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GREYFACE Release Debut Video/Single Yin

GREYFACE Release Debut Video/Single Yin

Irish Alternative metal band, ‘GREYFACE’ released their debut single, ‘Yin’ today aka May 21st. The track aims to showcase the bands fresh new sound, as well as to introduce a new audience to the maximalist and theatrical nature of the band. The track was written by the group as a collective in the Summer of 2018, and has been performed live continuously since then.

After coming in contact with ‘Otherkin’ guitarist Conor Wynne at a Halloween performance in The Button Factory Dublin, the band was put in contact with producer James Darkin. After a re-structuring of the track during post-production, GREYFACE entered Black Mountain Recording Studio in Dundalk, on February 18th to lay down the track. Darkin recorded and mixed the track. Then the song was sent for mastering by Pete Maher in London.

The bands high-energy theatrical live show shines through brightly in their debut. The harshness of the rhythm, angsty rap vocals, brutal synths, glam style shredding add up to make a fresh, gritty and exciting hybrid of sounds and genres. YinGREYFACE 

Although rather defined in their sound, the unbridled experimentation and mixing of genres is what makes ‘Yin’ fresh, and what makes GREYFACE exciting. The music video for Yin was shot by Nuno Batista at GREYFACE’s own rehearsal warehouse.

The Yin video serves to introduce the inner faces of each band member, as well as to heighten and dramatize the lyrical content. The blindfolded woman represents the contrasting balance/imbalance of the song, yin/yang, yet she is in turn Yin itself. The thought-provoking montage of shots pose as an artistic and avant-garde inspired crucible, purposely leaving plenty of room for interpretation and subjectivity.

When given set rules in relation to ‘meaning’ for a song or a video, it’s personal effect with an audience is boiled down and somewhat lost. GREYFACE aim to strike an emotional chord with their audience that will make them think, and hopefully inspire them.

The bands philosophy stems from the Freudian idea of the inner beast. Each member of the group names and paints this inner animal, (Or ‘Greyface’) taking it to the stage in a theatrical and explosive way.

Through high-energy performance, the band perform a stylized mix of music branching from hip-hop, to rock, to electronica. The group performs regularly around the country, recently opening for ‘As It Is’ in The Academy Dublin.

The groups individual members have created an exciting and fascinating reaction from fans, as they develop their own ‘Greyface’ living and performing in the shoes of their inner self.

The current lineup of GREYFACE consists of the following five members:

Shaye – Vocals
Icarus – Guitar
Evra – Bass
Éalú – Drums
Sluagh – Keyboards

Each performer in the group attempts to aid in the ‘mise en scéne’ of every show by bringing their intimate and unique character to life. Having strong backgrounds in theatre/theatrical performance, the drama of each performance is heightened not only by each members individual ‘Greyface’ but by actors/dancers and stage props as well.

https://www.greyfaceband.com/
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Arnocorps Release New EP ‘Welcome To The Gym’ Ahead Of Irish Tour

My old friends Arnocorps have released a brand new EP ‘Welcome To The Gym’ ahead of their Ireland/UK tour. As usual a true ballsy release that encourages the pump!

This press release was released by Alternative Tentacles Records.

Alternative Tentacles Records is pumped to announce the digital download and streaming release of “Welcome To The Gym” on all platforms this Friday, May 17th, featuring two brand new songs from ArnoCorps, the self-proclaimed Greatest Band of All Time and inventors of Action-Adventure Hardcore Rock ‘n’ Roll. The digital release solidifies the band’s recently expanded lineup in advance of their seventh headline tour of the UK and Ireland (July 9-21, 2019).

Closing in on two decades as an active band, the “Austro-Californians” of ArnoCorps have consistently met with critical acclaim and frequent sell-out crowds from “San Fran-tastic” California to Great Britain and beyond. The group was founded to combat what they have deemed “cinematic Austroploitation”, including films featuring their fellow Austrian expat, Arnold Schwarzenegger. ArnoCorps claims that each film is actually unabashedly pilfered by Schwarzenegger from ancient Austrian folklore, then shamelessly bastardized by Hollywood moguls.  

Having already restored integrity to timeless heroic lore such as “Terminator”, “Commando”, “Running Man”, and “Total Recall” with past releases, ArnoCorps turns back the clock to the Arnold of the 1970’s with their latest songs: “Scavenger Hunt” and “Dead Lift”. The transformative power and creativity of the group is truly showcased here as a campy comedy and embarrassing guest role on The Streets of San Francisco are ironically given new life as inspirational songs, one promoting the joy and benefits of physical fitness, the other an anti-bullying anthem for body positivity.

As with all of their releases, ArnoCorps successfully combines the best of both punk and metal influences that very few other bands have been able to. Adorned in trademark black combat uniforms and face paint, the band’s imposing onstage presence is contrasted with unparalleled inclusivity and crowd participation at their live “action adventure audio assaults”. Their new 8-musician lineup includes 3 guitarists and 3 bassists to achieve what ArnoCorps calls “heroic supersymmetry”, which will be in full force during this summer’s blockbuster tour. See arnocorps.com for complete date listing. 

The physical release of the 7-inch vinyl is scheduled for this summer!

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

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Ascend The Hollow Release New Video/Single Prisoners Of The Storm

Ascend The Hollow have released their first single/video
from ‘Echoes Of Existence’.
Pre-order now – out 7th June.
They released this statement.

Dear all,

We are thrilled to finally reveal our first music video from the upcoming album “Echoes Of Existence”, coming out on June 7th via Dr. Music Records / Dr. Music Promotion

The video was shot, directed & edited by Photography by Olga Kuzmenko with the help and assistance from Al O’Dalaigh & John Yeates. Olga did an amazing job bringing our concept into stunning visuals, which we hope will empower those amongst you who suffer from anxiety & depression.

Our minds can be our worst enemy, our own prison, our dark place. As we struggle to break free, our eyes turn black to all that’s worth living for. Can you relate…?

Whenever you feel like your inner storm is ripping you apart, just remember this: You are not the prisoner; you are the storm.

There is no shame admitting that you suffer from a mental illness. No shame admitting that you struggle sometimes. No shame admitting that you take medication, or go to therapy, or manage in other ways. Break the stigma. Share this video along with your powerful story. #IAmStorm

Yours,
ATH

Buy the single here:
► Amazon: http://bit.ly/ath_prisonersofthestorm_amazon
► iTunes: http://bit.ly/ath_prisonersofthestorm_itunes
► Google Play: http://bit.ly/ath_prisonersofthestorm_googleplay
► SMStracks: http://bit.ly/ath_prisonersofthestorm_smstracks
► Spotify: http://bit.ly/ath_prisonersofthestorm_spotify
► Apple Music: http://bit.ly/ath_prisonersofthestorm_applemusic
► Deezer: http://bit.ly/ath_prisonersofthestorm_deezercom
► Tidal: http://bit.ly/ath_prisonersofthestorm_tidal

Filmed, directed & edited by Olga Kuzmenko – https://www.facebook.com/PhotoArtByOl…
Assisted by Al O’Dalaigh & John Yeates

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Aborted Earth Announce Debut Album ‘Cut The Chord’

Now experimental Grindcore band Aborted Earth have announced their debut album ‘Cut The Chord’ and released one track ‘Polygonal Planet’ as of now.

We were sent on an advance copy of the album, and it’s well it’s different lets just put it that way! ‘Polygonal Planet’ was probably the correct track to release in advance as this album is diverse. It goes from Mongolian chant style metal to all out Grindcore and then they throw in a Mike Patton influence in there. It’s bonkers really, but in the best possible way.

The album is set to drop on May 30th on all platforms. Check out ‘Polygonal Planet’ here for now.

Definitely one of the most interesting Irish releases this year incoming. It won’t be for everyone, but I don’t think this band care. They are clearly doing what they want with this release instead of what they “should”!

Line up: 
Jamie Murphy – Vocals
Darragh O’Connor – Bass
Shannon Bowman – Guitars
Machines – Drums

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BATUSHKA Announce Album ‘Hospodi’ Out 11th July New Single ‘Polunoszcznica’ Streaming Within

Emerging from the shadows of eastern Poland back in 2015, black metal band BATUSHKA have established themselves as one of the modern era’s most powerful and evocative bands. Harnessing the fire and fury of arcane black metal and channelling it through the reverberant grandeur of ancient rituals of worship, the band’s debut album Litourgiya stood apart from the extreme metal hordes: a monument to originality, depth and dark mysticism that swiftly cast its spell over the metal underground and beyond. 

The band will release its sophomore album Hospodi through Metal Blade Records on 12th July. The album is available for pre-order here: https://batushka.lnk.to/hospodi

Named after an Old Church Slavonic word for “God,” Hospodi enhances all the unique qualities that made the band such an instant phenomenon, while offering an entirely distinct and fresh sensory experience. The album boasts the most ferocious and bewitching songs the band have penned to date — along with a newfound sense of rock swagger.

Fiercely conceived and audaciously executed, Hospodi takes the epoch-shattering essence of BATUSHKA’s debut to a new level of idiosyncratic intensity. From the mesmerising chants of the opening ‘Wozglas’ to the blazing bombast of ‘Dziewiatyj Czas’ and the pulsing, dark rock melodrama of ‘Wieczernia,’ this is an album full of wildly dynamic, divergent moments, wherein the band’s otherworldly, inspirational fervour meets the whip-crack precision of 21st century brutality. Perhaps most importantly, BATUSHKA’s deft conjuring of religion’s synaptic shock ‘n’ awe looms large over every scything riff and bellicose scream. By the time fans reach the overpowering climax of the closing ‘Liturgiya’, a true Damascene conversion is practically guaranteed.

“The whole album is a concept based on the Liturgy of Death, the prayers for the dead, and Orthodox funeral rites and dirges,” said the band. “It’s all about a ritual that involves the dead and the mourners. We also used a lot of old folk songs and elegies from our homeland. These are sung during the wake, around the casket, in the deceased person’s home. Nowadays only a few older people know them and still sing them accordingly in our region. We decided to cherish that tradition and I’m glad that with our album these songs and rites will survive.”

BATUSHKA will make one very special live appearance in the UK at Download Festival on Saturday 15th June. Worldwide headline tour announcements to follow.

Hospodi will be available in several configurations, listed below.

-Limited edition digibook CD
-Deluxe box set (wooden box, digibook CD, clear/black marbled vinyl, DVD, hard cover book, incense box, candles, pin, guitar pick – limited to 800 copies)
-Deluxe box set (EU Webshop exclusive – wooden box, digibook CD, blood splatter vinyl, DVD, hard cover book, incense box, candles, pin, guitar pick – limited to 200 copies)
-180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
-Amber marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
-Dead gold marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
-Blood-red black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
-Clear/red/black splatter vinyl (EU Webshop exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
-Gold / black split vinyl (US retail exclusive – 500 copies)
-Cream w/ black splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive – 500 copies)
-Black w/ gold haze vinyl (US webstore exclusive – 500 copies)

BATUSHKA online:

https://batushkaofficial.com
https://facebook.com/batushkaband
https://twitter.com/batushkaband
https://www.instagram.com/batushkaband/

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THVS Release New Video Neon Demons From Their EP Plague Widows

THVS formed in the foul year of our lord 2014. Born out of frustration and desire. Purveyors of their own Heavy Pop sound, Michael, Matt and Dave make up the elements of guitar/vocals, drums and bass. More than the sum of their parts the power trio have earned a reputation through their energetic, sweaty and cathartic live shows.

Their recent EP ‘Plague Widows’ showed the band exploring new sonic territory, from the oppressive sludge and manic hardcore of ‘Mayblood’ to ‘Squid Plural’ a juxtapositon of rhythms coupled with dagger eyes lyrics, to the riff driven ‘Neon Demons’ dripping in surrealist imagery and tinnitus inducing feedback.


The video for ‘Neon Demons’ which was shot by Bob Logan, over two live shows, supporting Rotten Sound and the Metal to the Masses semi final, showcases the bands live show; a manic burst of energy, intensity, both angry and joyous all at once, a visceral catharsis for 30 mins on stage.

We spoke to the band about their formations and their future plans.

BM: What are the origins of the band? 

Well myself and Matt, who plays drums, we were in this other band before and it was kinda falling apart so we went up to our practice room set up facing each other and just starting playing. So from that night we wrote four or five songs right of the bat, like start to finish on the spot, BAM! Song was done. Three of those went on to be on our first EP ‘Everyday Hexes’. So if you go back and listen to the recording from that first night that’s exactly how those songs sound. It was pretty crazy, you know just one of those times it just feels like the songs are being given to you. So that was the first steps, we knew we were going to do something with it but we had kinda figured we’d just be a two piece, like a heavy White Stripes or Winnebago Deal type…..deal. But then I played in another band with Dave and it became really apparent we needed to be a power trio so Dave came up, he laid down his heavy bass and boom THVS was born kicking and screaming into the world, the world has never looked back haha

BM: If someone was to ask you what do you sound like?  What would be your answer?

 Were the pioneers of a heavy pop sound. We blend the heaviosity of bands like Deftones, Refused and Converge and then mix it with the saccharine sweet pop of Taylor Swift and you get Heavy Pop. We basically sound like every band from the 90’s that didn’t get signed to a major label haha Its loud riffy rock with choruses and hooks while retaining that melt your face off with distortion sound. Everyone hears different things, honestly from my point of view I think we sound like a 90’s Seattle band, I don’t want to say grunge but that mix of pop, rock, punk and metal all chucked into a pot with a sprinkle of spiciness. You know what just go listen to the EP’s its all there, its all in the meat.

Q: I can hear a real Raging Speedhorn influence in this track. Which is a good thing! Are you fans? 

Oh man, that first record is amazing, Thumper was just like a hammer. Knives and Faces of that album as well just slays. I saw those guys in the Rosetta Bar on that first album tour, there were about 12 people there, we were all up arms round each other head banging like only a 17 year old group of guys can haha The two vocalists were down on the floor with us. One of them gave my brother his mic at the end of the set. They were super nice dudes, its good they’re back playing. Wed actually love to play with those guys so if you’re listening have your people call my people, well do lunch and make this happen!

BM: Heavy music is now officially back on the rise once more. Do you think that maybe kids are sick of being fed shit and breaking away from the controlled media? Which could aide the hardcore scene?

 I mean heavy music never really dies, it never goes away, just sometimes it takes a little breather, goes out the back for a smoke and a beer haha. I think people will always want to hear heavy music, in whatever form it comes, I think people who really really care about music will never just take what’s presented to them as the be all and end all. The people who really care start to trace back like when I was a kid Id read interviews or see bands wear a t-shirt so then you go listen to that band and then you do the same with that band and next thing is you’re back in the 60’s and 70’s listening to The Stooges and MC5 or Zeppelin and Sabbath. Everything always traces back to those bands haha. So I think people will always look for music that isn’t just what is backed by the big money but there’s so much out there now that there’s almost too much choice so its hard for people to know where to start. I think the beginning of all that is live shows and if people are going to local shows and checking out bands from their home town and they’re well attended then mid level bands come through more and in that level there’s so much great stuff. I mean how many times have you been to see ‘a big band’ and you end up coming away with the support bands shirt or they just blow the headliner of the stage. Then your local bands get to support those bigger bands and it grows and grows. I think that aids everyone not just one scene but everyone. 

BM: You’re in the Bloodstock Metal To The Masses Final. Have you had any outside the box ideas of just going to leave it all on the stage? 

You mean like are we gonna release a load of doves as we go on or have go go dancers while we play? Haha Were not a gimmicky band so there’ll be no confetti canons or stage banner or holograms of us playing. We get up play our heavy pop hits, sweat it out, shred our vocal chords and throw ourselves around for half an hour. That’s it.

Were excited to be in the final though the whole thing has been a great experience and we’ve got to play with some great bands so were just looking forward to playing the show, watching some other great bands and having a beer with our bro’s.

BM: What are your plans going forward either way. I think you lads are onto something so keep going no matter what the outcome. One victory is not winning a war… 

Thanks man, we appreciate that. Yeah we’ve a bunch of stuff planned, we’ve our video for Neon Demons that’s out now, we have shows May 23rd Lurgan with Axecather, August 5th in love and death in Belfast, August 30th in Pavilion that’s Belfast as well. Then we go into record an album at the end of May, so off the back of that well have a single hopefully mid-August and then a video for it and then hopefully the same in October and then the album in November/December. We’ll have shows for each release and then we’ve some radio sessions lined up. I mean if we win that’d be bitchin but if we don’t we got to play a bunch of shows with cool bands, met some great people and had great times. There’s no downside to us here. We’ve a busy year and then next year we’ve plans as well, people will be so sick of seeing our name and faces. 

BM: Thanks for speaking to us today. Is there anything you would like to ad?

Thanks man, just all the normal shameless self promotional pimping, check us out on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, like the Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ThievesTHVS hit us up on Instagram @thvsband. Listen to the music, come to shows, come say hi to us. Thanks for having us

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

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2uDozu…
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/pla…
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Plague-Widows-…
Bandcamp: Http://thvs.bandcamp.com

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