December 2022

12/05/22

CLASSLESS ACT RELEASES UNPLUGGED VIDEO TAKE FOR THE TRACK “ALL THAT WE ARE” FROM THE BAND’S ACCLAIMED DEBUT ALBUM, WELCOME TO THE SHOW

LOS ANGELES, CA — Friday, December 2, 2022 — Today, Classless Act, one of rock’s most buzzed-about new bands, launches a brand new acoustic music video for the LP track “All That We Are.” The video, which provides an all-acoustic take on the amped-up, energetic original track, was shot earlier this year, live with no overdubs, at Hollywood’s Sunset Sound, the studio where the band recorded most of its debut album, Welcome to The Show  (Better Noise Music).  “All That We Are” is one of the five unplugged song/video collection, due out December 16, that also includes acoustic versions of the album’s stand-out singles, “Classless Act, “This Is For You,” Time To Bleed,” and “Storm Before The Calm.”  You can check out the “All That We Are” unplugged video HERE.


Said vocalist Derek Day, “‘All That We Are’ – is it enough for us to survive? This is a question, a concept we found ourselves asking after all we have been through over the past two and a half years. Hell, the past seven or so years. We’ve been in a wee bit of a less-than-sunny time in our history. So what are we gonna do? Grow or go? Everyone needs to decide. We’ve got a show tonight, so I know what we’re doing!”


Two-thousand twenty-two has been a true breakthrough year for Classless Act, from having their second-ever road trek be supporting Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard on 2022’s biggest tour, the $173.5M grossing Stadium Tour, receiving over-the-top reviews for their debut album and live shows in North America, breaking into international markets with feature coverage in major music publications in Italy, the UK, Brazil, Australia, Finland, Poland, France, Spain, Romania, Russia, Czech Republic, and more, and having their vocalist, Derek Day, invited to perform two songs with Foo Fighters, Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx at the L.A. Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert. 


Classless Act – vocalist Day, guitarists Dane Pieper and Griffin Tucker, bassist Franco Gravante, and drummer Chuck McKissock – is currently wrapping up 2022 with a 19-city tour comprised of support dates with Giovanni & The Hired Guns, and headline shows; upcoming dates are below. As the UK’s Louder Sound put it, “There’s a genuine buzz about this Los Angeles band, and ‘All That We Are’ does a good job of explaining why.” 

JUDAS PRIEST 50 YEARS OF JUDAS PRIEST OVER 50 MILLION ALBUM SALES WORLDWIDE
 

 
Judas Priest have been presented with a special plaque commemorating an incredible 50 years in music and over 50 million album sales worldwide.  The presentation was made on the eve of the band’s induction in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Los Angeles last month.

Pictured with the band, left to right are:
Jo Kalli (Sony Music UK), Scott Carter (Sony Music US), Jayne Andrews (Manager), Michael Closter and Scott Rubin (Reach Music Publishing).

JUDAS PRIEST
Over the past 50 Years Judas Priest’s music has come to define the metal genre with benchmark albums that have sold in their millions globally and sold out tours that have seen them headline the world’s biggest stadiums.  With their evolving music and live performances also came a powerful unique identity – a look which has both defined the group and influenced future generations of metal bands.

…AND OCEANS
Announces Two-Hour Gimme Radio Special

Symphonic black metal formation …AND OCEANS will be guest hosting a very special two-hour radio program via Gimme Metal this Wednesday, December 7 @ 11:00 A.M. EST! In addition to curating a unique playlist of music, members of the band will also be present in the live chat! Sign up and listen for FREE at THIS LOCATION.

…AND OCEANS is supporting their upcoming full-length, ‘As in Gardens, so in Tombs,’ which will be released on January 27, 2023 via Season of Mist. The music video for the first single, “Cloud Heads,” can be found HERE.

The album can be pre-ordered HERE and pre-saved HERE.

…AND OCEANS are furthermore revealing the cover artwork, which is created by Adrien Bousson, and can now be viewed below, together with the track list and further album details.

It’s rare for a band to commandingly return with their best effort to date, but Finland’s …And Oceans are here to prove that 2020’s Cosmic World Mother was the sound of creative floodgates bursting through into a new body of water, an ocean if you will. Well, that was their pinnacle up until their new album, As In Gardens, So In Tombs, is let out into the world. Everything that …And Oceans’ first full-length in 18 years did well – blistering symphonic black metal, heady themes that dealt with the connection between philosophy and psychics, and …And Oceans’ trademark adventurous songwriting – As In Gardens, So In Tombs manages to eclipse and recontextualize. It’s the sound of a band seizing every ounce of momentum and upping the ante in every way. While …And Oceans has never written the same album twice, in many ways, their latest sounds like an opportunity for the Finnish group to pick up and improve upon what they started. Symphonic black metal is never this fun, free, and fantastic. 

Lead single “Cloud Heads” is a great introduction into the magic and serves as a statement of intent. Swirling melodies, blastbeats that sound like the rumbles after The Big Bang, and ethereal symphonic touches result in a song that’s equally fierce and pleasant to take in. A kinder, gentler (but not gentle) version of …And Oceans.

“’Cloud Heads’ is certainly one of my favorites!” vocalist Mathias Lillmåns shares. “It was sort of an icebreaker song. It was one of the first songs we wrote straight after Cosmic World Mother was finished, and the first lyrics I wrote for the album. It was the song that paved way (or broke the ice) for the rest of the album.”

Part of the reason the band even needed to “break the ice” with this record is the pace at which their last was written, as guitarist Timo Kontio acknowledges:

“Well for me starting to do Cosmic World Mother was more nerve wrecking and even in doubt whether we should make new music or not. In the end it was quite an easy project to do, to our relief. So when we started to make this album, it was more relaxed and more or less go with the flow mentality. We had the first ‘difficult comeback album’ done, and everything came quite easily! It was really refreshing to make this kind of music after so long.” 

“I was only supposed to produce guitars for Cosmic World Mother,” Lillmåns adds, “but a month before the recordings were supposed to start, my phone suddenly rang. I could sense that this phone call was going to be important when I saw it was Timo calling. I was asked to join the band and also to write lyrics for the whole thing. Immediately when I saw the first version of the [album] cover, I got this vision of what the concept of the album would be, and I wrote most of the album in sort of a frenzy with the next few weeks.” 

“It’s strange with the new album,” he continues, “because I have always been forced to use tight deadlines for myself when writing music or lyrics. It seems I need the pressure to create something I’m happy with. Also, for some reason I get most done when traveling, I used to take trains to nowhere just write sometimes back in the day! This time there were no pressure, no traveling, and I was not on the edge of a burn out, and it went smoother than ever before! The lyrics just kept on coming, not as fast and not in such a trancelike frenzy as the last album, but good stuff on a steady basis.”

So while Cosmic World Mother was the sort of ravishing fever dream of an album that poured out of …And Oceans in fits and starts, As In Gardens, So In Tombs was the result of the band taking the time to sweat the small stuff. The result can be found everywhere – melodies are brighter, the orchestral elements feel more essential, and Lillmåns’ vocals have swallowed a mushroom (in a garden or tomb?) as done a Mario-like levelling up. Even in the way the album sounds, As In Gardens, So In Tombs sounds warmer, the kind of record meant to be played while walking alone in nature. That sense of measured purpose was very intentional as Lillmåns notes:

“[The record] definitely feels grander and more melodic. I think stepping up the production also was something that helped in this sense! Having Juho Räihä at SoundSpiral Audio taking a bigger role in the recording and having it sent over to Tore Stjerna at NBS Production definitely made it sound more massive and took a load off our shoulders to focus on the music itself!”

Who could’ve guessed that leaving the musicians to focus on the music would have good results?

As noted earlier, musically and thematically, everything about Cosmic World Mother was rapidly birthed from its creators. The themes of that record weighed heavily on the band and carried over into this record. Cosmic World Mother was about how energy is eternal and how only changes form. This record doubles down on that notion by focusing on how humanity’s energies toward enlightenment are often the same path, even if we have different languages, religions, customs, etc. I have this vision of us all playing different levels of a video game but ending up at the same ending. Energy is the most efficient recycler in the universe. So where and how did Lillmåns find inspiration to write the lyrics for this album? Did he end up walking gardens and pacing graveyards? 

“I went back to gardens, moved away from the city into the nature. I always felt like I needed to be in a dark place to create lyrics that came from the heart, ‘when the body suffers, the mind flowers,’ kind of state. This time I was at ease, and it was surprisingly efficient. I usually don’t want to spoil too much and having people to think for themselves, but yes, I had the time to sit down and read during the pandemic and came to some conclusions (as in nature, so in books). I think it’s a very calming thought, that whatever happens, whenever it happens, makes no difference. We have always and always will be a part of the circle of eternal energy; we have always existed and will always exist in some form. A notion that became ever so clear when reading up on different religions, worldviews, customs, and philosophies.”

MONO INC. Release New Single “At the End of the Rainbow” New Album ‘Ravenblack’ Out January 27 

Germany’s biggest Gothic Rock band, MONO INC., have released the fifth single from their upcoming twelfth studio album! Fans can check out the new track, titled “At the End of the Rainbow”, along with a lyric video (see below). The band’s new full-length effort, ‘Ravenblack’ (pre-save), will see a January 27, 2023 release via NoCut Entertainment.

‘Ravenblack’ succeeds MONO INC.’s most recent album, 2020’s ‘The Book of Fire’, which reached #1 on the German Music Charts!