DarWin – Escape The Maze

Welcome to the near-future: the world of DarWin. An epic and intricate musical fantasy concept that will launch on the 9th November 2018 with the ambitious release of “Escape The Maze.”

It’s roughly ten years from now into the future, 2028. An exhausted ecology, and global conflicts, have led to a huge upheaval of the world order, straining and diminishing human populations. The lives of everyday people and families have been turned upside down by the intense ecological pressures related to climate change. No longer just a theory discussed by scientists and politicians, climate change is wreaking havoc on the world. Chaos and confusion reign as fighting for basic resources continuously escalates. “Day Zero” has occurred, when nuclear attacks punctuated what had for many years been a civility between nations and people. As Earth rejects life, those of us who remain struggle to survive.

DarWin wakes. Alone, confused and surrounded by the unknown. How did he get here, and who is he? He starts a journey from a mysterious dark cave to find civilization, discover his past, understand the present and try and forge a future in the chaos that surrounds him. Splintered memories return to him of his past: a simple but comfortable life, a beautiful wife, a lovely child, a cosy family. Where are they now?

He makes his way across a strange, desolate land, and upon finding a lone truck on a road, collapses from exhaustion. When he wakes, he is surrounded by a mysterious group of women, working with technology, not just to save him, but to…upgrade him. They are turning him into a next generation man. The next step after Homo sapiens. Software and processing power is merging with his body. And with this upgrade, as he rises from an operating table, under the watchful eye of this group of women, he discovers powers. Powers that he doesn’t fully understand but might yet hold a key not only to his own past, present, and future but also to a planet Earth groaning under the weight of mankind, on the verge of collapse. The powers allow him to navigate space time, and, it seems, interject his will onto the unfolding of events. He can reverse events. Can they allow DarWin to turn back the destruction of the Earth—the apocalyptic present? Can the efforts of one upgraded man be enough to turn the tide for humanity? To restore our planet? Just one man alone? Can these powers even possibly bring back…his family? The story is just beginning…

“Escape The Maze” is the first installment in an epic saga that addresses the challenges of mankind in our coming era. It depicts the role of a changing planet, and the potential, as well as limitations, of technology to help solve mankind’s greatest challenges. The story of Origin Of Species will continue through music, graphic novels and videos.

A complex project that’s eschews the hollow immediacy of much contemporary art. A story that demands attention and imagination. With music sweeping in scope, at times evoking hard rock virtuoso shredding, alongside grand orchestral compositions, warm harmonies and soaring choruses.

It’s time to enter the story. It’s time to join DarWin on his journey…

“Escape the Maze” is the first release from DarWin’s upcoming concept album “Origin Of Species” The album features legendary drummer and producer Simon Phillips, who drives the production on the album, Matt Bissonette – vocals, bass, DarWin – guitars, Jeff Babko – piano, and featuring blazing guitar solos from Greg Howe.

“Escape The Maze” will be released digitally and on 12” “Splattered” coloured vinyl. The release will also feature two further tracks “The Last Chance” and “Escape The Maze (Orchestral version)” – both include performances by the Chamber Orchestra Of London conducted by composer Matt Dunkley (known for his work on film scores for Ironman, World War Z and Inception) and recorded at Abbey Road, London, Studio 2.

AGE OF WOE – Euro tour

Sludge metal band AGE OF WOE are excited to announce that guitarist  Carlos Lbarra is back in the band after a brief hiatus due to illness.As a result, they are now set to embark on a short European tour this winter and begin recording new material. In addition, the band has also signed with Blackskull Services who will be the management of the band.

The band commented “We are very excited to get back on the road again with our brother Carlos for the first time in a year! Don´t be surprised if we whip out a new song or 2 on the set list! See you out the road!”


29 November. Copenhagen @ Stengade

30 November, Kiel @ Alte Meierei

1 December Bremen @ G18


Fast rising quintet SHREZZERS release new single and video ‘E.M.O.J.I.Q.U.E.E.N’. Featuring YouTube star Jared Dines, this is the first single taken from their soon-to-be-announced debut album.

Hailing from St Petersburg, Russia and led by former Betraying The Martyrs drummer/vocalist Mark Mironov, SHREZZERS (the combination of Shredding and Brazzers) are making huge waves with their unique style of technically adept metal with pop sensibilities. Their songs and themes are based around the lifestyles of young people today in a fun and tongue-in-cheek way, and ‘E.M.O.J.I.Q.U.E.E.N’ is no different.

Mark Mironov explains: “‘E.M.O.J.I.Q.U.E.E.N’ tells the story of a guy who has been chasing a girl on social media for a long time and he truly believed that they have to be together. One day he decided to write to her in DM to invite her to his place and she agreed. When she arrived, the guy opened the door and he saw not the girl he fell for, but a cougar (significantly older woman). Nevertheless, they stay together and even create a common social networking profile.”

Named after an infamous pornography website and the quintet’s ability to play their instruments at lightening speeds, SHREZZERS have built a huge following in their homeland and online, amassing millions of views on YouTube. Previous singles Mystery(538k views), Vivacious (475k views) and Delight (208k views) have built the band’s huge fanbase which includes many notable musicians around the globe, some of whom will appear on the debut album.

European touring news and further album details will be announced very soon.

ABSEST ”Driven”

(A Tree In A Field)

Battle Helm Rating

I have an interest in stuff that falls outside of my usual comfort zone. Which explains why I am fascinated by industrial and avant garde and ambient and noise rock and anything that pushes the boundaries of the ordinary. Which is why I am genuinely fascinated by Basel based ASBEST (Asbestos in English). This is doomy. This is noisy. But most of all it is captivating. There is an aura to this that totally embraces me. And once inside that bubble I am taken on a journey that makes Alice in Wonderland seem like a walk in the park. This is esoteric and soul healing on so many levels that I am just flabbergasted. Cool stuff indeed. Anders Ekdahl

AZAGHAL ”Valo Pohjoisesta”

”Valo Pohjoisesta”
(Immortal Frost Productions)

Battle Helm Rating

For a brief moment in time me and AZAGHAL had a relationship. Then we lost track of each other and it isn’t until now that we have rekindled again. Don’t ask me what AZAGHAL has been up to in the mean time because I have no idea. What I do know is that this new album is a strong Finnish black metal album. I cannot really tell if it is because I know that they are Finns or because I can actually hear it in the music, but I get a feeling of deep dark forests when I listen to this. But like it said previously, this a strong AZAGHAL album full of the sort of black metal I expect from them. Anders Ekdahl