Irish Progressive Sludge Metallers ZHORA Announce Sophomore Album Ethos, Pathos, Logos

Irish Progressive Sludge Metallers ZHORA Announce Sophomore Album Ethos, Pathos, Logos

Irish progressive sludge powerhouse zhOra are poised to release their sophomore album Ethos, Pathos, Logos on 27 October. Ahead of the new album and their impending appearance at Bloodstock Festival this weekend, the band have released new track 'Riverchrist'. 

Over the span of six years zhOra have quickly become one of the most recognisable names in the burgeoning Irish metal scene. In this time the band has released one EP Feet Nailed to the Ground (2011) and their debut LP Almaz (2013), both releases garnering huge praise within the scene. Now in 2017, the band is set to undertake the next stage in their journey, Ethos, Pathos, Logos.

Vocalist Colin Bolger comments on the album: "It's a sprawling tale of a bloodthirsty despot, his feral minions, alien visitation and the illusion of choice. Set to the backdrop of frozen tundras, scorching deserts and panoptical imprisonment, Ethos, Pathos, Logos speaks to the hypocrite in all of us and shifts the gaze inward. We can't wait to unleash it on the Bloodstock crowd this weekend." 

In the only predictable aspect of the band's sonic trajectory, Ethos, Pathos, Logos finds the band once again putting themselves under their own microscope and refining their approach. With a lush cover designed by acclaimed Visionary Artist Jake Kobrin, the record is zhOra's first back-to-back concept album, an hour long journey through past lives and cannibalism. 

Having played shows the length and breadth of the country and toured extensively through the UK, Germany, France, Belgium and Holland, the band is fiercely committed to their craft and putting their name on everyone's radar.

No strangers to high profile slots, zhOra have supported and toured with bands such as The Ocean, Coilguns and Dictated among others. Earning a slot on the Headbanger Stage at Wacken Open Air 2016 was the culmination of this time together and the commitment to creating an unrelenting sonic fingerprint and fearsome stage show. This weekend the band are scheduled to play Bloodstock Open Air as winners of the Irish leg of the associated Metal to the Masses competition, appearing on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage at 6.45pm-7.15pm. 

With plans to tour into 2018 in support of Ethos, Pathos, Logo, the band plans to kick those who would listen squarely in the throat, onto the path less travelled.

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Ethos, Pathos, Logos track listing: 1) The Stone 2) Riverchrist 3) Sin Eater 4) The Breach 5) Jettatura 6) Infernal Liturgy 7) Turmoil 8) Rubic(On) the Styx 9) Earth’d 10) Server, Seer, Soothsayer 11) Tabula Rasa

Ethos, Pathos, Logos track listing:

1) The Stone
2) Riverchrist
3) Sin Eater
4) The Breach
5) Jettatura
6) Infernal Liturgy
7) Turmoil
8) Rubic(On) the Styx
9) Earth’d
10) Server, Seer, Soothsayer
11) Tabula Rasa

Heavy punks COPE announce new EP & stream new track

Heavy punks COPE announce new EP & stream new track

Heavy punk/hardcore outfit COPE are delighted to announce their new EP Tooth & Nail, set for release on October 13.

To celebrate the announcement, the band have streamed the eponymous track from the EP. First premiered via Punktastic, you can listen to 'Tooth & Nail' here:

https://soundcloud.com/copethebandlondon/tooth-nail-single

The track is but a glimpse into the soundworld on COPE's upcoming release. Fiercely political and positive, the Londoners are a band fitting of today's political climate. For fans of early GallowsFeed The RhinoEvery Time I DieCOPE are a band who are at their most inspired and angry with Tooth & Nail.

Only forming within the last two years, COPE have already played Camden Rocks twice, as well as playing with The HellBlood YouthZoax, and Create To Inspire. A new force of intelligent, politically-motivated anger, and deserving of a listen.

Watch the band live:

AUGUST
16 LONDON The Islington
18 BOURNEMOUTH The Anvil (with Landscapes)
19 NOTTINGHAM Rock City (with Widows)

SKIES IN MOTION release video for 'Happy Families'

SKIES IN MOTION release video for 'Happy Families'

Metal outfit SKIES IN MOTION offer a glimpse into their raucous live show in new video 'Happy Families', which coincides with their forthcoming UK headline tour. 'Happy Families' is taken from the band's debut album Life Lessons, due for self-release on the 1st September. 

Watch the video here:

Pre-orders of Life Lessons are available here: http://skiesinmotionuk.bigcartel.com/

Skies In Motion will be joined on tour by Idle Shores, dates are as follows:

09/08 - Camden Unicorn, London
10/08 - The Pit, Swansea
11/08 - Bar Blue, Eastbourne
12/08 - The Hairy Dog, Derby (hometown show)
13/08 - The Mulberry, Sheffield

02/09 - Macmillan Fest, Nottingham (Skies In Motion only)

It's not uncommon for bands to wear their heart on their sleeves when writing music, and Skies In Motion are no exception, as they wear theirs with pride throughout the course of their debut album Life Lessons. It's a release that's packed with personal and emotional lyrical content, and offers a hand to their fans to show that they're not alone in this journey called life.

With a brutal and raw tenacity, Skies In Motion combine chugging riffs with glorious breakdowns, taking example from some of the greats including the likes of While She Sleepsand Architects. Their choruses are absolutely staggering, underpinned with furious guitars and a killer groove whilst the energy they create is charged with positivity and hope, a recurring theme throughout the course of the album.

If you're looking for your next favourite metal and hardcore band, look no further than Skies In Motion – with their upcoming debut album and plans to relentlessly tour the UK and Europe, these guys are sure to become one of the hottest unsigned bands on the scene.

OCEANS ATE ALASKA release new single/video 'Hansha'

OCEANS ATE ALASKA release new single/video 'Hansha'

Birmingham progressive metalcore quintet OCEANS ATE ALASKA have released the video for new single 'Hansha' to coincide with the release of acclaimed sophomore album Hikari(28.07.17, Fearless Records).

Watch the video here:

Buy Hikari here: 

Digital: http://smarturl.it/oaahikari 
Physical: http://smarturl.it/hikaribundles

Hikari translates to 'light' in English and represents the band's current mindset, illuminating major strides in the group's sonic vocabulary. Following a lyrical and musical theme rooted in Samurai mythology, the 11-track album blends traditional Japanese instruments with Oceans Ate Alaska's dynamic flare.
 
"We have a huge amount of respect for Japanese culture, especially their music," says drummer Chris Turner"These unique and beautiful instruments have inspired us to create something brand new, and we are beyond proud of the end result!"

Having just returned home from a US tour with Born Of Osiris and label mates Volumes, as well as making appearances at Slam Dunk Festival and the Fearless Invasion showcase in London, Oceans Ate Alaska return to the road this week to headline the UK Tech-Fest tour.

Full dates:
 
Aug 5 - Munich, Germany @ Backstage
Aug 12 - Jaromer, Czech Republic @ Brutal Assault Festival
 
w/ AUGUST BURNS RED
 
Aug 16 - Budapest, Hungary @ Dürer Kert
Aug 20 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Universum
Aug 22 - Dornbirn, Austria @ Conrad Sohm
Aug 23 - Aschaffenburg, DE @ Colos Saal
Aug 24 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melweg
Aug 27 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix Club
Aug 28 - Paris, France @ Petit Bain 

UK death metal heavyweights ABHORRENT DECIMATION stream new album

UK death metal heavyweights ABHORRENT DECIMATION stream new album

"Bludgeoning, laden with groove and played with a frightening technical precision, the four-piece have, from within a modern sound, captured the vital essence that made death metal such an important genre." - Metal Hammer

"Bludgeoning, laden with groove and played with a frightening technical precision, the four-piece have, from within a modern sound, captured the vital essence that made death metal such an important genre." - Metal Hammer

UK-based death metal titans ABHORRENT DECIMATION have released their new album The Pardoner today via Prosthetic Records and are streaming it in full, online. 

First premiered on Metal Hammer you can now listen to the new album via Spotify.

Vocalist Ashley Scott comments on the new album: “It’s been a real journey these last couple of years and while this record is totally a concept album, it is also the soundtrack to a somewhat troubling, testing and confusing part in all our lives. We persevered and came out the other side. And the result, we feel – is a cohesive and accomplished body of work.”

Conceptually, the new album is an in-depth exploration into "The Pardoner", English poet Geoffrey Chaucer's most depraved and deceitful character from The Canterbury Tales. "The Pardoner" is a religious fraud and hypocrite who preaches against the love of greed, yet whose own love of wealth enabled him to profit off the sins of others. He claimed to work on behalf of the clergy, selling spiritual forgiveness for one's sins in the form of his pardons, which included forged "official letters" from high ranking church officials absolving one of their sins and bones and crystals blessed with healing powers. In Chaucer's story, "The Pardoner" tells a harrowing tale of three men whose materialism becomes the death of them.

The Pardoner was recorded, mixed and mastered by bassist David Archer at Audio Empire. The intricate artwork for The Pardoner was created by German illustrator Karmazid, based on a visual concept by Vocalist Ashley Scott.

Pick up a copy of the new ABHORRENT DECIMATION album, The Pardoner, via Prosthetic Records, available to buy now here:  http://smarturl.it/AbhorrentDecimation.

Catch ABHORRENT DECIMATION on their forthcoming tour:

JULY
28.07.17 - The Faceber, Reading (OFFICIAL ALBUM LAUNCH)
29.07.17 - The Unicorn, London (LAUNCH PARTY) 

AUGUST
10.08.17 - The Underworld, London (w/ Whitchapel)
12.08.17 - Bloodstock Open Air Festival

SEPTEMBER
23.09.17 - UK Slam Fest @ Temple Of Boom, Leeds

October
07.10.17 - Mammothfest, Brighton
20.10.17 - TBC, Glasgow
21.10.17 - Manchester, TBC
31.10.17 - The Fulford Arms, York

NOVEMBER
05.11.17 - Boston Music Rooms, London

FEBRUARY
17.02.18 - ChaosFestival, Cardiff

THE HIRSCH EFFEKT release new single 'INUKSHUK' and video

THE HIRSCH EFFEKT release new single 'INUKSHUK' and video

THE HIRSCH EFFEKT have released their new single and video 'INUKSHUK' ahead of their new album Eskapist which is due for release on 18th August via Long Branch/SPV.
 
Watch 'INUKSHUK' here:

Pre-order the album here: http://www.thehirscheffekt.lnk.to/eskapist?mc_cid=7e595b94c2&mc_eid=a3e4e6b032

As the band comment: "'Inukshuk' displays the other extreme on ESKAPIST: calmness, simplicity and pop appeal. Of course not without a certain angry despair and melancholy, both which are the cross-connections to the overall album context. Our deepest thanks go out to Marv and the Off The Road Studios, as well as to our protagonist Jari of ther German band DŸSE."

After their awe-inspiring Holon album trilogy, THE HIRSCH EFFEKT have delved deep into the darkest corners of their mind and talent to craft their most extreme and complex chapter in the form of Eskapist. Socially critical, caustically political and musically overwhelming, the fourth album from the band is both a lesson and a gift in progressive metal, prog and core.

All three band members – drummer Moritz Schmidt, guitarist and singer Nils Wittrock and bassist and singer Ilja John Lappin – shared the writing duties of this staggering record and worked with Tim Tautorat (who has previously worked with In Flames, Manic Street Preachers), Max Trieder and various guest musicians in Hanover, Leipzig and Berlin. The complex compositions, interfused with prog, tech and sludge metal, constantly shift between the different styles, adding depth and volume. 

In its many different forms, escapism is the link between different pieces and the force that binds the album together. Once again, the band's lyrics tackle issues that hurt and their music, which demands to be listened to, strikes almost incomparable in its intensity. This album offers fans the chance to escape from society, their "circumstances" and their private life.

With EskapistTHE HIRSCH EFFEKT give their final comment on our time. In simple terms - remarkably intense music.

WILD LIES announce debut album 'Prison Of Sins' and reveal 'Warhead'

WILD LIES announce debut album 'Prison Of Sins' and reveal 'Warhead'

WILD LIES have confirmed that they'll be releasing their debut album Prison Of Sins on the 22nd September. 

In light of the announcement the heavy rockers have released new track 'Warhead', which follows their previous single 'Heart Cry'. 

Listen to 'Warhead' here: https://soundcloud.com/holdtightpr/wild-lies-warhead/s-zmA26

Wild Lies have a busy summer ahead of them, with both festival appearances and a run of shows in Germany in the pipeline. 

Full dates are as follows:

28.07.2017 - Derbyshire UK, R&B Festival
30.07.2017 - Maidstone UK, Ramblin Man Fair
31.07.2017 - Utrecht NL, De Helling
01.08.2017 - Aschaffenburg DE, Colossal
02.08.2017 - Hamburg DE, Logo
03.08.2017 - Schleswig-Holstein, Wacken Festival
07.10.2017 - Guildford UK, Star Inn
29.10.2017 - Mexborough UK, Serpentween

Wild Lies blur the boundaries between the hedonistic golden age of hard rock - Guns ‘n’ RosesAerosmithLed Zeppelin - with the aggression, crunch and attitude of modern metal heroes such as Bullet For My Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold.

On the surface, they stride forwards with towering hooks, insistent melodies and layered vocal harmonies, yet digging just a little deeper will uncover the technicality that enables them to fluidly switch between hard rock, heavy metal and even a smidgeon of alternative rock.

The quintet aren't shy of the road, having paid their dues with thousands of kilometres in their van following shows with BitersEdguyGunNekrogoblikon and The Dead Daisies as well as festival action at Download FestivalSonisphere and Camden Rocks. With their debut album and many more huge singles on the horizon, it’s only a matter of time before this band are filling arenas the size of their hooks. The first chapter of a much bigger story is firmly underway.

Mathcore pioneers THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU announce European return with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN tour

Mathcore pioneers THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU announce European return with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN tour

Returning mathcore pioneers The Number Twelve Looks Like You are delighted to announce their comeback from their six year hiatus as support to The Dillinger Escape Plan on their final ever European tour. The Number Twelve will also head to the UK and Europe on a headline tour, concluding with four shows in Russia – the band's first time in the country.

Dates:

Aug 8 - Nuremberg, DE @ Hirsch *
Aug 9 - Jaromer, CZ @ Brutal Assault Festival *
Aug 10 - Krakow, PL @ Kwadrat *
Aug 11 - Budapest, HU @ A38 *
Aug 12 - Zagreb, HR @ Mochvara *
Aug 13 - Vienna, AT @ Szene *
Aug 14 - Prague, CZ @ Palac Akropolis *
Aug 15 - Cologne, DE @ Gloria *
Aug 16 - Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island *
Aug 18 - Bristol, UK @ ArcTanGent
Aug 20 - Glasgow, UK @ Audio ∆
Aug 21 - Birmingham, UK @ Sunflower Lounge ∆
Aug 22 - London, UK @ The Black Heart ∆
Aug 23 - Haarlem, NT @ Patronaat ∆
Aug 24 - Kaliningrad, RU @ Detroit
Aug 25 - St Petersburg, RU @ Zoccolo 2.0
Aug 26 - Moscow, RU @ Rock House
Aug 27 - Ekaterinburg, RU @ Svoboda

* = w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan
∆ = w/ Hexis

On top of this news, the band are reissuing their first two albums on vinyl on their own label Silent Pendulum Recordings.

Put On Your Rosy Red Glasses, (2003, debut): August 4th release
https://silentpendulumrecords.bandcamp.com/album/put-on-your-rosy-red-glasses-the-number-12-looks-like-you

Nuclear. Sad. Nuclear. (2005): September 01st release
https://silentpendulumrecords.bandcamp.com/album/nuclear-sad-nuclear-the-number-12-looks-like-you

Fully cementing their resurrection, The Number Twelve have also confirmed they're working on a new single - their first new music in eight years.

HUNDRED SUNS premiere 'Amaranthine' video

HUNDRED SUNS premiere 'Amaranthine' video

HUNDRED SUNS have premiered the video for 'Amaranthine' from their highly anticipated debut album, The Prestaliis, which is set for release 11 August via New Damage Records.

Premiered via Alt Press, you can check out the video here:

HUNDRED SUNS will be donating a portion of the song's sales proceeds to THORN, an organisation that creates and supports tech initiatives that disrupt predatory behaviour and work to make the Internet a more hostile environment for those who seek to exploit children. To find out more information about the organisation, visit wearethorn.org.

Cory Brandan discussed the song and video with AP, saying, "'Amaranthine' is one of our favorite songs. It switches between two different time signatures and we experimented with a lot of dynamics. Chris and Legs have a very balanced writing and rhythmic chemistry on this track, which gave me a lot of room to be vocally versatile. I feel like the song has a very shadowy, almost 'street' vibe to it, matching its dark lyrical content, which was inspired by human trafficking - a very serious problem that deserves way more attention than it gets.

At times it feels like the world is in a perpetual cycle, talking about the same topics over and over but trafficking is a real crisis taking place in all of our communities, cities and states. I had a conversation with a border agent, who told me that they intervene to help young girls and boys almost every day. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, which is an insane stat. But raising awareness is meaningless without action, so we're donating a portion of profits from 'Amaranthine' to THORN, an organization that focuses primarily on preventing the sexual exploitation of children. They were founded in part by Ashton Kutcher and I've seen him talk about this subject and found it to be very inspiring. Those that want to join us in supporting this important cause can do so by downloading 'Amaranthine' on iTunes."


This summer will see HUNDRED SUNS embark on their first North American tour, which kicks off on 5 August, with plans to announce a Europe tour later on in the year. 

You can pre-order your copy of The Prestaliis here: http://smarturl.it/HundredSuns 
 
Hundred Suns drown themselves in doomy groove, bass driven power, loud guitars, and surreal sonic tribalism, with reverent worship of classic darkly romantic alt-rock bands, the scorching intensity of underground music, and the melodic clarity of the more uncompromising radio trailblazers of decades past. But HUNDRED SUNS boast disparate elements from post-grunge to the mind-expanding meditative epics churned out by critical darling progressive rock in equal measure, fused into something freshly unique. In short, the band sounds both familiar and groundbreaking. 
 
The band recorded their upcoming album The Prestaliis with producer/engineer Sam Guaiana (Like Pacific), vocal engineer/producer Jeremy SH Griffith (Norma Jean, Underoath), and producer/mixer (and Saosin guitarist) Beau Burchell (Blaqk Audio, The Bronx). 
 

French symphonic progressive metal act ADAGIO stream their new album 'LIFE'

French symphonic progressive metal act ADAGIO stream their new album 'LIFE'

French symphonic progressive metal act ADAGIO have made their impending album LIFE available to stream in full. The album will be released on 26th July via Zeta Nemesis Records.

You can stream LIFE here:

Taking their time to create their unique and highly personal fifth full-length album, LIFE, it has been seven years since ADAGIO’s last studio release, Archangels In Black.

With LIFEADAGIO pushes the experience past just music, plunging the listener into a powerful introspective experience. Guitarist Stéphan Forté says: "Fear, joy, sorrow, love, pain, ecstasy... What if we could visit each of these emotions like exhibits in a museum? ‘Life’ takes you on contemplative journey, exploring the complex yet beautiful contortions of the subconscious mind." 

Stylistically, LIFE brings ADAGIO back to their progressive roots while expanding their musical boundaries. From the heavy 'Subrahmanya' which is available as the first single now, and which combines traditional Eastern Ethnic and Djent influences, to the dark and mesmerizing 'I'll Possess You,' LIFE is an epic canvas of atmospheres which will take the listener back to the ethereal places they had once visited but never managed to find again.

This album features several lineup changes for ADAGIOLIFE marks the return of singer Kelly "Sundown" Carpenter, who had previously performed live vocals for the band. It also brings us the new addition violinist Mayline, adding new ethnic textures and dimensions to the band’s sound.

LIFE will be released on July 26th; to pre-order it and download your digital version for FREE, visit: http://store.adagio-online.com