Saturday, 22 July 2017

THY ART IS MURDER Watch the band's new video for "The Son of Misery"


THY ART IS MURDER will release their punishing new album Dear Desolation on August 18 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The Australian band has just dropped another sonic thunderbolt from the album in the form of the fiery video for "The Son of Misery." 
Watch it here:

About Dear Desolation, vocalist C.J. McMahon said, 
"I feel the strongest I've ever felt going into a record. Coming back to the fold of our band has reinvigorated me. I missed my brothers, touring, and of course all our dedicated fans around the world who have always given us their all. This new record is going to shape our future; we gave it everything we could and then some. In the past, I was the weakest link and now that I have re-built myself, we are stronger than ever and nothing can stand in our way."

Adds guitarist Andy Marsh, "Hate, War, Desolation; the trilogy series of the path mankind has laid out before himself. We are prouder than ever of our efforts on this record. A lot of time, planning, creativity and teamwork has culminated in what we think is our most completed vision yet: Dear Desolation."

ICYMI:
Check out the music video for the first single, "Slaves Beyond Death", here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvPK0qKB8m4

Catch THY ART IS MURDER on tour this August/September with label mates DECAPITATED, FALLUJAH and GHOST BATH.

"The Double Homicide Tour 2017"
THY ART IS MURDER, DECAPITATED, FALLUJAH, GHOST BATH
20-Aug-17 Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
21-Aug-17 Richmond, VA - Canal Club
22-Aug-17 Greensboro, NC - Blind Tiger
23-Aug-17 Atlanta, GA - The New Masquerade
24-Aug-17 New Orleans, LA - Southport Hall
25-Aug-17 Houston, TX - Scout Bar
26-Aug-17 Austin, TX - Come and Take It Live
27-Aug-17 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar 'N Grill
29-Aug-17 Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
30-Aug-17 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
31-Aug-17 Spokane, WA - The Pin
01-Sep-17 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
02-Sep-17 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
03-Sep-17 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
05-Sep-17 Reno, NV - Jub Jub's
06-Sep-17 San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
07-Sep-17 West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre
08-Sep-17 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
09-Sep-17 Mesa, AZ - Club Red
10-Sep-17 El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
11-Sep-17 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
13-Sep-17 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
14-Sep-17 Joliet, IL - The Forge
15-Sep-17 Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
16-Sep-17 Toronto, ON - The Opera House
17-Sep-17 Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
18-Sep-17 Ottawa, ON - Brass Monkey
19-Sep-17 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
20-Sep-17 Syracuse, NY - The Lost Horizon
21-Sep-17 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
22-Sep-17 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
23-Sep-17 Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
24-Sep-17 Columbus OH - Park Street


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Friday, 21 July 2017

VENOM INC.discuss "Avé" album art in third trailer


Black metal originators VENOM INC. will unleash their upcoming full-length opus, Avé, out August 11, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band release the third video trailer detailing the album's intricate artwork. 

Check it out here: 

ICYMI:
Part 1 – signing to Nuclear Blast: https://youtu.be/y8hD3hMpRqQ
Part 2 – writing Avé: https://youtu.be/hv6AQ_wLvWY
More on Avé:
'Dein Fleisch' OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKBb24JaLXM
'Avé Satanas' OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt_yGt0ET0U

Regardless of your take on black metal forefathers VENOM, they are the undisputed originators of extreme metal as we know it. Almost 40 years after their inception, the revitalized 1989-1992 line-up of guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn, vocalist/bassist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan and drummer Anthony "Abaddon" Bray have returned with a monster of an album.

VENOM INC. was born during an impromptu live set at 2015's Keep it True Festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. The on-stage reunion was a rousing success amongst VENOM fans and music industry personnel alike, and although it was originally only set up for fun, Dolan began receiving numerous show offers for VENOMINC. from booking agents around the world. What started as a live set to celebrate VENOM's legacy immediately turned into a serious reunion discussion. The rest is history.

Going in to writing Avé, VENOM INC. realized their live performance was the key to creating an album that would be a metal classic. It was clear that any songs the trio came up with had to have the intensity, the honesty and the aggression that was happening for VENOM INC. in a live situation. Simply put, they needed to translate what they do on stage onto a record. Not once did they look back on the VENOM catalogue and think, "We have to write another 'Black Metal' or another 'Schizo'…" The focus is on VENOM INC. and everything the rejuvenated three-piece do in the here and now.

While unexpected at the outset, the end result of this reunion is an album that true VENOM fans will gladly add to the top of their playlists.

Avé - Track Listing:
01. Ave Satanas
02. Forged In Hell
03. Metal We Bleed
04. Dein Fleisch
05. Blood Stained
06. Time To Die
07. The Evil Dead
08. Preacher Man
09. War
10. I Kneel To No God
11. Black N Roll

VENOM INC. is:
Jeff "Mantas" Dunn | guitars
Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan | bass, vocals
Anthony "Abaddon" Bray | drums

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The Darkness unleash brand new single 'All The Pretty Girls' album 'Pinewood Smile': Oct 6th


PINEWOOD SMILE
RELEASED OCTOBER 6th THROUGH COOKING VINYL

‘ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS’
NEW TRACK OUT NOW

HUGE WINTER HEADLINE TOUR

England’s most distinctive, multiple award-winning, platinum-selling, hugely entertaining rock gods – and one-time saviours of rock’n’roll turned national pleasures – The Darknessare back with their fifth album Pinewood Smile, due for release October 6th through Cooking Vinyl. 
Marking the announcement the band have today unveiled the spectacular album opener‘All The Pretty Girls’, across all streaming platforms. It’s also available for download with pre-orders of the album for the instant gratification of fans.

Click here for details: https://TheDarkness.lnk.to/PS

‘All The Pretty Girls’ is a glorious, hard-rockin’, autobiographical anthem intellectually examining the fact that when you’re a rock star you get a lot of attention from ladies and discussing the ethical conundrums that come with that.

As Justin Hawkins so eloquently sings with trouser-splitting vocal magnificence; 
All the pretty girls, like me for who I am / All the pretty girls, when the record goes platinum / Plenty of action, massive attraction, when you’re selling out stadiums / All the pretty girls… and their mums”. Hard-hitting social commentary, right there!

Addressing the forthcoming album and The Darkness’ undoubted relevance in 2017, Justin asks, somewhat rhetorically of the world at large, 
“Why should anybody care? Because if you don't, we're fucked!! History will remember us as the apathetic generation who negligently ushered in a dreadful dystopian age that may or may not come to be known as ‘The Rise of the Arseclowns’. We cannot allow this to continue! You may not give a shit about Brexit or Trump, but PLEASE... give a shit about The Darkness otherwise the last bastion of cultural sensibility will fall and our airwaves will be polluted by meaningless pop purveyed by arseholes and morons... Oh wait!”

Returning to save our airwaves from mediocre, auto-tuned tweens and that awful, throbby EDM shite, the album Pinewood Smile finds The Darkness on electrifying form, delivering some of the most sharp-witted, infectious, humorous and downright brilliant songs of their career.

In addition to the cerebral treatise of ‘All The Pretty Girls’, the album boasts the swashbuckling ‘Buccaneers Of Hispaniola’, the expletive-strewn howl of frustration that is ‘Southern Trains’, the hugely emotional ‘Why Don’t The Beautiful Cry?’, the globally anthemic ‘Japanese Prisoner Of Love’, and the ode to pumping out smash hit after smash hit ‘Solid Gold’, which finds The Darkness addressing the turbulent nature of the music industry and how they have enjoyed its flamboyant highs and spectacular lows.

Written in Putney, recorded in Cornwall and produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse), the compositions have all the crucial elements of classic Darkness fare, but with added layers for the ears to peel away at… like a sonic onion but a lot tastier. It also features the drumming and vocal talents of gorgeous new band member Rufus Tiger Taylor, son of Queen legend Roger Taylor, who shares vocal duties with Justin on two of the tracks.

To celebrate the release of their comeback album Pinewood Smile, The Darkness will be touring extensively at the end of this year playing 17 dates in the UK throughout November and December including a headline show at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on December 10th (see dates below). The shows are part of a wider European tour, full dates can be found at http://www.thedarknesslive.com/tour-dates/

The Darkness have returned revitalised, re-energised and ready to take the world by the balls once again with Pinewood Smile. 

PINEWOOD SMILE TRACKLIST
All The Pretty Girls
Buccaneers Of Hispaniola
Solid Gold
Southern Trains
Why Don’t The Beautiful Cry?
Japanese Prisoner Of Love
Lay Down With Me, Barbara
I Wish I Was In Heaven
Happiness
Stampede Of Love 

The album will be released on CD, limited edition Deluxe CD (featuring four bonus tracks), Gatefold Heavyweight Vinyl, cassette and in both Standard and Deluxe digital versions.

THE DARKNESS UK TOUR DATES
NOVEMBER 
23/11 – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
24/11 – Manchester, Academy
25/11 – Blackburn, King George’s Hall
27/11 – Leeds, O2 Academy
28/11 – Newcastle, O2 Academy
29/11 – Glasgow, O2 Academy

DECEMBER
01/12 – Stoke-On-Trent, Victoria Hall
02/12 – Nottingham, Rock City
03/12 – Norwich, UEA
05/12 – Guildford, G Live
06/12 – Margate, Winter Gardens
07/12 – Southend-On-Sea, Cliffs Pavilion
09/12 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
10/12 – London, Eventim Apollo
11/12 – Brighton, Dome
13/12 – Cardiff, St David’s Hall
14/12 – Bristol, Colston Hall

THE DARKNESS DOCUMENTARY… COMING 2018 
The full breadth of The Darkness’ legendary rise to the top, spectacular slide to the bottom and steady climb back up the greasy pole of rock’n’roll is soon to be laid bare in glorious detail. Currently in production is a philosophical, darkly humorous and deeply personal documentary of The Darkness’ comeback, due for release in 2018.

The documentary is being created by world-renowned photographer and filmmaker Simon Emmett (Jay Z, Matt Damon, Helen Mirren). He has recorded over 250 hours of footage to date, capturing the past, present, hopes, dreams and inner mental turmoil of The Darkness. Until July 31st 2017 the film is garnering funding through Indiegogo, with a variety of exclusive pre-order items - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-darkness-documentary-music#/

As Justin explains, “As soon as ‘Permission To Land’ was wrapped up I already knew it was going to be a mega smash. But I also knew that the second album would not be, and that we’d split up, and I knew we’d come back together and I knew the comeback would be fabulous. The fabulous element of the comeback hasn’t materialised as yet, but it’s all a work in progress. To be frank – the story of The Darkness is: years of perspiration, overnight sensation, over-saturation, temporary separation, reunion elation, career renovation, ‘Pinewood Smile’ creation!”

FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE DARKNESS
Justin Hawkins – vocals & guitar / Dan Hawkins – guitar /
Frankie Poullain – bass / Rufus Tiger Taylor - drums 
2003 gave birth to one of the most extraordinary and best loved bands in the UK. The Darkness released their debut album Permission To Land to overnight success, topping the UK charts, going 5x Platinum and selling over 1.5 MILLION copies in the UK alone. It spawned a series of hit singles including ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’, ‘Growing On Me’, ‘Get Your Hands Off My Woman’ and ‘Love Is Only A Feeling’. It clocked up a series of awards including three BRIT Awards, two Kerrang Awards and an Ivor Novello for ‘Songwriters Of The Year’ amongst many others.

The Darkness played a number of landmark shows, including a headline set at the 2004 Reading & Leeds Festivals, as part of a whirlwind career of global touring as international sensations. The band then built upon the success of their debut with their 2005 follow upOne Way Ticket To Hell… And Back, which produced the Top 10 hit ‘One Way Ticket’.

In 2006 Justin Hawkins left the band, checking into rehab and The Darkness fell apart. Following successful treatment, the band reformed in 2011 touring Europe and South America in 2012 with Lady Gaga. They released their comeback album Hot Cakes that year and Last Of Our Kind in 2015.

The band have now returned in 2017 with Pinewood Smile, their first album to come through Cooking Vinyl. Ahead of the album’s announcement, The Darkness toured Europe in support of Guns N’ Roses and are playing a number of festivals in the UK and Europe during the summer.

KORPIKLAANI reveal first "Live at Masters of Rock" trailer!


Finnish Folk Metal Superstars KORPIKLAANI will release their first ever live Blu-ray/DVD+2CD package titled Live at Masters of Rock, on August 25th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast. After releasing the first single 'Pilli on pajusta tehty (live)', the band has now revealed the first trailer. Watch accordionist Sami Perttula and fiddle player Tuomas Rounakari talk about their special folk show with two additional musicians in 2016 and more, here:

Watch 'Pilli on pajusta tehty (live)' over on YouTube: 

After hearing the title of the package, it's easy to conclude that it was recorded at the identically named festival in Vizovice, Czech Republic. But there's even more to be excited about, this release doesn't just include KORPIKLAANI's show from 2016, it even has a second full show from 2014 as bonus feature. The 2016 concert features guest appearances from Tero Hyväluoma (additional fiddler) as well as Toni Perttula (additional accordion player), Sami's identical twin brother. Mixing of Live at Masters of Rock was handled by front man Jonne Järvelä himself, mastering was done by Svante Forsbäck (RAMMSTEIN etc.)

Jonne comments, 
"This our first ever DVD release, which we are quite proud of. It has no backing tracks, no choirs, no samples, all the mistakes are included. It is just us, KORPIKLAANI, pure live rock 'n' roll."
He also adds, "I spent a lot of time during the mastering process with Svante Forsbäck who recently handled the RAMMSTEIN mastering and we worked hard to achieve the right ambience and crowd sound. So when you turn it up loud, it feels like you are right there in the middle."

Sami adds, "For us, our bigger shows means more folk musicians, which are much cheaper than pyro, for example my brother agreed to this show for a few beers and he doesn't even drink much!"

Live at Masters of Rock - Track Listing:
Blu-ray/DVD
2016:
01. Intro (Tanhuvaara)
02. A Man With A Plan
03. Journey Man
04. Pilli on pajusta tehty
05. Erämaan ärjyt
06. Lempo
07. Sahti
08. Ruumiinmultaa
09. Vaarinpolkka
10. Viima
11. Metsämies
12. Kultanainen
13. Kipumylly
14. Ämmänhauta
15. Rauta
16. Kylästä keväinen kehto
17. Wooden Pints
18. Vodka
19. Beer Beer

2014:
01. Intro (Tanhuvaara)
02. Tuonelan tuvilla
03. Ruumiinmultaa
04. Metsämies
05. Kantaiso
06. Juodaan viinaa
07. Petoeläimen kuola
08. Sumussa hämärän aamun
09. Vaarinpolkka
10. Kultanainen
11. Uniaika
12. Louhen yhdeksäs poika
13. Uni
14. Vodka
15. Ievan polkka
16. Rauta
17. Wooden Pints
18. Pellonpekko
19. Happy Little Boozer

More on KORPIKLAANI:
'Ämmanhauta' OFFICIAL VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvZMFmbdue8
'Pilli on pajusta tehty' OFFICIAL VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCGlO2Ssqwk
'Lempo' OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWCowljfU0s
'A Man With A Plan' OFFICIAL VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc0sJvtKrRM
'FC Lahti' OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cznOQAqz3TQ

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

THE WHITE BUFFALO TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'DARKEST DARKS, LIGHTEST LIGHTS' ON OCTOBER 13TH


THE WHITE BUFFALO will be releasing his sixth full-length album 'Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights' on October 13th 2017 via Earache Records. 

THE WHITE BUFFALO a.k.a. songwriter Jake Smith has resolutely charted his own single-minded musical course for more than a decade. His captivating live presence and workingman's approach to his craft has earned him a loyal fan base worldwide. Last year he released ‘Love and The Death of Damnation’ an album that prompted Q magazine to note that "Smith's capacity to tell tales and evoke atmospheres remains undimmed" and that he was "a turbo charged Bruce Springsteen, equal parts brain and brawn". Uncut magazine thought it was "A rich composite of Eddie Vedder and Steve Earle...impressive" and
Classic Rock that "The music is audacious...a mix of hardcore country, southern rock and deep soul". Total Guitar cited it as “Superbly crafted acoustic Americana".

The first single from the album, "The Heart and Soul of the Night" will be available on iTunes and other streaming services this Friday, July 21st. Listen to it here: 

Smith last toured the UK earlier this year playing a sold out Shepherd’s Bush Empire to an ecstatic crowd. He has also played alongside Ryan Bingham, Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, Ziggy Marley, and Flogging Molly. You can watch his performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live here: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySLgCOd_z28>.

Over the course of five albums, various EPs and numerous prominent placements in such high-profile outlets as TV's Sons of Anarchy and Californication, Smith has built a powerful body of work that marks him as a genuine original. The California-bred artist writes timeless, vividly detailed character studies, tapping into the emotional lives of various misfits, outsiders and troubled souls with insight and compassion. His songwriting is matched by his rough-hewn, deeply expressive voice, and by his distinctive instrumental arrangements, which are simultaneously intimate and epic.

'Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights' track listing:
1. Hide and Seek
2. Avalon
3. Robbery
4. The Observatory
5. Madam's Soft, Madam's Sweet
6. Nightstalker Blues
7. If I Lost My Eyes
8. Border Town/Bury Me in Baja
9. The Heart and Soul of the Night
10. I Am the Moon

Pre-order 'Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights' starting this Friday, July 21st at http://www.earache.com/twb

BLACK STAR RIDERS release video for 'Cold War Love'


There’s a beautiful purity to the finest rock ‘n’ roll, a thrilling simplicity in striking an over-amplified guitar chord, a transcendent joy in getting high on just volume, adrenaline and a backbeat. BLACK STAR RIDERS, lifers in an industry less secure than a secret in a soap opera, understand this, which is why Heavy Fire, the quintet’s latest UK Top 10 album for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, sounds so fresh and exhilarating and alive.

The band are currently coming to the end of a run of well-received European summer festival dates with new drummer Chad Szeliga. Just prior to their “special guest” slot at the Ramblin’ Man Fair on July 29th, BLACK STAR RIDERS are pleased to present the official lyric video for the track 'Cold War Love'. The song is a smouldering and reflective ballad, packed with the band's signature sound and soaring riffs. 
Check it out over on YouTube: 

Speaking about the track, Ricky Warwick commented:
 "You can't fix yourself by breaking somebody else."

Formed in 2012, BLACK STAR RIDERS signed their first contract with Nuclear Blast Entertainment in the same year. Under the banner of the independent label, the band released three critically acclaimed albums: All Hell Breaks Loose, The Killer Instinct and Heavy Fire.

BLACK STAR RIDERS' latest album Heavy Fire gained worldwide success reaching: #6 UK in the National chart, #11 in the German National chart, #91 in the USA Current Top Albums.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

THY ART IS MURDER release first studio trailer for "Dear Desolation"


Australia’s premiere incendiary musical export, THY ART IS MURDER, will release their new album Dear Desolation on August 18th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. 
Today, the band has released their first studio trailer detailing the making of the album, here: https://youtu.be/2kae5J9GTvU

Check out the music video for the first single, "Slaves Beyond Death", at this location:

Dear Desolation was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio in Belleville, NJ. Artwork was created by Eliran Kantor (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, SODOM).

Comments THY ART IS MURDER vocalist C.J. McMahon:
"I feel the strongest I've ever felt going into a record. Coming back to the fold of our band has reinvigorated me. I missed my brothers, touring, and of course all our dedicated fans around the world who have always given us their all.

"This new record is going to shape our future; we gave it everything we could and then some. In the past, I was the weakest link and now that I have re-built myself, we are stronger than ever and nothing can stand in our way."

Catch THY ART IS MURDER on tour this August/September with label mates DECAPITATED, FALLUJAH and GHOST BATH.

"The Double Homicide Tour 2017"
THY ART IS MURDER, DECAPITATED, FALLUJAH, GHOST BATH
20-Aug-17 Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
21-Aug-17 Richmond, VA - Canal Club
22-Aug-17 Greensboro, NC - Blind Tiger
23-Aug-17 Atlanta, GA - The New Masquerade
24-Aug-17 New Orleans, LA - Southport Hall
25-Aug-17 Houston, TX - Scout Bar
26-Aug-17 Austin, TX - Come and Take It Live
27-Aug-17 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar 'N Grill
29-Aug-17 Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
30-Aug-17 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
31-Aug-17 Spokane, WA - The Pin
01-Sep-17 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
02-Sep-17 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
03-Sep-17 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
05-Sep-17 Reno, NV - Jub Jub's
06-Sep-17 San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
07-Sep-17 West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre
08-Sep-17 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
09-Sep-17 Mesa, AZ - Club Red
10-Sep-17 El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
11-Sep-17 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
13-Sep-17 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
14-Sep-17 Joliet, IL - The Forge
15-Sep-17 Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
16-Sep-17 Toronto, ON - The Opera House
17-Sep-17 Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
18-Sep-17 Ottawa, ON - Brass Monkey
19-Sep-17 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
20-Sep-17 Syracuse, NY - The Lost Horizon
21-Sep-17 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
22-Sep-17 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
23-Sep-17 Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
24-Sep-17 Columbus OH - Park Street

THY ART IS MURDER's latest album, Holy War, landed at #82 on the Billboard Top 200 in its first week of sales. This marks the first time THY ART IS MURDER has made the coveted chart. The band saw similar success in their homeland where they reached #7 on the Aria Charts – the highest position ever for an Australian extreme metal act.

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