martedì 17 luglio 2018

BLEEDING GODS – si separano dalla bassista Gea Mulder


La formazione Epic Death/Black Metal BLEEDING GODS, che ha di recente terminato il tour con i compagni d’etichetta BELPHEGOR e MELECHESH, è davvero triste nell’annunciare che si separerà dalla bassista Gea Mulder dopo il concerto del MetalDays 2018 in Slovenia. La separazione è consensuale e la sostituta verrà annunciata a breve.

Gea dichiara:
"Con emozioni contrastanti vi informo che mi separerò dai Bleeding Gods dopo il nostro show al Metaldays il 22 luglio.

Anche se non molte persone lo sanno, ho affrontato un esaurimento. La decisione di lasciare i Bleeding Gods è stata difficile, ma so che questa è la cosa migliore da fare. Devo andare avanti, così come anche i Bleeding Gods. I miei anni con i Bleeding Gods sono pieni di bei ricordi. Apprezzo le possibilità che ci sono state date; l'opportunità di firmare con Nuclear Blast e suonare in Russia, Giappone ed Europa e nei nostri recenti show con Belphegor e Melechesh. È stato esplosivo.
Auguro ai miei 'fratelli' buona fortuna e successo nel mondo. Spero di rivederli di nuovo on the road.  Continuerò a comporre e a lavorare per altri musicisti attraverso la mia compagnia Guitart. Ringrazio i fan, i miei amici, la mia famiglia, la nostra crew, Nuclear Blast, le band con cui abbiamo suonato e coloro che ci supportano in tutto il mondo. Spero di rivedervi presto.
Con affetto, Gea".

TENGGER CAVALRY - Regroup and Release new single "Heart" with music video


TENGGER CAVALRY are back!

After their split up right after the release of the latest album Cian Bi in February 2018, TENGGER CAVALRY have gathered their forces and return with a big bang. The Nomadic Folk Metal pioneers led by mastermind Nature have renewed completely and strike back with their new single “Heart,” which is available as the regular 13-minute version and as a shortened radio and music video edit as bonus track.
Nature about the new single:
"It is a long 13 min track featuring multiple nomadic folk artists from China and few amazing American musicians. As the song title suggests, it is a song dedicated to all of my fans who put their hearts into what they truly love and believe."



GRAVE DIGGER – Release New Single And Lyric Video For “Fear Of The Living Dead”!



German heavy metal legends GRAVE DIGGER recently announced the title and track list of their new studio album. Now the band reveals the first single “Fear Of The Living Dead” and its lyric video.

Chris Boltendahl on the song:
Here it is: the new Grave Digger lyric video. Normally we don`t like lyric videos so much – but this one reproduces the atmosphere of the song very well and it’s scary, weird and tough. The song is the first track we have written for the new album and this song contains all trademarks of Grave Digger – and much more: it’s fast, epic and sounds fresh as well. Enjoy people and watch out for the living dead!” 

Watch the video right HERE!


GRAVE DIGGER are:
Chris Boltendahl - vocals
Axel Ritt - guitars
Jens Becker - bass
Marcus Kniep - drums

GRAVE DIGGER online:

lunedì 16 luglio 2018

MOONSPELL's FERNANDO RIBEIRO REVEALS UPCOMING RELEASES ON ALMA MATER RECORDS!

[photo by Paulo Mendes]

Vocalist of Portuguese dark metal pioneers MOONSPELL, Fernando Ribeiro seems to be a restless spirit. Beside heavily touring the world, releasing highly acclaimed records with his band MOONSPELL including their upcoming Live DVD as well as his recent dark poetry book released in English for the very first time ever, Ribeiro has started his own label imprint ALMA MATER BOOKS & RECORDS. With Alma Mater, he is not just returning his longtime experiences, network, support and manpower while being an active and successful musician in the music industry for more than 25 years back to the finest music talents the Portuguese scene has to offer, ALMA MATER BOOKS & RECORDS will also release some exciting book editions and combining the art of heavy music and books under one label.

Says Fernando Ribeiro: „Even tough I love what I do with Moonspell  I always found myself attracted by the doing of other things. Many of my idols like Quorthon (Ace Thomas Forsberg) from Bathory Offical  and Tom Gabriel Fischer have always other duties, revolving around the band but not limited to the band, that I found inspiring.

Putting the two things I like the most: great, meaningful music and excellent literature/poetry together is my plan with ALMA MATER.

Moonspell's struggle for quality and pertinence shall be reflected on the label’s joband we are trying our best to make Alma Mater Books & Records a solid, lasting label, looking into the future by signing Portuguese talent (D E S I R E + Okkultist ), provide them with the investment and knowledge they need; but also to pick and choose from our repertoire and create top of the chain editions while also looking into bands that have inspired us as musicians and spread that legacy through the release of limited editions like the inimitable Clouds from Tiamat  or the early, superbly raw materials of Paradise Lost and many more to come. Alma Mater!“

DEMANDE À LA POUSSIÈRE UNVEIL FIRST ALBUM DETAILS! Self-titled Debut Album Coming September 28th On Argonauta Records!


French Blackened Post-Core band DEMANDE À LA POUSSIÈRE, who just recently inked a deal with Italian label Argonauta Records, have unveiled first and hotly anticipated details about their upcoming and self-titled debut album! Set to be released on September 28th 2018, with their solid and eclectic attitude DEMANDE À LA POUSSIÈRE deliver an impressive hypnotic yet aggressive sound which move from Blackened Post Metal to Sludge and Doom, with an apocalyptic vibe of ambient bleakness!

Says the band: “Our album is a condensed substance of blackness. Carried by the only desire to take the listener in the apocalyptic meanders of an ordinary madness, in the midst of a profound sadness. Each title has its own soul and leads as an initiatory journey to the most absolute darkness. DEMANDE A LA POUSSIERE works to exorcise the greatest fears of peyote of the distant Indian tribe. Massive, heavy and sometimes unhealthy, tortuous is the way of redemption. The ghost of John Fante helps this project in what his poetry has worn as pain”.

The tracklist will read as follows:
1. L'Univers
2. Le Lendemain
3. Etranglé
4. L'Unique Certitude
5. Le Parfum des Cités Perdues
6. Accroché
7. Condamnés
8. 360°

sabato 14 luglio 2018

STORMWITCH - Bound To The Witch

"Bound To The Witch"

Release Date: on June 29, 2018


Label: Massacre Records

Country: Germany

Genre: heavy Metal

Tracklist:
1. Songs Of Steel
2. Odins Ravens
3. The Choir Of The Dead
4. Bound To The Witch
5. Arya
6. Stormwitch
7. Life Is Not A Dream
8. King George
9. Ancient Times
10. The Ghost Of Mansfield Park
11. Nightingale
12. Stronger Than Heaven (bonus track)
13. Rats In The Attic (bonus Track)
14. Priest Of Evil (bonus track)

Gli Stormwitch sono una delle tante heavy metal bands tedesche che negli anni 80 hanno tentato di ritagliarsi il proprio piccolo spazio. Non hanno mai nemmeno sfiorato il successo di Accept o Running Wild ma questo non toglie nulla al valore di “Walpurgis Night”, “Tales Of Terror” e “Stronger Than Heaven”, lavori magari un po’ stereotipati ma che si ascoltano volentieri ancora oggi, a più di 30 anni di distanza. 
Dagli anni 90 in poi l’attività della band si è fatta discontinua: gli immancabili cambi di formazione, qualche album non sempre riuscito e un periodo di stop durato dal 1994 al 2002. Oggi l’unico superstite è il cantante Andy Aldrian, a cui possiamo aggiungere il bassista Jurgen Wannenwetsch, rientrato da qualche anno, che aveva fatto parte della band nei suoi primissimi giorni senza incidere nulla.

Questo Bound To The Witch è probabilmente il lavoro più riuscito dai tempi di “The Beauty And The Beast”, quello che con più convinzione si riallaccia ai lavori storici della band senza sfigurare. Gli Stormwitch resistono alla tentazione di modernizzare il proprio sound o di “pomparlo” con produzioni iper-vitaminiche e continuano a proporci quello che a loro riesce meglio: classicissimo heavy metal anni 80 con le sue inevitabili influenze Iron Maiden-Judas Priest, infarcito di tematiche horror, come dimostrano titoli come “Bound To The Witch”, “The Choir Of The Dead”, e l’autointitolata “Stormwitch”. Queste ultime due possono sicuramente essere annoverate tra le migliori songs: semplici ed immediate, si cantano subito dopo il primo ascolto. Ma tutto il lavoro risulta nell’insieme valido, l’acceptiana “Odins Ravens”, il class metal di “Arya”, la ballata “Nightingale” (che ricorda un po’ la storica “Tears By The Firelight”) e l’epica “King George” sono brani che si ascoltano con grande piacere.
La versione digipack include 3 classici risuonati, che comunque non aggiungono nulla a quanto già sapevamo.

E bravi Stormwitch, è un piacere rivedervi ancora così in forma!

7,5/10
Andrea

Line Up
Andy Aldrian – vocals
Volker Schmietow – guitar
Tobi Kipp – guitar
Jurgen Wannenwetsch – bass
Marc Oppold – drums

giovedì 12 luglio 2018

VAN CANTO - Release official video for second single "Melody"


With the second single "Melody", from their seventh studio album Trust in Rust, VAN CANTO presents itself in their signature style: Choral arrangements, many dynamic changes, power and positivity, strong voices and of course plenty of melodies.
In every part of the song the main melodies shine and it’s no coincidence that the star of this single isn’t one of the seven band members, but the "Melody".

The band sums it up:
"Melody wraps up what VAN CANTO means to the band members: Lots of voices, dynamic changes and drums, a positive message and – a lot of melodies that hopefully will be joined by our fans when we play live."

Line-up:
Hagen Hirschmann: Lead Vocals
Inga Scharf: Lead Vocals
Ross Thomspon: Higher Rakkatakka Vocals
Stefan Schmidt: Lower Rakkatakka Vocals
Jan Moritz: Pad and Bass Vocals
Ingo Sterzinger: Bass and Backing Vocals
Bastian Emig: Drums and Backing Vocals