CHOSEN Crosses 5,000 Downloads of Debut Album

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Today’s digital age has made metal more accessible than ever as the internet has been a key tool in creating word of mouth between metal fans and their love for the music. Irish extreme metal band CHOSEN recently demonstrated this by offering their debut album Resolution for free download via their official website, which has now reached over 5,000 FREE downloads since its release on March 30.

CHOSEN: David McCann (Drums & Percussion), Paul Shields (Vocals/Guitars)

Drummer/Percussionist David McCann is proud to comment the following:

“We’re simply blown away by overall response to Resolution and could never have predicted this intense level of interest. While 5,000 downloads in just one week may seem relatively small in the grand scheme of things, for a niche band such as ourselves it’s more than we could have ever expected and only reinforces the notion than putting this album up for free download was the right move.”

Produced by Alwyn Walker, Resolution is a reflection of sheer perseverance and innovation, brimming with top-notch musicianship, well-crafted arrangements and inventive hooks. Merged with a rich audio production value, void of the sterile, homogeneous and plastic instrumentation factor, which currently dominates the commercial metal market, this debut album from one of Ireland’s noteworthy metal bands is a truly refreshing piece of work.

Resolution is also available in two special edition CD formats:

The Deluxe Special Edition is a double CD that features a 9-track bonus disc of unreleased songs, rough mixes, drum and bass tracks taken from their album sessions along with a detailed album booklet.

The Collector’s Edition is a spawn of the Deluxe Special Edition that includes a beautiful 60-page, full colour soft cover booklet, extensive liner notes, lyrical themes and illustrations for each song, rare photos, studio diaries and more, all exhibited within an exquisite tapestry of expanded album artwork courtesy of Fiaz Farrelly making it a must have item for those who want something a little more tangible to add to their music collection.

Track Listing

1. Engines of Belief
2. Defective Prospection
3. The Narcissism Epidemic
4. Mental Clarity
5. Diminishment
6. Instinct
7. Asch’s Paradigm
8. Metaphysical Contradiction
9. The Departure Lounge

Streaming Links

– YouTube – Engines of Beliefhttp://youtu.be/_3yh5QitXjY

SoundcloudEngines of Beliefhttp://soundcloud.com/chosenmetal/01-engines-of-belief

– Free Download – Engines of Beliefhttp://chosen.ie/01%20Engines%20of%20Belief.mp3

– Behind The Scenes In Studio With CHOSEN – http://youtu.be/PwNkRLpmmh0

– GunShyAssassin – Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Chosen’s Paul Shields – http://tinyurl.com/cnllguk

For more info on CHOSEN, please visit these links:

Chosen.ie | Facebook.com/chosenmetal | Twitter @chosenmetal

ANTHRAX Announce EP, Stand-In Guitarist

ANTHRAX are set to release a special edition of their 11th studio album Worship Music through Nuclear Blast on March 22.

ANTHRAX, one of heavy metal’s all-time great acts who, along with SLAYER, METALLICA and MEGADETH -The Big Four – are credited with co-founding the thrash genre, return with a special edition of Worship Music. The Special Edition includes a bonus Anthems disc which includes 6 covers, Anthem (RUSH cover), Jailbreak (THIN LIZZY), TNT (AC/DC), Big Eyes (CHEAP TRICK), Smokin (BOSTON) and Keep On Runnin (JOURNEY) as well as a remix of the track Crawl.

Worship Music was the bands first release in seven years and marked the return of singer Joey Belladonna, an essential part of ANTHRAX”s line-up from 1985 to 1992.

The band who picked up the highly prestigious “Metal Guru” award at the Classic Rock Awards last November will be returning to the live circuit this year with an appearance at the annual Bloodstock Open Air festival on Sunday, August 11. SHADOWS FALL guitarist Jon Donais will temporarily fill in for the departed Rob Caggiano when the band play previously announced dates in India, Australia and North America.

ANTHRAX live 2013:
02.08. PL Przystanek – Woodstock
03.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air
11.08. UK Derbyshire – Bloodstock

Anthems Tracklist:
01. TNT (AC/DC)
02. Smokin’ (BOSTON)
03. Keep On Runnin’ (JOURNEY)
04. Big Eyes (CHEAP TRICK)
05. Jailbreak (THIN LIZZY)
06. Crawl (Albumversion)
07. Crawl (Remix)

Anthems will be available both as a package along with Worship Music, but also separately on CD or Vinyl.

 

INTEGRITY Announce 2013 Tour Dates

Black Heksen Rise Limited Edition 7-inch going fast

Underground legends INTEGRITY announced a slew of new dates for the upcoming year, including performances at the A389 anniversary showcase, Maryland Death Fest and Chaos In Tejas.

The band recently signed to INDIE RECORDINGS and announced the release of a limited-edition 7-inch, Black Heksen Rise, which is part of the new INDIE RECORDINGS 7-inch Collector’s Series. The single, which went on sale earlier this week HERE, is limited to 500 copies worldwide in three different color variants: grey (sold out), white and black. It features two remastered songs, Black Heksen Rise and VVaiting For The Sun (To Burn Your Eyes Out). Watch a sneak preview of the 7″ below:

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INTEGRITY
1/17/13      Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
1/18/13      Baltimore, MD – A389 Showcase w/ Catharsis, Gehenna
5/24/13     Montreal, QC – Foufounes (A389 Canadian Invasion Pt.I)
5/25/13     Toronto, ON – Wrongbar (A389 Canadian Invasion Pt.II)
5/26/13     Baltimore, MD – Maryland Death Fest
5/31/13    Austin, TX – Chaos in Tejas
7/20/13    Dresden, DE – Chemiefabrik
7/21/13    Gdansk, PL – Tattoo Konwent
7/25/13    Frankfurt, DE – Bett
8/3/13      Karlsruhe, DE – New Noise
8/5/13      Toulouse, FR – Le Saint Des Seins
8/6/13      Bordeaux, FR – TBA
8/9/13      Comacchio, IT – Voodoo Club
8/10/13    Nova Goricia, SL – Mostovna
8/18/13    Hengelo, NL – Innocent
8/19/13    Hannover, DE – Bei Chez Heinz
8/20/13    Berlin, DE – Cassiopeia
8/21/13    Oslo, NO – Bunker Festival
8/22/13    Oslo, NO – Bunker Festival
8/23/13    Linkoping, SW – L’Orient
8/24/13    Lichtenstein, DE – Voice of Art Festival