“It’s always tricky to do an acoustic version of songs that rely heavily on guitar riffs,” says singer Taylor Momsen. “With ‘Only Love Can Save Me Now,’ we were pleasantly surprised by how it translated. Someday, I’d like to make a whole acoustic record of our songs.”
TPR previously teamed up with Rolling Stone to premiere the official video for “Only Love Can Save Me Now“ (Feat. Matt Cameron + Kim Thayil). The visual features the Soundgarden legends, as well. Watch it here. The song is currently perched at No. 2 on the rock radio charts.
The track appears on the band’s acclaimed new album Death By Rock And Roll,out now via Century Media Records.Upon release, the record topped multiple sales charts — including Billboard’s Top Albums, Rock, Hard Music, and Digital Charts. The record also yielded two back-to-back No. 1 singles — “Death By Rock And Roll” and “And So It Went” (Feat. Tom Morello) topped the charts this year. The band has tallied six No. 1 singles at the rock format throughout its career.
BEHEMOTH set the world on fire when the Polish masters of black metal took an abandoned church in rural Poland to perform a worldwide stream event in the heart of the pandemic lockdown. After over a year since the show’s premiere, ‘In Absentia Dei’ returns on to a range of deluxe formats for fans to relive the danger and drama that took place on that fateful night in 2020. The live release will hit the shelves on December 17th.
Nergal states, “In Absentia Dei was a massive challenge and a huge risk, but it was a great artistic and commercial success. The response was absolutely brilliant – we made a statement with this performance and set the bar high. I hope that we can continue to raise the bar with the projects to come!”
“In Absentia Dei” will be available as digital album, digibook and 3LP Vinyl in various colours. All Nuclear Blast triple LPs come with a premium 20-page booklet AND a cut-out, build at home model of the actual church that BEHEMOTH performed in.
The event was said to set a new standard for streaming events in the future and this was something BEHEMOTH set out to achieve from the start. Produced by Grupa 13, “In Absentia Dei” was presented as a show of four parts, woven with high-production theatrics and even a hellish flames emanating from all parts of the sacred building.
BEHEMOTH released their latest full-length, “I Loved You At Your Darkest”, in 2018 to vast critical acclaim. “I Loved You At Your Darkest” marked a milestone in the history of the band, being not only their most successful album, but also an audiovisual masterpiece: from its detailed, blasphemous artwork, to the highly vicious, yet deeply emotional tracks, BEHEMOTH once again played with fire – and ignited a wildfire burning the narrow minded bigotry of Christianity down to the ground.
“The Goddess of Hard Rock” — JAIME KYLE — returns triumphantly to the rock fray, announcing her new album (due out in Spring 2022) and its first single: her own recording of the huge hit ‘Wild One’.
Check out the video here:
Jaime Kyle is a successful, much-covered songwriter, as well as a high-flying performer in her own right. Her songs have sold 19-million worldwide. A multi-award-winning, multi-platinum-selling singer, songwriter and producer, Jaime Kyle’s talents blazed the trail for female artists in the rock business and in the music industry, in front of the mic, up on stage and in the production booth: particularly in the field of Rock, seen for so many years as a masculine preserve.
Jaime was the first woman from Nashville to be signed to a major rock deal in New York — with Atlantic/ Atco — and press crowned her “The Goddess of Hard Rock. She’s headlined shows and also opened for, performed and recorded with international artists of the caliber of Foreigner, Bad Company all 3 versions of the band, Joe Lynn Turner, Dave Mason (Traffic), Ozzy Osbourne, Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche), Michael McDonald, Pablo Cruise, Arc Angels with Doyle Bramhal, Richard Marx, Delbert McClinton, Badfinger, Ian McLagen, (Rolling Stones, Faces) Paulinho Da Casta, Walter Egan (Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks), The Doobie Brothers and many more.
Famously, Jaime co-wrote ‘Bed of Roses’ and ‘Wild One’ in the early ‘90s. Both songs were covered by Faith Hill, with Faith recording ‘Wild One’ for her debut album in 1994. That recording made chart history, spending four weeks at Number One of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart: a first for a debut artist, as well as being Faith’s very first Number One!
In addition to Faith Hill’s chart-topping rendition, ‘Wild One’ has been covered by Kelly Clarkson on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Carrie Underwood, Maddie and Tae, Runaway June on the Academy of Country Music Awards, Lauren Alaina on ‘American Idol’, and by Rebecca Howell on the hit TV show ‘The Voice’ and others.
Jaime produced and engineered her version of the single that she co-wrote. It delivers the power vocals and rock presence for which she’s famed. “’Wild One’ is a true story about my childhood and the spirit of every girl,” Jaime explains, “It’s about not being afraid to follow your own dreams and believing in yourself in the face of adversity” “’Wild One’ is an outstanding example of me knowing what I want and being sure of where I want to be and how to get to be there… I have always been a rebel. When something can’t be done, I want to prove that it can be done, I like to leave room for miracles. Even when I’m making mistakes… I will figure things out swiftly to get things back on track.”
Jaime is looking forward to releasing both the single and the album of new material it drops from. “I am so excited to share my new music with everyone,” says Jaime, “These are some of my favorite songs that I have ever written and recorded. There are twists and turns that might surprise people. I took my time with this record. It wasn’t something that I just threw together. This collection of songs represents a new interesting chapter in my life. From ‘Wild One’ to ‘Dirty Goodbye’, this album takes you on a journey with songs that will make your body move, make you think, make you forget and touch your heart.”
Belgian blackened death metal outfit GOAT TORMENT will be releasing their third full-length, ‘Forked Tongues,’ on October 29 via Season of Mist Underground Activists! The band is now sharing the ripping second single from the offering, “Disorder and Disruption.” Listen at THIS LOCATION.
“Forked Tongues” is available to pre-save across all streaming platforms HERE. Pre-sales are now live HERE.
GOAT TORMENT comments on the track: “Here is our second promo track from the new album. ‘Disorder and Disruption’ is the annihilation of everything while all worlds shake into one. The speaking tongues resonate through the bowels of the earth and through the dwelling eternal fires. The kingdom’s key has made its’ turn and barriers are torn apart!“
Karisma Records have inked a deal with WHITE WILLOW founder Jacob Holm-Lupo for the release of six out of the seven studio albums from the Norwegian Prog legends whose long history started around 1992 when guitarist Jacob Holm-Lupo, who at that time was a member of the POLICE/BRUCE HORNSBY-inspired pop band THE ORCHID GARDEN, and keyboard player Jan Tariq Rahman from a local jazz-rock/prog rock band DUGGVÅTE DVERGER, got together to assess if they had any songwriting chemistry. The result was the song “Snowfall”, written whilst sitting on the floor playing acoustic guitar and clavinet, and the rest, as they say, is history.
WHITE WILLOW’s debut full-length “Ignis Fatuus” was released in 1995 to glowing revues and became a runaway hit on the burgeoning prog revival scene. Just how much of a hit it was came as a complete surprise to the band, who, unaware of the album’s success, showed up later that year at the Los Angeles’ Progfest ’95 for their second ever live performance, only to find themselves in front of an audience that numbered in the thousands who had come specifically to see them.
From thereon, the band formed part of the spearhead of what was to subsequently become known as the Third Wave of progressive rock, along with other Scandinavian bands like ÄNGLAGÅRD (whose drummer would later join WHITE WILLOW), LANDBERK and ANEKDOTEN. The band went on to earn the accolade as “one of the most significant progressive groups of the current era” in Billboard’s “Guide to Progressive Music”.
The history of WHITE WILLOW’s lineup is somewhat complicated by the comings and goings of its various members over the years, so suffice it to say that only Holm-Lupo has been with the band since its inception, whilst WOBBLERS Lars Fredrik Frøislie has been a mainstay since 2001.
Whilst inevitably changing over time, WHITE WILLOW’s sound is frequently centered around female vocals and an expanded instrumentation that usually includes a host of analogue synthesizers, mellotron, woodwinds and strings, in addition, of course to traditional rock instrumentation.
Citing influences that range from the likes of prog stalwarts GENESIS and KING CRIMSON to pop legends ABBA, WHITE WILLOW has, in turn, been quoted as an inspiration by bands ranging from doom Metallers CATHEDRAl and Norway’s ENSLAVED to German neo-proggers FREQUENCY DRIFT whose name is actually taken from a White Willow lyric..
WHITE WILLOW has now become a studio project exclusively, helmed by Holm-Lupo and often featuring guest appearances from prominent musicians such as Norway’s guitar hero Hedvig Mollestad, or internationally renowned klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer. The band’s latest album to date is 2017’s “Future Hopes” (which is not scheduled for re-release), and which featured a specially commissioned album cover by Roger Dean.
The prospect of seeing WHITE WILLOW’s past hard work being once again brought to the attention of its old fans, and the idea that new fans will be able to discover for themselves the significant contribution the band has made to the Prog scene over the years is something that Holm-Lupo is relishing:
White Willow are extremely proud to be working with the talented people at Karisma, and looking forward to bring these albums out to the fans.
One of the challenges we’ve had with White Willow is that a lot of material has been lost in the mists of time. Our recording sessions in the early days were not particularly organized, and we worked in various studios over extended, and often interrupted, periods of time.
Hence the previous attempts at remastering have used secondary and tertiary source material, to varying results. This time we have done the deep forensic work and have recovered original, pristine master tapes for most of the material. It’s been time-consuming, but it will definitely be worth it.
Well versed in the difficulties, and joys, that can come when bringing back to life back catalogues and long-unavailable releases from legendary Prog names, Karisma Records were more than up for the challenge. Having worked extensively with Holm-Lupo in his capacity as mastering engineer the label knows what he is capable of, and had this to say :
Jacob Holm-Lupo, who is these days a renowned mastering engineer with his Dude Ranch Studio, is doing the restoring and remastering with audiophile, analog equipment to ensure the most faithful and detailed restoration possible. We are also aiming to restore the original artwork of the albums wherever possible.
No date has yet been set for the release of the WHITE WILLOW back catalogue, but Karisma Records have confirmed that the following six albums will be included:
Ignis Fatuus – 1995 Ex Tenebris – 1998 Sacrament – 2000 Storm Season – 2004 Signal to Noise – 2006 Terminal Twilight – 2011
FOUR STROKE BARON are currently premiering the third single from their upcoming album, Classics, via Knotfest – titled Khera. The music video sees FOUR STROKE BARON stranded in a desert purgatory with a meta narrative of the Reno, NV duo rewatching their previously released videos. The compelling visual only heightens the band’s signature progressive rock and pop hooks, continuing Classics‘ lyrical narrative.
FOUR STROKE BARON‘s Classics, mixed by Devin Townsend, is due out via Prosthetic Records on October 1 – preorderhere.
Of the new single, Kirk Witt (vocals and guitar) comments: “I murdered Matt after he beat me at Monopoly, and that same night I was strangled to death in a casino parking lot. We’re now forced to produce and watch our own music videos continuously in a very comfortable purgatory.”
Previously released singles, Sundowner and Friday Knight, respectively tell tales of being trapped inside a casino during a robbery – with the added exacerbating element of being on acid – and a murderous rampage at a kegger whilst dressed as a knight, setting the tone for the rest of the album. Having streamlined into a duo, Kirk Witt and Matt Vallarino cast a sardonic eye over the human condition – as seen through their own uniquely distorted lens. They are our guides as we traverse the filthiest folds in the dark underbelly of Reno, Nevada; illuminating the darkest corners of their twisted psyches with their upbeat and insanely catchy pop hooks.
The distinctive dynamic between the duo has undoubtedly solidified their songwriting chops and allowed them to be more bold in their approach when writing Classics. Embracing their intense relationship, which they put down to vibrating at the same frequency, they gave themselves permission to go down whatever weird rabbit holes presented themselves. The only rule they set was that there had to be a memorable melody to each and every track. They then enlisted the only person they knew who could add the extra layer of embellishment that the album required. Enter Devin Townsend. The added textures brought in by Townsend during mixing elevate these ten tracks to another level.
Sometimes it’s necessary to allow time to pass to reveal the true nature of a classic track; FOUR STROKE BARON have shaved the waiting time all the way down to zero. It will soon be time to hit play – the classics will all be there waiting for you.
Classics track list
1. Radium 2. Rolling Gloom1999 3. Khera 4. Prostitute Part II: Pretty Woman (Makes Money) 5. 13 Steps to Stockton 6. G.O! 7. Friday Knight 8. Coast of Barbary 9. Sundowner 10. Russian Thought Experiment
FOUR STROKE BARON recently announced a string of North American tour dates supporting Sarah Longfield – see below. More shows are planned for the coming months.
5 November – The Annex – Madison, WI 6 November – St. Croix Casino – Turtle Lake, WI 7 November – Gabes – Iowa City, IA 9 November – Piere’s Entertainment Center – Fort Wayne, IN 10 November – Empire Concert Club – Akron, OH 11 November – Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA 12 November – The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY 13 November – Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ 14 November – The Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY 16 November – Sellersville Theater – Sellersvlle, PA 18 November – Token Lounge – Westland, M 19 November – The Firehouse – Richmond, IN 20 November – Bourbon On Division – Chicago, IL