BlackLab – His Name Is …

Osaka, Japan’s ‘dark witch doom duo’ BlackLab. who released ‘Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0’ through New Heavy Sounds earlier this year have shared a new video for ‘His Name Is…’ directed by Jun Morino and edited by Ged Murphy.

‘His Name Is … is a rough rock tune, which has an irregular meter and shuffle beat. The lyrics are written in Nihon-go. The song mixes melodic and barking vocals to add a hardcore element, which is very much part of our sound.  It’s the song composed soon after we formed the band, and it’s one of the songs that we often play when we’re asked for encore.’

Being nominally a ‘Doom’ band, their album featured a bucket load of Sabbath worship for sure, but Blacklab have a vibe and experimental undertow akin more to their countrymen ‘Boris’ and the souped up lo-fi fuzz of Ty Segall or Comets On Fire.

This first BlackLab release on NHS, was a version of their ‘Under The Strawberry Moon’ album which was released in tiny numbers on CD only in Japan, a pull together of previous tracks and new songs recorded over 2017.

But the NHS variant is different. Wayne Adams (Death Pedals, Shitwife, Vodun, Casual Nun) noise guru at Bear Bites Horse Studio remixed the tracks to maximum effect, upping the fuzz and weight of the originals, to create Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0. exclusively for NHS. You will not be disappointed.

Blacklab are: Yuko Morino, guitar and vocals. Chia Shiraishi, drums.

Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0 will is out now  Available as limited edition Black/Orange vinyl which includes a free CD and download of the whole album. Also available in regular CD and digital formats.

SUIDAKRA- Ode To Arma

SUIDAKRA release their new album ‘Cimbric Yarns’ on November 16 on AFM Records, and is the thirteenth studio after 24 years of band history.

Instead of their characteristic bombastic melodic death metal, the musicians impress with an acoustic, ambient masterpiece that takes the audience into a mystical land far before time.

Based on a fantasy world which was created during the artwork/soundtrack collaboration between the painter Kris Verwimp and Antonik on “Realms Of Odoric”, the Belgian artist explains:

“Continuing the ‘Realms of Odoric’ saga, ‘Cimbric Yarns’ harks back to where it all began. Thousands of years before Odoric’s time, there existed an advanced civilisation that perished in a great cosmic cataclysm. ‘Cimbric Yarns’ is an attempt at recreating its mythology, inspired by ancient Celtic texts and megalithic sites from all over the world. It weaves a fine thread between history and fantasy, chronicling the fate of its main characters Cruàc, Arma and Aenea in 10 compelling acoustic songs.”

JINJER – Ape

Following the release of 2016’s King of Everything, and the reissue of their groundbreaking second album Cloud Factory on Napalm Records, fans have chomping at the bit for new music from JINJER.  Now it is finally time for some heavy new tunes!

JINJER will release a brand new 5 track EP entitled Micro – OUT ON January 11th 2019!

Eugene states: “Nearly two and a half years since releasing and touring for our „King of Everything“ album, we all got the urge to start writing new music again. The passion to create new songs had grown bigger than you could imagine and we converted all that energy into something special and brand new … And it seems like we’ve created a monster and I can’t wait for all of you to give it a listen!”

Through their unique and heavy sound and over the top live performances, the Ukraine-based band JINJER have quickly become one the most talked-about names in the heavy metal landscape today. Hailed by Loudwire as “Technical, Groovy and Anthemic,” JINJER have cemented this status even more with the release of their new single entitled “Ape.,” which has been garnering significant airplay on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal.

Find all details including EP cover artwork & track listing below!

Jinjer with DevilDriver and Raven Black

11/16: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
11/17: Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
11/18: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
*Festival

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA – Song Writing and production of Skyline Whispers

Swedish classic/progressive rock supergroup THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA have released a brand new video trailer in which they talk about their second album, ‘Skyline Whispers’ as well as the exclusive bonus track, ‘September You’re A Woman’.

The band is currently touring Europe in support of their most recent hit album, ‘Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough.’

The band recently announced that they will be re-releasing their early albums; their debut, ‘Internal Affairs’, as well as its successor, ‘Skyline Whispers’. The records include modern classics like ‘West Ruth Ave’, ‘Transatlantic Blues’, ‘Living For The Nighttime’ and ‘Stiletto’ amongst many more.

The albums will feature exclusive bonus tracks, revamped artwork (see above) and will be available on vinyl for the first time ever (see formats below). Pre-order here.

‘Skyline Whispers’ and ‘Internal Affairs’ be released on November 23rd, 2018, via Nuclear Blast.

Order ‘Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough’ here: http://nblast.de/TNFOWorldAintEnough

Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough’ was again produced by the band themselves and was recorded at Handsome Hard Music / Larsson Music Studio as well as Nordic Sound Lab in Skara, Sweden. Mixing duties were taken on by the band’s guitarist/percussionist Sebastian Forslund and mastering was done by Thomas ”Plec” Johansson at The Panic Room.

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA

‘Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough’

European Tour 2018

+ Special Guests BLACK MIRRORS

08.11. SE Stockholm Kägelbanan*

09.11. SE Eskilstuna K100*

10.11. SE Göteborg Sticky Fingers*

11.11. NO Oslo John Dee*

16.11. FI Helsinki On The Rocks*

23.11. DE Cologne Luxor

24.11. DE Osnabrück Rosenhof

25.11. NL Zoetermeer Boerderij

26.11. NL Arnhem Willemeen

27.11. BE Vosselaar Biebob

28.11. FR Nantes Le Ferrailleur

30.11. UK London Underworld

01.12. FR Paris Petit Bain

02.12. FR Toulouse Le Rex

03.12. ES Madrid Caracol

04.12. ES Barcelona Bóveda

05.12. FR Lýon Warmaudio

06.12. IT Milano Legend Club

07.12. CH Meyrin (Genève) Undertown

08.12. CH Zurich Dynamo

09.12. DE Mannheim MS Connection

10.12. AT Salzburg Rockhouse

11.12. HU Budapest A38

12.12. AT Vienna Szene

13.12. AT Graz Dom im Berg

14.12. DE Munich Backstage

15.12. CZ Prague Nova Chmelnice

16.12. DE Nürnberg Hirsch

17.12. DE Saarbrücken Garage

18.12. DE Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal

19.12. DE Berlin Bi Nuu

20.12. DE Jena F-Haus

21.12. DE Bremen Tivoli

22.12. DE Bochum Matrix

* = without BLACK MIRRORS

WARKINGS feat. The Queen of the Damned – Sparta

WARKINGS Warriors! The week of truth arrived! The time has come to unveil Odin’s full word. Today, it is not only WARKINGS Wednesday, it’s WARKINGS Week! Starting last Friday with unveiling the third single “The Last Battle”, today The Spartan raises his voice to spread the stories of the most heroic battles of his time, before the whole story will be Reborn this Friday, 16th of November!

300 Spartans against the Empire – this heroic fight can’t be forgotten and so Odin sent The Spartan as one of the four Kings Of War back to planet earth. This brave king was one of the few who stood side by side to hold the place of doom when the superiority of the Empire tried to fight them back, armed by not much more than their iron will.

Spartans are men of few words. They prefer to go straight to action. So The Spartan summoned two attendants: From the seventh circle of hell, the Queen Of The Damned arises to lend her voice to the WARKINGS! Hear (and watch) her in the video below. For the album Reborn that appears next Friday, Odin sent another of his disciples for the song. Stay tuned!

Queen Of The Damned: “I’ve come a long way to meet the kings again. Now listen to the sound of our voices dancing with the screams of our weapons.”

WARKINGS w/ Dragony, Illuminata, Titan Killer
08.12.18 AT – Vienna / Szene

w/ Amaranthe, Follow The Cipher
31.01.19 NL – Nijmegen / Doornroosje
01.02.19 BE – Antwerp / Trix
02.02.19 CH – Pratteln / Z7
03.02.19 LU – Luxembourg / Den  Atelier
04.02.19 DE – Hamburg / Grünspan
06.02.19 SE – Malmö / KB
07.02.19 SE – Gothenburg / Pustervik
08.02.19 SE – Helsingborg / Tivoli
09.02.19 SE – Örebro / Frimis
11.02.19 DK – Copenhagen / Pumpehuset
12.02.19 SE – Uppsala / Katalin
13.02.19 SE – Stockholm / Klubben

03.-06.07.19 DE – Ballenstedt / Rockharz Festival

OUTRIGHT RESISTANCE – Fang & Bone

UK Metalcore 5 piece Outright Resistance have announced they’ll release their new studio album ‘Cargo Cult’ in 2019. Set to land on 1st March, the album is the first to feature new frontman and vocalist James Jest. To mark the announcement, Jest along with guitarists Joe Jacobs and Michael Worsley, bassist Chris Everett and drummer Michael ‘Nelly’ O’Neill, have released a video for the first track from the new studio recording in the shape of the venomous ‘Fang and Bone’.

Produced, mixed and mastered by Justin Hill (Sikth), this upcoming release by Outright Resistance was recorded at Whitehouse Studios in Reading and Unit 2 Studio in Wembley.

‘Cargo Cult’ seeks to highlight the more negative aspects of modern life. Striving to capture your attention from start to finish with an unapologetic sense of urgency, this album attempts to explore personal themes such as mental health, isolation, and alienation as well as issues that impact us everyday as a society (social media and war for example).

Speaking about ‘Cargo Cult’, the band say, “In a time when media is consumed at a greater volume and faster pace than ever before, we want to challenge the notion of “disposable media” with ideas that we hope will keep listeners coming back for more.”

The lead single from the album ‘Fang & Bone’ reflects on social media and the role it has played in shaping the landscape of the internet today. More and more people seek gratification and recognition from their online peers while at the same time failing to sustain and nutur their own selves whilst neglect their own relationships with those that truly matter.

Buy/Stream/Listen to Fang & Bone – http://smarturl.it/FangAndBone

‘Cargo Cult’ by Outright Resistance is released 1st March 2019.

Amigo The Devil – cocaine and abel

Amigo The Devil is a strange, hard-to-define entity that hovers like a slightly vengeful ghost around
the peripheries of metal, dark folk and Americana, claimed by none but with roots in all three.
The work of singer-songwriter born Danny Kiranos has been described as ‘murder folk’ in more than
a few places, which is both delightful and apt, since his output camps out at the crossroads of Devil
Makes Three, 16 Horsepower and Danzig, while his lyrics concern themselves with murder as often
as they do love, libations and self-loathing.

Despite his allegiance with the scene itself, the only real heavy metal influence at work here is in the
devilish atmosphere and an overall pit-dark vibe that’s a few shades past Southern gothic and has
landed him on line-ups with outright doom bands more than once. It’s a curious position to occupy,
but Amigo The Devil and his waitin’-around-to-die music makes it seem natural.

‘Everything Is Fine’ is ATD’s first full-length record, and, despite its downhome, rough-hewn feel, it
comes stacked with highfalutin credentials. Produced by Ross Robinson (Korn, Limp Bizkit,
Slipknot), its percussive elements shaped by drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine,
Audioslave, Prophets Of Rage), and recorded at Valentine Studios on original 70’s-era gear, the
album is ultimately a backcountry nightmare, soundtracked by raspy, slightly unhinged vocals and
an overall apocalyptic bent.

Kiranos has a sizeable following in the UK and was due to tour for the first time as Amigo The Devil
in December. However, a statement has been issued today (14th November) as follows :

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we are cancelling the upcoming
European and UK tour dates. We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and support, and
we are looking forward to making it out there in 2019. With gratitude and respect…AMIGO THE DEVIL

BELL WITCH – Mirror Reaper

Ahead of their upcoming European tour where they will perform their albumMirror Reaper in full, BELL WITCH, are streaming the album’s accompanying video in full via Kerrang! The 83-minute opus was released via Profound Lore to widespread acclaim in 2017 – a repress of the album is now available with new colour variants. Director Taylor Bednarz created a visual accompaniment to the one-track album.

Although the band have played part of Mirror Reaper live at previous shows, the full album has only been performed once in full, at this year’s Roadburn Festival – complete with visuals created by Taylor Bednarz, and vocals from Aerial Ruin’s Erik Moggridge. This full scale performance will be replicated in its entirety at a number of special shows across Europe at the end of the year.

BELL WITCH’s Dylan Desmond comments: “Taylor Bednarz created a fantastic film to fit Mirror Reaper using exclusively archived footage. During the writing process it became evident to us that the music invited a visual aspect. Bednarz’s interpretation captures much of the emotion we were trying to convey during the song and we are proud of the collaboration with him.”

The accompanying film is a video collage comprised of dozens of archival films. Each of these clips are woven together with the album to build a patient, heavy, and haunting narrative. The film aims to hold the viewer in the state of a lucid dream, feeling trapped as a specter drifting through places of darkness. All shows on the tour will be performed in front of the Mirror Reaper film.

BELL WITCH European tour dates:

November 28 – Reykjavik IS – Gaukurinn*
November 30 – London UK – The Dome
December 1 – Leeuwarden NL – Into Darkness Festival*
December 2 – Sint Niklaas BE – Darken The Moon X *
December 3 – Wiesbaden DE – Schlachthof
December 5 – Leipzig DE – UT Connewitz
December 7 – Wroclaw PL – Sala Gotycka
December 8 – Berlin DE – Zukunft
December 9 – Malmo, SE – Plan B*
December 10 – Oslo, NO – BLÅ
December 11 – Gothenburg, SE – Musikens Hus*
December 12 – Copenhagen, DK – Alice
December 13 – Dublin IE – Thomas House*
December 14 – Cork IE – Cyprus Avenue

Valley Queen – Supergiant

Australia’s leading international independent record label, Golden Robot Records continues to grow at an unprecedented pace. The labels indie focused sub-label, Riot Records is absolutely thrilled to announce that Los Angeles quartet  Valley Queen are now part of their ever-growing international roster! Valley Queen recently signed a deal with Riot Records for the world ex-North America which will see their highly anticipated debut length album, Supergiant released in those territories in 2019.

The bands vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Natalie Carol says of the signing ‘Valley Queen is honoured and excited to be joining the Riot Records / Golden Robot Records family! We really look forward to seeing the music of Supergiant make its way to Australia, Japan, and Europe, with additional tracks added to the album as a surprise. We hope to make our way to these places soon and perform these songs to you live!’

Mark Alexander-Erber Group Founder and President says of signing Valley Queen ‘You only have to read the incredible reviews out of the US to see why we were super keen to sign this incredible act , we have worked with Roll Call Records in the US before and this is another venture together, I felt VQ perfectly felt at home under the Riot Records brand , this album from start to finish is so rich in texture and brilliant songwriting , I actually listen to it most days and I cant wait for the rest of the world to hear it for themselves’

Valley Queen formed in 2011 and after a series of singles, released their first EP in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim and toured so much to support it that two members quit citing exhaustion. Forging ahead with session players in tow, frontwoman Natalie Carol and bassist Neil Wogensen continued but when it came time to record what was to become Supergiant, the chemistry required simply wasn’t there. The blood sweat and tears that solidified the band in those formative years needed to be captured on record and after some soul searching, original guitarist Shawn Morones was back in the fold. New drummer Mike DeLuccia cemented the line up and the band hit the studio almost immediately.

The result is Supergiant. Produced by Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Fool’s Gold, Nikki Lane, FIDLAR), the album jumps out of the speaker with its raw production and relentless intensity.

It’s a record that could not have been made any other way each member bringing their own creative force and energy to every song. It’s about self-exploration not just as an individual but also as a collective whole. “It can be really painful and isolating to go through something that doesn’t really look like anybody else’s experience but your own” Carol says in reflecting on Supergiant’s intensity. “But ultimately that’s part of the beautiful orchestration of being alive—instead of trying to go around that experience you need to go fully into it. I think that’s the only way to get a deeper understanding of who we really are.”

With their feet firmly planted in the country and southern rock that Natalie Carol has ingrained in her DNA from growing up in Arkansas and a healthy does of indie rock that ranges from Sonic Youth to Florence and The Machine, Valley Queen appeal to a very diverse range of fans.

Most recently Valley Queen wrapped up a huge 5 week tour of the US opening for So-Cal legends, Social Distortion and country star, Justin Townes Earle, which saw them bridging the music gap between those two acts perfectly. Valley Queen are preparing for a major US tour in February 2019 with plans to visit the UK and Europe by mid year. Supergiant will be released in the UK, Europe, ANZ and Japan in early 2019.

Echtra – BardO trailer

Olympia, Washington based drone/black metal project Echtra will release a new album titled, BardO, on November 23rd with Temple of Torturous Records. Today, the 1st track, “BardO I” has been revealed. Comprised of two 23 minute songs, BardO will be released as an LP Vinyl record with a live DVD, and is now available for pre-order at the locations below.

PRE-ORDER BARDO VINYL + DVD:
Oxblood: http://bit.ly/2Qo850t
Black: http://bit.ly/2SY1L1B

Echtra’s BardO is the second installment of the “Passage Cycle,” a tripartite exploration of the transmission of one’s essence between lifetimes; this 2nd Chapter focuses on the interstitial space between death and rebirth. Inspired by the Vajrayana’s experiential identification of this liminal sphere as the place of reckoning, a phantasmagoria facilitative of the full ripening of one’s karmic imprints, Echtra crafts an aural ode to the soul’s journey through the in-between.

BardO was written in the long ago of Litha MMVIII. It was given to the dark at a performance within the womb of Orbis Nex on July 19th, 2008, in which Echtra was joined by Heron. The video footage from this performance has been licensed for this release from Adam Collins-Torruella. The audio was mastered by Brad Boatright at AudioSiege near Litha MMXIV. Cover art was created by Tashi Mannox, and other graphic elements designed by Marisa Ware. Temple of Torturous offers it now, over ten years later, for the benefit of all beings: may all be free.