Metal On Metal is getting ready for the annual summer travel (including Bang Your Head and Headbangers Open Air festivals), but before the events, it's time to officially introduce the last three bands that have joined Metal on Metal Records roster. Two of them will have their new albums out at the end of this month.
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TOXIKULL | KOMMAND | SPACE GOD RITUAL
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Published by The Manamal | July 19TH 2019
Avem are proud to release "How I Got My Wings" Official Lyric Video.
"How I Got My Wings" is a track taken from the band's album "Meridiem" released on 29 March 2019 via Wormholedeath / The Orchard / Wormholedeath USA.
Reece Tyrrell - Guitar | Florian Uhl - Bass | Seppo Uhari - Drums | Nora Bendzko – Vocals | Manu Sharma - Keys
Avem is a Progressive Rock/ Metal Band from Vienna. With members from all over the world and diverse musical backgrounds, Avem sit on the experimental side of the Rock/Metal genre.
Avem place groove and energy above all else, and with a strong emphasis on melody and rhythm there are no boundaries on musical expression.
Avem features the remarkable vocal talents of Nora Bendzko, the chunk of Reece Tyrrell on guitar, the melodies of Manu Sharma on keys, the groove of Seppo Uhari on drums and the massive low end of Florian Uhl on bass.
Avem ist eine Hard Rockband aus Wien, der es vor allem darum geht verschiedene Bereiche der Musik auszuloten.
Bei Avem gibt keine Zwänge in welche Richtung es musikalisch gehen soll. Keinen festen Lautstärke- oder Härtegrad. Energie und Groove haben höchste Priorität und komplexe Rhythmen und Melodien werden zu energiereichen Songs verwoben.
Das feste Line-Up besteht aus Nora Bendzko aus Deutschland (Gesang), Reece Tyrrell aus Australien (Gitarre), Seppo Uhari aus Finnland (Drums), Florian Uhl aus Österreich (Bass) und Manu Sharma (Keys), Kärntner mit indischen Wurzeln.
AVEM sit on the experimental metal genre. The members are from all over the world that gravitated together to explore their diverse musical backgrounds with a strong emphasis on
intriguing melodies and creative song structures. The various musical tastes create a modern sound with influences in the Alternative Rock/Metal genre. Formed during 2015, AVEM started
by playing local shows to help define and refine their sound and soon released a 4-track EP entitled “A.M.” that led to international shows in Europe and a band following via digital media.
In 2017, AVEM signed with Wormhole Death and began work on their full debut album, “Meridiem,” which was released March, 2019. The band now presents the first single and video from the debut album "How I Got My Wings"
Published by The Manamal | July 19Th 2019
Sunflower Dead release powerful anti-suicide song "Turn Away" (Radio Edit), tour with Scott Stapp EMP Label Group Release: 21 June 2019
Michael Del Pizzo - Vocals, Accordion, Piano | Jaboo - Lead Guitar | Jamie Teissere - Guitar | Christian Olde Wolbers - Bass | Brett Weir – Drums
About Sunflower Dead | COMA 2019 Album
Southern California based Sunflower Dead have released a powerful anti-suicide themed song "Turn Away" (Radio Edit), which was produced by Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Distturbed, Slipknot) and released through David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group. The song is the follow-up to "Victim", which reached #36 on the Mediabase and BDS Rock charts earlier this year - their highest charting single to date. The band will be going out on tour with Scott Stapp and Messer, starting in August (dates below).
"Turn Away" is meant to be empowering and give hope, says frontman Michael Del Pizzo: "Isn’t it funny how a song with an overtly anti-suicide theme is one that we attempted to self-sabotage multiple times but couldn’t finish the job? "Turn Away" was coming to fruition, no matter how many times we tried to toss it aside. It just seemed to have a life of its own and is now what we consider to be the most important track of our career".
That career has bloomed over the course of the last 7 years and has been growing steadily, beginning with the release of their self-titled debut album in 2012 through their own Bloody Bats Records imprint, with production by Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory, Powerflo). The album received positive press & numerous accolades, including being named Revolver Magazine’s "Album of the Week" through independent music fan voting. The band spent the next 2 years on the road promoting the LP, including tours with In This Moment, All That Remains, Hellyeah, Nonpoint, Powerman 5000, Hed (PE), Ill Nino, Soil, Smile Empty Soul and Hurt.The debut album moved over 6,000 units and helped establish a loyal fanbase dubbed ‘The Evil Seeds.’
Touring and experiencing what worked in a live setting helped mature the band's songwriting skills. They brought that experience into the studio while recording their 2nd full-length LP, "It’s Time to Get Weird" with producer Dave Fortman and Mikey Doling (Snot). The album showcased a more polished sound while incorporating a more playful side that live audiences were just beginning to get a taste of. The ‘Weird’ album was a step forward on multiple fronts - from the production team, to a slicker stage look and photos with famed rock photographer Neil Zlozower, and guest vocals on the album’s title track by Korn’s Jonathan Davis. Lead single, "Dance with Death" was the band’s first foray into Active Rock radio, and reached #52 on the Mediabase Active Rock charts just as the album was released on October 30, 2015 independently, again through their own Bloody Bat Records. The title cut "It’s Time to Get Weird (featuring Korn’s Jonathan Davis),” was released in early 2016, becoming the band’s first Top 40 hit on the Mediabase Active Rock chart. With the success of both singles, Sunflower Dead returned to the road supporting the release throughout 2016 and 2017. The band toured with Avatar, Hellyeah, both legs of In This Moment’s ‘Hellpop’ tour and direct support on two runs with Mushroomhead.
With the addition of Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory, Poweflo) on bass and Brian “Brett” Weir (Downplay, Starset) on drums, the band returned to the studio with Fortman and recorded their third album "C O M A", which they released through David Ellefson’s (Megadeth) EMP Label Group on Oct. 19th, 2018. The band plans to tour throughout the rest of 2019 into 2020.
Sunflower Dead On Tour
Upcoming Tour dates w/Scott Stapp & Messer
Official video for Sunflower Dead's It's Time To Get Weird featuring Jonathan Davis of Korn Purchase the Album IT'S TIME TO GET WEIRD here: smarturl.it/SFDITTGW
Published by The Manamal | July 3RD 2019
N.M.E - PITTSBURGH HEAVY POWER METAL!
Street Date 7/12/2019
BOOTCAMP SERIES #43
CD (w/ Limited Edition Slipcase)
N.M.E took shape in Pittsburgh, PA during the mid-'80s, stabilizing a lineup of guitarists Michael Weldon and Brian Keruskin, Chuck Robinson on bass, drummer Dave Snyder, and vocalist Jirus. The group spent a full year honing a catalog of hard-charging heavy metal from mid-1987 through July of 1988, at which time they recorded nine songs at Space Station Studios in Uniontown, PA. Originally intended to be released as a full-length album called The End of Innocence, the professional-sounding effort was only issued in limited quantities on dubbed cassettes with handwritten labels. N.M.E returned to Space Station before the end of the year to lay down two new tracks—"R.I.P." and "Wicked Child."
All the while, the band was securing a cult following based on a rigorous live performance résumé, opening for the likes of Crimson Glory, Dirty Looks, Dream Theater, Metal Church, Testament, Vio-lence, etc. Lucking into the opportunity to have their material ("Vengeance Is Mine") featured in the 1989 horror flick, Heartstopper, N.M.E finally seemed poised for a well-deserved breakout. Instead, lineup changes began to creep in, and the highly productive run of the group's classic lineup drew to an unceremonious close.
Now, some 30 years after the fact, Divebomb Records is proud to at long last grant a proper release to The End of Innocence—the nine-song sessions fully remixed from the original 1988 reels—plus "Vengeance is Mine," "R.I.P.," and "Wicked Child." Mastered by Greg McLaughlin and Chuck Robinson at Shore Studios, the disc finds these underground legends sounding better than ever, and will be housed alongside a detailed booklet including a retrospective interview with Chuck Robinson and Dave Snyder. For the fans, by the fans!
COMRADES IN ARMS:
Fifth Angel, Tyrant, Shok Paris, Leatherwolf, Omen and Malice
Limited edition CD – only 500 units pressed worldwide – fully remixed/digitally remastered – band supplied photos – full color 24 page booklet with lyrics and brand new interview
HAMMERFALL REVEAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR (WE MAKE) SWEDEN ROCK;
NEW ALBUM ‘DOMINION’ DUE OUT 16TH AUGUST 2019 THROUGH NAPALM RECORDS
HAMMERFALL has shared the lyric video for “(We Make) Sweden Rock” following the world premiere on the big screens at Sweden Rock Festival prior to the band’s performance over the weekend. The track is from their forthcoming album, “Dominion” set for release on August 16th.
Credit: Robert Tüchi - Picwish Fotodesign
HAMMERFALL (L-R) PONTUS NORGREN (guitar), DAVID WALLIN (drums), JOACIM CANS (vocals), FREDRIK LARSSON (bass), OSCAR DRONJAK (guitar).
HAMMERFALL frontman Joacim Cans comments, “The lyrical content is direct referrals to songs and bands hailing from the north. In the lyric video we took everything a step further and included photos, not only from bands referred to in the lyrics, but from loads of other Swedish bands. It’s kind of a history lesson in Swedish Hard Rock & Metal.”
“The song is a tribute to the Swedish hard rock/heavy metal wonders that have swept the world for the past five decades. Bands from Sweden are tremendously well respected everywhere and we want to shine a light on everyone who helped create this.” adds guitarist Oscar Dronjak .
The video was shot in Belgrade, Serbia, by iCode in early April.
HAMMERFALL - (We Make) Sweden Rock (Official Lyric Video) | Napalm Records
Among many accolades, Rock Hard touted the 1997 debut, Glory to the Brave, in its book The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time. 2000’s Renegade bowed at #1 in their home country and went gold. In 2002, Crimson Thunder yielded the seminal “Hearts On Fire,” and went gold. With 25 million Spotify streams to date, the song notably became a theme for the Swedish Olympic Women’s Curling Team, which led to the band performing the opening ceremony at the European Athletics Championships in front of a global audience of 250 million. In addition to playing everywhere from India to Australia, the group has shared the stage with everyone from Iron Maiden and Rammstein to Dio. 2014 saw (r)Evolution bow at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in addition to topping charts back home.
Published by The Manamal | June 19TH 2019
FACE WITHOUT FEAR (Ft. Tripp Eisen of Static-X, Murderdolls, Dope) Release New Single "Deliverance" (self released) Released 7 June 2019
Kenny Hoyt - Lead vocals / guitars | Tripp Eisen - Lead guitars | Dante - Guitars / Keyboards | T.J. Cooke - Drums, percussion
FACE WITHOUT FEAR BIOGRAPHY
Formed in 2017 by former Static-X, Dope and Murderdolls guitarist Tripp Eisen, New Jersey quintet FACE WITHOUT FEAR have already created a buzz on YouTube with a brand new teaser video. And for good reason. The clips you can hear, which are from the group’s first single entitled "Deliverance", immediately draw you in with gritty yet polished guitar work, electronic sampling, and metal vocals infused with surprisingly refined melodic phrasing. In terms of lyricism, the concepts of individualism, liberty and freedom, as well as the universal experience with human relationships permeate their lyrics. The band also takes inspiration from the conceptual and futuristic world of Ayn Rand, and is where the band’s name is drawn from….. the face without fear (Atlas Shrugged Part 2, Chapter 9).
Eisen combed the entire East Coast searching for the right chemistry and like-minded creative souls, and soon added lead vocalist / guitarist Kenny “Mantis” Hoyt and drummer T.J. Cooke, both local legends themselves, of Crushpile and Methodical, respectively. Guitarist / multi-instrumentalist Dante, rounds out the band.
Tripp was one of the founding members of NYC industrial groundbreakers Dope, as well as The Murderdolls whom he put together in 2000 with Slipknot drummer, Joey Jordison. He is best known as the guitarist for Warner Bros multi-platinum recording artists Static-X (2000-2005). While with the band, Tripp co-wrote much of the band's material including "The Only", one of Static-X's biggest hits to date. While with the band, he toured extensively through 4 album cycles and 20 countries, and also conceived the band’s first comic book (published by Chaos Comics).
FACE WITHOUT FEAR has flavors of Tripp's previous projects along with elements of rock, metal and punk. The product is an industrial, nu-metal, groove-oriented mash.
Eisen says, “This is the industrial-metal heritage that I’ve immersed myself in through the years; combining everything I’ve played since my inception, through many collaborations and crucibles and on up to this current incarnation. It’s not just mindlessness and meaningless lyrics over metalized riffing and programming, we want to give our audience something to think about.” The band’s live show will feature an album’s worth of original material, plus a few treats for fans of Tripp’s previous projects as well as a few dynamic updated covers by such artists at The Beatles, The Ramones and The Misfits.
“Deliverance,” the first track from the band will be released in full length to the public in June. The first demo of the song dates back to Tripp’s time in Static-X, and with Kenny’s help it’s been updated and supercharged. “I am the real thing, won’t you breathe in me, remove your disguise, even if it bleeds, I want the real thing” …. Says the vocalist: "It’s about bearing your soul, allowing your true identity to be seen by others, and the vulnerability that goes along with it."
Additional tracks the group intends to release this summer include “My Parasite,” a song which reflects on a force that attaches and won’t let go until it drains the host, which could be interpreted in several ways. “The Zero” is a profile on the type of person that dedicates their life to the worship of human flaws. In contrast is the person that strives to embrace human achievement and finds joy in the experiences of life and positive thinking; who combats The Zero. The band’s creative range will also be demonstrated in the upcoming tracks: “It Never Ends”, Magnolia Blooms”, and “Independence”.
Recording was done at Trax East Studios in South River New Jersey, while Mixing and Mastering was done by industry pro Chris Collier (Prong, Korn, Whitesnake, Hed p.e.).
Programming is provided by Reg S. of Encryption, Spydah and Chris Pennie (Dillinger Escape Plan, Coheed and Cambria).
In addition, Eisen has been an integral part of the Static-X reunion and related album, from inception to songwriting content. Many of his unreleased collaborations with the late Wayne Static will be featured, as well as brand new tracks, as heard in Static-X’s current teaser videos. Eisen also played guitar on the updated versions of several ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ songs.
If you're as excited about this as we are - check back here for more on Face Without Fear!
Joey, Tripp, Eric on video shoot 2002
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New Show Date - AUG. 25 - Industrial Rock Band created by guitarist TRIPP EISEN of STATIC X, MURDERDOLLS, & DOPE!
Sun. August 25th, 2019 debut show live at QXT's in Newark, Nj
Get Show Details Here
Published by The Manamal | June 16Th 2019
ANOXIA To The Lions (digital single) Mighty Music Release: 14 June 2019
Danish heavy metal band Anoxia present their first single "To The Lions" from their upcoming album.
The song is rather special since it is kind of a celebration to the biggest metal festival in Denmark.
AnoxiA is a well-established act on the Danish underground live metal scene, their longevity dating back 20+ years.
Hell bent on having fun during performance, AnoxiA approaches any gig fully charged, sincerely convinced that in order for the audience to enjoy, the band must enjoy.
About The New Single
"To The Lions" is a track with lyrics written immediately after returning home from COPENHELL 2018. A sort of unofficial tribute to the festival, the scene and the dedication of the metal crowd, written down and recorded still with the classic panicking feeling hitting you every year "is it already over – what now?".
The song is taken from their upcoming album by the same name as the single "To The Lions" to be released later this year.
The album is mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios.
AnoxiA has spent the time since the release of their previous full-length, the critically acclaimed “A Lapdance For The Devil”, partially on the road and partially in rehearsal and the studio, crafting the 9 songs that would eventually become “TO THE LIONS”. The musical direction on “TO THE LIONS” is old school heavy metal – melodic, yet hardhitting and thrashy at times. At times even a modern twist sneaks in. The songs are carved around strong riffing a wide array of vocal variation, supporting the musical landscapes.
The band explains the new single:
“TO THE LIONS” is in the natural vein of AnoxiAs previous works, not deviating too much from the recognizable AnoxiA-formula of heavy metal. However, this time AnoxiA decided on a more direct and clear edge to the sound, allowing the songs to speak more for themselves. The musical direction bears references to the likes of Iron Maiden, Slayer, In Flames, and a lot of classic hard rock and 80s thrash.
Guitarist Claus S. Nielsen states: “This time our approach to the writing process was to create aggressive and raw, yet melodic and memorable heavy metal songs that first hit you between the eyes and then stick in your ears! That has indeed been a pleasant journey, however with many a fun detour along the way. ”
Vocalist and guitarist Lars Frederiksen elaborate: “We wanted to keep intact the AnoxiA trademark, but at the same time also to renew or refine our sound. By teaming up with our longtime friends, Ole W. Bertelsen (producing, recording, mixing)) and Simon Joergensen (drum recording) we gained a more direct and dynamic sound than the previous album. Adding Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios, who in fact did some of our first demos in 2000, for mastering the album, gave the new album the last boost and we’re very satisfied with the sound.”
Lars Frederiksen - Vocal / Guitar
Claus S. Nielsen - Guitar
Allan Nielsen - Bass
Søren Frederiksen - Drums
about the full album
AnoxiA "To The Lions" Tracklist
Debut album from AnoxiA
1. Origin of Pain
3. To The Lions
4. These Chains
5. Rule The Storm
7. The Devils Share
8. Bite The Darkness
9. In Eternity
Coverart by Alen Domazet
Layout by Mikkel Grønkjær
Release Date: October 4TH 2019
Label: Mighty Music / Target
Recorded at Muzirkus Studios and OWB Productions
Recorded by Ole Bertelsen & Simon Joergensen
Mixed by Ole Bertelsen at OWB Productions
Mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios
(Pretty Maids, Mercenary, Volbeat)
The albums stroked in like bombs and were partly sold out and hard to get especially outside of Finland. Now is the time to remedy that: "Human Waste Collection“ provides all three albums in a 3-unit digipak, and on top two unreleased bonus tracks from "Degeneration“. So seeking collectors get it all as much as new fans.
Tracklisting CD 1: Human Waste Compression
1. The Sermon - 2. One Million Flies - 3. Glance Of Fear - 4. Route Of Final Dusk - 5. Human Waste Compressor - 6. Entrance Of Sickness - 7. S.C.S. - 8. Burden - 9. World Hallucinated - 10. Dead Belief - 11. The Banned Exit
Tracklisting CD 2: Degeneration
1. Degenerate - 2. Resistance - 3. End Complete - 4. World Separated - 5. Release - 6. Reform - 7. Cult Of Mischief - 8. Turmoil - 9. Divine Is A Fraud - 10. Last Journey - Bonus Tracks: 11. Erase - 12. Ruin
Tracklisting CD3: Into The Pitch Black
1. Path To The Abyss - 2. As Humanity Weeps - 3. Dead Sun - 4. Defeat - 5. Into The Pitch Black - 6. Alas - 7. I, God - 8. Voltures - 9. Fear Is Just The Beginning - 10. Shadows - 11. The Void
"Truly a masterpiece of extreme metal. Degeneration is a giant." - Vendetta Metal Magazine
"…a remarkable album and another Finnish band you should pay attention to." - Stalker Magazine
Human Waste Compression 2011
"Human Waste Compression" is honestly - and seriously speaking one of those most impressive debut albums I have heard for quite a while, showing off the band's
tremendous abilities as top-notch songwriters. Absolutely a beautiful work, guys. - Luxi Lahtinen
From The "Into The Pitch Black" 2018 Album
Mors Subita is a modern melodic death metal band hailing from Oulu in the North of Finland
Formed in 2000, Mors Subita fast became known for their killer riffs and dynamic attitude and took the scene by storm releasing four demo tapes and two EPs, earning them the attention of record companies and a rapidly growing fan base.
The release of their first full-length album “Human Waste Compression (2011)” saw the band explode within the melo-death scene, and the highly-anticipated follow-up “Degeneration (2015)” saw the band reaching new heights, with both albums hitting the official charts in Finland and receiving worldwide praise throughout the metal community.
Using this arsenal of melodic chaos, the band has laid waste to some of the biggest stages across Finland and forged a reputation for their heavy hitting and high energy stage show, showcasing their unparalleled skill and proving they are a force to be reckoned with.
Now in 2018, Mors Subita have returned with their third offering of unrelenting melodic masterpieces, loaded with the signature riffage, blistering drumming and crushing bass lines that make up their identity. This third full-length album "Into the Pitch Black (2018)" proves that this band has only just begun to push the boundaries of their musicianship and songwriting, and will see them continue to rise as one of the top emerging acts amongst the Finnish melo-death elite.
"Enslave The World Forever" is available on digital stores worldwide:
Vocals: Stefan Weilnböck | Guitar: Stefan Wöginger | Guitar: Christian Rosner | Bass: Jakob Reiter | Drums: Tobias Mayrhofer
Enslave The World Forever Tracklist
2. Hated And Destroyed
5. Enslave The World Forever
6. Black Rain
7. Voice Of The Stream
8. Between Fire And Fire
9. Panic At The Moshpit
10. The Final Hour
11. Let It Out Loud (Bonus Track)
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Let the mainstream bleed! The young Upper Austrians of STREAMBLEED have put this goal at the top of their list. With a mix of triolic mid-tempo riffs and brute solos, complemented by vocals ranging from false-chord growls to rasp and clean parts, the band not only makes fans of the old school pay attention: Stormbringer.at described the performance of the Groove Metallers in one of their live reports as "damn strong heavy metal that gives really rough stuff live". If you expect a violent headbanging thunderstorm from a concert, STREAMBLEED is the right choice - moshpit and wall-of-death are an absolute must for every show! The band was founded in 2015 by guitarist Stefan Wöginger and singer Stefan Weilnböck. Supplemented by bassist Jakob Reiter, guitarist Christian Rosner and Tobias Mayrhofer on drums the line-up was finally complete after a long search. Work on the young band's debut began in August 2017. Except for vocals and drums the songs were recorded entirely on their own in the home studio. Develop Device from the Czech Republic took over mixing and mastering. The result is "Enslave The World Forever", an 11 song groove-metal firework that makes metal hearts beat faster. Introducing with the powerful opener "Damnation", over the moving album divider "Black Rain", to the crowning conclusion with "The Final Hour", STREAMBLEED give groove metal in Austria a new face with their album.
Caterina Nix - Vocals | Nasson - Guitars, vocals, piano, programming, acoustic guitars & additional bass. | Franco Lama - Programming. | Carlos Hernandez - Drums. | Hermaunt Folatre - Bass.
CHAOS MAGIC featuring Caterina Nix "Furyborn"
LABEL: Frontiers Music s.r.l.
FORMAT: CD (Jewel case)
CATALOG #: FR CD 959
RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2019
Caterina Nix is a superb young vocalist from Chile, who was found by chance by former Stratovarius composer and guitarist Timo Tolkki during one of his tours of South America. Timo was supremely confident about Caterina's singing abilities and eventually he managed to write and produce for her the first Chaos Magic album, in addition to having her perform on the second Avalon rock opera album.
While these two things brough Caterina to the forefront more on the International stage, she had already started her career in the band Aghonya, who released their first and only album "Oxygen", in 2008, in which she wrote all lyrics and vocal lines. Released independently, the band and Caterina received rave reviews, which gave them the opportunity to open shows in Chile for bands like After Forever, Edguy, and Within Temptation.
Chaos Magic videos
Chaos Magic feat. Caterina Nix - "Furyborn" feat. Tom Englund of Evergrey (Official)
Chaos Magic - "Like Never Before" (Official Music Video)
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