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Progressive Metal Act SCARDUST & Special Guest Patty Gurdy Unveil Epic Video for 'Concrete Cages'

New music video shot on-location in Tel Aviv; Band announces 2022 festival appearances 

Israel's progressive/symphonic metal wizards SCARDUST – joined by special guests Patty Gurdy and the Hellscore choir - have unveiled the music video for “Concrete Cages,” the latest single from their critically acclaimed sophomore concept album “Strangers.” The compelling mix of beautifully-shot rooftop performance footage, gorgeous forest scenery and an underlying concept that plays out through the very final seconds of the video can be viewed HERE. The full album – described by Dead Rhetoric as “captivating from start to finish” – can be streamed on all major digital platforms or purchased on CD and limited-edition gray smoke vinyl HERE.

Says Patty Gurdy, “Working with Scardust is like working with a group of wizards. The whole band consists of extremely skilled musicians and their creative energy is absolutely inspiring.”

Says vocalist Noa Gruman, “Filming 'Concrete Cages' was unbelievable. As soon as it was possible for Patty to finally make the trip to Tel Aviv, she hopped on a plane in a heartbeat. Patty is not only an amazing artist, but also an incredible human being. She has always believed in our music and never gave up on us. Hellscore is simply a family. They are always there for me, whether in the scorching sun or on a freezing night like the one we had on that glamorous skyscraper rooftop. The production was managed by the spirited Lahav Levi who worked round the clock to ensure that every second and every frame in this video is as close to perfect as could be. I hope you will be able to see the passion and love that was put into it. 'Concrete Cages' finally has the video it deserves!”

SCARDUST has also announced their latest wave of live performances. The band will be making its return to festival stages this summer with appearances at the 2022 Dong Open Air Festival in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany on July 14th, and at the 2022 Wacken Open Air Festival in August. The group will also be performing another hometown show on July 9th at the Gagarin Club in Tel Aviv, Israel to celebrate the 5th anniversary of their debut full-length, “Sands of Time.” The group's most recent Tel Aviv performance – where they were joined by Gurdy in-person – was livestreamed throughout the world and can be viewed HERE.

SCARDUST persevered through the challenges presented by the events of 2020 and ended that year by releasing their acclaimed sophomore record “Strangers,” a unique concept album built of complementary song pairs working from the outside in. The clip for “Concrete Cages” joins an impressive array of music videos – all available for viewing HERE - that further demonstrate the degree to which different tracks from the album are thematically connected. The makeup of the band continued to evolve in 2021, as bassist Yanai Avnet and keyboardist Itai Portugali said an amicable goodbye to SCARDUST, and the group officially welcomed into the fold longtime songwriting collaborator Orr Didi (bass) and longtime friend of the band Aaron Friedland (keyboards).

Mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Arch Enemy), “Strangers” was written and composed jointly by SCARDUST vocalist Noa Gruman and Didi, who also collaborated with the band on their full-length debut “Sands of Time” and their 2015 EP “Shadow.” The album features guest appearances by Gurdy, the Hellscore choir (Orphaned Land, Amorphis, Ayreon) and England’s prestigious Westbrook Hay Prep School Chamber Choir.

Gruman was also featured as a guest lead vocalist on Therion's latest record, “Leviathan” (Nuclear Blast), released in January 2021. This is in addition to an already-impressive list of recent guest vocal appearances, which also include Amorphis' 2018 record “Queen of Time,” Orphaned Land's 2018 album “Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs” and Ayreon’s recently released “Transitus.”

Israel’s leading progressive metal group, SCARDUST has performed at such major festivals as Ramblin’ Man Fair (UK), Metaldays (Slovenia) and Midi (China). In addition, the band hosts the annual “Scarfest” event in their home country, where they’ve also appeared alongside the likes of Therion, Epica and Symphony X.

Finnish Extreme Metal Band ANZILLU Sign With M-Theory Audio

Music video for debut single 'Needles (On My Nerves)' streaming now

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 – have signed with M-Theory Audio. The group's as-yet-untitled debut full-length is currently set to be unleashed at the beginning of 2023. In the meantime, ANZILLU's first single “Needles (On My Nerves)” is available for streaming now, and the music video for the song is available to view HERE. Additional music from the band's debut album will be unveiled throughout the remainder of 2022.

Says the band, “Having worked hard and kept a tight lid on this band during the COVID-pandemic, it’s great to finally see that our patience paid off. We are thrilled to start working with M-Theory on this upcoming release and can’t wait for people to hear the album. You can expect a couple of tunes to drop throughout the year before the January release.”

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.

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, Lost Society, Amorphis, Apocalyptica) behind the soundboard handling recording/mixing duties. The music video for “Needles (On My Nerves)” is just a small taste of the metallic mayhem set to be delivered in full by ANZILLU. The group is also set to perform live June 3rd at Tiivistamö – Helsinki, Finland, as well as at the the John Smith Rock Festival in Laukaa, Finland headlined this year by Airbourne, Dark Tranquillity, Powerwolf, and more - during the weekend of July 21st through July 23rd.

More information on ANZILLU, their debut album, and their plans for additional live shows will be revealed in the weeks to come by M-Theory Audio and at www.facebook.com/anzillufi.

PAGAN METAL PIONEERS HELSOTT UNVEIL MUSIC VIDEO FOR “BABYLON: SCARLETT'S SALOON”

New record, ‘Will and The Witch,' out today; Live performances coming up this summer

HELSOTT – America's leading pagan metal band – has unveiled “Babylon: Scarlett's Saloon,” the music video for the latest single from their brand-new concept album, “Will and The Witch,” released today. Available on CD, a limited-edition gold double vinyl, and digital editions now available at retail or online now or check http://smarturl.com/helsott. A video, shot on location at Whitehorse Ranch in Landers, CA, was premiered today by Metal Injection. HELSOTT has also announced a flurry of live performances along the West Coast coming up in June 2022, alongside Symphonic Black Metal mystics Malphas from Philadelphia. Full tour dates are below.

Says vocalist Eric Dow, “The story of the album can get pretty grim at times so it's important to have some fun songs. Our fans love our 'drinking songs' so we made the ultimate Helsott drinking song!” 

HELSOTT's new album, “Will and The Witch,” is a concept record that tells a fictional story about how Billy The Kid became the fastest gunfighter in the wild west. The first taste of music from the new album was unleashed with a visualizer video for the title track, which can be viewed HERE. The group followed this up with the professional music video for “I'll Make Ya Famous,” and can be viewed HERE. The group then released a visualizer video for the song, “Independence Night,” which featured guest vocals from Tim “Ripper” Owens (formerly of Judas Priest, Iced Earth and Yngwie Malmsteen) and can be viewed HERE.

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