Self-Titled New Album Available For Streaming

New Jersey metallers Symetria don’t just play old school influenced metal, the band lives and breathes it. Remember the first time you blew your windows out by blasting Anthrax’s “Fisful of Metal” or scared your neighbor’s dog with the sheer volume at which you played Overkill’s “Feel the Fire”?? That’s exactly what Symetria is throwing at you.

Symetria will release their self-titled record via Tripsquad Records on September 29 2017. The record can be heard in full over at this location.

Old school metal never died, it went back to it’s home in New Jersey, where it belongs. The land of Method of Destruction (M.O.D.), TT Quick, Overkill and legendary metal label, Megaforce Records, the genre is safe once again after flailing about aimlessly for the better part of the last two decades.

Rising to the top of the current throng of hopefuls is newcomers Symetria. While the Garden State quintet may be fresh out of the box, the wealth of talent and the ability to deliver within their ranks put them a step ahead of the competition is there. Core members Vince Santonastaso and Kevin Gust met through a Craigslist ad and after playing covers from the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Metallica, Santonastaso knew there must be more to life. Guitarist Cust followed him out the door and gave an old friend of his, Fernando Carrera a call, who came on board shortly after. The search for a drummer began and Blair Smith was quickly found on Bandmix, solidifying the initial Symetria lineup.

The band spent the fall of 2016 writing and working up a live show, playing their first gig at a Toys for Tots benefit in November of that year to critical praise across the board. Santonastaso recalls, “Kevin’s wife overheard someone in the audience talking about us and he seemed to be blown away, according to her. The fact that it was a complete stranger solidified the fact that we were on to something.”

Before long the band had gotten in touch with former M.O.D. guitarist Tim McMurtrie – an old acquaintance of Vince’s – who had just formed a label called Tripsquad Records. Symetria wound up being his first signing. Entering Trax East in South River, NJ with producers Eric Rachel (Burnt by the Sun, M.O.D.) and McMurtie, the band set to work, laying down eight songs in seven days. “We definitely learned a lot working with Eric and Tim,“ says bassist Fernando Carrera. “It was a fantastic experience and definitely an honour to be in the same room with those guys. After recording, I realized I had learned three things: my “true” bass lines, to be patient and that I can eat an eggplant-Parmesan sandwich as long as my entire arm in one take,” he adds, laughing. While second guitarist James Soto had technically joined just as they began tracking, it wasn’t until after the band had stepped away from the studio that Soto was able to jump in with both feet. “James met us and we initially practiced a few times with him before we recorded,” Vincent says. “While we were in the studio he was going over his parts and by the time we were finished recording he was more than ready to be a full time member.”

When it comes to their self-titled album, Symetria play with the confidence and power of a band who have several years under its belt rather than a small handful. The track “Flying High” brings up the ugliness of addiction. More specifically, Kevin Cust’s addiction and recovery. “All Kevin did was tell me what the song was supposed to reflect and as soon as he did, I just ran with it,” while “Venial Sin” is about the 7 Deadly Sins, “I just used Latin terms for the sins themselves for a cool effect,“ tells Santonastaso. “A venial sin is a lesser sin, I chose the name because I wanted to draw attention to the sad truth that so much of our lives have become trivial now and so little really has meaning anymore. We’re just lost souls wandering around destroying ourselves blindly” and “Too Late” calls for immediate action for whatever it is you intend to do in life. “While there’s a tomorrow on the calendar there’s no guarantee you’re going to see it so stop procrastinating.”

The band’s name, Symetria, is actually the Polish translation for symmetry – a literal translation would be “balanced and intelligent” and that’s exactly how the members of the band see themselves and their vision for the future.

The track listing is:

1 – Wakening
2 – Flying High
3 – Vinial Sin
4 – All The Same
5 – Stomp
6 – Time
7 – Too Late
8 – Symetria

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Worws Debuts New Song “Standing in Place” From Upcoming New Album “Truth To Power”

Portland, Oregon hardcore metal/crossover outfit Worws debuts a new song entitled “Standing in Place”, taken from the band’s upcoming second album “Truth To Power”, which is due for arrival on September 22nd via Bandcamp.

Check out now “Standing in Place” below.

Tells vocalist Tony Mesue about the track’s subject matter:

“‘Standing in Place‘ is a metaphor illustrating the desensitization of society and the no action/lack of motivation due to fear. Others may have a purpose to stand, but others play a role in keeping us from our ultimate goals and or finish line! This song is meant to be an example of the duality in life and the roles others play around us, wasting our time!”

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Steel Panther Releases “Wasted Too Much Time” Video

Its time for another wild video from the hyper aroused rockers in Steel Panther!

This time we’ve got a clip for “Wasted Too Much Time” off the “Lower The Bar” album, with the band commenting:

“…because we’ve all had a time in our lives when we should’ve been bangin’ someone else. The official video for ‘Wasted Too Much Time’ is HERE featuring some very special guests!! Watch it NOW on Vevo!”

Those guests include none other than Corey Taylor and Stone Sour doing their best impersonations. Haven’t heard the new album yet? Check out our review here.

Wasted Too Much Time (Explicit) by Steel Panther on VEVO.

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Suicide Silence Announces “The Cleansing” 10th Anniversary Tour

One of the most prolific albums in the history of the deathcore genre is easily Suicide Silence’s debut offering, “The Cleansing,” originally released on September 18th, 2007 and debuting at #94 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

Suicide Silence will officially commemorate the album’s special 10 year anniversary release by embarking on a lengthy North America tour performing the album is its entirety every night. This touring package will feature Upon A Burning Body, Winds of Plague (on select dates), Slaughter To Prevail, and Prison. It kicks off November 7th in Oakland and wraps up December 17th in Hollywood, CA.

Mark Heylmun (guitars) states: “10 fucking years!! ‘The Cleansing’ was a record we wrote when most of us were in our early 20’s. I was in my teens still! My has the time flown by. All we knew back then was we wanted to offend ppl and piss in the face of the mainstream (Dying Fetus pun intended). We’ve wanted to do a commemorative tour for this record for years now and the time has come. ‘The Cleansing’ broke us into the metal world and the record came from a very special place, a fresh place, a place that words fail when I try to describe it, and without it…well we wouldn’t be here attempting to describe it.

“Mitch had a vision for this record, he wanted to set a standard for our scene and in my eyes he created much much more. Since his passing, Eddie has payed homage to Mitch’s vox on this record every night. It’s something very close to our hearts to have Eddie singing these songs with us. Mitch and Eddie inspired each other, exchanged vocal tips, and both have the passion for the most brutal sounds you can humanly make and it’s going to be an amazing show for us and for you. Emotions will be high, maybe we will be high too, you don’t want to miss this. Let’s fucking party! Come celebrate with us cuz this will only happen once!”

11/7 Oakland, CA – The Complex
11/8 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
11/9 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/10 Vancouver, BC – Imperial
11/11 Portland, OR – Analog Theater
11/13 Spokane, WA – The Pin
11/15 Jerome, ID – Diamondz Events Center
11/16 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
11/17 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
11/18 Wichita, KS – Rock Island Live
11/19 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
11/21 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
11/22 Sioux Falls, SD – Big’s Bar
11/24 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
11/25 Chicago, IL – Portage Theater
11/26 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
11/28 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
11/29 Detroit, MI – Shelter
11/30 Toronto, ON – Opera House
12/1 Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions
12/2 Rochester, NY – German House
12/3 Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
12/5 Reading, PA – Reverb
12/6 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar
12/7 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
12/8 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
12/9 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
12/10 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
12/12 Dallas, TX – The Door *
12/13 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger*
12/14 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls*
12/15 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red *
12/16 Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse*+
12/17 Hollywood, CA – The Whisky*+
WINDS OF PLAGUE – Dec 12th – Dec 17th ONLY

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Buried Above Ground Posts “Serpent” Music Video

Buried Above Ground just delivered a savage and unrelenting new music video for the track “Serpent,” which can be viewed below. DJ Gunnarson (guitars, vocals) states:

“This time around the video’s concept was less about a concept or story at all, and more about what emotions certain visuals could stir up. We wanted to have a lot of dark imagery that correlated visually with those emotions. Instead of the standard single linear story-line mixed with random band performance shots, we really wanted to create a visual onslaught of different dark and visceral images that created unease and fear in the viewer.

“We felt that the video should be as visually unrelenting, as the song and lyrics are musically. This video is our defining statement to the masses showing what this band is truly all about, as well as how our music should be experienced. It’s also by far the most rewarding video we have ever worked on.”

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ANCIENT VVISDOM: Occult Rock Sect To Release Fourth LP 33 Digitally Via Magic Bullet Records; “Light Of Lucifer” Streaming + Preorders Posted

Magic Bullet Records confirms the digital release of 33, the new LP by occult rock sect, ANCIENT VVISDOM. The album’s second track, “Light Of Lucifer,” has been issued alongside preorders for the album. 33 is the fourth studio album from Cleveland, Ohio’s ANCIENT VVISDOM. This time around, the perennial nucleus of brothers Nathan “Opposition” Jochum (vocals, acoustic guitar, kick […]

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ANCIENT VVISDOM: Occult Rock Sect To Release Fourth LP 33 Digitally Via Magic Bullet Records; “Light Of Lucifer” Streaming + Preorders Posted

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Children of Terror Debuts New Song “(((Patah)))” From Forthcoming New Album “Kaliyuga”

Indonesian hardcore outfit Children of Terror debuts a new track called “(((Patah)))”, taken from the forthcoming new album “Kaliyuga”, which will be released by the band on September 14.

Check out now “(((Patah)))” below.

Explains the band:

“This time we want to make something unique, quite different than our previous releases. We wanted something heavier, something darker, in the vein of Unbroken, Integrity, Disembodied and many European hardcore/metal bands which always have dark image and sound, in my opinion. We also add noise music element to create atmosphere, so we get dark ambience that fit with the vibe of our music. We cross any genre, we blend any music we know and shape it in the form of a hardcore band. Draw an influence from powerviolence, grindcore, punk to old school death metal, from heavy metal to progressive rock, even a little taste of space rock. We mixed it up and let’s just say we play 90’s metallic hardcore with different approach, by the music, sound, concept, and lyrics.”

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New Album “The White Death” Announced By Fleurety, New Song Available For Streaming

Fleurety announced the third studio album entitled “The White Death” and released the first song “Lament Of The Optimist,” which you can check out below. The album is set for release on October 27th via Peaceville Records. Pre-order now at this location.

“The White Death” is another dark and disturbing experimentalism from the Norwegian avantgarde-metal legends. Fleurety formed in Ytre Enebakk, Norway in 1991, and are known for an experimental and boundary-breaking approach to black metal. Peaceville Records is proud to welcome them to the label’s roster for their upcoming opus.

The new album marks almost two decades since the release of “Department of Apocalyptic Affairs,” and shows the band returning to the style of the legendary debut “Min Tid Skal Komme” (1995); however, this time the music is more experimental, sarcastic and concise. The lineup for “The White Death” features guitarist Alexander Nordgaren and drummer/vocalist Svein Egil “Zweizz” Hatlevik, now joined by bassist/vocalist Czral-Michael Eide (Virus, Aura Noir), vocalist Linn Nystadnes (Deathcrush, Oilskin), plus flutist Krizla (Tusmørke, Alwanzatar) and backing vocalist Filip Roshauw (The Switch).

“The White Death” was recorded by the band themselves and mixed by godfather of Norwegian noise music, Lasse Marhaug. Mastering was performed by longstanding partner of the band Greg Chandler (Esoteric) at Priory Studios, with artwork courtesy of Trine+Kim Design Studio (Ulver, Darkthrone).

The track listing for the album is:

1. The White Death
2. The Ballad Of Copernicus
3. Lament Of The Optimist
4. Trauma
5. The Science Of Normality
6. Future Day
7. Ambitions Of The Dead
8. Ritual Of Light And Taxidermy

Check out “Lament Of The Optimist” here:

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Video For New Song “As Future Evaporates” Posted By In Twilight’s Embrace

Polish death metal veterans In Twilight’s Embrace recently announced that the fourth studio effort from the band will be entitled “Vanitas.” The album drops on September 22nd via Arachnophobia Records. Today, the band premiered the stunning music video for the new track “As Future Evaporates.” You can check it out at this location, or even more conveniently in the player at the bottom.

“Vanitas” was recorded, mixed and mastered in 2017 by Marcin Rybicki at Vintage Records and Left Hand Sounds.

The video was shot “amidst the woods and lakes of the Western Pomerania region, where I come from,” explains vocalist, Cyprian Lakomy. The band traveled to a desolate island in that region, with no access to electric power and a very weak cell phone reception. Cyprian visits this place whenever he needs to detach himself from people and everyday realities. He confesses that “the solitude and total silence of this place enabled us to capture the mood of the song accurately.”

The video reflects the atmosphere of the entire new album. Cyprian explains: “The video conveys the leitmotif of our entire new album – that death accompanies our whole lives. We encounter it at different stages and its growing awareness should drive us to make the most out of the time we were given. Sadly, few have enough guts to aim at something more than barely surviving.”

The track list for “Vanitas” is:

1. The Hell of Mediocrity (song streaming here)
2. Fan the Flame
3. As Future Evaporates
4. Trembling
5. Flesh Falls, No Ghost Lifts
6. Futility
7. The Rift
8. The Great Leveller

Check out the video here:

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Anette Olzen Teams With Jani Liimatainen For The Dark Elemen

The Dark Element – the union of former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzen and Cain’s Offering guitarist/songwriter Jani Liimatainen – will release the self-titled debut album “The Dark Element” on November 10th via Frontiers Music srl. The band also released the eponymous first single, which you can check out in the player at the bottom.

Since word of this project got out, fans have been frothing at the mouth with anticipation for it’s arrival. And no wonder considering the talent involved! Anette is widely known for being the immaculate voice on the hit albums from Nightwish, “Dark Passion Play” and “Imaginareum”. Jani has recently been busy in Cain’s Offering alongside Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto, but left a deep mark on the minds of all power metal fans thanks to his time in Sonata Arctica.

Jani Liimatainen: “I have always been a big fan of Anette’s voice and when the opportunity to work with her arose, writing and producing an album, it was something I just couldn’t say no! It has been a blast working on the songs and I can’t wait for everyone to hear the final result. This will be epic! The songs are extremely melodic and to the point. My goal has been to write catchy songs with hooks that will haunt your dreams, and I think it’s pretty much ‘mission accomplished’. Stay tuned for something special!”

Anette Olzon: “I am so looking forward to this album and I believe our collaboration worked like a perfect match and I am really happy that Jani and Frontiers asked me to do this with them!”

The track listing for the album is:

1. The Dark Element
2. My Sweet Mystery
3. Last Good Day
4. Here’s to You
5. Someone You Used to Know
6. Dead to Me
7. Halo
8. I Cannot Raise the Dead
9. The Ghost and the Reaper
10. Heaven of Your Heart
11. Only One Who Knows Me

Check out “The Dark Element” here:

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