When Finnish sextet NIGHTWISH announce a new studio album people tend to take notice. They know that something special is brewing. Band leader Tuomas Holopainen once said that whenever he creates a new record he has the intention of capturing something rare and unique, a monument and a true album experience. In 2020 he’s certain to achieve his objective once again. NIGHTWISH have completed the recordings for their 9th studio album and are proud to announce the title, artwork and tracklisting. ‘HUMAN. :II: NATURE.’ will be released on 10th April 2020. The long-awaited record, following 2015’s critically-acclaimed ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’, will be a double album containing 9 tracks on the main CD and one long track, divided into eight chapters on CD 2.
The tracklisting will read as follows:
06. How’s The Heart?
01. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World – Vista
02. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World – The Blue
03. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World – The Green
04. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World – Moors
05. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World – Aurorae
06. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World – Quiet As The Snow
07. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World – Anthropocene (incl. “Hurrian Hymn To Nikkal”)
08. All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World – Ad Astra
The album pre-order will start on February 7th.
‘HUMAN. :II: NATURE.’ was recorded from August to October 2019 at Röskö campsite, Petrax Studios and Troykington castle, as well as Finnvox Studios, by Tero Kinnunen, Mikko Karmila and Troy Donockley. The mixing was done by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox, with Tuomas Holopainen and Tero Kinnunen. Mastering was done by Mika Jussila at Finnvox.
Finnish death metal band BLÅÅDPALT is set to release their debut album Sliced To Perfection on February 28th by Inverse Records. The band released a brutal and bloody music video for their first single God Of Razorblade.
Watch the video below.
The band comments:
“We chose ”God of Razorblade” as the single release from our album, because it reflects the band`s music overall. It has rawness and groovy parts, but also a melodic ambiance. The second verse`s vocal parts were replaced by a guitar solo during the mixing stage, which brought more versatility to the track. The makers of the music video did an excellent job creating an atmosphere that suits the single. We are extremely pleased with the music video.”
03. God Of Razorblade
05. The Final Nail
06. Red Shores
08. Sliced To Perfection
09. Stay Down
10. The Sculptor
Album cover art by Panu Lyytikäinen.
photo by Erick Anderson
FRAMING HANLEY will release their 4th studio album Envy via Thermal Entertainment on February 21st, 2020. Special pre-order bundles are now available at this location.
“If you would have asked me when we started back in 2007 ‘what do you envision as your sound 12 years from now’,” states vocalist Kenneth Nixon. “I certainly wouldn’t have predicted this — but holy hell am I excited about the evolution in this band’s music. We spent 3 years working on this album and it is undoubtedly the very best of Framing Hanley from start to finish. We needed a break in 2015 — but we’re back now, and we’re firing on all cylinders.”
Envy Track Listing:
1) Say You Ever
3) Puzzle Pieces
7) The Way Down
8) Throwing Knives
10) Forgiveness Is An Art
11) Baggage Claim
12) Joke’s On You
Three singles that will be on Envy have been released as singles in Puzzle Pieces, Baggage Claim and Throwing Knives have already surpassed 15 million streams.
Framing Hanley had released three albums prior to breaking up in 2015. The Moment (2007), A Promise To Burn (2010) and The Sum Of Who We Are (2014) has sold over 200,000 albums, 1.5 million downloads and music has been streamed over 150 million times. Official music videos have surpassed 40 million views. Radio hits included Hear Me Now, Lollipop, You Stupid Girl, Collide and Criminal. The band had toured coast-to-coast in North America and has had several successful European and Australian tours.
Polish post-metallers MOANAA come back with extended play titled ‘Torches‘, out October 23rd. Three track release predicts their upcoming LP (spring 2020) and includes overwhelming rendition of Placebo’s ‘Without You I’m Nothing’.
Recording sessions took place mid-2019 in Wieloślad & Heaven’s Sound studios with Haldor Grunberg (Behemoth, THAW, Blaze Of Perdition) responsible for mix and mastering.
Moanaa hailing from Bielsko-Biała, Poland started in 2010 with self-titled EP. Since then band toured a lot in their native country, including eg. the Days of No Light Tour with Blaze of Perdition and Mord’A’Stigmata and landing support slots for artists like Jarboe, The Ocean or Rosetta.
1. Inflexion 07:00
2. Without you I’m nothing 06:04
3. Red 12:39
Full album stream on bandcamp
Łukasz ‘cHooDy’ Kursa – guitar
Maciej Kosarz- guitar
K-vass – vocals
Kamil Gębala – drums
Łukasz Tomiczek – bass
guest vocals in ‘Without You I’m Nothing’ – Jakub Radomski
mixed and mastered by Haldor Grunberg / Satanic Audio
vocals engineed by Jakub Radomski
drums recorded at Heaven’s sound
guitars recorded at Wieloślad Studio
artwork – pastor graphics
typoghrapy – www.behance.net/wlk
layout – www.humbug.tv
Eclectic Melodic Death metallers NEUROSPHERE come back after six years of silence with the new double album which will be released separately.
The first chapter of the twin opera “Anthem of the Lost – Part I – Nightwards”, contains 9 tracks and will be available on December 20th via Revalve Records. The second chapter “Anthem of the Lost – Part II – Dawnwards” is scheduled for the second half of 2020.
The sound of Neurosphere mix death metal, prog and many influences from the different genres but preserving the original approach of the band as the basic link and trademark, almost instantly recognizable.
Neurosphere forms in 2003. The style of the band recalls the influence of really different bands (among the others Amorphis, Metallica and Opeth) and can be summarized as a mix of thrash and more dark riffs, with dreamy and thoughtful melodies, accompanied by clean, raw and growling vocals. Upon the release of the Rational Insanity EP in 2006, the first track Last Man Standing has been used as soundtrack for the Doom 3 Mod LMS Mod for DOOM3 (by Platinum Arts), award-winning at the IGF (Independent Games Festival) Awards, giving the band visibility and a solid fan base also outside Italy. The band’s first full length and debut album Megantereon has been recorded, mixed and mastered by Marco Minno (Neurosphere, Tothem) and Neurosphere.
KARYN CRISIS’ GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES are now streaming the entirety of their new album “Covenant” via PureGrainAudio. The album is released today, on October 25th, via Aural Music.
Karyn commented “Covenant is about the chthonic and celestial realms of the divine feminine, about liminal spaces where goddesses pull people deep into the earth’s fire, into astral travel and dreamy places to be bestowed sacred knowledge upon those who feel outcast, marginalized and unseen. A ‘Covenant’ is a type of devotion, an agreement with a larger force. In keeping with our first album, Covenant is charged music, ritualistic, and it is made through the process of channeling.”
Listen to the album at this location.
Order “Covenant” here.