Nuclear Blast To Re-Issue Testament Recordings

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Veteran thrash outfit Testament will see a handful of its classic albums re-issued on vinyl this fall.

Nuclear Blast Records will re-issue five of the band’s records, including two live recordings, on Nov. 17, 2017. The recordings — Live at the Fillmore (1995), Demonic (1997), The Gathering (1999) [re-mastered by Andy Sneap), First Strike Still Deadly (2001) and Live at Eindhoven ’87 (2009) — will be re-issued on vinyl and as digi-packs. They will also feature new artwork.

Testament guitarist Eric Peterson said in a recent interview that he was looking forward to the recordings’ re-issues.

“I’m super stoked that Nuclear Blast, the best metal label on Earth, is re-releasing the re-birth of Testament era featuring Demonic and The Gathering,” Peterson said.  “These two albums brought us back to life with ultra heavy and unrelenting fury and melody.  Also, ‘87’s live classic in full Live in Eindhoven and re-recordings of our classic First Strike Still Deadly.  These classic records feature revamped art to boot that are unapologetic to their themes as they were.”

Front man Chuck Billy agreed.

“I am more than excited to have Nuclear Blast re-release part of our catalogue that has been in need of a good home,” Billy said.  “Nuclear Blast has taken these albums in and will help Testament bring something killer to our fans.”

Pre-orders are available now for each re-issue.  An associated merchandise collection will soon launch.

More information on Testament’s forthcoming re-issues is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.testamentlegions.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/testament

 

 

 

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Website: http://www.nuclearblast.de/en

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

 

 

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‘The Grinding Wheel’ Shows Overkill Is Still “Grinding” It Out Successfully

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The countdown to the year’s end is officially on, and that means for the music industry, the push is officially on to start assembling those annual year-end “Best Of” lists.  One of the lists that this critic in particular has seen overflowing with impressive titles is that of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  New releases from the likes of Prong, The Haunted, Dragonforce and so many others have easily proven themselves deserving of a spot on that list by any critic.  No critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums would be complete without the inclusion of Overkill’s latest album the Grinding Wheel.  Released this past February, this 11-song, 64-minute album is an offering that reminds audiences once again why even after more than 30 years, Overkill is still one of the elite acts in the hard rock and metal realms even.  That is even as the band continues to embrace the mantra of if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.  The old school thrash riffs that have made the band a constant fan favorite throughout its life combine with equally interesting lyrical content here to prove why this record is one more of the year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings.

Anytime that Overkill releases a new album, it will find its way onto critics’ lists of the year’s best new hard rock and metal albums.  The New Jersey-based thrash outfit’s 18th (yes, 18th) full-length studio recording The Grinding Wheel is no exception to that rule.  That is proven right from the album’s outset in ‘Mean, Green Killing Machine.’ The song’s arrangement boasts riffs in its verses that easily lend themselves to some of the greatest classic thrash works from fellow thrashers Exodus, Metallica, Megadeth and others of that ilk.  In the same breath, the combination of front man Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth’s vocal delivery with those riffs also conjures thoughts of so many classic Judas Priest songs.  The inclusion of the song’s more blues-based hard rock arrangement in its bridge adds even more interest to the song.  The sudden change between those two wholly separate styles is, needless to say, stark.  Yet at the same time, it still is not enough to ruin the song, musically speaking.  It only makes it that much more interesting.  Keeping that in mind, it is only one part of what makes this song proof of what makes The Grinding Wheel yet another standout record from Overkill.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to discuss as its musical arrangement.

Ellsworth sings here, “Somewhere out where no one knows/Rusts a cool revolution fight/Way out there where no one goes/And it’s got to keep moving/Got to keep getting it right/So here’s to the piston charged/Combustible delight/The single-minded supercharged/That’s got to keep moving/Got to keep getting it/A call to arms/A call right through the dream/A call to action/Blow up the in-between/Feed, feed your engine/Feed, feed the wolverine/Feed, feed the tension/Mean green/Killing machine/C’mon, C’mon say what my name is/Mean green killing machine.”  Ellsworth goes on in the song’s further verses to deliver what seems like commentary perhaps about the world’s religious and business leaders, leading to the belief that perhaps while not a politically charged song, it is a lyrical worked aimed at reminding listeners to not just give in to the things being force-fed to them.  That is just this critic’s own take and should not be taken as the only interpretation.  Ellsworth could easily have been making a wholly different statement.  That ability of these lyrics to create so much discussion in itself is even more proof of the importance of the song’s lyrical content.  When that content is joined with the song’s rich musical arrangement, the end result is a song that clearly exhibits what makes The Grinding Wheel yet another solid offering from Overkill.  It is hardly the only of the album’s songs to support that statement.  The album’s title track is one more example of what makes The Grinding Wheel another standout album from one of metal’s true elite acts.

‘The Grinding Wheel’ proves just as much as ‘Mean Green Killing Machine’ what makes Overkill’s latest album so enjoyable in part to its musical arrangement.  As with the previously discussed song, this composition also boasts an arrangement that is pure thrash at its finest.  It lends itself just as easily to comparisons to works from Judas Priest as the album’s opener, too.  Considering this, it goes without saying that this song’s musical arrangement is just as solid as those presented in the rest of the album’s songs.  That being the case, the next sensible step here would be to examine the song’s lyrical content.  This song’s lyrical content is just as intriguing as that in the album’s opener and the record’s other songs.  Ellsworth sings here, “A bed of nails/Cold, dark, deep refrigeration/I hear it calling me/A broken rail as he drools over the congregation/I hear it calling me/Now I won’t tell you how to live your life/I never saw the point in thinking twice/I turn the wheel by day, by night/Raise your flag/Here’s to the liberation.”  The song goes on in similar fashion with equally cryptic statements throughout that are just as certain to leave listeners talking and thinking as the song’s lead verse.  Again, that ability to so easily engage listeners, even just through its lyrical content, is another way in which the song proves an important part of the record’s whole.  When it is joined with the song’s musical arrangement, the two elements in whole support that statement even more.  Even considering this, it still is not the last of the songs included in this record that shows what makes the album stand out.  ‘Shine On,’ which comes early in the album’s run is one more example of what makes the record stand out.

‘Shine On’ is another key example of what makes The Grinding Wheel stand out, as with the previously discussed songs, in part due to its arrangement.  The up-tempo, guitar-driven arrangement.  The arrangement presented here is a polished composition that lends itself directly to comparisons to some of Metallica’s greatest thrash style works.  Even as the song turns more doom-sounding bridge, that slower–yet no less heavy–section is a perfect fit that gives listeners just enough time to catch their collective breaths without losing them.  It is only one part of what makes this song another key addition to The Grinding Wheel.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to discuss as its musical arrangement.

The lyrical content presented in ‘Shine On’ is important to discuss because of its seemingly anthemic nature.  That anthemic nature is inferred, at least to this critic as Ellsworth sings in the song’s chorus, “We got no patience, but we get through/We got no patience, but we got you/All of the paraders shout no fear/All of the hurricaners with their fists up in the air/Someone else gave the order to the band/Someone else ignored us/Left the cat out in the rain/One more fire before I die/One more fire, get me high/Climb on down to the fire/Climb on down to the flame/Leave your battles behind you/Shine on Doomsday/Shine on Doomsday.”  This all comes across as the band paying tribute, lyrically, to its fans, inspiring audiences to never give up on anything in life as they thank their fans for their dedication.  Again, this is only this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.  Either way, this song’s lyrical content comes across as a loud, proud statement from the band.  When that seemingly loud, proud statement is joined with the song’s equally heavy, driving musical arrangement, the whole of the song shows why it is an important addition to the album’s whole.  When the song is joined with the other songs noted here (and those not noted), the album in whole shows clearly why it is another powerhouse offering from Overkill, and an easy candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Overkills’ 18th full-length studio recording The Grinding Wheel is a presentation of a band that more than 30 years into its life is still successfully grinding it out.  Yes, that awful pun was fully intended.  That is due to the solid, heavy musical arrangements presented throughout the course of the album’s 64-minute run time.  The record’s arrangements are everything that the band’s legions of fans have come to expect from its records throughout the years.  What’s interesting about them here is how polished they sound in each case.  The album’s collective lyrical content will have listeners thinking and talking just as much as its musical arrangements. From seeming commentaries (of sorts) to fist-pumping anthems and points in-between, the songs’ lyrical content gives listeners plenty to be happy about, too.  Keeping thin in mind, The album in whole proves to be a work that any Overkill fan will appreciate and agree deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on The Grinding Wheel is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.wreckingcrew.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/OverkillBand

 

 

 

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Amon Amarth Conquers Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums List

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

The hard rock and metal community have collectively become a rather crowded field this year in terms of new albums.  It has made extremely difficult naming the year’s top new hard rock and metal records.  There have been that many outstanding records.  Metallica’s first album in eight years, HardwiredTo SelfDestruct is just one of the albums that has more than proven deserving of being on that list.  The same can be said of Amon Amarth’s latest offering, Jomsviking.  It is a rarity for the band, being a concept record.  The concept behind the record more than works.  And its musical arrangements work just as well.  On another note Prong, with its latest offering X No Absolutes has proven through its overall content (and sales) that it is another success for the band—and more specifically founder Tommy Victor, the band’s only original member.  So no doubt it belongs on the list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums, too as do so many others.  It was not easy for this critic to assemble this year’s list of new hard rock and metal albums considering how many outstanding albums were released in that collective field.  But a decision had to be made.  That decision is presented below.

As a reminder, the list, as with each of Phil’s Picks year-ender lists, presents Phil’s Picks Top 10 picks for the year’s best plus five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 albums.  Honorable mention is not mean in a negative fashion by any means.  They were each deserving of being named to the year’s best.  It was just that tough assembling a list of the year’s best, so the final list ended as presented here.  Without any further ado, here is the Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Hard Rock and Metal Albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK/METAL ALBUMS

 

  1. Amon AmarthJomsviking

 

  1. MetallicaHardwiredTo SelfDestruct

 

  1. All Hail The YetiScreams From A Black Wilderness

 

  1. NonpointThe Poison Red

 

  1. SpellcasterNight Hides The World

 

  1. WovenwarHonor is Dead

 

  1. ArtilleryPunishment By Perception

 

  1. ProngXNo Absolutes

 

  1. AnthraxFor All Kings

 

  1. DestrageA Means To No End

 

  1. WhitechapelMark of the Blade

 

  1. DevildriverTrust No One

 

  1. Oni – Ironshore

 

  1. Primal FearRulebreaker

 

  1. HatebreedThe Concrete Confesional

 

 

 

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Verbeuren Named Megadeth’s New Permanent Drummer

Courtesy: Soilwork/Nuclear Blast Records/Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Soilwork/Nuclear Blast Records/Adrenaline PR

It looks like the Megadeth drummer carouse has finally stopped spinning.

The band has announced that Dirk Verbeuren is the band’s new full-time drummer.  In taking on the new position Verbeuren has stepped down as a member of Soilwork.  In his place drummer Bastian Thusgaard has been tapped to take over drumming duties for the band.  Verbeuren has been performing with Megadeth in recent months, taking the place of Chris Adler (Lamb of God), who had originally filled in after Megadeth’s previous full-time drummer Shawn Drover left the band alongside guitarist Chris Broderick in 2014.  The pair went on to form Act of Defiance with vocalist Henry Derek and bassist Matt Bachand.

Soilwork front man Bjorn “Speed” Strid shared his thoughts on Verbeuren’s departure in a statement released to the press.  He was completely supportive of the decision both on the part of Megadeth and Verbeuren.  “In regards to the statement Megadeth released yesterday, confirming that Dirk will join them as their full-time drummer, I just want to take the time to wish Dirk good luck on this new venture and thank him for 12 great years together,” he said.  “Together we have created a beast of a band and have pushed the limits musically further than we ever could have imagined.”  Strid also made mention of Thusgaard’s new appointment with the band in his statement, noting “Meanwhile, I’m sure many of you have seen us at a festival in Europe this summer with our friend, Bastian Thusgaard filling in on drums and I’m sure we can all agree on what a monster he is. Thank you Bastian, you are absolutely killing it. Check out the remaining festival dates and come see us. We’ll be there. Thank you.”

Verbeuren was just as warm in his thoughts on his time with his now former band mates in his own statement.  He also offered up his thanks to his new band mates, and fellow musicians in making his transition.  “They say the biggest decisions in life are the hardest to make,” he said.  This decision falls under that category. As a drummer I’ve always enjoyed the evolution of my path. The past twelve years with Soilwork have been incredible, a portion of my life I honor with pride. When I was approached to join Megadeth- a childhood dream come true and something I never anticipated. I was beyond excited to even consider the realm of possibility. But truth be told, I couldn’t have rightfully made this step without the support and blessing of my Soilwork family. For that I owe a huge thank you to Bjorn, Sven, David, Sylvain and Markus. You have allowed me to see what lies ahead, and you’re my brothers in metal. Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to Megadeth and for your encouragement and support. Dave, David and Kiko, I’m thankful for your warm welcome and thrilled to perform and create badass music with you guys. To the fans, this is a new chapter for us; I hope we can enjoy this ride together!”

In regards to what fans have to expect from Soilwork and its sound as it moves ahead Strid had the following to say:   “In the recent years Soilwork have found new ways of expressing ourselves and as much as of a cliché it is, I strongly believe that this is very much of a new era for us and that we still have so much left to say, whether it being with or without Dirk. This band has grown to be quite a metal collective and an institution that paves the way creatively and we hope that you, the fans, can feel the presence and the heart in our music still to this day. Believe me, it’s there. I can assure that you will forever get 100% Soilwork, as long as we release albums. We aim to surprise ourselves and the listeners by constantly developing our sound and songwriting, something I believe we have succeeded in doing and yet remained true to our roots. That is something to be proud of and we are. We appreciate all our loyal fans and are excited that so many of you share our musical vision.”

Soilwork has a string of festival dates currently scheduled for August.  Those live dates will be followed up soon after by a short string of UK dates with Arch Enemy.  It will have one headlining date on that schedule, too.  After that stretch the band will take some time off before launching a South American tour on September 9th in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  The tour is currently scheduled to run through September 20th in Guadalupe Inn, Mexico.  The band will take off the rest of the year after wrapping that tour and will then go back out on the road for a European tour with Kreator, Sepultura, and Aborted beginning February 1st in Metz, France.  That tour is currently scheduled to run through March 4th in Essen, Germany.  The band’s current live schedule is noted in full below.

 

SOILWORK 2016 International Festivals and Headliners:
8.14.2016 Rasnov, Romania – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
8.19.2016 Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – SummerBreeze Open Air
8.20.2016 Saint-Nolff, France – Motocultor Festival
 
SOILWORK August 2016 UK Tour with ARCH ENEMY:
Tickets available from seetickets.com
 
8.21.2016 Norwich, UK -Waterfront w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.22.2016 Sheffield, UK – Corporation w/ ARCH ENEMY

8.23.2016 Cardiff, UK -Tramshed w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.24.2016 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.25.2016London, UK – The Underworld (tickets) (headline – NO ARCH ENEMY)
 
SOILWORK in South America:
9.9.2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Treato Odisseia
9.10.2016 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Clash Club
9.11.2016 Curitiba, Brazil – Music Hall
9.13.2016 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Uniclub
9.14.2016 Montevideo, Uruguay – MM Box
9.16.2016 Santiago, Chile – Blondie
9.17.2016 Lima, Peru – The Blood
9.18.2016 Bogota, Columbia – Auditorio Lumiere
9.20.2016 Guadalupe Inn, Mexico – Lunario
 
KREATOR, SEPULTURA, SOILWORK, ABORTED European Tour:
Presented by: EMP, ESP, Meinl, Metal.de, Metal Hammer, Metal + Wine, Metalnews.de, Musix, Nuclear Blast, Peta, Piranha, RTN-Touring, Tätowiermagazin, Visions.
 
2.1.2017 Metz, France – B.A.M.
2.2.2017 Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
2.3.2017 Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
2.4.2017 Hamburg, Germany – Mehr! Theater
2.6.2017 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
2.7.2017 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
2.10.2017 Helsinki, Finland – Black Box
2.11.2017 Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
2.12.2017 Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
2.13.2017 Vilnius, Lithuania – Siemens Arena
2.15.2017 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
2.16.2017 Wien, Austria – Gasometer
2.17.2017 Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
2.18.2017 Berlin, Germany – Columbia-Halle
2.19.2017 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z 7
2.21.2017 Trezzo, Italy – Live Club
2.22.2017 Grenoble, France – Summum
2.23.2017 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
2.24.2017 Madrid, Spain – Riviera
2.25.2017 Toulouse, France – Bikini
2.26.2017 Paris, France – Bataclan
2.28.2017 Manchester, UK – Academy
3.1.2017 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
3.2.2017 London, Uk – O2 Forum
3.3.2017 Balen, Belgium – Torhout
3.4.2017 Essen, Germany – Grugahalle

Death Resonance, Soilwork’s new compilation record, will be released Friday, August 19th via Nuclear Blast Records.  Audiences can pre-order the record online now here.  Audiences can also order the band’s most recent album The Ride Majestic online on CD, vinyl, and digital formats.  While ordering the band’s new music audiences can also check out the videos for a pair of songs from The Ride Majestic—‘Death in General,’ and ‘Enemies in Fidelity’—online, too.  The album’s title track is streaming online, too via YouTube.

More information on Soilwork’s upcoming tour dates, music, and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.soilwork.org

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/soilwork

 

 

 

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Soilwork Announces Release Date For New Record

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Photo Credit: Hannah Verbeuren

Soilwork has a new album on the way.

The band announced this week that is will release its new album Death Resonance on Friday, August 19th.  It will be released via Nuclear Blast Records and will be made up entirely of rarities from the band’s past recording sessions.  Pre-orders for the album will be available soon.  It will come just a little less than a year after the band’s most recent full-length recording, 2015’s The Ride Majestic.  Along with the upcoming release of Death Resonance the band is currently touring “The Tour Majestic,” which is in support of The Ride Majestic.  Its current tour schedule runs through early 2017.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted in whole below.

 

SOILWORK 2016 International Festivals and Headliners:
6.8.2016 Copenhagen, Denmark – Biblioteket                       
6.9.2016 Sölvesborg, Sweden  – Sweden Rock Festival w/ Queen, Twisted Sister and others
6.11.2016 Tampere, Finland – South Park w/ Slayer, Triptykon and others
6.17.2016 Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting w/ Black Sabbath and others
6.24.2016 Dokkum, Netherlands – Dokk’em Open Air w/ Doro, Testament and others
6.25.2016 Dischingen, Germany – Rock am Härtsfeldsee w/ Powerwolf
6.26.2016 Pordenone, Italy – IL DEPOSITO w/ Despite Exile, LOGICAL and more
6.28.2016 Wien, Austria – Szene
6.29.2016 Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm
6.30.2016 Cassinone di Seriate, Italy – Sottozero Summer Festival
7.1.2016 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7 (headlining show)
7.3.2016 Kavarna, Bulgaria – Kavarna Rock Fest
7.7.2016 Ballenstedt, Germany – Rockharz Open Air w/ Saxon, Avantasia and more
7.9.2016 Bangalore, India – Bangalore Open Air
8.14.2016 Rasnov, Romania – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
8.19.2016 Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – SummerBreeze Open Air
8.20.2016 Sinbronn, Germany – Motocultor Festival
SOILWORK August 2016 UK Tour with ARCH ENEMY:
Tickets available from seetickets.com
 
8.21.2016 Norwich, UK -Waterfront w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.22.2016 Sheffield, UK – Corporation w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.23.2016 Cardiff, UK -Tramshed w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.24.2016 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.25.2016London, UK – The Underworld (tickets) (headline – NO ARCH ENEMY)
SOILWORK in South America:
9.9.2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Treato Odisseia
9.10.2016 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Clash Club
9.11.2016 Curitiba, Brazil – Music Hall
9.13.2016 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Uniclub
9.14.2016 Montevideo, Uruguay – MM Box
9.16.2016 Santiago, Chile – Blondie
9.17.2016 Lima, Peru – The Blood
9.18.2016 Bogota, Columbia – Auditorio Lumiere
9.20.2016 Guadalupe Inn, Mexico – Lunario
KREATOR, SEPULTURA, SOILWORK, ABORTED European Tour:
Presented by: EMP, ESP, Meinl, Metal.de, Metal Hammer, Metal + Wine, Metalnews.de, Musix, Nuclear Blast, Peta, Piranha, RTN-Touring, Tätowiermagazin, Visions.
2.1.2017 Metz, France – B.A.M.
2.2.2017 Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
2.3.2017 Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
2.4.2017 Hamburg, Germany – Mehr! Theater
2.6.2017 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
2.7.2017 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
2.10.2017 Helsinki, Finland – Black Box
2.11.2017 Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
2.12.2017 Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
2.13.2017 Vilnius, Lithuania – Siemens Arena
2.15.2017 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
2.16.2017 Wien, Austria – Gasometer
2.17.2017 Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
2.18.2017 Berlin, Germany – Columbia-Halle
2.19.2017 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z 7
2.21.2017 Trezzo, Italy – Live Club
2.22.2017 Grenoble, France – Summum
2.23.2017 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
2.24.2017 Madrid, Spain – Riviera
2.25.2017 Toulouse, France – Bikini
2.26.2017 Paris, France – Bataclan
2.28.2017 Manchester, UK – Academy
3.1.2017 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
3.2.2017 London, Uk – O2 Forum
3.3.2017 Balen, Belgium – Torhout
3.4.2017 Essen, Germany – Grugahalle

 

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Website: http://www.soilwork.org

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/soilwork

 

 

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Hatebreed Offers Up Another “Rock Solid” Record In Its Latest LP

Courtesy:  Nuclear Blast Records

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

A little more than twenty years ago Hatebreed first made its presence known in the New England metal community.  It is one of the richest and most revered in the metal community.  That is because it has produced a number of the nation’s biggest names in metal for more than thirty years.  Ever since its formation so long ago, Hatebreed has gone on to become just one of those leaders.  That is thanks to its pummeling musical arrangements and inspirational lyrics.  That has been the case with every album that the band has released.  The same can be said of the band’s latest album The Concrete Confessional.  That is clear throughout the thirteen songs that make up the body of the album starting with the album’s socio-politically charged opener ‘A.D.’  ‘Remember When,’ is just as socially charged in its indictment of those who choose to live in the past.  The band hasn’t’ ignored the theme of self-empowerment that has maintained its popularity for so many years.  That is clear early on in the form of ‘Looking Down The Barrel of Today.’  Each noted song is important in its own right to the album’s overall presentation.  When they are set alongside the album’s remaining ten tracks, the whole of that thirty-three minute run time proves to be an experience that will impress audiences just as much as the band’s previous records and in turn a record that is a viable candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new metal and hard rock records.

Hatebreed’s latest full-length studio recording The Concrete Confessional is a viable candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal records.  That is thanks to thirteen musical arrangements that are just as pummeling as those featured on the band’s previous albums.  The lyrical topics tackled alongside those musical arrangements support that argument just as much.  The combination of those two elements from beginning to end make this record, the band’s eighth studio recording, an album that maintains Hatebreed’s place as one of the leading names in the metal community today.  The album’s simply titled opener ‘A.D.’ is one of the songs that supports this argument.  The song’s musical arrangement offers audiences the same pummeling riffs and drumming for which the band has come to be known ever since the release of its 1997 debut LP Satisfaction is the Death of Desire.  Jasta’s own vocal delivery is just as powerful as he screams about the current state of America.  He notes in the song’s lyrical content, “It’s time to rethink this dream called American/Corrupt beliefs that some will call their heritage/The dream can’t be/What it used to be/Ever again.”  He goes on to note, “Turn on the TV for the murder spree/Get distracted while they take your civil liberty/Thoughts and prayers again/Is that what it’ll take/Which industries profit while lives are at stake.”  He even goes on to indict the very media that broadcasts those stories, screaming, “Now hear the media fools discuss the killer’s mind/Staring at the screen to tell us what they find/Manifesto/Dollar worship/Get on your knees/So they can sell us a cure for the American disease.”  It is a rather damning indictment of the country and those that have led it to its current point.  And it is hardly the only song to ever take such a course.  Any number of other bands has gone this route past and present.  Regardless it still proves to be a statement that is just as impacting in this case as it is from any other band.  Considering this the song, both in regards to its musical arrangement and lyrics, is a clearly solid example of why Hatebreed still stands at the fore of the metal (and especially hardcore) community.   It is just one supporting piece of evidence in the argument, too.  ‘Remember When’ comes later in the album’s run.  It supports that argument just as much.

‘A.D.’ is a solid opener for Hatebreed’s new album.  It proves just as much why Hatebreed is still one of the metal (and more specifically hardcore) community’s leaders.  It is just one of the album’s key compositions, too.  ‘Remember When’ is another of the album’s key songs.  Yet again the musical brutality for which the band has come to be known drives the song.  In regards to its lyrical content, it is just as powerful.  Jasta takes on the issue of people who live in the past in this song, screaming, “The past is like a virus to some it infects/A vestige of thoughts I once had/Now they want to tell m that it’s not the same/Some of us follow a path they can’t see.  He goes on to scream, “Remember when is a saying I reject/What if today is all that we get/It was better than “well I don’t recall”/Will they ever stand or just crawl/I don’t regret/Not one single shred/I let the weak lament/Now I’m eager to forget.”  He is not saying that people should forget the past.  Rather he is saying that people shouldn’t live in the past.  Remember the past and learn from it and move forward but don’t live in the past good or bad.   It’s a powerful statement and once again maintains that theme of self-empowerment that has dominated each of the band’s previous records.  When it is set alongside the song’s equally hard hitting musical arrangement the two join together to show why the song is another of this record’s key moments.  Just as in the case of ‘A.D.’ the lyrical and musical content of ‘Remember When’ also proves once more why Hatebreed atop the metal (and hardcore) community.  It still is not the last remaining song from this album that supports these arguments.  ‘Looking Down The Barrel of Today’ is one more composition supporting both statements.

‘A.D.’ and ‘Remember When’ are both key inclusions in Hatebreed’s new album.  They prove through the combination of their lyrical and musical content why this album is another rock solid release from a band that is one of the metal (and hardcore) community’s leading names.  They are not the only songs that prove both statements.  ‘Looking Down The Barrel of Today’ supports both statements just as much as ‘A.D.’ and ‘Remember When.’  The song’s musical arrangement is just one of the reasons for this.  As with ‘A.D.’ and ‘Remember When,’ this song’s musical arrangement harkens back to the sound established in the band’s previous records just as much as in the case of ‘A.D.’ and ‘Remember When.’  Its lyrical content sits on the foundation established by that pounding musical arrangement, and in turn completes the song.  This is once again the case because of the song’s lyrical message of self-empowerment.  Jasta presents that message as he screams, “Once had a shotgun to my head/They said I wasn’t worth the bullets/Now the world is my trigger/And I’m here to f***ing pull it/Still here, still here/I can’t hesitate/Eyes wide open/Pupils dilate/Still here, right here/Set to detonate/I see the swarm/The scavengers await/No sleep, no rest/If that’s what it takes to be the best/No sleep, no rest/Must stay driven/I can’t relent.”  The message is crystal clear here.  Jasta isn’t advocating literally losing sleep.  Rather he is just saying that he is determined and refuses to let people kick him when he’s down.  He has taken the negative vibes of others and used it as his driving, burning fuel to keep going.  It is a powerful statement, and one that anyone familiar with Hatebreed’s body of work will appreciate.   It shows that the band hasn’t strayed very far from what made it so respected over so many years.  That powerful message, when coupled with the band’s equally familiar pummeling musical sound makes this song just one more example of what makes The Concrete Confessional a rock solid return for the band.  What’s more it shows even more why Hatebreed is still one of the leading names in the metal (and hardcore) community.  It is hardly the last song from this album that could be cited in supporting these statements.  Any of the album’s remaining ten songs could just as easily be used to support them.  That being the case, the album in whole proves in the end to be proof that on one level The Concrete Confessional is one of 2016’s top new hard rock and metal offerings.  It also proves in whole why Hatebreed remains today one of the metal (and hardcore) community’s leading acts.

The Concrete Confessional is one of 2016’s top new hard rock and metal records.  Any critic with a clear mind will agree with that sentiment.  It proves this from the beginning to the end of its thirteen songs and thirty-three minutes.  Over the course of those songs and that time the band used a familiar formula; familiar especially to those that are familiar with the band’s body of work.  That formula includes short, pummeling musical arrangements and lyrics that will both inspire and leave listeners thinking.  The combination of those two elements together makes the whole of this album an experience that audiences new and old alike will enjoy and appreciate.  Again, this will lead those audiences to “confess” themselves that this record deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal records.  The band is currently touring in support of The Concrete Confessional.  The band will be in Montreal, Quebec, Canada Sunday, June 5th and Toronto, Ontario, Canada Monday, June 6th before heading back to the United States on Tuesday, June 7th.  More information on The Concrete Confessional is available online now along with updates on the band’s tour in support of its new album, and more online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.hatebreed.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/hatebreed

 

 

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Soilwork Announces Upcoming Dates With Arch Enemy

Courtesy:  Nuclear Blast Records

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Soilwork has announced a handful of new live dates for this summer.

Soilwork, currently touring in support of its latest album The Ride Majestic, will open for Arch Enemy on a handful of its upcoming European dates this summer.  The band’s schedule with Arch Enemy runs from Monday, August 21st to Thursday, August 24th.  That stretch is followed by a headlining date by Soilwork on Friday, August 25th in London, England.  As noted by the band’s front man Bjorn “Speed” Strid, the tour marks the first time since Ozzfest 2005 that both bands have shared the stage.  “We are very excited to announce this UK run together with our fellow Swedes in Arch Enemy. For the first time since Ozzfest 2005, we are once again sharing the stage!,” he said.  “It will be one hell of a riff-and shred fest, ladies and gents! We’re also announcing a special one off headline show at the Underworld in London on August 25th. It’s been a long time coming… do not miss out! See you in August!”

Tickets for the upcoming shows go on sale today, April 25th, at 9am.  They can be purchased online at seetickets.com.  The complete schedule for Soilwork’s tour with Arch Enemy is listed below.

 

21st August: (Support to Arch Enemy) Norwich -Waterfront

22nd August (Support to Arch Enemy) Sheffield – Corporation

23rd August (Support to Arch Enemy) Cardiff –Tramshed

24th August (Support to Arch Enemy) Southampton – Engine Rooms

25th August: (HEADLINE) London – The Underworld (tickets)

 

The Ride Majestic is available in stores and online now.  It can be ordered online via Nuclear Blast Records’ online store, and downloaded via iTunes, Amazon, and Nuclear Blast’s digital store.  Audiences can check out the videos for two of the album’s singles—‘Death in General,’ ‘Enemies in Fidelity,’—and the lyric video for the album’s title track via Nuclear Blast’s official YouTube channel.  More information on Soilwork’s upcoming tour, album, music, and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.soilwork.org

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/soilwork

 

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