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Atmospheric Videos: Caligula’s Horse – A Gift To Afterthought


Yesterday, through Revolver Magazine, Aussie prog rockers Caligula’s Horse premiered a new video for the opening song of their 2013 album “The Tide, The Thief & River’s End”. The video was filmed at The New Globe Theatre in Brisbane, Australia by director Adrian Goleby. The main goal was to make a video to visualize the intense atmosphere during their live shows, and they managed to do so with great success!

“We love the videos we’ve done in the past, but this one captures something pretty special… This energy and interaction is what C Horse is all about, and this clip is dedicated to all of you: our amazing fans who let us experience it every time we tour.”  – Sam Vallen, guitarist

 

New Video and Single: Ophidian I – Whence They Came


To keep the interest in their forthcoming second album at a nice bubbling temperature, the Icelandic technical death band Ophidian I have a released a single which they recorded during pre-production. To go with the single they’ve also done a YouTube video with appropriately gruesome animation by Andres Montero.

Ophidian I’s debut album, “Solvet Saeclum” (2012), cemented the band’s place among the top metal outfits from Iceland and made some impact in the wider market. It was well-received by critics and congnoscenti (who are not necessarily the same people).

If you know anything about Iceland and music, that tiny island with its small population produces an amazing amount of good metal. Merely being “a top band from Iceland” is usually enough to establish a band’s credentials. All Ophidian I needs now is wider exposure to break though in the international markets. Like the pretty people in the shampoo adverts, they’re worth it.

 

 

New Music Video: Hybrid Circle – The Impossible


Hybrid CircleThoroughly modern metal. That’s what the Italian outfit Hybrid Circle have been delivering since their first album in 2008. “The Impossible” is a brand-new video of a track on their fourth album, “A Matter Of Faith”, released at the end of June.

“The Impossible” is an excellent example of Hybrid Circle’s rich musical style. Listed as technical metal, it’s a delectable blend of post progressive rock infused with flavours of Swedish death. The music alternates hard growls with sweet clean vocals, knitted together by really slick instrumentation and a tight rhythm section. You want top-quality Italian flair? Hybrid Circle have it.

The current line-up is Antonio Di Campli (vocals), Simone Di Cicco (guitar and backing vocals), Alessandro Mitelli (guitar), Giuseppe Costantino (keyboard and samples), Matteo Mucci (bass) and Vittorio Del Prete (drums).

Meet the band on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/hybridcircleofficial/timeline

 

Music Video Revisited: Chaos – Game


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For decades I’ve dreamed of doing a culinary tour of India, home of my favourite types of food. Imagine what fun it would be to combine that with a musical tour of India.

The south-western coastal state of Kerala would be a good place to start. We’d fill ourselves with something irresistible like that Kerala spicy fish, then charge off to mosh away the calories in an evening with Chaos, a home-grown thrash band which has quickly risen to prominence on the Subcontinent.

For Western metal fans, India is a largely untapped source of quality music. In thrash, Chaos deserves a much, much bigger audience in Europe and the Americas. Ask them if they play old-school or modern thrash and they’d probably answer, “Screw the tags. We play thrash our way.” They do it solidly, powerfully and splendidly.

This song comes from their debut album, “Violent Redemption”, which was a complete sell-out in India. The album will be re-issued in January. Write that down. Chaos are also planning a new album for later in 2015. Write that down too.

Meet Chaos on Facebook and follow all their important links from their page:
www.facebook.com/chaosindia

 

Video of the Week: Foehammer by Conan


Unfortunately, no real interesting videos go released this week.  Just ones with the band playing in a basement, abandoned warehouse, forest, etc. And you all know how much I love those.  Silver lining being, I get to dig a bit back for stuff I overlooked throughout the year.  Here’s one video and record I criminally overlooked until recently.  So, hail Crom and check out the nightmarish visuals with a crushing sludge doom soundtrack.  Also, check out the record, Blood Eagle; absolutely shattering stuff.  Enjoy!!!

Video of the Week: Can I Play With Madness by Iron Maiden


Ok, since I am going to Sonisphere Italy tomorrow to see Ghost, Mastodon, Megadeth, and IRON F’N MAIDEN I really haven’t been listen to/watching anything other than Maiden videos lately, so I’m a bit behind the curve on what’s new and cool this week in heavy metal video land.  So let’s take a trip down memory lane.

My favorite Iron Maiden video ever is “Can I Play With Madness”.  When I was a budding Iron Maiden fan I thought this was the coolest thing in the world mainly because of the short animation of Eddie the Head and would swear that there was some kind of Iron Maiden cartoon in England.  I would beg my parents to find the cartoon for me and would drag them to the TV whenever the video came on to prove to them an Iron Maiden cartoon really existed.  Of course they tried to tell me it was just a promotional video and there wasn’t really an Eddie the Head cartoon but I wasn’t having any of that.  So, after many months of disappointment of never getting my Iron Maiden cartoon I just settled for the 2 seconds of animation in the music video which I recorded with our shiny new VCR and would rewind and re-watch this video ad nauseum.  And the lizards in the video names are Rocky and Razor and they can transform into huge dragons and they eat mean teachers.

What’s your favorite Iron Maiden video and why?  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Video of the Week: I Am Colossus by Meshuggah


One thing I miss about this way to long wait for a new Tool album besides the obvious fact of new music from Tool to listen to is the mind-raping videos that accompany their albums.  Always filled with darkness, trippiness, psychedelia, and creativity, they are consistently heavy metal eye candy.  Many bands and their music video directors have tried to emulate that same style that Tool does in their videos, but just about never ends in succeeding.  Well finally someone has broke through and crafted a Tool-like video that earns my awesome Tool Video That Doesn’t Include a Tool Song Seal of Approval™.  Directed and Animated Magnus Jonsson this dark slab of imagery leading up to the birth of a colossus will tickle the right side of your brain very nicely and push you to hit that replay button more than a few times.  The thundering music of Meshuggah’s powerhouse song “I Am Colossus” will only reinforce the video’s impact.  Check it out!  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Wake Up with Some Awakening Sun


Newcomers to the metal realm Awakening Sun from Lithuania have released their first video for the song “Under Control” off their debut album, Sold Out.  These guys have a great death metal feel to them in the vein of Amon Amarth.  The pounding guitars and throbbing drums should have you throwing chairs and opening up a mosh pit in your living room in no time.  If you like what you hear you can find their album on Itunes as well as Amazon.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!

Get Medieval with Folkstone


With their 3rd full length album Il Confine (The Confine/The Border) set to be released on the 16th of March, 2012, Italian Medieval Folk Metal band Folkstone have started things off with a kick ass video for the lead single “Nebbie” (“Mists”).  Along with some rocking metal riffing and rhythms the Folkstone guys (and gals 😉 ) step things up by adding live bagpipes and a heavy metal harp.  Their previous albums were completely awesome (and helped me learn Italian a bit) and I expect nothing less from the new one.

One thing I do have to say is that one thing I really appreciate about this band past the great Folk Metal is that they sing in their native tongue (and sometimes in their dialect).  Something I wish more Italian and other non-English speaking bands did a lot more often.  It opens the metal realm up so much more and makes the metal voice a lot more widespread.  Anyways, check out the video and the awesome song “Omnia Fert Aetasand” (“Time Bears All Things Away” in Latin).  And when the album hits shelves, check that out too!  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!

Video of the Week – Negasonic Teenage Warhead


This week I have been on a bit of an ‘old-school’ kick (for me that would be the mid-90s).  One band that I was huge into during my teen years and have been listening to a lot lately are my close-to-hometown heroes Monster Magnet (they’re from Red Bank, NJ, about 20 minutes from where I grew up, also the home of famed movie director Kevin Smith and the town where his film Chasing Amy took place).

I’m fortunate that I grew up where I did as the music scene in NJ was booming and great venues for concerts were all a stones throw from where I lived.  The legendary Stone Pony and its bigger sister venue a block away, The Asbury Park Convention Hall, were always metal friendly and then there was the Birch Hill in Old Bridge (RIP) where the metal was even more plentiful.  Monster Magnet loved to play hometown shows and the large amount of venues for them to select from was staggering, needless to say I got to see them a whole bunch of times.

My favorite MM show was when they played a venue called The Tradewinds in Seabright, NJ (RIP) for a Halloween show in 1999.  Me and my friends were in costumes and the cop checking IDs didn’t bother to ask for ours and gave us liquor wristbands (I was 19 at the time 😉 ), so our goofy looking asses had been given access to get our drink on.  My one buddy had dressed up like Jesus and ended up walking around blessing everyone’s beers and eventually made friends with a Pope, a Rabbi, some nuns, a monk, and a bunny rabbit, I wish I knew where that picture was.  Anyways, MM took the stage and killed it dressed up as zombies and devils playing a set composed of their older material from Spine of God and played Tab….25 in its entirety (jealous much).  All the psychedelic music paired with crazy lights, dancers on the stage, and a crowd of costumed freaks made for one hell of a memorable concert.

Well, enough reminiscing.  Check out the awesome video for “Negasonic Teenage Warhead” off of Dopes to Infinity which could be considered MM‘s first ‘hit’.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

 

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