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Rockshots Records will be releasing Finnish rockers Highway Queen‘s debut full-length Bitter Soul this coming December. The album is a collection of rock and metal songs with beautiful melodies, and strong riffs with heavy drums and bass. Each song shows the listener the stylistic versatility of the band. Now, the band presents their second single ‘Getting On Your Knees’ accompanied by a music video. The track is classic heavy metal to tell a story about revenge against someone who has betrayed you badly.

21-year-old Lyzzie Larosa—aka Babychaos, the alternative model turned solo musician—is anything but predictable. Babychaos has shared the video for ‘icon.’ With a multi-range of influences that extend from industrial, rock, classical, and club music genres to nostalgic 90s and 00s rock/metal soundscapes, Babychaos delivers an intense, heavy, electronic, eclectic experience that is refreshing to the music scene. “The ego is a fragile thing until it takes over,” the artist says. “‘icon’ is an anthem for post-destruction of the self and entering an era of unapologetic expression and stepping over those who tried to block your way. But is that always a good thing? Being the first single for my first EP iconography, I felt it fitting to implement religious symbolism in the video to represent my ego and designing myself as an ‘icon’ to overpower the hidden, ugly layers of myself that I wouldn’t want others to see. I also included a scene of me ‘injecting’ something into my mouth/lips to represent both filth and vanity, as both are prominent and important for me as an artist. It’s important to strip the pretty layers of yourself down to keep going.” [via Outburn]

Epica have released a video for ‘Sirens – Of Blood And Water’ feat. Charlotte Wessels and Myrkur, featured on the band’s collaborative mini-album, The Alchemy Project, out now.

Netherlands-based Gothic/symphonic metal outfit Blackbriar have signed with Nuclear Blast Records. With three EP’s and a full-length album already out, the group are ready for their next chapter while working on their second record. To celebrate the signing, the band has shared a video for their new song “Crimson Faces.” Vocalist Zora Cock comments: “‘Crimson Faces’ tells a story of being haunted by ghosts, jealousy, and insecurities, based on the old classic Gothic novel ‘Rebecca’. You asked us to make a different kind of music video, one of us performing instead of portraying a story, and we thought ‘Crimson Faces’ was the perfect song to do this with. We hope we’ve fulfilled your wishes!” [via Metal Insider]

BABYMETAL have shared the new song ‘Monochrome,’ the second single from their forthcoming concept album, THE OTHER ONE, arriving March 24. ‘Monochrome’ continues the Japanese band’s push into heavier, more extreme territories. Grinding hi-fi riffs separate melodically sung verses, recalling the sonic contrasts of ’90s/’00s alternative metal such as Evanescence and Korn. While there are still elements of the pop-metal sound of yore, BABYMETAL are clearly embracing a darker prog direction with their latest material. [via Consequence]

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