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  • THERION Singer LINNÉA VIKSTRÖM Releases Debut Single, 'Aliens', With New Project QFT
    The Big Bang, space travel, black holes, singularity, aliens, stars colliding and the inevitable end of the universe: the solo debut from internationally praised metal singer Linnéa Vikström spans time from modern day science to the eternal, philosophical questions regarding the beginning, the end and life beyond our own planet. As the singer for the Swedish symphonic metal phenomenon THERION, Linnea Vikström already has a worldwide fanbase. But when she makes her solo debut as QFT (QUANTUM FIELD THEORY), we get to meet a completely new side of the beloved singer. The first single from the upcoming album, "Aliens", is out now through Despotz Records. "'Aliens' is one of the songs of the album that stands out the most, both in terms of style and theme," explains Vikstrom. "This song is sci-fi fantasy, me and the band setting out on an interstellar journey. The pre-chorus is based on an old AOR song I wrote a few years ago and drummer Georg Härnsten Egg made the riff come alive. It was a real team effort and we are all really proud to finally present it to you!" The upcoming album, "Live In Space", is a dynamic and musically diversified theme album about the universe, where the ten tracks are beautifully bound together by Linnéa's enormous vocal range and clear vision. The result is a detailed journey through space and time, that won't leave anyone unaffected.
  • Listen To LED ZEPPELIN's 'Immigrant Song' From 'How The West Was Won' Reissue
    On September 7, 1968, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant first took the stage together in Gladsaxe, Denmark. Then billed as THE NEW YARDBIRDS, the band would assemble in the studio for the first time later that month to start recording their debut album as LED ZEPPELIN, and rock 'n' roll would never be the same again. Before the band's 50th-anniversary celebration officially begins in September, LED ZEPPELIN will continue its reissue campaign with a new edition of their celebrated live album "How The West Was Won", originally released in 2003, featuring newly remastered audio, which was done under the supervision of Jimmy Page. Details of additional LED ZEPPELIN 50th-anniversary releases and events will be announced later this year. "How The West Was Won" will be released on March 23 in multiple formats from Atlantic/Swan Song, including the first ever vinyl and Blu-ray Audio editions (with the Blu-ray containing hi-res 5.1 surround sound). * CD - Remastered audio on three CDs * Vinyl - Remastered audio on four 180-gram vinyl LPs. * Blu-Ray Audio - 96kHz/24 bit 5.1 (DTS-HD Master Audio Surround) and stereo mixes (PCM Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo). * Streaming and Digital Download – Remastered audio. * Super Deluxe Boxed Set - Remastered audio on three CDs and four 180-gram vinyl LPs. - DVD of album in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo, plus photo gallery. - High-def download card of all stereo audio content at 96kHz/24 bit. - A book filled with rare and previously unpublished photos of the band at each of the concert locations, plus memorabilia and ephemera. - High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered. "How The West Was Won" highlights the best performances from LED ZEPPELIN's legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972. Melded together and sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end, the three-CD and four-LP collections capture the band at the height of its formidable powers. Standouts include a 25-plus-minute version of "Dazed And Confused" and a 21-minute medley based around "Whole Lotta Love". The performances also capture the band introducing songs from its then-unreleased album "Houses Of The Holy", which would arrive nine months later. A live recording of "Immigrant Song", taken from the "How The West Was Won" reissue, can be streamed below.
  • SAINTED SINNERS Feat. Former ACCEPT Singer DAVID REECE: 'Waitin Till The Countdown Begins' Performance Video
    The official performance video for the song "Waitin Till The Countdown Begins" from SAINTED SINNERS, the band featuring former ACCEPT singer David Reece, can be seen below. The track is taken from SAINTED SINNERS' second album, "Back With A Vengeance", which was released on February 16 via El Puerto Records. Expressing the "pure essence of rock 'n' roll" was the ambition that paired those four well-known and experienced musicians together in early 2016 to create and play the music which is deeply inside their hearts and in their blood. The love for rock legends, such as DEEP PURPLE, LED ZEPPELIN, RAINBOW, WHITESNAKE, UFO, BLACK SABBATH, VAN HALEN and many others, built the cornerstone for the music of the new founded quartet called SAINTED SINNERS. Fronted by the unique, soul-driven voice of American-born vocalist David Reece and highly gifted guitar player Frank Pané (BONFIRE), SAINTED SINNERS got completed by the dynamic rhythm section of the two former PURPENDICULAR members Malte Frederik Burkert (bass) and the Hungarian drum maestro Berci Hirleman. "We were aiming for a more guitar-heavy approach this time and also a warmer, more ballsy sound," explains Pané and continues: "This time we already knew where to go. You definitely can hear my huge VAN HALEN and Randy Rhoads influences more than on the previous one. But it also has that DEEP PURPLE touch, even with less keyboards this time. In other songs, you definitely hear a RAINBOW and DIO influence... and it goes on and on. These influences are totally natural and are not planned. So we just go with the flow and that's the essence of rock 'n' roll for us." The keyboards on "Back With A Vengeance" were handled by guest musicians Angel Vafeiadis and Eric Ragno, who is known for his work with Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley (KISS) and Billy Gibbons (ZZ TOP). "I'm really happy and satisfied with the end result," summarizes Pané. "Being a new band, it's hard to be recognized nowadays with all the hundreds of releases every month, so we wanted to make a statement that SAINTED SINNERS is a band you should look out for." SAINTED SINNERS is: David Reece - Vocals Frank Pané - Guitar Malte Frederik Burkert - Bass Berci Hirleman - Drums
  • VISIONS OF ATLANTIS: Teaser For 'The Deep & The Dark' Video
    A teaser for the official video for "The Deep & The Dark", the title track of the seventh studio album from symphonic metal masters VISIONS OF ATLANTIS, can be seen below. The disc was released on February 16 via Napalm Records. The full "The Deep & The Dark" will make its online debut soon. Says the band: "This is the album we have always dreamed of making. It is everything fans of this genre love and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS was founded for. This is the heart and soul of this band and symphonic metal. We are proud and excited that after over four years we put out the best 10 tracks the band has to offer. This is VISIONS OF ATLANTIS — this is symphonic metal!" "The Deep & The Dark" track listing: 01. The Deep & The Dark 02. Return To Lemuria 03. Ritual Night 04. The Silent Mutiny 05. Book Of Nature 06. The Last Home 07. The Grand Illusion 08. Dead Reckoning 09. Words Of War 10. Prayer To The Lost "The Deep & The Dark" was made available as a deluxe box set, CD digipak and digital download. Hauntingly beautiful duets between vocalists supreme Clémentine Delauney and Siegfried Samer meet classic power metal infusions, embodying the symphonic metal cake: a must-have for all genre-fans and beyond! With "The Deep & The Dark", VISIONS OF ATLANTIS created its most powerful and perfectly executed magnum opus to date. Clémentine told Metal Underground about the disc: "We all do believe this is the best album the band has ever released. We went back to a more melodic and symphonic metal style with an old-school touch and a production that suits the genre. We wrote diversified songs with rich arrangements using many different influences. {and] I was finally able to take part in the creative process. I wrote many of the vocal lines, most of the lyrics together with Siegfried, and I wrote the last song of the album, 'Prayer To The Lost'. So, for the first time, I'm able to release really personal material and to sing about things that deeply matter to me. I've been waiting for this since I joined my first band in 2010!" Photo by Moritz Maibaum Photography
  • Video Premiere: ANGRA's 'Insania'
    The official video for the song "Insania" from Brazilian/Italian metallers ANGRA can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's ninth studio album, "Ømni", which was released on February 16 via earMUSIC. 2018 marks the beginning of yet another era in ANGRA's history. At age 26, the band shows motivation and strength like never before. Not even the sometimes-uncertain trajectory was able to take away the focus, determination and inspiration of the quintet led — and founded — by Rafael Bittencourt, and completed by Felipe Andreoli (bass), Fabio Lione (vocals), Marcelo Barbosa (guitar) and Bruno Valverde (drums). "Ømni" is the result of months of intense dedication, blood, and sweat. Once again, the album was recorded in Sweden with Jens Bogren, who also produced the previous disc, "Secret Garden", and manages to capture the same excellent chemistry. The sound, while fully contemporary, has an organic character and respects the different nuances and dynamics of each instrument. Many musicians were involved in creating the album, ranging from the percussion sound of Bahia to European orchestral arrangement — all of which give the album its outstanding variety. "Ømni" is a concept album, a set of science fiction short stories that take place at various places in time, simultaneously. The backbone of the plot is based on the idea that in 2046 an artificial intelligence system will change human perception and cognition. It is a system which will allow conscious communication between present and future human beings. Characters such as time travellers, cavemen, warriors, among others, help tell this story. The album connects the concepts of previous albums (Holy Land, Rebirth, Temple of Shadows) to one main system, "Ømni", which in Latin means "everything." "Ømni" fabricates an interconnectivity that shines light towards a universal truth: everything that has happened, led to what the band is today. "Ømni" celebrates and unites the whole history of ANGRA to this exact, current moment. ANGRA's trademark formula, a Brazilian style mixed with classical music and heavy metal, is enhanced by different influences such as progressive rock, thrash metal, Latin music, and djent, which transforms the albums into a swirl of modern and familiar. The conjoined moods and dynamics put a special spin on the lyrics and therefore increase deep sense of immersion in the story. The cover artwork was hand-drawn by Daniel Martin Diaz, a unique American artist who dedicates his life to mixing scientific and philosophical concepts such as anatomy, computer science, mathematics, cosmology, sacred geometry, symbolism and esotericism. The designer Gustavo Sazes was responsible for integrating such an organic art piece to the visual concept of the album as a whole. Even in a cultural environment increasingly sterile and unfavourable for music with soul and identity, the band gathers eleven tracks that completely differ from each other, but at the same time tell a cohesive story, and wander through all styles and nuances that have made ANGRA a worldwide reference. A very well bonded line-up, both personally and musically, overflowing with creativity, was the necessary fuel to bring these songs to life, songs which are undoubtedly among the best in the band's discography. "Ømni" track listing: 01. Light Of Transcendence 02. Travelers Of Time 03. Black Widow's Web 04. Insania 05. The Bottom Of My Soul 06. War Horns 07. Caveman 08. Magic Mirror 09. Always More 10. Ømni - Silence Inside 11. Ømni - Infinite Nothing