Fronted by vocalist and violinist Eddie Berg, guitarists Harald Barrett & Alex Arnoldsson, drummer Peter Hanström and bass player Christian Höijer; IMMINENCE takes us on an epic, cinematic journey with their captivating new single ‘Heaven In Hiding‘.
Following the release of previous single ‘Temptation‘, the relentless behemoth that earned the nomination as the heaviest song in the bands history and upon release undisputedly became one of the most successful metalcore singles of 2021, IMMINENCE once again displays their unrestrained diversity and dynamic approach with a new release.
With ‘Heaven In Hiding‘, the group presents all their strengths and unique features as a band and accompanies the song with an extraordinary video production, once again directed by Pavel Trebukhin. ‘Temptation‘ might have set a new standard for what one might expect from the group, but ‘Heaven In Hiding‘ proves them to be unlike anyone else. The video recordings took place somewhere deep inside the ice cold landscapes of Latvia, February 2021.
“Temptation was the undoubtedly biggest production we ever worked on. We want to show that we’re able to deliver the same quality and creativity, yet do something completely different. Heaven In Hiding is now yours” – Harald Barrett (guitar)
The song was recorded, mixed, and mastered in Sweden by Henrik Udd: Award-winning producer that has worked on some of the most critically acclaimed albums with acts such as ARCHITECTS, BRING ME THE HORIZON, AT THE GATES, and many more, including IMMINENCE as well.
New Zealand’s highest streaming rock band, Written By Wolves, have recruited Trenton Woodley of Hands Like Houses for a re-imagined version of “Better Luck Next Time.” Stream here: https://smarturl.it/nextime.
The new single takes a tongue-in-cheek look at one of the only inevitable facts of life: no matter what we do, no one gets out alive. Woodley not only contributed vocals, but also co-produced/mixed the track and starred in the corresponding music video directed by Written By Wolves guitarist, Bahador Borhani.
Woodley said of the track and video, “After recently flirting with the possibility of hopping the Tasman to play some shows together, and COVID summarily putting the brakes on that almost immediately, it seemed only right to work out a way to work together in spite of it all. Already a stacked track, being given the opportunity to work on Better Luck Next Time was as much fun as the song itself – it’s a wry grin, a whirlwind of energy and both a literal and figurative reminder to stay on your toes no matter what life throws at you.“
“Better Luck Next Time” is the second single from Written By Wolves’ upcoming EP, The Collab Project, due out on September 17 (self-release). The 5-track EP is a collection of re-imagined collaborations of tracks from their debut album Secrets, released in late 2019. In addition to Woodley, Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Sirens), Sonny Sandoval (P.O.D.) and others have collaborated on tracks for the EP. Written By Wolves vocalist Michael Murphy shares, “The Collab Project is an on-going initiative to try and spread awareness, and to remind our fans and our followers, that no matter what they are going through, no matter what mental health struggles or demons they are going through right now, they don’t have to do it alone and they don’t have to deal with it on their own.” He adds, “The aim is to help normalise talking about our mental health issues and to help to breakdown the stigma attached to mental health.” Watch the band’s video explanation of The Collab Projecthere. Written By Wolves are a fresh and progressive cinematic rock band and one of the most exciting new rock acts to come from New Zealand in recent years. Renowned for their highly energetic live show, the band have already shared the stage with international heavyweights such as Machine Gun Kelly, Limp Bizkit, Pendulum, Sublime With Rome, Suicidal Tendencies, We The Kings and Four Year Strong, to name just a few. Since forming in 2014, the band has amassed over 325,000 monthly listeners and more than 36 million streams on Spotify, as well as over 100,000 subscribers and 46 millions views on YouTube.
Australia’s maniacal rock-fusioneers Twelve Foot Ninja snuck back into the world’s eyes and ears last month with the stealthy drop of their single Long Way Home, the first taste of new music since their album OUTLIER in 2016. That single came with a 2D platformer videogame. Fans who collected all 12 brick phones in the game discovered they could unlock the band’s music video for Long Way Home.
On Friday July 9, the band released Start The Fire, the second single from their upcoming album VENGEANCE, and today, they reveal its music video.
But the big announcement includes an incredibly immersive set of content that they have been quietly working on for 5+ years. In addition to announcing the pre-order of their hotly anticipated third album VENGEANCE (scheduled October 15 release), Twelve Foot Ninja also announce PROJECT VENGEANCE which comes witha whole LOT more…
True to form, Twelve Foot Ninja aim to pull off something that no other musical act in history ever has before. In addition to the album VENGEANCE, the band is releasing a literary high fantasy novel called THE WYVERN AND THE WOLF written by Nicholas Snelling – both novel and album are available for pre-order now and scheduled for release on October 15, with the first 12 chapters sent to you when you pre-order.
Set in a grim and savage world, THE WYVERN AND THE WOLF tells the tale of an orphaned samurai boy called Kiyoshi who is adopted by the ruthless leader of a clan of ninja. Much more than a mere origin’s story, however, the novel is a tour de force in fantasy fiction and world-building, and represents a unique partnership with Snelling. Published by The Venn Gents, the novel can be pre-ordered now from www.twelvefootninja.com.
The original story of the Twelve Foot Ninja was conceived by the band’s guitarist/producer Stevic MacKay and his partner Fiona Permezel. It was that concept which first inspired THE WYVERN AND THE WOLF.
Also available now from the band’s website is a graphic novel called VENGEANCE, written by Stevic Mackay with artwork by George Evangelista. The graphic novel sees the band’s namesake, the Twelve Foot Ninja, journey through alternate dimensions to take on an evil alien entity.
As ambitious and unlikely as this ‘world-first’ multimedia release might seem, Twelve Foot Ninja deem it a vital innovation. In the age of streaming, music has become increasingly under-valued and the plight of the professional musician has become less sustainable. And yet, at the very beginning of the band’s journey, Twelve Foot Ninja planned to expand their offering with a suite of deeply immersive and premium content. Finally, we will start to experience the fruits of that early vision – perhaps a fortuitous move in this uncertain world of snap lockdowns, but certainly a smart way of broadening the band’s already fervent fanbase. Mackay explains PROJECT VENGEANCE: “This is an exorcism of content that’s spent a decade in gestation. ‘Catharsis’ is close to what it feels like to finally share Kiyoshi’s story; and I guess respond to all questions pertaining to our name; All this time, so many have thought ‘Twelve Foot Ninja’ was tongue-in-cheek, when in actuality, the story’s genesis occurred a year before the formation of the band. I really hope our fans enjoy the vastness of what we’ve created, and we’re able to continue to surprise people with new methods of storytelling.” The sheer amount of content might be a ‘world-first’ for a band, but the fact is, breaking records isn’t exactly new for Twelve Foot Ninja. They once held—and may still hold—the world record for most successful crowdfunding campaign of a music video. And since 2014, they’ve amassed a mantlepiece full of awards – from being named ‘Best New Talent’ in the US (Revolver’s Golden God Awards), ‘Best Artist/Song Discovery’ (SiriusXM Liquid Metal Charts), ‘Best Metal Music Video’ (Independent Music Awards) and a highly coveted ARIA nomination for ‘Best Hard Rock Album’. Little wonder, then, that they’ve also clocked up over 42 million spins on Spotify and 22 million plays on YouTube.
Certain to clock up even more views, is the video for their brand-new single Start The Fire.The trackwinds in with the lupine howl of a Tibetan kangling (a horn made out of a human femur). Known as the sound of death, you can learn more on the kangling in the graphic novel VENGEANCE). A chirruping pattern of digitised tablas and sliding panes of silvery synths then ratchet the tension before a demented scream and a snarling, bass-heavy, bowel-emptying riff drops in!
In the words of Mackay: “Start The Fire drew lyrical inspiration from Todd Phillips and Scott Silver’s portrayal of the Joker. When you start treating people according to broad prejudice, they’re left with little reason not to become what they’re supposedly guilty of already being. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.” “The video concept revolves around the threat of total annihilation. The strung-up band is being injected with a copper-based enzyme that, when mixed with human blood, can be extracted to power up current collector fuel cells (purposed for reanimating Primordian bio-technology). The band’s performance is a shared, mutual delusion. It’s all pretty straight-forward, really.”
Twelve Foot Ninja’s third album VENGEANCE is scheduled for release on October 15, 2021, through Volkanik. All the information about PROJECT VENGEANCE can be found at twelvefootninja.com including how to pre-order the album and the novel THE WYVERN AND THE WOLF.
THECITYISOURS reveal their brand new single ‘Dangerous’, a stylistic experiment showing an additional edge to City’s sound, wrapping catchy pop choruses in driving beats, and encompassing honest lyrical content about feelings of empowerment from pushing forward to make the best of a bad situation.
The track is taken fromthe band’ssophomore album »COMA« set for release 22nd October 2021, via Arising Empire. Speaking on their new single, guitarist/vocalist Mikey Page remarks: “When writing this record, we really wanted to blow the doors of gate kept genre boundaries wide open. We believe art should be about expression of thoughts, feelings and values however you see fit, without fear of judgement. Dangerous was born through this mentality. Collating ideas we had whilst removing the hand break of “what if?” We wanted to create something that empowered the ideology of being true to yourself no matter what and the lyrical content really reflects the excitement and freedom we felt through embracing the process. We were keen to try something new with the visuals to truly embrace this ethos, so what better way than to throw stereotypes to the wind and create an independent wrestling promotion as a vessel to carry this message. You’re perfect just the way you are, so don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.”
»COMA« was recorded, engineered and mixed by long-time collaborator Oz Craggs (FEED THE RHINO, NECK DEEP, MALLORY KNOX) at Hidden Track Studios and mastered by Ermin Hamidovic (ARCHITECTS, PERIPHERY, NORTHLANE) at Systematic Productions.‘
THECITYISOURS is a 5-piece metal band from London who has quickly garnered attention and growing support for peers, industry and fans alike, with their high-octane live show and the success of their debut album. »LOW« (2019) smashed into the top 5 iTunes metal charts with several singles appearing in editorial playlists with the likes of Amazon, Deezer and Spotify (Including 2 covers on New Core and Metal UK) supporting the band.
Stoke-On-Trent’s nu-metal bright lights Black Coast have revealed the video for new single ‘Stranger’s Skin’, the fourth track to be released ahead of their hotly anticipated debut album titled Outworld, set for release 19 Nov via Blood Blast Distribution. Listen at https://backl.ink/144990518 Stranger’s Skin revels in it’s melancholic sensibilities, with proud references to Deftones, Alice in Chains bookended no-nonsense fist-pumping guitar work. Effortlessly twisting familiar components into new shapes and the metallic hardcore sound at the band’s core. The song is lyrically introspective, with vocalist Charlie Hewitt opening up about issues with self-esteem and lacking compassion for one’s self. Charlie Hewitt explains: “Stanger’s Skin is about your perceived image. Whether that be aesthetically or how you think you come across to other people, and how you feel about that image. Feeling like you’re someone else ‘pretending to be okay with pretending’. Sometimes you can’t help it, or have to do it. Stuck in a stranger’s skin.” With their last tour shelved mid-way due to covid and staring into a void of uncertainty, they entered the studio. New music gave means for reflection and writing their debut album Outworld proved to be a healing process. Outworld unifies sounds teased across singles ‘Ache’,‘Paradise’, ‘Vodka Smile’ with some genuine off the wall surprises along the way. Thematically it’s a candid exploration of vocalist Charlie Hewitt’s struggles which ultimately led him to a path of sobriety. Things have gone from strength to strength with the band recently breaking on to UK music television as well as garnering huge support at radio and press. With a new partnership with Nuclear Blast’s Blood Blast Distribution, ‘Outworld’ is a record destined to take Black Coast to the next level.
Previous singles Paradise & Vodka Smile saw editorial support from Apple, Deezer, Spotify, Amazon as well as Kerrang! Radio, K! Magazine, Rock Sound and many more. Add to that international support from Triple J Radio (Australia), German Radio Fritz, Radio Bremen, UniFM and Raute FM and Australian zines BLUNT, Wall Of Sound, Hysteria, HEAVY Mag and more.
Stranger’s Skin is out now.
— Black Coast are: Charlie Hewitt – Vocals // Scott Pinnington – Guitar // Joe Mayer – Guitar // Jack Beardsall – Bass // Matthew Clarke – Drums
Progressive metal outfit from Denmark, COLD NIGHT FOR ALLIGATORS, have dropped their brand new single ‘Nostalgic‘, today. A straight-up banger with a lot of brilliant nuances. Solid riffs, electronics and rhythmic oddities in a blender with a total complex and catchy outcome. The song feels like a nice continuation of both proggy and more metal influences.
The video was shot and edited by their friend Jacob Harris, who integrated live-action, the lyrics and a cool, throwback video-game aesthetic. Johan Pedersen (vocals) on the song: “We’re a weird band and have gotten quite a bit of hate over the time, both in person and online. Now we finally wrote a proper “metal” song, so it seemed appropriate to write about this. I guess this is a kind of loving middle finger to a metal scene that we come from, but don’t really fit into.”
Cold Night For Alligators are a respected and forward-thinking progressive metal outfit from Copenhagen, Denmark. Swaying the world with their innovative take on progressive metalcore and playing numerous shows across Europe and even the far east of India, these guys are no freshmen.
Having explored dense, technical prog metal on their two previous full-lengths, their upcoming material shows a more mature band with a cleaner, softer sound, focused on well-crafted, innovative elements with a progressive edge.
— COLD NIGHT FOR ALLIGATORS are: Johan Pedersen | vocals Kristoffer Jessen| guitar Roar Jakobsen | guitar Nikolaj Lauszus | drums