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Progressive Power Metal Group NOVAREIGN Return With New Single “Ironsides”

It’s been too long. Six years since the release of the promising potential of their debut album, Legends, finally comes a new song from Los Angeles’ progressive power metal band NOVAREIGN. “Ironsides” can be heard and celebrated on all digital streaming/download platforms now - some selections HERE.

 “Old Ironsides is a poem written by Oliver Wendall Holmes Sr. after finding out that the USS Constitution was slated to be deconstructed and used for parts,” explains singer Icarus Marquez. “Saddened by this notion, Holmes took his poem and published it in his local newspaper. After the town read the poem, they rallied together and let the powers that be know that they all believed if the ship was to be destroyed, then it should at the very least have the opportunity to go out in battle. The power that be could not deny its people and made the repairs necessary to get it back in active duty. Centuries later, Old Ironsides is STILL in active duty to this very day. There is no limit to what we as a people can do when we rally together”

NOVAREIGN gained quite a bit of traction with their 2018 album, Legends, which was praised as “a bombastic mix of epic metal” (BraveWords), “an instrumental fireworks show” (Metal Bandcamp) and “one of the most addictive power metal records I've heard in a long time” (Two Guys Metal Reviews).

Additionally, the ensuing live shows that followed its release including dates with Michael Schenker, Exmortus, Angra, White Wizzard, Rhapsody Ov Fire, Act of Defiance, Bonded By Blood, GloryHammer, Graveshadow, PowerGlove and Holy Grail, in addition to festivals like Mad With Power, Hyperspace, Ruinfest and Frost And Fire. 

In the downtime, NOVAREIGN endured a couple of lineup changes implementing new drummer Ulises Hernandez (ex-Judicator, Our Dying World) and guitarist David Walston (ex-Helsott, Monolith), while guitarist Balmore Lemus has split his time with Judicator, Lunar and Dire Peril. On and off NOVAREIGN have been writing and recording the follow-up to Legends and every year we hope for a new album from the LA quintet but with this awaited new single release we finally have some new music for real with the goal of releasing an anticipated new album by year-end.


Powerful Debut Album Out This Friday - Feb. 24th 

Days away from the album release, Los Angeles’ ANUBIS drop another track with the digital single “Priestess of Dark Paradise” now heard on all streaming/download platforms. Further enhanced the band brings you their first proper music video from the record capturing the band’s  live performance by director Kenji Tsunami (Hatchet, Tegmentum, Apothesary). Watch the video HERE 

"’Priestess of Dark Paradise’ is one from Justin's [Escamilla – guitars] songs and given the Anubis treatment, ie; faster, shorter, more solos, and more vocal hooks,” explains singer Devin Reiche. “It’s about the toxic ex who you can’t stop yourself from longing after.” 

“For the music video we gave an open call to everyone in our community in order to get a bigger-scale result than what we could achieve on our own, and it's the second time the community came through beyond all expectations. Everyone who shows up to our shoots always brings their metal A-game, and are what make these videos legitimately special."

“Priestess of Dark Paradise” follows up the two earlier advance tracks “Heartless” and “Devour” which can all be found on ANUBIS’ full-length debut ‘ Dark Paradise’ out this Friday.

‘Dark Paradise’ will be released on CD, limited colored (300) heartless purple vinyl and digital. Ordering/Listening options HERE

‘Dark Paradise’ was produced by Devin Reiche with the recording taking place at Notes From Underground Studios, with a mix courtesy of Josh Franks (Once Human, Railgun, Highland) and mastering by the famed Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Avantasia, Gamma Ray) in Finland.  The album sports fantastic cover with artwork by Adi Dechristianize. 

“’Dark Paradise’ marks our inaugural full-length album, and the anticipation is real! We believe this work strongly showcases our distinct blend of lightning-paced thrash riffs and resonant, memorable hooks that you’ve all come to expect from us,” states bassist Will Buckley. “We’re beyond excited to unleash this adrenaline-charged experience straight to your ears, and soon to a venue near you!”

Some upcoming live shows include (more to be announced soon) –

2/23 – Anubis Record Release Show - Molly Malone’s – Los Angeles, CA

4/16 – 1720 – Los Angeles, CA w/ Tyr, Trollfest, Aether Realm

4/20 – Medford Metal Fest – Medford, OR

ANUBIS have been building quite a reputation for the past six years. The outfit has been doing it the traditional way by playing shows all over Southern California, self-releasing a consistent handful of EPs & singles and promoting themselves organically not only online but actually getting out there and meeting people. Now armed with a powerful new album ANUBIS have teamed up with M-Theory Audio to take things to the next level. 

Singer Devin Reiche may be a familiar name to fans of thrash and underground metal as he’s also the bassist in Bay Area thrashers Hatchet, but Devin actually lives in L.A. and power metal has always been his first love and calling. Working diligently Devin has developed his vocal abilities and become quite the commanding frontman.

Joining Devin in ANUBIS are guitarists Eleazar Llerenas (Delusional Fate) and Justin Escamilla (Tower Guard), bassist Will Buckley and drummer Robin Salazar (both formerly of Hydera), all musicians who’ve been cutting their teeth in the L.A. music scene. ANUBIS has opened for bands like Raven, Rhapsody of Fire, Warbringer, Heathen, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Allegaeon, Hammerfall, Metal Church, Exmortus, Hatriot, and placing at the Wacken Metal Battle US final. 


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Exclusive Special Limited Edition 2LP Gatefold Colored Vinyl Reissue With Personal Liner Notes

Record Store Day began in 2008, and since many fans and retailers look forward to the annual event celebrating independent record stores and the numerous exclusive releases issued on the special day. This year RSD will be April 20th and M-Theory Audio is proud to represent again with a special vinyl reissue and we are pleased to bring you a limited edition 2LP colored vinyl reissue from Bay Area Thrashers FORBIDDEN’s for their 2010 comeback album, ‘Omega Wave.’

Limited to 1000 copies, this double album will be presented on clear vinyl, one with blue splatter and the other record red splatter, to reflect the colors in Kent Mathieu’s (Exodus, Possessed, Autopsy) stunning artwork of the crystal skull with the red and blue flying skulls reminiscent of his work on FORBIDDEN’s 1988 debut. Additionally, this gatefold 2LP will include a 4-page insert featuring lengthy and personal liner notes from guitarist Craig Locicero recalling the era when the band reformed, wrote and recorded this cherished effort along with an extra band photo from Alex Solca and revamped layout by FORBIDDEN fan and Metal Church/Ross the Boss singer Marc Lopes. 

‘Omega Wave’ marks a significant time as it was FORBIDDEN’s first comeback as original members Craig Locicero, bassist Matt Camacho and singer Russ Anderson regrouped and created a new album, their first since 1997’s ‘Green,’ with new members guitarist Steve Smyth (Testament, Nevermore, Vicious Rumors) and drummer Mark Hernandez (Vio-lence, Heathen, Defiance), which saw the group sign to Nuclear Blast Records and tour to support the album before hibernating again. Many regard ‘Omega Wave’ as an unheralded masterpiece and a record worth further investigation hence the value of bringing the effort back and making it available once more.

“In our opinion, ‘Omega Wave’ may be Forbidden’s strongest and most complete effort. That’s no disrespect to our first four offerings and the amazingly talented musicians that contributed to them. Those are all untouchable in their time,” states guitarist Craig Locicero. “After the years off, we had clear perspective and a new inspiration to make the best possible thrash record we could. We feel that we accomplished it.”

“Now we are very excited to have ‘Omega Wave’ re-released with a special two record, colored vinyl release and new packaging though M-Theory Audio. This ultra-limited special edition will be available on 4-20-24. Record Store Day! Get yours while you can.”

Additionally the timing of this is even more apparent considering FORBIDDEN premiered again in 2023 with a series of live shows and a further revamped lineup now featuring Craig, Matt, Steve and new singer Norman Skinner (Niviane, Imagika) and drummer Chris Kontos (Machine Head, Testament, Verbal Abuse). The group has met with tremendous renewed interest and performed several prestigious live dates with many more high-profile festivals on this year’s calendar including Hell’s Heroes, OmegaFest, Maryland Deathfest and Brutal Assault. Writing continues on FORBIDDEN’s forthcoming sixth album. 

‘Omega Wave’ will be exclusively at indie record stores as part of the Record Store Day celebration. Check in with your local retailer and let them know you’re interested. Find stores and more information at


New Album, Portal, Out March 29th – Preorder Now

We’re pleased to announce that Philadelphia’s MALPHAS have signed to M-Theory Audio for the release of sophomore album, ‘Portal.’

“MALPHAS is honored and excited to join such a talented roster and world class team at M-Theory,” reveals singer/guitarist Paul DeSanctis. “We've worked hard on this new album for the past few years, are thankful to have found a home for it and have great confidence in what we will accomplish through our partnership.”

‘Portal’ is the follow-up to debut ‘The 39th Spirit,’ released in 2018 on Poland’s Via Nocturna label. Each of the epic, melodic death metal quartet’s albums revolve around the demon Malphas, and his encounters with people in life and death.

“’Portal’ takes place chronologically two hundred years prior to the events of ‘The 39th Spirit,’ explains Paul. “The album explores new themes like politics, economics, and historical events in fleshing out how the dystopian world in ‘The 39th Spirit’ comes to be.

To get an idea of the band’s sound and growth, MALPHAS premiere first single/music video for “Red Shield Syndicate” today on all streaming/download platforms or watch the video HERE 

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