Hello! Some news from domestic and international markets.

Damien Rice is set to return for a one night performance in Malaysia. The Irish singer-songwriter will perform on 7 June 2023 (Wednesday) at Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre. Damien Rice started playing and recording with his band Juniper before embarking on his solo career. In 2002, his self-produced debut album O reached #8 on the UK Albums Chart and won the Shortlist Music Prize. Songs such as ‘Cannonball’ and ‘Volcano’ have reached the Top 30 in the UK. From the same album, ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ also charted in 2004 and has been used extensively in various films and television series. The album was notable for its stripped-down instrumentation, raw emotion and haunting melodies, and received critical acclaim for its honest and intimate portrayal of love and loss.

Australian Metalcore group Polaris recently announced a new album titled Fatalism. The album is set to hit the market on 1st Spetember 2023 via Sharptone Records. Fatalism a record shaped by the sense of despair and dystopia that engulfed the world over the past few years, and the overwhelming accompanying sensation that we were powerless to change course. “For us, Fatalism is the resignation to the idea that you have no control over certain things, that some things are almost pre-determined and inevitable,” Furnari concludes. “Which seems like a negative and almost fearful notion. But one of the reasons I was drawn to it as a concept and as an album title was that there’s almost a freedom in that idea too. Once you can accept that there are certain things you simply can’t control — it’s actually very liberating.”

Anyway, American Metacore unit blessthefall made a return with a new single ‘Wake the Dead’ just in time for their 10-year anniversary ‘Hollow Bodies’ tour. “To all the fans…we’ve seen you and heard you over the last five years,” says vocalist, Beau Bokan. “We’re back and this one’s for you. ‘Wake the Dead’ has all the elements that define our band. We took our time writing it but didn’t overthink. We wanted the first song to melt your faces from the beginning and drag you to the end without slowing down. We hope you love it as much as we do.”

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