Blackfoot, the Southern American rock band who were originally formed in 1970’s by current lead guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rickey Medlock, are back with a new line-up and released ‘Southern Native’ on Loud & Proud Records, August 5, 2016. Over the last two years, Medlock wrote, performed on and produced ‘Southern Native’.
Blackfoot has always been defined by their hard rock edge as evident on their most successful singles ‘Train, Train’ and ‘Highway Song.’ In 2012, under Medlock’s sturdy guidance, he recruited a completely new ensemble. The Jacksonville, Florida-based foursome, including lead guitarist/vocalist Tim Rossi, guitarist/vocalist Rick Krasowski, bassist Brian Carpenter and drummer Matt Anastasi, are carrying the torch for the next generation with their hard-driving sound.
“This record is head to head old school meets new school, classic to new rock for a brand new generation!” says Medlock, “Turn it up loud!”
“Rickey bridged the generations by having his grandfather Shorty Medlock play on those early Blackfoot records,” said lead guitarist/vocalist Tim Rossi “so having Rickey play slide and other guitar with us on this record bridges the modern gap. It’s a full-circle kind of thing.” That forward-moving proof can be found deep within the music of ‘Southern Native’, from the proud heritage callbacks of the title track to the tasty slide-driven travelogue of ‘Take Me Home’ to the harmonic ramrod-riffage twist on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s powerful “Ohio” (which includes quite a shrewd lyrical shout-out at the end).
It only seems like yesterday that Mexico’s melodic death metal quartet Nuclear Chaos released their second record ‘Ruins Of The Future’. That release also came with the band’s first ever music video ‘Suffocate’ which featured guest vocals from none other than David Vincent of Morbid Angel fame. Having been on the road including a stint in Europe playing at prestigious events such as Wacken Open Air and Metal Days we’re now over half way through 2016 and the band have been busy tracking the follow up to that release.
The band comments, “The new record is very different from what we did in the past but it keeps the Nuclear Chaos essence intact. The album will contain many different influences going from melodic death metal to latin metal. We are very excited about this release and this album will show a stronger and more mature Nuclear Chaos.”
With a title yet to be revealed, and a release date slated for early 2017 the band have a new single to bridge the gap. Coinciding with the new single, entitled ‘Shockwave’, the band have also unleashed a new music video for it. The video was shot in Templo San Lázaro (St. Lazarus Temple), an abandoned church from the 1520’s in Mexico City. It was shot, directed and edited by Frank Fletcher and Ponce Chiefs from the Mexican studios Soberbios Films.
Tassie/Melbourne punks Captives are back to melt some faces with their cracking new tune ‘Vines’ and first taste from their debut album – and its an absolute banger. They are also today whipping out a filmclip for ‘Vines’, starring a down-on-his-luck Punk T-Rex who makes the most of his crappy day. Shot in a few hours by the band and friends, it’s a Jurassic Fark-ing party.
Teaming up with Producer Tom Larkin (Shihad) for the third time, the band are pushing new boundaries and fine tuning their dark and unique blend of punk goodness. The boys from Captives hail from the Southern Isle of Tasmania and now currently reside in Melbourne. Once adorned with the moniker ‘forest horror’, the punk ‘n’ roll fivesome are a hotly demanded ticket to a rollicking good time and a thumping hangover.
This past April, Canada’s A Rebel Few unleashed their debut album ‘As The Crow Flies’ produced by Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Damageplan, Hellyeah, Texas Hippie Coalition) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Rush, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Beastie Boys, Pantera). The album features nine tracks of heavy shredding guitars with a huge rhythm section and a gravel-blasted soulful voice for straight up in your face rock n roll to add to their lyrical themes of empowerment.
Rumours had been rife about the imminent return of the once mighty Superheist. First whispers had the band reforming for a reunion tour followed by intrigue of who is still in the band and who isn’t…For the last 18 months guitarist and founder dw Norton has been writing what has/will become “Ghosts Of The Social Dead”, the band’s 4th studio album and the 1st in over a decade. Full production of the album begins mid August in Los Angeles at the famous NRG Studios with legendary producer Jay Baumgardner at the helm.
In the late 90’s and early 2000’s Superheist were a powerhouse live band who hit the charts with successful albums The Prize Recruit and Identical Remote Controlled Reactions. A regular on the festival circuit with a large loyal fan base, the band shocked fans in 2003 announcing they were splitting up – problems with certain members, infighting and the loss of their management company took it’s toll on the 5 piece.
The band insists this is not a reunion – the band are preferring to call it a new beginning and the tour is entitled the “Don’t Call this a Comeback” Australian Tour. “Ghosts of the Social Dead” will be available in stores and online on Friday October 28th. Tickets for the “Don’t Call it a Comeback” Australian Tour are on sale at wildthingpresents.com now.
London based Chase The Day are gearing up to their album release on September 9th. ‘Tabula Rasa’ is an album full of the history of alt rock bringing with it a modern approach to the sound that made great bands great. With the emphasis firmly seated in quality of the songs, this is matched by great recordings and kick-ass attitudes. The songs don’t just tell the story, they are the story.
Being the brainchild of James Kirsch (vocals/guitar), Tabula Rasa was birthed to realise the statement that music should be able to stand the test of time, breaking out of the genre defining restraints that are so prevalent in the industry today. With a sound that gives a celebratory hat-tip to the grunge era of the late 90’s, Chase The Day are releasing ‘Tabula Rasa’ in the hope that the music can once again be at the forefront of the music industry.
With their second single ‘Forget Your Name’, Chase The Day treat us all to an up-tempo statement of intent, crafted to make you not only pump your fist, but also consider a message… “Thrown into that place where I forget your name, We’ve been here before but can we start again?”.
The UK’s dirtiest rock ‘n’ roll cult, Servers have released their brand new video for ‘To Hell With You’. “The song encompasses the view that here is no God or devil,” comments bassist Lee Wilde (aka SERVER #0002). “There are people out there who are fanatics and they need to wise up, stop being naive, drop their guard and don’t let these organisations exploit their weaknesses. With the video itself we tried to capture the chaos that religion can bring to this world and highlight the things they put people through for the sake of it all.”
‘To Hell With You’ is taken from their forthcoming second album ‘Everything is OK’ which is set for release on the 19 August 2016 via Undergroove Records. 10 brooding tracks unleashing a healthy dose of melancholic beauty with equal amounts of haunting disposition, sonic drama, captivating hooks and 43 minutes of mood-building tension, succinctly enveloped by vocalist Lee Storrar’s (ex G.U. Medicine) evocative, untouchable vocal delivery.
The Agonist will release their new album and Napalm Records debut ‘Five’ on September 30th. Frontwoman Vicky Psarakis spoke about the making of the video:
“The Moment’ was probably the most exciting and demanding video I’ve had to shoot so far. Chris (bassist / FTB Visuals director) came up to me with the idea to create a “storyline” with a close up of just my face singing the lyrics underwater. And we achieved it by building a box with a plexiglas panel that fit my head, while the rest of my body was standing and perfectly dry. I guess you could say it was scary and awkward to have just your head submerged underwater and a bit dangerous to have to perform the entire song in that position, but honestly, I wouldn’t mind doing the whole thing all over again!”
‘Five’ was produced by Mike Plotnikoff at West Valley Studios. Mike has engineered and produced such artists as Buckcherry, Flyleaf, My Chemical Romance, Apocalyptica, P.O.D, Halestorm, Skillet, Seether, P.O.D. Three Days Grace, Aerosmith, and Kiss.
“In one breath illustr8ors is a metamorphosis and a stubborn stride towards a place where the core components of rock’n’roll exist in a relative and contemporary time. In another breath illustr8ors is just a contemporary rock band giving a f*** about what it means to be alive in music now. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but right now”
New rock band Illustr8ors has just released their debut music video ‘Your Animal’, ahead of an extensive UK tour this September with Toseland.
Featuring four white hot songs, the band’s forthcoming self titled ep (out 14th October) is sharp, drenched in groove, ladened with hooks and melody, whilst intelligent and a straight to the point collection of music. No messing about, no gimmicks…this is what rock music sounds like right NOW.
In their previous guise, as BlackWolf, illustr8ors scored tours and supports with the likes of The Temperance Movement, Winger, Blues Pills, Von Hertzen Brothers and The Answer to name a few; a nomination for Classic Rock Magazine’s ‘Best New Band’ roll of honour award, numerous playlist slots on major rock radio stations and a debut headline tour endorsed by Planet Rock Radio. However, it was time for a change. A time for a more decisive stride towards a definitive and individual sonic identity. A rebirth. That’s when illustr8ors were born.
From the initial coffee shop conversations between new producer Toby Jepson (The Virginmarys) and frontman/singer Scott Sharp, right the way through to the numerous days of recording in the studio, the aim was simple. The band was in search of a new voice, one they could call their own and one that had something relevant and relative to say.
It didn’t take long before band and producer were shedding away the fat and cutting at the bare bones of what this band were: A slick, riff loving, funked-up (slightly off-centered) melting pot of sas-mouthed rock’n’roll. Growth came quickly and the new songs came out swinging. From the immediate soaring hooks of ‘Your Animal’ to the foot-shuffling, popadelic declaration of identity that is ‘Shush Shush’, the excitement between band and producer was tangible. The end result is a selection of songs that tell the story of a unique band striding confidently forward into a contemporary music world, whilst not forgetting what it was about rock’n’roll that set their hearts alight in the first place. No throw back gimmicks. No bull***t. Just rock music as this band hears it today.
illustr8ors self titled debut ep is released 14th October 2016
Swedish-based label Temple Of Torturous is proud to join forces with Siberian post-black metal act Ultar for the release of their debut full-length album “Kadath.” Formed in 2011 in Krasnoyarsk, the heart of Siberia, the five-piece group was formerly known as Deafknife and self-released one EP entitled “Pantheon” that same year and a full-length album “Vi Er Dode” in 2012 to widespread underground approval.
Now in 2016, with a new moniker, a re-strengthen spirit and a new approach swaying towards a more atmospheric black-metal sound, the group presents us their first album “Kadath.” Inspired by the mystical world of H. P. Lovecraft, “Kadath” was mastered by Mell Dettmer, who have worked with names like Sunn o))), Fyrnask, Earth and Below The Sun in the past and is set for release on October 21st via Temple of Torturous. Pre-orders are now available here. This is their music video for the track “Azathoth”
Brisbane alternative rock duo The Comfort have released the second single ‘Your Heart’ from their upcoming EP ‘Love’ to be release on September 16. Showing maturation and growth ‘Your Heart’ shines with hope and security a stark change from the darkness of debut EP ‘Ghosts’. The track delivers commitment and hope in a world that is lacking.
As a whole ‘Your Heart’ explores themes of love and intimacy, asking the question commitment, relationship or both? It is about being so infatuated with someone that the felling is indescribable. You can use thousands of metaphors and analogies, but no words come close to pin pointing how and why you love them,” said guitarist and vocalist, Liam Homles. Both boys believe the best way to accurately portray these feelings is through art and more directly, song and poetry. “The song is entirely woven with lines from an E.E. Cummings poem that I actually have engraved on a watch which I was given by my partner,” said bassist and vocalist, Dom Harper.
The filmclip, hosted by massive heavy music channel Dream Bound, takes a look at The Comfort’s passionate live performance showcase how the boys truly intend to deliver their art. ‘Your Heart’ comes as a follow up to The Comfort’s last single Everstone which found success in multiple plays on triple j and almost 20 thousand views on Youtube. The Comfort released their debut EP titled ‘Ghosts’ in February 2015 featuring critically praised singles ‘Fair-Weather’ and ‘Tongues (Masenko)’ garnering the band welcome attention from triple j and community radio across the country.