Japanese metal juggernauts Crossfaith are thrilled to announce their forthcoming album, EX_MACHINA. The album, which features lead single "The Perfect Nightmare" as well as cameos from Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds and industrial hip hoppers Ho99o9, will be released on August 3rd, 2018 via UNFD, and is available for pre-order at: unfd.lnk.to/ex_machina.
On EX_MACHINA, singer Kenta 'Ken' Koie explains:-
"After we released our last album XENO, we were thinking about what the next theme is for us. We decided on "Awake the individuality," because we're always trying to make new things and that's a big part of the band's attitude. This album is a grave warning for our future, I hope you guys listen to this and think about what the meaning of this album is for you and feel how you feel through this album and start something for your future."
EX_MACHINA, the forthcoming album from Crossfaith, is a concept album set in an alternative near future in which the ruling class, known as Angels, maintain their world through artificial intelligence and other technology, which dehumanises people and effectively turns them into drones - as explained in the opening title track, "Deus Ex Machina."
The other 12 songs featured on the album represent the voice of the resistance - in the form of underdogs known as Demons. Kenta was inspired to include these figures by Devilman Crybaby, particularly on the Slipknot-esque "Catastrophe," the frantic, bloodcurdling "The Perfect Nightmare," and the epic assault of "Daybreak," rather than because they wanted to provide a comment on religion.
"There's no particular religious message," clarifies Ken. "In order to explore the dualism of humans, we decided to include Angels and Demons, which are opposing elements just like fire and water."
"Angels aren't necessarily good and demons aren't necessarily bad," he explains. "The most important theme is that we should never stop questioning the world around us."
EX_MACHINA is a relentless album that strives for the listener's attention, and is unquestionably the heaviest that Crossfaith have put their name to since forming in their native Osaka in 2006.
Since their inception, Crossfaith have been on the edge of a fusion of rock, metal, electronica and big ideas on their albums; and the edge of euphoria with their live shows. EX_MACHINA is the album on which they walk that fine, fiery line more skillfully and seismically than ever.
Crossfaith return on August 3rd with EX_MACHINA, now available for pre-order here: unfd.lnk.to/ex_machina.
Japan's Crossfaith release new single 'The Perfect Nightmare'; UK headline dates in October announced
Osaka's Crossfaith have today released 'The Perfect Nightmare', the first taste of their forthcoming fifth album. Speaking of the track, singer Ken says:- "Welcome to The Perfect Nightmare! You will all be hearing more music from us very soon, but we wanted to start telling our next story with this raging tune. We will see you all soon!”
Watch / listen here:- https://unfd.lnk.to/ThePerfectNightmare
He's not wrong either, the Japanese quintet bring their must-see live show to UK and European venues in September and October.
World Tour - UK & Irish dates:
13: BRISTOL Marble Factory
15: GLASGOW The Garage
16: NOTTINGHAM Rock City
17: MANCHESTER Academy 2
19: LONDON Electric Ballroom
20: SHEFFIELD Festivile
21: DUBLIN Academy
An album announcement will follow shortly.
Hungary-based electronic/modern metal band divideD have just unleashed a new EP titled “A Hundred Times”. The 6-song digital release includes reworked and live versions of the title song, taken from their debut album Modulus released last November. All songs are available for streaming on YouTube, and can be purchased on all popular online platforms as of 22 March. Four of the songs were accompanied by video clips and can be viewed below.
The mentioned first full-length album also won the award for “best debut album” in their home country.
► divideD - A Hundred Times EP
► The remixes as described by the band:
Lounge jazz remix:
"Sometimes a falling out that leads to breaches in friendship can also unleash creative energies in the band, and this version is a shining example of that. We’ve felt for a long time that A Hundred Times has the potential to work in a completely new approach with a different instrumentation. So when the aforementioned problems prevented us from testing some of the new gear in our home studio, all we’ve left is an acoustic guitar and the mood of American pubs of the ‘50’s - ‘60’s. To crown the performance and deliver a more authentic feeling and scent of cigar smoke and Tennessee whisky, we’ve invited our friend András Schubert to enrich the song with Saxophone."
Campfire / unplugged:
"We’ve always wanted to make a puritan, acoustic guitar-only version of this song, but we’ve always had something more important to do. The ‘Lounge remix’ already introduced the utilization of acoustic guitars, so now re-arranging the vocals is all we had to do to create a version that makes you remember on cold winter days what it’s like to sit beside a campfire on summer nights for a few minutes."
"Belmont and PsyKlone are huge Cadillacs & Dinosaurs fans for at least twenty years, and the whole theme/design of the Modulus album was based on Konami’s classic arcade games, so it was almost mandatory to create a version fitting for the pixel-graphic artwork of the booklet. Belmont approached TomboFry, who’s known for his 8-bit YouTube videos, to make an 8-bit version of the song. He even programmed an additional solo to it. To see a Cadillac with a divideD logo in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by dinosaurs is a dream came true."
"The 2015 version of the song, as it was released originally on our first material. Different sound and mixing than the album version."
"Live recording of the song as it was performed on Stagediving Festival earlier this year. The whole show was recorded with multiple cameras in good quality, and will be released at a later date. This first song is a token to those who attended the event, and a taste of the band’s live performance for those who have never seen us live."
Full EP on YouTube:
The new album from Moldovan group Francis is entitled A Million Years Of Loneliness and highlights many urgent and serious problems of our time; personal, social, political and global, with acute social issues coming to the forefront. The themes of the eternal struggle for the right to “live in the sun”, for the right to be the first, for the right to reach the most difficult and daring dreams don’t leave the listener throughout the entire track list.
On a musical side, the material is a mixture of extreme metal and a more melodic direction of modern metal music, as well as interspersed with symphonic and electronic arrangements. The melodic sound came from the influence of bands working in completely different genres: As I Lay Dying, Arch Enemy, Nightwish, etc. Aggressive couplets and breakdowns with melodic choruses are created in the style of Metalcore/Melodic Death and coexist with thrash, death and modern-metal elements. The vocal parts are represented by a combination of extreme vocals with a clean voice, which expanded the creative space for the music’s authors and gave the tracks a striking motif matched by a clear, bright voice. Thus, the recording involved two vocalists.
The composition of the texts on A Million Years Of Loneliness involved the whole group agreeing on different opinions in a single concept for each individual song. The special uniqueness of the texts of the album consist of describing the atmosphere of the problems of each topic. Francis offer the listener not only a specific social, philosophical or personal problem, as food for thought, but also an interpretation of their own emotional feelings of a certain situation, thereby motivating the listener to intuitively comprehend the composition.
Guitar parts were recorded in home studios. Mixing and mastering services, as well as aid in the arrangements, was provided by the studio MoonHome after a long search for the optimal sound of all instruments.
A Million Years Of Loneliness | Released March 27th, 2018 on Sliptrick Records
Kirill Izhakovsky – Vocals
Alex Baboy – Guitars/Programming
Artemy Kessler – Bass/Extreme Vocals
Band links: Facebook | VK | Youtube | On Sliptrick
As the release date for I Promised Once's Needful Things Records label debut, "Salvation," grows near, the band is ready for the world to hear their unique take on metalcore. Not afraid to take risks, I Promised Once is proud to premiere their single, "Break," that showcases their diversity and includes an element not often found in metal; rap.
While I Promised Once has used EDM as an influence in the past, the band wanted to experiment further with different genres and they knew that Blumio would be the perfect fit. Guitarist Nils shared the band's thoughts when writing the track, "We wanted to make it a collaboration with someone that fits our concept of “Borderless Metalcore”. Luckily, we knew just the right guy: Blumio. We first made the hip-hop beat/verse for Blumio, and then constructed the rest of the song around it with our signature riffing & a huge breakdown. The rhythm of the song goes a bit into nu-metal territory and is reminiscent of old classics like Limp Bizkit & Korn."
Lyrically, I Promised Once to create a song to empower listeners to stand up for themselves no matter what life throws at them. Nils explained, "There will always be people talking behind your back who will try to put you down and will try to stop you from achieving your dreams."
"Salvation" will be out on 2/23 and pre-orders of the record are available now on Merchbucket. The band had one last piece of advice for listeners that are experiencing people trying to tear them down, "Remember, those people have no power over what destiny you are creating for yourself, so give them the middle finger and keep going your own way!"
Watch "Break" Now
Italian partycore misfits We Have The Moon have signed to Rockshots Records for their upcoming debut album "Till The Morning Comes". Inspired by the fresh sound and attitude delivered by bands such as Asking Alexandria, Attack Attack! and Eskimo Callboy, We Have The Moon delivers tunes that experiments with metalcore, dance, pop and electronic music to arrive at their sound dubbed partycore.
Featuring 11 non-stop tracks, the concept of the debut album is to take listeners on the various stages of one long party night, from the entrance at the club to the time you get back home in the morning, stumbling on every step. The debut album is set for release on February 23, 2018 via Rockshots Records and follows their fan loved singles "Killer Party" (2017), "Unreasonable" (2016) (which appear on the album), "Blue (Eiffel65 cover)" (2016) and 2015 EP "Scream and Dance".
As vocalist Makku comments:
"We think our fans will love the upcoming album: the new sound delivered by first our first single Killer Party was really appreciated, so we felt confident in going that direction to writing our other songs. However, we did experiment during the composition of the new tunes, which we took a serious approach to, but also had lots of fun writing. We want fans to fill the energy, fun and engage it good times while listening to it."
To get the party started, We Have The Moon are sharing their next music video "Definitely Not A Serenade"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y-9i37SORU
The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
Rockshots Records is more than excited to announce the signing of the electro-core rising stars We Have The Moon!
WHTM got attention from the fans thanks to the first single released "Killer Party" as well as the cover song version of "Blue" (Eiffel 65).
The current We Have The Moon project was mainly inspired by the fresh sound and attitude of bands such as Asking Alexandria, Attack Attack! and Eskimo Callboy, matching other influences (like 00's dance) to create a unique sound they love to call "Partycore".
Their debut album "Till the Morning Comes" is a collection of 11 hit songs made to entertain your party, and is set to be released worldwide on February 23, 2018 via Rockshots Records!
Finnish Asylum 8 released their debut album 'Repressed' today via Inverse Records. Their music is a combination of ruthless modern death metal and EDM tunes. The band was introduced earlier in September with a single track 'Deliverance' and it got a lot of positive feedback. The album includes seven own tracks and a cover version from David Hasselhoff's "True Survivor".
Listen to the album on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2zK2aOu
Guitarist Anssi Kinnunen comments:
"Finally! Making Repressed has been a really outstanding and rewarding experience to us. 2018 will be busy, and we're looking to play a ton of shows to promote Repressed. We're really excited to finally share our debut with you all, hope to see you in shows!"
Vocals: Henry Hämäläinen
Guitar: Anssi Kinnunen
Guitar: Sami Hynynen
Synths: Sami Partanen
Bass: Tatu Heikkinen
Drums: Pasi Moilanen
Imagine if a death metal band got drunk, went to the wrong party and ended up making a baby with a DJ that has a secret craving for some power metal. Now that the image is stuck in your head, let us introduce Asylum 8. It's a 6-piece band from Kuopio, Finland. Their music is a combination of ruthless modern death metal and EDM tunes.
Asylum 8 is about to release their debut album 'Repressed' on November 10th 2017 via Inverse Records. A single 'Deliverance', which is released today, will give you an excellent foretaste what to expect from this talented band.
Deliverance single available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/EQ8nqQxnvRc
Vocals: Henry Hämäläinen
Guitar: Anssi Kinnunen
Guitar: Sami Hynynen
Synths: Sami Partanen
Bass: Tatu Heikkinen
Drums: Pasi Moilanen
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