Category: Music News

Hard Alternative Rock Band ANOTHER DAY DAWNS has released the official music video for their newest single, “Forget Me Not.” Directed by Cyrus Entezam, “Forget Me Not” features Josh Balz (Formerly of MOTIONLESS IN WHITE.)

Formed in 2010 the Lehighton, PA based band Another Day Dawns continues to be the most talked about up and coming rock act in the Northeast to Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. Led by Lead Singer and front man Dakota Sean, Guitarist Tyler Ritter, and Drummer Nick McGeehan, the band released their EP A Different Life in February 2018 which landed them a charting spot on Billboard which solidified their foundation in the active rock market. In December 2019, early member Jerome Betz returned to filling out the rhythm section on bass.

Hitting the road with bands such as HinderIssuesCold, and Buckcherry, the band has created an established following in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Throughout the last two years the band has performed in multiple venues with 400-1200 capacity, filling hundreds of seats, and grossing over 13K in followers on their social media accounts.

LAMB OF GOD marked the release of their highly anticipated eponymous album, out now via Nuclear Blast Records, with a video for the album’s fourth single, ‘Gears.’

Guitarist Mark Morton states: “The time has finally arrived! We are absolutely thrilled to have released our new, self-titled album today. We’re all so proud of this collection of songs and feel like they rival some of our best work. As a band, we have a reawakened energy and a renewed creative spark that is evident in these songs and pulses through the entire album. Everyone involved in this project is beyond anxious for the world to hear it. We hope you enjoy it and we thank you for your support.”

The fact that the band’s eighth studio effort would warrant ‘self-titled’ status is a testament to the band’s pride and satisfaction with these songs and this period in their creativity.

Order ‘Lamb Of God’ on a variety of formats, here: https://nblast.de/LoGAU

 

SUICIDE SILENCE will be “virtually” everywhere throughout the month of July with a 39 date “Virtual World Tour” running July 2 – July 30 that spans 14 countries & 5 continents. Each geo-gated stream will be approximately an hour & a half in length and will include a professionally filmed multi-camera live performance with full chat integration, market-specific mixed media & an extensive post-performance Q&A. Initial dates are now on sale at this location for $10 each & are only available to those within a specified market radius.

All ticket purchasers will gain access to an Exclusive Merch Collection that includes an official tour shirt as well as a number of other items that will never be sold elsewhere. The band will also be sending a 15% off discount code to every person who purchases a ticket within the first week that their market is on sale that can be used on these exclusive items as well as every other item at SSArchives.com through the end of July.

The band comments, “The time has come! We’ve teamed up with Nuclear Blast & BandsInTown on this tour & we’ll be streaming 39 shows throughout the month of July with tickets for the first batch now on sale! While each show will revolve around a specific city, we’ve decided to open up the tickets statewide in the US & to entire countries when it comes to foreign markets. Be sure to get involved on social media by requesting specific songs in your market & requesting markets you’d like us to add in the future. These live streams will be full-on Suicide Silence fan experiences that will never been be re-streamed or shown ever again. Come join the party!”

SUICIDE SILENCE announced the second batch of dates for their previously announced “Virtual World Tour” that includes unique sets, exclusive merchandise & custom experiences in each market.

SSVirtualTour.com

 

Bay Area metal icons MACHINE HEAD have released ‘Civil Unrest’, a 2-song digital single, featuring A-side, ‘Stop The Bleeding’ and B-side, ‘Bulletproof’, with the former featuring additional guest vocals from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE frontman, Jesse Leach. This pair of fierce protest anthems were both written days after the back-to-back murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. They are not for the faint of heart.

Stream or purchase the tracks here – https://nuclearblast.com/mh-civilunrest

The gritty performance video was directed and edited by Mike Sloat, shot on location on the streets of Oakland, CA, with Jesse’s part filmed in Kingston, NY with David Brodsky.

Vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn shares the inspiration behind the release:
“I wrote and sang the lyrics on Wednesday May 27th 2020, the day that the four officers who murdered George Floyd were (originally) not charged with anything. This day was engulfed in protests and riots across America. I drove into Oakland, past large demonstrations already happening and in a fury wrote down everything I was feeling after watching the horrific footage.  Within hours, what I wanted to say, what I needed to say had been recorded in the song. I decided to sing it over a song called ‘Stop The Bleeding’, that we had recorded back in December. 2018 with Jared [MacEachearn, MACHINE HEAD bass guitar] and Carlos Cruz [Warbringer] on drums.’’

 

Stop The Bleeding’ features a guest appearance from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE frontman, Jesse Leach, seeing Flynn and Leach trading lyrical lines that spit anger and frustration at current events.

Flynn continues, “I had been speaking with Jesse for maybe 6 months about singing on the song, as it always had a little bit of a Killswitch vibe to me.  Unfortunately (or fortunately), our schedules hadn’t lined up, but with the subsequent lockdown from coronavirus, we had time to make it work. After what happened to George Floyd, I sent him the lyrics I’d written and he replied saying he was “100% on board”. Jesse is someone I consider to be a pioneer and in many ways, one of the men who changed the face of metal. His contribution to this song made it extremely powerful and it’s an honor to have him be a part of it.”

Jesse Leach mirrors the sentiment, stating, “Being asked to be part of this song is an honor. Yes, because it’s Machine Head, but more importantly, this is a message that needs to be heard and spread. These issues concerning abuses of power and racism are timeless. I have written about these previously and I’ll write about them again. I think Robb really nailed this one, both lyrically and sonically. My hope is this song helps awaken those who hear it. Robb has been a frequent voice of the voiceless in these times, so teaming up with him is a no brainer. We need more of our Metal Community to speak out on social issues and help raise awareness, especially during these crucial times. Music is the soundtrack to our lives, it transcends language and culture. This is the reason we as musicians need to do our part to spark thought and discussion on these types of issues. We can make a difference through music and we can help stop the bleeding.”

MACHINE HEAD are donating a significant portion of their streaming proceeds from ‘Stop The Bleeding’ to http://grassrootslaw.org, the organization representing George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

The B-side, ‘Bulletproof’ is a new song, also recorded with Carlos and Jared back in December 2018.  Flynn adds, “The lyrics for ‘Bulletproof’ were finished in the aftermath of not only the Ahmaud Arbery murder at the hands of white supremacist, but everything twisting out of control in our World. The isolation and craziness of the pandemic, the lockdown protesters storming government buildings with AR-15‘s, as well as the blatant lies and conspiracies pouring out of our political leaders mouths, hour by hour, day after day.”

The songs needed something visually provocative as ‘sleeve artwork’, so the band looked to longtime collaborator Strephon Taylor who hand illustrated various elements from this moment in time, to make a powerful statement about America and the World.

Both tracks were produced by Robb Flynn (Machine Head, Roadrunner United, Sworn Enemy, Dress The Dead) and engineered by Zack Ohren at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA, with the devastating mix being handled by long-time MACHINE HEAD collaborator and producer extraordinaire, Colin Richardson, together with Chris Clancy at Audioworks Productions UK.  The tracks were mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound.

Fleetwood Mac’s third studio album, ‘Then Play On’, will be reissued on CD and vinyl on September 18 via BMG.

This deluxe, expanded bookpack edition of the album will feature the original UK tracklisting, plus four bonus tracks; all mastered at half speed for dynamic range, and with the vinyl 2 LP version being pressed on 180g audiophile black vinyl.

The CD will come with a mediabook, whilst the 2LP will come with a 16 page book pack, with both featuring brand new sleevenotes by Fleetwood biographer Anthony Bozza and a personal foreword by Mick Fleetwood himself.

The Celebration Edition is being reissued as a prelude to the worldwide release of the Mick Fleetwood And Friends Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green concert film later this year.

First released on September, 19 1969, ‘Then Play On’ was the first of Fleetwood Mac’s original albums to feature Danny Kirwan, and the last with Peter Green.

Taking its title from the opening line of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night – ‘If music be the food of love, play on’ – the album offered a broader stylistic range than the classic blues of the group’s first two albums.

Featuring some of the early incarnation of Fleetwood Mac’s most notable songs, such as ‘The Green Manilishi’, ‘Searching For Madge’, and ‘Oh Well Pts. 1 & 2’, the album is revered as a genre-pushing record and a lynch-pin piece of the vast Fleetwood Mac repertoire.

Then Play On’ went on to reach #6 in the UK, subsequently becoming the band’s fourth Top 20 hit album in a row, as well as their third album to reach the Top 10.

Tracklisting
1. Coming Your Way
2. Closing My Eyes
3. Fighting For Madge
4. When You Say
5. Show-Biz Blues
6. Under Way
7. One Sunny Day
8. Although The Sun Is Shining
9. Rattlesnake Shake
10. Without You
11.Searching For Madge
12. My Dream
13. Like Crying
14. Before The Beginning
15. Oh Well – Pt. 1
16. Oh Well – Pt. 2
17. The Green Manalishi ( With The Two Prong Crown)
18. World In Harmony

Pre Orders For Then Play On are available now
https://mfaf.lnk.to/ThenPlayOnPR

 

 

The wait is over! Australian metal destroyers AVERSIONS CROWN released their fourth studio album, Hell Will Come For Us All via Nuclear Blast. In celebration, the band offer fans the music video for ‘Paradigm’.

Chris Cougan comments, “We are a generation that has been desensitized and traumatised by a daily dose of violence straight into our living rooms. Innocence has been stripped by the cruel nature of human kind leaving nothing but a bleak and hopeless future.

Jayden Mason comments, “The final single concludes the build up to our new record showcasing a subtle yet apparent change with strong lyrical content and aggressive tunes to follow, this sets the mood for the rest of the record “Hell Will Come For Us All” which is a strong force moving forward for the band.”

Season of Mist are pleased to announce the signing of Norwegian doom metal formation FUNERAL. The band will release their new album next year via the label. More details will be announced at a later moment.

FUNERAL comment: “We are pleased  to become a part of the Season of Mist roster. 2020-2021 sees the worldwide release of our new dirges of funeral-doom, filled with crushing doom-laden riffs, massive orchestra, and Norwegian lyrics with a conceptual theme.”

Check out the band’s discography on Spotify!

Doom metal formation FUNERAL are known as one of the pioneers of the funeral doom genre. Formed in Norway in 1991 by Anders Eek, the band released their first ‘Tristesse’ in 1993. This offering supposedly won them the title of ‘most depressing band in the world’.

Going for a more symphonic sound, the doom metal band asked vocalist Toril Snyen to join and they released another demo ‘Beyond All Sunsets’ (1994) and the debut full-length ‘Tragedies’ (1995). Over the years, there were various line-up changes and the group changed vocalists several times. Tragedy struck in 2003 and FUNERAL took a hiatus for the rest of the year after the loss of bassist / songwriter Einar Frederiksen. Only a few months before their return, the band took another hit when guitarist Christian Loos passed away, who was then replaced by Mats Lerberg. ‘From These Wounds’ was released in 2006, an album that was marked by a period of pain, loss and woe.

In the following years, FUNERAL steadily released three more full lengths: ‘As the Light Does the Shadow’ (2008), ‘To Mourn is a Virtue’ (2011) and ‘Oratorium’ (2012).  A new record will see the light of day in 2020 – 2021 via Season of Mist.

 

Greek symphonic death metal masters SEPTICFLESH are now announcing a live streaming event for the ‘Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX’ dvd in advance of the release date! The online event will take place on June 27th, 2020 at 21:00 CET. Tickets can now be purchased HERE and are valid for 12 hours.

The full concert was taped in February 2019, during a sold out show at the ‘Metropolitan Theater’ in Mexico City. The unforgettable night was the largest production of its kind at the venue, which included the band and over 100 musicians from the ‘Symphonic Experience Orchestra’,  the ‘Enharmonía Vocalis Choir’ and the ‘National University of Mexico Children’s and Youth Choir’.

The Blu-ray DVD is set for worldwide release on July 31st, 2020 via Season of Mist and pre-orders are available HERE. A little taste of what’s to come can be found in the official teaser HERE!

SEPTICFLESH comment on the event: “We are very excited to share with our fans the chance to pre screen “Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX” , our very first concert with a full orchestra and choir on stage which was filmed in the heart of Mexico City. Our management team at Hard Impact arranged an exclusive streaming event for all of you to witness this before the official blu-ray release. The date is set for June 27th, beginning at 21:00 CET. Ticket link will be issued at purchase and will be valid for 12 hours to view from the start of the event. sit back in the comfort of your home and watch the symphonies come to life!”