LADY BEAST Releases ‘Every Giant Shall Fall’ Lyric Video

Pittsburgh, PA NWOBHM-inspired upstarts LADY BEAST have issued the lyric video for “Every Giant Shall Fall”, a song from their forthcoming sophomore “Vicious Breed” studio album, which will be released November 17 via Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music.

Comments lead singer Deb Levine: “It’s the DIO side of me that likes to take the listener on a journey or hear a story. The whole album essentially has a theme (only that we realized after listening over and over to the recordings) that was completely unintentional during my lyric writing. The theme is living, surviving and dying. Each song represents or tells a story of each of these acts. ‘Every Giant Shall Fall’ is a tale of survival. Not having everything you may need, but using what you have, including your spirit, to be victorious. In the song, the giant enemy was strong, but the people never gave up hope.”


Originally formed in 2009, LADY BEAST quickly immersed itself in the East Coast live scene, developing a reputation as a band who can seamlessly blend venerable classic metal sounds and thrash. Fronted by the charismatic Levine, LADY BEAST’s studio output helped catch the attention of Cruz Del Sur, who signed the band and sent them off into the studio to record “Vicious Breed”.


Recorded at +/- Studios in Pittsburgh under the supervision of Jason Jouver, “Vicious Breed” is LADY BEAST’s most dynamic album to date. Sporting a wide variety of moods and flavors, “Vicious Breed” features the speedy title track, downright heavy “Lone Hunter”, the balladry of “Always With Me” and the straight-up rock of “Get Out Of My Way”.


“Vicious Breed” track listing:

  1. Seal The Hex
  2. Lone Hunter
  3. The Way
  4. Always With Me
  5. Get Out
  6. Every Giant Shall Fall
  7. Sky Graves
  8. Vicious Breed


PHARAOH Hard At Work On Fifth Full-Length Album

Melodic metal veterans PHARAOH – featuring vocalist Tim Aymar, guitarist Matt Johnsen, bassist Chris Kerns and drummer Chris Black – are currently hard at work on their fifth full-length album, which is tentatively due in mid-2018 via Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music. The album will be the band’s first 2012’s “Bury The Light”.

Comments Johnsen: “We’re doing this one a bit differently, in that before we always completed the full complement of songs and then hit the studio, but this time, we’re recording tunes a couple at a time as we finish writing. Because we’re not a rehearsing band and because we all live in different cities, recording as we write makes it possible to get more done in less time; while Chris Black is tracking drums for one song, I can be tracking guitars for any songs he’s already recorded, and then when I’m ready to move onto the next set of rhythm guitars, Tim can start tracking vocals. We’re still early in the process, though; Chris only just started tracking the first tune.

“We have four songs completed as far as instrumentation goes, and three more at about seventy-five percent. Then there are three to five more which are no more than fifty percent finished. In the past, the riffs to most songs were more or less written by one guy, and then fleshed out collaboratively with vocals and lyrics at the end, but this time, the majority of songs have been put together from the beginning with riff contributions from two or more members, and we expect to do more tinkering with the riffs than we usually do once the vocal lines are introduced.  Then again, maybe we won’t!”

Johnsen promises PHARAOH’s forthcoming new LP will continue in the same vein of their previous efforts; however, some new wrinkles are being thrown into the mix, namely from the technical thrash world with bands such as CORONER, HOLY TERROR, REALM and FORBIDDEN serving as inspiration.

“My arrangements involve much less repetition of riffs than is customary from a power metal band,” he says. “Lots of ‘one-and-done’ riffs, and a lot of left-field bridges and codas. At the same time, I’ve also started a couple tunes which are almost doom metal, assuming a definition of doom metal that encompasses MEMENTO MORI and early TYR. We’ll see how those pan out, but I expect at least one of them to make the album.”

PHARAOH has released all four of its studio albums with Cruz Del Sur Music, starting with 2003’s “After The Fire”, which was followed by 2006’s “The Longest Night”, 2008’s “Be Gone” and 2012’s “Bury The Light”.

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APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE To Hit Studio In September

Photo credit: Jurgen van Hest

American doom titans APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE are slated to enter Russian Recording Studios in Bloomington, Indiana in mid-September to record the follow-up to 2014’s “Of Woe And Wounds”. Studio owner and engineer Mike Bridavsky (MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC COMPANY, M WARD, LIL BUB) will handle production duties. The album is slated for a March 2018 release via Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music.

Comments guitarist/vocalist Chuck Brown: “Previous APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE records have been rather lengthy in duration, ranging from 60 to 70 minutes-plus. We’ve made a purposeful decision to make this next record slightly shorter, looking to clock in around the 45-minute mark. With the recording process being rather expensive and time-consuming, this time around, we wanted to afford ourselves more time to focus on getting things the way we want them to be rather than having to settle because of money or time constraints.

“Once the record is out in 2018, we’re all very much looking forward to going out on the road both at home in the U.S. and most definitely back to Europe again.”

“Of Woe And Wounds” was APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE’s third full-length overall and first for Cruz Del Sur Music. The Sludgelord said “Of Woe And Wounds” “Puts everyone on notice just how good they are going to need to be after hearing this one,” while Metal Temple said the album “Is the strongest of doses, the elite of the elite, and is so heavy that their music should come with some kind of a warning label.”

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