Category: Metal

With a bond forged in youth and decades-old friendship, the undisputed masters of thrash metal return with their eleventh studio albumPERSONA NON GRATA due to be released on November 19th via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band releases the music video for the first single entitled, ‘The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)’. Watch the video that was written and directed by BJ McDonnell and produced by James A Rota, here:

Gary Holt comments “After what seems like an eon, we now have the debut of our first single, ‘The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)’. I’m so jacked up for this and the release of Persona Non GrataLet’s get the bloodletting started!

PRE-ORDER your copy of PERSONA NON GRATA here: (local physical will be available)

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The future has begun: Today, heavy metal heroes BEAST IN BLACK start into a new shimmering metallic era of their bright future. The band announces their new album Dark Connection and reveals the cover artwork for this fantastic masterpiece, catapulting the listener into the exciting world of cyberpunk. Dark Connection marks the third album of the international high-flyers and will be released on October 29th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Guitarist Anton Kabanen states, “Enter cyberpunk. Flying cars, sprawling metropolis, valleys of neon lights, emotionless killers, gynoids, femmes fatales, shadowy characters, lethal lust, forbidden passion, love larger than life, space travel… All this and much more is what Dark Connection holds within. Such cyberpunk animes as Armitage III, Cyber City Oedo 808, AD Police, Battle Angel Alita and Bubblegum Crisis have essentially served as sources of inspiration, as well as the immortal classic film by Ridley Scott; Blade Runner. And as always, a Beast In Black album wouldn’t be a Beast In Black album without a heavy impact of Berserk, the manga and anime creation of Kentaro Miura. Sadly, the beloved author passed away while we were still making this album. Thus, Dark Connection is dedicated to Kentaro Miura.” 

Anton continues on the artwork, “The instantly captivating album artwork was once again done by Roman Ismailov. Its visual emphasis significantly correlates with the recurring themes of Dark Connection. The tense gaze shared between the Beast and the drop-dead gorgeous femme fatale gynoid, Cynthia, speaks of an exciting, arousing, dangerous, mysterious and even questionable connection on a physical, emotional and moral level. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well, this certainly is the case!”

The track list for Dark Connection reads as follows:
1. Blade Runner
2. Bella Donna
3. Highway To Mars
4. Hardcore
5. One Night In Tokyo
6. Moonlight Rendezvous
7. Revengeance Machine
8. Dark New World
9. To The Last Drop Of Blood
10. Broken Survivors
11. My Dystopia
12. Battle Hymn (MANOWAR Cover)
13. They Don’t Care About Us (MICHAEL JACKSON Cover)

Dark Connection will be available as digital album, CD and Vinyl. The preorder will start soon, so keep an eye on the band channels for updates!

SPIRITBOX have unveiled a brand new track today titled “Hurt You”, from their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Eternal Blue’, set for release on September 17th on Rise Records/BMG Australia. The band have also released an accompanying music video for the song which can be watched here or by clicking the image below. Fans can find “Hurt You” on streaming platforms here.

Speaking on the new song and its accompanying music video, Spiritbox guitarist, Mike Stringer shares: “Hurt You is a song that was written before the pandemic, in early 2020 during a snowstorm. We were stuck inside, and couldn’t go anywhere, so this song flowed out of myself, Courtney, and our producer Dan pretty quick. The subject matter of the song explores toxic co-dependency, and the feeling of knowing that something is doomed to fail, but making the choice to go down with the ship. The video, directed by Dylan Hryciuk, is horror inspired, and depicts love in four different acts. It’s the first video we’ve made where we do not make an appearance, and allow the story to be the main focus.

Spiritbox, one of the hottest new bands in heavy music, thrilled fans back in May with the official announcement of their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Eternal Blue’, which is set to drop on Friday, September 17th, 2021 with pre-orders available now by clicking hereThe band sold out of all vinyl pre-orders within the first 24 hours of announcement and on-sale.

The band have released two new songs from their debut album this year. First single “Circle With Me” which charted on Billboard at #1 Hard Rock Digital Song Sales, #5 Hot Hard Rock Songs, #9 Rock Songs Core Genre, #12 Rock Digital Songs, #50 Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, #71 Digital Songs and has clocked up 10.7 million streams to date. More recently, they released “Secret Garden” which has clocked up 5.2 million streams since its release.

Prior to “Circle With Me” the band released two break-out, hit singles last year – the heart-breaking and otherworldly “Constance“, which has clocked up 10.5 million streams to date and re-entered the Billboard chats last week at #1 Hard Rock Digital Song Sales, #4 Rock Songs Core Genre, #19 Hot Hard Rock Songs following the release of the very special reimagining of “Constance (Acoustic)” and the unrelentingly brutal “Holy Roller” which has run up 18.3 million streams to date and debuted at #25 on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs and charted as the #1 song of 2020 on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal.

Spiritbox’s ‘Eternal Blue’ is set to drop on Friday, September 17th, 2021 with pre-orders available now by clicking here.

The metalcore quintet WOLVES AMONG US, hailing from Aalborg, Denmark, are positively known and recognized for their ability to cleverly and smoothly combine the heavy with the pop-ish. They are now back and ready with the first single ‘Calamity’, from their coming sophomore album ‘Hollow Gloom’: 

“’Calamity’ is the perfect image of a dystopian relationship and the realization of how it’s better to sometimes give up and move on. It was important for us to capture the right atmosphere to really set the mood on this song. The hard hitting guitars and vocals combined with the ambient theme is meant to really emphasize this”, guitarist Rune Bohnstedt muses. 

WOLVES AMONG US are getting ready to release their sophomore album, which has been produced and mastered by Chris Kreutzfeldt (CABAL, Daze of June, Ghost Iris). The quintet has been working on this album for quite some time, which has resulted in kicking it up a notch when it comes to quality and ambition. The coming album ‘Hollow Gloom’ will be released on November 19 through Prime Collective.

The first single ‘Calamity’ is already available on all streaming services.

Alternative rock trio Shangrila have released “Let You Down” as the third single to drop from forthcoming EP, ‘Analog Youth‘, out next Friday August 27. Watch here!

The single debuted on triple j Unearthed TOPs on Tuesday before the video went live with Pilerats on Wednesday with a play on triple j Short. Fast. Loud that night. This morning the single found its way onto huge Spotify playlists New Music Friday AU & NZRock Out. and Local Noise, reaching the ears of hundreds of thousands of listeners.

Written about the lingering effects of past relationship traumas, “Let You Down” uncovers the anxieties of entering into a new relationship and being subconsciously unable to let go of old trust and commitment issues. Vocalist Devyn Jupp highlights that “as the song progresses, it follows the relationship breaking down due to the person not allowing themselves to trust their partner from fear of history repeating. Once they are finally able realise the root of the problem is not from their present situation but from the ghost of the past relationship its already too late.
Exploring the twists and turns of growing up and the journey into adulthood, ‘Analog Youth’ is a coming of age offering, capturing the essence of youth and the different facets of life as we grow older to discover who we are. ‘Analog Youth’ is five moments in time, reflected through memories and emotions narrated over a nostalgic soundscape produced by Shane Edwards of Karma Sound Studios (Trophy EyesHellions) with additional engineering and production by Cody Brooks.

“Let You Down” feeds itself into the story as a track that represents navigating new relationships and learning to let go of toxic ties from the past. Jupp adds, “I’ve always found it interesting how every experience we have throughout our lives shapes the person we grow into and once you know the details of people’s past life experiences and relationships you start to understand how they have become the person they are today.”
Previous singles “Waiting” and “Lift Me Up tackled similar feelings that contribute to our ever-growing journey. Both singles have seen airtime on triple j and have racked up tens of thousands of Spotify and YouTube streams. “Lift Me Up” occupied a rotation spot on triple j Unearthed radio and was hailed as an “unbeatable rock anthem pouring a fountain of hope over its melodic waves of rocky beats” by Wall Of Sound and “tonally rich” and “smooth-as-hell” by KillYourStereo. “Waiting” welcomed a spin on Channel 7‘s Friday Night Football on its day of release and was added it Spotify editorial playlist Rock Out.

Launching “Lift Me Up” at Perth’s Amplifier Bar in late July, Shangrila sold out the show and delivered an unmissable performance. Due to demand, the trio are excited to return to the stage for their ‘Analog Youth’ EP launch at Rosemount Hotel on Saturday August 28, supported by Nautical MileStonehands and Pinwheel. Tickets available via Oztix.

Shangrila is Devyn Jupp (vocals), Jackson Macleod (guitars) and Dan Harper. With a band history stretching back almost a decade, the evolution of Shangrila is one that has been constant and ever intriguing. The release of their debut EP ‘Love and Leaving‘ and subsequent headline dates and shows supporting the likes of Trophy Eyes and Gyroscope proved the perfect introduction to the band’s new sonic path, one that was well-released by industry and their fans alike.

“Let You Down”, “Waiting” and “Lift Me Up” are available everywhere now. ‘Analog Youth’ will be available Friday August 27.

We might be in and out of lockdowns but this month really has seen the return of one of Australia’s best thrash metal bands – Desecrator.

Nearly two years ago the band were on a mega high – they were touring Europe with Airbourne and while that sounds like a big deal within itself the band’s lead singer Riley Strong recently told Subculture’s Dave Griffiths that that was also the time when the band started the genesis that would become its greatest album to date – the soon to be released The Summoning.

To hear how that started everything and why it is taken two years for the band’s dream to come into being make sure you take a listen to this very insightful interview right here:

The band unleashes the second teaser for their upcoming album A Valediction, which is set to be released on November 19th. This time, it´s the catchy title track that manifests OBSCURA’s melodic pace, that they stand for over a decade.

Mastermind Steffen Kummerer comments the track as follows: “The title track combines past and future to the present. With a combination of virtuosity, catchiness and clear arrangements, “A Valediction” unfolds a bittersweet, fragile temper and sums up the lyrical framework of the entire album. A worthy title track and characterful summit of upcoming concerts.”

The video was shot, once again, with talented Mirko Witzki and brings back the vibes of late 90ies MTV.