Guitar Master FELIX MARTIN Reveals New Track “Bom” + Playthrough Video


Berklee-educated modern progressive/world fusion guitarist FELIX MARTIN recently announced details regarding his upcoming 15-track full-length album, Mechanical Nations, out February 24, 2017. Mechanical Nations is available for pre-order now via iTunes,Amazon and Martin’s official webstore.

For this song, I wanted to see drums and guitar as one instrument, writing grooves for both instruments in a way that would make sense,” says Martin about “Bom”. “This was the very first song I wrote using this guitar you see in the video (FM-907), which is a 9-string and a 7-string together, making it a guitar with 16-strings in one wide neck. I wanted to add that low 9-string open string (which is the lowest note I could possibly play) in a way that would sound heavy and big. I do this by slapping the guitar with my hand open.”
 
He continues, “This song came to me after listening to a lot of industrial, prog and nu-metal music. It’s influenced by the band Planet X with a bit of industrial vibe from Nine Inch Nails mostly at the middle, then a general electronic vibe in the interlude. I think Primus influenced this track too.”
 
FELIX MARTIN recently announced an upcoming tour of the north-eastern U.S. with Consider The Source, beginning March 8 in Pittsburgh, PA. The tour will hit a total of ten cities, coming to an end on March 19 in Bridgeport, CT. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.
 
FELIX MARTIN w/ Consider The Source
3/8 – Pittsburgh, PA @ James Street (Ballroom)
3/9 – Akron, OH @ Musica
3/10 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
3/11 – Dekalb, IL @ The House
3/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
3/15 – Raleigh, NC @ The Pour House
3/16 – Washington, DC @ Gypsy Sally’s
3/17 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Wonder Bar
3/18 – Albany, NY @ The Hollow
3/19 – Bridgeport, CT @ The Acoustic

 

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FOREVER STILL: New Video for ‘Break The Glass’!


The Danish heavy rock phenomenon FOREVER STILL just finished their big European tour with LACUNA COIL, but the road is also awaiting them in 2017 and now the band announced their first festival shows for this spring/summer – including the big Sabaton Open Air in Sweden that once again takes places in August!

In addition, FOREVER STILL now reveal their music video ‘Break The Glass’, that the band worked out in collaboration with their fans – singer Maja Shining comments: “When we started thinking about making a new music video, we decided, it would be fun to have our fans involved in it. We’ve always had a really close relationship with our fans and see them more like friends than fans, so we decided to have them choose the song and write the story with us and this is the result. Hope you enjoy it!”

 

29. – 30.04. F Le Russey, Coming Of Rock
23. – 25.06. UK Wiston, Wildfire Festival
16. – 19.08. S Falun, Sabaton Open Air

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REVIEW: Thormesis- Trümmerfarben


Thormesis- Trümmerfarben

Review by Ekaterina K. / Dark Art Conspiracy

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Label:  MDD Records
 Release Date:  February 10th, 2017
 Genre:  Pagan Black Metal
 Country:  Germany
 Running Time:  55 min

After their impressive return in march 201 5 with their “Freier Wille – Freier Geist” album, the southern German Pagan Black Metallers THORMESIS present their fifth longplayer called “Trümmerfarben” in early 2017. Musically, they continue where they left off with the predecessor album. „Trümmerfarben“ is a logical progression of the chosen path. Great melodies in a vicious and frosty, black metal-worthy sound, pave the way through the songs. The album appears in an impressively Digi-Pack, illustrated by Hubert Dürr (Internus), while the cover has been done by Bloodboy.

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„Trümmerfarben“pleases listeners with strong material at joint of pagan and black metal. Instrumental epic intro with this opus of Thormesis. Guitar work and composition in general are at a good level, and that’s album’s advantage. However, they are between genres they play, Thormesis, melodicism is inherent for song structures, standard for black metal tremolo riffs are diluted with solos and riffs themselves sometimes come close to the rock ‘n’ sound. It’s even possible to catch the notes reminiscent of Kvelertak, for example. Although there’s nothing original from technical and compositional point of view and structure in general is the same, from song to song, album sound solidly. Vocal – extremely intense high scream, in principle, is suitable for music, but becomes monotonous at some point. The use of clean vocals in the end “Waheelas Fährte” caused persistent association with Månegarm, and the song itself is the “hit” of the album. Well, it can be said, that Thormesis’ „Trümmerfarben“ successfully unites black metal rawness, pagan atmosphere and melodicism. Album is available via MDD Records.

Score: 4/5

 

Line-up:  
Velsir: Vocals, Guitars
Travos: Vocals, Guitars
Berucas: Bass
O.D: Drums

TRACKLIST 
1 . Intro – Aetas Nova
2. Trümmerfarben
3. Waheelas Fährte
4. Lodernd Flammen
5. Die Klagen der Einöde
6. Verblasst
7. In Stille wachen die Toten
8. Im Herbst trugen sie mich fort
9. Outro – Vale

 
LINKS:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thormesis

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Death Blooms Posts New Video “I’m Dead”


Death Blooms Posts New Video “I’m Dead” 

Don’t blame us when you headbang your way into oblivion!” – Rock Sound Magazine
Featured ‘On The Radar’ artists in the latest issue of Rock Sound Magazine (#223),
Death Blooms are a brand new alternative metal quartet from Manchester and Liverpool. Armed with confidence, plenty of skills, social awareness and angst bubbling under the surface, Death Blooms sound is both frenetic and infectious; seamlessly combining hardcore vocals with bullet proof guitar riffs, bouncing grooves and oozing an adundance of modern melodic audio sonics.
Check out their brand new video, ‘I’m Dead’, now playing on You Tube, also available to stream on Spotify and download on iTunes.

Following live shows with Dope, Skindred, Raging Speedhorn and Anti-Clone, Death Blooms will release their self titled debut ep on 12th May 2017. Expect to see a lot more of this immense new band.

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DEATH BLOOMS are:                                                                                                                                   Paul Barrow – Vocals                                                                                                                                    Ad Lucas – Guitar                                                                                                                                       Ben Grimsley – Bass                                                                                                                                   Mel Stewart – Drums

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REVIEW: Fall Of Carthage – The Longed-For Reckoning


Fall Of Carthage – The Longed-For Reckoning

Review by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy 

This German thrash trio came together in 2014 to push boundaries and create something unique and genre defying. And in a short space of time have proven that this is not just a side project of Arkadius Antonik (SuidAkrA, Realms Of Odoric) and Martin Buchwalter (Perzonal War), who brought Sascha Aßbach on vocals, after a long absence from the music scene. They released their debut album ‘Behold’ in 2015 and now in 2017 they want to take their sound even further with their sophomore album, ‘The Longed For Reckoning’. Dark Art Conspiracy were proud to premiere the new album before the release…

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Opening track and first single ‘Fast Forward’ breaks us in with a delicate, beautiful and eerie intro before the full darkness is unleashed and packs a hefty punch, with hints of other popular hard rock/metal bands such as Five Finger Death Punch coming through. The crashing drums and rapid chunky riffs drive the song with fierce and powerful vocals from Sascha Aßbach which fit in perfect harmony with the heavy backdrop of carnage…
Sick Intentions’ is a relentless slab of heaviness with wicked guitar riffs and ferocious and skilled drumming giving it a very belligerent sound. The chorus is reigned in for effect, but makes a massive impact which is very memorable. Their delivery has industrial and raw elements, offering great variety in and within each song. ‘Swept To The Edge’ is an infectiously catchy head banging anthem which possesses such authority and all-consuming presence, this see’s the band at their best.
They offer some breathing space amongst the brutality and mix things up by switching to a serene yet slightly unnerving sound with the likes of ‘Complete’ being reassuring and almost therapeutic, with lines such as “Breathe In, Breathe Out” before the full instruments kick in for high impact – this is cleverly structured and delivered. The band have many surprises up their sleeve…
The interestingly titled, “Whodini Peckawood” goes back to the rap metal vibes seen earlier and ties in with ‘Complete’ offering a more stripped back approach. This is a bad ass rap with limited vocals largely consisting off “Whodini motherfucker, peckawood motherfucker” conveyed in an unhinged manner, before trailing off into what sounds like a ritualistic tribe chant…well that was unexpected…
They truly flourish when they are rampaging on the heavier side with must hear songs, ‘Paint In White’ and ‘Bury The Crisis’ which features anthemic gang vocals that keep adrenaline running high.
Final track, ‘Black December’ embraces the best parts of the band’s sound, and therefore makes a forceful lasting impression once more.
Sascha Aßbach is an interesting and impressive vocalist, managing to combine elements of many legendary metal front-men such as Corey Tayler, Robb Flynn and even a touch of Phil Anselmo, this is a compliment, however on the other hand, it makes it slightly harder to define the bands signature sound with many comparisons flying about, but on the whole they do maintain their ground and signature flair.
This second release offers many different sounds, making it largely experimental, ranging from industrial vibes to rap and even a glimpse of grunge thrown in for good measure. It should appeal too many, however it may leave some metal heads a little bemused, but generally it provides something for everyone, and shows the band aren’t afraid to digress and explore other territories, rather than just a full blown thrash assault. Whatever direction they do, whether it be a rap medley or an all hell breaks loose metal anthem, they are giving it their all and should be highly praised for this.

Score: 4/5
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HAVOK: UNLEASH NEW TRACK “INGSOC”


Thrash Metal outfit HAVOK have unleashed another new track off their upcoming record, “Conformicide”, which will be released on march 10th, 2017 via Century Media Records. The song, titled “Ingsoc”, is the longest running on the new album and lyrically takes heavy influence from the classic George Orwell novel, 1984.

Speaking about “Ingsoc”, HAVOK lead guitartist Reece Scruggs states: “This is one of my favorite tracks on the record, and a bit left field compared to most HAVOK tracks. Full of slamming riffs and burning lines; it’s still 100% us but a bit progressive. I fully believe this song display the best in each of us and comes together to be a ripper!”

Adding his thoughts on the writing and thematics behind the song, David Sanchez (vocals, guitar) comments: “1984 takes place in a socialist hell wherein there is perpetual war, government-sanctioned propaganda, massive gaps between the rich and poor, and “Big Brother” spies on every citizen. It appears that Orwell was not just a novelist, but a prophet; as “Ingsoc” has become all too real. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

If you pre-order a digital copy of “Conformicide” via iTunes or Amazon you will obtain instant access to “Ingsoc”. Click this link to direct you to selected stores and download/streaming platforms: http://smarturl.it/HAVOKconformicide

Previously, HAVOK launched the album’s first single/instant grat “Hang ‘Em High” here:
Lyric video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/2HYIfA3p8jw
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2jTZhzN
In addition to “Conformicide” being released on CD, digital and streaming platforms, the album will also be available in an array of limited edition vinyl colors. See below for a complete list of these color 2LPs:

Vinyl colors:
Black – All Outlets (unlimited)
White – CM Webshop Europe (100 copies)
Lilac – CM Distro Europe (200 copies)
Golden – Nuclear Blast Europe (200 copies)
Neon Yellow – US Stores / Indie Merch (400 copies)
Clear – Pledge Music Exclusive (300 copies)
Transparent Blue – Tour/Band Exclusive (300 copies)

“Conformicide” will be available for physical pre-order from CM Distro in Europe starting at the end of next week, but can already be pre-ordered digitally via the following links:

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/ConformicideITUNES
AmazonMP3: http://smarturl.it/ConformicideAMAMP3
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/ConformicideGOOGLE
Or check here for HAVOK’s Pledge Music campaign: http://smarturl.it/ConformicidePLEDGE

In the shop for almost three years, HAVOK’s “Conformicide” is undoubtedly their “Master of Puppets” or “Rust in Peace” moment. While it’s true that the Denver-based rippers have bled out guts, brains, and cash on previous records like “Unnatural Selection” (2013), “Time is Up” (2011) and “Burn” (2009), none of them compare to the ear-destroying, mind-flaying upheaval heard on “Conformicide”.

HAVOK – “Conformicide” / Tracklisting:
1. F.P.C.
2. Hang ‘Em High
3. Dogmaniacal
4. Intention To Deceive
5. Ingsoc
6. Masterplan
7. Peace Is In Pieces
8. Claiming Certainty
9. Wake Up
10. Circling The Drain

Bonus Tracks (Special Edition CD):
11. String Break
12. Slaughtered

Bonus Tracks (Gatefold 2LP + CD):
11. String Break
12. Slaughtered
13. Claiming Certainty (Live)

HAVOK are embarking on their first headlining tour of the year in North America as part of the build up to “Conformicide” next week. Immediately following this run, the band will join on as part of the “World Gone Mad” tour, supporting the legendary likes of Suicidal Tendencies and Crowbar, before heading out to Europe for a headlining run together with Warbringer, Gorod and Exmortus in April. HAVOK have now also announced a brief run on the North American West Coast, on which they will be joined by Warbringer and Exmortus. Here is a complete list of all upcoming dates (with recent additions marked *):

HAVOK – North American Headlining Tour with Exmortus & Extinction A.D.
08.02.2017 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
09.02.2017 Detroit, MI – Small’s
10.02.2017 Toronto, ON – Rockpile West
11.02.2017 Quebec City, QC – L’Anti
12.02.2017 Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
13.02.2017 Somerville, MA – Once Ballroom
14.02.2017 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
15.02.2017 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
16.02.2017 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
17.02.2017 Dayton, OH – Rockstar Pro Arena
19.02.2017 Oklahoma City, OK – Thunder Alley

HAVOK – “World Gone Mad” US Tour supporting Suicidal Tendencies & Crowbar
22.02.2017 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
23.02.2017 San Diego, CA – The Observatory
24.02.2017 Tucson, AZ – Club X
25.02.2017 Farmington, NM – Top Deck
27.02.2017 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
28.02.2017 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
01.03.2017 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
03.03.2017 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
04.03.2017 Ft. Meyers, FL – Harborside Events Center
05.03.2017 Tampa, FL – State Theatre
07.03.2017 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
08.03.2017 Lawrence, KS – The Granada
09.03.2017 Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge [No S.T.]
10.03.2017 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall [Record release!]
11.03.2017 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

HAVOK – North American West Coast Dates with Warbringer & Exmortus
13.03.2017 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven *
14.03.2017 Vancouver, BC – The Venue *
15.03.2017 Portland, OR – Analog Café *
16.03.2017 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge *
17.03.2017 Sacramento, CA – Cafe Colonial *
19.03.2017 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go *

HAVOK – European Headlining Tour with Warbringer, Gorod & Exmortus
Presented by Rock Hard Magazine (Germany)
01.04.2017 Edinburgh (UK) – Heavy Scotland Festival [HAVOK only!]
02.04.2017 Manchester (UK) – Rebellion
03.04.2017 Birmingham (UK) – Mama Roux’s
04.04.2017 London (UK) – Underworld
05.04.2017 Hasselt (Belgium) – Muziekodroom
06.04.2017 Tilburg (The Netherlands) – 013
07.04.2017 Hamburg (Germany) – Logo
08.04.2017 Aarhus (Denmark) – Royal Metal Festival
09.04.2017 Gothenburg (Sweden) – Sticky Fingers
11.04.2017 Helsinki (Finland) – Tavastia
13.04.2017 Stockholm (Sweden) – Fryshuset Klubben
14.04.2017 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Pumpehuset
15.04.2017 Berlin (Germany) – Cassiopeia
16.04.2017 Markneukirchen (Germany) – Framus & Warwick Concert Hall
17.04.2017 München (Germany) – Feierwerk
19.04.2017 Vienna (Austria) – Arena
20.04.2017 Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Orto Bar
21.04.2017 Brescia (Italy) – Circolo Colony
22.04.2017 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7
23.04.2017 Saarbrücken (Germany) – Garage
24.04.2017 Nantes (France) – Ferrailleur
25.04.2017 Bordeaux (France) – La Chapelle *
26.04.2017 Madrid (Spain) – Caracol
27.04.2017 Barcelona (Spain) – Salamandra 1
28.04.2017 Puget (France) – Le Rats
29.04.2017 Paris (France) – Petit Bain
30.04.2017 Essen (Germany) – Turock
More dates and album details to be announced soon!

HAVOK online
http://havokband.com
https://www.facebook.com/HavokOfficial
https://twitter.com/havokthrash
https://www.instagram.com/havokbandofficial

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