Category: Music News

Angels & Airwaves have just released a new single and video, “Losing My Mind.” The video features frontman Tom DeLonge’s alter-ego Disco, brother to Boomer from blink-182’s “First Date” music video.  

The video sees Disco on a grand adventure through the Las Vegas strip late at night alongside TikTok dance sensation, Rampage.  The official video’s release also comes with another, more edgy director’s cut video that is now live on the band’s website.  The infectious track and video are the band’s third this year as they prepare to release their sixth studio album LIFEFORMS on September 24. 
 
Watch “Losing My Mind” official video
https://youtu.be/e95efluJ9yw 

Watch “Losing My Mind” director’s cut video at
angelsandairwaves.com

I wanted to write a song about a totally insane idea that would never happen, like, what if our own country was being torn apart by racists, a pandemic, and domestic terrorism, but all at the same time… you know, just normal made up shit that would never happen,” said Tom Delonge about “Losing My Mind.” 

 In 2021 the band has released the soaring “Euphoria” on May 19, and then most recently “Restless Souls” on June 15. Including 2019’s “Rebel Girl” and “Kiss & Tell,” the singles on the album collectively total over 43.5 million streams. NME called Euphoria “explosive,” while Rolling Stone said “the song shows the seductive nature of an intense love.” “Restless Souls” was dubbed “quintessential Tom DeLonge” by Rolling Stone. 

DeLonge, a founding member of Blink-182, formed Angels & Airwaves in 2005. The band has released five full-length albums and charted numerous hits, including “The Adventure,” “The War,” “Everything’s Magic” and “Rebel Girl.” The Dream Walker, released in 2014, hit No. 1 on iTunes and No. 5 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums chart. A multimedia project, the album was accompanied by a graphic novel, comic books and the short film Poet Anderson, co-directed by DeLonge, which won Best Animated Short Film at the Toronto International Short Film Festival.

Angels & Airwaves are Tom DeLonge (lead vocals, guitar/synths), Ilan Rubin (drums/guitar/backing vocals/synths), David Kennedy (guitar) and Matt Rubano (bass). 

In addition to his work with AVA, DeLonge created To The Stars, a multimedia entertainment company that creates original content across music, film, television and publishing. DeLonge served as executive producer of The History Channel series “Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation” and will make his feature film directorial debut with the forthcoming Monsters of California.

Pre-order/pre-save(stream) LIFEFORMS 
https://riserecords.lnk.to/Lifeforms

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EMECIA, Adelaide’s post-hardcore quartet are BACk to give the world ‘Afterlives’, their new single and video. The new track is available now at http://ffm.to/emecia_afterlives. The song, about taking opportunities and second chances, rolls out into the world today, Friday July 30th.

The Adelaide based Alternative Rock outfit combine elements of Post-Hardcore and upbeat Punk Rock to create their captivating sound – and this new single Afterlives is no exception! Hysteria Mag said in their premiere yesterday – “Adelaide’s Emecia has turned the energy all the way up with their epic new single, Afterlives.

According to vocalist Scott Midlin, this new single is about “…being given an opportunity by someone and persevering no matter how many times you feel defeated. It’s about keeping positive vibes, as well as looking after your mental health.

Hysteria Mag featured Emecia around their 2018 release and said about them “These guys have guts. Emecia are an entity breathing as one and have done so since their inception in 2013. Their debut EP Pariah set their sound in stone, Emecia bursting through the gates of their home city in support slots with the likes of Bless The Fall, Like Moths To Flames and more.

AAA Backstage also previously gave them praise, saying “Sonically, Emecia touch on classic post-hardcore and punk tropes; which is certainly not a bad thing. The guitars are piercing, almost metallic and the breakdowns are fierce. They roll into the group’s lyrics so effortlessly, giving everything that extra punch.

The quartet debuted in 2013 with their EP ‘Pariah’, are renowned for their high-energy live show, and have honed their craft by playing countless shows locally and abroad on many tour circuits, having played alongside heavyweights such as Closure In MoscowIn Hearts WakeAllday and Chiodos (just to mention a diverse few.)

After a huge 2018-19 under their belts due to the release of their debut album ‘Familiar Spirits’, Emecia are determined to make 2021 even bigger – bolstered by a new line-up, new music and more chaotic, high energy shows to come.

Emecia are Scott Middlin on Vocals, Trevor Lehmann on Guitar, Nicholas Evans on Bass and Brayden McPherson on Drums.

‘Afterlives’ is out now Friday July 30 and can be purchased/streamed at http://ffm.to/emecia_afterlives

It has been a tumultuous year and a half for Australian rock fans with no new international tour announcements but that changes now. With the governments four phase plan underway, which anticipates more flexible travel for internationals by early 2022, Silverback Touring is saying “f**k it” and taking the Covid bull by the horns and wrestling it to the ground for a 1,2,3 count.

Silverback Touring is going hard in early 2022 and bringing you the ultimate Rock Package by delivering two of the hottest live bands on the planet BUCKCHERRY and FOZZY.

BUCKCHERRY recently dropped theirincredible new and possibly best yet, album Hellbound and just this week a stunning new video and single ‘No More Time’. Whilst FOZZY have been tearing up the U.S. Billboard charts with their latest single ‘Sane’ whilst their anthemic track ‘Judas’ continues to amass huge numbers.

Multi-Platinumselling rockers BUCKCHERRY return to Australia armed with a new album Hellbound. BUCKCHERRY staunchly uphold the commandments of rock music with an arsenal of anthems primed to explode on impact live on stage and teeming with riotous energy, sexy swagger, and primal chops intact.  It’s something that the boys have done since day one, but it’s more necessary now than ever. With an array of classic such ‘Lit Up’, ‘Crazy Bit*h’, ‘Sorry’, ‘Say F*ck It’ and ‘All Night Long’, BUCKCHERRY are ready to once againparty down under.

Watch ‘No More Time’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxIX_1CFRKE

BUCKCHERRY is unique, complex, simple, passionate, explosive, original, and always a good time. BC has been my love, my pain, my passion and I’m so proud of what we have accomplished. I never knew when I started this that dedicating myself to music would be taking on so much responsibility. For a guy who never thought he was going to live past 30 this has been an incredible journey. Our ninth record Hellbound marks 22 years since our debut self-titled release and what an amazing roller coaster we have been on. From hit songs to platinum and gold records and millions of fans worldwide – all during a time period when traditional sounding hard rock bands didn’t exist – except for BUCKCHERRY. We beat the odds and built our reputation on the live shows, and our “one of a kind” approach to every opportunity. – Josh Todd

After touring the world with the likes of Metallica, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown and building a loyal fanbase for the better part of twenty years, FOZZY is the epitome of what a great rock n roll band should be: catchy, groovy, hooky, sweaty and most importantly, an AWESOME F**KIN TIME! With five consecutive TOP 30 singles, FOZZY is steadily becoming one of the most successful bands on Modern Rock Radio.

Watch FOZZY ‘Sane’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dusPBwR8MWM

Rich Ward leads the band and is one of the most versatile, talented riff machines & songwriters in rock n roll today. Chris Jericho’s skills as a frontman are second to none and his vocal style & range are both unique and instantly recognizable. The powerhouse drumming of Frank Fontsere is the cornerstone of FOZZY’s sound, along with the blazing solos of Billy Grey and the rock star energy of new bass player, PJ Farley. These are five legit rock stars, whose energy and charisma light up every stage they play on and every crowd they perform for. As a result, it’s no surprise that FOZZY has skyrocketed into one of the hottest rock acts in years.

BUCKCHERRY and FOZZY February 2022 Australian Tour Dates

Mon 21 Feb – Perth – Amplifier * Fozzy not appearing

Tue 22 Feb – Adelaide – The Gov

Thu 24 Feb – Brisbane – The Triffid

Fri 25 Feb – Sydney – Max Watts

Sat 26 Feb – Melbourne – Max Watts

TICKETS:

Silverback Members Pre sale: Fri 30 July at 9am – Sun 1 August 5pm

General Public On sale: Mon 2 August at 9am

From: https://www.silverbacktouring.com.au/buckcherry-fozzy-australia-2022/

The announcement of the brand new JINJER record, Wallflowers, out August 27 via Napalm Records, has not only caused immediate ripples around the world and delighted international reviewers and fans alike, but the band’s first single, “Vortex”, has already gained 2.5 million cross-platform streams/views in no time. 

Continuing their unstoppable way to the top, the band has just released their head-splitting second single “Mediator” and a brand-new crushing music video. The second track cut from the new album demonstrates once again that their unique sonic vision combined with visual attitude is more than peerless. Frenetic drumming combined with technically adept, fast firing bass and guitar attacks, merging with the unmatched mix of Tatiana Shmayluk’s clear vocals, pungent rap-like passages and ferocious growling. The track’s high-quality audiovisual bombardment draws the viewer into the spell of the progressive spectacle and constructs the visual antithesis of the postmodern utopia thematized within the track.  

JINJER on the tone of the new single:
“With years getting older, we often realize that the world around us is far from what we expected it to be. Through the eyes of a kid everything seemed way more colorful, better and optimistic, didn’t it? When did it all turn wrong? When did it all turn so gray? Is this really the world’s fault? Or it is only about us chasing the wrong goals… the wrong careers, ambitions and achievements, rather than embracing one important truth… Rephrasing John Lennon, if one chases something else other than happiness, then they didn’t understand life at all …”

Watch/Listen to “Mediator” 
https://youtu.be/tMfqGleETyw 

Already regarded as one of the most anticipated metal albums of the year, with WallflowersJINJER once again prove their exceptional knack for mixing groove, prog, alternative and experimental influences to create a sound unlike anything that has ever come before it.

Eugene Abdukhanov on the new album:           
“Growing creatively has always been a major goal for us. The day JINJER stops reaching for new musical horizons will be our last day as a band. We could have churned out what our peers expected us to do, or produce ‘Pisces’ clones without end, but we’ve never done that and we never will. Instead, we wrote an album whose level of emotions range from the fiercest aggression we’ve ever had, to the most intricate melodies and melancholic vibes you could ever get from our music. We decided to rip apart all possible stylistic boundaries without regard to financial success or competing with our previous albums. Wallflowers is a different kind of album musically and visually. It’s about our identity as a band, as individuals and a clear statement that we are different from most artists… and that it is OK to do your own thing.”

Wallflowers not only presents a methodical and premeditated next step in the band’s already imposing career, but moreover, it mirrors the personal adversities they’ve faced due to the worldwide events over the last year. Wallflowers is not only an upgrade to the progressive groove metal sound that all JINJER fans crave, but also a sonic pressure cooker of technical musicianship, emotional fury and an intense soundtrack befitting the harrowing state of the world today. Hailing from the conflict-ridden Ukrainian region of Donetsk but now calling Kiev their home base, JINJER truly do not mince words – or riffs – on Wallflowers. Their exceptional precision of modern metal paired with tough as nails attitude has earned them a fiercely loyal, rabid fanbase and massive critical acclaim, making JINJER one of the most talked about bands today and garnering them many sold out performances across the globe. With nearly all of JINJER’s releases composed between vans, backstage rooms and constant touring, Wallflowers continues where its predecessor Macro left off, only this time with less distraction and more time to focus on songwriting.

Tracklisting:
1. Call Me a Symbol
2. Colossus
3. Vortex
4. Disclosure!
5. Copycat
6. Pearls and Swine
7. Sleep of the Righteous
8. Wallflower
9. Dead Hands Feel No Pain
10. As I Boil Ice
11. Mediator

Pre-Orders for Wallflowers are available now
https://napalmrecords.com/jinjer

German modern metal outfit VENUES released their brand new single ‘Whydah Gally‘ from their upcoming album »Solace«, due for release on 27th August via Arising Empire.

»Solace« comes as CD and limited colored vinyl and unique merch bundle – pre-orders available now!

In close cooperation with videographer Marius Milinski the story that began in their previous music videos ‘Rite of Passage‘, ‘Shifting Colors‘, ‘Uncaged Birds‘ & ‘Mountains‘ goes on in another crazy and final round which underlines this striking new single.

“‘Whydah Gally’ was actually one of my favorite songs on ‘Solace’ from the start! It’s full of power and takes you on a stormy journey from the first few seconds on which you can only get off at the end. The story behind ‘Whydah Gally’ is that I said to the rest of the band that I really wanted to write a pirate song. Shortly afterwards, Valentin did the instrumentals and Lela and I started the lyrical story. ” – Robin (vocals)

From the depths of their deepest crisis, VENUES emerge victoriously, welcoming two new members – clean vocalist Lela and guitarist Valentin. When former vocalist Nyves quit the band mid-tour, following the release of their pivotal debut »Aspire« (2018), the modern metal juggernaut was shaken to the bone.

Despite this, the remaining members refused to give up and tirelessly searched for new talent. Following guitarist Constantin witnessing a performance of Lela at (of all places) at a STEEL PANTHER show, the band found their new clean vocalist.

VENUES went into the studio with producer Christoph Wieczorek (Annisokay) to record »Solace«, who coated their massive sound with a metallic alloy of remarkable precision.

“We wanted to be more metal,”Robin comments.“There were some pop sensibilities of Aspire we wanted to replace with rather the opposite.”

Melody and punch-drunk heaviness, metal and alternative rock, zeitgeist and authenticity, barbed choruses and unleashed creativity: with their soaring sophomore release, VENUES fulfill every single promise they gave on »Aspire«.

Port Mac’s heaviest exports are back and ready to go off like a bomb. Letterbomb A.D.‘s new single ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ drops on Friday July 23 and will be available at http://ffm.to/letterbombad_smokeandmirrors.

Lochlan Watt premiered the track Tuesday night on triple j’s The Racket – and Slipknot’s festival site/media outlet Knotfest premiered the video, saying that the band “straddles the ethos of hardcore with the pummeling precision of deathcore in a way that resonates as fresh as it does extreme. The band manages to evoke the kind of brutality that supersedes the cheese of the descriptor actually make good on it’s claim.

The absolutely chaotic, abrasive and intense track comes with a videoclip directed by James Mantle. The single was Recorded And Mixed By Mittah Norath at Tommirock Studios and Mastered by Joshua Bartel at Viking Lounge Mastering.

Vocalist Garrett McMaster says that “This song is about isolation-turned cabin-fever, and the toxicity of unhealthy relationships and removing ones self from situations in life that initially might be a painful uphill-climb but ultimately are essential for the progress of happiness and self-growth.

He went on to add “I feel this is something that a lot of listeners will be able to relate to if they have been through any similar hardships, and the general feeling of isolation from COVID-19 over the past year which we have all experienced the effects of on a worldwide basis.

Letterbomb A.D. – Dominic Sutton on Guitars, Keegan McCleary on Bass and Garrett McMaster on Drums & Vocals – have crafted a unique blend of chaotic hardcore and extreme metal. A sound that takes influence from the technical proficiency of mathcore, the brutality & speed of deathcore, and the raw aggression of hardcore.

In their short 3 years as a band, they have dropped their self-titled EP and 2020 single Dystopia, the majority of which were featured on official Spotify playlists Deathcore & Homegrown and Heavy – and have shared the stage with NorthlaneThy Art Is Murder, Make Them SufferJustice for the DamnedAlpha WolfDiamond Construct and more.

Letterbomb A.D.’s new single “Smoke & Mirrors” will see its release into the world Friday, July 23 on all digital stores and streaming platforms – and will be available at http://ffm.to/letterbombad_smokeandmirrors.

Swedish atmospheric black metallers, Wormwood have released a highly cinematic video set in a post apocalyptic Stockholm for The ArchiveThe Archive follows the desperation after an unprecedented catastrophe in Sweden.

“Take part of a journey through the past, present and future mistakes of man.”
Arkivet (The Archive) follows mankind’s inability to take care of the earth. The album takes you on a sojourn across lands soon devoid of people, a not-so-far-future where flames become citizens. It will also tell you about the men and women who lost their minds, their will to leave and homelands.
An Arkivet is a document written for those who want to make it easier for their close ones after their passing. Where you can tell how you want to have your funeral arranged, where important documents are located, last wishes, etc.. Wormwood use this as a metaphor for the whole world throughout the seven songs on the album. The last words of an already dead planet….
This is our last transmission to a world we never really knew…. ARKIVET Track By Track-The Archive
The last story written by the few who survived the apocalypse and what man didn’t do to preserve what we had.  -OvergrowthWhen nature topples our skyscrapers and when the warning signs from Earth were not heard.  -End of MessageThe last message sent out to the endless black cosmos before our protagonist dies.  -My Northern HeartA hymn to our ancestors and our previous unsullied land.  -EnsamhetenThe sentimental and romantic view from a Nordic perspective as our lands fall into ruin.  -The Slow DrownA slow and hopeless journey through the minds of an old lady with dementia.  -The Gentle Touch of HumanityIn the wake of humanities’ destruction we follow the afterbirth of man’s collapse.WORMWOOD ARENine – VocalsTobias Rydsheim – Lead Guitars, Keys, VocalsJerry Engström – Rhythm Guitars Oskar Tornborg – Bass, VocalsDaniel Johansson – Drums The first editions of vinyl for Arkivet will include a novel written by author Mikael Strömberg (in Swedish and English) and depicts this tragic incident and the aftermath.
The vinyl edition comes as a 2xLP, beautifully embossed gatefold cover, etched D-side with the “Plague Star”-emblem. 
The album was mixed and mastered the renowned pop/dance producer Jonathan Ojeda Pre orders available now
blacklodge.se/artists/wormwood

Fronted by vocalist and violinist Eddie Berg, guitarists Harald Barrett & Alex Arnoldsson, drummer Peter Hanström and bass player Christian HöijerIMMINENCE 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 ARCHITECTSBRING ME THE HORIZONAT 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.

Purchase/Stream Better Luck Next Time featuring Trenton Woodley here: https://smarturl.it/nextime.