Lucas Stone Releasing New Single / Book Chapter “Carry The Black”

For the better part of 20 years, Lucas Stone is a part of the landscape of the Gold Coast and Queensland heavy music scene, spending time with bands like Helm, Tension, and Scalene. Now, Lucas has embarked on what is his most revealing, brutal, and true endeavour to date. The following press release was issued about his upcoming release:

“He is releasing music that will gradually pull back the curtain on his story – a story about the man behind the lyrics and the screams and growls – and is releasing a digital book as well, a chapter at a time, along with each song. These songs feature various guests, a personal selection of mates and industry associates that Stone has either shared a part of his musical journey with or most wants to hear their presence on the tracks. Each performer best matched to the emotion of that story and song.

“The first song, ‘Carry the Black,’ accompanies the first chapter, ‘Get Born’ and it touches on the beginning of Lucas’ harrowing tale from near-death at birth, growing up in Wollongong, his ‘punk as fuck’ Mum, being raised in a home outside the law, the perils of hard drug abuse and so much more. A unique opportunity to look into a life usually not entirely revealed by the lyrics of a song, only glimpsed.

“Stone has always been very hesitant to reveal these elements of his life. As he relaxes into middle age, only now has he mustered up the strength, impetus and inspiration to couple this new music with the story. His intention throughout the process, to give back to his audience through his experience, and, survival.”

New single “Carry The Black” is a tale told alongside his friends Colin Jeffs (Tongues, ex-Aversions Crown) on guest vocals, Leigh Dowling (Hammers) on guest vocals and Simon Reys (Scalene) on bass. Stone goes on to describe the song by saying:

“It’s a rock song with a black soul. A metaphor for the shadows we carry with us, trudging through this swamp of mistakes and bad decisions in the hope of reaching something beautiful. Sometimes the beautiful is the ocean we’re drowning in – just gotta learn to swim and, in turn, learn to love the swim.

“I channel pure human evil for this one. It’s not nice. It uses satanic imagery and dialogue as the best depiction of the metaphor, relative and contradictory to two of my most hated facets of humanity – organised religion and forced governance.

“In short, this song is about buckling to all of it. About giving in and living with the pure disdain for our weakness as a species. We are forced to live with, and even enjoy, everything we hate the most just to survive this mess. Totally goes against our natural state of being and where we’re supposed to position ourselves. But we do it anyway.”

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Lucas Stone Releasing New Single / Book Chapter “Carry The Black”

For the better part of 20 years, Lucas Stone is a part of the landscape of the Gold Coast and Queensland heavy music scene, spending time with bands like Helm, Tension, and Scalene. Now, Lucas has embarked on what is his most revealing, brutal, and true endeavour to date. The following press release was issued about his upcoming release:

“He is releasing music that will gradually pull back the curtain on his story – a story about the man behind the lyrics and the screams and growls – and is releasing a digital book as well, a chapter at a time, along with each song. These songs feature various guests, a personal selection of mates and industry associates that Stone has either shared a part of his musical journey with or most wants to hear their presence on the tracks. Each performer best matched to the emotion of that story and song.

“The first song, ‘Carry the Black,’ accompanies the first chapter, ‘Get Born’ and it touches on the beginning of Lucas’ harrowing tale from near-death at birth, growing up in Wollongong, his ‘punk as fuck’ Mum, being raised in a home outside the law, the perils of hard drug abuse and so much more. A unique opportunity to look into a life usually not entirely revealed by the lyrics of a song, only glimpsed.

“Stone has always been very hesitant to reveal these elements of his life. As he relaxes into middle age, only now has he mustered up the strength, impetus and inspiration to couple this new music with the story. His intention throughout the process, to give back to his audience through his experience, and, survival.”

New single “Carry The Black” is a tale told alongside his friends Colin Jeffs (Tongues, ex-Aversions Crown) on guest vocals, Leigh Dowling (Hammers) on guest vocals and Simon Reys (Scalene) on bass. Stone goes on to describe the song by saying:

“It’s a rock song with a black soul. A metaphor for the shadows we carry with us, trudging through this swamp of mistakes and bad decisions in the hope of reaching something beautiful. Sometimes the beautiful is the ocean we’re drowning in – just gotta learn to swim and, in turn, learn to love the swim.

“I channel pure human evil for this one. It’s not nice. It uses satanic imagery and dialogue as the best depiction of the metaphor, relative and contradictory to two of my most hated facets of humanity – organised religion and forced governance.

“In short, this song is about buckling to all of it. About giving in and living with the pure disdain for our weakness as a species. We are forced to live with, and even enjoy, everything we hate the most just to survive this mess. Totally goes against our natural state of being and where we’re supposed to position ourselves. But we do it anyway.”

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Among Gods Posts “Vinter” Single, Announces Lineup Change

Norwegian death / doom crew Among Gods is now streaming new single “Vinter,” which can be heard in the SoundCloud player below. The band comments:

“Alongside penning down songs for our next release, we have been working on mixing a song from our doom vault. ‘Vinter’ from the ‘Monument’ album sessions been mixed in Consternation Studio and features Gunnhild Huser on vocals along with Kenneth’s voice. ‘Vinter’ (Winter in English) is titled and sung in Norwegian language.

“Gunnhild joined us on this song with her delicate voice and hearing her sing these words in Norwegian bring us back to the early 90´s, with a 3rd & The Mortal vibe. Based on the feeling of the harsh cold nature during a Norwegian winter, the song stands out as an atypical AG song but with the true norwegian roots deep in our hearts.”

In related news, the band now officially welcomes Andreas Johansen & Jonis Forland to the Among Gods ranks with this statement: “They are both in the band Ashowa, Andreas join us on drums and Jonis on bass and we are very pleased to make this announcement. We now have full focus putting together a new live set, and there will be gigs ahead. After this we will again start working on writing new songs for the forthcoming AG album… doom over the world!”

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Synaptik Posts New Lyric Video For “White Circles”

U.K. prog metal quintet SynaptiK unleashed their sophomore studio album, “Justify & Reason,” on March 10th through Defox Records (digitally), and via Divebomb Records in the U.S. in CD format. Today, April 10th, the album lands in various U.K. stores trhough Plastichead.

Today SynaptiK has also launched a lyric video for third single “White Circles.” Singer John Knight commented about the lyrical concept behind the song:

“Lyrically, the song describes the story of one person’s dependency on medication, antipsychotic drugs, the decision whether to stop taking them and return to a natural state risking confusion and illness or to continue on, the side effects, the withdrawals, the risks. All overseen by the ‘God like’ psychiatrist.”

Knight worked for many years within the mental health system at management level further comments, “I spoke at length with a client about her feelings towards her medication and her psychiatrist. She told me her psychiatrist was ‘like a God,’ someone who oversaw all the choices she made and controlled her life. It made an impression and I wrote this song that night. Of course, not every story is the same and medication plays a very important and useful part of people’s life, it’s not an anti-medication song at all, but about the conflict a person has, the internal battle… Telling themselves ‘I’m well now, I don’t need these tablets’ without realizing they feel this way because the medication is working, the side effects both being on and withdrawing can be severe.”

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Until Rain Streaming New Track “Progressus In Idem”

“Progressus In Idem” is the new single from Thessaloniki, Greece-based alternative/progressive metal act Until Rain, the song hailing from the band’s third album, “Inure,” which is approaching release through Sensory Records.

Offers the band on this new track: “We couldn’t be more excited to release another song from our soon-to-be-released album, ‘Inure.’ It’s the opener, it’s heavy and we can’t wait to play it live for you. See you on the road!”

Sensory Records will release the album in Europe on April 28th and in the U.S. on May 12th. Until Rain has further booked two European tours tied directly into the release of “Inure.” First up is a split co-headlining tour with Sensory labelmates Wolverine and Oddland, with shows in the UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden from April 26th through May 6th.

Directly behind the trek, Until Rain will co-headline with Poem through the Balkan countries May 11th through 14th, with shows in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and the final gig in the band’s native Greece.

4/26/2017 The Bodega – Nottingham, UK w/ Wolverine, Oddland
4/27/2017 Garage Highbury – London, UK w/ Wolverine, Oddland
4/28/2017 La Boule Noure – Paris, FR w/ Wolverine, Oddland
4/29/2017 Boerderij – Zoetermeer, NL w/ Wolverine, Oddland
4/30/2017 W2 – Hertogenbosch, NL w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/02/2017 TBA w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/03/2017 Musik & Frieden – Berlin, DE w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/04/2017 Beta2300 – Copenhagen, DK w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/05/2017 Frölunda Kulturhus – Gothenburg, SE w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/06/2017 Bowlan – Östhammar, SE w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/11/2017 Live & Loud – Sofia, BU w/ Poem
5/12/2017 Silverchurch – Bucharest, RO w/ Poem
5/13/2017 Elektropionir – Belgrade, SB w/ Poem
5/14/2017 8Ball – Thessaloniki, GR w/ Poem

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Edensong Releases “In The Longest Of Days” Video

New York City-based progressive group Edensong just unveiled an official video for the expansive “In The Longest Of Days,” which hails from the band’s intense Laser’s Edge-released “Years In The Garden Of Years” album (reviewed here).

Expanding on the video, the band’s James Schoen delves in and says: “‘In The Longest Of Days’ is really the song that inspired the concept behind the album ‘Years In The Garden Of Years.’ It was the first song I wrote from scratch for Edensong since the ‘Fruit Fallen’ days and it remains one of my favorites, and one that flowed really easily for me. Conceptually, the song depicts a lifetime in the span of a single day; All our desires, aspirations, and struggles distilled into a solitary rotation of the earth on its axis.

“True to the concept, we filmed the video in the span of a single day, up in rural Vermont, where I felt the epic landscape could really complement the feel of the music. Once again, we teamed up with our good friend filmmaker Nick Fiore, and worked with an incredible local dancer Hanna Satterlee. Since just getting the guys in the band together for rehearsal can often be a challenge, I was quite nervous about our ability to pull all this off in a day (especially considering it was an outdoor shoot in Vermont in the middle of November) but things couldn’t have come together more perfectly! Thanks, global warming! Both the song and the video shoot flowed pretty effortlessly, a rarity in my experience!”

Fans can catch these upcoming Edensong 2017 tour dates:

5/07/2017 RoSfest – Gettysburg, PA w/ Neal Morse, Anglagard, more]
5/20/2017 Terra Incognita Festival – Quebec City, QC w/ Glasshammer, Universe Effects
5/22/2017 Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto, ON w/ Imminent Sonic Destruction
5/24/2017 The Firebird – St. Louis, MO w/ Imminent Sonic Destruction
5/25/2017 Martyrs – Chicago, IL w/ Imminent Sonic Destruction
5/26/2017 The Loving Touch – Detroit, MI w/ Imminent Sonic Destruction
5/27/2017 Sherlock’s – Erie, PA w/ Imminent Sonic Destruction
5/28/2017 DROM – New York, NY w/ Imminent Sonic Destruction

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New Video Clip “Alaric Wolfbite” Posted By Realms Of Odoric

Realms Of Odoric issued a new video clip for the song “Alaric Wolfbite.” The song is the latest single from from “Second Age,” which was issued last Christmas via MDD Records.

Check out the clip here:

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New Video Clip “Immortal In Your Eyes” Posted By Scarlet Aura

Romanian melodic metal/hard rock act Scarlet Aura released another video clip, this time for the song “Immortal In Your Eyes.” The song is lifted from the band’s latest album “Falling Sky,” which is available via Pure Rock Records, a division of Pure Steel Records.

Check out the video here:

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New Video Clip “Shadow Man” Posted By Gothic

Romanian doom metal act Gothic issued a new video clip for the song “Shadow Man.” The song is lifted from the band’s third studio album “Demons,” which was issued back in late January through Loud Rage Music.

The video was mixed by the band’s leader, Alin Petrut, with post-production by Razvan Alexandru (Abigail). Check it out here:

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Anathema Posts New Track “Springfield”

Following 2014 album “Distant Satellites” (reviewed here and with the title track appearing on the soundtrack to sci-fi / horror novella “Empty”), Anathema will see the release of eleventh studio album “The Optimist” this coming June 9th via Kscope.

Today the band shares new song “Springfield” below as pre-orders for the 11 track album come online. Anathema singer/guitar player Daniel Cavanagh comments:

“Here we present the song ‘Springfield’, it’s actually the song that closed our unforgettable Wembley gig with Opeth and it seemed to be a track that just fell into place without much effort. It seemed to do itself. The song forms part of a narrative that runs through The Optimist album, it’s a narrative that begins where A Fine Day To Exit left off. The album is a journey. The songs are ambiguous. There is no right or wrong way to take them. Make of them what you will.”

Anathema began recording “The Optimist” in the winter of 2016 at Attica Audio in Donegal, Ireland and then finished at Castle Of Doom studios in Glasgow with producer Tony Doogan. Mastering was handled at Abbey Road Studios and the track listing is as follows:

1. 32.63N 117.14W
2. Leaving It Behind
3. Endless Ways
4. The Optimist
5. San Francisco
6. Springfield
7. Ghosts
8. Can’t Let Go
9. Close Your Eyes
10. Wildfires
11. Back To the Start

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