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Fifteen years, and now seven albums into a successful career that has seen them move into both chart success status in their native Japan and mainstream culture by providing the opening theme for Netflix original anime series Bastard, Nagoya five-piece metalcore outfit coldrain are back following the longest gap between releases, with new offering Nonnegative (Warner Japan).
Northlane reinvented themselves threw years ago with their fifth album, Alien. Pulling on their previously established metalcore sound and adding heavy synths, they creating a dark rave, almost Matrix vibe. The quartet continue on this unique sound in their latest project Obsidian (Believe)
Eleven albums deep and showing no signs of slowing down, alternative metal tour de force Skillet enter their twenty-sixth year of existence with Dominion (WMG / Atlantic), a collection of big rocking tunes, expertly polished and produced, which continues in their now trademark vein. We get the arena stompers, the WWE PPV-ready (or premium live event as they seem to now be known as) montage accompaniers, the saccharine reflective synth and strings ballad, and the chirpy up-tempo deeper cuts.
Let’s take a minute and talk about hype. We all have a vague notion of what it is, but how does one obtain it? Can it be harnessed long term or is it a matter of riding that wave while it’s marginally available? For instance, how did Job For A Cowboy use it to jump from MySpace unto Metal Blade? Beats me. Whatever the case may be, it appears abundantly clear that Spiritbox know how to tap into it and are doing so on Eternal Blue (Rise Records). But can Spiritbox carry this momentum all through an album? Continue reading
Aline Happ is best known for fronting Brazil’s epic Symphonic Metal band Lyria, but she has done something unique and cool to share on her YouTube channel. Happ has released a video of her performing an A Capella version of Linkin Park’s classic song “Numb’ from their Meteora album.
Linkin Park has shared a live performance video of the band performing their very first hit song “One Step Closer” on Television on January 16, 2001 on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. The band recently celebrated their debut album Hybrid Theory (Reprise Records), with Hybrid Theory: 20th Anniversary Edition. Watch the clip below.
FEVER 333, and grandson are now streaming covers of two classic Linkin Park tracks as part of a new double A-side Spotify Singles recording. These special recordings mark the first time the popular Spotify Singles program has dove into the catalog to celebrate a classic album: The 20th anniversary of Linkin Park’s diamond-selling, groundbreaking debut album Hybrid Theory which just turned 20 years old. You can read our retrospective here. grandson delivered a rendition of “One Step Closer,” while FEVER 333 provided their take on “In The End.” Listen to them exclusively on Spotify now.
grandson commented, “I first heard ‘In The End’ when I was just a kid, illegally downloaded it off Kazaa when I was like ten and learned all of Mike’s verses. Then 10 years later I played the Forum with Mike in front of thousands of people. Chester is an all-time great, and I could never try and sing like he does. We had to pitch the song down just so I could come close to hitting the notes in this song. I just wanted to try and pay homage and do this incredible song justice.”
Jason Aalon-Butler of FEVER 333 remarked, “I will never forget that overcast morning in Los Angeles walking from my locker in the F building down the now infamous 11 stair handrail at Westchester High (now of numerous skate vids fame) toward the bungalows that housed my algebra 2 education and being stopped by my only website building homie to tell me of this ‘awesome new band he found called Linkin Park.’ ‘In The End’ was the song that made me believe that rap and rock still belonged together. I studied their tasteful marriage of the two styles from that moment on and created my own music with that in mind. I wish I could tell my 14-year-old self that one day I’d receive a DM from Mike Shinoda about him liking my music. I wish even more that I could tell my younger self he’d offer to share his talents and energy with me to make more music. I don’t think 14-year-old me would believe it, though. 35-year-old me still doesn’t.”
FEVER 333 just released their new EP WRONG GENERATION via Roadrunner Records / 333 WRECKORDS CREW and are currently in the midst of their WORLDWIDE D333MONSTRATIONS FOR THE WRONG GENERATION livestream tour. Tickets for the remaining dates are available HERE.
grandson is set release his full-length debut, Death of an Optimist, on December 4th through Fueled By Ramen. The forthcoming album includes recent singles “Identity,” “Riptide,” (co-produced by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda) and “Dirty,” which is currently climbing the Alternative Radio chart.
ABOUT SPOTIFY SINGLES:
Driving more than three billion streams since the program began in 2017, Spotify Singles was created to give artists an opportunity to record new versions of their own songs, and the songs of the artists they love. The Singles scope includes a unique version of each artist’s own song (Side A) and a cover song of their choosing (Side B). To date, there have been over 300 Singles recorded as part of the program.
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The year 2000 is very memorable for many things, exceptionally in music. As pop dominated the airwaves with releases such as, N*Sync’s No Strings Attached, and Britney Spears’ Oops I Did it Again, an album that was forced by the media into the new category nu-metal was about to become historic. Continue reading
Linkin Park celebrates 20 years of its debut Hybrid Theory this fall. The band have announced Hybrid Theory: 20th Anniversary Edition and dropped a previously unreleased song called “She Couldn’t.” The track is incredible, with Chester Bennington (RIP) and his amazing vocals. Check the track and visualizer here!Continue reading