Belgium's oppressive death metallers, Emptiness, featuring members of Enthroned, have released a video for the track "It And I," taken from their newest full-length Error.
Lostprophets will be releasing their new LP Weapons via Fearless Records. Weapons will be the band's first North American release since Liberation Transmission, and will be available on June 19th, 2012. The album was recorded in North Hollywood, CA at NRG Studios with producer Ken Andrews (A Perfect Circle, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club).
"To The Last Man" is the first single off Modesto, California metal band Better Left Unsaid's latest album Only the Dead to Witness. Drummer Brent Terry said the song: "represents one mans struggle with reality and his fight to maintain an existence." This sentiment was well captured by director and cinematographer Zach Voytas and producer Ryan Waldera in this awesome video. Watch it now!
Kreator, one of Germany’s most enduring and prodigious thrash metal bands, have released a lyric video for the title track off their thirteenth studio album, Phantom Antichrist, online. Phantom Antichrist, Kreator's debut for Nuclear Blast, is due out in North America on June 5th and was recorded in Örebro, Sweden at the famed Fascination Street Studio with renowned producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Soilwork).
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.
Sweden's eclectic metal troupe Diablo Swing Orchestra will peak the curiosity of North American masses through the release of their third full-length, Pandora's Piñata, May 22nd via Sensory Records, with Candlelight Records handling the album in Europe. The band recently released a visual trailer for the album utilizing "Voodoo Mon Amour," the opening track to the maze of Pandora’s Piñata, the track displaying the obvious and incredible talent of the outfit.
The British television show The Mighty Boosh was notorious for its strange, dark humor, but this clip takes the cake. Another of the show's elaborate musical performances is this awesome Ape of Death Song, featuring a full out rock band made entirely of apes! These guys, or gorillas, can really rock out and check out their dance moves! My favorite part is at about fifty seconds in when the ape guitarist starts really rocking out on his solo. I don't even think Hendrix could play this well! For a joke song, it's actually extremely well done and very catchy. Who knew that apes could rock out as well as humans?
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.
Supernatural Cat have prepared a new visual teaser for Italian riffmanglers Incoming Cerebral Overdrive's new album, Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift, this time for the standout album track "Sirius B" which includes some literally "out of this world" imagery. See for yourself just above. Set for worldwide release on May 7th, ICO's third LP, Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift, showcases the progressively-charged act’s unique methodological bombast with nearly 50 minutes of unclassifiable aggro-technical metallic thunder, even more focused yet equally as potent as their previous releases.
Trioscapes started in the summer of 2011 when bassist Dan Briggs (Between The Buried And Me) contacted Walter Fancourt (tenor saxophone/flute) and Matt Lynch (drums) about working up a rendition of the Mahavishnu Orchestra classic "Celestial Terrestrial Commuters". The group also messed around with a few original ideas with the intent of playing a one-off live show. Exclusive video of the group performing "Blast Off" can be seen now.
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."
Even though we hate them, we're all well aware of the mass appeal and popularity of these talent and audition shows that have taken over our televisions over the last few years. They're all pretty lame and let's face it, the music is rarely good. In this clip, we see more of the "hardcore" side of things that would make your average talent show producer lose his lunch. I'm not sure which country this is from, or if the sound has been overdubbed, but this contestant can really scream his ass off. This will give you some extra motivation next time you're pretending to be your favorite heavy metal singer in front of the mirror. Although, something tells me that this guy didn't make it to the finals.
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).