Canadian Thrashers HAZZERD Unveil New Track;
'Delirium' Record Release Show Announced
With the release of their sophomore album ‘Delirium’ fast approaching, the Calgary-based thrash quartet HAZZERD have unveiled the record's breakneck opening track, “Sacrifice Them (In The Name Of God).” The song is now streaming on Spotify,
Bandcamp and other digital platforms now.
Says drummer Dylan Westendorp, “'Sacrifice Them (In The Name of God)' is about extreme religious cults that take things too far to please their so-called God. This song is not about religion as a whole, but those people who take the idea of faith to the extreme – people who hunt down and kill innocent people because their God told them to. Musically, this song is one of our favorites, as it incorporates heavy, fast, melodic and intricate sections. It's sure to please the thrashers out there!”
“Sacrifice Them (In The Name Of God)” is the third preview track from ‘Delirium,’ HAZZERD's M-Theory Audio debut. It follows “A Tormented Reality,” which received its world premiere on Ross The Boss' Gimme Radio program (and was subsequently hailed by Metal Injection as “rip-roaring... leaves absolutely no survivors in its wake”), and “Victim Of A Desperate Mind,” a lyric video for which can be seen HERE.
‘Delirium’ – which is available now for pre-order on CD, cassette and limited-edition blue/green haze colored vinyl – was mixed and mastered by Johnny Gasparic (Into Eternity) and features cover artwork by Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, Skeletonwitch). The band will celebrate the album's release with a couple record release shows where they will perform live on January 24th in Calgary at The Dickens and January 31 in Edmonton at the Starlite Room . The group's next hometown show will take place alongside Flotsam and Jetsam on May 26.
HAZZERD was initially formed by drummer/lead vocalist Dylan Westendorp and guitarist Brendan Malycky, two Calgary teens who were inspired by the early work of thrash legends such as Overkill, Metallica and Anthrax. The group self-released their debut EP, ‘Victimize The Innocent,’ in 2014. The following year, the band recruited then-18-year-old lead guitarist Toryin Schadlich.
In 2017, soon after solidifying the group's lineup with the addition of bassist David Sprague, HAZZERD recorded their full-length debut, ‘Misleading Evil,’ which was released via Canada's World War Now Records. Featuring cover art by Bouzikov, the record was praised by Metal-Temple.com as “one of the strongest thrash releases of 2017,” while Dead Rhetoric called the album “an exhilarating aural ride” with a “Maiden/Priest-meets-early Metallica vibe.”
Last year, HAZZERD caught the attention of M-Theory Audio after being featured on Gimme Radio, where Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine championed the group as a promising thrash hopeful. He also included the band on his personal list of record collection picks, where HAZZERD were one of only two up-and-coming artists listed (the other being Power Trip).
In recent years, HAZZERD has performed alongside the likes of Striker, Vicious Rumors, Archspire, Spellcaster and Grim Reaper in addition to playing noted Canadian festivals such as Loud As Hell and Armstrong MetalFest. Lately, the group completed a successful string of shows north of the border with Hatchet.
Fans and members of the metal media can learn more about HAZZERD's influences by watching this short video, in which the group's members discuss four albums that left a lasting mark on them and inspired them when writing ‘Delirium’ HERE.
For more information on HAZZERD, visit www.facebook.com/HazzerdThrash.
Israeli Progressive Symphonic Metal Band SCARDUST Unveils Live Video Of New Song
'Tantibus II' set to appear on group's forthcoming sophomore album, due out this fall
The acclaimed Israeli progressive / symphonic metal band SCARDUST – whose recently reissued full-length debut “Sands of Time” was hailed by Prog Magazine as “extraordinary” – have unveiled a new taste of what to expect on the follow-up recording that they're currently prepping for a fall 2020 release.
At the band's recent, sold-out Scarfest in their home city of Tel Aviv, the group debuted the new song “Tantibus II,” complete with backing vocals by the 12-person “Hellscore” choir. Professionally filmed live footage of the song – which showcases the band's impeccable musicianship and the diverse range of vocalist Noa Gruman, who Prog aptly praises for “vocal gymnastics that flip between elegant soprano and guttural demon in a split-second” – at this location.
Says Gruman, “Scarfest was a magical evening, and our full-length set with the Hellscore choir featured several songs from our upcoming album. ‘Tantibus II’ was one of them, and it's now released for the world to see as a teaser for what's to come.”
“Tantibus II” is a sequel to “Tantibus,” a song from the group's 2015 debut EP “Shadow.” It further explores a common theme scattered throughout SCARDUST's music – the human desire to escape from reality. In its lyrics, sleep is used as a metaphor for the things that we do to detach ourselves from our day-to-day routines. The demon described in the song is the Old Hag, the villain in a fable about a supernatural creature who sits on dreamers' chests and strangles them. The tale relates to a phenomenon called sleep paralysis, in which dreamers are struck with great fear and a feeling that they cannot wake up.
The “Shadow” EP was included on the limited-edition gatefold 2LP edition of “Sands of Time,” which is available at our Webstore. The CD reissue of “Sands Of Time,” meanwhile, included an acoustic demo of another new song, “Mist,” that the band plans to include on their forthcoming sophomore album. The song can be streamed here.
“Sands Of Time” was mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, BTBAM) and features cover art by Drake Mefestta (Cradle of Filth, Michael Romeo, Devilment). The album includes guest appearances by Jake E (Cyhra, ex-Amaranthe) and Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land).
SCARDUST have previously played alongside the likes of Symphony X, Therion and Epica and performed a number of high-profile international gigs in 2019, including the Midi Festival (China), Ramblin' Man Fair (United Kingdom) and Metaldays (Slovenia).
Melodic Death Metal Group VOICES OF RUIN Sign With M-Theory Audio;
New Album 'Path To Immortality' (produced by Logan Mader) Due This Spring
The Orange County, California-based melodic death metal quintet VOICES OF RUIN – who bested dozens of unsigned groups to serve as America's representative in the 2018 Wacken Metal Battle – have signed with M-Theory Audio. The group will release their third album, “Path To Immortality,” in the spring.
Since brothers Dave (vocals) and Tom Barrett (guitars) founded the group more than a decade ago, VOICES OF RUIN have performed extensively in support of their two self-released albums, 2010's “Into Oblivion” and 2015's “Born From The Dark.” In 2019, the band returned to the studio to record “Path To Immortality” with former Soulfly/Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader (Gojira, SepticFlesh). More information on the new album will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
“Voices of Ruin is very excited to announce that we'll be collaborating with M Theory Audio for the release of our next record,” explains guitarist Tom. “This record is absolutely crushing and we believe that Marco and his team will do an excellent job of helping us push things to the next level. The team at M-Theory has a wealth of experience in the ever-evolving metal scene and a roster of insanely talented bands. Voices of Ruin is extremely honored to be a part of the team and we look forward to shredding the world on this next album cycle. Rage!
While vocalist Dave expands, “Following the successful release of our first two albums, we felt that it was time to push this beast further and work with a label that can really support us. It was also important that we find a team that operates in a brotherhood/family style atmosphere that complements our camp here at Voices Of Ruin! We feel strongly that Marco and his team are a perfect fit for this next chapter for VoR. We couldn't be more excited that M-Theory believes in this record as much as we do! We are ready to shred with beers held high to support this next musical adventure! So...who's ready to PARTY!!!”
“I’ve been aware of Voices of Ruin for several years, as they are a staple of the So Cal metal scene and there’s no doubt their commitment and work ethic as all they’ve achieved locally and moreso touring internationally as an unsigned band,” comments M-Theory Audio’s Marco Barbieri. “My interest was raised when witnessing the band crushing their competition in the Wacken Metal Battle and getting to know the guys on a more personal level afterwards and seeing first-hand their fierce determination. Ultimately when they shared tracks from their new album I was blown away as the songs, playing and production are all on another level with such a fine mix of dark melodies combined with aggressive heavy music that I knew we had to get involved.”
VOICES OF RUIN describe their sound as an epically-crafted blend of classic heavy metal and modern death metal that also pays homage to the traditional Scandinavian melodic death metal sound. In addition to winning the U.S. Wacken Metal Battle in 2018, The group supported Vader across North America on the 2017 “Strike Of The Empire” tour; toured Europe with Internal Bleeding and Sacrificial Slaughter; toured Japan with Vader and Hate; and performed extensively in Southern California alongside a number of notable acts, including Morbid Angel, Trivium, Devildriver, Dark Tranquillity, Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Dying Fetus and Origin. For the past five years, the band has also organized the annual Ruinfest festival, a celebration of California's extreme metal scene that has featured the likes of Fallujah, Exmortus, Pessimist, Skeletal Remains, Helsott and Letum Ascensus.
VOICES OF RUIN's next live appearance will take place in Anaheim, California on Jan. 25. The band will also support Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum in Santa Ana, California on April 3. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/voicesofruin