Metal Mix Tape Volume 2

Let there be metal! Have a look to see who made Metal Mix Tape Volume Two:

A Day To Remember have unveiled a brand new single entitled Miracle, which is available on all streaming platforms and accompanied by a cinematic and emotionally charged music video streaming on the band’s official YouTube channel. The song marks the band’s first new music since their critically acclaimed 2021 album, You’re Welcome.

Earlier this year, A Day To Remember reignited their single Re-Entry with a new version featuring Mark Hoppus of Blink-182. Consequence of Sound noted, “Having Hoppus on the track is a perfect fit, since Blink-182 was a significant inspiration for the song.” It also received plugs from NME, Rock Sound, and more. Listen HERE.

Re-Entry originally appeared on A Day To Remember’s latest studio album You’re Welcome. Available on all streaming platforms, You’re Welcome is largely produced by Colin “DOC” Brittain and the band’s own Jeremy McKinnon. The 14-track collection represents another major step forward for the acclaimed quintet, and is highlighted by singles Brick Wall, Degenerates, Resentment, Mindreader and the hit single Everything We Need.

Disturbed, share their new single Hey You via Reprise Records alongside the official video, directed by Josiahx. Hey You is the multi-platinum selling band’s first new music since their chart-topping 2018 album Evolution, and David Draiman of the band shares, “it’s a wake up call. We’ve become our own worst enemies. Civil discourse has become the exception instead of the norm. People have lost themselves in outrage addiction.” The band have also revealed that they have a new album coming later this year.

Continuing on their monumental career, the band’s 2008 album Indestructible was just certified 2X Multi-Platinum by The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Several songs in the band’s catalogue were also recently certified, including Down With The Sickness (6X Multi-Platinum Digital Single), The Sound of Silence (7X Multi-Platinum Digital Single), Stupify (Gold & Platinum Digital Single), Stricken (2X Platinum & Multi-Platinum Digital Single), Inside The Fire (Platinum) and Land of Confusion (Gold & Platinum Digital Single).

SOILWORK continue to please their fans by releasing the next single of the upcoming album Övergivenheten. The Swedes release the third track Dreams Of Nowhere from their new long player, which is out on August 19th.

Singer Björn Strid comments:
“Dreams of Nowhere serves up an atmosphere that reminds you of our roots in the Swedish mid 90’s death metal scene, with soaring riffs that sends melancholic and beautiful chills down your spine, but still brings you to where the heart of the band lies in 2022. Lyrics deal with the constant battle between reality and escapism.”

Watch and listen to Omens, the title track from LAMB OF GOD’s forthcoming 9th album. The new single from the GRAMMY-nominated metal colossus is available everywhere for download and streaming.

“I think a lot of the messes human beings find ourselves in could be very easily prevented simply by paying attention to obvious repeating patterns, both in our personal lives and in a broader sociohistorical context,” says LAMB OF GOD frontman D. Randall Blythe. “What some call ‘omens’ are really just manifestations of the fact that there is nothing new under the sun. It’s foolish to ignore this, but we all do it.”

Omens follows 2020’s self-titled No. 1 Hard Rock Album, saluted by the likes of Rolling Stone and NME. Omens is perhaps their angriest album yet. Produced by longtime collaborator Josh Wilbur (Korn, Megadeth), Omens is a vicious new testament for the Richmond, Virginia-based band, a furious entry in their beloved catalogue. “The world is crazy and keeps changing. Omens is a reaction to the state of the world,” Blythe explains. “It’s a very pissed-off record.” He pauses for emphasis. “It is extremely pissed-off.”

Last weekend, Sweden’s foremost metal legends tore down the stage at SLIPKNOT’s German KNOTFEST edition with their world-renowned live show. IN FLAMES continue to surprise their fans with a new offering of their mind-blowing skills: Gothenburg’s finest release a brand-new track titled The Great Deceiver – a crushing piece of high-class modern metal, carving IN FLAMES’ unique mark deep into the current scene’s foundations.

The band states:
“The Great Deceiver was born out of frustration, basically a reaction to false flags but since then it has grown to represent several meanings. There’s a line that says “Bend the truth to fit your opinion” and I feel that speaks a lot to the narrative happening online, between people, and nations etc. today. We are more a part now than ever before yet it’s easier to communicate than in any other time in history.”

Gold-selling hard rockers OF MICE & MEN — Aaron Pauley (bass + vocals), Valentino Arteaga (drums), Alan Ashby (guitar), and Phil Manansala (guitar) — have shared a unique remix of the song Mosaic from last year’s critically acclaimed Echo album. The remix was handled by EDM artist Becko.

‘’Becko’s immense talents really elevated our ferocious track ‘Mosaic,’ and gave it a fresh and exciting new vibe,” says Arteaga.

“I’ve been a fan of OM&M ever since I was an emo/hardcore kid at their shows,” Becko states. “It was an honour and pleasure to make some noises with my synths here in the studio. The remix I’ve made is an hybrid of dark-ish EDM mid-tempo mixed with metalcore guitars and screams by OM&M. It all came very naturally.”

With barely a month remaining before the release of their highly anticipated 5th studio album, EMPYREAN, Bay Area masters of atmospheric technical death metal FALLUJAH have unleashed their final single, a torrential masterpiece titled Soulbreaker. A masterclass of guitar wizardry and a devastating gut punch of pummeling rhythm, the ripping new track takes fans into the pit with a decimating level of sonic ferocity,

Commenting on the song, founding guitarist Scott Carstairs says:

“Prepare to have your mind melted by our latest track ‘SOULBREAKER.’ This will be our third and final single from our monstrous record ‘Empyrean’ out on 9/9. ‘Soulbreaker’ is a psychedelic spiral into depravity, relentlessly beating you down with pissed off riffs and ethereal walls of sonic bliss. Try not to break your neck listening to this one.”

One of Norway’s most creative black metal bands DIMMU BORGIR released the groundbreaking Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia in 2001. DIMMU BORGIR celebrate this seminal album by releasing a brand-new sonic experience. The band are now releasing the rehearsal version of Puritania from the bonus album Dust Of Cold Memories.

Conceived in the heart of the Norwegian black metal scene in 1993, DIMMU BORGIR quickly broke free from the boundaries of the genre, daring to combine a traditional raven black sound with opulent symphonic orchestration. Soon they turned into pioneers of their field, forging ground-breaking albums such as Enthrone Darkness Triumphant (1997), Spiritual Black Dimensions (1999), or Death Cult Armageddon (2003), invading the entire world with headline tours and eventually turning into the most influential act of their genre after nine full-length studio releases. After their last two successful albums Abrahadabra and Eonian, new music from DIMMU BORGIR follows with their remixed & remastered version of Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia which was originally released in 2001.

Gold-certified, Columbus, Ohio rock band BEARTOOTH have once again thrilled fans with a surprise release. The band has just shared the video for the brand new and previously unannounced single, Riptide.

“Riptide is about trying to start a new chapter in life and trying to stop focusing on all of the negative things that have been surrounding my life for quite some time and me focusing on being healthier, happier, and having a better time with my life,” explains frontman Caleb Shomo.

The song represents a new chapter for Shomo… and for Beartooth.

On August 12th, extreme metal masters Arch Enemy will unleash their 11th studio album, Deceivers, via Century Media Records. For a preview of the record, the new single In The Eye Of The Storm can be streamed worldwide now here. Directed by Mirko Witzki, the video for In The Eye Of The Storm is also out now.

Arch Enemy’s founder and chief songwriter Michael Amott comments: “In The Eye Of The Storm is a song that was built around a hypnotizing riff and a groove that’s just screaming out to be played live! Shooting the video in Berlin, Germany with, for us, new director Mirko Witzki was a super cool experience, and the result is nothing less than astonishing!”

Recently confirming the release of the official soundtrack for their powerful documentary Green Is The New Black, due out on August 5 via UNFD, Northern Rivers heavy-hitters In Hearts Wake have unveiled yet another glimpse into what’s to come via an unplugged version of their grunge-tinged 2020 ballad Husk.

A ukulele-laden re-imagining of its predecessor, which featured on Kaliyuga, the group’s 2020 album, Husk (Unplugged) retains the ballad essence of the original while showcasing a creamy and stripped-back version of In Hearts Wake.

As to the evolution of Husk (Unplugged), In Hearts Wake vocalist Jake Taylor explains: “Kyle, our bassist, received a Ukulele for his birthday from his father Frank. When we were writing the soundtrack for our feature film ‘Green Is The New Black’, we couldn’t look past the idea of reimagining Husk as an unplugged track with the Uke as the feature instrument. All hail Frank!”.

California metal band SILENT PLANET have shared the brand new song :Signal: and it’s the first taste of new music since 2020’s full-length release Iridescent.

The band, known for a unique fusion of story-telling lyrics and modern metal and cinematic soundscapes, has shared the visualizer.

The Devil Wears Prada – Mike Hranica (vocals), Jeremy DePoyster (vocals, guitar), Mason Nagy (bass), Kyle Sipress (guitar), Jonathan Gering (keys, synthesizers), and Giuseppe Capolupo (drums) – recently announced their eighth album Color Decay. It will arrive on Friday 16 September via Solid State.

“Not to be too obvious, but this song is about how we are all victims to the passing of time,” The Devil Wears Prada say about the track’s deeper meaning. “It can feel so fast or too slow, but it is never on our side. That sentiment mixed with one of the heaviest riffs on the record and an industrial, almost-EDM format make it a standout.”

About the video for Time, the band says, “Our goal for Time was to create an entirely new visual for the band. Something that would fit the combination of aggressive riffs and the pulsing vibes in the song. Working with Chris and Kate again, their use of a dance troupe with amazing choreography really helps emphasize the chaotic feelings of speeding up and slowing down that the lyrics spell.”

In ode to one of the most influential cinematic releases ever to grace the silver screen, Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’, overlords of Slashercore, Ice Nine Kills, have released the gruesome, cinematic music video accompaniment to their song, The Shower Scene.

Speaking on their new release, Ice Nine Kills frontman and creative visionary, Spencer Charnas shares: “While paying tribute to perhaps the most influential horror film of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s, Psycho, we simultaneously continue the INK Horrorwood Saga we began exactly a year ago to the day. Will this be the end? Or is the next chapter just right around the corner…”

The video For The Shower Scene stars Ice Nine Kills Scream Queen, Nadia Teichmann and Victoria Potter Worsnop along side beloved horror movie figures Joe Bob Briggs (Martin Scorcesse’s Casino, The Last Drive In on Shudder), Scout Taylor- Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1 & 2), Bill Moseley (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Devil’s Rejects) and Ricky Dean Logan (Freddy’s Dead, Back To The Future series).

Perth alternative metal rising star RinRin proves she’s one to watch with explosive new single Guns and Grenades. Releasing in time for her upcoming showcase at Bigsound 2022, the dystopian single is just the beginning for what’s in store for RinRin.

“Guns and Grenades” is about doing something you don’t want to but are forced to out of obligation, as is so often the case in war. “The song is not about taking sides or the political aspect of the war,” explains RinRin. “It’s for the people who don’t have any choice and are being used by politics: the fathers and brothers who should be with their families but have to stay to defend their country; Lovers who belong to opposing sides but have to fight each other because they have a duty to.”

Miss May I gives us the newest single from the upcoming Curse of Existence album.

Miss May I vocalist Levi Benton shares “This song ‘Free Fall’ is our open invitation to anyone who wants to take that leap they never had the courage to take. When you reach the edge of a journey you have struggled to travel through and you back out before the final step, this is your chance to take that leap off the edge and see where the journey takes you. I know the popular term for this is ‘imposter syndrome’ and for anyone who has felt the relief of pushing through, this song is your anthem.”

Enter Shikari are sharing a brand-new single, The Void Stares Back, featuring the breakthrough rock duo Wargasm.

It has been almost three years since Enter Shikari last released a new single. On their previous outing The Great Unknown, the final single to be taken from their UK #2 album Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible, we last heard the band questioning “Is this a new beginning? / Or are we close to the end?” As they now share highly anticipated new material, the answer to those questions comes into sharp focus: a new beginning is upon us.

Long-established as restless innovators operating in entirely their own lane, Enter Shikari re-emerge with some of their most thrilling and potent work so far, in collaboration with Wargasm. The Void Stares Back spins a startling pop sensibility into a haymaker chorus, that erupts to champion acceptance, community, belonging and the power of progress. It’s about staking your claim, being who you are, searching for like-minds and ushering out the antiquated views of old.

Lead vocalist and keyboardist Rou Reynolds comments: “It is with elation, and more than a little nervousness, that we release this; our first track after over two years of dormancy. It is a roisterous journey made all the more so with the addition of our friends Wargasm. Thematically, the piece is about the forward march of social progress, and how, often, those with a more conventional archaic outlook on sexuality, gender, social design, economics etc, see those with differing ideas like bewildering, depraved creatures from another dimension.”

Wargasm add: “Shikari were a big part of our growing up, so it was an absolute honour to be asked to collaborate with such an incredible and well-spoken band. They stand for the right things – we’re a little more pessimistic. It was fun playing the darker devil’s advocate to Rou’s light…where we’re going, you won’t need eyes to see…”

Not long until the release of BEHEMOTH’s 12th studio album, Opvs Contra Natvram, the black metal messiahs unleash one of their most fierce and menacing singles yet. Thy Becoming Eternal tells a story of finding strength in times of misfortune and is encapsulated in an epic animated video, produced by animator Ruben Fro.

Frontman and BEHEMOTH visionary, Adam “Nergal” Darski, comments on the track:

“Legions! Our new offering from Opvs Contra Natvram…Thy Becoming Eternal. As always, we’re trying to keep things fresh! The video was produced by talented Japanese animator, Ruben Fro, who created this epic, aeonic CG landscape for our stoic warrior to journey through. The song itself is a fast and furious beast with a bombastic ending, definitely one of the most intense songs in Behemoth’s catalogue. Let us know if you agree!”

Following the release of their highly successful and critically acclaimed album Hate Über Alles, metal titans KREATOR are proud to share a new live video of their 1989 classic Betrayer, which was recorded at Bloodstock Festival 2021 and features none other than Dani Filth (Cradle Of Filth) on guest vocals. The song is featured on the limited 2LP Live At Bloodstock 2021, a monumental live recording of KREATOR’s breathtaking headline performance at one of the UKs most renowned metal festivals, which is being released today! The vinyl run is limited to 2.000 units world-wide, split into 4 colours. Be quick and grab one of the last few remaining copies before they’re gone for good!

Metal and electronic dreams come true via the scorching new team-up between hard-hitting Aussie producer PhaseOne and metalcore linchpins Polaris, with the two acts unveiling their thunderous new collab track Icarus, out via UNFD.

A towering display of precision, rapid-fire instrumentation and gutteral soundscapes, Icarus hurls PhaseOne’s signature metal-meets-dubstep stylings alongside the formidable flair of Polaris; and the end result is a rave-worthy display of chaos, beauty and gripping genre-bending from the two prolific acts.

“Icarus started off as me just writing a straight metal track for fun, but once it started taking shape, I couldn’t help but add electronic elements,” reveals PhaseOne of the track’s genesis. “I think the result is awesome as it flows so seamlessly between genres. We got in touch with Polaris, who loved the track and really saw the vision and were excited to work on it with me. They truly smashed the vocal – it was exactly what I had imagined in my head – plus, this is the first collab song Polaris have ever done, so I’m really stoked to be a part of that.”

Swedish metal heroes AMARANTHE continue to showcase their versatility and eclectic musical taste. After having released a beautiful orchestral version of their power ballad Crystalline and a flamenco-tinged acoustic rendition of their banger Adrenaline they are now following up with a “cinematic” version of their hit single Strong on which – again – the heavy guitars make way for atmospheric synth layers and orchestral arrangements, giving the song a more laid-back and at the same time very enchanting theatrical feel. You can check out this new interpretation below.

AMARANTHE comment:
“One of the true high points of the MANIFEST sessions was creating the bonus tracks – after being incredibly happy with the final mix of the main album, we still had an influx of creative energy left in us. The cinematic version of “Strong” was born from just such a momentum, as we wanted to display a totally different side of the song, as well are our own musical output. We truly hope that you will enjoy this different, and very epic side of Amaranthe!”

Fit For A King have announced their new album The Hell We Create. It arrives on October 28 via Solid State Records.

End (The Other Side) is one of the most personal songs I have ever written, lyrically,” says singer Ryan Kirby. “This song is about my wife’s near-death experience, after having a stroke, and how the experience not only showed me how unprepared I was to lose her, but also how unprepared I am to face death. I am fortunate to have not dealt with much death in my life, but I learned, in the end, that death comes for us all.”

About the album, Kirby says, “It is a reflection of the events that happened throughout the pandemic. In short, my wife and I adopted children and had to home school them. She almost died from a stroke. The Hell We Create is by far the deepest and most personal record we’ve ever written.”

Friday saw the release of Days Of The Lost, the highly-anticipated debut album from Gothenburg’s newest supergroup, THE HALO EFFECT.

Alongside the release of their debut album, the band have also revealed a new video, that was filmed on a Gothenburg rooftop, for standout track In Broken Trust.

Mikael Stanne comments: “The song is about betrayal. Either to oneself or onto others. The clinical and unaffected truth might be hard to achieve but the further we stray from it the harder everything gets. This turned out to be a huge song and landing on this structure and feel took a few tries but I love how it came out and having this come out as the album drops feels incredible. Enjoy!”

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