Teramaze has shared a new single and video for their cover of 1980s pop hit duet “Easy Lover’ – written by bassist Nathan East (Fourplay, Eric Clapton) and performed by Phil Collins(Genesis) and Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind, and Fire). The band has also announced the return of vocalist Nathan Peachey, who was the vocalist on their critically acclaimed 2015 album, Her Halo. The band will carry on with two vocalists now. Stream the track and watch the video now!
The new Black Star Riders album Wrong Side of Paradise signals the end of one era and the start of a new one. After eight years with Nuclear Blast this, their fifth record, is their first with Earache Records, their first without co-founding guitarist Scott Gorham, and their first as a quartet.
In the battle for memorable metal, style or substance often battle for dominance. While Germany’s Crom may seem to lean more towards “style” in their sturdy and reliable brand of Trad/Power hybrid metal, the songs on the new release The Era Of Darkness (From The Vaults) also contain a strong measure of strength in the sword arm and fire in the heart.
Steeped in Nordic mythology, France’s Skáld draw extensively on traditional folk music and employ the Old Norse language for many of their lyrics. Huldufólk (Decca / Universal Music) is the group’s fourth full-length release and is themed around the subject of its title: huldufólk, or “hidden people” is the name given to the mythical beings — elves, dwarves, trolls — that populate Nordic folklore. Moreover, according to the press release accompanying this record, the work honours “an entire people in whom many Scandinavians still believe”.
Canada’s All Else Fails released their latest EP, “The Incident at Black Lake,” this past September. A concept EP intended to be listened to as a whole, it is a personal foray into the darkness of depression and the torment of addiction. To cap off the EP, the final track is a cover of “Crystal Mountain” originally performed by Death. The band just shared a music video for the cover! Watch it now!Continue reading →
Keefy from Ghost Cult caught up with Layne and Myles Ulrich of Taipei Houston at Aftershock Festival to chat about their debut album “Once Bit Never Bored,” out now on C3 Records. The brothers are the sons of Metallica legend Lars Ulrich, but are dedicated to making it on their own steam. We discussed their approach to music, how they collaborate on songs, opening for Melvins, their Beatles cover of “Eleanor Rigby,” and much more! Continue reading →
Metalcore band Volumes has shared a new single and visualizer for their cover of Pantera’s – “Rise!” You can stream the track on all DSPs, and watch the video below. The cover pays tribute to guitarist Dimebag Darrell who was murdered on this day (December 8th) 2004. “Rise” comes off of Pantera’s second mainstream album Vulgar Display of Power, released in 1992 via East-West, Atco Records.
Deep in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn with a nice long walk from the train, I’ve finally made it to Brooklyn Steel for a night of French musical goodness. Carpenter Brut can be considered both the name of the keyboardist/mastermind who perfers to be anonymous and also the name of the group itself. Take your pick. Starting the two-band bill night was Sierra who is making her American debut on this tour. Her EDM and Darkwave tones set the vibe perfectly for this moody dance night. She also was the sole vocalist performing live at this show. Armed with her DJ rig, drum pads, and hypnotic beats; Sierra is someone I’d like to see again.
Patience is a virtue. And, no, this isn’t some flippant or patronising reference to Oceans of Slumber “finally fulfilling the potential shown on their first album”, because they fulfilled that already from the off and especially on their third / self-titled release a couple of years ago. I mention it because the benefits and, yes, virtues of Starlight and Ash (Century Media) may not be immediately apparent. Continue reading →