Canadian gothic rockers Van Halst are asking the 'Questions' with their new music video. Vocalist Kami Van Halst said: "'Questions' is a very important song for us. There is so much victim blaming in our society and we wanted to draw attention to this issue.
"My sister (Brittney Grabill) and I wrote this song in response to a series of sexual assaults that were happening in our home town. We were appalled by the lack of focus on the perpetrator and the questions being asked of the victims such as 'Well what were they doing there in the first place?' We need to stop putting the blame on the victims and shift our focus to preventing these altercations in the first place. People need to understand that violence and abuse towards another person, any person, is not ok."
Please be advised this video shows scenes of violence towards women. This is intended to raise awareness about victim blaming.
Greek melodic power Metal masters Firewind, the group led by Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G, release their eigth studio album, 'Immortals', on January 20th 2017 via the band's longtime label Century Media Records in Europe. A first single from the upcoming album is released today. It's the album's opening track, 'Hands Of Time' and you can check it out below.
Gus G checked in with the following about 'Hands Of Time': "We know it's been long overdue, but finally we can present a new song. 'Hands Of Time' is the opening track off our new album 'Immortals' and I'd say it's a return to a sound that many of our fans have longed for. Fast, melodic with a big chorus, big production, guitar/keyboard solos and of course a great performance by our new singer, Henning Basse. Enjoy!"
Calgary, AB's Krepitus are challenging the relationship between death and thrash Metal with their trademark downtrodden technical riffs and fierce aggressive vocals. They have been constantly playing with opposing elements and creating a stable compound of death-fused thrash since their beginnings in 2013. Three years in the making, the bone crushing four piece are proud to unleash their debut album, 'The Eyes Of The Soulless' out today, November 25th, and it's free, right here.
Red Cain are proud to unleash their debut self-titled EP today, November 25th and you can hear it in full below. The band commented on the EP's release: 'Red Cain' is a concept album, with the tracks mirroring the four Faces of Man. Guillotine is War. 'Dead Aeon Requiem' is Ascendance. 'Hiraeth' is Yearning, future and past. 'Unborn' is the Primordial.
It is with a great sense of pride, anticipation, and optimism that we finally reveal these four songs - our first quality thrust at the musical abyss, and our first challenge to you, the fans, as well as ourselves. There are lyrical, musical, and thematic layers to be discovered within these tracks; they are as much a reflection of their creators as of the subject matter, and, as often happens in music, we came out much changed on the other end. If we can instill even a small portion of that change within you, the listeners, that will make all of this worthwhile.
Glasgow's own Kieran Robertson released his debut album, 'In The Name Of Vanity', via Mordhorst Music in September 2016 and it's a release that we like very much here at MetalTalk Towers.
To coincide with his next live appearance, a pre-Christmas show at Glasgow's famous Cathouse nightclub on Friday 9th December (with support from local up and coming rockers, Stoneface), Robertson has just released a lyric video for the track 'This World' and here it is.
Australian Metal destroyers Aversions Crown will release their sophomore release, 'Xenocide', on January 20th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment and today, the band has released a lyric video for the brand new track 'Ophiophagy'.
"Here's your first taste of mayhem from 'Xenocide'," comments vocalist Mark Poida. "Ride the groove and bang your head. As above, so below."
Xenocide was tracked by Adam Merker at Studio Anders Debeerz in Brisbane and mixed and mastered by Mark Lewis (Whitchapel, Devildriver, The Black Dahlia Murder) from Audio Hammer.
Swedish blackened Metallers Witchery released their sixth album, 'In His Infernal Majesty's Service', today via Century Media Records.
Check out two blazing tracks from the album, 'Oath Breaker' and 'Nosferatu' right here.
Liverpool based Xander And The Peace Pirates have shared the stage with legends such as Bon Jovi, Buddy Guy, Van Morrison, Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy) and Joe Satriani and now they are back with their new single, 'Fire', taken from their album '11:11' which was released last week.
Brothers Keith and Stu Xander were discovered on YouTube by Gibson Brands CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, and during their subsequent performances for the company at numerous international events, the band caught the attention of not just an ever-growing collective of fans but also industry legends.
Frontman Keith Xander was born without a lower right arm but that hasn't hindered his playing whatsoever as his style involves unique picking via a plectrum attached to a hook on his prostatic arm.
Swedish Metalcore band Set Before Us released their second EP, 'Enigmas', consisting of five songs the band have been working on for over a year. Here's Clay Heart from that release.
Ritual Festival, which aims to be bring the best in doom and death Metal to Leeds, have announced that Southern Lord,s unhinged extremists All Pigs Must Die have been added to a bill that already boasts Ihsahn, Misery Index, The Afternoon Gentlemen, Crepitation, Corrupt Moral Altar, Conjurer, Serpent Venom and Groak. They will be joined by Leeds experimental, noisecore outfit Canvas who will reform especially for the festival.
Ritual Festival takes place on Saturday 8th April 2017 and will be preceded by an official pre-show on the Friday in Leeds at Belgrave Music Hall featuring Bolzer, Fen, The Infernal Sea and Sathamel.
Morta Skuld have completed work on their new studio album, their first full-length release since the 'Surface' album in 1997. Titled 'Wounds Deeper Than Time', the band have reunited with original label Peaceville Records for this latest opus, set for release on 17th February 2017.
Dave Gregor had this to say about the upcoming release: "It is such a pleasure being back home on a label we started out with years ago, Peaceville still to this day has a great roster of bands and have stayed true to underground music. We're happy to be home again where we started. This album brings an old school death Metal feel with a degree of technicality. The new line-up brings a fresh feel but still in the Morta Skuld vein and the songs/vocals are a fine continuation of the 'Surface' album we did years ago. This is definitely the strongest line-up we have had, and can't wait 'til you all can hear what we have been working so hard on for the last year."
Here's the trailer for the album.
Bonafide are ro release a new album, 'Flames', in 2017, the band's tenth anniversary and the first single, 'Smoke And Fire', is out on December 17th.
Frontman Pontus Snibb told us: "It's a good song about bad practice. Lyrically it's giving our peers a kick up the arse. It's about bands that like dressing up more than they like writing songs. It's more about how these guys look and how they act on stage. We're the complete opposite. I mean, we look OK but for Bonafide it's all about the music and it always has been. It's about substance over style."
Swedish death Metallers Diatonic are streaming a brand new song entitled 'The Eyes', which is taken from their upcoming album 'I Am The One', out today, November 25th.
Diatonic is the solo project of Joakim Antman and for this project, the Antman shows his multi-instrumental capability and teams up with Marduk's drummer Fredrik Widigs. Here's the lyric video for the track 'The Eyes'.
Here's Snakewine's new video, 'Mean Machine' in which they work with the Saalfeld, Germany based American Football Club, Titans.
The East Germans released their rock'n'roll infused debut album 'Serpent Kings' in late 2015.
Ship Of The Line have released their debut single, 'The Downfall of Piracy' today. It's adapted from a poem attributed to Benjamin Franklin and celebrates the defeat of the famed pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard. who after a furious battle was apprehended and beheaded by Lt. Robert Maynard of the Royal Navy on November 22nd 1718, precisely 298 years to the day from the single's release.
The Admiralty have released the following statement: "For too long have the nefarious forces of piracy held sway over the airwaves. We will no longer stand for such knavery. Ship Of The Line are here to challenge all so-called 'Pirate Metal' bands for supremacy of the high seas! GOD SAVE THE KING!"
We'll have comment from Alestorm in the near future.
Tokyo four-piece Crystal Lake have just released their latest album, 'True North', and here's 'Omega' and 'Six Feet Under' from the album.
Vocalist Ryo Kinoshita shares: "Before we started writing this album, we all knew this record would define who we are, where we stand and where we are heading. No matter how things around us change, we are who we are and we've always headed the same direction and it never changes. As I have written in the lyrics of 'True North', this record shows how we live and how we die."
More Cum On Feel The Newz next Friday, 2nd December 2016...