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Oct
24

 

German black metal act DARK FORTRESS will be releasing the restored and expanded editions of their 2001 debut album “Tales From Eternal Dusk” and 2003 opus “Profane Genocidal Creations” on vinyl, CD, and all digital platforms on 24 November.

When approaching the cover artworks of both albums, which were painted by Kris Verwimp (Absu, Marduk…) and newly-scanned in late 2016 for these reissues, both label and band were  surprised to realize that the coloring of the first CD pressings was quite different from the original artworks. In comparison, “Tales…” had a more distinct purple touch, whereas “Profane…” looked greener than initially intended by the artist. Thus with these reissues, fans get to see the cover artworks the way Kris Verwimp had envisioned them.

On the musical front, DARK FORTRESS‘ guitarist and renowned producer V. Santura (also Triptykon) took care of the audio restoration of these records: “The first album’s sound did not require too much work, but we got rid of some unintentional pauses which interrupted the natural and intended flow of the record on the original CD. However, I remastered the entire recording session from 1997 for the “Towards Immortality” MCD as well as the 1996 demo to make this new edition of “Tales…” a complete collection of our early years.” 

The second album, “Profane Genocidal Creations”, recorded within a mere two weeks with iconic producer Pytten (Immortal, Enslaved, Mayhem etc.), required more work as V. Santura explains: “Of course the possibilities to adjust the sound in a remastering are quite limited (opposed to a remix), but at least we could open up the overall sound impression, make it less muffled and dry. Also the rhythm guitars seemed to bury every other instrument, now especially drums, vocals and bass get a bit more space.”

DARK FORTRESS also reveal more about the creation of their earliest recordings in the liner notes accompanying these releases.

See below for an exact list of available formats and pre-order your copy now!

Tales From Eternal Dusk (Re-issue 2017)
– Gatefold golden 2LP & Poster // limited to 100 copies – Century Media webstore exclusive
– Gatefold transp. magenta 2LP & Poster // limited to 200 copies
– Gatefold black 2LP & Poster
– Special Edition 2CD Digipak
– Digital album (2CD)

Listen to “Crimson Tears” here: https://youtu.be/rH1sODgHT8E
Pre-order your copy: http://smarturl.it/DFortressTFEDReIssue

Profane Genocidal Creations (Re-issue 2017)   
– Gatefold silver 2LP & Poster
– Gatefold dark green 2LP & Poster
– Gatefold black 2LP & Poster
– Special Edition CD Digipak
– Digital album

Listen to “Battles Rage In The Infernal Depth” here: https://youtu.be/2-zPcLGNbZs
Pre-order your copy: http://smarturl.it/DFortressPGCReIssue

Find below the track-listing per release:

“Tales From Eternal Dusk”:
CD 1
1. The Arcanum Of The Cursed (1:44)
2. Pilgrim Of The Nightly Spheres (4:13)
3. Twilight (4:33)
4. Apocalypse (3:37)
5. Immortality Profound (Trilogy) – Dreaming… (Chapter 1) (4:14)
6. Immortality Profound (Trilogy) – Throne Of Sombre Thoughts (Chapter 2) (5:05)
7. Immortality Profound (Trilogy) – Captured In Eternity’s Eyes (Chapter 3) (4:16)
8. Misanthropic Invocation (5:47)
9. Crimson Tears (6:44)
10. Tales From Eternal Dusk (8:35)
11. Moments Of Mournful Splendour (At The Portal To Infinity) (3:03)

CD 2
1. Cryptic Winterforest (6:06)
2. Towards Immortality (6:09)
3. Emperor Of The Majestic Nights (5:56)
4. The Mystic Medieval Times (Demo 1996) (5:34) *
5. Eternal War (Demo 1996) (3:05) *
6. Passing The Shadowgates (Demo 1996) (3:27) *
7. Into My Deepest Desire (Demo 1996) (4:57) *
8. Reborn In A Frozen Kingdom (Demo 1996) (6:13) *
Tracks 1-3: 1997 “Towards Immortality” EP recording session.

Tracks 4-8: 1996 “The Rebirth Of The Dark Age” demo
* = bonus tracks only included on CD / digital album

“Profane Genocidal Creations”
1. Introduction (1:48)
2. Defiance Of Death (8:35)
3. Passage To Extinction (9:12)
4. In Morte Aeternitas (9:03)
5. Moribound Be Thy Creation (6:20)
6. Through Ages Of War (6:05)
7. Blood Of The Templars (7:20)
8. Warlord (Face The Angel Of Pestilence) (5:01)
9. Battles Rage In The Infernal Depth (6:50)
10. A Fortress Dark (8:16)
11. I Am The Black Wizards (6:07) / Emperor cover *
12. Eye Of The Greyhound (4:35) / Unanimated cover *
* = bonus tracks only included on CD / digital album

DARK FORTRESS online:
www.darkfortress.org

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Oct
18

Century Media Records and SAMAEL invite you to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Swiss metal masters’ 1992 opus “Blood Ritual”, which will be released on vinyl on 01 December.

It features the LP’s original cover artwork re-created from a brand-new scan of the original painting by Axel Hermann (Asphyx, Grave, Unleashed) and reveals its more blueish character, which was lost on the first pressing. The artwork looks exactly the same, twenty-five years after being painted.

“Blood Ritual” has been mastered for vinyl and CD by Patrick W. Engel / Temple Of Disharmony (Tiamat, Iced Earth, Moonspell). The vinyl comes in a Gatefold sleeve and includes a 60x60cm sized cover art poster as additional extra. Apart from regular black vinyl, the following limited coloured editions are available for pre-ordering now!

– Gatefold white LP+CD & Poster // 100 copies (Century Media webstore exclusive)
– Gatefold silver LP+CD & Poster // 200 copies
Get these here: http://bit.ly/samaelCMD
– Gatefold light blue LP+CD & Poster // 200 copies (Nuclear Blast exclusive)
Pre-order here: http://bit.ly/samaelNB

Enjoy this gloomy masterpiece in its ultimate version!

SAMAEL online:
http://www.samael.info

Oct
18

Having just completed a successful run of dates across Eastern Europe on the “Will To Power International Tour”, extreme metal giants ARCH ENEMY are back with another ripping single from their recently released album, “Will To Power”, with the music video single for “The Race”.

Founding member Michael Amott commented: “This was actually the last song written for the ‘Will To Power’ album. Listening through all the material we had up to that point we agreed that the album needed one more song that would be a relentless and fast paced counterpoint to some of the more epic compositions we already had. We sent Alissa the music and she came up with a thought provoking set of lyrics with an intense vocal arrangement that complemented the music perfectly. We’ve been having a blast playing this song on the current tour and we had our video director Patric Ullaeus come out to capture the mayhem at our recent show in Helsinki, Finland… Enjoy ‘The Race’!”

Watch “The Race” streaming below or here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GXIqR7P5ZQ

ARCH ENEMY will bring their “utterly enchanting melodies and savage riffs” (Metal Injection), to audiences across North America later this month as they join Trivium for a co-headlining tour from October 27 to December 6 featuring support from While She Sleeps and Fit For An Autopsy. The band will continue to spread their power in early 2018 as they have announced a Winter tour with Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer across Western Europe. Full dates can be found listed below. Tickets are available at www.archenemy.net

ARCH ENEMY live

ARCH ENEMY “Will To Power Tour 2018” w/ Wintersun, Tribulation & Jinjer

12.01.2018 Munich (Germany) – Tonhalle
13.01.2018 Stuttgart (Germany) – LKA Longhorn
14.01.2018 Prague (Czech Republic) – Forum Karlin
15.01.2018 Zurich (Switzerland) – Komplex
17.01.2018 Milano (Italy) – Alcatraz
18.01.2018 Lyon (France) – Transbordeur
19.01.2018 Barcelona (Spain) – Razzmatazz
20.01.2018 Madrid (Spain) – La Riviera
22.01.2018 Toulouse (France) – Le Bikini
23.01.2018 Paris (France) – Bataclan
24.01.2018 Antwerp (Antwerp) – Trix
26.01.2018 Oberhausen (Germany) – Turbinenhalle
27.01.2018 Geiselwind (Germany) – Music Hall
28.01.2018 Tilburg (Netherlands) – O13
29.01.2018 Hamburg (Germany) – Große Freiheit
31.01.2018 Malmö (Sweden) – KB
01.02.2018 Oslo (Norway) – Rockefeller
02.02.2018 Stockholm (Sweden) – Arenan
03.02.2018 Gothenburg (Sweden) – Trädgarn
05.02.2018 Berlin (Germany) – Huxleys
06.02.2018 Wiesbaden (Germany) – Schlachthof
07.02.2018 Saarbrücken (Germany) – Garage
09.02.2018 Glasgow (UK) – ABC*
10.02.2018 Nottingham (UK) – Rock City*
11.02.2018 London (UK) – Koko*
13.02.2018 Manchester (UK) – Ritz*
14.02.2018 Bristol (UK) – Academy*

*without Jinjer

Tickets for all shows are available here: http://www.archenemy.net

ARCH ENEMY online 

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

Oct
18

Oct
11

Firmly believed by all involved to be the last ever Cornbury Festival, July 2017’s

Fabulous Finale was a huge success with sell-out crowds enjoying a superb, sunny
weekend in the company of Bryan Adams, Jools Holland and the Kaiser Chiefs.
Organiser Hugh Phillimore quoted after the glorious weekend: ’We all know that a
party is only as good as its guests and thanks to everyone we had a truly fantastic
and memorable weekend’

Locals, regulars and even new comers not wanting to miss out on their last chance
to enjoy this popular ‘festival come celebrity village fete’ turned out in force this
Summer to enjoy the magical, friendly experience that is Cornbury. Dismayed by the
potential of a gap in their festival calendars, a wave of support ensued as the
Oxfordshire media and public alike cajoled the events founder and organiser Hugh
Phillimore, not to give up the challenge after 14 years, but to continue with their
support, to provide this unique weekend, right in the midst of The Cotswolds,
affectionately known as ‘Poshstock’ and perfectly suited to its 20,000+ fans.

‘So many people have sent messages since July – our audience love the event and
want it to keep going. Literally hundreds of our supporters, together with bands,
agents, managers, sponsors and media partners telling me I shouldn’t let such a
jewel in the festival calendar end’ says Hugh. ‘The festival market has become a
tough playing field over the last few years and very saturated, which lead partly to
my decision to leave whilst we were on a high, however the response has been so
overwhelming with support for Cornbury to remain, that it has caused a rethink on
my part and I can confirm that we have decided to listen to public opinion and return
next year as strong as ever in July 2018, If people still want us here, in a way It
would be foolish to stop now and 15 years does give us another great reason to
celebrate!’

The over-riding message that finally convinced Hugh, simply pointed out that the
festival was not his but belonged to its audience who had supported the event over
the 14 years. ‘I’ve been humbled by the depth of feeling for this event and I now feel
that I should keep Cornbury going as a worthwhile community event because it
contributes to the local economy and seems to spread quite a lot of joy’ says Hugh.

Local schools and charities have benefitted from fundraising at Cornbury over its 14
year history. ‘We’ve had an amazing response from the many festival-goers at
Cornbury and are very excited that we can do it all again 2018’ says Banbury’s Dogs
For Good Director Lucy Vincent.

The 15th Cornbury Festival, with the same great format will be staged at Great
Tew Park from July 13th to 15th 2018. Further details to follow soon.

Oct
09

GABRIELLE APLIN

‘SAY NOTHING’
WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO HERE

TAKEN FROM THE
AVALON EP
OUT NOW

OCTOBER HEADLINE UK TOUR
**SOLD OUT**

SPECIAL ACOUSTIC SHOW ANNOUNCED
UNION CHAPEL, LONDON – DECEMBER 7th
ALSO FT. HUDSON TAYLOR & HANNAH GRACE

Gabrielle Aplin has celebrated the release of her acclaimed new EP Avalon by announcing a very special stripped down show to take place in London’s beautiful Union Chapel on December 7th.

To mark the announcement she has revealed a stunning lyric video for brand new song ‘Say Nothing’. Taken from her new Avalon EP, released last Friday, the song is a gorgeous slice of electro-pop.

Regarding ‘Say Nothing’, Gabrielle says, “Say Nothing is a song I had for a while before finishing it with my friend and co-writer Nick. It’s about being stuck between two friends and that frustration you feel when you seem to be the only one reacting.”

The new song follows the release of lead single ‘Waking Up Slow’, which has proved a big radio hit. The single was featured as Radio 1’s ‘Record Of The Week’ and has been added to the Radio 2 playlist. The song has clocked up well over 1.7 MILLION plays on Spotify and Gabrielle recently revealed a stunning acoustic version of the track, which has received over 6.5 MILLION plays on Facebook alone.

The singer has also received great support from press with the likes of The Sun, Metro, Sunday Times, The Observer and many more besides all featuring the singer and raving about her new music.

Gabrielle will be completing a headline tour of the UK through October in support of the EP, with all dates now completely sold out. The six-date tour starts at Glasgow’s Oran Mor on October 19th and finishes at ULU, London on October 26th.

She will then play the special stripped down show at the annual Christmas celebration for her label Never Fade Records, taking place at London’s Union Chapel on December 7th. The show will also feature an array of special guests including Hudson Taylor and Hannah Grace. Full tour dates can be found below:

GABRIELLE APLIN TOUR DATES
19/10 – Glasgow, Oran Mor
20/10 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
22/10 – Cambridge, The Junction
23/10 – Brighton, Concorde 2
24/10 – Bristol, Bristol Trinity
26/10 – London, ULU
07/12 – London, Union Chapel

Oct
04

Release Title Track ‘Cosmic Conqueror’

Announce Europe Tour

DR. LIVING DEAD! have released the title track off their upcoming album “Cosmic Conqueror”, due to be released on 27 October via Century Media.

Listen to title track ‘Cosmic Conqueror’ here: https://youtu.be/kAkOUuDYUkE

“Cosmic Conqueror” is more aggressive, more compelling and more fun than ever before – a skull-fracturing thrash dream. Pre-order the album here:
http://smarturl.it/Dr.LivingDeadCC

DR. LIVING DEAD! will return to Europe next year to support their new album, including a one-off show in London!

Dates are as follows:
JANUARY
25 – Berlin, DE @ Musik und Frieden (Black Room)
26 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
27 – Esbjerg, DK @ Konfus
28 – Hannover, DE @ Mephisto
29 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
31 – Eindhoven, NL @ Dyanmo

FEBRUARY
01 – London, UK @ Underworld
02 – Roeselare, BE @ De Verlichte Geest
03 – Lingen, DE @ Alte Schlachthof
04 – Rotterdam, NL @ Baroeg
05 – Zurich, CH @ Werk 21
06 – Munich, DE @ Backstage
07 – Vienna, AT @ Viper Room
08 – Prague, CS @ Underdogs
09 – Erfurt, DE @ From Hell
10 – Lünen, DE @ Lükaz
11 – Stuttgart, DE @ Kellerclub

DR. LIVING DEAD! are:
Dr. Mania – Vocals
Dr. Rad – Bass
Dr. Toxic – Guitar
Dr. Slam – Drums

DR. LIVING DEAD! online:
www.deathfuckingthrash.com
www.facebook.com/drlivingdeadofficial
twitter.com/TEAMxDEADx

Oct
04

Release Video for New Single ‘Doublespeak’

VEIL OF MAYA have released a music video for ‘Doublespeak’, the second single off of their upcoming record “False Idol” due out 20 October 2017 via Sumerian Records.

Fans can watch the video directed by Erez Bader (The Dear Hunter, The Contortionist) here: https://youtu.be/IKmgXQFtnig

The track premiered on BBC Radio 1 with Daniel P Carter on Sunday night, and is now available to stream and download.

VEIL OF MAYA are currently on the road supporting The Devil Wears Prada, alongside Silent Planet and Thousand Below across the US and Canada, hitting a total of 31 cities before wrapping up on 04 November in their hometown of Chicago, IL.

“False Idol”, the band’s highly anticipated new album, is said to be their heaviest, most hypnotic, and hardest record yet. VEIL OF MAYA released their first single off of the record, entitled ‘Overthrow’ earlier this month – check out the video here: https://youtu.be/GLu-E42-RmA

VEIL OF MAYA are:
Lukas Magyar – Vocals
Marc Okubo – Guitar
Danny Hauser – Bass
Sam Applebaum – Drums

VEIL OF MAYA online:
www.sumerianrecords.com/artist/details/id:3
www.facebook.com/veilofmaya
www.twitter.com/veilofmayaband
www.instagram.com/veilofmayaofficial

Oct
03

WATAIN
to release “Nuclear Alchemy” 7inch single on
October 31st, 2017

Prepare for Swedish Black Metal violence courtesy of WATAIN on Halloween as October 31st marks the international release date for the band’s savage new single “Nuclear Alchemy”, which comes from the band’s new album set for release on January 5th, 2018.
“Nuclear Alchemy” is the sound of an eager beast let loose from its cage at last. A song of violent fire, impending doom and of necks cracking in ecstacy. A dissolving injection of power and force into the coagulated veins of Black Metal and a first glimpse into the abyss that shall be opened in the beginning of 2018. Meanwhile, stand by for conflagration.” // WATAIN, October 2nd, 2017

The “Nuclear Alchemy” single will also include an exclusive B-side: a cover version of Hungarian cult act Tormentor’s “Beyond”.  The 7inch will be released in two editions, which are strictly limited to 1.000 copies each!
Pre-order the red vinyl from the band’s official store: http://wolfwear.net 
Pre-order the black vinyl from Century Media’s store: http://bit.ly/watainCMD
WATAIN will celebrate the release of their forthcoming new album with a series of selected release shows on the following dates:
January 5, 2018 – Stockholm (Sweden) @ Kraken // SOLD OUT
January 10, 2018 – Berlin (Germany) Lido
January 11, 2018 – Tilburg (Netherlands) 013
January 12, 2018 – London (UK) The Dome
January 13, 2018 – Paris (France) La Maroquinerie
Ticket links are available at: http://www.bandsintown.com/Watain

Oct
02

Ex-members of The Defiled, Amen, No Devotion and The Ataris come together to announce new band
LOWLIVES

Debut Single ‘Burn Forever’ Out Now

Ex-The Defiled frontman Lee Villain unites with fellow Brit Luke Johnson (Amen, No Devotion, Beat Union), together with Steve Lucarelli (The Ataris) and Jaxon Moore to form new band LOWLIVES.

The band’s debut single ‘Burn Forever’ is available now via all streaming sites, after last night being premiered on the BBC Radio One Rock Show.

Check out “Burn Forever” on YouTube:
https://www.youtube..com/watch?v=_YPMVY-xvPg&feature=youtu.be

“Burn Forever was one of the first songs written,” states Lee Villain. “It kinda sets the tone for what we are about. Pop hooks, heavy drums, and lots of guitar noise. This band has been in the works for a long time now and I’m stoked to finally show people what we’ve been working on.”

“I wanted to write something that felt real, I wanted to work with someone where the creative relationship had chemistry,” writes Luke Johnson. “I wanted to make a band with the intention of being free and agnostic of the boundaries that define popular music genres. This is the band that makes everything I’ve ever done before it less relevant by comparison.”

LOWLIVES play their debut show at the Troubador in Los Angeles on Oct 20th supporting Moose Blood, before heading to the studio to finish recording their full length album in November with producer Beau Burchell (The Bronx, Moose Blood, Saosin).
 
LOWLIVES online:
http://Instagram.com/wearelowlives
http://Facebook.com/wearelowlives