Tool has won a GRAMMY Award® for Best Metal Performance (“7empest”).
Danny Carey (drums) and Justin Chancellor (bass) accepted the awards at today’s Premiere Ceremony in Los Angeles.
“7empest” is from the band’s fifth studio album: Fear Inocolum (RCA Records). The 10-song collection arrived in late August, debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200. Critically, the album was met with equal enthusiasm. NPR said “Fear Inoculum was worth the 13-year wait,” The Atlantic dubbed it “precise and devastating,” Revolver declared it “a masterpiece that will be dissected for years to come” and Entertainment Weekly said the collection is “deeply satisfying, both as a distinct artistic statement and as accidental fan service to a base that expects nothing less than unflinchingly unique artistic statements.”
The Los Angeles-based band has previously won three GRAMMY Awards®: Best Metal Performance (1998, “Ænima”), Best Metal Performance (2002, “Schism”) and Best Recording Package (2007, 10,000 Days).
Tool formed in 1990, and have released five studio albums: Undertow (1993), Ænima (1996), Lateralus (2001),10,000 Days (2006) and Fear Inoculum (2019); two EPs: 72826 (1991) and Opiate (1992) and the limited-edition boxset Salival (2000). TOOL is Danny Carey (drums), Justin Chancellor (bass), Adam Jones (guitar) and Maynard James Keenan (vocals).
Since their formation nearly half a decade ago, Arkansas based Levels have endeavoured to mix elements of technical metal and djent with metalcore and hardcore to create their own brand of heavy music. With "Encapsulate", their follow up to 2019's "Fade", the band has found a new and more focused sound that sets them apart from their peers in the younger heavy music scene. Reminiscent of Veil of Maya, Architects, and Volumes mixed with shades of classic hardcore, "Encapsulate" is a fresh look at the synthesis of djent and -core that succeeds as both a mosh anthem and a catchy a*s song.
Guest vocalist Josh Stewart channels anguish and anger with his clean vocals, complimenting the heavier elements of the track tastefully rather than as a throwaway feature. Producer Jeff Dunne (Motionless In White, Emmure, Fit For A King) brings out the best from each member of the band, with a highly refined but nonetheless intimate production style that captures each individual performance beautifully while making the entire song sound cohesive and absolutely huge.
“'Encapsulate’ is about a struggle with anxiety. It explains the thought process one might go through when they try their hardest to be the best they can be, but question if that is good enough. It questions whether or not we are just wasting our efforts...like it's all for nothing...if in the end we are always going to be exactly who we were meant to be"
The video, produced and edited by the bands drummer Dalton Kennerly, channels the groups volatile live energy in a beautifully captured black & white performance.
Watch the video here:- "Encapsulate" Official Video
Stream the song here:- Stream "Encapsulate" on Spotify
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Just days away from kicking off their North American tour, Wednesday 13 and his boo crew have debuted a new lyric video for the latest single, 'Monster' (Feat. Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil) from their recently released album, 'Necrophaze,' that is available now from Nuclear Blast Records.
Watch the lyric video for 'Monster' here: https://youtu.be/FE_m7Ya9c6s
Purchase 'Necrophaze' here: http://www.nuclearblast.com/w13-necrophaze
Purchase 'Necrophaze' bundles here: https://theoraclemanagementmerch.com/collections/wednesday-13
“'Monster' is the 1st Wednesday 13 song recorded to feature guest vocals. I wanted something different than I had ever tried before and I wanted a female vocalist. Cristina was the perfect choice for this song. I gave her the lyrics and some minor details, and she came back with what you hear. She totally floored us with her amazing vocal range and adding a new element never heard on one of our songs before.” – Wednesday 13
“This collaboration was born from blackness. Wednesday and I are both fans of the darkest vision of art and music, and when I was asked to sing with him for the song 'Monster', I immediately visualized his concept and shared it with pleasure. What I love about this song is that some people in life are taking the worst out of us... but demonizing it all and pushing away the tension through notes is the best thing to do.” – Cristina Scabbia
Wednesday 13’s 8th studio album, 'Necrophaze,' is available now from Nuclear Blast Records. Featuring special guest appearances from, Alice Cooper, Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour), Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom), Jeff Clayton (GG Allin’s Murder Junkies) and Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) among others, 'Necrophaze' shocks and surprises with a cauldron of monster riffs and haunting lyrics and have listeners yearning for more.
Heavily influenced by real-life night terror occurrences of Wednesday himself, historical serial killers, and a slew of 80’s horror films, the ideas behind 'Necrophaze' are bizarrely familiar, frightening, and a hell of a lot of fun. Being a collector of both media and toys, Wednesday 13 was inspired by a craving for variety to create dual album artwork for this release (seen below). The covers showcase either end of the horror spectrum with a 'Creepshow' comic book vibe for the LP artwork, and the eeriness of something akin to John Carpenter’s 'The Fog' adorning the CD.
Transcendent, two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band, Evanescence, has released the official music video for their first new rock recording in eight years, “The Chain (From Gears 5).” Directed by frequent collaborator, P.R. Brown (My Chemical Romance, John Mayer, Green Day), the piece blends powerful, epic performance visuals with footage from the launch trailer for Xbox Game Studios’ Gears 5 from the massively popular Gears of War franchise. To emulate the aesthetic of Gears 5, a miniature set was constructed for the music video that parallels the dystopian environment of the game. Watch it HERE, and listen to the song on all digital streaming platforms HERE.
“The lyrics make me feel the power of standing together against great forces trying to pull us apart, perhaps even from the inside. I really wanted to drive that home in our version,” lead singer Amy Lee elaborates.
P.R. Brown adds:- “The goal of the video is to show the bond of this band as they deliver a powerful take on a classic song. The tie in with Gears 5 presented an opportunity to combine the game world together with the band performance in a post-apocalyptic setting. The band emerges from the ashes to come together. We wanted to bring these worlds together and feel both the force of the band and the game.”
Evanescence unveiled their signature-rock version of the Fleetwood Mac classic in November, after Lee had lent her vocals to the Gears 5 launch trailer. The spot aired as part of a multi-million-dollar ad campaign in the fall in conjunction with the launch of the game. Watch it HERE. In addition, Gears 5 set new records as the biggest launch for any Xbox Game Studios game in this generation.
“The Chain” marks the first release in what is expected to be a very active period for Evanescence. Following their foray into symphonic music with 2017’s critically acclaimed Synthesis album and world tour, the five-piece re-emerged by embracing a heavier sound, albeit with their trademark style that has made Evanescence integral in establishing a global, critical mass in rock, and among the most unique artists of the millennium. The band is currently working on new original music, which will start rolling out in 2020 in advance of their highly-anticipated fifth full-length studio album. Stay tuned for more details to come.
Published by Xbox Game Studios, Gears of War is one of gaming's most-acclaimed sagas. Launched in 2006 as the killer-app for the first HD generation of game consoles, Gears has become a billion-dollar franchise, inspiring an expanded universe of books and graphic novels, a full line of toys and collectibles and video games across many genres and platforms. “Gears 5,” named as “one of the best games in the Xbox One era” (DualShockers), is now available in Xbox Game Pass for PC and console. “Gears POP!,” which brings together iconic Gears characters in a cute Funko POP! style is now available for iOS, Android, and Windows 10. And “Gears Tactics,” a turn-based tactics game that combines fast-paced brutal action and character-driven storytelling, is coming soon for PC.
More information on previous game titles in the Gears of War series can be found at http://www.gearsofwar.com/games.
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Brooklyn's metal jazz trio Kilter have unleashed a new mini-documentary about their upcoming album Kilter. A follow-up to their 2018 self-titled EP, Axiom features instrumental metal-jazz inspired by the unrelenting hustle and grind of New York City. Founder and bassist Laurent David (Label Alter-nativ) teamed up with drummer Kenny Grohowski (Imperial Triumphant) and saxophonist Edward Rosenberg III (Jerseyband, Heart of Barf) to create a daring and spontaneous work of avant-garde metal.
Watch the documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhRx6hs65Y4&feature=youtu.be
American teenage 'Beautycore Metal' trio GFM (Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh) to release new Joey Sturgis-produced single
Balancing the melodicism of bands like Paramore with a Slipknot-like ferocity, the three teenage sisters of GFM (GOLD FRANKINCENSE & MYRRH) have created their own niche – a sound they have dubbed “beautycore” – exemplified on their new single, “I Don’t Need Your Fantasy,” produced by Joey Sturgis (Of Mice & Men, The Devil Wears Prada, Attack Attack!, Asking Alexandria).
“’I Don’t Need Your Fantasy’ is about breaking stereotypes and letting go of the false perceptions that you think you have to carry,” says bassist/vocalist Maggie English. “You don’t have to live a cookie cutter life. You don’t have to change yourself just so people might like you better. We’re being unapologetically ourselves, and we’re taking the world by storm.”
Clearly not your average teenage girl band, CJ English (guitar/vocals), Maggie English (bass, keyboards, vocals) and LuLu English (drums, vocals) are breaking boundaries in the music industry and bringing life back to rock and metal with GFM’s encouraging and positive message.
“You can tell when someone is passionate about music,” says Joey Sturgis. “You can hear it in the way they sing each line or play each note - and these girls have it. GFM has a fire that won’t be put out and a passion that can’t be matched. This band is a prime example of where music is going as a business. The industry is changing and these girls are at the forefront of the evolution that’s happening. It’s exciting to watch and be a part of!”
The sisters all began taking music lessons at just five years old, which sparked a love of music that would continue to grow. As they grew up, the girls collectively decided that they wanted to pursue this love for music professionally, and began putting blood, sweat, and lots of tears into creating GFM.
GFM’s first album, Identity Crisis, was released in 2016, followed by Oh, The Horror! in April 2019. After touring the US multiple times, the group headed overseas to Germany in 2018, where their energetic performances established GFM as a festival favourite. A new EP is scheduled for release this spring.
GFM is currently on tour in the US and will be at several NAMM events, including the Women at NAMM Event on Wednesday, January 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., SJC Drums’ event at Chain Reaction from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on January 17 and the Gator booth at 1 p.m. on January 18.
GFM (GOLD FRANKINCENSE & MYRRH) tour dates:
1/7 - Hereford, TX - The Nazarene Church
1/9 - Prescott, AZ - Restoration Church
1/10 - San Gabriel, CA - San Gabriel Christian School
1/11 - Corning, CA - New Life Assembly
1/12 - Victorville, CA - 1st Assembly of God
1/17 – Anaheim, CA - Women at NAMM Event @ Anaheim Convention Center
CJ Sanders English – Guitar, Vocals
Magdalene “Maggie” Rose English – Bass, Vocals
Evie “LuLu” Louise English – Drums, Background Vocals
American 'Alchemical' Prog Metallers The 01Experience unveil new single and music video for “Let It Go”
San Francisco-based “Alchemical” progressive metal act The 01Experience has revealed their first music video for the single “Let it Go.”
“Recording this song and making the video was a deep alchemical process in itself,” says Melissa Mari (vocals, electric wind instrument [EWI]). “We noticed how everything in our outer culture that had been happening was reflecting this process of letting go. ‘As above, so below.’”
Watch the video for the epic metal ballad now at https://youtu.be/4ULvWhZ4eRo. “Let it Go” is also available as a digital single at Bandcamp, Spotify and iTunes.
The 01Experience was founded in 2016 by singer Melissa Mari (Death Under Fire) and guitarist Colin E. Davis (Vile). Together the duo began blending modern progressive rock and metal music, influenced by the spiritually-infused music and art of the 1960s, which aimed at raising the consciousness of their audiences, while also drawing from spiritual/shamanic influences. This Alchemical metal tag came as a result of this amalgamation of styles and influences.
Prior to the “Let it Go” single, The 01Experience released the 2017 EP The Code, which was hailed for its deep artistic sound. In 2018, drummer Mike Heller (Fear Factory) and Stephen Paul Goodwin (Vicious Rumors) joined the project.
The 01Experience is:
Melissa Mari – Vocals, EWI
Colin E. Davis – Guitars, Bass
Mike Heller – Drums
Stephen Paul Goodwin - Bass
Star Wars-themed, progressive instrumental band Galactic Empire have shared the 'The Rise of Shredi' video medley. The video comes the day of theatrical bow of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The much-anticipated conclusion to the current trilogy cruises in cinemas today.
Watch video for 'The Rise Of Shredi' here.
The medley includes "The Force Theme" from Galactic's Empire's self-titled debut album. It also features "The Emperor's Theme," "Kylo Ren Arrives at the Battle," and "Rey's Theme" from their second album, Episode II.
Galactic Empire is:
Boba Sett - drums
Bass Commander - bass
Dark Vader - lead guitar
Shadow Ranger - guitar
Red Guard - guitar
US Deathcore band The Alpha Structure signs with French label Music-Records for the release of their new album for 2020. The album will be available in June on platforms and available in September, in physical format.
For fans of: Oceano, Emmure, Traitors, Whitechapel.
"This is Endless" (official video stream): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-vnQy3uVic
News regarding the album coming soon!
Founded in 2015, The Alpha Structure composes and presents their musicality in the vein of modern Deathcore.
Their 1st EP released in 2019, well received by the media in the USA, the band begins the composition of their 1st album which will be released on Music-Records in 2020.
With their 1st EP, their expertise is noticed and shapes their quality of composition!
Their 1st album will confirm their musicality!
Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-rock band Apocalyptica have released the video for ‘En Route To Mayhem’, which will transport the viewer to a fantastical post-humanity future. This imaginary world is barren, dusty, and littered with broken pieces of things once considered essential to humankind such as bits of plastic, a teddy bear, crumbling structures, cell phones and computers, bleached bones, and long-forgotten musical instruments. The setting is devoid of mankind, but brimming with the hope of new life; and then one day, thunder, lightning, and one drop at a time, it begins to rain, and Mother Nature steps in. Check out the ‘En Route To Mayhem’ video HERE.
Apocalyptica’s Eicca Toppinen comments:-
“‘En Route To Mayhem’ is a journey of hedonic needs growing into greed and aggression, driving into inner mayhem and ending without satisfaction. This video underlines the fact that however we think we are in control by destroying things and life around us, life itself will take over in the end, always. We are not in control of the bigger picture, and we should be aware of it and raise our respect to life around us.”
The ‘En Route To Mayhem’ video is in support of Apocalyptica’s upcoming album, Cell-0, due out January 10th, 2020 via Silver Lining Music. Produced by Apocalyptica – cellists Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, and Paavo Lötjönen, and drummer Mikko Sirén and mixed by Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Metallica and Black Sabbath), and recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki.
The recording of Cell-0 followed a four-year break between albums that gave the band a fresh perspective and affected the way they approached the new music. Cell-0 is the quartet's first instrumental album in 17 years and found the musicians challenging themselves to discover new flavours and colours in their respective instruments. For Cell-0 pre-order options, go to this location.
Perttu Kivilaakso comments:-
“Cell-0 has a concept which is to challenge the listeners to question themselves and ask “Am I doing the best I can for the environment, for other beings? Is there still something I can change?”
To highlight environmental issues, the band wanted to ask fans to do something for our planet; so to coincide with the release of the new video, they have launched a very special competition, which will give fans the chance to win the opportunity for Apocalyptica to play in their living room.
To enter, fans will need to show the band how they are making the planet a healthier place for everyone. Fans can head to their Facebook page and comment with photos/videos showing what they are doing to help the planet and telling the band why they should be picked as a winner.
To find out more information, head to the band’s Facebook page. The online contest is open to all European fans from now and will close at 7:00 pm CET Friday, January 10th, 2020. Full terms and conditions can be found here.
In concert, Apocalyptica are known for their moving live performances and will kick off the New Year as Special Guests on Sabaton's 15-country, 23-date European arena tour that begins on January 17, 2020 in Zurich, Switzerland. With a set list that will likely vary night to night, Apocalyptica's performances will be comprised of new songs from Cell-0 as well as from the band's rich catalogue. Tickets are on sale now; go to https://www.apocalyptica.com for all pre-sales, VIP packages, and ticketing details.
APOCALYPTICA 2020 TOUR DATES
17 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
18 Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
19 Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
20 Culture Factory, Zagreb, Croatia
21 Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
22 Arena, Budapest, Hungary
24 Torwar, Warsaw, Poland
25 Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany
26 O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
28 Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
30 Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
31 Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
1 König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
2 Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
4 Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
5 Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain
7 Zenith, Paris, France
8 Wembley Arena, London, UK
9 Afas Live, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
11 Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
12 Forum Black Box, Copenhagen, Denmark
14 Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
15 Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
16 Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
12 Logomo, Turku, Finland
14 Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
15 Musiikkikeskus, Kuopio, Finland
27 Tullisali, Oulu, Finland
28 Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki, Finland
3 The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
4 The Masquerade - Heaven, Atlanta, GA
6 Emo's, Austin, TX
7 House of Blues, Houston, TX
9 Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM
10 The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
11 The Mayan, Los Angeles, CA
12 The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
13 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
14 The Showbox, Seattle, WA
15 Imperial, Vancouver, BC Canada
17 Midway, Edmonton, AB Canada
18 The Palace Theatre, Calgary, AB Canada
20 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
21 House of Blues, Chicago, IL
22 The Opera House, Toronto, ON Canada
23 MTelus, Montreal, QC Canada
24 Webster Theater, Hartford, CT
25 Webster Hall, New York, NY
26 Big Night Live, Boston, MA
18 Hant Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia
19 Amfithéater, Terchova, Slovakia
Eicca Toppinen – Cello
Perttu Kivilaakso – Cello
Paavo Lötjönen – Cello
Mikko Sirén – Drums
For further information visit: www.apocalyptica.com
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