Emerging Hertfordshire UK melodic death metal quartet Countless Skies have unveiled a new song taken from their upcoming debut album,New Dawn’. It was recorded by Danny Biggin at HVR Studios before seeing its mix and master under the scrutiny of Juho Räihä at SoundSpiral Audio. The artwork was crafted once again by the talented Carl Ellis. New Dawn is scheduled for release 24th June 2016 via Kolony Records.

Named after Be’lakor song ‘Countless Skies’, the English quartet burst onto the modern metal scene with their blend of progressive and darkly intense music influenced by their Scandinavian melodeath heroes, the self-titled EP began a flood of shows up and down the UK. After winning the Bedfordshire ‘Metal to the Masses’ competition, Countless Skies played a triumphant gig on the ‘New Blood’ stage at the UK’s No1 independent metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air in Summer 2015. With such a tremendous start, the future looks bright for Countless Skies!

The planet might be heading towards greater and greater turmoil; the future an apocalyptic landscape lorded over by one kind, rebelled against by another, but whatever the fiction or fact of our destiny, rock ‘n’ roll will always be the soundtrack to raise the spirit and spark a call to arms. This is where bands like Tyrannosaurus Nebulous come in; hard balling rockers that rouse ears and emotions with multi-flavoured anthemic incitements. The Black Country based British quartet is equipped with a creative roar which has swept up the hearts and support of fans and the underground across the Midlands and South Wales.

Tyrannosaurus Nebulous takes no direct influence from passing trends though, yet in their distinct way pass a nod to anything which has honesty at its heart. The band’s 2014 debut EP, ‘Never Gonna’ Be’ with former vocalist Justin Catton, showed that the potency and magnetism of the band’s rock ‘n’ roll was in bud from day one. It’s punchy and tenacious presence emulating a strong reputation branding stage presence which has seen the band play with the likes of Captain Horizon, Twisted State of Mind, Buzzard, Vicious Nature, Sister Shotgun, Healer of Bastards, No More Numbers, The Delta Rhythm, Sour Mash, Swamp Donkey and numerous more since they began.

From its well-received platform, the band, with guitarist Matt Darby since leading the vocal frontline, has only pushed on to blossom a fresh evolution and new direction in their sound. As upcoming releases will testify, the foursome of Stourbridge hailing Matt and brother Paul on guitar, their Dudley hailing cousin James Miles on drums, and Lee Jenkins adding some South Wales (Caerphilly) bred fire on bass, have an inescapable ability to ignite body and spirit.

Tyrannosaurus Nebulous is now getting ready to arouse the UK rock scene with their new double A-sided single ‘Straight Jacket/TLK’; two tracks swiftly showing the diversity and power of their imposingly infectious and fiery hard rock. With the July released ‘Deal With My Evil’ EP to follow

Virginia Sludge/Doom Titans Beldam have premiered a new song ‘Needles’, which is taken from forthcoming debut album Still the Wretched Linger’. Released on June 17 via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. Beldam hail from central Virginia and play skull crushing, soul wrenching, depression-ridden misanthropic Sludge with blackened touches. Influenced by the likes of Sleep, Eyehategod, Graves At Sea, The Melvins and Black Sabbath,  Beldam combine primordial buzzsaw guitar, massive low end bass, earth shattering drums and intense vocals featuring lyrics which invoke death and despair. Still The Wretched Linger is a relentless record, bulldozing through 40+ minutes of pure desolation!

Lightless Moor project born in 2005 when Ilaria Falchi wanted to create a gothic metal band following old productions of bands of that background, but with a personal and more complex reinterpretation on the melodies and riffs. Her idea was to mix several influences, new sounds, sweet and romantic melodies and rough and extreme riffs. So music and lyrics play a dance of opposites, in which death and life, love and hate, madness and sadness are strictly embraced. So it’s highlighted by the dialogue of the two voices, Ilaria’s sensual vocalisms and Federico’s deep and aggressive growl, accompanied by an atmospheric and powerful music. Early years are characterized by an intense live activity followed by a large number of line-up changes. 2006 gives birth to the first self-produced demo, entitled “Renewal”. The first band’s issue is welcomed by very positive and encouraging reviews from both specialists and webziners of the underground circles. In 2007 the band wins the online Metal Maniac contest and gained access to the Global Battle for Bands competition in Rome. The great amount of success received leads the band to channel all the efforts to the realization of the first full length, ‘Crying My Grief to a Feeble Dawn-The Poem’. This concept album tells the story of a poetess and her poem on a count’s curse. Art, fear, love, madness, sacrifice and death are the screenplay of the Poem. In 2011 the band sign with the Italian label Wormholedeath Records and start recording at RealSound Studios (Parma). The album is mastered at the Finnvox Studios (Finland) by Mika Jussila. ‘The Poem’ was released only in July 2013 in Japan and in September 2013 worldwide. In 2015 the band resigned with the Wormholedeath Records for the second full-lenght called ‘Hymn for the Fallen’, recorded, mixed and produced by Carlo Bellotti and Wahoomi Corvi at RealSound Studios (Parma) and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios (Sweden).

Isgärde was formed by Somath in 2015 and plays Öländsk black metal. Somath is the sole band member of Isgärde, living on the island Öland in Sweden. He wanted to create a band dedicated to the island itself. The lyrics are inspired by its history and the music conveys the atmosphere that is of rich nature and solitude, being both raw and majestic. This is an original black metal album that manages the balance of both being raw and majestic with breakdowns of instrumental atmospheric parts for contrast. ‘Jag enslig skall gå’ is his debut album which was produced and recorded by Somath and mastered and overseen by Emil Koverot of Blodsrit. Guest musicians on the album doing two ambient tracks is Filip Lönnqvist of industrial metal band Rave The Reqviem and Lord Aganaroth of black metal bands WAN and Sapfhier.

Wayfarer is a four piece band hailing from the Rocky Mountains of Denver, Colorado. Through a storm of riffing and unrelenting atmosphere, the band creates a sound that feels at once archaic and elemental, and ultimately human. They came together in 2012, after recording an instrumental demo the previous year. With the lineup complete, the band then cut its teeth playing out in the burgeoning Denver underground, and began work on their debut album ‘Children Of The Iron Age’; a lengthy epic of blackened atmospherics interwoven with entrancing acoustic passages and driving, powerful post-metal soundscapes. The album was recorded in early 2014 at Flatline Audio in Westminster, Colorado with Shane Howard (Martriden) and mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cobalt, Primitive Man, Cattle Decapitation). ‘Catcher’ is taken from their new album ‘Old Souls’, in stores and online June 17th via Prosthetic.

 

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Always on the lookout for new music, Jo has an eclectic taste from 80's synth pop to black metal. Music creates many emotions and memories for Jo, using it as a soundtrack to her life. She en devours to absorb music, using it to inspire her creative works.

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