Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Northern Oak Release New Song ‘Nerthus’ & Lyric Video

Northern Oak, the South Yorkshire progressive folk metallers, today reveal a lyric video for ‘Nerthus’, a first taste of their forthcoming album ‘Of Roots And Flesh’.

‘Nerthus’ is a song that describes the worship ritual for an ancient pagan goddess of the same name. Guitarist Chris Mole elaborates: “A statue of the goddess would be carted around the island where she was worshipped to receive offerings from her followers. The statue would be taken to a sacred pool to be cleansed by a group of slaves, who would then be slaughtered, as touching the goddess and looking upon her face was considered too divine for mortals to survive. Martin's lyrics tell the story of one slave who willingly offers himself up for this duty, seeing it as an honour and a way to atone for the worthlessness of his former life.”

“We think ‘Nerthus’ is one of the strongest songs on the album, both lyrically and musically - Martin's lyrics are really emotive, and the song has some really powerful riffs and a solo which I really love playing.”


Watch ‘Nerthus’ Here
http://youtu.be/ePHKizm1gGs

‘Of Roots And Flesh’ is set for release on 4th October 2014.








Northern Oak are renowned for their ability to weave vicious black metal riffs with haunting flute folk melodies. Since the release of their 2010 album 'Monuments' the band has toured the length and breadth of the UK with their energetic live show, furthering their reputation and earning the band show time at prestigious festivals such as Bloodstock Open Air and Warhorns.

The recording of the new album was entirely funded through a Kickstarter campaign run by the band. The incredible show of support from their loyal and ever growing fan base allowed Northern Oak to record the album at Skyhammer Studios with renowned producer Chris Fielding (Primordial, Electric Wizard, Conan).

Ranging from existential rage on 'The Gallows Tree', relentless doom and sorrow on 'Taken' to a desire to see the best of humanity in the title track, 'Of Roots And Flesh' rewards with a seamless blending of vocal styles and a fusion of electric and acoustic guitars, flutes, violins and even melodeons as the band take you on a musical journey through the nature of struggle.


‘Of Roots And Flesh’ Track Listing
1) The Dark Of Midsummer
2) Marston Moor
3) Gaia
4) Nerthus
5) Isle Of Mists
6) Taken
7) Requiescant In Pace
8) The Gallows Tree
9) Bloom
10) Of Roots And Flesh
11) Only Our Names Will Remain
12) Outro


The album art was completed by Lithuanian born artist Augustinas Našlėnas.

Pre-Order ‘Of Roots & Flesh Here: http://music.northernoak.co.uk/


www.northernoak.co.uk
www.facebook.com/northern.oak

Monday, August 18, 2014

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Bloodshot Dawn Announce New Album Details



Before closing their main stage show at Bloodstock Festival last weekend, unsigned UK melodic extreme metallers Bloodshot Dawn made a very special announcement. Frontman Josh McMorran told an excited crowd that their new album, entitled ‘Demons’ would be released in the UK on 26th October (Rest of World TBA).

‘Demons’ is the second Bloodshot Dawn album and was funded by fans in a Kickstarter campaign which was achieved in just 4 days, testament to the band's loyal following. 

‘Demons’ is also the first recording with their new drummer Janne Jaloma (also of Gothenburg death metal outfit Deals Death). The album features 8 tracks of awe inspiring melodic extreme metal spanning 43 minutes and includes guest musicians such as Sven De Caluwé (Aborted, System Divide), Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun), Andy James (ex-Sacred Mother Tongue) and Chris Amott (Armageddon, ex-Arch Enemy).

Speaking of ‘Demons’ in relation to their self-titled debut, which was released in 2012, Josh comments: “From a musical perspective it has been a completely natural progression. We have not become more melodic or more brutal but rather we’ve enhanced all aspects of the sound we had built up on the first album! This album is a huge step up in technical ability and song writing prowess without changing the music enough to alienate our current fans!”

“The title ‘Demons’, which is also the name of one of the tracks, perfectly represents the lyrical content within the album. It also ties in with the amazing new artwork. The song's lyrical content is about demons on both a personal and a wider social scale, explaining our views on modern society and the struggles within the mind. The album is all about beating your demons and making something of the time you have on the earth whilst battling the ever lasting struggles and trials that come with being human.”


The artwork, which can be seen above, was masterminded by Swedish artist Par Olofoson who is famed for his work with bands such as Immolation, Onslaught, Exodus, Pathology, The Faceless and more as well as also having also worked on the Bloodshot Dawn self-titled debut album.


Track Listing for ‘Demons’
1) Smoke and Mirrors
2) Consequence Complex
3) Unified
4) Inadequacy
5) Black Hole Infinity
6) Human Void
7) The Image Faded
8) Demons


Drums were recorded in Studio Disaster, Sweden by the band themselves; guitars and bass were recorded in Darkside Studio, England by guitarist Benjamin Ellis; vocals were recorded at Envy Studio, England by Richard Worrall and Jack Stephens. The album was mixed and mastered by Danish sound wizard Jacob Hansen (Aborted, Amaranthe, Volbeat, Destruction, Epica, Pestilence).


Watch Bloodshot Dawn live at Bloodstock Open Air
'Godless' - http://dai.ly/x23bz1c
'Quantum Apocalypse' w/ Special Guest Doug Anderson - http://dai.ly/x23bzdz
'Vision' - http://dai.ly/x23bzh2




Catch Bloodshot Dawn Live
26th October - Limerick, Ireland - Dolan’s Warehouse
27th October - Belfast, Northern Ireland - Voodoo
28th October - Glasgow, Scotland - Audio
29th October - Manchester, England - Sound Control
30th October - Bristol, England - The Exchange
31st October - Brighton, England - Green Door Store
01st November - London, England - Unicorn
02nd November - Cardiff, Wales - Full Moon
06th November - Osaka, Japan - Namba Rockets w/ Gorguts & Krisiun
07th November - Nagoya, Japan - Imaike 4 Star w/ Gorguts & Krisiun
08th November - Tokyo, Japan - Cyclone w/ Gorguts & Krisiun
09th November - Tokyo, Japan - Cyclone w/ Gorguts & Krisiun
31st January 2015 - Dublin, Ireland - The Academy w/ At The Gates


www.facebook.com/BloodshotDawn


Friday, August 15, 2014

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This weeks dose of he riff with thrashers Eternal Judgement!

THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

IRON MAN - BLACK SABBATH .


WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

IRON MAN - BLACK SABBATH .


YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

HETFIELD , MUSTAINE & SCHULDINER .


WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

HETFIELD .


THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

SAD BUT TRUE .


THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

SAD BUT TRUE . ( ONE OF THE LOUDEST SONG EVER ) .


THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

RAMSTEIN .


RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

BACK IN BLACK ( AC/DC ) , MASTER OF PUPPETS ( METALLICA ) , DOMINATION ( MORBID ANGEL ) , COWBOYS FROM HELL ( PANTERA ) & HELL AWAITS ( SLAYER ) .


A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?

HIT THE LIGHTS


THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

HELLS BELLS ( OR RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL BUT IT IS ONE OF MY FRIENDS IDEAS ALL READY ) .



WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

THEY SUCK .


https://www.facebook.com/eternaljudgmentmetal
http://eternaljudgment.bandcamp.com/
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Dismemberment mini-tour



 

Ohio's Dismemberment are happy to announce that they will be hitting the road in September for a whirlwind three day mini-tour.

The band's guitarist Jacob Shively had the following to say about the tour:

"Very excited for this upcoming run of shows and to be opening for the legendary Solstice and sharing the stage with Mobile Deathcamp. Plenty more stuff in the works and we've begun working on material for a new full-length. Stay tuned!"

Dismemberment mini-tour official dates:

09/04/2014 The Shrunken Head -Columbus OH *with SOLSTICE
09/05/2014 Token Lounge -Detroit MI *with MOBILE DEATHCAMP
09/05/2014 Berlin Music Pub -Ft. Wayne IN 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Vile Regression Release 'The Empyrean Divide' Playthrough

Just last month Irish extreme metallers Vile Regression released their second record 'Empires'. Today the band have released a new playthrough video for 'Empires' closing track 'The Empyrean Divide'.

Watch the video here!

Guitarist Baz Christie comments: "We decided on this track because we feel it showcases a lot of the technical instrumentation present on the record. It was the last song we wrote before entering the studio and we feel that technically and lyrically it's a good representation of what people can expect from Vile Regression in the future."




Formed from the ashes of Irish extreme metal outfit Vistor Q; Vile Regression hit the scene in 2010 and released debut record ‘The Pattern Evolves’ in 2011 via Casket Music.

After sharing stages with prolific heavyweights such as Dyscarnate, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Unearth Vile Regression built a reputation as a tight and energetic new addition to the extreme metal underground and 2013 saw the band head back to the studio to record a new installment… ‘Empires’.

'Empires' was recorded at Trackmix Studio in Dublin, Ireland with producer Michael Richards and features 7 tracks of extreme metal; technical but not technical for the sake of it and songs which would bode well on the ears of those with a penchant for progressive metal on the darker and heavier end.

Comments the band: “We feel, ‘Empires’ is a very powerful word, invoking strength and confidence. The title came from the overarching theme within the lyrics, that being positivity and empowerment in ones life.”

“While ‘The Pattern Evolves’ dealt with very specific themes of corruption and governments, ‘Empires’ is much more positive. Lyrically the songs deal with different aspects of human emotions such as reaching your potential in life and being the master of your own empire. Songs such as ‘Raze The Complexity’ and ‘The Abstract’ are basically about being confident in yourself and purging the toxic and harmful elements around you.”

Artwork was undertaken by Bartek Siegieda (aka Splin) from Poland.


Listen to 'Tides' here!
http://youtu.be/YMYZVpku0MI


Order 'Empires' Here: http://tinyurl.com/nchd6sf


www.facebook.com/vileregression
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Access Code out today!

 

Deconstructing Sequence are proud to announce the release today of their new EP,Access Code.
Consisting of two epic songs that blend black metal, progressive and post-rock,  Access Code can only be described as Extreme Progressive Art.

The EP is available direct from the band, and can be streamed and purchased here: http://dsprogart.bandcamp.com/



Access Code recording line-up:

Tiberius – Guitars, bass, vocals
Morph – Vocals, synth and programming
J Nerexo (Shadows Land) – Drum arrangements and performance

Deconstructing Sequence on-line:

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Bandcamp


Monday, August 11, 2014

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THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?  

R/ Hi my name is jimmy Acevedo of Betrayer f.t.m. speed thrash metal band  from south America Colombia and the riff that put me into heavy metal living stile was metallica kill em all phantom lord riff.

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

R/ paranoid from black sabbath

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

1)     Jimmy page led zeppelin
2)     Tony iommy from black sabbath
3)     Ritchie blackmore




WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

R/ Tony Iommy from black sabbath

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

R/ escape song from Metallica ride the lighting  

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

R/ electric eye from judas priest

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

R/ I don’t know  

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

R/  Metallica kill em all
     Black Sabbath black Sabbath
     Iron maiden number of the beast
     Motorhead another perfect day
     Judas priest hell bent for leather
     Tank this means war
     Venom welcome to hell

A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?

R/ Metallica hit the lights

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

 R/ metalized blood form Desaster 

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Betrayer_F.T.M./115969

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 Ben Stanton of UnKured fills us in the the all important riffs in his life.






THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

The riff that made me want to play guitar would probably be holy wars from megadeth.

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

The first riff I learned to play was sunshine of your love from cream. My second however was for whom the bell tolls from metallica. 


YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

My top 3 would be chuck schuldiner, Terrance hobbs, and Ryan waste.


WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

That's a hard question to answer.  I mean there are so many types of riffs for different types of metal out of all the riffers out there I could feel safe saying Dave mustaine. Just strong moving riffs. 

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

Beneath the wheel is without a doubt the sound track to my life lol.

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

The riff I wish I wrote is the first riff in where the slime live from morbid angel. I'm actually not a huge fan of theirs but damn if that's not one of the heaviest riffs idk what is.

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

Hmm staying inside true metal riffs id say anthrax with public enemy.  Song makes me puke in my mouth...





RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

Top 5 albums are as follows: 
1. Human from death.
2. Grey sky's and electric lights from woods of ypres. 
3. Pierced from within from suffocation. 
4. Black future from vector
5. Time is up by havok.

A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?

Once again im going to say beneath the wheel it just has the energy and speed that just grips you down inside man.

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

The riff I would like to be played at my funeral would be kiss my ashes goodbye from woods of ypres.  And riff from that song would do.

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

Riffs are what everyone plays air guitar to and hums along to. If the song is done right riffs can make a major impact on a person.  There the content that what makes riffs so great!


MUTATED EARTH IS OUT NOW!