Overkill Announces New Album Details; Debuts Album’s Lead Single

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Veteran metal band Overkill will tentatively release its latest album this spring.

The band is scheduled to release its new album, Scorched, April 14 through Nuclear Blast Records. In anticipation of its release, the band premiered the record’s lead single, ‘The Surgeon‘ Friday.

The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy, steady mid-tempo thrash piece that harkens back to Overkill’s early days. The guitar solos, steady time keeping and vocals together work with the bass, which forms the song’s foundation, to make the whole completely engaging and entertaining.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the news release announcing the song’s premiere. No lyrics were provide with the song, either, leaving interpretation up to listeners.

The track listing for Scorched is noted below:

Below is the track listing for Scorched:
1. Scorched
2. Goin’ Home
3. The Surgeon
4. Twist OF The Wick
5. Wicked Place
6. Won’t Be Comin Back
7. Fever
8. Harder They Fall
9. Know Her Name
10. Bag O’ Bones

Scorched will be released on a variety of platforms, all of which are listed below:

Scorched will be available in the following formats:

  • CD Jewel
  • Fluorescent Green Cassette (Limited to 400 worldwide)
  • Longbox (Limited to 1,000 worldwide)
    • CD Jewel
    • Button
    • Sticker
  • Double LP
    • Black
    • Aztec Gold (Limited to 2,500 worldwide)
    • Fresh Green (Limited to 1,000 worldwide)
    • Trans Amber w. Fluorescent Green

In other news, Overkill is scheduled to launch a tour in support of its new album April 13 in Bochum, Germany. The tour is scheduled to run through April 29 in Barcelona, Spain. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

APRIL 2023

13 – Bochum – Zeche
14 – Zwolle – Hedon
15 – Osnabrück – Hyde Park
16 – Berlin – Huxleys
17 – München – Backstage
18 – Stuttgart – LKA
19 – Zürich – Komplex
21 – Parma – Campus Industry
22 – Fontaneto – Phenomenon Club
23 – Saarbrücken – Garage
24 – Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
25 – Vorselaar – De Dreef
26 – Paris – Trabendo
28 – Pamplona – Totem
29 – Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2

AUGUST 2023    
13 – Alcatraz – Kortrijk BE

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

Websitehttps://www.wreckingcrew.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OverkillWreckingCrew

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/OverkillBand

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Fear Factory Renews Record Contract; Announces New Tour Dates

Fear Factory is sticking with Nuclear Blast Records for the foreseeable future.

The label and band announced Monday, the two sides have agreed on a contract renewal 10 years after the band initially signed with the label. That initial agreement saw the band release three albums — Genexus, Aggression Continuum, and Recoded — through the label.

Recoded, Fear Factory’s label remix album, produced remixed takes of songs from Aggression Continuum, two of which came in the form of ‘Hatred Will Prevail – Monolith Remix‘ and ‘Disobey – Disruptor Remix.’ The remix of ‘Hatred Will Prevail was composed alongside longtime Fear Factory collaborator Rhys Fulber while the band’s remix of ‘Disobey’ was composed along famed electronic music artist Zardonic.

Specifics of the contract were not released through the news release announcing the contract renewal.

Dino Cazares, Fear Factory guitarist and founding member was upbeat as he talked about the contract renewal.

“This is a new year and a new chapter for Fear Factory,” Cazares said. “We are off to a great start because we have re-signed with Nuclear Blast Records and our A&R legend Monte Conner, who originally signed the band in 1992. It is a great feeling to be with a label that gets us and who has always had our backs, especially when we needed them the most. Prepare for the future of Fear Factory.”

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

In other news, Fear Factory will join Static-X for its Rise of the Machine tour starting Feb. 25 in San Francisco, CA. The tour, which will also see Mushroomhead and Twiztid serve as support, is scheduled to run through April 15 in Los Angeles, CA. Stops in cities nationwide, such as Columbus, OH; Charlotte, NC and Fort Wayne, IN are also part of the tour’s schedule, which is noted below.

Feb 25: San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Feb 27: Portland, OR – Roseland
Feb 28: Seattle, WA – Showbox
Mar 01: Vancouver, BC – Richshaw Theater – *SOLD OUT*
Mar 02: Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Mar 03: Boise, ID – Revolution Concert Hall
Mar 04: Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse
Mar 05: Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Mar 07: Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
Mar 08: Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater *
Mar 09: Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom *
Mar 10: Dallas, TX – House of Blues *
Mar 11: San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater *
Mar 12: Houston, TX – House of Blues *
Mar 14: Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater *
Mar 15: Orlando, FL – Plaza Live *
Mar 16: Charlotte, NC – Underground – *SOLD OUT* *
Mar 17: Baltimore, MD – Soundstage – *SOLD OUT* *
Mar 18: Philly, PA – Theater of the Living Arts – *SOLD OUT* *
Mar 19: NYC, NY – Irving Plaza *
Mar 21: Boston, MA – Big Night Live *
Mar 22: New Haven, CT – Toad’s *
Mar 23: Montreal, QC – MTELUS *
Mar 24: Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall *
Mar 25: Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall – *SOLD OUT* *
Mar 26: Cleveland, OH – House of Blues #
Mar 28: Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian #
Mar 29: Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts #
Mar 30: Columbus, OH – The King of Clubs #
Mar 31: Ft Wayne, IN – The Clyde *
Apr 01: Milwaukee, WI – The Rave *
Apr 02: Green Bay, WI – Epic Event Center*
Apr 04: Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection *
Apr 05: St Louis, MO – Del Mar Hall #
Apr 06: Indy, IN – The Vogue #
Apr 07: Chicago, IL – House of Blues #
Apr 08: Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore Minneapolis #
Apr 09: Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater #
Apr 11: Denver, CO – The Summit #
Apr 13: Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues#
Apr 14: San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
Apr 15: LA, CA – Belasco Theater – *SOLD OUT* #

* Featuring special guest Mushroomhead
# Featuring special guest Twiztid

More information on Fear Factory’s new record deal and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.fearfactory.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/fearfactory

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/fearfactory

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Kreator, Sepultura Team Up For “Klash Of The Titans” North American Tour

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Kreator and Sepultura are bringing their “Klash of the Titans Tour” to the United States this spring.

The bands are set to launch the co-headlining tour May May 12 in Harrisburg, PA. The tour is scheduled to run through June 10 in New York, NY. It will feature performances in cities nationwide, such as Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL and Seattle, WA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available through Sepultura’s official website and that of Kreator.

KLASH OF THE TITANS North America 2023
KREATOR + SEPULTURA Co-Headline Tour

Special Guests: DEATH ANGEL + SPIRITWORLD
May 12 – Harrisburg, PA
May 13 – Worcester, MA *
May 14 – Niagara Falls, NY
May 15 – Silver Springs, MD *
May 17 – McKees Rocks, PA
May 18 – Charlotte, NC *
May 19 – Atlanta, GA
May 22 – Dallas, TX *
May 23 – San Antonio, TX
May 25 – Phoenix, AZ 
May 26 – San Diego, CA *
May 27 – Los Angeles, CA
May 28 – San Francisco, CA *
May 30 – Seattle, WA *
May 31 – Vancouver, BC
Jun 02 – Salt Lake City, UT *
Jun 03 – Denver, CO
Jun 05 – Minneapolis, MN *
Jun 06 – Chicago, IL
Jun 08 – Toronto, ON *
Jun 09 – Montreal, QC
Jun 10 – New York, NY *

SEPULTURA Closing

Sepultura Andreas Kisser said he is looking forward to joining Kreator on the road, especially because Kreator was “a very strong influence in our early days.” He said “it’s great to see they (Kreator) are stronger than ever.”

Mille Petroza, Krator front man shared Kisser’s enthusiasm about the tour, saying “I’m really happy to be back in the U.S. this May with the mightiest of all…Sepultura.”

Both men said they were also equally looking forward to sharing the stage with Death Angel, which, along with Spiritworld, will be a special guest on the tour.

Kreator’s tour with Sepultura is just one live run the band has scheduled. The band is scheduled to join Lamb of God and Municipal Waste for the “State of Unrest 2023 Tour” starting Feb. 15 in Munich, Germany. Tickets are available for that tour here.

The band is also scheduled to join Testament for a handful of dates in South America from April 19 to May 2. Tickets are available for that tour here.

More information on the tour is available along with all of Sepultura’s latest news at:

Website: https://sepultura.com.br

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sepulturacombr

More information on the tour is available along with all of Kreator’s latest news at:

Website: https://kreator-terrorzone.de

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kreator

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Sabaton’s Second EP Leaves Audiences Wanting For More

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Sabaton has been in the headlines quite a bit since last year.  The band released its latest album, The War to End All Wars in March and launched a tour in support of the record soon after.  A companion record to that album titled The Symphony to End All Wars followed two months after the original record’s release.  Later in 2022, the band also held its annual Sabaton Open Air festival, which featured the likes of Amaranthe, Hammerfall, and Nanowar of Steel this year.  Not long after that sadly, the band announced the festival would be the last at least for the time being.  It was also along that time the band released its first-ever EP, Weapons of the Modern Age.  That six-song record was for all intents and purposes a collection of singles the band has released from its catalog, save for its opener, ‘Father,’ which was a new song.  Now roughly four months after that record’s release, Sabaton has followed it up with the release of yet another EP Friday, titled Heroes of the Great War.

Heroes of the Great War, much like Weapons of the Modern Age is essentially a singles collection, save for one song, the new entry, ‘The First Soldier.’  That song will be addressed shortly.  The record’s availability is actually something of a problem for its presentation and will be discussed a little later.  The record’s overall body is just as much of note as the other items listed and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the EP.  All things considered they make the EP an intriguing new presentation from Sabaton.

Heroes of the Great War, Sabaton’s second EP, is an intriguing new offering from the veteran power metal band.  It is a presentation worth hearing at least once.  That is due largely to its one new song, ‘The First Soldier.’  The EP’s opener it features the band’s trademark power metal approach as its foundation.  The arrangement in this case stands out because in this case, the arrangement is more akin to works from the likes of Sabaton’s fellow power metal stalwarts Trans-Siberian Orchestra than its heavier works.  That is evidenced through the balance of the keyboards and guitars alongside the vocals.  Of course, the stylistic approach and sound presented here is also akin to the sound of the finale from the band’s most recent album, The War to End All Wars, so it is not an entirely unfamiliar sound and style from the band.

The lyrical theme in this song adds to the interest because it brings forward another previously untold story of World War I.  In the case of this song, it centers on French soldier Albert Severin Roche.  His story is the stuff of movie scripts.  He was an unsuspecting hero for his nation, as he was considered too small to serve in the French army by its heads.  Despite a rough start to his military career, he went on to become quite decorated, capturing nearly 2,000 prisoners at only the rank of a second class soldier by war’s end.  For his work and having been injured in his battles against the enemy, he went on to become known as “The First Soldier” of France and received the Legion of Honor.  It is an outstanding story that adds even more interest to the history of World War I that is otherwise not told.  When this new story is considered along with the familiar and fully engaging and entertaining musical arrangement featured here, the whole makes the song another great new offering from Sabaton.

While the new single featured in this new EP is certain to engage and entertain audiences, the EP’s availability is somewhat problematic.  In researching the record’s availability, it looks to only be available digitally.  It is not listed through the likes of Walmart, Target, and Best Buy.  It is available digitally through Amazon music, but not as a physical single.  From Amazon Music to Apple Music to Spotify and YouTube, audiences can take in the collection through all of the major digital retailers, but not through any physical retailers.  Not everybody wants digital media, so regardless of who made the decision to release the EP this way, the choice can only serve to limit its reach considering there is still very much an audience that prefers the physical object to the digital.  Even with this in mind, this one negative is not enough to doom the EP.

Knowing the somewhat limited availability of Heroes of the Great War is not enough to doom the EP, there is still one more item not examine in its presentation.  That item in question is its overall body.  As noted, the only new song featured in this EP is ‘The First Soldier.’  The six remaining songs that make up the rest of the record’s body are previously released singles from the band’s three most recent albums, The Last Stand, The Great War, and The War To End All Wars.  Bassist and founding member Par Sundstrom said in a recent interview about this EP and its predecessor that the intent with the EPs (and the third coming record in the trilogy) was to bring together the band’s focus on the stories of World War I.  It and its current companion do exactly that, too.  The thing is considering that both EPs pull so much from The Great War, the reality is that the majority of that record is spread across these two presentations.  In reality it makes no sense to go that route considering all of this since the one album has all of the songs on these two EPs in one setting.  The same applies to the songs pulled from The War to End All Wars for this EP and its companion.  One cannot help but wonder why the band and/or label would spread the one album out into two separate EPs when it simply made more sense to have the entire album in one setting.  It really is something confusing.  It would have made much more sense to simply release the two new songs – ‘Father’ and ‘The First Soldier’ – with perhaps some previously unreleased b-sides from those albums’ sessions to justify both EPs.

On the other hand, in combining songs from the noted records in the presented fashions also can be argued to be giving audiences the best of both worlds so to speak.  To that end, that is correct.  This EP does bring together some of the biggest songs from the band’s most recent albums in one place, making for some efficiency so to speak.  At the same time though, it is still undeniable that the EP, in companion with Weapons of the Modern Age, still makes little sense considering that to get the whole effect, audiences would still have to go back and forth between the records to get the two records.  So in essence, it still points to the fact that there is little point to the presentation.  To that end, Heroes of the Great War is not necessarily a new release per se.  It is a presentation worth hearing, but once at best.

Heroes of the Great War, the new EP from Sabaton, is an intriguing new offering from the veteran power metal band.  Much like its current companion in the band’s planned trilogy of EPs, Weapons of the Modern Age, it presents one new single that is fully engaging and entertaining through its musical and lyrical content alike.  While that new track is a positive, the EP’s availability, which is apparently limited to digital only, is problematic.  That is because there are still audiences who prefer the physical object to the digital.  The rest of the songs featured in this EP pair with those in Weapons of the Modern Age to largely flesh out some of the band’s most recent albums.  Bringing those records together is good because it does that.  At the same time when one considers that Weapons of the Modern Age also lifts liberally from The War to End All Wars (the band’s latest album) audiences are getting in the two EPs, a large portion of two of the band’s three most recent albums in separate settings. That actually negates the positive because it requires audiences who want to take in the songs to switch back and forth between the EPs where they could otherwise just take in the songs in one setting each in their respective albums.  To that end, the one new song featured in this the band’s latest EP a presentation that is worth hearing once, but leaves audiences wanting for so much more.

In other news, Sabaton recently announced new dates across its homeland of Sweden and re-scheduled dates for the European leg of its “The Tour To End All Tours,” which is in support of The War to End All Wars. The full list of dates is noted below:

Den Stora Sverigeturen 2023

27.01. SE Övertorneå, Sporthallen (A-Hallen) 

28.01. SE Kiruna, Arena Arctica 

31.01. SE Mora, Idre Fjäll Arena 

02.02. SE Visby, ICA Maxi Arena 

04.02. SE Lindesberg, Lindesberg Arena 

05.02. SE Uddevalla, Agnebergshallen 

06.02. SE Arvika, Parkhallen Folkets Hus 

09.02. SE Nyköping, Rosvalla Arena (A-Hallen) 

10.02. SE Alingsås, Estrad 

11.02. SE Västerås, Västerås Arena 

13.02. SE Karlskrona, Brinova Arena 

14.02. SE Trelleborg, Söderslättshallen 

15.02. SE Vara, Sparbanken Blackbox 

17.02. SE Kungsbacka, Tjolöholms Slott 

18.02. SE Motala, Lokverkstan 

19.02. SE Göteborg, Gothenburg Film Studios 

21.02. SE Växjö, Fortnox Arena 

23.02. SE Ystad, Ystad Arena 

24.02. SE Eksjö, Olsbergs Aren 

25.02. SE Lund, Sparbanken Skåne Arena 

The Tour To End All Tours 2023 

presented by Cobra Agency

14.04. UK Leeds – First Direct Arena 

15.04 UK London – OVO Arena Wembley 

16.04. UK Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena 

18.04. UK Glasgow – OVO Hydro 

21.04. FR Paris – Zenith 

22.04. DE Frankfurt – Festhalle 

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 

09.05. PL Lodz – Atlas Arena 

10.05. CZ Ostrava – Arena Ostrava 

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 

Heroes of the Great War is available now.  More information on the EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://sabaton.net

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sabaton

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Type O Negative’s ‘Dead Again’ Gets Little New Life In Its Latest Re-Issue

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When Type O Negative first released its seventh album Dead Again in 2007 through Steamhammer, the album proved the be the best performing record of the band’s career, debuting at No. 27 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. Ironically, the album would also end up being the band’s last, as former front man Peter Steele passed away three years later in 2010. The album’s success was likely due to the fact that the album saw such a noticeable change in the album’s arrangements, leaning in more directions throughout its body.
A year after its initial release, Steamhammer re-issued the album with a bonus DVD front loaded with bonus live content, interviews and music videos. Now 14 years after that re-issue’s release, Nuclear Blast Records is scheduled to re-issue the album again in a new anniversary presentation with much of the bonus live content featured in the 2008 re-issue. That bonus content being at the center of the album’s latest re-issue, it will be the focus of this review. The content itself is a positive and will be discussed shortly. The presentation of that content however, is somewhat problematic. This will be discussed a little later. The band’s performances of the songs is, together with the songs themselves a positive worth noting, too. It will be examined a little later, too. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album. All things considered, they make this latest re-issue of Dead Again leaving audiences honestly wanting for a little more.

Nuclear Blast Records’ forthcoming re-issue of Type O Negative’s 2007 album Dead Again is sadly, a celebration of an impressive album that does not do the record full justice in its new release. That is not to say that the record is a total loss. The bonus live content featured with the record is the primary reason that it survives. Totaling 10 tracks in all spread across more than an hour and 10 minutes, the bonus live performances featured here were largely carried over from the album’s 2008 re-issue from Steamhammer. The songs pull from almost all of the band’s albums up to that point, save for its 1991 debut album, Slow, Deep and Hard. In other words, the songs present a relatively clear cross section of Type O Negative’s catalog up to that point. The only difference between the content in that 2008 re-issue and this re-issue is that that Wacken content featured in that release was on DVD while it is strictly on CD in this case. So in short what audiences get in the bonus content is largely the same content featured in that 2008 re-issue. It means that audiences who did not get their hands on the 2008 re-issue will not be losing out, nor will those who did get the re-issue.

Now while the bonus content featured in this re-issue is a direct carry over from the 2008 re-issue of Dead Again, the presentation of the content is problematic. Maybe it is just this critic’s own audio equipment, but the audio mix of this content is a concern. Far too many times in each performance, it seems like Steele’s vocals are being washed out by the instrumentation. This happens both in the 2007 Wacken Festival performances and the other live performances. As a side note, it should be pointed out that there is no indication anywhere in the liner notes about where and when the other live performances were recorded, so that is another problem in itself. Getting back to the audio mix and production, the sound, again, is a concern. It leaves one wondering if the audio was already such an issue in the album’s 2008 re-issue. If it was and nothing was done, then someone definitely should be held accountable. If not, then someone should be held just as accountable for allowing it to be so muddied. It is enough to make a person want to skip through the songs just to see if the next song is any less messy.

As problematic as the sound issue is with the live content’s re-issue, it is not enough to doom the re-issue. To that end, there is still at least one more positive to note. That positive is the band’s performance of the live content. One thing that is indisputable from one live performance to the next is the dedication that the band put into each song. The band members give each song their fullest attention, ensuring audiences are fully engaged and entertained. What’s more, Steele’s playful banter with the audiences show just how laid back he was. It exemplifies why so many people respected him as a front man and person. The result of those positive performances is a general effect that together with the songs themselves, makes them worth hearing at least once. To that end, audiences who already own either the original 2007 release or its 2008 re-issue would be well advised to just hold onto those releases.

Nuclear Blast Records’ forthcoming 25th Anniversary re-issue of Type O Negative’s Dead Again is an interesting presentation. That is due entirely to its featured bonus live content. The bonus live content featured here is a direct carry over from the album’s 2008 re-issue. The only difference between the re-issues is that the Wacken 2007 performances were on DVD in the album’s 2008 re-issue and on CD in this re-issue. The fact that the same material was carried over ensures that no audience is left out regardless of whether they own the 2008 re-issue. The audio mix of the live content is problematic to say the very least. Far too often throughout the 10 total live performances, it seems like Peter Steele’s vocals were washed out by his band mates. That is not a stab at them by any means. Rather it is a concern on the side of those charged with ensuring the best possible audio quality in each performance. The band’s actual performances in each song works with the songs to make for at least a little more engagement and entertainment. The band’s performances themselves ensure audiences engagement and entertainment even despite the issue of the audio. That makes the bonus content at least somewhat appealing. However, it still does not eliminate the concern caused by the audio mix. To that end, this bonus content that accompanies Dead Again‘s latest re-issue does a little at best to fully celebrate what was and is one of the most important of Type O Negative’s albums if not its most important.

Dead Again is scheduled to be re-issued Friday through Nuclear Blast Records. More information on the album’s re-issue is available along with all of Type O Negative’s latest news at:

Website: https://typeonegative.net

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/typeonegative

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‘Of Kingdom And Crown’ Is One Of Machine Head’s Best Albums To Date

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Machine Head is back.  More than four years after the release of the band’s then latest album, Catharsis, the band released its 10th album, Of Kingdom and Crown Friday through Nuclear Blast Records.  The 13-song album is a solid return to form for front man and founder Robb Flynn, who is now the band’s only original member.  Over the course of the record’s 39-minute run time, its arrangements lift from all of the best of the band’s catalog, musically speaking, while also offering lyrical content that is engaging in its own right.  Flynn and his new band mates – Waclaw Kieltkya (guitar, vocals), Jared MacEachern (bass, vocals), and Matt Alston (drums) – released roughly half of the album’s body in the months leading up to the record’s release, with a total of six of its song debuting between November 2020 and June of this year.  One of the most powerful of those singles is ‘My Hands Are Empty.’  This song will be discussed shortly.   ‘Rotten,’ which comes late in the album, is another notable addition to the record and will be discussed a little later.  ‘Choke On The Ashes Of Your Hate,’ which comes early in the record’s run, is yet another notable addition to the album and will also be examined later.  All three songs noted are key in their own way to the whole of this album’s presentation.  When they are considered along with the album’s other entries, the whole makes this record one of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums and potentially one of the year’s top new albums.

Of Kingdom and Crown, the latest album from Machine Head, is easily among the best of this year’s new hard rock and metal albums.  There is no question about that.  That is made clear from the record’s beginning to its end in its musical and lyrical content alike.  One of the songs that does so well to make that clear is ‘My Hands Are Empty.’  While not recently considered the album’s lead single, it was, in hindsight, the first of the new songs that would end up on the album in its release way back in November 2020.  It should be noted here that while Matt Alston is currently handling drumming duties for the band, the drums in this song’s arrangement were handled by Navene Koperweis (Animals As Leaders, Whitechapel, Entheos).  The arrangement overall features a sound and stylistic approach that, as Flynn noted at the time of the single’s release, is comparable to works from the band’s 2003 album, Through The Ashes of Empires.  That is evidenced through Flynn’s distinct growling vocals and the richness created through the pairing of the guitar and bass alongside those pummeling drums.  The addition of the choral effect to the mix adds even more to that sense.

Lyrically speaking, Flynn explained that the song tackles the issue of opioid abuse.

“I have some family members who have beaten their opioid addiction, and have some still in the throes of addition,” Flynn said. “it is painful to watch, and I deal with it with great difficulty.  It is a song of sadness, but there is hope as well.  I have beaten my own drug addictions and we can fight through this together and share our pain with the world.”  The mention in the song’s chorus that “My hands are empty/Lies so pretty/Kill me gently” points directly to the emotional struggle.  It is an allusion to someone feeling left with nothing as a result of so many struggles.  In this case the struggles are with addiction, being at the bottom of that proverbial barrel.  The mention of powders and pills in the song’s second verse, along with watching someone slowly die is that direct reference to watching people Flynn knows struggling with addiction.  Seeing them “Disintegrate/You/Right before my eyes” and the emptiness haunting him makes that painful picture all the fuller.  That overall lyrical picture, along with the power and emotion in the song’s musical arrangement makes fully clear why this song stands out among the album’s singles.

‘My Hands Are Empty’ is just one of the songs that stands out in Machine Head’s new album.  ‘Rotten’ is another notable addition to the record.  Its musical arrangement immediately takes audiences back to the band’s debut 1994 album, Burn My Eyes.  The crunch of the guitars, and the pairing of the bass and drums really leads even more to that comparison.  Flynn himself is even quoted through Apple Music as saying the arrangement came about during the band’s recent tour in celebration of Burn My Eyes’ 25th anniversary while also making his own comparison to works from Exodus’ 1989 album, Fabulous Disaster.

Considering the fire in the song’s arrangement, it makes the song’s lyrical content all the more interesting.  That is because Flynn left interpretation of the song’s lyrical content to audiences.  The mention of sitting, holding the “gun in hand/Barrel to the temple” leads to the sense that this song is lyrically taking on the blend of anger and desperation that comes with such suicidal thoughts.  The anger comes as Flynn screams, “Everything is rotten to the core” in the song’s chorus.  His further mention of feeling such anxiety, “heart racing/My throat’s constricting” even more seems to hint at those mixed feelings.  If in fact, this is the picture that Flynn is trying to paint here, that of someone sitting there, feeling so much anger and sadness, anxiety and confusion all at once, then he has done quite well.  That is because mental health is such a prevalent matter, and that constantly deserves attention.  To that end, the overall picture painted through the song’s musical and lyrical content makes the whole here stand out just as much as ‘Empty Hands’ and the rest of the album’s offerings.

As much as ‘Rotten’ does to make Of Kingdom and Crown a powerful new offering from Machine Head, it is hardly the last of the record’s most notable works.  ‘Choke on the Ashes of Your Hate’ is yet another example of how much this record has to offer.  The musical arrangement featured in this song is, again, influenced by Exodus according to Flynn.  He compared the intensity of the song’s arrangement to that of works from Exodus’ debut 1985 album, Bonded by Blood.  Interestingly enough, that album’s title track (and much of the album) actually sounds more akin to early Metallica than Machine Head.  To that end one could argue that this song is just as much akin to early Metallica as early Exodus.  That is meant in the most complimentary fashion, too.

Lyrically, this song goes in a completely different direction from those of the other songs examined here.  Flynn said in an interview about the song, that it was influenced by the Japanese anime series, Attack on Titan.  He said the song is part of what is apparently a bigger semi-conceptual approach to this album that is based on that series and that the lead song focuses on two characters who both start out good but turn bad because of the bad things that happened personally to them.  It is an interesting concept of there really being that there is no real “good” or “bad” guy in stories or in life.  That concept, together with the song’s powerful musical arrangement, makes it stand on its own unique merits.  When it is considered along with the other songs examined here and with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes the album overall an unforgettable new offering from Machine Head that is among the best of the band’s albums to date.

Of Kingdom and Crown, the latest album from Machine Head, is an impressive return for the band, considering the stark departure that the band took on its predecessor, 2018’s Catharsis.  The album is a full-on return to form for Flynn and his current band mates.  That is evidenced through its musical and lyrical content alike.  The songs examined here each make that clear.  When they are considered along with the album’s other songs, the entirety of that body makes Of Kingdom and Crown one of Machine Head’s best albums to date and one of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Of Kingdom and Crown is available now through Nuclear Blast Records. The band is scheduled to join Amon Amarth on the road this fall in Europe, with each band promoting its own new album.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

SEPTEMBER
Thursday 8 – NOTTINGHAM, UK, Motorpoint Arena
Friday 9 – CARDIFF, UK, Motorpoint Arena
Saturday 10 – LONDON, UK, The SSE Arena, Wembley
Monday 12 – MANCHESTER, Uk AO Arena
Tuesday 13 – DUBLIN, Ireland, 3Arena
Friday 16 – ZURICH, Switzerland, Hallenstadion
Saturday 17 – VIENNA, Austria, Stadthalle
Sunday 18 – KRAKOW, Poland, Tauron Arena
Tuesday 20 – TALLINN, Estonia, Saku Arena
Wednesday 21 – HELSINKI, Finland, Ice Hall
Friday 23 – OSLO, Norway, Spektrum
Saturday 24 – STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Hovet
Monday 26 – COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Forum Black Box
Tuesday 27 – HAMBURG, Germany, Barclays Arena
Wednesday 28 – FRANKFURT, Germany, Festhalle
Friday 30 – OBERHAUSEN, Germany, König Pilsener Arena

OCTOBER
Saturday 01 – BERLIN, Germany Velodrome
Sunday 02 – AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Afas Live
Tuesday 04 – MILAN, Italy, Lorenzini District
Thursday 06 – BARCELONA, Spain, Sant Jordi
Friday 07 – MADRID, Spain, Vistalegre
Saturday 08 – LA CORUNA, Spain, Coliseum
Sunday 09 – LISBON, Portugal, Campo Pequeno
Wednesday 12 – PARIS, France, Zenith
Friday 14 – MUNICH, Germany, Olympiahalle
Saturday 15 – LEIPZIG, Germany, Arena
Sunday 16 – PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Tipsport Arena
Tuesday 18 – BUDAPEST, Hungary, Barba Negra
Thursday 20 – ESCH SUR ALZETTE, Luxembourg, Rockhal
Friday 21 – BRUSSELS, Belgium, Forest National
Saturday 22 – STUTTGART, Germant, Schleyerhalle

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‘Totem’ Continues To Cement Soulfly’s Place In Metal’s Upper Echelons

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

A wait of almost four years for new music from Soulfly officially came to an end this month when the band, founded by former Sepultura front man Max Cavalera, released its latest album, Totem.  Released Aug 4 through Nuclear Blast Records, the 10-song record came more than three years after the release of the band’s then latest album, Ritual, which was also released through Nuclear Blast Records.  The band’s 12th album, it shows as much change in its content as the lineup that recorded the LP.  One of the record’s most notable entries comes early in its 40-minute run in the form of ‘Rot In Pain.’  This song will be examined shortly.  Also of note much later in the album’s run is ‘Ecstasy of Gold.’  It will be examined a little later.  ‘Superstition,’ which serves as the album’s opener and lead single, is yet another key addition to the album and will also be examined later.  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here, that collective joins with the rest of the album’s entries to make Totem in whole one of Soulfly’s best albums to date.

Totem, Soulfly’s latest album, is a powerful new entry from the band.  Coming almost four years since the release of the band’s then latest album, Ritual, the record shows a certain amount of growth from the band both in terms of musical and lyrical content.  ‘Rot In Pain,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is just one of the songs that serves to make that clear.  The song’s musical arrangement is unlike anything Soulfly (in any of its lineups) has crafted over the years.  It is a full-on death metal style composition that hits listeners right from its opening bars.  The pummeling (and sometimes shrieking) guitars pair with the drumming of Max Cavalera’s son Zyon and Max’s own vocal delivery to make the overall composition comparable to works from the likes of Morbid Angel and Entombed just to name a couple of bands in that vein.  Audiences could even make a slight comparison to works from the likes of Exodus along the way, too.  The overall musical presentation makes the song so powerful in itself.

The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical content makes the song all the more powerful.  Max Cavalera talked about the song during a recent interview with Apple Music, noting that it is a song of pure anger.

“It’s about having an enemy and wishing that he would rot in pain – not just die, but die in pain,” said Cavalera. 

This is a topic that is accessible to nearly everyone out there.  Whether it be in the workplace or somewhere else, we all have that one person that is just a complete enemy.  They live to make us (and others miserable) and we wish the absolute worst on them.  To that end, this theme will help any person deal with those despicable people without doing something that could land them in jail.  The full-on anger is presented right from the song’s lead verse in which Cavalera screams, “Arteries open/Festering wound/Bleeding out maggots/Lifeless tomb.”  Yes, that is a pretty graphic visual, but who out there has not had violent visions of what they would like to do to those people who are their enemies?  Again, allowing Cavalera and company to express the anger is therapeutic to a point.  The pure fury continues in the song’s second verse in which Cavalera screams, “Bodies on bodies/Flesh/Worm feasting now on human trash/Disintegrated mindless brain/Acid burns on a hollow face.”  It is all capped off in the song’s chorus, which states, “I feel the need/Wide as the world/Deep as the grave/Cursed be the death that you know/Rot in pain.”  Again, this is complete fury.  This is emotion that everybody has felt at one point or another in life.  Being able to vent that frustration through these accessible words and the equally powerful musical arrangement makes this song stand out so strongly.

‘Rot In Pain’ is just one of the songs that makes Totem stand out.  ‘Ecstasy of Gold’ is another key addition to the album.  It should be noted here that this song is not a cover of the song that was originally used in the timeless spaghetti western flick The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and then made even more famous through Metallica.  This is a completely separate song from that composition.  That is obvious in the song’s arrangement, which is another full-on death metal composition.  While it is a death metal style work on the surface, audiences could also argue that there is a touch of groove metal in the mix, too.  The blending of those separate but still similar styles makes the overall arrangement so impacting and at the same time unique from any of the album’s other entries.

The hard-hitting musical arrangement presented in ‘Ecstasy of Gold’ is just part of what makes the song worth hearing.  The song’s lyrical theme makes for its own engagement.  As Cavalera pointed out during his conversation at Apple Music, the song focuses on the greed that has driven so much of mankind throughout history.

“This one talks about human greed and what gold fever does to a person’s psyche,” said Cavalera.  “Countries were built by gold fever.  There are stories about the Portuguese going to Brazil and totally raping the whole side of a mountain for gold. It’s in all the cathedrals in Portugal right now.” 

In other words, the song is another sociopolitical commentary from Cavalera.  That is nothing new from him and to that end, is something that is certain to resonate with his longtime fans.  The message is most clearly delivered in the song’s chorus in which Cavalera states, “Pounding hate from my hands/My hands/Solar eyes have deceived you/Thirst for wealth bringing pain/Ecstasy of gold remains.”  He even mentions in the song’s lead verse, “Pounding hearts full of grief/Greed of lust has no relief.”  Again, this is a clear illustration of what Cavalera was talking about in his comments.  This is addressing that greed that humans have for not just gold but wealth in general.  It is a fully accessible theme that when paired with the song’s equally powerful musical arrangement, makes the song in whole another example of how much Totem has to offer audiences.

While ‘Ecstasy of Gold’ is a clear example of what audiences have to expect from Totem it is just another example of how much the album has to offer.  ‘Superstition’ is yet another positive example of the record’s positive marks.  The musical arrangement featured in ‘Superstition’ is impressive in its own right as it takes listeners back to Cavalera’s days with Sepultura.  That is evident in the full-on thrash approach taken here.  More specifically, it takes audiences back to the days of Chaos A.D., which is going back quite a way.  Cavalera’s more familiar tribal elements are most prominent in this arrangement than in any other point in the album. 

The lyrical theme featured in the song makes for its own interest.  That is because as Cavalera noted during his interview, it is based on his research into the Superstition Mountains, which he said are not far from where he lives in Arizona.  According to legends, the so-called Lost Dutchman’s mine is located in the Superstition Mountains.  Cavalera’s mention of “Superstition/Harder than stone” is an interesting play on words given the legends of the Superstition Mountains.  What’s more, the fact that few if any other act out there has crafted a song about this topic makes the son stand out even more.  When the song is considered with the rest of the record’s entries, the whole makes Totem an overall successful new entry from Soulfly.

Totem, the latest album from Soulfly is another successful offering from the veteran metal outfit.  That is made clear through its musical and lyrical content.  The songs examined here make that clear.  When they are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes the album yet another welcome addition to Soulfly’s catalog and to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums.

Totem is available now through Nuclear Blast Records.  More information on the album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Amon Amarth Announces New Tour Schedule

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Amon Amarth will hit the road this fall in support of its new, forthcoming album, The Great Heathen Army.

The band announced Tuesday, it will launch the “The Great Heathen Tour” November 11 in Las Vegas, NV in support of the record, which is scheduled for release Aug. 5 through Metal Blade Records. The tour features support from Carcass, Obituary, and Cattle Decapitation, and is expected to run through Dec. 17 in Los Angeles, CA and also features scheduled performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Cincinnati, OH and Seattle, WA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Amon Amarth
THE GREAT HEATHEN TOUR
US HEADLINE RUN W/ CARCASS, OBITUARY AND CATTLE DECAPITATION
Friday, November 11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl*
Saturday, November 12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theater
Monday, November 14 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
Tuesday, November 15 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
Wednesday, November 16 – Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom
Friday, November 18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Saturday, November 19 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
Sunday, November 20 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Tuesday, November 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Wednesday, November 23 – Boston, MA @ MGM Music Hall at Fenway
Friday, November 25 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Saturday, November 26 – Chicago, IL @ The Aragon Ballroom
Sunday, November 27 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady Music Center
Wednesday, November 30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE**
Thursday, Dec 01 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Friday, Dec 02 – Toronto, ON @ History
Saturday, Dec 03 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell
Monday, Dec 05 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
Tuesday, Dec 06 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore
Wednesday, Dec 07- Kansas City, MO @ Uptown
Friday, Dec 09 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
Saturday, Dec 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Monday, Dec 12 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
Tuesday, Dec 13 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Thursday, Dec 15 – Wheatland, CA @ Hard Rock Live
Friday, Dec 16 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
Saturday, Dec 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Kia Forum

*No Carcass
** Non-Live Nation date

The new fall U.S. dates will follow a European run with Machine Head, that is scheduled to run from Sept. 8 in Nottingham, UK to Oct. 22 in Stuttgart, Germany. The Halo Effect is also scheduled to take part in the tour, dubbed the “Vikings and Lionhearts Tour 2022.”

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

SEPTEMBER
Thursday 8 – NOTTINGHAM, UK, Motorpoint Arena
Friday 9 – CARDIFF, UK, Motorpoint Arena
Saturday 10 – LONDON, UK, The SSE Arena, Wembley
Monday 12 – MANCHESTER, Uk AO Arena
Tuesday 13 – DUBLIN, Ireland, 3Arena
Friday 16 – ZURICH, Switzerland, Hallenstadion
Saturday 17 – VIENNA, Austria, Stadthalle
Sunday 18 – KRAKOW, Poland, Tauron Arena
Tuesday 20 – TALLINN, Estonia, Saku Arena
Wednesday 21 – HELSINKI, Finland, Ice Hall
Friday 23 – OSLO, Norway, Spektrum
Saturday 24 – STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Hovet
Monday 26 – COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Forum Black Box
Tuesday 27 – HAMBURG, Germany, Barclays Arena
Wednesday 28 – FRANKFURT, Germany, Festhalle
Friday 30 – OBERHAUSEN, Germany, König Pilsener Arena

OCTOBER
Saturday 01 – BERLIN, Germany Velodrome
Sunday 02 – AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Afas Live
Tuesday 04 – MILAN, Italy, Lorenzini District
Thursday 06 – BARCELONA, Spain, Sant Jordi
Friday 07 – MADRID, Spain, Vistalegre
Saturday 08 – LA CORUNA, Spain, Coliseum
Sunday 09 – LISBON, Portugal, Campo Pequeno
Wednesday 12 – PARIS, France, Zenith
Friday 14 – MUNICH, Germany, Olympiahalle
Saturday 15 – LEIPZIG, Germany, Arena
Sunday 16 – PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Tipsport Arena
Tuesday 18 – BUDAPEST, Hungary, Barba Negra
Thursday 20 – ESCH SUR ALZETTE, Luxembourg, Rockhal
Friday 21 – BRUSSELS, Belgium, Forest National
Saturday 22 – STUTTGART, Germant, Schleyerhalle

The announcement of Amon Amarth’s new tour came less than a week after the band debuted the second single from its new album, which is also the album’s title track. The band debuted the song and its video July 7. The band debuted the album’s lead single, ‘Get In The Ring‘ and its companion video June 2.

The track listing for The Great Heathen Army is noted below.

AMON AMARTH
The Great Heathen Army
Track Listing
1. Get In the Ring
2. The Great Heathen Army
3. Heidrun
4. Oden Owns You All
5. Find a Way or Make One
6. Dawn of Norsemen
7. Saxons and Vikings
8. Skagul Rides With Me
9. The Serpent’s Trail

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

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

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:

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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:

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