WOE UNTO ME Sign With M-Theory Audio;
Release First Video/Single For ”Deep Beneath The Burden”
“It’s on rare occasion one of your artists recommends another, and by another I mean a band halfway across the world and with a different style of metal to their own, but that’s exactly how I came to know of WOE UNTO ME,” explains label boss Marco Barbieri. “When Voices of Ruin singer Dave Barrett told me I should check out this band I was immediately intrigued by their name, logo and their locale but what’s ultimately most important and convincing was the epic proportions of their grief-stricken heaviness enhanced by an infectious aura of somber melodies. I listened and listened, which some would say is not easy when you’re submitting 12-minute songs for consideration, but I loved it. It brought me back to the ‘90s and the first times I heard and worshipped bands like My Dying Bride, Anathema, and Katatonia, but while that influence is present what’s presented is fresh and their own.”
Belarus’ WOE UNTO ME is no stranger to some as the group formed in 2008 by guitarists Artyom Serdyuk and Dzmitry Shchyhlinski and appeared on the scene with their 2014 debut album, ‘A Step Into The Waters Of Forgetfulness,’ on Solitude Productions and its 2017 follow-up, ‘Among The Lightened Skies the Voidness Flashed.’ Both equally revered by underground and European press and cementing their name as a band to watch for fans of all things doom. For several years supporting these albums WOE UNTO ME performed all over Eastern Europe on tours and festivals in Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania. Ukraine, Poland, Finland and Russia, sharing stages with Shape of Despair, Saturnus, Ereb Altor, Hate, Arkona, Mors Principium Est, Swallow The Sun, Ophis and more. Now it’s time to expand their depression and mournfulness across Western Europe and North America with their next album released internationally by M-Theory Audio.
“We're so excited about the beginning of our collaboration with M-Theory Audio! It’s a real honor to work with Marco Barbieri and his team,” states guitarist Artyom Serdyuk. “This is a next step for Woe Unto Me and we are sure that with the new release and efforts from such experienced people in the music industry we will be able to expand our limits and conquer new heights. We feel rapturous to join the family!”
To preview some new music WOE UNTO ME have premiered a music video for the first single, “Deep Beneath The Burden” online today at all digital streaming and download platforms. You can watch the video HERE
“The idea for the lyrics in the song ‘Deep Beneath The Burden’ is inspired by Erich Fromm's investigations in ‘The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness,” explains singer Igor Kovalyov. “As you will learn the whole concept of the album is strongly associated with the idea of transformation. This song is not an exception. Here we are talking about doubt or hesitation and how this disturbing feeling morphs into obsession and action. The whole video clip is divided into four scenes. The first one is about the state of uncertainty, where the doubt is discovered. The idea is mostly inspired by the first lines of Dante's journey to hell from his outstanding ‘Divine Comedy.’ The next two scenes are about an acceptance of doubt and its transformation into an idea of destruction. The last one is a tragedy of a human obsession. The main character brings his doubt into real life and transforms the idea into action.”
“Musically the new record is the continuation of our movement into more progressive realms of doom metal. This is not a typical funeral doom or death-doom, but it contains the elements of all kinds of doom metal sub-genres,” states Artyom. “I think this album is going to be the most atmospheric, eclectic and mature in our discography so far. It’s quite complex musically and lyrically but at the same time I think it will be easier in terms of perception and more interesting even for the listeners that are not the fans of a classical doom metal. In terms of lyrics on this album we decided to move away from the typical plots for this kind of music and refused to just describe depressive or destructive conditions of a human being. We focused on the investigation of the nature of these feelings and tried to analyze them from the philosophical point of view.”
More information on WOE UNTO ME and the upcoming album release will be revealed in the weeks to come at www.facebook.com/woeuntome and by M-Theory Audio.
Finland’s ANZILLU Unleash The “Trumpets of War”
Music video for extreme metal band’s second single online; Full-length album coming early next year
Finnish extreme metal phenoms ANZILLU – whose sound is punctuated by buzz-saw guitar riffs delivered with equal amounts of dexterous shredding and pummeling brute force – recently signed with M-Theory Audio. The group have wasted no time and follow-up the slammin’ first taste “Needles (On My Nerves)” with a second assault of anthemic brutality under the guise of “Trumpets Of War.” You can watch the video HERE while the digital single is available for streaming/download at all digital platforms.
"Whereas the first single was straight up and a fast riff tornado, this second one is heavier and shows some muscle behind the songwriting; but it does not equal slow and you might be surprised in the middle, so not monotonic either," explains guitarist Jesse Kamarainen. "I'm eager to see how people will react to it."
Additional new music from the band's debut album will be unveiled throughout the remainder of 2022 as we head into an early 2023 album release. Watch for pre-orders for vinyl and CDs soon.
Though the band itself is new, the musicians comprising ANZILLU are not inexperienced. The new group – whose name is inspired by the ancient Sumerian word for “abomination” - was formed in 2019 by guitarist Jesse Kämäräinen after the dissolution of his previous group Inkvisitor, which released two records of thrash-influenced extreme metal between 2015 and 2018. Kämäräinen had already demoed an album's worth of new material at the time of that development, and went on to bring in a battery of fellow notables that had also been making their names within Finnish metal circles to form ANZILLU. The searing vocal talents of Teemu Kemppainen (Argent Void), the thunderous bass of Rasmus Kantonen, and the death metal crunch of fellow guitarist Sami Katajainen (GAF) join Kämäräinen's six-string powers to deliver a blistering assault of aural senses.
“We’re excited to be working with Anzillu, as I was impressed with Jesse’s work with Inkvisitor and seriously considered signing them a few years back,” comments label boss Marco Barbieri. “Anzillu takes things to another level, while still thrashy it widens the depth being infectiously catchy with melodic undertones and shout-along chourses, yet is even more seismic and relentless. We hope you enjoy ‘Trumpets of War’ as it was the one I immediately gravitated to upon hearing the album.”
ANZILLU – now armed with a full album's worth of material and their collective metallic powers – honed the existing demos into their final form throughout the first half of last year, and entered Sonic Pump Studios in August 2021 with Nino Laurenne (Wintersun, Amorphis, Lost Society) behind the soundboard handling recording/mixing duties and Svante Forsback (Volbeat, Candlemass, Kalmah) mastering.
The group is ready to perform at this weekend’s John Smith Rock Festival in Laukaa, Finland headlined this year by Airbourne, Dark Tranquillity, Powerwolf, Katatonia, Insomnium and more - during the weekend of July 21st through July 23rd.
GRAVESHADOW Bring The Epic And Symphonic On New Album ‘The Uncertain Hour’
In Stores And Online Now; Tour Kicks Off Today
The Sacramento-based quintet GRAVESHADOW – who deftly mixes symphonic/gothic metal with elements and influences from a variety of styles to create something epic, progressive, melodic and powerful - release their long anticipated new effort ‘The Uncertain Hour’ on CD, limited-edition vinyl and digital formats.
“Can’t believe we are here,” claims guitarist William Lloyd Walker. “It’s been a challenging road but I’m incredibly proud to finally release ‘The Uncertain Hour’ for everyone to hear. This group has come together so well on a creative and personal lever. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!”
GRAVESHADOW’s third album, ‘The Uncertain Hour,’ was produced by Miss May I guitarist Justin Aufdemkampe (Clutch, War Of Ages), mastered by Alberto De Icaza (Crobot, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist) and features artwork by Roman Ismaylov (Battle Beast, Beast In Black). It sees a new lineup for GRAVESHADOW now augmented by the newfound energy that has been brought into the band by the soaring melodic performance of new vocalist Rachl "Raxx" Quinn and the rumbling rhythm section of new bassist Luci Rae and new drummer Bones Padilla. The returning guitar duo of William Lloyd Walker and Aaron Robitsch once again deliver a beautiful display of guitar histrionics that tastefully mix searing shred with warm melody, while Aaron even adds some harsh backing vocals. GRAVESHADOW are back on the scene with a story to tell, intertwining melodic highs and crushing lows to sweep listeners away on a journey of self-discovery, loss and the will to carry on.
Jewelcase CDs, limited-edition vinyl (200 copies) of 'The Uncertain Hour' are available in stores or can be ordered online HERE, as well as digital downloads/streaming.
Three digital singles and videos have been released in the buildup for the album. The first taste of new music from the reformed lineup came with The Witcher inspired song “Gwynnebleidd” way back in May 2020. It proved the revamped quintet could create new music and be accepted by their existing fanbase and a new audience. Collaborating on more new music further sessions continued and were evidenced by “Soldier Of 34” and “The Swordsman” (the latter even featuring guest vocals from Chelsea Murphy of Dawn of Ouroboros, Cailleach Calling and Tegmentum) .