Thursday, February 25, 2021

Melodic Metal Heavyweights OFF THE CROSS Unleash New Video From Upcoming Album!

April 29th will see Belgium's OFF THE CROSS release their second studio album, entitled Enjoy It While It Lasts.

Following their critically acclaimed, 2018- debut album, this time the heavy yet melodic metal act hailing from Antwerp presents us a new sound that is both colourful and modern. Backed up by pianos, organs, choirs and synths, OFF THE CROSS creates a profane wall of sound, with a blistering and high- voltage performance by a young band who is thirsty for energy: With Enjoy It While It Lasts, OFF THE CROSS has not only taken a great leap forward but they are ready for a new chapter.


After the band recently shared a first sneak peak with their first single, "The Dance", OFF THE CROSS have just unleashed a brilliant new music video for the song "Exist"! Says bassist Kurt Hermans: "The theme in 'EXIST' appears a little prophetic for a song written and recorded before the pandemic hit us, but most of all we want to put things in perspective and have fun.
With this song and video we show that we don't want to take things too seriously, least of all ourselves."

The clip for "Exist" was produced and directed by OFF THE CROSS, enjoy the band's new video right here:


Enjoy It While It Lasts was recorded at multiple studios across Belgium and The Netherlands, and was mixed by Joost Van Den Broek (Powerwolf, Epica & many more). The record features a variety of special guests and takes you on a 45-minute journey through the darkest depths and brightest lights. The album will be coming out as LP Gatefold, CD digipack and Digital formats on April 29th, pre-order your copy at THIS LOCATION!

The album tracklist reads as follows:
01. Masks
02. Mute.Deaf.Blind
03. Exist
04. The Dance
05. This Too Shall Pass
06. A Broken Narrative
07. Strife
08. Dharma
09. Cease And Desist
10. Blackbox
11. A Life Lived To Die


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CATHARTIC DEMISE Release "For Power" Guitar Playthrough Video

Kitchener (ON) - Progressive Death/Thrash Metal quartet CATHARTIC DEMISE have released a guitar playthrough video for the song "For Power," the album's first single. Watch Ben, Aaron, and Taylor tear it up at the following location:

CATHARTIC DEMISE will release full-length album In Absence on April 9. Pre-order at:

The "For Power" official video is available at The single is also available on Bandcamp.

In comparison to the band's self-titled EP, In Absence still consists of the Melo/Prog/Death Thrash Metal elements, but with a more "mature" approach. The overall musicianship within the band improved, as well as the overall songwriting capabilities. In Absence features the same aggression as the self-titled EP, but brings an intense atmosphere with extreme tempos, and brisk riffs. This release heavily carries on the epic melodic sections heard previously, and even going further with more complex song structuring and longer tracks. Aside from the aggressive side of things, hints of experimentation can be heard, showing slower sections, and clean parts as well.

Track Listing

1. With Lust
3. Blade in the Dark
4. Silence Within
5. Pale Imitations
6. Disparity
7. In Absence
8. Waves
9. Desire

Album Credits:

Album Art by Ioannis Vassilopoulas
Recorded and mixed by Jonah Kay at HM Studio, Waterloo ON
Mastered by Jamie King

Bennett Smith - Vocals/Guitars
Aaron Tanner - Bass
Taylor Wroblewski - Lead Guitars
Angus Pike - Drums


The thought of Cathartic Demise came into fruition on October 8, 2017, after high school friends Angus Pike (drums) and Bennett Smith (guitar/vocals) jammed for the first time, and immediately decided to form a group. Bennett had demos previously prepared, (two of the EP songs) and the week after Aaron Tanner would join the lineup, following a few weeks with Taylor Wroblewski (guitar) quickly completing the quartet. The four rehearsed immensely over a eight-month period landing their first show September 16, 2018. In December of 2018, the band entered into HM Studio, to record the self titled three-track EP Cathartic Demise, released April 26, 2019. For the rest of the year, the band played around Ontario, and in January 2020, Cathartic Demise would begin the recording sessions of In Absence.


🔥 Out Now: Significant Point, Sandstorm, Night Prowler


Dying Victims Productions is proud to announce the following new releases:

DVP 172 Significant Point - Into the Storm LP/CD
DVP 173 Sandstorm - Desert Warrior MLP/MCD/MC
DVP 174 Night Prowler - No Escape LP
DVP 155 Midnight Priest - Aggressive Hauntings LP 2nd Press

DVP 167 Megaton Sword - Blood Hails Steel - Steel Hails Fire LP 2nd Press
(Due to the pandemic, most of the February releases are delayed:
Sandstorm, Night Prowler, Midnight Priest LPs will hopefully arrive in the 1st week of March, Megaton Sword in the 2nd, so sending out all orders will take longer than usual)

Shipping will start as soon as they are in!

DVP 172 Significant Point – Into the Storm LP/CD

DYING VICTIMS PRODUCTIONS is proud to present SIGNIFICANT POINT’s highly anticipated debut album, Into the Storm, on CD and vinyl LP formats.

Hailing from Japan, SIGNIFICANT POINT was formed by guitarists Kazuki Kuwagaki and Gou Takeuchi in March 2011. Holding high the banner of old-school speed/heavy metal, they started playing live shows in Tokyo. Through a lot of member changes, SIGNIFICANT POINT released their first demo, Attacker!, in 2014 and the Live at Tokyo CD in 2017. In 2018, the two-song EP Attacker was released on 7” vinyl by France’s Inferno Records, and it received a good reaction in the underground scene.

Itormentor (drums) and Kazuhiro Watanabe (bass) joined in 2016 and 2018, respectively, and the current lineup of SIGNIFICANT POINT was at last finalized. In 2019, they started recording their first album. With great help from George Itoh (Risingfall / Military Shadow), it was completed in September 2020 after a year and a half of effort.

Fittingly bearing the title Into the Storm, SIGNIFICANT POINT’s debut album is indeed a monsoon of heavy metal mayhem, spanning traditional and epic styles to speed metal and even early power metal. The band live and breathe heavy metal in all its classicist forms, and the quintet know the intrinsic power of hooks and especially variety, both of which are found bountifully across Into the Storm. With enviable ease, SIGNIFICANT POINT marry masterful execution to high drama whilst never losing the importance of actual songs – in other words, no style over substance here. Truly, you will NOT be able to get any of these 10 anthems outta your head, and large credit is due to the poetic dual-guitar interplay of Kuwagaki and Takeuchi; dazzling to say the very least, their leads and solos are almost another singing voice. Which is to take nothing away from the rest of the band, who bring together melodic bass-work, tastefully propulsive drumming, and the high-pitched metal-warrior vocals of George Itoh to create a veritable orchestra of sound.

While the bulk of the lyrics are in English, the unique tonal qualities of Japanese lend Into the Storm comparisons to Loudness’ early, proto-epic metal albums like Devil Soldier and The Law of Devil’s Land. But casting one’s metallic gaze further across continents (and decades), SIGNIFICANT POINT significantly point to myriad elements of such legends as Grim Reaper, Metal Church, Sinner, Cloven Hoof, and Omen on to the culter likes of Shok Paris, Liege Lord, Sortilege, Agent Steel, and Savage Grace, all with a firm grounding in the classics of Scorpions, Rainbow, Judas Priest, UFO, and Iron Maiden. Any way you slice it, the katana of SIGNIFICANT POINT is deadly, so prepare to go Into the Storm!

- Regular edition on black vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, postcard and download code.
- Special edition sold out

- CD edition with sticker.

DVP 173 Sandstorm – Desert Warrior MLP/MCD/MC

DYING VICTIMS PRODUCTIONS is proud to present a brand-new mini-album from Canada’s SANDSTORM, Desert Warrior, on CD, 12” vinyl and cassette formats.

It was but the spring of 2020 when DYING VICTIMS unleashed SANDSTORM’s debut album, Time to Strike, onto the worldwide metal scene. Prior to that, the Vancouver-based band had self-released the album in early 2019, and while the initial run sold out quickly, it remained a diamond in the rough. But indeed, diamonds shine regardless, and soon enough did Time to Strike’s gleam reach all corners of the globe: here was glorious (and gloriously scrappy) pre-speed/thrash HEAVY METAL in the literally ancient, sword-wielding style so favored in the early ‘80s, rendered in such authentic (and authentically over-the-top) style, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this was some unearthed relic from the era. Word spread, and rightly, that SANDSTORM were the Real Deal.

And now, with the imminent release of Desert Warrior, SANDSTORM prove loudly that they are the REAL fucking DEAL! A swift-yet-generous record at 21 minutes, the four songs comprising Desert Warrior are thematically unified by classic late ‘60s / early ‘70s sci-fi tropes, and the power-trio suitably keep the focus squarely on riffs and atmosphere. Those riffs retain the same feeling as the full-length predecessor – nothing overdriven, everything moving at a hot-rockin’ pace – and where medieval magick ran riot across a strongly rock ‘n’ roll backbone, here do SANDSTORM evoke a strong sense of the epic and tragic. That Desert Warrior’s atmosphere is noticeably more moody takes nothing away from the metallic heights they reach; if anything, one could liken the mini-album to ghostly NWOBHM bordering on lonerist AOR, but still with a propensity to kick out the jams when needed. For proof, see the aptly titled “Evil Wins” and note the specter of Mercyful Fate floating nearby. Plus, the band aren’t monikered SANDSTORM for nothing: it was about damn time they did a record called Desert Warrior and made a musical mini-movie of sorts!

Still obscure and old-school as ever, SANDSTORM etch out an even more undeniable identity with Desert Warrior. Will you enter the wasteland with them?

- Regular edition on black vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, postcard and download code.
- Special edition sold out.

- MCD edition with sticker.
- MC edition with sticker, button and download code.


Indus Valley Kings released debut album

American Stoner Metal band Indus Valley Kings released their debut self-titled album. The album was recorded live at "Shorefire Studios" in Long Branch, NJ by Joe DeMaio, and mastered at "Sage Audio" in Nashville, TN by Steve Corrao.

Indus Valley Kings is a heavy stoner-metal trio from Long Island, New York. The band was formed in 2018 by Billy Fridrich (guitar/vocals) and Danny Lofaro (drums).
In 2019 Jonathan Lesley Habers (bass/backing vocals) joined the band and the lineup was completed.



Today, progressive-experimental body The Split stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Reminiscences, at heavily trafficked web-portal Set for international release on February 25th via Slovak Metal Army, hear The Split's Reminiscences in its entirety exclusively HERE.

The birth of The Split dates back to mid-summer 2018. Zdeněk Čepa Čepička (Forgotten Silence, Ador Dorath, Postcards from Arkham) and Mirek Řezníček (Split Bearing, Porcupine Tree Tribute) found out that they have musically a lot in common. After the initial non-binding rehearsal and experimentation, systematic and less systematic work, and the search for musical direction and expression, there was a fundamental breakthrough and the idea to create a new, regular band came alive.

However, there were still a few missing members to make the band perfectly complete. With Mirek's musical assistance and help in the Fobier project, bassist Mik (ex-Scenery, Archeonic) received an offer of the empty bass guitar contribution. Mik accepted this offer, and the duo is suddenly a trio that is starting to fully rehearse the material for the upcoming record.

The trio took the name The Split. This name precisely determines the characteristics of the band and their perception of the surrounding musical and non-musical world from the point of view of various styles, genres, musical worlds, views, perceptions, and understanding...

Full understand The Split by streaming Reminiscences in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for The Split's Reminiscences
1. Ancestral Signs
2. Trapped
3. Annual Rings - Stardust
4. Annual Rings - The Echoes
5. November Days
6. Chain Reaction
7. Ancestral Signs & Trapped - bonus instr.


VERITAS – single “Starlight” from album “Threads of Fatality


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 In 2012, Greg Wenk started looking for members and decided on Veritas, which means truth, when looking for ideas. Deciding it needed a logo to make it more recognizable, he found the awen symbol which means creativity.

After some changes the current line-up are: Denny Anthony-vocals, Greg Wenk-guitar, Geno Alberico-bass, Mark Zonder-drums


In March of 2020, Veritas signed a deal with Amplified for worldwide distribution of their first full length cd in physical and digital formats. The cd has 14 tracks and was mixed by Daryl Bolicek at Wild Horse Recording in Minnesota and mastered by Thomas Juth at Svenska Grammofonstudion in Sweden. The cd released on August 28th, 2020 worldwide and has already received great reviews from Germany, Sweden, USA, Poland.


In “Threads of Fatality” is included the song titled “Starlight”.