Katatonia, Sweden's master of dark rock, has released a lyric video for the reworked version of "The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here," taken from the group's impending Dethroned and Uncrowned album. The song originally appeared on Katatonia's critically acclaimed 2012 release Dead End Kings, which has been reimagined on Dethroned and Uncrowned. Guitarist and founding member Anders Nyström commented, "The synopsis is simple and album title won't lie; the drums will be dethroned and the distorted rhythm guitars will be uncrowned! Instead, we'll place the emphasis on the many layers of ambience, with the melodies staying central and the vocal harmonies representing the heart of the album." Katatonia will release Dethroned and Uncrowned before embarking on a co-headlining North American tour with Cult of Luna.
The Persevering Promise's debut album, An Illusion in Shambles is just a month away from its release date. To countdown their release, The Persevering Promise has dropped a new single "Annabel Lee" off their upcoming release. Commenting on the song, the band said, "We believe 'Annabel Lee' is the best representation of our newest work, and we are extremely excited to release it to the world. We pour our heart and soul into every song we write, and we strive to be the hope. With this record, I think we nailed it." An Illusion in Shambles will consist of ten songs, and will feature guest vocal spots from Chad Ruhlig of For The Fallen Dreams, Shawn Spann of I, The Breather, and Ronnie Winter of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
Death metal legends Grave recently finished recording a new 5-track EP, entitled Morbid Ascent, that includes two new tracks, a cover version of Satyricon's "Possessed," a remix version of "Epos" as well as a re-recorded version of "Reality Of Life," a classic Grave demo track from their Sexual Mutilation demo (1989). This upcoming EP is the follow-up to 2012's Endless Procession Of Souls, which was named one of the best metal albums of the year by Decibel Magazine, Pitchfork.com, Stereogum.com, among countless others.
As To Sail Black Waters, the debut full-length from Oakland, California's six-piece progressive doom ensemble Secrets of the Sky, nears release early this Autumn, today the outfit unveils another colossal track from the expansive album through a new lyric video for "Sunrise." Although it is the shortest of the four tracks the album bears, "Sunrise" still packs a nearly eight-minute surge of endlessly-expansive but utterly suffocating, slow-motion turmoil, its undertow pulling you into the unfathomable depths of your uncreation. Stated SOTS guitarist/keyboardist Clayton Bartholomew of the track: "We are proud to be releasing the lyric video for the song 'Sunrise.' The video was put together by vocalist Garett Gazay, and he used imagery that he felt best conveyed his lyrical content and theme for the song. We think it turned out nicely and summarizes the metaphorical concepts laid out by the lyrics."
Whitechapel have launched their lyric video for fan favorite song, "Vicer Exciser." Whitechapel's debut full-length album, The Somatic Defilement, is the album that firmly planted the band on an upward trajectory that has carried the band to the upper echelons of modern death metal. The band has taken The Somatic Defilement and placed it in the capable hands of Audiohammer Studios producer Mark Lewis for a complete re-mix, along with a re-master by Alan Douches. The results are staggering and give The Somatic Defilement a modern luster up to the standards of the band's most recent recordings.
With only a week to go until release, SOiL is dropping loads of new music new music on fans. The band recently debuted a new lyric video for their song "Amalgamation" which followed the official music video for their hard-hitting single "Shine On." SOiL’s sixth studio album Whole marks singer Ryan McCombs’ return to the band for the first time since 2004’s RE.DE.FINE after spending six years as the vocalist for Drowning Pool. On their latest record, SOiL returns with a ferocious release that features eleven rock radio anthems including "Shine On," "Amalgamation," "The Hate Song" and "Loaded Gun," which take fans back to the early sound of the band.
Disinterred British extreme metal legends Carcass have release the lyric video for the song "Captive Bolt Pistol." The track comes from their highly-anticipated sixth full-length album Surgical Steel, which will be released on September 16 (UK), September 13 (Rest of Europe) and September 17 (North America). Surgical Steel, the band’s first studio release since their 1996’s Swansong, was produced by Colin Richardson (Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower, Gorefest, Cannibal Corpse, Sinister, Rodrigo y Gabriela) and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Accept, Exodus, Testament). Joining guitarist Bill Steer and vocalist/bassist Jeff Walker in the band's current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (Aborted, Trigger The Bloodshed) and guitarist Ben Ash (Pig Iron, Desolation, Liquefied Skeleton).
Brazilian metal outfit Endrah have released their video for the track "Silver Tongue." The track is the latest single from their new album The Culling which hits stores on September 3rd.
Hard rock legends Skid Row are currently writing their upcoming second EP in the United World Rebellion series, entitled United World Rebellion - Chapter Two. In the meantime, the band is releasing a brand new lyric video for the track "This Is Killing Me" cut from United World Rebellion - Chapter One. The release of United World Rebellion - Chapter One in April marked the band’s first new music unleashed in seven years. The New Jersey hard rock legends announced that United World Rebellion - Chapter One would be the first in a series of EPs that they plan to release in the near future.
Metal icons Soulfly, led by legendary frontman and guitarist Max Cavalera, have released an official lyric video for the song "Bloodshed." "Bloodshed," the first single off the band's upcoming album Savages, was debuted during Soulfly’s set on their most recent European tour and also features Cavalera's son Igor (Lody Kong) on guest vocals. Commented Max Cavalera: "The song is about the absurdity of the human condition in territories plagued by bloodshed all over the world. Not just recent events like Iraq, but also historical conflicts such as the U.S. Civil War, World Wars I and II, etc."
Otherwise are climbing the charts with their new single "Die For You" and now they have unveiled a lyric video for the song, the third single from their breakthrough debut album True Love Never Dies. The follow-up to their breakout hits "Soldiers" and "I Don't Apologize (1000 Pictures)," "Die For You" is poised to be the band's biggest single yet, a full-throttle anthem of undying devotion written in the face of bitter betrayal. Led by the distinctive voice of frontman Adrian Patrick, Las Vegas' Otherwise released True Love Never Dies in May 2012 and propelled by album sales of more than 45,000 (and counting) became the best-selling new rock band of the year.
Tampa, Florida rockers The Nearly Deads have posted a lyric video for a new track titled "Brave" off their upcoming Zombie Survival Guide EP. Fresh off a Converse Battle of the Bands win at the Journey’s Backyard BBQ in Nashville and a #14 spot on the Billboard Next Big Sound Chart, The Nearly Deads are primed and ready to explode. The Nashville-based DIY band has created a buzz of their very own, mixing the polished pop vocals of singer Theresa Jeane with aggressive grunge-inspired instrumentals of Steve Tobi, Cory Walen, Kevin Koelsch, and Brandon Barnes. The Nearly Deads have managed to create a truly unique genre that not only gives a nod to gritty grunge, but brings it back in a way never heard before. Imagine Kelly Clarkson as front-woman of the Foo Fighters. The Zombie EP was produced and recorded with Nashville producer Jon King (Augustana, 3 Pill Morning, Throwing Gravity) who also recorded their previous EP.
With the release of their debut full-length, Saloon, only two weeks away, adventurous rockers The Ongoing Concept are unveiling a third song from the buzzy album in the form of a lyric video for "Failures & Fakes." Decorated with piano and organ, the track’s driving rock guitars give way to heavy angular riffs, providing further proof of the band’s diverse sonic portfolio, previously demonstrated with the banjo-twang of the track "Cover Girl" and the explosive ferocity of "Class of Twenty-Ten." "This song was our hardest song to write because much of the music was written by Dawson when I wasn't around, and we didn't see eye to eye on anything," laughs vocalist and keyboardist Kyle Scholz, one of three brothers in The Ongoing Concept. "But that's what's made it, I think, a fantastic single because it's been worked and reworked until we couldn't be more happy with it." From moment one, it’s clear The Ongoing Concept are zeroing in on a refined, artistically driven sound.
Virginia’s War Torn Angel has just released the second single, entitled "Calloused," off of their forthcoming EP Depth/Distance. The single features Spencer Chamas of Ice Nine Kills and will be the second track of the five song release. The band is currently finishing out a short tour run and will soon announce the official release date for the EP. War Torn Angel is a six-piece post-hardcore band hailing from Bluefield, Virginia. The band consists of relatively young talent that is working towards the perfect balance of melody and heaviness; their sound can best be described as a mix between metal and post-hardcore.
The Browning have released a lyric video for their first single, "Gravedigger" from their forthcoming album, Hypernova. The new track features the band's trademark electronics expertly blended with crushing metal riffs.
Italy's symphonic death metal horde, Fleshgod Apocalypse, have unveiled a lyric video for the track "Minotaur (The Wrath of Poseidon)." The track comes from their upcoming album Labyrinth which was produced, mixed and mastered by Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studio. Labyrinth hones in on the band's unique traits, giving fans everything they could hope for and more. Colin Marks (Origin, Kataklysm) also created the cover artwork, as well as several pieces for a massive inlay. "The concept of this album is based on the myth of the Labyrinth of Knossos and every character related to it," stated vocalist/guitarist Tommaso Riccardi recently. "We focused on the philological aspect in order to represent all the elements of the classic world and, through a manic and meticulous research, we managed to create a metaphor with our times, as the maze can be associated with the endless search for what we really are. We're sure you will be stunned by this as much as we are."
Current members of Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall and ex-members of Overcast and Cannae have combined forces in the project Death Ray Vision and their debut 12 song album We Ain't Leavin' Till You're Bleedin' will be released on September 10th. These veterans of the Boston metal scene play a raw brand of metallic hardcore that recaptures the energy of their old school hardcore roots infused with all they have learned and experienced as musicians over the past decade. Produced by legendary hardcore guru Dean Baltulonis who has helmed albums for Sick Of It All, Agnostic Front, Madball and Most Precious Blood, these new songs are short blasts of energy and intensity built on thrash metal rhythms and chugging guitar riffs.
Thunder And Lightning have just released a new lyric video to the song "Torn In Two" from the upcoming album In Charge Of The Scythe due out August 23rd. In Charge Of The Scythe is a twisted concept album about Mary, a girl who kills The Grim Reaper and takes over his duties. The album will with no doubt satisfy the most demanding fans of high quality heavy metal - if you like bands such as Dream Evil, Gamma Ray, Brainstorm or Orden Ogan, then you better remember this name: Thunder And Lightning.
Ginger Wildheart (The Wildhearts) and Victoria Liedtke have a new project called Hey! Hello! for which they just released their debut album. The ten song opus, produced by Russ Russell, features a slew of up-tempo, pop-party rockers including the albums opener "Black Valentine," "Feral Days," "How I Survived The Punk Wars" and the feel-good-hit-of-the-Summer, lead single "Swimwear." Wildheart says, "Hey! Hello! allowed me to enter the world of lyrical fiction – much in the vein of Sparks, who are a massive influence on Victoria and I." The original artwork that accompanies the packaging for the album was designed by renowned artist Frank Kozik, a graphic designer who has worked with some of the biggest names in music such as Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots.
One of the hottest flames to rise out of Montreal’s musical blaze, The In & Outs, a high voltage, electrifying experience have posted a new lyric video for the title track from their new second full-length, Zero Gravity released earlier this June. Expertly fusing rock riffs with cheeky lyrics and the occasional hint of funky blues only begins to underline the trio’s vast influences from diverse genres, ranging from Johnny Cash to The Doors, passing through Elvis Presley and John Spencer. Lyrically eclectic and musically unrivalled each and every In & Outs song demonstrates a profound love of music and reflects the ups and downs of life and the essence of a society where creating your own opportunities leads to self-fulfillment, all of which is transmitted to their audiences through a hypnotic stream of sound and energy.