Endless Voyage X Announces “Those Who Time Forgot” Album

This summer, Fragile Branch Recordings will release “Those Who Time Forgot” by Endless Voyage X. The album contains 4 tracks of doom-infused black metal and a specific late summer release date will be unveiled soon.

Endless Voyage X was formed by sole member Jake in May of 2016 and focuses on themes such as the ocean, darkness, and personal thoughts and philosophies. The track listing is as follows:

1. Far From Home
2. Perpetual Misfortune
3. Melancholy
4. At One With The Abyss

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Gloom Releases “Sub Umbral” Video

DC metal band Gloom has released an all-new music video today for the “Sub Umbral” track. Directed by David Hall, this is the first music video we’ve seen from the band off a recently-announced new LP due out this summer.

Both “Sub Umbral” and the previously released “Cede” are being offered as iTunes instant gratification tracks, meaning fans who pre-order the LP on iTunes get both songs as immediate downloads.

The band signed a worldwide deal with Entertainment One Music / Lifeblood Inc. back in March for debut full-length album “Solaris” to see release on June 2nd, 2017. The band comments:

“‘Solaris’ is our first full length and while we were writing the album we really wanted to bring all our individual influences to the table and create something dynamic. We really want to carve out our own niche in metal and ‘Solaris’ is a big step in that direction.”

1. Fallen
2. Perseus
3. Orbits
4. Cede
5. Coronation
6. Naught
7. 1% Empty
8. Appetence Hominae
9. Sub Umbral
10. Them Bones (cover)

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Gloom Releases “Sub Umbral” Video

DC metal band Gloom has released an all-new music video today for the “Sub Umbral” track. Directed by David Hall, this is the first music video we’ve seen from the band off a recently-announced new LP due out this summer.

Both “Sub Umbral” and the previously released “Cede” are being offered as iTunes instant gratification tracks, meaning fans who pre-order the LP on iTunes get both songs as immediate downloads.

The band signed a worldwide deal with Entertainment One Music / Lifeblood Inc. back in March for debut full-length album “Solaris” to see release on June 2nd, 2017. The band comments:

“‘Solaris’ is our first full length and while we were writing the album we really wanted to bring all our individual influences to the table and create something dynamic. We really want to carve out our own niche in metal and ‘Solaris’ is a big step in that direction.”

1. Fallen
2. Perseus
3. Orbits
4. Cede
5. Coronation
6. Naught
7. 1% Empty
8. Appetence Hominae
9. Sub Umbral
10. Them Bones (cover)

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The Great Discord Posts “Darkest Day” Music Video

The Great Discord just issued a new music video for “Darkest Day,” which can be seen below, and the band also comments:

“Friends! We are very excited to give you the first single, entitled ‘Darkest Day,’ off our coming album, ‘The Rabbit Hole.’

“As the titles reveal, this album is our take and out dark twist on a famous story by Lewis Carroll. Don’t worry, the story will unfold further as we go along and more songs and stories will see the light of day. Or not, depending on how you look at it. Stay vigilant!

“For now, we invite you to join us on a journey into the stranger side of things, down in the rabbit hole. Get ready. More music will follow suit and the album will be released just as the summer starts gasping for breath.”

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Soilwork Announces Bastian Thusgaard As Full-Time Member

Soilwork is pleased to officially announce the inclusion of permanent drummer, 25-year-old Bastian Thusgaard. Thusgaard has been blazing the kit for the band for the past 10 months, but will make his official debut as a permanent member of the band at upcoming summer festival performances. See below for a full listing of dates.

Bastian Thusgaard originally joined the Soilwork machine as touring drummer after former full-time member Dirk Verbeuren’s departure. Thusgaard began his journey as Verbeuren’s understudy, eventually taking over touring duties for the band in the summer of 2016.

In a band statement, Soilwork says: “We are super stoked to announce Bastian Thusgaard as our permanent drummer. He’s been touring with us for quite a while and has been nothing short of amazing to work with, both on a musical level and on a personal level. Taking over after Dirk must have been pretty hard, but he has proven, time and time again, through our tours through North America, South America and Europe, that he is the perfect man for the job.

“Bastian is only 25 years old and already possesses such great groove and fantastic technique. We can’t wait to see, how his ability will take us to the next level while we write our next album. It will be a beast, there’s no doubt about it. We have so much left to say musically and Bastian will be the perfect drummer, to help the band evolve on our constant musical journey. Give Bastian a warm welcome everyone!”

Bastian Thusgaard adds: “First and foremost, I would like to thank Björn, Sven, David, Sylvain, Markus and everyone else involved in the Soilwork team for their very warm welcome. I want to thank Dirk for his guidance, support and ability to inspire young drummers like myself, to put in the hours needed in order to make it to this level. He is the reason that I’ve had my life’s best musical experiences during these past ten months. To the fans that I’ve already met around the world and all the wonderful people surrounding me, thank you for your great support and positive feedback. It has truly been overwhelming.

“I am truly honoured to be given the opportunity to continuously work with SOILWORK, a band that I grew up listening to and one of the key elements of my musical education. I am 100% committed to Soilwork and am looking forward to create music with my childhood heroes and to see what the future will bring. See you all on the road.”

May 21-22 Radio Rock Risteily Cruise from Helsinki to Tallinn
Jun 10 Brétigny-Sur-Orge, France @ Download FR
Jun 17 Clisson, France @ Hellfest
Jun 23 Gräfenhainichen, Germany @ With Full Force
Jul 01 Helsinki, Finland @ Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Aug 05 Wacken, Germany @ Wacken Open Air
Aug 11 Catton on Hall, United Kingdom @ Bloodstock Open Air
Aug 25 Woerrstadt, Germany @ Neuborn Open Air Festival

Additional confirmed dates:
Nov 10 Malmö, Sweden @ KB
Nov 11 Gårda, Sweden @ Brewhouse
Nov 12 Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
Nov 13 Linkoping, Sweden @ Pitchers/The Crypt
Nov 14 Uppsala, Sweden @ Katalin

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Van Records Expanding With U.S. Division

Germany’s cult label Ván Records has sanctioned a partnership in the U.S. forging a new branch of the company to deliver the diverse catalog to more stateside listeners. Alongside the announcement, the label has also released new singles from The Ruins Of Beverast and Slaegt.

Having released over two-hundred albums, singles, EPs, splits, and more from across the realms of metal and rock since being founded in 2004, Ván Records has been largely responsible for the worldwide proliferation of acts such as The Devil’s Blood, Urfaust, King Dude, and countless others.

Now, Ván Records’ owner Sven Dinninghoff has furthered the label’s relationship with King Dude founder TJ Cowgill to help launch the new U.S. division of the entity out of Seattle. This new branch of Ván sees the catalog now distributed stateside through Revolver, making these titles much more accessible to fans across North America and beyond.

The first wave of titles to see U.S. release through this new deal will strike on May 19th, including new LPs from The Ruins Of Beverast, Slaegt, Gold, and Dread Sovereign, with many more to follow. A Ván Records retail shop will also be launched this Summer.

Cowgill states, “I am honored and proud to be a part of the ever growing Ván Records family, from working at first with Sven as an artist on the roster to now, becoming an integral part of the family as head of the label’s U.S. office. We have been planning this expansion now for over almost eight months, and seeing it come to life has been a truly awesome experience. Our dedicated staff and myself hope that through this expansion we will bring even more quality and excellence known from Ván into the lives of every single fan, record store and distributor in North America. Hail the glory of Lucifer!”

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Eyes Of The Dead Parting With Guitar Player Rob “Hobbit” Moore

Connecticut-based group Eyes Of The Dead just issued the following statement about parting ways with the band’s guitarist after one final show at the end of April:

“If you hadn’t already heard, our guitarist Rob ‘Hobbit’ Moore is expecting another child this summer, and with that comes all the family responsibilities that need to take top priority in life. With that Hobbit has made the difficult decision to step down as our guitarist in order to put all his focus into his growing family.

“It’s been a year since Hobbit first came back into EOTD, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the time and work he has put in with us, and thank him for that. It will be sad to have him leave our ranks, but everyone understands that it’s what’s best for him in his life right now, and wish him the best for everything he has coming.

“Keep an eye out for some more news on who he will be passing the torch to as our new guitarist, that will all be announced soon enough. In the mean time, follow the link here to Nasty Fest at Cherry St in Wallingford on the 29th. This will not only be Hermon VonRolls last show with Nasty Disaster, but also Hobbits very last show with Eyes of the Dead. It’s truly a night you will not want to miss out on!”

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Millennial Reign Recruits New Band Members

Millennial Reign today reveals a new band line-up. Drummer Steve Nichols (Solitude Aeturnus) and bassist Neil Bertrand (When Angels Die) have come on board as full time members, with the band commenting:

“We are very excited to have such talented heavy hitters join our line up. They will both add a completely new dimension to our overall sound. We have some great shows lined up with bands like HammerFall, Delain and label-mates Theocracy. The forthcoming album is nearly written and studio recording will begin this summer 2017. We look forward to seeing you on the road with our new members.”

While waiting on news for the forthcoming release, check out a song off previous album “Carry The Fire” below.

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Amorphis Updates 2017 Tour Schedule

Melancholic metal band Amorphis is currently touring North America with fellow countrymen from Swallow The Sun. Followed by shows in Russia as well as several appearances at European festivals, the Finns will be supporting Danish rockers Volbeat all across the continent.

To bridge the gaps between these open air shows, Amorphis just announced eight headlining shows in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland and Denmark. The band’s whole tour itinerary can be found below:

w/Swallow The Sun
12.04. USA Merriam, KS – Aftershock
14.04. USA Dallas, TX – Trees
15.04. USA San Antonio, TX – Fitzgeralds
16.04. USA Houston, TX – Scout Bar
17.04. USA New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
18.04. USA Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
19.04. USA Orlando, FL – The Haven
20.04. USA Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
21.04. USA Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
22.04. USA Worcester, MA – New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
23.04. USA Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar & Music Hall

12.05. RUS Moscow – Volta
13.05. RUS St. Petersburg – Club Zal

20.05. FIN Helsinki – Radio Rock Risteily XXII
26.05. FIN Kempele – Zemppi Areena
27.05. FIN Tornio – Club Teatria
03.06. D Leipzig – Wave Gotik Treffen
10.06. S Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
17.06. B Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
29.06. D Gardelegen – Metal Frenzy
01.07. FIN Helsinki – Tuska Open Air
08.07. LV Viesites – Zobens Un Lemess
11.07. H Dunaujvaros – Rockmaraton Festival
14.07. FIN Kalajoki – Merisärkkä
21.07. FIN Laukaa – John Smith Festival
28.07. P Vila Nova De Famalicão – Laurus Nobilis Music Festical
03.08. SK Snina – Rock Pod Kamenom
05.08. FIN Olavinlinna – Savonlinna Opera Festival
09.08 CZ Jaromer – Brutal Assault
17.08. D Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze

w/Volbeat (#)
19.08. D Rostock – M.A.U. NEW!
20.08. PL Gdynia – Ucho NEW!
21.08. PL Poznan – Klub U Bazyla NEW!
23.08. D Hamburg – Volkspark # *SOLD OUT*
24.08. D Berlin – Waldbühne #
25.08. D Lingen – Alter Schlachthof NEW!
26.08. DK Copenhagen – Parken # *SOLD OUT*
27.08. NL Drachten – Iduna NEW!
28.08. D Mönchengladbach – Sparkassenpark #
30.08. CH Thun – Stockhorn Arena #
31.08. D Frankfurt – Batschkapp NEW!
01.09. A Graz – Messe Graz #
02.09. A Wörgl – Komma NEW!
03.09. D Schweinfurt – Willy Sachs Stadium #
05.09. NL Eindhoven – Strijp-S #
06.09. DK Aarhus – Voxhall NEW!
07.09. N Oslo – Telenor Arena #
09.09. S Stockholm – Friends Arena #

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Nervecell Discusses Leaving Unique Leader Records

Nervecell just checked in with the following statement about the band’s current label situation and upcoming album:

“We’d like to clear the air about this as we’ve been getting a lot of questions about whether we’re still with Unique Leader Records for North America. The fact is we’ve left Unique Leader Records for reasons not worth publicly mentioning, as it only creates more speculation.

“It was a decision we made ourselves for the band’s best interest. What’s important to us now is that we focus on our new album ‘Past, Present…Torture.’ It’s completed, sounds absolutely killer and is ready to be released soon. So if there is any U.S. labels / A&R executives reading this or interested to work with us, the door is open and you know where to find us.

“Having said that, we are super excited to be back with our European label home Lifeforce Records who will release ‘Past, Present…Torture’ for all our European fans this summer. Cheers!”

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