Clutch have just completed the recordings of their new studio album. The follow-up to "Psychic Warfare" (2015) was recorded at the Sputnik Sound studio in Nashville, Tennessee, with Vance Powell at the production helm. Powell, who has also worked with White Stripes and Red Fang, tweeted: "So, an hour or so ago, we wrapped tracking the new @clutchofficial record. I can't wait for you all to hear it. But unfortunately, you'll have to". 

Guitarist Tim Sult recently said to The Advocate: "They're my favorite songs. At this point, we probably have more songs than we've ever had before going into the studio. The material is a little heavier. It has a more doomed-out vibe and feel. We're going to record more live". "It's our first time recording in Nashville. Who knows? We might end up with something that sounds like a Garth Brooks album. 

Sult told Chimera: "Everyone in the band has ideas for songs. Everyone in the band comes in with ideas for songs. We also just get together and jam out ideas as well — you know, squash out new ideas together. That's also another big part of why we've been able to go so long — because we're all equally artistically invested in the band. It's not like it's just one person's project that a couple other guys are going along with for a couple years and then are going to leave and go do something else".

A reissue of Led Zeppelin's legendary live album "How The West Was Won" is on the way! This reissue will feature newly remastered audio, supervised by Jimmy Page, and will hit the stores a Super Deluxe Box Set, for the first time ever on 180g vinyl and Blu-ray audio (containing hi-res 5.1 surround sound). "How The West Was Won" will also be released on a three Cd edition, as well as digital download and streaming. 

You can read the story of Led Zeppelin in our column, Oldiez but Goldiez, in an article by Apostolos Gkolfinopoulos.

 

 

We are sure that the name Auri doesn't tell anything to you. Auri is the project of Tuomas Holopainen (main man of Nightwish) and his wife, Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela (they married in October 2015). Their debut album will be released soon, on March 23 through Nuclear Blast. The project also features Troy Donockley (guitars, Nightwish). The album's first digital single, for the song "Night 13", is now available. Below you can see the tracklist of the album, Auri's line up and the official press release.

Line-up:

Johanna Kurkela: Voices, viola
Tuomas Holopainen: Keys, backing voices
Troy Donockley: Acoustic and electric guitars, bouzouki, uilleann pipes, low whistles, aerophone, bodhran, keys, voices

Album's tracklist:

01. The Space Between
02. I Hope Your World Is Kind
03. Skeleton Tree
04. Desert Flower
05. Night 13
06. See
07. The Name Of The Wind
08. Aphrodite Rising
09. Savant
10. Underthing Solstice
11. Them Thar Chanterelles

Official Press Release

Echoes of another world resound from the depths of the legendary rabbit hole. Music diffused with moments of silence and escapist dream sequences, freed from time and earthly presence. Auri begun its life with three people, united through their shared need to hear a kind of a music which can’t be described by words alone. A magical kind of sound to be heard whilst falling down Alice's rabbit hole. The first song born of this mindset, 'Aphrodite Rising', appeared in 2011. And slowly the earth has cracked open again and ten more tracks have emerged out of the soil's dust. Thus the trio was formed. The Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela lent her unique voice, while Troy Donockley and Tuomas Holopainen [both Nightwish] cast their spells with various other instruments. Using selected guest musicians and friends, the album finally takes its ultimate form under the direction of sound engineer Tim Oliver, all within the pastoral splendor of 'Real World' studios in Southern England. Auri put the 'drink me potion' to its lips, grew to full size, and is now ready to slay the Jabberwocky. Hand in hand with Nuclear Blast, they lead their listeners into the shadows behind the mirror, and in spring 2018 their debut album will evoke ghosts of an ethereal sphere.

 

Amorphis' new album is almost completed. The pre-production process is done and most of the recordings have been finished, so the follow-up to "Under the Red Cloud" (2015) will be released in 2018. The band took its time in the studio and has prepared some surprises for the fans: choirs, strings, flutes and orchestral arrangements. Furthermore, the lyricist of the band, Pekka Kainulainen, has contributed a speech in Finnish. Producer of the new album is Jens Bogren again. Let's see what the band delivers this time!

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