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ANDREW W.K. Premieres New Single + Video for “BABALON”

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At the beginning of February 2021, Napalm Records and the inimitable God of Partying, ANDREW W.K., announced the impending release of a massive new single, “Babalon”, and today, that new single is officially released and available worldwide (listen/order here), in both physical and digital formats, with an accompanying music video.

On the “Babalon” track, ANDREW W.K.’s path of partying takes a sharp left-hand turn, making for a triumphant and explosive new showcase for his prowess as a multi-instrumentalist. Swinging drums and a sinister guitar riff open the song’s heavenly gates, veering into organ-driven, hermetical verses. This enormous sonic conquest descends like an angel, lowered by W.K.’s rich and dynamic vocal delivery, that at last builds up to a spine-tingling climax – leaving Andrew’s partiers clamoring for more.

When asked to comment on the “Babalon” music video, the project’s conceptual director, Michael R.C., offered the following:
“With ‘Babalon’, we wanted the audience to slink back down Andrew’s tower and storm the gateway to the city of pyramids with him, or someone who looks like him. We had all been working really hard to lay thee gagging monster down, so it would dwell forever in the chasm of frivolous forming. All these images come from there, from where it’s going. That’s where we put Andrew.”

He added:
“Consciousness hasn’t opened reality, only nightmares. Zone-out now.”
Watch the new music video for “Babalon” HERE:
 
 
Stay tuned here for more upcoming ANDREW W.K. music news as it arrives!
[“Babalon” Single Art]

ANDREW W.K. got its start in southeastern Michigan, before moving to New York City and officially launching in 1999. Now, entering the new decade having already conquered the worlds of music, television, radio, and motivational speaking (even receiving the American Association of Suicidology’s “Person” of the Year Award in 2018), the inimitable God of Partying is more determined than ever to reach euphoric levels of positive perfection. Having released five larger-than-life albums, including the revered chart-topping full-length debut, I Get Wet (2001), ANDREW W.K. has remained hard at work (for two years and counting) on crafting a brand new album of brand new music, guaranteed to pressurize the power of partying into diamond levels of hardness.

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TROLLFEST Releases New Single “Happy Heroes” | Watch the Music Video HERE

New EP, Happy Heroes, to be Released on March 19
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After announcing their new EP, Happy Heroes (out March 19 via Napalm Records), the kings of True Norwegian Folk Metal TROLLFEST release the EP’s title track, “Happy Heroes”, along with a truly Kaotic animated music video. Viewer discretion is advised!

TROLLFEST unleash their next troll adventure as soon as this tune kicks off! The video is a Kaotic, mad and colorful mess, where our trolls attempt to become powerful super heroes – however their plans to save the world don’t end up as planned. “Happy Heroes” takes you on a ride through an absurd world, musically accompanied by triumphant saxophones, heavy riffs and a whole lot of TROLLFEST’s very own True Norwegian Balkan Metal!
Watch the animated Music Video for “Happy Heroes” HERE:
 
Four vivid songs on Happy Heroes deliver a vast variety of spectacular musical romps, made evident by the catchy original title track “Happy Heroes”, wherein TROLLFEST tells the story of evil, self-righteous troll superheroes whom you should probably not call if you’re in need of help. The EP then presents three re-energized cover songs – Balkan and folk metal re-imaginings of the world-famous “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, quite possibly the cheeriest song known to man, the newly released “Don’t Worry Be Happy”, by Bobby McFerrin, as well as the Aqua hit “Cartoon Heroes”.

Each revitalized track keeps its original catchiness and will have you humming in K.A.O.S!
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Happy Heroes Track Listing:
1 - Happy Heroes
2 - Cartoon Heroes
3 - Don’t Worry Be Happy
4 - Happy

TROLLFEST is:
John Espen Sagstad (Mr.Seidel) - Guitar
Fabian Jiru (Grimdrap Glutenfri Fleskeng) - Guitar
Jostein Austvik (Trollmannen) - Vocals
Eirik Renton (TrollBANK) - Drums/Vocals
Kai Renton (Fjernkontrollet) - Synth/Accordion
Dag Stiberg (DrekkaDag) - Saxophone
Øyvind Erik Strønen Johannesen (Lodd Bolt) - Bass/Vocals
Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow (Kjellkje) - Drums/Vocals

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Norse Heavy Metal Legends EINHERJER To Release New Album, North Star and Re-Mastered Version of Legendary Debut Album, Dragons Of The North on February 26 | Pre-Order NOW

New Booking agent at Dragon Productions!
[Photo Credit: Jørgen Freim]

Viking Metal pioneers EINHERJER will release their eighth studio album, North Star, on February 26, proving their status as the pioneers of blending Nordic Black Metal and Folk Metal genres into pure Norse Heavy Metal once again.

The album marks the band’s return to Napalm Records after 25 years, and the release of their legendary Dragons Of The North album (1996), which will be re-released as a re-mastered version on February 26 as well.

Watch the official video for the second single The Blood And The Iron” HERE:
 
Pre-Order your copy of North Star NOW!

Einherjer continue
their development on North Star and increase the hit density and accessibility once again without losing old fans. Strong move!”

- Sebastian Kessler, Metal Hammer Germany -

North Star Tracklist:
1. The Blood And The Iron
2. Stars
3. West Coast Groove
4. Ascension
5. Higher Fire
6. Echoes In Blood
7. Listen To The Graves
8. Chasing The Serpent


North Star will be available in the following formats:

- LP Gatefold Vinyl Marble Green transparent with black + Slipmat + Poster - strictly limited to 200 copies (Napalm Records mailorder only)
- LP Gatefold Vinyl Gold – strictly limited to 300 copies (Napalm Records mailorder only)
- LP Gatefold Vinyl Red
- LP Gatefold Vinyl Black
- 1 CD Digipack
- Digital album

[LP Gatefold Vinyl Marble Green transparent with black + Slipmat + Poster - strictly limited to 200 copies (available at Napalm Records mailorder only)]

EINHERJER will re-release their groundbreaking debut album, Dragons Of The North, in the year of its 25th anniversary in a re-mastered version! The seminal work of pioneering Viking Metal masters EINHERJER has stood the test of time with a legacy that continues to this day. The 1996 classic album Dragons Of The North has paved the genre’s path for years to come and will now be re-released after its initial release on Napalm Records 25 years ago!

Pre-Order Dragons Of The North HERE:

Available as Black Vinyl Gatefold LP, as well as Blue/White Vinyl Gatefold LP (limited to 300 copies), this is a must have for fans of early northern Viking Metal with Black Metal inspired production and sound!


Dragons Of The North Tracklist:
1. Dragons of the North
2. Dreamstorm
3. Forever Empire
4. Conquerer
5. Fimbul Winter
6. Storms of the Elder
7. Slaget ved Hafrsfjord
8. Ballad of the Swords


Dragons Of The North will be available in the following formats:

- LP Gatefold Vinyl Inkspot Blue/White & Poster – strictly limited to 300 copies (Napalm Records mailorder only)
- LP Gatefold Vinyl Black & Poster
- 1-CD Jewel Case
- Digital album

EINHERJER with new booking agent at Dragon Productions

Frode Glesnes states:
"Dragons united! It is with great enthusiasm we can announce a new partnership with Jörg Düsedau and Dragon Productions. A great match in ambition, experience and dedication. We can't wait for the smoke to clear so we can present "North Star" from the stage. We are ready as soon as the world allows."

 

Dragon Productions managing director Jörg Düsedau adds:
EINHERJER was the very first international band that I was in contact with, when I stumbled into this booking business many years ago. Somehow we lost contact back in the days, but finally EINHERJER
joined the Dragon family some years ago. Another agent was in charge at that time and again we lost contact for unknown reasons. Over the years we met many times and always had great moments together. But when I met Frode and the lads again on the 70000 tons of metal 2020, we started to talk seriously again and decided to renew our business relation. The Dragons of the North are finally united again!“

EINHERJER is:
Gerhard Storesund: Drums, Keyboards
Frode Glesnes: Vocals, Guitar & Bass
Ole Sønstabø: Lead Guitars
Tom Enge: Guitars, Backing Vocals

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TEMPERANCE Releases New Acoustic Song “Paint The World”
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Melodies Of Green And Blue to be Released on February 19, 2021
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TEMPERANCE will release their new acoustic EP, Melodies Of Green And Blue, this upcoming Friday, February 19 via Napalm Records! The new single, “Paint The World",  is one of the six acoustic renditions of songs from their critically acclaimed album, Viridian, found on the melodic/symphonic metal outfit’s new EP. After many years of band history and tours with genre giants like NIGHTWISH, Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY and TARJA, TEMPERANCE will release Melodies Of Green And Blue – a gift to their loyal fans!

On this acoustic version, sparkling musical production hits multi-layered vocal harmonies in a dense and catchy acoustic composition. With “Paint The World”, TEMPERANCE invites you into a stripped back musical setting, offering glorious melodies and rich chords to pleasantly get lost in!
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Singer Michele Guaitoli about “Paint The World”:
Together with the emotion of going acoustic, we also had the chance to write some brand new tracks for this acoustic EP, moving away from the original style of the band. Even though we released tracks like “Gaia” or “Scent of Dye” before, “Paint The World” is a semi-acoustic ballad that would have been hard to include in any other TEMPERANCE’s record as it too much in between the acoustic world and the electric world. Like many other times in TEMPERANCE’s history, we immediately took advantage of this possibility that Napalm gave us, to experiment with something different and new. I believe in this song as you can clearly feel the influences of our youth, the alternative rock of the early 2000s, and the beginning of our musical dreams: the dreams of a bunch of kids who wanted to paint their own picture of this world.“

Furthermore, Michele Guaitoli comments on the Melodies Of Green And Blue EP:
"We’ve been talking about recording some acoustic versions of our tracks for a long time, as we all love the intimate and emotional feeling that this particular style can offer to any tracks. If you think of it, this is how most of our songs are composed: it’s Marco on his guitar or me on the piano. Everything for us begins in acoustic before going metal. This EP is a little dream come true, as we can finally show the heart of our music in its purest version."
In celebration of Melodies Of Green And Blue’s release, TEMPERANCE will perform an acoustic show via live stream on Friday, Feb 19 (8PM CET). Get your tickets for the show HERE!
Pre-Order Melodies Of Green And Blue HERE:
Melodies Of Green And Blue tracklisting:
1. Paint the World
2. Evelyn
3. Let It Beat
4. I Am the Fire
5. Nanook
6. Start Another Round
7. My Demons Can't Sleep
8. Gaia

TEMPERANCE is:
Alessia Scolletti - Vocals
Michele Guaitoli - Vocals & Piano
Marco Pastorino - Guitar & Vocals
Luca Negro - Bass
Alfonso Mocerino – Drums

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MUSHROOMHEAD to Reveal Cinematic “Shroomhouse” Double Feature, Including Epic New Music Videos for “Carry On” & “Madness Within”

Horror Buffs: Plan Your Valentine’s “Slay” Date & Watch HERE
The Madness Begins this Sunday, February 14 at 12 PM EST / 6 PM CET!

It’s known throughout the heavy metal universe and beyond that MUSHROOMHEAD are the leaders of self-produced cinematic music videos – the band has delivered countless high-budget film quality music videos to their fans over the course of their career, garnering millions upon millions of views and turning the heads of horror buffs outside the musical realm. This Valentine’s “Slay” Sunday, don’t let lockdown’s closure of movie theaters get you down – MUSHROOMHEAD are kicking things into high gear with the reveal of their first ever grindhouse-style “Shroomhouse” double feature: a 25-minute trip inside the minds of the masked madmen featuring two extravagant new music videos for recent fan favorites “Carry On” and “Madness Within”.

Premiering alongside a livechat via MUSHROOMHEAD’s YouTube channel on Sunday, February 14 at 12 PM EST / 6 PM CET (livechat kicks off at 11:30 AM EST / 5:30 PM CET), the “Shroomhouse” double feature will not only include the aforementioned music videos, but also twisted film trailers, cinema featurettes and more, all produced by the distorted minds of MUSHROOMHEAD themselves.

Occult mystery, gore galore, epic scenery, meticulous costumes, eeriness and fun abound – witness it all with the “Shroomhouse” double feature!

During the livestream, fans can also enter the YouTube chatroom for a chance to win special MUSHROOMHEAD prizes, including a limited “Shroomhouse” lithograph, unique merchandise, and more. Tune into the livestream for details and make sure to brush up on your MUSHROOMHEAD facts – or else!
Sunday’s “Shroomhouse” double feature will take place HERE:
 
Witness additional music videos from MUSHROOMHEAD’s latest release, A Wonderful Life, below & order the album HERE 
"Seen it All"                                                                    "The Heresy"
Music Video                                                                      Music Video
[Cover Art: Gus Fink]
MUSHROOMHEAD is:
Mr. Rauckhorst - Vocals
J Mann - Vocals
Ms. Jackie - Vocals
Dr. F - Keyboards & Bass guitar
Tankx - Guitar
Stitch - Keyboards & Samples
Diablo - Drums/Percussion
Skinny - Drums/Percussion

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GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT - New Album, Ghost Tapes #10, out Today! Order NOW!

Watch New Official Video “Adrift” HERE!

[photo credit: Brian Meade]

 
“Ghost Tapes #10 is primarily up-tempo, capturing the energy of a live band playing together”

Reigning as one of the most well-known and highly critically acclaimed experimental instrumental groups out there with a respected musical legacy spanning nearly 20 years, Irish four-piece GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT reaches a career benchmark with the release of their 10th studio album, Ghost Tapes #10.

Album opener “Adrift” serves as a perfect introduction to Ghost Tapes #10. GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT is celebrating their album release by unveiling a moving music video for the track, capturing the listener with challenging time signatures, a punk-esque bass line and an organic, raw sound that will draw them under the spell of the new album. After hearing introductory “Adrift”, Ghost Tapes #10 becomes immediately unstoppable until its last note.

“Adrift” stands as a signature for the whole album, by unveiling many musical elements that can be found in multiple places throughout the whole album. The song was written in January 2020 and with the lack of touring ahead, opened up the possibility to experiment with pedals and amps, instead of using its digital equivalent. Movement is the overall theme, while raw guitar tones play a big part in the song.
Watch the video for “AdriftHERE:
 
Get your copy of Ghost Tapes #10 NOW - first formats are sold out!
[artwork: David Rooney, www.davidrooney.com ]
Ghost Tapes #10 is certainly the most ferocious GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT full-length to date – it still retains all the rich musical and emotive elements the band is known for by wheeling around luminance, but offers harsh and deep reminiscences as well. Works of art like “Burial”, “In Flux” and “Barren Trees”, with additional guitars by Jimmy Scanlan, amongst others, are proof of these creations of sound. The album’s closer, the atmospheric “Luminous Waves”, captivates in a trance-like mindset – putting one deeply in touch with their inner self, drifting away to stirring tunes of guest cello virtuoso Jo Quail.
The artwork was illustrated by David Rooney, who has worked with the band in the past, and plays into the sense of the foreboding and uncertain times we live in. Ghost Tapes #10 is available as a four-page digipack as well as in multiple limited LP options.  

Tracklisting:
  1. Adrift
  2. Burial
  3. In Flux
  4. Spectres
  5. Fade
  6. Barren Trees
  7. Luminous Waves
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Ghost Tapes #10 is available in the following formats:
  • LP Gatefold Vinyl GOLD (limited to 300 copies)
  • LP Gatefold Vinyl Deluxe SPLATTER WHITE/GOLD/BLACK + Brush Print Album Cover Metal Plate, Slipmat (strictly limited to 100 copies) – SOLD OUT!
  • LP Gatefold Vinyl SPLATTER WHITE/BLACK (limited to 300 copies) – SOLD OUT!
  • LP Gatefold Vinyl BLACK
  • Four-page CD Digipak
  • Bundle - LP Gatefold Vinyl BLACK + Shirt
  • Bundle - 1- CD Digipak + Shirt
  • Digital Album
  • Digital Album - High Res


GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT is:
Torsten Kinsella - Guitar, Piano/Synths
Niels Kinsella - Bass
Lloyd Hanney - Drums
Jamie Dean - Guitar, Piano

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POWERWOLF – Vinyl Re-Release des Gold Albums
Blessed & Possessed – Erscheint am 9. April 2021 via Napalm Records


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[photo credit © Tim Tronckoe]

 
Mit ihren international erfolgreichen Veröffentlichungen haben die hohen Priester des Heavy Metal – POWERWOLF – wahrhaft bewiesen, dass Heavy Metal am Leben ist und sie besetzen unangefochten den Thron des Genres. Während das Quintett unablässig an dem Nachfolger des Erfolgsalbums The Sacrament Of Sin arbeitet, bieten sie ihren Fans nun bereits eine ganz besondere Überraschung:

Das 2015 erschienene Album Blessed & Possessed, welches sich nicht nur viele Wochen an der Spitze der deutschen Charts behaupten konnte, sondern zudem erstmals Gold-Status in Tschechien erhielt, wird nun als spannende Vinyl Edition wiederveröffentlicht (VÖ. 09.04.21 via Napalm Records).

POWERWOLF beweisen hiermit erneut, dass sie sich den Titel als eine der erfolgreichsten Heavy Metal Bands der Gegenwart vollends verdient haben. Bereits das im letzten Jahr erschienenes Best Of Album mit dem Titel Best Of The Blessed (welches auf Platz #2 in Deutschland gechartet ist) gab einen Einblick in die beispiellose Karriere der Band und die kommende Wieder-Veröffentlichung bildet den Startschuss für ein spannendes 2021, das sowohl mit dem neuen Studioalbum Call Of The Wild, sowie der Wolfsnächte 2021 Tour für das Wolfsrudel aufwartet.  
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Tracklisting:
01. Blessed & Possessed
02. Dead Until Dark
03. Army Of The Night
04. Armata Strigoi
05. We Are The Wild
06. Higher Than Heaven
07. Christ & Combat
08. Sanctus Dominus
09. Sacramental Sister
10. All You Can Bleed
11. Let There Be Night
               
Die Blessed & Possessed Vinyl Re-Issue wird in den folgenden Formaten verfügbar sein:
- LP Gatefold Black Vinyl, inclusive exklusivem A1 Blessed & Possessed Poster
- LP Gatefold Marbled White/Black, inclusive exklusivem A1 Blessed & Possessed Poster (streng limitiert auf 300 Einheiten)
Folge den Spuren von POWERWOLF – Das Video zur Single "Blessed & Possessed" HIER:
 

POWERWOLF Live 2021:

Fans können sich darauf einstellen, nicht nur brandneue Heavy-Metal-Hymnen, aus tausenden von Kehlen mitgesungen, erleben zu dürfen - zudem werden POWERWOLF die bis dato größte und epischste Produktion ihrer Bandgeschichte auf die Bühne bringen, womit sie ihren Status als eine der intensivsten Live-Bands einmal mehr untermauern!

Wolfsnächte 2021
01.10.21 DE - Stuttgart / Schleyerhalle
04.10.21 ES - Barcelona / Razzmatazz
05.10.21 ES - Madrid / Riviera
07.10.21 FR - Paris / Zenith
08.10.21 UK - London / Roundhouse
09.10.21 BE - Antwerpen / Lotto Arena
10.10.21 NL - Amsterdam / Afas Live
12.10.21 IT - Mailand / Alcatraz
13.10.21 DE - Frankfurt / Jahrhunderthalle
15.10.21 DE - München / Zenith
16.10.21 DE - Oberhausen / König Pilsener Arena
17.10.21 CZ - Prag / Tipsport Arena
18.10.21 PL - Katowice - MCK
20.10.21 HU - Budapest / Arena
21.10.21 AT - Wien / Gasometer
22.10.21 DE - Berlin / UFO im Velodrom
23.10.21 DE - Hamburg / Sporthalle

ÜBER POWERWOLF:

Die Geschichte von POWERWOLF, die 2004 ihren Anfang nimmt, mag wie ein Märchen anmuten, ist aber das Resultat der am härtesten arbeitenden und unterhaltsamsten Band der Heavy-Metal-Welt. POWERWOLF haben nicht nur unzählige Gold- und Platinauszeichnungen erhalten, auch viele ihrer Alben schossen an die Spitze der offiziellen deutschen Album Charts. Mit ihrem 2015er Album Blessed & Possessed konnten POWERWOLF erstmals Goldstatus (in Tschechien) erreichen, während der direkte Vorgänger, Preachers Of The Night (2013) auf #1, sowie die mitreissende DVD The Metal Mass (2016) auf #1 der deutschen DVD-Charts einstiegen. POWERWOLFs heilige Messe im Namen des Heavy Metal ist unaufhaltsam - ihr letztes Meisterwerk, The Sacrament Of Sin (2018), belegte ebenfalls Platz #1 der deutschen Charts. Die dazugehörige Wolfsnächte Headliner-Tour war nahezu komplett ausverkauft und wurde zu einem einzigen Triumphzug - wie auch die zahllosen Shows auf den Sommer Festivals, die das Publikum Dank der (un)heiligen Messen des Wolfs vollkommen in ihren Bann zogen. 2020 kletterte das Best Of Album Best Of The Blessed auf Platz #2 der deutschen Charts, bevor 2021 mit dem neuen Studioalbum Call Of The Wild und der Wolfsnächte 2021 Tour durch die größten Hallen Europas wieder komplett ein Jahr im Zeichen des Wolfsrudels werden wird.

POWERWOLF sind:
Attila Dorn – vocals
Falk Maria Schlegel – organ
Charles Greywolf – guitar
Matthew Greywolf – guitar
Roel van Helden – drums

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Alt-Metal Favorites SUMO CYCO to Release New Album, Initiation, on May 7, 2021 via Napalm Records | Pre-Order HERE

Watch the Energetic Music Video for Brand New Single “Bystander” HERE

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Canadian alt-metal crossover stars SUMO CYCO are about to transcend into an explosive new era with their upcoming full-length, Initiation, scheduled for release on May 7, 2021 via Napalm Records! Interlaced with infectious heavy metal grooves, pop-perfected hooks, electronic undertones and a dose of punk flavor, Initiation breaks all the rules while delivering a cohesive yet purely unbridled sonic adventure.

SUMO CYCO has cemented their name by garnering an impressive legion of fans with their hardworking attitude and storybuilding prowess. With Initiation, SUMO CYCO takes it to a whole new level – demonstrated by their new single, “Bystander”! Crowned by expert, airtight vocal domination from Juno-nominated pop star-turned-rock frontwoman Skye “Sever” Sweetnam, the track features an aggressive, fast-paced attack of low, grooving metal riffage, relentless drums and slinking electronic accents. Its accompanying music video reflects the track’s energetic, chaotic vibe with sharp, vivid visuals. Don’t just be a bystander, check it out now!

Frontwoman Skye “Sever” Sweetnam says about “Bystander” and its video:
“‘Bystander’ was inspired by the frustration of our lives turning upside down in this pandemic. I felt like instead of living my life, I was now a slave to a screen, watching the world fall apart right before my eyes, totally helpless. The music video depicts my character trapped in a floating house watching news events taking place on TV, and at the same time, right outside my window. This entire video was produced, filmed and edited by Matt and I in our home studio!”
Watch the brand new music video for “Bystander” HERE
 
Initiation invites a mass of new followers into their warped, dystopian-like world of “Cyco City”! As with its predecessors Lost In Cyco City (2014), Opus Mar (2017) and countless singles, Initiation is based in the imaginative conceptual location of “Cyco City”. But unlike most concept albums, the lyrical content is inspired by the band’s real-time environment – featuring timely, personal themes of love, sacrifice, anxiety, empowerment and more that all listeners can relate to.

Sweetnam adds about the album:
The album’s title, Initiation, stems from wanting to invite the audience to be “initiated” into our world. There are usually two congruent themes to each of our albums – one is real-world inspiration, and the other is “Cyco City”, a comic book-esque alternate universe where all our music videos take place. With Initiation, we introduce four gangs or clubs. Our music videos for Initiation all include a theme of these clubs – whether it’s gang vs. gang, a forbidden love between opposing sides, or the idea of having to choose where you belong.

Outside of the story, the lyrics relate to the polarization of the world we live in now. We all have a longing to belong, but what makes one feel accepted or ostracized from a group? To be INITIATED, would you be willing to try to understand another point of view? I have always written lyrics about internal struggle, the war within oneself. Throughout the album, we bounce back and forth between struggle and overcoming. It reflects the times, and there are moments that seem a bit dark.”
Pre-order Initiation HERE
 
At the album’s start, SUMO CYCO lights a spark with the seductively hooked track “Love You Wrong”, connecting like a punch and setting the stage for the vigor to come. The blitz continues with standouts like lethal room-mover “Bystander” and electronic-infused, in-your-face rock anthem “Vertigo” – the latter standing tall with its airtight, gritty pop sensibility and featuring the production mastery of Juno Award-winning producer Kane Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, In This Moment, Papa Roach). Swiftly followed by erratic, addictive nod-to-the-times “Bad News” and heavy, creeping success “No Surrender”, Initiation proves not even halfway through that the band’s songwriting ability and the commanding performance prowess frontwoman Skye “Sever” Sweetnam, guitarist Matt “MD13” Drake, bassist Oscar Anesetti and drummer Matt "Trozzi" blend a recipe for greatness. The album continues winding through a mastery of heavy-meets-pop execution before ending with the full-throttle, sugar n’ salt packed album closer “This Dance Is Doomed” (while various editions cap off with sultry, confident “Awakened”).

By the end of Initiation, listeners will wonder just what exactly SUMO CYCO can’t do, proving them as a band on the rise, and that unconventionality always stands out from the pack.

Initiation tracklisting:*
1) Love You Wrong
2) Bystander
3) Vertigo
4) Bad News
5) No Surrender
6) M.I.A.
7) Cyclone
8) Run with the Giants
9) Overdrive
10) Power & Control
11) This Dance Is Doomed
12) Awakened (not available on standard digital version)

*Various new tracks, such as “New Jive” and “We Are The Nation” are available in different groupings on various formats of Initiation (i.e. Die Hard Limited Edition).

Initiation will be available in the following formats:
- Digital Album
- CD Digipak
- LP Gatefold Orange Vinyl
- Die Hard Limited Edition: LP Gatefold Purple/Yellow/Pink Inkspot Vinyl + 7” Orange Transparent Vinyl Single w/ Two Bonus Tracks + Signed Photo (Napalm Mailorder only – limited to 300 worldwide)
Die Hard Limited Edition: LP Gatefold Purple/Yellow/Pink Inkspot Vinyl + 7” Orange Transparent Vinyl Single w/ Two Bonus Tracks + Signed Photo (Napalm Mailorder only – limited to 300 worldwide)
 
SUMO CYCO is:
Skye “Sever” Sweetnam – vocals
Matt “MD13” Drake – lead guitar
Matt "Trozzi" – drums
Oscar Anesetti – bass

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An homage to Three Decades of Explosive Metal:
Napalm Records Releases BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT’s
EP, Paint The Sky With Blood, on April 23, 2021

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"Like ourselves, Alexi was beyond stoked about these songs and anxious to get these out so we are happy that we can fulfill his wish. Needless to say that we are  honored and proud to be a part of his very last creative work and unleash it the way he wanted it to. It’s time to let the beast out of the cage one more time as a celebration of Alexi’s music,
legacy and the man himself."

- BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT

In 2020, the news was flooded: Led by the extremely talented Alexi Laiho, newly formed supergroup BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT was about to become the striking successor to legendary metal band CHILDREN OF BODOM. Their sonic plans were massive – including an EP release in the spring followed by a full-length album later in the year.

The EP, Paint The Sky With Blood (out April 23 via Napalm Records), was recorded in Finland back in 2020 and was meant to be the beginning of an exciting new chapter. Sadly, that chapter ended far too soon, and now, the three-track piece embodies a whole new meaning. Paint The Sky With Blood is an overwhelming tribute to an outstanding artist and an exceptional sonic heritage – matchless late guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho – and at the same time, a modern homage to the genre itself.  
[Cover Artwork: Travis Smith]
A storm of raging guitars and blaring drums merge with Alexi Laiho’s versatile vocal power, leading into a heavy attack – title track “Paint The Sky With Blood” – opening the 14 minute EP of the same name. The track is strikingly reminiscent of early-CHILDREN OF BODOM elements, while also adding exciting modern influences into the fold. Second stunner “Payback’s A Bitch” and its massive riffing are on a quest for retribution, delivering a hard-hitting, second to none offense. The interplay of Alexi Laiho, guitarist Daniel Freyberg, drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost), bassist Mitja Toivonen (ex-Santa Cruz) and live keyboardist Vili Itäpelto is not only a testament to the band's extraordinary musical ability, but also showcases their skill in deftly incorporating a variety of genre influences.

Closing cover track “Where Dead Angels Lie” is an absolute triumph – originally performed by Swedish extreme metal formation Dissection, the track shines as a timeless classic with a new edge. Eerie riffs and vocals alternating between menacing murmurs and characteristic guttural, distorted vocals stay faithful to the original while branding this version with an undeniable BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT punch.  
Paint The Sky With Blood Tracklisting:
01. Paint The Sky With Blood
02. Payback’s A Bitch
03. Where Dead Angels Lie (Dissection Cover)

Paint The Sky With Blood will be available in the following formats:
- 10" Spined Sleeve Oxblood
- 10" Spined Sleeve Black
- 10" Spined Sleeve Inkspot Ox/Black
- Deluxe Box
- 1 Digipak Mini CD
- Digital Album
[Deluxe Box]
BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT are:
Alexi Laiho - guitar & vocals
Daniel Freyberg - guitar
Mitja Toivonen - bass
Waltteri Väyrynen - drums

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New Album, Riddles, Ruins & Revelations, out this Friday, February 12 via Napalm Records | Pre-Order NOW!

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French-Norwegian symphonic metal institution SIRENIA will unveil their tenth studio album, Riddles, Ruins & Revelations, this Friday, February 12 via Napalm Records. The 11-track album skilfully portrays the band's multifaceted nature and offers a versatile symphonic metal vortex through splicing heavy sounds with modern influences.

After releasing catchy first single “Addiction No. 1” in late 2020, followed by smashing “We Come To Ruins” shortly after, the four-piece around mastermind, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and producer Morten Veland now offers another surprise and presents the third single, “Voyage Voyage“, a cover of Desireless' 1986 hit. With this bonus track on Riddles, Ruins & Revelations, SIRENIA once again successfully combine symphonic soundscapes with electronic vibes, showcasing a whole new facet of their ability while staying true to their roots at the same time. Presented in her mother tongue, the lyrics fit perfectly for France-based singer Emmanuelle Zoldan.

Mastermind Morten Veland on choosing “Voyage Voyage” for the album:
"As our new album is influenced by the eighties to some extent, we thought it would be fitting to do a cover version from this era, and include it as a bonus track on the album. 'Voyage Voyage' by the artist Desireless is one of my favourite songs from this decade and it was a very interesting song to cover. In terms of covers, I love to find songs from a completely different genre and then put SIRENIA's touch and sound to it. It never made any sense to me to do a cover version of a different rock or metal band, as the versions would end up too similar anyway."
Join SIRENIA and dive into some ‘80s vibes with “Voyage Voyage” HERE:
 
A modern ride straight into the heart of symphonic metal!
On Riddles, Ruins & Revelations, SIRENIA remain as true to their album title word-play as they do to their dedication to symphonic soundscapes, drawing the listener into a pounding narrative about the darkest aspects of life. All eleven songs accumulate step by step to an integral sound artwork, where the versatile mezzo soprano voice of singer Emmanuelle Zoldan always shines in high-profile. In addition, there are many enchanting, instrumental surprises lurking on the way that absolutely need to be discovered: With the opening "Addiction No. 1" the formation delivers an immense and catchy tune that will have fans of bands like Beyond The Black and Amaranthe falling in love immediately. "We Come To Ruins" is directed at all the headbangers out there and offers a contrast of harshness. With "Downwards Spiral", Emmanuelle is supported by the remarkable voice of long-time friend Joakim Næss on clean vocals, who has joined the band on previous releases.

Most parts of Riddles, Ruins & Revelations were recorded at Audio Avenue Studios in Stavanger, Norway, and mixed and mastered entirely by Morten Veland himself.

Morten Veland states:
"Riddles, Ruins & Revelations is SIRENIA's tenth studio album. The album is very diverse, as a SIRENIA album should be. There's a lot of material that shows the band from a new side, and there is lots of material that is to be expected from the band musically. All in all, the album will take the listeners through a journey that will cover both familiar and unexplored musical landscapes. We hope that you will enjoy the journey."
 
Pre-Order Riddles, Ruins & Revelations HERE:
Riddles, Ruins & Revelations tracklist:
1. Addiction No. 1
2. Towards An Early Grave
3. Into Infinity
4. Passing Seasons
5. We Come To Ruins
6. Downwards Spiral
7. Beneath The Midnight Sun
8. The Timeless Waning
9. December Snow
10. This Curse Of Mine
11. Voyage Voyage

Riddles, Ruins & Revelations will be available in the following formats:
-CD Digipack + Wristband
-CD Digipack
-Digital Album
[CD Digipack + Wristband – Napalm Shop]
SIRENIA is:
Morten Veland - guitars, bass, vocals, keyboards, programming
Nils Courbaron - lead guitar
Emmanuelle Zoldan - vocals
Michael Brush - drums

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