Symphonic Metal Group GRAVESHADOW Returns With New Song ‘Gwynnbleidd’
The symphonic/gothic metal band GRAVESHADOW have released a new single, “Gwynnbleidd,” the Sacramento, California-based act’s first new music in two years. The track – which is now available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms – marks the recording debut of the group’s new vocalist, Rachl Quinn, as well as new bassist Luci Rae. You can view a streaming audio video and find direct links HERE.
According to guitarist Aaron Robitsch, “’Gwynnbleidd” was inspired by the popular Netflix fantasy drama ‘The Witcher.’ I initially wrote the music for the project that Will (Walker, guitars) and I were going to form when GRAVESHADOW seemed like it was over,” he explains. “When Rachl was recruited, we felt that the song had the potential to showcase her vocals perfectly and show a strong comeback for the band. Lyrically, Rachl took inspiration from ‘The Witcher,’ continuing our trend of songs being influenced from a variety of fandoms, including ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘World of Warcraft,’ ‘The Legend of Zelda’ and ‘Doctor Who.’”
Adds Walker, “I’m really excited about this track. I feel it showcases the next natural evolution of GRAVESHADOW’s sound, and Aaron did a fantastic job composing it. It was also the first chance we got to work with Rachl in a writing capacity, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. I was on a huge ‘Witcher’ kick, so when Rachl wanted the lyrics to center on Geralt and Ciri’s relationship, I was on board immediately. We’ve always enjoyed weaving lyrics about our favorite stories into our music, and I think this is one that our fans are really going to enjoy. It showcases a leap forward in the guitar work, and the orchestrations are bombastic and uplifting at the same time. This is just a taste of what we’ll be releasing later this year, and I feel it’s a damn fine first sip!”
“Gwynnbleidd” is expected to appear on GRAVESHADOW's forthcoming EP, which will further showcase the potential displayed on their 2015 debut “Nocturnal Resurrection” and “Ambition's Price,” both of which saw the group deftly mix symphonic and gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash and epic progressive power metal. Additional details on the new release will follow in the coming months.
Since forming in 2013, GRAVESHADOW have earned extensive praise for mixing fantasy-based lyrics with crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, earth-shattering drums and powerful vocals that range from operatic highs to unearthly growls, creating a rich and dynamic musical atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. The group has built a steady following in the Western United States in recent years through regional tours and performances alongside the likes of Sirenia, Tarja, Angra, Arkona, Children of Bodom, Apocalyptica, Marty Friedman, Death Angel, Flotsam and Jetsam and Anvil.
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Symphonic Metal Group GRAVESHADOW Announces New Lineup;
New Single Due May 29
The symphonic/gothic metal group GRAVESHADOW will begin an exciting new chapter on May 29, when the Sacramento, California-based quintet releases a new single, “Gwynnbleidd.” In addition to being the first new music from the band – who have toured alongside the likes of Sirenia, Tarja and Angra – since their acclaimed 2018 M-Theory Audio debut “Ambition's Price,” the song marks the debut of two new members: vocalist Rachl Quinn and bassist Luci Rae.
According to founding guitarist Will Walker, the new additions to GRAVESHADOW have reinvigorated the group. "I can't explain how elated and overjoyed I am that this has all come together,” he says. “At the end of 2018, I sincerely thought GRAVESHADOW was over. Aaron (Robitsch, guitars/keyboards) and I were writing for a new project, but when we heard Rachl's audition tapes, there was no question that GRAVESHADOW had a chance to come back stronger than ever. The additions have opened up new frontiers in writing, and the whole group just works together so well. This is a huge shake-up, a whole new lineup. While I know many of our fans may be raising some eyebrows right now, I feel confident that this lineup is going to deliver material that is going to kick us up to the next level. Thank you all for your continued support, and stay tuned – this is just the beginning of the next chapter in GRAVESHADOW history!"
Adds Robitsch, “Words cannot describe my excitement for what this lineup has in store! A year ago, I seriously thought this band was done for and was deeply saddened that all we had accomplished had come to a sudden end. I have to give a huge shout-out to my friend Avi Cohen for recommending Rachl, as her voice inspired Will and me to continue. Having Luci not only providing bass, but also growls allows us to present a new dynamic of vocal layers that we couldn’t accomplish with a single vocalist. I will cherish the memories shared with the ‘Ambition’s Price’ lineup, but I'm confident that new team is worthy of the GRAVESHADOW name!”
“Gwynnbleidd” will further showcase the potential displayed on their 2015 debut “Nocturnal Resurrection” and “Ambition's Price,” both of which saw the group deftly mix symphonic and gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash and epic progressive power metal.
Since forming in 2013, GRAVESHADOW have earned extensive praise for mixing fantasy-based lyrics with crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, earth-shattering drums and powerful vocals that range from operatic highs to unearthly growls, creating a rich and dynamic musical atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. In addition to the aforementioned artists, the group has built a steady following in the Western United States in recent years through regional tours and performances alongside the likes of Arkona, Children of Bodom, Apocalyptica, Marty Friedman, Death Angel, Flotsam and Jetsam and Anvil.
“Gwynnbleidd” will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms on May 29.
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French Hardcore Group STINKY Go The 'Distance' In Timely New Music Video
New album 'Of Lost Things' due June 12
France's leading hardcore group STINKY will release their M-Theory Audio debut, “Of Lost Things,” on June 12. Today, the group is proud to premiere the music video for their new song “Distance,” which was previewed yesterday by New Noise Magazine. The clip, which captures the raw live energy of the dynamic quintet, can be seen HERE.
“Distance” is the third preview track from “Of Lost Things,” which was recently praised by the UK's Down For Life for its “monstrous anthems and full-on bangers.” The song – which is also now available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Bandcamp and other digital platforms – is described by the band as “a declaration of friendship for all of those who, despite distance and time passing, never stopped being a reliable beacon. The music video is a recollection of the good times before lockdowns and social distancing.”
Following in the formidable footsteps of initial preview tracks “Revival Fire” – the video for which was filmed at France's largest annual metal festival, Hellfest – and “Strangers With Familiar Faces,” “Distance” demonstrates the power and ferocity captured on “Of Lost Things,” which is available now for pre-order on digipak CD and limited-edition splatter vinyl HERE. All digital pre-orders, meanwhile, include immediate downloads of “Distance,” “Strangers With Familiar Faces” and “Revival Fire.”
“Of Lost Things” was recorded in part by Fabien Guilloteau (Hacride, The Necromancers) and features cover artwork by Emy Rojas (Clutch, Ministry, Queens of the Stone Age). The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Revival Fire
2. Lame Heart
4. Strangers With Familiar Faces
5. Mind Trapped
9. Made It Home
10. Spring Letter
11. Rough Diamond (Unplugged)
Since their formation a decade ago, STINKY has played more than 350 concerts across 15 different countries in support of their first two albums, 2015's “Against Wind and Tide” and 2017's “From Dead-End Street.” Along the way, the group has shared the stage with the likes of Sick Of It All, Terror, Walls of Jericho and Millencolin.
While the band's name might seem curious to some, STINKY's music unquestionably passes the smell test. Influenced by the likes of Comeback Kid, Bane, Miles Away and Champion, the band capably fuses melody with an affinity for violence, making the quintet a combustible mix of energy and aggression – or, to quite the UK's Midlands Metalheads Radio, the band's metallic hardcore “makes you feel like you can headbutt through a brick wall.”
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LET US PREY Unveil Music Video For Blistering New Song ‘Halo Crown’ (feat. Anthrax’s Jon Donais)
Dark melodic power/thrash group’s debut full-length, ‘Virtues of the Vicious,’ due July 24
Bridging the gap between progressive, power and thrash metal, the Boston-based LET US PREY – fronted by vocalist Marc Lopes, best known as the front man of Manowar/The Dictators co-founder Ross Friedman's group Ross The Boss – will release their debut full-length, “Virtues of the Vicious,” on July 24 via M-Theory Audio. Today, the band proudly unveils “Halo Crown,” the second taste of the new album and a must-listen for fans of Nevermore, Forbidden and Death. A music video for the song – which features a guest guitar solo by Anthrax lead guitarist Jon Donais – can be seen HERE.
“The basic premise of ’Halo Crown’ is about technology becoming the new religion/god/power of humankind,” Lopes says. “It’s a dark, fast and furious tune with machine-like precision in its execution, which matches the vibe of the lyrical content. Add on a lead by Anthrax guitarist Jonathan Donais, and this one is a serious ripper.”
Pre-orders for “Virtues of the Vicious” on CD and limited-edition blood red vinyl are available now at smarturl.com/LUP and our Webstore (including bundle options). Digital pre-orders include instant downloads of both “Halo Crown” and the album’s opening track, “Above the Vaulted Sky.” Both tracks can now be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms.
Led by Lopes (who designed the album’s cover art and music videos) and guitarist Jon Morency, LET US PREY incorporates numerous subgenres of metal into their style while still sounding organic. The group's adventurous music sees elements of thrash, death, power and progressive metal meld seamlessly with industrial samples and symphonic keyboards. The drumming is surgically precise and blisteringly fast without sounding mechanical; the guitars mix crushing, down-tuned brutality with dense harmonies and ripping leads; and Lopes shifts effortlessly from thrash/death metal growls to soaring melodic vocals and searing Halford-esque highs with layered harmonies.
“Virtues Of The Vicious” – the follow-up to LET US PREY's acclaimed 2016 EP, “The Saint of Killers” – was recorded by Nick Bellmore (Hatebreed, Toxic Holocaust, Five Finger Death Punch) and Pete Rutcho (Revocation, Havok, Bury Your Dead), with the latter also handling mix and mastering. In addition to Donais, the album also includes a number of notable guest musicians, including “Metal” Mike Chlasciak (Halford), Jimi Bell (House of Lords/Autograph) and the late Oli Herbert (All That Remains). The album’s track listing is as follows:
- Above The Vaulted Sky
- Virtues of the Vicious
- In Suffering
- Halo Crown
- Murder Thy Maker
- The Saint of Killers
- Ghost Echoes
- The Cruel Creation of Me
- And Hell Followed With Me
LET US PREY have performed in and around the northeastern United States alongside the likes of Soilwork, Suffocation, Soulfly, Life Of Agony, Metal Church, Battle Beast, Doro and Scar Symmetry, among others.
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Melodic Death Metal Powerhouse VOICES OF RUIN Conquer Wacken Festival In New Music Video
Logan Mader-produced M-Theory Audio debut 'Path To Immortality' due May 15
After putting the metal world on notice with the fierce new track “I Am God” and then making additional waves with their striking music video for “Carved Out” (a song praised by Decibel Magazine as “especially ripping,” with “a crisp, clear production reminiscent of modern Dark Tranquillity, Kataklysm and Soilwork”), VOICES OF RUIN have unveiled a third taste of their fierce forthcoming third album, “Path To Immortality.” Check out “The Undoing” – which captures the California group performing live at Germany's largest annual metal festival, Wacken Open Air – HERE.
Says vocalist David Barrett, “'The Undoing' was the first song that was written for our new album, and it's been part of our setlist for some time now. It has evolved a little from when we first wrote it, and the crushing production brought the song to the next level! Rafael [Ortega of Ecliptic Visions Prod.] did a great job blending the footage of us performing the song to make a cool music/live video. There are also some audio clips in the beginning and at the end, including Eric Dow (Wacken Metal Battle USA, Helsott) announcing us as we began our set. Wacken was a dream come true, and to be able to release the live footage along with the premiere of ‘The Undoing’ at the same time is perfect! We can't wait for fans to hear the rest of the new album!”
Due May 15 via M-Theory Audio, “Path To Immortality” – which was produced by former Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader (Gojira, Septicflesh) and features cover artwork by Par Olofsson (Exodus, Immortal, Revocation) – can be pre-ordered on compact disc and limited-edition splatter vinyl HERE. All digital pre-orders include “instant grat” downloads of “The Undoing,” “I Am God” and “Carved Out,” songs that can currently be streamed on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music and other platforms.
VOICES OF RUIN – who describe their sound as an epically-crafted blend of classic heavy metal and modern death metal that also pays homage to the traditional Scandinavian melodic death metal sound – have performed extensively in support of their two self-released albums, 2010's “Into Oblivion” and 2015's “Born From The Dark.” In addition to winning the U.S. Wacken Metal Battle in 2018 – when they bested dozens of unsigned groups to earn the chance to perform at the world's largest annual heavy metal festival – the group has toured Europe with Internal Bleeding and Sacrificial Slaughter; supported Vader across North America on the 2017 “Strike Of The Empire” tour; played in Japan alongside Vader and Hate; and performed extensively in Southern California alongside a number of notable acts, including Morbid Angel, Trivium, Devildriver, Dark Tranquillity, Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Dying Fetus and Origin.
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