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Monday, 25 April 2016

ENTERTAINMENT ONE AND SECRET LOCATION TEAM UP TO CREATE NEW MUSIC PLATFORM “FLOODLIGHT”



WITH ROCK HITMAKERS POP EVIL OFFERING EXCLUSIVE 3D VIRTUAL REALITY VIDEO WITH PURCHASED BUNDLE TO FANS

New York, NY – April 25, 2016 – In its commitment to reaching next-gen music fans, Entertainment One (eOne) has partnered with Secret Location to create FLOODLIGHT, a platform designed to enhance and extend the music fan experience across multiple platforms.

FLOODLIGHT will bring audiences closer to their favorite eOne music artists with exclusive content and unique one-time experiences, delivered directly by the artists.

eOne also confirmed the first offering on the FLOODLIGHT platform will be an exclusive 3D virtual reality video for the song “Take it All” by rock hit makers Pop Evil. Pop Evil has sold 1.3 million singles to date, and its current album “Up” has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Independent Chart, with 14 million streams to date.

Chris Taylor, President of eOne Music Global, comments, “We’re thrilled to partner with Secret Location to make the music fan experience more immersive. It’s exciting to kick Floodlight off with Pop Evil and we are looking forward to working with our talented artists to deliver the music experience to fans in new and innovative ways.”

James Milward, Founder & Executive Producer of Secret Location, adds, “More and more the institutional walls are breaking down, creating a direct connection between artist and fan, whether it’s through social media, live shows, product collaborations or content. Floodlight provides a simple and scalable way to connect these communities, enabling extraordinary value for fans, and monetizing that connection for artists.”

FLOODLIGHT will be available publicly via www.popevil.floodlight.media.

The video for Pop Evil’s “Take It All” was shot at the 2015 Aftershock Festival, using two 360 / 3D camera rigs that captured every angle of the event in 3D. The footage was edited and stitched together to create an immersive virtual reality music video. When fans put on a headset they find themselves on the stage, above the crowed and inside the music. Pop Evil VR is designed to immerse fans in the energy of the band and provide the ultimate concert experience.

Leigh Kakaty, lead singer of Pop Evil, says, “There's nothing more exciting than being able to bring Virtual Reality to our fans. It was an honor to team up with Secret Location and film our set at Aftershock 2015 in Sacramento, California. To be one of the first to make an actual live performance Virtual Reality Music Video is an incredible thing to be a part of. I can’t wait for our fans to experience this, and we hope to make new fans with this new technology.”

Beginning today, fans will be able to preorder an exclusive bundle for $29.99. The bundle will include a Pop Evil branded Google Cardboard 3D viewer, a Pop Evil 360 APP, an autographed CD and a Pop Evil t-shirt, previously unavailable for online purchase. The video can then be viewed on the APP with the viewer beginning on May 27, 2016. The VR app will also be available for independent download from the App Store and Google Play.

LACUNA COIL Launch Titletrack 'Delirium'



Iconic hard-rock Italian “gothfathers,” LACUNA COIL, have launched another new track off their forthcoming album - click on the link below to check out the the title track 'Delirium':



When you preorder a digital copy of 'Delirium' from iTunes or Amazon, you are also getting access to the songs 'Delirium' and 'The House Of Shame' immediately.

LACUNA COIL will be making their much-anticipated return to North America as part of the “Delirium Worldwide” tour starting in San Francisco on May 7th. This will be their first US run in support of their much-anticipated new album 'Delirium', which is set for a May 27th release through Century Media Records. The first leg of the tour features Butcher Babies as direct support while the second leg comes with Stiched Up Heart. 9Electric and Painted Wives are rounding out the stellar package.

While the band is kicking off their touring cycle in North America they will be playing selected festivals worldwide before heading to Australia for four shows in October. Stay tunes for more touring which will be announced shortly.

LACUNA COIL live:

support: 9 Electric, Painted Wives
with Butcher Babies

07.05.16 (USA) San Francisco CA - Social Hall * 08.05.16 (USA) Los Angeles LA - The Roxy 09.05.16 (USA) Phoenix AZ - The Marquee 10.05.16 (USA) El Paso TX - Tricky Falls 12.05.16 (USA) Dallas TX - Trees 14.05.16 (USA) Cherokee NC - Cherokee Event Center ** 15.05.16 (USA) Richmond VA - The National ** 17.05.16 (USA) Davenport IA - Adler Theater ** 18.05.16 (USA) Madison WI - Majestic Theatre * 20.05.16 (USA) Traverse City, MI - Ground Zero * 21.05.16 (USA) Flint MI - The Machine Shop 23.05.16 (USA) Baltimore MD - Rams Head Live 25.05.16 (USA) Brooklyn NY - Saint Vitus ^^ 26.05.16 (USA) Uncasville CT - Mohegan Sun Wolf Den ^^ 27.05.16 (USA) Poughkeepsie NY - The Chance 28.05.16 (USA) Lancaster PA - Chameleon with Stiched Up Heart 31.05.16 (USA) Chicago IL - Bottom Lounge 01.06.16 (USA) Minneapolis MN - Mill City Nights 03.06.16 (USA) Lawrence KS - Granada 04.06.16 (USA) Denver CO - Cervantes 06.06.16 (USA) Columbia MO - Blue Note 07.06.16 (USA) Nashville TN - Exit / In 09.06.16 (USA) New York NY - Gramercy 10.06.16 (USA) Norfolk VA - The Norva 11.06.16 (USA) Raleigh NC - Lincoln Theatre 12.06.16 (USA) Atlanta GA - Masquerade

* no Butcher Babies ** supporting Halestorm ^^ no support

Festivals:

30.04.16 (PH) Quezon City - Pulp Summer Slam Festival 02.05.16 (CN) Pudong Sanjia Port Suzhou - MIDI E-Festival 24.06.16 (IT) Parabiago (MI) - Rugby Sound Festival 01.07.16 (IT) Piazzola Sul Brenta (PD) - Postpay Sound 09.07.16 (F) Les Remparts De Longwy - Rock’n’Roll Train Festival 22.07.16 (IT) Vinci (FI) - Festa Dell’Unicorno 13.08.16 (AT) Graz - Metal On The Hill Festival

Australia:

12.10.16 (AUS) Perth - Amplifier Bar 13.10.16 (AUS) Melbourne - Max Watt’s 14.10.16 (AUS) Sydney - The Metro Theatre 15.10.16 (AUS) Brisbane - Max Watt’s

DAWN OF ASHES – New album ‘Theophany’ out 20 May 2016 via Metropolis Records



Kristof Bathory founded Dawn Of Ashes in 2000. Seamlessly blending black metal and industrial influences, the sound of his LA based band has evolved over the course of seven albums, with their brand new release, ’Theophany’, being a ruthless horror show for the ears, eyes and mind. Produced by Mick Kenney of Anaal Nathrakh, it shows the group on top form, with a renewed purpose that unifies the intense sonic aggression and occult-inspired lyrics that DOA have summoned in their various incarnations.



The name Dawn Of Ashes is an allegorical metaphor meaning ‘beginning of the end’. The initial concept behind the band was to produce horror based dark electronic music and their debut album, ’Sacred Fever’ (2005) was a sample filled EBM terror soundscape that would thematically and lyrically define DOA for their next two records. However, Bathory had always been a fan of heavier styles of metal music and decided to change tack in 2008, announcing a new line-up and a switch from aggrotech to melodic death metal that resulted in a deal with Metal Blade and release of the well received ‘Genocide Chapters’ (2010). Participation in the ‘Darkness Reborn Tour’ alongside Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved and Blood Red Throne grew DOA’s fanbase considerably during this period. A subsequent burst of creativity that culminated in 2013’s ‘Anathema’ saw industrial music legend Chris Vrenna on production duties and reconciled Bathory’s love of both electronic and metal based music. Following a split at the end of 2013, Bathory and fellow founder member Bahemoth (electronics/keyboards) have recently regrouped, enlisted four new band members and signed to Metropolis Records to release ’Theophany'.

DAWN OF ASHES – ‘Theophany’

Genres:Black Metal, Industrial, Extreme Metal

Seamlessly blending black metal and industrial influences, Dawn Of Ashes is music of violent power, unrelenting destruction, and cinematic scope. the new album, Theophany, is a ruthless horror show for the ears, eyes and mind. The new album shows Dawn Of Ashes in top form, with a renewed purpose that unifies the intense sonic aggression and occult-inspired lyrics that DoA has summoned in all of its incarnations.

Produced by Mick Kenney of Anaal Nathrakh

Society 1 Releases "Can't Get Through" Music Video



Society 1 has released a music video for their track “Can't Get Through” from their up coming album “Rise From The Dead”. The video, was directed and edited by singer Matt Zane of Lord Zane Productions (John 5, Wayne Static, Zakk Wylde, DMC, Orgy). The song was Produced & Mixed by Alex Crescioni at Stygian Sound and Mastered by Mike Wells at Mike Wells Mastering.

"This is a song that I thought was about one thing but really was about something else. It's so bizarre how opening yourself creatively can reveal the most difficult truths to see and accept. I wish the pain in this song on no one." said Zane

Watch the video here:

RECKLESS LOVE ANNOUNCED FOR CAMDEN ROCKS



‘Merry metallers’ Reckless Love will be returning to London in June in the wake of their sold out show at the Scala Theatre in March. The flamboyant Finns, who have recently released their fourth studio album, ‘InVader’, via Spinefarm Records UK, have now been added to the line-up for the ‘Camden Rocks’ festival, set to take place on Saturday, June 4th.

Says guitarist, Pepe: “Camden Town is truly a special place for Reckless Love, as we rocked our first ever UK show there back in 2010! Since then, we've returned many times to this beautiful place, and even held a smashing month-long residency at one of its many lively rock clubs. So it is with the greatest pleasure that we come back in 2016 to take part in the awesome Camden Rocks Festival!!”

In support of this one-off outing, Reckless Love will be releasing a new single / video, ‘We Are The Weekend’ – opening track on ‘InVader’ and a genuine party-starter in true RL spirit. In addition, a double coloured vinyl version of ‘Invader’ – complete with previously unreleased bonus track, ‘Zoo’ – is about to go into production; apart from a Record Store Day piece in 2014, this will the first time the Finnish Four have had their music issued on vinyl!

And the colour of the vinyl? Pink. Next silly question.

JÄGERMEISTER RELEASE FULL DOCUMENTARY OF WORLD'S FIRST MUSIC GIG ON AIR, SEA AND LAND FEAT. MATT TUCK (BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE)



Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck, performs world’s most thrilling gig for his best mates; skydiving, on speedboat and husky sledding, culminating in Jägermeister’s most extreme ‘Ice Cold Gig’ to date:



On the weekend of March 12th/13th, Jägermeister accomplished a world first by producing a thrilling continuous gig on air, sea and land, featuring Matt Tuck – lead singer of multi-award winning British heavy metal band, Bullet for My Valentine. The adrenalin-filled gig, which marked the fifth and most extreme chapter in Jägermeister’s Ice Cold Gig series, took place amidst (and above) the Lyngsfjord region, near Tromsø, in the stunning setting of North Norway, 192 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Jägermeister, the iconic German herbal spirit renowned for pushing the limits in the music world, invited the Bullet for My Valentine frontman, who has been part of the JägerMusic programme for years, to perform in this exhilarating world first attempt. The epic event encompasses three elements – never before associated with one continuous gig.

Matt and his unsuspecting audience of three loyal friends - completely oblivious to the adventure ahead until arriving at the dropzone - ascended to 15,000 feet above the stunning Lyngsfjord in a Eurocopter AS350 helicopter, set to start the show of a lifetime and truly test the bonds of friendship. Each paired with a specially trained instructor, Jägermeister’s 2016 Ice Cold Gig started in freezing freefall with the band launched into the brutal -30 Norwegian air. After the icy and swift free-fall and with canopy opened at 7000 feet, Matt grabbed his guitar playing the first song of the gig, The Last Fight, recorded on Zaxcom receivers for his floating audience, listening in on Sennheiser G3 headphones; a unique moment in music history.

Stage two of the Ice Cold Gig saw Matt and his mates whisked across the tranquil Lyngsfjord they had plummeted towards moments before, in a Buster Magnum speed boat. With wind chill factored in at -20 the challenge for Matt to sing and play the guitar was very real, yet spirits remained high with Matt wanting to put on a show deserving of his closest friends, who all sang along to Matt’s second song of the gig, Venom, the title track of Bullet for My Valentine’s phenomenally successful latest album which topped charts across the globe, and hit number 3 in the UK.

When the quartet arrived back on land they were led by Siberian huskies through the glistening Norwegian snow towards the Gukkesgaissa Mountains with Matt playing his 2010 classic Bittersweet Memories. Ushering his crew back to a traditional Norwegian Sami camp, the friends gathered alongside enthusiastic locals (including a couple of reindeer) – and, toasting to friendship and a world’s first in music; air, sea and land, celebrated with a well-deserved ice cold shot of Jägermeister.

After the gig, frontman Matt Tuck said: “I’ve played some incredible gigs around the world, but that was right up there, literally. Jäger’s Ice Cold Gig was one of the very best and definitely the most extreme! It’s my first skydiving experience, so dealing with the excitement and nerves – even before you add in the ruthless cold – was intense, but totally worth it. It’s awesome to say you did a world’s first in music, but to do it with my best mates, the guys who were there with me from the beginning, made it unforgettable. Now for a drink!”

In the Ice Cold Gig series, there’s no obstacle too big for Jägermeister to overcome. Jägermeister’s 2015 Ice Cold Gig saw UK progressive rock band TesseracT perform on top of an immense gigantic igloo, thought to be the world’s biggest, spanning the equivalent of 3.5 double decker buses in Ylläs Village in Lapland, Finland.

In 2014, Jägermeister hosted the world’s first gig on an iceberg with UK metal band The Defiled. The band performed a special set to a host of locals from the nearby town of Kulusuk Greenland, who ventured out to the ice field to watch this once-in-a-lifetime experience from an array of fishing boats and leisure craft.

Tom Carson, Jägermeister UK music manager added: "We go bigger every year and because of the nature of this world first, spanning air, sea and land, in extreme conditions, this gig was not only a test of friendship but one of supporting each other too. I think they had a great laugh. The Ice Cold Gigs have become such a prominent feature for our JägerMusic programme and this year we really wanted to celebrate musicians giving back to the people who supported them from the very start; typically their best friends".

Like Jägermeister’s 85 year old secret recipe, plans like these do not come about overnight. The mammoth challenge of putting this incredible tribute to friendship together fell to Secret Compass, a professional expedition company whose Brand Projects team is adept at conceptualising and delivering multi-platform media projects of this nature in the world's wildest places. Faced with extreme modes of transport, freezing temperatures, high winds and rock stars, the team utilised strategic planning, the latest high tech equipment and sheer human endurance to capture the essence of the project.

Tom McShane, Operations Director, Secret Compass commented: “From having to film from helicopters, skydiving, speedboats to huskies, this project was mammoth in the extreme. From looking after all the filming and audio kit in freezing temperatures, to co-ordinating the permissions to run a really complex project, and getting the logistics in place has been challenging to say the least, but like Jägermeister, we revel in breaking boundaries."

About Jägermeister:

Best served as an ice cold shot, original Jägermeister is a unique herbal spirit that was developed by Curt Mast from a secret recipe and launched in Germany 82 years ago. The liqueur is made by Mast-Jägermeister SE, in Wolfenbüttel Germany using a secret blend of 56 different herbs, blossoms, roots and fruits from all over the world and this secret recipe has not changed since it was first made. The pure and natural ingredients used within Jägermeister guarantee a high quality finish, and authentic taste. Jägermeister contains 35% alcohol by volume. Jägermeister is distributed by Mast-Jägermeister in the UK.

Secret Compass

Secret Compass redefines what is possible by creating pioneering projects in the world's wildest places. Secret Compass is built around a team of trusted experts who combine a passion for exploration with industry-leading professionalism. Secret Compass reignites your primal need for adventure, providing the catalyst for you to come alive and achieve the extraordinary. Upcoming destinations include Afghanistan, Armenia, Burma, Ethiopia, Gabon, Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mongolia, North Korea, Panama, Siberia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Chad and the southern Sinai.

THE VIRGINMARYS ANNOUNCE HEADLINE UK TOUR FOR JUNE 2016



The Virginmarys, having recently returned from a successful US tour, have now confirmed a run of headline UK shows for June; the shows, including an appearance at the inaugural Stone Free Festival at the O2 in London, are in support of the Macclesfield trio’s latest studio album, Divides, set for release via Spinefarm Records on May 6th…

“This is an incredibly special tour for us!” says vocalist / guitarist Ally Dickaty. “The ‘Divides’ album tour!! It's going to be so great to get back in front of our home fans again, and really important to us to play some of the towns we've been wanting to come back to for so long. Our fans always do us proud, they are incredible.”

The band recently unveiled new track, Motherless Land, the video for which is about to be launched; the song – as with previous single, Into Dust – comes from the aforementioned Divides, a 12-track work laced with power, passion & outspoken energy, and produced by the legendary Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, etc.).

THE VIRGINMARYS UK TOUR + FESTIVAL DATES 2016

08/05/16 @ Deaf Institute, Manchester (headline album launch show) 09/05/16 @ Blackheart, London (headline album launch show) 05/06/16 @ Camden Rocks Festival, London 13/06/16 @ Stereo, Glasgow 14/06/16 @ O2 Academy 2, Newcastle 15/06/16 @ Key Club, Leeds 17/06/16 @ Academy 2, Manchester 18/06/16 @ Stone Free Festival, London 19/06/16 @ Thekla, Bristol