Archive for September 6th, 2018

– September 6th, 2018 –

Stream scorching first single “Red Hot Metal” now

New York City’s Mother Feather have perfected the formula to pay homage to the roots of punk’n’roll and heavy rock injected with their own brand of the divine feminine, and since their debut album have been keeping the audience on their toes. The evolution of their high-energy “pop cock rock” surges forward this November with their sophomore album Constellation Baby, out via Metal Blade Records / Blacklight Media.

The first taste of the new Mother Feather comes in the form of lead single “Red Hot Metal”, now available to stream and download. Just like you’d expect from the name, the track embodies the smoldering nature of the NYC five-piece, radiating controlled adrenaline, highlighted by the production of Grammy-nominated Joshua Valleau. Explains lead singer Ann Courtney, “‘Red Hot Metal is a deathmatch wrestling event of the anxious mind. It’s a fever dream of some of the darkest hours writing the new songs for the album, as I fought to keep my grip on my sanity and the wheel of an old – but fast – red car.”


“Red Hot Metal” indeed gives the listener a vibrant mental image – and Brooklyn Bazaar will witness their glittery, smoky stage presence later this month. Mother Feather will be opening up for metalhead disco-rockers Tragedy this September 29 – for more info, please visit: facebook.com/events/260967624482743/

Mother Feather‘s Constellation Baby will be available November 2 via Metal Blade / Blacklight Media, and is available for pre-order now at: metalblade.com/motherfeather – where you can also stream “Red Hot Metal”.

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New York City. The lights go down, Mother Feather stride onto the stage. The bass frequency clarion call that kicks off their opening song charges its way through the packed room, a ripple of electricity riding off its back. Vocalist Ann Courtney steps to the microphone and purrs the first line: “I need your full attention…” And she’s got it. What follows, every single time the quintet stand before an audience, is pure rock and roll catharsis, for Courtney, for her band mates, and for every individual crammed into the room.

Mother Feather made their introduction with two independently released EPs, which were then released as their 2016 self-titled debut full-length on Metal Blade. Now, the band makes their Metal Blade return with their sophomore album Constellation Baby, an extension on the band’s self-styled pop cock rock, with catharsis bleeding through the speakers in the form of gritty, garage-y glamour. Their songs marry the scratchy yet catchy, swaggering and dangerous sounds of The Stooges, New York Dolls or The MC5 with the playfulness, pop sensibilities and exuberance of the finest 90s alt-rock, a little upbeat 50s rock n’ roll thrown in for good measure. Combined with Courtney’s overtly optimistic, inspiring lyrics, the band deliver an energizing and irresistible concoction that captures the attitude and beating heart of New York City on its best day, empowering everyone in their path.

Of course, the band is far bigger than Courtney alone, having surrounded herself with her best friends, who happen to be extremely talented musicians. Every member plays an intrinsic part when bringing the songs to life, both on record and when unleashed on stage. She affectionately refers to guitarist Chris Foley, bassist Matt Basile and drummer Gunnar Olsen as “three beasts”, all of them bringing so much attitude, energy and personality to the songs. Then there’s keyboardist/vocalist Elizabeth Carena, only ever “Lizzie” to Ann, whose interplay with Courtney is one of the most electrifying facets of their performances. “She’s my best friend, my hype woman, and we support and play off each other. I think it’s such an exciting, empowering thing to see two women on stage supporting each other and totally committed to pop cock rock. It’s an overtly feminist statement. I get excited when I see women with their eyes lit up in the crowd.”

Still, as thrilling as the album is, when it comes to Mother Feather all roads lead back to their incomparable live show. While some may look at the costumes, the makeup and the choreography and see the band as heirs to the crown of the likes of David Bowie and the mystique-chasing glam rock stars of the 70s, the last thing the band want is separation between artist and audience, the connection between them integral. “When I’m on stage it’s not a persona. Mother Feather is not a character. Mother Feather is the real me. Who I am off that stage is more of a persona,” she states plainly. “To make that connection with people you must commit, wholly, and that means being present in every breath and dance move. That’s where the space is, to be wild and crazy and nasty and vulnerable, the space to be terrifying. I want to see everything in a rock show. I want the horror, I want the beauty, I want the fun, I want it to be garish. I want it to be wild, I want it to be loud, I want the drama, I want the camp, I want it to be stripped bare. I want to have the whole world for dinner. So that’s what we try to do, every single time.”

Constellation Baby track-listing
1. Red Hot Metal
2. Man, I Wish You Were Here
3. ICU
4. Snakebite
5. Desert Island
6. Constellation Baby
7. Totally Awesome
8. Shake Your Magic 8 Ball
9. Supernatural
10. I Blow A Kiss

Mother Feather online:
http://www.motherfeather.com
https://www.facebook.com/motherfeather
https://twitter.com/MOTHERFEATHER
http://instagram.com/motherfeatherofficial

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Belgian death metal/grindcore veterans Aborted has posted a new music video online for the song “Vespertine Decay.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s upcoming album, “TerrorVision,” which is set to be released on September 21st through Century Media. It’s also the second song from the album to receive the music video treatment following, “Squalor Valor.”

“TerrorVision” will be offered in the following formats:

– Standard CD Jewelcase
– Gatefold LP+CD
– Ltd. Box set (with Digipak CD, bonus CD with the tracks of the “Bathos” EP, black belt with metal belt buckle, sticker set and button set)
– Digital

The LP is available in the following vinyl colours:

– Black: unlimited
– Pink: 200 copies, exclusively sold in Belgium
– Lilac: 100 copies, exclusively available at CM Distro Europe
– Transparent-blue: 200 copies, available at various online stores
– Transparent-green: 200 copies, exclusively available at EMP
– Yellow: 200 copies, exclusively available at Season Of Mist
– Transparent-magenta: 100 copies, exclusively available at Aborted’s webstore
– Glow-in-the-Dark: 700 copies

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Following the first leg of a massive World Tour in North America during April and May, it’s now time kick off the next leg and bring The Shadow Theory overseas! Kamelot is returning to Europe for their biggest headliner tour to date. Special guests on the tour include Leaves’ Eyes, Visions of Atlantis, Dynazty (Sweden), Circus Maximus (Oslo) vocalist Lauren Hart (Once Human) and more!

Just in time for the upcoming tour, the band has released a brand new music video for the track “MindFall Remedy!” The live footage is taken from Kamelot’s North American tour and just offers a glimpse of what you can expect when the band takes the stage.

“The North American Tour was our biggest ever and we had to chronicle it in some way, the fans were so amazing. We decided to shoot this video and mix in scenes from the tour. We cannot wait to return to the US and Canada for the next run!”, states Kamelot’s Thomas Youngblood.

The meaning of the song and title “MindFall Remedy” sparks some debate, but Kamelot singer Tommy Kaverik sums it up beautifully:

“In this material world, full of vanity and beautifying filters, it is easy to turn to those things when looking for validation and comfort. We have come to expect external gratification to lift us up, solve our insecurities and give us a meaningful existence. With this song we want to encourage people to look inside themselves for answers. Only then can we fully learn to respect and love ourselves and grow as people. There is a way to unlock your inhibitions, and only you possess the key…”

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Swedish visionary metallers Soilwork have finished the recordings for their long awaited upcoming 11th studio album. The as of yet untitled album is the band’s first in more than three years and also marks the first to feature Bastian Thusgaard on drums, who replaced Dirk Verbeuren in 2016.

Today the band released the first studio webisode in which they talk about the recording and production process of the album. You can check it out below.

The record is scheduled for a tentative early 2019 release.

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Florida thrash metal veterans Nasty Savage has announced that their bassist, Richard Bateman, suffered a heart attack and passed away on Wednesday, September 5th.

A message from the band states: “It is with deep sadness to announce Richard Bateman has passed away today. We are all devastated. God Bless his family, God Bless Richard Bateman. RIP Brother.”

Guitarist David Austin issued the following statement: “My longtime friend Richard Bateman has passed away from a heart attack, absolutely devastated, extraordinary bass playing that he did with Nasty Savage especially Penetration Point, I can’t even put it into words, absolutely devastated. I hope the metal community will surround his family with open arms and give them the comfort that they need at this moment and time, I’m completely shocked. Love you Richard may he rest in peace, genuine loving person and extraordinary bass player to say the least.”

Bateman had four stints with the band, beginning in 1988 until the band’s initial dissolution two years later. He returned in 1998, then again from 2002 until 2012, then finally returned in 2016.

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Canadian progressive thrash metal legends Voivod has posted a new music video online for the song, “Always Moving.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s latest album, “The Wake,” which is set to hit stores on September 21st through Century Media. “The Wake” is the first new album from Voivod since 2013’s, “Target Earth” and is their first full length release to feature bassist Dominique “Rocky” Laroche.

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With the next edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise just under five months away, the lineup is beginning to take shape nicely for the ninth edition of the floating festival. Recently added to the lineup is Soulfly, whose new album “Ritual” drops next month, as well as the final performance from Max & Iggor: Return To Roots, where the Cavalera brothers will perform the seminal Sepultura album “Roots” in its entirety. Also joining them on the trek will be British thrash metal stalwarts Onslaught, who themselves plan to release a new album next year, Dutch death metal favourites, Pestilence, who released their new album, “Hadeon” earlier this year and Austrian symphonic metal outfit Visions Of Atlantis, who also released a new album this year entitled, “The Deep And The Dark.” The ship will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on January 31 and dock in Labadee, Haiti, before returning on February 4.

The lineup is now as follows:

Accept
Arkona
Coroner
Delain
Eluveitie
Ensiferum
Gloryhammer
Max & Iggor: Return To Roots
Onslaught
Persefone
Pestilence
Soulfly
Subway To Sally
The Black Dahlia Murder
Tiamat
Visions Of Atlantis
Vomitory
Warbringer

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Music News: "I wanna keep evolving, keep moving, keep that motivation going," the guitarist says.

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