ADAMANTIS Signs With Cruz Del Sur Music; Re-Release Of ‘Far Flung Realm’ Debut Coming In March 2021

Cruz Del Sur Music is proud to announce the signing of Massachusetts based power metallers ADAMANTIS. The label will re-release the band’s “Far Flung Realm” debut on a limited edition Compact Disc and Vinyl (Gatefold LP + 7’’) in March 2021.

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“We are eternally grateful to Anderson Tiago from [YouTube channel] NWOTHM Full Albums,” says the band. “He helped us first with finding our audience, and then  later on by reaching out to Cruz Del Sur on our behalf. Anderson is a fantastic person to work with and one is very respected in the scene. We can’t be happier about our continued collaboration with him.”

ADAMANTIS formed in 2016 when drummer Evgeny Gromovoy and guitarist Javier Estrada moved to Boston for work where they met guitarist Jeff Taft and former singer Ashley Caval via an internet post calling for musicians sharing similar influences to start a band. The band played across New England and culminated their run with the release of “Thundermark” EP. Soon after the release, Ashley and original bassist Liz Cleary left and the trio continued working on new material, eventually adding bassist Cody Pelchat and vocalist Jeff Stark to complete the lineup.

The resultant “Far Flung Realm” full-length immediately earned high marks for its take on 1990s era European power metal. The members of ADAMANTIS cite the likes of GAMMA RAY, RUNNING WILD, BLIND GUARDIAN and early NOCTURNAL RITES as key influences as well as early MANOWAR and Viking-era BATHORY. The key, however, to the band’s sound is their democratic writing process — all members of ADAMANTIS contributed across the 10 songs that would comprise the finished product.

“Though the songs are conceived initially by a single member, every member has contributed in some way to every song,” comments the band. “After Ashley and Liz left, we kept writing songs but stopped playing shows, which allowed us to work more on our initial ideas and give them time to evolve, whereas the previous EP was primarily a way to release in a physical medium the songs we had been playing live for over a year. With ‘Far Flung Realm’ we also were fortunate to work with experienced producer Christian ‘Moschus’ Moos, who also helped shape our sound and added some light string and flute arrangements.”

“Far Flung Realm” track listing:

  1. Into the Realm
  2. Unbound Souls
  3. Misbegotten Dream
  4. Puppeteer’s Bane
  5. Fire and Brimstone
  6. Imagination
  7. Journey’s End
  8. The Oracle’s Philosophy
  9. Second Sight
  10. The Siege of Arkona
  11. Voron (The Ravensong)

HAMMER KING To Release ‘Poseidon Will Carry Us Home’ In October

German true metal ensemble HAMMER KING will release their third full-length, “Poseidon Will Carry Us Home”, on October 5 via Cruz Del Sur Music.
Recorded at Studio Greywolf with POWERWOLF bassist Charles Greywolf at the helm, “Poseidon Will Carry Us Home” is an unabashed bow to classic, anthemic, hook-laden metal, proving HAMMER KING was more than up to the task of meeting the often-high expectations that come with a band’s third album.

“If you haven’t found your own identity by the time your third album comes out, you might probably never find it,” says vocalist/guitarist Titan Fox V. I know that we have felt that our third album feels like ‘we are’ now, compared to ‘we want to be’ in the past. Not taking away anything from our previous albums at all, but when you start going on a mission, you begin with searching and trying. After a while you know the task, you know the way and you know about your strengths. Maybe that’s what the magical third album is about.”

Variety abounds on “Poseidon”, with HAMMER KING engaging in strident, call-to-arms jaunts like the opening title track and “Battle Of Wars”. Twin guitar harmonies and fierce gallops highlight “7 Days And 7 Kings” and “Where The Hammer Hangs”, while the true metal call is heeded on the mid-tempo “Warriors Of Angelhill” and “Glorious Nights Of Glory”.

‘Poseidon’ sounds more organic, more open, warmer,” notes Fox V. “I like the sound of the drums especially, they have a sort of an ’80s vibe to them. Of course, the songwriting has also taken a step forward, if you like. We still have the typical HAMMER KING songs, such as ‘The King Is A Deadly Machine’ or ‘Battle Of Wars’, but there are some songs we have not made before like the ‘Nautical Trilogy’, which includes the title track, ‘At The Mercy Of The Waves’ and ‘We Sail Cape Horn’.”

HAMMER KING’s progression is best exemplified on album standout “We Sail Cape Horn”. An adventurous, sea-faring number that is equal nods to classic IRON MAIDEN and progressive rock, “We Sail Cape Horn” ended up being the most difficult number on “Poseidon” to pull together. According to Fox V., the end result was more than worth the work that went into creating the song.

“Writing ‘We Sail Cape Horn’ was a bit of a lengthy process. Many parts came in and out of the song over some months. I basically made a demo of it alone and then showed it to the band. They questioned everything after the middle part, so I changed that all over again. In the end, we had a really big song with a real progression in it: Beginning with the protagonist feeling the desire, the urge to go to sea on a huge sailing ship — then actually sailing on the ship, experiencing the loneliness aboard with only strangers around and finally sailing Cape Horn with its horrifying waves and storms. They sail in the name of the King, so what gets them through the horrors of Cape Horn is singing and praising ‘Thine is the Reich and the kingdom eternally, God bless the King’. It is a proud song closing a proud album.”

An album stocked with future anthems at every corner, “Poseidon Will Carry Us Home” is representative of a band now hitting its creative stride — and fully realizing it. “The studio work with Charles Greywolf is a time of sheer joy and fun, but also a highly relaxed time where everyone constantly gains power and self-confidence,” finishes Fox V. “I have never sung more relaxed, we have never shot more from the hip when it came to playing. But certainly, it is a very fulfilling progression starting with no songs at all and ending up with a mixed and mastered album sporting massive artwork!”

 

“Poseidon Will Carry Us Home” track listing:

 

  1. Poseidon Will Carry Us Home
  2. The King Is A Deadly Machine
  3. Battle Of Wars
  4. 7 Days And 7 Kings
  5. Warriors Of Angelhill
  6. Where The Hammer Hangs
  7. Last Rites
  8. Glorious Night Of Glory
  9. Locust Plague
  10. At The Mercy Of The Waves
  11. We Sail Cape Horn
  12. Meatus Majestatis

HAMMER KING presents new track “Battle Gorse”!

We are pleased to present a second track off upcoming HAMMER KING album “King Is Rising”: “Battle Gorse”.

“The King has always been a fan of Jack Finney’s 1955 novel ‘The Body Snatchers’ and of the 1978 movie version featuring Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Goldblum”, singer Titan Fox explains, “in the song ‘Battle Gorse’ we have similar plants, but being tremendously bigger here. One of the faster paced songs on the albums and certainly quite old-school!”

In the meanwhile the first feedback on “King Is Rising” are coming in and they are quite encouraging.

“The king is swinging his hammer again with might! Absolutely great true metal material!” – Metal Only (GER), 10/10
“A respectable album in its kind and fans of the genre should definitely give it a try!” – Lords Of Metal (NL)
“Addictive and powerful! Hammer King take a step forward with this album!” – Metalbrothers (E), 8/10
“If you like your Heavy Metal epic and entertaining, don’t hesitate to check this out!” – Dioses Del Metal (E)
“A fine successor to the debut!” – White Room Reviews (NL)
Hammer King follows the guidelines of current Epic Metal, but with influences from legendary 80s formations!” – Queens Of Steel (E)
“The King Is Rising” will be released on November 18 on compact disc, vinyl and digital.