STRYVIGOR premiere new track at NoCleanSinging.com

e780bcfd-9e5f-4be6-bf62-505bdebe5aa5Today, pagan black metallers Stryvigor premiere the new track “Mysteries of Darkness” at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. The songhails from the band’s forthcoming debut album, Forgotten by Ages, set for international release on September 13th via Svarga Music. Inspired by their native Ukrainian landscape – the windswept Carpathians, wintry woods, and especially the mountain river from which the trio take their name -Stryvigor create endlessly surging and spiraling epics of mystical, atmospheric black metal. Underpinned by expertly mixed cosmic synths, the passion and sincerity behind Stryvigor’s nature-worshiping craft incites awe and wonder, pride and heroism. At eight stout tracks, Forgotten by Ages is indeed a timeless experience, and highly recommended for fans of Drudkh, Astrofaes, and Khors. Hear the first proof for yourself exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleansinging.com.

Tracklisting for STRYVIGOR’s Forgotten by Ages
1. In the Icy Embrace of North [В крижаних обіймах півночі]
2. Mysteries of Darkness [Таємниці темряви]
3. Wherever the Stars… [Там, де зорі...]
4. Wings of Sorrow [Крила скорботи]
5. Memory of Ages [Пам’ять віків]
6. By Paths of Universe [Стежками Всесвіту]
7. To Heroes [Героям]
8. Forgotten by Ages [Забуте віками]

3d70bc4c-cded-4a75-9798-d9f7b4a9e16dSTRYVIGOR biography
The foundation of STRYVIGOR was settled in the autumn 2012 in Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine by guitarist Khladogard (ex-VENDOGARD) and vocalist Dusk (ENDLESS BATTLE). By that time, the material for their debut album was finished – it was atmospheric black metal from the stylistic point of view. Later, drummer Rungvar joined the project. In winter 2013, the band started the recording session for their debut album. And in spring of the same year, the project got its name: STRYVIGOR.

6c93d839-d149-409b-9b95-e65eee5cb330Stryvigor is a mountain river which flows through the magnificent Carpathians and brings the wisdom of our ancestors and memory of our land with the river’s rapid stream. Namely, this river inspired the musicians to form a new project, as the main lyrical topics are related to nature, wintry landscapes, and woody twilights, infinite stellar firmament and the infinite universe, the babble of a rapid mountain stream and a sunrise of the spring sun, memory of warrior valor and blood-based brotherhood. All of these things are closely intertwined in the songs of STRYVIGOR and solely written in the Ukrainian language.

The debut album by STRYVIGOR, which has the symbolic title Forgotten by Ages, will be released on September 13, 2014 by SVARGA MUSIC. The nearest plans for the future are to record the second album, which is already prepared, and tour to support the release of the debut.

MORE INFO:
www.facebook.com/stryvigor
www.svarga.eu
www.facebook.com/SvargaMusic

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FIDES INVERSA set release date for new W.T.C. album

SONY DSCFive years on from their Osmose-released debut, Hanc Aciem Sola Retundit Virtus (The Algolagnia Divine), Fides Inversa strike with their second album, Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans, set for international release on October 31st via W.T.C. Productions. In those five years, the Italian band have been honing their onstage assault all across the stages of Europe, their rituals becoming real celebrations of zealotry. That experience surely shows across the bold, finessed canvas of Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans, where “black metal” is rendered not as a definition but as an alternately life-giving/life-destroying force.

fides2Classicist yet paying no lip service to tradition, Fides Inversa invested their very souls in the creation of this second opus: exhaustive spiritual research and a total immersion inside the darkest manifestations of what the German theologist Rudolf Otto called “the numinous.” The divine, in its most terrifying forms, takes life from chaotic sounds and revealed words whose intent is to represent the mystic terror and the undefeatable fascination of Death, the human nullification, in favor of a complete prostration to the One whose light is spread out of the darkest vacuum. Ascend and descend with Fides Inversa’s Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans

Tracklisting for Fides Inversa’s Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans
1. I
2. II
3. III
4. IV
5. V
6. VI
7. VII

MORE INFO:
www.facebook.com/fidesinversa

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Raging with J Mann of Mushroomhead at Mayhem Fest

Mushroomhead070514The mighty assault force known as Mushroomhead spent the summer terrorizing the country on this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.  In addition to a powerful new album entitled The Righteous & The Butterfly, founding member J Mann has returned to the band on a full time bases.  We caught up with J Mann at the very first date of Mayhem Fest in San Bernardino to discuss the new album, being back in Mushroomhead after nearly a decade, the ongoing rumors of their supposed feud with Slipknot, and other raging topics.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Mushroomhead.
I’m J Mann and I’m one of the three vocalists in Mushroomhead.

mushroomheadj;1What are you looking forward to the most about touring on Mayhem this year?
Man! I’m looking forward to a lot of things. Most of all the sunshine, being outdoors. We’re usually a night time band, so it’s good to be outside. Obviously the bands are fantastic, we’re good friends with the A7X guys. Can’t wait to see Ice T and Body Count. Can’t wait to see Cannibal Corpse. We’re looking forward to mingling and hanging out with our peers.

What can one expect from your live performance at Mayhem?
Hopefully a lot of energy and good music. We try to give everything we have.

Let’s talk about the current album, is there any story or concept behind the title The Righteous & the Butterfly?
Well, there’s a story and concept behind the title – our original guitar player, his name was JJ Righteous. He being the Righteous. He unfortunately passed away and the Butterfly being like our band’s little sister and our drummer’s ex-wife, she passed away as well. She was our band photographer, she was with us from day one, with us all the time. So it was a tribute to them and it was also about getting back to our roots. Acknowledging the people that have influenced us in our lives, getting back to our sound and passion that created the band 20 years ago. It’s really about completing the circle.

mushroomheadj;2Select any two songs from Righteous & the Butterfly and what inspired the lyrics?
A lot of what I just said inspired the lyrics for sure. Also, I’d have to say that there’s a lot of – we’re not a preachy band, or a political band but we also – we’re more about a commentary about the state of the nation. I think that there’s definitely some nods to the Government and the problems that are going on there. False patriotism out of fear, things like that. There’s even nods to not religion, but faith. Getting back to losing people that you care about. It’s all written vague. It’s done that way intentionally, we try to write in riddles so that songs aren’t that well defined. This way, anyone can adapt a certain song to their life and however it reflects on them. It’s not just one thing only. It can mean six different things or it can mean one thing the first time you hear it and five years later you hear it again and it means something different because your life has changed. We try and write things that will adapt to people’s adaptation to their lives.

Your life has changed a lot since you’ve come back into the band. What made you decide to come back after such a long hiatus?
We always stayed working together. I’d do a lot of shows, especially Halloween shows, old school shows. We always knew we’d work together again, I never thought I was going to come back full time – but with the new guys in the band and the material they’ve played for me. I originally was going to come in and sing two songs and I think I ended up singing 12 or 13. I asked one day, “how many songs am I on?” They were like, it’s the whole record. I guess I was back. A lot of that had to do with timing.  We had all grown a lot, getting back to the roots, the people the album is dedicated to. But also the new material being so inspired to where it was like, you wanted to work on it voluntarily. It wasn’t a job. It was something you chose to do, not something you needed to.

mushroomheadj;3Did you play the Ozzfest dates?
We did Ozzfest in the states and we also did Ozzfest, we did Europe. We did Holland, Ireland and England.

What was it like playing Ozzfest, did you get to meet Ozzy?
JM: No but I spent a lot of time with his kids. [laughs] That tour was great, man. Definitely got to see a lot of great bands and met a lot of great friends. We became really good friends with the guys from Meshuggah on that tour and out of that we’ve worked together, Jens sang on a record following that tour. I put out a Meshuggah release on my independent label. A long standing friendship came out of that. That’s what I enjoyed the most about it.

What do you think that’s kept you guys such a strong unit since 1993?
We’re stubborn. People have told us to change, or follow a trend and we never did that. We just stuck to our guns. When you rebel on that level, you get laughed at in the beginning but after some time has passed you earn a little bit of respect. We have been doing this for over 20 years and now we’re more valid than ever, you know? Just stick to your guns.

mushroomheadj;4What advice would you give a young band looking for a record deal?
Man! Well, record deals are iffy. So much of it can be done on your own anymore with things like Bandcamp or these start up campaigns. I’d say just – don’t let anyone change your initial vision and don’t give too much away. Don’t give away your publishing and your merch. That’s all we have anymore. Record sales aren’t doing it. You want your publishing in case you get played on the X-Games or something and you want your mech because that’s what you survive on out on the road. Don’t give those away.

You probably have opened for every band you’ve ever wanted to. But if you could open for any band from now or the past, who would it be and why?
Faith No More. Now they’re touring again, and I guess they just played some new songs at Hyde Park over in England. I heard some of the new stuff, it’s great. They were a big influence on me. When I was getting into music, I thought back in the day you had to have long hair and spandex pants, wear makeup and stuff. Then I saw Mike Patton come out when the first Faith No More record came out. I’m like, this guy is busting people’s balls, he has a sense of humor and dresses however the fuck he wants and he sings all different styles of music. That made me go, maybe I could do this! Without having to wear hairspray and spandex and shit, this was the late 80s. Getting back to being around for 20 years.

mushroomheadjl5Would Mushroomhead and Slipknot ever want to do a tour together?
Corey has mentioned it and I’m very flattered by that. I’d love to. Skinny and I, our drummer, have a side project and we worked with Sid from Slipknot on it. I was fortunate enough to get to spend some time with Paul before he passed away. He was a sweetheart. All that drama was definitely media created. I think they pitted us against each other when none of it was really true. Once we sat down and talked to a lot of the guys, it was all like, we’re all in this for the same reason and that’s music. Corey has mentioned it and we’d definitely love to be on it. I’ve got nothing for respect for that band, I think they’re fantastic.

What bands are you involved with outside of Mushroomhead?
I’m in a band called Pitch Black Forecast with a drummer named Gene Hoglan, know him? He’s in Dethklok, Testament, Dark Angel, he’s with everybody. He and I have a band together and we’re going to be releasing a record at the end of summer. It’s called, “As The World Burns” by Pitch Black Forecast. That’s got guests from M Shadows from A7X, Randy Blythe from Lamb Of God is on it. Devin Townsend so there’s a little Strapping Young Lad reunion on it.

What label is it on?
It’s coming out on Ferocious Records. It’s a newer label coming out of Ohio.

Do you have any messages for Mushroomhead fans that may be reading this now?
I’d just say, this is my first record back with the band. It’s the first time working with Waylon, we’ve got a great relationship. Jeffrey and I have a great relationship, it’s stronger than ever. We’re really figuring out how to work the three singer thing. This new record, which I think is one of our best is just the start. I really think it’s going to grow from here. Stick with us and enjoy the ride!

(Interview and Candid Photo by Ken Morton – Live Photos by Jack Lue)

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ALUNAH Premieres New Song on The Obelisk

N9uDreAwakening The Forest Out October 7th on Napalm Records

The UK Doomsters ALUNAH, centered around guitarist and singer Sophie Day, are set to release their third studio album Awakening The Forest on October 6th in the UK & October 7th USA/CAN via Napalm Records. Today the band premiers a brand new song entitled “Heavy Bough“. The song includes an atmosphere that captivates with heavy guitars and grooves. Check out the exclusive premiere courtesy of The Obelisk HERE.

For the third time ALUNAH spread wide their mighty Doom wings: Following up their exceptional previous albums Call of Avernus (2010) and White Hoarhound (2012), the International Doom community will be tied up again by Awakening The Forest. The English quartet featuring singer Sophie Day forges forward with hard guitars, pumping heavy grooves and a sound to make fans of this genre, fans of this album Awakening The Forest!

For More Info Visit:
http://www.alunah.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/alunah.doom
http://www.napalmrecords.com
http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords

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JEFF BECK & ZZ TOP ANNOUNCE TOUR SUSPENSION

zztopjl4_2Three Shows this Weekend (August 29, 30 & 31) will go on with Jeff Beck and His Band

Jeff Beck and ZZ Top regrettably announce the suspension of the remaining scheduled double-bill tour dates due to an injury sustained by ZZ Top bassist, Dusty Hill.

Beginning with tonight’s show in Clarkston, MI and continuing through to the last show in Thackerville, OK, all dates are now suspended and fans can obtain refunds through point of purchase.

However, Jeff and his band – Jimmy Hall on Vocals, Rhonda Smith on bass, Jonathan Joseph on drums and Nicolas Meier on guitar will move forward with the following three previously scheduled dates, Tyler Bryant will open:

August 29 Seneca Allegany Casino Salamanca, NY
August 30 The Concert Venue @ Harrah’s Atlantic City, NJ
August 31 MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods Mashantucket, CT

jeffbeckjl4_2In addition, dates scheduled for West Palm Beach, Tampa, St. Augustine, Atlanta, Thackerville and Houston will potentially be rescheduled.

Patrons should hold onto their ticket stubs for a possible future announcement.

“While we are very disappointed to not continue this tour with ZZ Top, our thoughts and best wishes are for Dusty to have a speedy recovery,” stated Beck.

Canceled dates include:
August 27 - DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI
August 28 - Ravinia Festival Highland Park, IL
September 2 - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA
September 3 - Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD
September 4 - Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY

(Live Photos by Jack Lue)

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DARKNESS DIVIDED ANNOUNCE TOUR WITH IN DYING ARMS

darknesstour1Debut album Written In Blood in stores now!

This record will keep heavy music fans wanting more” – Substream Magazine

With their debut album ‘Written In Blood’ in stores now and hitting #59 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, San Antonio’s DARKNESS DIVIDED are teaming up with IN DYING ARMS and FOREVERMORE for a tour across the US this September. Kicking off on the East Coast in Trenton, NJ on September 6th, the tour introduces metals newest challengers to fans of heavy, impossibly technical music. Vocalist Gerard Mora states “We are stoked to announce that we are hitting the road with In Dying Arms and Forevermore! Lots of good things coming!”

indyingdivided1DARKNESS DIVIDED blend elements of elaborate guitar work, hypnotic rhythmic beats and thought-provoking lyrics, all while pushing themselves into unknown artist directions. This band is proving itself as a tour-de-force newcomer to the metal landscape, catch them on tour this September, spreading their gospel of metallic, hard-driven metal.

DARKNESS DIVIDED ON TOUR WITH IN DYING ARMS AND FOREVERMORE
9/6 @ Championship – Trenton, New Jersey
9/7 @ Championship – Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
9/8 @ LVN Renaissance Center – Jamestown, New York
9/9 @ Frankie’s – Toledo, Ohio
9/11 @ Penny Road Pub – Barrington, Illinois
9/13 @ Blurry Vision – Decatur, Alabama
9/14 @ The Beatnik – New Orleans, Louisiana
9/15 @ Tomcats – Fort Worth, Texas
9/16 @ El Rey Theatre – McAllen, Texas
9/17 @ Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, Texas
9/19 @ The Unity Center – Roswell, New Mexico
9/20 @ The Underground – Mesa, Arizona
9/21 @ Cobalt Café – Canoga Park, California
9/23 @ Skatuary – Englewood, Colorado
9/24 @ Gasworks – Albuquerque, New Mexico
9/26 @ Fubar – St. Louis, Missouri
9/27 @ Bada Brew – Crest Hill, Illinois
9/29 @ Empire – Springfield, Virginia

DARKNESS DIVIDED displays a technical prowess far beyond their years. More metal than core, they keep it heavy and brutal”- New Noise Magazine

For Additional DARKNESS DIVIDED Information:
www.victoryrecords.com/darknessdivided
www.facebook.com/darknessdivided
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SAXON’s Biff Byford Fronts Film Concept Group, THE SCINTILLA PROJECT

scintillanews1New Album ‘The Hybrid’ Coming Next Week!

Music Inspired by the Movie ‘Scintilla’

Scintilla”, a science fiction thriller, is set deep underground in the wilds of a former Soviet state where strange genetic experiments are taking place. A war weary mercenary is hired to lead a company scientist to the secret underground laboratory and with his team of mercenaries to steal the research in the laboratory. Along the way the good people face dangerous militia involved in a bloodthirsty civil war, strange monsters lurking in the abandoned tunnels of the old Soviet bunker and finally they meet the scientist running the genetic experiments and her terrifying secret.

The film has inspired a newly formed super-group THE SCINTILLA PROJECT, fronted by SAXON’s own BIFF BYFORD, who will be releasing their album The Hybrid in the U.S., featuring songs inspired by the film, on September 2, 2014 via UDR Music. Select tracks on the record are co-produced by world-famous heavy metal producer Andy Sneap, who also plays guitar on these tracks.

Biff Byford states, “I was introduced to Lionel Hicks by Toby Jepson while recording ‘Call To Arms’. This was leading SAXON to write a song for the Lionel Hicks produced film ‘Scintilla’. As the film developed through production, our minds began working – maybe we could put together a concept album based on and inspired by the film. While I was having a break from writing with SAXON, Lionel Hicks, Anthony Ritchie (both ‘Balance Of Power’), and I decided that I would produce and also sing on the album. I brought in Andy Sneap to co-produce and play guitar on some tracks.”

Tracklisting:
1. Scintilla (One Black Heart)
2. Beware The Children
3. Permanence
4. Some Nightmare
5. Angels
6. Pariah
7. The Damned And Divine
8. Life In Vain
9. No Rest for The Wicked (SAXON recording as featured in the film – taken from ‘Call To Arms’)

THE SCINTILLA PROJECT:
Biff Byford (vocals)
Lionel Hicks (drums)
Anthony Ritchie (bass)
Andy Sneap (guitar)

For more information on THE SCINTILLA PROJECT, please visit http://udr-music.com/index.php/thescintillaproject-band.

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ZOLA JESUS PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “DANGEROUS DAYS”

ZOLA JESUS PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “DANGEROUS DAYS” 
DIRECTED BY TIM SACCENTI

Video still taken from her new video, directed by Tim Saccenti

WATCH “DANGEROUS DAYS” HERE
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR STARTS OCTOBER 8TH

“TAIGA” OUT OCTOBER 7TH, 2014

Nika Danilova’s voice is an elemental, powerful thing.” (Best New Music) – Pitchfork

Zola Jesus’ most profound, accessible release to date.” – BILLBOARD Magazine

A beautiful electro-pop gem, and the only thing dangerous about it is how freaking addictive it is.” – NYLON

Elegant synth-pop banger” – SPIN Magazine

Danilova has a full-on anthem on her hands with this one.” – Flavorwire

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
10/8 – San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s
10/9 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
10/16 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
10/17 – Washington, DC – Hirshhorn Museum
10/19 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Tickets available at www.zolajesus.com

Zola Jesus today unleashed her new video for “Dangerous Days” directed by contemporary visionary artist Tim Saccenti who has created an awe-inspiring backdrop for this anthemic song. Saccenti explains, “The song is a pure emotional plea, a future primitive call to arms. To create a moment of light in these dark times was our hope. Eschewing a heavy narrative we let the images of the Earth, filmed in wide screen and mixed with a tense unnatural presence, wash over the viewer while Nika communicates her powerful message.” Nika describes the video making process, “Working with Tim was effortless. His creative ambition to turn the abstract into a tangible feel is a rare treasure.” The video premiered today at Vogue.com. Watch and share the video for “Dangerous Days” here.

Zola Jesus’s TAIGA is due for release October 7th, 2014 on Mute (pre-order here: http://found.ee/taigadigital).

Nika is the 25-year-old behind Zola Jesus’ creative incarnations as sole singer and songwriter. Influenced by her time in Iceland, Vermont, and British Columbia, TAIGA was written on Vashon Island, WA and conjures all these places while creating a sonic space of its own that each listener can travel to, explore, hide in, and celebrate. Nika tracked and mixed the album in Los Angeles with co-producer Dean Hurley (David Lynch, Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse).At once challenging and accessible, TAIGA is a transition for Zola Jesus. Undeniably branded with what Nika terms a “piercing ambition,” the album is best described by the artist herself: “The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals…It’s the most accessible music I’ve ever made, but also the most earnest and passionate. I gave everything for this record, more than ever before.”

TAIGA TRACKLISTING
Taiga
Dangerous Days
Dust
Hunger
Go (Blank Sea)
Ego
Lawless
Nail
Long Way Down
Hollow
It’s Not Over

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
10/29 – Bristol, England – Colston Hall
10/30 – Leeds, England – Belgrave Music Hall
10/31 – Glasgow, Scotland – Stereo
11/1 – Manchester, England – Manchester Cathedral – Columns
11/4 – Paris, France – Badaboum
11/5 – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
11/6 St Gallen, Switzerland – Palace
11/7 Geneva, Switzerland – l’Usine
11/8 – Reims, France – La Cartonnerie
11/10 – Köln, Germany – Gebäude 9
11/11 – Berlin, Germany – Berghain
11/12 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel and Gefährlich
11/13 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
11/14 – Brussels, Belgium – La Nuit Botanique
11/15 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
11/18 – London, England – KOKO
Tickets available at www.zolajesus.com
STREAM “DANGEROUS DAYS” HERELISTEN TO MAPS REMIX OF “DANGEROUS DAYS” HERE
 
 
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In Lucid Dreams with Annisokay

annisokay2Based of out Germany, Annisokay is an explosive post hardcore collective ready to take on the world at large.  Their debut album entitled The Lucid Dream(er) has just been unleashed through SPV / Steamhammer Records, packed to the brim with a thrilling sonic intensity that should enrapture fans of acts such as We Came As Romans and Blessthefall.   Annisokay has yet to play here in the States, but they’ve shared European stages with the likes of The Ghost Inside, Upon This Dawning, and Lionheart.  Here is a recent interview we conducted with Annisokay to find out more about this band on the rise, ready to invade your lucid dreams.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Annisokay, and how long the band has been together?
Annisokay is Dave Grunewald on shouts, Christoph Wieczorek on clean vocals and guitar, Norbert Rose on bass, Daniel Herrmann on drums, and Philipp Kretzschmar on guitar. Christoph and Norbert started this band already in 2007. But it took a while to create a foundation of talented and passionate musicians. So this final lineup is been together for about 2 years. Ever since we can remember we’re in love with music. With this band we try to make music professionally and we want to play shows all over the world. It was a long and hard way to create this band but now we feel that this band is an ideal mix of young dynamic and talented people who go hand in hand and are ready to take all hurdles.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? 
The Band is based in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt (Germany). Halle is in the middle east of Germany, 2 hours far from Berlin. Our local scene isn’t that big but really really pleasant. In general if you play metal or hardcore shows in any small town in Germany, the promoter will always take good care of your band.

How did you wind up being signed to SPV Records, a label not normally known to sign post hardcore?
The deal with SPV was curated by our management Monster Artists. We are really proud to be one of the first post hardcore bands signed by SPV, a well known independent record label existing over for 30 years. We try to make good music in the first place and we believe SPV will take over the business very well so we can make even better music.

luciddreamer2Is there any story or concept behind the album title The Lucid Dream(er)?
Yes as the album title says the concept behind the record is about nightmares and the concept of lucid dreaming. We apply these metaphors to everyday life that reflects a state of lucid dreaming and experiencing a nightmare. “The Lucid Dreamer” is a metaphor for everyone out there. Everybody is dreaming. Not only when being asleep. Mesmerizing about this is the point when the dream itself assumes the control and it becomes a nightmare. That’s why the word dreamer in our album title is written with these box brackets. These thrilling thoughts led to the theme of our record for example like the chorus of our song „Firewalk“ which states: „I tried to tell myself what to dream, what to forget. And now I try to wake up cause all hell is let loose“. We also live our dreams every day. Some go through nice dreams, some experience nightmares. That’s what the record is all about in the end: Life!

Select two songs from The Lucid Dream(er) and what inspired the lyrics.
A very special track of this record for us is the song „Sky“ which is our first music video for this record as well. The Song is about saying a very last time goodbye to a very beloved person who has left forever. We have achieved a lot of response from people who told us how much they can identify with the lyrics and that the song has helped them in difficult times. That really means a lot to us!

Another special track is „Day To Day Tragedy“ which is our current music video. This song is one of our latest. We recorded this song as a bonus track for the re-release of our debut record „The Lucid Dream(er)“. The lyrics are about a repetitive human tragedy which can be apply to one person or a hole society.

3wayqWhat could one expect from a live Annisokay show?
A lot of energy! We try to create an intense and sweaty rock show with a lot of jumping, singalong and crowd surfing. And of course we try to play our songs as perfect as we can. The uniqueness lies in the vocals. Dave’s got this very brutal voice which is able to demolish houses and Christoph thick velvety yet gentle vocal timbre is singing such epic melodies.

Has Annisokay ever played here in the States or plan to do so in future days?
No not yet but we really really want to tour the States! The best thing ever we could imagine would be playing Vans Warped Tour. We’ve recently been in the States to record with Joey Sturgis and hopefully next time we’re gonna do shows.

Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a show?
At one time we had to drive a 4 hour trip home in the middle of a very cold winter night. And then it happened … the car heater broke. The car windows inside the car were frozen. Halfway between Christoph was opening a soda can which had been shaken for a long time. So the can blew up and he was wet and very very cold. He had to take off all his clothes. Luckily we had a sleeping bag. So he was sitting on the wet front seat half-naked in his sleeping bag and cold to his bones while scraping the ice of the frozen window inside the car.

What was the experience like opening for The Ghost Inside and did you get to hang out with them at all?
Such great bands have always an amazing fan base and that is the most important thing of a good show, one hell of a crazy crowd! Unfortunately we didn’t had the chance to hang out with The Ghost Inside. Hopefully we get another chance!

If Annisokay could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
In the near future one dream will become true. We’re gonna open up for Silverstein and Blessthefall for four shows in Germany. These two bands are a big inspiration for us and we got a lot of memories with their music. This tour is gonna be very special for us.

Who is Ann and just why is she just okay?
Unfortunately we don’t know Ann very well. Our buddy Michael Jackson was asking in his song „Smooth Criminal“: Annie are you okay? Yes she is and she doesn’t need to be great because understatement means elegance.

Germany in famous for their BEER! What is your favorite beer of choice and why?
Of course Germany has a lot more to offer than just beer but we have to admit german beer is really good. But we can’t name one specific brand there are too many different kinds of beer. It’s always a matter of taste and in our case Dave isn’t drinking any alcohol at all.

What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
Hopefully some catchy tunes and words from a singalong chorus so if they see us live maybe they will sing with us. Because that’s the best when you’re playing far away from home and people are singing the words of your songs.

Any final words of wisdom?
Most of us live our whole lives without having an adventure to call our own. What is any life without the pursuit of a dream?
- taken from the Movie „Vanilla Sky

Annisokay is:
Dave Grunewald – Shouts
Christoph Wieczorek – clean Vocals/Guitar
Norbert Rose – Bass
Daniel Herrmann – Drums
Philipp Kretzschmar – Guitar

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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KALEDON – NEW ALBUM ‘ANTILLIUS: THE KING OF THE LIGHT’ OUT THIS FALL ON SCARLET RECORDS

KALEDONOne year and a half after the release of the much celebrated ‘Altor: The King’s Blacksmith‘, Kaledon are back with their new album ‘Antillius: The King Of The Light‘, another powerful, symphonic masterpiece which confirms them as one of the leading forces in Power/Epic metal today.

Antillius‘ narrates the life of the King of Kaledon, one of the characters that the band introduced with their previous ‘Legend Of The Forgotten Reign‘ saga.

The album was produced by Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre) at Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy. Kaledon have also teamed up with renowned artist Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rage, Rhapsody Of Fire, Iron Savior) for the soon to be revealed cover artwork.

Antillius: The King Of The Light‘ will be available starting from November 18th, 2014 on Scarlet Records.

Follow www.scarletrecords.it and www.kaledon.com for the latest news.

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