PESTILENCE – Morbvs Propagationem

Dutch death metal legends PESTILENCE is premiering a music video for a new song titled “Morbvs Propagationem”. It’s the first song taken off the band’s new album, “Exitivm”,  which is set to be released on June 25th via Agonia Records. The video was filmed by Grupa 13 production house (Kreator, Behemoth, Amon Amarth) with costumes by Prepostevolution.

A new album, on a new label armed with a whole new line-up and a new dynamic: no matter what, PESTILENCE – or more specifically their maestro Patrizio Mameli – is like the phoenix, rising from the ashes, over and over again. An official website has been launched for “Exitivm”, providing access to all revelant information surrounding the new album, at: www.exitivm.com.

Back in 1986, in the small town of Enschede in the Netherlands, nearby the German border, a true metal phenomenon was born. More than three decades later, not only is PESTILENCE alive and well, but about to once again reaffirm their place in the extreme metal pantheon, with their ninth studio album entitled “Exitivm”, which is Latin for “total destruction”.

As controversial as he can be to some, nobody will ever deny the band’s undisputable driving force, Patrizio Mameli, and his constant ability to reinvent himself. Unlike most of the bands in the scene, PESTILENCE just keeps evolving. From the raging thrash leanings of their cult 1988 debut “Malleus Maleficarum” to the jazz-infused versatility of 1993’s “Spheres” or 2009’s “Resurrection Macabre” frontal assault, not to mention the fans’ favorite and Scott Burns-produced “Testimony Of The Ancients” from 1991, he never did the same record twice. No matter who playes with him on any PESTILENCE album, Mameli always gets the best out of the musicians he is working with. But first and foremost, the man has a one-of-a-kind vision, instantly recognizable style and yet always stretching musical boundaries. And it’s never more true than on “Exitivm”.

After a vast reissue campaign in between 2015 and 2018 and an acclaimed new album “Hadeon”, the band got seemingly stopped in their mission to conquer the Death Metal scene in early 2020, like everybody else, by the global pandemic, going as far as forcing some of the band’s “Hadeon” line-up members to throw in the towel. But what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger and instead of letting that whole situation drag him down, Mameli chose to do the exact opposite and write the best and darkest album possible to date. And he just did that. With its ambitious lyrical concept about “global domination”, “induced mental illness”, “inner and outer demons” and  malicious external entities, “Exitivm” is propelling the band one again to the forefront of the Death Metal movement with yet another original and briljant artistic overhaul.

Mind you, as soon as you’re past the very cinematic introduction “In Omnibvs”, you’re instantly caught up by “Morbvs Propagationem” whose intense riffing will take back to the “Testimony” days. Except that their core sound has been revived, with now extra layers of ominous soundscapes ingeniously suggesting an atmosphere of suspence and horror, boosted by Mameli’s jazz-fusion impressive solo works and a renewed sense of urgency. This rejuvenation, with emphasis on “new musical landscapes but also sick and twisted riffs” as stated by Mameli himself, is no accident though. Not only has Mameli been extremely inspired by the turmoil humanity had to face since March 2020 but with a line-up once again, entirely based in the Netherlands and made up of only super-seasoned players – besides former Dew Scented and Creepmime Joost van der Graaf on bass and Bleeding Gods’ Rutger van Noordenburg on lead guitar, former God Dethroned Michiel van der Plicht joined on drums last year – PESTILENCE is more than ever a BAND where everybody feeds off of each other’s musical talent. And it definitely shows.

With the exception of the drums – tracked down by van der Plicht himself at his home studio – the album was recorded over a period of two months in between June and August 2020 at Pitchnote Productions. The album has been produced, like all PESTILENCE albums, by Mameli and is co produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Jory Hogeveen (Shinigami and Ancient Rites). Last March, the band filmed their second ever official video – three decades after “Land Of Tears” – for the song “Morbvs Propagationem”. “Exitivm” will be available in various formats, including supra-limited picture, pin-wheel, “firebreath” and clear vinyl versions. The cover artwork once again brought the band’s iconic sphere and was done by Michal “Xaay” Loranc, known for his various cover for Nile, God Detheroned or Evocation and who had already worked on “Hadeon”.

Both a reinvention and a confirmation of everything the band has been standing for since 1986, thirty-five years later PESTILENCE are more than ever breaking new grounds and exploring the further outposts of the extreme metal sound on “Exitivm”.

MARTA GABRIEL – Metal Queen

CRYSTAL VIPER front woman Marta Gabriel announced the release of “Metal Queens” – debut solo album, which is a collection of cover songs, and a tribute to the female heavy metal and hard rock singers of the ’80s. “It’s a celebration and tribute to some of my favorite female vocalists, and a solid piece of heavy metal that fans might enjoy even if they don’t know original versions of those songs”, says Gabriel. “It’s not a random collection of covers – we made sure that it sounds like one big piece, like a real album, and it has this taking-no-prisoners attitude”, she adds.

The album features Marta Gabriel on vocals and bass guitar, Eric Juris from CRYSTAL VIPER on guitars, and Cederick Forsberg from CRYSTAL VIPER and BLAZON STONE on drums. Except that she invited three special guests: we will hear the JAG PANZER and TITAN FORCE singer Harry Conklin in the CHASTAIN cover “Light In The Dark”, RIOT V singer Todd Michael Hall in the BLACKLACE cover “Call Of The Wild”, while the RAVEN bassist John Gallagher plays bass in the remake of the ROCK GODDESS classic, “My Angel”.

Marta Gabriel is a founder and front woman of the heavy metal act CRYSTAL VIPER, with whom she just released new, eight studio album, “The Cult”, on Listenable Records. She’s also a seasoned session musician, and performed with acts such as JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR, MANILLA ROAD, VADER, MAJESTY and WITCH CROSS.

“Metal Queens” will be released on Listenable Records on July 16, 2021 in Europe, and July 30 in North America, and will be available as vinyl LP, CD, and digital download.

Chelsea – CA$H

CHELSEA have announced they will celebrate their 45th Anniversary with the release of long awaited and highly anticipated new album ‘Meanwhile Gardens’ which will see the light of day on Westworld on May 28 – Today CHELSEA premiere the video for new single “Ca$h”.

The punk legends twelfth studio album features Nic Austin on guitar collaborating with bass player Mat Sargent delivering the Chelsea trademark sound. Vocalist Gene October contributes his own tracks performing with his distinct sound and Steve Grainger completes the line-up on drums.

It also includes ex-Chelsea members from throughout the years as guest musicians.  Martin Stacey and Bob Jesse from the 1977 line up, James Stevenson from the debut album, Rob Miller from the ‘Traitors Gate’ album and Mike Spenser from The Cannibals guests on harmonica.

The album cover was designed and drawn by the band in the back of the tour bus.  Many of the tracks for the album were written on the road during their 2019 European tour and the album was recorded in-between lockdowns in 2020.

Left Hand Solution – Jolene

Left Hand Solution had revealed a brand-new music video for the song “Jolene” taken off their upcoming album “Dead Of Winter”. This is also the first video clip the band has done in a very long time! The video was shot at Sundsvalls Teater in Sweden. What made Left Hand Solution always special was their combination of hard riffs, dark melodies, and Mariana Frykman’s dark and beautiful voice. Being one of the early metal band with a female vocalist their influence has been largely overlooked and their cult following has grown quite a lot lately.

Drummer and songwriter Erik Barthold states about the recording of the album: ”I remember starting to write the song “First Day Of Winter” as the first snow fell in the year 2002. Little did I imagine that it would take another 18 years for it to be fully completed! The song was finished this summer in a hot recording studio, but of course, we had to wait until the winter solstice for this release. Sorry, that we’ve kept you waiting, but here it finally is in its full winter dress.”

Erik tells more about the songs: “’First Day Of Winter’ deals with depression, depicted as the long and cold Swedish winter. As you might have noticed Left Hand Solution songs usually aren’t that fast in tempo. With the track ‘The Sleeping Dead’ we tried to write a more up-tempo song. But it became more of a mid-tempo song, anyway… ‘Jolene’ is a song by Dolly Parton, and ‘The Hallowed Blood’ is about the deceptive human heart that yearns for love. The salvation of being loved.” ”I found the lyrics to ‘Flame Of Desire’ when I went through my old notes and writing papers that I’ve kept for many years. I wrote this lyric a long way back, more than 25 years ago. The music was newly written, and we decided it to be an acoustic track. It is inspired by the music of Glenn Danzig.” ”20 years ago, we talked about using more acoustic instruments on our songs, but as the band was put on hold that didn’t happen. Until now. When our guitarist Jocke recorded the guitar for this track, I started to hear the sound of a violin in my head, and we decided to go along with it. Of course, you can’t do this without a nod to My Dying Bride. A band that had a big influence on me in the 90’s.”

Now with the new album and a new development for the band, the new Left Hand Solution Album “Dead of Winter” will be available from April 16th onwards. Get it here https://lefthandsolution.bandcamp.com or at your preferred platform.

SCAR OF THE SUN – Inertia

Greek modern metal five-piece SCAR OF THE SUN is poised to reach the next level with the release of their otherworldly third full-length, Inertia, out May 14, 2021 via Napalm Records, and has dropped the exciting second single and official video for the album’s title track today!

After unveiling their hard-hitting first offering, “I Am The Circle”, quite recently, SCAR OF THE SUN is set to deliver their next smashing anthem with its catchy chorus, poised to stick in the listener’s mind forever. Taking off with an instrumental intro, “Inertia” evokes full aggression – raising a voice for everything that is about to come and lyrically dissecting the idea that those who run the world want society to be numb. The song is visually underlined and smartly grasped by an impressive music video, shot and directed by Achilleas Gatsopoulos.

SCAR OF THE SUN and on the video for “Inertia”: “It’s absolutely breathtaking to watch your emotions and words that you put on paper being materialized and visualized in such a magnificent way! The work of Achilleas Gatsopoulos exceeded our expectations for one more time! Achilleas perceived and depicted the whole Inertia album lyrical concept and he managed to fit it in a four minute masterpiece of a video. We hope everyone will enjoy it as much as we do!”

Achilleas Gatsopoulos adds: “Picking up from where the album cover left off, the band’s trademark Jugendstil/Dieselpunk/Ancient Minoan design elements were combined with an Expressionist Film approach in order to breathe life into the intricate illustration and manifest the lyrical concepts into visual form.”

Vocalist Terry Nikas on the second single, “Inertia”: “The opening track of the album is a surprise attack! An amalgam of good old Swedish death metal with modern colors, it’s the aggression you didn’t expect at all!”

Pre-Order SCAR OF THE SUN’s new album Inertia NOW!

After sharing the stage with outstanding acts such as Dark Tranquillity and Insomnium, as well as compatriots Rotting Christ, SCAR OF THE SUN has made a name for themselves with the very special ability to merge modern metal sound with atmospheric soundscapes and dynamic riffs. Their upcoming third studio album, Inertia, delivers a fresh take on melodic, atmospheric, often progressively-influenced metal while forging a unique path, and acts as a follow up to their self-titled demo (2005), debut full-length, A Series Of Unfortunate Concurrencies (2011) and sophomore offering, In Flood (2016).

On Inertia, SCAR OF THE SUN utilizes scientific terminology to transmit their impassioned messages of difficult trials and social awareness lyrically, conveying an overarching theme that reflects one of society’s heaviest burdens – that financial gain has flourished at the expense of humanity and the livelihoods of everyday people.

Terry Nikas about the album: “Third strike, this album is our punch to the world disarray! The most aggressive album we’ve done so far indicates our current intentions! The main concept of Inertia deals with how financial interests act against the lives of everyday normal people, no matter where you come from, since profit knows no ethics and nationalities. We become lab rats and we struggle in our everyday life while at the same time that extreme minority that runs the financial interests see people like numbers and value our lives like ants. These are matters that concern and annoy me and I had to get them out of my chest.”

Bushido Code – “The Ronin”

Pennsylvania thrash metal squadron BUSHIDO CODE have unleased a video for the song “The Ronin”. The track is taken from their recently released album of the same name.

Buy the album: https://www.coldcutsmerch.com/collections/upstate-records

BUSHIDO CODE chose a samurai inspired moniker to reflect their own personal values of being fearless and driven by their goals to achieve the highest degrees of sacrifice for what they believe in and are dedicated to. With their first two releases, The Dying Virtues: Volume 1+2 the band was able to lay out their vision of a crossover thrash sound that unapologetically goes for the throat. Having gained international recognition in Europe, Japan and Australia, BUSHIDO CODE look forward to reaching their fanbase with their follow-up release that is sure to escalate their presence as a premiere entity in the metal/thrash/hardcore crossover scene.

Deathchant – Holy Roller

Heavy music‘s evolution has always been a murky swamp of sub-genres. So, combining Thin Lizzy‘s glistening twin guitar harmonies with Melvins-grade sludge and a hearty dose of proto-metal psych probably shouldn‘t sound so revolutionary as it does in the hands of L.A. quartet Deathchant. But theirs is a special, transcendent sound.

Waste, the band‘s sophomore album and first for RidingEasy Records, is anything but. The 33-minute, 7-song blast flows seamlessly from song to song, aided by droning segues, while simultaneously slithering between genres and moods. Rumbling noise, chiming guitar melodies, bluesy boogie, NWOBHM thrash, COC grunge and punk fury all rear their head at times, sometimes all at once.

Though you wouldn‘t be able to tell by the concise structures and well-crafted songs, a lot of Deathchant‘s music is improvised, both in the studio and live. That‘s not to suggest their songs are jammy — they‘re very tightly organized compositions. But the four musicians have that special musical telepathy that allows them to keep the song structures open-ended.

“Improv is a huge things for us and always has been,” singer/guitarist T.J. Lemieux says. “The musical freedom to look at the other dudes in the band and be able to take things wherever we want to go is magical. I like the feel of flying off the hinges.”

Likewise, the band itself is similarly amorphous in its membership. “We run the band with an open door. No lineup is definitive,” Lemieux explains. On Waste, the lineup is: Lemieux, George Camacho on bass, Colin Fahrner on drums, and John Belino on second guitar.

Waste was recorded live in a rented cabin in the mountains of Big Bear, CA. “We packed a big-ass van and set up in the living room and kitchen,” Lemieux says. “Tracked it live, with overdubs after.” The whole album was recorded over two separate weekends, engineered by Steve Schroeder, who also recorded the band‘s 2019 self-titled debut album.

“I‘d say it has sort of a DIY LA punk aesthetic,” he adds. “Very ironically going hand in hand with a classic metal vibe: Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, classic Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and other melodic heavy rock bands.”

Waste will be available on LP, CD and download on June 25, 2021 via RidingEasy Records.

GO AHEAD AND DIE – Toxic Freedom

Arizona’s Go Ahead And Die are raw and unrelenting; their self-titled debut album will be released on June 11th via Nuclear Blast Records. Today they’ve released an animated music video for their second single ‘Toxic Freedom’.

Pre-order the album: www.nuclearblast.com/goaheadanddie

Pre-save the album: https://bfan.link/go-ahead-and-die

Max Cavalera comments, “‘Toxic Freedom’ is about police corruption, police brutality, and police racism. It can be seen and felt all around the world. It is about authority killing minorities.”

Igor Amadeus states, “Our leaders abuse their power while thousands are imprisoned and more are murdered every day. ‘Toxic Freedom’ is a protest for those that have suffered at the hands of wrongful police brutality.”

Born from the minds of creative writer and musician Igor Amadeus Cavalera of Healing Magic and extreme metal icon Max Cavalera, Go Ahead And Die’s tempos are wild, filled with a palpable contempt for modern social ills, packed with monstrous, captivating riffs. They make angry, spiteful, spirited extreme music for increasingly extreme times.

The self-titled debut sees Max and Igor splitting guitar and vocal duties, with madman style drumming from Zach Coleman of blistering band Black Curse and critically-acclaimed Khemmis. G.A.A.D. sound like a relic from the glory days of thrash, proto-death metal, and filthy rotten punk.

The vocals weren’t tracked over and over in the pursuit of some kind of “perfect” takes, and Coleman didn’t play to a click-track. The heart and soul of G.A.A.D. is all about just going for it, the traditional way. Engineer Charles Elliot captured the sessions with the help of Platinum Underground Studio owner John Aquilino. The album was mixed by Arthur Rizk, whose credits include Power Trip, Cro-Mags, and Cavalera Conspiracy The artwork for the album was created by Stewart Easton while the circle logo was created by Jeff Walker (Carcass).

Plaguestorm – Evolution Towards The Edge

Argentinian Melodic Death Metal artist PLAGUESTORM has announced the release of his highly anticipated, brand new full length album. “Purifying Fire” will be out on June 4th via Noble Demon! Founded by Sebastián Pastor in early 2014, PLAGUESTORM delivers a wide range of furious and raging Melodic Death Metal. Sweeping melodies, heavy, dark and melancholic arrangements, mixing the old and new Scandinavian sound of Death Metal, as if it were based on a Swedish manufacturing standard. With 9 brand new tracks full of anger and rage, desolation and sadness, “Purifying Fire” is in fact Pastor’s most mature release to date.

“The new album is a very varied one compared to ‘Mother of Plagues’. I have added some elements or compositions that I had not used before and you may notice a sadder atmosphere in some songs“ Sebastián Pastor says and continues: “I suppose that my mood and some situations that I had to go through last year influenced my way of composing and writing.”

But not only musically, also thematically, Pastor offers a work full of depth. Just like the stunning artwork (by Artmorfate), several songs on the album share a conceptual connection about how the evolution of humanity negatively interferes with nature, as he explains: “We have all witnessed how hundreds of forests and jungles in many parts of the world have been devastated by fire. These fires are intentionally started, for commercial gain, whether for real estate, to install nuclear plants, for mining, for the sowing of soybeans or for the installation of hydroelectric plants. I think some people are unaware that all the damage they are causing will soon affect themselves. But nature always prevails.”

As on his previous releases, Sebastián Pastor was in charge of composing and writing all the lyrics and music (as well as recording the acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drum prog, and keyboards / synthesizers / strings), while the vocals do come from Mikael Sehlin (Engel). For the guitar solos PLAGUESTORM got the support of Diego Martinez, as well as Pablo Roman, and a wonderful orchestral arrangement for the song “Purifying Fire” was made by Sebastián Nuñez Szymanski.

Escape The Fate – Lightning Strike

Today, celebrated, genre-redefining rock band Escape The Fate release their highly anticipated seventh studio album Chemical Warfare, via Better Noise Music. The dynamic offering, produced by John Feldmann (Blink-182, Panic! At the Disco, The Used) and co-produced by the band’s lead guitarist Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft, sees collaborations with alt-rock icon and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and award-winning violinist Lindsey Stirling, further amplifying the band’s inclusive and experimental spirit that has captured the hearts and ears of fans for over 15 years. The 12-song tracklist sees the Las Vegas-bred group creating its most lyrically empowered and sonically adventurous project yet. Chemical Warfare is now available for purchase and streaming.

“This album marks a new, empowering chapter for us as a band. As artists, it’s our responsibility to capture the truth with our music. This project is our most honest and authentic to date: reflective and loud, all encompassing of the beautiful contradictions that music allows,” the band said in a collective statement. “We loved working with our collaborators, including our super producer John, and our talented friends Travis and Lindsey. We can’t wait for our fans to experience this body of work in full, and hopefully together with us in person soon when live music can be experienced as it should, safely with our guards down and the volume up.”

The band is also celebrating the release of the album with the premiere of the music video for one of the tracks, “Lightning Strike,” on which Travis Barker plays the drums. The new visual sees the band in its most natural state — performing, knuckling down on their instruments as though their lives depend on it, and having a good time in, capturing true catharsis.

Of the track the band says, “This is a psych-up song. It’s heavy and light, fun yet meaningful – capturing that universal feeling of wanting to trap lightning in a bottle. We hope listeners will feel inspired to take control of whatever chaos is haunting them as they listen to this one.”

The band has been earning critical praise for the music of Chemical Warfare since this past summer, with the release of the anthemic “Walk On,” which also served as a soundtrack single for the acclaimed feature Sno Babies (released via Better Noise Films). They followed it up with the Stirling-assisted “Invincible,” an energetic, sonic ride about resilience that Pure Magazine called, “A spectacularly vigorous and exceedingly touching alt-rock song…that packs an incredibly powerful punch.” The song will appear in the upcoming Better Noise Films horror-thriller The Retaliators. And most recently, the band kicked off 2021 with single “Not My Problem,” a soulful, cathartic hard rock offering with Blink-182’s Barker lending his drum skills to the track.