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Irish pagan metallers Primordial will release their new album, Exile Amongst The Ruins, on March 30 through Metal Blade Records. The band teamed with producer Ola Ersfjord, who worked on Primordial‘s 2016 live album, Gods To The Godless. The record was tracked at Dublin’s Camelot Studios, located adjacent to Primordial‘s rehearsal room.

Check out the video for the first single, ”Stolen Years,” below.

Once again building upon their signature sound, the follow-up to 2014′s Where Greater Men Have Fallen is a more raw, “old-school sounding” record than its predecessor. Hitting home with what vocalist Alan “Nemtheanga” Averill describes as “a direct energy” and wielding an urgency that is undeniable, the Irish quintet once again effortlessly blend elements of tragedy and might like no one else. Likewise, the evolution in their sound continues to be organic and unforced, ensuring that Exile Amongst The Ruins is essential listening for both their long term faithful and those only now drawn into their world.

Commenting on the album’s first single, ”Stolen Years,” Averill said: “‘Stolen Years’ may seem like a strange choice as our lead single, and on the face of it, I guess it is. It’s not a blood-and-thunder epic about tragedy and might and the ruin of nations, nor is it a nine-minute epistle of doom. Have no fear, the album does contain those also, but to open this time, we chose something different. 

“This album has some surprises and this is one of them — a short and painfully simple song which almost didn’t make the final cut, if you can believe so. The video, cut by Costin Chioreanu, is about the journey involved in finally getting to that moment where you walk on stage. The song itself about that last night on earth that comes to us all. Sometimes we never know when that might be. Hold your loved ones tight tonight; this could be it…“

Exile Amongst The Ruins Track Listing:

01. Nail Their Tongues
02. To Hell or the Hangman
03. Where Lie the Gods
04. Exile Amongst the Ruins
05. Upon Our Spiritual Deathbed
06. Stolen Years
07. Sunken Lungs
08. Last Call

To coincide with the album release, the Irishmen have just announced two special and rather intimate album-release shows in Germany as well as their appearance on the ”Heathen Crusade” European tour with Finland’s Moonsorrow as co-headliners and Germany’s Der Weg Einer Freiheit as support act.

Primordial is:

Alan “Nemtheanga” Averill - vocals
Ciarán MacUilliam - guitar
Michael O’Floinn - guitar
Pól MacAmlaigh - bass
Simon O’Laoghaire - drums

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Indian/American progressive metal band Skyharbor has signed a worldwide deal with Entertainment One/Good Fight Music. The group is in the studio with producer Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Twelve Foot Ninja, Dead Letter Circus) working on its new full-length album, Sunshine Dust. The follow-up to 2014′s Guiding Lights will be released later in the year.

“It goes without saying that we’re stoked as all hell to have found our new home with Entertainment One and Good Fight Music,” says guitarist Keshav Dhar. “They have been key in bringing to life our vision for where we want this band to go, and we’re delighted to be able to bring our new record out to the world through them.“

SVP of Metal, eOne Music‘s Scott Givens adds: “Entertainment One is committed to developing and breaking new rock/metal music talent. Skyharbor has already laid the foundation for an amazing future with us and we are all excited to get to work.“

Skyharbor will support its new labelmates The Contortionist on a North American run named ”Clairvoyant North America 2018.” Dhar continues: “Our first-ever North American tour was with The Contortionist in 2015, and we became great friends on that run. We’ve been gunning for a chance to tour with them again ever since, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s going to be a truly memorable experience.

From a file on a computer sitting in New Delhi to a full-fledged touring band with members from around the world formed over the Internet, Skyharbor has defied convention every step of the way. The debut album, Blinding White Noise, was released worldwide in 2012 to critical acclaim and earned the band a dedicated fan following across the globe. Since then, Skyharbor has been performing regularly around the world and making waves with its distinctive brand of sweeping, ethereal prog-rock, releasing Guiding Lights in 2014 after a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign.

After a brief patch of turbulence that saw new frontman Eric Emery and drummer Aditya Ashok solidify the band’s lineup, Skyharbor embarked on a series of tours around the world, covering North America, Europe and India.

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“Galactic Brain,” a new song from Chicago experimental metallers The Atlas Moth, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band’s fourth album, Coma Noir, which will be released on February 9 via Prosthetic Records.

The Atlas Moth guitarist/vocalis, David stated about ”Galactic Brain”: “This song is very much a call to action for anyone out there that feels like deep down there is a bigger reason that we are all here together, in this moment. You may think that the world as it stands is chaotic and full of randomness, but I would argue if you listen closely to the silence and accept Timothy Leary‘s and Terrence McKenna‘s life experience as in the realm of possibility, you will find that there is an organized, rhythmic, mathematical song that is always playing in the background. Well, at least it is for me. I try to tap in to that song and ‘turn on’ whenever possible and ‘Galactic Brain’ is our version of that universal song. The message is clear. And it’s not new. Be kind. Hurt no one. Open your eye.“

Coma Noir marks a few firsts for The Atlas Moth; it’s the first release for L.A. metal indie Prosthetic Records, it’s the first to feature Mike Miczek (Broken Hope) on drums, and it’s the first time the band worked with an outside producer. On previous releases, the band’s guitarist/vocalist Andrew Ragin handled production duties. This time around, longtime friend Sanford Parker (EyehategodVoivod) stepped in to steer the Coma Noir ship. An outside voice, one that the band was comfortable with, was key to channeling all the different elements the band brings to the table and keeping everything cohesive and concise.

As the title suggests, the writing process was influenced by film noir, mixed with a love for the story telling found in graphic novels. Although it stops short of being a concept album, the threads of the initially planned narrative weave throughout the album’s nine songs, a vehicle for real life experiences and emotions. Lyrically and thematically, it stays loose, but clues are littered throughout; is the private detective hot on the heels of an evil cult anything more than a shadow or a figment of our imaginations? Coma Noir is the only way to unravel it all.

Coma Noir Track Listing:

01. Coma Noir
02. Last Transmission From The Late, Great Planet Earth
03. Galactic Brain
04. The Streets of Bombay
05. Actual Human Blood
06. Smiling Knife
07. Furious Gold
08. The Frozen Crown
09. Chloroform

The band will kick off its 2018 plans with a North American tour with Royal Thunder and Mirrors of Psychic Warfare. Further tour dates, including European shows, are expected in due course.

THE ATLAS MOTH - GALACTIC BRAIN - YouTube

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As previously reported, Between the Buried and Me are set to launch the first part of their new concept album series entitled Automata on March 9 via Sumerian Records. The band has released a video for the song “Condemned to the Gallows.” You can watch it below.

Along with the first single, Automata I is now available for pre-order from the band’s website here.

Singer and keyboardist Tommy Giles Rogers Jr. previously stated:

“Our music is dense and our albums are very long, so we want to give people two separate moments to dive in this year and explore new music that we’ve put our entire being into. We hope you enjoy the creation as much as we’ve enjoyed the process.”

BTBAM will embark on a North American tour in March promoting the new release live, with The Dear Hunter and Leprous as support acts.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME - Condemned To The Gallows (Official Music Video) - YouTube

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One of progressive metal’s most groundbreaking and innovative artists is unquestionably Between The Buried And Me, which, after 15 years as a band, continues to push itself to new dimensions with its songwriting. The group’s newest accomplishment, adding to its vast catalog, is the conceptual epic two-part album Automata, part one of which will be released on March 9 through the band’s new label, Sumerian Records.

Between The Buried And Me will embark on a North American headlining tour on March 2, with support from The Dear Hunter and Leprous.

Between The Buried And Me lead vocalist and keyboardist Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr. states: “Every single week, music comes and goes. We can get music instantly, and with this luxury, the listener has a hard time sitting down with albums and exploring their every twist and turn. Because of this, we have decided to release our new album in two parts. 

“Our music is dense and our albums are very long, so we want to give people two separate moments to dive in this year and explore new music that we’ve put our entire being into. We hope you enjoy the creation as much as we’ve enjoyed the process.“

Sumerian founder Ash Avildsen adds: “I first toured with Between The Buried And Me in early 2000s when they were on Lifeforce. Since then, we remained friends and I have watched their career grow nonstop through eras on Victory and Metal Blade. I am very grateful such a seminal, influential and progressive group of musicians have chosen to partner with Sumerian for their next chapter. It’s days like this that remind me of my roots and excite me about our future.“

Automata I Track Listing:

01. Condemned To The Gallows (6:35)
02. House Organ (3:41)
03. Yellow Eyes (8:45)
04. Millions (4:43)
05. Gold Distance (1:02)
06. Blot (10:27)

Automata II will be released in the summer.

What if dreams could be broadcast for the purpose of entertainment? Could you consume the innermost thoughts of another person on screen? If you could, what does that say about an attention-starved audience? More importantly, what would become of the dreamer?

Between The Buried And Me poses those questions and more on its two-part eighth full-length and introductory offering for Sumerian RecordsAutomata. The North Carolina quintet — Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr. (lead vocals, keyboards), Paul Waggoner (lead and rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals), Dustie Waring (rhythm and lead guitar), Blake Richardson (drums) and Dan Briggs (bass, keyboards) — explores these themes by personally smashing boundaries once again. Automata marks the band’s first proper double LP-spanning concept. Moreover, they continue to expand their ever-evolving style, upholding a tradition of progression in the process.

“We never want to repeat ourselves,” affirms Paul. “We’re always trying to do something different, and this album fell right into that sort of pattern. We push ourselves into new places, while retaining our basic sound. Musically, we go somewhere that’s fun and challenging. We never know how it’s going to turn out. These are uncharted waters for us. We’ve never written an entire piece and presented it in separate parts like this.“

“All of our music should build up to the newest record,” Tommy leaves off. “That’s what happens with ’Automata.’ You can take little snippets from our past throughout this album. It sounds like Between The Buried And Me, but it’s still new. We hope to keep the music industry on its toes. This is part of doing that.“

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Technical death metal masters Obscura have completed their fifth full-length album entitled Diluvium. Diluvium was recorded with longtime producer V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence) at Woodshed Studios in Landshut, Germany. The album is set for a Summer 2018 release via Relapse Records.

Some special contributors were involved with the making of Diluvium including Linus Klausenitzer‘s father, Prof. Ulf Klausenitzer, who has worked previously as a violinist and conductor with renowned musicians Arvo Pärt, Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, Mikis Theodorakis, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez and many more.

Additionally, Jonas Baumgartl, a founding member of Obscura, who was a key member of the band between 2002 and 2007 returned to take part in the Diluvium sessions on cello. Jonas recorded drums and cello on the band’s first and only demo Illegimitation, as well as their debut full-length Retribution.

Vocalist / guitarist Steffen Kummerer commented on the new album:

“Our new album ‘Diluvium‘ finally marks the end of Obscura‘s four album circle we started around ten years ago when we wrote ‘Cosmogenesis‘, followed by ‘Omnivium‘ and ‘Akroasis‘ in recent years. With Rafael Trujillo, Linus Klausenitzer, Sebastian Lanser and myself participating as equal songwriting contributors, the record turned out diverse, progressive and colorful in every possible way. We can’t wait to share the final piece of this long running four-album-concept with you and look forward to the album release along with extensive touring throughout 2018.“

Obscura is set to begin a busy 2018 touring schedule. From February 1-5, the band will perform at the annual 70000 Tons of Metal with labelmates Exhumed. Later that month, Obscura begins their massive European tour with Sepultura, Goatwhore and Fit For An Autopsy. The tour commences on February 23, runs through 26 cities and ends on March 24. In April, the band heads to Japan for an exclusive headline tour (April 12-15). On April 30, Obscura celebrates their 15 year anniversary at Alte Kaserne, Landshut in Germany. Additionally, the band has announced several festival appearances including Vienna Metal Meeting, Amsterdam Metal Meeting and Summer Breeze Open Air.

More tour dates and album info will be announced soon.

Additionally, Obscura recently reissued their second full-length album, Cosmogenesis, on vinyl in November via Relapse. The album can be streamed via all digital retail outlets HERE and ordered via Relapse.com HERE.

Stream Obscura‘s complete discography on Bandcamp HERE.

View the collection of official Obscura music videos HERE.

OBSCURA Tour Dates:

Feb 01-05 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2018

— All Dates Feb 23 – Mar 24 w/ Sepultura, Goatwhore & Fit For An Autopsy —

Feb 23 Leipzig, DE Conne Island
Feb 24 Zlin, CZ Masters of Rock Cage
Feb 25 Budapest, HU Barba Negra
Feb 27 Rome, IT Orion Club
Feb 28 Milano, IT Magazzini Generali
Mar 01 Graz, AT Explosiv
Mar 02 Bratislava, SK Majestic Music Club
Mar 03 Warsaw, PL Proxima
Mar 04 Gdansk, PL B90
Mar 06 Berlin, DE Columbia Theater
Mar 07 Hamburg, DE Docks
Mar 08 Saarbrucken, DE Garage
Mar 09 Stuttgart, DE LKA Longhorn
Mar 10 Munchen, DE Backstage
Mar 11 Utrecht, NL Tivoli Ronda
Mar 13 Bristol, UK SWX
Mar 14 Glasgow, UK SWG3
Mar 15 Dublin, IR The Tivoli
Mar 16 Pwllheli, UK Hammerfest
Mar 17 Sheffield, UK Foundry
Mar 18 London, UK Koko
Mar 20 Paris, FR Elysee Montmarte
Mar 21 Bochum, DE Zeche
Mar 22 Nurnberg, DE Hirsch
Mar 23 Salzburg, AT Rockhouse
Mar 24 Solothurn, CH Kofmehl

— Obscura Japan Tour 2018 —

Apr 12 Tokyo, JP Cyclone
Apr 13 Tokyo, JP Cyclone
Apr 14 Nagoya, JP Club 3Star Imaike
Apr 15 Osaka, JP Soma

Apr 30 Landshut, DE Alte Kaserne Landshut *15 year anniversary show*

May 12 Vienna, AU Vienna Metal Meeting 2018

May 19 Amsterdam, NL Amsterdam Metal Meeting 2018

Aug 15-18 Dinkelsbuhl, DE Summer Breeze Open Air 2018

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Cynic has released a digital single titled ”Humanoid.” This song marks the first new music from the progressive pioneers since their 2014 full-length, Kindly Bent To Free Us. Hear it below.

Frontman Paul Masvidal comments: “‘Humanoid’ is a portrait of contrasts, like those between struggle and stillness, or the immediate against the limitless. Our Stargate is planet Earth — consciousness, the transmitter. We, sentient creatures of light, are alive now — on a sphere, floating in a galaxy fixed amidst the infinite. It’s quite miraculous to be aware of this, and it invokes a sense of urgency and empowerment that is unlike anything else.“

“Humanoid” was recorded by Paul Masvidal and longtime Cynic bassist Sean Malone. The song also and marks the debut of the band’s new drummer, Matt Lynch, who brings a renewed sense of energy to Cynic‘s rhythm section.

For the mixing of ”Humanoid,” Cynic partnered with renowned engineer Adam “Nolly” GetgoodMalone comments: “Nolly‘s approach is equal parts expertise and intuition. Working with him was quick, clear, but most of all, musical.“

The artwork for ”Humanoid” features a detail from the painting ”Ayahuasca Dream” by Robert VenosaCynic‘s longtime collaborator and celebrated artist who sadly passed away in 2011.

In other news, a new Paul Masvidal signature instrument, the “Masvidalien Cosmo,” has just been released by Strandberg, the company founded in 2007 by Swedish native Ola Strandberg.

Masvidal comments: “Strandberg breaks new ground yet again. Kabir, the 15th century Indian mystic poet said ‘Wherever you are is the entry point”, and the Masvidalien Cosmo captures this spirit as a instrument.

“When I first started conversations with Ola about the guitar, words such as ‘effortless’, ‘ease’, ‘elegance’, and ‘versatility’ came to mind. Not only was this captured with the instrument, but it was also taken further. The finished product managed to strike a rare alchemy, where everything from the way it sounds, feels, and appears fell seamlessly into place: the guitar both expresses and is itself an expression.

Strandberg is in a league of its own, holding the greatness of progressive design at its heart. Ola‘s work benefits the present by not being bound to it. It’s truly an honor to be working with a visionary company like Strandberg.“

Cynic - Humanoid (official track) - YouTube

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Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group are thrilled to announce Ayreon Universe – The Best of Ayreon Live which will be released on March 30th and will be available to pre-order form January 30th.

On 15, 16, 17 September 2017, Ayreon played live for the first time ever, bringing together 16 guest singers and 11 musicians, playing 28 songs with performances by Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Damian Wilson (Headspace), Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian), Tommy Karevik (Kamelot), Anneke Van Giersbergen (Vuur), Marco Hietala (Nightwish), Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), Edward Reekers (Kayak) and many more.

Ayreon Universe – The Best of Ayreon Live will be available on 3LP + MP3, 3LP + MP3 (Limited Colored Vinyl), 2CD, 5 disc Earbook, plus 2DVD and Blu-ray with 90 minutes of exclusive behind the scenes footage and interviews with the whole cast.

It takes a special kind of talent to bring together 16 of the finest singers from the world of progressive and power metal whilst staking your own reputation on a show that will highlight the best of a 23-year career as one of the leading lights of the progressive music world. And on top of all that, you know you will also have to overcome your own crippling stage fright. But Arjen Lucassen is a special kind of talent.

The daunting task of co-ordinating 16 singers — all with their own bands and busy schedules — is just the beginning. There’s also Lucassen’s live band; the core line-up of Ed Warby (drums), Johan van Stratum (bass), Marcel Coenen and Ferry Duijsens (guitars) and Joost van den Broek (keyboards) augmented by a violinist, flautist and cellist.  To top it off there’s a stage set up that boasts one of the world’s biggest HD screens spanning the entire width of the 013 stage. It’s a spectacular backdrop for a set that comprises of 28 songs over two hours, filmed by 30 cameras in front of 9000 fans who have flocked in from all over the world. Little wonder the three shows in Tilburg, Netherlands sold out within a day.

It’s hardly a surprise that someone with Lucassen’s vision and sense of adventure managed to pull off a spectacle such as Ayreon Universe with apparent ease. Since 1995, when he released Ayreon: The Final Experiment, Lucassen’s imagination and ambition have flourished unfettered by convention.

It was the Ayreon albums, centered around a conceptual theme from their creator’s vast imagination, that began to attract the attention of a burgeoning audience interested in new progressive sounds. For 1998’s Into The Electric Castle, Lucassen began what is now his standard MO of working with an array of popular artists from the prog and metal worlds, namely Fish, Anneke van Giersbergen, Sharon den Adel, Edward Reekers, Damian Wilson, Thijs van Leer, Ton Scherpenzeel and Clive Nolan. This was the masterstroke that would bring his musical vision the wider acclaim he so clearly sought.

“Writing and producing”, he says, “is what I love doing, coming up with the stories and putting it all together.”

Since then, Lucassen has hardly looked back. The two part Universal Migrator albums, released in 2000, saw the likes of Bruce Dickinson, Floor Jansen, Russell Allen and Neal Morse join the ever-impressive list of musicians featured on Ayreon albums. Later on he would add such luminaries as Mikael Akerfeldt, Devin Townsend, Steve Hackett, Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman on albums like The Human Equation (2004), 01011001 (2008) and The Theory Of Everything (2012).

2017’s The Source was another star-studded conceptual affair, this time boasting Dream Theater’s James LaBrie, Marillion’s Mark Kelly and Epica’s Simone Simons. Yet despite being one of prog and metal’s most prolific writers and performers, there is one area where Lucassen does not feel at ease: on stage, in front of an audience.

“I get absolutely crippling stage fright,” he explains. “Up to the night before the Tilburg shows I was having dreadful panic attacks. I honestly didn’t know if I was going to make it on stage.”

“We worked on Ayreon Universe for two years,” he says of the event. “We basically started planning right after ‘The Theater Equation’ was done. There were literally hundreds of things that had to fall into place to make the shows a success.”

And, as you will see from Ayreon Universe: The Best Of Ayreon Live, it turned out pretty special indeed. A crowning achievement, to date, for Lucassen’s remarkable career.

“I just love recording my various projects in the studio,” he states. “To me, it’s another way of performing. But I’m not a live performer. I’m the guy who comes up with the ideas, sees the big picture, and puts it all together. So I’m glad that so many incredible musicians helped me bring my music to the stage.”

Track Listing

1. Prologue
2. Dreamtime
3. Abbey Of Synn
4. River Of Time
5. The Blackboard
6. The Theory Of Everything
7. Merlins Will
8. Waking Dreams
9. Dawn Of A Million Souls
10. Valley Of The Queens
11. Ride The Comet
12. Star Of Sirrah
13. Comatose
14. Day Sixteen Loser
15. And The Druids Turned To Stone
16. The Two Gates
17. Into The Black Hole
18. Actual Fantasy
19. Computer Eyes
20. Magnetism
21. Age Of Shadows
22. Intergalactic Space Crusaders
23. Collision
24. Everybody Dies
25. The Castle Hall
26. Amazing Flight In Space
27. Day Eleven Love
28. The Eye Of Ra

Ayreon Universe - Trailer - YouTube

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Oregon based cosmic trio YOB has completed recording their highly anticipated 8th full-length album and long-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed Clearing The Path To Ascend. The album will contain six tracks co-produced by the band and recorded with engineer Billy Barnett at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, OR, with mastering handled by Heba Kadry (The Mars Volta, Diamanda Galas, Slowdive).

The new album is set for a summer release via Relapse Records, whom YOB have officially signed to following a series of reissues with the label. Frontman Mike Scheidt commented on the new material and signing:

“I have many, many albums in my collection that have been released by Relapse, and I’ve been a fan of their releases for nearly 30 years. We’re honored and excited to release our new album with Relapse. We can’t wait to get back at it and share this new music with our friends worldwide!”

Additionally, YOB recently reissued their fifth full-length album, The Great Cessationin December via Relapse. That album can be streamed via all digital retail outlets HERE and ordered via Relapse.com HERE.

YOB has also announced a brief run of dates in 2018, including appearances at Modified Ghost Festival in Vancouver and Sabertooth Festival in Portland. A complete listing of dates can be found below.

Stay tuned for more details on YOB’s upcoming album.

YOB is:

Mike Scheidt – Guitar, Vocals
Aaron Rieseberg – Bass
Travis Foster – Drums

OFFICIAL LINKS:

YOB on Facebook
YOB on Twitter
YOB on Instagram

Cover photo by: @fotophortress

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Friday, 23rd of February 2018, will witness the release of Interregnum, the 4th album and follow up to the ambitious concept suite The Regal Tribe (2016), by Swedish self proclaimed “primitive and progressive” death metallers USURPRESS. The album will be available via Agonia Records. Listen to the first single ”In Books Without Pages” below.

This time, core members Stefan Pettersson (vocals, lyrics), Påhl Sundström (guitars, music) and Daniel Ekeroth (bass, music) are joined by jazz-fusion drummer Stefan Hildman and ambient/trance keyboardist Erik Sundström, and the outcome astounded even the band itself. Interregnum can be described as “an unholy mix between Camel and Bolt Thrower, that somehow works flawlessly,“ so be prepared for something quite out of the ordinary. And out of this world.

The album was recorded and mixed in the world-renowned studio Dugout Productions (SoilworkBehemothIn FlamesDark Funeral, etc.) in the band’s hometown of Uppsala, Sweden.

USURPRESS have made the following statement about the new album: ”This time we wanted to challenge the establish dogmas and indeed our own predetermined ideas of what makes death metal sound like death metal. We have taken notes from the history of heavy guitar driven music before the times of death metal, in fact; before the times of heavy metal. We have taken inspiration from the hard rock and prog rock movements of the early seventies and put a heavy death twist on it. For those who feel like retching at the sound of this; we can assure you that this is by all means a death metal album and not some silly retro 70-ties throwback 5 years too late for the trend. It’s simply Usurpress but slower, heavier and way more complex.”

Interregnum Track Listing: 

1. A Place in the Pantheon
2. Interregnum
3. In Books Without Pages
4. Late in the 11:th Hour
5. Ships of Black Glass (I: Shards, II: Black Echo)
6. The Iron Gates Are Melting
7. The Vagrant Harlot

Album formats:

- Digipack CD
- Black LP
- Gold LP (limit. to 125 copies)
- Digital
- T-shirt

Line-up:

Stefan Pettersson – vocals
Påhl Sundström - guitars
Daniel Ekeroth – bass
Stefan Hildman (session) – drums
Erik Sundström (session) – keyboards

Pre-order Interregnum from:

CD/LP/TS:
http://agoniarecords.com/usurpress

Digital:
https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/interregnum

USURPRESS on-line:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Usurpress/

USURPRESS - In Books Without Pages (Official Track Stream) - YouTube

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