Sabaton Debuts ‘Devil Dogs’ Video

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

“The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle.”

So said legendary military leader Gen. John Pershing many decades ago.  Power metal band Sabaton paid tribute to the United States Marine Corps in its latest album The Great War (2019) in the aptly titled song ‘Devil Dogs,’ and the band debuted the song’s companion video over the weekend.

The video features the band’s new single playing over footage of the band’s most recent North American tour, which featured audiences of all ages in attendance at the shows.  From a young girl with her father, to an elderly woman to a deaf interpreter helping her friend appreciate the band’s performance, audiences of all types and ages were in attendance at the shows, as the footage reveals.

Bassist Par Sundstrom talked about the video treatment in a recent interview.

”Filmed during our last tour in North America this video really shows how good the vibe is in the audience when we play; Young and old people singing together and jumping along to our songs every night,” he said. “I think anyone can see that we love what we do and we cannot wait to do it all again.”

‘Devil Dogs’ is just the latest single and video pulled from The Great War.  The album most recently saw the song ‘The Attack of the Dead Men‘ receive its own live video.

Also released as singles from the album are: ‘Great War,‘ ‘82nd All The Way,’ ‘The Red Baron,’ ‘Fields of Verdun,’ and ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom.’  In related news, Sabtaon’s Nuclear Blast Records label mate Amaranthe debuted its own cover of ’82nd All The Way’ in January.

In other news, Satabon recently announced a new live schedule set to launch Jan. 22 that will take the band across its homeland of Sweden.  The tour is scheduled to run through Feb. 27.  It is noted below.

Sundstrom noted of the upcoming dates, they are meant to make up for the dates lost due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“We realized that 23 shows were not enough to cover Sweden properly, so we decided to add a few more,” he said.  “The tour has now grown to 29 dates, making it our largest tour in Sweden so far and probably the largest tour by any metal band.  Several of the already announced shows had sold out in the first week, and we are so damn happy and proud to see your enthusiasm about this tour!”

SABATON live in Sweden 2021:

22.01.              SE        Karlstad – Nöjesfabriken
23.01.              SE        Örebro – Conventum
25.01.              SE        Umeå  – Idun, Folkets hus
26.01.              SE        Östersund – Folkets hus
28.01.              SE        Piteå – Pite Havsbad
29.01.              SE        Luleå – Kulturens hus
30.01.              SE        Skellefteå – Folkparken
01.02.              SE        Helsingborg – Sundspärlan
02.02.              SE        Malmö – Slagthusetmmx
03.02.              SE        Halmstad – Live
04.02.              SE        Trollhättan – Folkets Hus
06.02.              SE        Ronneby – Klubb Ron
07.02.              SE        Eskilstuna – Lokomotivet
08.02               SE        Uppsala – Uppsala Konsert & Kongress *NEW
09.02.              SE        Huskvarna – Folkets Park
10.02.              SE        Kristianstad – Södra Kasern
12.02.              SE        Älmhult – Arenan
13.02.              SE        Borås – Ahaga
14.02.              SE        Linköping – Konsert & Kongress
15.02.              SE        Kalmar – Kalmarsalen
17.02.              SE        Norrköping – Flygeln
18.02.              SE        Gävle – Gasklockorna
19.02.              SE        Borlänge – Galaxen
20.02.              SE        Falun – Magasinet
22.02.              SE        Sundsvall – Avenyn *NEW
24.02.              SE        Värnamo – Gummifabriken *NEW
25.02.              SE        Mölnlycke – Råda Rum *NEW
26.02.              SE        Karlshamm – Bellevueparken *NEW
27.02.              SE        Skövde – Valhall *NEW

Tickets are available now on https://www.sabaton.net/tour/

Additional dates in Russia and Belarus are also planned.  They are noted below, too.

New dates for SABATON in Russia and Belarus:

07.11.      RUS   Chelyabinsk – Entertainment Galaxy
08.11.      RUS   Yekaterinburg – Tele Club
10.11.      RUS   Ufa – Tinkoff Hall
12.11.      RUS   Samara – Zvezda
14.11.      RUS   Volgograd – Vs Club
16.11.      RUS   Nizhny Novgorod – Milo
17.11.      RUS   Nizhny Novgorod – Milo
19.11.      RUS   Voronezh – Arena Hall
20.11.      RUS   Voronezh – Arena Hall
21.11.      RUS   Rostov-on-Don – Krop Arena
23.11.      RUS   Krasnodar – Krop Arena
24.11.      RUS   Stavropol – Major
26.11.      BLR    Minsk – Falcon Club

More information on Sabaton’s upcoming live dates, its new single and all of its latest news is available along with all of its latest news is available at:

 

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Unleash The Archers Debuts ‘Abyss’ Video

Courtesy: Napalm Records

Power metal band Release the Archers debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Abyss‘ Thursday.  The video, directed by Roderick Sobie, features the band performing its new single in a studio setting.  As the band performs, a portal of sorts opens, sucking the band into another dimension, in which it continues to perform the song.

The song’s musical arrangement is an up-tempo composition whose vocals, guitars and time keeping will appeal to fans of bands, such as Sabaton, Battle Beast, and The Agonist.

The band’s new song is the title track from the band’s forthcoming album, which is scheduled for release Aug. 21 through Napalm Records.  Pre-orders for the album are open now.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

 

 

Abyss tracklisting:
1) Waking Dream
2) Abyss
3) Through Stars
4) Legacy
5) Return To Me
6) Soulbound
7) Faster Than Light
8) The Wind That Shapes The Land
9) Carry The Flame (feat. guitarist Andrew Kingsley on guest vocals)
10) Afterlife (feat. orchestration by Francesco Ferrini)

 

 

Vocalist Brittney Slayes talked about the new song in a recent interview.

“This track set the tone for the whole record; conceptually, lyrically, musically, it all started here,” she said.  “[Guitarist] Andy [Kingsley] came up with the opening riff back when we were writing Apex [Abyss‘ predecessor], but I knew right away it didn’t belong on that record.  When we finally started writing Abyss in 2019, this was the first song we wrote and it was the first song I listened to when the record was done. It symbolizes five years of hard work for us, and I think it does a great job of putting the listener in the right place emotionally to start the record. It hints at what the rest of the album is all about, but also doesn’t give it all away, not by a long shot!”

The new single is just one of the topics that Slayes addressed during her interview.  She also talked about how the song plays into the album’s overall lyrical theme and how it ties back to Apex.

“Our protagonist, The Immortal, is once again awakened at the beginning of our story, but this time he is in an unknown place: a ship out in deep space,” she said.  “He wanders alone for a time, reflecting on his misdeeds, searching for his new master. Finally, he finds him, and learns that it is the Grandson of The Matriarch, our antagonist. The Immortal had taken The Grandson’s father away some sixty years before, to be sacrificed by The Matriarch in a ritual to achieve immortality (the events from Apex) and now the Grandson seeks revenge against The Matriarch with the aid of her own weapon, The Immortal.

This album is a classic take on good versus evil, light versus dark, The Grandson versus The Matriarch, but it also uses the ‘person versus self’ literary device in that The Immortal is battling with the good and evil within himself, and must decide in the end if he is simply a tool for others to use, or a man with free will and the ability to choose his own path; a struggle I think every human can relate to,” added Slayes.

More information on Unleash the Archers’ new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://unleashthearchers.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/unleasharchers

 

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Warbringer’s Latest LP Brings Lots Of Musical, Lyrical Firepower For Audiences To Enjoy

Courtesy: Napalm Records

Thrash metal outfit Warbringer is an interesting act.  The band has only been in existence for sixteen years.  Yet in that span, the band has toured the globe with some of the metal community’s biggest names (E.g. Overkill, Soilwork, Exodus), and released six albums, all while going through label and numerous lineup changes.  Most bands can only dream to have done as much as Warbringer in that span of time, what with the average number of albums and associated tours run over that time being three.  Even having done so much in such a short time, the band has not lost its fire.  That is clear in the band’s latest album (it’s sixth), Weapons of Tomorrow.  The 10-song record is a presentation that is everything that audiences have come to expect from Warbringer, both musically and lyrically.  The guitar riffs, vocals, bass work and time keeping come together to make this record just as worthy of applause as any of Warbringer’s past records.  That is evidenced in part early in the record’s 50-minute run in the form of ‘Defiance of Fate.’  This song will be addressed shortly.  ‘Heart of Darkness,’ which comes just past the record’s midpoint, serves as another example of the album’s strength.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Glorious End,’ the album’s finale, is one more way in which this album shows its impact.  It is hardly the last of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘Outer Reaches,’ which focuses on the journey into space, ‘Notre Dame (King of Fools),’ which seems to tell the story of Quasi Modo, and ‘Firepower Kills,’ which really comes across as an indictment of the buildup of the military complex, are also important additions to the album.  When they are considered with the songs noted here and the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of the album proves itself to be a powerful new offering from Warbringer that the band’s fans will appreciate just as much as metal fans in general.

Twelve years ago, thrash metal outfit Warbringer first came onto the metal scene with its debut album War Without End.  In the decade-plus since that album’s release, the band has continued to impress audiences with each following album.  The band’s latest album, Weapons of Tomorrow – the band’s sixth album and eighth overall recording, counting its two EPs – is no exception to that rule.  That is proven through the album’s lyrical and musical content, as is evidenced early on in the album’s fourth track, ‘Defiance of Faith.’  The song’s musical arrangement lends itself to comparisons to Metallica’s timeless thrash anthen ‘Sanitarium’ what with its brooding, reserved approach in the work of guitarists Adam Carroll and Chase Becker.  Drummer Carlos Cruz’s work behind the kit adds even more to that comparison with his controlled performance, as does bassist Chase Bryant.  Given, front man John Kevill’s vocal delivery is more akin to something from perhaps Exodus or Overkill, but it still works in its own right, adding its own touch to the whole to make the arrangement its own strong performance.  The subdued nature of the song’s arrangement is important to note because it serves to help illustrate and translate the story presented in the song’s lyrical content, which is about a man trying to decide which path to take in his life, so to speak.

The story of that subject’s decision is told over the course of its seven-minute-plus run time, with the subject first asking himself about his path.  He says to himself in this verse,  “So far away/the night descends o one more day/I call your name/But no reply/Nothing/How to go on/Why wear a smile upon my face/I try to rise in vain/But I can’t defy/I can’t defy my fate.”  He continues his discussion with himself in the song’s second verse, with just as much emotion, “Can’t find a meaning/In a cold, uncaring world/I long for days/Days that once and never were/My hopes begin to fade/For I can’t defy/I can’t defy my fate.”  Eventually the song’s figure reaches an epiphany, realizing his fate is in his own hands.  This comes in the song’s third verse, as the subject states, “But will I lay down as my life passes by?/Or will I raise up my fist to the sky/I will not go silently into the dark/My flame will burn brighter than all of the stars/I will stand tall/I will not go silently/I will be known/My flame will burn bright/So bright/You will know my name/You will hear my voice/My life will have meaning/I have made my choice/Now I stand defiant/I stand in defiance of fate/For all of time/My will and my spirit remain.”  What’s really interesting here is that as the song’s subject gains his emotional and mental footing, so does the energy increase in the song’s arrangement, helping to illustrate the determination and confidence that is rising in the song’s subject.  Keeping all of this in mind, it is clear that a lot of thought was put into the song on both  sides.  Even more important to note here is that while this is just a story, it is a story to which listeners can relate, as it reminds listeners to not give up when they are in those situations in which they are feeling so much doubt.  To that end, the song proves even more important to the whole of Weapons of Tomorrow.  Whether making that connection was manifest from the band is anyone’s guess, but regardless, it is a connection that listeners can relate.  Keeping that in mind, this song is clearly an important addition to the album, and just one of the record’s most notable works.  ‘Heart of Darkness’ is another of the songs featured in Weapons of Tomorrow that makes the record worth hearing.

‘Heart of Darkness’ is notable because it stands out from the rest of the album’s songs just as much musically as it does lyrically.  Where ‘Defiance of Fate’ boasted a very Metallica-esque influence in its arrangement, this song’s arrangement is more of a 21st-century work.  It continues the band’s trend of experimenting with more black metal elements alongside its trademark thrash metal sound.  The two elements are well-balanced here, making the whole a work that is unique within the confines of the album and when compared to works from Warbringer’s thrash counterparts.  That combination makes this arrangement another work that audiences will appreciate just as much as the album’s other entries.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The foreboding sound presented through the song’s arrangement does well to help evoke the feeling in the song’s lyrical content.

The lyrical content featured in ‘Heart of Darkness’ seems to reference author Joseph Conrad’s timeless novella written by the same name.  The novella took on the themes of imperialism and racism.  At the same time, while the title of that publication is referenced here, the actual lyrical content seems to address more, the history of mankind on one another.  It can just as easily be likened to the influence of the Spanish on certain other societies, Europeans on native cultures in America (and Africa) and even the British on peoples of other nations.  In other words, it is a theme that connects to reality in so many avenues.  To that end, the two topics ironically intertwine with one another seamlessly.  The song states of that history in its lead verse, “Far into the unknown/They find this land/Yet unspoiled by time/Its people quite defenseless/Its riches ripe for the taking/They brought the torch/They brought the sword/To seek their fame/To seek reward/They venture into the jungles and mists/And blinded, they see/Only an infinite darkness.”  The story continues in its second verse with what seems to reference the atrocities of slavery in America, stating, “The crack of whips/The clack of chains/To bring the light/But why such pain/To rule by force and domination/And then to speak of civilization/The ivory face/The eyes so cold/The lust for power/The glimmer of gold/There lies a sickness deep in the soul/One glance in the mirror/Reveals an infinite darkness.”  In hindsight, the mention of “the lust for power/The glimmer of gold” might in fact make this a reference to the mistreatment of Native Americans by white Americans of European descent.  Either way, the picture of that mistreatment by one group to another is clear and powerful.  The song’s powerful story continues in its third verse, as Kevill “sings,” “Stained human soul/Which no one can disguise/What evil lurks in the recesses of the mind/Would you chain another/If you gained from their demise/To peer into this darkness means to face the horror/The horror within us all/Far/So far into the unknown/The hateful seeds that have been sown/The quest for wealth/That grim desire/The severed hands/The homes afire/Through the years, an unending stain/The crack of whips/The clack of chains/And even today, the echo remains/Witness the still-beating heart/Heart of darkness.”  Again, what is being addressed here is imperialism and racism throughout history from one group’s oppression of another to another group’s oppression of others.  It is a very unique way in which this familiar topic has been approached here.  Together with the song’s musical arrangement, the topic is even more impacting.  In turn, the song becomes another clear example of what makes Weapons of Tomorrow worth hearing.  It is just one more of the album’s most notable entries.  The record’s finale, ‘Glorious End’ is one more example of the album’s strength.

‘Glorious End’ stands out because while its musical arrangement does present more of the band’s familiar thrash sound – coupled with more black/death metal influence – the song’s lyrical content presents its own unique tale.  The tale here is that of a young man growing up and going off to war in World War I.  It is a story that will appeal widely to fans not only of Warbringer, but also to fans of Sabaton.  At the same time, it is also an indictment of war and what it causes.  The song’s subject states in the song’s lead verse, “I hear the call to arms/I shall answer at once/My brothers, now we march/Toward the sound of the guns/yes, men will die/But I will not be afraid/I remember the words that my father told me/My son, you must be brave/Your steel must be true/And upon that field of war, my son/You know what you must do.”  The story continues with the song’s subject paying tribute to his father, stating, “My father, my father/Your sons will stand tall/We will return to home/In victory or not at all/For I am no coward/I will laugh at death again/No onward my brothers/To our glorious end/Oh, the banner stands so tall/What glory awaits us all.”  The story continues even more over the course of the song’s nearly seven-minute run time, but does not have a happy ending.  The young soldier eventually dies as a result of a chemical attack. He and his fellow soldiers were gassed.  As the young man dies, he says, “My father, are you proud?/truly a glorious end/Into a silent tomb I fall/What glory awaits us all/Tell me father, have you lied?/this is no way for a soldier to die/Was there a meaning when I fell/Where is the glory/Where is the glory for me?”  Again, this becomes an indictment of war and its effects.  It is a not so veiled statement about those who blindly go off and serve out of their own inflated sense of patriotism and self aggrandizement.  It is a powerful statement that, when considered along with the album’s opening statement about the buildup of the industrial military complex, adds even more impact from the album.  Considered along with the rest of the songs noted here and the rest of the album’s offerings, the record in whole proves itself to be a record that will appeal widely to Warbringer’s fans, those of the thrash realm and of the metal world in general.  Simply put, it makes itself an easy candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Warbringer’s latest full-length studio recording Weapons of Tomorrow is an engaging and enjoyable new offering from the young thrash metal veterans.  That is proven through the record’s musical and lyrical content, as is evidenced through the songs examined here.  When those songs are considered along with the rest of the album’s offerings, the album in whole becomes another positive offering from Warbringer that boasts plenty of its own musical and lyrical firepower.  The album is available now through Napalm Records.  More information on Weapons of Tomorrow is available along with all of Warbringer’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Websitehttp://www.warbringermusic.com

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

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

AMARANTHE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL SHOWS

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

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

 

 

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Websitehttp://www.amaranthe.se

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

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Amaranthe debuted a new video this week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

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

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

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

 

Website: http://www.amaranthe.se

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/amaranthemetal

 

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Dragonforce’s New LP Is An “Extreme”-ly Enjoyable New Offering

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Veteran power metal outfit Dragonforce returned with its latest full-length studio recording late this past September.  The group’s new album Extreme Power Metal – the band’s eighth album – comes almost three years after the release of its most recent album, Reaching Into Infinity (2017).  The 10-song, 52-minute record is a presentation of everything that makes power metal so great despite it being so cheesy.  The band embraced that cheese-factor completely here for the most part.  Though there was at least one serious moment late in the album’s run in the form of ‘Remembrance Day.’  For those who may be less familiar with history, Remembrance Day is the European equivalent to Veterans Day.  For all the American songs about Veterans Day and Memorial Day, this song gives its own take on one of the world’s most important moments in history, and definitely stands out in this record.  It is just one of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘Heart Demolition’ fully embraces that full-on cheese of 80s power metal but makes it even better, too.  It deserves its own share of attention.  ‘Cosmic Power of the Infinite Shred Machine’ boasts its own positives along with the other noted songs and the rest of the album’s offerings.  When it is considered alongside those works, the whole of this album proves to be a work that Dragonforce’s fans will enjoy just as much as power metal fans in general.

Dragonforce’s  latest full-length studio recording Extreme Power Metal is an *ahem* “extreme”-ly enjoyable work from this veteran power metal outfit.  From the video-game inspired works ‘The Last Dragonborn’ and ‘In A Skyforged Dream’ to the Starship Troopers inspired ‘Troopers of the Stars’ to the wildly amped up cover of Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’ and beyond, this record offers everything that makes power metal so delightfully cheesy yet enjoyable at the same time.  For all of the cheese already noted, the album does have at least one slightly more serious moment late in its run in the form of ‘Remembrance Day.’  The song is a moving tribute to those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice.  As the title notes, it is centered on Remembrance Day, the European equivalent to America’s Veterans Day.  The song’s musical arrangement instantly lends itself to works from the likes of Manowar, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and other similar acts with its bagpipes, soaring guitars, cymbal accents and equally powerful vocals (especially in the choruses).  It is a moving work that easily stands out as one of this record’s most notable entries and will certainly move any listener emotionally thanks to that arrangement.  The arrangement is just part of what makes the song so moving.  Its lyrical content is just as powerful as its musical content.

Front man Marc Hudson sings in the song’s lead verse, “Fallen souls in fields afar/Eternal hearts afire/Rows and rows of endless ghosts/Their memories inspire/Dreams of glory/Dreams of war/A generation died/Through the trenches, hear their songs/And wear their badge with pride/Stand up and fight/March at first light/Into the great battle we ride/Onwards tonight/Wait for the strike/Brothers in arms we unite/Guardians of heaven/In the night sky together/Remembered forever/Through the centuries of time/Honor and glory/We salute you the fallen/United we stand/The hearts of great men/We’ll raise our flag high/For the heroes lost in time.”  Hudson continues in the song’s second verse, “Photographs of sons long gone/A dusty picture frame/Crosses stand on foreign lands/their memories never fade/Fields now green which once were scarred/A million warriors lay/Hear the stories gone untold/On this remembrance day.”  He adds in the song’s final verse, “For the King, for our Queen/For the glory of our great country/Over land, on the sea/For our homeland we fight/Fight to be free.”  This is a very well-written work and tribute to those who served and gave the ultimate sacrifice during World War I.  Given, it is aimed mostly at the European forces who served during the war, but it leaves even American audiences thinking about their own ancestors who served alongside those British and other Allied forces who fought to keep the world free from tyranny.  It is a work that will certainly last just as long as the memory of those brave warriors, and is just one example of what makes this five-minute-plus opus such an important part of Extreme Power Metal’s whole.  ‘Heart Demolition’ is another of the album’s most noteworthy works.

‘Heart Demolition’ is a standard song about a broken relationships, but rather than just being the run-of-the-mill “oh woe is me” sort of song, the band has made this work into a positive work both musically and lyrically.  This song’s arrangement easily lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Stratovarius, with its full-on shredding, near warp speed drumming, and bombastic guitar solos and soaring vocals.  The energy in the song’s arrangement makes it a work that also gives it a certain 80s hair metal vibe that works just as well as the more power metal element in the composition.  The whole of the arrangement’s elements makes the work in whole its own standout opus that is sure to be another fan favorite.  Of course the song’s arrangement is just one part of what makes it stand out.  As noted, this song is another familiar work that focuses on the issue of a broken relationship.  The catch is that the song doesn’t take the standard oh woe is me attitude that so many breakup songs take.  Rather, it takes a more positive note in this case.

Hudson sings in the song’s lead verse, “Sometimes I wonder/If love has a meaning/Feels like the sadness won’t end/Sometimes I wonder/Why do we try/We’re looking for answers in vain/Every step I’ve taken/Led me closer to the edge/And I’ve fallen, I’ve fallen/And there’s no way to return/Lost and mistreated/By your words and by your promises/The lies were ephemeral/But the truth won’t fade away/Live it up, live it up/And I know I’ll find the courage to be free again/The sun comes after rain/Live it up, live it up/The struggle has been real/But now I’ve got/I’ve gotta break these chains/Don’t wanna be another victim of love/No knife through my heart/Why don’t you let me go/Don’t wanna be another victim of love/I’ve done it times before/I won’t get fooled again, and again.”  This is pretty much outright.  This is someone who has gone through a lot of negative emotions in terms of dealing with past relationships, but still sees the positive and has moved beyond those lesser times.  Hudson continues in the song’s second verse, “How many hours have we both wasted/Our life was written in sand/We took our chances, but love turned into hate/Nothing left but anger and pain/Our story turned to poison and we just drank it all/It was burning down our throat/and flowing through our veins/The passion, the fury/Nothing was like it was meant to be/The truth is hard to face/But I’m done looking away.”  From here, he and his band mates return to the song’s chorus, with its more optimistic lyrics before finishing things off just as optimistically in the song’s third and final verse, singing, “And I know it will be fine/And I know that time will heal it all/And one day you will believe again/’Cause I know/Yes, I know/So for now, let it go.”  Again, here we have someone who is moving past the trials and tribulations of that past, broken relationship and who is looking to the future rather than the past.  Given, it’s hardly the first time that any act has ever crafted a song that is directed in a more positive direction, in regards to songs about broken relationships.  That aside, any time any act opts to take that route instead of the standard oh woe is me route, it is something welcome, and it is just as welcome here as from any other act.  The song’s musical arrangement helps to heighten that feeling.  All things considered, they make the song in whole stand firmly on its own merits, and in turn show even more why it is such a strong addition to the record.  Even as positive as the song is, it is just one more of the examples of what makes Extreme Power Metal another strong effort from one of the top acts in the power metal realm.  ‘Cosmic Power of the Infinite Shred Machine’ boasts its own positives.

‘Cosmic Power of the Infinite Shred Machine’ is full-on power shred metal.  From the high-speed drumming to the familiar power chords and general riffing and operatic vocals, it is everything that audiences have come to expect from Dragonforce throughout the course of the band’s existence.  To that end, little else needs to be said of this arrangement.  Rather the focus should be more here on the song’s lyrical content.

Lyrically speaking, this song is full on science fiction.  There are references here to Star Trek (mention of the neutral zone and where no man has gone before) and even the general search for a new world on which to live.  Hudson sings in the song’s lead verse, “Future worlds of magic and mystery/Our eternal path to search/And find out new horizons/Far and wide, to the end of the galaxy/Onwards through time/Striving to find/Answers to all of our dreams/Finding the path through the universe/Under the sign of our true star fleet/A brave new world/A brand new hope/A shining star so far from home/A brighter place/The terra prime/under power of cosmic light/here we stand alone at the frontier/the future of mankind/A brave new world/A brand new hope/A shining star to save our souls tonight.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Realms of fear when our two worlds collide/Someone help us now to find our way out of this black hole/Zero hour to defend what we left behind/Armageddon’s near, but still we answer the call/Lost an alone in the neutral zone/Fear of the doomsday machine/Set the path through the stratosphere/Blazing like fire through the galaxy.”  He adds in the song’s third and final verse, “Lost in the abyss/Out here in the void/The last solar flare/A system destroyed/By the light of the dark inferno/our starship will burn/Where no man has gone before us/And none shall return.”  One could argue that there are references here to Disney’s classic 1979 science fiction flick Black Hole considering the black hole mention, and to Paramount Pictures’ 1951 sci-fi epic When Worlds Collide with the mention of “Realms of fear when two worlds collide.”  Regardless of whether the song is referencing one sci-fi work or many, the fact of the matter remains that this is just a fun, full-on sci-fi work that is sure to entertain the masses.  It will entertain just as much as the band’s tributes to the modern b-flick Starship Troopers, the video game-inspired works ‘The Last Dragonborn’ and ‘In A Skyforged and the band’s take on Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On.’  Between those songs, the work noted here and the rest of the songs featured in this album, it is clear that Dragonforce’s members are not taking themselves seriously by any means this time out, and are just having fun.  That fun translates well here, and leads to audiences having just as much fun listening to the record from start to end.  In the end, listeners will agree that Extreme Power Metal is just as enjoyable a record from Dragonforce as any of the band’s previous works.

Dragonforce’s latest full-length studio album is yet another enjoyable offering from the veteran power metal outfit.  That is proven throughout the record, with its mix of familiar power metal arrangements and through its equally fun lyrical themes.  From songs that were inspired by video games, to songs inspired by science fiction literature and cinema to a wildly entertaining, amped up take on an annoying romance song from an equally annoying singer (Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’) to the seemingly more serious note of ‘Razorblade Meltdown’ and the more positive post breakup song that is ‘Heart Demolition’ and the moving military tribute of ‘Remembrance Day’ and more, the album offers listeners plenty to appreciate throughout its almost hourlong run time.  That is both in terms of the songs’ musical and lyrical content.  Keeping that in mind, the album proves overall, to be an “extreme”-ly enjoyable new offering from Dragonforce.  The band wrapped the UK leg of its tour in support of Extreme Power Metal this week.  It will launch the next leg of its tour across Europe in February.  More information on the band’s upcoming live dates are available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Website: http://www.dragonforce.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Dragonforce

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Suicidal Tendencies Added To Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Lineup

Courtesy:  Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

Organizers with the 2016 Ozzfest Meets Knotfest have added another band to the mega-festival’s lineup.

Veteran hard rock band Suicidal Tendencies has been added to the lineup for the inaugural Ozzfest Meets Knotfest.  It marks the first time that the band has ever taken the stage at Ozzfest in any capacity.  The band will take the place of Children of Bodom, which was originally scheduled to perform on the first day of the double-header festival. The updated lineup for the festival is noted below. Audiences will note that there is even a stage dedicated to late Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister at this year’s festival.

 

OZZFEST Line-up

Saturday, September 24

 

MAIN STAGE:  Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth, Opeth, Black Label Society, and Rival Sons.

LEMMY STAGE:  Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Goatwhore, Huntress, and Dead Cross.

NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE: Municipal Waste, Kataklysm, Nails, The Shrine, and Still Rebel.

KNOTFEST Line-up

Sunday, September 25

 

MAIN STAGE:  Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, and Trivium.

LEMMY STAGE:  Sabaton, Suicide Silence, Overkill, Emmure, Butcher Babies, and Man with A Mission.

NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE:  Whitechapel, Combichrist, Carnifex, Loathe, SIM, and ONI.

 

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest is currently scheduled to be held Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino California.  As a special holiday celebration, fans can purchase single 4-day ticket packs for $84.  The limited-time special is going on now and ends July 4th at 11:59pm PT.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ozzfest.com and http://www.knotfest.com.  More information on the inaugural Ozzfest Meets Knotfest is available online at:

 

 

OZZFEST

 

Website: http://www.Ozzfest.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/theozzfest

 

 

 

KNOTFEST

 

Website: http://www.knotfest.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/knotfest

 

 

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