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Ensiferum nearing completion on recording new album!

ensiferum-recording-week2Helsinki, Finland – September 29th, 2014 – Ensiferum have been locked away in Astia Studio (astiastudio.fi) in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks. Drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with his kantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals!

Bassist Sami Hinkka comments:”Hi folks! For last few days, Mahi and Pete have sweated their asses off while recording guitars. Songs sound, like our friends in UK would say, bloody awesome! Today (Friday, September 26) we recorded kantele and some special guitar tracks. Tomorrow it’s time to set up a microphone and start to record vocals. Things are proceeding as planned.”

The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015.

ENSIFERUM
11/26/14 Tokyo, JP Club Duo Exchange
11/27/14 Osaka, JP Mamba Rocket
12/13/14 Eindhoven, NL Eindhoven Metal Meeting
01/22-26/15 Miami-Ochos Rios-Miami 70,000 Tons Of Metal
07/30/15 – 08/01/15 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
08/13-15/15 Dinkelsbühl, DE Summer Breeze Festival

http://www.ensiferum.com
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http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum

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ENSLAVED ENTER THE STUDIO TO RECORD 13th ALBUM

enslaved2014Last week’s autumn equinox brought equal illumination to Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres, but it also sparked other blood-warming news: the thirteenth studio installment by Norway’s progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED is now underway.

From his home in Bergen, Norway, ENSLAVED guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Ivar Bjørnson takes some time to provide the following update:

enslaved2014_2“My favorite time of year is whenever we enter the studio with ENSLAVED to record a new album. Now the season of creative madness, endless days, and bleeding fingertips is upon us again… O joy! As before, it is the unholy trinity that forms the first line of attack: I (guitar), Grutle (Kjellson, bass & vocals), and Cato (Bekkevold, drums), are recording the foundations of the album live, while Ice Dale (lead guitar) and Herbrand (Larsen, vocals & keys) will add their instruments and voice in their own studios after these initial core sessions. Then I will add some wackiness at my home studio, before we all get together again to finish it.

“I feel that I have delivered basic material that is rock solid. I have poured my very life and heart into these compositions while the rest of the band have refined it, shaped it, and delivered it like their very lives depended on it. It has been challenging to keep up the pace with the way the songs wanted to go; life flows its ways and takes its turns regardless of your artistic ambitions. However, the music led the way through the fog and I just followed, and never doubting the oncoming album for a second.”

Main recordings for the as-yet-untitled new album are taking place at Duper and Solslottet Studios in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings done at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by ENSLAVED members Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson’s Peersonal Sound Studios.

Additional experimentation and sonic exploration will be conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where the band took a mobile studio to record the infamous “Thorn” 7” single in 2012.

The album will be produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing will be done by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

Cover artwork will once again be illustrated by long-time collaborating artist and “sixth ENSLAVED member” Truls Espedal, who has painted all album covers since 2001’s Monumension.

riitiir2014For their 2012 studio release RIITIIR, ENSLAVED were nominated for a Spellemann Award (the Swedish equivalent of the American Grammy) for the seventh time in the category “Best Metal Album.” RIITIIR debuted at #8 on the American Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart in October 2012 and appeared on numerous “Best Albums of 2012” lists around the world.

RIITIIR can be purchased in CD & vinyl format from the album’s Landing Page, from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop, and digitally from iTunes & AmazonMP3.

ENSLAVED have won a Spellemann Award four consecutive times for the following four studio albums: Axioma Ethica Odini (2010), Vertebrae (2008), Ruun (2006), and Isa (2004).

Visit ENSLAVED online at:
www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED
www.YouTube.com/ENSLAVEDOFFICIAL
Twitter.com/ENSLAVEDBAND

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Poland’s Vesania announce new album “Deus Ex Machina” and stream new song online

Vesania-DeusExMachinaPoland – September 24, 2014 – Vesania, the Polish symphonic black metal act that features current and former members of Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Vader, and Decapitated, have been toiling for over a decade.. The band’s fourth full-length album, and first since 2007, is finally scheduled for release on October 28, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. The brand new track, “Innocence,” can be heard now on metalblade.com/vesania, where fans can also pre-order a copy of the album!

Vesania is:
Orion – guitars and voices
Daray – drums
Siegmar – synths and samples
Heinrich – bass
Valeo – guitars

Vesania’s roots are firmly planted in Poland, but their reach has been expanding throughout the years across the globe. The collective experience of the members of the band speaks volumes of their knowledge and ability to craft world class albums.

There’s no singular unifying lyrical concept on “Deus Ex Machina“, but there’s a main theme, a coherent and deliberate thread running from the title through the music. The title of the album is a term from ancient Greek tragedy and translates to “god from the machine”. The idea for the concept was that a machine, typically a rudimentary crane, would lower a thespian playing god onto the stage to solve the seemingly unsolvable conflict in the plot. In modern entertainment, the term has evolved to primarily refer to a cheap solution in a poorly written script or novel. Alternatively, Vesania’s “Deus Ex Machina is a call for any kind of help or intervention because all of the lyrics on the album are hopeless and show characters in situations that leaves them powerless. One of the tracks tells the story of the lowering of an actor, supposedly the god, onto a stage before a corrupted man searching for answers. Instead, that actor is lowered by a noose around their neck, having already died. The lyrics paint a drab picture, particularly when paired with equally bleak music. Recording was completed at Sound Division Studio, with mastering by Scott Hull at Visceralsound Studios.

Follow Vesania online:
https://www.facebook.com/VesaniaOfficial
https://www.youtube.com/tanzteufel
http://vesania.pl

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It Lies Within Announces Tour with The Browning

itliesnews1It Lies Within, who is currently on tour with The Illumination (InVogue Records) and has recently toured with One Year Later and Curses while playing Dirt Fest, has just announced that they will be supporting The Browning (Earache Records) on the Cat Clothing presents The Respect Strength Loyalty tour. The tour’s announced dates runs from November 28th through December 20th, with more dates to be announced at a later date.

It Lies Within vocalist Zachary Scott had this to say on the tour, “We are very excited to be announcing the biggest tour of our career to date!” Notable dates during the tour include Austin, TX (November 28th), Dallas, TX (November 30th), Kansas City, MO (December 10th), Cleveland, OH (December 17th), and St. Louis, MO (December 20th). It Lies Within is still touring off their 2012 release, Chrysalis (Luxor Records), while finishing work on their Jonny Mcbee (of The Browning) produced new album. The new release is being produced by and will feature new guitarist Alex Maggard and new bassist/singer Erik McKay.

It Lies Within are a ferocious band. When I delved into their record Chrysalis, I was instantly hooked into all of the drama and profound artistry.”
-Rockadia

The message of the album also carries a positive feel reminiscent of epic metalcore acts such as Killswitch Engage.”
- Soundsphere

How this band slipped through the cracks for so long is a puzzling mystery, but they have survived the trenches and are on their way to gracing the scene.”
- Flabbergaster Music

TOUR DATES
11/28 – The Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
11/29 – Walters – Houston, TX
11/30 – Curtain Club – Dallas, TX
12/2 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
12/3 – The Underground – Mesa, AZ
12/6 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
12/7 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ
12/10 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
12/11 – Amsterdam Hall – St.Paul, MN
12/12 – Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IW
12/13 – Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
12/14 – Mojos – Joiliet, IL
12/16 – Token Lounge – Westland, MI
12/17 – The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
12/18 – Thompson House – Newport, KY
12/20 – Fubar – St.Louis, MO

About It Lies Within:
Prevailing from the highest murder city per capita in America; Flint, MI based metalcore act It Lies Within exploded on the scene with their energetic live performance and positive based message. After quickly earning a few opening slots for larger national acts at their hometown venue The Machine Shop, It Lies Within immediately hit the studio and prepared for the road. Touring full time since 2011, these guys are inching their way and becoming recognized on to the national circuit. This lifelong group of friends are on a non-stop path to shed a different light on the metalcore scene with their creative music writing, positive message and insane live show. Because of this diversity they are a very entertaining group to watch.

Over the last two years, It Lies Within has played numerous sold-out shows with The Devil Wears Prada, All That Remains, We Came As Romans, Asking Alexandria, Motionless in White, Attack! Attack!, Texas in July, Times of Grace, Chiodos and more. It Lies Within’s first full length Luxor Records release Chrysalis was released Sept. 4th, 2012 and is out now on iTunes and stores near you! Like a prince ready to prove his worth to the kingdom, It Lies Within is ready to release a new album in early 2014. With their die-hard street team and constant growing fan base – these guys will survive the trends and create music for the masses.

LINKS
www.itlieswithin.com
www.facebook.com/itlieswithin
www.twitter.com/itlieswithin

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