ALESTORM – Treasure Chest Party Quest

Let’s drink and party the ALESTORM way – we’re only here to have fun. Ahoy, filthy landlubbers: ALESTORM has just landed ashore with a brand new single “Treasure Chest Party Quest”, fresh off of their upcoming album Curse of the Crystal Coconut – out on May 29 via Napalm Records. Captain Christopher Bowes transports the listener right into another world the ALESTORM way – with a lot of bloody good rum underlined by a striking melody and a choir full of drunken sea emperors. They make one thing crystal clear: they will come for your treasure chest while partying so hard they probably won’t even remember they stole your riches. An unmistakably catchy chorus will get you hooked immediately, and a little promise on the side: you won’t get this song out of your head for at least a fortnight.

“Treasure Chest Party Quest” is accompanied by an audiovisual created in typical chaotic and colorful ALESTORM fashion. A wild visual ride through the minds of the “Pirate Metal Drinking Crew” that only they could dream up. Track suits, gambling, sportscars and newborn babies galore… they’re just here to have fun! They came to take all your money and party, convince yourself and watch the video below!

ALESTORM on the new video: “Oh wow! We tried our very best to make a video that would alienate as many of our fans as possible. I think we succeeded! This song is about giving birth to yourself, selling out, and driving awful Yugoslavian cars. All the classic elements of pirate metal!”

The “Pirate Metal Drinking Crew” is back to show all the filthy landlubbers what they’re made of. ALESTORM’s sixth long-player, Curse of the Crystal Coconut, will be released on May 29, 2020, via Napalm Records! Eleven tracks presented in ALESTORM’s typical unadulterated, chaotic fashion will pull the rug out from under your feet. Adding to that are guest performances from musical greats like Ally Storch of SUBWAY TO SALLY (violin on the entire album) and Captain Yarrface of RUMAHOY! A must-have, riff-laden anthem at any party, “Treasure Chest Party Quest” takes the listener onto a journey into the depths of “Tortugas” darkest taverns and Christopher Bowes’ unique sense of humor. The smashing, lively track “Chomp Chomp”, featuring vocals of Vreth of FINNTROLL, may make you never want to enter the open waters again, but will definitely entice you to dance along with its addictive melodies. “Pirate Metal Drinking Crew” is yet another foot-stomping anthem on the album that excels with a catchy rhythm and indelible hook. Be careful to not anger the great pirate Scurvy, or he might just unleash the Curse Of The Crystal Coconut with the brutal riffs of the “Pirate’s Scorn” upon you. Whether the album makes you want to grab a fresh coconut and sip it or open up a nice bottle of beer – it will definitely lead to a wild piratical escapade. For the extra-adventurous pirates amongst you, ALESTORM will release a 2-CD Mediabook with ground-breaking 16th century interpretations of the songs. Be sure to get yours.

Catch ALESTORM on tour and get the chance to listen to some new songs!

04.06.20 SE – Solvesborg / Sweden Rock

12.06.20 CH – Interlaken / Greenfield

19.06.20 BE – Dessel / Graspop Metal Meeting

20.06.20 FR – Clisson / Hellfest

03.07.20 ES – Barcelona / Rock Fest

04.07.20 IT – Villafranca di Verona / Rock The Castle

09.07.20 CZ – Vizovice / Masters of Rock

26.07.20 FR – Séléstat / Rock Your Brain

31.07.20 UA – Ternopil / Faine Misto

06.08.20 HR – Pula / Headbanger’s Holiday

08.08.20 NL – Leeuwarden / Into The Grave

14.08.20 DE – Dinkelsbühl / Summer Breeze

21.08.20 DE – Haddeby / Baltic Open Air

22.08.20 PL – Cieszanow / Cieszanow Festival

05.09.20 DE – Selb / Festival Medieval

ELVENKING – No Prayer For The Dying

They recently had to postpone their European “Divination” tour dates but come around with a little ear candy to cheer up their fans: Italy’s pagan metal heroes ELVENKING unleash their new single “No Prayer For The Dying” (IRON MAIDEN cover) today.

The band states: “Dear Elvenlegions, This difficult year is coming with a lot of hard decisions and a lot of sacrifice. Especially now that we are all facing a global emergency. We were forced to cancel this year’s headlining tour and this was really sad for us. Anyway we want to make a special gift to you all by releasing this cover song we recorded during the sessions of “Reader of the Runes – Divination”. It is a small thing to keep us all on track and to remind you that Elvenking is still here and that is still planning to release new music and to be back on stage (hopefully) soon. We chose a song by Iron Maiden because it is THE band that deeply influenced our musical path and that literally changed our lives. Why “No Prayer for the Dying”? We know that a lot of Maiden fans think that this is one of their worst albums, but we always thought it hid a great potential, and this song is a true example. We gave it the Elvenking touch and we really hope that you will enjoy it! So here’s our gift to you Elvenlegions, take care and Stay Pagan! \m/”

ELVENKING live:
30.11. SK Bratislava – Randal Club
01.12. AT Graz – Explosiv
02.12. DE Munich – Backstage
03.12. DE Weinheim – Café Central
04.12. DE Prague – Noca Chmelnice

More live dates will be announced soon, please stay tuned and keep an eye on the offical band channels for more information. Considering the impressive history of ELVENKING, there is no chance to deny it: The Folk Power Metal band belongs to the most important and unique bands of the scene that made its way and established itself among the leading acts of Europa when it comes to powerful metal music with Folk and Pagan influences.

In 2019, the band released their next and tenth masterpiece: “Reader Of The Runes – Divination”. The concept album is an adventurous journey into a mystic world of runes, magic and ancient powers far away from the visible. But not only the overwhelming concept makes „Reader Of The Runes – Divination“  the maybe most epic album ELVENKING ever recorded. Musically it is definitely an album that breathes freshness while still being totally loyal to the unique sound of the band.

Cattle Decapitation – “Bring Back the Plague”

After releasing their latest record, Death Atlas, last year to critical acclaim, Cattle Decapitation are now launching a video for one of the album tracks, “Bring Back The Plague”.

Cattle Decapitation’s Travis Ryan (vocals) comments: “With the cancellation of our ironically titled ‘Europandemic Tour’ and social distancing recommendations set in place, we found ourselves with not much to do. So we figured why not address the elephant in the room in the form of a music video for ‘Bring Back The Plague’ and just film it on our mobile phones instead of with an actual crew. Dave didn’t even have access to a drum kit and nobody is leaving their houses anyways so we decided to lighten the mood with a video. Everything from the band name to the lyrics to the merchandise to the imagery have always been heavily steeped in metaphors and irony always with tongue firmly in cheek, so this new video by David Hall at Uneasy Sleeper may just be our coup de gras…for better, or for worse. Just don’t take it too seriously, we obviously didn’t. After all it is April Fool’s Day so sit back, have a laugh if you can and stay the fuck home.”

Produced once again by Dave Otero (http://www.flatlineaudio.com), Death Atlas was named one of the best records of 2019 by Decibel Magazine, Metal Sucks, Metal Injection, and many more, and it demands an emotional response. Cattle Decapitation have never shied away from confronting the awfulness wrought upon the natural world by the human race, and Death Atlas is their bleakest offering to date, featuring elements of death metal, grindcore, black metal, sludge, doom, drone – with Travis Ryan’s vocals broader and more fully realized than ever before.

Purchase Death Atlas, shipped from the UK: https://eyesoremerch.com/band-tshirts/c/cattle-decapitation

Streaming, Downloads & R.O.W physical here: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation

YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS – “No Metal, No Pay” feat. Kris Olivius of Naglfar

Mirror, mirror on the wall – who is the maddest of them all? The social media rumors are true: The savage beast from the North YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS return in an unabashed metal guise to lead their listener astray. Just in time for the most foolish day of the year, the Swedish sea-pillagers have just released a new piece straight from the untamed sea via Napalm Records: „No Metal, No Pay“ feat. Kris Olivius (Naglfar) along with a social statement, that they have ambitions to become the number one Power Thrash Pirate Metal Band in Europe.

YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS are well known for their singalong hymns and unmistakably folksy tunes, as can be heard on their latest pirate epos Hostis Humani Generis. As the true corsairs of hearts, they’ve taken the people’s opinion very seriously and now leave the paths of folk behind: this time, it’s either metal or die! With a stiff sea breeze, a clear wink of the eye and a lot of cheeky humor, the pirates metallize their trademark sound.

YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS on „No Metal, No Pay“: “With “No Metal, No Pay” we wanted to make fun of ourselves, and joke about the misconceptions that comes from being a folk music band signed to a metal label, and hopefully give people a lough or two in these difficult times. For us, this April’s fools release is our way of saying that although we put a lot of effort into our music, we really don’t take ourselves all that serious all the time. Reviewers and first-time listeners who expect us to sound like great Pirate Metal bands like Alestorm or Running Wild, are prone to be disappointed by the lack of distorted guitars and gut punching blast beats. We are proud and happy to be signed to Napalm Records, one of the worlds biggest metal labels, but we are sticking to what we know best – Pirate Folk.“

Even if it’s just for one day: Put the fiddle aside, strengthen your growls and get ready for YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS’ metal banger!

Catch YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS live: w/ VISIONS OF ATLANTIS & AD INFINITUM
24.09.20 AT – Graz / Explosiv
25.09.20 DE – Weinheim / Cafe Central
26.09.20 DE – Munich / Backstage Club
27.09.20 IT – Milan / Legend Club
29.09.20 UK – London / The Underworld
30.09.20 FR – Paris / tbc
01.10.20 DE – Cologne / Helios 37
02.10.20 NL – Enschede / Metropol
03.10.20 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
04.10.20 DE – Erfurt / From Hell
06.10.20 NL – Utrecht / De Helling
07.10.20 NL – Tillburg / 013
09.10.20 DE – Hamburg / Headcrash
10.10.20 SE – Gothenburg / Valand
11.10.20 SE – Stockholm / Slaktkyran
13.10.20 CZ – Prague / Nova Chmelnice
14.10.20 DE – Dresden / Reithalle
15.10.20 AT – Vienna / Szene
16.10.20 CZ – Zlin / Masteres of Rock Cafe
17.10.20 SK – Zvolen / DK ZSR

SYLOSIS – Cycle of Suffering

UK modern Metal quartet Sylosis unleashed their long-awaited 5th studio album, Cycle Of Suffering, earlier this year via Nuclear Blast followed by an album release show at Islington Hall in London. The band filmed a video for the raging title track at that show, which they will be premiering on YouTube on Thursday, April 2nd at 6pm GMT / 7pm CET / 10am PST. Join Josh to chat about all things Sylosis as the video goes live, here

Order Cycle Of Suffering on various formats now: nuclearblast.com/cycleofsuffering

VISIONS OF ATLANTIS – Nothing Lasts Forever

Symphonic Metal marvels VISIONS OF ATLANTIS have just released a bittersweet, bewitching acoustic version of their single “Nothing Lasts Forever”, along with a beautifully conceptualized music video.

This stunning new offering is a “Thank you” from VISIONS OF ATLANTIS to their fans for the massive support in response to their recent GoFundMe campaign, as well as all of the warm regards and additional encouragement  received after they’d been forced to interrupt their US tour.

Although they are spread out over different countries, the symphonic quintet has united their powerful musical expertise to record this sonorous acoustic piece. The exclusive version of “Nothing Lasts Forever” shortens the time until their fans can see them live on stage again and symbolizes the bond with their fans.

VISIONS OF ATLANTIS once more prove their passion for emotional and powerful performances, highlighted by the vigor of spectacular vocal duets between Clémentine Delauney and Michele Guaitoli. The acoustic version of “Nothing Lasts Forever” will be a part of the #NapalmSofaSeries and takes you on their everlasting journey through the untamed seas once again!

VISIONS OF ATLANTIS states: “Nothing lasts forever, just like quarantine, we will see each other again soon. THANK YOU for your solidarity and support, this is from the bottom of our hearts.”

Panzram – “Long Shadows”

Texas blackened industrial outfit PANZRAM — featuring former Absu bassist Ezezu — has released its latest video for “Long Shadows,” taken from the band’s third album War Drums For Dreary Scum. Sink to the rankest depths with “Long Shadows” here

Named after serial killer Carl Panzram (1891-1930), the duo exists solely to create a truly terrifying and abyssic sound through a combined effort between multi-instrumentalists Ezezu and Hexx. While the sound can be quite diverse, PANZRAM’s roots lie in the chaos of black metal with its ethos not defined by predecessors. Instead, the band interprets the nuances and traditions of the genre into a greater sense of disillusion and mania.

Formed in Canada in 1991 under the name “Arkadia,” the band released two demos and recorded its debut full-length before relocating to the landfills of the Texas Panhandle in late 2004. PANZRAM’s debut White Silence was released in 2006, and the band performed several local shows before Ezezu joined USBM pioneers Absu in 2008.

The band was on ice for close to a decade before Ezezu struck flame to iron and resumed activities in 2015 after Absu’s schedule waned. Hexx, the producer of Arkadia’s demos, was invoked as an official member shortly thereafter, and the duo recorded Cyanide Overdrive in 2018. The band’s third album, War Drums For Dreary Scum, was released in December to bring PANZRAM back to its original intention of releasing music each year.

With the unconventional duo augmenting disorder, the arsonists prepare their fourth album Black Hearted Battery, slated for release sometime October 2020.

VICTORIUS – Wrath Of The Dragongod

Join forces with Power Metal upstarts VICTORIUS and attack the cosmic cage with their brand new lyric video for “Wrath Of The Dragongod”, taken from the latest album, Space Ninjas From Hell. To make up for the postponed live gigs, the power metal ninjas blast another sonorous offer into the infinite expanse of space. In a classic VICTORIUS fashion, they present yet another excerpt off their epic ninja fight through the adventurous universe: A shout out to the true ninja souls to join their clan and liberate the mighty dragon god.

Fast pulsing guitar riffs and clocking, powerful drums push this interstellar hymn up to the next level of energetic power metal. Guided by David’s remarkable vocals and accompanied by an epic lyric video, VICTORIUS invites their listeners to raise their sword for the firelord!

VICTORIUS on „Wrath Of The Dragongod“: “Enjoy our brand new lyric video for the song “Wrath Of The Dragongod,” taken from our latest album Space Ninjas from Hell! Dive into the world of dragon god Ling Long and join the ninja clan! Originally this video was supposed to be an appetizer for our European tour in April, which has to be postponed due to the global situation at the moment. Nevertheless, we decided to show you what we´ve got mighty shinobi!“

KLONE – Silver Gate

Atmospheric French rockers Klone have premiered their new video for the track “Silver Gate” taken from their 2019 studio album Le Grand Voyage

Klone’s guitarist Guillaume Bernard explains how the track fits within the album “‘Silver Gate’ is the most atmospheric track on our album ‘Le Grand Voyage’. Lyrically the song takes a look at the cyclical side of things, like death and rebirth, one cycle ends another begins. Each instrument you hear tells part of the story and together forms a whole, in a suspended and dreamlike atmosphere.

It could be seen that ‘‘Silver Gate’ is closely linked to ‘Yonder’; almost like mirror tracks, as ‘Yonder’ opens the album, ‘Silver Gate’ closes it, both these songs have a similar feel and theme. For the video clip we called again on Julien Philips, who directed the clip for ‘Breach’. We work closely with Julien so that the aesthetics and the story fit perfectly with the music.”

Le Grand Voyage, the band’s 2019 release and first for Kscope, is bold in sonic ambition, twisting dark guitars and electronic ambience into a modern masterpiece that feels excitingly new, yet in many ways feels like a contemporary take on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon. Not only has Le Grande Voyage received high praise from the media, just a small selection of reactions can be seen here, but the album’s cover artwork, created by Francesco Dell’Orto, was awarded 1st pace, best design at 2019’s Art Vinyl awards.

Myrath – “Believer” (Live in Carthage)

2019 was a big year for the Tunisian metal band and pioneers of blazing desert metal Myrath! They wowed international audiences with their magical stage performances, for example at Sweden’s renowned Sweden rock festival or at Germany’s Wacken Open Air. Furthermore, the band released their brand new studio album “Shehili” – a beautiful collection of powerful metal choruses set against a backdrop of Middle Eastern melodies. Now in 2020, the Tunisian success story release the first ever live album of their promising career.

“Live In Carthage”includes stunning live recordings of the best songs from past Myrath albums with classics like “Believer”, “Dance”, “Get Your Freedom Back”or “Endure The Silence”.The songs on the album establish a contrast between rhythmic, uplifting melodies and well-developed, heart-breaking lyrics. The live video material transports the viewer into a magical setting with spectacular stage decorations and performances from an impressive belly dancer embedded in the powerful sounds produced by the band. To top this off, the CD includes a very special studio recording of the most popular Myrathanthem “Believer”, that none other than Deep Purple’s Don Airey contributed his skills on keys to.

“Live In Carthage” will be released as a CD+DVD Digipakand Digitalon April 17th, 2019on earMUSIC. The pre-order is available now: https://myrath.lnk.to/Carthage