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Darkyra Black 'Fool' Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - Posted by Rock N Growl, in Albums

Australian female symphonic metal singer DARKYRA BLACK reveals album artwork and track listing for the upcoming album ‘FOOL’, to be released April 2015.

The new album feature Achillea musicians: Garry King, Fab Jablonksi & Betovani Dinelli and was produced by George Boussounis (Online Recording Masters, Athens). Special Guests include Tony Dolan (M-Pire Of Evil) bass on “Truth Or Dare” and a few other surprises.

Track listing:
  • 01. Behind Closed Doors
  • 02. Who are they to Judge You
  • 03. Truth or Dare
  • 04. Of Fools and Gold
  • 05. Where Will I Be
  • 06. Bleed
  • 07. The Wish Never Fades
  • 08. Desperation
  • 09. Flawless
  • 10. It Takes All Kinds of Fools
  • 11. Fountain of Frozen Dreams

DARKYRA BLACK‘s unique vocal is far from predictable as she has a way of blending together all the different colors of her voice taking you on an emotional roller coaster unlike any other female artist.

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Kill Ritual Launch New Singer Search

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - Posted by Rock N Growl, in News

SF Bay Thrash and Roller’s KILL RITUAL have started a search for a new singer following the departure of vocalist Josh Gibson. The third KILL RITUAL CD is already written and in the final phase of recording and any killer vocalist can definitely put their stamp on this thing.

The band lists a few guidelines: We’re looking for a traditional Metal/Hard Rock style singer with a great writing style and melodic sense. We don’t care where you’re from as long as you rock! Obviously you must be fantastic and respect what we’ve already done but we are also not looking for clone of our last vocalist. Please check us out thoroughly at or our other various sites and apply if interested with audio or video and a photo please. We have big plans for this year and look forward to hearing from some quality applicants and moving onto the next chapter of the band. Please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected]

The new album will be mixed/mastered by Andy LaRocque at Sonic Train Studios once again. The band expects a Summer 2015 release of the yet untitled CD.

  • Steve Rice – Lead Guitars, Guitars
  • Danyael Laughing Bear – Bass
  • Koryun Bobikyan – Drums

KILL RITUAL has forged a sound where classic and modern Metal meet. It’s muscle and power driven metal ramped up with chugging dynamics to make you cuss in delight as you break your freakin’ neck.
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Solefald - World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud

Friday, January 16, 2015 - Posted by Indie Recordings, in Albums

World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud sees Solefald return to 1999’s postmodern album Neonism both lyrically and musically, entailing massive complexity. At the centre of the new album concept lies the idea of the Kosmopolis, or the World City. In Antiquity, Athens and then Rome were seen as the capitals of the world; in modern times, cities such as Paris, London and Berlin have all competed to be the Kosmopolis.

Over the last decade, Solefald have developed an epic, Norse-oriented expression. While writing World Metal, fellow composer goats Lars Are Nedland and Cornelius von Jackhelln took a good, long look in the mirror, and discovered that in their narrow focus on the Northern hemisphere, they had forgotten about much of the world. Thus, World Metal attempts at filling that rather considerable gap.

Lars Are Nedland comments: «Solefald has always been an adventurous band. With the band turning 20 in 2015, we found it was time to let our music travel and explore the world. And boy, did it travel; To the icy north for the cold metal that we hold so dear. To the hot, colourful continent of Africa for the intense rhythms that form the fundament that all rock music stands on. To India for the electronic beats that accompany the hallucinogenic trips of fat European tourists in batik sarongs, and to some obscure places that we really still have no clue about for just a touch of madness. Our music has travelled, our music has come home, and World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud is the result.»

Cornelius von Jackhelln comments: «World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud is an ecstatic album exploring widely different sounds, styles and languages, yet attaining oneness through Solefald’s Mysterious Song writing Ways. The guitar sound has been beefed up and stomped on, with twin Rat and Metal Zone distortion and Wah putting the axe back in power. In a tense world situation, World Metal has Solefald rediscover their initial playfulness and experimentation. We want to make our listeners laugh and cry, to make them attain ecstasy through music.»

Lars has gone out of his way to enrich the band’s layered sound with programming and techno beats, two other components that hark back to Neonism. As with the album’s precursor Norrønasongen. Kosmopolis Nord, the mercenary crew at work totals ten, with the rhythm section expanded by drummer Baard Kolstad (Borknagar, ICS Vortex), bassist Alexander Bøe (In Vain) and guitarist Petter Hallaråker (Rendezvous Point). 

Recorded in Norway and Tanzania, World Metal features the kalimba and guitar playing of Anania Ngoliga of Zanzibar, a renowned player in the World Music scene. By reaching out to the South, Solefald aim at obtaining a warmer, radiating sound. 

«Back to Africa, returning to the Source/Neonism revived, connecting to the Force» are the opening words of World Music With Black Edges. Densely merging Norwegian Metal, Dutch Techno and Zanzibari guitar strum, the song indulges in a vital, confident celebration of World Culture.

The Germanic Entity delivers a bone-crushing comment on power play in the Norwegian social democracy, indulging in a parodic conspiracy theory casting an informal leader as an emperor of a timeless Germanic dynasty. The guilty pleasure of 1990‘s eclecticism is at work in this song, where the friendly kalimba faces death metal growls, thundering drums and a wall of distorted guitars.

Bububu Bad Beuys is a merry impro piece conceived in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, where Cornelius ran about in the studio backyard chasing chickens. World music percussionist Gunnar Augland sets the beat with local percussionist Raz, giving the Norwegian Gringo-singer sufficient wingroom for an assault of total chicken chic. The song ends with a hard-hitting stadium atmosphere developed by Lars. You got it: The letter is B!

Future Universal Histories is a Solefald microcosmos in the song writing style from the days of Neonism, containing a variety of atmospheres and soundscapes within the same song. The lyric describes our world as seen from the pre-World War II days, with a Modernist and a Prussian voice.

As always, Solefald’s sun worship is present in the song Le Soleil, where electro beats, death metal vocals by Sindre Nedland (In Vain, Funeral) and traditional black metal riffs score Edvard Munch’s monumental painting Solen («The Sun»), accompanied by a French/Norwegian poetic rendering by Cornelius - the band’s first French lyric in 12 years.

2011, Or A Knight Of The Fail. When writing Solefald lyrics for the first time since 2010, the need arose to address the terror attacks on Oslo and Utøya on July 22nd, 2011. The crime caused a national tragedy that redefined the Norwegian self-image. The narrator in the lyric expresses helplessness and grief, as well as anger at the idea of someone attacking innocent teenagers at summer camp.

String The Bow Of Sorrow commemorates a departed parent, and expresses sorrow with choirs, tremolo guitars and blazing drum beats. The music carries the hallmark of early Solefald, infused with black/thrash riffs and synth strings. The song contains the 1995 poem that gave the band its name, set to Theodor Kittelsen’s drawing «Solefald». 

Oslo Melancholy is an ambient hymn to the Norwegian capital and endless summer days on land and at sea.

World Metal is painstakingly mixed and tape mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano at Orgone Studio in London, UK. The result is a massive, majestically sounding album combining analog and digital means of production. Solefald have never sounded better, as badwolfed, as bigmouthed bananas as the Bububu Bad Beuys can be. 

World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud to be released in 2015 via Indie Recordings on the 26th of January in NOR and EU and on the 30 th of January in GSA!

Track list
  • I. World Music With Black Edges (Kosmopolis Sud) - 7.57
  • II. The Germanic Entity (Kosmopolis Nord) - 8.12
  • III. Bububu Bad Beuys - 4.21
  • IV. Future Universal Histories (Umgangskrigen) - 6.50
  • V. Le Soleil - 5.48
  • VI. 2011, Or A Knight Of The Fail (Toteninsel) - 7.00
  • VII. String The Bow Of Sorrow (Solefald, 15.9.1995) - 6.38
  • VIII. Oslo Melancholy (Den Norske Sumaren) - 3.34

  • Lars Are Nedland: Song, Choirs, Synth, Programming & Beats
  • Cornelius von Jackhelln: Voice & Verse, Guitar, Melodica & Kazoo
The Kosmopolis Crew
  • Alexander Bøe: Bass Guitar
  • Petter Hallaråker: Lead & Rhythm Gitar
  • Baard Kolstad: Drums, Percussion
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Sylosis - Dormant Heart

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - Posted by Nuclear Blast, in Albums, Vidéo

'Dormant’ is not a word that you can associate with Reading’s metallers SYLOSIS – the band who have in the past few years alone toured with LAMB OF GOD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, DEVIL DRIVER and TRIVIUM. As well as playing huge festivals across the globe such as Sonisphere, Wacken, Graspop and Pukkelpop.

»Dormant Heart« is not a peaceful album, it’s a powerful force, unleashing anger against every day injustice and a sleeping society that lets these things wash over them. Frontman Josh Middleton explains: “The title refers to people going through life on autopilot and being one of the herd. How a lot of people simply accept the way things are just because it's 'tradition' as opposed to taking a good look at the world around you and thinking for yourself. Sometimes there are catalysts that happen and change our perspective or consciousness…

One might take this catalyst as being representative of the driving accident that SYLOSIS had on a US tour with TRIVIUM and DEVIL DRIVER in September 2013. Luckily the band escaped the RV accident without major injuries but had to withdraw from the rest of the American shows. It was a big influence on the writing of their fourth album. This isn’t a band that lets the tough gruelling schedule of touring wear them down though and once they’d been patched up and recovered they were back on the road in the UK. The incident did however provide food for thought as to how the band has to some extent a constant element of danger and personal sacrifice. 

SYLOSIS began tracking the album back in March 2014 working away secretly alongside touring commitments. Josh Middleton took a step up on this album producing it himself with the help of engineer Scott Atkins. The album was mastered by TESSERACT guitarist Acle Kahney. Josh says of the recording process “It was great doing some of the recording with Scott again. We've got a good working relationship and he's really dedicated to what he does. We like to strive for a very earthy and organic sound. It adds to the human element and brings out the intensity and vibe in the music.”  

Guitars and vocals were recorded at Wizard Sound Studios in the band’s hometown Reading. Drums were recorded in May at Monkey Puzzle Studios by original drummer Rob Callard who parted ways with SYLOSIS in September 2014 due to time restraints. BLEED FROM WITHINs Ali Richardson is now drumming for the band permanently after filling in for some live shows on the bands spring 2014 tour.

»Dormant Heart« retains the distinctive SYLOSIS sound; a mixture of intense heavy guitar riffs, breakdowns, thudding rhythm and Middleton’s growl. It’s difficult to tie-down the band into a specific type of metal genre. Stomping opener ‘Where The Wolves Come To Die’ unleashes an aggressive start whilst ‘Leech’ provides those breakdowns and epic choruses. ‘Mercy’ demonstrates the mix of galloping rhythm and melodic guitar riffs whilst Josh fiercely declares ‘there’s no redemption’. Aptly named closer track ‘Quiescent’ provides over 9 minutes of solemn prog showing a less forceful side of the band it’s ballad like in nature, with lyrics questioning "Maybe the flames are all they have?’ It’s softer in dynamic but the sense of impending doom remains ‘Fail to rescue// I can see// Now the line is drawn at our feet’.  

Josh summarises the record as their best work to date. “It's the most pissed off, aggressive and intense album we've done, yet it still retains the epic, progressive and melodic side we're also known for. It's a very gloomy and atmospheric album. We've been through a lot as a band and individuals and we've made our darkest album to date.

Line up:
  • Josh Middleton | vocals, guitars
  • Alex Bailey | guitars
  • Carl Parnell | bass
  • Ali Richardson | drums 
  • 1. Where The Wolves Come To Die
  • 2. Victims And Pawns
  • 3. Dormant Heart
  • 4. To Build A Tomb
  • 5. Overthrown
  • 6. Leech
  • 7. Servitude
  • 8. Indoctrinated
  • 9. Harm
  • 10. Mercy
  • 11. Callous Souls
  • 12. Quiescent
  • Bonus tracks:
  • 12. Pillars Erode
  • 13. Zero (Smashin’ Pumpkins cover)
  • Bonus DVD
  • The Dormant Heart Sessions - Live in the studio

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Castle reveal news music video for 'A Killing Pace'

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - Posted by Prosthetic Records, in Vidéo, News

Heavy metal trio to set out on 'California Cult Tour' later this week

Occult influenced heavy metal trio CASTLE will be making their way across California throughout January as they headline the "California Cult Tour" with music from their critically-acclaimed 2014 effort "Under Siege". The band are excited to reveal the vigorously haunting new music video for their single "A Killing Pace", which can be viewed directly below or via YouTube

Described as "hauntingly beautiful" with "crushing riffs" (Examiner), "Under Siege" marks the third overall album for CASTLE since their formation in 2009. Along with it's labryinth themed artwork by Denis Forkas Kostromitin taking a spot on Redefine Magazine's 'Top Album Covers of 2014', the eight-track release saw it's way onto several of the year's 'best of' lists.The band has spent the past year touring in support of it's release with bands including Lord Dying, Cauldron, Anciients, Conan, and Graviators to name a few. 

Don't miss out on seeing their "Sabbathy-riffage" (LA Weekly) live at one of their upcoming stops! 

  • 1/16  Riverside, CA - Back To The Grind
  • 1/17  Palm Desert, CA - Schmidy’s
  • 1/18  San Diego, CA - Tower Bar
  • 1/19  Anaheim, CA - The Doll Hut
  • 1/21   Fresno, CA - Audies Olympic
  • 1/22  San Francisco, CA - The Eagle
  • 1/23   Sacramento, CA - Starlite Lounge
  • 1/24  Redding, CA - Bombays
  • 1/27  Santa Cruz, CA - Blue Lagoon
  • 1/28  San Jose, CA - The Rock Shop
  • 1/29  Oakland, CA - The Golden Bull
  • 1/30  Los Angeles, CA - Five Star Bar
  • 1/31  Ventura, CA - The Garage

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