#5 Malice Divine
Montreal, QC – February 24, 2021
For fans of Lacuna Coil, In Flames, Slipknot
Rockshots Records: SIX DEGREES Shares Cover Video “The Power of Love” (Back To The Future Theme Song)
Debut Album “No One Is Innocent” Out Now!
Italian groove metal band SIX DEGREES released their debut album “No One Is Innocent” this past November via Rockshots Records. The album’s closing track is a cover version of one of the band’s favorite movie theme songs “The Power of Love” made famous by Huey Lewis and The News.
Today, the band is sharing a cover video they made for the track, which can be viewed at the following link – https://youtu.be/lOIpHkktoxw
Luca Correnti (guitar and vocals) adds:
“What more could we say about this song? Everyone knows it! There is no person on earth who has not seen “Back to the Future”! It has always been one of my favorite adventure movies. When Marty gets on stage for the audition with his band (Pinheads) and the talent scout says “I’m afraid you’re just too darn loud … next, please!”, I always get angry! I wish I was there to smash the guitar on his head! Ahahahahaha. Well, this is our metal version. Just enjoy! it’s a great song! It really pumps you up!”
SIX DEGREES was created by Luca Correnti (guitar and vocals) and singer Valentina Aleo. The name of the band is clearly inspired by the sociological theory (developed for the first time in 1929 by the Hungarian writer Karinthy) about the so-called “six degrees of separation”.
Their debut album “No One Is Innocent” is a record that brings together all the creative aspects of the band. It’s an aggressive, simple, direct groove-death metal, but filled with melody. All of this gives the compositions a dual-purpose appeal, with a mix of violence and impact but also catchy melodies, thanks to Luca’s scratchy growls and Valentina’s sweet and effective vocals.
The album includes a cover version of “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and The News, taken from the legendary trilogy “Back to the Future” OST.
“No One Is Innocent” is now available in Digipak CD, Digital Download and Streaming.
2. Malaka’s Multiple Choice Answer
4. May, 10
5. The Unexpectable
6. Stuck In The Middle
7. Night Is Over
7. Silent Glance
9. None Of Us
10. The Power Of Love (Konka Version)
“Six Degrees” project was born from an idea of Luca Correnti (guitar and vocals) and Valentina Aleo (vocals). The name of the band is clearly inspired by the sociological theory (developed for the first time in 1929 by the Hungarian writer Karinthy) about the so-called “six degrees of separation”.
Luca was born in Sicily but now he lives in Umbria. He was part of the line-up of the cult band “Sinoath” in the album “Research” (guitar), then he has been the lead vocalist in death-thrashers “Mystura” and in the prog-death-metallers” EpisThemE “(“Descending Patterns” their debut album, 2014).
After moving to Umbria (2016), Luca joins the historic death metal band from Terni “S.R.L.”. The group is currently working on the songs that will be part of their new album.
Valentina was born in Spoleto (Perugia). She took her first steps as a lead singer in the alternative metal band “Burn it down”. They recorded the EP “In flames” and performed in live concerts including the Tour Music Fest, Emergenza Festival and the Music Village, in which Valentina had the honor of sharing the stage with Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil).
Luca meets Vale thanks to a musical announcement and a few weeks later they decide to start this artistic partnership. They work hard, helped in studio by the sound engineer Elvys Damiano, until all the songs of the album “No one is Innocent” are ready. Then they choose to call this project “Six Degrees”.
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Jon Asher – Music Publicist
Montreal, QC – February 23, 2021
For fans Septicflesh, Scar Symmetry, Dimmu Borgir, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Machina
The Design Abstract’s New Sci-Fi Album “Technotheism” Now Available On CD via Abstrakted Records
L-R: Logan Mayhem (guitar, songwriting, synth programming), and Voiicide (bass, vocals, scoring, additional sampling/programming)
Photo Credit – Tami Martin
Unleashing their melodic death sci-fi escapade “Technotheism” digitally on Jan 29th, Ontario, Canada’s The Design Abstract announce that the full-length is now available physically as a limited run of CDs via their label Abstrakted Records.
The band comments:
“We are very excited to announce that due to an overwhelming amount of interest from fans for a CD release of Technotheism, we now have exactly that! It features the iconic artwork in a full jewel case, manufactured right here in Canada. The run is limited to 50, and a lot of people got in on it early, so if this something you’ve been waiting for, don’t miss out! We’re very grateful we’ve been able to make this happen, thank you to everyone who expressed interest in buying our music on CD.”
The physical copy of “Technotheism” can be ordered via the band’s Bandcamp at the following link: https://design.bandcamp.com/album/technotheism
The Design Abstract‘s new album “Technotheism” invokes the futuristic sounds of science fiction, as the band takes a step away from the traditional use of orchestral writing, by making it the soundtrack for anything space or cyberpunk related.
Still, in the experimental age for the band, each song is written completely differently and by different members of the band. “Technotheism” is purely a science fiction story told as such in a monumental thirteen track work of symphonic melodic death metal. It tells a cyberpunk story of a group of rebels fighting to regain control of Earth. It ranges from technical guitar work to atmospheric electronic passages, and just about everything in between. The band explains the album:
“We incorporate a blend of metal, orchestra, and industrial music that hasn’t been done in this way. Nobody can top the orchestral metal masterpieces like Death Cult Armageddon by Dimmu Borgir or Codex Omega by Septicflesh, however, we push this genre into the distant future, with the sounds of a cyberpunk dystopia punctuating every release.
This album is the absolute pinnacle of what the band is currently capable of, which speaks volumes to the fact that most of it was written so long ago. Most metal bands who incorporate orchestral writing do so in a pointedly antiquated way: the goal is to sound a bit archaic. The sound of The Design Abstract is rooted in futuristic science fiction. It’s a classically scored orchestra, but it sounds anything but old fashioned.”
The dramatic, grandiose music is presented in an articulate, but extreme wall of sound suitable for fans of science fiction, and melodic death metal and bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse, Machina, and Dimmu Borgir.
“The Apotheosis” – YouTube (Music Video)
“The Return” – YouTube (Lyric Video)
“Annihilation” – YouTube (Quarantine Music Video)
1. Relentless (2:05)
2. Deus Est Machina (6:33)
3. The Apotheosis (1:54)
4. Among the Stars (1:36)
5. The Resistance (4:37)
6. Voidwalkers (3:46)
7. The Omnisphere (1:32)
8. Data Shield Attack (6:18)
9. The Return (3:41)
10. Elucidate (1:11)
11. Parallel Projection (3:46)
12. Annihilation (3:46)
13. A World of One (4:00)
Album Length: 44:50
The Design Abstract is a two-piece sci-fi-themed symphonic melo-death band from Ontario, Canada consisting of Logan Mayhem (guitar, songwriting, synth programming), and Voiicide (bass, vocals, scoring, additional sampling/programming). The band formed with a single goal: to create a blend of industrial-influenced symphonic metal that had never been done before. Since the debut album Emanate in 2017, The Design Abstract has sought to shed the antiquated tendencies of orchestral metal bands, instead pushing far into the future conceptually and lyrically. With each subsequent release (Corrupt in 2019 and Esoteric in 2020), the band pushed further into “melodic death metal” territory, brandishing more comprehensive riffs, technical drum writing, and more guttural vocals, but never lost the industrial-electronic edge or the massive and dramatic orchestral passages. The cumulation of this sound is their latest album Technotheism due out Jan 29, 2021.
A grandiose display of musicality, technicality, and narrative, the sophomore full length is a monumental 13-track work of symphonic melodic death metal that tells a cyberpunk story of a group of rebels fighting to regain control of Earth. It ranges from technical guitar work to atmospheric electronic passages, and just about everything in between. One thing you’ll notice about Technotheism is how it’s structured and how it all flows together. The pattern of the types of tracks, the order, and their function was very carefully planned out in a way that few albums are.
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“A symphonic technical death metal masterpiece with an amazing concept to keep you engaged from start to finish \m/” – Heavy New York
“Now for some nerd shit. Technotheism is a concept record about the future that at it’s core is a melodic death metal record, but the band dabbles with electronic elements, technicality, and grand orchestrations throughout. Fans of Last Chance To Reason and really any band Mike Semesky (Ordinance, Raunchy, etc) has been a part of will probably dig this.” – Metal Injection
“This is a grandiose affair, full of musicality, technicality, and narrative. Thirteen tracks of symphonic melodic death metal that tells a cyberpunk story of a group of rebels fighting to regain control of Earth. It ranges from technical guitar work to atmospheric electronic passages, and just about everything in between.” – The Prog Space
“The Canadian The Design Abstract continues exactly where the appetizer “Esoteric”, published last year, caused unimagined enthusiasm. As a result, the duo from Ontario cuts even more clearly into the notch of futuristic sci-fi melodic death metal, which lives largely from orchestral and symphonic density, but which also steers very sophisticated and elegant in the right direction… Rarely do you hear such an exciting album that continues to rotate a unique spindle of ideas between melodic and progressive elements. Death metal meets industrial, songs that are staged in a great symphonic and epic breadth. 9.5/10″ ” – Zephyrs Odem
“The Design Abstract goes for a big symphonic style in extreme metal, with a few twists and surprises along the way. Fans of the dystopian and/or futuristic sounds may find the album especially interesting. The Design Abstract is the symphony that remains after the alien zombies have taken over and this is the music that they want the world to hear to remind everyone that the zombies are horrible beings that enjoy tormenting the population with grandiose cacophony. When can the party begin, right?” – Metal Bulletin Zine
“THE DESIGN ABSTRACT – Technothesim is an eavesdropping beyond one’s own musical nose, which is worth it!” – My Revelations
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EPK – Split Album – The Blood of Christ / Vomit Remnants – Eastern Beast – Western Wolf (CDN Records) (2020)
For fans Carcass, Sepultura, Enslaved, Morbid Angel, Immolation, Dissection
Split Album Title: The Blood of Christ / Vomit Remnants – Eastern Beast – Western Wolf
Release Date: December 4, 2020
Label: CDN Records
“Anthology IV shows that they deserve to be respected as one of Canada’s better death metal exports” – Exclaim!
“…Canadian brutal death metal legends Blood Of Christ are a band who helped to define the sound known as Northern Hyperblast…” – Metal Injection
“Able to bring about varied atmospheres and textures into an otherwise assaulting formula, Blood of Christ seem on top of their game…” – Dead Rhetoric
“…an album, incredibly heavy with some really delectable rhythm, Unrelenting Declivity of Anguish is 7 tracks of ferocious noise…” – Games, Brains and Headbanging Life
Album Title: Eastern Beast – Western Wolf
Release Date: December 4, 2020
Label: CDN Records
The Blood of Christ – Epic Canadian Death Metal Legends
1. Forgotten Divinity Chapter 1 (6:34)
2. Sworn To The Northern Star (6:02)
3. Apocalyptic Vertigo (5:37)
4. Forgotten Divinity Chapter 2 (6:25)
Vomit Remnants – Brutal Death Metal Legends from Japan.
The band recorded 2 new songs and 1 cover song for releasing the split with their long-time favorite band Blood Of Christ in 2020. The singer Toshiyasu recorded for the first time in a long time since he recorded with Woundeep.
1. Blood Runs Cold (3:19)
2. Embodiment Of A Painful Void (3:20)
3. Moonlight Eclipse (The Blood Of Christ Cover) (5:06)
4. Embludgeonment (Live) (4:08)
5. Inherited Deformity (Live) (4:17)
The Blood of Christ Split Album Credits:
All songs performed by: The Blood of Christ
All music written by: Jeff Longo & Jason Longo
All lyrics written by: Hank Bielanski
Produced by: The Blood of Christ
Mixed by: Jeff Longo
Mastered by: Dan Swanö
Album Artwork by: Debbie Longo and Andreas Christanetoff
Member of SOCAN
Canadian Content (MAPL)
Album Band Line Up/Live Band Line Up:
Jason Longo – Drums
Hank Bielanski – Vocals & Bass
Jeff Longo – Guitars
Track By Track – The Blood of Christ – Half of Split
Forgotten Divinity Chapter 1 – An old school Blood of Christ song, from 1998 that we resurrected and added some redux life into it. It has a very chaotic feel to it. Lyrically, it is about the divinity returning home to his clan after many years of hiatus.
Sworn to the Northern Star – This song really showcases are blackened-death metal side, with a lot of epic riffs. It is a new song for us, written in 2018 and features a lot of riffs from our drummer Jason Longo. Historically, he helped write some occasional riffs on the old Blood of Christ albums and that was a part of the sound back then. We feel that bringing back some of his writing really helped make this song “bring our sound back”. Lyrically speaking, it is a song that is quite literally about playing in a metal band and devoting yourself to the craft.
Apocalyptic Vertigo – Again a unique song that blends black metal and death metal in an abrupt manner. Features some really catchy trash riffs too, and a solid down-picking pit riff to end it off, all of which are indicative of Jeff Longo’s guitar style. Lyrically, this one deals with time travel and loosely takes inspiration from the “Twelve Monkeys” movie.
Forgotten Divinity Chapter 2 – The sequel to chapter 1, is a brand new song (the newest of these four). It is a morose feeling number, with both epic-doomy riffs and catchy trash riffs… that culminates in one of our most epic dark metal passages. Lyrically, it is the same as chapter 1, but wraps up the story.
L to R: -Jason Longo – Drums, Hank Bielanski – Bass & Vocals, Jeff Longo – Guitars
Photographer Credit – Debbie Longo
Canadian Epic Dark Metal band The Blood of Christ (aka Blood of Christ) began their career in the early ’90s, making a blackened death metal hybrid that sounded similar to a mashup of Carcass and Enslaved. They kept this style throughout their first two albums, but started to tweak it on their third full-length album, 2003’s “Breeding Chaos”. The Blood of Christ’s brooding, unique and crushing sound has made fans out of underground metal lovers from many genres, creating an appeal that defies genre borders.
On their second release through CDN Records, the London trio has crafted their most focused and creative effort yet with 7 numbers of Epic Dark Metal dexterity and power. Fiends whom were raised on the sheer brutality and boundary-smashing efforts of Morbid Angel, or the pioneering and challenging progressive grind-core of Liverpudlian innovators Carcass, the epic and majestic sounds of Viking artisans Enslaved or even the groove-laden proto-death of Brazilian legends Sepultura will find something rousing and engulfing within The Blood of Christ. All of these influences and components meet head-on and shatter the boundaries of conventional arrangements and ultimately take the listener away to territory similarly explored by none before.
While their influences favored the shocking approach with lyrical themes that were rampant with Gore, Satanism and often-abhorrent imagery, The Blood of Christ chose to focus on more abstract and poetic subject matter. Their songs are often rife with human suffering, lust and longing, time travel, astrology, historic battles and the human struggle for personal freedom. A sincerely dark and often poetic way of not being afraid to expose the innards of human suffering, and relate to the misery from the destructive, self-promotion of humanity with unique vocals that sound as if purveyed by a raging beast – all of which is set to a brutal and epic soundtrack.
The Blood of Christ was formed in London, Ontario, in 1994, their lineup composed of avid metal scenesters: guitarist Jeff Longo, bassist Marek Kopala, drummer Jason Longo and vocalist Jason Deaville. Musically, at that time they were closest to Cannibal Corpse, although other metal bands like Morbid Angel, Samael, Kataklysm and Carcass played a role in their sound.
A 1995 demo (that saw a shift in style to what is now their own blend of death and black metal) helped the band secure a deal with Pulverizer Records, which released their debut album, “…a Dream to Remember” in 1997. A strong underground following began to build behind the group with albums like 1997’s “…a Dream to Remember” and 2002’s “As the Rain Gently falls”. Vocalist Conan Bulani, who joined the group in time to appear on the band’s debut album, sadly passed away in 2011. The Blood of Christ is now fronted by Ontario underground-metal veteran Hank Bielanski on bass & vocals.
The release of “Eastern Beast – Western Wolf”, a split CD & Cassette with Japanese hyper-groove masters Vomit Remnants on CDN Records in late 2020 will see the debut of Hank’s beastly craft with The Blood of Christ. The Blood of Christ is the embodiment of an Epic Dark Metal craft that in it of itself is limitless with possibility.
1994 – Divine Requiem – Demonstration Cassette
1994 – Frozen Dreams – Demonstration Cassette
1995 – Chapter III the Lonely Flowers of Autumn – Demonstration Cassette
1996 – La cicatrice de sirène – 7” Vinyl EP (Torture Records, Italy)
1997 – …a Dream to Remember – CD Album (Pulverizer Records, USA)
1997 – …a Dream to Remember – CD Album (Diehard Music, Denmark)
2002 – As The Rain Gently Falls – CD Album (Skyscraper Music/PHD, Canada)
2003 – Breeding Chaos – CD Album (Skyscraper Music/PHD, Canada)
2006 – …a Dream to Remember – CD reissue (CDN Records, Canada)
2018 – Unrelenting Declivity of Anguish – CD Album (CDN Records, Canada)
2019 – Bilateral Carnage – Split 7” vinyl with Deformatory (CDN Records, Canada)
2020 – Eastern Beast/Western Wolf – Split album with Vomit Remnants (CDN Records, Canada)
Shared Stage with:
Cryptopsy, Hemdale, Incantation, Morbid Angel and many, many more local acts/international acts.
Tours and Festivals:
1997 – Ontario and Quebec tour with Incantation
2002 – Canadian tour with Kataklysm and Necronomicon
2018 – Ontario and Quebec tour with Killitorous
Montreal, QC – February 22, 2021
For fans of Ayreon, Dream Theater, Nightwish, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lords of The Rings, The Hobbit
Rockshots Records: Tolkien Inspired Progressive Rock Orchestra AINUR New Music Video “Kinslaying (The First) ft. Ted Nasmith”
New Album “War of The Jewels” Out March 19th, 2021
Inspired by Tolkienian mythology, prog-rock orchestra Ainur has been composing J.R.R. Tolkien masterpieces into galloping escapades across the audio landscape for nearly two decades.
Their next anticipated record “War of The Jewels” is due out March 19th, 2021 (CD+Digital) (Vinyl – June 12th) via Rockshots Records, which sees the band take an interesting evolution in sound from previous releases. Ainur will completely immerse fans in J.R.R.Tolkien’s war atmospheres. They have imagined every story and every battle and recreate them through unique and deep music.
The band comments:
“‘War of the Jewels’ is the eleventh volume of “The History of Middle-Earth”. In Tolkien’s mythology is the tale of the big wars that came out after the creation of the Silmarils by Fëanor. The main theme is the big battles of Beleriand, except for Nirnaeth Arnoediad that will have big space in our next album. The main implied character is Fëanor, the mightiest of the Elves. Musically, it’s a thematic album as all our previous and future ones and you will recognize musical themes that we already used in “From Ancient Times”, “Children of Hùrin” and “Lay of Leithian”; however, the atmospheres are more aggressive and mighty than in the past because the topics we have put in Music this time needed a more powerful musical support.”
The compositional process of “War of The Jewels” has been very long. It started in 2009 (or maybe before) and it ended more or less last year. Ainur sees it as their “rebirth” album. They have been working hard composing and arranging their music to create the best tribute to Tolkien’s histories that they can.
Today, the collective shares their music video for the next single “Kinslaying (The First)” ft. Ted Nasmith in support of the upcoming full length.
The band adds:
“This song came almost by chance. Everything began with the initial chord, then we put the classical instruments on it and everything else came in the blink of an eye. We wanted to describe one of the darkest moments in Tolkien’s mythology: the Alqualondë fratricide, also called ‘First Kinslaying’, when Elves killed other Elves for the first time. When we asked Wilma (our poetess that writes almost all our original lyrics) to write something about this dark moment, she came back with one of the best lyrics ever written for us and a verse of this song became the ‘main topic’ of the album: ‘No longer Brothers, while vessels burn, beyond the riot of waves that churn’. From minute 5 you will be amazed by the powerful sadness of these words.”
Fans of Tolkien’s work along with fans of Ayreon, Queen, and John Williams will be surprised by the majesty and the energy of this work.
“Spirit Of Fire” ft. Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth) & Ted Nasmith at the following links:
Apple Music: https://apple.co/3a3EtjQ
1. Fate Disclosed ft. Ted Nasmith (2:08)
2. Wars Of Beleriand (6:58)
3. Hell of Iron (5:46)
4. Wars Begin (7:01)
5. Kinslaying (The First) ft. Ted Nasmith (7:43)
6. Grinding Ice (8:27)
7. Battle Under The Stars ft. Derek Sherinian (4:39)
8. Spirit Of Fire ft. Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth) & Ted Nasmith (7:17)
9. The Broidress (3:43)
10. The Great Battle (Or The War Of Wrath) ft. Ted Nasmith (11:58)
11. Apocalypse (4:24)
12. Apocalypse (Acoustic Bonus Track-digital only) (3:46)
Album Length: 1:13:55
Artwork by Felipe Machado (Blind Guardian, Axel Rudi Pell, etc)
Luca Catalano – Composer, Guitars, Vocals
Marco Catalano – Composer, Drums, Vocals
Alex Armuschio – Composer, Keys, Lead Vocals
Max Clara – Lead Vocals
Roberta Malerba – Lead Vocals
Elena Richetta – Lead Vocals
Giuseppe Ferrante – Bass, Contrabass
Luca Marangoni – Violin
Carlo Perillo – Viola
Daniela Lorusso – Cello
Cristiano Blasi – Flutes
Chiara Marangoni – Horns
Wilma Collo – Lyrics
2006 – From Ancient Times
2007 – Children of Hurin
2009 – Lay of Leithian
2012 – Progressive Rock Night (DVD)
2013 – The Lost Tales
2014 – There and Back Again (single)
2019 – Fall of Gondolin (single)
2020 – Shadow from the East (single)
2021 – War of The Jewels
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Jon Asher – Music Publicist
Montreal, QC – February 19, 2021
For fans of Firewind, Kamelot, Labyrinth
Rockshots Records: Out Now! From The Depth Release “Back To Life (10th Anniversary Edition)”
Remixed and Remastered Version
2 Bonus Tracks “The Will To Be The Flame” Re-Recorded Version
“Nothing To You” Acoustic ft. Apollo Papathanasio
Release Date: February 19th
After the successful collaboration for the release of the sophomore album “Moments” this past August, Italian power metallers From The Depth and Rockshots Records join forces again to unleash the 10th Anniversary Edition of the band’s debut album “Back To Life”.
The new edition of the record was re-mixed and re-mastered by Santo Clemenzi (bass player of the band) at Angle Room Studio, and includes two bonus tracks: the first one “The Will To Be The Flame” was re-recorded by the current line-up (incl. Davide Castro, former keyboard player, and current studio arranger), the second one “Nothing To You (acoustic version)” features Apollo Papathanasio duetting with Raffaele “Raffo” Albanese who re-recorded the whole song.
Vocalist and frontman Raffaele “Raffo” Albanese comments about the 10th Anniversary Edition of “Back To Life”:
“After ten years from releasing our debut album ‘Back To Life” and some years later selling it out, we decided to release a new version of it to celebrate its anniversary. This record allowed us to hit so many amazing stages all around Europe. This record has its own story, with strengths and weaknesses, even for its emotional matter. This is why we gave it to Santo Clemenzi who made a sound update thanks to a new mixing and mastering, without distorting the original performances on it. We’re happy once again to team up with Rockshots Records after the excellent experience we had for our latest full-length “Moments”, as we are pretty sure they will give the proper value to this special edition.“
“Back To Life (10th Anniversary Edition)” is available from Rockshots Records at the following links:
Apple Music: https://apple.co/3qphDKA
Music Video – The Will To Be The Flame (10th Anniversary Ed.) – https://youtu.be/Ir2HeE6W8gg
1. Back To Life
2. Live For Today
3. Our Music Our Souls
4. Don’t Forget Who You Are
5. Lack Of Emotions
6. The Will To Be The Flame
7. The Cruel Kindness
8. You Just Have To Fly
9. Straight To The Source
11. Nothing To You
12. Leading My Essence Above All
13. The Will To Be The Flame (10th Anniversary Edition)
14. Nothing To You (acoustic version ft. Apollo Papathanasio)
From The Depth was formed officially at the end of 2008. In 2010, with their first solid line-up, they released the demo “The Will To Be The Flame”, which quickly sold out.
In 2011 the band signed with Rising Records for the release of their first studio album “Back To Life”, published and released worldwide in November of the same year. Meanwhile, they attended many European festivals playing alongside bands such as Megadeth, Sonata Arctica, Overkill, King Diamond, Iced Earth, Moonspell, Lordi, Sabaton, Rhapsody Of Fire, Dragonforce and more.
Between 2013 and 2015 the band went through some line-up changes, but slowly, during live shows, they started the writing process for the “Back To Life” successor. By the end of 2016, a new limited edition EP was published with the name of “Perseverance”.
From 2018 the actual stable line-up is in place and after some live gigs the band focused on studio material to finalize “Moments”. The album was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio in January 2020 and features, among others, musicians like Roberto Tiranti and Giacomo Voli. While working on new material, the band leveraged new members’ ideas to write even more songs, and a new album is already written and in the early stage of production.
Lately, the band is also remixing and remastering “Back To Life” which is waiting for a new release, scheduled for the 10-year anniversary of the album in 2021.
“Back To Life” has everything and more when it comes to a solid power metal album. The songs flow together smoothly and are well balanced between reckless guitar solos and stunning piano work. Also, the vocals were most impressive. This is definitely an album that you will want to check out. – Sorrow Eternal – 9/10
“From The Depth managed to stand out thanks to their quality and exciting work, which knows how to identify itself among the overwhelmed Italian scene” – Metalitalia.com – 7/10
“Finally! Finally some good Italian power metal, produced with all the trimmings, played with all the trimming and sung with all the trimmings! After too many negatives reviews by Italian bands From The Depth wipe out any doubt on our land’s playing skills.” – Metal.it – 7,5/10
Montreal, QC – February 19, 2021
For fans of Skeletonwitch, Darkthrone, Voivod, Ihsahn, Carcass
Out Now! Canada’s Maudiir Unleash Dark Progressive Black Thrash w/ New EP “La Part du Diable”
“La Part du Diable” Out February 19, 2021
Riff-driven with big bass grooves and corrosive vocals, Montreal’s one-man-band Maudiir created by F. unleashes a new progressive black thrashing EP “La Part du Diable”, a full year after releasing the debut EP “Le Temps Peste”. The intense, dark music comes with lyrics that draw on societal reflections, religion, and the environment.
F. aka Maudiir comments:
“I had great reviews for the first EP “Le Temps Peste”. I think the new EP “La Part du Diable” expands on the first one and brings more progressive and thrash elements. I also added distortion to the bass guitar this time around, which I think adds a Voïvod feel to the songs. All in all, it’s a pretty interesting and unique listen. I also wrote everything alone. Starting on guitar, adding drums, then guitar leads and textures, bass, and finally writing the words and recording them as I am advancing through the vocals. In the case of “The Crowning Hour”, I had a structure done with rhythm guitars and drums, but when I started adding bass, I realized the structure needed to change. Basically, the bass riff made it clear to me what was the verse in the song. Pretty much the same thing happened with “The Slumber”; switching things around when I got to the bass parts. So after that, I thought “why not try to write a whole song on bass?” That experiment yielded the track “Spirit of Sulfur”. That was very interesting for me; getting out of my comfort zone trying to figure out guitar parts that would complement the main bass lines.”
Maudiir is recommended for metalheads looking for something new, especially fans of Carcass, Darkthrone, and Skeletonwitch.
“La Part du Diable” is out now as of February 19th and available on the following digital platforms:
1. Fracture (4:50)
2. The Slumber (4:57)
3. The Fortunate Few (4:54)
4. Spirit of Sulfur (4:34)
5. The Crowning Hour (5:07)
EP Length: 24:24
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Canadian College Radio Loud Charts: #1 – The National Loud Chart – For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 (Earshot)
“As “The Slumber” begins, a jittery, dissonant bass riff, underlaid by droning guitar and soon joined by F.‘s rabid snarl, creates an immediate feeling of incipient and dangerous derangement as it quivers above a neck-popping back-beat and a febrile bass line.” – No Clean Singing
“Feel free to imagine Maudiir as a mix of early Metallica and Enslaved, Darkthrone, Diamond Head, Skeletonwitch, Martyrdöd, Skitsystem and fellow French Canadian technology users/abusers, Voivod. Sitting at home with no shows to attend or play for a year has provided F. the opportunity to work in isolation and create the next chapter in the Maudiir story, La Part du Diable. The five songs within continue stirring the influence pot with the result being simultaneous sweet and sourness, light and darkness, uplift and despondency.” – Decibel Magazine
“If you’re tired of all those black/thrash bands that sound too much like each other, this is a little different. Just solid blackened thrash with a strong footing in traditional heavy metal that calls for repeat plays.” – The Metal Crypt
“It’s The Crowning Hour that closes out a banger of an EP. Where the guitars blur reality and the drums hammer so hard, the brain begins to ache. The tempo is fiery, and the passionate delivery is joyfully received again.” – Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life
“The first thing you notice about Maudiir‘s new EP, La Part du Diable, is just how good the record sounds. Crystal clear production on a blackened thrash release might not be at the top of every listener’s shopping list, but here the production absolutely works for F.” – Sentinel Daily
“What’s so refreshing with this E.P. is the flourishing evolution of styles and the sheer confidence in which the music is played. Aided by the crisp and professional production, this is a genuinely exciting release.” – The Razor’s Edge
“Maudiir entertain those who like black metal but also are open to prog and old school heavy metal. The mix is pleasing and the whole thing works very well.” – CGCM Podcast
“A fine example of how to put a solo project together, Maudiir has chosen the sound he wants and is developing it in some style while avoiding the trappings of self-indulgence.” – Metal Noise
“Please don’t let this one fall by the wayside folks. This is a very promising young band we got here and this is one damn good slice of metal!” – Noob Heavy
“Professional in every respect, the production and playing are top notch, and the songwriting is obviously advanced as well, rendering me very surprised that this hasn’t been picked up by a label yet.” – The Mighty Decibel
“Maudiir: Effortlessly moves between styles…” – Permafrost Today
“Black Metal one man band Maudiir is out with a new EP filled with sinister menacing.” – Flying Fiddlesticks Music Blog
“Le musicien de Montréal (Quebec) s’est investi corps et âme dans son projet et nous a fait passer un beau moment. Une sacré claque.” – Metal Alliance Mag
ASHER MEDIA RELATIONS
Jon Asher – Music Publicist
Montreal, QC – February 18, 2021
For fans of Slayer, Testament, Voivod, Lamb Of God
ANONYMUS Shares Drum Playthrough “Violencia Versus Violence”Playthrough Premiere via GearGods
New Album “La Bestia” Out Now! via (Bam&Co Heavy)
Winner of Two GAMIQ 2020 Awards “Metal Album of The Year”
& Piggy Award (career recognition in honour of Voivod guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour)
L-R: Carlos Araya (Drums), Daniel Souto (Guitar), Oscar Souto (Vocals and Bass), Jef Fortin (Guitar)
Photo Credit: Dani Rod
Canadian thrash legends Anonymus’ unleashed their award-winning (GAMIQ Awards) and 12 studio album “La Bestia” (Bam&Co Heavy) during June 2020. The album is the band’s first Spanish album that follows their discography of both French and English releases. Many metalheads and critics asked the most relevant question, why an album in Spanish? The answer… since Drummer Carlos Araya is Chilean born, and Oscar (lead vocals and bass) and Dan Souto (guitars and backing vocals) are sons of Spanish immigrants, it was only inevitable to make a record in that language that 3/4 of the band is fluent in.
The tracks on “La Bestia” were produced mainly by guitarist Jef Fortin as well as Colin Richardson who also produced 1999’s ‘Instinct’ and Jean-Francois Dagenais (Kataklysm) who produced 2006’s ‘Chapter Chaos Begins’. The album also features the bilingual song “Violencia Versus Violence” with the participation of Carlos Maldos of Lethal Creation (MX) and Arno Dhenain Le Bourhis of Black Bomb A (FR) along with a second bilingual track “Tierra” with Marco Calliari singing in Italian.
Today, Anonymus‘ drummer Carlos Araya presents his latest playthrough for the track “Violencia Versus Violence”, which can be watched via its premiere on GearGods HERE.
1. Bajo Presión (3:31)
2. Bicho Loco (3:58)
3. Sobrevivir (4:11)
4. Violencia Versus Violence (featuring Carlos Maldos of Lethal Creation (MX) and Arno from Black Bomb A) (4:33)
5. La Bestia (5:22)
6. Máquinas (3:32)
7. Cada loco con su tema (5:37)
8. Tierra ( Produced by Colin Richardson and Featuring Marco Calliari) (4:01)
9. Terremoto (Produced by Jef Dagenais (Kataklysm) (3:08)
Album Length: 37:57
Oscar Souto -Vocals/ Bass
Daniel Souto – Guitar/ Back Vocals
Jef Fortin -Guitar/ Back Vocals
Carlos Araya -Drums/ Back Vocals
Anonymus is a Canadian thrash metal band that explodes on stage with each presence, that pulls you in with its passion and that yells at you with corrosive and violent texts that will not leave anyone indifferent.
Since their first release in 1994, Anonymus has made its mark on the Quebec music scene. From the beginning, the group has been well received while demonstrating its brutal sound and technique that has continually evolved over the years. Oscar Souto (vocals, bass) Daniel Souto (guitar, vocals) Carlos Araya (drums), Jef Fortin (guitar since 2006) and Marco Calliari (vocals, guitar from 1994 to 2006) have since widely traveled the roads of their country, participated in the deprivation of Mononc’Serge and continue today to ignite stages everywhere they go. These veterans of the metal scene continue to proudly carry the torch after 20 years of chaos and barbaric music.
Forever hungry for metal, everyone in Anonymus brings ideas to the table. Sometimes it is a whole song or just the beginnings of one, yet together the band works to create a full thrashy anthem from the pieces, working on it until it is complete. The music always comes first, and when the ambiance is formulated, the lyrics, which come from a personal place and from current events, can be added.
Unstoppable and indestructible, inspired by bands like Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax; Anonymus is nothing short of the powerful, aggressive and technical thrash metal that they have been refining for decades exemplified on their impressive discography of both French and English releases, which includes: “Ni vu, ni connu” (1994); Stress (1996); Instinct (1999); Daemonium (2002); Academie du Massacre (2003); Chapter Chaos Begins (2006); Musique Barbare (2008); État Brute (2011); Envers et contre tous (2015); P.O.M.M.E (2017); Sacrifices (2019); and their first-ever Spanish album La Bestia (2020) due out June 12 via label Bam&co Heavy.
Today, Anonymus does not need a presentation. This institution of the Quebec metal industry has been offering for twenty-six years, a passion for dark notes and unrivaled power. The offer is still valid. With more than 1500 career shows under their belt, Anonymus is completely in their element when performing in front of fans, they offer only their absolute best ensuring the crowd is moving. Having shared the stage with metal great such as Anthrax, Cannibal Corpse, and Kataklysm at festivals such as Heavy Montreal, Montebello, and through international tours, they are no strangers to a wild show.
ANONYMUS FOLLOWS ITS PATH, AGAINST ALL ODDS!
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“Anonymus mix together some of the best from Slayer and Lamb of God. Allowing for some of incredibly strong extreme metal on La Bestia. If you need any proof, tracks “Sobrevivir” and “Violencia Versus Violence” are easy stand outs for melding some spectacular sections and making the most of the band’s sound.” – Metal Injection
“a savage barrage of brutality from Anonymus, featuring break neck speed thrash that’s in your face and intense. 9/10” – Metal Gods TV
“La Bestia hits bluntly and brutishly. It certainly lives up to it’s name, the beast.” – Heavy Music Headquarters
“What a musical violence! Thrash lovers would do well to give this album of Spanish Canadians a listen.” – Arrow Lords of Metal
“Thrashy heavy stuff with a Sepultura-like groove and probably having the lyrics in Spanish help with the vibe… the catch? They’re from Quebec! ” – WORT 89.9 FM – Mosh Pit Radio (Madison, WI)
“The album has a very “bouncy” vibe that really gets the foot tapping and despite the album sounding overall angry, this anger comes off as fun. There’s no way in hell that anyone would stand still when the band plays anything on this album live. If you’re like me and usually more into the classic thrash sound and its close derivatives and feel like trying something else, La Bestia might just be what the doctor ordered.” – The Metal Crypt