Once Human have just released their new studio album ‘Evolution’. While the video for their first single “Eye Of Chaos” now exceeds the 2.5 million views, a new video for their song “Dark Matter” is now available on YouTube.
Watch it here: https://youtu.be/OTua2ZrZr7M
Evolution is not just the title of Once Human’s sophomore release, it’s an armor-plated declaration. Having made waves with their 2015 debut, The Life I Remember, the band have dramatically progressed beyond the melodic death metal sound of that release into something more complex, emotional, distinct, and devastatingly heavy.
“Having been focused on recording, producing and developing bands, I had not picked up the guitar out of passion for twelve years but as soon as I started writing with Lauren (Hart, vocals) I fell in love with what we were making, and I wanted to play in the band and get back on stage,” states guitarist Logan Mader, whose name will be familiar to metalheads not only for his production and / or mixing work on records from the likes of Gojira, Fear Factory and DevilDriver, but also as the original guitarist in Machine Head, and his late 90s stint in Soulfly.
With the line-up rounded out by drummer Dillon Trollope, bassist Damien Rainaud and guitarists Skyler Howren and recent recruit Max Karon, everything about Evolution makes it clear that this is a band pushing itself to deliver something that truly stands apart. “Our first record was getting the ball rolling, but now it’s as if we’re a totally different band. We really found our sound and our identity, it’s quite unique and I think what we’re doing is really on fire.”
With the intensity and range of Hart’s roar having drastically increased, she unleashes it across complex and constantly shifting time signatures, and thick, contorted riffs that land with sledgehammer force. However, this is not only about bludgeoning the listener into submission, the violence often juxtaposed with eerie atmospherics and dark melodies to create something with great depth.
Most people have experienced tragedy in their lives and have been left to deal with the emotions. Everyone deals with this in their own way, The Artificials have taken a very painful experience of losing a friend in an accident and paid tribute in their new single, "Stormwolf".
Aside from the hauntingly beautiful vocals of Sarah Rigdon, The Artificials' heartache is evident as she faithfully sings, "When your soul left, part of our hearts turned forever blue. We try to understand, but the peace of God surpasses all understanding. Blessed are those who mourn". Guitarist Alan Rigdon shares his perspective, "This song is dedicated in memory of Daulton Storm Holly, a friend who was taken from the world way too soon by a drunk driver. Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."
The Artificials also announced that their debut album, "Heart", will be out on 3/31 and is available for pre order now at Merchbucket.
Listen to "Stormwolf" now
With a unique use of polyrhythms and odd time signatures, The Artificials will take you on somewhat of a mathematical journey of controlled chaos. Every song has a purpose and a certain feel, while keeping it simple with a catchy chorus to keep people singing. The dynamics of the clean guitar sections will take you from a sparkling angelic coma to a crushing chaotic rhythm and rip you back into reality.
The Artificials originally consisted of Guitarist Alan Rigdon and his friend Aaron Surratt way back as teenagers posting demos on Myspace. Although the recordings were rough, it got the musicians noticed. Rigdon decided to put the band on hold when he joined Erra. After recording with Erra and going out on numerous national tours, Rigdon felt it was time to get back to his own thing. He went on to marry Vocalist Sarah Rigdon and started up The Artificals again.
Finding the perfect additions to the line-up proved to be easier said than done. Rigdon found Travis Wilburn (guitar) on social media and because he had a similar writing style, he proved to be a perfect fit. Brent Stanley, a proficient multi instrumentalist was a home-town friend of Rigdon’s and was brought in on bass. Finding a drummer was the most difficult spot to fill but luckily Rigdon’s childhood friend, Shelton Summersgill was between projects and joined on drums.
The Artificials released a 4 track EP in 2014 (Produced/Engineered by A. Rigdon of Study Sounds Recordings, Mastered by Griffin Kolinski [RIP] at Hourglass Studios). It was these recordings and the past relationship Rigdon had with Tragic Hero Records President Tommy LaCombe while with ERRA that led to the band partnering up with the label for their first full length album, “Heart” (Mixed / produced / mastered by A. Rigdon of Study Sound Recordings). Rigdon explains, “I have history with Tragic as I used to play guitar for ERRA. Tommy and I kept in touch because I felt like he really cared about our music and provided us with such a personable business relationship."
"Heart" will be out March 2017. The band looks forward to hitting the road on their first tour together.
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.
Having been through so many phases and transformations throughout the years, it seems that often, heavy metal music can seem over-complicated - too complex, showy or pretentious. Alternatively, it can be too simple, regurgitated or repetitive. It's easy to forget that putting out an accessible, quality heavy metal recording shouldn't be difficult. Something inspired but direct, razor sharp but heavy. Truly exceptional music shouldn't have to be too conceptually and musically convoluted or dumbed-down to push you face-first into that tingling, meditative journey that it should provide.
With replicated, simulated and easily-absorbed tracks dominating the airwaves and often showy, overly conceptualized prog-dilutions ruling the underground, it seems the ability to achieve any sort of balance of the two in metal is primarily lost. Enter Kansas City metal hybrid Hyborian, who illustrate a perfect equilibrium of rich concept and straightforward songwriting with their debut album, Hyborian: Volume I. The album drops on March 17, 2017 via Kansas City-based label The Company, and is available for pre-order now via www.thecompanykc.com. iTunes pre-orders will go live on March 3, with their first single, "Maelstrom", as an instant grat track.
Check out "Maelstrom", streaming now exclusively via Decibel Magazine: http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2017/2/15/track-premiere-hyborian-maelstrom
As many parts stoner rock as it is retro-inspired and deliciously groovy, Hyborian's Hyborian: Volume I takes the listener on a ride that emits wall-shaking-levels of heaviness and lyrical fantasy, remaining engaging for any metal listener. Immense riffage, barrelling verses and piercing leads combine to create a sound that invites the listener to sit back and become fully-absorbed, when it isn't summoning involuntary elbow-throwing. Lyrically, the album's storytelling style is inspired by Robert E. Howard's Conan stories, but based on an interstellar, extra-dimensional cloaked being called The Traveller. Hyborian: Volume I tells his legends from the time before written language.
Lead vocalist Martin Bush discusses the roots of Hyborian's lyrical inspiration, "I grew up reading pretty much anything I could get my hands on, which included me raiding my dad's book collection. He had a ton of classic sci-fi and fantasy, from Asimov and Heinlan to Howard and Cooper. Because of that, this writing style comes very naturally to me."
He further explains, "Basically The Traveller is a being that exists outside of humanity's understanding of space and time. He is the source of all life in the universe, but is not omnipresent. He wanders the cosmos, visiting and recording times of great strife or hardship, great suffering or great triumph. We are his chosen mouthpiece on Earth, so we relate those stories, whether from far in the past or far in the future. For instance, "Maelstrom" is the story of a mountaintop battle between a being who has just achieved a higher consciousness in the midst of a scuffle with a sentient storm. In order to defeat the creature in the storm, he expends his newfound powers and gives up his life.
We are also pretty into cryptography, so there are several hidden messages on the album from The Traveller if the listener is clever enough to find them."
When a band says they built their sound from the ground up, they normally don't mean it literally. Once again, Hyborian prove individuality in this department, as Hyborian: Volume I was recorded at the band's own studio that they built themselves and eventually began also using as a rehearsal space. The album was then mixed by Justin Mantooth at Westend Studios (Radkey, Family, Godmaker) and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East (The Red Chord, Torche, Trap Them).
Bush says that recording on the band's own terms, in their own space, really helped them achieve their best product: "We decided to build our own space to record simply because it cost us about what it would have cost to track at a decent studio, but now we have a home base to make record after record after record. The art of crafting an album as opposed to a group of songs is somewhat lost, or at least relegated to the realms of people with incredibly deep pockets, so being able to really play around and do all the extra stuff that makes an album an album was really important to us."
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Evanescence’s Grammy Award winning singer / songwriter Amy Lee released a new single, “Love Exists,” on February 10th as an interactive valentine, which is available now at: http://amyleevalentine.me. Fans were invited to create and share their own valentine featuring surreal pop art by Jennybird Alcantara to accompany the song.
“Love Exists” is also available for download on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited.
Lee has a message for her fans about the creative process and inspiration behind the song:
“When I was in Italy filming the video for “Speak To Me," I fell in love with a song I heard on the radio there. L’amore Esiste by Francesca Michielin. It seemed to follow me everywhere, got under my skin and just wouldn’t leave. I couldn’t stop listening to it, over and over the whole way home. I started piecing together what the lyrics meant and wrote my own twist on them in English. I showed my idea to one of my dream producers, Guy Sigsworth, and somehow convinced him to come to New York and re-create the song with me. Dave Eggar contributed his lush string arrangement and we all just lived in this song for a week at Flux Studios on the lower east side.”
“What an incredibly fulfilling experience it was to make this beautiful thing. And with such a talented, down-to-earth, and inspired team- with no rules or limitations beyond the ones we created. Guy pushed me in new ways and I learned a few things. It was a unique honour to work beside someone I admire so much on something that at the time had no plan, no album to go on, and made no sense other than how good it felt. It’s easy to get bogged down by the “point” sometimes, when what matters most in my opinion, in music-making, is following your heart. Finding a way to satisfy that deep need to express something that can’t be said with words alone.”
“Love is anything but simple. And it manifests itself in countless forms. It can be inconvenient. Painful. Easier to ignore than to trust. But we are still connected, despite how alone we feel sometimes. Can we be brave enough to love, knowing it’s going to hurt? Can we drop our cynicism long enough to see beyond the frustrations, the discontentment, the fear of the unknown and the anger for all we can’t control? Love is all around. Even in the darkest places. And it is worth everything. Look out, look in. Love exists.” – Amy Lee
In addition, Lee’s single “Speak To Me” will appear on the soundtrack for the forthcoming supernatural thriller, Voice From The Stone, due April 28th which features Emelia Clarke (Game of Thrones).
Known for her soaring haunting vocals and sophisticated piano melodies, Rolling Stone describe Lee as “one of hard rock’s leading ladies” and Kerrang cites her as “one of the most significant and influential women in rock”. Needless to say, her upcoming effort is much anticipated.
Amy Lee is currently in the studio with her band, Evanescence, working on new music expected later this year. They play two shows at Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in June:
June 13th - London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
June 14th – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo SOLD OUT
Hard Rock / Heavy Metal band Edge of Paradise has released the Official Music Video for "Alive" off of their upcoming EP. Directed by Val Rassi, "Alive" originally premiered on Metal Underground and is taken from Edge Of Paradise's upcoming release of the same name. A 5 song EP produced by Chuck Johnson (Korn, Slipknot) and mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Pop Evil…), Mike Plotnikoff, and Michael Wagener, ALIVE is due out 3/10 via ILS/Universal!
Front woman, Margarita Monet, states "This song is extremely contagious, with the heavy hitting/ industrial beat, and a chorus that'll get your blood pumping!"
"ALIVE is dealing with us humans being so caught up in the digital world, obsessed with convenience and monetary gain, we have begun to sacrifice our humanity. We are becoming corporate led consumer machines! We get lost in the enticing virtual reality that we forget what real human interaction feels like. Sometimes I want to break away from bombardment of advertisements, social standards, never ending race with time and just breathe, and remember what it's like to feel alive! To connect with our fellow humans and the world!
Production wise, the band is exploring it's heavier side, with the new industrial edge, yet keeping the band's dynamic and melodic sound!
“This is our best music to date! We were so fortunate to work with amazing, powerhouse people on this CD, and are confident that the outcome is the most exciting Edge Of Paradise musical experience yet!"
Edge Of Paradise have toured over 30 states and are excited to hit the road again in the spring. This year the band plan to tour US, South America, and Europe with an already set date at the Female Metal Event in Eindhoven, Netherlands, playing alongside Delain.
"We are working with a great team of people and are excited to bring our show to you and meet all of you awesome music fans out there!"
Edge Of Paradise will be having exciting giveaways during the months of Feb and March, keep posted on their facebook page!
Catch Edge of Paradise LIVE:
04/21 @ Soundbox - Simpsonville SC
04/22 @ Drunk Horse - Fayetteville NC
05/11 @ El Corazon - Seattle, WA
09/23 @ Female Metal Event - Eindhoven Netherlands
Texas Death Metal Outfit Desecrate The Faith have released a new song from forthcoming album Unholy Infestation. "Sacrilege Reborn" is now streaming at:
Desecrate The Faith will release sophomore album Unholy Infestation March 3 on Comatose Music. Pre-order it at this location.
Comatose Music has formed an unholy alliance with Texas born death metal monstrosity Desecrate The Faith. Rising from the infernal flames of Houston in 2012, they soon released their successful debut Disfigured Arrangement in 2014, then followed up with American and European tours. Now Desecrate The Faith has returned with their punishing sophomore full length Unholy Infestation. Complete with unrelenting blasphemies, bringing technical style riffs alongside merciless blast beats and putrid guttural vocals. With bestial tracks like "Malignant Divinity" and "Angel Eater," the band is unleashing a demonic entity that fans of all death metal can feast upon. Be on the lookout for this sacrilegious offering of godless brutality!
In case you missed it, Friedhof Magazine is streaming "Angel Eater" at this location. And a promo video for "Shrine of Enmity" can be absorbed into the bloodstream here.
Florida death metal legends Obituary have shared the second single off their forthcoming, self-titled full-length. Watch the album art, lyric video accompanying "Turned to Stone" now via Loudwire at this location and YouTube HERE.
Loudwire comment: "As if thawing after 1,000 years entombed in ice, the song opens up with slow-churning riff and a low to high guttural scream from John Tardy, whose reputation as one of death metal's most unique and savage vocalists is never in question. In lockstep rhythm on all fronts, they settle into mid-tempo slam-styled groove, only picking up the pace when the frets start flying during the solos on the back half of "Turned to Stone."”
Obituary is due out March 17th, 2017 on CD/LP/Digital. Physical and digital pre-orders are available now via Relapse at bit.ly/ObituaryST.
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