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[GIG NEWS] Soundbox Hong Kong – twenty one pilots (US), MIYAVI (JP),KillerSoap (HK)

可能是今夏最豐富的音樂之夜——俄亥俄州著名另類說唱搖滾樂團 Twenty One Pilots 將與來自日本、有「武士結他手」之稱的雅(Miyavi) 和本地流行搖滾組合 KillerSoap 於下週 Soundbox Hong Kong 演唱會一同演出!

作為當晩活動作壓軸嘉賓的美國俄亥俄州樂團 Twenty One Pilots 近日樂團在大小報章出現,其實他們早在2009年組成,成員包括 Tyler Joseph 和 Josh Dun,他們的音樂混合搖滾、說唱、電子和鋼琴節拍,打造獨一無二的音樂風格。樂隊早年以充滿活力的現場演出獲得廣泛支持。樂團於5月19日推出的第二張錄音室專輯 Blurryface成功登上你覺專輯榜第一位。

Fancy a wonderful summer night of multinational music collision? Ohio’s famed rhythmic, rap/rock duo Twenty One Pilots will team up with the mesmerizing ‘Samurai Guitarist’ Miyavi from Japan and local band pop rock group KillerSoap for Soundbox Hong Kong next week!

For those who are not familiar with Twenty One Pilots, the Ohio duo was formed in 2009 by Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun who are known for blending their eclectic mixture of piano, rap and techno backbeats, to create truly unique songs blending various music styles. No strangers to the road, the band has built a strong following and earned widespread applause for their electrifying live performances. Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface, out May 19, has debuted at No.1 on Billboard Album Chart.

Soundbox Hong Kong – Twenty One Pilots (US), KillerSoap (HK), MIYAVI (JP)
Date 日期: 21 July 2015
Venue 地點: Rotunda 3, KITEC
Ticket 票價: $550 (standing) at cityline.com

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[GIG UPDATE] While She Sleeps – Live in Hong Kong

終於公佈詳情了!While She Sleeps 將在九月再次重臨香港演出。

Concert details unveiled! While She Sleeps will be back to Hong Kong in September!

While She Sleeps – Live in Hong Kong
Date 日期: 20 September 2015
Venue 地點: The Hangout
Time 時間: 20:00
Ticket 票價: $420 (standing) at Zuk Studio

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[EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW] OK Go – 亞洲瘋狂之旅 “Crazier Is Crazy In Asia!”

★ 獨家專訪全文 Exclusive Interview (Full Article)

OK Go 香港演唱會舉行在即,我們特意與身兼主唱和低音結他手的Tim Nordwind進行專訪,談談亞洲文化對他們的影響、保持創意的心得及音樂理念。

DJ: 你們的視頻似乎是一個獨立藝術作品,而非以此表達歌曲的抒情主題。那是否你們的特意安排?你們又如何在音樂、攝影和媒體藝術之取得平衡?

OK Go: 我們希望透過OK Go的創作讓人們與自己的感情搏鬥。正如之前所述,我們只是做喜歡的事情。

與其說是音樂視頻,我們的錄像其實更像是一個短片。我們認為視頻和文字不需由同一個概念出發。相反,我們希望以聲音和視象結合,激發觀看者的情緒,不管是唯美、憤怒、慾望、歡樂,或是以上所有,總之我們希望傳達一種感覺。

Upon OK Go’s upcoming concert in Hong Kong this month, we spoke to the crazy-mind behind, Tim Nordwind, OK Go’s vocalist / bassist, about their view on Asian culture, creativity and emotion.

DJ: The video always seems to be a separate piece of art rather than an expression of the song’s lyrical theme, is it what you intended to do? How do you strike a balance between being musicians, cinematographers and media artists?

OK Go: We let other people wrestle with their feelings on what we do. We like to make things. Period. When it comes to our videos they’re almost like short films set to our music. We don’t feel a need to marry the words to a concept. Instead what we hope to achieve is a marriage of sight and sound that creates a certain type of emotion whether that be beauty, fury, lust, joy, or maybe a combination of all 4. Whatever it is we’re hoping to communicate a feeling.

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[NEWS] Iron Maiden Super-Strong Trooper 666 Beer 「666超濃啤酒」

夏日晚上最好喝一口冰凍金屬啤酒!Iron Maiden 將推出「Trooper 666 啤酒」。其實這是樂團旗下的 Trooper 啤酒的特別版,酒精含量6.6% ,以慶祝售出超過一千萬杯。這個限量版由主將Bruce Dickinson主理,英國的著名酒廠Robinsons Brewery 負責調製,並會在樂團的啤酒官方網頁 www.ironmaidenbeer.com 發售。

Iron Maiden will release a stronger version of their Trooper beer named Trooper 666 Beer with 6.6% ABV. to celebrate the original brew for selling 10 million pints. The limited-edition beverage was once again created by frontman Bruce Dickinson, in association with the UK’s Robinsons Brewery and available via www.ironmaidenbeer.com

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[NEWS] Behemoth’s Sacrum and Profanum Beer

相比上面介紹的 Iron Maiden 特別版 Trooper 666 啤酒,此刻更想品嚐比利時出品的 BEHEMOTH Sacrum 啤酒。樂團早前更表示將推出黑瓶的第二版本。

If you don’t dig the Iron Maiden’s Trooper 666 British brewing, you may find Behemoth’s Sacrum Belgium IPA you cup of tea (beer.) The band is set to release the second edition with black bottle later this year.

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[NEWS] Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor Covered Green Day Classics

殘暴背後的溫柔一面 —— Slipknot 主唱 Corey Taylor 在紐約市的個人演唱會中重新演繹 Green Day 經典專輯 Dookie 中的 She 和 Pulling Teeth。

The mellow side of the masked monster – Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor performed two surprise Green Day covers – including “She” and “Pulling Teeth” off their classic album ” Dookie” – during a solo performance in New York City. (Photo: Wenn)

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[NEWS] Bring Me The Horizon – Happy Song // Oli Skyes Is Married!

(English below) Metalcore/Deathcore樂團 Bring Me The Horizon 經過兩週的「雨傘暗示」後 ,終於公開新曲Happy Song,風格與以往有別,你會否喜歡新的BMTH?

After teasing with an umbrella imagery for almost two week, Bring Me The Horizon finally revealed new song, “Happy Song”.

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同時恭喜 Bring Me The Horizon 主將 Oli Skyes 與未婚妻Hannah Snowdon結婚了!

In the same week, the band’s vocalist Oli Skyes announced he had tied the knot with fiancé Hannah Snowdon!

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[NEWS] The Mysterious Ghost

早前曾與大家分享 Slayer 的 Kerry King 大力批評近日被受追捧的Ghost的音樂,但Ghost依然我行我素,最近有傳媒指出,樂團即使在後台仍拒絕展示真面目。他們向 MusicRadar 表示:「我們與大部份樂團不同,我們不會在後台走來走去,與一同巡演的樂團拍照上載到社交網站。雖然這是現代生活方式,佢不是我們的生活態度。所以可能有些人會認為我們⋯⋯不同,甚至無禮。」

Last week we talked about how Kerry King badly criticized Ghost’s music. But Ghost members don’t seem to give a shit to it. Yesterday The Ghoul told MusicRadar “We do act a little differently than a lot of bands. We don’t run around backstage tweeting, Instagramming and taking pictures of every band we see. That’s the modern way of doing things, and we don’t really do that. To a lot of senior bands, maybe we come off like we’re… different (or rude.)”

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[NEWS] Crossfaith – Xeno

日本金屬核/電子核樂團 Crossfaith將在9月18日發行新專輯Xeno,並於今早與樂迷分享同名歌曲的歌詞視頻。這張專輯包含於年前巡演中突然腦出血的结他手Takemura Kazuki所撰寫的歌曲。主將 Koie Kenta表示:「這是在我們整個音樂生涯中最糟糕的事情。不幸中之大幸,此事只是影響了他的左手,沒有奪去他的生命。Takemura亦從未放棄作為一個音樂人的理想,他在為這個專輯寫了好幾首歌曲,把我們聯繫起來。」

Japanese metalcore/electronicore Crossfaith will release new album Xeno on September 18 and they’ve launched a lyric video for its title track.

The album features tracks written by guitarist Takemura Kazuki, who was struck down by a brain haemorrhage during the tour for the last album. Singer Koie Kenta says: “It was the worst thing to happen to us in our entire music career. Fortunately or unfortunately, it just affected his left hand. He is still alive, he never gave up as a musician and he wrote a couple songs for this record as well. It has bound us together as one.”

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[NEWS] What’s Eating Gilbert – Follow Her Around

近來與未婚妻、即 Paramore主將 Hayley Williams 見報甚頻的朋克中堅分子 New Found Glory結他手 Chad Gilbert 發表以他為首的另一樂團 What’s Eating Gilbert 的新曲視頻 Follow Her Around。歌曲將收錄於經由 Hopeless Records 發行的新專輯That New Sound You’re Looking For。再次恭喜Chad與Hayley終於訂婚了!

What’s Eating Gilbert, a side project from pop punk vets New Found Glory’s founding member Chad Gilbert, has released their highly anticipated new album, That New Sound You’re Looking For, via Hopeless Records. In addition, the band has premiered a lyric video for their track “Follow Her Around.” And congratulation again on Chad and Hayley Williams engagement!

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[NEWS] We Came As Romans– Tear It Down

另一金屬核新曲推介 —— We Came As Romans 推出同名專輯中第三首新歌 Tear It Down,並會在7月24日正式開賣。如果你錯過了,你可在此觀看樂團早前推出的新視頻 Regenerate,你亦可在此重溫WCAR的香港演唱會照片。

Another new song from We Came As Romans – “Tear It Down” is taken from the band’s self-titled album, which will be released July 24. You can also watch the band’s recently released video for “Regenerate” here, you can also revisit WCAR’s Hong Kong concert recap here.

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[NEWS] Marilyn Manson – Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge

如果你不喜愛今天介紹的金屬核音樂,相信你會對God of Fuck的哥特式美學感興趣。Marilyn Manson 發佈新視頻Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge,歌曲收錄於本年1月20日推出的最新專輯The Pale Emperor。

If you’re not a fan of metalcore, what about some gothic imagery from the God of Fuck? Marilyn Manson released new video “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge”. The track is taken from the Manson’s latest album, “The Pale Emperor”, which was released on January 20.

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[NEWS] Blessthefall – Up In Flames

Blessthefall 推出 To Those Left Behind 專輯第一首單曲 Up In Flames 供樂迷視聽。主唱Beau Bokan形容:「我們希望在這個專輯會超越以往的創作,在音樂和編曲上可以向前邁進一大步。很期望個樂迷可以快點聽到這個新專輯。」

Blessthefall are streaming their first new single, “Up In Flames”, from upcoming album “To Those Left Behind.” Vocalist Beau Bokan describes, “As a band we are constantly trying to outdo ourselves and take a step forward with each record. With this new album we’ve taken a giant fucking leap forward and are at our absolute best as musicians and song writers. We’re looking forward to seeing where this album will take us.”

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[NEWS] Jared Leto‘s Suicide Squad Teaser

你覺得 Thirty Seconds to Mars 的 Jared Leto 在 Suicide Squad 電影的造型如何?恐怖? 英俊? 抑或把小丑一角弄得太流行朋克感?

What do you think about 30 Seconds To Mars’ Jared Leto in Suicide Squad? Give you chill, still attractive or simply too pop-punk-looking for the role of joker?

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[FLASHBACK] Hatebreed – In Ashes They Shall Reap

星期中的打氣歌!聽說今天也是公開考試公布成績的日子,希望充滿憤怒的 Hatebreed 能給各樂迷力量!Hatebreed的音樂風格被形容為硬核或金屬硬核。他們被公認為這一流派的先驅 — 把硬核朋克與重金屬等其他風格元素混合。In Ashes They Shall Reap 是他們21年職業生涯最著名的歌曲之一,亦經常用作電影配樂。

Mid-week adrenaline rush! Hatebreed’s musical style has been described as hardcore or metallic hardcore). They are considered to have helped pioneer this genre, blending influences from hardcore punk and heavy metal subgenres such as thrash metal. In Ashes They Shall Reap is one of the best-known song in their 21-year career.

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[FLASHBACK] Green Day – Holiday

Holiday 收錄於 Green Day 2005年發行的American Idiot 專輯,至今在樂隊現場演出中仍會引起全場大合唱!雖然歌曲背後理念源於反對當時的美國總統 George Bush,但時至今日曲中理論毫不過時。

Green Day’s anthem of 2005’s release “American Idiot.” It remains a highlight during the band’s live shows. The political anthem was targeted at an anti-Bush America, but remains relevant today.

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[FLASHBACK] Phoenix and Stage-dive

年前曾經與法國頂尖另類搖滾樂隊Phoenix作訪問,當時主唱Thomas Mars 對我們就他stage-dive 習慣的問題作了一個很有趣的回應。

DJ:Thomas 您過往曾提到停止stage-dive?你真的是要停止嗎?

Thomas Mars:我相信媽媽很想我真的停下來哈哈!我不知道。這不是我計劃做的。我認為我處於一個陌生的位置,因為當我們在台上開始演奏音樂時,我們便是藝人。但其實我們只是音樂家。有時當我們看到對方在舞台上都會有種怪異的感覺,。我們知道如何表演音樂,但我們不喜歡當藝人。很多時候我會突然產生奇怪的感覺,像失去了時間和空間感似的。在那一刻,我便會發現身處人群中,我也不知道我是怎麼到達那裡哈哈。 (訪問全文)

During our interview with French indie kings Phoenix, vocalist Thomas Mars’ made quite an interesting reply when we asked him about his stage-dive habit.

Dinosaur Journal: Thomas you mentioned about stop doing crowd-surfing? Are you gonna stop it?

Phoenix: My mom want me to stop it haha. I don’t know. It’s not something I planned to do. I think I’m in a strange position ’cause when we start the music, we are entertainer. We are just musicians. Sometimes it’s weird when we see each other on stage. I mean… we know how to play music, but we don’t feel like entertainer. Always there’s a point when something strange happens, I lose the sense of time and space. So suddenly I’m in the crowd. I don’t know how I get there. (FULL INTERVIEW)

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[DEBATE] Metalhead Or Not?

即使你認為自己是金屬死忠追隨者,你在標籤次金屬流派上又會達到哪個瘋狂的地步?

Even if you consider yourself as a metalhead, how crazy can you go into categorizing the sub-genres?

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