Napalm Records Signs New Zealand’s Stalker

Welcome back to the glory of the 80s! And a very warm welcome to Napalm Records’ latest worldwide signing: Stalker!

This band is a wild trip to the old days of raw thrash metal with heavy driven songs at full speed! The fearless three-piece from the beautiful home of New Zealand is set to release a most sinister monster of an album – “Shadow Of The Sword” – on November 17th.

The band on the signing with Napalm Records: “Stalker are thrilled to have formed an alliance with Napalm Records, and with the label’s rock solid support we can’t wait to break out from New Zealand’s far flung shores and unleash our speed metal mayhem the world over. All of us in the band pay tribute to label Underground Power for releasing our initial Satanic Panic demo. Now, with the formidable forces of Napalm Records backing us, we’re set to deliver an even more powerful and demolishing release with our upcoming debut full-length, Shadow of the Sword. Dowse the fires, hide the booze, Stalker and Napalm are coming for you. STRIKE FIRST, STRIKE HARD, NO MERCY!”

Stay tuned for more information on the album.

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Napalm Records Signs New Zealand’s Stalker

Welcome back to the glory of the 80s! And a very warm welcome to Napalm Records’ latest worldwide signing: Stalker!

This band is a wild trip to the old days of raw thrash metal with heavy driven songs at full speed! The fearless three-piece from the beautiful home of New Zealand is set to release a most sinister monster of an album – “Shadow Of The Sword” – on November 17th.

The band on the signing with Napalm Records: “Stalker are thrilled to have formed an alliance with Napalm Records, and with the label’s rock solid support we can’t wait to break out from New Zealand’s far flung shores and unleash our speed metal mayhem the world over. All of us in the band pay tribute to label Underground Power for releasing our initial Satanic Panic demo. Now, with the formidable forces of Napalm Records backing us, we’re set to deliver an even more powerful and demolishing release with our upcoming debut full-length, Shadow of the Sword. Dowse the fires, hide the booze, Stalker and Napalm are coming for you. STRIKE FIRST, STRIKE HARD, NO MERCY!”

Stay tuned for more information on the album.

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Old Iron Debuts New Track “Valerian” From Forthcoming New Album “Lupus Metallorum”

Seattle’s Old Iron debuts a new track entitled “Valerian”, taken from the forthcoming new album “Lupus Metallorum”, which will be released by Good to Die Records tomorrow August 18. “Lupus Metallorum” was engineered and produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, ISIS, The Sword) at Red Room Studios in Seattle WA, and it was mastered at AudioSiege by Brad Boatright.

Check out now “Valerian” below.

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Music Video For New Song “The Rise Of Chaos” Issued By Accept

Heavy metal pioneers Accept issued a video clip for the new song “The Rise of Chaos.” The song is the title track of the new album coming August 4th via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order the album now at this location.

The track listing for “The Rise of Chaos” is:

1. Die by the Sword
2. Hole in the Head
3. The Rise of Chaos
4. Koolaid
5. No Regrets
6. Analog Man
7. What’s Done Is Done
8. Worlds Colliding
9. Carry the Weight
10. Race to Extinction

The clip, which was directed by Scott Diussa, can be viewed here:

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Kreator Streaming New Song “Earth Under The Sword”

Kreator premieres a new song entitled “Earth Under The Sword”. Though new, the track will not appear on the band’s next album,”Gods Of Violence“, which hits stores on January 27th.

Check out now “Earth Under The Sword” below.

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Warbringer Unveils New Album “Woe To The Vanquished”

On March 31st, Warbringer will deliver a monumental 5th record entitled “Woe to the Vanquished.” Singer John Kevill describes the new album:

“For the music on this record we re-focused ourselves after a lot of the experiments on Empires Collapse, and decided we wanted to make a record that is start-to-finish more merciless, ruthless, and cruel, but also maintains some of the more melodic and progressive sense. What we ended up with is a record that has a lot of traits of classic thrash but also a lot of extreme metal, and a rather unique version of that blend. It’s overall faster and meaner than anything else we’ve put out, but also has our biggest and most ambitious song, the 11-minute ‘When the Guns Fell Silent’ to close the record.”

The album was produced and mixed by Mike Plottnikoff (Fear Factory, In Flames), mastered by Howie Weinberg (Slayer, Pantera) with cover art by the esteemed Andreas Marschall (Sodom, Blind Guardian, Obituary).

Kevill explains the stunning album artwork by saying: “It is directly based on a photograph from the end of the First World War–a grim monument, a pyramid of 12,000 German spiked helmets, right in the middle of New York City. What struck me about the image is firstly how morbid it seems to be celebrating 12,000 dead men and calling it victory.”

Kevill, who is studying to be a history professor, further comments: “The title ‘Woe to the Vanquished’ comes from early Roman history–before they were the huge empire they became. In 390 BC, a host of Gauls led by a warlord called Brennus attacked Rome, and captured all the city except the Capitoline Hill. From this hill the defeated Romans made a bargain, they would pay 1,000 pounds of gold for the Gallic army to leave the city with no further bloodshed. The Romans bring the gold before Brennus, who uses his own scales to measure it.

“On the Gaul’s scales, the Roman’s thousand pounds of gold measured to be less, which led the Romans to complain that the scale was rigged (it probably was). Responding to this, Brennus speaks “Vae Victis” (Woe to the Vanquished) and throws his sword on the counterweight. Because the Romans lost, they have to pay the rigged sum of gold as well as the weight of the sword, to add insult to injury. The irony here is that vowing this type of humiliation would never happen again, Rome went on to become an ancient war machine conquering and subjugating most of the old world. On the record ‘Woe to the Vanquished’ is spoken in an ironic, mocking tone–the defeated are trampled and time marches on, uncaring, and forgets they ever existed.

“One of the great things about heavy metal as a genre is you can express tougher subject material than ‘I met a (boy/girl) and it was (happy/sad).’ I looked for the most monolithic evil I could find to write about with this destructive, intense music… and I did not have to look any further than reality. Forget Satan, that’s a children’s story. Real evil is in the hearts of men.”

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The Sword Premieres New Song And Music Video “The Dreamthieves”

The Sword premieres another new track and music video “The Dreamthieves” taken from the upcoming new album “High Country” which will be out in stores August 21st.

Check out now “The Dreamthieves” below.

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Acid Age Releases New Album “Drone Shark Ethics”

Northern Ireland’s Acid Age has released debut full-length album “Drone Shark Ethics” through the German Label Witches Brew.

The tracking for the drums on “Drone Shark Ethics” were recorded at the home studio owned by punk rock vocalist Buck Defect (The Defects). The album also features a guest appearance by Felix Griffin (Ex-D.R.I and BAT) on the closing track. The track listing is as follows:

1. Knight of the Living Shred 01:13
2. F.T.P.L (Fuck the Poor Legislation) 01:38
3. Hyper Thrash 02:48
4. Fall on your Sword 02:11
5. Charles Gein 02:37
6. Drone Shark Ethics 01:43
7. 50,0000 Robot Archers 02:50
8. B.L.S (BIG LONG SONG) 00:18
9. No Place to Skate 03:06
10. Women with No W 03:48
11. Septic Butcher 01:56
12. U.F.A (Unidentified Flying Asshole) 02:35
13. Hound Dog (Feat Felix Griffin) 01:36

Drone Shark Ethics by Acid Age

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Music Video For New Track “At The Edge Of The World” Released By Astralion

Finnish melodic power metal act Astralion released a new music video for the track “At the Edge of the World.” The song, which was independently released by the band back in November 2012, is the first single of the upcoming debut release, which has been set to drop on November 14th via Limb Music. Details on the album are expected soon.

Astralion was formed in 2011 and features vocalist Ian E. Highhill (Olympos Mons) along with members of The Addication and ex-members of HumanGod. The band plays straight melodic power metal and sports the motto: “Forget the dragon, forget the sword here’s true power from the chord!”

Check out “At the Edge of the World” here:

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