L. A. Guns have completed their work on their new studio album. The famous American band, which includes singer Phil Lewis and guitarist Tracii Guns, has set "Black Diamonds" as the title of this upcoming album. This will be the fourth studio album since the much welcome reunion of the band's core foundation of Lewis and Guns. It will follow the well-received studio albums "The Missing Peace", "The Devil You Know" and "Checkered Past" plus the live release "Made In Milan" and a covers EP "Another Xmas In Hell".
Phis Lewis wrote on his social media: "Incredibly happy to announce the completion of our forth record (post reunion). Great songs, fantastic playing and some of the best singing of my career. It's heavy and dark in places and bright n breezy in others. It's all over the place as per our usual style. I think it's the best thing we've ever done but yeah I know I say that about all of them but I truly love this record and had fun recording parts on the tour wagon and then five intense days doing vocals with Mitch [Davis] in NYC. Of course the wait for it to drop will be excruciating but I'll do my best to contain the excitement. Seriously it's fantastic and you're all gonna love it".
"Black Diamonds" track listing:
01. You Betray 02. Wrong About You 03. Diamonds 04. Babylon 05. Shame 06. Shattered Glass 07. Gonna Lose 08. Got It Wrong 09. Lowlife 10. Crying 11. Like A Drug
The latest L.A. Guns album was "Checkered Past", which was released last November via Frontiers Music.
Trailblazing darkwave-postpunk pioneers Pink Turns Blue are at the half-way mark of their long-awaited TAINTED 2022 tour as they cross North America and select cities in the UK, Germany and Spain. Especially for this tour, the trio has also released the 'TAINTED Tour-2022 EP'.
Riding on the strength of their 'Tainted' album, released in late 2021 via Orden Records, and on the trail of their recently released single 'Not Gonna Take It', Pink Turns Blue brings this music to fans from one coast to another while also sharing four new songs that reflect their emotional state in today’s world.
Formed in 1985 in the first generation of gothic rock and named after a Hüsker Dü song, today Pink Turns Blue is Mic Jogwer (vocals, guitar), Paul Richter (drums) and Luca Sammuri (bass). Their debut album 'If Two Worlds Kiss' advanced the darkwave sub-genre while becoming a seminal post-punk album. Emerging from the fear and uncertainty of Cold War Germany, they have since released a dozen full-length LPs.
Both the 'Tainted' LP and the new EP relate to a world in havoc and the seemingly powerlessness of today's youth to take over the world and change it for the better. But this album is also a call to never give up, to never lose faith or the understanding that making this world just a bit better every day is what makes our lives worth living.
With potent singles such as 'Not Even Trying', 'You Still Mean Too Much To Me', 'There Must Be So Much More' and 'So Why Not Save The World' address such themes as climate change, its effects, the reaction to it, the split within society, isolation, health risks and financial uncertainty.
“Since Pink Turns Blue presented the ‘Tainted’ album, things have changed for the worse, or have become more desperate and we have used this time to develop a few songs from the ‘Tainted’ sessions further - songs that didn’t make it onto the album since they were not ready yet, says In defiance of the global trend that the powerful use any excuse to enforce their agenda and defend their accumulation of benefices, more and more people see through it and stand up – for themselves and never give up to make this world just a little bit better," says Mic Jogwer.
"Since February 24 (actually my birthday), when Russia invaded Ukraine, things became even worse. Instead of slowly getting back to “normal” and trying to get our humanity’s shit together and to alleviate climate change and the consequential effects, now we have to cope with war and an energy, food and financial crisis (again) with the risk of losing the battle for equality, climate change, peace... you name it. So now the world is not only TAINTED but is in DISARRAY".
The 'TAINTED Tour-2022 EP' is out now everywhere online. 2021's 'Tainted' LP is also available via Apple Music and Spotify, with CD and limited-edition vinyl editions available via the band's website.
TAINTED 2022 - TOUR DATES (October-December) OCT 4 Toronto, Canada - The Garrison OCT 5 Montreal, Canada - Bar Le Ritz PDB OCT 6 Rochester, NY - Photo City Music Hall OCT 7 Cambridge, MA - The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub OCT 8 Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel OCT 9 Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery OCT 10 Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA OCT 14 Pinto, Spain - DarkMAD Festival Madrid OCT 28 Rüsselsheim, Germany - These Days Festival 2022 DEC 15 Glasgow, UK - Ivory Blacks DEC 16 Manchester, UK - Night People DEC 17 London, UK - Electrowerkz
Bay Area Interthrashional, which includes members of Machine Head, Forbidden and D.R.I., played its only European show at the Dynamo Metalfest in The Netherlands on August 21, 2022, and now has arranged its first live date in the US. Its U.S. live debut will be on October 29, 2022, at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall. The core band feature Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN, DRESS THE DEAD),Harald Oimoen (D.R.I.),Chris Kontos (MACHINE HEAD),Mark Hernandez (FORBIDDEN, HEATHEN, DEFIANCE),Matt Camacho (FORBIDDEN) and Steve Smyth (NEVERMORE, TESTAMENT, FORBIDDEN). They will be joined by Will Carroll (drums, DEATH ANGEL),Josh Christian (guitar, TOXIK),Mike DeLeon (guitar, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, M.O.D., INCITE) and Norman Skinner (vocals, NIVIANE, SKINNER, IMAGIKA). There will also be surprise guests featuring members of VIO-LENCE, MACHINE HEAD, FORBIDDEN, DEATH ANGEL, WARBRINGER, DEFIANCE, HELLFIRE, HATRIOT, SKINLAB and SACRILEGE, among others.
Craig Locicero adds: "When the organizers of Dynamo Metalfest asked me to do this three years ago, before Covid, I had hoped it would eventually turn into something special. It exceeded our expectations in Holland. We knew that we had to give the thrash fans here in Bay their own version. Three separate sets spanning 36 songs of American, international and Bay Area thrash, including much of its original origins and influences. We intend on making it THE thrash metal Halloween blowout for the ages!".
Dark electro-goth collective Dispel presents the single 'Flames of Greed', previewing their sophomore conceptual album 'Inferno'. Based on Dante’s literary masterpiece, it features a song for each layer of sin existing in the infernal realm. On this album, Dispel follows Dante and his guide Virgil down each layer of the Nine Hells, dedicating a song to each level of mortal sin. Sprinkled with diabolical personalities from ancient mythology and fantasy literature, this undertaking took two years to complete.
Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Dispel is made up of Ravensea, Sean Gallows and Scott Dispel, a founding member of the old-school hardcore band Face Value and former drummer for TEXTBEAK, who is also a studio engineer, producer and award winning nightclub DJ.
The 'Flames of Greed' video, directed and edited by filmmaker Rafeeq Roberts, sees vocalist Ravensea play the part of the diabolic and tormenting empress of greed Fierna, her powerful voice serenading the fallen souls who succumbed to greed in the material world, delivering their eternal fate in Hell. This clip also features actress/model Robin O'Malley, Goth Jen Brunfel, Levie Mckenzie, Colt Mire, Aaron Brunfel and Scott Dispel as the Plague Dr.
Laced with dark melodies, vocal depth and spiritual quests, Dispel creates a unique musical narrative, channelled through the prism of historic lore, mythology and mysticism.
Earlier, Dispel released the shimmering gothic metal 'Journey Into Limbo' and 'Glasya’s Heresy (Acoustic version)', a deep acoustic ballad with saga-laden video, filmed in South Africa. Kate Farquharson's rich piano prowess complements Ravensea's haunting voice as she sings of the sorrows and temptations of this forbidden realm.
Produced by Dispel, 'Inferno' was mastered at The Cage Studios by Martin Bowes of Attrition, well known for his work with Nine Inch Nails, Psychic TV and Steven Severin (Siouxsie & the Banshees).
"Influenced by an equal mix of darkwave beats, Medieval literature, and conceptual rock albums, the music behind Dispel was born. But soon after the completion of our debut album ‘Lore’, the world went on lockdown! So we headed back into the studio to create another conceptual album, but we had to up the ante. A spiderweb-ridden bookshelf held the key - “Dante’s Inferno” in its timeless glory," says Scott Dispel.
"Putting a literary masterpiece to music was no small task, we had to do it justice through attention to detail, utilizing actual texts and adding mythological personalities, herein combining rock music and world literature."
Dispel has roots in the early 90’s hardcore punk scene, when a German underground goth-Industrial club inspired Scott Dispel to transition from performing with Face Value to pursuing electronica. Inspired by Sisters of Mercy, Clan of Xymox, Depeche Mode and VNV Nation, he formed Dispel after gaining a music degree and recording studio experience. Dispel took form upon meeting Ravensea, a Berklee vocal performance / music therapy major with a powerful voice and insight into music's power to transcend language and cultural barriers.
'Flames of Greed' is out now, available across online music platforms, including Apple Music, Spotify and Bandcamp. On October 12, the full 'Inferno' LP will be released on CD, vinyl (with full color insert) and digitally.