Wage War Release New Stunning Track, ‘Teeth’

Wage War have dropped a new track ‘Teeth’, lifted from their upcoming record, ‘Manic’.

The band say the following:

“‘Teeth’ is the first taste of some of the new sonic territory on Manic. We wanted to experiment with some different sounds and production and see what we could do. ‘Teeth’ is simply about a toxic, one-sided relationship. We’ve all had them — and this is [about] a cutting of those ties.”

Check out ‘Teeth’ below.

I Prevail Announce Rescheduled Dates For UK Tour

I Prevail have announced their rescheduled dates for their tour which have now been pushed back to 2022.

In addition, there’s been some venue upgrades due to phenomenal demand and Wage War is set to support as well as the fantastic Welsh band Dream State.

Here are the rescheduled dates:

March 2022

11th – Guildhall, Portsmouth

12th – Academy, Leeds

13th – Academy, Birmingham

15th – Academy, Dublin – SOLD OUT

16th – Academy, Manchester

18th – Academy, Liverpool

19th – Academy, Glasgow

21st – Rock City, Nottingham – SOLD OUT

22nd – Academy, Bristol – SOLD OUT

23rd – Brixton Academy, London

New Music Video Roundup 20/11/20

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the new music video roundup. We’re here for a roundup of ten of the best recently released music videos. 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 come on, let’s get down to the music!

First up this week we have the Australian outfit Bad/Love who recently released their latest single, ‘Social Suicide’ featuring Ken Crossfaith.

Social Suicide is a retort on how media influences society in an age where people are experiencing life through their phones.  

“Young women are chasing an unachievable photoshop appearance in order to feel accepted while boys are taught that they must not show emotion and should mistreat others to feel important.” says Landon Kirk.  He continues “Social media & marketing influences every step we take and we march blindly without free thought. We are losing what makes us human and are trading it in for a cheap artificial quick fix.  Social Suicide is an anthem to make people aware of the affect technology, media and social influence is having on the human condition and to be reminded to step away and find free thought once more.” 

“This song is a critical message to the generation of Social media. I’ve been doubting whether it is really important for our lives. It is helpful BUT I also think that we shouldn’t be addicted to social media platforms because sometimes it’s wasting our time. I’d rather face myself and get self evolution than become a slave of Social media. Conservation or Revolution, go pick one!” Ken Crossfaith

Now do you remember Palaye Royale’s track ‘Tonight Is The Night I Die’? It was a standout track on the record and we’ve been cautiously awaiting a music video. Now that time has come for a truly epic music video that can only be encapsulate Palaye Royale as the true visionaries they are.

This track is straight off their record, ‘The Bastards’ which is out now via Sumerian Records.

Next we have Equal Vision Records band Hail The Sun shared a new video for their song “Secret Wars.” Originally released on the 2017 EP of the same name, the band decided to create the video as a commentary to the actions and events that have occurred in 2020.

As guitarist Shane Gann explains; “After all that has transpired recently, we can’t help but think of this song, written back in 2017. We are pleased to have created a video for “Secret Wars,” which is all about the influence of those in power and how they keep us unaware.” The lyrical content of the track is just as prevalent now, paralleling the feeling that many are experiencing throughout the world today. Vocalist and drummer Donovan Melero elaborates; “I wrote this from a perspective of an instruction manual on how to control and manipulate the masses for a hidden agenda. I think powerful forces can do powerful things when we don’t know what’s happening.” 

We’re heading over to Florida for the band Wage War as they have dropped the video for the song “Surrounded.” The song will appear on the fifth anniversary vinyl edition of the Blueprints, which was the band’s debut record. It was released by Fearless Records on November 27, 2015. Pre-order the anniversary version, which features updated artwork and packaging and is out 4th December.

“Surrounded” is a previously unreleased track from Blueprints. The footage that comprises the video was culled from personal clips from the 212 shows the band played in 13 countries while supporting the record.

“To celebrate the five-year anniversary of its release, we’re excited to put out an unreleased track from our debut album Blueprints,” shares Wage War. “‘Surrounded’ is a song that easily could have made the record, but never found its place. Over the last five years we’ve grown together — as musicians and individuals. The release of ‘Surrounded’ has been a great time to reflect on where our careers started and a chance for some perspective.”

The visual truly captures Wage War in their element — on stage and giving their all while living life on the road and converting those who see them into fans.

Right, now we are in the Bay Area for metal titans Machine Head as they have released a new single “My Hands Are Empty,” today on Nuclear Blast. The song marks the first musical collaboration between MH mastermind Robb Flynn and original “Burn My Eyes” guitarist Logan Mader in 24 years.

From the haunting opening vocal, the classical drums, the melancholy guitar line, the listener knows they are in for something epic. The sky gets a little darker, the goosebumps start to prickle the skin, ears search to hear what comes next. By the time the verse kicks in, the heaviness overtakes.
“MISERY, cover me in waves, the heartache is slowly, withering, I become her slave”

And so begins a song of depression and opioid addiction, by Machine Head.

Guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn begins, “I have some family members who have beaten their opioid addiction, and have some still in the throes of addiction. It is painful to watch, and I deal with it with great difficulty.  It is a song of sadness, but there is hope as well.  I have beaten my own drug addictions and we can fight through this, together, and share our pain with the world.”

He continues, “Musically I wanted to go for a bit of a “Through The Ashes Of Empires” vibe, and it had a grandiose vibe from the beginning, something about that vocal melody haunted me day and night. I sent it off to one of our collaborators Joel Wanasek, and he came back with a whole depth and dimension with strings and keys that really made the song come alive. I added the guitar harmony in the chorus soon after and I knew we were on to something special.

On the recent “Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary Tour” I mentioned to Logan about needing a riff or two for a new song, he was excited to collaborate, I sent him the song and the next day he sent me back the heavy riff in the bridge and I was floored. It fit perfectly, and felt really cool to be writing together 24 years later.  Jared came up with the rhythm under the lead section and the song really locked into place.”

Guitarist Logan Mader adds, “During pre-pro for the BME anniversary tour last year, I had a special opportunity to collaborate with Machine Head for the first time in over 20 years. 

This is a big milestone for me, to circle back on a massive orbit around life and end up doing new music with MH is epic and unexpected. The song, “My Hands Are Empty” was almost completed but needed a riff or two. Robb sent it to me, so I jumped in and added a section which ended up in the master after some arrangement tweaks by Robb. The song is amazing. It was a great feeling to be in the studio with Robb after all these years and I hope to do it again!”

The earth-pounding drums were performed by Navene Koperweis (Whitechapel, Animals As Leaders) who performed on the track “Circle The Drain” (released in February) and the song feature trading vocals in the chorus between lead singer Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern for a truly dynamic feeling musical piece.

Heading back to British waters for the the metalcore outfit Oceans Ate Alaska have debuted a new song called ‘Metamorph’, the band’s first offering of new material since their 2017 LP, ‘Hikari’.

“As the original lineup for Oceans Ate Alaska, we are hugely proud to announce our brand new single Metamorph,” the band says. “Time plays a key factor in growth. We as musicians have let this sink in over the past few years and expanded upon our influences and ideas. But the space we’ve had between us has brought a new creativity to the mix. Everything feels new, almost undiscovered. Prepare for a new era of music.”

The track also sees the return of original frontman, James Harrison, who left the band back in 2016. He was replaced by Jake Noakes (ex-Faultlines, ex-Laguna Sunrise), who has now stepped down to focus on his work as a tattoo artist.

Moving on in this weeks Music Video Roundup, the LA metal giants In This Moment have a special release in the form of‘As Above, So Below’, a track taken from their recently released seventh album, ‘Mother’.

“It’s a new level,” she said. “It’s empowering. It makes you want to hold your head high. I have guest singers. We’re covering a song. It is fire. It’s very powerful. And it’s such an honor to come together with these beautiful, powerful, talented, diverse people.”

Now, In This Moment are showing another side to their new music with the powerful video for “As Above, So Below.” Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the band had to approach this project a little differently. Directed by Brink, the “As Above, So Below” video features numerous captivating visuals and even portrays the In This Moment members as puppets.

“We are so excited to show the world the magic we created with handsomedevilspuppets and Jeremy Saffer,” Brink says. “It was a challenging time to bring a music video together with everything that’s been going on, so we had to get creative. We are so thrilled with the outcome and that we had to push ourselves out of our box to manifest this video. We feel grateful to collaborate with other artists and to be able to bring ‘As Above So Below’ to life for all of you. Enjoy.”

Ukraine’s busiest groove metal machine Jinjer are back with their brand new single “Retrospection (Live)”, taken from their upcoming live album: Alive In Melbourne, which will be released on November 20, 2020 via Napalm Records. The live album and subsequent videos were filmed on March 5th this year during their debut Australian tour with the pandemic hot on the heels of their Macro World Tour, which would sadly, along with the rest of the musical landscape come to a screeching halt a week after the Melbourne set was captured for on film. Still, with JINJER’s sheer will, drive, determination and never give up attitude they were able to turn the madness of this year into a positive.

Bassist Eugene Abdukhanov comments: It‘s still pretty incredible that 4 Ukrainians travelled 14,770 km just to sing in their native language … to the welcoming ears, eyes and open arms of Melbourne. This night will forever be burned in our hearts and the beat of “Retrospection” fit that night like never before. Shows like this should happen each time we perform and we cannot wait to get back on tour to make sure that happens every night. Until then just enjoy this moment in time called Alive In Melbourne

Despite the Global Pandemic, JINJER have managed to stay busier than before and besides releasing their debut live album, they toured Germany and Switzerland in September becoming the first non-European band to tour across borders during the age of Covid-19 and they are also currently filming videos for all remaining tracks on their previously released album Macro.

Things are looking great for JINJER right now.

Penultimate video for this week’s roundup and a left field choice is the Alt-Pop superstar Billie Eilish with her latest release, ‘Therefore I Am’.

The track comes with an official music video also directed by the 18-year-old, five-time Grammy winner, and was shot in a deserted Glendale Galleria shopping mall, a familiar stomping ground for Eilish during her early teen years.

You can check out her self-directed video for ‘Therefore I Am’ below.

And the last choice for this week had to be this band. They’re Post-Hardcore, they’re Welsh and they’re back with their latest effort in ‘Monsters’, Dream State’s first new music drop since the release of 2019’s Primrose Path.

Produced by long term collaborator Dan Weller (Bury Tomorrow, Enter Shikari) the new single is the first chapter for the band. Currently recording a new EP due for release in the first half of next year, the band will also head out on the road for their rescheduled UK tour supporting I Prevail and slots on both Slam Dunk and 2000trees festivals.

Speaking on the new song, CJ Gilpin (Vocals) says, Monsters is an expression of the inner goddess in me and is about the acceptance of my messy, chaotic energy; the owning and surrendering to who & what I am. It’s an awakening and I am saying, ‘I am okay with who I am and I will not be misled anymore’. It has taken lifetimes to get here.”

They’ve also released a video for ‘Monsters’, which you can check out below.

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-time for another round of great music videos. 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!

Wage War Release Punishing New Single

Florida’s Wage Wage ave just dropped the video for the song “Surrounded.”

The song will appear on the fifth anniversary vinyl edition of the Blueprints, which was the band’s debut record. It was released by Fearless Records on November 27, 2015.

“Surrounded” is a previously unreleased track from Blueprints. The footage that comprises the video was culled from personal clips from the 212 shows the band played in 13 countries while supporting the record.

“To celebrate the five-year anniversary of its release, we’re excited to put out an unreleased track from our debut album Blueprints,” shares Wage War. “‘Surrounded’ is a song that easily could have made the record, but never found its place. Over the last five years we’ve grown together — as musicians and individuals. The release of ‘Surrounded’ has been a great time to reflect on where our careers started and a chance for some perspective.”

The visual truly captures Wage War in their element — on stage and giving their all while living life on the road and converting those who see them into fans.

Take a stage dive down memory lane by watching the video for Surrounded here or by watching the video below.

Blueprints was critically celebrated upon release, with Loud & Heavy proclaiming that it “[hit] like a sledgehammer on a wall… crushing everything in its path.” Metal Injection opined that it “laid the groundwork” for where the band is today. Sound Fiction labeled it a “stellar debut,” while Kerrang! hailed it as “a masterful work of metalcore muscle.”

Pre-order the anniversary version, which features updated artwork and packaging and is out 4th December, here.

Line Up Announced For Virtual Download Festival

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:

KISS

Iron Maiden (Saturday headliner)

System of a Down (Sunday headliner)

Alestorm

Alter Bridge

Babymetal

Baroness

Black Futures

Black Veil Brides

Bowling For Soup

Bush

Creeper

Deftones

Disturbed

Employed To Serve

Fozzy

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Funeral For A Friend

Gojira

Holding Absence

Killswitch Engage

Korn

Lacuna Coil

Loathe

Mastodon

Motionless In White

NXT UK

Periphery

Poppy

Powerwolf

Skillet

Steel Panther

The Darkness

The Hara

The Offspring

The Pretty Reckless

The Wildhearts

Theory

Twin Temple

Volbeat

Wage War

Wayward Sons

Wage War Cancel UK/EU Tour

Another tour bites the dust.

Tours and festivals are continuing to be cancelled left, right and centre due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and Wage War are the latest band to be doing so.

The band confirmed the cancellation of the tour on their social media channels, issuing a statement and their intent to reschedule the postponed dates.

“As you may have seen, our scheduled European festivals are getting cancelled due to COVID-19. Because of this and the uncertainty with when this pandemic will subside and when touring will be safe again, we will be postponing the dates and are doing our best to reschedule them. If you have already purchased a ticket, please hold on to them if you can, as they will still be valid for the rescheduled dates. We hate that we have to do this and hope to have news and be back playing shows with you as soon as possible. Stay safe.”

As mentioned, ticket holders are encouraged to keep their tickets which will be honoured at the TBC rescheduled dates.

More details will be confirmed as they’re announced.

Wage War Release New Track

Wage War are at it again.

They recently dropped a brand new track off their upcoming release, ‘Pressure’ but now with the record coming closer and closer this month. ‘Prison’ is their fourth single to be released, following on from ‘Me Against Myself’ which was only released a few days ago is my memory is correct.

Check it out below.

Wage War Announce New Record, Release New Single

One of the rock worlds most anticipated 2019 record has finally been announced! The follow up to Wage War’s ‘Deadweight’ has a title, it’s ‘Pressure’ which is set to be released August 30th via Fearless Records and was produced by Drew Fulk, whose previous credits involve iDKHOW as well as Motionless In White.

Frontman Cody Quistad has shared:

We were all out of our comfort zone, which was really cool… We couldn’t just go home after the day. We all lived in the same house. It was a great opportunity for us to reconnect. We’d go to shows together, come back, and write at 2am. Los Angeles is inspiring, because there’s a youthful drive and passion. Everyone is there to chase a dream. It gives you a mindset. You talk about going to L.A. to make a record when you’re 13. It was a bucket list thing for us.

Here’s what it looks like.

01. ‘Who I Am’
02. ‘Prison’
03. ‘Grave’
04. ‘Ghost’
05. ‘Me Against Myself’
06. ‘Hurt’
07. ‘Low’
08. ‘The Line’
09. ‘Fury’
10. ‘Forget My Name’
11. ‘Take The Fight’
12. ‘Will We Ever Learn’

Check out the bands first single off the upcoming release, ‘Who I Am’ below.

Pre-orders are available via the label’s webstore, Amazon, Google Play and Itunes.

Wage War Announce UK & EU Tour

Wage War crushed Slam Dunk Festival this past weekend but they’re already gearing up for their return in 2020!

In January, they’ll be headlining a huge 10 date UK tour at the following:

January 2020

07 – BRISTOL The Fleece
08 – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
10 – MANCHESTER Rebellion
11 – DUBLIN Academy Green Room
12 – GLASGOW G2
13 – NEWCASTLE Think Tank
15 – LEEDS The Key Club
16 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute 2
17 – LONDON O2 Academy Islington
18 – SOUTHAMPTON The Loft

Wage War Back In The Studio With Motionless In White Producer

Wage War have started work on their new record and they’ve recruited a pretty huge producer in the world of recent rock records. Drew Fulk. He’s the man behind Motionless In White’s ‘Graveyard Shift’, Crown The Empire’s ‘Retrograde’ and iDKHOW’s ‘1981: Extended Play’.

Check out the post from the studio below.