Category: Music News

Only two years after their incredibly successful latest album No Absolution, Finnish modern metal squad LOST SOCIETY have come back ferociously with the first single from their upcoming manifesto If The Sky Came Down, which will be released on September 30th via Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Samy Elbanna shares some insights:

‘’The upcoming album is a portrayal of how you see the world after you have come to terms with the fact that all hope has been lost. A world where all your insecurities and worst fears come to life. It’s my story, and ‘112’ is where it all begins. It’s the moment you realise your life has started to unravel and you can finally be fully honest with yourself and admit: you’re not okay. There’s something incredibly purifying and serene about letting go, and finally starting to build something new. Since writing the lyrics and chorus to this song, it was clear that this was the first song people have to hear from the album.”

He continues:

During the recording of the album, I had compiled a few different music video ideas that I really wanted to do for the album – and the synopsis that I had for 112 was just something we knew we HAD to do.

The AMAZING Vita Pictura team immediately grabbed the idea and supercharged it, and I think together we made something absolutely magical. The music video depicts the whole theme of the album, and in particular the feeling talked about on the track itself. Going through a period in time where you feel as though you keep waking up in the exact same time, same place and same emotion without any help. You try to mess with your own “hell loop” but you just keep falling down and finding yourself back where you started.”

Progressive heavy metal vehicle, INTERLOPER is keeping busy in 2022 with the releases of their album Search Party and completing a very successful 7-week tour across North America with label mates OBSCURA. To keep the momentum going, the band releases a music video for their new single, ‘My Flame Deadened’.

Miles Baker comments, “We are very happy to release this one. This song was created and written about a tragedy in one of our lives. The focus of this one was to embrace a minimalist approach and force ourselves to be creative with dynamics without losing focus of the song. We hope you love it and look forward to playing it on an upcoming tour this fall!”

Critically acclaimed British rock band Asking Alexandria has released a new single via Better Noise Music. The band has dropped the latest version of their song “Faded Out” with Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation, a track that describes devastating sadness. 

They also premiered a chilling official music video for the song, which is set to appear on the soundtrack for THE RETALIATORS, a Better Noise Film already receiving praiseout later this year. After ten years of recording their music separately, the band, who sparked new energy and a drive for creating when they reunited in Nashville during quarantine to make their latest album, are now excited to continue this musical journey with this new collaboration.

Directed by Michael Lombardi, the official music video is a creative play on the wildly popular Apple TV+ series Severance, interspersed with scenes of Asking Alexandria and Within Temptation performing the song. Similarly to THE RETALIATORS, the visual follows the journey of a man who’s suffered a tremendous loss, as he awakens to a colorless existence and descends into a bloody subhuman universe. 

Sharing his excitement about their new single and collaborating with Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation, Ben Bruce said, “Faded Out is just one of those songs with an infectious energy and groove! I remember it coming together in the studio and thinking “I can’t wait to play this live.” Fast forward a couple of months and I’m being told that Sharon of Within Temptation wants to sing on the song with us, and the level of excitement and nostalgia running through my body was immeasurable! When I was 14 or 15 years old, I waited in line at Virgin Megastore to meet Within Temptation at a signing and I handed Sharon a demo of my band. Adding Sharon’s vocals to the song and teaming up with Within Temptation is a huge honor for us and it also brings a whole new dimension to the song. I can’t wait for the fans to hear this collaboration and I can’t wait for it to be featured in The Retaliators movie!” 

Sharon also gave her thoughts on the collaboration, “We’ve been blasting metalcore playlists through our speakers to gain a bit of fresh inspiration for our side, and Asking Alexandria is amongst the top bands we have been spinning over the past years. Their songs are heavy and melodic at the same time, therefore it was a no-brainer when they asked us to join them on “Faded Out!” We are evenly honored to be a part of this amazing song and we hope everyone will love it as much as we do! Enjoy!

Faded Out Is available now
https://askingalexandria.ffm.to/rmnb8d3

If the face-melting breakdown at the end of NTH RD’s debut single, Wearing Thin suggested anything, its that the Melbourne quartet are no strangers to embracing heavier sounds; their second single, Worm, reinforces this claim in spades. Today they return with their latest offering, a straight, hard-out RIPPER of a song that comes out of the gate FLYING and never lets up until the final chord is struck.

Doing away with the soft, climactic passages of the previous song, Worm is a chaotic anthem, serving as ample evidence of NTH RD’s dynamic staying power. The track is released Friday May 20th and can be pre-saved/purchased/streamed at https://ditto.fm/worm-nth-rd.

The band spares no time introducing themselves to the track; from the first second, the full brunt of Worm is javelined into your ears. Jordan Kellaway’s high pitched scream can be heard sustained over John Mihaloudakis’ fast paced, smashing drums, coupled with Billy Balassis and Lucas Banim’s frantic aggression on the guitar and bass, which assists in guiding the track amidst the chaos.

It’s immediately evident: this isn’t another helping of the bands rock/core fusion, rather a celebration of brutal, crushing metalcore, demonstrating the band’s penchant for exploring the two extremes, only granting listeners the briefest of reprieve in the melodic and anthemic chorus. As the second single from the band’s upcoming debut EP PanicWorm throws listeners for a loop as to what to expect from the upcoming EP; vocalist Jordan Kellaway states that with Worm, the band “…aimed to explore the heavier side of the EP’, where previous single, Wearing Thin addressed the ‘poppier and more melodic elements of the release.”

While the intensity and chaos of Worm serves as a pleasantly surprising contrast from their last single, fans can be sure of a listening experience that proves that NTH RD is not only dynamic, but also consistent, and undoubtedly a band to watch in the coming years.

The band are launching the belter of a single on Sunday June 5 at Collingwood’s Bendigo Hotel, along with Priorities and This Space is Ours. Tickets are available now.

NTH RD’s new single ‘Worm’ is out Friday May 20th. Pre-save/purchase/stream now at https://ditto.fm/worm-nth-rd.

Liveconformdie are heading out on their first tour ever across Australia – it’s about damn time – but they waited for an absolutely RIPPING tour package to come along.

Phoenix Trap Metal outfit Dropout Kings have announced the dates for their upcoming tour of Australia with Earth Caller, and Liveconformdie. The tour begins on October 27th and marks the first time that Dropout Kings have performed down under. Tickets are on sale now for all dates online at https://linktr.ee/milestonebookings.

We’re all very excited to be hitting the road with Liveconformdie and Earth Caller in Australia. It’s a dream come true to be able to go there because of music. Can’t wait to rip the doors off every venue,” said Dropout Kings vocalist Adam Ramey.

We were so hyped when we got the call to support Dropout Kings on their Australian run. This tour is completely stacked and we can’t wait to show these lads and our audiences a wild time,” commented the members of Earth Caller.

Liveconformdie added, “We’re stoked to have our first tour finally lined up. So keen to play some nü-shit around the country with our brothers in Dropout Kings & Earth Caller.”

Dropout Kings will be touring in support of their upcoming new album Riot Music coming later this year via Suburban Noize Records. The first single from the group’s upcoming new album is the recently released trap-metal rager “Hey Uh”.

As for “liveconformdie” (AKA Conform)? If you came in late – they formed in late 2015: a righteous blend of genres, drawing inspiration from the roots of modern metal and 90’s/00’s nü-metal – and from inception, have always been in tune with a very niche aesthetic, musically and visually. Visual artistry is just as important to liveconformdie as the music.

That DIY ethic extends to the music – everything is written and produced in house at Jez’s studio. They have an authentic, no BS attitude. They don’t give a fuck about gate-keeping. They believe in putting out music that’s true to them and their values. Now with over 6 million total streams on Spotify alone, liveconformdie are looking forward to levelling up again with their new single “Help Yourself” and a second yet-to-be-announced EP which they have been writing and polishing up since the start of the COVID-ridden lockdowns of 2020.

liveconformdie ‘Help Yourself’ is out now and can be found here. Tickets for the Dropout Kings tour can be found at https://linktr.ee/milestonebookings.

More than two decades deep into their existence, Psycroptic have today announced their eighth studio album, Divine Council, set to be released via Prosthetic Records on August 5. Alongside the album announcement, the Australian extreme metal group have shared the lead single, “Rend Asunder”, and an accompanying music video for the track – directed by Michael Rankine and filmed at Oi Studios in Tasmania, AU – which can be seen here:

Speaking on the album announcement and “Rend Asunder”, the band comments: “‘Rend Asunder’ is a little bit of a different style of track for us – stripped back and streamlined, but it still has the Psycroptic sound. It’s straight to the point – fast, catchy and hard hitting from the outset. We think people will dig it from the first listen. We can’t wait to play it live, it will definitely be in the set for our upcoming tours.”

Brothers Dave Haley (drums) and Joe Haley (guitar) have steered Psycroptic through different shades of death metal, from the technical to the experimental, with longtime vocalist and lyricist Jason Peppiatt and bassist Todd Stern further embellishing the sound of the band to create something that is distinctively Psycroptic.

Origin vocalist Jason Keyser has long been considered a part of Psycroptic‘s extended family, and on Divine Council, he contributes vocals to the album tracks. As Peppiatt wrote the lyrics and vocal patterns, the group were able to utilize an extended palette of styles to further enhance his sound, courtesy of Keyser and additional vocals from Amy Wiles, hitting upon a collective approach to complement the Haleys.

With writing and recording punctuated by a pandemic and subsequent strict lockdowns, Divine Council was recorded in various locations across Australia and North America. Drums were tracked at Anubis Studios by Chris Thelemco, bass was captured by Justin Spaeth at Cave Bound Studio, and guitars, vocals and synths were recorded by the band’s own Joe Haley at his Crawlspace Studios before he mixed and mastered the album’s nine tracks.

The suffocating atmosphere carries through to the lyrics that detail the myriad of ways that human beings waste, destroy or devalue what’s in front of them – captured in the evocative album artwork, courtesy of the prolific Eliran Kantor. With narrative threads that throw back to tracks on both their self-titled album and As The Kingdom DrownsPsycroptic have found yet more new ways to explore human’s inherent inability to see the bigger picture – or change track before a miserable demise becomes a crushing inevitability.

Divine Council is an album that oozes confidence, maturity and a relaxed self-assurance befitting of a band with a rich legacy behind them and an unconstrained future ahead of them.

Divine Council track-listing:

1. Rend Asunder

2. A Fool’s Errand

3. This Shadowed World

4. Enslavement

5. Ashes of Our Empire

6. The Prophet’s Council

7. Awakening

8. A Fragile Existence

9. Exitus

Sweden’s melodic death metal veterans SOILWORK are set to return to Australia this November courtesy of Hardline Media and they will be armed with their latest album Övergivenheten.

Övergivenheten isSoilwork’s latest masterpiece, their first studio album in 3 years and the follow up to Verkligheten, will be released on August 19th via Nuclear Blast Records.

SOILWORK have evolved both musically and lyricallyand Övergivenheten is
their most complex and elaborate album to date. The album represents a new phase of their career which is marked by a time period that probably no one on this planet will quickly forget. The amazing results provided on Övergivenheten, shows a band that not only worked incredibly hard on producing such a stunning album but one that reflects years of development and experience as a band.

SOILWORK comments on Övergivenheten:
“The title track of this album just might be the pinnacle of this band’s musical journey – it sums up everything that we’ve ever been about and the sometimes-risky musical venture that this band embarked on some 20 years ago. To us this song is as close to the heart as it gets”

Additionally, the band announced that Rasmus Ehrborn has officially joined as new bass player in the beginning of this year, which makes the SOILWORK line-up complete and ready again to capture the stages around the world!

On the back of the album, Australia welcomes back SOILWORK for a National Tour in November 2022. After their highly successful 2019 tour

The tour will start off in Perth, before heading through Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and then end in Brisbane, playing songs from the new album Övergivenheten, as well as all the classics from their long and illustrious career.

SOILWORK November 2022 Australian Tour Dates

Tuesday 1st Nov – Perth – Magnet House
Wednesday 2nd Nov – Adelaide – Lion Arts Factory (Lic-AA)
Thursday 3rd Nov – Sydney – Manning Bar
Friday 4th Nov – Melbourne – Croxton
Saturday 5th Nov – Brisbane – The Zoo

Limited Pre-Sale Earlybird Tickets – On Sale This Thursday 19th May @ 10:00AM AEST Only At www.hardlinemedia.net

(* The Earlybird catches the worm – these tickets are cheaper, no booking fee charged! limited)

SPECIAL VIP MEET & GREETS AVAILABLE, EXTREMELY LIMITED!

*Once presales are sold out, full price General Public ticket go on sale on Tuesday 24th May)

Swedish metallers Tungsten are back to conquer the world with their third studio album entitled »Bliss«.

»Bliss«, which will be released on the 17th of June, is undoubtley the heaviest and darkest album to date by Tungsten. The typical ingredients that define the music of Tungsten are still there while new grounds and territories are being explored musically. The hooklines are stronger and more dynamic than on the previous albums. The lyrics are darker but they still focus on things common man might relate to in one way or another.

Mike Andersson (vocals) says; “It all came naturally. Creating and recording this album truly put us in a feel of bliss. Nick & Karl who wrote the music have really showed their skills and musical talents on Bliss with new musical ideas but still based in the genre that we established in the band in from the beginning.”

Today, Tungsten released their fourth single ‘On The Sea‘ from the upcoming album.
The single is Tungsten’s most commercial song from »Bliss« with a strong sing-along chorus.
Anders says: “I found it almost impossible to get rid of this song. It’s been playing over and over in my head many sleepless nights. To me, this is a good sign of a good song.”Mike adds: “The melody and the lyrics has a bit of a sad undertone. It’s about reaching for your dreams about joy and happiness.”

The music video is recorded and edited by Ted Lindén at Bullsize Prouctions. It’s filmed on the sea of Kattegat Sweden as some viewers might recognize from the tv-series Vikings. The video, filmed in a beautiful environment, has a storyline in itself and grasps the feeling of how small a man is within this big world. Nick says: “The video is about a single man, portrayed by Mike, and his longings back to where he feels true happiness. It takes place in both past and present, in that it is the same everyday struggles no matter when in time you are. This can be in the 1950s, but it could also take place today.”

»Bliss« was recorded at Harm Studios, Trelleborg (Sweden). Nick Johansson once again took care of the mixing, mastering and production duties. Karl Johansson says: “We really hope that Bliss will reach out to an even broader fanbase than before. So much pain, sweat and love have been put into this album. We are truly excited to introduce Bliss to the world”.

Andreas Marschall was once again hired to paint the front cover. The conceptual idea was a collaboration between the band and Andreas and it conveys a darker feeling which suits the music perfectly. Volfram is back in a twilight world to ours on his neverending quest to aid the weak.

Tungsten is ready to enter the live scene and is already confirmed for Sabaton Open Air in August, 2022.


TUNGSTEN 
are:Mike Andersson | Vocals
Karl Johansson | Bass & ScreamsNick Johansson | GuitarAnders Johansson | Drums

Acclaimed Mongolian rock band The HU have released a new single called 
This Is Mongol ahead of their second official studio album set for release later this year via Better Noise Music

With “This Is Mongol,” as with all of their music, The HU connects the world to Mongolian culture and its unique core values of natural preservation and spiritual connection with the earth. These core values are on full display in the new, epic official video for “This is Mongol,” also released today. The deeply meaningful lyrics uplift the Mongol people, as the band wishes for prosperity and peace among all.

In celebration of their new single and upcoming album, The HU also released an official music video directed by John Connor Hammond. The visual is set in the Mojave Desert and showcases the band energetically performing their inspiring new single “This Is Mongol.”  

Thrilled to be sharing more of their Mongolian roots, producer Dashka said, “Creating this song meant so much to me. We are announcing our arrival through music and specifically through this song. In these uncertain times, I hope we are bringing positivity, empowerment and strength to fight for better days.”   Speaking about the video, singer and tumur hhuur player Jaya said, “We shot in the Mojave Desert, Nevada and the environment reminded us of Gobi Desert in Mongolia. We enjoyed shooting the video, which happened during our tour and gave us a little break to reminisce about home. The song perfectly matched the environment we made the video in. It was one of the best memories we created as a band and it was special because our producer Dashka was with us to oversee the whole process.”  
 Previously debuting at #1 on the World Album and Top New Artist charts with their 2019 debut album The Gereg, the band is excited to start dropping new music for fans.  

Over the last several months, the band has been recording new material in their homeland of Mongolia and shared an update from the studio with fans on their YouTube channel HERE.  

On the morin khuur and serving as a vocalist, Gala talked about their recording process for their upcoming album, “Our second album was recorded during Covid lockdown, where we used the time to put our best effort and astounding amount of energy to focus on the work. Therefore, it is our hope to present our listeners with unique songs that have their own characteristics.”

Temka, who plays the tovshurr and sings background vocals, also spoke about their upcoming album, “The new album has great quality, composition, melody and overall it is sensational. The lyrics that Dashka wrote consist of our traditional values, virtues and wisdom of our ancestors. Our fans can expect to hear and feel the messages we try to deliver through our songs, such as love and respect for parental love, the importance of sustainability and cultural heritage. We can’t wait for our fans to listen and enjoy our second album and are excited to be performing for fans whom we have yet to meet. We will see you very soon and send our regards to our fans all over the world!

The Hu will be touring Australia in August!
Black Thunder Australia Tour 2022
Wednesday, August 3: 170 Russell, Melbourne
Friday, August 5: Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Saturday, August 6: Hindley Street Music Hall, Adelaide
Sunday, August 7: The Roundhouse, Sydney

For complete tour and ticket and information, visit: 
livenation.com.au & thehuofficial.com

Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of VÉVAKI! The Nordic folk outfit will release their second album  ‘Fórnspeki’ via Season of Mist in the fall of 2022. In celebration of the signing, and to provide a taste of things to come, the band now release a first new track already! The song “Jötnablót”, which is accompanied by an official music video, can now be viewed via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel HERE. The track can be pre-saved HERE. The links may be freely spread throughout your channels.

VÉVAKI comment on the signing: “We are beyond thrilled to join the Season of Mist family. To be a part of a label that respects artistic freedom and encourages artists to be themselves is all we could ever hope for. We cannot wait to continue with our ritualistic creations, and to share our vision with the world.

Originally a solo project by singer and multi-instrumentalist Will Hunter, VÉVAKI is a folk band which draws from Nordic heathenism and animistic traditions. Myth, ritual and a connection with the natural world inform VÉVAKI’s music, which is both contemporary in sound and wide-ranging in instrumentation.

Debut album ‘Edda’ came in 2020 when VÉVAKI was a still a solo project, although Sigurboði Grétarsson and Florian Baudrain made contributions. Taking a collection of Old Norse poetry – the Poetic Edda – as its source material, ‘Edda’ breaths new life into these stories through its musical journey, at once beautiful and hypnotically heady.

VÉVAKI’s second album, ‘Fórnspeki’, finds the band expanding upon their sound while staying true to their folk roots and traditions.  Sigurboði Grétarsson has joined VÉVAKI as a full-time member, as has Gísli Gunnarsson and Hrafnhildur Inga Guðjónsdóttir. The new material is, says Will, broader and more mature sounding.

VÉVAKI is very much based in our modern heathen tradition,” Will notes. “Sigurboði and I had been playing music for a while and we have used music as part of our personal spiritual practise. We had worked on some songs together but they were very much personal. Then we had a jam session in this cave in Iceland and afterwards we tried to record a song. I asked if Sigurboði would feature on it and he said yes, thankfully. Then I went home and used my home recording equipment to do a song which we sent to Danheim (Danish folk musician) and he put me on his online record label. And that’s how VÉVAKI started. We did a full album from there. Sigurboði featured heavily on it, even though he wasn’t in the band in any official capacity. But he did lots of drums and vocals and stuff like that.”

VÉVAKI employ various stringed instruments and percussion throughout their music, its dynamics buoyed by the complementary vocal styles of Will, Sigurboði and Hrafnhildur and the cinematic soundscapes sculpted by Gísli Gunnarsson. This comes to the fore on ‘Fórnspeki’.

“We decided to go a bit bigger,” says Will. “We started working on the second album and we brought in Gísli, and the sound has changed quite a bit, I think. It’s much more mature now. In my opinion, Gísli is the glue that holds us together. He comes from a modern classical background. And Hrafnhildur was an obvious choice, to add an important female dynamic. Her voice has a healing quality to it, I think, and that’s a big thing with the new album.”

Ritual and spiritual practises provide a structure to ‘Fórnspeki’.
“Our practice is very animistic,” says Will. “But you don’t have to be a super spiritual person to feel some sort of connection to nature. And we just hope that whoever is listening finds that our music brings some sort of connection for them.

Sigurboði adds, “‘Fórnspeki’ was composed around this concept of the ritual and of the performance. There will be a performance and ritual on stage, because that’s how the songs are imagined. And some of the songs came from rituals that we’ve done or have spawned from the rituals. For example, the song ‘Dísablót’ is based around a ritual that we would do. It’s got lots of chants in there that we would do and we hope that other people might be inspired. On this new album we have a lot of original lyrics. But it’s both based in the myth and the practice. It’s not all about the gods but also about the worship and the ritual.”

VÉVAKI is a fluid and resourceful project, employing traditional and contemporary instrumentation of various origins.

“We’re not going for historical accuracy,” points out Sigurboði. “We’re not married to the idea that it has to be a Nordic instrument. We’re not Vikings. We’re not the Shamans, or the Priests. We are the practitioners, the regular folk making the offerings.”

Adds Will, “We are trying to step away from that whole Viking thing. There are modern songs for modern beliefs. We put a lot of emphasis on that.”
Line up: 
Will Hunter
Hrafnhildur Inga Guðjónsdóttir
Sigurboði Grétarsson
Gísli Gunnarsson