Soulfly Debuts ‘Under Rapture’ Lyric Video; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Only days after the band debuted the latest “trailer” for its new album Ritual, Soulfly has unveiled the lyric video for its new single.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Under Rapture’ on Friday.  The single features guest vocals from Immolation front man Ross Dolan, with whom Soulfly front man Max Cavalera discussed working in that noted recent “trailer.”

Dolan said in a recent interview that he enjoyed taking part in the creation of ‘Under Rapture.’

“It was really exciting for me to be part of the new Soulfly album,” Dolan said.  “‘Under Rapture’ is a crushing song, and I was on board the second I heard it.  It was truly an honor for me to have been part of this.  I think it’s a sick song, both musically and lyrically, and I am really happy with the end result!”

He added, “This collaboration started last February when we were invited out as support on the ‘Return to Roots’ tour, which eventually led to Max singing on the ‘Morbid Visions’ cover we did for the Death Is Just The Beginning compilation.  As fans, having Max part of this really made it special, and truly meant the world to us.”

Soulfly debuted Ritual‘s seventh “trailer” on Wednesday.  [Max] Cavalera discussed working with Dolan and Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe in that video.  Prior to its release, the band also released trailers featuring Cavalera discussing: the choice of music for projects, working with the Navajo tribe, the return of tribal elements on RitualRitual‘s title, working with producer Josh Wilbur on Ritual, and Ritual‘s artwork.

The band has also previously released a “visualizer” for its single ‘Dead Behind The Eyes,’ which features Randy Blythe on guest vocals, a 360-degree video for Ritual‘s title track and stream of the album’s lead single ‘Evil Empowered.’

The full track listing for Ritual is noted below.

Ritual track listing:
1.  Ritual
2.  Dead Behind The Eyes (feat. Randy Blythe)
3.  The Summoning
4.  Evil Empowered
5.  Under Rapture (feat. Ross Dolan)
6.  Demonized
7.  Blood On The Street
8.  Bite The Bullet
9.  Feedback!
10.  Soulfly XI

 

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Soulfly will launch a month-long tour in support of Ritual in January that is scheduled to launch Jan. 25 in Albuquerque, NM and run through Feb. 26 in Los Angeles, CA.  That schedule is noted below. Tickets can be purchased here.

SOULFLY, INCITE
1/25/2019 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
1/26/2019 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
1/27/2019 Austin, TX – Come & Take It Live
1/28/2019 New Orleans, LA – Santos
1/31/2019 – 2/4/2019 – 70000 TONS OF METAL CRUISE (SOULFLY only)

SOULFLYKATAKLYSMINCITECHAOSEUM (Feb 5-11), ALUKAH (Feb 12 – 18), SKINFLINT (Feb 19-26)
2/05/2019 Orlando, FL – Soundbar
2/06/2019 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
2/07/2019 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
2/08/2019 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
2/09/2019 Reading, PA – Reverb / Tsunami Fest
2/10/2019 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
2/11/2019 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
2/12/2019 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
2/13/2019 Flint, MI – Buick City Events Center
2/14/2019 Joliet, IL – The Forge
2/15/2019 Ft Wayne, IN – Piere’s
2/16/2019 Dayton, OH – Oddbodys
2/17/2019 Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
2/18/2019 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
2/19/2019 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live
2/20/2019 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
2/22/2019 Spokane, WA – The Pin
2/23/2019 Seattle, WA – Club Sur Rocks
2/24/2019 Portland, OR – BossaNova
2/25/2019 Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theatre
2/26/2019 Los Angeles, CA – 1720 Club

More information on Soulfly’s tour schedule is available online, along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.soulfly.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

 

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Hidden Masters’ Debut LP Takes Psych-pop To A Whole New World

Courtesy: Rise Above Records/Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Rise Above Records/Metal Blade Records

The 1960s and 70s were two of the most important decades in the history of modern music.  Those twenty years saw some of the music world’s most influential and prolific artists and bands rise to fame.  Among those artists and bands were the likes of The Doors, Crosby Stills and Nash, Country Joe McDonald, and so many others.  Decades later, those artists and their music remain some of the most important and influential around.  One of the most recent examples of that influence lies in Glasgow, Scotland’s three piece known as Hidden Masters.  The band’s new album, Of This and Other Worlds is one of those albums that any true fan of rocks’ golden era will appreciate.  The songs on this new release openly exhibit the influence of the likes of The Doors, CSN, and others.  One of the most interesting of the album’s offerings is the song, ‘Last Days of the Sun.’ This song stands out among the album’s other tracks because of its two completely contrasting sounds.   At first it comes across as another of the band’s classic psychadelic style pieces.  But the song’s final moments sound more modern, with a sort of garage punk rock vibe.  Audiences will especially appreciate the almost Blue Oyster Cult style use of the cowbell (we need. More. Cowbell.) in this song.  That set against the song’s rather interesting lyrics, and audiences get a song that must be heard to be believed.  Lyrically speaking, ‘Last Days of the Sun’ is just as interesting as it is musically.  Front man David Addison sings as the song opens, “Tell me do you think it’s gonna rain/I sense something/But I just can’t name/The birds complaining too…”  Simply put, the combination of the lyrics and music together make this one of the album’s most intriguing tracks that must be heard.  It will grow on listeners more with each listen.

‘Last Days of the Sun’ is certain to make listeners pay very close attention to the song.  There is so much going on to take away from the song.  If that song isn’t enough for listeners, drummer John Nichol’s work behind the kit will impress on ‘There Are More Things.’  Nichols’ drives the song with his drumming right from the song’s outset.  The trio’s harmonies in the song’s chorus and its almost rockabilly meets hippy music feel only serve to make it even more interesting.  Its seemingly contemplative lyrics about all the things that man doesn’t know weirdly work with the music.  The two elements together give the song a certain mysterious vibe.  They are a good fit together.  And they make this one of those infectious songs that will get stuck in any listener’s head with ease, given the chance.

The energy exuded by the band in ‘There Are More Things’ is maintained even after that song ends and the band launches into the album’s next song.  The song in question is ‘Nobody Knows That We’re Here.’  What makes this song such an interesting addition to the album is that Addison’s part here is reminiscent of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Painted Black.’  Some might argue here that that’s a little bit of a stretch.  But those that know the song will agree that the Rolling Stones influence is there even if it is purely coincidental.  The addition of Alasdair Mitchell’s keyboard part helps to set the song apart from that influence and turn the song into its own creation.  Together with the once again somewhat cryptic  lyrics sung by Addison, it makes for one more song that listeners will grow to enjoy more with each listen.

The songs noted in this article are just a small sampling of what Hidden Masters has to offer on its new album.  There are seven more songs from which to choose.  Each listener will find his or her favorite song(s) throughout the album’s ten tracks.  It is available now and can be ordered direct from the Rise Above Records online store at http://www.riseaboverecords.com/store/hidden-masters-of-this-and-other-worlds/.  More information on Hidden masters is available online at http://www.facebook.com/hiddenmastersmusic.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.