PARADISE LOST Unveil Cover Artwork For Forthcoming Album

PARADISE LOST reveals cover artwork for new album, ‘The Plague Within

Returning with opus number fourteen, The Plague Within (set to be released June 1st in Europe, June 2nd in North America), PARADISE LOST has once again refined the chemical equation to their sonic alchemy with the kind of creative invincibility few can afford. It’s a collection of songs that will surprise even the most seasoned of fans in its ambition: a monochrome miasma of morbidly uplifting anthems and heart-aching melancholia. Theirs is a pain born of the human condition itself as our fragile minds struggle to cope in a world overrun by demons…

Produced by Jaime Gomez Arellano (GHOST, ULVER, CATHEDRAL) at London’s Orgone Studios, the frostbitten riffs thunder beneath the bittersweet euphoria of Nick’s vocals, drifting between rich melodic soars and icy snarls. It’s an organic body of work that confronts the trials and tribulations of struggling alone in darkness, but also one that treads incredibly exciting and genuinely “new” sonic ground in the process.
The cover artwork was created by the polish artist, illustrator and architect Zbigniew M. Bielak, best known in the musical realm for his record cover illustrations, which among others include meticulously handcrafted artworks of WATAIN, GHOST and ENTOMBED A.D. albums. Zbigniew comments:

“Since their late 80’s inception, through somber abrasiveness of their debut and harrowing tristesse of groundbreaking ‘Gothic’, the unparalleled icons of gloom, PARADISE LOST grew deep into all things murky and dreadful in modern music. Let alone Duncan Fergado’s artwork for their ‘Lost Paradise’ debut remains one of my fave covers, so having heard that with ‘The Plague Within’ the band harks back to days of old, was – to say the least – a thrilling incentive to pick up the commission.
It was also a rare joy to see how preliminarily calm and reflective Arcimboldian artwork, kept becoming ever darker and more sinister past each of  Nick’s and Greg’s scrutinies, to finally become what one can see on the actual cover. A portrait of hopeless decrepitude of mental illness  – which is what ‘The Plague Within’ deals with thematically – where the tormented Sisyphus struggles to push his burden back up the slippery walls of a long frozen illusion.”

For more information about Zbigniew M. Bielak, please visit:
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PARADISE LOST Live:
May 29, 2015 – Rockavaria – Munich – Germany
May 30, 2015 – Der Ring – Grune Holle Rock – Nurburg – Germany
July 18, 2015 – Castle Party Festival – Bolkow – Poland
August 15, 2015 – Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbuhl – Germany

More dates to be announced soon!

PARADISE LOST online:
http://www.paradiselost.co.uk
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GIZA to Release Limited Print Vinyl via Threshold of Pain Records

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Seattle, WA‘s apocalyptic instrumental sludge trio GIZA will release their debut album Future Ruins on limited vinyl this fall through Threshold of Pain Records. GIZA, formed in March of 2012 by Steve Becker, Trent McIntyre, and Richard Burkett with the goal of writing loud and massive instrumental music, recorded Future Ruins in May of 2012 with Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis, Botch, Harkonen). The band previously released the 6-track album on their own earlier this year on CD and digitally.

GIZA (2013 band promo photo)

Comments the band:

Giza is excited to be working with Threshold of Pain Records for a limited high quality color vinyl release of Future Ruins. There is no doubt that vinyl is the ultimate medium for home listening, and we look forward to our listeners to be able to experience Future Ruins as we had always intended.”

GIZA is currently writing for their next album with plans to enter the studio this autumn for a tentative 2014 release. For now, listen to Future Ruins on their Bandcamp (http://giza.bandcamp.com). Future Ruins is currently available on CD and as a name-your-own price digital download.

GIZA – FUTURE RUINS album artwork

Tracklist:

1. Séance

2. Wake & Drag

3. Interlude

4. Hour of the Bullfight

5. Roaming Hordes

6. Great Leader

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“Ambient doom is the first thing that came to my mind when listening to Giza’s Future Ruins. To some extent all doom is ambient, but Giza take it to new levels with lush, ethereal soundscapes underscored by delicate guitar passages that are usually played by bands at twice the BPM found here” – MetalSucks.net

“A debut full-length from the instrumental Seattle trio, Future Ruins was recorded and mixed by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis, etc.) and hits on a lumbering pace, vaguely post-metal in its style, but more because of a pervasive drone influence than any aping of the subgenre’s forebears. The crux of the six tracks doesn’t seem to be moody ambience or contemplative spaces so much as aurally crushing tones periodically contrasted with, well, semi-crushing tones. It’s pretty crushing, I guess is what I’m getting at” – TheObelisk

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CHIMAIRA Debut New Music Video

CHIMAIRA debuted a brand new music video for their single No Mercy today via their own web page. The single, as well as the full album preorder, are now available via iTunes.

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Vocalist Mark Hunter weighs in:

“We are pumped to present the first official video for our new album Crown of Phantoms. Directed by Cleveland native Patrick Finegan, No Mercy is a ferocious, twisted, cerebral ride through hell and back. Enjoy the trip!”

CHIMAIRA announced the CROWN OF PHANTOMS tour surrounding their highly anticipated new LP of the same name. Dates will stretch coast to coast in the U.S. with support from THE BROWNING, THREAT SIGNAL and label-mates DARK SERMON.

1. The Machine
2. No Mercy
3. All That’s Left Is Blood
4. I Despise
5. Plastic Wonderland
6. The Transmigration
7. Crown Of Phantoms
8. Spineless
9. Kings Of The Shadow World
10. Wrapped In Violence
11. Love Soaked Death

PRE-ORDER HERE

CHIMAIRA will release Crown Of Phantoms on July 30. With critical accolades already starting to compile, this is set to be some of the band’s best material to date.

“Tracks like No Mercy, Plastic Wonderland and Spineless are absolute slayers that will surely impress longtime fans and newbies alike, and bring that classic I Hate Everyone flavor we’ve all grown to love” REVOLVER MAGAZINE

The band recently posted a video that reveals album artwork, track listing and 30 second song clips from their new album. CHIMAIRA also made headlines by way of crowd-funding a fan version CD/DVD where they more than doubled their initial goal via IndieGoGo.

For more than a decade, Chimaira has been imposing its gravity on the metal community by continually touring the globe and selling more than a million albums worldwide. Their brand of heavy music has evolved and transcended both itself and the trends while maintaining its persistent, bludgeoning force. In 2013, Chimaira continues to direct the masses & define a dark future with their new album, Crown of Phantoms.

Make no mistake; a monster has come in from the darkness to feed. Awakened, haunted, pissed-off, and above all, completely aware. You have no choice but to allow Chimaira to transcend your expectations yet again.

7/26/13 Springfield, VA
Empire

7/27/13 Spartanburg, SC
Ground Zero

7/28/13 Orlando, FL
The Social

7/29/13 Jacksonville, FL
Freebird Live

7/31/13 Houston, TX
Fitzgerald’s

8/1/13 Dallas, TX
Trees

8/2/13 Lubbock, TX
Jake’s

8/3/13 Albuquerque, NM
Sunshine Theater

8/4/13 Tempe, AZ
Rocky Point

8/6/13 San Diego, CA
House Of Blues

8/7/13 Santa Ana, CA
The Observatory

8/8/13 Hollywood, CA
The Whisky

8/9/13 Santa Cruz, CA
The Catalyst

8/10/13 Portland, OR
Hawthorne Theater

8/11/13 Seattle, WA
Studio Seven

8/13/13 CO Springs, CO
Black Sheep

8/14/13 Denver, CO
Marquis Theater

8/15/13 Des Moines, IA
Wooly’s

8/16/13 Chicago, IL
Reggie’s

8/17/13 Columbus, OH
Frontier Ranch

8/18/13 Grand Rapids, MI
The Intersection

8/20/13 Philadelphia, PA
Theater Of The Living Arts

8/21/13 New York, NY
Gramercy Theater

8/22/13 Boston, MA
Middle East

8/23/13 Toronto, ON
Wreck Room

8/24/13
Rochester, NY
Montage Music Hall

8/25/13 Cleveland, OH
Peabody’s

CHIMAIRA is: Mark Hunter (vocals), Austin D’Amond (drums), Sean Zatorsky (keyboards), Emil Werstler (guitar), Jeremy Creamer (bass) and Matt Szlachta (guitar).

IMPERIUM DEKADENZ Set Album Release Date

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German Black metallers IMPERIUM DEKADENZ set Meadows of Nostalgia as the title of their forthcoming album. The follow-up to 2010’s successful Procella Vadens will be released on March 15 (March 19 in North America).

Cover artwork and the various formats will be unveiled at a later date.

IMPERIUM DEKADENZ previous album, Procella Vadens is available on Season of Mist’s e-shop in Digipak edition.

 

Season of Mist Sign THIS MISERY GARDEN

This Misery GardenWarning Zone (Official Music Video)

Season Of Mist is proud to announce the signing of dark rock/metal torch bearers THIS MISERY GARDEN. The Swiss band recently completed recording their Season of Mist debut Cornerstone. It is the band’s testimony to melancholy and hope, anger defying serenity, love and death, and will be released in 2013.

Regarding the signing, the band released the following statement:

“It’s an honor for THIS MISERY GARDEN to join the Season of Mist crew! We are confident that our new album ‘Cornerstone’ will be released under the best conditions to allow our music to be experienced! We are looking forward to hit the road to support the album live.”

The band recently uploaded a music video for the song Warning Zone. The clip was filmed entirely during the making of Cornerstone. The album was recorded and mixed by Drop (SYBREED) at Downtone Studios (Trent Reznor, TV on the Radio) in Geneva, Switzerland.

News and tour information is available through the Season of Mist website, and THIS MISERY GARDEN website and Facebook page.

SHAI HULUD Launch Title Track and Pre-Orders

SHAI HULUD launch title track and pre-orders for Reach Beyond the Sun

SHAI HULUD’s new album, Reach Beyond the Sun, will be released in North America on February 19, 2013. The title track for the album is streaming online, and is available for purchase on iTunes HERE. To listen, click the album artwork image above.

Throughout the next few weeks, the band will also be posting candid studio video blogs, new music, and more, so watch out for updates.

About Reach Beyond the Sun:

Reach Beyond the Sun, the fourth entry in Shai Hulud’s storied catalog, will see its release in February of 2013. The album was produced by current New Found Glory guitarist, Chad Gilbert, and notably, vocalist on Hulud’s debut LP Hearts Once Nourished With Hope And Compassion.

In addition to producing, Gilbert also returned to sing on the album – his first offering of recorded vocals with the band in over a decade. Not unlike Shai Hulud’s previous releases, Reach Beyond the Sun was born of several years of toiling before ever entering a studio. The band’s previous effort, Misanthropy Pure, a polished, metallic and frenzied piece of masterwork, is contrasted by the much more visceral, instinctively compositional songs found on Reach Beyond the Sun, an embracement of the raw Hardcore/Punk elements that sit at the cornerstone of the band’s influences.

Longtime bass player Mad Matt Fletcher asserts,

“Anyone who really knows the band will agree this album is our definitive sound, encompassing all of our different influences and styles.” He conclusively reiterates, “Yep, this sounds like Shai Hulud.”

Lyrically, Shai Hulud continues to evoke deeper thought, and a range of true human emotions practically unique to the band as the modern underground often shies away from depth for fear of the vulnerability of inner exposure.

Shai Hulud affirms “True strength is inviolate” in the song Monumental Graves, and introspectively queries “Is ours, indeed, a sunless path to waiting graves we prepare for ourselves?” and “Will we bring our hearts back to life?” in the songs I, Saturnine and A Human Failing, respectively, boldly turning their insides out.

Regarding A Human Failing, a song about a generation willing to turn numb in lieu of a life of pain and feeling, guitar player Matt Fox comments “It’s become ‘cool’ to be cold. No pun intended.”

In the interest of challenging misinterpreted notions of pessimism, the song Think The Adder Benign professes “No, I do not believe roses only bloom just to conceal the thorns. I merely accept the thorn pricked finger bleeds” while To Suffer Fools maintains the band’s active frustration and misanthropy, a trait by which Shai Hulud are notorious: “Pour the salts of acumen straight into the eyes to recondition the mind.”

In recording Reach Beyond the Sun, Shai Hulud welcomed the vocal talents of accomplished friends from throughout the hardcore community. Fans will note guest vocals from: Jay Pepito (Reign Supreme, Blacklisted) on A Human Failing, John Vigil (The Ghost Inside) on If A Mountain be My Obstacle, Louis Hernandez (Alpha & Omega) on Man Into Demon, all officially recorded former Hulud vocalists Matt Mazalli, Damien Moyal, and Geert van der Velde on Medicine to the Dead, as well as additional vocals throughout the album from the likes of Justin Krauss (With Life In Mind), Martin Stewart (Donnybrook, Terror), David Wood (Down To Nothing, Terror), among others.

Since the release of Misanthropy Pure in 2008, Shai Hulud has toured Europe, Southeast Asia, Canada, the US, and Mexico. Most recently, the band appeared at the Revelation Records 25th Anniversary shows, both in LA and New York. Plans are already beginning to unfold for 2013, beginning with Shai Hulud’s trek to Australia for the first time as part of Soundwave 2013, which also features Metallica, Blink 182, The Offspring, Slayer, and many more.

More plans are beginning to unfold in support of Reach Beyond the Sun, which will invariably see Hulud performing in front of more fans, new and old, than ever before.

Within Reach Beyond The Sun is found the glimmer of hope emerging as a keen perception of reality on a gridlocked battleground of grim pessimism versus unthinking optimism – a conflicting array of swirling thoughts and depth of emotion, honestly illustrating and defining the beauty and tragedy of the human experience. To the backdrop of progressive, metallic Hardcore/Punk, Shai Hulud is thinking and expressing in perpetual forward motion.

Onward and upward. Always. Forever.

Reach Beyond the Sun will be released on February 19th in North America, and February 15/18 in Europe.

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