While the world awaits the new full length studio album from Consecration, which will blight the spring of 2022 with its rotten horrors, released from the clutches of Redefining Darkness Records, the band have dug deep into their crypt of dead songs and torn three mouldering corpses from their caskets. Three ancient tracks have had their bones broken and reassembled and new life breathed into their hollow chest cavities. They have been brought back from the dead…reimagined and reanimated!Consecration’s unholy elixir of decaying death metal and decomposing doom has grown darker and heavier over the years of their shadowy existence. Their earlier compositions have been transformed into terrifying, monstrous versions of their original incarnations and the band decided that the time had come for the results of that alchemical process to be captured and preserved for posterity. On one cold autumn night they entered their rehearsal studio and thundered through three prime examples of their new necromantic rituals, recording them raw and live, freezing their intimidating, overwhelming presence for eternity. ‘Cast Down For The Burning MMXXI’ and ‘Gut The Priest MMXXI’ are black abominations, warped children of tracks that appeared on the band’s 2010 debut EP, Gut The Priest while ‘Domain Of Despair’ grew from the diseased seeds of an incomplete 2011 demo, never made available before in any format. Together these haunted, hellish entities form a new EP, Reanimated, that reveals the new putrescent, perished heart of Consecration.

Reanimated will be released on November 19th by Cavernous Records, complete with stunning artwork from band vocalist and lyricist Daniel Bollans. It is a look back to the past through a lens of nightmares and a warning of what the future holds. For you dwellers in twilight and haunters of the burial grounds, this is an underground treasure to feed your ravenous souls.

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Consecration present Reanimated, a new EP of horrors on Cavernous Records!

Thrash legends Helgrind return with their fifth LP, ‘Insurrection’

Celebrating their 20th year of mayhem, thrash legends Helgrind unleash their fifth LP, ‘Insurrection’ – a testament to their iron will.

The nine-track album represents a perfect mix of all the band’s influences – with diverse melodic undertows and an aggressive vocal sound, the record carries the ethos of the band to higher statures; charging Helgrind with the determination and brutality that stems from its very roots.

‘Insurrection’ sees the first writing collaboration between [vocalist, bassist] Paula Nelson and [guitarist] Si Ellis – with 2008’s ‘Religious Persecution’ as a starting point; the new foundation and chemistry between the two saw fresh ideas coming thick and fast, catalyzing a rebirth and reinvigoration of the signature Helgrind sound.
“Insurrection feels like a re-visit to the Religious Persecution style for the band but more mature in the composition of the tracks” explains Nelson.
“We set our stall out with those previous releases and needed to come back with something that reflects the band’s attitude and the ferociousness of our live show. Insurrection isn’t just about fast music and aggression, we have added thought out parts and harmonies – and for the old school fans we added Helgrind, the live set finisher.”

The album serves as a demonstration of the band member’s production expertise, with recording of guitars, bass and vocals as well as mixing and mastering of the album occuring at the band’s own home facilities. Drums were recorded in Portugal by Arlindo Cardoso.

The ‘Insurrection’ album artwork was created by Indonesian artist Five Miligrams (illustrator for Possessed, Shadows Fall, Napalm Death), who brought Paula Nelson’s concept to life – a demon sitting in the mercy seat, being worshipped by fallen angels; with disciples impaled on spikes and Christ burning on an inverted cross.
“You will face this Insurrection” rolled off the tongue once the artwork was created, and the album title was born.

‘Insurrection’ (which features singles ‘Massacre The Suffering’ and ‘Bitter End’) is for fans of Kreator, Overkill, Sepultura, Exodus, Sodom and Death – out October 22nd via Metal Rocka Recordings, Cargo Records and One Eyed Toad Records.

Helgrind – Insurrection OUT NOW!

Sun Below has a new release coming out, a self-titled, full-length concept recording that follows a figure, the Holy Drifter, on his journey through visions and across time.

The album clocks in at over an hour spread across nine tracks, the first single being the introductory track “Chronwall Neanderthal”. The song title came about while heading to a gig and passing Cornwall. The band started spitballing titles for a song that would debut that night, and Cornwall became Chronwall which would eventually become the mountain range depicted on the album cover. As the opening track, it is the most direct and hard-hitting song on the album and it sets the tone for the remainder of the album. Sun Below explains the concept behind this part of the album’s story:

“Chronwall Neanderthal was one of the first new tracks written for the album and was the last new song we had an opportunity to experiment with live before the pandemic shutdown. It is a more raw and direct track than many of our longer slow-burning jams, but still maintains the groove and feel present within our signature sativa rock sound. The song explores the origin of the sacred strain of ancient herb that becomes a focal point of the story later in the album, and how the Neanderthals of the distant past harvested it to their advantage against rival tribes. The intensity of the music demanded a more aggressive vocal delivery than used in the past, resulting in a pulse-pounding album opener.”

The lyrical subject serves as almost a prelude to the rest of the album, as it takes place in the distant past and plants the seeds for the future. The track contains a more aggressive vocal delivery than usual, which was born out of the need to match the driving intensity of the music. 

Sun Below’s heavy stoner doom is recommended for fans of Black Sabbath, Sleep, and Electric Wizard.


The album will be available on November 19, 2021.

Album pre-order at Sunbelow.bandcamp.com.

Track Listing:
1. Chronwall Neanderthal – 4:34
2. Holy Drifter – 14:24
3. Shiva Sativa – 4:11
4. Green Visions – 5:56
5. Bong Psalm – 3:56
6. Kinetic Kief – 4:24
7. Doom Stick – 3:35
8. Twin Worlds – Part I & II – 18:00
9. Solar Burnout – 14:24
Album Length: 1:11:28

Album Band Line Up:
Jason Craig – Guitars and Lead Vocals
Will Adams – Drums and Backing Vocals
Garrison Thordarson – Bass and Backing Vocals

Live Band Line Up:
Jason Craig – Guitars and Lead Vocals
Will Adams – Drums and Vocals
Liam Gray – Bass

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Sun Below is a heavy stoner/doom power trio from Toronto. Playing a signature brand of self-described Sativa rock, a combination of fuzz, volume, and heavy grooves, Sun Below seeks to spread their infectious, rollicking sound to the masses.

Starting as a humble seedling in 2018, the trio formed with a desire to create heavy rock with stoner/doom elements in a groovy Sabbath style, and through constant improvisation, the material is grown organically first with the music and then with the lyrics.

Engaging, extended tracks compiled with a crushing amount of volume touch on topics including cannabis, the occult, Lovecraft, unexplained occurrences, the infiniteness of space and the Holy Drifter. Even at length, each track is an exceptional sonic journey through space and time. Inviting their listeners to get into the groove and the headspace of the music, Sun Below is the perfect combination of a mellow trip with an energetic Sativa boost.

The trio of Jason Craig (guitars/vocals), Garrison Thordarson (bass/backing vocals) and Will Adams (drums/backing vocals) specialize in loose, long burning jams that worship at the altar of tone, riffs, and smoke, but also brim with raw bombastic heavy metal rock to keep the energy up high. Smoke up, tune down, play loud, burnout.

Still relatively new, but reaching towards the light and maturation, Sun Below have been hard at work sharing the stage with the likes of Black Mastiff and Chron Goblin; releasing three EPs: Black Volume EP (2018); Black Volume EP II (2019); Black Volume EP III (2019) and a music video into the haze. With a new stoner sun set to rise in 2021, the power trio will release their first full-length debut on November 19th to keep the fuzzy momentum going.

Sun Below Presents A Fuzzy Stoner Soundscape In “Chronwall Neanderthal” Off Upcoming Album

Montreal, Canada’s Thrash La Reine is sharing their second single “La Cage de Fer”in support of their new album “Notre-Dame-de-l’Enfer” being released via Quebec metal label Bam&Co. Heavy (Anonymus, BARF,  Dizzygoth, Nova Spei) on October 29, 2021.

“Notre-Dame-de-l’Enfer” is the third release from the band following “La Foi, La Loi, La Croix”(2019) and “Le Métal Est Notre Langue” (2018). It is the band’s attempt to make a metal opera about French Canadian stories, which will shine some light on francophone folklore presented in an energetic and catchy fashion.

The track “La Cage de Fer” is inspired by the Québécois folklore of Marie-Josepht Corriveau. A woman who lived in New France during the 18th century and was sentenced to death by a British court-martial for the murder of her second husband along with speculation of witchcraft. She was hanged for her crime along with her body hanged in chains. 

“This is another really important story that is part of French Canadian folklore,” says vocalist/guitarist Renaud Baril. “This song is really slower and darker than the rest of the album with mellow verses and a more aggressive chorus. It has a more of a ‘doom metal’ feeling.”

“La Cage de Fer” can be heard via its lyric video :


For “Notre-Dame-de-l’Enfer”, Thrash La Reine worked closely with producer Francis Perron (Voivod – The Wake) to create an album of 13 tracks: 9 full songs and 4 instrumental interludes, taking the band on a hard turn from their classic metal/thrash roots and into folk metal territory. Overall, the concept album will connect with many local Quebec fans, but the band’s goal is to also expose French Canadian culture to more metalheads around the globe.

“‘Notre-Dame-de-l’Enfer’ is an album about French Canadian folklore. Most of these folk tales occur at night, in the cold countryside of the province of Quebec. We made an album that reflects this cold and dark atmosphere. For example, we used down-tuned guitars and bass to create a sonic atmosphere that seems to come from the depths of the Appalachian Mountains. Many of these stories happened in the 18th century during festivities; we also tried to capture the festive aspect of these legends, including a lot of gang vocals. We incorporated some traditional instruments to this album like mandoline, acoustic guitar, strings, accordion, and cowbell! The kind of singing and harmonies we use on this album are also reminiscent of traditional chants. 

These French Canadian folk tales are all about ghosts, witches, sins, and the devil himself! It fits really well with the metal imagery! The album touches on a lot of different styles: fast, slow, sad, happy songs with either coarse or clean vocals. This album captures different colours and emotions.

As the themes of the album are really similar, we did a conceptual album with an epic introduction and some transitions between the songs.”

Thrash La Reine is recommended for fans of Alestorm, Powerwolf, and King Diamond.

Album pre-order – https://thrashlareine.bandcamp.com

Track Listing:
1. La Plainte de l’Alouette (0:36)
2. L’Étranger (4:32)
3. La Chasse-Galerie (4:29)
4. Le Rigodon de l’Enfer (0:25)
5. Au Chant de l’Alouette (3:00)
6. Wendigo (3:36)
7. La Cage de Fer (4:02)
8. Une Heure Avant l’Aube (1:06)
9. Operation Neptune (3:25)
10. Les Trois Diables (4:42)
11. Le Diable En Personne (0:33)
12. Le Fantome de l’Avare (4:35)
13. Legende d’Antan (7:27)
Album Length: 42:34

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THRASH LA REINE Shares Next Tale of Quebec Folklore w/ Metal Fans In New Video “La Cage de Fer”

Venus Syndrome‘s sophomore album “Cannibal Star” is out now as of October 22nd via Rockshots Records. For its release day, the band is sharing a visualizer for their third single “Dark Side Of The Sun”

“This song is more in a prog metal feeling. He’s a man who dreams of living on another planet without the human race. He can’t stay with the human race anymore…” adds the band.

Formed originally as a Dream Theater cover band under the moniker MetroTheater, it wasn’t too soon after that drummer Thibaud Pontet (Eternal Flight), guitarist Ayman Mokdad (Alien Encounters), keyboardist Rodolfo Lima Sproesser (Goiana, Tahra, Heretic, Floyd Rose cover Pink Floyd), bassist Florian Guidat and vocalist Emmanuelson (Ellipsis, Rising Steel, Hydroflame) were keen to create something more.

It came under the suggestion of main composer and guitarist Ayman Mokdad to the rest of the band that he had written original material inspired by the concept of the “Venus Syndrome”, in which the Earth undergoes runaway warming and the oceans boil off and is viewed as the greatest threat to humanity’s existence (more info here).

From those lyrical and musical ideals, Venus Syndrome offered up their self-titled debut album during April 2020 all while being an international collaboration between musicians on two sides of the globe. Rodolfo Lima Sproesser is based in Brazilian while the rest of the group is in France. 

Carefully crafting power melodies, intricate hard rocking rhythms and soaring vocals inspired by the likes of Russell Allen (Symphony X), Warrel Dane (Nevermore) and Ray Adler (Fates Warning), the band is ready to introduce their next recording and the sophomore full-length “Cannibal Star”.

Recruiting Simone Mularoni (Domination Studio, Ultra-Violence, T/L Rhapsody, Eternal Idol, Eldritch, Elvenking) for mixing and mastering, the new album is a more mature production compared to their self-recorded effort. On “Cannibal Star”Venus Syndrome showcases eleven tracks for fans to not just enjoy its melodic progressive metal groove, but also go beyond the listening experience and understand the message behind their music. 

“Humanity will disappear if each one of us, each individual do not contribute to safeguarding it. Art, and particularly music is a healer and can help us reach the target and build something strong for our kids and their kids hopefully.” says guitarist and composer Ayman Mokdad.

The band decided on the tracks not just on record, but how they would be best performed for a memorable live experience and the importance of its messaging for saving our planet and humanity.

“There’s an amazing live show that goes with these songs, that’s why there is an instrumental ouverture, an instrumental interlude, and an ending part on the song “Contaminate Me” that we can play with the audience for several minutes. They can expect all the energy and power of the universe. We want them to sing our songs long after the show.”

“Cannibal Star” is available from Rockshots Records at the following links:

Album CD – https://bit.ly/CannibalStar_DIGICD
DIGITAL Stream or Download – https://bfan.link/cannibal-star

Track Listing:
1. Ouverture 2040 (2:41)
2. Sideral Groove (5:33)
3. Sun Inside Me (4:53)
4. Dark Side of The Sun (4:07)
5. Golden Mind (4:37)
6. Empire of The End (4:12)
7. Cannibal Star (3:11)
8. Breaking The Black Stars (4:23)
9. Tunnel of Light (3:31)
10. Like A Monster (4:08)
11. Contaminate Me (4:40)
Album Length: 46:01

For more info:

Rockshots Records – Out Now! VENUS SYNDROME’s New Album “Cannibal Star”

L-R – Dave Sheldon – Guitar, James Arsenian – Vocals, Aaron Spink – Drums, Graham Porter – Bass – Photo by Jason Spun

As people across the northern hemisphere brace for winter, Canada’s Exes For Eyes are releasing a new single, the aptly named “The End Of Summer”. This will be the first music released from the band since 2019, and they are eager to get back into the ears of fans. Featuring Björn Strid of Soilwork, the idea behind the single was to question our integrity as a species. “Do we as western humans have the ability to toughen up? Or are we basically just fucked on a biblical scale?” Exes For Eyes continue to explain the track:

“It can be heavy, it can be subdued, it has tension and release, and a few good old-fashioned earworms. Having Björn onboard has only solidified that this is a song with something special. When we sent him the pre-production, he instantly knew this was a song that had substance. “Your best work” he called it. It has the ability to uplift you to euphoria, and the bottom will instantly drop out, leaving you wondering what exactly happened and looking for a repeat play.”

Essentially a metaphor for the amazing quality of life we take for granted, the song explores the notion that without facing true adversity in life, we are becoming soft and approaching the end of that golden era. This single is the first of four, which will make up an internet fourth release, due to the global situation, the band is taking the time to perfect this next offering and give it the revel it deserves when the time is right. 

Exes For Eyes has been going for almost ten years, during which they released three albums, toured heavily, and shared the stage with an impressive list of metal titans. They have a level of cohesion that only comes with that much experience. 

Melodic, with plenty of low-end grooves, Exes For Eyes is recommended for fans of Lamb of God, Slipknot, Soilwork.The music video for “The End of Summer” ft. Björn Strid of Soilwork can be seen and heard via its premiere onTheCirclePit YouTube channel

Digital stream and download at Exesforeyes.com/merch | Spotify

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EXES FOR EYES is a project born of an overwhelming amount of mutual respect and admiration between two men. A respect for one another’s work ethic, musical proficiency, stylistic taste and of course, for each other as people. The concept of blindness, be it willing, involuntary, inherent or otherwise is so foreign and far removed from anything within the realm of experience for these men.

However as the process has begun to create this music, it has become apparent how limited one’s own vision can be when staring at the broad side of limitless potential and ambition. With the musical vision of Dave Sheldon (ex-Annihilator, Man With Target) and the lyrical conception of vocalist and frontman Big James (Endast, Authors) the project is very quickly taking shape into something more than either anticipated. The hope is to see the world of metal in a new light, with EXES FOR EYES.

2021 – The End Of Summer (single)
2019 – Of Strength And Sorrow – LP
2014 – Tongues Like Figure Eights – LP
2011 – The Ampler Grid – LP

Exes For Eyes Delivers New Video “The End Of Summer” ft. SOILWORK’s Björn Strid

HOLLOW, lead by Andreas Stoltz (ex-Binary Creed) will be releasing the new album “Tower” on November 26th via Rockshots Records. The fourth full-length from the Swedish power prog act follows 2019’s “Between Eternities of Darkness”, which marked the band’s return after a 20-year hiatus since unleashing the 1999 album “Architects of The Mind” via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today, HOLLOW presents their second single “Every Drop of My Blood”, a fast-paced track about social isolation. Stoltz explains further: 

“This one has been re-written a few times before reaching completion. I couldn’t figure out what to do with the vocals on the chorus, to begin with. There’s this simple, straightforward guitar melody that I wanted to keep, but it kind of collided with most of my vocal ideas. But finally, it clicked with the turn-taking of the lead and the backing vocals.”

Digital Stream – https://spoti.fi/3aC7OCN 

Featuring 10 tracks, “Tower” is a story album best listened to as a whole, which tells a tale of transformation with its blend of progressive metal/rock, power, melodic death and thrash elements. Andrea Stoltz is accompanied by drummer Stalder Zantos who also appeared on “Between Eternities of Darkness”.

“Working with Stalder Zantos has been a more continuous element in writing the material for Tower than on Between Eternities of Darkness and this has definitely influenced the outcome as has contributed more on this album than on the previous one, adds Stoltz.

On HOLLOW‘s “Architect of the Mind” artificial intelligence and creation was the topic, on “Between Eternities of Darkness” parenthood and tragedy and for “Tower” the concept of inner and outer freedom is explored. It’s also about belonging and transcendence and Stoltz hopes these are things that most people can relate to. 

“The relating bit is important, since art – regardless of form – is a meeting of emotions and ideas. It needs to find something to resonate within the person who takes part in it. When asked, I find it hard to describe the music, but it’s metal. It has distorted guitars, double bass drums and harks back to bands like Judas Priest and Queensryche. But there is also quite a bit of contemporary metal on Tower. Since this is a concept album with the ambition of conveying a story, listening to it as a whole is encouraged. I hope you can find something that resonates with you on it. Hopefully, HOLLOW’s fans will be able to trace today’s music back to Modern Cathedral and Architect of the Mind. I’ve made an effort to keep it as straightforward and simple as possible. I think most fans will have no trouble recognizing it as HOLLOW.” comments Stoltz.

“Tower” is due out November 26th, 2021 via Rockshots Records.

Album Pre-save – https://bfan.link/the-tower
CD pre-order – https://bit.ly/hollow_cd

Track Listing:

1. Birth (3:45)
2. The Tower (3:25)
3. Guardian (3:49)
4. The Waiting Is Over (3:26)
5. Destroyer of Worlds (3:38)
6. Every Drop of My Blood (3:58)
7. Sunrise (3:29)
8. A Home Forgotten (3:30)
9. Nation of Man (3:42)
10. Wander On (3:39)
Album Length: 36:24

For more info:

Rockshots Records – HOLLOW New Video “Every Drop of My Blood” Off Upcoming Album “Tower”

L-R – Nicolas Dumais (Bass/BackVocal) | Julien De Carufel (Drums) | Dany Duplessis (Singer/Screamer)
Stéphane Filion (Lead Guitarist) | Dany Soucy (Rhythm Guitarist/Ambiant Lead)
Photo Credit – Claude Prud’Homme – Studio-017

Nova Spei has a second single “Assez” coming out, complete with a new music video. This is following the first unveiled track Qui Sème Le Vent”, which was well-received by fans and media. Having been out of the scene for many years, Nova Spei came together to fill the gap with their unique blend of groovy, djenty and progressive metal.

With each of the twelve songs on the album, Nova Spei tries to give the listener something to reflect on, basing their lyrics on common events that people experience throughout their lives. The songs are high-energy and ready for live performance as soon as it is possible to do so. They explain the single and the album in their own words:

“Assez denounces those who use a cause to embellish their images but who do not do what they advocate. The first album didn’t have the cohesion that this one has. For “Sequentis” we really work together, combine all our influences, and give our best to each part of the song.”

Nova Spei was started by Dany Soucy who is the main songwriter for the band, with Dany Duplessis doing the majority of lyric writing, they ultimately work together collaboratively with each member adding their own touch on the final product.

Those who are intrigued by this release won’t have to wait too long for a follow-up, as the band is already talking about the next album. 

Accessible and thoughtful, Nova Spei caters to a wide assortment of listeners, especially fans of Gojira, Deftones, and Tesseract.

“Sequentis” is due out November 12, 2021 via Quebec label Bam&Co-Heavy. The album was written and produced by Nova Spei plus mixed and mastered by Anthony Chognard along with the album artwork done by Filip Ivanovic.

Album pre-order – https://novaspei.bandcamp.com/album/sequentis

Track Listing:
1. Animal (3:36)
2. Génération Perdue (3:55)
3. Assez (3:25)
4. La Proie (5:07)
5. Sorcière (3:40)
6. Digitalisé (3:50)
7. Nouvel Espoir (4:07)
8. Damné (3:32)
9. Qui Sème Le Vent (3:40)
10. Tête Dure (3:26)
11. Mal Incarné (4:26)
12. Démocratie Bafouée (3:39)
Album Length: 46:26

Album and Live Band Line Up:
Dany Soucy (Rhythm Guitarist / Founder)
Dany Duplessis (Singer/Screamer)
Julien De Carufel (Drums)
Nicolas Dumais (Bass/Back Vocal)
Stéphane Filion (Lead Guitarist)

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NOVA SPEI, is a Francophone progressive metal band from Montreal Quebec. They were formed in 2012 by Dany Soucy (guitar) (Dook, Legion) and in 2014, Nicolas Dumais (bass) and Dany Duplessis (vocals) joined the lineup. Stéphane Filion (guitar) joined the band in August 2018 while Julien De Carufel (drums) arrived in August 2021.

In 2014, Nicolas Dumais (bass) and Dany Duplessis (vocals. Stéphane Filion (guitar) joined the formation in August 2018 while Julien De Carufel (drums) arrived in August 2021.  

The band is a heavy sound coming from the guitar and the drums reminiscent of Deftones, Meshuggah and Tesseract. Vocals are influenced by Killswitch Engage, Staind, and Breaking Benjamin. The progressive side on the bass is inspired by Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree.

Their rhythms depict texts that leave room for reflection. A reflective metal with a Djent flavor.

They presented their first album “Éponyme” 2017. In 2019, they were tour support for Anonmyus’ 30th anniversary Quebec tour of the same group, which added to their 50 date tour to promote the debut album.

The production and direction of their first full length were done in the band’s home studio in Champlain, QC, and it was mixed/produced/mastered in France by Anthony Chognard (Smash Hit Combo, CHSprod). Their lead single “The Man with 1000 Smiles” is in constant rotation on Quebec RadioX 98.1FM and their song “Ma Muse” can be heard during the Canadiens hockey games at the Centre Bell in Montreal.

2019 marked the beginning of the recording of their second album, which is entitled “Sequentis”, which will be released on November 12, 2021 via label Bam & Co Heavy.

“Une pièce qui a tout ce qui faut pour devenir un classique du métal québécois. Des phrases percutantes et pleine de sens sur une musique lourde à souhait.” – Ondes Chocs

“Nova Spei : Nouvel espoir sur la scène métallique au Québec” – Voir

Montreal’s NOVA SPEI New Music Video “Assez” Off Upcoming Album “Sequentis”


Words can limit and restrictively define. They place boundaries and borders upon expression. We all know the sensations, emotions and experiences which are simply indescribable, beyond the tools of language to express; the connected gaze, the taste of mountain air, the spell that bird song weaves around the heart. These wordless moments elevate us beyond the need to record or explain. And there is the shadow side of these unarticulated gifts; the unique pain as a heart breaks, the all-enveloping darkness of grief and loss, the inexplicable terror of a nightmare without reason or structure. The most vivid, vital, desperate moments of our existence are found…in the absence of words.

In The Absence Of Words was brought into existence in Stockholm, Sweden in 2017, with the purpose of expressing moods and experiences that lie beyond the remit of speech. The music created wanders freely through different styles and approaches, always striving to capture the essence of a moment, the spirit of a story or the resonance of an emotion. Throughout 2017 one piece, one chapter of sound was released every month and further recordings emerged, like unexpected soft showers of rain, over the subsequent years. Then, in 2021, it was decided that the work of In The Absence Of Words would be brought together in two compilations, two expansive tomes of sound. In April, A Collection I was released, featuring six deeply immersive pieces of dark ambience that captured the hearts and imaginations of all those who slipped beneath its tranquil waters. Now it is time to step across the threshold of A Collection II, which highlights the most lyrical yet wordless of In The Absence Of Words’ compositions. This is your chance to bask in the radiance of ‘An Emergence Of A Feeling Feared Lost’, to feel memories stirred by ‘Rites Of Passage’, to grasp an unsuspected connection with ‘Of Times Passed’ and to float on the soft clouds of understanding that drift through ‘This Is All There Is’…

Released on Spotify on September 1st, for those who are unfamiliar with the work of In The Absence Of Words, A Collection II will be a revelation. Each piece of music carries within it an elixir of experience that echoes the secret memories of our own lives. These are sounds that speak to the heart in a language without words that we have all known since our birth, an essential part of our souls.

“The project’s anonymous identity is not an attempt to be secretive; rather, identification and personification are considered inconsequential to the music.”

Genre: Ambient
For fans of: Dead Melodies | Flowers For Bodysnatchers | Pink Floyd | Tiamat

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“…soft, cloud-like, with sonorous, billowing drones changing shape and form…”

In The Absence Of Words – A Collection II

Photo by: Jessy Dwyer (Beyond the Pit)
Nick Boudreault (Vocals) – Maxime Rondeau (Lead Guitar) – Maurice Emond Jr. (Bass) – Mathieu Fréchette (Drums) – Eric Desormeaux (Rhythm Guitar)

It’s been a tough year for many bands during the age of Covid, but it has also been a source of inspiration for artistic expression. From lockdowns to friends and family unable to see one other, Gatineau, QC’s FRACTURES & OUTLINES are showcasing their disappointment with the world by sharing their take on the current events with their new single and music video “Vultures”.

The track is a hard-hitting mosh anthem that fulminates the band’s frustration towards the current state of the world and their anger concerning seeing people around them falling for misinformation and conspiracies. As you listen, you can hear a blend of musical elements similar to early Silverstein and heavy-riffing like A Day to Remember. The band explains the track in further detail:

“Vultures is our first step into the world of modern metal. We’re transitioning from our post-hardcore sound to a more polished version of ourselves, delivering our frustration through what we believe is one of our best tracks yet. However, we do want to mention that Vultures is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our musical future, and we’ve been stepping into new and unknown territory for us.”

The music video for “Vultures” directed by Jessy Dwyer (Beyond the Pit) can be seen and heard via its premiere on YouTube channel.

During the recording of “Vultures“, vocalist Nick Boudreault passed out after delivering the long scream during its breakdown after running out of air. “Vultures” was produced by guitarist Eric Desormeaux to follow the band’s 2020 single “Kerosene” and 2019 debut album “Defenseless”. The comic book theme for the single’s artwork created by vocalist Nick Boudreault was drawn to represents his inner demons along with allowing it to tell its own story.

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Ripping out of Gatineau, Canada, Fractures & Outlines is a post-hardcore band with influences ranging from Silverstein, No Use For A Name and Killswitch Engage.

The band came together in 2014 and work tirelessly planting their feet in the local underground music scene. Intrepidly, they created their first EP ‘Checkmate’ in 2017, which was met with solid acclaim from various publications.

As a team, the band works on each song together crafting heavy hooks, catchy choruses, and brutal breakdowns with lyrical themes about internal struggle and having to fight your own demons. Working to further develop a sound that is their own, they hit the studio in 2018 to start work on their 10 track full-length ‘Defenseless’ released in May 2019.

In 2020, a year after the release of their debut album, the band returned with their follow-up single “Kerosene”. The band teamed up once again with producer Joe Lyko (Dark Moon Productions).

Now in 2021, Fractures & Outlines return with their next single “Vultures”. The track was written amidst a band hiatus in the middle of the Covid pandemic. It’s a hard-hitting mosh anthem that fulminates their band’s frustration towards the current state of the world and their anger concerning seeing people around them falling for misinformation and conspiracies. As you listen, you can hear a blend of musical elements similar to early Silverstein and heavy-riffing like A Day to Remember.

“Vultures” is out on all digital platforms.

FRACTURES & OUTLINES Despise Covid Times In New Music Video “Vultures”