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CORONARY / TRAVELER SPLIT 12” PRE-ORDER STARTS

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Never underestimate the power of a good demo tape. Ever since Metallica brandished their legendary “No Life ‘Til Leather” demo in 1982, the metal scene has actively sought out new and emerging bands through this simple, but effective medium. Even though the age of digital recordings and the convenience of the internet has removed some of the romanticism in creating and ultimately unearthing a hidden gem, the classic three-song demo tape lives on in 2018. Case in point: Finland’s Coronary and Canada’s Traveler, who have combined their respective debut demos for a split release via Gates of Hell Records.

Like any good split, this particular offering provides the best of both worlds when it comes to vintage, striking classic metal.

Coronary, who formed in Tampere in 2017, when a pair of Finnish metal veterans, guitarist Aku “Herr Lederwurst” Kytölä and drummer Pate “Batvik” Vuorio, reconnected after bumping into each other at a local flea market, strike first with their German-influenced, unvarnished take on freewheeling ’80s metal. Flashy and spiraling leads emerge from every corner, while the dirty, rough-and-tumble vocals of Olli “The True Herman” Kärki, emerges as the necessary bridge between the band’s notable German/Euro influences that bringing back to mind bands like Accept or Torch and early 80s melodic American metal leanings.

The 2017 creation of guitarist, bassist and primary songwriter Matt Ries, Traveler is rounded out by Gatekeeper vocalist Jean-Pierre Abboud and drummer Chad Vallier. The band’s contributions to the split are marked by an up-tempo, almost relentless style of ground-and-pound metal, reminiscent of the best of Deaf Dealer and 80s Canadian classics going toe-to-toe with Iron Maiden. And, much in the same way he fits Gatekeeper like a glove, Abboud proves to be just as good of a fit in Traveler, becoming the perfect offset to Ries’s penchant for quick, rifling twin-guitar harmonies.

 

VULTURES VENGEANCE To Release ‘Lyrids: Warning From The Reign Of Untold’ 7-Inch In September

As Italian epic metallers VULTURES VENGEANCE prepare to record their first full-length this summer, the band will further whet their fans’ appetite by releasing the “Lyrids: Warning From The Reign Of Untold” 7-inch in September via Gates Of Hell Records, a sub-label of Cruz Del Sur Music.

Featuring two leftover songs from their 2016 “Where The Time Dwelt In” EP (“Empire Of The Crimson Fields” and “Into The Cave”), the 7-inch will also include the talents of new lead guitarist Tony L.A. Scelzi, who joined VULTURES VENGEANCE last year.

“We have always played both of these songs at our live shows, so fans of the band should have no problem recognizing them,” says guitarist/vocalist Tony T. Steele. “The two songs maintain the same spirit and atmosphere of the ‘Where The Time Dwelt In’ EP, so in some ways, it could be interpreted as a sequel, just with different production. And, we are excited to feature Tony’s lead guitar playing on an actual release. Sadly, this will mark the last release with drummer Kosathral Khel, but it’s a fitting way for us to bid farewell to him.”

Steele says the VULTURES VENGEANCE lineup is “stronger than ever,” which should come in handy as they get to work on a new album and begin integrating a new drummer into the band.

“We are always really glad to play live, but the most important thing is that all the people who make it possible are those who sincerely love what we do and heavy metal in general,” says Steele. “We will always be thankful to these people, for they keep this music alive not because it’s a trend, but because they’re passionate about it. Our main goal for the future and upcoming shows is to keep this unchanged and encourage everyone to read the messages that are within our music. Ultimately, our fans should expect that the stage for VULTURES VENGEANCE will always be like a book where we will write the accurate description of who we are and not of whom we would like to be.”

The “Where The Time Dwelt In” EP was released in October 2016 via Gates Of Hell Records.

 

CORONARY And TRAVELER Team Up For Split Demo Release Via Gates Of Hell Records

A true metal battle rages across the frozen fields of Canada and Finland on the debut split release from CORONARY (Finland) and TRAVELER (Canada). Slated for a JUNE 2018 release via Gates Of Hell Records. The split will be available on Vinyl .

– CORONARY –

Formed in Tampere in 2017, CORONARY was created when a pair of Finnish metal veterans, guitarist Aku “Herr Lederwurst” Kytölä and drummer Pate “Batvik” Vuorio, reconnected after bumping into each other at a local flea market. Upon realizing they both shared a similar vision of wanting to create a metal band that took its influences from the ’70s and ’80s, the two men set about to complete the CORONARY lineup, eventually securing lead singer Olli “The True Herman” Kärki, second guitarist Jukka “Doktor” Holm and bassist Jarkko “C-90” Aaltonen.

CORONARY emerged from a January 2018 studio session with three songs of classic metal glory, highlighting the gritty vocals of Kärki and guitar tandem of Kytölä and Holm, the latter capable of dropping in ACCEPT-like riff tactics to match their firebrand lead guitar work. The demo is already catching fire in the metal underground, with Metal Crypt stating CORONARY “refuse to reinvent the smoothly rollin’ heavy metal wheel. No, on the contrary, they want it to be untouched, letting it roll freely, the way it’s been rolling in the best way since the golden era of ’80s heavy fuckin’ metal.”

– TRAVELER –

Calgary, Alberta’s TRAVELER was created in 2017 by guitarist, bassist and primary songwriter Matt Ries, who in addition to his regular duties with GATEKRASHÖR and HROM, developed an itch to branch out with his own song ideas in order to have a fresh outlook on music. Joined by vocalist Jean-Pierre Abboud (also of GATEKEEPER) and drummer Jan Loncik, TRAVELER shacked up at Richobo Studios in Calgary with Loncik manning the production boards. TRAVELER’s up-tempo, pounding style puts the sound of RIOT and MANILLA ROAD on overdrive with a preponderance of soaring twin guitar harmonies and Abboud’s effortless, but always convincing vocal delivery.

“The songs were inspired by an unhealthy mix of real life and fantasy,” says Ries. “Whether it be from the trials and tribulations we face day-to-day, or just pure exaggerated scenarios. I think these songs express that well.

“The sky is the limit at this point,” he continues. “I’ve had an overwhelming amount of positive feedback through fans and festival promoters wanting more from us. So, at the moment I am putting together a lineup of members and teaching our new drummer all of the songs for the upcoming full length. And, we will begin recording after he is up to speed. With Gates Of Hell’s help and various other release options, I think we can do really great things.”

CORONARY/TRAVELER split track listing :

CORONARY

  1. Firewings
  2. Bullet Train
  3. Mestengo

 TRAVELER

  1. Starbreaker
  2. Behind The Iron
  3. Mindless Maze

CHEVALIER “A CALL TO ARMS” FINALLY ON VINYL

Gates of Hell Records is proud to announce the release of CHEVALIER’s “A Call To Arms” on MLP!

Relentless, uncompromising, raw speed metal from Finland influenced by US epic/power metal and Euro metal (French speed metal in particular).
Medieval melodies united to fast riffing, tons of blitzkrieg guitar solos and leads, tight bass and drumming and powerful vocals by Emma Grönqvist, will appeal to fans of ADX,  Brocas Helm, Acid, Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate, Iron Maiden and obscure, old school Heavy Metal. An unpolished recording, done at the rehearsal room, places this band out of time. Such music needs to be heard on vinyl!

“A Call To Arms” will be released by Gates of Hell Records  on April 27 on VINYL, featuring specific remastering and revamped layout by Annick Giroux. The MLP comes with  insert with lyric and exclusive promo photograph!

ROAD WARRIOR In Studio To Record ‘Fist-Clenching And Manly Classic Metal’ Debut Album ‘Power’

Australian true metal brigade Road Warrior has entered in January Against The Grain Studio in Thebarton, South Australia to record their debut album, “Power”.
The effort will be released by Italy’s Gates Of Hell Records in 2018.

Comments vocalist/bassist Denimal Blake: “In between alcoholic drinking ‘takes,’ we aim to lay down eight trend-rending tracks of diverse, fist clenching, manly and classic metal. Our direction is simple and somewhat complex. With so many crushing and inspiring albums to come before us (40 years of homage), we simply aspire to the same quality as those before. The complexity is inherent in the value of each song and having its place on an album that is less a bunch of tracks, than a heavy metal journey. That said, we wholly aspire to taking the smallest of steps, wherever we can, to broaden our sound in appreciable ways.”

ROAD WARRIOR, who are rounded out by guitarist Overdryve and drummer The Villain, spent the time leading up to the recording of “Power” rehearsing and developing the songs Blake had written. According to the frontman, the band’s new lineup coupled with the songs that will comprise “Power”, give ROAD WARRIOR a distinct sound.

“Our canvas is effectively an ’80s sound. We have the wantonness, power and reverb, but also, we have some ’70s heavy metal tonalities peppered in our songs. The proto-metal of the late ’70s and early ’80s are some of the greatest in terms of exploration, as heaviness had nary a definition. Every band was seeking something similar, but taking different paths. Nowadays we have the extreme metal (black, death, thrash) template well ingrained, but many assume you need to take steps backwards in order to create classic metal. This is wrong.”

After the release of “Power”, ROAD WARRIOR will be hitting the live circuit, including festivals. However, with the creative juices still flowing, ROAD WARRIOR plan on working on a new batch of songs sooner rather than later.

“The moment we finish recording ‘Power’, we get straight into the second album,” says Blake. “Unless something steers our path elsewhere, I would see only 12-18 months between any album, until my writing well runs dry and I have to call Gene Simmons for riffs.”

Related links:
https://www.facebook.com/RoadWarrior1986

Swedish Thrashers BLACK CYCLONE Join Gates Of Hell Records

Gothenburg, Sweden thrashers BLACK CYCLONE have inked a deal with Gates Of Hell Records for the physical release of their first full-length album, “Death Is King”. The album was released by the band in digital format in early 2018.

 

Originally formed in 2009, BLACK CYCLONE’s sound initially channeled black metal on their “Chaos Brigade” (2012) and “Under Your Hoof” (2013) demos, eventually morphing into all-out, vintage thrash, which is displayed across “Death Is King”, an album stocked with surges of speed, NWOBHM-styled guitar solos, twisting power metal and the animated, sky-scraping vocals of Linus Johansson, who also handles vocal duties in TRIAL.

 

“After we settled on thrash metal, it all felt right and we were ready to record BLACK CYCLONE’s first album,” comments bass guitarist Per Andreasson. “The changes in style were just a result of what we wanted to play in different periods of time.”

The songs on “Death Is King” are the result of many years of work, songs that were accordingly, re-written to suit BLACK CYCLONE’s ever-evolving sound. “Now that we have found our style, it’s time to begin this journey,” says Andreasson. “We just thought that ‘Death Is King’ had a nice ring to it and it’s easy to remember. The name comes from the opening track of the album, ‘Death Is Crowned As King’, which we thought would be a too long name for the album title. The lyrical themes differ from song to song, everything from Cthulhu and anti-religion to anarchy and anti-establishment.”

 

“Death Is King” will be released on April 27, in COMPACT DISC and VINYL edition.

 

Related links:

https://www.facebook.com/blackcycloneband