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Kane Roberts Announces Director’s Cut of “Beginning of the End,” ft. Alice Cooper, Alissa White-Gluz

Guitarist Kane Roberts has announced a special upcoming director’s cut of his video for the song “Beginning of the End,” featuring appearances by the legendary Alice Cooper and Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz.

Watch the original video for “Beginning of the End” here

“Beginning of the End,” which appears on last year’s The New Normal, is a powerful track that required equally powerful voices and personalities to bring it to life. 

“When Alice Cooper and Alissa White-Gluz both agreed to be in our ‘Beginning of the End’ video, I was blown away,” Roberts says. “Once the shock wore off, I realized I’d created the perfect storm. There was so much electricity in the air that it was obvious there was no safe place on the set, and the job was to capture it all in camera! As expected, their performances were truly iconic and I believe we created something both original and powerful.”

Alice Cooper and Alissa White-Gluz Comment on Collaboration

Roberts’ musical co-stars were equally enthusiastic about the collaboration on “Beginning of the End”: 

“I go out of my way to work with Kane any time I can,” Alice Cooper says. “He’s truly a great guitarist with the brain of THANOS!” 

Adds Alissa Gluz-White, “Working with Kane for ‘The Beginning of the End’ was interesting and challenging. To establish oneself in a song alongside Alice Cooper is no easy task! I feel we created a narrative in the song that just begged for a storybook type of video, so we got together and did that too!” 

Most widely known for his work with Alice Cooper the mid to late ‘80s, Roberts’ studied Contemporary Music and Liberal Arts/Humanities at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Roberts’ resume includes a variety of work with high-profile artists including Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Steve VaiDesmond ChildKISSDiane WarrenBerlinGuns N’ Roses and more. He has also written and/or recorded music for films such as Light SleeperPenelope Spheeris’ Decline of Western CivilizationFriday the 13th IV Jason Lives, and John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness

In addition to his musical career, Roberts has in acted in several films, including Wes Craven’s Shocker and John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness. Along with director Mike Goedecke, Roberts also created a rollercoaster of a sci-fi short film, Embryo, which features an engaging story, stunning special effects and evocative soundtrack.

Industrial Pop Trio Aesthetic Perfection to Join Lords of Acid on Make Acid Great Again Tour

On the heels of a direct support slot through Europe with the infamous Lindemann, the solo project of Rammstein’s Till Lindemann, industrial pop trio Aesthetic Perfection will set out across the US with the legendary Lords of Acid on the Make Acid Great Again Tour.

Make Acid Great Again Tour Begins Friday, March 13 in Los Angeles

With a newly revamped live show, audiences can expect a spectacle like never before.

“In the 20 years I’ve been a part of this project, I’ve never felt that all the pieces fit just as perfectly as I do now,” says Aesthetic Perfection founder and frontman Daniel Graves. “Each one of us is committed to taking this project to the next level and evolving every aspect. We want this to be an audiovisual experience, created within a community where everyone feels accepted for who they are.”

Since forming Aesthetic Perfection nearly two decades ago, producer Daniel 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.

For a sampling of Aesthetic Perfection,
check out the video for “Gods & Gold” here:

Aesthetic Perfection’s latest studio album, Into the Black, hit stores last year via Close to Human Music. The album features acclaimed drummer Joe Letz, recognized for his work with artists such as Emigrate (also featuring Richard Z. Kruspe), CombichristWednesday 13Genitorturers and several other top heavy-music artists. An all-star cast of collaborators such as Richard Z. Kruspe, Jinxx of Black Veil Brides, Mick Kenney of Anaal Nathrakh and Krischan Wesenberg of Rotersand also contributed to the album.

Into the Black is the most mature Aesthetic Perfection album to date. 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,” Graves takes the transgressive art form known as industrial pop to the next level.

Into The Black is available via Apple MusicAmazon and Bandcamp. Physical editions and merch are available here, and the album can be streamed via Spotify.

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Make Acid Great Again Tour Dates

  • Mar 13 – The Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
  • Mar 14 – Hard Rock Live – Las Vegas, NV
  • Mar 15 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
  • Mar 17 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ
  • Mar 18 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
  • Mar 19 – Rockhouse – El Paso, TX
  • Mar 20 – Trees – Dallas, TX
  • Mar 21 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
  • Mar 22 – Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
  • Mar 23 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
  • Mar 25 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Mar 26 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
  • Mar 27 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC
  • Mar 28 – The Underground – Charlotte, NC
  • Mar 29 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
  • Mar 31 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
  • Apr 01 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
  • Apr 02 – The Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
  • Apr 03 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
  • Apr 04 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
  • Apr 05 – Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Apr 06 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
  • Apr 07 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
  • Apr 08 – The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
  • Apr 09 – Vertigo @ The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Apr 10 – The Bluebird – Reno, NV
  • Apr 11 – Dante’s – Portland, OR
  • Apr 13 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
  • Apr 15 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

Aesthetic Perfection Is:

  • Daniel GravesVocals
  • Elliott BerlinKeys & Guitars
  • Joe LetzDrums

Aesthetic Perfection Online:

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Arizona’s Real Rock 98KUPD Releases UFEST 2020 Lineup, Featuring Volbeat, Clutch and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals

Arizona’s top rock station, 98KUPD, have announced rock artists VolbeatClutch and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals (performing a Pantera set) will headline UFEST 2020, the radio station’s long-running annual music festival, on April 4th, 2020 at Big Surf Waterpark.  UFEST 2020, which will also feature performances from the bands Fire From The Gods, The Picturebooks and more to be announced. The radio station’s music festival will this year be filled with waterslides, beer, liquor, food vendors, an artist autograph booth, meet & greets with the artists and classic video games. The rock music festival is expected to draw more than 10,000 fans this year. The 98KUPD/RideNOW Powersports broadcast stage will host live interviews and contests all day. 

“Growing up in Arizona in the ‘80s, I can remember all the big rock bands coming through town and playing at Big Surf,” says 98KUPD Brand and Content Director Larry McFeelieRockers like TeslaRed Hot Chili Peppers, and even Pink Floyd have performed at the waterpark. So, why not bring UFEST and some current day rock acts to Big Surf!?! The weather will be perfect, the drinks will be flowing and the music will be loud! Sounds like a good UFEST to me.” 

Tickets for UFEST 2020 start at just $39 plus fees. $1 from the sale of each ticket goes to benefit the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities. Two levels of VIP packages are also available: “As firefighters we unfortunately often meet people at times of tragedy, these circumstances give us a unique perspective on the needs of the community” says Director of Charities Ben Lindquist. United Phoenix Firefighters Charities gives our firefighters the resources to give back in the communities we serve. We can’t say thank you enough to KUPD for making us the beneficiary of this year’s UFest and helping us to further our efforts in our community! We are excited to see everyone at UFest this year!”

VIP Tickets:

$175 plus fees and includes:
3 Alcoholic/Non-Alcoholic drinks
VIP ParkingPrivate
VIP entrance
Dinner served from 6pm-8pm
Luxury bathrooms
Shaded area to chill
Private front of stage viewing area
Koozie and Bottled water at entrance 

ULTIMATE VIP Tickets:

$175 plus fees + *$100 side stage pass:
All amenities of the VIP Tickets
Exclusive limited access to the Side Stage
Viewing Platform stage right of the main stage during the selected artists performance. (*$100 price is per band that you wish to watch from side stage.)
Autographed limited alternate UFEST 2020 poster
Commemorative Side Stage UFEST 2020 laminate 

General Admission tickets will also be available at valley Zia Records locations. For tickets and more information, visit 98KUPD UFEST 2020 is presented by Bud Light, Sprint PCS, Ride NOW Powersports, Zia Records and the New Times. It is an all-ages events, with bar access for those with a valid ID. Doors open at 1 p.m., with music beginning at 3 p.m. Big Surf Waterpark is located at 1500 North McClintock Drive in Tempe. Parking is available on-site. 

98KUPD (97.9FM) is a commercial active rock radio station. Licensed to Tempe, Arizona, the station serves the Phoenix metropolitan area. The station is owned by Hubbard Radio, a division of Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota. The radio station’s morning show, “Holmberg’s Morning Sickness,” has dominated the airwaves for the 19+ years and can be heard each weekday morning from 5:30 a.m.-10 a.m. on the FM dial at 97.9FM or via 98KUPD’s Mobile App. 

98KUPD Online:

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Event Hashtags – #UFEST2020, #98KUPD


Death Valley High Reveals New Surprise Single and Video

To celebrate tonight’s tour kick-off, horror obsessed provocateurs Death Valley High have surprised fans with a new song, “Raise Hell,” available today. Watch the video for the track now via Revolver HERE.

“I got sick of hearing the misuse of the term ‘witch hunt’ and the ignorance just throwing it around. I started to imagine a scenario bridging physical and metaphysical uproar,” says frontman Reyka Osburn. “‘Raise hell’ usually means to rebel rouse, but in this instance, I actually mean to devil rouse.”

The “Raise Hell” single is currently available exclusively via Bandcamp HERE.

Death Valley High begins a nine-date west coast tour with electro-industrial outfit Silver Snakes tonight in San Francisco.

Death Valley High released a new EP entitled Duel this past summer via Minus Head Records. The band has described Duel as a sort of modern-day mix tape that defies the rules of a conventional release. While the first half of the record features covers, the latter half is an offering of intense remixes, lending to the record’s name. Each song on Duel features a special guest, including Chino Moreno (Deftones), Spirit in the Room, Chris Connelly and more, each of whom was challenged – along with Death Valley High themselves – to venture outside of their comfort zone.

Check out the video for the Christian Death cover “Cavity – First Communion,” featuring Chino Moreno HERE.

Swerving between the sarcastic and the saccharine, Death Valley High deliver doom pop and death disco of the highest order. Outburn heralded them as the “New Face of Goth Rock,” while UK tastemaker Kerrang! advised fans of Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails to take note. But where most macabre music-makers craft anthems for the grave, Death Valley High make songs to wake the dead. These guys don’t dwell in melancholy; this is a funeral procession to dance to. Universal monsters, Hammer films and haunted houses collide within their sonic psyche, earning them coveted spots on tours with likeminded rabble-rousers like Killing Joke, Combichrist, Crosses, Powerman 5000, and Orgy. Death Valley High turns convention on its head, with unapologetic distaste for conformity and a tongue-in-cheek whimsy. Death Valley High is unmistakably important, conjuring New Romantic majesty for the modern age.

Death Valley High Tour Dates With Silver Snakes:

  • 1/3 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
  • 1/4 – Portland, OR @ Twilight
  • 1/5 – Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
  • 1/7 – Eugene, OR @ Old Nick’s
  • 1/8 – Reno, NV @ Jub Jubs
  • 1/9 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
  • 1/10 – Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar & Billiards
  • 1/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ 5 Star Bar
  • 1/12 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar

Death Valley High Online:

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Lamb of God Guitarist Mark Morton to Release New Solo EP, “Ether,” in January

Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton returns in 2020 with his second solo offering, entitled Ether, a primarily acoustic five-song EP scheduled for release in January via Rise Records/BMG.

As with Morton’s solo debut, Anesthetic, released earlier this year, the guitarist enlisted the talents of various musicians and vocalists to bring his songs to life. Ether features appearances by Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Howard Jones (Killswitch Engage, Light the Torch), John Carbone (Moon Tooth) and Mark Morales (Sons of Texas), who is also a member of Morton’s live band. The EP is made up of three original songs and two covers that once again showcase Morton’s diversity as a musician.

Says Mark Morton, “I’m thrilled to announce the upcoming release of my new, five song EP, ‘Ether,‘ on Rise Records! Once again, I’ve had the great pleasure of working with some amazingly talented artists and friends to assemble this collection of tunes, all of which feature a strong acoustic guitar component. Inspired by the acoustic sets I had the opportunity to perform last spring and summer in support of ‘Anesthetic,‘ I began writing some new songs to reflect that more mellow vibe. I’m stoked with the results and I can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve been putting together. I’ll be debuting these tunes on my upcoming U.K. acoustic tour, so you can hear them live before they’re released anywhere else!”

“I continue to be honored to have the chance to work with so many incredibly talented people and I remain beyond grateful to the fans that have come along with me and supported these projects. Thanks so much everyone!”

First single from Ether, “All I Had to Lose” featuring Mark Morales, will be released January 10.

Ether was produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira, Trivium).

Mark Morton Ether EP Cover

Ether Tracklisting:

  1. All I Had To Lose (featuring) Mark Morales
  2. The Fight (featuring John Carbone)
  3. She Talks To Angels (featuring Lzzy Hale)
  4. Love My Enemy (featuring Howard Jones)
  5. Black (featuring Mark Morales)

Tour

Following his first UK acoustic performance at the Download festival earlier this year, Mark Morton will return for a handful of special and intimate acoustic shows in January 2020.

Mark Morton comments, “We had such an amazing time with the acoustic set at Download and I’m really looking forward to expanding on that experience with these upcoming shows. Joining me once again will be Mark Morales on vocals and guitarist extraordinaire, Joe Harvatt. I can’t wait to make each show extra special for you all with an evening of stories, acoustic versions of many of the songs from Anesthetic, and a few covers of some of our favorite tunes. We’ll also be debuting some new original material as well! Look forward to seeing you all!”

Mark Morton UK tour dates:

  • 1/8 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
  • 1/9 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
  • 1/10 – Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
  • 1/11 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy 2
  • 1/12 – London, UK @ Camden Underworld

About Mark Morton

Anesthetic, Morton’s first 10-track solo album, was made alongside a dream team of highly respected musicians from a multitude of musical worlds. Singers on the album include Chester Bennington, Randy Blythe, Jacoby Shaddix, Myles Kennedy, Alissa White-Gluz, Mark Lanegan, Chuck Billy, Jake Oni, Josh Todd, Mark Morales and Naeemah Maddox. Musically, Morton performs all guitars, with Roy Mayorga, David Ellefson, Ray Luzier, Paolo Gregoletto, Alex Bent,
Mike Inez, Jean-Paul Gaster, Steve Gorman, Marc Ford, Yanni Papadopoulos and Chris Brooks completing the band. The single “Cross Off,” featuring late Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington and Trivium‘s rhythm section of Paolo Gregoletto and Alex Bent, spent six weeks in the Top 10 Active Rock US radio chart and has now amassed more than 14 million plays on Spotify and YouTube.

Following the release of Anesthetic, Morton took his live band, consisting of Morales on lead vocals, Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves) on guitar, Nick Villarreal (Sons Of Texas) on bass, Art Cruz (Lamb of God, Prong, Winds of Plague), on a North American co-headline tour with Light the Torch.

Mark Morton Online:

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Ravenword Album Details and First Single Out Now

Italian symphonic power metal band Ravenword has unleashed “No More,” first single from their one-time studio album, Transcendence, out January 31 via Rockshots Records.

Vocalist Chiara Tricarico comments: 
“This song is a classical power metal track with a beautiful piano part and a super-fast solo.” 

The track features Davide Lovecchio as special guest on the lead guitar. 

“No More” is available as digital single at all major online stores, paired with an official audio track on YouTube.

Spotify |  iTunes | YouTube

Transcendence is now available for pre-order at the Rockshots Records’ official store. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s novel The Raven, the Milan, Italy, based band was originally formed in 2007 by keyboardist and composer Davide Scuteri (Choirs Of Veritas). After several years of activity, which included a self-titled demo, the band went on a brief hiatus, re-grouping in 2016 when singer Chiara Tricarico (Sound StormMoonlight Haze), drummer Michele Olmi (ChronosfearSkeleeton) and bass/guitar player Cesare Ferrari (Choirs Of Veritas) joined the band, in order to create a one-time studio album that embodies the whole history of the band.  

With TranscendenceRavenword captures the romantic and decadent poetic themes typical of Edgar Allan Poe’s period, combined with an equally decadent symphonic metal sound. In line with Ravenword’s ode to poetry, the title Transcendence was chosen to symbolize the idea of always going beyond one’s perception of reality and seeking deeper meanings. 

Transcendence Tracklisting:

  1. Blue Roses
  2. Life Is In Your Hands
  3. No More
  4. Lullaby Of The Last Petal
  5. Purity
  6. Rain Of Stars
  7. The Queen Of Darkness
  8. What I Need
  9. The Swansong
  10. Dylan
  11. Crimson Lake
  12. The Distance
  13. Bleeding Moon

Ravenword Online:

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Blame Zeus Reveals New Single, “Bloodstained Hands” — Third Album “Seethe” Out Today

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 HandsHERE.

“‘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.

Seethe is available for stream and purchase HERE.

Blame Zeus Seethe Album

Seethe Track Listing:

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)

Album Length: 47:40

Blame Zeus Online:

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Metal Mariachi Masters METALACHI Announce Southwest U.S. Tour Gritty with Surf Rockers Shark in the Water

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 METALACHIthe world’s first – and only – heavy metal mariachi bandShark 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 PriestDioJourneyGuns 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:

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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 StoryRolling 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.

METALACHI Online:

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Featured Photo (top) by Jeremy Saffer

Celtic Vocalist Leah to Release “Ancient Winter” Winter-Themed Album on November 15

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:

About Leah:

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 AlbumMetalstorm Award for 2012. Her 2013 release, Otherworld, is a five-song Celtic-metal masterpiece, mixed by ChristianMoschusMoos 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.

Leah Online:

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Betraying the Martyrs Forced to Cancel Remaining North American Tour Dates Due to Van Accident and Fire

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.

Visit GoFundMe to donate. 

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:

• Splitter

• In Ears Monitors System x 4

• Most of their Merchandising

• 1 Furman power conditioner

• 4 keyboards

• Shock mount racks units

• 1 Helix
• AxeFX

• 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.