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Dark electronic duo, MAN1K1N has just unveiled their new single, “Don’t Let Me Try.” Perhaps their most important track to date, it was conceived as a reaction to a personal loss and a year and a half of solitude. It’s a time capsule of several isolating moments.
“‘The heavy solitude of this past year during quarantine was a poignant influence in the moment this song exists in. Too often, suicidal ideation is regarded as a trope. But the anguish felt in those private moments is threatening and devastatingly lonely.
We wanted this song to speak to that without glorifying an end, or without being overly direct. It is a trope mired in heavy familiarity that we wanted to capture. We invite the listener to draw their own conclusions and inspire conversation.”
|MAN1K1N has drafted Tom Baker, renowned Mastering Engineer of iconic albums such as The Downward Spiral, Hellbilly Deluxe, Psalm 69, etc., to tackle their new single and his delivery met all expectations. In support of the new release, MAN1K1N will be headlining this year’s Endless Nights Vampire Ball in Salem, MA on October 16th, hosted by Salem’s own VampFangs. This will be their one and exclusive appearance this October.|
MAN1K1N is an electronic alternative band hailing from Boston, MA. founded by singer Johnny Veil and drummer Cristian Carver (CARV.R, Bella Morte). Their sound is heavy in its slow intensity and visceral with a groove when it needs to be. Unapologetically confrontational is MAN1K1N’s sonic dialogue and their stage presence is no different, if not more.
Ships In The Night has just simultaneously released a brand new single along with an accompanying video for the song “First Light,” the first peek at their upcoming album “Latent Powers.” Ships In The Night’s uplifting dark pop sound is led by songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Alethea Leventhal who also completed the intoxicating dance floor heavy remix on the “First Light” single. “Latent Powers” will officially mark Ships in the Night’s debut for the Cleopatra Records label and will be released through all digital and streaming services on October 27th, 2021.
Swedish heavy rockers GHOST have released a new song called “Hunter’s Moon”. The track, which was produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace, is featured in the latest blockbuster installment of the legendary film franchise “Halloween Kills”. The “Halloween Kills” soundtrack is set to arrive October 15 via Sacred Bones, with the film hitting theaters (and Peacock) the same day as well.
A series of inspired encounters between creative forces from various worlds of sound and vision has resulted in “Hunter’s Moon”, the infectious first new track from GHOST since 2019’s “Seven Inches Of Satanic Panic”, and its phantasmagoric video directed by Amanda Demme.
The genesis of “Hunter’s Moon” can be traced back to GHOST‘s November 16, 2018 show at the Forum in Los Angeles. Ryan Turek, vice president of feature film development at Blumhouse Productions (“Get Out”, “Insidious”, “The Purge”, “Us”, “Whiplash”) attended the sold-out show, striking up an instant rapport with GHOST‘s mastermind Tobias Forge — one that developed quickly and deeply via meetings, podcast appearances, and ultimately a visit with co-writer and director David Gordon Green on the North Carolina set of the upcoming “Halloween Kills”.
Three years nearly to the day since that first fateful exchange, GHOST‘s “Hunter’s Moon” has materialized on DSPs, will play as the “Halloween Kills” end credits roll, and will be released January 21, 2022 as a collectible seven-inch single by Loma Vista Recordings. “Hunter’s Moon” can be streamed, purchased, and/or pre-ordered in its vinyl incarnation. The retail version of the seven-inch will feature the special B-side “Halloween Kills (Main Title)”, performed, produced and engineered by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies.
“Hunter’s Moon” features OPETH‘s Fredrik Åkesson on guitar and THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES founder Martin Hederos on the piano. Producer Max Grahn and “A Ghoul Writer” are listed as the song’s composers and lyricists.
Earlier this month, GHOST announced a 26-date co-headlining U.S. arena tour with VOLBEAT and special guests TWIN TEMPLE, coming to cities including Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Houston, and Phoenix.
Last October, Forge told Sweden Rock Magazine that he was planning to enter the studio in January to begin recording GHOST‘s fifth album. “The actual recording will last around six weeks and then there’s two to three weeks of mixing and mastering,” he said. “So sometime in March the record should be finished, but it won’t be released until after the summer. As it looks now, knock on wood, we will then go on tour. We won’t release an album until we know that we are actually going on tour. The album release will coincide with the start of a tour. Of course, we could announce an album release date and then, for some reason, it might not be possible to tour, but that’s a whole other matter.”
In March 2020, at final show of GHOST‘s “Prequelle” tour in Mexico City, Mexico, the band officially introduced Papa Emeritus IV, the new character who will front the act for its next LP phase.
Forge performed as a “new” Papa Emeritus on each of the band’s first three LPs, with each version of Papa replacing the one that came before it. Papa Emeritus III was retired in favor of Cardinal Copia before the release of 2018’s “Prequelle”.
In October 2019, Forge confirmed to U.K.’s Kerrang! magazine that there would be a new character fronting GHOST by the time the group’s next LP sees the light of day.
“Prequelle” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and featured the chart-topping singles “Rats” and “Dance Macabre”.
In December 2018, GHOST nabbed two Grammy nominations, “Best Rock Album” for “Prequelle” and “Best Rock Song” for “Rats”.
Five years ago, GHOST became the first Swedish rock band ever to win a Grammy — 2016’s “Best Metal Performance” for the song “Cirice”.
AC/DC‘s music video for the song “Through The Mists Of Time” can be seen below. The clip is a rock and roll museum tour through an exhibition of the band’s incredible history. Based on a concept by guitarist Angus Young, director Najeeb Tarazi and creative director Josh Cheuse used footage shot by Clemens Habicht of each of the five bandmembers in five separate shoots around the world. They then enlisted Mathematic, a Paris-based visual effects studio, to combine all the elements so the band could take the stage together to perform the fan favorite from “Power Up”, almost one year to the day that the highly anticipated album was announced.
“Power Up” was released in November 2020. The LP features AC/DC‘s current lineup of Brian Johnson (vocals), Phil Rudd (drums), Cliff Williams (bass), Angus Young (guitar) and Stevie Young (guitar). It was recorded over a six-week period in August and September 2018 at Warehouse Studios in Vancouver with producer Brendan O’Brien, who also worked on 2008’s “Black Ice” and 2014’s “Rock Or Bust”.
“Power Up” is a tribute to founding AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who died in 2017 from effects of dementia at age 64. Malcolm is credited as a writer on all 12 tracks on “Power Up”, along with his brother Angus.
Johnson discussed “Through The Mists Of Time”, which has been described in one review as “the closest thing we’ll get to AC/DC reflecting on the ever-present face of old father time,” in a November 2020 interview with Radio X. He said: “The riff for ‘Through The Mists Of Time’ came out, and Angus wrote the lyrics for that song, and I believe he captured everything — about the early days when the band started, when rock and roll was just carefree, when nobody gave a flying thought about anything except just having a good time and playing. And all this lovely innocence was gone. And I think [the lyrics] encapsulated [the sentiment]. To tell you the truth, every time I hear it, I still get a goosebump, and it’s a tribute to Malcolm: ‘Through The Mists Of Time’. And it’s different. I don’t know if it’s different from anything we’ve done before, but it certainly stands apart.”
“Power Up” landed at the No. 1 spot in 18 countries, including in the U.S., where it sold over 117,000 copies in the first week. “Power Up” marked AC/DC‘s sixth No. 1 album in Australia where the band is the only Australian group in history to have had a No. 1 album across five decades: “Back In Black” (1980s), “Ballbreaker Live” (1990s), “Black Ice” (2000s), “Rock Or Bust” (2010s) and “Power Up” (2020s).
“Power Up” was the fastest-selling album of 2020 in at least three of its biggest markets — U.S., Australia and the U.K. — where it debuted at No. 1.
Angus told Rolling Stone about AC/DC‘s continued collaboration with O’Brien: “What I like about Brendan is that he keeps you working when you’re doing a project with him. He’s talented himself. He knows his bass and his guitar and a bit of drums. And piano. He covers the spectrum for what we can do musically. It’s very good because you’re working with a musician, since he can apply that musical knowledge.”
Although AC/DC originally planned on releasing “Power Up” in early 2020, the pandemic forced the band to reconsider.
“We were hoping to get the album out before all this happened,” Angus said. “They were getting ideas together for packaging and video promo things. And then that virus thing came along. It kind of put everyone on hold.”
Canadian industrial act, DI AUGER has released the video for their track, “Piss & Vinegar.” The song appears on DI AUGER‘s latest album, Under The Skin Of The World.
“Piss & Vinegar” is raw anger. The song is directed at the system – the governments of all nations that ignore the law of “governing” the people but seem to want to rule them. Says DI AUGER mastermind, C. Lefort, “I am interpreting this as a bastardized form of tyranny. This is a song for the people that are waking up and have had enough.”
The video concept was to capture the rage and anger at a system or against the system from the perspective of any individual interpreted by the viewer. The video was shot north of Toronto in Peterborough, Ontario and was directed and edited by Sean Beasley of Live Evil Productions.
|DI AUGER‘s newest release, Under The Skin Of The World is both original in concept and execution and represents his first collaboration with producer and contributor Sean Beesley of Live Evil Productions.|
This new work is a concept album that deals with many of the geopolitical, social, environmental and technological issues that directly affect and reflect the populations of the world today and into the foreseeable future as we repeat history. It’s a true 24 track concept album experience. While it must be listened to as a whole to fully appreciate, numerous tracks will be focused on as powerful and diverse stand alone singles.
DI AUGER is the solo artist, C. Lefort, (Toronto, Canada), that has created a movement of aggressive but melodic music that encompasses several genres yet, has established itself in a self-created foundation called “Neo Industrial Gothic Rock”. For the past several years DI AUGER has cultivated and developed his persona as an independent artist, the result of which is a discography consisting of six full-length albums, over six EP’s, as well as various remixes, singles and collaborations.
DI AUGER, a formerly educated pianist and percussionist also hosts and DJ’s events in the city Toronto under his banner “RAGE”, and has worked with many of leading players in that field. He produces DI AUGER’S RAGECAST, a monthly podcast that brings new music, old favorites and aspiring talent into the fold for two hours of dark dance in a streaming environment. DI AUGER’S talents not only exist within the realm of music creation, song-writing, or performing. He is also an award winning visual artist, designs and creates album covers, original fine artwork and merchandise under his moniker OCCULTURE CREATIONS. He has built a grass roots following in the Gothic/Industrial scene in Toronto and is on the cusp of expanding his network to a worldwide market.