Linkin Park have announced their 2017 return today, with new album One More Light dropping May 19th and their new single Heavy, featuring Kiiara, available to stream and download on all partners now. A lyric video for the brand-new single has also gone live on YouTube and can be viewed here.
Continuing the tradition of reinvention and innovation, the Grammy Award-winning rock band will host a Facebook Live at 8pm GMT tonight where they will deliver an exclusive performance and Q&A via the platform. As the biggest band on Facebook—with over 62 million followers—the multi-platinum Los Angeles group will no doubt deliver an unforgettable treat for millions of fans around the world. Tune in here at 8pm.
One More Light, which can be pre-ordered from linkinpark.com is their seventh studio album. Their first album, Hybrid Theory is the best-selling debut of this century in their home country and certified diamond (10 million). They have won 2 Grammy Awards, 5 American Music Awards, 4 MTV VMA Awards, 10 MTV Europe Music Awards and 3 World Music Awards. Linkin Park have sold out stadiums around the world and headlined some of the UK's biggest music festivals including Download and Reading and Leeds.
Avatar have unleashed another visually stunning music video with long time director Johan Carlén at the helm, for their next single 'Night Never Ending' take of their latest album 'Feathers & Flesh' out now via Another Century.
Check it out here: http://vevo.ly/Iaab7V
"It's is a special song, being probably the most upbeat and, dare I say, happy piece we've ever released" says frontman Johannes Eckerström. "But under the surface of the fragile message of hope and fighting spirit it is little more than a prelude to a tragedy and that is what we set out to capture when we decided to make a video for it".
"It is very close to my heart for being the one video where there is no "rocking out" going on and we get to capture a side of Avatar that is just as integral as the good, headbanging times we love sharing with our supporters all around the world. There are few things in this world as beautiful and fascinating as contrasts and this is what all of Feathers & Flesh is all about. Hope and tragedy".
The new video drops just a few months after the band debuted 'The Eagle Has Landed' video, also directed by Carlén, the first official music video from the band's most recent LP.
With past buzzworthy videos like 'Bloody Angel' and 'Hail The Apocalypse', Avatar continues to raise the bar for what bands are doing visually in the current state of hard rock and metal.
The aim is set higher, further and deeper than ever before for AVATAR. Not only is this first concept album their most extensive work to date, showing the widest range of any of their albums, it also contains a story too extensive for any booklet, so they made a book. A fully illustrated 60 page, 109 verse poem hard-cover book.
The band will hit the road in November & December presenting their groundbreaking album “Feathers & Flesh” on a European headline run this Autumn:
21.11. Belfast (UK) - Oh Yeah Music Centre
22.11. Dublin (IE) - Voodoo Lounge
23.11. London (UK) - O2 Academy Islington
24.11. Liverpool (UK) – Arts Club
25.11. Glasgow (UK) - O2 ABC2
27.11. Oxford (UK) - O2 Academy
28.11. Sheffield (UK) - O2 Academy
02.12. Milano (IT) - Legend Club
03.12. Lyon (FR) - Ninkasi Kao
05.12. Paris (FR) – Le Trabendo
06.12. Strasbourg (FR) - La Laiterie
07.12. Nijmegen (NL) - Doornroosjee
08.12. Ludwigsburg (DE) - Rockfabrik
09.12. Munich (DE) - Backstage Club
10.12. Berlin (DE) - Musik & Frieden
11.12. Hamburg (DE) - Logo
12.12. Bochum (DE) - Rockpalast
13.12. Copenhagen (DK) - Pumpehuset
14.12. Oslo (NO) - John Dee
15.12. Stockholm (SE) – Klubben
16.12. Göteborg (SE) - Sticky Fingers
17.12. Göteborg (SE) - Sticky Fingers
ETHS are now premiering the first video out-take from the French modern metal stars' latest full-length 'Ankaa'. The clip for "Nihil Sine Causa" featuring former ARKAN singer Sarah Layssac and Jon Howard from THREAT SIGNAL is exclusively streaming via the official media partners below.
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Eths mastermind Staif comments:
"We are really glad to present you the first clip from our new album 'Ankaa' for one of our favourite tracks, which is called 'Nihil Sine Causa' – nothing without a reason. We deeply thank former Arkan singer and celebrated actress Sarah Layssac and Jon Howard of Threat Signal for their contributions and investment. Heartfelt thanks go of course also out to Robin Levet and the entire EZDA Films team, Stephanie Capellini, Yann and Marseilles' best rock bar La Maison Hantée for all the work accomplished – without forgetting Olivia, the dancers, and all the extras who really gave everything! I sincerely hope you will appreciate this clip as much as we took pleasure in the making of it."
"Nihil Sine Causa"
Featuring Sarah LAYSSAC & Jon HOWARD
Lyrics & Music by Staif BIHL
Produced by Staif BIHL
From Album "Ankaa" (2016)
Directed by Edza Films
Direction & editing: Robin Levet
Director of photography: Kévin Cavigioli
Photography: Sophie Cesari, Julien Ciancaleoni, Kévin Cavigioli, Robin Levet
Camera assistant: Sébastien Revelin
Special effects: Adrien Didier
Make up: Jaqueline Mattei
Costumes: Stéphanie Cappellini
Props: MaryMorgan Witch et l'ordre des corbeaux
Making of: Fabien Decorde
Filmed on location at the Maison Hantée in Marseilles, France
On further news, ETHS are also announcing a fresh badge of tour-dates in France and Russia. Please see below for a complete list of currently confirmed shows.
21 Sep 16 Nantes (FR) Le Ferrailleur
22 Sep 16 Joue Les Tours (FR) Le Pont Volant
23 Sep 16 Saint Brieuc (FR) La Citrouille
24 Sep 16 Angouleme (FR) Le Mars
30 Sep 16 Montbeliard (FR) Atelier des Moles
01 Oct 16 Decines Charpieu (FR) Warm Audio
15 Oct 16 Istres (FR) L' Usine
29 Oct 16 Strasbourg (FR) La Laiterie
31 Oct 16 Rombas (FR) Espace Culturel de Rombas
04 Nov 16 Auch (FR) Le Cri'Art
05 Nov 16 Chalon sur Coane (FR) La Peniche
19 Nov 16 Guyancourt (FR) La Batterie
08 Dec 16 St Petersburg (RU) MOD
09 Dec 16 Moscow (RU) Teatr
Gemini Syndrome have announced that they will release their new album "Memento Mori" on August 19th via Another Century. The Alternative / Nu Metal outfit will continue to push the envelope both musically and thematically on the upcoming record, which is the follow up to their 2013 debut "Lux". "Memento Mori" is a direct successor to Lux in a three part trilogy; with the latter being a representation of birth, and the former acting a reminder of life.
Brian Medina (Drums) comments on the meaning of the album title and artwork (which can be found below), stating:- "The title of the new album, Memento Mori, essentially means 'Remember, We Die'. The artwork is designed to show the different layers of our physical and spiritual form going through the phases of disintegration, ending in the release of the soul."
Last week the band also announced that Daniel Sahagún (Guitar) and Charles Lee Salvaggio (Guitar) had joined the group. In addition to both men joining the band's touring line up, they are also featured on the new record.
Speaking on the writing process for "Memento Mori" in comparison to ‘Lux’, Medina also states:
"With Lux, we were a new band. It was our first raw expression of us as a group. Now we've gone through things like switching record labels and replacing band members, and the whole experience has strengthened us as a unit. We have a new sense of determination and feel that Memento Mori shows us delivering on a higher level in every aspect."
Gemini Syndrome have released the first offering from "Memento Mori", the hard hitting track 'Anonymous'. The song is a direct response to the war on mental freedom being waged by divisive elements, from the media to politics, with the goal being to protect the sovereignty of our mind and spirit. The virtual reality 360° music video directed by Brian Cox offers a unique and immersive viewing experience. Fans watching the video using their smartphones or any other device with VR capabilities will be able manipulate the camera angle, allowing them to view it from multiple perspectives. Check out the 'Anonymous' video here: https://youtu.be/R55XJyLLNQk
In support of the release of Memento Mori, Gemini Syndrome have announced the first leg of their upcoming US headlining tour, which is slated to start on July 13th. Joining the band are fellow Los Angeles based rock groups and Another Century label-mates Stitched Up Heart and 9ELECTRIC.
The highly controversial and iconic, Body Count (featuring Ice-T on vocals), has officially inked a world-wide deal with Century Media Records and will begin tracking their highly anticipated new, full-length offering with Will Putney (Miss May I, Upon A Burning Body). Putney also tracked the group’s last effort, Manslaughter, which caught the entire genre’s immediate attention with its sheer abrasiveness and unabashed brutality.
Ice- T states:
"It’s cool to be a member of The Century Label Group alongside such a lot of well-established metal artists. With our last album Manslaughter, we tested the waters and got a great response from the fans and critics. Now it’s time to go kill it and make a more aggressive album and keep the Body CountT style intact. Producer, Will Putney (Miss May I, Upon A Burning Body), is like a member of the band and has an excellent ear. He’s a great producer because he captures the true essence of our band’s sound. Once we are done writing the song it’s his job to step in and make it sound better. He helps move the record in the right direction, were anticipating working with him again. “Once the records done, were going to shoot a lot of music videos and perform spot-dates on certain tests, etc.”
This is the group that dropped hip-hop attitude into heavy metal and hard rock music before Rage Against The Machine, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and Hollywood Undead made records, despite nary an ounce of rapping over their mosh-pit inducing songs. Body Count is a full on metal band, fronted by a legendary rapper who drops knowledge, violent stories and verbal middle fingers, with a bellowing growl descended from some of punk rock’s most pissed off screamers.
Ice-T and co-founder / lead guitarist Ernie C have perfected their mix of thrash, punk and bottom heavy doom across five albums, hitting a zenith with the unstoppable Manslaughter, backed by bassist/songwriter Vincent Price (with Body Count now for nearly 15 years), drummer Ill Will (joined in 2009) and new guitarist Juan Garcia of Evildead. They embody the monumental Southern California tradition of street born punk bands like Suicidal Tendencies combined with the aggressive aural napalm of Slayer. From the punk bite of their gold debut through the metallic triumph of Born Dead (1994), Violent Demise: The Last Days (1997) and Murder 4 Hire (2006), to the all encompassing Body Count vibe of Manslaughter, which merges the strengths of the band’s entire catalogue.
Driven by the same iconoclastic, anti-authoritarian and pimp-turned-poet mentality that made Ice-T a gangster rap pioneer, a platinum artist from the streets and a household name in film and television before “rapper / actor” was a commonly used term, Body Count flipped the script with the same tenacity when they bum-rushed heavy metal. The first rumblings of Body Count were heard in the eponymous song unleashed on Ice-T’s gigantic O.G.: Original Gangster album in 1991, which hit stores just two months after Ice’s first major movie role in the modern crime classic, “New Jack City.” The fierce thrash of the “Body Count” anthem put people on notice that the Megadeth cap Ice-T wore on MTV wasn’t for show: aggressive heavy metal and hardcore is in his blood.
Together with Korn, Slot performed at Saint Petersburg's Ice Palace and at MSA in Moscow in 2006.
They have been featured on numerous soundtracks for films such as "Day Watch", "Pirate", "Bumer" and "Hunting For Piranha". They have also been featured on compilations such as "Nashestvie", "Scang Fest", and "Rock Watch".
Due to the massive success of their second album, the band were once again nominated for the prestigious RAMP Awards in four categories. Slot received the most nominations in 2006. They won the 'Hit Of The Year' award. "2 Wars" was re-recorded and re-released in 2007, featuring their new vocalist Daria Stavrovich (nicknamed Nookie).
They have toured with Russian bands such as Animal JazZ and The Dolphin. They have also played with international rock bands such as Korn, Clawfinger, and Samael. In 2007 they performed alongside Aria at the RAMP Awards. The band embarked on a fifty-date tour of the Baltic region, where more than fifty thousand fans came out to support them in spring of 2007.
In early 2014, female singer Nookie was stabbed multiple times in her neck during an autograph session with their fans in a cafè in St. Petersburg. She was rushed to the hospital, where the doctors said that she was 'moderately grave', but her life wasn't in danger.
Slot took active part in music festivals such as Kubana and has shared a stage with legends of rock such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, Guano Apes, and many others.
After releasing six studio albums, two remix albums, one live DVD, several singles and several soundtracks, the Russian hit-makers are out now with their seventh album "Septima" licensed by Sliptrick Records outside of Russia, and M2BA in Russian territories.
Avatar have debuted yet another visually sunning music video for their track 'The Eagle Has Landed'. Directed by long-time collaborator Johan Carlén, this is the first official music video we've seen from the band off their forthcoming LP. Vocalist Johannes Eckerström explains:
"During the past few months I've ended up saying "this is our most ambitious work to date" quite a bit, but this one takes the cake. While still keeping it in the family we've created yet a new universe for everyone to get immersed in. A fable is a metaphor to explore the human condition and we've taken it one step further, zooming in on one song and what it has to say in and out of itself beyond the frames of the concept of 'Feathers & Flesh.'"
This is the story of five conmen travelling around the land, selling their snake oil to the easily persuaded people of the soil. Often when we want karma to bite someone's ass the most, they always seem to get away. It was fun to play the bad guy for once. I think the visuals and our treatment of the classic one take-concept speaks for itself. This is one of those you'll want to watch over and over again. I know I'm already doing just that. Enjoy!"
Watch 'The Eagle Has Landed' here http://avatarmetal.com/
With past works being buzz-worthy videos like "Bloody Angel", "Hail The Apocalypse" and the 2015 Loudwire "Best Rock video of the year" video for "Vultures Fly", Avatar continues to raise the bar for what bands are doing visually in the current state of hard rock and metal.
Avatar will release their very first concept album titled "Feathers & Flesh" to be released on Friday, May 13, 2016 via Entertainment One (eOne) in North America and Canada and Another Century overseas. The new release will be the band's highly anticipated follow up to “Hail The Apocalypse” released in 2014, which cracked the Billboard Top 200 for the first time in the band's career.
The aim is set higher, further and deeper than ever before for Avatar. Not only is this concept album their most extensive work to date, showing the widest range of any of their albums, it also contains a story too extensive for any booklet, so they made a book. A fully illustrated 60 page, 109 verse poem hardcover book. The physical album pre order, book, and exclusive merchandise is available now.
Click here for more info: http://www.avatarmetal.com
the GazettE, one of Japan’s leading heavy rock bands, will release three track maxi-single 'Undying' via JPU Records on 27 April 2016, the same day as they perform in Canada as part of their world tour.
'Undying' is the 6th movement of 'Project:Dark Age', an artistic venture involving 18 creative professionals spanning Japan’s fashion, design, photography, sound, film and stage industries, with the GazettE’s five members at its centre. 'Dogma', the GazettE’s latest album, was the first movement, and the current world tour makes up movements 7, 8 and 9.
''Undying' is mastered exclusively for iTunes and features crystal clear 24-bit audio. A video preview of all three tracks from the single have been made available from the band’s official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XCBA9GzXtA
Since 2002, the GazettE has risen to become one of Japan’s most successful rock bands. They’ve refined and redefined the boundaries of rock music, achieving continual chart success despite their often heavy, ominous sound.
In the last decade, the GazettE have earned top-ten chart success with all 20 of their major label albums and singles. Their music has taken them all over Japan on massive, sold-out tours and seen them perform at some of the country’s most prestigious venues. Highlights include sold-out “one man lives” (a Japanese term for shows with a single band on the line-up) at the mighty Nippon Budokan, Saitama Super Arena and Japan’s 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome – not to mention packed-out tours across the globe. The band even managed to bring Shinjuku Station – the world’s busiest transport hub – to a halt when a guerrilla gig got out of hand and tens of thousands of fans arrived within minutes of the news breaking on social media.
the GazettE emerged from the depths of “Visual Kei”, a Japanese cultural music and fashion phenomenon. Originally part of its underground scene, performing at tiny venues and self-releasing CDs, they now fill stadiums and have become known as one of the most significant names of the genre, effortlessly rewriting its rulebook with every release.
See the GazettE live
USA / Canada:
25 April – Bomb Factory – Dallas
27 April – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto
29 April – Playstation Theatre – New York
1 May – Regency Ballroom – San Francisco
3 May – Wilterm Theatre – Los Angeles
5 May – Vogue Theatre – Vancouver
3 June – Le Zenith – Paris
5 June – E-Werk – Cologne
8 June – Tonhalle – Munich
10 June – The Circus – Helsinki
12 June – Izvestia Hall – Moscow
A few weeks after unveiling some audio excerpts from its new effort, French alternative Nu Metal outfit Blunderbuss just released it brand new EP, called 'Resurrection', on CD, digital and full stream on Bandcamp.
In addition to the official announcement, BDB will celebrate this EP release at a release party on April 30th @ La Péniche Antipode in Paris.
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Born around the year 2011 in Paris area (France), Blunderbuss is a five-piece band playing a Nu-Metal revival music, influenced by pioneers such as Limp Bizkit and RATM or metalcore bands like Avenged Sevenfold or Trivium. After a debut EP in 2014 ('Fell aright') the band played a bunch of gigs, worked hard to get back in studio in order to record a more professional effort called 'Resurrection' released on spring 2016.
For fans of Limp Bizkit, Rage Against The Machine, A7X, Trivium...
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AVATAR have launched the first two tracks off their forthcoming concept album 'Feathers & Flesh' wich is set for release on Friday, 13th May, 2016 via Another Century.
The songs 'Regret' and 'House of the Eternal Hunt' are being released in tandem - check them out here: http://vevo.ly/21Emgl
"What you have is the beginning of the story and all the light and darkness of things to come! We meet our protagonist, Owl as she lies dying, looking back on the night that would be her last. Regret is about, well regret! Staring into the cold eyes of Death, she wishes to change everything, to go back, to live again. This leads us to House of Eternal Hunt. It is how things used to be; how they were supposed to be. That is how the tale starts, with a predator ruling the sky on the night that would turn out to be her last! With this concept and these tracks, we want to give you the past, present and, more than anything else, the future of metal as we see it. It is the beginning of an epic journey and we're glad to have you along for the trip." says frontman Johannes Eckström
The aim is set higher, further and deeper than ever before for AVATAR. Not only is this concept album their most extensive work to date, showing the widest range of any of their albums, it also contains a story too extensive for any booklet, so they made a book. A fully illustrated 60 page, 109 verse poem hardcover book. The physical album pre order, book, and exclusive merchandise is available now. Click here for more info: http://avatarmetal.com/
'Feathers & Flesh' was recorded in Germany, Finland and Sweden in December 2015 with producer extraordinaire Sylvia Massy (System of a Down, Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers).
For a chance to see new material live, AVATAR have just been confirmed to perform Download Festival which takes place in Donington, England from 10th - 12th June
02. House of Eternal Hunt
03. The Eagle has Landed
04. New Land
05. Tooth, Beak & Claw
06. For The Swarm
07. Fiddler's Farewell
08. One More Hill
09. Black Waters
10. Night Never Ending
11. Pray the Sun Away
12. When The Snow Lies Red
13. Raven Wine
14. Sky Burial
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