THE OCEAN Release New Video, Ready to Hit the Road

THE OCEAN launched a brand new video for Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams from their most recent album, Pelagial. The video is the band’s first official music video, not counting previous videos composed of live footage, directed by Alexander Kraudelt and Lukas Hambach, produced by Frameshock, with additional visuals by Craig Murray. Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams is streaming now on metalblade.com/theocean.

Guitarist and founding member Robin Staps comments:

“This clip is blending performance footage with excerpts from Craig Murray’s Pelagial movie, which was released along with the limited edition CD and vinyl boxset versions of the album. We’ve never really done a clip like that before, but it was great fun making this.”

Pelagial, the latest album from THE OCEAN, is received with open arms and ears across the globe – this is a band that are becoming widely regarded as leaders within their genre.

Metal Sucks declared The Ocean have “never written more intriguing music.”

“Mastodon‐shaped footprints, lush strings… [before] the submarine crashes at Melvins tempos” – Spin

“more luxurious, experimental and textural” – Decibel

“ambitious and adventurous” – Terrorizer

“melodrama, intimacy, grandeur, grace and big fucking riffs” – Kerrang

“With Isis gone, no one has yet taken their place as intelligent and sensitive masters of post‐metal but, with this, there’s no doubt that The Ocean are shoe‐ins for the title” – RockARolla

The latter’s emphasis is fitting considering The Ocean recently toured a number of sell out shows with another master of post‐metal, Cult of Luna. The Mastodon reference is relevant after they invited The Ocean out for their summer tour dates, and the diversity on display is never more apparent when you consider tours in the past few years with Dillinger Escape Plan, Opeth and Anathema. The Ocean has an army of fans, and undoubtedly the respect of their peers.

Diverse elements were honed and perfected on Pelagial, and this ethos is at the heart of the touring package for The Ocean’s headline European tour. For an album that treads a wild and creative path within and outside of the supposed boundaries of metal, Norway’s SHINING could not be a more appropriate addition to the touring bill. Their new album One One One was recently released and it’s direct and pulsating approach is gathering the same kind of response that saw 2010’s Blackjazz get rave reviews all over the world, with contemporaries such as Danko Jones and Mike Portnoy writing pieces praising the band. If you’ve seen them live then you’ll know how good they are; if you’ve not, you need to!

Poland’s TIDES FROM NEBULA meanwhile have mesmerized the underground and in 2013 they take a step up, releasing their new album via a brand new label. They bring postrock to this package, a welcome ingredient due to this genre touching aspects of Pelagial. Finally, France’s HACRIDE bring some serious, technical heaviness to the tour, as anyone who has heard their new album Back To Where You’ve Never Been will testify.

THE OCEAN
03/10/13 – Germany, Dortmund, FZQ Freiseitzentrum West – WestEnd Festival
06/10/13 – Netherlends, Baarlo, JC Sjiwa – Progpower Europe
13/10/13 – Germany, Cologne, Essigfabrik – Euroblast Festival
w/ Shining, Tides From Nebula, Hacride
29/10/13 – Germany, Hamburg, Logo
30/10/13 – Netherlands, Haarlem, Patronaat
31/10/13 – Netherlands, Rotterdam, Baroeg
01/11/13 – United Kingdom, London, The Garage
03/11/13 – France, Paris, Divan du Monde
05/11/13 – Spain, Barcelona, Apolo 2
06/11/13 – Spain, Madrid, Caracol
07/11/13 – Portugal, Porto, Hard Club
09/11/13 – Italy, Turin, AudioDrome
10/11/13 – Italy, Rome, Traffic
11/11/13 – Slovenia, Ljubljana, Gala Hala
12/11/13 – Germany, Munich, Backstage Club
13/11/13 – Switzerland, Winterthur, Salzhaus
14/11/13 – France, Belfort, La Poudriere
15/11/13 – Germany, Essen, Zeche Carl
17/11/13 – Germany, Berlin, Lido
18/11/13 – Poland, Warsaw, Progresja
19/11/13 – Poland, Wroclaw, Alibi

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Industrial Rock Powerhouse DARKC3LL Unleashe New Single

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(Brisbane, Australia) –  Praised as a truly ‘world class act’, industrial rock powerhouse, DARKC3LL, proves that they are no ordinary band with the release of their single Exorcist through RTD Records/Rocket Distribution.  Showcasing their dynamic and constantly evolving approach, Exorcist deals with anti-control and a twist of anti-religion with their trademark hook-driven, stadium rock sound.

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Buy  DARKC3LL Exorcist on iTunes now!

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“DARKC3LL combines all the best elements from your favourite heavy bands to create a semi-industrial metal sound that is so underrepresented in music today… To say the sound is huge would be a massive understatement. Exorcist packs a punch with its heavy synths and killer guitar solo, complimented perfectly by frontman Jesse Dracman’s vocals. Exorcist is destined to become a crowd favourite. With a crushing beat and catchy chorus, there’s no excuse not to be headbanging along” – Sofie Marsden, SF Media

“This track is brutal, exceptionally honest and just a little bit evil. It covers all the old bases whilst bringing the new breed Aussie Industrial flavor. In my humble opinion it is executed in a seasoned and professional manner and to be absolutely frank I’m still not tired of hearing Six Hundred and Six Six. It is THAT compelling!” – Ben Murphy, AU Review

“With a statement of intent such as this the band can be ensured of world–‐wide notoriety, especially if they can make their way out of the land down–‐under and up to Europe and the USA” – Miranda Yardley, Terrorizer Magazine

Soul crushing beats, powerhouse industrial grooves, topped with a layer of dirty rock’n’roll swagger – this only begins to describe the musical juggernaut that is DARKC3LL. The debut album REBOOT:REPEAT (RTD Records/Rocket Distribution) offered a soundtrack that pushed the boundaries in a scene currently plagued by mediocrity and commercialism. Packed with stadium level hooks and industrial flavored anthems, their debut will leave listeners wanting more…

Now, the band is gearing up to release their second album, due in September 2013 released via RTD Records/Rocket Distribution. Before its release, two singles have been lifted from the forthcoming album; Six Hundred & Six Six (released 12 December 2012) and Exorcist (released July 5, 2013).

Having shared the stage with Wednesday 13, Combichrist, Hanzel und Gretel , and Otep, DARKC3LL is known for putting on a show that will keep audiences hooked from beginning to end. J.Dracman (Vox) & Postmortem Matt (Guitars, Electro, Synths) form the backbone of this chaotic live act, rounded out by the abrasive Rit Derelict (Bass) and Jay Macabre (Drums).

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VULTURE INDUSTRIES Reveal New Album Details

Norway‘s VULTURE INDUSTRIES released new details regarding their upcoming Season of Mist debut. The band’s new album, titled The Tower is slated for release on October 1 in North America (September 27 rest of world). It was recorded at the Conclave & Earshot Studios in Bergen. The album was mixed by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED) and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, KATATONIA, DEVIN TOWNSEND, IHSAHN, ENSLAVED).

Through their charismatic musicianship, VULTURE INDUSTRIES quickly earned the reputation of a formidable live act, characterized by the fusion of technical prowess with eccentric, manic performances by frontman Bjørnar Erevik Nilsen.

Season of Mist website and the VULTURE INDUSTRIES website and Facebook page.

“Vulture Industries come across as complete oddballs. They are the mad hatter’s tea party irregulars with an Alice In Wonderland surrealist brand of dark metal cabaret” –Terrorizer

RAMMING SPEED Streaming New Album

In advance of the release of their Prosthetic debut Doomed to Destroy, Destined to Die, Boston thrashers RAMMING SPEED teamed up with Terrorizer Magazine to stream the new album in its entirety! You can listen to it right hereLabeled “one of the hardest-working bands in heavy metal” (Noisecreep), RAMMING SPEED are currently out on the road with Valient Thorr and Gypsyhawk and previously toured alongside acts such as 3 Inches of Blood, Goatwhore, Trap Them, Holy Grail, Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, Torche, Phobia, Black Tusk and Saviours.

 Recorded with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Black Breath, Kvelertak) and mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatwright (Tragedy, Sleep, High On Fire), Doomed To Destroy, Destined To Die memorably combines the charging rhythms of d-beat punk and the aggression of thrash with NWOBHM-worthy guitar harmonies and grind’s blinding speed.

PRE-ORDER Doomed to Destroy, Destined to Die on CD, LP or limited-edition cassette via the PROSTHETIC webshop NOW!

Live Dates:
6/24   Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry %
6/25   Kansas City, MO – Riot Room %
6/26   Tulsa, OK – Downtown Lounge %
6/27   Dallas, TX – Three Links %
6/28   Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s %
6/29   Austin, TX – Red 7 %
6/30   New Orleans, LA – Siberia %
7/1    Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall %
7/2    Gainesville, FL – High Dive %
7/3    Tampa, FL – The Orpheum %
7/4    Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub  %
7/5    Atlanta, GA – The Earl %
7/6   Raleigh, NC – King’s Barcade %
% with Valient Thorr & Gypsyhawk

ARCHSPIRE Release New Studio Footage

Technical death metal force ARCHSPIRE released new studio footage of the members recording their forthcoming Season of Mist debut. The footage can be found here.

ARCHSPIRE (Tobi Morelli – guitar, Spencer Prewett – drums, Dean Lamb – guitar, Jaron Evil – bass & vocals, Oli Peters – vocals)

Recently, ARCHSPIRE was named as a regional opening act for this year’s upcoming Decibel Magazine Tour. On May 21, the band will play alongside CANNIBAL CORSPE, NAPALM DEATH, IMMOLATION, and newly signed label mates, BEYOND CREATION at the Vancouver Commodore.

ARCHSPIRE has taken the world-wide extreme metal scene by storm with their unique blend of blindingly fast, hyper aggressive technical death metal. The five piece are a national headliner in their home country of Canada, and have toured Europe supporting DECAPITATED, ABORTED, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, and more. The band has also supported HATE ETERNAL, NAPALM DEATH, PIG DESTROYER, ORIGIN, and many more throughout western Europe.

“If you are asking, ‘Is there something new to do in Death Metal?’ ARCHSPIRE is the answer” – technicaldeathmetal.com

“This is a truly eye-popping convulsion of tech-death, with schizophrenic rhythms, astounding technical riffing and drumwork, and tiny threads of reappearing melody that stitch the songs together into cohesive wholes. And I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a death-metal vocalist bark out the lyrics faster than ARCHSPIRE’s . . . . This is most definitely a band to keep your eyes on; you will hear more about them” – No Clean Singing

“ARCHSPIRE have released a gem. It’s definitely technical death, and it adroitly blends elements of various tech death bands together. The rhythm guitar work varies from choppy and percussive to fluid and melodic. The blasting and double bass work are absurdly fast, but remain fluent and rhythmic rather than wooden or jittery. The hard to soft musical transitions are as natural as I’ve ever heard in this genre” – InvisibleOranges.com 

“The pick-me-up comes in the form of ARCHSPIRE, a gang of happy-looking Canadians who might have been widely unknown to most present before this performance, but surely no longer. With a technical proficiency bordering on OMFG levels, they still achieve what lacks in a lot of other bands like this: the feat of actually writing songs. What’s more, they noticeably enjoy what they do, so smiles are abundant even if face-peeling technical death metal about alien monoliths and planets being devoured is going on” – Terrorizer

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SHAI HULUD, THY WILL BE DONE Tour Underway

 

Shai Hulud recently returned from their performances in Australia as part of the Soundwave Festival, but they got back in the van and headed out on tour in North America with Thy Will Be Done. The tour includes support from up-and-coming acts Altars, and Beyond the Shore. After this tour wraps up on April 7, Shai Hulud will board their flights for Europe for their tour with Propagandhi. Shai Hulud’s entire confirmed list of dates can be found on the TOUR DATES page.

Guitarist and found member Matt Fox reflects on the band’s year thus far:

“2013, what a year… Thus far, we’ve shared new music with our friends and supporters who encourage us and keep us alive. We were fortunate enough to have just returned from the Soundwave festival in Australia where we made new friends, and saw the bands whose albums are the primary reasons we play the music we do (Thank you Master Of Puppets, Reign In Blood, Among The Living, and Blood, Sweat, And No Tears). We soon leave for Europe with Propagandhi, another one of our favorite bands, and what’s more… in just two days we share the stage with some of the best friends we have ever made in our years of touring, Thy Will Be Done. Joining us on this jaunt are our soon to be friends, Altars, and Beyond The Shore. This is a lot of love and appreciation for a band of self-proclaimed pure misanthropists constantly talking about their ‘Profound Hatred Of Man.’ Who knew…

We’re happy to contradict ourselves in this fashion.

Come share the love.

Profoundly hating,”
Shai Hulud

Shai Hulud has always had a reputation for penning thought-provoking and deeply meaningful lyrics. Their latest effort, Reach Beyond the Sun, is no exception. To further communicate the those lyrics, the band has posted a lyric video for one of their favorite tracks, A Human Failing, on metalblade.com/shaihulud.

“It is absolutely remarkable what Shai Hulud have done on Reach Beyond The Sun. Not only have they reaffirmed their place as hardcore royalty, they have released what could arguably be considered the best album of their career and the best album the genre has seen in years” – SputnikMusic.com

“a cathartic, anthemic return to strength and a testament to never forgetting your roots” – Terrorizer Magazine

“there’s no questioning Shai Hulud’s intensity” – Metal Hammer Magazine

“a renewed sense of frantic, guttural aggression – that makes Reach feel fresh in spite of the scene that’s changed so radically around it” – The Onion AV Club

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VOICES FROM THE DARK Tour Additional Bands Unveiled

The Foreshadowing joins Marduk and Moonspell For Voices From The Dark North American Tour
Swedish black metallers MARDUK and Portugal‘s dark, gothic heavy hitters MOONSPELL will join forces for the Voices From The Dark North American co-headlining tour in February/March 2013. Support on the trek will come from Colombian/American black metal rising demons INQUISITION, Italy’s gothic melodic sensation THE FORESHADOWING, and Sweden’s dark rock/metal band DEATH WOLF (featuring MARDUK members).

States Alex from THE FORESHADOWING:

“It will be our first time in North America and we are very proud to hit the road with such great bands!!! Are you ready to be part of the Second World?”

The most recent album from THE FORESHADOWINGSecond World, was released in North America on August 14, 2012. The album has been widely praised by fans and critics alike as one of the top doom releases of 2012. Listen to the single Ground Zero, and order Second World now at metalblade.com/theforeshadowing.

“At their best on their third apocalypse-themed LP, these Italian gloomsters weave intricate tapestries” – Revolver Magazine

“A sprawling, emotionally devastating work” – Terrorizer Magazine

“Second World is a fabulous example of what doom metal should be, and is the best pure doom release I’ve heard in several years” – BloodyGoodHorror.com

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