Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy, The Almighty) has announced today that he will be releasing a brand new studio album, his first since 2015. The new album is titled ‘When Life Was Hard And Fast’ and will be released on the 19th February through Nuclear Blast. The album’s first single ‘Fighting Heart’ has also been released today and is available on all streaming services right now.
Pre-order the album on various formats, including a 2CD Digipack which includes the bonus covers album ‘Stairwell Troubadour’, now from: https://www.musicglue.com/ricky-warwick/ and http://nblast.de/RickyWarwick-WLWHAF
Ricky comments: “Fighting Heart” is a celebration of how music, literature, art and movies can inspire and motivate us on a daily basis. Can these things change the world? Who knows for sure. But I believe that loud guitars and rock n roll can save a little piece of us all”
For the process of recording the album, Ricky was joined by Robert Crane (Bass), Xavier Muriel (Drums) and Keith Nelson (Guitar) as well as a number of special guests including Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Andy Taylor formerly of Duran Duran, Thunder’s Luke Morley, Dizzy Reed of the mighty Guns ‘N Roses and even Ricky’s daughter Pepper. Keith also produced the new album, having previously worked with Buckcherry, Blackberry Smoke and Alice Cooper. Keith noted that “Ricky is a true Rock-n-Roll soul… he’s got incredible stories to tell and a unique way of telling them. It’s been an honor to be asked to partner and contribute to this record.”
Ricky with his band The Fighting Hearts have announced the following UK tour for April/May 2021 with full date schedule below.
28 April 2021: Cambridge Junction*
29 April 2021: Norwich The Waterfront*
30 April 2021: Bedford Esquires*
1 May 2021: Swansea Patti Pavilion – Sound Bay Festival*^
2 May 2021: London O2 Academy Islington*
4 May 2021: Newcastle University Students Union^
5 May 2021: Glasgow The Garage G2^
6 May 2021: Belfast Limelight 2
7 May 2021: Manchester Club Academy^
8 May 2021: Carlisle The Brickyard^
9 May 2021: Buckley The Tivoli^
12 May 2021: Reading Sub 89*
13 May 2021: Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill*
14 May 2021: Blackpool The Waterloo – Massive Weekend (Ricky Solo Acoustic)
15 May 2021: Blackpool The Waterloo – Massive Weekend *^
16 May 2021: Leeds Warehouse^
19 May 2021: Bournemouth Madding Crowd^
20 May 2021: Nottingham Rescue Rooms^
21 May 2021: Lincoln Call Of The Wild Festival
Iron Savior released their long awaited first single video “Our Time Has Come”. Killer guitar riff in the best Ozzy way, Iron Savior blow out a first class metal hymn with their first single “Our Time Has Come”! New Album „Skycrest“ hit the streets 4th December. With „Skycrest“ IRON SAVIOR are about to add another classic to their discography!
Come one! Come all, to the demented, heinous bloodbath of a murder metal circus that declares MACABRE’s return; Carnival Of Killers. As the band’s first full-length album in almost 10 years and just in time for their 35th anniversary as a band, “Carnival Of Killers” will be released on November 13th via Nuclear Blast Records. The video was helmed by award-winning filmmaker, Ryan Oliver who’s previously directed videos for ‘The Atlas Moth’, ‘Bill & Phil’, ‘Child Bite’ and ‘Lair of the Minotaur’. The video was produced in hand with his colleagues at The Rot Shop, a fabrication and FX shop in Chicago where the same group has previously made props and FX for many artists including MINISTRY and METALLICA. Visit http://www.DeathBlowProductions.com & http://www.ChicagoRot.com for more information.
MACABRE’s Corporate Death comments, “I haven’t done a song about Richard Ramirez for more than twenty-five years, so I thought I would write a new one. He was evil enough to warrant a full concept record as we did with Dahmer, but Carnival Of Killers is all about variety.”
“Carnival Of Killers” was recorded and mixed by Tomek Spirala of Studio1134 with the exception of drum tracks as he recorded them at Kiwi Audio with the help of Mark Walker. The mastering of “Carnival Of Killers” was handled by J.F. Dagenais at JFD Studios in Dallas, TX. The “Where’s Waldo” meets serial killer album artwork was created by Corporate Death (lead singer | guitarist Lance Lencioni) and artist Laz Gein and highlights the album’s most memorable references.
“Carnival Of Killers” will be available in the following formats:
-Carnival Edition (Milky Clear w/ Red, Blue, Green & Yellow)
-Strangled Sky Edition (Blue/White Cloudy)
-Clown Splatter Edition ( Milky Clear with Rainbow splatter)
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Relapse Records presents 2R0I2P0, the brand new collaborative album from BORIS and MERZBOW. The 10 track album showcases every bit of the excitement and pulse-pounding rock and metal heard throughout the inimitable, expansive BORIS catalog, as it meets the signature harsh noise and soundscapes of the equally prolific MERZBOW. Watch and listen to 2R0I2P0’s opening track “Away From You” on YouTube and all streaming services. An album that is at once familiar and unique for its time, melodic and harsh in equal parts, 2R0I2P0 aims to find sonic harmony. After all, 2R0I2P0 translates to “Twenty Twenty R.I.P.” “This year was a period of trial for everyone in the world,” BORIS comments. “This work becomes a monument to the requiem of the previous era. From here, a new world begins again.” 2R0I2P0 is out December 11th on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical Pre-Orders are available and Digital Downloads / Streaming .
Las Vegas rockers DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY is finally delivering their anticipated sophomore album, Doves In Glass Houses. The 11-track collection will be released worldwide on all digital platforms on October 30th. Today the band debuts the second track from the album, the bone-chilling “Addicted To Your Heart.” “This song was extremely hard for me to write,” admits DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY architect and vocalist Michael Orlando. “When I sat down to write this song I had to decide how to approach the toxic relationships of my past. The amount of anxiety and pain I endured during a particular time has stuck with me like crazy glue. No matter how great my day is going, I can always count on memories of this past relationship to supply the anger and sadness needed to write a song. It just poured out of me and the outcome is explaining how I am ‘Addicted To Your Heart.’”
Adoration at radio is nothing new for DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY as their previous video, “This Is War,” described as “An action-packed single” by KNAC, was released earlier this year as a gift for patient fans. Their debut album, Alchemy, released in 2018 on Victory Records, produced two Billboard Top 40 hits with “I’ll Find A Way” and “No Way Out.” Both songs also reached Top 30 at Active Rock Radio. The band then spent the next two years touring non-stop with JOHN 5, FALLING IN REVERSE, ADELITA’S WAY, BADFLOWER and numerous festivals including Warped Tour, Epicenter, Inkcarceration, Welcome To Rockville and dozens of regional radio festivals.
In 2019, DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY, rounded out by guitarist Craig Pirtle and skin-basher Zachary Moore, teamed up with three vastly different producers to create Doves In Glass Houses – Malcolm Springer (MATCHBOX 20, FEAR FACTORY), Kris Crummett (DANCE GAVIN DANCE, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS), and Nick Sampson (WE CAME AS ROMANS, POLYPHIA). Orlando goes on to add, “We recorded a majority of the album at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, CA (NO DOUBT, LINKIN PARK, EVANESCENCE).” With his transparent heart on his sleeve, Orlando adds, “I am so proud of Alchemy, but I decided the follow-up would be much more honest.” Songs like “Bleeding Faith,” “Inside Out” and “Just For Tonight” take the listener through the bands groove-heavy guitar virtuosity, addictive vocals and layers of sonic rock n roll.
Hailed as the next coming of rock history, DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY was formed in 2017 by frontman Orlando as ‘gothy, catchy rock n roll’ (Kerrang! Magazine), and quickly gained fans by the thousands, applauded for their theatrically intense live show. As their tour supporting WEDNESDAY 13 was scrapped amidst the pandemic, new DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY dates will be announced soon. Fans can get their fix from “Addicted To Your Heart” everywhere digital music is available today and won’t have to wait long to hear all of Doves In Glass Houses which appropriately arrives on Devil’s Night, October 30th.
INFERA BRUO’s new album, Rites Of The Nameless, is out now! Produced, engineered and mixed by INFERA BRUO’s own Galen Baudhuin, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, the US band’s latest effort is a distinctive beast. Eschewing the lo-fi production of black metal’s Scandinavian origins, and shying away from the pristine polish often found in later subscribers of the genre, Rites Of The Nameless is an honest representation of the band in their rawest form.
On the release of the album, INFERA BRUO’s Galen Baudhuin (vocals/guitar) comments: “We’re very proud of what we created on this album. Through some unexpected challenges and determination, I believe we’ve crafted some of our best work. Hopefully people will listen to it and be able tune out some of the hellish noise of society.” A foreboding atmosphere ripples throughout Rites of the Nameless, converging with a primordial energy that makes each missive both essential and thought provoking. The meditative nature of the album allows room for rumination on the cyclical nature of death, rebirth and everything in between; freedom to escape the day-to-day.
Devin Townsend will release ‘Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1’ on the 23rd October 2020, a document of his Winter 2019 European tour that saw him taking on possibly his most ambitious live show to date.
Devin comments: “So once upon a time, in a land not much different than the one we’re living in now, there used to be things called ‘concerts’ where a bunch of human beings would assemble to watch awkward performances and get shitfaced on overpriced beer. Tour managers would solve problems while simultaneously hitting on women, and musicians would complain about not being home (until getting home, where they would then complain about not being on tour). During one of these ‘tours’, I myself assembled 10 brilliant people, confident enough to play challenging material, while simultaneously acting like goofs with me onstage. This is from the upcoming ‘Order Of Magnitude’ DVD, and the song is called ‘Why’. Kudos to Diego for being able to pull off a full symphony with only 4 limbs, and the rest of the band for not batting an eye when I presented the ideas I had for this show. Che, Samantha, Anne and Arabella came to me and said ‘look, if we have to wear this stuff, you have to as well…’ so my Tutu was a show of solidarity with band members, but as the saying goes ‘I’ve seen better legs hanging out of a nest’. I look forward to a time where we get to do this again, but if that’s not meant to be, I loved this, so thanks to everyone involved.”
The blu-ray edition of this forthcoming release features a behind the scenes feature, taking a look at the preparation for this tour & the filming of the live album.
Recorded in December 2019 in London, UK on the penultimate night of the tour in support of his latest album ‘Empath’, this run of shows saw Devin joined by an incredible line-up of musicians. The band was made up of guitarists Mike Kenneally (ex-Frank Zappa) and Markus Reuter (Stick Men, The Crimson Project), drummer Morgan Ågren (Kaipa, Mats & Morgan, Frank Zappa), bassist Nathan Navarro, Haken keyboard player Diego Tejeida, and guitarist/vocalist Ché Aimee Dorval, as well as vocalists Samantha & Anne Preis and Arabella Packford.
Devin’s plan for the Empath touring cycle was to divide it up into three ‘Volumes’, and this was Volume 1. The idea behind the shows was a simple one: none of the backing tapes or click tracks that had long been necessary to bring the kaleidoscopic cacophony in his head and on his records to life in the flesh. This would just be Devin Townsend and a band of genius-level musicians getting up there and trying to keep it from spinning off into outer space. Or maybe just letting it spin-off into outer space for the sheer hell of it.
“The whole objective was that I wanted to make that statement: This is by the seat our pants,” he says. “Because it’s important to me to represent this hyper anal-retentive music that I’ve made over the years, but in a human way. Rather than it just being, ‘Well, here it is, perfectly done.’” “I was overwhelmed by the fact that all these brilliant people that I have so much respect for were willing to come together and play this weird shit with me,” says Devin. “I had these unique players and this interesting instrumentation that allowed us to interpret the music in different ways. It was clear to me that I could just have fun and be me and know that they would be effortlessly be able to follow that.”
That sense of fun and freedom was evident to anyone who was there on the night. Visually, it was an assault on the senses in the best possible way. A digital screen projected vivid images throughout the show. A giant gleaming mirrorball hung from the ceiling. There were multiple costume changes and a tiki bar onstage (a tiki bar!).
‘Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1’ will be released as a Limited Deluxe 2CD+Blu-Ray+DVD Artbook (including expanded artwork & photos), Limited 2CD+DVD Digipak, Standalone Blu-Ray, Gatefold 3LP+2CD vinyl box-set & as a Digital Album. The Blu-Ray disc includes a bonus behind the scenes documentary, and both DVD & Blu-Ray feature a 5.1 surround sound mix. Pre-orders are now available here: https://Devin-Townsend.lnk.to/EmpathLiveVol1/
In June, ‘Empath – The Ultimate Edition’ was released, the definitive version of his latest studio album. It features a glorious 5.1 surround mix with accompanying visuals, plus a host of bonus material including mixing lesson, documentary, as well as a live set filmed during his April 2019 acoustic tour.
On the 31st October, Devin will be presenting his ‘Crappy Halloween Party – Rarities By Request’ live stream at 1pm PST / 4pm EST / 8pm GMT. It will feature special guest appearances from Steve Vai, Gene Hoglan & Anneke van Giersbergen, and tickets are available here (pay whatever you can): http://stageit.com/Devin_Townsend/88531
The Norwegian blackened Viking heavy metal band HJELVIK has today released a lyric video for their new single ‘Helgrinda’ from the upcoming album Welcome to Hel, which will be released on November 20th 2020 via Nuclear Blast. The video was created by the multi-talented artist Costin Chioreanu (At the Gates, Sigh, Napalm Death) and features Norwegian lyrics.
Frontman and songwriter Erlend Hjelvik comments: “Helgrinda is one of my personal favorites on the album and is sung entirely in Norwegian. It’s one of the more black metal leaning songs on the album and so it felt appropriate to write the lyrics in my native tongue. The lyrics revolve around ancient Scandinavian burial rites and chronicles a fateful journey to the Norse underworld Hel.”
HJELVIK is the new solo band of ex-KVELERTAK frontman, lyricist and co-founder Erlend Hjelvik. After touring worldwide with some of the world’s greatest bands like METALLICA, SLAYER and GHOST and earning four Norwegian Spellemann awards, Erlend parted ways with his bandmates in 2018 and has spent the last two years songwriting and creating HJELVIK’s first solo album.
HJELVIK’s first solo album Welcome to Hel, based on Norse mythology and history, includes all the trappings of a lucrative Viking pillage. The album was recorded and mixed at The Hallowed Halls in Portland, Oregon, USA by Justin Phelps (Joe Satriani, Poison Idea, Slough Feg) and finalized by Grammy award-winning mastering engineer, Alan Douches (Mastodon, Converge, Baroness). Special guest appearances by Matt Pike (Sleep, High on Fire) and Mike Scalzi (Slough Feg) are also included. The legendary Joe Petagno created the Welcome to Hel album artwork and HJELVIK logo and is responsible for creating the timeless iconic images we all know from bands like Motörhead, Led Zeppelin, Nazareth.
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Jon Gomm, the UK based acoustic guitar virtuoso, who today released his new album The Faintest Idea on Kscope has shared the video for 3rd single ‘Dream Factories’. As with the two previous videos Jon has collaborated with The Samsara Collective to film in the stunning setting of Niamos Radical Arts Theatre, Manchester, to showcase the immersive and expressive emotional quality of his music.
Discussing the track Jon comments, “Gigs are my safe place. To be in a room with someone giving their most direct expression of their secret selves. Sharing that with an audience in blissful, reverent communion, whether of peace or chaos. It’s sacred. Pop Idol. The X Factor. [Your Country]’s Got Talent. The Voice. I hate them. They take my place of safety and love and reduce it to a place of fear and judgement. They take a kid who loves to sing. Tell them – You’ve got 60 seconds to make your dreams come true. Fail and it’s back to irrelevance. So they sing, eyes wide with terror and hope. And a celebrity hands down their judgement, like some spoiled, bored god. It’s the perfect example of how everything is commodified: Not just music, but us and our lives, our dreams – it’s all taken, remade and sold back to us. Whether or not you enjoy this pop song, appreciate the fact that nobody told you to.”
When most people look at an acoustic guitar, they see exactly that – a wooden box with strings. As one of the pioneers of the modern fingerstyle sound, however, Jon Gomm has a rare gift for turning one instrument into what feels like an entire orchestra…
The Blackpool-born singer-songwriter’s 2003 home-recorded debut, Hypertension, was nothing short of a musical revelation: drumming beats, tapping chords and striking harmonics on his acoustic underneath that warm, soulful voice.
Things changed for Jon with landmark single Passionflower racking up millions of views on YouTube and other media platforms in 2012 – with British legend Stephen Fry describing him on mainstream television as someone “playing the guitar in a way I’d never seen it played before” and “an all-round genius”. Follow up album Secrets Nobody Keeps arrived in 2013, further cementing his stature as one of the driving forces behind an acoustic revolution – but now, having signed a label deal for the very first time in his career, he’s managed to truly refine the pop sensibilities and emotive expression within that unmistakable wall of sound.
Perhaps one of the greatest surprises with The Faintest Idea is how it contrasts the incredible human warmth of Gomm’s acoustic articulation with more icy affairs, thanks to the synth parts and production work from Australian musician Andy Sorenson. Instead of a war between man and machine, the collaboration delicately cross-pollinates simple honesty with more forward-thinking atmospheres. It is a contemporary masterpiece – rich in its sense of paths travelled and roads taken, while also daring to gaze into the unexpected future.
The album is complimented by the delicate hand drawn pen and ink cover art created by Lee Zimmerman.
The Faintest Idea is out now on CD, double LP, digital and as a stunning limited edition deluxe 3 disc hardback book edition which will feature – CD1 – The Faintest Idea album, CD 2 – The Naked Artist Mix – a stripped back version of the album; a DVD containing 6 exclusive performances filmed in a medieval church, guitar technique presentations, a 35 minute Jon Gomm interview, song description videos and The Faintest Idea in high resolution stereo audio. The beautiful book features Lee Zimmerman illustrations, song descriptions, hand written lyrics and full track tablature for the song “Check You’re Still Breathing”. Jon’s reaction to the deluxe edition can be see in this latest unboxing video here.
All formats are available to order now https://jongomm.lnk.to/TheFaintestIdea
PERFECT NME are proud to present the new lyric video for “LEGION”, taken from the album “Remains To Be Seen” (Wormholedeath Records) and it features special guest vocals by BJØRN STRID (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra). “Inspired by the R. Dawkins book “The Selfish Gene”, it explores the idea and implication that humans and human nature are by definition simply “gene machines”, with genetic survival as the defining and driving factor of all evolution. We were lucky to get Bjørn Strid (Soilwork, Nightflight Orchestra) to contribute guest vocals, and he delivers a stellar performance, adding to the drive and intensity of this beast of a song! Enjoy!!” PERFECT NME create something unique with a conscious view to moulding various influences into a new kind of monster, incorporating elements of modern metal, thrash, in-your-face beats and big choruses!!