Apollo Stands Premiere Video For New Track ‘Shitty Zombies’
Norwich, UK’s Apollo Stands demonstrate their unique brand of metalcore on politically-charged new track ‘Shitty Zombies’.
‘The song is not about the much loved George A. Romero’s brain-eating, living dead zombies,’ states vocalist Ry Haze. ‘No, it’s about the brain dead hoard that ‘run’ the world. They feast on the poor and vulnerable, they attack the ones who stand against them and they cast out the ones who could bring them down.’
‘This isn’t a song about infecting a person, this is a song about infecting a nation.’
Shitty Zombies was recorded in the band’s own custom studio and was mixed and mastered by producer Tom Joy – you can check out the video below.
Apollo Stands represent a fresh take on heavy music, combining metalcore stylings and old-school heavy metal influences with touches of modern drum and bass, 90s synthesizers and epic, orchestral styles. Hailing from Norwich, UK, the band’s formation in 2016 was swiftly followed by the release of debut full-length ‘Join Us’ – earning them a second place at the E.A.M.T Awards and a nomination for Album Of The Year by Dr John’s Rock Surgery. Following years saw a slew of high profile support and festival slots; including performances as main support to Megalomatic, Setraline, Eveline’s Dust and Fingers Crossed; and appearances at Rockstock Festival, Trick Bag Festival, Volume 19 Festival and Thrashersaurus Festival – topped off by a sellout show at The Waterfront, Norwich and second place at the local Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses tournament. 2020 sees the release of Apollo Stand’s EP, Minds – featuring lead single, Psyparadar.
Apollo Stands are: Ry Hase – Lead Vocals Alexei Swatman – Guitar/Vocals Olly Smith – Lead Guitar Matt Hayward – Bass Edgar Taljaard – Drums
It has been twelve long years since the release of Darkness, the last full length release from Poland’s Hell-Born, but finally the silence is about to be broken! Now signed to Odium Records, Hell-Born are preparing to unleash Natas Liah; according to front man Baal “the best, the most mature, refined, atmospheric Hell-Born album we have ever recorded”. Featuring nine dark, venomous songs that blend the extreme arts of black, death and thrash metal in the traditional Hell-Born style, Natas Liah encompasses everything that this respected band have always stood for.
Co-founders and ever present members of Hell-Born, bassist/vocalist Baal Ravenlock and guitarist Les were both integral parts of the early years of Behemoth, with Baal helping to form the band. Both appeared on the Gromalbum and Les went on to play on the legendary Satanica as well. That being the case it seems only fitting that Behemoth’s Adam ‘Nergal’ Darskijoined them in Creme De La Cremestudios – as Baal explains…
“You will be able to hear the voice of Adam Nergal Darski on the song ′Blakk Metal‘. The composition is a clear and uncompromising tribute to the times when we created something very important, a celebration of our joint contribution to the shape of the Polish extreme metal scene.”
Another link in the chain of steel which binds the stories of Hell-Born and Behemoth, Natas Liah was mixed and mastered by Haldor Grunberg, who was engineer on the revered Behemoth album I Loved You At Your Darkest.
Natas Liah will be released by Odium Records on digi-pack CD and vinyl in the winter of 2020 – be ready!
The premise of the single is how humans are bound to the limits of their finitude, and the only things that give us comfort and relief are the things that will eventually destroy us. “Dimensional Entrapment” provides some of the most dissonant material the band has written, with subtle nods to Ulcerate and Portal that grows into a powerful melody.
A unique blend of extreme metal styles come forth on the album “Drain the Sun”, which is loosely intended to be a concept album, with a much darker, more focused and tense sound than fans will expect. The title is a metaphor: “the sun” refers to whatever it is that gives us life, light, purpose, structure, or pleasure. In countless forms, humans have a habit of taking something that is good for us and abusing it until it literally destroys us. The band explains this further:
“Even if you’re aware of it happening (and a lot of us are), the machinations of society and the bleak reality of everyday living force us towards the sun in order to cope. Everyone has their sun – that thing that makes life bearable and worth living – and everyone will drain their sun until it cannot provide any more energy, collapses in on us and we are sent hurtling into the abyss. This album is our artistic interpretation of both where we’re at and a terrible warning of what we’re headed towards.”
This new album adds more progressive, technical, and yet somehow more deliberate and doomy influences simultaneously, leading to a more progressive death metal sound.
Track Listing: 1. Ascension Towards Nothing (6:30) 2. A Consciousness Decays (7:09) 3. Go Forth and Multiply (3:19) 4. The Age of Regression (7:32) 5. Dimensional Entrapment (6:31) 6. Path of Desolation (6:15) 7. Drain The Sun (8:05) Album Length: 45:23
Around 2014, guitarist Nicholas Luck and drummer Martin Burchill met as a result of an errant bus ride in London, Canada. At this time, Burchill was looking for a stable project after drumming in various rock/punk/metal bands over the last decade or so, and Luck, only 18 at the time, was looking to start a death metal band.
Vocalist Nathan Ferreira and bassist Steve Oliva followed shortly after and with a scathing collective disdain for the larger structures of society and a commitment to constant evolution in sound and ethos the band recorded and released the “Era of Famine” EP in 2016.
The band has already gained a reputation through local shows as one of the more unique and energetic death metal bands in the scene, opening up for artists such as Ashbringer, The Convalescence, Nesseria, and Killitorous – a wide variety of styles, yet somehow, Skyless Aeons shares musical similarities with all of them.
At a live show, one can expect certain synchronicity and chemistry that can only come from years of experience and practice feeding off of each other’s ideas. Couple that with vocalist Ferreira’s on-stage recklessness mixed with unusually sardonic and self-deprecating stage banter, and it’s no surprise that Skyless Aeons are gaining notoriety and drawing more and more people to their local performances as of late.
2020 brings a new album “Drain the Sun”; it takes a different approach, using much heavier and expansive riffing textures and shows refining and maturation of the band’s identity. It can best be described as “; progressive death metal” with some dissonant, doom-influenced leanings.
“This debut EP by Skyless Aeons is monstrous. 35-minutes and four sweeping songs worth of intense songs blackened-death: riffs aplenty, interesting transitions, and solos smothered by a lead-heavy old-school sounding production. The vocals are inhuman and loud in the mix fluctuating from mid-to-high range shrieks similar to Anaal Nathrakh to mid-range growls. There are moments of real technical efficiency – think Gorguts and Mithras – along with an atmospheric undertone akin to Ulcerate and Flourishing. I highly recommend it.” – Akerblogger
“There’s a rich diversity to Skyless Aeons’ music, even though their material is cohesive and doesn’t feel the need to go into extra clean, girlfriend metal territories to get the point across. The four tracks (all between seven to eleven minutes) are progressive affairs without too much fluff. The guitars of Nicholas Luck alternate between early 90s tremolos, a modern dissonant approach to black metal and a healthy dose of melancholic Nordic melodic death metal and he plays everything well.” – Metantoine’s Magickal Realm
A 1999 David Bowie concert with a setlist full of rarities has recently been released.
The release comes as part of a video series in which a number of Bowie concerts from the ’90s are being republished digitally.
The latest, Something in the Air (Live Paris 99), was originally recorded on October 14, 1999 at the Elysée Montmartre in Paris and will be available for broadcast on August 14.
As a curiosity to keep in mind, prior to the concert, Bowie received the highest artistic order in France, the Commandeurs of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
The new release will be a 15-track live album, with 12 previously unreleased recordings and three tracks used as B-sides for the singles from the album ‘Hours’.
Watch the video below:
David Bowie “Something In The Air Tonight (Live Paris 99)”
Life On Mars? Thursday’s Child Something in the Air Word on a Wing Can’t Help Thinking About Me China Girl Always Crashing in the Same Car Survive Drive-In Saturday Changes Seven Repetition I Can’t Read The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell Rebel Rebel
Reinventing the Steel proved to be the final album from Pantera and 20 years later, the music and the memory lives on. The band has just revealed a 20th anniversary edition of the record, complete with new album art, a track-for-track remaster, as well as some alternative mixes and other bonuses.
The 3-CD version of the 2000 album is set to arrive on Oct. 30 while the 2LP version will be available early next year on Jan. 8. Among the highlights of this reissue set is a brand new mix of the entire record courtesy of producer Terry Date, who was at the helm of the Texas group’s four previous works — The Great Southern Trendkill, Far Beyond Driven, Vulgar Display of Power and Cowboys From Hell.
As a teaser for the full update, Pantera have shared three songs with the new Terry Date mix: “Revolution Is My Name,” “Death Rattle” and “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time.” All three can be heard below.
Accompanying this reissue is a brand new album cover, which replaces the inebriated man in his boxer shorts jumping through fire that adorned the original release. This time, Pantera kept it simple, playing a bit off the album’s title while also giving a nod to one of Dimebag Darrell’s guitar designs, which featured a diamond plate body.
View the new album cover and the full track listing for the CD and LP sets further down the page. Head here to pre-order.
Pantera, Reinventing the Steel Tracks With New Terry Date Mix
Pantera, Reinventing the Steel 20th Anniversary Edition Album Art.
Pantera, Reinventing the Steel 20th Anniversary Edition CD Track Listing
Disc One: New Terry Date Mix 01. “Hellbound” 02. “Goddamn Electric” 03. “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit” 04. “You’ve Got To Belong To It” 05. “Revolution Is My Name” 06. “Death Rattle” 07. “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time” 08. “Uplift” 09. “It Makes Them Disappear” 10. “I’ll Cast a Shadow”
Disc Two: Original Album Remastered 01. “Hellbound” 02. “Goddamn Electric” 03. “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit” 04. “You’ve Got To Belong To It” 05. “Revolution Is My Name” 06. “Death Rattle” 07. “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time” 08. “Uplift” 09. “It Makes Them Disappear” 10. “I’ll Cast a Shadow” Bonus Tracks 11. “Goddamn Electric” – Radio Mix 12. “Revolution Is My Name” – Radio Edit 13. “I’ll Cast A Shadow” – Radio Edit 14. “Goddamn Electric” – Radio Edit
Disc Three: Bonus Tracks Non-Album Tracks & Covers 01. “Avoid The Light” 02. “Immortally Insane” 03. “Cat Scratch Fever” 04. “Hole in the Sky” 05. “Electric Funeral” Instrumental Rough Mixes 06. “Hellbound” * 07. “Goddamn Electric” * 08. “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit” * 09. “You’ve Got To Belong To It” * 10. “Revolution Is My Name” * 11. “Death Rattle” * 12. “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time” * 13. “Uplift” * 14. “It Makes Them Disappear” * 15. “I’ll Cast a Shadow” *
UDAS PRIEST is continuing to work on material for the band’s follow-up to “Firepower” album. Released in March 2018, “Firepower” was the second LP to feature Richie Faulkner, who was selected to fill the void left by founding guitarist K.K. Downing following his exit in 2011.
Bassist Ian Hill is the sole remaining original member of JUDAS PRIEST. Singer Rob Halford joined JUDAS PRIEST in 1973 and guitarist Glenn Tipton signed on in 1974. Rob left PRIEST in the early 1990s to form his own band, then returned to PRIEST in 2003.
Prior to being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, JUDAS PRIEST‘s spring/summer 2020 European tour was scheduled to kick off on May 30 in Helsinki, Finland and conclude on July 28 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The band was also slated to headline the U.K’s Bloodstock Open Air festival on August 9 at Catton Park, Derbyshire.
The U.S. leg of the “50 Heavy Metal Years” tour was due to launch September 9 in Oxon Hill, Maryland and wrap up on October 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Columbus rock band BEARTOOTH has announced a safe and socially distanced drive-in concert that will take place in the Menominee Nation Arena parking lot in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The one-night-only and one-of-a-kind show is set for Friday, October 9 and will be presented by WZOR.
“I can’t wait to play this show,” says singer Caleb Shomo. “I know it’s been a crazy time and live music has been nearly impossible, so to have a chance to play to people in a safe way is an amazing feeling. We’re gonna bring all the heat we physically can. The rock will never be stopped.”
All necessary and required safety precautions will be in place for band, crew, and patrons. The promoter for this special show has received support from Winnebago County, the City of Oshkosh, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
BEARTOOTH‘s latest release was the folk- and country music-inspired “The Blackbird Session” EP, which came out in September 2019.
The band’s third album, “Disease”, was released in September 2018 via Red Bull Records. The disc was recorded at BlackBird studio in Franklin, Tennessee with producer Nick Raskulinecz (DEFTONES, KORN, FOO FIGHTERS).
“You know the time when I will retire? When I can hear them nail a lid on my box”
Asked about whether he will ever retire from music in a new interview with The Mirror, Osbourne said: “You know the time when I will retire? When I can hear them nail a lid on my box. And then I’ll fucking do an encore. I’m the Prince Of Darkness.”
He added: “When you feel that audience jumping, it’s a better feeling than orgasm. It is the best love affair of my life. The party is on, man. I feel honoured people still want to see me.”
The 71 year-old released his 12th solo album, ‘Ordinary Man’, back in February.
Earlier this year, Osbourne revealed that he’s been battling Parkinsons disease since 2003, saying that he has “cheated death so many times”.
In an NME Big Read cover interview from earlier this year, Osbourne said that creating ‘Ordinary Man’ “saved my life.”
“I was feeling sorry for myself, miserable and in fucking agony,” he told NME. “I’ve never been laid up for a year in my life and still been in so much pain at the end of it, but Andrew Watt and fucking Post Malone and my daughter Kelly got me going in the right direction.
“If it’s not a big hit that’s fine, but this album is quite possibly one of the most important albums I’ve ever made because it saved my life.”
A new documentary about Ozzy Osbourne, entitled The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne, is set to come out next month. Also in the works is a new biopic about Ozzy and his wife Sharon.
“From what I understand, it’s about Sharon and I and our relationship,” Ozzy said of the upcoming film. “It’s how we met, fell in love, and how we married. She’s my other half. She grew up a lot with me, and I grew up a lot with her.”
“Clayman 20th Anniversary Edition” comes entirely remastered by Ted Jensen (PANTERA, DEFTONES, GOJIRA) and features all-new artwork in a 16-page booklet, a brand-new instrumental medley plus four re-recorded versions of fan favorites such as “Only For The Weak” and “Pinball Map”. Re-recorded songs were produced by Howard Benson (MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, MOTÖRHEAD) and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (GREEN DAY, ROB ZOMBIE). The record will be released digitally as well as on CD digipak and a 2xLP colored vinyl packaged in a deluxe trifold that includes an oversized booklet, 11 remastered tracks on a 12-inch record and five bonus tracks on a 10-inch record in a printed sleeve.
Preceding the physical release of “Clayman 20th Anniversary Edition”, IN FLAMES digitally released the “Clayman 2020 EP”, which features the 2020 versions of “Only For The Weak”, “Bullet Ride”, “Pinball Map”, “Clayman” and a new instrumental track, “Themes And Variations In D-Minor”.
IN FLAMES has now unveiled a new music video for the re-recorded version of “Only For The Weak” which takes you through the evolution of IN FLAMES‘ career via live shows since the song’s initial release. Check it out below.
Asked by Bandbond how IN FLAMES chose the songs to re-record for “Clayman 20th Anniversary Edition”, guitarist Björn Gelotte said: “When we started thinking about this project, it was… There’s a few ways you can do it — either you re-record the whole thing or you bring the old files back and remix them or you just remaster, or you do as we [did] — we picked the songs that we normally play live, or have played the last couple of years, ’cause they kind of fit into the live set that we have nowadays. So it was a matter of us picking a few, and then we just added and added, and it turned out to be, I think, four in the end, plus a little professional medley played by a real musician. [Laughs]
“We didn’t wanna re-record the whole thing,” he said. “I mean, it is what it is, especially at the time, and I think it sounds good the way it does.”
Regarding what IN FLAMES did differently in the studio this time around, Björn said: “We’ve been working with Howard Benson and his team for two records now, so we kind of know each other pretty well. Technologies moved forward a lot. We saved a lot of time. We didn’t have to go through 55 amps to find whatever we were looking for; we had sort of the sound in mind already. My guess is that we were way more efficient. And the songs were written, and that saves, obviously, a lot of time. We didn’t wanna deviate too much from the original, but at the same time, we wanted to portray how they sound now, and also add a little bit something, just for fun.”
Asked how the evolution of technology helped IN FLAMES in 2020 compared to the year 2000, Gelottesaid: “Well, we used Pro Tools, I think, back then as well, so editing and cutting and all that stuff, it was pretty straightforward, pretty much as today. But I think soundwise, it’s improved so much. Back then, I think we were still discussing if it was good enough or if we still wanted to do some stuff analog. I kind of like the new way of doing it, because it’s really quick and it doesn’t take away from the creative process, ’cause you don’t have to sit and wait for shit to happen, and I like that. I’d rather be very inspired throughout the whole session than sit and wait for four hours between moving a mic, finding the right cab — all that stuff. So that has certainly improved. But there’s something, obviously, if you wanna be romantic about it that a two-inch tape smells, feels and sounds a little bit different. The old desks and everything, they were actual desks — the sound went through it — not like today when they’re basically big remote controls for the computer. I like the way you can really get the essence of what you wanna do and not be tired because of technical shit.”
“Clayman 20th Anniversary Edition” track listing:
01. Bullet Ride 02. Pinball Map 03. Only For The Weak 04. …As The Future Repeats Today 05. Square Nothing 06. Clayman 07. Satellites and Astronauts 08. Brush The Dust Away 09. Swim 10. Suburban Me 11. Another Day In Quicksand 12. Themes and Variations in D-Minor (instrumental) 13. Only For The Weak (Re-recorded) 14. Bullet Ride (Re-recorded) 15. Pinball Map (Re-recorded) 16. Clayman (Re-recorded)
IN FLAMES‘ latest album, “I, The Mask”, was released in March 2019 via Nuclear Blast (worldwide, excluding North America) and Eleven Seven Music (North America).
IN FLAMES guitarist Niclas Engelin has been sitting out the band’s recent tour dates to focus on “personal matters.” Filling in for him is former MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE guitarist Chris Broderick.
SMASHING PUMPKINS have released two new songs, “Cyr” and “The Colour of Love”. The tracks are expected to appear on the band’s upcoming follow-up to 2018’s “Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.”, due later in the year via Sumerian. “Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.” was SMASHING PUMPKINS‘ first in over 18 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha, along with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.
“‘Cyr’ is dystopic folly,” Corgan said in a statement, “one soul against the world sort of stuff, set against a backdrop of shifting loyalties and sped up time. To me it stands as both hopeful and dismissive of what is and isn’t possible with faith.”
Regarding the quarantine performance video for “Cyr”, director Linda Strawberry said: “This is a goth fever dream of pent up emotion — an artistic visual release attempting to create a momentary escape from the emotional black cloud hanging over all of us this year. A dark seduction filmed in quarantine at a social distance.”
Earlier this year, Corgan told Tennessean about SMASHING PUMPKINS‘ upcoming studio album: “When we got back together with James, we went in with Rick Rubin and did eight songs. It was put out as a formal album, but I said at the time — and I did mean it — in my eyes, it wasn’t an album. We didn’t approach it like we’ve approached every other album we’d ever done, which is more like making a movie.
“In many ways, this is the first real album [since the reunion] where we’ve hunkered down and made a classic, ‘Let’s throw it all at the wall and see what happens’ type of PUMPKINS record. I’ve been working on it for over a year.
“This is the first album since the album that came out in 2000, ‘Machina’, where me, James and Jimmy worked on something for a very long time,” he added. “It’s got a greater conceptual base, and it’s probably a wider swath of music. The last one was kind of like, ‘Let’s just jump in, record some stuff real fast, and let it be what it is,’ … so I’m excited about this, because we’re kind of back in the lane of taking a risk, and trying to bring something new to the table, as opposed to just aping what we’re known for.”
PUMPKINS‘ 2018 “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour”reportedly sold over 300,000 tickets across North America and saw them playing sold-out arena shows at venues, including The Forum, United Center and Madison Square Garden. The tour was the band’s first in nearly two decades to feature Corgan, Chamberlin and Iha, alongside Schroeder, bassist Jack Bates and keyboardist Katie Cole.