WILL PITTSBURGH GET THE FINAL SLAYER TOUR?

The question on every metalhead’s mind yesterday was whether Slayer would hit their town on the final tour with the likes of Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament.  The answer for Pittsburgher’s is YES!!!  See below for details…

After making some of the most brutal, breathtakingly aggressive, all-hell’s-a-breaking-loose music ever created, being one of the four bands that defined an entire musical genre and being the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to…after nearly 37 years, releasing 12 studio albums, multiple live recordings, compilations, live video and two box sets, playing nearly 3000 concerts in all corners of the world, receiving countless awards including five Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards, Gold records and other accolades…having its own exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute, gracing hundreds of magazine covers, experiencing the devastating loss of a founding brother, and even appearing on “The Tonight Show,” the age of Slayer, one of the greatest thrash/metal/punk bands of this or any age, is coming to an end.
Slayer announces that it will do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all of their support over the years, for making the last three-and-a-half decades so packed with good times and unforgettable experiences, and will then move on.
Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament will support Slayer on the first leg, North America, of its final world tour.  Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 26 at 10AM local time. Very limited Slayer onstage + meet & greet+ exclusive merchandise packages will be available.  Log on to www.slayer.net for this and all ticket purchasing info.
Randy Blythe of LAMB OF GOD says: “If you are lucky enough to be invited to play even just once with living legends like Slayer, it’s an incredible honor. Slayer gave LAMB OF GODour very first two overseas shows. Slayer has subsequently taken us on several full-length tours, both at home and abroad. The guys in Slayer and their crew have also always been very, very cool to our band. It is irrefutable that Slayer helped create the genre of aggressive metal, and all modern bands of that ilk owe them a huge debt – I know we do. To be asked to be a part of their final tour – well, it just makes you stop and realize just how lucky you are. Hail Slayer! We’ll see you on the road…”
MAY
10   Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
11   FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
13   Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
16   PNE forum, Vancouver, BC
17   South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
19   Big Four, Calgary, AL
20   Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB
22   Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
24   The Armory, Minneapolis, MN
27   Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI
29   Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON
30   Place Bell, Montreal, PQ
JUNE
 1    Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
 2    PNC Banks Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
 4    Santander Arena, Reading, PA
 6    Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
 7    Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
9    KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
10   Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
12   VUHL Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA
14   PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
15   Orlando Amphitheatre, Orlando, FL
17   Smart Financial Center, Houston, TX
19   The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
20   Austin 360 Amphitheatre, Austin, TX
ABOUT SLAYER – www.slayer.net:
For more than three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. Their membership in “The Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – secures their place in music history.
The two-time Grammy-winners have accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!SPINMetal HammerRevolver, and Esquire.  Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who commercialized their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream.  Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since.  Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer’s drummer from ’94 – ’01, rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King in 2013, and is back behind the kit to stay.
In September 2015, Slayer released Repentless, the band’s 12th, and what would be their final studio album, the first without Hanneman and first with producer Terry Date, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band’s career.  The band also teamed up with director BJ McDonnell for three high-concept and brutal music videos for the album’s title track, then for “You Against You,” and the most recent, “Pride in Prejudice,” racking up a combined 25-million+ YouTube views.  In 2017, Dark Horse Comics published the three-issue “Repentless” comic book series based on McDonnell’s original story concept for the videos and written by “Metalocalypse” director Jon Schnepp.
On January 22, 2018, Slayer announced its decision to do one last world tour to thank its fans for their decades-long support, and then move on.  All Hail Slayer.
ABOUT LAMB OF GOD – http://www.lamb-of-god.com:
Richmond, VA natives LAMB OF GOD are one of heavy music’s most successful and uncompromising bands.  When the band’s first major release, New American Gospel, was released in 2000 it was immediately touted as a classic within the genre. AllMusic stated it best, “The essential signatures of post-Pantera metal are in abundance on Lamb of God’s inaugural album. New American Gospel provides a mighty oak upon which gritty American metal’s faith is maintained, effectively bridging the ’90s’ insistence upon drill-sergeant technicality and the old school’s determined focus on riff construction.”
Some predicted a sophomore slump – that no band could top a debut album so strong.  They were proven wrong, with the release of 2004’s Ashes of the Wake, an album that not only exploded stateside (certified Gold by RIAA) but also saw the spread of LAMB OF GODto all corners of the world.  The band’s first DVD, Killadelphia, followed shortly after and was certified Platinum.  Then, with Sacrament (Album, 2006, #8 debut on the US Billboard Hot 200), LAMB OF GOD were honored with a Grammy nomination for the track “Redneck”, which would be the first of five Grammy nominations for the band to date. Next came Walk With Me In Hell (DVD, 2008) and then the band’s fourth album Wrath in 2009, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart, and then Resolution, which debuted at #3. Shortly after the release of Resolution, vocalist Randy Blythe was arrested in Prague, and spent 30 days in jail on a charge for which he was later acquitted (and lead to Blythe’s bestselling memoir, Dark Days, as well as the film As The Palaces Burn).  After regrouping,LAMB OF GOD lost no ground with their latest full-length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, the album was #3 in the US, #1 in Canada, #2 in Australia, #3 in Finland, #7 in UK, #12 in Germany and #13 in Japan, and #13 in Netherlands. “Overlord“, the first single from VII: Sturm Und Drang, achieved a new milestone for the band when it reached the Top Thirty of US Active Rock Radio Chart (Mediabase).  In late 2016, LAMB OF GOD paid tribute to late, longtime fan and friend Wayne Ford with the release of The Duke EP, which raised funds and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The EP release coincided with a charity campaign offering personal items such as Blythe’s Ashes Of The Wake Gold plaque, signed signature model guitars, handwritten lyrics and more.
Since inception and through it all, LAMB OF GOD‘s consistent and unwavering commitment to their music – and their fans – has kept them a critical and fan favorite worldwide, selling millions of albums and tickets around the world.
LAMB OF GOD is Randy Blythe (vocals), Mark Morton (guitar), Willie Adler (guitar), John Campbell (bass), and Chris Adler (drums).

ABOUT ANTHRAX – https://anthrax.com:
As part of the band’s 35th anniversary year, Anthrax released one of 2016’s most-anticipated metal/thrash albums, For All Kings (February 26/Megaforce in North America/Nuclear Blast internationally), that debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart, and #9 on the Top 200, becoming Anthrax’s highest-charting album in more than two decades.  Written by drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Frank Bello and guitarist Scott Ian, the dynamic triumvirate whose unique composition chemistry is, in part, what sets Anthrax’s music apart from other bands’ in the same genre, combined with Joey Belladonna’s breathtaking vocals and the searing guitar leads by newest member Jonathan Donais, it’s no wonder the album and the band’s live shows have consistently received tremendous reviews.
Over its 35-year career, Anthrax has been a pioneering band with its unique style, sound and heavy brand of thrash metal, and, as Metallica’s Kirk Hammett put it, “one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands.”  Anthrax has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans.  From the race and genre barriers Anthrax helped break down in 1988 when they collaborated with Public Enemy on “Bring The Noise,” to becoming a card-carrying member of The Big Four – with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – as one of the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre – to being the first metal band to have its music heard on Mars when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Anthrax continues to break ground andinnovate.  On December 13, 2016, the Epiphone/Revolver Music Awards presented Anthrax with its first-ever “Innovator Award” to acknowledge the band’s contribution to music.  On April 27, Anthrax will release “Kings Among Scotland,” a live DVD shot at the band’s 2/15/16 show at Glasgow’s historic venue Barrowland Ballroom.
ABOUT BEHEMOTH – http://behemoth.pl
Behemoth have been carving out their claim as one of the world’s top extreme / black metal bands since their inception in 1991. That claim was solidified in 2014 with the release of the band’s tenth album, The Satanist. The record marked their triumphant return following front man Adam “Nergal” Darski’s battle with Leukemia. “‘The Satanist‘ is magic. It’s dangerous. It’s adventurous, and it’s organic,” states Nergal. While instantly recognizable as the work of the Polish blackened death quartet, it takes their sound in previously unimagined and riveting directions. A writhing, densely layered, brutally violent and sinister record, it is quite unlike anything ever unleashed within the canon of heavy music. As such it demands attention, offering ever greater sonic and emotional depths with every listen. This is evident in the band’s videos for the title track, as well as “Messe Noir” and “Ben Sahar”. Nergal continues, “You may hear the title and think it’s very primitive and one-dimensional, and yes it is, but when you look beyond that it’s as primitive as it is complex and multidimensional, and that applies to everything about the record.” Behemoth‘s lineup is rounded out by Inferno (drums), Orion (bass), and Seth (guitar).

The Satanist debuted at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in the United States. In their home country of Poland, the album became their second consecutive #1 debut, along with 2009’s Evangelion. Since the release of The SatanistBehemoth have published their official biography “Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors” as well as Nergal’s own biography, “Confessions of a Heretic: The Sacred and the Profane: Behemoth and Beyond.” The books are available worldwide now.

For over three decades, the Bay Area thrash quintet-Chuck Billy [vocals], Eric Peterson [guitar], Alex Skolnick [guitar], Steve DiGiorgio [bass], and Gene Hoglan [drums]-has consistently delivered unadulterated, unbridled, and unbreakable metal in its purest form without compromise or any signs of slowing down. Over the course of seminal releases ranging from The Legacy and Practice What You Preach to The Gathering and The Formation of Damnation, which won “Best Album” at Metal Hammer’s 2008 Golden Gods Awards, the group’s sales exceeded 14 million worldwide with 2 million in the U.S. alone. Most recently, 2012’sDark Roots of Earth and 2016’s Brotherhood of the Snake assaulted the charts, both debuting within Billboard’s Top 20 chart.

 

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

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER NIGHTBRINGERS TOUR KICKS OFF IN PITTSBURGH (Feat: DECREPIT BIRTH, REVOCATION, AND NECROT)

On a rainy day in Pittsburgh (10/05/2017), some seriously brutal metal bands were preparing to kick off a months-long trek across the country.  The first day of a tour is typically filled with nerves, last minute preps, and anticipation of the crowds.  No need to worry about Steel Town, Pittsburgh represented in full force last night at Diesel Club Lounge.

Although Diesel is not an ideal location for a metal show, due to its origins as a dance club, replete with disco being played in between sets, the club does allow for a very intimate experience.  And that is also what is very appealing about the metal genre, for the most part, the bands are very accessible and realize the only way they survive is with the fans who come to the shows, actually purchase their music, and maybe more importantly, buy their merch.  Pittsburgh’s own Greywalker started off the evening with their aptly titled Steel City Trash  In the past 2 years Greywalker has built a reputation for their relentless live performances and have shared the stage with bands such as Suicide Silence, Nile, Dark Tranquility, August Burns Red & Darkest Hour.

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Pittsburgh’s own Greywalker started off the evening with their aptly titled Steel City Thrash style.  In the past 2 years Greywalker has built a reputation for their live performances and have shared the stage with bands such as Suicide Silence, Nile, Dark Tranquility, August Burns Red & Darkest Hour.  Named the “2nd Best Metal Band” in both the 2015 and 2016 Pittsburgh City Paper Readers Poll’s, they also took home the 1st Place award at the 2016 Brewtal Beer Fest for their beer collaboration with Penn Brewery & Maggie Farm Rum.  In 2017 some of Greywalker’s music was transcribed to a 16-Bit format and used as part of the soundtrack to “Coffee Crisis”, a video game manufactured for the Sega Genesis by Mega Cat Studios in collaboration with Black Forge Coffee House. Excerpts from the Coffee Crisis soundtrack were also released on 7″ Late Cut Records cut by FFRecords (source: Facebook).  Do yourself a favor and check them out https://www.facebook.com/greywalkermusic/.

Facebook- outside of Diesel Pittsburgh

Vancouver’s Wormwitch came up next with equal parts black metal  and rock n’ roll.  WORMWITCH is known for their “high-octane rush of deep, grinding riffs, piston-driven drumming, and thundering bass” (No Clean Singing)  Their last release, “Strike Mortal Soil” is about being alive and what that means in today’s society. The band elaborated, “We live in a society both obsessed with and terrified of death. We exist in a world constantly seeking immortality through fame or Gods. “Strike Mortal Soil” means to live with a furious passion. It is to be able to enter one’s grave like lightning, in rejection of eternity. It enforces the message that life has worth, not from your nationality, your land, your God or your flesh, but what you do with yourself.”  Definitely a band with showmanship, they were loud, brash, and in your face the way that metal should be.  You owe yourself a favor to get to the show early and witness what they are laying down.

Oakland, CA outfit Necrot came in full force.  Looking a bit like a rougher and more aggressive Dee Snider, Vocalist/bassist Luca Indrio really got the crowd moving as the pit became a foaming mass of humanity.  Forged in 2011, NECROT – founded by current and former members of Acephalix, Vastum, Saviours, Watch Them Die, Atrament, Rude, and more – unleashed the audio bone-crush of their The Labyrinth full-length in 2016 via Tankcrimes. Spewing forth eight tracks amassed from three hard-to-find and long out-of-print demo tapes, the record reaped critical acclaim from fans and media alike compelled by the band’s unrepentant Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, and Sacrilege worship.  Bay Area death cult NECROT continues to tour in support of their critically-lauded Blood Offerings full-length released in June via Tankcrimes. The record earned the #29 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart and #52 on Billboard’s New Artist Chart upon its first week of release and continues to reap critical accolades from fans and critics globally. Comprised of eight-tracks, Blood Offerings was captured by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer (Vastum, Graves At Sea), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Gatecreeper), and comes shrouded in the unhallowed cover art of Marald Van Haasteren (Bolt Thrower, Baroness). Blood Offerings is out now on CD, LP, and digitally on Tankcrimes and on cassette through Sentient Ruin Laboratories. The limited vinyl edition comes as a foil-stamped, gatefold deluxe LP available in four color variants: 150 in purple splatter, 350 in gold splatter, 500 in black, and 1000 in gold.
Pittsburgh may not have been quite ready for what Revocation brought to the table.  REVOCATION is touring in support of their critically-lauded sixth full-length, Great Is Our Sin, released last year via Metal Blade Records. Reuniting with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Bleeding Through), who helmed 2014’s Deathless and 2012’s Teratogenesis EP, Great Is Our Sin packs the requisite punch, yet retains the organic feel with which it was conceived. Known for their technical prowess, the band remained dedicated to upping the ante without ever losing sight of the importance of good songwriting. Whilst the lineup has changed over the decade-plus REVOCATION has been in existence, guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson’s passion has never waned, and they are arguably sounding better than ever as they look toward the future. The offering reaped the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top New Artists/Heatseekers chart, #6 on the Current Hard Music Albums chart, #11 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and #17 Current Rock Albums upon its first week of release!
Davidson was absolutely mesmerizing as he blazed on guitar and spit out grinding lyrics, playing off of Gargiulo’s countering axe attack, as the band cranked out very technically complex music that remained as bone-crunching and faces splattering as a band can.
Having delivered five killer albums boasting some of the most potent, technical and abrasive metal unleashed over the last decade, it would be easy for Revocation to sit back and rest on their laurels. However, with their constant drive to push their sound ever forward and refusal to compromise their integrity, this could never be the case – and Great Is Our Sin is their most dynamic, boundary-pushing and weighty release to date. To preview and purchase Great Is Our Sin, please visit: metalblade.com/revocation

Revocation line-up:
David Davidson – Guitars / Vocals
Dan Gargiulo – Guitars / Vocals
Brett Bamberger – Bass / Vocals
Ash Pearson – Drums

The tone shifted as the ominous background tone began to drone and the legends, Decrepit Birth took the stage.  For the better part of their 16-year existence, California-based death metallers Decrepit Birth haven’t followed the rules. From debut album, 2003’s …And Time Begins, to the new album, Axis Mundi, they’ve shuffled the tried and true tenets of death metal into something defiantly other. Certainly, the Surf City denizens have written and continue to write—check out the pit-destroying ‘Transcendental Paradox’ off Axis Mundi—brutally brutal music, but after years of purveying labyrinthine riffs and blasts at light-suffering speeds, they’ve transcended, they’ve transformed, they’ve gone beyond. Decrepit Birth in 2017 isn’t entirely the same band that unfurled …And Time Begins in their twentysomethings.

“We’ve gone through an evolution throughout the years,” says founding member and primary songwriter Matt Sotelo. “The last couple of albums we had, Diminishing Between Worlds and Polarity, were more progressive death metal. They were different from …And Time Begins, which is a different genre of death metal. It’s more brutal. I’m the type of guy who likes to experiment. …And Time Begins has no solos. It’s all really fast palm-muted riffs. The other albums breathed more with the guitars. I let chords ring out on Diminishing Between Worlds and PolarityAxis Mundi is a combination of all the stuff I’m into. I like it a lot right now. It’s more melodic. The riffs repeat intentionally. I want to have fun with these songs.”

For those paying attention, seven long years separate Polarity from Axis Mundi. The absence would kill the fan velocity of most bands. But not Decrepit Birth. Even after 2014’s The Summer Slaughter Tour—the last time the West Coasters were on tour—the group’s legion of freaks have stayed true to their death metal masters, pleading and pining with regularity on social media for new technically-proficient savagery. That wait will soon be over withAxis Mundi, but what was Decrepit Birth up to while the world turned and burned?

“We did tours up to 2014,” Sotelo remembers. “That’s four years of tours [since the release of Polarity]. We were doing maybe two or three tours a year. Also, since Polarity, I’ve been writing new music. I’d work on new music and then scrap it. I’d change things around. So, it took a little while. I also had a son shortly after Polarity came out. I was really busy with a newborn baby. So, it wasn’t really until 2014 that I started to buckle down to write new music.”  The new and older music is so worth getting out there to see live, for they are an experience like no other.  Vocalist Bill Robinson has a voice that defies description in its sewer level graphic gravel tone.  The band plowed through a crazy tight set leaving the crowd feeling as though they had been drawn and quartered.  An added bonus was seeing  Sean of Decrepit Birth all over his fretboard with his Beardly Customs bass, made by our good friend Rick Link.

Written in Sotelo’s kitchen or at his computer desk—a fairly prosaic picture compared to the next-level intensity upon which Axis Mundi pivots—the majority of Decrepit Birth’s new, trail-blazing music originally had a different shape and color. Sotelo eventually axed songs he labeled “crazy and wild” for a more economical approach. Relatively speaking. He was more into the feel of the riff than expanding upon the multitude of multitudes he normally emits like a mad scientist with eight arms.

“The first song I finished was ‘Hieroglyphic,’” recalls Sotelo. “I will say ‘Hieroglyphic’ is a good representation of this album. It’s got a little bit of everything in it. It shows what we’re about right now. The last song I wrote was the last song on the album, an instrumental called ‘Embryogenesis.’ I used a 7-string guitar on it, but not in the way that a lot of people use 7-string guitars. It’s not percussive. It’s layered. See, I like to experiment. I’m glad I got to try something that wasn’t standard death metal. I’m not trying to put down bands or fans, but I like songs that have weird things going on, like samples or MIDI parts.”

Sotelo cites the strength of songs like opener ‘Vortex of Infinity – Axis Mundi’, ‘Hieroglyphic’, ‘Mirror of Humanity’, and ‘Epigenetic Triplicity’ on Decrepit Birth’s reconfigured lineup. Drummer Samus Paulicelli and bassist Sean Martinez aren’t exactly new to the group—both have acclimated nicely over the last few years—but they’ve pushed Decrepit Birth, compositionally and musically, up a few notches. Axis Mundi wouldn’t have been the same without their involvement.

“They’re two very talented musicians,” Sotelo beams. “I’m lucky to have them working with me. Both of them bring a lot. Sean probably is the best bass player—technically—we’ve had in the band. His bass lines and the way he plays bass are amazing. If you listen closely, he’s doing a lot of cool lines. As for Samus, he has his drumming to offer, which is huge. There’s very little he can’t do. He’s amazing. But he also contributed [to the songwriting process]. He’s a good songwriter, an amazing all-around musician. He wanted to help me write the songs. Not the riffs, but help arrange the songs. He wanted to create something different from what I came up with. So, I let him. I decided to have Samus help us out. He’s got the skill. It’s a lot of good stuff he contributed to the record.”

While most of Decrepit Birth’s peers aim lyrically and conceptually for the jugular—blood and guts are a never-ending font of inspiration—the Golden Staters have opted for the mystical and the arcane. Chief lyric writer and frontman Bill Robinson gets many of his ideas from literature and imbibing in mind-altering substances. For Axis Mundi, Robinson centered the lyrics on a theme. From opener ‘Vortex of Infinity – Axis Mundi’ through ‘Epigenetic Triplicity’ he’s taking the listener on a synodic journey, where portals to inner and outer spaces are opened for the intrepid.

“I’m going to be honest here,” says Sotelo. “Bill is responsible for all the lyrics and the concept. I know axis mundi is the center of the world. The world energy center. Energies of the heavens coming down to the Earth. A portal. So, there’s a theme. They’re connected. We’re not the typical lyric writers in death metal. Bill’s lyrics are almost psychedelic. Weird and esoteric. He’s out there. They’re not happy. They’re not hippie shit. They’re fringe, on the edge. They’re dark. And I like it that way! For this album, it’s an all Bill thing. Even the cover.

Recorded at three different studios over the course of a year, Axis Mundi sounds incredible. The clarity, the power, the musicianship, and the brutality aren’t vying for attention. They’re in absolute harmony. The guitars—tracked by Sotelo at his home studio—are razor sharp yet spine-snappingly heavy. The drums—tracked by Ryan Forsyth at Private Ear Studios in Winnipeg, Canada—are genre-defining, recalling what Sean Reinert, Gene Hoglan, and Steve Flynn did for Death and Atheist, respectively. And the bass— tracked by Sean, also at his home studio—has a great deep-end against the ceaselessly wicked rhythms. Tracks like ‘Hieroglyphic’, ‘Spirit Guide’, and ‘The Sacred Geometry’ wouldn’t have crushed skulls and blown minds if it wasn’t for the accomplished mixing and mastering of Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studios.

“I spent a lot of time recording at my own leisure at my own house,” recalls Sotelo. “I have my own recording equipment. We did go out to a professional studio in 2015 to record the drums. We were there for about a week. I took those drums home and started to record my guitars. That took about four to five months. The reason being I had a lot going on personally. I didn’t have a lot of time to knock out the whole album. Plus, I was experimenting with new things while tracking. That’s just how I do it. We can’t do what normal bands do. We’re so spread out. Sean lives in New York, I live in California, and Samus lives in Winnipeg. That’s a big triangle. It’s hard to get together to play music. It’s a bit unfortunate, but that’s how it is. That means we’re writing songs all the way up to and including tracking. I will say this: recording is a lot cheaper and it’s a lot less pressure.”

With remarkable songs—check out ‘Hieroglyphic’—, an exceptional production, and high concept lyrics, Decrepit Birth will re-shape death metal on Axis Mundi. They’re blasting the doors of convention wide open, paving the way for future generations to explore beyond death metal’s four proverbial corners. Much like the band’s influences from the early ‘90s, Decrepit Birth has different optics on the genre and what has meant and continues to mean. Of course, Sotelo sees Axis Mundi from an entirely pragmatic viewpoint.

“I don’t know if we’re going to re-shape death metal,” he counters. “We’re just a band. We’re doing this. We’re fans of the genre. We do our own thing with it. It’s our own paint job. What sounds cool to us. We don’t aspire to be the most technical band out there. The technicality isn’t our main goal. Technicality is part of what we are. When we were writing this album, we wanted the songs that had riffs that repeat. There’s more structure with our new stuff. We’re trying to write good music. We want to entertain people out there. Hopefully, everybody likes Axis Mundi.”

Decrepit Birth are: Matt Sotelo (guitar), Bill Robinson (vocals), Samus Paulicelli (drums), and Sean Martinez (bass). With minds agape and riffs afire and invocations cast, they invite you to enter Axis Mundi!

The Black Dahlia Murder did not waste any time in riling up the audience.  They came loaded for bear and popped off right away.  Any band that has earned an army of devout followers through dropping seven killer full-lengths – and touring their collective ass off for sixteen years – could perhaps be forgiven for thinking they could take it easy as they wade into their eighth release. But that’s just not The Black Dahlia Murder‘s style, and Nightbringers is a testament to that. Having released their most accomplished, aggressive, and emotionally diverse music to date in the form of 2015’s Abysmal, the Michigan quintet has once more pushed themselves to new heights, and the 34 minutes of searing melodic death metal that comprises Nightbringers is riveting listening. “I always feel a responsibility to the people who support this band when we start making a new record,” asserts vocalist Trevor Strnad. “The pressure that comes from people being excited to hear what you come up with next can be intimidating, but it’s so exciting that those people love you so much for just doing what you do. It makes you want to honor what you’ve done in the past, but also excite them with where you go next, and that definitely drove us on Nightbringers‘.When we started writing I honestly didn’t know we had this album in us, and I feel really proud of it. It’s a great moment for us.”  Hearing some of these tunes for the first time was riveting, to say the least.  BDM is at the top of their grimy game, attacking with more “thrashiness” and brutal audible onslaught than ever before.  Swinging for the fences, the band is poised to take their riff-heavy metal to new heights this year.

Rather than meticulously plan things out or stick rigidly to any kind of template, when it comes to writing, The Black Dahlia Murder prefer to let things happen organically. In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach – who co-founded the band with Strnad in 2001 – and new recruit Brandon Ellis(Arsis, ex-Cannabis Corpse), Nightbringers is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic TBDM, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. With guitarist Ryan Knight having amicably stepped down in 2016, the addition of twenty-four-year-old Ellis to the band’s ranks has helped usher in an exciting new era. “He’s very professional for his age, I think he’s skilled far beyond his years, and his live energy is exceptional. When Max (Lavelle, bass) joined the band he challenged a lot of us on stage to raise our personal bar, and Brandon’s pushed that even further,” states Strnad. “Brandon coming into the band and writing a bunch of songs was an awesome surprise too. He really took the reins, and this record is also the most involved that Alan (Cassidy drums) has been too. The way that we were doing the demos and bouncing things back and forth he had a lot of room to do what he wanted to do, and I think it’s definitely a more colorful album for that. I also think as we get older the emotional content goes up. I think we better realize how to grip the listener. Personally, I try to write lyrics that are going to match each part, and kind of ramp up those feelings that we’re putting across.” Strnad’s statements are vividly borne out by every moment of Nightbringers. For fans attending 2017’s Summer Slaughter tour, the first taste of the record came with the inclusion of the title track in their set, which has an undeniable immediacy to it, rich with hooks and boasting a “circusy, evil and playful” air. By contrast, “Catacomb Hecatomb” is suffused with tragedy, the mournful tone of its slower passages deeply affecting. This too is dramatically different to “As Good As Dead”, which has some swagger to it that Strnad likens to Megadeth, or “Matriarch”, described by Eschbach as a “wild, neoclassical romp” and stands as one of the most cutthroat and all-out aggressive tracks in the quintet’s arsenal. Upon first hearing the latter, Strnad was intent on matching its visceral intensity. “I felt inspired to write very violent lyrics to it. It’s told from the perspective of a woman who is trying to have a child and not having any luck, and she goes kind of crazy and stalks this other woman who is due to have a child. She finds her moment to take it from her, cutting it right out of her stomach.” While Strnad explores a variety of themes and ideas with his lyrics, they are united by the album’s title, which embraces a tenet that has been central to The Black Dahlia Murder‘s output since the very beginning. “Death metal and nighttime are synonymous to me. We are the rulers of the darkened hours that the Christian good fears. A lot of archaic ideas that are still upheld – such as marriage and monogamy – came from Christianity, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, and to me, death metal has always been bucking that. It’s ‘being-the-villain music’, because we’re the enemy of Christianity, the enemy of all that is good and traditional. Death metal is for free thinkers, it’s for showing people the path to inner strength and operating on your own will, instead of being told what to do and living in fear, and songs like the title track and ‘Kings Of The Nightworld’ are about leading a legion of awakened minds into battle.” Following this theme also motivated Strnad to forge into ever-darker territory, even when this meant tearing things up and starting over. “I felt I needed to rise to the occasion to make as much of the blood and guts and heinousness as possible, and there was actually a couple of points where I rewrote some songs. I just didn’t feel like they were dark enough, or violent enough, so I was really trying to ramp up the monstrous aspects of things – the grizzlier the better!”

Rather than decamp to a single studio, the members split off when it came time to start laying down the songs – all well versed in how to get the best out of their individual performances. With former bassist Ryan Williams once again assisting, the drums were tracked at The Pipe Yard in Plymouth, Michigan and rhythm guitars and bass in the band’s practice space in Warren, Michigan. Ellis then recorded his many blistering solos in his home studio, while Strnad opted to record at his home in Auburn Hills, Michigan with Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Internal Bleeding) of Full Force Studios overseeing his sessions. For the unique and haunting cover art they turned to Kristian Wahlin, aka Necrolord, who has designed seminal artwork for the likes of At The Gates, Bathory, Emperor and also TBDM‘s 2007 release, Nocturnal“I think he’s the most prominent artist when it comes to classic releases in the melodic death metal genre, and kind of bringing things full circle with it being the ten-year anniversary ofNocturnal’felt right. By now people probably wouldn’t have expected us to go back to him, so it’s kind of a surprise, but at the same time it’s a very classic cover too.” With the band celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the aforementioned album by playing it in its entirety on Summer Slaughter, it has given them a moment to reflect not only on the road that has led them to here but also that which lies ahead. “When I think back to when we started the band, I feel very proud of everything we’ve done, and I also see a lot of improvement over the years,” says Strnad. “In the early songs, I can hear us as kids, and then segueing into our adulthood as musicians and writers, but sixteen years in, I still feel young as a band. I feel like we have a shit ton left to do, and I think we’re sitting pretty with the best lineup we’ve ever had. I also think ‘Nightbringers could be our finest hour yet. I feel very strongly that it will affect people, I want to get all of these songs in people’s ears, and I want them to check out everything we’ve got on this record. There’s so much variety and so many great ideas, and I think that this could take us to another place.”

The Black Dahlia Murder online:
http://www.tbdmofficial.com
http://www.facebook.com/theblackdahliamurderofficial
http://twitter.com/bdmmetal
https://instagram.com/theblackdahliamurder_official

The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates
w/ Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, Wormwitch

Oct. 6 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Oct. 7 – Lowell, MA – Mill City Ballroom
Oct. 8 – Poughkeepsie, NY – Chance Theater
Oct. 10 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Oct. 11 – Teaneck, NJ – Debonair Music Hall
Oct. 12 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
Oct. 13 – Easton, PA – One Center Square
Oct. 14 – Lancaster, PA – The Chameleon
Oct. 16 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 17 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Center
Oct. 18 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Oct. 20 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Oct. 21 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Oct. 22 – St Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
Oct. 23 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
Oct. 25 – Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center
Oct. 26 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
Oct. 27 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Oct. 28 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite
Oct. 29 – Calgary, AB – Marquee
Oct. 31 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
Nov. 1 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven w/ Exhumed
Nov. 2 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall w/ Exhumed
Nov. 3 – Lake Tahoe, NV – Vinyl @ Hard Rock w/ Exhumed
Nov. 4 – Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theater * w/ Exhumed
Nov. 5 – San Bernardino, CA – KnotFest ** w/ Exhumed
Nov. 6 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red w/ Exhumed
Nov. 7 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Cafe
Nov. 9 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Nov. 10 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Nov. 11 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub Concert Hall
Nov. 12 – Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
*= no Suffocation
**= no Necrot, Wormwitch

The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates
w/ Cannibal Corpse, No Return (Feb. 9-25), In Arkadia (Feb. 27-Mar. 18)

Feb. 9 – Hannover, Germany – Musikzentrum
Feb. 10 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Feb. 11 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers
Feb. 12 – Stockholm, Sweden – Klubben
Feb. 13 – Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
Feb. 15 – Kolding, Denmark – Godset
Feb. 16 – Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan
Feb. 17 – Geiselwind, Germany – Music Hall
Feb. 18 – Bochum, Germany – Matrix
Feb. 20 – Kassel, Germany – 130bpm
Feb. 21 – Prague, Czech Republic – Palac Aropolis
Feb. 22 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Majestic Music Club
Feb. 23 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
Feb. 24 – Magdeburg, Germany – Factory
Feb. 25 – Stuttgart, Germany – im Wizemann
Feb. 27 – Geneva, Switzerland – L’Usine
Feb. 28 – Milan, Italy – Live Club
Mar. 1 – Grenoble, France – Belle Electric
Mar. 2 – Toulouse, France – Le Metronum
Mar. 3 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27
Mar. 4 – Madrid, Spain – Penelope
Mar. 6 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 2
Mar. 7 – St. Etienne, France – Le Fil
Mar. 8 – Caen, France – Cargo
Mar. 9 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Mar. 10 – Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik
Mar. 11 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Dynamo
Mar. 13 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
Mar. 14 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
Mar. 15 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
Mar. 16 – Bristol, UK – Bierkeller
Mar. 17 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
Mar. 18 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
Mar. 19 – Dublin, Ireland – Tivoli*
Mar. 20 – Limerick, Ireland – Dolan’s Warehouse*
Mar. 22 – Belfast, Ireland – Limelight 2*
*= no The Black Dahlia Murder

 

Jessica Lea Mayfield in Pittsburgh on October 14 @ClubCafe

Acclaimed singer songwriter will be in town performing at Club Café on October 14 in support of her new album Sorry Is Gone, out September 29 on ATO Records.

The album was written and recorded following the break up of Jessica’s marriage. She comments, “The whole record is about me taking my life back, without really realizing it. I realized I’m the only person that is going to look out for me. I have to be my main person. No one else. I have to sing about things and write about things that have happened to me as therapy. That’s what connects me to other music I listen to. I want music to make me feel things. This is my inner dialogue, and my chance to get the last word.”

Sorry Is Gone is now streaming in full at NPR Music who says, “she doesn’t hide or hold back—a raw, fierce attitude runs through the confessional stanzas.” Listen to the album here.

“She doesn’t hide or hold back—a raw, fierce attitude runs through the confessional stanzas.” –NPR Music

Jessica Lea Mayfield’s anticipated new album, Sorry Is Gone, is now streaming in full exclusively at NPR Music’s First Listen series. Listen HERE. Of the album, NPR Music’s Tom Moon declares, “She doesn’t hide or hold back—a raw, fierce attitude runs through the confessional stanzas. And there are expressions of anger, too. But Mayfield never lets bitterness become the whole story—she tempers the astringent lyrics of ‘Offa My Hands’ and ‘Wish You Could See Me Now’ with a breezy, beguiling melodic sweetness. There’s a sense of catharsis, but it’s catharsis on pop terms: Sorry Is Gone is the sound of someone who knows exactly how much her baggage weighs, and exactly how much energy it takes to get it out of her way and into the rearview mirror.”

Out next Friday, September 29 on ATO Records, Sorry Is Gone is now available pre-order, which includes instant downloads of three album tracks: “Sorry Is Gone,” “Meadow” and “Offa My Hands.”

Already receiving widespread acclaim, Stereogum recently debuted the official music video for “Meadow” calling it, “…appealing in its blend of melancholy resignation and defiant self-will” (watch HERE.), while NPR Music premiered the video for the title track declaring, “Jessica Lea Mayfield is taking back her life. ‘Sorry Is Gone,’ the title track to her next album, is a song of empowerment that finds the singer moving past a difficult period in her life…Despite the weight of that, the song feels breezy, flowing and freeing” (watch HERE). Moreover, of the album, LENNY asserts, “Sorry Is Gone is clamorous and dynamic, reflective of Mayfield’s rare gift of seeming equally steady and chameleonic from album to album” and goes on to praise, “Mayfield seems primed to enjoy not only another strong album but to harness its moment in the service of others.”

The 11-track record was recorded at Water Music and Electric Lady studios with producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Phosphorescent). In addition to Mayfield, the album features a variety of world-renowned musicians including Seth Avett on backing vocals and keys, drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, Sun Kil Moon), bassist Emil Amos (Grails, Holy Sons) and guitarist Cameron Deyell (Sia, Streets of Laredo.) with additional production from Patrick Damphier (The Mynabirds).

Of the record, Mayfield comments, “The whole record is about me taking my life back, without really realizing it. I realized I’m the only person that is going to look out for me. I have to be my main person. No one else.” She continues, “I have to sing about things and write about things that have happened to me as therapy. That’s what connects me to other music I listen to. I want music to make me feel things. This is my inner dialogue, and my chance to get the last word.”

In support of the release, Mayfield will embark on an extensive tour this fall including shows at NYC’s Baby’s All Right, DC’s Songbyrd, Nashville’s The Basement East and Chicago’s The Empty Bottle among many others. All tickets are now on-sale via https://site.jessicaleamayfield.com/tour. See below for complete details.

Sorry Is Gone is Mayfield’s first solo album since 2014’s Make My Head Sing…, which was released to widespread acclaim. Of the album, Rolling Stone asserted, “…Mayfield’s echo-laden bluegrass vocals mesh with scorching electric guitar lines to render remarkable results,” while Pitchfork praised, “There’s something certainly compelling about this raw, minimalist sound” and NPR’s Fresh Air proclaimed, “The music is heavy, but it soars.” Additionally Interview Magazine declared, “Mayfield sounds like she’s finally arrived” and USA Today affirmed, “Her evolution as an artist has been fascinating to hear.” Most recently, in 2015, Mayfield collaborated with Seth Avett on Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith.

SORRY IS GONE TRACK LISTING

1. Wish You Could See Me Now
2. Sorry Is Gone
3. Meadow
4. Maybe Whatever
5. Soaked Through
6. Safe 2 Connect 2
7. Bum Me Out
8. WTF
9. Offa My Hands
10. World Won’t Stop
11. Too Much Terrible

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD TOUR
*with support from Mal Blum
†with support from Blank Range
‡with support from Idle Bloom 

October 8  /// Charleston, WV  /// Mountain Stage
October 12  /// Columbus, OH /// Rumba Café*
October 13  /// Lakewood, OH  /// Mahall’s 20 Lanes*
October 14  /// Pittsburgh, PA /// Club Café*
October 15  /// Toronto, ON  /// The Rivoli*
October 17  /// New York, NY /// Baby’s All Right*
October 19  /// Boston, MA  /// Great Scott†
October 20  /// Philadelphia, PA /// Boot & Saddle†
October 21  /// Washington, DC—Songbyrd†
October 23  /// Charlottesville, VA  /// The Southern†
October 24  /// Carrboro, NC /// Cat’s Cradle Back Room†
October 25  /// Knoxville, TN  /// The Open Chord†
October 26  /// Asheville, NC /// The Altamont†
October 27  /// Atlanta, GA  /// The Earl†
October 28  /// Charlotte, NC /// Stage Door Theater†
November 3  /// Nashville, TN  /// The Basement East‡
November 8  /// Indianapolis, IN /// Hi-Fi†
November 9  /// Chicago, IL  /// The Empty Bottle
November 10  /// Milwaukee, WI /// The Back Room at Colectivo
November 11  /// Minneapolis, MN  /// 7th Street Entry
November 12  /// Madison, WI /// The Frequency†
November 14  /// Davenport, IA /// The Raccoon Motel†
November 15  /// Des Moines, IA  /// Vaudeville Mews†
November 16  /// Kansas City, MO /// The Riot Room†
November 17  /// St. Louis, MO /// Off Broadway†
November 18  /// Louisville, KY  /// Zanzabar†

Dethklok Mastermind Brendon Small Reveals Upcoming GALAKTIKON II Album Details and Music Teaser

Galaktikon II: Become The Storm | August 25, 2017 | Megaforce Records/MRI
Digital Pre-Orders Available June 2
 
Watch an Exclusive 360° Music Teaser Here via Nerdist
 
Learn More @ www.galaktikon.com
 
 
Brendon Small – the mastermind behind massive metal band Dethklok and albums The Dethalbum (the highest-charting death metal album ever on the Billboard Top 200 chart), Dethalbum II, Dethalbum III and Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem – has been teasing a new chapter of his popular Galaktikon saga for months. After spending the past two years writing and recording new material and dropping random hints throughout the media and at appearances, the wait is over.
This year, marking the 10 year anniversary of his breakout Dethklok release, The Dethalbum, Brendon Small will reveal his upcoming high-stakes intergalactic extreme rock/metal album, Galaktikon II: Become The Storm, to the masses. The album will be released via physical and digital retailers on August 25, 2017 (Megaforce Records/MRI), with digital pre-orders set to become available next Friday, June 2.
Take a 360° hyperspeed trip through the galaxy and hear a clip of brand new Galaktikon II: Become The Storm music, exclusively via Nerdist: http://nerdist.com/brendon-smalls-galaktikon-ii-become-the-storm-releases-a-360-teaser/
Galaktikon II: Become The Storm follows the space-age theme of 2012’s original Galaktikonalbum, with a conceptual storyline and a heavier, darker, more brutal sound. In addition to Brendon Small on vocals and guitar, the new album will feature acclaimed musicians and Dethklok alum Bryan Beller (bass/The Aristocrats, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai) and Gene Hoglan (drums/Testament, Death, Dark Angel). Galaktikon II: Become The Storm was co-produced by Small and Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Ulrich Wild, who also worked behind the board on the Dethklok albums.
With these names behind the project, it should come as no surprise that Galaktikon II: Become The Storm is a welcomed transformation and expansion of the sound that put Brendon Small on the musical map. With uncapped time and creativity on their side, Small & Co. were able to reach above and beyond what fans have come to expect as of now. Galaktikon II: Become The Storm proves to be Small’s most commanding release yet.
“This record is a combination of all the sounds I’ve been making throughout my creative life,” says Brendon Small. “It’s as heavy as I want it to be and melodic as I want it to be – it’s the bigger, darker record I wanted to hear. And what a way to celebrate my 10 year anniversary of making metal with Gene, Bryan and Ulrich, some of the best in the industry. I’m excited to have it live inside listeners’ heads and let their imaginations take over!”
Fans should anticipate plenty of early tidbits, such as track leaks and videos, leading up to the release of Galaktikon II: Become The Storm, so stay tuned!
Elsewhere in the universe of Brendon Small…
Albatross Funnybooks recently announced GALAKTIKON!, a six-issue series of comic books launching this August based on the original Galaktikon album. The series will be written by Brendon Small and five-time Eisner Award winner and Albatross founder Eric Powell. Powell will also be contributing cover art with interior art by Steve Mannion of Fearless Dawn and Spook House. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

 

The Galaktikon universe online:
#galaktikonII

Skillet on tour in support of Unleashed! Playing Stage AE on February 12th

15894283_10154399989593720_7024907335149093071_nChart-topping rockers Skillet are coming to Pittsburgh and playing at Stage AE on February 12th (Special Guests: Sick Puppy and Devour The Day).  This is the second leg of the band’s The Unleashed Tour which has been the most successful headline tour of their career.

Unleashed debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and is the band’s third album to debut in the top 13958044_10153944111498720_8289134063940312234_o5. Revolver Magazine called Unleashed  “…a gut-punch…” and People Magazine raved: “Their latest album unleashes more head-banging empowerment…Skillet’s still hot.”  The debut single from Unleashed “Feel Invincible” reached #1 on the Rock Charts.

Skillet has cemented its place as one of the 21st century’s most successful rock bands. Selling millions of units worldwide, the Wisconsin quartet have received two GRAMMY® Award nominations and won a Billboard Music Award for the platinum-certified Awake. 2013’s Rise bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release, received resounding and eclectic acclaim from the likes of USA TodayNew York TimesRevolver Loudwire, etc. and was recently certified gold by the RIAA.

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Skillet lets their music speak the loudest. That’s how the quartet has cemented its place as one of the 21st century’s most successful rock bands. Selling over 11 million units worldwide, the Wisconsin quartet—John Cooper [lead vocals/bass], Korey Cooper [guitar/keys], Jen Ledger [drums/vocals], and Seth Morrison [lead guitars]—have received two GRAMMY® Award nominations and won a Billboard Music Award for the platinum-certified Awake. Their double-platinum single “Monster” is “the eighth most-streamed rock song of 2015” with a total of 57 million plays (and counting) on Spotify and would earn the distinction of becoming “the best-selling digital single in the history of Christian Music.” 2013’s Rise bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release and received resounding and eclectic acclaim from the likes of USA Today, New York Times, Revolver Loudwire, and more.

The group’s ninth full-length album, UNLEASHED [Atlantic Records/Word], sees them turn everything up louder, amplifying all aspects of their signature hypnotic sound. Channeling an intense muse, John immediately commenced writing just months afsk_press_8x10_hr-re-jpgjoseph-cultice-300x240ter Rise hit shelves.

“By the time Rise came out, I could take a little bit of a breather and experience it,” he explains. “I remember thinking, ‘this feels important to me, but I need something a little more urgent.’ I didn’t want whatever we did next to be so emotionally heavy. I wanted to make a record that made people feel the music – an album that would connect people to the music as well as to each other. An album, like some of my favorites, that’d be like a party to listen to – where people could sing along – together.”

That idea solidified as Skillet toured Europe in 2013 with Nickelback. Night after night, John watched the non-English speaking audience sing every word back to him. It left an indelible mark on his writing process.

“It struck me, how music is much bigger than a language,” he affirms. “There’s a universal feeling. We wanted to get that emotion across more through the music than with the words. I aimed to write songs people could easily relate to anywhere and everywhere.”

Getting off the road in 2015, John headed to Los Angeles to begin recording what would become UNLEASHED with producer Brian Howes—who helmed the 2006 platinum-selling Comatose and co-wrote the platinum No. 1 smash “Awake and Alive.” Cutting half of the album with Brian, John tapped the talents of multiple producers for the first time in Skillet history, working with both GRAMMY Award winning producer Seth Mosley in Nashville and Kevin Churko [Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed] in Las Vegas.

The first single “Feel Invincible” explodes to life on a swinging guitar chug transitioning to sweeping electronics and a theatrical vocal call-and-response. Everything culminates on a towering chant that’s impossible to shake just as a melodic guitar lead takes off.

“It’s a fight song,” says John. “Sometimes, everything in the world makes you want to give up. This is a reminder not to. I think, ‘This is my life. This is my family. I can’t go around being scared all the time.’ I have the strength to face what’s happening.”

On the other end of the spectrum, “Stars” shines with a passionate and poetic refrain, “Here I am, lifting up my heart to the one who holds the stars.” Amidst the shimmering electronics and orchestration, it carries a message that John hopes will be easy to understand.

“It goes along with wanting to speak to as many people as possible,” he continues. “On a deeper spiritual level, for those who may not believe, it’s saying that there’s something bigger out there—whether it’s your community, family, or friends. Basically that we’re not, and don’t have to be alone.”

Whether it’s the snapping crunch of “Burn it Down” or the skittering crash and burn on “Out of Hell,” the record exudes a propulsive energy that can speak to both sides of the band’s audience, whether they’re sharing a bill with Disturbed or Lecrae.

“It’s been an amazing journey,” John leaves off. “The fans, the Panheads, means everything to us. They’re the reason we’re here. They make our shows what they are. We wanted to give that energy back to them in UNLEASHED.”

Ultimately, this is Skillet at their most potent, pure, and powerful.

The Who release My Generation Super Deluxe Edition (5CD Box Set)

“Hope I die before I get old…”

THE WHO – MY GENERATION

Super Deluxe Edition featuring unreleased songs, demos, mixes, remasters, new notes from Pete Townshend, 80-page book, rare memorabilia and much more

5CD Box Set Digital Release Date ­– November 18, 2016
Physical Release Date – December 9, 2016 (New Release Date!)

3 x LP* and 2 x LP* E-Commerce Exclusive Will Be Released February 10*

In the half century since its release, The Who’s debut album My Generation hasn’t lost any of its raw, visceral power and still stands as the ultimate musical declaration of teenage rebellion. The title track alone has been covered innumerable times by the likes of Oasis, Green Day, Patti Smith, Billy Joel, Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden amongst many more.

Back in 1965, the band was considered to be so dangerous that the tailors tasked with turning a Union Jack into a pop art mod jacket for the cover feared that they would be jailed for desecration of the nation’s flag.

The Who’s surly demeanour that day in 1965 at Surrey Docks and the brazen appropriation of the symbol of state is the best advert possible for My Generation. It’s an album that sounds like it looks: terse, confrontational and full of youthful angst and energy.

Brunswick Records first issued My Generation in the UK in December 1965, and later in the U.S. under the title The Who Sings My Generation in April 1966, and was produced by Shel Talmy who shot to fame with his work with The Kinks, a group that the teenage Pete Townshend admired greatly.

During a break in touring in 2015 Pete Townshend discovered tapes in his audio archive featuring previously unheard demos for the album which also included three totally unreleased songs that The Who hadn’t ever revisited The Girls I Could Have Had,” “As Children We Grew” and “My Own Love.”

The spectacular 79-track, five-disc super-deluxe edition of My Generation features these unheard songs as well as unreleased demos, unreleased alternate mixes, new remasters and a stereo remix which was created using new overdubs from Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. For this mix Townshend used the same exact guitars and amps as the original album with Roger using same type of microphone.

The super-deluxe edition also features a stunning 80-page color book with many rare and unseen period photos, candid and insightful new notes from Pete Townshend and period memorabilia.

Of the super-deluxe box set Pete Townshend commented Gathering these demos for this collection has been enjoyable; it’s wonderful for me to have these tapes made fifty-two years ago to listen to. I hope you enjoy them. They have a naiveté and innocence, a simplicity and directness, and an ingenuousness that reveals me as a young man struggling to keep up with the more mature and developed men around me. What an incredible group of strong, talented, young and engaging men they were!”

MY GENERATION SUPER-DELUXE Audio details:

  CD1: Original album (mono mixes)  

  • Originally released 1965
  • Re-mastered 2016

  CD2: Original album (new stereo mixes)  

  • Previously unreleased on CD or vinyl. Released on iTunes 2014.
  • Remixed by the band in 2014 – Pete Townshend used the exactly same guitars and amps as the original album and Roger used the same type of microphone.
  • Recorded at Pete Townshend’s home studio and Yellowfish Studio.

  CD3: Mono mixes – bonus tracks  

  • Tracks 1–12 originally released 1965-1966. Reissued 2002.
  • Tracks 13-23 remixed in 2000, previously unreleased
  • Re-mastered 2016

  CD4: Stereo mixes – bonus tracks  

  • Tracks 1-17 previously unreleased on CD or vinyl. Released on iTunes 2014.
  • Tracks 18-21 previously unreleased.
  • Re-mastered 2016

  CD5: The Demos  

  • Track 1 previously released as 45 rpm flexi-disc with the Maximum R&B book (re-mastered 2016)
  • Tracks 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, & 11 previously unreleased demo versions
  • Tracks 3, 5, & 9 previously unreleased songs – “The Girls I Could Have Had,” “As Children We Grew,”“My Own Love”
  • Track 10 previously released on ‘Scoop’ (re-mastered 2016)

MY GENERATION SUPER-DELUXE Feature details:

  • Stunning 80-page color book with many rare and unseen period photos and memorabilia.
  • Candid and insightful new notes from Pete Townshend illustrating the genesis of the demos and creative process.
  • New essay by acclaimed music writer Mark Blake with additional track annotation by Who biographer Andy Neill.
  • Six replica inserts
  • Flyer for The Who’s Tuesday night residency at the Marquee Club 1965.
  • Membership card to the Scene Club in Ham Yard. 
  • Calling card for The Who’s management New Action Ltd. with a photo of the group
  • Admission card to recording of Ready Steady Go! at Redifusion TV Studios.
  • 20″ x 30″ poster from 1966 gig.
  • 20″ x 30″ poster of a gig at the Goldhawk Social Club.
  • Hardback 12 x 12 album size slipcase.

MY GENERATION SUPER-DELUXE Track listing:
(NEW) Physical 5CD Box Set Will Be Released December 9, 2016
Digital Release Date ­– November 18, 2016

 

CD1: Original album (mono mixes)

  1. Out In The Street
  2. I Don’t Mind
  3. The Good’s Gone
  4. La-La-La Lies
  5. Much Too Much
  6. My Generation
  7. The Kids Are Alright
  8. Please, Please, Please
  9. It’s Not True
  10. I’m A Man
  11. A Legal Matter
  12. The Ox

CD2: Original album (new stereo mixes)

  1. Out In The Street
  2. I Don’t Mind
  3. The Good’s Gone
  4. La-La-La Lies
  5. Much Too Much
  6. My Generation
  7. The Kids Are Alright
  8. Please, Please, Please
  9. It’s Not True
  10. I’m A Man
  11. A Legal Matter
  12. The Ox

CD3: Mono mixes – bonus tracks

  1. I Can’t Explain
  2. Bald Headed Woman
  3. Daddy Rolling Stone
  4. Leaving Here
  5. Lubie, Come Back Home
  6. Shout And Shimmy
  7. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave
  8. Motoring
  9. Anytime You Want Me
  10. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
  11. Instant Party Mixture
  12. Circles
  13. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (French EP Mix)
  14. Out In the Street (Alt guitar break)
  15. Out In the Street (Alt early vocal)
  16. I Don’t Mind (Full Length)
  17. The Good’s Gone (Full Length)
  18. My Generation (Alt version)
  19. I’m A Man (V2 – Early vocal)
  20. Daddy Rolling Stone (alt. take)
  21. Lubie (Alt Mix)
  22. Shout And Shimmy (Alt mix)
  23. Circles (Alt Mix)

CD4: Stereo mixes – bonus tracks

  1. Out In The Street (Alt – Take 1)
  2. I Don’t Mind (Full Length Version)
  3. The Good’s Gone (Full Length Version)
  4. My Generation (Instrumental Version)
  5. The Kids Are Alright (Alt – Take 1)
  6. I Can’t Explain
  7. Bald Headed Woman
  8. Daddy Rolling Stone
  9. Daddy Rolling Stone (Alt version)
  10. Leaving Here
  11. Lubie, Come Back Home
  12. Shout And Shimmy
  13. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave
  14. Motoring
  15. Anytime You Want Me
  16. Instant Party Mixture
  17. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
  18. Circles (New Mix)
  19. Daddy Rolling Stone (Alt Take B – New Mix)
  20. Out In The Street (Alt Take 2)
  21. I’m A Man (Alt – New Mix)

CD5: The Demos

  1. My Generation (V 3)
  2. My Generation (V 2 – fragment)
  3. The Girls I Could’ve Had
  4. It’s Not True
  5. As Children We Grew
  6. Legal Matter
  7. Sunrise (V 1)
  8. Much Too Much
  9. My Own Love
  10. La-La-La- Lies
  11. The Good’s Gone

 

 

MY GENERATION 3LP SET Track listing

 

Release date – February 10, 2017

Disc One: Original LP – Mono mixes

Side 1

  1. Out In The Street
  2. I Don’t Mind
  3. The Good’s Gone
  4. La-La-La Lies
  5. Much Too Much
  6. My Generation

Side 2

  1. The Kids Are Alright
  2. Please, Please, Please
  3. It’s Not True
  4. I’m A Man
  5. A Legal Matter
  6. The Ox

 

Disc Two; Mono bonus tracks

Side 1

  1. I Can’t Explain
  2. Bald Headed Woman
  3. Daddy Rolling Stone
  4. Leaving Here
  5. Lubie, Come Back Home
  6. Shout And Shimmy

Side 2

  1. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave
  2. Motoring
  3. Anytime You Want Me
  4. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
  5. Instant Party Mixture
  6. Circles

 

Disc Three; Demos

Side 1

  1. My Generation (V 3)
  2. My Generation (V 2 – fragment)
  3. The Girls I Could’ve Had
  4. It’s Not True
  5. As Children We Grew
  6. Legal Matter

Side 2

  1. Sunrise (V 1)
  2. Much Too Much
  3. My Own Love
  4. La-La-La- Lies
  5. The Good’s Gone

 

MY GENERATION 2LP SET E-COMMERCE EXCLUSIVE Track listing:
Release date – February 10, 2017

 

Disc One – Original LP (Stereo Mixes)

Side 1

  1. Out In The Street
  2. I Don’t Mind
  3. The Good’s Gone
  4. La-La-La Lies
  5. Much Too Much
  6. My Generation

Side 2

  1. The Kids Are Alright
  2. Please, Please, Please
  3. It’s Not True
  4. I’m A Man
  5. A Legal Matter
  6. The Ox

Disc Two – Stereo bonus tracks

Side 1

  1. In The Street (Alt Take 1)
  2. I Don’t Mind (Full Length Version)
  3. The Good’s Gone (Full Length Version)
  4. My Generation (Instrumental Version)
  5. The Kids Are Alright (Alt Take 1)
  6. I Can’t Explain
  7. Daddy Rolling Stone
  8. Leaving Here

Side 2

  1. Lubie, Come Back Home
  2. Shout And Shimmy
  3. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave
  4. Motoring
  5. Anytime You Want Me
  6. Instant Party Mixture
  7. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
  8. Circles (New Mix)

5CD Super Deluxe Edition: https://UMe.lnk.to/MyGenerationSDE
3LP Vinyl (Mono): https://UMe.lnk.to/MyGeneration3LP
2LP Vinyl E-Commerce Exclusive (Stereo Mix): https://UMe.lnk.to/MyGeneration2LP

Wyclef Jean Debuts New Single I Swear Feat. Young Thug

unnamed-1Wyclef Jean premiered his new single, “I Swear” feat. Young Thuglast night on Ebro Darden‘s show on Apple Music‘s Beats 1. “I Swear” is an upbeat romantic track which celebrates the love in a strong relationship.

Listen To “I Swear” Feat. Young Thug Here

I Swear” is featured on Wyclef’s forthcoming EP, J’ouvert, which will be available on January 27, 2017. In addition to Young Thug, J’ouvert also features Walk The Moon and others.

J’ouvert is a precursor to Wyclef’s forthcoming full length album aptly titled Carnival III: Road To Clefication dropping next summer on the 20th anniversary of Wyclef’s critically acclaimed debut The Carnival. The LP has already created quite a buzz with confirmed appearances from Young Thug, Walk The Moon Afrojack, Emeli Sandé and multiplatinum DJ/recording artist Avicii.

Ghost Unveils The Summoning VI: The Proceedings Intensify

CHART-TOPPING NEW

POPESTAR EP OUT NOW
BACK TO BACK SOLD OUT DATES AT THE WILTERN THIS WEEK
 
The Summoning VI: The Proceedings Intensify
 
LINKÖPING, SWEDEN- OCTOBER 17,  – Grammy® Award-winning band Ghost have unveiled a new clip entitled The Summoning VI: The Proceedings Intensify in the wake of the release of their new Popestar EP which debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts and sold over 21,000 copies in it’s first week. The release is also the first EP to top the Top Rock Albums chart in its 10-year history.
Popestar was released on September 16th by Loma Vista Recordings and is available online and in record stores on CD, vinyl, and digital. The surprise five-track offering features leading psalm “Square Hammer” and also contains covers of selections by Echo and the Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco, Eurythmics, and Imperiet. Popestar was recorded by Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls in Linköping, Sweden and produced by Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Royal Blood, Opeth). To purchase Popestar now, click HERE.
Additionally, Ghost released a Deluxe Version of Meliora, their acclaimed 2015 Grammy® Award-winning album. Meliora Deluxe contains the Popestar EP as a bonus disc (CD or LP or digital). To purchase Meliora Deluxe, click HERE.
The arrival of the Popestar EP coincided with the launch of the band’s 41-city U.S. headlining Popestar Tour, which kicked off on September 16th. The band will perform at The Wiltern in Los Angeles later this week for back-to-back sold out shows. See below for a complete list of remaining rituals and for more information on upcoming dates, visit www.ghost-official.com.
Ghost were awarded a Grammy® earlier this year for ‘Best Metal Performance’. Their most recent album Meliora was released on August 21, 2015 and debuted at No. 1 at Independent Retail, No. 2 at Rock, and in the Top 10 (#8) on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart. The band capped off a landmark 2015 with their late night television debut on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s Halloween show on CBS with a rousing performance of their offering “Cirice”, which reached No. 3 at radio at Active Rock and Mainstream Rock.
Popestar U.S. Tour Dates
October 18 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
October 20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern SOLD OUT
October 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern SOLD OUT
October 22 – Las Vegas, NV – The Brooklyn Bowl
October 25 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
October 27 – Lubbock, TX – City Bank Auditorium
October 28 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
October 31 – Little Rock, AR – Metroplex
November 2 – Orlando, FL – The Hard Rock
November 3 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach
November 4 – Jacksonville, FL – The Florida Theatre
November 5 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
November 7 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
November 9 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
November 11 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
November 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
 
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UNWILL DEBUT NEW SONG “TOMB,” TOUR DATES

DEBUT ALBUMPAST LIFE,
DUE FEBRUARY 10, 2017 ON
ENTERTAINMENT ONE MUSIC / LIFEBLOOD INC.
October 14, 2016 – Rochester’s own UNWILL released a new track “Tomb” today.  “We’re really excited to reveal ‘Tomb,’ the second single off our new record,” says the band. “It’s one of the most driven songs on the album and one of our favorites to play live. We feel this song really encompasses the heart of the album. We will be releasing a music video for it in the coming months so be on the lookout for that!”

The band’s debut album, Past Life, will be released on eOne Music/ Lifeblood Inc. on February 10th, 2017. “Tomb” is available now as an instant grat track with preorder purchase of the album.  Additionally, fans can preorder bundle purchases at the band’s merch store here.

Unwill - Tomb | 'Past Life' 2.10.17
LISTEN TO “TOMBHERE
The LP Past Life will be the follow up to their 2015 debut single and video for “Calm,” directed by Josiah Moore (Ice Nine Kills, Sirens and Sailors, It Lives, It Breathes). That year the band expanded its touring across the Northeast, exposing its unforgiving live performance alongside such acts as Letlive,He Is Legend and Norma Jean. Musically, Unwill has been compared to the likes of Linkin Park, Deftones, Chevelle and Underoath. But the band doesn’t shy from putting its own spin on alternative rock.

The band’s single “Soul” was previously releaseed and can be heard by clicking through below.

LISTEN TO “SOUL” HERE VIA SPOTIFY
Past Life features eleven songs that are unrelenting in their grim honesty. The album deals with themes of identity, faith, self-doubt, solipsism, regret, and the truest parts of our natures. Beneath the dark exterior of these songs, however, are shreds of light.

Within the eleven-song journey of Past Life, listeners will come across the many sides of Rocco Sylvio’s voice, smooth on one end and coarse on the other. They will also hear cleaner guitars mixed in with the dirtier tones, and soaring melodies alongside unapologetic heavy riffs.

Wherever listeners come to face Unwill, whether it be through live performance or studio recording, they can be sure to always be met with relentless force.

The band will head out on the road with TERRAFORM this fall. You can find all tour dates here.

w/ Terraform
11/15 Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s
11/16 Burnsville, MN – The Garage
11/17 La Crosse, WI – The Warehouse
11/18 Wausau, WI – Q and Z Expo Center
11/19 Moline, IL – Bierstube
11/21 Tulsa, OK – Fur Shop
11/22 Amarillo, TX – Zombie
11/23 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
11/25 Laredo, TX – The Dug Out
11/26 Houston, TX – White Swan Live
11/27 Gulfport, MS – Heroes
12/2 Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse Pub
12/3 Greensboro, NC – Above Board Skate Park
12/4 Virginia Beach, VA – 37th and Zen
12/6 Trenton, NJ – Championship’s Bar
12/7 Syracuse, NY – The Vault
12/8 Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Otherside
1.  Doubt
2.  Bitter Truth
3.  The Way
4.  Tomb
5.  Back Again
6.  You Wanted Out
7.  Drifting
8.  On My Own
9.  Soul
10. Past Life
11. Go
PRE ORDER DIGITALLY HERE
PRE ORDER PHYSICALLY HERE

Grammy® Winners Ghost Enter Top Rock Albums Chart At No. 1 With Popestar EP

LINKÖPING, SWEDEN- SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 – Grammy® Award-winning band Ghost have earned the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts with their new EP Popestar. Selling over 21,000 copies the release is the first EP to top the Top Rock Albums chart in the chart’s history. Popestar also marks the band’s second No. 1 release on the Hard Rock Albums chart. Additionally, the EP tops the Hard Rock chart in the band’s home country of Sweden.
Popestar was released on September 16th by Loma Vista Recordings and is available online and in record stores on CD, vinyl, and digital. The surprise five-track offering features leading psalm “Square Hammer” and also contains covers of selections by Echo and the Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco, Eurythmics, and Imperiet. Popestar was recorded by Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls in Linköping, Sweden and produced by Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Royal Blood, Opeth).To purchase Popestar now, click HERE.
Ghost “Square Hammer”
Additionally, Ghost have released a Deluxe Version of Meliora, their acclaimed 2015 Grammy® Award-winning album. Meliora Deluxe contains the Popestar EP as a bonus disc (CD or LP or digital). To purchase Meliora Deluxe, click  HERE.
The arrival of the Popestar EP coincided with the launch of the band’s 41-city U.S. headlining Popestar Tour, which kicked off on September 16th. See below for a complete list of remaining rituals and for more information on upcoming dates, visit www.ghost-official.com.
Ghost were awarded a Grammy® earlier this year for ‘Best Metal Performance’. Their most recent album Meliora was released on August 21, 2015 and debuted at No. 1 at Independent Retail, No. 2 at Rock, and in the Top 10 (#8) on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart. The band capped off a landmark 2015 with their late night television debut on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s Halloween show on CBS with a rousing performance of their offering “Cirice”, which reached No. 3 at radio at Active Rock and Mainstream Rock.
Popestar U.S. Tour Dates
September 30 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank at Midland Theatre
October 1 – Madison, WI – Sonic Boom Festival
October 2 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
October 3 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
October 4 – Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo State Theatre
October 5 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Paramount Theatre
October 7 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
October 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
October 9 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma Theatre
October 11 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
October 13 – Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theater
October 14 – Seattle, WA – The Moore Theater
October 15 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater
October 16 – Portland, OR – The Rosalind Theater
October 18 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
October 20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
October 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
October 22 – Las Vegas, NV – The Brooklyn Bowl
October 25 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
October 27 – Lubbock, TX – City Bank Auditorium
October 28 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
October 31 – Little Rock, AR – Metroplex
November 2 – Orlando, FL – The Hard Rock
November 3 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach
November 4 – Jacksonville, FL – The Florida Theatre
November 5 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
November 7 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
November 9 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
November 11 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
November 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
 
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Pixies’ guitarist Joey Santiago has checked into a rehabilitation center

Statement from the Pixies:
Friday, September 16, 2016
Today, Pixies’ Black Francis, David Lovering and Paz Lenchantin confirmed that the band’s lead guitarist Joey Santiago has checked into a rehabilitation center for at least 30 days to treat his alcohol and drug issues.
“This is the best thing that Joey could have done, and we’re very proud that he’s taken this step,” said the band’s David Lovering.  “We ask all of our fans to support Joey while he’s on this road to recovery.”
While the Pixies fully intend to tour the UK and Europe this November and December, Santiago’s time in rehab will affect some of the band’s planned promotional activities to support their new album Head Carrier, due out September 30.
L-R:  David Lovering, Paz Lenchantin, Joey Santiago, Black Francis
L-R: David Lovering, Paz Lenchantin, Joey Santiago, Black Francis

OTEP Partners Up With Russell Simmons and ALL DEF POETRY To Release “Crawling Up” Spoken Word Performance


 
New Album GENERATION DOOM Out Now
In addition to her prolific music catalog OTEP is also famous for her thought provoking, spoken word performances.  So much so in fact she is consiered a DEF POETRY ALL STAR, as she has appeared on Russell Simmons’ DEF POETRY on HBO.
With that being the case OTEP has once again partnered up with Russell Simmons on his ALL DEF POETRY project.  ALL DEF POETRY is a new channel brought to you by Russell Simmons – a world-renowned champion of the spoken word art form. Fresh, riveting, and featuring some of the best voices in the genre, ALL DEF POETRY brings you the raw power of spoken word!
Beginning today you can watch OTEP‘s ALL DEF POETRY performance of “Crawling Up” HERE.  OTEP partnered with Director Aleks Rastovic & ALL DEF POETRY to create this piece.
OTEP spoke about her past and current collaborations with Russell Simmons and ALL DEF POETRY:
“I’ve partnered with Russell Simmons and ALL DEF POETRY to create the future of spoken word performance.”
“My performances on HBO‘s DEF POETRY changed my life.  I appeared on HBO’s DEF POETRY twice before and am so honored to partner again with Russell Simmons and ALL DEF POETRY to create a new platform for spoken word artists.”
Earlier this year OTEP unleashed her latest album, GENERATION DOOM, via Napalm Records.  The critically acclaimed album debuted at #10 on the Independent Chart, #7 on the Rock Chart, #4 on the Hard Rock Chart and #109 on the Top 200 Albums Chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Formed from the poetic marrow of creative intercourse, OTEP is far more than a band. OTEP is an Art Movement, a Revolution; Breaking ground. Breaking rules. Breaking barriers. Articulate. Aggressive. Pure Adrenaline. ARTcore of Heavy Mental Rock.
For More Info Visit:
Official Site: http://www.oteploves.me/
Official Merch: http://www.otepsaves.me
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In Dying Arms Premieres Powerful and Controversial Video

        In Dying Arms is delivering a powerful message with their new video for “Blackwater”. The song itself shows the struggle of suicidal thoughts and feeling like one is dealing with life by themselves. The band wanted to stay true to the meaning of the song with the video and show fans that they are not alone. Vocalist Orion Stephens explains, “The Blackwater music video is about suicide contemplation with this character who has hit rock bottom and believes this is his only way out. In this video, we wanted it to look as real as possible with a very grim realistic setting. The conclusion of the video is the character finding his self worth as he watches the sun rising after his long night of failed suicide attempts.” Stephens continues with a message for fans, “We spent a lot of time on this video and hope it hits home for a lot of viewers that can relate to this message. Stay strong.”
       The band also celebrated a milestone anniversary. September 10th marked the ten year anniversary of In Dying Arms. The band has worked hard to make a name for themselves in the metal scene with an extensive album and touring history. Their latest release, “Original Sin” was their Tragic Hero Records label debut and landed the band on the Billboard charts. In Dying Arms is proof that hard work and dedication pays off and with no signs of stopping, the future looks bright for this band.

About In Dying Arms
(Baltimore, MD) Combining deathcore, metalcore and post hardcore, In Dying Arms prides itself on making music that is soothing yet devastating at the same time. Taking influences from Slipknot and even the older Suicide Silence, IDA has perfected a sound all their own. They could best be compared to a hurricane, often leaving the listener guessing where it will go next.
Orion Stephens (vocals) founded the band with fellow high school friends and has been active in building it ever since. Terence Bright (bass) and Alvin Richardson (drums) had worked musically with Stephens’ before IDA was formed and were eager to continue to create great music together. Christian Becker (guitar/vocals) and John Myers (guitar) were brought in to round out the current lineup.
With an impressive resume thus far, In Dying Arms plans to continue along the strong path that they’ve built both recording and touring. They’re definitely no stranger to the recording studio and have put out numerous albums and an EP. “This Is Retaliation EP” (2009) which was produced by Marc Neito of Kandid Productions and was followed up by their album “Deprivation” (2010) which was produced/engineered by Brian Bond and drums were tracked by Neito. In 2011, In Dying Arms put out their self titled album and brought in Toby Valmas to track the album and Zakk Cervini (5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low, Sleeping with Sirens) to mix/master. In 2012, the band worked with Producer Stephan Hawkes (I Declare War, Defeat The Low, Hearts & Hands) of Interlace Audio to release “Boundaries”.  Most recently they enlisted Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Born of Osiris, Despised Icon) to produce their latest album.
    In Dying Arms has toured extensively and relentlessly. They’ve spent time on the road with bands like Attila, Crown The Empire, Fit For A King, Volumes, Counterparts, My Ticket Home, Sirens & Sailors and numerous other bands.
During their career, they have been a part of the rosters of both Artery Recordings and Matchless Records, in 2015 the band caught the eye of Tragic Hero Records and they each felt that the other was a perfect fit. In Dying Arms released their label debut, “Original Sin” in 2016 and landed the band on the Billboard Charts.

No One Mind stream debut s/t album at Bandcamp

Stream: No One Mind – “Tiger”
“perfect and haunting” – Impose

After the abrupt and acrimonious dissolution of their previous musical partnership, Ellis Anderson, Noah Dehmer and Missy Thangs (The Love LanguageBirds of Avalon) set out to make a record that could give voice to their feelings of betrayal. The album they created, No One Mind, addresses both the accuser and the accused, perspectives sometimes shifting within a single phrase. The project, defined by the record, took the name as well.

No One Mind has now grown into a formidable live ensemble, adding Sam Logan and Joel Willis (Dehmer remains a writing partner). Together they fuse traditional rock and pop song structures with alien chordal forms and odd textures, calling the listener to flutter moth-like into the white light of their sound. NoOne Mind has big plans for 2016, including a 7″ limited single released in June and the full-length LP coming in September (both on Third Uncle Records), a magical video debut by director Zoe Dehmer, and a number of shows to follow. The band is ready to tour, everywhere.

Watch: No One Mind – “Tiger”
 The tune is hazy and dark, which is perfectly encapsulated in the video. – PureVolume

Artist: No One Mind
Album: No One Mind
Label: Third Uncle Records
Release date: September 9, 2016Website
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TRACK LISTING:

1. Folk Wagon
2. Tiger
3. In The Valley
4. Revenge
5. I Don’t Know Who You Are
6. Big Talking Man
7. Grey Days
8. Bad Attitude
9. Island Of Hours

“…this arty, inventive, rocking trio from North Carolina brings to mindelements of The Velvet Underground and, via them, the more straight-ahead moments of Stereolab and Broadcast to come up with something that is oddly and engagingly unique and, occasionally, downright intense.”
– The Big Takeover”they’re set to take over the universe with the upcoming release of their full-length LP.” – Impose

No One Mind reminds me that a chunky bassline can REALLY make my shorts moist.” – SYFFAL

“The music is lean and sinewy, slashing guitars and rocketing drums giving the album potency and force.” – Bandcamp

Cam and Dolly Parton Come Face-To-Face in Cracker Barrel’s Front Porch Series

Two-time CMA nominee Cam comes face-to-face with the legendary Dolly Parton in the newest installment of Cracker Barrel’s 
Front Porch Series 
Dishing with Dolly:  Cam’s On-Camera Chat with a Legend
Cam Headlines The Burning House Tour
Tickets available this week on camcountry.com 
Los Angeles, CA…September 7…Two-time CMA nominee and country singer/songwriter chats with the legend from East Tennessee in the newest installment of Cracker Barrel’s Front Porch series, about songwriting, the Imagination Library and what Dolly hopes her legacy will be, plus Cam also discovers the two have a signature hue in common. Watch the video here.
“Yellow roses are her thing, she loves yellow! It can be her color forever,” the California native laughs. “It was insane! It’s crazy to meet someone that’s such a legend, for so many years, and so smart.”
Watch the two also play a rousing game of “Dolly or Not Dolly,” as they try to guess whether a witty one-liner belongs to the “I Will Always Love You’ songstress or to someone else.
Just last week the Grammy nominated artist announced her first tour as a headliner, The Burning House Tour.  Beginning October 27 at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street in Chicago, and ending December 10 at the Orleans Showroom in Las Vegas, the 13-date series will include stops in 12 U.S. cities, see below:
October 27 Joe’s On Weed Street Chicago, IL
October 28 The Thirsty Cowboy Medina, OH
October 29 The Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, PA
November 10 Highline Ballroom New York, NY
November 12 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
November 17 Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, OK
November 18 Wooly’s Des Moines, IA
November 19 The Bluebird Bloomington, IN
December 1 The Bluestone Columbus, OH
December 2 Coyote Joe’s Shelby Township, MI
December 3 Boondocks Springfield, IL
December 9 Orleans Showroom Las Vegas, NV
December 10 Orleans Showroom Las Vegas, NV
Today, Cam also announced the tour’s VIP ‘Sleepwalking’ Adventure, an intimate hang and Q&A with the artist herself.  VIP tickets can be purchased atcamcountry.com on Thursday, September 8.  General Admission will go on saleFriday, September 9.

SISTER HAZEL TO PLAY 90S FEST IN PITTSBURGH

Platinum-selling group,  Sister Hazel, will be performing during 90’s Fest at the South Side Warehouse in Pittsburgh, PA Saturday, September 17. Fans can expect a high energy show with some brand-new Sister Hazel songs like “Kiss Me Without Whiskey” and “That Kind of Beautiful” as well as popular fan favorites like “All For You.” Tickets start at $55 and for additional information visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/90sfest-the-south-side-warehouse-tickets-25961863633.

 

In their first showing on the country music charts, platinum-selling band, Sister Hazel, made a strong debut with “Lighter In The Dark” at #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, #6 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart, #30 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart, and #79 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

 

For more information on Sister Hazel visit http://www.sisterhazel.com. Follow Sister Hazel @SisterHazelBand and https://www.facebook.com/SisterHazel.

 

About SISTER HAZEL:

 

Originating from Gainesville, FL, Sister Hazel is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Song “All for You” topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997 and the success propelled their album to platinum status. Sister Hazel has been equally attentive to connecting with their audience through social media. In their first showing on the country music charts they made a strong debut with “Lighter In The Dark” at #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, #6 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart, #30 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart and #79 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Living up to their fan-centered reputation, the band hosts annual events like “Hazelnut Hang,” that focuses on fan involvement and are co-founders of the Rockboat, a cruise featuring nonstop opportunities for fan/artist interaction. In addition to the events and touring, the band also gives back with Lyrics For Life. Founded by singer Ken Block, the charity unites musicians and celebrities for concerts and auctions to benefit cancer research and patient-care charities.

Stream Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots Pandora Mixtape

STREAM FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’S DIG YOUR ROOTS PANDORA MIXTAPE
To celebrate the release of their new album, Dig Your Roots, Florida Georgia Line handpicked their favorite songs that have inspired them over the years…songs from their roots.
Check back weekly to hear exclusive live tracks from their Pandora Presents event in Nashville.
 
ABOUT FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
History-making duo Florida Georgia Line recently became the first ever Country act to achieve RIAA’s DIAMOND certification as their breakout chart-topper “Cruise” surpassed 10 million copies sold. In their relatively short career, FGL has achieved 10 #1 hits collectively as artists and songwriters with the PLATINUM-certified ANYTHING GOES (Big Machine Label Group) fueling five consecutive chart-toppers – GOLD “Confession,” PLATINUM “Anything Goes,” “Sippin’ On Fire” and “Sun Daze;” and 2X PLATINUM “Dirt.” The pair took home
Vocal Duo of the Year at the 2016 ACM Awards, marking their third straight time. The Superstars have been honored with numerous accolades from ACM, AMA, Billboard and CMA Awards, in addition to a trifecta of CMT Artists of the Year feats. FGL has skyrocketed to stardom becoming the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving four back-to-back, multi-week #1 singles; breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, and having sold nearly 26 million downloads and over 3.5 million albums worldwide to date.  In 2015 alone, the group’s ANYTHING GOES TOUR sold an impressive 1.5 million tickets. Their highly anticipated third studio album DIG YOUR ROOTS is slated for release August 26, featuring the lead single “H.O.L.Y.,” which has commanded the #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart for the last nine weeks and marks their 11th consecutive Top 10 hit as artists at Country radio. Complimenting their forthcoming album, FGL’s current headline tour of the same name runs through the end of 2016. Taking their undeniable songwriting skills to the next level and discovering new talent, FGL formed publishing company Tree Vibez Music. For more on FGL, visit FloridaGeorgiaLine.com.
 
ABOUT PANDORA
Pandora is the world’s most powerful music discovery platform – a place where artists find their fans and listeners find music they love. We are driven by a single purpose: unleashing the infinite power of music by connecting artists and fans, whether through earbuds, car speakers, live on stage or anywhere fans want to experience it. Our team of highly trained musicologists analyze hundreds of attributes for each recording which powers our proprietary Music Genome Project®, delivering billions of hours of personalized music tailored to the tastes of each music listener, full of discovery, making artist/fan connections at unprecedented scale. Founded by musicians, Pandora empowers artists with valuable data and tools to help grow their careers and connect with their fans.

Zakk Wylde’s Book of Shadows II Tour packs a powerful punch in Pittsburgh

July 18, 2016 Millvale, PA-  In the sleepy quaint town of Millvale  just five minutes from downtown Pittsburgh there is a sacred rock n’ roll institution known as Mr. Smalls Funhouse.  A former church and now one of Pittsburgh’s finest establishments to see a great show, as well as grab excellent beers and grub, Mr. Smalls this night hosted rock royalty in the name of Zakk Wylde.  Former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, leader of Black Label Society, and all around badass, Wylde brought a slew of guitar gunslingers to blow our minds and brighten our hearts last Monday.

Opening acts Jared James Nichols and Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown were frighteningly good.  Nichols brand of guitar playing is very much in line with Wylde’s solo work, bluesy Allman Brothers type rock n’ roll.  He absolutely blazes and has great emotion behind every string played.  His band’s work is really blood pumping, fist pounding classic style rock that made them a surprise favorite for many.  Even the cover of Nugent’s “Stranglehold” brought chills and made your hair on your arms stand on end for it’s beautiful and true interpretation.  This three piece (Erik Sandin, Dennis Holm) out of Wisconsin must be on your radar if you love a great bluesman who truly has the touch.  Check them out…www.youtube.com/jjnicholsmusic
www.reverbnation.com/jaredjamesnichols.

Tyler Bryant and his bandmates The Shakedown have been tearing up the road and this is by no means their first stop in Pittsburgh.  Bryant has been recognized as a child prodigy guitar player by many, including God himself, Eric Clapton.  Bryant has the soul of an old blues master and his style shows it.  Staking his rep by moving to Nashville at 17, Bryant has put together a tight and impressive band to match.  Shakedown  members Caleb Crosby, Graham Whitford (Brad Whitford of Aerosmith’s son), and Noah Denney complement Bryant’s guitar like icing on cake.  If you have not discovered these guys yet, you owe it to yourself to witness one of the best blues players around…www.tylerbryantandtheshakedown.com.

You know you are confident in your playing when you let two young guitar blazers open for you.  Zakk Wylde is no stranger to the spotlight but prefers to do his talking through pickups, strings, and wood.  Touring his Book of Shadows II effort, Wylde is accompanied for the most part by his regular band, Black Label Society.  But don’t expect to hear Ozzy or Sabbath covers (although a bit of “The Wizard” on mouth harp was pretty awesome) or a bunch of BLS tunes.  This is the other side of Zakk, the side that has been influenced by blues and southern rock.

The ten-minute opener of “Sold My Soul” was enough to make anyone’s jaw drop as he soared up and down his fretboard with wild abandon.  The crowd was absolutely wowed and entertained from the first note.  Wylde does not spend a bunch of time on stage banter, instead, he keeps the rock rolling as he went into, “Autumn Changes”, “Tears of December”, and “Lay Me Down”.  Wylde and his band just kept pouring out their souls tune after tune, playing like they were in front of 50,000 instead of hundreds.  The well packed Mr. Smalls ate up each moment, sang along and played air guitar.  “Road Back Home”, “Yesteday’s Tears”, “Heaven and Hell” (with the aforementioned “The Wizard” as an intro.), and “Darkest Hour” rounded out the first half of the show (see the entire guest list in pictures below).

To have a fairly intimate setting with Wylde playing his solo material was an amazing treat that does not come around often.  It was fun to see him play piano as well as his trusted axe and sing a bit differently than the more metal oriented BLS.  Zakk will return in October with his new fun project Zakk Sabbath when they open for Clutch at Stage AE Oct. 1.  And the hits just keep on coming…

All photos 2016 AWELDINGPHOTO