Final Coil – Convicted Of The Right

On May 1st Final Coil, in conjunction with their label, Wormholedeath, will release the “Convicted Of The Right” EP .

To celebrate the announcement, the band have unleashed an astonishing official video for the track!

‘Convicted Of The Right’ itself is one of the most powerful tracks from The World We Left Behind For Others, both musically and lyrically and the band have filmed a stunning promo video to accompany its release. The video brings to life in harrowing fashion the song’s commentary on the conditioning and indoctrination of young men fed into the military machine. Final Coil front man Phil Stiles spoke to us about the song, ‘Convicted Of The Right’…

“In the song, which opens to the sound of gunfire, we witness my Grandfather, mired in alcoholism, looking back upon his training. As his past merges with his present, he remains resolutely convicted that what he did was right; that the ends justified the means – and, from a certain perspective he was… but then there are men (and women) all around the world who use the same justification for their state-sanctioned actions from their perspective..They can’t all be right, can they?”

The video was created by the same team that brought another track from The World We Left Behind For Others to such vivid life last year – The Last Battle – and there are many suggested links between the two films as Phil explains…

“Shot on the same location, an abandoned military base in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, we meticulously recreated a squat in which a veteran of an unnamed war would slowly suffer a complete mental collapse. Tormented by visions of past conflicts and a particularly vehement drill instructor; surrounded by the detritus of his attempts to forget the past and unable to contain a sense of utter alienation, he takes refuge in the comforting notion that his past was mandated by a force stronger than the individual. What follows is unclear, but if the character whom we saw running from some unseen foe in the first clip really is the same character we see lurking in the background in the squat, then we can only fear for her safety…”

As mentioned above, this release is the Convicted Of The Right EP, rather than just a single, which means the powerful album track is backed by an array of exciting, exclusive material. The band travelled down to The Lab in London where they recorded three tracks live in the studio. These vibrant versions of ‘Empty Handed’, ‘Spider Feet’ and ‘You Waste My Time’ will all appear on the new EP and were all captured on film for future video release.

The Convicted Of The Right EP will be released both digitally and on limited edition cassette and provides the perfect conclusion to the incredible journey of The World We Left Behind For Others. The journey of Final Coil however, is just beginning…”

Sodomisery – The Messenger

Testimony Records proudly announces the debut full-length album of Stockholm / Sweden based Blackened Death Metallers SODOMISERY!

“The Great Demise” will be released on May 22nd 2020. It was recorded at Wing Studios with Sverker Widgren (Diabolical, October Tide, Demonical, Mörk Gryning, Wormwood etc.) and features an artwork by Khaos Diktator Design (Gaerea, Svartgren, Nordjevel, Helloborus, Saor, Devourment, Vacivus etc.).

The first single, entitled “The Messenger”,  is streaming now at these locations:  +++ https://testimonyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sodomisery-the-great-demise +++ https://open.spotify.com/album/2d30ax3YptdavmlyKPI7to

PERSUADER – new album

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of Persuader to a multi-album deal.
One of Sweden’s finest power metal acts, the group have delivered raw, melodic and in your face
power metal ever since forming in 1997 and their upcoming debut for Frontiers certainly promises
no compromises in the musical department.

The band released four albums of dynamic and aggressive power metal between 2000-2014, with
2019 seeing them reconvene in the studio to record the forthcoming ‘Necromancy’, which will
include seven original songs comprising of almost fifty minutes of new music and is arguably their
most ambitious effort to date.

“We are thrilled to become a member of the Frontiers family,” says guitarist Emil Norberg.
”Frontiers is home to many of our old heroes as well as many fantastic new bands. This release
will mark the beginning of a new chapter for us and we look forward to working together on many
more albums in the future. This new record is probably our most aggressive to date, but without
sacrificing melody. It also marks our first album with guitarist Fredrik Mannberg [Nocturnal Rites],
and it is safe to say that we are delighted to have his fierce songwriting skills and proven stage
presence in our ranks.”

Samantha Fish – UK Tour 2021

Samantha Fish returns to the UK in March 2021 for a six-date tour that kicks off on Monday 15th March 2021 at Edinburgh Queens Hall.

Tickets go on sale Friday 3rd April via www.alttickets.com/samantha-fish-tickets and www.samanthafish.com/tour

In September 2019, the genre-bending guitarist, singer, and songwriter released her critically acclaimed album “Kill Or Be Kind” which featured two rock radio singles “Bulletproof” and “Watch Them Die.” Samantha’s incendiary live performances have been mesmerizing audiences around the world.

“Kill Or Be Kind” has proven to be Samantha’s breakthrough album. The edgy roots music platter was recorded at the legendary Royal Studios in Memphis and produced by three-time Grammy winner Scott Billington and mixed by two-time Grammy winner Steve Reynolds. Boasting 11 original songs ranging from the electric cigar box stomp of “Bulletproof” to the sweet Memphis R&B of “Trying Not To Fall in Love With You”, the album has established Fish as a potent force in roots, Americana and rock and roll.

After launching her recording career in 2009, Samantha quickly established herself as a rising star in the contemporary blues world. Since then, the charismatic singer-guitarist-songwriter has earned a reputation as a rising guitar hero and powerful live performer, while releasing a series of acclaimed albums that have shown her restless creative spirit consistently taking her in new and exciting musical directions.

After launching her recording career in 2009, Samantha quickly established herself as a rising star in the contemporary blues world. Since then, the charismatic singer-guitarist-songwriter has earned a reputation as a rising guitar hero and powerful live performer, while releasing a series of acclaimed albums that have shown her restless creative spirit consistently taking her in new and exciting musical directions.

As far as Samantha is concerned, her musical future is an open road. “I’m never going be a traditional blues artist, because that’s not who I am,” says Samantha. “But it’s all the Blues for me. When Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf came out, what they were doing didn’t sound like anything that had been done in Blues before. You’ve got to keep that kind of fire and spirit. I’m never going to do Muddy Waters better than Muddy Waters, so I have to be who I am and find my best voice.”

SAMANTHA FISH – MARCH 2021 UK TOUR TICKETS: www.alttickets.com, www.samanthafish.com

Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall
Monday 15 March 2021
Newcastle, Wylam Brewery
Tuesday 16 March 2021
Bath, Komedia
Thursday 18 March 2021
London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday 19 March 2021
Nottingham, Rock City
Saturday 20 March 2021
Manchester Academy 2
Sunday 21 March 2021

BEGGAR – Black Cloud

BEGGAR – Compelled To Repeat is out this week (Friday April 3rd) via APF Records. Beggar propound a sort of ferocious sludge-meets-extreme-metal mix of tar thick riffs and groove, blasts, emotional vocal discharge and genre-bending brutality.

Mongrel Records announcement.

South Africa’s Just Music announce new heavy rock imprint label Mongrel Records

Just Music, South Africa’s leading independent music company, is proud to announce Mongrel Records, a new label imprint that will focus on pushing heavier rock and metal artists from around Africa to the international market. This new venture will benefit from the full spectrum of Just Music’s successful artist and label services, whilst retaining an independent A&R and artist development profile.

Just Music has appointed Warren Gibson to the newly created position of Label Manager for Mongrel Records. Gibson has been involved in the South African music industry for over 20 years as a leading publicist for local artists. He has been closely associated with the development of the metal and heavy rock scene in South Africa, as well as media liaison and touring for a number of international artists and indie labels. Gibson will continue to serve as Managing Director of his independent Plug Music Agency.

“It’s been a longtime dream of mine to have a label that can give the heavier South African and African bands the help and attention they need and deserve. We’ve got some world class bands, and now with involvement and backing of Just Music I finally feel we have a platform to do this properly” comments Warren Gibson.

Charles Kühn, Just Music CEO adds, “The quality of metal and heavy rock bands in South Africa is stronger than ever, yet most of these artists have enjoyed little or no support from labels. It’s pretty impressive to see what is actually happening on the ground and I’m excited that we are able to now get involved through our Mongrel Records label. We are delighted to have secured the services of Warren Gibson, whose knowledge and expertise will add great value to our efforts in developing Mongrel Records and the impact of artists that we sign.”

Mongrel’s first exciting signing is psychedelic stoner riff sorcerers, Ruff Majik from Pretoria, who have already made an impact on the international scene and look forward to working with the label to take them to the next level. Their new album is set for release through Mongrel Records mid-2020.

“Ruff Majik is excited to be the first band to sign on Mongrel Records! We’ll be working closely together with them throughout the coming months to bring you a brand-new album with exciting new sounds. More details to be announced soon!” Exclaims vocalist and guitarist Johni Holiday.

For more information contact info@mongrelrecords.com or warren@mongrelrecords.com

http://www.mongrelrecords.com/

SHRAPNEL STORM signs with Great Dane Records

The french label Great Dane records announces the signing of SHRAPNEL STORM, a Finnish old-school Death Metal group in the tradition of Bolt Thrower, Hail Of Bullets, Memoriam.

The new album will be released in 2020. An extract entitled “Forsaken Pride” is already available.
https://greatdanerecords.bandcamp.com/album/forsaken-pride

Biography:
Shrapnel Storm is a death metal band, formed in Tampere, Finland at 2007. Heavy riffs, catching choruses and groovy nature of songs describe the music best. In the music you can hear echoes of 90´s midtempo DM names like Obituary, Bolt Thrower and Six Feet Under, just to name few influences. Shrapnel Storm is a counter-strike for current hypercharged, autotuned, like-metal-noise pollution. Genuinity, originality and respect for traditions drive our music. We are heavy, we are dirty and we like to play it live.
We are Shrapnel Storm.

KREATOR – 666 – World Divided

German metal legends Kreator have surprised fans by unveiling a brand new track and accompanying music video. The video for ‘666 – World Divided’ was created under the direction of Jörn Heitmann, who was responsible for the videos for ‘Radio’ and ‘Ausländer’ by Rammstein.

‘666 – World Divided’ is now available on all digital platforms and will be released physically on April 10th, 2020 as strictly limited Split-7” vinyl together with Lamb Of God – their side features the already released song ‘Checkmate’ from the upcoming Lamb Of God studio album. Vinyl will be available via the Kreator online shop and Nuclear Blast mailorder.

The State Of Unrest Tour featuring both bands has recently been postponed to the autumn.

‘666 – World Divided’ is by no means a leftover demo. This song marks the first new piece of music by mighty Kreator since the release of their last studio album Gods Of Violence back in January 2017 as well as the first joint recording with their new bass player Frédéric Leclercq. Co-produced by Andy Sneap and Markus Ganter and recorded in the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin, ‘666 – World Divided’ combines all trademarks that gave this band from the German Ruhr area a worldwide reputation. Thrash metal in a complex and extremely melodic way that will last for generations.

“Hordes! After 3 long years, we’re excited to announce our brand-new, standalone single ‘666 – World Divided’”,  said bandleader, singer, songwriter and guitarist Mille Petrozza. “Now more than ever has the message of this song been so true – we must remain united, in this world divided! Stay safe out there and most importantly, stay metal! We’ll make it through, we are ONE!”

Kreator are one of the most influential and successful heavy metal bands in Germany. Already in the early 1980s, Mille Petrozza and his band established and shaped the heavy metal subgenre Thrash Metal alongside Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth. Since then Kreator have been a significant influence on numerous heavy metal bands that follow them worldwide. With their 14th studio album Gods Of Violence, the band from Essen, Germany made it to number 1 on the German album charts for the first time in 2017.

Lamb of God – Mark Morton Discusses New Single “Memento Mori”

Powerhouse groove metallers LAMB OF GOD are set to release their new self-titled album on May 8th. In a new album trailer released today, guitarist Mark Morton discusses tthe band’s new single, ‘Memento Mori’. Find out more, here

A true collaboration between all members of the band, LAMB OF GOD’s eighth studio album is an amalgam of each individual’s contributions, blended to create a singular style. Guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler fuel the album with a mountain of riffs, taking what LAMB OF GOD are known for, and unbelievably, upping the ante to new levels. The rhythm section of John Campbell, looming large as a rhythmic shadow, and drummer Art Cruz, who makes his studio debut with LAMB OF GOD here on this record, underpin the proceedings with passion, sweat and expansive dynamics. Vocalist D. Randall Blythe is as angry, insightful, and informed as ever. Never one to shrink from facing the darker aspects of our nature head-on, Blythe delivers with no punches pulled, and as only he and LAMB OF GOD can in 2020.

In the midst of writing the ten songs that appear on LAMB OF GOD, the group hit pause on the works-in-progress to man the stage as main support SLAYER’s ‘The Final Campaign’. After months of playing their best-known songs nightly, LAMB OF GOD returned to the new tracks and began to work with longtime producer Josh Wilbur (KORN, MEGADETH, GOJIRA, TRIVIUM). Special guests Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED) and Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT) also make appearances on the album.

POWERWOLF – Werewolves of Armenia (New Version 2020)

They are the ultimate high priests of heavy metal, and 2019 marked their 15th band anniversary: Without a doubt, POWERWOLF are one of the most successful heavy metal bands of modern times, and their triumphant history must be celebrated in glorious style! Just recently, POWERWOLF announced the release of a very special album, Best Of The Blessed, slated to see the light of day on July 3, 2020 via Napalm Records. But, Best Of The Blessed isn’t just another Best Of album. Featuring 16 metal anthems and timeless classics by the band shrouded in a brand new shape, this record will include several new versions of hits such as “We Drink Your Blood”, “Werewolves of Armenia”, “Sanctified with Dynamite”, or the most celebrated festival hymn of all time, “Resurrection by Erection”.

And while speaking of live: If you cannot get enough of POWERWOLF’s captivating stage performances, this must-have magnum opus will also include 14 live tracks; the available Earbook and LP Box Edition will give you even more of POWERWOLF’s incredible live sound!

POWERWOLF have released a video for the brand new version of the all-time classic, “Werewolves of Armenia”! The essential psalm, cut from the Bible of the Beast, POWERWOLF’s pathbreaking 2009 album, has not only become one of the ultimate heavy metal hymns of modern times, but in celebration of the band’s 15th anniversary, POWERWOLF have re-arranged and re-mastered this epic, thunderous hit in glorious style, to create a new, majestic soundtrack!

“We are proud to share this newly recorded version of “Werewolves of Armenia” with you all. “Werewolves of Armenia” has become one of the most popular songs in our live shows ever since its release on Bible of the Beast in 2009,” the band comments. “Over the years we have slightly developed the song further and further in countless live shows, and this new version, to us, has this extra kick and power this song gained over the years. It feels pretty close to how this song works in the live situation with all of you singing and partying along. Hope this new version can give you all some wolfish power in these hard times!”

POWERWOLF Live:

05. – 07.06.2020 DE – Rock am Ring

05. – 07.06.2020 DE – Rock im Park

11. – 13.06.2020 CH – Greenfield

12.06.2020 FR – Lyon / Transbordeur

12. – 14.06.2020 UK – Download

16.06.2020 FR – Lille / Aeronef

16. – 20.06.2020 CH – Caribana Festival

19.06.2020 BE – Graspop Metal Meeting

27.06.2020 IT – Rock The Castle

01. – 04.07.2020 DE – Rock Harz Festival

11.07.2020 DE – Saarbrücken / Congresshalle

06. – 08.2020 ES – Leyendas del Rock

13. – 16.08.2020 FR – Motocultor Festival