From the stark desert of Joshua Tree National Park, Rock and Post-Hardcore connoisseurs Senses Fail perform two livestream sets in homage to their classic albums, Still Searching and Let It Enfold You (Vagrant Records). With the former being presented at sunset and the latter at sunrise, they utilize the barren yet persevering environment to bring the deeper meaning of their music to life. A 360-degree track camera and surrounding steadicams capture it all, complemented by flashing lights and projected images of the band’s skeleton mascot beaming from each towering rock.
In the absence of live shows as we know them, Dutch symphonic metal act Within Temptation have taken the idea of playing a simple online gig and moved it up a level, giving fans the full virtual reality sci-fi treatment. Instead of performing on a stage in an empty room, the band have produced something much more visually stimulating, creating not only a sequence of lavish futuristic sets but a fully functional wraparound storyline detailed ahead of each separate section by the disembodied head of a digitally constructed android.
Getting ready to return to the touring lifestyle they’ve grown accustomed to, Ohio-based Metalcore and Hard Rock group Beartooth presented fans with the next best thing to seeing them from the barricades. Bringing their new album Below (Red Bull Records) to life with elaborate visuals and booming sparklers, The Journey Below livestream reminds us what rock shows are all about in case anyone has forgotten.
Okay, so watching streamed performances over the internet isn’t the best way to enjoy live shows. That’s a given. Every one of us would rather be in the middle of a sweaty moshpit, getting drunk with friends while being accidentally kicked in the head by overenthusiastic crowd surfers. Yes you would. Don’t lie.
A live-streamed event in support of their latest album Ωmega (Nuclear Blast), Dutch sextet Epica pull out the stops for an explosive return to the stage, their first since the Coronavirus crisis began last year. Presented by Danny Wimmer presents and filmed at AED Studios in Belgium, the band are given a generous performance area to strut their symphonic stuff and they utilise every bit of space in typically bombastic style.
Masters of baroque melodic extremity, it is befitting that Suffolk symphonaires Cradle of Filth has grabbed the goat by the horns with a suitably slick foray into the live stream arena. Atop a multi-layered theater stage set, ring leader Dani Filth sets the tone, holding aloft a flaming torch and emerging from a cowl straight out of one of the Undertaker’s Wrestlemania entrances, before announcing the commencement of the invocation of the unclean…Continue reading
Henry W. Longfellow wrote that “… music is the universal language of mankind.” Music, to some people, generates their very life force. The pandemic came barreling into our lives like a runaway train canceling future plans indefinitely. The music industry was immediately impacted as devastated fans watched helplessly as show by show and entire tours were canceled. Fans of the ginormously popular alternative metal band Staind held little hope that after a five-year hiatus they would see their beloved Staind as scheduled. Alas, the tour was not meant to be, as the weeks turned into months, music fans were slowly giving up on ever seeing live music performed in the near future. Fortunes are turning around in 2021, and until the band can hit the road again, Staind has announced The Return of Staind: a two-part Global Streaming series.
It’s been a struggle for artists to convey their art to fans in the midst of a concert moratorium due to the pandemic. Yet with almost 30 years as a band under their belt, Korn knows how to give the fans what they want through the innovation and creativity they’ve built their brand on. With their latest offering, “Korn: Monumental,” the band brought their signature stage presence to fans all over the world via livestream from a visually stunning overlook in Los Angeles, California. While many live streams have focused on giving audiences an intimate experience, Korn managed to amplify the feel of their electrifying live performance to a new level of massive grandiosity. Making expert use of lighting and aerial shots, the band can be seen from all angles being bathed in the blue and white light as stunning visuals are projected off the enormous screens installed as part “Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience.”
If there’s one thing the last twelve months or so have taught people it’s how to adapt, and fans of live music have been no exception. With no shows to attend, the number of people paying to watch their favourite bands – or just any band – performing special quarantine sets has been steadily on the rise.
While some were out hunting for Easter eggs, headbangers had a special treat of their own to look forward to in the form of the eOne Heavy Livestream. With five bands and almost four hours of footage, the livestream was a strong showcase of the label’s impressive heavy roster.