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Perth post-black metal quintet Illyria has followed their haunting single “Kenopsia” up with an almost triumphant second offering, “Wilderness” from the upcoming album ‘The Carpathian Summit’, due out April 26.

The new single “Wilderness” is recorded, mixed and mastered by Illyria bassist Daniel Hacking and touches on themes of lust and gluttony and addresses how even powerful relations suffer at the hands of mortal passions. Illyria vocalist and guitarist Ilijah Stajić says, “… Wilderness is about the complications of love and lust and how it affects close relationships around us but also on a global spectrum. The lyrics utilise analogies such as political greed and war showcasing that even the most powerful figures in our society can be corrupted by worldly passions such as lust and gluttony.

The entrancing video clip that accompanies the single is filmed between Perth and Norway and was directed, filmed and edited by André Avila with help from Illyria drummer Matt Unkovich with direction and Pierré Gildenhuys with filming. The clip features acting by Kjetil Hallaråker from Arkentype Sine Madelen Omdal. Illyria pour their heart and soul in to “Wilderness” in a performance shoot from their hometown Perth while footage of Norway’s wintry landscape weaves it’s way through the seven-minute masterpiece and tells the story of a man consumed by lust to his detriment.

The Carpathian Summit‘ is Illyria’s sophomore effort and will follow on from their 2016 self-titled debut release, adding 11 new tracks to their repertoire of diverse styles and symbolic motifs. “Kenopsia” and “Wilderness” lead the way for the upcoming album, showcasing Illyria’s chaotic cacophony of crafted sounds. 

“Kenopsia” tapped in to a post-black metal niche that appeals to a wide audience and made waves within the music industry when the track dropped in early March. In just two days, “Kenopsia” received six 4+ star reviews from the triple j team on the band’s Unearthed page, earned a spot on triple j Unearthed rotation, had play on triple j’s Home & Hosed and triple j’s The Racket and was added to The Faction radio rotation. 

Illyria is Ilijah Stajić on vocals and guitar, George Blacklock and James Warren on guitar, Daniel Hacking on Bass and Matt Unkovich on drums. Inspired by fellow contemporaries AlcestDeafheavenLantlôs and Les Discrets, Illyria’s goal is to captivate on the gracious melodies and pulsating rhythms of their hybrid genre whilst promoting the accessibility of post-black metal to new listeners around the world. The band have already shared the stage with musical acts such as Ne ObliviscarisPliniAlcestCaligula’s HorseLindsay Schoolcraft and Make Them Suffer with the vision of expanding their horizons.

The Perth outfit will be launching ‘The Carpathian Summit’ with fellow homegrown talent DeadspaceYomi Ship and Waste Not at Badlands Bar on May 3rd. 

Illyria’s brand new album ‘The Carpathian Summit’ will be released on Friday April 26 and can be pre-ordered from Friday March 8 at iTunes & Apple Music/Spotify/Google Play and all good online stores and streaming outlets. Singles “Kenopsia” and “Wilderness” are out now.

“Wilderness” by Illyria from the album ‘The Carpathian Summit,’ available 26/04/19.
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MTXS Release Debut Single ‘Mould’ Debut Album ‘Ache’ Set For Release On 7th June

MTXS are a new relentless force in UK metal/hardcore who have been decimating underground venues since forming late 2017. Last night they unveiled new single ‘Mould’, which is taken from their upcoming debut album Ache, which is set for release on 7th June.

Premiered via Slamworldwide, check out ‘Mould’ here

On ‘Mould’, the band commented: “We decided for Mould to be the debut single as it best represents the album. With it changing relentlessly and going through different emotional states it grasps everything within the album in one song; from anger and realisation, to confusion and grief, it captures everything that describes Ache in one heavy punch.”

MTXS is an abbreviation of the Greek word ‘metaxis’ – a state of in between; neither here nor there; stuck in purgatory – a metaphor for the darkness the band convey with their punishing new sound. The incomparable energy and aggression of their live show has become one of the UK’s best kept secrets, but all will be unveiled to the world with the release of Ache.

Produced by Erik Bickerstaffe of LoatheAche is 10 tracks of pummeling low-tuned dissonant hardcore with strong messages of hope, anger and reflection, touching on many issues including corruption, abandonment, self-awareness, mental health and more. Taking influence from the new wave of American hardcore (Vein, Code Orange, Kublai Khan) as well as classic death/ groove metal (Lamb Of God, Pantera) and nu-metal (Korn and Slipknot), MTXS have created a sound that’s as pummeling as it is hook-laden and infectious. Incorporating blastbeats, huge grooves, guttural roars, rhythmic screams, dissonant chords and beatdowns, MTXS masterfully weave these aesthetics and more together to create a ferocious sound that’s very much their own.

MTXS have supported Oceans Ate Alaska and Cannibal Grandpa in Europe, supported Counterparts at Upsurge Festival and played numerous shows across the country with their friends in Lotus Eater, Loathe and God Complex. The band have also headlined many shows including a two-week run in Europe; an impressive achievement for a band who’ve only been only been around for 18 months.

Demand on the live circuit has resulted in the band being booked to headline Summit Fest, appear at Castlefest and in May they will embark on a UK headline run, with many more live dates to be announced. MTXS are not only the UK’s fastest rising independent act, they promise to deliver the most intense musical experience you’ll see in 2019.

Check MTXS out on the following dates:

20th April – Manchester (Goodminds Festival) – AATMA

3rd May – Luton – Harvey’s
4th May – Cardiff – Fuel Club (with Borders)
5th May – Kings Lynn – Workers Club
6th May – Guildford – Holroyd Arms
7th May – London – Black Heart
8th May – Southampton – Suburbia
10th May – TBA
11th May – Birmingham – TBA
12th May – Worthing – Bar 42
19th May – Kickup Festval, Sheffield 
25th May – Manchester – Rebellion (Kevin Williams Memorial)

11th August – London – Nambucca (Summitfest)

27th – 29th – September – Carnival Arts Centre (Castlefest/Luton)

9th November – Manchester – Rebellion (Fall In The Brawl4)

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Mirrors Drop New Single/Video ‘Can You Hear The Silnce’ From Their Forthcoming EP out May 10th

Victorian Hardcore crew MIRRORS just dropped their second single “Can You Hear The Silence” from their upcoming heaviest and toughest offering to date, ‘Cold Sanctuary’. The EP will be available on Friday May 10th, with pre-orders live now at all good online platforms and streaming outlets at

“Can You Hear The Silence” is a strong contender for the heaviest track on the ‘Cold Sanctuary’ EP and truly showcases what makes the band. The new single touches on themes of today’s social environment and humanities unawareness. Vocalist Patty Goodman says…”We live in a world where opinions and views are forced down our throat – when no one really has any idea whats going on.”

2019 will see the band’s ceaseless efforts coalesce with the release of their 2nd EP ‘Cold Sanctuary’. With their first EP establishing a commentary on the world around them, ‘Cold Sanctuary’ is a reflection on decades of experience and work among the collective that is MIRRORS. Bear witness!

‘Cold Sanctuary’ was Produced by Ionei Heckenberg (Ocean Sleeper), was Mixed and Mastered by Lance Prenc (GravemindAlpha WolfPridelands) and the Vocals were recorded by Scottie Simpson (Alpha Wolf). 

Formed in late 2016 by Gippsland natives Patty Goodman (vocals) and Tyson Taifer (guitar), metalcore outfit Mirrors quickly turned the eyes and ears of Australian listeners towards Regional Victoria with the release of their debut EP “Fool’s Paradise” in 2017. The 6 track release revealed the sound and delivery of a unit that had been functioning for many years, but after a mere 12 months of their existence they were invited to play alongside Parkway DriveArchitects and many more at the hallowed Unify festival. 

Backed by fellow long time friend Jake Mackin (bass) and recently enlisted Melbourne based drummer Rob Brens, the four piece followed up their EP with the release of the single Circus, which showed a staggering step up in sound, maturity and production. From here, MIRRORS set about bringing this evolution to clubs around Australia, supporting the likes of ThornhillThe Devil Wears PradaOcean Grove and Alpha Wolf just to name a few. 

The first single and title track off the upcoming ‘Cold Sanctuary’ EP earned the band play on triple j’s Short. Fast. Loud., rotation on The Faction, an add to Spotify‘s own Homegrown & Heavy playlist and Apple Music‘s Heaps Heavy playlist. As well as making the rounds across Australian airwaves, MIRRORS will be taking their brand new EP on the road with them in support of Alpha Wolf’s ‘Fault Tour’ alongside Daybreak. The tour will visit Lansdowne Hotel in Sydney on Friday May 24th, Crowbar in Brisbane on Saturday May 25th, Enigma Bar in Adelaide on Friday May 31st and Stay Gold in Melbourne on Saturday June 1st. Tickets are on sale at now.

MIRRORS‘ ‘Cold Sanctuary’ EP will be released on Friday May 10th. Pre-orders are going live this Friday, March 15 at all good online platforms and streaming outlets, and first single ‘Cold Sanctuary’ will be available for sale and streaming same day. 

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Recorded/Produced by Ionei Heckenberg
Drums recorded by Lance Prenc
Mix and mastered by Lance Prenc
Additional vocals recorded by Scottie Simpson Director/Cinematographer/Editor – Colin Jeffs

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Conjurer To Tour Ireland This Week

Conjurer To Tour Ireland This Week

CONJURER‘s rise continues, following their breakout 2018 year. Landing high in many “album of the year” lists around the world, the band’s highly acclaimed debut LP Mire was released on 9th March 2018 via Holy Roar Records.

Championed by Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, BBC R1, AV Club, Upset, MetalSucks and across Europe, CONJURER fast became the most talked-about young metal band from the UK in 2018. Nominated for multiple awards, CONJURER‘s 2018 included their first ever EU tour, subsequent dates with Will Haven and Conan; and sets at UK Tech-Fest2000trees, Bloodstock Open AirArcTanGent Festival (two sets), and Euroblast Festival.

A stunning listen, combining Opeth at their heaviest and most dynamic, Mastodon at their earliest, and Gojira at their most venomous, Mire is a step up from a band who had already impressed with debut EP I.

Equal turns bleak, dark, stark, and beautiful, Mire is an album which makes true the cliché “a journey of a listen”. From the apocalyptic opener ‘Choke’ to the haunting soundscapes within the eponymous track, this LP is as impressive in its power as in its multi-layered dynamism.

18/04 – Belfast – Crypt of the Riff Vol. 3
19/04 – Dublin – Conjurer in Dublin!
20/04 – Cork – Conjurer / Bailer / Zhora / Aponym
21/04 – Limerick – Siege of Limerick – Earrach 2019 – 21st April 2019

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Lugosi Release LP ‘Rise From The Grave’

Lugosi Release LP ‘Rise From The Grave’

Dublin based Lugosi formed in 2016 consisting of JM Burr and Jimmy Rooney (of the band the Reverend JM’s panic worship ), film maker and former Hungry Souls guitarist Alan Morton, and Neal Wright , formerly of Belfast’s Memento Mori.

With influences ranging from the Misfits, Black Sabbath, Fu Manchu and Clutch and a love of the macabre, Lugosi’s songs range in subject matter from alien vampires, American Indian legends, horror and witchcraft. A sonic Ed Wood movie, delivered through rock and roll .

Rise From The Grave is now released and I absolutely love it! Any album that has a track called ‘Ash Vs The Evil Dead’ just can’t be bad in any reality!

The lads have taken all their Horror influences and their excellent musical ability creating one of the most original Irish releases of 2019 in regards to heavier music.

An album I’ll return to time and time again. It’s excellent musically and I love the lyrical content.
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Worn Our Release New Single/Video No Truth

Worn Our Release New Single/Video No Truth

WORN OUT are a 4-piece metal/hardcore band from Cork, Ireland. Since forming and releasing their debut single “With False Hope” in 2017, they have made a dent in the local and national hardcore scene.

Upon releasing their second track “Circle The Drain” in early-2018, the band brought their energetic and often unpredictable live show around the country, playing to anyone that would listen and receiving positive reviews.

Following a change in lineup, the band are intent on keeping up their momentum and are now writing their debut EP while preparing to hit the road again for a slew of shows across Ireland and abroad.

They released this statement.


We are delighted to release our new single No Truth. You can watch the video below as well as stream/add to your playlists from Spotify and download for free from Bandcamp




Produced by Mint Video
Directed and Edited by Robert O’ Halloran
DOP: Kieran Fitzgerald
Grading: Magic Lantern Media
Shot on location in Dali Cork in November 2018

Track Recorded, Mixed and Mastered By Aidan Cunningham

Another massive statement of intent from this band. I’ve been onboard since the release of their debut single ‘With False Hope’ and they keep getting better.
Without a doubt one of the best Hardcore bands in the country. Lets hope they reach more people with this and continue to grow.

We are also including their previous singles ‘With False Hope’ and ‘Circle The Drain’ here so you can check out all their recorded output as of now.

With False Hope
Circle The Drain


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