American groove metallers Once Human release new single / video “Only In Death”, taken from upcoming album "Scar Weaver"
Once Human has released “Only in Death,” the second single from their upcoming new studio album "Scar Weaver", which hits streets on February 11 via EAR Music.
Watch “Scar Weaver” now at https://youtu.be/F1VbPOHMFFY. Download / stream the single at https://oncehuman.lnk.to/OnlyInDeath.
Following the first single “Deadlock,” “Only in Death” is yet another killer track from their heaviest album yet and underlines Once Human’s presence as the hottest up and coming band in the modern brutal metal world.
Lauren Hart shares her thoughts on the single:-
"This is my most personal song on the new album. It meant so much to me that I really needed to get my hands dirty with the visuals. Logan and I filmed everything to keep the song’s raw meaning. Musically, it’s very emotional and dire, and the outro is probably my favourite piece of music on the album!”
Pieced together over the last two years, Once Human’s "Scar Weaver" represents a massive step forward for the band. Blessed (or perhaps cursed) with plenty of additional time during the last year’s lockdown situation, the band has been able to refine and redefine their sound, inspired by a sudden creative surge from latest recruit Max Karon. The result is a gloriously idiosyncratic modern metal record, with Hart’s career-best vocal performance as just one of its dazzling revelations. With Once Human’s most intense and explosive music to work with, the singer has pushed herself to new heights, showcasing a vastly expanded vocal range in the process.
Scar Weaver will be available on limited edition coloured and black vinyl, Digipak-CD and digitally. Pre-order / pre-save Scar Weaver at https://oncehuman.lnk.to/scarweaver.
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Following up on their latest comeback single 'Into The Night', modern metalcore outfit City State brings forward a new track 'Dead Sun', a plethora of masterful riffs with ambient and melodic elements. Lyrically, the song is about processing trauma, about how even routine things can seem wrong after you’re deeply harmed by someone, and how it can seem impossible to overcome.
'Dead Sun' is out now on various music streaming platforms via Famined Records. Stream / purchase here: https://sym.ffm.to/deadsun
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City State is a metalcore band from Grand Rapids, Michigan, that was formed at the end of 2017 by Duncan Green, Logan Jahr, and Parker Sovinski. The band was completed by the addition of Daniel Bryan at the beginning of 2018. City State released an EP, "Finding Solace in Loss" in June 2018, before officially signing to Famined Records and releasing their debut album "Equinox", in September of 2019.
Evanescence's video for "Use My Voice" from the band’s highly-praised album, The Bitter Truth, has been nominated in the Best Rock category at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. The track which was released around the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage was used as a voter-registration anthem by non-partisan voter information service, HeadCount ahead of last year’s election. You can watch singer Amy Lee talking about their involvement on CBS This Morning.
Watch “Use My Voice” HERE. The video was directed by film-maker Eric D. Howell, for whose 2017 film, Voice From The Stone (Emilia Clarke) Amy Lee wrote the end title. Howell also directed the music video for Evanescence’s current Top 10 Rock Radio hit, “Better Without You”. Lee said of "Use My Voice:" This is an era of awakening, and full of powerful beauty. I hope to inspire others to seek truth, find their own voices, and use them as I step up to use mine. Don’t let anybody speak for you. Only you can do that”.
Vote for Evanescence HERE ahead of the September 12th awards show.
This marks the second consecutive year that Evanescence has been nominated in Best Rock when “Wasted On You,” self-shot by the band during last year’s COVID quarantine, also notched up a nomination. For both nominations, Evanescence has been the only female-fronted band in the category.
With Bloodstock 2021 well under way, the festival is thrilled to already be looking ahead and announcing a swathe of bands for the 2022 event, which is set to take place on 11th-14th August 2022 at Catton Park, Derbyshire. Headlining one of the days (tbd) on the Ronnie James Dio main stage will be mighty groove metal overlords, Lamb Of God! Frontman Randy Blythe tells the festival that:-
“It’s been way too long since we’ve rocked the festivals of Merry Olde - what better way to announce our return than a headliner slot at Bloodstock? Until then, pack your wellies and stay safe, England - Lamb of God (and Roger Brilliant) will see you Summer 2022!”
In the meantime, remind yourself of their awesomeness with this video of 'Walk With Me In Hell' from their 2013 debut Bloodstock headline set.
Saturday's main stage headliner will be the previously announced, King Diamond-fronted, heavy metal icons Mercyful Fate, who roll over a year after global issues prevented their appearance at this year’s festival. The band states:-
“Mercyful Fate comes to Bloodstock…this will be a dangerous meeting you don’t want to miss. This time we are going to bring the Devil himself.”
Also landing main stage slots across the weekend are Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals playing their Pantera set, Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Exodus, Black Dahlia Murder, Gwar (in a UK festival exclusive), Bury Tomorrow, Sacred Reich, Life Of Agony, Butcher Babies, Vio-lence and Bloodywood.
Over on the Sophie Lancaster stage, headlining Thursday night are The Night Flight Orchestra and closing out Sunday night will be Static-X, in their only UK show of 2022. Also landing a slot across the weekend are Heathen.
Early bird weekend camping tickets are available at the on-site box office across the duration of the 2021 event, then will go on sale online at 9am Monday 16th August, priced at £135 (+ bkg fee) from the ticket store, as well as Serpents Lair VIP tickets, child tickets, and camper van passes (which always sell out very quickly, so don’t snooze if you’re after one).
The remaining main stage headliner is yet to be revealed. Stay tuned for more band announcements soon and check out the first 2022 trailer here
Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2022.
For more info, click to www.bloodstock.uk.com.
American progressive metal band DemiAura have released their debut album, entitled "The Ascendant", via Pavement Entertainment. "The Ascendant" features ten songs that were mixed and mastered by Brad Cox at Black Paw Studios in Lawrenceville, GA.
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Vocalist Chelsea Wrathchild says:-
“The Ascendant has a lot of musical depth and complexity, as well as definitive moments of tension inside the songs that make you wonder what’s just beyond the horizon. The uncertainty propels you forward, yet there is some solace and solitude waiting for you on the other side. This is exactly how we felt creating the album - the ethereal cover art was unintentionally representative of how we were able to pull this project together against the odds, pass through that veil, and ‘ascend’ to the next phase of the band. We hope listeners will immerse themselves in the experience and keep an open mind about this modern perspective of progressive metal.”
Check out DemiAura’s latest music video “Between Two Fires” ( BETWEEN TWO FIRES ), a song from The Ascendant which premiered in late June. The music video was directed by Steve D. Dorssom. “Between Two Fires” features stunning cinematic visuals from Arizona that pairs well with the atmospheric metal.
DemiAura is the latest incarnation of the ongoing progressive rock fusion project first conceptualized by drummer Keith Heaney. Along with veteran guitarist Bobby Chavez and keyboardist Jonathan Gabriel, Jr., the trio had sought a vocalist for years without a proper fit. In 2017, they auditioned and welcomed vocalist Chelsea Wrathchild to complete the spectrum - a unique origin story of fate meeting opportunity.
Pennsylvania hard rock / metal powerhouse The Letter Black has released “Born for This,” the hard-hitting second single from their highly anticipated self-titled album – and heaviest release to date - due out August 6 on Rockfest Records.
The dynamic new single addresses the pressures of life, the feeling of no escape, then reaching the ultimate revelation to ignore doubt and negativity and follow your calling. “Born for This” features a guest performance by Thousand Foot Krutch vocalist Trevor McNevan, marking the first time firecracker frontwoman Sarah Anthony has shared vocals with a guest.
“‘Born for This’ is a song about standing up for what you believe in, in the face of adversity,” Anthony says. “It’s about taking a stand, drawing that line in the sand and boldly saying ‘this is me, this is what I believe, this is who I am, and nothing and no one will shake me.’ I’m especially excited about this specific release because it’s the first time in TLB history that we’re featuring a duet with a guest vocalist- and a powerful one at that!”
“Born for This” is available at https://lnk.to/TLBbornforthis.
The Letter Black formed in 2006 in Uniontown, PA, and burst onto the hard rock landscape with their Tooth & Nail debut Hanging On By a Thread in 2010. The quartet landed at #8 on the iTunes Rock chart that same day. As their career developed, The Letter Black continued building on this energy, and released their second lbum Rebuild in 2013. After parting ways with Tooth & Nail in 2016, The Letter Black found themselves in the driver’s seat for their third album, 2017’s Pain, which was funded by a highly successful $25,000 Kickstarter campaign. In spring of 2020, the band began working their fourth studio album and soon signed with Rockfest Records. The first single from The Letter Black, “Rise,” was released in February.
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Bay Area Thrashers Infex will self-release "Burning In Exile" August 13 on CD, digital, and limited edition red translucent 12" vinyl formats. The official video for album track "Acid Reign" is available at youtu.be/EDjRsqTlfCE
Though the sound of "Burning In Exile" is firmly anchored in a ripping form of thrash metal, elements of old school hardcore and crossover metal are present as well. Having grown up during the Thrash Metal heyday and listening to genre pioneers like Exodus, Kreator, Destruction, Slayer, Dark Angel and the like, along with old-school hardcore influences like Discharge, Attitude Adjustment, Cryptic Slaughter, DRI, and Excel, Infex blends the styles of all these and more into a raw outpouring of aggression and anger.
"Burning In Exile" was recorded at Trident Studios in Martinez, CA (Machine Head, Vio-Lence, Testament, Exodus). It was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga. Infex booked the studio time in late 2019 and began recording in March of 2020, right as the Covid-19 pandemic became serious. Due to the lockdown, the recording sessions were spaced out further than anticipated, resulting in the inspiration for the album title, "Burning in Exile".
The band's album release show happens on August 14 at 3 Disciples Brewing in Santa Rosa, California.
Infex was formed in 2010 by Jack and Phil, who met via Craigslist while searching for others with similar interests. At their early jam sessions the beer and the riffs flowed freely and songs started to take shape fairly quickly. In 2011 after jamming with several drummers with mostly lacklustre results, the two met drummer Corey, who stylistically fit in from the get go. A few months and several bass players later Dave came on board to round out the line-up and the band started playing shows, their first performance being in February of 2012. The group released debut full-length album Circling The Drain in August of that year.
In late 2012, Phil stepped down from the band to focus on his family, and Infex soldiered on as a trio, while searching for a suitable replacement. Finally in early 2014, the band recruited Derek from the ashes of Bay Area Thrash youngsters Dizastor. This line-up lasted for a year, until Derek moved on to pursue other musical interests.Not faltering, Infex took some time off from the local scene to begin recording their second release, Killing for Jesus (January 2016), and in that process ended up recruiting Aaron on lead guitar.
In 2017 Infex went on tour with crossover legends D.R.I. as well as playing with Exodus’ two night residency at San Francisco's The Chapel. Aaron left the band in late 2017 to pursue other interests, so the band enlisted Adam Weber (Embryonic Devourment) on lead guitar.
In 2018 Dave retired from music to manage his son’s band and Infex recruited Ronald Morten-Maystein (RC) on bass. Invigorated with the new line-up and a new LP scheduled for release in summer of 2021, Infex has once again hit the local Bay Area live circuit and are currently working on booking tours to support the ensuing release.
Don’t let the name fool you – anyone familiar with legendary South Texas metalcore act Scarlett O’hara knows that their name may be dainty but that’s where any trace of delicacy disappears, as evidenced by the band’s first single in three years, “Friction.”
Watch the video for “Friction” now at https://youtu.be/VE_YLt92G58.
Guitarist Logan Burns says:-
“Growth is commonly seen as a good thing, but oftentimes, the road to get there is harder than we expect. ‘Friction’ is about that road. It’s about the difficult path to your goals, the constant obstacles in your way, and the incredible people that you meet along the way. We hope that ‘Friction’ will help people with identifying their unique struggles associated with growth and inspire them to endure.”
Formed in 2008, Scarlett O'hara has pushed the metalcore genre further with a high-paced signature style, now known as South Texas Metalcore, an unrelenting barrage of sound that evokes images of being kicked in the face by an angry bull.
After the release of their highly praised 2010 Rise Records debut "Lost in Existence", the McAllen, TX-based band went on hiatus, finally regrouping for the 2018 release of their second album, "Welcome Back To The Brodeo". The critically acclaimed album debuted on several US Billboard charts including: #19 Hard Rock Album Sales, #20 HeaterSeeker Albums and #1 Heatseeker (South Central), as well as #25 on the iTunes Metal chart for its release week.
The band has most recently teamed up with Grammy nominated producer Erik Ron (Godsmack, Panic! at the Disco, New Years Day) to deliver another molten slab of pure platinum rock in “Friction.” Stay tuned for more new music from Scarlett O'Hara!
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Light The Torch — Howard Jones [vocals], Francesco Artusato [guitar] and Ryan Wombacher [bass] — will release their new album and second full length "You Will Be the Death of Me" on June 25 via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order it here.
The band has dropped the video for the first track, "Wilting in the Light," which was directed by Ramon Boutviseth in L.A.
Watch it here. / Pre-save and listen here.
"You Will Be the Death of Me has been a journey — even without the pandemic. This album has been emotional and rewarding in every way, and we couldn't be more excited to finally release it. Maybe there was a bit of desperation writing and recording these songs.
Going through personal turmoil and watching Francesco deal with injuries, we knew this could change things drastically for us. The album was a welcome distraction, and we dumped every emotion we had into YWBTDOM. To watch Fran heal and become an even more complete artist in front of my eyes has been amazing to watch. Everything we went through individually and together with this album drew Fran, Ryan, and I together. I couldn't be more proud of this album knowing I made it with my family."
Artusato opens up about his experiences, saying:-
"This record is special to me in a different way. From writing the music during one of the toughest times of my life while dealing with a bad injury due to a car accident to being obsessively involved with every aspect of its production, recording, and creating the artwork. It's hard to describe how I feel, and to finally see this record getting ready to be released.
We are all very satisfied with how this record showcases the evolution of our band and our evolution as individuals. Without our brotherhood, this music could not have happened. Music is what kept us strong together during our toughest times. There's nothing like art that expresses pure and deep emotions, and that's what I feel when I listen to Howard's performance on this record."
"I think this album shows the growth the band has experienced after years on the road together, and a friendship that has continued to thrive doing what we love together."
The guys returned to Sparrow Sound in Glendale, California to once again work with the production team of Josh Gilbert and Joseph McQueen [Bullet for My Valentine, As I Lay Dying, Suicide Silence]. This time around, they also welcomed Whitechapel's Alex Rudinger on drums. "He's incredible," says Artusato. "He was exactly what we needed."
Upheld by head-spinning seven-string virtuosity yet anchored to skyscraping melodies, Light the Torch crafted 12 metallic anthems, including an unexpected and awesome cover of the '80s hit 'Sign Your Name' by R&B singer Terence Trent D'Arby. The group shot out of the gate as a contender on their full-length debut, Revival. It bowed at #4 on the Billboard US Independent Albums Chart and at #10 on the Hard Rock Albums Chart in addition to receiving acclaim from Revolver, Outburn, and many more. 'Calm Before the Storm' racked up a staggering 14.5 million Spotify streams, while 'The Safety of Disbelief' remains one of SiriusXM Octane's all-time most requested songs. They also crisscrossed North America and Europe on tour with the likes of Trivium, Avatar, In Flames, Ice Nine Kills, Killswitch Engage, and August Burns Red to name a few.
You Will Be the Death of Me finds Light the Torch firing on all cylinders and ready to take things to the next level.
Evanescence’s new album, The Bitter Truth (Sony Germany/RCA), has charted at No 4 in the UK making it their fourth Top Five album. The band’s first full-length release of all-new material in a decade, The Bitter Truth has also debuted as the top-selling Rock & Alternative album in the US, according to Nielsen Music Connect.
Shortly after its release on March 26th, The Bitter Truth rose to the top of the iTunes Album Charts in 22 countries. Recorded during the pandemic, it confronts the dark realities of the world head-on. Yet its resounding message is one of light, and that pushing through is better than giving up.
Check out the band performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! HERE, and pre-order a special graphic anthology series “Echoes From The Void,” a collaboration with Heavy Metal Entertainment inspired by The Bitter Truth cuts “Better Without You” and “Wasted on You,” HERE.
Watch this space for a new music video and more exciting Evanescence news to be revealed in the coming weeks.
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