That is because more than five months after debuting what its members said at the time was the last single from its new EP, Serpent, Ventruss has debuted another single from the 2021 release. The band premiered its new single, ‘Spirit of The Chosen‘ and its video Friday. The song is the fourth single from the six-song record.
The band premiered the EP’s title track and its companion video Oct. 29. The EP has also produced the singles, ‘Sentiment,‘ ‘Talladega.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Spirit of the Chosen’ is a driving, upbeat composition that is grounded in its solid time keeping and its equally cutting guitar riffs and enveloping vocals. The low end from the bass rounds out the composition with its own touch, too. The whole immediately lends the work to those of bands, such as Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, and others of that ilk.
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announce the song’s premiere. The lyrics provided with the song’s video makes relatively clear that the song deals with someone coping with the loss of a loved one. This is inferred directly through the lines, “Sent to the sky/Seen through your eyes/With the wings you’re given to fly/And soar through the sky/Why did you die?”
Serpent was released Friday through MVK Music Group.
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Trivium front man Matt Heafy gave audiences their first preview of his new solo project this week.
Heafy premiered his new single, ‘Tamashii No Houkai‘ and its video Friday. The song, which features a guest appearance from Ihsan (Emperor), is the first from Heafy’s new Ibaraki project.
The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy, intense composition. The combination of Heafy’s intense vocals and the equally powerful guitars gives audiences a touch of Heafy’s work with Trivium while also incorporating some black and death metal influences into the mix. The whole makes for quite the intriguing opus.
Heafy offered the following about the arrangement’s creation.
“‘Tamashii No Houkai’ is co-written by Ihsahn — the legend behind Emperor and a musician who has been a longtime influence and mentor to so much that I do in music. The writing of this song was the turning point for Ibaraki — it summarized everything from the past, present, and future of what I thought black metal was, is, and could be. ‘Tamashii No Houkai’ is the perfect summary and representation of everything that Ibaraki is… and will be.”
As to the song’s lyrical theme, Heafy noted the term ‘Tamashii No Houkai’ “means ‘the breaking of the soul’ or ‘soul collapse,” he said. “It’s a Japanese term that didn’t exist before, but one we forged to reflect the song’s meaning.”
The video for Heafy’s new single features images, such as the noted samurai practicing with his sword on a beach, a bird in flight and other items.
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The musical arrangement featured in ‘Living in my Head’ is largely unlike that featured in ‘Silence The Fear.’ Where ‘Silence The Fear’ is a heavy, pounding work a la compositions from Machine Head, Amon Amarth and others, this song is more of a melodic hard rock work. The combination of instrumentation and vocals likens this arrangement more to works from the likes of Trivium and Devildriver.
The band discussed the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.
“‘Living in My Head’ was a song we felt had to be released early on this album because it really hits home with what the world is going through now,” the statement reads. “We felt we could connect with fans, and let them know, we are with you. We are all struggling together. We feel the pressure of this world, with the pandemic and uncertainty, it really causes stress, anxiety, mental health issues all around. I don’t think anyone is immune to it. We are really proud of the final product and are glad to send our brand of heavy music into the world. We hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do!”
The video for the band’s new single is a simple presentation. It features the band performing its single on a sound stage. Various, high-speed cuts and fades pair with the video’s darkened look to heighten the song’s emotion.
The video for ‘Instinctive (Slaughterlust)’ features footage from Hatebreed’s time on last year’s “Metal Tour of the Year Tour.” The band joined Megadeth, Lamb of God, and Trivium for the tour.
In related news, Hatebreed also announced new live dates Wednesday. The band is scheduled to launch its new tour alongside Parkway Drive, The Black Dahlia, and Stick To Your Guns May 8 in Baltimore, MD. The tour is scheduled to run through June 5 in San Francisco, CA. It features performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Columbus, OH and Las Vegas, NV.
The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.
HATEBREED ON TOUR: WITH PARKWAY DRIVE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, + STICK TO YOUR GUNS: 5/8 — Baltimore, MD — UMBC Event Center 5/9 — New Haven, CT — College Street Music Hall 5/10 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE 5/11 — Columbus, OH — KEMBA Live! 5/13 — New York, NY — Hammerstein Ballroom 5/14 — Worcester, MA — Palladium Outdoors 5/15 — Montreal, Quebec — TBA 5/17 — Toronto, Ontario — RBC Echo Beach 5/19 — Atlanta, GA — Coca-Cola Roxy 5/20 — Daytona, FL — Welcome To Rockville 5/22 — Charlotte, NC — Metro Credit Union 5/23 — Cincinnati, OH — Ovation 5/24 — Ft Wayne, IN — Piere’s Outdoors 5/25 — Chicago, IL — Wintrust Arena 5/26 — St Louis, MO — The Factory 5/28 — Dallas, TX — So What Festival 5/29 — San Antonio, TX — Vibes Outside 5/31 — Wichita, KS — Wave 6/1 — Denver, CO. — Mission Ballroom 6/3 — Las Vegas, NV — Theater at Virgin Hotels* 6/4 — So Cal — TBA* 6/5 — San Francisco, CA — The Warfield* *No Stick To Your Guns
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Trivium will host two livestream concerts in December.
The announcement was made Monday through a news release. The document states the concerts are scheduled to take place Dec. 11 and 18. The concerts will come less than a year after the band’s 20202 livestream concert event, A Light or a Distant Mirror.
The details for the concerts are noted below.
LINEUP: SATURDAY, 12/11: FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY PRE-SHOW 3:30PM-4:00PM ET THE HANGAR | IN WAVES 4pm ET/1pm PT/9pm BT/10pm EU
SATURDAY, 12/18: FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY PRE-SHOW 3:30PM-4:00PM ET THE HANGAR | DEADMEN & DRAGONS 4pm ET/1pm PT/9pm BT/10pm EU
The upcoming concerts will hold a special meaning for the band. That is because they will mark the debut of the band’s new headquarters, “The Hangar” and its online portal. The band’s livestream concerts will all run through the portal, and it will also be the site from which fans can purchase band apparel and other items.
The first of Trivium’s upcoming concerts will mark the 10th anniversary of the release of the band’s album, In Waves. According to comments from guitarist Paolo Gregoletto, the second concert, dubbed ‘Deadmen and Dragons’ “is the celebration of the last two years — two albums, The Hangar, the Metal Tour of the Year, and of course A Light Or A Distant Mirror. The moment we knew that touring was off the table in 2020, we shifted focus back to the creative process. This stream is the closing of this unexpected chapter of Trivium and the beginning of a new one full of many exciting possibilities with The Hangar.”
Fit For An Autopsy will serve as support for each livestream concert.
Tickets for each livestream concert are available to purchase at a discounted price of $20 through Wednesday. Their price increases to $25 from Thursday through Dec. 14. Virtual general admission tickets are $15 each for the separate shows.
Tickets will allow access to each concert for three days. Admission includes an in-stream chat. Meet and greet sessions are also available. Additionally, audiences can enter a drawing to win a guitar from Trivium when they purchase tickets.
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Independent hard rock band Ventruss gave audiences what its members said is the last preview of its new album late last month.
The band premiered its new single, ‘Serpent’ and its companion video Oct. 29. The title track from the band’s forthcoming EP, which is expected for release in 2022 (its release date is under consideration) and the record’s third single. The EP has also produced the singles, ‘Sentiment‘ and ‘Talladega.’
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Serpent’ is an intense composition. Its heavy guitars, its blend of screams and clean vocals, tight time keeping and thick bass line come together to make the composition comparable to works from the likes of Dry Kill Logic and Trivium.
The song’s lyrical theme is heavy in its own right. The band discussed that topic in a prepared statement.
“Every story has a villain and unfortunately, the way they become the villain is by gaining power,” the statement reads. “The title “Serpent” refers to a snake slithering in the grass searching for prey and once you’re bitten, the wound is hard to heal. They put on an act to disguise their true intentions. And worst of all, they love to watch you suffer. But don’t worry, the quicker they rise, the faster they fall.”
The video for Serpent is its own interesting presentation. It features the band in what looks like an asylum, performing its new single. Front man Ben Jewell is draped in a straight jacket as he performs his part. Various video effects are used throughout the video to add to the overall impact of the song and its visual companion.
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Veteran metal act Trivium is a band whose members clearly do not let a lot of grass grow under their feet. A little more than a year after the band released its then most recent album, What The Dead Men Say, the band released another album, this time in the form of In The Court of the Dragon. Its release Oct. 8 came on the heels of an extensive tour with Lamb of God, Megadeth, and Hatebreed, and leading into upcoming shows on Slipknot’s annual Knotfest. One would think that with that tour and everything going on with the COVID-19 pandemic, the band would not have turned out this impressive record so soon, but somehow it managed to do just that. The album is a strong new return from the band, too. That is evidenced through its musical arrangements and lyrical themes alike. ‘Like a Sword Over Damocles,’ one of the album’s early entries, does well to prove that true. It will be discussed shortly. ‘The Shadow of the Abattior’ is another example of how this record’s musical and lyrical content make the album so interesting. It will be examined a little later. ‘The Phalanx,’ the album’s latest single and its finale, is one more way in which the album’s overall content shows the record’s strength. It will also be examined later. When this song and all of the others featured in this 52-minute record are considered together, they make In The Court of the Dragon one of the best of Trivium’s albums to date.
Trivium’s recently released album, In The Court of the Dragon, is among the best of the band’s records to date. The band’s 10th album, it offers much for audiences to appreciate through its musical and lyrical content alike. ‘Like A Sword Over Damocles,’ one of the album’s early entries, does well in itself to support the noted statement. The five-and-a-half minute song’s musical arrangement is a full-on modern metal opus that will appeal to even the most diehard metal purists. The opening riff and chants conjure thoughts of doom metal before things change and the arrangement turns more decidedly in a radio friendly direction. That is due in part to the melodic hard rock choruses, which are comparable to the choruses from so many Sevendust songs. Yes that’s quite a range, but it is definitely there, at least in the ears and mind of this critic. The whole is a fully immersive composition, complete with raging guitar solo, that will appeal to a wide range of audiences. The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement makes for its own interest.
According to comments from guitarist Corey Beaulieu, the theme here is lifted from the original story of the Sword of Damocles, who traded places with King Donysius II of Syracuse. Damocles learned a valuable lesson about virtue in the end. Beaulieu said of his thought that stemmed from his research into the story, “What happens when the person who’s questioning you has your job and responsibility?” He added that bassist Paolo Gregoletto built on that concept and the pair came up with the final lyrical presentation. The influence of that story is evident throughout the song’s lyrical presentation. Just as interesting is that it is a story that even in this format, will resonate with any listener because such situation rises in the real world daily. Keeping that in mind, the lyrical theme and musical arrangement together make clear why ‘Like A Sword Over Damocles’ is a strong example of the power of this album’s overall content. It is just one of the ways in which the album’s strength is displayed. ‘The Shadow of the Abattoir’ does its own share to show why this album shines.
‘The Shadow of the Abattoir’ is, while not the album’s longest song, one of its longest. It clocks in at seven minutes, 12 seconds. Over the course of that time, the song takes listeners in a range of directions, opening with a classic metal style sound in its contemplative approach. Front man Matt Heafy’s vocal delivery is one of the most interesting points of the song’s musical arrangement. That is because the richness and bass in his voice sits somewhere between Metallica front man James Hetfield and Slipknot/Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor. Again, yes, it sounds like quite the range, but it is there, and it makes for reason enough to hear this song, too. When this is all considered against the song’s more fiery verses, the contrast between verse and chorus makes the song even more interesting in its musical side. It is just part of what makes the song stand out. The song’s lyrical content adds to the song’s interest, too.
It should be noted at this point that the band openly stated that the album’s lyrical content is based on mythologies that its members developed due to their own interest in literary mythology. That aside, the songs still manage to relate to audiences. This song’s lyrical content continues to prove that in its chorus as Heafy sings, “Don’t go searching for the battle/You won’t find any beasts to slay/You’ll rip yourself to pieces/You’ll drive yourself insane/In the shadow of the abattoir.” An abattoir being a slaughterhouse, one cannot help but wonder which myth led to this kind of content. That aside, the very message still connects with listeners. In this case, the message comes across as being that of not going to look for trouble, because when you go looking for it, you will find it, just not in the way you might think. You might find your own trouble in yourself. The verses seem to build on that message as each finds the subjects in bad situations because they apparently went looking for those situations so to speak. From the snow covering a path in the song’s lead verse, to people apparently succumbing to the sun and its heat in the song’s second verse, to a ship singing after going through dark waters in the third verse, these are all situations in which people found themselves in trouble because they put themselves in such situations. This is all just this critic’s interpretation. Hopefully it is somewhere in the proverbial ballpark. If so, then it further shows why the album’s overall content makes the record so worth hearing. It is hardly the last of the record’s most notable songs, too. ‘The Phalanx,’ which closes out the album, is one more way in which the record’s musical and lyrical content combines to show the LP’s strength.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘The Phalanx’ opens in a decidedly almost orchestral metal fashion before soon transitioning into a more pure metal approach. The seven minute, 16 second’s opening movement lends itself to comparisons to works from Megadeth and Avenged Sevenfold what with the guitars and vocal delivery style and sound. As the song progresses, it eventually returns to the more symphonic metal style approach and sound used in the arrangement’s opening bars, leading to something of an ABA pattern here. The whole of the composition is a powerful presentation that will engage and entertain audiences easily in its own right. When it is considered along with the song’s lyrical content, the whole becomes even more powerful.
In the case of this song’s lyrical theme, it comes across as a story of a man who sees the fallacy of war. It would be interesting to know what myth the band came up with for this story and from what myth the band got its inspiration for the song. Regardless, the way in which the song’s subject makes his revelation clear is moving. Considering the mood that the song’s arrangement sets, that revelation gains even more power. The combination makes the song stand out that much more as a key example of how much this album has to offer audiences. When this song and the others examined here are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole shows that much more why In The Court of the Dragon successful. All in all the album proves to be, again, one of the band’s best records to date.
Trivium’s recently released 10th album, In The Court of the Dragon is among the best of the band’s albums to date. Its strength comes through its musical and lyrical content alike. That is proven through all three of the songs examined here, one of which is among the album’s current singles. When it is considered along with the album’s other singles, the other songs examined here and the rest of the album’s works, the whole makes the album one of the best of this year’s new hard rock and metal albums.
In The Court of the Dragon is available now through Roadrunner Records. More information about Trivium’s new single, video and tour schedule is available along with all of Trivium’s latest news and more at:
Hard rock super group Repentance unveiled its latest single and the song’s companion video Monday.
The group opened the new week with the premiere of its new single, ‘Reborn’ and its companion lyric video. The song is the first single from the band’s forthcoming EP, which is slated for release later this year through Noble Demon. Its premiere comes more than a year after the band — in its new lineup of Adam Gilley (vocals), Shaun Glass (guitar), Eric Burns (guitar), Eric Karol (bass), and Brandon White (drums) — premiered the band’s then latest single, ‘God For a Day,’ which was the title track from the band’s then latest album.
As with ‘God For a Day,’ the musical arrangement featured in ‘Reborn’ is a heavy, intense metalcore style composition. Though, the guest appearance of Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu adds a clear thrash metal influence to the arrangement, too. The whole makes this song even more intense just in terms of its musical arrangement.
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the premiere of the new song and its video. Reading the lyrics in the video, which are presented over images of fire as the song plays over it all, the song’s lyrical theme comes across as a…pardon the pun…fiery statement of determination, letting go of the past and moving forward after cleansing one’s self of the stains of the past. That is just this critic’s interpretation.
Going back to the note of the band’s new EP, the band recently inked a new record deal with Noble Demon. The label is also home to the likes of Oceanhoarse, Neonfly, and Red Moon Architect.
Glass spoke highly of Noble Demon as he talked about the band’s addition to the label’s roster.
“Repentance is thrilled to be with the mighty Noble Demon Records for our new releases!,” said Glass. “I was so impressed with how such a newer label was making waves and with such a diverse roster of Metal/Rock it was the obvious place for this to be our new home with a professional staff and Patrick’s amazing history in the Metal industry, it’s a breath of fresh air.”
Noble Demon founder Patrick Walch shared Glass’ positive vibes in his own comments.
“When I discovered Repentance last year listening to their first single and then the full length album ‘God for A Day’ I instantly knew I was onto something there,” he said.”After having spoken with Shaun Glass for a while we knew that the vibe was more than right between us so, it didn’t need much negotation in order to work together on their next songs.”
Added Walch, “I’m proud to welcome another member to the Noble Demon family, this time with a pure US metal sound which I’ve always been appreciating by bands like Trivium, Lamb Of God, Devildriver etc., all bands I grew up with as well. And having Corey of Trivium play the solo on this new single is a huge honor for all of us. Check out Repentance, you won’t be disappointed!”
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Slipknot has announced the details for its 2022 Knotfest events in Chile and Brazil.
The announcement was made through a news release distributed Tuesday. The document states the festivals will take place only days apart from one another next December. Knotfest Chile is scheduled to take place Dec. 11, 2022 at the Estadio Monumental in Santiago Chile. Knotfest Brazil will follow Dec. 18, 2022 at the Sambodromo Do Anhembi in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Slipknot will headline each concert. Bring Me The Horizon, Mr. Bungle, Trivium, Sepultura, and Vended are scheduled to take part in Knotfest Chile. They will be joined by Motionless in White, Project 46, and Armored Dawn for Knotfest Brazil. Organizers will announce additional acts in the coming days.
The announcement of the details for Knotfest Chile and Knotfest Brazil comes less than a month after details were announced for Knotfest Los Angeles. The concert festival is scheduled to take place Nov. 5 at Bank of America Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.
Slipknot will headline that festival, too. Also scheduled for that event are: Bring Me The Horizon, Killswitch Engage, Fever 333, Vended, and Cherry Bombs. A trailer for the festival is streaming here. Tickets for the event are available now.
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Sepultura’s new “live” recording, SepulQuarta is now available.
The band released the collection of quarantined performances Friday through Nuclear Blast Records. The semi-live recording culls performances that the band recorded during its “SepulQuarta” video podcast throughout the pandemic. The performances were by famous figures, such as Phil Campbell, Devin Townsend, and Alex Skolnick.
Guitarist and founding member Andreas Kisser spoke highly of the collection of performances in discussing its release. “The SepulQuarta album is probably the one I am most proud of!,” said Kisser. “2020 was the most difficult time for a band to survive, without the stage and the direct contact with the fans, but we managed to keep going strong and the album is a consequence of the unity plus the positive attitude from the band. The album sounds great, alive, and very real! All the guests did an amazing job and we feel more than ever that we have a huge Sepultura family out there. Thank you so much for everyone’s support and hope to see you all soon. This album is for you! Enjoy the music!”
In correlation with the recording’s release, the band premiered the video for its quarantine performance of its song, ‘Slave New World’ Friday with Trivium front man Matt Heafy. The video is the third from the recording. The band has also released videos for its quarantine performances of its songs, ‘Mask‘ and ‘Apes of God.’ Devin Townsend guested on ‘Mask’ while Death Angel’s Rob Cavestany appeared on ‘Apes of God.’
The full track listing for SepulQuarta is noted below.
This is the full tracklist featuring all international guest musicians:
01. Territory (feat. David Ellefson) 02. Cut-Throat (feat. Scott Ian) 03. Sepulnation (feat. Danko Jones) 04. Inner Self (feat. Phil Rind) 05. Hatred Aside (feat. Angélica Burns, Mayara Puertas & Fernanda Lira) 06. Mask (feat. Devin Townsend) 07. Fear, Pain, Chaos, Suffering (feat. Emmily Barreto) 08. Vandals Nest (feat. Alex Skolnick) 09. Slave New World (feat. Matthew K. Heafy) 10. Ratamahatta (feat. Joao Barone & Charles Gavin) 11. Apes Of God (feat. Rob Cavestany) 12. Phantom Self (feat. Mark Holcomb) 13. Slaves Of Pain (feat. Fred Leclercq & Marcello Pompeu) 14. Kaiowas (feat. Rafael Bittencourt) 15. Orgasmatron (feat. Phil Campbell)
The limited edition, marbled pressing of the recording is already sold out, but black vinyl pressings are still available along with CD pressings. Additionally, the album is available digitally.
In other news, the band announced last month, it hopes to finally launch its “Quadra Tour” next spring. The band has scheduled the tour’s launch for March 4 in Sacramento, CA.
The tour was originally scheduled to take place in spring 2020, and was initially postponed until this year as a result of the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 tour was then postponed because of the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.
The month-long tour, which is in support of the band’s most recent album, Quadra, is scheduled to run through March 9 in Berkeley, CA. It features performances in cities nationwide, such as Atlanta, GA; Minneapolis, MN and Greensboro, NC. Sacred Reich will serve as support for the tour, along with Crowbar and Art of Shock.
Front man Derrick Greene was optimistic about the tour finally getting off the ground as he talked about it during a recent interview.
“We are extremely excited to reconnect with everyone in North America for this upcoming tour,” he said. “We look forward to seeing all the people who have been anxious to see shows for the past two years. We will celebrate this re-connection of life and music together. See you soon!!”
Kisser echoed Green’s sentiments with his own comments.
“We can’t wait to go back on stage. We are very happy to announce our North American tour for 2022. We will see you all on the road, jamming old stuff new stuff and having the greatest time of our lives. See you all soon stay safe!”
The upcoming tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.
Confirmed dates for SEPULTURA‘s “North American Quadra” 2022 tour with SACRED REICH, CROWBAR, and ART OF SHOCK are: 3/04/2022 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA 3/05/2022 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT* 3/06/2022 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO* 3/08/2022 Wildwood – Iowa City, IA 3/09/2022 Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN 3/10/2022 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI 3/11/2022 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI 3/12/2022 The Forge – Joliet, IL* 3/13/2022 Thunderbird Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA* 3/15/2022 Irving Plaza – New York, NY 3/16/2022 Opera House – Toronto, ON CANADA 3/17/2022 Corona Theater – Montreal, QC CANADA 3/18/2022 Big Night Live – Boston, MA 3/19/2022 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA 3/20/2022 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 3/21/2022 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH 3/23/2022 Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC* 3/24/2022 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 3/25/2022 Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL 3/26/2022 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL* 3/28/2022 Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA* 3/29/2022 Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX* 3/31/2022 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK 4/01/2022 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX 4/02/2022 GMBG – Dallas, TX* 4/03/2022 Rockhouse – El Paso, TX 4/05/2022 The Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ* 4/06/2022 House of Blues – San Diego, CA 4/08/2022 Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA 4/09/2022 The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA * New shows and not rescheduled
More information on SepulQuarta and Sepultura’s planned live dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more now at: