, Netherlands

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AFM Records Inks Deal With Bonfire, New Album Expected Spring 2018

After German hard rock act Bonfire’s latest studio records “Glörious” (2015) and “Byte The Bullet” (2017) both made it to the Top 50 of the German album chart and more than 160 live shows played in the last two years, AFM Records and Bonfire decided to strike a new path together.

During the more than 30 year-long history of the band, there were of course several different label partners releasing the sixteen studio records and some were not available at times. So in Autumn of 2017, big parts of Bonfire’s back catalogue will be made available again before the new album will be released in Spring 2018.

Besides being in the studio to record their next record, Bonfire will be on tour for the rest of the year. Confirmed dates are:

2017:

08.07. (GER) – Ingolstadt – Bürgerfest-Rathausplatz
15.07. (GER) – Jamboree-Open Air
23.07. (GER) – Regensburg – Piazza Open Air
03.08. (GER) – Günzburg Open Air
12.08. (CH) – Gossau Rock On Open Air
19.08. (GER) – Rhön Rock Open Air
02.09. (PL) – Zgierz – City of Power-Open Air
16.09. (PT) – Lissabon – RCA Club
23.09. (PT) – Coimbra – Festival
30.09. (GER) – Alzey – Oberhaus
02.10. (GER) – Teltow Open Air
07.10. (GER) – Braunschweig – Lokpark
19.10. (GER) – Hamburg – Logo
20.10. (GER) – Mannheim – MS Connexion
21.10. (GER) – Memmingen Kaminwerk
11.11. (GER) – Renchen – COME INN -Charity
16.12. (GER) – Obermachtal – Kreuz
19.12. (GER) – Nürnberg – Hirsch
20.12. (GER) – Oberhausen – Zentrum Altenberg
21.12. (GER) – Augsburg – Spectrum
22.12. (GER) – Ingolstadt – Eventhalle
23.12. (GER) – Burglengenfeld – VAZ

2018:

03.05. (GER) – Würzburg – Posthalle
04.05. (GER) – Neuss – Partytur-Halle
05.05. (CH) – Aarburg – Musigburg
06.05. (GER) – Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik .- Grosser Saal
Juni (AT) Wien Bike & Music-Open Air
20.07. (GER) Burg Greifenstein Open Air
17.11. (GER) Markneukirchen- Framus & Warwick MusicHall

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Toro Debuts New Music Video “Painting with Shadows” From Debut EP “Departure”

Atlanta sludge/progressive metal band Toro debuts a new music video for “Painting with Shadows”, taken from the the band’s debut EP “Departure”, which which was mixed by Matt Bayles, mastered by Ed Brooks, and released in the spring of this year.

Check out now “Painting with Shadows” below.

Toro is:

Pablo Davila (guitars)
Zack Hembree (lead vocals)
Adam Mitchell (guitars and vocals)
Bruno Segovia (bass)
Jason Belisha (drums)

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Khost Streaming New “Governance” Album

“Governance” from Birmingham, UK-based industrial metal duo Khost is now available through Cold Spring Records and can be heard below.. The label comments:

“Khost’s ‘Governance’ is like driving at night with your spirituality asleep at the wheel. Continuing the band’s immersion in themes of detachment and dissonance, the album was written and recorded during the Winter of 2016-17, a time of great unease and sickness for the band which nearly resulted in the death of one member.

“A hinterland of low resolution transmissions interspersed with broad concrete columns of distortion that loom suddenly from the dim landscape which devastates the listener with nearly fifty minutes of entrancing yet hazardous tectonic doom-laced revulsion.”

Governance (CSR237CD) by Khost

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