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When Nergal isn’t thrilling the world with his amazing talents with the mighty Behemoth he is exploring the darker side of folk music with his side project Me And That Man. Their first album Songs Of Death And Love landed in 2017 and was well received by both critics and fans alike.

Now three years later he has once again put his Me And That Man hat on and returned with their sophomore album – New Man, New Songs, Same Shit Vol 1. He recently took time out of his hetic schedule to sit down and chat to me about the album.

“I’ve found myself inspired by the same kind of music for quite awhile now,” he says as we talk about his love of folk music. “My idea though was not to replicate the old blues players or the old folk players. The plan was just to get to together with a bunch of dudes that I respect and just make some music of our own – because it is all rock ‘n’ roll at the end of the day. The bottom line was to enjoy it, have fun, be proud of it but here we are at the end of the day with eleven songs and I am very happy with the record.”

Those amazing bunch of dudes on this album include the likes of Matt Heafy from Trivium and Corey Taylor from Slipknot so I ask Nergal at what point of the song-writing process does he know who the guest vocalist will be on each track. “Every story kind of has a different formula behind it,” he says. “That is really hard to say actually because I end up putting every song out on a plate and then I put the album together piece by piece. Every song has a different approach and has a different treatment so I would have to so no, no because some of the guys would know exactly what I wanted to achieve and other songs which just have a certain feel and I would know who to reach out to. Then we would just see what happens.”

And if anybody out there has a fantasy about Nergal pulling all these talented musicians into a studio at one time to work on the tracks then think again because this is all done though the wonders of the internet. “That is basically how it is all done,” he says laughing when we begin to talk about how easy it is to send tracks online these days. “It really is done as a long distance relations and collaborations. That is the only way to make it, honestly. That is the way of being a musician now, even when you are musicians in one band you tend to be spread around so we just communicate that way. I think with what we are facing now that way of doing things is going to become even more common.”

“I mean let’s say twenty years ago that I wanted to record this kind of record,” he goes onto explain. “It probably would have taken us five years to have completed and it probably would have cost me ten times the amount that it cost me”.

One of the highlights of the album is Matt Heafy’s amazing vocals on the beautifully dark “You Will Be Mine” and it turns out that the track impressed Nergal just as much as it did me. “Absolutely, absolutely,” he says pretty much lost for words when I ask him whether he was blown away when he first heard the track. “It is one of the best performances on the record. He took two shots to get there though, the first version of the song that he sent me he just over did it – it was just exaggerated so much, he just made it so evil, it was just like *growls over and over* So I was like ‘man that is too much, relax you know, just step back and relax.’”

“The you know the next version that he sent was way too soft,” he goes on to explain. “It was way too angelic and I was like ‘man let’s put it away, do something that is in between these two takes.’ And it is that final version that you hear on the record.  I remember that he asked me if I wanted to auto-tune it so I went to the studio with our drummer and we went over the track once and then we went over it twice and we were looking at each other and we were like why do we have to auto-tune this he has done it perfectly. Even if there are a couple of imperfections here and there then that makes it perfect so I said to him ‘Matt we are not changing anything because we fucking love your performance and it would be so wrong to even tweak anything.’ But yes to answer your question, it is an absolutely amazing performance.”

 

New Man, New Songs, Same Shit Vol 1 is out now.

 

 

Artist: Me And That Man

Album: New Man, New Songs, Same Shit Vol. 1

Date Of Release: 25th March 2020

Label: Napalm Records

Track Listing:

1. Run With Devil (feat Jorgen Munkby from Shining NO)

2. Coming Home (feat Sivert Hoyems from Madrugada)

3. Burning Churces (feat Mat McNerney from Grave Pleasures)

4. By The River (feat Ishahn from Emporer)

5. Mestwo

6. Surrender (feat Dead Soul and Rob Caggiano from Volbeat)

7. Deep Down South (feat Johanna Sadonis from Lucifer and Nicke Anderson from Entombed)

8. Man Of The Cross (feat Jerome Reuter from Rome)

9. You Will Be Mine (feat Mat Heafy from Trivium)

10. How Come? (feat Corey Taylor from Slipknot/Stone Sour and Brent Hinds and Rob Caggiano from Volbeat)

11. Confesson (feat Niklas Kvarforth from Sining SE)

 

Review:

There is just something about blues, folk and country that seems to go hand-in-hand in metal. Artists such as Nick Cave has shown over the years that there is a darker side to blues and folk that needs to be explored while for generations country singers have been singing about oppression and murder. It was therefore no surprise that when Nergal (who many would know as the Behemoth frontman) formed his dark blues/folk side project Me And That Man that their debut album worked so well.

That brilliance that stunned the music world with Songs Of Love And Death back in 2017 once again rears its head on New Man, New Songs, Same Shit Vol. 1 and album that I get the feeling I will be playing over and over for a great many years to come.

One of the joys of listening to a Me And That Man album is the album takes you on two very different journeys. The first being a story-telling journey, if you sit and actually listen to the lyrics of each of these songs you will see that each track tells a story in itself, it’s like dark poetry or a Gothic short story. The second journey is the one the listener is taken on as the array of musicians that lend their vocals to the album each bring their own tone and mood to the ‘story’ that we are listening to at the time.

This isn’t an album that is all about the vocalists though, no, even musically things change here quite quickly. For example opening track “Run With The Devil” is a foot-stomping, catchy blues driven rock track complete with saxophone. Then there is the gospel sounding “Surrender”, while the banjo, piano and harmonica infusion on “Deep Down South” makes it sound like it was recorded at a good old fashioned jamboree at a Western Tavern.

Nearly every track on this album is worth listening to on repeat but there are some stunning highlights. The dark folk nature of “Burning Churches” makes it sheer brilliance while the amazing vocals of Ihsahn on “By The River” are only bettered by the stunning guitar work.

Then there is the smooth “How Come” – a rock track with the brilliant Corey Taylor at the helm, but the highlight for me is the violent love song “You Will Be Mine” which features vocals by Matt Heafy. Not since “Where The Wild Roses Grow” has there been such an intriguing murderous love ballad.

There is a beautiful, moody darkness that comes from listening to Me And That Man. The atmosphere created by the music on New Man, New Songs, Same Shit Vol 1 is simply perfect for this global lockdown. It is the soundtrack to this period of time that we need. Hauntingly beautiful and a song-writers dream this album is true genius.

Rating (out of 5): 

 

Melbourne classic rock champions, Riff Raiders have just released their second album,
Rock N Roll Daydream!

The album features eleven rock anthem tracks that successfully showcase and match the vocal range of powerhouse frontwoman Jenni Powell with Marty Powell’s song-crafting, guitar and production talents.

Rock N Roll Daydream comes hot on the heels of their recent Double-A side single Best Day Ever / Loaded Gun which was released with accompanying twin videos.

New single, Samantha Jones, tells the true story of a fan who left a vinyl copy of Riff Raiders first album on a train, and the awesome efforts Sammy J went to to get it back to him. Yeah, she’s doin’ it right!

The webstore is currently stocked with 12” vinyl and CD versions of the album as well as the last few copies of the 7” Double A Side and awesome new T-Shirts.
All with free delivery!
www.riffraiders.com/shop

 

 

 

Auckland’s Crooked Royals have returned in 2020 with their brand new single, “Copecetic“, that sees the band explore their own brand of intricate metalcore and soaring melodies.

Mixed by Zorran Mendonsa (City Of Souls, Seas Of Conflict, Banks Arcade) and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Sepultura, Babymetal), “Copacetic” is about pretending you’re okay when you’re not and accepting vulnerability to break this habit. This brand new single is the bands first offering of 2020 and contrasts soaring cleans against intricate brutality that the band have mastered.

Crooked Royals is Christian Carstensen (clean vocals), Lee Mackley (unclean vocals), Jake Andrews (guitar), Keane Gilles (drums) and Conor Lawnson (bass) and the five-piece have already made waves in the heavy scene. The band hit the ground running in 2018 when five friends and musicians living in Auckland came together to form the metalcore outfit that is Crooked Royals. In just the first year as an aspiring collective of musicians, the band were signed to Lukas Magyar‘s (Veil of Maya) management label, New Industry, and later recorded their debut EP, ‘Intertwine‘ with the man himself in the USA and followed it up with their sophomore offering, ‘Rumination’.

Crooked Royals previous two singles from the previous ‘Rumination’ EP saw the band premiere on triple j‘s The Racket and skyrocket in streams on Spotify with over 172,000 plays on the title track and over 211,000 on “Dissentients (ft. Lukas Magyar)” and adds to playlists including Homegrown + Heavy, New CoreNew Blood AND New Metal Tracks.

Crooked Royals ability to craft songs with a combination of heavy and clean vocals mixed in with huge crushing riffs has earned them spots opening for London prog rock monsters Monuments in Auckland earlier last year as well as stepping it up to support Australian heavyweights in Northlane and Polaris on their NZ legs of tour.

Crooked Royals brand new single “Copacetic” is out now through iTunes & Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and all good online stores and streaming outlets.

 

Sydney’s alternative metalcore outfit Broken Earth are today unleashing their brand new single “Dance In The Dark” as the first taste of new material in over a year!

“Dance In The Dark” is produced, mixed and mastered by Christopher Vernon (Belle Haven) and engineered by Darcy Handley (Terra) with additional drum engineering by Declan White. The track is about the bands perception of the current state of the world, and their motivation to persevere through the darkest of times. Vocalist Raphael Smith explains:

“In wake of the recent global events occurring, what was originally a song about feeling like the world is collapsing has unfortunately turned into quite a sombre state of affairs. We’ve seen systematic failure from the highest level and it has left the general populace feeling scared and paralysed.

“The events we’re currently facing are probably some of the toughest we’ve seen on a global scale in a long time, and there isn’t much of an end in sight. The rage that we feel is almost matched with the despair, but we can’t let feelings of powerlessness overcome us. So with that being said, we would love to be able to share this song as a message of hope and perseverance, that even in the darkest times you can still find someone or something that holds you close – Dance In The Dark with us”

Broken Earth in its current form is Raphael Smith (vocals), Brendan Brendkins (clean vocals), Ben Robinson (guitar/vocals) and Daniel Trott (guitar). The four-piece has been climbing the ranks since formation just over a year ago and have already played with BLKLST, Pridelands, Isotopes, ATLVS, Reliqa and many more. On top of this, the band made waves overseas with their inclusion in Discovered Magazine UK’s ‘21 Artist’s You Need To Know In 2020‘.

“Dance In The Dark” marks the start of a new era for Broken Earth – available now through iTunes & Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and all good online stores and streaming outlets.

 

August Burns Red have released new single ‘Paramount’ from their upcoming eighth full length album ‘Guardians‘, out April 3 on Fearless Records/Caroline Australia. The track is available at all digital stores and streaming platforms and the album Guardians is available for pre-order at http://found.ee/guardians.

The two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated Pennsylvania quintet—JB Brubaker (lead guitar), Brent Rambler (rhythm guitar), Matt Greiner (drums), Jake Luhrs (lead vocals), and Dustin Davidson (bass) dropped the single overnight Australian time.

From Guitarist Brent Rambler: “There’s a loose theme [on Guardians] of being there for another person who’s reaching out for help. This individual who saves the day acts like a guardian. The idea recurred as we put everything together. It was a great summation of what we were talking about.”

The band have also posted videos on Instagram of them wishing they could move to Australia and isolate themselves away from Coronavirus with bassist Dustin Davidson posting a song HERE and vocalist Jake Luhrs posting a response HERE.

The band’s news about their forthcoming album was recently featured at ForbesDeadpressRevolver’s 40 most anticipated albums of 2020Loudwire, and more.

Following the seminal ‘Messengers’ (2007) and ‘Constellations’ (2009), August Burns Red infiltrated the mainstream via 2015’s ‘Found In Far Away Places’. The latter stood out as their second straight #9 bow on the Billboard Top 200, in addition to garnering the group its first GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Metal Performance” for “Identity.” The momentum increased with the arrival of ‘Phantom Anthem’ in 2017. Marking the group’s fourth Top 20 debut on the Billboard Top 200, it paved the way for their second “Best Metal Performance” GRAMMY® nod for “Invisible Enemy”.

The record ushered their career streams past the 100 million-mark as it earned four-out-of-five stars from the likes of Alternative Press and Kerrang! Between sold-out shows worldwide, ABR continued a 15-year tradition of holiday shows by launching the Christmas Burns Red Festival. Now, their 2020 eighth full-length, Guardians, sees them not only preserve but perfect their DNA-distinct and definitive sound.


August Burns Red’s eighth full length, Guardians, is out Friday April 3 on Fearless Records/Caroline Australia. The album is available for pre-order/pre-save here. The second single “Bones”, is available now at all outlets.

 

Standing together, while being apart, is bringing out the best in all of us in times like these.

Artists have been creating and sharing new material with fans who are home-bound through virtual concerts, fan Q&As and new music releases as varied as fans’ tastes.

To inspire positivity and connect with a global audience, AWOLNATION has enhanced their current Top 5 single at Alternative radio, “The Best,” through a special international collaboration.

The hit single is about to explode with the addition of vocals from Alice Merton, the German/Canadian artist whose hit “No Roots” went to #1 at Alternative radio in the US and has global support from mainstream stations all across Europe.

I’m very excited to have Alice join me on this song,” says AWOLNATION’s Aaron Bruno.  “I’m glad that we were able connect to create this new version, even though we are in different parts of the world as we all stay home right now.”

This event-record, the first radio single from their upcoming album due out April 24 entitled ANGEL MINERS & THE LIGHTNING RIDERS, now features two artists with #1 radio records with millions of listeners worldwide on Spotify. Merton’s metamorphosis from Hype Machine and Shazam sensation to bona fide stardom has taken root. In addition to 7 Platinum Awards for her debut single in Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Austria and Turkey, Alice Merton has also won the Echo Award, EBBA Award and two awards for pop culture.

Bruno, the songwriter and architect behind AWOLNATION, wrote and recorded one of the most influential songs of the previous decade with the chart-topping, record-breaking track “Sail.” The first single off the platinum Megalithic Symphony (2011), “Sail” is certified Diamond (10 million) and holds the record for the most weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by an independent artist, the second longest for any artist.  The debut album also produced the Gold certified “Not Your Fault” and two other Top 10 US singles.

AWOLNATION released the sophomore album Run in 2015 and 2018’s follow up Here Come The Runts. Across the span of 3 albums, AWOLNATION has notched seven Top 5 Alternative Radio hits, including two #1’s, and has accumulated millions of sales, downloads and over 1.5 billion streams globally. The music has been used in dozens of films, television shows and commercials around the world, and songs have been the genesis of viral sensations garnering hundreds of millions of streams and views across platforms like Instagram, Vine, TikTok, YouTube, etc.

Angel Miners & The Lightning Riders will be release don April 24 – Pre Order now

THE CROOKS might just be the band to steal more than your attention they might just steal your soul, a case of grand larceny at its finest.

THE CROOKS a 5-Piece Indie rock band hailing from Chesterfield, England previously best known for the famous crooked spire of the Church of St Mary and All Saints but that has changed THE CROOKS have replaced the Crooked (from the Crooked spire) as the most admired attraction in Chesterfield.

Jacko, Chris Stones, Duncan Couch, Conor Fletcher and Jonathan Keeler are THE CROOKS and collectively they deliver a villainously huge melodic, anthemic wall of sound that will soon become embedded in your heart and etched in your mind forever.

THE CROOKS have just signed a world-deal with Golden Robot Records part of the Golden Robot Global Entertainment Group. Drawing influence from DMA’s, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Verve and co. topped off with a nicely adopted punk tinge, they’re a brand-new band with a fresh outlook on the classic timeless melody driven rock sound for 2020.

2019 saw the band release a plethora of singles, most recently an edgy rock anthem called Silhouette Sunshine. Silhouette Sunshine is the follow up single to the expressive and balladesque She Walks Alone which was released in January 2020 and shows a different side to the band. Over 26,000 plus streams in the first week on Spotify alone is an amazing achievement for a band that was only 9 months old. The track was also picked as ‘’This Feeling Track Of The Week’’ and played by RadioX (UK) DJ Gordon Smart.

THE CROOKS are currently averaging over 42,500 streams per week on Spotify alone and the bands social media has hit record numbers with most videos hitting well over 30,000 views and currently hitting over 200,000 views. 2019 saw THE CROOKS sell out shows in England and Scotland and took the industry by the scruff of the neck and they are not letting go in 2020.

‘’In all the years we have been working with bands and signing them to the group, I can’t remember being this excited about the potential of a new band and with the current state of the nation, the world needs The Crooks more than it will ever realise, the planets have finally aligned’’ – Mark Alexander-Erber President & Founder | Golden Robot Global Entertainment

THE CROOKS have received airplay around the globe and on national radio stations including RadioX, BBC Introducing and several stations in the U.S.A, South America and all over Europe. After a heathy 2019, 2020 looks to be the breakthrough year for the band as their fanbase continues to snowball

 

The last few months have been absolutely huge for Sydney pop-punk outfit Grenade Jumper. The band have done shows alongside FANGZ and the UNFD signed Hellions while their single “Gazed” was given airplay on Triple J. Now Grenade Jumper are back with a brand new single titled “Heat Wave” so I sat down and had a chat with front-woman Bianca Davino to find out a little more about the band that has everybody talking at the moment.

“The response has been really warm which we are really grateful for,” says Davino as we begin to talk about the way “Heat Wave” has been received by fans and the music press alike. “It has been such a crazy week but we are just so stoked to actually be able to get it out because we recorded it in either September or October last year and we have been sitting on it for awhile but in the mean time we have recorded our full EP so it feels weird to have this song out but it is great to have it in the world.”

Of course dropping in a single in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic does cause some issues including not being do shows to promote it. “It has been weird,” she admits. “The track came out on the 20th and on the 15th the world was pretty much tracking along normally, so we were all okay and we had no plans to change the date of release or anything because we were locked into that date with PR and distribution, so we couldn’t change the date. So on the 15th everything was tracing as normal but by the end of the week I was ‘oh my God this feels a bit weird’ and then on the night of the 20th we were supposed to be doing a show with Eat Your Heart Out and that was supposed to be our big celebration kind of release show so to not have that felt like a little bit of a setback but other than that we have just had to amp up our engagement on socials.”

Davino also sees some advantages of the band being in temporary lockdown as well. “We are not looking at like we are having to put a lot of things on hold,” she says. “We are going to keep pushing on with the band because we are really keen to get onto things like live streams. We are recording music at the moment and if we can get that out through things like Bandcamp then maybe we can help distract from some of the craziness… that’s what we are here for really.”

Moving away from the lockdown talk we started to talk about how far the band has come over the last twelve months and what fans can look forward to it the future. “After “Gaze” was released we played a lot of shows,” explains Davino. “And we got a really warm response from that and that was really fantastic, but I think through playing shows with bands that we really looked up to and just seeing how they craft their songs to go off in a live setting we realised that we were really missing that from our set and we really wanted to push ourselves to the next level. “Heat Wave” was the first time that we had worked with a producer in a studio and we spent so many hours noodling over the song structure making sure that it ebbed and flowed emotionally and making sure it had different colours.”

“I think “Heat Wave” stays really true to our pop-punk roots but our EP will expand on that a lot,” she goes on to explain. “We are certainly look to a wider range of influences and we really want to show the diversity of what we want to achieve with the band. I think that has let us lean towards the alternative and indie tones a little bit more so that is what people can expect from the EP.”

With “Heat Wave” already out there and getting a great reception it is easy to see that Grenade Jumper’s debut EP is going to be one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of the next twelve months.

 

 

 

The past eleven years have been amazing for Australian band Dream On, Dreamer. Award nominations, touring twenty-four different countries and over fifty million streams… that is something that any band would be proud of. But now Dream On, Dreamer are pulling up stumps, but not before the release of one last album on April 10th – titled What If I Told You It Doesn’t Get Better – and a finale tour when the Covid-19 pandemic is finally contained.

I recently had the opportunity to chat to front-man Marcel Gadacz and we talked about the brand new album but also reflected on what Dream On, Dreamer have managed to achieve over the past decade.

“We really wanted it to be a big thank you to everybody,” explains Gadacz when we begin to talk about What If It Told You It Doesn’t Get Better. “We really wanted to condense eleven years worth of work into one album in terms of the artistically way that we are expressing ourselves. This album is kind of taking what we did well ten years ago and then going from our past through to today, but all kind of combined… this is us, that is it… this is us.”

That leads to be to ask whether it was a difficult process to try and go back and capture the various sounds that the band has had over the years. “It don’t think it was any more difficult then we have worked on other albums,” he answers. “We were in that mindset of wanting to create an album and we know what we have to do to achieve that, it just takes time to get it all across. We’ve had heavier songs in the past so that was an option that we had to reassess. Then we had to blend that in with the new style and then tie it all in together. I think it actually ended up becoming really natural in the end. I think when it came to our last album it was just a very organic way to process it all because every aspect of the album showcases our lives as well.”

At lot of bands would have headed into their final album wanting to create a ‘legacy’ album but that is not something that Dream On, Dreamer was aiming to do with this album. “I think if we are talking legacy terms I feel like every album was meant to do that,” says Gadacz after thinking for a moment. “So really this album is an extension and if anything I think there was actually less pressure because people weren’t really expecting an album. We’d been quiet for awhile because we realised that there was a lot more to live for than to always be seen on your phone so there was no real added pressure because there was no particular time frame, we didn’t have that ‘well this album needs to be done in this many months’ it was more of a case that it would take as long as it takes and then it would be finished on a certain date but there was no added pressure in terms of what we were writing or what we were showcasing.”

“We just stuck to what we feel that we are good at, we didn’t really want to try and re-invent anything,” says Gadacz continuing. “Since the beginning of our career we have just always tried to be Dream On, Dreamer, whatever we feel it was we are going to give and whatever we are going through is what you are going to get. I guess it was just another stage of our development.”

When you take a listen to What If I Told You It Doesn’t Get Better as an album you do find tracks that are reflective but at the same time there are tracks like “Explicit” that are just sheer brutality so I was curious to find out what was inspiring the band lyrically when they were putting together the album. “I basically feel as a band we have always had our lyrical themes,” says Gadacz when I put the question to him. “I don’t think there has ever been a time when all of a sudden we delivered a really politically driven album, there is definitely hope, there is loss issues, there is growing as a human being, there is a despair and there is lust… the things that everybody goes through. We all go through those things and I guess that we have always stuck to what we are known as, people have always known that for us lyrics always come from a true place, we have never got fictional it is always just stuff that we have gone through in our everyday life.”

 

What If It Told You It Doesn’t Get Better is out on April 10th.