BLACK WATER RISING to Tour North America Supporting Kill Devil Hill

“…Raw salt of the earth blood of stoner and sludge metal…cutting edge production giving sharp teeth to the churning grooves…

-Outburn Magazine

 

“A well-rounded album with great melodies and as always, amazing guitar riffs!”

– The Aquarian

 

“A thumping heavy rock band that rolls over you like a dump truck filled with uranium”

-DangerDog Music Reviews
This past summer BLACK WATER RISING released their sophomore album Pissed and Driven through Metalville/E1. The band is now ready to take the new songs on the road and will be doing so this fall supporting Kill Devil Hill (featuring Rex Brown and Vinny Appice).  The tour will also feature Eyes Set to Kill and Girl on Fire on select dates, and is set to kick off on October 26th in Ramona, CA and will wrap up November 23rd in Steger, IL.

 

Drummer Mike Meselsohn had this to say about the tour with Kill Devil Hill:

 

“We are beyond psyched to be hitting the road with Kill Devil Hill. This is a great fit for BWRand we are honored to be sharing the stage with Rex, Vinny and the guys. These shows are going to be killer and we look forward to bringing it live every night!”

 

Before they hit the road with Kill Devil Hill, BLACK WATER RISING will be playing a show this Friday October 18th at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ with Seven Witches.

 

Pissed and Driven is available on Amazon or iTunes.  The digital versions of Pissed and Driven feature an exclusive bonus track.  The album art was created by Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Design (Manowar, TYR).

 

Invigorated and eager to capitalize on the success of their debut album, the band’s new material continues to be riff heavy and proudly anchored in the foundations of traditional hard rock and metal song writing with hooks and catchy choruses to pull you in and leave you wanting more.

BLACK WATER RISING with Seven Witches

10/18: Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz

 

BLACK WATER RISING with Kill Devil Hill

10/26: Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage

10/27: Fullerton, CA – Slidebar

10/28: Chico, CA – Lost On Main

10/29: West Hollywood, CA – Roxy Theatre

10/31: Tucson, AZ – The Rock

11/1: Tempe, AZ – Club Red

11/2: Las Vegas, NV – LVCS

11/3: Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue

11/5: Seattle, WA – El Corazon

11/6: Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater

11/7: Walnut Creek, CA – Red House Live

11/10: Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theatre

11/11: Gallup, NM – Gallup Community Center

11/13: Austin, TX – Dirty Dog

11/14: Houston, TX – Scout Bar

11/22: Mentor On The Lake, OH – Tequila Jaxx

11/23: Steger, IL – Another Hole In The Wall

 

BLACK WATER RISING on the web:

blackwaterrising.com

facebook.com/Black-Water-Rising

@blackwaterrisin

http://instagram.com/blackwaterrising

KILL DEVIL HILL announce fall headlining tour

With the October 29 release of their sophomore album ‘REVOLUTION RISE’ only a few weeks away, KILL DEVIL HILL are taking their new material on the road for a headlining club tour. The tour kicks off October 26 in Ramona, CA, and runs through the month of November with support from Century Media Records labelmates EYES SET TO KILL and GIRL ON FIRE, as well as BLACK WATER RISING (see dates below).

 

Featuring PANTERA and DOWN bassist REX BROWN, former DIO, BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN AND HELL drummer VINNY APPICE, ex-PISSING RAZORS singer DEWEY BRAGG and acclaimed session/touring guitarist MARK ZAVON, KILL DEVIL HILL combine a classic feel with fresh energy. The band recently offered fans their first taste of ‘REVOLUTION RISE’ with the release of “Crown Of Thorns” (listen here).

Says REX BROWN of the album: “This new KILL DEVIL HILL record is definitely one of my favorite moments of my career – it’s got balls, great melodies, awesome guitar riffing and a low end that’ll set your ass on fire! The album far exceeds our wildest expectations and we can’t wait to take this music out on the road and share it with all of our friends and fans. Buckle your seat belts, we’re all in for one hell of a ride!”

 

‘REVOLUTION RISE’ was produced by KILL DEVIL HILL and Jeff Pilson, and mixed by Jay Ruston [STONE SOUR, ANTHRAX]. The album features artwork by Sam Shearon, whose past work includes ROB ZOMBIE, IRON MAIDEN and FEAR FACTORY. Different pre-order bundles are now on-sale exclusively through both CM Distro and the KILL DEVIL HILLonline store.

Exclusive KILL DEVIL HILL VIP packages including early admission to soundcheck and the show, a meet and greet with the band, a VIP laminate and t-shirt, and an autographed 8×10 are available for all shows by visiting www.killdevilhillmusic.com/vippackages.

 

KILL DEVIL HILL 

(with EYES SET TO KILL, GIRL ON FIRE & BLACK WATER RISING):

OCTOBER:

26: Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage * / **

27: Fullerton, CA – Slidebar **

28: Chico, CA – Lost On Main **

29: West Hollywood, CA – Roxy Theatre **

31: Tucson, AZ – The Rock **

NOVEMBER

01: Tempe, AZ – Club Red * / **

02: Las Vegas, NV – LVCS ***

03: Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue

05: Seattle, WA – El Corazon

06: Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater

07: Walnut Creek, CA – Red House Live ***

10: Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theatre ***

11: Gallup, NM – Gallup Community Center ***

13: Austin, TX – Dirty Dog ***

14: Houston, TX – Scout Bar

17: Oklahoma City, OK – The Chameleon Room ***

19: Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater ***

20: Appleton, WI – Luna Lounge ***

21: Battle Creek, MI – Planet Rock ***

22: Mentor On The Lake, OH – Tequila Jaxx ***

23: Steger, IL – Another Hole In The Wall

* no EYES SET TO KILL

** no GIRL ON FIRE

*** no BLACK WATER RISING

more dates to be added, please visit: www.killdevilhillmusic.com/tourdates/

 

KILL DEVIL HILL online:

www.killdevilhillmusic.com

facebook.com/killdevilhillmusic

twitter.com/klldvlhll

BLACK WATER RISING New Album Pissed and Driven Out Now

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BLACK WATER RISING is back with the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut.  Their sophomore album Pissed and Driven is available today through Metalville/E1. The album art was created by Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Design (Manowar, TYR).  Pick up a copy on Amazon or iTunes.  The digital versions of Pissed and Driven feature an exclusive bonus track.

 

Today BLACK WATER RISING has teamed up with Metal Insider for an exclusive full album stream of Pissed and Driven.  Head over to http://wp.me/pvE8X-evMto listen toBWR‘s new album in its entirety!

 

Drummer Mike Meselsohn is psyched that Pissed and Driven is now out:

 

“We are really stoked that our new album is out today. The fans have been waiting a while for the follow-up to our debut and I don’t think they’ll be disappointed. The title says it all and it’s reflected in the energy and aggression of the cover art and music. We’re ready to take this to the next level, which includes hitting the road this fall.  Look for tour dates to be announced soon!”

 

BLACK WATER RISING have completely re-launched their website.  Check out the all-new BWR home page at http://www.blackwaterrising.com.

 

The first offering from Pissed and Driven “Show No Mercy” was #5 most added on the CMJ Loud Rock Chart, and is in heavy rotation at Nationally Syndicated Cable channel Music Choice.  The first official single “Last Man Standing” is at radio now.

 

Invigorated and eager to capitalize on the success of their debut album, the band’s new material promises to be riff heavy and proudly anchored in the foundations of traditional hard rock and metal song writing with hooks and catchy choruses to pull you in and leave you wanting more.

 

“A well-rounded album with great melodies and as always, amazing guitar riffs!”

– The Aquarian

 

“A thumping heavy rock band that rolls over you like a dump truck filled with uranium” – DangerDog Music Reviews

“Pissed and Driven is a tighter, darker performance from Black Water Rising, and one that fans will definitely embrace.”

 – Apochs.net

 

Pissed and Driven Tracklisting:

1. Show No Mercy

2. Last Man Standing

3. Pissed And Driven

4. Dance With The Devil

5. Along For The Ride

6. Fire It Up

7. All Gone

8. The Allure Of Self Destruction

9. Broken Man

10. We Are The Authority

BLACK WATER RISING is:
Rob Traynor – Vocals, Guitar
Dennis Kimak – Guitar
Mike Meselsohn – Drums
Oddie McLaughlin – Bass

 

BLACK WATER RISING on the web:  blackwaterrising.com  facebook.com/Black-Water-Rising

@blackwaterrisin

http://instagram.com/blackwaterrising

Just Rock – Black Water Rising’s Nameless Riffs

Brooklyn’s Black Water Rising’s second effort capitalizes on the band’s self-proclaimed moniker: “No frills riff rock.” At that explanation, the band’s image is already settled onto a plane riddled with derivative radio butt rockers like Pop Evil and Saliva. But let’s not count out their second album, Pissed and Driven just yet, because it’s not a bad record. On the other hand, it’s not great either. It’s a rock record. What kind of rock? Grinding rhythmic rock? Intricate speed rock? Neither. Pissed and Driven is just a rock record and that’s its biggest problem.

The tones on Pissed and Driven vary considerably throughout the album. “Pissed N Driven” is a revving adrenaline-soaked joyride, while lead single “Dance with the Devil” brings on the Alice in Chains-inspired sludge with steady paces and singer Rob Traynor’s snarling croon. “Last Man Standing” is a song that bursts with personality, something that the album doesn’t necessarily flaunt. The guitars are usually downtuned extremely low throughout the album (like in the sludgy “All Gone”), which makes for a rough and grindy sound reminiscent of groove metal like Pantera and early nu-metal like Deftones. This kind of rhythmic guitar aesthetic is something that could make the band’s sound blossom, but it isn’t utilized in a personal manner and is introduced in a pedestrian and unneeded way. It doesn’t have an accurate focus, it doesn’t sound cohesive: it wanders aimlessly.

Guitarist Dennis Kimak’s Zakk Wylde/Dimebag Darrel inspired solos are revving examples of great shredding (especially during the solos of songs like “Pissed N Driven”), while vocalist/guitarist Traynor brings on the downtuned grinds. While rhythm becomes the key element on a majority of the songs, the parts of the album that sound the most exciting are the faster, more energized ones like “The Allure of Self Destruction,” a fantastically composed song that manages to bring up enthusiastic vibes despite its clear metal roots. There’s a virtuosity in the musicians’ bones that begs to be free; it’s clearly there, but only for a short moment.

Some songs, however, don’t demonstrate enough creativity or fluidity in their sound. “Along for the Ride” aims for a smoother groove, but ends up sounding boring with uninspired lyrics and a tempo that doesn’t sound as tight as it should. “Fire it Up” has some fantastic guitar solos, but once again, the boring vocals and nu-metal-sounding rhythms tend to overstay their welcome. The whole album’s sense of indirection is really what makes it so underwhelming. The metal sides of the musicianship are great and some of the more traditional hard rock bits are good at times too, but just as you’re beginning to see a vision in one great song, the entire picture shifts and you’re listening to something different and generally less appealing.

In that regard, it’s tough to see the kind of direction that Black Water Rising is trying to achieve with this album. The variety throughout the album is surprisingly well-done, but at the same time, it’s scatterbrained and unfocused. You just can’t tell what kind of rock band Black Water Rising wants to be. The use of rhythmic grinding guitars in addition to faster, speed-metal influenced guitar solos make the album’s otherwise honed rock fundamentals disperse into something formless and difficult to identify. Black Water Rising’s already ambiguous description of themselves is a sign that they need to develop their personality beyond just “riff rock.” Pissed and Driven isn’t a terrible record at all, but at the same time, it’s not great at all either. It’s just rock. Riff rock. And right now, I’m not entirely sure that anyone can really say what that means.

BLACK WATER RISING Confirm Release Date – Unveil Artwork and Tracklisting for Pissed and Driven

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BLACK WATER RISING is back with the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut.  Today the band has confirmed a July 30th release date through Metalville/E1 for their sophomore album Pissed and Driven.  The band has also unveiled the cover art and tracklisting for the album.  The album art was created by Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Design (Manowar, TYR).

 

Drummer Mike Meselsohn cannot wait for fans to hear the new music:

 

“We are really psyched to get this new album out to our fans. They’ve been waiting a while for the follow-up to our debut and I don’t think they’ll be disappointed. The title says it all and it’s reflected in the energy and aggression of the cover art and music. We’re ready to take this to the next level!”

 

The first single from Pissed and Driven “Show No Mercy” was #5 most added on the CMJ Loud Rock Chart, already top 10 at many college radio stations and in heavy rotation at Nationally Syndicated Cable channel Music Choice sitting at #6 on their Metal Chart this week.  The song can be streamed HERE and is available for purchase on iTunes.

 

BLACK WATER RISING was formed from the ashes of various national touring acts. After releasing two self produced albums nationwide with a band called Dust To Dust, singer songwriter Rob Traynor locked himself away in his Brooklyn, New York recording studio, later emerging with a collection of songs that would become the seeds of BLACK WATER RISING.

                                             

Invigorated and eager to capitalize on the success of their debut album, the band’s new material promises to be riff heavy and proudly anchored in the foundations of traditional hard rock and metal song writing with hooks and catchy choruses to pull you in and leave you wanting more.

Pissed and Driven Tracklisting:

1. Show No Mercy

2. Last Man Standing

3. Pissed And Driven

4. Dance With The Devil

5. Along For The Ride

6. Fire It Up

7. All Gone

8. The Allure Of Self Destruction

9. Broken Man

10. We Are The Authority

BLACK WATER RISING is:
Rob Traynor – Vocals, Guitar
Dennis Kimak – Guitar
Mike Meselsohn – Drums
Oddie McLaughlin – Bass

 

BLACK WATER RISING on the web:

blackwaterrising.com

facebook.com/Black-Water-Rising

@blackwaterrisin

BLACK WATER RISING Confirm Summer Release for Sophomore Album Debut New Single

BLACK WATER RISING Confirm Summer Release for Sophomore Album

Debut New Single

  

 

BLACK WATER RISING is back with the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut. The yet to be titled sophomore effort due out this July from the New York Hard Rockers represents what many would describe as another honest, barebones, no frills rock album. “The recipe is the same as the first. I didn’t deviate from what I believe BLACK WATER RISING music to be, I didn’t set out to grow or mature says frontman Rob Traynor. He continues, “I feel this new album is not much of a departure from the first, and I believe that’s a good thing. Besides, I don’t think fans would want it any other way. I’m still writing from the same place I was writing from before, I’m still the same guy…for better or for worse. We’re still the same band, with the addition of a killer new guitarist, Dennis Kimak who joined us after the departure of our original guitarist Johnny.”

 

Today the band has teamed up with Noisecreep to debut the first single from their new album. Get a first listen to “Show No Mercy” HERE. Then be sure to download your copy on iTunes.

 

BLACK WATER RISING was formed from the ashes of various national touring acts. After releasing two self produced albums nationwide with a band called Dust To Dust, singer songwriter Rob Traynor locked himself away in his Brooklyn, New York recording studio, later emerging with a collection of songs that would become the seeds of BLACK WATER RISING‘s debut album. Traynor was soon joined by former Boiler Roomdrummer Mike Meselsohn, former Stereomud guitarist Johnny Fattoruso and bassist Oddie McLaughlin and they would unleash their self-titled debut album on March 2, 2010. The album would achieve the #1 slot on Amazon.com‘s Hard Rock Chart upon release and the band received heavy airplay on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Octane channel for the singles “Brother Go On” and “No Halos”.  The album reached the #6 slot in the Top 20 airplay chart for the channel.   “Brother Go On” also cracked the top 40 on the Media Base Active Rock Radio Chart.

                                             

Invigorated and eager to capitalize on the success of their debut album, the band’s new material promises to be riff heavy and proudly anchored in the foundations of traditional hard rock and metal song writing with hooks and catchy choruses to pull you in. New songs like Show No MercyPissed And DrivenLast Man Standingand Fire It Up combine the bands love of Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest with the sonic stomp of Black Label Society, all while retaining a musical identity of their own.
BLACK WATER RISING is:
Rob Traynor – Vocals, Guitar
Dennis Kimak – Guitar
Mike Meselsohn – Drums
Oddie McLaughlin – Bass

 

BLACK WATER RISING on the web

blackwaterrising.com 
facebook.com/Black-Water-Rising@blackwaterrisin