Caliban Premiere “nICHts” Video

Caliban have premiered a new video for “nICHts” off their new album “Zeitgeister.” The effort, which will be released on May 14, will feature the aforementioned track, as well as new German versions of various past songs. Andreas Dörner commented:

“Who am I, where do I belong? Disorientation, hopelessness, fear, helplessness – the feeling of depression, feelings that can have multiple reasons. It’s feelings that many of us can relate to, especially these days and during the ongoing pandemic. ‘nICHts‘ is dealing with these really dark places that are reflected by our protagonist who is dreaming about taking his own life. What is really important to the band though: Suicide is not a solution. If you feel like you are getting lost in these feelings, there are people ready to help you. Please reach out.”

Watch Video For “Live By The Gun” From Duff McKagan’s Pre-Guns N’ Roses Band The Living

The Living, the band which featured Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) on guitar, John Conte on vocals, Todd Fleischman on bass, and Greg Gilmore (Mother Love Bone) on drums, have shared a new video for their song “Live By The Gun.” This track is from their debut album “The Living: 1982,” which will finally be released tomorrow (April 16).

Ghost Iris Premiere New Song “Cult”

Ghost Iris have premiered a song titled “Cult.” This track is from the band’s new album “Comatose,“ which will be released on May 7. The group commented:

“There once were a number of people that laid themselves to rest, in order to ‘graduate’ to the next level. What happens when human beings blindly follow one other human being? It’s a song that dives into the dangers of not questioning everything and the fact that no one is above scrutiny, not even kings or queens. In a post-factual society, this is even more evident.”

Silverstein Premiere “Bankrupt” Music Video

Silverstein have premiered a new video for their new song “Bankrupt.“ Guitarist Paul Marc commented:

“I don’t know how to feel anything but rage anymore. The rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer. Wages are stagnant, tuition costs are rising, jobs are being automated/off-shored, costs of a home are laughable in most major cities. The walls feel like they’re closing in and escape is starting to feel impossible. Two-faced leaders and greedy elected officials line their pockets while stripping funding for the programs that we actually need. What are we supposed to do now? Looking out for one another on a community level is good, but changing a crooked system is better.”

Hannes Grossmann (Alkaloid, Ex-Necrophagist, Etc.) Premieres New Song “The Sun Eaters”

Hannes Grossmann (Alkaloid, ex-Necrophagist, ex-Obscura) has premiered a new song titled “The Sun Eaters.“ The track, which was recorded with Danny Tunker (Alkaloid, ex-Aborted), Linus Klausenitzer (Alkaloid, ex-Obscura), and V. Santura (Dark Fortress, Triptykon), will appear on his new solo album “To Where The Light Retreats,“ which is set to be released on June 1. Grossmann commented:

“I am beyond thrilled to present the first song off my new album. It took a lot of work writing, recording and mixing it, but the effort paid off eventually. As a solo artist I aim to create fresh ideas which at the same time carry the spirit of a sound I started with Obscura back in 2009. But the most important thing for me is having fun with it. On this song and also on the rest of the album, I had some help from my very talented Alkaloid bandmates. It’s mind-boggling how Danny Tunker [Alkaloid guitarist] recreated the guitar solo I wrote almost note-by-note without even a sweat.”

[via Metal Injection]

Tooth And Claw (Earth Crisis, SECT, Etc.) Premiere “Your Crucifixion” Video

Tooth And Claw (Earth Crisis, SECT, etc.) have premiered a new video for their new song “Your Crucifixion.” This track is from the band’s new album “Dream Of Ascension,“ which will be released on May 21.

Frontman Daniel Austin commented:

“Believe it or not, “Your Crucifixion‘ might be the most optimistic, uplifting song on our LP. It’s a song about transcendence–transcending life’s inherently absurd and stagnant misery (LOL) towards an existence that hints at a chance of actually being meaningful — or at least one that’s perceived to be so. Who knows what’s real, illusion, or otherwise anymore given the post-truth climate of the world? Perhaps we know too much for our own good.

All we can do is try our best to forge some meaning in the madness of everything that’s coming at us. In order for us to do that as well as we humanly can, we’re going to have to sift through the wisdom of the past, the knowledge and vitality of the now, and utilize the best of both to steady ourselves for the suffering that is just around the bend. No matter how you face your inevitable suffering, you’re going to be judged for it–by those around you, or if you’re lucky, the greater collective consciousness of humanity and its generations to come.

People act like being judgmental is an ugly attribute of human character, but we all judge all the time, to ourselves and each other. You will judge and be judged. You are judging and being judged right now, so embrace it. Try to choose and love wisely. We wish you the best of luck on your path.

Regarding the video, director Justin Reich said he read the lyrics and wanted to find a place that was visually fitting for the concepts in the song. He found a defunct grain silo overgrown with vines and reeds in rural North Carolina, so we all went out there to shoot the video in the 30 degree January cold. He noted that the top of the silo, with all its overgrowth, reminded him of a crown of thorns, and that was what made him decide on that shooting location.

While ‘Your Crucifixion’ is not a song about Christianity in any way, we admit there are few metaphors in Western culture as powerful or prevalent as that of the crucifixion and, aside from being advocates of the vegan straight edge lifestyle, we are also advocates for the power of metaphor. After all, as Albert Camus posited in his classic, The Fall, ‘There are only Christians,’ whether we secular westerners identify as such or not.”

[via Decibel]