Depeche Mode to release 101 film in 4k, Foo Fighters and the art of survival, Pink Turns Blue new album, Duran Duran praises new guitar player, Rammstein's guitar player side project.
Depeche Mode | 101 Box: Depeche Mode announced the release of the HD version of their 1989 documentary / live concert film ‘101’, with new, previously unreleased performance footage. The boxset release will include a photo book, an original US theatrical poster and 4K downloads of the film. The film chronicled not only the 101st and final performance of their ‘Music For The Masses’ world tour, recorded live at California’s Pasadena Rose Bowl on June 18, 1988, but the narrative also follows the contest winners traveling across America to attend Rose Bowl concert, in a cinematic precursor to the youth culture trend of "reality tv" programming, the film successfully captures the synergy between the band and their fans. Via Black / Blue.
'I Don’t Want to Fucking Die': Foo Fighters and the Art of Survival: Born out of tragedy, they’ve lasted more than a quarter-century and have no plans to slow down. Dave Grohl and his band of lifers on not being cool (and not caring), dreaming of Kurt Cobain, and why rock doesn't have to "come from a place of darkness". According to guitarist Pat Smear “Dave is a life lover. And I love that, because in the band I was in before with Dave, we did not have a life lover.” “Well, look at the life we lead,” Grohl responds. “What’s not to love?” Later, he continues, more seriously: “We were people coming from bands that ended prematurely, that were not finished making music. So we imagined this to be some sort of continuation, and that our band was about life. So why not celebrate it every way that we can?” Via Rolling Stone.
New Releases: Pink Turns Blue | Tainted: Iconic post-punk / darkwave outfit has released their new 'Tainted' album, the result of time well spent during a lockdown year. On ‘Tainted’, the band added an electronic element to their classical vocals, guitar, bass and drums. The album title itself relates to the state of our world: climate change, its effects, the reaction to it, the split within society, isolation, health risks and financial uncertainty. They also present their new video for 'Not Even Trying', a lament for a wasting planet. “When I travel the world, I encounter two types of people. Many are sad and void of hope that mankind is able to change. Others just don’t care or are sarcastic about just everything. I guess this makes me angry. I see all those toddlers with their lives before them, playing and laughing and inheriting a world in disarray just because of the greediness and irresponsibility of their parents. A call to try so much harder! Instead of using excuses for missing or inadequate action, mankind really has to get its shit together – now," says Mic Jogwer. Via Black / Blue.
Duran Duran: ‘Blur’s Graham Coxon fitted into band like a glove when making new album’: Duran Duran’s anticipated 15th studio album features a new star - Blur guitarist, Graham Coxon. The Wild Boys, who headlined the Isle of Wight festival last week to screams of joy from loyal fans, told the band may have been an item for over 40 years but Coxon managed to fit in “like a glove”. Nick Rhodes said that while making the album it felt “like he’d been there forever”. “It’s a tough room... We’ve all known each other forever, but he wasn’t bothered at all. He just came in, plugged his guitar in, and he sounded so great that it was like he’d been there forever.” Via Evening Standard.
Rammstein guitarist's Emigrate project announces 'The Persistence Of Memory' album: Emigrate will release its fourth album on November 5. The official music video for the LP's second single, "You Can't Run Away", directed by Anuk Rohde, is already available. As a member of Rammstein, the music world's most explosive live act, Kruspe has been part of a ground-breaking global success story that continues to build and to ignite; along the way, he's turned his attention to a number of parallel projects, such as constructing a studio (and a home) in his native Berlin, but it's his decision to launch the Emigrate setup that has given him the greatest chance to satisfy creative instincts outside of the parent group. "I really want the freedom to collaborate with different people and to explore different kinds of music," Kruspe explained when Emigrate’s third album, "A Million Degrees", was first released, "to express myself as both a writer and a singer away from deadlines, timelines and other such restrictions. The idea is to keep experimenting and to keep challenging myself. Via Blabbermouth.
Cradle of Filth | Necromantic Fantasies: After shaking the foundations of the metal world with the announcement of their 13th album, 'Existence Is Futile', Cradle Of Filth offers its next sacrifice to the demonic forces of Dark Metal, unveiling the second single from their new album, ‘Necromantic Fantasies’. Directed by Vicente Cordero, the cinematic music video was recorded along with other projects with the band, the horribly apocalyptic ‘Crawling King Chaos’, as both have very strong content. Via Black / Blue.
Hranice Abyss | Pathfinder: With influences ranging from The Black Dahlia Murder, Cattle Decaptation, Necrophagist, Death, Lamb of God and Slayer, Hranice Abyss seeks to unite visceral emotion with aesthetic beauty, from pure catharsis to sublimation. Inspired by these concepts, the band released this year their debut EP, ‘Aphagy’. As the last promotional material for the EP, they released the music video for the single ‘Pathfinder’. “’Pathfinder’ revolves around the search for resolutions in life. Sometimes we feel stuck in situations that we struggle to get out of, but something keeps dragging us into it and we feel like it's impossible to leave it behind. It could be family, love, relationships, friends, work, addictions - they could all relate to this song. The story revolves around a love relationship that is degrading because the two parties cannot understand each other. The location represents a mental labyrinth and the two lovers trying to figure out how to escape this relationship. The video is about the pain of seeing these parts in moments of total disconnection from each other, it's about the process of leaving the end of the relationship”, concludes the band. Listen to Pathfinder.
Facing Death | Efeito Imoral: With 6 years of existence, the trio from Jundiaí-Brazil has just released their second studio album entitled ‘7Vidas’. With 10 new songs and entirely in Portuguese, the band starts a new sound phase with this work. Unlike its predecessor ‘From Here to the Unknown’ (2017), which featured a slower sound with more metal nuances amid punk, this time the sound achieved is more connected with a more sarcastic and cynical rock, with more guitars amd open and steady bass & drums, like a real loud and cohesive trio. “This time we looked for a more open instrumental, that sounded louder and cleaner, so that the voice would enter firmly in the middle of it all and provide a very clear understanding of the lyrics and melodies” highlights Flávio Almeida, guitar and vocals. Watch Efeito Imoral.
NiteStinger | That Feeling: After the receptive debut in the Brazilian rock scene with the single ‘Gimme Some Good Lovin’’, São Paulo quintet Nite Stinger releases the striking 'That Feeling', which maintains the eighties aura, with melody and power. The music talks about emotions that make a person feel good and sometimes even go overboard. It can be anything from a love affair, a casual encounter, a night out or whatever makes everyone's mind, as the vocalist Jack points out. Listen to That Feeling.
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Pink Turns Blue | Tainted cover art
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Cradle of Filth | Necromantic Fantasies cover art
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