SHADOWS FALL TO REISSUE 'OF ONE BLOOD' ON YELLOW/BLACK VINYL
Seminal release from New Wave of American Heavy Metal pioneers remixed and remastered
On the heels of the sold-out 20th anniversary blood red reissue of SHADOWS FALL's “Of One Blood” for Record Store Day's Black Friday last fall, M-Theory Audio is proud to announce a new vinyl edition of the breakthrough album by the Grammy-nominated New Wave of American Heavy Metal pioneers. This new yellow/black vinyl pressing of the album – which features the 10 tracks that were originally remixed and remastered by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Suicide Silence) and Grammy-award winning engineer Alan Douches (High on Fire, Motorhead, The Black Dahlia Murder) in 2008 – will be released on July 16, and is available for pre-order now from our webstore or at smarturl.com/ofoneblood.
SHADOWS FALL was founded 25 years ago by guitarists Jon Donais (currently the lead guitarist of thrash legends Anthrax) and Matt Bachand (now a member of Act of Defiance). Soon after the group released their debut album – which featured All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte – in 1997, Brian Fair was recruited to be the group's new front man. After a year's worth of live shows together, the band entered Massachusetts' Planet Z Studios with producer Zeuss to record what would become a seminal album in the burgeoning New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement.
Influenced in equal parts by classic Bay Area thrash, Scandinavian melodic death and New England hardcore, “Of One Blood” ushered in a new era for metal that emphasized heaviness, hooks and taut musicianship. AllMusic.com applauded the record for its “unique blend of thrash backbone, progressive metal precision and classic metal influences.” That time period also saw the group tour extensively alongside the likes of Hatebreed, In Flames, Converge, Lamb of God and Unearth, as well as share festival stages with Pantera and Slayer; and the band even caught the attention of MTV.
The April 2000 release of “Of One Blood” set the stage for the band to achieve additional mainstream metal success on their subsequent album, 2002's “The Art of Balance,” which saw the group join Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest tour en route to selling more than 250,000 copies. From there, the band cracked the Billboard Top 20 with 2004's “The War Within” – which sold more than 400,000 copies and earned the band its first Grammy nomination – before signing with Atlantic Records for the release of 2007's “Threads of Life,” which saw the band receive a second Grammy nomination. Two more acclaimed albums followed before Donais was invited to join Anthrax in 2013, a move which would eventually cause SHADOWS FALL to go on indefinite hiatus.
Only time will tell whether a reunion is in the cards, but for now, celebrate the turn-of-the-millennium heavy metal scene with the modern reissue of “Of One Blood”!
IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Announces Shredocalypse 2021 Tour w/ Paladin
Extreme Progressive/Power Metal Group's Acclaimed New Concept Album ‘Psychosomatic’ Out Now via M-Theory Audio
There's been much anticipation from both fans and Immortal Guardian to announce that after waiting for over a year to perform live they will be officially hitting the road across the USA for tour dates with Paladin.
Entitled the Shredocalypse 2021 Tour, the first show will be kicking off in Immortal Guardian's former hometown of Austin, TX on August 18th and see them and Paladin trek across thirteen states into mid-September with more dates to be announced (current dates listed below).
“We are so happy to finally announce we are back on the road! After so many cancellations and postponed dates through all of last year, we are beyond excited to come to your city and bring you some LIVE heavy metal!!! During the pandemic, we had time to make a new album (Psychosomatic) from home and I even got to learn how to program light/laser shows!!! So expect a brand new live show, with a new production of lights and lasers to all new music. See you on the road Guardians!”
After making a splash via their 2018 full-length debut “Age of Revolution” – which featured its own fair share of creative music videos, including the “Armageddon”-meets-telenovela “Stardust” – and through tours with the likes of Marty Friedman, Exmortus, and Powerglove, IMMORTAL GUARDIAN gathered in Las Vegas at the beginning of 2020 to record their second album. As the spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent pandemic began to ensue, shutdowns around the world began being enforced, resulting in the band completely scrapping the record that they had been working on and writing and creating a new thematic record about their emotions surrounding current events. The resulting “Psychosomatic” was a truly multi-national record, with guitarist/keyboardist Gabriel Guardian – known for his uncanny ability to play the two instruments simultaneously – remaining in Las Vegas, singer Carlos Zema recording his vocals from his home in Brazil, drummer Justin Piedimonte tracking from Montreal, and bassist Joshua Lopez recording from IMMORTAL GUARDIAN's native Texas.
“Psychosomatic” is a product of the extraordinary turmoil of 2020 that affected millions of people around the world, as well as the next step in IMMORTAL GUARDIAN’s exhilarating melding of melodic power metal with progressive/shred tendencies. CD and limited-edition purple vinyl editions of “Psychosomatic” are available now at www.smarturl.com/immortalguardian.
- Lockdown - https://youtu.be/5lqkhMNijBk
- Phobia - ft. Angra guitarist Marcelo Barbosa - https://youtu.be/YvfY7UZHhv8
- Clocks - https://youtu.be/gzs-fF9SNH8
- Read Between The Lines - https://youtu.be/BAwQVNkTWa8
- Psychosomatic - https://youtu.be/YCdxPLR275A
SHREDOCALYPSE 2021 - Immortal Guard w/ Paladin
8/18 Austin, TX - Come And Take It Live
8/19 Haltom City, TX - Haltom Theater
8/20 Corpus Christi, TX - Boozers
8/21 San Angelo, TX - The Deadhorse
8/22 Tulsa, OK - The Vanguard
8/24 St Louis, MO - Red Flag
8/25 Omaha, NE - Reverb Lounge
8/26 Sioux Falls, SD - Bigs Bar
8/27 Des Moines, IA - Lefty's Live Music
8/28 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon (MAD WITH POWER FEST)
8/29 Chicago, IL - WC Social Club
8/31 Detroit, MI - Sanctuary
9/01 Youngstown, OH - Westside Bowl (Downstairs)
9/02 Canton, OH - Buzzbin Shop
9/04 Manchester, NH - Jewel
9/05 Providence, RI - Alchemy
9/06 Cambridge, MA - Middle East / Upstairs
MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED, STAY TUNED!
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“The musicianship is top-tier and the group’s compositional ability is unheard of for a band this young. [Guitarist} Gabriel Guardian is a new American hero.” – Decibel
“Melody and Power, two things displayed in a smashing way throughout this album. If Immortal Guardian isn’t already on your playlist, I think they should be. 10/10 – Metal-Temple.com
"A mega-catchy prog-power anthem (Read Between The Lines) mixed with a blend of crushing performances that'll leave you salivating for more." - Metal Injection
"Psychosomatic, an album that will likely be viewed as one of 2021’s best releases, and a landmark record for Immortal Guardian. " - Metal Nation
"“Psychosomatic” is a super catchy (Prog) Power Metal album" - Metalheads Forever Magazine
"With this album (Psychosomatic) Immortal Guardian should no longer be seen as a promising band. Not only have they shown that they have an enormous compositional quality and an elite technical level, they have also shown that they are a band that faces difficulties and that they have all the will to continue. Making a high-quality second album two years after their dazzling debut tells us about the enormous inner power these musicians have." - Metal Rules
"“QUARAN-TAAAAAYN!” No matter what you think about Immortal Guardian, it’s refreshing to hear a band that plays their style while confronting modern life. Though there’s a lot of big, epic, technical stuff going on on Psychosomatic, it never devolves into a lot of bullshit about chivalry and orcs. As such, they feel poised to be the inheritors of Nevermore’s throne, a gritty power metal band who feel relevant even as they soar. Get this in your brain." - The Pit
Reunited Bay Area Crossover Thrashers MORDRED Unveil ‘Malignancy’ Music Video
Clip features appearances from Chuck Billy (Testament) and Will Carroll (Death Angel)
The influential San Francisco crossover thrash metal act MORDRED have unleashed the music video for their new song “Malignancy.” The clip, which features appearances from fellow Bay Area metalheads Chuck Billy (Testament), Will Carroll (Death Angel) and Matt Camacho (Forbidden), was written and directed by MORDRED guitarist Danny White and Christian Powell of Wintermusik Productions and can be viewed HERE.
“'Malignancy' was truly a band effort,” says White. “We all had a hand in the writing. The music was done and there were some attempts at lyrics, but the subject was just too close to heart to write about. I was relating it to (vocalist) Scott Holderby one night over drinks, and I said that it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do for a living – cancer doesn’t give a shit. He said I should just write that. The lyrics were written 20 minutes later. This is dedicated to everyone who’s lost someone to this wretched disease. Fuck cancer.”
“Malignancy” is the second advance taste of “The Dark Parade,” MORDRED’s first full-length album in over 25 years. Set to be released by M-Theory Audio on July 23, the record – which will be offered on CD, digital, blue vinyl with orange splatter and a limited-edition, mail-order exclusive white vinyl variant with a Mordred turntable slipmat and autographed photo card – can be pre-ordered now HERE.
MORDRED has also scheduled their first live performance of 2021, a record release show on Aug. 14 during the grand re-opening weekend of famed San Francisco rock club Bottom of the Hill. Special guests and fellow Bay Area heavy metal masters Blind Illusion will also perform. The following week, MORDRED will take the stage alongside the likes of Vicious Rumors and Lich King at the Redwood Metalfest in Ukiah, Calif.