Last month we announced the signing of Israel's Scardust and shared the title track to their album 'Sands Of Time' out on M-Theory worldwide on CD and 2LP Gatefold Vinyl May 24th.
This month we're sharing their music video for "Arrowhead" which is an excellent song combining the group's symphonic metal, progressive sensibilities and some classical and choir elements to create one our favorite songs from the album. The video also gives evidence of their energetic live performance and talent as well as a behind-the-scene look at the recording process.
'Sands of Time' available for pre-order at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store now. Only 300 copies of the Double Gatefold Vinyl will be produced and as a bonus includes the group's 4-song 'Shadow' EP on Side 4. While the CD includes "Mist", an acoustic demo for a brand new song, as a bonus track.
SANTA CRUZ Return With New Song 'Changing Of Seasons'
Acclaimed hard rock group to perform at Louder Than Life festival; new album due this fall
One of hard rock's most exciting young acts, SANTA CRUZ, has returned with a new single, “Changing Of Seasons.” The song – which was co-written and produced by Kane Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch) – is now available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms. A lyric video designed by Rafael Ortega of Ecliptic Visions can be seen at this location: https://youtu.be/ri0RLdDZrvo
“Changing Of Seasons” provides the first taste of SANTA CRUZ's new album, which will be released in the fall. The group will celebrate its launch with a performance alongside Guns N' Roses at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky, which takes place from Sept. 27-29. In the months prior, the band has a number of high-profile European shows scheduled, including a German date with Whitesnake and several festivals in the group's native Finland. A complete list of the band's upcoming shows appears below, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
Says vocalist/guitarist Archie Cruz, “'Changing Of Seasons' is about going through hell in life, and fighting your way back to the surface no matter what. This is for all the fighters and survivors out there. Musically, I found a perfect partner in crime in Kane Churko, with whom we managed to create a totally new sonic landscape for SANTA CRUZ which marks a huge step forward for the band.”
“Changing Of Seasons” 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 I Prevail, 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 vowed that “the saga ain't over yet” and temporarily relocated to Las Vegas to write and record the band's new album with Churko at the city's Hideout Recording Studio (In This Moment, Papa Roach, Halestorm).
“'Changing of Seasons' is a powerful rock song about transforming and taking back control of your life,” says Churko. “I think it really sums up a lot about Archie's journey leading up to the new album and how he was able to reinvent himself in the face of adversity. This song is a testament to his focus and strength as an artist, and I think audiences and listeners will pick up on that immediately.”
After finishing the album, Archie and new lead guitarist Pav Cruz relocated to Hollywood, where they recruited new members Ero Cruz (bass) and Toxy Cruz (drums) and began rehearsing religiously for what will be an extensive touring campaign around the globe.
"The 'Cruz 4' project – from doing demos in Finland, to the Las Vegas studio sessions with Kane, to the audition and rehearsal period in Hollywood – has been an amazing journey,” says Archie. “I am super-excited to continue the journey and hit the road with Pav, Ero and Toxy. The band is sounding amazing and better than ever, and we will hit the festivals like a hurricane."
More information about SANTA CRUZ's new album will be revealed in the coming weeks.
SANTA CRUZ live (more dates TBA):
June 7-9 Hyvinkää, Finland – Rockfest
June 27-29 Seinäjoki, Finland – Provinssirock
July 7 Köln, Germany – Palladium w/ Whitesnake
July 12-13 Tampere, Finland – Sauna Open Air Festival
Sept 27 – 29 Louder Than Life – Louisville, KY
SWORN ENEMY Unveils Music Video For New Song 'Coming Undone'
New Robb Flynn-produced album 'Gamechanger' due April 5; U.S. tour kicks off April 26
Metallic hardcore heavyweights SWORN ENEMY return with a vengeance on their venomous new record “Gamechanger,” due out next Friday, April 5. Produced by Robb Flynn (Machine Head) and mixed/mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Warbringer), the hard-knuckled album expertly fuses metal, thrash and New York hardcore.
On the heels of the well-received first single “Prepare For Payback,” which earlier this month cracked the SiriusXM Liquid Metal Devil's Dozen request countdown, the band is proud to unveil a second new track, “Coming Undone.” Available now for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms, the song is also being offered as an instant download with all digital pre-orders of “Gamechanger.” (Physical pre-orders on CD and limited-edition blue splatter vinyl are available at Our Webstore or www.swornenemy.bandcamp.com).
Check out a music video for “Coming Undone” directed by Bryan Bishop of Digital Thunderdome Productions (https://www.digitalthunderdome.com)
“It’s been a while since Sworn Enemy had a chance to film a video and we are pretty stoked the way ‘Coming Undone’ came out,” cites singer Sal Lococco. “Hope you all dig it!”
SWORN ENEMY will spend much of 2019 touring in support of “Gamechanger,” beginning with a series of record-release shows along the East Coast. From there, the band will join forces with thrash legends Sacred Reich for a number of performances across America. See below for the group's current itinerary. Additional dates – including the band's first shows of the year in Europe – are in the works.
SWORN ENEMY was first signed by Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta, who released the group's first two EPs on his Stillborn Recordings label in 2001 and 2002. He also produced the band's full-length debut, “As Real As It Gets,” memorably praised by Lambgoat as “music that inspires you to want to beat the living piss out of the next unsuspecting person who walks in the room.” The album was released by Elektra Records in 2003, a year that saw the band deliver memorable performances on tour with Ozzfest. In the 15 years since, SWORN ENEMY released four additional albums of punishing metallic hardcore and toured with a number of notable acts, including Anthrax, Mastodon, Fear Factory, Sepultura, Suicide Silence, Dying Fetus, Earth Crisis, Madball, Biohazard and Hatebreed.
SWORN ENEMY live (more dates TBA):
4/26 Brooklyn, NY – The Kingsland
4/27 Falls Church, VA – VFW 9274
4/28 Brockton, MA – Dylan's
5/4 Denver, CO – Streets *
5/5 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room *
5/17 Mansfield, OH – Belcher's House of Rock
5/18 Indianapolis, IN – The Citadel *
5/20 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *
5/22 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues *
5/23 Houston, TX – Scout Bar *
5/24 Dallas, TX – Trees *
5/25 San Antonio, TX – Rock Box *
5/27 Yuma, AZ – Prison Hill
5/28 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick ^
5/29 Oakland, CA – Metro ^
5/31 Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater #
6/1 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red #
6/2 Albuquerque, NM – Red Velvet Underground
6/5 Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
6/6 Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
6/7 Pittsburgh, PA – Black Forge Coffee House 2
6/8 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
* w/ Sacred Reich
^ w/ Excel
# w/ Vio-Lence, Excel
Extreme Blackened Death Metal Group NEVALRA Unveils Dual Cover Art For Debut
'Conjure The Storm' due June 7; six-week European tour with Carach Angren begins June 9
The extreme black/death trio NEVALRA will release their debut album, “Conjure The Storm,” on June 7. Two nights later, the Missouri-based group will kick off a six-week European tour with Carach Angren, Thy Antichrist and Wolfheart in Leipzig, Germany. The tour's complete itinerary – which also includes appearances at notable summer metal festivals Hellfest, With Full Force and Dokk'em Open Air – appears below.
"NEVALRA is insanely excited to join black metal giants Carach Angren across Europe for a quite extensive summer Tour,” explains vocalist/guitarist Scott Eames. “Alongside Wolfheart & Thy Antichrist, this tour is bound to be quite the theatrical spectacle for fans of dark music. With a lineup like this, there is no doubt it's going to be horrifying… bank on it."
“Conjure The Storm” – which was mixed and mastered by the legendary Dan Swano (Asphyx, Incantation, Marduk) – is the follow-up to NEVALRA's debut 2015 EP, “The Black Flame,” which MetalSucks writer Phil Boozeman named one of his Top 10 metal albums of 2015. (“Eames’ shrieks need to be heard in person to be believed,” Phil wrote, “because what you hear on the recording is exactly how Eames and the rest of the band sound live.") A short teaser can be heard HERE.
The cover art for “Conjure The Storm” was designed by Seth Siro Anton of Septicflesh, who has previously collaborated with the likes of Decapitated, Belphegor and Nile. The artwork for the CD and digital versions of the album will differ slightly from the art for the limited-edition vinyl release. Pre-orders are available HERE. More information about the album will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
NEVALRA was founded in 2013 by guitarist/vocalist Scott Eames (Thy Antichrist) and quickly evolved from a one-man band into a full-fledged group. The band has headlined extensively throughout the Midwest in addition to performing alongside such notable groups as Deicide, Suffocation, Venom Inc. and Trivium. In 2018, the group made their second appearance at the Full Terror Assault festival, where they shared the stage with the likes of Demolition Hammer, Death Angel and Immolation, and Cincinnati's Transplant Fest (Incantation, Ringworm, Black Fast).
NEVALRA is currently endorsed by B.C. Rich, Randall Amps, EMG Pickups, KHDK, Ernie Ball, Spectraflex Cables (home of the Scott Eames Signature Series "TERROR-Flex" Guitar Cables), Floyd Rose and more.
NEVALRA on tour with Carach Angren, Wolfheart, Thy Antichrist:
09 Jun 19 Leipzig (DE) Wave Gotik Treffen
10 Jun 19 Frankfurt (DE) Batschkapp
11 Jun 19 Paris (FR) Maroquinerie
12 Jun 19 Toulouse (FR) Le Rex
13 Jun 19 Madrid (ES) Mon
14 Jun 19 Porto (PT) Club Hard
15 Jun 19 Lisbon (PT) RCA
16 Jun 19 Sevilla (ES) Sala X
18 Jun 19 Granada (ES) El Tren
19 Jun 19 Valencia (ES) Republica
20 Jun 19 Barcelona (ES) Salamandra
22 Jun 19 Clisson (FR) Hellfest 2019
24 Jun 19 Milan (IT) Legend Club
25 Jun 19 Luzern (CH) Schuur
26 Jun 19 Essen (DE) Turock
27 Jun 19 Trier (DE) Mergener Hof
28 Jun 19 Ferropolis (DE) With Full Force 2019
29 Jun 19 Dokkum (NL) Dokk'em Open Air 2019
30 Jun 19 Brugge (BE) Entrepot
01 Jul 19 London (UK) The Underworld
02 Jul 19 Birmingham (UK) Mama Roux
03 Jul 19 Manchester (UK) Rebellion
04 Jul 19 Glasgow (UK) Audio
05 Jul 19 Dublin (IE) Voodoo Lounge
06 Jul 19 Limerick (IE) Dolans Warehouse
07 Jul 19 Bristol (UK) The Fleece
08 Jul 19 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg
10 Jul 19 Bratislava (SK) Randal
11 Jul 19 Dunaujvaros (HU) Rockmarathon 2019
12 Jul 19 Warsaw (PL) Proxima
13 Jul 19 Anykšciai (LT) Devilstone Open Air 2019
14 Jul 19 Tallinn (EE) Tapper
16 Jul 19 Tampere (FI) Klubi
17 Jul 19 Helsinki (FI) On the Rocks
19 Jul 19 Gävle (SE) Gefle Metal Festival 2019
20 Jul 19 Gothenburg (SE) Sticky Fingers
21 Jul 19 Aalborg (DK) Platform 4