Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth) Teams Up With Petri Eskelinen (Feastem) & Jesper Liveröd (Nasum) For New Bent Sea Song “Sycophant Legions”

Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren has shared a new song, titled “Sycophant Legions,” from his Bent Sea project. The track, which features Petri Eskelinen (Feastem) and Jesper Liveröd (Nasum), serves as the second single in Verbeuren’s “Instagrind” series.

Evanescence Premiere “The Game Is Over” Music Video

Evanescence have premiered a new video for their latest single “The Game Is Over.” This track will appear on the band’s upcoming album “The Bitter Truth.”

Tim McCord said the following about the clip, which was filmed in quarantine:

“This was by far and away the most difficult video I’ve ever been a part of, emotionally. In order to capture the raw emotion of what life really is for us these days, I had to get to some really dark places. I hope we can all view this video and heal together.”

Amy Lee previously said the following about the song:

“This song is about being sick of the facade. The disguises we wear for others to make them feel comfortable, the inside feelings being so different than what we show on the outside to fit within the boundaries of what’s socially acceptable, or what’s not going to make you unpleasant or too ‘weird’ to be around. ‘The Game Is Over” is a promise to myself and out loud that I’m going to be more of my real, inner self on the outside–not lock her up because she can’t be contained anymore. It’s also a prayer to become better, to not feel so messed up, locked up, and hurt inside.”

Spiritbox Premiere “Holy Roller” Music Video

Spiritbox (ex-Iwrestledabearonce) have premiered a new video for their new single “Holy Roller.“ You can check that out below:

Courtney LaPlante told Revolver the following about the new track:

“This song was never intended to be a single. We wrote it in January to be an ‘angry’ pallet cleanser on an otherwise dark, moody atmospheric album. Our mission statement was: ‘Let’s make the most ridiculous song that we can.’ When we had the opportunity to tour Europe in March, we decided to put the unfinished song in our set, since we enjoyed it so much. Until our tour was cut short due to the pandemic, it was the highlight of each night.”

The band also added the following about the video:

“Making a DIY music video is always a challenge, but creating one during a pandemic presented even more obstacles. We live on an island that was virtually shut down, and this forced us to be extra creative and resourceful. We borrowed a camera, made our own props, and Bill’s wife, Ashley, happens to be a professional makeup artist so she created Courtney’s looks for the video.

We shot it over the course of two days, and aside from Courtney’s outfits getting lost in the mail, things went smoothly and we had a great time getting together to do this. It was our first time together since we flew home from our canceled tour!

Even though things feel so bleak right now, we think a lot of musicians are taking charge of their own music and visuals, and not letting this pandemic get in the way of them expressing their creativity. This is the perfect time to try new things and experiment.”

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) Teams Up With Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons), Shea Diamond, & The Bloody Beetroots For New Protest Song “Stand Up“

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) has teamed up with Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons), Shea Diamond, and The Bloody Beetroots for a new protest song titled “Stand Up.“ The track is available HERE and proceeds from it will benefit the NAACP, Know Your Rights Camp, the Southern Poverty Law Center. and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.

Morello commented:

“I grew up in the tiny lily white, archly conservative town of Libertyville, Illinois. When I was a kid, someone hung a noose in my family’s garage, there was occasional N-word calling, etc, etc. On June 6 of this year, there was a Black Lives Matter rally and march in that same town that drew over 1,000 people.

It seems that the times, they are a’changin’. I was so inspired that night, I reached out to Dan from Imagine Dragons. The Bloody Beetroots and I had conjured a slamming track and within 24 hours Dan had sent back a completed vocal.

We got Shea Diamond, a Black transgender woman with a long history of activism, on the track and the coalition was complete.”

Imperial Triumphant Premiere Video For New Song “City Swine” Feat. Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake

Imperial Triumphant have premiered a new video for their new song “City Swine.” This track features Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake and it will appear on the band’s new album “Alphaville,“ which is set to be released on July 31. Bassist Steve Blanco commented:

“In the depths of the big city lurking beneath the lowest forms is a wretched swine that can be of no use. Laughing somewhere above is an equally wretched swine, that dumps on everything in its path. Both serve no purpose, are ineffective, and remain unprofitable in the eyes of the big machine.”

[via Metal Hammer]

The Ocean Premiere New Song “Jurassic | Cretaceous”, Reveal Details For New Album

The Ocean have premiered a new song titled “Jurassic | Cretaceous.” This track features Katatonia vocalist Jonas Renkse and it will appear on the band’s new album “Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic,” which is set to be released on September 25.

“Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic” Track Listing:

01. “Triassic”
02. “Jurassic | Cretaceous” (feat. Jonas Renkse)
03. “Palaeocene”
04. “Eocene”
05. “Oligocene”
06. “Miocene | Pliocene”
07. “Pleistocene”
08. “Holocene”

Robin Staps said the following about the new record:

“‘Phanerozoic II‘ is more experimental, more eclectic in musical style and direction, and more varied in terms of tempos, beats, guitar work and the use of electronics. This was an intentional choice: we wanted Part I to feel rather streamlined and to have a strong cohesion between the individual songs. We wanted to create a certain vibe to linger from the first until the last note throughout the whole record. We kept the weirder, more daring and more progressive material for Part II.

The outcome is a record that is a real journey. It starts in one place, and concludes in a totally different place. In a way, it relates to 2013’s ‘Pelagial‘, which was similar in that it was also a journey: but a more guided, focused and predictable one. ‘Phanerozoic II‘ on the other hand is closer to the experience of free fall.”

He also added:

“Though humanity is only a very recent phenomenon in the 541 million years history of the Phanerozoic eon, the lyrics are obviously written from a human perspective. They are following Nietzsche‘s philosophical idea of amor fati in the light of the larger themes of Eternal Recurrence, and the inevitability of an imaginary impending collision on a planetary scale, which are the two red threads that go through Phanerozoic I and II.”