Extreme Progressive Metal Group VINTERSEA Streams New Song 'Befallen'
Second album 'Illuminated' due Sept. 27; pre-orders available now
The up-and-coming Portland quintet VINTERSEA – whose crushing progressive metal draws heavy inspiration from the darkened skies of their native Pacific Northwest – has unveiled a second new track from their forthcoming sophomore album (and M-Theory Audio debut), “Illuminated.” Take a listen to “Befallen” – a riveting mix of prog, black, death and post-metal – HERE.
"While the title track from "Illuminated" showcases our progressive and melodic side, "Befallen" anchors the back half of the album with desolate atmospherics, cavernous blackened screams, oppressive blast beats, and devastating guitar riffs,” explains guitarist Riley Nix. “Even amid a sea of hopelessness, the song is meant to express resolute will and iron determination in the face of impossible odds."
“Illuminated” will be released on Sept. 27 on CD, digital and limited-edition blue/white vinyl. Pre-orders are available at both the Vintersea Bandcamp and our Webstore. The cover artwork, seen above, was designed by Xenoyr of Australia's Ne Obliviscaris (a group with whom VINTERSEA has performed). The album was engineered and mixed by Gabe Johnston (Idle Hands) and mastered by Troy Glessner (Devin Townsend, Intervals).
Earlier this summer, VINTERSEA – who are fronted by Malaysian-born singer Avienne, whose vocal range spans from haunting melodies to fierce growls – released a music video for the epic, seven-minute title track from “Illuminated,” which can be seen HERE.
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,” while Invisible Oranges praised the band for mixing a “Scandinavian flavor with a distinctly Pacific sound reminiscent of Agalloch and other more progressive moods.”
The group earned additional praise for its dynamic live performances alongside artists such as Arkona, The Ocean and Sirenia. The band's next scheduled concert will take place alongside Jinjer, The Browning and Sumo Cyco at Portland's Hawthorne Theatre on November 2.
IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Announces Spring North American Tour With PowerGlove
Guitarist/keyboardist Gabriel Guardian to perform with both groups during six-week trek
The extreme progressive/power metal group IMMORTAL GUARDIAN, who supported guitar icon Marty Friedman on a national tour earlier this year, have confirmed their first tour of 2020 – a six-week North American trek alongside the video game-inspired group PowerGlove. A complete list of dates appears below.
The PowerGlove tour will mark the beginning of a new album cycle for IMMORTAL GUARDIAN, whose acclaimed 2018 sophomore full-length (and M-Theory Audio debut) “Age Of Revolution” was hailed by MetalSucks as “seriously epic.” The record included “Stardust,” the epic, special effects-laden music video for which combined the action-packed narrative of “Armageddon” with a telenovela-worthy love story. Check it out HERE.
Notably, the spring tour will see IMMORTAL GUARDIAN founder Gabriel Guardian doing double duty with both his band and PowerGlove, a group with which he has toured previously. Then again, Gabriel is used to multitasking, as his uncanny ability to play guitar and keyboard simultaneously has been prominently showcased on MTV and websites like Gear Gods.
“I’m so happy to be filling in on guitar/keys with my boys in PowerGlove again. The music is so fun, the fans are wonderful and the shows have a very special energy I don’t get on other metal tours,” states Gabriel Guardian. “And to do all this with my band, Immortal Guardian as direct support, I don’t think it could get any better! Looking forward to a fun tour and back to back sets of insane guitar/keyboard shredding every night! You definitely don’t wanna miss this tour...”
Hailing from the same state as guitar greats Dimebag Darrell and Stevie Ray Vaughan, IMMORTAL GUARDIAN proudly fly the flag of musical innovation and virtuosity for the Lone Star State. The group's sound is a full-frontal assault of anthemic melodies, technical rhythms, furious shred and high-flying vocals by Brazilian vocalist Carlos Zema (ex-Outworld).
IMMORTAL GUARDIAN live (w/ PowerGlove):
3/31 Waterford, NY – Chrome
4/1 Philadelphia, PA – Foundry
4/2 Worcester, MA – Palladium
4/3 Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland
4/4 Elmhurst, NY – Blackthorn 51
4/5 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
4/6 Quebec City, QC – L'Anti
4/7 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
4/8 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
4/9 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
4/10 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
4/11 Cincinnati, OH – Top Cats
4/12 Westland, MI – Token Lounge
4/13 Joliet, IL – The Forge
4/14 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam
4/15 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
4/17 Calgary, AB – Dickens
4/18 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
4/19 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
4/20 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
4/21 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
4/22 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
4/23 Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go
4/24 Santa Ana, CA – Malone's
4/25 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
4/26 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
4/27 Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar and Billiards
4/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe's
4/29 Denver, CO – Herman's Hideaway
4/30 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
5/1 Dallas, TX – Trees
5/2 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
5/3 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
5/5 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
5/6 Ybor City, FL – Crowbar
5/7 Margate, FL – O'Malley's
5/8 Orlando, FL – Soundbar
Israeli Symphonic/Progressive Metal Band SCARDUST Debuts Live Video For 'Dials'
Group to perform three UK shows next week; acclaimed debut album 'Sands Of Time' out now
In advance of their upcoming live appearances in the United Kingdom, the Israeli symphonic/progressive metal band SCARDUST has unveiled a live composite video for “Dials,” a track from their recently reissued debut album “Sands of Time.” The clip – which was compiled by the group's vocalist, Noa Gruman – can be seen HERE.
"Ever since we first played ‘Dials’ live in 2015, our fans have been asking us to make a video for it. Being the longest and most complex piece of Sands of Time, we wracked our brains, time and time again about how to do that,” explains vocalist Noa Gruman. “The truth is - the answer was there all along. As the Dials forever turn for all of us, Scardust is also moving forward, and shaping every day, as we experience our ups and downs, our changing paths and scorching scars. The re-release of this piece gave us the perfect opportunity to present a compilation of Scardust's life up to this point, with scenes taken from the beginning of the road right up to our most recent concerts."
Next week, SCARDUST will travel from the Middle East to the UK to play three shows, including a performance at the annual Ramblin' Man Fair, where the band will appear on the Prog In The Park Stage alongside Riverside, Pain of Salvation and Anathema. From there, the group will head to Slovenia's Metaldays, where they will perform on the festival's Newforces Stage.
Originally self-released in Israel in 2017, “Sands Of Time” – mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, BTBAM) and featuring cover art by Drake Mefestta (Cradle of Filth, Michael Romeo, Devilment) – is now available worldwide on gatefold double LP, digital and compact disc. The new CD reissue features a bonus acoustic piano demo of the previously unreleased song “Mist,” while the limited-edition debut vinyl pressing includes the group's 2015 debut EP “Shadow” in its entirety on Side D – the first time that release has been offered on vinyl as well.
The critical response to “Sands of Time,” which includes guest appearances by Jake E (Cyhra, ex-Amaranthe) and Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land), has been overwhelmingly positive. In its 10/10 review, The Metal Observer called the album “a progressive metal epic that expands on the legacy of the biggest names in the genre,” while Prog Magazine called the record “extraordinary,” praising Gruman's “vocal gymnastics as she flips between elegant soprano and guttural demon in a split-second.”
SCARDUST have previously played alongside the likes of Symphony X, Therion and Epica and recently made their live debut in China, where they performed at the country's Midi Festival.
18 July Hitchin, UK – Club 85 w/ Serpentyne & Patty Gurdy
20 July Kent, UK – Ramblin' Man Fair Prog Stage w/ Anathema, Riverside, Pain of Salvation
21 July London, UK – The Lexington w/ Pythia & Patty Gurdy
24 July Tolmin, Slovenia – Metaldays