martedì 12 dicembre 2017

CLAMFIGHT anteprima nuovo brano su Doomed And Stoned

I CLAMFIGHT pubblicheranno il loro terzo disco, III, a gennaio su Argonauta Records. In collaborazione con Doomed And Stoned la band presenta il primo singolo "History Of The Earls Of Orkney".

III Track Listing:
1. Whale Road
2. Selkie
3. Echoes In Stone
4. Eynhallow
5. History Of The Earls Of Orkney

SOULFLY – entrano in studio a gennaio

I SOULFLY entreranno in studio a gennaio per iniziare le registrazioni del seguito di “Archangel”, uscito nel 2015. Il disco dovrebbe vedere la luce nell’estate 2018 su Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

L’album ancora senza titolo verrà registrato con Josh Wilbur, che ha già lavorato con l’altra band di Max Cavalera, KILLER BE KILLED, oltre che con gruppi come LAMB OF GOD e GOJIRA.

In un’intervista con Backstage Axxess, Cavalera ha dichiarato: "Sto componendo proprio ora: raccolgo i riff e le idee. Sono eccitato perché credo che questo disco segnerà un po’ il ritorno alle sonorità tribali che ho abbandonato dopo ‘Prophecy’. L’album sarà la continuazione di ‘Archangel’ e in qualche modo sarà influenzato da ‘Psychosis’”.

Intervistato da No Limits Music Show, ha spiegato che il prossimo album dei SOULFLY sarà "tribale, molto spirituale. C’è un concept. È dai tempi di ‘Roots’ che non mi dedico a un concept, quindi il disco avrà un certo feeling alla ‘Roots’”.

L’ultimo album “Archangel” è disponibile in formato fisico o digitale   

KAYLETH – video in anteprima su THE OBELISK

Gli Stoner Space Rockers italiani KAYLETH presentano in anteprima su THE OBELISK il video ufficiale della canzone "Forgive", primo singolo dal nuovo album "Colossus".

KAYLETH "Colossus" verrà pubblicato da ARGONAUTA Records in CD/DD il 12 gennaio 2018. 

lunedì 11 dicembre 2017

Camerata Mediolanense "Le Vergini Folli"

"Le Vergini Folli"

Release date: on October 27, 2017

Country: Italy

Genre: Neofolk/Neoclassical

1. Lacrime Di Gioia
2. Scrissi Con Stile Amaro
3. Notte Di Novelli Sogni
4. Mi Vuoi
5. Notte Ancora
6. Pace Non Trovo
7. Dolce Salire
8. Quando 'l Sol

Bonus CD:
1. Anime E Inchiostri
2. Quando 'l Sol (strumentale)
3. Pace Non Trovo (versione)
4. Vergine Bella Che Di Sol Vestita
5. Notte Di novelli Sogni (strumentale)
6. Notte Ancora (piano solo)
7. Mi Vuoi (ripresa)
8. Canzone Alla Vergine (2017)

Camerata Mediolanense, band attiva dal 1994 grazie alla sua fondatrice Elena Previdi, è fra le band più eclettiche e raffinate del panorama neo folk/classico italiano, sempre pronti a mettersi alla prova accogliendo influssi diversi da epoche diverse.

Le Vergini Folli è più un’opera teatrale, fatta di suggestioni classiche unite alla contemporaneità della musica che raggiunge il suo apice con le bellissime voci che appartengono a Desirée Corapi, Carmen D'Onofrio e Chiara Rolando a far da sfondo.
Una farewell della vita, semplici melodie che affidano al malinconico requiem di archi e piano il disagio e la forza di queste amazzoni.
Alcuni brani hanno una base leggermente elettronica che rimanda vagamente alla dance, alla quale si sovrappone un canto sussurrato, prima di ripiombare nelle plumbee atmosfere decadentiste.
Tra cantato ispirato e profetico ed un’acustica di rilievo, l’evoluzione del neo folk disegna un mosaico intriso di sentimento ed impotenza.

Le Vergini Folli è un album da avere ed ascoltare attentamente, senza lasciarsi distrarre dalla leggera ripetitività delle tracce. Un grande lavoro di una band che merita un posto di prestigio nell'eccellenza del neofolk.

Michela (Anesthesia)

Line Up:
Elena Previdi (keyboards)
3Vor (voices, percussion, keyboards, samplers)
Marco Colombo (percussion) 

Manuel Aroldi (percussion)

venerdì 8 dicembre 2017

Mechanical Animals: Interview with Priest

"Priest drops their full-length debut `New Flesh´on November 17. Like a Delorean DMC-12 it will take you back to the colorful future of the 80´s." (Lövely Records)

Interview by Michela (Anesthesia)

LFdM: It shouldn't be easy to write music and lyrics according to your traditional synth pop roots and the urgency of your modern influences (industrial rock, EBM, science fiction soundtracks). What's your chemistry in rehearsing, composing, arranging and – if applicable – playing live?
Priest: The writing process looks a little different for each song, sometimes an idea emerges first, then lyrics before you add the musical composition. More often the music comes first and then we try to define what it´s about. The most important thing is that everything fits naturally together.
We´re in rehearsals right now and it´s a lot of programming involved. We used a large amount of big ol´synthesizers on the record and we obviously can´t bring everything on the road, so we have to make the rig a lot simpler than we want and still keep good quality sounds. It´s a challenge.

LFdM: Since Italy has always been a “virgin country” for Priest, would you describe your sound to someone who never heard you before? Which are your major influences? Did you experience any funny episode during the recording of New Flesh?
Priest: We like to think we approach synthpop and electronic music from a different angle, since all members been active in a large variety of bands from different genres. But we listen to new underground techno a lot. Depeche Mode, Skinny Puppy and Orbital are big influences, but we like a large variety of stuff – even Italian prog! We love bands like Le Orme, Alphataurus, Museo Rosenbach and so on..  On “The Cross” the writer was inspired by Goblin, especially their soundtrack for Suspiria, when writing the main theme for the song.
Since we have a strong visual image we can move between genres more easily, and our sound will change from record to record.
One fun thing: since Mercury sings too good we had to use another band member to do the main vocals on “Nightmare Hotel”, in order to get the right approach.

LFdM: You are used to combine fetish and sensual images with mechanical and futuristics  elements, creating an atmosphere of sensuality disguised by a cold and impersonal attitude. What's the reason behind this choice?
Priest: Well, when I was a human child I dreamt of replacing body parts with bionic ones, as a teenager I dreamt of having sex with glowing robots in the dark.. I still have human parts in me but my goal is to go all artificial. It´s a fetish for sure, maybe even a religion? The masks and costumes is just an exaggeration I think.

LFdM: Did you keep any songs in your pocket, just because they were too different? Will you twist them in the future according to your natural evolution or will you preserve them just like they are, maybe in order to stay true to your roots?
Priest: Oh yes. There´s enough material in the drawer to cover an entire human career-span, but since we are not, new melodies and songs are generated on almost daily basis. If you write a lot, something´s gonna turn out good, right?

LFdM: Is there any New Flesh's song whose lyrics mean a lot to you, according to your thoughts/believes and maybe your personal life? Do you always succeed to express the feelings you want? Do you believe that maybe a fictional concept might work even better, in order to reach the hearts and the minds of your potential fans?
Priest: Yes, I try to remember how it was to be human, and different hardships that came with it. I take those feelings and try to write something that can be understood by many without give away too much. I like when you find your own meaning.
We have high expectations on ourselves and we like being perfectionists, so if something’s coming out from the grinder we´re pretty confident that it´s good and that many people will like it.

LFdM: Talking about the stylistic side, can we say that Priest are walking a totally new path through this album? I mean, in terms of rhythmic dynamics (sometimes so close to EBM) and, above all, a twisted kind of “erotic catchiness”.
Priest: Well, it´s a blend of different electronic genres for sure.. And it´s consciously made to sound retro. We used a lot of hardware synths from the 70´s and 80´s for example, even a Stylophone from the 60´s, but also a lot of new technology in terms of mixing and mastering (Thx Niklas and Magnus for a great job!). When you combine many styles from the past and integrate it with new thought patterns, maybe something new happens?

LFdM: Do you care more about keeping your artistic peculiarities as a band, or maybe exploring your expressive urgency as single musicians? Is there any borderline between your personality as artists and your attitude as people?
Priest: Priest is a band with a pretty clear path and image, but the opportunities of what you can do are still endless. If a member wanting for individuality happens to be too off grid, maybe a side project would be more suitable. Since I´m planning to have the same puppets in the band for a very long time, I´ve programmed them to be nice and open to each other.

LFdM: The new album will be produced by Simon Söderberg with the help of Mauro Rubino (both of them ex-Ghost). Do you think the success around Ghost will play an important role over the perception and expectations of your audience?
Priest: Simon (Alpha) is a fantastic producer, very open minded and always comes to the studio with new ideas and great energy. Mauro (Airghoul) was the first choice to play a synth solo on the album since he is one of the greatest keyboardists in our country. …and yes, it was a conscious, mutual decision to trampoline the band with the ghost connection.

LFdM: As we discussed before, back in the mid-eighties synth pop/rock reached it's artistic peak, contaminating every kind of music, even heavy metal. In your opinion, what's the health status of this genre nowadays? Do you believe it will have a future only mixing together with other genres?
Priest: We love synthpop, EBM and industrial but it faded in the mid-90´s and is now only, more or less, enjoyed by smaller groups of enthusiasts. This is absolutely fine but we want to reach more people with our gospel. I think Rammstein have already reached the point of perfection with the rock/synth-blend, and maybe NIN, Manson in the 90´s as well.. Synths, cyberpunk and techno is the coolest things there is according to us. We´re on a different path.

LFdM: Will you ever play live? How would you imagine the stage scenography, maybe a futuristic and/or minimal one? Will you let any session musician help you? Will you keep your fascinating and bizarre outfit?
Priest: Yes! We start out minimal but the ideas are grandiose. We want to integrate more lazers, visuals, special effects and fashion designers in the future. Maybe even some ghoulish guest appearances..

LFdM: ciao

New Flesh REVIEW

MEGAHERZ - Unveil Initial Details of New Album!

Photo Credit: Kai Swillus / Gestaltungskommando Buntmetall

MEGAHERZ are back, with full force and sweeping passion! They are digging deeper on their brand new studio album "Komet" than ever before!   

MEGAHERZ went straight up and rocked the boat with their latest releases “Zombieland" (2014, Napalm Records) and EP "Erdwärts" (2015, Napalm Records).

Now is the time for the next big MEGAHERZ step into completely new spheres! With their upcoming studio album "Komet" they deliver a perfectly blended mosaic of metal, rock, gothic and sensitive and heavy weighted sensible lyrics. 

The soul of "Komet" is clearly tangible: "Uncompromising and emotional." Hard, musically as well as lyrically. "On the other hand also incredibly touching," nods Lex satisfied about the opening to more depth, to change in his own cosmos. The genre term Neue Deutsche Härte has shaken off MEGAHERZ over the years. 

Today the very first details of “Komet” have been unveiled: album artwork, release date, track listing and available formats. 

Komet track listing: 
1.    Vorhang auf
2.    Komet
3.    Scherben bringen Glück
4.    Horrorclown
5.    Von Oben
6.    Tiefenrausch
7.    Schwarz oder Weiß
8.    Heldengrab
9.    Nicht in meinem Namen
10.  Trau Dich
11.  Nicht genug

Bonus CD track listing: 
1.    Jagdzeit (Live)
2.    Glorreiche Zeiten (Live)
3.    Roter Mond (Live)
4.    Gegen den Wind (Live)
5.    Himmelsstürmer (Live)
6.    Für Immer (Live)
7.    Unbesiegbar (Bonus)

Following the album’s release on February 23rd MEGAHERZ will be hitting the road in March and April throughout Germany and special shows in Austria and the Switzerland! 

MEGAHERZ comments on the upcoming headlining tour: 
Finally we are back on the road and out of our recording studio! We are beyond thrilled to meet all of you on our upcoming shows! New album, new shows, bigger, better, louder!!!“      

Hark say goodbye to their fans

HARK have sadly announced the breaking-up of their band. Mastermind Jimbob Isaac explains the reasons behind this decision, which will be mourned by many fans of powerful, hard-hitting rock music:  

"HARK 2010 - 2017
After seven years of hard work, commitment, sweat and toil, and of course some irreplaceably great times together - we're glad to share with you that HARK has now come to it's logical and final conclusion. While we're immensely proud of ‘Machinations’ and everything that we've achieved since it's release this year, we collectively feel that this is the furthest point that we can take this band. From releasing the 'Mythopoeia' 7" along with our first show at Morrowfest in 2012, through to touring with CLUTCH and shortly after releasing 'Crystalline' in 2014, and throughout all subsequent tours and lineup changes, it's fair to say that each member has been lucky enough to take everything that they wanted from being in this band. While we respect any outsider or fan/supporter who might question this decision, let's just say that being in a band isn't always the easiest of endeavours. External, personal situations, interpersonal dynamics and personalities, fatigue on/off the road, maintaining relationships and family commitments, weaving in and out of the pitfalls of the music industry, all the while maintaining creative flow, and personal happiness…it's certainly no picnic. HARK was formed with two main reasons, to investigate creating music with new and different people, and to simply tour more. We absolutely achieved all of the above, and are extremely proud of all our achievements. Ending this now will preserve our friendships and our modest legacy with little to no collateral damage. We'd like to thank every good soul and friend that we've come across on this journey. Thank you so much to all of our co-conspirators that we've worked closely with on the albums, videos and tours, and thank you to all the fans and supporters we've picked up along the way. Our merch is still available from our store. Our Facebook page will remain active, and any future developments from any HARK members will be shared here.
Thank you,

Hark 2017: Jimbob Isaac, Simon Bonwick, Joe Harvatt, Tom Shortt"