H.E.A.T – reschedule UK tour with Mason Hill and Collateral

Celebrated Swedish rock band H.E.A.T have rescheduled their “Sign In The Northern Sky” October 2021 UK tour to October 2022. The rescheduled 2022 UK tour dates include Leeds Warehouse (Friday October 14), Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill (Saturday October 15), Swansea Patti Pavilion (Sunday October 16), Nottingham Rescue Rooms (Monday October 17) and London Electric Brixton (Tuesday October 18).

Tickets remain valid for all dates. Tickets for the rescheduled 2022 concerts are available from https://myticket.co.uk/artists/h-e-a-t.

The UK tour celebrates the welcome return of H.E.A.T’s original lead singer and powerhouse frontman, Kenny Leckremo. ”It’s like a shot at redemption,” says Leckremo. ”I’m thrilled to be back, and to be a part of what H.E.A.T is today. No longer just a shadow of the past, but a force into the future. The H.E.A.T legacy continues.” “I am so excited to be back performing with my H.E.A.T brothers and can’t wait to rock out with our UK fans in October 2022,” adds Leckremo. “This tour is going to be a very special occasion for all of us. We look forward to seeing all of you on the road in 2022.”

Leckremo replaces H.E.AT’s previous lead singer, Erik Grönwall, who announced his departure from the band towards the end of 2021.

The rescheduled October 2022 UK tour follows H.E.A.T’s critically acclaimed album “H.E.A.T II” that spawned the hit singles “Rise”, “Come Clean”, “Rock Your Body”, “Dangerous Ground” and “One By One”. The album is available from – https://heat.lnk.to/Heat-II

“H.E.A.T II” is the first album to be produced entirely by the band with Jona Tee and Dave Dalone as producers. “This is what we would sound like if we made a debut album 2019, hence the title,” says Jona.

Leeds, Warehouse Friday 14 October 2022 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 19-21 Somers Street, Leeds, LS1 2RG www.theleedswarehouse.com

Wolverhampton, KK’s Steel Mill Saturday 15 October 2022 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Starworks Warehouse, Frederick Street, WV2 4DU www.kkssteelmill.co.uk

Swansea, Patti Pavilion Sunday 16 October 2022 Facebook Mumbles Road, Swansea, Wales, SA1 4PQ www.pattipavilion.co.uk

Nottingham, Rescue Rooms Monday 17 October 2022 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Rescue Rooms, Masonic Place, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LB www.rescuerooms.com

London, Electric Brixton Tuesday 18 October 2022 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Town Hall Parade, Brixton, London, SW2 1RJ www.electricbrixton.uk.com

STORMRULER – Of Hollowed Souls & Distant Flame

Fast-rising St. Louis, MO, USA based black metal export STORMRULER recently announced the impending release of their infernal, fantasy battle-inspired full-length offering, Under The Burning Eclipse (May 28, 2021 via Napalm Records), alongside the release of an epic first music video for the opus “Reign Of The Winged Duke”. Today, the band is following up with a second new track – the searing, dynamic “Of Hollowed Souls & Distant Flame” – along side a brand new lyric video.

STORMRULER offers about the new single: “‘Of Hollowed Souls & Distant Flame’ is the final song we composed for the record, and we felt it was a good second single to represent the band’s direction. Lyrically, it invokes a feeling of being liberated, from both physical and mental shackles.”

STORMRULER – featuring the dark lyrical genius and deft skill of guitarist/vocalist Jason Asberry and drummer Jesse Schobel – have built a noteworthy subterranean following since their formation, leading to their recent signing with Napalm Records. Combining unrelenting black metal atmosphere and vision from varying metal genres with a brutal, modernized twist of inspiration, careful listeners may just be able to identify themes from some of their favorite stories, games and more…

Featuring 19 tracks alternating between ominous instrumental ambience and incendiary black metal riffs and fury, the album tells harrowing tales of war, death, victory and defeat, and delivers an unmatched, hellscaped auditory experience. Creeping in like menacing sonic smoke, instrumental ambient intro track “Shine Of Ivory Horns” launches directly into opener “Reign Of The Winged Duke”, instantly careening into a cascade of pummeling drums and charred riffage. Under The Burning Eclipse evenly ebbs and flows between warning mystical atmosphere and ghastly action, evident on the likes of blackened headbobbers “Age Of Steel & Blood”, “Dawn Of The Eternal Fire” and unrelenting 8+ minute title epic “Under The Burning Eclipse”. Standout burner “Of Hollowed Souls & Distant Flame” looks to the north with archaic screams and memorable, colossal progressions, while combat-ready tracks like “At The Cliffs Of Azure City” incorporate ruminations of classic heavy metal combined with scorched, war-torn percussion.

The album traverses desolate musical peaks and valleys before closing with the otherworldly brutality of “Fear The Old Blood” – a non-stop onslaught of black metal attack – and ambient, acoustically-driven finisher of olde “Fields Of Mortal Shame”. Under The Burning Eclipse is a solid hour of fantasy-laden, grim fables transfixed in blackened scourge. Fans of extreme metal will not want to miss this debut offering from the mighty STORMRULER!

STORMRULER adds about the album: “We sought to take all of the elements we love about black and death metal and make the album we always wanted to hear.  Early on, we formulated the idea to compose interludes between the songs to segue the moods, yet maintain a cohesive nature.  As long-time fans of dark fantasy and historical warfare, it seemed like the proper path lyrically.”

LOST RELICS – new EP ‘Now We’re Even’

Denver dirt rockers LOST RELICS are back with their 1st official release, the 5 track EP Now We’re Even to be released via Coffin & Bolt Records / Golden Robot Records on April 30th. Low rumblings of jagged frequencies form an avatar of oppressive weight for our crumbling society. We clutch to the last gasps of truth smothered by the ocean of deception. Harbingers of this decline, LOST RELICS, employ Richter scale riffs to manifest the emotional density of these troubled times. Songs of protest. Songs of desperation. Songs for the end.

The weight of indifference is the boulder that crushes our society. Empathy is dead and with it so are we. It is an ‘Unrealistic Cause’. LOST RELICS employ Richter scale riffs to manifest the emotional density of these troubled times. Songs of protest. Songs of desperation. Songs for the end. On ‘Now We’re Even’ dark times and isolation manifest themselves into driving grooves and breakneck time changes for this barnburner track. Imagine pacing the room, trusting no one and crawling out of your skin and you will be part of this sludgy, riff filled journey.

HIRAES – Debut “Solitary”

After recently signing with Napalm Records and Napalm Events, German based melodic death metal unit HIRAES is set to drop its first sonic monster with ultimate strength: Their long-awaited, phenomenal debut offering, Solitary, will be released on June 25, 2021 via Napalm Records.

HIRAES impressively combines the full force of all four instrumentalists formerly of DAWN OF DISEASE (Lukas Kerk, Oliver Kirchner, Christian Wösten and Mathias Blässe) with the powerful vocals of Britta Görtz (CRITICAL MESS, Ex-CRIPPER) to create an exciting new melodic death emergence. Brutally rising like a thunderous maelstrom comprised of boisterous riffs and blaring, relentless drums, and backed by massive vocals and a chorus that causes goosebumps with its heavy and meaningful lyricism, today, the five-piece has unleashed the furious first single “Under Fire”. Together with a highly explosive official music video, HIRAES is ready to take their monumental sonic attack out into the world.

HIRAES on the new single: “We are more than proud to finally present you our first single. “Under Fire” is a monumental melodic death metal neckbreaker that combines a mixture of very different elements of our music: from catchy and melodic-melancholic parts to groovy headbang passages and fast up-tempo drumming – there’s something for everyone here. Together with the very cool video, “Under Fire” is guaranteed to blow you away!”

HIRAES already established its own remarkable identity built upon a smashing femme vocal attack, intense melodies and charging guitars, led by guitarist Lukas Kerk as main songwriter. An atmospheric, instrumental intro introduces the album opener “Shadows Break”, whilst showcasing the impressive vocal onslaught of seasoned frontwoman Britta Görtz shortly after. “Grain Of Sand” sets the next exclamation mark while delivering an unrelenting attack of smashing riffs along with an inexorable vocal performance, followed by standouts such as brutal “1000 Lights”, razor-sharp “Eyes Over Black” and fast-twitching title-track “Solitary”, proving that HIRAES don’t decelerate for a second.

This massive melodic death metal assault leaves no scope for weakness and serves an exciting take on the genre with hymnlike melodies, enthralling drums and guitar riffing as well as breathtaking hooklines. Topped with the distinctive and versatile performance of Britta Görtz, this powerful new formation and its debut, Solitary, is a must have for fans of bands like INSOMNIUM, AT THE GATES, ARCH ENEMY and AMON AMARTH.

HIRAES say about the album: “Our debut album Solitary is the result of the collaboration of five musicians who burn with passion for melodic death metal. With its incredible emotional energy, it will captivate fans of the genre in no time. Hymn-like melodies and catchy riffing meet versatile drumming and the very varied growls of our singer Britta. The result is a unique blend of the best that melodic death metal has to offer. Rounded off by stunning sound, refined at Fascination Street Studios under the direction of Jens Bogren, and strong artwork by Costin Chioreanu, we are really more than satisfied with our first album. We can’t wait to finally present Solitary to the metal community on June 25, 2021!”

Nekromantheon – Dead Temples – LIVE FROM THE CITY OF DIS

Nekromantheon are out with Dead Temples – “LIVE FROM THE CITY OF DIS – February 26th MMXXI”!  This is the first taste of their release-rehearsal show: LIVE FROM THE CITY OF DIS! Full concert will be out on Youtube and Facebook on May 8th, MMXXI at 21.00CET. The video is filmed and edited by Sanna Charles, and recorded and mixed by Arild M. Torp.

Only two weeks left until Nekromantheon’s highly anticipated full-length “The Visions of Trismegistos” is out! Coming on April 30 – pre-order the album here: https://shop.indierecordings.no/collections/nekromantheon

The Visions of Trismegistos is a long-awaited metal assault, bringing forth the spirit of old metal once again. Recorded in Chaka Khan Studio and various locations around Oslo by the members of Nekromantheon themselves, using mostly old, analog equipment to get that warm, genuine sound. Visions of Trismegistos feels like a lost opus from the glory days of the 80’s, when Thrash, Death and Black metal was merged into one unholy trinity. Yet, it is a fresh and vital testament of a band at the height of their abilities, that stand out amongst their peers.

With The Visions of Trismegistos, Nekromantheon are ready to resurrect the ways of the ancient with their fresh take on old school extreme metal! The Visions of Trismegistos will be unleashed by Indie Recordings worldwide and by Hells Headbangers in the USA!

Khirki – Bukovo

May 21, 2021 will see Athens’ metal and folk- spiced heavy rock ‘n’ rollers, KHIRKI, release their first and highly awaited full- length album entitled “Κτηνωδία”.

Diving deeper into Greek mythology, Κίρκη – pronounced Κírkē  [kírkɛː] – was a sorceress, best known for transforming Odysseus’ crew into animals with her magical wine. Inspired by this mythological enchantress, and after reaping the grapes of the metal and rock culture in the likes of Kvelertak, Mastodon or Tool, KHIRKI has created their very own and original, sweet tasting drink, an essence of finest rock ‘n’ roll, progressive metal spheres and traditional music of their place of origin, ready to be served as Vinyl and Digital formats on May 21st!

The trio’s debut album “Κτηνωδία” ( pronounced: Ktinodia ) features a cohesive set of eight mostly fast- paced, uplifting songs. Its progressive mood is infectious, mesmerizing by the tribal-like dancing chants, “Κτηνωδία” dives deep into an original sound heavily inspired by Anatolian and Balkan folk music. Orchestrated by acoustic and traditional instruments highlight the seducing folk atmosphere; yet “Κτηνωδία” is heavy at heart, a metal record that will crush ears and minds.

Now the band released a second single from their upcoming debut, the high- voltage track “Bukovo”. Just exclusively premiered with New Noise Magazine and available now on all digital platforms, you can check out the song right here


UK metal prog project, AURAL DECAY, continues its climb with a brand new single and video, Savages, out now. AURAL DECAY was formed during the recent Covid-19 pandemic, and it features multi-instrumentalist Daniel Robinson.  Hailing from North East England, AURAL DECAY take in influences ranging from Meshuggah, Gojira, and TesseracT to Humanity’s Last Breath. With an acute affection for edgy riffage, off-kilter grooves, engaging vocal lines, and intricate framing, AURAL DECAY‘s sound is engrossing and layered.

AURAL DECAY’s debut single, Facing The Obscure, landed last September, and it racked up warm praise from the metal and alternative underground. The project is set to kick on again with the new single, Savages. The track is a blistering slab of progressive metal merged with striking metalcore. While the song is certainly hard-hitting, it is also alluring and deeply potent. With a slew of new music on the way, AURAL DECAY will only grow and grow.

THE MIGHTY ONE Premiere Material

Canadian hard rock force The Mighty One have just released their critically acclaimed album Torch Of Rock And Roll – and now that the torch is lit, they of course won’t stop firing one spectacular surprise after another.

Torch Of Rock And Roll is an unparalleled, uncompromisingly heavy rock album about the victories and defeats, the gains and losses, the ups and downs in the life of a true rock’n’roller. Two prior albums have pathed the way for a result, which – while being a brutally straight and honest album – is The Mighty One’s most complex and refined output so far. Reflecting upon a life dedicated to heavy music, filled with awe-inspiring moments, with power trips and the heartfelt losses that such a commitment brings, it already hauls the load for a dramatic rock and metal opera. And since we all know that no such piece would get away without a relatable protagonist, Tim Steinruck reached out into his own past in order to put a youngster and his coming of age journey right where the protagonist of the album’s title track belongs: front and center. The fan and dreamer that built upon his dreams – and boy do dreams burn!

The title track of Torch Of Rock And Roll tells the real life story of a boy who happened to fall in love with KISS, the dreams he had and the will to make them come true to a point of eventually signing a management/record deal with his idol Paul Stanley. It’s also a story about the moment when a fiery heart realizes that all the ill-fated things its owner has gone through have just been a matter of synchronicity rather than fate. A truly recognitial moment and the spark that lit his lifelong fire of purpose.

This track, that tells such a heartwarming and rocking story, will be released as a single on April 16, alongside a remarkable video. The anime-inspired animations in the clip are a rare, yet brightening sight within the hard rock genre. Check it out right here:

All in all, The Mighty One’s Torch Of Rock And Roll has been a continuously thrilling ride. First, gasoline was poured all over the dusty ground of hard rock’s legacy. Then a spark hit the explosive ground and created a sea of fire for you to dip in the almighty flambeau you’ve been handed: THE TORCH OF ROCK AND ROLL has once again been lit. Now go and enjoy the video and album!

Get the album now: https://orcd.co/torch


Papa Roach – Born For Greatness (CYMEK Remix)

As multi-platinum rock band PAPA ROACH continue to celebrate the release of their second greatest hits compilation, GREATEST HITS VOL. 2: THE BETTER NOISE YEARS—out now via BETTER NOISE MUSIC—the band have shared a cosmic-themed lyric video for the remixed album track “Born For Greatness (Cymek Remix).” Watch it streaming below or via YouTube HERE. “Born For Greatness,” the original track, was awarded a RIAA Gold Certification earlier this year.

PAPA ROACH have continued to maintain their legacy as one of the leading music groups of the 21st century as they recently landed their eighth overall #1 single with “The Ending (Remastered 2020)” which currently remains in the Top 10 of the Mainstream Rock radio charts. With over 2.1 million views its music video features footage from the upcoming BETTER NOISE FILMS horror-thriller movie THE RETALIATORS which will showcase the acting debut of lead vocalist JACOBY SHADDIX’s. The song is also included on the film’s upcoming original soundtrack.