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Indie Roundup | Ten Tremendous Tracks to Try Today

Fresh tracks from Dead Can Dance, Accept, Opeth, Fast Romantics and many more.

Dead Can Dance get mythical, Cellar Darling hold a wake, Accept take a break, Burning Witches cry, Opeth see ghosts, Fast Romantics head south and much more in today’s Roundup. Are you gonna finish that, or what?:

1 | Dead Can Dance have come back to life. And to celebrate their return, the Melbourne duo of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry have released an artsy video for their hypnotic and mythological song The Mountain, from their new album Dionysus. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE:The Mountain is the first movement of the album’s second act, where, explains Perry, listeners will find themselves visiting Mount Nysa.This mountain was Dionysus’ place of birth, where he was raised by the centaur Chiron, from whom he learned chants and dances together with Bacchic rites and initiations.” Why watch it? Because it’s there. And by there, I mean above.

2 | Can’t sleep? Swiss prog-metal trio Cellar Darling most certainly do not have the cure: The transfixing animated video for their ambitious, multi-dimensional single Insomnia will keep you up till all hours. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE: “The track surprises on every level and takes the listener on a dark and sinister trip, illustrated beautifully by a mesmerising animated video. Each part of this epic song outdoes the previous one on a musical journey that blends the band’s heaviest side together with hurdy-gurdy, flute, grand piano and a Hammond organ, culminating in a grand finale that will leave the sonic traveller speechless.” Wakey-wakey:

3 | Everything old is new again — and symphonic — on Symphonic Terror: Live at Wacken 2017, the forthcoming concert CD/DVD from German metal legends Accept. Get a taste in this latest teaser video, which finds the band tearing through their 1981 speed-demon classic Breaker with the help of an orchestra. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE: “This was a mash-up of intensity and precision,” Wolf Hoffmann says about the fusion of Heavy Metal and classical music.” Take it from the Wolf:

4 | You would think an all-female metal band named Burning Witches would put out their new video on Halloween. Apparently not. But don’t let that stop you from checking out this lyric video to their killer track Open Your Mind. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE: “The song delivers a message for all of us: Don’t let fear and anger control your life! We all should stand together in this time, when racism is about to grow again. We should remember that we are all the same. Open your Mind – Open your Heart – and try to remember how to cry!“ There’s no crying in metal!!

5 | You would also think that a band named Blue October would release their clip in, well, October. But no, they waited until November. Oh well. At least there’s plenty of blue in this flashy video for the Texas alt-rockers’ new single Daylight, from their album I Hope You’re Happy Now. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE: “The Daylight video is a mesmerizing collage of scenery and lights that compliment the song’s icy, industrial drums and synthesizers. The band’s animated performance in the video stresses the track’s dynamic juxtaposition while laying bare the captivating personality of frontman Justin Furstenfeld.” Light ’em up:

6 | Let’s face it: Metal bands have the coolest descriptions. Take Virginia’s Arsis. The promo material that comes with the video for their fiery song Fathoms — from their album Visitant — calls them “melodic death-tech overlords.” That would look great on a business card, doncha think? SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE:Arsis have released their horror movie-inspired opus Visitant today. To celebrate, the band has released a music video directed by Rob Neilson.” Fathom this:

7 | And the metal just keeps on coming. Continue your headbanging with this live video from Swedish prog-metal legends Opeth, performing the 10-minute epic Ghost Of Perdition from their CD/DVD Garden Of The Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE: “Always an unstoppable force for uniqueness amid a sea of generic swill, Opeth has been setting the rulebook ablaze, and ploughing a uniquely progressive and exploratory furrow for over 25 years now.” Plough your own exploratory furrow:

8 | Some people love ’80s-style synth-pop ballads. Other people like EDM. Finally, here’s a song they can both agree on: Alone Sometimes. It comes from the debut EP EANO1 by London duo World Machine, who contacted me via the site humanhuman. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE: “The EP is a modern day Pop taste pallet with plenty of references to a time not so long ago.” It’s a small world after all:

9 | I know this is short notice, but would you like to go to Mexico? Don’t worry; you don’t have to take time off work, convert your cash or even get up fromt the couch. You just have to click below to listen to Mexico, the title track from the upcoming album by Toronto pop-rockers Fast Romantics. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE:Mexico is the first song we’ve ever self-produced and self-recorded, and really I feel like it’s the start of something really special for us.” Hasta la vista, baby:

10 | Finally, here’s the antidote to all that metal you’ve been gorging on. Wash all that aggression out of your system with the slowly flowing beauty of Javelin Fade, the lead single from singer-songwriter Daniel Isaiah’s upcoming album Only One Left. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE:Only One Left is an album of endings and beginnings, rooted in Isaiah’s native Montreal, but also the countries where he travelled, a drifter in unfamiliar places as an outsider looking in.” Fade in, fade out: