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Friday, 25 March 2016

Exowaves - "There's No Fun" Single Review!



Put extra 'good' in your Good Friday with Exowaves new single!



Exowaves are a upcoming 'futuristic rock 'n' roll' quartet from Stoke On Trent, UK, who formed in 2015. 'There's No Fun' is the second single from their upcoming anticipated album. The band are already making 'waves', as earlier this year they picked up the award for Best Music Act in 6 Towns Radio Awards, and following this latest release, this is just the start of what is to come...


The song opens in a dramatic and alarming way, with resonant screams, quickly gaining your attention, before the groovy atmospheric dark riffs and beats kick in! It oozes with great rock 'n' roll swagger, and even a hint of punk rock attitude, aided by the snarling fierce vocals declaring, "There's no fun"! The gritty instruments to accompany are just as hard hitting, making this a must hear refreshing raw modernised rock offering!





'There's No Fun' is out 25/3/16 (today) through all major digital download stores.




Website: http://exowaves.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/exowavesuk


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/exowaves


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/exowaves/


SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/exowaves

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Anti Clone Mushroomhead UK shows + new song Astaroth now streaming‏!



Anti-Clone announced for Mushroomhead UK shows - New song 'Astaroth' now streaming online - Debut album produced by Matt Hyde (Slipknot) Art by Mister Sam (Rob Zombie) - Out 29.4.2016 via Phd





"Likely to be one of the year’s most distinctive debuts"

#HOTNEWBAND METAL HAMMER #281 - http://metalhammer.teamrock.com/features/2016-03-01/why-anti-clone-are-bringing-nu-metal-back


New song 'Astaroth' now streaming: https://soundcloud.com/anti-clone/astaroth


Anti-Clone live with Mushroomhead and Sanguine:

24th March - BIRMINGHAM - O2 Academy Birmingham
25th March - CHESTER - The Live Rooms


One of the UK's best breaking bands is preparing to make their mark in 2016 with the release of their highly anticipated debut album.

Notoriously named as 'murder capital of Britain', the sleepy town of Boston, Lincolnshire is home to apocolyptic nu-metal mob ANTI-CLONE.

Since bursting onto the scene in 2013, the five piece have wasted no time in grabbing audiences by the scruff of their necks and laying waste to stages across the UK and Europe. Now they're ready to step up to the plate and deliver their stunning debut album 'The Root Of Man', released via a hugely successful Pledge Music campaign and Plastic Head Distribution.

Frontman Mr Clone explains about the meaning behind the album "‘The Root of Man’ is intended to hold a dual meaning. Firstly, it questions the beginning of the human race, starting with Eve committing original sin which resulted in us being cast out of Eden. This is echoed in the title track with the lyrics: "The root of man is evil; the root of man is sin". This theme is explored further throughout the album, looking at the extremes of human emotion and actions. The second meaning is that 'The Root Of Man’ symbolises our beginning as a band. These are the roots that we are planting to fully establish ourselves as our own entity, to establish ourselves as Anti-Clone."

The title track subject matter is echoed and explored across the album, notably songs like Mechanical Heart with its chugging groove and downtempo riffage ("This song takes you on a journey of mechanical and digital control. An example of what's left when everything and everyone becomes cold, lifeless machines") to the fast paced and frantic Astaroth ("The song centres on rebellion against the institutionalised control exhibited by people in power throughout human history. Astaroth, being the demon of hidden knowledge, acting as the rallying figure for people to stand up enlightened and say: ‘no more’") and the stomping, pulsating sledgehammer to the face that is Deracinated ("It demonstrates pure unbridled loathing towards anything and everything, and a subsequent unquenchable desire to destroy") - 'The Root Of Man' showcases a band not afraid to take risks and demonstrate real conviction in the musical landscape that's on offer on this album. From nu-metal and industrial grooves to heavy metal sonics laced with tech and progressive elements and melodies a-plenty that sets the heaviness off in abundance - 'The Root Of Man' is a fantastic launch pad for this young band.

WATCH 'MECHANICAL HEART' (Lyric Video) -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqGR5br8KVQ

Working with Matt Hyde (Slipknot 'All Hope Is Gone' - Machine Head 'The Blackening') at Perry Vale Studios in London the acclaimed producer was on hand to take the raw energy of Anti-Clone and help shape their future. Clone picks up the story "Matt is a creative powerhouse, working with him is a great experience. He has a fantastic knack of being able to pick out that harmony line or to suggest little tweaks to a song that just make it explode into life. It was great to team up with him again for ‘The Root of Man’ after the fantastic job he did of ‘Hands Sewn Together’ (the band's first EP) as well as with Carl Johnston who was a brilliant asset to the process too. It’s great to be able to work with a producer who has worked with bands who have helped shape our own musical tastes."

“The step up in musicianship and song writing is immense” says Hyde “and as a producer you can't ask for anymore than the band to be willing and open to trying new ideas. Anti-Clone pushes themselves and it’s no surprise that they have gained a lot of fans along the way. There is no doubt in my mind that 2016 is going to be a big year for them.” (Matt Hyde)

And the album's producer is not the only one to see the potential in Anti-Clone. Skindred frontman Benji Webbe praises the band for their live shows “Anti-Clone have the full package! After having them support Skindred for 2 weeks, I saw them deliver an amazing performance night after night. I believe with the right direction they could be a ruling force in British metal!”

With their new music in safe hands, Anti-Clone new they wanted something special for the album artwork ---> Enter mysterious artist Mister Sam (Rob Zombie, Fear Factory) - "Mister Sam has also been massively influential in helping us define the aesthetic that we were aiming to achieve for the album. His touch can be seen in the new logo, album artwork, as well as in some other things that we’re yet to release yet. It's been fantastic to add his catalogue of expertise to this whole process." (Mr Clone).

With tour dates to be announced and new music videos in production - 2016 is set to be Anti-Clone's biggest year to date.


The debut album 'The Root Of Man' is released 29th April 2016 via PHD (Plastic Head Distribution).

EMP LABEL GROUP FORMS EMP UNDERGROUND IMPRINT - FIRST SIGNINGS INCLUDE HELSTAR, SKUMLOVE, SOLUS DEUS

EMP



EMP Label Group, the label founded by Megadeth’s David Ellefson , has announced the formation of EMP UNDERGROUND, an imprint which will release and distribute music from more “underground, extreme and subversive artists.” Says Operations manager and EMP UNDERGROUND co-founder Thöm Hazaërt. “A lot of the stuff we have been signing to EMP has been more Hard Rock and mainstream metal, and we wanted to create an outlet for signing some of the amazing heavier/weirder/more extreme artists that have been coming to us, without all the pressure of the big releases on EMP. And that’s exactly what we’ve created with EMP Underground.”

He adds, “We have found some great releases, and we get so many amazing submissions from the heavier end of the spectrum, and David and I talked and we really wanted to create an outlet for some of this other stuff that didn’t necessarily fit on EMP proper.”

Distributed via eOne and SPV, the first signings to the imprint include Thrash metal stalwarts (and former Megadeth label-mates) Helstar, who will release their debut single “Black Cathedral” through the label on April 9th, from their upcoming LPVAMPIRO, a continuation of their acclaimed 1989 Metal Blade release Nosferatu. The LP will be mixed by legendary Metal producer Bill Metoyer who also Produced and Mixed Nosferatu. Says Helstar’s James Rivera, “It’s great to go back and revisit the themes from one of our classic albums, and kinda carry that on into the future, and it’s something it seems the fans are very excited about. And to be able to release it with my old buddy David Ellefson, on such a powerhouse label, makes it that much better.”

Also on deck is the upcoming (6/6/16) release from LA’s king of industrial debauchery SKUMLOVE, who will release SINISTER MINISTER June 6th. The album features a barrage of guest appearances including Tommy Victor (Prong) Burton C. Bell and Dino Cazares (Fear Factory), Tony Campos (Static-X, Fear Factory, Ministry) with Remixes by Jay Gordon (Orgy), Jon Fryer (Nine inch nails/ Depeche Mode/ This Mortal Coil) and more.

Rounding out the lineup are Thug Metal supergroup Solus Deus, a project featuring ex Bleed the Sky guitarist Wayne Miller, ex-Bleed the Sky/Chimaira drummer Austin D’Amond, and former Evanescence/Living Sacrifice memberRocky Gray, who will release their debut EP THE PLAGUE in May.

Check Out the Solus Deus track "Immovable" below:
https://soundcloud.com/emplabelgroup/solus-deus-immovable

For More Information please visit:
http://www.emplabelgroup.com/
http://empmerch.com/
https://www.facebook.com/emplabelgroup/

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Watch Bring Me The Horizon's Apocalyptic New Mental Video!!







British rock band, Bring Me The Horizon have just unleashed an insane nightmarish video, which was created by frontman, Oli Sykes and director, Frank Borin (has worked with The Vamps, 5 Seconds Of Summer). Its highlights include, zombies, a plane crash and asteriods...but I won't spoil all the fun! It must be seen to be believed, so watch this crazy gore fest and enjoy the new single, 'Follow You', taken from latest album, 'That's The Spirit'. Spoiler Alert...I think you have to admire the 'spirit' of the lead character in the video! 

I think actually amongst all the carnage, it has a rather nice message about love! Although there are lots of interpretations and meanings here. I think we can all relate about getting lost in music, and not care what is going on in the world for that duration of the song, but this may over step the mark!! What do you think?!










On a side note: if you are a fan of gore or horror, you may like to check out my top Zombie Rock songs feature: http://carinasmusicreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/killer-zombie-rockmetal-songs.html

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Left In The Dark - Shadowglass Album Review

Shadowglass cover art



This quartet from Dayton, OH have only been together for two years, and in that time they wrote their debut album, 'Shadowglass'. The band are multi talented, as not only did they write and record the album, the vocalist, Josh Schaurer and drummer, Brian Gerth mixed and mastered it too, so a lot of hard work has gone into this first offering. With an interesting blend and delivery, Left In The Dark are looking to unleash a new style of rock...


The album opens on a haunting atmospheric piano intro, before going into first proper song, 'Denial', which is moody and far reaching, kicking things of in powerful way...


'Lie To Me' raises the bar higher, as it unravels a more aggressive metal side, creating a striking sound, which is all encompassing and very compelling, whilst sounding different to other hard metal sounds, with their layered dark and light rock.


'We Aren't' roars into action, bursting into fast riffage which is equally beautiful and soft at times, this is slower paced in parts, having a more classic rock feel and shows they can handle both sides equally well.


The entire album is coherent and consistent and they keep up the momentum, even when focusing on the more melodic rock side, which can be heard particularly in the tracks that follow, 'Last Request', 'Riptide', where they combine beauty and brutality to create irresistible catchy tracks. 

The final song, 'One Last Time' is atmospheric and moving, whilst maintaining an unwavering powerful force, as seen throughout, especially with a strong chant like chorus.


Left In The Dark have produced a exciting fresh rock sound, that is impressive and intelligible, and has a nice balance of gloom and hope, which is portrayed wonderfully through the instrumentation and mood of the music. This will appeal to all rock fans alike, as it has something for everyone, from softer clean moments to hardcore charges, and whatever emotion grips them, they storm through with a mighty presence and superiority, with their striking alt rock! I seriously urge you to listen to Shadowglass!