SACRAL RAGE release “Necropia” off “Beyond Celestial Echoes” – pre orders start!

We are very pleased to present today the first track off one of the most-awaited titles of 2018, SACRAL RAGE “Beyond Celestial Echoes”!

We chose to start with “Necropia”, a song you might already know if you have had the opportunity to see Sacral Rage​ live in the past months. We think it’s a perfect bridge between the material on “Illusions in Infinite Void” and the new album. “Beyond Celestial Echoes” will indeed transport the band into new territories, maintaining  their identity but also pushing their creativity to a next level.

Talking about pre-orders, we were positively surprised by fans’ reaction to the announcement of the release of “Beyond Celestial Echoes”. Feedback and interest have been so strong that we decided to anticipate the pre-order period for this release.

Therefore we are starting NOW to sell the album on our store!

“Beyond Celestial Echoes” is available in the following formats and will be officially released on Oct 19:

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Keep in mind that our pre-orders are usually shipped 7-10 days before the release date.

SACRAL RAGE To Release ‘Beyond Celestial Echoes’ Album on October 19: ‘Expect High-Tech Metal Lunacy’!

Promising Greek speedsters SACRAL RAGE will release their highly-anticipated sophomore album, “Beyond Celestial Echoes”, on October 19 via Cruz Del Sur Music. The follow-up to 2015’s “Illusions In Infinite Void” was recorded between Ignite Studios (drums, rhythm guitars) and White Socks Studios (vocals, bass, lead guitars and keyboards) with mixing and mastering being handled by Stamos Koliousis. The album’s cover art was created by Dimitar Nikolov.

Comments vocalist Dimitris: “With ‘Illusions’, we knew that we had set a high target and that’s why we took our time for ‘Beyond Celestial Echoes’. Maybe we felt a little bit anxious at the beginning, but now that we almost have the final result in our hands, we know that we did it the way we wanted to. Once ‘Illusions’ came out, we focused on the promotion of the album and did many gigs around Europe. Also, we didn’t want to start writing music right after the release because we believed that the impact of ‘Illusions’ was too strong at that time and we didn’t want to end up writing an identical album. So, after almost a year we started working on our new album in which we added a lot of elements and achieved a result that has the same aura as the previous one, but at the same time, is something different.”

The universally positive reception to “Illusions” established SACRAL RAGE as one of European metal’s most exciting new thrash outfits. The band’s sound is a rare hybrid of technical thrash with classic metal elements, interspersed with the occasional sci-fi flourish. According to Dimitris, it was of utmost importance SACRAL RAGE continue to push forward while maintaining the core sound they established with “Illusions”. Appropriately enough, he says fans can expect an album like it was written by members of ANNIHILATOR, CRIMSON GLORY, DEATH, MERCYFUL FATE and RUSH.

“We were always big fans both of the American and European scenes,” he notes. “So, we have experimented with keeping the balance between these two worlds. The songs are in the same complex and insane patterns that were before — fans can still expect high-tech metal lunacy. The pounding riffs and the spastic rhythms are all there. But, we have also embodied more of the feeling and melodies of the European scene. We have also searched within the core of our influences and added more of the ’70s prog rock elements and general vibe of that era.”

Dimitris says SACRAL RAGE (who are rounded out by guitarist Marios, bassist Spyros and drummer Vagelis) have a unique chemistry, one that has blossomed since their 2011 formation. In turn, SACRAL RAGE decided to use the same writing process as previous albums to ensure the best possible result.

Marios and Spyros are responsible for the composition part,” he says. “Then, we all jam together until we feel comfortable with these new songs. Truth is that the four of us have been playing together for quite some time now, so we are able to understand what works and what doesn’t in terms of songwriting and arrangement. In the end, the goal is always to write good music. Off course we want to surpass ourselves and give something extra with any new release, but it’s not something that we have in our minds. I believe that our songwriting matures naturally. The only thing that we try is to not repeat ourselves.”

Tracklist:

Progenitor
Eternal Solstice
Vaguely Decoded
Suspended Privilege
Samsara (L.C.E.)
Necropia
Onward to Nucleus
The Glass

SEPTAGON To Release ‘Apocalyptic Rhymes’ In November

 

German power-thrash hybrid SEPTAGON will release their sophomore album, “Apocalyptic Rhymes” on November 9 via Cruz Del Sur Music. The follow-up to 2016’s “Deadhead Syndicate” was recorded across a variety of studios with the band opting to produce the album themselves.

Songwriting for “Apocalyptic Rhymes” began shortly after SEPTAGON started playing shows in support of “Deadhead Syndicate”. The result, as guitarist Markus “Ulle” Ullrich (also of LANFEAR and THEM) tells it, is a more focused and catchier album: “When the music for the debut was written, there was no band at all. This time, it was more of a collective work. Except for one track, I wrote all the music for the last album while our second guitarist Stef [Binnig-Gollub] now also brought in some ideas and songs. The production for the album took a bit longer than we expected, otherwise we would have released it sooner. But, we are very pleased with the results.”

SEPTAGON (who are rounded out by vocalist Markus Becker, bassist Alexander Palma and drummer Jürgen “General” Schrank) are arguably neither a true thrash nor power metal band, rather, a seamless blend of the two, whereupon punchy, but anthemic songs are born. With the powerful throat of Becker (also of ATLANTEAN KODEX) out front, SEPTAGON presents a fresh take on two of metal’s most familiar genres. According to Ullrich, SEPTAGON thrives off of this balance.
“When SEPTAGON started, I really wanted to keep it old-school with a nice mixture of speed and thrash and some U.S. vibes in the riffing,” he says. “Markus is a singer with a very melodic voice and I always thought that this is a nice combination. Some songs musically are pure thrash, but since we listen to all kinds of music, it happens from time to time that we come up with some ideas that lead us into a different direction. On the one hand we want to keep our roots, but there’s always room for some experiments.”

Conceptually, “Apocalyptic Rhymes” presents a wide variety of topics, including literature (John Knittel’s “Via Mala” on lead single “Home, Sweet Hell”) while venturing into social commentary on “Make A Stand”, “Cosmic Outrage” and “The Weight Of The World”. However, given the current perilous nature of politics on an international scale, “P.O.T.U.S.A” is sure to raise some eyebrows.

Comments Ullrich: “It’s obvious what ‘P.O.T.U.S.A.’ is about and simply because Markus lived in the U.S. for more than five years, it was something he just had to do. Some people will agree, some will probably say ‘Shut your mouth and mind your own business, you fuckin’ Germans.’ I don’t really care since it more and more became also ‘our’ business.”

Armed with a fresh batch of vertical, melodic and biting melodic metal, Ullrich and SEPTAGON are gearing up for another round of shows with an eye toward the future. “We’re going to take this step-by-step,” he concludes. “We want to play more shows, sell some albums and honestly, I can’t wait to write more songs for album number three.”

“Apocalyptic Rhymes” track listing:

The End
The Weight Of The World
Home, Sweet Hell
Apocalyptic Rhymes
Make A Stand
The Unfathomable Evil
P.O.T.U.S.A.
Cosmic Outrage
Nothingness Awaits
Sunset Blood