Vulvodynia Have Confirmed Their Fourth Record, ‘Praenuntius Infiniti’

South African metallers Vulvodynia have confirmed details of their upcoming fourth record, ‘Praenuntius Infiniti’, out on September 17th 2021 via Unique Leader Records.

Along with news of the forthcoming release, the band have also released a track from it called ‘The Shadowy Descent Of Gaia’.

You can check it out below along with the album cover artwork, full track listing, and pre-order options.

01.) Praenuntius Infiniti
02.) The Shadowy Descent Of Gaia [stream]
03.) Eternal Wasteland Of Galaxies
04.) Praenuntius Ascends (feat. Matti Way & Jon Huber)
05.) Banquet Of Enigmatic Horrors I: Terror
06.) Banquet Of Enigmatic Horrors II: Agony (feat. Oliver Rae Aleron)
07.) Whispers Of Calamity
08.) The Seven Judges
09.) Ravenous Revolution
10.) A Cosmic Betrayal
11.) The War Within (feat. Jamie Graham)
12.) Forging The Deity Crusher (feat. Jawd James)
13.) Funeral Ov The Gods (feat. Elliot Einstein)
14.) Deicidal Finality

Pre-orders for the record are available via the label’s Webstore and Bandcamp.

Caskets Release eNew single ‘Lost In Echoes’, Announce Debut Record ‘Lost Souls’

Leeds based newcomers Caskets have announced that their debut album ‘Lost Souls’ will be released on the 13th August through SharpTone Records. To celebrate the announcement the band have revealed a video for their breath-taking new single ‘Lost In Echoes’.

Frontman Matt Flood comments on the new single: “Lost in Echoes’ is about feeling uncomfortable in your own skin. Feeling worthless. It’s about how covering up how you feel can actually make you slip further and further into losing yourself. It’s a lesson about how ignoring your feelings can only make things worse.”

The news follows the release of the band’s previous single ‘Glass Heart’, their first in partnership with SharpTone Records, which was released back in December.

Watch the video for ‘Lost In Echoes‘ below:

Check out the Cover Art and Tracklisting for the record below.

1. The Only Ones
2. Glass Heart 
3. Hold Me Now
4. Lost in Echoes
5. Clarity
6. Hopes & Dreams
7. Drowned in Emotion
8. Lose Myself
9. The Final Say
10. One More Time
11. Nothing to Hide

Angels & Airwaves Finish Work On Their Sixth Record

California’s Angels & Airwaves have confirmed the news that they have officially finished their long-awaited sixth record and the follow-up to their 2014 release, ‘The Dream Walker’.

Tom DeLonge shared the news via Instagram, which you can check out below.

“This is me at this exact moment, suddenly retired to my bed with a bit of time on my hands, because I just finished and handed in the new Angels & Airwaves album after a long, and emotionally challenging 3-year journey to try and make an album that could stand out as a special moment in my musical career. I’m kinda excited, are you?”

In addition to this, Angels & Airwaves have also launched ‘Project Dreamland’ which at this moment asks for fans to sign up and subscribe for access.

More details on this will be confirmed as they develop.

Napoleon Share New Single ‘I Better Run’

Since forming in 2018, alt-punk four-piece ​Napoleon​ has been attracting attention from fans and media alike within their local Toronto scene. In early 2020, the band signed onto new management from now frequent producer Scott Middleton of Cancer Bats

Always excited to collaborate with other Canadian artists, their upcoming Enemy Within EP (set for release on June 11th) features guest vocalist spots from Corbin Giroux of Rarity and Shane Told of Silverstein. The latter is featured on the new single, “I Better Run.”

Raw, energetic, and the band’s heaviest release to date, the track has also been paired with a music video. Stream “I Better Run” via your preferred platform now. 

Watch the official visuals on YOUTUBE, as well.

Having Shane sing on the song, and perform in the music video was truly an incredible experience. Silverstein is a very important band to us, and Napoleon definitely would not be the same band we are without them, so just having the experience of collaborating and becoming peers with someone who has been a big inspiration on us was absolutely incredible, and is something we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Napoleon

Check out ‘I Better Run (Feat. Shane Told) below.

Marc Ribler Releasing New solo Record ‘The Whole World Awaits You’, Stream The New Single

Marc Ribler, singer-songwriter-musician-producer and music director for Stevie Van Zandt, is debuting a video for his latest single “Who Could Ask For Anything More” a track off his upcoming solo LP ‘The Whole World Awaits You’ out July 16, via Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records/The Orchard..

Album and track co-produced and arranged by Stevie Van Zandt and Marc Ribler, Mixed by Marc Ribler.

Of the new song Ribler says, “While delivered tongue-in-cheek, the song has serious implications. It’s about taking a good hard look at the damage done by greed. It certainly seems to lead to insensitivity and indifference. For example, shutting down the George Washington Bridge for political gain and manipulation. Creating plastic islands on our vast beautiful oceans, or simply creating multibillion dollar industries that benefit from the divisive proliferation of unhealthy citizens due to social, environmental, nutritional and drama-based pollution. And 100 other things I can think of at the moment. That being said, all this crazy shit gives a songwriter much to write about. Perhaps that’s the bright side of greed, mayhem, death and destruction.”

MARC RIBLER – THE WHOLE WORLD AWAITS

As society prepares to re-emerge from the suspended animation of the past year, thoughts of the simple pleasures we’ve missed help motivate many of us. While mostly written and recorded before the pandemic, it’s that type of hopefulness for brighter days ahead which informs Marc Ribler’s striking new solo album The Whole World Awaits, releasing Friday, July 16 on Wicked Cool Records.

“I started to feel that the world was not coming to an end, more that it was just a major healing crisis,” says Ribler of the early quarantine era in spring 2020, when he made his way back to finish the album he’d recorded the bulk of in February 2017. Most of these twelve new original songs, written between 2005 and 2020, were tracked in the studio during a brief respite from his work as guitarist and musical director for Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul’s world tour, a multi-year jaunt which ended just months before the pandemic.

Upon hearing the early mixes, Stevie Van Zandt offered to co-produce and release the record on his Wicked Cool label. “Working with Stevie feels like a gift for all the years of blood, sweat and tears,” says Ribler. “It’s like taking a master class on how to conduct yourself musically, professionally and personally in a business that will chew you up and spit you out without thinking twice.”

The mid-tempo rocker “Shattered” was released in late February as the first single from the album. The shimmering tune co-written with Marc’s Nashville friend Christina Aldendifer echoes the sound of The Byrds and Tom Petty at their best. It was featured in an exclusive premiere by American Songwriter, which called it “a driving East Coast heartbreak rocker oozing West Coast Laurel Canyon style.” The single made a splash not just digitally but in a physical version on seven-inch vinyl with the Hollies-esque non-album B-side “Hand Me Down.” It immediately entered heavy rotation as that week’s Coolest Song In The World on Little Steven’s Underground Garage satellite SiriusXM channel and worldwide syndicated terrestrial radio show.

Future single “Fly Away” is an example of a Ribler original on the album which Van Zandt helped shape into its final form. “It had more of a California singer/songwriter vibe and was more piano-driven when I first played it for Steven. He suggested starting it with acoustic 12-string guitar, and making that and the slide guitar be the foundation. Steven wrote the anthemic outro at the end of the last chorus. I felt that was the icing on the cake!”

Album closer “This Is How The Song Goes” is both the artist’s own and producer Stevie’s favorite track on the record. Written in the wee hours after a day of work spent scoring an independent film, some subtle but haunting psychedelic touches give the final recording a late ’90s alt-songwriter feel not unlike peak period Elliott Smith or Brendan Benson.

The last song written for the project was the Latin-flavored “Manzanillo,” which gives the middle of The Whole World Awaits a color and texture very different from the rest of the album. “This is a true pandemic song and production,” explains Ribler. “I recorded an acoustic guitar, vocal and a simple keyboard part. Then I had my dear musician friends and brothers record their parts at their home studios and send them back to me via the World Wide Web. My friend Tom Bowes, lead singer of Tower Of Power, added some background harmonies. Safe, healthy and creatively productive in the heart of a crisis.”

Prior to his role as musical director and guitarist for Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul over the past five years, Marc served in the same capacity for Darlene Love and longtime Rolling Stones backing vocalist Bernard Fowler. He has performed with rock and soul royalty such as Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Carole King, Elvis Costello and Bettye Lavette.

Marc has been in the music business since he was a 14-year-old New Jersey kid. “I started out playing the dive bars, the high school dances and all the storied Jersey shore Rock & Roll haunts like The Stone Pony in Asbury Park.” He graduated to songwriting and production work, getting his first cut as a writer at age 23, then a development deal with RCA Records which went south when the label was purchased by BMG. He co-wrote several tracks on the self-titled 1992 RCA debut album by AOR rocker Mitch Malloy, including two Billboard Hot 100 singles, one of which was the Top 20 Rock hit “Anything At All.”

When live shows return, the heart of Ribler’s touring band will be the same core of seasoned vets he brought on board to anchor the latest incarnation of The Disciples Of Soul: Rich Mercurio (Sara Bareillis, Idina Menzel) on drums, Jack Daley (Iggy Pop, Janet Jackson) on bass and Andy Burton (John Mayer, Rufus Wainwright) on keyboards.

The latest Wicked Cool release distributed by The Orchard, The Whole World Awaits finds Marc Ribler in the company of formidable label mates such as 
Jesse Malin, The Dollyrots, WYLDLIFE, Jessie Wagner, The Woggles, Soraia, Kris Rodgers & The Dirty Gems, Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts, The Empty Hearts and Kurt Baker.

Check out the Cover Art and Tracklisting below.

1 The Whole World Awaits You

2 I’m Comin’ Aound

3 The Only Truth

4 War on Peace

5 Shattered

6 Fly Away

7 Manzanillo

8 Torn Apart

9 Without You

10 Who Could Ask for Anything More

11 History

12 This is How the Song Goes

Stream ‘Who Could Ask For Anything More’ below.

Pre-orders / Saves of the record can be made via the following link.

Canadian Punk Rock Trio Block Parent Release New Record, ‘Sick Year, Bro’

Helming proudly from small town Cambridge, Ontario Canada, Block Parentis a three-piece unit focused on playing coming of age, self-deprecating punk rock. By making waves in both the thriving underground punk scene throughout the 519 and greater punk community of Ontario, they have played alongside The Dirty Nil, Fucked Up, ’68, Single Mothers and more. Following their first vinyl release from Thousand Island Records and Pink Lemonade Records, Block Parent constructed a debut LP that perfectly captures their relentless energy and heartfelt comedy. Their new self-released album ‘Sick Year, Bro!’ cements Block Parent’s punk rock identity into a tight 30-minute package.

The band says, “Growing up is a painful and beautiful experience. It mutates and morphs ya into the chud loving critter you never thought you’d see reflecting back at ya in a pool of your own vomit. We hold onto the pains of nostalgia with our beer-soaked fists while we anxiously hide our disdain and discomfort for a scary and confusing world….but we have each other.

We’ll grow old together and we’ll absolutely get weirder. In the end, all we can do is embrace our flaws, accept our self-destruction, face our anxieties and hold on to what we love….past present and future.

Here’s to you Cambridge, you beautiful and disgusting wretched hive of friendship and isolation. It’s not much….but it’s ours.”

The album is available on CD (self-released) and limited edition cassette tapes (with help from Glue Gun Records).

Check out the album via Bandcamp.

You can view the Cover Art and Tracklisting below.

1. Sight For Pink Eyes

2. SUBAR

3. Helluva Bad Dip

4. Comeuppance Go Downance

5. Riopongu

6. Landry’s Video Kingdom

7. Bill’s Bargain Basement

8. Quick Ask Zoe

9. Take Part or Die.

Check out Block Parent via

Bandcamp

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Ithaca Sign With Hassle Records & Re-Press Debut Record

UK hardcore quintet Ithaca have announced they’ve signed to Hassle Records, becoming the latest addition to the label’s roster.

On the signing the band have said:

“We couldn’t be more excited to join the Hassle family. Their roster shows a genuine spirit of creative independence and as an organisation they’re driven by values of social and environmental justice, both of which are hugely important for us as a band. We can’t wait to unleash some unhinged sonic chaos together in 2022.”

Along with joining Hassle Records, the band have also announced a re-pressing of their 2019 debut LP, ‘The Language Of Injury’.

Pre-orders for the release are available via Bandcamp, Evil Greed and Banquet Records.

Heavy Crossover Stars SUMO CYCO Drop Eclectic, Timely New Single “Bad News”

Prepared to satiate a legion of devoted fans, Canadian alt-metal/heavy rock crossover stars SUMO CYCO will finally drop their highly anticipated upcoming full-length album, Initiation, this Friday, May 7 via Napalm Records! 

If their three ultra successful current singles “No Surrender”“Bystander”, and the Kane Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, In This Moment, Papa Roach) produced “Vertigo” (which have now surpassed one million combined cross-platform streams/views) are any indication, it should come as no surprise that the band’s final pre-album single – the eclectic, infectious “Bad News” – is another total winner, showing off the band’s perfected multi-genre attack more potently than ever!

Frontwoman Skye “Sever” Sweetnam says about “Bad News”:
“I’m sure many people can relate to feeling like everyday is ‘Bad News’ over and over again. There was a point in 2020 when I was so glued to the news and current events it felt like my personal identity was fading away into an abyss and replaced with a scrolling, media consuming robot. It made me miserable, but I felt like I had a responsibility to know what was going on. It took me a while to peel myself away from the constant barrage of negativity and find a balance.”

Sweetnam adds about the video:
“The music video was really fun to film. I’m so lucky to have band members who are willing to get pretty weird with me. Once the make-up and prosthetics were on, the guys and I came to life as our Cyco Terrornaut family. I included some obnoxious color combos that almost make you question your sanity when you watch the video.”

SUMO CYCO’Initiation invites a mass of new followers into their warped, dystopian-like world of “Cyco City”! As with its predecessors Lost In Cyco City (2014), Opus Mar (2017) and countless singles, Initiation is based in the imaginative conceptual location of “Cyco City”. But unlike most concept albums, the lyrical content is inspired by the band’s real-time environment – featuring timely, personal themes of love, sacrifice, anxiety, empowerment and more that all listeners can relate to.
 
Sweetnam adds about the album:
“The album’s title, Initiation, stems from wanting to invite the audience to be “initiated” into our world. There are usually two congruent themes to each of our albums – one is real-world inspiration, and the other is “Cyco City”, a comic book-esque alternate universe where all our music videos take place. With Initiation, we introduce four gangs or clubs. Our music videos for Initiation all include a theme of these clubs – whether it’s gang vs. gang, a forbidden love between opposing sides, or the idea of having to choose where you belong.
 
Outside of the story, the lyrics relate to the polarization of the world we live in now. We all have a longing to belong, but what makes one feel accepted or ostracized from a group? To be INITIATED, would you be willing to try to understand another point of view? I have always written lyrics about internal struggle, the war within oneself. Throughout the album, we bounce back and forth between struggle and overcoming. It reflects the times, and there are moments that seem a bit dark.”

Pre-order ‘Initiation’ via the following link.

Royal Metal Powerhouse HAMMER KING Releases New Single + Video “Atlantis (Epilogue)

After releasing “Hammerschlag” as a first glimpse of what power metal up-and-comers HAMMER KING have to offer on their new album Hammer King (out June 11 via Napalm Records), today they reveal their anthem “Atlantis (Epilogue)” to the world! On “Atlantis (Epilogue)”, power metallers HAMMER KING reveal their melodic side as singer and guitarist Titan Fox V shows off his incredible vocal range. Dynamic songwriting meets multi-faceted, virtuoso guitar solos!

Singer/guitarist Titan Fox V about the new single “Atlantis (Epilogue)”
With great pride we are to announce the release of the second video single off our upcoming album Hammer King: ‘Atlantis (Epilogue)’.

Atlantis has been on everyone’s list. It’s an epic song actually written on the Lake Zürich. Its lyrics go back to some of the earliest hours in human history or mythology. It also serves as an epilogue to our nautical trilogy off the Poseidon Will Carry Us Home album. Some of our finest lead guitars meet big vocals and counterpoint singing. Carry us back home!”

HAMMER KING keeps it heavy with speedy riffs, energic grooves and fist-pumping choruses, devoting their existence to the one and only myth of the godly Hammer King! The new self-titled album starts off with blasting drums and brisk guitars on “Awaken the Thunder”, with frontman and guitarist Titan Fox V showing off his incredible vocal range, whereas tracks like “Atlantis (Epilogue)” prove HAMMER KING’s ability to write catchy and memorable choruses. Hammer King tells the lore of the Hammer King himself, a wrathful and mighty war god, who is praised in tracks like anthemic “Baptized by the Hammer”, energetic and double-bass driven “In the Name of the Hammer” and the hard-hitting “Hammerschlag”. Kneel before the king of kings, the HAMMER KING.

Check out the Cover Art, Track-listing and Pre-order options below.

01. Awaken the Thunder
02. Baptized by the Hammer
03. Onward to Victory
04. Hammerschlag
05. Atlantis (Epilogue)
06. We Are the Kingdom
07. Into the Storm
08. Ashes to Ashes
09. In the Name of the Hammer
10. Kings of Kings
11. Holy (Outro)
12. Hammerschlag (HK Version) Bonus Track (physical only)

Pre-orders are available via the following link.

Black Veil Brides Have Delayed Their Sixth Record, ‘The Phantom Tomorrow’

Black Veil Brides have regrettably announced that they have been forced to the delay the release of their forthcoming sixth album, ‘The Phantom Tomorrow’.

Originally set to be released on June 4th 2021, the bands upcoming record release via Sumerian Record have now confirmed to be released on October 29th 2021.

Vocalist Andy Biersack shared the news in an announcement posted on their social media channels, which you can check out below.

“Hey there. Andy from Black Veil Brides here. I want to talk to you about our record, ‘The Phantom Tomorrow’. As you guys know, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the production industry on every level. The music industry has been hit hard in the sense that there is a huge delay in manufacturing of things like vinyl records and physical product and other integral pieces to releasing an album.

When we finished recording ‘The Phantom Tomorrow’, we were so excited about the album that we wanted to get it out as soon as possible, and so we set a June 4th release date. We realized pretty quickly that by having that June 4th release date, we would not be able to have vinyl records, other physical media, comic book series – all the things that we had planned for the release.

So we are going to delay the release of the record to October 29th 2021 at which point we will be able to have multiple vinyl variations, comic book series, different multimedia, and things that can properly lay out this whole release.

We know that it’s going to be disappointing for you guys who were looking forward to hearing the full album on June 4th, but I promise you that you will hear music around that date and much more coming in the future.

We have more music videos, more singles, as I said a comic book series and I can’t go into detail about it, but the return of Black Veil Brides live music is happening sooner than you think so there will be lots of announcements coming.

So again, October 29th 2021 – ‘The Phantom Tomorrow’. We can’t wait for you guys to hear the record and join us in this world that we have put together and hopefully, you enjoy it and it is worth the wait.”

Pre-orders are available via the bands Webstore and the Label’s Webstore.