The Cult have just revealed the official music video for their new single, "For The Animals," from their forthcoming album Choice of Weapon. With the video, The Cult has captured the rising tensions and frustration of a growing group of disenfranchised youth. The provocative clip, from visionary director Michelle Peerali and starring actress Hanna Mosqueda as the lead character, portrays the 19-year-old protagonist transforming from a lost and abandoned youth, overwhelmed by the state of the world large and at her own poor economic status and broken family at home, into an empowered strong woman who finds her inner strength in the end.
European metal outfit Nami recently released their new video for the song "Awakening From Lethargy" online. The track for the video, directed by Guillem Casal, appears on the band's new album Fragile Alignments, which was released via Year Of The Sun Records in North America. "The video has been filmed with similar colour tones as the CD cover to transmit a dreamlike feeling," commented Nami drummer Sergi Verdeguer. "The scene of a man awakening naked in a forest represents Nami's concept of a spiritual re-birth. Using circular movements and loops this illusory introspective image is visually enhanced. Even if the song has no lyrics, it has a very strong concept behind it. There's the man, the main character of our album, 'searching for peace, searching for answers,' and he will not stop until he finds peace of mind."
Atlanta’s Sleepy Turtles just released their music video for the song "Nature’s Hymn" which will appear on their upcoming Autumn + Colour Records label debut, Summer, Hither due out early this summer. The album was engineered and produced by Tim Friesen and Jeff Malpass at Marigolds + Monsters Studios in Atlanta, GA and features beautiful indie/folk rock that fans of the genres will just love.
The Sheds just premiered their new music video for the song "Self Doubt" online. The track comes from the band's new EP Self/Doubt. The music video, which was directed by Justin Fox, feaures cameos by members of the bands Hundredth and Casey Jones. While the digital version of the EP can currently be downloaded for free, the physical version is set to hit stores on June 5th through Rite of Passage Records.
Epica's video for the single "Storm The Sorrow" is now available for viewing on YouTube. Concept and production are by Amsterdam’s Kunststoff. The song comes from the Dutch symphonic metal band’s new album, Requiem For The Indifferent, which debuted at #104 on the Billboard Top 200 chart last month. Epica will be returning to North America for a headlining tour beginning October 23rd in Washington, D.C. with support bands Alestorm, Insomnium, System Divide, and Destiny.
Michigan rhymer, Prozak, has premiered his explosive new video for the track "End Of Us", featuring Sid Wilson (aka DJ Starscream, #0) from Grammy award winning metal outfit Slipknot, online. The track is taken from Prozak's new album, Paranormal, which is now in stores courtesy of Strange Music. In addition to Sid Wilson from Slipknot, the album also features Twiztid and Tech N9ne. "The track was inspired by simply watching the effects of the recession. There are people losing their homes, small business owners going bankrupt, and watching my home state of Michigan rank number one in violent crime and unemployment. Desperate times create desperate measures," said Prozak about the track.
Oklahoma City progressive metal innovators Switchblade Rosie just premiered the music video for their song "Nocturnal Guest" online. "Nocturnal Guest" is the title track off the band's new EP, released this March 17th. The video was written and directed by the band's vocalist, Chris Aaron. The following statement from Aaron describes the details surrounding the production and release of the project: "I wrote the entire screen play to coincide with the lyrics of the song. The video and song are basically about a man who is possessed not only by his inner anguish but by actual demons. While possessed, the main character beats, tortures, and murder's his victim in a fit of violent rage, he does all this with no remorse or recollection of his malicious acts. Through out the song he has moments of reality where he realizes to an extent what he is actually doing. During the climax of the video he realizes that the only way to get the demon out of his being is by ending his own life and the life of the demonic force within him."
The Sonata Arctica video for "I Have A Right" - directed by Tuukka Tenmonen - is now available for viewing online and above. The song comes from the Finnish melodic metallers' seventh studio album, Stones Grow Her Name, due out in North America on May 22nd and in Europe on May 18th. Vocalist, lyricist, and songwriter Tony Kakko shares some background on the song and the video: "Director Tuukka Temonen and his crew did a great job with editing and all the additional footage. All in all, from my point of view, this was the easiest ever Sonata Arctica video to make. No twelve hours standing in a room filled with bird shit, no freezing my ass off on the ice in the middle of the sea from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. or running in the woods in the middle of the night and not sleeping for 48 hours... I had all that with the past videos."
Canadian death metal veteran, Kataklysm, has posted the new music video for "Iron Will" online. The track comes from the band’s upcoming 2CD + 2DVD, The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined, which will now be released on July 3rd in North America and July 6th in Europe via Nuclear Blast. The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined will feature a documentary and bonus CD materials, depicting the ups and downs of the band's long, turbulent career, as well as footage of Kataklysm's performance at last year's Summer Breeze festival.
Danish sextet Alcoholic Faith Mission has debuted the video for the title track off of their forthcoming Ask Me This LP, out on May 1st with Old Flame Records. Produced by Guy Manly, "Ask Me This" follows their first two videos "Running with Insanity," and "Into Pieces" released earlier this year. Starring Sharry Underwood, who was a professional Broadway dancer in the 1940's, the video's concept was birthed from the "iconic images of the WWII generation returning from overseas, young, full of life, confident, and in love," says Manly. "In today's world I think the elderly are neglected and hidden, our idea of beauty is to be young, our idea of quality is to be new." "Ask Me This" isn't as preoccupied with death as it is with the memories of life that we hide away.
Dark-Frame Music and Deuxvolt presents "Breathless", a music video and short horror movie inspired by Charles Baudelaire and the Silent Hill video game series. The video is about a woman who awakes in the heart of the night, she just had a nightmare. She’s experiencing psychotic crisis, due to a nervous breakdown. We don’t know whether she’s talking about her first therapy session, still caught in the trauma; or this happens months later, after she’s got better thanks to medical treatment and medicines. We don’t even know whether she’s really talking to a therapist; reminding to herself her doctor’s words, inviting her to take deep breaths; or having a whole schizophrenical dialogue between a patient-self and a therapist-self. A poem by Charles Baudelaire from his "Les Fleurs du Mal" is quoted (Correspondances).
The hard-working and hard rocking quartet Black Oxygen are evidence that there's something special in the Kansas City, Missouri air.
Dallas, Texas rock/emo band Avion Roe released their latest and highly energetic album The Art of Fiction in 2011.
2012 is going to be a big year for Atlanta's The Villains, whose sophomore album, Velocity, was released on February 14th via Toucan Cove Entertainment/Universal Republic. It's the follow-up to their 2010 critically-acclaimed debut, Just Another Saturday Night (released via Rock Ridge Music). Check out and enjoy the video for the song "Rainy Day Girl".
This hypnotic, trance-inducing epic of a video was shot, produced and skillfully crafted by Calgary-based film director Doug Cook (Divinity, Truck, Orphan Hammer). The video for the single entitled "Maelstrom" was released on April 3rd, 2012 by the post-rock, avantgarde, experimental band ATOMIS. The group is currently writing their full-length album slated for a late 2012 release.
Kick To Kill is on the verge of busting out. This video for their new single "Avalanche" includes the first clips from the forthcoming 'Glasgow Flower Show' documentary filmed over two nights in Glasgow last month.
The unsigned, Montreal, Quebec-based hard rock band ONE recently released this music video for their song "Queen of Rock n' Roll" online. The video is the director's cut and features a ton of hot women AND, more importantly, is the first song from the band's forthcoming third album, Worlds Collide, due out on May 10th. Watch it now and share it with your buddies!
Costa Rican extreme death metal band Catarsis Incarne released the video for their song "Falsos Hijos del Sol" in June of 2011, before releasing their debut album Katharma. The video was produced and recorded by Catarsis Incarne and Plectro Records in an "unknown location" somewhere in the mountains of Costa Rica. The video presents an ancient and epic set, similar to the album's artwork. Unlike most modern death metal bands (who sing in English), Catarsis Incarne's lyrics are all in Spanish.
Minneapolis' shoegaze/folk outfit A Whisper In The Noise released their newest album To Forget in North America earlier this month via Exile On Mainstream. The band approached the songwriting on To Forget by drawing upon influences not only from other music (referencing Philip Glass, Roger Waters and Arvo Part) but from nature and in particular its power and atmospheric sounds. The result is a coherent and focused album of true, honest music, shining by its purity and cinematic waves of sound. To Forget is music to sink into and become part of the listener’s emotional landscape.
Paris-via-Montreal metallic rockers No Place For Heroes posted this music video for song "Surrender", the first single off the band's album, back in December of 2010. Fans of the riffs of Rage Against The Machine and The Deftones, the energy of the Foo Fighters and Queens Of The Stone Age, and the presence of Tool and System Of A Down will definitely find music for them in this new band. "We're very happy with this debut album," states NPFH guitarist and vocalist Will Maurer. "The new stuff we're working on now is even heavier and more straight-to-the-point, but still features the same artistic vision from the first album. Can't wait to get it out to you!"