Caligula’s Horse, hailing from Brisbane, Australia, a leading light in contemporary progressive metal worldwide, are set to release their fifth studio album ‘Rise Radiant’ on May 22nd, 2020. Produced by the group’s Sam Vallen, and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend Project, Leprous), the record is their most focussed and potent artistic statement to date.
Today the band are pleased to launch ‘Valkyrie’, the third single from ‘Rise Radiant’, and you can watch the art video & listen to it here:
Drummer Josh Griffin comments: “Valkyrie is a song that’s very close to our hearts. Its themes of learning patience, ending the war inside ourselves, and celebrating the journey are more timely and appropriate than ever before. We all had an absolute blast putting this one together, particularly some of the fun interplay between us all and getting every last drop of groove out of it. We’re all incredibly proud of this track. Valkyrie encapsulates everything Rise Radiant represents. It’s vibrant and colourful, dark, groovy and heavy!”
Watch the video for ‘Slow Violence’, directed and produced by the band’s own Adrian Goleby & Dale Prinsse, here: https://youtu.be/bNlUJgP3Lwk
The band previously launched the track ‘The Tempest’, which Guitar World described as a “time signature-shifting guitar masterclass”. Listen now here: https://youtu.be/dNc5PT645sU
‘Rise Radiant’ has already been receiving fantastic reviews, with Prog Magazinecalling it “the best yet from Caligula’s Horse, a triumph of passion and performance.”
The band have also launched a new interview series that sees the band discussing the new album in-depth via video call. Watch the latest instalment, where they talk about ‘Slow Violence’, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4XP71kPUA8
Guitarist Sam Vallen comments: “‘Rise Radiant’ is the album we’ve been working towards for almost a decade. It represents everything we love about Caligula’s Horse – the colour, the ferocity, the introspection, the extremes – all tied up together in a way we could never have managed until now. As a band, we’ve never felt tighter, more inspired, or more driven than in the creation of this record. We’re tremendously proud of ‘Rise Radiant’, and we can’t wait for you to hear it!”
‘Rise Radiant’ is an uncompromising exploration of the human experience dressed in vivid musical colour and virtuosic performances. It is an anthem for the regeneration of self-belief, an exploration of the themes of legacy, and a rallying cry for survival. Comprised of 8 tracks, ‘Rise Radiant’ will be available as a limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP + CD & as digital download. The formats also include 2 bonus tracks, covers of the Split Enz track ‘Message To My Girl’ & Peter Gabriel’s ‘Don’t Give Up’, which also features a guest appearance by Lynsey Ward of Exploring Birdsong.
Norwegian Rock outfit LEPROUS are pleased to announce the much overdue vinyl re-issues of their early albums “Coal” (2013) and “The Congregation” (2015), coming out on July 3rd, 2020 via InsideOutMusic.
Both albums were mixed by Jens Bogren as well mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Katatonia), and saw LEPROUS perfecting their trademark sound and grow to the extraordinary entity of these days.
Both re-issues are now again available as Gatefold 2LP on 180g. vinyl + CD including bonus track/s in the following standard black and limited coloured editions: LEPROUS – “Coal” 2LP + CD: Black vinyl – Unlimited Lilac vinyl – 200x copies (Via CM Distro Europe) Mint vinyl – 400x copies (Via CM Distro Europe and USA Webshop) Transparent Magenta – 200x copies (Via band & O-Merch Webshop) LEPROUS – “The Congregation” 2LP + CD: Black vinyl – Unlimited Dark Green vinyl – 200x copies (Via CM Distro Europe) White vinyl – 400x copies (Via CM Distro Europe and USA Webshop) Transparent Sun Yellow – 200x copies (Via band & O-Merch Webshop) The pre-order for these re-releases is starting as of today from the IOM shop here: https://www.insideoutshop.de/Artist/Leprous/20978?Page=1&PageSize=25&Sort=13
Most recently, LEPROUS have launched an entertaining video feature shot during their latest European tour, where they react to YouTube comments by fans. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/sBLIJgNIEn8
Also, in promotion of their latest album release ”Pitfalls“ from 2019, LEPROUS bass-player Simen Børven has recorded a playthrough clip for the track “I Lose Hope”, which can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lUVKD0brmQ
A playthrough video by drummer Baard Kolstad for the most epic track on the album, “The Sky Is Red” can also be seen here: https://youtu.be/nj6fM2KpyOA
“Pitfalls”, the sixth full album release by LEPROUS, was once again recorded with David Castillo at Ghostward Studios (Opeth, Katatonia), but this time mixed by Adam Noble (Placebo, Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves, Deaf Havana). Upon release, “Pitfalls” entered various international sales charts as follows: Germany: # 36, Finland: # 17, Switzerland: # 46, France: # 120, Spain: # 62, Belgium (Wallonia): # 82, Austria: # 61, UK (Rock Album Chart): # 13, USA Top Current Albums Chart: # 129, USA Heatseekers Chart: # 17, USA Top Current Rock Albums Chart: # 48 and USA Top current Hard Music Albums Chart: # 18.
“Pitfalls” is still available as limited Mediabook CD with two bonus tracks (“Golden Prayers” and the Massive Attack cover “Angel”), as Standard Jewelcase CD and as Gatefold 2LP on 180gr. vinyl with the album on CD as bonus (in Europe!) and an Etching on the D-Side. Next to the unlimited black vinyl version, “Pitfalls” is also available in various limited coloured editions.
Nektar is pleased to announce Live at The Wildey Theatre! A digital download. From our sold-out show on March 7, 2020. Both video and audio are available now to download from our website.
Nektar Live From The Wildley Theatre was filmed on Nektar’s Up Close and Intimate Tour of North America. The show focuses on new and classic Nektar tracks spanning their 50-year career. With Mick Brockett’s stunning visual concepts this is not to be missed. Nektar has always been great live performers and this latest release is a great addition to any fan’s collection.
“This is 100% pure, genuine Nektar – easily the best video of the band ever captured, it’s raw, it’s real, and it’s exactly as it felt being there.”
The Light Beyond
A Tab In The Ocean
The Dream Nebula
It’s All In The Mind
Love Is/The Other Side
Remember The Future Pt. 1
It’s All Over
Remember The Future Pt. 2-3
Look Through Me
I’m On Fire
You have three options for purchase:
Audio only FLAC and 320kbps mp3 format. Minimum $10.00 Donation
Video only .mp4 1080 HD format. Minimum $15.00 Donation
Purchase Both Audio & Video Format. Minimum $20.00 Donation.
And don’t forget Nektar’s new album The Other Side
The Other Side – The new double vinyl LP by Nektar.
1. I’m on fire
3. Love is / The Other Side
5. Devil’s Door
6. The Light Beyond
7. Look Through me
8. Y Cant I B more like U (2020)
And while you’re at it, check out the rest of our website and web store! There you will find all the classic Nektar lp’s. All in stunning remastered, multi colored vinyl.
“I’ve always loved live sessions. There’s something so thrilling about taking a band and throwing them in at the deep end, especially when their studio work is typically meticulous in preparation and tracking. As a teenager, I spent hours glued to my stereo, taping and absorbing every Peel and Radio One session I could get my hands on. From the icy blasts of Napalm Death to the feral assault of Nirvana’s epic Aneurysm, it always felt like you were listening to something special, something intimate in the way that a normal studio recording could never be, and I always wanted to do something similar for Final Coil.
So, with the release of Convicted Of The Right, I wanted to do something special for the fans who have journeyed this far along the road with us. The idea of producing a limited-edition cassette (along with suitably compelling artwork) came first, but what about B sides? We didn’t have anything left from either of our trips to the studio, and demos just wouldn’t cut it. I wanted to do something that was new, and so the idea of a live session returned. It felt like the right time, not least because Barry, our drummer, hadn’t played on our debut album, and this was an opportunity for him to put his own stamp on a couple of tracks from that record. Of those, the one on which I was particularly keen (and the one being premiered here) was You Waste My Time. The studio version is just fine, and I am really proud of the juxtaposition of live and sampled drums; but live, it has always taken on a much rawer aspect and Barry hammers the hell out of the kit during his fills… it was the ideal choice.
The studio session was great. We cut the whole thing live, doing a couple of takes of each song and steadfastly avoiding any studio trickery or overdubs. I think it came out really well, capturing a touch of our live spirit, yet proving a little tighter than our typically chaotic performances and I really hope fans get a kick out of it.”
Watch The Worldwide Premiere Of “Waste My Time” Here
About The Music Last year Final Coil released their incredible second album, The World We Left Behind For Others. This sprawling, complex, emotionally charged concept piece captured the hearts of fans and critics alike, as the band told a story both intensely personal and yet universally relatable; inspired by particular past events, but so relevant to the paths our modern society is following. The whole cycle of The World We Left Behind For Others has been a story in itself: from a personal bereavement that lead to the discovery of a collection of treasured letters, which inspired the creation of the album, to the band’s journey to Italy to record at Real Sound Studio. As the glowing reviews cascaded in, in ever-growing numbers, Final Coil played some wonderful shows – appearing at the HRH Metal: Metal Meltdown festival with Decapitated, the Fusion Festival with Focus and playing prestigious London shows with Shonen Knife and then Marky Ramone. From melancholy beginnings, the tale of The World We Left Behind For Others has grown into something incredible for Final Coil – and there is still one last chapter left in this particular book…
On May 1st the band, in conjunction with their label, Wormholedeath, will release the Convicted Of The Right EP. Convicted Of The Right itself is one of the most powerful tracks from The World We Left Behind For Others, both musically and lyrically and the EP’s title track is backed by an array of exciting, exclusive material. The band traveled down to The Lab in London where they recorded three tracks live in the studio. These vibrant versions of ‘Empty Handed’, ‘Spider Feet’ and ‘You Waste My Time’ will all appear on the new EP and were all captured on film for video release, the first of which we present here – ‘You Waste My Time’.
Track Listing: 1 – Convicted Of The Right 2 – Empty Handed (Live In At The Lab) 3 – Spider Feet (Live At The Lab) 4 – You Waste My Time (Live At The Lab)
About Final Coil They began their musical life in howls of feedback and chaos, a raging entity that tore up the stages of endless small clubs as they slowly found their direction. Gradually, that energy and electricity were channeled into smoother paths as the band looked deeper into themselves and their music, discovering how much more their individual abilities could create; realizing they had so much more to say, that a fleeting impact wasn’t all they wished to achieve – they wanted to carve musical monuments that would stand the test of time and stand for something as well. Under the guiding hand of founding member Phil Stiles, the line-up of the band morphed and shifted to reflect that change in focus and the first recorded output from the new look Final Coil was released in 2015. The Closed To The Light EP highlighted the significant developments in the band’s style so effectively that it caught the ear of Italian record label WormHoleDeath, who immediately signed the band up. Throughout 2016 Final Coil worked on their debut full-length album, which was then unveiled by their new label in 2017…
In a world of ever-shifting trends and fashions, where it’s always time to move on to the next thing and the value of anything and everything is fleeting, it’s a beautiful moment to find an album that stops you in your tracks. A combination of musicianship, songcraft, depth of emotion and attention to detail that holds you transfixed while the rest of the world continues its unthinking charge into oblivion. An album where the lyrics invite thought and reflection and the artwork fires the imagination as the music brings it to vibrant life. Final Coil’s debut album, entitled Persistence Of Memory was just such an album; an island of color and beauty in the ever-flowing grey tides of modern life. The band joined forces with Imperative PR to promote the album and the reaction from the music press was outstanding. The band finished 2017 with a flurry of well-received live shows and returned to Imperative PR once more – this time for a long term management deal. The press continued to pick up on the brilliance of Persistence Of Memory throughout the early months of 2018 and away from the stage, the band began to work on their most ambitious material to date. As summer neared its end Final Coil set off for Italy and Real Sound Studios to record their second full-length album. Featuring the skills of session drummer Barry French (ex-Sarpanitum) blending beautifully with the flowing bottom end of bassist Jola Stiles and the twin guitars of Phil Stiles and Richard Awdry the new songs that Final Coil has created are going to stun everyone who hears them. Before the end of the year, the band also managed to fit in live shows with OHHMS, Boss Keloid, Zero Point Zero, and Staghorn. Aside from his work with Final Coil, Phil Stiles was invited to make a guest appearance on the latest album from prog-rock royalty, Glass Hammer (the band where Yes discovered vocalist Jon Davison). 2019 began with an appearance at the massive HRH Metal III: Metal Meltdown event at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, with Final Coil playing alongside Decapitated, Devilment and many more, to a large and appreciative audience. Next up for the band was a place on the bill of the Fusion Festival 2019, which took place at the Stourhead Civic Centre on March 22nd – 24th and featured prog legends like Focus and IO Earth. Hot on the heels of these two major shows came the April 12th release of Final Coil’s second full-length album, the momentous concept album The World We Left Behind For Others. The World We Left Behind For Others, inspired by a collection of family letters discovered by frontman Phil Stiles, made a powerful impression on fans and critics alike and the band celebrated the success of their new album with two prestigious London dates, firstly with Shonen Knife at the Underworld and then with the legendary Marky Ramone at The Garage. As 2020 dawned Final Coil’s stock was higher than ever before. So, before turning the page and leaving this wonderful chapter in their story behind, they decided to release the Convicted Of The Right EP. Convicted Of The Right featured the title track, taken from The World We Left Behind For Others and three Final Coil classics recorded live at The Lab studios in London. As the positive press began to flow the band returned to the studio and began work on album number three…
“We love performing Barracuda. It’s a song that pays homage to Heart and their influence on modern rock and we have a lot of fun with it at the same time. It’s one everyone can get into.” says Eve Naylor.
Barracuda is originally performed and recorded by the amazing band, Heart and features the iconic vocals of Ann Wilson and classic guitar riffs of Nancy Wilson. We have always been huge fans of Heart and especially the song Barracuda and hope that Ann and Nancy Wilson, as well as everyone out there, will really enjoy this cover of the song from their album Little Queen. Enjoy this trip back over 40 years to one of Heart’s greatest songs! Infinite Eve is an original melodic rock band from Raleigh, NC and features the vocals of Eve Naylor and guitar performance of Paul Warren. If you enjoyed this cover, you can listen to their EP, The Story, here:
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