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ArcTanGent 2020 unveil first wave of bands

ArcTanGent festival – a three day music festival held in England – has announced its first main stage headliner for 2020: Opeth (UK 2020 exclusive), as well as a further 27 more acts for the festival.  

Joining Opeth include UK prog giants TesseracT (as a 2020 UK festival exclusive), American post rock legends This Will Destroy You, Emperor vocalist Ihsahn, post-metal Belgians Amenra (as a 2020 UK exclusive show) and British undefinable 5 piece Rolo Tomassi, who will be playing two full album sets across the weekend, performing both ‘Grievances‘ and ‘Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It‘.

ArcTanGent festival will take place on August 20th, 21st and 22nd 2020 at Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin near Bristol.

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First names announced for We Are Open

The organisers of the Belgian showcase-festival We Are Open have announced the first wave of their 2020 lineup, featuring Compact Disk Dummies, Compro Oro, IKRAAAN, Le 77, Gruppo di Pawlowski, John Ghost, Newmoon and Peuk.

We Are Open Festival – that will take place for the 12th time – will take place on Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th of February. During those two nights, only Belgian bands will play on four different stages.

The festival also announced a secret gig on Thursday the 6th of February, only accessible for people with a combi ticket.

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My Chemical Romance announce comeback show

American rock band My Chemical Romance have announced they’re reuniting for a comeback show in Los Angeles in December, extending this to a small tour consisting of dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan a week later.

The band – Led by Gerard Way and formed in 2001 – is best-known for hits including “Welcome To The Black Parade” and “Teenagers“.

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Fortarock won’t return in 2020

FortaRock – a Dutch metal festival where Rammstein, Iron Maiden, Nightwish and so many more bands have appeared in recent years – has confirmed that it will not return in 2020.

In a post to Facebook, the organization announced that a 2020 edition was not on the cards. However, the overall wording of the announcement has alluded to the festival not returning at all.


Maerzfeld dropped their single “Zorn”

German NDH act Maerzfeld have dropped “Zorn” (in English, “Wrath“), the lead track of their upcoming album of the same name.

Formed in 2004, the band consists of vocalist Heli Reißenweber, Mike Sitzmann and Matthias Sitzmann on guitars, Korbinian Stocker driving the low end with his bass, and Michael Frischbier holding down the beat.

The band’s sound is very reminiscent of Rammstein, so it’s likely no surprise that their side project is a Rammstein tribute band!

Zorn drops on October 4th, and can be pre-ordered on their official website.


Pray for Sleep release new single “Nimiety”

Based in Columbus, you wouldn’t expect to hear that the oldest member of Pray for Sleep is only 22. But, that’s the case for this fast and heavy quartet.

A few days ago on August 16th, the band released “Nimiety“, a single in anticipation of their upcoming album Behind Our Eyes. Keep your eyes front for that album this fall – it’s possible that this will be the next band to blow up on the metalcore scene, so check out “Nimiety” now!


Sounds & Scenarios – Better Off Without You

New England pop punk up-and-comers Sounds & Scenarios are hitting the ground running in advance of their new EP, While You Roam, which drops Friday, August 2nd!

So far, the band dropped the video for lead single “Better Off Without You” which is about as pop punk as it gets – beaches, basement shows, and badass production.

Additionally, they just dropped the second song, “Can’t Sleep At Night” on their Spotify page this week. You can check it out now!

This is a band to keep your eye on, so don’t be caught sleeping at night on next year’s breakout band.


Fluorescents have dropped “Future Tripping”

Based in America’s heartland, Fluorescents have dropped their newest song “Future Tripping” to fans in their hometown of Chicago and the rest of the world.

The song is a fairly standard modern pop punk track, but certainly does bring its fair share of originality to the new-school pop punk sound. Pleasantly absent are the heavy riffs and breakdowns that have become all too commonplace in pop punk of the 2010s.

Be sure to keep Fluorescents on your radar for more new music!


Remember the Monsters release music video for “Sink”

Blasting out of the gates with their first single featuring their newest member, vocalist Julian Comeau, Remember the Monsters has skillfully blended genres to catch the ears of listeners worldwide.

With heavy riffs over pop music akin to modern Bring Me the Horizon, Comeau adds flavorful vocals which at times sound a bit reminiscent of Anthony Raneri from Bayside while at other times sounding entirely unique.

Produced by Matt Good (of Asking Alexadnria and Hollywood Undead fame), the track hits hard and would’ve been a great fit for Warped Tour. RIP…


New Politics: Ten Years Strong and Still Kicking

Danish pop-rockers New Politics unofficially kicked off their tenth-anniversary tour on Monday, June 17th in Burlington VT. Though the tour officially started in Brooklyn on June 19th, the band played in Burlington, and Portland, Maine the next night, to warm up for the tour.

I got the chance to sit down with David Boyd (vocals), Søren Hansen (vocals/guitar/uke/keys), and Louis Vecchio (drums) to discuss how they’ve changed in ten years, and what’s in their future, look out for the audio of that interview at the end of this review.

Opening up the show in Burlington was the local garage punk band, Grease Face, who blasted through a quick 23 minute set to get the crowd ready for New Politics.

In a surprise move, New Politics led off with their first hit single, “Yeah Yeah Yeah”, which in the past was typically the show-closer. It worked wonders to get the entire audience going, and the energy never dropped until the end of the show.

The band played for almost 90 minutes without leaving the stage, playing a fair share of songs from each of their album. In fact, it was almost equally split: four songs from each album except Vikings, which got five if you count a shortened rendition of “Girl Crush” which was eventually cut from the set due to an issue with their bass tracks.

A personal highlight for me was when the band played “We Are the Radio” one of my favorites from their self-titled debut.

Another memorable moment was Søren’s keys and vocal only rendition of “Stardust”, which was an emotional  moment for many fans in attendance.

Towards the end of the set, the band performed the full-band live debut of their new single “Comeback Kid” only to be faced by more tech troubles. They eventually restarted the song and played it acoustic, but the energy was still 100% there – especially with the audience singing along to every word to help out the band.

Overall, the band did an amazing job of pleasing their fans old and new, in what seems to be one of their favorite cities to play – over their ten year career, they’ve played at Higher Ground no less than six times!

With great support from the local rock station, The Buzz, it’s no surprise that New Politics has a dedicated fanbase in Vermont, but it’s always great to see them come back again.

If you get the chance to check out New Politics, I highly recommend it. Their full tour dates are available on their website!

In the mean time, you can listen to the interview below:

Press photo by Brendan Walter.