Bring Me The Horizon continue their assault on 2019 with the release of a new track entitled ‘Ludens’ from the highly anticipated "Death Stranding" Soundtrack (original music from the world of Death Stranding: Timefall).
These recent releases (Ludens and in the dark) showcase Bring Me The Horizon at their best and help to confirm their status as one of the most important British rock bands in the world.
The soundtrack features original music inspired by the upcoming PlayStation 4 (PS4™) video game. Last month it was announced that RCA Records had partnered with Sony Interactive Entertainment (“SIE”) to release the soundtrack which is out today and available here.
‘Ludens’ follows previously released tracks ‘Trigger’ by Major Lazer & Khalid, ‘Ghost’ by Au/Ra x Alan Walker, ‘Yellow Box’ by The Neighbourhood and ‘Death Stranding’ by Chvrches.
Oli says of the track:-
“Death Stranding is a game I’ve been waiting for long before collaborating with them was on the table. Kojima-san is one of the few people I would call a hero to me, so making a track for his first game since Konami was equal parts daunting, stressful & exciting… the whole thing felt surreal, and not right... to be honest I didn’t see where a Bring Me The Horizon song was going to fit into an art house AAA game but I was stupid to try and pigeonhole Kojima’s style!”
From legendary game creator Hideo Kojima comes an all-new, genre-defying experience for PlayStation®4 system. Sam Bridges must brave a world transformed by the Death Stranding. Carrying the remnants of our future in his hands, he embarks on a mission to reunite the shattered world. With spectral creatures plaguing the landscape, and humanity on the verge of a mass extinction, it’s up to Sam to journey across the ravaged continent and save mankind from impending annihilation. What is the mystery of the Death Stranding? What will Sam discover on the road ahead? An unprecedented gameplay experience holds these answers and more.Starring Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux and Lindsay Wagner.
Warner Music are proud to announce the release of Iron Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris’ second album with British Lion, the ‘up close and personal’ side project he devotes his time to, outside of his Maiden activities.
The Burning features 11 new songs and will be released worldwide on January 17th 2020 in Digi-pack CD, double gatefold Vinyl and Digital Download formats.
British Lion comprises: vocalist Richard Taylor, guitarists David Hawkins and Grahame Leslie, Steve Harris on bass & keyboards and drummer Simon Dawson. Recorded, engineered and mixed at Barnyard Studios by Tony Newton and produced by Steve Harris, The Burning is crammed with powerful hard rock melodies, with two songs ‘Lightning’ and ‘Spit Fire’ being made available for immediate download from tomorrow with all album pre-orders at www.britishlionuk.com.
'Lightning' is also available to listen to now ahead of the digital release tomorrow at https://youtu.be/E_b8cO7Fi80
Richard Taylor says:-
“We’ve been working on The Burning for the past couple of years and everyone is really pleased with the results. We started playing some of the songs live on recent tours and got a fantastic reaction from our fans so we are really excited to be sharing this album with the world. We’re also looking forward to heading out on the road again and seeing everyone at the shows.”
The Burning is a follow-up to British Lion’s 2012’s eponymous debut album, Steve’s first ever musical venture outside of Iron Maiden which was pronounced both “brilliant” and “a big hearted ferocious triumph” by the music press. The band have since been tirelessly honing their live show performances with club tours every year and festival dates whenever time allows, building and establishing a firm and dedicated fan-base, reaching 24 countries across the globe so far, with plans to visit many more in the future including a short UK club tour in December on the following dates.
Sun 15th - Norwich - Waterfront
Mon 16th - Manchester – Club Academy
Tues 17th - Chester – The Live Music Rooms
Weds 18th - Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
Thurs 19th - Colchester – Arts Centre
Fri 20th - London – Islington Academy
“I’m in the UK in December and thought it would be great to take British Lion out on the road for a few shows while I’m here. We haven’t played any in England since 2017 and as most people know, I love getting out and playing live whenever I can, so this seemed a good opportunity to fit some dates in. The set-list will be a mixture of songs from the first British Lion album and new songs from our upcoming second album The Burning”.
Tickets available now from https://britishlionuk.com/. Support at all shows will be Voodoo Six and Nine Miles Down.
English Hard Rock / Heavy Metal crew Collateral have released a music video for their new single “Mr. Big Shot” from their forthcoming debut full-length album, which will be available on February 21, 2020 via Roulette Media Records / Cargo Records UK.
The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/O67NZRS0zck
The exciting and flamboyant rock and roll band are comprised of Angelo Tristan (lead vocals, guitar), Todd Winger (guitar), Jack Bentley-Smith (bass) and Ben Atkinson (drums).
Collateral have been busy in the studio since after the release of the ‘4 Shots!’ EP, Collateral worked relentlessly to keep the momentum going. They won a Camden Rocks Festival competition out of 20,000 bands to play the main stage at the Electric Ballroom on June 1, 2019. A few months later, they won a competition between 40 bands at the Ramblin’ Man Rumble to play the Rising Stage at the Ramblin’ Man Fair festival 2019. The band drew the biggest crowd when they played the Rising Stage at Ramblin’ Man.
One of their most exciting achievements for Collateral in 2019, was when they won a competition out of 200,000 entrants to support Jon Bon Jovi on his Runaway to Paradise Mediterranean Cruise departing Barcelona to Majorca on August 26th.
Now, Collateral’s hotly tipped debut album is likely to propel them next level. A lot of people don’t know what to expect from the new album, as the band have been tight-lipped about the new songs. Collateral have created a state-of-the-art rock album that will enable fans to feel the blood, sweat and glory that went into the recording of every song.
Front man Angelo Tristan comments:-
“We wanted to stay away from the normal rules that apply to what you can and cannot put on an album. The album contains all of our inspirations, and nothing’s has been diluted. I’m very influenced by country music which is evident in the song “About This Boy”. Jack is heavily influenced by 80’s rock on tracks like “Mr Big Shot” and “Promiseland”.
One of the more Southern style tracks on the album is “Merry-Go-Round.” It’s a reflection of Todd’s inspiration from bands that include Black Stone Cherry and Cadillac Three. Our drummer, Ben, comes from a far heavier metal background which really gives the songs their powerful edge.
The album is comprised of nine songs – all killer and no filler. The recording of this album was an amazing experience from the get-go. To finally see this record come to life was remarkable. I hope the fans will share the same excitement we had when we made the album. Buckle up. We’re in for one helluva ride!”
Kaine has released their new album Reforge The Steel today via Bandcamp.
The band began recording in November 2018 (just 9 months after the release of A Crisis of Faith) and recording was concluded in June of this year. The album was finally mixed and mastered last month and is now ready for full release.
Reforge The Steel was again produced by Carl B of Pointy Halo Productions alongside Sheldon Jolly, the same team who worked on A Crisis of Faith. The bulk of the material was written between April and October of last year with many songs being staples of the bands current set, two live versions of the album tracks will soon be available, the first being Kaine X Live 2019 (already available to purchase, just awaiting mastering) and Reforge The Steel live which will be recorded next month at the B2 Norwich (tickets available from here).
An additional live EP of the songs will be made exclusively available to bandcamp members next week. Members will also get 10% off the CD and additional merch for the album – to join as a member click here.
Packages Available (please scroll down the bandcamp page to view)
Multi-platinum, Grammy nominated, quintet Bring Me The Horizon have released the official video for single “In The Dark” today – watch HERE. Written, directed and edited by the band’s frontman Oliver Sykes, the visual stars Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Forest Whitaker and sees him undergo Matrix-like brain mapping.
Co-directed and produced by videographer Brian Cox, Oli comments:-
"’In The Dark’ is my first ‘official’ directing effort. We were in the midst of planning to shoot the video with a director in LA, 3 days before the shoot I got a call from Forest saying he was in London and available, so ignoring everyone who said it was impossible to make it happen in time, I called our videographer Brian and asked him if he wanted to help me direct a video. 2 days later we were shooting in London! It was a crazy, emotional few days and I was very lucky to bag an insanely talented crew to assist me.”
The band is currently touring in support of their number one album, 'Amo' (RCA), which exploded on both sides of the pond. Its lead track, “Mantra,” earned the band its first-ever Grammy nomination for “Best Rock Song.” Fans can catch Bring Me The Horizon on their headlining “Threesome Tour” before it wraps on October 29 in Miami, FL. See full list of remaining tour dates below.
Bring Me The Horizon also have new single “Ludens” coming, which will be the feature track for Timefall, an album of new music inspired and written for the highly anticipated Kojima Productions video game “Death Stranding”, available on Playstation 4. The single is set for release on November 6.
BRING ME THE HORIZON TOUR DATES:
October 21 – The Criterion, Oklahoma City, OK
October 22 – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, Kansas City, MO
October 24 - The Fillmore New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
October 25 – Sunken Garden Theater, San Antonio, TX
October 27 - Voodoo, New Orleans, LA
October 28 – The Cuban Club, Tampa FL
October 29 – The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami FL
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Parlophone Records will continue their reissues series of the Iron Maiden catalogue with the fourth and final set of Digipak CD titles in The Studio Collection – Remastered, to be released on November 22nd.
The albums are Dance Of Death / A Matter Of Life And Death (standard/collectors) / The Final Frontier and 2015’s double-album The Book Of Souls.
The Studio Collection – Remastered follows on from 2014/2017’s black vinyl releases and 2015’s Mastered for iTunes project and features recordings taken from the same remasters as the 2015 hi-res digital releases. The most recent studio album – The Book Of Souls – was released that year in the same quality audio, but is appearing in Digipak for the first time.
The albums supersede the previously available studio catalogue and all titles will also be made available on streaming platforms.
As a bonus for collectors, one CD from each batch of releases is optionally available in a specially artwork designed box featuring a 1:24 scale figurine and exclusive patch. In the final batch, this will be A Matter Of Life And Death.
All four albums in this set are available for pre-order now from - studiocollection.ironmaiden.com
Iron Maiden have attracted rave reviews on their mobile game-inspired, three-month Legacy Of The Beast Tour across North, South and Central America with Rolling Stone calling it the “pinnacle of Heavy-Metal escapism” and a “pure multi-media spectacle”. The tour included a headline performance at Rock In Rio - which NME described as “brilliant” - with all 100,000 tickets sold in less than two hours.
The Legacy Of The Beast tour returns to the UK in June 2020 with headline performances at Download Festival (Donington) and Belsonic (Belfast), which will be the band’s only UK shows of next year. See www.ironmaiden.com for full tour details.
Birmingham's doom frontrunners Alunah return with a consuming fifth album "Violet Hour" this October 11th on Heavy Psych Sounds, streaming in full exclusively via Metal Insider.
This new album sees the energy of Alunah's dark, doom-tinged hard rock being cranked up with the arrival of guitarist Dean Ashton (Diamond Head) alongside the lush vocals of Siân Greenaway and rhythmic foundation of Dan Burchmore and Jake Mason. Recorded at the historic Welsh Foel Studio and produced by Chris Fielding (Conan, Electric Wizard, Primordial), these eight tracks display a searing combination of melodies, riffs and focused writing.
Darkened your world with ‘Violet Hour’ HERE
The band tells more about the album:
"The time is here to release our new LP “Violet Hour”. This album represents a period of focused creativity and we are proud to now share it with the world. Having it released on Heavy Psych Sounds Records also makes this a very special time for Alunah.”
Alunah - "Violet Hour" - out October 11th on Heavy Psych Sounds - Pre-order here
With their roots dating back to 2006 in "Sabbath City" of the UK and an evolution that has grown over four previous albums and numerous European tours and festival dates, the momentum now picks up the pace. A UK summer tour with The Obsessed and an appearance at this year's prestigious Damnation Festival have just been confirmed with many more live dates as well as album tunes to follow soon!
Siân Greenaway - Vocals
Daniel Burchmore - Bass
Jake Mason - Drums
Dean Ashton - Guitar
Bloodstock’s hugely popular, grass roots-supporting ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ scheme gives unsigned and DIY bands the chance of being part of the Bloodstock Festival experience.
With 2020 marking 20 years of Bloodstock, plans are already well underway for the festival’s biggest and best year yet and Bloodstock along with our favourite ale, Hobgoblin, are aiming once again to track down the best, hot new metal talent to win slots to perform on the New Blood stage. All bands chosen to play via the M2TM scheme will also be included on a free compilation CD courtesy of CRAM Duplication given away to fans at the festival next summer.
M2TM 2020 will take place in 28 regions across the UK, Ireland, Poland, and Norway. See the full list of participating areas below, and then if you’re in a self-released or unsigned band and want to try out for a slot on the Bloodstock bill, get in touch with the event nearest you and get yourselves involved!! One winner from each region will win a slot on the New Blood stage. In August 2020, YOU could be stepping on stage at Bloodstock!
Full details including who to contact to enter can be found at https://www.bloodstock.uk.com/events/boa-2020/venues and also via https://www.facebook.com/groups/m2tmofficial.
The regions are:
Bloodstock 2020 is set to welcome Friday night headliner Devin Townsend, plus Jinjer, Gloryhammer, Skindred, Black Dahlia Murder, Vio-lence, Sacred Reich, Dark Tranquility, and Butcher Babies announced to date. Bloodstock’s remaining two headline acts and many more bands, including the eventual M2TM winners will be announced in due course. Discounted Early Bird tickets, VIP tickets (which are moving especially fast), child tickets and car parking tickets for 2020’s event are available now at the ticket store. Campervan tickets for 2020 are already sold out.
Bloodstock 2020 takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 6th-9th August 2020.
For more info, click to www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Masterful Norwegian storytellers Wardruna sign to Sony Music/Columbia Records for the world, and announce European tour dates for 2020. Dates below with tickets going on sale on 11th October at 10am BST, 11am CEST. Details of the upcoming album shall be revealed in due course.
Einar Selvik comments:
“Wardruna has been a DIY to-the-bone kind of project since the very beginning. Slowly and patiently evolving. Working hard and always keeping the art itself as the primary decisive factor. This will never change for me, and so having people on our team that also embrace this way of working is paramount. Partnering up with Sony Music / Columbia Records is a new steppingstone for us and I am very confident that this new addition to the team will give us new opportunities to further develop our art and take it to the next level.”
2019 marks ten years since Wardruna’s first release. A series of sold out shows at prestigious concert venues around the world culminate in the highlight of the fall; Wardruna will perform in the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in the United States, followed by sold out European tour. The group's critically acclaimed “Runaljod” trilogy based on the Nordic runes reached its conclusion and was followed by a stripped-down, fully acoustic album exploring the ancient poetic traditions of the Skalds. This spring, a new chapter for the band will start. New music is being worked on as well as further steps in the band´s concert production.
“I don’t wish to reveal too much at this point but can say that we are now deep into the process of writing and recording a new album. When Wardruna gets up from the current studio-hibernation and initiate the concert-year of 2020, it is clearly allowed to hope for new music!" Says Einar Selvik.
WARDRUNA 2020 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
28 Mar - Oslo (NOR) - Sentrum Scene
2 Apr - Kristiansand (NOR) - Kilden Teater
3 Apr - Stavanger (NOR) - Konserthus
4 Apr- Bergen (NOR) - Grieghallen
30 Apr - Moscow (RUS) - Crocus City Hall
01 May - St. Petersburg (RUS) - Yubileyny Sports Palace
03 May - Poznan (POL) - Hala Ziemi
04 May - Krakow (POL) - ICE Congress Center
05 May - Bratislava (SVK) - Refinery Gallery
07 May - Belgrade (SRB) - Sava Centar
08 May - Bucharest (ROM) - Arena Romanele
04 Jun - Manchester (UK) - Albert Hall
05 Jun - Dublin (IRL) - Vicar St.
06 Jun - Birmingham (UK) - Symphony Hall
07 Jun - Glasgow (UK) - Royal Concert Hall
09 Jun - London (UK) - Royal Festival Hall
10 Jun - Cambridge (UK) - Cambridge Corn Exchange
01 Aug - Savonlinna (FIN) - Savonlinna Opera Festival
21 Sep - Reykjavik (ISL) - Harpa
Bristling with an epically baroque life and energy, Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-rockers Apocalyptica have unveiled their brand new single ‘Ashes Of The Modern World.’ The song is taken from Cell-0, their upcoming ninth studio album, released on January 10th via Silver Lining Music.
The powerful video was directed by the award-winning Finnish photographer/videographer Ville Juurikkala who has worked with a wide variety of prominent artists from Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith to opera singer Andrea Bocelli.
The recording of Cell-0 followed a four-year break between albums that gave the band - Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, Paavo Lötjönen, and Mikko Sirén, all of whom are classically-trained musicians - a fresh perspective and affected the way they approached the new music. The album sees them return to their roots and is the quartet’s first instrumental album in 17 years, finding Apocalyptica challenging themselves to discover new flavours and colours in their respective instruments.
“It is tough to express without lyrics, but in Cell-0, we found particles of our universe previously unknown to us,” they explained. “Millions of notes combine to create music just as millions of cells combine to create life, and when you visualize the whole thing, similar patterns appear.”
Produced by Apocalyptica, mixed by Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Metallica and Black Sabbath), and recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Cell-0 sees the band soaring into ethereal space on ‘Ashes Of The Modern World,’ while diving head-first into aggressive thrash cello-riffery during ‘En Route To Mayhem.’
Rather than put strategic attention on aspects like writing singles, the band approached Cell-0 as a fully-formed piece of art, connecting the right details and hues with the energy of being a real cello-metal band. By pushing themselves to find other places and levels in their music, Apocalyptica opened up to some seemingly unorthodox methods and emotions while travelling through that creative process.
“These new songs have so many layers and are so complex, and it’s not always easy to point exactly what they are about,” Toppinen expresses. “But I think that’s also the beauty of instrumental music, that the listener always can feel free to experience the same songs in very, very different ways. It’s also one reason why we don’t want to explain the songs before they’re experienced.”
In support of the release of Cell-0, Apocalyptica will Special Guest with Sabaton on a 15-country, 23-date European arenas tour, including an appearance at Wembley Arena on February 8th 2020. All confirmed dates are below.
17 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
18 Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
19 Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
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
Cell-0 will be available in a variety of formats, including CD Mediabook, heavy-weight double vinyl and a variety of digital download options. Pre-order at www.apocalyptica.com.
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