Zero Theorem Continues Its Success On Its New EP

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Independent hard rock outfit Zero Theorem is one of those acts whose members do not rest easy on its laurels.  The up-and-coming band released its new EP The Killing II last month.  The follow-up to the band’s 2020 EP The Killing I, its release last month was not unexpected.  It was announced last year that the band hoped to release this new record around this time.  The band’s latest studio recording continues the success of its predecessor.  This is evidenced in the EP’s musical and lyrical content while also showing some growth from the band.  The growth in question comes from the 16-minute EP’s closer, ‘Waiting.’  It will be discussed shortly.  While ‘Waiting’ shows some growth from Zero Theorem, the band’s new record also offers plenty of familiarity for listeners in terms of its musical and lyrical content.  That is evidenced in ‘Translucent,’ the EP’s opener.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘The Future’ gives listeners something familiar and some growth all in one setting.  It will be discussed later, too.  Each song addressed here plays into the success of The Killing II in its own way.  When they are considered alongside the EP’s two remaining songs, the whole of the record proves to be a solid follow-up to The Killing.

Zero Theorem’s new EP The Killing II is a presentation that takes the success of The Killing and ensures even more, the continued rise in the band’s popularity within the hard rock community.  That is the case because the band’s new EP offers audiences something familiar both musically and lyrically while also showing some growth from the quintet in terms of the record’s musical content.  ‘Waiting,’ which closes out the EP, is the clearest example of that musical growth.  Whereas most of the band’s catalog presents musical arrangements that are comparable to works from the likes of Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin, this song’s arrangement takes listeners in a different direction.  In this case, the musical arrangement is more comparable to works from Sevendust and The Veer Union than Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin.  That’s even the case in front man “Caesar’s” vocal delivery style.  To be more specific, the arrangement here is especially comparable to Sevendust’s more recent works, what with the addition of the electronics and minor chords.  That whole approach is such that it will appeal to a wide range of listeners.  The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement adds even more to that appeal.

The lyrical content featured in ‘Waiting’ comes across as a sort of statement about simply living life and making the most of it while we are here.  That is inferred most clearly in the song’s chorus, which states, “I am no longer waiting/For you to carry me away/If it’s my time now/Then there is nothing you can say/I am no longer waiting/For you to show me everything/If it’s my life/now/Then tell me who else/Who else will lead the way?”

The statement is furthered later in the song as Caesar sings, “Now is when/I will join with the wind/Moving out and in/To places that I’ve never been.  It is another line that declares the determination to make the most of life, not let himself be controlled before asking in the song’s finale, “Who else will lead the way?”  That final statement is strong.  It puts the period…er….question mark to the song’s overarching statement about determination and drive, not just letting life pass one by.  This and the song’s musical arrangement pair to leave no doubt as to its place in the EP.  They join to make this song just one example of what makes The Killing II such a successful new offering from Zero Theorum. ‘Translucent,’ the EP’s opener is another example of what makes the record successful.

‘Translucent,’ the opener for The Killing II gives the band’s established fan base something familiar in regards to its musical and lyrical content.  Examining first, the song’s musical arrangement, its heavy, crunching, controlled guitars pair with the vocal delivery of “Caesar” to immediately lend itself to comparisons to works from Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin.  Even with that comparison in mind, the song still boasts its own unique identity separate from their songs.  Additionally, while the song is stylistically similar to the work on The Killing I, the overall sound is just as unique.  To that end, audiences again get something familiar here from Zero Theorem while also getting a new musical arrangement overall.  The musical arrangement, paired with the song’s lyrical content makes for even more engagement and entertainment here.

Zero Theorum debuted ‘Translucent’ last year ahead of the EP’s release.  “Caesar” discussed the song’s lyrical theme at the time, saying of that content, “‘Translucent’ represents the act of seeing through one’s outward or public persona to identify the authentic self within.  As with other songs throughout The Killing recordings, ‘Translucent’ depicts a scathing character portrait while questioning the validity and usefulness of the artificial trappings of our daily lives.”  In other words, the song’s lyrical theme focuses on the topic of self-realization.  That is the short and simple of the song’s lyrical theme.  The commentary is delivered with “Caesar” stating in the song’s lead verse, “You paint yourself inside a white picket fence/You’re sliding in and out of walls/Waiting until the moment is tense/You step away from your existence/You don’t like to answer a broken call.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “A sound of anger that takes violence to create/Missteps have slammed another door/Consequence is not your concern/You have endless time to burn/To you we’re only another chore.”  The commentary concludes with the third verse’s statement, which notes, “Translucent eyes/They cannot hide/The parasite that lives inside/It’s feeding on your/wicked mind/The parasite that lives inside.”  That final stinging line leaves no doubt about the commentary’s statement about the song’s theme.  Together with the song’s musical arrangement, the two elements make this song another strong example of what makes The Killing II a positive return for Zero Theorem.  ‘The Future’ is yet another key addition to the EP.

‘The Future’ features a musical arrangement that shows growth from the band as well as something familiar from the group.  The influence of Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin is just as prevalent here as much as in certain other songs in this record.  The use of the added keyboards and electronics give the song a bit of a symphonic metal style influence.  That added element and Caesar’s screams collectively lend themselves to comparisons to music from Amaranthe.  When the energy in the song’s musical arrangement joins with the theme in the song’s lyrical content, the song gains even more traction.

The lyrical content featured in ‘The Future’ comes across as a statement of the direction in which the human race is headed.  It is not the first time that any band has ever taken on such a topic.  Even with that in mind, the manner in which the seeming theme is presented here still ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  The song opens with the statement, “We keep on spiraling all the way down/No chance to reconcile/Pestilence multiplies/On machines we rely/The vain and senseless shaping what we perceive/Of right.”  This lead verse statement leaves little doubt as to what it is saying.  It is saying that the human race is headed in a bad direction.  The song’s chorus adds to the warning, stating, “Now/This is the future/We’re on the other side/We are the ones under blackened sky/Now/We’re in the future/We’ve burned the past alive/Just trying to prove we’re not/dead inside.”  Building on the song’s lyrical warning is its second verse, which states, “We keep on burrowing all the way down/Hastening our demise/The roots replaced with wires/Our truth beset by liars/It’s all to advocate the cyber cult/Of right.”  Of course for all of the nihilism that is on display here, the whole of the song does in fact end with some hope.  That glimmer of hope comes in the song’s third and final verse, which notes, “Watch us come alive/Right now/This is the future.”  This is a brief statement but speaks volumes.  It is the masses saying, “We have seen the light and we are changing.  We must change.”  It is a powerful statement, especially when considered with the warning that makes up so much of the song.  It reminds listeners that for all of the bad that is happening, it is not too late to change things.  When this whole is considered along with the song’s musical content, that overall content makes clear why this song will appeal so much to audiences, and why the EP is a success.  When this collective is considered along with the other songs examined here and the record’s two remaining songs, the whole becomes a presentation that more than earns its  place among this year’s best new EPs.

Zero Theorem’s recently released new EP The Killing II is a strong follow-up to the band’s 2020 EP The Killing.  It offers audiences plenty of familiar musical and lyrical content while also exhibiting some growth in regards to its musical arrangements. Each of the songs examined here serve to support the noted statements.  When they are considered with the EP’s two remaining songs, including the EP’s latest single ‘Joke,’ the whole becomes a record that is  unquestionably one of this year’s best new EPs.  It is available now.

More information on Zero Theorem’s new EP is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Helion Prime Debuts ‘Photo 51’ Lyric Video

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Helion Prime debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Photo 51‘ Monday.  The song and its video are the fourth and final preview of the band’s forthcoming album Question Everything, which is scheduled for release Oct. 5 through the band’s own label, Saibot Reigns.  Its debut follows that of the album’s singles ‘The Gadfly,’ ‘Madame Mercury,’ and ‘The Forbidden Zone‘ and their respective videos.

The band’s new lyric video places the song’s lyrics over a variety of images, such as a double helix, cells, and data collected on a computer screen.  The visualization is meant to help tell the song’s story, which is about what is known as Photo 51, the very first picture of human DNA.

The song’s musical arrangement will appeal to fans of similar bands, such as Amaranthe and Unleash The Archers.

The band discussed the song in a prepared statement.

“This song is a favorite among the band from the new album and those who have heard it seem to claim it as a favorite as well!,” the statement reads. “It might just become a new staple in our live sets! We hope you enjoy ‘Photo 51’! And thank you to Scott Kennedy from 12 Inch Media for creating it.”

Question Everything was mixed by Chris Collier and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima.  Alex nassla (Gear Gods Studio) provided additional mixing/drum edits/re-amping.  Michael Goodrich provided guitar-bass edits. The cover art for Question Everything was created by Marc Whisnant.

The album’s Japanese release, which is scheduled for Oct. 28 through Ward Records, will feature two bonus tracks, a demo of the song ‘Prof’ and a cover of Trivium’s ‘Rain.’  Pre-orders for the record are open.

The album’s track listing is noted below.

Track Listing:
1. The Final Theory (4:20)
2. Madame Mercury (4:19)
3. Prof (3:55)
4. The Gadfly (6:35)
5. Photo 51 (5:13)
6. E Pur Si Muove (5:48)
7. Words of The Abbot (4:55) ft. guest vocals John Yelland (Judicator, Dire Peril)
8. The Forbidden Zone (4:32)
9. Question Everything (5:56) ft. Heather Michele (ex-Graveshadow, ex-Helion Prime) and Sozos Michael (ex-Helion Prime, Planeswalker)
10. Reawakening (6:54)
11. Kong at the Gates (Misfits Cover)
Album Length: 56:12

– Japanese Edition Limited Bonus Tracks –
12. Prof (Demo)
13. Rain (Trivium Cover)

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

 

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Red Cain Debuts New LP’s Lead Single

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Independent rock band Red Cain debuted the first single from its new album this week.

The band debuted ‘Demons’ Friday through Sonic Perspectives.  The song is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album KindredAct II, which is scheduled for release in October.  The song’s musical arrangement is a power metal style work that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Amaranthe, Kamelot and Symphony X.

Its lyrical content is heavy in its own right.  According to a statement from the band, the song — which is part of the group’s ongoing “Kindred” story line — deals with a demon summoning gone wrong.

The band discussed the song in a recent interview.

“In what is becoming a tradition, we remember our roots and continue our romp through “Kindred: Act II” with this goth rock anthem evocative of the delicious, bloody melancholy of Charon, 69 Eyes, Lord of the Lost, with a touch of Sisters of Mercy lost between the lines. This was a super fun track to write and play. It flowed naturally for us, and we put it into music with minimal changes – and haven’t stopped enjoying it since. Best consumed ice-cold, on moonlit night drives, an eldritch, forgotten places – with bloody abandon. Feast, friends!”

KindredAct I is available to stream and download through Shop Sliptrick, Apple Music, Spotify, and Bandcamp.  The release date for KindredII will be announced in coming days.  More information on the album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://redcain.bandcamp.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/redcainofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RedCainArmy

 

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Sabaton Debuts ‘Devil Dogs’ Video

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“The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle.”

So said legendary military leader Gen. John Pershing many decades ago.  Power metal band Sabaton paid tribute to the United States Marine Corps in its latest album The Great War (2019) in the aptly titled song ‘Devil Dogs,’ and the band debuted the song’s companion video over the weekend.

The video features the band’s new single playing over footage of the band’s most recent North American tour, which featured audiences of all ages in attendance at the shows.  From a young girl with her father, to an elderly woman to a deaf interpreter helping her friend appreciate the band’s performance, audiences of all types and ages were in attendance at the shows, as the footage reveals.

Bassist Par Sundstrom talked about the video treatment in a recent interview.

”Filmed during our last tour in North America this video really shows how good the vibe is in the audience when we play; Young and old people singing together and jumping along to our songs every night,” he said. “I think anyone can see that we love what we do and we cannot wait to do it all again.”

‘Devil Dogs’ is just the latest single and video pulled from The Great War.  The album most recently saw the song ‘The Attack of the Dead Men‘ receive its own live video.

Also released as singles from the album are: ‘Great War,‘ ‘82nd All The Way,’ ‘The Red Baron,’ ‘Fields of Verdun,’ and ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom.’  In related news, Sabtaon’s Nuclear Blast Records label mate Amaranthe debuted its own cover of ’82nd All The Way’ in January.

In other news, Satabon recently announced a new live schedule set to launch Jan. 22 that will take the band across its homeland of Sweden.  The tour is scheduled to run through Feb. 27.  It is noted below.

Sundstrom noted of the upcoming dates, they are meant to make up for the dates lost due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“We realized that 23 shows were not enough to cover Sweden properly, so we decided to add a few more,” he said.  “The tour has now grown to 29 dates, making it our largest tour in Sweden so far and probably the largest tour by any metal band.  Several of the already announced shows had sold out in the first week, and we are so damn happy and proud to see your enthusiasm about this tour!”

SABATON live in Sweden 2021:

22.01.              SE        Karlstad – Nöjesfabriken
23.01.              SE        Örebro – Conventum
25.01.              SE        Umeå  – Idun, Folkets hus
26.01.              SE        Östersund – Folkets hus
28.01.              SE        Piteå – Pite Havsbad
29.01.              SE        Luleå – Kulturens hus
30.01.              SE        Skellefteå – Folkparken
01.02.              SE        Helsingborg – Sundspärlan
02.02.              SE        Malmö – Slagthusetmmx
03.02.              SE        Halmstad – Live
04.02.              SE        Trollhättan – Folkets Hus
06.02.              SE        Ronneby – Klubb Ron
07.02.              SE        Eskilstuna – Lokomotivet
08.02               SE        Uppsala – Uppsala Konsert & Kongress *NEW
09.02.              SE        Huskvarna – Folkets Park
10.02.              SE        Kristianstad – Södra Kasern
12.02.              SE        Älmhult – Arenan
13.02.              SE        Borås – Ahaga
14.02.              SE        Linköping – Konsert & Kongress
15.02.              SE        Kalmar – Kalmarsalen
17.02.              SE        Norrköping – Flygeln
18.02.              SE        Gävle – Gasklockorna
19.02.              SE        Borlänge – Galaxen
20.02.              SE        Falun – Magasinet
22.02.              SE        Sundsvall – Avenyn *NEW
24.02.              SE        Värnamo – Gummifabriken *NEW
25.02.              SE        Mölnlycke – Råda Rum *NEW
26.02.              SE        Karlshamm – Bellevueparken *NEW
27.02.              SE        Skövde – Valhall *NEW

Tickets are available now on https://www.sabaton.net/tour/

Additional dates in Russia and Belarus are also planned.  They are noted below, too.

New dates for SABATON in Russia and Belarus:

07.11.      RUS   Chelyabinsk – Entertainment Galaxy
08.11.      RUS   Yekaterinburg – Tele Club
10.11.      RUS   Ufa – Tinkoff Hall
12.11.      RUS   Samara – Zvezda
14.11.      RUS   Volgograd – Vs Club
16.11.      RUS   Nizhny Novgorod – Milo
17.11.      RUS   Nizhny Novgorod – Milo
19.11.      RUS   Voronezh – Arena Hall
20.11.      RUS   Voronezh – Arena Hall
21.11.      RUS   Rostov-on-Don – Krop Arena
23.11.      RUS   Krasnodar – Krop Arena
24.11.      RUS   Stavropol – Major
26.11.      BLR    Minsk – Falcon Club

More information on Sabaton’s upcoming live dates, its new single and all of its latest news is available along with all of its latest news is available at:

 

Website: http://www.sabaton.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sabaton

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sabaton

 

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Amaranthe, Angela Gossow Partner For New Single, ‘Do Or Die’

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Amaranthe has partnered with former Arch Enemy vocalist Angela Gossow to send a warning to the world about its current state.

The group debuted the video for the song ‘Do or Die‘ Friday.  The video features Gossow and the members of Amaranthe in a post-apocalyptic world that is filled with pollution and garbage, collecting what can only be assumed to be the skeletons of the world’s former inhabitants killed by the impact of climate change.

The song’s musical arrangement features Amaranthe’s familiar melodic, orchestral metal sound alongside Gossow’s equally familiar gutteral vocal delivery.  The song’s lyrical content is meant as a statement about what humans are doing to the planet.

Amaranthe guitarist Olo Morck discussed that lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“While Amaranthe’s music is often uplifting, energetic and positive, sooner or later everyone needs to deal with the obvious fact that the world is literally crumbling around us — and it is crumbling fast, thanks to the short-sighted abuse of our common Mother Earth!,” he said.  “We talked to legendary Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy fame to do an entire package of a video and a song, outside of any normal album cycle, and let our different perspectives on metal collide in a massive explosion; and it resulted in ‘Do Or Die’!”  together with Overbeck Media, who shot the video, we delivered something really quite special, and Angela brings in a fresh strength to the trademark Amaranthe sound that is sure to resound all across the metal world!  Death and Fire!!!”

Gossow offered her own remarks about taking part in the video shoot.

“It was thrilling to join Amaranthe for a more extreme track and shooting a cutting edge video for it!,” she said.  “This is no cozy studio performance, but real ice cold winds, sewages, cadavers and pouring rain — the reality we live in, the devastating legacy we leave to our future generations.  Time to wake up, turn — and bang — some heads!  Watch out for these guys and killer lady.  They are going to crush you this year with a new album and some heavy touring!!!”

‘Do Or Die’ is available to stream and download here.  The song’s debut comes more than a month after the band debuted the video for its cover of Sabaton’s song ‘82nd All The Way.’

Amaranthe is wrapping the latest leg of its tour with Sabaton.  The bands’ current tour winds down Sunday.

The band will take part in a series of festivals this summer across Europe.  Its festival schedule opens June 4 at the Sweden Rock Festival and runs through Aug. 31 at the Rock in the City Festival.

An extensive North American headlining tour is also on tap for Amaranthe this summer, with support from Battle Beast and Seven Spires.  The band’s North American tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 20 in Baltimore, MD and to run through Oct. 2 in Cincinnati, OH.  It features performances in cities, such as Portland, OR; Tempe, AZ and Philadelphia, PA.

Amaranthe’s upcoming live dates are all noted below.  Tickets for the band’s North American dates are available here.

 

 

AMARANTHE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL SHOWS

04.06. S Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival *NEW*
05. – 07.06. D Nürburg – Rock am Ring *NEW*
05. – 07.06. D Nuremberg – Rock im Park *NEW*
05. – 07.06. FIN Tampere – Rockfest *NEW*
13.06. SK Prešov – Dobry Festival
24./25.07. FIN Oulu – Qstock *NEW*
30.07. – 01.08. FIN Kuopio – Kuopiorock *NEW*
31.08. FIN Lappeenranta – Rock In The City *NEW*
05. – 08.08. S Falun – Sabaton Open Air *NEW*

North American Tour 2020
with BATTLE BEAST and SEVEN SPIRE:
08/20/2020  Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
08/21/2020  The Palladium (MA) – Worcester, MA
08/22/2020  The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
08/23/2020  Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
08/25/2020  Club Soda – Montreal, QC
08/26/2020  Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC
08/27/2020  Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
08/28/2020  MOD Club  – Toronto, ON
08/29/2020  The Eclectic Room –  Angola, IN
08/30/2020  Token Lounge –  Westland, MI
09/01/2020  Concord Music Hall –  Chicago, IL
09/02/2020  Apollo Theater – Belvidere, IL
09/03/2020  Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
09/04/2020  The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
09/05/2020  Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
09/06/2020  The Exchange – Regina, SK
09/08/2020  The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
09/09/2020  Dickens – Calgary, AB
09/11/2020  The Venue – Vancouver, BC
09/12/2020   El Corazon – Seattle, WA
09/13/2020  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
09/14/2020  Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA
09/15/2020  Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
09/16/2020  Whisky a Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
09/18/2020  Club Red – Tempe, AZ
09/19/2020  Backstage Bar and Billiards – Las Vegas, NV
09/20/2020  Liquid Joe’s – Salt Lake City, UT
09/21/2020  Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
09/23/2020  Trees – Dallas, TX
09/24/2020  Come and Take it Live – Austin, TX
09/25/2020. Scout Bar – Houston, TX
09/26/2020  House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
09/27/2020  House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
09/29/2020  Rt 20 – Racine, WI
09/30/2020  The Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA
10/01/2020  The Underground – Charlotte, NC
10/02/2020  Riverfront Live – Cincinnati, OH

 

 

More information on Amaranthe’s upcoming live dates, its new video and more is available online at:

 

Websitehttp://www.amaranthe.se

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/amaranthemetal

 

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Amaranthe Debuts Video For Its Cover Of Sabaton’s ’82nd All The Way’

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Amaranthe debuted a new video this week.

The band debuted the video for its cover of Sabaton’s song ‘82nd All The Way‘ Friday.  ’82nd All The Way’ is featured in Sabaton’s latest full-length studio recording The Great War (2019).  Amaranthe’s video takes audiences inside the studio with the band as it performs its take on the song, complete with a new triple-vocal approach.  That new approach sets the song apart from its source material and in turn steps up the song.

Amaranthe guitarist Olof Morck talked about the band’s take of the song in a recent interview.

“People who are familiar with Amaranthe know that we do not frequently do covers, but there was something quite irresistible about interpreting Sabaton’s ’82nd All The Way’!,” he said.  “While being thematically different from most of our songs, musically it made perfect sense, and it was a joy to pick the song apart and put it back together to something classically Amaranthe sounding!  So, this is our small tribute to the mighty Swedish war machine that is Sabaton; ’82nd All The Way’!”

Amaranthe will join Sabaton on the road beginning Jan 17 in Zurich, Switzerland.  Apocalyptica will also take part in the tour.

Amaranthe’s performances are in support of its most recent album Helix (2018).  The album has spawned the singles ‘365,’ ‘Countdown,’ ‘Inferno,’ ‘Dream‘ and ‘Helix.’ Amaranthe’s upcoming dates with Sabaton and Apocalyptica are scheduled to run through Feb. 16 in Oslo, Norway. The full schedule for the band’s European tour is noted below.

AMARANTHE live:
The Great Tour« – Europe 2020
w/ SABATON, APOCALYPTICA
17.01. CH Zurich – Hallenstadion
18.01. D Stuttgart – Schleyer-Halle
19.01. D Munich – Olympiahalle
20.01. A Dornbirn – Conrad Sohm*
21.01. A Vienna – Gasometer
22.01. H Budapest – Arena
24.01. PL Warsaw – Arena COR Torwar
25.01. D Berlin – Max-Schmeling-Halle
26.01. CZ Prague- O2 Arena
27.01. A Linz – Posthof*
28.01. I Milan – Alcatraz
30.01. D Leipzig – Arena
31.01. D Frankfurt – Festhalle
01.02. D Oberhausen – König-Pilsener-ARENA
02.02. B Antwerp – Sportpaleis
03.02. CH Monthey – Pont Rouge*
04.02. E Barcelona – Palau Sant Jordi
05.02. E Madrid – Vistalegre
07.02. F Paris – Zénith
08.02. UK London – Wembley Arena
09.02. NL Amsterdam – AFAS Live
10.02. NL Eindhoven – Effenaar*
11.02. D Hamburg – Sporthalle
12.02. DK Copenhagen – Forum Black Box
13.02. S Karlstad – Nöjesfabriken*
14.02. S Gothenburg – Scandinavium
15.02. S Stockholm – Hovet
16.02. N Oslo – Spektrum
*AMARANTHE only (headline show w/ support)

A handful of festival shows are featured as part of Amaranthe’s European upcoming tour.  Those dates are listed below

04.06. S Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival *NEW*
05. – 07.06. D Nürburg – Rock am Ring *NEW*
05. – 07.06. D Nuremberg – Rock im Park *NEW*
05. – 07.06. FIN Tampere – Rockfest *NEW*
13.06. SK Prešov – Dobry Festival
24./25.07. FIN Oulu – Qstock *NEW*
30.07. – 01.08. FIN Kuopio – Kuopiorock *NEW*
31.08. FIN Lappeenranta – Rock In The City *NEW*
05. – 08.08. S Falun – Sabaton Open Air *NEW*

 

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

The band will tour North America this summer starting Aug. 20 in Baltimore, MD.  That tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 2 in Cincinnati, OH.  Battle Beast and Seven Spire will join Amaranthe for its U.S. run.  The bands’ full North American tour schedule is noted below.

North American Tour 2020
with BATTLE BEAST and SEVEN SPIRE:
08/20/2020  Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
08/21/2020  The Palladium (MA) – Worcester, MA
08/22/2020  The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
08/23/2020  Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
08/25/2020  Club Soda – Montreal, QC
08/26/2020  Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC
08/27/2020  Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
08/28/2020  MOD Club  – Toronto, ON
08/29/2020  The Eclectic Room –  Angola, IN
08/30/2020  Token Lounge –  Westland, MI
09/01/2020  Concord Music Hall –  Chicago, IL
09/02/2020  Apollo Theater – Belvidere, IL
09/03/2020  Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
09/04/2020  The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
09/05/2020  Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
09/06/2020  The Exchange – Regina, SK
09/08/2020  The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
09/09/2020  Dickens – Calgary, AB
09/11/2020  The Venue – Vancouver, BC
09/12/2020   El Corazon – Seattle, WA
09/13/2020  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
09/14/2020  Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA
09/15/2020  Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
09/16/2020  Whisky a Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
09/18/2020  Club Red – Tempe, AZ
09/19/2020  Backstage Bar and Billiards – Las Vegas, NV
09/20/2020  Liquid Joe’s – Salt Lake City, UT
09/21/2020  Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
09/23/2020  Trees – Dallas, TX
09/24/2020  Come and Take it Live – Austin, TX
09/25/2020. Scout Bar – Houston, TX
09/26/2020  House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
09/27/2020  House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
09/29/2020  Rt 20 – Racine, WI
09/30/2020  The Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA
10/01/2020  The Underground – Charlotte, NC
10/02/2020  Riverfront Live – Cincinnati, OH

More information on Amaranthe’s upcoming live dates, its new video and more is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.amaranthe.se

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AmarantheBand

Twitter: http://twitter.com/amaranthemetal

 

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Sonic Syndicate Releases ‘Confessions” Final Single

Courtesy: Despotz Records

Courtesy: Despotz Records

Sonic Syndicate has released more new music.

The band released the single ‘Still Believe (ft. Madyx)’ this week.  The song is the third and final single from the band’s 2016 album Confessions.  Audiences can hear the song online now here.

Front man Nathan J. Biggs called working on the song a special experience, adding working with alt pop singer Madyx (a.k.a. Michelle Blanchard) on the song made it even more special.  Blanchard won UMA’s “Best International Music Video” Award in 2016 for her video for ‘Some Kisses.’  The song is also on British Airways’ “Ones To Watch” playlist on each of its flights.

“Working on the song fulfills my ambition of hearing harmonies and alternate leads performed together with a female voice,” Biggs said. “So to get the chance to do this on Confessions was something not only brand new for us, but a big accomplishment, and to do it with such a sparky, talented girl like Madyx who really connected with the lyrics on a personal level made it even more special.  It turned a good song into a unique song that stands out on the record.”

Biggs said the songs make it so unique because of the topic presented within those words.

“The lyrics are about a long distance relationship, a couple reminiscing about their time together on different continents, how the vibe of each city flavored their love for one another,” Biggs said.  “However, as the song goes along we realize it’s not just heartache due to miles apart, the guy is talking to a girl who has passed away and she is replying from beyond the grave.  It’s beautiful, tragic and haunting.  But I think true love can even survive death.”

‘Still Believe’ can be downloaded now via iTunes and streamed online now via Spotify.  Sonic Syndicate will hit the road in March with Amaranthe to support ConfessionsConfessions can be ordered online now direct via Despotz Records’ webstore.  More information on Confessions is available online now along with all of Sonic Syndicate’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.sonicsyndicate.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pg.SonicSyndicateBand

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SoSyOfficial

 

 

 

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Set It Off Shows Telling “Stories” Can Be A Good Thing

December is nearly halfway through. That means that 2015 is inching ever closer to its final days. As those days become fewer and fewer, it means more certainty for the critics’ year-enders. This critic has held off as long as possible. But now the lists are final. And there are a lot of them, too. Beginning today, Phil’s Picks will feature one new “Best Of” list each day right up to New Year’s Eve. Each list presents not only the ten best new releases in each given category but five extras that get special recognition for a total of fifteen titles. So let’s get things going. Without any further ado, here is the first of those lists, 2015’s Best New EPs. So few people give EPs the credit that they so rightly deserve. But the reality is that for many acts EPs are just as important as LPS. For many acts, the EP is the very first taste of what may or may not be to come for a band. For others it’s more or less a contractually obligated space filler. Regardless of the situation, the fact of the matter is that the EP is just as important as the LP. That being the case, this critic has compiled once again a list of the year’s best new EPs. And this year, that list is topped by Set It off and its new EP Duality: Stories Unplugged. Independent rock act Lawless Hearts make the list, too with its new EP Creatures of Habit as well as Amaranthe with its acoustic EP Breaking Point: B-Sides 2011 2015. These are just a handful of the names to make the list this year. The complete list of this year’s best new EPs as presented by Phil’s Picks is noted below.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 BEST NEW EPs

  1. Set It Off — Duality: Stories Unplugged
  2. Adrenaline Mob — Dearly Departed
  3. Zebrahead/Man on a Mission – Out of Control
  4. Patent Pending – Armageddon
  5. NoMara — …And So It Begins
  6. Lawless Hearts – Creatures of Habit
  7. Amaranthe – Breaking Point: B-Sides 2011 2015
  8. Nation Beat – Carnival Caravan
  9. De’Anza – Despertar
  10. The Devil Wears Prada – Space
  11. Galley Beggar – Silence and Tears
  12. Broadcasters – Spin
  13. Infidel – Infidel
  14. Collie Buddz – Blue Dreamz
  15. Straight Line Stitch – Transparency

 

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Amaranthe Announces New EP, Video On the Way; Fall Tour Still On

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Amaranthe will release a special treat for its fans later this month just in time for Halloween.

The members of Amaranthe announced recently that the band will release a new compilation record for its fans later this month. The record, Breaking Point: B-Sides 2011 – 2015, will be released on Friday, October 30th. While it is a great treat for fans, there is a little trick involved here, too. The eight-track collection will be available online only. It will contain six acoustic renderings of songs featured in previous Amaranthe albums and two fully electric compositions, ‘Breaking Point’ and ‘Splinter in My Soul.’ In regards to the collection’s upcoming release guitarist Olof noted the difficulty in finding the band’s bonus tracks and b-sides. So the band decided to put together a record that would serve as what its members felt would be a good representation of those songs. “As some of you know, AMARANTHE has recorded quite a few b-sides and bonus tracks throughout the years,” he said. “We’ve always tried to keep the quality high, as something extra for our fans, but until now a lot of these tracks have been hard-to-find rarities, and quite spread out. We are now very excited to release a collection of some of the best b-sides and bonuses: Breaking Point: B-sides 2011-2015. It focuses on some of the best acoustic renditions of fan favorites as well as a couple of originals from the early days! Enjoy this rare and different side of AMARANTHE!” The full track listing for the band’s upcoming compilation is noted below.

TRACK LISTING:

1. “Hunger” (Acoustic)
2. “Afterlife” (Acoustic)
3. “Amaranthine” (Acoustic)
4. “Burn With Me” (Acoustic)
5. “Trinity” (Acoustic )
6. “True” (Acoustic)
7. “Breaking Point”
8. “Splinter In My Soul”

Along with the announcement of its upcoming EP, the band also announced that it will premiere its latest video soon. The video will accompany the song ‘True,’ which was included in the band’s 2014 album Massive Addictive. The band will return to the U.S. later this month just ahead of the debut of its upcoming EP for its Massive Collision Tour, which kicks off on October 29th in Atlanta, Georgia. The tour includes a pair of dates early on in North Carolina on October 30th and November 1st in Jacksonville and Charlotte respectively. The full schedule of dates for the band’s upcoming tour is listed below.

AMARANTHE FALL 2015 TOUR DATES:

10/29: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/30: Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
11/1: Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
11/4: New York, @ Webster Hall (Marlin Room)
11/5: Stafford Springs, CT @ Palace Theater
11/6: Manchester, NH @ Jewel Nightclub
11/7: Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
11/8: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
11/10: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
11/11: Cleveland, OH @ The Odeon
11/13: Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
11/14: Green Bay, WI @ The Sandlot Entertainment Complex
11/15: Arlington Heights, IL @ HOME Bar
11/17: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
11/18: Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s
11/19: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
11/20: McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey
11/21: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
11/24: Santa Ana, CA @ The Yost Theater
11/27: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/28: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
11/29: San Jose, CA @ Rockbar Theater

More information on Amaranthe’s upcoming EP and tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.amaranthe.se

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AmarantheBand

Twitter: http://twitter.com/amaranthemetal

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Amaranthe, Lullwater, Butcher Babies Team Up For “Massive Collision Tour”

Courtesy:  Artist Group International/Spinefarm Records/Century Media Records

Courtesy: Artist Group International/Spinefarm Records/Century Media Records

Amaranthe is returning to the U.S. this fall.

The Swedish hard rock band recently announced that it will return to the U.S. for what it has dubbed the “Massive Collision Tour” beginning Thursday, October 29th in Atlanta, Georgia. The new tour, presented by Artist Group International, marks the second time this year that the band has made its way across the U.S. and Canada. The new dates are in support of the band’s most recent full-length studio recording Massive Addictive, which was released on October 21st, 2014. The band will be joined on its upcoming dates by opening act LullWater and special guest Butcher Babies. The current schedule for the “Massive Collision Tour” is listed below. It includes a pair of performances early on in Jacksonville, NC and Charlotte, NC.

TOUR DATES:

10/29: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

10/30: Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans

11/1: Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend

11/4: New York, @ Webster Hall (Marlin Room)

11/5: Stafford Springs, CT @ Palace Theater

11/6: Manchester, NH @ Jewel Nightclub

11/7: Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount

11/8: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

11/10: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

11/11: Cleveland, OH @ The Odeon

11/13: Flint, MI @ Machine Shop

11/14: Green Bay, WI @ The Sandlot Entertainment Complex

11/15: Arlington Heights, IL @ HOME Bar

11/17: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s

11/18: Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s

11/19: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

11/20: McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey

11/21: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill

11/24: Santa Ana, CA @ The Yost Theater

11/27: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

11/28: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory

11/29: San Jose, CA @ Rockbar Theater

 

Tickets for the “Massive Collision Tour” are available now.  More information on ticketing, show times, and more is available online now along with all of the latest news from Amaranthe at:

 

Website: http://www.amranthe.se

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AmarantheBand

 

More information on Lullwater is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.lullwatermusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lullwatermusic

Twitter: http://twitter.com/lullwatermusic

 

More information on Butcher Babies is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://wwww.butcherbabies.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ButcherBabiesMusic

 

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