Friday starts off properly with some cool tour news as the details about the co-headlining tour by Mark Morton and Light The Torch have been unveiled.
The Press Release:
Light the Torch and Mark Morton will embark on a co-headline tour this spring. Moon Tooth will also appear. All dates are below. Tickets go on-sale Friday, 10am local time. VIP packages, which include Meet & Greets with both Mark Morton and Light the Torch, are also available beginning Friday.
Morton, the prolific guitarist of Lamb of God who will release his debut solo album, Anesthetic (WPP/Spinefarm) on March 1, 2019, while Light the Torch continue to support their latest release Revival, out now via Nuclear Blast.
“We are beyond excited to hit the road once again in support of Revival, so expect even more new songs in the set this time around,” said singer Howard Jones. “We’re also stoked to be sharing the stage with Mark Morton on this run. Touring with a true talent and a friend is the recipe for a good time, so come join us! And make sure to get there early to catch Moon Tooth.” Continue reading Mark Morton & Light The Torch Announce Co-Headlining Tour→
The Press Release:
WITHIN TEMPTATION- the leaders of dark anthems, with a career spanning two decades – have signed a worldwide deal with Universal Music Germany. The band is partnering with Spinefarm Records for North America and the UK.
This joining of forces comes ahead of the new album Resist, scheduled for release on December 14.
Resist marks a departure from the Within Temptation’s past. The record is armed with 10 anthemic tracks, driven by grand melodies and dark hooks. It brings a futuristic take on metal to the table – both instrumentally and thematically.
“Resist is a true milestone for us. If it wasn’t for Resist, Within Temptation wouldn’t be here anymore,” the band stated.
“With this record, we’ve taken inspiration from modern music and gave it a face – a very dark one,” said singer Sharon den Adel. “Sometimes, it feels that today’s pop music lacks a rebellious edge. Our main goal was to collect pieces from sounds we did like and roughen it up as much as we could, resulting in a surprisingly new musical world that is heavier, dirtier and more futuristic than we’ve ever created before. Resist is our take on metal in a new way: to give modern music its rebellious edge.” Continue reading Spinefarm Records Signs Within Temptation→
As the year makes its steady draw to an end the plans for the brand new one begin to manifest and that means a lot of the tours at the dawn of 2017 are being announced. This one outlines the plans for the wonderful sounds of Amaranthe. Check it out below the poster and then I’ll return with some thoughts.
The Press Release:
AMARANTHE TO TOUR THE U.S. in 2017 – NEW ALBUM MAXIMALISM OUT NOW
Amaranthe are finally bringing Maximalism to North America. The band has just announced a U.S. headline tour for 2017, with support from Failure Anthem, Citizen Zero, Cypher 16, and Smash Into Pieces. The tour is the band’s first in support of its latest glorious opus, Maximalism, which came out in October via Spinefarm Records and featured the unforgettable, fist-pumping anthem “That Song.” Listen to it here.
Of the upcoming U.S. trek, guitarist Olof Mörck said, “It is with great excitement that we can now confirm the next leg of our MAXIMALISM World Tour: North America! A year has passed since our last visit and we have been looking forward greatly to return!” Continue reading Amaranthe Announces 2017 US Tour→
Artist: Amaranthe Title: “That Song” (Single) Label: Spinefarm Records Release Date: 9/21/2016 Genre: Melodic Hard Rock Rating: 2.5/5
As someone who’s been listening to Amaranthe for a few years now (since the self-titled debut of 2011 as a matter of fact) I feel that I might be a little critical at times about what I like and what I don’t when it comes to the band. With that being said I should not dance around the notion that this new track “That Song” doesn’t fully appeal to me as its far too commercial for my liking and while I fully understand that bands change their sound to meet the audiences interest, I think the larger fan base for a band like Amaranthe leans to the heavier more Power Metal side that they have shown some skill at. Sure Elize sounds great as does Jake but I have heard much better from them. The chorus sounds like it might work out best in the live sense so I am leaving my opinion at the halfway mark because over the years I have found myself loving the live version far more than the original studio effort. Case in point comes from the legendary KISS and Cheap Trick whose “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “I Want You To Want Me” are superior versions when done live. Let’s see how this one pans out. According to the band the song entails “Describing the strife and hardships that follow with trying to pursue your dreams, ‘That Song’ embodies the turning point in your life when your direction becomes clear” – okay I’ll be open to that. Continue reading “That Song” (Single) by Amaranthe→
Artist: Vamps Title: “Inside Of Me” (Single) Label: Spinefarm Records Release Date: 9/19/2016 Genre: J-Rock Rating: 4.5/5
It’s been a bit of a while since I’ve thought of the Japanese Hard Rock duo Vamps and I don’t mean that in a negative sense at all but more based on so much having happened in the world of music since their 2014 release “Bloodsuckers” and subsequent 2015 visit with Apocalyptica. Now the waiting is over and the guys have released new music on Spinefarm records with a double single (if that makes any sense) and the songs “Inside Of Me” and “Rise Of Die”. I’ll speak briefly about both of these songs for you to know what you are in store for.
“Inside Of Me” – The first thing to point out about “Inside Of Me” is that it features Chris Motionless of Motionless In White on backing vocals and screams. His fans will surely be loving another chance to hear a singer they admire. Hide’s voice sounds great on this one with an often soaring register and a solid overall groove during the track thanks to the riffing of guitarist Oblivion Dust. For me this track fits right alongside bands like Motionless In White, Bullet For My Valentine and perhaps even a little My Chemical Romance so fans of those groups should give something new to their ears a chance. There is a big live sound to this one as well so I look forward to hearing it in concert. Continue reading “Inside Of Me”/”Rise Or Die” (Single) by Vamps→