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Belgian hard-rock trio Brutus returned last month with a heavy-hitting new song, ‘Dust’ — their first new music since the 2020 standalone track ‘Sand.’ Now, Brutus is back with another song — the equally explosive ‘Liar’ — and news of a new album, Unison Life, arriving on October 21. It’s their third album overall, following 2019’s Nest. ‘Liar’ also has a music video, which the band filmed in Morocco. Opening up about Unison Life, singer Stefanie Mannaerts says: “I wanted every song to feel like the last song we’ll ever write. It killed me inside because it’s almost an impossibly high standard, but that was my personal goal for this album. It was a two-year quest of trying to do better.” [via Stereogum]

International metal collective Chaos Rising have released a new video, ‘Still We Die’. ‘Still We Die’ is a melodic metalcore track featuring new Chaos Rising vocalist Aliki Katriou (Greece/NewZealand), a renowned metal vocal coach with an incredibly versatile range. Drums on this track are from Renee Cobcroft (Australia), with Chaos Rising regulars Tina Gruschwitz (Germany) and Catherine Fearns (Switzerland) on bass and guitar/piano respectively.

Progressive avant-garde metallers, Italy’s MindAheaD return in 2022 with their sophomore album 6119 Part 1 via Rockshots Records to follow their 2017 debut full-length Reflections released on Roman label Revalve Records. Just like its predecessor, the band’s new offering is once again a concept album with a complex, personal and unusual sound to test the limits of their songwriting. 6119 Part 1 is a continuation of the previous work on Reflections, which will tell us the story of 6119, the main character, through a surreal, oneiric journey, always poised between physical space and the realm of the mind. Trapped in this dreamlike kaleidoscope, he proceeds heedless of the consequences, hoping to find at the end of the journey (the “Part II,” currently in production) the reason why all this is happening to him. The band is unveiling the first single “What Your Are” off 6119 Part 1. The storyline of the track is dedicated to the search for “Emerald Eyes,” the female figure that “6119” encounters on the first album Reflections. The song alternates between very powerful moments, such as the beginning, and more reflective and intimate moments such as the central interlude, which takes us back to desert and arabesque sounds and atmospheres.

Platinum-selling recording artist and world class guitarist Orianthi has announced an October 14 release date for her new studio album, Rock Candy. It is the follow-up to 2020’s O, albeit she has also recently issued Live From Hollywood, a live effort recorded in Los Angeles in January 2022. Rock Candy is a hard rocking, blues- tinged combination of the her dazzling guitar skills and soulful vocals, with a first single and video from it entitled ‘Light It Up’ available now.

Calgary’s SYRYN is ready to seduce new fans and entertain current ones with their epic heavy metal tales of mermaids, sailors, and pirates. The band returns in 2022 with their second album Heads or Tails slated for release on August 26. The band previewed their first single ‘Madness Becomes Me’ off the record in 2021 and now they share their second sneak peek ‘Sink or Swim’ accompanied by a music video. The track is fast-paced, filled with full-on thrash carnage that will make sure you’re fighting for your life. It’s a shift from the band’s first single and brings in some soaring ferocity. “This song is about endurance. It’s about trials and tribulations and how we handle them. The uncertainties of life and how we navigate them. We internally fight with ourselves, our past, and our consciences daily. This is a prime example of processes we go through when we are scared or in the dark not knowing what lies ahead. We can’t go back, only forward. Will we sink, or will we swim?” adds the band.

About 10 years after a first EP released under the moniker of Seventh Wave, Swiss death/thrash/indus-metal crossover four-piece Lethal Technology is about to give birth to its debut full-length effort called Mechanical Era and planned for a CD & Diigtal release this fall. In the meantime, the band shared a first look of this upcoming effort with the official music video of the single ‘Factory’ available right now.

US rock giants Icon For Hire share the video for heaviest single to date, ‘Breakdown’, taken from their upcoming album The Reckoning due for release on September 9 via Kartel Music Group. ‘Breakdown’ builds on the momentum gained by their recently released singles and videos, the raging ‘Dismantled’ – which has become the band’s fastest growing music video – while the bruising single ‘Ready For Combat’ has been climbing the US radio chart. Described by Rock Sound as “a bold and belligerent piece of hard rock chaos”, the track alongside its high-powered music video, is the perfect introduction to harder-edged sound and aesthetic of the upcoming album The Reckoning, in the band’s own words; “grittier, louder, larger”.


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