The musical arrangement featured in ‘Living in my Head’ is largely unlike that featured in ‘Silence The Fear.’ Where ‘Silence The Fear’ is a heavy, pounding work a la compositions from Machine Head, Amon Amarth and others, this song is more of a melodic hard rock work. The combination of instrumentation and vocals likens this arrangement more to works from the likes of Trivium and Devildriver.
The band discussed the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.
“‘Living in My Head’ was a song we felt had to be released early on this album because it really hits home with what the world is going through now,” the statement reads. “We felt we could connect with fans, and let them know, we are with you. We are all struggling together. We feel the pressure of this world, with the pandemic and uncertainty, it really causes stress, anxiety, mental health issues all around. I don’t think anyone is immune to it. We are really proud of the final product and are glad to send our brand of heavy music into the world. We hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do!”
The video for the band’s new single is a simple presentation. It features the band performing its single on a sound stage. Various, high-speed cuts and fades pair with the video’s darkened look to heighten the song’s emotion.
Overkill will finally return home this month to perform live.
More than seven months after being forced to cancel its performance at Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ, Overkill will make up the concert this month. The band is scheduled to perform live Nov. 13 as part of the support for its most recent album, The Wings of War. The band was originally scheduled to perform at the venue March 14, but complications arose, causing the performance’s postponement.
Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, Vio-lence) will fill in for guitarist Dave Linsk, who was unable to make the re-scheduled date.
Drummer Jason Bittner said he was looking forward to Demmel joining the band for the one-off show.
“Even though I am disappointed that our very own Dave Linsk can not participate in this show, I am more than psyched and confident that my longtime friend Phil Demmel will get the job done for us,” he said. We have a long history together playing a bunch of NAMM events and have toured together in the past so this should be a lot of fun!”
Demmel shared Bittner’s excitement about the concert in talking about sharing his talents for the event.
“So excited to jam with my bros in OVERKILL in NJ!!,” he said. “I’m neck-deep in learning the parts and expect a raging show!”
Front man Bobby Blitz had the following to say about the re-scheduling and having Demmel lend his talents to the concert: “We had a few issues getting this rescheduled show together, but to hell with the issues, we all have problems! And wouldn’t you know it our bro and your’s, Phil Demmel to the rescue! The show must and will go on! See you at the Wellmont Jersey…”
More information on Overkill’s new concert is available online now along with all of the band’s latest tour updates, news and more at:
Sunflower Dead is giving its audiences some more new music to enjoy over the weekend.
The band premiered its new single, ‘Falling Down‘ and its companion lyric video Friday. The song and its video are the second from the band’s forthcoming album, March of the Leper, which is expected for release in early 2022. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘The Underneath‘ and itsvideo last month.
An exact release date for Sunflower Dead’s new album is under consideration. Pre-orders are open.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Falling Down’ is just as heavy as that featured in ‘The Underneath’ if not even heavier. The gutteral screams and clean vocals pair with the intensity from the instrumentation to give the overall arrangement a sound that harkens back to the early days of Machine Head circa Burn My Eyes and The More Things Change…
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the premiere of the new song and video. In watching the song’s lyric video though, the theme comes across as a social commentary about the truths and lies that society tells itself. It notes in its own fashion that all humans lead themselves to lie to others for one reason or another. That is, as always, this critic’s own interpretation.
In other news, Sunflower Dead is continuing its tour in support of its new album, which launched last month. The tour continues tonight with a performance scheduled to take place in Janesville, WI. The band’s current schedule is noted below.
September Tour Dates
9/10 Janesville, WI – Back Bar +
9/11 Chippewa Falls, WI – Joels 4Corners +
9/12 Braidwood, IL – Top Fuel Saloon +
9/14 Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge *
9/16 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Backroom =
9/17 OKC, OK – Whiskey Nights =
9/18 Katy, TX – Wildcatter Saloon =
9/19 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey =
* SFD Only
+ The Lonely Ones & SFD
^ Sons Of Texas & SFD
~ SFD & Co-Op
= Otherwise & SFD
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Bullet For My Valentine kicked off the weekend with some good news.
The band announced through a news release distributed Friday, it is scheduled to release its next album Oct. 22 through Spinefarm Records/Search & Destroy. Pre-orders are open now. In anticipation of the self-titled album’s release, the band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Shatter‘ and its companion video Friday.
The musical arrangement will appeal to the band’s established fan base as well as newer listeners. The heavy, crunching guitars and the blend of clean vocals and screams go back to the sound that made the band a fan favorite early in its life. Those less familiar with the band and its catalog will find the song appealing because of the clear influence from and comparison to works from bands, such as Machine Head, Wage War, and Of Mice & Men.
The lyrical theme featured alongside the single’s heavy, infectious musical arrangement comes across as a familiar matter of dealing with so many heavy, internal thoughts and feelings. That is inferred through the lyrics provided with the video, as no information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the debut of the song and its video.
The ‘Shatter’ video is one part video and one part lyric video. The song’s lyrics are presented over the visualization of front man Matt Tuck sings through a variety of camera angles and effects.
More information on Bullet For My Valentine’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
Independent hard rock band Lockjaw premiered its new single and video this month.
The band premiered its new single, ‘Silence The Fear‘ and its video Aug. 6. The song’s musical arrangement is a composition whose heavy shredding, scathing vocal delivery style, bass and drums easily lends it to works from the likes of Machine Head, Amon Amarth, and Opeth.
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the song’s premiere. However in listening to the song, it would seem that the song delivers a message of overcoming the mental and emotional obstacles that stand in our way each day. That includes the fears and self-doubt that enters our minds, as the song’s lyrics hint.
The video that accompanies ‘Silence The Fear’ is a simple presentation. It features the band performing its single on a darkened soundstage. Various camera angles and effects are used to heighten the effect of the song’s musical and lyrical content. Meanwhile an unidentified man sits bound to a chair, his face covered and his hands chained to the chair’s arms. He is the representation of those things holding a person back.
Veteran metal outfit Machine Head kicked off the weekend by releasing three new songs.
The band premiered its new three-song single, ‘Arrows in Words From The Sky‘ Friday. The single features the songs ‘Become The Firestorm,’ ‘Rotten,’ and ‘Arrows in Words From The Sky.’
Front man Robb Flynn talked about the songs in a prepared statement.
“The lyrics to these songs took to me places inside I didn’t want to go, from the bile and negativity on “Rotten,” to nothing-will-beat-me-down fury of “Become The Firestorm,” to the title track “Arrows” being one of the saddest songs I’ve ever written, yet somehow has the power to lift me up out of what was a very dark time in my life,” he said. “My hope is that by sharing these dark experiences with the Head Cases of the world, it can save someone else out of that same dark place.”
The exclusive digital-only release opens with a song whose guitar riffs exhibit a full-on thrash/death style approach and sound. The ferocity in the guitars and precision in the time keeping, bass, and vocals partners well with the uplifting lyrical theme about overcoming life’s obstacles and adversity.
‘Rotten’ meanwhile boasts a sound that will appeal to Machine Head’s longtime fans. The riffs, vocals, bass, and drums immediately lend themselves to works from the band’s debut album, Burn My Eyes, which the band released more than 25 years ago. The arrangement partners just as well with the anger and frustration presented through the song’s lyrical theme. The thoughts and emotions that front man Robb Flynn presents here will resonate with a wide range of audiences. The pairing of the song’s musical and lyrical content makes the song stand out even more.
‘Arrows in Words From The Sky,’ with is deeply contemplative and introspective content (which ultimately proves uplifting in its own right) makes for its own accessibility. The heaviness here is a blend of sludge, doom, and 80s hair metal riffage along with some heavy bass and drums. Flynn’s own vocal delivery is powerful in its own right here, especially in the presentation of the layered screams.
‘Arrows in Words From The Sky’ features Machine Head’s first new music since the release of its then latest single, ‘My Hands Are Empty‘ and its video in November.
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Machine Head is kicking off the weekend with a new single and video.
The band debuted its new single ‘My Hands Are Empty‘ and its companion video Friday. The song is a powerful, heavy composition whose chants and distant drum beats in its opening set a foreboding tone for what is to come. What does come after is a composition that is classic Machine Head with its razor sharp guitar work and growling yet controlled vocals from front man Robb Flynn.
In the case of this song, the noted drums that open the song are performed by Navene Koperweis (Animals as Leaders, Whitechapel, Entheos). Koperweis also handled the drum duties on Machine Head’s latest single, ‘Circling the Drain.’ Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern provided the foreboding choral vocals in the opening bars of ‘My Hands Are Empty.’
The song’s video features the band’s current lineup — Flynn, Logan Mader (guitar), Chris Kontos (drums), and MacEachern (bass) — in a barn/cabin type setting, shot in black and white. They are accompanied by imagery that is used to help illustrate the song’s lyrical message, which according to Flynn deals with the matter of battling opioid addiction.
Flynn talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.
“I have some family members who have beaten their opioid addiction, and have some still in the throes of addiction,” he said. “It is painful to watch, and I deal with it with great difficulty. It is a song of sadness, but there is hope as well. I have beaten my own drug addictions and we can fight through this, together, and share our pain with the world.”
Flynn continued, “Musically I wanted to go for a bit of a “Through The Ashes Of Empires” vibe, and it had a grandiose vibe from the beginning, something about that vocal melody haunted me day and night. I sent it off to one of our collaborators, Joel Wanasek, and he came back with a whole depth and dimension with strings and keys that really made the song come alive. I added the guitar harmony in the chorus soon after and I knew we were on to something special.
On the recent “Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary Tour” I mentioned to Logan about needing a riff or two for a new song, he was excited to collaborate, I sent him the song and the next day he sent me back the heavy riff in the bridge and I was floored,” Flynn added. “It fit perfectly, and felt really cool to be writing together 24 years later. Jared came up with the rhythm under the lead section and the song really locked into place.”
Mader, in his own comments, confirmed Flynn’s comment about Flynn reaching out to him for the song.
“During pre-pro for the BME anniversary tour last year, I had a special opportunity to collaborate with Machine Head for the first time in over 20 years,” he said. “This is a big milestone for me, to circle back on a massive orbit around life and end up doing new music with MH is epic and unexpected. The song, “My Hands Are Empty” was almost completed but needed a riff or two. Robb sent it to me, so I jumped in and added a section which ended up in the master after some arrangement tweaks by Robb. The song is amazing. It was a great feeling to be in the studio with Robb after all these years and I hope to do it again!”
‘My Hands Are Empty’ was co-produced by Flynn and Zack Ohren, and mixed by Colin Richardson (Devildriver, Fear Factory, Overkill, etc.). The song’s video was directed by Mike Sloat for Roaring Mouse Productions.
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Independent hard rock band Letter of Marque is taking on the dangers of drug abuse in its latest single and video.
The band debuted the video for its single ‘White Lie‘ last month. The song is the latest single from the band’s 2019 album Outbreak. The album’s track listing is noted below.
The video features a father and daughter who are both battling heroin addiction. The result for each is not good. Because of the simulated drug use, some viewer discretion is advised.
The song’s musical arrangement features a sound that will appeal to fans of Machine Head, with its heavy, thrash style riffing. The screaming, death metal style vocal delivery of front man Matt Gund meanwhile, is comparable to that of Whitechapel front man Phil Bozeman. The pairing of the two influences makes the musical arrangement even more widely appealing.
Gund talked about the meaning behind the video and lyrical theme in a recent interview.
“Making this video truly helped us emphasize what we want the people to understand,” he said. “One bad decision can last for generations.”
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Machine Head front man Robb Flynn has heard the pleas of the band’s fans.
Flynn debuted the acoustic take of the band’s song ‘Circle The Drain‘ Friday along with its video. The debut of the song’s acoustic take comes eight months after the band debuted the full, heavier version as an intentional anti-Valentines Day anthem.
Flynn talked about the creation of the song’s acoustic take in a recent interview.
““When the pandemic hit in March, and all Machine Head tours got canceled, I started doing free Acoustic Happy Hour shows on Machine Head‘s Facebook page to get out the pent-up energy, entertain some friends, have some laughs, and have a few drinks every Friday, “said Flynn. “As we had just released our new song “Circle The Drain” fans started asking for me to play it, so I started messing around with it and came up with a re-imagined version of it. It got a phenomenal response… People genuinely loved it, and were continually asking me to release it, and so I recorded it a few weeks back in my home studio, and here it is.”
The newly released acoustic take of of ‘Circle The Drain’ is a dramatically different take of the original, electric version of the song, and gives the song a completely new identity from that of the full version. The song’s original take presents someone who has been overwhelmed by the anger felt in realizing he has been deceived by his loved one. The acoustic take meanwhile, presents someone who is more torn. It makes for an interesting presentation.
Flynn talked back in February, about the inspiration behind the song’s lyrical theme.
“The song is inspired by an acquaintance of mine who returned from Afghanistan, only to have his relationship fall apart with his girl,” he said. “She had messed around on him, then got paranoid about him messing around on her, and drove him crazy. We had a conversation on Valentine’s Day and he said to me, ‘They were just circling the drain…’ The phrase struck me. A few days later I incorporated it into the song I’d been working on.”
Flynn continued, “It was a strange parallel with my life at the time, having recently had two band members quit, and even more bizarrely, two long-time couple friends of my wife and I, also divorced. It was breakup season, and it played out with friends taking sides, people not being invited to certain events anymore, social and emotional pressure and all the typical stuff that happens when a relationship goes bad.”
Flynn, referring back to his story about his friend who was in Afghanistan, said hearing the story and writing the song from the story was cathartic.
“Watching this guy pull through it helped me pull through my own upheaval,” he said. “the lyrics to ‘Circle The Drain’ came out of that frustrating time. It’s a sad song about relationships gone bad, but accepting that it’s over, and making yourself move on. I wrote it in a more metaphorical tone, as I didn’t want it to be about my life, but to be about anybody’s life who may be going through a rough time like that. It may not be a song that connects with everyone, especially those in a solid relationship. But if the day ever comes when your life goes awry, this song will be a lifeline for you, something to help pull you up out of that dark place. the irony that he and i had the original conversation on Valentine’s Day, and we are now releasing it on Valentine’s Day isn’t lost on me. It really is the anti-Valentine’s Day song.”
The acoustic take of ‘Circle The Drain’ is just the latest song that Machine Head has released. The band also released two other new songs, ‘Bulletproof‘ and ‘Stop The Bleeding.’ The songs make up the band’s two-song single, Civil Unrest. Both songs are available to stream and download here.
‘Stop The Bleeding’ features guest vocals from Killswitch Engage front man Jesse Leach. While Flynn said in an interview about the song, that he brought Leach on-board because the song has a KsE sound, a close listen also reveals an old school Machine Head sound. The song’s lyrical content addresses the events that followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of a group of Minneapolis, MN police officers.
Flynn discussed the song’s inspiration in a recent interview.
“I wrote and sang the lyrics on Wednesday May 27th, 2020, the day that the four officers who murdered George Floyd were (originally) not charged with anything,” he said. “This day was engulfed in protests and riots across America. I drove into Oakland, past large demonstrations already happening and, in a fury, wrote down everything I was feeling after watching the horrific footage. Within hours, what I wanted to say, what I needed to say had been recorded in the song.”
Additionally, Flynn talked about bringing Leach on for the song, noting that the collaboration was in the works even before the events of May 27.
“I had been speaking with Jesse for maybe 6 months about singing on the song, as it always had a little bit of a Killswitch vibe to me,” said Flynn. “Unfortunately (or fortunately), our schedules hadn’t lined up, but with the subsequent lockdown from coronavirus, we had time to make it work. After what happened to George Floyd, I sent him the lyrics I’d written, and he replied saying he was “100% on board”. Jesse is someone I consider to be a pioneer and, in many ways, one of the men who changed the face of metal. His contribution to this song made it extremely powerful and it’s an honor to have him be a part of it.”
Leach spoke highly of Flynn in discussing the song’s creation in his own comments, adding he was glad to take part in the song.
“Being asked to be part of this song is an honor,” said Leach. “Yes, because it’s Machine Head, but more importantly, this is a message that needs to be heard and spread. These issues concerning abuses of power and racism are timeless. I have written about these previously and I’ll write about them again. I think Robb really nailed this one, both lyrically and sonically. My hope is this song helps awaken those who hear it. Robb has been a frequent voice of the voiceless in these times, so teaming up with him is a no brainer. We need more of our Metal Community to speak out on social issues and help raise awareness, especially during these crucial times. Music is the soundtrack to our lives, it transcends language and culture. This is the reason we as musicians need to do our part to spark thought and discussion on these types of issues. We can make a difference through music and we can help stop the bleeding.”
Flynn talked about the lyrical theme of ‘Bulletproof’ during a separate, recent interview.
“The lyrics for ‘Bulletproof’ were finished in the aftermath of not only the Ahmaud Arbery murder at the hands of white supremacist, but everything twisting out of control in our world,” he said. “The isolation and craziness of the pandemic, the lockdown protesters storming government buildings with AR-15‘s, as well as the blatant lies and conspiracies pouring out of our political leaders’ mouths, hour by hour, day after day.”
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Independent hard rock band Rig Time! is paying tribute to Dry Kill Logic.
Rig Time! debuted its cover of DKL’s classic song ‘Pain‘ Sept. 17. The cover stays largely true to its source material from beginning to end. For those less familiar with Dry Kill Logic, the song’s musical arrangement will appeal to fans of bands, such as Nothingface and Machine Head.
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Rig Time! drummer/vocalist Bryan W. Fleming talked about the act’s cover in a recent interview.
“Our cover of ‘Pain’ originated from being approached about contributing a nu metal cover song for an upcoming compilation,” he said. “We tossed around a few ideas and decided on Dry Kill Logic. When I think of bands from the early “Nu metal days”, DKL always comes to mind with the utmost admiration. They were a band that had that killer “nu” groove but always felt like a more of a hardcore & 90’s metalcore vibe. We’ve always been known for being groove oriented and very heavy, so this song fit well. We stuck to the original formula but still made it ours. A little more dirty, grimy and noisy. Since we’re all in a moment where touring isn’t an option, this was a fun way to stay active as we prepare for our next original release to come out.”
Rig Time!’s cover of ‘Pain’ is available to stream and download here.
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