French Melodic Hardcore Group STINKY Premieres Video For 'Revival Fire'
New album 'Of Lost Things' due May 15; pre-orders available now
The French melodic hardcore/punk quintet STINKY will release their third full-length album, “Of Lost Things,” on May 15. Today, the group unveils a music video for the album's first single, “Revival Fire,” which can be seen HERE.
The video for “Revival Fire” – a two-minute blast of energy with inspirational lyrics about self-improvement and empowerment – was filmed at France's largest annual metal festival, Hellfest, where STINKY earned extensive praise for their visceral performance. The track aptly represents the melodic aggression captured on “Of Lost Things,” the band's M-Theory Audio debut.
“Of Lost Things” was recorded in part by Fabien Guilloteau (Hacride, The Necromancers) and features cover artwork by Emy Rojas (Clutch, Ministry, Queens of the Stone Age). The album – which will be available digitally, as a CD digipak and on limited-edition orange splatter vinyl – can be pre-ordered at this location: www.smarturl.it/stinky
Since their formation a decade ago, STINKY has played more than 350 concerts across 15 different countries in support of their first two albums, 2015's “Against Wind and Tide” and 2017's “From Dead-End Street.” Along the way, the group has shared the stage with the likes of Sick Of It All, Terror, Walls of Jericho and Millencolin.
While the band's name might seem curious to some, STINKY's music unquestionably passes the smell test. Influenced by the likes of Comeback Kid, Bane and Miles Away, the music is a perfect blend of melodic punk/hardcore with a metal edge. The band capably fuses melody with an affinity for violence, making the music’s quintet a combustible mix of energy and aggression.
STINKY will perform live tonight at the Amarok Metal Fest in their home country. The band will make their live debut in Japan in April.
28/02/2020 - AMAROK FESTIVAL (AIGREFEUILLE-SUR-MAINE - 44)
14/03/2020 - LIEVIN METAL FEST (LIEVIN - 62) w/ KNUCKLEDUST
08/04/2020 - HATSUDAI WALL (TOKYO - JAPAN)
10/04/2020 - TSURUMAI DAYTRIP (NAGOYA - JAPAN)
11/04/2020 - BASS ON TOP - (OSAKA - JAPAN)
12/04/2020 - HATSUDAI WALL - (TOKYO - JAPAN)
30/04/2020 - WAREHOUSE - WARM-UP HELLFEST (NANTES - 44) w/ RISE OF THE NORTHSTAR
04/07/2020 - PLANE'R FEST (LYON - 69)
18/07/2020 - FESTIVAL LA GUERRE DU SON (LANDRESSE - 25)
07/08/2020 - POETFEST - (SAINT-SAUVEUR-EN-PUISAYE - 89)
15/08/2020 - FESTI'MAP (PERIGUEUX - 24)
28/08/2020 - USELESS FEST (LA FLECHE - 72)
29/08/2020 - GRAVEYARD FEST 3 (RIORGES - 42)
26/09/2020 - FESTIVAL POSE TES S'MELLES (SAINT-MARS-LA-REORTHE - 85)
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Blackened Progressive Metal Group VINTERSEA Unveils 'Befallen' Music Video
The Portland, Oregon-based VINTERSEA – whose crushing progressive metal draws heavy inspiration from the darkened skies of their native Pacific Northwest – has unveiled a new music video, “Befallen,” the latest in a series of dazzling clips that pair the group's blackened, dramatic mini-epics with stunning visuals.
The “Befallen” video – which the band premiered before a live audience at Portland's Hawthorne Theatre on Sunday night – was directed by bassist Karl Whinnery and filmed at the abandoned Satsop Nuclear Power Plant in Elma, Washington, a small town located 90 miles southwest of Seattle. "I wanted the video to represent the bleakness and capture the aggressiveness of 'Befallen' appropriately,” Whinnery says. “When we started discussing concepts, I knew I had the proper location in mind and everyone jumped on board. Barely above freezing and filming six stories off the ground in some spots, it was an epic shoot. We had to shoot with fish-eye lenses to fully capture the gigantic scope of the cooling tower and reactor rooms."
Adds guitarist Riley Nix, “'Befallen' occupies a particularly dark place in the album's timeline, and it's meant to evoke immense dread and opaque darkness through blistering riffs, punishing blast-beats and relentless vocal lines. However, even in its darkest and most desperate moments, a sliver of hope shines through the song with ethereal vocals and epic chords. As many of our long-time friends and fans know, resolve in the face of overwhelming darkness is a huge theme throughout our music, and we hope the song and video showcase that."
“Befallen” is the third video from VINTERSEA's sophomore release (and M-Theory Audio debut), “Illuminated,” which was released in September on CD, digital and limited-edition blue/white vinyl. The album was engineered and mixed by Gabe Johnston (Idle Hands) and mastered by Troy Glessner (Devin Townsend, Intervals), while the cover artwork was designed by Xenoyr of Australia's Ne Obliviscaris. Visit smarturl.it/vintersea for additional streaming and webshop links.
VINTERSEA – whose riveting mix of prog, black, death and post-metal has earned comparisons to forward-thinking acts such as Agalloch and Enslaved – first made waves via their self-released 2017 debut, “The Gravity Of Fall.” Recorded by Justin Phelps (The Mars Volta, Joe Satriani) and mixed by Evan Sammons (Last Chance To Reason), the album was hailed by No Clean Singing as “dynamic and genre-bending.” The group earned additional praise for its dynamic live performances alongside artists such as Arkona, The Ocean and Sirenia.
More recently, VINTERSEA has supported Ne Obliviscaris, Jinjer, The Browning and Sumo Cyco. The group's next live performance will take place at Dante's in Portland on April 10. The band is also slated to play alongside Amaranthe on Sept. 13.
Melodic Death Metal Group VOICES OF RUIN Unveils Video For New Track
"I Am God"
Logan Mader-produced 'Path To Immortality' due April 24; pre-orders available now
Today, the Southern California melodic death metal quintet VOICES OF RUIN proudly unveils “I Am God,” the first taste of their forthcoming third album (and M-Theory Audio debut) “Path To Immortality.” A lyric video for the track, designed by Rafael Ortega of Ecliptic Visions (The Absence, Helsott), can be seen HERE.
“I Am God” can now be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms. In addition, the song is downloadable instantly with all digital pre-orders of “Path To Immortality.” Physical pre-orders for the album – which was produced by Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader (Gojira, Septicflesh) and includes a cover of the Foo Fighters' “Everlong” – are available on compact disc and limited-edition splatter vinyl via Bandcamp and the M-Theory Audio webstore. The cover artwork by Par Olofsson (Exodus, Immortal, Revocation) is pictured above.
Says vocalist Dave Barrett, “We are stoked to release 'I Am God' as the first look into our upcoming album. This song’s an absolute ripper with shreddy guitars and aggressive verse. The lyrical content tells the story of a demon taking control of this universe and beyond, which is brilliantly captured by Par's artwork. Rafael did an amazing job piecing together this lyric video to flow with the song – kudos!”
Adds guitarist Tom Barrett, “It was difficult to choose a single because all of the songs turned out killer, but we felt that 'I Am God' was a good place to start. It tips the hat to classic melodic death metal while also incorporating thrash elements and a crushing production, and it's a furious track that represents the intensity of the album. We think it's by far our strongest material to date, and we can't wait to unleash it in April!”
VOICES OF RUIN – who describe their sound as an epically-crafted blend of classic heavy metal and modern death metal that also pays homage to the traditional Scandinavian melodic death metal sound – have performed extensively in support of their two self-released albums, 2010's “Into Oblivion” and 2015's “Born From The Dark.” In addition to winning the U.S. Wacken Metal Battle in 2018 – when they bested dozens of unsigned groups to earn the chance to perform at the world's largest annual heavy metal festival – the group has toured Europe with Internal Bleeding and Sacrificial Slaughter; supported Vader across North America on the 2017 “Strike Of The Empire” tour; played in Japan alongside Vader and Hate; and performed extensively in Southern California alongside a number of notable acts, including Morbid Angel, Trivium, Devildriver, Dark Tranquillity, Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Dying Fetus and Origin.
For the past six years, VOICES OF RUIN have also organized the annual Ruinfest festival, a celebration of California's extreme metal scene that has featured the likes of Fallujah, Exmortus, Pessimist, Skeletal Remains, Helsott and Letum Ascensus. The band will return to the stage in their native Orange County alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum in Santa Ana, California on April 3.
VOICES OF RUIN is:
Dave Barrett – vocals
Tom Barrett – lead guitar
Steve Calton – rhythm guitar
Wally Myers – bass
Lonnie Van Horn – drums
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French Melodic Hardcore Band STINKY Sign With M-Theory Audio;
New Album Due In May
The French melodic hardcore/punk band STINKY – who have played more than 350 shows across 15 different countries in support of their first two albums, including a standout performance at last year's Hellfest – have signed with America's M-Theory Audio for the release of their forthcoming third full-length, “Of Lost Things,” which will be released in May.
While the band's name might seem curious to some, STINKY's music – a raucous blend of melodic punk and hardcore with a metal edge – unquestionably passes the smell test. The band capably fuses melody with an affinity for violence, making the quintet a combustible mix of energy and aggression.
On “Of Lost Things,” STINKY sharpens the edge displayed on the band's first two albums while also introducing more melancholic elements that further accent their characteristic melody and punch. The first preview track from the record, “Revival Fire,” will premiere on February 28. A short teaser can be seen HERE.
“STINKY is very pleased to be signing with M-Theory alongside bands such as Sworn Enemy, Backyard Babies and Santa Cruz for the release of 'Of Lost Things',” says STINKY vocalist Claire. “The album reflects lost memories and emotions conducive to self-reflection – a safe haven for all that we wanted to share.”
Since their formation a decade ago, STINKY has toured Europe numerous times, sharing the stage with the likes of Sick Of It All, Terror, Walls of Jericho, Comeback Kid and Millencolin. To date, the band has released two albums – 2015's “Against Wind and Tide” and 2017's “From Dead-End Street.” The group plans to tour aggressively in support of “Of Lost Things,” beginning with a series of dates in their home country and their first-ever tour of Japan. Additional tour dates, as well as further information about “Of Lost Things,” will be announced in the coming weeks.
28/2 Amarok Metal Fest – Aigrefeuille-sur-Maine, France
14/3 Lievin Metal Fest w/ Knuckledust, Arkangel – Lievin, France
JAPAN TOUR 2020
30/4 Hellfest Warm-Up Tour w/ Rise of the North Star – Nantes, France
4/7 Plane R Festival w/ Lacuna Coil – Colombier Saugnieu, France
17/7 La Guerre du Son Festival – Landresse, France
28/8 Useless Fest – La Fleche, France
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