Rock powerhouses In Signs release punchy new single ‘Knock Knock’

Based in Kyiv, Ukraine, the three-pieced ‘In Signs’ create a massive sound beyond their numbers that builds throughout their tracks into crescendos of immense rock.

Their new single ‘Knock Knock’, now accompanied by a new music video, features an intriguing juxtaposition between its gentle beat and raspy rock vocals. Speaking on his hopes for their music, frontman Arsen explained:

It’s so important to be true with people who listen to your music a this is our main goal. There are a lot of artists nowadays but not all of them are doing art. We want to prove that music is not about money, it’s about the passion of your life. I’m a closed person and making music and writing lyrics is a perfect way for me to communicate with people...

..I become a songwriter by chance. I didn’t want to be a musician, it just came up after my first tattoo which is Metallica’s song title ‘Nothing Else Matters’. It such a great pleasure to play live some songs which I created from the very beginning. There are a lot of ways to create music but all our songs start from an acoustic guitar and vocals. ”

Arsen, frontman of In Signs

Make sure to check out In Signs on social media to see what these rock powerhouses will do next!

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/insignsmusic

Website: https://www.insignsband.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6lbOAXU3IC5HuZhykxWCkD?si=ajHsPXe-SmyPNgYv2zD8-A

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/in-signs/1340508600

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/InSignsMusic/videos

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Kiss’ Gene Simmons partners with Gibson to launch new guitar and bass collections

As reported by NME, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has partnered with iconic guitar brand Gibson to launch a series of new electric guitars and basses.

Original Article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/kiss-gene-simmons-partners-with-gibson-to-launch-new-guitar-and-bass-collections-2852536

Under the name G², the collaboration will introduce new collections of left-handed electric guitars and basses across Gibson’s ‘Gibson’, ‘Epiphone’ and ‘Kramer brands’, as well as develop new entertainment content to be streamed globally.

Kicking things off, G² will release the new G² Thunderbird Bass later this year, which made its worldwide debut on stage with Simmons recently during Kiss’ New Year’s Eve concert in Dubai.

Following the launch of the G² Thunderbird Bass, Simmons and Gibson have plans to release a Flying V bass and Flying V guitar.

“I have been designing and trademarking bass guitars for decades, and when I heard Gibson’s vision and learned about their creative process, it just made sense for us to join forces to take things to the next level,” Simmons said in a statement.

“Gibson is an outstanding company and has earned its place as a leading guitar brand with fans around the world. These guitars and basses will all be handmade, with a sound that is off the charts. The design is so beautiful and collectible that they are simply works of art.”

Cesar Gueikian of Gibson Brands added: “Gene is not only one of the most celebrated musicians and rock stars of all time. He is also an entrepreneur, record producer, actor and overall creative person. His brain is always working, and I love that about him.

“When we first connected, we immediately engaged in the most interesting conversations about guitars, entertainment, and business. Our shared vision compelled us to explore a partnership that would include developing instruments and creating a new platform to entertain and inspire new generations of Gibson and Gene Simmons fans to create music. Expect epic things.”

Gene Simmons and Mark Agnesi, Gibson Brand’s director of brand experience, will be discussing G² on January 18 on Gibson TV at 4pm GMT – watch here.

Earlier this month, Simmons doubled down on previous comments he made about the state of rock music.

In 2014, the Kiss bassist accused record labels of failing to adequately support rock artists and declared the rock genre to be “finally dead”.

Simmons doubled down on the claims in a recent interview, saying there are popular bands but that doesn’t mean they’re “iconic and legacy and for all-time”.

Meanwhile, Kiss have teamed up with Dead Sled Coffee to launch their own coffee flavour, set to arrive this year.

Helestios blend musical cultures in new heavy metal album ‘Your Pain Tastes Good’

Proving themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting metal bands, Helestios prepare for the release of their upcoming album ‘Your Pain Tastes Good’, which will be available to the world on December 18th.

Helestios hail from Latvia, Greece and Netherlands but are now based in Basingstone, England. The metal powerhouse is made up of Henrijs Leja (vocals/guitar); Stelios Aggelis (lead guitar); Ian den Boer (drums) and Agnis Aldiņš (bass). Blending all of their musical backgrounds and culture into one, Helestios’ sound is quite something, and probably different to the metal bands you’ve heard before.

The most intriguing quality of the album is the many mediums used to grab the attention of the listener. The album begins with distorted synth and unique throat singing, before the introduction of furious riffs.

Lebanese prayer is also incorporated in the introduction to the album’s final track, ‘Return to Baalbek’, which was recorded by Henrijs during mass protests against the Government in the Lebanese city.

The extreme vocals that tell the story of the album pulls all these elements of their sound together into a metal explosion you won’t want to miss.

If you listen beyond the intense, gripping vocals, you’ll hear that Helestios use their lyrics to encourage listeners to stay true to themselves and to use their inner power to battle through any struggles they may be having.

The album is an accessible introduction to the world of metal and is perfect if you’re looking to be empowered by their power and fury, let off some steam by head-banging in your bedroom, or for imagining being in the middle of a mosh pit.

“We want to provoke people to think a bit deeper and realise there’s more than everyday mainstream media has to offer. There’s enough exciting stuff going on right now in various scientific fields from uncovering very unusual facts about ancient history to modern genetics and with our new understanding we should re-apply and re-view many things that we believe are cornerstones. Not to mention the fact we live in an era when individual human rights are noticeably reduced. We’re looking to stand together with everyone, brothers and sisters and friends through metal – stand together for what is right!”

Helestios

Make sure to follow Helestios on social media to be the first to hear ‘Your Pain Tastes Good’ on December 18th!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helestios/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/helestios
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helestios_official/
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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClnmL-ukpMFTyWrrGo1Mcag

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England’s live music industry responds to sale of alcohol being allowed at gigs: “We have been listened to”

As reported by NME, England’s live music industry has responded to the decision that grassroots venues will be able to sell alcohol post-lockdown.

Original Article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/englands-live-music-industry-responds-to-sale-of-alcohol-being-allowed-at-gigs-we-have-been-listened-to-2828598

Initially, post-lockdown restrictions included a ban on selling alcohol, something the Music Venue Trust (MVT) warned would prevent grassroots music venues being able to put on economically viable events being as 65% of their income comes from wet sales.

Those guidelines stated that alcohol could only be served as part of a “substantial” meal, but the MVT argued that 92% of grassroots music venues do not have the necessary facilities to fulfil that criteria.

Today (November 30), the government announced that grassroots music venues in England will be allowed to sell alcohol at ticketed live shows from Wednesday (December 2).

This new decision to allow alcohol sales identifies the purchase of a ticket as having equivalent intention by the consumer to the purchase of a meal.

A number of companies from the live music sector have since responded to the new guidelines, including MVT, who alongside Live Music Industry Venues and Entertainment Group (LIVE) worked with the government to make the case that the consumption of culture and the consumption of food should be treated equally.

“We are delighted that we have been listened to and that guidance has been issued that makes it clear that ticketed events at grassroots music venues can go ahead in Tier 2 with alcohol on sale,” said MVT CEO Mark Dayvd.

He added: “It makes a direct difference to the number of shows that can be delivered and is a significant step forward in the campaign to Revive Live Music and Reopen Every Venue Safely.”

Phil Bowdery, Chair of The Concert Promoters Association said: “LIVE is delighted that the government has listened to our calls to allow alcohol to be sold at live music venues under the new Tier 2 restrictions. This announcement is hugely important for our industry as stopping the sale of alcohol was going to mean that even if venues were technically able to open under Tier 2, they wouldn’t have been able to financially.

“There’s still a long way to go for the live music industry to recover, and the new situation is extremely challenging for those in Tier 3, but we’re grateful to all those involved, in the industry and in Government, for securing this sensible step.”

Nathan Clark, a board member for the Association of Independent Promoters said the decision “represents a significant opportunity to all in the music industry to economically work on events, and to also utilise the Culture Recovery Fund.”

“It gives a potential lifeline opportunity to both grassroots venues and promoters that simply wouldn’t have been possible without this amendment,” he added. “A huge step in the right direction for music.”

Earlier this month, the Music Venue Trust launched the #SaveThe30 campaign to highlight the plight of the spaces left in the cold from the government’s £1.57billion Cultural Recovery Fund, in a bid to raise money and awareness to stop them from being lost forever.

Organisers last week said that support has been overwhelming as they edge closer to their £1,750,000 target, while urging music fans to donate to the cause if they can or write to their councillor or MP to ask for their help in saving their local venue.

This weekend, the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) accused the UK government of intentionally destroying the night life sector through the introduction of new coronavirus restrictions.

The sector argues it will be among the hardest hit through Boris Johnson’s revised three-tier system, which he outlined in a virtual statement to the Commons last week.

Meanwhile, pubs in Wales are set to close from Friday (December 4) as the country enters a new coronavirus lockdown.

The country’s First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed the new restrictions today (November 30).

Bon Jovi Prep Free Concert Film ‘On a Night Like This’

As reported by Rolling Stone, Bon Jovi will release the concert film On A Night Like This — Bon Jovi 2020 on November 27th via Facebook.

Original Article: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/bon-jovi-concert-film-on-a-night-like-this-1094188/

Filmed in Nashville, the documentary will mark the first time the band performs their new album 2020 live. The preview below shows the band playing and Jon Bon Jovi getting tested for Covid-19 as the 2020 track “Limitless” plays in the background. The film will stream for free on their Facebook page at 6 p.m. ET.

Next month, Bon Jovi will join Maren Morris, Snoop Dogg, and others in the benefit concert Play On: Celebrating the Power of Music to Make Changeairing on December 5th. In October, they performed “Beautiful Drug” on Ellen.

“I don’t think anyone will forget what their lives were like between March and September of 2020,” Bon Jovi recently told Rolling Stone of their new album. I think this is the Spanish Flu all over again. But none of us, you and I or our parents, were alive 100 years ago. So this is that moment for us. This song won’t be about shoulder pads and having a hairstyle. This will mark a moment in time.”

Eddie Van Halen was diagnosed with brain tumour and stage four lung cancer, says son Wolfgang

As reported by NME, Eddie Van Halen‘s son Wolfgang has detailed his father’s battles with illness in the years leading up to his death last month.

Original Article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/eddie-van-halen-brain-tumour-lung-cancer-wolfgang-2818407

In a new interview on The Howard Stern Show, Van Halen revealed that towards the end of 2017, his father was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.

“The doctors were like, ‘You have six weeks’,” he told Stern, adding that his father went to Germany to receive treatment.

“Whatever the fuck they do over there, it’s amazing, because I got three more years with him.”

Wolfgang goes on to say that things took a turn for the worse in early 2019, when his father got in a motorcycle accident. He was later diagnosed with a brain tumour, and received gamma knife radiosurgery to treat the illness.

“But as time went on, shit kept stacking up and stacking up. It just never let up.”

Wolfgang explained that his father’s worsening condition came amid plans for a Van Halen “classic line-up” reunion tour, which the band’s manager Irving Azoff discussed last month.

“That’s important, to let people know, that yeah, that was real, and we were so excited about it,” Van Halen told Stern. “It just didn’t pan out.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Wolfgang premiered his new song ‘Distance’, a tribute to his father, and discussed the close musical bond he and Van Halen shared.

“We had such a close connection and now, for the rest of my life, there’s no way I’ll never be able to think about him no matter what I do—which is good but also hurts a lot.”

Eddie Van Halen died early last month aged 65, following a long battle with throat cancer, prompting an outpouring of tributes from around the rock world.

Earlier this month, SlashMetallica‘s Kirk Hammett and Rage Against the Machine‘s Tom Morello honoured Van Halen at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

“Eddie Van Halen was the Mozart of our generation,” Morello said during the moving tribute. “He had the kind of talent that maybe comes around once a century.”

Listen to AC/DC’s brand new song ‘Realize’

As reported by NME, AC/DC have shared their latest song, ‘Realize’ — check out the new track below.

Original Article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/ac-dc-new-song-realize-power-up-2814431

The song is the second to be taken from the returning band’s upcoming new album ‘Power Up’, which is set for release on Friday (November 13). The LP is AC/DC’s first since 2014’s ‘Rock Or Bust’.

‘Realize’ follows on from the LP’s lead single ‘Shot In The Dark’ which arrived last month, and you can hear the final preview of AC/DC’s ‘Power Up’ below.

The full tracklist for AC/DC’s ‘Power Up’ is as follows:

1. Realize
2. Rejection
3. Shot In The Dark
4. Through The Mists Of Time
5. Kick You When You’re Down
6. Witch’s Spell
7. Demon Fire
8. Wild Reputation
9. No Man’s Land
10. Systems Down
11. Money Shot
12. Code Red

Speaking to NME about their comeback, AC/DC’s Angus Young explained how ‘Power Up’ was “guided by the vision” of his late brother Malcolm, who died in 2017.

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Frontman Brian Johnson said that he hopes the new record will inspire a whole new generation of AC/DC fans.

“Instead of looking at dancers on TikTok, I’m hoping this album will make young kids go out and buy a guitar, learn the riffs and discover the rest of our catalogue,” he said. “It would just be great to get more young rock bands out there, writing their own songs and getting up there on stage.”

Keith Richards on marking The Rolling Stones’ 60th anniversary: “The plans are to still actually all be alive”

As reported by NME, Keith Richards has spoken about The Rolling Stones’ upcoming 60th anniversary, saying that “the plans are to still actually all be alive” by the time the milestone comes around.

Original Article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/keith-richards-on-marking-the-rolling-stones-60th-anniversary-the-plans-are-to-still-actually-all-be-alive-2813256

The veteran band are set to celebrate 60 years together in 2022, having formed as The Rolling Stones in 1962.

Richards was asked in a new interview with GQ about whether the Stones had formulated any plans for their 60th anniversary yet, to which he replied: “Well, the plans are to still actually all be alive.”

“Apart from that, at our age, I don’t know. I haven’t heard of any plans, but I’m sure there are things being made,” the 76-year-old continued.

“First off, I’m going to get through this year and see how we handle next year. Because I think at the moment, there are more problems than a Rolling Stones celebration. Although I’m very glad that we’re all here, but I’ll leave it at that if I can.”

Richards further confirmed that the Stones have been working on a new album, which he says was “halfway in the works before [the] shit hit the fan” — a reference to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I was trying to progress a few things along, but there’s not a lot one can really do except wait for the vaccine,” the guitarist said.

Richards also reflected on his own mortality in the interview, saying that “every day is a pleasure”.

“I mean, I don’t wish to defy anybody’s predictions and I’m really not interested in them,” he added in reference to the interviewer’s observation that “people have been wondering in interviews when you’re going to die for the last 50 years”.

“But I’ll croak when I croak and everybody will know.”

Richards stated in another interview back in September that he “can’t imagine” The Rolling Stones ever retiring.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s credit cards “maxed out” by fraudster

As reported by NME, Sharon Osbourne has revealed that her and Ozzy Osbourne‘s credits were recently “maxed out” by a fraudster.

Original Article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/ozzy-and-sharon-osbournes-credit-cards-maxed-out-by-fraudster-2803305

Appearing on her U.S. chat show, The Talk, Sharon explained how she was first made aware of the crime when attempting to buy a birthday present for daughter Kelly.

“It’s my Kelly’s birthday today, I went out last night to pick up her gift,” Sharon explained.

“I give my credit card and they come back and say, ‘Do you have another credit card? It didn’t go through.’ I say, ‘Just try it again’… still didn’t go through…. I hand them Ozzy’s.”

She added: “Then, they come back and go, ‘Do you have another one? It didn’t go through.’ Someone rang up charges and maxed out Ozzy’s card and my card. I called through to the credit card company and they go, ‘No, no, no, you’re maxed out, so is Ozzy.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t go to that store, or to that store.’”

When asked if it was fraud, Sharon confirmed the crime, before adding that all of the fraudulent transactions on her card are currently being processed.

This comes after Ozzy recently announced details of his rescheduled farewell tour.

The gigs in question, which were originally announced back in September 2018, have already been postponed a number of times due to Osbourne’s ill health and, more recently, the coronavirus pandemic.

After his wife Sharon confirmed last week that the live dates — which had most recently been pencilled in for this month — would be moving to 2022, Osbourne himself has announced today (October 22) that the UK and European legs of the ‘No More Tours 2’ tour will now kick off in January 2022.

The official video for AC/DC’s ‘Shot In The Dark’ has arrived

As reported by NME, AC/DC have revealed the official video for their comeback single ‘Shot In The Dark’.

Original Article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/the-official-video-for-ac-dcs-shot-in-the-dark-has-arrived-2798808

The first single from the re-united band’s much anticipated seventeenth album ‘Power Up’ arrived at the beginning of this month. ‘Shot In The Dark’ is the rock veterans’ first new material since 2014’s ‘Rock Or Bust’ LP.

You can take a look at the visuals, which features the band performing live and were shot by longtime AC/DC video director David Mallet.

Describing ‘Shot In The Dark’, guitarist Angus Young told NME: “It’s a strong single from a powerful rock album. You’ll be able to hear it and know straight away that it’s AC/DC. That’s what we’ve always strived for.”

The Australian rock veterans’s new album is out on November 13. It sees frontman Brian Johnson returning to the group after Axl Rose’s stint as singer, with drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams also returning to the fold.

Last week, meanwhile, AC/DC shared a new online program which allows users to display their initials in the style of the band’s iconic lightning bolt logo.

Angus Young has also confirmed that the album does not feature contributions from his brother and the band’s original rhythm guitarist Malcolm, who died in 2017, despite it featuring a number of his “ideas”.

Young said: “I know a lot of people have been saying: did Malcolm actually play, is it his instrument on the new album? I chose not to do that because I felt Malcolm himself wouldn’t like me trying to splice his guitar work.”