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Lay Siege - Hopeisnowhere

Monday, January 19, 2015 - Posted by Lifeforce Records, in Albums, News

Hailing from the heart of England – the Midlands – LAY SIEGE create their own distinctive heavy sound. The Northampton quartet mixes core-elements with post- and sludge-metal to achieve riff-orientated songs with heart and depth. Formed in January 2010, LAY SIEGE debuted with mini-album “Obolus” in 2012. The well received six track EP was noted for standing out because of its fresh sound and approach. This is something the quartet continues to address on its first full length album and debut for LIFEFORCE RECORDS – “hopeisnowhere”.

The record sees LAY SIEGE introducing new vocalist Carl Brown and strengthen the direction of playing massive, voluminous songs in between metal and modern post-core. With “hopeisnowhere” the British four-piece is heading in the direction of a consolidated, overlapping heavy-sound that surprises with ruthlessness and sudden grace at the same time. One of the song titles can be used as perfect summary for LAY SIEGEs first album: ‘Souldrinker’. There is no turning back, if you once started to listen to “hopeisnowhere”.

  • 01.  Irebot
  • 02.  Glass Veil
  • 03.  Hollow Hands
  • 04.  The Illusion of Choice
  • 05.  Souldrinker
  • 06.  Hopeisnowhere
  • 07.  The Afflicted
  • 08.  Black Cloud
  • 09.  Blue Pill
  • 10.  March The Flock
  • 11.  A Fictional Sound

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Battle Beast - Unholy Savior

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - Posted by Nuclear Blast, in Albums, Vidéo, News

Hailing from the southern edge of Finland, BATTLE BEAST were founded in 2008 and soon established themselves with their trademark of pure crunching riffs, high screams, blistering solos and strong choruses. Taking the best elements of traditional heavy metal, the sextet is never afraid to add its own flavour to the recipe. After winning the 2010 Wacken Open Air “Metal Battle”, and shortly after Finland’s “Radio Rock Starba” competition, BATTLE BEAST soon caught the attention of Nuclear Blast. The worldwide release of the highly acclaimed debut album »Steel« in January of 2012 and a successful support tour with fellow Finns and label mates NIGHTWISH followed.   

September 2012 saw the original singer, Nitte Valo, leaving the band, to be replaced by a beautiful new front beast Noora Louhimo as they embarked on a tour with SONATA ARCTICA. With the refreshed line-up and an ever-growing hunger, BATTLE BEAST continued their march of success with their eponymous sophomore release in May 2013. Following the success of »Battle Beast«, charting at an amazing #5 in their native Finland and cracking the German Top 100, the band embarked on an extended European tour alongside German metal  band POWERWOLF in late 2013 and then hit the road in Sweden and Norway opening for German metal institution U.D.O.   

Having spent the year playing headlining shows in their native Finland, as well as invading some of the biggest festivals in 2014 (among them the renowned Loud Park in Japan, German Metalfest and Sabaton Open Air in Falun, Sweden), plus supporting their German labelmates ACCEPT during their Finland tour in September, BATTLE BEAST now return to what they do best: to take it to the next level! 

I thirst to go further as a human being and the music on this album represents a part of the ongoing spiritual journey - that's what I tend to I call it - which is my road onward. Music-wise the songs have been expanded to a wider area as an effort to call out emotions close to those I myself had during the times of birth of these songs,” commented guitarist & vocalist Anton Kabanen about the upcoming new BATTLE BEAST album.  

»Unholy Savior« has been influenced by everything the band has been facing during the past months and clearly displays their increased hunger to succeed as a band. Trying to explain the topics of the third BATTLE BEAST record, one will have to go deeper as the songs lyrics were born through an emotionally violent and bloody struggle, that main composer Anton Kabanen was going through at the time: Questioning his whole existence step by step, wondering if his dream had betrayed him. »Unholy Savior« reeks of death, agony, pain, hate, confusion, fear and insecurity, but it speaks of deep gratitude, longing, consolation and love.    

The album had to be done this way - through emotional hell. Having transferred these "things" and emotions into songs I feel that I'm ready to move on.  But like always, I wrote songs about the series "Berserk", as well, and the reason behind writing songs about that particular series is that I can strongly relate to that, especially to certain characters and to their way of thinking and feeling,” Anton adds.  

While with their previous album the young Finns did all the recording, producing and mixing themselves, »Unholy Savior« was produced by Anton Kabanen and co-produced by keyboardist Janne Björkroth and mixed by Matias Kupiainen at 5by5 Studios. Mastering was once again done by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios and the actual recordings took place at Sound Quest Studio and JKB Studios.  

»Unholy Savior« will be released on January 09, 2015. On the very same day BATTLE BEAST will return to the European roads, along with the band that has been supporting them since day one. Swedish metal heroes SABATON did not only invite the band to play at their very own Sabaton Open Air, but also featured a cover version of BATTLE BEAST’s ‘Out Of Control’ as a bonus track on their current charting success »Heroes«.   

Prepare yourselves for the return of the beast!   

Line up:
  • Noora Louhimo – lead vocals
  • Anton Kabanen – lead guitar, vocals 
  • Juuso Soinio – rhythm guitar 
  • Janne Björkroth – keyboards 
  • Eero Sipilä – bass 
  • Pyry Vikki – drums  
  • 1 - Lionheart 
  • 2 - Unholy Savior 
  • 3 - I Want The World….And Everything In It 
  • 4 - Madness 
  • 5 - Sea Of Dreams 
  • 6 - Speed And Danger 
  • 7 - Touch In The Night 
  • 8 - The Black Swordsman 
  • 9 - Hero’s Quest 
  • 10 - Far Far Away 
  • 11 - Angel Cry 

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Whispering Woods unveil Perditus et Dea's cover artwork

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - Posted by Loud Rage Music, in Albums, News

Symphonic Gothic Doom Metallers WHISPERING WOODS are proud to unveil Perditus et Dea, their upcoming album's covert artwork masterfully crafted by Romanian artist Bogdan Pop.

Perditus et Dea's tracklist is as follows:
  • 1. Perditus
  • 2. Original Sin
  • 3. Demon Blood
  • 4. Călușarii
  • 5. Autumnal
  • 6. My Altar
  • 7. Farewell Ladybug
  • 8. Poetica
  • 9. If Ever
  • 10. Timeless
  • 11. Circle Complete
  • 12. Dea

"Perditus et Dea" was recently mixed and mastered by World-known Finnish producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Amorphis, Swallow The Sun, etc.) and will be released by Loud Rage Music in February 2014!

WHISPERING WOODS are currently preparing their first European Tour.

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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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