BATUSHKA Announce Album ‘Hospodi’ Out 11th July New Single ‘Polunoszcznica’ Streaming Within

Emerging from the shadows of eastern Poland back in 2015, black metal band BATUSHKA have established themselves as one of the modern era’s most powerful and evocative bands. Harnessing the fire and fury of arcane black metal and channelling it through the reverberant grandeur of ancient rituals of worship, the band’s debut album Litourgiya stood apart from the extreme metal hordes: a monument to originality, depth and dark mysticism that swiftly cast its spell over the metal underground and beyond. 

The band will release its sophomore album Hospodi through Metal Blade Records on 12th July. The album is available for pre-order here: https://batushka.lnk.to/hospodi

Named after an Old Church Slavonic word for “God,” Hospodi enhances all the unique qualities that made the band such an instant phenomenon, while offering an entirely distinct and fresh sensory experience. The album boasts the most ferocious and bewitching songs the band have penned to date — along with a newfound sense of rock swagger.

Fiercely conceived and audaciously executed, Hospodi takes the epoch-shattering essence of BATUSHKA’s debut to a new level of idiosyncratic intensity. From the mesmerising chants of the opening ‘Wozglas’ to the blazing bombast of ‘Dziewiatyj Czas’ and the pulsing, dark rock melodrama of ‘Wieczernia,’ this is an album full of wildly dynamic, divergent moments, wherein the band’s otherworldly, inspirational fervour meets the whip-crack precision of 21st century brutality. Perhaps most importantly, BATUSHKA’s deft conjuring of religion’s synaptic shock ‘n’ awe looms large over every scything riff and bellicose scream. By the time fans reach the overpowering climax of the closing ‘Liturgiya’, a true Damascene conversion is practically guaranteed.

“The whole album is a concept based on the Liturgy of Death, the prayers for the dead, and Orthodox funeral rites and dirges,” said the band. “It’s all about a ritual that involves the dead and the mourners. We also used a lot of old folk songs and elegies from our homeland. These are sung during the wake, around the casket, in the deceased person’s home. Nowadays only a few older people know them and still sing them accordingly in our region. We decided to cherish that tradition and I’m glad that with our album these songs and rites will survive.”

BATUSHKA will make one very special live appearance in the UK at Download Festival on Saturday 15th June. Worldwide headline tour announcements to follow.

Hospodi will be available in several configurations, listed below.

-Limited edition digibook CD
-Deluxe box set (wooden box, digibook CD, clear/black marbled vinyl, DVD, hard cover book, incense box, candles, pin, guitar pick – limited to 800 copies)
-Deluxe box set (EU Webshop exclusive – wooden box, digibook CD, blood splatter vinyl, DVD, hard cover book, incense box, candles, pin, guitar pick – limited to 200 copies)
-180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
-Amber marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
-Dead gold marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
-Blood-red black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
-Clear/red/black splatter vinyl (EU Webshop exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
-Gold / black split vinyl (US retail exclusive – 500 copies)
-Cream w/ black splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive – 500 copies)
-Black w/ gold haze vinyl (US webstore exclusive – 500 copies)

BATUSHKA online:

https://batushkaofficial.com
https://facebook.com/batushkaband
https://twitter.com/batushkaband
https://www.instagram.com/batushkaband/

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THVS Release New Video Neon Demons From Their EP Plague Widows

THVS formed in the foul year of our lord 2014. Born out of frustration and desire. Purveyors of their own Heavy Pop sound, Michael, Matt and Dave make up the elements of guitar/vocals, drums and bass. More than the sum of their parts the power trio have earned a reputation through their energetic, sweaty and cathartic live shows.

Their recent EP ‘Plague Widows’ showed the band exploring new sonic territory, from the oppressive sludge and manic hardcore of ‘Mayblood’ to ‘Squid Plural’ a juxtapositon of rhythms coupled with dagger eyes lyrics, to the riff driven ‘Neon Demons’ dripping in surrealist imagery and tinnitus inducing feedback.


The video for ‘Neon Demons’ which was shot by Bob Logan, over two live shows, supporting Rotten Sound and the Metal to the Masses semi final, showcases the bands live show; a manic burst of energy, intensity, both angry and joyous all at once, a visceral catharsis for 30 mins on stage.

We spoke to the band about their formations and their future plans.

BM: What are the origins of the band? 

Well myself and Matt, who plays drums, we were in this other band before and it was kinda falling apart so we went up to our practice room set up facing each other and just starting playing. So from that night we wrote four or five songs right of the bat, like start to finish on the spot, BAM! Song was done. Three of those went on to be on our first EP ‘Everyday Hexes’. So if you go back and listen to the recording from that first night that’s exactly how those songs sound. It was pretty crazy, you know just one of those times it just feels like the songs are being given to you. So that was the first steps, we knew we were going to do something with it but we had kinda figured we’d just be a two piece, like a heavy White Stripes or Winnebago Deal type…..deal. But then I played in another band with Dave and it became really apparent we needed to be a power trio so Dave came up, he laid down his heavy bass and boom THVS was born kicking and screaming into the world, the world has never looked back haha

BM: If someone was to ask you what do you sound like?  What would be your answer?

 Were the pioneers of a heavy pop sound. We blend the heaviosity of bands like Deftones, Refused and Converge and then mix it with the saccharine sweet pop of Taylor Swift and you get Heavy Pop. We basically sound like every band from the 90’s that didn’t get signed to a major label haha Its loud riffy rock with choruses and hooks while retaining that melt your face off with distortion sound. Everyone hears different things, honestly from my point of view I think we sound like a 90’s Seattle band, I don’t want to say grunge but that mix of pop, rock, punk and metal all chucked into a pot with a sprinkle of spiciness. You know what just go listen to the EP’s its all there, its all in the meat.

Q: I can hear a real Raging Speedhorn influence in this track. Which is a good thing! Are you fans? 

Oh man, that first record is amazing, Thumper was just like a hammer. Knives and Faces of that album as well just slays. I saw those guys in the Rosetta Bar on that first album tour, there were about 12 people there, we were all up arms round each other head banging like only a 17 year old group of guys can haha The two vocalists were down on the floor with us. One of them gave my brother his mic at the end of the set. They were super nice dudes, its good they’re back playing. Wed actually love to play with those guys so if you’re listening have your people call my people, well do lunch and make this happen!

BM: Heavy music is now officially back on the rise once more. Do you think that maybe kids are sick of being fed shit and breaking away from the controlled media? Which could aide the hardcore scene?

 I mean heavy music never really dies, it never goes away, just sometimes it takes a little breather, goes out the back for a smoke and a beer haha. I think people will always want to hear heavy music, in whatever form it comes, I think people who really really care about music will never just take what’s presented to them as the be all and end all. The people who really care start to trace back like when I was a kid Id read interviews or see bands wear a t-shirt so then you go listen to that band and then you do the same with that band and next thing is you’re back in the 60’s and 70’s listening to The Stooges and MC5 or Zeppelin and Sabbath. Everything always traces back to those bands haha. So I think people will always look for music that isn’t just what is backed by the big money but there’s so much out there now that there’s almost too much choice so its hard for people to know where to start. I think the beginning of all that is live shows and if people are going to local shows and checking out bands from their home town and they’re well attended then mid level bands come through more and in that level there’s so much great stuff. I mean how many times have you been to see ‘a big band’ and you end up coming away with the support bands shirt or they just blow the headliner of the stage. Then your local bands get to support those bigger bands and it grows and grows. I think that aids everyone not just one scene but everyone. 

BM: You’re in the Bloodstock Metal To The Masses Final. Have you had any outside the box ideas of just going to leave it all on the stage? 

You mean like are we gonna release a load of doves as we go on or have go go dancers while we play? Haha Were not a gimmicky band so there’ll be no confetti canons or stage banner or holograms of us playing. We get up play our heavy pop hits, sweat it out, shred our vocal chords and throw ourselves around for half an hour. That’s it.

Were excited to be in the final though the whole thing has been a great experience and we’ve got to play with some great bands so were just looking forward to playing the show, watching some other great bands and having a beer with our bro’s.

BM: What are your plans going forward either way. I think you lads are onto something so keep going no matter what the outcome. One victory is not winning a war… 

Thanks man, we appreciate that. Yeah we’ve a bunch of stuff planned, we’ve our video for Neon Demons that’s out now, we have shows May 23rd Lurgan with Axecather, August 5th in love and death in Belfast, August 30th in Pavilion that’s Belfast as well. Then we go into record an album at the end of May, so off the back of that well have a single hopefully mid-August and then a video for it and then hopefully the same in October and then the album in November/December. We’ll have shows for each release and then we’ve some radio sessions lined up. I mean if we win that’d be bitchin but if we don’t we got to play a bunch of shows with cool bands, met some great people and had great times. There’s no downside to us here. We’ve a busy year and then next year we’ve plans as well, people will be so sick of seeing our name and faces. 

BM: Thanks for speaking to us today. Is there anything you would like to ad?

Thanks man, just all the normal shameless self promotional pimping, check us out on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, like the Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ThievesTHVS hit us up on Instagram @thvsband. Listen to the music, come to shows, come say hi to us. Thanks for having us

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

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2uDozu…
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/pla…
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Plague-Widows-…
Bandcamp: Http://thvs.bandcamp.com

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Ketos Release Retro Game Inspired Video For Their Track ‘Escape The Chains’ From Their LP ‘First Strike’

Belfast based metal band Ketos have just released a brand new video ‘Escape The Chains’ from their acclaimed album ‘First Strike’ which is available now via Hostile Media.

They released this statement.

We’re thrilled to bring you our new retro gaming themed music video for ‘Escape the Chains’! 

Massive thanks to Marty Mc Nally for this amazing video!

It most certainly is an amazing video. It takes aspects of side scrolling retro beat em up games such as Double Dragon, RPG classic Legend Of Zelda, Wonder Boy, R Type and more influences at play.
Easily one of my favorite music videos this year!

They’re also competing in the Belfast based Metal To The Masses Final this weekend for a possible slot at Bloodstock 2019.

Taken from the Ketos album ‘First Strike’, out 26th April 2019 via Hostile Media.

Buy ‘First Strike’: http://www.hostilemedia.net/

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Video Premiere: Wilde Nights – Tonight We Die

Wilde Nights is a two piece Dark Rock project. Inspired by the likes of HIM, Ghost, Motionless In White and The Midnight we aim to mix synthwave with gothic rock to create a fresh new sound put to lyrics inspired by Wilde, Gothic Literature and Gothic films.

They issued this statement on the release.

‘Tonight We Die’ is our debut single and both audibly and visually describes what the viewer has in store from our debut EP ‘Love, Death and Neon Lights’ set to be released summer of this year.

This is sounding really good and we thank the band for choosing us to premiere their debut single/video.
If this is anything to go by, their EP will be very good indeed!

Photographer: Shantelle Keech
Makeup: Denisa Jayne Chadwick
The video was shot by Jake Bentley.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wilde-Nights-2317498184927101/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wilde_nights/

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GOURD To Release New EP Moldering Aberrations On May 30th Via Cursed Monk Records

‘GOURD is an Irish two member band that started in the summer of 2014. The band is made up of Ray (Wreck of the Hesperus, Beneath the Sod and Hick (On Pain of Death, Coscradh). Ray plays drums and creates noise as well as visuals and videos. Hick does vocals, plays guitar and builds extra walls of gritty, cacophonous noise. GOURD attempts to write filthy, twisted songs with extras layers of rotten madness and wonky weirdness to make the music a deeply unsettling experience.’

‘Moldering Aberrations’ is available for preorder now.
https://cursedmonk.bandcamp.com/album/moldering-aberrations

Title Track can be streamed in full here.

Facebook: http:// https://www.facebook.com/GOURDDOOM/

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Fleshwolf Release Third Single ‘Deathstare’

FLESHWOLF is a new one-man Death Metal project from Northern Ireland, strongly influenced by classic Swedish Death Metal.

Deathstare is the third single release, following on from the well received singles ‘Trench’ and ‘The Rot’, and is available from all major streaming and digital services from 31 May 2019.

Inspired by Jon Ronson’s book The Men Who Stare at Goats, Deathstare expands on modern military organisations exploring the weaponisation of telekinesis and other exotic techniques. A topic that is as bizarre as it is frightening.

Fleshwolf

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fleshwolf
Bandcamp: https://fleshwolf.bandcamp.com/
Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/fleshwolf_death_metal/
Youtubehttps://youtu.be/JtCDKyoJ6uI

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