This week (23 May – 29 May) at 9:00pm CET / 3:00pm EST / noon PST you can tune in to French radio station United Rock Nations to check out Red Tide’s Rising’s ‘Voices’ in it’s entirety. Listen in here.
The Mid Atlantic region’s best kept secret, The Fifth, has unleashed their first new music in over seven years today with “No Going Home,” the lead single from their upcoming, as yet untitled Ep.
Regarding the single, singer Roy Cathey says, “This song is a departure from anything we have released before. It has a very organic sound like Sabbath or Zeppelin – gritty, raw and a bit bluesy,” while guitarist, Icky Jim comments on the video itself: “We were very fortunate to get Justin Reich (Five Finger Death Punch, Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley, Black Label Society) for the video. He actually took a short break from working with Shinedown to do us. Justin’s a laid back, cool dude – so easy to work with. And he did an amazing job on the video. We couldn’t be happier.”
The quintet, who blasted out of the eastern North Carolina area in 2001, releasing three albums and an Ep along the way and hitting radio hard with their hit single, “The Gift” as well as storming Japan in 2009 have laid low since coming back from that tour. Cathey explains, “The past few years we have had some member changes looking for the right combination of players and personalities. We feel like we have the right group of people in the band to take this to the next level now. I couldn’t be more excited.”
Sweden’s “best kept secret”, the exciting medieval metal outfit Apocalypse Orchestra has signed with Sweden’s fastest growing label, Despotz Records.
The sextet, who hail from the Baltic Sea region, and utilize non traditional instruments such as lutes, bagpipes, the mandola and even the hurdy gurdy, have one leg entrenched in medieval times and the other firmly in modern metal.
Apocalypse Orchestra was formed by mult-instrumentalists Mikael (Vocals, guitars, mandola, lute and cittern) and Erik (Hurdy gurdy, mandola, bagpipes, backing vocals) who developed a bond over their mutual love of the unlikely combination of folk music and doom metal. With a foundation of original music and lyrics the duo also decided to incorporate melodies stemming from as far back as the 11th century, the goal was to create a musical homage to a long gone era.
The songs tell stories of plagues, of hell and the senseless acts of war and suffering, all while weaving a romantic era thread combined with the crushing modern metal mentality that only Apocalypse Orchestra can deliver.
The band says, “We are very happy to commence this cooperation with Despotz Records, It feels like the next logical step for us today. Despotz have shown that they understand the band and our music and have shown complete confidence in us.”
Apocalypse Orchestra have begun recording their debut album in various castles across the Swedish countryside and expect the album to see a release later in 2016.
The band have uploaded a live clip that can be viewed here
Despotz Records’ Omer Akay says, “Apocalypse Orchestra is Sweden’s ‘Best Kept Secret’ and we couldn’t be prouder than to have them with Despotz.”
With ‘Voices,’ Red Tide Rising’s new release, out today through Vanity Music Group, the Denver based quartet have set the bar higher than they could have imagined. Produced and co-written by Drowning Pool drummer Mike Luce (aside from first single, “You’re Nothing …,” which was co-written with Luce and Ill Nino guitarist, Ahrue Luster), the veteran sticksman found talent within the band members they never realized they possessed and, more importantly pulled it out of them.
“Aside from our run with In This Moment a little while back, our first taste at unrelenting touring was with Drowning Pool,” relates Red Tide Rising guitarist, Andrew Whiteman. “We shared the bus and formed some of the best friendships out on the road. To this day I actually tech for them when I’m not doing Red Tide Rising stuff. It’s because of that run and that friendship, that Luce decided he wanted to produce Voices.”
‘Voices’ is fueled by rage, the realities of life and the ugliness of the world we live in. Opening track, “Writing on the Wall” is about making sure you don’t allow yourself to be held down by your past. “You’re Nothing” is dedicated to the asshole who repeatedly tells you how great his life is, all the while living a complete facade. With “Suffocate” lead vocalist, Matthew Whiteman touches on the different types of addiction we all carry with us through life, whether they come from the pursuit of material possessions, giving into to drug culture or whatever one may be attached to. “Sound of the Voices Screaming” gives an audience the power to rise as one, while the Ep’s closer, “New Breed” instructs the band’s fans to distance themselves from people who claim to have their best interests at heart while leading them down a road that will eventually lead them to a life of peril. A call to arms for people to stand up for themselves.
Red Tide Rising also hits the road in support of the ‘Voices’ release beginning next week. The first leg of the tour is as follows:
5/18 – Dallas, TX – Renos
5/20 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Theater
5/21 – Spearfish, SD – Z Bar
5/26 – Joliet, IL – The Tree
5/27 – Janesville, WI – Backbar
5/28 – Fargo, ND – Rick’s
5/29 – Sioux Falls, SD – The Phoenix Lounge
Swedish punk influenced hard rockers Junkstars are premiering their new, highly anticipated video and the title track from their current This Means War album via New Fury Media, which was filmed on their recent European run with Backyard Babies.
According to Junkstars mainman, Max, the track itself “is not about war such as two countries fighting against each other but a war against the ”established” music industry.
There are so many bands and artists that consume the majority of airplay on radio and tv and it´s always same bands. It’s only the old bands that we never give up listening to or new “promoted” bands that we generally don´t like that get played.
So this song is about all the new bands and artists and their struggle. The music we really want to hear and see. A music war for new music. Good music.”