Ill Nino Debuts ‘Mascara’ Video; Announces New Lineup

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“New” is the word of the day for nu-metal band Ill Nino.

The band is back with a new single and lineup. The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Mascara’ Thursday through Loudwire. The single will be available to stream and download Friday.

The video for ‘Mascara’, directed by Hunter Chapman, tells a story that is comparable to something right out of a gangster flick. A man is being interrogated by a really big, scary looking guy who is accusing him of doing something he didn’t do. The interrogation involves a certain amount of torture, so viewer discretion is advised.

The musical arrangement featured in the song presents a sound and stylistic approach that will appeal to fans of Slipknot and Chimera. Its lyrical content, which is featured in Loudwire‘s article, hints that the song centers on the familiar message of someone dealing with people who are not all that they appear.

Front man Marcos Leal discussed the song — which features a guest appearance from Fire From The Gods member AJ Channer — in a prepared statement.

“I’m very stoked to introduce ‘Máscara’ as a great addition to the Ill Nino legacy, and a highlight of my vocal career,” said Leal. “I’m honored to have collaborated with our very good friend and one of my favorite vocalists in the game, AJ Channer, of Fire From The Gods. As someone who’s grown up as a fan of Ill Nino, and as a musician inspired by the band, I take pride and honor in crafting the vocals for the next generation. It’s something fans new and old will appreciate, and I look forward to throwing some chingasos in the pit with our Niño Familia in 2021!”

Ill Nino’s current lineup consists of Leal (vocals), original members Laz Pina (bass) and Dave Chavarri (drums), returning percussionist Daniel Couto, and guitarists Jes DeHoyos (Sons of Texas) and Sal Dominguez (ex-Upon A Burning Body).

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

Website: http://www.illnino1.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/officialillnino

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Knotfest Expanding To Brazil

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Knotfest will head South next year.

The annual hard rock and metal festival will take place Dec. 19 at the Sambodromo do Anhembi in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tickets will go on sales at 10 a.m. Brazil standard time on Nov. 26 here.

Knotfest Brazil was made possible through a partnership between 30 Entertainment and 5B Artists+Media. Slipknot is scheduled to headline the event. It will also feature music from nine other bands across two stages. Additionally, the festival will feature the Knotfest Museum Food Park and Merchandise Store.

Slipknot founding member Shawn “Clown” Crahan said during a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine that Knotfest is “a dark carnival experience. It’s not just the shows, but the environment created around it. It’s all about having fun. A day dedicated to our mentality, our ideas, to the people we want to be with. I’m talking about smells, sights, hearing, your body, everything will be overloaded with stimulation.”

Knotfest Brazil is just the latest iteration of Slipknot’s annual festival. The festival has also taken place in Mexico, Japan, Columbia, and France.

More information on Knotfet.com’s concert series is available online along with all of the latest Knotfest.com news at:

Websitehttp://Knotfest.com

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Kissing Candice Debuts ‘Tapeworm’ Video

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Theatrical horror/Industrial metal band Kissing Candice debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Tapeworm‘ Saturday. the song and video’s debut comes more than four months after the band made its fan favorite song ‘Ghosted‘ available for audiences to download and stream. The band had debuted the song five years ago, but up until that point, had not made it available to fans.

The video finds the band performing its new single in an empty warehouse setting and features some very unsettling visuals such as one of the band members “eating worms.’ The video’s editing does involve some fast-paced shots and shooting style that could impact audiences who suffer from epileptic seizures, so viewer discretion is advised.

Despite the masks and overall horror approach, Kissing Candice is not comparable to bands, such as Mushroomhead, Slipknot, or other masked bands. The song’s musical arrangement is industrial in its approach, but is largely unlike the works from the noted bands. The death metal screams and dub effects couple with the heavy, crunching guitars for a unique musical identity.

Band member “Dreamer” said of the song’s lyrical theme, “People will suck you dry if you let them, this is what that feels like.”

Kissing Candice will make ‘Tapeworm’ available to stream and download Nov. 13. Pre-saves are open.

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Websitehttp://www.kissingcandice.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/Kissingcandice

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/kissing_candice

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Corey Taylor To Celebrate Debut Solo LP’s Release With Livestreaming Concert

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Corey Taylor will celebrate the release of his new solo record next month with a livestreaming performance.

Taylor will hold what is dubbed “Forum or Against ‘Em” Oct. 2.  The streaming performance will come live from The Forum in Los Angeles, CA.  The concert is in support of his forthcoming album CMFT, which is scheduled for release the same day through Roadrunner Records.

CMFT has produced three singles and companion videos in the form of ‘HWY 666,’ ‘CMFT Must Be Stopped (ft. Tech N9ne & Kid Bookie),’ and ‘Black Blue Eyes.’  Pre-orders for the album are open.

The set list for “Forum or Against ‘Em” is expected to feature songs that Taylor has crafted with Slipknot, Stone Sour and with his own solo project.  According to information provided about the upcoming event, it will be a full concert presentation, complete with pyrotechnics and guest performance by the all-female dance troupe The Cherry Bombs.

Tickets for the pay-per-view event are available.  Ticket bundles are also available.  They feature extras, such as a t-shirt, hoodie, poster, and access to an exclusive acoustic set from Taylor.

Taylor said in a recent interview, he was looking forward to the performance.

“I’ve been saying since the beginning, I’d find a way to bring this music and this band to the people,” he said.  “And I’m honored that the forum let us do just that.  It’s CMFT in its entirety.  It’s songs I’ve shared over the years.  It’s a celebration, and I’m so stoked to party with all of you.”

“Forum or Against ‘Em” is presented through a partnership between Danny Wimmer Presents and Taylor’s management company, 5B Artists + Media.

5B Artists + Media Founder/CEO shared Taylor’s excitement about the upcoming performance as he talked about the event.

“When Corey sent me a text saying FORUM OR AGAINST ‘EM I knew we had something truly special and unique,” he said. “The Forum is one of the most iconic venues in the world and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate his debut solo album!”

Additionally, Danny Wimmer Presents Founder and namesake Danny Wimmer said he was also anticipating the concert.

“To do a rock show on this scale, with an icon like Corey Taylor – while putting some of the behind-the-scenes heroes of the concert industry back to work – is an exciting step into the future,” said Wimmer. “We believe that Pay-Per-View is here to stay and we couldn’t think of anyone better to help us launch our new digital platform than Corey Taylor. He’s a global star, and his music with Slipknot and Stone Sour, as well as our amazing relationship with 5B, has helped to fuel DWP’s growth over the past decade. We can’t wait to get this show started.”

More information on Corey Taylor’s upcoming concert and forthcoming album is available along with all of Taylor’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.thecoreytaylor.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/coreytaylorrock

 

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Knotfest.com To Stream Horror Flick ‘Alive’ This Month

Horror movie fans have a new way to get their fix.

Knotfest.com officials have partnered with officials at Cranked Up Films to bring advanced screenings of the horror flick Alive later this month.  The screenings are scheduled to take place Sept. 11-18 through knotfest.com.  Audiences can pre-order the movie here.

Cranked Up Films’ movie should not be confused with the 1993 Paramount Pictures movie, which focused on a Uraguayan rugby team that is forced to resort to very horrific measures after its plane crashes on a snowy mountainside.  Cranked Up Films’ movie focuses on a man and woman  who wake up in a sanitarium with no memory of how they got there.  The facility’s evil operator will stop at nothing to keep the pair inside the building.  However when the duo finally escapes, the horror worsens.

Courtesy: Cranked Up Films

The movie stars Thomas Cocquerel (Kidnapping Mr. HeinekenCelesteTable 19), Camile Stopps (KilljoysHome in TimeLearning to Ride) and Angus McFadyen (BraveheartWe Bought A ZooSaw III).  The story was co-written by Chuck McCue and Jules Vincent.  The pair also co-produced the movie alongside Lars Lehmann (KnuckleballRat RaceExit Wounds) and Michael Peterson (BloodthirstyKnuckleballLloyd The Conquerer).

Rob Grant (HarpoonWar for the Planet of the ApesDeadpool 2) directed Alive.  Grant has won “Best Director” at the HorrorHause Film Festival New York City Horror Film Festival for his work on Alive.

Alive‘s soundtrack was composed by Slipknot member Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown).

A live streaming question and answer session is scheduled to take place September 17 with the cast and host Ryan J. Downey.  The session will allow fans to ask their own questions to the cast.

More information on Alive is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.alivethemovie.com

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

 

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Knotfest.com Adds Amon Amarth Concert To Streaming Series

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Knotfest.com has added Amon Amarth to its ongoing streaming concert series lineup.

The website will feature the band’s 2018 hybrid documentary/live recording The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm at 3 p.m. ET on July 31. As an added bonus, the stream will also feature a live chat with Amon Amarth’s members during the event.  The combo package was released Nov. 16, 2018 through Metal Blade Records.

The documentary takes audiences through the band’s rich history both in studio and on the road, and includes a wealth of interviews with the band through that time.  The double-live recording features two sets from the band, performed at the 2017 Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany.

Guitarist Olavi Mikkonen said in an interview ahead of the package’s release, the band was glad to have both performances together in one setting.

“For the first night, we wanted to write a set that the fans would enjoy by wholly diving into our back catalog, but also keeping it interesting,” Mikkonen said.  “Putting the two shows together also made us realize that we had a lot of songs to choose from!”

The original trailer for the package is streaming here.

More information on The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm is available now online along with all of Amon Amarth’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Websitehttp://www.amonamarth.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/amonamarth

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/amonamarthband

 

 

 

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Red Fang Concert Added To Knotfest.com Streaming Concert Series

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Knotfest.com has added another full live concert to its ongoing concert streaming series.

The website will present a full-length streaming performance by Red Fang Friday.  The performance was originally recorded at 2014 Resurrection Fest in Viveiro, Spain.  the concert stream is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. ET.

In other news, the band has announced that in its effort to show solidarity with the African-American community, it will donate 100 percent of sales from its online store through July 25 to NAACP.org.

The band talked about its upcoming stream and its efforts to assist the NAACP in a prepared statement.

“Red Fang want to thank Knotfest for having them be a part of this stream,” the statement reads. “With this opportunity we also wanted to say equal rights are human rights which has lead us to this initiative to donate all online merch sales until July 25th to http://www.naacp.org. ”

Along with its upcoming stream and its efforts to assist the NAACP, Red Fang also recently announced it will debut a new single next week through AdultSwim.com.

More information on Red Fang’s upcoming live stream is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://redfang.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/redfang

 

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Jinjer, Judas Priest Added to Knotfest.com Live Streaming Concert Series

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Knotfest.com is continuing its live streaming concert series this month with two more concerts.

Up first in this month’s schedule of live shows is Jinjer’s March 5, 2020 show held at Max Watts in Melbourne, Australia.  Now audiences will get to see that performance through Knotfest.com at 5 p.m. ET July 9.

The second of this month’s live streaming shows through knotfest.com is Judas Priest’s full concert recording, Battle Cry, which was released on DVD and Blu-ray March 25, 2016 through Epic Records.  The concert featured in the recording was originally recorded on Aug. 1, 2015 at the annual Wacken Open Air Festival.

The set list that is featured in Battle Cry doesn’t just focus on the band’s then most recent album Redeemer of Souls.  Instead the band attempts to cover as much of its expansive body of work as possible over the course of its ninety minute run time.

Judas Priest’s performance is scheduled to stream 3 p.m ET on July 17 through knotfest.com.

Knotfest.com’s ongoing concert series has already featured performances from Slipknot, Lamb of God, Trivium, Behemoth, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, Kreator, King Diamond, Carnifex, Suffocation, Suicide Silence, and In Flames.  The concerts have helped raise money to charities that help with COVID-19 relief efforts.

More information on Knotfet.com’s concert series is available online along with all of the latest Knotfest.com news at:

 

Website: http://Knotfest.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/knotfest

 

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Hannah Williams & The Affirmations’ New LP Towers Over Its Counterparts In Phil’s Picks 2019 Top 10 New Albums List

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As the year finally winds down its final days, the attention for many companies turns to the new year and the new crop of records already planned for the first quarter of the year.  As attentions turn to thew new year and its new albums, attention should also remain on the current year’s albums.  This year produced so many standout records from across the musical universe.  From rock and hard rock to pop to neo-soul and more, the offerings presented to audiences were many to say the very least.  Keeping that in mind, any critic will agree assembling the list of the year’s top new albums overall is a chore, but one that must happen.  This year’s top new albums are mainstream and independent alike, at least on this critic’s list.

Hannah Williams & The Affirmations easily made their way onto this critic’s final musical year-ender list with their new album 50 Foot Woman as did Slipknot, Sara Potenza and even Joel Ross.  Again, this list was anything but easy to assemble, but it did finally come together.  It is presented here complete with five honorable mention titles.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2019 Top 10 New Albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2019 TOP 10 NEW ALBUMS

  1. Hannah Williams & The Affirmations — 50 Foot Woman
  2. Devin Townsend — Empath
  3. Slipknot — We Are Not Your Kind
  4. Joel Ross — Kingmaker
  5. Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis — Jazz & Art
  6. Lakou Mizik — HaitiaNola
  7. Diana Panton — Cheerful Little Earful
  8. Am I Dead Yet? — Am I Dead Yet?
  9. Carlos Santana — Africa Speaks
  10. The Magpie Salute — Highwater II
  11. Tedeschi Trucks Band — Signs
  12. The Sh-Booms — The Blurred Odyssey
  13. Sara Potenza — Sara Potenza
  14. Wargirl — Wargirl
  15. Hootie & The Blowfish — Imperfect Circle

 

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Sherman’s Studio’ “Concert” Is A Performance Of A Lifetime

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This year was another strong one for live recordings.  Between recordings released in bundles and those released either as standalone CDs or DVDs/BDs, the recordings that serve audiences who might have otherwise not been able to take in a live show, proved on both fronts to be largely solid offerings.  Given, there were some disappointments including Jane’s Addiction’s latest live recording Alive at Twenty-Five and the archived Les Paul tribute concert Live From Universal Studios Hollywood.  For the most part though, this year’s field of new live recordings — both on CD and DVD/BD — has proven to be quite impressive as has already been noted in the previous live recordings lists.  Keeping that in mind, it is only fair, having noted the best live CDs and best new live DVDs and Blu-rays to present one list of the year’s best new overall live recordings.

This year’s best overall live recordings pull from both audio and audio-visual fields, proving that recordings can be enjoyable in both arenas.  Topping this year’s list of best live overall recordings is PBS’ in studio “concert” from Richard Sherman, one half of the famed Sherman Brothers creative team, Songs of A Lifetime.  Slipknot’s new live recording Day of the Gusano is on this list, too thanks to the combined impact of its CD and Blu-ray presentation.  Of course while Alter Bridge, Jon Cleary and Experience Hendrix, LLC all released new recordings that were CD only, they deserve their own spot on the overall list.  Eagles of Death Metal’s new live recording Live at the Olympia Paris also deserves to be on that list along with The Rolling Stones’ new From The Vault offering Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015 — again because of the overall impact of its audio and audio/visual sides.  It’s just one more on that list.

As with every previous list, this entry offers this critic’s 10 best new titles in the category along with five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Enough rambling.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Live Recordings.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE RECORDINGS

  1. Richard ShermanSongs of a Lifetime
  2. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  3. Mumford & Sons — Live in South Africa
  4. Between The Buried & Me — Coma Ecliptic Live
  5. Jon Cleary — Live at Chickie Wah Wah
  6. Curtis Knight presents Jimi Hendrix — Live at George’s Club 1965 & 1966
  7. Eagles of Death Metal — Live at Olympia Paris
  8. The Rolling Stones — From The VaultSticky Fingers Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015
  9. Foghat — Live at the Belly Up
  10. Black Sabbath — The End
  11. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  12. The Who — Live at the Isle of Wight 2014
  13. The Winery Dogs — Dog Years — Live at Santiago & Beyond 2013 – 2016
  14. The Who — Tommy Live at Royal Albert Hall
  15. The Dead Daisies — Live & Louder

That’s it finally for the live recordings categories.  Up next will be the year’s top new albums overall.  It’s going to be an interesting list, needless to say as it may well change before it even gets posted up in the next day or so, so stay tuned!  Also on the way is a handful of lists for the year’s new DVD and Blu-ray titles including box sets for families and for grown-ups as well as family DVDs and Blu-rays.  Stay tuned!

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