Queen + Adam Lambert, "Love Kills (Live from Los Angeles 2014)"
No, "Love Kills" is not a new song. But getting to see Adam Lambert onstage with Brian May and Roger Taylor, belting out the lyrics to one of Freddie Mercury's long-lost solo hits, is a joy in and of itself. The new clip, released just in time for Lambert's 39th birthday, shows the sheer power behind the star's vocals, and the staying power behind the legendary band that recruited him as their lead singer. But do be warned: Watching the newly released footage will make you yearn for the days where you could actually see Queen + Adam Lambert live in concert. In our opinion, though, it's more than worth your time.
Despite its later-than-usual timing and going completely virtual for the first time, yesterday’s BlizzCon keynote brought with it some big news and exciting trailers. It also featured a musical performance from Metallica. The band isn’t new to BlizzCon, having first appeared at the conference in 2014.
Viewers on many platforms (including Blizzard’s own Twitch and YouTube channels) heard a performance of Metallica’s 1984 tune “For Whom The Bell Tolls.” Several Twitch streamers broadcasting BlizzCon muted the feed during Metallica’s appearance to avoid any potential DMCA troubles.
But on the Twitch Gaming feed that was also carrying the stream, well, things took an amazing turn. Within seconds of the song beginning, the audio was replaced by what AV Club perfectly summed up as “the dorkiest, most Zelda forest-ass music imaginable.”
The transition really makes the whole story here, so please watch:
It would seem the music performance rights that Blizzard obtained for its own channels didn’t extend to Twitch’s in-house gaming channel, so we were instead rewarded with this glorious moment. Could they have just cut the audio altogether? Sure, but that wouldn’t have been as fun. This version of the opening keynote stream currently has over 1.2 million views.
#Iotunn #AccessAllWorlds #heavymetal IOTUNN - Access All Worlds (FULL ALBUM)
Heavy music is often at its most powerful when, on a creative level, caution is thrown to the wind. But you don't generally expect bands to smash open the doors of riff-centric perception on their debut album. Therefore, it seems reasonable to infer that IOTUNN are not like other bands. Not least due to the magical vocal presence and charisma of HAMFERÐ's Jón Aldará, "Access All Worlds" is, from start to finish, an immersive, spine-tingling feast for the ears. Audaciously tricky to pin down, this Danish crew have conjured something wonderfully distinctive here. Marrying the epic bluster of black and pagan metal to the lysergic rush of space rock and the strident melodies of the prog and power worlds, they've conjured something simultaneously fresh and familiar, not to mention colossally epic in a way that most supposedly epic metal records can only dream about.
Opener "Voyage of the Garganey I" was released as a single recently, and it set the scene for this extraordinary album perfectly with seven minutes of grandiloquent, shimmering, melodic metal. Spiritually rooted in extremity but blessed with grand theatrical flair, IOTUNN sound like the house band for some unfathomable intergalactic voyage through alien dimensions and swarms of marauding spaceships. The reported concept behind "Access All Worlds" seems to hint at a collective love of dark science fiction and the philosophical turmoil that often comes with it, but there is also something thrillingly joyful about the immaculate, stirring bombast on display here.
The title track is even more astonishing: with its glacial gait recalling "Twilight…" BATHORY, but with the emotional depths and fizzing crescendos of WHILE HEAVEN WEPT at their sky-rending best, it's progressive and perverse in equal measure. There is even a hint of frostbitten black metal tension pulsing in the background, as Aldará's multi-octave sermonizing swirls across a maze of riffs and tearstained motifs for 12 fascinating minutes. It all sounds vast, as if beamed across galaxies by some metal-friendly cosmic deity, but still with a sturdy backbone of brutal precision.
IOTUNN "Access All Worlds" (Metal Blade)
01. Voyage Of The Garganey I 02. Access All Worlds 03. Laihem's Golden Pits 04. Waves Below 05. The Tower of Cosmic Nihility 06. The Weaver System 07. Safe Across the Endless Night
Crowne (ft. Alexander Strandell, Jona Tee, John Levén, Kicken) - "Mad World" - Official Audio
Frontiers Music Srl has announced the release of the debut single, “Mad World”, from Crowne, a new Swedish melodic hard rock supergroup whose debut album will be released this summer. The band is comprised of vocalist Alexander Strandell (Art Nation), guitarist/keyboardist/producer Jona Tee (H.E.A.T.), bassist John Levén (Europe), drummer Christian Lundqvist (The Poodles). The album also features Love Magnusson (Dynazty) providing guitar solos. Debut single, “Mad World”, is streaming.
Crowne is hands-down the most exciting, thrilling supergroup ever created out of the Swedish melodic hard rock scene. This stellar cast of some of the most outstanding musicians from the scene have been gathered together to create this absolute beast of a debut album, the title of which will be revealed in the coming weeks. Crowne's music is the result of these amazing talents coming together and realizing a musical vision under the passionate and watchful guidance of Serafino Perugino, President of Frontiers Records. This is a melodic hard rock barnburner with enormous melodies, delivering rock 'n' roll like there is no tomorrow. Quite simply, this is going to blow you away, so prepare yourself for what's to come with your first taste of the album with the single “Mad World”.