RAVENSIRE Announce Lineup Changes, New Festival Assaults

Portuguese battle metal outfit RAVENSIRE has announced the addition of guitarist Mário Figueira and drummer Alex Fonseca. The pair replaces Zé RockHard and Francisco Machado, respectively. The band’s most recent album, “The Cycle Never Ends”, was released in 2016 by Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music.

Comments guitarist Nuno: “After we finished recording our album ‘The Cycle Never Ends’, we started preparing for the shows that would follow. Unfortunately, after a while, started facing some changes in his personal life that prevented him from rehearsing as much as he would’ve liked. So, after a few weeks in a sort of limbo, he finally approached us and told us that he couldn’t continue playing with the degree of commitment needed, so he’d leave the band in order for us to find a replacement as soon as possible. After some searching, we had a few guys willing to step into Zé’s shoes.

“So, we planned a few auditions and there was no question that Mário would be the one taking the battleaxe for future battles! Although Mario played mainly in death metal acts in the last decade (BLEEDING DISPLAY, for example), recently he had been reconnecting to his roots and started playing in a hard rock band called 15 FREAKS. Another fun fact was that way before left the band, he saw a RAVENSIRE concert and enjoyed our sound so much that he got in touch with us! Who knew that one year later he’d be joining the fold?”

Shortly after the departure of Zé, long-time drummer Francisco Machado stepped down from RAVENSIRE, citing personal matters.Honestly speaking, this was an even bigger blow, because F had been one of the main forces in getting RAVENSIRE together,” says Nuno. “Of course, we fully understood his motives and nothing changed in our friendship. This time, though, instead of trying to find a replacement and going through auditions and whatnot, we went straight to MIDNIGHT PRIEST‘s drummer Alex since we knew he was available to commit to another band and we’ve been friends and mutual fans of each other’s bands since the beginning!”

RAVENSIRE’s lineup now consists of:

Rick – Vocals / Bass

Nuno – Guitar

Mário – Guitar

Alex – Drums

With their new lineup in place, RAVENSIRE has begun work on their third full-length album, which they plan on recording during the first half of 2018. The band has also planned some new live assaults:


December 9, 2017: Riddle Of Steel Festival, Marburg, Germany with A SOUND OF THUNDER, HEATHENS OF THE NORTH, ARKHAM WITCH, IRONSWORD, BATTLE RAM
December 22, 2017: Cascais, Portugal with CAPE TORMENT, MIND TAKER and TUMENT
February 16, 2018: Bordeaux, France with SILVER MACHINE
February 17, 2018: Rennes, France with SILVER MACHINE


April 14, 2018: IX Metalmeria Fest, Almeria, Spain

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OLD MOTHER HELL Earns Rock Hard Magazine’s December 2017 ‘Demo Of The Month’!


Emerging German power/doom trio OLD MOTHER HELL have taken home the honors of Rock Hard magazine’s December 2017 “Demo Of The Month”, awarded to the band for their self-titled debut album. The six-song effort will be released on digital and vinyl platforms by Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music in early 2018.

“We were absolutely thrilled when we got this fantastic piece of news,” says guitarist/vocalist Bernd Wener. “Rock Hard is one of the most important metal magazines in Germany and probably in the whole German-speaking area.”

The news caps off an impressive 2017 for OLD MOTHER HELL, who recorded their self-titled debut in May 2017 at Rama Studio Mannheim under the supervision of producer/engineer Jens Siefert. The album, originally released by the band in September, is a firebrand display of surging metal, capped off by Wener’s gritty vocals and tinges of doom and epic metal, uniquely positioning OLD MOTHER HELL as one of the most versatile new bands of the year.

However, Wener, along with bassist Ronald Senft and drummer Ruben André are no strangers to the German metal underground. The trio gradually honed their respective crafts in bands such as HATCHERY, GRAVEYARD, REFUGE and SHAPESHIFT before finding their true home in OLD MOTHER HELL.

“First the Cruz Del Sur Musicdeal, now ‘Demo Of The Month’ in Rock Hard,” notes Wener. “It is like all the dreams from our youth are finally coming true. Working your asses off in different bands for more than 20 years now and suddenly, you are in the right place at the right time with the right bandmates. Everything just seems to happen. We are deeply grateful for all this.”


“Old Mother Hell” track listing:

01. Another War

  1. Mountain
  2. Narcotic Overthrow
  3. Howling Wolves
  4. Kneel To No God
  5. Old Mother Hell


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CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC To Release OLD MOTHER HELL’s Debut Album On Digital And Vinyl Platforms

Cruz Del Sur Music will release the self-titled debut album from German metallers OLD MOTHER HELL on digital and vinyl platforms in early 2018.

OLD MOTHER HELL was formed in 2015 from the ashes of another local thrash act, HATCHERY, by guitarist/vocalist Bernd Wener, bassist Ronald Senft and drummer Ruben André. Their self-funded debut album was recorded in May 2017 in Rama Studio Mannheim by Jens Siefert, who mixed and produced the LP under the band’s watchful eye. The result is a striking balance between mountainous epic metal and a straightforward attack, with doom influences present, even as the band is playing pure, take-no-prisoners metal.

Comments the band: “We wanted to sound exactly as in our rehearsal room, just with a really fat sound. What should we say? Jens Siefert more than delivered on that wish. Regarding today’s listening and production standards, we are probably breaking every rule. Not anyone may like it, but we don‘t care. For us it was a fantastic journey through time back to the golden era of rock music.
Adds Wener: “I guess you could say that we are most proud of doing the album the way we wanted: recording live, the old-school way, not even doing a second guitar, grid-editing, drum samples, copy and paste or other ‘fancy’ stuff. It was a hell of a ride and felt absolutely fantastic and authentic. Jens captured that feeling and turned it into exactly the sound we wanted.”

With their first album already in the books and the ink dry on the digital and vinyl distribution deal for their self-titled album, OLD MOTHER HELL is already back in their rehearsal room, hard at work on new songs, all the while mapping a live show schedule that will bring their unique brand of metal in front of European audiences.

OLD MOTHER HELL isn‘t about plans,” concludes Wener. “We certainly don’t aim for being rock stars. We won’t buy into tours or such stuff. The first underground festival show, Frostbiter in Wuppertal, organized by the Deaf Forever Forum, is confirmed. We will organize some shows ourselves and just rock every stage as it comes our way. Meanwhile we are working on new songs for a second album and are more than thrilled to see all our new fans who gave us such great feedback when ordering the CD. Everything else? We will see.”

“Old Mother Hell” track listing:

Another War
Narcotic Overthrow
Howling Wolves
Kneel to No God
Old Mother Hell


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