NEW METAL TRIPLE SHOT: TRIVIUM, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, AND THE SWORD.
“Watch The World Burn”, the new Jonpaul Douglass-directed video from Florida metallers TRIVIUM, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s latest album, “In Waves”, which sold 22,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart — the highest U.S. chart entry of the band’s career. The group’s previous CD, “Shogun”, opened with just under 24,000 units back in October 2008 to debut at No. 23. The effort followed up “The Crusade”, which registered a first-week tally of 31,000 copies in October 2006 to enter the chart at No. 25.
“In Waves” was recorded primarily at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, Florida (with only the drums having been tracked at Audiohammer Studiosin Sanford, Florida) with the production/mixing team of Colin Richardson(MACHINE HEAD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, SLIPKNOT, FEAR FACTORY) and Martin “Ginge” Ford, along with engineer Carl Bown.
TRIVIUM is currently touring Europe with AS I LAY DYING, CALIBAN and UPON A BURNING BODY.
“The Afterman”, the new video from New York progressive rockers COHEED AND CAMBRIA, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s latest album,“The Afterman: Ascension”, which sold 49,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart.
“The Afterman” is being released in two separate full-length volumes. The first volume, “The Afterman: Ascension”, was made available on both physical and digital platforms in the U.S. on October 9 via Hundred Handed/Everything Evil, and distributed through Fontana/Ingrooves(available in Canada via Universal Music Canada). The second volume,“The Afterman: Descension”, is due in February 2013.
A deluxe version of “The Afterman” includes a hardcover coffee-table book with expansive art by Heidi Taillefer and Nathan Spoor with collaborative written work from singer/creator Claudio Sanchez and writer Peter Davidthat creates a song-by-song experience.
The two records follow-up to 2010’s “Year Of The Black Rainbow”, and feature new bassist Zach Cooper and returning drummer Josh Eppard, who have replaced Michael Todd and Chris Pennie, respectively.
The concept albums continue to be set in the band’s alternate universe of“Heaven’s Fence”, which are part of their series titled “The Amory Wars”. “The Amory Wars” is currently being developed by Mark Wahlbergand Stephen Levinson of Leverage Productions for a live-action feature film. It follows the story of a superhuman dictator named Wilhelm Ryan, and a family that may have the ability to free the world from his control.
“The Afterman” albums focus on a character named Sirius Amory, a scientist who discovers an energy force that can connect the universe’s 78 planets together.
COHEED AND CAMBRIA frontman Claudio Sanchez said of the album: “This is, without a doubt, the most honest record I’ve ever written. Though all the songs can be interpreted through our main character in the story, they were initially written in a very spontaneous manner. In the past, I’ve always had a predetermined idea of what the story was going to be when I approached the songs. With ‘The Afterman’ being a new story within ‘The Amory Wars’ arc, I allowed the events of my life to drive the concept, and therefore opened up the songwriting to a fuller degree.”
“The Veil Of Isis”, the new video from Austin, Texas metal luminaries THE SWORD, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s fourth album,“Apocryphon”, which sold nearly 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 17 on The Billboard 200 chart.
According to THE SWORD frontman J.D. Cronise, “The Veil Of Isis” is the most “SWORD-ish” song of the album musically, yet notes that lyrically, “it’s a little more metaphysical than a lot of our previous stuff. It talks a lot about cycles of nature and life and death and birth and transformation and death and rebirth.
“In essence, the song is about change,” Cronise tells RollingStone.com. “[It’s about] moving from one phase of the natural cycle to the next and the recognition of the knowledge revealed when such transitions occur. The lyrics make reference to Isis, the goddess of nature and magic, and her brother/husband Osiris, the god of the dead and the afterlife, as agents of those changes and keepers of sacred knowledge. The ‘veil’ is that which hides from us the true nature of the universe that, during our earthly existence, is largely hidden from us.”
“Apocryphon” was produced and engineered by J. Robbins (CLUTCH,JAWBOX) at Magpie Cage Studios and features cover art by famed comic book artist J.H. Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea).
Asked about the band’s decision to work with J. Robbins on “Apocryphon”after self-producing two records and then working with Matt Bayles, THE SWORD guitarist Kyle Shutt told AltPress.com, “We’re all huge CLUTCHfans, and we know those guys real well. [James] did two of their last three records, and those sound great, so we figured it was a no-brainer. We called him up and he was into it. He saw our live show at a club in Baltimore on the tour before we came here so he could get a feel of the kind of show we put on because we wanted to make an album that sounds like we do live in a club. And it was great. It was a real speedy process.”
On the topic of the musical direction of the new album, Shutt said, “It is a reflection of everything that we [have gone] through and the lessons we learned. We then deal with these situations metaphorically in our lyrics. This record is just 10 banging hard rockers. There’s no real ‘stick-out’ thrash song, or, like, this one is the ballad. I don’t think there’s going to be any instrumental songs on this record, either, so that’ll be a first for us. It’s just 10 kick-ass rock songs.”
Regarding the subject matter covered in the new songs’ lyrics, Shutt said, “There are lyrical themes that weave in and out of the songs, but there’s no story or anything like that. With ‘Warp Riders’, J.D. [guitarist/vocalist John Cronise] had already written [the story] and now he [doesn’t] have the time to sit down and write another book. We had the idea to make a comic book for ‘Warp Riders’, but we had some really poor management at the time, so nothing really came together with that and it was going to cost so much money that it never saw the light of day. It was just a nice thing we did. Now we’re moving on to other things.”
THE SWORD‘s third album, “Warp Riders”, sold around 8,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 47 on The Billboard 200 chart.