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- May 15th, 2019 –

On May 24th, NYC’s Tanith will release their debut full-length, In Another Time, via Metal Blade Records. Taking their name from a character in the classic Hammer Horror The Devil Rides Out, Tanith play vintage hard rock that harks back to the glory days of Blue Oyster Cult, Thin Lizzy and Uriah Heep. However, while such influences resonate through their music, they are never derivative, having a strong musical identity and forging their own sound.

For a preview of In Another Time, the new single, “Eleven Years”, can be heard at: youtu.be/meyvVWr_Jfo

To hear the album tracks “Citadel” (which also appeared on Tanith‘s Citadel 7″, released last year) and “Under the Stars”, please visit: metalblade.com/tanith – where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:


-jewelcase-CD
-limited edition jewelcase-CD (EU exclusive – includes patch)
-180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
-translucent red vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
-blue / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
-white vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 120 copies)
-light blue marbled vinyl (High Roller exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
-white / black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
* exclusive bundles with shirts, plus digital options are also available!

The origin of Tanith lies in Cindy Maynard (Bass, Vocals) and Satan‘s Russ Tippins (Guitars, Vocals) playing covers in clubs and pubs in Tippins’ native UK, but it soon became obvious that they wanted to create content of their own, and form a full band. Deciding to locate the act in New York, they recruited close friend Charles Newton on guitar and drummer Keith Robinson to realize this. “Let me just say upfront that this is no solo project, but a four-piece band where each member has an equal say,” Tippins says. “If I even wanted to call the shots these guys wouldn’t let me! Collectively, we have a dynamic that really works. Not only are we friends who hang out as a matter of course, but musically the pieces all fit to make a picture. It’s a rare thing and I appreciate it more than most, having played in so many bands previously.” The manner in which the four musicians combine is indeed a special thing, and every contribution is essential. “Russ brings most of the substance, spirit and lyrics to the band,” Maynard enthuses. “He’s a visionary, so easy to work with creatively, and just loves getting together and playing with his friends. Charlie is a natural complement to Russ on the guitar, I would say technically and creatively, and he has a way of explaining things with a clarity that makes technically tricky things somehow simpler to execute. Then we have Keith, who is a great, flexible and tasteful drummer, and his grounded nature and playing really anchors everything we do.” Tippins likewise enthuses about Maynard’s contributions, heralding her as “an inspirational person who leads by example in every way. There is no one else I’d rather have beside me on stage, while off stage she is an orchestrator with the vision to keep things on point.

A home demo of the song “Citadel” – made by just Maynard and Tippins – marked the official birth of the band, and the subsequent 7″ recorded with the whole unit demonstrated what happens when the four of them work together. Selling out of physical copies of the two-track 7″ in ten weeks, the songs continue to sell on Bandcamp and have been purchased by fans in Thailand, Russia, Greece, Japan, Australia and numerous other territories – the band feeding on the enthusiasm garnered from around the world. Now, they’re following it up with their debut full-length, In Another Time, which Maynard aptly describes as, “great riffs, lots of melody, interwoven parts, and twin fucking guitars! I think the record is refreshingly different from so many other records being put out now, and the analog warmth of the recording definitely adds to the feel and experience.” Lyrically, they eschew the angry, cocksure, nihilistic, or occult-based subjects common to a vast amount of contemporary rock and metal bands, and instead come from a more positive place – Tippins asserting, “With Tanith we wanted to offer more of a message of hope, and an escape to the realms of fantasy. Broadly speaking, it’s optimism over pessimism.” All the tracking of the record was handled at Excello Studios in Brooklyn, NY, and owner Hugh Pool engineered and mixed the entire collection. “The analog equipment we tracked with affected not only the mood but also the creative process. Real analog equipment from the 60s and 70s has a distinct sound, feel and even smell,” says Newton – and this only adds to the organic, old school feel of the record.

In Another Time track-listing
1. Citadel (Galantia Pt. 1)
2. Book of Changes
3. Wing of the Owl (Galantia Pt. 3)
4. Cassini’s Deadly Plunge
5. Under the Stars
6. Mountain
7. Eleven Years
8. Dionysus
9. Under the Stars (Reprise)


To celebrate In Another Time‘s release, Tanith will be hosting a special record release show at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY on May 26th. Presented by Revolver Magazine, the event will also be filmed, so that fans worldwide can tune in later to this exclusive performance. See the flyer below for more details.

Tanith line-up:
Russ Tippins – Guitars, Vocals
Cindy Maynard – Bass, Vocals
Charles Newton – Guitars
Keith Robinson – Drums

Tanith online:
https://www.facebook.com/TanithNYC
https://www.instagram.com/tanithnyc

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- May 15th, 2019 –

Band shares new song, “Polunosznica”

Emerging from the shadows of eastern Poland back in 2015, black metal band Batushka have established themselves as one of the modern era’s most powerful and evocative bands. Harnessing the fire and fury of arcane black metal and channeling it through the reverberant grandeur of ancient rituals of worship, the band’s debut album Litourgiya stood apart from the extreme metal hordes: a monument to originality, depth and dark mysticism that swiftly cast its spell over the metal underground and beyond.

The band will release its sophomore album Hospodi through Metal Blade Records on July 12. The album is available for pre-order here: batushka.lnk.to/hospodi

Named after an Old Church Slavonic word for “God,” Hospodi enhances all the unique qualities that made the band such an instant phenomenon, while offering an entirely distinct and fresh sensory experience. The album boasts the most ferocious and bewitching songs the band has penned to date – along with a newfound sense of rock swagger.

The band has shared the first new track and video for “Polunoszcznica.” Listen and watch here: youtu.be/sccJ35Y223A

Fiercely conceived and audaciously executed, Hospodi takes the epoch-shattering essence of Batushka‘s debut to a new level of idiosyncratic intensity. From the mesmerizing chants of the opening “Wozglas” to the blazing bombast of “Dziewiatyj Czas” and the pulsing, dark rock melodrama of “Wieczernia,” this is an album full of wildly dynamic, divergent moments, wherein the band’s otherworldly, inspirational fervor meets the whip-crack precision of 21st century brutality. Perhaps most importantly, Batushka‘s deft conjuring of religion’s synaptic shock ‘n’ awe looms large over every scything riff and bellicose scream. By the time fans reach the overpowering climax of the closing Liturgiya, a true Damascene conversion is practically guaranteed.

“The whole album is a concept based on the Liturgy of Death, the prayers for the dead, and Orthodox funeral rites and dirges,” said the band. “It’s all about a ritual that involves the dead and the mourners. We also used a lot of old folk songs and elegies from our homeland. These are sung during the wake, around the casket, in the deceased person’s home. Nowadays only a few older people know them and still sing them accordingly in our region. We decided to cherish that tradition and I’m glad that with our album these songs and rites will survive.”

Hospodi will be available in several configurations, listed below:


-Limited edition digibook CD
-Deluxe box set (wooden box, digibook CD, clear/black marbled vinyl, DVD, hard cover book, incense box, candles, pin, guitar pick – limited to 800 copies)
-Deluxe box set (EU Webshop exclusive – wooden box, digibook CD, blood splatter vinyl, DVD, hard cover book, incense box, candles, pin, guitar pick – limited to 200 copies)
-180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
-Amber marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
-Dead gold marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
-Blood-red black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
-Clear/red/black splatter vinyl (EU Webshop exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
-Gold / black split vinyl (US retail exclusive – 500 copies)
-Cream w/ black splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive – 500 copies)
-Black w/ gold haze vinyl (US webstore exclusive – 500 copies)

Hospodi track-listing:
1. Wozglas
2. Dziewiatyj Czas
3. Wieczernia
4. Powieczerje
5. Polunosznica
6. Utrenia
7. Pierwyj Czas
8. Tretij Czas
9. Szestoj Czas
10. Liturgiya

Batushka online:
https://batushkaofficial.com
https://facebook.com/batushkaband
https://twitter.com/batushkaband
https://www.instagram.com/batushkaband

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- May 15th, 2019 –

Posts video update from the studio

Summer Slaughter 2019 will see the tour’s first ever triple co-headline bill, featuring Cattle Decapitation, Carnifex, and The Faceless all sharing the main event and performing full headline sets. Rivers of Nihil, Nekrogoblikon, Lorna Shore, Brand of Sacrifice + the Headbang For The Highway Winners will join as support, making this one show not to be missed!

Cattle Decapitation is currently tracking their upcoming album, due out late 2019 via Metal Blade Records. Fans who attend this year’s edition of Summer Slaughter will be one of the first who hear a taste of this new material – so don’t miss out! And watch an exclusive message from the band now here: facebook.com/watch/?v=2242605025822602

See below for all dates!

The Summer Slaughter Tour
Cattle Decapitation / Carnifex / The Faceless
Rivers of Nihil
Nekrogoblikon
Lorna Shore
Brand of Sacrifice
+ Headbang For The Highway Winners

Jul. 20 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Jul. 21 – Lincoln, NE @ Royal Grove
Jul. 22 – Iowa City, IA @ Wildwood
Jul. 23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
Jul. 24 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Jul. 25 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
Jul. 26 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
Jul. 27 – Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL Festival
Jul. 29 – Cleveland, OH @ The Odeon
Jul. 30 – Dayton, OH @ Oddbody’s
Jul. 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
Aug. 1 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
Aug. 2 – Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
Aug. 3 – Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
Aug. 4 – Baltimore, MD @ SoundStage
Aug. 5 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
Aug. 6 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Aug. 7 – Greenville, SC @ The Firmament
Aug. 9 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Aug. 10 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Aug. 11 – Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live
Aug. 13 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
Aug. 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ 1720

For the latest studio updates, please follow: facebook.com/cattledecapitation

Cattle Decapitation line-up:
Travis Ryan – vocals
Josh Elmore – guitars
Dave McGraw – drums
Belisario Dimuzio – guitars
Olivier Pinard – bass

Cattle Decapitation online:
http://www.facebook.com/cattledecapitation
http://twitter.com/cattledecap
http://www.youtube.com/officialcattledecap
http://instagram.com/cattle_decapitation
http://www.indiemerch.com/cattledecap

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- May 13th, 2019 –

Set to kick off “Devastation on the Nation” North American tour next week

On June 14th, Hate will release their 11th full-length, Auric Gates of Veles, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of Auric Gates of Veles, the band has now launched a video for the first single, “Sovereign Sanctity”. Produced by 9LITER FILMY (9literfilmy.pl) and filmed by Błażej Jankowiak, the clip can be viewed at: youtu.be/VfM0PpXMAFA

Hate‘s front-man ATF Sinner comments: “Well here it is, the first visual to our new album – ‘The Auric Gates of Veles‘ – for the song, ‘Sovereign Sanctity.’ We feel the video and the song together pass a story that at once conveys our message universally and yet is full of details and symbolism that tell a deeper story. So instead of me telling you about it, I’ll present it to you all with no preface. Just a quick thanks before we start to Błażej Jankowiak and 9LITERFILMY for the massive work done bringing our united vision to life.”

Auric Gates of Veles can be pre-ordered at: metalblade.com/hate – where the record is available in the following formats:


-jewelcase-CD
-limited edition digipak-CD (EU exclusive – includes 2 bonus tracks)
-180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
-slate blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
-white / black marbled vinyl (Napalm exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
-black / white splatter vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
-black / white split vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
-grey / black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
* exclusive bundles with shirts, plus digital options are also available!

Since 1991, Hate have lived up to their name, responsible for some of the angriest and most ruthless death metal unleashed upon the world. With 2017′s Tremendum, they took a step toward a darker, more atmospheric, black metal-oriented style and began exploring Slavonic mysticism, and new album Auric Gates Of Veles boldly continues in that direction. “We wanted to go deeper into the subject, both musically and lyrically,” asserts vocalist/guitarist ATF Sinner. “We also wanted to record a sharper and better defined rhythm section, a more death metal-oriented one. When it comes to guitar sound, it was meant to be a wall of sonic destruction with dark ambient elements in the background.” To say that they achieved that which they set out to create is an understatement, for Auric Gates Of Veles is a titanic record that is both more organic and dynamic sounding, and may well be the finest of their storied career.

With the ominous rumble that heralds the commencement of opener “Seventh Manvantara” giving way to a squall of guitars and blastbeats, it is clear that Hate are playing at the top of their game. Progressing through the rampant thrashing and wide open spaces of “The Volga’s Veins”, the haunting, crushing grooves of the title track, the equally sinister and tragic sounds of “Salve Ignis” and concluding with the raw black metal of closer “Generation Sulphur”, it is a diverse record, not content to rehash the same idea eight times. The centerpiece of the album is arguably the six and a half minute epic thunder of “Sovereign Sanctity”, which demands the full attention of the listener from start to finish. “We wanted the songs to sound like anthems, and ‘Sovereign Sanctity’ is a perfect example of such a song. I think it’s also one of the best we have written in years,” Sinner states.

Auric Gates of Veles track-listing
1. Seventh Manvantara
2. Triskhelion
3. The Volga’s Veins
4. Sovereign Sanctity
5. Path to Arkhen
6. Auric Gates of Veles
7. Salve Ignis
8. Generation Sulphur
9. In the Shrine of Veles (Pre-Production) *ltd. digi bonus track
10. Path to Arkhen (Pre-Production) *ltd. digi bonus track

Starting next week, Hate will be touring across North America with Belphegor, Dark Funeral, and Incantation as part of the annual “Devastation on the Nation” trek, before appearing at various European festivals this summer. See below for all dates!

“Devastation on the Nation” tour dates
w/ Hate, Belphegor, Dark Funeral, Incantation

May 17 – San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
May 18 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro
May 19 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
May 20 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
May 21 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
May 23 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
May 24 – Denver, CO – Roxy Theatre
May 25 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
May 26 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
May 28 – Cleveland, OH – The Phantasy
May 29 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Place
May 30 – Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
May 31 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
June 1 – Boston, MA – Middle East
June 2 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar
June 4 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
June 5 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
June 6 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft at Center Stage
June 7 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
June 8 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
June 9 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
June 10 – Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live
June 11 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
June 13 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
June 14 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
June 15 – Los Angeles, CA – 1720

Hate live
July 19 – Nova Bana, Slovakia – Gothoom Open Air Fest
Aug. 3 – Saint-maurice-de-gourdans, France – Sylak Open Air
Aug. 15 – Barther, Germany – Barther Open Air Fest
Aug. 18 – Saint Nolff, France – Motocultor Fest
Aug. 24 – Susice, Czech Republic – Metal Madness
Aug. 31 – Leipzig, Germany – Torture the Masses Fest

Hate line-up:
ATF Sinner – vocals, guitars
Pavulon – drums
Domin – guitar
Tiermes – bass (session)

Hate online:
https://www.facebook.com/HATEOFFICIAL
https://www.instagram.com/hateofficial
https://twitter.com/HATEBand
https://www.youtube.com/user/hatepoland

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- May 10th, 2019 –

Launches new video for the track “Tethered”

“Any prog fan should be lucky John Arch can pop into our world every few years with Jim Matheos and give us something as magnificent as ‘Winter Ethereal‘.”Loudwire

“A solid and impressive Metal record that grows metrically heavier while still maintaining gorgeous melodies.”Cryptic Rock

“Together, John Arch and Jim Matheos have crafted yet another sparkling jewel that is nothing short of a treat for the ears, the mind, and the heart.”Last Rites

Arch / Matheos have released their second studio album, Winter Ethereal, today via Metal Blade Records. Additionally, the band has launched a video for the track “Tethered,” which can be viewed at: youtu.be/7ANTKF6BkrY

Purchase Winter Ethereal now at: metalblade.com/archmatheos – where the album is available in the following formats:


-digipak-CD
-black / white marbled swirl (US exclusive – limited to 700 copies)
-clear w/ blue smoke (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
-180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
-blue / red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
-ice blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
-white vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
-white / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
* exclusive bundles with shirts, plus digital options are also available!

In progressive metal circles, the names of guitarist Jim Matheos and vocalist John Arch are spoken with due reverence. With the former having been a driving force in Fates Warning for thirty-five years, and the latter the original front-man of that band, they also have a single seminal work under the Arch / Matheos banner, 2011′s Sympathetic Resonance. In 2019, they have reunited to follow that record up with Winter Ethereal, a more stylistically varied and perhaps deeper collection that explores a lot of sonic territory over the course of nine immersive tracks. “This stems from both of us trying to step out of our comfort zones a bit, sometimes voluntarily, sometimes being pushed,” states Matheos. “Having worked together so many times, it would be easy to fall into the same way of doing things, and I think we were both interested in exploring some new areas.” Arch concurs and adds: “Each song is notably different from the next, and nothing sounds repetitive. It is not a concept album, but somehow after a full listen from start to finish, there does seem to be continuity between the songs that I can’t describe. At over an hour long, I think the fans will agree that it is a full listening experience.”

Upon completion of Sympathetic Resonance, the duo neither declared it a one-off work nor planned on making a follow up, and rather than force anything, they waited for the right timing to present itself, opening the door for a sophomore release. Having commenced writing for the record in the spring of 2017, nothing included was at any point destined for a Fates Warning record, and everything was penned specifically for Arch / Matheos. This contributes to the record’s distinctive feel, and had it not come so naturally, there would be no Winter Ethereal. “The way we work together is no pressure, no deadline, at least until we get close to recording,” says Matheos. “We allow ourselves a lot of time and flexibility to see if we even have anything to say. That’s first and foremost. We start by writing, and if things start shaping up and we’re excited and inspired, we keep going until we’re confident that we’ll be able to do a whole record.” Rather than reform the full line-up of the first record – made up entirely of Fates Warning members – this time around, the duo favored mixing things up with a variety of contributing musicians. “We decided that it would be a good idea to use a different lineup and hopefully avoid a lot of the confusion created around the first record. At the same time, we didn’t want to give the impression that we were forming a new ‘band’ that would be touring/recording beyond this current record. With that in mind, I thought it might be an interesting idea to have a few different rhythm sections across the record, to give things a different feel and sound under the familiar top layer of vocals and guitars by John and I.” This lineup comprises both present and former Fates Warning drummers and bassists – Joey Vera, Bobby Jarzombek, Joe Dibiase and Mark Zonder – plus other noted musicians, such as the legendary Steve Di Giorgio (Death, Testament, Charred Walls Of The Damned), Cynic‘s Sean Malone, and renowned drummer Thomas Lang.

While not a concept album, Arch asserts that “anyone who takes the time to read the lyrics will probably connect with a recurring theme touching on the mysterious weight or flight of human emotion that leaves us with more questions than answers.” In the context of the title, rather than referring to the season, Winter was chosen for having “certain connotations sometimes associated with it, such as isolation, a withering to rebirth”, and with Ethereal meaning “not of this world, or otherworldly”, there came a “meaningful marriage between the two words that best summed up the theme of the album”. For the most part, Arch’s lyrics come as a reaction to the music Matheos presents him with, letting the thoughts and feelings evoked dictate the direction. Enjoying listeners making their own interpretation of his lyrics, he typically does not go into detail about specific tracks, but as an example of the direction he was drawn, he references “Pitch Black Prism” and the many influences that went into shaping it. “The impetus for this song started with seeing images of dolls left behind at the schools and homes near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. Many weeks of research into the personal accounts and survivors’ testimonies led me deeper into curiosity. I was halfway into the song when I stumbled across a documentary called ‘The Russian Woodpecker’, which inspired a larger twist on the direction of meaning. However, it wasn’t until I saw a post from a Chernobyl survivor named Yuri, who was one of the musicians employed by the Russian Government sent with his bandmates and a ballet dancer into the heart of the disaster to entertain the dying, that the song became complete.”

Making the most of contemporary technology, almost all collaborators tracked their parts in their respective home studios, while guitars and vocals were laid down at Matheos’ studio with him handling the production. Working this way was conducive to creativity and a process that was most agreeable to both Arch and Matheos. “For me, having the freedom and drive to work in isolation is one of the things I like best about recording,” says Matheos. “It allows me to experiment, and often fail, without feeling inhibited or constrained. That said, John offered a lot of encouragement, whether remotely or in person, and pushed me into directions I wouldn’t normally go.” Matheos was similarly supportive when it came to Arch laying down his parts. “I really enjoy the studio situation, mainly because it feels like home,” the vocalist states. “It is a low-key relaxing environment, Jim is behind the console, and I’m behind the mic, and no one is pushing anyone. Whatever creative differences we have, we work out with compromise. I appreciate Jim’s patience while I’m tracking vocals because it can be brutal at times. It’s also cool because I get a front row seat watching Jim track his guitars, sometimes late into the night ’til we both run out of gas. We are longtime friends, and a couple shots and laughs at the end of a long day make for some good memories.”

One thing is certain, with Winter Ethereal, fans of Arch / Matheos will feel that the long wait endured for new music has been worth it. The natural manner in which it all came together makes it all the more special. “Sometimes after being away from something for a while and having life experiences to draw from, you feel you have something to say or offer. Music has always been the best medium for me to express what sometimes words alone cannot, and the timing for this record was just right,” Arch asserts. When it comes to the words he would most readily apply to the album, he immediately goes to “unpretentious, emotionally driven, and, sometimes, the hard truth. ‘Sympathetic Resonance‘ had many of these elements, but I think ‘Winter Ethereal‘ does it with more breathing room, giving the listener time for reflection.”

Winter Ethereal track-listing
1. Vermilion Moons
2. Wanderlust
3. Solitary Man
4. Wrath of the Universe
5. Tethered
6. Straight and Narrow
7. Pitch Black Prism
8. Never in Your Hands
9. Kindred Spirits

Arch / Matheos online:
https://www.facebook.com/archmatheos
https://twitter.com/archmatheos

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- May 6th, 2019 –

Today (May 6th), Cult Of Luna has released a new single, “The Silent Man” – the group’s first taste of new material under their sole name since Vertikal 1&2 (2013). The track will also appear on Cult Of Luna‘s new album, which will be released at the dawn of fall.

To hear “The Silent Man”, please visit: youtu.be/XoFJA24GhfA

Stay tuned for more details about Cult Of Luna‘s album coming soon!

Recognized for their apocalyptic live performances that unrestrainedly explore the audience’s imagination, transposing music-triggered sensations visually, Cult Of Luna will bring their stunning live show to fans across Europe soon – appearing at both festivals this summer, as well as headlining a tour in Nov./Dec. with A.A Williams. See below for more details.

Cult Of Luna live
May 18 – Huskvarna Folkets Park – Sweden
June 1 – Fortarock – Netherlands
June 21 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Belgium
June 22 – Hellfest Open Air – France
June 28 – Tuska Festival – Finland
June 29 – Provinssi Festival – Finland
July – Resurrection Festival – Spain
August – Brutal Assault Festival – Czech Republic
Aug. 9 – Øya Festival – Norway
August – Rock Altitude – Switzerland
August – Arctangent Festival – UK

Cult Of Luna tour dates
w/ A.A Williams

Nov. 24 – Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, Germany
Nov. 25 – Stollwerck – Cologne, Germany
Nov. 26-29 – TBA
Nov. 30 – Le Trianon – Paris, France
Dec. 1-3 – TBA
Dec. 4 – Kino Siska – Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dec. 5 – Technikum – Munich, Germany
Dec. 6 – Arena – Vienna, Austria
Dec. 7 – TBA

Cult Of Luna online:
https://www.instagram.com/cultofluna
https://www.facebook.com/cultoflunamusic
https://twitter.com/cultofluna_off

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- May 3rd, 2019 –

Kicks off North American tour with Slayer, Lamb Of God, Cannibal Corpse

Today (May 3rd), Amon Amarth have released their 11th full-length, Berserker, via Metal Blade Records (North America)/Sony Music (International)! To preview and purchase Berserker, please visit: amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker – where the album can be streamed, and also ordered in the following formats:


–digipak-CD
–deluxe box set [digipak-CD, shield (~12"x12"), patch (~4"x4") - limited to 500 copies in US]
–opaque white w/ black splatter vinyl (limited to 1200 copies)
–opaque white w/ silver haze vinyl (retail exclusive – limited to 1300 copies)
–clear w/ red splatter vinyl (webstore exclusive – limited to 750 copies)
–black w/ red haze vinyl (webstore exclusive – limited to 750 copies)

Fans can also make their own Berserker shield now here: berserker.amonamarth.com

Comprising 12 monstrous heavy metal anthems that bulge with irresistible melodic hooks, bursts of thrilling savagery and moments of spine-tingling dynamic drama, Berserker is the result of the huge surge of creativity and a collective desire to keep moving forward with no compromise. From the disarming melodrama and explosive riffing of opener “Fafner’s Gold” and the brutish simplicity of the rampaging “Crack The Sky” to the epic fury of “Raven’s Flight” and the grim, gritty storytelling of “Ironside” and “Skoll and Hati”, Berserker is an album full of trademark Amon Amarth bluster and bite but with every aspect of the band’s sound somehow refined, sonically enhanced and made vastly more potent, both in terms of metal oomph and emotional power. Neatly summing up the spirit behind these exhilarating new songs is the album’s semi-title track, “The Berserker At Stamford Bridge”: a visceral but vivid historical tale, recounting the Vikings last stand against the English army in 1066 and the mind-bending heroics of one axe-wielding warrior.

Showcasing an undeniable and startling upgrade for every aspect of Amon Amarth‘s iconic sound, Berserker was recorded in Los Angeles with renowned studio guru Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Stone Sour) manning the controls. After recording several rounds of professional demos for the new songs (initially with fellow Swedish metal icon Peter Tägtgren and then later with Ruston himself) the band crossed the Atlantic to make final the recordings in LA, eager to take a fresh approach to the album-making process.

“For me, this is Amon Amarth 2.0,” vocalist Johan Hegg declares. “I think what we’ve done here is give ourselves the space to explore other parts of our musicality and who we are as a band. If you’re content with where you’re at, what’s the point of continuing? We always want to come up with new ideas and find new ways of doing things and to create bigger and better shows and really try to improve every aspect of what the band is. We want to try to keep growing and to do this for as long as we have the possibility to do so, because this is the best fucking job in the world.”

In support of Berserker, Amon Amarth will be touring with Slayer, Lamb of God, and Cannibal Corpse this month in North America, before returning to the states this fall for a headlining run with Arch Enemy, At The Gates, and Grand Magus. See below for all dates!

Slayer “Leg Five: North America” tour dates
w/Lamb of God, Amon Amarth, Cannibal Corpse

May 2 – Ak-Chin Amphitheatre – Phoenix, AZ
May 3 – Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
May 5 – UTEP/Don Haskins Center – El Paso, TX
May 7 – Bert Ogden Arena – Edinburg, TX
May 8 – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory – Dallas, TX
May 10 – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
May 11 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
May 13 – Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV
May 14 – Merriweasther Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
May 16 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Noblesville, IN
May 17 – Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre – Bonner Springs, KS
May 19 – DTE Energy Music Center – Clarkston, MI
May 20 – Covel Centre – Youngstown, OH
May 22 – Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
May 24 – BB&T Pavilion – Camdel, NJ
May 25 – Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA

Summer European Festival Tour
June 1 – Metalfest – Plzen, Czech Republic
June 2 – Forta Rock – Nijmegen, Netherlands
June 3 – Strasbourg, France
June 6 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden
June 8 – Rock Im Park – Nuremberg, Germany
June 9 – Rock Am Ring – Nürburgring, Germany
June 11 – Petrzalka, Slovakia
June 12 – Budapest, Hungary
June 13 – Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf, Austria
June 14 – Greenfields – Interlaken, Switzerland
June 16 – Download UK – Donington, England
June 17 – Limerick, Ireland
June 20 – Knotfest at Hellfest – Clisson, France
June 21 – Graspop – Dessel, Belgium
June 22 – Copenhell – Copenhagen, Denmark
June 25 – Mystic Fest Poland – Krakow, Poland
June 27 – Sonic Park – Bologna, Italy
June 29 – Download Madrid – Madrid, Spain
July 1 – Toulouse, France
July 2 – Grenoble, France
July 4 – Rock Harz Festival – Ballenstedt, Germany

Berserker World Tour – Raid Of North America tour dates
w/ Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, At The Gates, Grand Magus

September 26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
September 27 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
September, 28 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum
September 30 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Convention Centre
October 1 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle
October 3 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
October 4 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
October 6 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
October 7 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theater
October 9 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
October 10 – Montreal, QC – M Telus
October 12 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
October 15 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
October 16 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
October 18 – New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore
October 19 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
October 20 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
October 23 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
October 25 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
October 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium

Amon Amarth online:
http://www.amonamarth.com
http://www.facebook.com/AmonAmarth
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband
https://www.instagram.com/amonamarth
https://youtube.com/AmonAmarthOfficial
http://giphy.com/amonamarth

Amon Amarth Berserker pre-order links:
Main Link: amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker
Spotify: amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker/spotify
Apple Music: amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker/applemusic
Amazon: amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker/amazon
Amazon Music: amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker/amazonmusic
Merch: amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker/artiststore

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- May 2nd, 2019 –

On May 10th, Abnormality will release their third full-length, Sociopathic Constructs, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of Sociopathic Constructs, the new single, “Monarch Alpha”, can be heard at: youtu.be/2BGSMrWjWqk

The previous singles – “Curb Stomp” and “A Catastrophic and Catalyzing Event” – can be viewed now at: metalblade.com/abnormality – where the album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–jewelcase-CD
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–root beer marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–turquoise marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–amber / red marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
* exclusive bundles with shirts, plus digital options are also available!

The album was tracked primarily at The Brick HitHouse in Hyannis, Massachusetts with producers Peter Rutcho (Revocation, Ravage) and Shane Frisby (Becoming The Archetype, Bury Your Dead) with vocals produced by Zdenek Sikyr at Studio Hostivar (Cult of Fire, Master’s Hammer) in Prague. Having worked with Rutcho since 2010, it was a painless, professional process, the band also bringing in Chaney Crabb of Entheos to add a guest vocal to the devastating “Penance”. “‘Sociopathic Constructs‘ is the result of tons of hard work and shows the progress we have made as a band since ‘Mechanisms‘ (2016),” asserts Sundaramurthy. “We feel the time is now for such an album, the brutality perfectly reflects the darkness, violence, and harsh reality of our world.”

Sociopathic Constructs serves to further cement Abnormality‘s place at the cutting edge of savage ultra-technical death metal. With this release, the quintet have stepped up their game across the board, making for a record that is as violent, complex and thought provoking as any you will hear in 2019, and the band were not afraid to explore and mix things up. “I think this record we felt free enough to just go where we wanted to within a song,” states guitarist Jeremy Henry. “We had no qualms with switching styles and approaches from riff to riff. To have a whole section grinding away and then just switch gears, hit the brakes and drop a slow, old school Morbid Angel warship groove in there. We felt free to follow our instincts, and just let our influences shine through.”

Sociopathic Constructs track-listing
1. Monarch Alpha
2. Penance
3. Kakistocracy
4. Transmogrification of the Echoborgs
5. A Catastrophic and Catalyzing Event
6. Aeturnum
7. Dying Breed
8. A Seething Perversion
9. Curb Stomp

Abnormality live – Aggressive Misanthropy Across Europe 2019
w/Gorgasm, Cenotaph

July 6 – Obscene Extreme Festival – Trutnov, Czech Republic @ Battlefield
July – 7 Graz, Austria @ Club Q
July 8 – Zagreb, Croatia @ AKC Attack
July 9 – Bologna, Italy @ Freakout Club
July 10 – Torino, Italy @ Ziggy Club
July 11 – Milano, Italy @ Circolo Svolta
July 12 – Montpellier, France @ Secret Place
July 13 – Move Your Fucking Brain Fest – Barcelona, Spain @ Death Field
July 14 – Lorraine, France @ No Man’s Land
July 15 – Charleroi, Belgium @ MCP Apache
July 16 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Ebrietas
July 17 – Vienna, Austria @ Viper Room
July 18 – Budapest, Hungary @ Durer Kert
July 19 – Death Metal Supremacy No 6 – Cluj-Napoca, Romania @ Flying Circus

Abnormality online:
https://www.facebook.com/AbnormalityOfficial
https://twitter.com/abnormalityband
https://instagram.com/abnormality.band
https://www.youtube.com/AbnormalityOfficial
https://abnormality.bandcamp.com
https://www.reverbnation.com/abnormality

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- May 1st, 2019 –

Announces NYC release party show on May 26th

On May 24th, NYC’s Tanith will release their debut full-length, In Another Time, via Metal Blade Records. Taking their name from a character in the classic Hammer Horror The Devil Rides Out, Tanith play vintage hard rock that harks back to the glory days of Blue Oyster Cult, Thin Lizzy and Uriah Heep. However, while such influences resonate through their music, they are never derivative, having a strong musical identity and forging their own sound.

For a preview of In Another Time, the new single, “Under the Stars”, can be heard at: youtu.be/uGYldgVxd-o

To hear the album track “Citadel” (which also appeared on Tanith‘s Citadel 7″, released last year), please visit: metalblade.com/tanith – where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:


-jewelcase-CD
-limited edition jewelcase-CD (EU exclusive – includes patch)
-180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
-translucent red vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
-blue / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
-white vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 120 copies)
-light blue marbled vinyl (High Roller exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
-white / black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
* exclusive bundles with shirts, plus digital options are also available!

The origin of Tanith lies in Cindy Maynard (Bass, Vocals) and Satan‘s Russ Tippins (Guitars, Vocals) playing covers in clubs and pubs in Tippins’ native UK, but it soon became obvious that they wanted to create content of their own, and form a full band. Deciding to locate the act in New York, they recruited close friend Charles Newton on guitar and drummer Keith Robinson to realize this. “Let me just say upfront that this is no solo project, but a four-piece band where each member has an equal say,” Tippins says. “If I even wanted to call the shots these guys wouldn’t let me! Collectively, we have a dynamic that really works. Not only are we friends who hang out as a matter of course, but musically the pieces all fit to make a picture. It’s a rare thing and I appreciate it more than most, having played in so many bands previously.” The manner in which the four musicians combine is indeed a special thing, and every contribution is essential. “Russ brings most of the substance, spirit and lyrics to the band,” Maynard enthuses. “He’s a visionary, so easy to work with creatively, and just loves getting together and playing with his friends. Charlie is a natural complement to Russ on the guitar, I would say technically and creatively, and he has a way of explaining things with a clarity that makes technically tricky things somehow simpler to execute. Then we have Keith, who is a great, flexible and tasteful drummer, and his grounded nature and playing really anchors everything we do.” Tippins likewise enthuses about Maynard’s contributions, heralding her as “an inspirational person who leads by example in every way. There is no one else I’d rather have beside me on stage, while off stage she is an orchestrator with the vision to keep things on point.

A home demo of the song “Citadel” – made by just Maynard and Tippins – marked the official birth of the band, and the subsequent 7″ recorded with the whole unit demonstrated what happens when the four of them work together. Selling out of physical copies of the two-track 7″ in ten weeks, the songs continue to sell on Bandcamp and have been purchased by fans in Thailand, Russia, Greece, Japan, Australia and numerous other territories – the band feeding on the enthusiasm garnered from around the world. Now, they’re following it up with their debut full-length, In Another Time, which Maynard aptly describes as, “great riffs, lots of melody, interwoven parts, and twin fucking guitars! I think the record is refreshingly different from so many other records being put out now, and the analog warmth of the recording definitely adds to the feel and experience.” Lyrically, they eschew the angry, cocksure, nihilistic, or occult-based subjects common to a vast amount of contemporary rock and metal bands, and instead come from a more positive place – Tippins asserting, “With Tanith we wanted to offer more of a message of hope, and an escape to the realms of fantasy. Broadly speaking, it’s optimism over pessimism.” All the tracking of the record was handled at Excello Studios in Brooklyn, NY, and owner Hugh Pool engineered and mixed the entire collection. “The analog equipment we tracked with affected not only the mood but also the creative process. Real analog equipment from the 60s and 70s has a distinct sound, feel and even smell,” says Newton – and this only adds to the organic, old school feel of the record.

In Another Time track-listing
1. Citadel (Galantia Pt. 1)
2. Book of Changes
3. Wing of the Owl (Galantia Pt. 3)
4. Cassini’s Deadly Plunge
5. Under the Stars
6. Mountain
7. Eleven Years
8. Dionysus
9. Under the Stars (Reprise)


To celebrate In Another Time‘s release, Tanith will be hosting a special record release show at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY on May 26th. Presented by Revolver Magazine, the event will also be filmed, so that fans worldwide can tune in later to this exclusive performance. See the flyer below for more details.

Tanith line-up:
Russ Tippins – Guitars, Vocals
Cindy Maynard – Bass, Vocals
Charles Newton – Guitars
Keith Robinson – Drums

Tanith online:
https://www.facebook.com/TanithNYC
https://www.instagram.com/tanithnyc

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