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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/sleeping-in-traffic-exoplanets-premiere/

Edmonton’s SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC have been busy writing and recording two EP’s, which while complementary to each other are still dramatically different and allow fans to explore each side of the band’s music as its own entity and to hear each aspect fully fleshed out instead of blended together. Premiering today is a single “Exoplanets”; hear it below.

With influences from Between The Buried & Me, Devin Townsend and Tool, the newest album is a split EP that explores that dual nature of the band’s music. One EP ‘That Which Destroys Us’ is dark and aggressive, while the other EP ‘That Which Saves Us’ is upbeat and catchy. The band explains the duality in their vision:

“The first ‘That Which Saves Us’ is the “upbeat EP”. It strongly represents a lot of the pop-punk influences that Ryan and Greg bring to the band, and features songs with inspiring themes and uplifting major keys. The other ‘That Which Destroys Us’ displays more of the band’s extreme metal influences, without abandoning some of the weirdness the band is known for. The EPs continue to explore odd time signatures and polyrhythms in the context of heavily distorted guitars, snarling synths, and guttural vocals.”

The first single for these two releases is ‘Exoplanets’ from ‘That Which Saves Us’, in the band’s own words, they highlight the track:

“As always, our music is designed to take the listener on a journey through unexpected terrain and to reward listeners who sit down with the song and let it carry them along. ‘Exoplanets’ is a big, spacey, synth-filled odyssey that creates a sweeping and ever-changing landscape that tells the story of mankind’s desire to find another place among the stars to live and discover.”

The EPs will be available on September 27, 2019 and available for pre-order on Bandcamp.

Copy of TWSU Cover Final web

Copy of TWDU Cover Final web

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/sleeping-in-traffic-exoplanets-premiere/

Edmonton’s SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC have been busy writing and recording two EP’s, which while complementary to each other are still dramatically different and allow fans to explore each side of the band’s music as its own entity and to hear each aspect fully fleshed out instead of blended together. Premiering today is a single “Exoplanets”; hear it below.

With influences from Between The Buried & Me, Devin Townsend and Tool, the newest album is a split EP that explores that dual nature of the band’s music. One EP ‘That Which Destroys Us’ is dark and aggressive, while the other EP ‘That Which Saves Us’ is upbeat and catchy. The band explains the duality in their vision:

“The first ‘That Which Saves Us’ is the “upbeat EP”. It strongly represents a lot of the pop-punk influences that Ryan and Greg bring to the band, and features songs with inspiring themes and uplifting major keys. The other ‘That Which Destroys Us’ displays more of the band’s extreme metal influences, without abandoning some of the weirdness the band is known for. The EPs continue to explore odd time signatures and polyrhythms in the context of heavily distorted guitars, snarling synths, and guttural vocals.”

The first single for these two releases is ‘Exoplanets’ from ‘That Which Saves Us’, in the band’s own words, they highlight the track:

“As always, our music is designed to take the listener on a journey through unexpected terrain and to reward listeners who sit down with the song and let it carry them along. ‘Exoplanets’ is a big, spacey, synth-filled odyssey that creates a sweeping and ever-changing landscape that tells the story of mankind’s desire to find another place among the stars to live and discover.”

The EPs will be available on September 27, 2019 and available for pre-order on Bandcamp.

Copy of TWSU Cover Final web

Copy of TWDU Cover Final web

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/inferno-sunn-interview/

Indianapolis based heavy metal trio Inferno Sunn has recently launched a debut EP ‘Fidelity’ with influences ranging from classic groups including Metallica, Rush, Pantera, Black Sabbath, and more. In an interview for Prog Sphere, Inferno Sunn talk about the EP, and more.

Define the mission of Inferno Sunn.

To create something unique, honest, and brutally heavy to give a breath of fresh air into the genre.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your new EP “Fidelity” and the themes it captures.

One of us would bring a few riffs to the table and we would jam them, and arrange them into a full song. As far as lyrics go, we always saved those for last. We would get together and try to come up with a theme for each song and once we had that, we would start working on the words themselves and how they fit in with the rest of the music.

Inferno Sunn - Fidelity

What is the message you are trying to give with “Fidelity”?

The overall theme that developed with this EP would be awareness. The EP starts off with Lost. In this song, the overall vibe is emptiness. Songs like Civil War and Propaganda War Machine tackle the more political side of our music. We use this to bring awareness to events happening in the world and in modern politics. Songs like Sick and Inferno Sunn put more light on mental health, addiction, and self awareness. Fidelity is almost like overcoming these issues and moving forward to something bigger. It definitely has a very triumphant vibe to it.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

We are lucky enough to have access to Protools and recording equipment to be able to quickly document what we are putting together.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Its mostly chronologically put together as far as when the songs were written but ended up working out with our theme.

Describe the approach to recording the EP.

We actually recorded the whole thing in our basement. As far as how it was recorded, we kept it raw and honest in the sense that we did not use pitch correction, quantizing, or samples for anything. A big part of our sound is just being old school with how we play and record.

Inferno Sunn

How long “Fidelity” was in the making?

We officially started working towards putting together an EP about a year ago. Back then it was just me (Sam) and Adam throwing riffs around and trying to come up with something cool but a lot of ideas ended up being thrown out or the riffs were saved for something in the future. It was really hard back then because we didnt have a drummer to be able to jam things out with, but once Tommy joined around January, things started moving way faster.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

The biggest influences for sure are Metallica, Slayer, Mastodon, Tool, and Alice In Chains just for a few.

What is your view on technology in music?

Its a great tool to help make recording easier and more accessible, but it shouldnt be a crutch for poor musicianship. There are a lot of bands that rely too heavily on backing tracks, pitch correction, and quantizing and it ends up making all of that music sound the same.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

We are trying to open peoples eyes towards some of the problems in the world and government as well as prove that music can still be evolved.

What are your plans for the future?

Continue making music and playing for people as long as we can as well as try to push the boundaries of what we can do as musicians.

Follow Inferno Sunn on Facebook.

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/inferno-sunn-interview/

Indianapolis based heavy metal trio Inferno Sunn has recently launched a debut EP ‘Fidelity’ with influences ranging from classic groups including Metallica, Rush, Pantera, Black Sabbath, and more. In an interview for Prog Sphere, Inferno Sunn talk about the EP, and more.

Define the mission of Inferno Sunn.

To create something unique, honest, and brutally heavy to give a breath of fresh air into the genre.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your new EP “Fidelity” and the themes it captures.

One of us would bring a few riffs to the table and we would jam them, and arrange them into a full song. As far as lyrics go, we always saved those for last. We would get together and try to come up with a theme for each song and once we had that, we would start working on the words themselves and how they fit in with the rest of the music.

Inferno Sunn - Fidelity

What is the message you are trying to give with “Fidelity”?

The overall theme that developed with this EP would be awareness. The EP starts off with Lost. In this song, the overall vibe is emptiness. Songs like Civil War and Propaganda War Machine tackle the more political side of our music. We use this to bring awareness to events happening in the world and in modern politics. Songs like Sick and Inferno Sunn put more light on mental health, addiction, and self awareness. Fidelity is almost like overcoming these issues and moving forward to something bigger. It definitely has a very triumphant vibe to it.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

We are lucky enough to have access to Protools and recording equipment to be able to quickly document what we are putting together.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Its mostly chronologically put together as far as when the songs were written but ended up working out with our theme.

Describe the approach to recording the EP.

We actually recorded the whole thing in our basement. As far as how it was recorded, we kept it raw and honest in the sense that we did not use pitch correction, quantizing, or samples for anything. A big part of our sound is just being old school with how we play and record.

Inferno Sunn

How long “Fidelity” was in the making?

We officially started working towards putting together an EP about a year ago. Back then it was just me (Sam) and Adam throwing riffs around and trying to come up with something cool but a lot of ideas ended up being thrown out or the riffs were saved for something in the future. It was really hard back then because we didnt have a drummer to be able to jam things out with, but once Tommy joined around January, things started moving way faster.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

The biggest influences for sure are Metallica, Slayer, Mastodon, Tool, and Alice In Chains just for a few.

What is your view on technology in music?

Its a great tool to help make recording easier and more accessible, but it shouldnt be a crutch for poor musicianship. There are a lot of bands that rely too heavily on backing tracks, pitch correction, and quantizing and it ends up making all of that music sound the same.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

We are trying to open peoples eyes towards some of the problems in the world and government as well as prove that music can still be evolved.

What are your plans for the future?

Continue making music and playing for people as long as we can as well as try to push the boundaries of what we can do as musicians.

Follow Inferno Sunn on Facebook.

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/tor-marrock-lets-make-love-in-the-dark-premiere/

Aberystwyth, Wales-based death/gothic metal act under the name Tor Marrock launched their third studio album titled The Concept of Self in 2018. Premiering today is a new video single for the song “Let’s Make Love in the Dark” exclusively via Prog Sphere.

Bassist and frontman Tor Marrock commented about the story behind the song: “It was a title I had in my head for a while, and whilst I was writing the album and the story was unfolding I knew the title would work for a piece of music that was doomy and gothic and it also became clear that a female voice was needed so the song became a duet with the model Liv Free.

He continued to say: “‘The Concept of Self’ album is a story with undertones of ritual, sexual,and sexual witchcraft along with self discovery and this song is definitely on the side of sensual and sexual.

About the challenge the band faced when working on the video for “Let’s Make Love in the Dark,” Marrock said: “Mike from Downfall Records / Black Vulture Records saved the day. He does lyric videos and managed to salvage footage of the of the original shoot I did, as most of it was unusable as the lighting was so bad and I thought that all hope was lost. The song is such an integral part of the album we really wanted a video of it. Mike worked some magic and we have cool vid that lends to the atmosphere of the song. Thanks Mike.

Tor Marrock will continue to promote The Concept of Self throughout 2019, playing a few shows and releasing two more videos for the title song and “Summer in Italy.” The band will enter studio in 2020 to record their fourth album.

Watch a video for “Let’s Make Love in the Dark” below, and order the album from Downfall Records.

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/tor-marrock-lets-make-love-in-the-dark-premiere/

Aberystwyth, Wales-based death/gothic metal act under the name Tor Marrock launched their third studio album titled The Concept of Self in 2018. Premiering today is a new video single for the song “Let’s Make Love in the Dark” exclusively via Prog Sphere.

Bassist and frontman Tor Marrock commented about the story behind the song: “It was a title I had in my head for a while, and whilst I was writing the album and the story was unfolding I knew the title would work for a piece of music that was doomy and gothic and it also became clear that a female voice was needed so the song became a duet with the model Liv Free.

He continued to say: “‘The Concept of Self’ album is a story with undertones of ritual, sexual,and sexual witchcraft along with self discovery and this song is definitely on the side of sensual and sexual.

About the challenge the band faced when working on the video for “Let’s Make Love in the Dark,” Marrock said: “Mike from Downfall Records / Black Vulture Records saved the day. He does lyric videos and managed to salvage footage of the of the original shoot I did, as most of it was unusable as the lighting was so bad and I thought that all hope was lost. The song is such an integral part of the album we really wanted a video of it. Mike worked some magic and we have cool vid that lends to the atmosphere of the song. Thanks Mike.

Tor Marrock will continue to promote The Concept of Self throughout 2019, playing a few shows and releasing two more videos for the title song and “Summer in Italy.” The band will enter studio in 2020 to record their fourth album.

Watch a video for “Let’s Make Love in the Dark” below, and order the album from Downfall Records.

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/opeth-svekets-prins-single/

Swedish masters of progressive metal/rock OPETH have released a new single called “Svekets Prins,” from their heavily awaited album, In Cauda Venenum, that’s out September 27th via Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast. The new song is found on the Swedish language version of the album. An English version, “Dignity,” will be released next week.

Watch the visualizer for “Svekets Prins” below.

Recorded last year at Stockholm’s Park Studios, In Cauda Venenum will be released in two versions, in both Swedish and English languages.

Pre-order In Cauda Venenum in various formats, here:
store.moderbolagetrecords.com
opeth.com/stores

Listen to the new songs on all DSPs. Pick your version below:
English: http://geni.us/OpethInCaudaVenenumENG
Swedish: http://geni.us/OpethInCaudaVenenumSWE

In Cauda Venenum Tracklising:
1. Livet’s Trädgård / Garden Of Earthly Delights
2. Svekets Prins / Dignity
3. Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör / Heart In Hand
4. De Närmast Sörjande / Next Of Kin
5. Minnets Yta / Lovelorn Crime
6. Charlatan
7. Ingen Sanning Är Allas / Universal Truth
8. Banemannen / The Garroter
9. Kontinuerlig Drift / Continuum
10. Allting Tar Slut / All Things Will Pass

OPETH will perform this weekend at Psycho Las Vegas for their only show in the U.S. in 2019, before continuing their tour in Europe, Japan and Australia. Dates are listed below and tickets are on sale now at www.opeth.com/tour-dates

OPETH Tour Dates:
18.08. USA Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas

Main support: THE VINTAGE CARAVAN
27.10. UK Norwich – UEA
29.10. UK London – Palladium
31.10. UK Glasgow – SWG3
01.11. IRL Dublin – Olympia Theatre
02.11. UK Leeds – Damnation Festival
03.11. UK Bristol – O2 Academy
05.11. NL Utrecht – TivoliVredenburg
06.11. BE Brussels – Ancienne Belgique
08.11. DE Munich – Backstage (Werk)
09.11. IT Milan – Alcatraz
10.11. CH Zurich – Volkshaus
11.11. FR Paris – L‘Olympia
13.11. DE Cologne – E-Werk
14.11. DE Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
15.11. DE Nuremberg – Meistersingerhalle
16.11. DE Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt
17.11. DK Copenhagen – Det Kgl. Teater *SOLD OUT*
05.12 JP Osaka, Club Quattro
06.12 JP Tokyo, Zepp Tokyo
10.12. AUS Adelaide – Thebarton Theatre
11.12. AUS Perth – Astor Theatre
13.12. AUS Melbourne – Palais Theatre
14.12. AUS Sydney – State Theatre
15.12. AUS Brisbane – The Tivoli

Opeth - In Cauda Venenum

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/news/opeth-svekets-prins-single/

Swedish masters of progressive metal/rock OPETH have released a new single called “Svekets Prins,” from their heavily awaited album, In Cauda Venenum, that’s out September 27th via Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast. The new song is found on the Swedish language version of the album. An English version, “Dignity,” will be released next week.

Watch the visualizer for “Svekets Prins” below.

Recorded last year at Stockholm’s Park Studios, In Cauda Venenum will be released in two versions, in both Swedish and English languages.

Pre-order In Cauda Venenum in various formats, here:
store.moderbolagetrecords.com
opeth.com/stores

Listen to the new songs on all DSPs. Pick your version below:
English: http://geni.us/OpethInCaudaVenenumENG
Swedish: http://geni.us/OpethInCaudaVenenumSWE

In Cauda Venenum Tracklising:
1. Livet’s Trädgård / Garden Of Earthly Delights
2. Svekets Prins / Dignity
3. Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör / Heart In Hand
4. De Närmast Sörjande / Next Of Kin
5. Minnets Yta / Lovelorn Crime
6. Charlatan
7. Ingen Sanning Är Allas / Universal Truth
8. Banemannen / The Garroter
9. Kontinuerlig Drift / Continuum
10. Allting Tar Slut / All Things Will Pass

OPETH will perform this weekend at Psycho Las Vegas for their only show in the U.S. in 2019, before continuing their tour in Europe, Japan and Australia. Dates are listed below and tickets are on sale now at www.opeth.com/tour-dates

OPETH Tour Dates:
18.08. USA Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas

Main support: THE VINTAGE CARAVAN
27.10. UK Norwich – UEA
29.10. UK London – Palladium
31.10. UK Glasgow – SWG3
01.11. IRL Dublin – Olympia Theatre
02.11. UK Leeds – Damnation Festival
03.11. UK Bristol – O2 Academy
05.11. NL Utrecht – TivoliVredenburg
06.11. BE Brussels – Ancienne Belgique
08.11. DE Munich – Backstage (Werk)
09.11. IT Milan – Alcatraz
10.11. CH Zurich – Volkshaus
11.11. FR Paris – L‘Olympia
13.11. DE Cologne – E-Werk
14.11. DE Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
15.11. DE Nuremberg – Meistersingerhalle
16.11. DE Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt
17.11. DK Copenhagen – Det Kgl. Teater *SOLD OUT*
05.12 JP Osaka, Club Quattro
06.12 JP Tokyo, Zepp Tokyo
10.12. AUS Adelaide – Thebarton Theatre
11.12. AUS Perth – Astor Theatre
13.12. AUS Melbourne – Palais Theatre
14.12. AUS Sydney – State Theatre
15.12. AUS Brisbane – The Tivoli

Opeth - In Cauda Venenum

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/welcome-inside-the-brain-queen-of-the-day-flies-review/

Welcome Inside the Brain is a ‘70s hard rock-influenced, blues-based, heavy prog rock band. The group’s sophomore effort Queen of the Day Flies is a journey back in time with a focus on the bass, drums and guitar, along with the vocals. WITB is a five-piece outfit hailing from Leipzig in Germany. The band is comprised of singer Frank Mühlenberg, guitarist Georg Spieß, keyboardist Johann Fritsche, bassist Paul Lapp, and drummer Hans Otto.

Welcome Inside the Brain harkens back to when music was pure and heavy, not watered down. The band opens the album with “Baptist Preacher” which builds the tone for the rest of the record with its heavy and plodding tones. With “Naked Philosopher” and “Broken Record,” the album inevitably falls under the heading “mostly instrumental” for its extended jam sections, but it’s worth noting that when there are vocals they come on with structure behind. The songs continue the heaviness, but the tempo kicks it into another gear, energizing them. The band often flirts with heavy psychedelic rock, as well as prog, but tunes remain to be rooted within the heavy genre. WITB don’t feel by any means tied to a formula, and drummer Hans Otto has his work cut out for him keeping the jams tied to the ground throughout the album. To his credit, he does, and even at these songs’ farthest out, there’s something for listeners to hold onto. It’s part of the overall balance that WITB seem to have a natural hold of, between stoner rock, jam and psych.

Welcome Inside the Brain

The title track opens with a classic rock inspired guitar intro that is very to the point, showing off some dynamics in the confines of the music. That doesn’t last long before the heavy riffs kick in and hammer you. While the riffs are dark, heavy and ‘70s-inspired. Georg Spieß showcases fiery chops that slide into more traditional rock soloing.

WITB unloads with an album that captures the energy of rock in a stripped-down sonic landscape. The riffs are heavy and crushing. They fill the room with sound. While the band could be considered a “jam” band, there is a method to the madness, and the quintet showcases raw skill and ever-expounding energy.

Grab this masterpiece from Bandcamp here.

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/bandcamp-undercover/bandcamp-undercover-scythian-fate-matrimony-madness/

Beginning with incredible artwork I immediately knew I would be into the debut album of Australian death groovers Scythian Fate. “Matrimony in Madness” starts with an intense sense of wonder that only becomes more intriguing as you sink deeper into it.

The guitar work is intricate and brutal with everything you’d expect from a groove/death metal band, but it invokes an almost magical sense of fascination in the construction of the riffs. The drums, although programmed, keep right along with the tech footprint and provide added intensity to the riffs as well as complexity to the overall tracks. Vocals are brutal and devastating without being overbearing and sit just right in the mix. This album, from a mix standpoint is awesome.

Overall “Matrimony in Madness” is just incredible and definitely worth a listen. Buy it from Bandcamp.

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