Fates Warning Debuts ‘Now Comes The Rain’ Lyric Video

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Fates Warning debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Now Comes The Rain‘ Wednesday. The song and its video are the second from the band’s forthcoming album Long Day Good Night, which is scheduled for release Nov. 6 through Metal Blade Records. The song’s debut comes more than two months after the band debuted the album’s lead single, ‘Scars.’

Fittingly, the video for the band’s new single features the song’s lyrics presented against the backdrop of the album’s artwork. Raindrops are present throughout the video, even being used in the video’s intro to make it look as it viewers are looking through a rain-covered window.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Now Come The Rain’ is a heavy, yet somewhat melancholy presentation. Its lyrical theme comes across as delivering a message of hope. It notes through its metaphorical language that for all the rain that falls, there is some sunshine. It is certain to engage and entertain audiences.

Pre-orders are open now for Long Day Good Night.  The album will be available through a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

– digipak-CD
– ltd. digibook-CD
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– red / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– dark goldenrod marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– clear / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– orange / black dust splatter vinyl (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– orange / red marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
– clear w/ red & orange splatter vinyl (US exclusive)

Fates Warning signed a new deal with Metal Blade Records last year, through which it has released the majority of its albums, after having spent recent years signed to InsideOut Music.  The band was signed with Metal Blade Records from the release of its 1984 debut album Night on Brocken, releasing albums through the label until 2013, when it released Darkness in a Different Light through InsideOut Music.  Theories of Flight followed in 2016.  The band’s 1998 live recording Still Life was also released via Metal Blade Records, as was the band’s 2017 live recording Awaken The Guardian Live.

Front man Ray Alder addressed the reunion in an interview last year.

“All of us in Fates Warning are happy to announce that we are back with Metal Blade Records,” Alder said.  “Metal Blade has been there for us since the very beginning, and we are proud to call them part of our family.  The journey begins again, and we cannot begin to say how excited we are to work together once more.  A big thank to our fans for sticking with us through all these years.  We could not be here today without all of you.  That is a fact.  Thank you, everyone.  Here’s to making some new memories.”

Alder had the following to say of the band’s new album in a recent interview.

“The styles of music we’ve written distinguish this record from the rest of our catalogue,” said Alder. “There are some songs with electronics and some with a nice ethereal feel, as well as some pretty straightforward grooves, at least for us. And there are also some pretty heavy songs. We tried to give the listener a host of different things to listen to, as opposed to an album where every song sounds the same.”

Guitarist Jim Matheos expanded on Alder’s statements with his own comments.

“Like all albums, nothing comes easy,” said Matheos. “It’s quite a process to go from the idea to the actual finished song. Sometimes you think you’re done with it, then you hear something else and you have to try that. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but you at least have to try it just so you know that in the end you’ve done everything possible to make it as good as it can be. Jim and I spent practically every day for the last year writing this album. I am very happy with the outcome, and with the blend of styles. I guess I could say that this album represents all of the years that we have been together.”

Porcupine Tree/The Pineapple Thief drummer Gavin Harrison makes a guest appearance on Fates Warning’s new album in the songs ‘When The Snow Falls’ and ‘Under The Sun.’

Long Day Good Night‘s track listing is noted below.  The album’s total run time is one hour, 12 minutes.

Long Day Good Night track-listing
1. The Destination Onward
2. Shuttered World
3. Alone We Walk
4. Now Comes the Rain
5. The Way Home
6. Under the Sun
7. Scars
8. Begin Again
9. When Snow Falls
10. Liar
11. Glass Houses
12. The Longest Shadow of the Day
13. The Last Song

More information on Long Day Good Night is available online now along with all of Fates Warning’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.fateswarning.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/FatesWarning

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/fateswarning

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Armored Saint Debuts ‘Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants’ Video

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Armored Saint debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants‘ Wednesday.  The song and its video are the second from the band’s forthcoming album Punching The Sky, which is scheduled for release Oct. 23 through Metal Blade Records.  The band debuted the song’s lead single ‘End of the Attention Span’ and its companion video last month.

The video was directed and produced by Costin Chioreanu for Twilight 13 Media.  It features silhouettes of the band as it performs its new single coupled with a vehicle passing power lines and lamposts. Robert Graves directed the video for A Shadow Beyond.

The footage of the forests and mountains that is also featured as part of the video was shot by a drone shot by Miluta Flueras.  The band performance was shot by Vince Edwards.  Additional credit for the video’s creation goes to Dan Marinescu.

The musical arrangement featured in Armored Saint’s new single presents a driving, modern rock sound and style while its lyrical content comes across as presenting a message of determination and perseverance.  That is especially inferred as front man John Bush sings in the song’s chorus, “As I grow older/I lift this boulder/With strength I chip it away/Standing on the shoulders of giants/Punching the sky every day/As life gets colder/Flames they smolder/Climb so I can survey/Standing on the shoulders of giants/Punching the sky every day.”

Pre-orders are open for Punching The Sky.   It will release through a variety of platforms, which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

– digipak-CD
– ltd. digibook-CD/DVD (incl. 3 bonus tracks)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– clear purple / white marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– dark violet marbled vinyl w/ 7″ & patch (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– signal orange marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– white w/ purple & red splatter vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– purple / red melt vinyl (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– deep purple marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
– lavender marbled vinyl w/ 7″ & patch (US exclusive)

Punching The Sky track-listing
1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
2. End of the Attention Span
3. Bubble
4. My Jurisdiction
5. Do Wrong to None
6. Lone Wolf
7. Missile to Gun
8. Fly in the Ointment
9. Bark, No Bite
10. Unfair
11. Never You Fret

Armored Saint will celebrate the release of its new album next month live online.

The band recently announced it will celebrate the release of its new album Punching The Sky at 4 p.m. ET on Oct. 10.  The ticketed event will broadcast live from Hollywood, CA’s famed Whisky A Go Go through the band’s official Facebook page.

The band had the following to say about the upcoming concert in a prepared statement:

“We are very excited about our new record Punching The Sky, and we’d be pleased if you’d join us in this virtual show to help celebrate the release date. In these strange times where none of us can go to see live music anymore, this is the closest thing we can do about that. We will be on stage, cranking it out as we always do. We will certainly be missing seeing all of you in the venue, but we hope you’ll Rock Out with us in the comfort of your own homes!”

The ticket prices come at three separate levels, one including a signed copy of the band’s new album, another a CD and t-shirt, and the other just the t-shirt with the concert stream.  The information on the three levels is noted below.  Ticket purchases will allow audiences to view the concert until Nov. 9.

–ticket plus signed CD of Punching the Sky [$30 (USA only)]
–ticket plus exclusive event tee and signed CD [$65 (USA only)]
–ticket plus exclusive event tee [$55 (USA shipping), $65.00 (Europe shipping)]

Punching The Sky‘s release will come more than five years after the release of the band’s then latest album, Win Hands Down and more than three years after the release of the band’s then latest live recording Carpe Noctum.

More information on Punching The Sky is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Websitehttp://www.armoredsaint.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/thearmoredsaint

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/thearmoredsaint

 

 

 

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Artillery To Release New Single Next Month

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Artillery will pay tribute to one of its own next month.

The band is planning to release its new single ‘The Last Journey’ on Oct. 16.  The song is a tribute to its late member Morten Stutzer.  Its debut will come a year after the passing of Stutzer’s death.

Former Artillery front men Flemming Ronsdorf and Soren Adamsen make guest appearances on the song.  It will release on vinyl and digital.  The band’s cover of Metallica’s song ‘Trapped Under Ice’ will accompany the song as a b-side.

The vinyl release will be available on three different pressings, noted below.  Pre-orders are open in Europe.

–Black vinyl (300 copies)
–Blue vinyl (200 copies)
–Yellow vinyl (100 copies)

Both songs were produced and recorded by Soren Andersen at Medley Studio.  A teaser for the song is streaming here.

More information on Artillery’s forthcoming single is available online now along with all of Artillery’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Websitehttp://www.artillery.dk

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ARTILLERY.DK

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/artillerymetal

 

 

 

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The Flower Kings Debut ‘Broken’ Lyric Video

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

The Flower Kings debuted the video for its new single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Broken‘ Friday.  The song and video are the first from the band’s forthcoming album Islands, which is scheduled for release Oct. 30 through InsideOut Music.

The video places the song’s lyrics over a variety of images.  The whole is a very psychedelic presentation.  The song’s musical arrangement will appeal to fans of Transatlantic while its lyrical content will reach audiences in its own way.

The upcoming release of Islands will come less than a year after the band released its then most recent album Waiting For Miracles.  That album was released Nov. 8, 2019.

Founding member  and guitarist Roine Stolt talked about the album’s release date in a recent interview.

“All shows and festivals were cancelled and the future didn’t really ‘unfold’ itself like we had hoped,” said Stolt. “To sit out the pandemic with no activities was not an option for us! We can’t be stopped by an evil virus! So, with members living in the USA, Italy, Austria and Sweden, the only way to realize this album, was to use the magic of the ‘net’, sending files around the globe and start building what now has become a mammoth-sized double album of 21 songs.”

The album’s track listing is noted below.

Disc One (49:40)
1 – Racing With Blinders On 4:24
2 – From The Ground 4.02
3 – Black Swan 5:53
4 – Morning News 4:01
5 – Broken 6:38
6 – Goodbye Outrage 2:19
7 – Journeyman 1:43
8 – Tangerine 3:51
9 – Solaris 9:10
10 – Heart Of The Valley 4:18
11- Man In A Two Peace Suit 3:21

Disc Two (43:01)
1 – All I Need Is Love 5:48
2 – A New Species 5:45
3 – Northern Lights 5:43
4 – Hidden Angles 0:50
5 – Serpentine 3:52
6 – Looking For Answers 4:30
7 –Telescope 4:41
8 – Fool’s Gold 3:11
9 – Between Hope & Fear 4:29
10 – Islands 4:12

The double-disc album will release on limited edition 3LP/2CD box; limited edition 2CD digipack, and standard digital.  Pre-sales for Islands are open.

Stolt said of the album’s concept, it is relevant to the world’s current situation.

“The theme of the album is isolation – so the title ‘Islands’ felt like a most relevant title – as much of it circulates around isolation, loss, and the fear of being disconnected,” he said. “Having to face this unexpected pandemic will leave marks on each one of us for a very long time and to lose loved ones forces us to soldier on, learning and growing a stronger version of ourselves in this fragile cycle of life.”

Musically, the aim has been to  create a bigger grand epic piece out of 21 songs – so they are all connected with themes that weave in and out – like the way ‘Sgt Peppers’ or ‘The Lamb’ were built on shorter songs,  but yet linked,” added Stolt. “So view it as one mega song or as 21 separate pieces, it is all  tailored to be listened to as one piece – like a cinematic 90-min. long ride.”

More information on The Flower Kings’ new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.roinestolt.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/TheFlowerKings

 

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Metal Blade Announces Release Date For ‘Killswitch Engage’ Vinyl Re-Issue

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Killswitch Engage will re-issue its 2000 self-titled debut album this fall.

The veteran metalcore band will re-issue the record on vinyl on two separate color variants: clear with mint splatter, and coke bottle clear/olive green split.  Additionally, it will feature expanded artwork by bassist Mike D’Antonio and four bonus tracks from the band’s 1999 demo.  Pre-orders are open now.

D’Antonio talked about the forthcoming re-issue’s artwork in a recent interview.

“I had a lot of fun taking this artwork apart and putting it back together,” he said. “I especially had a good time searching through all the old photos and reminiscing. It was a simpler time in 2000 and the ‘hunger’ in the music still shines through to this day.”

Front man Jesse Leach shared his thoughts on the re-issue’s songs in his own comments.

“I wrote lyrics and did vocals for this album in a handful of days,” said Leach. “From what I can I recall, it was raw, emotive, and filled with a certain cathartic power. This was us at our most primal and most stripped down stage. This was the beginning and still holds the core of what I believe to be the heart of what this band still is deep inside.”

“I am honored and privileged to be a part of this album,” added Leach. “Before any big labels, world tours, and even the term ‘metalcore,’ it was just us four guys playing metal steeped in hardcore roots. We had no regard for a career, ambition, or any thought of longevity or legacy.”

The track listing for the forthcoming re-issue of Killswitch Engage is noted below.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE TRACK LISTING:
SIDE 1:
“Temple From The Within”
“Vide Infra”
“Irreversal”
“Rusted Embrace”
“Prelude”
“Soilborn”

SIDE 2:
“Numb Sickened Eyes”
“In The Unblind”
“One Last Sunset”
‘Prelude” (Bonus 1999 Demo)
“Soilborn” (Bonus 1999 Demo)
“Vide Infra” (Bonus 1999 Demo)
“In The Unblind” (Bonus 1999 Demo)

More information on the forthcoming re-issue of Killswitch Engage is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

Websitehttp://www.killswitchengage.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/killswitchengage

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/kseofficial

 

 

 

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Armored Saint Announces Info For ‘Punching The Sky’ Album Release Streaming Show

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Armored Saint will celebrate the release of its new album this fall live online.

The band recently announced it will celebrate the release of its new album Punching The Sky at 4 p.m. ET on Oct. 10.  The ticketed event will broadcast live from Hollywood, CA’s famed Whisky A Go Go through the band’s official Facebook page.

The band had the following to say about the upcoming concert in a prepared statement:

“We are very excited about our new record Punching The Sky, and we’d be pleased if you’d join us in this virtual show to help celebrate the release date. In these strange times where none of us can go to see live music anymore, this is the closest thing we can do about that. We will be on stage, cranking it out as we always do. We will certainly be missing seeing all of you in the venue, but we hope you’ll Rock Out with us in the comfort of your own homes!”

The ticket prices come at three separate levels, one including a signed copy of the band’s new album, another a CD and t-shirt, and the other just the t-shirt with the concert stream.  The information on the three levels is noted below.  Ticket purchases will allow audiences to view the concert until Nov. 9.

–ticket plus signed CD of Punching the Sky [$30 (USA only)]
–ticket plus exclusive event tee and signed CD [$65 (USA only)]
–ticket plus exclusive event tee [$55 (USA shipping), $65.00 (Europe shipping)]

Punching The Sky is scheduled for release Oct. 23 through Metal Blade Records.

Its release will come more than five years after the release of the band’s then latest album, Win Hands Down and more than three years after the release of the band’s then latest live recording Carpe Noctum.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘End of the Attention Span‘ through its official Metal Blade Records page.

The video — directed by Robert Graves — features the band performing its new single and crosses that with various images of technology and the news media.  The visualization is meant to translate and illustrate the message of how technology and the news industry has proven more detriment than boon to the world.  The song’s musical arrangement meanwhile, is a steady, up-tempo work that is founded in its guitar line.

Bassist Joey Vera talked about the video in a recent interview.

“Robert got the lyrical content right away and together we delved into society’s ongoing fascination with electronic devices and the insidious disconnect it creates,” he said. “The irony is that most of us feel connected together through our phone and computer screens, but the reality is that we have created a wedge between ourselves. Our human interactions have been infected with an intense need for information. We’re always ‘looking’ for more. The end result is a very damaged attention span.”

Pre-orders are open for Punching The Sky.   It will release through a variety of platforms, which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

– digipak-CD
– ltd. digibook-CD/DVD (incl. 3 bonus tracks)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– clear purple / white marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– dark violet marbled vinyl w/ 7″ & patch (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– signal orange marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– white w/ purple & red splatter vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– purple / red melt vinyl (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– deep purple marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
– lavender marbled vinyl w/ 7″ & patch (US exclusive)

Punching The Sky track-listing
1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
2. End of the Attention Span
3. Bubble
4. My Jurisdiction
5. Do Wrong to None
6. Lone Wolf
7. Missile to Gun
8. Fly in the Ointment
9. Bark, No Bite
10. Unfair
11. Never You Fret

More information on Punching The Sky is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Websitehttp://www.armoredsaint.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/thearmoredsaint

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/thearmoredsaint

 

 

 

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Fates Warning Announces Release Date, Specs For New LP; Debuts Album’s Lead Single

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Fates Warning debuted the lead single from its next album this week.

The band debuted its new single ‘Scars‘ Tuesday.  The song is the first from the band’s forthcoming album Long Day Good Night, which is scheduled for release Nov. 6 through Metal Blade Records.

Pre-orders are open now.  The album will be available through a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

– digipak-CD
– ltd. digibook-CD
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– red / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– dark goldenrod marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– clear / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– orange / black dust splatter vinyl (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– orange / red marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
– clear w/ red & orange splatter vinyl (US exclusive)

Fates Warning signed a new deal with Metal Blade Records, through which it has released the majority of its albums, last year after having spent recent years signed to InsideOut Music.  The band was signed with Metal Blade Records from the release of its 1984 debut album Night on Brocken, releasing albums through the label until 2013, when it released Darkness in a Different Light through InsideOut Music.  Theories of Flight followed in 2016.  The band’s 1998 live recording Still Life was also released via Metal Blade Records, as was the band’s 2017 live recording Awaken The Guardian Live.

Front man Ray Alder addressed the reunion in an interview last year.

“All of us in Fates Warning are happy to announce that we are back with Metal Blade Records,” Alder said.  “Metal Blade has been there for us since the very beginning, and we are proud to call them part of our family.  The journey begins again, and we cannot begin to say how excited we are to work together once more.  A big thank to our fans for sticking with us through all these years.  We could not be here today without all of you.  That is a fact.  Thank you, everyone.  Here’s to making some new memories.”

Alder had the following to say of the band’s new album in a recent interview.

“The styles of music we’ve written distinguish this record from the rest of our catalogue,” said Alder. “There are some songs with electronics and some with a nice ethereal feel, as well as some pretty straightforward grooves, at least for us. And there are also some pretty heavy songs. We tried to give the listener a host of different things to listen to, as opposed to an album where every song sounds the same.”

Guitarist Jim Matheos expanded on Alder’s statements with his own comments.

“Like all albums, nothing comes easy,” said Matheos. “It’s quite a process to go from the idea to the actual finished song. Sometimes you think you’re done with it, then you hear something else and you have to try that. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but you at least have to try it just so you know that in the end you’ve done everything possible to make it as good as it can be. Jim and I spent practically every day for the last year writing this album. I am very happy with the outcome, and with the blend of styles. I guess I could say that this album represents all of the years that we have been together.”

Porcupine Tree/The Pineapple Thief drummer Gavin Harrison makes a guest appearance on Fates Warning’s new album in the songs ‘When The Snow Falls’ and ‘Under The Sun.’

Long Day Good Night‘s track listing is noted below.  The album’s total run time is one hour, 12 minutes.

Long Day Good Night track-listing
1. The Destination Onward
2. Shuttered World
3. Alone We Walk
4. Now Comes the Rain
5. The Way Home
6. Under the Sun
7. Scars
8. Begin Again
9. When Snow Falls
10. Liar
11. Glass Houses
12. The Longest Shadow of the Day
13. The Last Song

More information on Long Day Good Night is available online now along with all of Fates Warning’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.fateswarning.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/FatesWarning

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/fateswarning

 

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Derek Sherinian Debuts ‘Dragonfly’ Video

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Derek Sherinian debuted the video for his latest single this week.

Sherinian debuted the video for his new single ‘Dragonfly‘ Friday.  The song is the second single from his forthcoming solo album The Phoenix while its video is the album’s first.  The album is scheduled for release Sept. 18 through InsideOut music.

The debut of ‘Dragonfly’ comes less than a month after Sherinian debuted ‘Empyrean Sky,’ the album’s lead single.  The arrangement at the center of ‘Dragonfly presents a distinct freeform style approach.  The controlled chaos of Sherinian’s performance on the piano couples with drummer Simon Phillips’ steady time keeping and bassist Ernest Tibbs’ low end to make the song a jazz fusion style arrangement that will appeal to fans of Trioscapes.

The arrangement at the center of ‘Empyrean Sky,’ by comparison is more of a distinct prog-metal work that is grounded in Sherinian’s keyboard work, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal’s work on guitar and ‘Phillips’ once again steady time keeping.

Along with handling drums throughout the record, Phillips also also co-produced and co-wrote the album with Sherinian.  He shared his own thoughts on the record.

Pre-orders for The Phoenix are open now.  Eight songs will make up the body of The Phoenix, among them a cover of Buddy Miles’ ‘Them Changes.’  It will be available as a limited edition digipack CD, 180-gram LP/CD combo pack and digital album.  The record’s track listing is noted below.

 

1. The Phoenix
2. Empyrean Sky
3. Clouds of Ganymede
4. Dragonfly
5. Temple of Helios
6. Them Changes
7. Octopus Pedigree
8. Pesadelo

 

The Phoenix will feature guest appearances by figures, such as bassists Billy Sheehan, Tony Franklin and Jimmy Johnson and guitarists Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, Guns N’ Roses), and Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth).

Sherinian said of bringing Loureiro on board for the new album, “Kiko and I have known one another for about 20 years, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to play with him.”

More information on Derek Sherinian’s new album is available along with all of his latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.dereksherinian.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Derek-Sherinian-Official-361589234010473/

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/DerekSherinian

 

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Armored Saint Announces Release Date, Specs For New LP; Debuts Video For Album’s Lead Single

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Armored Saint is scheduled to release its latest album this fall.

The band made the announcement Wednesday.  Its new album Punching The Sky — its eighth album — is scheduled for release Oct. 23 through Metal Blade Records.  Its release will come more than five years after the release of the band’s then latest album, Win Hands Down and more than three years after the release of the band’s then latest live recording Carpe Noctum.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘End of the Attention Span‘ through its official Metal Blade Records page.

The video — directed by Robert Graves — features the band performing its new single and crosses that with various images of technology and the news media.  The visualization is meant to translate and illustrate the message of how technology and the news industry has proven more detriment than boon to the world.  The song’s musical arrangement meanwhile, is a steady, up-tempo work that is founded in its guitar line.

Bassist Joey Vera talked about the video in a recent interview.

“Robert got the lyrical content right away and together we delved into society’s ongoing fascination with electronic devices and the insidious disconnect it creates,” he said. “The irony is that most of us feel connected together through our phone and computer screens, but the reality is that we have created a wedge between ourselves. Our human interactions have been infected with an intense need for information. We’re always ‘looking’ for more. The end result is a very damaged attention span.”

Pre-orders are open for Punching The Sky.   It will release through a variety of platforms, which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

– digipak-CD
– ltd. digibook-CD/DVD (incl. 3 bonus tracks)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– clear purple / white marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– dark violet marbled vinyl w/ 7″ & patch (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– signal orange marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– white w/ purple & red splatter vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– purple / red melt vinyl (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– deep purple marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
– lavender marbled vinyl w/ 7″ & patch (US exclusive)

Punching The Sky track-listing
1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
2. End of the Attention Span
3. Bubble
4. My Jurisdiction
5. Do Wrong to None
6. Lone Wolf
7. Missile to Gun
8. Fly in the Ointment
9. Bark, No Bite
10. Unfair
11. Never You Fret

More information on Punching The Sky is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Knotfest.com Adds Amon Amarth Concert To Streaming Series

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Knotfest.com has added Amon Amarth to its ongoing streaming concert series lineup.

The website will feature the band’s 2018 hybrid documentary/live recording The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm at 3 p.m. ET on July 31. As an added bonus, the stream will also feature a live chat with Amon Amarth’s members during the event.  The combo package was released Nov. 16, 2018 through Metal Blade Records.

The documentary takes audiences through the band’s rich history both in studio and on the road, and includes a wealth of interviews with the band through that time.  The double-live recording features two sets from the band, performed at the 2017 Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany.

Guitarist Olavi Mikkonen said in an interview ahead of the package’s release, the band was glad to have both performances together in one setting.

“For the first night, we wanted to write a set that the fans would enjoy by wholly diving into our back catalog, but also keeping it interesting,” Mikkonen said.  “Putting the two shows together also made us realize that we had a lot of songs to choose from!”

The original trailer for the package is streaming here.

More information on The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm is available now online along with all of Amon Amarth’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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