The label commented the news:
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dark Forest into Cruz Del Sur Music’s roster!! This young band from Birmingham, England has been around for a few years now, releasing their self titled debut album on Eyes Like Snow Records in January 2009… their traditional take on heavy metal is as uniquely British as some of the best NWOBHM bands, reinterpreted with a modern production’s punch able to make them stand out alone, fists in the air. If your heart still has a soft spot for Iron Maiden, Angel Witch, Isen Torr or early Deep Purple, Dark Forest has come out of the woodwork to make your day.”Add to My Radar
American power metal warriors Pharaoh have confirmed the forthcoming release of a new EP this summer, set to be released on June 7 via Cruz del Sur — the Rome-based label having already released Pharaoh’s full-length releases “After the Fire” (2003), “The Longest Night” (2006), “Be Gone” (2008) as well as last year’s Tribute To Coroner 7″ split with Canvas Solaris.
Entitled “Ten Years”, the upcoming release contains two unreleased songs from the “Be Gone” recording sessions, two tracks previously released only as a bonus 7”, and two covers; New Model Army’s “White Light” and Slayer‘s “Tormentor.”
Get the track listing and full cover art here.Add to My Radar
You have to hand it to Twisted Tower Dire: They chose a name that makes little sense, they play a style of metal that hasn’t been popular since people thought Rob Halford was straight, and their original lead singer died in a motorcycle accident last year. Even with all of this accounted for, they have still managed to stay true to their version of metal on their new album Make It Dark, the same version that grew out of the seeds Judas Priest and Iron Maiden planted 30+ years ago. But is there room for this antiquated style of fantasy music these days, or does the powerful musicianship of these Metalheads make up for their genre of choice?
Virginia’s metal masters Twisted Tower Dire have teamed up with metal ‘zine Apoch’s Metal Review to premiere “White Shadow”, the fifth track from the band’s upcoming fifth full-length release, “Make It Dark”. Tune in and check it out here.
Set for North American release by Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music on May 3, 2011, “Make It Dark” showcases some of the most mature material from Twisted Tower Dire to date, culminating pillar elements of rock/metal above the general standards into a classy, high-energy, eight-song masterpiece.
The band have confirmed a concert on May 20th at Kings in Raleigh, North Carolina with Colossus, Volture, and Sex Panther and will be announcing more live actions over the coming months.Add to My Radar
Pennsylvania-based traditional/doom metal warriors Argus‘ sophomore album, “Boldly Stride The Doomed”, is just over a week away, so metal ‘zine MetalReview.com is hosting a stream of the entire ten-song opus until its official for North American release on May 3, via Cruz Del Sur Records. Stop by and crank up the album stream right here.
In addition to the album stream, MetalReview is also hosting a contest in conjunction with Cruz Del Sur and Argus directly. Running from now until the May 3 North American release date, the “Name That Mascot and Tell Us What the Hell He’s Doing On Those Two Covers” contest focuses on the cover art for Argus’ new “Boldly Stride The Doomed” full-length, as well as their 2009 self-titled debut album, both crafted by artist Brad Moore. Check out the full details and enter the contest here.Add to My Radar
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The gnarliest punk album of the year just dropped. Love Is A Lie, Filth Is Eternal from Filth Is Eternal (formerly F'd and B'd) reminds us that there was a time when Seattle bands were considered dangerous, when Mudhoney might jump on your face and half the roster of Sub Pop didn't look like even Starbucks wasn't gentrified enough for their tepid, pale faced indie rock bullshit. Filth Is Eternal plays an explosive blend of go for the throat, not a moment wasted punk n' roll married to Sonic Youth flirting dissonance and with tones ugly enough to make Fudge Tunnel blush and The Bronx seem like Captain & Tennille. Fronted by an actual snarling wild animal over some of the best riffs and beats you have ever heard. This record reminds me of a show I played in 1997 with my old band Fuse where I got wasted on unclean tapline Rolling Rocks and bottom shelf whiskey after getting a tattoo and ended up rolling on a country bar floor half nude and bleeding and smearing black grime and tattoo inky residue and blood everywhere, waking up the next day feeling kind of aroused and ready to fight literally anything but also half dead. Sirhan Sirhan is gonna get out of jail and be all stoked to enter polite society and this shit will play and it will retrigger a hypnotic trance and make dude go all Winter Soldier on some dudes. If your band doesn't bang as hard as the ending of "The Dog", just quit now.