Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will release their new album, “Endless Forms Most Beautiful“, on March 27 in Europe and March 31 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the CD was created by the band’s longtime collaborator Toxic Angel. Continue reading NIGHTWISH To Release ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’ Album In March
Originally released in 2012, Nordavind Records is set to unearth this remastered and reissued edition on 23 February 2015. Pre-orders are available right HERE for €10 only with free shipping worldwide! Continue reading RITI OCCULTI stream new album at Zero Tolerance Magazine; Pre-Orders announced
Taking a page from heroes METALLICA and GUNS N’ ROSES, Los Angeles metallers BUTCHER BABIES have recorded an EP of cover tunes that will surely please fans of the band, as well as fans of the artists that performed them originally. Titled “Uncovered”, this EP will be released on September 30 in North America (October 6 in Europe) and features the following five tracks:
01. Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers
02. They’re Coming To Take Me Away
03. Don’t Give A Fuck
04. Crazy Horses
05. Pussy Whipped
BUTCHER BABIES‘ cover version of NAPOLEON XIV‘s “They’re Coming To Take Me Away” is available for streaming below.
BUTCHER BABIES‘ Carla Harvey (vocals) comments: “It was a blast recording songs that we have been fans of our entire lives and putting our spin on them.
“We all chose a song that had some significance to us. My pick was ‘They’re Coming To Take Me Away’ by NAPOLEAN XIV, because I have a vivid memory of my stepdad, who I considered completely insane, playing it over and over again on his car stereo when I was a pre-teen. The song is about being taken away to a mental institution. I can still see him tapping his fingers on his steering wheel to the beat…”
BUTCHER BABIES‘ Heidi Shepherd (vocals) adds: “As an eight or nine-year-old little girl, I used to rummage through my parents’ albums and 8-tracks looking for some cool music. In hopes that my parents had at least a little bit of good taste, I would play every single song looking for something that I could latch on to. That’s when I came across ‘Crazy Horses’ by THE OSMONDS; it was the heaviest song I had heard at that age. I would play that song over and over and over again, I was addicted. To this date, it’s still one of my favorite songs and reminds me so much of growing up in Provo, Utah.”
In regards to BUTCHER BABIES‘ cover of THE OSMONDS‘ “Crazy Horses”, Donny Osmond comments: “When we released ‘Crazy Horses”, we were pushing against what THE OSMONDS were known for, but it became a greatest hit. The BUTCHER BABIES have reinvented this song in a creative and innovative way — and that’s what music is about. Now…What if I had recorded ‘Puppy Love’ like this?”
To pre-order “Uncovered”, please visit ButcherBabiesOfficial.com.
Shortly before the release of “Uncovered”, BUTCHER BABIES will embark on their first headlining run in the U.S. The band will end their tour playing at this year’s Knotfest in San Bernardino, California.
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Swedish melodic metal act Zephyra signed on with Wormholedeath/Aural Music for the release of the debut full length album “Mental Absolution.” The record was produced by Jonathan Mazzeo. No firm date for the album has been set as of yet, but expect to see it worldwide by year end. Zephyra was formed in 2011 and released two EPs: “First Blood” in 2012 and “Kämpaglöd” in 2013.
The band commented: “We are very thrilled to announce that we have signed a deal with the great label Worm Hole Death. The collaboration is strong, and started in the beginning of last year. At that time we began working on the pre productions of the songs for ’MENTAL ABSOLUTION’, our debut album. The opportunity to work with a label as eager and committed as we are, feels like a deal of a lifetime. MENTAL ABSOLUTION’ is recorded and produced at MathLab Recording studio, and mastered at The Grid, by Christian Donaldson (who currently is working on the new album for ’The Agonist’). For the graphics we´ve had the honor to work with the talented Sanver Studios. We´re glad to have all these professionals around us, and excited to see where this collaboration takes us!”
Wormholedeath commented: “It is no more a secret that I have a big admiration for the nordic attitude and general talent. Zephyra is one of these examples: committed artists, realiable human beings with wide vision and loyal behavior. These guys showed me their integrity during this year of hard work together so I am absolutely proud to announce their signing with our label. The record has be supervised for long time by me and Jonathan and now you all can check the amazing results out just by listening to Zephyra’s amazing music. These guys worked so seriously on the whole project and I am sure that you all out there are able to understand the huge value of this combo. Support Zephyra, they absolutely deserve your attention.”
The track listing for the album is:
1. Imprisoned Queen
2. Forced Family
3. Not Without My Scars
4. Lies and Deceit
5. Emotional Surgery
6. Kiss the Abyss
7. Schizophrenic Sanity
9. Mandatory Meltdown
10. Release My Anger
11. In My Veins
Ulterium Records have announced the signing of the symphonic metal band SLEEPING ROMANCE to the label. Their debut album Enlighten will be released on November 1st in Europe and December 3rd in North America.
Fronted by the emotional vocals of Federica Lanna and the epic songwriting from guitar player Federico Truzzi, Sleeping Romance creates something really exciting together that should appeal to fans in the scene.
Enlighten was mastered by Roberto Priori (LOS ANGELES, DANGER ZONE, VISION DIVINE) and the artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, ICED EARTH).
‘The Promise Inside’
‘Finding My Way’
Check out an album teaser for Enlighten below:
Enlighten can be pre-ordered at the Ulterium Records Store here.
Sleeping Romance will tour Europe together with THEOCRACY in November. These are the confirmed dates so far:
2 – Brainstorm Festival – Apeldoorn, Netherlands
9 – Blast of Eternity – Neckarsulm, Germany
11 – Call for Eternity – Collosseum, Kosice, Slovakia
12 – Melodka – Brno, Czech Republic
13 – Club Hoodoo – Prague, Czech Republic
For more details visit Sleeping Romance on here.
CADAVERIA — the Italian band featuring former OPERA IX vocalist Cadaveria and ex-OPERA IX drummer/NECRODEATH vocalist Marçelo Santos (a.k.a. Flegias) — will release its first retrospective DVD, “Karma”, on October 22 via Scarlet Records.
The double-disc set will live and backstage video material, unreleased interviews and much more, spanning the band’s entire career, for a total running time of two hours and 40 minutes.
A detailed list of the DVD’s contents can be found at this location.
CADAVERIA’s “Death Vision” video can be seen below. The song comes off CADAVERIA’s fourth album, “Horror Metal”, which was released on January 31, 2012 via Bakerteam Records, a division of Scarlet Records.
The group’s long-awaited follow-up 2007′s “In Your Blood” (released on French extreme metal label Season Of Mist) has been described by Cadaveria as “the most obscure, raw and horror-filled work ever produced by the group.”
ARIA PLAN FOR OCTOBER RELEASE OF 5 SONG EP “ABANDON”
A new, highly anticipated EP from ARIA. “ABANDON” is due to be released October 2013 and will be available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. The first single off the EP is the feisty, energetic track titled “On My Own.” The video for the track will also premiere September 3rd.
They have been working tirelessly to put together their 3rdrelease. With a debut self-titled EP and their full-length album We Are All Prisoners under their belt, they are fine-tuning their sound and honing their song-writing abilities. Teaming up once again with producer Michael Hatalak of It Dies Today to record the 5 tracks, ARIA also sought the help of co-writers Justin Gammella and Lance Camann to take a new approach.
“I feel like with each year that passes we have a better grasp on what direction we want to go and our goals become more and more specific.” Explains front-woman Bianca Dyrland. “We’ve taken more time to write these 5 songs than we have to write all our older songs combined. We don’t want to just put out music for the sake of putting out music. We want it to be the best representation of who we are now and who we want to become.”
The first single “On My Own” is bold and unfeigned, exposing a little more aggression and candor than most other ARIA songs. The song makes a big statement, calling out a friend or possibly former lover for abandoning her in a time of need, which ties in with the title and theme of the record.
“I was just trying to think of my overall state of mind during the writing process. I was feeling an overwhelming sense of abandonment both internally and externally and all the songs seemed to reflect that. So the word Abandon kind of just punched me in the face.”Elaborates Bianca on the title and theme.
ARIA is currently booking a stretch of tour dates in the eastern half of the United States that they will announce in the coming weeks to promote the release and expand their audience. The band will be touring as far southwest as Texas and working their way back up along the coast. Keep up to date with ARIA and further announcements on their facebook/twitter and for all ARIA gear check out the LM store (link above)