A few weeks ago, Swedish modern metal sensation AMARANTHE began to release a series of very special interpretations of songs from their 2020 hit album, Manifest.
The band have now released the latest and final entry in this sequence of unique singles: a new version of the song ‘Make It Better‘ which now features BEYOND THE BLACK‘s Jennifer Haben on guest vocals.
Check out the video for ‘Make It Better’ feat. Jennifer Haben below.
It’s been 15 years since the last record from Armor For Sleep, but the band has remained a staple of many of their fans’ daily listening routine. Now, the seminal post-hardcore act made their highly-anticipated return with The Rain Museum, a 12 song collection that is equal part beautiful and devastating. The Rain Museum is an album that was initially intended to be a straight-up concept album based off of a short story penned by frontman Ben Jorgensen. The concept was built around a post-apocalyptic world where weather no longer exists on planet earth and people come to a mysterious museum in the middle of the desert to look back on what life used to be like. Originally planned as the follow up to What to Do When You Are Dead, the album had been shelved due to “bad advice” leading the band in another direction. Fast forward to the global pandemic of 2020, and the events of the real world encouraged Jorgensen to revisit the concept. Concurrently, his marriage of eight years began to fall apart, leaving Jorgensen to further infuse the science-fiction story with elements of his real life. The resulting record draws upon the best elements of Armor For Sleep’s catalog while incorporating elevated songwriting and composition. You can stream the record now from Equal Vision Records.
Singer/Songwriter, Ben Jorgensen, on the release of The Rain Museum:
“It’s been a journey to get back to this point, but we couldn’t be more excited to share our new album with everyone. The reaction to the new songs so far has been amazing to see. We are very lucky to have the fans that we have in our corner. Thank you to everyone who has been following along with us!”
Up-and-coming multi-genre artist. August Gonzalez is creating a buzz about her unique sound, mixing hip-hop, pop-punk and indie pop. Her new single “Lxxkn 4 the L!te” kicks off as a straight-ahead rap-pop song, but then everything changes as once all the instruments kick in at 40 seconds, the rock energy takes the track to another level.
On the track, Gonzalez says:
“Back in 2017 I started doing these “Freestyle Fridays,” and one Friday a month I would record myself rapping over a beat and post it on my socials. So the first verse of this song (with a few changes) was originally a freestyle I posted back in 2020 during quarantine over Blink 182’s song “Miss You.” I remember during this time I was a bit depressed being stuck in my room 24/7 and I just wrote about how I was feeling and I didn’t like this sad version of myself and I missed the happy fun person I used to be before covid hit.
So I have an amazing producer, (Brendan Carper of FIVE AM, LOVESBLIND) and I told him I had an old freestyle I wanted to make into a whole song. After I showed him I told him I wanted to change the entire vibe of the song. “Miss You” is slow and sad, and I wanted it to be the complete opposite. I wanted to speed it up and wanted it to sound uplifting, something you can just jam the fuck out to and makes you feel good! ”
Metal Horror favourites Wednesday 13 have announced highly-anticipated next album of terrifyingly grim and groovy anthems, entitled Horrifier, out October 7, 2022 via Napalm Records. Following up on 2019’s acclaimed Necrophaze(#2 US Heatseekers), with Horrifier, the former frontman of renowned horror punk supergroup Murderdolls revitalizes his sound with intensely fun punk energy and metallic attitude!
WEDNESDAY 13 says about “Insides Out”: “Our latest single ‘Insides Out’ is a very heavy song, so it only made sense to make a video to match the sound! Torture and violence is the main theme of this song, and we continue along the lines of the last music video with another horror movie theme here too.”
Metalcore legends We Came As Romans have today released their latest track and accompanying music video “Golden“. The track is taken from the band’s long-awaited forthcoming album ‘Darkbloom’ set for release on Friday, October 14 via Sharptone Records.
A very special run of vinyl (limited to only 1000) featuring an exclusive layout with a 10-page booklet is available now from iamdarkbloom.com. Speaking on today’s release, guitarist Joshua Moore shares:
“‘Golden’ is a song that’s really close to our hearts. I wrote the verse lyrics about the day that Kyle passed, that morning when we got the call, and the emotion we felt. Kyle was such a bright light in our lives, and it felt like that light was gone without him. This song was about dealing with those feelings and trying to find a way through this new darkness we all felt completely lost in.“
CRAWLERS today announce details of their debut mixtape “Loud Without Noise”, a broad-spectrum exploration into sex, love and drugs, packaged perfectly within the bands’ repertoire for creating from a non-binary feminist perspective. Set for release on October 28th via Polydor Records, it arrives angsty and assured as ever.
Over the course of the six-track-wide tape, the Merseyside natives provide a snapshot of what it means to traverse one’s own boundaries for the aim of gaining autonomy over your body, your sexuality and your emotions. “Loud Without Noise” unequivocally showcases the range of the hotly tipped grunge rockers, from the post-punk guitars of lead single “Fuck Me”, right through to the soft acoustics of closing track “Hang Me Like Jesus”, we see the band continuing to mature towards establishing their own individual sound. Thus, this next musical chapter sees the band flexing their musical muscles and letting their burgeoning fanbase know that they’ve got what it takes to continue delivering their own unique brand of emotive and experiential sonics, that speaks to the inner rebels in us all.
Until the release of ‘Loud Without Noise’, checkout ‘I Don’t Want It’ below.
Copenhagen’s most visceral metal export, CABAL, have released a brand new single titled ‘Exit Wound’ that displays their willingness to tackle deeply sensitive topics whilst drawing from personal experiences. Focusing on the trauma experienced after the death of a loved one without the chance for a final goodbye, CABAL channel those feelings of powerlessness and loneliness into a gut wrenchingly intense track.
Exit Wound’ is the fourth single that the band has released from their upcoming album Magno Interitus. The band’s Nuclear Blast debutwill be released on October 21st.
Singer Andreas Bjulver states: “Exit Wound is a very personal song to me, as it serves as an outlet for the trauma i felt right after my granddads suicide at the beginning of 2021. It deals with the heavy subject of being denied a final goodbye to one of the few people I’ve ever felt a true connection and real kinship to.”
After breaking the silence with their recently released standalone single “Reborn”alongside introducing a new line-up, German symphonic metal icons XANDRIA continue this next chapter, promising adventure with a brand new song, titled “You Will Never Be Our God”. The exciting, fresh offering features none other than Primal Fear frontman Ralf Scheepers, whose heavy voice scintillates along with the dynamic range of new XANDRIAvocalist Ambre Vourvahis.
XANDRIA on “You Will Never Be Our God”: “‘You Will Never Be Our God’ shows how diverse our next album will be. This song alone features elements from different metal genres, classic and modern, and melts them into something new that shows how well and fresh it can come together. But, at the same time, it reflects everything that XANDRIA stands for, including bombastic film score orchestrations and big choirs!”
Check out the video for ‘You Will Never Be Our God’ below.
Massive death metal beasts BLOODBATH are prepared to annihilate with their sixth full-length album, “Survival Of The Sickest”, out this Friday via Napalm Records. Vicious, unrelenting, and thrillingly violent, the critically-acclaimed, cult-followed band has no limitations, leaving the scene in shreds while skillfully fusing old-school Scandinavian harshness with a dose of Floridian U.S. death metal.
BLOODBATH have now revealed their most crushing track yet, “No God Before Me”, released alongside a brand new lyric video today! On this relentless offering, “Old Nick” Holmes and his bandmates crucify with a blasphemic explosion, ensnaring with a sinister churning riff while coalescing elements of death and doom metal. Boasting one of the album’s most hair-raising solos, “No God Before Me” is a prime example of the band’s triumphant evolution.
Jonas Renkse on “No God Before Me”: “‘No God Before Me’ is a slow, churning hymn of death, a description of a godless afterlife as well as a massive nod to the masters of sickness themselves: Morbid Angel.”