Portuguese progressive/alternative metallers Blame Zeus have revealed a new single, “Bloodstained Hands,” from their third album, Seethe, available today via Rockshots Records. Listen to “Bloodstained Hands” HERE.
“‘Bloodstained Hands’ is about regret,” the band explains. “Feeling like you can’t go back from the choices you make, and so you must face up to them and to your mistakes. It expresses the despair of looking for a way out, but also the relief of coming clean.”
With influences that range from progressive metal to alternative rock, Blame Zeus‘ music can be described as an intense and heavy rock with intimate and nostalgic ballads.
Blame Zeus previously released a lyric video for The Warden,” available HERE.
1. How to Successfully Implode (4:51) 2. Déjà Vu (4:50) 3. Down to Our Bones (5:26) 4. White (4:41) 5. Bloodstained Hands (5:46) 6. The Obsession Lullaby (3:11) 7. Into the Womb (4:32) 8. No (4:29) 9. The Warden (5:27) 10. The Crown and the Gun (4:23)
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the barrio, METALACHI has announced another run of dates through the southwest this fall!
In addition to METALACHI, the world’s first – and only – heavy metal mariachi band, Shark in the Water will deliver a blistering tidal wave of non-stop, raw, gritty surf music.
“METALACHI is pumped to wrap up our tour schedule for 2019 at all our favorite venues across the southwest,” says METALACHI manager Warren Moscow. “This run is something we always look forward to, as the whole southwest corridor has been like a second home for us for years…and this time we are bringing even more insanity to the run with the addition of Shark in the Water to the tour.”
METALACHI‘s most recent full-length album, Tres, was released late last year and features covers of songs originally performed by artists such as Judas Priest, Dio, Journey, Guns N’ Roses, including METALACHI‘s popular cover of the Queen classic, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Watch the video for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” featuring a cameo by comedian Felipe Esparza, here:
METALACHI with Shark in the Water dates:
11/8 – Denton, TX @ Backyard on Bell 11/9 – New Braunfels, TX @ Billy’s Ice 11/10 – Dallas, TX @ Trees 11/13 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s 11/14 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s 11/15 – Stafford, TX @ Republic Country Club 11/16 – Fort Worth, TX @ Lola’s Trailer Park 11/17 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger 11/20 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole 11/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room 11/22 – Cottonwood, AZ @ Main Stage*
*No Shark in the Water
Hailing from Hollywood, CA via Juarez, Mexico, METALACHI is a musical/comedy stage show that somehow seamlessly blends the world of Spinal Tap and Cheech & Chong into an over-the-top stage spectacle. The band is comprised of a five-piece ensemble of classically trained mariachi musician siblings, that have been fused together with the power of heavy metal. Fans can expect an unlikely meshing of metal classics from artist such as Metallica, Slayer, Ozzy Osbourne and more with traditional mariachi standards from the likes of Vicente Fernandez and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan… all played with traditional mariachi instrumentation but with a stage show that strays far from traditional!
METALACHI takes their cues from outrageous stage shows like KISS, GWAR and Rob Zombie with outrageous costumes, stage production, personas and onstage antics. The band features Vega De La Rockha on vocals, Queen Kyla Vera on violin, Kiko Cane on guitarron, Paco Halen on guitar, El Cucuy on trumpet and is managed by mysterious impresario Warren Moscow.
METALACHI has garnered worldwide acclaim for their unique brand of raucous humor and innovative musical mastery, quickly amassing a loyal and diverse fan base of music lovers in addition to gaining praise from music royalty such as Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Hellyeah), Eric Wilson (Sublime), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Billy Idol, and Howard Stern along the way (fun fact – for the past five years, Sublime has used METALACHI‘s debut album Uno to time their set changes, blasting the entire album over the PA at their live shows). On a previous leg of the current tour, METALACHI was personally invited by comedian George Lopez to perform at the grand opening of his Chingon Kitchen at the Vee Quiva Hotel in Arizona.
METALACHI has been featured on America’s Got Talent, CNN’s Great Big Story, Rolling Stone en Español, BBC’s Outlook via NPR, Huffington Post, and National Geographic, and their music has been heard on FX’s The Bridge and in a TV commercial for DirecTV.
METALACHI has been named one of the 10 best Mexican Metal Bands worldwide by OC Weekly, was named #4 on a list of the top 20 tribute bands based in Los Angeles by LA Weekly, and was voted as one of the best live shows in Southern California by Examiner.com.
After a crowdfunding campaign that far exceeded the goal, symphonic/Celtic vocal goddess Leah has revealed that her upcoming winter-themed album,Ancient Winter, will officially see release on November 15.
Says Leah, “Now that the crowdfunding campaign is complete, I’m really excited to focus on the release of this album in November. My closest colleagues have told me this album might be some of my best work yet. Regardless, I hope this new music will make the coming winter season much more magical.”
Ancient Winter features eight tracks – five of which are originals and three traditional century medieval songs that Leah puts her own unique touch on. The album offers a slight departure from Leah‘s traditional symphonic metal into a more atmospheric, ethereal sound. It is a more earthy sounding album filled with new instrumentation such as fiddles and uilleann pipes, which give it a beautiful harmony of middle eastern feeling and Celtic folk and fantasy. Ancient Winter proves Leah‘s ability to venture into musical realms beyond metal.
Ancient Winter represents a new approach to holiday music as it celebrates winter themes in a way that is sure to give it a wider appeal. This is not simply a “Christmas album” but rather an emotional journey into transcendent ideals that will inspire any listener from anywhere.
Ancient Winter Tracklisting:
The Whole World Summons Light of the World Upon Your Destiny Redemption The Messenger Gaudete Puer Natus Noël Nouvelet
For Ancient Winter, Leah tapped a top-notch talent cast of musicians, including Troy Donockley (Nightwish), Anna Murphy (Cellar Darling), Shir-Ran Yinon (Eluveitie), Oliver Philipps (Everon, Phantasma) and renowned string musician Rupert Gillett. This diverse lineup adds an international flavor to the album alongside Leah‘s beautiful vocals.
A variety of bundle packages will be available soon HERE. Watch the lyric video for “Redemption,” the first single from Ancient Winter, HERE:
Leah has amassed a generous and dedicated fanbase that has allowed her to crowdfund three of her five recordings without the assistance of a record label. Leah‘s first four albums, Of Earth and Angels (2012), Otherworld (2013), Kings & Queens (2015), and The Quest (2018) are a rapturous blend of a symphonic metal style carefully spiced with Celtic, folk and fantasy. Her emotive vocals are often compared to Loreena McKennitt, Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan.
Leah – described affectionately by her fans as “the metal Enya” – hails from the coast of British Columbia, Canada, and is inspired by Celtic and world music influences such as Clannad and Enya to European symphonic and progressive metal influences. Her debut self-released album Of Earth & Angels received international critical acclaim, including landing the “The Best Symphonic Metal Album” Metalstorm Award for 2012. Her 2013 release, Otherworld, is a five-song Celtic-metal masterpiece, mixed by Christian “Moschus” Moos at SPACELAB in Germany (Delain, Everon, Imperia) and features the vocals of guitar legend Eric Peterson (Testament/Dragonlord) on the ethereal metal track “Dreamland.” 2014 was very successful year for Leah as she raised over $27,000 through Indiegogo via her fans to record and produce her heaviest album, Kings & Queens, which was eventually released in early 2015 through Inner Wound Recordings. The album received dozens of four and five-star reviews, and helped her gain thousands of new fans around the world. Leah raised over $87,000 in 30 days via Indiegogo and her shop to launch last year’s The Quest, again released via her own independent record label, Ex Cathedra Records, along with Inner Wound Recordings. The Quest received 5-star reviews and critical acclaim.
BETRAYING THE MARTYRS has been forced to cancel the rest of their North American Summer “Rapture” tour, including last night’s show in Orangevale, CA, after being involved in a serious auto incident following their show in Los Angeles.
All crew and band members are safe.
The incident happened around 4 a.m. when the trailer portion of the band’s Mercedes Sprinter van caught fire. All band and crew members were able to safely to exit the vehicle with no major injuries. Tragically, all of the band’s equipment was lost in the blaze.
Singer Aaron Matts commented on the scene, “We’re all shaken by what has happened this morning. We’re well but very heartbroken that all we have worked hard to accumulate over the years, both in musical equipment and personal belongings, has been lost in a matter of minutes. I’m grateful that we have our health, each other and were able to walk away with the clothes on our backs. We are extremely sorry to have missed another opportunity to play for those that were looking forward to see us. We’ll bounce back and we’ll see you soon. Thank you.”
Guitarist Baptiste Vigier also added: “This is the most tragic event that has ever happened in our band’s career, and in my entire life. Earlier this morning, I was awakened by our driver screaming and urging us all to get out of the vehicle. Although I’m incredibly thankful to still be alive and tell this story, I lost all my gear and personal belongings. We feel incredibly powerless and in shock.”
A GoFundMe has been set up to help the BETRAYING THE MARTYRS replace the items lost in the fire.
“ANY donation will be incredibly helpful to all of us and will go directly towards rebuilding our band, to help us get back home and ultimately to keep doing what we love, which is creating music and sharing it with our fans,” the band says. “If you’ve ever had the chance to catch BTM live, if you know the band or simply follow what we do, if you’ve shared the stage with us, if you’ve ever listened to or streamed our music, we’re asking for your help.”
The band also adds, “There is absolutely no way we could thank enough, our driver and new best friend Daniel Johnson. This man literally ran into the flames in an attempt to salvage our belongings and to ensure our safety and well-being. Daniel acted out of pure courage and professionalism in order for the band and crew to be safe and at a lower risk of injury. Whatever we have left after this, we owe it to you Daniel. A part of potential funds raised will be going to Daniel to compensate for his courage and for his belongings lost.“
Band manager Chris Adler of Kinsugi Management posted the following video of the fire:
Below is a list of items that were lost:
• In Ears Monitors System x 4
• Most of their Merchandising
• 1 Furman power conditioner
• 4 keyboards
• Shock mount racks units
• 1 Helix
• 6 guitar cases
• All personal belongings and suitcases
• A full Midas Mixing Desk and its case
• A full drum kit
• The whole brand new trailer
The tour will continue with Within Destruction and Sentinels. “We encourage you to come support our tour brothers that we must unfortunately leave,” says the band. “Show them some love too.“
Mighty warriors of the galaxy! Today, GLORYHAMMER release their fourth new video, “Masters of the Galaxy”, from their third album, Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex, which hit the charts worldwide upon release late last month! The legends around Angus McFife XIII just started their world tour in the US, which will lead them through the whole galaxy until February 2020.
The epic fight of crown prince Angus McFife against evil continues…
At the end of the second GLORYHAMMER album, Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards, Planet Earth had been destroyed by the Hootsman, with an explosion so powerful it ripped a hole in the very fabric of spacetime. And yet, Zargothrax was still not defeated, for he managed to use his last shreds of power to escape through the dimensional rift. Vowing to defeat the evil sorcerer, Angus McFife XIII followed him into the portal, with no idea where it might lead…
The galaxy waits in fear for the return of Angus McFife XIII, who fought the greatest battle the galaxy has ever heard of, against the evil sorcerer Zargothrax. All hope of the Kingdom of Fife lies in the strong arms and the infinite wisdom of their young prince.
GLORYHAMMER‘s new album Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex tells us the whole story of the most gigantic battle of all time.
Order Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex now HERE!
Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortextrack listing:
Into the Terrorvortex of Kor-Virliath
The Siege of Dunkeld (In Hoots We Trust)
Masters of the Galaxy
The Land of Unicorns
Power of the Laser Dragon Fire
Legendary Enchanted Jetpack
Battle for Eternity
The Fires of Ancient Cosmic Destiny:
The Battle of Cowdenbeath
Return of the Astral Demigod of Unst
The Knife of Evil
Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex hits the charts worldwide!
Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex hit Top 10 on the German (#6) and Swiss (#8) album charts for the first time. The successful album hit the charts worldwide.
Worldwide Tour Just Kicked Off in the US!
GLORYHAMMER is currently out on a North American headline tour, featuring support from Aether Realm! See below for all confirmed tour dates.
Remaining GLORYHAMMER live dates in North America
with Aether Realm
Remaining GLORYHAMMER live dates in North America
with Aether Realm
6/13 – Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House 6/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ 1720 6/15 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red 6/17 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill 6/18 – Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live!
GLORYHAMMER were founded by Alestorm frontman Christopher Bowes in 2009, who spent the next years gathering an international line-up that suited his idea to create a band based conceptually on the fantasy genre and musically fitting generally into the power metal mold. Both aims were achieved stunningly and their debut album, Tales from the Kingdom of Fife released by Napalm Records in 2013 immediately garnered the band high critical acclaim from critics and fans alike. GLORYHAMMER were able to top this success with their second full-length Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards (2015) and have continued to tour in front of ever growing audiences, performed at all major metal festivals, and have by now been nominated twice by German Metal Hammer as best band in the category “Up & Coming” at the Metal Hammer Awards.
Angus McFife XIII, Crown Prince of Fife – Vocals Ser Proletius, Grand Master of the Deathknights of Crail – Guitars The Hootsman, Astral Demigod of Unst – Bass Zargothrax, Dark Emperor of Dundee – Keyboards Ralathor, the Mysterious Submarine Commander of Cowdenbeath – Drums
French deathcore heavyweights Betraying The Martyrs will return to American shores this summer for their first-ever headline tour of North America. The “Summer Rapture Tour 2019,” also featuring support from Entheos, Within Destruction, Sentinels and Defying Decay, will kick off on June 28 in Stanhope, N.J.
A Preview of What’s to Come On the “Summer Rapture Tour”
We are beyond excited to cover US soil on our first full US headlining tour,” says vocalist Aaron Matts. “To be able to play a full energetic set to an audience that has been with us since day one is an absolute honor for us! Along with a stacked line-up of sick bands, we’re all stoked to get on the road! Come to a show and lose yourselves with us all, see you all in the pit!”
The band recently also announced a new partnership with Chris Adler‘s management company, Kintsugi Management and is working on a new album. Betraying The Martyrs will play new songs from the upcoming album for the very first time on this tour.
“Kintsugi is proud to be working with Betraying The Martyrs,” Adler says. “I’m honestly excited to be working with a group of friends with a united vision. Betraying The Martyrs is doing something very special. It’s labeled metalcore because it’s easy to put every band in a box, but in this case, that is a mistake. They have taken time to study and have salvaged and fine-tuned all that I love in metal music. It’s an exciting time for the band. We believe in the guys and there’s an incredible new album soon to drop. The band continues to grow a dedicated, international fan base via their hard work, vision and brutally contagious music. The new Betraying The Martyrs album is going to change the game. I’m sincerely thrilled to be involved with a group of people that focus and deliver.”
Matts adds, “We are beyond excited to announce our collaboration with the legendary Chris Adler and Kintsugi Management. To be on board the same ship as Chris and his incredible team has breathed new life into what we do. Their backing support goes beyond anything we have known previously. It’s truly an honor. With our next release in the barrel and ready to be fired into the world, we could not be any more prepared for the road ahead. We announce our signature to Kintsugi with great pride.”
The Paris-based band’s last album, The Resilient, was released via Sumerian Records in 2017 and showcased a unique songwriting dynamic unrivalled within their genre. Followed by worldwide touring in support of the record, Betraying The Martyrs cemented their position as the European Kings of 21st Century Metal.
Enter to win two tickets to any show on the tour, special merchandise packs, a visit with the band on their tour bus and a soundcheck experience with Betraying The MartyrsHERE.
Summer Rapture Tour 2019 Dates:
6/28 – Stanhope, NJ @ The Stanhope House 6/29 – Frederick, MD @ Cafe 611 6/30 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero 7/1 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory) 7/2 – Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar 7/3 – Orlando, FL @ Soundbar 7/5 – Houston, TX @ The Secret Group 7/6 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Tomcats West 7/7 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live 7/8 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad 7/9 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red (Small Room) 7/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ 1720 7/11 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk 7/12 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom 7/13 – Armstrong, BC @ Hassen Memorial Arena 7/14 – Seattle, WA @ Club Sur Rocks 7/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court 7/17 – Denver, CO @ The Roxy Theatre 7/18 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room 7/19 – Des Moine, IA @ Vaudeville Mews 7/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Whiskey Junction 7/21 – Cudahy, WI @ X-Ray Arcade 7/22 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge 7/23 – Hamtramck, MI @ The Sanctuary 7/24 – Toronto, ON @ Rockpile West 7/25 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks 7/26 – Quebec, QC @ L’Anti Bar & Spectacles 7/27 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater Underground 7/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Kingsland
Betraying The Martyrs burst on to the scene in a stunning 2011 debut, Breathe in Life, and made a huge impact throughout North America and Europe, touring relentlessly on such high-profile tours as RockStar Mayhem Fest and club tours alike.
The 2014 sophomore album, Phantom, and its ensuing tours seasoned Betraying The Martyrs into a venerable freight-train of aggression with blazing harmonies, captivating hooks and bombastic off-time precision. The album also opened the doors to an entirely new audience with the unlikely cover of Frozen’s “Let it Go.”
Betraying The Martyrs Is:
Victor Guillet – Keyboards, Clean Vocals Baptiste Vigier – Rhythm Guitar Valentin Hauser – Bass Aaron Matts – Lead Vocals Boris Le Gal – Drums Steeves Hostin – Lead Guitar
Los Angeles-based producer Daniel Graves has been turning heads with his addictive industrial pop project, Aesthetic Perfection, for nearly two decades. Since forming in 2000, Graves has released five full-length albums, numerous singles and music videos, all the while reinventing what it means to be a dark electro artist. Blending industrial, pop, goth, and everything in between, Aesthetic Perfection defies definitions in a world that demands them.
Today marks the release of the visually stunning and eccentric new music video for “Gods & Gold“, an instantly gripping industrial pop crossover anthem with an unforgettable hook that listeners will be humming for days. The track features scorching guitars by the inimitable Richard Z. Kruspe of Rammstein, who adds an extra aggressive punch to the tune. Watch the deliciously avant garde video now via Alternative PressHERE.
Aesthetic Perfection mastermind Daniel Graves says about “Gods & Gold“: “Gods & Gold was a very challenging song for us to work on. I really wanted to push the envelope here and try something new. We’d been tinkering with it for quite some time and it was just coming up short. Once our friend Richard Kruspe expressed interest in playing on the record, I instantly knew he was the missing puzzle piece. I didn’t even realize I’d had his playing style and vibe in mind when I was writing the track until that very second. Then BOOM, just like magic it all came together. It instantly became our favorite song and obvious choice for the first track on the album. Of course, we’re all enormous Rammstein fans and honored to finally work with Richard in a professional capacity.”
“Gods & Gold” is cut from Aesthetic Perfection‘s fifth and latest studio album, Into The Black, which hit stores everywhere on March 29 via Close to Human Music. Featuring an all-star cast of collaborators such as the aforementioned Richard Z. Kruspe, Jinxx of Black Veil Brides, Mick Kenney of Anaal Nathrakh and Krischan Wesenberg of Rotersand, Into The Black is the most mature Aesthetic Perfection album to date. Fans can order Into The Black and “Gods & Gold” now via Apple Music, Amazon and Bandcamp. Physical editions and merch are available HERE, and the album can be streamed via Spotify.
Into The Black features acclaimed drummer Joe Letz, recognized for his work with artists such as Emigrate (also featuring Richard Z. Kruspe), Combichrist, Wednesday 13, Genitorturers and several other top heavy music artists.
Dark and gritty, yet undeniably catchy and melodic, Into The Black builds upon the band’s past while solidly keeping its eyes focused on the future. From the haunting electronic melodies of “Supernatural” to the twangy guitars of “Echoes“, from the punch-to-the-gut beat of “No Boys Allowed” to the soaring highs of “Mourning Doves“, Daniel Graves takes the transgressive art form known as industrial pop to the next level.
Aesthetic Perfection will head out on a full North American headline tour beginning September 6, 2019 in San Diego, CA. The tour will feature support artist Empathy Test and will visit over a month’s-worth of cities, coming to a close in Los Angeles, CA on October 19. See below for all tour dates, and visit Aesthetic Perfection‘s website HERE for tickets and HERE for VIP information.
Aesthetic Perfection Tour Dates with Empathy Test:
September 06, 2019 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA September 07, 2019 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ September 08. 2019 – Rock House – El Paso, TX September 12, 2019 – Amp Room – San Antonio, TX September 13, 2019 – Elysium – Austin, TX September 14, 2019 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX September 15, 2019 – The Church – Dallas, TX September 17, 2019 – The Goat – New Orleans, LA September 18, 2019 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA September 19, 2019 – The 926 Bar – Tallahassee, FL September 20, 2019 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL September 21, 2019 – Will’s – Orlando, FL September 24, 2019 – The Milestone – Charlotte, NC September 25, 2019 – Fallout – Richmond, VA September 26, 2019 – Dangerous Pies – Washington, DC September 27, 2019 – Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA September 28, 2019 – The Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY September 29, 2019 – ONCE Ballroom – Boston, MA September 30, 2019 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY October 01, 2019 – Coalition – Toronto, ON October 02, 2019 – Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA October 03, 2019 – The Event Center – Cincinnati, OH October 04, 2019 – Small’s – Detroit, MI October 05, 2019 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL October 06, 2019 – Club Anything – Milwaukee, WI October 07, 2019 – Warehouse – LaCrosse, WI October 08, 2019 – Red Sea Lounge – Minneapolis, MN October 09, 2019 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO October 11, 2019 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO October 12, 2019 – Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT October 14, 2019 – Pub 340 – Vancouver, BC October 15, 2019 – Highline – Seattle, WA October 16, 2019 – Paris Theater – Portland, OR October 18, 2019 – Brick and Mortar – San Francisco, CA October 19, 2019 – Lodge Room – Los Angeles, CA
Aesthetic Perfection is:
Daniel Graves – Vocals Elliott Berlin – Keys & Guitars Joe Letz – Drums
New York-based progressive metal fusion quartet Valence recently announced the release of their upcoming album, Cognitive Dissidents, out April 12, 2019. Expertly fusing genres like metal, rock, jam, classical, jazz, and more, Valence‘s varied, yet cohesive, influences offer every listener a passport to a new state of mind that is cerebral and emotive, while not sacrificing accessibility.
Today, Valence have revealed a third new track from Cognitive Dissidents, entitled “Walrus“, which is available to stream via New Noise MagazineHERE.
Guitarist Geoffrey Schaefer says about the track: “‘Walrus‘ is one of the more eclectic songs on Cognitive Dissidents that really highlights the way we incorporate jam band influences in with the progressive metal. You can really hear this about two and a half minutes into the song, as well as with the section that comes about five minutes in. It’s also one of the longer songs on the album, but one that we don’t think feels long.”
Check out other videos featuring tracks from Cognitive Dissidents :
Cognitive Dissidents, the ambitious follow up to their Independent Music Award-winning 2014 EP, Laser Baron, was recorded and produced at Westfall Studios in Long Island, NY.
Valence wastes no time in launching Cognitive Dissidents intro the stratosphere with lead single “Damnit, Lana!” (linked above), setting the course for what is about to be one hell of a ride. Rock technicality blends into a seductive Latin fusion-inspiredsection driven by multi-talented percussionist Chris Romano, only to finish as an unrelenting metal opus. “II. Calmer Than You Are” shows the softer side of Valence, illustrating a synth-laden soundscape led by bassist Wilhelmus Sapanaro. The band continue to flex their tech-muscles on tracks like “III. Preferred Nomenclature“, in which guitarists Michael Buonanno and Geoffrey Schaefer burn through over five minutes of deft ebb and flow – fluxing between absolute mano-a-mano, battle-like shreddery, deep grooves and classically-influenced passages. “Walrus“, amid its journey, provides an unexpected mid-track jam trip before the album closes with “Red Sky at Morning” – a 14+ minute sonic escapade that can only be described as positively monumental.
Rather than utilizing samples, bassist Wilhelmus Sapanaro performed upright bass and cello and guitarist Michael Buonanno performed violin and viola on Cognitive Dissidents to maintain an organic sound.
1. Damnit, Lana! 2. Prelude: Parlance of Our Time 3. I. If You’re Not into the Whole Brevity Thing 4. II. Calmer Than You Are 5. III. Preferred Nomenclature 6. Walrus 7. Red Sky at Morning
Valence has performed across the eastern United States and Canada with artists like Scale The Summit, Sarah Longfield, Consider The Source, Felix Martin and more, and will soon expand their national footprint later in 2019. In the meantime, Valence has several U.S. performances booked this winter and spring. See below for all confirmed tour dates:
Valence Tour Dates:
4/13 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Darkside Records – Record Store Day 4/26 – Holbrook, NY @ Rams American Pub 4/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy 4/29 – Orange, VA @ 3 B’s Bar & Grille 5/1 – Raleigh, NC @ Slims 5/2 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar 5/3 – Asheville, NC @ Odditorium 5/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus w/ Black Crown Initiate // Album Release Show
Visit this Facebook event for a listing of these shows.
“…Valence is a style unto themselves, and listening to them is more about a direct connection to the moment than a study of any genre.” – William Berger, Author, Wagner Without Fear et al.; Producer and Commentator, the Metropolitan Opera
“Ever watch a band enjoy themselves so much while playing live, that their mood becomes Infectious? It’s literally impossible not to smile while these dudes are having the best time on stage. It also helps that they can all super shred on their instruments too.” – Metal Injection
“If you love some of the acrobatic, complex, and heavy material of current acts like Scale the Summit, Between the Buried and Me and Animals as Leaders, this is a band you need to check out.” – Sea of Tranquility
“When we hear prog, we actually expect the music to suck hard like a mouthful of coarse-grade sandpaper, because we know it’s a clever ruse. It’s a way for many failed musicians to pretend they have relevance. Valence, however, have given us more to expect out of this “prog” thing…” – Deaf Sparrow
Michael Buonanno – Guitar, Violin, Viola Geoffrey Schaefer – Guitar Wilhelmus Sapanaro – Bass, Upright Bass, Cello Chris Romano – Drums
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Suldusk – a new project led by other-worldly front woman Emily Highfield – weaves acoustic tones of dark folk with elements of doom, atmospheric black metal and post rock. Suldusk will release their debut full-length album, entitled Lunar Falls, on April 12, 2019. The album is available for pre-order now via Bandcamp.
As an early gift to listeners, Suldusk is streaming their entire new album a full two weeks early! Stream it now via Decibel MagazineHERE.
Emily Highfield says, “It is very exciting to finally release Lunar Falls, the first Suldusk album. It has realized my vision of fusing acoustic elements with post rock and metal influences.”
In addition to the digital version, Lunar Falls will also be released as a Collector’s Edition Digipack-CD (first press, limited to 1000 copies) and LP (limited colored vinyl with poster) via the Northern Silence ProductionsWebshop or Bandcamp page. The black/white half-and-half edition of the vinyl, which is limited to only 99 copies, is only available via the NSP webshop while stock lasts.
Check out Suldusk‘s latest music video for the track “Aphasia” HERE.
Lunar Falls‘ undercurrent theme is about living on the margins, and the intolerable suffering and sacrifice in the quest for identity. Nature provides much of the lyrical inspiration as the source of refuge and guidance throughout this quest. Lunar Falls is dedicated to the memory of late singer-songwriter Aleah Starbridge (Trees of Eternity).
With Lunar Falls, Emily Highfield explains that she wants to convey an escape to a soothing and real place. Her organic, earthly approach to music creates an immersive soundscape – a powerful panorama of shimmering guitars, haunting melodies and atmospheric density.
Highfield says, “Lunar Falls is a sonic midnight forest trek – at times beguiling and soothing, and at once harsh and raw. Like nature itself. Bands that inspire me are immersive, honest and risk takers. I’m inspired by and love acoustic-driven and atmospheric/depressive metal – like Agalloch, Opeth, Saor, Unreqvited, Heretoir and Trees of Eternity.”
Suldusk first turned heads a few years ago after front woman and then-solo artist Emily Highfield uploaded some of her compositions to Soundcloud. When the melancholic black metal-infused acoustic track “Drogue” ended up reaching over 10,000 plays in less than a month, Highfield knew she was onto something great. This inspired Highfield to create the live and current incarnation of Suldusk – a chamber metal ensemble which has since been embraced by audiences and underground musicians alike.
Lunar Falls was engineered, mixed and produced by Mark Kelson, with additional engineering by Jesse Oberin. The album was mastered by Joseph Carra at Crystal Mastering.
Lunar Falls track listing:
1. Eleos 2. Solus Ipse 3. The Elm 4. Aphasia 5. Three Rivers 6. Autumnal Resolve 7. Catacombs 8. Nazaré 9. Drogue 10. Sovran Shrines
“Emily Highfield, the sole creator of Suldusk, has succeeded in creating thoroughly entrancing musical experiences through seamless juxtapositions of contrasting musical styles. Even her vocals are representative of those contrasts – both caustic in their acidity and beautifully ethereal in their clarity.” — No Clean Singing
“Mysterious, hypnotic, compelling songwriting. Haunting and beautiful, very original – gentle, soothing, and then at times unexpectedly powerful when it conjures other-worldly dark screams from the collective sub-conscious – like Mother Nature venting her fury!” — David Hirschfelder, Internationally award-winning soundtrack composer
“Varyingly described as acoustic Black Metal, Blackgaze or Doom Folk, Suldusk have a sound that is entirely their own and utterly captivating… While no comparison can truly capture the magic of Suldusk, fans of Opeth‘s ‘Damnation‘ album are likely to be impressed.” — Overdrive Magazine
Born out of Troy, NY’s infamous hardcore scene, Brick by Brick – featuring Mike Valente (Guitars), Andy Parsons (Bass), Ray Mazzola (Vocals, ex-Full Blown Chaos), and James Muller (Drums) – have relentlessly cultivated their reputation as a staple force of hybrid hardcore metal. Solidifying and reviving their sound in recent years with the addition of Mazzola on vocals, the band’s perspective is fresh with formidable intent.
“Brick by Brick exemplifies a working-class band.” – New Noise Magazine
Hive Mentality out February 22, 2019
Brick by Brick return in 2019 with their seventh studio album, Hive Mentality – an onslaught of brutal ferociousness. The album is scheduled to be released on February 22, 2019 via Upstate Records, and will be available to pre-order via major digital retailers beginning January 11.
Produced by Jason Bourdeau, the album was recorded at Overit Media in Albany, NY, with mastering by legendary Alan Douches of West West Side Music.
Check out a brand new Hive Mentality album teaser now via YouTube
Raising a massive middle finger to the establishment, Hive Mentality is a battle cry to all that is wrong with the world, yet signifying that all is right with heavy music convergence. Epitomizing the tone of the title track “Hive Mentality“, track guest Jessica Pimentel (Alekhine’s Gun vocalist, Orange is the New Black actress) seethes “Get the fuck out of the way or get trampled,” with a ranting rage. Based upon true events, track five, entitled “Bar Is Open“, sums up Brick by Brick flawlessly in their declaration of, “We live to drink/We love to fight/We bring the party/Rage through the night.” That statement is further emphasized by none other than guest vocalist Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste, Iron Reagan). The Acacia Strain‘s Vincent Bennett further exudes the savagery of Hive Mentalitywith his vocal spot on “In The Ruins“, before the album reaches its apex with a blistering rendition of Motörhead‘s “Iron Fist“, a sonically-heated kick like a belt of Jack that Lemmy himself would have savored and tipped his hat to.
Vocalist Ray Mazzola says, “It was an honor to have our guest vocalists join us for this album. We wrote it knowing all along that Tony from Municipal Waste/Iron Reagan was going to sing on ‘Bar Is Open‘, and it turned out that a few of the more thrash-edged songs were inspired by him. Vincent of The Acacia Strain agreed to redo an old tune of ours, ‘In The Ruins‘, that was featured as a limited edition run that he collaborated with us on. It needed to be heard internationally. Last but not least, Jessica Pimentel from Orange Is The New Black/Alekhine’s Gun was a perfect choice for the middle rant on ‘Hive Mentality‘, portraying anger from a woman’s perspective.”
Brick by Brick brings one metal riff after another, interwoven with slamming breakdowns and a relentlessly rhythmic battering. Hive Mentality transcends beyond genres – it embraces the angst within each soul from any heavy music scene and brings solace to every metalhead, muscle head, hardcore kid, and old school punk who’s been internally bleeding and eternally screaming in defiance.
Hive Mentality track list:
“Hive Mentality” featuring Jessica Pimentel “Bad Sign” “Toe to Toe” “Battleground” “Bar Is Open” featuring Tony Foresta “Never to Wake” “In The Ruins” featuring Vincent Bennett “Slave to the Grind” (Skid Row cover) “Iron Fist” (Motörhead cover)
“Brick by Brick has a long and storied career which reads like a documentary on all that’s upstate and heavy as fuck.” – RadioRadioX
Brick by Brick has shared the stage and/or toured with many notable artists such as Anthrax, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Biohazard, Agnostic Front, Madball, The Acacia Strain, Sick Of It All, and many more. The band has also appeared on many festivals, including New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, Black n’ Blue Bowl, Tsunami Fest, Breast Fest, Motorcity Fest, Toughlove Fest, Florida Rules fest, and more. Building upon their performance resume, Brick by Brick will perform at select shows this winter – see below for all current dates.
Brick by Brick upcoming shows:
12/21 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater (w/ Cro-Mags, Murphy’s Law + more) Facebook Event Link
“When it comes to by the number, blue-collar heavy hardcore there isn’t a need for a whole lot of innovation and Brick by Brick understands this. And that’s not a thinly veiled shot at the band. If you want to hear aggressive music firmly anchored in tradition, you will find it…” – PunkNews