Seyminhol is a melodic progressive metal band from France, some days ago they released their new album, "Ophelian Fields" via Lion Music and now they are sharing their new video off their latest album, for the "Behind the Mask" song. This new video is a Technical Spirit production, designed by Kevin Kazek and Christian Brémont, inspired by William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and directed by Christian Brémont. You can watch the video right below!

 

 

Floor Jansen (Nightwish) has a new project! It is Northward, which is the brainchild of Jansen and Pagan's Mind guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad. The hard rock project has signed with Nuclear Blast and announced its first album. 

Official Press Release

It was during the 'All Star Jam' at Progpower USA Festival in 2007, when current NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen and PAGAN'S MIND guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad spontaneously joined forces on stage for some cover songs and noticed the creative magic between them. Although the two musicians had never met before, they soon discovered their mutual love for stripped down hard rock and decided to write some songs together. In 2008 still barely knowing each other, they composed an entire album's worth of material in next to no time. But due to their tight schedules with their main bands, their new project named NORTHWARD never found its way into the spotlight - until this day!

In 2017, the year of NIGHTWISH's break, Floor took the opportunity to contact her old friend Jørn Viggo again, to see if he was still interested in resurrecting NORTHWARD - and of course he was! "Jørn Viggo was positive about the project and we started to make the overall plans, meeting again in March of 2017 in Sweden to go through all the material together to see if we still felt happy with what we had created", remembers Floor Jansen.

Stepping free from all boundaries NORTHWARD's sound is strong, euphoric and straight in the tradition of SKUNK ANANSIE, FOO FIGHTERS and ALTER BRIDGE but also older bands such as DEEP PURPLE and LED ZEPPELIN, the music is coming straight to the point and makes no compromises.

With the help of producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT etc.), they forged a raw diamond composed of heavy riffs and Floor's incomparable voice, free from influences of the musicians' main bands. And although the songs had originally been written in 2008, they just felt as fresh and alive upon a second hearing, as they had on the very first day of their creation. "The music is melodic, but also in your face and kick ass rock. Cool riffs, good melodies, tasteful arrangements. We would simply like to call it 'Good Music'", commented the singer and adds: "We wanted to explore a basic rock sound, with drums, bass, guitar and vocals. Not the heavy layers of keyboards, choirs etc.".

Alongside Floor Jansen and Jørn Viggo Lofstad, Morty Black (TNT) handled bass duties, while drums were handled by Django Nilsen and Stian Kristoffersen (PAGAN'S MIND). You will also hear a guest appearance by Floor's sister Irene Jansen, singing a duet on the song ’Drifting Islands‘. And finally, Ronny Tegner from PAGAN'S MIND played the piano on one song.

This year, NORTHWARD is ready to break free and the release date of their debut album, coming through Nuclear Blast, is soon to be unveiled. Floor Jansen states: "We are happy and excited to be able to release this rock album under Nuclear Blast’s name. They accepted the challenge of bringing this non metal album into the world by believing in us as musicians, and also for the pure love for music that sounds good to them. We have both put our heart and soul into this album. We are very proud of it and we can't wait to show it to you all!"

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More info:
www.facebook.com/Northwardofficialpage/
www.nuclearblast.de/northward

"Armor of Light" is the name of the new Riot V album, which will be released on April 27th via Nuclear Blast. It is the sixteenth album of the New York heavy metal band, which has just uploaded on YouTube its first single off this new album. The song is called "Victory" and you can watch/listen to the lyric video right below.

Bassist Donnie van Stavern states: "'Victory' is the first song on the new album Armor Of Light and the first song I wrote for it! I'm taking it back to my writing roots of Thundersteel/Privilege of Power style, a fast no holds barred face melting assault on your ears! Although it is about a victorious battle of Thunder Bay it also means a victory of sorts for us and the fans for keeping the torch burning! Rise up your voices strong and scream along cry out...Victory!"

 

 

Historical technical metal band, Atheist, has signed a new worldwide record deal with Agonia Records. A new Atheist album is set to be released by the European label in mid to late 2018. It will be the successor to 2010's "Jupiter". 

Band co-founder and vocalist/songwriter Kelly Shaefer commented: "2018 will mark our 30th year of making records. Atheist will embark on a very important album with an important new label along with a great team behind us, including Extreme Management Group. I feel confident that together, and with their anticipated dedication to bringing Atheist to a new level, the band will be poised for a crushing, new record! We cannot wait to begin this new chapter."

Agonia Records commented: "We're beyond excited to welcome Atheist to our roster. This is a band of extreme talent and bold creativity, a band lauded for their invaluable contribution to the death metal genre. They've been there in the early years and paved the way for countless acts playing progressive/technical death metal nowadays. We feel honored to help them pave the way for next generations to come". 

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