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The Sanity Days - Evil Beyond Belief

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - Posted by Candlelight Records, in Albums

Formed in mid-2011 with Grim Reaper front-man Steve Grimmett, and three ex-Onslaught members Steve Grice, Jase Stallard and Al Jordan, The Sanity Days was created with the intention of playing the album In Search of Sanity live in its entirety, mainly for a bit of fun and nostalgia. 

After playing several successful shows around the world, numerous discussions and with a longer term plan in sight, the band decided it was time to start writing their own material.

Fourteen months and six new songs later a deal was struck with Candlelight Records, with only the finishing touches to do - the writing is almost complete - the band are braced to enter the studio to record their debut album which is due out in the Spring 2014.

The album will consist of ten tracks of original material that is intended to reach in and touch your your very soul with chilling interweaving melodies and haunting yet heavy rhythms that stick in your mind

  • 01. Genesis
  • 02. Charlie
  • 03. Satan's Blood
  • 04. My Last Words
  • 05. Evil Beyond Belief
  • 06. Ruler Of Eternity
  • 07. My Demon Mind 
  • 08. Broken Wings
  • 09. Closer To The Edge
  • 10. Firestorm

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Profane And The Sacred - Chapter 1 : A Long Time Coming

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - Posted by Cargo Records, in Albums, Vidéo

"Profane And The Sacred are not one-hit wonder-machines, recent arrivals or take-a-chance amateurs. No, they are here for the long haul…They know how to learn. They know how to graft. And they know how to give you something special. They give a whole lot more than you expect" - Metal As Religion

‘Chapter 1 : A Long Time Coming’ is the debut studio album by stoner rock band PROFANE AND THE SACRED.

Featuring gigantic doom laden riffs that unashamedly smother you in nostalgia but waste no time in lacing prog tinged instrumental breakdowns into a 9 song musical journey. Showcasing time progressions that shift gears but never let up on the momentum - allowing the rapsy, gritty vocals of singer Luke Alleeson to cover the organic soundtrack.

'A Long Time Coming' is an album specifically recorded to sound alive and not manipulated to the point of sounding ‘cookie cut’ -  the warm acoustic notes of album opener ‘Bench’ gives way to down tuned riffing with ‘Bleed That Stone’ and ‘You Know’ demonstrating the armoury of this band. First single ‘From The Top’ showcases Profane And The Sacred in a 5 minute classic stoner rock track, with the latest single 'Words' demonstrating fast pace and groove that hits you right between the eyes during its chorus.

The subtle tones of closer ‘A New Leaf’ captures the melodic side, with keyboards, acoustic and bass complimenting each other in this instrumental piece, leaving the listener in a soothing,  melancholy reflective mood.

Profane And The Sacred are:
  • Luke Alleeson - Vocals / guitars
  • Rick Spooner - Guitars
  • Rob Taylor - Bass guitar
  • Kieran Smith - Drums

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ON TOUR: Steak Number Eight supporting Prong together with Hark!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - Posted by Indie Recordings, in Albums, News

No rest for the wicked; Steak Number Eight are once again ready to tour Europe, supporting - Prong - together with H A R K! The tour starts out in The Netherlands on April 17, and after visiting Belgium, Great Britain, France, Switzerland and Austria, the tour ends in Germany on May 3.

Statement form the band: "We can't wait to hit the road with these guys! See you all there! And as you can see we also play our homebase De Kreun !! Will be fun! 

Make sure not to miss out on what Thrash Hits (UK) define as "one of metal’s brightest young hopes"!

Tour dates:
  • Apr 17 - Vera - Groningen (NL)
  • Apr 18 - Volt Netherlands - Sittard (NL)
  • Apr 19 - De Kreun - Kortrijk (BE)
  • Apr 21 - O2 Academy 2 - Birmingham (UK)
  • Apr 22 - O2 Academy 2 - Liverpool (UK)
  • Apr 23 - O2 Academy Islington - London (UK)
  • Apr 24 - O2 Academy - Bristol (UK)
  • Apr 25 - L'Empreinte - Savigny Le Temple (FR)
  • Apr 26 - Z7 - Pratteln (CH)
  • Apr 27 - PPC - Graz (AU)
  • Apr 28 - Szene - Wien (AU)
  • Apr 29 - Feierwerk - Munchen (DE)
  • Apr 30 - C-Club - Berlin (DE)
  • May 01 - Underground - Koln (DE)
  • May 02 - Turock - Essen (DE)
  • May 03 - Knust - Hamburg (DE)

Surfacing for the first time in 2008 (remember: Steak Number Eight won Humo’s Rockrally with the
average age of 15), crushing windows with their bare hands and storming stages all over the country! The
Steak Number Eight blitzkrieg soon turned into a genuine metal offensive. By touring intensively the
band was soon known for its crushing live reputation and it wouldn’t take too long for them to record
their first full length: ‘All is Chaos’ (2010).

Produced by Mario Goossens (Triggerfinger / Black Box Revelation)and mixed by Matt Bayles (Isis,
Mastodon), ‘All Is Chaos’ hit stores in February 2011 and received raving reviews in both national and
international press. The album was sealed on 45.000 copies with Metal Hammer, UK’s leading metalmagazine,
better known as The Heavy Metal Bible.

Meanwhile, 2 years and 3 UK tours further down the line, Steak Number Eight have evolved into a band
that can make a difference and leave behind their tracks of musical mayhem. The audience licks their
wounds. Performances at Graspop Metal Meeting, Dour Festival and Pukkelpop not only turned Steak
Number Eight into an experienced, well-oiled touring machine ... the band also recorded 11 smashing
new tracks for the long awaited successor of ‘All is Chaos’.

On the new album ‘The Hutch’, Steak Number Eight digs deeper than ever before, finding a perfect
balance between devastating guitars and a hopeful sense of melody. With a worldwide release on
Norwegian label ‘Indie Records’ (Cult of Luna, Kvelertak), Steak Number Eight can finally measure
themselves with their big brothers of Isis, Mastodon, Deftones, Tool and Neurosis.
The trail of destruction starts with the speakers!

‘The Hutch’ was produced by Reinhard Vanbergen (The Hickey Underworld, Drums Are For Parades)
and mixed by Matt Bayles. Howie Weinberg (Deftones, Faith no More, Pantera, Ween++) signed for the
mastering credits.

  • 1. Cryogenius
  • 2. Black Eyed
  • 3. Photonic
  • 4. Push Pull
  • 5. Pilgrimage Of A Black Heart
  • 6. Exile Of Our Marrow
  • 7. The Shrine
  • 8. Slumber
  • 9. Ashore
  • 10. Rust
  • 11. Tearwalker

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Lay Siege - Hopeisnowhere

Monday, January 19, 2015 - Posted by Lifeforce Records, in Albums, News

Hailing from the heart of England – the Midlands – LAY SIEGE create their own distinctive heavy sound. The Northampton quartet mixes core-elements with post- and sludge-metal to achieve riff-orientated songs with heart and depth. Formed in January 2010, LAY SIEGE debuted with mini-album “Obolus” in 2012. The well received six track EP was noted for standing out because of its fresh sound and approach. This is something the quartet continues to address on its first full length album and debut for LIFEFORCE RECORDS – “hopeisnowhere”.

The record sees LAY SIEGE introducing new vocalist Carl Brown and strengthen the direction of playing massive, voluminous songs in between metal and modern post-core. With “hopeisnowhere” the British four-piece is heading in the direction of a consolidated, overlapping heavy-sound that surprises with ruthlessness and sudden grace at the same time. One of the song titles can be used as perfect summary for LAY SIEGEs first album: ‘Souldrinker’. There is no turning back, if you once started to listen to “hopeisnowhere”.

  • 01.  Irebot
  • 02.  Glass Veil
  • 03.  Hollow Hands
  • 04.  The Illusion of Choice
  • 05.  Souldrinker
  • 06.  Hopeisnowhere
  • 07.  The Afflicted
  • 08.  Black Cloud
  • 09.  Blue Pill
  • 10.  March The Flock
  • 11.  A Fictional Sound

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Battle Beast - Unholy Savior

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - Posted by Nuclear Blast, in Albums, Vidéo, News

Hailing from the southern edge of Finland, BATTLE BEAST were founded in 2008 and soon established themselves with their trademark of pure crunching riffs, high screams, blistering solos and strong choruses. Taking the best elements of traditional heavy metal, the sextet is never afraid to add its own flavour to the recipe. After winning the 2010 Wacken Open Air “Metal Battle”, and shortly after Finland’s “Radio Rock Starba” competition, BATTLE BEAST soon caught the attention of Nuclear Blast. The worldwide release of the highly acclaimed debut album »Steel« in January of 2012 and a successful support tour with fellow Finns and label mates NIGHTWISH followed.   

September 2012 saw the original singer, Nitte Valo, leaving the band, to be replaced by a beautiful new front beast Noora Louhimo as they embarked on a tour with SONATA ARCTICA. With the refreshed line-up and an ever-growing hunger, BATTLE BEAST continued their march of success with their eponymous sophomore release in May 2013. Following the success of »Battle Beast«, charting at an amazing #5 in their native Finland and cracking the German Top 100, the band embarked on an extended European tour alongside German metal  band POWERWOLF in late 2013 and then hit the road in Sweden and Norway opening for German metal institution U.D.O.   

Having spent the year playing headlining shows in their native Finland, as well as invading some of the biggest festivals in 2014 (among them the renowned Loud Park in Japan, German Metalfest and Sabaton Open Air in Falun, Sweden), plus supporting their German labelmates ACCEPT during their Finland tour in September, BATTLE BEAST now return to what they do best: to take it to the next level! 

I thirst to go further as a human being and the music on this album represents a part of the ongoing spiritual journey - that's what I tend to I call it - which is my road onward. Music-wise the songs have been expanded to a wider area as an effort to call out emotions close to those I myself had during the times of birth of these songs,” commented guitarist & vocalist Anton Kabanen about the upcoming new BATTLE BEAST album.  

»Unholy Savior« has been influenced by everything the band has been facing during the past months and clearly displays their increased hunger to succeed as a band. Trying to explain the topics of the third BATTLE BEAST record, one will have to go deeper as the songs lyrics were born through an emotionally violent and bloody struggle, that main composer Anton Kabanen was going through at the time: Questioning his whole existence step by step, wondering if his dream had betrayed him. »Unholy Savior« reeks of death, agony, pain, hate, confusion, fear and insecurity, but it speaks of deep gratitude, longing, consolation and love.    

The album had to be done this way - through emotional hell. Having transferred these "things" and emotions into songs I feel that I'm ready to move on.  But like always, I wrote songs about the series "Berserk", as well, and the reason behind writing songs about that particular series is that I can strongly relate to that, especially to certain characters and to their way of thinking and feeling,” Anton adds.  

While with their previous album the young Finns did all the recording, producing and mixing themselves, »Unholy Savior« was produced by Anton Kabanen and co-produced by keyboardist Janne Björkroth and mixed by Matias Kupiainen at 5by5 Studios. Mastering was once again done by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios and the actual recordings took place at Sound Quest Studio and JKB Studios.  

»Unholy Savior« will be released on January 09, 2015. On the very same day BATTLE BEAST will return to the European roads, along with the band that has been supporting them since day one. Swedish metal heroes SABATON did not only invite the band to play at their very own Sabaton Open Air, but also featured a cover version of BATTLE BEAST’s ‘Out Of Control’ as a bonus track on their current charting success »Heroes«.   

Prepare yourselves for the return of the beast!   

Line up:
  • Noora Louhimo – lead vocals
  • Anton Kabanen – lead guitar, vocals 
  • Juuso Soinio – rhythm guitar 
  • Janne Björkroth – keyboards 
  • Eero Sipilä – bass 
  • Pyry Vikki – drums  
  • 1 - Lionheart 
  • 2 - Unholy Savior 
  • 3 - I Want The World….And Everything In It 
  • 4 - Madness 
  • 5 - Sea Of Dreams 
  • 6 - Speed And Danger 
  • 7 - Touch In The Night 
  • 8 - The Black Swordsman 
  • 9 - Hero’s Quest 
  • 10 - Far Far Away 
  • 11 - Angel Cry 

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