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DEVIN TOWNSEND – ‘EMPATH’ Out Now; Video For ‘Spirits Will Collide’ Launched

Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend releases his new album ‘EMPATH’ today, and to coincide with that, the epic video for ‘Spirits Will Collide’ has been launched. Watch the video here:

Devin comments: “Here is the video for my Enya influenced, ‘commercial’ song. I love this type of mid-tempo, big, romantic heavy music. I would love to do a full album in this style somewhere down the line, and it’s the only one of its kind on the Empath record.

‘Spirits Will Collide’ as a song is pretty standard fare for me if you’ve followed what I’ve done over the past few years. It’s ultimately an ‘anti-suicide’ statement and it’s meant to be melodic and straightforward. A video with CGI Gorillas playing bass and Elephants playing drums in front of a billion people is so ridiculously dumb that I’m surprised it makes me feel as happy as it does, but the theme of the song is essentially about trying to convince kids or teens to ‘hang on’ when they feel depression or suicidal thoughts. The story of the video is that a kid that has a fantasy about playing at a massive concert with thousands of people as a choir, animals etc…just the biggest concert he can imagine, and the strength of the sound and the intention of a bunch of people singing together is such that the sound blows away the darkness.

It’s admittedly a bit ridiculous, but I guess in a way I feel that beauty is much harder to be expressed quietly in this day and age, so the video is about saying it louder than ANYTHING. Without a multi-million dollar budget, it was hard to do. However, Kudos to iCode Team and the hundreds of extras for really pulling this out on a shoestring budget, I think it gets the point across.The only thing I would say that if I was a kid imagining playing the universes biggest concert, I would have added a full head of hair in there for good measure =)

‘EMPATH’ is available on Limited 2 CD Digipak in O-Card (including an entire disc of bonus material), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album.

Order now here: https://devin-townsend.lnk.to/Empath

Watch the video for the previously released track ‘Genesis’, which has reached over half a million plays in just over 2 weeks, here:

Watch the video for ‘Evermore’ here:

The ‘EMPATH Europe – Volume 1’ tour begins in November & the full list of dates can be found below. Label-mates HAKEN will join Devin as special guest.

15th November – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
16th November – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
17th November – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
18th November – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany
20th November – Logomo, Turku, Finland*
21st November – Cirkus, Helsinki, Finland*
23rd November – Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden
24th November – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
25th November – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
27th November – Astra, Berlin, Germany
28th November – Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic
29th November – A2, Wroclaw, Poland
30th November – Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary
2nd December – Simm City, Vienna, Austria
3rd December – X Tra, Zurich, Switzerland
5th December – Great Hall, Cardiff, UK
6th December – Academy, Dublin, Ireland
7th December – Limelight, Belfast, UK
9th December – SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow, UK
10th December – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
12th December – Roundhouse, London, UK
13th December – Rock City, Nottingham, UK*
No HakenTickets available here: https://www.hevydevy.com/tourdates/

In the lead up to the album’s release, Devin is walking fans through how Empath came together with a series of documentary episodes recorded as phone conversations during the course of the albums recording. Watch the first episode of that series here:

Over the past few years, the success that Devin has slowly worked for has fortunately come with the power to control his own creative destiny. The recent successes with the DVD from a sold-out Royal Albert hall, or his 2012 ‘Retinal Circus’, or last year’s ‘Ocean Machine’ live DVD with the Orchestra and Choir of State Opera Plovdiv has put him in a position where with the new album ‘EMPATH’, he will once and for all define himself as a musical force outside of any particular genre classification.

On this album Devin has decided to see what would happen if all the styles that make up his current interests were finally represented in one place. To finally shake the fear of expectation, and just do what it is he was meant to do creatively, EMPATH, true to the name, is about allowing the audience a feeling for a variety of musical emotions. The musical dynamics represented on this single album are broad, challenging, and immense. To approach this sort of work with a long history of what makes heavy music ‘heavy’, allows this to be done with a type of power rarely heard.

Joining Devin on this album is Frank Zappa alumni Mike Keneally as music director, as well as Morgan Ågren (Mats And Morgan, Frank Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal), Anup Sastry (Monuments, Periphery), Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams), Nathan Navarro, Elliot Desagnes, Steve Vai, Chad Kroeger, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Ché Aimee Dorval, Ryan Dhale and the Elektra Women’s Choir.

A bold statement with massive production values and dynamic, uncompromised musicality. This is a statement about not only pursuing creative freedom in a conservative scene, but also trying to show that heavy music is truly a valid musical tool.

The full track-listing is as follows:
1. Castaway
2. Genesis
3. Spirits Will Collide
4. Evermore
5. Sprite
6. Hear Me
7. Why?
8. Borderlands
9. Requiem
10. Singularity
Part 1 – Adrift
Part 2 – I Am I
Part 3 – There Be Monsters
Part 4 – Curious Gods
Part 5 – Silicon Scientists
Part 6 – Here Comes The Sun

DEVIN TOWNSEND online:
http://www.hevydevy.com
http://www.facebook.com/dvntownsend
http://www.omerch.com
https://twitter.com/dvntownsend
https://www.instagram.com/dvntownsend/
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ULCERATE: New Zealand Death Metal Trio Joins Debemur Morti Productions Roster. European Tour To Commence Next Month

New Zealand death metal trio ULCERATE have joined the Debemur Morti Productions roster.

Issues the band of the new union, “We are extremely happy to be moving head-first into this next chapter with a partnership that aligns so clearly with our own vision. Debemur Morti has always been in our peripheral gaze – the attention to detail and high level of curation is second-to-none.” 

Death metal has always had roots in themes of humanity, darkness, and oppression, but when ULCERATE formed in Auckland, New Zealand in 2000, their unconventional approach to the genre quickly redefined the meaning of those concepts throughout death metal and beyond. The trio’s distinctive treatment of dynamics alongside in-depth lyrical content established the band as a formidable force long before they became the standard-bearers for a new era of death metal, one defined by meticulous passages of understated melodic sensibilities and jarring, tooth-scraping dissonance. The band’s inexorable march from 2007’s Of Fracture And Failure (2007) to the unparalleled Shrines Of Paralysis (2016) has been terrifying. And it appears the best is yet to come.

Further details on the band’s as-yet-untitled new full-length will be released in the months to come. In the meantime, don’t miss ULCERATE on their upcoming European tour set to commence April 10th and run through April 21st. The trek includes an appearance on this year’s edition of Roadburn.
See all confirmed dates below. 

ULCERATE:
4/10/2019 IF Performance Hall Besiktas – Istanbul, TR
4/11/2019 Roadburn Festival 2019 – Tilburg, NL
4/11/2019 B52 The Club – Bucharest, RO
4/12/2019 Armageddon Descends VI – Vilnius, LT
4/17/2019 The Grand Social – Dublin, IE
4/18/2019 Audio – Glasgow, UK
4/19/2019 The Star And Garter – Manchester, UK
4/20/2019 Nambucca – London, UK
4/21/2019 Exchange – Bristol, UK

http://www.ulcerate-official.com
http://www.facebook.com/Ulcerate
http://ulcerate.bandcamp.com
http://www.debemur-morti.com
http://www.facebook.com/debemurmorti
http://www.instagram.com/debemurmorti
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Static-X: UK Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary Tour & Memorial Tribute To Wayne Static Announced

STATIC-X have announced the UK leg on their highly-anticipated ‘Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary’ tour this Autumn, which will also serve as a memorial tribute to late vocalist Wayne Static.

Featuring support from SOiLWednesday 13 and Dope, the tour kicks off in Bristol on 24th September and concludes in Birmingham on 4th October.

“Our intention is to pay ultimate respect to Wayne and to celebrate the music that has been in all of our hearts for more than 20 years,” says bassist Tony Campos“It’s all about channeling the vibe from 1999 to the best of our ability and playing those classic STATIC-X songs live and loud.”

“Rehearsals have been awesome,” adds guitarist Koichi Fukuda. “The music and the vocals are sounding really great! I feel like Wayne would be proud.”

“We understand that people are naturally going to want to know more about who is singing,” says drummer Ken Jay“We have discussed this at great length and we came to the conclusion that at this time, it would be inappropriate for us to put the focus on anyone other than WayneTony, Koichi and myself. It feels like the best way for us to celebrate Wayne’s legacy, along with the 20th anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip, with all of our fans.”

In celebration of this announcement, STATIC-X have revealed an exclusive promotional video for the tour, including a never-before-seen clip of the band performing a newly-recorded version of their hit song “Push It”, featuring an unidentified vocalist. Check it out here:

Dates:

24 Sept – Bristol, SWX
25 Sept – Cardiff, Tramshed
26 Sept – London, Electric Ballroom
27 Sept – Nottingham, Rock City
28 Sept – Leeds, Stylus
29 Sept – Southampton, Engine Rooms
1 Oct – Newcastle, Northumbria Institute,
2 Oct – Glasgow, Garage
3 Oct – Manchester, The Ritz
4 Oct – Birmingham, O2 Institute

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Vircolac Release New Album ‘Masque’

Vircolac Release New Album ‘Masque’

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After fiveyears of roaming city streets like a pack of rabid dogs, Vircolac is set to release its debut full length album titled Masque on Sepulchral Voice Records in Europe and Dark Descent Records in the US.

Following on from 2016’s The Cursed Travails of the Demeter EP, Masque celebrates a bolder edge mixing more visceral and vicious aural assaults with with a foreboding and obtrusive atmosphere throughout the 36 minutes of the recording.

The album title reflects the myriad masks we as human beings hide behind and the cover represents what is ultimately left once the mask of flesh is finally removed. Whether pauper or opulently venal, the end is the same for us all.

Thematically, the album reflects two different strands of story telling, with side A adopting a starkly defiant tone throughout. Side B then takes a moodier assessment of the obsequious venality that governs the world we inhabit and inherit. The conclusion of this being the mass industrialized slaughter of much of Europe’s young in the great war.

Masque is a direct statement of purpose by Vircolac and is the culmination of half a decade of steadfast belief in the continual relevance and importance of Death Metal. 

While Death Metal appears to continually be a retrospective genre, Vircolac are intent on bringing fresh, vital and energised song writing to the fore, making the genre still contemporary and relevant. 

This album is getting great reviews and they are more than deserved. An absolute masterpiece!

“Beasts of a different caliber” – Zero Tolerance Magazine

“A fetid treat” – Kerrang! – 4/5

Heaviest of Art (9/10), Ave Noctum (9/10), Lords Of Metal (85/100), Metal Trenches (8.7/10), MetalBite(8.7/10), World Of Metal (8/10), Toilet ov Hell (4/5),Rock Tribune (8/10), streetclip.de (8.5/10), @BlackenedDeathZine (8/10)

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MACHINE HEAD ANNOUNCE ‘BURN MY EYES’ 25th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

MACHINE HEAD ANNOUNCE ‘BURN MY EYES’ 25th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Let Freedom Ring! It is with great excitement that MACHINE HEAD announce the first leg of their 25 Year Anniversary tour for the band’s classic debut, ‘Burn My Eyes.’ The dates kick off in Germany on October 5th in Freiburg, and continue across Europe and the UK, wrapping in Dublin, Ireland on the 8th of November. The U.S. leg will be announced in due course; those dates are set for November into December as the tour makes its way around the globe.

Building on their wildly popular ‘An Evening With…’ format, these not-to-be-missed shows will be a three-hour musical extravaganza, comprised of two parts:

Part I – will feature a battery of MACHINE HEAD’s modern classics, such as ‘Imperium,’ ‘Halo,’ and, ‘The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears,’ featuring frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern performing alongside two, soon-to-be-announced ragers on guitar and drums.

Part II – will feature the Bay Area band’s classic debut album, ‘Burn My Eyes’ played in its entirety for the first time ever. And if somehow this historical event could not be monumental enough, taking the stage for this part of the set will be ‘Burn My Eyes’-era alumni and MACHINE HEAD’s original drummer Chris Kontos and original guitarist Logan Mader.

Band founder and visionary, Robb Flynn tells us “Having started rehearsals with Chris and Logan several weeks ago, I’m literally giddy with excitement at the prospect of how much fun this is going to be. Both Logan and Chris are in phenomenal playing shape, the vibe between all four of us has been incredibly positive!”

Flynn continues, “Having run through deep cuts like ‘Death Church,’ and ‘I’m Your God Now’ for the first time in well over a decade, has reminded me of how fucking heavy our older songs are! This tour is going to be MASSIVE!! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect to share this milestone with the Head Cases! So just a head’s up, DO NOT sleep on this! Tell your friends, spread the word, because tickets are going to disappear!”

Logan Mader adds, “It’s a huge honor for me to take part in celebrating ‘Burn My Eyes’ 25th birthday! It’s hard to believe this is actually happening. I feel like I won the guitar player lottery…. again! The fact that BME is still relevant today has a lot to do with the fact that Robb has kept the band alive and strong for two and a half decades. I’m very grateful for this!”

Chris Kontos echoes the sentiment, stating, “This is an absolute mind blower! Playing these songs again after 23 years feels just amazing. The fact that it’s 25 years later and the BME record is still relevant and revered is humbling to say the least. Doing a huge world tour in celebration of the record is a great way to acknowledge the legacy of MACHINE HEAD’s past and future. I’m so looking forward to sharing these songs with the MACHINE HEAD fans around the world. Can’t wait to meet all you ‘Head Cases’ out there! You can be sure it is going to be a crushing night! See ya soon!”

The Lord of the Low-End, Jared MacEachearn is equally looking forward to the run, saying “It’s not everyday that you get to pay tribute to a classic like ‘Burn My Eyes’ and with Logan and Chris in the mix, I’m really excited to bring something special to old and new fans alike.”

Tickets go on general sale at 10am local time, Friday 29th March, with pre-sale going live at 10am on Thursday 28th

An extremely limited amount of VIP packages will be made available to 40 folks (per show).

Bronze tier: Exclusive Meet & Greet w/ commemorative Burn My Eyes t-shirt (unavailable at merch), commemorative Burn My Eyes flag, VIP laminate and lanyard, mini poster, and more (limited to 20 per show)

Gold Tier: Exclusive Soundcheck, Meet & Greet w/ commemorative Burn My Eyes t-shirt (unavailable at merch), commemorative Burn My Eyes flag, VIP laminate and lanyard, mini poster, and more (limited to 19 per show)

Platinum Tier: Stage-played “Burn My Eyes” guitar from Dean Guitars autographed by the whole band, exclusive Soundcheck, Meet & Greet w/ commemorative Burn My Eyes t-shirt (unavailable at merch), commemorative Burn My Eyes flag, VIP laminate and lanyard, mini poster, and more (limited to 1 per show)

Info at: http://machinehead1.com

Full UK & European dates run as follows:

OCTOBER
Sat 5th – Germany, FREIBURG Sick Arena Musikclub
Mon 7th – Holland, TILBURG 013
Wed 9th – Denmark, COPENHAGEN Amager Bio
Fri 11th – Germany, WUERZBURG Posthalle
Sat 12th – Germany, LEIPZIG Haus Auensee
Mon 14th – Germany, BOCHUM Ruhr Congress
Tue 15th – Germany, MUNICH Zenith
Wed 16th – Austria, VIENNA Gasometer
Fri 18th – Poland, GDANSK B90
Sat 19th – Poland, WARSAW Progressja
Sun 20th – Hungary, BUDAPEST Baba Negra
Tue 22nd – Switzerland, ZURICH Komplex
Wed 23rd – France, LYON Le Radiant
Fri 25th – Italy, MILAN Live Club
Sat 26th – Italy, PADOVA Hall
Sun 27th – Luxembourg, Lux Expo
Tue 29th – France, PARIS Le Trianon
Thu 31st – Belgium, BRUSSELS Forest National

NOVEMBER
Sat 2nd – UK, LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Mon 4th – UK, MANCHESTER O2 Victoria Warehouse
Tue 5th – UK, GLASGOW O2 Academy
Thu 7th – UK, BELFAST Telegraph Building
Fri 8th – Ireland, DUBLIN Olympia Theatre

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Dublin based Metalcore band Antidotes release their first single ‘Alone’ with their new line up.

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Dublin based metalcore band ‘Antidotes’ have released their first single ‘Alone’ with their new line up.

Things were looking grim for this band last year, but in a massive reverse of fortune they have arguably released their strongest song to date and set to take it up a level in 2019.

The new members have slotted in perfectly and I expect big things from this band as they progress.

Most certainly one to watch!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AntidotesIre…
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/antidotes_m…

They were today also announced as main support for Dead Label.
They released this statement.

On the back of our latest single ‘Alone’, we have been added as main support for Dead Label on the 5th of April in Fibber Magees. Also to be joined by ScathedInfectious and Restive Nation This is sure to be an insane show.

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