Nocturnal Depression Announces Lineup Change, Issues Update On New Material

Nocturnal Depression has issued the following update about working on new material, playing upcoming live shows, and undergoing lineup changes:

“The ‘Suicidal Thoughts MMXI’ CD will be available the 9th October 2011. You can pre-order it directly to the label Sun&Moon records or also to us. ‘Shadows of Tragedy’ split CD is now available through Self-Mutilation Services. This CD contains tracks from the never released demo ‘One Night Among Nightmares.’ It was a forgotten CD that has made several years of late in pressing by the label…

“An EP is at work actually. This one will be called ‘L’Isolement’ and will include the title track from extract from the upcoming album ‘Spleen Black Metal’ + an exclusive track. More info coming soon.

“The Webshop has been closed during summer by our webmaster. Now it’s back with the re-redition of the first ND shirt ‘spreading self-hatred.’ Also a discount price of the ‘Beyond the light’ CD.

“We will play 2 gigs for the end of 2011 : 5 November in Italy for the Black Winter Fest (with Tsjuder, Handful of Hate…) and the 16th November in Lyon (France) with our brothers in depression Forgotten Tomb. Wait for a Brazilian tour in 2012…

“Avskrius has left the band after the Northern Lights Festival gig. Another session will be with us on stage only for the next gigs. We are looking for a permanent live session lead guitarist. Lord Lokhraed will play with the danish sick depressed band MYRD on their German tour with Angantyr + Blackshore + Soleil Gris in the beginning of October.”

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Motorhead Drummer Mikkey Dee Speaks On Deceased Guitarist Wurzel

In a recent interview with Swedish newspaper Expressen, Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee shared his thoughts on former band mate Michael “Wurzel” Burston, who sadly passed away on Saturday. An excerpt from the interview reads:

“He wrote damn good Motörhead riffs. I remember that I missed that when he was not there. I missed the simple classic Motörhead riffs. They were never written after that. They left with him. He was wonderful, he was really funny. There was a lot of rock and roll in the old man.”

A statement from the group’s management released on behalf of Motorhead read:

“It was actually Lemmy who gave Wurzel his name in the back of a taxi as he thought he looked like the TV character Worzel Gummidge because of his wild hair.”

The spokesperson went on to explain Wurzel’s wife had told me them he had been unwell for some time with heart trouble which left him struggling to climb the stairs at home.

As a tribute to their fallen friend, who they described as one of the nicest men, the band requested Rock Radio play ‘Killed By Death’ tonight as it was a track co-written by Lemmy and Wurzel during a taxi journey from the flat they were sharing at the time and the Brittania Studios.

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Majesty To Release 2-CD Set "Own The Crown"

Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about the return of Majesty and the release of the “Own the Crown” 2-CD set:

“Majesty is back! ‘Own The Crown’ is the long awaited comeback album of Majesty containing two CDs packed with immortal heavy metal hymns. On the first disc you find all the greatest Majesty hits of the band’s career so far.

“Besides of the two new songs ‘Own The Crown’ and ‘Metal On The Road’ the second CD will feature lots of rare songs and re-recorded material which most of the fans have never heard before. Among other things you find a re-recorded version of the ballad ‘Snow Is On The Mountains’ which was originally released in 1999 on the ‘Metal Monarchs’ demo.

“As a unique special the first demo tape, which is out of stock for years, will also be on the CD.
In total 28 breathtaking tracks are on the 2CD box set which will be in stores for a single CD price. The elaborately designed booklet featuring liner notes from Tarek for every single song and never seen photo material is also very worth mentioning. Also don’t forget to attend the comeback concert on September 3rd at the Turnhalle in 97941 Tauberbischofsheim – Dittigheim, Germany.”

Vocalist Tarek also released the following statement: “With this statement I want to tell all fans, friends and partners that we decided that it is time for Majesty to officially come back to the glorious Heavy Metal world. It might sound strange to some of you that after only three years when we said that the band is not existent anymore we return but I really want to try to explain to you all the thoughts, feelings and economic reasons which led to that decision.

“I know that many of you were shocked when we put Majesty to sleep in 2008 and I can never properly explain you the exact reasons why we did that step and honestly, I donŽt even know them myself. The only thing I know is that it was a decision which hurt the feelings of many dedicated and loyal fans standing together with us side by side through the years.
I know that a bright future lies before us now and we will try to play as many shows as possible all over the planet and finally do again what we were born for: Heavy Metal Our strength and our religion.”

“Own The Crown” is going to be released worldwide on September 2nd, 2011.

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Helstar Issues Health Update On Bassist Jerry Abarca

Helstar has checked in with the following update about bassist Jerry Abarca experiencing health issues:

“This past week our bassist, Jerry Abarca, had biopsies done for his ongoing stomach illness, which first occurred during the December 2010 Helstar European tour. At this time the doctors have ordered more testing for Jerry, as his recent results have yielded cause for concern.

“Please keep Jerry in your thoughts and prayers. We appreciate the love and support of our fans.
More updates will be provided as news becomes available.”

You can also find more information on Helstar, and listen to tracks available for streaming online, by heading over to the band’s MySpace page.

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Metalunderground.com Presents: Riffs Not Riots – A Charity Fundraiser

Metalunderground.com is thrilled to announce that we will be taking part as a sponsor in an upcoming charity event dubbed “Riffs Not Riots” on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.

Metalunderground.com is joining forces alongside Etnies, Cariboo Brewing, Emerica, Abort Magazine, The Invisible Orange, 99.3 The Fox, Scratch Records and many others to bring “Riffs Not Riots” to the people in an effort to support the victims of the recent riot that took place in Vancouver. The proceeds from the event will go directly to the Canucks For Kids Fund – a nonprofit charity run by the Vancouver Canucks NHL organization.

On the evening of June 15, 2011 a riot broke out in the city of Vancouver following the team’s loss in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins. The riot and following looting impacted over 60 Vancouver businesses which suffered millions of dollars in damages and losses. Many courageous and innocent civilians also came under attack from the roaming mobs for taking a stand against the rioters and defending the city in which they live and love. These citizens placed themselves in front of shop windows and others left vulnerable to protect those who could not protect themselves. It is these people that “Riffs Not Riots” aims to thank and appreciate.

The idea for “Riffs Not Riots” came from a group calling themselves ‘The Underground Hardcore Collective.’ One of the initial masterminds behind the idea was Chris Dyck, vocalist and guitarist for Vancouver sludge metallers Ancients, who offered the following comments on the event’s formation;

“My motivation for this benefit show was simple. For one, I was so confused and angry at the sight of actual beatings taking place so close to where I live. I think its totally unacceptable to see this kind of thing happening, for no good reason. Seeing people use booze, boring middle class lives and today’s dumbed down, violent as fuck culture as an excuse to cause damage. So for me its a protest, kind of like a big ‘Fuck You’ to those who are responsible and to show everyone that good human beings in our part of the world don’t roll like that, ever. So I contacted a bunch of bands and a bunch of promoters. The response was positive, so we started working on it right away. Had a few speed bumps, but over all its been so amazingly awesome working with the people involved and I am fully amazed at how generous and rad people are being. Its getting me really stoked for the show.”

Wendy Thirteen, one of the city’s longest running promoters of all things punk and heavy metal and a central figure in ‘The Underground Hardcore Collective,’ offered her thoughts on the event by adding;

“The Underground Hardcore Collective formed out of people’s similar ideals on how we could stand up and represent a much misunderstood faction of society in a positive way. In a way to help the city and honor the heroes and victims of the riot. We wanted to express that there is a better way to expend youthful energy through music.”

The lineup for “Riffs Not Riots” features some of the city’s best underground metal acts coming from a wide range of metal genres. The full lineup, with eight bands performing in total, is available over at the “Riffs Not Riots” official Facebook page while Casey Ory, drummer for headliners Titans Eve, checked in with Metalunderground.com to discuss his band’s involvement;

“Titans Eve is honored to share the stage with all the other great bands playing this event. We stand united with them, the organizers and everyone else who opposes mindless, opportunistic violence. As well as to show to those outside of Vancouver, that the vast majority of us have pride in our city and only want good things for it.”

“Riffs Not Riots” is set to take place on July 13, 2011 at Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with performances from Titans Eve, Black Wizard, Ancients, Galgamex, Weirding, Abriosis, Anion and Depressing. The official events page with individual sponsor info can be found over at this location. (Facebook login required)

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Stream Of Passion Posts Album Track-By-Track Break Down

Stream of Passion has posted a track-by-track break down of the band’s upcoming album “Darker Days.” You can check out the thoughts from the band on the new album below.

LOST: A very dramatic and heavy song. We mixed huge guitars with tango influences and this was the result; so on one side you have the very melodic verses, led by the bandoneon and string quartet, and on the other the choruses driven by the guitars and the drums.

REBORN: A song Marcela wrote thinking about her hometown Monterrey. Almost every day I read another terrible story about my old hometown in the news; about murders, kidnappings, persecutions and all other kinds of horrible things going on because of the constant war against drugs and fights amongst cartels. This song is inspired in the hope things can change.

COLLIDE: While thinking about all the tours we’ve done, the heaviest gigs we’ve played, we came up with the riffs of the song; we tried to reflect that energy we feel on stage. Lyric wise this song is about paranoia and persecution delirium, and trying to find comfort in the people you trust.

THE SCARLET MARK: This song was inspired by the book “The scarlet letter,” honor killings and all other situations where women around the world are persecuted and severely judged for bringing what is considered dishonor to their families. Music wise this track has a mysterious atmosphere combined with heavy passages.

SPARK: Spark is a very soft ballad, a sort of lullaby in a way. It´s about platonic love, longing for an ideal someone. We chose to have just piano and vocals in first instance, released it like this around the end of last year, but when we were in the studio recording the bandoneon, the atmosphere of that instrument really fitted the song, so we added some bandoneon lines too.

OUR CAUSE: This song was inspired in Mexican folk music. We combined a Latin rhythm pattern with heavy guitars, challenging the rest of the band with the non European musical basic feel of the song. The lyrics talk about finding one’s own voice and inspiration.

DARKER DAYS: This song started out of the idea of writing a riff in a 5/4 time signature. While working on the verses we came up with the idea of giving it a flamenco feeling with the vocal melodies and the chord progression; it worked out really well in combination with the heavier intro and choruses.

BROKEN: On this song we combined a clean guitar pattern and a doomy atmosphere with a more modern metal riff; it soon became a very dark and intense track. The lyrics are inspired in the negative life experiences we all go through, that might damage us and lead us to involuntarily change our ways.

THIS MOMENT: We started with the very fast paced riff in the beginning, and paired with equally energetic drums. Suddenly, we visualised the piano melody on top of it, which gave the song a whole other feeling; still very energetic, but also mysterious. The lyrics are inspired on Daniel Kahneman’s speech on the riddle of experience versus memory, and how it affects our vision of happiness.

CLOSER: This song was inspired by Vincent van Gogh, by his work “Starry night” and the letters he exchanged with his brother. His search for his own voice and his struggle to find recognition for his work is something I think all artists of all kinds can relate to.

THE MIRROR: A track full of energy, heavy riffs and lots of chromatic melody play. The lyrics are inspired by Oscar Wilde’s “The picture of Dorian Gray.”

NADIE LOVE: A ballad Marcela wrote after her grandmother passed away. I put together the basic structure of the song and wrote the vocal melodies a few weeks after it happened, and then put the idea away for a while; almost a year afterwards I wrote the lyrics, and just then I realized all the emotions that were bound to it.

THE WORLD IS OURS: A song inspired by the multiple revolutions taking place in the world nowadays. Music wise this song combines subtle influences from trip-hop with big, open riffs.

THE HUNT: We wanted to try out more diverse time signatures, so we started with the idea of doing a song in 6/8. We came up with the verses and it quickly took shape into a mysterious, Bond-ish kind of track; with the addition of the big choruses it turned out very epic! The lyrics are inspired in witch hunts, both literal and figurative.

The album’s release dates are as follows:

June 22, 2011 – ESP/FIN/SWE
June 24, 2011 – G/A/S, Benelux & ITA
June 27, 2011 – Rest of Europe
July 5, 2011 – USA/Canada

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Stream Of Passion Posts Album Track-By-Track Break Down

Stream of Passion has posted a track-by-track break down of the band’s upcoming album “Darker Days.” You can check out the thoughts from the band on the new album below.

LOST: A very dramatic and heavy song. We mixed huge guitars with tango influences and this was the result; so on one side you have the very melodic verses, led by the bandoneon and string quartet, and on the other the choruses driven by the guitars and the drums.

REBORN: A song Marcela wrote thinking about her hometown Monterrey. Almost every day I read another terrible story about my old hometown in the news; about murders, kidnappings, persecutions and all other kinds of horrible things going on because of the constant war against drugs and fights amongst cartels. This song is inspired in the hope things can change.

COLLIDE: While thinking about all the tours we’ve done, the heaviest gigs we’ve played, we came up with the riffs of the song; we tried to reflect that energy we feel on stage. Lyric wise this song is about paranoia and persecution delirium, and trying to find comfort in the people you trust.

THE SCARLET MARK: This song was inspired by the book “The scarlet letter,” honor killings and all other situations where women around the world are persecuted and severely judged for bringing what is considered dishonor to their families. Music wise this track has a mysterious atmosphere combined with heavy passages.

SPARK: Spark is a very soft ballad, a sort of lullaby in a way. It´s about platonic love, longing for an ideal someone. We chose to have just piano and vocals in first instance, released it like this around the end of last year, but when we were in the studio recording the bandoneon, the atmosphere of that instrument really fitted the song, so we added some bandoneon lines too.

OUR CAUSE: This song was inspired in Mexican folk music. We combined a Latin rhythm pattern with heavy guitars, challenging the rest of the band with the non European musical basic feel of the song. The lyrics talk about finding one’s own voice and inspiration.

DARKER DAYS: This song started out of the idea of writing a riff in a 5/4 time signature. While working on the verses we came up with the idea of giving it a flamenco feeling with the vocal melodies and the chord progression; it worked out really well in combination with the heavier intro and choruses.

BROKEN: On this song we combined a clean guitar pattern and a doomy atmosphere with a more modern metal riff; it soon became a very dark and intense track. The lyrics are inspired in the negative life experiences we all go through, that might damage us and lead us to involuntarily change our ways.

THIS MOMENT: We started with the very fast paced riff in the beginning, and paired with equally energetic drums. Suddenly, we visualised the piano melody on top of it, which gave the song a whole other feeling; still very energetic, but also mysterious. The lyrics are inspired on Daniel Kahneman’s speech on the riddle of experience versus memory, and how it affects our vision of happiness.

CLOSER: This song was inspired by Vincent van Gogh, by his work “Starry night” and the letters he exchanged with his brother. His search for his own voice and his struggle to find recognition for his work is something I think all artists of all kinds can relate to.

THE MIRROR: A track full of energy, heavy riffs and lots of chromatic melody play. The lyrics are inspired by Oscar Wilde’s “The picture of Dorian Gray.”

NADIE LOVE: A ballad Marcela wrote after her grandmother passed away. I put together the basic structure of the song and wrote the vocal melodies a few weeks after it happened, and then put the idea away for a while; almost a year afterwards I wrote the lyrics, and just then I realized all the emotions that were bound to it.

THE WORLD IS OURS: A song inspired by the multiple revolutions taking place in the world nowadays. Music wise this song combines subtle influences from trip-hop with big, open riffs.

THE HUNT: We wanted to try out more diverse time signatures, so we started with the idea of doing a song in 6/8. We came up with the verses and it quickly took shape into a mysterious, Bond-ish kind of track; with the addition of the big choruses it turned out very epic! The lyrics are inspired in witch hunts, both literal and figurative.

The album’s release dates are as follows:

June 22, 2011 – ESP/FIN/SWE
June 24, 2011 – G/A/S, Benelux & ITA
June 27, 2011 – Rest of Europe
July 5, 2011 – USA/Canada

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