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[LIVE GALLERY] We Came As Romans – Live in Hong Kong

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Revisit all the crazy moments of We Came As Romans’ debut gig in Hong Kong this Saturday. Click to see setlist, behind the scenes and Parallel Horizons’ photos. Concert review will be published next Monday.

重溫 We Came As Romans 週五在香港演出的所有瘋狂時刻 — 演出花絮、歌單及暖場樂團 Parallel Horizons 的照片。演唱會回顧將在下週一刊登。

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[獨家專訪 Exclusive Interview] In Each Hand A Cutlass – 後搖海盜 The Instrumental Pirates

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“We are pirates sailing out to the unknown hunting down this beast!”

People said a picture worth a thousand words. We say a song ignites a thousand kinds of emotions. Singapore’s instrumental post-rock / progressive rock supergroup In Each Hand A Cutlass (IEHAC), who have performed in Hong Kong in 2013, is one of those musicians who can inspire your soul and spark your imagination with the purest composition and the articulation of instrumental interaction. Upon the release of their new album, The Kraken, we sit down and talk to the band as they take us through their adventure in the monster waves.

我們是乘風破浪以音樂追捕怪物的海盜!」

若果一張照片勝過千言萬語,那麼一首歌曲能夠點燃上千種情緒可能更貼切。曾在2013年來港於 Hidden Agenda 演出的新加坡器樂後搖滾 / 前衛搖滾超級組合 In Each Hand A Cutlass (IEHAC) 就是那些能夠觸動你的靈魂,用最純粹的音樂基底和器樂互動來引發你想像力的音樂人。藉着他們發布新專輯 The Kraken (海怪)的機會,我們與樂團進行了一個獨家專訪,細說與海怪在巨浪中冒險的點滴。

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[GIVEAWAY 抽獎] Rdio Unlimited Subscription 無限存取及下載音樂服務!!!

We have teamed up with In Each Hand A Cutlass and Rdio Asia to give you an UNLIMITED 1-month subscription for free!

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About Rdio:
Rdio is one of the world’s largest licensed music services, offers a catalog of over 32 million songs in 85 countries worldwide. Rdio’s mission is to provide access to every song, on every device, anywhere in the world instantly, online or offline — tuned to you. With Unlimited Subscription, you can have unlimited mobile downloads, listen to any album, song, or playlist on demand Stations with no ads or skip limits anywhere.

我們與 In Each Hand A Cutlass 和 Rdio 聯手免費送你 Rdio Unlimited (無限訂閱服務) 一個月無限存取及下載音樂!

只要簡單讚好並分享這個海報,便有機會贏得這個精彩。

關於 Rdio:
Rdio 是全球最大授權音樂服務之一,在全球各地85個國家提供超過32萬首歌曲供用家選擇。 Rdio 的使命是讓你在世界任何地方、不論在線或離線、在網上或離線能瞬間聆聽電台、播放列表、專輯和歌曲。Unlimited Subscription (無限訂閱服務) 更包括無限存取及下載音樂!你可以在任何地方,以手機有無限下載音樂,聆聽任何專輯、歌曲或播放列表,完全沒有廣告或歌曲跳過限制。

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[NEWS] Sexual Assault Allegations 性侵指控 – Set It Off, Front Porch Step,Lostprophets, No Good News

Set It Off’s bassist Austin Kerr is accused for sexual assault allegations after a fan posted her story on Tumblr this week. Today the band make a public announcement about departing with Kerr and apologize for his actions. Kerr also release a statement addressing the accusation is ” half stories, exaggerations and untruthful”. Earlier this month, Harry Corrigan, drummer of emo group No Good News and in January, Jake McElfresh a.k.a Front Porch Step were also facing sexual assault allegations which killed their career immediately. However, the most shocking sex crime case in the rock scene must be Lostprophet’s frontman Ian Watkins admitting sex offences including attempted rape of baby!

一名女樂迷幾天前在 Tumblr 發表有關被 Set It Off 低音結他手 Austin Kerr 性侵犯的指控後,樂隊今天公告將與Austin分道揚鑣,並為他的行為道歉。Austin 立即發出聲明應對,形容指控是「故事的一半、誇張和不實」。EMO組合 No Good News 鼓手Harry Corrigan 於本月初也被相似性侵指控使初起步的事業岌岌可危,一月份 Front Porch Step (Jake McElfresh) 更因與未成年少女發生性行為的事件而毀掉其職業生涯。然而,近年搖滾界最令人震驚的性犯罪案件中必須數到Lostprophet的主唱 Ian Watkins 的性罪行䅁,其中包括試圖強姦嬰兒!

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[NEWS] Bullet for My Valentine – No Way Out

Bullet For My Valentine premiered new lyric video “No Way Out” from upcoming album “Venom”, which is set to released on August 14.

Bullet For My Valentine 今天首播歌詞視頻 No Way Out。新曲將收錄在八月十四日出版的新專輯 Venom。

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[NEWS] Taking Back Sunday – Better Homes And Gardens

Taking Back Sunday has debuted a fiery new video for their fan favorite track “Better Homes And Gardens” today off the band’s latest album, Happiness Is. Filming in Greensboro, NC, “Better Homes And Gardens” is staged around a burning house set to the band’s memorable song. For the ambitious shoot they enlisted the help of Greensboro Fire Department’s Battalion Chief Dwayne Church and a crew of recruits to help control the blaze.

“Eddie (Reyes) had this wonderful idea of watching a home burn to the soundtrack of “Better Homes And Gardens,” says vocalist Adam Lazzara. “With the help of the Greensboro fire department we were able to make that happen. As I was sitting there watching the house burn, and they were running playback of the song, there couldn’t have been anything more fitting. It was very emotional.”

Taking Back Sunday 今天首播 Happiness Is 專輯中最受樂迷喜愛曲目 Better Homes And Gardens 的視頻。視頻在北卡羅來納州取景,片段圍繞著火的房子拍攝,現場更安排消防部門及電力工作人員輔助,以控制大火。

主唱 Adam Lazzara 說:「Eddie (結他手) 想到這個家園被燒毀的想法。 在消防部門協助下,我們能夠把這個意念實現。當我坐在草地看著房子燃燒,而背後播放着Better Homes And Gardens,令人非常感觸。」

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[NEWS] Lamb of God – Still Echoes

Lamb of God revealed new song “Still Echoes” last week. It’s known that Randy Blythe has referenced a lot of what he saw in prison in his lyrics. Even though you can hear the song vis different platform, we highly recommend you to check it out via their official website with lyrics and visual effect on full screen.

Lamb of God 上週推出期待已久新歌 Still Echoes 。據了解主唱 Randy Blythe 在歌詞中暗喻很多他在監獄裡所見所聞。即使你能於不同平台聽到這歌,我們建議你在官方網站上邊聽邊閲讀全屏歌詞和視覺效果。

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[NEWS] Half Hearted – Flying & Falling

Connecticut based Rock / Metal band Half Hearted have released their “Flying & Falling” music video from the band’s upcoming debut EP, Finding Light which comes out this June.

Marty Marion described “Flying & Falling shows a different side of Half Hearted in comparison to our first 3 singles. How we all have matured as musicians is shown in the single; it’s catchy and shows influences from many genres in one song.”

康涅狄格州搖滾/金屬樂隊 Half Hearted 發布收錄在首張EP Finding Light 內的 Flying & Falling 視頻。成員 Marty Marion 表示:「與我們首三支單曲相比,Flying & Falling 展示Half Hearted逐漸成熟的一面,我們嘗試在一首歌曲融合不同音樂流派的影響。」

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[NEWS] Set It Off – Bleak December (Acoustic)

Rude Records’ pop quintet Set It Off will release “Duality: Stories Unplugged”, a collection of stripped down, full band, string-infused tracks. The EP is comprised of new acoustic renditions of five songs from their recently released sophomore full-length Duality, and a brand new track – “Wild Wild World (Acoustic)”. In addition to announcing the EP today, the band is also premiering a new music video for “Bleak December (Acoustic)” above.

流行朋克樂團 Set It Off 發佈新音樂視頻 Bleak December (Acoustic不插電版本)。樂團同時宣布透過Rude Records推出特別專集 Duality: Stories Unplugged,收錄以弦樂配合的不插電歌曲。除最近發布的Duality大碟其中五首歌曲,該EP更入 Wild Wild World (Acoustic)一曲。

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[THROWBACK THURSDAY] We Came As Romans

“Metalcore (and its sub-genres) has been going strong in recent years. It’s almost impossible to avoid seeing core bands, especially during the summer festival season, regardless what the festivals’ natures are. The flexibility of this genre gives new life to itself time after time; you can mix it with death metal, hardcore, emo, pop even electronica. It’s also the reason why it hasn’t died out after roughly 10 to 15 years’ time. In this year’s Overseas Features, we have sneaked into metalcore rising star We Came As Romans’ concert in Chicago…

… We Came As Romans always give this sunny side brightness no matter how depress the topic they are singing about. Within the pool of metalcore, the band tend to lean towards the melodic side than the aggressive side. The electronic twist also transforms the beat, especially in live, into danceable tunes for you to mosh / dance along. Due to the unfortunate heavy rain, the soft lawn becomes muddy trap where you can hardly jump with the band. Thus WCAR have to put extra effort motivating their fans. Having said that, it’s apparently not a difficult job for these energetic boys to give out the energy demanded. Vocalist Kyle Pavone is still the most popular one in the sextet. His hipster outfits match perfectly with the band’s trendy electronic sound.”

*NOTE – We Came As Romans’ Hong Kong concert review will be up next Monday.

「……Metalcore (及其演化類型) 流行程度持續上升,尤其在夏季各大音樂節,不管活動本身所屬什麼類型,Metalcore 都是無處不在。這一流派的靈活性令它可不斷賦予自己新生命;既可以與死亡金屬混合,又可加入硬核、Emo等元素,甚至連流行電子樂也可作 crossover。這也是為什麼它在十、十五年時間內也不被淘汰的原因。在今年的 <海外特集>,我們特意觀賞了炙手可熱的Metalcore 樂隊We Came As Romans 的現場演出……

…… 好像無論 We Came As Romans 唱著的話題是多麼沉重,他們總是帶出陽光男孩的感覺。在 Metalcore 的分叉線上,WCAR 一直則重旋律多於重型侵略性方向。變奏了的電子節拍使歌曲成為另類舞曲,尤其在現場演出,那使您很想手舞足蹈跟隨 mosh pit。雖然很不幸遇上大雨,柔軟草坪變成泥濘陷阱,樂迷很難跟隨樂團跳動,We Came As Romans 的成員仍歇盡所能激勵樂迷,希望大家不會受惡劣天氣影響。當然,充滿活力的他們仍能以笑容完成演出。身穿潮人服飾的主唱 Kyle Pavone 仍然是六人中最受歡迎的成員,其打扮與樂團的流行路線十分合襯。」

*註- We Came As Romans 香港演唱會回顧將在下週一刊登。

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