Here are a trio of new songs that I heard this morning that I enjoyed. Perhaps you will enjoy them, too. Obviously, I couldn’t resist grouping these three S bands together. Cool album covers for all of them, too.
Scar Symmetry’s sixth album is on the way. The title is Singularity (Phase I: Neohumanity). It has a cool album cover, don’t you think? Today the band released a lyric video for a single from the album named “Limits To Infinity”. The announcement came with these quotes from band members:
Per Nilsson: “I thought to myself… am I allowed to fuse death metal with AOR, and go extreme in both directions? I didn’t ask for permission, I just went and did it, and I’m pretty excited to hear what people are gonna think about it.”
Henrik Ohlsson: “‘Limits to Infinity’” unveils the malevolent plan of the elite, the hidden hand, and their discoveries regarding the secrets of the universe. The lyric elaborates on the decision makers’ long-term plan to merge with machines and colonize other planets.”
The music is a high-powered combination of jolting riffs/rhythms and catchy melody, deliciously ugly growls and soaring cleans, tumbling drums and a flickering solo. It hammers and it glides and I don’t think you’ll be able to remain still while it does its thing.
Singularity will be released by Nuclear Blast and it’s available for pre-order here. “Limits To Infinity” is being released individually and is on iTunes and Amazon mp3. The band will be releasing a second single, “Cryonic Harvest”, on September 26.
As we previously reported, the long-running Serbian black metal band also have a new album on the way (their seventh), entitled Nekroza, with excellent cover art by Serbian artist Marko Danilović. (The second image you see above is another piece of art created for the release by INIMICVS (Opposition Artworks).
The CD release has been scheduled for October 1 through Folter Records, with vinyl projected for December. Yesterday the band released the first “bitter taste” of what the album contains, with a stream of the song “Kamenolom”.
It’s a big spinning drill-bit of venomous blackened power, segmented by interludes of brute-force stomping and highly infectious gallops. Good stuff, but I expected nothing less from this band.
And finally, we have a new song from Sanctuary. As previously reported here, the resurrected Sanctuary have recorded a comeback album entitled The Year the Sun Died (with cover art by Travis Smith), and it’s scheduled for release by Century Media on October 6 in Europe and on October 14 in North America. Sanctuary, as you may know, were formed in Seattle in 1985 and released two albums on Epic Records, Refuge Denied in 1987 and Into the Mirror Black in 1989. The band broke up in 1992, with vocalist Warrel Dane and live guitarist Jeff Loomis going on to form Nevermore. The new Sanctuary’s line-up is:
Warrel Dane – Vocals
Jim Sheppard – Bass
Brad Hull – Guitars
Lenny Rutledge – Guitar
Dave Budbill – Drums
And the new song is the album’s opening track, “Arise and Purify”. I suppose you might call this “classic metal”, but regardless of the label, it’s loaded with killer riffs, attention-grabbing solos, and great vocals (which I say despite my blatant prejudices in that regard). Check it out below.