New exponents of brutality Focal Dystonia will release their debut album Descending (In)Human Flesh through Comatose Music on December 11th.
From out of nowhere comes one of the most devastating brutal death metal assaults you will ever hear! Focal Dystonia’s debut album, Descending (In)Human Flesh is a terrifying tsunami of raging riffs and an unrelenting drum battery of staggering speed and heaviness. This is the sound of rage beyond control, of vengeance unleashed and opposition pulverised into non-existence. No more holding back in the face of slights and disrespect, just absolute bloody and beautiful annihilation!Focal Dystonia was created by multi-instrumentalist Floor van Kuijk (Korpse/Carnifloor) and drummer Florent Duployer (Anachronism/Kakothanasy) in early 2020. Due to their innate understanding of the essence of brutal death metal, the project progressed at hellish speed. Soon they had ten songs that epitomised the genre, in all its gaudy, violent extremes and next set about assembling an incredible line-up of international vocalists to give voice to their macabre creations. In total, twelve of the underground’s most renowned proponents of throat-ruining vocal savagery contributed to the recording of Descending (In)Human Flesh – an unprecedented collective of demonic vocalizing. For now these bestial names are being kept secret, to be revealed as the days and weeks pass and the December 11th release of Descending (In)Human Flesh grows nearer.
It is, of course, Comatose Music that will be responsible for spreading the plague of Focal Dystonia worldwide – no other label being equipped to handle such a diabolical expulsion of frenzied barbarity. Descending (In)Human Flesh is not just a masterful display of domineering power, it is also a horrifying love letter to the brutal death metal scene; everything that a dedicated fan could wish for in their warped dreams. Expect no mercy when this beast is unleashed!
Rome’s Shores of Null are releasing an ambitious and massive single “Beyond the Shores (On Death and Dying)” via Spikerot Recordson November 27th, 2020.
The single, while one complete work, can be divided into five separate movements, each one exploring one of the recognized stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. This single is a partial deviation from the sound Shores of Null has been refining over the years as they enhance their heavier, slower, and dramatic elements to create their ultimate doom manifesto. In this dark venture, the band has involved a bunch of special guests, including two doom-titans such as Mikko Kotamäki (Swallow The Sun) and Thomas A. G. Jensen (Saturnus) plus the angelic voice of Elisabetta Marchetti (Inno).
The doom metal act has already released the first excerpt for listeners to immerse themselves with a three and half minute clip that shows various elements that this doom metal band has woven together to create a thick aura of forlorn melancholy.
Shores Of Null is a Rome-based metal band, an unwavering presence within the metal underground since their outset in 2013, able to churn out two impressive records: the highly acclaimed debut “Quiescence” (Candlelight, 2014) and the sophomore, more complex “Black Drapes For Tomorrow” (Candlelight/Spinefarm, 2017), both heavily praised by the worldwide press.
For fans of anything dark and dreary, especially those with an existing interest in Swallow The Sun, My Dying Bride, and Paradise Lost; “Beyond the Shores (Excerpt I)” was released on October 2, 2020 and can be heard on the following links: Spotify Bandcamp
The full release of “Beyond the Shores (On Death and Dying)” will be available on November 27th, 2020. Album (CD, Vinyl, Digital) pre-order / save HERE.
Video Trailer for “Beyond the Shores (On Death and Dying)” – YouTube
Track Listing: 1. Beyond The Shores (On Death And Dying) [38:24]
Single Credits: • All songs performed by: Shores Of Null • All songs written by: Gabriele Giaccari and Raffaele Colace, lyrics and vocal arrangements by Davide Straccione • Produced by: Shores Of Null and Marco “Cinghio” Mastrobuono • Mixed by: Marco “Cinghio” Mastrobuono • Mastered by: Marco “Cinghio” Mastrobuono • Album Artwork by: Sabrina Carmanico • Member of SIAE (Italy)
Single and Live Band Line Up: Davide Straccione – Vocals Gabriele Giaccari – Guitars Raffaele Colace – Guitars Matteo Capozucca – Bass Emiliano Cantiano – Drums
Shores Of Null is a Rome-based metal band, an unwavering presence within the metal underground since their musical outset in 2013. They have churned out two impressive records: the melodic and somber “Quiescence” (Candlelight, 2014) and the darker and more complex “Black Drapes For Tomorrow” (Candlelight/Spinefarm, 2017), both of which were highly praised by the worldwide music press.
Shores of Null stands out from its contemporaries with its ability to blend seemingly disparate elements and their ability to sound overwhelmingly heavy and soothing at the same time. Blackened aggression stands alongside gothic-doom sections without either sounding out of place. Their music can be both melancholic yet majestic, made of chorale-like guitar textures across the instrument’s entire range, sustained by a powerful rhythmic section and punctuated by a refined mixture of clean and growled vocals, along with extensive use of pleasing vocal harmonies which have become the band’s trademark through the years.
Shores Of Null has performed over 150 shows, including six European tours (with In The Woods, Ereb Altor, Hooded Menace, Mourning Beloveth, Novembre, Harakiri For The Sky, Sylvaine, and more), dozens of shows and tours in their home country (with Primordial, Arcturus, Candlemass, Moonsorrow, Leprous, Saturnus, Negura Bunget, etc.) and many European Festivals (Inferno Festival, Eindhoven Metal Meeting, Winter Days Of Metal, Doom Over London, Metalitalia Fest, Frantic Fest, and more).
Shores Of Null’s third work, “Beyond The Shores (On Death And Dying),” is expected to be released in November 2020 via Spikerot Records, continuing to prove the band’s willingness to go off the beaten path and create their ultimate doom manifesto, a 38 minute-long suite emphasizing their heavier, slower and dramatic side, inspired by the five stages of grief formulated by the Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. The band has collaborated on the dark opus with many special guests, including two doom-titans, Mikko Kotamäki (Swallow The Sun) and Thomas A.G. Jensen (Saturnus), along with the angelic voice of Elisabetta Marchetti (Inno). The band is able to present an even more diverse and eclectic sound on the album thanks to the addition of classical instruments like piano and violin, along with the return of the talented Marco “Cinghio” Mastrobuono (Hour Of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse) behind the production desk.
Death/thrash outfit RAIDER, hailing from Waterloo, Canada unleashed their debut album “Guardian of The Fire” this past March. The eight-track LP is a rush of E-standard mayhem, thrash overtones, and blackened vocals. Lyrically, the album’s theme revolves around overcoming lies and hatred that stand between all of us and the truth.
Fans of bands of Sepultura, Annihilator, and Skeletonwitch, RAIDER is one of the underground death/thrash bands to keep an eye on in 2020 as they continue to raise hell in the moshpit.
Earlier in September, the band shared their latest music video “No Sign of The Dawn”, a groovy thrash attack about the cost of taking our world for granted. It’s a reflection on getting human priorities straight.
The band adding:
“Our world stands on the edge of a knife. The virus is but another horseman in the ever-growing mountain of omens. We often get distracted and seem to forget that we are still on our way to one of many total deliverances. We have to unite, think, and speak for ourselves or we will be spoken for. If we do not choose the path that leads us to a better future, we will be forced down a path to ruin, of which there are many, and each of their songs remains the same: For the mortal world there is no sign of the dawn.”
Today, the band reveals their guitar playthrough with visual tabs for the track, which can be viewed via its premiere on TechnicalMusicReview HERE.
Guitarists Ira Lehtovaara and Gabe Rosa comment on the playthrough:
“Thanks to everyone who has been cranking the No Sign of the Dawn music video and supporting us in general! We wanted to do something nice in order to show our gratitude so here’s a guitar playthrough for the song with Tabs! If you wanna see more playthroughs for more songs make sure to comment, like, and subscribe!”
Watch the music video for “No Sign of The Dawn”HERE.
Track Listing: 1. Bound By No Fate (5:00) 2. No Sign Of The Dawn (6:04) 3. Endless Vengeance (6:16) 4. Guardian of The Fire (6:48) 5. Infernal Justice (6:03) 6. Ravenous Hydra (5:28) 7. Offering of Souls (6:15) 8. Destroyer (5:51) Album Length: 47:49
“”Bound By No Fate” itself is an unrelenting and chaotic blast of thrash. Even someone who’s not primarily a fan of the harsher vocal style prevalent within death metal should be able to appreciate and get into the new Raider track and upcoming album.” – Metal Injection“Raider pillage the best of death and thrash for their own blazing (yet fun) fury on debut LP Guardian of the Fire, out March 20. Despite only forming in 2017, the Waterloo quintet sound export-ready, and not just to nearby markets but even to the far reaches of Europe, from which many of their influences hail.” – Exclaim! 8 Emerging Canadian Artists You Should Hear in March 2020
“I think RAIDER is one of the best of the new breed of bands who are playing this style of metal today and “Guardians of the Fire” is well worth your time.” – Metal Temple
“In the end, these eight tracks combine influences from their domestic Canadian roots as well as American finesse and aggression to illustrate the power, precision, and musicianship that keep Raider in league with acts like Annihilator, Exmortus, and Skeletonwitch as far as melodies, hooks, and darkened, savage attacking mechanisms.” – Dead Rhetoric
“GUARDIAN OF THE FIRE is a non-stop hell-storm of pummeling death infused thrash. The album is full of technical riffing and some insanely powerful drumming. Raider has enough ability here to deliver up some of the best riffs in the business with a proficiency that many may possess, but rarely offer up to the masses… Fans of Exodus, Lamb Of God, Exmortus, and Deicide, among others, will find that they are going to have another favorite band to slam to!” – Metal Rules
“Canada is doing great in the thrash stakes this year, what with Warning Sign, Lutharö, Annihilator and plenty more all releasing ‘great’ to ‘phenomenal’ albums. Now the relentless machine of Raider has joined the ranks of great Canadian metal in 2020 to utterly punish and pummel the competition. Guardian Of The Fire is as high quality a debut anyone could possibly ask for, and this quintet look set to burn the world – one Ravenous Hydra at a time.” – Metal Observer
Canada’s Every Hour Kills will “Re:Awaken” the world with their new EP out Now. Each song on the record tells the story of an individual existing in this fragmented future; their struggle to exist amidst the chaos of forces of the elite race and the constant encroaching tide of technology.
The band adds:
“Every Hour Kills was built to challenge the idea of what defines a “band”. Rather, the group sees itself as a constantly evolving musical collective; guest vocalists and soloists across the songs bring their own unique artistry and elevate the collective impact of Every Hour Kills’ brand. With every release we are trying to push ourselves technically, in the writing, and thematically. The listening experience is meant to smash together progressive metal with a cinematic film score. There are literally hundreds of tracks of synth and orchestration going on underneath the metal-band foundation; so, each listen should uncover a new tidbit of ear candy and layers, especially with headphones or good speakers!”
“Re:Awaken” is a concept album with a rich and colourful story that plays into the lore of Every Hour Kills. It sends the listener into the 22nd century, where humanity is deteriorating and the only help seems to come from a race of aliens, the Illusions. Their proposition was simple: in exchange for children who had not yet been consumed by the plague, they would give us medicine to heal the sick.
As an internet-only project, Every Hour Kills leverages this sole focus in bringing in a wide variety of guest artists that include Shaley Bourget of (Dayshell, ex-Of Mice & Men), Morgan Reid (Bloodshot Dawn), Chris Thoresen (Shark Infested Daughters), Travis Montgomery (Threat Signal, Meytal), and Rick Graham. The EP also comes with a visual storybook from Splice Comics that supplement the themes of the band.
Geared towards fans of sci-fi, djent, and progressive metal, especially those with Scar Symmetry, Starset, and Bring Me the Horizon in their rotation, “Re:Awaken” comes out on October 9, 2020. EP Pre-Save HERE (Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music).
Previous singles: “Veiled Aurora” – YouTube “Time”ft. guest guitar solo Rick Graham (Joe Satriani cover) – YouTube “Athelion” – YouTube (Lyric Video) “Re:Awaken” – YouTube (Animated Music Video)
Track Listing: 1. Veiled Aurora (ft. guest vocals Shaley Bourget of Dayshell, Of Mice & Men & guest guitar solo Morgan Reid of Bloodshot Dawn) (4:18) 2. Anthelion (ft. guest vocals Chris Thoresen (Shark Infested Daughters & guest guitar solo Travis Montgomery of Threat Signal, Meytal) (4:26) 3. Re:awaken (4:12) 4. Time ft. guest guitar solo Rick Graham (Joe Satriani cover) (5:04) 5. Veiled Aurora (Instrumental) (4:18) 6. Anthelion (Instrumental) (4:26) 7. Re:awaken (Instrumental) (4:12) 8. Time (Joe Satriani cover) (Instrumental) (5:04)
“Every hour wounds, but the last one kills” – Anonymous
Every Hour Kills is a powerhouse ensemble featuring the core of ex-Divinity / Enditol guitarist Sacha Laskow, bassist Brent Stutsky (ex-Breach of Trust), along with vocalist Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster (ex-Out of Your Mouth).
The new EP titled ‘Re:Awaken’ out now tells the stories of individuals existing in this fragmented future; their struggle to exist amidst the chaos of forces of the elite race and the constant encroaching tide of technology. An accompanying illustrated short storybook by Splice Comics will delve even deeper into the EHK lore.
Every Hour Kills was built to challenge the idea of what defines a “band”. Rather, the group sees itself as a constantly evolving musical collective; guest vocalists and soloists across the songs bring their own unique artistry and elevate the collective impact of Every Hour Kills’ brand. The lyrics, artwork, visuals, and themes all look toward the future, asking the key postmodern question of how will emerging technology and our humanity progress and co-exist?
Shared Stage with: Godsmack, Apocalyptica, Trivium, Obey the Brave, Into Eternity, Kobra and the Lotus
Nominated YYC Music Award – 2016, 2019 for Metal Recording of The Year
“The band plays a sound of metal sounds extremely modern and melodic, coming across as a mix of Scar Symmetry and Fear Factory, with sprinkles of djent for added flair.” – New Noise Magazine
“Should the band be able to hold this standard on their first full-length album, one has to count on Every Hour Kills in the first league of Modern Metal. CrypticRock gives Every Hour Kills 4.5 out of 5 stars.”
“The song has an amazing feel to it that is uplifting and empowering at the same time and it makes you feel like could run a marathon and finish first place. “ – Headbanger Review
CRAFT RECORDINGS ANNOUNCES INDIE-EXCLUSIVE RELEASES FORRECORD STORE DAY’S 2020 BLACK FRIDAY EVENT
Los Angeles, CA (October 7, 2020)—Craft Recordings announces its exciting line-up of exclusive titles for Record Store Day’s tenth annual Black Friday event, taking place at independent record stores across the country on Friday, November 27th. This year’s sonically diverse selections include two live albums: the first-ever release of Jewel’s early coffeehouse sessions, Live at the Inner Change, and George Thorogood and The Destroyers’ blistering Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert. Also available is a tenth-anniversary reissue of Meridional from Georgia metalcore stars Norma Jean, as well as the latest installment of the popular Jazz Dispensary series, Orange Sunset, which features choice funk, soul, and jazz cuts. Rounding out the titles is a 7” of “Christmas Time Is Here” from Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas to kick off the holiday season. Since 2008, Record Store Day has championed the culture of the independent record store, offering music lovers the chance to pick up exclusive releases and support their local music retailer at the same time. Record Store Day’s Black Friday is no exception, and now—more than ever—is the perfect time to show love to our local independent retailers and our favorite musicians. While the day after Thanksgiving is the start of the biggest shopping season in the country, this special event subverts the mass consumerism model—instead, placing the focus on creating special limited-edition releases from revered musical artists. For a full list of participating retailers, visit RecordStoredDay.com.
Jewel — Live at the Inner Change
(2 LPs, Individually Numbered with Keepsake Show Flyer) As Jewel celebrates the 25th anniversary of her landmark 12x Platinum debut, Pieces of You, this previously unreleased live performance from 1994 offers fans a chance to hear the GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer-songwriter nearly two years before she became an international sensation.
These captivating, formative performances were recorded at San Diego’s Inner Change coffeehouse, where the promising young artist honed her craft, and later, was discovered. In the liner notes for a forthcoming Pieces of You 25th-anniversary reissue, Inner Change owner Nancy Porter recalls, “This is where she really built herself, developed her music, and I think everyone felt that. And the bigger the crowd got, the better she got…People would come in and just be in awe.” The two-LP set features remastered audio from the legendary engineer Bernie Grundman and includes early versions of such favorites as “Morning Song,” “I’m Sensitive,” and Jewel’s debut hit single, “Who Will Save Your Soul.” Limited to 3,000 copies worldwide, each individually numbered album includes a replica of the original show flyer, designed by Jewel herself.
Tracklist – Live at the Inner Change:
1. Who Will Save Your Soul
2. Pieces of You
3. Little Sister
1. Near You Always
3. Morning Song
2. I’m Sensitive
2. Angel Standing By
George Thorogood and The Destroyers — Live in Boston, 1982:
The Complete Concert (4 LPs, Red-Marbled Vinyl with Poster) This comprehensive reissue of George Thorogood and The Destroyers’ Live in Boston, 1982 captures the band’s triumphant Bradford Ballroom concert in its entirety for the very first time.
Full of energy, power, and focus, Thorogood and The Destroyers play a blistering set that includes such classics as “Bad to the Bone,” “Who Do You Love?” and “Move It on Over.” Newly remastered by the GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Paul Blakemore, the 27-track Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert adds 12 previously unreleased tracks to the original 2010 release. “1982 was an absolute high-water mark for us,” exclaims Thorogood, whose band had recently scored a supporting slot on the Rolling Stones’ tour, performed on Saturday Night Live, and released their fifth studio album. “Everything was going our way and it shows in this recording… This is George Thorogood and The Destroyers at our best!” Limited to just 1,800 copies, this special Black Friday edition comes pressed on four red-marbled vinyl LPs and includes new liner notes, plus an eye-catching poster.
Tracklist – Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert:
1. House of Blue Lights
2. Kids from Philly
3. Who Do You Love?*
1. I’m Wanted
2. Cocaine Blues*
3. One Way Ticket
1. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
2. As the Years Go Passing By
1. Spoken Introduction: The Dance Floor*
2. It Wasn’t Me
3. Bottom of The Sea*
4. Night Time*
1. New Boogie Chillun’
2. I’ll Change My Style*
3. Miss Luann
1. Madison Blues*
2. The Sky Is Crying*
3. Can’t Stop Lovin’
1. Spoken Introduction: Audience Participation*
2. Same Thing*
3. Bad to the Bone*
4. Move It on Over
5. Wild Weekend6. Nobody but Me
1. No Particular Place to Go*
2. Ride on Josephine*
3. Reelin’ and Rockin’* * Previously unreleased
Norma Jean — Meridional (2 LPs, Turquoise Marble Vinyl):
2010’s Meridional is the fifth studio album from the GRAMMY®-nominated metalcore band,Norma Jean, and marked the Georgia band’s debut with Razor & Tie. Produced by Jeremy SH Griffith (Underøath, Johnnyswim, Five Iron Frenzy), Meridional—which features such fan favorites as “Leaderless and Self Enlisted” and “Deathbed Atheist”—received wide praise from the likes of Revolver, AbsolutePunk, and Exclaim!, which ranked the LP among one of the best metal albums of the year.
MAllMusic, meanwhile, praised that Meridional shows “a band that has really hit its stride creatively, taking the techniques it has developed and putting them all together into one enjoyable package.” Limited to 3,400 copies, this special tenth-anniversary reissue comes as a two-LP set pressed on turquoise marble vinyl.
Tracklist – Meridional:
1. Leaderless and Self Enlisted
2. The Anthem of The Angry Brides 3. Deathbed Atheist
1. A Media Friendly Turn for The Worse
3. Blood Burner
4. High Noise Low Output
1. Falling from the Sky: Day Seven 2. Everlasting Tapeworm
1. The People That Surround You on a Regular Basis
2. Innocent Bystanders United
Vince Guaraldi Trio — “Christmas Time Is Here” (7” Single, Green Vinyl) Vince Guaraldi’s timeless score for the 1965 television special, A Chalrlie Brown Christmas, endures as one of the most popular holiday albums ever and one of the best-selling jazz records in history. The soundtrack, which introduced generations of children to the joys of jazz music, features a mix of traditional yuletide fare—arranged in Guaraldi’s playful style, plus originals, like the instantly recognizable “Linus and Lucy,” and “Christmas Time Is Here.” The latter song, now a holiday standard, was the only vocal track on the album, featuring young choir members from the Bay Area’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Now, for the very first time, a 7” single of the song will be available, featuring the original vocal version on side A, with an alternate vocal take on side B.
Released in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of Peanuts, this collectible single is pressed on green vinyl and will be limited to 5,000 copies.
Tracklist – Christmas Time Is Here:
1. Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal)
1. Christmas Time Is Here (Alternate Vocal Take 5)
Various Artists — Jazz Dispensary: Orange Sunset (1 LP, Yellow Starburst Vinyl) Take a trip to a land where every hour is happy and the sunsets are always lush in Orange Sunset—the latest addition to the popular Jazz Dispensary series. Kick back with a perfect soundtrack of impeccably crafted grooves from the likes of Merl Saunders, Johnny Hammond, Funk, Inc. and The Blackbyrds, with production by David Axelrod, The Mizell Brothers, and Dale Warren. All tracks were remastered from their original analog tapes, while the album comes pressed on fanciful, yellow starburst-colored vinyl. Limited to 3,500 copies, Orange Sunset comes housed in a jacket featuring original designs by singer-songwriter and visual artist Dana Falconberry.
Tracklist – Orange Sunset:
1. David Axelrod — Everything Counts
2. The Blackbyrds — Funky Junkie
3. Johnny Hammond — Shifting Gears
1. Roger Glenn — Don’t Leave
2. 24-Carat Black — 24-Carat Black (Theme)
3. Merl Saunders — Righteousness4. Funk, Inc. — Goodbye, So Long
About Craft RecordingsCraft Recordings is home to one of the largest and most prestigious collections of master recordings and compositions in the world. Its rich and storied repertoire includes legendary artists such as Joan Baez, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Vince Guaraldi, John Lee Hooker, Little Richard, Nine Inch Nails, Thelonious Monk, Otis Redding, R.E.M. and Traveling Wilburys, to name just a few. Renowned imprints with catalogs issued under the Craft banner include Concord, Fania, Fantasy, Fearless, Milestone, Musart, Nitro, Prestige, Riverside, Rounder, Specialty, Stax, Sugar Hill, Vanguard, Vee-Jay and Victory, among many others. Craft creates thoughtfully curated packages, with a meticulous devotion to quality and a commitment to preservation—ensuring that these recordings endure for new generations to discover. Craft Recordings is the catalog label team for Concord Recorded Music.
New Album “Question Everything” Out Now! (North America) (Saibot Reigns) October 28th (Japan) (Ward Records)
Out Now! Helion Prime unleash their new album “Question Everything” available as of October 5th in North America along with Europe via their label Saibot Reigns. The Japanese CD version will be available via Ward Records on October 28th and will feature two exclusive bonus tracks “Prof (Demo)” and “Rain (Trivium Cover)” (track listing below) and is available for pre-order HERE. The North American/EU album is available at Helionprimemetal.com (CD), Apple Music, and Spotify.
In celebration of the full-length release, the band is sharing their music video for the title track that features guest vocals from former band members Heather Michele (ex-Graveshadow, ex-Helion Prime) and Sozos Michael (ex-Helion Prime, Planeswalker).
Guitarist Jason Ashcraft adds:
“It was very exciting getting to work with Heather again on this album, but what makes the title track very special to me is having both Heather and Sozos appear on it. A lot of people don’t understand that we are all still a close family and love working together. When bands have to let go of members it’s not always for negative reasons. I think this song really managed to capture Helion Prime at its core.”
“Question Everything” was produced by Jason Ashcraft and Alex Nasla. Mixing was done by Chris Collier and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima along with additional mixing/drum edits/reamping plus writing and performance of keyboard arrangements by Alex Nasla of Gear Gods Studio. Guitar/Bass edits by Michael Goodrich and cover art by Marc Whisnant.
It’s been about two years since the band’s sophomore release “Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster” and Sacramento sci-fi power metallers Helion Prime returns with their third effort and the much shorter title “Question Everything” set for release on Monday, October 5th, 2020 via their label Saibot Reigns. This is Helion Prime‘s first album with new vocalist Mary Zimmer, who has also accompanied the band on two separate tours of the United States. It also sees the band’s original singer, Heather Michele, returning in a writing capacity and contributing all lyrics and melodies. Heather Michele also along with other former Helion Prime vocalist Sozos Michael and with John Yelland (Judicator/Dire Peril) add their guest vocals on the full length.
The highly anticipated third record is a concept album, with each song revolving around different figures throughout human history that had the courage to question the status quo of their respective worlds/societies, in some cases even dealing with harsh persecution as a result. Those Helion Prime chose to write about-faced prejudice, mockery, ex-communication, and persecution – yet through it all, they held true to their beliefs and ideas. Time would be their greatest ally as their ideas and identities were eventually validated, oftentimes not until after their passing. They serve as an inspiration for all minds to continue thinking outside the box and staying true to themselves.
Track Listing: 1. The Final Theory 2. Madame Mercury 3. Prof 4. The Gadfly 5. Photo 51 6. E Pur Si Muove 7. Words of The Abbot ft. guest vocals John Yelland (Judicator, Dire Peril) 8. The Forbidden Zone 9. Question Everything ft. Heather Michele (ex-Graveshadow, ex-Helion Prime) and Sozos Michael (ex-Helion Prime, Planeswalker) 10. Reawakening 11. Kong at the Gates (Misfits Cover)
Cassette and vinyl formats available on band’s website,while digital edition includes bonus tracks Band to perform album in full during October 28th livestream event.Tickets on sale now
Los Angeles, CA—Craft Recordings celebrates the 10th anniversary of Motionless in White’s acclaimed debut album, Creatures with a special reissue—available on vinyl, cassette, and digital formats this Friday, October 9th. The vinyl release features newly reimagined artwork, while the deluxe digital releaseincludes three bonus tracks — “Dragula,” “Creatures” (Celldweller Beauty Remix), and “Mallevs Maleficarvm” (Tim Skold Remix).Limited to just 1,000 copies, the cassette of Creatures can be found via the band’s website or at CraftRecordings.com. The LP, meanwhile, comes pressed on yellow, purple, and black-splattered vinyl and is available exclusively on the band’s website. The band also plans to perform Creatures in its entirety during a streaming event on October 28th. Tickets for the livestream are on sale now at miwmerch.com. Declared to be “America’s premier industri-metal goth-core outfit” by Alternative Press, Motionless In White (MIW) formed in 2005 when the Scranton, PA band members were still in high school. Influenced by Marilyn Manson, Depeche Mode, Slipknot, and Rob Zombie, the young group gained a devoted fan base, thanks to their moody blend of driving metal, goth, and industrial music, as well as their striking aesthetic. Following their 2007 debut EP, The Whorror, and a successful run on the Warped Tour, MIW caught the ears of Fearless Records. Upon signing, they released a follow-up EP, When Love Met Destruction (2009), and entered the studio with producer Andrew Wade (The Word Alive, A Day to Remember, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!), to record their first full-length. The result was 2010’s Creatures, which was inspired by — and dedicated to — the band’s ardent fanbase (who call themselves “Creatures”). Ahead of recording, MIW encouraged their fans to send in lyrics — many of which were collectively included in the title track. The album also included the participation of fellow artists, including Nick Brooks of It Dies Today, who contributed vocals to the single “Abigail,” as well as Andre Bravo of In Alcatraz 1962, who sang on “Cobwebs.” Other highlights included “Immaculate Misconception” (the video included a cameo by Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider) and single “Puppets (The First Snow).” Upon its release, Creatures debuted at No.6 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and peaked in the Hard Rock Albums’ Top 20. It also received a warm reception from the critics. AllMusic praised the band’s use of synthesizers “to create a dark and uneasy atmosphere. This blend of the frightening and the familiar gives Creatures not only the ability to draw fans in with something they’ll immediately click with but which will keep them coming back for another helping.” The UK’s Rock Sound declared, “It’s good to see an of-the-moment band taking things seriously,” adding that MIW “push past the boundaries of screamo into more metallic territories, their intermittently screamed and harmonized vocals, epic choruses, and brutal breakdowns keep them firmly in touch with their roots.” Since then, MIW has released four more full-lengths, including their best-selling 2014 LP, Reincarnate, which debuted at No.9 on the Billboard Top 200, and No.1 on the Rock Albums chart. The band, which currently consists of frontman Chris “Motionless” Cerulli, Ryan Sitkowski (guitar), Ricky “Horror” Olson (rhythm guitar), Vinny Mauro (drums), and bassist Justin Morrow, released their fifth studio album, Disguise, in 2019, and followed with a rigorous headlining tour. Most recently, they shared a well-received cover of The Killers’ “Somebody Told Me” to streaming platforms, while this spring, the band confirmed that they are working on new material. “After 10 years of our monumental record “Creatures,” we are pleased to celebrate this October with a limited reissue vinyl featuring a completely revamped artwork, our first ever throwback cassette tape pressing of an album, a digital deluxe edition, and most excitingly…our first-ever performance of a record in entirety in which we will be performing the Creatures album as a stream on the 28th of the month,” says vocalist Chris Motionless. “After 10 years, we are so grateful that our fans hold this record as close to their hearts as we do and cannot thank them enough for helping us reach our first 10-year anniversary of an album. Here’s to 10 more!” Click here to pre-order Creatures Creatures tracklist (vinyl/cassette):
Fearless Records has been one of the world’s leading independent rock labels for most of its nearly three decades existence. The label initially became known for launching the careers of respected acts such as At The Drive-In, Portugal. The Man, The Aquabats, Sugarcult, and Motionless in White. Fearless also achieved breakout success with the Plain White T’s, whose worldwide hit “Hey There Delilah” has been RIAA-certified six times Platinum. The label also took electro-rock act Breathe Carolina from developing band to Platinum status with their Top 40 single “Blackout.” Fearless has since built a global following of dedicated music fans by developing a roster of some of the genre’s most respected and successful acts, and in May 2018, officially took on legacy lock label Razor & Tie as an imprint. Current artists include RIAA-certified Gold artists Pierce The Veil, I Prevail, Starset, All That Remains and The Pretty Reckless, along with two-time GRAMMY®-nominated acts Underoath and August Burns Red. Up-and-coming artists include I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME, Set It Off, ICE NINE KILLS, Wage War, Movements, The Plot In You, Grayscale and many more. The label is widely known for creating the popular “Punk Goes” albums, an alternative compilation series that has sold over 1 million albums and 6 million singles. The series has featured such notable acts as All Time Low, A Day to Remember, Rise Against, The All-American Rejects, Thrice and Taking Back Sunday. Fearless Records is a part of Concord Music. About Craft Recordings:Craft Recordings is home to one of the largest and most prestigious collections of master recordings and compositions in the world. Its rich and storied repertoire includes legendary artists such as Joan Baez, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Vince Guaraldi, John Lee Hooker, Little Richard, Nine Inch Nails, Thelonious Monk, Otis Redding, R.E.M. and Traveling Wilburys, to name just a few. Renowned imprints with catalogs issued under the Craft banner include Concord, Fania, Fantasy, Fearless, Milestone, Musart, Nitro, Prestige, Riverside, Rounder, Specialty, Stax, Sugar Hill, Vanguard, Vee-Jay and Victory, among many others. Craft creates thoughtfully curated packages, with a meticulous devotion to quality and a commitment to preservation—ensuring that these recordings endure for new generations to discover. Craft Recordings is the catalog label team for Concord Recorded Music.
EXPANDED EDITION OF GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS’ BLISTERING CONCERT ALBUM, LIVE IN BOSTON, 1982, SET FOR REISSUE Live In Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert features 12 unreleased tracks, including fan favorites “Who Do You Love?” and “Bad to the Bone” Pre-order the album on vinyl or CD now Band confirms 27-date tour for 2021 with stops in North America, Europe, and the UK
Los Angeles, CA (October 7, 2020)—Craft Recordings announces a comprehensive reissue of George Thorogood and The Destroyers’ Live in Boston, 1982. Newly remastered by the GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Paul Blakemore, the 27-track Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert captures the band’s fiery set in its entirety, including spoken introductions. Plus, the release includes 12 previously unreleased tracks (including performances of “Bad to the Bone,” “Who Do You Love?,” and “Cocaine Blues”) and marks the first time the set will be available on vinyl. Available to pre-order today (10/7), Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert will be available December 4th as a four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl, a two-CD set, and across digital platforms. Complimenting the collection are new liner notes by longtime Boston Globe music critic and Berklee College of Music professor, Steve Morse, who spoke with Thorogood about that incredible evening. In addition, a special deluxe edition of the new collection (pressed on red marble vinyl, including an eye-catching poster, and limited to a 1,000 units) will be released exclusively for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 27th. Coinciding with this week’s announcement is the release of the first instant grat track, “Bad to the Bone,” available this Friday (10/9) to stream or download on all major digital outlets. George Thorogood and The Destroyers were hometown heroes when they played to a packed audience at Boston’s Bradford Ballroom (now the Royale Nightclub) on November 23, 1982. Hailing from Wilmington, Delaware, Thorogood and his band had settled in Boston in the late ’70s, where they became mainstays in the scene—releasing their 1977 self-titled debut and their 1978 follow-up, Move It on Over, with the then-locally based Rounder Records. By the fall of 1982, the blues rockers were fast-rising stars on a national level. Just one year prior, they scored a supporting slot on The Rolling Stones’ tour, while that October, they appeared on Saturday Night Live, promoting their fifth studio album, Bad to the Bone. As the busy year came to a close, the album’s hard-driving title track—which would become one of Thorogood’s most iconic songs—was getting steady airplay on the radio and its video was a mainstay on the burgeoning MTV. After a non-stop year, the triumphant band returned to Boston, where they were embraced by their longtime fans. Full of energy, power, and focus, Thorogood and The Destroyers played a blistering set that included original material (“Kids from Philly,” “Bad to the Bone,” and “Miss Luann”) blues classics (John Lee Hooker’s “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” and Elmore James’ “The Sky Is Crying”), early rock ’n’ roll and R&B covers (Chuck Berry’s “No Particular Place to Go” and Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?”), and a few country tunes that The Destroyers had already made their own (Hank Williams’ “Move It on Over” and T.J. “Red” Arnall’s “Cocaine Blues”). In addition to Thorogood’s legendary guitar riffs, the songs are accentuated by the incendiary Hank Carter, who played saxophone with The Destroyers for 23 years. Luckily for fans, the incredible evening was captured in exquisite clarity by the award-winning engineer Guy Charbonneau, known for his “Le Mobile” remote recording truck. For his liner notes, Steve Morse also interviewed Scott Billington, a longtime Rounder Records producer who oversaw the original, 2010 edition of Live in Boston, 1982. “It was exciting to revisit the entire show,” Billington told Morse. “Listening back to these recordings also reminded me of how George had taken the original rock ’n’ roll blues aesthetic and brought it back into the mainstream at a time when that was not a particularly popular aspect of rock. Hearing a manifestation of that in the early ’80s was a breath of fresh air.” Reflecting on Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert, Thorogood says, “1982 was an absolute high-water mark for us. Everything was going our way and it shows in this recording from the Bradford Ballroom. This is George Thorogood and The Destroyers at our best!” George’s peers also lauded the album. Legendary Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash declared, “George Thorogood has been a hero of mine since I first heard his music in the ’70s. One of the baddest rock ’n’ roll songwriters/electric slide guitar players ever and The Destroyers are a kick-ass, tight rhythm section. This recording proves it!” Blues rocker Jared James Nicholsadded, “Power, attitude, emotion! I feel the energy and spirit, as if I’m actually at the show. George and band are undeniably at the top of their game this rockin’ night in Boston. Above all, this recording further solidifies the legend that is George Thorogood. Crank it up and get ready to boogie!” Since forming in 1974, Thorogood and his band—which currently consists of Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar), and Buddy Leach(saxophone)—have released 16 studio albums, played more than 8,000 ferocious live shows, and sold over 15 million records. For more than two generations, George Thorogood and The Destroyers have remained one of the most consistent—and consistently passionate—progenitors of blues-based rock in pop culture history. Showing no signs of slowing down, Thorogood returned to Rounder Records to release his solo debut, Party of One, in 2017 and he continues to tour regularly with The Destroyers. Looking ahead, the band is excited to return to the road with a 27-date global tour, kicking off May 4, 2021 at the Revolution Place in Grande Prairie, AB, Canada (full tour itinerary below).
Click here for tickets and more information. Click here to pre-order Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert on 4-LP, 2-CD, and digital formats.
Tracklist – Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert (2-CD Set)
1. House of Blue Lights
2. Kids from Philly
3. Who Do You Love?*
4. I’m Wanted
5. Cocaine Blues*
6. One Way Ticket
7. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
8. As the Years Go Passing By
9. Spoken Introduction: The Dance Floor*
10. It Wasn’t Me
11. Bottom of the Sea*
12. Night Time*
13. New Boogie Chillun’
1. I’ll Change My Style*
2. Miss Luann
3. Madison Blues*
4. The Sky Is Crying*
5. I Can’t Stop Lovin’
6. Spoken Introduction: Audience Participation*
7. Same Thing*
8. Bad to the Bone*
9. Move It on Over
10. Wild Weekend
11. Nobody but Me
12. No Particular Place to Go
13. Ride on Josephine
14. Reelin’ and Rockin’
Tracklist – Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert (4-LP Set)
2. House of Blue Lights
2. Kids From Philly
3. Who Do You Love?
1. I’m Wanted
2. Cocaine Blues*
3. One Way Ticket
1. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
2. As the Years Go Passing By
1. Spoken Introduction: The Dance Floor
2. It Wasn’t Me
3. Bottom of the Sea*
4. Night Time
1. New Boogie Chillun’
2. I’ll Change My Style*
3. Miss Luann
1. Madison Blues*
2. The Sky Is Crying*
3. Can’t Stop Lovin’
1. Spoken Introduction: Audience Participation*
2. Same Thing*
3. Bad to the Bone*
4. Move It on Over
5. Wild Weekend
6. Nobody but Me
1. No Particular Place to Go*
2. Ride on Josephine*
3. Reelin’ and Rockin’*
* Previously unreleased
George Thorogood and The Destroyers 2021 tour dates:
July 28: Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Symphony Hall
July 30: York, UK @ York Barbican July 31: Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow SEC Armadillo
August 1: Manchester, UK @ Manchester Bridgewater Hall
August 3: Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
August 6: Notodden, NO @ Notodden Blues Festival
September 9: Waukegan, IL @ Genesee Theatre
September 16: Ocean City, MD @ OC Bikefest
September 17: Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
September 23: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
About Rounder Records:
Rounder Records is one of the world’s most historic Americana and bluegrass record labels. Rounder’s rich catalog includes critically-acclaimed offerings by iconic artists like Gregg Allman, Alison Krauss, and Steve Martin as well as rising stars Samantha Fish, Sierra Hull, I’m With Her, Sarah Jarosz, Ruston Kelly, the SteelDrivers, Billy Strings, and The War And Treaty. Rounder has consistently demonstrated a commitment to nurture and develop careers over the long haul—a number of artists who got their start at Rounder are still recording with the label today, including Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, and George Thorogood. A leader in the preservation of precious historic recordings, Rounder has brought the music of the Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, and Jelly Roll Morton back to vibrant life and released epic anthologies from the Library of Congress and the Alan Lomax Collection that have been universally acclaimed. About Craft Recordings:Craft Recordings is home to one of the largest and most prestigious collections of master recordings and compositions in the world. Its rich and storied repertoire includes legendary artists such as Joan Baez, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Vince Guaraldi, John Lee Hooker, Little Richard, Nine Inch Nails, Thelonious Monk, Otis Redding, R.E.M. and Traveling Wilburys, to name just a few. Renowned imprints with catalogs issued under the Craft banner include Concord, Fania, Fantasy, Fearless, Milestone, Musart, Nitro, Prestige, Riverside, Rounder, Specialty, Stax, Sugar Hill, Vanguard, Vee-Jay and Victory, among many others. Craft creates thoughtfully curated packages, with a meticulous devotion to quality and a commitment to preservation—ensuring that these recordings endure for new generations to discover. Craft Recordings is the catalog label team for Concord Recorded Music.
Earth’s Yellow Sun Shares Final Animated Video “Part V – Rapture” For 5th Anniversary of “The Infernal Machine”
“The Infernal Machine” Celebrates 5 Years!
Re-release EP Tracks w/ Animated Videos
Five years ago Toronto’s Earth’s Yellow Sun released their sophomore EP “The Infernal Machine”. To celebrate the anniversary of that EP, the band has been re-releasing the tracks in the form of animated videos. To date, they have unleashed four videos over the last two months, “Part I – Assembly”, “Part II – Unveiling”, “Part III – Betrayal”, and “Part IV – Bastion”. Today, the band reveals the final video “Part V – The Rapture” for their visual comic book adventure to illustrate “The Infernal Machine” story.
The band comments:
“We are excited to give fans the chance to see the visual story that is the force behind our EP ‘The Infernal Machine’ that came out in 2015. The artwork and animation will bring a depth of meaning to our music, that we’ve been chomping at the bit to portray to our fans. We are currently in the writing/pre-production process for our next EP, and we’re extremely excited about how that is shaping up. ‘The Infernal Machine’ is An expansive sonic journey through a futuristic conflict between man and the mechanical intelligence it creates, told through instrumental progressive metal.”
Watch and listen to the “Part V – Rapture” at the following link on YouTube HERE.
Previous videos: “Part IV – Bastion”HERE.“Part III – Betrayal”HERE. “Part II – Unveiling”HERE. “Part I – Assembly” HERE.
Earth’s Yellow Sun‘s concept EP “The Infernal Machine” is an incredible mix of guitars, saxophone, choir, violins, and a heavy rhythm section, difficult to label yet easy to enjoy. Recommended for fans of Periphery, Dream Theater, and Animals as Leaders.
We are Earth’s Yellow Sun, an instrumental band hailing from Toronto, Canada. While often described as “progressive metal”, you’ll quickly find that it’s not so simple to label us – our unique approach to writing music is unlike anything you’ve heard before. Blending a crushingly heavy rhythm section with soaring melodic saxophone lines and funky organ pads, Earth’s Yellow Sun is like the love child of Periphery and Snarky Puppy that you didn’t know you needed in your life.
Our most recent release “Under the Covers” features our cover arrangements of three songs from vastly different corners of the musical world, featuring collaborations with some talented vocalists. From the progressive rock realm, we cover Rush’s “Overture 2112/The Temples of Syrinx”, featuring the incredible Rody Walker of Protest the Hero. From jazz territory, we cover pianist Tigran Hamasyan’s instrumental rhythmic mind-bender “Entertain Me”. And from the pop world, we cover the Backstreet Boys hit “Larger Than Life”, featuring the vocals of Lauren Babic of Red Handed Denial.
As an instrumental band, we rely on our music to convey our stories. Our sophomore release “The Infernal Machine” is a concept record that chronicles a futuristic society’s dependence on technology and artificial intelligence, and the ensuing conflict between man and machine. The creation of this EP saw us venture further into experimental territory, incorporating unconventional instrumentation such as violin, choir, and tabla into sound.
Earth’s Yellow Sun was initially conceived in 2014, while we were attending Humber College’s music program. After bonding over our mutual interest in heavy progressive music, and our shared desire to write innovative music of our own, we formed a school ensemble where we first toyed with the idea of incorporating saxophones into a metal band. This experiment proved to be a great success, and Earth’s Yellow Sun rose from the ashes of the school ensemble once classes came to an end.
Our unique and eclectic sound allows us to fit into a variety of different concert bills. Since our live debut in 2015, we have been fortunate enough to share the stage with several notable acts, including Between the Buried and Me, Protest the Hero, Intervals, Intronaut, Plini, Thank You Scientist, Moon Tooth, Auras, and Red Handed Denial. We greatly look forward to returning to the stage as soon as we can, bigger and better than ever.
SOLITARY TAKE A STAND WITH NEW VIDEO – I WILL NOT TOLERATE!
Following hot on the heels of their punishing ‘Abominate‘ video, Solitarypresent another killer track from their forthcoming album for Metalville Records, The Truth Behind The Liesalong with another hard-hitting visual assault. ‘I Will Not Tolerate‘ is the furious opening track from the new album and an instant anthem for thrashers worldwide. Combining rapid fire riffs, a barrage of heavy artillery drumming, a spirit of uncontrollable rage and an instantly addictive chorus, ‘I Will Not Tolerate’ is the epitome of great thrash metal.
The first reviews for The Truth Behind The Lies are just starting to come in and they are unanimous in their praise…
” The key words here are talent and conviction, and Solitary have both in spades.” – SENTINEL DAILY “…powerful, technically adept hammering old school Thrash…” – FFM-ROCK “… impressively tight musicianship on an almost impossible level.” – METAL RIOT “… satisfying thrash that warms the inner beast.” – WORMWOOD CHRONICLES “… Solitary’s magnum opus; an undiluted thrash album with plenty to say and the songs to back it up!” – WORSHIP METAL
The Truth Behind The Lies will be unleashed on October 23rd and pre-orders are available now from all major on-line purveyors of metal, as well as CDand VINYL bundles with exclusive merch only at the Solitary store.