French Hardcore Group STINKY Unveil Video For
'Unplugged' Version Of 'Rough Diamond'
New album 'Of Lost Things' out now
The French band STINKY – praised by Outburn for its “solid melodic hardcore/punk that employs notes of Sick Of It All, Parkway Drive and Comeback Kid” – has released a music video for “Rough Diamond (Unplugged),” the closing track on the group's recently-released third album (and M-Theory Audio debut) “Of Lost Things.” The clip can be seen HERE.
The original version of “Rough Diamond” appears on the group's acclaimed 2017 release “From Dead-End Street,” which the group supported with extensive touring throughout Europe alongside the likes of Terror, Walls of Jericho and Millencolin. According to the band, “This is our first acoustic piece that we've ever recorded, and it's a real achievement for us. We've wanted to record one of our songs as an acoustic version for years, and this time, we found a way to do it. After working on the acoustic arrangement, we wanted to give it more substance, so we invited our good friend Eddy Kaiser, who leads a dark/folk solo project, to collaborate with us on the song.”
While STINKY's plans to tour in support of “Of Lost Things” have been postponed indefinitely, the group recently returned to the stage as part of noted French metal festival Hellfest's “Hellfest From Home” livestream. The band's performance can be viewed at HERE.
Says the band, “We were really happy to be invited to perform on an event of this scale, even though playing a show in front of video cameras with basically no audience is kind of a strange experience. We're thrilled about the amount of positive feedback we've received, and we'd like to thank every single person who watched the event and who are still watching it right now. A big shout-out to Arte Concert and Hellfest for putting their trust in us."
“Of Lost Things” – which was recorded in part by Fabien Guilloteau (Hacride, The Necromancers) and features cover artwork by Emy Rojas (Clutch, Ministry, Queens of the Stone Age) – features 11 tracks of metallic hardcore that the UK's Down For Life magazine praised for its “monstrous anthems and full-on bangers.” In recent weeks, STINKY has unveiled music videos for three of the album's blistering tracks – “Revival Fire,” which features footage of the band performing live at last year's Hellfest; “Strangers With Familiar Faces,” which originally premiered via Germany's Visions Magazine; and “Distance,” which was unveiled via New Noise Magazine and quickly added to Spotify's New Punk Tracks and All The Rage playlists.
The initial orange splatter vinyl pressing of “Of Lost Things” is already a collector's item thanks to an overwhelming response via the band's Bandcamp page. While a limited number of copies are still available online and at select record shops around the world, the band recently introduced a new vinyl pressing – a limited-edition orange-and-black variant that is currently available exclusively on the band's Bandcamp page.
Since their formation a decade ago, STINKY has played more than 350 concerts across 15 different countries in support of their first two albums, 2015's “Against Wind and Tide” and 2017's “From Dead-End Street.” While the band's name might seem curious to some, their music – a combustible mix of energy and aggression that the UK's Midlands Metalheads Radio says “makes you feel like you can headbutt through a brick wall” – unquestionably passes the smell test.
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LET US PREY Unveils Music Video For Title Track
From New Album 'Virtues Of The Vicious'
To celebrate today's release of LET US PREY's new album “Virtues of the Vicious,” the band has released a music video for its title track, which features a guest guitar solo by Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford, Testament). The clip – which debuted yesterday via Rock Hard Magazine and Ghost Cult Magazine, the latter of which described the track as “a blend of Lamb of God, Death, recent Testament and classic Nevermore... one of the best metal songs of the summer” – can be streamed at HERE.
Says vocalist Marc Lopes (who helmed the video himself), “'Virtues of the Vicious' in simple terms is about if we are inherently violent by nature and born this way, or if it's a learned trait and a product of our environment. I actually did a two-week study about this before writing the lyrics. The conclusion is up for endless debate, and a conversation I would only have in a personal one-on-one encounter with a person of open and sound mind. The title was inspired from an episode of 'The Punisher,' and the artwork is relief sculpture from Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo by Gustav Vigeland. When I saw this piece while visiting Oslo in 2017, I was immediately drawn and fascinated by the work, so I took a series of pictures knowing I would use them in some manner in the future. The image and title just worked for me. The music itself is chaos, mixing many styles of metal into one sitting. I wanted total mayhem for the guitar solos, so I called on Metal Mike Chlasciak, who also I jam with in another project. I could not be happier with the results, which are my personal musical to the subject matter.”
“Virtues of the Vicious” is out now digitally on all major streaming platforms, while physical copies on CD and limited-edition blood red vinyl can be purchased via smarturl.com/LUP and our Webstore. The album was recorded by Nick Bellmore (Hatebreed, Toxic Holocaust, Five Finger Death Punch) and Pete Rutcho (Revocation, Havok, Bury Your Dead), with the latter also handling mixing and mastering.
In recent weeks, LET US PREY has premiered music videos for several of the tracks on “Virtues of the Vicious” that feature guest guitar solos by notable friends of Lopes, best known as the front man of Manowar/The Dictators co-founder Ross Friedman's group Ross The Boss. In addition to Chlasciak, the album includes appearances by Anthrax's Jon Donais (“Halo Crown”), Jimi Bell of Autograph and House of Lords (“Ghost Echoes”) and late All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert (“The Saint of Killers”).
Led by Lopes and guitarist Jon Morency, LET US PREY incorporates numerous subgenres of metal into their style while still sounding organic. The group's adventurous music sees elements of thrash, death, power and progressive metal meld seamlessly with industrial samples and symphonic keyboards. The drumming is surgically precise and blisteringly fast without sounding mechanical; the guitars mix crushing, down-tuned brutality with dense harmonies and ripping leads; and Lopes shifts effortlessly from thrash/death metal growls to soaring melodic vocals and searing Halford-esque highs with layered harmonies.
“A little Nevermore here, some Soilwork there, plus a smattering of Fear Factory cyber-ness and Testament ferocity... LET US PREY deliver and crush!” (Dead Rhetoric)
“Virtues of the Vicious” track listing:
- Above The Vaulted Sky
- Virtues of the Vicious (feat. Metal Mike Chlasciak)
- In Suffering
- Halo Crown (feat. Jon Donais)
- Murder Thy Maker
- The Saint of Killers (feat. Oli Herbert)
- Ghost Echoes (feat. Jimi Bell)
- The Cruel Creation of Me
- And Hell Followed With Me
LET US PREY have performed in and around the northeastern United States alongside the likes of Soilwork, Suffocation, Soulfly, Life Of Agony, Metal Church, Battle Beast, Doro and Scar Symmetry, among others.
Melodic Death Metal Veterans THE ABSENCE Complete Recording Fifth Album
The Tampa, Florida-based melodic death metal group THE ABSENCE – whose acclaimed 2018 comeback album, “A Gift For The Obsessed,” was hailed by No Clean Singing as “a more-than-welcome (and occasionally stunning) return from one of the underground’s most promising, yet underappreciated, artists” – have finished recording their as-yet-untitled sophomore effort for M-Theory Audio, which is tentatively set for an early 2021 release.
The new album – like “A Gift For The Obsessed” – was recorded and produced by drummer Jeramie Kling and guitarist Taylor Nordberg at their own Smoke & Mirrors Productions in suburban Tampa, and is currently being mixed at Sweden's legendary Fascination Street Studios (Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, Kreator) by Ricardo Borges. Additional information about the release will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Says bassist Mike Leon, “This record has a lot of my favorite music that the band has ever created, and it has pushed the boundaries of what I thought was possible for us beyond my wildest dreams. The fact that the gentlemen at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden have lent their masterful ears and knobs for the mixing and mastering process just furthers the excitement! It is my firm belief that this is truly THE ABSENCE in its strongest, most exciting form, and we can't wait to share this monster that we've created!"
THE ABSENCE came onto the scene in 2005 with their crushing, Erik Rutan-produced Metal Blade debut, “From Your Grave.” The album and its two follow-ups, 2007’s “Riders of the Plague” and 2010’s “Enemy Unbound,” showcased a perfect mixture of heart-wrenching melodies and skull-pounding aggression that earned the group a well-deserved reputation as one of the premiere bands of the melodic death metal movement. Numerous tours followed alongside some of the biggest names in metal, including Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Goatwhore, Malevolent Creation, Kataklysm and Destruction.
Following a lengthy hiatus, the band regrouped in 2016 with a new lineup uniting founding members Kling and Jamie Stewart (vocals) with Nordberg and longtime bassist Leon – first for the self-released digital single “Septic Testament,” and then for "A Gift for The Obsessed." That album – which was mixed by David Castillo at Sweden’s Ghost Ward Studio (Katatonia, Opeth) and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson at The Panic Room (Watain, Scar Symmetry) – was supported by national tours with Deicide, Origin, Jungle Rot, Exmortus and Hatchet. A cassette/digital EP release, “Walking Shadows,” followed in 2019.
THE ABSENCE is also well-known in metal circles due to their members' other musical outlets. Drummer Kling also performs with Venom Inc. and Massacre; vocalist Stewart also performs with the death thrash stalwarts, Hot Graves; bassist Leon tours and records with Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy; and guitarist Nordberg sits alongside Kling in Massacre on guitar duties.
THE ABSENCE is:
Jamie Stewart - vocals
Jeramie Kling - drums
Mike Leon - bass
Taylor Nordberg – guitars
Dark Melodic Power Thrashers LET US PREY Unveil Video For New Song 'Ghost Echoes'
Debut full-length 'Virtues of the Vicious' due July 24
With the release of their debut full-length “Virtues of the Vicious” just two weeks away, the Boston-based dark melodic power/thrash group LET US PREY – whose genre-defying sound Ghost Cult Magazine compares to “if Lamb Of God played power metal like Blind Guardian” – has unveiled a music video for a fourth preview track from the new album, the powerful “Ghost Echoes.” Check out the clip – which was designed by vocalist Marc Lopes, and which premiered yesterday via Decibel – HERE.
Says Lopes, “'Ghost Echoes' is a tale of someone who uploads their consciousness to a collective cloud/program to remain immortal and present to loved ones eternal. It questions the existence of the human soul or whether we are just biomechanics machines. We experimented with analog synth patterns to give the song a mechanical, synthetic vibe. Musically, it has a very syncopated pulse happening vocally, drum- and guitar-wise that's very Fear Factory-influenced (a huge inspiration of mine), and having our brother Jimi Bell from Autograph / House of Lords do his infamous shredding playing style pulled it all together with what we wanted to achieve on this track."
Pre-orders for “Virtues of the Vicious” on CD and limited-edition blood red vinyl, including bundle options, are available now. Digital pre-orders via Bandcamp and other platforms include instant downloads of three songs – “The Saint of Killers” (feat. late All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert), “Halo Crown” (feat. Anthrax guitarist Jon Donais) and the album’s opening track, “Above the Vaulted Sky.”