The announcement was made Friday through a news release distributed to the media. The document states the band is now working on the follow-up to its 2018 album Ritual. Additionally, it states the band is working with producer Arthur Rizk (Cavalera Conspiracy, Code Orange, Power trip) on the album. Expectations are that the album will release in late 2021.
According to front man Max Cavalera, work on the album was already underway prior to getting back into the studio.
“I’ve been working on this record with my son, Zyon, since June of last year,” he said. “We are in the studio now with producer Arthur Rizk, creating a really wild record. Expect the unexpected! No rules, no limits, not holding anything back, just pure SOULFLY!”
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PBS Distribution will bring another episode of its hit science-based series NOVA to DVD next month.
NOVA: Saving Notre Dameis scheduled for release Feb. 16. The program profiles the efforts made to restore the Notre Dame Cathedral following the fire that nearly destroyed the historic landmark. The cathedral caught fire in 2019, nearly losing more than 800 years of history in the process. The program follows the examinations and technology used in the efforts to restore the centuries-old structure and prevent another such incident in the future over the course of its 57-minute run time.
NOVA: Saving Notre Dame will retail for MSRP of $24.99. Pre-orders are open now.
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Blackmore’s Night unveiled another single from its forthcoming weekend this week.
The band debuted its new single ‘Four Winds‘ Friday. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album Nature’s Light, which is scheduled for release March 12 through earMusic (distributed by BFD/The Orchard). It follows the debut of the album’s lead single, ‘Once Upon December‘ last month. The band has scheduled the debut of the ‘Four Winds’ lyric video for Jan. 29.
The band’s new single boasts in its musical arrangement, its familiar Renaissance syle approach, complete with lute and guitar. The addition of the operatic style vocals from Candice Night and drums give the song a more modern sound at the same time. The balance of the elements makes the arrangement in whole its own unique presentation from the band.
Night discussed the lyrical content featured in the new single in a prepared statement.
“‘Four Winds’ is the story of two girls, actually inspired by two of my oldest friendships”, said Night. “One who left Long Island and moved to California and one who left to move to Virginia. Going to across the country to California and living on the water was where the first girl felt the call to her soul, being able to watch the dolphins in the water and living the life by the ocean, while the other one took a very different path and felt the call to the woods inspired by wolves and other woodland creatures.”
“They both have equal importance in this storyline and are ultimately a part of me and perhaps of everyone, being pulled away from the stress of their current surroundings and looking for escape,” added Night. “If you feel stagnant or repressed in your surroundings, it’s important to take a break from the mundane and go where your heart leads you. It allows you to recharge and begin again with fresh and renewed energy. For some it is the ocean, for some the woods, for some feeling the sun on your face, others need to immerse in moonlight. Ultimately, we are all a part of the same story, the same picture and as the song says, “we’re all part of the trees and part of the seas and ready to start again…”.
The album will release on CD, digital, 180-gram gatefold vinyl, limited edition heavyweight yellow vinyl gatefold and limited edition 2CD hardcover mediabook The second disc featured in the limited edition release will contain a variety of songs from the band’s catalog.
The album’s track listing is noted below.
1.) ONCE UPON DECEMBER 2.) FOUR WINDS 3.) FEATHER IN THE WIND 4.) DARKER SHADE OF BLACK (INSTRUMENTAL) 5.) THE TWISTED OAK 6.) NATURE’S LIGHT 7.) DER LETZTE MUSKETIER (INSTRUMENTAL) 8.) WISH YOU WERE HERE (2021) 9.) GOING TO THE FAIRE 10.) SECOND ELEMENT
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PBS Distribution will release another collection of classic Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes on DVD next month.
Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood: Mister Rogers Meets New Friends is scheduled for release Feb. 9. Few details are available about the four disc collection as to the featured episodes and the set’s box art. It is known that the collection will span a total run time of 847 minutes. That is more than 14 hours of content for families to take in together.
The forthcoming collection is the third box set of episodes from the timeless series and fourth overall collection of the series’ episodes. It’s a Beautiful Day Collection was released in 2018 and followed up by the Would You Be Mine?Collection in 2019. The single-disc collection Mister Rogers & Making Mistakes followed that release in December 2019.
Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood: Mister Rogers Meets New Friends will retail for MSRP of $19.99.
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PBS Kids’ new animated science-based series Hero Elementary is getting its first DVD release.
Hero Elementary: Sparks’ Crew Pet Rescue! is scheduled for release Feb. 9. The single-disc collection offers audiences more than two hours of entertainment.
One of the collection’s stories finds Sparks’ Crew working to reunite a newborn bird with its parents. Another of the stories featured in the collection finds the crew learning how animals use their tails to communicate with each other. Yet another episode features Sparks’ crew helping animals who are out of place around the city due to fog.
Hero Elementary: Sparks’ Crew Pet Rescue! will retail for MSRP of $9.99. Pre-orders are open.
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PBS Distribution will bring a new collection of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episodes to DVD next month.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tigertastic 50 Pack is scheduled for release Feb. 9. The collection’s 50 total episodes are spread across three discs. One of the set’s featured stories features Daniel going to Baker Aker’s bakery to pick out a birthday cake. When the cake is damaged, Daniel learns the lesson that just because the cake is messed up, it is still edible and tasty.
In a throwback to one of the most beloved episodes of the original Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Daniel and his friends visit the crayon factory in yet another of the set’s featured episodes. Daniel learns that going to the doctor for a checkup is not as scary as he thinks in yet another of the collection’s stories.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tigertastic 50 Pack will retail for MSRP of $19.99. Pre-orders are open.
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Liquid tension Experiment fans are getting their first full preview of the band’s next album.
The band debuted the video for its new single ‘The Passage of Time‘ Friday. The song is the lead single from the quartet’s forthcoming album LTE3, which is scheduled for release March 26 through InsideOut Music.
The video features footage of the band members — Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci, Tony Levin, and Jordan Rudess — performing their respective parts to the song as images of multi-colored liquid plays over the noted footage. The musical arrangement that accompanies the video is everything that audiences have come to expect from Liquid Tension Experiment and from Dream Theater.
Two of the LTE’s members — John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess — are band mates in Dream Theater. Founding member and drummer Portnoy departed the band in 2010. To that end, it is understandable why this latest song sound stylistically so much like much of the body of work from Dream Theater.
Portnoy talked about the creation of ‘The Passage of Time’ during a recent interview with himself and his LTE band mates.
“‘The Passage of Time’ was the very first song we composed together when we reunited this past summer, he said. “It was so exciting to be back in a room creating together again after so long (22 years for all 4 of us and over 10 years for the 3 of us since being together in DT). This serves as a great first taste for the listeners as it combines so many of the musical elements that makes LTE unique”
Petrucci expanded on Portnoy’s comments.
“This was the first song we worked on and when it was done, we all knew once again how amazing it was to be working together,” said Petrucci. “We knew we were on to something and that this was going to be a really amazing album. Nothing about the passage of over two decades could’ve done anything to change that. To me this song truly reflects the collaborative songwriting efforts of all four of us.”
Ruddess also shared his thoughts during the interview.
There is an undeniable chemistry that happens when the four of us are together,” he added. “Entering the studio and starting work on ‘The Passage of Time’ after 22 years literally gave me a whole new perspective on these important musical (and personal) relationships and the way time is so relative. We just jumped right in, it was like no time had passed at all, and we created a song that has so many of the elements that make LTE unique. Not a day has gone by since our last release when I wasn’t asked, “When is LTE getting back together again?” Now we can finally deliver, and I can’t wait for everybody to hear our creation.”
Levin put the accent to the discussion, noting there is more to come from Liquid Tension Experiment.
“From the murky depths of the lockdown, LTE has re-emerged, galvanized, dripping with ideas, and taking no prisoners,” said Levin. “‘The Passage of Time’ is just the beginning.”
More than two decades have passed since the quartet released its then most recent record Liquid Tension Experiment 2. That record, released in 1999, was followed up by the release of the album Spontaneous Combustion in October 2007 by three quarters of the group, which opted to call itself Liquid Tension Trio. Portnoy, Levin, and Rudess recorded the album while Petrucci and his wife welcomed their then baby.
The new album’s track listing is noted below.
1. Hypersonic (8:22) 2. Beating The Odds (6:09) 3. Liquid Evolution (3:23) 4. The Passage Of Time (7:32) 5. Chris & Kevin’s Amazing Odyssey (5:04) 6. Rhapsody In Blue (13:16) 7. Shades Of Hope (4:42) 8. Key To The Imagination (13:14)
Bonus Disc: Includes almost an hour of improvised jams.
The album will release on the platforms noted below. Pre-orders open now.
•Limited deluxe hot pink 3LP+2CD+Blu-ray Box Set (incl. a poster and 4 artcards, Blu-ray includes a 5.1 surround mix with visuals, and full band interview from the studio) •Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook •Limited 2CD Digipak •Gatefold black 2LP+CD • Digital album (2CD)
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Independent rapper Hyro The Hero debuted his latest single this week along with its companion video.
The rapper (a.k.a. Hyron Louis Fenton, Jr.) debuted his new single ‘Retaliation Generation’ and its lyric video Friday. The song features guest vocals by Ice Nine Kills front man Spencer Charnas. Charnas’ familiar vocal delivery style compliments Fenton’s own familiar flow as he raps about what today’s youth is going through. Meanwhile, the familiar Rage Against The Machine style musical approach for which Fenton has come to be known joins the noted vocal performances to make the song complete.
The lyric video for ‘Retaliation Generation’ places the song’s lyrics over a post apocalyptic backdrop, complete with images of zombies, a perfect fit for Charnas. That is because Charnas and his Ice Nine Kills band mates are known for crafting songs based off of horror flicks. In the case of this song though, the imagery is used to help translate the message in the song’s lyrical content.
Fenton talked about the song’s lyrical content during a recent interview.
“I think this song captures the emotion of what this generation feels in this crazy time we are living in,” he added. “It’s full on attack mode right from the beginning it’s such a great feeling when an artist like Spencer helps take a song like this to the next level. I want anybody who listens to this song to be a voice. Stand up for what you believe in.”
Additionally, Fenton talked about the song’s creation, including the addition of Charnas’ guest vocals.
“‘Retaliation Generation’ is a great song that represents the style of music I have come to be known for,” said Fenton. “Having Spencer sing the hook and Matt Good on production blasted this track into ‘anthem’ territory.”
Charnas added to Fenton’s thoughts with his own comments.
“I think with everything going on in the last several years, our generation is holding people accountable,” he said. “It’s a movement in terms of a ‘You ain’t getting away with this s*** anymore.’ It’s a battle cry. I think it’s got such a cool overall message of not letting trials and tribulations of the world get you down. I think people can be their own worst enemy, and this is a song of empowerment. You can fight for what you believe in. It’s up to you to put up or shut up.”
Hyro The Hero’s collaboration is just his latest big name team-up. He most recently worked with Hellyeah and former Mudvayne front man Chad Gray on the inspirational song ‘Fight.’ Prior to that song’s release, he worked with Disturbed front man David Draiman on the song ‘We Believe.’
In other news, Hyro The Hero will host a livestream even at 4 p.m. ET today through his official Twitch channel. Charnas, AJ Channer (Fire From the Gods), and Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria) will also make appearances during the livestream show. Fans can RSVP here. Additionally, Hyro The Hero will be a guest for Fire From the Gods’ own livestream even Jan. 30. Tickets for that event are available here.
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Gemini Syndrome debuted its latest single this week along with the song’s companion video.
The band debuted its new single ‘IDK‘ and its video Tuesday. The song and its video are the second from the band’s forthcoming as yet untitled album. The debuts come more than a month after the band debuted the album’s lead single ‘Reintegration‘ and its video.
The video for ‘IDK’ features the band performing its new single against a psychedelic backdrop superimposed behind the band on a green screen. A variety of video effects is used to heighten the visual experience for audiences.
The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single is a heavy melodic presentation. The contrast of the more melodic rock style verses and the aggression in the song’s chorus makes for even more impact for the song.
The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement presents something of an existential discussion, according to front man Aaron Nordstrom.
“IDK plays with the double entendre, ‘I decay’ and ‘IDK’ (I don’t know) to illustrate the Voltaire quote, ‘The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing,“ he said.
Drummer Brian Steele Medina added to Nordstrom’s comments.
“IDK opens the door to the idea that we have to be willing to discard our old ideas and identity to give space for new ideas to grow and allow a more evolved identity to flourish,“ said Medina. The last thing we want to do is to get stuck in old patterns of thought and behavior. This is an essential principal as we progress through the various degrees of the initiatory traditions.”
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Metalcore outfit Seasons debuted its latest single and video this month.
The band debuted its new single ‘Killing Season‘ and its video Jan. 6. Following in the tracks of Ice Nine Kills, Seasons’ new single and video focus on the infamous cinema murderer Jason from New Line Cinema/Paramount Pictures’ Friday the 13th franchise.
The release of the band’s new single and video comes ahead of the pending release of the second independent sequel to the franchise, Friday The 13th: Vengeance 2. The movie is expected for release this fall.
The band discussed its new single and video in a prepared statement.
“This song was written from the perspective of the fictional masked murderer Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th franchise,” the statement reads. “The song is loaded with references to different aspects of Jason and events that happen to the character throughout the movie franchise. We are very excited and proud to say that the song will be featured on the soundtrack for the movie Friday the 13th: Vengeance 2. This movie is expected to be released in the fall of 2021.”
The musical arrangement that accompanies Seasons’ new single is stylistically speaking, very much in the same vein as the arrangement at the center of Ice Nine Kills’ own Friday the 13th story, ‘Thank God It’s Friday. While the two songs are their own works, the stylistic approach and sound in Seasons’ work is still very similar to Ice Nine Kills’ song.
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