NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: May 29th New Music Releases

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Nonpoint to Release “Alive and Kicking” Digital Album Tomorrow

Nonpoint will release a new live album tomorrow on all DSPs! The record Alive and Kicking for May the 4th(Be With You Day) from their online series of “Quarantine Sessions”, in which the band played live online and interacted with fans. You can see the slick Star Wars artwork and some sample posts the band shared online. Continue reading

DIAMONDS AND MIST: Albums Round- Up

In this edition of our Reviews Round-Up, our fearless Editor Steve Tovey takes on some new and recently released albums to see if they pass the smell test.
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Galactic Empire – Galactic Empire

If you’re male and in your late thirties or forties then there’s a good chance that Star Wars played a significant part in your childhood. From the movies themselves to the toys, books, comics, games, clothes, and basically the relentless merchandising conveyor belt in general, Star Wars was everywhere. Continue reading

Musicians Mourn Film Icon Carrie Fisher

Shock and sadness swept the internet yesterday as word came down that actress and cultural icon Carrie Fisher had died at age 60. Fisher, best known as Princess Leia Organa in five of the eight released films in the Star Wars film franchise, passed away from complications from a heart attack she suffered before Christmas. Musicians, artists, and fans from across the world flooded social media with their reactions of anger and grief: Continue reading

Nine Inch Nails – Not The Actual Events

One thing about Trent Reznor, he never seems to get complacent. Part of that is the artist inside of him won’t allow atrophy of his creative muscles very long. The strength of his need to keep growing forward and evolving, Reznor continues an over decade long hot-streak of new and varied output either as a solo artist, entrepreneur, film composer, visual artist, fashion designer, his other band projects such as How To Destroy Angels and of course with Nine Inch Nails.

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Video: Killswitch Engage – Strength Of Mind

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Killswitch Engage has teamed up with The Nerdist to debut their new single ‘Strength of Mind’. You can watch the video at this link or below:

 

‘Strength of Mind’ is available for purchase beginning Friday, December 11th from all all digital retailers and streaming services. The track is the first song from the forthcoming new Killswitch Engage album due out this spring from Roadrunner Records.

Singer Jesse Leach commented on the track:

“We are very pleased to have ‘Strength of the Mind’ finally released. “It is a big moment to have this be the first listen to the album. The video visually captures a bit of the anxiety and chaos that the song touches on lyrically. It is almost a bit surreal and dream-like with the camera effects, called ‘whacking’ It is always a pleasure to work with McFarland and Pecci, as they are both artists who give it their all with no shortcuts. Watching Mike work the camera live, while Ian paces around and directs, is a very involving and creatively satisfying experience.”

“We are all also very excited to have the pleasure of being on the cover of Revolver dressed as a characters from Star Wars! We had a total blast dressing up and trying not to laugh the entire time. It is such a fun cover and represents who we are as people. I am just very grateful to see the beginnings of an album cycle that I feel will define a whole new chapter for us.”

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Fans can read more about KsE’s new album in Revolver, which comes out on December 22.

Killswitch Engage Holiday Tour Dates:
Dec 27: Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, N.Y.
Dec 28: Lupo’s, Providence, R.I.
Dec 29: Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, N.J.

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InAeona – Force Rise the Sun

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Boston-based InAeona are new to Prosthetic Records, but are not new to the heavy music scene. It is their well-honed sound that makes them sound confident on their latest album, Force Rise the Sun. Their first major label release puts them between post-modern metal and modern Pink Floyd style psychedelic sounds.

Album opener ‘Bright Black’ makes one feel as if they are watching the opening scene of a movie similar somewhere between Tron and Star Wars. The music director or composer for The Force Awakens should take note. Like its title, ‘A Ways Away’ is an instrumental that is simultaneously hollow and brimming with forlorn emotion. It too might go well with a pivotal movie scene.

Vocalist Bridge shines on the sublime ‘Ghosts’ while she wails with her guitar. Bassist Dave and drummer James provide the explosive support to her voice. Bridge also does wonders on ‘Soldier’. This is where she shows the most of her range and pours her emotion into the song. The end result is as fierce as Bridge appears. ‘Soldier’ is also the song most likely to get stuck in a person’s head; fitting for the end of the album. With this the band proves they can write tunes that are catchy and do not sacrifice their core sound.

InAeona are serious about making music true to their signature sound. However, they are not so serious that the album suffers in any way. With Force Rise the Sun they have created an album that may someday be looked upon as an early classic when the beginnings of post-modern metal are a part of history. One is left with an interest as to what they may put together next, but there is plenty to be sonically explored with this album until then.

 

8.5/10

MELISSA CAMPBELL

 

Close Encounters Of The Death Metal Kind – Kevin Quilligan of Apophys

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While Technical Death Metal is a mutating scene, increasing in profile, it is still far from the maddening crowd of commercial success. Add in a band with a penchant for a science fiction theme or 2001, and Dutch metallers Apophys could well be described as somewhat niche. Featuring members (past and present) of God Dethroned, Erebus, Toxocara and Prostitute Disfigurement, this Kampen quintet, have caught not just their own imaginations but the eye of Metal Blade. Their first promo, quickly led to their acclaimed full length Prime Incursion.

“This time, something was different.” Vocalist Kevin Quilligan is talking about the moment he and long-time band mate Sanne van Dijk had, as they were wont to do, gotten together to chuck around some ideas. At the time, there was no real serious intent behind it, they weren’t going boldly anywhere until the spark of creativity caught fire, engulfing the pair with an interest in their new work. We’ve been writing and recording songs for years like that, but this time the material felt like it took a life of its own. Michiel (van der Plicht  – drums) soon joined to record a promo and everything went incredibly fast from there.”

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Turning in an album of relentless battery is of itself something of an art form, let alone one that maintains the atmosphere of the chilling film Event Horizon. “When I think of Technical Death Metal, I think of Origin, Archspire and Soreption” continues the Throat of Apophys. “I always viewed ourselves as being somewhat more traditional. Sure we have technical elements, but this is not our priority at all. I just want to write killer tracks that are well arranged and filled with little details.

“I personally feel you should always go for broke if you have any kind of ambitions of becoming a successful artist. And so we did, and it worked. There’s basically nothing more than that, we took a shot and it worked out better than we could imagine.”

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As the popularity of Technical Death Metal grows, so does interest in the genre as a whole. With their debut out and garnering “a ton of great response from press and fans”, where does Quilligan see his newest outfit fitting in? “I don’t really think (Technical Death Metal) is a fair representation of our sound but I’ve never been one to lose sleep over genres. It baffles me to see people take so much time online to discuss what genre a band fits into, it’s almost fascinating.” While Technical Death Metal is a tag that fits due to the blistering performance of the aforementioned van der Plicht and the non-too-shabby six-stringing, the roots of Apophys are of a more traditional bent. “I mostly describe Apophys as a Death Metal band that is heavily influence by the mid 90’s US Death with plenty of modern elements to keep a fresh sound.”

From a promo to an album at the speed of the Millenium Falcon with a working hyperdrive, thoughts have already turned to a sequel. If Prime Incursion is their Star Trek: The Motion Picture, could the follow up be their Wrath Of Khan and really establish the band…? “Things went incredibly quick for us as soon as the promo was released. So we didn’t really take the time to sit down and talk about what we were planning to do, we just went with the natural flow of things. I feel we did achieve what we set out to do with this release, to appear on the scene with a bang.

“We are already working on some new material with more of a general concept in mind, musically and lyrically we want to expand more; more layering in the songs, more sci-fi, more sound design, more art.”

As excited as Quilligan is about beginning work on a follow up to Prime Incursion he is also fired up about the looming spectre of Episode VII having seen the Comic-con vid, and other trailers.

“I’m pretty excited to see the new Star Wars, I really want to see what they would do with the concept years after the originals came out. I love Star Wars, watched all the episodes vigorously as a kid and I still consider Empire Strikes Back one of the best sci-fi films out there. I read something about die-hard fans being upset about the cross guards on the new light saber, and I would like to use this opportunity to state my personal opinion on this matter: If I would have a laser sword that could cut of my limbs in the blink of an eye, I would be extremely happy on having a solid cross guard on there. Historically it would make sense also seeing as both Luke and Vader have their sword arm cut off at one point.

“I’m just waiting patiently for light saber nunchakus, wouldn’t that be sweet?”

 

STEVE TOVEY

Prolific Horror Actor And Metal Musician Sir Christopher Lee Dies At 93

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Legendary British actor Sir Christopher Lee has passed away at age 93 due to complications from respiratory failure. Lee, renowned as a character actor made over 250 films such as the classic Hammer Horror films as Dracula of the 1950s and 60s, 1973 classic The Wicker Man, and massive pop culture and SciFi epics such as a James Bond villain in 1974 (The Main With The Golden Gun), The Lord of The Rings Film Trilogy films and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. His film legacy leaves a mark on a generation of fan, especially musicians who have referenced his work for decades such as Iron Maiden. Lee also released four albums and 3 EPs worth of music, mainly rock, folk, and symphonic metal music. His last release was 2014’s Metal Knight. He was said to favor Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and other classic doom bands, classic rock and classical music.

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