The avant-garde Norwegian group SHINING — whose unique “blackjazz” hybrid of extreme progressive metal, experimental jazz-fusion and industrial precision has earned extensive international acclaim – will release One One One, their first studio album in three years, this spring. The album, which is available now for pre-order, will be released by Prosthetic Records in North America digitally on April 23, with physical releases on CD and gatefold LP to follow soon after. A teaser for the forthcoming music video for first single I Won’t Forget can be seen at this location.

One One One digital release set for April 23; pre-order for CD and LP available now

Mixed and co-produced by Sean Beaven (NIN, Marilyn Manson, Slayer) and mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering (Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Ministry), One One One sees SHINING expanding on the musical palettes introduced on 2010’s landmark Blackjazz. That album – hailed by the New York Times as “a radioactive alloy of jazz and black metal” – scored a Norwegian Grammy nomination, cracked the Norwegian Top 10 and saw the group tour around the globe, from high-profile U.S. events like SXSW and CMJ to the large stages of European summer festivals. One such performance was captured on Live Blackjazz, an ambitious CD/DVD released on 11.11.11 that saw the group perform the album in full before a sold-out crowd in their home country.

SHINING has already performed One One One live in its entirety in Norway, after which they were awarded the prestigious Statoil scholarship – essentially a grant to be used toward international touring. Accordingly, the band is already making plans to return to America, where their 2012 SXSW performance earned rave reviews.

It will be the latest step on an unorthodox career path that began with two acoustic jazz albums released at the turn of the century. From there, SHINING began to incorporate progressive rock and experimental metal influences on their next two releases, after which they famously collaborated with progressive black metal Vikings Enslaved on a concerto commissioned by a top European jazz festival. That union helped to influence the musical direction of Blackjazz, which in turn begat One One One.

“While One One One is meant to complete the Blackjazz Trilogy, it’s also definitely the catchiest and most immediate music we’ve ever recorded, thereby paving the way for another bright and brand new version of ourselves,” says SHINING front man Jørgen Munkeby.

“The idea this time around was to make a series of jazz-metal hits with no fillers, hence the name of the album, and I believe we’ve managed to do just that. I have never been as proud of an album as I am with this one.”

The future is not only bright — it’s SHINING.

One One One track listing:
1. I Won’t Forget
2. The One Inside
3. My Dying Drive
4. Off The Hook
5. Blackjazz Rebels
6. How Your Story Ends
7. The Hurting Game
8. Walk Away
9. Paint The Sky Black

PSYCHOTHERMIA To Release Debut Album

While there are many bands in the hard rock/metal world that like to play with fire, it requires a certain combination of insanity and balls to douse yourself in it…

That is exactly what PSYCHOTHERMIA did to spark some attention for their debut album Fall To The Rising Sun dropping on February 8, 2013.

“We kept seeing other bands using fake fire in their photos and videos, we just thought it would be bad-ass to do it for real,” says guitarist Jon Russo.

Real is right. A stunt legend, an exhausting weekend, and a lot of burnt clothing later they walked away changed… the fumes may have proved inspiring.

With the easy part over, the band headed into the studio to really let loose. An indescribable energy lurks within the four members and is released in songs like the title track Fall To The Rising Sun.

“Stay one step ahead of yourself; stay one step ahead of the competition; always strive to better yourself… and if you don’t, you fall to the rising sun. Fate will catch up with you,” explains singer Johan Maldonado.

One listen leaves you with the rush of ripping through the night sky.

Personal experiences play a large part in the writing found on the album, and nowhere is this more apparent than Warbly.

Bassist Chenzo Vidalez explains, “I’m all about family and being loyal to friends. This song is about a deep betrayal. I was on a motorcycle trip where I caught a friend in a lie… tension escalated and it got to the point where I feared for my life. My instincts kept telling me if I stayed there someone was going to die.”

Quivering guitars and relentless double-bass drumming capture the inner turmoil of broken trust, while haunting vocals express the fear as ghostly silhouettes on chopper bikes approach at your weakest moment.

“One of my favorite tracks to jam live is ‘Anarchy’,” notes Mike. “It has a massive driving feel to it with galloping rhythms, and the build-up is just epic.”

A song that was originally inspired by distant uprisings of the oppressed, it features the voices of children chanting “Anarchy!” in the anthemic bridge section and choruses. While on the surface the song may seem political, the deeper meaning behind the track is not so vile.

“Anarchy is far from what the name depicts… the song is about being an individual and finding your voice,” says Johan.

No strangers to persistence and long hours in the studio, the guys in PSYCHOTHERMIA know what it means to take matters into their own hands. Fall To The Rising Sun was self-produced, recorded and engineered by the band in their home studio (Control Volume Studios). With the exception of Anarchy – mixed by the notorious Fred Archambault (producer/engineer, Avenged Sevenfold) – all songs were mixed by guitarist Jon Russo.

“I’d wake up after 15 hours in the studio, with my ears hurting, and have to go in and do it again… all while working around my jobs,” says Jon.

One cannot question their dedication.

Prior to April 2012, all four members performed together in a previous group (Canobliss). Together in this group they achieved such accolades as three nominations for San Diego Music Awards; opening performances for legends Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, HellYeah, Biohazard, & more; as well as song placements on nearly 10 extreme sports and motorsports DVDs. They have toured across much of the United States already; with a fresh project and new album Fall To The Rising Sun in their hands, PSYCHOTHERMIA is ready to catch the wind. The fire is real…

Fall to the Rising Sun Tracklisting:
1) Fall to the Rising Sun
2) Warbly
3) Slash and Burn
4) Anarchy
5) Don’t Look Back
6) Here’s to the Angels
7) Crazy X
8) The Wrath
9) Straight Faced
10) Orlando
11) Self Inflicted Wound
12) The Fight

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HATEBREED Album Trailer Video Series


The lyrics and the music of HATEBREED have the same value and belong together strongly. Have a look on the second album trailer for the upcoming record The Divinity Of Purpose, where Jamey Jasta talks about the lyrics.

HATEBREED: The Divinity of Purpose Album Trailer: Lyrics (NuclearBlastEurope)
HATEBREED: The Divinity Of Purpose Album Trailer: Cover Artwork (NuclearBlastEurope)
HATEBREED: Put It To The Torch OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO (NuclearBlastEurope)

The Divinity Of Purpose will be released on January 25, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

The CD and vinyl versions of the album are also available for pre-order now at the Nuclear Blast Mailorder.

10.01. D Berlin – Astra
11.01. B Lint – Eurocam Media Center
12.01. D Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
13.01. F Paris – Bataclan
14.01. D Saarbrücken – Garage
15.01. D Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
16.01. D Hamburg – Docks
17.01. D Stuttgart – LKA
18.01. D Lichtenfels – Stadthalle
19.01. D Dresden – Even Werk
20.01. NL Tilburg – O13

Logo: Nuclear Blast Records