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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

Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of VÉVAKI! The Nordic folk outfit will release their second album  ‘Fórnspeki’ via Season of Mist in the fall of 2022. In celebration of the signing, and to provide a taste of things to come, the band now release a first new track already! The song “Jötnablót”, which is accompanied by an official music video, can now be viewed via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel HERE. The track can be pre-saved HERE. The links may be freely spread throughout your channels.

VÉVAKI comment on the signing: “We are beyond thrilled to join the Season of Mist family. To be a part of a label that respects artistic freedom and encourages artists to be themselves is all we could ever hope for. We cannot wait to continue with our ritualistic creations, and to share our vision with the world.

Originally a solo project by singer and multi-instrumentalist Will Hunter, VÉVAKI is a folk band which draws from Nordic heathenism and animistic traditions. Myth, ritual and a connection with the natural world inform VÉVAKI’s music, which is both contemporary in sound and wide-ranging in instrumentation.

Debut album ‘Edda’ came in 2020 when VÉVAKI was a still a solo project, although Sigurboði Grétarsson and Florian Baudrain made contributions. Taking a collection of Old Norse poetry – the Poetic Edda – as its source material, ‘Edda’ breaths new life into these stories through its musical journey, at once beautiful and hypnotically heady.

VÉVAKI’s second album, ‘Fórnspeki’, finds the band expanding upon their sound while staying true to their folk roots and traditions.  Sigurboði Grétarsson has joined VÉVAKI as a full-time member, as has Gísli Gunnarsson and Hrafnhildur Inga Guðjónsdóttir. The new material is, says Will, broader and more mature sounding.

VÉVAKI is very much based in our modern heathen tradition,” Will notes. “Sigurboði and I had been playing music for a while and we have used music as part of our personal spiritual practise. We had worked on some songs together but they were very much personal. Then we had a jam session in this cave in Iceland and afterwards we tried to record a song. I asked if Sigurboði would feature on it and he said yes, thankfully. Then I went home and used my home recording equipment to do a song which we sent to Danheim (Danish folk musician) and he put me on his online record label. And that’s how VÉVAKI started. We did a full album from there. Sigurboði featured heavily on it, even though he wasn’t in the band in any official capacity. But he did lots of drums and vocals and stuff like that.”

VÉVAKI employ various stringed instruments and percussion throughout their music, its dynamics buoyed by the complementary vocal styles of Will, Sigurboði and Hrafnhildur and the cinematic soundscapes sculpted by Gísli Gunnarsson. This comes to the fore on ‘Fórnspeki’.

“We decided to go a bit bigger,” says Will. “We started working on the second album and we brought in Gísli, and the sound has changed quite a bit, I think. It’s much more mature now. In my opinion, Gísli is the glue that holds us together. He comes from a modern classical background. And Hrafnhildur was an obvious choice, to add an important female dynamic. Her voice has a healing quality to it, I think, and that’s a big thing with the new album.”

Ritual and spiritual practises provide a structure to ‘Fórnspeki’.
“Our practice is very animistic,” says Will. “But you don’t have to be a super spiritual person to feel some sort of connection to nature. And we just hope that whoever is listening finds that our music brings some sort of connection for them.

Sigurboði adds, “‘Fórnspeki’ was composed around this concept of the ritual and of the performance. There will be a performance and ritual on stage, because that’s how the songs are imagined. And some of the songs came from rituals that we’ve done or have spawned from the rituals. For example, the song ‘Dísablót’ is based around a ritual that we would do. It’s got lots of chants in there that we would do and we hope that other people might be inspired. On this new album we have a lot of original lyrics. But it’s both based in the myth and the practice. It’s not all about the gods but also about the worship and the ritual.”

VÉVAKI is a fluid and resourceful project, employing traditional and contemporary instrumentation of various origins.

“We’re not going for historical accuracy,” points out Sigurboði. “We’re not married to the idea that it has to be a Nordic instrument. We’re not Vikings. We’re not the Shamans, or the Priests. We are the practitioners, the regular folk making the offerings.”

Adds Will, “We are trying to step away from that whole Viking thing. There are modern songs for modern beliefs. We put a lot of emphasis on that.”
Line up: 
Will Hunter
Hrafnhildur Inga Guðjónsdóttir
Sigurboði Grétarsson
Gísli Gunnarsson

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

Melbourne alternative rock band Reside have enlisted the vocal power of Bloom‘s Jono Hawkey on eclectic new single “Palace“. The new single has been teased at live shows over the last 12 months and will finally see its own launch show on June 10 in Melbourne.

The ‘Palace’ described in Reside’s latest single is not only a physical space serving as a layer of protection from the violence and evils of the outside world, but is also a metaphysical escape our consciousness creates in times of stress or anxiety. Reside explore the detriments of overstaying in the idyllic safe space.

It’s a series of moments and a journey of emotions taking the listener from section to section,” explains vocalist Liam Guinane. “What starts as a feel-good, club disco inspired number turns abruptly into a cathartic slap in the face, questioning whether this place is really good for us in the long term. Heavily mirroring the initial feelings of what used to be satisfying downtime, the track lyrically moves through waves of paranoia and mental autopilot, to then being resuscitated to a cold, harsh reality, shaking and begging you to ‘wake up’.

A smattering of effects alter Guinane’s vocal performance throughout to juxtapose differing characters until the climax of the song leads into one last attempt to pull the cord from the listener’s head. Here enters the grizzly tones of Bloom vocalist Jono Hawkey, attempting to resuscitate the protagonist from their pacified state.

Reside formed in 2017 with the longstanding original lineup of vocalist Liam Guinane, guitarists Ariel Johnson and Will Eggleton, bassist Salé Brown and drummer and keyboardist Dylan Houston. Since then Reside have solidified themselves a place in the alternative music community and have managed to capture and engage a very dedicated and loyal fan base.

The band’s last standalone single “Fallen” released in 2020 and premiered at Pilerats, who highlighted that the single “[continues] to emphasise this grand and somewhat cinematic take on emo-rock that’s become really unique to Reside“. Hysteria Mag coined it a “rocking anthemic track”, Music Feeds weighed in with: “This is arena-sized emo rock… think Angels And Airwaves meets Bring Me The Horizon”, triple j’s Richard Kingsmill reviewed with a four star “Houston, we have lift off” and Tone Deaf affirmed that Reside have “proven to be a real force to be reckoned with”. 

Reside ticked off the main stage at UNIFY Gathering in 2020 after winning the triple j Unearthed opener competition. In amongst this the band have played multiple sold out headline shows and have toured across the country with bands to the likes of Eat Your Heart OutWindwaker and very recently, Columbus. Reside have also supported artists including Palaye Royale (US), Casey (UK), The Beautiful MonumentYoung LionsStuck Out and they’ll join Canada’s Marianas Trench this September.

Palace” feat. Jono Hawkey is available now and streaming on all platforms.

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

Today, Disney+ announced that Searchlight Pictures’ film FIRE ISLAND, the directorial debut from Andrew Ahn, will premiere on Disney+ under the Star banner in Australia on June 17.

Set in the gay vacation destination off of Long Island, New York, FIRE ISLAND is an unapologetic, modern day romantic comedy showcasing a diverse, multicultural examination of queerness and romance. Inspired by the timeless pursuits from Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, the story centers around two best friends (Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang) who set out to have a legendary summer adventure with the help of cheap rosé and their cadre of eclectic friends.

FIRE ISLAND, directed by Andrew Ahn, stars Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, Margaret Cho, Conrad Ricamora, James Scully, Matt Rogers, Tomas Matos, Torian Miller, Nick Adams, Zane Phillips, Michael Graceffa, Peter Smith, and Bradley Gibson. From a screenplay by Joel Kim Booster, the film is produced by Tony Hernandez, John Hodges, and Brooke Posch of JAX Media, and was shot on location in the Pines, NY.

FIRE ISLAND will have its Australian premiere at the Sydney Film Festival on June 9th, 2022.

Robust parental controls ensure that Disney+ remains a suitable viewing experience for everyone in the family. Subscribers can set access limits on mature content and create PIN-protected profiles alongside the already existing Kids Profiles to give parents and guardians peace of mind.