GRUESOME Announce New EP ‘Fragments Of Psyche’; Share New Song


Modern purveyors of old-school death metal, GRUESOME, have announced a new EP entitled Fragments of Psyche. The EP further continues the band’s homage to the legendary band Death and offers a glimpse into the next era of GRUESOME. Fragments of Psyche is due out March 31st on CD/7”EP/Digital via Relapse Records and features a two-song slab of Death Human-era worship including a brand new studio track with special guest drums from Sean Reinert (Death, Cynic) along with a “Humanized” reworking of Death’s classic track “Choke On It” off of their second album Leprosy. The CD and digital versions include 5 deliciously raw, bonus demo tracks of the band’s first ever recordings!

Physical pre-order and bundles are available via Relapse.com HERE and digital downloads can be pre-ordered at Bandcamp AT THIS LOCATION.

 

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SONATA ARCTICA – European Tour Dates Announced


Finnish melodic metal giants, SONATA ARCTICA, kicked off the 2nd leg of their “The Ninth Hour” European tour with two great shows at Hirsch in Nuremberg, Germany and Masters Of Rock Café in Zlin, Czech Republic earlier this week. Support on this trek comes from Norwegian metallers TRIOSPHERE (February 20th – March 20th), also Finland-based heavy metallers THUNDERSTONE (March 22nd – April 9th) and Canadian heavy metallers STRIKER. See below for all dates!

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SOEN Reveals New Music Video for Riff-Laden Prog Rock Track “Opal”


New Album Lykaia out Now via UDR Music | European Tour Begins March 29 in Copenhagen

SOEN – the heavy progressive rock group featuring world-renowned drummer Martin Lopez (formerly of Amon Amarth and Opeth) and the dynamic voice of Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree) – recently released their new full length album, Lykaia, via UDR Music. Today, the band revealed a brand new music video for their heavy, riff-charged progressive opus “Opal”, which was premiered via Loudwire. Take a look here: http://loudwire.com/soen-opal-exclusive-video-premiere/

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REVIEW: Wolfheart – Tyhjyys


Wolfheart – Tyhjyys 

Review by Ekaterina K. / Dark Art Conspiracy

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Wolfheart releases its albums with stable pause, and distinguishes by their productive leader Tuomas Saukkonen, which has music career long before and include different music projects.

And this time, his main band Wolfheart offers a new album called “Tyhjyys”, which means “Empty” or “Emptiness”. So, let’s dive into this Finnish Emptiness.

Diving takes starts with melancholiac acoustic guitar turning into freezing riffs in “Shores of Lake” with shouts. “Boneyard” with firm Wolfheart sound and kind of a “hit” riffs, especially the first one, was right chosen for single and keeps exact its place in song order. It’s worth to mention that none of songs sounds out of place, everything is well placed in a right time. From this point, “Tyhjyys” doesn’t differ from previous band’s works – “Winterborn” and “Shadow world” – both of them have its well-made song order.

However, in some atmospheric elements appear – synth choir and piano parts in “World on Fire” for instance, which gives some “volume” to guitar lines. Then going deeper in winter emptiness with “The Flood” and its melancholic sounds of downtuned acoustic guitar, which turns then into so-“Wolfheartish” epic riffs with orchestra elements shining in between, creating an atmosphere of fatigue and a bit of nostalgia.

The Rift” and “Call of the Winter” are continuing this tendency with orchestra lines flying together with instrumental ones and acoustic guitar interludes between riffs, bass line and intense drum ornament.

Dead White” is differs from other songs on this album by quite fast and at the same time melodic rhythm, which didn’t slow its way during the whole song. The final part is “Tyhjyys” with Finnish lyrics, which echoes with the closure song of “Shadow World” – “Veri”.

Tyhjyys is the perfect clothing to this album of the same name – freezing emptiness has reached out its arm and took the listener to its freezing realm. Nothing exceptionally original or innovative, but still very catchy and atmospheric.

Wolfheart is still keeping the level and their own niche of melodic death metal, or winter metal, hehe.  Their third album proved it.

Score: 5/5

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“Tyhjyys” will be available via “Spinefarm Records” on 3rd of March. 

Tracklist:
01. Shores Of The Lake Simple
02. Boneyard
03. World On Fire
04. The Flood
05. The Rift
06. Call Of The Winter
07. Dead White
08. Tyhjyys
Line-up:
Tuomas Saukkonen – guitar, vocals
Mika Lammassaari – lead guitar
Joonas Kauppinen – drums
Lauri Silvonen – bass, backing vocals

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SÓLSTAFIR reveal details about their new album


Icelandic wizards SÓLSTAFIR have been released details about their new album, which will be released via Season of Mist on May, 26. New opus is entitled ‘Berdreyminn’, which means “dreamer of forthcoming events”.

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The band has furthermore released the cover art by Adam Burke and track-list of

‘Berdreyminn:
Silfur-Refur
Ísafold
Hula
Nárós
Hvít Sæng
Dýrafjörður
Ambátt
Bláfjall
Line-up:
Aðalbjörn Tryggvason-Guitar, vocals
Svavar Austmann – Bass
Sæþór Maríus Sæþórsson-Guitar
Hallgrímur Jón Hallgrímsson- Drums, backing vocals

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AVATARIUM – announce third studio album “Hurricanes And Halos”!


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Sweden’s doom darlings AVATARIUM are back with their third studio album and once again, singer Jennie-Ann Smith and her gentlemen cast a spell over you with a truly magical sound experience – »Hurricanes And Halos« will take the world by storm on May 26th and contains eight majestic new tracks.

Once again, AVATARIUM rely on beauty and darkness, heavy guitars and fragile sounds, unique female vocals and the mystic vintage blues sound from the 60s, while still staying on modern ground and trusting into the haunting soul of doom rock. Six out of the eight new tracks were forged by CANDLEMASS wizard Leif Edling, but guitar master Marcus Jidell and singer Jennie-Ann Smith also contributed to the songwriting and formed a worthy successor to »The Girl With The Raven Mask« – an album that topped multiple soundchecks in 2015 and brought them the ‘Up And Coming’-award from German Metal Hammer.

The new album was produced by Marcus Jidell himself, while David Castillo (KATATONIA, BLOODBATH, OPETH) recorded and mixed it in the famous Ghost Ward Studios and the mastering was done by Jens Bogren (SOILWORK, SEPULTURA). Together they created an organic and warm sound that sets »Hurricanes And Halos« apart from the overbred, electronically optimized mass.

“Recording »Hurricanes And Halos« has truly been an emotional roller coaster for me and I do think that has contributed to a pure and vibrating energy on the album. I am deeply proud of what we have achieved together,” states lead singer Jennie-Ann Smith and guitar wizard Marcus Jidell adds: “It feels like the two previous albums and the EPs lead us to this one, it’s been a natural flow to where we are today, musical and emotional wise”

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