Ville Valo to release new single "Loveletting", announces debut solo album "Neon Noir" + 2023 tour plans
Finnish love metal pioneer, Ville Valo, will release new single, "Loveletting," on April 8 under the VV banner. "Loveletting" is taken from VV's forthcoming debut album Neon Noir.
"As fun as the funeral rites for HIM were, it took me more than a few moons to lick my wounds in the shadow of the Heartagram and come up with an excuse to strum and hum again. Eventually, I decided to put a leash on my beloved black dog and we started howling together instead of barking at each other. That's how 'Loveletting' was born."
"Loveletting" will be made available across all digital platforms from midnight (local time) tonight.
An official video clip will follow tomorrow 11am ET here.
VV's debut album Neon Noir is scheduled for release in early 2023; belonging to the same forlorn world of woe and whimsy once conceived and governed by Valo in HIM, VV arrives with additional nuanced notes of a fine aged Cabernet.
"Artistically speaking, the main difference between HIM and VV is the extra line in the Heartagram, but what an exquisite line it is! It's the Mamas and the Papas dressed up as Metallica on their way to a Halloween bash at the Studio 54, and now who wouldn't want to witness that?"
Further details around Neon Noir will be released in due course. In the meantime, fans are invited to any number of VV's headline tour dates taking place next year across Europe, the UK, and North America. Naturally starting in Helsinki, Finland, the 2023 extensive run reaches the UK in March, before heading to America come April.
U.S. tickets will be available for purchase from Friday, April 15 at 10am local time.
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One of the most successful guitarists in the Maldives has been chosen as the Ambassador for NFT Tones - the decentralized NFT Market Place for Music Arts. While Shahyd Legacy is mostly famed as the lead guitarist of Maldivian metal band Sacred Legacy, he made his entrance onto the musical platform in late 2004 with his first band ‘SYN’. After that, he took his music to a whole new level, and he formed his own band Sacred Legacy in 2006. In that year, we saw Shahyd releasing his first guitar solo album called the ‘Sacred Legacy’ in September, and the album gained recognition almost instantaneously with hard thrashing riffs and melodious solos. Shahyd began his solo career soon afterward as his melodies demanded more singular attention that had to be addressed. He has toured in Asia and Europe and gained worldwide recognition.
It was stated in Shahyd Legacy's Social Media and NFT Tone Social Media platforms yesterday that he would be working together as an Ambassador to aware new generation artists about the platform and the opportunities that come from it. He believes that NFT tone is the next big thing needed for the music industry.
NFT offers music artists the ability to connect with each other along with investors and digitally exchange NFTs for their creations within a sustainable and powerful 'tokenomics' system running on the blockchain, giving entrée to a world of opportunities for those with a thirst to entertaining values of music and performing arts. With NFT Tones content creators (artists) can create their own NFT’s that can be sold on auction or for a fixed price. They can also be able to set a percentage of royalties for each time their NFT is traded. A song can be an NFT to prove ownership and secure artistic ownership. Users will be able to support their favorite musicians and content creators by purchasing the special editions of their unique NFT’s.
Shahyd’s fifth solo album “Stasis” is furthermore due to release on the NFT tone Market place while there's more work to be done to in order to release on Q4 2021.
Alternative metal vocalist Jen Janet has announced the upcoming release of her new single "Possession," out on all digital platforms July 8th.
Self-described as a ‘multimedia musical project,’ Jen Janet has long-term industry experience as both a solo artist and front woman, as well as in fashion, makeup, photography, and videography. Built upon darker imagery, her new music highlights a noticeable shift in genres - her last solo EP, released in 2017, was a focused pop record. "Possession" finds Jen back in her rock roots and ready to embrace the darkness. Jen Janet is a classically trained vocalist and songwriter. Her songs have been licensed for media placements in mobile apps in both Korea and Turkey.
Jen is the vocalist for Mimesis, a progressive art rock project featuring members of Scale the Summit, the Beast of Nod, and Abiotic. The band’s debut music video, Ctrl Alt Del, was released November 11, 2019 and is influenced by bands such as Polyphia, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, and Plini. With her former band Blind Revision, Jen Janet shared the stage with internationally touring acts: Saving Abel, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Motionless in White, Puddle of Mudd, Buckcherry, The Amity Affliction, Devildriver, Amorphis, and many more.
In 2018, the band was nominated for best hard rock/metal act of the year in the New England music awards. Blind Revision was also nominated for best rock/metal and hardcore act in 2017 for the Worcester music awards, and in 2018 for Rhode Island’s Motif Magazine music awards. Motif Magazine also nominated Jen Janet for best female vocalist the same year.
From the gutters of south Sweden, Liv “Sin” Jagrell emerged as a major force as the vocalist for hard rockers Sister Sin. Throughout their 13 year career, Sister Sin sold thousands of albums and toured the world with high profile tours supporting the likes of Slayer and King Diamond on the Rockstar Mayhem festival tour, as well as being a part of the Revolver Magazine ”Hottest Chicks in Metal” tour. Sister Sin toured relentlessly for over a decade across Europe and North America garnering an intensely loyal following of rockers that craved the band’s aggressive and melodic brand of hard rock.
When Sister Sin called it quits at the end of 2015, Liv knew that she had much more to give to her fans. From this, Liv SIn was born. Liv is currently working on a new music that shows the power, sexiness, and attitude that she is known for. Liv says ”for me it has never been an option to stop singing. I live for the stage and for my fans. I still miss Sister Sin, but I am very excited to work on my own project, and I can promise it will not be some soft pop rock. This is going to be metal deluxe, because that’s who I am!" Liv SIn offers a modernized hard rock sound to take Liv into her next phase, a sound that is destined to please both new fans and her long-time fans of Sister Sin.
‘Headbangers Symphony’ - Track Listing:
01. Scherzo (L. v. Beethoven)
02. Night On Bald Mountain (M. Mussorgsky)
03. Je Crois Entendre Encore (G. Bizet)
04. Double Cello Concerto in G Minor (A. Vivaldi)
05. Adagio (T. Albinoni)
06. Symphony No. 40 (W. A. Mozart )
07. Swan Lake (P. Tchaikovsky)
08. Madame Butterfly (G. Puccini)
09. Pathétique (L. v. Beethoven)
10. Meditation (J. Massenet)
11. Air On The G String (J. S. Bach)
Accept’s guitar powerhouse Wolf Hoffmann, inspiration and role model for generations of new guitar players, is getting ready to release his 2nd solo album entitled ‘Headbangers Symphony’. His classical handwriting carved a different niche for Accept since the early music labelling of something called ‘heavy metal’. The new record is completely dedicated to the grand classic maestros.
‘Headbangers Symphony’ will be released on July 1st, 2016 by Nuclear Blast.
Wolf Hoffmann has a passion. His life-long love and dedication to heavy metal music is documented in dozens of albums spanning four decades with his long time heavy metal band Accept. But beyond heavy metal, Wolf has an incessant craving for the classics, yes, the ones written decades and centuries ago.
Classical music has always been an influence - albeit limited - on Accept's Teutonic approach to rock and heavy metal. However, it wasn't until 1997 during an extended hiatus from Accept, that Wolf Hoffmann finally had the chance to fully explore and fulfil this interest by recording his first astounding solo album ‘Classical’, a record filled with his rock guitar driven interpretations of some of classical music’s most loved compositions.
"I have always incorporated classical music in my song writing with Accept, especially with ‘Metal Heart’, but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do and I did not want to overload Accept or force it in any way. I always knew I could make a whole record of it and that’s how the first record ‘Classical’ was born. Even today, fans tell me that they are still listening to it, that's why it is so fantastic now to do another one."
‘Headbangers Symphony’ is truly a bold statement by a genuine musician who simply refused to rest on his laurels and continues to push and challenge himself.
"I am just so excited about ‘Headbangers Symphony’. It has taken a long, long time but here we are, it's done, finally!" Wolf is just bursting with vigour as he talks about his latest labour of love. But why now? "It's truly coincidental, after we completed the last Accept tour, I finally had the time to finish it. I started this a few years ago. The early recordings have been sitting in my archives in my home studio for years, almost completed. The reality was that with the continued success of Accept, I was only able to work on it when Accept was not recording or touring."
The prevalent early challenge was to pick the most suitable compositions. This was an exploratory process that only increased Wolf's adoration for the classics. "I always listen to classical music, it's always playing throughout my house. I have a huge collection of classics and as I listen - often at random, I take notes if something truly strikes me. When I notice that this or that could work in a translation to rock or heavy metal, I remember it and I pursue it! This has been going on for a long time!"
There are several reasons for the necessary experimentations that faced Wolf. Most classical compositions were written to be performed by a full orchestra. The fluid timing, those multiple, complex layers and sections that stretched out for lengthy periods, classical music was simply never designed to be played to the rigid beat so prevalent in rock 'n' roll.
‘Headbangers Symphony’ showcases an overabundance of highly skilled improvisations. Wolf took the main pieces, and then wrote riffs that fit them. Lastly, in the grand hard rock tradition, he layered a guitar solo over it. He shaped the sound into a quite adventurous elegance, but the key themes of the originals remained.
The first volume had a focus on the better known pieces; the second – ‘Headbangers Symphony’ - takes a similar approach. "In general, it does follow the same path," admits Wolf, "but this time I did try to add a couple lesser known compositions. Mostly though, listeners will say, hey, I know that melody… so it’s pretty much the same path as the ‘Classical’ record. It was my desire to record melodies I like and melodies people recognise."
Now that the album is done, Wolf is proud looking back and is pleased with this true labour of love; something he has wanted to do since the first record ‘Classical’ came out almost 20 years ago. While Accept's Peter Baltes added several impressive bass lines, and other notable guest musicians made an appearance as well, the bulk of the work was completed by himself and Italian musician and arranger Melo Mafali.
"There are two major categories," Wolf elaborates. "First the heavier stuff like Beethoven, the bombastic, full force epics on which you can simply shred along. Of course then there are the ballads, slower compositions that bring out the deeper feelings in each listener."
The highlights on ‘Headbangers Symphony’ are plentiful and easy to pin point. The album kicks off with 'Scherzo' from the well-known '9th Symphony' by Ludwig v. Beethoven. Many listeners might recognise the opening riff from the Accept song 'Teutonic Terror'. "Back in 2009," Wolf explains, "when we started working on the songs for the ‘Blood Of The Nations’ album, I played the classical demos to our producer Andy Sneap. He liked that riff a lot and insisted on using it for the album. So we wrote 'Teutonic Terror' using this ‘borrowed’ riff."
Other highlights follow in rapid succession: 'Night On Bald Mountain' by Russian composer Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is a very dramatic dark song on the theme of a witches’ Sabbath, a perfect fit for Wolf's ‘metal treatment’. 'Symphony No. 40' by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be immediately recognisable. "It's a little more up-tempo, pretty happy, typical for Mozart. Not mean and heavy as most of the other stuff," Wolf points out. Additional highpoints include Wolf's interpretations of such masterworks as Tchaikovsky’s 'Swan Lake', 'Pathétique' also from Ludwig v. Beethoven, 'Méditation' from the opera ‘Thais’ by French composer Jules Massenet, and of course the aforementioned 'Madame Butterfly'.
All in all, the eleven compositions on ‘Headbangers Symphony’ paint the perfect portrait of Wolf's life-long passion for the classics and his adoration for heavy metal.
"I worked so much and so long on this until I felt it was ready. Now it is and I am thrilled and proud. This is my baby, my labour of love, ready for me to set it free."
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