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VASTUM – Oakland Death Metal Quintet Releases New Single; ‘Orificial Purge’ Full-Length Nears Release This Month Through 20 Buck Spin

Posted in Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, music videos, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on October 1, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

Oakland death metal outfit VASTUM is preparing for the release of their gnarled fourth album, Orificial Purge. Ahead of the album’s public unveiling through 20 Buck Spin at the end of October, the new single “I On The Knife (Second Wound)” has been issued.

With lead vocalist Daniel Butler, guitarist/vocalist Leila Abdul-Rauf, guitarist Shelby Lermo, bassist Luca Indrio, and drummer Chad Gailey, Ryan Honaker provides guest strings on VASTUM‘s Orificial Purge, and Honaker and Abdul-Rauf also help shape the album with elements of ambience. Recorded with Greg Wilkinson (Necrot, Nightfell, Ulthar) at Earhammer Studios and visually represented by the brooding abstraction of San Francisco artist Laina Terpstra, VASTUM’s Orificial Purge is one of the year’s most vicious and hypnotic LPs. Fans of Bolt Thrower, Undergang, Autopsy, Necrot, Asphyx, Mortuous, Tomb Mold, and Scorched are orificially summoned to take note.

Vocalist Daniel Butler exposes of the track’s lyrical content, “‘I On The Knife’ is about psychophysical self-mutilation under the command of a thing, an it, which is gradually symbolized as an object (e.g. father, knife) that in turn reveals the self as a wound. Basically, it’s about how you’re a wound and nothing else.”

Guitarist/vocalist Leila Abdul-Rauf offers, “We felt this song – along with initial single, ‘Reveries In Autophagia’ – was the most representative of the classic VASTUM sound.”

Hear VASTUM’s “I On The Knife (Second Wound) at THIS LOCATION or below:

20 Buck Spin will issue Orificial Purge on CD, LP, cassette, and all digital platforms on October 25th. Preorders go live this week at the label webshop HERE and at Bandcamp where “Reveries In Autophagia” is now streaming HERE.

Guitar World just ran a feature on the 25 Best Metal Guitar Tones Of All Time where VASTUM‘s Leila Abdul-Rauf was featured alongside the likes of Black Sabbath, Slayer, Metallica, Entombed, Meshuggah, Danzig, Sunn O))), and more. See the piece HERE.

Having just made their return to Killtown Death Fest 2019 in Copenhagen alongside Grave, Coffins, Abhorrence, Tomb Mold, and many others in September, VASTUM has also been confirmed to play the inaugural Shadow Frost Music & Arts Festival taking over Frederick, Maryland February 21st and 22nd, 2020. The band joins The Chasm, Primitive Man, Thantifaxath, and labelmates Magic Circle as one of the event’s main headliners, and guitarist/vocalist Leila Abdul-Rauf will also perform a set from her solo/ambient project at the fest as well.

VASTUM Live:

2/21-22/2020 Shadow Frost Music & Arts Festival – Frederick, MD [info]

After four years of near silence, Oakland death metal outfit VASTUM returns with Orificial Purge, the anxiously awaited follow-up to their acclaimed Hole Below. With its members playing in Acephalix, Necrot, Ulthar, Mortuous, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm, and others, the band’s dedication to their craft is showcased throughout the underground. After three standout albums over the course of the last eight years, the effect of VASTUM‘s influence has by now seeped into the wider death metal scene, leaving an indelible mark due to their singular amalgam of aural primitivism and aesthetic originality. Their most markedly refined and tortured oblation to date, Orificial Purge represents the dominant return of VASTUM, a death-doom band driven by the horrors of psychic and corporeal life.

VASTUM‘s Orificial Purge offers a distinctive blend of sinister atmosphere, punishing brutality, and an unparalleled lyrical and visual imagery that traces connections between perversion, mortification, and “an abyssal mysticism of sin.” Elements from previous albums are preserved on Orificial Purge, but they are evolved and devolved at once. The usual mid-paced dirge and cave-dwelling riffs are intertwined with slicing melodic dissonance and a celestial frenzy in the solos and the leads, all of which is set against the background of a bulldozing rhythm section. The dual vocal and lyrical exorcisms of Daniel Butler and Leila Abdul-Rauf combine to deliver unsettling, dichotomous meditations on “abjection as life, life as tragedy, and tragedy as an eviscerating, eroticized rapture through which an evil and useless humanity comes into being.

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Source: Earsplit PR

LONG LIVE VASTUM.

STONE.

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Hungarian Melodic Death Metal Assault Squad SYMMETRY OF THE VOID Releases New Single

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, music videos, news, world news with tags , , , , , on September 21, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

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Produced by the Finnish mastermind Tuomas Saukkonen

Hungarian melodic death metal assault squad SYMMETRY OF THE VOID has reached to 2nd single in the collaboration with Finnish metal mastermind Tuomas Saukkonen (Wolfheart, Before the Dawn, Dawn of Solace etc.).

Watch ‘THE UNWORTHY’ on Youtube or below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj4dMkXp7gE

SYMMETRY OF THE VOID and Saukkonen started working together earlier this spring and before summer 1st single and video ‘DIVINE SERENITY’ was released and now it is time to bombard the metal scene with 2nd single ‘THE UNWORTHY’.

Listen to ‘THE UNWORTHY’ on Spotify:

https://spoti.fi/2lTiLd6

Line-Up:

Borisz Sarafutgyinov – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Tibor Szokán – Guitar
Zsolt Harsányi – Bass
Bence Gyurkó – Drums
Zsolt Lédeczi – Lead Vocals

Band Links:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/symmetryofthevoid/

INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/symmetryofthevoid

LONG LIVE SYMMETRY OF THE VOID.

STONE.

MONSTRANCE – Releases Updated Demo Track Featuring New Vocalist

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on March 14, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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MONSTRANCE, composed of current and former members of CARCASS, MY DYING BRIDE, MALEDICTION and BAL-SAGOTH, has released an updated demo track of “Cerebral Bore Machine,” featuring new vocalist Rik Simpson. The track comes off the band’s forthcoming debut EP Injustice For All.

Led by Swansong-era CARCASS guitarist Carlo Regadas, MONSTRANCE recently signed with Transcending Records for the fall 2018 release of Injustice for All on CD and digital formats. Cosmic Key Creations will release the EP on limited-edition black and gold 12″ vinyl.

The video stream of “Cerebral Bore Machine” also reveals the cover artwork for Injustice For All. Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVKurTE6_4o or below:

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MONSTRANCE is:

Carlo Regadas – Lead and Rhythm Guitars

Steven Hargraves – Rhythm Guitar (Ballpein)

Rich Mumford – Bass Guitar (Godthrymm / ex Malediction)

Rik Simpson – Vocals (Austerymn)

Dan Mullins – Drums (Blasphemer / ex My Dying Bride / ex Bal-Sagoth)

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* For more band/label info:

facebook.com/monstranceofficial

www.transcendingrecords.com

www.facebook.com/transcendingrecords

Source:

LONG LIVE MONSTRANCE.

LONG LIVE METAL.

STONE.

LIGHT THIS CITY – Bay Area Melodic Death Metal Warriors Issue Teaser For First New Record In Ten Years

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on March 10, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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Bay Area Melodic Death Metal outfit LIGHT THIS CITY issues a new teaser video for the band’s first new album in ten years. Having completed the new LP in recent days, the trailer shows the reactivated outfit in the studio, leaking the very first traces of the anxiously awaited record.

After a decade of silence between albums, LIGHT THIS CITY has returned with ten blazing tracks that capture the band’s tendency towards extreme melody and intensity, honoring the Swedish sound of the ’90s. Having spent the past decade performing and touring in numerous other bands, the five members of LIGHT THIS CITY have only honed and shaped their skills and musicianship since their 2008-released Stormchaser. The album was recorded from December 2017 through February 2018 with Zack Ohren, who handled the band’s previous four full length albums, at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, and features artwork by Tony Midi.

See the new LIGHT THIS CITY teaser video RIGHT HERE or below:

The new record will be released in CD, LP, and digital formats on May 25th; watch for the title, artwork, track listing, preorder links, audio samples, and more to be issued in the days ahead.

LIGHT THIS CITY began in 2002, when best friends Laura Nichol and Ben Murray decided to start a melodic death metal project in the vein of At the Gates, Carcass, In Flames, and all the Scandinavian bands that inspired them to play fast, melodic, crushing music, largely untouched by the American population of metalcore, deathcore, and numerous other subgenres of heavy metal that were ignoring the monstrous influences of the ’90s. After the sparks were lit, Nichol and Murray soon wrote their debut 2003 full-length, The Hero Cycle, which quickly landed them a deal with Prosthetic Records, who would go on to release the band’s following three albums.

As Murray and Nichol neared the end of high-school, LIGHT THIS CITY released 2005’s Remains Of The Gods, which sparked the rest of the band’s trajectory on Prosthetic Records, and saw the band touring heavily in support of their Bay Area brand of melodic-death metal infused thrash. Remains Of The Gods gained favorable reviews and it seemed as if the metal press knew what was in store for LIGHT THIS CITY.

Next came the band’s undeniably most popular album, Facing The Thousand. By the time Nichol and Murray had arrived into 2006, they were out of high-school, on the road full-time, with Steve Hoffman on guitar, Ryan “Hollywood” Hansen on lead guitar, and Jon Frost on bass. Facing The Thousand saw the band supporting a multitude of metal acts such as Death Angel, Vader, Malevolent Creation, Edguy, Into Eternity, All That Remains, Chimaira, Soilent Green, Darkest Hour, Suicide Silence, Misery Signals, and many more, gaining the band a rapid exposure into the metal mainstream.

After a three-year touring cycle the band retreated to Oakland to record their fourth album, Stormchaser, which saw a guest vocal appearance by Chuck Billy of Testament. Before the official release of the album, LIGHT THIS CITY disbanded before even having the chance to tour on their fourth and final effort.

In 2010, LIGHT THIS CITY played five final shows, dubbed The Final Thrash Attack, in which the band was able to celebrate the songs of Stormchaser, and give the fans a bit of closure that they never received with the band’s sudden disappearance from the world of heavy metal. In September of 2015, Darkest Hour requested that LIGHT THIS CITY play the San Francisco date of their twentieth anniversary tour. LIGHT THIS CITY quickly reunited within a few months to rehearse one final set that would celebrate the band’s four-album career. The show was absolutely one for the books, sparking the flame which lead the band to reunite, ten years later.

LIGHT THIS CITY:

Laura Nichol – vocals

Ben Murray – drums

Ryan Hansen – lead guitar

Steve Hoffman – rhythm guitar

Jon Frost – bass

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* For more band info:

https://www.facebook.com/Light-This-City-12498861242

https://www.instagram.com/lightthiscity_official

http://www.creator-destructor.com

http://www.facebook.com/creatordestructorrecords

Source:

LONG LIVE LIGHT THIS CITY.

LONG LIVE METAL.

STONE.

ARCH ENEMY – Will To Power European Tour – Dates Announced!

Posted in concerts, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on January 18, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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From ARCH ENEMY facebook:

Due to demand, the show in Geiselwind has been moved to a bigger venue! ALL remaining shows are close to being sold out, so you better get your ticket asap! www.archenemy.net/tour See you soon!

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE ARCH ENEMY.

STONE.

On This Day In METAL History – May 4th… AMON AMARTH Edition!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , , on May 4, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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On May 4th, 2016AMON AMARTH are to perform at The Pageant in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. Hail AMON AMARTH!

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On May 4th, 2016AMON AMARTH have their tenth studio album, Jomsviking, ranked at #8 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart.

Amon Amarth - Deceiver Of The Gods - promo cover pic!

On May 4th, 2016AMON AMARTH have their ninth studio album, Deceiver Of The Gods, ranked at #68 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Dig it. This album was released back in 2013.

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On May 4th, 2016AMON AMARTH have their eighth studio album, Surtur Rising, ranked at #71 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This album was released back in 2011.

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On May 4th, 2016AMON AMARTH have their seventh studio album, Twilight Of The Thundergod, ranked at #72 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This album was released back in 2008.

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE AMON AMARTH.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

Canada’s VALYRIA Release “Steel Inquisition” Single

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on February 13, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Canadian Progressive/Melodic Death Metallers VALYRIA have released new single Steel Inquisition. The single follows 2014 debut album Collatus and can be purchased and/or streamed at https://valyriansteelcanada.bandcamp.com/album/steel-inquisition or below:

Steel Inquisition is also streaming on YouTube at this location.

Hailing from the northern lands of Alberta, VALYRIA has crafted a unique brand of power-infused Progressive Death Metal. Influenced by bands like WINTERSUN, THE FACELESS, and DRAGONFORCE, VALYRIA seeks to explore new sonic terrain with technical drums, inspiring keyboards, and engaging guitar work. Coupled with memorable lyrics based on film, literature, and history, VALYRIA‘s music is a blistering and exhilarating listening experience whether live or in your headphones.

In other news, VALYRIA is proud to be competing in the Prairies stage of Wacken Metal Battle Canada. See them live in Edmonton on March 20!

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Source: ClawHammer PR

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For more info on VALYRIA:

twitter.com/ValyriaYEG

www.facebook.com/ValyrianSteelCanada

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LONG LIVE VALYRIA.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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