After the release and critical acclaim for their debut album Awakening From Abyss, all female Japanese J-Metal group Lovebites continue their march towards world domination and here is the latest news on what’s coming up:
Lovebites – Awakening From Abyss.
Awakening From Abyss comes packed with 12 fantastic numbers from the 5 pronged attack courtesy of Asami (Lead Vocals), Midori (Guitar), Miho (Bass), Haruna (Drums) and Mi-ya (Guitar, Keyboards). The 4 tracks from The Lovebites EP are also present in re-worked and re-arranged versions that blend perfectly within Awakening From Abyss.
Each CD version of the album comes as a digipak with:
• A 20 page colour booklet
• English lyrics & liner notes by all 5 members
• A special sticker (1 of 5 collectibles)
Get your copy from: Amazon | iTunes | Shop Sliptrick & more
Listen to the whole of Awakening From Abyss on: Spotify
Asami – Lead Vocals | Midori – Guitar | Miho – Bass | Haruna – Drums | Mi-ya – Guitar, Keyboards
Band links: Official Website (eng) | Facebook | Twitter | On Sliptrick
A brand new single from Kobra & The Lotus’ upcoming album "Prevail II" is celebrating its premiere with a music video! You can be sure that this is not just an ordinary music video premiere - This is the very special Japanese bonus version of “Let Me Love You”! And lucky you – the instant grat track will be unlocked today as well. You get the single download when pre-ordering the album and can enjoy the English version in its full!
Kobra explains the story behind the song:
"We're so excited to release another brand spankin’ new taste of our hard rock infused metal! This track was one of the very first musical collaborations done at Hansen studios in Denmark. This song helped us nail down the heavy rock elements that would soon begin to lace its way through the sound of both 'Prevail I and II'. The original demo version can be found as a bonus acoustic on 'Prevail II'. If you never had a love song dedicated to you.....you've got one now. This one's for you!"
"Dear (insert your name here),I cherish all the shadows of your past, even the darkest ones. Every time you try to run away it will only bring me closer. There are pieces you don't like, hiding all the grace of being human I might find. Let Me Love You."
"What can I say?! This track has been hard to keep a secret for two years!! We hope you will also enjoy this very special video we've worked hard to create. With a fusion of Manga and live performance, we've really jumped in with both feet to bring to you 'Let Me Love You' in Japanese!!! Tanoshinde kudasai!!"
Watch "Let Me Love You" HERE!
Have you seen the first lyric video of "Losing My Humanity" yet? Don’t miss out on this critical reflection of what humanity is all about and what it became in the past years! Watch it HERE!
Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) to release debut album 'Post Traumatic' June 15th via Warner Bros Records
Linkin Park co-lead singer Mike Shinoda announced today that he will release a full-length solo album, Post Traumatic, due out June 15 on Warner Bros. Records. Along with the album announcement, Shinoda released two new tracks – “Crossing A Line” and “Nothing Makes Sense Anymore,” as well as a video for “Crossing A Line.” The 16-track album is available to pre-order today, and will include the two aforementioned new tracks alongside the three tracks from the Post Traumatic EP, released earlier this year to critical acclaim. Additionally, Shinoda will perform a handful of solo shows this summer, including the Identity LA in Los Angeles on May 12, Reading and Leeds Festival and the Summer Sonic Festival in Japan in August. Stay tuned for additional dates to be announced.
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LISTEN/SHARE “Crossing A Line” / “Nothing Makes Sense Anymore”
In the months since the passing of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington, Shinoda has immersed himself in art as a way of processing his grief. With no agenda, Shinoda hunkered down alone in his Los Angeles home and began writing, recording, and painting. In January, he released the Post Traumatic EP consisting of three deeply personal songs – each one a powerful, stream-of-consciousness expression of unvarnished grief – accompanied by home-made visuals that Shinoda filmed, painted and edited himself. The response was overwhelming positive, with New York Times stating “The tracks are reverberant electronic dirges; the rhymes, heading into sung choruses, testify to bewilderment, mourning, resentment, self-pity and questions about what to do.”
Following the EP release, Shinoda continued to create, and the result is the upcoming Post Traumatic, a transparent and intensely personal album that, despite its title, isn’t entirely about grief, though it does start there. “It’s a journey out of grief and darkness, not into grief and darkness,” Shinoda says. Ultimately, Post Traumatic is an album about healing. The songs, though specific about Shinoda’s experience with loss, manage to be universally relatable, thanks to their honesty and heart. “If people have been through something similar, I hope they feel less alone,” he says. “If they haven’t been through this, I hope they feel grateful.”
Mike Shinoda is a songwriter, performer, record producer, film composer and visual artist. He is best known as co-lead vocalist for multi-platinum Grammy-Award winning rock band, Linkin Park, which has sold over 55 million albums worldwide and commanded a massive fan following, holding the title as the most-liked band on Facebook and amassing over 5.5 billion YouTube views. Shinoda is a founding member of the group, which achieved the best-selling debut of this century with their Diamond-certified album, Hybrid Theory, selling over 10 million copies in the US alone. Collectively, they sold out stadiums around the globe and earned a multitude of accolades including 2 Grammy Awards, 5 American Music Awards, 4 MTV VMA Awards, 10 MTV Europe Music Awards, 3 World Music Awards, and most recently, “Rock Album of the Year” at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards for their seventh studio album, One More Light. In 2005, Shinoda launched his first solo project, Fort Minor, releasing The Rising Tied to critical acclaim, with the single “Where’d You Go,” which reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and accumulated nearly 10 million YouTube views to date.
Rockshots Records is proud to announce the release of Shadygrove's debut album "In The Heart Of Scarlet Wood" in Japan via Rubicon Music on April 25th, 2018.
Featuring members from Elvenking, Evenoire, and Sound Storm, Italy’s Shadygrove journey into our primordial and mythological past for inspiration. Like musical time travellers or aural archaeologists, they have trawled eras beyond most bands’ inspiration to create music from the soul…for the soul!
The regular edition of “In The Heart of Scarlet Wood” is set for release via Rockshots Records on April 6th, 2018 and available for pre-order here: ➤ http://bit.ly/Shadygrove_PREORDER
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
Inferno Records are thrilled to announce the new band to join their roster... they're coming from Japan, they're named Significant Point and play incredible Traditional Heavy Metal in the veins of Loudness, Accept, MSG, Iron Maiden, Saxon...
Inferno Records believes this band has a huge potential & are sure you'll be amazed when discovering the first 7"EP "Attacker" (due out March 15th 2018)! In spite of their young ages, the musicians have a lot of experience & deliver hi-class Heavy Metal! This EP is made of amazing vocals, incredible guitar parts & neck-breaking rhythms!!
"Attacker" EP will be released to 500 copies, 100 as blue wax, 400 as black wax! They encourage everyone into Heavy Metal to pre-order as we're confident this is gonna sell fast & well! Don't be late !!
Japanese metallers No Limited Spiral have released a new lyric video for the track “The Witch of Dusk” taken from their album ‘Into the Marinesnow’ distributed by Wormholedeath and Wormholedeath Japan.
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Saber Tiger was founded in 1981 by guitarist Akihito Kinoshita and they have been illuminating the Japanese metal scene ever since. In recent years, they have been more prolific than ever, leading to the international release of Bystander Effect via Sliptrick Records in March, 2018. The album illustrates the broad appeal of Saber Tiger. The riffs are intricate, yet catchy. The songs are heavy, yet melodic. And the vocals of Takenori Shimoyama are raw, but extremely passionate. As a result, the groups heavy metal is classic and timeless while at the same time having the potential to appeal to both traditional metal-heads and fans of contemporary power metal. There are even some progressive influences in their music. The band may have been around for a long time but there is a freshness and commitment to the music that belies their many years and the band certainly sound nothing if not contemporary.
The release of Bystander Effect is not just a simple re-issue for the international market; four of the tracks, originally in Japanese, have been re-recorded with English lyrics, while the brand new acoustic instrumental Ship Of Theseusand a new recording of the Saber Tiger classic First Class Fool are exclusive to the Sliptrick Records release. Also, demo recordings of the spectacular tracks Sin Eater and What I Used To Be are included. There is no better way to get acquainted with Saber Tiger’s unique brand of heavy metal.
Saber Tiger commenced life in the same year as their famous compatriots Loudness and Anthem. Their somewhat remote location on the northern island of Hokkaido and the numerous line-up changes they had to endure in their early years have slowed down the band’s rise a little, but Kinoshita’s “never say die” determination has resulted in a legacy of first class metal. Besides Kinoshita and Shimoyama, Saber Tiger now consist of guitarist Yasuharu Tanaka, drummer Yasuhiro Mizuno and young bass wizard Hibiki, the most recent addition to the band.
In June of 2016, the band played its first two shows on European soil, which finally opened the door to introduce Japan’s best kept metal secret to the rest of the world. In case you missed that, the international release of Bystander Effect is your chance to get to know Saber Tiger.
Bystander Effect [Expanded Edition] | Released March 13th, 2018 on Sliptrick Records
Saber Tiger are:
Takenori Shimoyama – Vocal | Akihito Kinoshita – Guitar | Yasuharu Tanaka – Guitar | Yasuhiro Mizuno – Drums | Hibiki – Bass
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Twitter | On Sliptrick
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)
Pioneer of exotic guitar Marty Friedman released his stunning, critically-acclaimed full-length opus, Wall Of Sound, this past summer via Prosthetic Records. The album can be ordered here: http://smarturl.it/MartyFriedman
Now, Marty Friedman has revealed a second music video from Wall Of Sound, this time for the track "Miracle". The track tells the story of Marty's personal journey from an everyday kid to virtuoso, through a series of candid family home videos and photos from the Friedman family. Watch the video now, exclusively via Loudwire: http://loudwire.com/marty-friedman-miracle-exclusive-video-premiere/
"Once you have grown up in this complicated world, it`s easy to forget the simpler times that were so important in making you who you are now, as well as the people in your family who put up with all of the loud music, smoke and noise coming from your bedroom, and all the other BS that you put them through. With this video, rather than looking at how much of a goofy kid I was, I hope that it inspires you to think about your own family or whoever was closest to you when you were just starting out in the world." says Friedman.
While online, check out another music video for the track "Whiteworm", which has racked up nearly 400k views: https://youtu.be/pXECaAsYD-s
Wall Of Sound expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music. The album was produced by Friedman, engineered by Paul Fig (Ghost, Rush, Alice in Chains) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Lamb of God, Opeth). Once again, Marty Friedman assembled an incredible and diverse group of musicians to record and guest on Wall Of Sound. His core recording band is made up of Anup Sastry, a modern whiz kid sharing drum duties with uber-veteran Gregg Bissonette, and Japanese musician Kiyoshi - who is undisputedly one of the most aggressive bassists on earth. Guests include Jinxx of Black Veil Brides and Shiv Mehra of Deafheaven, and Jorgen Munkeby of Shining lends his voice to the only non-instrumental track on the album.
Marty Friedman was recently appointed a Japanese Heritage Ambassador by the Japanese Government Ministry of Cultural Affairs to promote the country`s upcoming Olympic games. He is currently filming a documentary, and his biography is set to be published soon.
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