German Epic Doom Metallers WHEEL Join Cruz Del Sur Music; New Album Due In April

Cruz Del Sur Music is proud to announce the signing of Dortmund, Germany doom metallers WHEEL. The label will release the band’s long-awaited third studio album, “Preserved In Time” this April.

“Cruz Del Sur was candidate number one for me when we were looking for a new label home simply because I buy a lot of records from them,” says guitarist Ben Homberger. “Every time I see an advertisement of them in ‘Deaf Forever’ magazine I most often buy their releases blind. So, I approached Cruz Del Sur A&R/WHILE HEAVEN WEPT leader, Tom Phillips. I sent him the new album, he liked it, talked to Cruz Del Sur owner, Enrico and here we are.”

“Preserved In Time” was recorded by Homberger in the band’s rehearsal room save for two vocal sessions at a friend’s house. Tracking WHEEL this way was of crucial importance for the guitarist: He wanted real drums and real guitars; no “plug-ins” or “cheating,” meaning, he wanted to capture the spirit of the band’s performances without relying on technology. Due to the global pandemic, the album was tracked in various sessions starting in autumn 2019 to summer 2020 with it finally ending up in the hands of Dennis Koehne for mixing and mastering. Koehne had worked with WHEEL on their cover of ROKY ERICKSON’s “Night Of The Vampire,” which was found on their 2010 debut self-titled album.

WHEEL — who are rounded out by vocalist Arkadius Kurek, bassist Marcus Grabowski and drummer Carsten Jercke — was founded in 2009. The band issued a demo that year, then WHEEL released their self-titled debut a year later via Eyes Like Snow. “Icarus” would follow in 2013, then the “Live At The Hammer Of Doom 2013” live album arrived in 2014.

According to Homberger, the delay between studio albums can be attributed to the band losing their rehearsal space and real-life events such as parenthood. However, this long gestation period gave the members of WHEEL the opportunity to fine-tune what is arguably the finest and most epic set of songs to date.

“It’s more metal and more focused,” notes Homberger. “On ‘Icarus’, we had a lot of different influences mixed in the sound, like 70s prog and stuff like that. Also, the songs on the new album focus more on good structure and catchy choruses. The sound is a lot heavier and better than last time since I gained a lot of experience in recording and Dennis was the perfect match to work on the mixing and mastering. It was the first time we did proper vocal editing — so it sounds a lot more professional this time.”

Heading into 2021, WHEEL — like the rest of the general population — is waiting to find out whether a vaccine will slow the global pandemic. If it does, it’s very likely WHEEL will bringing their doom wares to audiences across Europe.

“We likely wouldn’t tour due to our day jobs and families, so weekend shows and festivals are the goal,” closes Homberger. “One of my personal goals is to play the Roadburn festival in the Netherlands. It’s one of the most relaxed festivals I know and it’s in such a beautiful city.”

“Preserved In Time” track listing:

1. At Night They Came Upon Us

2. When the Shadow Takes You Over

3. After All

4. She Left In Silence

5. Aeon Of Darkness

6. Hero Of The Weak

7. Daedalus

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

https://wheeldoom.bandcamp.com/

STYGIAN CROWN: LP REPRESSING AND T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE SOON!

This week-end all of us Doom Metal Maniacs should have gathered in Wurzburg at the Hammer Of Doom.We are really sad that we won’t be able to meet to enjoy our beloved music together, have a beer and party together as we always do at this time of the year.

Stygian Crown was supposed to play the festival and was super-excited about it, together with their label-mate Death The Leveller.

However we still feel  like celebrating  the event by re-releasing the sold-out Stygian Crown LP on a vinyl edition (that will come in a regular jacket, not a gatefold, this time). And 2 awesome different T-shirts (each design limited to 50), available for the first time in Europe.

Preorders start today!

Shirts will be available in early December. While LPs will be out on Jan 21, 2021.

It’s also possible to pre-order the LP and T-shirt as a bundle and save a bit on final price and postage.

Please consider that t-shirts included in bundles will be shipped when vinyls are in stock.

“Top-notch classic doom!” – Metal Hammer (UK), 10/10 !!
 
“Stygian Crown are one of the best new bands I’ve heard in an absolute age. This is an absolute corker.” – Ave Noctum (UK), 9/10

“An album that seems tailor-made to hit lovers of the darkest and most visceral underground.” – Loud and Proud (IT), 81/100

“A contender for the Doom album of the year!” – Soundmagnet.eu (AT), 9.5/10

“This band knows how to captivate.” – Rockportaal (NL)

“Consistently varied and well-thought-out compositions.” – Metal.de (DE), 8/10

“A very rich and mystical album.” – Voices From The Darkside (DE)

“A sensational depic doom debut!” – Legacy (DE), 13/15

“A new doominion is here!” – Rock Hard (GR), 9/10

“This will become one of your most occult moments for 2020 and will remain by your side forever.” – Rock’n’Roll Monuments (GR)

“Extraordinary!” – Vampster.com (DE)

“8 tracks of Stygian Crown laying the challenge down for any who might wish to dispute their doomy credentials.” – GBHBL.com (UK)

“Epic Doom like it has to be!” – Powermetal.de (DE), 8/10, Soundcheck Pos. 3

“A strong debut album, a statement!” – Heavy Music Blog (DE), 9/10

“An epic doom highlight of 2020!” – Metalfactory (CH), 9.2/10

“Doom fanatics should definitely check this out!” – Arrow Lords Of Metal (NL)

“Dynamite!” – Rocking (GR)

“The spirit of old Candlemass combined with low tuned guitars create a heavy impact” – Deaf Forever (DE), 8.5/10, Soundcheck Pos. 6 !!

“Great talent for interesting and classical epic doom songwriting.” – Streetclip.de (DE), 8/10

“Slowly rolling Doom thunderstorms meet the low-pitched rumble of Death Metal guitars – these Americans combine the best of both worlds!”  – Metal Hammer (DE), 5.5/7

“One of the best recent examples of metal seriousness.” – Fligh Of Pegasus (GR)

“If you dig slow, heavy doom with heart and soul check out Stygian Crown.” – Reflections Of Darkness (DE)

“Good job! Epic!” – Queens Of Steel (ES)

“Great debut of this band that sets the bar already very high.” – Metalbrothers.es (ES), 8/10

OLD MOTHER HELL:”Lord of Demise” to be released Oct 23

Three years after the release of their self-titled album and countless gigs / festival appearances in between, OLD MOTHER HELL returns on October 23, 2020 with their second album “Lord of Demise”.

Not even COVID-19 was able to stop this amazing German band to start and complete the recordings of their sophomore  album. And today we are pleased and extremely proud to present you the opening track “Betrayal At The Sea”.

Old Mother Hell took the unorthodox and now rarely-taken step of recording Lord of Demise live (at Rama Tonstudio in Mannheim with Jens Siefert, with additional vocal tracking taking place at Sculpt Sound Studios in Cologne with Laurent Teubl / Chapel of Disease), with all member in the same room at the same time.

In turn, the album sounds powerful and crisp, stacked with eight songs that embrace their classic metal roots.

The amazing cover artwork and layout was provided by Zenz-Art.

“Lord of Demise” will be available on Compact Disc, LP, Digital.
Pre-orders will start in 2 weeks. Stay Tuned!