THEM DAMN KINGS Release Official Music Video for “Throw it Away”!

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Jersey City, NJ Hard Rock / Metal band THEM DAMN KINGS has revealed the official music video for their debut single, “Throw it Away.” Self-directed and produced by multi-talented front-man Jef Rhodes, “Throw it Away” is off of their upcoming album, Rise Up.

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“It (“Throw it Away”) was the first song written for the record. It makes me wanna get on a motorcycle and ride even though the song has nothing to do with that. It’s about tossing away your fears in an abstract sort of way.” – Jef Rhodes (Lead Guitar / Vocals)

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THEM DAMN KINGS is the one man Hard Rock wrecking machine created by New Jersey USA native, guitarist / multi-instrumentalist / vocalist Jef Rhodes. Jef is a long time professional Front Of House engineer, and backline tech who has over two decades of international touring experience with such bands as: OpethCradle of FilthHighly SuspectLacuna CoilWatainMayhem, and others.

By enlisting former Lacuna Coil drummer Ryan Blake Folden, the pair have recorded ‘RISE UP’, a monster of a debut album that sounds both new and exciting – while simultaneously reminding listeners of that golden age of the early ‘90s when Hard Rock, Metal, and Grunge ruled the late night rock clubs of the world.

Jef is assembling a killer live band – featuring a number of seasoned professionals – and getting ready to hit the road!

LIVE BAND LINE UP: Jef Rhodes – Lead Guitar / Vocals Ryan Blake Folden – Drums (x-Lacuna Coil) Bass – TBA Gogi Randhawa – Backing guitar (ex-Madam Mayhem)

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SANGRE Releases Official Music Video for “Death March”

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Southern California based Metal Band SANGRE has released the official music video for “Death March,” off of their upcoming album, Mas Fuerte Que La Muerte (Stronger Than Death), due out 12/13/2019. Shot at Fuel Music Studios in Fullerton, CA, the video for “Death March” features the band members experiencing different types of stresses from overdue bills, depression, work related issues, eviction, alcohol abuse, and suicidal thoughts.

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“‘Death March,’ lyrically, touches on the current situation of ‘living wages’ vs ‘cost of living,’ focusing on the stress, depression, and neglect of personal health and family while just trying to survive in this high demand world. The phenomenon is an actual epidemic in Japan known as ‘Karoshi’ or ‘overworking to survive,’ which in many cases results in suicides or fatigue leading to death.” – Henry Sanchez (Vocals)

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SANGRE have long since made their mark on California’s Metal Scene & beyond.

With over 15 years on the musical frontlines this band has come to learn that longevity requires the commitment, unmatched work ethic, creative energy, and unshakable determination that is central to their ethos.

SANGRE has toured extensively throughout the United States & Mexico, and most recently made their UK debut performing @ Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2018 in Derbyshire, England.

Over the years the band’s undeniable hard work and outstanding performances earned them slots at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in 2010 & 2012, followed by the 2013 Jagermeister Music U.S. Tour as direct support to one of Latin America’s biggest bands, Molotov.

In 2015 Sangre was selected by their sponsor, Jägermeister to perform at “Welcome To Rockville” music festival in Jacksonville, Florida.

With a diverse sound and influences from across the spectrum of Heavy Metal, Sangre can and has opened for some of the biggest names in the genre such as, SlayerSlipknotKornMarilyn MansonIn FlamesMinistryMotorheadAnthraxSepulturaSoilworkSoulflyKillswitch EngageLamb Of GodCarcassSuffocationGojiraBrujeriaChimairaSuicidal TendenciesHatebreedThe Black Dahlia MurderSix Feet UnderSuicide SilenceWhitechapel, and many more!

The name they’ve created via years of Perseverance and a DIY attitude has caught the attention of many people in the music industry, one of those being, Metal ambassador Jose Mangin (Sirius XM Liquid Metal DJ & Headbangers Ball host) who to this day plays SANGRE on his satellite radio shows and even joined the band on stage to perform their cover of the Brujeria classic, “Matando Gueros”.

Speaking of Brujeria, that band has taken Sangre out on tour a few times over the years and in 2014 invited Sangre vocalist, Henry Sanchez to join them as their second vocalist. Henry would take on the stage name “El Sangron” and has played over 200 shows on 5 continents with the band since his inception.

SANGRE spent 2019 touring with Brujeria, with Sanchez performing in both, opening with Sangre and closing the shows with Brujeria, throughout Europe and the UK.

Put simply, SANGRE eats, sleeps, sweats, and bleeds Heavy Metal! This band represents the musical equivalent of an unstoppable juggernaut careering through any, every, and all obstacles that the road would cast in its way.

With an all consuming hunger to succeed in getting their music to the masses and band to the top of the industry, SANGRE is here, Pay close attention.

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Trophy Scars Announce New Album “Holy Vacants” Out 4/8

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Trophy Scars, it’s fair to say, don’t believe in doing things by halves. In fact, they’re more inclined to do things in doubles. The upcoming album from the Morristown, New Jersey quartet, Holy Vacants, was initially worked up as a 35-page screenplay treatment by vocalist and lyricist Jerry Jones, and is conceptually even more ambitious than 2011’s Never Born, Never Dead EP, which took reincarnation as its theme.

For the band’s fourth album, Jones, John Ferrara (guitarist), Andy Farrel (bass player) and Brian Ferrara (drummer) use as a springboard a bizarre cocktail of mythology, ancient religion and conspiracy theory surrounding the Nephilitic gene. The album tells the tale of two lovers who have discovered not only that the blood of angels contains the fountain of youth but also the formula for Qeres, an ancient Egyptian perfume claimed to be the only substance that can kill angels and Nephilites, who are supposedly the offspring of angel/human unions. Armed with this knowledge and a supply of precious Qeres, the couple embarks on a killing spree, drinking spilled Nephilitic blood to stop growing old.
Jones’ narrative may be conceptually out-there, but it doesn’t fence the album in and stands as a metaphor for far simpler and more widely recognized issues – the idealization of youth, loss of identity and corrupted innocence. It’s also his personal way of drawing a line under an intense past relationship.

“I didn’t want to write something so direct and specific that I had to follow the story the whole way through,” the singer explained. “When it boils down to it, the themes are applicable to romantic love songs. The album was really an exorcism of a relationship with a girl I had proposed to, and it was about being so in love with somebody that they literally destroy you. The only way I know how to go through that kind of therapy is to present it as art. I had to write the album as a way of exorcising this person from my mind and soul.”

Listening to the likes of opener “Archangel” and “Qeres”, whose free-wheeling but complex and cathartic, psychedelic blues calls to mind Comets On Fire, it’s obvious the band have moved light years away from their post-hardcore early years. They reveal their admiration for fellow New Jersey son Springsteen, circa Darkness on the Edge of Town with “Crystallophobia”, “Everything Disappearing” and “Extant”, and for Jimi Hendrix via “Hagiophobia” Listen to it HERE, while elsewhere there are echoes of Guns N’ Roses and The Mars Volta. But what might sound like an unworkable agglomeration of disparate parts is an intense and cohesive, hugely compelling whole, with powerful contrasts that make for a visceral immediacy.

An invigorated future for a talented band that was about to bow out suggests that creativity is the elixir of life, rather than the blood of angel/human hybrids. Who knew?

Fireworks Announce New Album, “Oh, Common Life”, Join The Wonder Years Spring Tour

Fireworks, the five-piece band from Detroit, MI are thrilled to announce their upcoming album “Oh, Common Life” available March 25th via Triple Crown Records! The band reunited with Brian McTernan, (Circa Survive, Thrice, Balance and Composure) the man who drove the ship on their critically acclaimed previous release “Gospel”, for production on “Oh, Common Life” in September and October of 2013. What emerged were 11 songs that make up what is by far Fireworks’ most personal album to date.

 

“This is a record of self-realization. It’s all pretty self-absorbed and personal, and it all came from within. When we show it to people close to us, it can get uncomfortable because of how personal and relatable it is.” says guitarist and back up vocalist, Chris Mojan.

 

“We were able to break everything down when we were writing,” Mojan continues. “I think that shows on the album. It’s complete honesty.”

 

Songs from the new album will see release very soon.

 

“Oh, Common Life” Track Listing:

1. Glowing Crosses

2. Bed Sores

3.The Back Window’s Down

4. Flies on Tape

5. Woods

6. Play God Only Knows At My Funeral

7. One More Creature Dizzy With Love

8. The Only Thing That Haunts This House is Me

9.The Sound of Young America

10. Run, Brother, Run

11. The Hotbed of Life

“Oh, Common Life” is a rock record that does whatever it wants to do – but from the familiar aggressiveness of the opening “Glowing Crosses” to the ranging pop vocals of “Flies on Tape” to the spine-shivering intensity of the guitars on “One More Creature Dizzy With Love,” nothing ever feels out of place. It’s proof that Fireworks has reached a point where it can do what it likes – and do it well.

 

Fireworks are also excited to announce that they will join Philadelphia’s The Wonder Years on their upcoming spring headliner with Citizen, Real Friends and Modern Baseball! The tour kicks off March 5th in Clifton Park, NY at The Upstate Concert Hall. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here: twy.soundrink.com

 

Composed of vocalist David Mackinder, lead guitarist Brett Jones, guitarist Chris Mojan, bassist Kyle O’Neil and keyboardist Adam Mercer, Fireworks is a band filled with electric personalities and endless influences, who have shared the stage with acts such as New Found Glory, Saves The Day, The Starting Line, All Time Low and many more.

 

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www.triplecrownrecords.com

 

Upcoming Tour Dates:

3/5/14  – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY *
3/6/14  – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA*

3/8/14  – Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
3/9/14  – The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
3/11/14 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL

3/12/14 – The Garage – Burnsville, MN

3/14/14 – Gio’s – Moorhead, MN
3/16/14 – The Den – Calgary, AB
3/17/14 – The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
3/19/14 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
3/20/14 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
3/22/14 – Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
3/23/14 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
3/24/14 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
3/25/14 – Soma – San Diego, CA
3/26/14 – Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
3/28/14 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
3/29/14 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
3/30/14 – The Door – Dallas, TX
3/31/14 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
4/1/14 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
4/2/14 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
4/4/14 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
4/5/14 – Roc Bar – Jacksonville, FL
4/6/14 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
4/7/14 – The Beacham – Orlando, FL
4/9/14 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/10/14 – Greene Street Club- Greensboro, NC
4/11/14 – The National- Richmond, VA
4/12/14 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
4/13/14 – Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
4/15/14 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/16/14 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
4/17/14 – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY

 

*No Real Friends

 

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