North Wales Metalcore Quintet Rosen Bridge have revealed details of their forthcoming sophomore EP ‘Dreamcatcher’. Set for self-release on 12th May, vocalist Antony Jones states: “It’s about overcoming obstacles and chasing what your goals are. The artwork represents the journeys that people can take within their own thoughts, without looking like a self-help book cover.” As an insight into the four tracker, the band are also streaming the title track here, with Jones explaining: “We decided to lead with Dreamcatcher as it’s the best representation of the EP as a whole. Lyrically, it focuses on making changes to your life and bettering yourself, whilst the music has pretty much all of the elements of the EP: heavy riffs, vocal hooks, solos and a breakdown for good measure.”
Rosen Bridge, completed by Eddie Edwards and Marcus Williams on Guitar, Rowan Jack on Drums and William Roberts on Bass duties, are named after a synonym for worm holes. As a somewhat tongue-in-cheek reference, they class themselves as ‘spiritually driven metal’, which ultimately boils down to wanting to spread a message of positivity, something often not found in heavy music. “Our music is heavily influenced by our experiences in battling mental health issues. We want to motivate people to talk to us and each other and share their own experiences. We want people to be inspired to move against their pain and be the best person that they can be. We have all had experiences with living through highs and lows and the music that has inspired us in these times is the music that motivates us to change for the better,” comments Jones.
For ‘Dreamcatcher’, the follow-up to debut ‘Entropy’, the band set out to create a record that would “make people feel great”. Laying down the release with John Mitchell at Outhouse Studios, the members slept in one van and commuted to the studio each day, ready to work hard. Thankfully they are pleased with the product: “The new release tries to focus more on keeping a consistent groove, with the soulful vocal hooks from the first EP. We still kept some more complex sections, but really wanted to develop our style to have a more varied sound with heavy and lighter moments. We hope that this material will yield more live 'sing-a-long' chorus moments mixed in with the big, heavy riffs as well.” If you like Issues, Volumes & Northlane, then we are positive Rosen Bridge are for you - and you should catch them on the road this May:
Rosen Bridge Live (more dates to be announced):
May 18th: AATMA, Manchester
May 20th: The Saddle, Chester
May 25th: The Bird’s Nest, Deptford
May 26th: The Harp Restrung, Folkestone
May 28th: 8 Bit, Swansea | May 29th: The Full Moon, Cardiff
https://www.facebook.com/RosenBridgeUK/ | https://twitter.com/RosenBridgeUK | http://www.rosenbridge.bigcartel.com/
Avenged Sevenfold are set to return to the UK for their biggest tour yet. Their previously announced 10 date UK tour in January 2017 includes 2 nights at London’s 02 Arena. Tickets are priced £45 / £37.50 regionally and £45 / £37.50 / £30 for London via www.livenation.co.uk and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
The band’s last visit was in 2013 for a sold out arena tour plus an awe inspiring headline slot at Download Festival in June 2014 which cemented their unshakable reputation for breath-taking live performances.
Avenged Sevenfold recently played a groundbreaking live 360 Virtual Reality gig on the roof of Capitol Records in LA after which they surprised fans with the announcement that their new album ‘The Stage’ – their first for Capitol Records - would be available that night. Previously they had made headlines with the release of the title track, co-produced by the band and Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool) AND a companion video directed by Chris Hopewell (Radiohead, The Killers). The latter has already amassed well over TEN million YouTube views – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBYVlFXsEME
The Stage is a work of immense scope and ambition, featuring 11 panoramic tracks tied together by an Artificial Intelligence theme. Inspired by the writings of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk, the album is the band’s first thematic release. While the term “AI” conjures up images of robots and fantasy films, the band steers clear of a science fiction storyline. Instead, the album sees them taking a futurist’s look at the accelerated rate at which technology’s intelligence is expanding and what that means—good and bad—for the future.
The album’s epic 15-minute-plus closing track, “Exist,” features a guest appearance by award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson giving a spoken word performance he penned specifically for the album.
Saturday 7th Dublin 3Arena
Tuesday 10th Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Thursday 12th Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Friday 13th Birmingham Genting Arena
Sunday 15th Sheffield Arena
Monday 16th Manchester Arena
Wednesday 18th Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Thursday 19th Cardiff Motorpoint Arena SOLD OUT
Saturday 21st London O2 Arena SOLD OUT
Sunday 22nd London 02 Arena
Joining them as special guests are Disturbed with In Flames opening.
'Y Proffwyd Dwyll’ the second album from Welsh doom crew Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard was released earlier this year just 9 months after their debut ‘Noeth Ac Anoeth. Once again produced by Chris (Conan) Fielding, it was without doubt a whopping great slab of heaviness. Those who’ve investigated beyond the name, have already discovered that both the band and their music are deadly serious, and though MWWB may share sonic alliances with likes of Conan, Windhand and Yob, the many who tuned into their debut have discovered that MWWB don’t stick to the usual tropes, and are a unique proposition, with a sound all their own. The guitars are down-tuned to ‘Z,’ the guitar tone is tar thick and the riffs massive and full of hooks ... of course.
But with the soaring, angelic, multi textured vocals of Jessica Ball, MWWB have added an extra dimension to what’s considered doom. Not your normal melodramatic dark chanteuse here pilgrims, more like MWWB’s secret weapon, a vein of crystal in the rock. In fact it’s a combination, which sounds both startling and often beautiful. Like if Liz Fraser had fronted Kyuss or Sleep ... though that’s too simplistic a comparison.
Now the band are set to tour the UK in February 2017 with fellow expansive doom enthusiasts OHHMS.
Thursday, 9th February Club Ifor Bach - Cardiff*
Saturday, 11th February, The Phoenix - Coventry
Sunday,12th February, The Sanctuary - Basingstoke
Monday, 13th February, The Cellar - Oxford
Tuesday, 14th February, The Northumberland Arms - Newcastle*
Wednesday, 15th February, The Stag & Hounds - Bristol
Thursday, 16th February, The Anvil - Bournemouth
Friday, 17th February, The Scene Club - Swansea
Saturday, 18th February, Sticky Mike's Frog Bar - Brighton
*Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard only
Greek melodic Power metal masters Firewind, the group led by guitar-wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band member Gus G., are proud to announce the release of their upcoming 8th studio album, 'Immortals', which will be released on January 20th, 2017 via the band’s long-time label partner Century Media Records in Europe.
Gus G. checked in to comment about 'Immortals' and its artwork (which can be seen above!) as follows: “Today we're very happy to reveal the cover artwork for our 8th studio album. It's titled "Immortals" and it's the first concept album Firewind has ever made. Since we're from Greece, we thought it would be a cool idea to make a concept of Greek history and heritage. So, on this album we focused on the legendary battles of Thermopylae and Salamis during the 2nd Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC. The artwork was once again created by our long-time collaborator, Gustavo Sazes and we feel it reflects the vibe we tried to capture on this album - Epic, Powerful, Glorious, Everlasting.”
'Immortals' marks the first time Firewind used an outside co-producer, working with Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69), who not only engineered, mixed and mastered the album, but also co-wrote it together with Gus G.
Next to the standard jewel case CD and Digital Download formats, “Immortals” will also be released as LP on 180gr vinyl with a poster as well as the entire album on CD as bonus. Additionally, there will also be a limited edition Media-book CD with expanded booklet, a bonus track and 3 stickers. Look out for more details and pre-order details soon…
A first album’s online single is set to debut on November 25th, but in the meantime you can already check out a few sample riffs in a play-through clip that Gus G. recorded in co-operation with Toontrack’s EZmix 2 and the Metal Guitar Gods 4 EZmix Pack expansion here:
Gus G. and Toontrack have also launched a regular "Metal Month Masterclass" series of video lessons, of which the first two episodes can be seen here:
1. Arpeggios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv4jKjnb5zM
2. Phrasing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3rJScx9nAk
3. Alternate Picking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAhtDn9Nco8
In order to support the release of “Immortals”, Firewind are set to hit the road across Europe and the UK. Those dates as well as some first festival dates confirmed for 2017 and also a string of GUS G. solo shows in Asia are as follows:
Firewind – European & UK Tour 2017
Special Guests: Manimal & Scar Of The Sun
15.02.2017 Glasgow (UK) - Audio
16.02.2017 Manchester (UK) - Academy 3
17.02.2017 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation
18.02.2017 Wolverhampton (UK) - Slade Rooms
19.02.2017 London (UK) - Underworld
21.02.2017 Southampton (UK) - Engine Rooms
22.02.2017 Paris (France) - Backstage by the Mills
23.02.2017 Strasbourg (France) - La Laiterie
25.02.2017 Vienna (Austria) - Szene
26.02.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
27.02.2017 München (Germany) - Feierwerk
28.02.2017 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
01.03.2017 Bochum (Germany) - Rockpalast
02.03.2017 Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob
FIREWIND – European Festivals 2017
16.06.2017 Duisburg (Germany) - Rage Against Racism
13-15.07.2017 Balingen (Germany) - Bang Your Head
09-12.08.2017 Villena (Spain) - Leyendas del Rock
08.09.2017 Olen (Belgium) - Olensfest
GUS G – Live 2016/2017
10.12.2016 Maasmechelen (Belgium) - Maasvallei
20.01.2017 Anaheim, CA (USA) - The Grove (w/ Metal Allegiance, Marty Friedman)
22.03.2017 Tokyo (Japan) - Club Quattro
23.03.2017 Osaka (Japan) - Club Quattro
25.03.2017 Seoul (South Korea) - Vhall
Metal dance phenomenon Babymetal have announced the release of a new 13 track live album on December 9th via earMUSIC / Edel. With a carefully selected track-listing, the CD captures the spectacular performance recorded at Babymetal’s first ever UK Arena show, “Babymetal World Tour 2016 kicks off at The SSE Arena, Wembley”, which took place in London on April 2nd. The show saw Babymetal become the first Japanese artist in history to perform a headline show at The SSE Arena, Wembley. This headline show garnered an attendance of 12,000 people, where Babymetal also broke the merchandise sales record of the venue, creating history once again. A digital version will be released December 30th.
Babymetal’s second album “Metal Resistance” was released simultaneously worldwide on April 1, 2016 and ranked in at No.15 on the UK Official Album Chart, which is the highest rank acquired by a Japanese artist to date. The album also charted at No.39 on the US Billboard chart making Babymetal the first Japanese artist in 53 years to have made the charts and second in the history of Japanese artists.
The release coincides with their UK tour as special guests to RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS. Catch them at the following shows:
Monday 5 December London The O2
Tuesday 6 December London The O2
Thursday 8 December Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Saturday 10 December Birmingham Genting Arena
Sunday 11 December Birmingham Genting Arena
Wednesday 14 December Manchester Arena
Thursday 15 December Manchester Arena
Sunday 18 December London The O2
Carach Angren are currently unleashing a sinister video clip for the track "When Crows Tick on Windows" taken from the Dutch latest horror metal masterpiece This Is No Fairytale'.
The clip is now exclusively streaming via the official media partners listed below.
Metal Obsession (AU)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Never Mind The Hype (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Metal Hammer (UK)
The band comments:
"We are very proud to unveil our new visual piece of horror, 'When Crows Tick On Windows'. This clip will take you through dark, dramatic and sad scenarios accompanying the pitch black story of two children on the run. We would like to thank everyone involved and hope to see you on our current tour through the US and Canada!"
Track & clip: "When Crows Tick On Windows"
Album: 'This Is No Fairytale'
Video by Rick Jacops / Backstage Film Productions & Carach Angren
Dancers: Myrna van Rens, Eva Rutten, Lonneke van der Meijs, Loes Goumans, Annelieke Schütte-Staal, Karin Groenen
Crew: Julien Wijers, Stefan Wijers, Erik Wijnands, Ria Hendriks
Thanks to: Clemens Wijers Music Productions, Landbouwbelang Maastricht, Arons BV, Victor 4art, Rien Rooden, Stef Jacops, Merith Rooden, Joris Rooden ,Arjen Zuidgeest. Danny Ruland & Jeroen Arons, Chris Jacops, Paul Kops, Boef the Pug, Manon Wischman, Milo Timmermans
Almost four years have passed since Persefone unleashed to their highly acclaimed album “Spiritual Migration”. An impressive album that took both the press and the listeners by storm (1,2 million clicks on Youtube!). When the calendar shows February 24, 2017 it´s finally time to experience the evolution of Persefone with their new album “Aathma”! The album will contain 10 new songs and it´s mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street. The artwork is once again created by Travis Smith. “Aathma” will for sure set the standard for progressive metal in 2017!
Persefone´s own words about “Aathma”: "It’s only once in every three, four years that we can express ourselves with freedom as musicians, by making music under the name of Persefone. Each album is a picture of our lives and the way we're experiencing this journey. It’s the first time we feel there’s someone out there, waiting for the album and we are doing our best to make honest music that shows the spirit and essence of the band. It’s not about releasing albums. It’s all about the music."
“Aathma” will be released on CD, 12” double vinyl, a limited digipak edition and of course as digital download. Persefone is releasing a crowd-funding campaign in conjunction with these news, in order to finance the album, and keep people informed and on-track towards the big date in 2017. The crowd-funding campaign can be viewed here: http://vkm.is/persefone
Intromental, Vicisolum and Metalized present:
Persefone European tour 2017:
Persefone is the new rising star on the European progressive melodeath scene. Having released 4 critically acclaimed albums, and about to deliver the 5th album of extreme technical skills and fantastic songwriting, this band has climbed from being an unknown band from Andorra to claiming headliner status in Europe.
Persefone has previously toured the continent, as support for Obituary and Leprous, until they - in 2015 - co-headlined alongside Loch Vostok. The 2015 tour proved to the band, that it was high time, to do their own headliner tour, and with the new album in the luggage, they are more ready than ever, to shred the stages to a pulp.
As support, Persefone is bringing along the most interesting band to emerge from Greece for many years: The progressive sensation Poem. The band has released 2 albums, and 2016's "Skein Syndrome" is a tour de force in how to combine Tool, Pain Of Salvation and Opeth to perfection. Poem toured all over Europe in the spring of 2016, as support for mighty Amorphis, with loads of new followers.
The 2017 Aathma tour schedule is as follows:
07/4: ES - Barcelona, Razzmatazz www.salarazzmatazz.com
08/4: ES - Madrid, Changó www.changoclub.es
09/4: ES - Murcia, Garaje www.garajebeatclub.es
11/4: IT - Milano, Barrio's Cafe www.barrioscafe.it
12/4: DE - München, Backstage www.backstage.eu
14/4: FR - Paris, La Boule Noire www.laboule-noire.fr
15/4: FR - Nantes, La Ferrailleur www.leferrailleur.fr
16/4: UK - London, Underworld Camden www.theunderworldcamden.co.uk
17/4: DE - Essen, Turock www.turock.de
18/4: NL - Hoofddorp, Podium Duycker www.duycker.nl
19/4: NL - Nijmegen, Merleyn www.doornroosje.nl
20/4: DE - Hamburg, Markthalle www.markthalle-hamburg.de
21/4: DK - Copenhagen, Forbrændingen www.forbraendingen.dk
22/4: SE - Stockholm, Göta Källare www.gotakallare.com
Swedish heavy metal heroes Sabaton released their latest, highly-acclaimed record, The Last Stand, on August 19 through Nuclear Blast. The album reached the highest US & Canadian chart entries in the bands history debuting at #63 on the Billboard U.S. Top 200 album chart, #2 on the Billboard Hard Music chart, #2 on the Canadian Hard Music Chart, and #20 on the Canadian Top 200 album chart. The Last Stand also holds the #5 position on the Billboard Top Rock album chart, #4 on the Billboard Independent albums chart, and #19 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart.
Worldwide first week chart positions for The Last Stand include:
#1 - Czech Republic
#1 - Finland
#1 - Sweden
#2 - Germany
#4 - Belgium
#11 - Netherlands
#11 - Norway
#15 - Hungary
#17 - UK
#29 - Australia
#92 - Ireland
Additionally, the band has revealed the first track-by-track trailer today, telling more about the stories behind the songs. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/_nIPHU6N1IM
Get the new album here: http://nblast.de/SabatonLastStandNB
Or digitally: http://nblast.de/SabatonDownloads
German black metal stalwarts Imperium Dekadenz are now unleashing their forthcoming fifth full-length 'Dis Manibvs', which has been scheduled for release on August 26th.
'Dis Manibvs' is exclusively streaming via the official media partners listed below.
Metal As Fuck (AU)
Metal Hammer (DE)
La Grosse Radio (FR)
Langolo Gitarok (HU)
Rock Hard (IT)
Zware Metalen (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Metal Hammer (UK)
Imperium Dekadenz comment regarding their new album: “We are proud that our fifth album ‘Dis Manibvs’ is now streaming in its entirety. In our opinion this album is our most diverse output so far. It carries the typical Imperium Dekadenz mark from the first note, but we have added a new energy. Its epic and melodic parts will carry you off to mysterious and unknown places – like ancient ruins over the vulnerable sides of our spirits. We put our very hearts and souls into these songs! We hope that you enjoy this new journey into the dark realms of ancient cultures and the night."
The artwork of 'Dis Manibvs' has been created by Francesco De Luca and can be viewed together with track-list above.
The Dutch symphonic metal stars EPICA are ready to release the second studio trailer for their upcoming masterpiece The Holographic Principle. In this new clip, the band shows its work and experimentation with many new instruments and how it affected the depth and diversity of their new sound: https://youtu.be/HzqHyRu1oSc
"Recording this album felt like being a kid in a candystore", states Keyboarder Coen Janssen. "Never before have we used more live-instruments. Recording them ourselves and hearing the music come 'alive' like that is an indescribable feeling! I'm sure these efforts make this album our best yet!"
In case you missed the first trailer, where EPICA spoke about their songwriting process and revealed their first song snippets, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/LSlEVPjG7rg
EPICA's new masterpiece The Holographic Principle will be released via Nuclear Blast on September 30th, but you can already see the track-list here:
Don't miss EPICA on tour!
06.08. LT Zarasai City - Roko Naktys
The band's own EPIC METAL FEST:
01.10. NL Tilburg - Epic Metal Fest Netherlands
15.10. BR Sao Paulo - Epic Metal Fest Brazil
EPICA + POWERWOLF
12.01. D Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
13.01. D Cologne - Palladium
14.01. D Ludwigsburg - MHP Arena
16.01. CH Geneve - Salle Des Fetes De Thonex
17.01. CH Zurich - Volkshaus
18.01. IT Milan - Live Club
20.01. D Munich - Tonhalle
21.01. A Vienna - Gasometer
24.01. PL Warsaw - Progresja
25.01. D Berlin - Huxley's
27.01. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
28.01. CZ Prague - Forum Karlin
01.02. BE Brussels- Ancienne Belgique
03.02. UK London - o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
04.02. F Paris - Le Zénith
More dates coming soon...!
Get your tickets here: www.epica.nl/tour
EPICA VIP upgrades are available here: www.epica.soundrink.com
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