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Enchantya are a progressive, gothic metal group from Portugal who have been growing their fan base and making a mark on the world scene. “Mother Hope”, their latest single, is a rallying cry to remember our common humanity and to not abandon our principles or forget the fragility of our shared ecosystems. In other words, this is just the song for 2020 and great to have come out of a genre that people often just associate with death worship. Enchantya is so much more than that.

It was an honor to communicate with their vocalist Rute about her band’s coping skills during Covid-19, her musical background, the metal scene in Portugal and how she is keeping hope alive with the band and fans during this time.

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Ensiferum release ‘Andromeda’ OFFICIAL VIDEO

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 9:42 AM (PST)

Finnish metallers Ensiferum have a new video out directed by Vesa Ranta and recorded on Rankki Island, Finland. The song “Andromeda” begins by warning of being too prideful as the band fire into their beloved melodic death metal influenced folk metal hybrid sound. I really enjoyed the chorus section of this song and the end when the energy really picks up.

The biggest difference separating new album Thalassic from the rest of Ensiferum’s catalogue comes from the fact that it’s the first of their albums to be built around a theme.

“The idea of it started to brew in my mind when I was doing interviews for ‘Two Paths’ and many journalists asked if it was a theme album, and I noticed that I was answering all the time that because of the way we compose it’s almost impossible to make a theme album. This really started to piss me off and the decision was made: the next album would have a theme. At that time, we already had a few songs almost ready for the next album, and I started to listen to the demos much more from the feeling aspect instead of analyzing them musically. For some reason, all of them took me to a seashore, and the theme was found: something related to sea or water. So I started to read about history, myths and legend around the world that had something to do with the theme, but even though all of the lyrics are obviously inspired by this, I tried my best to keep Ensiferum’s heroic mentality in them. In the end, there were too many ideas for lyrics, because I didn’t set myself any boundaries – like all stories would have to be Nordic, etc, and one of my favourite songs on the album tells about Andromeda from Greek mythology. I can’t promise that this way of lyric-writing will be the future of Ensiferum, but at least we did this once.” – Sami Hinkka

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Valkyrie will return in 2020 after five years since their last record. Newest track “The Choice” is pure classic metal influenced ear candy to me, just riff after hummable riff like a perfect groove, mid temp ride out into a melodic pasture full of weird creatures as you contemplate your past with longing. The dual guitars and great, organic feel of this one is reminding me of the best work of The Sword, Slough Feg and even a little Blue Oyster Cult “Veteran of the Psychic Wars”. This song is absolutely on my wavelength.

The Virginia based band will release Fear via Relapse on July 24th.

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Hellenic black metal masters VARATHRON will release their 30th anniversary live album titled Glorification Under The Latin Moon on September 25th via Agonia Records.

Recorded in its entirety on August 4th, 2019 in São Paulo (Brazil) during the final show of VARATHRON’s “30 Years Of Darkness Tour”, the historic setlist boasts some of the band’s finest compositions, from 1988 and beyond, most notably including the entirety of classic His Majesty At The Swamp from 1993, to most recent songs, taken from the acclaimed Patriarchs Of Evil album, which made it to an awful lot of year-end lists in 2018.

VARATHRON had this to say about its first live album since its 1988 inception: “During these weird and uncertain days we wish to all our friends, brothers and sisters health and better days to come. In recent years we had the chance to meet wonderful people! We are happy to share with you some important news specially dedicated to you, our supporters and friends: we present to you our new – first time ever – live album! ‘Glorification Under The Latin Moon’ was recorded in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the last show of our 2019 adventure in South America. The album includes a historic setlist with songs since 1988, our latest opus ‘Patriarchs Of Evil’ and ‘His Majesty At The Swamp’ in its entirety. The show was organized by our tour manager and friend Robson Calura and Storm Productions. Lots of thanks to every photographer, engineer and organizer who helped us create something truly special!

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“Say a prayer for humanity/lost in the halls of insanity”. That lyric could be a timeless folk song, but is delivered with power metal confidence and melodic warrior muster on Greyhawk‘s excellent album Keepers Of The Flame (out today)!

Rev Taylor (vox) leads this company of Seattle metal adventurers boldly forth to visit new realms (no, not CHAZ). Taylor’s voice reminds me slightly of the full chested confidence of singers such as Matt Barlow or Blaze Bayley. This group is potent and expresses their Blind Guardian, Dio and Hammerfall compatible charm with the ease of a roguish grin. Fighter Records made a wise choice with this band!

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After a number of years absence that left fans wondering if we would ever hear Sister Sin again, the Swedish rockers have returned to pump us up with blazing rock n roll glory. The band performed a Raw & Mean From Rehearsal live stream over this past weekend and it was epic to hear their underground, fiery anthems again. Liv Sin has stayed busy with her Burning Sermons album and solo band but many people have also missed the rowdy and bar room brawl ready Sister Sin songs. It was killer to hear “24/7” kick off the set (about an hour into the video below) and feel the adrenaline build! Will more be forthcoming? I don’t know, but this was one of the best things to happen yet in 2020 for rock fans.

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The Contortionist frontman Michael Lessard has released a new single and music video today titled “Use The Rest,” his first solo debut. The music video, directed by Lessard himself, is an emotional ride through a dynamic dreamscape that doesn’t exactly end where it begins. “I’m beyond excited to announce the release of my debut song to the world!” says Lessard. “I’ve worked very hard to make a song and video that I thought would be the best representation of what is to come.”

When asked about the possibility of new music, Michael states, “‘Use The Rest’ is the first of many singles/videos to be released. I’ve been lucky enough to team up with Good Fight Music, who have allowed me to build on the idea of creating standalone pieces of music and video for now. I look forward to sharing more music very soon!”

“Use The Rest” by Michael Lessard is available now on all streaming platforms via Good Fight Music. He also reassured fans online that new TC music is on the way in the future as well. This is all great news!

Months back Lessard also directed the clip for his band’s cover of the Pumpkins unabashed smash (see what I did there?) “1979”!

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OVERKILL/SHADOWS FALL’s drummer Jason Bittner has joined forces with guitarists Felipe Roa (SHADOWS FALL), Bobby Koeble (DEATH), and bassist Steve Di Giorgio (TESTAMENT, DEATH) to record a ‘quarantine jam’ video of DEATH‘s “Overactive Imagination” (above).

Jason Bittner wrote also a long accompanying message:
“Well there’s a bunch of explaining that goes along with this video and a history of sorts…….after the whole pandemic started, I contacted my longtime friend and former bandmate Felipe Roa (Shadows Fall touring guitarist after Jon joined Anthrax) to see if he wanted to do some “quarantine covers” and I proposed “Wake Up Dead” by Megadeth, and by now you have seen that one. At the time of discussion Felipe asked if I wanted to do a Death tune, knowing that they are one of my all-time fave bands as well as his, and we used to jam Death in soundchecks all the time. Initially my first reaction “ummmm, I don’t know if I want to do that much WORK, hahaha,” but as soon as he said “Overactive Imagination” I was in – I used to jam this song all the time in my formative years but I did wonder if I could still pull it off. After a couple days of shedding and trying to be 25 again, we had a completed drum track, which I even sent to my pals (former Death drummers) Richard Christy and Gene Hoglan for “approval”. Sean already gave me the green light from Heaven. At first we were just going to do it the two of us, but I had a plan. Here’s some crazy trivia – while I attended Berklee College of Music in the 80’s, I played in a band with Bobby Koeble and we actually recorded a few original songs wayyyyyy back in the late 80’s. Bobby later went on to join Death for the Symbolic album and still plays in Death to All. After not speaking for over 30 years I hit up Bobby, reconnected (which I’d been meaning to do for years) and asked him if he wanted to do this tune with us and he said yes right away. He asked who was playing bass and I told him Felipe probably would do that too………unless…….“Unless what? Unless I can get Steve to do it……So the next point was to contact my friend, and one of the greatest bass players out there, Mr. Steve DiGiorgio to see if this could be possible. At first Steve wasn’t’ sure if he could commit due to his many projects, so we actually asked our friend Bill Bodily (Ex- Toxik, Flotsam and Jetsam touring bassist) to do the bass since Steve wasn’t available. In the meantime, I had sent Steve the track after we put Bobby on it just to “make sure” he couldn’t do it. I had a feeling if Bobby committed, Steve would follow. A week later he did send his tracks, so first off THANK YOU to Steve for going above and beyond in such a quick and timely manner, and also to Bill for being our “backup”, sorry it didn’t work out – next time! So there you have it folks, we put a lot of work into this one because we absolutely love this band in every incarnation, and I am proud to say that I am friends with a lot of the people who have played in their ranks so…….so this one goes out to……Terry Butler, James Murphy, Richard Christy, and Gene Hoglan. Lastly, a moment to remember past members Scott Clendenin, my former bandmate and friend Ralph Santolla, my longtime friend and mentor Sean Reinert, and lastly the one and only Chuck Schuldiner for being one of the greatest songwriters to ever grace the Metal world!! Enjoy and share!!”

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Falconer releases “Kings And Queens”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 9:16 AM (PST)

Epic metal force Falconer return! On June 26th, the Swedish power folk metal warriors will release their new album, From A Dying Ember, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of From A Dying Ember, the new single, “Kings and Queens”

From the beginning, the band planned not to perform often live (their final tour date was at ProgPower USA in Atlanta, GA in 2015). After retiring from the stage five years ago, the band took some time off before writing a new album.

Stefan Weinerhall (guitar) comments: “Finally, we got the chance to incorporate some keyed fiddle and bagpipe into the music – something that has always been a wish from us, just to get that extra medieval and folky feel to it. In that time, we also wrote the most intense ballad ever, which turned out to be ‘Rejoice The Adorned’ – only featuring piano, keys and strings.”

Mixed and mastered by Andy LaRocque, From A Dying Ember was also recorded at LaRocque’s Sonic Train Studio. Stefan concludes: “To sum the album up, we can say that From A Dying Ember’has some things that really stand out from a usual Falconer album. A lot of things happening and more elements to the music than ever before!”

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Today, Brazilian heavy metallers RAGE IN MY EYES have released their new lyric video, created with fan photos/footage, for an unreleased song “I Don’t Want to Say Goodbye”, as a tribute in honor of the late vocalist, ANDRE MATOS. RAGE IN MY EYES is a heavy metal band from Brazil. For 17 years the band went under the name SCELERATA, that had a huge history in the Brazilian heavy metal scenario.

In order to honor the eternal vocalist of Viper, Angra, Shaman and so many other projects, RAGE IN MY EYES created a song dedicated to the late vocalist, entitled “I Don’t Want to Say Goodbye”. The song, released in lyric video format, produced by Carlos Fides, from Artside Studio, featured about 100 fans, who sent photos with his idol, in several times of his trajectory. Known for its charisma and simplicity, in each photo, there is an authentic joy, in both parties, thus showing the affection of fans and the retribution by Andre Matos. To further illustrate the tribute, an exclusive art was released, created by graphic artist Joao Duarte, which will be used as a cover for the release of a single from the song, as bassist Pedro Fauth explained:

“We decided to release only the lyric video At this moment, who expresses our tribute best, with the participation of fans and their photos with Andre. We are honored by the support of this hundred friends who collaborated immediately with our proposal. We also thank João Duarte so much for the beautiful cover, which will soon illustrate the single on digital platforms”.

#andrematos #andrematostribute #andrematosforever #andrematoseterno #andrematosvive #tribute #rageinmyeyes #angra #shaman #viper

In order to honor the eternal vocalist of Viper, Angra, Shaman and so many other projects, RAGE IN MY EYES created a song dedicated to the late vocalist, entitled “I Don’t Want to Say Goodbye”. The song, released in lyric video format, produced by Carlos Fides, from Artside Studio, featured about 100 fans, who sent photos with his idol, in several times of his trajectory. Known for its charisma and simplicity, in each photo, there is an authentic joy, in both parties, thus showing the affection of fans and the retribution by Andre Matos. To further illustrate the tribute, an exclusive art was released, created by graphic artist Joao Duarte, which will be used as a cover for the release of a single from the song, as bassist Pedro Fauth explained:

“We decided to release only the lyric video At this moment, who expresses our tribute best, with the participation of fans and their photos with Andre. We are honored by the support of this hundred friends who collaborated immediately with our proposal. We also thank João Duarte so much for the beautiful cover, which will soon illustrate the single on digital platforms”.

#andrematos #andrematostribute #andrematosforever #andrematoseterno #andrematosvive #tribute #rageinmyeyes #angra #shaman #viper

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photo: Bibiana Reis

Hey everyone. I am feeling pretty emotionally drained after having to explain to cis people what I mean by “demiflux” as if I am an alien. Very thankful for Daniel Radcliffe speaking out against JK Rowling’s transphobic problem spots. No one is trying to “erase” cis people. That is stupid. I also can’t fathom how JK Rowling could invent the Obscurial with all the horrible repression that goes with that dark cloud of energy and have the part PLAYED by a real life enby and still not see the irony of her own phobias. Everyone PLEASE read this Scientific American article again.

Anyway, mighty INTER ARMA have a bad ass new cover of “March Of The Pigs” out and it is just what the doctor ordered. Head here to pick up new covers record Garbers Days Revisited.

INTER ARMA Comments:
Hi. We released our cover of Nine Inch Nails’ March of the Pigs this past Tuesday, but felt it would have been inappropriate to latch onto the outrage we’re all experiencing to promote a cover album, even if by happenstance. If you want to hear it, it’s out there. In the meantime, we suggest that you continue to fight against police brutality and institutionalized racism however you can. It’s working. If you’ve got the means, please consider giving a few or a lot of dollars to the Richmond Community Bail Fund and/or BEAM (Black Emotional And Mental Health). Links below. Black Lives Matter.
Thanks.
https://www.beam.community/donation
https://rvabailfund.org/donate

 

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TERMINAL NATION pretty much took the crown for my favorite newer hardcore band with ease ever since I first heard them and that has yet to change. 20 Buck Spin made a damn correct choice in scooping these dudes up. Stan is a total beast of a performer and the whole band just nail what they do. This is the perfect combo of ready to go deadly, meteor crater sized mosh pit aftermath riffing and social commentary. Can’t go wrong with this band. Earth Crisis, Xibalba, Dismember mosh/whatever you are looking for, they got ya trampled.

Holocene Extinction is on the way very soon!

TERMINAL NATION’s Holocene Extinction was engineered by Jason Tedford, recorded at Wolfman Studios in Little Rock, Arkansas. The album was mixed by Ryan Bram of Homewrecker Studios, mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (From Ashes Rise, Integrity, Noisem), and completed with cover art by Adam Burke, additional art by Valentine Duran, and photography by Kurt Lunsford.

20 Buck Spin will issue Holocene Extinction on CD, LP, and digital formats on August 7th. Watch for preorders and additional audio previews to post over the ominous weeks ahead.

Pre-order TERMINAL NATION’s Holocene Extinction now .

Holocene Extinction Track Listing:
1. Cognitive Dissonance
2. Arsenic Earth
3. Holocene Extinction
4. Master Plan
5. Revenge
6. Thirst To Burn
7. Orange Bottle Prison
8. Leather Envy
9. Expired Utopia
10. Death For Profit
11. Caskets Of The Poor
12. Disciple Of Deceit
13. Age Of Turmoil

TERMINAL NATION:
Stan Liszewski – vocals
Tommy Robinson – guitar, vocals
Dalton Rail – guitar, vocals
Chase Davis – drums
Chase Turner – bass, vocals

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On August 21, 2020, 30 years to the day after its initial launch, thrash/metal-masters Anthrax will celebrate with the release of the deluxe anniversary edition of their fifth studio album, the Gold-certified Persistence of Time, produced by Anthrax and Mark Dodson (Megaforce). Available exclusively on disc and vinyl, the CD package will include two CDs and one DVD, the vinyl edition offers four LPs, as well as revised cover art that reflects what had been the album’s original visual concept. Pre-orders can be placed HERE.

As with Anthrax’s previous anniversary deluxe editions, the band’s Charlie Benante shepherded the one for Persistence of Time. Disc One is comprised of the 11-track album, fully-remastered by Paul Logus (who mastered Anthrax’s Worship Music and For All Kings. the Anthems EP, and the DVDs “Kings Among Scotland” and “Chile on Hell”). Disc One also features a special “bonus B-side” version of “I’m The Man” from 1990 that leans more hip-hop than rock, and a live version of “Time” that was recorded at Michigan’s Palace of Auburn Hills in 1991. The final two songs on Disc One, as well as all nine tracks on Disc Two, are special recordings from “Charlie’s Stash,” an incomparable wealth of Anthrax music from the band’s rehearsals, writing sessions, preproduction, and live performances that Benante has recorded over the past 40 years and has been kept safely filed away. These recordings will put listeners “in the room” with the band, privy to the evolution of the songs on Persistence of Time starting with Benante’s original riffs and demos for the songs, moving on to Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Dan Spitz, and Benante shaping the songs in rehearsal, then into preproduction, and finally into the recording studio. Said Benante, “you’ll hear parts of songs that never made it to the final recording or songs with an arrangement different from the finished song.”

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US prog metal outfit OCEANS OF SLUMBER announce the release of their new and self-titled album out on September 4th via Century Media Records worldwide. To celebrate the announcement, the band have released “A Return To The Earth Below”, the first single off the new record. Watch the video for “A Return To The Earth Below” now HERE.

“Within ourselves, just as within our societies, there are cycles that need to be broken. Cycles that hold us down, that tear us apart, that give us anguish. Sometimes without warning these cracks surface and they trigger a cascade of emotional vulnerabilities, emotional turmoil, even hopelessness. But at some point we must stop running. Stop running from the pain, stop running from the truth, stop running from ourselves. In the light of this self reflection is where we will find peace, both inwardly and outwardly. A Return To The Earth Below is about that journey. It is about the collision of the heart and mind in struggling to find that internal resolution. We feel that the timing of this single couldn’t be more appropriate, as we have all found ourselves at the crossroads of change,” states OCEANS OF SLUMBER vocalist Cammie Gilbert.

The self-titled album is available as standard CD jewelcase, gatefold black 2LP+CD, digital album and can be pre-ordered HERE.

“We’d like to thank Giannis Nakos for the beautiful artwork that captures not only our imagination, but the depths and darkness of the story the album holds within. While there’s plenty more to come, we must be patient for the full album that’s set to release September 4th. For now please enjoy A Return to the Earth Below,” adds Gilbert about the album art.

Oceans Of Slumber track-list:
Soundtrack To My Last Day
Pray For Fire
A Return To The Earth Below
Imperfect Divinity
The Adorned Fathomless Creation
To The Sea
The Colors of Grace
I Mourn These Yellow Leaves
September (Those Who Come Before)
Total Failure Apparatus
The Red Flower
Wolf Moon

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New York City-area hostile faction GRIDFAILURE today unveils Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II through Nefarious Industries. All sales from the outfit’s Bandcamp for the entire month of June will be donated to Black Lives Matter.

Performed/arranged, recorded, and mixed by GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner at The Compound in Valley Cottage, New York, who also drew the cover art, the record was mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee (Kool Keith, Benjamin Tod, Krieg, Thetan).

The album features contributions from GRIDFAILURE live members Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), Greg Meisenberg (Oxx, Maid Myriad, A Fucking Elephant), and Richard Muller (The Third Kind, Vise Massacre, Great Planes), as well as Mac Gollehon (David Bowie, Miles Davis, Onyx, Madonna, Blondie), Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Faith Ciavarella, Pete Tsakiris, Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Fyrhtu), Nathan Verrill (Fyrhtu, Cardinal Wyrm), No One (T.O.M.B., Dreadlords), Clayton Batholomew (Mountaineer, ex-Secrets Of The Sky), Dave Small (Cutworm), Christian Molenaar (Those Darn Gnomes), Lane Oliver (Feel Happiness, Yatsu), Christopher Henry (Fuck Your Birthday, Humans Etcetera), Jeff Wilson (Chrome Waves), Matt Bacon, Andrew Hess, and Chuck Schaaf (Deadbird, ex-Rwake) and his family Star, Izzie, and Mason Schaaf.

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