While You Are Away: BABYMETAL’s New LP, When We Were Young 2023 Lineup, New Music From Witch Fever And More

Blink-182’s triumphant return wasn’t the only thing that happened last week. Hear Witch Fever’s new song, get the details about BABYMETAL’s new album, scope out the lineup for When We Were Young 2023, and more on the latest edition of While You Were Away.

BABYMETAL announce new album ‘THE OTHER ONE’

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BABYMETAL have announced their new concept album, THE OTHER ONE, which will release worldwide on March 24th, 2023.

The band teased THE OTHER ONE earliest this year as a “restoration project” with a mission to “restore the BABYMETAL we never knew had existed through a virtual world called the METALVERSE.”

The 10 songs on the new album represent “a unique theme based on 10 separate parallel worlds that they have discovered.” The band plan on releasing five singles leading up to the album’s release, starting with the first single later this month.

Pre-orders for THE OTHER ONE can be found here.

Hear Witch Fever’s new song ‘Beauty and Grace’

Witch Fever drop empowering new single, Beauty And Grace

Ahead of the release of their debut album Congregation, Witch Fever have shared their new single “Beauty and Grace.”

Vocalist Amy Walpole reveals that the track “ended up being the dark horse of the record. Before we went into the studio it wasn’t one of our faves but Sam really brought it out of its shell!

“The song is about pushing back against oppressive feminine beauty standards whilst also finding a place for femininity that you enjoy and makes you feel powerful. Femininity is not a weakness, as much as society may tell you it is! If it empowers you and brings you joy it’s a strength!”

Listen to the song below.

Congregation is due out October 21st via Music For Nations.

Green Day and Blink-182 to headline When We Were Young 2023

Green Day, blink-182, 30 Seconds To Mars and more for When We Were Young 2023

The highly anticipated When We Were Young Festival is set to take place later this week, but organizers are already looking ahead to next year. The lineup for next year’s festival has been revealed and it’s being headlined by Green Day and Blink-182.

Some of the other acts on the bill include Good Charlotte, All Time Low, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Offspring, Rise Against, 5 Seconds of Summer, Pierce the Veil, Thrice, and more.

The 2023 edition of When We Were Young festival will take place in Las Vegas on October 21st, 2023. So far, only one day has been scheduled, but depending on how quickly the event sells out, more days will most likely be added.

Tickets are on sale now.

Queen share lost Freddie Mercury song ‘Face It Alone’

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Queen have unveiled a previously released song featuring Freddie Mercury called “Face It Alone.” The track was originally recorded during the band’s 1988 session for The Miracle.

Surviving members Roger Taylor and Brian May unearthed the song while working on a forthcoming reissue of The Miracle. “We’d kind of forgotten about this track,” admitted Taylor, “but there it was, this little gem. It’s wonderful, a real discovery. It’s a very passionate piece.”

Watch the lyric video below.

“Face It Alone” will also be released on Queen’s upcoming box set, The Miracle Collector’s Edition, along with other unreleased records, demos, and spoken word segments between bandmates. The album will be released on November 18th. Pre-order it here.

Tours on sale this week

Iron Maiden Announce First Shows Of 2023's The Future Past Tour

Iron Maiden are in the middle of their 2022 “Legacy of the Beast” tour, yet they’ve already announced their 2023 European tour dubbed “Future Past Tour.” The outing with feature a setlist that highlights both their 2021 album Senjutsu along with their 1986 album Somewhere in Time. Tickets are on sale now.

Tove Lo has announced her 2023 North American tour in support of her new album Dirt Femme. The 18-date tour starts February 6th in Nashville, Tennesse and wraps up with a two-night stint in Los Angeles on March 2nd and 3rd. Get tickets here.

Holding Absence recently announced their 2023 headlining UK tour. “After a long 2022 of touring the world, the Live & In Monochrome tour is our way of being able to play some older songs to our oldest fans (or newer fans that missed us back at the start), before making a head-start on LP3. We can’t wait!” The trek starts January 18th in Exeter. Tickets are on sale now.

August Burns Red’s new HeartSupport Festival announced its inaugural lineup featuring Rise Against, Parkway Drive, Dance Gavin Dance, Spiritbox, Memphis May Fire, The Devil Wears Prada, Hawthrone Heights, and The Word Alive to name a few. The festival takes place February 18th and 19th at the Central Flordia Fairgrounds in Orlando, Florida. Get tickets and details here.

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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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