Check out these new single releases on Nuclear Blast…
Just recently, virtuosic extreme metallers OBSCURA announced that their sixth studio album A Valediction will see the light of day on November 19th and that they are ready to hit the road with their upcoming European tour in autumn. Today it is time for the first single and video from their new masterpiece, called Solaris.
Founder & mastermind Steffen Kummerer comments on the track as follows:
“Solaris” turned out to become one of the band’s shortest and utmost direct compositions featuring all trademarks, lots of attitude and melodic approach. Flattering guitar work, pushing drums and swinging bass lines combined with a relentless vocal performance and ultrasonic leads became easily a highlight of “A Valediction”.
Polish death metal legends VADER released their much acclaimed 15th full length, Solitude In Madness, in 2020 and proved to the world that even after almost 40 years of existence they were still one of the leading forces within their genre … and beyond. However, let’s not forget that the year 2020 also marked the 25th anniversary of VADER’s classic and much sought-after 2nd album De Profundis (first released 1995 in Poland), which hasn’t been properly available in physical form in about two decades, although it’s regarded by many fans as one of the best albums in the band’s catalogue.
But rejoice, VADER and NUCLEAR BLAST haven’t forgotten about it and will re-release De Profundis fully remastered and on various formats, including its first ever appearance on vinyl, on July 30th, 2021!
Founding member Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek comments:
“‘De Profundis’ was never released on vinyl before. The Mid 90s were already dominated by CD albums. The original tape from Modern Sound Studio was lost with no chance to recover. So we made a new master using a Telefunken professional tape studio recorder to give the whole record a warmer sound, a more analog feel and dynamics, but without altering the original version of course.”
To whet your appetite, here’s a VISUALIZER VIDEO for one of the stand-out tracks An Act Of Darkness
In 2019, the Swedish power metal heroes MAJESTICA released their debut album Above The Sky and quickly followed it up with their Christmas musical album, A Christmas Carol, in late 2020. Both albums were a huge success in the metal community, but since touring became impossible during the COVID-19 pandemic, the band have found another way to give their fans an impression of their live power.
MAJESTICA have released their digital live single Above The Sky In Tokyo, which was recorded at their last show in Tokyo before the pandemic hit. Featured are two very special songs: the sparkling title track of their first album, Above The Sky and Welcome To The Theater from the REINXEED album of the same name.
The band comments on the release: ‘’We’re very happy to celebrate the 2-year anniversary of ’Above The Sky’, with our first MAJESTICA live release! It is also very exciting that this material is from our 2020 shows in Japan. We’ve always had a special relationship with Japan since our first release with REINXEED back in 2008, which is also one of the reasons that we have the REINXEED song ’Welcome To The Theater’ included as well. ’Above the Sky’ was written as a live song and we’re glad to now be able to show this to the whole world, when we can’t play it live.”
Bay Area metal titans MACHINE HEAD have released a 3-track digital single titled Arrows In Words From The Sky. The release features 3 new songs, Rotten, Arrows In Words From The Sky and the single Become The Firestorm.
Written against the backdrop of a once-in-a-century pandemic, and the long and painful death of frontman / guitarist Robb Flynn’s mother, these 3 songs represent one of the darkest chapters in MACHINE HEAD history.
And while songs like blistering opening track Become The Firestorm seethe with an apocalyptic anger, the 3-track single closes with one of the most transcending songs in the MH arsenal in title track Arrows In Words From The Sky.
“The lyrics to these songs took to me places inside I didn’t want to go, from the bile and negativity on “Rotten,” to nothing-will-beat-me-down fury of “Become The Firestorm,” to the title track “Arrows” being one of the saddest songs I’ve ever written, yet somehow has the power to lift me up out of what was a very dark time in my life. My hope is that by sharing these dark experiences with the Head Cases of the world, it can save someone else out of that same dark place.”
Arizona’s GO AHEAD AND DIE is proud to release its self-titled debut album via Nuclear Blast Records. GO AHEAD AND DIE is a raw, urgent, unrelenting, thrillingly shocking, and vibrant new band. In celebration of the release, the band offers fans the music video for G.A.A.D which features a news broadcast from Ice T.
Max Cavalera comments, “Pissed off! Angry! Unapologetic! Raw! This album is what happens when greed and injustice take over. We must use our music as a weapon!”
Igor Amadeus states, “G.A.A.D.’ is the anthem to this album and to these f***ed up times. A middle finger to those in control, those that decide who lives and who dies.”
Norway’s progressive metal legends Enslaved have travelled a long way since their origins in the extreme black metal scene of the early 1990s. This week sees them premiere a new live video performance of Sacred Horse, taken from their forthcoming package of live releases, Cinematic Tour 2020, out June 25th. For Enslaved, this performance represents a cherished career zenith, unapologetically translating their extreme metal roots into grandiose psychedelia.
Sacred Horse (live) is taken from their upcoming Cinematic Tour 2020 recording: The Rise of Ymir (Verftet Online Festival 2020). Despite being locked down in space, Enslaved take us on a tour through time, with classic tracks and fan favourites resurrected and revitalised by a formidable and accomplished live performance.
Many great bands struggle to walk the hard road between artistic evolution and staying true to themselves, but on Sacred Horse and The Rise of Ymir, Enslaved show how inspired composition and musicianship can bring an audience along with them, from the most abrasive depths to the most absorbing heights extreme metal has to offer.
Enslaved’s Grutle Kjellson commented,
“Sacred Horse is probably one of our proudest moments in our now three-decade long career, and that song pretty much sums up what Enslaved is all about; energy. A very aggressive song, yet also dynamic and mellow. Besides, it’s always a delightful experience to perform it on stage and to see how our audience absorbs it and enjoys it. We’ve even seen people crying at the front row while playing this song, and of course beholding our fans unleashing such emotions, really lifts the whole experience to a pretty much divine level! Obviously, performing it without an audience at an online show wasn’t an easy task, but the memories of our previous endeavours playing it alongside our fans, got us through. Thanks for watching!”
A flickering red light glows in the darkness evoking images of a spooky lighthouse in the roaring sea – quite a suitable comparison for avantgarde black metal outlet CELESTE who continue their rise to one of the most promising extreme metal acts with their latest move:
Leading metal label NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS welcomes the band as newest member of the worldwide family and is proud to announce the signing of a worldwide deal with CELESTE. Celebrating this new unholy union, CELESTE reveal a new video for their song Comme Des Amants En Reflet.
The band states:
“We’re thrilled to announce that we’re now part of Nuclear Blast family. We want to thank them for the way they warmly welcomed us. We’re stoked to work with such a friendly and professional team. Times have been rough recently, but it strengthened us to work on our 6th album. We’re just coming back from the mixing sessions. Prepare yourself for some new material soon.”
On July 16th, British metal legends PARADISE LOST will bring an icy breeze of gothic doom over this summer by releasing the captivating testimony of last year’s streaming event At The Mill. Captured at The Mill Nightclub near the band’s hometown in Yorkshire, England, the recording of the BluRay was directed by Ash Pears, who previously worked with the band on their music videos for Medusa and Obsidian. Mixed by Les Smith and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano, the show will be available in various formats including CD, Blu-Ray and different vinyl colours.
The band unveils another appetizer for the release with a live performance of their evergreen One Second. While we’re all eager to get back to concerts and festivals, singer Nick Holmes looks back on the previous year and comments:
“I wish the lockdown had just been for One Second, unfortunately it’s been over a year.”
THERION’s seventeenth Studio album, Leviathan, was released on January 22nd, 2021, and proved to be another big success for the symphonic metal pioneers. It has entered world-wide album sales charts peaking at #8 (Rock & Metal) in the UK, at #11 in Germany and #14 (physical) in Sweden, only to name a few. Today, THERION are proud to release another music video for a track taken off of Leviathan called Eye Of Algol. It refers to the ‘demon star’ Algol (“al-ġūl” means “the demon” in Arabic), a multiple star consisting of 3 separate stars that has an ominous connotation in astrology and is also referenced in the works of H.P. Lovecraft. The video features performances by both the female and the male lead singers whose voices can be heard in the song, Rosalía Sairem & Thomas Vikström, as well as mythical creatures, blood, fire & swordfights, picking up where its predecessors, Tuonela and Die Wellen der Zeit, left off.
The debut album of SILVER LAKE by ESA HOLOPAINEN is finally released via Nuclear Blast Tonträger Produktions- und Vertriebs GmbH and comes not only with the legendary guitar riffs of Esa Holopainen from AMORPHIS, one of Finland’s biggest guitarists and metal songwriters, but also seven famous rock and metal vocalists such as Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), Einar Solberg (Leprous), Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork), Anneke Van Giersbergen and many more, that dive you into a world of catchy, progressive metal masterpieces that breathe the beauty and melancholy of Finland.
The band also revealed a new music video for the song Sentiment, featuring the voice of Jonas Renkse of KATATONIA. “”Sentiment” was one of the first songs that I wrote. As a matter a fact it was the first song with vocals on. I was immediately sold when I heard the Jonas’ demo-vocals with the text that he wrote. “Sentiment” is melancholical and folk-influenced song, definitely one of my favourite ones on entire album”, comments Esa Holopainen.
Following a spectacular and long overdue return to the live stage at the Download Festival Pilot last weekend, sludgy UK post-metal heavyweights CONJURER are inviting you to check out the video for Choke, the relentless opening track of their last full-length album Mire (2018). Effortlessly switching from sludge to metallic hardcore, and from progressive post metal to post black metal, this song not only demonstrates the musical proficiency of this young band, it also proves that they can’t be pigeonholed no matter how hard you try.
CONJURER’s Conor Marshall (bass) comments:
“’Choke’ has become a bit of a fan favourite over the past few years since ‘Mire’ was released and it’s one of ours too. I think the general consensus within the band is still that ‘Choke’ is the “best” Conjurer song that’s been released so far and showcases a lot of what we do. The video loosely follows the lyrical theme of the song, which looks at the way things like “fame” and pressure from society, the industry and the gutter press can affect artists and celebrities. The idea being that the shots of the band in a white room, dressed in suits represents someone being dressed up and pushed out to perform despite them clearly not being in the best state, and them then starting to deteriorate, and the dark, more aggressive shots representing the inner turmoil and struggle.”
In March 2021, Swedish heavy metal commando ENFORCER released its second live album, Live By Fire II, which included a truly triumphant show captured in Mexico City, 2019. But ENFORCER have not been revelling in past glories during the last couple of months, quite the opposite! Brothers Olof and Jonas Wikstrand have been locked up in their own Hvergelmer Studio, crafting new songs to now unleash the brand-new single Kiss Of Death, a first impression of ENFORCER’s sixth studio album, which is expected to be released in early 2022.
Olof Wikstrand comments: “Heavy metal fans across the planet, are you with us?! Finally it’s time for us to unveil what we’ve been up to the past year and it feels incredibly awesome to present “Kiss Of Death” to you all. A totally raw, yet melodic speed metal hymn! A hit and run metal hymn that should leave no head unbanged!!”
Eclectic Norwegian hard rock band WHITE VOID cantered around Lars Nedland is proud to release the first entry in a series of remixes for its much lauded debut album, Anti, which was released on March 12, 2021.
None other than acclaimed dark synthwave artist GosT took the WHITE VOID song Where You Go, You’ll Bring Nothing and laid bare its 80s electro wave potential, focusing on the track’s dreamy and elegiac side at first, but glancing at the dancefloor towards the end.
Lars Nedland comments:
“Darkness and gloom come in many forms, and I’ve always been a fan of the tinted melancholy of GosT. It was pretty evident that the gritty neon of White Void and the darkness of GosT would be a great match, and the result is a haunting remix of “Where You Go You’ll Bring Nothing”.
It’s a melancholic piece given new vigour and potency by the riveting soundscapes of GosT and by James’ curious capacity for melodic deconstruction. Picture the undead dancing in the neon lights of the city. This is the sound of a night glowing in colourful gloom.”
“The vocal performance on this track alone was very inspiring to work with. I really enjoy remixing songs from genres other than electronic as a sort of challenge. The build of this song throughout, along with the transitions, made for an extremely entertaining remix process.”
For more info head over to Nuclear Blast…