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AMARANTHE RELEASE NEW ALBUM THE CATALYST;
TITLE TRACK MUSIC VIDEO POSTED!
Sweden's Amaranthe have released their new album, The Catalyst.
Along with the album release, a music video has dropped for the title track.
The band states: "The proverbial eagle has landed! After a few years of hard toil, sweat, and at least a small amount of blood, we are enormously proud and downright electrified to know that our newborn and latest album - The Catalyst is available worldwide! This has truly been a journey of pure passion and creative experimentation, along with a dose of soul-searching for good measure. We hope that you will find it to your taste, and if you do - don’t forget to stop by
The Catalyst World Tour when it hits a town near YOU!”
Olof Mörck explains: "We’ve done these things before, but we’ve never been as theatrical as we have this time,"
Mörck grins. "In fact, we all questioned whether we went too far this time, but I also figured that this band was always this way. Literally, the first seconds of our first video was a big explosion! But yes, The Catalyst is more theatrical than ever. We’ve never really been symphonic or orchestral before, but this time we just thought why not? Because we can! The key to this album is that we let go of the boundaries and decided to do something even more adventurous."
ANETTE OLZON TO RELEASE RAPTURE ALBUM IN MAY;
"HEED THE CALL" LYRIC VIDEO STREAMING!
Anette Olzon, the former powerhouse vocalist of Nightwish and one-half of the dynamic duo behind The Dark Element alongside Jani Liimatainen, is back with her third solo album, Rapture, out May 10.
The first single and accompanying lyric video, "Heed The Call", is out offering a tantalizing taste of what's to come from this highly anticipated release.
With a sense of excitement and anticipation, Anette Olzon shares: "I'm so happy to release the first song from my upcoming album Rapture. 'Heed The Call' is a culmination of passion, energy, and creative expression,
and I truly hope you'll enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to life."
Set to captivate audiences worldwide, Rapture promises to deliver an electrifying blend of heavy melodies and soaring vocals that solidify Anette Olzon's esteemed status as one of the premier female voices in the metal genre.
Following in the footsteps of her critically acclaimed second solo album, Strong, Anette Olzon once again teams up with acclaimed Swedish guitarist and producer Magnus Karlsson to craft a musical experience that pushes boundaries and excites the senses. Together, they have curated a collection of songs that showcase Anette's unparalleled vocal range, complemented by Karlsson's masterful riffs and the addition of growls by Johan Husgafvel,
adding a dynamic layer to the album's sound.
APOCALYPTICA ANNOUNCE NEW TRIBUTE TO METALLICA DUE IN JUNE; FIRST SINGLE "THE FOUR HORSEMEN" FEATURES ROBERT TRUJILLO!
Apocalyptica is thrilled to announce a follow-up to their legendary debut record. Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2
will continue the journey that began in 1996 when cellists from Helsinki’s world-renowned Sibelius Academy played symphonic tribute to the biggest of the big four - heavy metal titans Metallica. For their ninth record the classically-minded dynamos are returning to their roots to bring a legendary story full circle. It also features a host of surprises beginning with a unique collaboration.
Lead single "The Four Horsemen", taken from Metallica’s 1983 debut Kill ‘Em All, features Metallica bassist
Robert Trujillo, setting the scene for a compendium of deep cuts and brilliant highlights spanning Metallica’s staggering 40 year career, and there are more surprises to come.
Founding band-leader Eicca Toppinen comments: “It’s the coolest thing. We didn’t push - it was offered.
We played the first album live and it was so much more fun and exciting than we expected, so we got the idea to do something like the first album, but we couldn’t do it in exactly the same way – we needed to challenge ourselves and bring a totally new perspective to the original energy and emotion of Metallica.”
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS TO RELEASE AI-INSPIRED CONCEPT
ALBUM, PHANTOMA, IN MAY!
Canada’s most exciting metal band, Unleash The Archers, are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of their transfixing sixth studio release, the AI-inspired concept album, Phantoma, out May 10.
Frontwoman and lyricist Brittney Slayes conjured Phantoma’s concept in 2021; before the swarm of pressing commentary surrounding AI began to reach an all-time high. Led by the album’s protagonist Phantoma, a Phase 4 / Network Tier 0 unit - model A, the story recounts the trials of AI gaining sentience on a dystopian, near-future planet earth. With the band’s one-of-a-kind blend of power metal, traditional heavy metal, modern prog and pop sensibilities, Unleash The Archers spin a web of sharp musicality, high sci-fi concept and important social commentary about discovering the brutal truths behind the manufactured sheen of social media posturing.
Unleash The Archers says about "Green & Glass": "We struggled for a while to decide which song would lead the way for this record, and in the end chose 'Green & Glass' because it is the song that inspired the cover artwork, but also because it doesn't give too much away about the concept behind the album. We wanted nothing more than to be able to create a fully cinematic retelling of the story through our music videos, and were so stoked when the boys at RuneGate Studio expressed an interest in learning how to use Stable Diffusion to make our dreams come true!
They trained the model on the work of Bo Bradshaw, which gives it a beautifully unique animation style;
we got to bring his magnificent t-shirt artwork to life!"
KORPIKLAANI RELEASE NEW SINGLE, VIDEO “AITA”
Finnish folk metal superstars Korpiklaani are happy to unleash “Aita”, the second single from their upcoming new studio album, Rankarumpu, which is due to be released on April 5, 2024.
“Aita” keeps up the full-speed ahead approach from the previous single, “Saunaan”. The dizzying pace, a catchy chorus and a masterful violin/accordion duel make “Aita” an absolutely irresistible tune that bears all trademarks the Finns are universally known and loved for. Folk metal at its best!
Composer Olli Vänskä commented:
"'Aita' was actually composed as an instrumental track, or that was at least the intention.
I sent a demo version to Jonne and when I was asking about it a week later, he told me "hell no!" and gave me the lyrics he wrote. And good lyrics, too! I'm very satisfied about the violin riff and how the folk interlude turned out as well.
Lots of interesting stuff happening there!"
PEARL JAM TO RELEASE DARK MATTER ALBUM IN APRIL!
Pearl Jam’s twelfth studio album, Dark Matter, will be released on April 19.
In 2023, the band retreated to Shangri-La Studios in Malibu where they simply plugged in and played under the watch of producer Andrew Watt. Writing and recording in a burst of inspiration, Dark Matter was born in just three weeks.
As a result, Dark Matter channels the shared spirit of a group of lifelong creative confidants and brothers in one room playing as if their very lives depended on it.
The album’s packaging features light painting art by Alexandr Gnezdilov. The album cover art was crafted using a large self-made kaleidoscope. Each letter visible on the cover was individually captured and handwritten midair with a specially designed flashlight to create the pearlescent effect.
KITTIE RELEASE "EYES WIDE OPEN" SINGLE!
Canadian bashers Kittie, who released their last studio album, I've Failed You, in 2011 before going on indefinite hiatus, have released their new single, "Eyes Wide Open".
KittiePIG is the brainchild of South African-born, Grammy-featured producer, songwriter, entrepreneur,
and We Are PIGS frontwoman Esjay Jones, who has partnered with Morgan Lander and her all-female heavy metal band Kittie. The partnership grew organically out of a musical collaboration between We Are PIGS and Kittie
in the form of the absolute rager "MOOT."
INFECTED RAIN REVEALS EMPOWERING TRACK "LIGHTHOUSE";
The band has revealed their next single from the album - the empowering and intense "Lighthouse".
The track arrives with an eerie music video, providing a thought-provoking visual atop the track's massive grooving guitars, ethereal verses and intense auditory shifts.
Says the band: “From the shores of our minds to the reality of our lives, 'Lighthouse' represents a power that we hold inside of us. This track reminds us that the universe dances to the rhythm of our thoughts.
All our thoughts are waves in the endless galaxy of creation. It’s a call to stay strong, to remain devoted to your dreams, and to realize the potential of what you can create. In the grand clockwork of Time, every second is a chance to surf through your reality, shaping it with the power of your mind. Join us on this journey through Time, where each
song is a tick towards a reality crafted by you, for you.”
MY DYING BRIDE TO RELEASE "A MORTAL BINDING" ALBUM IN APRIL; "THORNWYCK HYMN" SINGLE AND VIDEO OUT NOW!
British death-doom legends, My Dying Bride, are proud to announce their 15th studio album, A Mortal Binding,
set to be released on April 19.
News is accompanied by the release of tempestuous, heart-wrenching new single, "Thornwyck Hymn". The track comes with a stunning video directed by Daniel Gray, depicting a maritime story of unfolding desire and tragedy.
My Dying Bride's Aaron Stainthorpe commented:
“Set upon the rugged coast of Yorkshire, Thornwyck village has spent an eternity being haunted by the chill waters that wash it’s shore – and the hidden folk who dwell in the salty depths. Woe betide anyone who fares into the briny sea, or even steels to close to it’s edge for they may never set foot back on mother earth.”
THE BLACK KEYS RELEASE "I FORGOT TO BE YOUR LOVER"
The Black Keys are billing their new album Ohio Players as a party record, and lead single “Beautiful People
(Stay High)” bore that out. The album’s second single is not so upbeat, but it is quite good.
The Keys have covered William Bell’s “I Forgot To Be Your Lover,” co-written by Bell and Booker T. Jones, which later became the basis for Billy Idol’s “To Be A Lover.” Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney’s version pushes the soulful sound of Bell’s original into blearier, grainier, more dramatic territory.
BETH GIBBONS RELEASE NEW MUSIC!
On the first single from a long-gestating solo debut, the iconic Portishead singer sounds remarkably little changed.
Once you get beyond the shock of learning that there is new music from Beth Gibbons—her forthcoming album
Lives Outgrown is the British singer-songwriter’s first major work under her own name since 2002’s Out of Season,
a collaboration with Talk Talk’s Rustin Man; Portishead last released music in 2008—what might be most surprising about the song is how much Gibbons sounds like she always has. Even in her twenties, in Portishead, Gibbons
sang like a woman channeling sorrows far beyond her years. Now, on the lead single from an album about aging
and leave-taking, her voice sounds barely changed. And the song’s warm, spacious production—with tendrils of electric guitar snaking through vibraphone, Hammond organ, hammered dulcimer, and pedal steel—sounds, in places, like an unplugged take on Dummy’s heartbroken noir.
“Floating on a Moment” is a heavy song with an unburdened spirit; Gibbons sings of the finality of death with a simplicity that could suit a children’s book. Appropriately, the mood turns almost upbeat in the song’s finale, as a gentle choir buoys Gibbon’s clear-eyed observation: “All we have is the here and now.”
SONATA ARCTICA PREMIERE MUSIC VIDEO FOR "DARK EMPATH"
Leading the way to their highly anticipated new offering »Clear Cold Beyond« (to be released on March 8, 2024 through Atomic Fire), Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA surprise fans with a brand new music video.
Telling the story of a character being chased, both mentally and physically, the haunting result, which was created
by a team led by director/script writer Miikka Lommi and producer Katja Jokinen.
Singer Tony Kakko commented on 'Dark Empath': "This track is part of a saga that started with the song
'The End Of This Chapter' on our second album »Silence« in 2001 -- some even think it started on our debut album -- and has many sequels and prequels already. Its stalker theme offers a frame to write songs in a certain style I like very much. People do not seem to mind this, fortunately, haha! It's not a chronological story, but rather a theme with reoccurring, familiar characters that end up living through variations of the theme over and over again."
THE WARNING RELEASE "SICK" NEW SINGLE!
Gearing up for what promises to be an unforgettable next phase, the alternative sister trio from Monterrey, Mexico,
The Warning, unleashes a new single and music video entitled “Sick”.
Showcasing their evolution, the single shows a new side of the band, leaning into an evolved yet familiar sound.
“Kill the silence. Till it makes me feel, till it makes me feel, till it makes me feel…Sick!” A hypnotic bridge takes hold punctuated by haunting harmonies only for the momentum to pick up with one last blast of energy.
The accompanying video mirrors this ebb and flow of the song as it simultaneously captures the band
in the throes of a powerhouse performance.
DEPECHE MODE'S NEW "BEFORE WE DROWN" VIDEO
Depeche Mode have shared a new, Anton Corbijn–directed video for the Memento Mori track “Before We Drown.”
The video follows a series of collaborations between the band and Corbijn for Memento Mori, including videos for “Wagging Tongue” (also made with the Sacred Egg) and “Ghosts Again.” Depeche Mode made a tour of late-night
TV shows behind the album, with slots on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The Essex band has also shared a series of remix’s from the LP,
including a Wet Leg take on “Wagging Tongue.”
CAMERA OBSCURA ANNOUNCE "LOOK TO THE EAST, LOOK TO THE WEST" FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 11 YEARS!
Beloved Scottish indie-poppers Camera Obscura have been living up to the latter part of their name for the past decade. Their most recent album, Desire Lines, came out in 2013, and they went on hiatus in 2015 following the death of keyboardist Carey Lander. There have been side projects like singer Tracyanne Campbell’s band Tracyanne & Danny, and the band returned to the stage in 2018, but plans for a new LP were delayed by the pandemic.
Now, at long last, they’re ready to return with Look To The East, Look To The West.
The album was produced by Jari Haapalainen, who helmed Camera Obscura catalog highlights Let’s Get Out Of This Country (2006) and My Maudlin Career (2009). It’s preceded today by “Big Love,” a jaunty, jangly guitar-pop tune that takes on a country flavor thanks to pedal steel by Tim Davidson. Beyond the title, it doesn’t seem to have any connection to prestige polygamist dramas or Pixies songs about large penises. “‘Big Love’ is our tribute to
Waylon Jennings, with a nod to Sandy Denny and prog rock band Scope,” Campbell says. “It’s a song about not looking back, having faith in the present and future.”
TEMPERANCE UNLEASH OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR "FULL OF MEMORIES"
Italian maestros of modern melodic/symphonic metal, Temperance, have unveiled a music video for their track,
“Full Of Memories”, taken from their recent studio album, Hermitage - Daruma's Eyes Pt. 2, via Napalm Records.
The album features stand-out performances by Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Fabienne Erni (Eluveitie, Illumishade), Laura Fella (Faun) and Alessandro Conti (Twilight Force).
In anticipation of their support for the upcoming "Nemesis AD European Tour" with label mates Serenity,
which kicks off February 7 in Germany, Temperance have revealed an atmospheric official music video for
“Full Of Memories” which captures the vulnerability of villain Anningan and the power of nature.
Singer Kristin Starkey says about “Full Of Memories”: “We now present to you the final single off of Hermitage - Daruma's Eyes Pt. 2, ‘Full Of Memories’. This track features Marco as the sole singer portraying the character Annigan who is having flashbacks of memories in his life. We are excited to promote Hermitage - Daruma's Eyes Pt. 2 on our upcoming European tour with Serenity! We can't wait to play tons of great shows for you - see you there!”
ACE FREHLEY RELEASES "WALKIN’ ON THE MOON"
SINGLE AND MUSIC VIDEO!
Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame-inductee and guitar legend, Ace Frehley, has released his new single,
"Walkin’ On The Moon". This is the second track from Ace's forthcoming album, 10,000 Volts, which will be released
on February 23. Produced and co-written by Ace and Steve Brown, the uncontainable energy on the 11-tracks showcases some of Ace's best works since his '78 solo album.
LIAM GALLAGHER & JOHN SQUIRE SHARE "MARS TO LIVERPOOL"
Oasis’ Liam Gallagher and the Stone Roses’ John Squire recently announced a collaborative album and released
its lead single “Just Another Rainbow.” Now they’ve revealed the LP details along with a second advance track
and announced a tour.
The album’s called Liam Gallagher John Squire, Squire did the cover artwork, and it arrives in March.
“I think the people that are into the Stone Roses and Oasis and that kinda thing, I think they’ll fucking love it,”
Gallagher says in a press release.
MINISTRY DEBUT "B.D.E" MUSIC VIDEO
Toxic misogyny, violence against women, and incels are the latest target Al Jourgensen takes aim at in the song “B.D.E.” (aka “Big Dick Energy”), including a spellbinding music video that draws the line on the poisonous behaviour seen in both politics and everyday life in 2024.
The song’s whiplash riffs, barreling drums, punchy keys, and pummelling bass all come to a head in the thrash breakdown mid-song, putting the aggressive talents of Jourgensen and the full band - John Bechdel (keyboards), Monte Pittman and Cesar Soto (guitars), Roy Mayorga (drums) and Paul D’Amour (bass) - on full display.
Says Jourgensen of the track: “The incel subsect and general misogynistic tendencies in our society are dangerous yet seem to fly under the radar so we figured it’s time to shine a light on it. In true Ministry fashion we battle it with sarcasm.
FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES SHARE REFLECTIVE
NEW SINGLE ‘SELF LOVE’
Ahead of the release of their new album, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have shared their third single
to be taken from it, ‘Self Love’.
The track - which follows on from the previously-released ‘Brambles’ and ‘Man of The Hour’ - is a darkly-laced rumination on forgiveness and acceptance. “‘Self Love’ is a mantra to live by in honour of the relationship that truly matters, the relationship you have with yourself,” Frank Carter has said, of the song.
“It can be easy to neglect yourself while spending energy fighting to win love from other people. If you really care for yourself you realise you don’t need anyone else to be happy, and quite often when you stop looking for what you want the universe gives you exactly what you need.”
IRON MAIDEN'S BRUCE DICKINSON PREMIERS OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
FOR NEW SOLO SONG "RAIN ON THE GRAVES"
Iron Maiden frontman, Bruce Dickinson has released the second track from his forthcoming solo album,
The Mandrake Project.
Across ten inventive, expansive and absorbing tracks, Dickinson and his long-term co-writer and producer Roy Z,
have created one of 2024’s defining rock albums. Sonically heavy and rich in musical textures,
The Mandrake Project sees Bruce bring to life a musical vision long-in-the-making, and features some of the finest vocal performances of his career.
Recorded largely at LA’s Doom Room with Roy Z doubling up as both guitarist and bassist, the lineup for The Mandrake Project was rounded out by keyboard maestro Mistheria and drummer Dave Moreno, both of whom also featured on Bruce’s last solo studio album, Tyranny Of Souls, in 2005.
The Mandrake Project is Dickinson’s seventh solo album. It will be released on March 1.
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