Agrimonia Announces New Album “Awaken” & Posts Trailer

Agrimonia returns with their fourth album release, and second for Southern Lord, Awaken, now set for release through Southern Lord on January 26th. See the trailer for Agrimonia’s “Awaken” below.

Awaken arrives ten years since the release of their first album, and Agrimonia has evolved notably over that period. Their sound has always been dense, immersive, ambitious even, and on Awaken, the band has evolved their prog-infused form of expansive metal into something energetic, dynamic, and powerful. On Awaken, the band digs deep into their subconscious, trying to get an elevated state of mind, to connect the mind with sound and to find the combination of notes and melodies that evolves into a feeling or mood. Agrimonia channels the bittersweet aspects of life, and breathe air into thoughts that cannot easily be put into words.

About Awaken the band comments, “We are thrilled to see the release of our fourth album Awaken. We are very proud of the outcome and feel that the album is our most dynamic and vital yet, and contains more of everything that is Agrimonia. Awaken is the soundtrack to our existence, and I hope other people can feel that way too.”

Awaken was produced by Agrimonia, and mixed and mastered by Henrik Udd who also worked on the previous recording Rites of Separation, then under the Studio Fredman banner but now under his own name, Henrik Udd Recording Studios.

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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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Brian Matthew Lee Streams New Single “Bittersweet Journey”

Brian Matthew Lee just released a single titled “Bittersweet Journey,” featuring drummer Vinny Appice on drums (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Kill Devil Hill).

The song intro is haunting and melodic and proceeds with a bang with nearly 5 minutes of metal. A full length preview can be heard at Brian Matthew Lee’s website here.

In regards to fans asking when a full length CD will be on its way. “Hopefully never” laughs Brian Matthew Lee. “There’s all this talk lately that Rock is dead and there’s no money in music anymore. Well that’s because most musicians STILL don’t get it. Most musicians are still locking themselves up in a studio for 8-12 months hoarding up a bunch of shit-songs that should never see the light of day. Then they blame the streaming sites when nobody buys their crap.

“So for me, I hope I never release another CD. I’ll be writing and collaborating with veteran metal musicians and target a new single release every 4-6 weeks. And if the song is not good – truly good, it’ll never get released. (No more CD with designated ‘shit-slots’ to hide your crap songs in). In my opinion, that’s why streaming is so popular. Fans are tired of all the lazy musician ‘garbage’ out there so they’re turning to streaming to roll their own listening experience.

“Anyway, Bittersweet Journey is the first of many and is really picking up some major traction. Give a listen. I’m looking forward to the next release and already have a number of amazing musicians lined up.”

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Baroness Comments On One Year Anniversary Of Tour Bus Crash

Last year Baroness was in a bus crash while on tour, which resulted in surgeries and physical therapy as well as months away from active band duty. Baroness has now checked in with the following statement about the 1 year anniversary of the incident:

“Today is the anniversary of the Baroness tour bus crash, a day on which nine passengers, all musicians and crew on a tour-bus bound for Southhampton, UK, could have lost their lives. The miraculous and astoundingly simple fact is that we all survived.

“While I will not speak directly about what anyone individually has gone through since the moment of impact, I can easily say that we have all gotten better and moved on. Yes, there are aches, pains, anxieties and frustrations that accompany us to this day, but they seem somewhat trivial when compared with the imminent end we all thought so certain as our bus plummeted off the viaduct to the ground below.

“None of us has had a particularly easy year, we have all been forced by matter of circumstance to gain a immense level of respect for the severity of our accident. We have all had to heal, in vastly different ways. Similarly, we have each taken uniquely different paths in the wake of rehabilitation and recovery.

“It comes as a great relief to me personally that, in spite of all the trauma and confusion, each of us has, in our beautifully individual way, powered through the dreadful and dark imprint that August 15, 2012 left on us. The strength and focus that each one of us found after that day has been inspiring; we each took our due time, defined a goal through which we could move past that moment, strapped on our proverbial boots and marched forward with resolutely. For some, it took a matter of weeks to get back on tour again; for others it meant changing the personal and professional course of our lives. Not one of us faltered; and we have, each of us, earned this bittersweet anniversary with the help of one other, with our own strength of conviction, our mutual support, and with a passionate tenacity to appreciate and make something positive and constructive of our lives, for which we now have a much deeper appreciation. I love each of you more than I have the capacity to write here, and I can barely relate the gratitude I have for all of those family members, friends, and total strangers who lent us a hand along the way. You were there when we needed it most.

“For my brothers and sisters of the Brassknocker Hill crash. We are bound to one another. Raise a glass, embrace those you love, appreciate the delicate and all-too-brief magnificence of life.

“Once more. Till the wheels fall off…”

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Lay Down Rotten Enters Studio For Sixth Album "Mask Of Malice"

German death metal band Lay Down Rotten is currently in the studio recording the band’s sixth offering entitled “Mask of Malice.” The album is scheduled for a February 2012 release date through Metal Blade Records and marks the follow up to the 2009 release “Gospel of the Wretched.” New tracks include “Deathchain”, “…And Out Come The Wolves”, “Hades Resurrected” and “Swallow The Bitterness”.

The band had the follow comments: “We are almost done recording our sixth album. We recorded at the Desert Inn Studio where we also worked on the last five albums. The new album will be called “Mask of Malice” and it features ten killer tracks that combine the raw dynamics of the typical LAY DOWN ROTTEN sound with the bittersweet melodies of Death Metal hymns you wanna bang your head to!”

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Lay Down Rotten Enters Studio For Sixth Album "Mask Of Malice"

German death metal band Lay Down Rotten is currently in the studio recording the band’s sixth offering entitled “Mask of Malice.” The album is scheduled for a February 2012 release date through Metal Blade Records and marks the follow up to the 2009 release “Gospel of the Wretched.” New tracks include “Deathchain”, “…And Out Come The Wolves”, “Hades Resurrected” and “Swallow The Bitterness”.

The band had the follow comments: “We are almost done recording our sixth album. We recorded at the Desert Inn Studio where we also worked on the last five albums. The new album will be called “Mask of Malice” and it features ten killer tracks that combine the raw dynamics of the typical LAY DOWN ROTTEN sound with the bittersweet melodies of Death Metal hymns you wanna bang your head to!”

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