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