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STRYVIGOR premiere new track at

e780bcfd-9e5f-4be6-bf62-505bdebe5aa5Today, pagan black metallers Stryvigor premiere the new track “Mysteries of Darkness” at heavily trafficked web-portal The songhails from the band’s forthcoming debut album, Forgotten by Ages, set for international release on September 13th via Svarga Music. Inspired by their native Ukrainian landscape – the windswept Carpathians, wintry woods, and especially the mountain river from which the trio take their name -Stryvigor create endlessly surging and spiraling epics of mystical, atmospheric black metal. Underpinned by expertly mixed cosmic synths, the passion and sincerity behind Stryvigor’s nature-worshiping craft incites awe and wonder, pride and heroism. At eight stout tracks, Forgotten by Ages is indeed a timeless experience, and highly recommended for fans of Drudkh, Astrofaes, and Khors. Hear the first proof for yourself exclusively HERE, courtesy of

Tracklisting for STRYVIGOR’s Forgotten by Ages
1. In the Icy Embrace of North [В крижаних обіймах півночі]
2. Mysteries of Darkness [Таємниці темряви]
3. Wherever the Stars… [Там, де зорі...]
4. Wings of Sorrow [Крила скорботи]
5. Memory of Ages [Пам’ять віків]
6. By Paths of Universe [Стежками Всесвіту]
7. To Heroes [Героям]
8. Forgotten by Ages [Забуте віками]

3d70bc4c-cded-4a75-9798-d9f7b4a9e16dSTRYVIGOR biography
The foundation of STRYVIGOR was settled in the autumn 2012 in Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine by guitarist Khladogard (ex-VENDOGARD) and vocalist Dusk (ENDLESS BATTLE). By that time, the material for their debut album was finished – it was atmospheric black metal from the stylistic point of view. Later, drummer Rungvar joined the project. In winter 2013, the band started the recording session for their debut album. And in spring of the same year, the project got its name: STRYVIGOR.

6c93d839-d149-409b-9b95-e65eee5cb330Stryvigor is a mountain river which flows through the magnificent Carpathians and brings the wisdom of our ancestors and memory of our land with the river’s rapid stream. Namely, this river inspired the musicians to form a new project, as the main lyrical topics are related to nature, wintry landscapes, and woody twilights, infinite stellar firmament and the infinite universe, the babble of a rapid mountain stream and a sunrise of the spring sun, memory of warrior valor and blood-based brotherhood. All of these things are closely intertwined in the songs of STRYVIGOR and solely written in the Ukrainian language.

The debut album by STRYVIGOR, which has the symbolic title Forgotten by Ages, will be released on September 13, 2014 by SVARGA MUSIC. The nearest plans for the future are to record the second album, which is already prepared, and tour to support the release of the debut.



FIDES INVERSA set release date for new W.T.C. album

SONY DSCFive years on from their Osmose-released debut, Hanc Aciem Sola Retundit Virtus (The Algolagnia Divine), Fides Inversa strike with their second album, Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans, set for international release on October 31st via W.T.C. Productions. In those five years, the Italian band have been honing their onstage assault all across the stages of Europe, their rituals becoming real celebrations of zealotry. That experience surely shows across the bold, finessed canvas of Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans, where “black metal” is rendered not as a definition but as an alternately life-giving/life-destroying force.

fides2Classicist yet paying no lip service to tradition, Fides Inversa invested their very souls in the creation of this second opus: exhaustive spiritual research and a total immersion inside the darkest manifestations of what the German theologist Rudolf Otto called “the numinous.” The divine, in its most terrifying forms, takes life from chaotic sounds and revealed words whose intent is to represent the mystic terror and the undefeatable fascination of Death, the human nullification, in favor of a complete prostration to the One whose light is spread out of the darkest vacuum. Ascend and descend with Fides Inversa’s Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans

Tracklisting for Fides Inversa’s Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans
1. I
2. II
3. III
4. IV
5. V
6. VI
7. VII



ALUNAH Premieres New Song on The Obelisk

N9uDreAwakening The Forest Out October 7th on Napalm Records

The UK Doomsters ALUNAH, centered around guitarist and singer Sophie Day, are set to release their third studio album Awakening The Forest on October 6th in the UK & October 7th USA/CAN via Napalm Records. Today the band premiers a brand new song entitled “Heavy Bough“. The song includes an atmosphere that captivates with heavy guitars and grooves. Check out the exclusive premiere courtesy of The Obelisk HERE.

For the third time ALUNAH spread wide their mighty Doom wings: Following up their exceptional previous albums Call of Avernus (2010) and White Hoarhound (2012), the International Doom community will be tied up again by Awakening The Forest. The English quartet featuring singer Sophie Day forges forward with hard guitars, pumping heavy grooves and a sound to make fans of this genre, fans of this album Awakening The Forest!

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darknesstour1Debut album Written In Blood in stores now!

This record will keep heavy music fans wanting more” – Substream Magazine

With their debut album ‘Written In Blood’ in stores now and hitting #59 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, San Antonio’s DARKNESS DIVIDED are teaming up with IN DYING ARMS and FOREVERMORE for a tour across the US this September. Kicking off on the East Coast in Trenton, NJ on September 6th, the tour introduces metals newest challengers to fans of heavy, impossibly technical music. Vocalist Gerard Mora states “We are stoked to announce that we are hitting the road with In Dying Arms and Forevermore! Lots of good things coming!”

indyingdivided1DARKNESS DIVIDED blend elements of elaborate guitar work, hypnotic rhythmic beats and thought-provoking lyrics, all while pushing themselves into unknown artist directions. This band is proving itself as a tour-de-force newcomer to the metal landscape, catch them on tour this September, spreading their gospel of metallic, hard-driven metal.

9/6 @ Championship – Trenton, New Jersey
9/7 @ Championship – Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
9/8 @ LVN Renaissance Center – Jamestown, New York
9/9 @ Frankie’s – Toledo, Ohio
9/11 @ Penny Road Pub – Barrington, Illinois
9/13 @ Blurry Vision – Decatur, Alabama
9/14 @ The Beatnik – New Orleans, Louisiana
9/15 @ Tomcats – Fort Worth, Texas
9/16 @ El Rey Theatre – McAllen, Texas
9/17 @ Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, Texas
9/19 @ The Unity Center – Roswell, New Mexico
9/20 @ The Underground – Mesa, Arizona
9/21 @ Cobalt Café – Canoga Park, California
9/23 @ Skatuary – Englewood, Colorado
9/24 @ Gasworks – Albuquerque, New Mexico
9/26 @ Fubar – St. Louis, Missouri
9/27 @ Bada Brew – Crest Hill, Illinois
9/29 @ Empire – Springfield, Virginia

DARKNESS DIVIDED displays a technical prowess far beyond their years. More metal than core, they keep it heavy and brutal”- New Noise Magazine

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“The Hands That Bled” Music Video


SAXON’s Biff Byford Fronts Film Concept Group, THE SCINTILLA PROJECT

scintillanews1New Album ‘The Hybrid’ Coming Next Week!

Music Inspired by the Movie ‘Scintilla’

Scintilla”, a science fiction thriller, is set deep underground in the wilds of a former Soviet state where strange genetic experiments are taking place. A war weary mercenary is hired to lead a company scientist to the secret underground laboratory and with his team of mercenaries to steal the research in the laboratory. Along the way the good people face dangerous militia involved in a bloodthirsty civil war, strange monsters lurking in the abandoned tunnels of the old Soviet bunker and finally they meet the scientist running the genetic experiments and her terrifying secret.

The film has inspired a newly formed super-group THE SCINTILLA PROJECT, fronted by SAXON’s own BIFF BYFORD, who will be releasing their album The Hybrid in the U.S., featuring songs inspired by the film, on September 2, 2014 via UDR Music. Select tracks on the record are co-produced by world-famous heavy metal producer Andy Sneap, who also plays guitar on these tracks.

Biff Byford states, “I was introduced to Lionel Hicks by Toby Jepson while recording ‘Call To Arms’. This was leading SAXON to write a song for the Lionel Hicks produced film ‘Scintilla’. As the film developed through production, our minds began working – maybe we could put together a concept album based on and inspired by the film. While I was having a break from writing with SAXON, Lionel Hicks, Anthony Ritchie (both ‘Balance Of Power’), and I decided that I would produce and also sing on the album. I brought in Andy Sneap to co-produce and play guitar on some tracks.”

1. Scintilla (One Black Heart)
2. Beware The Children
3. Permanence
4. Some Nightmare
5. Angels
6. Pariah
7. The Damned And Divine
8. Life In Vain
9. No Rest for The Wicked (SAXON recording as featured in the film – taken from ‘Call To Arms’)

Biff Byford (vocals)
Lionel Hicks (drums)
Anthony Ritchie (bass)
Andy Sneap (guitar)

For more information on THE SCINTILLA PROJECT, please visit




Video still taken from her new video, directed by Tim Saccenti



Nika Danilova’s voice is an elemental, powerful thing.” (Best New Music) – Pitchfork

Zola Jesus’ most profound, accessible release to date.” – BILLBOARD Magazine

A beautiful electro-pop gem, and the only thing dangerous about it is how freaking addictive it is.” – NYLON

Elegant synth-pop banger” – SPIN Magazine

Danilova has a full-on anthem on her hands with this one.” – Flavorwire

10/8 – San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s
10/9 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
10/16 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
10/17 – Washington, DC – Hirshhorn Museum
10/19 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Tickets available at

Zola Jesus today unleashed her new video for “Dangerous Days” directed by contemporary visionary artist Tim Saccenti who has created an awe-inspiring backdrop for this anthemic song. Saccenti explains, “The song is a pure emotional plea, a future primitive call to arms. To create a moment of light in these dark times was our hope. Eschewing a heavy narrative we let the images of the Earth, filmed in wide screen and mixed with a tense unnatural presence, wash over the viewer while Nika communicates her powerful message.” Nika describes the video making process, “Working with Tim was effortless. His creative ambition to turn the abstract into a tangible feel is a rare treasure.” The video premiered today at Watch and share the video for “Dangerous Days” here.

Zola Jesus’s TAIGA is due for release October 7th, 2014 on Mute (pre-order here:

Nika is the 25-year-old behind Zola Jesus’ creative incarnations as sole singer and songwriter. Influenced by her time in Iceland, Vermont, and British Columbia, TAIGA was written on Vashon Island, WA and conjures all these places while creating a sonic space of its own that each listener can travel to, explore, hide in, and celebrate. Nika tracked and mixed the album in Los Angeles with co-producer Dean Hurley (David Lynch, Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse).At once challenging and accessible, TAIGA is a transition for Zola Jesus. Undeniably branded with what Nika terms a “piercing ambition,” the album is best described by the artist herself: “The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals…It’s the most accessible music I’ve ever made, but also the most earnest and passionate. I gave everything for this record, more than ever before.”

Dangerous Days
Go (Blank Sea)
Long Way Down
It’s Not Over

10/29 – Bristol, England – Colston Hall
10/30 – Leeds, England – Belgrave Music Hall
10/31 – Glasgow, Scotland – Stereo
11/1 – Manchester, England – Manchester Cathedral – Columns
11/4 – Paris, France – Badaboum
11/5 – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
11/6 St Gallen, Switzerland – Palace
11/7 Geneva, Switzerland – l’Usine
11/8 – Reims, France – La Cartonnerie
11/10 – Köln, Germany – Gebäude 9
11/11 – Berlin, Germany – Berghain
11/12 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel and Gefährlich
11/13 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
11/14 – Brussels, Belgium – La Nuit Botanique
11/15 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
11/18 – London, England – KOKO
Tickets available at


KALEDONOne year and a half after the release of the much celebrated ‘Altor: The King’s Blacksmith‘, Kaledon are back with their new album ‘Antillius: The King Of The Light‘, another powerful, symphonic masterpiece which confirms them as one of the leading forces in Power/Epic metal today.

Antillius‘ narrates the life of the King of Kaledon, one of the characters that the band introduced with their previous ‘Legend Of The Forgotten Reign‘ saga.

The album was produced by Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre) at Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy. Kaledon have also teamed up with renowned artist Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rage, Rhapsody Of Fire, Iron Savior) for the soon to be revealed cover artwork.

Antillius: The King Of The Light‘ will be available starting from November 18th, 2014 on Scarlet Records.

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THY DARKENED SHADE set release date for new W.T.C. album

ec74c1f0-0a17-44fc-ab30-ece138ec15bcToday, W.T.C. Productions sets October 31st as the international release date for Thy Darkened Shade’s highly anticipated second album, Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet. Bolder and brasher than the Greeks’ celebrated Eternvs Mos, Nex Ritvs debut, Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet is a sprawling and serpentine work, a daring and diabolical monument to the eternal light of esoteric illumination.  At the core of Thy Darkened Shade’s aesthetic is the band’s profound and intensely studied lyricism. As the serpents of Eden, they are both the shining and the shadows, and consequently know the illusions of good and evil since they originate from the source: Or She-ein Bo Mahshavah, the solitary true light. Thy Darkened Shade are those few who have the wisdom to overcome, the sovereignty to become something evolved, in the forms and likeness of their gods.

7ed6fe11-923a-47a6-9b5b-1e3a4c134e65Across Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet’s 78-minute runtime, many names are hailed, amongst them – Satan, Loki, Typhon, Set, Ahriman, Lucifer, Prometheus, Kingu – and the band explore myriad routes toward that burning, searing illumination. But as labyrinthine as Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet is and its pathways at times beguiling and treacherous, here black metal music serves a greater purpose: the Promethean mantras lead Thy Darkened Shade and the blood of Qayin binds them towards acausal freedom. “We possess everything we need to destroy all illusions; we are the children of Lucifer – we shine in grandeur and might.” Thus begins the age of Acausal Necrosophic Black Metal: hail the new dawn…

Tracklisting for Thy Darkened Shade’s Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet
1. Holy Lvcifer
2. Revival Through Arcane Skins
3. Elixir of Azazel
4. Black Light of Sitra Ahra
5. Or She-ein Bo Mahshavah
6. Nox Profunda
7. Drayishn I Ahriman O Divan
8. Saatet-ta Renaissance
9. Liber Lvcifer
10. Deus Absconditus
11. Δαήμων Ὁ Φώσφορος




755LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 27, 2014 – Industrial and Electro music pioneer Gary Numan today announced North American tour dates this fall. The 10-city run will kick off on October 23rd at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA and will bring the Splinter Tour to California, Oregon, Washington and Canada ahead of his performance at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Festival on November 8th. Tickets for all U.S. dates will go on sale this Friday, August 29th. Tickets for shows in Canada are on sale now. For a full list of upcoming dates see below or click HERE.

Following Sold Out shows in the UK, a main stage appearance at Sonisphere Festival and a tour of Australia and New Zealand, Numan is touring in support of his latest critically acclaimed album Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind), which was released on his own label, Machine Music, in October 2013 and marked the artist’s return to the Billboard 200 for the first time in over 31 years. The album was recorded in England and completed at Numan’s home studio in Los Angeles, California, following his permanent move to the US at the end of 2012. Featuring some sublime guitar work from Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck, Mojo called the album “Numan’s finest hour.”

The I Am Dust special edition digital EP was released earlier this summer and includes the album version of the track “I Am Dust“, the original demo, and remixed by thenewno2 and Roman Remains. The EP is currently available for purchase at iTunes and Amazon.

Numan’s influence has been recognized by a diverse array of the world’s greatest artists, including Prince, Lady Gaga, Jack White, Kanye West, Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, The Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, and more.  While Numan’s unique, pioneering style continues to connect with fans from the worlds of Indie-Rock, Alternative, Electronic, and Industrial, he remains as focused as ever in pursuing his own singular vision. Utilizing many new sounds and ideas whilst retaining the feel of his classic sound, the softly spoken artist possesses one of the most distinctive voices in music.

Fall 2014 North American Dates

Thurs 23 Oct -Glasshouse, Pomona, CA (On Sale Friday 8/29 @ 9:00 AM EDT)
Fri 24 Oct – Mcnears Mystic, Petaluma, CA (On Sale Friday 8/29 @ 9:00 AM EDT)
Sun 26 Oct – Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR (On Sale Friday 8/29 @ 9:00 AM EDT)
Tues 28 Oct – Neptune Ballroom, Seattle, WA (On Sale Friday 8/29 @ 9:00 AM EDT)
Weds 29 Oct – Rickshaw, Vancouver, Canada (On Sale Now
Thurs 30 Oct -Flames, Calgary, Canada (On Sale Now
Fri 31 Oct -Union Hall, Edmonton, Canada (On Sale Now
Sat 1 Nov – O’Brians, Saskatoon, Canada (On Sale Now
Mon 3 Nov -Garrick, Winnipeg, Canada (On Sale Now
Weds 5 Nov -Blue Moose, Iowa City, IA (On Sale Friday 8/29 @ 9:00 AM EDT)
Sat 8 Nov – Fun Fun Fun Festival, Austin, TX (

If you have enjoyed electronic-oriented music at some point over the last couple of decades then you can feel free to send Gary Numan a thank-you note.

As fresh and resilient as ever, Numan won’t go down without a fight
Consequence of Sound

Better than ever
Boing Boing

The rock legend enjoys a new wave in his career
OC Weekly

Numan remains an icon.



c500b86f-3da6-4e4c-8a5f-ab3e5cda6a22NEW VIDEO SINGLE DROPPING NEXT WEEK

This week saw Essex punk rock quartet Forever After release their brand new E.P, which can be found on Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify now. Entitled ‘Just Another Year‘, the E.P is the band’s third release since their formation in 2012. “We chose the title as it has been one year since we released our last EP,” says vocalist/guitarist Dom Littler. “It also sums up what has happened in the last 12 months of our lives – friends leaving to go travelling, people getting new jobs, and relationships breaking up – as we continue to strive for survival in the music industry.”

Inspired by a plethora of musical backgrounds, Forever After – completed by guitarist Sam Byford, bassist Harry Stokley and drummer Craig McQueen – have spiced ‘Just Another Year’ with suitable diversity. “We all have different influences, from grunge to folk, blues to pop punk and metal. So, we wanted to write a EP that we felt had a little bit of each influence in it,” says Littler . Indeed, from the aching 90’s nostalgia of lead track ‘Inhaling, Falling’ to the riff infused punk of ‘Miles Away’ and the grungey pop rock of the title track, Just Another Year is buoyantly reflective of the band’s broad palette. The band additionally describe themselves as having “British geezer vocals”.

The 5 track offering was produced and engineered by Grant Berry and Sam Thompson of UK pop punk stalwarts Me Vs. Hero, who were heavily involved with the refining process, with Dom recalling that “Sam almost completely changed a whole track 24 hours before going into the recording studio… So that was fun!”

Monday 1st September will also see the quartet premiere their latest video single for their ear-worm of a track ‘She’s Leaving‘.

Just Another Year‘ was released on 25th August 2014:

Lead Single ‘Inhaling, Failing’ Available HERE