Moscow punk pioneers Tarakany are debuting the music video for their single "God and Police" which comes off their album, MaximumHappy and features Chris No. 2 from Anti-Flag. "God and Police" speaks up against church and state, the two stereotypical pillars of Russian culture, and jabs at the pro-Putin regime and its supporters. The song embodies not only the satirical style of Tarakany, but carries the message of anti-oppression which Anti-Flag has been spreading for years. That being said, it's no surprise that Chris agreed to lend his vocals to the track back in 2012. 1.5 years after the studio recording, the two bands got to share a stage at Dobrofest in Russia, where Chris performed live with Tarakany and where video was filmed. "God and Police" is Chris' first experience singing in Russian. As a group, this song represents Anti-Flag's chance to address Russian fans in their native language and just goes to show there are no cultural or ideological barriers between Russian and American musicians.
Chiodos has premiered the second music video from the band's hit album, Devil, for "3 AM," directed by Ramon Boutviseth (All That Remains, For Today). Chiodos' Bradley Bell comments, "Never has this band been so excited about a music video, it's weird. This time we took the approach of having fun and getting everybody involved in some acting and just being their weird selves. Hopefully everyone else enjoys it as much as we did!" The band's release of their new record Devil finds founding front man Craig Owens and drummer Derrick Frost reunited with band members Bradley Bell, Pat Mcmanaman and Matt Goddard. The sessions also marked the first Chiodos album to feature lead guitarist Thomas Erak (The Fall Of Troy).
Los Angeles/London-based gothic rock band Die So Fluid have released the official music video for their track "Landslides" from the band's new album The Opposites Of Light. Commenting on the song, Grog from the band said, "'Landslides' is a track from the darker, more introspective side of our new album. The song is about intense desire and loyalty. The video is an emotional and psychedelic trip into a shamanic desert scene highlighting the dream-time qualities of the song. The lyrics were partly inspired by my fascination with Carlos Castaneda, a kind of cult leader who wrote books about shamanism. Narrated in first person, they have sold millions but some critics say they're works of fiction. He had three female followers who lived with him, changed their names, and cut off ties to family and the outside world. They mysteriously disappeared after his own death. The remains of one of these women was found in Death Valley near where her abandoned car had been discovered. I directed this video myself and used a Go Pro camera that a very generous Die So Fluid fan gave me. We filmed it at the magical Vasquez Rocks where Star Trek was shot, I'm lucky to live nearby. I just let the ancient land speak to me and the visions flow."
A lyric video for "Turn To Dust," a new track off the tenth studio album by British progressive metal sextet Threshold, is now out! The new album For The Journey will be Threshold's second consecutive studio album featuring Damian Wilson since his departure from the band in 1997. The album was recorded at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, England with band members Karl Groom (guitars) and Richard West (keyboards) at the production helm. Mastering was done by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios in Finland. The album is the follow-up to 2012's March Of Progress.
Swedish trio Freak Kitchen are back with Cooking with Pagans, their eighth and most frantic album to date. Along with the new album comes a new video for the brand new track "Sloppy." "Slop-py-py-py-py-py-py-py-py! Sloppy! This video was Wonderfully shot in inky 4K black and white by photographer Anders Bryngel we wanted a simple, straight band video (and song) as a first presentation of Cooking with Pagans. Hope you like it!" says Mattias IA Eklundh on their new video. Freak Kitchen has always been a tremendously respected live act and for the first time the energetic live vibe of Freak Kitchen has been captured in the studio. With influences stretching from AC/DC to classical South Indian music the three Norsemen, lead by guitar virtuoso Mattias IA Eklundh, truly have a sound of their own. Cooking with Pagans offers eleven intense original songs plus a sophisticated punk pop version of the 1936 hit "Goody Goody" like you've never heard it before.
Charm City Devils have released a live performance video for their latest single "Shots." The band's forthcoming album promises to delight fans with the return of Grammy-winning producer Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Egypt Central, 12 Stones), who also spearheaded production duties for the group's 2012 sophomore release, Sins, which spawned the hit single "Man Of Constant Sorrow," landing them a #20 position on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Frontman John Allen elaborates, "Working with Skidd was a no-brainer really! He manned the board for our highest charting single and always gets the sweetest tones! Plus, he's a good, down to earth dude, he's one of us."
As Imperium, the first new album in more than a decade from institutional New York City-based death metal outfit Internal Bleeding, is nearing its release, the band has put out a lyric video for the album track "The Pageantry of Savagery." The third of nine horrendously destructive hymns harnessed by Internal Bleeding under direction of Joe Cincotta at Full Force Studio in NYC (Suffocation, Dehumanized, Mortal Decay), "The Pageantry Of Savagery" is an aptly destructive example of what the front-runners of the "slam movement" have conceived and delivered; an inexorable, enraged and yet focused album that yields no mercy. Reports IB vocalist Keith Devito on the song's basis, "'The Pageantry Of Savagery' is about a child who grows up with little or no parental nurturing and what results from this lack of human contact. In short, 'Pageantry Of Savagery' is about the mental development of a sociopath."
The Bay Area's Heartsounds have premiered a video for the track "A Total Separation of Self" from their most recent release, 2013's Internal Eyes. Internal Eyes was recorded, mixed, and, mastered at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California in June and July of 2013. The band once again called on producer/engineer Zack Ohren for the production of the album, resulting in what can only be considered the most sonically impressive and aesthetically pleasing Heartsounds record to date. While 2009's Until We Surrender marked the band's debut effort, tracked solely between guitarist/vocalists Ben Murray and Laura Nichol, Internal Eyes is the second full-length album (after last year's Drifter) to include drummer Trey Derbes as a crucial songwriting partner to the group. Internal Eyes also marks the first album with bassist Bobby Taul, who helps in achieving a more solidified and tighter-knit rhythm section than ever before.
This past month Dear You has shown the world once again that they can rock hard. With a new lineup declared, their new gripping and infectious single "Castles" now has a music video to go along with it. The video shows the three Texas punks rocking out in a wooded patch to convey their story. The video was directed by Albert Gonzalez. The song is close to the band's heart, as a member of their band recently decided to call it quits and they thought that was the end of their career. "Castles" reminisces on the memories they had together but with the realization they love what they do and are going to comeback greater than ever. The band will be releasing their forthcoming EP, I Can Only Blame Myself, on October 14th. The EP was produced by Louis Moore (Elgin Audio) and mixed and mastered by Kevin Gates Productions.
Crimson Shadows, the epic metallers from the depths of Canada, are set to release the brand new album Kings Among Men. The band has completed work on a video for the song "Heroes Among Us" from the new record. These Canadians deliver with aggression and melody, clever arrangements and epic songs that are quite similar to a roller coaster ride. Having appeared at the world stage of Wacken Open Air in Germany mid-2013, the band triumphantly laid claim to the title of International Wacken Battle Champions. 2014 has seen Crimson Shadows borne to international praise and repute by their unwavering delivery of boundary-crushing and genre-defying modern death and power metal which will only continue into 2015.
Extreme blackened death Spaniards, Noctem, prove the adage "third time's a charm" as they present their tertiary album Exilium. Recorded with Anathema's Daniel Cardoso (Angelus Apatrida, Ava Inferi) who worked with Noctem on their previous release Oblivion, Exilium knows no boundaries as it stretches the band's limits to a whole new level. Noctem will now set their sights on dominating the extreme metal scene with this latest and stunning release.
All Them Witches, the Nashville-based delta-psych quartet, have released the video for "When God Comes Back" from the band's new album Lightning At The Door. The eight-song album finds the young band's sound much more evolved, merging their psych-background with the rustic inspiration their stomping grounds afford. A sweaty, Southern rock outing, the band was so inspired during the demo process they recorded Lightning At The Door in mere days. "We tracked everything live in the same room," explains singer/bass player Michael Parks, Jr. "We got a lot of bleed form the mics and the amps being together. Everything felt organic." The album comes as the band is in the midst of an extensive North American tour.
Bear Hands has revealed an alternate video to "Agora" from the band's recent full-length Distraction.
Following the recent release of the EP Just Another Year, Essex punk rock quartet Forever After have unveiled their new video for track "She's Leaving." Shot by Ian Collins it features the band performing the ear-worm track, alongside a narrative reflecting the track's lyrical content. Just Another Year is the band's third release since their formation in 2012. "We chose the title as it has been one year since we released our last EP," says vocalist/guitarist Dom Littler. "It also sums up what has happened in the last 12 months of our lives - friends leaving to go travelling, people getting new jobs, and relationships breaking up - as we continue to strive for survival in the music industry." The 5 track offering was produced and engineered by Grant Berry and Sam Thompson of UK pop punk stalwarts Me Vs. Hero, who were heavily involved with the refining process.
Forever Came Calling has premiered a new song titled "Mapping with a Sense of Direction" from their upcoming album What Matters Most. What Matters Most was engineered and produced by Kyle Black (New Found Glory, Comeback Kid) in Los Angeles. Forever Came Calling is a four piece pop punk band from 29 Palms, California made up of Joe Candelaria, John Swaba, Bryce Esquivel and Isaac Taylor. Since their formation in 2008, the band has toured the country with numerous bands and released their critically acclaimed album, Contender on Pure Noise Records.
"This record is a call for action," declares Josh Guyett, one third of Irish progressive post-metal quintet Ilenkus' guitar and vocals triad, whilst fervently discussing his band's forthcoming new opus, The Crossing. "It's a call to not sit on your ideas and beliefs, to take that step into the scary unknown and make things happen." And now the band have gone one step further with this concept, with Chris taking to the streets of their hometown in Ireland to shoot their new video, in just one take. Fully populated by Josh's fellow guitarists/co-vocalists Chris Brennan and Sam Ellis, drummer Rory Guyett and bassist Robin Van Der Klooster, and taking their name from the Greek word 'Elenchus,' Ilenkus are an ambitious and articulate unit, one with a widescreen vision of their music, message and artistic scope. As Josh explains, "We have three alternating lead singers and guitar players, and all three of us write the lyrics, so the sound and atmosphere on each track can be completely different."
The Color Morale are pumped to be releasing both their latest record Hold On Pain Ends and latest video for "Prey For Me." The music video for "Prey For Me" tackles the controversial topic of self-sabotage which lead singer Garret Rapp explains, "consists of harsh and aggressive subject matter like eating disorders, drug abuse, self harm, and suicide." Garret adds, "this video is specifically for people that need reminded that they aren't alone in their fight. We all have voices, and this music video was another chance to use them and connect." Starting on September 11th in Lansing, Michigan, The Color Morale will be touring as direct support to We Came As Romans, with the line-up also including For Today, Crossfaith, and Palisades.
Oklahoma City-based industrial metal band, Beauty In The Suffering, have released their official lyric video for their new track "Juliet (You're Mine)." The track was written, programmed, arranged, performed, and produced by DieTrich Thrall and features drums from Chris Emery (American Head Charge). The band recently completed Summer tour dates hitting a dozen markets in the Midwest and Southern United States.
Castle have debuted their new music video for the track "Evil Ways," filmed earlier this year in Palm Desert, California by Brian Joseph Davis. This comes from the band's latest release, the critically acclaimed Under Siege. Under Siege is the band's third album and was recorded once again with Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis), who also produced Castle's 2012 Juno-nominated Prosthetic debut Blacklands. Under Siege features eight tracks of riff-driven melodic metal from guitarist Mat Davis and bassist/vocalist Elizabeth Blackwell.
Mayfly, the hardest working band in Central Ohio, is back at it with their first official lyric video for the song "Skylights" off their debut EP Vereor Deus, Non Dogma.