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Having finally completed an extensive tour in support of their latest album, ”III”, French metallers ETHS recently recorded an EP with their new vocalist, Rachel Aspe.
The title-track of ”Ex Umbra In Solem” is a brand new song recorded, produced and mixed by ETHS guitarist Staif Bihl. It is backed by three classic ETHS tracks, recorded live on October 24, 2013 at the Divan du Monde in Paris, mixed by Nikhertz at Studio Phantom.
Last but not least, the EP includes three songs from the ”III” album, re-recorded with Rachel’s vocals.
"Ex Umbra In Solem" EP track listing:
01. Ex Umbra In Solem
02. Samantha (live)
03. Bulimiarexia (live)
04. Crucifère (live)
05. Voragine (Rachel on vocals)
06. Harmaguedon (Rachel on vocals)
07. Proserpina (Rachel on vocals)
Once again, the artwork was created by photographer/designer Nicolas Sénégas, who already worked on the art of ”III” and has no equal when it comes to adapting ETHS’ musical universe into graphic art.
Due on March 14, ”Ex Umbra In Solem” will be strictly limited to 1000 numbered six-panel digipaks.
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Swedish/German/American extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY have started mixing their ninth studio album, ”War Eternal”, with Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR) at Fascination Street in Örebro, Sweden for a June release via Century Media REcords.
Comments ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott: “We’ve been producing ourselves, as we did on [2011’s] ’Khaos Legions’.
"We have a clear vision of what we want ARCH ENEMY to sound like, and we can actually achieve it without the help of outside producers. We also have the advantage of having two talented sound engineers among our ranks in Daniel Erlandsson (drums) and Nick Cordle (guitar).
"We’ve been tracking at a few different studios here in Sweden — the drums at Fascination Street Studio and guitars and bass in another room. We just finished vocals in a third studio with engineer Staffan Karlsson (‘Khaos Legions’) and the mix and mastering will done by Jens Bogren at his Fascination Street mixing facility.
"Musically, this album is going a few places we haven’t visited before. As our fans have come expect, our albums have all had their own vibe and ’War Eternal’ will leave its own mark. Lyrically, it’s a much more personal record, and I feel the songs have more dynamics and depth than ever before. The songs are loaded with strong and vicious metal, drenched in tons of melody and emotion. All the trademarks of ARCH ENEMY are present, just more in your face and turned up to 11.".
Regarding the new CD title, Michael says: “A lot of times life is a struggle, a war against what I like to call ‘mental chains’ in society that try to prevent you from living life the way you want, that try to stop you from making your dreams come true. I have always resented that and I always will. The title sums up our collective attitude a band as well; stages will be destroyed, eardrums will bleed. There will be no choice. This, ladies and gentlemen, is ’War Eternal’…”
ARCH ENEMY will debut new material on a short eastern European tour before the album is released; this trek will then be followed by an extensive run of European summer festivals, including Sweden Rock Festival, Wacken Open Air and many more. A full headlining tour in North America and Europe will take place in fall/winter 2014.
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Dutch/Mexican symphonic/progressive metallers STREAM OF PASSION will release their new album, ”A War Of Our Own”, on April 18 via PIAS/Rough Trade. The CD is described in a press release as “the result of the struggle the band had to endure after they decided to part ways with their record label and continue on their own path.”
Comments STREAM OF PASSION singer Marcela Bovio: “A corporate impasse such as this affects your peace of mind.
"The idea of crowd funding changed everything. It was heart-warming to see how many people were prepared to support us and what they were willing to do to secure our future. Through this, we’ve grown closer to our fans; they played a major part in creating this album."
The red thread of the album is conflict in all its forms: personal battles, like disease and depression, corporate battles the band was confronted with themselves, but also the turmoil that destroys a land, mainly the drug wars of Mexico, the native country of Bovio. Musically the band has perfected their sound by ambitiously pushing their boundaries; ”A War Of Our Own” is more progressive and melodic than ever, with symphonic elements and an emotional undertone, heavy with Latin-American influences.
"A War Of Our Own" track listing:
02. A War Of Our Own
03. The Curse
05. Burning Star
06. For You
11. Don’t Let Go
12. Out Of The Darkness
13. The Distance Between Us (digipack bonus track)
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ARKONA returns after three long years and is finally ready to release its new album, ”Yav”. The Russian warriors revolving around the impressive frontwoman Masha “Scream” Arkhipova have perfected their unique style. Like never before, the band interweaves brutal metal riffs, pounding drums and folk melodies, the latter played mostly on authentic and medieval instruments. Sweeping and profound songs, epic compositions and dream-like atmospheres create the distinctive and enthralling sound of ARKONA.
According to a press release, ”Yav” ”offers 70 minutes of original, majestic and unique pagan folk metal” and will be released through Napalm Records on the following dates:
April 25: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
April 28: France
Apri; 30: Spain, Sweden, Norway
May 2: Finland, Benelux
May 5: Rest of Europe
May 6: USA/Canada
"Yav" track listing:
02. Na strazhe novyh let
04. Zov pustyh dereven’
05. Gorod snov
07. Chado indigo
09. V ob’jat’jah kramoly
Dear friends and members of the Legion,
It is with great pride that we present to you the result of our collaborative effort:
A WAR OF OUR OWN
Release date: April 18, 2014
More about the album, from our official press announcement:
On April 18 the Dutch metal band Stream of Passion will release their new album A War of Our Own through Pias/Rough Trade. A War Of Our Own is the result of the struggle the band had to endure after they decided to part ways with their record label and continue on their own path.
Leader of the pack Marcela Bovio: “A corporate impasse such as this affects your peace of mind. The idea of crowd funding changed everything. It was heart-warming to see how many people were prepared to support us and what they were willing to do to secure our future. Through this we’ve grown closer to our fans, they played a major part in creating this album.”
The red thread of the album is conflict in all its forms: personal battles, like disease and depression, corporate battles the band was confronted with themselves, but also the turmoil that destroys a land, mainly the drug wars of Mexico, the native country of Bovio. Musically the band has perfected their sound by ambitiously pushing their boundaries; A War Of Our Own is more progressive and melodic than ever, with symphonic elements and an emotional undertone, heavy with Latin-American influences.
Can’t wait to share this new album with you! Stay tuned for more information!