Sep 162021
 

Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine has spoken out against “tyranny in the schools” and “in the medical business.”

The 60-year-old musician, who has attracted a fair amount of media attention over the years for his political thoughts, addressed what he feels is an unreasonable use of power during last night’s (Wednesday, September 15) Megadeth concert in Camden, New Jersey.

Speaking to the crowd before the final song of the night, ‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due’, Mustaine said: “I just wanna tell you how great it is. Look around you, guys. Look to your right, look to your left, and look how wonderful this is. We’re all here together. We’re not freaking out, and we’re not yelling at people, ‘Wear your fucking mask.’

“Listen, it starts with this kind of a sensation that we build right now,” he continued. “We feel together, we feel like [there’s] strength in numbers. We feel like we are invincible. People will not be able to stop us.

“Right now, what’s going on is tyranny. This is called tyranny. Look it up when you get home. And tyranny isn’t only in government. Tyranny right now is in the schools and tyranny is in the medical business.

“We have the power, especially us … heavy metal fans, we have the power to change things,” Dave added.

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Sep 162021
 

Multi-platinum rockers Skillet will release their new studio album, “Dominion”, on January 14, 2022 via Atlantic. Their 11th studio project, it follows Skillet‘s amazing track record of two RIAA certified multi-platinum albums, two gold albums, five RIAA certified multi-platinum singles, and four gold singles. Simultaneously unveiling the project’s stunning cover art and track listing, “Dominion”‘s first Active Rock radio single, ‘Surviving The Game’ is available now as an instant grat with album pre-order, and fans can also pre-save the album. The album, produced by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach, Disturbed), with songs written by John Cooper, Korey Cooper, Kevin Churko and Kane Churko, was created 100 percent remotely between the band’s tour dates, home studio in Wisconsin and the Churkos’ studio in Las Vegas.

‘Dominion’ is about the celebration of freedom, a liberation from fear — to be who we want to be, say what we want to say, believe what we want to believe,” John Cooper says. “In some ways, it’s a reminder of the God-given rights that we were born with. It’s time to regain some sort of control over our lives and not be a slave to fear. I hope this record is going to make people feel empowered, inspired, uplifted and want to rock their faces off!”

In advance of ‘Surviving The Game’‘s release, Atlantic Records president of A&R Pete Ganbarg and the band’s A&R rep Andy Karp hosted Skillet for a performance and question-and-answer session about the track, which Ganbarg describes as “pure anthemic Skillet — a song that speaks to the unprecedented times we’re all facing with the ferocity that has been the band’s trademark for over two decades. It’s a fierce, welcome return.”

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Sep 152021
 

Phinehas have premiered a music video for the title track to their latest album ‘The Fire Itself’. Ricky Norris directed the video, which the band’s frontman Sean McCulloch had the following to say about:

“This music video serves as a vivid and visually violent representation of what it means to not just be the heat or light, but in ‘The Fire Itself‘. It’s a song about becoming yourself in the truest sense and exploring by burning away the old self to allow your new self room to grow.”

“I think Ricky [Norris, director] really captured his vision in an aggressive and visually beautiful way. We’ve worked with Ricky on numerous videos in the past and we knew that he would do justice to the song and album overall. Also, my 3-year-old son, Aiden, was able to be in the video, and I couldn’t be more proud.”

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Sep 112021
 

Italian symphonic folk metallers Aexylium have unleashed their latest video for the title track from their forthcoming album “The Fifth Season” due out October 29th, 2021 via Rockshots Records.

The title track tells through the lyrics and the music an initial restlessness, which leads to a feeling of hope and rebirth towards the end. The song also expresses doubts about the future, also considering the human impact on the planet.

Watch the video featuring Arianna Bellinaso as a special guest on vocals below.

Mixing traditional folk instruments (Flute, Violin, Bouzouki) with the modern symphonic metal, Aexylium‘s sophomore full length follows 2018’s “Tales From This Land” (Underground Symphony Records) and their 2016 self-produced EP “The Blind Crow“. “Tales From This Land” has had over 110k streams on Spotify along with its powerful single ‘Revive the Village’ placing on the top 200 metal song charts in Germany on Apple Music. Aexylium has also released fan-praised covers of Game of Thrones and Vikings main themes with reinterpreted folk metal sounds.

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