Crust punk outfit BASTARÐUR (ft. Sólstafir singer/guitarist Aðalbjörn “Addi” Tryggvason) will be releasing its debut album, ‘Satan’s Loss of Son,’ on October 29, 2021! The band is now sharing the latest single from the record, “The Whispering Beast,” which can be heard at THIS LOCATION.
‘Satan’s Loss of Son’ is now available for pre-orders HERE.
The cover artwork was created by Fannar Aumingi.
Track-list: 1. Viral Tumor (03:37) 2. Neonlight Blitzkrieg (04:20) 3. Satan’s Loss of Son (03:21) 4. Burn (03:30) 5. The Whispering Beast (03:41) 6. Black Flag Fools (02:38) 7. Afturhalds Kommatittir (02:53) 8. Rise Up (04:20) Total: 0:28:20
Berlin-based progressive metal act THE OCEAN present an unusual live album. One that is a testimony of strange times: their Phanerozoic concept album performed live in its entirety at a time when no shows were happening anywhere in the World.
Check out the live version of “Devonian: Nascent” below. The single is up on all digital platforms – choose your favorite here: orcd.co/phanerozoic-live. Metal Blade Records will release Phanerozoic Live digitally worldwide, and fans can pre-order physical copies in various formats via Pelagic Records here: pelagic-records.com
On September 25, 2020, in the middle of the global pandemic, The Ocean released their 9th studio album Phanerozoic II, the concluding episode of a conceptual trilogy that began with Precambrian 13 years before – and even without any touring to support the new album release, Phanerozoic II entered the official German album charts at #9. With no end of lockdowns in sight, the band decided to thank their fans for the support with two streaming concerts, performing both Phanerozoic albums in their entirety: Phanerozoic I was streamed live from Pier 2, a big hall in the port of Bremen, on March 25, 2021. With more than 1.500 tickets sold, it was the most successful show of the popular “Club 100” streaming events series thus far. The day after this event, the band retreated to synth player and sound designer Peter Voigtmann’s rural studio “Die Mühle”, just outside of Bremen. Here, the band rehearsed and recorded Phanerozoic II in its entirety during the following three days. The performance aired on April 16 as part of the digital edition of Roadburn Festival, this year abtly named Roadburn Redux. Both shows couldn’t have been more different: where the first part boasts with a pompous, mesmerizing lighting production on a big stage, the 2nd part is quite the opposite: intimate, almost cosy, focused on musicianship rather than performance. A stripped down setup in a dark barn, with moody, minimal but not any less efficient lighting. “We wanted to give people two totally different experiences“, says band leader Robin Staps. “In Bremen, we had the chance to record a proper Ocean live show, the way people know us. We played facing towards the front of the stage, to an invisible crowd, essentially to a huge empty room… but we knew people were watching, even if we didn’t see them. There was the same rush of adrenaline right before going on stage as you get before going on at any big open air festival… maybe with a little extra anxiety added, because knowing that so many people are watching you without being able to see them yourself was super weird.“
Despite these surreal circumstances, The Ocean‘s performance in Bremen felt like a real live show, for everyone watching: the energy spilled over to thousands of people from all over the world watching from their homes, who clotted the band’s instagram story with hundreds of shares and comments. The crazy response was another testimony to how much we were all missing live music at this time: to watch a band connect with their crowd at home in this very intense way was an experience that was oddly beautiful and frustrating in equal measure. After this special and invigorating experience, it was clear that the 2nd part had to be intentionally different. “We wanted to do something more cinematic visually, and at the same time more intimate, we wanted to capture the feeling of the 6 of us in a relatively small, confined space, facing each other, in a circle… without the crowd playing any role or being any part of this equation“, says Staps. “It was March and the room that we spent the whole day in was cold, but that was part of the vibe. We had to warm up our fingers constantly.” Much like the first part, the band performed the album live, all together in one room, several times during one long day. The best take was chosen, then mixed by long term live sound engineer Chris Edrich. Dana Schecter (Swans, Insect Ark) created animations of the iconic “collision” motive of the Phanerozoic II album art, specifically for the premiere at Roadburn Festival 2 weeks later, where it aired on Friday night as the highlight and headlining act of the band’s own Pelagic Records showcase. The logistics and preparations for these two events were as challenging as one can imagine: bass player Mattias Hägerstrand flew in from Stockholm and had to quarantine in Berlin before rehearsals. None of the band members (or anyone their age group, for that matter) was vaxxed at that time, and before the Bremen event the entire band and crew were tested outside of the venue, before anyone was allowed to enter. Masks had to be worn at all times until show start, even during soundcheck. Phanerozoic Live is a live album like no other – it is a live album that was recorded in a cultural vacuum, a bizarre time that we will remember for the rest of our lives: a time when the world as we knew it suddenly stopped spinning. It is a live album that does without all the qualities that we usually appreciate about a live album: without the sounds of a cheering, exited crowd. But it is the very absence of this, it is the eerie silence between the songs that reminds us of what we miss most, and that gives these recordings a rare intensity and power.
Italian thrash death metallers SIYLIT will release their new album “Disinformation Paradox” on October 1st via Volcano Records.
“Disinformation Paradox” tracklist:
Right Here, Right Now
Prophets Of Hate
Blood Red Fame
Hold Back Time
Who’s To Blame
Skyline In Black
Happiness in Busyness
SIYLIT are a metal band based in Verona (Italy) formed in 2010 by longtime friends Matteo Ballottari (guitar), Frank Ambrosi (voice), Andrea Franzoni (guitar), Matteo Galbier (bass) and Paolo Perazzani (drums). SIYLIT sound is inspired from bands like Slipknot, Korn, Pantera, Sepultura. Aggressive and groovy guitar riffs, thundering drums and kick-ass voice are the basis of this blasting 5-pieces band with a peculiar orientation for odd times supporting the feelings of the music produced. Members of the band are well experienced musician based in Verona: Matteo Galbier, Matteo Ballottari and Paolo Perazzani were members of the Italian metal band ARTHEMIS, recording several full-length albums which received worldwide enthusiastic responses, especially from Japan, where the band was distributed by the major label Avalon Marquee, and opening for band as Cradle of Filth, Blaze Bailey, Within Temptation. Frank Ambrosi and Andrea Franzoni were part of a band named Sickbed, which become a legend in Verona, due to their aggressive and violent stage performances, opening for bands like Marduk, Dew-scented and Skanners. SIYLIT released in 2014 their first full length album entitled “Unidentified Human Object” available in streaming and digital stores. At the end of 2020 SIYLIT recorded their second full length album entitled “Disinformation paradox”. The 10 track of DISINFORMATION PARADOX represents a further evolution of SIYLIT sound toward a more aggressive but original songwriting. DISINFORMATION PARADOX was recorded, mixed and mastered at the Rogue Studios (London).
SIYLIT Line-up: Frank Ambrosi – Voice Matteo Galbier – Bass Matteo Ballottari – Guitar Andrea Franzoni – Guitar Paolo Perazzani – Drums
Last month, Nordic dark folk duo NYTT LAND released their new album Ritual, delivering a thrilling piece of Scandinavian and Siberian folklore and culture. Today, the Russian duo comes through with an astonishing official music video for “Blood of the North” that brings the spiritual journey of Ritual full circle.
The core element of “Blood of the North” is the talharpa, continiously humming a mystic melody, accompanied by bells, accentuating the footsteps of an arcane shaman. Followed by tension-rising drums, the journey reaches its final destination. The ambient soundscape of “Blood of the North” builds on trance-like visuals and a dark sound that truly feels like a ritual – a silent spell, spoken without words, shallowly cast upon you.
NYTT LAND on their new video: “This instrumental track is a culmination of the album Ritual. A very deep, epic composition plunging into a trance with the beats of drums and the hoarse voice of talharpa.
The visualization of this composition was conceived even before the release of the album. Exactly like that. With mystic, faceless imagery and nature as the most important part of NYTT LAND’s creativity.”
Watch the official music video for “Blood of the North” HERE!
Russian Nordic folk and ambient project NYTT LAND offer a dark, otherworldly experience with their new seventh studio album, Ritual, out now via Napalm Records.
This eight-song rarity tell tales of gods and heroes, born centuries ago and preserved in traditions, expressed in a unique sonic experience that can best be described by the duo itself as shamanic dark folk. On Ritual, NYTT LAND effortlessly pulls listeners into a world of ancient percussive instrumentation and vocal tradition. Thematically, their work echoes many stories from Norse mythology and historic texts such as the Poetic Edda.
NYTT LAND state: “All our songs are, first of all, our personal experience, how we perceive reality around us. Ritual is the release of inner, primal energy through music, words, dances and images. This is what the world and the universe was born into. And we want to share our part of this energy with you.”
JADED STAR are back with a music video of their song “ADRIAN”, which was filmed and recorded LIVE at The Crow Club Athens! “Due to the pandemic we haven’t been able to play our music live and share this experience with a real live audience. We had a fantastic time during our performance at The Crow and we are looking forward to hit the road again!” the band says.
Five years since their highly acclaimed debut album, Memories From The Future, last year Melodic Metal act JADED STAR celebrated the release of their sophomore album, titled Realign, with Noble Demon! Dynamic arrangements and unique songwriting that is reminiscent of old-school metal with a modern edge: Realign is the charismatic and dynamic, beautiful but heavy, follow-up record that their fans have been waiting for.
Watch the live music video for “Adrian” below:
Being the band’s strongest, most emotional and heaviest album to date, Realign is out NOW on Noble Demon and available for purchase here: https://snd.click/realign
Irish metallic hardcore quartet BAILER have released a video for their new single ‘B*stard Son’. The track is the third glimpse into their long-awaited debut album Disposable Youth, due for release on 12th November 2021 via Blood Blast Distribution.
The video for ‘B*stard Son’ was directed, animated and edited by Mt Emult (Genghis Tron, Year of the Knife, Veil of Maya). Watch it here:
‘B*stard Son’ showcases the more intense, bitter and abrasive side of the band’s debut full-length. Clocking in at under two minutes, ‘B*stard Son’ wastes no time slapping the fury in your face over blast beats and breakdowns, and should be a stark surprise to those who thought BAILER may have softened their sound on Disposable Youth.
Following on from 2018’s self-titled EP (Distroy Records), 2017’s PTSD and 2016’s Shaped By The Landscape, BAILER’s ambitious collection of tracks is about to expand and truly propel their notoriety outside of their native Ireland.
Recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Lewis Johns at The Ranch Production House in Southampton, Disposable Youth dives into a grim view of the world from a place of manic depression and nihilism. 100% of the material was written in a room together: no writing on computers or demos being shared around virtually. For Disposable Youth, BAILER consciously decided to write every single song in a jam room together, fleshing it all out and creating what felt right in real life. There’s nothing wrong or right about any form of creativity, but the results speak for themselves.
Having impressively garnered attention from Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, Metal Injection and Heavy Blog Is Heavy so early into their career, BAILER have proven to be Ireland’s most exhilarating heavy band. With an impressive live résumé to match, playing shows alongside Norma Jean, Sick Of It All,The Black Dahlia Murder, Conjurer, Employed To Serve, Palm Reader, Malevolence, God Mother, Coilguns and more, the quartet are setting their sights on becoming one of hardcore’s most exciting prospects.
In the years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, BAILER began to mark their territory further afield, having successfully toured Russia and the UK extensively in support of their EPs. Now, with their debut album on the horizon and after kicking off proceedings with Bloodstock Festival last month, BAILER are eager to get back on international stages.