AMARANTHE: New Single ‘Drop Dead Cynical’ Available For Streaming


Gothenburg, Sweden’s AMARANTHE, known for fusing melodic metal with elements of EDM, will release its third album, “Massive Addictive”, on October 21 via Spinefarm Records. The CD’s first single, “Drop Dead Cynical”, can now be streamed below.

“Massive Addictive” is true to its title. The band’s signature, larger-than-life sound, comprised of kinetic riffing, pulsating beats and celestial, melodic choruses, remains in tact, but the album finds AMARANTHE continuing to explore a range of dynamics and with a willingness to push themselves even further.

“Massive Addictive” was tracked at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, EPICA) at the helm.

The 12-song album is a flawlessly executed clinic of masterfully and carefully crafted European metal, boasting Olof Mörck‘s surgically precise riffs and soaring solos alongside Morten Løwe Sørensen‘s rhythmic thrust and Johan Andreassen‘s booming low-frequency assault. Elize Ryd‘s vocals are as emotive and empowering as ever, filling the room, while Jake E‘s melodic vocals are an outpouring of power. New screamer Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson puts his stamp on the material, as well.

The sound is both massive and addictive, from the unforgettable, driving sounds of “Drop Dead Cynical” to the anthemic title track to the stadium-sized soar of “Digital World” to the emotionally haunting power semi-ballad “True”. “Massvive Addictive” is an exercise in dynamics and is one that refuses to play by any sort of genre-specific, prescribed rules.

“We have lived and breathed this album every hour and every day the last year, and to know that this music is about to reach everyone’s ears is beyond exciting,” guitarist Mörck enthused about “Massive Addictive”. “Following the first leg of the ‘Nexus’ world tour, we sat down and agreed that we wanted the next album to be really fresh, new and even to raise a few eyebrows, all while retaining our signature sound.”

He continued, “‘Massive Addictive’ is in every way that huge leap forward we wanted to achieve and the album definitely contain our strongest song writing to date. The press often asks us to ‘describe the album with three words’; this time, the answer is simple — it’s MASSIVE, it’s ADDICTIVE, and most importantly, it’s AMARANTHE!”

“Massive Addictive” track listing:

01. Dynamite
02. Drop Dead Cynical
03. Trinity
04. Massive Addictive
05. Digital World
06. True
07. Unreal
08. Over and Done
09. Danger Zone
10. Skyline
11. An Ordinary Abnormality
12. Exhale


BUTCHER BABIES’ Cover Version Of NAPOLEON XIV’s ‘They’re Coming To Take Me Away’ Available For Streaming

butcherbabies2014promo_638Taking 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 BABIESCarla 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 BABIESHeidi 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

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.



Ex Libris Loses Two Members.

Ex Libris PromoThe following article was posted on Ex Libris Facebook page earlier today.

Dear friends, fans and followers:

We have some sad news to report. Unfortunately as of last June Paul van den Broek, who has been a part of Ex Libris since the very beginning, has decided to leave the band. We are very sorry to see him go, as we have been, and always will be, great friends! There´s no bad blood or hard feelings, it is simply a case of people going their separate ways.

We would like to thank our audiences in Bilston and London once more, as these last two shows were also Paul´s last gigs with us. They rank as two of our most amazing, incredible and inspiring concerts so far! It´s been one hell of a ride! Paul, we wish you the very best in life and in all the future musical endeavours that are bound to come with it. Bottoms up!

Well, as much as we wish it weren’t so, there’s more sad news to report. Ex Libris will also part ways with drummer Eelco van der Meer. Sometimes things just don’t work out, as unfortunate as it may be. However, we would like to thank Eelco for a great time, a great album and some truly epic gigs. Take care, and we’ll see you around!


As you have probably figured out by now, we’re down from five to three. Does this mean Ex Libris is gone forever? In a word, no. However, as there is currently no way for us to give people the show they expect and deserve, we have decided (with a very, very heavy heart!) to cancel our appearance at the Valkyrian Festival. We cannot stress enough how incredibly difficult this decision has been for us! But the current situation simply leaves us with no other option.

We strive to bring you more news about the future of the band before the end of the year.

Ex Libris

October 2014 band of the Month Candidates

Vote for your favorite band at the bottom of the page.

Kobra and the Lotus

kobra and the lotusIn 2009, Kobra and the Lotus was formed by classical singer Kobra Paige with guitarists Matt Van Wezel and Chris Swenson. The trio started recording their first songs in Calgary, initially produced by transplanted Toronto musician Greg Godovitz (Goddo). The trio added drummer Griffin Kissack midway through recording their independent release Out of the Pit. Kobra and the Lotus put the initial studio tracks on MySpace in summer 2009 and were approached by Metal Hammer to include Kobra Paige in the 2010 Metal Hammer Maidens of Metal Calendar  with Simone Simons, Epica and Cristina Scabbia, Lacuna Coil.

The band recorded the first album Out of the Pit in Calgary in early 2009. During the mixing of the album at Metalworks Studios in Toronto, Greg invited long time friend Rik Emmett to record a guitar solo to the only cover song on the album, a remake of Motörhead anthem Ace of Spades. After playing their first 2009 Canadian tour, Paige’s vocal style had changed significantly and the band approached Kevin Shirley to rerecord the vocals and remix the album. The remix was so different that many industry writers thought the band had brought in a new lead singer. Producer Nick Blagona (Deep Purple) rerecorded the vocals and remixed the last track of the album “Legend”. Kobra and the Lotus independently released their debut album Out of the Pit in March 2010. The album was a popular release on campus radio charts across Canada and several US internet Metal radio stations.

An extensive 2010 Canadian tour had a profound effect on the vocals of lead singer Paige. The vocal evolution is very distinct between the videos “Cynical Wasteland” from the first album and “Welcome to my Funeral” from the first album under the Simmons/Universal label. 


enkElinationenkElination (enkeli – meaning Angel in Finnish) was formed in November 2011 by classically trained former opera singer Elina Siirala. She moved to London in 2008 and fell in love with the power and performance of rock and metal. In 2012 she started working with a guitar player Shadow Venger, who’s previous band Empyreal Destroyer was voted as the best unsigned band of 2007, supported Amon Amarth and played Bloodstock. He brought the sound of the band to another level and since then they’ve been joined by Alasdair on bass.

After playing numerous live shows in and around London, enkElination released their first EP in September of 2012. The past few months they’ve been recording their debut album which is coming out in summer 2014. Their official music video “Tears of Lust” was released in March 2014 and they supported Van Canto at The Underworld London in April. 

Winter in Eden

winter in edenHaving formed in 2009, they have previously released an EP and two studio albums to critical acclaim.

Winter In Eden’s debut album ‘Awakening’ was recognised as one of the albums of the year by Sonic Cathedral and Metal Storm. They have also been nominated in Classic Rock Society’s ‘Best New Band’ (2011/2012), ‘Best Female Vocalist’ (2011/2012) and ‘Best Live Act’ categories. Additionally, the track ‘Lies’, taken from the album ‘Echoes of Betrayal’ has previously been awarded Classic Rock Magazine’s ‘track of the day’.

October 2014 sees the release of their highly anticipated third album ‘Court of Conscience’ which builds and further refines the unique style that is Winter In Eden. Produced by Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) and mixed by Stefan Helleblad (Within Temptation), it also features guest vocals by the multi award winning Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace, Maiden uniteD) and Jermain van der Bogt (For All We Know, Ayreon). Mastering was handled by the industry renowned Sterling Sound (USA) and it is being distributed worldwide by Cherry Red Records (UK).

Winter In Eden’s energetic live performances have been enjoyed by capacity crowds in the UK at events such as The Cambridge Rock Festival and various Femme Metal Festivals alongside Delain and Revamp. Most recently Winter In Eden have taken their live show into mainland Europe, performing to increasing numbers in the Netherlands and Belgium, playing with acts such as Stream of Passion and Maiden uniteD.


Jamie-Lee Smit To Announce Solo Album

Jamie-Lee Smit
Jamie-Lee Smit

Jamie-Lee Smit is a young and talented belgian singer and model.
She has been widely known with her metal band Azylya, wich released a critically acclaimed album and performed at big festivals like Metal Female Voices Festival, PPM Festival, Damen Of Darkness Festival and many more.

Following to her extensive live activity with Azylya, Jamie-Lee Smit signed a deal with Wormholedeath / Titans Lab for the production of her solo album titled “Mon Amour Monique” wich has been written, composed and produced by Riccardo Daga.

The record will be released worldwide in cooperation with a very strong label that will be announced soon.

The tracklist is as follow:

Club 27
Bye Bye You
66 Road
L’amour De Freddy
Comme Un Soldat
Sur La Piste Des Elephants
Histoire De Serpent
Waiting For My Ghost

“Mon Amour Monique” is developed through an emotional mix of Indie Rock and New Wave deeply rooted in dreamy landscapes and narrating an heartfelt concept massively enanced by dramatic french lyrics  . 

The record is performed by Jamie Lee in her mother tongue (French).

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