OMNIUM GATHERUM have just released their brand new single “Blade Reflections”. It is now available on all streaming and download platforms and will also be featured on a limited Edition Omnium Gatherum / Skalmöld split 7-inch, which will be available on the upcoming "Arctic Circle Alliance” European Tour (see below for all dates). You can watch the lyric video for “Blade Reflections” streaming here: https://youtu.be/j5glljbcJPw Singer Jukka Pelkonen comments, "In the light of recent events we wanted to voice our opinion about the tragedy of suicide. This is a subject that may concern anyone at some point. ʻBlade Reflectionsʼ is a statement against suicide and an encouragement to all of those who dwell in the depths of self-annihilation. Having been there myself too, I know how devastating it can be. There is nothing more precious than this life itself and it is worth seeing through. Though, we do not condemn those who choose to go, rather we want to stand by with all the rest, all of us, who are staying."
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Music creates different reactions in different people. Different strokes to rule the world, so to speak. Heavy music is just as divided over sub genres as indie rock or electronic or rap. Some people only like death metal or prog or love or hate metalcore. Don’t even get me started on how many styles of punk people like to bicker over.
Writing is a bit more matter of fact. Stripped of the noise of guitar or screams, words alone can invite in or dissuade anyone. Whether you are a fan of singer Mike Hranica’s very popular band The Devil Wears Prada or not, I’d strongly suggest anyone read his new book Three Dots & The Guilt Machine. Order it HERE.
Mostly poetry or reflections on travel, faces met along the way or the numbing or raw feeling filled clamor of the modern world, the book is really, really good. It is probably my favorite thing Mike has actually had his name attached to, though I am a big fan of his band’s fifth record 8:18.
It was nice to have a very mellow phone chat with Mike about the five year process of making this book, wrestling with incomplete work as well as what to keep personal, the power of memory and some additional discussion of his band’s recent conceptual Space EP. Check it out BELOW.Add to My Radar
To enter, watch the video of Kellen and Ant playing “Stay the Course” here, then film your own playthrough video and post a link to your video in the YouTube playthrough video’s comments. The band will watch ALL the submissions and pick a winner (the person who plays the song as accurately as possible). Note that you’ll also need to fill out the entry form below by September 18, 2015!
One grand-prize winner will win:
• A new ESP LTD EC-50 BLKS guitar (pictured above)
Here’s the official “Stay the Course” music video for extra inspiration!
CONTEST OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF U.S. AND CANADA. SEE THE VIDEO DESCRIPTION FOR CONTEST RULES AND PRIZES!
Guitarist Kellen McGregor says, “Stay the Course was a lot of fun to write and very rewarding to see it be received so well by our fans. We always get requests for play-throughs of our songs and felt this song in particular would be a perfect fit! We hope y’all have fun with the covers and we look forward to checking them out!”
Memphis May Fire recently played to record crowds as one of the headliners on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour and are set to follow that up with a tour of Australia, Europe and the UK this fall. The band is also confirmed to play Warped Tour UK on October 18 in London, alongside Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, August Burns Red and many more.
The track is one of 4 bonus tracks that appear on the upcoming Deluxe Edition of the band’s latest LP ‘Unconditional’, which will be released this Friday.
In addition to the acoustic version of “Beneath The Skin,” the LP features the new tracks “My Generation”, “Stay The Course” and an acoustic version of “Need To Be.” The music video for “Stay The Course” can be viewed here.
Guitarist Kellen McGregor says, “It’s always enjoyable to reimagine songs acoustically as we’re primarily a band that writes heavy music with a lot of riffing. ‘Need To Be’ made sense to choose considering it’s already a softer track from “Unconditional” & lends itself nicely to an acoustic interpretation. Reworking ‘Beneath The Skin’ was a fun challenge due to its heavier nature, but the process was very rewarding & it turned out more amazing than we could have possibly imagined.”
The Deluxe Edition was remixed & remastered by Brian Hood (Being As An Ocean, Sworn In) at 456 Recordings.
I love that The Devil Wears Prada always make me reasses intial impressions on repeat listens, at least since their early days. Prada have subtly tweaked their sound in ways fans have accepted more than, say, Job For A Cowboy with each release. It’s hard to pin how some bands can be succesful at this with fans while others aren’t as embraced.
I like that TDWP “never sounded quite like this” each time, while still retaining trademark elements, dissonance, screaming, some catchy
hooks for the new school emocore kids and weird textures. The Chariot was another band that managed to evolve really distinctively, whereas while the new JFAC proggier direction yielded some cool results, you’d be hard pressed to peg it as the band you knew even an album ago.
Prada meanwhile have been perfecting their approach with each release since Dead Throne. Their themed Zombie EP is a well loved “aww shit” classic to many of their fans, some of their heaviest yet well developed tunes. I like the idea of themed concept EPs a bit more than stringing a story through many albums ala Coheed, for example. I mean, it’s cool to follow a lengthy intertwined tale as in King Diamond’s Them and Conspiracy albums, but then you have the cases of Geoff Tate from Queensryche calling his post-Queensryche band Operation: Mindcrime or Metallica’s “Unforgiven pt. 15″…and that gets to be painfully desperate, grasping at the last straws of a once glorious concept. Prada have decided to put more substance in their albums both long and short, with consistently superior long players and EPs with short little punch to the gut/head concepts that are easy to participate in with enthusiasm for a bit before moving on to the next material.
Full review BELOW.
“Of Mice & Men regrets to announce that the remaining dates of the ‘Full Circle Tour’ will be cancelled. Therefore, tonight’s show at Soma in San Diego and Tuesday’s show at El Plaza Condesa in Mexico City will no longer go ahead. Lead singer Austin Carlile was admitted to a hospital yesterday morning and per doctor’s orders has been kept in overnight for evaluation. The band regrets not being able to perform for their fans and hopes to be back in both cities as soon as possible. Refunds for both shows will be available at point of purchase, however Of Mice & Men are planning to reschedule both shows for a later date in the year. We will have more news on this in the the coming weeks and tickets holders are welcome to retain their tickets, as they will remain valid for these rescheduled dates.”
Speedy recovery, hombre.Add to My Radar
“At the end of October, upon completing our run of shows in Mexico, Chris decided that it was time to stay home and be with his wife and daughter. While losing a founding member might seem to be a bumpy transition to announce, we find ourselves terrifically proud and enthused to continue moving forward with touring and writing new material. The upcoming Space EP is a testament to what we’re capable of and the always truthful fact that TDWP is a collective collaboration rather than any single member or component. We’re happy to say that parting ways with Chris couldn’t have been more amicable: we understand and wish him the very best at being with his family.
“In the meantime, our good friend Kyle is playing with us: a fine gentleman and an excellent guitarist who helped out tremendously in the making of Space EP. The Zombie 5 Tour is off to a fantastic start, and we look forward to seeing all of you at an upcoming show.”Add to My Radar
Exotype are exporters of metal as quick to transform through shifting shapes as the Transformium in Age Of Extinction. The band have been busy since their Rise Records S/T debut first started pummeling ears, though ironically early effort “Rise” from the band’s older release Emerge is cool as well. The band bring a whirlwind of production, dubstep and synth elements and crushing heavy parts paired with great vocal and instrumental hooks and neo-organic/machine sounds. They really did a great job, with manipulation of sounds fans of Suicide Silence, edgier-Linkin Park, Korn, Gemini syndrome or Threat Signal will all eat up.
“Relentless” with Ronnie Canizaro first sold me but the rest of the record quickly had me into this aspiring and ready for the front lines bad ass band.
All questions were answered by Rob Walden, guitarist. Click HERE for more.
Acacia Strain will help anyone fill the idle void waiting for Nicki Minaj’s The Pink Print by dropping their new LP Coma Witch on October 14 via Rise Records. The band has revealed cover art and track listing for the album, which was produced by Will Putney (Body Count, Suicide Silence). Coma Witch will be released digitally and physically, as a 2 disc set with the 2nd disc consisting of a 28 minute track titled “Observer”. Haters are gonna be lining up to give the band 28 minute blumpkins after they hear this record, cuz this is The Acacia Strain with their eye on the long game. “Graveyard Shift” is my favorite new track so far, a song so angry it makes you wonder what has been going on in these guy’s lives.
Check out the band’s music video for the new pulverizing track “Cauterizer” here.
Check out the band’s upcoming tour dates here.
For their genre, these cats don’t have many “peers”. You know who this band is. Bring it on.
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Chicopee, Massachusetts deathcore vets The Acacia Strain have recently been teasing a new album through several different sources and we finally have the details. The album is going to be called Coma Witch and is set to be released October 14th through Rise Records. They have also released the first single and music video called “Cauterizer.”
To get your first listen of new Acacia Strain click right here.
Coma Witch will be the band’s seventh full length album and the first without guitarist Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz. It will also be the first to feature replacements Devin Shidaker of ex-Oceano fame and ex-Molotov Solution guitarist Richard Gomez. Laskiewicz hadn’t toured with the band in years but was still writing and producing for them up until his May 2013 departure. So that means this will be the first album they’ve released without his input…should be interesting to see how their sound progresses.Add to My Radar
Bogie’s is a classic venue that has hosted, and continues to host, the best names in hardcore – both large and small. Many bands got their shit started at this place over the years, so it is great when a band gives it back. Class acts The Acacia Strain did just that the other night after a fired up gig with Full Blown Chaos.
What an amazing fucking weekend!!!!! This is what I’m talking about!!! So,The Acacia Strain donated ALL of their money to help fix the rest of the roof and pay off a back bill!!! Now I remember why I do this!!!! – Mike BlackNBlue’s Facebook post
My old school show pal Matt Slater, who I’ve known since Beneath The Remains/Unbalanced days in Poughkeepsie’s hardcore late 90’s boom, was cool enough to send us his thoughts and some photos from the show!
“We arrived in Albany at Bogies in time to catch all the bands on the bill . The local bands put on a great show , with plenty of dancing , leading up to the main acts that night . Fbc was first , playing a wide array of songs , with sing alongs, & pile ons , one after the other . Tas took the stage right after fbc, and opened up with the beast , nightman , btm fdr , skynet ,the impaler,& hills have eyes just to name a few of their carnal onslaught of tunes . After the show , the acacia strain donated all their pay back to Bogies” – Matt Slater
Click HERE for some pics from the show!Add to My Radar
Memphis May Fire have released “Beneath The Skin”, my favorite effort yet from the band. This elevates them to another level in my head, as this great sing along , rib crusher is about empowerment and a generation too blind to see “true beauty is beneath the skin.” The conviction and moral compass of the song is unwavering as the band deliver on a topic of cutting/self-harm and existential crisis, kind of like this is a new Stick to Your Guns “Amber” or something. There’s also a really sweet Glassjaw meets Coheed meets Senses Fail melodic emo kind of radio hook and yet it is also so “owned” that the band make it not “trying so hard” that it tips their hand or kills the song’s otherwise crushing coolness. haha.
You can tell MMF have really been working hard lately, from their STP cover (which grew on me) to this track. The band are putting in the extra effort and I am now definitely a fan.
Check the clip HERE.Add to My Radar
Courtesy of @MemphisMayFire
There’s no doubt that the 2014 Monster Energy Aftershock Festival will be one of the premiere rock and metal events of the year. That said, ‘Loudwire Nights With Full Metal Jackie’ and Loudwire.com have teamed up with Roadrunner Records to potentially place you in the center of the action. We’re offering you the chance to fly away to catch this year’s event in Sacramento, Calif., the weekend of Sept. 13 & 14.
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