New Video Clip “Enigma” Issued By Salems Lott

Hollywood-based shock rock/metal act Salems Lott has been making a name on the Sunset Strip since its inception in 2013, selling out venues such as House of Blues, The Whisky A Go Go, The Roxy and Viper Room countless times. Performing a heavy speed metal sound mixed with shocking theatrics and an even more surprising look, the band has amassed fans from here to Japan with their antics and sound.

With the recent release of part one of the new two-part album series “Mask Of Morality,” the band delves into socially-conscious themes on individualism, values, morality and current politics. One of the more eye-opening tracks on the album, entitled “Enigma,” focuses on freedom of speech on both sides of the societal coin.

The band issued a brand new music video for “Enigma,” which was directed by Ian Moore and produced by UWOWI. The video features custom anime-style animation depicting the band in a dystopian society whose people are on the verge of battle with one another. The battle stems from the dissolving of individualism and a hyper-focus on equality. Watch it in the player below.

Lead guitarist Jett Black says, “The anime portion portrays a hypothetical fictional future in which the ideology of equality attains complete dominance. Wealth, prosperity, individualism are ostracized and violently subdued. Conversely, equality and collectivism are promoted to its utter extreme. These two opposing views inevitably battle it out. Throughout the video the band symbolizes the lost archetype of yang – order – the father and all of the archetypal elements embodied. In contrast, the authoritative figures of the future and the violent activists of the modern day, embody the extreme archetype of yin – chaos – the overbearing mother.”

Black adds, “Freedom of speech is the mechanism in which a healthy society remains balanced and not swayed by either extreme. In the video, we see the signs of an unbalanced extreme being pushed forward through violent suppression of free speech (opposing views). This is something we are seeing today more commonly and would ultimately lead to a Marxist ‘utopian’ future as the one depicted in the anime. Hence the title “Enigma” (other than censorship reasons): The nature of an ideology that is deeply damaging/authoritative but masquerades under the innocent good intentioned guise of compassion (while any opposing view is vilified), which makes it so mysterious, ambiguous and hard to identify as the problem. The shadowy figure silencing individuals through force and its extended intimidation.”

Check it out here:

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Social Arsonist To Play Loud As Hell Festival 2017

Chilean/Canadian thrash hybrid Social Arsonist will perform at this year’s Loud As Hell festival being held from August 4th – 6th in Drumheller, AB.

Now in its sixth year, the 2017 edition of Loud As Hell features 40 bands from across Western Canada and beyond with headliners Battlecross, Black Wizard, Bison, and Canadian 80’s thrash legends Aggression. The festival also includes various vendors, tattoo artists, suspension demos, and guitar / drum clinics.

Social Arsonist comments: “Hello Western Canada and fellow socialites, Social Arsonist is pleased and extremely happy to perform for you at the one and only Loud as Hell open-air music festival in Drumheller Alberta! We are very excited to be on this bill and to share the stage with many tremendous acts and welcome you all into our family. Come join us as we break bread and show Canada how we thrash in Chile! We hit the stage on Saturday, August 5th at 3pm. Be Social, Be Loud, and Welcome To Hell!”

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New Live CD/DVD “Live In Wacken” Announced By Unisonic

German metal act Unisonic – featuring former Helloween members Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske – will issue the live CD/DVD “Live In Wacken” on July 21st via earMUSIC. A clip of the song “Unisonic” can be viewed in the player below.

With the 2012 self-titled debut album, Unisonic unleashed a storm of enthusiasm. For the first time in 23 years, the two former members of Hamburg’s metal institution Helloween reunited to play in the same band. More than a few metal fans might have shed a tear.

After the successful follow-up album “Light Of Dawn” in 2014, a worldwide tour followed with memorable gigs in South America, Europe and Japan until Unisonic, still at full speed, brought it’s energy to the small village of Wacken where one of the biggest and most spectacular metal festivals in the world takes place every year.

On stage, the band showed class and diversity; the sound is spiked with remarkable riffs and guitar solos, thundering grooves, classic metal hymns and hooks other bands would be dying to write. And on top the anthemic vocals of Kiske, whose “out-of-this-world” voice is so extraordinary and strong, he is often mentioned in the same breath with Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford and Geoff Tate.

Like the studio albums, “Live in Wacken” was mixed and mastered by the band’s own Dennis Ward. The release will be available as a limited CD/DVD (Digipak) version. The bonus DVD includes the video recording of six songs from their spectacular performance.

The track listing is:

CD Audio:

1. Venite 2.0
2. For the Kingdom
3. Exceptional
4. My Sanctuary
5. King For a Day
6. A Little Time
7. Your Time Has Come
8. When The Deed Is Done
9. Star Rider
10. Throne of the Dawn
11. March of Time

DVD Video:

1. For the Kingdom
2. Exceptional
3. Your Time Has Come
4. When The Deed Is Done
5. March Of Time
6. Unisonic

Check out “Unisonic” here:

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New Album “In Contact” Detailed By Caligula’s Horse

Caligula’s Horse, a band at the forefront of Australia’s progressive rock scene, has announced the release of the fourth studio album “In Contact,” which is set for release on September 15th via Inside Out Music. A teaser clip is available below.

As with the band’s acclaimed album “Bloom” before it, “In Contact” sees vocalist Jim Grey and lead guitarist Sam Vallen collaborating closely on the music and lyrics. Vallen comments: “In our creative process every idea is scrutinized, deconstructed, and rebuilt in a way that one of us, alone, could never achieve. We’re one another’s harshest critic, but fortunately we’ve done this for long enough now that our inspiration draws us in a similar direction – we can finish each other’s musical sentences, so to speak. And we’re lucky that’s the case, since ‘In Contact’ proved to be a much more ambitious undertaking than anything we’d conceived of in the past.”

Vocalist Jim Grey adds: “‘In Contact’ has been an enormous proposition – the stories told in this album feel deeply personal, and we’ve never been more excited to share a new work with the world. The sounds on this album are dark and adventurous – but without losing the bittersweet and joyful sounds we developed in writing Bloom.”

As with the band’s second album “The Tide, the Thief & River’s End,” the band decided to hang a concept around the entire record, taking it in a direction that would end up being the opposite of its predecessor. “We decided to create a concept album, but one that came from a more personal place: one that would facilitate our creative needs wherever the journey took us” Vallen continues. “The broader concept is based around the nature of art – of what it is that sparks creativity and inspiration, a celebration of what connects us as human beings, the shared space across our many differences.”

Taking in four separate chapters, each one is dedicated to an individual and their own personal journey and how they express themselves through art. “Each of these artists are reaching for something more in their lives, and while disconnected entirely from one another, they are united by that reach: for a better life, but also for something intangible.”

Written between late 2016 and May 2017, “In Contact” went through a rapid production/mixing/mastering process encompassing five weeks between May and June. The music felt fresh and the ideas were captured at the peak of their vitality. The music on ‘In Contact’ stretched all of the bands abilities, from the frantic speed and complexity of “Will’s Song (Let the Colours Run)” to the immense scope and variety of the 16-minute album closer, “Graves.” This is Caligula’s Horse at its most ambitious and progressive.

The full track-listing is as follows:

1. Dream the Dead
2. Will’s Song (Let the Colours Run)
3. The Hands are the Hardest
4. Love Conquers All
5. Songs for No One
6. Capulet
7. Fill My Heart
8. Inertia and the Weapon of the Wall
9. The Cannon’s Mouth
10. Graves

Check out the preview clip here:

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New Music Video “Persistence” Available From All But One

All But One – the passion project of Alestorm’s Máté Bodor – released a new video clip for the song “Persistence.” The song is lifted from the debut release “Square One,” which is available now through Lifeforce Records.

The video is set in the world famous ‘Instant’ ruin bar in Budapest, the fast-paced, non-stop party transitions from day to night through a ‘porthole’ in the club leading to the breath-taking Rudabánya Lake. Check it out here:

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Devil In The Belfry Releases New Album “Wandering Alone”

New Jersey-based horror punk outfit Devil In The Belfry recently released the “Wandering Alone” album, which can now be streamed in full. Grab your copy at Bandcamp here or listen in via the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Intro 01:06
2. Wandering Alone 02:40
3. Vampyre 02:21
4. The Blob 03:23
5. Crimson Eyes 03:04
6. Anywhere But Here 02:51
7. Into Oblivion 04:15
8. The Shadow Lurks 02:54
9. Tomorrow 02:56
10. Outsider 03:13
11. The One Who flew 03:25
12. My Anodyne 02:40
13. Blood Stains 03:34

Wandering Alone by Devil in the Belfry

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Blind Guardian Posts “Prophecies” Live Video Clip

Progressive power metallers Blind Guardian recently announced the release of a 22 song package, entitled “Live Beyond The Spheres,” which will available in a variety of formats including a 3CD Digipack as well as a 4LP Box.

The new live offering will be in stores on July 7th, 2017 and includes all-time classics such as “The Bard’s Song (In The Forest),” “Valhalla,” and “Mirror Mirror,” as well as some rarely performed tracks like “And Then There Was Silence.”

Guitarist André Olbrich commments: “We compiled one ‘show’ out of the best tracks from more than 40 live performances, recorded during our European tour in 2015. That’s how we pinned down the most beautiful and atmospheric moments on this medium.”

Today, Blind Guardian unveils a live video for “Prophecies.” The video was created by drummer Frederik Ehmke using material shot with one single camera, which he had set up and recording at each show of the tour Check it out below.

Frederik commented on the production of the video: “Being a fan of the potential of the camera for my private use I decided to take my Hero4 Silver with me on our worldwide tour and recorded all of the shows. First I started with only angles around my drum kit cause they are pretty hard to get with common cameras and therefore special – then I had the idea of creating a videoclip to one song using the footage from all the different shows shot with this only one single camera and tried to find more different varying positions for my GoPro to record the show each night.

“The camera stayed basically in the same spot for the whole show and I moved it to try another position for the next show. Hereby I collected a huge amount of shows which I could pick from to put this video together. All toured territories and continents are finally represented. But there is no light without shade. Since I usually mounted my GoPro on a regular microphone stand, I asked every day for the stand and if I could put the camera in my desired spot without being in the way for anyone. I guess that annoyed some people of the crew – especially when on a busy day they forgot to have the stand ready for me and had to crawl into dark cases to get it.

“But I m happy to have insisted, because the video now shows some very rare and special angles – views direct and close to the band that you never saw before. It benefits from the GoPro´s ability to capture wide and narrow fields in a high resolution and especially high frame rate, which are absolutely necessary in the stage environment, that quickly changes from gloomy to sun bright and on top comes with fast movements. The camera itself is small and therefore not blocking the view for the audience, but at the same time can be placed very close to the performing musician.”

He also explained the choice of song: “‘Prophecies’ was the perfect choice for the song. It is an enjoyable one for us to perform and I guess that gets pretty obvious when you watch our stage acting. From the beginning it was very well received by the fans too, which always gives us a lot of the energy back that we put into our shows. And of course it represents the latest studio output of the band and is an important step in the saga of the Red Mirror. Watching the video brings back nice memories of the many venues and crowds we played for on this long tour.”

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In The Presence Of Wolves Posts “The One Who Fell To Earth” Guitar Playthrough

Experimental prog-rock/metal group In The Presence Of Wolves will release new EP, “Of Two Minds, Stages 1-2: The Ape and The Cage,” on June 30th, 2017.

Today, the band gives fans an up-close look at the guitar techniques behind the single “The One Who Fell to Earth” via a brand new playthrough video featuring lead guitarist Chris Capitanio.

“Of Two Minds, Stages 1-2: The Ape and The Cage” is a two-in-one part EP in an eventual multi-release story that explores the five stages of grief. The EP tells the tale of twin brothers, one with paranoid schizophrenia and one without. The sane brother deals with the first two stages of grief as he investigates the reasons behind his twin taking his own life.

1. As We Speak Pt. 1
2. The One Who Fell to Earth
3. White Noise
4. The Ape and the Cage
5. M.U.A. (Manipulation Under Anesthesia)

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Tyrannosorceress Posts New Song “In The Light Of The Sabbat Moon”

Today, “In The Light Of The Sabbat Moon” from Dallas-based black metal horde Tyrannosorceress has come online, offering a taste of what to expect from the band’s impending “Shattering Light’s Creation” debut LP.

Offers Tyrannosorceress on the new singleL “An invocation of the Tyrant Sorceress, Jeh-Az-Kali, Lilitu-Jahi, the femine aspect of all creation and destruction. They are one in the same and cannot exist without each other, infinitely cyclical.

“In venomous congress within the sabbat dream, she opens the gateway to worlds in-between. Melding the conscious and unconscious self, to create one’s own reality. By this we become deified as God, that is I. It is the blood within us that propels our path into this circle of being.

“It was gifted to us by those who descended from great heights long ago. This work is an epitaph to the knowledge bestowed upon us so long ago. For in the dark and hidden reaches, the truly ascended are of Hell. For we are all as gateways, and Lilith is the key.”

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Belphegor Unveils “Totenritual” Album Details

The diabolical death/black metal giants from Belphegor just released the track listing of forthcoming album “Totenritual.” The record will be released worldwide via Nuclear Blast on September 15th, 2017.

“Totenritual” was recorded at Stage One Studios, Germany and Studio Mischmaschine, Austria. More than three years have passed since previous record, “Conjuring The Dead,” was released. The new album will be mixed by Jason Suecof with mastering done by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios, Florida.

The artwork will once again be created by Greek artist Seth Siro Anton, who also painted the cover artwork for “Pestokalypse VI” in 2006 and “Conjuring The Dead” in 2014.

I. Baphomet
II. The Devil’s Son
III. Swinefever – Regent Of Pigs
IV. Apophis – Black Dragon
V. Totenkult – Exegesis Of Deterioration
VI. Totenbeschwörer [Instrumental]
VII. Spell Of Reflection
VIII. Embracing A Star
IX. Totenritual

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