Critically acclaimed progressive doom metal band VOID OF SLEEP will release their new album “Metaphora” on March 27th 2019 via Aural Music.
The band commented ““We live in a time of rekindled fear and hatred, of social relations and civility in crisis, of apathy and marginalization. Metaphora translates the way we see this world into music. After an extended incubation period, the tracks finally took shape, with the completion of our new line-up, and the result is an album that’s extreme in every sense of the word. An album that is as melodic as it is brutal, full of tension and epic!
Metaphora raises the bar by opening doors to new sounds to our existing sonic vocabulary. It is definitely the most eclectic and complete chapter of our musical journey to date.”
The album will be available on digital, CD and vinyl formats.
1.The Famine Years
3.Waves of Discomfort
7.Tides of the Mourning
Due to a huge demand by the fans, Polaris have released the video and track, Hypermania, taken from their second studio album, The Death Of Me, out on February 21 via Resist Records.
Hypermania was introduced to the band’s live set at the end of last year and are stoked to officially release it ahead of their appearance at Unify Festival this weekend. The Death Of Me Australian Tour supported by Wage War, Crystal Lake and Alpha Wolf kicks off next month with Melbourne, Brisbane and 1st Adelaide show all sold out. The remaining shows are selling fast and tickets won’t last long.
“Hypermania is a song about losing your grip on reality, questioning your sanity, and feeling like you’re on the verge of an explosion all the time. Paranoia, mood swings, white-knuckling your way through the day just barely holding it together. The whole lyrical direction was inspired very directly by the music itself. Rick (Schneider, guitar) has this knack for writing these kind of Southern-hardcore-meets-nu-metal riffs that no one else in the band could write, stuff that’s really noisy, abrasive and discordant, but also tight and bouncy, and that’s where this song began.” Explains Daniel FurnariHe adds, “We sort of deliberately leaned into the chaos of the song in order to try and break away from some of our own writing conventions. Songs that are one hundred percent screamed vocals all the way through are pretty rare for us, but when we were writing this track it was pretty clear to us that clean melodic vocals wouldn’t fit the vibe and energy we were hearing instrumentally, so we really focussed on what we could do with both Jamie and Jake to get the right character across for the song with just screams.
Jake has always done a few screamed parts here and there in our live set, but this was the first time that it’s really felt right to incorporate that on record so it was really cool for us to be able to add that to the palate of sounds on this album and contrast him with Jamie in a new way. We definitely pushed the hell out of both of them in this track and spent a lot of time trying to capture that feeling of anxiety and paranoia we wanted to convey, and I feel like that really paid off in the performances you hear in the end product.
We started adding this song to our live set towards the end of last year and the energy from the crowd has been batshit crazy every time we’ve played it. The internet has been starting to demand pretty firmly that we release it, and we’ve been itching to get it out for everyone to finally hear it properly, so here it is!”
It’s been two years since Polaris released their ARIA-nominated, Top 10 debut, The Mortal Coil which introduced the group to legions of fans around the country and, thanks to an extensive international touring schedule, the world. When it came time to making their new album, The Death Of Me, the Sydney outfit knew they had a tall order on their hands.
Polaris returned to the house in the small South Coast town of Mollymook where they made The Mortal Coil, converting it into a temporary studio. The familiar surrounds acted as something of a refuge after the high-pressure claustrophobia of touring.
Accompanying the band was their front of house sound engineer, Lance Prenc, and long-time friend Scott Simpson (of Melbourne band Alpha Wolf), both of whom co-produced the album with the band.
In the two years since The Mortal Coil, Polaris embarked on three sold-out headlining tours of Australia, as well as supporting Architects and Parkway Drive around the country; five runs throughout Europe (including a series of arena shows supporting Architects and a slew of high-profile summer festival spots); three separate US tours; not to mention performing at the Download Festival and Unify Gathering in Australia. Somewhere in there, the quintet found time to write The Death Of Me.
Brooklyn’s metal jazz trio KILTER have unleashed a new mini-documentary about their upcoming album Kilter. A follow-up to their 2018 self-titled EP, Axiom features instrumental metal-jazz inspired by the unrelenting hustle and grind of New York City. Founder and bassist Laurent David (Label Alter-nativ) teamed up with drummer Kenny Grohowski (Imperial Triumphant) and saxophonist Edward Rosenberg III (Jerseyband, Heart of Barf) to create a daring and spontaneous work of avant-garde metal.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Straight Ahead, legendary Hermosa Beach punk band Pennywise todayannounce that they will be reissuing Straight Ahead as an Australian exclusive limited edition coloured vinyl on January 31.
The limited edition vinyl is only available through the bands Australian webstore. Pre-Order Straight Ahead LP HERE
Pennywise will be performing all songs from the album and bringing with them long-time touring partners from California, STRUNG OUT and Swedish punk rockers NO FUN AT ALL, giving their Australian fans what will no doubt be the punk rock tour of the year.
The sold out sign for 2 shows on the tour, Gold Coast and Chelsea Heights, are now up with tickets selling fast for all remaining shows. Tour details below.
2019 sees the 20th anniversary of Straight Ahead, the bands highest charting album to date (No.8 on the ARIA charts). The album features the radio hit “Alien” as well as set list favourites My Own Country, Can’t Believe It, Straight Ahead and the Men At Work cover Down Under, which was only available on the Australian CD version.
In the midst of the devastating news of the Australian wildfires, horror-inspired theatrical metal group ICE NINE KILLS have launched an exclusive, limited-edition t-shirt, as seen above. 100% of the profits from sales will be donated to aid in the country’s relief efforts. The band traveled to Australia in December of last year for the first time to take part in the Good Things Festival (Sydney), along with a handful of headlining gigs in Brisbane and Melbourne.
“Last month we were thrilled by the killer reception we received on our inaugural visit to Australia,” shares vocalist SPENCER CHARNAS. “In light of the recent events, we are donating all profits from this limited-edition shirt to the Australian Wildfire Relief efforts. Please consider picking one up and helping out our friends down under in this devastating time.”
Pennsylvania groove machine Almost Honest has announced a batch of shows in the eastern U.S. this January and February:
1/17/20 — Roanoke, VA @ The Front Row
1/18/20 — Richmond, VA @ Garden Grove Brewing
1/31/20 — Youngstown, OH @ Westside Bowl
2/1/20 — Harrisburg, PA @ HMAC
2/8/20 — Baltimore, MD @ Rituals Bar & Venue
2/28/20 — Grand Rapids, MI @ Mulligan’s Pub
2/29/20 — Canton, OH @ Buzzbin
About Almost Honest
With the release of their second full length studio album Seiches and Sirens, the groovy-sexy-Viking-funk-doom-rock trio Almost Honest have cemented themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Born in New Cumberland, PA in 2013, these cats have been bringing energetic and memorable live performances across the east coast. Shayne Reed lays down the thundering vocals and groovy guitar while Seth Jackson brings the funky rhythm with his bass. Lastly Quinten Spangler is the time keeper and beat god. Fans never leave a concert unsatisfied and with a sound as unique as Almost Honest’s, who can blame them?
Almost Honest has been featured in such publications as Classic Rock Magazine, Doomed & Stoned, and The Obelisk. This doom rock group has also played with notable acts such as Revocation, Astronoid, and Moon Tooth. These guys are the ones you will want to keep your eyeballs on because they are carving their own piece of music funkery and they want you to be a part of the ride.
Alternative metal rockers Magg Dylan have revealed an uplifting new music video for their latest single “Naked Alone In The Tub“. The video was directed by Eric DiCarlo at Square Up Studios, and draws from the band’s personal experience with depression, alcoholism, and recovery.
“Life is challenging because you never know when your perfect life can become a mess,” says guitarist Brucifer. “Making this video hit close to home emotionally, since Suzanne played the role of our hero.” Singer Suzanne De Iulio elaborates, “The song was written about a time in my life when I was very depressed. My nephew died from an accidental overdose, and one of the pictures I’m holding in the video was of him so those were real tears during filming. Filming this video was difficult for another reason as well… Since I am sober, it was difficult to pretend I was drinking wine in the video. We wanted to symbolize how some people use alcohol to escape from life’s struggles.”
The band will release their new full-length album entitled Amethyst on February 21, 2020 via Eclipse Records. The album was produced by Jonathan Dolese and Bruce Jordan. Pre-order or pre-save the new full-length album Amethyst at this location.
Amethyst features ten alternative metal anthems which showcase the band’s emotional raw energy. Highlights on the album include “Scarz” which was written about singer Suzanne’s personal experiences with bullying during her childhood, and as an adult in the personal fitness, and music industries. “Naked Alone In the Tub” was the most difficult song for Suzanne to release, as she didn’t want to share some of the darkest moments of her life as the lyrics talk about depression after life hands you a series of overwhelming blows. The third single from the album “Delusional” which goes in-depth about singer Suzanne’s past battle with alcoholism and her path to recovery. This band has been through a lot over the years, and their songs reflect the struggles, defeats, and triumphs which have given this album a life of its own!
Magg Dylan tour dates (tickets)
Jan 11 Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation27 w/ The Four Horsemen
Jan 18 Hagerstown, MD Suite 710 w/ Half Heard Voices
Jan 21 Memphis, TN @ Growlers w/ Hed PE
Jan 22 Jefferson, LA @ Southport Music Hall w/ Hed PE
Jan 23 Jonesboro, GA @ Furnace 41 w/ Hed PE
Jan 24 Longwood, FL @ Shovelhead w/ Hed PE
Jan 25 Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug w/ Hed PE
Jan 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room w/ Hed PE
Jan 31 Destin, FL @ Village Door Music Hall w/ Hed PE
Feb 01 Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room w/ Hed PE