Dutch metallic hardcore band Yakoeza presents its first single and video, “March Of The Mindless Sheep"
Yakoeza present their first single and lyric video “March of the mindless sheep” .
Yakoeza, a female fronted hardcore / metal formation from Hellmond/the Netherlands with (ex-) members of Hidden Guns Streetpunk, Ragepyre, Cyanide Paradise and Alternator. Different musical influences like hardcore, metal and punk collide in Yakoeza. It is no wonder that Yakoeza is mainly influenced by Machinehead, Suicidal Tendencies and Knocked Loose. In short, an evening with Yakoeza is guaranteed to be filled with an overload of quick and loud noise.
Autumn 2022 Yakoeza hit the studio with the renowned Roelof Klop where they recorded their first single. To complete Yakoeza’s first release, Will Putney, known from his work with bands such as END, Gojira and Fit For An Autopsy, worked his magic by mastering the song. The title of the track “March of the mindless sheep”, is a nice precursor to the lyrics that make up the songs of Yakoeza.
March Of The Mindless Sheep is a hardcore / metal track starting out with a soft, vulnerable approach in atmosphere, until the drums open up the track like a machine gun causing mayhem.
Throughout the song metal and hardcore influences, especially in the chorus and the breakdown, are noticeable. March of the mindless sheep is a protest against inhumanity during war. Inspired by events throughout history, with the Ukraine-Russia war still raging on as we speak.
Lyric wise the song asks its listeners to think about choices, as if they were marching in the soldier lines themselves, that lead up to the point they find themselves in now. Do you feel as if you’re doing the right thing? Do you trust those who give the orders? After all the horrors you’ve endured and seen, don’t you have an ounce of regret? The song aims to create a sense of urgency, as it could only be a matter of time until war is on your doorstep.
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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Ukrainian metalcore horde Space Of Variations release new single “1M followers (feat. Denis Stoff)” + visualizer
After Ukrainian metalcore unit Space Of Variations had to delay the release of their new album due to the ongoing war in their homeland, the day has finally come for Imago to meet the world, unleashed today via Napalm Records! Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for full speed when diving into the thrilling, high energy soundscapes of the outfit's second offering.
Space Of Variations adds:
"After a worldwide pandemic, an unjust war, two album release delays, and a lot of hoping, worrying, praying, and thinking that this album may never come out - Imago is finally out! This one is for our people back in Ukraine, for our friends, family, and fans. This one is for us! Hope you can enjoy the music as much as we do …"
Space Of Variations invaded the underground metalcore scene leaving a lasting impression that makes fans instantly hungry for more. Their unique, powerful songwriting skills exceed all expectations, fearlessly merging different genres while captivating with their futuristic style. The unpredictable and emotive atmosphere of the album reflects Space Of Variations’ attitude: always on a roll at maximum speed, unapologetically crashing the scene.
Their newest single, “1M followers (feat. Denis Stoff)” comes with a vicious visualizer and delivers the final jab of the album release. In the tradition of acts like Bring Me The Horizon and Architects, the song delivers mesmerizing, punching riffs and pounding drums. In preparation of their EU / UK tour supporting Within Destruction kicking off soon, followed by an extensive North American tour with Jinjer and P.O.D., Space Of Variations will reveal their full spectrum of pure metal energy that cannot be missed.
Space Of Variations on Imago:
"The main symbolism of the album is hidden in its title - Imago. In entomology, imago is the last stage an insect attains during its metamorphosis. In psychology, it's one of the fundamental concepts, an unconscious mental image a person has of himself, other objects of reality and his blood ties through the prism of his perception. As an insect breaks through the shell of a chrysalis to free itself from the protective cocoon surrounding it, you, too, through inner transformation can really become the new being, which, in fact, you were always meant to be. Imago = new stage, Imago = maturation.
Only in retrospect can one see the imago, which was previously hidden in the shadows. The future is being prepared in the bosom of the past and the present. Imago is the most complete convergence with yourself that can only happen. With this album, Space Of Variations are definitely moving to a new round of self-development as a creative organism."
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Crooked Royals, the Kiwi metalcore band who recently signed to 3DOT Recordings and will release their debut album, Quarter Life Daydream on Oct. 21, have released a new song, and video, from the forthcoming collection: “Ill Manor” (https://lnk.to/illmanor).
Watch the single here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWGlSbxm1RI
The band, collectively, explained the theme behind the track:
“We’ve all believed during our formative years that adults know what they are doing, especially the ones that are closest to us and care for us. But those adults who care, are wrong, and what they view as ‘caring’ is manipulative and toxic, a product from someone who cared for them when they were in their formative years. ‘Ill Manor’ is a play on words about growing up in a house with lessons that make your brain sick, and how you become more shut off because of it.”
Recorded and mixed by Zorran Mendonsa (Coridian), Quarter Life Daydream follows the release of two EPs: Intertwine (2018) and Rumination (2019) and a pandemic-era single: “Copacetic.” The standalone single racked up half-a-million streams.
Finnish hair metalcore eccentrics One Morning Left have released new single / video 'Tonight', the first new music from the band since the release of their 2021 album Hyperactive, out now via Arising Empire. The single comes ahead of One Morning Left's Neon Inferno Above Europe tour.
Vocalist / guitarist Leevi Luoto commented:
"Are you ready to shake your booty!? Are you ready to mosh!? Are you ready to sing along!? After our triumphant tour with Electric Callboy and Blind Channel we are back with a banger new single! 'Tonight' is a perfect mixture of danceable groove, heavy riffs, 80's hard rock, 80's synth soundscape and extra catchy vocals! Be sure to catch us soon on our headline tour across Europe with Ukraine's CrossChains and Finland's Somehow Jo!"
Tickets available here: https://www.eventim.de/artist/one-morning-left/
Boston’s Pistacia is bringing forth a new brand of metalcore with their debut EP “Edgy”. Through personal and poignant lyrics they confront relatable issues set to emotional and powerful music. So far, they have released a handful of singles, and the next one up is “It Was The Cat”, focusing on self-harm. Making music for people who are scared and voiceless is their passion and they are not afraid to get specific about what happens in the mind of the mentally ill. On this single, they offer hope and understanding and a flashback to the days when people used the explanation that “the cat did it” in reference to marks on their arms.
The band explains the creation of the single:
“The single began almost accidentally; Ben and Théo were in Florida on tour with their former band, exhausted from the road and performance, and aching to write some new music that would reflect the artistic changes they’d undergone as a result. Ben cracked away at that which he does best: writing filthy hardcore riffs and Théo took initiative to make as poppy a chorus arrangement as possible. Years later, the track was revived and Vic worked her magic, pouring her anguish and rage into finely tuned stanzas that packed punch. They entered a Berklee rehearsal room with sketches, with the makings of a metal banger, and left with the instantiation of their ardor”.
Pistacia formed when vocalist Vic Gregg desired to be on stage instead of behind the merch booth. Fuelled by passion and a desire to realize her high school dreams, she learned how to scream and put the line-up together with her classmates. They started as a Pierce the Veil ensemble but later began writing originals. To date, they have released five singles, and are gearing up to release their EP in the fall. They promise that each of the tracks on it are full-fledged bangers that will provoke and challenge the listener.
“It Was The Cat” is heavy in both lyrics and music and boasts sick breakdowns and the most 2007 chorus since MySpace reigned the internet. It's catchy and will have you dancing regardless of the dark imagery. It is recommended for fans of Pierce the Veil, Slipknot, and Bring Me the Horizon.
“Edgy” is out on October 21, 2022.
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Dutch metal band For I Am King make a staggering return with new single ‘Liars’, which is their first release in four years. Their previous (and most recent) musical achievement was 2018's sophomore album 'I', the follow-up to 2016's debut album 'Daemons'. The release of 'Liars' also comes with the new and exciting addition of drummer Ivo Maarhuis (ex-Izegrim). Check out the accompanying music video below.
"The past few years have been strange for all of us. The constant uncertainty about whether or not shows would go through, took a heavy toll on us. Yet, this period has also given us the space to work hard on new music and take the time to do so. This resulted in our best, hardest and most detailed work to date. We can now look forward to a period full of live shows and new music with a lot of enthusiasm", guitarist Koen Scheepens explains. "The release of 'Liars' symbolises the beginning of a new era for us. We are leaving the pandemic behind us and starting a new fantastic chapter: we are back and going harder than ever!", vocalist Alma Alizadeh adds.
Since their formation in 2013, For I Am King have released two albums ('Daemons' in 2016 and 'I' from 2018) both of which received international acclaim from fans and critics alike. They have played countless shows worldwide including in Japan, China and Europe, plus a number of high profile festivals such as, Jera On Air, Wacken, Zwarte Cross, Metal Days, Eurosonic-Noorderslag, FortaRock, Full Force and more.
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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Ukrainian metalcore unit Space Of Variations drop new single ”DNA Molecule In A Million Of Dimensions” + official video
Ukrainian metalcore unit Space Of Variations never faces defeat. Despite all odds and the horrors the war caused in their home country, the band is locked and loaded to release their new single, “DNA molecule in a million of dimensions”, along with an official video today! The unstoppable four-piece convinces with an exciting, high-energy modern sound, providing a taste of what’s to come on their upcoming album, IMAGO, out September 23 via Napalm Records - proving they are truly irrepressible!
Electrifying “DNA molecule in a million of dimensions” transcends between colourful electronics, brutalizing vocals and trance-like synth - exploring elements of djent, hip-hop and even hyper pop influence along the way. Just like their thrilling and undeniably fresh second studio album, IMAGO, the single exceeds all expectations, leaving listeners wanting for more.
Space Of Variations on “DNA molecule in a million of dimensions”:
“We choose the track DNA because it’s heavy, dark and hypnotic sound mirrors the sad state of our feelings personally during these dark times as individuals and for the country we live in. The war has revealed so many things about our lives and have stripped down our every day lives right down to the last molecule. We have come to accept this new reality but will do everything in our power to come out better versions of ourselves in the end…”
The band also recently launched their Patreon, which gives fans a chance to support Space Of Variations directly. Watch Space Of Variations’s statement and support them via Patreon here.
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Birmingham, UK metal quintet Oceans Ate Alaska — James Harrison [vocals], Chris Turner [drums], James "Jibs" Kennedy [guitar], Adam Zytkiewicz [guitar], and Mike Stanton [bass] — have announced their new album Disparity, out on the 1st of September 2022 via Fearless Records. Pre-order it here.
Now, the band has shared the video for the new song "Nova." Watch it here.
"In an overcrowded and oppressive modern society, it is all too easy to fall under pressure; collapse inwardly until self-destruct," the band says. "'Nova' develops on the aggressive themes that were smashed into the metal world as of recent with 'New Dawn.' Doubling down on chaotic rhythms, overlapping dissonance and vocal hooks that will get your fist pumping in the air. Nova mirrors the inner human disparity, and has you banging your f***ing head to it."
OAA previously dropped the single "New Dawn," which was hailed by Revolver as "If this is the sound a new dawn, then we are fucked. The latest from U.K. metal crew... packs a disgusting amount of sludgy heaviness into a concise minute and 48 seconds. Don't look for any of the pretty, melodic hooks of its predecessor, 2020 single 'Metamorph.' This is unfiltered nihilism." It was also lauded as "ridiculously heavy" by Rock Sound.
Oceans Ate Alaska have carefully and quietly progressed to this point. Following their 2015 debut Lost Isles, they presented Hikari in 2017. The song "Hansha" amassed over 12 million Spotify streams as the album surpassed 40 million total streams. Upon arrival, New Noise Magazine raved, "Optimistic, empowering, and mesmerizing, Oceans Ate Alaska’s bold sophomore album is a true progressive metalcore triumph." Along the way, they toured with the likes of Wage War, The Plot In You, We Came As Romans, Like Moths to Flames, and more. Throughout 2021, they assembled what would become Disparity. Inspired by a mutual love for the likes of Bonobo and Alina Baraz, collaborator Clem Cherry enhanced the production with airy beat-craft and immersive sonic accents.
At the same time, they absorbed the unease of the world, infusing a post-apocalyptic thematic undercurrent. In the end, Oceans Ate Alaska encode an important message inside of Disparity. "For us, it's about uplifting listeners," Harrison says. "We want them to feel empowered to realize they can be the change they want. It's still what we're doing. It's been a long time since we put out an album, but we're here." Indeed it has been a minute since the last OAA album but it was entirely worth the wait.
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