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Israeli Symphonic Progressive Metal Group SCARDUST Unveils Music Video For Collaboration With Orphaned Land's Kobi Farhi; Debut Full-Length 'Sands Of Time' Out Now

Today, the Israeli symphonic/progressive metal band celebrates the global release of their full-length debut “Sands Of Time” by unveiling a lyric video for “Out Of Strong Came Sweetness,” a song from the album featuring guest vocals by Orphaned Land vocalist (and fellow countryman) Kobi Farhi. The Rafael Ortega-designed clip can be seen HERE.


Says the band, "'Out of Strong Came Sweetness' is a key phrase in Samson and Delilah's Biblical tale. The song is written and performed as a duet between the two main characters – Samson (Kobi Farhi) and Delilah (Noa Gruman). The first verse represents Samson's character, the conflicts he has to deal with and his blind attraction to Delilah even though she is on the enemy's side. In the second verse, Delilah tells how she convinced him to tell her the secret to his powers (which is the length of his hair). The chorus is a direct quote of the key phrase of the story. It's basically a paradox, represented by metaphors, that is integrated in all different parts of the story."

“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) – is available now on gatefold double LP, digital and compact disc. The new CD reissue features a bonus acoustic piano demo of the previously unreleased song “Mist,” while the limited-edition debut vinyl pressing includes the group's 2015 debut EP “Shadow” in its entirety on Side D – the first time that release has been offered on vinyl as well.


The release of “Sands of Time” – which also features guest vocals by Jake E (Cyhra, ex-Amaranthe) on the song “Blades” – precedes two major summer festival performances by the band: the UK's Ramblin' Man Fair, where they will perform on the Prog In The Park stage alongside Riverside, Pain of Salvation and Anathema, and Slovenia's week-long Metaldays, which also features the likes of Dream Theater, Arch Enemy and Demons & Wizards. In addition, SCARDUST has announced a special July 21 concert in London, where the group will perform with the UK symphonic metal act Pythia. Tickets are on sale now at this location


SCARDUST have previously played alongside the likes of Symphony X, Therion and Epica and earlier this month made their live debut in China, where the group performed at the country's Midi Festival.



20 July             Kent, UK – Ramblin' Man Fair

21 July             London, UK – The Lexington w/ Myrath

24 July             Tolmin, Slovenia – Metaldays

SANTA CRUZ Unveils New Single 'Tell Me Why'; Fourth Album 'Katharsis' Due In September


The rising hard rock quartet SANTA CRUZ – whose 2017 M-Theory Audio debut “Bad Blood Rising” was praised by Rolling Stone as “debaucherous and flamboyant” – will release their fourth album, “Katharsis,” this fall.

Today, the Finnish group unveils the second taste of the highly anticipated new album – the infectious, riff-driven melodic rock anthem “Tell Me Why,” which can now be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital platforms or check out HERE


“’Tell Me Why’ was conceived during the hot Summer of 2018 in Finland and perfected at The Hideout Studios in Vegas later that year,” explains Archie Cruz. “It’s a sexy, big riff with a larger-than-life chorus, sure to rock y’all socks off! Dig it!”


“Tell Me Why” and the recently released song “Changing Of Seasons” both feature prominently on “Katharsis,” which was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Kane Churko (Papa Roach, Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch). More information about the new record will be unveiled in the weeks ahead.


Next week, SANTA CRUZ will kick off the “Katharsis” world tour in Tallinn, Estonia, where the group will support rock icons Bon Jovi at the 75,000-capacity Song Festival Grounds. The following week, the band's new lineup of founding guitarist/vocalist Archie Cruz, lead guitarist Pav Cruz, bassist Ero Cruz and drummer Toxy Cruz will perform live for the first time in their home country of Finland, when they play the country's largest annual rock festival, Rockfest, alongside the likes of KISS, Def Leppard and In Flames.


Following some additional high-profile European performances later in the summer (including German shows with Steel Panther and Whitesnake), SANTA CRUZ will once again set their sights on America. On August 17, the band will headline Hollywood's Viper Room, the famed venue where actor River Phoenix overdosed in 1995. (As longtime fans are aware, “Bad Blood Rising” featured a song named after Phoenix.)


In late September, SANTA CRUZ will then join the likes of Guns N' Roses, Disturbed and Godsmack at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky. Two weeks later, the group will perform alongside Slipknot, Tool, Rob Zombie and others at Aftershock 2019, California's largest annual rock festival. Additional American performances will be announced in the near future.


“Katharsis” marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the story of SANTA CRUZ, who made impressive waves on both sides of the Atlantic in the five-year period following the release of their acclaimed 2013 debut. In Europe, the group scored two Top 5 albums in their home country, supported the likes of AC/DC and delivered memorable performances at major events such as the UK's Download Festival. In America, meanwhile, the band appeared on the AXS TV program “Breaking Band,” played notable gigs such as Rock On The Range and the inaugural Motörboat cruise and toured alongside I Prevail, Through Fire and Fozzy.


SANTA CRUZ live (more dates TBA):

June 2              Tallinn, Estonia – Song Festival Grounds w/ Bon Jovi

June 7-9           Hyvinkää, Finland – Rockfest 

June 27-29       Seinäjoki, Finland – Provinssirock

July 7               Köln, Germany – Palladium w/ Whitesnake

July 9               Hamburg, Germany – Nochtwache

July 11             Saarbrücken, Germany – Vorplatz der Congresshalle w/ Steel Panther, Alestorm

July 12-13        Tampere, Finland – Sauna Open Air Festival

Aug. 27            Hollywood, CA – Viper Room

Sept. 27-29      Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival

THE ABSENCE Stream Cover Of Bad Religion's 'Do What You Want'

Melodic death heavyweights on tour now with Deicide, Origin & Jungle Rot


The Tampa, Florida-based melodic death metal group THE ABSENCE have unveiled a blistering cover of Bad Religion's “Do What You Want.” A video for the 69-second track – which can now be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms – can be seen HERE.


Says vocalist Jamie Stewart, “'Do What You Want' is named appropriately. Fuck norms, fuck stigmas, fuck walls – do what you want. Makes sense to us. Bang your head! Special thanks to our friend Stanley Soares for mixing this bastard.”


“Do What You Want” – which premiered yesterday via Decibel Magazine – is included on a limited-edition three-song cassette featuring cover art by Mark Riddick (Morbid Angel, Revocation, Dying Fetus) that the band is offering exclusively during their current North American tour with Deicide, Origin and Jungle Rot. The cassette also contains the previously unreleased original track “Walking Shadows” – which was recorded during the sessions for the group's acclaimed 2018 comeback album “A Gift For The Obsessed” – as well an exclusive live version of “Septic Testament.”


The Deicide dates mark THE ABSENCE's first tour since a national trek last year alongside Exmortus and Hatchet. Since then, many of the group's members have continued to play alongside high-profile acts, with drummer Jeramie Kling manning the kit for Venom Inc., bassist Mike Leon gigging with Soulfly and Cavalera, guitarist Joey Concepcion touring with Sanctuary and filling in for Jeff Loomis in Arch Enemy, and guitarist Taylor Nordberg playing bass on tour for Soilwork.


THE ABSENCE came onto the scene in 2005 with their crushing, Erik Rutan-produced Metal Blade debut, “From Your Grave.” The album and its two follow-ups, 2007’s “Riders of the Plague” and 2010’s “Enemy Unbound,” showcased the perfect mixture of heart-wrenching melodies and skull-pounding aggression, truly making them one of the premiere bands of the melodic death metal scene. THE ABSENCE further ensconced their reputation via numerous tours supporting some of the biggest names in metal, including Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Goatwhore, Evergrey, Malevolent Creation, Kataklysm and Destruction.


Following a lengthy hiatus, the band regrouped in 2016 with a new lineup uniting founding members Stewart and Kling with longtime bassist Leon and guitarists Nordberg and Concepcion – first for the self-released digital single “Septic Testament,” and then for "A Gift for The Obsessed." The album – which was mixed by David Castillo at Sweden’s Ghost Ward Studio (Katatonia, Opeth) and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson at The Panic Room (Watain, Scar Symmetry) – includes includes a cover of Suicidal Tendencies’ “You Can’t Bring Me Down” featuring guest vocals by Bjorn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra).


THE ABSENCE live with Deicide, Origin, Jungle Rot:
05/18   Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/20   Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall

05/21   Denver, CO – Roxy Theater
05/22   Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
05/23   Chicago, IL – Reggie's
05/24   Cleveland, OH – The Odeon Theater

05/25   Westland, MI – Token Lounge (no Deicide)

05/26   London, ON – Call The Office (no Deicide)
05/27   Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
05/28   Toronto, ON – Mod Club
05/29   Montreal, QC – L'Astral
05/30   Quebec City, QC – Le d'Auteuil
05/31   Manchester, NH – Jewel Nightclub
06/01   New York, NY – Gramercy Theater

06/02   Reading, PA – Reverb

06/03   Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall

May 24th SCARDUST's album, 'Sands of Time', will be released on 2LP Gatefold Vinyl (exclusively including the 'Shadow' EP as bonus), CD and Digital.

Check out the Israeli band's latest video, "Queen of Insanity", which is arguably their most prog rock musically of the 3 clips and definitely the heaviest vocally where Noa shows off her dirty/death metal vocal mixed with soaring clean choruses.

Check it out and pre-order a copy now from our webstore


THE ABSENCE Unveils Video For New Song “Walking Shadows”

Melodic death metal group to kick off national tour with Deicide, Origin & Jungle Rot this weekend


The Tampa, Florida-based melodic death metal group THE ABSENCE have premiered a lyric video for “Walking Shadows,” a previously unreleased track recorded during the sessions for their acclaimed 2018 comeback album “A Gift For The Obsessed.” The clip – which features vocalist Jamie Stewart and premiered yesterday via MetalInjection– can be seen HERE.


“Walking Shadows” – which can now be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms – made its live debut last night during a headlining performance at the Tampa area-venue The Verona, which served as a kickoff show for a national tour that will see the band join forces with Deicide, Origin and Jungle Rot starting on Saturday (May 11) in Austin, Texas.

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