Melbourne progressive metal outfit Ironstone release ‘Shiny Things’, their first single for 2022. "Shiny Things" pushes and pulls between heavy, low tuned percussive guitars and a groovy vibe, all the while slamming down riffs, hooks, and melody galore. Exploring a somewhat quirky feel the band has managed to inject fun into an otherwise heavy, hard-hitting track. With a mix of clean and extreme vocals, catchy choruses and crushing breakdowns, "Shiny Things" takes the listener on quite a ride. There’s also a clear message in the lyrics about the downside of being too focused on material things and forgetting what’s really important.
"Shiny Things" is accompanied by a very entertaining video, where the band really allows their personality to shine through. The video tells the story of a lonely guy who’s trying to fill the void in his life by purchasing ‘stuff’ from TV infomercials. In a strange twist and ‘groundhog day’ style of repetition, he eventually discovers the thing he REALLY needs.
The band says…
“We had a lot of fun writing Shiny Things and an absolute blast making the video. We’re bombarded on a daily basis with advertising and a glossed over version of reality, and it’s all too easy to become drawn in. We saw an opportunity to poke a bit of fun while still demonstrating that the things we desire don’t always bring happiness, and a shiny exterior doesn’t always mean quality within.”
"Shiny Things" was mixed by Chris Themelco of Monolith Studios and mastered by Acle Kahney of Tesseract. It comes as a follow up to Ironstone’s late November release, ‘Mr. Struggle.
Ironstone is having a launch show for ‘Shiny Things’ on Thursday 3rd of March at Stay Gold in Melbourne. Joining them on the night are Suspyria and Nth Rd.
Tickets are available through Eventbrite here: https://bit.ly/3sFQYeO
Finnish post-hardcore / modern metal ‘violent pop’ outfit Blind Channel have released their brand new single ‘Bad Idea’, taken from the forthcoming album Lifestyles Of The Sick & Dangerous out July 8th via Century Media Records. The album is available to pre-order here.
Speaking about the new track the band say:-
“‘Bad Idea’ is a serenade of self-pity and an unsuccessful apology. In the lyrics, we’re getting personal and digging deeper than ever. The song came to life many years ago, when relationships ended in a very ugly manner and all you could think of was: ”well I warned you.”
"Lifestyles Of The Sick & Dangerous" is the band’s fourth studio album and also features previously released singles including ‘Dark Side’, ‘Balboa’ and ‘We Are No Saints’.
Regarding the album the band say:-
“This album is a memento of the toughest, yet the best couple of years in our lives. We captured the ups and downs, ranging from the point of breaking down to finally blowing up. We wouldn’t change a note. Come witness the Lifestyles Of The Sick & Dangerous.”
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Finnish melodic metal band Dead End Finland released a new single and music video 'Northern Winds'. The track is taken from the upcoming fifth studio album which is released later this year by Inverse Records.
Watch 'Northern Winds' music video: https://youtu.be/7HvKlU0C800
Guitarist & Bass player Santtu Rosén comments:
"One of the strengths of Dead End Finland has always been the ability to turn a difficult situation into a resource. So when the corona storm was raging, we decided to throw ourselves into the wind and draw strength from it.
During the darkening evenings of autumn, we wrote more material and soon we were in a situation where making a full length album was a better option than the originally planned EP. "Northern Winds" is the opening track of the upcoming album and it tells the story of a situation where an individual has to face an impending threat and follow his instincts in order to survive."
Listen to the single:
'Don’t Get Used to This' is the first single from the upcoming debut album by Finnish Melodic Death Metal band Misaligned. The track is released along with horror movie inspired music video that was filmed in abandoned sausage factory.
Band comments on the new single:-
"Don't Get Used to This is about equality and that you do not consent to be a victim. Put up your fists and move up against the next challenger. Even if the track sounds aggressive there is a positive message."
For Misaligned the future brings another single and debut full length album "Colours" to be released later this year. Band shall release music video of each of the album tracks during this year.
Watch the music video: https://youtu.be/8YAzX8IsA88
Listen to the single:
The first rounds of results are in! Perth's premier electro power pop sensation Voyager have won the Aussievision's Australia Decides 2022 public poll in their bid for Eurovision for the song "Dreamer!" The last two polls winners, Kate Miller-Heidke and Montaigne, went on to win 'Australia Decides!' The results can be seen HERE.
In addition, Voyager was also ranked #1 by the official Aussievision podcast jury! The full episode and team review can be heard at THIS LOCATION.
During the Opening Night Show on Friday, February 25, a jury of artists and industry experts will vote for their favourite performance. The Australian public are eligible to vote for their favourite performances via SMS from February 25 at 6:00 A.M. EST // 12:00 P.M. CET // 10:00 P.M. AEDT until February 26 at approximately 5:45 A.M. EST // 11:45 A.M. CET // 9:45 P.M. AEDT. The public vote makes up half of the overall vote. The artist and song that receives the most points overall will go on to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in May.
OPENING NIGHT SHOW + Jury Vote:
Friday, February 25 @ 7.30 P.M. AEST (Not televised – Tickets available)
(Jury Preview Show)
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Saturday, February 26 @ 1.00 P.M. AEST (Not televised – Tickets available)
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
LIVE TV FINAL + Public Vote + Winner Announcement:
Saturday, February 26 @ 7:30 P.M. AEST (Live exclusive broadcast on SBS – Tickets available)
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022 airs live and exclusively on SBS and SBS On Demand on Saturday, February 26.
Broadcast times across Australia:
Voyager has also recently premiered the official music video for "Dreamer," which can be seen Here. "Dreamer" can be streamed HERE.
For several years, Voyager has been petitioning to be selected as one of Australia's musical representatives in Eurovision - Australia Decides. After being shortlisted in the previous year's competition, the band has finally been tapped to represent Western Australia, making it the first time that the region has hope of winning the Eurovision title! The band will soon reveal the song that has been selected in the contest!
Earlier this week, Voyager also announced their very own signature beer along with a very special contest! ‘𝘿𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙠𝙮' is a juicy IPA brewed by Bright Tank Brewery and will go on sale on February 23 at THIS LOCATION! The band and brewery have also partnered with Lumber Punk Axe Throwing for a very special contest. With every purchase of ‘𝘿𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙠𝙮,' fans can grab a chance to join the band for an axe-throwing session courtesy of Lumber Punks Axe Throwing, and then on to Bright Tank to drink beer and do a meet and greet with all members of Voyager! More info can be found HERE.
Alternative metallers Lillasyster aim to represent Sweden at Eurovision by entering Melodifestivalen 2022
Lillasyster is once more in the competition to represent Sweden in Eurovision.
In 2021 Lillasyster entered the Swedish take outs for Eurovision and since then their contribution "Pretender" has risen on the charts, peaking on the "Swedish Top 50" chart for over a month and soon streamed Platinum in Sweden. The bands contribution this year is the new "Till Our Days Are Over" and is written by Palle Hammarlund and Jimmy Jansson which have had several previous successes in the competition.
"The song has a higher tempo than Pretender and is more straight on, and more Arena"
says singer Martin Westerstrand.
Lebanese thrash / groove metal titans Phenomy have today announced the release of their blistering new album 'Syndicate Of Pain', unleashed March 3rd 2022, with animation video ‘Lead Me To My Throne’ out now. ’Syndicate Of Pain’ is a concept album about an asylum ran by Dr Anton Shuman, a mad scientist that is manipulating criminals and patients labelled insane in his facility. The album later reveals that these patients are not being cured, but are part of a bigger and darker project, that even Dr Schuman himself is being deceived by. Pre-order, pre-save & find the track-listing here: www.phenomyofficial.com
The 10-track studio album follows on from four new singles:-
“So Grim, So True, So Real”. Hallowed words that ring true for metalheads the world over, particularly for those living in far-flung corners of the earth where freedom of expression and socio-political upheaval makes it almost impossible to follow your passions.
Formed in 2014, the mission from the start was to create music in the vein of traditional and modern groove and thrash metal. The dystopian nature of 1980s and 1990s metal releases rang true for many a music fan in war-torn regions globally. This was no different, they in hearted the street spirit that many of those early metal classics were based upon and bridged it to meet their own reality.
With two previous albums, numerous tours across Romania, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia and beyond, and major festival appearances at the likes of Wacken and Metalhead Meeting under their belt, Phenomy are excited to be heading into 2022 with an even bigger future ahead of them, fuelled by ‘Syndicate Of Pain’.
The new album ‘Syndicate Of Pain' coming March 3rd 2022: www.phenomyofficial.com
Napalm Records is beyond proud to join forces with legendary German heavy metal force, Accept! The band has signed a worldwide record deal with the leading rock and metal label.
The band around guitarist and founding member Wolf Hoffmann has defined the international genre since they formed in Solingen, Germany in 1976, reigned as one of the most important German rock bands in the 80s alongside the Scorpions, and influenced bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Guns N’ Roses and Iron Maiden.
Accept have written many classic albums such as "Restless And Wild", "Balls To The Wall" and "Metal Heart", have played countless shows and headlined major festivals all around the globe. The band has sold millions of albums to date, entered the German and Finnish charts at #1, received gold status in the US and still impress with their trademark heavy metal sound, characterized by Wolf Hoffmann’s razor sharp riffs and their hard hitting sound.
With their current album Too Mean To Die, Accept are once again the top of the genre. The album entered the Top 10 of the official charts in 9 countries and provided the ultimate metal survival soundtrack for the pandemic.
Accept guitarist and founding member Wolf Hoffmann on the signing:
"I am really looking forward to working with a renowned, independent and strong label like Napalm Records. There are hard-working metallers at work here - that suits us. We are convinced that together we will reach the next level.”
Napalm Records CEO Thomas Caser adds:
“We are extremely proud and excited to welcome Accept – an absolute heavy metal heavyweight to the Napalm Records family! Together we will drive this steel machine with full power and are very much looking forward to further musical milestones.”
Spanish modern metallers Synlakross have released their new music video "Last Tour Requiem". They share their thoughts regarding the music video:-
"Due to everything that is happening in the world we think it is time to release a protest song like this. Speaks for itself. Let that shit burn to ashes. If you turn on the word "Tour", because it's like muted, the song has another message."
Two years after the release of their sensational "Palindrome" album, Timisoara, Romania based Katharos XIII announce the release of their fourth opus this Spring, a new collaboration with Loud Rage Music. The first single Neurastenia is now online below.
Emilian Matlak, the band's founding member, spoke about the new single and album:
"Neurastenia was filmed and directed by Alexandru Das and represents only a frame of a certain piece of emotion transmitted to us in a universal frequency by a group of dead cosmonauts from the future.
They still float through the cosmos and send signals with life experiences, hopes, tragedies as a part of a chthonian collective conscience. In this case the first transmission - Neurastenia - is about seclusion, alienation, spleen feelings and the difficulty of finding a daily reason for existence. The new album will encapsulate six different dreams delivered from the times when the itinerant cosmonauts had a telluric existence. We like the words of Kurt Vonnegut and the imagery of Andrei Tarkovski, so we tried to embed this in our aesthetics and in every word or expression to resonate with our own personal philosophy."
More details about the concept, recording process and the release date of the full-length will follow in the near future.
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