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.
Helldprod Records announces August 7th as the international release date for a special EP from Japan's legendary Abigail, Far East Black Metal Onslaught, on 7" vinyl format.
The ancient hordes of Abigail are back to raise the flag of eternal blasphemy upon the rising sun. Far East Black Metal Onslaught stands for the apocalypse soundtrack yet to come in order to become the unholy nation for these antichrist warriors of doom. Side to side with the hellish beast, they spread chaos, war, and desecration throughout the chaste and pure once again. Get ready to praise and bow to the Abigail knights swallowing darkness and furious thrashing madness while the impious celebrate the alcohol from Satan's chalice!
Begin drinking from that chalice with the new track "Nuclear Hammer" HERE at Helldprod's Soundcloud. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
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.
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.
WATCH/SHARE Official Video for “Crossing A Line”:
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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