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Brazil’s Pato Junkie Release New Music Video

Brazilian Metalcore band Pato Junkie have released a new music video for their single Bad Memories.

The new single is taken from Pato Junkie‘s upcoming new second album, The Rag Doll.    This will be the follow-up to their 2015 debut Doido e Violento.

The band was started in 2009 by vocalist Alexandre Gomes and drummer Wellington Nunes as a Punk/Hardcore crossover band.

In 2016 after a gap and a change of members, the band decided to change their style, taking on a heavier and more modern sound, influenced by Nu Metal, Thrash and Metalcore.

The video for Bad Memories was directed by Alvaro Borges and Getúlio Alves and edited by Alcatraz Filmes.

Night Flight Orchestra announce new album

Swedish Classic/Progressive Rock supergroup The Night Flight Orchestra (featuring members of Soilwork and Arch Enemy) have announced the title of their upcoming new album.

The Night Flight Orchestra‘s third studio album will be entitled Amber Galactic and is scheduled to be released on May 19, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

Commented singer Björn Strid:

Amber Galactic was made during late nights and way too early mornings, when sometimes, in the corner of your eye, you can catch a glimpse of another dimension, where all the women are heartbroken space commanders in evening gowns, the champagne is always free and the drugs won’t hurt you. We wanted to create more than just a listening experience, instead we want it to be an alternative reality. We hope that after listening to Amber Galactic, you’ll be wide-eyed, horny and slightly drunk.

Guitarist David Andersson adds:

Musicianship in itself is not interesting, neither are the technical aspects of creating music. The ideas and visions behind the music are the only things really worthy of in-depth discussions. We’ve all reached a point where we can all pretty much play and sing whatever we want. We didn’t talk much about chord changes or amplifiers during the recording sessions. But we spent a lot of time discussing Kierkegaard’s concept of anxiety, different vintages of sparkling wine, the psychoacoustic aspects of modulation, the innate superiority of women and why a pearl necklace always look better when whoever wears it has a bored expression on her face.

When asked about the direction of NFO within the realm of Classic Rock, Strid explains with a chuckle:

Most other classic rock bands sound like weed or LSD – we sound like cocaine.

Amber Galactic was recorded at Handsome Hard Studio in Lund, Sweden.  The album follows The Night Flight Orchestra‘s two previous releases, 2012’s Internal Affairs and 2015’s Skyline Whispers.

Stay tuned for more coming soon in the world of The Night Flight Orchestra!

The Night Flight Orchestra members:
Björn Strid – vocals
Sharlee D’ Angelo – bass
David Andersson – guitars
Richard Larsson – keyboards
Jonas Källsbäck – drums
Sebastian Forslund – guitars, percussion

VAIN return with new studio album, Rolling With The Punches

80’s Sunset Strip Glam Rockers VAIN return with their new studio album, Rolling With The Punches, a follow up to the 2011 critically acclaimed Enough Rope.

Rolling With The Punches, which was launched via a Pledge Music campaign, will officially be released worldwide on Friday, 17th March 2017.

The track listing for Rolling With The Punches will run as follows:
CD version
01 – Rolling With The Punches
02 – Deliver The Passion
03 – Long Gone
04 – Dark City
05 – Bury Some Pain
06 – It’s a Long Goodbye
07 – Inside Out
08 – Don’t Let It Happen To You
09 – Sacrifice
10 – Show Your Love

Vinyl version (available on 14. April 2017)
01 – Rolling With The Punches
02 – Deliver The Passion
03 – Long Gone
04 – Dark City
05 – Bury Some Pain
06 – It’s a Long Goodbye
07 – Inside Out
08 – Don’t Let It Happen To You
09 – Sacrifice
10 – Show Your Love
11 – Sip The Wine (bonus track)

The band have also confirmed the following live shows:

March 10 – MS Connexion Complex – Mannheim, Germany
March 11 – Paunchy Cats – Lichtenfels, Germany (with AUTOGRAPH)
July 14 – Bang Your Head Festival – Balingen, Germany
August 26 – Hair Metal Heaven Festival – Hull, UK
September 2 – Hard Rock Hell Festival – Sheffield, UK

More shows to be announced soon…

Make sure to also follow Vain on Facebook here as the band will be announcing plans for the release of their albums No Respect, Move On It, Fade, In From Out Of Nowhere, On The Line, All Those Strangers and Enough Rope on vinyl.

WYRD WAYS EXCLUSIVE: My Dying Bride on Nuclear Blast Move and New Material

After 27 years, West Yorkshire Doom Metal giants My Dying Bride have moved their ‘crushing misery‘ to metal monster label, Nuclear Blast Records. Described as “the voice of the hopeless and broken” the band have so far given us 12 studio albums forged from “beautiful grief“.

The thirteenth album sees a move away from previous label Peaceville, and a move to what singer and lyricist Aaron Stainthorpe describes as the ‘formidable’ Nuclear Blast Records.

I was lucky enough to catch up with current sticks man Dan Mullins, to get a bit of insight into the move, and what’s up next for MDB.

On the move to Nuclear Blast:

Well, the talks were conducted and a decision was reached not too long back, obviously details to iron out. But this has been in the works for a good number of months. The signing to NB was a simple matter of the [fact that the] band were approaching the end of their contract with their former label and as such, there were offers placed on the table from a lot of companies wanting to carry on the MDB legacy.

After looking through what was best for the band a decision was made to go with NB. Everyone is totally enthusiastic as ever to push My Dying Bride the same as the band have done since its inception. The energy levels are so on the up currently. The band are engaged in constructing new material which will be on the new record, although it’s early days to say how it will turn out. This momentous occasion has ensured that My Dying Bride can bestow some world class misery upon all. Mercilessly!

Signing to NB was just amazing, they are a great label with a super fantastic team, there to push the band forward! Everyone is enthusiastic and supportive of what it is that My Dying Bride is. It’s a mutual thing; really, they want the best out of the band just as the band want the best out of the label. All on the same page.

And any scoop for us on the new material?

The new material is still a work in progress. We do have plenty of riffs sections and songs, yet until we’ve been through the process it’s hard to say what the feel of this new record will be. However trust me – as an MDB fan myself – it is devastating!

Any UK shows coming up?

This year the only live UK show is the HRH Doom vs Stoner on Oct 1st in Sheffield, which will be great!

When can we expect the new album?

It’s hard to say when the new album will actually land! However rest assured when it does, as always it’ll be a great occasion!

Thanks for talking to Wyrd Ways, Dan!

Watch this space for further news on the upcoming release. If you can make it to Tilburg (Netherlands) in April, for the Roadburn Festival, you might be able to catch MDB perform their 1993 classic Turn Loose The Swans in its entirety, joined exclusively on the drums by Shaun ‘Winter’ Taylor-Steels.

Live dates in full:

22nd April – NL, Roadburn Festival
15th July – POL,  Bolkow, Castle Party
1st October – UK, HRH Doom Vs HRH Stoner

 

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Ghost Bath: New Album, Starmourner

Depressive black metal merchants Ghost Bath, are pleased to announce the release of Starmourner on April 21st via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The first single, Thrones, is available to view below.

From the band: Starmourner takes previous concepts to a higher level. It explores joy (instead of sorrow), the cosmos (instead of earth), and paradise (instead of purgatory.) But most importantly, it explores ecstasy -instead of tragedy- as its basic human emotion. With over 72 minutes of heavy, melodic, and dramatic black metal, it is Ghost Bath’s most ambitious undertaking yet.

The album takes its listener on a journey in a variety of ways; Each track is accompanied by a beautifully crafted painting as well as a “parable” to read alongside. This allows the listener to explore not only the audio soundscapes, but a visual and imaginative experience as they delve into the album.

“The stories, or parables, look into Jewish angelology and the hierarchy of angels as found in the bible and other religious texts,” says vocalist/mastermind Nameless. “Although the album has a definitive joyful and hopeful feel, it is still drenched in depression and sorry, as any true Ghost Bath record should be.”

Starmourner was recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Josh Schroeder and features cover artwork Luciana Nedelea.

The Charm The Fury: New Video ‘Echoes’

Amsterdam based metal band The Charm The Fury have teamed up with Alternative Press, to premiere their new song Echoes. The track comes from their sophomore album, The Sick, Dumb and Happy via Nuclear Blast and Arising Empire records.

Alternative Press describes the track as ‘politically charged’, and is a follow up to January release, Down on the Ropes.

From AP:

“We wrote this song as a response to the aftermath of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris back in 2015,” says drummer Mathijs Tieken. “At the time, there was an emerging debate whether or not we should be able to offend others—religious beliefs in particular—and whether free speech can go too far.

“In our opinion, being able to express criticism freely is the only thing that stands between us and a total degradation of civilized society as we know it. At the end of the day, offense is something that is taken, not given.”

Potentially controversial, but whatever your political leanings, they shouldn’t get in the way of good metal. This song has a touch of Pantera’s Walk at the start, then launches into some surprising clean vocals in the chorus, which are in stark contrast to the growls and roars of the rest of the track. See what you think.

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Suicide Silence and Billboard Debut new Video


Suicide Silence have partnered with Billboard.com to exclusively debut their new conceptual music video for Dying In A Red Room. The track comes from the band’s highly acclaimed, new full-length self-titled offering, which as of today is available everywhere on Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

This track showcases quite a musical shift, with a transition from traditional deathcore to something more akin to Deftones, circa My Own Summer, but less heavy and more introspective.  Typically, reaction from fans is mixed, to the point at which the band live-streamed their own reactions to ‘mean’ comments from listeners who attempted (quite poorly) to pull the earlier single, Doris, to bits.

Speaking to Billboard, vocalist Eddie Hermida explains how they deal with the criticism:

“Honesty. We have always been honest with our music,” he says. “We put 100 percent love and passion into our music and feel the same about all the fans that give us both the fuel and return the love passion we give. I have found that with negative critics online, the best response is ‘thanks.’ I am grateful to even be mentioned in any kind of way by anyone. It means I pressed a button. It means I did my job as an artist. Complacency is death.” (source)

Listen for yourself and make your own mind up.

Absinthe From Society Stream New EP: The Angels Ignored Us

Absinthe From Society are back after a short hiatus, with their latest release, The Angels Ignored Us. Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, the band hit the metal scene in 2006, although their debut EP, Project Infection, wouldn’t appear for nigh on another six years. After a (slightly) shorter wait this time, fans will be pleased to know they can stream the latest offering via bandcamp.

Comprised of Ian “Saint Absinthe” Harper, the founder of the band (vocals, guitar and keyboard) and Adam “The Caveman” Roberts (drums & percussion) with Lexi “Shitkicker 9000” Graham (bass & vocals), the trio combine an aggressive sound with ethereal texture.
The new EP promises ’emotional themes with a raw, heavy backdrop’. Like it? Love it? Let us know in the comments. Here’s a practice performance vid to whet your appetite.

 

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Immolation: Atonement, Track by Track Trailers

Today, New York death metal outfit Immolation, release their highly anticipated new studio Album Atonement, and unveil the track-by-track trailers on YouTube.

Atonement was recorded at Millbrook Sound Studios in Millbrook, NY with longtime producer Paul Orofino, and mixed and mastered once again by Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Decrepit Birth, Suffocation). Cover art was created by renowned artist Pär Olofsson (Immortal, The Faceless, Exodus, Abysmal Dawn), along with additional artwork by the very talented Zbigniew Bielak (Ghost, Enslaved, Paradise Lost, Watain).

Metallica gain new member after Grammy Awards?

Is it possible that, in the aftermath of their storming performance of Moth Into Flame at this year’s Grammys, that Lady Gaga will become the fifth member of Metallica?

According to several news sources, including Vulture and Rolling Stone, Lars Ulrich has been gushing about the collaboration between Metallica and pop singer (and dyed-in-the-wool Metalhead) Lady Gaga.  Although there were some technical problems, namely James Hetfield‘s mic apparently not being plugged in, that marred the performance.

If you haven’t seen it, here’s a “fixed” version:

Pretty good, eh?  Seems like we weren’t the only ones to think so.  As they walked offstage, Gaga apparently suggested to the band that “this is just too good to leave“.  An assertion that Lars agreed with, but he says he knew it was going to work from the outset:

“It was totally in her wheelhouse… The only question was at what level it was going to work. We did one run-through. The way her and James’ voices worked, it gelled so well together we all kind of stood there like, “Huh?” It was really fucking next-level.”

That impression was confirmed during their rehearsal time.  Going by what Lars was saying during various interviews, Lady Gaga might well have been invited to join Metallica on a more permanent basis:

“As you spend 72 hours with somebody, and there’s this connection and this intimacy, part of it is that maybe you don’t want it to end.  When these moments work, you always leave them open to re-connection.  Obviously, we’re not sitting in a recording studio today writing songs for a record or anything. I think that our weekend together was so seamless and so authentic and such a natural fit that the idea of revisiting this at some point down the road (is a good one)”.

Quoting from the interview with Rolling Stone:

“[She is the] quintessential perfect fifth member of this band.  Her voice, her attitude, her outlook on everything is so awesome.  [The performance] was so effortless and organic and she just has the spirit of hard rock and metal flowing through her veins.

It comes really easy for her. There’s nothing contrived; she just has this super warm, easy energy.  We already started fast-forwarding to the next chapter when we can do more of this. It’s not one of those “20 lawyers, strategists and managers trying to force two people from two different worlds to figure out how to spend four minutes together on a national telecast”.

Of any of these undertakings, this is about as organic and authentic as there’s ever been one. We’re just getting started.”

It’s certainly interesting.  Personally, I hope they end up in the studio together.  Any collaboration will be much more listenable than Lulu (which many of us have managed to block from our memories!), since Gaga writes decent pop songs and (as mentioned earlier) is a known Metalhead.  OK, the Metal Taliban will HATE even the IDEA that this may well happen.  Then again, they’ve hated Metallica since the early 90s, so neither myself nor the vast majority of the planet really don’t give a flying one about their opinions.

So… is it going to happen, or is the Danish stixman just winding everyone up?  Personally, I hope he isn’t.  She’s certainly got the pipes for it and the musical taste.  Fingers, as far as I’m concerned, are firmly crossed.