Bad Omens and Poppy have spun a gripping story straight out of your sci-fi horror nightmares on their collaborative new single “V.A.N.” Following an exclusive audio premiere earlier today on SiriusXM’s Octane, the ferocious single and cinematic music video officially released this afternoon via Sumerian Records.
Written and produced by Bad Omens’ frontman Noah Sebastian, the song is the first glimpse of what the band will be offering on their upcoming album, the CONCRETE FOREVER project, also known as CONCRETE JUNGLE OST. The project is an experimental extension of Bad Omens’ hit LP, THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND, and the soundtrack to their “Concrete Jungle” comic book universe.
“V.A.N” is an industrial metal masterpiece about an artificial intelligence entity set out on a course to destroy humanity. The track immediately captivates the listener with Bad Omens’ hypnotic production and Poppy’s angelic, whispering vocals as she takes on the role of the Concrete Jungle Universe AI character ‘V.A.N.’ It then shock-transitions into a powerful onslaught of frantic drums, heavy guitars, and Poppy’s vocals evolving from otherworldly tones to aggro screams.
When asked about his approach to creating the single, Noah Sebastian explained:
“That’s a song that started just with the hook ‘Violence against nature’, and then after saving the project with the acronym and seeing it we realized it could be fun to think of ‘VAN’ as a name. Thus the rabbit hole of ideas began that led us to decide to write lyrics from the perspective of an artificial intelligence gone rogue.”
Fans will experience “V.A.N” live for the first time on the European leg of Bad Omens’ CONCRETE FOREVER tour with Poppy. The tour kicks off in Berlin this Friday, January 27th and international fans can tune in to livestreams of the sold-out shows from Cologne, Germany, on January 28th and 29th, exclusively on VEEPS. The number of fans from around the world that streamed the Bad Omens’ recent sold-out Hollywood Palladium show on Veeps was more than double the capacity of the venue.
Bad Omens 2024 Tour Dates:
Jan 27 – Columbiahalle – Berlin, Germany*
Jan 28 – Palladium Cologne – Cologne, Germany*
Jan 29 – Palladium Cologne – Cologne, Germany*
Jan 30 – Zenith, Munich, Germany*
Feb 1 – Halle 622 – Zürich, Switzerland*
Feb 2 – Stadthalle Offenbach – Offenbach Am Main, Germany*
Feb 4 – Poppodium 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands*
Feb 5 – Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium*
Feb 6 – Salle Pleyel – Paris, France*
Feb 8 – Messe Dresden – Dresden, Germany*
Feb 9 – SaSaZu – Praha, Czech Republic*
Feb 10 – Congress Innsbruck – Innsbruck, Austria*
Feb 11 – Alcatraz – Milan, Italy*
Apr 21 – Boeing Center at Tech Port – San Antonio, TX
Apr 23 – Revel Entertainment Center – Albuquerque, NM
Apr 25 – Mesa Amphitheatre – Mesa, AZ
Apr 27 – Sick New World – Las Vegas, NV
Apr 30 – Tulsa Theater – Tulsa, OK
May 2 – The Factory in Deep Ellum – Dallas, TX
May 3 – The Factory in Deep Ellum – Dallas, TX
May 12 – Welcome To Rockville – Daytona Beach, FL
May 18 – Point Fest – St. Louis, MO
Jun 7 – Rock im Park – Nüburg, Germany
Jun 8 – Rock am Ring – Nüburg, Germany
Jun 12 – Rock For People – Hradec, Czechia
Jun 13-16 – Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf, Austria
Jun 14-16 – Download Festival – Derby, United Kingdom
Jun 26-29 – Resurrection Fest – Viveiro, Spain
Jun 27-30 – Hellfest – Clisson, France
Jun 28-30 – Tuska Festival – Helsinki, Finland
Jun 29 – Provinssi Festival – Seinäjoki, Finland
Jul 5 – Rock Werchter – Werchter, Belgium
Jul 7 – I-Days Festival – Milano, Italy
Seven Cities Dead Unleash Single “Take This To My Grave” feat. Josh Gilbert
Milwaukee outfit Seven Cities Dead released their latest single, “Take This To My Grave,” featuring As I Lay Dying’s Josh Gilbert.
Milwaukee outfit Seven Cities Dead released their latest single, “Take This To My Grave,” featuring As I Lay Dying’s Josh Gilbert. SCD’s new single embodies the best attributes of classic and modern metalcore, pulling influences from Trivium, Wage War, and Motionless in White.
The story of “Take This To My Grave” in the words of the band:
“All the way back in 2021, we had this new demo for a song that was a little different than anything we had written before. It felt heavier than anything else we made but also somehow the most accessible. It had blast beats and a nasty breakdown, but it was also still structured like a radio single with a really catchy chorus and epic singing outro. We were already excited about it, but this was also the time when Featured X first came out.”
The story continues… “This was a website where artists, including some big names, signed up to make themselves available for people to request as features. At first, when we saw Josh Gilbert there, we thought he was way out of our league. As I Lay Dying was one of our favorite bands as teenagers and even to this day they’re a huge influence on our style. But we fantasized about what it would be like to have him on our song, and it genuinely felt like he would be a really good fit. So we reached out.
“We weren’t sure if we’d get a response, or if he even checked his messages on the site. And if he did, what are the odds he would agree to feature on a song by a no name band like us? But… he did! A few days later we got an email that he really liked the song and he would do it. What’s more, we learned that he’s also a professional producer working with Joseph McQueen at Sparrow Studios in Los Angeles. This is where Shaped By Fire was recorded.
“They’ve also produced records by bands like Bad Wolves, Bullet For My Valentine, Jason Derulo. We knew it would be the best experience and also the best song possible if we could go down and record it with him in person. So that’s exactly what we did. It was an amazing experience! We had planned to release this song in 2022 with an epic animated video which we had a whole script drawn up for – but things fell through with the animator after several months and delayed deadlines. And then things fell through with the next animator. And the next one. Two and a half years later, we decided this song just HAS to see the light of day, one way or another. We still have dreams of bringing the full story to fruition, but for now – we just want to release the song!”
Max & Iggor Cavalera’s Blood Brothers Coffee Available Soon
Legendary metal brothers Max & Iggor Cavalera bring you a taste of home from the coffee bloodline buried deep within the sacrificial soil.
The Tribe has spoken! Arise from the grave and drink from the lifeblood! Legendary metal brothers Max & Iggor Cavalera have gone back to their roots to bring you a taste of home from the bloodline buried deep within the sacrificial soil. Dubbed the world’s “bloodiest” coffee, this coffee lives up to its reputation as the heaviest of the Brazilian Legenders, with its deep, rich notes that will thump and chug your heart right out of your chest!
This bone-breaking brew was handpicked by the Cavalera Tribe themselves to inspire generations of headbangers to come. So, take your place on the totem around the tribal fires, and drink from the sacrificial lifeblood today, and experience an intense, immersive coffee experience like no other!
Concept Cafes tell us:
“Collaborating with the Tribe, we wanted to accomplish two things with ‘Blood Brothers’…: 1) further push the initiative that Metal has a place in the coffee world beyond the burnt leftovers from the factory floor & 2) share the often overlooked, yet some of the best coffee in the world, that comes out of Brazil. The collective challenge was how do you package 40 years of legacy from such an influential & integral part of Metal history into a bag/can of coffee…? Furthermore, how do you represent Brazilian culture, and most importantly, how do you humbly present the best offering to metalheads around the world? But Max & Iggor, and the rest of the Cavalera Tribe, actually made it pretty easy for us once we started working with them. When you see the level of passion & devotion they have for the music and touring for the fans, it really is awe-inspiring; so everything kinda just started to come together on this project ‘organically’. Marina (Concept’s head artist) & I had the initial idea that if we could make everything organic enough to pay tribute to Max’s love for camo, we might just pull this off. How’d we do…? LOL”
Max & Iggor’s “Blood Brothers” coffee was a semifinalist in the coffee industry’s prestigious 2023 Sprudgie Awards (the equivalent of the Grammys in the coffee world).
You can pre-order Max & Iggor Cavalera’s Official ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee Cold Nitro Brew Cans available in espresso, non-dairy latte & flavoured latte versions here.
Cassetta Release Their New Single “Give Them Nothing”
Cassetta, a metal supergroup composed of members of Suicide Silence, Scars of Tomorrow, have released their single “Give Them Nothing.”
Brace yourselves for the sonic onslaught from Cassetta, a greater Los Angeles hardcore group that has released their latest sonic juggernaut, “Give Them Nothing.” This blistering single has permeated streaming services, hitting platforms including Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, and all major DSPs.
Drawing from the deepest, most primal recesses of musical intensity, Cassetta masterfully melds influences from past and present hardcore/metal favourites, forging a relentless, bone-crushing wall of sound that will leave listeners breathless. The accompanying live performance video of “Give Them Nothing” is slated for release on the band’s official YouTube channel in the coming weeks.
“Give Them Nothing” stands as a testament to the band’s uncompromising vision, self-produced and mixed by Jeff Dunne, known for his work with heavyweights such as Knocked Loose, Make Them Suffer, Veil Of Maya, and Emmure. Cassetta’s ethos is one of raw power, eschewing frills in favour of unadulterated hardcore energy, with vocalist Conor Eaton’s introspective lyrics guiding listeners through a dark, deeply personal journey.
Comprised of vocalist Conor Eaton (The Keeper), guitarist/songwriter Kevin Fifield (Pressure Cracks/Scars of Tomorrow), Marc Motley (The Arson Choir), Bob Bradley (Fake Figures/Scars of Tomorrow), and Alex Lopez (Suicide Silence), Cassetta is a powerhouse collective poised to dominate the hardcore scene.
In addition to the forthcoming single, Cassetta has also unveiled a limited edition two-song cassette featuring their previous hits, “Swallow the Sun” and “Thin Blue Crime.” This exclusive cassette, accompanied by enamel pins and two distinct shirt designs, is available now via the band’s official Bandcamp store.
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