Swedish rock quartet SOLENCE release new single 'Empire Of The Sun'

Swedish rock quartet SOLENCE release new single 'Empire Of The Sun'


SOLENCE, Sweden's promising new export, have released their single 'Empire Of The Sun' (23rd May 2019). For fans of 30 Seconds To MarsIssues and Hands Like HousesSOLENCE offer a hard-hitting spin on Sweden's distinctive rock sound. 'Empire Of The Sun' is truly epic offering from the four-piece, slowly building through its verses into a spine-tingling chorus. 

The lyric video for 'Empire Of The Sun' will be premiering on YouTube at 16:00 BST today (23rd May), check it out here: https://youtu.be/Us8Y9dmHHks

Stream 'Empire Of The Sun' here: https://orcd.co/solenceempire

SOLENCE's previous single 'Heaven', which was released earlier this month, hit 200,000 streams in two weeks and has been championed by Spotify's official New Core playlist, where the band recently featured on the cover and sat at number one on the playlist's tracklisting. 

The quartet spent two years releasing cover songs, including 'Warriors' by Imagine Dragons and Ed Sheeran hit 'Shape Of You', which built their strong fan base and set the foundations for a series of original singles. The momentum built from the single releases saw the band embark on a month-long European tour throughout Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Italy. 

In their short time as a band SOLENCE have hit 20+ million streams across all platforms, with 200,000 monthly listeners on Spotify - having featured on official Spotify playlists (New Core, New Metal Tracks, New Blood, Release Radar, Radio, Discover Weekly) - and 60,000 YouTube subscribers, all the more impressive for a band who have a strong DIY ethic and write, produce, mix and release all of their music independently.  

SOLENCE will release their debut album in late Autumn 2019, with tour plans to follow. More details will be revealed soon. 

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Progressive instrumentalists TOSKA release new video 'Prayermonger' ahead of summer festival appearances

Progressive instrumentalists TOSKA release new video 'Prayermonger' ahead of summer festival appearances

Brighton UK progressive trio TOSKA have released new video 'Prayermonger', taken from their highly praised debut album Fire By The Silos which was released 2nd November 2018.

Check out 'Prayermonger' here: https://youtu.be/sFce1pBvSd4

Guitarist Rabea Massaad comments: "'Prayermonger' is the final part of the album story, which is about someone who is cast out of society by the state. This person is trying to convince others to rise against the state so forcefully and psychotically, that by the end of the track they realise they are just as bad as the people that cast them out in the first place. The video is an abstract take on that, but focused more around man, destroying the planet."

Following on from the band's sold-out UK and Europe headline tour at the end of 2019, TOSKA have been announced for a number of festival appearances. Check them out on one of these dates:

16th June: Download Festival, UK
2nd August: RADAR Festival, UK
7th August: Brutal Assault Festival, CZ
15th August: ArcTanGent, UK

Formed in Brighton in 2015 by three musicians who set out to write music without boundaries, TOSKA have been making huge waves in progressive and muso circles since their inception. Together they bring an impressive range of skill, experience and knowledge to create music that’s both intellectually stimulating, but also highly accessible.

Taking influence from a huge span of music including Karnivool, SikTh, Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newmann and Gustav HolstTOSKA use vast dynamics and obscure chord voicing to convey a very emotional and cinematic tonality. It’s almost impossible to pin a genre tag on them, but words such as prog, metal, post-rock and math-rock could be used to describe their sonic elements.

The members of TOSKA have a strong presence in the music scene in their own right and have amassed huge YouTube followings. Combining their collective fanbases, guitarist Rabea Massaad (192k subscribers), drummer Ben Minal (34K subscribers), drummer Dave Hollingworth (13K subscribers), plus the many fans they’ve picked up on  the road, TOSKA are rapidly becoming the UK’s most talked about instrumental act.


RENDEZVOUS POINT share new single 'Digital Waste'

RENDEZVOUS POINT share new single 'Digital Waste'

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Norwegian progressive metal band RENDEZVOUS POINT share their new single 'Digital Waste' - the third new track taken from the upcoming studio album Universal Chaos which will be released on 24th May 2019.

Listen to "Digital Waste" here: 

"Universal Chaos" is available for pre-order here: 

RENDEZVOUS POINT comment: "This one came about when I (Petter) originally had written a song with the first riff, but when when I introduced it to the band, we started jamming on the riff and it just spun off in another direction. Baard had some really cool ideas and variations that we played around with, and Nicolay suggested the idea that what if we just kept going with one note in the chorus and just kept it boiling. And it turned out pretty cool. We ended up arranging this song all together on band practice. We also felt pretty stoked about having tons of energy and a rawness to it."

RENDEZVOUS POINT deliver a fierce and hard hitting energy bomb in the realm of progressive metal. With highly educated and skilled musicians, they are able to push the boundaries within the genre, creating a larger than life sounding experience for the listener as well as for themselves. With heavy drums, rumbling bass, raw guitars, large synthesizer sounds and powerful vocals, they explore new areas of the genre, daring to expand upon that which is already there. 

After releasing their critically acclaimed debut album Solar Storm in 2015, they shook the progressive metal scene, shocking the audience and reviewers with their tight, solid and heavy live performance.

RENDEZVOUS POINT are now ready with their second studio album, taking their music to an even higher level. Universal Chaos continues the bands playfulness with advanced rhythms and sonic depth. 

The band are Geirmund Hansen on vocals, Baard Kolstad on drums (Leprous), Petter Hallaråker on guitar, Nicolay Tangen Svennæs on keyboards (Ihsahn, Bernhoft, Emilie Nicolas) and Gunn-Hilde Erstad on bass.

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Long Branch Records


UNPROCESSED release new single 'Fear' and announce album details

UNPROCESSED release new single 'Fear' and announce album details


German progressive metal virtuosos UNPROCESSED have announced the release of their new album Artificial Void along with a video for the first single 'Fear'. The second full-length and successor of last year's Covenant is set to be released on August 9th, 2019 as exclusive bundles, limited 2-LP, CD and digital.

Check out 'Fear' here: https://youtu.be/tRpxIpGgffw

Artificial Void is now available for pre-order here:
After label debut album Covenant gained worldwide attention with its stunning guitar work and a fresh take on the djent and metalcore genres, UNPROCESSED's new music has been highly anticipated.

'Fear' reveals a hook-laden wall-of-sound approach to the technically sophisticated music, something that is yet to be heard on the big stages around the world.The song also gives a glimpse into one of the most anticipated releases in modern metal 2019, and is definitely a bold statement for the young band.

'Fear' comes with a cinematic music video that is comparable to modern day TV series production in terms of colour and frame composition. It captures the vibe of the track perfectly and shows the band performing in an ecstatic state of mind as part of a mysterious story line.


Manuel Gardner Fernandes - Vocals, Guitars
Christoph Schultz - Guitars
Christopher Talosi - Guitars
David Levy - Bass
Leon Pfeifer - Drums

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Returning post-hardcore quartet AS CITIES BURN stream new video

Returning post-hardcore quartet AS CITIES BURN stream new video


US post-hardcore outfit AS CITIES BURN have released their newest single, 'Hollowed Out', ahead of their fourth LP Scream Through The Walls, coming 7th June on Equal Vision Records / Rude Records.

Premiered via Kerrang!, you can check out 'Hollowed Out' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht4w2n47Il4

The single is the band's third from their upcoming fourth LP. Scream Through The Walls marks not just the end of a decade-long absence, but the first album featuring the Bonnette brothers collaborating since the band’s seminal 2005 debut, Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest.

Pre-order the album: https://ascitiesburn.lnk.to/scream

'Hollowed Out' highlights the band's knack for intimate and catchy post-hardcore, and follows the band's previous singles: the anthemic '2020 AD' and visceral 'Chains'.

AS CITIES BURN will tour the U.S., supported by All Get Out and Many Rooms.

6/11 - Little Rock, AR - The Rev Room
6/13 - Houston, TX - The Secret Group
6/14 - San Antonio, TX - Jack’s Bar
6/15 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
6/16 - Oklahoma City, OK - 89th Street
6/17 - Lubbock, TX - Jake’s Sports Cafe
6/18 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
6/19 - Scottsdale, AZ - Pub Rock
6/20 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
6/21 - Los Angeles, CA - The Hi Hat
6/22 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
6/23 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Atrium
6/25 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
6/26 - Sacramento, CA - Holy Diver
6/27 - Bend, OR - Domino Room
6/28 - Portland, OR - Paris Theatre
6/29 - Seattle, WA - Funhouse @ El Corazon
6/30 - Spokane, WA - The Big Dipper
7/2 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall
7/3 - Denver, CO - The Walnut Room
7/5 - Omaha, NE - The Lookout Lounge
7/6 - Des Moines, IA - Lefty’s
7/7 - Minneapolis, MN - Lee’s Liquor Lounge
7/8 - Milwaukee, WI - The X-Ray Arcade
7/9 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
7/10 - Lansing, MI - Mac’s Bar
7/11 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room @The Crofoot
7/12 - Cincinnati, OH - Legends Bar
7/13 - Louisville, KY - Tiger Room
7/14 - Nashville, TN - The Basement

BATUSHKA announce album details and release single via Metal Blade Records

BATUSHKA announce album details and release single via Metal Blade Records

Emerging from the shadows of eastern Poland back in 2015, black metal band BATUSHKA have established themselves as one of the modern era’s most powerful and evocative bands. Harnessing the fire and fury of arcane black metal and channelling it through the reverberant grandeur of ancient rituals of worship, the band’s debut album Litourgiya stood apart from the extreme metal hordes: a monument to originality, depth and dark mysticism that swiftly cast its spell over the metal underground and beyond. 

The band will release its sophomore album Hospodi through Metal Blade Records on 12th July. The album is available for pre-order here: https://batushka.lnk.to/hospodi

The band have shared the first new track and video for 'Polunoszcznica.” Listen and watch here: https://youtu.be/sccJ35Y223A

Named after an Old Church Slavonic word for “God,” Hospodi enhances all the unique qualities that made the band such an instant phenomenon, while offering an entirely distinct and fresh sensory experience. The album boasts the most ferocious and bewitching songs the band have penned to date — along with a newfound sense of rock swagger.

Fiercely conceived and audaciously executed, Hospodi takes the epoch-shattering essence of BATUSHKA’s debut to a new level of idiosyncratic intensity. From the mesmerising chants of the opening 'Wozglas' to the blazing bombast of 'Dziewiatyj Czas' and the pulsing, dark rock melodrama of 'Wieczernia,' this is an album full of wildly dynamic, divergent moments, wherein the band’s otherworldly, inspirational fervour meets the whip-crack precision of 21st century brutality. Perhaps most importantly, BATUSHKA’s deft conjuring of religion’s synaptic shock ‘n’ awe looms large over every scything riff and bellicose scream. By the time fans reach the overpowering climax of the closing 'Liturgiya', a true Damascene conversion is practically guaranteed.

“The whole album is a concept based on the Liturgy of Death, the prayers for the dead, and Orthodox funeral rites and dirges,” said the band. “It’s all about a ritual that involves the dead and the mourners. We also used a lot of old folk songs and elegies from our homeland. These are sung during the wake, around the casket, in the deceased person’s home. Nowadays only a few older people know them and still sing them accordingly in our region. We decided to cherish that tradition and I’m glad that with our album these songs and rites will survive.”

BATUSHKA will make one very special live appearance in the UK at Download Festival on Saturday 15th June. Worldwide headline tour announcements to follow.

Hospodi will be available in several configurations, listed below.

-Limited edition digibook CD
-Deluxe box set (wooden box, digibook CD, clear/black marbled vinyl, DVD, hard cover book, incense box, candles, pin, guitar pick - limited to 800 copies)
-Deluxe box set (EU Webshop exclusive - wooden box, digibook CD, blood splatter vinyl, DVD, hard cover book, incense box, candles, pin, guitar pick - limited to 200 copies)
-180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
-Amber marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 500 copies)
-Dead gold marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
-Blood-red black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
-Clear/red/black splatter vinyl (EU Webshop exclusive - limited to 100 copies)
-Gold / black split vinyl (US retail exclusive - 500 copies)
-Cream w/ black splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive - 500 copies)
-Black w/ gold haze vinyl (US webstore exclusive - 500 copies)

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Norwegian powerpop quartet BEACHHEADS release new single

Norwegian powerpop quartet BEACHHEADS release new single


Norwegian powerpop quartet BEACHHEADS are back with new single 'Death of a Nation'.

First premiered via Stereogum, you can now listen to 'Death of a Nation' on all streaming services.

Stream: https://smarturl.it/BDOAN

An offshoot from renowned metal band KvelertakBEACHHEADS received worldwide acclaim with their 2017 self-titled debut, from Kerrang!, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, and more.

Reminiscent at times of Hüsker DüIdles and The Marked Men, the single is a political, anti-fascist anthem. In the words of singer and lyricist Børild Haughom the song is “looking askance at the televised war". Despite the serious lyrical content the music is highly addictive and upbeat - a nod to surf rock and modern day post-punk.

The track is taken from the band's forthcoming second LP - more news on this coming soon.

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After releasing their new albums earlier this year, both FROM SORROW TO SERENITY and GHOST IRIS stay busy for the remainder of the year. 

While FROM SORROW TO SERENITY will be supporting BETRAYING THE MARTYRS in Japan in a few days and play a headline tour through the UK, the danish heavy hitters GHOST IRIS just came home from a tour with SOEN and WHEEL, only to be supporting the mighty DREAM THEATER on dates in June and July. Now both announce they will be supporting US heavyweights AFTER THE BURIAL for their UK and Germany tour, with switching main support between the countries (FROM SORROW TO SERENITY in UK, GHOST IRIS in Germany).

Tour Dates:

04/08 - UK - Manchester - Satan's Hollow
05/08 - UK - Birmingham - Flapper
06/08 - UK - Bristol - Exchange
07/08 - UK - London - Boston Music Room
08/08 - DE - Cologne - MTC
10/08 - DE - Berlin - Musik & Frieden
Alongside the tour announcement FROM SORROW TO SERENITY have also released a new video today named "Perpetrator", taken from their latest album "Reclaim".

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7LYbLR0GxA

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LORD DYING unveil 'Nearing The End Of The Curling Worm' video

LORD DYING unveil 'Nearing The End Of The Curling Worm' video

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“...a layered, intricate, downright beautiful progressive-rock opus…” -- Kerrang!

US progressive sludge metal titans LORD DYING have unveiled their stunning new video for 'Nearing The End Of The Curling Worm.'

Check out 'Nearing The End Of The Curling Worm' here: https://youtu.be/co2eYmlH6Cc
The track is taken from the band’s Mysterium Tremendum full-length, released late last month via Entertainment One (eOne).

Filmed by Nesto [www.nesto.co], the consuming, near-six-minute clip fuses performance footage with kaleidoscopic, often unsettling dreamscape imagery perfectly capturing the track’s monolithic heaviness both in sound and theme.
LORD DYING’s Mysterium Tremendum was recorded at Los Angeles’ West Valley Recording Studios in August of 2018 with producer Mike Plotnikoff (Fear Factory, In Flames), mastered by Howie Weinberg (Slayer, Nirvana, Pantera, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and boasts the arresting planetary landscape-inspired cover art of Steve R. Dodd. A colossal, riff-heavy concept album borne out of personal sorrow, Mysterium Tremendum delivers eleven heaving tracks that examine death and what may or may not lie beyond.
Stream Mysterium Tremendum in its entirety here: https://youtu.be/-SxzKLXKE2g
Mysterium Tremendum is available on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats. For ordering options go to smarturl.it/LordDyingMT.
LORD DYING will kick off a North American headline tour in support of Mysterium Tremendumon 8th May in Seattle, Washington. The journey will wind its way through more than two dozen cities, concluding on June 8th in the band’s home city of Portland, Oregon. Support will be provided by psychedelic doom duo Year Of The Cobra.


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