Emmure Releases New Video For “A Gift A Curse”

(PCM) Rockers Emmure have recently revealed a mind-blowing new video for the track “A Gift A Curse” off their latest album release “Eternal Enemies”.

We adore the fact that the band has not forgotten the art of the music video and the video for “A Gift A Curse” is actually the fourth music video released from the album.

Aside from its technical mastery, the futuristic and mind-bending sequences propose the death of art. From the crumbling of the David Statue and the always enraged lyrics of Emmure, “A Gift A Curse” moves along like an ballistic missile, leaving little time to interpretation.

Director Ievgenii Nozhechkin discusses the meaning behind this dynamic masterpiece, “I wanted to show the music of Emmure as something that does not have an end, that it goes deep inside every single person, and something that will be alive after us. Art touches the hearts and souls of so many people so it cannot be stopped or destroyed. Additional details of the video are destroying the pieces of art as a strong symbol of destruction of the past inside of you. Destroying the old, we enable a new birth.”

Emmure will be hitting the U.S. with Suicide Silence starting February 17th in Santa Cruz, CA. The tour hits all corners of the country, don’t miss your chance to see Emmure live.

Check out our interview with Frankie of Emmure while out on last summer’s Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.

 

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Nicki Minaj Conducts Live Facebook Q&A With Fans After Premiere Of New MTV Documentary

(PCM) Nicki Minaji recently shared quite a bit of insight into her musical inspirations and more during a live Facebook Q&A conducted with fans directly after the premiere of her new MTV documentary “My Time AGAIN”.

She spoke about topics such as her collaboration with Beyonce saying “It felt empowering for women in general in music today”, as well as revealing that being close to her mother and brothers are what she is enjoying the most about being back in Queens.

Minaj went on to say that her favorite part of making “The Pink Print” was “revealing things people did not know about me” and that she enjoys cooking in her down time.

You can check out the full Q&A below:

Post by MTV.
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Papa Roach And Seether Provide A Rocking Start To The New Year!

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(PCM) Rockers Papa Roach and Seether have provided a rocking start to the New Year by embarking on a co-headlining tour that is packing venues across the country. Bringing along their friends in KYNG and newcomers Islander, we could not have asked for a more solid show to start off the 2015 concert season.

We recently attended the show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA and despite the frigid temperatures outside the heat was certainly on once these bands took the stage and blasted through their sets pumping out hit after hit as the night raged on.

After blistering sets from both KYNG and Islander, Seether took the stage and played with more energy and enthusiasm than we have seen in them for quite some time. The band is currently on the road in support of the newest album release “Isolate and Medicate”, which is proving to churn out just as many hit singles as the band’s previous releases. The album’s first single “Words As Weapons” tore up the active rock charts and currently the album’s second single “Same Damn Life” is performing much the same.

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With an album library that is as extensive as Seether’s we can’t even begin to imagine what goes into crafting their set list, but they managed to span their entire catalog throughout their performance and played just about everything the audience wanted to hear.  The audience sing-a-long for “Broken” was incredibly emotional and I was thrilled to hear some of our favorites such as “Gasoline” and “Country Song” again in the live environment.

Vocalist Shawn Morgan sings with such amazing precision, while bassist Dale Stewart and drummer John Humphrey never missed a beat. Seether are certainly starting out 2015 with a performance high note and we highly recommend checking out their set.

Following, Seether’s invigorating performance the audience was amped and ready for Papa Roach to take the stage. If you have never had the chance to witness Papa Roach live then you truly do not know what you are missing. The raw energy and adrenaline that exudes from the stage is intoxicating and we were thoroughly engrossed in the band’s performance from beginning to end.

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Vocalist Jacoby Shaddix has a way of commandeering the stage and he along with the rest of the band made up of guitarist Jerry Horton, bassist Tobin Esperance and drummer Tony Palermo strive to provide the audience with the most intensely rocking performance imaginable.

Papa Roach is currently gearing up for the release of their 8th studio album “F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise) which is set for release on January 27th. We also have to note that January 27th just so happens to also mark the 15th anniversary of the band’s debut album “Infest”, so we are sure there are going to be a few celebrations for the band while out on the road.

We have had a chance to give “F.E.A.R” a few spins and without a doubt find that the new album is some of Papa Roach’s strongest material to date. We adore the fact that this band has never made the same album twice and “F.E.A.R” will definitely be a favorite among fans for sure.

Papa Roach’s set list, much like Seether’s consisted of the band churning out hit after hit such as “Getting Away With Murder”, “Between Angels and Insects”, “Broken Home” and of course their mega-hit “Last Resort”.

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PCM’s Kristyn Clarke and Renee Winner were able to catch up with Papa Roach guitarist Jerry Horton just prior to the show to discuss the band’s new album, the recording process and more … check out the full interview below:

Photography credit: Mike Sievila

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How Tokio Hotel Have Secured Their Reign As The “Kings Of Suburbia”

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(PCM) Tokio Hotel released their brilliant new album “Kings Of Suburbia” last November and it has been met with both fan and critical acclaim. Listening to the album I have found that it is truly some of the band’s most honest and heartfelt work to date.

With their debut album in 2005, Tokio Hotel- -twin brothers Bill (lead singer) and Tom Kaulitz (guitar, backing vocals), Georg Listing (bass) and Gustav Schafer (drums)–rose to become the most successful German rock band of the last 20 years. 7 million copies of their releases have been sold worldwide, and with around 160 Gold and 63 Platinum awards in 68 countries and well over 100 national and international awards, Tokio Hotel is an international phenomenon.

Bill and Tom Kaulitz (25) moved to California overnight at the absolute height of their fame. Submerged in the anonymity of Los Angeles, their experiences there lent them new creativity and inspiration which they used to write and produce “Kings of Suburbia”, their third international studio album.

“Kings Of Suburbia” is filled with a variety of different musical flavors and we see Tokio Hotel having the chance to explore and experiment with a variety of soundscapes including rock, pop and even various electronic elements. The album is a breath of fresh air for the band and certainly stands apart in their illustrious catalog.

From the club-heavy wallop of “Feel It All” to the softer, introspective “Run Run Run” and “Love Who Loves You Back,” it’s an album that finds the Kaulitz twins pushing limits of sanity and discovery, a singular statement born out of one very important realization: Their band could mirror their lives, could provide the soundtrack to the parties that never end. If it feels alive, well, that’s because Tokio Hotel were living it as they were making it.

I recently had a chance to catch up with Tokio Hotel to discuss the making of the new album, their upcoming touring plans, changes within the music industry and more.

It has been about five years since we last had any new music from Tokio Hotel, so when talking about the creative process for the new album Bill says “After the release of our last album we were not really sure what we wanted to do with our music next, so we decided to make the move to L.A.. It was there that we found that we finally had the creative freedom to do what we truly wanted to do with our music. We wanted to make something that we love and what makes us happy.”

We are always curious about the mindset of the band while in the studio during the recording process. The band revealed “With “Love Who Loves You Back”, the albums first single, for that song we kind of had that moment in the studio where you just know that you have something special. That song just stuck with us all day. When we were writing it and recording it and we just really couldn’t get it out of our heads. We really wanted to get it out to audiences and see if their reaction was the same. It is a way to think about experiencing love. 

We also made the music video that we have always wanted to make for that song as well, so it was really a perfect fit. It is also the exact opposite of what the rest of the album is like overall. It is very pure without a lot of production, we just wanted to keep it very simple. It is a very fun song and the video was incredibly fun to make. It was something I had never done before.”

Speaking of the music video for “Love Who Love You Back’ Bill revealed that the idea for the video came from a film he saw called “Perfume”. Bill says “In the film the character was getting a lot of hate from those around him as he was creating his perfume. As odd as it sounds, he then sprays his perfume around and it begins to turn the hate into love and then branches out into an orgy of sorts. I had always wanted to recreate that with music and now we had finally found the right song”. 

He goes on to say “We found the right director and he had all these people and he asked me if I even wanted to be involved. I said ‘Of course I want to be involved (laughs). He was surprised that I actually wanted to do it. I have never been involved with something like that in front of the camera so it was definitely fun. When I got home that night I felt like I was leaving a porno shoot. Making out with so many people was exhausting, but it was also a lot of fun”.

I was also curious about Tokio Hotel’s upcoming touring plans, as well as, what will be going into the live show. Bill says ” We are going to begin touring in March in Europe with the Feel It All World Tour. It will be a memorable experience for fans. We are still working on some of our concepts and ideas for the show, but it will be great”. 

When asked what the most misunderstood thing about Tokio Hotel would be they answered “I think by now people get it, but there was always some confusion about how long we have been together. We have been a band for over 14 years, even before we were doing it professionally”. 

During the recording process sometimes there are things that a band will learn about themselves that can be a bit surprising. Bill comments ” Moving out to L.A. and being out here on our own and having control over the whole production was something that we had never done before, so we learned that we could do it on our own without someone telling us how things should be done. It was also interesting in L.A., that no one knew who I am or what I do and I had not had that experience in quite some time. I am used to meeting people who knew exactly who I was, so having this anonymity was a new experience.”

When speaking about the influence that living in L.A. had on the recording process, Tom adds “The move to L.A. provided us with new life experiences, prior to that we had nothing new to say, here we were able to be influenced by all of our new experiences and create new stories to share”. 

Many musicians have been affected by the changes in the music industry over the years. Bill tells us that people downloading rather than buying music has been one of the many changes that has had the biggest effect on the band. He says “When we first came on the scene there was not downloading. Nowadays it is more important to have streams and downloads. I don’t even get all of this. There are so many new rules to follow. I remember we used to have these long lines for autographs and nowadays they don’t even do that anymore. They don’t want an autograph, they just want a selfie (laughs). Autographs are not necessary anymore.”

He goes on to say, “When we first started there were music show on TV and talk shows and awards shows to attend, now there are only like one or two award shows to attend per year. So much has changed with the way the world processes music. It is all very different.”

Finally, I wanted to know if we are going to see any Tokio Hotel touring here in the States. They replied “Yes, of course. We announced the first half of our world tour in Europe, so definitely be early summer we hope to announce some touring in the U.S.”. 

We can’t wait! We will have to remember to bring our selfie sticks! If you haven’t already be sure to pick up a copy of Tokio Hotel’s phenomenal new album “Kings Of Suburbia” and keep up to date with the band and the following links below:

www.tokiohotel.com
www.facebook.com/tokiohotel
www.twitter.com/tokiohotel
www.youtube.com/user/tokiohotelchannel
www.instagram.com/tokiohotel

 

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GWAR Eternal Tour Beautifully Paid Homage To Lost Leader Oderus Urungus

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(PCM) Many were curious just how GWAR and the scumdogs of the universe would survive after the loss of their leader Oderus Urungus but I can say that his spirit was very much alive and well during the GWAR Eternal Tour as it slayed its’ way across the nation.

After being sucked through a hole in the space/time continuum Lord Blothar has now found himself thrust on stage fronting the almighty GWAR and he certainly managed to pull it off without a hitch. Well, maybe that is not entirely true … he did have to deal with his sister from a distant future the sexy breast-blood spewing Vulvatron.

The tour overall focused on GWAR’s search for their lost leader Oderus and they payed homage to his spirit beautifully. The show was both highly entertaining and the perfect way to allow fans to both celebrate and mourn the death of Oderus, who in his own right was a true rock n’ roll pioneer.

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The production for this tour was phenomenal and it was an utterly fantastic idea to have the first song of the evening performed by Oderus himself through the magic mirror aka. a video screen on-stage. I am not going to lie that I actually shed tears during the song while watching one of the slaves (GWAR’s on-stage hands/prop guys) looking devastated the clawing at the screen which contained an image of their beloved leader.

Musically speaking everyone in GWAR has truly stepped up their game and their finale cover of the Pet Shop Boy’s “West End Girls” was fantastic. I definitely enjoyed GWAR’s version a whole lot more than the original.

I am sure that GWAR will have plenty more in-store for 2015 as the band will be celebrating their 30th anniversary!  It is sure to be a bloody good time!

Photography by: Megan C. Brooks

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Crash Midnight Need To Be On Your Music Radar This Year

(PCM) If you have not yet heard Boston rockers Crash Midnight then you truly don’t know what you’re missing!  The band is definitely one to put on your music radar as we head into 2015.

The band released their debut album “Lost In City” back in November and their single “151” is on a steady climb nationally. The band are currently out on the road with The Pretty Reckless and Adelitas Way in support of the both the new album and current single. We absolutely can’t wait to see what this band has in-store for us next.

Seeing Crash Midnight open for The Pretty Reckless was amazing, in fact I found myself wishing that their set had continued even longer. They take command of the stage and their overall vibe is absolutely infectious. They are a true rebirth to the spirit of rock n’ roll!

We had a chance to hang out with Crash Midnight just prior to their performance to chat about the debut album, their Green Energy Tour bus created by rhythm guitarist Tony Pizzo and more!  Check it out below:

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