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ON THORNS I LAY: New Track From Greek Death/Doom Veterans ‘Aegean Sorrow’ This March Via Alone Records



Aegean Sorrow, the impending new full-length from Greek death/doom veterans ON THORNS I LAY, will see release this March via Alone Records. In advance of its official unveiling, we offer up the consuming sounds of “Olethros Part II” for public consumption.


Offers guitarist Chris Dragamestianos of the track, “‘Olethros’ speaks about the loneliness of the soul in this cruel world we are living in and its journey towards salvation to paradise. ‘Olethros’ is a perfect example of how ON THORNS I LAY loves using acoustic guitar parts with melodies performed over Hammond keys. We also did it on the Crystal Tears and Future Narcotic albums and we will do it again in the future. The song continues with another trademark of our band: Beautiful double lead guitars over the rhythms and a great solo from our second guitar player. I really love this song; it’s a very special one for me.”


ON THORNS I LAY‘s Aegean Sorrow will see release on CD and digital formats via Alone Records and on vinyl via The Vinyl Division on March 12th with preorders to be announced in the coming weeks.


Aegean Sorrow was captured at Devasoundz Studios by Fotis Benardo (Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh etc.) and mixed and mastered at Unisound AB Studio by Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Pan.Thy.Monium, Incision etc.). Easily among the most intense records of their more than twenty-year career, Aegean Sorrow fuses seemingly clashing concepts of catchy melodies and an incessantly mournful ambiance throughout. “We never stopped listening to our favorite albums – simple atmospheric doom death metal music since our formative years – so this is how Aegean Sorrow was created,” the band notes. “It is a mix taken from our first demos and our first four albums back in the ’90s, but with a modern sound. It is exactly what we love to hear, first of all, as fans. No trends, just pure feelings and music. Aegean Sorrow is the music we have dreamed of since we were teenagers. Waves of emotions flow over and over; it is a magical journey into the depth of our soul.


And if you missed it, sample the album’s title track “Aegean Sorrow”



ON THORNS I LAY began as a death metal band in 1992 under the name of Paralysis. By 1993 they changed their name to Phlebotomy and released the Beyond The Chaos demo and the Dawn Of Grief EP. The following year they settled on the name ON THORNS I LAY and recorded theVoluptuous demo which draw attention of France’s Holy Records who went on to release the death/doom sounds of their Sound Of Beautiful Experience debut. The band released five more albums and played countless shows and top festivals with the likes of Dream Theater, In Flames, Anathema, Amorphis, Katatonia, Septic Flesh, and many more before going on a twelve-year hiatus. 2015’s Eternal Silence meant the return of the band, back to the roots, playing traditional gothic-inspired doom metal at its best and reaping critical accolades from fans and media across the globe. And now, 2018 ushers in Aegean Sorrow.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onthornsilay/


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ZEKE To Release New Album ‘Hellbender’ Their First Full-Length In Over Fourteen Years, Through ‘Relapse Records’ Three Songs Now Streaming Within



Seattle punk legends ZEKE return with their first new album in over fourteen years, titled Hellbender, set for release through Relapse Records.


Short, fast, loud, and to the fuckin’ point, Hellbender contains fifteen tracks laced with ZEKE’s signature mix of hyperspeed thrash-punk and Motörhead-possessed, hard as nails, rock ‘n’ roll. Complete with a raucous, in-your-face production by Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, The Accüsed), and completed with artwork by Hollis Tucker and Lee Goode, Hellbender is the culmination of a band twenty-five years into their career, sounding more aggressive, immediate, and turbo-charged than ever before! Ride to live…


ZEKE’s new album Hellbender is due out March 30th, 2018 on CD, LP, and digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages are available via Relapse.com HERE and Digital Downloads on Bandcamp HERE.


Additionally, ZEKE will embark on a headlining Spring European tour in support of Hellbender’s release next month. The tour commences on March 30th at Paaspop Festival in Schijndel, Netherlands and ends May 5th in Kassel, Germany. A short stint of regional dates in the Pacific Northwest will take place in the coming months as well. A full list of current confirmed tour dates is available below.


Hellbender Track Listing:

1. All The Way

2. Two Lane Blacktop

3. On The Road

4. Working Man

5. Hellbender

6. County Jail

7. Burn

8. Goin’ Down

9. White Wolf

10. AR-15

11. Cougar Rock

12. Devil’s Night

13. Ride On

14. Redline

15. Big Rig



ZEKE Tour Dates:

2/10/2018 Darrell’s – Seattle, WA
2/17/2018 Dante’s – Portland, OR
3/10/2018 Tony V – Everett, WA
3/17/2018 The Manette Saloon – Bremerton, WA
3/24/2018 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
3/30/2018 Paaspop Festival – Schijndel, NL
3/31/2018 Tower – Bremen, DE
4/01/2018 Loppen – Copenhagen, DK
4/02/2018 Frimis Salonger – Orebro, SE
4/03/2018 Bar Brooklyn – Stockholm, SE
4/04/2018 Krosset – Oslo, NO
4/06/2018 Pustervik – Goteborg, SE
4/07/2018 1000Fryd – Aalborg, DK
4/08/2018 Schaubude – Kiel, DE
4/09/2018 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
4/11/2018 Rote Sonne – Munchen, DE
4/12/2018 Freakout Club – Bologna, IT
4/13/2018 Evol – Roma, IT
4/14/2018 The Cage – Livorno, IT
4/15/2018 Circolo Magnolia – Segrate, IT
4/16/2018 Secret Place – Montpellier, FR
4/18/2018 Rocksound – Barcelona, ES
4/19/2018 TBA – Valencia, ES
4/20/2018 Gruta 77 – Madrid, ES
4/21/2018 Jimmy Jazz – Vitoria, ES
4/22/2018 Rock’n’Eat – Lyon, FR
4/24/2018 Bi Nuu – Berlin, DE
4/25/2018 Don’t Panic – Essen, DE
4/26/2018 Helios 37 – Koln, DE
4/27/2018 Pitfest – Erica, NL
4/28/2018 Stockrock – Hagen a.T.W., DE
4/29/2018 De Helling – Utrecht, NL
4/30/2018 Nostra – Opwijk, BE
5/01/2018 The Thekla – Bristol, UK
5/02/2018 Rebellion Club – Manchester, UK
5/03/2018 The Rescue Rooms – Nottingham, UK
5/04/2018 Desertfest – London, UK
5/05/2018 K-19 – Kassel, DE

“Ride With Zeke” has quickly become the mantra for music fans who have accepted the invitation brought by on Heckler Magazine when they said, “Welcome the new monsters of rock.” It’s no doubt true that West Coast punk/thrashers ZEKE are monsters. Ever since their very first gig at the Rock City in Seattle in 1993, people have had no choice but to pay attention. Their records will assault you, and their live show will batter you. ZEKE established a nasty disposition while cutting teeth on their own brash hardcore punk.


ZEKE formed in 1993 with an original lineup of Blind Marky Felchtone, Donny Paycheck, Mark Pierce, and Dizzy Lee Roth. After releasing a couple of singles, they set out to bring their energetic recordings to the stage and established a more than formidable reputation as “the live band to beat” via concentrated regional touring. ZEKE went on to release their first two full-lengths — Super Sound Racing (1995) and Flat Tracker (1996) — on Scooch Pooch. ZEKE then hit the road again, unveiling a devastatingly high-octane live assault. The band was heralded as “rock and roll outlaws,” playing every conceivable venue that would have them.


Over the course of the next decade, ZEKE continued to build national exposure signing to Epitaph Records for the release of Kicked In The Teeth (1998) and Dirty Sanchez (2000). Throughout this time, ZEKE toured relentlessly around the world playing everything from stadiums with fifty-thousand people, to bars with ten people, but the spirit remained the same; rock like this might be the last show ever.

ZEKE went on to release their fifth full-length Death Alley (2001) on Aces And Eights and eventually signed to Relapse Records in October 2003. ZEKE set the cruise control to “white hot” on their Relapse debut, ‘Til The Livin’ End (2004). A relentless ride of rock and roll abandon, the album mixes punk nihilism with a hard-hitting metal extravagance. An album that burned from start to finish, with supercharged guitars, electrifying leads, and a disorderly punk attitude race full-throttle down a highway to Hell. Now in 2018, the Seattle punk legends return with their first new album in over fourteen years entitled Hellbender!



“Blind” Marky Felchtone – lead guitar/vocals

Kurt Kilfelt – pure hate/disorder

Dayne Porras – drums

Kyle Whitefoot – guitar



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Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons Release New Video ‘Dark Days’



Phil Campbell and the bastard sons have released a new video ‘Dark Days’ from their critically acclaimed album  ‘The Age Of Absurdity’. 

They released this brief statement. 

New music video!

‘Dark Days’ comes off our debut album ‘The Age Of Absurdity, which is out worldwide!

Order the album in several formats at: nuclearblast.com/philcampbell-ageofabsurdity

This is probably my personal favourite song from the album. I love the dark tone and mood of this song. We are very much looking forward to catching them at ‘Rally Of Lugh LongArm’ festival this July! 


Tickets: http://lughlongarm.com/



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Statues: Progressive Hardcore From Perth, Australia



Formed in late 2009, Perth based ‘Statues’ have played a lot of shows and supported many greats of the hardcore scene. Such as Bleeding ThroughNorma JeanProtest The Hero, Earth Crisis, Make Them Suffer, Northlane and Architects and recently played at UNIFY Gathering – solidifying their position as one of Australia’s premiere metal acts.

With the new “No Grave, No Burial” record, Statues explored a new direction, whilst maintaining a strong connection to their roots that has made them known as one of the premier live bands in Australian heavy music. 

This is also one of the best videos I’ve seen in a while. Many of our Irish followers will be hearing this band for the first time and I’m sure a lot of them will really appreciate this band! 

Statues are:

Alex Shom – Vocals 

Scott Kay – Guitar

Matthew Templeman – Bass 

John Overthrow – Guitar

Matt Unkovich – Drums. 


For more information about Statues, please go to https://www.statues.band

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/statuesau/


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Overoth Release Drum Play Through Video For ‘Shadows In A Thousand Shades Of Black’ In Respect Of Longstanding Drummer Jay Rogers Leaving The Band



Overoth have released a drum play through track ‘Shadows In A Thousand Shades Of Black’ as a mark of respect to their longstanding and departing drummer Jay Rogers. 

Playing metal music while rewarding is not an easy path and the man obviously has his own reasons for making such a decision. We at Burning Metal wish the man all the best in whatever he chooses to do next. 

The band released this statement today regarding his departure. 

It is with sadness we announce the departure of our longstanding drummer Jay Rogers. We wish to thank Jay for his commitment and sacrifice over the years to Overoth and wish him all the best with his future endeavours. As a farewell we’ve shot a new drum video showing the man himself at work behind the kit on one of our most technical songs to date and the closing track on the new album… ‘Shadows In A Thousand Shades Of Black’…

Shadows lands somewhere in-between fantasy and history. Lyrically the song is about those who have fallen victim to religious war, and their rise as an army of darkness…

Upcoming Live Dates!
27/01/18 – Northern Deathfest 2018 – The Limelight, Belfast 
24/02/18 – Urban Assault Fest 2018 – An Spailpin Fanach, Cork


Listen to The Forgotten Tome in full here! 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/overothband/


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UK Thrash Kings ‘Solitary’ Hit The Road Again – First Leg Of 2018 UK Tour Dates Announced



Having played some fantastic, incendiary shows throughout 2017 – including appearances at HammerfestThrashersaurus and with Acid Reign at the Camden Underworld – the band are keen to hit the road again. So here we have Solitary’s first set of live dates for 2018, featuring an array of slots at some of the UK’s top underground festivals and all day metal extravaganzas.

February 23rd – PENTRE FEST – Queensferry
Special guests on a bill that includes Red RumFoetal JuiceRabid Bitch Of The North and more
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May 7th – THRASHERSAURUS – Norwich
with XentrixOne Machine and many more
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June 15th – METAL TO THE MASSES – Wrexham
Special guest appearance
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June 30th – MOSH AGAINST CANCER – Coventry
Special guests on a bill that also features FuryBasement Toture KillingsXerosun etc
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July 6th – DRAGONFEST 6 – Bradford
A special guest slot on a bill featuring ChargerInternal Conflict and many more
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July 21st – REBELLION – Manchester
Main support to Shrapnel
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September 29th – HORDES OF BELIAL – Dundee
with King Leviathan and many more
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With Solitary celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Nothing Changes, this year, there’s every chance of a few surprises sneaking into the set list at these shows – alongside the devastating material from the critically acclaimed The Diseased Heart Of Society.



For more information on Solitary click here
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