‘Live Ritual NYC MMXIX’ Is A Surprisingly Disappointing Live Offering From Soulfly

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

With the COVID-19 outbreak effectively having shut down live music in towns and cities nation and worldwide, music acts of all types are finding every way that they can to bring live music to the masses.  Metallica is airing free concerts every Monday through its official Facebook page.  Many other bands are taking archived concerts that were previously unreleased to their official YouTube channels in whole for everyone to enjoy for free, too.  And now Soulfly is doing its part to give audiences some sense of normalcy with its new live EP Live Ritual NYC MMXIX.  Released digitally over the weekend through Nuclear Blast Records, the performance featured here was originally recorded Feb. 11, 2019 at the Gramercy in New York City.  The concert was part of a larger tour that was in support of Soulfly’s most recent album Ritual.  The recording is a bit of a toss-up, to be honest.  That is due in part to its set, list, which comes in at just under half an hour.  This will be discussed shortly.  This matter plays directly into another issue for this recording, the concert’s audiovisual aspect.  This is another concern that cannot be ignored.  It will be addressed a little later.  The one positive to those this presentation, if one wants to call it a positive, is its availability options.  Each item noted here is critical in its own way to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make Live Ritual NYC MMXIX a disappointing presentation from an otherwise great band.  It is difficult to say this about an offering from a band the caliber of Soulyfly, but it is an unavoidable truth.  Whether the band or the label is to blame for this presentation is a discussion for another time.  Regardless, the reality is that this is a live recording that should have stayed shelved.

Soulfly’s new digital live EP Live ritual NYC MMXIX is a disappointing offering from a band that has built quite the successful reputation and resume for itself over the course of 23 years and 11 albums.  That is due in part to the recording’s set list.  Spanning a total of seven songs and just over 27 minutes, the concert, originally recorded Feb. 11, 2019 at the Gramercy in New York City, the band’s performance here is just a glimpse into what is in reality a much larger and longer set.  The full concert runs just short of an hour (approximately 53 minutes to be exact).  The songs featured in the recording are, by connection, only a portion of a much larger set that also featured a cover of Iron Maiden’s hit song ‘The Trooper.’  The other songs featured in that concert that are not featured in this recording are: ‘Arise Again,’ ‘Dead Behind the Eyes,’ ‘Rise of the Fallen’ and ‘Babylon.’  Given, the full set list, which also features the opening of ‘Jumpdaf***up” is not exactly an in-depth presentation of the band’s catalog, but is still much more enjoyable than the brief little glance that is featured in this recording. What’s more, the set list featured in this recording do not even go in the same order as the show from which they were lifted.  They are just snippets of the bigger show.  Keeping in mind the problem posed by the shortened set list here, it ties into another important item that cannot be ignored, the availability of the concert’s full, audiovisual presentation.

The whole of the concert from which this EP was pulled is available now entirely free through Revolver magazine’s official YouTube channel unless it has been pulled by the time this review is posted.  The performance, as a matter of fact, has been streaming through the noted YouTube channel since May 8, 2019. The video clip that the people at Nuclear Blast have released in order to promote this EP was taken from the presentation in question.  In other words, while Nuclear Blast is only giving people a portion of that concert only in audio format, the full audio-visual presentation has been available, and for free since early last year.  Keeping all of this in mind, it would have made more sense for Nuclear Blast and Soulfly to have just released the whole performance to DVD/BD/CD in some format than this essentially abbreviated presentation for those who want to enjoy it any time when they do not have access to the internet or don’t want to go online.  To that end, the overall presentation of Live Ritual NYC MMXIX is sadly, very much a disappointment and is just not worth the download.  For all of the negatives from which this recording suffers, it does have at least one positive.  That positive is the various platforms through which it is available.

Soulfly’s new live EP is available through a variety of platforms for streaming and download.  Those available platforms are: Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, Apple Music, iTunes, tidal, YouTube Music and Pandora.  Gooogle Play and Amazon both price the EP at $6.99.  Apple Music offers previews of the EP’s songs, but does not list a price.  In order to stream the recording thought Tidal, Spotify and Apple Music, audiences have to sign up for those services.  Of course the services are free at the basic level, but still mean being inundated with emails from those services in the long run.  The same applies for those who want to take in the recording through Deezer.  Simply put, audiences have plenty of listening options.  The price for purchase is not that bad, but at the same time, audiences should keep in mind before downloading the recording, that they are not getting the entire concert even in that case.  So in the bigger picture, there are plenty of free streaming options for this recording.  The purchase price of $6.99 is not that bad, either, but either way, audiences are not getting the entire concert either way.  Keeping that in mind, the availability of the concert is a positive, but still has a difficult time overcoming the reality that the concert featured herein is not the whole concert.  Considering this item and the rest of the EP’s concerns, the whole of the recording proves to be a surprisingly disappointing offering from a band that has given audiences so much more over the years.

Soulfly’s new live EP Live Ritual NYC MMXIX is the band’s first major live recording for American audiences, and those elsewhere.  The band did release a live EP titled Tribe in 1999, but that recording was released only in Australia.  Keeping that in mind, this latest live recording is technically the band’s first major worldwide live recording.  Keeping that in mind, it is a disappointing live debut for the band, especially considering Soulfly has existed for more than 20 years.  It is such a disappointment in part because the seven-song set list featured here is only a portion of the bigger 53-minute set that the band held at its Feb. 11, 2019 show at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.  It is in fact, approximately 27 minutes of that concert, and basically cherry picks from that set.  Adding to that matter is that Nuclear Blast has released this recording solely through digital.  There was not even an attempt to release the concert in any fashion through a full, audiovisual presentation.  Meantime, the full concert can be streamed for free through Revolver magazine’s official YouTube channel.  What this means is that in the bigger picture, Nuclear Blast has given audiences even less motivation here to download Soulfly’s new live EP.  While the EP is available through a variety of streaming services, audiences have to either sign up for the basic level of service through those platforms or they have to pay to download what is not even the entire concert.  So they are paying for only a portion of a whole or they sign up for said services and get inundated with emails, all for the sake of listening to a portion of a bigger concert.  Simply put, it is difficult to find one positive about Soulfly’s new EP Live Ritual NYC MMXIX.  That is even more disappointing, considering this is Soulfly’s first major widespread live recording.  One can only hope that Nuclear Blast and the band will learn from this major misstep and make the band’s next live recording something much better, when and if that happens.  More information on Live Ritual NYX MMXIX is available along with all of Soulfly’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.soulfly.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

 

 

 

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As I Lay Dying Debuts ‘Torn Between’ Video; Announces New Live Dates

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As I Lay Dying debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Torn Between‘ Monday.  The video features the band performing its new single, and crosses that with a story about a man apparently being reunited with a love interest thanks to an experimental tool that he has developed.

The song’s musical arrangement is a more melodic work than some of its past works.  The news release distributed about the video does not offer an explanation for the song’s lyrical theme, but from the story featured in the video, it would seem that the theme has to do with someone dealing with an internal emotional struggle of sorts.

‘Torn Between’ is featured in AILD’s latest album Shaped By Fire (2019)  The also has also produced the singles ‘Shaped By Fire,’ ‘Blinded,’ ‘Redefined‘ and ‘My Own Grave.’  Additionally, the band debuted the B-side ‘Destruction or Strength‘ on March 27.

Sales of the B-side — and a new t-shirt that the band is selling — will go to benefit the San Diego, CA-based nonprofit, Feeding San Diego, which works to feed low-income families, senior citizens and everyone suffering from unemployment by providing food for those people.  The sales will also benefit AILD’s road crew, since the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak has cancelled the band’s tour.

 

 

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Along with debuting its new single and video, As I Lay Dying also announced Monday, a new series of live dates with Whitechapel and Shadow of Intent for 2021.  The “Burn To Emerge 2021 Tour” is scheduled to launch Feb. 17 in Tucson, AZ and to run through March 20 in Riverside, CA.  The tour features performances in cities, such as Albany, NY; Raleigh, NC and Columbus, OH.

The tour’s full schedule is noted below.

 

 

2/17/2020  Tucson, AZ @ Rialto 
2/18/2020  Flagstaff, AZ @ The Orpheum Theater
2/19/2020  Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
2/20/2021  Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
2/21/2021  Austin, TX @ Emo’s
2/23/2021  San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec
2/25/2021  Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
2/26/2021  Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
2/27/2021  Destin, FL @ Rock Destin
3/01/2021 Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz 
3/03/2021 New York, NY @ Gramercy 
3/05/2021 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
3/06/2021 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/07/2021 Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
3/09/2021 Columbus, OH @ The Athenaeum Theatre
3/10/2021 Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
3/11/2021 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave 
3/12/2021 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant 
3/13/2021 Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
3/14/2021 Wichita, KS @ Wave
3/15/2021 Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
3/16/2021 Fort Collins, CO @ Washington’s
3/17/2021 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
3/19/2021 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
3/20/2021 Riverside, CA Riverside Municipal Auditorium

 

 

Shaped By Fire is available to stream and download here.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

 

Shaped By Fire Track Listing:

  1. Burn To Emerge
  2. Blinded
  3. Shaped By Fire
  4. Undertow
  5. Torn Between
  6. Gatekeeper
  7. The Wreckage
  8. My Own Grave
  9. Take What’s Left
  10. Redefined
  11. Only After We’ve Fallen
  12. The Toll It Takes

 

More information on AS I Lay Dying’s new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.asilaydying.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/asilaydyingband

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

AMARANTHE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL SHOWS

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

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

 

 

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Websitehttp://www.amaranthe.se

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/amaranthemetal

 

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Machine Head Debuts New Single, ‘Circle The Drain’

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Machine Head dropped a heavy new anti-love song this week.

The band debuted its new song ‘Circling The Drain‘ Thursday.  The song’s musical arrangement takes audiences back to the band’s early days, featuring a sound that would fit on Burn My Eyes and The More Things Change.  The song’s lyrical content tackles the issue of broken relationships,

Machine Head founding member and front man Robb Flynn talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“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.”

‘Circle The Drain’ was co-produced by Flynn and Zach Ohren (All Shal lPerish, Suicide Silence, Machine Head).  Joel Wanasek (Atilla, Bloodline) handled post-production duties on the song.  Russ Russell (At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir, The Wildhearts) mixed the song, while Greg Grimaldi mastered the composition.

Christian Sampson crafted the single’s artwork.  The artwork was based on his photography project based around mental disorders.  He compiled the images that he used in the project to form the artwork, which he dubbed “Panic.”

Two discussions on the making of ‘Circle The Drain’ are streaming now. The links to the discussions are noted below.

Watch “The Making of ‘Circle the Drain” Part 1 here.

Watch “The Making of ‘Circle the Drain” Part 2 here.

‘Circle The Drain’ is available to stream and download here.  It is Machine Head’s first new music since the release of its song ‘Do Or Die‘ last year.  The song’s video debuted Oct. 11.

More information on ‘Circle The Drain’ is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.machinehead1.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MfnH

 

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Sepultura Debuts ‘Means To An End’ Video

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Sepultura debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘Means To An End‘ Friday.  The video crosses footage of the band performing its new single with a cinematic presentation that finds two men playing a game of chess.  The whole thing ends with a surprising twist for the winner.

Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser talked about the video treatment in a recent interview.

“Means To An End’ is our third video/single taken from our new album Quadra,” he said.  “It is the second song on the album.  It is a very powerful and complex theme that inspired director Otavio Juliano and Luciana Ferraz to make an amazing visual interpretation of the song.  It shows the human greed with no limits, the arrogance and the ignorance of ourselves.  We think we can do it all without knowledge, without respect.  Judas and his treason, denying death in a chess game, saving money for who knows what and how much is enough?”

Additionally, Kisser talked about the process of the video’s shoot.

“It was shot in the city of Jundiai, in an old train station museum, and in Sao Paulo as well, at an old bank safe,” he said.  “It was the biggest in Latin America from the 50s ’til it got shut down in the late 80s.  We had a lot of fun working on it and I’m very happy with the final result.  Hope you like it!  See you on the “Quadra World Tour!”

 

 

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Sepultura’s “Quadra World Tour” is scheduled to launch March 18 in San Diego, CA.  Its first leg is scheduled to run through April 22 in Ventura, CA and to feature performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Toronto, ON and Oklahoma City, OK.  The schedule for the tour’s first leg is noted below.

 

 

Confirmed dates for the SEPULTURA “Quadra Tour” with SACRED REICHCROWBAR and ART OF SHOCK are:

3/18/2020  San Diego, CA – House of Blues
3/19/2020  Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theater
3/20/2020  Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre
3/21/2020  Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
3/23/2020  Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
3/24/2020  Iowa City, IA – Wildwood
3/26/2020  Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
3/27/2020  Milwaukee, WI – Rave II
3/28/2020  Chicago, IL – House of Blues
3/29/2020  Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
3/30/2020  Toronto, ON – Opera House
4/1/2020  Montreal, QC – Astral
4/02/2020  Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
4/03/2020  Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
4/04/2020  Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
4/06/2020  Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
4/07/2020  Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
4/08/2020  Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
4/09/2020  Charlotte, NC – Underground @ The Fillmore
4/10/2020  Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
4/11/2020  Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
4/12/2020  Tampa, FL – The Ritz
4/14/2020  New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
4/16/2020  Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
4/17/2020  Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
4/18/2020  Dallas, TX Gas – Monkey Live
4/19/2020  Austin, TX – Emo’s
4/21/2020  Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
4/22/2020  Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre

 

 

Also as part of its upcoming world tour is a series of festival dates across Europe starting June 11 at the Mystic festival in Krakow, Poland.  The band’s festival schedule is noted below.

Festivals 2020:
11.06.                   PL        Kraków – Mystic Festival
12./13.06.            SK        Prešov – Dobry Festival
13./14.06.            IRL       Dublin – Sunstroke
18. – 21.06.          B          Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
20.06.                  F          Clisson – Hellfest *SOLD OUT*
26.06.                  N          Ekeberg – Tons of Rock
01. – 04.07.          D          Ballenstedt – Rockharz Open Air
03.07.                  E          Viveiro – Resurrection Fest *SOLD OUT*
09./10.07.            A          Leoben – Area 53 Festival
09. – 12.07.         CZ        Vizovice – Masters of Rock
11.07.                  I           Ritten – Rock im Ring
17.07.                  D          Bertingen – Rock unter den Eichen
18.07.                  NL        Eindhoven – Dynamo Metalfest

 

 

Quadra is available now.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

The tracklist reads as follows:
1. Isolation
2. Means To An End
3. Last Time
4. Capital Enslavement
5. Ali
6. Raging Void
7. Guardians Of Earth
8. The Pentagram
9. Autem
10. Quadra
11. Agony Of Defeat
12. Fear; Pain; Suffering

Along with videos for the album’s current singles, the band has also released videos in which the band’s members discuss topics related to Quadra, such as the album’s artwork, challenges of recording Quadra and the album’s lyrical themes.  Also presented ahead of the album’s release is a general discussion on the album’s creation.

All of the discussions are noted below.

Album Trailer #1https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfjJGZbMFmU
Album Trailer #2: https://youtu.be/winlWGWOqyc 
Album Trailer #3: https://youtu.be/NefZCTcW6r4
Album Trailer #4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUaL60wPA_A

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Websitehttp://www.sepultura.com/br

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/sepultura

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/sepulturacombr

 

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

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Amaranthe debuted a new video this week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

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

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

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

 

Website: http://www.amaranthe.se

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/amaranthemetal

 

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Overkill Announces New North American Live Dates

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Overkill will return to North America next year for another run of live dates.

The band recently announced the schedule for its “Wings Over USA 2020 Tour.”  The tour is scheduled to launch Feb. 26 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA and to run through March 14 in Montclair, NJ.

The tour’s full schedule is noted below.  Tickets are available for all shows now.

Confirmed dates for OVERKILL‘s “Wings Over The USA” 2020 Tour with EXHORDER and HYDRAFORM are:

2/26/2020  Anaheim CA – House of Blues
2/27/2020  San Francisco CA – Slims
2/28/2020  Las Vegas NV – House of Blues
2/29/2020  San Diego CA – House of Blues
3/01/2020  Phoenix AZ – Crecent Ballroom
3/02/2020  Albuquerque NM – Sunshine Theater
3/04/2020  San Antonio TX – Aztec
3/05/2020  Corpus Christi TX – House of Rock
3/06/2020  Houston TX – Warehouse
3/07/2020  Dallas TX – Gas Monkey
3/08/2020  New Orleans LA – House of Blues
3/09/2020  Tampa FL – The Ritz
3/10/2020  Orlando FL – House of Blues
3/11/2020  Atlanta GA – Buckhead
3/12/2020  Charlotte NC – Underground @ The Fillmore
3/13/2020  Silver Springs MD – The Fillmore
3/14/2020  Montclair NJ – Wellmont Theater *
* with M.O.D. featuring Billy Milano and DEMOLITION HAMMER

Overkill front man Bobby Blitz commented on the upcoming tour in a recent interview.

“Let’s get this show on the road, “Wings Over USA” round two!,” he said.  “We are bringing two heavy hitters with us, Exhorder and Hydraform in what will shape up to be a sledgehammer thrash-fest.  Looking forward to seeing you all!  Horns up!”

Overkill’s upcoming North American run is in support of Wings of War, which was released Feb. 22.  The band released eight videos featuring the band members discussing various aspects of the album leading up to the album’s release.  Those videos are listed below.

Part I: Band Origin & Name
Part IIEarly influences the Genre  
Part IIIEast Coast vs. West Coast
Part IV: Old School Venues & Social Media!
Part V“Hello From The Gutter” music video, & the origins of their symbol: the bat skull (Chaly)
Part VI: Album Out Tomorrow
Part VII: Rise Of The Internet And The Evolution Of Digital Audio And Social Media
Part VIII: Defining Moments In The Band Members’ Careers

Along with the discussion videos, the album also spawned three singles — ‘Welcome To The Garden State,’ ‘Head of a Pin‘ and ‘Last Man Standing.’

More information on Overkill’s upcoming tour dates is available online now at:

 

Websitehttp://www.wreckingcrew.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/OverkillWreckingCrew

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/OverkillBand

 

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