351 – 360: THE THREE SUM – KILLIGION – ABONDED PLAYGROUND – SCREAMER – VARJO-ORKESTERI – DEAD SERENITY – DARK THE SUNS – KOITOS – ERANAËS – MAGEFA

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Swiss punk metal act
THE THREE SUM
will release ep
'Kingdom Fall'
Swiss punk metal act
THE THREE SUM
will release ep
'Kingdom Fall'

song-list:
1. Long Live The King
2. Fade To Black
3. Coming After You
4. Your Worst Lullaby
5. Kingdom Fall

THE THREE SUM settle the score with their new Punk Metal single “Kingdom Fall” against a world full of lies and abuse of power.

Once again, THE THREE SUM are turning up the engine
of their fearsome road cruiser and have released the title track
of the upcoming EP “Kingdom Fall”
as the third single along with its music video.
This one, in turn, unites to the finale the stories
of the previous songs of the EP, which will be released on 12/02/2022
via Dr. Music Records and will cause quite a stir in the Punk Metal scene.
Imagine if there could be a world not dominated by lies, abuse of power, and a false messiah.
That’s the kind of world everyone would secretly like to see.
A little bit of anarchy?
Maybe.
Or maybe just the wish for some peace to finally return.
But for that to happen,
the old kingdom must fall so that this world can be reborn.

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Mexican death/thrash metal act
KILLIGION
have released single/video
'Venus Quake'

Killigion is a name made up of the words kill and religion,
there is no need to explain more.
the band arises from the remains of the dismantled Havoc
who in 2007 reached its peak
and fall with the album "Elimination process" with American Line
and stood out in line of a raw, violent and direct thrash metal.
At the beginning of 2018, it was intended to reactivate Havoc
with a second album,
but the estrangement and inactive status of some members led
to the creation of this new project.
For 3 years they worked to create the homonymous album
which saw the light in physical format before digital
at the end of the pandemic 2020.
An album that consists of 10 tracks different from each other
and this is not boring at all.
the sound described in the review of Metal Hammer Portugal
aims for touches of Swedish death metal and traces of groove metal infused with thrash metal that is left to stand out.
the band:
'We feel very satisfied with the work achieved, musically, graphically and
lyrically, this work reflects the political and cultural conditions that society is going through, and motivates us to produce new material, our passion for music would not leave us without doing it. Although we are going through times in which live presentations are not allowed, a form of direct diffusion that the public involved in this style loves, digital technology has allowed us to somehow reach metal-loving fans.'

line-up:
Ulises Jaen
Guitars (lead)
Johan Pereyra
Guitars, Bass
Aldo Jaen
Vocals

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ABONDED PLAYGROUND
a Swedish hard 'n' heavy act

Founded in Stockholm, Sweden 2018,
Abandoned Playground started as collaboration between 
songwriter Bjorn Egelius (therhythmisodd) and vocalist Mikael Johansson.

Abandoned Playground have released 6 songs so far.
Their music blends a wide variety of musical influences
from hard rock to more modern metal. 

line-up:
Bjorn Egelius
Guitars, Bass
Mikael Johansson
Vocals
Fredrik Gunnarsson
Drums
Solo by Peter Burken Bjorklund

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Swedish heavy metal act
SCREAMER
will release new album
'Kingmaker'

It’s their enthusiasm, the physically tangible intensity of their songs
and their irrepressible drive that has always set Screamer apart
from other acts.
The Swedish band surrounding vocalist Andreas Wikström benefits
no end from the group’s amazing energy in combination
with the musicians’ inspiring and diverse songwriting.
This rewarding mix has already produced four studio albums
and one live recording since 2011.
Screamer’s latest offering ‘Kingmaker’ is scheduled for release
on Steamhammer/SPV on 13 January 2023.
As its predecessors, ‘Kingmaker’ sparkles with a wealth of songs
in the catchment area of classic heavy metal, the kind
that has been an integral part of our lives since the early 1980s.
At the same time, Screamer skinsman Henrik Petersson promises his band’s most mature and focused album yet, saying:
“‘Kingmaker’ had us refine our signature style even more and bring out the essence of our strongest fortes.” 
Screamer came together in Ljungby in 2009,
a small town between Malmö and Gothenburg.
Their previous studio albums, ‘Adrenaline Distractions’ (2011),
‘Phoenix’ (2013) ‘Hell Machine’ (2017) and ‘Highway Of Heroes’ (2019),
saw the five-piece deliver straightforward statements featuring
dynamic riffs, tasteful twin guitars, punchy grooves
and deeply melodic vocals.
Screamer have played well over three hundred concerts,
including acclaimed shows at renowned festivals such as
Headbangers Open Air, Rock Hard Open Air, Summer Breeze,
Bang Your Head and Muskelrock.
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track-list:
01. Kingmaker
02. Rise Above
03. The Traveler
04. Hellfire
05. Chasing The Rainbow
06. Ashes And Fire
07. Burn It Down
08. Fall Of A Common Man
09. Sounds Of The Night
10. Renegade

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Swedish heavy metal act
SCREAMER
will release new album
'Kingmaker'
part ii

A representative testament to the quintet’s enthusiasm for playing live
saw the light of day in January 2021:
The songs on their ‘Live Sacrifice’ live album were cut
during their European tour between autumn 2019 and spring 2020,
with ‘Kingmaker’ now seamlessly picking up
where its predecessors left off.
New songs such as ‘Renegade’, ‘Chasing The Rainbow’ and ‘Hellfire’
are typical Screamer numbers.
Says Petersson:
“In addition, they show what we are about this time, musically as well as in terms of content. Normally our lyrics are about life on tour, the joys of heavy metal and the life that goes with it.”
However, the unusual, melancholy ‘The Traveler’
is not a typical Screamer fare.
vocalist Andreas Wikström adds:
“‘Kingmaker’ also features socio-critical approaches, for example on ‘Ashes And Fire’, and fantasy influences on ‘Sounds Of The Night’, which you might refer to as little adventure stories.”
Wikström is not only Screamer’s vocalist, but also the band’s main lyricist, with a sure instinct for fantastic choruses.
Along with longstanding members, guitarist Dejan Rosić,
described by his colleagues as a “riff machine and Bosnian Santana”,
and bassist Fredrik Svensson Carlström (“a real animal on stage!”)
there’s drummer Henrik Petersson, who not only started the band,
but is also its manager and organisational backbone.
Guitarist Jon Morheim has only recently joined the Screamer fold
and is a true riff virtuoso whose great technical skill
has been instrumental in propelling Screamer to the next musical level.
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line-up:
Andreas Wikström
Vocals
Jon Morheim
Guitars
Dejan Rosić
Guitars
Fredrik Svensson Carlström
bass
Henrik Petersson
Drums
pics by Tom Johansson

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Swedish heavy metal act
SCREAMER
will release new album
'Kingmaker'
part iii

These five have combined their talent, experience
and undiminished driving ambition and are set to unleash ‘Kingmaker’,
the strongest album of their career to date.
Before the album sees the light of day on 13 January 2023,
the first lead single ‘Kingmaker’ has been out on 16 September 2022, followed by ‘Hellfire’ on 28 October 2022
and ‘The Traveler’ on 9 December 2022,
all three of them supported by outstanding video clips.
So preparations for the festivities are already under way
to ensure a worthy coronation ceremony of the Screamer King!

line-up:
Andreas Wikström
Vocals
Jon Morheim
Guitars
Dejan Rosić
Guitars
Fredrik Svensson Carlström
bass
Henrik Petersson
Drums
pics by Tom Johansson

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Finnish progressive rock band
VARJO-ORKESTERI
will release album
'Seremonia'

song-list:
01. Suunnistaja
02. Palvojat
03. Sinisiipi
04. Viherkylki
05. Käpälämäkeen
06. llmestymätön
07. Kiitäjä
08. Yhden miehen keitos
09. Kaavanmurtaja
10. Sarastus
11. Korpiveisu

pic by Mark Sorbus

When the pike brings a message from the other side,
balancing in the chaos begins. 
As fragile but genuine beings, we travel in timelessness.
The invitation to "Seremonia" is at hand. 
Fascinating, irresistible. Interpreting star charts,
primordial matter and beard moss, the second long play
by the Varjo-Orkesteri, "Seremonia" offers glimpses of impermanence.
It steps out of the margin.
To the other side, to something new.
If you dare to surrender to its journey?  

Finnish Progressive Rock/Metal band Varjo-Orkesteri
is set to release their second studio album 'Seremonia'
on January 20th 2023 via Inverse Records. 

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Finnish melancholic melodic
death metal act DEAD SERENITY
has released single/video
'The World That Never Was'

pic by Jere Hyppönen

Finnish melancholic melodic death metal band Dead Serenity
has released second single from their upcoming debut album.
The song 'Evanecent' is drawing inspiration from the presence of Death
and the disintegration of close relationships.
It's a bittersweet expression of a search for meaning in life
from which all light has been drained.
Perfect for cold, dark nights when contemplating life, death and lost love.

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Finnish melodic metal band
DARK THE SUNS
released single/video
'AURORA'

Single cover art
painted by Inka Ojala

Finnish melodic metal band Dark The Suns
is set to release their yet unnamed fifth studio album later in 2023
via Inverse Records.
A new single, 'Aurora', taken from the upcoming album has been released.
Mikko Ojala comments:
"Aurora is the second single from our fifth album. At this moment we have recorded seven songs for the next album. We will record three songs more for the album in the beginning of year 2023."
Inka Ojala comments:
"Aurora-single is melancholic and atmospheric song, with lots of emotions of living among the northern nature. The song includes beautiful piano melodies, heavy guitars, whispering voices and dark vocals."
DARK THE SUNS are Inka and Mikko Ojala.
They are also responsible for the composition and the lyrics of 'Aurora'.

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Finnish metal band
KOITOS
has released single
'Tämä maa'

Composition: Hannu Nieminen
Lyrics: Matti Hiitti
Pic by Niko Suominen

"Tämä maa" -single represents
a darker and heavier side of the album than the first single.
 
Finnish metal band Koitos released the single "Tämä Maa"
(eng. "This earth"), which is the second release
from the upcoming debut album.
First single "Ilman kurssia" was released in October.
vocalist Matti Hiitti describes:
"As a composition, the song is dark and inconsolable so the apocalyptic theme for the lyrics ran through my mind right from the moment the song was created. Unfortunately the topic is constantly relevant."

In addition to the composition and lyrics,
the song was recorded and produced entirely by the band itself.
The song was mixed and mastered by Rami Nykänen,
who has previously worked with bands like
One Morning Left and Balance Breach.

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New Metal all-star project ERANAËS sets a sign for children’s welfare with the single “After The Rain”

Line-Up:
Stephan Lipp: Vocals
Margarita Monet: Vocals
Derek Sherinian: Keyboard
Simon Burri: Guitar
Mack Schildknecht: Bass
Alain Ackermann: Drums

With the single “After The Rain”
(feat. Margarita Monet & Derek Sherinian), released on 10/6/2022
via Dr. Music Records, accompanied by a music video with subtle visuals, ERANAËS have created a remarkable mix
of Melodic and Progressive Metal, bringing the serious topic
of child abuse to the fore with profound lyrics.
Inspired by Arjen Lucassen’s Star One, mastermind Stephan Lipp
(ex-Second Reign) kicked off his solo project
to create extraordinary sound cosmos with top-class guest musicians,
each bringing their character and playing style to the table.
For “After The Rain”, the Swiss musician has gained the support
of Edge Of Paradise vocalist Margarita Monet
and keyboard wizard Derek Sherinian.
But the other members with Eluveitie drummer Alain Ackermann
and guitarist Simon Burri (Rage Of Light, Vorax, Sinverse)
are also quite impressive.
Producer Mack Schildknecht (China, The Three Sum, Fueled By Grace)
was not only twisting the knobs but also contributing bass.
Chris Beyerlein from Stem Masters
(Schandmaul, Fiddler’s Green, Stahlmann) subsequently provided
the finishing touches to the mastering
with his tight, tidy and powerful, imposing sound.
Even the single cover is not up to standard,
showing a painting by Swiss artist Christophe Terraz,
tackling the oppressive subject with his very own imagery.
Despite the severe background, all players’ particular interaction
makes this single a unique musical experience.
Thanks to its strong catchiness, the song immediately gets stuck
in the head and more than deserves massive attention from fans and media.
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New Metal all-star project ERANAËS sets a sign for children’s welfare with the single “After The Rain”
part ii

Musically, the poignant track combines vocalist Stephan Lipp’s love of catchy, hook-driven Melodic Rock while flirting intensely with Progressive Metal elements.
In the lyrics of “After The Rain”, ERANAËS take on the hard-hitting subject
of psychological and physical abuse of children.
Since the first verse is about a boy and the second is about a girl, it was apparent to start looking
for a suitable female voice for the second part, which was found in Margarita Monet.
The US-American was ideally with her band Edge Of Paradise recording their new album
at the West Valley Recording Studio (Halestorm, Bon Jovi, In Flames) in Los Angeles
and could contribute her vocal part on short notice uncomplicated.
For the keyboards, none other than Derek Sherinian was won over, who, besides his excellent solo albums,
is best known for his collaborations with Dream Theater, Joe Bonamassa, Whitesnake, Zakk Wylde,
Sons Of Apollo or Alice Cooper.
With his unique style and terrific solo, the exceptional keyboardist gives the single masterful shine.
With the music video, ERANAËS succeeds in transposing the harrowing story into impressive imagery
that makes the horror of child abuse visually clear through hints and visual cross-references,
primarily through the abstract and surreal sceneries, without making the two children
in the video clip morally vulnerable.
Subtly, the oppressive reality is cleverly conveyed here.
The song’s first verse intends to show the absurd situation in which a person is supposed to protect one
but incomprehensibly turns against one with active respectively passive aggression.
The second one illustrates the cycle starting over and over again,
from which there is no way to escape or break out.
The finale shows a dream and mental world, the inner escape into a fantasy world,
ultimately caught up again and again by reality.
Furthermore, the single features a second version recorded only by Stephan Lipp and his Swiss musicians.
Here Alain Schneble contributed a soulful guitar solo excellently reflecting the tender vulnerability
but also the inner emotional chaos of the protagonists.
But that’s not all.
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New Metal all-star project ERANAËS sets a sign for children’s welfare with the single “After The Rain”
part iii

On 12/08/2022 followed “After The Rain” (Piano Version), another softer but no less intense version
of the song as a single, which also includes an additional orchestral version.

The release of these remarkable yet thematically oppressive debut singles will be followed
by more music from ERANAËS in the coming year.
A few songs are already written, only waiting to be recorded.
Let’s be surprised who will be involved in the upcoming songs.
For the moment, let’s enjoy the outstanding musical quality of “After The Rain”
(feat. Margarita Monet & Derek Sherinian) and give due attention to the very first ERANAËS chapter.

pics by marcel bruderer

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German death metal band
MAGEFA
will release single
'Pathology Calls'

line-up:
Kai -Drums
Kevin – Guitars / Vocals
Andreas -Bass
Nico -Guitars

"Pathology Calls" was written and based on the day job
of band's lead guitarist/singer Kevin as surgery assistant for patients
with brain tumor and no chance of survival.
The music developed in the rehearsal room,
starting with a riff and adding ideas of the band members
to make a full song.
The song marks a high point for the band musically,
showcasing a deathcore beginning
that developes in death metal-oriented riffs/drums/vocals.
the single will be released on the 6th of january 2023.
Inspired by bands like Carcass , Cannibal Corpse and Death
the band has begun its journey in 2014.
In 2016 they released a 3-track Demo called “A Peek Into Human Bodies”.
In 2019 MAGEFA have released the 'New Era Of Darkness' EP,
bringing the most part of their songs to a listenable medium.
'Instrument Inside' released in 2020
and quickly become their fan’s favorite.

Their latest EP 'Exenteration' released in 2021 and since,
had more than 240K streams on Spotify alone.
On march 12, 2022 their single 'Back To The Front' was released digitally on all stores in support of the Ukraine in their war against Russia. 

Their last single 'Overdose' was released on the 27th of july 2022.
The band’s name MAG-E-FA (Pronounced with hard G),
comes from Hebrew and means Plague.

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