Korpiklaani Premiere New Song “Kotikonnut” From Upcoming New Album “Kulkija”

Korpiklaani premiere a new song entitled “Kotikonnut” (meaning Homestead in English), taken from their upcoming new album “Kulkija”, which will be out in stores September 7 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out now “Kotikonnut” below.

Explains Korpiklaani:

“During his journey, a wanderer yearningly looks back on his home, childhood and the beauty of everything. He remembers running with his girl on the meadow, believing it to last till the end of times. Although his home is now the road and a carriage run by joy, he will still always remember the happiness of his home and youth. At the time the moon was golden, shining everywhere at night, lighting up the otherwise dark countryside and the forest. The wanderer eventually accepts that everything that comes, will one day fade into a distant memory.”

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Metal Journalist Serge Timmers Releasing New Book About Alternative Music

Music journalist Serge Timmers (Merchants Of Air) is pleased to announce that he will be releasing his debut book “Cecilia’s World” this fall. The book will be available in both PDF and physical versions.

Because of her father’s job in a major bank, Cecilia and her family have moved many times. Now, a few months before her seventeenth birthday, she once again finds herself in a completely new environment, an apartment on the eleventh floor overlooking the big city. On the first day in her new school, she meets her music theory teacher Johan. He and her other new friends gradually initiate the girl into the widespread world of alternative music. But as times are troubled and political games are being played, Cecilia learns more than she had ever before.

You can pre-order your copy via the crowd funding campaign here. Here’s what a few bands that appear in the book had to say:

Telepathy: “It’s an honour for Telepathy to be featured in Serge Timmers latest novel and we have great memories of the concert that this scene is based on.”

Dead Neanderthals: “When we started the band, it never crossed our minds that someone was going to mention us in a book. But now it happened and it is super cool!”

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Amberian Dawn Unveils New Album “Darkness Of Eternity”

Amberian Dawn today unveils the initial details for an upcoming studio album including artwork, release date, and track listing. Band mastermind Tuomas Seppälä comments:

“‘Darkness of Eternity’ is one of the most emotional AD-albums so far. It’s got some really bombastic songs in mood of dark & symphonic melodic metal and in contrast to that also some really poppy songs too. For me it’s really hard to stick in one genre only and I constantly want to compose different kinds of songs!”

The “Magic Forest” story continues on this album and Tuomas explains: “The song ‘Symphony Nr.1. Part 1 – The Witchcraft’ told the story on the last record ‘Innuendo’ before the time of ‘Magic Forest.’ The little girl is a healer and village elders buried her alive in a coffin. The track ‘Symphony Nr.1. Part 2 – Darkness of Eternity’ on our upcoming record ‘Darkness of Eternity’ tells the story of the girl lying in the coffin trying to get out. Darkness is asking her to dance the waltz of eternity. The story will continue in Part 3 and we will tell you how she became the Magic Forest’s evil witch!”

New album “Darkness of Eternity” will be available on November 10th, 2017 via Napalm Records and the full track listing reads as follows:

1. I’m The One
2. Sky Is Falling
3. Dragonflies
4. Maybe
5. Golden Coins
6. Luna My Darling
7. Abyss
8. Ghostwoman
9. Breathe Again
10. Symphony Nr. 1, part 2 – Darkness Of Eternity
11. Anyone (Bonus Track)

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Longhouse Streaming Full New Album “II: Vanishing”

Ottawa, ON doom metal trio Longhouse today offers up a full stream premiere of sophomore album “II: Vanishing,” which is due out digitally on Friday, April 14th (plus will be available on physical cassette via Sunmask Records in June).

“II: Vanishing” follows the band’s 2015 debut album “Earth from Water,” a spiritual odyssey into the perseverance of the human spirit and the lessons we can learn from the natural world.

Returning to Wolf Lake Studios to record with Mike Bond (Loviatar, Norilsk, Arms of the Girl) once again as producer and engineer, “II: Vanishing” continues the progression of that previous debut while retaining the band’s core sound of heavy, intricate riffs, splashed with a touch of post-metal to guide you on a dark and visceral journey spanning nearly 40 minutes over five tracks.

The band comments: “’II: Vanishing’ has a logical evolution that is evident in the composition, as well as production. I also think that fans should take a moment to reflect on some of themes that are threaded throughout the album. The bulk of my ideas musically and lyrically come from exploring Indigenous ways of knowing.

“I am Algonquin First Nations. My family’s community is Kitigan Zibi, outside of Maniwaki, QC. However, I grew up in the city, mostly detached from my culture. As a father, I have been trying to immerse myself in the stories, wisdom, and strength of our Elders, knowledge keepers and story tellers, so that I can pass that on to my daughters. Because this takes up so much space in terms of who I am, and who I am becoming, it plays a very large part in terms of influences I draw upon.”

1. Hunter’s Moon (8:38)
2. Vanishing (6:13)
3. Blood And Stone (5:57)
4. No Name, No Marker (7:59)
5. The Vigil (10:06)

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Longhouse Releasing New Album “II: Vanishing”

Ottawa, ON’s Longhouse came into being in 2013 when guitarist Marc Casey and bassist/vocalist Joshua Cayer turned a long-standing writing partnership into a full band with drummer Mike Hache, resulting in a circle of dark, riffy, heavy textured doom metal.

They released their debut album “Earth from Water” in 2015, a spiritual odyssey into the perseverance of the human spirit and the lessons we can learn from the natural world. In November 2016, Longhouse returned to Wolf Lake Studios to record with Mike Bond (Loviatar, Norilsk, Arms of the Girl) as producer and engineer for sophomore album “II: Vanishing.”

“’II: Vanishing’ has a logical evolution that is evident in the composition, as well as production. I also think that fans should take a moment to reflect on some of themes that are threaded throughout the album.” says vocalist / bassist Joshua Cayer. “The bulk of my ideas musically and lyrically come from exploring Indigenous ways of knowing. I am Algonquin First Nations. My family’s community is Kitigan Zibi, outside of Maniwaki, QC. However, I grew up in the city, mostly detached from my culture. As a father, I have been trying to immerse myself in the stories, wisdom, and strength of our elders, knowledge keepers and story tellers, so that I can pass that on to my daughters. Because this takes up so much space in terms of who I am, and who I am becoming, it plays a very large part in terms of influences I draw upon.”

Those influences can be heard in first single “No Name, No Marker,” a song written for the voiceless indigenous children who were abused and died while forced to attend residential schools in Canada and were buried in unmarked graves.

“II: Vanishing” will be unleashed digitally on April 14th via Bandcamp, with a physical cassette release June 2017 (date to be determined) via Sunmask Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Hunter’s Moon (8:38)
2. Vanishing (6:13)
3. Blood And Stone (5:57)
4. No Name, No Marker (7:59)
5. The Vigil (10:06)

No Name, No Marker by Longhouse

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I, Apollo Posts “Surface” Lyric Video

I, Apollo just released the lyric video for the track “Surface,” taken off of the “Stranded” EP. “Surface” was inspired by The Governor, a character from “The Walking Dead.”

Featuring the album artwork by Dan Mumford (A Day to Remember, Miss May I), Corbin Thomas of wellcan media brings this lyric video to life. I, Apollo comments:

“The sense of hopelessness, helplessness, loneliness and pain created by The Governor’s evil deeds are illustrated through the song’s deep, dark lyrics. Intense flashing lyrics harken to lightening on a dark, stormy night as a girl stands alone atop a cliff looking over a city off in the distance, out of reach. Tentacles, a metaphor for The Governor’s evil, reach from the depths of hell to claim one more victim. Facing the choice between evil and an unknown fate, our heroine leaps from the cliff into a deep pit of uncertainty. The video ends with the girl once again standing atop a cliff, facing the future with hope.”

You can also catch these upcoming I, Apollo tour dates:

08/15 @ The Ottbar – Baltimore, MD
08/16 @ The Rabbit Hole – Charlotte, NC
08/17 @ 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
08/18 @ O’Mally’s – Margate, FL
08/20 @ Epic Problem – Tampa, FL
08/21 @ New Haven – Orlando, FL
08/22 @ The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
08/23 @ Club 11 – Jefferson City, TN
08/25 @ The Summit Columbus, Ohio

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I, Apollo Posts “Surface” Lyric Video

I, Apollo just released the lyric video for the track “Surface,” taken off of the “Stranded” EP. “Surface” was inspired by The Governor, a character from “The Walking Dead.”

Featuring the album artwork by Dan Mumford (A Day to Remember, Miss May I), Corbin Thomas of wellcan media brings this lyric video to life. I, Apollo comments:

“The sense of hopelessness, helplessness, loneliness and pain created by The Governor’s evil deeds are illustrated through the song’s deep, dark lyrics. Intense flashing lyrics harken to lightening on a dark, stormy night as a girl stands alone atop a cliff looking over a city off in the distance, out of reach. Tentacles, a metaphor for The Governor’s evil, reach from the depths of hell to claim one more victim. Facing the choice between evil and an unknown fate, our heroine leaps from the cliff into a deep pit of uncertainty. The video ends with the girl once again standing atop a cliff, facing the future with hope.”

You can also catch these upcoming I, Apollo tour dates:

08/15 @ The Ottbar – Baltimore, MD
08/16 @ The Rabbit Hole – Charlotte, NC
08/17 @ 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
08/18 @ O’Mally’s – Margate, FL
08/20 @ Epic Problem – Tampa, FL
08/21 @ New Haven – Orlando, FL
08/22 @ The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
08/23 @ Club 11 – Jefferson City, TN
08/25 @ The Summit Columbus, Ohio

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Sebastian Bach Adds Headlining Laconia Fest Performance

Legendary music acts are revving up for LaconiaFest – the east coast’s premier motorcycle music festival. Just a few weeks after the announcement of Steven Tyler’s upcoming headlining performance on June 15th, rock music icon Sebastian Bach has joined the party – headlining Sunday, June 12th.

Besides fronting Skid Row, Bach has appeared in shows like Gilmore Girls, Trailer Park Boys, and Californication.

“We’re so pleased to have Sebastian Bach joining us for the inaugural LaconiaFest,” states Tyler Glover, managing member and co-producer of LaconiaFest. “We’re dedicated to bringing our attendees the greatest musical experience, so we’re really looking forward to his amazing performance!”

Tickets for the Sunday, June 12 Sebastian Bach headliner date are on sale now, just $30 for the entire day of entertainment, via this location.

LaconiaFest will be held in conjunction with the 93rd annual Laconia Motorcycle Week in Laconia, New Hampshire and will appropriately include all day food and drink, motocross stunt shows, motorcycle model/product stagings and more. This high-octane, nine-day festival (June 11-19, 2016) will take place in the heart of Downtown Weirs Beach at the Weirs Beach Drive-In Theatre.

Sebastian Bach joins fellow LaconiaFest headliners Steven Tyler, Bret Michaels, Ted Nugent, Buckcherry, Sevendust and Fuel with additional performances from rock music’s top talent of today and yesterday including Warrant, Lita Ford, Trixter, LA Guns, P.O.D., Attika7, Dope, Saving Abel, Biters, Adelitas Way, Bullethead, and Milow the Girl. In total, the festival will feature over 100 internationally and regionally recognized artists. LaconiaFest will feature two stages and festival attendees will rock out to live music for 12 hours a day – noon to midnight.

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Pit Stories: Anything To Be At The Front Of The Show

The pit is where the action is, and that’s why every week we check in with metal bands from across the entire planet to get their most memorable Pit Stories.

Today Myles Yang from Metal Blade Records outfit Native Construct shares this story of showing up to a Between The Buried and Me show early, only to have another show goer try to pry him away from the front of the crowd:

About five years ago, I was at a Between the Buried and Me concert in North Carolina with some friends. We were huge fans, so we made sure to arrive at the venue several hours before the doors opened in order to secure spots at the very front row of the main floor, right up against the barricade between the stage and the audience.

The show was going great at first, and the crowd was becoming increasingly rowdy, as expected with music like BTBAM’s. There was the usual light pushing and scuffling, and people trying to weasel their way to the front of the crowd. One girl who was standing directly behind us, however, was absolutely hell-bent on getting our spot in the front.

This girl – I’ll just call her Lisa for now – started off with some unremarkable tugging on my arms and clothes in an attempt to pry me off the barricade. I did my best to ignore it and enjoy the show. As BTBAM’s set went on, Lisa became more and more determined, and her tactics escalated to clawing, pulling, and shoving with all her might to remove me from the front row. I wasn’t having it.

Eventually, Lisa’s boyfriend got involved. I was still trying to just focus on the show as much as possible at this point, but all of the sudden, I felt a sharp pain in the back of my left shoulder. I immediately turned my head to see what was happening behind me, and found myself staring directly into the crazed face of Lisa’s boyfriend, whose mouth was currently clamped down on my shoulder. He had bitten me. He was still biting me. It was as difficult to believe in that moment as it is now. As the reality of the magnitude of savagery I was dealing with in these people was sinking in, I managed to struggle out of the clutches of his blood-soaked jaw.

By this time, surrounding audience members had noticed that something abnormal was going on, and many people intervened and pulled Lisa and her boyfriend off of us. The venue security also got involved. Of course, they had no information about the nature of the conflict, and their job is to simply end any conflicts as swiftly as possible in order to keep everyone safe. So they understandably rounded up Lisa, her boyfriend, and myself, and began escorting us all the way back across the main floor and through the crowd, in order to eject us all from the venue. Needless to say, though, I was rather unhappy about having to miss the rest of the show due to the behavior of a couple of strangers.

But, to my great fortune, as I was passing through the center of the crowd with my respective security guard escort, Between the Buried and Me began their next song, “Augment of Rebirth.” If you’ve heard this tune, you know that it has a fairly intense start. The crowd instantly erupted into a rambunctious hurricane, and I was quickly separated from the security guard and lost in the dense and chaotic sea of people. There was no chance of security finding me again, and so I was able to see the rest of the show after all – from the pit.

Let us know if you’ve ever had to deal with overly aggressive fans at the front of the show through the comments section.

Native Construct signed to Metal Blade Records earlier this year and will release debut album “Quiet World” on April 21st. Check out a video playthrough off the album below.

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The Browning Announces European Tour Dates

Electronic metallers The Browning have announced dates for a European headlining tour in support of their upcoming new album, “Hypernova.”

The “Across the Nations” tour kicks off on November 22nd in Chemnitz, Germany, and also includes shows in Belgium, the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and Hungary. Supporting The Browning will be Upon This Dawning and Shoot the Girl First.

The Browning frontman Jonny McBee comments: “The Browning feels at home in Europe and we can’t wait to go back for our headliner! We always have really crazy shows there and this time won’t be any different! Everyone pick up our new album Hypernova so you can learn it before we come!”

Nov. 22 – Chemnitz, Germany – Talschock
Nov. 23 – Karlsruhe, Germany – Stadtmitte
Nov. 24 – Edegem, Belgium – JH Nootuitgang
Nov. 25 – London, UK – Borderline
Nov. 26 – Leeds, UK – Cockpit
Nov. 27 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront Studio
Nov. 28 – Glasgow, UK – Classic Grind
Nov. 29 – Bournemouth, UK – The Anvil
Nov. 30 – Bridgend, UK – Hobos
Dec. 02 – Haarlem, Netherlands – Patronaat
Dec. 03 – Cologne, Germany – Underground
Dec. 04 – Saarbrücken, Germany – Garage
Dec. 05 – Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo
Dec. 06 – Calenzano, Italy – Cycle Club
Dec. 07 – Egna/Neumarkt, Italy – Point
Dec. 08 – Vienna, Austria – Arena
Dec. 09 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
Dec. 10 – Budapest, Hungary – Dürer Kert
Dec. 11 – Schweinfurt, Germany – Stattbahnhof

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