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EXMORTUS Posts Play-Through Video For Cover Of Theme From Hitchcock's 'Psycho'

Horror-themed EP 'Legions of the Undead' coming Oct. 25; tour with Death Angel kicks off Nov. 16

 

In advance of next week's release of their new Halloween/horror-themed EP “Legions of the Undead,” the thrash/death/shred quartet EXMORTUS has unveiled a play-through video of their rendition of Bernard Herrmann's “Psycho Theme.” Check it out HERE.

 

In addition to his work with director Alfred Hitchcock, Herrmann composed scores for such notable films as “Citizen Kane,” “Cape Fear” and “Taxi Driver.” He's best known, though, for scoring “Psycho,” which the American Film Institute ranked as the fourth-greatest film score of all time in 2005.

 

"Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' is undoubtedly one of the most iconic horror movies of all time, and not just for its story,” states EXMORTUS’ Jadran ‘Conan’ Gonzalez. “Bernard Herrman's harsh harmonies and melancholic melodies in the score translate so well to heavy metal, we couldn't resist putting our own spin on it. So, enjoy this shredder take of the classic slasher theme."

 

“Psycho Theme” is joined on “Legions Of The Undead” by two new original EXMORTUS tracks – “Swallow Your Soul,” which was inspired by “Evil Dead,” and the title track, which nods to the Dead Men of Dunharrow in “Lord Of The Rings” – and two other instrumentals: a neoclassical shred rendition of 19th Century Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky's haunting “Night On Bald Mountain,” and a cover of Danny Elfman's “Beetlejuice” theme.

 

Recorded earlier this year with longtime producer Zack Ohren (Machine Head, Immolation) at Oakland's Sharkbite Studios, “Legions Of The Undead” – the cover art for which was designed by Toha “AHOT” Mashudi – will be released on Oct. 25 via the band's own Exmortus Music in cooperation with M-Theory Audio. All digital pre-orders include instant downloads of “Swallow Your Soul” and “Beetlejuice.” Physical copies, meanwhile, can be pre-ordered on CD and limited-edition green slime-colored vinyl HERE.

 

“Legions Of The Undead” marks the first EXMORTUS release featuring the lineup – founding guitarist/vocalist Gonzalez, guitarist Chase Becker (also of Warbringer), bassist Cody Nunez and drummer Adrian Aguilar – that has logged numerous miles on the road together over the past two years with the likes of Obituary, Venom Inc., Sabaton, Kreator, Havok, Allegaeon, Hatchet, Homewrecker and The Absence. The group – whose most recent performance was alongside Exodus at the legendary thrash group's sold-out “Bonded By Con” concert during San Diego's recent Comic-Con – will support another iconic Bay Area act this fall, when they team up with Death Angel for a five-week tour across the U.S. and Canada. See below for the complete itinerary.

 

Founded by Gonzalez when he was just 12 years old, EXMORTUS released their debut album, “In Hatred's Flame,” via Heavy Artillery in 2008. After gaining additional acclaim with their 2011 sophomore effort “Beyond The Fall Of Time,” the group signed a three-album deal with Prosthetic Records in 2013. In support of that acclaimed trilogy of releases (2014's “Slave To The Sword,” 2016's “Ride Forth” and 2018's “The Sound Of Steel”), the band toured alongside some of metal's biggest names, including Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Abbath, Dark Tranquillity and Marty Friedman, earning extensive praise along the way for their live power, prowess and proficiency.

 

EXMORTUS on tour with Death Angel:

Nov 13 – Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst (EXMORTUS only)

Nov 14 – Chico, CA – Metal Shop (EXMORTUS only)

Nov 15 - Bend, OR – Third St. Pub (EXMORTUS only)

Nov 16 - Seattle, WA – Club Sur

Nov 17 - Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater

Nov 18 - Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theater

Nov 19 - Edmonton, AB – Starlite

Nov 20 - Calgary, AB – Dickens

Nov 21 - Regina, SK – The Exchange

Nov 22 - Winnipeg, MB – Pyramids

Nov 23 - St. Paul, MN – The Amsterdam

Nov 25 - London, ON – London Music Hall

Nov 26 - Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace

Nov 27 - Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar

Nov 28 - Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey

Nov 29 - Quebec City, QC – L’Anti Bar & Spectacles

Nov 30 - Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus

Dec 1 - New Bedford, MA – Vault @ Greasy Luck

Dec 2 – Waterford, NY – Chrome (EXMORTUS only)

Dec 3 - Lancaster, PA – Chameleon

Dec 4 - Baltimore, MD – Otto Bar

Dec 5 - Richmond, VA – Canal Club

Dec 6 - Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club

Dec 7 - Tampa, FL – Brass Mug

Dec 8 - Orlando, FL – The Haven

Dec 9 - Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box (EXMORTUS only)

Dec 10 - Lafayette, LA – Grant Street

Dec 11 - Houston, TX – Scout Bar

Dec 12 - Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live

Dec 13 - Dallas, TX – Trees

Dec 14 - Tulsa, OK – The Shrine

Dec 15 - Enid, OK – 1927 Event Center

Dec 17 - Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad

Dec 18 - Mesa, AZ – Club Red

Dec 19 - West Hollywood, CA – Whisky

SANTA CRUZ Stream New Track 'True Believer'; New Album 'Katharsis' Out Friday

Finnish hard rock quartet's U.S. tour with Atreyu kicks off Monday

 

On the heels of well-received performances at the Louder Than Life and Aftershock festivals, as well as a jam-packed show at the Viper Room along Hollywood's Sunset Strip, Helsinki hellraisers SANTA CRUZ have unveiled another song from their soon-to-be-released new album, “Katharsis.” Check out the riff-fueled powerhouse track “True Believer” HERE.

 

Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach), “Katharsis” – which also includes the recently released single/video track “Testify” – will be released tomorrow (Oct. 18) via M-Theory Audio on CD, digital and neon-colored vinyl. Pre-orders are still available HERE.

 

The album – the cover art for which was designed by Tim LeNoir (Guns N' Roses, Rolling Stones, Imagine Dragons) – marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the story of SANTA CRUZ, who made impressive waves on both sides of the Atlantic in the five-year period following the release of their acclaimed 2013 debut. In Europe, the group scored two Top 5 albums in their home country, supported the likes of AC/DC and delivered memorable performances at major events such as the UK's Download Festival. In America, meanwhile, the band appeared on the AXS TV program “Breaking Band,” played notable gigs such as Rock On The Range and the inaugural Motörboat cruise and toured alongside Through Fire, Amaranthe and Sebastian Bach.

 

Halfway through an American tour with Fozzy last spring, however, founding member Archie Cruz and his then-bandmates parted ways. Soon after, Archie temporarily relocated to Las Vegas to write and record “Katharsis” with Churko at the city's Hideout Recording Studio (In This Moment, Disturbed, Halestorm). “The whole year was very spiritual for me,” Archie recently told KaaosTV. “I had to reevaluate myself, my goals, what I wanted to do... When the whole fallout happened, I saw this as a great opportunity for me to finally put myself out there creatively, the way I wanted to do it for the longest time. It was a blessing in disguise, really.”

 

While “Katharsis” is not a concept album per se, several of the album's 11 tracks (“Changing of Seasons,” “True Believer,” “Salvation”) address Archie's journey to rebuild SANTA CRUZ. Other songs tackle relationships, for better (“Testify”) or worse (“It Was You”). Perhaps the album's most eye-opening moments, meanwhile, are its two riveting power ballads, the plaintive “I Want You To Mean It” and the soaring “Smoke Signals.” And lest anyone think that the group has lost its affinity for the music of the 1980s, the album's closing track is a faithful but adrenalized cover of Cyndi Lauper's iconic No. 1 hit “Time After Time.” As a whole, “Katharsis” is an exciting, diverse and – dare we say? – mature album that should appeal to fans of classic Sunset Strip hard rock and modern hard rock alike.

 

On Monday, SANTA CRUZ will kick off a month-long tour with Atreyu, Whitechapel, He Is Legend and Tempting Fate. A complete list of the group's upcoming shows appears below.

 

SANTA CRUZ on tour:

10/20   Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

10/21   Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater

10/22   Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N Grill

10/23   Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live

10/25   Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club

10/26   Chattanooga, TN – The Signal

10/27   Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom

10/28   Pittsburgh, PA – Small's

10/29   Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore

10/30   Norfolk, VA – The NorVa

11/1     Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater

11/2     Providence, RI – The Strand

11/3     New Haven, CT – Toad's Place

11/4     Wantagh, NY – Mulcahy's

11/7     Niagara, NY – Rapids Theatre

11/8     Toledo, OH – Civic Music Hall

11/9     Belvidere, IL – Apollo Theater

11/10   Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

11/11   St. Louis, MO – Ready Room

11/13   Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live

11/14   Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

11/15   Chico, CA – Senator Theater

11/16   Reno, NV – Cargo

11/18   Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

11/19   Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater

11/20   Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater

 

EXMORTUS, EXMORTUS, EXMORTUS!

L.A. quartet gets into character in new music video for shred-tastic 'Beetlejuice' cover;

Halloween/horror-themed EP 'Legions Of The Undead' due Oct. 25

 

As the Oct. 25 release of their new Halloween/horror-themed EP “Legions Of The Undead” draws closer, the Los Angeles-based death/thrash/shred quartet EXMORTUS has unveiled a play-through-style music video for their cover of Danny Elfman's “Beetlejuice” theme. The clip – which premiered Friday via Consequence of Sound – sees the group's members dress up as the title character of Tim Burton's iconic 1988 fantasy/horror/comedy film.


Check out the “Beetlejuice” video HERE.

“Beetlejuice” can now be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms. Along with the recently-released “Evil Dead” homage “Swallow Your Soul,” the song is one of two “instant grat” downloads that are being offered with digital pre-orders of “Legions Of The Undead.” Physical copies, meanwhile, can be pre-ordered on CD and limited-edition green slime-colored vinyl HERE.

 

Recorded earlier this year with longtime producer Zack Ohren (Machine Head, Immolation) at Oakland's Sharkbite Studios, “Legions Of The Undead” – the cover art for which was designed by Toha “AHOT” Mashudi – will be released on Oct. 25 via the band's own Exmortus Music in cooperation with M-Theory Audio. The five-track release includes two originals (“Swallow Your Soul” and the title track, which nods to the Dead Men of Dunharrow in “Lord Of The Rings”), as well as covers of three well-known instrumentals performed in the band's inimitable neoclassical metal style – Elfman's “Beetlejuice” theme, Bernard Hermann's iconic “Psycho Theme” and 19th Century Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky's haunting “Night On Bald Mountain.”

 

“Legions Of The Undead” marks the first EXMORTUS release featuring the lineup – founding guitarist/vocalist Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez, guitarist Chase Becker (also of Warbringer), bassist Cody Nunez and drummer Adrian Aguilar – that has logged numerous miles on the road together over the past two years with the likes of Obituary, Venom Inc., Sabaton, Kreator, Havok, Allegaeon, Hatchet, Homewrecker and The Absence. The group – whose most recent performance was alongside Exodus at the legendary thrash group's sold-out “Bonded By Con” concert during San Diego's recent Comic-Con – will support another iconic Bay Area act this fall, when they team up with Death Angel for a five-week tour across the U.S. and Canada. See below for the complete itinerary.

 

Founded by Gonzalez when he was just 12 years old, EXMORTUS released their debut album, “In Hatred's Flame,” via Heavy Artillery in 2008. After gaining additional acclaim with their 2011 sophomore effort “Beyond The Fall Of Time,” the group signed a three-album deal with Prosthetic Records in 2013. In support of that acclaimed trilogy of releases (2014's “Slave To The Sword,” 2016's “Ride Forth” and 2018's “The Sound Of Steel”), the band toured alongside some of metal's biggest names, including Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Abbath, Dark Tranquillity and Marty Friedman, earning extensive praise along the way for their live power, prowess and proficiency.

 

EXMORTUS on tour with Death Angel:

Nov 13 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst (EXMORTUS only)

Nov 14 – Chico, CA – Metal Shop (EXMORTUS only)

Nov 15 - Bend, OR – Third St. Pub (EXMORTUS only)

Nov 16 - Seattle, WA – Club Sur

Nov 17 - Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater

Nov 18 - Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theater

Nov 19 - Edmonton, AB – Starlite

Nov 20 - Calgary, AB – Dickens

Nov 21 - Regina, SK – The Exchange

Nov 22 - Winnipeg, MB – Pyramids

Nov 23 - St. Paul, MN – The Amsterdam

Nov 25 - London, ON – London Music Hall

Nov 26 - Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace

Nov 27 - Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar

Nov 28 - Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey

Nov 29 - Quebec City, QC – L’Anti Bar & Spectacles

Nov 30 - Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus

Dec 1 - New Bedford, MA – Vault @ Greasy Luck

Dec 2 – Waterford, NY @ Chrome  (EXMORTUS only)

Dec 3 - Lancaster, PA – Chameleon

Dec 4 - Baltimore, MD – Otto Bar

Dec 5 - Richmond, VA – Canal Club

Dec 6 - Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club

Dec 7 - Tampa, FL – Brass Mug

Dec 8 - Orlando, FL – The Haven

Dec 9 - Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box (EXMORTUS only)

Dec 10 - Lafayette, LA – Grant Street

Dec 11 - Houston, TX – Scout Bar

Dec 12 - Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live

Dec 13 - Dallas, TX – Trees

Dec 14 - Tulsa, OK – The Shrine

Dec 15 - Enid, OK – 1927 Event Center

Dec 17 - Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad

Dec 18 - Mesa, AZ – Club Red

Dec 19 - West Hollywood, CA – Whisky

EXTREME PROGRESSIVE METAL GROUP VINTERSEA PREMIERES “OLD ONES” MUSIC VIDEO

NEW ALBUM, ILLUMINATED, OUT NOW

BAND TO PLAY RECORD RELEASE SHOW IN PORTLAND ON OCT 4TH

 

To celebrate today's release of their sophomore album “Illuminated,” the Portland, Oregon-based VINTERSEA – whose crushing progressive metal draws heavy inspiration from the darkened skies of their native Pacific Northwest – have unveiled a new music video for the record's epic second track, “Old Ones.” The clip, which premiered yesterday via Metal Injection, can be seen HERE.

Like other songs on “Illuminated,” “Old Ones” deftly mixes progressive metal with elements of black, death and post-metal, which led Invisible Oranges to praise VINTERSEA for mixing a “Scandinavian flavor with a distinctly Pacific sound reminiscent of Agalloch and other more progressive moods.”

 Says VINTERSEA vocalist Avienne, “Powerful, crushing, and beautiful – those are the themes that you will find in both the song and video for 'Old Ones.' It is an anthem about forging your own path in your journey through life despite having the odds stacked against you. 'Old Ones' may welcome you with a somber, melodic greeting, but it quickly anchors you down into a reality of blistering waves through chugging riffs, intricate drum work and vocals that tell you the bleak yet hopeful truth.”

 “Illuminated” is now available on CD, digital and limited-edition blue/white vinyl. The album was engineered and mixed by Gabe Johnston (Idle Hands) and mastered by Troy Glessner (Devin Townsend, Intervals), while the cover artwork was designed by Xenoyr of Australia's Ne Obliviscaris (a group with whom VINTERSEA has previously performed). Visit smarturl.it/vintersea for additional streaming and webshop links.

 VINTERSEA first made waves via their self-released 2017 debut, “The Gravity Of Fall.” Recorded by Justin Phelps (The Mars Volta, Joe Satriani) and mixed by Evan Sammons (Last Chance To Reason), the album was hailed by No Clean Singing as “dynamic and genre-bending.” The group earned additional praise for its dynamic live performances alongside artists such as Arkona, The Ocean and Sirenia.

 VINTERSEA will perform “Illuminated” in its entirety during a special record release show at Portland's Twilight Cafe and Bar on October 4. The group will also play alongside Jinjer at the city's Hawthorne Theatre on November 2.

SANTA CRUZ Premieres Music Video For New Single 'Testify'

Finnish rockers' fourth album 'Katharsis' due Oct. 18;

Group to perform at Louder Than Life festival this weekend

 

Over the past three months, Helsinki hellraisers SANTA CRUZ have performed memorable concerts in Scandinavia, continental Europe, Mexico and Brazil, but this weekend, the group will set its sights back on America as they kick off two months of U.S. touring with a performance at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky. There, the band – who are set to play the Loudmouth Stage at 2:20 p.m. – will play alongside the likes of Slipknot, Beartooth and recent tour mates I Prevail.

 

Rock fans in the States and other parts of the world that the band has not yet visited can get a taste of the SANTA CRUZ live experience in the group's new music video for “Testify.” Filmed this summer in Tallinn, Estonia – where the band performed alongside rock icons Bon Jovi – the clip can be seen at this location: https://youtu.be/bf1UErfPdCs

“Testify” is the newest single from SANTA CRUZ's highly anticipated fourth album, “Katharsis,” due Oct. 18 via M-Theory Audio. The song is now available for streaming across all digital platforms and is one of four “instant grat” tracks that are being offered with digital pre-orders of the album. Physical copies of “Katharsis” – the cover art for which was designed by Tim LeNoir (Guns N' Roses, Rolling Stones, Imagine Dragons) – can be pre-ordered on CD and neon-colored vinyl at this location: http://smarturl.it/katharsis

 

Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach), “Katharsis” marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the story of SANTA CRUZ, who made impressive waves on both sides of the Atlantic in the five-year period following the release of their acclaimed 2013 debut. In Europe, the group scored two Top 5 albums in their home country, supported the likes of AC/DC and delivered memorable performances at major events such as the UK's Download Festival. In America, meanwhile, the band appeared on the AXS TV program “Breaking Band,” played notable gigs such as Rock On The Range and the inaugural Motörboat cruise and toured alongside Through Fire, Amaranthe and Sebastian Bach.

 

Halfway through an American tour with Fozzy last spring, however, founding member Archie Cruz and his then-bandmates parted ways. Soon after, Archie temporarily relocated to Las Vegas to write and record “Katharsis” with Churko at the city's Hideout Recording Studio (In This Moment, Disturbed, Halestorm). “The whole year was very spiritual for me,” Archie recently told KaaosTV. “I had to reevaluate myself, my goals, what I wanted to do... When the whole fallout happened, I saw this as a great opportunity for me to finally put myself out there creatively, the way I wanted to do it for the longest time. It was a blessing in disguise, really.”

 

While “Katharsis” is not a concept album per se, several of the album's 11 tracks (“Changing of Seasons,” “True Believer,” “Salvation”) address Archie's journey to rebuild SANTA CRUZ. Other songs tackle relationships, for better (“Testify”) or worse (“It Was You”). Perhaps the album's most eye-opening moments, meanwhile, are its two riveting power ballads, the plaintive “I Want You To Mean It” and the soaring “Smoke Signals.” And lest anyone think that the group has lost its affinity for the music of the 1980s, the album's closing track is a faithful but adrenalized cover of Cyndi Lauper's iconic No. 1 hit “Time After Time.” As a whole, “Katharsis” is an exciting, diverse and – dare we say? – mature album that should appeal to fans of classic Sunset Strip hard rock and modern hard rock alike.

 

Following Louder Than Life, SANTA CRUZ will head west to play Hollywood's infamous Viper Room, which will soon be followed by an appearance at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento. From there, the band will join Atreyu, Whitechapel, He Is Legend and Tempting Fate for a month-long tour. A complete list of the group's upcoming shows appears below.

 

SANTA CRUZ on tour:

9/27     Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Fest

10/5     Hollywood, CA – Viper Room

10/11   Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Fest

10/20   Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

10/21   Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater

10/22   Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N Grill

10/23   Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live

10/25   Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club

10/26   Chattanooga, TN – The Signal

10/27   Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom

10/28   Pittsburgh, PA – Small's

10/29   Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore

10/30   Norfolk, VA – The NorVa

11/1     Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater

11/2     Providence, RI – The Strand

11/3     New Haven, CT – Toad's Place

11/4     Wantagh, NY – Mulcahy's

11/7     Niagara, NY – Rapids Theatre

11/8     Toledo, OH – Civic Music Hall

11/9     Belvidere, IL – Apollo Theater

11/10   Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

11/11   St. Louis, MO – Ready Room

11/13   Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live

11/14   Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

11/15   Chico, CA – Senator Theater

11/16   Reno, NV – Cargo

11/18   Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

11/19   Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater

11/20   Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater

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