Disconnected Souls Debuts ‘Dissonant Whispers’ Video

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Independent metal band Disconnected Souls debuted the video for its latest single this weekend.

The band unveiled the video for its single, ‘Dissonant Whispers’ Friday. The video features two young men (played by two of the band’s members) arguing with each other on a sunlit beach over an unknown topic while the band plays its song atop a rocky cliff on the seaside setting. AS the video progresses, one of the men walks away and encounters a group of young witch-type figures. In encountering the women

No information is provided about the video’s story in the news release announcing its debut.

The band debuted the single, which reaches back to the sessions for its 2021 EP, Warning Elements, last month.

The song’s musical arrangement is a unique that immediately exhibits influence from the likes of Epica and Mushroomhead.  That is evidenced in its symphonic instrumentation and contrast of its growling male vocals and more gentle singing.  Audiences could even argue that there is an influence of Evergrey in this single, too.

According to information provided about the new single, its lyrical theme blends references to magic and matters of the mind.

Vocalist Simon Fletcher talked about the band’s new single in a prepared statement.

“I’m delighted to share our new conceptual piece, “Dissonant Whispers” with you!,” Fletcher said. “The origins of this track date back to prior to the completion of our Warring Elements EP, so this has been gently stewing in the background for a while. It’s been nice to have a slower paced approach, contrasting some of our tracks that have been completed in only a few months!

Fletcher added, “I think this is noticeable in the careful crafting of both the orchestral parts and the textural FX layers. There are a lot of undulating parts which contribute to the wide dynamics – all with the aim of taking you on an emotional rollercoaster; as always, we intend to really make an experience for the listener.  So, what are you waiting for? Come and take a spiritual voyage with us into an ethereal realm…”

More information on Disconnected Souls’ new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://disconnectedsouls.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/disconnectedsouls

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/DSbandUK

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Russkaja Debuts New Album’s Second Single

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Russkaja is scheduled to release its new album, Turbo Polka Party Friday through Napalm Records and in anticipation of its release, the band premiered the record’s latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for the album’s second single, ‘Paschli’ Wednesday. The song’s premiere came less than a month after the band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Shapka‘.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Paschli’ continues the band’s tradition of blending its ethnic influences with elements of ska and rock for a unique sound that will engage and entertain the band’s established audiences.

No information was provided about the single’s lyrical theme in the news release announcing the video’s premiere.

The video is another simple presentation. It features the band performing its single with plenty of psychedelic video effects to add to the impact.

In other news, Russkaja is scheduled to launch a European tour in support of its new album later this month. Paddy & The Rats and Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space will serve as support for the tour. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

RUSSKAJA live:
Turbo Polka Party Tour 2023
w/ Paddy & The Rats, Bloodsucking Zombies from outer Space
23.02.23 DE – Nuremberg / Hirsch
24.02.23 DE – Munich / Backstage
25.02.23 CH – Pratteln / Z7 Konzertfabrik
26.02.23 AT – Dornbirn / Conrad Sohm
28.02.23 DE – Leipzig / Werk 2, Halle D
01.03.23 DE – Jena / F-Haus
02.03.23 DE – Hanover / Musikzentrum
03.03.23 DE – Cologne / Kantine
04.03.23 DE – Hamburg / Grünspan
05.03.23 DE – Berlin / Columbia Theater
08.03.23 AT – Linz / Posthof
09.03.23 DE – Bochum / Zeche
10.03.23 DE – Frankfurt am Main / Batschkapp
11.03.23 DE – Stuttgart / Im Wizemann
23.03.23 AT – Salzburg / Rockhouse
24.03.23 AT – Graz / PPC
25.03.23 AT – Vienna / Arena
30.03.23 UK – London / Omeara
01.04.23 UK – Manchester / Deaf Institute
02.04.23 UK – Glasgow / Stereo
03.04.23 IE – Dublin / The Grand Social
04.04.23 UK – Bristol / Lost Horizon
06.04.23 FR – Villeurbanne / CCO
07.04.23 FR – Fontenay-le-Compte / Festival On N’a Plus 20 ans
08.04.23 FR – Paris / Petit Bain
09.04.23 NL – Haarlem / Patronaat

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

Websitehttps://russkaja.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/russkajaofficial

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Telomyras Debuts New EP’s Second Single

Courtesy: Clawhammer PR

Independent metal outfit Telomyras debuted the latest single from its new EP this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Colorless‘ Tuesday. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming self-titled EP, which is scheduled for release Feb. 18 behind the lead single, ‘Cambion.’

The musical arrangement featured in this song is a direct throwback to the great metal sounds of the 80s. The influence of greats, such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest are on full display throughout the composition. The soaring vocals pair well with the instrumentation, too, to make the presentation wholly engaging and entertaining.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the news release announcing the song’s premiere.

More information on Telomyras’ new single and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://telomyras.bandcamp.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/telomyras

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No More Touring For Ozzy For Real: Singer Says Lingering Injury Has Ended His Touring Days

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Ozzy Osbourne shared some sad news with audiences Wednesday in a prepared statement, saying he has had to cancel the upcoming leg of his “No More Tours 2” tour across Europe and the UK, and all future tour plans.

The upcoming tour, which was in support of Ozzy’s latest album, Patient Number 9, was scheduled to launch May 3 in Helsinki, Finland and to run through June 14 in Birmingham, UK. The album was released last year. Judas Priest was set to join Ozzy for the upcoming tour and Ozzy thanked the band as he talked about the cancellation of the tour and any upcoming live plans.

“I want to thank my family……my band…….my crew……my longtime friends, Judas Priest, and of course, my fans for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have,” Ozzy said.

The 74-year-old singer said the decision to cancel the upcoming tour was due to the lingering effects of a spinal injury he sustained four years ago, and that his voice is still working, so he hoped he could at least figure out a way to hold some live performances, if not full blown tours.

“Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way,” Ozzy said. “My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country.”

Osbourne’s full statement is noted below. Refunds for ticket purchases are available at all points of purchase.

“This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans. As you may all know, four years ago, this month, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine.

My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage. My singing voice is fine. However, after three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak.

I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realization that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required. Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really FUCKS ME UP, more than you will ever know.

Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way. My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country.

I want to thank my family……my band…….my crew……my longtime friends, Judas Priest, and of course, my fans for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have.

I love you all…”

More information on Ozzy Osbourne’s future is available along with all of his latest news at:

Website: https://ozzy.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OzzyOsbourne

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Milwaukee Metal Fest Returns; Schedule, Lineup Announced

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More than 15 years after its last run, the famed Milwaukee Metal Fest is scheduled to return this year.

Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta purchased the rights to the festival last year and announced details for the resurrected festival Monday. This year’s three-day festival is scheduled to span May 26-28 and will feature performances from the likes of Lamb of God, Anthrax, and Misery Index.

Jasta said he was looking forward to the festival’s return in a prepared statement.

“The infamous Milwaukee Metal Fest created so many memories, hosted legendary bands, and gave up and comers something to aspire to,” Jasta said. “Memorial Day Weekend 2023 (May 26, 27, and 28) — it returns with a stacked line up and a new lease on life. I cannot wait to see all the bands and hang with everyone in Milwaukee. I’m so grateful for [booking agent] Tim Borror and the Sound Talent Crew; and Leslie, Joe, and everyone at The Rave/Eagles for helping us put this event together. Milwaukee Metal Fest is back! See you in Wisconsin this May!”

Borror shared Jasta’s enthusiasm about bringing back the festival.

“Milwaukee Metal Fest was such a huge part of the metal culture back in the day, and it really helped a lot of bands,” he said. “It was always at The Rave and the combo is iconic. Working with Jamey, the great people at The Rave, and all the bands to bring it back in 2023 is fucking incredible. This is going to be a great event, don’t miss it!”

Tickets are available here. The festival’s lineup is noted below:

MILWAUKEE METAL FEST 2023 LINEUP: 
Lamb of God
Anthrax
Suicidal Tendencies 
Napalm Death
Dark Angel
The Black Dahlia Murder 
Obituary
Shadows Fall 
Corrosion of Conformity
Fear Factory
After the Burial
The Halo Effect
Dying Fetus
Immolation
Crowbar
Vio-Lence
Goatwhore
Jungle Rot
Misery Index
Broken Hope
Terror
Macabre
Gatecreeper
Sanguisugabogg
Frozen Soul
Defeated Sanity
Dying Wish
Khemmis
Undeath
Blood Incantation
Imperial Triumphant
Impaler
Fuming Mouth
Ingrown
HATH
Repentance 
Casket Robbery
Disinter
Thrown Into Exhile
Toxic Ruin

The Milwaukee Metal Fest was first held way back in 1987 and took place annually until 2004 when it ended.

More information on the Milwaukee Metal Fest is available at:

Website: https://milwaukeemetalfestival.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Milwaukee_Fest

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Escape The Hive Takes On Social Media With New Single

Courtesy: Shock Records/Vanity Music Group

Independent rock band Escape The Hive is scheduled to release its new album, This Is Gonna Sting this year, and in anticipation of its pending release, the band debuted the lyric video for the record’s lead single over the weekend.

The band unveiled the lyric video for its single, ‘In Between’ Friday through Brutal Planet Magazine. The video features the song’s lyrics over images related to all things digital, which is a fit with the song’s lyrical theme. That is because, as a news release announcing the video’s premiere states, the song’s lyrical theme centers on the impact and role of social media.

The song’s musical arrangement lifts heavily from so many classic rock influences throughout its nearly three-and-a-half minute run time, but still maintains its own identity separate from the music of those bands. It is surprisingly engaging and entertaining throughout because of that unique identity.

The release date for This Is Gonna Sting is under consideration. When the record is released, it will come through Shock Records and Vanity Music Group.

In other news, Escape The Hive is scheduled to perform live in support of its new album April 28 in support of Angel at the famed Whiskey A Go-Go in Los Angeles, CA.

More information on Escape The Hive’s new single, video, album and upcoming concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/EscapeTheHive.

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Askvader Debuts New Single, ‘Don’t Worry’

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Independent rock band Askvader kicked off the weekend with the premiere of its latest single.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Don’t Worry‘ Friday. The song’s musical arrangement is a composition that will easily engage and entertain any classic rock fan and those of the current neo-classic rock movement. It makes itself comparable to works from the band’s fellow label mates on The Sign Records, The Hawkins and Heavy Feather, as well as fellow neo-classic rock band South of Eden.

According to a statement from the band presented in the news release announcing the song’s premiere, the song’s lyrical theme centers on the matter of existentialism.

“We have created a bombastic and epic piece with beautiful lyrics about solving existential anxiety with a ‘Don’t Worry (about it)’- mindset, something we commonly do in our hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden,” the statement reads.

More information on Askvader’s new single is available along with the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://askvader.com

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

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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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Tempt Premiere’s ‘We Will Rock You Cover’

Courtesy: Better Noise Music

Tempt officially released its cover of the so-called “fast version” of Queen’s timeless single ‘We Will Rock You’ Friday.

The single’s premiere came more than two weeks after the band premiered the video for its take on the song. Tempt guitarist Harrison Marcello said proceeds of sales from the single’s sale will benefit the UK-based animal welfare nonprofit agency, the Save Me Trust. The agency was founded by Queen guitarist Sir Brian May.

Marcello said sending proceeds of the single’s sale to the organization was natural.

 “Although I am an American, I spend a good deal of time with family in the UK countryside and honoring Sir Brian by supporting a UK initiative that he is involved with that also feels local and important to us gives the project extra meaning,” Marcello said. “We hope that Queen fans everywhere will join us and donate and that fans in other countries will reach out to donate to causes that support wildlife in their part of the world.”

Anne Brummer, Save Me Trust Chief Executive Officer, said on behalf of the agency, she was moved that the band is donating to the group.

“We are thrilled that Tempt are supporting Save Me Trust and helping us to continue to give wildlife a voice,” Brummer said. “We love their positivity and the energy they bring to their cover of ‘We Will Rock You’ – rock on!”

More information on Tempt’s new single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://temptband.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Tempband

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/temptband

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The Reed Effects Debuts ‘Megalomania’ Video

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Rock band The Reed Effect kicked off the weekend with the premiere of the video for its latest single.

The band debuted the video for its single, ‘Megalomania‘ Friday. The single is featured in the band’s album, 1973. The record has also produced the singles, ‘Rise Up‘ ‘Trampled Under,’ and ‘Fine Here.‘

The video for ‘Megalomania’ presents the band performing its new single on a stage setting. The presentation is meant to reflect what the band looks like in a live setting.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Megalomania’ is a clear blues-rock style composition. The straight forward approach is immediately infectious. Throughout the composition, the classic rock influences are evident. At the same time, there is something about front man Kirk Reed’s vocal delivery that when set alongside the instrumentation, conjures thoughts of works from the likes of Collective Soul, too. The overall presentation is a fully engaging and entertaining work.

Reed explained the lyrical theme behind the new single, saying it stemmed from personal experiences.

This song, “Megalomania” has to do with some run-ins with a number of acquaintances over the years,” Reed said. “However, I don’t hold any grudges. There’s no point and a waste of my energy. We’re all human and make mistakes and hopefully learn from them. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t challenged with being a megalomaniac myself. Although, I don’t want to make a career out of that.”

More information on The Reed Effect’s new video, single, and album is available along with all of The Reed Effect’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://thereedeffect.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/reedeffect

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/thereedeffect

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