Pictorial: St. Vincent Fear the Future Tour in Pittsburgh at Stage AE

Touring in support of her latest album, ‘Masseducation,’ St. Vincent restarted her Fear the Future Tour in Pittsburgh Tuesday night at Stage AE. Released on October 13, 2017, ‘Masseducation’ is St. Vincent’s fifth album and her first record to debut in the Billboard top 10. 

All photos Jack Fordyce ©2018

AVERSIONS CROWN – North American Tour With WITHIN THE RUINS PERFORMS AT Cattivo ON 11/21

North American Tour With WITHIN THE RUINS & ENTERPRISE EARTH!

Australian metal destroyers, AVERSIONS CROWN, are hitting the road on October 19th with Massachusetts metal veterans WITHIN THE RUINS and Spokane-based skullcrushers ENTERPRISE EARTH  for a 32-date trek across North America. Opening the shows will be Connecticut metal bandCURRENTS.

Since the release of Xenocide earlier this year, the band has been touring relentlessly. Prior to hitting the states, the band made appearances at several European Summer festivals and completed a sold out  Aussie tour.

Xenocide was tracked by Adam Merker at Studio Anders Debeerz in Brisbane and mixed and mastered by Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) from Audio Hammer. Watch the music video for “Prismatic Abyss” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel!

11/15/2017  Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
11/17/2017  Triple Rock Social – Minneapolis, MN
11/18/2017  The Wire – Berwyn, IL
11/19/2017  The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
11/20/2017  The Shelter – Detroit, MI
11/21/2017  Cattivo – Pittsburgh, PA
11/22/2017  Landos – Corning, NY
11/23/2017  Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
11/24/2017  The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/25/2017  ‪One Centre Square – Easton, PA
11/26/2017  Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA

More on Xenocide:
The Soulless Acolyte” drum play-through video https://youtu.be/JmlkegqPewk
Album trailer #1:  https://youtu.be/Tmbw4QdhmqE
Album trailer #2: https://youtu.be/lWVIwBKKUzs
Album trailer #3 https://youtu.be/i0EHEg3k0I8
Album trailer #4 https://youtu.be/Q-870VoA1vA
Ophiophagy” lyric video: https://youtu.be/DhZfRGRPNQg
Erebus” drum play-through video: https://youtu.be/d6bHACoe5eA

Photo credit: Harley Folbigg

 

Order your copy of Xenocide here:
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Silverstein @Mr. Smalls on 3/1

After spending the summer sweating it out on Warped Tour and their fall trekking through the UK and Europe, Canadian post-hardcore outfit Silverstein are showing no signs of running out of steam, embarking on The Get Free Tour in the new year, with support from Tonight Alive and Broadside.

Silverstein released their eighth full-length album Dead Reflection in July to critical acclaim. Check out their track “Ghost” here, which premiered on Sirius XM Faction.

“The element of hope has always been in our band; we want to preach positivity, it’s just that sometimes you have to go through darkness to get there. At the core, that’s what Dead Reflection is about,” said vocalist Shane Told, who also hosts the wildly popular Lead Singer Syndrome podcast.

The Get Free Tour stops at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA on 3/1.

Longevity is a rare feat for any band, especially one rooted in a foundation of punk and hardcore. Aggressive music is often fueled by youthful fire, and sustaining a career without completely abandoning that urgent sound is almost impossible for most bands. But what’s possible for “most bands” has never been a concern for post-hardcore pioneers Silverstein. Throughout the course of their 17-year career, from Ontario basement shows to touring the world and selling over a million records, Silverstein has always managed to be completely comfortable in their own skin while never being afraid to challenge themselves. This perfect balance marks the band’s eighth full-length, Dead Reflection—an album that proves Silverstein still has plenty of fire left.

Silverstein have released an album every odd year since their 2003 debut, When Broken Is Easily Fixed, and that drive is paramount to why the band remains one of post-hardcore’s most relevant and influential acts. This consistency shows an uncommonly clear path of growth from album to album as the band honed the aggressive-to-melodic contrast that became their signature sound. Dead Reflection marks a sharp jump in that evolution: the band pushed themselves harder than ever before, resulting in an album the takes all of Silverstein’s strengths—pummeling riffs, explosive dynamic shifts, and huge, anthemic choruses—and ramps up the intensity. Guitarist Paul Marc Rousseau co-produced Dead Reflection with Derek Hoffman, leading to a level of collaboration with which band had never experimented before. After years of creating and touring, the members of Silverstein have each become accomplished musicians in their own right while still summoning the same unbridled ferocity that marked the band’s early days, and it’s this fusion that makes Dead Reflection feel so vital.

Vocalist Shane Told has always been a master of taking his darkest times and channeling them into compelling songwriting, and Dead Reflection ups the ante as the singer documents his most troubled year. The tumultuous end of a long relationship sent Told into a self-destructive spiral that left him isolated and forced to confront who he truly was with everything stripped away. All of the positivity that had previously come so easily suddenly felt put-on, like a costume that never quite fit, and as the people closest to him were all entering new phases of life with new responsibilities, the singer found himself feeling more alone and nihilistic than ever. In the end it was Silverstein, the one constant in Told’s life, that brought him back from the brink. With the prospect of writing a new album on the horizon, he thew himself into the process, fully exploring the bleak narrative he was living out. Dead Reflection became a sort of “What-if?” version of Told’s life, a cautionary tale urging listeners to find out what really matters and challenge their own masks before it’s too late. Writing proved to be as cathartic as it was harrowing, and slowly Told began to feel the weight of the past year lifting; Silverstein had been there for him just when he needed it most.

Dead Reflection is an album that couldn’t exist without everything that’s come before it, a culmination not just of Silverstein’s sonic growth, but also the personal journeys entangled in the band’s career. Longevity was never the objective, but that drive to deliver their absolute best, no matter what the cost, is exactly why the band remains at the top of their game after almost two decades. For Silverstein there is no settling, no stopping, and they give nothing less than everything.