CHERUBS – A Pair of Pear Tarts

Austin, TX’s cult noise rock trio CHERUBS return with their new EP, SLO BLO 4 FRNZ & SXY out October 15 on Relapse Records. Play it on 45! Play it on 33! Twice the speed! Watch the new “A Pair of Pear Tarts” music video. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com and Digital Downloads / Streaming. A follow up to their critically acclaimed Immaculada High (2019), the new EP capitalizes on the musical frenzy and shining moments of the latest full length, resulting in another dose of the legendary band’s take on punk infused noise rock. SLO BLO 4 FRNZ & SXY digital version contains five songs cut at both 33 and 45rpm.

Blackwater Holylight – Around You

Portland, OR band Blackwater Holylight share a new single from their forthcoming third album Silence/Motion (on RidingEasy Records) today. Hear/share album opener “Delusional” — featuring guest vocals by Brian Funck of Thou HERE. The band also announce tour dates with former RidingEasy labelmates Monolord in Europe in November-December, followed by North American shows with All Them Witches. Please see all dates below.  Empty surrounds all of me. It‘s a poignant line from the third album by Blackwater Holylight that encapsulates the search for self when suddenly everything has changed. There‘s a theme of processing vast personal trauma throughout Silence/Motion that eloquently — both lyrically and musically — and simultaneously embodies the crushing emptiness, sorrow, strength and rebuilding of recovering from personal devastation.

“There was so much grief both in the world and interpersonally during the process of creating Silence/Motion,” says vocalist/bassist Allison “Sunny” Faris. “The four of us gave one another more space to be ourselves, to experiment with each other‘s ideas and to be gentle with one another more than we ever have before. So, we knew this tenderness would manifest in extremely honest arrangements, and I think that you can hear that throughout the record.”

Curiously, considering the dark times in which it was created, this is the band‘s most melodic and catchy music so far. Blackwater Holylight, as the name suggests, is all about contrasts: It‘s a fluid convergence of sound that‘s heavy, psychedelic, melodic, terrifying and beautiful all at once. And, Silence/Motion finds the band honing those contrasts, letting ideas and moods fully develop from song to song, rather than filling every song with a full range of their capabilities. It allows the band to go fully prog-rock here, and simply stay hushed and intimate there. There‘s a new confidence to the band in how seamlessly they wield their stylistic amalgam.

“Writing this album was extraordinarily difficult emotionally, however it did come to fruition fairly quickly,” Faris says. “In the past, the theme of vulnerability has always been a big player and it definitely showed up full force while writing this album.”

Blackwater Holylight recorded the album as a four piece: Faris on vocals and guitar (on “Silence/Motion”, “MDIII”, “Around You” and “Every Corner”) and bass for the remainder, Sarah McKenna on synths, Mikayla Mayhew on guitar (and bass when Faris plays guitar) and drummer Eliese Dorsay. New second guitarist Erika Osterhout will perform the songs with them live. For Silence/Motion the band chose to work with a producer for the first time, bringing in A.L.N. (of Mizmor, Hell) to produce, along with recording engineer Dylan White — who also helmed their previous album Veils of Winter (2019) — at Odessa Recording Studio in Portland, OR. Guest vocals on album opener “Delusional” are by Bryan Funck (Thou.) Mike Paparo (Inter Arma) and A.LN. (Mizmor, Hell) lend guest vocals to album closer “Every Corner.”

Silence/Motion opens softly with interwoven folky single note guitars over an ominous sounding drone for the first minute, akin to moments from Pink Floyd‘s Echoes. Suddenly an irresistibly head-nodding, groovy droptuned riff kicks in with the drums and it‘s a full on blackened rocker with soaring synths and Funck‘s witchy whispers over the top. “Who The Hell,” the track quoted above, takes proceedings into a Krautrock direction, centered around McKenna‘s arpeggiated synth loop and Dorsay‘s tom-tom triplets, while 16-note guitar strums add tension as Faris wearily sings, “So tell me who the hell would want to live this way — so afraid/ To feel this void, to dwell in it… I can‘t describe this pain I wear/ It suffocates and you left it here.” It‘s an incredibly powerful 6 minutes. The title track delivers the 1-2-3 punch of the album‘s brilliant opening trilogy. It starts with lightly plucked acoustic guitar, plaintive piano chords and Faris‘ voice gliding so softly it sounds more like a Mellotron. The song builds slowly toward crescendo, led by a swinging tom pattern, that abruptly switches back to a heavier version of the opening melody.“Silence/Motion” is about digesting and healing from sexual assault. As Faris explains, “It is an ode to the juxtaposition of feeling paralyzingly blank and and like your entire life is moving through you simultaneously.” Elsewhere, Black Metal guitars collide with dreamlike melodies. “Around You” brandishes a hopeful, hummable synth melody and shimmering shoegaze guitars like throwing down a gauntlet. In the end, it becomes undeniably clear just how completely into their own Blackwater Holylight has come.

“The analogy is that with our first record (Blackwater Holylight, 2018) we were getting into to the car and buckling up,” Faris says. “The second (Veils of Winter, 2019) we were turning the car on, and with this third we have kicked into drive toward our destination. Our destination is a bit mysterious and has the ability to change from day to day, but we‘re on our way.”

Silence/Motion will be available on LP, CD and download on October 22, 2021, 2021 via RidingEasy Records.

BLACKWATER HOLYLIGHT LIVE 2021 – 2022

11.18 – Oberhausen (DE) – Kulttempel *
11.19 – Utrecht (NL) – DB’s *
11.20 – Nijmegen (NL) – Doornroosje *
11.21 – Antwerp (BE) – Zappa *
11.22 – Bristol (UK) – Exchange *
11.23 – Glasgow (UK) – Stereo *
11.24 – London (UK) – Underworld *
11.25 – Manchester (UK) – The Bread Shed *
11.26 – Dunkerque (FR) – 4 Ecluses *
11.27 – Paris (FR) – Petit Bain *
11.28 – Toulouse (FR) – Rex *
11.30 – Madrid (SP) – Caracol *
12.01 – Barcelona (SP) – Boveda *
12.02 – Annecy (FR) – Brise Glace *
12.03 – Aarau (CH) – Kiff *
12.04 – Vienna (AT) – Arena *
12.05 – Dresden (DE) – Chemiefabrik *
12.06 – Berlin (DE) – Zukunft am Ostkreuz *
12.07 – Hamburg (DE) – Bahnhof St. Pauli *
12.08 – Copenhagen (DK) – Stengade *
12.09 – Gothenburg (SE) – Pustervik *
12.10 – Stockholm (SE) – Debaser Strand *
12.11 – Malmö (SE) – Babel *
12.12 – Oslo (NO) – Youngs *

* w/ Monolord

01.21 – Dallas, TX – Trees #
01.22 – Austin, TX – Mohawk #
01.23 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger #
01.24 – Phoenix, NV – Crescent Ballroom #
01.27 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up Tavern #
01.28 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater #
01.29 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore #
01.31 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom #
02.01 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom #
02.02 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox #
02.04 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
02.05 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theater #
02.06 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theater #

# w/ All Them Witches

Last Temptation – “Ashes And Fire”

After crushing the metal world with their recent single ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Your God’, LAST TEMPTATION are back with another new metal anthem ‘Ashes and Fire’, which is out now via Crusader Records. ‘Ashes and Fire’ is about people who want to be the centre of the universe, no matter what it takes. People who feel the need to attract views to flatter their egos. No price is too big for these people. Killing people, killing the Earth and everything that goes along with it, as long as they get attention. ‘Ashes and Fire’ is chunky and groove laden, with a melodic, catchy chorus. It really reflects the evolution of the band as a whole. LAST TEMPTATION keep it heavy with some stunning meaty riffs, brilliant guitar licks and soaring vocals whilst retaining the melody. Crank this track loudly whilst cruising the highway! LAST TEMPTATION are set to light up the metal world.

MONOLORD – The Weary

Gothenburg, Sweden – Monolord, “the towering doom trio that’s torn its way through the international heavy-music circuit over the last several years” (Bandcamp), return with their enthusiastically-awaited fifth album, Your Time To Shine, on Oct. 29 via Relapse Records.

A preview of the 5-song, 39-minute collection, which was recorded by drummer Esben Willems in their newly founded recording space, Studio Beserk, arrives today via the soaring, fist-raising album opener, “The Weary” (link). “‘The Weary” that’s us telling a story to future generations that we are sorry but we fucked it all up” says Guitarist/Vocalst Thomas Jäger. Never ones to shy away from sharp social commentary, whether it’s about the global climate crisis, the destructive nature of religion, or the isolation endured during the pandemic, drummer Esben Willems says of the new collection: “To me, it’s an honest representation of how I feel about the current state of humanity.”

Musically, the album sees the Swedish trio cultivating the elements that take their monstrous, heavy riffing to new heights with a darker edge. A five-track journey that spans across crushing doom rock to more spacey, groove laden opuses, Your Time to Shine is Monolord at their most unfiltered and focused. Your Time To Shine pre-orders are available now (physical: bit.ly/monolord-ytts; digital: orcd.co/monolord-ytts). The album is available in the following formats: standard vinyl (Kelly green), CD, cassette, and digitally, as well as a smörgåsbord of limited-edition vinyl variants

Monolord tour dates:

November 6  Mexico City, MX  Hipnosis Festival

November 18  Oberhausen, DE Kulttempe
November 19  Utrecht, NL  dB’S  SOLD OUT
November 20  Nijmegen, NL  Doornroosje
November 22  Bristol, UK  Exchange
November 24  London, UK  The Underworld
November 25  Manchester, UK  Soup
November 26  Dunkerque, FR  4 Ecluses
November 27  Paris, FR  Petit Bain
November 28  Toulouse, FR  Rex
November 30  Madrid, SP  Caracol
December 1  Barcelona, SP  Bóveda
December 2  Annecy, FR  Le Brise Glace
December 3  Aarau, CH  KIFF
December 4  Vienna, AT  Arena
December 5  Dresden, DE  Chemiefabrik
December 6  Berlin, DE  Zukunft am Ostkreuz
December 7  Hamburg, DE  Bahnhof St. Pauli
December 8  Copenhagen, DK  Spillestedet Stengade
December 9  Gothenburg, SE  Pustervik
December 10  Stockholm, SE  Debaser
December 11  Malmö, SE  Babel
December 12  Oslo, NO  Youngs

March 3  Berkeley, CA  Cornerstone
March 4  Sacramento, CA  Harlow’s
March 5  Portland, OR  Dante’s
March 6  Seattle, WA  Chop Suey
March 8  Salt Lake City, UT  Metro
March 9  Denver, CO  Marquis Theater
March 11  Chicago, IL  Reggies
March 12  Detroit, MI  Sanctuary
March 13  Buffalo, NY  Town Ballroom
March 15  Boston, MA  Sonia
March 16  New York, NY  Le Poisson Rouge
March 17  Philadelphia, PA  Underground
March 18  Cleveland, OH  The Grog Shop
March 19  Indianapolis, IN  Black Circle
March 20  Memphis, TN  Hi-Tone
March 21  New Orleans, LA  Gasa Gasa
March 22  Austin, TX  Mohawk
March 23  Denton, TX  Thin Line Fest
March 25  Phoenix, AZ  Rebel Lounge
March 26  San Diego, CA  Brick by Brick
March 27  Los Angeles, CA Teragram

UNTAMED LAND – A Nameless Shape

Ohio, USA based project UNTAMED LAND – the world’s very first metal band incorporating the feral sounds of classic, old western cinematics – recently announced its sophomore release, Like Creatures Seeking Their Own Forms, scheduled for release via Napalm Records on October 8, 2021. Today, following soaring recent single, “Clothed In Smoke”, UNTAMED LAND has revealed a second single, entitled “A Nameless Shape”, alongside an official music video. The track blends ghostly acoustics, doom-drenched riffs and icy screams as it cascades into a wave of blast beats, rhythmic guitars and operatic accent vocals, making it one of the key epics on the record!

Project mastermind Patrick Kern says about the track:  “With a thundering march-like drum pattern and aggressive full chord guitar strumming, the first two minutes of this song set the stage for the rest of the album. The lyrics tell a tale of isolation and spiritual crisis set against the backdrop of the mythical Old West. This video only serves as a teaser however, and you will have to pick up the album itself to see how the story for this song ends.”

While exploring influence and nuances from various strains of atmospheric metal, UNTAMED LAND traverses wild new frontiers – evoking the ambiance of classic Ennio Morricone/Spaghetti Western soundtracks and traditional old western instrumentals. While some listeners may be quick to label this a purely black metal album before diving into its depths, this description only scratches the surface.

UNTAMED LAND mastermind, composer and sole performer of all instruments (except for accented violin performances by Rita Torrens and vocal contributions by Caroline Joy and Jacob Wherley), Patrick Kern, was initially inspired by what he describes as pagan, cosmic and even “doomy” black metal when writing the album, but the material bloomed in a way that is much more multifaceted to be categorized so singularly.

Patrick Kern adds about the album:  “I would hesitate to call this a black metal album. It’s meant to be a cinematic journey into a dark and fantastical old west setting, and various genres and sounds are used to bring that story to life. Lyrically, whereas the previous album dealt with the eternal struggle of the solar hero, this time we delve into a sort of gnostic “Beauty and the Beast” story, ultimately revolving around the feminine role in creation and the tension between the world of matter and the world of forms. The album ended up reflecting my own spiritual journey that occurred all throughout the writing and production process. I had a great time experimenting with many different styles and sounds for this release and am excited to share this new chapter in the UNTAMED LAND world!”

Following the underground success of its 2018 debut, Between The Winds, Like Creatures Seeking Their Own Forms is unique in all its facets – not only is it original, inspiring and an impressively eclectic album, it’s poised to cast the name UNTAMED LAND on the lips of every experimental metal fan upon its release. In a dry landscape of repetitive noise as far as the eye can see, Like Creatures Seeking Their Own Forms is an aural oasis.

Avdagata – Avdagata

Best known for his bands such as AVSMAK, ALVSVART, SWORN and UNGODLY LEGION, Swedish black and death metal mastermind Sebb Drago has unleashed a brand new song taken from his upcoming solo album. The blistering debut by AVDAGATA, entitled Damnatio Cursus, will be out as CD and Digital formats on October 15, 2021 via Swedish underground powerhouse Black Lion Records!

The idea behind this solo project was to create music and lyrics that are Sebb, reflecting his soul. Look into his eyes and you will get the same feeling as when you hear and experience AVDAGATA: Melodic and raw black / death metal without any excuses! With a great help and support from Henric Liljesand (NIGHT CROWNED, CIPHER SYSTEM), Drago’s solo project AVDAGATA became reality; Freddy Ortscheid on drums made the songs even more intense. Listen to another fierce appetizer taken from Damnatio Cursus, just recently AVDAGATA premiered the album opening track

Says Drago about the song: “Avdagata, this song is my valve for all wasted years filled with frustration and anger. To take back what is mine. And crush the mental and cosmic shackles!” Recorded at multiple studios featuring several high- class guest musicians, Damnatio Cursus was mixed and mastered by Scott Crocker. This must- have black and death metal solo record will be available on October 15th. To pre-order your copy, visit the Black Lion store

Aeon – God Ends Here

Swedish death metal veterans AEON today unleash a new video for “God Ends Here.” The track comes by way of the band‘s impending new full-length of the same name — their first new record in nearly a decade! — set to drop October 15, 2021 via Metal Blade Records.

With 2012’s Aeons Black standing as one of the defining death metal albums of the twenty-first century, it has been a long wait for the follow up. In 2021, Sweden’s Aeon finally return with its successor, God Ends Here, and in doing so only up the ante with a record that is bigger, harder and stronger in every way. A darker, even more epic collection, it is everything an Aeon fan could want with a few surprises in store, pushing the genre in new directions, and once again asserting that they are one of the most important bands in extreme metal.

The main reason for the gap between records lies in finding the right drummer, having had a few pass through their ranks in the interim, Dark Funeral/Imperium drummer Janne Jaloma now manning the kit. Making his recording debut with the band is also bassist Tony Östman, who joined in 2013, during the touring cycle for Aeons Black. Guitarist Daniel Dlimi, who departed the Aeon fold in 2013, also returned to the band’s ranks in 2019, which inspired guitarist Zeb Nilsson to write, having really missed collaborating with him.

Drums were recorded in Jaloma’s own Studio Starköl, guitars and bass in the band’s own Rise to Dominate Studio, and the vocals were recorded at Metallfabriken Studio, where some guitar re-amping was also done. Producer Ronnie Björnström, who presided over Aeons Black, once again oversaw proceedings, making sure everything sounded as big as possible. Expanding the sonic palette are strings and choirs, the orchestral elements primarily programmed by Nilsson with Dlimi handling those on “Mephistopheles”, while Nilsson wrote the choir parts. With dramatic artwork by Italian artist Paolo Girardi the final piece of the puzzle, the finished package extends Aeon’s legacy and gives the genre the push that was intended from the outset. They may have been gone a long time but make no mistake: Aeon are back, and God Ends Here will lay waste to all.

MOLYBARON – Amongst The Boys And The Dead Flowers

After the French-Irish quartet MOLYBARON recently landed a deal with InsideOut Music / Sony Music Entertainment, they revealed that THE MUTINY will be re-released on October 29th this year! To celebrate, the band have recorded a series of studio sessions featuring tracks from the record. Watch the first clip for “Amongst The Boys And The Dead Flowers” here

Gary Kelly (vocals/guitar) adds: “As a prelude to the re-release of our new album, ‘The Mutiny’ on 29th October through Inside Out Music / Sony Music, we wanted to give our fans and new fans alike, a little glimpse of our cozy rehearsal/recording studio in Paris. There are three clips in the series: ‘Amongst The Boys And The Dead Flowers’, ‘Slave To The Algorithm’ and ‘Prosperity Gospel’, all to be released over the next couple of weeks. We think these tracks give a wide representation of the album as a whole. Hope you enjoy.“

The band around singer Gary Kelly has already caused a big stir internationally with their two albums, MOLYBARON (2018) and THE MUTINY (2021).  The band’s sound is multifaceted and ranges in influences from Alter Bridge to System Of A Down, from Gojira to Muse. Singer Gary Kelly says further adds: “We’re absolutely delighted to have joined forces with the awesome team at Inside Out Music / Sony Music. Every kid who picks up a guitar dreams of joining a big label one day and after 6 years of hard grind, we’ve finally done it!  We look forward to a bright future together. Let’s get to work!”

*Release-Date for Vinyl-Format is January 21st, 2022!

Ghostheart Nebula – Mira feat. Lucia Amelia Emmanueli

Only a few days ahead of their upcoming, hotly anticipated album release, blackened death and doom act GHOSTHEART NEBULA have unleashed a new track taken from Ascension, which will be out this Friday, September 17th, via Swedish label Black Lion Records! The new single is featuring the haunting guest vocals of Lucia Amelia Emmanueli (Sojourner, Monochrome the City).

Says the band: “Mira, the most wonderful dying comet in the firmament is traveling towards its own death. A solitary man sees this trajectory from afar and tries to express his last wish to save himself from a state of sadness and tragedy. In that moment he realizes that everything is going to die, no matter what. Every attempt will always bring him to death. So, he must embrace the truth and see the human being as small and insignificant and, in that moment, he’s completely lost, but he just understand the meaning of his life. With this track, that’s also the opener of the album, enriched by the ethereal voice of Lucia Amelia Emmanueli, we start the journey of “Ascension”.”

GHOSTHEART NEBULA, formed in 2017 by Nick Magister, Maurizio Caverzan and Bolthorn, offers a dark and cosmic soundtrack between blackened death doom rich of melancholic grandeur and post- rock hints. Following their debut EP “Reveries”, self – released in 2018 and well acclaimed by the global music press, Ascension marks their first record as a full band, while Aron Corti (guitar) and Panta Leo (drums) permanently joined the band in early 2020.

“This new chapter, unraveling in a trail of empathy and introspection, contains the main stylistic and emotive nuances of our music,“ the band recently said. And their upcoming magnum opus proves, as GHOSTHEART NEBULA succeeds to take the listener on a cloudy journey of the mournful mind and soul. Ascension was recorded at StreetRec Studio in Como, Italy, and was mixed & mastered by Øystein G. Brun (Borknagar) at Crosound Studio (Bergen, Norway). The album will feature several high class guest musicians such as Lucia Amelia Emmanueli, Gogo Melone (Aeonian Sorrow, Clouds) and a theremin solo by Jon Liedtke of Inter Arma and Lost Tribes Of The Moon. Out this Friday, September 17, 2021 on Black Lion Records, the pre-sale is available.

Insania – “Praeparatus Supervivet”

Swedish power metal masters Insania return after a lengthy hiatus with their fifth album, ‘V (Praeparatus Supervivet)’, a powerful record packed with speedy, soaring tracks in the classic European power metal tradition with double-bass drums, great hooks and amazing solos. Showcasing a freshly inspired group, it is their first release via Frontiers Music Srl and is out on 12th November.

Insania was initially formed in 1992 by drummer Mikko Korsbäck and guitarist Henrik Juhano. Bassist Tomas Stolt was soon added, with other musicians joining for short periods. Starting out by performing covers of their favourite bands (such as Helloween and Iron Maiden), Korsbäck’s classmate Niklas Dahlin eventually joined as second guitarist and they began writing their own songs, which became steadily more melodic following the addition of keyboardist Patrik Västilä. Korsbäck himself added vocal duties to his CV until singer David Henriksson joined in 1997.

The union between the band’s ambitions and Henriksson’s vocals were a match made in heaven. Signing to House of Kicks, a debut album entitled ‘World of Ice’ was released in 1999 and they would go on to release another three records with a mutating line-up before the group was put on ice in 2007. The now reformed band are ready to bring their power metal stylings back to metalheads around the globe!