“No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own.
“That as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.”
With over half a million people evacuated due to Oregon fires, global pandemic deaths pushing towards the million mark and, closer to Europe, Brexit still dividing opinions, the bad news continues to come, as this weeks disturbing news that the War Of The Worlds 2021 tour has been moved to 2022 would seem to place a big questions on larger events planned for the first half of 2021.
Any arena tours for 2021 must be at risk. Bands and crews have to travel and so many things can affect that. Travel bans, quarantine regulations, local lockdowns, reluctance to buy tickets for large gatherings etc. Postponing 2021 tours will cost, but less than cancellation and will not need an insurance pay out.
With so few shows on the horizon, MetalTalk are delighted to be covering tonights full Revival Black sold out headline show at Leo’s Red Lion, Gravesend, Saturday 12 September.
The gig is to be held outside, with limited capacity and social distance measures in place.
Keep an eye on MetalTalk.net next week, for a review with photos. Lets see for real what this new world is going to be like……
The Liverpool Hard Rockers are putting finishing touches to their next album, due out in 2021.
The Flower Kings will release their new double album ‘Islands’ on InsideOutMusic 30 October 2020, almost a year after their previous release ‘Waiting For Miracles’. The first track ‘Broken’ is here and it is pretty epic.
The band told MetalTalk: “Howdy people – how is life on your islands and in your isolation? Good news is – there is music – and even better – there is NEW music from THE FLOWER KINGS.
“Here is ‘Broken’ – first song from our new double album/triple LP!!
“‘Broken’ is a song about addiction, stress and confusion – Not a typical song for the album, because the album has no ‘typical’ style – it is just a wild ride of styles and influences. We’re super excited about you to hear ALL of it, but here is a first glimpse of the progressive smorgasbord.
“There is more waiting. Get your pre-orders going!
“Much love from Jonas – Mirkko – Zach – Hasse & Roine!”
Legendary UK Heavy Metal four piece Orange Goblin have had to postpone the planned 25th Anniversary celebrations, with new dates now booked for 2021.
Ben Ward told MetalTalk: “We wanted to wait as long as possible to see whether we would be given the go ahead, but with no clear indication that full capacity shows will be allowed by then we now have no choice but to reschedule for December 2021.
“The safety and well being of our fans, crew, venue staff and bandmates is always the most important issue for us so we hope that you understand our situation.”
Jakko M Jakszyk (King Crimson), has announced that his forthcoming solo album ‘Secrets And Lies’ will be released 23 October. Yesterday he launched a video for the track ‘It Would All Make Sense’, which features Gavin Harrison on drums & John Giblin on bass.
Jakkop told MetalTalk: “When the truth is staring you right in the face. But you just don’t want to believe it. When the evidence makes more sense than the lies. Then there comes a point, when – it would all make sense.”
Finnish Melodic Death Metal band Mors Principum Est are soon to release their seventh album ‘Seven’, the follow-up from 2017’s ‘Embers Of A Dying World’. Brutal, sophisticated and progressive, the ‘A Day For Redemption’ is can be seen below.
Released by AFM records, ‘Seven’ marks a twenty year, seven album career which has seen numerous line up changes, but if this track is anything to go by, things may be looking up finally.
Ville Viljanen and British guitarist and songwriter Andy Gillion worked on the tracks, with a release for late October planned.
MetalTalk will definitely bring more news about this album. Keep in touch!
The Messenger Birds are another group on the increasingly impressive circuit of duo’s who seem to be more than the sum of their parts.
From Detroit, the band release their debut album ‘Everything Has To Fall Apart Eventually’ on 7 October 7 2020.
The band told MetalTalk: “‘Everything Has to Fall Apart Eventually’ sonically is one of our favorite tracks on the album (also the title track). The music and lyrics kind of mirror each other in a manic fever dream sort of way, a mix of driving riffs and laid back grooves with atmospheric leads and arpeggiated synthesizer layers. It’s a bit of sensory overload, which is intentional.
“We’re living in this time where we are inundated every minute of the day with new information, conspiracies, and propaganda on the internet/social media and it’s a constant battle for people to analyze it all and understand it for what it is. What’s true? What’s not? How do you decipher it, and how can you tell the difference?
“Everybody has something to say, but it’s all finger-pointing without an openness for real discourse or learning. That’s kind of what ‘Everything Has to Fall Apart Eventually’ is about…”
One song that has really caught our ear this week is ‘Hands That Built The World’, the new single from brand new British band Jordan Red.
Featuring the incredible voice of Daniel Leigh and the fiery guitar work of Dan Baker, the song sounds like a fresh mix of Alter Bridge hooks combined with Bring Me The Horizon’s frantic energy.
The song was produced by BMTH producer Romesh Dodangoda so its easy to see where that polished yet powerful sound comes from. A very refreshing new single from one exciting band.
Other bands have found ways to keep rocking despite the current barriers to playing before a large crowd.
Esprit D’Air have just anonunced that their 10th anniversary gig, which was to be held at The Dome in London, will now be a special online virtual experience which will be broadcast worldwide.
The band will even be debuting some new songs from their as yet untitled new album. Tickets are available now on Esprit D’Air’s official site.