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Los Angeles thrashers FUELED BY FIRE unveil music video for “Disrupt”

New seven-inch release out now; A-side available at all digital platforms now

Los Angeles thrash metal force FUELED BY FIRE have unleashed the music video for their newest single, “Disrupt.” The track is the A-side from their newest release, “Past...Present...No Future” Part 1, the first in a pair of two-song 7-inch releases recorded by Allen Falcon (Exmortus, Blade Killer), mixed by Carlos Cruz (Hexen, Warbringer) and mastered by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind (Power Trip, Midnight). The limited to 300 copies physical 7-inch release – which is pressed on white vinyl - was released last Friday, November 12th and are available now HERE. The video for “Disrupt”, created by Javi Garcia at Goodfeelin Video, can be viewed HERE and the song itself is now available to purchase/stream on all digital platforms.

Says guitarist/vocalist Rick Rangel, “'Disrupt' is a song that touches on Fear, Greed, Corruption, Ignorance, Oppression, Manipulation, Hypocrisy and all-out Anarchy happening around the world. Having gone through one of the craziest times in modern history, I think this song reflects the dire feeling that has been felt by everyone that has been affected by a global pandemic, media manipulation, corporate greed, corrupt politicians and police brutality all going on at the same time. Ultimately, this song is about a bleak future for everyone and that there are no happy endings... just endings."

Having gone on hiatus in 2014 after a string of impressive European festival performances, FUELED BY FIRE reconvened at the beginning of 2020 to record new music. Initially set to be released in fall 2020, the four songs put together by the new lineup – consisting of returning members Rick Rangel (guitars/vocals), Anthony Vasquez (bass) and Carlos Gutierrez (drums), who are now joined by Gutierrez's bandmate in Blade Killer, guitarist Jon Rubio – were further refined during the COVID-19 pandemic. The band's first new music since 2013 was unveiled in September 2021 with a visualizer video for “Bloodshed,” which can be viewed HERE. The first of two 7-inch singles to come, “Past...Present...No Future” Part 1 - which features “Disrupt” on the A-side and “Bloodshed” on the B-side - showcases FUELED BY FIRE as a group ready to re-stake its claim to thrash metal supremacy, with the second 7-inch single to come in early 2022.

Says Rangel, “'Past...Present...No Future' is a 4-song EP that was two years in the making. After numerous setbacks with writing and recording, these recordings seemed doomed to never be released. But as fate would have it, not even a global pandemic could stop it! If anything, the pandemic only fueled the anger and aggression felt on these songs. The reason we chose to release a 4-song EP as opposed to a full-length was to get music out a lot sooner and we were anxious to announce to the world that FUELED BY FIRE has returned to fuck shit up! We feel like this is the pinnacle of what we have to offer as artists and musicians and we hope to have that bleed over to our next offerings and we can't wait for you to play these songs at full volume!"

FUELED BY FIRE was formed in 2002 by a group of Southern California teenagers that bonded over a love of '80s thrash metal acts such as Exodus, Testament and Possessed. The group recorded their first demo in 2004 and emerged as a persistent presence on local concerts throughout the greater Los Angeles region. Those shows saw them open for many of the iconic acts that they grew up worshipping, as well as performing alongside other burgeoning thrash bands that were emerging around them in Southern California such as Warbringer and Hexen. The group initially self-released their 2006 debut album, “Spread The Fire.” The album was praised by AllMusic.com for its “authentic thrash,” and the combination of their impressive studio effort and prolific live performances earned the attention of Metal Blade Records, who reissued the record a year later.

The group soon spread their sound on stages across the United States alongside fellow rising thrashers such as Bonded by Blood and Merciless Death before re-emerging with their self-released 2010 follow-up record, “Plunging Into Darkness.” That album was applauded by Metal-Rules.com for serving as a reminder of “just how vibrant thrash metal can be,” and the band followed up that momentum by touring Europe alongside heavy hitters such as Kreator, Morbid Angel and Nile. The group applied a more sinister tone to their lyrics and compositions on 2013's “Trapped in Perdition,” which was released by NoiseArt Records and produced by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Cannibal Corpse). The album received accolades from Burning Ambulance for being “their best album yet” and – alongside well-received performances the following year on European festivals such as Hellfest and Metalfest Open Air Loreley – cemented FUELED BY FIRE's reputation as generators of powerful thrash metal.

More information on new music from FUELED BY FIRE will be unveiled in the weeks to come by M-Theory Audio and at www.facebook.com/FueledByFireOfficial.

Brazilian Progressive Death Metal Act ABSTRACTED Unveils Video for

'Between Samsara and Samadhi'

Third single from debut full-length 'Atma Conflux'; album to be released in Spring 2022

The Brazilian progressive death metal act ABSTRACTED have unveiled a performance video for “Between Samsara and Samadhi,” the third single from their upcoming debut full-length album 'Atma Conflux,” which is currently set for release in Spring 2022. The song is the latest display of the band's sound, blending the blistering technicality of acts such as Obscura and Edge of Sanity with moments evoking the melodic side of bands such as Opeth and Fates Warning. The track is now available for streaming/download through all digital music outlets, and the video can be viewed HERE.

 

Says lead vocalist/guitarist Rosano Matiussi, “'Between' is the fourth song off our upcoming album, which is part of a concept that flirts with the duality of being, and the choices to be made during the process of self-healing. The lyrics try to translate the split paths where one must choose to escape the 'Samsara Wheel' and pursue enlightenment, or fall on his knees and just deliver himself to the 'moon masked entity,' known as the lunar body, which is responsible for all things egotistic and self-loathing.

 

Musicwise, 'Between' came in a moment where we were trying to find that link between (no pun intended) the new Abstracted Sound and the early one from our first EP, 'Ophidian.” It has heavy, tricky and melodic parts, so we thought that'd be a great song to release a music video for. So this, I could say, is where the process of changing, and evolution is mostly visible.

 

The music video was recorded in one of São Paulo's biggest theaters and we had the great folks from Movilabe (Thanks May and Leo, you rock!) producing the music video. It was a great feeling, also a little bit frightening, to play our song on such a huge stage, but it turned out pretty fine (after a few beers, of course). I am a huge Evergrey fan myself and when I saw their music video for 'Where August Mourns' with them playing in a theater with all those flashing lights - very simple, but visually pleasant – I knew that was what we had to do!”

 

ABSTRACTED began recording their debut full-length, “Atma Conflux,” in 2018, and continued writing, crafting, and producing the record throughout 2019 and 2020. The new album sees the group – which recently welcomed keyboardist Carol Claro – integrating synthesizers and orchestral keyboards into their already-expansive sound. The first taste of the scintillating sounds to be found on “Atma Conflux” was revealed in the beginning of 2021 with the video for “Decree of Sunlight,” which can be viewed HEREThe band followed that up during the summer of 2021 with a music video for their second single, “Wither to Dust,” which can be viewed HERE.

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