Edinburgh five-piece DMS craft absolute tunes! Energetic, dynamic, make you want to dance tunes. However the forthcoming release of new single ‘Ordinary Strange’ is far removed from their successful formula… and with good reason
This is a fresh track which is honestly amazing. You hear some tracks which start off such as this that are a little half baked but DMS have created a staggering piece of music that is just so relevant to life right now and not to mention it plays with your general expectations, especially with the vocals which sound as if they’re coming from right next to you in the most pristine way.
On the track the band have said:
“This song was written prior to the pandemic but we feel like speaks volumes to the current situation. All of us are adjusting to this strange new reality that is life under lockdown with varying degrees of success. Key workers, many of whom are on minimum wage/ zero hours contracts are forced to work around the clock to keep the rest of the world going. State sanctioned pay-outs to businesses owned by tax-evading billionaires are seriously being considered while health services which have been underfunded for years are forced to rely on the charity of people whose age range is in triple digits. Protests and acts of aggression are gaining momentum across the globe. These are fuelled by misinformation campaigns that have steadily been building over the past several years. Truly we are all a little strange”.
years. Truly we are all a little strange”.
For fans of: Soundgarden, Jimmy Eat World, Kings Of Leon
It’s not been long since Within Temptation released their latest single, ‘Entertain You’ but recently, the band have said new music could be on the way soon.
In an interview with Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio, Sharon Den Adel (Vocals) was asked if the band plan to release anything new before the coronavirus pandemic is over where she responded:
“I think so. That’s our plan, anyway. We’ve only recorded two songs and have a lot of of the demos, which are very far, so we can finish them quite quickly.”
She continues: “We’re going to start with that and make those demos real songs, and eventually next year, we’re going to release a few new songs again. Eventually there will be a new album, but the album isn’t complete yet, so we have to start writing some extra new songs to make the album complete.”
FIngers crossed when that Co-Headlining tour with Evanescence happens, we can hear some of this!
You can listen to the full interview with Anne and Sharon below.
Download Festival 2020 isn’t going to be taking place this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic but the organisers of the event have announced the line-up for a virtual weekender that’s set to take place!
The Download TV Weekend will take place on the same days as the cancelled dates (Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June 2020) and will feature some artists who were scheduled to play this year.
It’s all taking place on Download Festival’s YouTube channel, where the three days will be divided into a day and evening schedule, with the evening boasting two to three hours featuring performances from your favourite artists.
It will feature special interviews, unseen performances, exclusive footage and loads more!
Keeping with the 2020 lineup, there will be Kiss’s 2015 Download Festival available to watch on the Friday night.
Iron Maiden have the top billing band on Saturday evening where they will have a special set of archive performances as well as snippets from the Legacy Of The Beast tour.
System Of A Down will bring the weekend to a close on the Sunday with footage from three of their previous performances in 2005, 2011 and 2017.
Other acts confirmed are Alter Bridge, Babymetal, Deftones, The Darkness, Steel Panther, Mastodon, Lacuna Coil, The Pretty Reckless, Black Veil Brides and Poppy.
There’s also going going to be cookalongs which will act as the daytime activities where MasterChef’s Simon Wood, Vegan stars BOSH, tutorials, mindfulness sessions and more.
People who will be watching are encouraged to erect tents in their homes, dress as your rock idols and send in photos and videos using the hashtag #DOWNLOADTV.
Below you will find a full list of the lineup.
The full list of bands on the Download TV line-up are:
We’re back for another week! We have another roundup of ten music videos which have been recently released and they’re always some of my favourites! They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but enough talk, let’s get down to things.
First up this week we have KOU. This is a new project from Jon Wilkes (Ex- The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus) who released the video ‘Burn’, which exclusively premiered though Punktastic.
Wilkes started KOU in 2009 where the first single was released just back in 2018. In addition to this, KOU is an acronym which stands for ‘Kingdom Of Us’.
“The idea of running a (KOU)coup in defense of our livelihood as humans and anything that holds us back. It’s about following your dreams no matter the cost”-KOU
Wallflower have their upcoming debut record, ‘Teach Yourself To Swim’ set to be released on June 5th 2020.
The latest cut from their release comes in the form of ‘Further Down.
Vini Moreira-Yeoell comments:
“Everything that happens on this track is a perfect combination of everything this record is about and, ultimately, what this band is about. The lyrics to this song contain the album’s title ‘Teach Yourself To Swim’. In the context of the track, it could mean one thing but when you take those words and say them out loud they start to take their own form and we all felt the phrase represented the album perfectly. One of the biggest things we hope people take away from this album is that none of us claim to have any answers to the questions being asked by the songs on the record. It’s about conversation and discourse and figuring out a little bit more about our own traits – both positive and negative. Sometimes it all gets a little overwhelming, that’s what this song is about.”
We move to something a little more crazy in the form of In Hearts Wake. They have a new release for ‘Hellbringer’.
It’s a pretty mental video where you have Polaris’s Jamie Hails turn into a werewolf as well as blood raining down on everyone.
On the track Jake Taylor (vocals) said:
“At some of our American shows extremist groups have picketed outside, telling our fans that they’re ‘going to hell’. If only they knew just how positive the energy inside the venue was! Never judge a book by it’s cover. So rather than fight hate with hate, we decided to have some fun and lean into the metal stereotype.
In 2020 with live streams becoming the new norm, we decided to stage our own hell-bent circus. We thought it would be funny to ask Jamie to dress up as a werewolf, turn me into a vampire and rain blood on the entire band. Guess Halloween came early this year. Thank you Blade.”
The track is off their upcoming release, ‘Kaliyuga’ which is set to be released on August 7th via UNFD.
Let’s keep the genre of the weird and wonderful going. Creeper have added to their upcoming, ‘Sex, Death & The Infinite Void’. The latest cut is ‘All My Friends’, which was filmed remotely and put together by non other than Oll Appleyard (Static Dress).
Moving into the singer / songwriter category now we have A.A. Williams who has dropped a video for ‘Melt’. This is taken off her debut full length record, ‘Forever Blue’.
Next up, we have I Prevail, whom have something truly in their style. They pull no punches where the band address some of the issues taking place right now and there’s a guest on this version of the track where rapper Joyner Lucas lends his vocals to a verse!
We do have to warn viewers here that the video contains scenes which some may find distressing, so please watch with caution!
Time for a fan video! A few weeks ago, The Word Alive revealed that they needed their fans to “Sing along, play instruments, air guitar and more” to help them make a video for their song ‘Thank You’.
And this is what the result has come to! It’s an inspiring video which showcases the fanbase and helps bring people together.
Anyone for a Dutch track? Heavy metal heavyweights Within Temptation have premiered a new video with Kerrang. ‘Entertain You’ is a standalone single which is the first new cut of material since their 2019 record, ‘Resist’.
On the track, the bands vocalist Sharon Den Adel has said:
“The best way to explain the lyrics is to see how we treat a certain groups of people that don’t fit in our society,” begins Sharon. “[There is] a need to emphasise that they do not fit in so we can feel good about ourselves. We’re singling them out, cornering them in all sorts of ways – think of videos of fights in the streets, filming an incident instead of helping someone. They’re not here for our entertainment. It’s a problem that has always been a part of society and it will always be there, unfortunately. So this subject is never old, but it’s something we need to keep talking about so it doesn’t get accepted as normal behaviour.”
This is a new one. Crown The Empire, in addition to releasing a video for ‘BLURRY’, have also launched an AR (Augmented Reality) hologram experience via JADU, an app that “allows fans to enjoy the unique experience of performing with their favourite artists by choosing from a library of photorealistic holograms of different musicians.”
The band adds:
“Hello, it’s been a while since we’ve last spoken. As you may know, our world is in a state of isolation and confusion. The future is unknown and we’re all uncertain of what’s to come. With that being said, we wanted to release something special to get you through these dark times — a song about feeling lost when it seems like all hope is gone.
“We are excited that the official music video for our song ‘BLURRY (out of place)’ is out now.
“Andy Leo has been turned into a hologram, and you can bring him to life wherever you are in the world.
“Download the app, choose the hologram of Andy, scan your surroundings, and he will appear in front of you. Film videos of you and Andy singing/dancing to ‘BLURRY’ together and post them on all your socials. We hope you enjoy this interactive experience as well as the new music video. Stay safe out there.”
And lastly, we turn to what is a hilarious and amazing video, and the fact Megan Fox is in this is just a plus. This is Machine Gun Kelly with his latest track, ‘Bloody Valentine’, off his upcoming ‘Tickets To My Downfall’ record.
Fox force feeds MGK during the video as well as tying him up amongst other things. You have to see it to believe it.
And that’s it for another week of the music video roundup! Be sure to check back next week for another look at the latest music video releases from the best bands around and who knows? Maybe you’ll find your new favourite band on that list.
Hello everyone and welcome back! It’s time for another week of the best new tracks that have recently been released, all in good order of epicness. I’ve tried to make sure that none of these overlap with the Music Videos Roundup post which should have gone live in addition to this post as well so when you’re done be sure to head over to have a read of that!
If you’re wondering why’s it not singles and now new tracks, it’s because I changed it a few weeks ago because singles doesn’t give out the best information. I mean that it could be a great b-side but wouldn’t count as a single.
Enough of the boring information then and let’s dive into the music.
First up is Manchester trio, The Hara. They’ve got a single, ‘Circus’ which the band shared via a live stream! is this how artists will announce things in the future? Pretty good idea if you ask me.
This is the first track since their EP, ‘We Are The Movement’ was released back in March.
On the track, frontman Josh Taylor has said:
“We were inspired to write this song whilst comparing the state of the world right now, including the devastating Australian bush fires, and how everything seems to be a circus. I think this song has everything you would ever want and I’m so proud of how powerful it’s come out, including the crazy operatic ending!”
Moving to Newport for the next artist. The Nightmares release, ‘The Falling Dream’ is the first cut of material to come from the band this year.
They’ve also got a music video for the track (this isn’t on the music video post) which was made by Feisal El-Khazragi (Loathe / Ex- Holding Absence).
Heading to Texas for a shift in genre, we have Cigarettes After Sex (Best band name ever btw).
Their latest release, ‘You’re All I Want’ is the first material to come from the band since theri 2019 record, ‘Cry’.
Shifting the genre again to the Post-Hardcore as well as the Progressive Metalcore foursome Vespera with their crushing single, ‘Gossamer’.
Here’s what the band have said about the track.
This is the angriest song we’ve ever written. It deals with confronting your oppressor & standing up for yourself in a toxic situation. It can be one of the most difficult things you will ever do. Recognizing that abusive personalities almost always stem from insecurity can help put things in perspective. And perspective can help you escape.”
And lastly this week, we have the hard rock giants from Florida, Shinedown. This release in the form of ‘Atlas Falls’, was actually written eight years ago and only available with an exclusive fundraising tee for the non-profit organisation, Direct Reflief.
Now, with the Covid-19 pandemic, the band have re-released the track as part of a shirt bundle where they’ve raised over $300,000 (which includes an initial $20,000 donation from the band) for their Coid-19 relief fund.
Frontman Brent Smith had the following to say about the track and the Covid-19 charity relief.
“The response to ‘Atlas Falls’ has been overwhelming, and Barry, Zach, Eric and I cannot say thank you enough to Shinedown Nation and everyone around the world that has supported Direct Relief during the COVID-19 response. The faith, the love, and the showing of humanity has just been incredible. ‘Atlas Falls’ is a reminder that we are at our best when we need each other, and the only way through this is together.”
And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best singles out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next week for another round of great singles. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!
It may not be taking place but we’ll still be able to headbang freely.
A few weeks ago, slipknot had made the announcement that they were to postpone all of theri summer touring plans. This included North American dates for Knotfest, the UK edition of Knotfest and Knotfest At Sea.
Even though it’s been cancelled, a party of sorts is still going ahead with the details of a concert stream.
From May 29th at 11pm BST, you’ll be able to watch the 2019 Slipknot set which too place from Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting!
And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll be able to view Underoath’s 2016 set at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas where they played, ‘They’re Only Chasing Safety’ in full and Code Orange’s ‘Last Ones Left: In Fear Of The End’ which took place on Twitch eariler this year.
And even more coming as there’ll be exclusive interviews as well.
The track, ‘Quarantine’ is set to be released in the next fortnight, according to Travis Barker (drums).
In a recent interview with Spin, Travis spoke about the projects he’s been working on whilst in quarantine. There’s A LOT!
“I’m spoiled. This week, Brian Lee and I produced a Blink song and recorded it. Finished three jxdn songs; finished an acoustic MGK song and reworked three other songs on the album; played on a Yungblud song; co-produced and played drums on a Steve Aoki song featuring Trevor Daniels and MGK. So it’s my dream job.”
The upcoming single will be the first of new material from Blink since the release of their Christmas track, ‘Not Another Christmas Song’. The track can be heard below.