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Melodic Death Metal Group VOICES OF RUIN Unveils Video For New Track

"I Am God"

Logan Mader-produced 'Path To Immortality' due April 24; pre-orders available now


Today, the Southern California melodic death metal quintet VOICES OF RUIN proudly unveils “I Am God,” the first taste of their forthcoming third album (and M-Theory Audio debut) “Path To Immortality.” A lyric video for the track, designed by Rafael Ortega of Ecliptic Visions (The Absence, Helsott), can be seen HERE.


“I Am God” can now be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms. In addition, the song is downloadable instantly with all digital pre-orders of “Path To Immortality.” Physical pre-orders for the album – which was produced by Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader (Gojira, Septicflesh) and includes a cover of the Foo Fighters' “Everlong” are available on compact disc and limited-edition splatter vinyl via Bandcamp and the M-Theory Audio webstoreThe cover artwork by Par Olofsson (Exodus, Immortal, Revocation) is pictured above.


Says vocalist Dave Barrett, “We are stoked to release 'I Am God' as the first look into our upcoming album. This song’s an absolute ripper with shreddy guitars and aggressive verse. The lyrical content tells the story of a demon taking control of this universe and beyond, which is brilliantly captured by Par's artwork. Rafael did an amazing job piecing together this lyric video to flow with the song – kudos!”


Adds guitarist Tom Barrett, “It was difficult to choose a single because all of the songs turned out killer, but we felt that 'I Am God' was a good place to start. It tips the hat to classic melodic death metal while also incorporating thrash elements and a crushing production, and it's a furious track that represents the intensity of the album. We think it's by far our strongest material to date, and we can't wait to unleash it in April!”


VOICES OF RUIN – who 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 – have performed extensively in support of their two self-released albums, 2010's “Into Oblivion” and 2015's “Born From The Dark.” In addition to winning the U.S. Wacken Metal Battle in 2018 – when they bested dozens of unsigned groups to earn the chance to perform at the world's largest annual heavy metal festival – the group has toured Europe with Internal Bleeding and Sacrificial Slaughter; supported Vader across North America on the 2017 “Strike Of The Empire” tour; played in Japan alongside 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 six years, VOICES OF RUIN have 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. The band will return to the stage in their native Orange County alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum in Santa Ana, California on April 3. 



Dave Barrett – vocals

Tom Barrett – lead guitar

Steve Calton – rhythm guitar

Wally Myers – bass

Lonnie Van Horn – drums


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French Melodic Hardcore Band STINKY Sign With M-Theory Audio;

New Album Due In May


The French melodic hardcore/punk band STINKY – who have played more than 350 shows across 15 different countries in support of their first two albums, including a standout performance at last year's Hellfest – have signed with America's M-Theory Audio for the release of their forthcoming third full-length, “Of Lost Things,” which will be released in May.


While the band's name might seem curious to some, STINKY's music – a raucous blend of melodic punk and hardcore with a metal edge – unquestionably passes the smell test. The band capably fuses melody with an affinity for violence, making the quintet a combustible mix of energy and aggression.


On “Of Lost Things,” STINKY sharpens the edge displayed on the band's first two albums while also introducing more melancholic elements that further accent their characteristic melody and punch. The first preview track from the record, “Revival Fire,” will premiere on February 28. A short teaser can be seen HERE.


“STINKY is very pleased to be signing with M-Theory alongside bands such as Sworn Enemy, Backyard Babies and Santa Cruz for the release of 'Of Lost Things',” says STINKY vocalist Claire. “The album reflects lost memories and emotions conducive to self-reflection – a safe haven for all that we wanted to share.”


Since their formation a decade ago, STINKY has toured Europe numerous times, sharing the stage with the likes of Sick Of It All, Terror, Walls of Jericho, Comeback Kid and Millencolin. To date, the band has released two albums – 2015's “Against Wind and Tide” and 2017's “From Dead-End Street.” The group plans to tour aggressively in support of “Of Lost Things,” beginning with a series of dates in their home country and their first-ever tour of Japan. Additional tour dates, as well as further information about “Of Lost Things,” will be announced in the coming weeks.

STINKY live:

28/2     Amarok Metal Fest – Aigrefeuille-sur-Maine, France

14/3     Lievin Metal Fest w/ Knuckledust, Arkangel – Lievin, France


JAPAN TOUR 2020                  

8/4 Tokyo

10/4 Nagoya

11/4 Osaka

12/4 Tokyo


30/4     Hellfest Warm-Up Tour w/ Rise of the North Star – Nantes, France 

4/7       Plane R Festival w/ Lacuna Coil – Colombier Saugnieu, France

17/7     La Guerre du Son Festival – Landresse, France

28/8     Useless Fest – La Fleche, France


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Dark Melodic Power Thrashers LET US PREY Sign With M-Theory Audio

New album 'Virtues of the Vicious' to be released this summer


The Boston-based dark melodic power thrash group LET US PREY have signed with M-Theory Audio, which will release the group's full-length debut, “Virtues of the Vicious,” this summer. A music video for the album's opening track, “Above The Vaulted Sky,” can be viewed HEREThe song can also now be streamed or downloaded via Bandcamp 


Led by vocalist Marc Lopes – best known as the front man of Manowar co-founder Ross Friedman's group, Ross The Boss – and guitarist Jon Morency, LET US PREY incorporates numerous subgenres of metal into their style while still sounding organic. The group's adventurous music sees elements of thrash, death, power and progressive metal meld seamlessly with industrial samples and symphonic keyboards. The drumming is surgically precise and blisteringly fast without sounding mechanical; the guitars mix crushing, down-tuned brutality with dense harmonies and ripping leads; and Lopes shifts effortlessly from thrash/death metal growls to soaring melodic vocals and searing Halford-esque highs with layered harmonies.


“Virtues Of The Vicious” – the follow-up to LET US PREY's acclaimed 2016 EP, “The Saint of Killers” – was recorded by Pete Rutcho (Revocation, Havok, Bury Your Dead) and Nick Bellmore (Hatebreed, Toxic Holocaust, Five Finger Death Punch). More details about the album, including pre-order information, will be unveiled in the coming weeks.


Says M-Theory's Marco Barbieri, “I became aware of Let Us Prey a couple years ago after hearing a song premiered on a metal site. Immediately their sound -- a darker and more modern mix of traditional and melodic heaviness -- caught my attention, but upon hearing that voice I wanted to work with the guys in some capacity and began to chase vocalist Marc Lopes. Little did I know but at the time Marc recently accepted an invitation to front the Ross the Boss band, which has seen him preoccupied touring the world and releasing solid releases of metal with the legendary Manowar/Dictators guitarist. Well, friends we became and I saw an unbelievable work ethic and an undeniable good nature while he juggled plane trips, live performances, social media interaction, a cross-country relationship, his own outside shed-making business and countless guest vocal appearances at events like Dimebash, Heavy Metal Hall Of Fame Gala, Ultimate Jam Nights to name a few, but my persistence and his dream have finally connected and I’m proud to publicly announce our deal and the realization of this album early this summer.”


Adds Lopes, “Having the opportunity to work with someone like Marco – someone with such a prestigious track record, as well as someone who totally shares our vision – and his team at M-Theory was a no-brainer. I'm looking forward to injecting LET US PREY into the current metal scene alongside so many classic and up-and-coming bands.”


LET US PREY have previously performed in and around the northeastern United States alongside the likes of Soilwork, Suffocation, Soulfly, Life Of Agony, Metal Church, Battle Beast, Doro and Scar Symmetry, among others. The band will return to the stage this summer, after Lopes wraps up extensive North American and European tours with Ross The Boss.


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‘Super Metal’ Group IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Enters the Studio; New Album Due This Fall


The virtuosic “super metal” group IMMORTAL GUARDIAN – hailed by MetalSucks as “seriously epic” – have started recording the follow-up to their acclaimed 2018 sophomore album (and M-Theory Audio debut) “Age of Revolution.” A fall release is expected.


For the new album, IMMORTAL GUARDIAN has once again enlisted the expertise of “Age of Revolution” engineer Joshua Lopez to assist with the tracking of the album. With the majority of parts recorded at the band’s new Las Vegas headquarters and drums being tracked remotely in Montreal by recent addition Justin Piedimonte, it made for an interesting workflow between band members and engineer. Amidst the obstacles of distance, the group prevailed and made something truly unique and representative of themselves and the current state of the world.

Says Brazilian-born vocalist Carlos Zema, “This is a very different album from our previous releases in that there’s a wide range of emotions involved. We’ve experienced our fair share of loss since the last release and a lot of life lessons were poured into this album, giving it a very real and personal vibe. From a technical vocal aspect, this is the first album I’ve ever recorded where I’ve spanned five octaves as a singer, and I’m excited for the world to hear the message and sound we’ve created together as a group."


Adds guitarist/keyboardist Gabriel Guardian, “The recording process has been interesting to say the least. Working with a drummer over 2,000 miles away has its obstacles, but Justin and his drum engineer Jesse Zito made the experience way smoother than we imagined. Thanks to technology, video calls and hundreds of back-and-forth messages, we pulled off something that wouldn't have been possible years ago. We’re incredibly proud of the new material and are looking forward to wrapping up the final mix with Joshua and getting some new music out for all the Guardians to hear!"


In 2018 and 2019, IMMORTAL GUARDIAN dropped jaws during national tours with Marty Friedman and Exmortus, where the extreme progressive/power metal group showcased virtuosity that’s second to none. The band also made waves with their must-see, special effects-heavy music video for “Stardust,” which combined the action-packed narrative of “Armageddon” with a telenovela-worthy love story.

IMMORTAL GUARDIAN will return to the road this spring, when the band will support PowerGlove on a six-week North American tour. The trek will see Gabriel – who performed impressive live guitar/keyboard demonstrations for Peavey throughout the recent NAMM convention – perform with both bands, as he’s done in the past when the two groups have shared stages.


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

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