Category: Metal

Swedish metallers Tungsten are back to conquer the world with their third studio album entitled »Bliss«.

»Bliss«, which will be released on the 17th of June, is undoubtley the heaviest and darkest album to date by Tungsten. The typical ingredients that define the music of Tungsten are still there while new grounds and territories are being explored musically. The hooklines are stronger and more dynamic than on the previous albums. The lyrics are darker but they still focus on things common man might relate to in one way or another.

Mike Andersson (vocals) says; “It all came naturally. Creating and recording this album truly put us in a feel of bliss. Nick & Karl who wrote the music have really showed their skills and musical talents on Bliss with new musical ideas but still based in the genre that we established in the band in from the beginning.”

Today, Tungsten released their fourth single ‘On The Sea‘ from the upcoming album.
The single is Tungsten’s most commercial song from »Bliss« with a strong sing-along chorus.
Anders says: “I found it almost impossible to get rid of this song. It’s been playing over and over in my head many sleepless nights. To me, this is a good sign of a good song.”Mike adds: “The melody and the lyrics has a bit of a sad undertone. It’s about reaching for your dreams about joy and happiness.”

The music video is recorded and edited by Ted Lindén at Bullsize Prouctions. It’s filmed on the sea of Kattegat Sweden as some viewers might recognize from the tv-series Vikings. The video, filmed in a beautiful environment, has a storyline in itself and grasps the feeling of how small a man is within this big world. Nick says: “The video is about a single man, portrayed by Mike, and his longings back to where he feels true happiness. It takes place in both past and present, in that it is the same everyday struggles no matter when in time you are. This can be in the 1950s, but it could also take place today.”

»Bliss« was recorded at Harm Studios, Trelleborg (Sweden). Nick Johansson once again took care of the mixing, mastering and production duties. Karl Johansson says: “We really hope that Bliss will reach out to an even broader fanbase than before. So much pain, sweat and love have been put into this album. We are truly excited to introduce Bliss to the world”.

Andreas Marschall was once again hired to paint the front cover. The conceptual idea was a collaboration between the band and Andreas and it conveys a darker feeling which suits the music perfectly. Volfram is back in a twilight world to ours on his neverending quest to aid the weak.

Tungsten is ready to enter the live scene and is already confirmed for Sabaton Open Air in August, 2022.


TUNGSTEN 
are:Mike Andersson | Vocals
Karl Johansson | Bass & ScreamsNick Johansson | GuitarAnders Johansson | Drums

Acclaimed Mongolian rock band The HU have released a new single called 
This Is Mongol ahead of their second official studio album set for release later this year via Better Noise Music

With “This Is Mongol,” as with all of their music, The HU connects the world to Mongolian culture and its unique core values of natural preservation and spiritual connection with the earth. These core values are on full display in the new, epic official video for “This is Mongol,” also released today. The deeply meaningful lyrics uplift the Mongol people, as the band wishes for prosperity and peace among all.

In celebration of their new single and upcoming album, The HU also released an official music video directed by John Connor Hammond. The visual is set in the Mojave Desert and showcases the band energetically performing their inspiring new single “This Is Mongol.”  

Thrilled to be sharing more of their Mongolian roots, producer Dashka said, “Creating this song meant so much to me. We are announcing our arrival through music and specifically through this song. In these uncertain times, I hope we are bringing positivity, empowerment and strength to fight for better days.”   Speaking about the video, singer and tumur hhuur player Jaya said, “We shot in the Mojave Desert, Nevada and the environment reminded us of Gobi Desert in Mongolia. We enjoyed shooting the video, which happened during our tour and gave us a little break to reminisce about home. The song perfectly matched the environment we made the video in. It was one of the best memories we created as a band and it was special because our producer Dashka was with us to oversee the whole process.”  
 Previously debuting at #1 on the World Album and Top New Artist charts with their 2019 debut album The Gereg, the band is excited to start dropping new music for fans.  

Over the last several months, the band has been recording new material in their homeland of Mongolia and shared an update from the studio with fans on their YouTube channel HERE.  

On the morin khuur and serving as a vocalist, Gala talked about their recording process for their upcoming album, “Our second album was recorded during Covid lockdown, where we used the time to put our best effort and astounding amount of energy to focus on the work. Therefore, it is our hope to present our listeners with unique songs that have their own characteristics.”

Temka, who plays the tovshurr and sings background vocals, also spoke about their upcoming album, “The new album has great quality, composition, melody and overall it is sensational. The lyrics that Dashka wrote consist of our traditional values, virtues and wisdom of our ancestors. Our fans can expect to hear and feel the messages we try to deliver through our songs, such as love and respect for parental love, the importance of sustainability and cultural heritage. We can’t wait for our fans to listen and enjoy our second album and are excited to be performing for fans whom we have yet to meet. We will see you very soon and send our regards to our fans all over the world!

The Hu will be touring Australia in August!
Black Thunder Australia Tour 2022
Wednesday, August 3: 170 Russell, Melbourne
Friday, August 5: Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Saturday, August 6: Hindley Street Music Hall, Adelaide
Sunday, August 7: The Roundhouse, Sydney

For complete tour and ticket and information, visit: 
livenation.com.au & thehuofficial.com

Tech-death masters ORIGIN strike again on June 3rd with their new album, Chaosmos. The long-standing outfit celebrates not only a return to Nuclear Blast (World excluding Europe) and Agonia Records (Europe) but also rings in their 25th year on Chaosmos. Today, ORIGIN release the music video for the second single and title track ‘Chaosmos

ORIGIN‘s  John Longstreth comments, “Have you ever wondered if ORIGIN can perform in an empty warehouse? Here’s your chance to find out!  We’re super excited to work with the video wizards at MyGoodEye once again. We had a ton of fun filming this thing!  Enjoy CHAOSMOS!

ORIGIN re-tapped Kansas City-based studio guru Rob Rebeck (UNMERCIFULVÄNLADE) to engineer, produce and mix Chaosmos. The production team holed up in GFM Recording Studios in Blue Springs, Missouri, and Chapter 2 Recording in Lenexa, Kansas, over 14 days. Robeck worked the mix over four days, while Colin Maarten at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York, mastered Chaosmos in two. The cover artwork was created by Santiago Jaramillo, Triple Seis Design.

BEHEMOTH, the high priests of extreme metal, have announced their 12th studio album, Opvs Contra Natvram, their most thought-provoking and arresting collection to date. The album is set for release on September 16 via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order or pre-save the album here: (Local pre-order will commence shortly)
https://behemoth.bfan.link/opvs-contra-natvram

The ten chapters of fury that make up Opvs Contra Natvram were written and recorded over the course of a very strange year for the globe — a situation which only heightened the level of craft seen in these 43 minutes and 15 seconds of searing wrath. As with previous studio outings, Opvs… was produced by BEHEMOTH, with mixing handled by acclaimed studio legend Joe Barresi (Nine Inch Nails, Tool, QOTSA, Alice in Chains).

Renowned for his meticulous attention to detail and absolute creative control of BEHEMOTH‘s world, frontman and band visionary, Adam “Nergal” Darski revelled in the depressurized environment afforded by the pandemic. It meant that for nearly the first time since the band’s inception over 30 years ago, there was no deadline to observe, allowing for a nearly unprecedented level of attention to the process of writing and recording. 

Beyond any confines of genre, BEHEMOTH have grown to become nothing less than the personification of rebellion, individuality, and unflinching self-expression informed by a literate worldview and worldliness that’s resulted in a locking of horns with everything from the mainstream press to the Polish Catholic church — most notably manifesting in Nergal’s trial for blasphemy in 2010 that only served to expose the deep-seated hypocrisies that his music seeks to challenge. 

“The album title means going against the current,”Nergal states. “It’s the negative of the values and morals and ethics that I stand against. I’ve seriously been wrestling with destructive tendencies in pop culture — cancel culture, social media, and tools which I feel are very dangerous weapons in the hands of people who are not competent to judge others. That’s something which I find very destructive and disturbing — and extremely limiting coming from an artists’ perspective. This is my middle finger to that. There’s a song on the record called ‘Neo-Spartacvs.’ Spartacus was one of the most iconic rebels in history who went against the most powerful empire of all time. In the end, it’s me screaming, ‘I Am Spartacus, and so are you!’ I want to spark that flame of rebellion. If something seems wrong then stand up to it!”

With only three weeks remaining until the release of their new record Shrine, the passion for BLEED FROM WITHIN‘s most fiercely anticipated record is intensifying. Fuelling the fire, the Scottish 5-piece are thrilled to deliver a stunning blow in the form of their fourth album single, the peerless ‘Flesh and Stone‘.

Accompanied by a video, ‘Flesh and Stone‘ is a modern metal masterpiece, peppered with blackened blast beats and masterly symphonic refrains. The song details the destruction of our planet Earth, and the dismal future we all face as a result of unbridled greed and corruption.

Ali Richardson stated,
Flesh and Stone was born from the idea that future generations will inherit a dying planet. The evidence to support this theory is overwhelming, but we are still met with people who choose to deny the fact that this world is finite. Avoiding the traditional performance style video, we instead wanted to create a cinematic fictional world that could no longer defend itself from the sun; a barren wasteland once full of life. In her isolation, our desperate protagonist has resorted to rituals in order to manifest some form of life on this dead world, but it’s too late. It was fun watching this world come together, and we’d like to thank our friend Matt Daley from Clearway Media for his great work on this. Aside from the video, this is a stand out song on the album, and for good reason. We’ve been waiting patiently to share this with you all. Enjoy.”

Awake The Dreamer return with the next chapter and the brand new single ‘Alone‘, which holds everything you would expect from an excellent comeback from one of the most promising bands coming out of Sweden in recent years.
“We’ve been taking time off to really focus on merging the new sound of our band as well as keeping the parts that will always be what Awake The Dreamer is all about. We are super excited to present ‘Alone‘ as the first release in the new era of the band.” guitarist Alexander Backman says.The history of Awake The Dreamer leads us back to 2015, when the Stockholm based Melodic Post-Hardcore/Metalcore act was formed by childhood-and-high-school-friends. Since dropping their EP »Grow« in 2016 the band have been touring all across Europe and Asia alongside bands like Ice Nine KillsNorthlaneAdept and Crystal Lake to name a few.In September 2019 the band dropped their debut album »Damaged Souls« via Arising Empire. A 10-track introduction to hardhitting melodic Post-Hardcore/Metalcore, which also included features by Adept‘s Robert Ljung in ‘Vigilant‘ and Crystal Lake’sRyo Kinoshita in ‘Atmosphere‘.”Being a smaller band that didn’t even have an album out by the time we had toured Europe and Asia quite finally caught up to us and then the pandemic hit. Like that wasn’t enough, we unfortunately had former members leaving the band, so it became natural for us to just start from scratch in order to re-develop a new sound. A sound which we are really happy and proud of. It feels great to start releasing music again and we are really excited to be back again”Benjamin Turesson (Bass/Vocals) says.Awake The Dreamer are back!

AWAKE THE DREAMER are:
Max Andrén | Vocals
Benjamin Turesson | Bass / Vocals
Victor Sandberg | Guitar
Alexander Backman | Guitar

Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE. The UK trio will release their brand new album via Season of Mist in 2023 and have this to say about the collaboration:

We’re super excited about our new partnership with Season of Mist! Michael and his dedicated team share our passion for incredible heavy music and have an inspiring vision about where we can take the band. We can’t wait for the next chapter of Black Orchid Empire to unfold.

For a glimpse of things to come, check out BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE on Spotify HERE

BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE create huge, memorable rock music that combines heavy-hitting savagery with intense melodic beauty. Their technical, fearlessly complex grooves and gigantic sing-along choruses have already earned them a widespread fanbase. 

A ferociously tight live band, BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE have toured Europe and the UK extensively, supporting Skunk Anansie, HED p.e, INME and Black Map as well as festival slots at Download, Standon Calling and Planet Rockstock. Black Orchid Empire have sealed the bands reputation as a force to be reckoned with.

Having released their debut album ‘Archetype’ (2016) to universal acclaim, Black Orchid Empire signed with German label Long Branch Records to release the follow up albums ‘Yugen’ (2018) and ‘Semaphore’ (2020). Both albums received stellar reviews and over 1,000,000+ combined streams.

The band are now looking ahead to the future with their next album, which will be released by Season of Mist, that sees them continue to push the musical envelope.

Line up:
Paul Visser: Vocals / Guitar
Dave Ferguson: Bass / Vocals
Billy Freedom: Drums

With over 100+ million streams and a tremendously successful album released just a year ago, symphonic metal titans THERION have not been idle and continue their epic Leviathan trilogy with striking new single ‘Litany of the Fallen’.

Cristofer comments: ”Litany of the Fallen” is a song that could have been on any of the three parts of the Leviathan trilogy. It’s a song that binds them all together.

What happens when a group of musicians get together and begin a project that sees them mix metal, jazz and Gregorian chants. The result is French outfit CKRAFT who are about to wow the world with their debut album Epic Discordant Vision on June 3rd.

CKRAFT’s debut album is a Jazz and Metal instrumental fusion, bonded together by the immortal melodies of the Gregorian chants. The record follows a blueprint made of heavy, crushing metal riffs, howling solos by Metal-influenced Jazz musicians, and ancient melodies crossing the centuries from Middle Ages to Metal Ages. The expectation is that “Epic Discordant Vision” will find its audience with Djent, Death/Technical/Progressive Metal fans, and also with modern Jazz aficionados that are touched by the unrestricted freedom and genuine expressivity of this music, and therefore, contribute to break the boundaries between music genres a bit more. 

This week Dave Griffiths sat down and spoke to the band. You can hear the interview right here:

Greek stoner rock/doom metal outfit The Same River have been making a name for themselves across Europe over the past few years. Now May 13th sees the release of their brand new album – titled The Weight Of The World.

The eight songs of the album embody the band’s love for heavy, rock-influenced psychedelic music. Lyrically, “Weight of the World” carries the band’s philosophical concerns about the decadence of human society filtered through the fears of an unknown world after this pandemic ends. Heraclitus, Albert Camus, Sigmund Freud, and many mythological aspects of our heritage (with a deeper meaning), such as Sisyphus and Prometheus, blend in a way and fulfills in rhymes what our vision for this world is about; solidarity, peace and understanding. 

This week the band sat down with Dave Griffiths to talk about the album. Take a listen here: