American deathcore mob Lorna Shore releases new single plus age-gated video: "Pain Remains II: After All I've Done, I'll Disappear" - the second part of "The Pain Trilogy"
The next chapter in the epic journey of Lorna Shore is upon us, leading up to the release of new album, Pain Remains (due to be unleashed October 14th via Century Media Records): "Pain Remains II: After All I've Done, I'll Disappear". Currently streaming on all digital platforms, the age-gated video (directed by David Brodsky // http://www.mgenyc.com) can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/JFJ5fF7cbE0
The band comments on "The Pain Trilogy":
"'The Pain Trilogy' is a three-part tale focusing on the stages of grief and vulnerability and exemplifying it through a love story. The first song, 'Pain Remains I: Dancing like Flames' begins with the main character becoming enamoured by the person within his dreams. He decides to turn to this reality as a sense of purpose despite knowing that the closer he gets to his goal, the further it seems to drift away. This leads to the second song, 'Pain Remains II: After All I've Done, I'll Disappear'. This is the part where the person vanishes and the main character struggles to accept the pain. He as well wishes to disappear and seeks to throw it all away.
Lorna Shore supports suicide prevention and support. We encourage all to speak to their issues and spark conversations that help and mend us all. National suicide prevention hotline: 800-273-8255"
Don't miss the final part of the trilogy that will unfold when the album is released on October 14th! In the meantime, fans can also watch the previously released videos below:
--"Pain Remains I: Dancing like Flames": https://youtu.be/JglOS8TRFp4
--"Into the Earth": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOeFqRMX_10
--"Cursed to Die": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxUSYa3u7rs
The Greek lovechild of Botch and The Dillinger Escape Plan, the raucously brilliant Blame Kandinsky have announced their forthcoming album Eclectic Ruiner, to be released 2nd December via Venerate Industries.
Blame Kandinsky have also revealed their first glimpse of the album via the strikingly beautiful and viscerally funny video for 'Ruined'.
Guitarist Marios Samaris comments:
“The concept behind the album is one’s lifelong struggle. In a world that’s asphyxiating with indecency, racism, inequality and greed, we try to stay empathic and honest. Eclectic Ruiner shares the thought that pain is not an illusion, it is a part of us with a million faces that we observe and it observes us back.“
Of 'Ruined' itself, Marios says:
“‘Ruined’ talks about those periods when you lay really low and you go through a battle with yourself trying either to accept you’re drowning, or to fight back and stand up again. There is no other person involved, it’s just you talking to your past self. The tricky part is that while this is coming over and over again, dredging up the past feels like two sides of the same coin, sometimes it makes you stronger and other times it shuts you down.“
A highly regarded group from Athens, Blame Kandinsky in their time have played alongside Cavalera Conspiracy, and toured multiple times across Europe. The band released their debut album Spotting Elegance In Chaos in 2017, recorded 100% live, capturing the very essence of a group steeped in the creative tradition of the best mathcore and melodic hardcore.
Due to COVID activity hiatus, Blame Kandinsky used the years to focus entirely on the compositional honing of Eclectic Ruiner. The group’s second album is a broad concept record about everyday struggle – it describes the idea that pain is not an illusion, and empathy is essential in order to survive.
In a world asphyxiated by indecency, racism, inequality, and greed, the brutal honesty of Eclectic Ruiner shines though. Elements of Fall of Troy, The Chariot, Every Time I Die, and even Converge also blossom on a record that overflows with fury, melody, and passion. A true gem from the East.
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UK metal monsters Defects release their debut “Dream Awake” EP, with an accompanying video for the title track.
“Dream awake is about that fear of being trapped in a digital reality.” Explains frontman Tony Maue. “The last 2 years really showed us what that could be like for all of us with socializing being totally limited and having to stay indoors. The only choice we had was to use technology to salvage our socialization. The lyrical inspiration came directly from that. All I can say is this: go outside, see your friends. Don't live your life behind a screen.”
The accompanying video perfectly captures the essence of the song.
“We had a concept of being trapped in a facility that experimented on people. They escape and go through all these twists and turns to get out, but really they are still doing that in the simulation. It really ties in the with lyrics, about humanity having total control over everything including the ability to manipulate decision making.”
We shot it at an abandoned school that we sometimes rehearse at and the long corridors really gave off that vibe that we wanted, especially for some of the later scenes. They made it feel like the place was almost a labyrinth so it tied in with the story board nicely.”
Having spent the summer winning over fans via appearances at The Great Escape, 2000 Trees, Download and Bloodstock Festivals, Defects will undertake a headline tour of the UK in support of the EP in October.
With multiple years on the road in their former bands playing alongside acts such as Iron Maiden, Bring Me The Horizon, Shinedown, Disturbed and Bullet For My Valentine, Defects now look forward to delivering their own shows for their rapidly growing fanbase.
"After so long of being absent from the music scene it feels great to put on our own headline shows. The set is packed with new songs and vibes that will make you want to mosh. Can't wait to see you out there."
Catch them at the following shows in October 2022:
11/10 - Key Club, Leeds
12/10 - Asylum2, Birmingham
13/10 - Satans Hollow, Manchester
15/10 - Exchange, Bristol
16/10 - The Black Heart London
17/10 - Fuel, Cardiff
18/10 - Kaz Stockroom, Liverpool
19/10 - Corporation, Sheffield
Tickets are available from https://linktr.ee/WeAreDefects
Tony Maue - Vocals
Luke Genders - Guitar
James Threadwell - Guitar
Harry Jennings – Drums
David Silver - Bass
Swedish alternative metal act Aviana have released a video for their single 'Illuminate', taken from new album Corporation, out now via Arising Empire.
Corporation is a collection of perfectly crafted heavy bangers, which includes previous singles 'Paradox', 'Anomaly', 'Obsession', 'Transcendent', 'Rage', 'Oblivion', 'Overcome' and 'Retaliation'. 'Illuminate' is the last song released in this chapter and completes the new full-length.
Vocalist Joel Holqvist comments:
"This song 'Illuminate' is the last out of our collection of singles, which we have assembled into an album entitled Corporation. You will understand more about the Aviana Corporation as time goes on. But without giving away too much, this release symbolises a collective name of two big plots in the new world of the storyline that we have been creating and are building up in the new era of the band."
Aviana made a big impact on the global metalcore scene with their return in February 2021. Led solely by vocalist Joel Holmqvist as a consequence of past members leaving the band, Holmqvist has exceed all expectations and taken the band further down the path for greatness.
Speaking on the album, Holmqvist concludes:
"There is an album coming in September, finally. But I never wanted to have people sit around and wait for new Aviana music. Instead I’ve been working continuously to try and get new stuff out there for the fans. You should consider this album more of an ‘Collection of Singles’ rather than something else. There will be new songs on the album which haven’t been released yet, but also songs that we’ve already put out since 2021 will be on the album.”
Dutch metallic hardcore band Yakoeza presents its first single and video, “March Of The Mindless Sheep"
Yakoeza present their first single and lyric video “March of the mindless sheep” .
Yakoeza, a female fronted hardcore / metal formation from Hellmond/the Netherlands with (ex-) members of Hidden Guns Streetpunk, Ragepyre, Cyanide Paradise and Alternator. Different musical influences like hardcore, metal and punk collide in Yakoeza. It is no wonder that Yakoeza is mainly influenced by Machinehead, Suicidal Tendencies and Knocked Loose. In short, an evening with Yakoeza is guaranteed to be filled with an overload of quick and loud noise.
Autumn 2022 Yakoeza hit the studio with the renowned Roelof Klop where they recorded their first single. To complete Yakoeza’s first release, Will Putney, known from his work with bands such as END, Gojira and Fit For An Autopsy, worked his magic by mastering the song. The title of the track “March of the mindless sheep”, is a nice precursor to the lyrics that make up the songs of Yakoeza.
March Of The Mindless Sheep is a hardcore / metal track starting out with a soft, vulnerable approach in atmosphere, until the drums open up the track like a machine gun causing mayhem.
Throughout the song metal and hardcore influences, especially in the chorus and the breakdown, are noticeable. March of the mindless sheep is a protest against inhumanity during war. Inspired by events throughout history, with the Ukraine-Russia war still raging on as we speak.
Lyric wise the song asks its listeners to think about choices, as if they were marching in the soldier lines themselves, that lead up to the point they find themselves in now. Do you feel as if you’re doing the right thing? Do you trust those who give the orders? After all the horrors you’ve endured and seen, don’t you have an ounce of regret? The song aims to create a sense of urgency, as it could only be a matter of time until war is on your doorstep.
Italian fantasy power metallers RuinThrone will be releasing their new J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired album “The Unconscious Mind Of Arda” due out January 2023 via Rockshots Records to follow their debut album “Urban Ubris” and EP “Leaden Field”.
The album itself has been composed of stories inspired by Tolkien’s poems, his “Legendarium”. The band hopes the concepts they wrote can be “messengers” of reflection for their listeners, turning in a better awareness of their daily life.
"With this album, we think we reached our own identity. Back in the early years, we started with a classic German power metal style, but year by year we changed and matured musically, we wanted to add more emotional colours to our palette and we decided to paint the darkest side of the human mind. This is why we use 7-string guitars with 1/2 step-down tuning, extreme vocals, etc. For this new record we also focused on an alternative point of view of some stories written by Tolkien. We thought it would have been interesting to explore not only some interesting characters and heroes but also the mind of the main villains:: Morgoth, the Witch-king, and Gothmog. The main concept is to develop a poem with no need for heroes. It’s a world populated by humanized characters creating a correspondence with the listener’s life." adds guitarist Nicolò de Maria.
Now, Ruinthrone reveal the first single "Earendil" accompanied by a music video. Earendil was one of the first songs the band tried to finish while producing this album. It has a lot of different sections and moods and is the most “catchy” song on the full-length.
"It's not exactly a ballad, because the only acoustic parts are the verses and the piano & bass solo, but that 6/8 time makes the song flow easily even if you’re not a metalhead. Another important point is the vocals. Haedus used a lot of different tones and ranges in this song…he did an amazing job!" adds the band.
Earendil is about the tainted love story between the half-elf Earendil and the elf Elwing. Desperate for the death of his lover Earendil reminds with the melancholy of the feeling and the past life spent with Elwing. This song has the goal to show the listener how strong feelings like love keep on living even when hostile events and death divide us from our loved ones.
"Sometimes we regret what we did in the past, some missed opportunities, but nothing can defeat love, and so we keep on living our adventures, our paths bringing the light of the Silmaril with us with is a symbol of the power of love." says guitarist Nicolò de Maria.
“The Unconscious Mind Of Arda” is mixed and mastered by Giuseppe Orlando (sound tech for Rhapsody of Fire) at the Outer Sound Studios.
The album is due out on January 13th, 2023 and is available for pre-order at the following link - https://bit.ly/RuinThrone_CD
Southampton-based metalcore band Our Hollow, Our Home recently joined forces with Arising Empire and have just released their second single "Idlewaves."
Watch the video here.
"'Idlewaves' showcases the heavier side of Our Hollow, Our Home's eclectic yet balanced contrast of sounds, combining a wide array of blistering breakdowns and technical guitar work with a classic, infectious sing-along chorus, of which fans of the band have grown accustomed to," says vocalist Connor Hallisey. "The track shows no signs of letting up from the onset, relentless and hard-hitting from the moment it begins to play. The song is laden with aggression and lyrically tackles numerous topics that ultimately centre around the frustrations felt towards a close one who refuses to change their ways after a long string of poorly made decisions and ineffable mistakes."
OH, OH have toured with Asking Alexandria and Blessthefall, and enjoyed high-profile slots at festivals such as Graspop, Nova Rock, Summerblast, and Jera On Air. The band was boosted by a hugely popular cover of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" back in 2017, which was picked up by BBC Radio One's Greg James. It subsequently topped the iTunes UK rock and metal chart, and racked up over 300,000 plays on YouTube during its first week of release.
For a band that has handled its own operations internally, without the help of major label or industry backing until now, these are impressive stats. But it's more than just the numbers. It’s the way in which people and fans have connected with the band.
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Returning guitarist of English thrashers Forged In Black releases play through video of 'Descent Of The Serpent'
Six years ago guitarist Tim Chandler stepped down from his position as lead guitarist in Forged In Black. Tim had been with the band since they began and it was a sad day when he was forced to relinquish his role. However, in 2022 the stars aligned for Tim and Forged In Black and the guitarist was able to re-join the band he had helped launch once again, renewing his six string partnership with Andy Songhurst.
In Tim's absence Forged In Black had released the mighty Sinner Sanctorum EP and their stunning album for Fighter Records, Descent Of The Serpent - leaving Tim with a lot of songs to learn! He's been hard at work behind the scenes and today the band have issued a guitar playthrough video showing that Tim is definitely back in the saddle - check out his playthrough of 'Descent Of The Serpent' right here... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR_tTe39YVQ
You can see Tim and Andy discuss their renewed role in this previously released video interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unx33YVJKM4
Expect to hear a lot more from the band over the coming months as the forge is burning hotter than ever!
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Swedish metalcore quintet Imminence have shared a reimagined version of their single 'Ghost'. The original track features on the band's fourth album Heaven In Hiding, out now via Arising Empire.
Stream 'Ghost (Acoustic)' here: https://arisingempire.com/ghostacoustic
Since their formation, Imminence's acoustic side has been an equally important component to their unique identity. 'Alleviate' is the fourth reimagined song from their latest album, written, produced and visualised solely by Eddie Berg (vocals/violin) and Harald Barrett (guitar).
The band comment:
"In celebration of the one year anniversary of the single release of 'Ghost', we now give you the final acoustic version from Heaven In Hiding. Written, recorded, produced and filmed by ourselves. For you. From Sweden with love."
Imminence's latest album, Heaven In Hiding, was released in 2021 via Arising Empire and saw them elevate to the next level in the global modern metal scene. The metal community even granted Imminence a brand new and unique genre: violincore. Singles 'Temptation', 'Heaven In Hiding', 'Ghost', 'Chasing Shadows' and 'Alleviate' were accompanied by outstanding visual production, with enormous success on YouTube and other streaming platforms.
Stream/purchase Heaven In Hiding here: https://imminence.lnk.to/heaveninhiding
Closing in on 100 million streams and over 250,000 online followers off the back of four albums, Imminence emerged from the global COVID-19 pandemic straight into a six-week long European headline tour. Always breaking boundaries and expectations, Imminence introduced the touring cycle with a full-acoustic show: Live In Concert Halls. Featuring a string quartet and other classical elements, Imminence brought the ensemble to six shows in Germany, resulting in a chart position in Eventims' fastest selling tours in the country. The Heaven In Hiding album tour followed, with venues tripling in capacity and additional dates announced due to phenomenal demand.
Imminence's touring has remained strong over the summer of 2022, appearing at Full Force, Graspop, Rock For People, Deichbrand, Nova Rock, Jera On Air and more.
Black Lakes have shared a video for their single 'Avarice', taken from their album For All We've Left Behind released earlier this year. The South Wales-based alt-metal outfit are not shy of a social commentary, and 'Avarice' firmly brings forward this political side of the band, as frontman Will Preston sings the mantra "We can't eat money, we can't breathe money" while the band close off the song in chaotic fashion.
Frontman Will comments:
"The definition for the word avarice is “extreme greed for wealth or material gain”. This is something we all see in our day to day lives, and a concept that many of us struggle to both accept, and live with the consequences of. The song tackles the concept that as a species, we will only realise the error of our ways when it’s far too late. It is only when the last tree has been felled, the last fish caught and the last river run dry that we will seemingly realise that for all our time, sweat and effort spent chasing material gain, we cannot eat, breathe or live on money.."
Black Lakes create a sound which deliberately blurs the boundaries between hard rock and alternative metal, drawing on a wide range of influences from across both scenes. Their debut album For All We've Left Behind was recorded in the Welsh capital with premier hard rock and metal producer Romesh Dodangoda. Their previous single 'Fragments' was picked up across national radio including Kerrang! and the BBC. Despite the impact of the pandemic, the band grew from strength to strength, having been named both a Great Music Stories 'Band of the Year 2021', and 'Live Band of the Year', a critically acclaimed redux set released exclusively for the Spirit of Wildfire festival and making the final of the Hard Rock Hell - Highway to Hell competition at the O2 Academy. Having successfully completed their gofundme campaign to support it, their highly anticipated debut album 'For All We've Left Behind' was released on 22nd February 2022. The band has been touring extensively in its support this year.
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