The official lyric video for "Louder", a brand new song from Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's highly anticipated eighth studio album, "Madness", which will be released on April 28 via Eleven Seven Music. According to a press release "Louder" "ebbs and flows between moments of melodic, guitar driven riffs and heavy, head-banger bars, swelling to a full on pit-ready breakdown complete with a frenzied guitar solo. Vocalist Phil Labonte follows the flow of the track, perfectly switching from clean vocals to guttural howls and enhancing the songs message of standing your ground. You can feel his conviction in the lyrics, 'The truth is loud no matter where you hide. Sleep walker, fear monger, I make the rules you ain't got nothing on me.'" When asked about the inspiration behind "Louder", Labonte shared: "The song 'Louder' is about not backing down or self-censoring because people yell about what you think or believe. There will always be people who want to shout you down or say you can't and that's when you have to stand firm. "There isn't really an overall theme of this record any more than there was for any other ALL THAT REMAINS disc. Lyrically, it's all small parts of my life I put together and laid down. They're all small parts of me." "Madness" was recorded at West Valley Studios in Woodland Hills, California with producer Howard Benson, who has previously worked with such acts as MOTÖRHEAD, PAPA ROACH, THREE DAYS GRACE, FLYLEAF, P.O.D. and HALESTORM. Labonte told Revolver magazine about ALL THAT REMAINS's approach on the new disc: "We wanted to mix it up a little bit and write from a vocal perspective this time. So I went to L.A. and came up with vocal ideas and melodies and then sent those chord progressions back to Oli and he wrote riffs in response to that. [Doing it this way] turned the record into a vocal album as opposed to a guitar album. And that affected some things. Like, there might be less intricacy in the riffs because they were written in response to my voice." Labonte added that the majority of the new ALL THAT REMAINS songs feature "significant programming and electronic sounds. And that's something we wanted to have flowing through the entire record. So you're gonna hear that kind of influence on most of the tracks." Asked by Ryan Daniels of of Rock 105.5, Carolina's Pure Rock radio station, about the "sellout" accusations that have been leveled at ALL THAT REMAINS for the more radio-friendly sound of the album's first single, "Madness", Labonte said: "If you're doing something — making music — and specifically catering to an audience that you have catered to or that has found something to attach to, is it a sellout to try and change and do something different? Or is it a sellout to be, like, 'Okay, this is the safe play where I know I can make my money?' It's, like, I know I that I can cater to this narrow group of people, and if we don't stray, these people will keep buying our records, these people will keep coming to our shows. Is it a sellout to be, like, 'I'm gonna try something different?'" He continued: "People have been saying 'sellout' about us since 2006, since we put out 'The Fall Of Ideals'. We started doing clean choruses, and people were, like, 'Oh, sellout!' And it's, like, gimme a fucking break. We've always tried to push [the envelope] and change." "Madness" track listing: 01. Safe House 02. Madness 03. Nothing I Can Do 04. If I'm Honest 05. Halo 06. Louder 07. River City 08. Open Grave 09. Far From Home 10. Trust And Believe 11. Back To You 12. Never Sorry 13. The Thunder Rolls
Swedish doom metallers AVATARIUM will release their third studio album, "Hurricanes And Halos", on May 26 via Nuclear Blast. The artwork for the disc was once again created by Erik Rovanpera, who previously designed the cover art of the band's debut album, and shows a mystical creature inspired by the epic track "Medusa Child". The first trailer for "Hurricanes And Halos", in which singer Jennie-Ann Smith and guitarist Marcus Jidell discuss the songwriting process and the arrangements of their eight new tracks, can be seen below. "Hurricanes And Halos" track listing: 01. Into The Fire / Into The Storm (4:14) 02. The Starless Sleep (4:47) 03. Road To Jerusalem (5:48) 04. Medusa Child (9:00) 05. The Sky At The Bottom Of The Sea (5:25) 06. When Breath Turns To Air (4:46) 07. A Kiss (From The End Of The World) (7:14) 08. Hurricanes And Halos (3:32) "To be asked to do the artwork for the new AVATARIUM album was an honor," states Rovanpera. "And without knowing the lyrics to the title song 'Hurricanes And Halos', this is my interpretation of the title. Inspired by art nouveau, comic books and many other things in the current art movement this is my take on the good, the bad, the beauty and the beast. And using a broader color palette than usual and thereby pushing my own borders was great fun to do". As was the case with the band's first two efforts, AVATARIUM relies on beauty and darkness, heavy guitars and fragile sounds, unique female vocals and the mystic vintage blues sound from the '60s, while still staying on modern ground and trusting into the haunting soul of doom rock. Six out of the eight new tracks were forged by CANDLEMASS wizard Leif Edling, but guitar master Marcus Jidell and Jennie-Ann Smith also contributed to the songwriting and formed a worthy successor to "The Girl With The Raven Mask" — an album that landed the band the "Up And Coming" award from Germany's Metal Hammer magazine. "Hurricanes And Halos" was produced by Jidell himself, while David Castillo (KATATONIA, BLOODBATH, OPETH) recorded and mixed it in the famous Ghost Ward Studios and the mastering was done by Jens Bogren (SOILWORK, SEPULTURA). Together they created an organic and warm sound that sets "Hurricanes And Halos" apart from the overbred, electronically optimized mass. "Recording 'Hurricanes And Halos' has truly been an emotional roller coaster for me and I do think that has contributed to a pure and vibrating energy on the album. I am deeply proud of what we have achieved together," stated Jennie-Ann Smith. Jidell added: "It feels like the two previous albums and the EPs lead us to this one. It's been a natural flow to where we are today, musical- and emotional-wise."
"Lady Of 1000 Sorrows", the new video from FIREWIND, can be seen below. The clip was filmed, directed and edited by Panagiotis Kountouras. "Lady Of 1000 Sorrows" is taken from FIREWIND's eighth studio album, "Immortals", which was released on January 20 via the band's longtime label partner Century Media Records in Europe. The disc marks the first time FIREWIND used an outside co-producer, having worked with Dennis Ward (UNISONIC, PINK CREAM 69), who not only engineered, mixed and mastered the album, but also co-wrote it together with guitarist and main songwriter Gus G. Gus G., who is currently on the road performing solo shows as support to Steve Stevens, checked in with the following comment about the clip: "'Lady Of 1000 Sorrows' is, in my opinion, one of the best tracks on our new album and for sure one of our best power ballads. We were really overwhelmed by how well this song was received at our recent European tour, and we decided to capture some of these moments on camera and make a cool clip for you." "Immortals" is FIREWIND's first release to feature singer Henning Basse (METALIUM, SONS OF SEASONS), who previously toured with the band on various continents in 2007 and was most recently the singer in Gus's solo touring group. Gus told Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon about the concept behind "Immortals": "Doing a concept record with the guys is something we talked about for years. It's not something new, but you need to have the right kind of material for that. You need to be in the right mindset, and of course, you have to decide what it's going to be about. For us, since most of us are Greek, we thought it would be cool to talk about our heritage, or some part of Greek history." He continued: "In 2013, we took a break from touring and recording and I went on to do solo stuff. When I started gathering all this material over the years, I realized the character was very epic and more focused, like into power metal, and this epic style, so I thought it would be a good idea to do the concept record we talked about now. I needed a co-writer for this, so I reached out to Dennis Ward. To make a long story short, we decided to do a record about the battles of Thermopylae and Salamis during the second Persian invasion in 480 B.C."
Legendary bass player Rudy Sarzo will hold a free live streaming clinic and performance at GoDpsMusic in Thousand Oaks, California on Friday, April 21 at 6 p.m. For more information, go to this location. Asked by The Los Angeles Beat what started him on the road to playing bass, Rudy said: "I started out playing guitar, an old craftsman acoustic. Every block had a band back then, and I went to the local band and asked to join. They told me they already had enough guitar players and I'd have to play bass. It didn't hit me until recently when someone asked me that question; I'd been living my life according to someone else's idea of what I'm doing. But no matter how much I play guitar, I always go back to the bass, it's my home. When I put the bass in my hands, it's like a clean canvas." Regarding how he prepares for gigs where he didn't play on the record, Sarzo told Bass Player magazine: "When I join a band like WHITESNAKE, OZZY, DIO or BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, I study the catalog. I study everything that has been recorded, and I look at the growth of the band and their live performances. Having said that, as a bass player, I am most affected if the drummer who recorded the songs is no longer in the band, especially if it's somebody who has a different internal clock. Tommy Aldridge, for example, leans forward [plays on top of the beat] when he plays. He played a lot of boogie blues in stadiums with BLACK OAK ARKANSAS, and he brings all that with him, whether he's playing with Ozzy or WHITESNAKE, so I can't play with the same feel that's on the record. You have to listen to what the drummer is doing and lock in with him; I have to lock in with Tommy. Fortunately, with OZZY, Randy [Rhoads, guitar] also naturally leaned forward, so all I had to do was lock in with the two of them." Since the early 1980s, Sarzo has played with some of the biggest bands and artists in hard rock and heavy metal, including OZZY OSBOURNE (alongside renowned guitarist Randy Rhoads), QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE, DIO and Geoff Tate's version of QUEENSRŸCHE, not to mention a five-year stint with hard rock juggernauts BLUE ÖYSTER CULT. Sarzo in 2006 published "Off The Rails", a book about his time with Osbourne and Rhoads.
Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST) was a guest on last night's (April 12) episode of Comedy Central's new comedy and music series "The Comedy Jam". The eight-episode season features celebrities dishing on a cherished memory linked to an iconic song and then performing that song with the Comedy Jam Band in front of a live audience. This week's episode saw Halford join forces with Jim Breuer to perform the PRIEST classic "You've Got Another Thing Coming". You can now watch the performance below. Also on the April 12 episode, Mark Duplass and Kevin Cronin performed "Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO SPEEDWAGON, and Big Jay Oakerson and Lukas Rossi performed "Rebel Yell" by BILLY IDOL. CC.com features preview clips and highlights from each episode, plus a web-exclusive after show, "The After Jam", hosted by show creator Josh Adam Meyers. Full episodes of "The Comedy Jam" will be available the day of premiere on the Comedy Central app and CC.com. Highlights and exclusives from "The Comedy Jam" will also be available in the CC app and the Comedy Central channel on Snapchat Discover. Fans can tweet about the series using the hashtag #ComedyJam. "The Comedy Jam" was filmed at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. The eight-episode weekly series is based on the special that aired in August 2016 and was born from one of the hottest live shows in Los Angeles. Created by Josh Adam Meyers, "The Comedy Jam" is produced by Ugly Brother Studios and Tenth Planet and is executive-produced by Meyers, Mike Duffy, Tim Duffy and Joel Gallen. Gallen directed all eight episodes. Jordan Ellner, Gary Mann and Ryan Moran are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.
Jim Matheos, founding guitarist of legendary U.S. progressive metallers FATES WARNING, has announced the release of the debut album from his new ambient instrumental rock project TUESDAY THE SKY. Due on June 30 via InsideOut Music, "Drift" sees Matheos expanding the boundaries of his sound ever further. "Drift" came together in the downtime between FATES WARNING finishing "Theories Of Flight" and the beginning of the touring cycle, enabling Matheos to explore a type of atmospheric and instrumental music you might not expect of him. He comments: "With this kind of music, it's a lot about creating a mood and letting that sink in and develop over long periods of time, as opposed to the more frenetic format of most prog music." Taking cues from artists like Brian Eno, BOARDS OF CANADA, SIGUR ROS and EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, he explores expansive textures and ambient electronica, as well as some of the most colossal riffs he has ever produced. The album also features the talents of GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT's drummer Lloyd Hanney, who provides a rhythmic backbone that is at once punchy, precise and restrained when necessary. Other guests include long-time OSI collaborator and former DREAM THEATER member Kevin Moore who plays keys on two songs as well as Anna-Lynne Williams (TRESPASSERS WILLIAM, LOTTE KESTNER), who provides ethereal vocals (of the non-verbal kind) on two other songs. What the future of this project holds and whether it will be taken out on the road is yet to be seen. Matheos comments: "It would be a challenge to bring this project but it is an interesting idea and one I would at least consider if there seems to be enough interest." What is sure, though, is that TUESDAY THE SKY's debut is a bold, brave, creative and ultimately successful album from one of rock's most underrated of musicians. "Drift" track listing: 01. Today The Sky (04:15) 02. Kite (05:10) 03. Vortex Street (04:46) 04. It Comes In Waves (04:30) 05. Dyatlov Pass (07:29) 06. Far And Away (04:19) 07. Westerlies (05:27) 08. Roger, Gordo (04:06) 09. The Rowing Endeth (04:31) 10. Drift (04:09) The album will be released as special edition CD, black LP + CD and digital download. Photo by Markus Wiedenmann
BIG KIZZ is the rock band featuring drummer Axel Sjöberg (ex-GRAVEYARD), guitarist John Hoyles (SPIDERS, ex-WITCHCRAFT) on bass and vocalist / guitarist Pontus Westerman from Swedish garage outfit LADY BANANA. The classic power trio, who plays good time rock 'n' roll energized with elements of power pop and punk, has signed to Tee Pee Records and will release its debut EP, "Eye On You", on June 9. BIG KIZZ's bad-as-hell debut features the swinging originals "Eye On You" and "Baby Boy" and a rousing remake of the Roky Erickson ripper "White Faces". The three-song release is but a precursor to BIG KIZZ's full-length debut, tentatively slated for release this fall. "I've been doing this too long to quit rocking now," Sjöberg comments. "When I turn a page and wonder what to do in life, I go to country lyrics and in this case Willie Nelson: 'The life I love is makin' music with my friends, and I can't wait the get on the road again.' So that's just what I did; I made music with my friends. We're taking it to Norway first and then we'll just see where it takes us after that. That's the beauty of it: music is fucking magic. I hope you feel it too."
Finnish epic metallers WINTERSUN have recruited a new second guitarist, 27-year old Asim Searah. Asim, who was born in Pakistan and moved to Finland at the age of 18 to pursue a career in music, previously played in several bands and projects. WINTERSUN's Jari Mäenpää commented: "We've known him for a long time and we knew he is a great singer, but we didn't realize how a talented and skillful guitar player he is. Asim was actually the first one who sent us an audition video, which surprised us very positively. After the video auditions and two rounds of live auditions, we realized he was exactly what we were looking for. He is very motivated and passionate with a good heavy metal attitude — a great guitar player and vocalist to improve the live sound of WINTERSUN even further!" Asim commented: "It's an honour to be a part of a band that I have looked up to for many years. It's definitely a dream come true and I'm super excited to share the stage with WINTERSUN!" WINTERSUN's third studio album, "The Forest Seasons", will be released in July through Nuclear Blast. WINTERSUN's "Time I" was nominated in the "Metal Album Of The Year" category at the 2013 Emma Gaala (Finnish Grammy equivalent), which was held at Barona Areena in Espoo, Finland. "Time I" sold nearly 4,000 copies in its first week of release in the United States to land at position No. 109 on The Billboard 200 chart. WINTERSUN's debut CD was released in September 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records.
BLOODCLOT, the project featuring John Joseph of the CRO-MAGS, plus former members of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (Joey Castillo, drums; Nick Oliveri, bass), and DANZIG (Todd Youth, guitar), will release its new album, "Up In Arms", on July 14 via Metal Blade Records. The cover artwork for the disc can be seen below. BLOODCLOT has confirmed a near-three-week U.S. tour with NEGATIVE APPROACH. The dates are as follows: Jul. 14 - Revolution Bar And Music Hall - Amityville, NY Jul. 15 - Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA Jul. 16 - DC9 - Washington, DC Jul. 18 - Shaka's - Virginia Beach, VA Jul. 19 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD Jul. 20 - Paul's Tavern - Belmar, NJ Jul. 21 - Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY Jul. 23 - Studio at the Waiting Room - Buffalo, NY Jul. 25 - Cattivo - Pittsburgh, PA Jul. 26 - Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH Jul. 27 - Northside Yacht Club - Cincinnati, OH Jul. 28 - The Magic Stick - Detroit, MI Jul. 29 - Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL Jul. 30 - Blueberry Hill - St. Louis, MO Aug. 01 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO Aug. 03 - Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA Aug. 04 - The Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA w/ Nails, Final Conflict Aug. 05 - The Constellation Room - Santa Ana, CA w/ Nails, Final Conflict Aug. 06 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA w/ Nails, Final Conflict The lyric video for the "Up In Arms" title track can be seen below. Says Joseph: "'Up in Arms' is a call to arms for the people of America and across the globe who are sick of the lies, death and destruction of innocent people being caused by the military industrial complex who run governments and propagate unjust wars in order to fill the bank accounts of corrupt businessmen." Adds Youth: "If you take a look at what is going on right now in the world, corrupt politicians, war, famine, destruction of the planet by the animal agriculture industry — things have got to change before it's too late. Musically I wanted to write something that gave me the feeling I had the first time that I heard DISCHARGE, MOTÖRHEAD or the BAD BRAINS — a relentless wall of sound that makes you think!!" In addition to being the leader of one of the most influential hardcore bands of all time — the CRO-MAGS — Joseph is an author, an outspoken advocate of plant-based nutrition, and a competitive Ironman tri-athlete. Youth — who played in AGNOSTIC FRONT at the age of 12 — has played guitar with a myriad of artists, including DANZIG, Glen Campbell, MOTÖRHEAD, Ace Frehley, and many more. Additionally, Nick Oliveri has played bass in QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, alongside one of the most sought-after drummers in the scene, Joey Castillo — who has also sat behind the kit for DANZIG and EAGLES OF DEATH METAL. These four renowned musicians came together when CRO-MAGS guitarist AJ Novello was unable to play a show, and John Joseph called Todd Youth to fill in for him. The two rekindled their friendship and enjoyed playing together so much that a decision was made to reform BLOODCLOT (whose origins date back to a 1981 BAD BRAINS tour). Todd began the songwriting process, and soon after, Joey Castillo and Nick Oliveri were recruited to join the band. With the new lineup in place, and songs to record, Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel offered BLOODCLOT a worldwide deal. BLOODCLOT is: John Joseph (CRO-MAGS) - Vocals Todd Youth (ex-DANZIG) - Guitars Nick Oliveri (ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) - Bass Joey Castillo (ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ex-DANZIG) - Drums Photo credit: Wass Photography, Dustin Jack Photography, Lloyd Nickell, Tony Virgadamo
"Breaking The Chains", a new song from Swedish female-fronted rockers ADRENALINE RUSH, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's second album, "Soul Survivor", which will be released on April 21 via Frontiers Music Srl. Following the successful release of the band's 2014 self-titled debut, ADRENALINE RUSH is now ready to unleash its next infectious slice of hard, sleaze, melodic rock on the rock 'n roll masses! This time, blond bombshell vocalist Tåve Wanning mainly collaborated with Fredrik Folkare (FIRESPAWN, UNLEASHED), who brought fresh influences to the table that fit very well with Tåve's ideas. The music has evolved and grown beyond what appeared on the debut. It is still melodic and definitely has an '80s flavor, but also is a bit more complex, darker, and heavier than the previous album. The production is edgier and the guitar work once again pristine. Erik Martensson (ECLIPSE) was once again involved as a sounding board, co-writing a song and mastering the finished tracks. "I didn't want to make another album just like the first one," Tåve says. "I've grown since we recorded the first, I am in a different place. And I feel the album reflects that. The new tracks really complement the old instead of replacing them; they add a new dimension and gives us a broader spectrum of songs to choose from when playing live." The band has also seen some changes. Ludvig and Soufian left the band to focus on other endeavors and have been replaced by Sam Soderlindh (lead guitar) and Joel Fox (bass). Sam is a new face to most, a young guitarist with fast fingers and a lot of potential. Joel, on the other hand, has been around for a while in bands like DYNAZTY and SINIESTRO. Alexander Hagman and Marcus Johansson complete the band's lineup on guitar and drums, respectively. ADRENALINE RUSH is set to perform a few club gigs in Sweden before appearing at the fourth annual Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy on April 30. "Soul Survivor" track listing: 01. Adrenaline 02. Love Like Poison 03. Breaking The Chains 04. Soul Survivor 05. Stand My Ground 06. My Life 07. Break The Silence 08. Sinner 09. Shock Me 10. Wild Side 11. Don't Wake Me Up 12. Crash 13. Soul Survivor (acoustic version - bonus track digital version) ADRENALINE RUSH is: Tåve Wanning - lead vocals Sam Soderlindh - lead guitar, vocals Alexander Hagman - guitar, vocals Joel Fox - bass, vocals Marcus Johansson - drums