Cypher16 make their highly anticipated return with "Another High". The video showcases the band's first live show since the pandemic, at Rockfest in Finland, coupled with footage of them recording their second album in Sweden, Denmark and England. Cypher16 would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the process, which ended up stretching from 2018-2022.
Frontman Jack Doolan has this to say about the release:
"Well, it’s been a LONG time coming! We actually finished this record off in December 2019 at Abbey Road in London with a view to get it out in 2020, and then the world got turned upside down. As a result of the pandemic and various other things that I won’t go into right now, we’ve had some lengthy time away from music and some internal changes take place. We’re so grateful to everyone who continues to be around Cypher16, past and present and right now the vibe is the best it has been for a long time. We had A GREAT trip out in Finland over the summer playing our first show back (Rockfest), so now it’s time to start the engines up again and get on with the job!"
Moving on to address "Another High" Jack Doolan adds-
"It’s a pretty dark song just touching on some of the personal challenges some of us have faced, and continue to face, every day. We very nearly lost people in Cypher16 over the last couple of years, and it’s safe to say the situation is still pretty dangerous right now. We hope people who struggle can identify with some of the stuff mentioned. Our door is also always open to anyone who wants to get in touch to talk. We all know who, and what, we are."
The second album ‘It’s A Long Way Back (From This Road) releases in early 2023 via Constant Evolution Records.
Cypher16 are an innovative and refreshingly original rock band who harness metal and a hint of industrial to create a truly massive sound. The band have toured in seventeen countries including multiple tours of China and India, playing shows and festivals with the likes of Nightwish, Amaranthe, Fear Factory, Children Of Bodom, Behemoth, Lamb Of God and Slayer, and have released one album and three EPs, garnering significant radio, press and hundreds of thousands of streams / views worldwide.
The band are excited to announce the imminent release of their second album, which was finished at Abbey Road Studios in London in December 2019. Three brand new singles are out now, with the new album to come.
Buy the Hi-Definition Mastered Track from Abbey Road Studios at www.cypher16.bigcartel.com
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See Cypher16 at The Underworld, London - Saturday, April 8, 2023
English dark symphonic metallers Ghosts Of Atlantis release new single and video 'Devil's Dawn'; from the film 'Witch'
From the shadows of Ye Olde England comes the latest single from dark symphonic metal titans Ghosts Of Atlantis, which is also the official single to the supernatural thriller / Horror movie "Witch". Recorded at Devil head studios Suffolk, "Devil's Dawn" depicts a tale of witchcraft, religious ignorance, and humanity's constant struggle to find itself.
Watch the video for "Devil's Dawn" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdCNcf48qvU
When speaking of the single and film, Colin Parks (guitar/backing vocals) says: "Witch is a phenomenal film with twists and turns, immaculate and thought provoking script writing, and a cast of superb talent. This film is a real gem, and the single had to be crafted to meet the feel of the Movie. The song itself, is a departure from the usual GOA mythology and sound, but we feel it truly galvanises our projects together, and we are both over the moon with the outcome, and you will be too!!! We are privileged to work with such a bunch of like minded fruit loops, hell bent on bringing meaningful impactful content to all you lot!!!"
Now, get to Devil's Dawn, think wisely, and find that Witch! Pre-save the track via your favourite streaming platform HERE
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English thrashcore horde Cage Fight reveal struggles on new single "Eating Me Alive" (ft. Trevor Strnad) on World Mental Health Day
Hardcore / thrash / crossover band Cage Fight have released new single "Eating Me Alive" ft. the late, great Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder. Opening up about struggles with mental health, the "Eating Me Alive" lyric video has been released on World Mental Health Day, the international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
One of — if not the final — recording by Strnad, the video was originally planned for May 13, which was Cage Fight's album release day. But the drop was postponed due to Strnad's tragic unexpected passing just days before. Trevor's support for singer Rachel Aspe's work played a key role in the formation of Cage Fight, which is why his contribution to their debut album is so special. And the subject matter — struggles with anxiety and mental health — makes this poignant song even more significant.
"Over COVID I was looking for a new project and releasing covers for something to do, but also to hopefully connect with other musicians. When I released my cover of 'Statutory Ape,' Trevor picked up on it and shared from The Black Dahlia Murder's pages, and it got a lot of attention. Trevor messaged me to say he loved it, and hoped that I'd find a band off the back of the cover. Not long after James (Monteith, guitar) contacted me about Cage Fight and the rest is history.
Had it not been for Trevor's support, Cage Fight may never have happened; it was a huge honour to have him guest on this song and it meant the world to us. He was one of the greatest supporters of the scene and new music, and is truly missed. RIP Trevor."
On the song's content, bassist Jon Reid comments:-
"'Eating Me Alive' is about the day-to-day struggles and challenges with mental health that are so prominent to so many people and how the sorrow and loneliness can have a tangible effect. This is something personal to us and we wanted to let people know that they are not alone. We can all have these feelings and that most importantly there is help out there, and we can all find something special. We have chosen to release this on World Mental Health day as a sign of solidarity."
With the new single, Cage Fight are urging fans to show support by purchasing the Trevor Strnad memorial shirt. All proceeds will help Trevor's family cover expenses incurred by his death and benefit the Common Ground Resource & Crisis Center. Purchase and donate here.
"Eating Me Alive" is taken from their debut album, Cage Fight, out now on the Candlelight label. Stream or purchase the album here.
2022 has been an explosive year for Cage Fight with the release of their highly acclaimed self-titled debut album, tours with Sepultura, Raging Speedhorn, and Cro-Mags, shows with Svalbard, Napalm Death and more, as well as appearing at many festivals including Bloodstock, Burn It Down, including headlining Derby Alt Fest. Now firm favourites on the live circuit, Cage Fight have announced their first ever UK headline tour in December 2022.
CAGE FIGHT ARE:
Rachel Aspe — Vocals
James Monteith — Guitar
Jon Reid — Bass
Nick Plews — Drums
English black metallers Abduction release snarling new single / video "A Psylacybic Death" ft Revenant Marquis
English Black metallers Abduction have released a snarling bleak new single / video for 'A Psylacybic Death' featuring Revenant Marquis. 'A Psylacybic Death' is the second visceral single to be released from Abduction's new album, Black Blood, which is set for release on 21st October via Candlelight Records.
"'A Psylacybic Death' speaks, obtusely, of wisdom lost through time. The song entails a drug induced death ritual inspired by the Eleusinian Mysteries whereby the subject hallucinates and is visited by creatures of the cosmic realm, before dissolving from tangible terra firma into the ether. The illusive RM of Revenant Marquis performed a particularly heinous ritual across this track, at my request. I am very pleased to have collaborated with him. 'I wish no ill, but all to death.'"
Formed in 2016 as a shadowy single-man entity, Abduction have made astonishingly fast progress, carving a fearsome reputation for themselves as a standout act in an increasingly crowded extreme metal scene. Performing alone in the early years – a rare sight, despite the many one-man bands in the genre – Abduction’s central protagonist A|V then expanded the band into a full live outfit, to better create intense, ritualistic and immersive performances, both at underground shows and larger festivals.
The forthcoming release of Black Blood sees Abduction’s most ambitious and rewarding album to date. Recorded – like its predecessor, 2019’s All Pain As Penance – by Ian Boult at Stuck on a Name Studios in Nottingham, this nightmarish yet entrancing listen pushes Abduction into new territories without straying from their core sound. From the hypnotically earnest and haunting opener ‘In Exaltation of the Supreme Being’, to the expansive 11-minute epic ‘Plutonian Gate’, with its marked progressive and psychedelic overtones, to the blend of uncompromising, stripped-down black metal and slower, almost post-metal textures of ‘A Psylacybic Death’, it is an intense and dynamic experience.
Black Blood draws both from the band’s roots and new inspirations. The fact that members of British black metal bands The Sun’s Journey Through the Night and Revenant Marquis appear is a welcome nod to where Abduction come from, yet the fact that the band are atypical for a UKBM act – no rousing odes to England or 90s Scandinavian formulas here – is perhaps their most precious attribute. Their distinctive qualities have also earnt them a place on the roster of one of extreme metal’s most famous labels, Candlelight Records, a definite milestone.
“Before this album was recorded, I knew I wanted to step things up a few notches in terms of taking this vision to a wider audience,” A|V states. “Candlelight approached me – indirectly, as they didn’t know who I was behind the mask – and offered a deal that more than meets where I want to take this project. Rather than continue to exist in the well-established sphere I’ve grown comfortable in, I decided that now is the time to take a leap into the unknown. Much like the narratives of the songs, there is both trepidation and elation. Time will be the judge…”
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UK metal monsters Defects release their debut “Dream Awake” EP, with an accompanying video for the title track.
“Dream awake is about that fear of being trapped in a digital reality.” Explains frontman Tony Maue. “The last 2 years really showed us what that could be like for all of us with socializing being totally limited and having to stay indoors. The only choice we had was to use technology to salvage our socialization. The lyrical inspiration came directly from that. All I can say is this: go outside, see your friends. Don't live your life behind a screen.”
The accompanying video perfectly captures the essence of the song.
“We had a concept of being trapped in a facility that experimented on people. They escape and go through all these twists and turns to get out, but really they are still doing that in the simulation. It really ties in the with lyrics, about humanity having total control over everything including the ability to manipulate decision making.”
We shot it at an abandoned school that we sometimes rehearse at and the long corridors really gave off that vibe that we wanted, especially for some of the later scenes. They made it feel like the place was almost a labyrinth so it tied in with the story board nicely.”
Having spent the summer winning over fans via appearances at The Great Escape, 2000 Trees, Download and Bloodstock Festivals, Defects will undertake a headline tour of the UK in support of the EP in October.
With multiple years on the road in their former bands playing alongside acts such as Iron Maiden, Bring Me The Horizon, Shinedown, Disturbed and Bullet For My Valentine, Defects now look forward to delivering their own shows for their rapidly growing fanbase.
"After so long of being absent from the music scene it feels great to put on our own headline shows. The set is packed with new songs and vibes that will make you want to mosh. Can't wait to see you out there."
Catch them at the following shows in October 2022:
11/10 - Key Club, Leeds
12/10 - Asylum2, Birmingham
13/10 - Satans Hollow, Manchester
15/10 - Exchange, Bristol
16/10 - The Black Heart London
17/10 - Fuel, Cardiff
18/10 - Kaz Stockroom, Liverpool
19/10 - Corporation, Sheffield
Tickets are available from https://linktr.ee/WeAreDefects
Tony Maue - Vocals
Luke Genders - Guitar
James Threadwell - Guitar
Harry Jennings – Drums
David Silver - Bass
Southampton-based metalcore band Our Hollow, Our Home recently joined forces with Arising Empire and have just released their second single "Idlewaves."
Watch the video here.
"'Idlewaves' showcases the heavier side of Our Hollow, Our Home's eclectic yet balanced contrast of sounds, combining a wide array of blistering breakdowns and technical guitar work with a classic, infectious sing-along chorus, of which fans of the band have grown accustomed to," says vocalist Connor Hallisey. "The track shows no signs of letting up from the onset, relentless and hard-hitting from the moment it begins to play. The song is laden with aggression and lyrically tackles numerous topics that ultimately centre around the frustrations felt towards a close one who refuses to change their ways after a long string of poorly made decisions and ineffable mistakes."
OH, OH have toured with Asking Alexandria and Blessthefall, and enjoyed high-profile slots at festivals such as Graspop, Nova Rock, Summerblast, and Jera On Air. The band was boosted by a hugely popular cover of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" back in 2017, which was picked up by BBC Radio One's Greg James. It subsequently topped the iTunes UK rock and metal chart, and racked up over 300,000 plays on YouTube during its first week of release.
For a band that has handled its own operations internally, without the help of major label or industry backing until now, these are impressive stats. But it's more than just the numbers. It’s the way in which people and fans have connected with the band.
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Returning guitarist of English thrashers Forged In Black releases play through video of 'Descent Of The Serpent'
Six years ago guitarist Tim Chandler stepped down from his position as lead guitarist in Forged In Black. Tim had been with the band since they began and it was a sad day when he was forced to relinquish his role. However, in 2022 the stars aligned for Tim and Forged In Black and the guitarist was able to re-join the band he had helped launch once again, renewing his six string partnership with Andy Songhurst.
In Tim's absence Forged In Black had released the mighty Sinner Sanctorum EP and their stunning album for Fighter Records, Descent Of The Serpent - leaving Tim with a lot of songs to learn! He's been hard at work behind the scenes and today the band have issued a guitar playthrough video showing that Tim is definitely back in the saddle - check out his playthrough of 'Descent Of The Serpent' right here... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR_tTe39YVQ
You can see Tim and Andy discuss their renewed role in this previously released video interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unx33YVJKM4
Expect to hear a lot more from the band over the coming months as the forge is burning hotter than ever!
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Ozzy Osbourne sets personal record with biggest global chart entries in his six decade career with his album "Patient Number 9"
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne has topped his previous chart entries with record-breaking numbers around the world for his critically acclaimed new album Patient Number 9.
Released September 9 and marking Ozzy’s 13th solo studio album, it triumphantly sets new career highs for Ozzy. In the U.S., the album debuted at #1 on multiple charts: Top Album Sales (Ozzy’s first #1 ever on this chart), Top Current Album Sales (another first), Top Rock & Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Rock Albums, Top Vinyl Albums and Tastemaker Albums charts; and at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. Globally, the album charted at #1 in Canada (Ozzy’s first-ever #1 there); career high #2 entries in the UK, Australia, Finland and Italy; #6 in the Netherlands and New Zealand; #8 in Belgium; and #14 France. Other highlights include #2 Austria, Germany and Sweden; #3 in Switzerland; and #4 in Norway.
Working with producer Andrew Watt for the second time, Ozzy welcomed a dynamic A-list featured guests on the album. For the first time ever, Black Sabbath co-founder, guitarist, and riff-master Tony Iommi appears on an Ozzy solo album. The record also boasts guitarists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and longstanding righthand man and six-string beast Zakk Wylde who plays on the majority of the tracks. For the bulk of the album, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers held down drums, while the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters appears on three songs. Old friend and one-time Ozzy band member Robert Trujillo of Metallica plays bass on most of the album’s tracks, with Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Chris Chaney supplying bass on a few songs.
New Zealand global metal frontrunners Alien Weaponry have been touring around the world nonstop since the 2021 release of their acclaimed sophomore album, Tangaroa, out now via Napalm Records! Spreading vital messages of peace, awareness and warning through the power of their culturally-driven music, Tangaroa proves a massive next step for the band – encompassing all of the elements that make Alien Weaponry heavy metal’s most authentic rising stars.
Following the release of their three previous Tangaroa music videos for "Tangaroa", "Buried Underground", and "Hatupatu", today, in anticipation of their winter and early 2023 performance plans supporting both Guns N' Roses and Gojira, Alien Weaponry have dropped an official video for none other than their album closer track "Down The Rabbit Hole". The track extends an important proclamation against bullying through the eyes and experiences of frontman Lewis de Jong.
Lewis de Jong says about "Down The Rabbit Hole":
"This was an absolute blast to film! 'Down The Rabbit Hole' represents the growth I've experienced throughout my life and putting to bed demons from the past. The video captures the meaning well - the broken objects representing said demons. It’s the rough times in life that make you who you are, as long as you rise above it."
Watch the brand new official music video for “Down The Rabbit Hole” HERE
As mentioned above, Alien Weaponry is thrilled to be hitting the road this winter and next spring with some of rock and metal's biggest icons. In December, the band will support Guns N' Roses on two shows in their home country of New Zealand, and will pick back up to join Gojira on a tour of the UK and Europe in February 2023. See below for all tour dates, and for individual show information, visit www.alienweaponry.com.
Alien Weaponry upcoming tour dates:
w/ Guns N' Roses in 2022
w/ Gojira in 2023
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English metalcore act Our Hollow, Our Home sign with Arising Empire + band shares "Battle X City" video
Arising Empire is proud to announce that English metalcore act Our Hollow, Our Home has signed to the label. Our Hollow, Our Home dropped their third album Burn In The Flood earlier this year.
"We're super stoked to join the AE family," the band says. "We always said that we would love to sign with a label, so long as it was one that understood the ethos of this band, and loved it as much as we and our fans do! It's safe to say that we felt that was met with ample amounts with Arising Empire."
The band has shared the video for "Battle X City," featuring Samantha Bower of Lightwave. Watch it here and here.
Lyrically, the song traverses a constant struggle of trying to make something you believe in succeed, whiles the rest of the world tries to convince you that it's doomed to fail. The track finds Our Hollow, Our Home adding guest clean vocals for the first time, "which is a refreshing and innovative touch to this riff-heavy, feel good thrill ride of a track," says singer Connor Hallisey.
OH, OH have toured with Asking Alexandria and Blessthefall, and enjoyed high-profile slots at festivals such as Graspop, Nova Rock, Summerblast, and Jera On Air. The band was boosted by a hugely popular cover of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" back in 2017, which was picked up by BBC Radio One's Greg James and subsequently topped the iTunes UK rock and metal chart, and racked up over 300,000 plays on YouTube during its first week of release.
For a band that has handled its own operations internally, without the help of major label or industry backing until now, these are impressive stats and a testament to the devotion Our Hollow, Our Home have to their craft. But it's more than just the numbers. It’s the way in which people and fans have connected with the band. Be it the lyrical content, the staunchly DIY approach, the high-energy live shows, or the down-to-earth attitude, Our Hollow, Our Home are not forced or faked.
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