BARONESS: ‘March To The Sea’ Video Released
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“March To The Sea”, the new video from BARONESS, can be seen at this location. The clip, which was filmed at the Union Transfer in singer/guitar player John Baizley’s adopted hometown of Philadelphia, opens with the enthusiastic crowd chanting “welcome back” to the obviously emotional band, highlighting BARONESS’ first live performance following the well-documented accident that left the bandmembers severely injured.
BARONESS has been on the road steadily since May, having performed at several festivals including Bonnaroo, Orion Music + More, Lollapalooza and most recently FYF Fest. Entertainment Weekly described the band’s Lollapalooza performance as “a volcanic eruption of thick riffs, spry solos, and wicked vocal bellows” while Rolling Stone’s FYF Fest review highlighted BARONESS’ “feats of stunning metal artistry.” The band wraps up their North American tour dates on September 6 at KISW’s Pain In The Grass before heading to Europe in late September as well as trekking to Australia in February for the Soundwave Festival.
MAN MUST DIE: New Album Title, Cover Artwork Unveiled
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Scottish death/grind powerhouse MAN MUST DIE will will release its new album, “Peace Was Never An Option”, on October 28 in Europe and one day later in North America via Lifeforce Records. The CD features a guest appearance by Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA) on one song.
Comments the band: “This album is by far the angriest yet most diverse one we have done yet. It’s the next level for MAN MUST DIE. We couldn’t be happier with how it’s turned out. It’s brutal beyond the word and yet more melodic and memorable than ever.
“With ‘Peace was Never An Option’, we really focused on the songwriting, which is really important in MAN MUST DIE’s sound, [and] seems to be bypassed a lot in modern music.
“All the classic metal is all about the songs; this is what influences us, this is what we do.”
MAN MUST DIE are an extreme metal band hailing from Glasgow, Scotland. Formed in 2002 and originally born of the founding members’ desire to push their music to new levels of intensity and brutality, the band’s dedication to their craft has since manifested itself in a rich touring history, sharing stages with such acts as EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD and DECAPITATED.
MAN MUST DIE has released three full-length studio albums thus far: 2004’s “…Start Killing” (Retribute Records), “The Human Condition” (2007, Relapse Records) and “No Tolerance For Imperfection” (2009, Relapse Records). Their music manages to incorporate the heaviest elements of extreme metal whilst retaining an attuned sense of melody, confidently shifting from epic, uplifting passages to pure sickness. Augmented by a keen compositional flair and furious, socially aware vocals, MAN MUST DIE is a highly focused musical force.
MAN MUST DIE is:
Joe McGlynn – Vocals
Alan McFarland – Guitar
Dan Firth – Bass
James Burke – Drums
KONGH to re-release “Counting Heartbeats”
Sweden’s premiere doomsters KONGH will re-release their critically acclaimed, grammy-nominated in homeland debut album “Counting Heartbeats”. The album, containing over 50 minutes of additional playing time in comparison with the original version, is set to be released on the 24th of September worldwide via Agonia Records.
Premiere song off the release is available for playback at: http://youtu.be/E7HJULHbXOA
The re-released “Counting Heartbeats” will feature two bonuses, never released on CD before: the split LP with Ocean Chief and the “demo 2006” – band’s first ever recording. “Counting Heartbeats” will be available only as a limited de-luxe double digipack. The first batch of CDs attainable at the Agonia Records Webstore will additionally be available with an exclusive silver-print t-shirt.
The band is currently working on a new European tour.
IHSAHN Unveils More Details About ‘Das Seelenbrechen’
Former Emperor frontman Ihsahn‘s latest effort, Das Seelenbrechen will be released on October 21 in North America via Candlelight Records. The album will be available in a CD, a limited edition digibook (with expanded graphics and liner notes) and double 180gm clear vinyl. Pre-orders will be launched via online and physical retail outlets from September 10.
“Das Seelenbrechen” is a bold and adventurous recording that is a musical contrast to the progressive shades and saxophone augmentations of the EMPEROR vocalist/guitarist’s previous two albums (2009’s “After” and 2011’s “Eremita”). The album exists in an entirely unfamiliar sonic world as Ihsahn draws upon his most esoteric influences, fully embracing the spirit of the avant-garde. Comprising ten vivid but disparate explorations in sound that range from bittersweet electronica to deranged and feral improvisation, “Das Seelenbrechen” is every bit as dark and destructive as the artist’s previous work but is far more disorientating and disturbing than anything he has attempted in his past.
“Musically, this album is a very deliberate sidestep to what I have been doing; a necessity to reset the creative parameters so not to fall into formula,” says Ihsahn. “I think I do my best work slightly outside of my comfort zone and I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time. Free form and improvisational can be scary for a musician but it is very liberating at the same time.”
Recorded at Ihsahn’s own studio in Norway in collaboration with drummer Tobias Ornes Anderson (LEPROUS), “Das Seelenbrechen” courageously eschews traditional metal instrumentation in favor of a limitless textural landscape that evokes the freewheeling spirit of artists like Diamanda Galas, Scott Walker, and John Zorn. Ihsahn notes; “Even though my music has changed over the years, I feel there is a source of inspiration at the bottom of it all that is constant. The general idea for this album was to try and dig deep into this raw source and express it without too much refinery and do so within a less familiar musical landscape. It is the reason for several purely improvised songs and parts on this album. I spontaneously performed with just lyrics and the idea of the atmosphere I was wishing to create. While many will feel it sounds different, I don’t think it is necessarily different from my previous album. And in my head, it will fit in perfectly with my plans for the sixth album.”
“Das Seelenbrechen” takes its name from Nietzche’s famed “Human, All Too Human: A Book Of Free Spirits”. Writings by the 19th-century philosopher and other historical figures have often found their way into Ihsahn’s songwriting.
“The title is taken from one of his aphorisms on art and how, in its purest form, is neither good nor bad,” says Ihsahn. The album’s abstract packaging, again conceived by Spanish graphic artist Ritxi Ostariz, embraces the aphorisms essence.
Few artists in modern heavy music have created such an extraordinary and unique body of work as Ihsahn. Having refined and redefined black metal with the now legendary EMPEROR, Norway’s foremost musical extremist has spent the last decade establishing himself as a fearless and wildly idiosyncratic solo artist.
“Of all my albums, my goals for this one have been the most abstract,” says Ihsahn. “I’ve had quite a rollercoaster ride putting it together but now that it is done I must say I am very pleased.”
‘Das Seelenbrechen’ tracklisting:
5. Tacit 2
9. Sub Alter
11. Entropie (bonus)
12. Hel (bonus)
SOILWORK: Deluxe Edition Of ‘A Predator’s Portrait’ Due In October
Swedish metallers Soilwork will release a deluxe version of their 2011 classic album A Predator’s Portrait on October 18 in Europe and October 15 in US. The album will be reissued as a digipak with an all-new artwork and will contain two previously unreleased live tracks.
The tracklisting of the re-issue version of A Predator’s Portrait is as follows:
1. Bastard Chain
2. Like the Average Stalker
4. Neurotica Rampage
5. The Analyst
6. Grand Failure Anthem
7. Structure Divine
9. Final Fatal Force
10. A Predator’s Portrait
11. Asylum Dance
12. Like the Average Stalker (live)
13. Final Fatal Force (live)
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