Disconnected Souls Debuts ‘Dissonant Whispers’ Video

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Independent metal band Disconnected Souls debuted the video for its latest single this weekend.

The band unveiled the video for its single, ‘Dissonant Whispers’ Friday. The video features two young men (played by two of the band’s members) arguing with each other on a sunlit beach over an unknown topic while the band plays its song atop a rocky cliff on the seaside setting. AS the video progresses, one of the men walks away and encounters a group of young witch-type figures. In encountering the women

No information is provided about the video’s story in the news release announcing its debut.

The band debuted the single, which reaches back to the sessions for its 2021 EP, Warning Elements, last month.

The song’s musical arrangement is a unique that immediately exhibits influence from the likes of Epica and Mushroomhead.  That is evidenced in its symphonic instrumentation and contrast of its growling male vocals and more gentle singing.  Audiences could even argue that there is an influence of Evergrey in this single, too.

According to information provided about the new single, its lyrical theme blends references to magic and matters of the mind.

Vocalist Simon Fletcher talked about the band’s new single in a prepared statement.

“I’m delighted to share our new conceptual piece, “Dissonant Whispers” with you!,” Fletcher said. “The origins of this track date back to prior to the completion of our Warring Elements EP, so this has been gently stewing in the background for a while. It’s been nice to have a slower paced approach, contrasting some of our tracks that have been completed in only a few months!

Fletcher added, “I think this is noticeable in the careful crafting of both the orchestral parts and the textural FX layers. There are a lot of undulating parts which contribute to the wide dynamics – all with the aim of taking you on an emotional rollercoaster; as always, we intend to really make an experience for the listener.  So, what are you waiting for? Come and take a spiritual voyage with us into an ethereal realm…”

More information on Disconnected Souls’ new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://disconnectedsouls.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/disconnectedsouls

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/DSbandUK

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Catholic Guilt Gets Existential In New Single; Upcoming Concert Announced

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Pop punk band Catholic Guilt debuted its latest single this week, along with the song’s companion video.

The band unveiled its new single, ‘Live For The Rush‘ Tuesday alongside the song’s companion video. The musical arrangement featured in ‘Live For The Rush’ is a catchy composition that is easily likened to those of so many of the band’s pop punk counterparts.

The lyrical theme of ‘Live For The Rush’ is existential, to a point, said front man Brenton Harris.

“‘Live For The Rush’ is a song about wanting to feel truly ‘alive’ again, after a prolonged period of emotional paralysis,” Harris said. “It is about holding an insatiable desire to experience the sensation of life, yet at the same time living in fear of the risks and changes that might be required to do so.

Harris added, “It is a very human thing to want to feel everything, all at once, to want to explore all that this finite existence can offer, yet it is also a very human thing to want to protect the status quo because the status quo offers the safety and the surety of knowing, even if what we know isn’t providing fulfilment. ’Live For The Rush’ is an anthem about rediscovering the joy of the unknown and in the process learning to feel again.”

The song’s companion video follows a bottle of sauce on its adventures through a city while the band performs its new single in a studio. The band is shown in black and white while the bottle and its surroundings are all shown in color. IT is not until the band gets a drink from the bottle that its situation livens up, too.

Sophia Van Doorn, who directed the video, discussed the video’s treatment and how it ties into the song’s lyrical theme.

“The premise of this video at first glance is silly, funny and kinda weird,” Van Doorn said. “But when you delve into the bright, shiny world that Sauce lives in, there’s a whole lot more to it. Given that Sauce is depicted in an overly saturated, orange-hued world, their life is a vibrant, action-packed and fulfilling existence. Its stark contrast to the initial band shots of gloomy, lackluster monotony creates a juxtaposition of light and dark. The band’s jubilant facial expressions upon Sauce’s arrival are the hero of this video and really tie back to the incredible lyrics, uplifting the viewer.

Van Doorn added, “It was hilarious running around town shooting the Sauce scenes and the band nailed all their shots in every aspect – the fun and ridiculousness shines through in the video. As a first-time director of a music video, I’m thrilled with the outcome, it looks awesome. Awesomesauce.”

In other news, Catholic Guilt is scheduled to perform live March 3 in Melbourne, Australia. Tickets will go on sale for the concert Monday.

More information on Catholic Guilt’s new single, video, and concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://catholicguiltmusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catholicguiltmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/catholicguiltau

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The Answer Debuts New Album’s Latest Single

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Rock band The Answer took audiences back to the future this week with its latest single.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Livin’ On the Line’ Monday. The premiere came a week after the band debuted the song’s video.

‘Livin’ On The Line’ is the third single from the band’s forthcoming album, Sundowners, which is scheduled for release March 17 through Golden Robot Records. The band premiered the album’s second single, ‘Want You To Love Me‘ last month. It released the record’s lead single, ‘Blood Brother‘ in November.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Livin’ On The Line’ is an infectious composition that will appeal easily to any guitar rock purist. That is due to the obvious influence of bands, such as KISS, Black Crowes, and just so many others. It is such a fun song for any real rock fan.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the news release announcing the song’s debut. No lyrics are provided with the video, either. In listening to the song though, it can be inferred that the song’s lyrical theme is one of someone just trying to get through life day to day. That is just this critic’s interpretation.

In other news, The Answer has a handful of UK and European dates scheduled in support of its new album this spring, starting March 16 in Blackpool, England. The UK leg of the tour is scheduled to run through March 23 in Belfast, Ireland.

The European leg of the tour is scheduled to launch March 25 in Haarlem, Holland and to run through April 6 in Vorselaar, Belgium.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets for the UK leg are available here. Tickets for the European leg are available here.

TOUR DATES

UK March 2023

Mar 16th  Blackpool, Waterloo Bar
Mar 17th  Birmingham O2 Institute.
Mar 19th  Bristol Thekla
Mar 20th  London 100 Club
Mar 21st  Leeds Key Club
Mar 23rd  Belfast Limelight 2

EUROPE March & April 2023
Mar 25th  Haarlem, Patronaat – Holland
Mar 26th  Den Bosch, Willem Twee –  Holland
Mar 28th  Essen,  Turock – Germany
Mar 29th  Hamburg, Logo – Germany
Mar 30th  Berlin, Franz Club – Germany
Mar 31st  Munich, Strom – Germany
Apr 1st    Dornbirn, Conrad-Sohm, Austria
Apr 2nd    Zurich, Plaza – Switzerland
Apr 4th    Strasbourg, La Laiterie – France
Apr 5th    Savigny, L’Empreinte – France
Apr 6th.    Vorselaar, De Dreef – Belgium

More information on The Answer’s new album, single, video, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://theanswerrock.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/theanswerrock

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/theanswerrocks

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Russkaja Debuts New Album’s Second Single

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Russkaja is scheduled to release its new album, Turbo Polka Party Friday through Napalm Records and in anticipation of its release, the band premiered the record’s latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for the album’s second single, ‘Paschli’ Wednesday. The song’s premiere came less than a month after the band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Shapka‘.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Paschli’ continues the band’s tradition of blending its ethnic influences with elements of ska and rock for a unique sound that will engage and entertain the band’s established audiences.

No information was provided about the single’s lyrical theme in the news release announcing the video’s premiere.

The video is another simple presentation. It features the band performing its single with plenty of psychedelic video effects to add to the impact.

In other news, Russkaja is scheduled to launch a European tour in support of its new album later this month. Paddy & The Rats and Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space will serve as support for the tour. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

RUSSKAJA live:
Turbo Polka Party Tour 2023
w/ Paddy & The Rats, Bloodsucking Zombies from outer Space
23.02.23 DE – Nuremberg / Hirsch
24.02.23 DE – Munich / Backstage
25.02.23 CH – Pratteln / Z7 Konzertfabrik
26.02.23 AT – Dornbirn / Conrad Sohm
28.02.23 DE – Leipzig / Werk 2, Halle D
01.03.23 DE – Jena / F-Haus
02.03.23 DE – Hanover / Musikzentrum
03.03.23 DE – Cologne / Kantine
04.03.23 DE – Hamburg / Grünspan
05.03.23 DE – Berlin / Columbia Theater
08.03.23 AT – Linz / Posthof
09.03.23 DE – Bochum / Zeche
10.03.23 DE – Frankfurt am Main / Batschkapp
11.03.23 DE – Stuttgart / Im Wizemann
23.03.23 AT – Salzburg / Rockhouse
24.03.23 AT – Graz / PPC
25.03.23 AT – Vienna / Arena
30.03.23 UK – London / Omeara
01.04.23 UK – Manchester / Deaf Institute
02.04.23 UK – Glasgow / Stereo
03.04.23 IE – Dublin / The Grand Social
04.04.23 UK – Bristol / Lost Horizon
06.04.23 FR – Villeurbanne / CCO
07.04.23 FR – Fontenay-le-Compte / Festival On N’a Plus 20 ans
08.04.23 FR – Paris / Petit Bain
09.04.23 NL – Haarlem / Patronaat

More information on Russkaja’s new album, single, video, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://russkaja.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/russkajaofficial

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Telomyras Debuts New EP’s Second Single

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Independent metal outfit Telomyras debuted the latest single from its new EP this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Colorless‘ Tuesday. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming self-titled EP, which is scheduled for release Feb. 18 behind the lead single, ‘Cambion.’

The musical arrangement featured in this song is a direct throwback to the great metal sounds of the 80s. The influence of greats, such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest are on full display throughout the composition. The soaring vocals pair well with the instrumentation, too, to make the presentation wholly engaging and entertaining.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the news release announcing the song’s premiere.

More information on Telomyras’ new single and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://telomyras.bandcamp.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Telomyras

Twitter: https://twitter.com/telomyras

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Raider Debuts New Single, “Rite Of Conquest’

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Independent thrash metal outfit Raider debuted the latest single from its forthcoming album, Trial By Chaos this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Rite of Conquest’ Tuesday. The song’s musical arrangement is a composition that will appeal to the most devoted thrash metal fan what with its intense energy exuded by its guitar work, screaming vocals and powerhouse drumming.

The lyrical theme that accompanies the new single is a deep presentation. On the surface, the band said the song centers humanity being so driven for conquest that it has turned that drive to space. On a deeper level, this is a commentary about mankind’s desire to just take over everything at any cost. To that end it is a sort of sociopolitical commentary.

Trial By Chaos is scheduled for release April 7. Pre-orders are open now here. The album’s track listing is noted below.

Trial By Chaos Track Listing: 

  1. Trial by Chaos    
  2. Rite of Conquest    
  3. New Dominion    
  4. Fearless    
  5. Labyrinth    
  6. Ark of Empyrea    
  7. Juggernaut Cerebrivore    
  8. Devour the Darkness

More information on Raider’s new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.raiderofficial.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RaiderMetal

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No More Touring For Ozzy For Real: Singer Says Lingering Injury Has Ended His Touring Days

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Ozzy Osbourne shared some sad news with audiences Wednesday in a prepared statement, saying he has had to cancel the upcoming leg of his “No More Tours 2” tour across Europe and the UK, and all future tour plans.

The upcoming tour, which was in support of Ozzy’s latest album, Patient Number 9, was scheduled to launch May 3 in Helsinki, Finland and to run through June 14 in Birmingham, UK. The album was released last year. Judas Priest was set to join Ozzy for the upcoming tour and Ozzy thanked the band as he talked about the cancellation of the tour and any upcoming live plans.

“I want to thank my family……my band…….my crew……my longtime friends, Judas Priest, and of course, my fans for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have,” Ozzy said.

The 74-year-old singer said the decision to cancel the upcoming tour was due to the lingering effects of a spinal injury he sustained four years ago, and that his voice is still working, so he hoped he could at least figure out a way to hold some live performances, if not full blown tours.

“Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way,” Ozzy said. “My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country.”

Osbourne’s full statement is noted below. Refunds for ticket purchases are available at all points of purchase.

“This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans. As you may all know, four years ago, this month, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine.

My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage. My singing voice is fine. However, after three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak.

I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realization that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required. Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really FUCKS ME UP, more than you will ever know.

Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way. My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country.

I want to thank my family……my band…….my crew……my longtime friends, Judas Priest, and of course, my fans for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have.

I love you all…”

More information on Ozzy Osbourne’s future is available along with all of his latest news at:

Website: https://ozzy.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ozzyosbourne

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OzzyOsbourne

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Rob Zombie Announces Co-Headlining Tour With Alice Cooper

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Shock rockers Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper will hit the road together this summer for the “Freaks On Parade Tour.”

The month-long tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 24 in Dallas, TX and to run through Sept. 24 in Phoenix, AZ. The tour also features stops in cities nationwide, such as Hartford, CT; Clarkston, MI and Auburn, WA. Ministry and Filter will join the tour as special guest acts throughout its run.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Ticket pre-sales are open here for Citi card members and run through 10 p.m. local time Thursday. General admission sales start at 10 a.m. local time Friday here.

2023 FREAKS ON PARADE TOUR DATES:
Thu Aug 24 –  Dallas, TX –  Dos Equis Pavilion
Sat Aug 26 –  Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sun Aug 27 – West Palm Beach, FL –  iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
Tue Aug 29 –  Raleigh, NC –  Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Wed Aug 30 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Fri Sep 01 –  Tinley Park, IL –  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sat Sep 02 –  Des Moines, IA –  Wells Fargo Arena
Tue Sep 05 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
Wed Sep 06 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Fri Sep 08 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sat Sep 09 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sun Sep 10 – Hartford, CT – The XFINITY Theatre
Tue Sep 12 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Sat Sep 16 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre *
Tue Sep 19 – Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Wed Sep 20 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Fri Sep 22 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
Sat Sep 23 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Sun Sep 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
 
*Non-Live Nation Date

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Milwaukee Metal Fest Returns; Schedule, Lineup Announced

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More than 15 years after its last run, the famed Milwaukee Metal Fest is scheduled to return this year.

Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta purchased the rights to the festival last year and announced details for the resurrected festival Monday. This year’s three-day festival is scheduled to span May 26-28 and will feature performances from the likes of Lamb of God, Anthrax, and Misery Index.

Jasta said he was looking forward to the festival’s return in a prepared statement.

“The infamous Milwaukee Metal Fest created so many memories, hosted legendary bands, and gave up and comers something to aspire to,” Jasta said. “Memorial Day Weekend 2023 (May 26, 27, and 28) — it returns with a stacked line up and a new lease on life. I cannot wait to see all the bands and hang with everyone in Milwaukee. I’m so grateful for [booking agent] Tim Borror and the Sound Talent Crew; and Leslie, Joe, and everyone at The Rave/Eagles for helping us put this event together. Milwaukee Metal Fest is back! See you in Wisconsin this May!”

Borror shared Jasta’s enthusiasm about bringing back the festival.

“Milwaukee Metal Fest was such a huge part of the metal culture back in the day, and it really helped a lot of bands,” he said. “It was always at The Rave and the combo is iconic. Working with Jamey, the great people at The Rave, and all the bands to bring it back in 2023 is fucking incredible. This is going to be a great event, don’t miss it!”

Tickets are available here. The festival’s lineup is noted below:

MILWAUKEE METAL FEST 2023 LINEUP: 
Lamb of God
Anthrax
Suicidal Tendencies 
Napalm Death
Dark Angel
The Black Dahlia Murder 
Obituary
Shadows Fall 
Corrosion of Conformity
Fear Factory
After the Burial
The Halo Effect
Dying Fetus
Immolation
Crowbar
Vio-Lence
Goatwhore
Jungle Rot
Misery Index
Broken Hope
Terror
Macabre
Gatecreeper
Sanguisugabogg
Frozen Soul
Defeated Sanity
Dying Wish
Khemmis
Undeath
Blood Incantation
Imperial Triumphant
Impaler
Fuming Mouth
Ingrown
HATH
Repentance 
Casket Robbery
Disinter
Thrown Into Exhile
Toxic Ruin

The Milwaukee Metal Fest was first held way back in 1987 and took place annually until 2004 when it ended.

More information on the Milwaukee Metal Fest is available at:

Website: https://milwaukeemetalfestival.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MilwaukeeMetalFest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Milwaukee_Fest

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Maple Blues Band Debuts New Album’s Latest Single, ‘Hey Nola’

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The Maple Blues Band released its latest album, Let’s Go Friday through Cordova Bay Records.

In anticipation of the record’s release, the band recently premiered the video for the album’s latest single, ‘Hey Nola.’ The full-on instrumental composition is a fitting tribute to “The Big Easy” what with its Dixieland approach and sound. Its energy and overall presentation immediately lends itself to so many equally enjoyable works from the likes of Dr. John.

The video for this composition is definitely a uniquely engaging and entertaining presentation in its own right. That is because of its semi-stop motion approach and the visuals used in the presentation. From sea life to plants to amphibians to much more, the overall visualization is an intriguing companion to the song.

More information on The Maple Blues Band’s new single, video and album is available along with all of the group’s latest news at https://maplebluesband.com.

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