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.
28/2 Amarok Metal Fest – Aigrefeuille-sur-Maine, France
14/3 Lievin Metal Fest w/ Knuckledust, Arkangel – Lievin, France
JAPAN TOUR 2020
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 HERE. The 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
Black Metal Assassin Dagger Cult SICARIUS Premiere Video For New Song 'Bia'
Mick Kenney-produced 'God Of Dead Roots' due March 13; track listing, cover art unveiled
Black metal nihilists SICARIUS will issue their second full-length release, “God Of Dead Roots,” on March 13 via M-Theory Audio. The album – which was produced by Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh, Benediction, Empyrean Throne) – is now available for pre-order on CD, digital and limited-edition moonless night black vinyl HERE.
Today, the California-based group – praised by Metal Hammer as “USBM with serious forward thrust” – unveil the second taste of the new album via a lyric video by David Thelan (Suidakra, Attic) for its bludgeoning opening track, “βία.” In Greek mythology, Bia was the personification of force, anger and raw energy, and SICARIUS – whose moniker means contract killer or assassin in Latin – deftly channel all of those qualities in the song. Check out “βία” HERE.
Along with the new track “A Practiced Hand” – which SICARIUS premiered late last year – “βία” is available as an “instant grat” download with all digital pre-orders of “God Of Dead Roots,” SICARIUS' first recording with guitarist Travis “Grimnir” Whiting (Carnifex, Ruines Ov Abaddon). Both songs are also now streaming via Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms.
“βία is purely about violence in its most primal form and how it has been rooted instinctively into our DNA throughout our evolutionary history,” explains vocalist Karcass. “I find the human need to create violence fascinating; it is simultaneously our blessing and our curse. We can be so massively destructive, yet from that same mindset we birth amazing creations, new ideas, and even further life. Ultimately, I believe that we are slaves to the circle of violence created by our own human nature, and will inflict endless war upon ourselves with a grim pleasure.”
SICARIUS – whose drummer Brandon “BZ” Zackey is also a member of Enterprise Earth (eOne / Good Fight Music) – draw influence from and pay homage to classic black metal bands, yet the quintet also injects a modern, high-velocity sense of immediacy into their bloodthirsty extreme metal assault. The group was founded five years ago in Southern California, where they have since performed extensively alongside such genre heavyweights as Carach Angren, Master, Uada, 1349, Goatwhore, Vader, Helheim, Sadistic Intent, Skeletal Remains, Helsott, Wolvhammer, Sixes, Witch Casket and Tombs.
In 2017, the group signed with M-Theory Audio and released their acclaimed full-length debut “Serenade of Slitting Throats,” hailed by Decibel Magazine for “combining black metal with a violent immediacy and pairing it with a bloody, corpsepainted aesthetic.” Since that album's release, SICARIUS has performed in the Western U.S. on a regular basis, winning praise for their visceral and intense live shows.
2019 saw SICARIUS re-team with Kenney to record “God Of Dead Roots,” which further explores what Invisible Oranges calls “a vision steeped in anger and aggression, a noxious brew of blackened thrash with a healthy pinch of genre-appropriate misanthropy to aid in fermentation.” The album's cover art, pictured above, was again designed by Misanthropic Art (Behemoth, Pig Destroyer, Dismember, Hate Eternal).
"God of Dead Roots" track listing:
2) Open Fire
3) Immortal Plight
4) Culling the Heedless
6) A Practiced Hand
7) Pagan Vestige(s)
8) God of Dead Roots
9) Scythe Bearers
Unlisted CD-only bonus track – Raise The Dead (Bathory cover)
With a sound that that nods to Hellhammer and Bathory and an attitude inspired by the likes of The Misfits, Motorhead and Midnight, SICARIUS embody the dark danger that rages unabashed within the most memorable extreme metal. Listen at your own risk.