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.”

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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

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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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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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Baroness Parts With Guitarist Pete Adams, Recruits New Member Gina Gleason

Baroness’ longtime guitar player, Pete Adams, has amicably left the band, electing to spend less time on the road and focus on a burgeoning non-music business and his home life.

“I would like to say thanks to all of the Baroness fans far and wide and all of the support through the ups and downs along the way,” says Pete. “I feel beyond fortunate to have had the chance to travel great distances with Baroness and to meet so many of you. I honestly never thought I would be able to do what I have done with Baroness. Playing alongside my oldest friends, playing music that isn’t simply readily accepted by the masses, and sharing the stage with some of the best musicians and bands from around the globe. That said, it’s time for me to focus my energy closer to home and not on the road. However, this isn’t the end of my musical career by any means as I plan to continue working with Valkyrie. Again, thank you to all along the way, and most importantly thank you greatly to the current, past and future members of Baroness.”

Band founder John Baizley commented on Pete’s departure: “I need to take a moment, on behalf of myself and Baroness, to recognize and sincerely thank one of my oldest friends and bandmates, Pete Adams, as he moves on from Baroness to pursue a new phase in his life. I feel fortunate beyond words to have shared the stage with you for nearly 25 years, since we were barely teenagers. It would be impossible to articulate the value and impact of the personal history, friendship and musical bond we have enjoyed throughout our lives and within this band. Through Baroness, we’ve seen that friendship grow further and often in unexpected ways; we’ve taken part in so many adventures together that it’s difficult to keep track of them all.”

He goes on to say, “It’s never easy to part ways but it is important to highlight a couple of things: First, we offer unconditional support and respect for Pete’s decision and we’re excited to see where his path leads. Second, Baroness will forge ahead with an undiminished passion and as much creativity as ever. The narrative of this band has often felt as though it falls into distinct chapters, and while we’re excited to move into the next, we are equally sad to see Pete go. When Pete and I were kids, as he’s often said in interviews, we shared a dream of growing up and playing music together and seeing the far corners of the globe. And we did. Thank you Pete, for being a friend when I needed support, a brother when I needed family, and a bandmate when you and I had a hunger to see the world.”

Baroness has now added guitar player Gina Gleason, a Philadelphia native who Baizley, Nick Jost and Sebastian Thomson are excited to have on board:

“With Pete Adams’ official last show just over a month behind us, and a European tour on the not-so-distant-horizon, we are proud to welcome our new guitarist, Gina Gleason, into Baroness, and we hope our fans will share in our excitement and provide her a warm welcome into the Baroness family. She has worked tirelessly in recent weeks/months, not only learning the specifics of our material, but slowly beginning to carefully stake out her own personal territory within our sound.

“Throughout the lifespan of this band we’ve had the genuine pleasure of working with incredibly gifted artists/musicians, who recognize in Baroness the need each member has to contribute something of their own musical personality, rather than imitate one that’s been established, not simply to respect the individual contributions of past members, but to develop a genuine connection to our songs, old and new alike. Gina’s ability both to learn our music and to find her own voice within our songs has been inspiring to observe, and it helps once again to renew our belief in this band’s music, which we’ve come to rely on as a true wellspring of creativity and musical discovery.”

Baizley adds: “I really thought I would have become a jaded musician at this point, with nothing left to discover and no will to try, but each subsequent year proves me wrong. We play a hometown show with Gina tomorrow, followed by a European tour and my only regret is that we won’t have time to go everywhere on Earth we’d like to before the urge to get back to writing our new record overtakes us. We’re bringing a bunch of songs on tour that haven’t been played in many years; we’re anxious to dust off some of these earliest Baroness songs. Thanks to all of you who have offered your support over these years. We’ll be seeing you soon.”

Fans can also still catch these upcoming Baroness 2017 tour dates:

June 2 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
June 9 Derby, UK Download Festival
June 10 Nimes, France This Is Not A Love Song
June 12 Strasbourg, France La Laiterie
June 14 Eindhoven, Netherlands Effenaar
June 15 Berlin, Germany Columbia Theater
June 17 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
June 18 Clisson, France Hellfest
June 19 Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg Rockhal
June 20 Saarbrucken, Germany Garage Saarbrucken
June 23 Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhell
June 24 Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
June 25 Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival
June 27 Graz, Austria PPC
June 28 Dresden, Germany Beatpol
June 30 Norrkoping, Sweden Bravalla Festival
July 2 Helsinki, Finland Tuska Open Air Metal Festival

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DragonForce enters Billboard charts for new album, ‘Reaching into Infinity’

– May 31st, 2017 –

International metal superstars DragonForce recently released their new album, Reaching Into Infinity, via Metal Blade Records in the USA; for their efforts, the band has now entered the Billboard charts! See below for all positions:

#5 Billboard Hard Music Albums
#12 Billboard Independent Albums
#16 Billboard Rock Albums
#48 Billboard Digital Albums
#58 Billboard Top 200 Current Albums
#70 Billboard Top 200

For their seventh studio album, DragonForce has opened up their sound like never before, capturing the fierce, forlorn and fun with both menace and melody. “I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music,” Frederic Leclercq (bass) comments. “It’s great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc’s vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality!” The first album to feature Gee Anzalone (drums), the Italian drummer has laid down an impressive performance to provide the perfect backbone to the DragonForce sound, which of course still boasts the band’s trademark insanely-fast solos, courtesy of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. Recording the bulk of the album at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden, with producer Jens Bogren, the band also laid down tracks while touring their Killer Elite “best of”-album, utilizing Lamerluser Studios, (London, UK), Dark Lane Studios (Witney, UK), as well as the band’s own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mezieres, France and Shredforce One Studios (CA, USA).

To preview and purchase Reaching Into Infinity, please visit: metalblade.com/dragonforce

DragonForce will give USA fans their first taste of new songs starting July 7th, when the band hits the road for a North American tour this summer with Once Human as support! See below for all dates.

DragonForce tour dates
w/ Once Human

July 7 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
July 8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
July 9 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
July 11 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
July 12 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
July 14 – St Louis, MO – Fubar
July 15 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Open Air
July 17 – Detroit, MI – El Club
July 18 – Washington DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
July 20 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
July 21 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
July 22 – Bangor, ME – Rise Above Festival
July 23 – Montreal, QC – Corona
July 24 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
July 26 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (“Heaven”)
July 27 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
July 28 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
July 29 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Sept. 9 – Mashantucket, CT – Revolution Rock Festival

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Mutank Releasing New EP “W.H.A.T.S.T.H.A.T.”

Montreal thrash champions Mutank return with a new EP titled “W.H.A.T.S.T.H.A.T.” due out June 16th via Boonsdale Records. This five track demolisher was produced with Topon Das (Fuck The Facts).

The new EP from the 2014 Wacken Metal Battle Canada winners is a short, but sweet to follow up to debut cassette “M.E.C.H. Metal” and is a taste of what’s to come from the band’s full-length album planned to be unleashed later this year.

Vocalist/bassist Stephen Reynolds comments: “Someone is gonna hurt their neck listening to this…This upcoming EP ‘W.H.A.T.S.T.H.A.T’ sort of started as a joke. I just thought it would be funny to force an acronym for ‘what’s that?’ and I came up with ‘We Have Alottta Thrash Songs That Have Abbreviate Titles’. From there we came up with the concept of an EP with a bunch of forced acronym titles. The EP itself was written somewhat conceptually with the individual songs being very short thrash songs that come together to make one longer progressive thrash track, which harkens back to the title since we don’t even know what it is! We have a ton of new material in the works as well, people can expect new stuff sooner rather than later!”

1. L.I.F.E. (1:01)
2. I.D.I.O.T. (2:06)
3. P.O.P.U.L.O.U.S. (1:40)
4. F.O.G. (1:33)
5. D.E.A.T.H. (3:50)

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