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Satanic Overlords BEHEMOTH Unleash Dramatic New Video for “Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica”

Ahead of their eagerly-awaited return to Europe which kicks off tonight in Frankfurt, Satanic heavyweights Behemoth are teasing fans with a new video for “Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica”.

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Behemoth, photo by Grzegorz Golebiowski

Behemoth kick off their European tour tonight in Frankfurt! After recently wrapping a North American headlining run with At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room opening, Behemoth are bringing this must-see show to these shores. In anticipation of the trek, the band has also launched a new video for “Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica”, taken from their latest album, I Loved You At Your Darkest.

Orion (bass & vocals) comments: “BEHEMOTH Legions! As this ILYAYD adventure continues onwards, we want to share a new video with you! Since we began the writing process, “Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica” was a stand-out contender to be featured as a single and music video. As the song evolved during rehearsal and recording, it gained this lively, furious vibe…which you hear now – thus, it includes live performance elements which we’ve not done in quite some time. We are happy to work with Grupa13 once again – and once again, they showed their super-professional approach at every step of the shooting and video production. Two separate locations, hours of preparation, but it was all worth it. In absentia dei, we evangelize! Enjoy!”

Tour Dates:

01/10 – Frankfurt – Batschkapp
01/11 – Munich – TonHalle
01/12 – Prague – Forum Karlín
01/13 – Vienna – Arena *SOLD OUT*
01/15 – Zurich – Komplex 457
01/16 – Milan – Alcatraz
01/17 – Lyon – Le Transbordeur
01/18 – Barcelona – Razzmatazz
01/19 – Madrid – Sala Riviera
01/21 – Toulouse – Le Bikini
01/22 – Paris – Bataclan
01/23 – Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
01/24 – Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt
01/25 – Copenhagen – Vega
01/26 – Stockholm – Annexet
01/27 – Oslo – Rockefeller Music Hall
01/29 – Helsinki – The Circus
01/30 – Tampere – Pakkahuone
02/01 – Hamburg – Große Freiheit 36
02/02 – Utrecht – TivoliVredenburg (Ronda)
02/03 – Brussels – Ancienne Belgique
02/04 – Esch-sur-Alzette – Rockhal
02/06 – Bristol – Motion
02/07 – Birmingham – O2 Institute
02/07 – London – O2 Forum Kentish Town
02/09 – Manchester – O2 Ritz
02/10 – Dublin – Vicar Street
02/11 – Glasgow – Queen Margaret Union

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.

Hardcore/Punk

Frankie Flowers Releases Her Brand New Single “LUST”

Waterloo, Ontario, genre-bending alternative punk artist Frankie Flowers has released her brand new single “LUST.”

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Frankie Flowers, photo by Victoria McWwan (@vic_shmik)
Frankie Flowers, photo by Victoria McWwan (@vic_shmik)

Frankie Flowers is an emerging alternative artist from Waterloo, Ontario. She creates a genre-bending sound by merging her love for dark-wave and post-punk music, as well as combining elements from other genres. Frankie has a dark, psychedelic, and eclectic vibe that urges you to escape reality and experience the unknown.

Her aptly-titled new single “LUST” feels dark and desperate, with echo and reverb that drown out the verses, in contrast with the punchy chorus.

Commenting on the single, Frankie states:

“You can lust for anything. People, money, power; we’re all longing for something.”

Frankie Flowers “Lust” single artwork

Frankie Flowers “Lust” single artwork

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The Western Civilization – ‘Fractions of a Whole’ [Album Review]

The Western Civilization delivers expressive vocals and a wealth of stylistic aromas with an existential richness on ‘Fractions of a Whole.’

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The Western Civilization ‘Fractions of a Whole’ album artwork
The Western Civilization ‘Fractions of a Whole’ album artwork

It was the Greek philosopher Aristotle who said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Applied to Texas-based indie-rock outfit The Western Civilization, the adage refers to the chemistry between Rachel Hansbro and Reggie O’Farrell, a chemistry on display in their recently released album, Fractions of a Whole.

Speaking about the album, Hansbro says, “The new songs were inspired by the amazing people who are part of my chosen family. Reggie has always been good at reminding me of the positive things. (He is) another voice saying, ‘Hey, it’s going to be okay.’”

Reggie O’Farrell and Rachel Hansbro first met while playing in separate bands. A friendship developed, resulting in two albums and performances at the Vans Warped Tour, SXSW, Halifax Pop Explosion, and, most importantly, an artistic alliance that survived a variety of obstacles.

Revolving around Hansbro and O’Farrell, The Western Civilization is a collaborative project with a rotating cast of musicians and collaborators who expose the actuality of Aristotle’s dictum.

The album opens with “Noctambulism,” a floating, folk-rock song with hints of Americana flowing through it. Driven by a sparkling piano topped by the voices of Hansbro and O’Farrell merging, the melody wafts and undulates like drifting clouds across the sky.

High points embrace “Bible Verses for Kids,” which reveals elusive Celtic flavors, a bit like The Cranberries. A rolling snare gives the rhythm a galloping motion as layered harmonies infuse the lyrics with choir-like textures verging on grandness.

A personal favorite because of Hansbro’s deliciously casual vocals, “Fool” resembles a child’s nursery rhyme reimagined as indie-rock – dreamy, drawling, almost discordant vocals riding over loose, garage rock harmonics. The imperfect, raggedy feel of the tune makes it wondrously genuine and gratifying.

Proselytism,” the closing track, travels on light, migrant surfaces as Hansbro’s soft, breathy vocals imbue the lyrics with subtle, eccentric whimsy, a kind of didactic reflection.

Expressive vocals, along with a wealth of stylistic aromas, invest Fractions of a Whole with an existential richness.

The Western Civilization in 2022, photo by Jack Potts

The Western Civilization in 2022, photo by Jack Potts

Fractions of a Whole Track Listing:

1. Noctambulism
2. Stitches (read our song review)
3. Bible Verses for Kids
4. She’s by the Sea
5. If You’re Lucky
6. Fool
7. My Mess
8. The Snake and The Saint
9. The Ocean’s on the Rise
10. Proselytism

Run Time: 42:18
Release Date: February 16, 2024
Record Label: Independent

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Dance/Electronic

Chali 2na & DJ Shub Join Forces for Debut Canadian Tour

Chali 2na, will hit the road with none other than the Godfather of PowWow Step and JUNO Award winner, DJ Shub.

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Chali 2na, photo by Jorge Sevilla
Chali 2na, photo by Jorge Sevilla

For the first time, one of the most iconic voices in hip-hop, the verbal Herman Munster, Chali 2na, will hit the road with the Godfather of PowWow Step and JUNO Award winner, DJ Shub. Together, they’ll embark on their first-ever Canadian tour, performing in nine cities across three provinces, marking a historic collaboration between the artists.

On the decks, DJ Shub will provide a dynamic backdrop for Chali’s unmistakable baritone voice as he delivers an electrifying performance of his solo hits and beloved Jurassic 5 classics. Individually, these two artists boast incredible resumes – having performed at some of the most iconic venues and festivals across North America (Coachella, Outside Lands, Osheaga). Now, the two of them are teaming up to deliver one of this summer’s most sought-after events.

DJ Shub, a two-time DMC World DJ champion and Red Bull Thre3style champion, expressed his excitement about the tour:

“For me, backing up Chali 2na on tour is mind-blowing considering I’ve been a long-time fan. Magic happens when legends join forces.”

Fans have been dreaming of this collaboration since 2017, when the two artists first performed together at a workshop at the Winnipeg Folk Festival – offering a glimpse of what could be. Now, the wait is finally over, as they embark on a tour that promises to mesmerize audiences and provide a captivating blend of old-school hip-hop and DJ prowess.

Tickets for this must-see tour go on sale on February 22. Fans are encouraged to act quickly to secure their spot at what promises to be an unforgettable series of performances.

Chali 2na & DJ Shub Tour Dates:

May 2 – Calgary, AB – Modern Love
May 3 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
May 4 – Saskatoon, SK – Capitol Music Club
May 5 – Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
May 6 – Banff, AB – Melissa’s MisSteak
May 8 – Fernie, BC – The Northern
May 9 – Golden, BC – Rockwater Grill & Bar
May 10 – Vernon, BC – Status Nightclub
May 11 – Kelowna, BC – Red Bird Brewing

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