"The River's Mouth", the new video from Norwegian progressive black avantgardists ENSLAVED, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, "E", which will be released on October 13 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015's "In Times" was recorded at Duper & Solslottet Studios in Bergen and was once again mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. ENSLAVED songwriter and guitarist Ivar Bjørnson stated about "The River's Mouth" clip, which was once again created by Josh Graham (SOUNDGARDEN, NEUROSIS): "'The River's Mouth' is a quite heavy track, drawing both on our rock roots and of course the foundation of everything awesome: mid-'80s, mid-paced BATHORY. It also includes some odd space-rock in the choruses and the end part — finally BATHORY and HAWKWIND met. "I like the energy of this song a lot — both Cato and new-kid-on-the-chopping-block Håkon is doing such a great job with the psychedelic parts, the chorus and the ending. What a drive! The end sounds like travelling at insane speed through wormholes. "The theme here is your relationship with the 'future,' as we describe it: The sensation of time moving along is a construction of our brains — physics claims all time to already have been 'rolled out'; try wrapping our brains around that one! So the future would be, speaking in tabloid; a piece of land we just haven’t arrived at yet. But it is already here. The song is about acting in tandem with your future self which already arrived at this 'future island' — do not sit and wait, make sure you lay the ground for what is to happen in the future, now!" "E" track listing 01. Storm Son 02. The River's Mouth 03. Sacred Horse 04. Axis Of The Worlds 05. Feathers Of Eolh 06. Hiindsiight 07. Djupet (bonus track) 08. What Else Is There? (RÖYKSOPP cover; bonus track) Ivar explains the "E" title: "The concept of the album lies in both its meaning as a letter in the latin alphabet and its runic reference: the rune 'Ehwaz', that is depicted as an 'M' when drawn as rune (just to make sure it gets really confusing) — the runes are drawn to look like what they literally mean. Ehwaz (pronounced and used as what's known as E, but drawn as an 'M') looks like and means 'horse.' Which is closely linked to its esoteric meaning; which is 'trust' and 'co-operation.' One of mankind's oldest and deepest pairings/collaborations with any 'outside' entities is with the horse. When they were first tamed and utilized, there must have arisen the notion of some esoteric link between the two; now we could move swiftly, escape faster and even eat and drink from the animal (both horse milk and horse blood), and of course show off and brag before our enemies and peers with the most spectacular horses. "So, no, it is not about horses! It is about the symbioses that surrounds us; which are vital to our existence, to our development — on all scales: man and vessel (for instance horse, yes), a person and its significant other, child and parent, musician and instrument, chaos and order, subconscious and conscious, Oden and Sleipnir — wisdom and communication. There are many levels and variations of this concept on the album; the duality of man and nature, present and past personalities within one self, the conscious fear and the subconscious drive. And other symbiosis."
Following the arrival of "Crooked Teeth", which scored them their fourth consecutive Top 20 entry in the U.K., California rockers PAPA ROACH are celebrating their most successful album for years with the release of their rip-roaring live session on Daniel P. Carter's BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show" earlier this year via Spotify. Recorded at BBC Maida Vale Studios, and then broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and subsequently available on demand on BBC iPlayer, the "Live At BBC Radio 1" EP contains the tracks "Born For Greatness", "Periscope", "American Dreams" and their generation-defining track "Last Resort". PAPA ROACH's official video for "Periscope", the moody ballad featuring singer/songwriter Skylar Grey, has already racked up over three million views and ten million streams. It has been embraced by Radio 2, 6music, Virgin (where it was Record of The Week), Planet Rock (B List) and A list Kerrang (A list). The video was directed by the award-winning Uprising Creative (Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Big Sean, Lil Jon) who cited the inspiration for the video was "to create a moody, different look for the band using a stylistic light exploration." PAPA ROACH's track "Help", which was initially premiered by Radio 1's Daniel P. Carter as his "Rockest Record", has taken on a life of its own, proving to be the biggest success for the band in the past fifteen years, with over twelve million YouTube views and twenty-five million streams. "Crooked Teeth" has accumulated over eighty million Spotify streams since its release. PAPA ROACH is back touring the U.K. for the first time in two years starting on October 5 in Birmingham. Singer Jacoby Shaddix said: "We’re really excited to get back to the U.K. after such a long time. Every time we play, the audience keeps getting bigger and more passionate each time. We can't wait to play this new music live." PAPA ROACH's last visit to the UK saw them celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the album "Infest" by playing it in full to a crammed London's Roundhouse.
"Piles Of Little Arms", a brand new song from death metal veterans MORBID ANGEL, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Kingdoms Disdained", which will be released on December 1 via UDR Music. Recorded at Mana Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer — and former MORBID ANGEL guitarist — Erik Rutan, the LP marks the band's first release with drummer Scott Fuller (ANNIHILATED, ex-ABYSMAL DAWN) who joined MORBID ANGEL last year following the departure of Tim Yeung. It is also be MORBID ANGEL's first album to feature bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker since 2003's "Heretic". "Kingdoms Disdained" will include the song "Warped", which MORBID ANGEL performed live on its recent U.S. tour. Tucker, who is back for his third spell with the group, told "The Metal Magdalene With Jet" show about MORBID ANGEL's approach on the upcoming album: "It was really just about writing music — it was just about writing a MORBID ANGEL album. Nobody said, 'Hey, we wanna go in this direction,' nobody said anything. I mean, there's obvious things there. I've said it before — I'm a death metal guy, so, for me, it's gonna be a death metal album; if I'm on it, it's death metal. So it was just about making a MORBID ANGEL album. It was really about coming in with something new, something fresh, but yet it still being MORBID ANGEL. Really, honestly, we didn't approach this any differently than any of the other albums I was involved in except for maybe [1998's] 'Formulas Fatal To The Flesh', which 'Formulas', Trey [Azagthoth, guitar] wrote all the music, all the lyrics and things like that. But this was done more similar to maybe [2000's] 'Gateways To Annihilation', where everybody had their contribution. Trey wrote a bunch of songs, I wrote songs, Scotty contributed some ideas. There was a lot of back-and-forth. In the end, it has to become a MORBID ANGEL song. And at this point, I feel that it's very much a MORBID ANGEL album." MORBID ANGEL in January announced the addition of Dan Vadim Von (guitarist/frontman of the American death metal band VADIMVON) to the band's lineup on second guitar. He joined the group as the replacement for Norwegian guitarist Destructhor (a.k.a. Thor Anders Myhren), who left the band two years ago. Former MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent recently joined forces with several other musicians — including Yeung (drums) — to perform classic MORBID ANGEL songs under the I AM MORBID banner. MORBID ANGEL's controversial 2011 album, "Illud Divinum Insanus", marked the group's first CD to feature Vincent since "Domination".
An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for "Unified", the sophomore album from SWEET & LYNCH — the band featuring guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of STRYPER, legendary guitarist George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), bassist James LoMenzo (MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Brian Tichy (THE DEAD DAISIES, WHITESNAKE) — is available below. The disc will be released on November 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. Says Sweet: "George and I couldn't be more excited about this album! We've worked very hard to bring you the best of both worlds — a throwback of the chart-topping STRYPER/DOKKEN days yet with a modern production that fits right in with anything out there now in the rock world today. "We couldn't be more proud than to be working with Brian Tichy and James LoMenzo again as they are the best rhythm section you'll ever hear. "If you liked SWEET & LYNCH I, you're going to love 'Unified'." "Unified" track listing: 01. Promised Land 02. Walk 03. Afterlife 04. Make Your Mark 05. Tried & True 06. Unified 07. Find Your Way 08. Heart Of Fire 09. Bridge Of Broken Lies 10. Better Man 11. Live To Die Michael previously said that SWEET & LYNCH was formed when Frontiers president Serafino Perugino approached him "to sing and write for what [Serafino] was referring to as a 'supergroup' project — (one of the first) that Frontiers would be putting together and releasing. I was, of course, not only intrigued by the idea but also humbled that he would ask me! Jon Levin [DOKKEN] was suggested as the possible guitarist and I suggested to Serafino getting the man himself, Mr. Scary [George Lynch] involved. Serafino was, of course, excited about the idea. Frontiers has told me how happy they are with my production on the new STRYPER albums, so I immediately suggested producing as well. Serafino also agreed. I contacted George [as soon as possible] and he quickly agreed to be a part of this exciting project. It was decided that he and I would co-write everything together and that I would produce." Sweet, who is a devout Christian, also talked about his working relationship with George, who considers himself to be a freethinker/atheist. "You may ask how does an atheist and a Christian work together in a band situation? The answer is respect. Although I don't agree with George's spiritual/religious views (and he doesn't agree with mine, assumedly), we respect each other as musicians, friends and human beings. "I'm free to do many things with the hope that maybe, just maybe, my life might have a profound effect on people I come in contact with. "I've spoken with George many times over and he always strikes me as a genuine soul and someone who cares for and loves people. Bottom line? He's a great guy and I'm proud to be a part of this with George. "Although we don't see eye to eye in our beliefs, we respect each other enough to not let that come between us." Lynch concurred, telling Antihero Magazine: "There could potentially be a conflict there between Michael and I, and we've talked about that. I'm sort of a freethinking atheist, and he's a born-again Christian. I've been through that in my life; I was a born-again Christian at one point. I was the guy knocking on your door handing out tracks. I played in a Pentecostal charismatic band that did revivals… tent revivals in black neighborhoods in South Central L.A. — yeah, all kinds of stuff. I definitely have something to say about all that, but I don't know how effective I am at it. I'm not RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. I wish I was." SWEET & LYNCH's debut album, "Only To Rise", was released in January 2015 via Frontiers Music Srl.
A 360-degee animated video for "Hegemony", the title track of the tenth album from Swiss industrial black metal pioneers SAMAEL, can be seen bellow. The disc will be issued on October 13 via Napalm Records. The band comments: "This is our grand overture... We choose to open the album with this song because we thought it sets the tone; square rhythm, martial beat, massive guitar riffs, intricate keyboards arrangements, powerful orchestration all that meshed with aggressive and relentless vocal lines... This is our 'Hegemony'... enjoy!" "Hegemony" track listing: 01. Hegemony 02. Samael 03. Angel Of Wrath 04. Rite Of Renewal 05. Red Planet 06. Black Supremacy 07. Murder Or Suicide 08. This World 09. Against All Enemies 10. Land Of The Living 11. Dictate Of Transparency 12. Helter Skelter 13. Storm Of Fire (bonus track) The band states: "The creative process that led to the completion of 'Hegemony' took over four years. Throughout that time, we lived with and saw each song growing into what they finally became. "'Hegemony' is an album that acknowledges the world we're living in, and emphasized on the effort to take control of that world. It's all about change and evolution. It's a strong statement, a testament of our time and a call for revolution." SAMAEL frontman Vorph (real name: Michael Locher) told Invicta Magazine about "Hegemony": "It is quintessential b>SAMAEL as it has all the elements that make our sound what it is. It was not something we planned; it came naturally. Our producer, Waldemar Sorychta, came back to Switzerland and coach me during the recording of the vocals. The last time he did that was for the recording of 'Passage' twenty years ago." Regarding the overall musical direction of "Hegemony", Vorph said: "I think it's kind of wide [sounding]. There's faster songs… probably 'Angel Of Wrath' is one of the heaviest. We have more mid-tempo songs. We try to have variation. I hope it is a varied album." Founded in 1987 as an old-school black metal act that was influenced by the likes of BATHORY, fellow countrymen CELTIC FROST and VENOM, the brothers Vorph and Xy later developed the band's style further towards a more industrial dark metal sound that found its previous high peak in those legendary albums such as "Passage" and "Eternal". SAMAEL is: Vorph: Guitar, Vocals Xy: Keyboards and Programming Makro: Bass
AVENGED SEVENFOLD has announced a December 15 release date for the deluxe version of its critically acclaimed album "The Stage" (Capitol). This new edition features seven additional studio songs plus four previously unreleased live tracks recorded during the band's recent shows at The O2 arena in London. Among the seven bonus tracks is the band's stunning cover of the PINK FLOYD classic "Wish You Were Here", which was released today. Both the digital and physical deluxe versions of "The Stage" can be pre-ordered here (note: the CD and vinyl versions of the album will include a special lenticular cover). About AVENGED SEVENFOLD's version of "Wish You Were Here", lead singer M. Shadows says: "This is the song that started us down the rabbit hole with our recent cover recordings. I've always loved this song and though I felt it would be impossible to capture the somberness of the original, we approached it with another purpose. There's a poignancy to the song that seems appropriate with everything going on in the world today. We put a bit of a modern twist on it to reintroduce it at a time when it might help capture what some of us are feeling." The deluxe edition is the latest chapter in an innovative album cycle that began twelve months ago when AVENGED SEVENFOLD "surprise-released" "The Stage", becoming the first-ever rock band to drop an unannounced album in digital and physical form. The band (vocalist M. Shadows, guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman) announced the album's release to millions of surprised fans who had been watching their live-streamed set from the rooftop of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, California. That groundbreaking event saw the quintet give a 3D/360-degree virtual reality performance that enabled fans around the globe to experience AVENGED SEVENFOLD's electrifying show as if they were there for the first-of-its-kind immersive event. Months later, the forward-thinking band announced plans to transform "The Stage" into an evolving body of work by adding a series of new tracks over the course of several months. Those songs — which began with a scintillating rendition of Mexican folk song "Malagueña Salerosa" —have been previously unavailable for purchase, but fan demand for the tracks brings the album to its current stage as a deluxe release. In addition to the album's original eleven tracks, the deluxe version features A7X's reimagining of MR. BUNGLE's "Retrovertigo", original track "Dose", a cover of Del Shannon's 1961 No. 1 hit "Runaway" (featuring a guest appearance by VANDALS guitarist Warren Fitzgerald and lead vocals by AVENGED SEVENFOLD guitarist Zacky Vengeance), the band's version of the BEACH BOYS' 1966 hit "God Only Knows" and most recently, their rendition of THE ROLLING STONES' "As Tears Go By". The four concert recordings included on the album are title track "The Stage", "Paradigm", "Sunny Disposition" and "God Damn". Tickets also go on sale today for AVENGED SEVENFOLD's 2018 North American arena headlining tour, set to kick off January 12 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville with special guests BREAKING BENJAMIN and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. The band has partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Tour Experiences, including access to a VIP-only viewing area, an official signed show setlist, an invitation to the pre-show lounge featuring AVENGED SEVENFOLD memorabilia and an exclusive A7X tour book including never-before-seen photos. The tour will be North America's introduction to the electrifying "Stage" spectacle that drew rave reviews in Europe. After the recent 02 Arena shows, the London Evening Standard lauded AVENGED SEVENFOLD as "a global phenomenon" and wrote that the band "specialized in preposterous fun," calling the show "royally entertaining." The Guardian ran a four-star review of the show in Glasgow, writing, "Underneath retina-scorching screens and giant cosmic cube broadcasting spiraling starfields, the five-piece methodically discharge booming, arena-filling songs…these industrial assemblages of growing riffs and fret-melting solos have a default minor-key menace, yet the overall atmosphere is surprisingly joyous." But Kerrang! best summed up AVENGED SEVENFOLD's new live show: "You've never seen anything like it." Photo credit: Jeff Forney
Swedish blackened thrash metallers WITCHERY have released the official music video for the song "Of Blackened Wing", off their upcoming album, "I Am Legion", to be released on November 10 via Century Media Records. The clip, which was created by Martin Hultgren of Gryt Film, can be seen below. WITCHERY guitarist Patrik Jensen stated about "Of Blackened Wing": "'Of Blackened Wing' is a song that perfectly combines both the old and new sounds of WITCHERY. It mixes the thrashing touch of old with the grittiness and rawness of new. It's one of my personal favorites on the 'I Am Legion' album and it will definitely be a part of our set for our upcoming live shows." As with the previous album, "I Am Legion" was created in the WITCHERY lineup consisting of Angus Norder (vocals), Patrik Jensen (guitar), Rickard Rimfält (lead guitar), Sharlee D'Angelo (bass) and Chris Barkensjö (drums). The disc was also produced and mixed by Daniel Bergstrand at Dugout Studios (BEHEMOTH, IN FLAMES, MESHUGGAH) and comes packaged in powerful artwork by Andreas Diaz Pettersson, which can be seen below. Jensen commented: "The first few days after the release of 'Nosferatu' (the first single from 2016's 'In His Infernal Majesty's Service' album), I was quite taken aback. There had been so many years between the releases of 'Don't Fear The Reaper' and 'Witchkrieg' (four years) and then an additional six more years between 'Witchkrieg' and 'In His Infernal Majesty's Service' that I hardly thought anyone remembered WITCHERY anymore... We got our shit together for 'In His Infernal Majesty's Service' in order to celebrate the band's twentieth anniversary. We wrote new songs and got a few new members so we could make the album happen and have it released in 2016. But that was the goal; to merely celebrate the band's twenty years of existence. Then, after 'Nosferatu' was released, this massive wave of appreciation started to surface. When the full album dropped in November 2016, we experienced a surge of positive feedback on the rest of the album as well. I mean, we all loved the album and knew it was good, but we were thrilled to see that also other people heard what we heard; that it was a great album and that this lineup had both the chops and riffs needed, displaying them with an enthusiasm and bravado perhaps not seen since maybe the early days of the band's existence! This feedback of positive energy set things in motion within the band. "Remembering our promise from somewhere around the release of the 'Dead, Hot And Heavy' album that we would put out two albums a year (youthful hubris, anyone?), we thought to ourselves: 'Let's try to put out a new album within a year of the release of 'In His Infernal Majesty's Service'. Said and done. "With 'I Am Legion' having the same lineup, the same studio (Dugout Studios) and the same producer (Danne Bergstrand) as on 'In His Infernal Majesty's Service', you just know that this will be yet another sonic fist-to-the-face riffage offering! "We think 'In His Infernal Majesty's Service' is a great album, but we also think 'I Am Legion' takes everything up a notch or two! "We are very excited about 'I Am Legion' and we hope this release shows that WITCHERY, albeit after 20 years of existence, isn't going to fade away. On the contrary, WITCHERY is more likely entering the most productive phase yet in the band's career!" WITCHERY is: Angus Norder - Vocals Patrik Jensen - Guitar Rickard Rimfält - Lead Guitar Sharlee D'Angelo - Bass Chris Barkensjö - Drums
Issue No. 4 of the newly launched Rock Candy magazine features an exclusive candid interview with former IRON MAIDEN guitarist Dennis Stratton in which he reveals how the band's debut could have ended up sounding like QUEEN. Stratton told Rock Candy that the first IRON MAIDEN album could easily have been a much more sophisticated recording than the warts-and-all, New Wave Of British Heavy Metal classic we all know and love. And Stratton also reveals that it was only the band's manager, Rod Smallwood, who put a stop to the plan. Released in April of 1980, "Iron Maiden" became a benchmark recording for a new style of metal that was harder, leaner and faster than the music being made by the stadium filling rockers of the '70s. Songs like "Phantom Of The Opera", "Running Free" and the title track have since achieved legendary status. But Stratton, now performing with LIONHEART, told Rock Candy that it could all have been very different. "I took 'Phantom of The Opera', which was always a great song at its core, and added a load of harmony guitars and falsetto vocals to our basic recording," he explains. "The engineer helped me layer the sounds, adding track after track, and when we played it back it sounded like QUEEN. I thought it was fantastic. But when we were listening back to the track Rod Smallwood came up behind me in the control room. I didn't know he was there and at the end of the song he said, 'You can get rid of all that. It sounds like fucking QUEEN.' So it never made the cut. I'd still love to do a big, massive production of that song one day. I know it would be great." Stratton was a member of MAIDEN for less than a year, but he nonetheless made a vital contribution to that classic first album. "Rod didn't like the music I was listening to," says Stratton. "I'd be in my hotel room on tour listening to some David Coverdale or a bit of EAGLES or some George Benson and Rod would go potty. He said, 'If anyone heard you listening to that kind of music…' But how can you listen to MOTÖRHEAD twenty-four hours a day? You'd be deaf!" Read the whole of this revealing article in Issue 4 of Rock Candy, available for purchase online at this location.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD continues its expansion of new album "The Stage" with today's release: a cover of the PINK FLOYD classic "Wish You Were Here". You can now listen to it below. Over the course of the past several weeks, AVENGED SEVENFOLD have been steadily adding new tracks to "The Stage" and transforming the album into an evolving body of work. They began with Mexican folk song "Malagueña Salerosa" and followed with a reimagining of MR. BUNGLE's "Retrovertigo", original track "Dose", a cover of Del Shannon's 1961 No. 1 hit "Runaway" (featuring a guest appearance by VANDALS guitarist Warren Fitzgerald and lead vocals by AVENGED SEVENFOLD guitarist Zacky Vengeance), the band's version of the BEACH BOYS' 1966 smash "God Only Knows" and the group's rendition of the 1966 THE ROLLING STONES classic "As Tears Go By". "We love the idea of putting out music in a non-conventional way," AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows told Billboard. "We also love making albums, so this allowed us to do both. This was all put into motion when we made the original recording for 'The Stage', so it all feels cohesive; We put out 'The Stage' and let it sink in for seven months, and now we can add to that piece of work. This way, throughout the cycle you'll be able to hear new music while going back to the original album. "The idea of turning an album into a living piece of art and adding new installations is really intriguing," he continued. "It expands the journey." Shadows added that AVENGED SEVENFOLD took inspiration from the way hip-hop and pop artists have taken to surprise and random releases of new material, sometimes with little or no notice, and sometimes simply releasing individual songs not related to any particular album or other project. "We told all the kids we were going to evolve the record... It was just a matter of how," Shadows said. "Obviously it works in the (pop) mainstream a little better than it does in rock 'n' roll. You look at what Kendrick Lamar or Drake are doing, or any hip-hop or pop act. Their streaming numbers are through the roof. And you look at rock, and they're just not there. But we want to get new stuff out to people. We don't have the answers to all the big questions in the music industry, but we do have control of keeping ourselves artistically satisfied, and this just seemed fun to us." "The Stage" was released at the end of October 2016 with almost no promotion beforehand. AVENGED SEVENFOLD has confirmed the details of an early 2018 North American headlining tour with BREAKING BENJAMIN and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. The trek will begin on January 12 in Nashville with shows booked so far through February 11 in Fargo, North Dakota.
Due to "illness in the band," Friday's (October 6) SCORPIONS City Council presentation at the Van Nuys City Hall has been canceled. It was previously announced that tomorrow would be declared "Scorpions Day" in the city of Los Angeles in honor of the...