Release Date, Details Announced For New Fates Warning Biography

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A new biography of Fates Warning is planned for release this summer.

Destination Onward — The Story of Fates Warning is scheduled for release July 15 through FYI Press and Radical Research. The 400 page biography was assembled by author/journalist Jeff Wagner and will feature 176 black-and-white photos and 56 color pictures to accompany the band’s story.

The biography was crafted through interviews with members of the band past and present and overs the band’s infancy, going all the way back to its infancy as the band Misfit in 1983 and goes right through to the release of the band’s opus, ‘The Last Song.’ The interviews featured throughout the book include and are not limited to those with members of Dream Theater, Steel Prophet, While Heaven Wept, Metal Blade Records head Brian Slagel, and InsideOut Music head Thomas Waber.

“This book was a total labor of love,” said Wagner. “I tried to construct the kind of document that I, as a massive Fates fan, would want to read. As with my other books, I labored over every detail, no matter how tiny, to ensure everything is as high quality as possible, from research to printing materials and everything in between. It was a pure pleasure to have the cooperation of the guys in Fates Warning, from the last lineup to all the enthusiastic ex-members too. I’m proud that this book will stand as a document of the band’s legacy, celebrating the artistic achievements all us Fates freaks hold dear.”

More information on Wagner’s new Fates Warning biography is available online now along with all of Fates Warning’s latest news at:

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Master Boot Record’s Latest LP Is Sure To Be A “Personal” Favorite For Many Audiences

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Electronic music act Master Boot Record is scheduled to release its new album, Personal Computer Friday through Metal Blade Records.  The brainchild of Victor Love, the record will come less than two years after the release of the then latest MBR record, which was the soundtrack to the video game, Virtuaverse.  This latest offering from Love is another strong record from beginning to end.  Its two current singles, ‘80836’ and ‘80486DX’.  They are just two of the songs that serve to show what makes the album worth hearing.  ‘80386,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another example of the album’s strength and will be discussed shortly.  ‘80486,’ which comes just past the album’s midpoint, is another example of what audiences have to anticipate in hearing the album.  It will be examined a little later.  ‘80686,’ the album’s finale is yet another example of the album’s strength and will also be examined later.  Each song noted here does its own share to make Personal Computer worth hearing.  When they are considered along with the album’s singles and other entries, the whole of that content makes the album yet another of the best of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Personal Computer, the forthcoming latest album from Victor Love’s Master Boot Record project, is an enjoyable addition to his catalog under that moniker.  As noted, each of its singles does well to make that clear.  They are just part of what makes the album worth hearing.  ‘80386,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another notable addition to the record.  The composition stands out because while it bears all of the stylistic trademarks of the songs featured in the Virtuaverse soundtrack (and much of Love’s MBR catalog), there are some unique touches added to the song.  The unique touch to this composition comes in the more melodic approach that Love takes.  Instead of the heavier compositions that he uses at points throughout the album, this one incorporates more synthesized strings and general melody.  In all honestly, one could even argue that some of the chromatic runs that Love uses in the “verse” sections almost have a power metal style approach.  Yes, there is some heaviness in the bridge, but for the most part, this song boasts more of a melodic approach along with that almost power metal approach.  Taking that blend of styles into account, it makes the composition in whole its own unique addition to the album that is just one of the record’s notable entries.  ‘80486,’ which comes just past the album’s midpoint, is another of the record’s high points.

‘80486’ also boasts its own unique touch even with the familiar electronic approach.  In the case of this song, it opens with an approach with an almost goth type approach.  Listeners familiar with said genre can easily place the organ type arrangement in those opening bars, that are a perfect fit for any goth composition.  The chromatic run in the song’s bridge adds even more to that goth sense, what with it being played in minor key to boot.  That element, paired with Love’s familiar electronic leaning, makes the song in whole a work that is wholly unique of the album’s other entries and another example of what makes Personal Computer another engaging and entertaining offering from Master Boot Record.

‘80686,’ the album’s closer, is yet another composition that stands out in this record.  The song opens with what is meant to be a harpsichord, giving the song a distinct classical approach in its opening bars.  The simple, subdued approach, which leads into a much heavier sound as the song progresses.  The thing is that the classical influence continues throughout the song as it continues, building on what audiences get in the opening bars, making for even more engagement and entertainment.  What audiences get is a deeply moving finale for Love’s new album that gives it one last welcome accent on its way out.  When it is considered with the other songs examined here, as well as with the album’s singles and other songs, the whole of that content makes Personal Computer another successful outing for Love that metal fans and those of electronic music alike will appreciate.

Personal Computer, the latest studio recording from Master Boot Record, is another strong offering from its creator, Victor Love.  That is proven from beginning to end, as its singles have already shown.  The songs examined here do just as well to make that clear, too.  When all of that content is considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes Personal Computer a work that is sure to be a personal favorite for many audiences.

Personal Computer is available now. More information on the album is available online along with all of Master Boot Record’s latest news at:

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Motor Sister’s Sophomore LP Is One Of This Year’s Top New Rock Albums So Far

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Rock super group Motor Sister released its sophomore record (and first of original content) Friday through Metal Blade Records in the form of Get Off.  The 12-song record is a presentation that any rock purist will find enjoyable.  The three singles that the record has already produced – ‘Can’t Get High Enough,’ ‘Right There, Just Like That,’ and ‘Coming For You’ — do well in themselves to make that clear.  They are just a sample of what makes the album successful.  There are plenty of other songs featured throughout the album that make clear why it is engaging and entertaining.  ‘Sooner Or Later,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another notable addition to the record.  It will be examined shortly.  ‘Lion’s Den,’ which serves as the album’s midpoint, is another notable entry and will be discussed a little later.  The energetic, penultimate entry that is ‘Time’s Up’ is yet another strong addition to Get Off and will also be examined later.  Each song noted is important in its own right to the whole of the album.  When they are considered along with the album’s singles and with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes the album overall a strong new offering from Motor Sister that every rock purist will appreciate.

Get Off, the second record from rock super group Motor Sister (and the album’s first full collection of original songs), is an impressive new offering from the band.  Its musical and lyrical content alike make that clear, as has been evidenced through its singles.  They are just some of the songs that make the album engaging and entertaining.  ‘Sooner Or Later,’ which comes early in the album, is another way in which the album shows its strength.  The song stands out because it is so much unlike its counterparts in its musical arrangement.  Where so much of the album’s musical content is high-energy in its approach, this song is more reserved and contemplative.  The simple guitar line used in the verses immediately lends itself to comparison to works from King’s X while the choruses, what with the harmonies presented in the vocals of Jim Wilson and Pearl Aday, are more akin to the rock ballads of the late 1980s.  The two styles are similar, but still different from one another, and the way in which they come together here makes the whole surprisingly engaging and entertaining.  The mood set through the song’s musical arrangement works well to help illustrate the seeming theme in the song’s lyrics.

The seeming lyrical theme featured in ‘Sooner Or Later’ comes across as focusing on accepting one’s mistakes and past, and moving forward.  That is just this critic’s interpretation.  The interpretation comes as Wilson sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “It was the first mistake that you ever made/It was the worst mistake that you’ll ever make/Sometimes you can’t believe it could happen to you/But I say/You were the last mistake that I’ll ever make/Sooner or later/Something’s gotta give…Sooner or later/Forget and forgive/Sooner or later/You learn how to live again.”  It is hinted at even more in the second verse as he sings, “It’s a heavy dose of pride that you are gonna have to swallow/When you’re free from the past/The rest is gonna have to follow/Sometimes you don’t believe that the change is ever gonna come/Just like a slap in the face/You don’t know which way it’s gonna come from.”  Again, this seems to hint at learning to accepting what happens and what has happened in life and moving on past what has happened.  As if that is not enough proof, the song’s third and final verse adds even more to the inference, as Wilson sings, “You wake up one morning and you find you’re in a dark place/The memories come crawling again through your headspace/Right outside your window/The wind is blowing far/While you’re alive/It’s hard to survive…”  There is a little bit that is difficult to decipher without lyrics to reference.  That aside, enough is understandable here that once more, the theme here seems to be that of accepting what has happened and not dwelling on it.  Once again, if in fact that is the case, then it certainly serves as an inspiration for plenty of audiences.  Keeping that in mind with the semi-somber mood in the song’s musical arrangement, the whole of this song proves itself to be its own impressive addition to the album in whole, proving just as much as the album’s singles, what makes the album worth hearing.

‘Lion’s Den,’ which serves as the album’s midpoint, is another key addition to the album.  Its musical arrangement is in direct contrast to that of ‘Sooner Or Later.’  In the case of this song, it is a rich, heavy composition that immediately lends itself to comparison to works from Alter Bridge.  That is proven through the song’s instrumentation and vocals alike.  Interestingly enough, that is mainly exhibited in the song’s verses.  The choruses on the other hand, conjure thoughts more of Ozzy Osbourne.  Yes, this makes for its own unique presentation, but that presentation works so well in its own right.  It is just part of what makes the song engaging and entertaining.  The song’s lyrical content makes for its own share of interest.

Wilson, sounding just like Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy, sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “There’s a clock on the wall/I don’t think I’ll ever dream again…I can’t make no sense of anything/You laughing at me/Watch me bleed/You’re standing around/Watching me suffer…Eventually I have to succumb to it/Crying all alone again/Join me in the requiem/Right back where I’ve always been/Sleeping in the lion’s den.”  Wilson continues in the song’s second verse, “Wait/Right here in the back/She hooked me like crack/Left me weak…from the attack…the system has failed…”There is a lot here that is difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference.  From what can be deciphered just from a close listen, it would seem that the theme here hints at someone who is going through the same cycle of negativity over and over again, not breaking that cycle.  That person seems to be lashing out at those around who just stand there watching it all happen rather than try to help.  Again, this is all just this critic’s interpretation and could be completely off.  Regardless, the discussions that are certain to happen as a result of the song’s lyrics makes for its own positive.  The seeming theme works well with the fire and energy in the song’s musical arrangement, making all the more important, the song in whole.

‘Time’s Up,’ the album’s penultimate entry, is one more example of what makes Get Off well worth hearing.  That is due in part because of its musical arrangement.  The arrangement here boasts its own powerful identity.  Right off the bat, the arrangement featured in this two minute, 49 second song lends itself to comparison to some of the best works from KISS in terms of its sound and stylistic approach.  It is a fun, energetic composition that is certain to keep listeners engaged and entertained from start to end.  The fire and energy in the original composition works quite well with the song’s lyrical theme, which centers on a woman who is telling a man he’d better make a choice, but not necessarily in a bad sense.  This is a woman who definitely wants the guy, so even here, the KISS comparison is there, as KISS has crafted very similar songs in its catalog.

The clear theme comes right from the song’s lead verse as Wilson sings, “Well it was getting late/But the hand of fate said wait, not yet/Ordered another round/She tracked me down/And said, Hey, where you been?/The clock on the wall all messed up/I couldn’t believe my luck/She said, meet me in the parking lot/Don’t be late or you really suck/She said, Time’s up/You comin’ or are you stayin’?/Time’s up/What’s it gonna be?/I’m waiting for an answer now/You’re comin’ home with me.”  The rest of the song follows in similar fashion.  This is a woman who has completely taken over a man, and it is celebrating that woman, too.  To that end, there is no need to go from there.  That clear message alongside the energy in the song’s musical arrangement makes this song a surefire hit for Motor Sister in its own right.  To that end, this song proves itself yet another unique addition to Get Off.  When it is considered with the other songs examined here and with the album’s and with the rest of its entries, the whole proves the album a complete success.

Get Off, the sophomore record from rock super group Motor Sister, is an impressive new offering from the group.  Its musical and lyrical content alike make that clear.  The musical and lyrical content featured throughout the album is unique from one song to the next, ensuring audiences get something different in each song.  The album’s current singles each do well to make that clear, as do the songs examined here.  When all of that content is considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of the album becomes just one more of the best new rock albums of the year so far.

Get Off is available through Metal Blade Records. More information on Motor Sister’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Killswitch Engage Debuts ‘Vide Infra’ Clip

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Killswitch gave audiences another preview of its forthcoming live recording this week.

The preview came Thursday in the form of the live clip of the song, ‘Vide Infra.’ It is the second clip from the band’s forthcoming live recording, Live at the Palladium, which is scheduled for release June 3 through Metal Blade Records. The band premiered the clip for the recording’s lead single, ‘Know Your Enemy‘ April 6.

Live at the Palladium will release separately on 2LP and 2CD/Blu-ray. Pre-orders are open. The recording features a full performance of the band’s 2019 album, Atonement, and its 2000 self-titled debut.

Front man Jesse Leach talked about ‘Vide Infra’ in a prepared statement.

“This song has stood the test of time for me, sonically and lyrically,” Leach said. “Sonically, it shows our hardcore roots and the blend of metal. Lyrically, it has words I still stand by and hold close to my beliefs. It’s one of my favorites from our early material!”

Live at the Palladium was recorded Aug. 6, 2021 as a livestream concert.

The track listing for KsE’s new live recording is noted below.

LIVE AT THE PALLADIUM TRACK LISTING:
“Unleashed”
“The Signal Fire”
“Us Against the World”
“The Crownless King”
“I Am Broken Too”
“As Sure as the Sun Will Rise”
“Know Your Enemy”
“Take Control”
“Ravenous”
“I Can’t Be the Only One”
“Bite the Hand that Feeds” 
“Temple From the Within”
“Vide Infra”
“Irreversal”
“Rusted Embrace”
“Prelude”
“Soilborn”
“Numb Sickened Eyes”
“In the Unblind”
“Just Barely Breathing”

More information on Killswitch Engage’s new live recording is available online now along with all of the band’s tour information at:

Websitehttp://www.illswitchengage.com

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/kseofficial

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Lybica Premieres Double Single, ‘Palatial/Ferment’; Announces Upcoming Live Performance

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Hard rock collective Lybica, which features Killswitch Engage drummer Justin Foley on guitar, debuted a new double single this week.

The band premiered its double single, ‘Palatial/Ferment‘ Thursday. The songs are expected for inclusion in the band’s as yet untitled album, whose release date and other information is also under consideration.

Foley had the following to say of the songs.

“These tunes were two early ones that came together when we first started jamming, so it’s fitting that they’re the first songs we’re sharing with everyone. “I think they sum up what we’re all about, blending loud with soft, heavy with hooks.”

Both songs are full instrumental compositions. The ambient nature of the arrangements and their heaviness present elements of both post rock and post metal. At the same time, there is the most subtle element of melodic metalcore in ‘Palatial.’ The whole of the songs immediately lends them to comparison to early works from A Perfect Circle at the very least.

Lybica actually premiered the video for ‘Ferment’ Sept. 30. It features each of the band members — Joey Johson (guitar), Doug French (bass), Chris Lane (drums), and Foley on guitar — recording their parts to the song separately. One has to assume that is because the COVID-19 pandemic forced the song to be recorded as such at the time.

The video for ‘Palatial,’ which premiered Thursday,’ features the band together on a sound stage, performing its new single. That footage is blended with the visual of a skull being overwhelmed by red smoke.

In other news, Lybica is scheduled to perform live May 7 in Winter Park, FL.

More information on Lybica’s new double single, album, and concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/lybicaband.

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Motor Sister Debuts New LP’s Second Single

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Motor Sister unveiled another preview of its forthcoming album this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Right There Just Like That‘ Wednesday. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album, Get Off, which is scheduled for release May 6 through Metal Blade Records. The band released the album’s lead single, ‘Can’t Get High Enough‘ last month.

The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single is an upbeat, guitar-driven composition. Its blues-tinged sound and high energy edge will appeal to any guitar rock purist.

Bassist Joey Vera talked about the song’s musical arrangement in a prepared statement.

“To me this tune has a great nod to our early 70’s influences without it sounding trite,” he said. “It sounds fresh and modern while still feeling familiar.”

The song’s lyrical theme seems pretty clear in its apparently innuendo-filled content. Considering that, it gives Vera’s statement even more impact.

Get Off will release CD, 180-gram vinyl, and digital. The album’s crimson red w/ blue smoke vinyl pressing is exclusive to the United States. The pale blue grey marbled pressing is an EU exclusive and is limited to only 200 copies.

The album’s track listing is noted below.

Get Off Tracklisting:
01. Can’t Get High Enough
02. Coming for You
03. Right There, Just Like That
04. Sooner or Later
05. Excuse Me, Your Life Is Exposed
06. Lion’s Den
07. 1,000,000 Miles
08. Pain
09. Bulletproof
10. Bruise It or Lose It
11. Time’s Up
12. Rolling Boy Blues

More information on Motor Sister’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Master Boot Record Premieres New Album’s Second Single

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Victor Love, the mastermind behind the musical project that is Master Boot Record, is giving audiences another preview of the project’s new album.

Love premiered his new single, ‘80836‘ Thursday.’ The song is the second single from Master Boot Record’s forthcoming album, Personal Computer, which is scheduled for release May 13 through Metal Blade Records. Love debuted the album’s lead single, ‘80486DX‘ last month.

Love talked about the musical arrangement featured in the new single, saying the song is a hybrid type composition.

“In the new single “80386,” the melody of NWOBHM and the energy of bay area thrash metal are glued together by a demoscene and crack scene soul with added up neo classical influences,” he said.

The thrash elements are especially prominent in the song’s breakdown. That moment is a heavy, intense presence whereas the song’s main body does so well to present the noted demoscene influence. The whole of the arrangement is completely unlike that featured in the album’s lead single and just as engaging and entertaining in its own right.

Personal Computer will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

PERSONAL COMPUTER will be available on all digital streaming platforms, CD, and double gatefold LP in the following variants:
-180g black
-bloody red marble – limited to 300 copies (EU Exclusive)
-grey marble – limited to 200 copies (EU Exclusive)
-purple marble (US Exclusive)
-lime marble (US Exclusive)

PERSONAL COMPUTER Track Listing:
1. 8086 – 5:05
2. 80186 – 8:53
3. 80286 – 5:46
4. 80386 – 6:30
5. 80386SX – 6:28
6. 80486 – 5:08
7. 80486DX – 4:32
8. 80486SX – 7:14
9. 80586 – 7:16
10. 80686 – 7:29

More information on the album is available online along with all of Master Boot Record’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://masterbootrecord.bandcamp.com

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Killswitch Engage Announces New Live Recording Details; Premieres ‘Know Your Enemy’ Live Clip From Concert

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Killswitch Engage will release its 2021 live stream concert held at the Palladium in Worcester, CT on physical formats this spring.

The band will release the concert, which featured full performances of its 2019 album, Atonement, and its 2000 self-titled debut June 3 separately on 2LP and 2CD/Blu-ray. Pre-orders are open.

In anticipation of the live recording’s release, the band premiered the video of its performance of its song, ‘Know Your Enemy,’ Wednesday. The song is part of the extensive set list featured in the concert.

Front man Jesse Leach talked about the song in a prepared statement.

“This song speaks volumes about the state of the world, not only when I wrote the lyrics, but today, as well,” he said. “It shines a light on the various protest songs we’ve written over the years. To me, the message is equally important as the music, and this song is no exception. And regardless of who we have become as a band, we still have our roots firmly planted in hardcore music.”

The track listing for KsE’s new live recording is noted below.

LIVE AT THE PALLADIUM TRACK LISTING:
“Unleashed”
“The Signal Fire”
“Us Against the World”
“The Crownless King”
“I Am Broken Too”
“As Sure as the Sun Will Rise”
“Know Your Enemy”
“Take Control”
“Ravenous”
“I Can’t Be the Only One”
“Bite the Hand that Feeds” 
“Temple From the Within”
“Vide Infra”
“Irreversal”
“Rusted Embrace”
“Prelude”
“Soilborn”
“Numb Sickened Eyes”
“In the Unblind”
“Just Barely Breathing”

More information on Killswitch Engage’s new live recording is available online now along with all of the band’s tour information at:

Websitehttp://www.illswitchengage.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/killswitchengage

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/kseofficial

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Evergrey Premieres New Album’s Latest Single, Video; Fall European Tour Planned

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Evergrey debuted the latest single from its new album and the song’s video this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Midwinter Calls’ and its video Thursday. The song is the second from the band’s forthcoming album, A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament), which is scheduled for release May 20 through Napalm Records. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Save Us’ and its video last month.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Midwinter Calls’ is a presentation that longtime Evergrey fans will find interesting. That is because in comparison to its existing catalog, this song takes the band in a more streamlined, almost mainstream direction. That is evidenced through its melodic hard rock approach. The keyboards and the familiar choral element are there once again, but the overall approach and sound does not come across as big and eventful as its existing works, for lack of better wording. That is not to say it is a bad song by any means. Rather, it is certain to engage and entertain audiences because it shows the band maintaining a certain familiarity while also seemingly treading into musical areas that it has rarely if ever touched on until now.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the premiere of the new single and video. According to the band, the new video is the second chapter in a three-part story that is told from the end to the beginning. The band is shown blindfolded and restrained by a group of masked men before being placed in a van and being taken out in the middle of nowhere and left there. Meanwhile, the video’s other half shows the band performing its new single on a sound stage. The song plays over the whole as it all happens.

Evergrey’s new album will come a little more than a year after the release of the band’s then latest album, Escape of the Phoenix, which was released in February 2021 through AFM Records. It was followed up with the release of the band’s new live recording, Live: Before The Aftermath in January.

The track listing for Evergrey’s new album is noted below along with the formats on which it will release.

A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament) tracklisting:
1. Save Us
2. Midwinter Calls
3. Ominous
4. Call Out the Dark
5. The Orphean Testament
6. Reawakening
7. The Great Unwashed
8. Heartless
9. Blindfolded
10.Wildfires

A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament) will be available in the following formats:
Deluxe Box (incl. Canvas, Pendant, Liner Notes on Pergament Paper) – limited to 500 copies worldwide
2LP Gatefold “Die Hard” Marbled Red/Black (incl. Slipmat + 7inch (black) w/ 2 exclusive Bonus Tracks) – limited to 500 copies worldwide
2LP Gatefold Glow in the Dark – limited to 500 copies worldwide
2LP Gatefold Black
2LP Gatefold Gold  –  Band exclusive, limited to 300 copies worldwide
CD Digisleeve
Digital Album

Courtesy: Napalm Records

In other news, Evergrey has planned a European tour in support of its new album. The tour is scheduled to launch Sept. 16 in Eindhoven, NL and to run through Oct. 23 in Paris France. It also features performances in cities across Europe, such as Budapest, HU; Hannover, DE, and Dublin, IE.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

EVERGREY – European Tour 2022
+ special guest: Fractal Universe
+ Virtual Symmetry


16.09.22 NL – Eindhoven / Dynamo
17.09.22 GB – London / 229 venue
18.09.22 GB – Nottingham / Rescue Rooms
19.09.22 GB – Bristol / Thekla
20.09.22 GB – Manchester / Academy 3
21.09.22 IE – Dublin / Voodoo Lounge
22.09.22 GB – Glasgow / Cathouse
23.09.22 GB – Newcastle / St Dom’s Social Club
24.09.22 GB – Birmingham / The Asylum 2
25.09.22 NL – Leiden / Gebr. De Nobel
27.09.22 DE – Bremen / Tivoli
28.09.22 DE – Stuttgart / Im Wizemann Club
29.09.22 DE – Berlin / Columbia Theater
30.09.22 DE – Hamburg / Bahnhof Pauli
01.10.22 DE – Oberhausen / Resonanzwerk
02.10.22 DE – Lindau / Club Vaudeville
03.10.22 FR – Colmar / Le Grillen
04.10.22 DE – München / Backstage Halle
05.10.22 DE – Hannover / Faust
06.10.22 DE – Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
07.10.22 BE – Vosselaar / Biebob
08.10.22 DE – Mannheim / 7er Club
09.10.22 SI – Ljubljana / Orto Bar
11.10.22 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra
12.10.22 AT – Graz / Dom im Berg
13.10.22 PL – Wroclaw / Akademia
14.10.22 AT – Wien / Viper Room
15.10.22 DE – Nürnberg / Hirsch
16.10.22 DE – Trier / Mergener Hof
17.10.22 CH – Luzern / Schüür
18.10.22 FR – Lyon / CCO Villeurbanne
19.10.22 ES – Barcelona / Boveda
20.10.22 ES – Madrid / Shoko
21.10.22 ES – Pamplona / Totem
22.10.22 FR – Toulouse / L’Usine
23.10.22 FR – Paris / Petit Bain

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Master Boot Record Announces New Album Details; Debuts Album’s Lead Single

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Industrial metal act Master Boot Record is scheduled to release its latest album this spring.

Personal Computer is scheduled for release May 13 through Metal Blade Records. It will come more than two years after the release of the act’s then latest album, Floppy Disk Overdrive, which was also released through Metal Blade Records.

In anticipation of the record’s release, Master Boot Record, the brainchild of Victor Love, has released the new album’s lead single, ‘80486DX‘ Thursday. The fully instrumental composition is everything that audiences have come to expect from the mysterious electronic act. The 80s synth wave influences are just as evident as ever, as are the dark synth wave sounds and midi musical sound. Even with the familiar sound and stylistic approach, the single boasts its own identity separate from that of the act’s existing songs.

Personal Computer will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

PERSONAL COMPUTER will be available on all digital streaming platforms, CD, and double gatefold LP in the following variants:
-180g black
-bloody red marble – limited to 300 copies (EU Exclusive)
-grey marble – limited to 200 copies (EU Exclusive)
-purple marble (US Exclusive)
-lime marble (US Exclusive)

PERSONAL COMPUTER Track Listing:
1. 8086 – 5:05
2. 80186 – 8:53
3. 80286 – 5:46
4. 80386 – 6:30
5. 80386SX – 6:28
6. 80486 – 5:08
7. 80486DX – 4:32
8. 80486SX – 7:14
9. 80586 – 7:16
10. 80686 – 7:29

More information on the album is available online along with all of Master Boot Record’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://masterbootrecord.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/masterbootrecordmusic

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