Late in 2019, musician Joe Keery quietly unveiled his solo project Djo and his full-length psych odyssey, Twenty Twenty. Today, he returns with the single “Keep Your Head Up,” featuring the spaced out psych rock influences that Keery has employed in most of his music projects, but also mixing in elements of funk reminiscent of Prince and George Clinton. The song is a much needed shot of positivity in an otherwise dark time.
Later today, Joe Keery will join The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne in conversation with The Talkhouse. Tune inHERE at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET. Additionally, Djo (both Keery and co-producer and co-writer Adam Thein) will participate in a Reddit AMA on r/indieheads tomorrow at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. More info HERE.
Keery began playing music in his teens after co-opting his sister’s guitar, but it was during his college years at DePaul University in Chicago that he formed his first band and began to seriously pursue music. That band was Post Animal, the heavy psych rock outfit that went on to release a self-titled EP and two subsequent albums via Polyvinyl. They also toured with artists like Twin Peaks, Wavves and Cage The Elephant and played numerous festivals including Bonnaroo and Shaky Knees.
In 2019, with no announcement or fanfare, Keery’s solo-project Djo was unveiled not with a single, but a lush, self-reflective, layered 12 track full-length album titled Twenty Twenty. “Joe Keery built a carnival. The resonance of each riff or beat is not new, but redesigned and reshaped into the beauty it is today. The face of psych or alternative mirrored through his own design, and it reveals a person who shouldn’t be underestimated,” said Rodeo Mag. Despite the album being released under the radar and without a label, fans found their way to it, and Twenty Twenty has had more than 40 million streams to date.
Major touring and festival dates were plotted for Djo throughout 2020, but with the global pandemic putting plans on hold, Keery returned to the studio to make something new. “Keep Your Head Up” is the first of much more new music to come.
Public Enemy is back with a new song and video, “State of the Union (STFU),” a fiery return to the frontlines as they take on Donald Trump and his fascist regime. PE is giving away the track to fans for free at www.publicenemy.com starting today. It is also available to stream on all major DSPs worldwide. “State of the Union (STFU)” was produced by DJ Premier.
An unflinching statement about the destruction the current administration has unleashed on the country and its people, “State of the Union (STFU)” speaks truth to power while urging people to fight against racism, injustice and oppression with their vote.
It’s the latest in a string of powerful messages about Trump from PE frontman Chuck D, who has addressed Trump’s policies and rhetoric for the past several years through his work with Prophets of Rage and as a solo artist. “Our collective voices keep getting louder. The rest of the planet is on our side. But it’s not enough to talk about change. You have to show up and demand change,” says Chuck D. “Folks gotta vote like their lives depend on it, ‘cause it does.” “Public Enemy tells it like it is,” added Flavor Flav. “It’s time for him to GO.”
New York’s blackened, death metal juggernaut ALEKHINE’S GUN returns to the forefront of the underground metal scene with the release of an annihilating new single titled, “21,” which debuted yesterday at ConsequenceOfSound.net and is streaming now on YouTube. The song is the band’s first new material in six years, since the release of their 2014 heralded breakout EP, …And Kings Will Fall, and will be featured on a forthcoming EP, Year of the Lazerus, that’s due out at a future date. Details of the release are forthcoming.
Commenting on their long-awaited new single, guttural vocal powerhouse Jessica Pimentel states, “Inspired by the traditional Tibetan Buddhist prayer ‘Praises to the Twenty-One Taras,’ ‘21’ is a musical offering and an act of paying homage to the primordial power within by delving deeply into calling upon the forces of fierce compassion and the wrathful aspect of love and wisdom needed in times of fear and uncertainty in order to seek refuge and gain enlightenment. Reaching beyond time and space, the bond between us and the true nature of reality is unbreakable, unstoppable and eternal.”
ALEKHINE’S GUN blends elements of thrash, black metal and death metal with subtle undertones and nods to New York hardcore of the 90’s and all things extreme. In this unique combination they have unlocked a captivating sound and style and created a feel that is notable and recognizably their own.
In 2012, ALEKHINE’S GUN released a four-track EP entitled Meditations In Wrath with Jeff Martinez (Desolate) on guitar, Dan Martinez (King Hell) on bass and Jessica Pimentel “The Crusher” (Everybody Gets Hurt/Desolate) on Vocals and guitar. This NYC veteran lineup delivered a greatly received, high-energy sonic assault with their debut release. Their music is laced with a barrage of head-banging riffs and groove, colored with dark harmony and accented by relentless, technical drumming. Adding to all of this are fierce, in your face vocals and lyrics steeped in the profound wisdom of ancient Buddhist texts, vibrant imagery, and raw emotional honesty. ALEKHINE’S GUN brings you a primal, transcendent, electric energy. This fury is not only felt in recordings but wherever they go as they have been marked as being stand out, vigorous, dynamic performers who hold their own in any live venue alongside world renowned bands. In 2014 with the sophomore release entitled …And Kings Will Fall still proved ALEKHINE’S GUN is a force to be reckoned with. They bring to you heart and passion; Insight and meditation; Wrath and spirit.
“We are Alekhine’s Gun from Brooklyn, New York. This is who we are. This is what we do.”
Playing YouTube Live Stream Concert This Thursday April 16 Grammy Award-Winning Album Mettavolution Out Now on ATO Records
“Rodrigo y Gabriela has a hard act to follow every time they release an album: themselves… Their career offers insight into how creative you can be with just two guitars.” – NPR
“Mettavolution reassures that for as long as they’re around, Rodrigo y Gabriela will be echoing their influences as only they can.” – PITCHFORK
“Beauty, anguish, and euphoria, it’s all here, wrapped up in a visceral earthly music struggling toward enlightenment.” – NO DEPRESSION
World-renowned acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album earlier this year for their virtuosic fifth record Mettavolution, and today they share their thrilling new single “Gamma State.” Originally written during the Mettavolution sessions, the track is now streaming across all platforms. Listen to “Gamma State” HERE.
Rodrigo y Gabriela have been keeping busy in quarantine in their Ixtapa, Mexico studio, performing for their fans on Instagram on a daily basis. They recently covered Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name Of” and launched a Dua Lipa Cover Song Challenge, covering the pop star’s smash hit “Don’t Start Now” and challenging their friends and fans to record their own versions of the track and tag @rodrigoygabriela on Instagram. “The idea is to bring fresh music performances into our world today no matter what so we can enjoy and heal at the same time,” they say.
This Thursday, April 16, Rodrigo y Gabriela will be performing a concert from their studio on YouTube Live. The show starts at 4pm EDT / 1pm PDT / 9pm BST and will be streaming HERE.
Three years in the making, Mettavolution brings together Rodrigo y Gabriela’s passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution and the liberation of the potential we have as a species; all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars. The album features six original tracks and an incredible 19-minute cover of Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” and was recorded with Grammy-winning producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, LCD Soundsystem). It debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart upon its 2019 release, also arriving at #2 on Rock Albums and #10 on Top Album Sales. The record received praise from NPR, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and more, and the duo performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and BBC’s The One Show before their triumphant Grammy win in February.
New Album, Curse of the Crystal Coconut, OutMay 29 Pre-Order NOW
Let’s drink and party the ALESTORM way – we’re only here to have fun!
Ahoy, filthy landlubbers! ALESTORM has just landed ashore with a brand new single, “Treasure Chest Party Quest”, fresh off of their upcoming album, Curse of the Crystal Coconut, out May 29, 2020 via Napalm Records. In true, raucous ALESTORM fashion, this chant-a-long foot-stomper will have you amped up to party in no time, and provides a hefty sample of what’s to come on the upcoming album.
With “Treasure Chest Party Quest”, Captain Christopher Bowes & Co. make one thing crystal clear: they will come for your treasure chest while partying so hard, they probably won’t even remember they stole your riches. Try to get this song out of your head – we dare ya!
But that’s not all! To the delight of seafarers everywhere, ALESTORM has also dropped a rowdy new video for the track – a wild visual ride through the minds of the “Pirate Metal Drinking Crew” that only they could dream up. Track suits, gambling, sportscars and newborn babies galore… they’re just here to have fun!
ALESTORM on the new video: “Oh wow! We tried our very best to make a video that would alienate as many of our fans as possible. I think we succeeded! This song is about giving birth to yourself, selling out, and driving awful Yugoslavian cars. All the classic elements of pirate metal!”
The“Pirate Metal Drinking Crew” is back to show all you filthy landlubbers what they’re made of! The band’s sixth long-player features eleven tracks presented true ALESTORM fashion, featuring guest performances from musical greats like Ally Storch of Subway To Sally (violin on the entire album) and Captain Yarrface of Rumahoy! A must-have, riff-laden anthem at any party, “Treasure Chest Party Quest” takes the listener onto a journey into the depths of “Tortugas” darkest taverns and Christopher Bowes’ unique sense of humor. The smashing, lively track “Chomp Chomp”, featuring vocals of Vreth of Finntroll, may make you never want to enter the open waters again, but will definitely entice you to dance along with its addictive melodies. “Pirate Metal Drinking Crew” is yet another foot-stomping anthem on the album that excels with a catchy rhythm and indelible hook. Be careful to not anger the great pirate Scurvy, or he might just unleash the Curse Of The Crystal Coconut with the brutal riffs of the “Pirate’s Scorn” upon you. Whether the album makes you want to grab a fresh coconut and sip it or open up a nice bottle of beer – it will definitely lead to a wild piratical escapade. For the extra-adventurous pirates amongst you, ALESTORM will release a 2-CD Mediabook with ground-breaking 16th century interpretations of the songs. Be sure to get yours.
Curse of the Crystal Coconut will be available in the following formats:
LTD Deluxe Wooden Box Set (including 2-CD Mediabook, exclusive 7’’ Single, Track Stems on USB Stick, Pendant, Flag, Postcards)
2 CD Mediabook – including 16th century interpretations of all songs
1 CD Jewel Case
LP Gatefold BLACK Vinyl
LP Gatefold RED Vinyl
LP Gatefold GOLD Vinyl
LP Gatefold PURPLE Vinyl
LP Gatefold Silver Vinyl (Napalm Records US Store exclusive)
Music Cassette + Walkman Bundle in Pirate Bag RED (strictly limited to 250)
Digital Deluxe Album
Treasure Chest Party Quest
Zombies Ate My Pirate Ship
Call of the Waves
Shit Boat (No Fans)
Pirate Metal Drinking Crew
Wooden Leg Pt. 2 (The Woodening)
Catch ALESTORM on tour and get the chance to listen to some new songs! 04.06.20 SE – Solvesborg / Sweden Rock 12.06.20 CH – Interlaken / Greenfield 19.06.20 BE – Dessel / Graspop Metal Meeting 20.06.20 FR – Clisson / Hellfest 03.07.20 ES – Barcelona / Rock Fest 04.07.20 IT – Villafranca di Verona / Rock The Castle 09.07.20 CZ – Vizovice / Masters of Rock 26.07.20 FR – Séléstat / Rock Your Brain 31.07.20 UA – Ternopil / Faine Misto 06.08.20 HR – Pula / Headbanger’s Holiday 08.08.20 NL – Leeuwarden / Into The Grave 14.08.20 DE – Dinkelsbühl / Summer Breeze 21.08.20 DE – Haddeby / Baltic Open Air 22.08.20 PL – Cieszanow / Cieszanow Festival 05.09.20 DE – Selb / Festival Medieval more tba!
ALESTORM are: Christopher Bowes – vocals, keytar Gareth Murdock – guitar Mate Bodor – bass Peter Alcorn – drums Elliot Vernon – keyboard
Touring Worldwide this Spring | US Headline Tour Begins April 23
New Album, Macro, Out Now via Napalm Records – Get Your Copy HERE
“A cocktail of modern prog metal, ‘Macro’ is the album where Jinjer show us what the future of heaviness sounds like.” – Loudwire
After an incredibly successful 2019 that saw the band tour North America as well as Europe (the latter even twice) and release their worldwide charting new album, Macro, Ukrainian modern metal frontrunners JINJER return with a live video for their hit single, “On The Top”.
The footage was shot by PicOi! Live Production during the band’s first show of their most recent European tour in Kiev – the capital of their native country, Ukraine – with Oleg Rooz (www.olegrooz.com) handling direction and editing and Ilya Prizenko as director of photography.
Never failing to deliver an unforgettable hook, “On The Top” slinks along a punishing groove before soaring into melodic passages. The song was originally released on their latest full-length album, Macro, out now via Napalm Records.
“While one is climbing, the rest is falling down in the name of profit – Is it lonely on the top?”
Stream the album version of “On The Top” via all platforms HERE!
Catch JINJER on tour their extensive world tour this spring:
29.02.20 IL – Tel Aviv / Reading 3 03.03.20 AU – Adelaide / Lion Arts Factory SOLD OUT 04.03.20 AU – Belconnen / The Basement Canberra 05.03.20 AU – Melbourne / Max Watt’s SOLD OUT 06.03.20 AU – Sydney / Manning 07.03.20 AU – Brisbane / The Zoo 10.03.20 SV – San Salvador / Buhos 11.03.20 GT – Guatemala City / Rock Ol Vuh 13.03.20 MX – Monterrey / Cafe Iguana 14.03.20 MX – Guadalajara / Foro Independencia 15.03.20 MX – Mexico City / Hell & Heaven Festival 17.03.20 CR – San Jose / El Grinch 18.03.20 CO – Bogota / Ace Of Spades 19.03.20 PE – Lima / La Oficina 21.03.20 CL – Santiago de Chile / Blondie 22.03.20 AR – Buenos Aires / Teatro Flores 24.03.20 UY – Montevideo / Music Box 27.03.20 BR – Limeira / Bar Da Montanha 28.03.20 BR – Sao Paulo / Carioca Club 10.04.20 AT – Vienna / Impericon Festival 11.04.20 DE – Leipzig / Impericon Festival 12.04.20 DE – Oberndorf / Eastercross Festival 14.04.20 FR – Besancon / La Rodia 15.04.20 FR – Strasbourg / La Laiterie 16.04.20 FR – Dunkerque / 4 Ecluses SOLD OUT 17.04.20 BE – Durbuy / Durbuy Rock Festival 18.04.20 DE – Oberhausen / Impericon Festival 19.04.20 DE – Munich / Impericon Festival
Tour Of Consciousness 2020 w/ Suicide Silence, Toothgrinder 23.04.20 US – San Francisco, CA / The Filmore 24.04.20 US – Los Angeles, CA / Belasco Theater 25.04.20 US – Las Vegas, NV / House Of Blues 26.04.20 US – Phoenix, AZ / The Pressroom 28.04.20 US – Houston, TX / House Of Blues 29.04.20 US – Dallas, TX / House Of Blues 30.04.20 US – Memphis, TN / Minglewood Hall 02.05.20 US – Charlotte, NC / Epicenter *Festival* 03.05.20 US – Norfolk, VA / The Norva 05.05.20 US – Brooklyn, NY / Warsaw 06.05.20 US – Boston, MA / House Of Blues 07.05.20 US – Silver Spring, MD / The Filmore Silver Spring 09.05.20 US – Daytona Beach, FL / Welcome To Rockville *Festival* 10.05.20 US – Pensacola, FL / Vinyl 12.05.20 US – Atlanta, GA / Buckhead Theater 13.05.20 US – Nashville, TN / Brooklyn Bowl 15.05.20 US – Columbus, OH / Sonic Temple *Festival* 16.05.20 US – Milwaukee, WI / Rave II 17.05.20 US – Chicago, IL / House Of Blues 19.05.20 US – Minneapolis, MN / The Filmore Minneapolis 20.05.20 US – Lawrence, KS / Granada Theater 22.05.20 US – Lincoln, NE / Bourbon Theater 23.05.20 US – Denver, CO / Summit 23-25.05.20 US – Pryor, OK / Rocklahoma *Festival*
European Festivals 12.06.20 CH – Interlaken / Greenfield 13.06.20 AT – Nickelsdorf / Novarock 20.06.20 DK – Copenhagen / Copenhell 21.06.20 FR – Clisson / Hellfest 25.06.20 ES – Madrid / Rock The Night 26.06.20 NO – Oslo / Tons Of Rock 27.06.20 FI – Helsinki / Tuska 28.06.20 CZ – Spalene Porici / Basinfire Fest 02.07.20 ES – Viveiro / Resurrection Fest 03.07.20 DE – Ballenstedt / Rockharz 04.07.20 BE – Ieper / Ieper Fest 09.07.20 SE – Gävle / Gefle Metal Fest 17.07.20 NL – Eindhove – Dynamo Metal Fest 27.07.20 FI – Oulu / Qstock 30.07.20 SI – Tolmin / Metal Days 01.08.20 AT – Lustenau / Szene Open Air 07.08.20 ES – Villena – Leyendas del Rock 08.08.20 UK – Walton On Trent / Bloodstock 12.-15.08.20 DE – Dinkelsbühl / Summer Breeze 15.08.20 DE – Sulingen / Reload
Devastating riffs, aggressive vocals, powerful melodies and astonishingly deep lyrics are what make their new album, Macro, JINJER’s most advanced and undeniable album yet – taking the listener on a journey of trauma, power struggle and greed with a progressive groove metal backdrop.
Order MacroHERE, and watch three new music videos below:
“Judgement & Punishment”: WATCH “On The Top”: WATCH “Pit Of Consciousness”: WATCH
INCLUDING MYSTERIOUSLY TITLED VIDEO “DANCE OF THE CLAIRVOYANTS” MACH I
“Dance of the Clairvoyants”, the first single from Pearl Jam’s forthcoming album, Gigaton, is now officially available. Listen to “Dance of the Clairvoyants” HERE.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am about this group of songs, ” explains Jeff Ament. “As you know, we took our time and that benefited us taking more chances. ‘Dance’ was a perfect storm of experimentation and real collaboration, mixing up the instrumentation and building a great song, and Ed writing some of my favorite words yet, around Matt’s killer drum pattern. Did I mention Mike’s insane guitar part and that Stone is playing bass on this one? We’ve opened some new doors creatively and that’s exciting.”
To accompany the single, Pearl Jam have released mysteriously titled video “Dance of the Clairvoyants” Mach I. Watch the video HERE.
As previously announced, Pearl Jam will release their much-anticipated eleventh studio album, Gigaton, on Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on March 27, 2020 in the US. Internationally, the album will be released and distributed by Universal Music Group. Produced by Josh Evans and Pearl Jam, Gigaton marks the band’s first studio album since GRAMMY award-winning, Lightning Bolt, which was released on October 15, 2013.
III SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 21, 2020 VIA CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE
Coming on the heels of the recent announcement that DEMONS & WIZARDS will release their first album in 15 years III on February 21, 2020, the band is back to unveil the music video for their debut single “Diabolic.” The newest musical opus showcases the sound that fans have come to love from the band. The just released music video borrows stylistic elements from the album cover to tell the time old tale of good vs evil with Hansi Kürsch and Jon Schaffer as the main characters. Watch the video for ‘Diabolic’, which was created by iCODE Team here: https://youtu.be/frMkdkCV2D0.
Hansi Kürsch states: “‘Diabolic’ for sure is a musical statement and its message is very clear and precise: We take no prisoners! We had a hard time figuring out a proper opener to ‘III,’ but when ‘Diabolic’ took shape, we realized it was the perfect introduction to the album!”
Jon Schaffer adds: “This song is a sequel to ‘Heaven Denies’ and it is dark, heavy, vicious,melodic, and totally atmospheric, everything I love about songwriting and making records in eight minutes! ‘Diabolic’ has the right attitude to make a strong statement as the first song that people will hear after 15 years!”
DEMONS & WIZARDS is one of the most legendary collaborations in the history of heavy metal, uniting the talents of Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) and Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) who are friends for nearly three decades.
DEMONS & WIZARDS musically embodies both musician’s stylistic trademarks and has resulted so far in two hugely celebrated studio albums, Demons & Wizards and Touched by the Crimson King. Both records have been reissued in 2019 on time with the group’s extremely successful return to the world’s stages. Now, the band presents III, a stunning monument of dynamic and powerful heavy metal that simply has all you would expect from these iconic musicians! III is epic, melodic, crushingly heavy, atmospheric, and all in between. 65 minutes of heavy metal mastery! III can now be pre-ordered in a variety of luxurious and limited formats: https://demonswizards.lnk.to/III.
The track-listing for III is:
03. Wolves In Winter
04. Final Warning
05. Timeless Spirit
06. Dark Side Of Her Majesty
07. Midas Disease
08. New Dawn
09. Universal Truth
11. Children Of Cain
The III recording line-up consists of:
Hansi Kürsch – Lead & Backing Vocals
Jon Schaffer – Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Bass Guitar, 6 and 12 string Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Guest Musicians on III:
Brent Smedley – Drums
Jim Morris – Additional Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jake Dreyer – Additional Guitars
Ruben Drake – Bass
Thomas Hackman, Olaf Senkbeil, John Jaycee Cuipers, Zakery Alexander, Jeff Brant, Todd Plant, Jerome Mazza – Backing Vocals
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Florida Man is arrested for disorderly intoxication and lewd acts with historical statues.
While originally hailing from New Jersey, FIRE DEUCE frontman Cleveland Stever has become an honorary member of the infamous “Florida Man” alumni whose esteemed members include the guy who killed his imaginary friend, the guy who called 911 after his cat was denied entry into strip club and the guy high on flakka who broke into jail to visit friends. Stever joins the ranks after waking up in a Tampa area jail cell for dangerously excessive drinking and defiling a monument. Fueled by the reckless pounding of White Claws combined with unrelenting humidity, an embarrassingly impressive lack of self-control and as he states, “for being too goddamn patriotic,” Stever finds himself at the wrong end of the law, and as a result has to raise bail money before he’s shanked.
Facing time in the slammer and increased pressure from the suits at his record label to recoup their money he spent on White Claw, Stever has abandoned all self-respect and what’s left of his dignity for his next record. Knowing firsthand that playing metal and rock pay squat these days, he’s revived FIRE DEUCE and is jumping on the country-pop bandwagon.
Today, FIRE DEUCE has released a video for his first single, appropriately named, “White Claw,” which recounts both Stever’s love of that sweet, sweet hard seltzer and his misadventures that landed him in all this bullshit in the first place. View it now before the cease-and-desist letter is sent. The audio single will be available on all streaming services on November 29th.
Featuring Jørgen Munkeby of Shining Watch the Cinematic New Video HERE!
Nergal’s ME AND THAT MAN return in a new guise.
Immerse yourself in the obscure world of ME AND THAT MAN and enter the black church through their newest rite of passage. After just having signed with Napalm Records, Nergal’s dark blues/folk project has released their new single, “Run With The Devil”, featuring Jørgen Munkeby of Norwegian Blackjazz collective Shining.
The song is accompanied by an outstanding, yet unsettling official video, directed by Roman Przylipiak and inspired by the unmistakable atmosphere of Quentin Tarantino’s cinematic classics.
A work of art in itself, the video sketches a dynamic outline of all the stylistic milestones ME AND THAT MAN set for their musical journey. Released from the trunk of a car, Jørgen starts his adventurous run with the Devil himself, i.e. Nergal. From a sketchy encounter in a gloomy alleyway, driving down the highway running over an innocent bystander and a blazing club where the band is performing in front of a wild crowd, “Run With The Devil” has it all! As the story unfolds, the observant viewer will be confronted with cryptic hints and hidden messages.
Roaring engines, Munkeby’s distinctive vocals and soulful saxophone contributions weave throughout the foot-stomping blues-rock anthem’s upbeat tempo and indelible hook, brewing a dark and addictive musical potion. Follow ME AND THAT MAN on their wild race with “Run With The Devil”!
Nergal on “Run With The Devil”:“This one was a lot of fun! When I first started thinking of the imagery to the track, I wanted to create something more than a music video, I wanted a music movie which carries on from where “Nightride” left off. Don’t take it too seriously, we’re metaphorically burying the past and bringing in a new! A great way to introduce the next incarnation of ME AND THAT MAN… but what next? Stick around, there is plenty of rather splendid things to see soon!”
Adam Nergal Darski has been a fixture in the music industry for years. As the frontman of black/death metal spearhead Behemoth, Nergal has been known to preach unholy sermons, praise Satan and sing about explicit blasphemy. Naturally, the next step was to channel those themes into another genre commonly dubbed as the Devil’s music – blues. ME AND THAT MAN is exactly that – Nergal’s solo project will surprise and bewitch the listener. The visionary creative founded the band in an effort to showcase his true ability to adapt to any genre.
Released in 2017, ME AND THE MAN’s debut album, Songs of Love and Death, delivered thirteen stunning pieces full of multifaceted riffs and honest lyrics. In summer 2018, a line-up change followed, but Nergal’s solo project was far from over. Stay tuned for more details coming very soon.
ME AND THAT MAN live: New Tour, New Songs, Same Shit 2020 Tour w/ Frank The Baptist, Mulk
02.04.20 PL – Wroclaw / Zaklete Rewiry
03.04.20 PL – Szczecin / Kosmos
04.04.20 PL – Gdansk / Stary Manez
05.04.20 PL – Torun / Lizard King
15.04.20 PL – Warszawa / Palladium
16.04.20 PL – Krakow / ZetPeTe
17.04.20 PL – Poznan / Tama
18.04.20 PL – Gostyn / Hutnik
19.04.20 PL – Katowice / P23
20.06.20 FR – Clisson / Hellfest
21.06.20 BE – Dessel / Graspop Festival
25.06.20 ES – Rivas-vaciamadrid / Auditorio Miguel Rios
On May 3rd, Amon Amarth will release their 11th full-length, Berserker, via Metal Blade Records (North America)/Sony Music (International)! For a preview of the album, the video for the new single, “Crack the Sky”, can be viewed at:http://www.amonamarth.com
Directed by Roboshobo, “Crack the Sky” is the second of a trilogy of music videos from Berserker (the first clip being “Raven’s Flight”) – each one increasingly epic in its scope, further immersing the viewer in the world of Amon Amarth. Much like the songs on Berserker, the videos present Amon Amarthto its fullest. The cast features Josh Barnett as “the Berserker” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Barnett) and Erick Rowan as “Thor” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erick_Rowan), among others.
To pre-order Berserker, please visit amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker – where the album is available in the following formats: –digipak-CD –deluxe box set [digipak-CD, shield (~12″x12″), patch (~4″x4″) – limited to 500 copies in US] –opaque white w/ black splatter vinyl (limited to 1200 copies) –opaque white w/ silver haze vinyl (retail exclusive – limited to 1300 copies) –clear w/ red splatter vinyl (webstore exclusive – limited to 750 copies) –black w/ red haze vinyl (webstore exclusive – limited to 750 copies)
Comprising 12 monstrous heavy metal anthems that bulge with irresistible melodic hooks, bursts of thrilling savagery and moments of spine-tingling dynamic drama, Berserker is the result of the huge surge of creativity and a collective desire to keep moving forward with no compromise. From the disarming melodrama and explosive riffing of opener “Fafner’s Gold” and the brutish simplicity of the rampaging “Crack The Sky” to the epic fury of “Raven’s Flight” and the grim, gritty storytelling of “Ironside” and “Skoll and Hati”, Berserker is an album full of trademark Amon Amarth bluster and bite but with every aspect of the band’s sound somehow refined, sonically enhanced and made vastly more potent, both in terms of metal oomph and emotional power. Neatly summing up the spirit behind these exhilarating new songs is the album’s semi-title track, “The Berserker At Stamford Bridge”: a visceral but vivid historical tale, recounting the Vikings last stand against the English army in 1066 and the mind-bending heroics of one axe-wielding warrior.
Showcasing an undeniable and startling upgrade for every aspect of Amon Amarth‘s iconic sound, Berserker was recorded in Los Angeles with renowned studio guru Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Stone Sour) manning the controls. After recording several rounds of professional demos for the new songs (initially with fellow Swedish metal icon Peter Tägtgren and then later with Ruston himself) the band crossed the Atlantic to make final the recordings in LA, eager to take a fresh approach to the album-making process.
“For me, this is Amon Amarth 2.0,” vocalist Johan Hegg declares. “I think what we’ve done here is give ourselves the space to explore other parts of our musicality and who we are as a band. If you’re content with where you’re at, what’s the point of continuing? We always want to come up with new ideas and find new ways of doing things and to create bigger and better shows and really try to improve every aspect of what the band is. We want to try to keep growing and to do this for as long as we have the possibility to do so, because this is the best fucking job in the world.”
Berserker track-listing 1. Fafner’s Gold 2. Crack the Sky 3. Mjölner, Hammer of Thor 4. Shield Wall 5. Valkyria 6. Raven’s Flight 7. Ironside 8. The Berserker at Stamford Bridge 9. When Once Again We Can Set Our Sails 10. Skoll and Hati 11. Wings of Eagles 12. Into the Dark
In support of Berserker, Amon Amarth will head out on the road with Slayer, Lamb of God, and Cannibal Corpse in North America, starting May 2nd. See below for all dates!
Slayer “Leg Five: North America” tour dates w/Lamb of God, Amon Amarth, Cannibal Corpse May 2 – Ak-Chin Amphitheatre – Phoenix, AZ May 3 – Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM May 5 – UTEP/Don Haskins Center – El Paso, TX May 7 – Bert Ogden Arena – Edinburg, TX May 8 – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory – Dallas, TX May 10 – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL May 11 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL May 13 – Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV May 14 – Merriweasther Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD May 16 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Noblesville, IN May 17 – Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre – Bonner Springs, KS May 19 – DTE Energy Music Center – Clarkston, MI May 20 – Covel Centre – Youngstown, OH May 22 – Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON May 24 – BB&T Pavilion – Camdel, NJ May 25 – Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
This September heavy metal overlords Amon Amarth will descend from the land of ice and snow to headline a history-making charge across North America with fellow Swedish warlords and carnage is on the menu.
Berserker World Tour – Raid Of North American Dates w/Arch Enemy, At The Gates, and Grand Magus September 26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO September 27 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater September, 28 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum September 30 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Convention Centre October 1 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle October 3 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex October 4 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium October 6 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater October 7 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theater October 9 – Toronto, ON – Rebel October 10 – Montreal, QC – M Telus October 12 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom October 15 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore October 16 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle October 18 – New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore October 19 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues October 20 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre October 23 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues October 25 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield October 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium
“I can’t think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of Dolores’ passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final album with the band.”
Eileen O’Riordan, Dolores O’Riordan’s mother
Thirty years after forming in Limerick (initially as The Cranberry Saw Us) The Cranberries are set to release their 8th and final album In The End. With Stephen Street once again taking producer duties, the eleven-track record brings a remarkable career to a fitting and powerful closure. Announcing the album, the band has shared the first single “All Over Now” that blends rock, alternative and catchy almost pop-sounding melodies to deliver a classic Cranberries sound.
The Cranberries – Dolores O’Riordan, Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler – emerged from the pre-Brit-pop scene of the early ’90s, with their trademark indie guitar sound and Dolores’ distinctive Celtic-tinged lilting vocal style – described by Melody Maker as “the voice of a saint trapped in a glass harp”. Their rise to global fame was nothing short of meteoric; best known for their now classic songs “Linger”, “Zombie” and “Dreams”, the band have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.
While it is tinged with sadness following Dolores’ unexpected death on January 15th, 2018, In The End is not a valediction, it is a celebration, one that stands as a powerful testimony to the life and creative work of Dolores and her brothers in music Noel, Mike and Fergal.
The genesis of In The End began in May 2017 while the band were on tour. By winter of 2017 Noel and Dolores had written and demoed the eleven songs that would eventually appear on the album. “Dolores was so energized by the prospect of making this record and to getting back out on the road to play the songs live,” recalls Noel.
In coming to terms with her tragic passing Noel, Mike and Fergal listened to the songs and, with the support of Dolores’ family, wanted to honor their close friend, and collaborator by completing the record.
Speaking about the band’s concerns at the time Noel said, “we knew this had to be one of the, if not the, best Cranberries album that we could possibly do. The worry was that we would destroy the legacy of the band by making an album that wasn’t up to standard. Once we had gone through all the demos that Dolores and I had worked on and decided that we had such a strong album we knew it would be the right thing and the best way that we could honour Dolores.”
With the songs at various stages of completion they turned to Stephen Street – who had produced four of their previous albums including Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? and No Need To Argue – and spent 4 weeks in a London studio building the sounds around her vocals from the original demos. “It was a bitter sweet time. The joy of recording new tracks is always exciting and one of the best parts of being in a band. At the end of every day when we’d laid down our parts there was a sense of sadness, knowing that Dolores wouldn’t be in that evening to work on that day’s track,” remembers Noel.
The album is a strong goodbye from the band to their fans, a fitting tribute to their bandmate and friend and, most importantly, a collection of powerful songs that can take their rightful place with The Cranberries’ previous six records.
Speaking about the single and the album Dolores’ mother said, “I miss her awfully, specially today, as does the entire family. That said I can’t think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of her passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final album with the band. She was very excited about this new album and was really looking forward to its release. I have no doubt that she is happy now and would be delighted with today’s announcement.”
THE WHITE SWAN Reveal New Single, “Inamorato” LISTEN HERE
Canadian doomy sludge rockers THE WHITE SWAN are excited to share the second single from their upcoming new EP, “Touch Taste Destroy”, due September 7, 2018. While “sticking to the core thickness and melodic resonance” (The Obelisk) that THE WHITE SWAN are known for, the new track “Inamorato” takes the EP to the next level.
THE WHITE SWAN will hit the road this Fall as they embark on a series of headlining dates across Eastern Canada stretching into the Midwest U.S..Catch them at one of the below shows!
8/31 Windsor, ON – Phog Bar
9/5 Champaign, IL – Blips & Chitz (w/StagHorn & Close The Hatch)
9/6 Dayton, OH – Blind Bob’s (w/Close The Hatch)
9/7 Decatur, AL – The Jam Shop (w/Close The Hatch & I Am The Law)
9/8 Murfreesboro, TN – Autograph Rehearsal Studio (w/Close The Hatch & I Am The Law)
9/29 Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar
Mark Vollelunga is the guitarist for the Texas based rock band Nothing More. The group’s latest single “Just Say When” (which is a bit of a departure from the bands heavier style) recently rose to number 16 on the Billboard Charts for main stream rock songs. Media Mikes had the chance to speak with Mark recently about the release, the bands current tour with Five Finger Death Punch and the bands plans for the remainder of 2018.
Adam Lawton: Can you give us some background on the band’s latest single “Just Say When”?
Mark Vollelunga: Personally I am really stoked and happy with how the song is doing. It is a bit of a different color for us. It’s nice to have something that is a little more bare bones and that is all about the lyrics and melody. The song really came about after having toured so much on our self titled release. Touring takes a strain on your personal life and it had started to cause some division for Johnny and myself. What I poured into the song was the idea of co-existing. Sometimes you use that spark or connection which can cause a point of staleness. It can be sad when you just co-exist with the love of your life. Not to be a complete dreamer and say that is completely realistic as we all go through dry spells. This song hits at that pinnacle point when you are not sure whether to hold on or let go.
AL: Was this song actually created while you were out on the road or was put together after you were back home and in the studio?
MV: It started when we were still on the road. I was listening to a lot more folk jam songs at the time and I came up with this start of the start and showed it to Johnny. We clicked on it right away and started putting melody to it pretty quickly. After that the song sat for awhile until we were jamming together one day. After that we finished it to the point of what you almost here now. When we were done we weren’t sure if the song really fit with the rest of what we had put together and it almost didn’t make the record. The song emotionally fit but sonically we just didn’t know if it was in the same vein. At the eleventh hour we thought it would be cool and different to include it and I am so glad we did.
AL: Being that this track was much different from your other material did you approach the initial writing process any differently?
MV: Writing for me is different every time. If I have a guitar part or lyric thing happening or Johnny has a wacky programming idea or interesting spiritual thought it all just depends. Other times it comes out us all sitting and jamming together. We try not to limit ourselves in any way. I think if you go through the same process every time things can get stale. Even though we are approaching the same thing we try to come at it from different angles in hopes of inspiring something neat and unique.
AL: At what point was the decision made to release this song as a single?
MV: Generally you try and go with a more emotional song on your second or third single. This song really appealed to everyone and the feedback we got from people was great. I think a lot of people have been at the point that the song talks about and they can relate to it.
AL: There is also a video for the song as well. Can you tell us a little about that?
MV: We got to do something different once again with this as well so it’s been another great experience. My wife recently got me interested in to contemporary/lyrical dance. She loves a lot of the dance shows which are on television right now. At first I thought they were kind of cheesy and I didn’t really get them but the more I watched them I learned to appreciate them. What I like is when the choreography matches with the emotion and mood of the song. That’s kind of what we tried to do with “Just Say When”. We some professional dancers come in and we made this great piece which is sort of out of our genre but we try to tie everything in through our lyrics. The others guys may have been a bit skeptical at first but after showing them some pieces that moved me and were very compelling they became interested in the whole thing.
AL: Can you tell us about the tour that the band is currently apart of?
MV: We are coming off of doing three festival shows with a bunch of different bands. We got to play with Stone Temple Pilots headlining one and Incubus headlining another. I hadn’t seen Stone Temple Pilots with their new singer yet and being able to do that was really cool. It was a trip down memory lane for sure. Currently we are out on the road with Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch. We have toured with both of these groups before and they are seasoned bands that have a lot of wise words they can pass on to us. We definitely try to be sponges when it comes to stuff like that. We will be going all over the United States from now until September. After that we will be doing this great self help festival that A Day to Remember puts on in Detroit. After that we go back to Europe for a run with Of Mice and Men and Bullet For My Valentine. To end the year we will be touring Canada with Three Days Grace. All these tours are going to a lot of fun.
AL: What is it like being able to play with such a diverse group of bands on all these different tours?
MV: It’s awesome! I love that we can cater to our audience. If you are a metal fan, a rock fan or just an alternative pop person I feel there is a lot in our music that touches on all of those genres and it can be appreciated. At the end of the day a good song is a good song. I feel our society puts too much importance on the style of songs and where it needs to be lumped into. If you think about bands like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin who had so many different genres of music within their own sound I am proud that we can do that as well.
AL: Was it difficult for you starting out being that you were trying to be very diverse?
MV: Absolutely! It was difficult. In 2011 I think we had our first label interest. We did some showcases and I remember hearing back from one label on my birthday that we weren’t left of center enough. We were just too much in the middle of the road for some people. To us it’s always been if the song is good then that’s what we go with. It has been hard to gain belief and understanding at times from the music industry because of that. Put us in front of any crowd though and we will win people over.