OSLO - Mortiis has unveiled the video for "Doppelganger," the first single from the long-awaited upcoming The Great Deceiver album.
The "Doppelganger" single will also be available as a free download at www.mortiis.com beginning Monday, October 5. The download also includes a :wumpscut: remix, the downloadable video, a screensaver and other graphics.
"As a song, 'Doppelganger' not so much investigates or peeks into a conflicted psyche, as it just rips it open and exposes someone for being a two faced piece of shit," Mortiis said. "I absolutely see myself as that. Sometimes. Other times I try to be a good person. I often fail. Perhaps I treat myself harshly. But it´s there now, in my face, and I don´t disagree with what the song is saying."
The video, directed by Robyn Van Swank with Nick Plotquin, brings the track to life with horrific images of bloodletting, mutilation and torture.
"I thought there was a rough sort of irony in it all with the physical and psychological mutilation," Mortiis said. "The knife imitates the words...the truth bleeds out..."
The video for "Doppelganger" is also Mortiis' reaction to years of being artistically held back by record companies that shied away from the graphic content that visually sums up Mortiis' music. "I always thought that was ridiculous," he said. "We wanted to make videos that people would notice, that would cause a reaction, something they wouldn´t forget as soon as the next video came on. I always thought that if our music or imagery pissed someone off, or made them want to puke in their mouths that would be a way better reaction than indifference."
Mortiis had previously discussed making a video that would be one straight seen of self-mutilation but always knew the powers that be would put the kibosh on it. When he connected with Von Swank to discuss filming "Doppelganger," self-mutilation was naturally the first topic.
"We wanted to original idea to be so messed up that no one who saw it would ever forget it," said Mortiis. "Perhaps not the deepest or most artistic visual experience, but it would turn some heads. Ever since that time, I swore I would one day control how my music was used. Maybe nobody would ever want to see it, let alone air it, but at least I´d be in control. I never got into this game to get rich anyway."
Mortiis will return Stateside this month for a month-long warm up tour in preparation for the release of The Great Deceiver.
The Devils Be Damned Tour dates featuring Mortiis:
October 7, 2015 Wed. Freebird Live, Jacksonville, FL October 9, 2015 Fri. Venue 578, Orlando, FL October 10, 2015 Sat. The Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL October 11, 2015 Sun. Club LA, Destin, FL October 14, 2015 Wed. The Rail Club, Ft. Worth, TX October 15, 2015 Thu. Dirty Dog Bar, Austin, TX October 16, 2015 Fri. Jake's Backroom, Lubbock, TX October 17, 2015 Sat. Venue 3405, Joplin, MO October 19, 2015 Mon. The Granada, Lawrence, KS October 20, 2015 Tue. POVS, Spring Lake Park, MN October 21, 2015 Wed. Limelight, Peoria, IL October 22, 2015 Thu. Austin's Libertyville, IL October 23, 2015 Fri. Headliner's, Toledo, OH October 24, 2015 Sat. Harpo's Concert Theatre, Detroit, MI October 25, 2015 Sun. Diamond Pub & Billiards, Louisville, KY October 26, 2015 Mon. Oddbody's Music Room, Dayton, OH October 27, 2015 Tue. The Tree, Joliet, IL October 28, 2015 Wed. The Metal Grill, Milwaukee, WI October 29, 2015 Thu. The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI October 30, 2015 Fri. Alrosa Villa, Columbus, OH October 31, 2015 Sat. Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
ARIZONA DESERT - With Our Arms to the Sun will celebrate the upcoming release of its A Far Away Wonder with several shows on the West Coast later this month.
The progressive art rock band will make stops in the Pacific Northwest and Los Angeles area before headed back to their native Arizona to share the stage with Tool in front of more than 30,000 fans at the second day of Tempe's huge Monster Mash.
With Our Arms to the Sun recently signed with the upstart label Fade to Silence Records, which was founded by music industry veteran Paul Bibeau. The group's first release for the label was previously available as a self-release but will now be available worldwide in both CD and vinyl formats with expanded artwork on October 30.
These first few shows are a just a warm up for 2016, when the bands plans to hit the road hard and reach new cities across the county.
"We've done lots of DIY tours where we booked ourselves around the western parts of the United States," vocalist/guitarist Josh Breckenridge said. "Now that we are working with a booking agent, we have some other great support tours in the works and 2016 is going to be a big year."
Catch With Our Arms to the Sun live:
10/9/15 Fri. Club 733, Tacoma, WA10/10/15 Sat. Black Forest, Eugene, OR10/23/15 Fri. Peties Place, Tarzana, CA w/MAL10/24/15 Sat. The Mint, Los Angeles, CA w/Volto! (Danny Carey from Tool) & MAL10/31/15 Sat. Monster Mash @ Tempe Beach Park, Tempe, AZ w/Tool, Primus, Coheed and Cambria & Aeges11/1/15 Sun. The Grid, Mesa, AZ11/5/15 Thu. Blue Max, Midland, TX w/Barbwire Doll11/6/15 Fri. Click's, Tyler, TX
OSLO - Mortiis will make a long-awaited return to the United States this fall as the band joins Mushroomhead for a month-long warm up tour in preparation for the release of The Great Deceiver.
The idea of going back on the road fills me with a weird sense of excitement and dread," said frontman and namesake Mortiis. "The Great Deceiver is not far away - at long last - and we´re getting back out there, brushing off the dust and rust, to get ready for that, and whatever lies beyond."
The group, which hasn't toured the American shores since a 2006 trek with the Genitorturers and the 2005 Blackest of the Black tour, will preview material from the upcoming ninth album, as well as reaching back to favorites from the ensemble's ever-evolving catalog of music.
The Great Deceiver, which has remained in a torturous state of constant evolution until just recently, led the band through the darkest of places and back. The anger, frustration and disgust that permeate the record will be loud and clear in Mortiis' hostile live performance.
"It´s been one hell of a steep climb to where we´re at right now," Mortiis said, "and knowing me, I´ll step right off of that ledge, and plunge head first into the abyss."
This return stateside to present the new material live will be just a sign of things to come.
Dates are as follow:
Watch the video for title track "Darling" Now.
SayWeCanFly is one-man acoustic act Braden Barrie from Lindsay, Ontario. Today, the 20-year-old musician has announced his first EP with Epitaph Records. The Darling EP will be released digitally on October 23. CDs will be available athttp://found.ee/SayWeCanFlyBundles.
Every once in a while an artist comes along who makes music so heartfelt and relatable that he or she become an instant sensation in the underground community-and that can certainly be said of Braden Barrie who has been playing under the name SayWeCanFly since 2009. With nearly 1.2 million social media followers, and fresh off a successful stint on the Vans Warped Tour's Acoustic Basement stage, Barrie is finally ready to unleash his Epitaph debut the Darling EP on the world.
"The whole recording process was just a long hangout with some microphones," Barrie explains. "The most important thing about bringing my songs into reality is good vibes. I need to be in a space where I can completely let go and get lost in my emotions with no negative vibes or stress around because the studio is the doorway between my heart and our world." That doorway stood wide open for Barrie who unbelievably wrote all of these songs in 24 hours. "It was just one of those days where I was able to pour my feelings onto paper without trying," he says. "I've always found that my best songs happen without knowing they're coming."
While SayWeCanFly has previously released four EPs,and theDarling EP features his strongest material to date. It also sees him expanding on the stripped-down instrumentation he's utilized in the past. "The whole theme of this EP seems to be the journey through our darkness trying to find that little spark that makes us feel like we're okay."
Luckily for fans, Braden Barrie plans on hitting the road as much as possible over the next year and has already began work on his next full-length album. In the meantime, hopefully these songs will help you heal.
01. Darling02. High School03. Better Off Alone04. When I Come Home05. Driftwood Heart
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona's own With Our Arms to the Sun has been confirmed for Day 2 of Tempe's huge Monster Mash three-day Halloween music festival on Halloween night.
>With Our Arms to the Sun will support headliners Tool, Primus and Coheed and Cambria.
"We are honored and grateful to share the stage with so many creative and iconic bands," said With Our Arms to the Sun vocalist/guitarist Josh Breckenridge. "Tool, Primus and Coheed and Cambria are visionaries in their genres and make fantastic experimental records that are game changers. We were thrilled to receive the invite and it will be great to rip it with them."
With Our Arms to the Sun Will play to over 30,000 fans at Monster Mash, which will take place at Tempe Beach Park.
With Our Arms to the Sun's A Far Away Wonder will be released just one day before the show via Fade to Silence Records. Previously independently-released, the international release of A Far Away Wonder will introduce the world to With Our Arms to the Sun's progressive art-rock while the band begins work on their next sonic creation.
With Our Arms to the Sun consists of Joseph Leary, Josh Breckenridge, Joseph Breckenridge Jr., and John Mclucas.
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