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回顧文章 Concert Review ★Asking Alexandria X Her Name In BloodFlesh Juicer 血肉果汁機 – Live in Hong Kong

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「⋯⋯ 主辦方在當晚更邀請來自台灣的血肉果汁機 (Flesh Juicer) 和日本的 Her Name In Blood 作䁔埸嘉賓。因兩個樂團在港均曾舉行專場或在大型音樂節中演出,香港觀眾對他們不會感到太過陌生。他們亦很輕鬆便能以其憤怒的死核、金屬核歌曲使在場朋友們進入 Mosh Mode。當年小編曾在香港和台灣參與血肉果汁機和 HNIB 的現場,很明顯在兩、三年之間,不管是舞台表現,還是駕馭自己的創作,兩個隊伍均成長了不少。如果你對亞洲的死核和金屬核音樂有興趣,他們必定不會讓你失望⋯⋯

⋯⋯ Asking Alexandria 領導者 Ben Bruce 和隊友在歌單新作間以其為人熟悉的早期經典分隔,不停給樂迷充電,確保他們 Mosh 不停,看來 Asking Alexandria 在經歷一連串高低起伏後已真正尋回信心。他們在去年訪問中曾表示,Denis 成為正式成員前曾經過一個黑暗時期,在音樂方向上有不少掙扎。而這晚證明 Denis 正是他們蛻變中缺少的一部分。他們的現場演出感覺更有生氣,新專輯 The Black 亦滲有 Asking Alexandria 早期作品的聲音⋯⋯」

“… This night, the organiser has invited Flesh Juicer from Taiwan and Her Name In Blood from Japan as the opening acts. Both bands have a growing fanbase in Hong Kong because of their previous headline shows in town so it’s an easy task for them to boost the crowd into “mosh-mode” with their furious deathcore / metalcore songs. Having the chance to see them in Hong Kong and Taiwan before, it’s obvious both acts have grown so much, no matter it’s their stage presence or the skill to master their own creations. If you’re interested in Asian core music, have a listen, you won’t be let down…

… Asking Alexandria band  leader Ben Bruce and co. keep charging up the crowd with their triumphant hits to make sure they continue to mosh along. It looks like Asking Alexandria has gained back the confidence after all the highs and lows. They expressed in an interview last year that before Stoff became a permanent member, they had been through a dark time full of struggles. And this night, it proves Stoff is their missing piece. Their live feels more furious and their new album, The Black, has retrieved the sound of their earlier works which has defined who Asking Alexandria is know for…

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現場回顧 Concert Review ★ Nightwish – Live in Hong Kong

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「⋯⋯ Floor Jansen 以實厚的演唱風格新演繹 Tarja 時代的 Ever Dream,聽起來非常完美。其的舞台表現也證明她是主唱位置的首選 —— 對樂迷溫馨的姿態、燦爛又帶著幾分神秘的笑容,獨特性格的表現、舞台動作,甚至不留力的 headbang —— 她是那種在演唱會過後仍會在你心中留下深刻印象的表演者 ⋯⋯ 樂隊領導者 Tuomas Holopainen、結他手/主唱 Marco Hietala 和 Emppu Vuorinen 各自在觀眾群𥚃有很大的粉絲群。低沉力竭的男聲與古典高音女聲就像天使魔鬼對唱,各種器樂旋律的無縫交接成為複雜聲樂層的骨幹。以古典樂章或獨白連接不同歌曲的流暢編排使演唱會成為一個完整的金屬歌劇,把 Nightwish 的最優秀一面完全展示。毫無疑問,樂隊仍然在他們的音樂巔峰 ⋯⋯」

“… Jansen reinterprets the Tarja-era ‘Ever Dream’ with her thicker, solid vocal style which sounds perfect in live. Her stage presence also makes her an impeccable candidate to fill in the spot. The inviting gesture to their fans, bright smile with a bit of hidden mystery, strong character, the move and the headbang – she is the kind of vocalist that will definitely leave an impression in your mind… Band leader Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist / vocalist Marco Hietala and Emppu Vuorinen do have their solid fanbase in the crowd. The harsh, deep male vocal punctuates the high female clean vocal like an angel-devil dialogue. The seamless juxtaposition of instrumental melody forms an harmonic backbone to the complex vocal layers. The sleek linkage between songs with instrumental interlude or spoken words turns the concert into one metal opera, showcasing the finest work of Nightwish entirely. Without a doubt, the band is still at the top of their game…”

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GIVEAWAY 贈送活動 ★ American Hi-Fi 專輯 Blood & Lemonade

最後一周!Rude Records 更送出 American Hi-Fi 空運到港的 Blood & Lemonade 專輯給我們的讀者!只需簡單「讚好」和「分享」 (LIKE & SHARE) 這張海報

您可以在此閱讀我們的 American Hi-Fi 音樂專㼵‬ ★ 無敵朋克力量 Invincible Pop Punk Power。

「……儘管在成功後接踵而來在唱片公司和陣容上有很多變化,American Hi-Fi 仍不減對音樂的熱情。由跨國唱片公司、到獨立音樂廠牌、出現在荷李活電影、自資出版新作、最終以另一個獨立廠牌 Rude Records 為家,無論對樂團和死忠樂迷來說也是一個漫長的旅程。儘管如此,American Hi-Fi 沒有卻步,相返一次又一次創作令人難忘的作品,如 The Art Of Losing、The Geeks Get the Girls 和 The Break Up Song 等等,成功保留在美國流行文化的地位。」

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LAST WEEK! Rude Records are giving American Hi-Fi’s album “Blood & Lemonade” to our readers!  Simply LIKE & SHARE this poster and you’ll stand a chance to win this awesome prize.

You can read our Special Feature, American Hi-Fi – 無敵朋克力量 Invincible Pop Punk Power HERE.

“…Despite of the subsequent label and lineup changes, American Hi-Fi try their best to keep their passion alive. Staying in a major label, moving on to an independent record company, appearing in a Hollywood movie, putting out their new work on their own, and eventually finding their home at yet another indie label Rude Records has ben a long journey for American Hi-Fi as well as their die hard fans. Nonetheless, the band didn’t failed to produce unforgettable hits like “The Art Of Losing”, “The Geeks Get the Girls” and “The Break Up Song”, successfully secures their niche in the American popular culture…”

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[GIG NEWS] Clockenflap 2016 – Date, Location, Lineup!!!

特別公告! Clockenflap 2016 將於今年11月25至27日舉行,地點將移師至中環海濱!暫時確認的演出單位包括你最喜愛的後搖樂團 Sigur Rós 、英國獨立搖滾英雄 Foals 和縱橫本地搖滾界多年的 朱凌凌 Juicy Ning。記得留意我們專頁,將有更多資訊公布。門票將於Ticketflap.com 發售。

BREAKING! Clockenflap 2016 will be held on Friday, November 25 to Sunday, November 27. This year’s festival will take place at Central Harbourfront! Confirmed acts include UK alternative rock hero Foal, your favorite post-rockers Sigur Rós and Hong Kong’s rock veteran 朱凌凌Juicyning. Stay with us for more immediate update! Get your tickets at ticketflap.com

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[GIG NEWS] Man With The A Mission – Live in Hong Kong

我們可能較少介紹日本搖滾樂團,但你絕對不能錯過 Man With A Mission 七月的演唱會!這個狼人樂團非常擅長流行搖滾、跳舞搖滾等音樂,經常在現場帶來不同的視覺衝擊!

Although we seldom focus on Japanese rock act on our page, Man With A Mission’s concert is definitely a must-go event in July! The wolf-masked rockers are going to present their catchy pop rock / dance rock tunes in live with irresistible visual elements!

Man With A Mission – Live in Hong Kong
Date 日期: 29 Jul 2016
Time 時間: 7:30pm
Venue 地點: Musiczone @ E-max
Ticket 票價: $550 (Advance), $650 (Door), $850 (VIP) at Ticketflap.com, Hidden Agenda, Zoo Records

VIP可於5月4日起在 Zoo Records 購買,持票樂迷可參加會(後)簽名會,團體合照一張(五人一組),提早入場,限量30名。

VIP Tickets will be available ONLY at Zoo Records starting from May 4. VIP Ticket holders can enjoy meet & greet session and have prior entry.

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[GIG REMINDER] Tegan and Sara – Live in Hong Kong

曾在兩年前 Clockenflap 在香港演出的 Tegan and Sara 將於今夏再次來臨舉行自己的演唱會!這個孖女組合多才多藝,其流行搖滾音樂在獨立界別贏得不少掌聲,更成功得到荷里活的垂青,為2014年的 The Lego Movie 創作主題曲 Everything Is Awesome!

Tegan and Sara are back to Hong Kong for their solo concert after their critically acclaimed performance at Clockenflap Festival two years ago! The twins have won the millions hearts in the indie scene, and successfully breakthrough the mainstream market in 2014 when they released the theme song, “Everything Is Awesome”, for The Lego Movie.

Tegan & Sara – Live in Hong Kong
Date 日期: 28 July 2016
Time 時間: 8:00 pm
Venue 地點: Rotunda 3, KITEC
Ticket 票價: $588 (All Standing) at hkticketing.com

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[GIG REMINDER] Blessthefall – Live in Hong Kong (POLYMUSO Annual Performance “00:00:00”)

早前給大家分享過 Blessthefall 將大學音樂團隊 POLYMUSO 舉辦的年度公演 00:00:00 演出,樂團今天終於發放官方亞洲巡迴演出海報,其他地區包括台灣、日本、泰國和菲律賓。當晚其他演出單位還有鐵樹蘭、Maniac、Seasons for Change 和主辦 POLYMUSO 的團隊。

You may have read our news last week that POLYMUSO has invited Arizona’s metalcore outfits Blessthefall to perform at their 40th Annual Performance “00:00:00” in Hong Kong! The band has finally revealed their official Asia tour poster today! You can also catch the awesome performance from 鐵樹蘭, Maniac, Seasons for Change and POLYMUSO’s crew at the same event!

The 40th POLYMUSO Annual Performance – 00:00:00
Line Up 演出樂團: Blessthefall, 鐵樹蘭, Maniac, Seasons for Change, POLYMUSO
Date 日期: 12 June 2016
Time 時間: 5:30 pm
Venue 地點: Music Zone, KITEC
Ticket 票價: $280 (Advance), $350 (Door) at 觸STUDIO and Tom Lee Music 通利琴行

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[NEWS] Radiohead – Burn The Witch

五年等待終於完結,Radiohead 終發布新歌 Burn The Witch。仍沒有公佈標題的新專輯將於今日推出!

A wait of 5 years, enjoy. Radiohead released the first new song “Burn The Witch”. New album, which does not yet have a title, will be out TODAY!

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[NEWS] Blink-182 – Bored To Death

Blink-182 回歸了!樂團今天推出新歌詞視頻 Bored To Death,這也是他們首次與芝加哥流行朋克英雄、即 Alkaline Trio 主將 Matt Skiba 代替原主唱/結他手 Tom DeLonge 灌錄的作品。

Blink-182 is back with their new lyric video “Bored To Death”. This is the first song without original vocalist / guitarist Tom DeLonge who is replaced by Chicago pop punk hero Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio.

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[NEWS] Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities

繼 Radiohead 前天推出五年來首個新作後,RHCP 也在本星期上載五年內首支新曲!他們的新專輯 The Getaway 會在6月17日推出。

RED HOT NEWS! An hour ago, the Chili Peppers just uploaded their first song in five years! The wait is over. Their new album, The Getaway, will be out on June 17.

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[NEWS] Emarosa – Cloud 9

經過一連串成員及唱片公司的轉換,Emarosa 終於回歸並推出新曲 Cloud 9。此曲會作為他們9月8日推出的新專輯 131 中的第一首單曲,會經由 Hopeless Records 出版。

Emarosa comes back strong after label and lineup changes with the first single “Cloud 9″, off their upcoming full-length album, 131, via Hopeless Records on July 8.

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[NEWS] Saosin – Control And The Urge To Pray

Emo 和 Screamo 樂迷注意!Saosin 首播與原主唱 Anthony Green 合作的新曲視頻 Control And The Urge To Pray。歌曲將收錄在樂團5月20日推出的專輯 Along The Shadow。

Emo and screamo fans attention! Saosin premiered new video, “Control And The Urge To Pray,” taken from the band’s upcoming studio album with original vocalist Anthony Green, Along The Shadow, out on May 20.

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[NEWS] Farewell Note From David Bowie

David Bowie 去世多月後,有樂迷近期發現 Bowie 最後專輯 Blackstar 的黑色封套,經陽光照射後,會顯示出星空圖案!

Blackstar 在1月8日發布,David Bowie 監製 Tony Visconti 早前表示 Bowie 的最後作品 Lazarus 的歌詞和視頻,甚至整個專輯,是個親自撰寫的墓誌銘,亦是對死亡將近的描述。在視頻中有多個鏡頭影着 Bowie 躺著,覆蓋眼睛,彷彿是他人生的最後排練。

So, David Bowie had left an ultimate farewell note to all of us…

A fan discovered if you place the vinly package of Bowie’s final album Blackstar directly under sunlight, the blackstar artwork transforms into a field of glowing stars. Once the light source is removed, the stars fade away.

According to Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti, the lyrics and video of “Lazarus” and the rest of The Blackstar album were intended to be a self-epitaph, a commentary on Bowie’s own impending death. There are scenes of Bowie lying down with eyes covered as if it’s a rehearsal of his last journey.

Blackstar, Bowie’s last album, was released on January 8.

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[FLASHBACK] 3 Years Ago: Jeff Hanneman Left Us…

本週是 Slayer 結他手 Jeff Hanneman 的死忌。Jeff 於2013年5月2日因與酒精相關的肝硬化去世。

Slayer guitarist Hanneman died on May 2, 2013 because of alcohol-related cirrhosis. Can’t believe it’s been years already. Gone but never forgotten.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

如果你有一個任由你 Mosh 至零晨三點也沒有怨言、更替你洗燙至愛的金屬 T-shirt 的媽媽,趁著今天給她們一個擁抱吧!

If you have a mom like this, who iron your beloved t-shirt and let you mosh till 3 a.m., you’re lucky. Go give them a kiss and a big bear hug 

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