MELODIC METAL TRAILBLAZERS AMARANTHE RELEASE “COUNTDOWN” SINGLE + VIDEO
NEW STUDIO ALBUM HELIX OUT OCTOBER 19VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS
BAND TEAMS UP WITH LONGTIME VISUAL COLLABORATOR + DIRECTOR PATRIC ULLAEUS FOR THE VISUAL
With their electrifying fifth album HELIX due out October 19 through Spinefarm Records and armed with new singer Nils Molin, the almighty Amaranthe are taking another leap forward in their sonic evolution.
The band has dropped the video for the new single “Countdown.”
Watch the video, directed by longtime collaborator Patric Ullaeus, here.
“As the days and weeks are getting closer to the release of HELIX, what better way to illustrate our excitement and veritable impatience than by releasing our second single titled ‘Countdown’?,” asked Amaranthe guitarist and composer Olof Mörck. “Drawing upon a darker theme and subject matter than your typical Amaranthe song, the sonic landscape itself forms a perfect counterpoint to this more serious side of the band. The contrasts have perhaps never been stronger, the ambitions never higher, and confidence never more solid — Amaranthe in 2018 in its purest, most distilled form is ‘Countdown.'”
Four albums into their career, Amaranthehave racked up north of 118 million YouTube views and half-a-billion song streams, have landed at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart three times, and possess a panoply of gold and platinum discs for albums and singles alike.
HELIXproves the band has refined its melodic sensibilities ever further while retaining a cutting-edge metal assault. The video and single for “Countdown” once again showcase the band’s unique musical sound and vision.
Elize Ryd — Vocals
Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson — Screams
Nils Molin — Vocals
Olof Mörck — Guitar, Keys
Johan Andreassen — Bass
Morten Løve Sørensen — Drums
SIGH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM HEIR TO DESPAIR
BAND SHARES NEW TRACK FEATURING PHILIP ANSELMO — LISTEN
Japanese band Sigh will release their eleventhstudio album Heir to Despair on November 16 via Candlelight Records.
While the previous album Graveward (2015) was rather symphonic and orchestral, Heir to Despair is pointing in the completely opposite direction. Heir to Despair is a heavy, psychedelic, and exotic album filled with vintage keyboards and flute. It is heavily inspired by progressive bands like Brainticket, Embryo, Agitation Free, Between, Gentle Giant, Os Mutantes, Modulo 1000, and Black Widow.
Check out the brand new song “Homo Homini Lupus,” featuring guest vocals from Philip Anselmo. Listen here.
Vocalist Mirai Kawashima comments, “‘Homo Homini Lupus’ is one of the fastest and the simplest tracks on Heir to Despair. Don’t expect other songs to sound like this. ‘Homo Homini Lupus’ means ‘Man is wolf to man’ in Latin. Thomas Hobbes referred to this verb to describe how men would act in the state of nature before we were civilized. The world shown in The Walking Dead series should be the best example of what we truly are. Men become wolves, or should I say, men are wolves in their real nature. Look what our ancestors did during the wartime! Look what our ancestors did during famine! We have own wolves inside.”
Kawashima, who met Anselmo 20 years ago when they were both in U.S. death metal band Necrophagia, added, “It is a great honor for us to finally have him on our album! He added a great atmosphere to the song with his very deep voices! It should be very easy for you to tell which parts were sung by Phil.”
With this album, the band depicts the world through the eyes of madness. Yes, the album is about insanity. Music throughout is varied as a mad man’s thoughts. It starts with the psychedelic and exotic “Aletheia” yet the following track “Homo Homini Lupus” is a rather straightforwardly thrashy song with the typical Sigh twist. “In Memories Delusional” is a brutal tune with heavy Asian touches, while “Heresy Trilogy” is a representation of pure madness. The album ends with the title track — a 10-minute long, progressive, and epic song.
Heir to Despair can be viewed as Sigh’s first attempt to intentionally take in a Japanese/Asian musical feel. Kawashima used some Japanese traditional singing techniques and Kevin Kmetz, formerly of Estradasphere and master of the traditional Japanese instrument, the shamisen, is featured on several tracks.
Moreover, 90 percent of the lyrics are in Japanese, which has never happened on previous Sigh albums.
The cover artwork, which exactly fits the concept of the album, was drawn by Eliran Kantor. Eliran did the artworks for the past Sigh albums such as Scenes from Hell (2010) and In Somniphobia (2012).
Kawashima adds, “I just suggested to Eliran that the album is about insanity and gave him some Japanese psychotropic drug advertisement from the ’60s and ’70s, which I love, to show him what kind of artwork I wanted. The result was perfect. The woman on the artwork looks ostensibly happy but the plant she’s watering is withering, and her room looks like a mess. This is what true insanity is about. This is what true horror is about. These days people are trying to pretend to be as happy as possible on SNS, but what kind of darkness do they have in their mind? You cannot draw the line between sanity and insanity anymore.”
Mirai Kawashima — Vocals, Flute, Piccolo, Keyboards, Guitar, Taishogoto
Dr. Mikannibal — Vocals, Alto Saxophone
You Oshima — Guitar
Satoshi Fujinami — Bass
Junichi Harashima — Drums