Jake Bowen (Periphery) Premieres New Song “The Daily Sun”

Jake Bowen (Periphery) has shared the title track of his new album “The Daily Sun.” That effort will be released on October 1. Bowen commented:

“‘The Daily Sun‘ is the first piece of music I completed for my upcoming record. This track stands out to me because it’s a leap forward in sound design and arrangement. As I return to my solo project after a seven-year lag, I realize that whatever I release has to be the most honest representation of where I am musically, and I feel this track is just that.”

“The Daily Sun” Track Listing:

01. “The Daily Sun”
02. “Drifter”
03. “Burnt Saguaro”
04. “Say Nothing” (feat. Abbi Press)
05. “I Am Error” (feat. Good Tiger’s Elliot Coleman)
06. “Mirage” (feat. Matt Lange)
07. “Simulacra”
08. “Bone Wizard”

Cradle Of Filth To Release New Album “Existence Is Futile” In October, Premiere “Crawling King Chaos” Video

Cradle Of Filth have announced that their new album, “Existence Is Futile,“ will be released on October 22. You can find a video for the effort’s first single, “Crawling King Chaos,” below along with the cover art and track listing:

“Existence Is Futile” Track Listing:

01. “The Fate Of The World On Our Shoulders”
02. “Existential Terror”
03. “Necromantic Fantasies”
04. “Crawling King Chaos”
05. “Here Comes A Candle… (Infernal Lullaby)”
06. “Black Smoke Curling From The Lips Of War”
07. “Discourse Between A Man And His Soul”
08. “The Dying Of The Embers”
09. “Ashen Mortality”
10. “How Many Tears To Nurture A Rose?”
11. “Suffer Our Dominion”
12. “Us, Dark, Invincible”
13. “Sisters Of The Mist” (bonus track)
14. “Unleash The Hellion” (bonus track)

Dani Filth said the following about the new record:

“The album is about existentialism, existential dread and fear of the unknown. The concept wasn’t created by the pandemic. We’d written it long before that began, but the pandemic is the tip of the cotton-bud as far as the way the world is headed, you know? I guess the title, ‘Existence Is Futile,’ does sound a little morbid.

But again, it’s more about recognizing that truth and saying that everything is permitted because nothing really matters, which mimics the occultist Aleister Crowley’s maxim. We all know we’re going to die, so we might as well indulge life while we possess it. The final track on the album – ‘Us, Dark, Invincible‘ – really drives that point home. Also, the artwork for this record was created by the Latvian visionary Arthur Berzinsh, who also dressed the last two albums, and that reeks of the exceedingly beautiful yet apocalyptic too.”

As previously reported, “Existence Is Futile” will be the band’s first album with new keyboardist/vocalist Anabelle Iratni (Devilment, Veile). It’s also worth noting that actor Doug Bradley (“Hellraiser”, etc.) guests on “Suffer Our Dominion” and the bonus track “Sisters Of The Mist.“

Poppy Premieres “Flux” Music Video

Poppy has premiered a new video for her new single “Flux.” That song is the title track of her new album, which will be released on September 24.

“Flux” Track Listing:

01. “Flux”
02. “Lessen The Damage”
03. “So Mean”
04. “On The Level”
05. “Hysteria”
06. “Her”
07. “Bloom”
08. “As Strange As It Seems”
09. “Never Find My Place”

Brian Cook (Russian Circles, SUMAC, Etc.) Launches New Project Torment & Glory

Brian Cook (Russian Circles, SUMAC) has launched a new project called Torment & Glory. The band’s debut album, “We Left A Note With An Apology,“ will be released on August 27 and video for its first single, “No Big Crime,” can be found below along with the cover art and track listing:

“We Left A Note With An Apology” Track Listing:

01. “The Burning Car”
02. “Boylston And Pike”
03. “No Big Crime”
04. “Dusk On Main”
05. “The Kick Drum”
06. “Mexican Hat, Utah”
07. “All Men Forever”

More details on the project were shared in a press release:

“The seed was planted for Torment & Glory’s We Left a Note with an Apology sometime back in the mid-‘00s when Brian Cook (Russian Circles, SUMAC) found himself crashing on a friend’s couch after a late night of drinking. A weathered vinyl copy of Springsteen’s Nebraska was on the living room turntable, spinning endlessly on its run-out groove after everyone else in the house had passed out.

Cook opted to give it one last spin before calling it a night. There was so much dust on the platter that the needle only occasionally caught the groove, creating a wall of fuzz distortion with the occasional acoustic guitar and lonesome voice creeping out of the ether.

What was ultimately just a fluke of a poorly treated LP became the sonic inspiration for a recording project that would eventually take on the name Torment & Glory. Cook started writing songs on a Fostex X-14 cassette four-track a few weeks later, hoping to emulate that downtrodden-songwriter-swallowed-by-white-noise sound.

There were a few handicaps at play for the project, most notably the fidelity limitations of the Fostex. One of these early song experiments, “Praise Be Man,” wound up on Russian Circles’ album Empros. It seemed about as close to fulfilling that initial vision as Cook could get at the time, and the Torment & Glory project was put on indefinite hiatus.

Yet even with the recording project on hold, guitar ideas and song fragments kept coming. While Russian Circles and SUMAC provided crucial creative outlets for Cook, there was a deep appreciation for the singer-songwriter tradition that wasn’t a component to either band.

These bits and pieces gradually started resembling songs. But any plan to resurrect Torment & Glory was thoroughly squashed in 2019 when Cook’s voice abruptly disappeared one day. “It’s just one of those things,” the doctors said. “Maybe your voice will come back tomorrow. Maybe it’ll come back in a few months. But be prepared; it may not come back at all.”

It wound up being the second scenario—Cook’s voice was gone for six months, though it never fully returned to normal. “My voice still cracks and warbles in certain note ranges,” Cook says. “It seemed like a good idea to try to rehabilitate my voice by singing, so I started adding vocals to the little fingerpicking melodies I’d developed over the years.”

Then COVID hit. Suddenly there was an abundance of time. Home recording became the only viable option for staying busy with Russian Circles, but it was a skill set Cook lacked. It was under these conditions—needing to refine his aptitude with recording software, needing to rehabilitate his voice, needing to keep his guitar chops up, needing to stay busy to avoid despair—that the Torment & Glory project resurfaced.

The official recording of We Left a Note with an Apology began on December 21st, 2020—winter solstice—with Cook tracking all the instruments (acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, bass, synth) and vocals at home. Cook’s friend Ben Chisholm (Chelsea Wolfe) offered to mix the album, and the results boosted the project from Cook’s initial intentions of self-releasing it as a small run of limited-edition cassettes into a broader release through his longstanding label and management at Sargent House.

Despite the songs being written over the span of ten+ years, there’s a connective thread to the lyrics on We Left a Note with an Apology. Cook recalls teenage memories, reminisces about first apartments and on the album’s first single, “No Big Crime” he grapples with the ethics of shoplifting.

He comments, “All the songs are a reflection on youth and the reckless behavior that serves as a rite of passage. It’s a way of atoning for some of the more aimless acts of rebellion I dabbled in during my young adult years.”

These are imperfect songs about imperfect people made under imperfect circumstances. Yet at its core there is a rough-hewn beauty to We Left a Note with an Apology. It harnesses folk traditions, country storytelling, kosmische drones, punk scrappiness, and sludgy distortion into a warm, enveloping sound that feels like floating in the womb.”

Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) Premieres “Atone” Music Video

Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) has premiered a new video for his new song “Atone.” This track is from his new solo album “Brighten,” which will be released on October 29.

Cantrell said the following about the new song:

“As a fan of Ennio Morricone scores and Sergio Leone movies, it’s got a bit of that outlaw vibe, with a cool psycho hillbilly stomp. It’s been kicking around in my head for like 20-plus years, haunting me. Sometimes it takes a while for a good idea to find its best form. Such was the case with ‘Atone.’”

He also added the following about the album, which was co-produced by Tyler Bates and engineered by Paul Fig:

“It was like an old school seventies record where a multitude of musicians played. So it’s not a set band. I got to make music with a bunch of people I never had before, along with friends like Duff [McKagan], Tyler [Bates], and Gil [Sharone] who I’ve worked with previously.”

Here’s a list of contributing artists:

  • Greg Puciato (The Black Queen, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.)
  • Gil Sharone (Saudade, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.)
  • Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses)
  • Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Paul McCartney, etc.)
  • Michael Rozon
  • Vincent Jones (ex-The Grapes Of Wrath, etc.)
  • Jordan Lewis
  • Lola Bates
  • Matias Ambrogi-Torres

Here’s the track listing:

01. “Atone”
02. “Brighten”
03. “Prism Of Doubt”
04. “Black Hearts And Evil Done”
05. “Siren Song”
06. “Had To Know”
07. “Nobody Breaks You”
08. “Dismemebered”
09. “Goodbye” (Elton John cover)

[via Rolling Stone]

The Plot In You Premiere “Face Me” Music Video

The Plot In You have premiered a new video for their new song “Face Me.” This track is from the band’s new album “Swan Song,” which will be released on September 17.

Landon Tewers said the following about the new song:

“‘Face Me‘ was the first song written for ‘Swan Song‘ in early 2019. “It explores the intricacies of a relationship where one person is severely mentally distraught. The damage is so deep but there’s an unspeakable element that keeps them laced together. It’s about wanting to pull away just as strongly as they want it to be perfect.”

He also added the following about the album:

“The album is about the end of things, the end of friendships, the end of relationships, and the end of people’s lives. There’s not a whole lot of hope. On the other side of it, my life is in a way more positive place now. I said, ‘Alright, this is all of the bullshit I can conjure up in my life. Goodbye.’ It was therapeutic to dispense all of these painful things from the past and wash out the negativity.”

“Swan Song” Track Listing:

01. “Letters To A Dead Friend”
02. “Fall Again”
03. “Face Me”
04. “Too Far Gone”
05. “Paradigm”
06. “Both To Blame”
07. “Too Heavy”
09. “Whole Without Me”
10. “Freed”

Dooms Children (Alexisonfire, Etc.) To Release Debut Album In October, Premiere “Psyche Hospital Blues” Video

Dooms Children, the psych rock project featuring Wade MacNeil (Alexisonfire, Gallows), will be releasing their self-titled debut album on October 20. You can find a video for the effort’s latest single, “Psyche Hospital Blues,“ below:

“Dooms Children” Track Listing:

01. “Trip With Me”
02. “Flower Moon”
03. “Psyche Hospital Blues”
04. “Skeleton Beach”
05. “Morningstar”
06. “Lotus Eater”
07. “Heavy Year”
08. “Chinatown Glow”
09. “Spring Equinox”
10. “Friend Of The Devil”
11. “Stardust Lullaby”

MacNeil commented:

“This is the most personal music I have ever released. I tried to be honest (brutally at times) and not hide meaning or intent behind flowery language. It’s a record about my life falling apart and then trying to pick up the pieces. This album was half written while I was messed up pre-rehab, the other half while I was in rehab. This is a record about all the people I’ve met along the way. This is a record about hope. This is me at my most vulnerable.”

Dream Theater To Release New Album “A View From The Top Of The World” In October, Announce North American Tour

Dream Theater have announced that their new album “A View From The Top Of The World” will be released on October 22. You can find the cover art and track listing for that effort below:

“A View From The Top Of The World” Track Listing:

01. “The Alien” (9:32)
02. “Answering The Call” (7:35)
03. “Invisible Monster” (6:31)
04. “Sleeping Giant” (10:05)
05. “Transcending Time” (6:25)
06. “Awaken The Master” (9:47)
07. “A View From The Top Of The World” (20:24)

John Petrucci commented:

“We just love to play our instruments. That never goes away. I love to be creative, write, and exercise that part of my mind. We’ve been able to do this for a long time, and we don’t take it for granted. Whenever we get together, we know we can’t disappoint ourselves or our fans, so we manage to try even harder.”

James LaBrie added:

“We approach every album like it’s our first. It’s been such a great ride, but we’re not going to stop.”

In other news, Dream Theater have also announced a North American tour with Arch Echo:

10/28 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Arts Center
10/29 San Diego, CA – San Diego Civic Theater
10/30 Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
11/01 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
11/02 Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
11/04 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
11/06 Denver, CO – Paramount
11/08 Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
11/09 Milwaukee, WI – Miller High Life Theatre
11/11 Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
11/12 Akron, OH – Goodyear Theater
11/13 Toronto, ON – Meridian Hall
11/15 Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
11/16 Quebec, QC – Grand Theatre
11/17 Laval, QC – Place Bell
11/19 Rochester, NY – Kodak Center
11/20 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
11/21 Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
11/23 Boston, MA – Boch Center – Wang Theatre
11/28 Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale Theatre
11/29 Red Bank, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center for the Arts
11/30 Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
12/02 Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
12/03 Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
12/04 St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
12/06 Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry House
12/07 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
12/09 Dallas, TX – Three Links Deep Ellum
12/10 Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
12/11 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
12/13 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
12/14 St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater

Rivers Of Nihil To Release New Album “The Work” In September, Premiere “Clean” Music Video

Rivers Of Nihil have officially revealed the details for their new album “The Work.” The effort will be released on September 24 and it will feature several guests including: Black Crown Initiate vocalist James Dorton, who is featured on “Episode,“ Grant McFarland, who contributed cello to “The Void From Which No Sound Escapes,“ Zach Strouse, who contributed saxophone to several tracks, and Stephan Lopez, who contributed field recordings to the record. A video for the effort’s first single, “Clean,” can be found below along with the cover art and track listing:

“The Work” Track Listing:

01. “The Tower (Theme From “The Work”)”
02. “Dreaming Black Clockwork”
03. “Wait”
04. “Focus”
05. “Clean”
06. “The Void From Which No Sound Escapes”
07. “MORE?”
08. “Tower 2”
09. “Episode”
10. “Maybe One Day”
11. “Terrestria IV: Work”

Adam Biggs commented:

“What does life all really boil down to in the end? You can be lovey-dovey about the good times, and savor the sweetness that life sometimes provides, but beneath everything is work, struggle, someone is always getting a raw deal, someone’s always sweating it out in the mines somewhere so you can enjoy your diamonds.

This has always proved true in everything I’ve ever done in life. Most people reading this know me as a member of a successful band, but beneath it is constant work. Physical, emotional, spiritual work. All the time. Every day.

And I know that it’s like this across the board for just about anyone in at least some capacity, so I figured this subject would be relatable to a lot of people.

We always just sort of do this thing and it grows. I guess that could change at some point. But thinking about things that way doesn’t seem to get me anywhere either. Better to focus on the work in front of us, as it turns out. If we’ve learned anything for certain in the last year or so, it’s that the future can be murky, we’re not really owed anything, and it can all be taken away any second. But for now, we press on.”

Reaping Asmodeia Premiere “False Awakening” Video

Reaping Asmodeia have premiered a new video for their new song “False Awakening.” This track is from the band’s new album “Darkened Infinity,” which will be released on October 15.

The group commented:

“It seems surreal at this point to finally be sharing our new album with all of you, but today we begin to do just that. We feel that ‘False Awakening’ is a perfect way to begin to illustrate what we have constructed with Darkened Infinity.

The darkness and intensity in this song and video bears a reflection of how vile our own actions can get lost in cognitive distortion, a theme and tone present throughout the album. A false awakening is an out of body experience that happens when you wake up from a dream only to realize that you’re still sleeping, superseding with a new perception and path in consciousness that takes shape when you are able to step outside of yourself.”

“Darkened Infinity” Track Listing:

01. “Parasight”
02. “Epoch of Choler”
03. “False Awakening”
04. “Lamentations”
05. “Simulacra”
06. “Terpsichorean Flume”
07. “Dreamcaster
08. “The Forge of Moira”
09. “Switching Shadows”
10. “Oneironautic Oblivion”
11. “Aberration”
12. “The Consequence of Being”