I am in a cemetery in Brooklyn with Jinx Dawson and she is leaning against a crypt, cradling a human skull like a mother holds a newborn baby. This seems perfectly normal to her like she has done this thousands of times in her astounding fifty-years in the music business.
You’ve got to hand it to Poland’s Arkona, flying their black metal freak flag for over twenty-five years, weathering changes in tastes, technology, and personnel without wandering a smidge from their original Mephistophelian masterplan. Their unique blend of earthy black metal and fancypants symphonic trappings has corrupted many a vulnerable mind over the last couple of decades, leaving their victims humming wicked hooks long after the chaos has ended. The combination of beaut and brute still can’t be slowed by conventional weapons, despite their mix of Polish/ English lyrics and their release history of obscure splits and full-lengths on tiny labels – this is a band fighting the good (bad) fight. Continue reading →
Life of Agony and Static-X will undertake a co-headline tour of Europe next summer. “The Agony & The X-Stasy” trek will kick off on August 4 in Budapest, Hungary, and end of August 15 in Berlin, Germany. Life of Agony is currently on a brief headline tour of the USA supporting their acclaimed new album The Sound of Scars (Napalm Records). Static-X has been on tour in 2019 with their new singer Xero, performing the and have plans for a new album in 2020 with the remaining tracks from Wayne Static. Continue reading →
Knowing the ins and outs of proper Social Media Advertising copy best practices can really help you win at marketing for your band. Dumb and Dumbest #286 is streaming and it’s all about Ad Copy and You! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below. Continue reading →
Ghost Cult has teamed up with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Doom and gloom dealers Deathwhite for the world premiere of their official music video ‘Funeral Ground’! The bleak and emotive track plays over the stylized clip of the band performing intercut with ominous moments that juxtapose the nature of life and death. The track comes from their forthcoming album Grave Image, due for release on January 31st via Season of Mist. Although the band prefers to be shrouded in anonymity (for now), heads who crave the bleakest of the bleak moods of Woods of Ypres, recent Paradise Lost albums, Katatonia, Type O Negative will love this video and this group. Check out the video and pre-order Grave Image now! Continue reading →
In a new interview with Mike Hsu of Boston’s WAAF, Heavy Metal legend Rob Halford said that Judas Priest will begin writing their new album early in 2020. The band will be following the world-wide smash hit album and acclaimed by the music press Firepower (Epic Records). Speaking about his plans for the upcoming year, Rob said (hear audio below): “I’ll be heading back to the U.K. for the holidays, see my family and friends. And then we’re gonna start… There are two things happening. We’re gonna go into writing sessions in the early New Year, because we’re still buzzing from the ‘Firepower’ record and we’re raring to go, to see what else what we can come up with musically, through writing. So we’ve got that in planning. And then we go into the big production for the 50th anniversary [of JUDAS PRIEST], which, I believe, kicks off in Finland in June, I think it is. And then that’s it there. We’re off around the world for the rest of 2020 and some of 2021, celebrating 50 years of JUDAS PRIEST.”Continue reading →
In many ways, 2019 has been a banner year for all things Progressive Rock and Metal. Many of the leaders in the genre have brought forth new releases and some exciting newcomers have impressed as well. Ghost Cult has teamed up with ascending group Tylor Dory Trio to première their new single, ‘Dying Light’. The song comes from their forthcoming full-length album, Unsought Salvation. Sonically, the track has key components of the bands’ style molded from their earliest days; contemplative and chill at the start, while simmering up to a tangle of complex motifs, wailing solos, emotional vocals, and dramatic crescendos. Check out the track here! Continue reading →