As I sit in a field in the blazing sunshine enjoying The Raven Age, this post will give those of you not at Bloodstock a chance to check out some new music. Of course, it’s an automated post scheduled to go up while I have no internet so there’s every possibility it’s chucking it down and I’m hiding in a tent…
The Arbitrary – “As Colors Bleed Through”
New Orleans, LA instrumental progressive metal artists The Arbitrary have released the video for “As Colors Bleed Through”, the newest single off their debut EP Entropy. Guitarist Jeffrey Fisher has this to say about the video:
We felt that “As Colors Bleed Through” was the perfect song to sum up The Arbitrary because it really showcases the different facets contained throughout our record Entropy. By shooting this video out in the wilderness, we were able to simultaneously capture the emotions contained within the song as well as the energy exerted at our live shows.
Kamikaze Girls – “Ladyfuzz”
Returning from a short run of EU headline dates, Leeds/London duo Kamikaze Girls have revealed their new video for “Ladyfuzz”, the latest track to be taken from their debut EP Sad which is set for release on 2nd September.
A name that was given to vocalist and guitarist Lucinda Livingstone by KG drummer Conor Dawson in a previous band they were both members of, the term ‘Ladyfuzz’ stemmed from Livingstone’s un-healthily nerdy obsession with fuzz pedals and stuck as a nickname for her on-stage persona.
When they eventually became a two piece and penned the song of the same name, Livingstone ended up using ‘Ladyfuzz’ as a metaphor for a period in her life when she suffered from severe mental health issues last year. The song itself is about reliving an overdose, as she explains, “and wishing that I had something else there to pull me out of it, like some sort of greater force, but it just wasn’t there. It’s become a really important song for us live.”
With male suicide recently at the highest rate it’s ever been in 2014, and female suicide rates at the highest they’ve ever been full stop, the band are keen to highlight that they do not wish to glamourise suicide, simply present the realities honestly, and emphasise that there are many great services in the UK available to provide help for anyone struggling, including The Samaritans, the mental health charity Mind and The Crisis Line to name a few.
“In the song I talk about being left outside in the middle of the night” continues Livingstone “I called The Crisis Line that night and they saved my life, it would have been too late otherwise.”
Opeth – “Sorceress”
As the heavy rock scene braces for one of the year’s most anticipated albums, experimental prog pioneers Opeth have declared the wait over. The band recently unveiled the first new song and title track, “Sorceress”, from their upcoming twelfth studio album due out 30th September via the band’s imprint label, Moderbolaget Records through Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
In Flames – “Everything’s Gone” (live)
Sweden’s modern metal icons In Flames are set to release their brand new live DVD, entitled Sounds From The Heart Of Gothenburg on September 23, 2016. Catch the first live clip preview of “Everything’s Gone” in its entire length here.