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Melodic Metal Outfit THE CROWN REMNANT Reveals Guitar Playthrough Video for “Inferno”

Los Angeles-based five-piece The Crown Remnant recently announced the upcoming release of latest conceptual opus, The Wicked King: Part II, available for pre-order now via Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and Bandcamp. Pre-orders are available with “Inferno” as an instant-grat download. You can also pre-save the album via Spotify HERE. The Wicked King: Part II, takes the listener on a dramatic, energetic joyride from start to finish!

Today, The Crown Remnant have revealed a brand new guitar playthrough video for their latest single, “Inferno“. Watch the video, featuring the skills of guitarist Will Ash, now alongside an interview via PureGrainAudio.com‘s Geared Up HERE.

Will Ash tells PureGrainAudio.com: “We’re lucky to have the opportunity to record with some amazing gear. This latest record, Part II, and The Wicked King: Part I were both recorded with a blend of amazing guitars and amps including a Mesa Mark IV, Peavey 5150 (block letter), and more. Of the three main guitars used to track the record, this Schecter Hellraiser was my main lead guitar.”

You can now watch two additional new videos from The Crown Remnant, including a live footage music video for “Inferno“, as well as part one of the band’s behind-the-scenes track-by-track video series, detailing the album’s intro track, “Into the Depths“.

Watch the videos:
Inferno” live footage music video
Behind-the-Scenes Part 1 – “Into the Depths

The Crown Remnant have mastered the art of melodic, theatrical, yet hard-hitting heavy metal, and the world is about to take notice. Combining a variety of metallic influences ranging from modern metalcore and prog, thrash and more, The Wicked King: Part II acts as the second part of the band’s previous release, The Wicked King: Part I. Within the first month of its release, The Crown Remnant garnered over 10,000 streams of their first single cut from The Wicked King: Part I, entitled “Haunted“. The band plans to follow suit and beyond with The Wicked King: Part II.

The Wicked King: Part II is loosely based on thematic concepts of oppression and tyranny. Originally recorded as one long album, the band decided to split it into two releases – with The Wicked King: Part II acting as the “darker” side of the two. Part II addresses tales of betrayal, mortality, exploring the afterlife and more. Intertwined within these ideals are scattered lyrics pertaining to the character designed on the front cover of the album: The Wicked King. He remains an everlasting shadow of a forgotten king set on immortality, with his insatiable lust for never-ending life.

The Wicked King: Part II was recorded in multiple studios throughout Southern California, with the help of S&W Audio, and producer/engineer Tyler Ruehl (Noble, At The Skylines, Taipan, Lion I Am). After a rigorous tracking process, the songs were mixed by Robin Leijon (In Dying Arms, Atena, Eternal Void).

The Crown Remnant will hit this road this winter for select tour dates! See below for a list of all confirmed tour stops.

The Crown Remnant tour dates:

1/23 – Fresno, CA – Barmageddon
1/24 – San Francisco, CA – The Noise SF
1/27 – Eugene, OR – Old Nick’s
1/29 – Seattle, WA – The Funhouse
2/1 – Boise, ID – The Shredder
2/2 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
2/3 – Phoenix, AZ – 51West

The Wicked King: Part II track listing:

1) Into the Depths
2) The End
3) Legacy
4) Inferno
5) The Eternal Façade
6) As Faith Fades
7) The Wicked King

The Crown Remnant is:

Geordy Shallan – Lead Vocals
Will Ash – Lead Guitar
Jorge Lopez – Rhythm Guitar
Josue Lara – Bass Guitar
Art Ramirez – Drums

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MAC SABBATH Releases Meaty Marionette Music Video for “Sweet Beef”

Fast food-themed Black Sabbath parody kings Mac Sabbath are about to kick off another North American tour, beginning October 27 in Pomona, CA at Lagunitas Beer Circus! In celebration of the tour, the band have released their second recorded song, “Sweet Beef”, along with a brand new, zany music video for the track. The music video features maniacal marionettes in the image of the band members themselves!

Watch the “Sweet Beef” video now via premier comedy site
The Laugh Button

This video is so psychedelic, it will leave you with the munchies! Deranged vocalist Ronald Osbourne says: “Mac Sabbath ‘meats’ marionettes! There will be blood!

The “Sweet Beef” video concept was created by Mac Sabbath, Michael Serwich and Matt Scott, with maroniettes managed by Matt Scott and Rasputin’s Marionettes and editing and effects by Joe Seafus.

The most impressive-and terrifying-thing about Mac Sabbath is that they’re actually really good. Ronald channels his inner Ozzy onstage, from the manic jumping to the frantic hand waving…” – Bryan Rolli, Paste Magazine

 

New Tour Begins October 27 in Pomona, CA

See below for all confirmed tour dates! Tickets are available via each venue. Learn more at: http://www.officialmacsabbath.com/

Mac Sabbath Confirmed U.S. Tour Dates:

10/27 – Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex – Lagunitas Beer Circus
10/28 – Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
10/29 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
10/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/1 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
11/2 – Crystal Bay, NV @ Crown Room at Crystal Bay Casino
11/3 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
11/4 – Tacoma, WA @ Jazzbones
11/07 – Calgary, AB @ Dickens
11/08 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlight Room
11/09 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos Cantina
11/10 – Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre
11/11 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Pyramid Cabaret
11/14 – Hamilton, ON @ This Ain’t Hollywood
11/15 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
11/16 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
11/17 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
11/18 – Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellies
11/19 – Hobart, IN @ Hobart Art Theater
11/21 – Lincoln, NE @ The Bourbon
11/22 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
11/24 – Scottsdale, AZ @ BLK Live

 

“… one of the most interesting bands to come around in a long, long time. They have Dead Kennedys’ outrageous sense of humor mixed with total irreverence and ornate style on top of a solid, engaging performance (even if the crowd is reluctant to respond). So while this whole thing was probably thought up after eating too many pot brownies, it is one of the most brilliant ideas in a long time.”­ – Troy Farah, Phoenix New Times

 

About Mac Sabbath

Mixing raucous comedy with borderline-horrific theatrics, the only thing more petrifying than impending health problems resulting from years of overeating is a Mac Sabbath show. Show attendees should be prepared to partake in the fun – Mac Sabbath puts on a theatrical, multimedia stage show – complete with a smoking grill, laser-eyed clowns, bouncing burgers and many more magical surprises… basically anything and everything an unwary show-goer could ever want in their wildest dreams. Named by Buzzfeed as one of the “13 Metal Bands You Didn’t Know How to React To” + Named as LA’s “Best Tribute Band” by LA Weekly.
 

“This is not a drill. Be it exchanging Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” for a “Pair-a-buns” or “Iron Man” for a “Frying Pan,” these food-focused musical dweebs are cooking up something hot ‘n’ ready just for you.” – Alicia Lutes, MTV.com

“Even if the songs are dripping with onions and extra cheese, Mac Sabbath put on one righteous stage show, complete with smoke machines, gritty power chords, and endless head-banging.” – Chris Coplan, ConsequenceofSound.net

 

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Tech-Death Icons GOROD Reveal Epic, Cinematic Music Video for “Bekhten’s Curse”

Technical metal icons Gorod have released their brand new 10-track album, Aethra, today via Overpowered Records! The album can be ordered digitally via Amazon, iTunes and Google Play, and in several physical formats via Overpowered Records‘ merchandise site HERE.

In celebration of today’s release, Gorod have revealed an epic, cinematic music video for the track “Bekhten’s Curse”, produced by Disclosure Productions and available to view now via Revolver HERE.

 

Vocalist Julien Deyres tells Revolver: “Out of all of the songs on the album, these lyrics required the most research. I am not at all a specialist in Egyptian antiquity, but in doing my research on lunar deities I discovered this extraordinary story about a so-called miraculous healing of Ramesses II‘s sister-in-law. This legend is engraved on a stela that is currently in the Louvre Museum and is a proven historical fake. In this song, I am playing the role of a Bekhten’s city survivor, which was completely destroyed to restore a form of eventual reality… because way too often, popular legends such as this one were created to hide misdeeds by those who have the power and wish to be considered as heroes…”

Behind-the-scenes videos from Gorod:

Behind-the-scenes Aethra guitar + bass tracking 
Behind-the-scenes Aethra drum tracking

Aethra

Produced and recorded by Gorod guitarist/mastermind Mathieu Pascal in his own Bud Studio, mixed at Dugout Studio by the outstanding Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, Behemoth, Decapitated, In Flames) and mastered by Lawrence Mackrory at Obey Mastering (Decapitated, Nightrage), Aethra is a profound progression in terms of production, songwriting and arrangements.

With Aethra, Gorod transports the listener to a tragic and melancholic universe – a completely new level of darkness – while preserving what Gorod considers their tried and true core sound: incomparable groove, remarkable dexterity, and relentless technicality. But all the while, the band never sacrifices earworm hooks and unforgettable riffage.

Gorod - Aethra Album Art
Aethra Album Art by Jeff Grimal

Aethra track listing:

1) Wolfsmond
2) Bekhten’s Curse
3) Aethra
4) The Sentry
5) Hina
6) And the Moon Turned Black
7) Chandra and the Maiden
8) Goddess of Dirt
9) Inexorable
10) A Light Unseen

New Tour

As a live band through and through, Gorod plan to bring their trademark power and precision to North America on a full tour in support of Aethra. Before coming to the states, Gorod will tour in Europe and the UK with headliners Beyond Creation, as well as fellow support artists Entheos and Brought By Pain.

EU/UK Tour Dates:

02.11 Hamburg (D) Headcrash
03.11 Hannover (D) Faust
04.11 Berlin (D) Musik & Frieden
05.11 Prague (CZ) Nova Chmelnice
06.11 Vienna (A) Viper Room
07.11 München (D) Feirwerk
08.11 Ljubljana (SLO) Orto Bar
09.11 Retorbido (I) Dagda Club
10.11 Venice (I) Revolver
11.11 Aarau (CH) Kiff
12.11 Grenoble (F) L’Amperage
13.11 Barcelona (E) Upload Club
14.11 Madrid (E) Caracol
15.11 Porto (PO) Hard Club
16.11 Donosti (E) C.C. Larratxo
17.11 Angoulême (F) La Nef
18.11 Paris (F) Petit Bain
19.11 Manchester (UK) Satan’s Hollow
20.11 Glasgow (UK) Audio
21.11 Dublin (IRE) Voodoo Lounge
22.11 London (UK) Underworld
23.11 Birmingham (UK) Asylum2
24.11 Netherlands Oss Groene Engel
25.11 Oberhausen (D) Kulttempel

Gorod Online:

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Gorod is:

Julien “Nutz” Deyres: Vocals
Mathieu Pascal: Guitars
Ben “Barby” Claus: Bass
Nicolas Alberny: Guitars
Karol Diers: Drums

 

Joe Settineri Releases Official Music Video for Emotionally Powerful New Single, “Batman Cries”

Joe Settineri Batman Cries single cover

American Singer/Song-writer Joe Settineri has released the official music video for his deeply moving new single, “Batman Cries.” Originally premiered on CelebMix, “Batman Cries” was directed by Jared Cordes.

“The new video for Batman Cries explores the inner superhero in us all — the strong, inner-spirit that fights for us and keeps us moving, dreaming, and striving. It’s about the eventuality that even our strongest self needs to be reassured, lifted up, and cheered on. It’s about being down – seriously down – with seemingly no way up and finding that inner strength to go forth. When a superhero is down, it tears us apart, but when that superhero is us, it’s a matter of life and death.” – Joe Settineri

“In terms of musicality, “Batman Cries” is a powerful single and Settineri has been able to convey his emotions well. The sincerity that one finds in his lyrics is also visible in his vocals and the music video. The music video is an addition to the conversation around embracing one’s self and Settineri’s song is an interesting take on the concept.” – CelebMix

Download/Stream “Batman Cries”:

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Joe Settineri Batman Cries Press Photo 2
Joe Settineri

Originally from the mid-west, Los Angeles based singer songwriter Joe Settineri was a late bloomer. After the music world wooed him away from a finance career, and years spent being one of a handful of go-to singers in Los Angeles, Settineri established himself as an exceptional singer-songwriter in 2009 with his widely praised first studio album, Stay (LML Records). His second full studio album, Beyond Your Control, was released 2014 and followed up by his most recent EP, Be The One in 2017.

Joe’s newest singles, “Hello Goodbye,” “Batman Cries,” and “Oxygen,” all collaborations with multi-platinum Nashville-based producer Mike Krompass (Smash Mouth, Nellie Furtado), are slated for release in Summer and Fall 2018.

Joe lives in Los Angeles with his husband and two children.

 

Joe Settineri Online:

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Francesco Fonte Band Releases New Music Video for “Universe Garden”

Francesco Fonte Band "Eight" Album Cover

UK-based progressive rockers Francesco Fonte Band have released a new music video for “Universe Garden“, the third song from their new album Eight. With this song the band recalls 80’s goth and dark rock in a poetic and driving track. The music video features black and white cinematography following a young woman in her journey of the “Universe Garden“. The video was shot by Torturett Photography in Hampstead Heath, London. Watch the new video HERE.

“The mercurial FRANCESCO FONTE BAND (IT/UK) – imagine Prince, the[sic] Nine Inch Nails, Suede and Pink Floyd all collapsing into an absinthe-induced cloud of beauty and melancholy and throw in a brutally powerful rock backbone. Unforgettable and unfathomable.” – Howlin’ Anton Bleak


Francesco Fonte Band
 formed in the UK in 2011. Previous releases were debut album Blue Omens (2011) and the EP Arousal Addiction (2013). Both records were reviewed by many webzines and magazines all over the EU. The same year as their latest release, they performed more than twenty successful shows in some of London’s best music venues. The band also achieved numerous airplays from radio stations (K2KRadio, VirginRock, ClassicRock and Bcfm-Bristol). The new album Eight was released via NMTCG records.

Francisco Fonte Band is:

Francesco Fonte: Voice/Guitar
Douglas Wheeler: Bass Guitar
Wayne Casserly: Drums

Francisco Fonte Band Online:

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The Faim Premiere Official Video For “A Million Stars” With Ones To Watch

Los Angeles, CA – Today, The Faim have teamed up with Ones To Watch to premiere the official video for their latest single, “A Million Stars.” Watch it exclusively HERE. The video was filmed in Berlin, Germany and follows frontman Josh Raven as he reminisces over a past love interest. “A Million Stars” also appears on the band’s debut EP, Summer Is a Curse, which serves as a prelude to their hotly-anticipated first full-length album, slated for release in 2019.

More The Faim Videos:

Saints Of The Sinners | Midland Line | Summer Is A Curse

“ ‘A Million Stars’ isn’t only about appreciating the person you’re with or the location you’re in, it’s about being free of the world’s distractions and valuing the little details that make a memory unique. I believe we’re defined by our reactions to these moments,” says Josh. “This video represents the double-edged sword of sharing perfect memories, but being thrust into a situation where cherishing them might not ever be possible. It’s a reality anyone faces when you’re away from loved ones, friends or even a familiar place.”

Confirmed to Support HANDS LIKE HOUSES on Fall U.S. Tour

In other news, The Faim is excited to announce their first ever U.S. tour, supporting fellow Aussie natives, Hands Like Houses, in November and December. The group will also share the stage with Emarosa, Devour The Day, and Arlington. The trek begins and ends in California, kicking off in San Francisco on Saturday, November 10th and wrapping in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 9th. The run of dates also hits major cities including Chicago, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Nashville, and Atlanta.

The Faim is also currently on tour in Europe supporting Against The Current, which concludes in Paris next week on Thursday, October 11th. A full list of shows in included below, with all tickets available for purchase HERE.

Since the release of their new EP, The Faim have clocked an impressive 8+ million total global streams, as well as over 5.5 million globally on their smash single, “Summer Is a Curse.” The band’s music has also landed on notable Spotify playlists including New Music Friday, Rock This, The New Alt, Top of the Morning, The Scene, and New Noise.

The Faim Tour Dates:

10/3/18 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg ^
10/5/18 – Cologne, Germany @ Kantine ^
10/6/18 – Berlin, Germany @ Gretchen ^
10/7/18 – Hamburg, Germany @ Uebel & Gefaehrlich ^
10/9/18 – Munich, Germany @ Ampere ^
10/10/18 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Batschkapp ^
10/11/18 – Paris, France, @ Yoyo ^

11/10/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s *
11/12/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex *
11/13/18 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater *
11/16/18 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge *
11/17/18 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar *
11/18/18 – Indianapolis, IL @ The Emerson Theater *
11/19/18 – Louisville, KY @ Trixie’s *
11/20/18 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick *
11/21/18 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s *
11/23/18 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
11/24/18 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre *
11/25/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore *
11/27/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage *
11/28/18 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
11/29/18 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown *
11/30/18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *

12/01/18 – Orlando, FL @ Soundbar *
12/03/18 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall *
12/04/18 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill *
12/05/18 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall *
12/07/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
12/09/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom *

^ w/ Against The Current
* w/ Hands Like Houses

 
The Faim "Summer is a Curse" EP cover

Summer Is a Curse EP – Stream and Download:

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Tilian Pearson (of Dance Gavin Dance) Shares New Single and Video for “Cocky”

Los Angeles, CA — Dance Gavin Dance frontman, Tilian Pearson, is excited to share his new single, “Cocky,” out today via Rise Records. The track is an upbeat, infectious alt-pop anthem, bound to be a staple on summer playlists. The accompanying music video is also out today, which features Tilian and his love interest on a picturesque road trip throughout San Bernardino and Crestline, California. Watch it HERE.

New Album, The Skeptic, Due 9/28 – Available for Pre-order Here

Tilian is also pleased to announce that his third full-length studio album, The Skepticis due this fall, confirmed for release on Friday, September 28th. The record is rounded out at 10 tracks and complete with a solid mix of pop-punk and indie-pop offerings. Fans can pre-order it HERE.

“Musically and in my personal life, I kept thinking, ‘I’ve got to find and explore some new ground,’ ” says Tilian. “I’ve always been so much more questioning than most people around me are. I never really bought into things the way 90% of the crowd does. That sentiment communicated the idea of The Skeptic to me,” he adds.

The Skeptic Track Listing:

1. Made of Plastic
2. Cocky
3. Gone
4. Handsome Garbage
5. Hold On
6. Blame It On Rock n Roll
7. Let Her Go
8. Drunken Conversations
9. Right Side
10. Ghost Town

 

North American Headline Tour Kicks Off Next Week in San Francisco

After touring non-stop with DGD, Tilian will head back out on the road next week, kicking off his North American headline dates at San Francisco’s Brick & Mortar on Thursday, August 23rd. The stint hits notable stops in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Nashville, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Toronto, before wrapping in Denver on Sunday, September 23rd. Former DGD vocalist, Kurt Travis, will provide direct support with his new band, Royal Coda, along with Sunsleep and another special guest (TBA). Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased HERE, and a full itinerary is included below.

Tilian Tour Dates:

8.23.18 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
8.24.18 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
8.25.18 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
8.26.18 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers
8.28.18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
8.29.18 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
8.30.18 – El Paso, TX @ The Perch
8.31.18 – San Antonio, TX @ Jack’s
9.01.18 – Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
9.02.18 – Houston, TX @ Secret Group
9.04.18 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
9.05.18 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectables
9.06.18 – Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
9.07.18 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
9.08.18 – Nashville, TN @ The End
9.09.18 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
9.11.18 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
9.12.18 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
9.13.18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
9.14.18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kingsland
9.15.18 – Ashbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
9.16.18 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
9.18.18 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
9.19.18 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
9.20.18 – Berwyn, IL @ Wire
9.21.18 – St. Paul MN @ Amsterdam
9.22.18 – Kansas City, MO @ Aftershock
9.23.18 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater

 

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OTEP Calls Out the NRA in Shocking New Music Video for “Shelter In Place”

Just over one week ago, iconic rockers OTEP unleashed their most uncompromising, candid, all-inclusive and controversial assessment of the current residing political regime that they have ever released – the new album Kult 45. Today, they have released a shocking new music video – pointing a finger at the NRA and their allowance of continued gun violence – for the single “Shelter In Place”. The video, directed by OTEP and filmed by PR Brown, can be viewed now, here:

Otep Shamaya says, “The video for “Shelter In Place” challenges the NRA’s irrational claim that “only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun”. It aims the blame of mass murders of our children in school shootings directly on the NRA, not necessarily its members, but the administration who continue to fight for people on Terrorist Watch Lists to own a gun. Why? It’s my belief the more murders that occur, the more money they make from weapons manufacturers and increases in membership which strengthens their ability to be a political power that continues to frighten the Republican owned Congress.
 

Photo from "Shelter In Place" shoot by PR Brown
Photography by PR Brown

The number of mass murders of children in schools by gun violence is our national shame yet the Republican owned Congress (and shills for the NRA) have done nothing, not a single thing, to protect our kids. In contrast, when ONE man attempted to detonate a shoe bomb on board a plane in flight, legislation was enacted to protect people from this SINGLE attempt of failed terrorism. Now all of us have to remove our shoes before boarding a flight. All of us have to be searched and x-rayed.
 
The NRA may have begun as an advocacy group for the Second Amendment but it’s my belief they have regressed into something akin to a homegrown terrorist organization that benefits from mass murders both financially and as a political power. This is completely unacceptable.
 
Enough is enough. Our children deserve better. And their safety and the safety of their teachers are worth fighting for.”

New Album, Kult 45, Out Now via Napalm Records

Otep - Kult 45 album cover
Art by PR Brown

Kult 45 is available now in digital formats here, and/or CD and vinyl formats via the Napalm Records Online Store. You can also stream Kult 45 in full via Spotify here. While online, watch a new 20+ minute documentary about the making of Kult 45, performing together as a band, and more here

Kult 45 sees OTEP at their controversial best, assessing and tackling the issues swimming around the political pool party that currently harbours their capital.” – Metal Wani

Throughout the span of her career, Otep Shamaya has been an undeniable force in bringing awareness via various acclaimed mediums to the social and political injustices felt by various communities and subcultures. For years, publications such as Revolver Magazine have lauded Shamaya for “following in the footsteps of outspoken musicians from folk singer Woody Guthrie to Rage Against The Machine‘s Zach de la Rocha”, dubbing her “one of music’s catalysts for social change”. So, with the political climate as it is today, now it’s the perfect time to impact with Kult 45.

“Protest music is alive on well on Otep Shamaya’s new bible for dissenters.” – Alternative Press

Kult 45 was recorded at The Lair in Los Angeles, completely utilizing the same equipment used for OTEP‘s first album, Sevas Tra (down to Shamaya’s vocal microphone, a SHURE Beta 58), in order to create a sound reminiscent of their roots. Kult 45 was self-produced by Otep Shamaya and Aristotle, with assistant engineering from Larry Goetz, Nicolas Schilke and Lizzy Ostro.

OTEP does not hold back on Kult 45, pointing out all sorts of political duplicities and leaving them in their wake. The band explodes on aggressive, adamant anthems like “Halt Right” and “Molotov”, which act as timely outcries against the recent resurgence of hate groups.Tracks like the in-your-face “Cross Contamination” explore the hypocrisy of the evangelical right giving Trump a pass on his infidelities, and cherry-picking scriptures to fit their ideologies. “Invisible People” approaches immigration issues while pointing a strong finger at Trump, the electronically-charged “Boss” aims to break, fight, and redefine gender roles, “Shelter In Place” investigates the topic of school shootings, and “Trigger Warning” targets rape culture – specifically Stanford rapist Brock Turner -with a vengeance.

“[OTEP] is a powerful voice for civil rights, for people of color, for the LGBTQ community, for the working class, for animal rights.” – Reading Eagle

One of the last tracks on the album is a true-to-form cover of “Wake Up” – an homage to political music icons, major Kult 45 writing inspirations, and original track recording artists Rage Against The Machine. The album closes with the bonus track “The Tribe Speaks”, featuring recorded voicemails from fans expressing how OTEP‘s music has changed their lives. Shamaya says the voicemails are truly moving and keep her fighting as an artist and activist.

OTEP‘s message is one that needs to be heard.” – Jamestown Post-Journal

OTEP is on the road supporting Kult 45 now. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.

Remaining OTEP Summer 2018 Headline Tour Dates:

8/7 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red&
8/8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
8/9 – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room&
8/10 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre&
8/11 – Anaheim, CA @ The Parish @ House of Blues&
8/12 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver&
8/14 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon&
8/15 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre&
8/17 – Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55&
8/18 – Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater&

* w/ Dropout Kings & One Day Waiting

# w/ Dropout Kings & Kore RozZik
& w/ Dropout Kings & Ragdoll Sunday

 

OTEP is:

Otep Shamaya: Vocals
Aristotle: Guitars
Drewski Barnes: Bass
Justin Kier: Drums

OTEP Online:

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Snapchat: otepofficial

 

Featured photo (top) from “Shelter In Place” shoot by PR Brown

 

Southern Florida’s LiveKill Reveal High-Energy Music Video for New Track “In This Moment”

Southern Florida’s LiveKill recently announced the release of their upcoming EP, entitled Turned to Grey, out September 28, 2018 via SWOL Records.LiveKill performs an intense, high-energy blend of alternative metal and hardcore styles with deep lyrical messages about the fragility of life itself. Turned to Grey is available for pre-order now via AmazoniTunes, and Google Play. The EP will also be available to stream via Apple Music and Spotify upon release.

As a follow up to the release of their first single and title track, “Turned To Grey”, via lyric video (which in under a month has garnered over 120,000 streams/views via Facebook alone),LiveKill is pleased to reveal their second single, “In This Moment”, and its music video, directed by Alex Morgan (WhitechapelGojiraBad Wolves). Check out the music video now via Metal Wani.

Guitarist John Snell says, “I had rented a pretty amazing white wall studio full of everything we needed to make a great video. On the day we were supposed to film the video, the owner of the studio told us that he had rented the studio to someone else that day! So, I made a few phone calls and literally within 30 minutes, I was able to secure a new location. We walked through the space and found a section with metal framing that had not been completed, and right then Carlos our vocalist came to me and said, “you know this is pretty badass because the song is about being trapped in your mind, feeling trapped with nowhere to go”. The framing gave off a feeling of being in a cell, which really brought out the conceptual meaning behind the song.

I reached out to Alex Morgan to do this video because of his great work with DaathChimairaand Gojira and his extensive knowledge in the world of metal music. We are looking forward to hopefully working on our next video with him! He really made this fun and brought out a great live performance in us.”

Featuring top-tier production and a world-class pummeling from seasoned drummer Kevin Talley (Daath, Chimaira, Suffocation) on the EP itself, LiveKill also features Carlos Guerreros on vocals, Sean Young on lead guitar, John Snell on rhythm guitar, Anthony Laurella on live drums (and in the “In This Moment” video), and Gil Giberga on bass.

For Turned to Grey,the band brought on Alastair Sims of MOTTO Sound (Rush, Three Days Grace) to mix and master the EP, which took place at Villa Studios in Canada. Further building upon the intensity, passion and professionalism of Turned to GreyLiveKill sought the creative talents of artist Eliran Kantor, recognized for his work on album covers for Testament, Soulfly, and SodomLivekill and Eliran worked over a period of five months to complete the vision of guitarist John Snell to capture the concept of how fleeting life is. The art was inspired by the imagery, stories and grief of people who lost their lives in a flash of light – so quickly that they were “Turned to Grey” while leaving their last moment’s impression.

The main inspiration behind the art and EP concept is the lives lost in Hiroshima and more specifically, the story of Shinichi Tetsutani, a three year old boy who lost his life in the atomic bomb strike there. His father buried Shinichi and his tricycle in the backyard, and 40 years later in 1985, dug up his son along with the tricycle, had him properly buried, and donated the tricycle to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Basing some concepts of the EP on this story was not intended to highlight war itself, but rather that any one of us, in a moment so quick, can be nothing more than an imprint left behind.

Intense New EP, Turned to Grey, out September 28, 2018

Livekill - Turned to Grey album cover

Track Listing:

1) Turned to Grey
2) In This Moment
3) Demons
4) Shadows

Pre-Order via AmazoniTunes, and Google Play

 

LiveKill will perform live on October 19th in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Catch them at the show!

See below for more information:

10/19 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable Street
Show: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $15
w/ Doyle, Natsuki, The Coven

 

LiveKill Online:

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Featured photo (top) by Alex Morgan

 

Black/Doom/Punk Duo MANTAR Release New Music Video for “Seek + Forget”

Monstrous black/doom/punk chimera MANTAR have released the official video for another brand new song off of the band’s new album, The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze, set to be unleashed August 24, 2018 via Nuclear Blast.

Check out “Seek + Forget” here:


In case you missed it, watch the intense new music video for the track “Age of the Absurd” here.


MANTAR The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze Album Art

New Album, The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze, out August 24, 2018 via Nuclear Blast

Multi-Format Pre-Orders & Merchandise Available Here

About Mantar

Hailing from Northern Germany, MANTAR have achieved more in five years than most bands twice their age and size. The product of a twenty-year friendship between guitarist/vocalist Hanno Klaenhardt and drummer Erinc Sakarya, theirs is a success story born entirely of one thing: hard work, with three albums, an EP and a live release already to their name. Releasing their 2014 Svart Records debut Death By Burning, an uncompromising clash of stripped-back punk attitude and metal intensity to instant critical acclaim, the band toured relentlessly, gracing stages the world over, including the hallowed likes of Roadburn (NL), Wacken Open Air (D) and Maryland Deathfest (US). They used 2016’s Ode To The Flame, their Nuclear Blast Records debut, to further build upon their incendiary live reputation, conquering not only Europe and the US, but Russia, Japan and South Africa.
The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze is a title in-keeping with MANTAR‘s symbolic obsession with fire on albums previous; this time disavowing mankind’s tendency to blindly follow those that would lead us into oblivion. This isn’t necessarily a political statement; more a morbid fascination with current smoldering tensions that threaten to set the minds of the masses on fire.
MANTAR recently announced the first leg of their European tour for November/December 2018 – see below for all dates:

MANTAR Tour Dates:

MANTAR, SKELETONWITCH, EVIL INVADERS, DEATHRITE

17.11.2018       Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany
19.11.2018       Musikzentrum – Hannover, Germany
20.11.2018       Hirsch – Nürnberg, Germany
21.11.2018       Turock – Essen, Germany
22.11.2018       Dynamo – Zurich, Switzerland
23.11.2018       KJH Hallschlag – Stuttgart, Germany
24.11.2018       Rockhouse – Salzburg, Austria
26.11.2018       Backstage – Munich, Germany
27.11.2018       Arena – Vienna, Austria
28.11.2018       Explosiv – Graz, Austria
30.11.2018       UT Connewitz – Leipzig, Germany
1.12.2018         SO 36 – Berlin, Germany
8.12.2018         Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, Germany

MANTAR is currently on the road, playing select club shows as well as Europe’s biggest festivals. See dates below:

Cold Summer 2018

27.07.2018         Metaldays Tolmin Slovenia
03.08.2018         Wacken Open Air Wacken Germany
05.08.2018         Sylak Open Air Saint-Maurice-de-Gourdans France
10.08.2018         Sonic Blast Moledo Moledo Portugal
12.08.2018         Bloodstock Derbyshire England
24.08.2018         Kulturkombinat Bunker Rostock Germany

!!!NEW!!!
25.08.2018         Reload Festival Sulingen Germany

Stay tuned for more information coming soon regarding the release of The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze.

More MANTAR Videos:

‘The Spell’ lyric video
‘Cross The Cross’ music video
 ‘Era Borealis’ stream video
‘Schwanenstein’ stream video
‘Praise The Plague’ stream video

MANTAR Online:

www.mantarband.com | Facebook | Nuclear Blast