As you’ve all surely experienced over the last month plus of our current Coronavirus quarantine, there are only a finite amount of things to do while we’re all staying at home—clean and organize your house, binge watch Netflix, exercise, sleep, eat, drink (heavily), and listen to music. And no matter what activity from that list you choose to partake in, music is the perfect accompaniment.
WATCH & LISTEN TO THE EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE OF LOYALTY TO ME’S NEW EP CLASH // COEXIST ONLY ON OUTBURN.COM New Jersey five-piece Loyalty To Me march towards the release of their debut EP on May 15th, with an arsenal of hook-laden, relatable and infectious alternative rock tunes. Dancing between 00’s emo and present day pop-fueled emo, Loyalty To Me offers an enticing prospect for fans across the alternative rock genre.
Concept albums are fantastic works of art, using music to tell cohesive stories and allow you to be wholly immersed in a completely different world. And let’s face it, right now is a pretty good time to be able to live in another world. So, in no particular order, here are 20 concept albums that you can use to let your mind roam around another world for a while.
In February and March of 2020, European thrash fans got one of the best tours in history: The Bay Strikes Back European Tour. This tour was a collection of the Bay Area’s best and most legendary thrash bands: Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel. Unfortunately, the tour had many setbacks, such as multiple musicians being diagnosed with COVID-19, the deadly respiratory virus that’s sweeping the globe.
WATCH & LISTEN TO THE EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE OF PICTURESQUE’S NEW ALBUM DO YOU FEEL O.K? ONLY ON OUTBURN.COM “This album is straight fuego. It’s everything you wanted and everything you didn’t know you needed. It’s the best record to come out in a millennia. And that’s straight from Cardi B” –Kyle Hollis
With the release of his fourth studio album, Heart Signal, guitarist/composer Michael Abdow shares with us his Top 12 favorite (and to play) guitar riffs. “I was having too much fun and realized I could make this list indefinitely, [so I] stopped at a dozen, says Michael. “These aren’t in order or anything.”
“When we got all three of our music videos back for this album, our director, Sam Link, thought it would be a cool idea to combine them into a short film! That concept isn’t really something that we see a ton of bands pursuing, so we figured we’d give it a try. All the videos transition into one another and we’re so happy with how it came out.”
Finland has long been an iconic hub for rock and metal music, from the gothic to the heavy and even the symphonic. With the likes of Nightwish, HIM, Children of Bodom, Apocalyptica, and so many more ensuring Finland’s place on the international map of popular bands, there is no wonder that there is quite a demand for Finnish rockers to find themselves back on United States soil.
WATCH THE EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE OF DAMN NATION’S “WOULD YOU STAY” ON OUTBURN.COM “We all have a secret we hide from those around us. An inner devil we bury deep in the deeds of our better nature. We deny it but, it’ll always be there waiting to escape. We fear it will drive away the ones we love the most…so we ask them: Would You Stay?”
WATCH THE EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE OF 09’S “IDLE HANDS” ON OUTBURN.COM Portland alternative rock outfit 09 [OH-NINE] have debuted a new single. “Idle Hands” features Fallstar’s Chris Ratzlaff on vocals, with the track marking the fourth single from the collaborative duo of EJ Olsen and Chancelor Reeder.
Godfathers of death metal, Poland’s Vader just wrapped up a month long tour of North America—their first here in almost three years. As luck would have it, it also happened to fall on big anniversaries of three of their most revered albums—De Profundis (25 years), Litany (20 years), and The Art of War (15 years), giving the band an excuse to bring out some deeper, older cuts on this run.
WATCH THE EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE OF CLIO CADENCE’S “DRIVE” ON OUTBURN.COM “Drive is a song about the struggle to stand up for yourself and leave a relationship that has become toxic. Sometimes we get trapped by possessions, people, and worry about what others will think. Sometimes you have to leave everything behind to save yourself,” says Clio Cadence.
I really cannot think of a more iconic, revolutionary, controversial, and monumental band in industrial metal music history than Ministry. To me, the band itself is so deeply rooted and encompassed in the visual aspect of music that it comes as no surprise that throughout the band’s impressive history there is enough content to fill an entire book. Quite a long sentence there, aye? Ministry’s history is even longer than that, I promise.