Sunday, 22 April 2018

AMORPHIS release stunning official video for new single `Wrong Direction`


Melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS are about to unleash their latest offering entitled Queen Of Time on May 18th via Nuclear Blast. Today sees the release of the epic and mesmerising second single, 'Wrong Direction'. The band shot their parts in a cave, whilst the rest of the story line features long-time lyricist Pekka Kainulainen trekking across some stunning scenery. 

Watch here: 

The band's new album is now available for pre-order in various formats, here: http://nblast.de/AmorphisQueenOfTime

Pre-save the album via Topsify, here: 

Queen Of Time track list:
01. The Bee
02. Message In The Amber
03. Daughter Of Hate
04. The Golden Elk
05. Wrong Direction
06. Heart Of The Giant
07. We Accursed
08. Grain Of Sand
09. Amongst Stars
10. Pyres On The Coast
Bonus Tracks (DIGI, 2LP, and MAIL ORDER EDITION only)
11. As Mountains Crumble
12. Brother And Sister

Listen to opening track 'The Bee', here:

The album was produced by the renowned Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KREATOR). The cover artwork, which was created by French artist Jean 'Valnoir' Simoulin from Metastazis, perfectly captures the feeling of the lyrics and the music.

Esa comments: "I guess Queen Of Time turned out as a massive surprise to all of us. During the rehearsing and pre-production we didn't have any idea that Jens had this huge picture inside of his head about the landscape of the album. It's a very natural continuation to »Under The Red Cloud« but with steroids. The songs are more aggressive but there's more dynamics, harmonies and orchestral arrangements present. The result is AMORPHIS as something you've never heard before! Essentially, working with Jens worked really well. As a person he is very similar to us - we share the same kind of weird humour and we all like to work hard." 

With lyricist's Pekka Kainulainen's words, the lyrical theme is universal: "Cultures rise, flourish, and are destroyed. The story of man is the story of searching, finding, and forgetting. A single spark can set the world afire, a single idea can give birth to a new culture. The greatest can stagnate into insignificance, the smallest can hold the power for change. The lyrics on this album are distant echoes of ancient forest peoples, from a time when meaning was proportioned by the cosmic forces that govern birth and death. If the connection was lost, they sought for a strand of knowledge, found a new direction, and a new age began."

Thursday, 19 April 2018

DIMMU BORGIR discuss the album title and artwork


The time has come. On May 4th, symphonic black metal giants DIMMU BORGIR will finally release their new studio album after eight years of silence. New record Eonian combines symphonic epicness with the spirit of the Norwegian black metal scene of the Nineties and will be the tenth album released by DIMMU BORGIR. In this third trailer, vocalist Shagrath and guitarist Silenoz discuss working with Polish artist and architect Zbigniew M. Bielakon the highly detailed cover artwork for Eonian and what the album title represents to them. 

Watch the trailer, filmed at Blackcraft Cult Clothing, here: 

ICYMI:
'Interdimensional Summit' is also available: https://youtu.be/P7vg7ir8jyc
'Council Of Wolves And Snakes': https://youtu.be/5ws18_MZ-lw
Trailer 1 - The writing process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K1GOpLWIVw
Trailer 2 - The years it took: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E84esuRFfBA 

Pre-order 'Eonian' here: http://nblast.de/DimmuBorgirEonian

Being one of the successful extreme metal forges on the planet, DIMMU BORGIR have been dominating the symphonic black metal genre for 25 years. The songwriting core of DIMMU BORGIR furthermore consists of charismatic vocalist Shagrath, as well as the string wizards Silenoz and Galder, but other familiar faces also emerge from the darkness: Drummer Daray and keyboarder Gerlioz are still part of the team, and GauteStoraas helped with the choral arrangements for the majestic voices of the Schola Cantrum Choir. As the title Eonian indicates, the band's 10th full-length release is dealing with the illusion of time and marks a tribute to both the band's own past as well as the Norwegian black metal history.

More info:

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS UK

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

DEVILDRIVER Reveals Part One of New “Outlaws ‘Til The End” Interview Series


Globally renowned, chart-topping band DEVILDRIVER recently announced the upcoming release of their highly-anticipated full-length album of outlaw country-gone-metal anthems, Outlaws 'Til The End. The monstrous collection of savage metal interpretations will be released via Napalm Records on July 6, 2018, and pre-orders are available now in multiple formats via http://smarturl.it/OutlawsTilTheEnd-NPR with more format options coming soon. 

This week, DEVILDRIVER is pleased to reveal the first of several segments of a new interview commentary series supporting the release of Outlaws 'Til The End. The first segment, titled "Intro to Outlaw Country", features members of DEVILDRIVER as well as album guests Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Lee Ving of Fear, Hank3, Wednesday 13, Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory and Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists discussing their personal introductions to the outlaw country genre and how it has influenced them as musicians. 

In the video, Fafara details,
"I got into my parent's record collection when I was younger, and that's what got me into music. And they have everything from the Doors, to Steppenwolf, to a lot of outlaw country, and even stuff like Kenny Rogers, laying around the house… but I think my true love [for outlaw country] came from when I started touring with Pantera. Them and on the Black Sabbath tour. I constantly was hearing those guys on the bus jamming outlaw country. If it wasn't Willie Nelson, it was Johnny Cash and bands like that. I just fell in love with the lyrics as well. The lyrical content is so fucking real…" 

For more commentary, check out the "Intro to Outlaw Country" segment in the video commentary series here:

While online, listen to a clip of DEVILDRIVER’s cover of Hank3’s "Country Heroes", featuring Hank3himself, here:

Outlaws ‘Til The End is both a startling curveball and a ferocious statement of individuality from a band who have been a constant and effective force in the heavy metal world for the best part of two decades now. From the opening seconds of Hank3’s "Country Heroes" onward, Outlaws ‘Til The End is simply one of the most invigorating records the band have made yet. More importantly, these evocative, irresistible songs have all been wholly rebuilt from the ground up, powered by the classic DEVILDRIVER sound and embellished with Fafara’s unmistakable feral roar. Outlaws ‘Til The End was produced, mixed and recorded with Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Sepultura, The Cure), and co-produced by DEVILDRIVER guitarist Mike Spreitzer. The album was mastered by renowned engineer Alan Douches. 

Completing this unprecedented project is a host of metal and country luminaries providing unforgettable cameos: horror metal icon Wednesday13 lends his incensed rasp to George Jones’ "If Drinking Don’t Kill Me", 36 Crazyfists frontman Brock Lindow brings fire and soul to Steve Earle’s, "Copperhead Road", and Fear Factory’s Burton C. Bell helps to turn Richard Thompson’s anti-war classic, "Dad’s Gonna Kill Me", into a brooding gothic metal extravaganza. Meanwhile, Lamb of God members Randy Blythe and Mark Morton contribute to an exhilarating decimation of Willie Nelson’s "Whiskey River" before Randy makes a second appearance on DEVILDRIVER’s version of cowboy standard "Ghost Riders In The Sky"; the latter featuring the son of Johnny Cash himself. The album also features the iconic voice of Fear, US punk rock legend Lee Ving, on Johnny Cash’s "The Man Comes Around" and David Allan Coe’s "The Ride". 

DEVILDRIVER Outlaws ‘Til The End track listing
1. "Country Heroes"
Written by Hank Williams III
Performed by Hank3 & Dez Fafara

2. "Whiskey River"
Written by Johnny Bush and Paul Stroud; recorded by Willie Nelson
Performed by Randy Blythe, Mark Morton of Lamb of God & Dez Fafara

3. "Outlaw Man"
Written by David Blue; recorded by the Eagles
Performed by Dez Fafara & Neal Tiemann of DEVILDRIVER

4. "Ghost Riders in the Sky"
Written by Stan Jones
Performed by John Carter Cash, Ana Cristina Cash, Randy Blythe & Dez Fafara

5. "I'm the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)"
Written by Bobby Bobby Borchers, Wayne Kemp, Mack Vickery; recorded by Johnny Paycheck
Performed by Dez Fafara & DEVILDRIVER

6. "If Drinking Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)"
Written by Harlan Sanders, Rick Beresford; recorded by George Jones
Performed by Wednesday13 & Dez Fafara

7. "The Man Comes Around"
Written by Johnny Cash
Performed by Lee Ving of Fear & Dez Fafara

8. "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere"
Written by Dwight Yoakam
Performed by Dez Fafara & Neal Tiemann of DEVILDRIVER

9. "Copperhead Road"
Written by Steve Earle
Performed by Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists & Dez Fafara

10. "Dad's Gonna Kill Me"
Written by Richard Thompson
Performed by Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory & Dez Fafara

11. "A Country Boy Can Survive"
Written by Hank Williams Jr.
Performed by Dez Fafara & DEVILDRIVER

12. "The Ride"
Written by J.B. Detterline Jr., Gary Gentry; recorded by David Allan Coe
Performed by Lee Ving of Fear & Dez Fafara 

Still charging forward, proudly against the grain and on the form of their lives, DEVILDRIVER have never made a record like Outlaws ‘Til The End before. But then, nor has anyone else. The perfect marriage of badass country grit and neck-wrecking groove metal supremacy, it’s a pistol-packing game-changer delivered by true heavy metal outlaws. 

Stay tuned for more new music and videos coming soon in anticipation of Outlaws ‘Til The End. 

Upcoming DEVILDRIVER performances:
7/12 - Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA
7/15 - Mansfield, OH @ The World-Famous Historic Ohio State Reformatory, Home of the "Shawshank Prison" – INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival 

DEVILDRIVER online:

DEVILDRIVER is:
Dez Fafara - Vocals
Mike Spreitzer - Guitar
Neal Tiemann - Guitar
Diego Ibarra - Bass
Austin D'Amond - Drums

Skindred release video for ‘That’s My Jam'



Pre-Order Link for New Album Now Available 

Skindred Release Music Video for New Single 'That’s My Jam' and Pre-order Link for new album goes live!

We really wanted to write a song that would become a new Skindred Anthem. Something that would played in Rock clubs and get people onto the Dance floor. Musically heavy, but having a massive pop sensibility at the same time. Stylistically it’s something we have always done on all our records, but it’s really hard to get the balance just right. The music video was so much fun to shoot. Running around London getting as much footage as possible with a dancing Cat! Trying not to get arrested while shooting! You then add the bad guy from Eastenders into the mix and you’ve got a fun video! - Says Drummer Arya Goggin

New Album 'Big Tings' is out 27th April 2018

Roaring and pounding, the follow-up to 2015`s Volume is a magnificent beast churning out heavy, distortion-laden riff punches melting into vocalist Benji Webbe`s frenzied rapping. Explosive metal and punk material rubs shoulders with smooth melodies – and of course Skindred wouldn`t leave us on the dancefloor without a hefty helping of their trademark Godzilla-esquely huge choruses.

Big songs, big sound, big tings!
Make sure to go see SKINDRED live at their 'Start the Machine Tour' all over the UK in April with special guests CKY and Danko Jones!

SKINDRED
/w CKY, Danko Jones
19.04.18 UK - Norwich / UEA
20.04.18 UK - Southampton / 02 Guildhall 
21.04.18 UK - Nottingham / Rock City 
22.04.18 Uk - Manchester / Academy 
24.04.18 UK - Glasgow / 02 ABC
25.04.18 UK - Bristol / 02 Academy 
27.04.18 UK - Leeds / 02 Academy 
28.04.18 UK - London / 02 Academy, Brixton 
29.04.18 UK - Birmingam / 02 Institute 
More dates to be announced soon!

Get your tickets HERE: www.livenation.co.uk and www.skindred.net

SKINDRED Line-up:
Benji Webbe: Vocals
Mikey Demus: Guitar
Dan Pugsley: Bass
Arya Goggin: Drums

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