Swedish Metallers AMARANTHE Coming to Rock Rex Theater on 3/4

AMARANTHE:

3/4: Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater

On tour with Failure Anthem, Cypher 16, and Smash Into Pieces

Elize Ryd – Vocals
Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson – Screams
Olof Mörck – Guitar, Keys
Johan Andreassen – Bass
Morten Løwe Sørensen – Drums

Formed as a project in 2007 by guitarist Olof Mörck and vocalist Jake E., Gothenburg, Sweden’s AMARANTHE have carved their name into the annals of metal in capital letters. Band with an exceptional vision right from the outset, Amaranthe are an institution; trailblazers of a genre they almost single-handedly forged.

According to some sources “melodic death metal” and somewhere else pegged as “metalcore” Amaranthe keeps driving genre purists loopy. Sporting three singers, each with characteristics of their own, Amaranthe constantly defies pigeonholing and sound like no one – and nothing – else. Morten Løwe Sørensen’s rhythmic thrust and Johan Andreassen’s booming low-frequency assault lay the foundation to Olof Mörck’s surgically precise, almost machine-like guitar riffing and layers of lush, contemporary keyboards. Timeless, glistening pop choruses coated with an icing of three layers of sublime singing from Elize Ryd’s emotive, angelic voice, Jake E.’s forceful delivery and Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson’s screams combine for a mix of edgy, powerful melodic music that is not only unique and unforgettable, it’s trend-setting and inimitable as well. Amaranthe has already proved they’re the next step in the evolution of metal. Sadly, Jake E. has recently left the band to pursue other projects (http://teamrock.com/news/2016-11-09/amaranthe-vocalist-jake-e-quits-band).

amaranthe_picAfter seeing major labels chomping at the bit that was their one song Myspace demo in 2008, in April 2011 their eponymous debut album was released via the prestigious metal hotbed Spinefarm Records to worldwide acclaim, charting high in Sweden and Finland. Right off the bat throbbing to the pulse of the digital music revolution, “Amaranthe” was the 84th most played album on Spotify in the whole world, counting all genres. After a completed run of 92 live shows after the release of their eponymous debut, the sextet returned to Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark where the Amaranthe magic has been plucked from the air since the days of the debut album.

March 2013 saw the release of “The Nexus” where everything was upped a notch. Featured was more of the band’s innovative mix of melodic pop, harsh screamo metal, and techno-influenced hard rock. Extensive touring followed, more chart entries garnered (Top 10 entries both in Sweden and Finland, #12 on US Billboard Heatseeker chart etc.).

Now their career on an ever-upward trajectory, October 2014 saw the release of Amaranthe’s 3rd outing MASSIVE ADDICTIVE. Third time seemed to be the charm, as the album immediately charted in six countries, even manning the pole position on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The album also yielded Amaranthe’s first major single hit with “Drop Dead Cynical”, which stayed several weeks at the top of USA‘s premier rock station, Sirius XM Octane, and had massive airplay all around the world.

With their 4th album now nigh, the secrets and evolution of the sound yet remain behind a veil, but now it almost goes without saying that connoisseurs of shiny modern metal have much more to look forward to from this unstoppable hybrid metal record-breaking machine!

Followers and copycats come and go, but Amaranthe remains the leader of the pack.

Concise stats of what is Amaranthe:

• 3 album released with a total sale of over 250 000 items worldwide
• 3 gold discs in Sweden for 20 000 cd-singles each
• 2 gold discs in Finland for 10 000 albums
• 1 gold disc in Finland for 5000 singles
• 4 carried out European tours and 3 US tours in 4 years. The 3 last tours as headline in both US and Europe
• 100 000 000 (ONE HUNDRED MILLION) plays at Spotify and over 40 000 000 on YouTube
• Headline at Liseberg in hometown Gothenburg with over 10 000 visitors
• Last album, “Massive Addictive” reached #1 on the US Billboard Heatseekers list
• 2 last albums both reached Top 10 status on the Swedish and Finnish album charts
• The first single from “Massive Addictive” album – “Drop Dead Cynical” – is played frequently on the biggest sporting events in the US, such as NHL games, etc.
• The same single – “Drop Dead Cynical” – spent several weeks at #1 on the US’s biggest rock radio station SiriusXM Octane
• All the singles released have been frequently played on Bandit Rock in Sweden. These have a total play quota of several thousand times
• During the band’s recent appearance at the Sweden Rock it was several thousand more spectators than the specified capacity of about 6000

 

BILL & PHIL: Horror Icon Bill Moseley And Metal Legend Philip H. Anselmo Unite To Release Songs Of Darkness And Despair Via Housecore Next Month; Video Interview Posted

Horror icon Bill Moseley – most notable as Chop Top in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and Otis in Rob Zombie’s House Of 1000 Corpses and Devil’s Rejects – recently joined forces with extreme music legend Philp H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Superjoint, Scour, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Arson Anthem etc.) for a very special collaborative release entitled Songs Of Darkness And Despair.

unnamed-2Set for official unveiling on January 20th 2017 via Anselmo’s own Housecore Records, the five-track offering was produced and performed by Anselmo and Stephen “The Big Fella” Berrigan (Down, SYK, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Eyehategod, haarp, Classhole, etc.), and mastered by Scott Hull of Visceral Sound. Songs Of Darkness And Despair includes guest appearances by Kevin Bond (Superjoint) on guitar, Squizzy Squires (King Parrot) on bass and guitar, and José “Blue” Gonzalez (Superjoint, Warbeast, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) on percussion.

From preppie journalist to Satanic serial killer, Bill Moseley’s taken a long and unusual road to cult stardom, firmly cementing his place in the annals of horror history along the way. Having released his Spider Mountain record, and collaborated with Buckethead on their Cornbugs project, Moseley expands his musical endeavors by teaming up with Anselmo. BILL & PHIL‘s Songs Of Darkness And Despair is a brilliant trip that will give everyone a thrill.
Comments Anselmo: “Working with Mr. Moseley was an awesome experience! Bill brought the lyrics and Stephen [Berrigan] and I just improvised directly on the spot, and squeezed out six tunes in three days. All the songs have a different vibe because I wanted the music to represent Bill’s lyrical vision(s), and we needed to, because Bill does indeed have a unique, visual element within his choice of words and phrasing. I love Bill Moseley, and can’t wait to work on the next one! Be cool and enjoy this one!”
BILL & PHIL‘s Songs Of Darkness And Despair preorder bundles (including limited edition air fresheners and face masks) are available at The Housecore Store RIGHT HERE.

Additionally, you can check out a hilarious interview with Moseley and Anselmo courtesy of Little Punk People at THIS LOCATION.
 
Songs Of Darkness And Despair Track Listing:
1. Dirty Eye
2. Corpus Crispy
3. Catastrophic
4. Widder Woman
5. Tonight’s The Night We Die
6. Bad Donu

Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus Jams with Anthrax

“THE WALKING DEAD’S” NORMAN REEDUS
JOINS ANTHRAX ONSTAGE IN ATLANTA
JAMMING ON “INDIANS”
L-R:  Anthrax’s Frank Bello, Norman Reedus (w/ hat), Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna

LOS ANGELES, CAL – Thursday, October 6, 2016 — Actor Norman Reedus, better known as Daryl Dixon on “The Walking Dead,” joined Anthrax on stage last night at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, jamming on guitar during the band’s classic “Indians.”  Anthrax’s Frank Bello and Scott Ian are both huge fans of the show – in 2015, Ian appeared in an episode playing one of the zombies, and unfortunately met a horrible demise with a metal pole through his head.

Before last night’s show, Bello and Ian dropped by “The Walking Dead” set, hanging out with Reedus and the show’s director/special effects artist Greg Nicotero.

Anthrax is current on tour with Slayer and Death Angel, upcoming dates are below.

L-R:  Jon Donais, Frank Bello, Norman Reedus,
Joey Belladonna, Scott Ian
Norman Reedus jamming with Anthrax at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA – 10-5-16
OCTOBER
 6   Varsity Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA*
 7   Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
 8   ACL at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
10   Fillmore, Denver, CO
11   The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
12   Rev Hall, Boise, ID*
13   The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
14   The Hill event Center, Idaho Falls, ID*
15   Revolution Concert House, Garden City, ID
16   Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA*  (offer)
17   ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge, AB
19   S. Okanagan Cvents Centre, Penticton, BC
20   Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford, BC
21   Hawthorn Theatre, Portland, OR*
22   Discovery Park, Elverta, CA (w/Aftershock)
23   Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
22   Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA
25   Orpheum Theatre, Flagstaff, AZ*
26   Top Deck, Famington, NM*  (offer)
* Anthrax & Death Angel

LAYNE at Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, August 27th

LAYNE (sounds like: The 1975, Halsey, PVRIS) is a Los Angeles based indie pop-rock duo made up of lead-singer/guitarist Layne Putnam and drummer Alex Rosca, who are set to release their debut EP entitled The Black Hillsout August 26th. 
For a taste of their live performance, check out their recent session on Jam In The Van: http://www.jaminthevan.com/band/layne/
And check out her recent feature for Paste Magazine’s ‘Best Of What’s Next’: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/07/layne-the-best-of-whats-next.html
The band has created quite a stir online through their viral hit singles “Good” and “Somebody”, already surpassing 1 million Spotify plays and landing them Top 15 spots on two key Spotify/Billboard charts (U.S. Spotify Viral 50 and Global Viral 50) and a crazy amount of Spotify playlists such as New Music Friday, New Talent (French), and What’s Next.
You can definitely hear their musical influences in their music itself, but the band finds their true inspiration through this world they created called ‘The In Between’.
This world, as they described to me, is this dark, foresty, dystopian-esque place in their minds where they go to write their music, and where the lonely can be lonely together. It’s how Layne and Alex initially bonded and it’s how Layne in the band was able to write her hits like “Good” and “Somebody“.
LAYNE is proud to announce that the band’s highly anticipated debut EP The Black Hills is set to release Friday, August 26th.  The five track EP features the band’s signature dystopian indie-pop sound that was previously portrayed in their viral hits “Somebody” and “Good”, which have received over 1 million Spotify streams.

“The Black Hills EP is a collection of songs written over the past year and an introduction to LAYNE,” says lead singer-songwriter, Layne Putnam. “It is a place where we can be alone together. Welcome to the in-between.” Within the EP, Putnam performed/recorded all the instruments on each track and also co-produced it alongside Los Angeles engineer/producer, Devon Corey.

Check out LAYNE’s hit single “Good”
In writing the EP, Putnam was inspired by her surrounding environment, from the busy streets of Los Angeles to the ominous Black Hills mountain range in her beloved hometown of Rapid City, South Dakota. The dynamic of these environments has shaped the sound in this EP to bridge the depth of her lyrics, with opposing themes of loneliness and community, peace and war, and love gained and lost.  Tracks like the catchy “Topical” and “Boys Do” showcase Putnam’s uncanny ability to write strong hooks and choruses, while tracks like “You” and “Phone” embody her gift for pop melodies that songwriters work their entire lives to achieve. Putnam also made an effort to subtly immortalize her home into her music, Putnam recorded the sound of her childhood lake into songs like “Twuh.”

In promotion of the upcoming release, LAYNE will be playing numerous cities around the US through the end of the year, making stops in New York, Chicago, Denver, and Kansas City at the end of the month, and further give fans an introduction into ‘the in-between’. More cities and dates to be announced.

Check out show dates below along with the EP track listings. The EP and upcoming show dates are available for review upon request. LAYNE will also be available for press in NYC on August 29th.

LAYNE is Layne Putnam and Alexander RoscaTheir EP The Black Hillswill be independently released August 26th.

The Black Hills EP – Track Listing
1. Topical
2. Twuh
3. Boys Do
4. You
5. Phone
You can also check out LAYNE’s song “I Got You” in the MTV show Punch Drunk Love(comes on at 29:12) http://www.mtv.com/full-episodes/kb9sc4/are-you-the-one-punch-drunk-love-season-4-ep-402