DRYAD SHARE NEW SINGLE, 'THE ABYSSAL PLAIN'Jan 10, 2023
Iowa City, IA black metal group DRYAD have today shared the fourth single and title track from their upcoming debut album, The Abyssal Plain, with an accompanying visualizer. With their latest single, DRYAD continues to explore the depths of the ocean floor with tales of deep sea horror and the human psyche. The Abyssal Plain will be released on January 20 via Prosthetic Records.
NEW DRYAD SINGLE, 'POMPEII WORM', STREAMING NOWDec 9, 2022
Iowa City, IA’s DRYAD have today shared their new single, Pompeii Worm, and an accompanying visualizer. Pompeii Worm is the third and final pre-release track to be taken from DRYAD’s forthcoming debut album, The Abyssal Plain, due out via Prosthetic Records on January 20. The track is an allegorical tale of the alvinella pompejana species of deep sea worms survival methods within it’s hostile climate and that of human persistence.
Speaking on the single, DRYAD comments: "With our third single from The Abyssal Plain, we dive even further into the murky depths of both the ocean and the mind. Pompeii Worm is a sordid tale of extremophile beings surviving, and even thriving, in a place where no life should be able to exist. It's an incisive allegory of persistence and intention in a dark ocean of hopelessness and melancholy.
"The worm itself survives on the precipice of the hydrothermal vents in the deepest fathoms of the ocean, being constantly boiled alive - yet it has evolved to remain not only unscathed, but nurtured by the torrid waters themselves. An inexplicable sign of life in the vast and hellish gloom - a miraculous creature of the stygian depths, too weird to live and too rare to die."
DRYAD's take on black metal is as abrasive and primeval as you would hope from a band that draws their biggest lyrical influences from the furthest reaches of the ocean floor, far from even the weakest tendrils of sunlight. Their stygian take on the genre is chaotic and suitably lo-fi, but on The Abyssal Plain, the oppressive cacophony is punctuated with synth-heavy interludes heavily inspired by 80s horror movie soundtracks (think John Carpenter and Dario Argento).
The activity of the intricate ecosystems 10,000 feet below the surface of the ocean provides an abundance of material for lyrical horror stories of near-unbelievable monsters and mind-bending geological features, but DRYAD are keen to stress the environmental message woven throughout their music (the band itself is named after the mythological spirit and protector of the forests). Ocean environments are continuously being polluted and exploited for supposed human gain, and the despair and fury this elicits is palpable in the visceral sound of the band.
The real-life horrors that lurk on the deepest parts of the seafloor also serve as a metaphor for the tenebrose depths of depression and psychological struggle, reflecting a place where it is impossible for light to penetrate. And yet, even in those deepest, darkest depths, incredible creatures not only exist, but thrive - some even creating their own light - in seemingly the most inhospitable of environments. So, whilst this album is very much about the depths of the ocean and the alien creatures of the abyssal plains that lie at the bottom of our seemingly mundane Earth, it is also about feeling alone in the darkness and still creating your own light. Being able to manufacture hope in a seemingly hopeless place - both for oneself and for the future of the planet.
The Abyssal Plain was recorded in the band’s home state of Iowa by Luke Tweedy, mixed and produced by Jaxon Vesely, and co-produced by DRYAD’s Claire Nunez, before being mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone. On their debut album, DRYAD have crafted a syntheses of sound - forged from foundations that are part horror story, part rallying cry.
DAWN RAY'D ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND ACCOMPANYING SHOWSNov 30, 2022
UK-based black metal trio, DAWN RAY’D have today announced the first details of their upcoming third full length studio album - alongside accompanying live dates in the UK.
JUDICATOR PREMIERE NEW ALBUM, 'THE MAJESTY OF DECAY'Nov 23, 2022
JUDICATOR are today premiering their new album, The Majesty of Decay, in full via Distorted Sound. The Majesty of Decay is the US power metal band’s sixth studio album and is set for release this Friday (November 25) via Prosthetic Records. In celebration of the album release, JUDICATOR will also be appearing at Gimme Metal for a special guest DJ slot on Wednesday, November 30 - more details below.
STORMO SIGN TO PROSTHETIC RECORDS AND ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM, 'ENDOCANNIBALISMO'; LEAD SINGLE, 'SORTE', PREMIERING NOWNov 17, 2022
Prosthetic Records are thrilled to announce the signing of Italian post-hardcore band STORMO. Accompanying the signing announcement STORMO have today shared the news of their upcoming fourth studio album, Endocannibalismo, set for release via the Los Angeles label on February 10. Endocannibalismo’s lead single, Sorte, is premiering now via Metal Injection.
FIRES IN THE DISTANCE RELEASE NEW LIVE ALBUM, 'LIVE AT TELEFUNKEN'; PERFORMANCE VIDEO FOR 'THE LOCK AND THE KEY' OUT NOWNov 11, 2022
Melodic death and doom metal group FIRES IN THE DISTANCE have today released a new live album, titled Live at Telefunken, and shared an accompanying performance video of the track The Lock and the Key. With footage filmed by Patrick Fallon and audio produced by Dave Kaminsky, Live at Telefunken sees FIRES IN THE DISTANCE perform their critically acclaimed 2020 debut album, Echoes From Deep November, in full.
UNDEATH GRACES COVER OF DECIBEL MAGAZINE'S YEAR-END ISSUE (AND EARNS "ALBUM OF THE YEAR"!); DROPS SURPRISE LIVE ALBUM - 'LIVE...FROM THE GRAVE' - TODAY; KICKS OFF NORTH AMERICAN CO-HEADLINER TOMORROWNov 10, 2022
It's time...for year-end lists - and 2022 is the year of Undeath! Currently gracing the cover of Decibel Magazine's year-end issue, Undeath has earned the coveted #1 spot with It's Time... To Rise from the Grave. To read this exclusive story with the band, plus discover the full "Top 40", be sure to purchase your copy online now at: https://store.decibelmagazine.com/products/copy-of-january-2023-219
DRYAD PREMIERE NEW SINGLE, 'BRINE POOL ABERRATION'Nov 10, 2022
Iowa City, IA based black metal band DRYAD are today premiering their new single, Brine Pool Aberration, and its accompanying visualizer via New Noise. Brine Pool Aberration is the second track to be taken from the group’s forthcoming debut album, The Abyssal Plain, which is set for release via Prosthetic Records on January 20. DRYAD dive further into thematic oceanic depths on Brine Pool Aberration, offering up glimmers of hope through the darkness.
JUDICATOR PREMIERE NEW SINGLE AND LYRIC VIDEO, 'THE BLACK ELK'Oct 31, 2022
JUDICATOR are today premiering their new single, The Black Elk, and its accompanying lyric video via New Noise Magazine. The Black Elk is the third track to be taken from the US power metal bands forthcoming sixth studio album, The Majesty of Decay, which is set for release on November 25 via Prosthetic Records.
THOTCRIME, 'D1G1T4L_DR1FT', NOW PREMIERING IN FULLOct 27, 2022
Multinational cybergrind band THOTCRIME are today premiering their sophomore album, D1G1T4L_DR1FT, in full via MetalSucks. Composed of members from Champaign-Urbana, IL, Philadelphia, PA and Nottingham, UK, THOTCRIME’s latest full-length sees the group draw from a wide influence of grind, mathcore, hyperpop and more across 13 tracks.