PIST – If I Was You…

Riff juggernaut Pist who release new album ‘Hailz’ on 8th November through APF Records (Mastiff, Battalions, BongCauldron, Desert Storm) have shared a guitar playthrough video for new single ‘If I Was You…’. Filmed in association with Blackstar Amplification, guitarist John Nicholson describes the track as, “The fastest and most extreme song from the album, this was written shortly after seeing Uada in Nottingham which turned out to be a big influence for us.”

The Bury, Lancashire based quartet’s new album ‘Hailz’ features 7 tracks that see them taking a step away from the stoner-doom label they were tagged with. Formed in late 2013 Pist have since released an EP and album chock-full of NOLA-influenced, Southern-tinged heavy rock whilst traveling the UK playing gigs, festivals and drinking beer. Both long out of print on CD, APF re-released 2014’s “Riffology” EP and 2015’s “Rhythm & Booze” album on one disc under the title “68 OFO” in March 2018 with new artwork by Dominic Sohor. As with their debut EP and previous album, ‘Hailz’ was recorded with Chris Fielding (Conan, Witchsorrow, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard), this time over at Foel studio.

Only 2 years after starting out Pist had already supported Orange Goblin and Raging Speedhorn, toured with Ten Foot Wizard and Widows and come to the attention of Simon Hall at Bloodstock Open Air Festival who booked them to perform on Bloodstock’s the Sophie Lancaster Stage in August of 2015.

During the six years since their formation Pist has also supported Napalm Death, Church Of Misery, Monolord, OHHMS and Dopethrone and played at Mammothfest, ‘Kinhellfest, Red Sun Festival, Hard Rock Hell and Hammerfest (twice). The band undertook UK tours in 2014 with Diesel King, 2015 with Foetal Juice and BongCauldron & Gurt, and with their label-mates BongCauldron again in 2016. Last year saw a co-headline tour with APF Records label-mates Battalions in the Spring, playing at Desertfest London in May.

‘Hailz’ is a record that will grab the attention of fans of Orange Goblin, Kvelertak, Motörhead, Entombed, Uada and Black Breath making Pist one of the standout bands in the current UK underground heavy scene. ‘Hailz’ is Pist finally finding their sound as vocalist David Rowlands concludes “I finally feel like we’ve made a record we can all be proud of.”

Pre-order now:

apfrecords.bigcartel.com
pist.bandcamp.com

Upcoming Pist shows:

9th November 2019 – Album release show – The Bread Shed, Manchester w/ Bast, Video Nasties
19th March 2020 – Hammerfest – Great Yarmouth
20th March 2020 – The Dev – London
21st March 2020 – The Old Salutation Inn – Nottingham
6th June 2020 – Stonebaked Festival – Temple of Boom – Leeds

BLIND GUARDIAN TWILIGHT ORCHESTRA – Singing The ‘Legacy Of The Dark Lands’

Promising to be one of the most ambitious projects in metal history, BLIND GUARDIAN’s forthcoming release will be well worth the wait. The idea of recording an orchestral album originally formed in the minds of the two leading lights of the BLIND GUARDIAN universe – guitarist André Olbrich and singer Hansi Kürsch – during the 1990’s when BLIND GUARDIAN started to use orchestral elements to enhance their opulent sound. The monumental project started to take shape over recent years, and mirroring its epic sound cascades, the lyrical concept was developed. To create the concept, Andrè and Hansi worked alongside German bestselling author Markus Heitz, whose latest novel Die dunklen Lande was released on March 1st, 2019. The book is set in 1629 and contains the prequel to BLIND GUARDIAN TWILIGHT ORCHESTRA’s opus Legacy Of The Dark Lands, which will be out on November 8th, 2019.

Today, the band release the third album trailer, in which Hansi details recording the vocals for their epic project.

Hansi states, “Witness this five minutes plus composition of vocal recording mayhem. These takes were filmed during the last weeks and months of the production of “Legacy of the Dark Lands“. After more or less 20 years of composing, arranging and pre-producing, we finally started singing somewhere in the end of 2017. I knew, it would take some time, but it was a „little“  more time than expected when I finished the recordings in December 2018. Enjoy some almost brillant and some not so brillant performances of this seemingly never-ending adventure.  What can I say? Now, looking back after all the toil, I can confirm it was a lot of fun. Of course.”

Pre-order The Legacy Of The Dark Lands: nblast.de/BGLegacyOfTheDarkLands
2 CD Digipack
2 LP Gatefold (different colours)
3 CD Earbook (album, instrumental, no interludes version)
4 CD Earbook (album, instrumental, no interludes version, audio book) *SOLD OUT*
5 LP BOX (Album 2 LP, Instrumental 2 LP, Audio book LP)

Order the single ‘This Storm’ on clear, gold and red & black splatter here: nblast.de/BG-ThisStorm

Angel Witch – “Condemned”

On November 1st, Angel Witch will release their fifth full-length, Angel of Light, via Metal Blade Records. Angel Witch’s 1980 eponymous debut on Bronze records created shockwaves that would resonate throughout the nascent realm of thrash, doom and death metal. Now, nearly four decades later, the band remain custodians of a style that transcends era and archetype. For a preview of their upcoming record, Angel of Light, the second single, “Condemned”, can now be heard HERE

“Condemned” is also available as a flexi disc for subscribers in the current issue of Deaf Forever Magazine (Germany), out today. Please visit: https://www.deaf-forever.de/ for more information.

The first single, “Don’t Turn Your Back”, can be heard at: metalblade.com/angelwitch – where Angel of Light can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
– digipak-CD
– deluxe box set (digipak CD, red/white/black marbled vinyl, 7″, flag, backpatch, art print – limited to 1000 copies)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– orange / purple marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 666 copies)
– signal orange vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
– light yellow vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– sungaze swirl vinyl (EU Webshop exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– blue vinyl (High Roller exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– clear vinyl (Band exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– transparent red vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 700 copies)
– yellow / red marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
* exclusive bundles with shirts, plus digital options are also available!

Angel Witch’s current line-up is comprised of Kevin Heybourne (vocals, lead guitar), Jimmy Martin (rhythm guitar), Will Palmer (bass), Fredrik Jansson Punkka (drums) – the nucleus of which (Heybourne & Palmer) first formed eleven years ago, delivering 2012’s critically acclaimed album, As Above, So Below. This time around, the band went to the Stationhouse in Leeds (UK) to record Angel of Light with producer James Atkinson (Gentleman’s Pistols/Voorhees). The result is a revelation; Angel Witch is reborn and more powerful than ever, retaining every iota of the melodious finesse and metaphysical intrigue that elevated them above their contemporaries from day one.

Angel Witch comments: “It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a decade since we recorded our last album and it is so exciting for us, personally, to have another record fully finished and in the bag which reflects the passion and chemistry of the line-up we have enjoyed over the last two and a half years.”

Angel Witch will play four German release shows, a rare chance to see them play small club. Do not miss out!
Oct. 31 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
Nov. 1 – Mannheim, Germany – 7er Club
Nov. 2 – Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia
Nov. 3 – Köln, Germany – Helios 37

Praying Mantis – new live album

Recorded live at Frontiers Rock Festival V in Milan, Italy on 28th April 2018, this brand new live release
shows Praying Mantis performing a setlist of new songs and several classic tracks to a packed crowd,
including selected cuts from their now legendary debut album, ‘Time Tells No Lies’. Overall, it showcases
the repertoire of one of the most consistent British hard rock bands around.

Originally formed in 1973 by the Troy brothers, Tino and Chris, Praying Mantis became one of the most
influential bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). They are also one of a very small
number of acts from that era to have remained an ongoing concern over the intervening years, and they
still record and appear live regularly. ’Time Tells No Lies’ was released in 1981 to critical acclaim, and it
remains a significant milestone in the history of the NWOBHM movement. Following a short-lived
reformation of most of the original Praying Mantis line-up in 1987, they went back on hiatus until offered
the chance to play in Japan with ex-Iron Maiden members Paul Di’Anno and Dennis Stratton in 1990.

This experience injected new life into the band, and also marked the beginning of a productive fifteen
year partnership with Stratton. The band’s second official studio album, ‘Predator in Disguise’, was
released in 1991, and they have continued to write and release new material regularly ever since, with a
shifting line-up that has featured the likes of Doogie White, Gary Barden, Bernie Shaw, Bruce Bisland,
Mike Freeland, Gary Mackenzie and other figures from the cream of Britain’s rock fraternity. Following
another major line-up change (including the departure of Stratton), Praying Mantis signed to Frontiers
and recorded the album ‘Sanctuary’, which was released in 2009. Considered to be one of the finest
albums of their career, it received positive reviews, as have two follow-up efforts, ’Legacy’ and ‘Gravity’.

Whether gigging in support of their latest releases, writing new material, or revisiting songs from their
now extensive back-catalogue, the Troy brothers, along with guitarist Andy Burgess and newest recruits,
John ‘Jaycee’ Cuijpers on vocals and Hans In T’ Zandt on drums and vocals, remain committed to the
blend of melody and power in their music that has become a trademark of the Praying Mantis sound,
and, over four decades since forming, the band is still completely dedicated to entertaining a seemingly
ever-growing army of fans across the globe.

on tour
06.11.19  LONDON The Cavern Freehouse
07.11.19  NORWICH The Brickies
08.11.19  GREAT YARMOUTH Hard Rock Hell XIII
09.11.19  LONDON Classic Rock Weekender
30.11.19  TROON WinterStorm XIX

NILE – Vile Nilotic Rites

Technical death metal Egyptologists NILE are proud to reveal that their ninth studio album, ‘Vile Nilotic Rites’, will be released on November 1st via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band offers a lyric video for the second single and title track, ‘Vile Nilotic Rites,’ which can be seen here

Karl Sanders comments, “‘Vile Nilotic Rites’ was a depraved yet fun song to write and record. Now that we are playing it live on tour, we are for sure enjoying sharing the song onstage with metal fans. ‘Vile’ is a catchy track with a lot of variety in the tempo; from crushing heavy, to irresistible mid-paced groove, to uptempo blasting. It also has a creeping, heavy evil vibe yet with just the right amount of technicality to be an undeniably fun blast to play. The lyrics are some of my favorite on the album as are the vocal performances, par excellence from Brian and Brad, as well as some extremely brutal yet tasteful and enjoyable drum work from George. ‘Vile’ was one of the first songs written for this album so we have certainly impatiently waited a long time to be able to bring this track to metal fans.”

Pre-order ‘Vile Nilotic Rites’ now, here: www.nuclearblast.com/nile-vnr

Pre-order the album digitally to receive ‘Vile Nilotic Rites’ and ‘Long Shadows Of Dread’ instantly (via amazon and iTunes only!) or pre-save it via Spotify, Apple Music & Deezer: https://nblast.de/NilePreSave

Listen to the tracks in the NB New Releases Playlists:
http://nblast.de/SpotifyNewReleases / http://nblast.de/AppleMusicNewReleases

‘Vile Nilotic Rites’ will be available in the following formats in the UK:
1. CD Digipak
2. Vinyl
2.1 Red Vinyl (limited to 1,500)
2.2 Red w/ Bone Splatter Vinyl (limited to 300)
2.3 Red/Bone Swirl Vinyl (limited to 300)
2.4 Black Vinyl
2.5 White Vinyl (limited to 300)
2.6 Beige Vinyl (limited to 300)
2.7 Purple Vinyl (limited to 300)
3. T-Shirt Bundle
3.1 Includes CD Digipak, T-Shirt & Poster

NILE live: ‘A Vile Caustic Attack Tour’ w/ TERRORIZER
01.11. USA Atlanta, GA – Mass Destruction Metal Fest
02.11. USA Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
03.11. USA Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
04.11. USA New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
05.11. USA Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
06.11. USA Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
07.11. USA Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
08.11. USA Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
09.11. USA Worcester, MA – Palladium
11.11. USA Pittsburgh, PA – The Crafthouse Stage & Grill
12.11. USA Westland, MI – The Token Lounge
13.11. USA Joliet, IL – The Forge
14.11. USA Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
15.11. USA Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
16.11. USA Iowa City, IA – Wildwood BB & Saloon
17.11. USA Lincoln, NE – The Royal Grove
18.11. USA Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideway
19.11. USA Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s
21.11. USA Seattle, WA – El Corazon
22.11. USA Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
23.11. USA Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
24.11. USA Oakland, CA – Metro Operahouse
25.11. USA Fresno, CA – Strummer’s Bar & Grill
26.11. USA West Hollywood, CA – Whisky a Go-Go
27.11. USA San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
29.11. USA Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar & Billiards
30.11. USA Tempe, AZ – Club Red
01.12. USA Tuczon, AZ – The Rock
03.12. USA Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
04.12. USA Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live
05.12. USA Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street
06.12. USA Dallas, TX – Trees
07.12. USA Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
08.12. USA San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
10.12. USA New Orleans, FL – Southport Hall
11.12. USA Orlando, FL – SoundBar
12.12. USA Lake Park, FL – The Kelsey Theater
13.12. USA Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
14.12. USA Greenville, SC – The Firmament

MARTA GABRIEL & TODD MICHAEL HALL – Shallow (A Star Is Born)

Crystal Viper’s Marta Gabriel has joined forces with Riot V’s Todd Michael Hall to record a cover version of “Shallow”, the Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper hit from “A Star Is Born” movie.

Says Marta Gabriel: “I recorded many songs in duet in my life, but this one here, is very, very special. Todd Michael Hall, whom you mainly know as the RIOT V singer, is not only a great friend of mine and a wonderful person, but also an incredibly talented vocalist. Few weeks ago we were talking about how great this Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper song is, and that we should record it… And guess what, here it is!

I’m very proud of how it sounds (special thanks to our producer Bart Gabriel , and sound engineer Rafał Kossakowski), but first of all, I hope it will bring a bit of attention to the problem which many people ignore… September was the suicide prevention month, however, the problem didn’t dissapear with the end of the month… It can be difficult to know when someone is struggling. Learn how to recognize the warning signs of a crisis, as it might happen to someone close to you. You can be the difference in getting them the help they need. Reach out for assistance.

You are not alone: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-someone-else/

SANGUINE – Ignite

Incendiary, eclectic, and utterly unique female-fronted Alt / Rock / Metal quartet Sanguine have lined up the release of ‘Cold Blood’, their landmark third album, on Odyssey Music on December 6th as CD, download and stream. A video for ‘Ignite’, the first single to be taken from the album, has already been shot and edited ready for release, check it out HERE

While ‘Cold Blood’, the follow-up to 2016’s massively acclaimed ‘Black Sheep’ album, is a markedly more melody drenched offering than its awesome predecessor, it nevertheless exudes the aggressive, hard hitting, heavy energy that Sanguine have become so well known for.

‘Black Sheep’ went down so well with the press and fellow musicians that Sanguine were subsequently invited on tour across the UK and Europe with a number of notable acts including Fear Factory, Skindred, Hell Yeah, Zebrahead and Mushroom Head, building a huge army of followers along the way. The many months of touring allowed Sanguine to refine what they do to a fine art and ‘Cold Blood’ is more than testament to that.

The album’s title is a nod to the rise in mental health problems and apparent increase in the suicides of Sanguine’s musical idols. Guitarist Nick Magee explains that “When we were writing ‘Cold Blood’ multiple rock legends killed themselves and it felt like the industry was just a coldblooded environment to exist in. That’s part of the reason we hid ourselves away so we could focus on what made us happy rather than trying to jump through hoops to please some record exec!” ‘Cold Blood’, which is a generally more cohesive body of work than ‘Black Sheep’, was recorded and produced by Sanguine in the UK at various studios and locations, including Middle Farm Studios, where the drums were put down, and Sanguine HQ.

After Sanguine released their self-titled, (shoestring produced, mostly comprised of demos) debut album in 2012, they began building their formidable reputation for explosive live shows whilst supporting bands such as Megadeth and Cancer Bats and playing at Festivals like Download and Bloodstock. Vocalist Tarin Kerrey was subsequently invited to do backing vocals for Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith and SikTh’s Mikee Goodman’s side project ‘Primal Rock Rebellion’. By the time that they began recording ‘Black Sheep’ Sanguine had signed to Berlin based publishing and management company Manta Ray Music, who provided the backing and funding for what was, in reality, the band’s first full – length studio album.

The future now looks more than stellar for Sanguine, an exceptional, vital, organic spine-tingling outfit whose consummate third album ‘Cold Blood’ can only catapult them even higher into rock’s heady stratosphere.

Violation Wound – Exorcism of Ignorance

Continuing on from last year’s With Man in Charge, the returning line-up of Autopsy (& former Abscess) mastermind Chris Reifert on guitars and vocals, alongside Bassist Joe Orterry & drummer Matt O’Connell, indulge in a new ferocious attack of violent and head-pounding punk, rupturing the eardrums with Reifert’s trademark rabid delivery during new album Dying to Live, Living to Die, due for release on Peaceville on 1st November. Violation Wound present 18 tracks – a sneering, unrelenting aural assault on the current world climate amid its demise, and the continuing deterioration of minds & societies. “It’s the equivalent of feeling a brick to the back of the head repeatedly until you pass out or learn to like it”, chuckles Chris Reifert.

Reifert continues “We’ve been chugging along for 6 years now and we’re a bunch of fun-loving dudes who aren’t afraid to lay the musical smackdown on shit that we think is deserving. As you can probably tell from our lyrics, we’re pretty much inspired by all the crazy and/or fucked up stuff that’s happening in the world, in our minds or just in the neighborhood if there’s a psycho in it!”

Recorded at Hyde St. Studios in San Francisco, CA, in July 2019 & engineered by Sam Zuerner, The artwork was created once more by notable artist Wes Benscoter (Autopsy, Slayer, Nile), another stellar dark & morbid classic.

Violation Wound is not interested in modern, plastic or safe crap, instead honouring the raw, dirty and pissed off ways of the original innovators, while carving out a path all of their own. This formidable Californian trio came together in June 2013 in a beer and whiskey-soaked basement with one common goal in mind – to create 100% real punk rock. There is nothing trendy, nothing wimpy, nothing pretentious, just aggression fuelled kick ass riffs.

Dying To Live, Living To Die will be released on CD, LP and digitally (with pre-save option) and is available to pre-order

Misery Loves Co. – Zero

Sweden‘s leading industrial metal band is back after 19 years! Misery Loves Co shaped the industrial metal scene during the 90‘s and became critically acclaimed among the global music press as well as a household name among many fans. Everybody took the band to their hearts when they heard the band‘s unique and innovative mix of aggressive industrial metal mixed with gloomy melodies and impressive songwriting. Metal Hammer said it best: “If someone were to prescribe a formula for how metal should sound in 1995, it could be described in three words — MISERY LOVES CO.”

Huge tours followed the band‘s immediate success and Misery Loves Co shared stages with legendary acts like Slayer, Machine Head and Paradise Lost and even had Deftones opening for them. The band‘s second album “Not Like Them” earned them a Swedish Grammy in 1998.

19 years after their break up, Misery Loves Co returns stronger than before but without being nostalgic. It‘s been a long wait for many fans but true art can never be forced. Upon listening to ZERO everybody will see it was worth the wait. Musically, it‘s a broad range of songs but with that characteristic sound Misery Loves Co has always been known for. You‘ll find pieces of all of rock and metal history on ZERO; from goth to alternative rock, from ambient soundscapes to death metal. As always it‘s very industrial, sometimes really heavy but always catchy. You‘ll believe it yourself when your hear it on 29th of November 2019.