Kingston alt-metal band Harbour Sharks are back with an amazing new single and the promise of a debut album in the autumn. Blasting straight out of the gate, new single ‘The Killer Inside Me’ is chocked full of riffs and energetic vocals.

Want to know more about ‘The Killer Inside Me’? Harbour Sharks have this to say:

“‘The Killer Inside Me’ is about the thought process of a serial killer with a split personality who feels hard done by and struggles to act on their instincts. The killer eventually reasons that as humans we are insignificant yet vows to never feel this way as he doesn’t feel he fits in with human normality. Although we don’t condone the acts of serial killers, we feel that this is a song for anyone who has ever felt outcast or humiliated in social norms that they can relate to.”

Formed in 2015, Harbour Sharks have created a unique sound incorporating big guitar riffs, groove-laden drum beats and melodic vocals. The band have spent two years perfecting their sound, writing music and playing live shows across the UK.

Born from the minds of vocalist Jack Morris and guitarist Rob Rees, Harbour Sharks ambition is to impact the British rock music scene with their crushing blend of riffs fused between punk and metalcore and reflective lyrics of the lower middle class.

Finnish Funeralglade have just released a single “Shadow Of Misery” from their upcoming EP named “May The Funeral Begin” which is released August 18th 2017 by Inverse Records. Funeralglade is a melodic death metal band from Turku, Finland, consisting of five young (from 16 to 18 year old) and passionate musicians. Funeralglade mixes influences from many different genres, such as Melodic Death Metal, Deathcore, Groove Metal and Black Metal. This combination provides the listener with mesmerizing lead guitars before plunging into a gruesome swirling havok of riff-insanity backed by intense vocal work and bludgeoning drums. The songs revolve around death in all of it’s forms, ranging from despair to power, from longing to hatred.

The Hirsch Effekt have released their new single and video ‘LIFNEJ’, coinciding with the upcoming release of their new album ‘Eskapist’ which is due for release on 18th August via Long Branch/SPV.

After their awe-inspiring Holon album trilogy, The Hirsch Effekt have delved deep into the darkest corners of their mind and talent to craft their most extreme and complex chapter in the form of ‘Eskapist’. Socially critical, caustically political and musically overwhelming, the fourth album from the band is both a lesson and a gift in progressive metal, prog and core.

All three band members – drummer Moritz Schmidt, guitarist and singer Nils Wittrock and bassist and singer Ilja John Lappin – shared the writing duties of this staggering record and worked with Tim Tautorat (who has previously worked with In Flames, Manic Street Preachers), Max Trieder and various guest musicians in Hanover, Leipzig and Berlin. The complex compositions, interfused with prog, tech and sludge metal, constantly shift between the different styles, adding depth and volume.

In its many different forms, escapism is the link between different pieces and the force that binds the album together. Once again, the band’s lyrics tackle issues that hurt and their music, which demands to be listened to, strikes almost incomparable in its intensity. This album offers fans the chance to escape from society, their “circumstances” and their private life.

Pre-order Eskapist here

Greece’s Raw In Sect have released their new video for Therion, taken from upcoming album Kitro. What starts as the four men standing topless turns into a glow-in-the dark frenzy, with luminous paint flying everywhere.

Shot in London’s Black Island studios by director Peter Lee Scott, the band says the video is mean to reflect the transformation into Therion, which is to “find inner power in a primitive way getting in touch with your instincts.”

The song’s unique blend of traditional Greek music with rock ‘n’ roll is, according to Raw In Sect, meant to “redefine what aggressive/rock music is through a totally different approach than the one that has been known in the music scene.

“Really though, it’s about doing something new and artistic instead of repeating the same old patterns of established bands in hopes of securing a career in a declining music industry. Changing the language of the lyrics in Greek, recording live, and not setting on the sound of previous records that was somewhat accepted, are among the risks we took willingly in order to express something new and reach wider audiences.”

Stirring the cauldron of black metal, blood brother duo Jerred & Wyatt Houseman’s Helleborus unleashed their debut album “The Carnal Sabbath” in June 2016 via Satanath Records (Russia), Black Plague Records (USA) and on vinyl via Flesh Vessel (USA). They supported the album with festival appearances at Shadow Woods, 71 Grind, Black Mourning Light plus tours and show dates with bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse, Cannibal Corpse, Taake, Cattle Decapitation, UADA, Destroyer of Light, Lotus Thief and more.

Taking a short hiatus to enter their studio dungeon, the brothers have a recorded a new single for fans entitled “Prayer Of The Undying”
Helleborus comments on the track:

“This new single stands solitary as an offering to the Mother of the Night. The lyrics are a prayer or hymn of introspective nature reflected in the Orphic vein. We encounter symbolism of The Hanged Man and the essence of the Mandrake root. I use flowers as symbolic offerings similar to that of The Language of Flowers, a Victorian tradition. The man surrenders himself in attempt to gain enlightenment and the Mandrake is uprooted by the Divine Hand.”

Thy Art Is Murder will release their punishing new album ‘Dear Desolation’ on August 18 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The Australian band has just dropped another sonic thunderbolt from the album in the form of the fiery video for “The Son of Misery.” 

About ‘Dear Desolation’, vocalist C.J. McMahon said, “I feel the strongest I’ve ever felt going into a record. Coming back to the fold of our band has reinvigorated me. I missed my brothers, touring, and of course all our dedicated fans around the world who have always given us their all. This new record is going to shape our future; we gave it everything we could and then some. In the past, I was the weakest link and now that I have re-built myself, we are stronger than ever and nothing can stand in our way.”

Adds guitarist Andy Marsh, “Hate, War, Desolation; the trilogy series of the path mankind has laid out before himself. We are prouder than ever of our efforts on this record. A lot of time, planning, creativity and teamwork has culminated in what we think is our most completed vision yet: Dear Desolation.”

Gothenburg, Sweden trio Monolord share the title track and details on their highly anticipated third album ‘Rust’ today. The song features John Gamino (Mondo Drag) on keyboards and Trevor Church (Beastmaker) playing a guitar solo at the end of the tune.

Monolord is a rare breed: A band both encompassing and transcending genre; a vortex of heavy rock density that consumes all others. Their thunderous, tuneful heft has built a rabid international fanbase in short order since their 2014 debut. But ‘Rust’, the band’s third full length, truly exemplifies why some refer to them as the Nirvana of doom.

Monolord’s enveloping, syrupy sludge is a vibe, it’s a state of mind. Not riffs for riffs sake, but a collective buzzing, rattling and rumbling that’s more total environment than collection of songs. Together, guitarist/vocalist Thomas Jäger, drummer Esben Willems and bassist Mika Häkki create a massive, dynamic sound with ultra-low frequencies serving as its fourth member.

“We’ve always been inspired by great band musicians – as opposed to technical solo peacocks,” Willems says. “Because that force of a band really playing together as one single unit is incomparable. At its best, it’s just unstoppable.” And, Monolord is truly unstoppable, on record and on stage. “A heavy groove that contains both bombastic overkill and a lot of dynamics is what we always aim for in Monolord; in playing, in song writing and arranging, in recording,”

Willems says.
Album opener “Where Death Meets the Sea” perfectly exemplifies their mastery of dynamics and hooks with a driving, infectious buzzsaw riff that lesser bands would ride off into the sunset, but Monolord uses subtly to spur the song’s skull rattling rhythmic core ever onward. Jäger’s watery vocals glide over ominously building verses that erupt with the song’s insistent refrain. Being such a tight rhythmic unit, it sounds almost like an early ZZ Top record played at half speed. “Dear Lucifer” squeals and hums with slow deliberation as Willems summons Dale Crover pummel with chasm like low-tuned toms and syncopated cymbal crashes. The album’s title track is also its centerpiece, opening with a dramatic, shimmering Hammond organ intro as Jäger sings, “you are the reason that I lied/ You are the reason that I cried/ Please don’t wait until tomorrow/ There’s only pain, hate, grief and sorrow.” Suddenly, the band kicks in with a bellowing line downtuned to B that nosedives down the guitar neck as the drums hammer down for the kill. Elsewhere, tastefully understated guitar harmonies elevate the behemoth churn of “Wormland” and apocalyptic album closer “At Niceae” simmers in a slow build of rumbling guitars and rolling drum triplets.

Monolord formed in 2013, quickly recording their 2xLP debut Empress Rising, which RidingEasy Records released in April 1st, 2014. The second album, Vænir, followed April 28th, 2015. The 2-song Lord of Suffering / Die in Haze EP was issued in late 2016 amid the band’s relentless touring schedule in order to tide fans over until the next full length. Vænir landed on countless Album of the Year lists in 2015, and Rust is poised to open an entirely new range of possibilities for Monolord.

Rust will be available on LP, CD and download on September 29th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available at RidingEasy and Bandcamp.

London singer-songwriter Danny Wright has released his debut single Staying In on all digital platforms. The acoustic-driven pop-rock song combines hard-hitting lyrics with soaring melodies and marks the arrival of a new talent on the UK rock scene.

Danny Wright is a self-taught, self-made singer, guitarist, songwriter and actor who rarely fits neatly into one stereotypical box. A former frontman of touring rock bands DissolvedIN and We Are Lost Boys, he played all over the world, performed at Download festival and enjoyed press acclaim from Kerrang! magazine. Now a solo artist with a clutch of pop-influenced and intensely personal new songs to unveil (helmed by You Me At Six/Lower Than Atlantis producer John Mitchell), he is taking the next step in what’s set to be a long career.

“The song is about anxiety and crippling ambition,” says Danny of his debut release. “I actually started writing it a long time ago, but I never finished it due to what I thought was writer’s block. I’ve been sitting on some songs for years telling myself they are not ready. Last year I had an extreme anxiety attack and was rushed to A+E, and afterwards I had therapy sessions – which was one of the best things I ever did. In those sessions, I learned a lot about my behaviours, my habits and my demons. ‘Staying In’ is about the process of creating, and because of that psychological breakthrough it became almost effortless to finally finish.”

UK metal powerhouse Sworn Amongst return heavier than ever with a new line up and new single ‘The Cleansing’. The band also welcome vocalist Darryl Jones, bassist Kieran Agnew and guitarist/vocalist Ashley Currie, who have begun Sworn Amongst’s next chapter and ‘The Cleansing’ is a taster of much more to come.

Fusing extreme brutality with big hooks has always been a talent Sworn Amognst possess, and ‘The Cleansing’ does not disappoint, however the band set out to return with a fresh sound. Drummer Jonny Harper explains:

“With ‘The Cleansing’ we wanted to develop our sound, building on the heaviness we had on ‘Under A Titan Sky’, but be more vocally expressive and experiment with different styles whilst retaining an aggressive delivery, punishing rhythms and an anthemic chorus. The song is about the breakdown of the self destructive human race and recent events that have caused global repercussions, unrest and fear”

Introducing Derby born metal outfit The Cartographer who are set to reveal their new single. ‘Vultures’ is the final single to be taken from the bands EP ‘Human Error’ that was released in 2016. The band are currently writing their debut album that is due for release at the end of this year.

As a band they strive to raise the bar every time they create new material, ‘Vultures’ is a taster to introduce to you the quintet who are set to have a very exciting year ahead.

“‘Vultures’ is quite a strong song for us, mainly because its the track that got the band back together after we split up a couple years ago. After we finished writing it we realised we had a lot more potential as a band. As a whole listeners can expect fast, heavy riffs with melodic choruses and basically something you can swing your wig about too!”