Every town has stories to caution or warn, every police officer has a seen a crime that keeps them awake at night, and every coroner has seen death in ways that the rest of us could never imagine. Murder, conspiracy, supernatural horror, and real-life terror are stains on the cutting room floor where Edmonton-based group Tales of The Tomb paints their canvas.
Tales of The Tomb will release their new EP “Volume Two: Mendicium”September 27th.“Volume Two: Mendicium” is a collection of narratives surrounding government cover-ups, national lies and the heinous crimes committed amongst the shadows. The album was mixed and mastered by Cryptopsy guitar player and Head Engineer/Owner at The Grid Studios Christian Donaldson. The EP also contains a bonus track about the Japanese horror film Mermaid in a Manhole. Featuring artwork by Tony Midi of Tonymidi Artworks. Pre-order the album HERE.
Today the band has teamed up with Metal Insiderfor an exclusive premiere of the lyric video for “The Nightmare Hall”. Watch it HERE.
Unified by the desire to have the grotesque power of 90’s era death and murder metal, Tales of The Tomb started as a thought that grew into an insatiable need to make extreme music. Tales Of The Tomb was created in October 2013 from founder Corey Skerlak (Guitar, Vocals) out of inspiration from the original murder metal band Macabre.
Much of their inspiration is drawn from the hideous crimes and conspiracies of the world. Retelling stories of the dark hidden secrets and victims from such crimes. This was the inspiration for the name Tales of The Tomb.
A sonic attack layered with grinding blast beats, injected with menacing guttural lows — a sound straight from hell with gore-filled lyrics leaving little to the imagination, destroying your eardrums like a corpse is erased in an acid-filled bath.
“RIYL: Serial killers and death metal. Now, many of you may think the two already go hand in hand, but new dimensions of depravity are opened when you take the murderous criminals Macabre and Church of Misery have been glorifying forever and backdrop it with noise more akin to Cannibal Corpse Fist-****ing At The Gates. Or Vice Versa.” – Decibel Magazine
“It’s got a European death metal feel to it, and while it’s definitely heavy, it’s centerpiece is a melodic guitar solo. If the rest of the EP, out on November 27th, is anything like the first taste of it, signals Tales of the Tomb as a band we’ll be hearing more – Metal Insider
“Grooves entwine and work their way under the skin like toxic vines, whilst the body of the song strolls with a deceitful calm as much hued in more classic metal essences as it is in death metal voracity.” – RingMaster Review
“Volume One: Morpras stands as a melodic treat fans of cold sounding death metal, melodic or otherwise, will definitely get a kick out of.” – Apochs Metal Review
Prairie Finalist for Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2016
New Album ‘Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos’ Out October 4th
Cosmic black metal trio CELL have prepared a new album “Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos” to continue their dramatic and theatrical storytelling in their conceptual science fiction universe. Following up their debut 2016 album ‘The Frozen Moon Of Erebath’ the next chapter will be available on October 4, 2019.
Taking place on a planet called Xarbos, two races collide over different ways of life. The listener can expect to be pummelled with blast beats and speed and put into a hypnotic doomy trance while floating through an atmospheric and cosmic cleans. CELLgoes into the details of the story the album follows:
“Each track has its own story in the album that leads to one big ending which is the decimation of the Xarbonite hierarchy. In the story, there are two races of beings on this planet: one race chose to rise with power, tech, money and the lower race is actually the oldest of Xarbos and know the ways of the land and its magic. There are a few side stories within the album that trail off but still, stay within the main story.”
Following in the footsteps of classic bands like Emperor, Death, Morbid Angel, and Immortal, CELL have become weavers of the arcane adding a theatrical stage show to their modern take on black metal. The single ‘The Wailing Sea Of Emptiness’ is a prime launching pad to travel through Xarbos on this audio journey. Cell explains the story of the track:
“This song is about the lower race crossing the wailing sea to get to the valley of Assimilation. Within the valley, there is a wormhole that can transport any being to the realm of the Frost King. Long ago before the higher race started taking over, everyone was in harmony and lived together as one. Over the years fewer people believed in the gods of the old world and the god of gods grew tired of this and trapped all the souls of non-believers”
‘The Wailing Sea Of Emptiness’can be experienced via its premiere on Anti Christ MagazineHERE.
CELL – ‘Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos’ USA/Canada Tour 09/26/19 – Fargo, ND @ Red Raven Espresso Parlour 09/27/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mortimer’s Bar 09/28/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters 09/29/19 – Chicago, IL @ Live Wire Lounge 09/30/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge Coffee House 10/01/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class 10/05/19 – Charlotte, NC @ Skylark Social Club 10/07/19 – Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s Downtown 10/08/19 – Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar 10/09/19 – Everett, MD @ Banshee Den 10/10/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar 10/11/19 – Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar 10/12/19 – Quebec City, QC @ House Show 10/13/19 – Ottawa, ON @ Pour Boy 10/14/19 – Sudbury, ON @ The Asylum 10/19/19 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Goodwill Social Club
Track Listing: 1. The Rise Of Gorthar (2:31) 2. Defiling The Ancient Hierarchy (7:16) 3. All I See Is Them (4:15) 4. The Wailing Sea Of Emptiness (5:59) 5. Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos (1:35) 6. God Of The NetherRealm (8:32) 7. Valley Of Assimilation (5:24) 8. Altering Matter In The Realm Of The Frost King (10:38) Album Length: 46:12
Album Band Line Up: Hypnos (Drums), Hyperion (Guitar, Vocals), Demios (Bass, Vocals)
Live Band Line Up: Hyperion, Lowell Winters, and Brett Leier
Cell is a three-piece conceptual black metal band that formed in 2014 reigning from Winnipeg, Canada. They blend elements of old school and modern black metal with hints of death metal, hardcore, thrash, and doom to create reality-altering unrelenting cosmic black metal. Their concept is based on a science fiction comic book idea that Hyperion (guitar/vocals) was working to bring to life, but decided instead to turn into music.
Each song starts with Hyperion taking the reins by writing the song structure, riffs, and lyrics; Deimos (bass/vocals) and Hypnos (drums) adding in their preferences for riffs, lyrics and other such things to alter the songs for the better. There is a lot of cathartic emotion put into each song that connects to each member on a personal level while keeping within the dark sci-fi concept and using metaphors of what we as humans do to this planet and the life on it.
Using these topics, it’s easy for Cell to let everything out on stage every during every performance. They use a lot of art and theatre within the live show including using corpse paint, blood, armor, pro audio lights, and lasers. To see our show is to experience something emotional, aggressive, theatrical and cosmic.
Cell has toured across Canada multiple times and have been featured on several festivals including Black Mourning Light, Loud As Hell Metalfest, Armstrong Metalfest and Manitoba Metalfest sharing the stage with the likes of Skeletonwitch, Goatwhore, DRI, Revocation, and Aggression. They released their debut album ‘The Frozen Moon Of Erebath’ in 2016 and follow it up in 2019 with ‘Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos’.
Calgary’s Woodhawk are at it again with a new album being released in November! With it comes their first single “Weightless Light” is premiering via The Sludgelord HERE.
The track comes from “Violent Nature”, the band’s sophomore album, which steps away from the science fiction themes evident on their previous release 2017’s “Beyond The Sun” and takes a more therapeutic turn, as the band explains:
“On previous efforts, we wrote from a science fiction standpoint. It’s where we all were at, at the point in our lives and reflected what we wanted to say and represent. Now, we believe in honesty and find the therapeutic side of music. This album has been an expressive honest view into our lives over the past 2 years.”
Putting a lot of time and production into the new album with producer Jesse Gander (Rain City Recorders), Woodhawk has worked really hard to capture energy and emotion. Based on insomnia, their first single “Weightless Light” has an intimate meaning for vocalist/guitarist Turner, as he explains:
“The song stems from my struggle to sleep for a few months over the fall of 2018. I would wake up every night at the same time and lay awake staring at nothing. My mind would race and inhibit me from sleeping, no matter what. So I would lay in this state of almost non-existence where I couldn’t tell if I was asleep, awake, alive or dead. It was an odd feeling of vulnerability. To pass the time, I would get up and play guitar in the middle of the night, until I felt I could attempt to go back to sleep for the last 45 minutes before my alarm.”
It’s a feeling many have experienced and Woodhawk draws empathy with this forceful track. For fans of Black Sabbath, The Sword, and Clutch, “Violent Nature” is available for pre-order via the band’s Bandcamp.
See Woodhawk live on the following dates: Oct 18 – Heartbeat Hot Sauce presents Woodhawt Ones – 8pm MT (The band will be eating all varieties of Heartbeat Hot Sauce and other hot sauces all while answering questions via Facebook and Instagram live)Oct 25 – Vancouver, BC – Railway ClubOct 26 – Kamloops, BC – Pogue MahonesNov 2 – Beer Launch Party – New Level Brewing in Calgary(New Level Brewing and Woodhawk have teamed up to make a Violent Nature Beer! Come down to New Level Brewing, for the beer launch. Woodhawk will be down there all day spinning records, selling merch and drinking the fine nectars they’ve created with New Level Brewing.)Nov 8 – Calgary, AB – Palomino (Album Release Show)Nov 9 – Edmonton, AB – Temple w/ The Wild!
Track Listing: 1. Snake In The Grass (4:46) 2. Weightless Light (3:38) 3. Dry Blood (4:30) 4. Heartstopper (4:40) 5. Old Silence (4:46) 6. Clear The Air (5:32) 7. Violent Nature (5:31) 8. As A Friend (4:31) 9. Our Greatest Weakness (6:57) Album Length: 44:54
From the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains hails Calgary, AB’s rock n’ roll trio Woodhawk. Masters of the straight-ahead riff rock, Woodhawk blends classic rock influences of Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy with smooth grooves, cranked amps, and heavy-hitting drums. The coalescence of melodious vocals, catchy riffs, and dynamic instrumentation creates a vast soundscape for the listener to explore. With lyrical themes of science fiction and sorcery to more recent themes of struggles and triumph, Woodhawk wears their heart on their sleeve.Woodhawk began in 2014 with the release of a self-titled EP, followed by the critically acclaimed full length “Beyond The Sun” in 2017. A melodically rich and varied album, steeped in science fiction themes and packed with undeniably catchy riffs, “Beyond the Sun” cemented Woodhawk’s status as a desert rock band with unlimited potential to break through into the mainstream. Rather than taking their freewheelin’ brand of lyrical chrono-metal into the comfortable bracket of factory-produced R’n’R, Woodhawk elected to explore the road less traveled.
Returning to Rain City Recorders in Vancouver, BC during February 2019, Woodhawk worked with Jesse Gander (Anciients, Bison, 3 Inches of Blood, Japandroids, Pack AD) to record their sophomore album “Violent Nature”. Over the course of 2 weeks, Woodhawk tracked their strongest effort yet, producing songs that address the struggles of mental health straight on, and laying it all on the line. Woodhawk’s new material abandons the world of fantasy in pursuit of emotional authenticity and self-discovery.
Our heroes’ quest for clarity and independence has landed them on the precipice of ambition and accomplishment. It’s a true turning point of entry for Woodhawk’s lofty yet assertive life-goals. The elegant anthems and pulsing chords of the next phase in the group’s sonic evolution can scarcely be contained. Grounded with one foot in the present and another in the dynamic future, Woodhawk’s outlook is as boundless as their command of their genre. With the new album due out on November 2, 2019, their intelligence, inventiveness and an uncanny knack for generating timeless tunes are ready to flood the senses and tug at the spirit with an easy-going nonchalance that embraces the audience with confidence and jean-jacketed arms.
Woodhawk features guitarist Turner Midzain, bassist Mike Badmington, and drummer Kevin Nelson. They have taken the stage at the Commodore Ballroom, Sled Island, and UP+DT, in addition to multiple Canadian tours. They have also shared the stage in support of Airbourne, Truckfighters, Elder, and The Shrine. Woodhawk has their sights set on touring North America and Europe to bring their highly energetic and captivating live performance to new audiences.
#12 on National Loud Top 20 for 2017- Canadian College Radio Charts (Earshot) (Album – Beyond The Sun)
The best Canadian metal of 2017: Top 15, according to Hellbound.ca – #13 – Woodhawk (Album – Beyond The Sun)
“Calgarian riff-riders Woodhawk kicked off the proceedings, hitting all the gritty notes with their raucous roadhouse metal. Propane and Jack flowed freely as the golden western trio woke all them witches with their thematic rock fury.” – Beatroute (AB)
“The riffs are so catchy you’ll be humming them long after you remove headphones and the songs are so good you will be craving the next chance you get to sit down and listen to them again.” – The Sludgelord – Beyond The Sun Review (May 2017)
“Taking influence from bands such as Kyuss, The Sword and Truckfighters. Woodhawk offer a refreshing style of Psych Stoner Metal with moments of Fuzz and Desert Rock that add extra grit to their music.” – Outlaws of The Sun
“Take Red Fang, The Sword and Witchcraft, strip them of nearly all distortion and add a canny knack for catchy as fuck riffs, with a psychedelic edge, and you arrive at the dusty doorstep of Calgarian stoner rockers Woodhawk!” – Worship Metal
Portuguese progressive metallers BLAME ZEUS have unveiled their new music video “No” in support of their third full length “SEETHE” due out November 8, 2019 via Rockshots Records.
With influences that range from blues to metal, BLAME ZEUS can be described as an intense and heavy rock, but also with intimate and nostalgic ballads. Their line up features Sandra Oliveira, Tiago Lascasas, Paulo Silva, Celso Oliveira, and Ricardo Silveira.
Since forming in 2010, the band’s two previous releases “Identity’ (2014) (Raising Legends Records) and “Theory of Perception” (2017) have garnered much praise in their home country along with securing opening slots with bands Lacuna Coil, Moonspell, Cradle of Filth, Cellar Darling, R.A.M.P. among many others established acts. In 2018, they were invited to perform at Vagos Metal Fest, one of Portugal’s biggest heavy festivals.
The band adds:
“Our new upcoming album will still possess BZ’s genome, but it will bring some fresh features you’ve never seen in our work. It will be heavier, darker, more progressive, and it will make the fans submerge in a turmoil of strong feelings. Fans will certainly feel our same old vibe in the songs, but recognize it has been upgraded, with a more modern sound. We worked freely, with no strings attached, using new elements, making everything sound rhythmically, harmonically and melodically intertwined. We have certainly not made things easier to ourselves, and had to evolve technically to be able to play and sing these new songs.”
and vocalist Sandra Oliveira also adds:
“‘SEETHE’ could very well be considered a conceptual album because the main theme of the songs is unexpressed anger, silent pain transformed into poetry. Its contradictory nature is the liberation of the soul, it’s letting go of that lump on your throat when you have something to say. Each song speaks of a particular situation where the silence and the numbness become a vehicle for action and freedom or even utmost despair.”“SEETHE” is available for pre-order here.
Out August 16, 2019 Sludgelord Records (UK vinyl, worldwide digital) / September 13, 2019 No List Records (Canada vinyl)
Vancouver heavy stoner grunge rockersWAINGRO are excited to announce the vinyl version of their latest album “III” is now available in their home country of Canada via No List Records. The album was released last month digitally worldwide and on vinyl for the European market via Sludgelord Records on August 16th.
The band adds:
“The first album was kind of chaotic, the second one explored the stoner/doom side of things a bit more, and this new and third one is a mix of the two, but with a more grunge/noise element to it. It’s a nice addition to anyone’s heavy, noisy rock catalogue.”
“III”, as suggested, is the third album from WAINGRO and has shown considerable growth from their previous releases “Mt. Hood” (2015) and Self-Titled (2014).
Listen to ‘III’ in full at the following link here.
Fueled by a passion for stoner rock and punk; Brian Sepanzyk (guitars/vocals), Benjie Nesdoly (drums) and Nate Pennell (bass/backing vocals) took the heaviness of hardcore, the groove from stoner rock and then added subtle desert rock highlights to work on what would come to be known as Waingro.
The experienced musicians have honed their craft in several other bands over the years, but it wasn’t until they formed Waingro that Sepanzyk (guitar/vocals), Nesdoly (drums), and Nate Pennell (bass/backing vocals) were truly able to explore their talents in the abrasive desert rock band. While their earlier material can be considered stoner hardcore with releases Self Titled (2014) and Mt. Hood (2015); Waingro adds a grunge edge on their latest album “III”.
Bringing a ton of energy, while still remaining super tight, Waingro’s main lyrical concepts on the third album explore the character of the same name from the film Heat. Writing about situations from the character’s potential point of view complemented with visual landscapes for his possibilities.
Show Dates: Sept 13 – Vancouver, BC – Astoria Hastings (Album Release Party)
Track Listing: 1. New Colony (3:30) 2. Red Death (3:03) 3. Bay Area Cult (3:15) 4. Third Veil (2:40) 5. Merrin (2:48) 6. Marked Cross (3:43) 7. Dead Calm (2:41) 8. The Upward Turn (3:17) 9. Pacino (1:53) 10. Monaco (3:29) 11. Greenwater Manifesto (4:59) 12. Cardinal (4:42) Album Length: 40:06
The Colony premiere their new video for anthemic track ‘Here We Stand’ at Distorted Sound and reveal the identity of their new guitarist.
Today Scottish metal troupe The Colony have unveiled their brand new video exclusively at Distorted Sound Magazine. The video is for the anthemic track ‘Here We Stand‘, taken from their incredible new album Smoke And Mirrors, which will be released on September 28th.
To coincide with this video premiere The Colony have also revealed the identity of their new guitarist – Tristan Dales. The band have issued the following statement:
“So the time has come to finally announce that we have found our new guitarist! Tristan has been working with us over the last few years making music videos, videoing gigs and taking pictures of all our antics. It’s now time for him to join in on the antics. Good luck dude you’re going to need it!”
Meanwhile the reviews have started to roll in for the forthcoming album from The Colony, Smoke And Mirrors and the press are suitably impressed…
“One of the best albums I’ve heard this year if not the top one so far. Absolutely full marks. All day. Every day. What a cracker!” 10/10 – INDEPENDENT MUSIC SHOWCASE
“…passion and emotion mixed with crushing riffs and melodic hooks…” – MUSIPEDIA OF METAL
Rockshots Records: SILENT CALL New Video ‘Imprisoned In Flesh’ + New Album “Windows” Out Oct 11th
Swedish progressive metal pioneers SILENT CALLhave released their new single ‘Imprisoned In Flesh’ taken from their forthcoming album “Windows” to be released October 11, 2019 via Rockshots Records.
“Windows” is the fourth album from SILENT CALL and was mixed and mastered by Rich Hinks (Annihilator). After three decades and three albums released to date, “Windows” will be the last album of their career. Don’t miss the chance to catch this brand new progressive heavy metal masterpiece.
Track Listing: 1. Faceless 2. Soulshaker 3. Imprisoned In Flesh 4. Shifting Shape 5. Among The Ruins 6. Clouded Horizon 7. The Unknown 8. Hermetic 9. Shedding Skin 10. Damnation 11. Invisible 12. Bleeding Me Dry 13. Eye Of Destruction For More Info: Rockshots.eu
Arising from the thriving music scene of Stockholm, Sweden, Silent Call trace their lineage to the year 1990, when founding members Daniel Ekholm and Patrik Törnblom met through a common friend. Realizing their shared passion and strong melodic influence, they formed what became the chief driving force and songwriting effort behind Silent Call’s sound, which can be compared to many of the leading bands in today’s’ genre.
In 2006, Silent Call was joined by progressive metal drummer powerhouse Mikael Kvist (Elsesphere, Fate), and the lineup was soon expanded with the acquisition of bassist Tobbe Moen (Red Fun, OZ, Creozoth). The singer’s slot was finally filled in September of 2006 with the addition of ex-Seventh Wonder and Elsesphere vocalist Andi Kravljaca. After the completion of the lineup, things happened very quickly for Silent Call. The band’s debut 4-track demo “Divided,” released in January of 2007, showcased the band’s new direction and lineup and was promptly picked up by UK label Escape Music.
Silent Call’s debut album, “Creations From A Chosen Path”, was released during August 2008, featuring 13 tracks of powerful melodic metal, with guest appearances by the likes of Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, Brazen Abbot) on vocals and Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye, Murder of My Sweet) on drums. The album was mixed and mastered at JM Studios by famed studio man Martin Kronlund (Hammerfall). Received extremely well by the press, “Creations From A Chosen Path” has been hailed as one of the best metal albums of 2008 by several European magazines.
During the winter of 2009, Silent Call began recording their follow-up album, “Greed”. Once again mixed and mastered by Martin Kronlund, and this time featuring artwork by Progart genius Mattias Noren, the 11 tracks on “Greed” explore heavier and more complex musical ground, showcasing Silent Call at their thus far most progressive, and most aggressive release.
Silent Call had to pull off something special if they were to continue on the lines of surpassing their debut and “Greed” had done just that. Their follow-up 2014 release “Truth’s Redemption” was a fine example of what fantastic progressive metal should actually sound like! With songs like “Every Day”, “All That Might Be” and “When the Angels Call Your Name”, Silent Call effortlessly produced top class music with all the hallmarks of being overnight sensations. Crisp guitar work, a plethora of keyboards and great lead vocals were all to be found on the album.
In late 2014, new vocalist Göran Nyström (ex Twinspirits) joined the band. Prior to that Silent Call consisted of Göran Nyström on vocals, Daniel Ekholm on guitars, Patrik Törnblom on keyboards, Tobbe Moen on bass and Mikael Kvist on drums. The band started writing songs for a new album in 2015 and also went on a European tour together with Sweden’s Tad Morose.
“Windows”, the newest album from Silent Call, will be released in the fall of 2019. Production on Silent Call’s fourth album, “Windows” was completed in late 2016 and was mixed and mastered by Rich Hinks (Annihilator). “Windows” will be the last album of their career and is due out on October 11, 2019 via Rockshots Records.