"You Don't Know", a brand new song from Canadian hard rockers KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Prevail I", which will be released on May 12 via Napalm Records. The disc was produced by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE, EPICA) and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Ted Jensen. Frontwoman Kobra Paige states about "You Don't Know": "To be alive brings many great things, but among those things includes great suffering. It's painful to feel backed into a corner, judged, misunderstood for who we really are. We can never really know a person until we have seen their point of view, crawled into their skin, and walked a mile in their shoes, but that will never happen. This is the anthem for the man, the woman, the human, navigating their life the best way they can. After all, 'You don't know what it's like to be me!'" "Prevail I" track listing: 01. Gotham 02. TriggerPulse 03. You Don't Know 04. Specimen X (Mortal Chamber) 05. Light Me Up 06. Manifest Destiny 07. Victim 08. Check The Phyrg 09. Hell On Earth 10. Prevail Kobra previously stated about the story of "Prevail I", the band's most ambitious effort to date: "When we are born, we are innocent, pure, and unshaped. This mandala signifies a human at the beginning of its journey. Unscathed and beautiful, the mandala is each and every one of us. As this album unfolds, you will notice it's more than just music. 'Prevail I' is a story of visceral truth and I believe, if we're really being honest with ourselves, everyone will find their story within it. After all, the battles may differ, but we all started as the same mandala and we are more relatable than we'd like to admit. Our only wish is that you may enjoy the freaking crap out of this album and find comfort in realizing you're not alone." Evolution is inevitable and KOBRA AND THE LOTUS has delivered its most powerful album to date, "Prevail I", with "Prevail II" to complete the story in the not-too-distant future. Led by Kobra Paige, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS has been making a name for itself worldwide since 2010 with extensive touring and three well-received albums. KOBRA AND THE LOTUS is loaded with exquisite precision, heavy emotion, vocal brilliance and grand-scale dynamics, highlighting the glories of classic heavy metal and rock. Known for their exceptionally strong live shows, they proudly carry the flag for all metal/hard rock fans. KOBRA AND THE LOTUS is: Kobra Paige (vocals) Jasio Kulakowski (guitars) Brad Kennedy (bass) Marcus Lee (drums)
British metallers SKYCLAD have released the brand new lyric video for the track "Change Is Coming", taken from their forthcoming album, "Forward Into The Past", due out on April 28 in Europe on Listenable Records. Popular for their original influential sound mixing heavy metal and traditional folk, SKYCLAD's lyrics have generally been permeated by political, social and environmental matters and the new album is no exception, as as vocalist Kevin Ridley points out clearly: "The songs are about politics, the environment and the music business and so on. These are mixed with the standard SKYCLAD fayre of traditional bawdy/drinking type of songs and songs with blues and more 'ethnic' feels." Edited and directed by Fernando J. Martinez, "Change Is Coming" displays a series of actual images depicting the state of the world according to the band. It is shown as a TV-breaking-news and enhance-the-reality factor. Ridley comments on the video: "When we first started discussing doing videos for the new SKYCLAD album with director/editor Fernando J. Martínez, we decided that didn't want to do 'typical' band videos, and for 'Change Is Coming', we wanted to do our own take on a 'lyric video.' The images help to show the extent of the problems humanity has created and our seeming inability to make much progress in tackling them and, indeed, some people's disregard for the consequences." "Forward Into The Past" track listing: 01. A Storytellers' Moon (intro) 02. State Of The Union Now 03. Change Is Coming 04. Starstruck 05. A Heavy Price To Pay 06. Words Fail Me 07. Forward Into The Past 08. Unresolved (instrumental) 09. The Queen Of The Moors 10. Last Summer's Rain 11. The Measure 12. Borderline 13. A Storytellers' Moon (outro) The cover artwork for "Forward Into The Past" was painted by Duncan Storr, who has previously worked with EDGE OF SANITY, RAGE and HAWKING. The cover displays the mesmerizing face of a man made out of trees and branches. Ridley elaborates: "The 'green man' or 'storyteller' image used here is a traditional image (from Roman times at least in the U.K.) which is usually taken as 'showing the close interdependence between man and nature" That natural feel is also largely expressed in the album production. "I think the new album sounds, warm, natural and 'real' (i.e. not processed or overproduced)," Ridley says.
Frontiers Music Srl will release "Saint Of The Lost Souls", the tenth studio album from HOUSE OF LORDS, on March 24. The song "New Day Breakin'", taken from "Saint Of The Lost Souls", can be streamed below. Recorded and produced by the band's singer and mastermind James Christian, the follow-up to 2015's "Indestructible" has an incredible flow of up-tempo and mid-tempo rockers mixed with power ballads, which lean a bit more toward keyboards this time around, but without compromising the band's trademark sound which is based around Jimi Bell's guitar. "Saint Of The Lost Souls" is already one of the year's most anticipated melodic rock releases and will not disappoint fans of the band or genre. James Christian's well-crafted and smooth vocals bring the band's songwriting to new heights. Guitarist Jimi Bell is on fire and the melodic riffs throughout the album will leave you breathless. A new addition on bass is Chris Tristram, who is no stranger to the rock community. His solid performance adds another dimension to the sound and BJ Zampa brings a solid and powerful rhythm foundation to HOUSE OF LORDS. The band has toured relentlessly in Europe and the States in support of their releases and has now become a true staple of the hard rock scene on both continents. HOUSE OF LORDS stands for superb hooks and majestic atmospheres that bring back the memories of their stellar debut album, monumental guitar riffs and a production to die for. All these ingredients you will find on "Saint Of The Lost Souls" which shines from the first second to the last! "Saint Of The Lost Souls" track listing: 01. Harlequin 02. Oceans Divide 03. Hit the Wall 04. Saint of the Lost Souls 05. The Sun Will Never Set Again 06. New Day Breakin' 07. Reign of Fire 08. Concussion 09. Art of Letting Go 10. Grains of Sand 11. The Other Option
EVANESCENCE frontwoman Amy Lee has unveiled her new single, "Speak To Me", the end title theme from the forthcoming suspense/drama "Voice From The Stone". "Game Of Thrones"' Emilia Clarke stars in the film alongside Marton Csokas, Caterina Murino, Remo Girone, Lisa Gastoni and Edward Dring. Directed by Eric Howell and scored by Michael Wandmacher, the haunting thriller set in 1950s Tuscany is due July 24. USA Today premiered the movie trailer on Tuesday, which can be viewed below. As a prelude, Lee shared an intro video to the track on her YouTube channel last April. Captured during the recording of the song at legendary Skywalker Ranch, the piece gives us a glimpse inside the process, with the gorgeous piano of "Speak To Me" as the backdrop. A few exclusive clips are also included, providing fans with a preview into the movie. "Speak To Me" is available for download on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, and streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music Unlimited. Lee has a message for her fans about the film and her creative process behind the song and its accompanying video: "I'm very excited to share a new song which I was asked to create as the end title for the forthcoming film 'Voice From The Stone', which stars the incredibly talented and captivating Emilia Clarke. The song is called 'Speak To Me'. "There are many reasons why I felt inspired to work on this project. "'Voice From The Stone' tells the haunting story of Verena, a nurse who is asked to aid a young boy who has fallen silent after the sudden passing of his mother. Verena is brought in to help him speak again. "As a new mother myself, the film resonated very deeply with me. I had the opportunity to work closely with Eric Howell, who directed the film, and Michael Wandmacher, who composed the score. "I was very moved by the movie, and after having my first conversation with Eric and Michael, I felt a surge of inspiration and immediately began writing. "It is a rare phenomenon to really share a creative vision so completely, and that made for a very powerful experience, and an end result that I am very proud of.” "It was an honor to be able to work with Eric on the music video as well, which was shot in Sienna, Italy, at the same beautiful location as the film. "We conceived the video as a parallel and backstory to the film, which explores the strong bond of love between Malvina and her son, and the belief that love is stronger than death." Amy Lee is currently in the studio with EVANESCENCE working on new music, to be released later this year.
"Shine On", the new video from New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest album, "The Grinding Wheel", which was released on February 10 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by OVERKILL and mixed by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, ACCEPT). The artwork was created again by Travis Smith (NEVERMORE, OPETH, SOILWORK, DEATH). OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth recently told the Croatian metal portal NoiseEyes.com about the musical direction of "The Grinding Wheel": "First and foremost, production. Andy has done some great work with different bands in the genre from ACCEPT to ARCH ENEMY. He's really the metal go-to guy. But we wanted to use his abilities, but we wanted to use them with regard to how we saw the record being. One of the things we saw in modern metal is a guitar tone that doesn't have a cohesive relationship with the drums. We wanted more organic drums to start with, and we wanted a guitar tone that came somewhere out of the high technology of the '90s. So it's really kind of a throwback with regard to our thinking, so if you're thinking a drum sounding like a drum and the guitars sounding more in the vein of 'Horrorscope' for us, where it wasn't just top end, but top end and low end with a little bit of mids carved out of them. I think that's the thing I noticed the most about it." He continued: "With regard to songwriting, we had done three records, 'Ironbound', 'The Electric Age' and 'White Devil Armory', that were for us, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. [Laughs] Or sisters! There's something about them where there was a formula that we were, I think in our opinion, neglecting some of the other tools that we've accumulated over the years. 'The Grinding Wheel' is much more diverse. There's an epic feel to some of the songs. There's a sludgy, slower feel. There is 'Our Finest Hour', which has been released, which could fit on one of those other three records but everything else doesn't seem like it would fit on these records. I think it's a wider OVERKILL, but press play when you get it. I think that's the best way for people to decide. Everybody has got to be a critic. That's the idea of being a music fan. I'm a music fan, but I'm also a critic. I love or I hate, or it's okay. It'd rather be loved or hated, not 'Ah, it's okay, whatever.'"
German/Dutch symphonic metallers XANDRIA will return to North America for a headline tour this May. Support on the trek will come from KOBRA AND THE LOTUS and ONCE HUMAN. The tour kicks off May 9 in New York and runs through May 30 in Mesa, Arizona. XANDRIA said in a statement: "We are super excited to go on our first-ever North American headline tour in May, playing East to West Coast, along with the wonderful KOBRA AND THE LOTUS as well as ONCE HUMAN. Let's get these places rocked!" The tour dates are as follows; May 09 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall May 11 - Quebec City, QC @ La Source de la Martiniere May 12 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques May 13 - Toronto, ON @ Garrison May 14 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom May 16 - Joliet, IL @ The Forge Club May 18 - Denver, CO @ Moon Room May 19 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep May 20 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar May 22 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven May 23 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater May 24 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge May 26 - Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline Sports Lounge May 27 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick May 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater May 30 - Mesa, AZ @ Club Red-Mesa XANDRIA's latest album, "Theater Of Dimensions", was released on January 27 via Napalm Records. Commented the band: "After the release of 'Sacrificium', we embarked on our longest tour so far. Over 150 shows that took us around the globe. Through so many different countries and diverse cultures. Through so many different, yet inspiring dimensions. We brought back plenty of memories, sometimes just bits and pieces, but those stuck to our heads. And it made us see who we are and where we wanted to take our music. Made us fearless. Made us push our boundaries once more. Made us cross some so-called genre defining borders. Made us bundle all our trademarks and take them to the next level. All this makes the most colorful XANDRIA album so far. It contains our most heavy and most emotional moments. Again, producer Joost Van Den Broek did a phenomenal job capturing the atmosphere down to every detail. 'A Theater of musical Dimensions.'" "Theater Of Dimensions" is described in a press release as "a hyper-emotional affair — and a very heavy one too, naturally. High-class guest vocals can be heard by mighty Henning Basse (FIREWIND), Zaher Zorgati (MYRATH), Björn Strid (SOILWORK) and Ross Thompson (VAN CANTO). There is a soundtrack-like, orchestral finesse inherent to the compositions, echoed by pounding groove and sophisticated shredding. Folklore and ballad chime in ('Forsaken Love'), heavy thrash rears its ugly head ('We Are Murderers (We All)'), and overall there is no doubt: XANDRIA are not only fearless, they are at their most entertaining and thrilling!" XANDRIA in 2013 parted ways with their singer of three years, Manuela Kraller, and replaced her with Dutch vocalist Dianne Van Giersbergen, who also fronts the progressive metal outfit EX LIBRIS. Dianne Van Giersbergen made her live debut with XANDRIA at the end of November 2013 on a Spanish tour. Speaking about XANDRIA's songwriting approach, Dianne Van Giersbergen told Metalheads Forever: "I think diversity is a good thing though it should never be used when only based on a commercial purpose. It is most important to create what you yourself would love and what is pure to your heart, close to who you are. If you lose that then the music detached from both band and musician and will cause the fans to not believe the music and performance anymore." XANDRIA is: Vocals: Dianne van Giersbergen Guitar: Marco Heubaum Guitar: Philip Restemeier Bass: Steven Wussow Drums: Gerit Lamm
Reactivated Brooklyn hard rock veterans LIFE OF AGONY will release their new album, "A Place Where There's No More Pain", on April 28 via Napalm. The band's fifth studio LP marks LIFE OF AGONY's first release since singer Mina Caputo (formerly known as Keith Caputo) came out as transgender in 2011. Napalm has launched a new video series, "A History Of Agony", via the label's YouTube channel. You can now watch the second part below. "A Place Where There's No More Pain" track listing: 01. Meet My Maker 02. Right This Wrong 03. A Place Where There’s No More Pain 04. Dead Speak Kindly 05. A New Low 06. World Gone Mad 07. Bag Of Bones 08. Walking Catastrophe 09. Song For The Abused 10. Little Spots Of You The official video for the "A Place Where There's No More Pain" title track can now be seen below. The clip was directed by Leigh Brooks of Firebelly Films and was shot predominately in Hamburg, Germany with a few shots from the London show on LIFE OF AGONY's recent European tour. "We were looking to capture the raw energy of our live show with the new video for 'A Place Where There's No More Pain'," said LIFE OF AGONY bassist Alan Robert. "As a longtime LIFE OF AGONY fan, director Leigh Brooks instantly knew exactly what we were going for. He's been a fan since the early nineties and we finally met at the Electric Ballroom gig in London last year. He shot that show and we immediately became friends. He's a super-talented guy with great vision and a deep passion for this band. He and his crew got pretty banged up shooting this one. [Laughs] They got right in the pit with their equipment — the poor guys! Leigh was one of the very first people outside of the band to hear the new music and he was completely psyched to be involved." "We have a long history of connecting to our fans on an emotional level through our words and music," Robert added. "And that's why I think there's something really relevant and timeless about the message behind the title track, 'A Place Where There's No More Pain'. It's about facing your problems head-on in order to find peace within yourself. A topic that really hits home for a lot of our fans struggling with their own demons. The opening line, 'running away only makes it worse,' couldn't be more true, because sooner or later those problems will catch up with you, and when they do, you gotta be strong enough to deal with them." In support of "A Place Where There's No More Pain", LIFE OF AGONY will hit the road this spring in the Northeast United States. The first short run of dates kicks off April 27 in Allston, Massachusetts and runs through April 29 in Poughkeepsie, New York. The second jaunt begins May 12 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and runs through May 20 in Sayreville, New Jersey. LIFE OF AGONY returned to the stage and performed on multiple festival dates in Europe over the summer of 2014. The band's famed "River Runs Red" lineup, consisting of vocalist Mina Caputo, guitarist Joseph Zampella (a.k.a. Joey Z), bassist Alan Robert and drummer Sal Abruscato, was excited to take the stage together once again after a three-year hiatus. Robert previously stated about "A Place Where There's No More Pain": "This record is a monster and we're so psyched to finally share it come April. It's got such an energy to it. Raging guitar riffs, heartfelt lyrics and killer grooves. "We definitely turned things up a few notches in 2017, and it feels great. And I gotta say, we've never been so focused as a band. Before we even wrote the first note, we all knew what kind of record we wanted to make. You can hear that drive and intensity in the tracks and you can feel the momentum building." Photo credit: Tania Gomez
Celebrated rock guitarist Michael Schenker has announced that he will be touring "Michael Schenker Fest" throughout the U.K. in November 2017. The four concerts take in London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire (November 2), Sheffield O2 Academy (November 3), Manchester O2 Ritz (November 4) and Hull City Hall (November 5). Tickets for the concerts at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire London, O2 Academy Sheffield and O2 Ritz Manchester are on O2 Priority Pre-Sale from 12 noon on Friday, March 17, and will go on general sale from 10 a.m. on Monday, March 20 from Ticketmaster and Ticketweb. Tickets for the Hull City Hall concert go on sale from 12 noon on Friday, March 17 from the Hull City box office booking, hullboxoffice.com. In recent memory, Michael Schenker's endeavor to unite rock fans together at his concerts has enraptured his audiences and so it is fitting that his most recent concept of "Michael Schenker Fest" does not disappoint one bit. The project reunites the original MICHAEL/MCAULEY SCHENKER GROUP vocalists — Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley — plus MSG musicians Steve Mann (guitar, keys), Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums). Says Schenker: "It's a miracle that after all these years, a tour like this will take place with the original band members of MSG. Being able to go back to those days and celebrate the music is an exciting experience for us, as well as for old and new fans. To being able to re-experience, and for the new audience to get a feel of what it was like, is incredibly enjoyable." Continues Schenker: "It's an amazing feeling to have all of my MSG family from the '80s performing together and especially with Graham Bonnet, who I never got to play any concerts after our 'Assault Attack' album that was originally released in 1982. Fortunately, being able to have the participation of original MSG members, including Gary Barden, Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums) being part of it, and to perform with Robin McAuley and Steve Mann (guitar, keyboards) again as well, is pretty awesome.” Since the first "Michael Schenker Fest" concert at Sweden Rock Festival in June 2016, the project has gained serious momentum. Performing at a sold-out Tokyo show in August 2016 they recorded a live DVD, which has gathered critical acclaim worldwide. Schenker reflects on the "Michael Schenker Fest" that was performed in Tokyo in August 2016: "It was just one enjoyable event from beginning to end. Seeing those happy, excited fans right from the beginning before the show even started, was incredible. It was like Budokan all over again." "It's wonderful how we all got on with each other," he continues. "It felt incredibly natural, as if it was always like this. Right from the start of rehearsal, the chemistry was great. No problems, just pure fun. We plan to continue this when we perform the U.K. concerts in November 2017." Photo credit: Emili Muraki
The official lyric video for the song "Resistance" from MEMORIAM, the new Birmingham, United Kingdom-based death/grind metal band featuring Karl Willets (BOLT THROWER) on vocals, Frank Healy (BENEDICTION, CEREBRAL FIX) on bass, Scott Fairfax (CEREBRAL FIX) on guitar and Andy Whale (BOLT THROWER) on drums, can be seen below. The track is taken from MEMORIAM's debut album, "For The Fallen", which will be released on March 24 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album's impressive artwork was created by Dan Seagrave (BENEDICTION, DISMEMBER, HYPOCRISY, SUFFOCATION). Seagrave stated about the "For The Fallen" artwork: "Starting from the band's thoughts on visualizing a kind of funeral procession with a theme of combat, war and in conjunction with the title 'For The Fallen', as with all my works, I then attempt to make the information evolve in my mind's eye, and allow imagination to take over those elements but retaining the core concept. The painting thus depicts a funeral procession moving through a long-wartorn cityscape. Twisted shards of towers and buildings. A cathedral facade stands defiantly, yet riddled with destruction and decay. At closer insp,ection the structures all seem to be infected with an element of natural decomposition, as if organically inclined to fade with the demise of the season, the season itself lost in a timeless void. The figures appear as remnants of once soldiers, now strange in their gathered mass, drawn forwards by the drifting momentum of the procession. Unaware of their emaciated state they follow the commander. The commander's elongated appearance is tattered and almost creature-like, with the combat-style elements and gasmask falsely presenting as a costume. The procession appears almost ghost-like, ancient and serene, slowly moving through this eerie place as if forever. Far in the background there might still be a war happening, but perhaps in another time. As we view a sublevel of reality, lost in the present, captured in light, where the war had passed through and we are left in a ghost biology, where chemicals and history meet to create an inescapable surrealism." "For The Fallen" track listing: Digi 01. Memoriam 02. War Rages On 03. Reduced To Zero 04. Corrupted System 05. Flatline 06. Surrounded (By Death) 07. Resistance 08. Last Words LP Side A 01. Memoriam 02. War Rages On 03. Reduced To Zero 04. Corrupted System Side B 01. Flatline 02. Surrounded (By Death) 03. Resistance 04. Last Words MEMORIAM was primarily developed to fill the void that was left following the tragic death of Martin "Kiddie" Kearns, the drummer from BOLT THROWER, back in September 2015. BOLT THROWER subsequently placed all activity on hold for the foreseeable future which gave Karl Willetts an opportunity to develop a new project with friends that had expressed interest in forming a band for some time. MEMORIAM is an old-school death metal band, maintaining the standards set by their previous bands, focusing on the themes of death, loss and war. Initially, the bandmembers got together to play covers of songs that had influenced them throughout their careers within the death metal scene. However, it soon became apparent that the new songs that they created were of a superior standard. Photo credit: Gobinder Jhitta
NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen and SABATON drummer Hannes Van Dahl welcomed their first child, a daughter named Freja, on March 15. They say in a statement: "We are very happy parents! Thank you for your kind support coming in from all over the world during this time!" Van Dahl is sitting out shows on SABATON's European tour so that he could spend time with his family during this period. Fillling in for him is Daniel Sjögren (TWILIGHT FORCE, BLOODBOUND). Asked by Spain's Metal Journal whether his family situation will have an impact on his ability to tour with SABATON, Hannes said: "Well, you know, as far as I'm concerned, nothing will really change, 'cause this is what I do, an this is… this is what I do to make a living. People have had kids before in this business. So, to stop any worries — 'cause I know a lot of people are worried [about me] quitting the band — I will stay in the band. And as far as I can say, when it's time, I need to go and be there with my family. But when I've done that, I'm going back to touring. So I won't leave. I will be there." Jansen herself has spoken about the challenges of raising a child while being in a touring band like NIGHTWISH. She told Finland's Radio Rock last fall: "Of course, it's a very challenging combination, and I was very happy that the way [NIGHTWISH is] today — or, actually, have always been — it's a very open group; we can talk about things. And the guys, actually, were curious. A few months ago, we started talking about it, like, 'So, 2017… How about kids? Yeah?' So it's great to think about things together: how can we combine it? Also 'cause my partner is in a successful band, touring a lot. Yeah, then you need the cooperation of the people that you are family with also. So I am not afraid that won't work. It will be a challenge, for sure, but, yeah, a little SABATON or NIGHTWISH daycare program sounds lovely, doesn't it? [Laughs]" Jansen also dismissed rumors that she will leave the band after welcoming her first child. She told Mariskal Rock TV: "No, I won't [quit NIGHTWISH]. I love this way too much; don't worry. You don't even have negative speculations one way or another. Things are great, and let's keep on doing this forever." SABATON's eighth album, "The Last Stand", was released last August via Nuclear Blast. Van Dahl joined SABATON in November 2013 after previously playing with another Swedish band, EVERGREY.