Second To Sun Premiere New Song & Music Video “The Train 1702” From Upcoming New Album “The Walk”

Russian metal outfit SECOND TO SUN will release their new album The Walk on November 25. An official video for the track “The Train 1702” is streaming below:

The band released the following statement concerning the song:

“This song is based on the urban legend of the North of Russia. It is about the freight train number 1702, which travels through the deep forests of Northern Europe. According to legend, during the journey, the crew meets an alien object that first surrounds the train, and then picks up the train and moves it with a giant speed. The song describes what is happening and the emotional feeling of the crew, including visual and sound design tools (the average tempo of the composition, like the train, guitar parts emphasize what the song is about, there are original sounds of the train). Musically, the song is inspired by American groove metal and Scandinavian black metal.”

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Mechanical God Creation To Record New Studio Album

Italian death metal group Mechanical God Creation is set to enter the studio soon to record a third album. Furthermore, the band has announced two upcoming shows, with more now being booked. The band comments:

“We are happy to announce these two new concerts, May 20 with Soul Rape, and for the first time in July 1st we will play in Norway where we have been invited to perform at Garasje Festival. We are excited to announce that we have completed the composition of the new album, and we will soon reveal the date of entry into the studio.”

May 20th – Wanted Pub – Galliate, Italy
July 1st – Garasje Festival – Norway

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Longhouse Streaming Full New Album “II: Vanishing”

Ottawa, ON doom metal trio Longhouse today offers up a full stream premiere of sophomore album “II: Vanishing,” which is due out digitally on Friday, April 14th (plus will be available on physical cassette via Sunmask Records in June).

“II: Vanishing” follows the band’s 2015 debut album “Earth from Water,” a spiritual odyssey into the perseverance of the human spirit and the lessons we can learn from the natural world.

Returning to Wolf Lake Studios to record with Mike Bond (Loviatar, Norilsk, Arms of the Girl) once again as producer and engineer, “II: Vanishing” continues the progression of that previous debut while retaining the band’s core sound of heavy, intricate riffs, splashed with a touch of post-metal to guide you on a dark and visceral journey spanning nearly 40 minutes over five tracks.

The band comments: “’II: Vanishing’ has a logical evolution that is evident in the composition, as well as production. I also think that fans should take a moment to reflect on some of themes that are threaded throughout the album. The bulk of my ideas musically and lyrically come from exploring Indigenous ways of knowing.

“I am Algonquin First Nations. My family’s community is Kitigan Zibi, outside of Maniwaki, QC. However, I grew up in the city, mostly detached from my culture. As a father, I have been trying to immerse myself in the stories, wisdom, and strength of our Elders, knowledge keepers and story tellers, so that I can pass that on to my daughters. Because this takes up so much space in terms of who I am, and who I am becoming, it plays a very large part in terms of influences I draw upon.”

1. Hunter’s Moon (8:38)
2. Vanishing (6:13)
3. Blood And Stone (5:57)
4. No Name, No Marker (7:59)
5. The Vigil (10:06)

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Longhouse Releasing New Album “II: Vanishing”

Ottawa, ON’s Longhouse came into being in 2013 when guitarist Marc Casey and bassist/vocalist Joshua Cayer turned a long-standing writing partnership into a full band with drummer Mike Hache, resulting in a circle of dark, riffy, heavy textured doom metal.

They released their debut album “Earth from Water” in 2015, a spiritual odyssey into the perseverance of the human spirit and the lessons we can learn from the natural world. In November 2016, Longhouse returned to Wolf Lake Studios to record with Mike Bond (Loviatar, Norilsk, Arms of the Girl) as producer and engineer for sophomore album “II: Vanishing.”

“’II: Vanishing’ has a logical evolution that is evident in the composition, as well as production. I also think that fans should take a moment to reflect on some of themes that are threaded throughout the album.” says vocalist / bassist Joshua Cayer. “The bulk of my ideas musically and lyrically come from exploring Indigenous ways of knowing. I am Algonquin First Nations. My family’s community is Kitigan Zibi, outside of Maniwaki, QC. However, I grew up in the city, mostly detached from my culture. As a father, I have been trying to immerse myself in the stories, wisdom, and strength of our elders, knowledge keepers and story tellers, so that I can pass that on to my daughters. Because this takes up so much space in terms of who I am, and who I am becoming, it plays a very large part in terms of influences I draw upon.”

Those influences can be heard in first single “No Name, No Marker,” a song written for the voiceless indigenous children who were abused and died while forced to attend residential schools in Canada and were buried in unmarked graves.

“II: Vanishing” will be unleashed digitally on April 14th via Bandcamp, with a physical cassette release June 2017 (date to be determined) via Sunmask Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Hunter’s Moon (8:38)
2. Vanishing (6:13)
3. Blood And Stone (5:57)
4. No Name, No Marker (7:59)
5. The Vigil (10:06)

No Name, No Marker by Longhouse

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Gorguts Streams New Movement From “Pleiades’ Dust” EP

The critically-acclaimed death metal pioneers from Gorguts are streaming another new segment from their forthcoming EP, “Pleiades’ Dust.” The movement, titled “Besieged,” is streaming below. Regarding the excerpt, Gorguts mastermind Luc Lemay comments:

“With ‘Besieged,’ the composition that is ‘Pleiades’ Dust’ reaches its last segment. I wanted to have a ‘Funeral March’ feel to it, since it is a dramatic point in the story, when the Mongol invaders destroy the library and most of the books are thrown in the Tigris river.

“Musically, I wanted to pay tribute to 3 things with the opening doom riff. First, in the progression of the doom riff, throughout the four repeats, I wanted to expose the theme in unison and in counterpoint, among the string instruments, that gets more complex each time. This constitutes an ode to Penderecki’s second violin concerto, which introduces a funeral march feel right after the cadenza.

“Second, is the guitar tone represents a big nod to the sound of Sunlight studio / HM2. I am absolutely crazy about this guitar tone, which we find on the first Entombed album and also the Bloodbath records. Those had a massive influence on me, when I was writing ‘Considered Dead.’

“Third, is the ‘doom riff” guitar work that I originally discovered on the first Paradise Lost album. I was so intrigued by this dark feel in their writing style and that was also a huge influence for the distinct dual guitar riffs on ‘Considered Dead.’ Therefore this is a tribute to Greg Mackintosh.”

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The Walking Dead Orchestra Teases New Vocalist

Brutal deathcore group The Walking Dead Orchestra is teasing the recruitment of a new vocalist with this message:

“WE HAVE A NEW SINGER!!!! And he’s French. We want first of all to thank our bro Slava Antonenko of Lost In Alaska for his amazing work on the composition of our new album. You rock dude! But we finally find the new frontman of TWDO ! His name will be revealed next Sunday! In your forecasts!”

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Entrospect Releases New Single “Awakening”

After releasing a first full-length titled “Inverse Polarity,” Chilean outfit Entrospect returns now with a new single available for free download.

“Awakening” heralds an upcoming second full-length album to be released later this year via Australis Records. Listen in below, or download your own digital copy of the single at this location.

“‘Awakening’ is a single that marks a before and after of the band” states Entrospect’s Luis Caro, adding “It has been a while between the composition of our first album and because of the internal changes in Entrospect such as the departure of out drummer Alvaro and the inclusion of Guillermo Pereira, besides the consolidation in a 100% of Sebastian as a new stable front man and now part of the band, is that this new material comes with more aggressive marks without losing the technique that characterize us.”

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Inquisition Inks Deal With Season Of Mist

Black metal powerhouse Inquisition has just inked a deal with Season of Mist Records. The Americans’ sixth album will be released on the Underground Activists division. Frontman Dagon issued the following statement:

“For many years INQUISITION has loyally walked upon the path of Black Metal deeply devoted to its spirituality and magic while growing and maturing our craft, yet always preserving the essence that ignited us since our beginning, always keeping us rooted in the elements that make us what we are now and who we were in the past. Time is relativity and this relativity is affected by choice and selection during our time of existence as INQUISITION.

“Therefore our careful choice of a new label as a means to take us further into our journey, and your journey, extending this path we walk upon into deeper dimensions and allowing us to heighten our potential will be placed in the hands of Season of Mist. At this time we are heavily devoted to the composition and arrangement of our next opus.

“We know what we want, we know what you expect and we look forward to 2012 being the year of creation and production of this upcoming ritual. With pride we announce this new relationship and with pride we will continue to deliver INQUISITION at its finest… Hail the cult.”

Further details on upcoming new material from Inquisition will be announced as they are made available.

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