Underwing Release New Single / Video For ‘House On Fire’

ALTERNATIVE HARD ROCKERS UNDERWING SET FIRE TO THEIR PAST WITH NEW SINGLE “HOUSE ON FIRE” FEATURING THEIR MOST AMBITIOUS MUSIC VIDEO YET

On the day before originally heading out on a national tour, the hard working rockers in Underwing, as the rest of the world, were faced with government-issued lockdowns, a larger focus on hand hygiene, and a cancelled “House on Fire-tour”. 

The tour was going to be the final tour with former lead guitarist Thomas Myhren, who parted ways with the band a few months prior. The pandemic put a stop to that, leaving the remaining members of Underwing jaded about the future of the band, and an unreleased song that was jammed in the pipeline of releases that the band had planned for the year. 

House on Fire is a metaphor for our world crumbling to pieces, both on an external and an internal level. The song was written a year before the pandemic, and was originally intended to tackle subjects like racism and global climate issues. However, when the pandemic hit we “rebranded” the song and it’s accompanying video so that it would represent those same issues, but under the overarching glue of terms like injustice, oppression and so forth. The music video is more like a short horror film than a music video, and I can tell you this much: There will be no happy ending. Or will it?” – Magnus Christiansen, guitars
 

Underwing is an alternative rock/metal band from Norway, most known for their experimental rythms, catchy hooks, and the haiku-inspired vocals of frontman Enyeto Kotori.

The band released their debut-EP “Kaela Upsweep” in May 2017, which was followed up by extensive touring in their home country. With touring being the best way to spread the word, the band has since released 4 singles and their sophomore EP “Spirals” (2019) while writing their debut-album “The Initiation”, which is still in the writing process.

The band has released a live album during the pandemic, Lockdown Sessions, featuring pro-shot video and mixed audio by the band’s own drummer Joachim Walle Michalsen.

Read more about Underwing on their website.

Just like their debut outing, listeners are treated to some catchy grunge tunes that are accessible enough for most rock music lovers yet weighty enough to satisfy the appetites of heavier listeners. The ending result leaves the door wide open for a very promising full-length release hopefully soon.” – Jack Lynch, Metal-Temple.com

The music is heavy, interesting and just plain great. As are the vocal performances which sounds emotionally convincing regardless of the words.” – Cristoffer Eriksson, Stargazed Magazine

DRACONIAN Unveil Official Video for Breathtaking “The Sethian”

Gothic doom metal symbiosis DRACONIAN just unveiled a new official video for their hauntingly beautiful hymn, “The Sethian”, cut from their latest chart-breaking album, Under A Godless Veil (2020). Along with a bewitching official video that captures the melancholic identity of the song and transfers it to screen, the song is a gate into another mesmerizing sonic dimension.

Vocalist and lyricist Anders Jacobsson comments:
The writing of ‘The Sethian’ started with Johan being inspired by a Nordic folksong. As the song transpired it mutated into a range of different variables and a quite different for being a DRACONIAN song. From bombastic and brutal, from doomy sadness to gothic soundscapes. The instrumentation and the vocal arrangements are poignant and commanding, something that marks ‘The Sethian’ as one – if not the most well-received song of our new album.”

Check out ‘The Sethian’ below.

Vocalist and lyricist Anders Jacobsson comments:
The writing of ‘The Sethian’ started with Johan being inspired by a Nordic folksong. As the song transpired it mutated into a range of different variables and a quite different for being a DRACONIAN song. From bombastic and brutal, from doomy sadness to gothic soundscapes. The instrumentation and the vocal arrangements are poignant and commanding, something that marks ‘The Sethian’ as one – if not the most well-received song of our new album.”

Seeker Release Video For ‘CIAH’

Up and comers Seeker have released a video for ‘CIAH’, the almost title-track from their recent debut EP, ‘Call It A Hatred’.

Vocalist Jack Tyrell says on the release:

“‘CIAH’ is about feeling empty and void of sentiment, how I as a person felt and thought of myself on a daily basis. I couldn’t express why I felt the way I did, until I realised I just hated myself. I hated everything and everyone and that was the only spark that drove me at that point. In essence, it’s about coming to terms with your own self-hatred.

If anyone should take anything from this song, it’s that it’s okay to express yourself. Building walls and feeling empty because of them leaves you worse off than before. It’s scary to feel something new but it shouldn’t hold you back from moving on.”

You can check out ‘CIAH’ and its accompanying video below.

Conquer Divide Share Video For ‘Messy’

Metalcore quintet Conquer Divide have shared a new video for their latest track, ‘Messy’.

Guitarist Kristin Sturgis says on the release:

“‘Messy’ is song about being in a toxic relationship and wondering how and when it got to that point. I think most of us have been in a similar situation at one time or another. It’s difficult when you’re on the road unable to see your significant other — away for months at a time. But I imagine it’s more difficult for the ones who are left at home. On the road, you’ve at least got your bandmates.

I think the important takeaway to this song is to know your worth, whether that is in friendships, romantic relationships, or work life. It’s easy to get complacent in a toxic environment. You think you’re better off walking on eggshells than being alone. But at some point you wake up and realize it’s taking a toll on your mental health. So there needs to be a fundamental change in your relationship or change in your environment. It’s easier said than done, though.”

You can check out ‘Messy’ and its video below.

NO:IR Challenge Their Own Authenticity In Their Music Video For Upcoming Single ‘Phantom’

Since their debut in 2019, Bristol-based Nu-Metal five-piece NO:IR have evolved their sound from their hardcore roots to create a modern fusion from a host of genres. They take deep inspiration – and their name, from Film Noir, often characterised by cynicism, intricate plots and existential philosophy.

With four previous successful singles under their belt, the band have achieved more than 100,000 streams on Spotify. Their innate blend of rap and metal draws on an array of influences including emo, hip-hop and dark pop. This has resulted in a signature re-imagination of the Nu-Metal sound; their upcoming single Phantom due for release May 7th 2021, captures this perfectly.

Produced, Mixed and Mastered with Josh Gallop (Phoxjaw) at Stage 2 Studios in Bath, Phantom challenges and explores the honesty and authenticity around an artist’s image. Established artists show a diverse variety of personalities, with some being completely transparent about their feelings and life stories; and some being the opposite, creating new identities or writing about fictitious situations in order to seem more appealing or interesting. 

“Phantom explores these ideas and reflects this back onto NO:IR,” explains lyricist Evvi Davies.  “The song is intuitive about who NO:IR is, and comparing the honesty in our music to the persona we have created as a band. NO:IR isn’t five individuals but one personality, blending elements of the individuals into one character. The song questions our authenticity, and the lyrics directly reflect where we are as a band.”


The music video for Phantom portrays Plato’s ‘Allegory of the Cave’, with an emphasis being on the shadows and silhouettes created by the band. The video challenges their own honesty and authenticity within their music. Often, we can believe an artist is being honest, however they’re really depicting a story which appears true to the world but in reality are just casting shadows on the cave wall.

Phantom is taken from their upcoming EP Are We Really Alive? due for release later this year. Are We Really Alive? Is the premiere to NO:IR, illustrating a contemporary and dynamic revival of heavy music. Conveying themes of depression, anxiety, addiction, anger, distrust and unity, Are We Really Alive? shows the different musical aspects of their sound, through trap beats, heavy metal breakdowns and haunting melodies. 

Check out the Music Video for ‘Phantom’ below.

Single Review – Calling All Captains – Tailspin

Tailspin” is out now on New Damage Records, which is their first release in two years and is an energetic and emotional song about falling deep into your own vices. Consistently telling yourself you need to change, but struggling with the real pain that comes with healing. 

On the release, the band say:

Together we are slowly getting better, some days more than others. This is the first song we’ve released in over two years and it features Connor’s voice upfront and personal alongside Luc’s, adding a new element to our music. Thank you for listening!

The track is a perfect reminiscence track while blending genres in such a fascinating way. With reminders of Real Friends, Neck Deep, A Day To Remember and more, this is a very much welcomed return to the scene for Calling All Captains with the hooks coming in every shape and form but what displaces them from every band in similarity is the grungy vocals of Brad Bremmer. What they add to the genre though is the lyrics which encapsulate the feelings of the last year for most of the world. Hopefully they’ll be able to tour this one soon because it’ll go off in any venue!

Rating:5/5.

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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.

NO:IR Challenge Their Own Authenticity In Music Video For Latest Single, ‘Phantom’

Since their debut in 2019, Bristol-based Nu-Metal five-piece NO:IR have evolved their sound from their hardcore roots to create a modern fusion from a host of genres. They take deep inspiration – and their name, from Film Noir, often characterised by cynicism, intricate plots and existential philosophy. 

With four previous successful singles under their belt, the band have achieved more than 100,000 streams on Spotify. Their innate blend of rap and metal draws on an array of influences including emo, hip-hop and dark pop. This has resulted in a signature re-imagination of the Nu-Metal sound; their upcoming single Phantom due for release May 7th 2021, captures this perfectly.

Produced, Mixed and Mastered with Josh Gallop (Phoxjaw) at Stage 2 Studios in Bath, Phantom challenges and explores the honesty and authenticity around an artist’s image. Established artists show a diverse variety of personalities, with some being completely transparent about their feelings and life stories; and some being the opposite, creating new identities or writing about fictitious situations in order to seem more appealing or interesting. 

“Phantom explores these ideas and reflects this back onto NO:IR,” explains lyricist Evvi Davies.  “The song is intuitive about who NO:IR is, and comparing the honesty in our music to the persona we have created as a band. NO:IR isn’t five individuals but one personality, blending elements of the individuals into one character. The song questions our authenticity, and the lyrics directly reflect where we are as a band.”

The music video for Phantom portrays Plato’s ‘Allegory of the Cave’, with an emphasis being on the shadows and silhouettes created by the band. The video challenges their own honesty and authenticity within their music. Often, we can believe an artist is being honest, however they’re really depicting a story which appears true to the world but in reality are just casting shadows on the cave wall.

Phantom is taken from their upcoming EP Are We Really Alive?due for release later this year. Are We Really Alive? Is the premiere to NO:IR, illustrating a contemporary and dynamic revival of heavy music. Conveying themes of depression, anxiety, addiction, anger, distrust and unity, Are We Really Alive? shows the different musical aspects of their sound, through trap beats, heavy metal breakdowns and haunting melodies. 

Check out ‘Phantom’ below.

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Enslaved Release ‘The Crossing’ Live Single & Video

Blackened avant-gardists Enslaved have revealed the next passage in their 30th anniversary voyage. To celebrate the launch of their Cinematic Tour 2020 live album digital pre-orders, the band has premiered a live video for their single ‘The Crossing’, which captures an otherworldly performance of their classic song through a new modern lens.

Recorded on a dark day in summer 2020 at USF Verftet in Bergen, Norway, the performance is taken from their upcoming live release Below The Lights (Cinematic Tour 2020), which sees Enslaved play their acclaimed opus Below the Lights in its entirety. It is one part of their four new live album/DVD Cinematic Tour 2020 collection due to be released on June 25th.

Enslaved’s Grutle Kjellson commented,
“The online performance of Below The Lights was indeed a trip. There has been a huge demand for us to perform that album for some years now. Ironically, because there was very little buzz around it in the days of its initial release back in 2003. I guess we fell into the good ol’ pit in-between the chairs back then, and we got pretty puzzled when people started to shout out for those songs 10 years later!
Anyway, we are psyched and proud to present to you a special performance of the whole album, also including a sixth member, Inge RypdalRypdal is a long time friend of the band and has been collaborating with Enslaved on several occasions over the years, including a stunning performance on the recordings of Below The Lights, adding a beautiful contribution on ‘A Darker Place’.
Here’s a little sneak peak! Enjoy ‘The Crossing’ and have a heavy weekend”

Check out ‘The Crossing’ below.

Enslaved will be releasing four new live albums/DVDs on June 25th, with audio and visuals taken from their highly revered digital performances in 2020. 

  • The Rise of Ymir (Verftet Online Festival 2020) 
  • Chronicles of the Northbound (Cinematic Tour 2020)
  • Below The Lights (Cinematic Tour 2020)
  • Utgard – The Journey Within (Cinematic Tour 2020)

The releases will be available via the following formats:

  • Splatter Vinyl (ltd. edition 300 copies)
  • 4 x CD/DVD boxset (ltd. edition 1000 copies)
  • 4 x DVD (ltd. edition 1000 copies)
  • Digital albums

Physical pre-orders are available here.

You Me At Six Share Video For ‘WYDRN’

High flying UK Quartet  You Me At Six have released a video for ‘WYDRN’ (‘What You Doing Right Now’), a track off their seventh album, ‘Suckapunch’.

The video for the track is composed of videos submitted by the band’s fans (referred to as ‘Sixers’), dancing and singing along to the song.

On the video frontman Josh Franceschi says:

“During a time in which we haven’t seen as much of you as we would’ve liked, we wanted to make a music video with you, our fans. Together we made a video for ‘WYDRN’. Something just to celebrate life in a testing period. We hope you enjoy it, and thank you to all our fans for their submissions.”

Check out the video for ‘WYDRN’ below.

The bands seventh full length record is out now via Underdog Records. Orders can be made from the band’s webstore.