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French director Mikael Colombu teased this back in January and has finally gotten around to releasing the full-length sci-fi CGI-filled music video for Drake’s “We’ll Be Fine.” Playing over video is a piece of classical grand opera called “Don Carlo” by Verdi.
After the jump, Drake, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and October’s Very Own take over Bar None nightclub at the Vancouver stop of “Would You Like a Tour?” last month. Video courtesy of Mista Hindz of HindzSight.com.
Previously: Drake Reveals New Deal with Jordan Brand
Pete McCoy (vocals), Al Reilly (lead guitar), Stewart Brown (guitar), Steve Reilly (bass)and Iain Stratton (drums) formed Afterlife in 2011 when they had spare time from their individual projects. The band soon became their primary focus with their tracks from Alpha receiving air play in the UK and Europe. Omega was recorded during the summer of 2013 at a secluded studio overlooking Loch Fyne in Scotland and features 11 all new tracks including 'What Do We Die For', and 'Lost'.
A music video for the latter was released this September, which was filmed during the recording session of the album. Energy, another single from the album,will be released on the 14th of January 2014, watch the video below:
Afterlife - 'Energy'
The new album is now available digitally and in physical CD format via Off Yer Rocka Recordings.
- Fri 13 Dec Haddington Centre Headline show
- Sun 15 Dec Glasgow Cathouse (As Special Guests to Scar The Martyr, featuring Joey Jordan ofSlipknot)
- Thu 13 Mar Hammerfest
- Tue 18 Mar London,Barfly, Special Guests to Bonafide
- Wed 19 Mar Nottingham,Rescue Rooms, Special Guests to Bonafide
- Sat 22 Mar York,The Duchess, Special Guests to Bonafide
- Sun 23 Mar Grimsby,Yardbirds Rock Club, Special Guests to Bonafide
- Wed 26 Mar Manchester,Club Academy, Special Guests to Bonafide
- Fri 28 Mar Newcastle,Think Tank, Special Guests to Bonafide
- Sat 29 Mar Ballymena,The Diamond Rock Club, Special Guests to Bonafide
- Sun 30 Mar Glasgow, Cathouse, Special Guests to Bonafide
Their last two albums – 2009’s Crack The Skye and 2011’s The Hunter especially cemented their place as one of hard rock and metal's great bands of the 21st Century, the former a sprawling epic of a concept album that covered topics such as astral plaining, reincarnation and the mad Russian Rasputin, and the latter a direct and bruising album chocked full of relatively short and snappy but incredibly well written songs and their most commercially successful album to date.
Now they’ve released a live album with accompanying DVD, which was filmed on February 11, 2012 at the legendary Brixton Academy on the final night of their mammoth world tour in support of The Hunter. It’s actually the second live album Mastodon have released since 2011, the first being Mastodon Live at the Aragon, featuring their immense performance of Crack The Skye in its entirety. Given the quality of the songs on The Hunter, you can forgive them for wanting to release yet another live album in such a relatively short space of time seeing as it wasn’t yet released when the first one was recorded.
WATCH | Mastodon - 'The Czar' [Live at the Aragon]
Unlike Live at the Aragon, Mastodon have put together a set that dips into the best of all five of their albums, rather than opting to play The Hunter in its entirety, although the album does feature most prominently in the set list. Disc 1 opens with atmospheric swells of feedback that kick straight into the statement of intent that is ‘Dry Bone Valley,’ followed swiftly by ‘Black Tongue’ both from The Hunter. Over the next few tracks they take us on a tour of their earlier work with near perfect renditions of ‘Crystal Skull,’ the brutal sea shanty ‘I Am Ahab’ the manic ‘Capillarian Crest’ and the stomping ‘Colony of Birchmen’ which they really open up and let breathe in the live setting.
I say near perfect renditions though, due to the fact that although the guitars and drums sound resplendent, the same can’t be said for the singing. Over the last few albums the band have moved away from growled and screamed vocals in favour of clean vocals and while in the studio they have been afforded the chance to perfect their harmonies and tweak them in post-production, when it comes to hitting the harmonies live, guitarist Brant Hinds, bass player Troy Sanders and drummer Brann Dailor are often off key. That’s only a slight complaint however, and given the sheer level of musicianship on display in the rest of their playing, a bit of out of key singing can almost be forgiven. Almost. Rhythm guitarist Bill Kelliher comes off best as he doesn't really need to hit any particular notes when lending his death growl to songs like 'Iron Tusk'
Photo credit: Cindy Frey
‘Megalodon’ from their Moby Dick inspired second album doesn’t really rely on any clean vocals and is by far one of the strongest performances on disc 1. When watching the DVD version it makes you want to dive through the screen and jump into the moshpit with the four thousand lucky fans that got to see this show in the flesh. The footage on the DVD is well shot, capturing the vibe of the show and doing justice to the light show. A few more crowd shots would have been nice – it’s always fun to see a moshpit in full swing after all. Mastodon are a band that choose to let the music speak for itself and keep the banter to an absolute minimum throughout the show, which is also means they get to cram so many damned fine songs into the set.
As Disc 1 of the CD draws to an end, or the DVD reaches the mid section of the show, things take a more progressive turn with ‘Sleeping Giant’ followed by the trippy sounds of ‘Ghost of Kerelia’ which quite surprisingly is one of only two songs played from Crack The Skye, the other being the title track towards the end of disc 2.
If you’re listening to the soundtrack rather than watching the DVD, disc 2 is where the magic really happens. It kicks off with a four song onslaught of some of the strongest moments on ‘The Hunter’ ‘All The Heavy Lifting’, is followed by a thunderous version of ‘Spectelight.’ 'Curl of the Burl’ is next, its huge, grooving riffs sounding even weightier live than they do on record, followed by ‘Bedazzled Fingernails,’ its off-kilter rhythms demonstrating just how tight and virtuous Mastodon are when playing at their peak. They show off how brutally heavy they are capable of being with ‘Where Strides The Behemoth’ and ‘Iron Tusk’
WATCH | Mastodon -'Blood and Thunder'
Of course the show is closed with the absolutely massive ‘Blood and Thunder’ which encapsulates all the power, precision, heaviness, groove, and lyrical charisma that has propelled Mastodon to the point of filling a venue such as Brixton Academy with die-hard fans.
“Split your lungs with blood and thunder When you see the white whale
Break your backs and crack your oars men If you wish to prevail”
WATCH | Mastodon - 'Live at Brixton' (trailer)
This CD/DVD package will be a perfect stocking filler for any Mastodon fan, though if you’ve already got their albums it’s probably only worth watching the DVD due to the live audio recording of the vocals slightly letting the original versions of the songs down. That said, as an album the Live At Brixton is a fantastic collection of the best songs of one of metals most unique and revered bands.
Can you believe that the Monkeys have been around for nearly 10 years now? It feels like just yesterday that Jefe and I were over in London slamming around some club in Camden when their debut came out. That album was built on a feverish energy, giant hooks and choruses that made you want to scream at the top of your lungs.
I don’t want to say the band has matured because that makes them (and me) sound old. AM bears some more fruit from their time spent with Josh Homme who produced 2009′s Humbug. AM trudges along at a deep slow rumble with Turner’s vocals sounding just as good as they did back when Turner was betting on how I looked on the dancefloor? I never did look good on the dance floor if you were wondering. My wife says I dance like Steve Martin in The Jerk.
But enough about my sub-standard dance skills. AM is a rocking sludgy affair that gets better the more you dig into it. Not quite as good as …Like Clockwork but still a damn good listen.
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