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Finnish Extreme Metal Band ANZILLU Sign With M-Theory Audio

Music video for debut single 'Needles (On My Nerves)' streaming now; Full-length album coming later this year

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.

HELSOTT returns to its musical roots on “Will and The Witch” with heavier thrash overtones and less orchestral work than their prior record, while catching listeners off-guard with new influences befitting of the album's theme. Thrash metal, power metal, and death metal all converge with acoustic campfire segments, Southern banjo and fiddle, and Native American-inspired hand drums and flutes. The end result is a record that is musically ambitious while remaining melodic, heavy, and true to the underlying sound of HELSOTT.

The band's latest effort - mixed and mastered by J-F Dagenais (Kataklysm, Misery Index, Ex Deo) and featuring artwork by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rhapsody, Gamma Ray) – is augmented by a who's who of heavy hitters. In addition to Owens, HELSOTT is joined on “Will and The Witch” by percussionist Vladimir Reshetnikov (Arkona, Imperial Age), guitarist/bassist Freddie Vidales (Ashes of Ares, Iced Earth), violinist Lethien (Elvenking), guitarist Kevin Storm (Heidevolk, Autumn, Fleetburner), guitarist Bjorn Friedrichsen (Withered Moon, Sanguineus) and Whistlin' Rick Storey.

Since their formation, the California-based HELSOTT – whose name means “fatal illness” in Old Norse – has paid homage to pagan cultures, mythology, and history while keeping true to their American influences. The group's unique mix of folk metal, death metal, symphonic metal, thrash, classical and rock was first unveiled to the world with the 2012 release of their debut EP “Fólkvangr.” The band soon caught the attention of audiences on a larger scale during the 2013 Paganfest North American tour, where they performed with Ensiferum, Tyr and Trollfest. That tour set the stage for the 2014 release of “Woven,” which was supported with tours alongside Arkona and Heidevolk.

In the years since the original release of “Woven,” HELSOTT signed with M-Theory Audio, released another EP (2017’s “The Healer”) and a second full-length (2018’s “Slaves and Gods”) and logged many touring miles worldwide with artists including Korpiklaani, Arkona, I Am Morbid, Necrophagia, Tengger Cavalry, Ashes of Ares, Felix Martin, Skyforger and Finsterforst. In addition, the band performed at major European festivals such as Wacken Open Air and Cernunnos Pagan Fest. “Woven” was also remixed, remastered, and re-released by M-Theory Audio in November 2020 in celebration of the group's 10th anniversary.

This year will not just see the release of HELSOTT's new album, “Will and The Witch,” but will also see the band's return to the live stage. American fans along the West Coast will get an opportunity in June 2022 to experience the band's power live with performances alongside Philadelphia’s Malphas. Helsott have also been confirmed to play England's HRH Vikings 2022, with more to come throughout 2022.

Upcoming HELSOTT Live Performances:

06/16 - Viper Room - Hollywood, CA*

06/18 - Den of Sin - Sacramento, CA*

06/19 – Dante’s - Portland, OR*

06/20 - The Fun House - Seattle, WA*

06/22 - The Shredder - Boise, ID*

06/23 - Aces High Saloon - Salt Lake City, UT*

06/24 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA*

06/25 - Starlight Lounge - Glendale, AZ*

07/09 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA

07/17 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA w/Graveshadow and Vintersea

12/03-12/04 HRH Vikings – Sheffield, England

* w/Malphas

Symphonic Metal Quintet GRAVESHADOW Unveil Video for 'The Swordsman'

New album 'The Uncertain Hour' out July 15th; West Coast tour with Vintersea starting same day

The Sacramento-based quintet GRAVESHADOW – who deftly mixes symphonic/gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash and epic progressive power metal – have unveiled “The Swordsman,” the latest single from their forthcoming album, “The Uncertain Hour.” The band's third album will be released July 15, 2022. “The Swordsman” is also special as it features guest vocals from Chelsea Murphy (Dawn of Ouroboros, Cailleach Calling, Tegmentum). GRAVESHADOW will also begin their West Coast tour on the same day at Barmadeggon in Tulare, CA, performing alongside Pacific Northwest blackened progressive-metal group VINTERSEA on “The Uncertain Hour Tour 2022” through Saturday, July 23rd at Cafe Colonial in Sacramento, CA. Full tour dates are below. In the meantime, the streaming audio visualized for “The Swordsman” can be viewed HERE and pre-orders for CD and limited-edition (200) vinyl copies of GRAVESHADOW's upcoming third album, “The Uncertain Hour,” are available HERE

"I'm really excited to release 'The Swordsmen' which has kind of snuck up on me as another favorite off the record," explains GRAVESHADOW vocalist Rachl "Raxx" Quinn. "The interplay of the clean and harsh vocals was something I was thrilled with the outcome on. The way they support each other really adds a great dynamic to the song. As a band it was great to have Chelsea guest on the track, her performance is absolutely incredible!"

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