In time for the festival season of 2014, the heroic fantasy power metallers Gloryhammer, with frontman Christopher Bowes, present a compelling, fantastic new live video. Gloryhammer is the new project formed by Christopher Bowes, the mastermind behind pirate-metal sensation Alestorm, with a desire to explore the more symphonic and epic side of metal. The band's debut concept album Tales from the Kingdom of Fife, released in March 2013, is telling a story based in an alternate-history medieval Scotland, where magic and dark sorcery reigns supreme.
Finntroll have released their long awaited live album Natten Med De Leavande Finntroll. To give the fans a taste of what they can expect from this unforgettable live show, Finntroll is pleased to present a video from this event for "Trollhammaren." A tireless touring act, the unquenchably thirsty trolls have wreaked damage on stages big and small in all the corners of the Earth, yet until now there has never been an official Finntroll live recording available anywhere. This is Finntroll in full flight as witnessed onstage Amsterdam's prestigious Melkweg Concert Hall on September 20th, 2008; violently energetic, blatantly in your face, stark-barking-mad and fun as a barrel of monkeys!
Blackened doom metallers, Forgotten Tomb, release a live music video for the song "Shutter". The video comes from band's new DVD, Darkness in Stereo: Eine Symphonie Des Todes - Live in Germany. The new DVD features three professionally-shot live shows, filmed during 2012, at Kings Of Black Metal Festival, Under The Black Sun Festival and club K17 in Berlin. With almost 15 years of activity, 6 full-length albums and a double live in-studio album, live shows all over Europe and a worldwide underground following, Forgotten Tomb definitely deserves its cult status in the current extreme metal scene. In 2012 ...And Don't Deliver Us From Evil was released to critical acclaim, followed by a European tour with Enthroned and Impiety to conclude the successful year. Over 2013 the band kept promoting the new album with a headlining European run with Isole and Ereb Altor, as well as single shows and another European tour with Incantation and Ragnarok. 2014 will see the band celebrate its 15 year anniversary.
I See Stars have debuted their new, live performance music video for the track, "Ten Thousand Feet," which comes off their latest album, New Demons.
Seminal alt-rock act The Dandy Warhols have released their new video for "Godless" in support of their upcoming album Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia Live At The Wonder coming out in North America March 25th. The album was recorded in their hometown at The Wonder Ballroom during the Band's 13th anniversary tour of the breakthrough album Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia. "I love the guitar tones on this version. We really nailed that slightly out of tune bashfest that the Italians were nailing in the '60s," said lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor.
Hellbenders have premiered a new live video. Filmed by VIBE Video Studio, the video features the Brazilian quartet putting on a full-throttle performance of the scorcher "Smashing Cars, Chasing Stars." It's a taste of what American audiences can expect when Hellbenders make their live U.S. debut at this year's SXSW. Hailing from the heart of the Brazilian state Goiás, Hellbenders was formed by four childhood friends in 2007 while still in their teens. With a live show that matches its full-throttle approach to rock n' roll, Hellbenders quickly found themselves sharing stages with the likes of Kyuss Lives, Exodus, Nashville Pussy and Truckfighters.
The German-based electrocore Formation Immersion has released their live-video "Slave," filmed February the 1st. The song is one of three on the current demo You're Not Better Than The Rest! In this video Immersion reveals another side. "Slave" is not as heavy, breakdown-orientated as the songs they've released before, but still nothing like a ballad. The song appears slightly agonized but doesn't lose any of the dynamics rather than delivering more the authentic charisma Immersion is delivering live on stage. "'Slave' is trying to catch the ambivalence of modern social criticism", says vocalist Tobias B. Bacherle. "We tried to put over very own problems when writing lyrics into that one: to criticize while being tolerant, but still sticking to your conscious opinion. And never to forget that you aren't perfect either."
Suicide Silence is set to release Ending is the Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show on CD/DVD/digipack on February 18 in North America and European on March 17th 2014. Suicide Silence will be donating all of the royalties earned from this purchase to the Kenadee Lucker Education fund. On December 21, 2012, the metal community came together in an amazing way to celebrate the life of Mitch Lucker and raise money for his daughter's future education with an unforgettable evening of collaborative performances between past/present Suicide Silence members and elite heavy vocalists that created a defining emotional event forever captured on video and audio.
In This Moment are offering a taste of their new two-disc Blood special edition set online with this live video for "Beautiful Tragedy." The Blood Special Edition package is set for a January 21, 2014 release in North America and includes a bonus cover of the Nine Inch Nails track "Closer" on the Blood CD, and a live DVD featuring a full 100-minute concert shot in Madison, Wisconsin. In This Moment kicked off 2014 with The Hellpop Tour II with Butcher Babies, Devour The Day and All Hail The Yeti.
Detroit-based prog metal band Imminent Sonic Destruction has released a new video for their song "Breaking Through." This live, thirteen minute epic video was recorded in 2012 at the band's album release show at The Magic Bag in Ferndale, Michigan. Last month ISD completed the search to replace drummer Pat DeLeon, who left the band earlier this year. After several auditions, they have tapped Dan Chapa (Switchline, Rockstar) to be the new member of ISD. Following a successful North American tour with Pain of Salvation and Kingcrow, Imminent Sonic Destruction began working on new music. The departure of DeLeon sidetracked this effort temporarily, and the band shifted their focus to finding a drummer who had the right mix of personality, humor and talent to take over the job. Chapa turned out to be all of those things, as well as an imposing physical specimen at 6'7" tall. The band is now hard at work on the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2012 debut CD, Recurring Themes, which was produced by Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Sepultura).
A live video clip of "Ghost Love Score" - taken from the upcoming Showtime, Storytime DVD by Finnish symphonic storytellers Nightwish has just dropped. Featuring Nightwish's two newest members - vocalist Floor Jansen and Troy Donockley on pipes, whistles, and vocals – and directed by Ville Lipiäinen (30 Seconds To Mars, HIM), Showtime, Storytime was shot with seventeen cameras at this year's Wacken Open Air Festival in front of 85,000 fans. The band's 110-minute live performance was the first of three final shows of the band's 2013 "Imaginaerum World Tour" which consisted of 104 concerts in 34 countries and a total audience of over 1.5 million fans around the globe.
After releasing their extensive CD/DVD set, The Retinal Circus last week, the Devin Townsend Project is now premiering a video clip of "Kingdom" taken from the DVD. Featuring a three hour plus performance that spans Devin Townsend's entire career, The Retinal Circus takes place at London's historic Roundhouse venue and includes a full choir and theatrical cast, visual and aural enhancements unlike any show Devin has done to date, several special guests, circus performances and more.
The Vim Dicta is a young power trio conjure the kind of excitement felt in the late 1960s when three man bands like Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience were taking the music world by storm. formed a little over a year ago from LA’s re-energized underground music scene and have worked hard to hone their sound and personnel. Original members Cori Elliott, 21, (lead vocals/rhythm guitar) and Matt Tunney, 20, (lead guitar/backing vocals) make up the nucleus of the trio and have set the tone for the band's remarkable sound along with NYC-based Chicago native Chris "the Fuse" Infusino, 28, (drums and percussion). Already veterans of the road, The Vim Dicta have played over 120 live shows at a diverse collection venues in Southern California and New York City ranging from small "hipster" clubs to large well-known halls. They've put in time at music festivals such as SXSW; the Sunset Strip Music Festival; BuzzBand and L.A.’s Chinese Lunar New Year Festival.
Heaven's Basement have released a live video of their Top 20 single, "Fire, Fire," from Download Festival 2013. The live video release comes just weeks after the band released an acoustic version of the same track with a free download. Both releases have come while the UK-based rockers are in the middle of their tour with The Pretty Reckless. Heaven’s Basement's "Fire, Fire" is the first single from their debut album Filthy Empire. The track blazed its way up the Active Rock chart, reaching #12. Filthy Empire was produced by John Feldman (The Used, Papa Roach, Black Veil Brides).
Five piece "fun rock" band One Days Notice released a new music video for their song "Finish What We Started". The song is off the band's new full-length album When Dinosaurs Get Drunk, which was produced by Jim Wirt (Incubus, Something Corporate) at Crushtone Studios in Cleveland, Ohio along with additional production from Ben Schigel (Machine Gun Kelly). The video was shot by Matt Howard and is made up of footage from their album release show at the Cleveland House of Blues. "This song is about a person who decides to end a relationship and then regrets it," says guitarist Jesea Lee. "Sometimes when you're in a relationship you have that 'grass is always greener on the other side' mindset and then once you end things you think 'Shit, I messed up, can we just pretend that didn't happen."
Dark Roots Of Thrash, a DVD/2CD release documenting Bay Area veterans Testament’s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, New York this past February, will be released in October. Dark Roots Of Thrash was produced by Get Hammered Productions, directed by Tommy Jones (Death Angel, Kataklysm, Soilwork) and mixed by Juan Urteaga (Vile, Exodus, Sadus, Machine Head). It captures a total of 19 live tracks with countless cams onstage and high above the audience, plus a special moshpit cam that makes you feel like you're actually there. Testament will be on tour starting in October with Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Huntress.
The March Divide is the first new musical endeavor for Jared Putnam since the dissolve of the emo-tinged rock bank The Conversation nearly six years ago. Jared debuted the first new March Divide material in the Spring of 2013 with the Music for Film LP (via Dead Letter Records), which got the attention of tastemakers like American Songwriter, Under The Radar Magazine and Austin's NPR affiliate KUTX. Since then, Jared has spent most of his time touring behind the record, but did find time to record and release a follow up EP titled Music for Television, which came out in July on Dead Letter Records.
In order to introduce their new singer Chris Barretto, UK's Monuments have filmed and released a live clip from their show at Ghostfest UK. Said the band, "thanks to Ghostfest, to its organizers and its punters for making this gig one to remember. We didn't want to forget Chris' Monumental virginity so we got our friend Richard at Dark Fable Media to capture it!" Monuments have recently announced the last row of tour dates that will wrap up the touring cycle of their last album Gnosis. Co-headline will come from the Australian alternative rock outfit Dead Letter Circus.
New York alternative-rock outfit The Cringe, comprised of front singer and lyricist John Cusimano, James Rotondi (ex-Air, Mr. Bungle), bassist Jonny Matias (ex-Crash Moderns) and drummer Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live Band, Bruce Springsteen) are back with their new live single "Lord Jim" off of their 2012 release Hiding in Plain Sight. Raw as rock music should be, this video plays like forgotten concert footage. Cusimano delivers each line with the swagger and snarl of a 1970's frontman in his element. Hiding in Plain Sight is the fourth studio album of The Cringe, packed with gritty, artful song writing, rock prowess, and the impressive musicality that can only come from years of honing and perfecting the seemingly lost art of being a band. Together since 2004, The Cringe are no strangers to this art.
After approximately thirteen years apart, New York post-hardcore band Quicksand reunited for a second time as the unannounced "special guest" on the fourth night of the Revelation Records 25th Anniversary Shows at The Glass House in Pomona, California. All of the original members appeared on stage for the first time since 1999, performing a five-song set. In January, the band embarked on their first U.S. tour in fifteen years. Quicksand played to a packed Slim's along with Mastodon, High on Fire, Saviours, and Hot Lunch during Converse Represent in San Francisco at the end of last week. The group turned the volume up to 11 in this explosive performance of "Fazer."