The dark underside to Duran Duran’s Hungry Like the Wolf, Rammstein premiere new song to astronaut onboard International Space Station, Frayle turn Bauhaus’ Bela Lugosi’s Dead into a crushing doom stomper and new releases from Post Moderns Connection, Marinas Found, Cradle of Filth and Kill Shelter & Antipole.
Post Modern Connection | Clustered Umbrella: From Canada, Post Modern Connection introduces their five-track EP 'Clustered Umbrella' to the world, a serene, sentimental indie surf record that also floats between fun and introspective moments, in a unique lightness. In addition to the well-known previously released singles, the good-vibed 'Folie A Deux' and the bittersweet 'In the Dark', the EP features the contemplative 'Water St,' the cheerful 'Semblance of Normalcy' and the post-punk 'Nostalgic' Remains'. Via Black / Blue.
Marinas Found | Tanto Faz: With a style between pop punk, a genre with which Marinas Found has always related, and melodic hardcore, the style they’re focusing in recent years, the single is also the second release from their new lineup, composed by: Pedro Soler Vocals and Guitar, Eduardo Walerko - Guitar and Vocals, Mike Pires - Bass and Vocals and Murilo Uarth - Drums. Dealing with personal and social anxieties, Marinas Found makes an energetic hardcore/punk/pop punk that recalls the sounds of the genre in the 90s and 00s. Watch Tanto Faz.
The dark underside to Hungry Like the Wolf: In an interesting analysis, Mel magazine takes Duran Duran’s first major US hit, a shiny, danceable pop anthem, and rewiew it under a different light due to shifting cultural norms, arguing that song doesn’t sound as innocent as it once did (if it ever did mean anything). The analysis also argues that “Duran Duran got the last laugh, of course” and that despite the early bashing “them for their sharp threads and good looks”, “they’ve accrued hipness as they’ve gotten older”. Via Melmagazine.
Permafrost | Permafrost EP: Norwegian-UK outfit Permafrost has released their sophomore 'Permafrost' EP digitally for the first time, including a previously unreleased mix. Two years since its vinyl-only release, they now bring you the digital release of the ‘Permafrost’ EP, including the never-before-released Japanese Mix of ‘Sugarcubes’, featuring backing vocals by Tsugumi Takashi and Yoko Sawai. Via Black / Blue.
Cradle of Filth | Existence Is Futile: Cradle of Filth | Existence Is Futile: Proclaimed to be “the angriest and saddest album Cradle have ever made” by Metal Hammer (UK) and “one – without a shadow of doubt – of the best albums of the year” (A&P Reacts, CAN), the band's 13th release brings a more modern approach to their music, dealing with issues like overcrowding and environmental pollution, while maintaining a poetic point of view of things, backed by epic orchestral musical backgrounds, super sharp guitars and Dani's unique screams Filth. “'Existence Is Futile' is the apocalyptic conclusion to Cradle Of Filth's three-year world tour and is certainly our most extreme album to date, revealing existential danger, fear of the unknown, uncertainty of fate in an expanding cosmos and a meaningless life that ironically is also the search for its meaning” comments Dani Filth. Watch Necromantic Fantasies.
Rammstein premiere new song to astronaut onboard International Space Station: Rammstein has premiered a song from a forthcoming new album by sharing it with French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is currently onboard the International Space Station. The German industrial band’s drummer, Christoph Schneider, linked up with Pesquet directly from his home to share the track, which has not yet been released. While details are yet to be revealed, Rammstein confirmed back in February of this year that they had recorded a new album during lockdown. “The fact that we couldn’t perform live increased our creativity,” keyboardist Christian Lorenz said at the time. “We had more time to think of new things and less distraction. As a result, we recorded a record that we hadn’t planned on.” Via NME.
Kill Shelter & Antipole | A Haunted Place: Following the success of the singles ‘Raise the Skies’ and ‘Burn Bright’, Britain’s Kill Shelter and Norway’s Antipole, released their new album, A Haunted Place. The eight-track album that explores the personal themes of loss, addiction, isolation, remorse and the fragility of human existence. As demonstrated in the singles, the album manages to fuse euphoria and melancholy in perfect unison, creating a heady mix of driving melodies with moments of dark introspection. “This is definitely my most personal work to date. The lyrical sentiment is straight from the heart and comes from a very personal place, even more so when I took the decision to do the vocals on the album myself” says Kill Shelter’s Pete Burns. According to Antipole’s Karl Morten Dahl: “I definitely think this work celebrates the individual styles of both artists and yet manages to create something very different in the process. Across the album you really get a chance to see how well our guitar styles compliment each other and it’s that interplay that makes the album special for me.” Watch Raise the Skies and A Kiss in the Rain.
Frayle turns Bauhaus’ Bela Lugosi’s Dead into a crushing doom stomper: Bauhaus' 1979 debut single, ‘Bela Lugosi's Dead’, is already a creepy song in and of itself, but Frayle managed to make it even spookier. The Cleveland doom duo transformed the nine-minute goth-rock epic into four minutes of eerie suspense and crushing heaviness. "I was nervous to cover 'Bela Lugosi's Dead,'" Strang comments. "It's what I consider a perfect song; ambient and creepy and it crawls along, keeping your attention the entire time. I wanted to make sure we did it justice so we took some extra time with it to make it something we're happy to share. The first half of our version pays homage to the original while the second half is definitively Frayle." Via Revolver.
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