Forever Still release video for new single ‘Awake The Fire’

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Danish metal band Forever Still have released a video for their new single “Awake The Fire.”

The track is lifted from the group’s most recent EP, Save Me, the latest in a trilogy of EPs that will be brought together later this year as one package to make up the band’s debut album.

Forever Still vocalist Maja Schønning explains: “The story of the album is about a suppressed individual struggling through depression, anxiety, and worthlessness fighting to get well and getting stronger in the process. The songs are all very raw, emotional and somewhat imperfect, because we wanted it to sound like someone falling apart and trying to put the pieces back together.”

Both Save Me and earlier EP Scars are available now via the band’s official website on a “pay what you want” basis.

Adds Schønning: “We believe that music should be available to everyone – both those who are broke, and those who have a little extra to spare in support of the artists they love. We’ve put a lot of time and effort into this song, so if people want to give us some help for the time and effort, we are very grateful! But if they don’t have the money right now, they can take it, share it and if they love it, come back and kick in later.”

Check out the video for “Awake The Fire” via the stream below:

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Watch! Jettblack release video for new track “Explode”

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Jettblack have released the first video from their forthcoming new album.

“Explode” is lifted from parent LP Disguises, scheduled for release in April via Cherry Red.

Says singer and guitarist Will Stapleton: “Jettblack have always done things their own way. There has never been a conscious effort to write in a certain style or pander to a certain trend or fashion. We’ve always had this attitude as we feel it is the only way to write something that will stand the test of time.

“This new album Disguises is a full on reflection of that. It’s about never hiding behind something you aren’t. It may feel a little more serious and mature, but I think sometimes people forget we’ve been on a musical journey for 17 years as musicians, so we’re always evolving. Don’t worry though, it’s still full of huge choruses, massive riffs and and in-your-face production, and we’re all really proud of the evolution!”

“Explode” is out now and can be downloaded directly from Jettblack’s official website.

You can watch the official video below:

Jettblack will play a series of headline shows across the UK in February, with confirmed dates as follows:

Feb 10th: Sheffield Corporation
Feb 11th: Manchester Roadhouse
Feb 12th: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Feb 13th: Chester Live Rooms
Feb 14th: London 02 Academy Islington
Feb 15th: Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Feb 16th: Southampton Joiners Arms

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Nightwish share details of new single “Elan”

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Nightwish have announced that they are to release a new single in the early part of next year.

“Elan” will be released on the 13th of February via Nuclear Blast and will be the band’s first song with new vocalist Floor Jansen and now full-time member Troy Donockley.

Speaking about the track, Nightwish man Tuomas Holopainen said the song was inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman:

“Elan is a wonderful teaser for the full-length album, giving out a little taste, but revealing very little of the actual journey of grandeur to come,” he says.

“The underlying theme of the song is nothing less than the meaning of life, which can be something different for all of us. It’s important to surrender yourself to the occasional ‘free fall’ and not to fear the path less travelled by.

“‘Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave. To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.’ This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt was the starting point for writing Elan.”

“Elan” is set to appear on Nightwish’s new album, expected to be released next year.

The tracklist for the “Elan” single is:

01. “Elan” (album version)
02. “Elan” (radio edit)
03. “Elan” (alternate version)
04. “Sagan” (non-album bonus track)

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EXCLUSIVE! Bi:Lingual stream “Subject Number” radio edit

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Occasionally a new band comes along with a song that slaps you upside the head with it’s passion and urgency; it makes you want to shout about it from the nearest rooftop and demand that a record label throw a wedge at it in order to make sure it’s heard; it inspires thoughts of immediately embarking upon a fevered run through the streets, yelling in people’s ears to stop what they’re doing and get with the programme. “Why are you not listening to this song? Right now?!”

Bi:Lingual are one such band, and their debut single, “Subject Number” is one such song.

Let it speak for itself via our exclusive first stream of the song’s radio edit. Click below:


It’s perhaps easy and inevitable to talk about Rage Against The Machine at this point; early adopters of the band certainly seem to be doing so. But put those thoughts out of your mind. Bi:Lingual share their rap/rock DNA, but there we’ll call a halt. These guys are a beast all of their own.

Listen carefully to Dylan Teague’s flow. It’s lyrically sharp and delivered with pin-point accuracy; yet it lays waste with the eruptive fire of a Pompeii-scale paroxysm, particularly in that roar of a chorus. It seems to these ears, too, that the particularly British pronunciation draws more on the styles explored by the UK rap and hip-hop scenes; and in the way that they rip the global talent-show trend a new arsehole, the lyrics spun in the sphere of UK grime.

The instrumentation is equally unyielding in it’s blistering incalescence; a tempestuous assault on the senses with the burning sting of a box of pissed-off hornets. The rhythm section of Aaron Lythe on bass and Stephanos Louca on drums throw it down with funk and groove that, when bolted firmly to the hardcore guitar snarl of George Louca, is blistering and thrillingly bolshy.

And, bugger me, that guitar solo! Eye-popping? Yup! Mind-boggling? You bet. Matt Bellamy eat your motherf**king heart out. And you, Chris Wolstenholme!

At this point, I would apologise for the profanity. I’m not usually prone to it. But to my mind Bi:Lingual are that good that I need to make a point. Why don’t you make one too, and buy the bloody single.

– oOo –

The full version of “Subject Number” is available for pre-order now via Itunes

Find out more about the band at: Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud and YouTube

Bi:Lingual are about to embark upon an extensive UK tour, playing:

July
23rd – The Showroom, Hartlepool
30th – The Fenton, Leeds

August
2nd – Carpe Diem, Leeds
4th – Subject Number Single Release
5th – The Keys, Middlesbrough (supporting DZ Deathrays)
9th – The Globe, Newcastle
14th – Roadhouse, Manchester
15th – Ryans Bar, Derby
26th – The Islington, London
30th – The Lomax, Liverpool (International Music Festival)

September
11th – Zombie Shack, Manchester

October
4th – The Crown, Middlesbrough (Guests at RISE Wrestling)

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Richie Sambora had “no freedom” in Bon Jovi

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Richie Sambora has been speaking out in a radio interview following his departure from Bon Jovi last year.

Speaking to Rock Radio NI ahead of a solo European tour, Sambora explained that he felt a lack of freedom to express himself musically as part of Bon Jovi.

“There’s freedom there, obviously,” the guitarist said. “That’s one of the main things I was missing in music over the past years – and also in Bon Jovi, actually. There wasn’t enough room to improvise, to have that moment where you can actually lose yourself musically.”

He also revealed that he is working on a new solo project with his touring guitarist, Orianthi. “What I’ve done is assemble an amazing group of musicians. I asked the guys in my band to express themselves and bring all the input they can. The process of songwriting is easier than it’s been in a long time… The songs are just coming out of me right now – I just keep writing and writing,” he says. “I always felt there was some kind of nobility centred in my desire and passion for what I do. I still have that, I think I have it even more now.”

“I’m loving music right now. I feel like I’m 15,” he said.

There was a flurry of drama last year after Sambora pulled out of a leg of Bon Jovi’s world tour just hours before it was due to begin. A series of claims and counter-claims emerged from both the Sambora and Bon Jovi camps, but the guitarist has always claimed that he will rejoin the band in the future.

Meanwhile Sambora released a new song, “Lighthouse”, last month to benefit a planned New Jersey drug rehabilitation centre. Speaking of his own addictions Sambora said: “I got firsthand experience. I never did heroin, but obviously I did other stuff. We can’t be scared silent. Together we can make a difference because this epidemic has to stop.”

“I wanted to do something optimistic, a beacon of light and hope. Everyone needs that light when they’re far off the shore.”

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