After re-signing to Nuclear Blast in early 2021, the Finnish heavy metal sextet BATTLE BEAST are once again unleashing their full force upon the world in the shape of their brand new masterpiece Circus of Doom, which is being released today via Nuclear Blast.
In true BATTLE BEAST fashion, the 10 tracks blend true heavy metal with pop and rock-vibes, paired with Noora Louhimo’s unique voice.
To celebrate the occasion, the band also release a music video of their new single ‘Wings of Light’, that you can watch here: https://youtu.be/JzILGd0NAfM
Janne Björkroth comments about the relese: “We wanted to make an absorbing and interesting album that includes both lighter party songs and heavier stuff as well. It’s not a theme album in the traditional sense, but rather a versatile entity that sounds like BATTLE BEAST, but with new flavours and twists. The album is named after its theatrical opening track, which is quite a massive song in many ways. It’s groovy and catchy, filled with fascinating details, wild orchestrations, big emotions, and many stories. In that way, the song reflects the whole album, and we think it’s an ideal title track. Like the song ‘Circus of Doom’, the whole album is filled with enchanting surprises and wild carnival atmosphere. Like a joyful day at the circus.“
Circus of Doom was recorded at JKB Studios in Helsinki, Finland and produced and mixed by keyboardist Janne Björkroth, while the stunning artwork was created by Jan Yrlund.
After gathering over 1 million plays combined for their debut single ‘Shadowminds’, 2021’s biggest surprise in the metal scene, strikes back with another single & video.
Combining their forces as songwriting geniuses and having the “Rifflords of Sweden” united once more, they deliver with the new hit single “Feel What I Believe” what fans were craving for the past decade!
Jesper Strömblad of IN FLAMES (1990-2010), Mikael Stanne (DARK TRANQUILLITY), Peter Iwers (IN FLAMES 1997-2016) , Daniel Svensson (IN FLAMES 1998-2015) and Niclas Engelin (IN FLAMES 1997-98/2011-) teamed up to shake up the Gothenburg scene!
Watch the video of this awesome uptempo banger here:
The band comments on the song as follows: “Feel what I believe” is basically about how it felt growing up and discovering extreme metal in our late teens. Delving into something that was both frightening and alluring at the same time. And having that as the sole focus as you started playing in a band and in essence decided who you wanted to be. That confidence and laser focus is what still fascinates me I love that this somehow endured over the years. This is basically us at 19 screaming “How don’t you understand this?”. And even if people around us didn’t get it at the time at least they could see our passion for it and that’s what this song is about. The video is also reminiscent of the videos we saw growing up. A bunch of long haired people in an abandoned warehouse playing loud music while trying to look cool basically. What we did here though is bring it to another level thanks to TheoGabay and his amazing team. I love that it captures the vibe of us playing and really enjoying what we do. Also it looks spectacular. Enjoy!”
“‘Tamashii No Houkai’ means ‘the breaking of the soul’ or ‘soul collapse,” explains Kiichi. “It’s a Japanese term that didn’t exist before, but one we forged to reflect the song’s meaning.”
Kiichi, who is of Japanese heritage, continues, “‘Tamashii No Houkai’ is co-written by Ihsahn — the legend behind Emperor and a musician who has been a longtime influence and mentor to so much that I do in music. The writing of this song was the turning point for Ibaraki — it summarized everything from the past, present, and future of what I thought black metal was, is, and could be.”
Kiichi finishes, “‘Tamashii No Houkai’ is the perfect summary and representation of everything that Ibaraki is… and will be.”
IBARAKI — the name for a terrifying Japanese demon taken from feudal legend — is the end-result of Kiichi’s continued journey to find his voice. It’s personal, it’s deep, and its inspirations include everything from an adoration for the extremes of black metal and beyond.
It was Kiichi’s exposure to Ihsahn’s solo work that would inspire the gradual craftsmanship that would eventually become IBARAKI. It was also the beginning of a friendship and creative collaboration that would eventually compel Ihsahn to take a leap of his own into a newfound role as producer on the project. While much of the material for IBARAKI was assembled over months and years — as much a songwriting process as an exchange of ideas between friends — it wasn’t until the pandemic that the space was created and the idea could really flourish.
Multi-platinum selling Hip-Hop luminaries Cypress Hill have announced the release date for their 10th Studio album, Back In Black, following their critically acclaimed 2018 album ‘Elephants On Acid’.
Now 30 Years into their career, ‘Back In Black’ – produced by Detroit’s Black Milk – will be released on March 18 via BMG.
On this new record, Cypress Hill knew they had more to offer with ‘Back in Black’. “This album is a return to our roots,” Sen Dog says. “We were proud hip-hoppers back in the day and we’ve gone through it all. We’re proud to be part of the hip-hop industry. Doing a straight hip-hop joint was the way to go.”
The album announcement also marks the release of another brand-new track from the group, titled ‘Bye Bye’. On the dark, percussive track, Cypress Hill throws another curveball by adding rising Michigan born rapper Dizzy Wright into the mix, who delivers a standout verse about the cost of violence.
On ‘Bye Bye’, B-Real said “I think with this song, it’s a statement where – in a roundabout way – we speak to the politics of today. That we’re being lulled into this dreamworld. To try to blind us from the separation that the politicians and government create. Trying to put us to sleep and while we’re in this sleep state of unawareness they do whatever they want.”
Following the release of earlier tracks ‘Champion Sound’ and ‘Open Ya Mind’ in 2021, the former a featured track on the soundtrack of the Major League Baseball, video game, R.B.I. Baseball ’21, ‘Bye Bye’ continues to elevate the Grammy nominated group’s distinctly powerful dual-vocal dynamic to new heights, with Dizzy Wright adding another element to the sound. ‘Back In Black’ sees them enter an incredible fourth decade of releases, shining a spotlight on the reason they’re consistently hailed as one of the greatest hip-hop acts of all time.
Summary: Twenty-five years after the original series of murders in Woodsboro, a new Ghostface emerges, and Sidney Prescott must return to uncover the truth.
Cinema Release Dates: 13th January 2022 (Australia), 20th January 2022 (Thailand), 14th January 2022 (UK), 14th January 2021 (USA)
VOD Release Dates: TBA
Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Screenwriter: James Vanderbilt, Guy Busick
Cast: Sonia Ammar (Liv McKenzie), David Arquette (Dewey Riley), Melissa Barrera (Sam Carpenter), Jasmin Savoy Brown (Mindy Meeks-Martin), Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott), Reggie Conquest (Deputy Farney), Courtney Cox (Gale Weathers), Kyle Gallner (Vince Schneider), Mason Gooding (Chad Meeks-Martin), Roger Jackson (Ghostface (voice)), Mikey Madison (Amber Freeman), Heather Matarazzo (Martha Meeks), Dylan Minnette (Wes Hicks), Jenna Ortega (Tara Carpenter), Jack Quaid (Richie Kirsch), Marley Shelton (Deputy Judy Hicks), Christopher Speed (Movie Randy), Chester Tam (Deputy Vinson), Skeet Ulrich (Billy Loomis)
Running Time: 114 mins
Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 18 (Thailand), 18 (UK), R (USA)
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David Griffiths’ Scream Review:
For a generation of cinema fans Scream was the film that got them hooked on horror. At a time when the slasher horror was starting to go through a bit of a resugiance the original Scream film stood out from the rest because of the fact director Wes Craven (A Nightmare On Elm Street) and Kevin Williamson (I Know What You Did Last Summer) used the film to almost mock the tropes of what made a slasher film a slasher film.
But the film wasn’t a parody, oh no Craven and Williamson did something that cinema had never seen before. They exposed popular horror tropes but still made this a film with an original story and characters likable enough for horror fans to fall in love with.
Somewhere down the line though Scream films started to take themselves way too seriously. That wit that saw the original film almost have a go at the genre it rested nicely in was gone, but thankfully now with Scream 5 it feels like directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin (Ready Or Not) and Tyler Gillett (Devil’s Due) have had enough of the rot and once again we have a Scream film with a contained story that is also self-aware of where it sits within modern day horror.
This time around the murders seem to be occurring around Sam Carpenter (Melissa Barrera – In The Heights) who hastily makes a trip back to Woodsboro after her sister, Tara (Jenna Ortega – Iron Man 3), is attacked by the brand new Ghostface killer.
Urged on by Tara’s friends and her boyfriend, Richie (Jack Quaid – Rampage), Sam decides that the only way that they can get to the bottom of who Ghostface is is to bring in those that have been there in the past starting with the now retired Dewey Riley (David Arquette – Never Been Kissed). At first Dewey doesn’t want to get involved but once he realises just how serious things are he is straight on the phone to warn his ex-wife Gale (Courtney Cox – Friends) and original victim Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell – Wild Things) that Ghostface is on the run again.
It is almost an impossible task to review Scream 5. Because on one hand the plot and premise of the film is paper thin, but to be honest it is also one hell of a smart ride. Screenwriters, James Vanderbilt (Independence Day: Resurrection) and Guy Busick (Read Or Not), bring back the magic of the original film by taking a fair swipe at the tropes that we have come to expect with re-boots or re-quels as they are becoming known. They also have a fair bit to say about the so called ‘intelligent’ horror films that seem to have replaced good old slasher films in cinemas.
In a way Scream 5 does exactly what the original Scream did. It not only makes a statement about horror today but its characters almost parody what you would expect to see in a re-boot but at the same time the film has a plot that is completely contained within the film. The great thing about that is that while the film is very self-aware of itself and at times the characters speak like they know they are characters in a film nothing trips up the plot and once again we have a Scream film that is a fun whodunit.
To the credit of the screenwriters the film also ties in the characters from the past remarkably well. Unlike other franchises that have tried to bring old-school characters back into new releases the screenwriters have kept the characters true to what we have known them to be the past and they are there to move the story along not just to get the actors’ names in the credits.
Acting wise many of the cast step up and deliver exactly what they need to do for such a film. Jasmin Savoy Brown (For The People) steals the show as the horror film obsessed Mindy while returning veteran David Arquette puts in one of the most emotionally driven performances ever seen in the Scream franchise. It’s certainly a surprise to see such a performance in a stock standard slasher but Arquette is certainly up to the task.
Scream 5 is a reminder of just how fun cinema can be. Does it make a statement about the world today? No! Does it make a statement about the horror films that we are watching now? Hell yes! The film is full of likable characters, has a witty script and is fun enough to have you guessing who is the killer and whose pulse will stop next.
A new year is here and Metal heavyhitters Aviana are back with a new single titled ‘Obsession‘ solely led by vocalist Joel Holmqvist up until now.
In March 2020 all previous members of the Swedish band announced their departure from Aviana to focus on other things in life. Since then Joel picked up things by himself and kept the band running by releasing four critical acclaimed singles via Arising Empire in 2021.
Today Aviana revealed four new masked and unknown indviduals alongside the vocalist as he states. “The next chapter of Aviana is here. Let it be known!”
Crusing through the new single it is clear that this song has a more Melodic Metalcore sound which we are more familiar to hear from the band. Although no new album have been announced yet the teasing goes on.
“The last single that we released with “Overcome” was really experimental and fun, but the sound of this new song is closer to the more mature sound that we are trying to approach for this record”, Joel says.
One could pretty quick detect a dark vibe and the band telling a story around subjects connected to mental health issues when watching the music video for ‘Obsession‘.
“The lyrics of this song is a bit more to the emotional side and about a subject that I personally feel we should talk a lot more about. We wanted to visualize that not only with the lyrics but also bring it to life in the video”, Joel finishes.
Heart Attack is an unpredictable groovy blend of modern thrash metal and their first new song, “Septic Melody”, marks Heart Attack‘s debut on their new label home Atomic Fire Records. The song tilts from unleashed thrash fury into soaring melodies and back again in no time. No wonder the French armada chose it as their first single.
“We wrote the music for Septic Melody during the first lockdown, and we had a lot of rage and frustration to release,” states the band. The song is about the inner struggle and despair humankind can face when confronted with life’s trials or other happenings that crush the world around you. The masked characters are here to personify such misfortune and drive the principal character to madness in the music video. The video is filmed in the Roman Arena of Frejus (Southern France), built in the first century. “This arena has such a magical atmosphere with its native sound of the drums. Shooting the video there was so strong like playing live in front of a festival stage, it was incredible,” muses the band about the making of the video.
Kevin Geyer, vocalist and guitarist, comments about the signing:
“When we heard that Atomic Fire Records was interested in signing Heart Attack, it was a great emotion for the band. We were really honored that such important people in the music industry believe in a band like us from the South of France. The Atomic Fire team made us feel confident. They are really excellent, responsive, and understanding people with a good sense of humor. It’s a pleasure to work with them and to feel so supported. It’s an incredible opportunity to work with them, and we are very happy with this collaboration.” Stream it here: https://music.atomicfire-records.com/septic
Heart Attack is a four-piece army consisting of Kevin Geyer (rhythm guitars, vocals), Chris Cesari (lead guitars, keyboards), Will Ribeiro (bass guitar, vocals), and Christophe Icard (drums). The band played prestigious Hellfest, shared the stage with Trivium and Opeth, or opened for Megadeth in Lyon, and their upcoming new album “Negative Sun” is the perfect amalgamation of roaring thrash metal and epic melodies to be released worldwide via Atomic Fire Records on June 10th, 2022.
Heart Attack is for Gojira, Machine Head, and early Metallica fans searching for the definite riff that will help them drive for a long ride under the sun. Long live France, and remember where you heard it first!
Disney+ announced today that “Torn,” from director Max Lowe and producer Chris Murphy, along with Lightbox’s award-winning producers Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, will premiere on Disney+ on Feb. 4, 2022. From National Geographic Documentary Films, “Torn” had its world premiere at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival and won the award for Best Feature Film at BANFF. The film, called a “cinematic gift” by RogerEbert.com, captures the Lowe-Ankers’ intense personal journey through love and loss with eldest son, Max, behind the lens.
On Oct. 5, 1999, Alex was tragically lost alongside cameraman and fellow climber David Bridges in a deadly avalanche on the slopes of the Tibetan mountain Shishapangma. Miraculously surviving the avalanche was Alex’s best friend and climbing partner, renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker. After the tragedy, Anker and Alex’s widow, Jennifer, fell in love, married, and Anker stepped in to help raise Alex’s three sons.
In 2016, 17 years after their deaths, Lowe’s and Bridges’ bodies were discovered, and Lowe’s family journeyed to the remote Himalayan mountains to recover the men’s remains. In the powerful and deeply moving “Torn,” director Max Lowe examines the long-buried feelings that the discovery unearthed for him and his family members. Weaving together archival footage of Alex’s spellbinding adventures, revealing home movies and emotional interviews with Jennifer, Sam, Isaac and Conrad, Lowe challenges long-held family myths and questions his own beliefs as he creates an insightful examination of fatherhood, love, loss and resilience set against the high-stakes world of professional mountain climbing.
“I have put everything of myself into ‘Torn,’” said director Max Lowe. “A film truly unique in my career in its detailing of my own family’s heart opening exercise in vulnerability around our shared trauma, redemption and love. I couldn’t be more honoured and thrilled to be able to share our story with the world on one of the biggest stages with our upcoming Disney+ launch.”
“Torn” is directed by first-time feature filmmaker Max Lowe with Murphy as producer. Producing for Lightbox is two-time Academy Award® winner Simon Chinn (“Man on Wire,” “Searching for Sugar Man”) and Academy Award nominee Jonathan Chinn (“Black Sheep,” “LA 92”); the editor is Michael Harte (“Three Identical Strangers”).
National Geographic Documentary Films previously released the Academy Award, BAFTA and seven-time Emmy® Award-winning film “Free Solo” and the Academy Award-nominated film “The Cave.” Other critically acclaimed films under the banner include E. Chai Vasarheyli and Jimmy Chin’s “The Rescue,” Liz Garbus’ “Becoming Cousteau” and Ron Howard’s “Rebuilding Paradise;” Sundance Audience Award winners “Science Fair” and “Sea of Shadows;” Emmy winners “LA 92” and “Jane,” both of which were included in the top 15 documentaries considered for an Academy Award in 2017; and Dupont Award winner “Hell On Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis.”
Stan today released the teaser trailer for the highly anticipated series JOE vs CAROLE, available Friday 4 March only on Stan. Written and executive produced by Etan Frankel, JOE vs CAROLE is directed by Justin Tipping and Natalie Bailey.
Cast includes John Cameron Mitchell (Shrill) as Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel, Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) as Carole Baskin, Kyle MacLachlan (Atlantic Crossing) as Howard Baskin, Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town) as John Reinke, Sam Keeley (The English Game) as John Finlay, Nat Wolff (Paper Towns) as Travis Maldonado, Marlo Kelly (Dare Me)as Jamie Murdock, William Fichtner (Mom) as Rick Kirkham, Dean Winters (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as Jeff Lowe, and Australia’s David Wenham (Elvis) as Don Lewis.
Filmed in Queensland, JOE vs CAROLEis a scripted adaptation of the 2020 Wondery podcast Joe Exotic: Tiger King, hosted and reported by Robert Moor. Alongside Etan Frankel,Kate McKinnon will also executive produce along with Alex Katsnelson and Wondery’s Hernan Lopez, Marshall Lewy, and Aaron Hart. Joe vs Carole is produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group.
Showrunner, Writer, and Executive Producer Etan Frankel said: “JOE vs CAROLE is a wild ride. We knew it would take two extraordinary actors to portray these larger-than-life people as the complex, three-dimensional individuals that they are. John Cameron Mitchell is one of the most gifted and thoughtful actors I’ve ever worked with. He cares so deeply about the work, and his performance is breathtaking. And Kate McKinnon is simply remarkable. She is able to make us double over with laughter one moment and then break our hearts the next. It was an absolute thrill to watch these two exceptional actors morph into these roles.”
JOE vs CAROLE premieres 4 March, same day as the U.S. and only on Stan.