Secrets released their debut full-length The Ascent (produced by Tom Denney) in January of 2012 to rave reviews. The record debuted at #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and became the first Velocity Records release to crack the Billboard Top 200, debuting at #185. Secrets has toured heavily since the release of The Ascent, supporting such as Sleeping With Sirens, Attack Attack! and Escape The Fate. They have now released a video for "Ready For Repair," the latest track from their debut.
Following the release of the stunning video singles for "Defenders Of Bú-Tik Palace" and "Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire" from their forthcoming new full-length Bú-Tik, Taiwanese metal ensemble ChthoniC are pleased to unleash their latest work of cinematic magnificence in the form of "Supreme Pain For The Tyrant." The video carries on the band’s mission to build awareness of the myths of Taiwan and the tragic events in their country’s history. On April 24, 1970, a member of the World United Formosans for Independence, Peter Huang, attempted to assassinate Chiang Ching-kuo, who was the Vice Premier of the Republic of China at the time, in front of the Plaza Hotel in New York. The attempt failed, however, when pushed to the ground by security personnel, Huang shouted, "Let me stand up like a Taiwanese!" ChthoniC's seventh studio recording Bú-Tik was recorded at Sweden’s Sweetspot Studio by producer Rickard Bengtson, who also worked on 2011's critically-lauded Takasago Army full-length.
Austrian symphonic metal band Edenbridge have released "Alight A New Tomorrow," the first video from their new studio album The Bonding. The Bonding has turned into the band's most haunting and ambitioned album so far, including truly impressive numbers such as "Mystic River," "Alight A New Tomorrow," "Shadows Of My Memory" and more or less as the grand finale, the fifteen minute title track, a memorable duet by Sabine Edelsbacher and Erik Martensson. Guitarist and main songwriter Lanvall comments "this song is the culmination of the album's general theme, which is about universal energy, about birth and growth, about memories and reflection."
Drone/doom cult Chains have premiered the video for "Dancing With My Demons." The song is the title track to Chains' Dancing With My Demons 7" EP, released in March. Chains started in 2010 as a hypnotic drone/doom project in the vein of Sunn O, Moss, and Urfaust but with a '70s horror vibe influenced by bands like Death SS and Paul Chain. In 2012, after the release of the first opus, Of Death, Lord Samhain (also in Hour of 13) joined the project. He now plays drums in the duo. At this point, the music took a retro-evolution and became a hybrid between '80s Italian dark doom, deathrock, and '80s dark metal. On their next album, which is currently being worked on, Chains will revive the vintage horror doom style with a spice of alchemic elements and simple, hypnotic riffs.
Exeter rockers I Divide, who open the Download Festival second stage this Saturday, release their new single "Follow Me" today. "Follow Me" is the first single to be taken from the quintet’s debut album which is set for release this Autumn via fresh new label Destroy Everything. The single boasts catchy melodies with a massive sing-along chorus that will quench the thirst of their ever growing fan base for new material. The band have just finished a run of shows with label buddies We Are Fiction and Reading four piece Attention Thieves, warming them up nicely for Download.
Norwegian heavy rockers Wolves Like Us will release a new 10-inch single, "Get Gone," later this month. The black vinyl release - limited to 500 copies worldwide - includes the eight-minute title track and a colossal cover of Quicksand's "Too Official." The group features ex-members of Norwegian acts Amulet, Infidels Forever, JR Ewing and Silver. The band are currently in an Oslo studio recording the follow-up to their 2011 debut Late Love. The new album is scheduled for release before year's end.
Imminence Records' most recent signing Claps For Caroline has recently finished their Imminence Records debut EP and to celebrate the band has released the lyric video for their recent single, entitled "Vixen." The new EP is expected to be released later this Summer with the band releasing more details as the release gets closer.
Just debuted this week is the official video for "Judgement Of The Wicked," the first single of GrandExit's forthcoming new album The Dead Justifies The Means, due to be released July 8th in Europe and July 23rd in North America. The style of this Swedish band is unconventional and peculiar but at the same time also immensely pleasing and catchy. Being around for 13 years – thereof the first decade as Vicious – the quintet out of Västerås in the midst of Sweden plays straight from the heart and is led by intuition when it comes to the suspense-packed song writing. On The Dead Justifies The Means, the Scandinavians offer earthed heavy hymns which are presented as mix of vibrant death metal and comprehensive progressive rock.
French modern metallers Checkmate have recently released a video for the track "Invictus," which comes off their first full-length album Immanence, released this week. Having played more than 100 shows throughout Europe and the US, Checkmate have quickly established themselves as one of the most promising unsigned metal bands in the French scene. Produced and mixed by Guyom Pavesi (Devianz, The Prestige), with the exception of guitars which were recorded by Lucas d’Angelo (Betraying the Martyrs), and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Whitechapel) Immanence offers nearly forty-seven minutes of innovative and aggressive music containing the perfect balance between crushing grooves, pummeling rhythms and enigmatic atmospheres.
When you think about it, naming your band Righteous Vendetta is a lot like calling yourself Virtuous Vengeance (if anyone would like to steal and copyright that name, just remember, you can't afford me).
Power metal act Arrayan Path are back with their new, fourth, album, IV: Stigmata, released worldwide on June 10th, 2013, through Pitch Black Records and judging by the numerous enthusiastic reviews the album has been receiving so far, it’s already looking like the band will have yet another album making it into several “best of the year” shortlists. A new lyric video of the song “Stigmata” has just been released while post-production has already started on the band’s first ever video clip.
Seattle based rockers Girl On Fire have released a music video for "The Takedown," the lead track from their debut album Not Broken out July 9th. Not Broken' was Produced and mixed by Jay Baumgardner (Papa Roach, Evanescence, Sevendust) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Aerosmith, The White Stripes). The band, singer Austin Hel, guitarist Nick McMahon, bassist josh Mouser and drummer Harry Macdonald, will be touring all year in support of Not Broken.
"Ghosts" is one of the key tracks off of New Jersey melodic metal band Forlorn Path's debut full-length album Man's Last Portrait. The group takes their inspirations from other similar bands such as Swallow the Sun, Draconian, Woods of Ypres, Agalloch, Dark Tranquility, Opeth and Bathory. The self-released Man's Last Portrait comes off as a majestic work, layered with morose wisdom, sonic sanctity and deviant beauty. The album was recorded by guitarist and sound engineer Ivan Chernikov, mixed by Rob Torres and Frightbox Studios, and mastered by Jens Bogren and Fascination Street Studios.
Skillet have now released the official video for current single "Sick of It," the first single off the band's forthcoming album, Rise. Rise follows the Grammy-nominated band's 2009 album, Awake, which was certified platinum in the US. Skillet were the only active rock band to achieve platinum status in 2012, and they were one of three rock bands (with Mumford &s; Sons and The Black Keys) to strike platinum sales that year. Rise, their first concept album, tells the story of an American teen coming into adulthood and trying to figure out who he is in a world riddled with problems within and outside his control. The band recorded the album in Los Angeles where they re-teamed with producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, All American Rejects), who helmed Awake.
Having established himself as the vocalist of indie cult favorites Eagle Seagull (a band that Florence Welch championed and had toured with Tokyo Police Club and B-52’S), Eli Mardock’s penchant for dramatic and dream-like songs has earned him a legion of followers over the past decade. After the demise of that band, he released two highly regarded solo EPs (February 2013’s Hamburg and 2012’s NE Sorrow is Born). A video for the track “Cut Me Open” (off of NE Sorrow Is Born) helped the song receive over 18,000 digital downloads. Mardock's debut album Everything Happens for the First Time is due out July 9th.
Since their inception, Jimmy Eat World has fittingly earned a reputation for accomplished songwriting. The band has even more heartfelt lyrics to offer, specifically the record’s first single "I Will Steal You Back" off their new record Damage. Damage was produced by Jimmy Eat World and Alain Johannes (Mark Lanegan, Chris Cornell) and recorded in the Fall of 2012 at the producer’s Los Angeles home studio, while mixing duties were left to James Brown’s astute hand (Sound City, NIN, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart). The album features ten tracks of new material.
Los Angeles based metal band Butcher Babies have released a lyric video for "I Smell A Massacre," the lead track from their debut album Goliath, out July 9 via Century Media Records. Goliath was produced by Josh Wilbur, best known for his work with Gojira, Lamb Of God and Hatebreed. The band - front-women Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd, guitarist Henry Flury, bassist Jason Klein and drummer Chris Warner - will be mainstays on the Jagermeister stage of the Mayhem Festival this Summer.
French metal superstars Eths have released a new video for the song "Harmaguedon" featuring their new vocalist, Rachel Aspe. "Harmaguedon" was taken from Eths' last album, III. Vocalist Rachel Aspe was recently announced as the new singer for Eths in April. The new vocalist made her live debut with the Marseille, France-based metal band April 10th at Le Ninkasi Kao in Lyon, France. In their native France Eths are superstars. The quintet from Marseilles has graced about every music magazine cover in their home country (Rock Hard, Metal Observer, Hard Rock, Metal Hammer) and have toured with bands such as Machine Head, Disturbed, Skindred, and Fantomas.
"Blood From a Loyal Hound" is the humorously titled new track from post-punk/post-hardcore band Two Inch Astronaut.
Fight or Flight may sound like a band of newcomers, but you may be surprised to know that they are hard rock's latest supergroup. The band got started towards the end of 2012 and features Dan Donegan (Disturbed), Mike Wengren (Disturbed), Dan Chandler (Evans Blue), Sean Corcoran, and Jeremy Jayson. They will release their debut album A Life By Design on July 23rd and have just released their debut music video for "First of the Last."