The Devil Wears Prada can always be counted on to challenge themselves — and the world around them with their music.
The band —Mike Hranica [vocals], Jeremy DePoyster [vocals, guitar], Mason Nagy [bass], Kyle Sipress [guitar], Jonathan Gering [keys, synthesizers], and Giuseppe Capolupo [drums] — refuse to be hemmed in by boundaries.
With their new ZII EP, which arrives 21st May 2021 via Solid State Records, The Devil Wears Prada did not come to play. It's a discordant, dissonant exercise in excellence.
The band has also planned a livestream event for Saturday, 15th May, during which they will play the entire ZII EP in full. Fans can purchase tickets along with the pre-order of the EP.
The original Zombie EP dropped all the way back in August 2010 and remains an intense fan favourite. While not a chronological release in the TDWP catalogue, ZII is the next chapter.
"There's no question that the Zombie EP is a fan favourite and a record that really set the pace for us as a heavier band. A goal we had for this EP was to pay tribute to Z1 while honing in on the characteristics that we enjoy about heavy music today and the directions we want to see it heading.
We just had our first song go to radio with 'Chemical', and now in the same year we will be releasing the heaviest music of our career with Z2. This isn’t just a new chapter for the Zombie EP this is a new chapter for us as a band, and an opportunity to lean into both sounds in ways that feel better than ever. We’ve found our footing with these six members and now we're stepping on the gas and not letting up.
Before, there were five songs about how to fend off the apocalypse. Now there are five songs of hopelessness against the hoard.”
Progressive symphonic metal act Scardust to celebrate the launch of their acclaimed new concept album “Strangers”, the Israeli band Scardust – praised by Prog Magazine as “serious contenders in the symphonic / prog metal world” – hosted a live-stream release party on Facebook on Nov. 14. The event featured the first-ever live performances of several songs from the new record, as well as a Q&A with special guest musician Patty Gurdy, who appears on the album’s “Concrete Cages”. Archived video of that event is now available for free on-demand viewing at YouTube here: https://youtu.be/CKMkV4MdDJc
00:00 - Break the Ice
04:09 - Tantibus II
08:16 - Q&A
15:30 - Arrowhead
20:52 - Thank You!
24:37 - Q&A with Patty Gurdy
34:52 - Gone
40:14 - Mist Challenge Winners
44:44 - Mist
Vocalist Noa Gruman states that:-
“2020 was a hell of a ride for Scardust! COVID-19 tried to sabotage the recording of our album and the making of no less than six music videos (and more to come), but we managed to keep to our schedule even when we barely could meet up with each other. Countless fans told us they wished they could see us live on stage with the new songs, so on Nov. 14, we returned to Bardo Studios, where we recorded the drums and choirs for 'Strangers,’ to play a live-stream show to celebrate the release of the new album. We’ve missed performing live so much, and it made us very happy to play live again and interact with our beloved audience. The thousands of people who joined the live stream that night made it double the thrill. This video is an unedited record of that wonderful event – technical glitches and all!"
An intriguing concept album built of complementary song pairs working from the outside in, “Strangers” is available now in stores and on digital music platforms such as Amazon, Apple Music, and Spotify. CD and limited-edition gray smoke vinyl editions of can also be ordered via https://smarturl.com/scardust2020.
Noa Gruman – Vocals
Yanai Avnet – Bass
Yadin Moyal – Guitar
Itai Portugali – Keyboards
Yoav Weinberg – Drums
Warner Music will release Iron Maiden’s ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ on November 17th worldwide [through BMG in the USA]. This live recording comprises 15 songs captured during ‘The Book Of Souls World Tour’, which covered 39 countries across six continents during 2016 and 2017, and was seen by over two million fans. ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ will be released physically in CD, deluxe CD & vinyl audio formats, with the concert film available to stream free online or as a digital download – full details below.
Produced by Tony Newton and Iron Maiden founder member and bass player Steve Harris, the album is based on this year’s set list and is a faithful record of the epic show, including six songs from ‘The Book Of Souls’, the band's most recent studio album, along with many other classics and fan favourites.
Steve comments:- "We spent a huge amount of time working on this as I wanted to get it as close to the Maiden live experience as I possibly could and to represent our fans from different parts of the world. This meant listening to literally hours upon hours of tapes from every show, to select material and construct a sound that would run consistently across the whole album and capture the excitement of a new country like El Salvador alongside such regular favourites as Donington or Wacken.”
Maiden manager Rod Smallwood adds, "'The Book Of Souls World Tour’ was a huge undertaking, not least for Bruce who started the tour singing in public for the very first time since recovering from throat cancer. He also piloted Ed-Force One, upgraded last year from a Boeing 757 to a 747 so we could go further and faster to visit some fantastic cities and fans all round the world. This year continued that excitement bringing us our most successful North American and UK tours ever. It was a very special tour in a great many ways so we felt we wanted to document it for both ourselves and for our fans. Steve has done an incredible job putting together this set from cities around the world and we’ve made sure the deluxe CD will be available in a matching book format to ‘The Book of Souls’ release.
"On top of all that the release will be celebrated by an event that is a Maiden first: a free live streaming premiere of the concert film, as a thank you to our loyal fans around the world. We hope that the global Maiden community will all enjoy coming together to watch this special event online. Many of you will be in it as there is footage from a whole host of the places we played on this momentous tour. ”
The full track list and the cities they were recorded in, is as follows:
The album will replicate ‘The Book Of Souls’ original formats and be issued as a limited edition deluxe 2 CD hardcase Book, a regular 2CD album, a triple black vinyl LP, and digital download in high resolution audio (48khz/24 bit) including Mastered for iTunes (MFiT) version. A digital download of the concert film will also be available to purchase following its free online premiere.
More details on how to take part in this one-off event will be published on IronMaiden.com shortly.
Iron Maiden’s The Book of Souls World Tour has been on the road since late February, playing to over 1.5 million fans with 72 shows in 36 counties and six continents. They will play the final show on Thursday, 4 August in Germany at Wacken Open Air Festival. ARTE Concert is going to feature the entire iconic performance on Livestream. The spectacular gig will get lavish camera attention and can be accessed anywhere in the world – a sensational experience for anyone who cannot get to show.
Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood says:
"We decided to finish the tour at Wacken as it is the ideal way to end this magical tour playing to 80,000 core metal fans at this legendary Metal festival. Wacken has become such as international event with many thousands of fans from many other countries around the world joining and celebrating with the German fans so it is perfect for the final show of a memorable tour. Everywhere we’ve played the fans have been amazing and the reaction to the new songs and stage show has been phenomenal.
The band has loved every minute on stage. So when Wacken and ARTE asked us to consider a live stream of our performance there we jumped at the chance to give our fans an end of tour gift. Streaming this final show live globally allows us to thank the many fans we played to so far, and, for those who couldn’t get to see us this time round, a chance to see just how spectacular the live concert is and what they missed! ”
Wolfgang Bergmann (ARTE):
“The festival summer by ARTE concert is heading for an exceptional highlight, showing a live stream of British legends Iron Maiden performing their final show of an incredible tour at the Wacken Open Air. An audience of millions, in Europe and for the first time worldwide, know by now that ARTE is taking the festivals to anywhere you are.”
Holger Hübner / Thomas Jensen (ICS / Wacken):
“We are incredibly happy to be able to give all these Iron Maiden and Wacken Open Air fans, worldwide, this highlight at the close of the spectacular ‘Book of Souls’ Tour. Heavy Metal fans are the best fans in the world, and Iron Maiden fans are unparalleled. It is so brilliant that everybody who could not get a ticket for the W:O:A, will be able to enjoy this ‘Night To Remember’.”
Iron Maiden at Wacken Open Air with The Book Of Souls World Tour 2016. On Thursday, 4 August, from 9.30 pm CET.
Exclusive and worldwide on Livestream at http://concert.arte.tv/de/wacken and www.wacken.com
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