Jan 252020
 

“Nothing’s As Real As It Seems” is the third album by alt metallers The World Will Burn. This transcontinental collaboration includes Dale Thompson on vocals, Alan Zaring on guitars and other instruments and Aaron Bushong on drums. There are also guest appearances by Troy Thompson (co-founder, Bride) and Tim Bushong, who produced the album.

I didn’t anticipate how groovy “Nothing’s As Real As It Seems” would be. Big guitars and bigger drums hit you on “Sins And Tragedies”, and Dale unleashes all kinds of fury on the mic. The care Tim took to balance all the elements deserves special mention. You’ll hear it in how Dale’s
voice, first singing and then screaming in the chorus fits despite the great differences in delivery.

The band sets a soulful, contemplative mood with the solo guitar that leads “Love and Life”, but breaks through any restraint in the first verse. I like this diversity, and I’m only two songs in! There’s a moody organ and vocalisations that push “Love and Life” off-kilter, like the world of the song is off balance. This sense of “nothing is as it seems” is brought into sharp focus later, in “Boxing Ring”. As I listen to the album, I am challenged by the lyrics. Why would no one believe in hell? Have we become as those who believe only in what the eye can see, and in what scientific experiments can measure?

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Jan 252020
 

Evanescence recently returned with its first new rock recording in eight years, ‘The Chain (From Gears 5)’. The band recorded its signature-rock version of the Fleetwood Mac classic following lead singer Amy Lee having lent her vocals to the launch trailer for the Xbox Game Studios’ “Gears 5” for Xbox One, Windows 10, and Steam, from the massively popular “Gears Of War” series. The spot aired as part of a multi-million-dollar ad campaign last fall in conjunction with the launch of the game. “Gears 5” was Microsoft’s most successful video game launch since Halo 4 in 2012.

Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of ‘The Chain (From Gears 5)’ video can be seen below. The clip was directed by P.R. Brown and produced by Steve Lamar.

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Jan 252020
 

Breaking Benjamin has just released “Aurora”, a collection of reimagined versions of the band’s biggest and most popular songs and one new song, ‘Far Away’, featuring Scooter Ward from Cold, the video for which also released yesterday and was directed by the band’s longtime director/collaborator Kyle Cogan. “Aurora” also includes special guests Lacey Sturm (ex-Flyleaf), Michael Barnes (RED) and Spencer Chamberlain (Underoath), to name a few.

Speaking about “Aurora”, Breaking Benjamin‘s founder/frontman Ben Burnley had this to say: “‘Aurora’ is a collection of some of our fans’ favorite songs as well as ours. We wanted to take songs that mean something important to them and re-imagine them with new life.”

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Jan 252020
 

Swiss prog metallers, Cellar Darling, have released a lyric video for ‘Love Pt. II’, from their latest album “The Spell”, which you can see below.

The band comment: “It seems the world desperately needs more love. So, here you go with an animated video of ‘Love PT II,’ from our concept album The Spell. This is the 10th video in our ongoing series, in which every one of the 13 album tracks will receive a visual interpretation by Costin Chioreanu. We hope you enjoy it!”

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Jan 242020
 

Sicilian guitarist Antonello Giliberto presents ‘Wrath Of The Northmen’, the second single taken from the new album “The Strategy Of Chaos”, out on April 30th, 2019.

Melodic, heavy, powerful, neoclassical metal at its best. Check out the video below.

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