Machine Head Unveils New Single, ‘Unhallowed,’ Companion Video

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Machine Head offered audiences another preview of its new album this week with a new single and its companion video.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Unhallowed‘ and the song’s companion video Tuesday. The song is technically the sixth single from the band’s forthcoming album, Of Kingdom and Crown, which is scheduled for release Aug. 26 through Nuclear Blast Records. The premiere of the song and its video follows that of the album’s other singles, ‘Choke On The Ashes Of Your Hate,‘  ‘Arrows In Words From The Sky,’ Rotten,’  ‘Become The Firestorm,’ and ‘My Hands Are Empty’.

Pre-orders and pre-saves for Of Kingdom and Crown are open.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Unhallowed’ is a fully engaging and entertaining composition. Its mostly brooding nature and thrash style breakdown immediately conjures thoughts of the band’s hit single, ‘Imperium.’ At the same time, there is a certain sense of the band’s works from its landmark debut album, Burn My Eyes throughout the arrangement, too. The whole makes the song so enjoyable.

The song’s lyrical theme continues the story set in ‘Choke On The Ashes Of Your Hate’ according to front man Robb Flynn.

“Drowning in the deepest depression of his life, Eros is at a breaking point,” Flynn said. “Collecting heartaches, loss, and near psychotic isolation, ‘Unhallowed’ is the beginning of a powerful shift of our story. An introspective narrative starts the song lyrically, which is a collaborative effort written by myself, Guitarist Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka, and Bassist/Backing Vocalist Jared MacEachern and encapsulates the collective strength of this writing team.  

“Anchored by an absolutely monstrous groove, the vocals melodically mirror the state of mind of Eros as he reels from the loss of his mother to a drug overdose and begins a slow downward spiral into madness. However, the culmination of the track infuses some much-needed light, but will it be enough?”

As a refresher for those maybe new to the concept behind the band’s new album, Flynn talked early this spring about the topic.

“Thanks to my 2 teenage boys my family has become obsessed with this awesome Japanese anime series called “Attack On Titan,” he said. “The album’s concept was loosely inspired by the series in the sense that in the storyline, there is no “good” or “bad” guy, both characters believe they’re doing the right thing as it applies to their being, but make no mistake, both are committing acts of pure atrocity and evil. The opening track “SLAUGHTER THE MARTYR” is basically our character #1’s origin story.”

Flynn’s statement also outlined the lyrical theme in the album’s then new single. He said of the two men:

Character #1 Ares: (pronounced Aries), our main, who loses the love of his life (Amethyst) and goes on a murderous rampage against the vile sect responsible for her murder.

Character #2 Eros: (pronounced Arrows) the perpetrator, who loses his mother to a drug overdose and becomes radicalized in the aftermath. Eros goes off the deep end manifesting his own killing spree. 

The video for ‘Unhallowed’ features Flynn performing the new single alongside bassist Jared MacEachern. The space is also where Flynn and MacEachern have held so many live performances over the past couple of years online.

Of Kingdom and Crown will release on 16 separate vinyl pressings, deluxe vinyl box set, CD, cassette, and digital formats. The album’s track listing is noted below.

ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN

MACHINE HEAD

Track Listing:

1. SLAUGHTER THE MARTYR

2. CHØKE ØN THE ASHES ØF YØUR HATE

3. BECØME THE FIRESTØRM

4. ØVERDØSE

5. MY HANDS ARE EMPTY

6. UNHALLØWED

7. ASSIMILATE

8. KILL THY ENEMIES

9. NØ GØDS, NØ MASTERS

10. BLØØDSHØT

11. RØTTEN

12. TERMINUS

13. ARRØWS IN WØRDS FRØM THE SKY

The now six singles released for Machine Head’s new album are just some of the songs that the band has released. The band also released the standalone singles, ‘Bulletproof,’ Stop The Bleeding (ft. Jesse Leach), ‘Circling The Drain‘ and its acoustic take in 2020.

More information on Machine Head’s new music is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.machinehead1.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/MachineHead

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/MfnH

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Bleed From Within Debuts New Single, ‘Flesh And Stone,’ Companion Video

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Bleed From Within debuted the latest single from its forthcoming album, Shrine, and its companion video this week.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Flesh and Stone‘ and its companion video Thursday. The song is the fourth single from the album, which is scheduled for release June 3 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album has also produced the singles, ‘I Am Damnation,’ ‘Levitate,’ and ‘Stand Down.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Flesh and Stone’ is everything that audiences have come to expect from Bleed From Within musically speaking. The intense screams are there, as are the equally powerful orchestrations and intense drums, guitar riffs and more. Comparisons can be made at points, to works from Ice Nine Kills, and at others, to works from the likes of Whitechapel. The blend of influences makes the song a heavy, intense work that will appeal to a wide range of metal fans.

Drummer Ali Richardson talked about the song’s lyrical theme and its connection to the song’s video in a prepared statement.

“‘Flesh And Stone’ was born from the idea that future generations will inherit a dying planet,” Richardson said. “The evidence to support this theory is overwhelming, but we are still met with people who choose to deny the fact that this world is finite. Avoiding the traditional performance style video, we instead wanted to create a cinematic fictional world that could no longer defend itself from the sun; a barren wasteland once full of life. In her isolation, our desperate protagonist has resorted to rituals in order to manifest some form of life on this dead world, but it’s too late.

Courtesy: Cosa Nostra PR

In other news, Bleed From Within has an extensive summer tour scheduled in support of its new album. The tour is scheduled to launch with a handful of festival shows between June 2 and Aug. 18.

After finishing its festival shows, the band will take some downtime before launching a full European tour Dec. 1 in Cologne, Germany. The tour is scheduled to run through Dec. 5 in Paris, France.

The tour’s schedule, including festival shows, is noted below.

Bleed From Within – Summer Festivals

June 2 – Gdnask, PL @ Mystic Festival

June 10 – Castle Donnington, UK @ Download Festival

June 24 – Gräfenhainichen, DE @ Full Force Festival

June 29 – Viveiro, ES @ Resurrection Fest

August 18 – Sulingen, DE @ Reload Festival

Shrine – EU Tour Dates

December 1 – Cologne, DE @ Club Volta

December 2 – Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje

December 3 – Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo

December 4 – Hamburg, DE @ Logo

December 5 – Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA

December 6 – Berlin, DE @ Hole 44

December 7 – Frankfurt, DE @ Das Bett

December 8 – Stuttgart, DE @ Kulturguartier

December 9 – Vienna, AT – Arena

December 10 – Warsaw, PL – Hydrozagadka

December 11 – Prague, CZ – Underdogs

December 12 – Munich, DE – Feierwerk

December 13 – Aarau, CH – Kiff

December 14 – Lyon, FR – Warmaudio

December 15 – Paris, FR – Le Backstage

More information on Bleed From Within’s new single, video, album, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://bleedfromwithin.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bleedfromwithinband

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BleedFromWithin

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‘The Symphony To End All Wars’ Is A Powerful Companion Piece To Sabaton’s Latest LP

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Only weeks after releasing its latest album, The War to End All Wars, Sabaton has dropped a companion record of sorts in the form of The Symphony To End All Wars.  The full-on orchestral/instrumental record released Friday through Nuclear Blast Records, and is a thoroughly impressive new presentation that is certain to bring together fans of Sabaton, metal, and classical music.  That is due in large part to the fact that it is a full-on orchestral presentation.  This will be addressed shortly.  The record’s production is without a doubt important to its presentation and will be discussed a little later.  The record’s sequencing rounds out the record’s most important elements and will also be examined later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make The Symphony To End All Wars one of the year’s best new albums so far.

Sabaton’s newly released companion record to The War To End All Wars, The Symphony To End All Wars is a proof positive that music truly is the universal language.  It is a presentation that will bring together fans of not only the band, but power metal, metal in general, and classical music.  That is due in no small part to the approach taken to the record.  Instead of being the full-on power metal presentation that is its counterpart, this record is instead, a full-on orchestral/instrumental presentation. Gone are the powerhouse guitar solos and the vocals. Gone are the pounding drums and bass. In their place are full orchestra arrangements of the songs featured in The War To End All Wars complete with all the bombast of the original compositions and then some.  Each arrangement gives the songs featured in The War To End All Wars its own unique new identity while still staying true to the source material.  As a matter of fact, the arrangements not only give the songs new identities, but improve exponentially on what was already great.  It makes the overall presentation feel like something that would be a perfect partner to a bigger, cinematic event, whether it be a documentary style work or maybe even a historical fiction.  It is simply that powerful, engaging and entertaining.

While the general presentation of The Symphony To End All Wars forms a solid foundation for the record, it is just part of what makes it so successful. The record’s production builds on that foundation and makes for even more enjoyment.  From one song to the next, the production ensures such a powerful effect for audiences.  From the subtleties of the marimba in some of the songs, to the choral backing in others, to the use of the strings, horns, and woodwinds, every single performer featured in each song is highlighted just right.  No one musician and performer overpowers his or her counterparts.  Each part gets its own attention, with the result that, again, the whole thing creates such a moving cinematic feel.  In the same vein, it makes a person imagine seeing and hearing all of this live on stage.  Yes, that is a direct hint to Sabaton and everyone at Nuclear Blast Records.  The effect of the production is that immersive and powerful.  Keeping that in mind, the content featured in this record and its production go a long way toward making it a memorable presentation. 

The record’s sequencing rounds out the most important of the album’s elements.  That is because the sequencing keeps the original album’s track listing in order.  What this means is that audiences get the same experience here as in the original album.  The experience is that of what really comes across as a concept record of sorts, even though it isn’t.  It tells a story from beginning to end, of the war’s beginning, things that happened along the way, and the end.  Add in that the experience is presented in a full orchestral fashion, and it makes the album’s sequencing that much more important.  To that end, the sequencing brings everything full circle and completes the record’s presentation.  The end result is a record that is among the best of the year’s new albums in general.

Sabaton’s new album, The Symphony To End All Wars, is a not so surprisingly engaging and entertaining offering from the veteran power metal band.  It succeeds for so many reasons, not the least of which is its general presentation.  The full-on orchestral/instrumental approach taken here gives each of the songs from The War To End All Wars wholly new identities while staying true to its source material.  The arrangements take the source material and improve upon it from one song to the next.  The production that went into each arrangement builds on the success that the arrangements themselves create.  It ensures that each musician’s performance compliments those of his and her counterparts, further engaging and entertaining audiences.  The record’s sequencing ensures audiences get to hear the album in the same order in this case as in its counterpart.  This further ensures audiences’ engagement and entertainment because it takes audiences on the same musical journey.  Each item examined is important in its own right to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make The Symphony To End All Wars easily one of the best of this year’s new albums.

The Symphony To End All Wars is available now through Nuclear Blast Records. More information on Sabaton’s new album re-issue and upcoming tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.sabaton.net

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Soulfly Announces New Album Details; Debuts Albums’ Lead Single, Lyric Video

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Soulfly will release its new album this summer.

The band announced Thursday, it is scheduled to release its latest album, Totem, Aug. 5 through Nuclear Blast Records. The record will be the band’s 12th album, and will come more than three years after the release of the band’s then latest album, Ritual. Audiences who pre-save Totem will have a chance to win a prize package that includes the new album, as well as t-shirt, Soulfly towel, socks, and bandana.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered its new single, ‘Superstition‘ Thursday, along with its lyric video. The song’s musical arrangement is everything that audiences have come to expect from Soulfly. The familiar thrash leanings from founder/front man Max Cavalera’s days in Sepultura add even more of a welcome touch to the arrangement.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the pending release of the new album and the premiere of the single and video. While no information was provided, it can be at least somewhat inferred that maybe this song is a commentary about the damage that the belief systems incorporated into our belief systems. That is just this critic’s interpretation.

The lyric video features the song’s lyrics placed over imagery, such as a Native American chief on horseback, cave paintings, and a totem pole. The visualization seems to play even more into the implications of the lyrics.

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

Totem will be available in the following formats:

  • CD Jewelcase
  • Blue Cassette (Limited to 300)
  • Long Box 
    • CD Jewelcase
    • Sticker
    • Pin
  • Vinyl
    • Black
    • Gold
  • Bundle
    • Album Shirt
    • CD Jewelcase

Below is the Totem tracklisting:

  1. Superstition
  2. Scouring The Vile
  3. Filth Upon Filth
  4. Rot In Pain
  5. The Damage Done
  6. Totem
  7. Ancestors
  8. Ecstasy Of Gold
  9. Soulfly XII
  10. Spirit Animal

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

Websitehttp://www.soulfly.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/soulflyofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

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Neonfly Announces New Live Dates

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Neonfly will join Epica on the road this spring.

The band announced Thursday, it will serve as support for a trio of upcoming dates with Epica. It will also perform a pair of headlining shows, and live on Sonidos Siniestros Metal TV. The TV performance is scheduled to take place May 11 while the live, on-stage dates follow immediately after.

The band’s performance schedule is noted below.

Dates as follows:

11.05. Mexico City – Sonidos Siniestros Metal TV (live TV appearance)

12.05 Toluca – Teatro Morelos (supporting Epica)

13.05 Mexico City – Pepsi Center (supporting Epica)

15.05 Querétaro – Black Dog (Neonfly headline)

21.05 León – Foro del Lago (supporting Epica)

22.05 Mexico City – No Somos Nada (Neonfly headline)

The performances are in support of Neonfly’s most recent album, 2021’s The Future Tonight. The record produced the singles, ‘Beating Hearts,‘ ‘Steal The World,’ and the album’s title track.

The track listing for The Future Tonight is noted below.

The album’s track listing is noted below.

TRACKLIST

  1. This World is Burning
  2. Last of Our Kind
  3. Flesh and Blood
  4. The Future, Tonight (ft.Bjord Strid)
  5. Beating Hearts
  6. More Than a Lifetime
  7. Another Eden (ft. Kaan Tasan)
  8. Steal the World (ft. Kaan Tasan)
  9. Final Warning
  10. The Things We Left Behind (And The Things That Slipped Away)

The Future, Tonight is available now through Noble Demon. More information on the album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.neonfly.net

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/NeonflyUK

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/NeonflyUK

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Machine Head Announces New Album Details; Debuts Album’s fifth Single, Video

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Machine Head will release its latest album this summer.

The band announced Tuesday, it is scheduled to release its new album, Of Kingdom and Crown Aug. 26 through Nuclear Blast Records/Imperium Recordings. In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered what is technically the album’s fifth single, ‘Choke On The Ashes Of Your Hate‘ Tuesday, along with its companion video.

The song is technically the album’s fifth single as the 13-song record also features the songs, ‘Arrows In Words From The Sky,’ Rotten,’ and ‘Become The Firestorm,’ which the band premiered last June in a three-song digital exclusive single, and the song, ‘My Hands Are Empty,’ which the band premiered in November 2020. Both songs are part of the album’s overall 13-song body, which makes up what front man/founder Robb Flynn said is a concept story.

“Thanks to my 2 teenage boys my family has become obsessed with this awesome Japanese anime series called “Attack On Titan,” he said. “The album’s concept was loosely inspired by the series in the sense that in the storyline, there is no “good” or “bad” guy, both characters believe they’re doing the right thing as it applies to their being, but make no mistake, both are committing acts of pure atrocity and evil. The opening track “SLAUGHTER THE MARTYR” is basically our character #1’s origin story.”

Flynn’s statement also outlines the lyrical theme in the album’s new single. He said of the two men:

Character #1 Ares: (pronounced Aries), our main, who loses the love of his life (Amethyst) and goes on a murderous rampage against the vile sect responsible for her murder.

Character #2 Eros: (pronounced Arrows) the perpetrator, who loses his mother to a drug overdose and becomes radicalized in the aftermath. Eros goes off the deep end manifesting his own killing spree. 

The video for ‘Choke On The Ashes Of Your Hate’ is a familiar style presentation. The black and white presentation features the band performing its new single on a sound stage as the song plays over. Various video effects and edits are used to heighten the song’s emotion.

Of Kingdom and Crown will release on 16 separate vinyl pressings, deluxe vinyl box set, CD, cassette, and digital formats. The album’s track listing is noted below.

ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN

MACHINE HEAD

Track Listing:

1. SLAUGHTER THE MARTYR

2. CHØKE ØN THE ASHES ØF YØUR HATE

3. BECØME THE FIRESTØRM

4. ØVERDØSE

5. MY HANDS ARE EMPTY

6. UNHALLØWED

7. ASSIMILATE

8. KILL THY ENEMIES

9. NØ GØDS, NØ MASTERS

10. BLØØDSHØT

11. RØTTEN

12. TERMINUS

13. ARRØWS IN WØRDS FRØM THE SKY

The five singles released for Machine Head’s new album are just some of the songs that the band has released. The band also released the standalone singles, ‘Bulletproof,’ Stop The Bleeding (ft. Jesse Leach), ‘Circling The Drain‘ and its acoustic take in 2020.

More information on Machine Head’s new music is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.machinehead1.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/MachineHead

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/MfnH

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Sabaton Announces Details For New LP’s Re-Issue

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Sabaton is set to re-issue its latest album less than two months after its initial release.

The band is scheduled to release The Symphony To End All Wars May 6 through Nuclear Blast Records. The record features symphonic takes of each of the songs from the band’s latest album, The War to End All Wars.

The Symphony to End All Wars will release on on two separate vinyl pressings: a black, single LP in gatefold and Winter Wind single LP gatefold. These pressings are limited to a total of 1,500 units. It will also release digitally.

Along with the forthcoming symphonic take of the album, the band has also released a special expanded history edition that features spoken historical background on each song. The expanded version is available to stream here.

In other news, Sabaton is scheduled to launch a tour in support of its new album Sept. 15 in Seattle, WA. The tour’s North American leg is scheduled to run through Oct. 23 in New York, NY and includes performances scheduled in cities, such as Atlanta, GA; Denver, CO and Cincinnati, OH.

Following some down time at the first leg’s finale, the band will launch the tour’s European leg April 14, 2023 in Leeds, UK. The tour is scheduled to run through May 20 in Kuopio, Finland. It includes performances across Europe in cities, such as Oslo, Norway; Paris, France and Hannover, Germany.

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

THE TOUR TO END ALL TOURS – NORTH AMERICA 2022:

September

15  Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA 

16  Roseland Theater, Portland, OR 

17  Roseland Theater, Portland, OR 

19  Revolution Concert House, Boise, ID 

21  Fox Theater, Oakland, CA 

23  Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA 

24  Arizona Federal Theatre, Phoenix, AZ 

25  Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV

27  The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT 

28  Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO 

30  South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX

October

1   Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX 

3   Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN 

4   Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA 

6   The Fillmore Silver Spring, Silver Spring, MD 

8   The Andrew J Brady Music Center, Cincinnati, OH 

10 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI 

11 GLC Live at 20 Monroe, Grand Rapids, MI 

13 The Fillmore, Minneapolis, MN 

15 Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL 

17 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA 

18 The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA 

21 MGM Music Hall at Fenway, Boston, MA 

22 Place Bell, Montreal, QC 

23 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY

THE TOUR TO END ALL TOURS – 2023

presented by Cobra Agency

14.04.             UK      Leeds – First Direct Arena

15.04              UK      London – The SSE Arena Wembley

16.04.             UK      Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena

18.04.             UK      Glasgow – The SSE Hydro

21.04.             FR       Paris – Zenith

24.04.             DE      Hamburg – Barclays Arena

25.04.             LU       Esch / Alzette – Rockhal

28.04.             SE       Stockholm – Avicii Arena

29.04.             NO      Oslo – Spektrum

30.04.             DK      Copenhagen – Royal Arena

02.05.             DE      Hannover – ZAG Arena

03.05.             NL      Amsterdam – Ziggo Dome

05.05.             DE      Berlin – Mercedes Benz Arena

06.05.             DE      Leipzig – Quarterback Immobilien Arena

07.05.            AT      Vienna – Stadthalle

12.05.             DE      Cologne – Lanxess Arena

13.05.             BE      Antwerp – Sportpaleis

15.05.             DE      Munich – Olympiahalle

18.05.             EE      Tallinn – Saku Arena

19.05.             FI        Helsinki – Ice Hall

20.05.             FI        Kuopio – Kuopio Hall

More information on Sabaton’s new album re-issue and upcoming tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.sabaton.net

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sabaton

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/sabaton

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Michael Schenker Group Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Atomic Fire Records

Michael Schenker Group has a new album and tour on the way this year.

The band recently announced it is scheduled to release its new album, Universal, through Atomic Fire Records. In celebration of the album’s release, the band is scheduled to launch a supporting tour Sept. 27 in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The tour is scheduled to run through Nov. 6 in Tulsa, OK and to feature performances in cities, such as Milwaukee, WI; Cincinnati, OH and Ft. Wayne, IN.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

MSG US Tour 2022 w/ Eric Martin, Images Of Eden:

9/27/2022 The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA

9/28/2022 Goldfield Trading Post – Roseville, CA

9/29/2022 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA

10/01/2022 Saban Theater – Los Angeles, CA    

10/02/2022 Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV

10/04/2022 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO

10/06/2022 Pop’s – Sauget, IL

10/07/2022 Des Plaines Theater – Des Plaines, IL

10/08/2022 Arcada Theater – St. Charles, IL

10/09/2022 Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI

10/11/2022 The Art Theater – Hobart, IN

10/12/2022 Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN

10/14/2022 The King Of Clubs – Columbus, OH

10/15/2022 Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH

10/16/2022 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI

10/17/2022 Jergels – Pittsburgh, PA

10/19/2022 The Vault – New Bedford, MA * MSG only

10/20/2022 Flying Monkey – Plymouth, NH

10/21/2022 Cabot Theater – Beverly, MA

10/22/2022 Sony Hall – New York, NY

10/23/2022 Newton Theater – Newton, NJ

10/25/2022 Keswick Theater – Glenside, PA

10/26/2022 Tally Ho – Leesburg, VA

10/27/2022 Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA

w/ Damon Johnson & The Get Ready, Images Of Eden:

10/29/2022 Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH

10/30/2022 Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville, TN

w/ W.A.S.P., Armored Saint:

11/02/2022 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX

11/03/2022 Concrete Street Pavilion – Corpus Christi TX

11/04/2022 Eaton Arena – San Antonio, TX

11/05/2022 Amplified Live – Dallas, TX

11/06/2022 Tulsa Theater – Tulsa, OK

Universal will come less than two years after the release of MSG’s latest album, Immortal, which was released last year through Nuclear Blast Records.

More information on MSG’s upcoming album release and tour is available along with all of Michael Schenker’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/michaelschenkerrocks

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/MW_Schenker

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Sabaton’s New LP Gets Strong Start On World Charts; Band Announces New Live Dates

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Sabaton’s new album, The War To End All Wars received positive results in its first week.

The band’s new album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Rock Albums and its Current Hard Rock Albums charts. Additionally, it took the top spot in Germany and Sweden. It debuted at #2in Norway and on the UK Rock & Metal Chart.

In other news, Sabaton has announced a 25-date tour in support of its new album. The fall tour is scheduled to launch Sept. 15 in Seattle, WA and to run through Oct. 23 in New York, New York. The band’s Nuclear Blast Record label mate, Epica, will serve as support for the tour.

Tickets for the tour go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday local time. They will be available here.

Par Sundstrom, Sabaton bassist, talked about the upcoming tour in a prepared statement.

“We’re all looking forward to this tour,” said Sundström.  “It will have been three years since we’ve brought our headline show to America, so we are more ready than ever.  And, with the release of our new album, we now have a vault full of new songs to play.”

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

SEPTEMBER

15  Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA 

16  Roseland Theater, Portland, OR 

17  Roseland Theater, Portland, OR 

19  Revolution Concert House, Boise, ID 

21  Fox Theater, Oakland, CA 

23  Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA 

24  Arizona Federal Theatre, Phoenix, AZ 

25  Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV

27  The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT 

28  Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO 

30  South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX

OCTOBER

1   Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX 

3   Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN 

4   Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA 

6   The Fillmore Silver Spring, Silver Spring, MD 

8   The Andrew J Brady Music Center, Cincinnati, OH 

10 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI 

11 GLC Live at 20 Monroe, Grand Rapids, MI 

13 The Fillmore, Minneapolis, MN 

15 Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL 

17 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA 

18 The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA 

21 MGM Music Hall at Fenway, Boston, MA 

22 Place Bell, Montreal, QC 

23 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY

The War To End All Wars is available now through Nuclear Blast Records. More information on Sabaton’s new album announcement is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.sabaton.net

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sabaton

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Sabaton’s Latest LP Is Full Of More Welcome Musical, Lyrical Firepower

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Veteran power metal band Sabaton released its latest album, The War To End All Wars Friday through Nuclear Blast Records.  The band’s 10th album, it came less than three years after the release of the band’s then latest album, The Great War.  What is for all intents and purposes a companion/sequel to The Great War, the band’s new album presents even more stories of World War I.  This item is just one of the more notable of the record’s elements.  It will be discussed a little later.  The musical arrangements featured in the band’s new album are also of note in examining the album.  They will be discussed shortly.  The record’s production rounds out the most important of its elements and will also be examined later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the album another successful offering from Sabaton that its fans will enjoy just as much as any casual power metal fan.

The War To End All Wars, the latest album from veteran power metal act Sabaton, is another mostly successful offering from the band.  Its success comes in part through its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements that make up the album’s body do not necessarily break any new ground for the band.  For the most part, audiences get the same kind of semi-operatic/symphonic power metal approach that the band has used throughout its extensive life.  The thing is that even with that in mind, the band still manages to keep the arrangements fresh and unique from one another and from the rest of its existing catalog.  As an example, the blending of the holiday standard, ‘Carol of the Bells’ into the bigger power metal arrangement in ‘Christmas Truce’ gives this song a richness that is unlike most of what the band has ever crafted.  Its follow-up, ‘Versailles’ – which also closes out the album – conjures thoughts of Trans-Siberian Orchestra with its choral effects and story telling element incorporated into the mix.  On an even more unique note, the band really changes things up in ‘Hellfighters.’  Instead of its familiar power metal riffs, the band opts here to instead go more of a vintage metal direction a la classic Metallica.  The band then blends that with its power metal leanings for an overall arrangement that is unquestionably among the most unique musical moments in the album’s run.  It is just one more example of what makes the album’s musical arrangements stand out.  When it and the other songs noted here are considered along with the rest of the album’s arrangements, the whole makes the album’s musical content a strong foundation for this new album.

Building on the foundation formed through the songs’ musical arrangements is the record’s lyrical themes.  As noted earlier, the record focuses lyrically on more tales from World War I.  The band’s single ‘Soldier Of Heaven’ for instance, tells the story of White Friday.  White Friday was a World War I battle that took place along the Italian front Dec. 13, 1916. The battle, which actually took place on a Wednesday, led to the deaths of countless Italian and Austro-Hungarian soldiers. The deaths happened as a result of avalanches that many historians allege were caused by both sides against their foes.  It is a story that is rarely told if ever in any American history class.  ‘Stormtroopers,’ which opens the album, focuses on the German soldiers who took part in the war.  The soldiers were considered elite members of the German military who helped the Germans attain victory in a number of conflicts in Europe.  Their role in the war is also little taught in American history and military history classes, so to have this history lesson taught through such hard rocking fashion makes the story of their role all the more engaging and entertaining.  In yet another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content, the album’s latest single, ‘Race to the Sea,’ tells yet another little taught story from the war.  This time, the story is that of Belgium’s King Albert and his decision to flood the Yser river in order to stop the German troops from taking the country completely.  The flooding took place Oct. 28, 1914, leading the Belgians to hold that one section of the nation throughout World War I.  It is one more example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  When this story and the others examined here are considered along with the rest of the album’s stories, the whole leaves no doubt that the lyrical content featured in this album are just as important to the album’s presentation as the record’s musical arrangements.

While the overall content featured in The War To End All Wars is unquestionably important to the record’s presentation, they are only part of what makes the record engaging and entertaining.  The album’s production rounds out its most important elements.  The production is of note because it ensures from one song to the next, that the instrumentation and vocals are expertly balanced.  With so much power from each performer, it would have been so easy for the songs to get bogged down in themselves.  Thankfully that did not happen at any point from start to end.  Each song gives listeners the utmost impact in its general effect.  The result here is that this element ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment just as much as the record’s overall content.  When this item and the album’s content are all considered together, the whole makes the album a presentation that the band’s established audiences and more casual power metal fans alike will agree is another successful offering from Sabaton.

The War To End All Wars is a positive new offering from veteran power metal act Sabaton.  The band’s new album succeeds in part through its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements are of note because while they don’t necessarily break any new ground for the band, they still ensure that they don’t just rehash the band’s existing songs.  In other words, the stylistic approach to the songs is still the same here, but the sounds are their own from one song to the next.  The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements is important to examine because as with so much of Sabaton’s songs, it tells stories of the world’s military conflicts that are rarely if ever told/taught here in the U.S.  It adds that much more interest to the album’s presentation.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.  That is because it ensures the arrangements are each expertly balanced.  Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make The War To End All Wars another welcome addition to Sabaton’s catalog.

The War To End All Wars is available now through Nuclear Blast Records. More information on Sabaton’s new album announcement is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.sabaton.net

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sabaton

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/sabaton

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