Sheffield’s While She Sleeps have released an extended cut of their ‘SO WHAT?’ documentary.
Originally released alongside the band’s 2019 album ‘SO WHAT?’, the new version pulls no punches and goes deeper into the life of While She Sleeps. It was premiered digitally live on YouTube on Saturday night to help foster a feeling of togetherness, as was experienced by those who attended its in-real-life premiere at the end of last year.
Guitarist / Vocalist Mat Welsh states:-
“We wanted to make this documentary to shed some light on the real world of Sleeps. We didn't want to make something that made things look better or more glamorous than they really are. We just wanted a fly on the wall capturing the rollercoaster that is making an album. It’s a process that never comes easy for us and SO WHAT? was no exception. We filmed for 7 months and, like with everything, it got condensed down into something that was digestible within a mere hour. So we thought it could be fun to make an extended version and show it to our fans at some kind of DIY movie night, hosted at our warehouse last December. The night was really special, there's something beautiful about everyone watching something at the same time, experiencing the emotions together. But those times of events and group gatherings seem like a world away, so we thought it could be cool to do this in a digital way, giving our fans something fun to look forward to. A means of being together while we're all apart.”
While She Sleeps recently had to wrap up their first full headline tour of North America early due to the at-the-time impending Covid-19 crisis, but not before enthusing crowds across the country at the shows they did manage to play. Never a band to rest on their laurels, even in these tour-dry times, While She Sleeps have been dropping quick-selling, new self-designed merch lines and recently released an evocative, kaleidoscopic lyric video for ‘GATES OF PARADISE’.
Recorded with producer Carl Bown, ‘SO WHAT?’ marked another defiant step forwards for the Sheffield band of brothers. It’s the sound of While She Sleeps reborn. Guitarist Sean Long explains:-
“You get a taste of this new area that we’re flowing into. Even though it’s still really heavy, you get this twinge of what’s to come.”
And, if you are aware of While She Sleeps’ work ethic, “what’s to come” will be here sooner rather than later.
WHILE SHE SLEEPS ARE:
Lawrence Taylor – Vocals
Sean Long – Guitar
Mat Welsh - Guitar / Vocals
Aaran Mckenzie – Bass
Adam Savage – Drums
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‘Ace Of Spades’ - the title track of Motörhead's 1980 iconic, game changing album - isn’t just one of the greatest hard rock songs ever written, it has truly become a lifestyle anthem for several generations of rockers, metalheads, punks, bikers, athletes, rebels, outcasts, and freethinkers all around the world.
Few songs in modern history can instantly ignite the adrenaline of music fans the way the song’s opening dirty bass riff and drum roll can. From zero to 100 mph in a matter of seconds, that speaker-destroying opening riff is unstoppable. And the song changed the course of hard rock… forever.
Now, 40 years later we are celebrating this milestone album’s anniversary on Motörhead Day 2020, ‘The 8th Of May’ by inviting you, and fans from around the globe, to join us on this special day where everything is louder than everything else!
Here’s what’ll be happening on the day:
A new lyric video for the most iconic of Motörhead songs – 'Ace Of Spades' will premiere here.
Use a unique Facebook and Instagram filter of the snarling embodiment of Motörhead to transform your face.
A limited edition Road Crew merchandise capsule will be released on the webstore here. A portion of the proceeds of the Road Crew merchandise will be going to Live Nation’s Crew Nation Fund to provide financial support to touring crews affected at this time. #WeAreTheRoadCrew
Fill a glass with your favourite libation and post your toast to Motörhead online with the hashtag #8thofmay. Jack and Coke optional.
Join Motörhead Day here - https://motorhead.lnk.to/8thofMayPR
We do hope you can join us as part of this celebration of all things Motörhead. Lockdown may be going on all around us but the world is ours and we were born to raise hell! We look forward to celebrating 40 years of lawn killing, bastard Rock n Roll with you all!
English Melodic Metalcore outfit Bury Tomorrow announce new album 'Cannibal' - out July 3rd on Music For Nations / Sony Music
Bury Tomorrow will release their sixth album, Cannibal, on July 3rd via Music For Nations / Sony
Bury Tomorrow‘s 2018 album Black Flame catapulted them into metal’s upper echelons. It was the band’s third consecutive UK Top 40 album - quite the feat for a heavy band - and took them on a tour which culminated with a huge show at London’s iconic Roundhouse. But with follow-up Cannibal, the band have taken another leap forward.
Watch the music video for the title-track here: https://smarturl.it/BTCannibal/youtube
Already, the South Coast quintet are responsible for some of metalcore’s most rousing anthems, and Cannibal is stacked with more glorious vocal hooks, razor-sharp riffs and sublime melodies that will solidify their seat at UK metal’s top table.
To record it, the band reunited with SikTh guitarist and Black Flame producer Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns), while mixing and mastering was completed by Adam "Nolly" Getgood and Ermin Hamidovic, the dream team behind Architects’ Holy Hell.
The result is Bury Tomorrow’s most technical, anthemic album yet. And while vocalist Dani Winter Bates has long been one of metal’s loudest advocates for the importance of discussing mental health, this time he’s delved explicitly into his own experiences, writing his most brutally personal lyrics to date.
Dani says that:-
“This album is for me as well as for the fans. It was a cathartic process to address some of the darkest moments I’ve had in my life. For some people it’ll be a hard listen. But I thought I have to do this, if I’m going to go in, I’m going to go in. I’m not doing something half arsed. There is nothing lyrically I would change on this entire album.”
When Dani began writing the concepts for Cannibal, while he had penned tracks about his mental health before, this time things were different. Dropping all metaphors and opaque sentiments, he’s addressed things head on, hoping the album’s unapologetically frank approach will help people who are struggling to understand that they aren’t alone.
“I wanted to live by my words. I talk to people about normalising mental health (Dani has facilitated Safe Space Sessions up and down the country during tours, alongside mental health professionals), so how can I write an album where I’m not talking about mental health? The normalisation of mental health is what saves lives. I want people to see the light in the dark. If they delve into that they can find solace in the discussion, the normalisation, the positive action by discussing this.”
Lyrically, there’s an apocalyptic feel to Cannibal. While tracks like Quake and Better Below go deep into Dani’s lowest moments, the album also explores the impact of social media on Gods And Machines as well as what he refers to as “society’s oppressive, horrific nature”.
“The term Cannibal refers to being eaten away by your own thoughts but also eaten away by other humans,” he explains. “We’re not kind to ourselves, let alone kind to each other.”
While Cannibal is very much Dani’s story lyrically and thematically, the rest of the band are also on the form of their lives. The title track is a clear nod back to the anthem of Black Flame’s standout title-track and tracks like powerhouse opener Choke, The Grey (VIXI) and Imposter are classic Bury Tomorrow, metallic maelstroms of churning riffs and expansive choruses. Elsewhere though, the band have taken more risks than ever before, adding depth and shade to their ever-evolving sound. Quake ebbs and flows, swelling and simmering like a seething volcano and a techy edge cuts through the icy melody of Cold Sleep. And for all the album’s dark ruminations, atmospheric closer Dark Infinite ends on a melodic high, a surging soundscape which sounds like the band are ready to take on the world.
Work on Cannibal started almost immediately after the band released the deluxe version of Black Flame in June 2019 and was completed partly on the road. Soon after, the band headed to the studio, recording drums and rhythm guitars at Middle Farm studios, in South Devon, with the remainder of the album recorded at Vale studios in Worcestershire. Putting into practice the lessons they had learnt when making Black Flame, the band tore into, rewrote and scrapped any tracks that weren’t up to scratch.
While the process was far from easy and pushed the band musically and emotionally to their limit, there’s no doubt that this is their best and bravest album to date. Now 14 years into their career, Cannibal will be the album that takes Bury Tomorrow to even greater heights. 2020 will be their year.
“I want it to grow our fan base and capitalise what we did with Black Flame,” says Dani. “Black Flame connected with a lot of people. I want Cannibal to take us to a new part of our career. It’s a great starting point for a discussion, I’m excited for people to hear it.”
Innovative British metallers Cypher16 have unveiled the first song and video, “Break,” from their upcoming second full-length album, It's A Long Way Back (From This Road).
The video, which features guest bassist Vishal “V” Khetia from Heart of a Coward, is available today, exclusively via Metal Injection at https://metalinjection.net/video/cypher16-teams-with-heart-of-a-coward-bassist-in-new-song-break.
Says guitarist/vocalist Jack Doolan:-
“'Break' is a focus on the struggle and downward spiral of addiction, and asks the question: ‘How do you break away from something that has held you in chains for your entire life?’ The song also looks at other people with the same problems, those who we can see fading away before our very eyes.”
The lyrical theme of “Break” has also taken on an unplanned relevance in the current climate, providing a message of hope during this trying time.
“The faster section propels the song into a different sphere - one of hope, resilience and perseverance. The music is for everyone suffering, and we hope that it will send a message to people, letting them know that they aren't alone, and that whatever their demons are, there's a way to push through to the other side. I hope it resonates with people, especially with the current situation that we're all going through together!”
“Break” was produced by Jakob Herrmann (Machine Head) at Top Floor Studios in Sweden, mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat) at Hansen Studios in Denmark and mastered by Sean Magee (The Beatles) at Abbey Road Studios in England.
The “Break” digital single is available at https://cypher16.bigcartel.com/product/break-digital-single.
A refreshingly original rock band, Cypher16 harnesses metal with a hint of modern industrial to create a truly massive sound. The band’s debut album, The Great Surveyor, was released in October 2015 to rave reviews. Cypher16 has toured in 17 countries, including multiple tours of America, China and India, playing shows and festivals with the top names in metal.
Cypher16 is also known for epic music videos, filmed at famous landmarks such as Battersea Power Station (“Lonely Road”) and The Natural History Museum (“Open the Dark Door”), where the band was given unprecedented access for an entire night, in 2017. Watch the video for “Open the Dark Door” at https://youtu.be/Xvl9IPquPhw.
Jack Doolan - Vocals / Guitars
Will Cass - Guitars Vocals
Rich Hinks - Bass
Declan Doran - Drums
Sylosis are set to release their 5th studio album, Cycle Of Suffering, on the 7th of February. Today the band have dropped the second single from the forthcoming record. Watch and listen to 'Calcified' here: youtu.be/ocQQepiT3_k
Pre-order Cycle Of Suffering on various formats now: nuclearblast.com/cycleofsuffering
Pre-save / pre-add the album on Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer: nblast.de/SYLOSIScosPreSave
The record was self produced and mixed by Josh Middleton with mastering by Ermin Hamidovic. The cover art is an original painting by Josh Middleton with the design and layout taken care of by Dan Goldsworthy.
Sylosis are set to take to the stage for the first time in 4 years to headline Islington Assembly Hall on 13th February – Josh promising that this will be the biggest and baddest Sylosis live show to date:-
"After 3 long years, Sylosis are back! I want to thank all of our fans for their patience and support over these last few years. 'Cycle of Suffering' is dedicated to them.
With this new chapter, we close another; I’d like to thank Carl Parnell for his time in Sylosis. Many great memories made with him and I wish him the best in his career. Now we welcome Conor Marshall to Sylosis! Another man in another band (Conjurer) - Conor is an amazing player and compliments what we do really well. A warm welcome planned for 13th February where we play our first show in over 4 years! We’re excited and focussed – see you in 2020!"
Tickets for the band's 13th February headline show at Islington Assembly Hall are on sale now from livenation.co.uk/artist/sylosis-tickets
The band have also been announced for Ireland's Sunstroke Festival alongside Deftones, Faith No More, Gojira, label mates Sepultura and more:
14th June 2020 - Dublin - Sunstroke - Buy tickets here.
Josh Middleton | Vocals/Guitars
Alex Bailey | Guitars
Conor Marshall | Bass
Ali Richardson | Drums
British doom legends My Dying Bride release the official video for 'Your Broken Shore' today. The track is taken from the upcoming album The Ghost Of Orion, which will be out on 6th March. Watch and listen to 'Your Broken Shore' here: youtu.be/F1DI7447ia0
Singer Aaron Stainthorpe comments:-
"The first song from My Dying Bride for five years comes laced with passion, power and their unyielding desire to create the most thoughtful and heavy music possible. ‘Your Broken Shore’ is recognisably theirs despite an evolution spanning 30 years, it’s new and fresh but with unmistakable provenance and production surpassing anything they have previously released. This track represents just a taster of things to come as the new LP “The Ghost of Orion” is upon the horizon containing seven further compositions of deliciously crushing gothic doom/death metal."
The Ghost Of Orion will be available on CD, black 2LP Gatefold, white 2LP Gatefold, red 2LP Gatefold and picture disc 2LP Gatefold. Pre-order here: nblast.de/TheGhostOfOrion
My Dying Bride’s three decades of misery almost came to an end several years ago. Following 2015’s universally lauded Feel the Misery album, vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe’s daughter, just five years old at the time, was diagnosed with cancer.
Shocked and heartbroken, Stainthorpe put all band activities on hold while he, his immediate family, and My Dying Bride put their collective energies into eradicating what Stainthorpe called, “the cruellest of God's bitter and loveless creations.” The high hurdles, however, didn’t stop with cancer. In 2018, returning original member and guitarist Calvin Robertshaw texted his departure, effective immediately.
No reason was given or explanation provided to anyone. Then, just as My Dying Bride had regrouped after positive news that his daughter was effectively cancer free, returning drummer Shaun Taylor-Steels departed right before the band were slated to enter Mark Mynett’s studio, Mynetaur Productions. Down two members but feeling right as rain, My Dying Bride moved on, mastered the doldrums, recording magnificent new album, The Ghost of Orion, to the joyful tears of fans across the globe, in the process.
After one month of voting, nearly 6,000 votes cast and countless sharing across all social media platforms by us and nominees alike, the time has come to announce the winners of the GMA Awards 2019.
But before that happens, there will be a change to how the nominees are cast. For 10 months of the year we will be running a series of rounds from which the 10 finalists will be recognised for the annual event.
The system will work as thus: nominees elected in the month of January are voted for in February... February nominees voted in March, etc and finishes with nominees in October being voted for in November - the finalists will then be voted for across the month of December and into early January 2021; finishing 8th January 2021.
Now that's put out into the open, we can finally reveal the winners of the GMA Awards 2019.
Release Of The Year
Best Live Act
Breakthrough African Metal Band
Breakthrough Asian Metal Band
Breakthrough European Metal Band
Breakthrough UK Metal Band
Breakthrough North & Central American Metal Band
Breakthrough Oceanian Metal Band
Breakthrough South American Metal Band
Breakthrough International Metal Band
Festival Of The Year
Music Video Of The Year
Global Metal Ambassador 2019
* Later withdrawn by request of nominee.
English Heavy Metallers British Lion share 'The Burning' from their forthcoming album due out Jan 17th
British Lion have shared the title-track from their upcoming second album The Burning, which will be released January 17th 2020 in Digi-pak CD, double gatefold Vinyl and Digital Download formats.
It comes ahead of their short UK club tour, which kicks off this weekend at the Waterfront in Norwich and will conclude with a show at London’s O2 Academy Islington on Friday 20th. Support will come from Voodoo Six and Nine Miles Down and tickets can be purchased at https://britishlionuk.com/
British Lion is the creation of Iron Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris and is the ‘up close and personal’ side project he devotes his time to, outside of his Maiden activities. He is joined by vocalist Richard Taylor, guitarists David Hawkins and Grahame Leslie and drummer Simon Dawson and the group are gearing up to release album number two.
The Burning was recorded, engineered and mixed at Barnyard Studios by Tony Newton and produced by Steve Harris, and is crammed with powerful hard rock melodies, including the title-track and previously shared instant grats ‘Lightning’ and ‘Spitfire’.
The album 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 and festival appearances, building and establishing a firm and dedicated fan-base, reaching 24 countries across the globe so far. They’ve also just been announced to play at Donnington’s Download Festival 2020 with further shows to be announced going forward.
DECEMBER UK TOUR DATES
Tue 17th - Chester – The Live Music Rooms
Wed 18th - Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
Thur 19th - Colchester – Arts Centre
Fri 20th - London – O2 Islington Academy
Tickets available now from https://britishlionuk.com/. Support at all shows will be Voodoo Six and Nine Miles Down.
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
English death/grind legends Carcass are gearing up to headline the closing night of Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles on December 14th. In preparation, the band have released a new single called 'Under The Scalpel Blade' on streaming services today! The track is the band’s first new song in 6 years. 'Under The Scalpel Blade' was recorded during sessions for their upcoming 7th studio album that’s due out in 2020.
Jeff Walker about the single:
"It’s always difficult trying to decide what new song to expose people to, especially given an absence of nearly seven years???? With that in mind here’s a slow throw away number we cobbled together, and NO the title was NOT plagiarized from the DISORDER album of the same title before you ask!"
Stream 'Under The Scalpel Blade': nuclearblast.com/carcass-scalpel
Carcass’ new single 'Under The Scalpel Blade' is a taste of what’s to come from the band’s long-awaited 7th full-length album. It follows the release of several classic albums over the years, including Heartwork and Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious, and their influence has changed the face of extreme metal with every consecutive release. Whether it was inventing gore-grind (i.e. Reek of Putrefaction, Symphonies of Sickness) or creating the template for melodic death metal (i.e. Heartwork), Carcass have always made records by which bars were set and rules were broken. Upon the band’s dismantling in 1996, fans mourned the loss of the seminal act and longed that the group would return again one day.
In 2007, the metal world got its wish as Carcass reformed to play several sold-out reunion shows around the globe. Once again re-motivated to administer a shot of cynicism and infectious riffs into the arm of a sickly metal scene, founding members Bill Steer and Jeff Walker recorded the next chapter of their influential career, 2013’s Surgical Steel. Following the critically acclaimed release, the band toured the world extensively, including recent performances with Slayer on their final world tour. Now the band that broke barriers 25 years ago has returned to the studio to tear them all down again with their 7th record, which will undoubtedly be one of next year’s most anticipated heavy metal albums.
Bill Steer | Guitar
Jeff Walker | Bass/Vocals
Daniel Wilding | Drums
Tom Draper | Guitar
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