Kiwi speed metal outfit Stalker are about to drop their brand new album, Of Steel And Fire, through Napalm Records so this week we had a little chat to them about it.
As Tumbleweed get set to approach their 30th anniversary in 2021, they return with a new single, ‘Shadowland‘ in 2020, the first new music from the band since 2013’s comeback album ‘Sounds From The Other Side’.
It was 2010 that saw the original five members of the group (Richie Lewis, Lenny Curley, Paul Hausmeister, Jay Curley and Steve O’Brien) reform for the first time in well over a decade to play a run of shows including Homebake and the Big Day Out. They followed up the live experience by getting back to the studio to write and record what would be Tumbleweed’s fifth album.
The album had followed a productive run in the nineties that included two ep’s (Theatre Of Gnomes & Weedseed) alongside the albums Tumbleweed and Galactaphonic before O’Brien and Hausmeister departed the band. Things continued on during the late nineties with the release of the albums Return To Earth and Mumbo Jumbo before the band faded out in 2000.
It was a chance meeting in 2009 between Hausmeister and Lewis that sparked the classic line up reformation and gave the band a new lease on life. Following on from the reformation tours and festivals as well as the release of Sounds From The Other Side, the band were back in full swing before the sudden passing of bass player Jay Curley in 2014 put things on hold once more.
There was uncertainty if the band would return to the stage or studio again but when they decided to get in the jam room with Jamie Cleaves on bass (who had grown up inspired by and was a long time friend of Jay’s), the time felt right to for Tumbleweed to once again return.
Following their own tours and a spot on the national touring festival Day On The Green, the band started writing a bunch of fresh tunes and were ready to get back in the studio. Enter Australian music legend Rob Younger, the frontman of Radio Birdman and The New Christs who also has a huge list of production credits from Died Pretty to The Stems and plenty of others in between.
A conversation between Richie and Steve in early 2020 led to them asking Younger if he’d be interested in producing their new music.
“I was always a big fan of Rob Younger’s work as a singer and as a producer and always wanted to work with him, when we had the idea to record a string of 45’s, we really wanted Rob to produce, considering he was responsible for producing most of our favourite Australian singles. We live in the same town, we have shared band members and crossed paths for the past 25 years but we have never worked together.” states Richie.
Rob was into the idea and before long they were in the studio, the first taste of those sessions is the new single ‘Shadowland’. “We surrendered to the process, we listened to his guidance, we learned a lot. We’ve all got a lot of respect for Rob Younger, we wanted to impress him, he brought the best out in us,” Richie says of the experience working with Rob.
A classic sounding Tumbleweed song that has been refined by Rob’s production, it also pushes Richie’s vocals to territories previously not really explored and questions the strange times we live in. “Shadowland is about the uncertainty of the future, these are strange times, dangerous and divisive times. When the truth is not believed, there is little you can trust or count on,” is how Richie describes the content behind the new single.
Tumbleweed’s new single ‘Shadowland’ is out now via Farmer & The Owl/BMG.
The single will feature as a double A side 7” with the next single Rebellion out November 27th.
AMARANTHE have shared their declaration to the world: The Swedish metalheroes’ most epic album to date, “Manifest”, is out now!
“So, we come to it at last! We are so very proud and happy to finally unveil ‘Manifest’ to the world, an album written with so much pure joy and enthusiasm, and yet very nearly did not see the light of day. When faced with the decision to record the album despite a world wide pandemic, the answer was the same as when we canceled tours that were supposed to promote the album: we HAVE to release this album in 2020! As our long-time listeners are well aware of, AMARANTHE believes in positive, energetic and uplifting music, and we feel that such sentiments are more needed than ever before! Easily our most confident and convincing album to date, this is music born out of pure passion and eagerness to create. This is our manifesto, and all our aesthetic aspirations made apparent – this is ‘Manifest’.”
Order Manifest here: http://nblast.de/AmarantheAU
Frailmind are the freshest name in hardcore coming out of Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Born out of several Brisbane bands in the hardcore/metalcore scene, Frailmind’s members shared a mutual love of modern hardcore – and a collective desire to explore new musical avenues! Today they are bringing their latest effort since their debut EP dropped in February this year – new single ‘I, Expire’.
The single (mixed and mastered by Tim Wheaton) will see its release into all good digital stores and streaming platforms on Friday September 18 – and all options for purchase/streaming will be available at http://ffm.to/frailmind_ie.
The single comes with an aggressive and hard-hitting clip, shot and edited by Andrew Vaughan (FANG).
Vocalist Keenan Kuz says that I, Expire was written “…with the idea of mental health and illness in mind. Lyrically this song puts into words the emotions, experiences, and journey of mental illness, that myself and many others have experienced in life. Specifically, putting trust into people that aren’t worth your time, and fighting through hardships growing up.”
“Mental health is a really important topic to discuss and tackle, as it often goes unnoticed and needs to be addressed. Now more than ever people experiencing mental illnesses need support, considering the global pandemic is causing mass isolation.”
Mixing the rawness and aggression of hardcore with the groove of nu metal, Frailmind proudly wear their influences on their sleeves. This collective creative vision allowed the band to produce their debut EP ‘Mortal’ in a natural and organic way, playing to each members strengths to create a cohesive and aggressive piece of music.
Frailmind are: Keenan Kuz on Vocals, Cameron Yates on Bass, Sam Ballinger on Guitar and Jesse Dobbyn on Drums – collectively as musicians, their previous bands have shared the stage alongside Norma Jean, Kublai Khan TX, Chelsea Grin, Atilla, Deez Nuts, Make Them Suffer, The Plot In You, Aversions Crown, Polaris, Fit For A King and more.
Frailmind’s new single ‘I, Expire’ will see its release on Friday September 18 in all digital stores and outlets at http://ffm.to/frailmind_ie.
Brooklyn black metal formation TOMBS are now announcing the release of a brand new album, ‘Under Sullen Skies’. The record is set for worldwide release on November 20, via Season of Mist.
Pre-orders for ‘Under Sullen Skies’ available in the Season of Mist shop HERE.
Something for Kate need no introduction. Keanu Reeves gave them the nod, David Bowie invited them on tour, they’ve been a household name for over twenty years and their reputation for consistently exemplary songwriting and always blistering live shows has only strengthened over the course of an illustrious career.
On November 20 the Melbourne trio will release their most accomplished and most highly
anticipated album yet – The Modern Medieval is available for pre-order HERE now.
Something For Kate’s first album in over 8 years since 2012’s Leave Your Soul to Science, The Modern Medieval was recorded in Byron Bay by Nick DiDia (Powderfinger, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen) and mixed in Toronto by Canadian pop-electro auteur Howie Beck (Feist, Hayden, Chilly Gonzalez). An exciting, eclectic collection of songs, a rich hi-fi rush of warm, dynamic vocals, gorgeous guitar work, lush keyboards, and Dempsey’s always compelling story telling – The Modern Medieval finds the band of Paul Dempsey, Stephanie Ashworth and drummer Clint Hyndman united behind a renewed focus.
Compelling, transformative and beautiful – for both the listener and the band – The Modern Medieval is their first studio album in eight years – an electrifying salve for these strange days and a new benchmark in a legendary career. Offering an unprecedented depth of songwriting, it’s a prescient vision of our present times you’ll need to hear and hear again.
The third single to be lifted from the album is Supercomputer – a haunting track that blends propulsive acoustic guitars with evocative synths delivered by a velvet voiced Dempsey. “Its about the hidden rooms inside your brain where things sit in the dark gathering dust… until you fall asleep and dream and it’s like someone stormed into one of those rooms and turned all the lights on.”
Something For Kate’s is a career that continues to excite. Since arriving in 1994 with their singular deconstruction of indie-guitar rock, the trio have bent the Australian musical landscape to their will, becoming a critically-acclaimed institution predicated on sticking to their guns. After their nervy 1997 LP debut Elsewhere for 8 Minutes confirmed a cult following with well beyond gold sales, the band’s records have made a consistent dent. Echolalia (2001) and The Official Fiction (2003) went beyond platinum status in Australia, while albums – Beautiful Sharks (1999), Desert Lights (2006) – achieved beyond gold sales heading towards platinum. 2012’s Leave Your Soul to Science debuted at No. 5 on the ARIA charts.
With over 750,000 copies sold of their critically acclaimed back catalogue, the band have amassed 11 ARIA nominations and 14 entries in triple J’s Hottest 100 amongst other accolades – as well as a legion of loyal fans dedicated to whatever the band does next, however long the wait.
No other band with as many laurels has been so fervently committed in their refusal to rest on them. The spark that The Modern Medieval gives off, beginning with first two singles Situation Room and Waste Our Breath is audacious and enduring. Instead of fading with familiarity the album accumulates insight and intimacy.
“We make Something for Kate records because we love making them,” says Paul Dempsey. “Every song we work on is a concentrated effort. It has to be right. For me, that means not a word out of place and not a note out of place. That takes a lot of time, but no-one lets anything slide in this band.”
That level of commitment meant that were no shortcuts in preparing the follow-up to 2012’s Leave Your Soul to Science, with a lengthy window initially put aside for Dempsey to cut his shape-shifting 2016 solo album Strange Loop. Beginning in 2017, he began formulating ideas, with the three-piece soon ramping up sessions in a natural light-filled rehearsal space.
“It’s the most eclectic mix of songs we’ve had on an album,” confirms Dempsey, and to translate them Something for Kate took a multi-step approach. They began by recording tracks with noted engineer and producer Nick DiDia at his hilltop La Cueva studio outside Byron Bay, but then took a month’s break to live with the songs and add layers before decamping for Toronto, where Canadian producer Howie Beck, brought his mastery of avant-garde electronic pop to the mix. It’s an unexpected combination of collaborators, but it signifies Something for Kate’s refusal to compromise or do the predictable. In a band where Dempsey’s toughest critics are his bandmates, they had no time for convention.
Something for Kate’s DNA is still undeniable – but their desire to improve is tangible. Stephanie Ashworth says that Dempsey’s voice, a force of nature at live shows, has never sounded better recorded, and that serves to amplify lyrics that compress daring detail with shuddering brevity and sharp wit.
The Modern Medieval brings together three closely knit musicians, moving in parallel lines leads to sustained and stunning invention. Few bands have spanned multiple eras of Australian music as Something for Kate have, and even less have refused so stridently to be cosseted by their past. It’s a rare achievement to be this engaging and formidable.
GRAMMY® Award-winning, critically-acclaimed alternative rock luminaries, The Smashing Pumpkins return with two new tracks, Cyr’ and ‘The Colour Of Love,’ out on Sumerian Records today!
Recorded in Chicago and produced by Corgan, the new tracks come with the news of a forthcoming studio album in the works with founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.
“Cyr is dystopic folly,” front-man Billy Corgan reveals, “one soul against the world sort of stuff, set against a backdrop of shifting loyalties and sped up time. To me it stands as both hopeful and dismissive of what is and isn’t possible with faith.”
Listen to ‘Cyr’
Listen to ‘The Colour of Love’
The band also revealed a very special official performance video of ‘Cyr,’ directed by Linda Strawberry, the video was shot remotely, during lockdown in Chicago and Los Angeles. “This is a goth fever dream of pent up emotion – an artistic visual release attempting to create a momentary escape from the emotional black cloud hanging over all of us this year.” Director, Linda Strawberry explains. “A dark seduction filmed in quarantine at a social distance” An undeniable and welcomed reminder as to why one of America’s most influential alternative bands continue to sell out arenas and garner praise worldwide.
Tune in for the performance video for ‘Cyr’
Friday, Aug 28 from 11pm Sydney time
The new songs ‘Cyr’ and ‘The Colour of Love’ follow the band’s 2018 Rick Rubin-produced full-length Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / Lp: No Past. No Future. No Sun And headlining tours that sold in excess of over 350,000 tickets across North America, selling out arenas including The Forum, United Center, Madison Square Garden and more. Also, the band’s first tours in nearly two decades to feature Corgan, Chamberlin, and Iha, alongside Schroeder, they received rave reviews from critics, noting the tour as “a massive gift to their fans” (Uproxx), “a welcome reminder of why those early albums resonated in the first place” (SPIN), and “an unforgettably rewarding and often spectacular odyssey” (Forbes).
Formed in Chicago, IL in 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins released their heralded debut album Gish in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993’s 4x multi-platinum Siamese Dream and 1995’s 10x multi-platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The band has released seven additional studio albums; Adore, Machina/The Machines of God, Machina II/The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music, Zeitgeist, Oceania, Monuments to an Elegy and their last full-length, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol 1 / LP: No Past, No Future, No Sun. With over 30 million physical albums sold, the multiple GRAMMY®, MTV VMA, and American Music Award winning band remains an undeniable force in alternative rock.
Having recently signed to Sumerian Records, CEO and founder Ash Avildsen reveals “The Smashing Pumpkins are one of the most influential, iconic and timeless bands of all time. They’ve played a huge part in my life and I can say the same for so many others in the Sumerian family. This a colossal moment for the label but most importantly, it’s the dawn of a new decade of Smashing Pumpkins music.”
Album details to be revealed soon.
‘Cyr’ and ‘The Colour Of Love’ is out everywhere now.
Gold Coast’s favourite prog sons, Mass Sky Raid, are today announcing their return with new single ‘Not Alone’ and with news and new personnel! While it’s been a quick minute in between releases, the four-piece are dropping their new single this Friday, August 28th – the first taste of an album to come in the near future. Add to that – Mass Sky Raid have switched up their lineup and are welcoming two new members to the fold!
Their new track ‘Not Alone’ is an ambient anthem – vocalist Adam Lomas shared his take on the lyrics and his attempt to “…consider the concept of facing one’s own fears as you try and find your own deeper purpose and meaning. The song explores the struggle one has when reaching for your dreams and the uncertainty that it creates when you step outside your own place of comfort to create a more meaningful life. It looks at the battle to find strength to take that unfamiliar and uncertain path which can lead to an ultimately more fulfilling existence.”
The new lineup of the band consists of original members Adam Lomas (Vocals) and Alex Kewley (Guitar) – along with new faces Nic Ross (Drums) and Joshua Whitney (Bass). Lomas went on to say that he is extremely excited about the future of the band with the new roster of faces and talents. “We couldn’t be more excited – to take this time to perfect our music and get it out there has been cathartic – and when we finally hit the live stage again, we can’t wait for everyone to see and hear just how large the sound we have created with this new lineup is!”
2019 saw Mass Sky Raid gain significant funding support through the local Gold Coast Regional Art Development Fund program. This enabled them to continue to develop and expand their unique anthemic sound and work toward their highly anticipated follow up album in collaboration with talented local Gold Coast producer Luke Palmer.
Gold Coast alternative/rock outfit Mass Sky Raid formed in 2011, releasing their debut EP ‘Courage Under Fire’ in mid 2013. That release received strong media reviews – including a 4.5 out of 5-star rating in rock bible Blunt Magazine – and went on to grab support slots with high profile Australian bands including Dead Letter Circus and Twelve Foot Ninja as well as UK exports I Am Giant.
They then followed up their successful EP with their first full length album “Science of Fiction” (produced by Matt Bartlem). Each single released from the album including “Oceans”, “Enemy”, “Sacrifice”, “Edge of the Unknown” and “Closer” gained considerable airplay on rock radio shows around Australia including triple J, Triple M, Rebel FM, 4ZZZ, Andrew Haug Radio, The Faction and FBi, in addition to over 40 stations worldwide. Their single “Closer” was also placed in Jane Gazzo’s Top 30 of Triple M Home Grown tracks in 2017.
Mass Sky Raid’s new single ‘Not Alone’ will see it’s release into the world Friday August 28th and will be available at http://ffm.to/MSR_NA.
It will definitely be a High Voltage event when Silverback Touring bring you BON BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, the ultimate AC/DC Tribute Act as they head out on a Nation-Wide run of shows this October and November.
BON BUT NOT FORGOTTEN assembles some of the world’s greatest rockers to perform the iconic hits and to pay tribute to the legend behind one of the world’s greatest bands, AC/DC and their iconic singer Bon Scott.
This is a super-charged high energy electric band that has featured some iconic musicians from around the world, including artists from: AC/DC, Cheap Trick, Ugly Kid Joe, The Poor, The Choirboys, Jimmy Barnes band, The Angels, The Screaming Jets, Baby Animals, Rose Tattoo & many more!
This show is one of closest sounds you will get to vintage AC/DC, in the world today and is performed by some of the best musicians we have to offer. Silverback Touring are out to re-ignite the live scene and there are plenty of people lining up to take the Highway To Hell. let The All-Star line-up will feature past and current members of The Angels, The Poor, Wolfmother and more… Let There Be Rock!
BON BUT NOT FORGOTTEN October / November 2020 Tour Dates
Friday 30th October PERTH, Amplifier
Saturday 31st October ADELAIDE, Lion Arts Factory
Friday 6th November SYDNEY, Crowbar
Sunday 8th November CANBERRA, The Basement
Friday 13th November GOLD COAST, Coolangatta Hotel
Saturday 14th November BRISBANE, Triffid
Saturday 28th November MELBOURNE, Max Watts
Nuclear Blast is proud to announce that ex-KVELERTAK frontman, Erlend Hjelvik, has started a solo metal band HJELVIK and has signed with Nuclear Blast Records!
Jens Prueter, Head of A&R at Nuclear Blast Europe, adds:
“It’s been 10 years ago when I first saw Erlend with Kvelertak in my hometown Dortmund in Germany. Their debut album was just out for a couple of months and on heavy rotation on my turntable. I was blown away by the raw energy of his stage performance and ten years later it is an honor to start working with him on HJELVIK. He has not lost the high energy and is bringing his unique mix of black metal, hardrock and punk to a new level. Welcome to Nuclear Blast and onward to Hel!”
HJELVIK also reveals he will release his debut album Welcome to Hel later this year.
Former frontman and co-founder of KVELERTAK, Erlend Hjelvik, comments:
“Signing with Nuclear Blast is a dream come true for me. Since I was a teenager, I’ve been a fan of classic NB bands like, Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames and so on — so, that makes me feel extra proud to call Nuclear Blast my new label home. I’m certain Nuclear Blast will do an awesome job bringing HJELVIK metal to the masses on my new album, Welcome to Hel, and many more to come.”
Erlend Hjelvik describes his music as ‘blackened Viking Heavy Metal’ with lyrics based on Norse mythology and history. There is more to come soon, so stay tuned!