Album News: Thermate / Gaahls WYRD / Mega Colossus / The Brave

More spinny discs to spend your money on…


Hailing from the beautiful landscapes of Kuopio and formed in 2012, the five-piece band Thermate conjures the sounds of the 70’s heavy metal-era, to refine it with the glory of classic 90’s stoner rock. In 2016 thty released their debut EP, Off to Hades, followed by the band’s sophomore and critically acclaimed EP, Black Desert Highway. May 10th 2019 will see Thermate release their first album titled Redshift City.

The band comments:

Thermate is beyond excited to reveal our first full length album! During writing, the songs formed into true heavy-as-shit epics, still with a lot of dynamics and variety. We really tried to push the limits of stoner rock, not limiting ourselves just to genre-music. While making things proggy enough to be interesting, we still didn’t want to make our music too indulgent or difficult; the heavy stoner groove and huge guitar riffs are always there. Needless to say, we can’t wait to release the album and play these songs live!

The tracklist of Redshift City will read as follows:

  1. Eyes of Jupiter
  2. Godspeed
  3. Soliloquy
  4. Kaleidoscope
  5. Greener Pastures
  6. 100 Years

Gaahls WYRD

Norwegian extreme metal formation Gaahls WYRD, fronted by renowned vocalist Gaahl, are now streaming the first track off their upcoming record GastiR – Ghosts Invited. The new album will be released via Season of Mist on May 31st.

Gaahl is known as one of Norway’s most talked about and respected extreme metal musicians. His work with Trelldom, Gorgoroth, Wardruna and God Seed has been widely regarded as some of the best the black metal scene has had to offer.

Under the moniker Gaahls WYRD, the vocalist assembled some of Norway’s finest metal musicians. The band consist of Ole Walaunet (The Batallion, God Seed, Grimfist), Frode Kilvik (Krakow, Aeternus) and Kevin Kvåle (Horizon Ablaze). This highly qualified bunch has recently toured a finely selected, career spanning repertoire from Gaahl’s time in Trelldom, Gorgoroth and God Seed to great acclaim.


  1. Ek Erilar
  2. From The Spear
  3. Ghosts Invited
  4. Carving The Voices
  5. Veiztu Hve
  6. The Speech And The Self
  7. Through And Past And Past
  8. Within The Voice Of Existence

Mega Colossus

Mega Colossus announce their return to Europe and upcoming EP release. After a successful European tour in 2017, the band was invited to return and the boys began planning their follow up album and tour. They will appear at Hell Over Hammaburg Fest, in Hamburg, Germany alongside some stellar acts. They will then play 10 dates across the continent, culminating in an appearance at Up The Hammers Fest in Athens, Greece.

The EP, succinctly titled, V, signifies the 5th release from Mega Colossus. Inspired by horror, sci-fi, movies, books, and ancient mythology, the epic lyrics are told against the backdrop of traditional metal, NWOBHM, and thrash. The melodic vocals, often compared to the early days of Rob Halford, soar over thundering rhythms and twin guitar harmonies.

V takes you through realms mythical and glorious, where the king of all monsters once again destroys Tokyo, where Titans carry the world on their shoulders and where you can join the space marines to fight multi-legged and many-eyed creatures with more firepower than you could ever wish for.

The EP will be printed in a limited edition, collectable run of 250 in beautiful coke bottle green vinyl as well as CD. Both formats include detailed lyric sheets printed over select portions of the cover art.

The Brave

Formed in Brisbane in 2013, The Brave quickly started turning heads with 2014 EP Endless, which captured their particular brand of lightning in a bottle, then continued with the critically acclaimed breakout debut album Epoch in 2016, which won plaudits worldwide from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Kerrang, Triple J and more. Aura takes that groundwork and builds on it in striking fashion.

The anthemic “Technicolor” leads the charge and establishes them as inventive, emotive and dynamic keepers of the flame, taking the energy and chaos of a youthful mistake and recasts it as something quite different. “It’s about one of my first experiences of getting a little too loose when I was young,” remembers frontman Nathan Toussaint. “That feeling of everything around you not being what it seems and wanting to get back to normality. It was an experience that is funny now to think back on, but at the time I remember thinking I was never going to be the same again.”

Aura is a bold snapshot of a band seeking to use the simple power of music to move people. Threaded throughout are themes of change, love and loss, and taken as a whole body of work it’s sure to further establish The Brave as one of the most forward-thinking and exciting bands in heavy music in 2019.

Aura will be released on April 5th.

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