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ART OF ANARCHY Reveal “No Surrender” Lyric Video


February 24th 2017– The wait is finally over as ART OF ANARCHY gears up to release their highly anticipated new effort, debuting iconic vocalist Scott Stapp (Creed). The blistering, new hard-rock offering, “The Madness”, is now officially set for a March 24th release.

ART OF ANARCHY partnered up with Billboard.com to exclusively debut the new lyric video for the gripping track “No Surrender” which is also the instant-grat track, along with “The Madness” on all digital pre-orders starting today.

 Check out “No Surrender” Official Lyric Video here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7701822/art-of-anarchy-scott-stapp-no-surrender

Scott Stapp states: “In ‘No Surrender,’ I addressed those moments in life where you’ve reached a personal crossroads or crisis. That place where your back is against the wall and your left with two choices; cave in and crumble allowing whatever circumstance to break you forever, or to rise up and fight through holding on to that never give up spirit that lies deep within. I detail in the verses personal experiences, as I lived them, that have taken me to that critical place of choice. Am I to give up, stay down and fade away or get up, fight on and never surrender.”

For everything AOA, including upcoming tour dates and news on the band’s upcoming album, head to http://www.artofanarchyband.com/

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YAYLA Releases “Pas.to.rale” via Merdümgiriz Records


YAYLA is back with its fifth full-length “Pas.to.rale”, the first release from this ambient black metal act in four years.

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Released by Merdümgiriz Records on February 5th, 2017, the project from multi-instrumentalist Emir Toğrul presents a heavy fusion of ambient and metal, and after the departure from the monotonous sound of the now cult trilogy, “Pas.to.rale” sees YAYLA sounding more dynamic, oppressive and hypnotic than ever before, and while there are countless influences from different styles and techniques, this album is surprisingly tight and unified.

YAYLA’s Emir Toğrul comments: «”Pas.to.rale” takes many forms with lengthy instrumental tracks, from synth driven string ensemble ambiences to psychedelic guitar tracks, to “traditional” black and death metal songs with very unconventional structures fused with synths. The YAYLA concept is at its pinnacle in “Pas.to.rale”, with the name of the band and our whole concept of nature based metal music coming to an alchemical home as we delve back into our roots after all these years of adventures as VIRANESIR and BLIGHTED in an ironic existential absurdity. It’s a tale of dungeon style atmosphere, relentless black metal, nostalgic overdose and musical hypnosis.»

As with all his work on Merdümgiriz Records, each copy of “Pas.to.rale” CD, Tape, t-shirt and patch will be handmade in the artisanal style. Emir paints the discs, cuts and inserts the prints for the jewel case and jacket, making all non-machined parts from scratch. All current and upcoming merch comes to fans directly from the hand of the creator himself.

“Pas.to.rale” is available for streaming and full download at this location:

1. Altars In Temple Sewers
2. Everyday Is Death For Us
3. Pandora
4. Funeral
5. Steadfast Chaos
6. Endless Regrets
7. Mantras Of Separation
8. Rats
9. Pastorale
10. They Are Losing You From Me

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AZARATH Detail New Album ‘In Extremis’


Polish black/death metal kings and Agonia Records recent signees, AZARATH, are ready to move forward with new music. On April 7th, the band (featuring drummer Inferno of long-time Behemoth fame) will return with their most furious sonic statement to date, a new album titled “In Extremis”. The eerie painting that adorns the album’s cover was made by Marta Promińska (Hypnagogic Painting).

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Meaning “at the point of death” or “under extreme circumstances” in Latin, “In Extremis” is yet another apex reached by AZARATH. Offering a vehement ride through the netherworlds, the effort arrives six long years after its predecessor, “Blasphemers’ Maledictions” (2011), and places the band back at the fore of the genre, with strong ties to the group’s early cult albums. Black as a night and dense as tar, “In Extremis” offers a whirlwind of chaotic currents ready to overwhelm.

Recorded in various locations between March and November 2016, the opus was mixed and mastered by Haldor Grunberg at Satanic Audio. Graphic design and layout were done by Mentalporn (Behemoth, Origin, Decapitated) with calligraphy provided by Ihasan Art and additional work by Holy Poison Design.

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Tracklisting:
1. The Triumph of Ascending Majesty
2. Let My Blood Become His Flesh
3. Annihilation (Smite All the Illusions)
4. The Slain God
5. At the Gates of Understanding
6. Parasu Blade
7. Sign of Apophis
8. Into the Nameless Night
9. Venomous Tears (Mourn of the Unholy Mother)
10. Death

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Pre-orders are available at: http://tinyurl.com/preinextremis

Following the album’s release, AZARATH will play at Inferno Festival (Norway) and Party.San Festival (Germany). The record release show will take place in Warsaw (Poland) a few weeks after album’s release date.

Described by Blabbermouth.net as a “demonic mutation of Krisiun and Behemoth with shades of Immolation”, AZARATH stand up to their wicked name. The band’s death metal is crisp, black, and while it possesses the charm of their American counterparts, it remains open-minded and organic. This should not come as a surprise, considering the band’s impressive line-up and cemented position as one the the best Polish acts of the genre.

AZARATH crept from the shadows almost two decades ago, by the will of Inferno (of Behemoth fame) and then-members Bruno and D. Six albums later, the band’s line-up is shaped by the said Behemoth drummer, together with Bart (Armagedon, Damnation) on guitars, Necrosodom (Anima Damnata, Deus Mortem, ex-Infernal War) on vocals and guitars, as well as Peter (ex-Lost Soul) on bass.

Upcoming shows (more tba):
Inferno Festival 2017, NO
Party.San Festival 2017, GER

Line-up:
Inferno – drums
Bart – guitars
Necrosodom – vocals/guitars
Peter – bass

AZARATH on-line:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AzarathBand/
Webstore: http://www.azarath.pl
Band contact: azarathofficial@gmail.com
Press contact: promotion@agoniarecords.com

Agonia Records:
Website: http://agoniarecords.com
Webshop: http://tinyurl.com/agoniashop
Facebook: https://facebook.com/agoniarecords
Twitter: https://twitter.com/agoniarecords
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/agoniarecords
Bandcamp: https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/agoniarecordsofficial
YouTube: http://youtube.com/AgoniaRec

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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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ARCH ENEMY LAUNCH VIDEO AND SINGLE FOR “WAR ETERNAL (LIVE AT WACKEN 2016)”


Extreme metal giants ARCH ENEMY have now launched a live video for “War Eternal”, filmed at Wacken 2016 and taken from their upcoming live DVD/Blu-ray “As The Stages Burn!” which will be released on March 31st, 2017!

 

The full Wacken 2016 show was recorded with 13 cameras, produced and directed by Patric Ullaeus. The audio was mixed by Andy Sneap.

The DVD/Blu-ray also contains Behind The Scenes footage from Wacken, as well as excerpts from the “Tokyo Sacrifice” live DVD, all “War Eternal” music videos and a new, previously unreleased video clip for “Time Is Black” as bonus material! The Deluxe Box Set will come with an Artbook incl. CD, DVD and Blu-ray, pop-up art, lanyard and “As The Stages Burn!” laminate.

Go get your ticket for the exclusive release shows with special support from LACUNA COIL and THE HAUNTED now!

30.03.2017 – Bochum (Germany), Zeche*
31.03.2017 – Leipzig (Germany), Hellraiser*
01.04.2017 – Colmar (France), Rock in Hell*
02.04.2017 – Edinburgh (UK), Heavy Scotland
04.04.2017 – Langen (Germany), Neue Stadthalle**
05.04.2017 – München (Germany), Backstage Werk**
06.04.2017 – Saarbrücken (Germany), Garage**
07.04.2017 – Durbuy (Belgium), Durbuy Rock Festival**
08.04.2017 – Cambrai (France), Betiz Fest*
09.04.2017 – Ludwigsburg (Germany), Rockfabrik**
* with The Haunted
** with The Haunted and Lacuna Coil
German shows presented by Metal Hammer and EMP

For ticket buy links please go to http://www.archenemy.net

ARCH ENEMY Festivals 2017

02.02.2017 – 70000 Tons Of Metal – Miami, FL
06.07.2017 – Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany
14.07.2017 – Gefle Metal Festival , Gävle, Sweden
05.08.2017 – Ostrava v Plamenech, Ostrava, Czech Republic
10.08.2017 – Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain
11.08.2017 – Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal
12.08.2017 – Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, Netherlands

ARCH ENEMY online

http://www.archenemy.net/
https://www.facebook.com/archenemyofficial
https://www.youtube.com/user/archenemyofficial
https://twitter.com/archenemymetal

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REVIEW: Synaptik – Justify & Reason


Synaptik – Justify & Reason Album

Review by Carina Lawrence.

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                                                                                  The album track list:

1. The Incredible Machine                                   2. Human / Inhuman
3. Conscience
4. White Circles
5. Esc Ctrl
6. A Man Dies
7. As I Am As I Was
8. I Am The Ghost (intro)
9. Your Cold Dead Trace

 

British heavy metal five-piece, Synaptik from Norwich, UK have a mighty sound that combines thrash, power and progressive metal elements, forming to make their own unique concoction, that they have been delivering since their origins in 2012. Following their critically acclaimed 2014 debut album “The Mechanisms of Consequence”, they are back to make an huge impact with the anticipated new album, “Justify & Reason” which is released on March 10th. 2017 is the year of Synaptik, having already signed with DeFox and Heart Of Steal records as well as landing a US deal with Divebomb records and re-releasing a remixed heavier version of their hit debut. The sophomore album sees the band reach new heights, truly honing in on their already distinct sound, with a bigger focus on progressive depth and darker sounds…

Opening track, ‘The Incredible Machine’ kicks into action furiously with rich melodic vocals from vocalist, John Knight to accompany the intricate guitars and changeable backdrop. The intelligible transitions quickly show their talent and craftsmanship and prove they run a tight ship, with all the rights cogs turning in unison, coming together to amass to six minutes of epicness. Luckily they grip you and give you many ‘reasons’ to keep listening…

‘White Circles’ has a more serene atmospheric approach in contrast initially, helping to show the diversity and range of vocals and sounds they can portray, before they go fully charged and up the angst with aggressive vocals and menacing guitar riffs; The guitars particularly shine here, with an impressive solo, although each member gets their moment to revel, and as a collective unit they are unstoppable rampaging on…

‘Human Inhuman’ features some interesting rhythms and time signatures which make this stand out, with sweet melodies and vocal lines that soar and drive it. It contains some impressive instrumental sections that will draw in fans of bands like Dream Theater, as you get a feel for the bands many musical influences coming through. ‘Conscience’ opens on a blazing harmonic guitar intro that is bound to impress, with guitarists Ian Knight and Jack Murton in their element, and again showing as throughout their technical abilities.

The first single and closing song ‘Esc Ctrl’ is a perfect introduction and representation of the band, as it immediately asserts their unique progressive sound. This is flawless with slick guitars, brilliant production and demanding powerful vocals. You can’t escape from their huge consuming sound, once you hear it you are hooked! They leave you hanging and wanting more as we reach the end.

“Justify & Reason” displays exquisite textured and highly melodic metal that still packs a deadly bite. Each song is expertly crafted and progresses effortlessly in an epic manner, aided by the sheer length of all the songs, as well as the rich flair of sounds and technical showmanship exhibited throughout, in every element. The bands already signature sound stands strong and it will surely assert itself in the metal scene. There is simply no ‘justified reason’ not to listen and admire this impressive collection of songs.

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‘Justify & Reason’ will be released physically March 10th 2017 via Snakes On Fire Records (UK), Divebomb Records (US) and digitally via Defox Records worldwide.

For US fans it’s a double dose as the remix album and the new album, ‘Justify & Reason’ will be released as a double album directly via Divebomb Records at www.divebombrecords.com .

The first pre-orders for this collection will be February 1st. The album will be released worldwide everywhere March 10th and the remix album digitally January 30th.

If you can’t wait for the official release of ‘Justify & Reason’ and like what you hear, the band are currently offering a great deal if you head over to their website http://synaptikmetal.com  and sign up, you will get a free download of ‘ESC CTRL’ and £10 off your next order.

 

SCORE: 5 / 5
Links for Synaptik:

http://synaptikmetal.com/
http://synaptikmetal.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/synaptikmetal

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