Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Irish Songstress NAOISE ROO Covers Roy Orbison's "Crying" for Internat'l Women's Day



Dublin's Naoise Roo continues her effervescent streak with an a cappella version of Roy Orbison's sombre yet much loved hit "Crying". The track was recorded live in Dublin, Ireland last weekend by Gav Hennessy (The Co-Present) at a fundraising and awareness event hosted by Dublin Digital Radio to raise funds for Strike 4 Repeal. Roo's stunning vocals take this classic track to a new level of gripping intensity.

Set for release today, March 8, 2017, in honor of International Women's Day - a global event celebrating women's achievements in all aspects of society, culture, and politics to help promote gender equality, Naoise's spell-binding and hypnotic cover is mesmerizing in its stark retelling, injecting a fierceness and strength that recalls the intensity of both PJ Harvey and Siouxsie Sioux.

"'Crying' has been covered by so many artists, all touched by it's stark sense of loneliness and heartbreak," explains Naoise for the inspiration to cover the Orbison classic and release it on International Women's Day. "It's a song that means a lot to me and considering the various negative circumstances for women in Ireland and all over the world right now, I just felt compelled to sing it. It's an emotional outlet, which speaks for itself."


Naoise Roo has been making waves on the international music scene since the release of her debut album Lilith. Released last December, her third single "Whore" spawned a somewhat controversial yet tasteful video directed by acclaimed film maker Bob Gallagher (Girl Band) that provocatively twists the original seething feminine sensuality into heightened religious fervor. On her album Lilith, Naoise delivers a highly accomplished and enthralling insight into the emotional and musical range of the emerging songwriter. She deals with themes of heartbreak, desire, and female identity and stylistically ranges from powerfully emotional indie rock to delicate ambient electronic, visceral hard grunge to wryly flirtatious melodies - while still remaining strikingly unique.

Lilith was voted #1 Irish Album of the Year by both Unsigned and Independent and Remy's Music and Film Blog. It was produced by Elder Roche (Myles Manley) and Liam Mulvaney (Girl Band) and released on Little L Records.

Monday, 6 March 2017

DIMMU BORGIR Unveil first trailer for 'Forces Of The Northern Night'



On April 28th, Norwegian symphonic black metal giants, DIMMU BORGIR, will unleash their highly anticipated double-DVD/BluRay ‘Forces Of The Northern Night’ upon mankind. On this brand new release you can witness two different live shows: The legendary concert in Oslo, showing DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air with almost 100 musicians in action. These monumental live rituals mark the beginning of the band's epic return planned for 2017.

Watch the first trailer for ‘Forces Of The Northern Night’ here and take a look behind the scenes of this ambitious orchestra production:


Both the show in Oslo and the show at Wacken contain the following live tracks: 01. Xibir (orchestra) 02. Born Treacherous 03. Gateways 04. Dimmu Borgir (orchestra) 05. Dimmu Borgir 06. Chess With The Abyss 07. Ritualist 08. A Jewel Traced Through Coal 09. Eradication Instincts Defined (orchestra) 10. Vredesbyrd 11. Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse 12. The Serpentine Offering 13. Fear And Wonder (orchestra) 14. Kings Of The Carnival Creation 15. Puritania 16. Mourning Palace 17. Perfection Or Vanity (orchestra)

This unique combination of elegance and extravagance has long seemed like a natural evolution for fans, but much time, arrangements and commitment were necessary to put this gigantic production into reality and fill the stage with 90 minutes of mind blowing sets per night. The shows guide the fans through classics from the band's discography - from the majestic finisher 'Mourning Palace' to the stomping manifesto 'Puritania' and the haunting 'Gateways'... Norway's DIMMU BORGIR know how to leave nothing behind but pure ashes.

HIM ANNOUNCE FAREWELL TOUR



Following a long radio silence, Finnish rock giants HIM have announced a farewell tour, closing the final chapter on their 26 year career.

"After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you." says frontman Ville Valo

Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström and bassist Mikko "Migé" Paananen, HIM truly stand out as one of the rock world’s most unique acts. Beautifully blending metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and moving lyrics, HIM offered the world a new take on the metal genre, which became known as Love Metal (also the title of their fourth album).

Over the course of eight studio albums, HIM captured the hearts and minds of fans across the globe, drawn by their irresistible and inimitable style. Under the banner of their Heartagram logo – a potent symbol encapsulating the juxtaposition of the light and dark, the fierce and forlorn, and the evil and love found in their music - HIM filled venues and crashed charts the world over, collecting numerous awards, gracing countless magazine covers and becoming the first Finnish act to achieve Gold status in the USA.

Now, four years after the release of their last studio album ‘Tears On Tape’, HIM are saying farewell, taking in 14 countries across 35 shows for their final goodbye.

"At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild.” says bassist Mige. “Before this event of great transformation we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His Majesty's service. It shall not be a weepfest but a celebration of love metal in all its lovecraftian glory! See you there!"

Catch HIM for the last time at one of the following shows:

JUNE: WED 14 SPAIN BARCELONA RAZZMATAZZ THU 15 SPAIN MADRID LA RIVIERA FRI 16 SPAIN SANTANDER SALA ESCENRIO SAT 17 PORTUGAL PORTO HARD CLUB

JULY: SAT 01 FINLAND HELSINKI TUSKA FESTIVAL THU 13 FINLAND TUURI MILJOONAROCK

NOVEMBER: FRI 24 RUSSIA ST PETERSBURG DK LENSOVETA SUN 26 RUSSIA MOSCOW CLUB STADIUM LIVE TUE 28 POLAND WARSAW STODOLA WED 29 GERMANY HAMBURG DOCKS

DECEMBER: FRI 01 GERMANY BERLIN COLUMBIAHALLE SAT 02 CZECH REP. PRAGUE FORUM KARLIN MON 04 GERMANY LEIPZIG HAUS AUENSEE TUE 05 GERMANY MUNCHEN TONHALLE WED 06 SWITZ. ZURICH X-TRA THU 07 ITALY MILAN ALCATRAZ FRI 08 GERMANY KOLN PALLADIUM SAT 09 LUX. ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE ROCKHAL MON 11 HOLLAND AMSTERDAM PARADISO TUE 12 HOLLAND TILBURG 013 THU 14 SCOTLAND GLASGOW BARROWLAND FRI 15 ENGLAND NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY SAT 16 ENGLAND MANCHESTER ACADEMY SUN 17 ENGLAND LONDON ROUNDHOUSE

Tickets go on general sale 9am Wednesday 8th March. U.S. and FINNISH DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED