Every Hour Kills Pays Homage To Joe Satriani In Its Latest Single

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Independent rock band Every Hour Kills debuted the latest single from its new EP this week.

The band Sacha Laskow (guitar, programming), Bret Stutsky (bass), and Jerrod Mawell-Lyster (vocals) — premiered its cover of Joe Satriani’s ‘Time’ Friday through Bravewords.  The song, which feautres a guest guitar performance by Rick Graham, is the second single from the band’s forthcoming EP ReAwaken, which is scheduled for release Oct. 9.

The premiere of ‘Time’ comes less than a month after the band debuted the EP’s lead single, ‘Veiled Aurora,’ whose musical arrangement will appeal to fans of bands, such as Sevendust, Periphery, and Between The Buried and Me.

The musical arrangement at the center of EHK’s cover of ‘Time’ stays true to its source material.  At the same time though, the arrangement adds a certain heaviness through the guitars, drums and bass.

The EP is a concept record of sorts that is set in the 22nd century.  A plague has all but wiped out Earth’s population.  Enter a race of beings from another world that are known as “Illusorians.”  The Illusorians have a way to end mankind’s suffering.  Each of the EP’s songs features a story of someone trying to deal with the planet’s “new normal.”

Pre-orders and pre-saves for Re:Awaken are open now here.  The EP’s track listing is noted below.

Track Listing:
1. Veiled Aurora (ft. guest vocals Shaley Bourget of Dayshell, Of Mice & Men & guest guitar solo Morgan Reid of Bloodshot Dawn) (4:18)
2. Anthelion (ft. guest vocals Chris Thoresen (Shark Infested Daughters & guest guitar solo Travis Montgomery of Threat Signal, Meytal) (4:26)
3. Re:awaken (4:12)
4. Time ft. guest guitar solo Rick Graham (Joe Satriani cover) (5:04)
5. Veiled Aurora (Instrumental) (4:18)
6. Anthelion (Instrumental) (4:26)
7. Re:awaken (Instrumental) (4:12)
8.  Time (Joe Satriani cover) (Instrumental) (5:04)

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Derek Sherinian Debuts ‘Dragonfly’ Video

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Derek Sherinian debuted the video for his latest single this week.

Sherinian debuted the video for his new single ‘Dragonfly‘ Friday.  The song is the second single from his forthcoming solo album The Phoenix while its video is the album’s first.  The album is scheduled for release Sept. 18 through InsideOut music.

The debut of ‘Dragonfly’ comes less than a month after Sherinian debuted ‘Empyrean Sky,’ the album’s lead single.  The arrangement at the center of ‘Dragonfly presents a distinct freeform style approach.  The controlled chaos of Sherinian’s performance on the piano couples with drummer Simon Phillips’ steady time keeping and bassist Ernest Tibbs’ low end to make the song a jazz fusion style arrangement that will appeal to fans of Trioscapes.

The arrangement at the center of ‘Empyrean Sky,’ by comparison is more of a distinct prog-metal work that is grounded in Sherinian’s keyboard work, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal’s work on guitar and ‘Phillips’ once again steady time keeping.

Along with handling drums throughout the record, Phillips also also co-produced and co-wrote the album with Sherinian.  He shared his own thoughts on the record.

Pre-orders for The Phoenix are open now.  Eight songs will make up the body of The Phoenix, among them a cover of Buddy Miles’ ‘Them Changes.’  It will be available as a limited edition digipack CD, 180-gram LP/CD combo pack and digital album.  The record’s track listing is noted below.

 

1. The Phoenix
2. Empyrean Sky
3. Clouds of Ganymede
4. Dragonfly
5. Temple of Helios
6. Them Changes
7. Octopus Pedigree
8. Pesadelo

 

The Phoenix will feature guest appearances by figures, such as bassists Billy Sheehan, Tony Franklin and Jimmy Johnson and guitarists Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, Guns N’ Roses), and Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth).

Sherinian said of bringing Loureiro on board for the new album, “Kiko and I have known one another for about 20 years, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to play with him.”

More information on Derek Sherinian’s new album is available along with all of his latest news at:

 

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The Midnight Preachers Debuts ‘Pusher Woman’ Lyric Video

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Independent rock band The Midnight Preachers debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Pusher Woman‘ Friday.  The video features the song’s lyrics set alongside a series of images, such as a woman’s eye, her lips and legs.  The imagery is used to help illustrate the song’s lyrical theme, which seems to be about a woman to whom the song’s subject is…well…addicted, thus the title ‘Pusher Woman.’

The song’s video was animated by The Midnight Preachers vocalist Emer McLaughlin.  The song was written by McLaughlin and her band mate Eoghan McSheain.  John Henry produced the southern rock style arrangement while Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, Guns N’ Roses, Asia) mixed and mastered the song.

Thal also produced The Midnight Preachers’ most recent single, ‘Holding On‘ and its predecessor, ‘California.’

More information on The Midnight Preachers’ new single and video is available along with all of the duo’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://themidnightpreachers.com

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Dauzat St. Marie Debuts ‘Common Ground’ Video; Live Streaming Concert Scheduled For Next Week

Independent music duo Dauzat (pronounced dough-zot) St. Marie is inviting audiences to join it for its next live streaming event next week.

The duo — Mat Dauzat and Heather St. Marie — is scheduled to hold its next streaming concert 10 p.m. ET on Aug. 19.  The performance will come on the heels of the debut of the video for the duo’s latest single, ‘Common Ground.’

The single’s video premiered Aug. 7.  The song itself is featured in the latest Now That’s What I Call Music compilation, Vol75.  The video — directed by Ali Roberto — features the duo performing its single against an elaborate backdrop while a young girl dances to the song on the warmly-lit set.

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The song’s musical arrangement is a neo-country/Americana composition that will appeal to a wide range of listeners.  Its lyrical accompaniment is a response to everything that has happened nationally and globally in recent years, according to a comment from the duo.

“’Common Ground’ exists at the junction of human compassion, understanding, acceptance, forgiveness, and UNITY,” the statement reads. “The turbulent sociopolitical seas of the past several years have delivered tidal wave after tidal wave and have seemingly led to the epic flood that 2020 is currently unleashing on us all.”

‘Common Ground’ is available to stream and download here.

In related news, Dauzat St. Marie debuted the lyric video for its single ‘Falling Again‘ Friday.  The song is the title song from the duo’s 2014 album by the same name.

More information on ‘Common Ground’ is available along with all of Dauzat St. Marie’s latest news and more at:

 

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In Parallel Debuts ‘Deep Dark’ Lyric Video

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Independent rock super group In Parallel debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band The band — composed of Lance Black, Jesse Fine, Ryan Parrish, and Mark Nash — debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Deep Dark‘ Thursday.  It is the second single from the band’s forthcoming EP Fashioner, which is scheduled for release Sept. 14 through Wiretap Records.  The video’s premiere comes more than a month after the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single, ‘Leave It With The Ghost.’

The video for ‘Deep Dark’ places the song’s lyrics over a subtle black and white background that features images such as gentle, flowing water and fog-covered landscapes.  The song’s musical arrangement is distinct from that of ‘Leave It With The Ghost.’  It presents what is in this critic’s ears, a distinct influence from The Cure, unlike the Nine Inch Nails-esque vibe of ‘Leave It With The Ghost.

The lyrical theme at the center of ‘Deep Dark,’ which Black discussed in a recent interview, tackles a psychosocial matter that will relate to many listeners.

The song’s subject matter deals with the overwhelming feeling of depression and the codependency that often comes with it,” he said. “Its chorus concludes that we are complex human beings living in a world with little tolerance for mistakes or flaws: ‘We’re the sum of the ocean and its deepest parts. Where it ends, and where it starts. We’ve asked for nothing, but you understand what a perfect world demands.”

‘Deep Dark’ is available to stream and download through Spotify and Apple Music.’

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Strike Master Joins SubLevel Records Roster

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Independent thrash metal band Strike Master has a new label home.

The band has joined independent record label SubLevel Records.  The announcement was made Friday through a news release.  Details on the band’s new record deal were not announced. It is known that as a result of the deal, the band’s catalog is now available through the label, including the band’s latest album Death Based Illusion.

With its new deal, Strike Master joins bands,  such as Heather, Wreck-Defy, and Prototype as members of the label’s roster.

The news of Strike Master’s new digital deal comes less than two months after the band announced the availability of a new merchandise bundle.  The bundle includes an official Strike Master t-shirt, autographed poster and face mask.

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Soul Asylum Announces Release Date, Cover Art For New EP

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Soul Asylum will release its next record this fall.

The band is scheduled to release its new digital EP Born Free Oct. 16 through Blue Elan Records.  The record featured acoustic re-imaginings of songs from the band’s latest album Hurry Up and Wait.  The album was released April 17 through Blue Elan Records.

The songs featured in the forthcoming recording were produced shortly after the release of Hurry Up and Wait while front man Dave Pirner and his band mates were forced to stay indoors due to the “safer at home” orders passed nationwide.  Pirner and Soul Asylum guitarist Ryan Smith’s streaming quarantine sessions, which took place live from Pirner’s living room, were what led to the creation of the acoustic takes.

One of the acoustic takes featured in the forthcoming EP, ‘If I Told You‘ is streaming now.

Pirner talked about the creative process in a recent interview.

“After I get the main idea for the song and have roughly figured out how to play it I show it to Ryan and then we play it together,” he said. “So, in a way, this is kind of showing how the songs were before we added the rhythm section. It’s fun to cut live in the studio; there’s no going back and you can’t fix it. It’s unembellished, therefore hopefully interesting.”

In other news, Pirner and Smith are scheduled to perform live at 9 p.m. ET tonight on American Songwriter’s Instagram.  Additionally, the band will take part in this year’s rescheduled Record Store Day, which is scheduled to take place Oct. 24.

The band will re-issue Hurry Up And Wait on a 2LP vinyl set with bonus 7-inch vinyl that features two previously unreleased songs — a cover of the timeless country song ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ and an acoustic take of the band’s hit song ‘We 3.’  That song originally appeared on the band’s 1990 album And The Horse They Rode In On, and then later on the soundtrack for the 1997 movie Chasing Amy.

More information on Soul Asylum’s new album, tour and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Lutharo’s Latest EP Will Leave Listeners Feeling Anything But Agony

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Independent, up-and-coming metal outfit Lutharo’s new EP Wings of Agony is a welcome new addition to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal records in general.  That is due to the growth that the five-song record – the band’s second EP and second studio recording – exhibits in comparison to its 2018 debut EP Unleash The Beast.  This record takes the musical and lyrical content from that record and builds on each element with the result being a presentation that is even stronger than its predecessor.  The noted musical and lyrical content will be discussed separately here.  The musical and lyrical content is only a potion of what makes Wings of Agony stand out as a positive new offering from Lutharo.  The EP’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.  It will also be discussed here.  All three elements are important in their own way to the whole of Wings of Agony.  All things considered, they make the EP a presentation that will appeal to any metal fan.

This past March, Lutharo released its sophomore EP – and second overall studio recording – in the form of Wings of Agony.  The 25-minute presentation is a work that will appeal to any metal purist.  It is another positive step forward for the band in its journey to becoming one of the metal community’s next big names.  That is proven in part through the record’s musical arrangements.  Whereas the musical arrangements featured in the band’s 2018 debut EP Unleash The Beast were focused primarily on a combination of power and death metal, this EP’s arrangements find the band taking a step forward and expanding its horizons.  Case in point is the EP’s second single, ‘Blood Lightning.’  The band — John Raposo and Victor Bucur on guitar, front woman Krista Shipperbottom, bassist Chris Pacey and drummer Duval Gabraiel – takes the power and death metal sound exhibited in Unleash The Beast and hones it even more.  There is more balance between Shipperbottom’s screams and clean vocals here than in the songs in the band’s previous EP.  What’s more, the production comes across as being cleaner, adding to the general effect. It is just one way in which the EP’s musical content stands out.  ‘Will To Survive’ makes the EP’s musical content stand out, too.

‘Will To Survive’ is such a full, powerful composition.  At its base is a speed metal style arrangement to which each member of the band contributes equally.  From the shredding guitars to the precision in the timekeeping to the low-end from the bass to the powerhouse vocals, every element works so well here.  This song’s arrangement is easily likened to works from Arch Enemy past and present.  In comparison to the songs featured in Unleash The Beast, there is really nothing comparable.  Again, it shows the band members’ creative growth.  It is just one more way in which the record’s musical content shows its importance.  ‘Diamond Back’ is another example of the importance of the EP’s musical arrangements.

‘Diamond Back,’ the EP’s second track, takes the band’s already established talents in death metal and metal in general, and adds a touch of metalcore influence into the mix.  That metalcore influence is especially audible in the drums and guitars, subtle as it is.  It lends itself to comparisons to works from As I Lay Dying and other harder-edged metalcore acts.  The combination of those influences is well-balanced here, with the result being another work that is just as enjoyable as the EP’s other arrangements.  When it is considered with the other arrangements noted here and the EP’s other pair of arrangements not discussed here, the end result is an overall musical presentation that will engage and entertain metal purists even more than that of Lutharo’s debut EP.

While the musical content featured in Lutharo’s latest EP goes a long way toward making the record enjoyable, it is just one part of what makes the record so appealing.  The musical content’s lyrical accompaniments add their own share of interest to the EP.  Again, the album’s latest single, ‘Blood Lightning’ is a prime example to cite.  The band explained the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“The song ‘Blood Lightning’ is about having such an extreme passion for something so much so that it sets your soul on fire, for better or for worse,” the statement reads. “It is the endless struggle of putting your blood, sweat, and tears into something and receiving next to nothing in return. However, when you do catch a glimpse of your progress, it is enough to keep pushing forward even when you are constantly being beaten down and put to war. The music video for ‘Blood Lightning’ showcases all of the physical, emotional, financial, etc. Hard work that is put into pursuing your dreams in music.”

That statement is illustrated best through the song’s chorus, which finds Shipperbottom and company singing, “Each day I’ve spent/Ripping my heart to shreds/This dream I’ve bred/Now wide awake/These reins I’ve held/I grant them off to chance/Leaving the cuts on my hands/Unachievable bliss/Wrecked all of my innocence/Douse my wounds in gasoline/Cast my blood to lightning.”  This is a concept to which so many listeners will connect, considering that everyone has been in this position at one point or another at least once in life.  It is just one of the EP’s most notable lyrical presentations.  ‘Will To Survive’ is another example of why audiences will want to pay attention to the EP’s lyrical content.

‘Will To Survive’ stands out because it also comes across as taking on the issue of self-determination, much like ‘Blood Lightning.’  This case is different from that of ‘Blood Lightning’ at the same time, though.  That is because this song seems to come across as being from the vantage point of someone who has realized that they have let that determination get the better of himself/herself.  That is inferred in the song’s lead verse, which finds Shipperbottom singing, “Oh I shook hands with the devil himself/Our grip held the contents of hell/Conceit was spilling over his gaze/He nods at me now/It’s make or break/Make or break/It has begun/No time to waste/My calloused Core/they’ll never shake/ Behind these walls my life awaits.”  The song’s second verse adds to that inference as she sings, “Oh I’ve struck gold with a consequence/A gift to bare with a great expense/Yet I’m still fighting profitless/Proving my worth with every step/No repent/And Peace will come to those who’ve spent/My freedom wears a heightened sense/So line em ’up/I’ll pay my debt.”  Again, it comes across as a person realizing that success has perhaps come at too great a cost.  In other words, it comes across as sending that message of making sure that in one’s self-determination, one does not get too deep and let things get out of control.  It is just one more example of why the EP’s lyrical content is so important to its whole.  ‘Diamond Back’ is another notable way in which the EP’s lyrical content proves so important.

‘Diamond Back’ comes across as being another proudly defiant work that reminds listeners not to let adversity stop them in life.  In this case, that adversity would apparently come from those who would try to bring one down.  Shipperbottom says to those people in the song’s chorus, “It will give me great pleasure To take your last breath away/No remorse now/Trust in me/My skin is tougher than you’ll ever be/I gather my strength from which you lack/Forever Bearing a diamond back.”  That very mention of “bearing a diamond back” is a reference to a rattlesnake, which is a very dangerous species of snake.  What she comes across as saying here is that she’s always ready to strike (metaphorically, not literally) and that she is stronger than those people who want to tear her down.  She adds to the statement in the song’s second verse, “Proud I stand from which I’ve lead/Ruthless actions vast condemned/The moral plain to be said/Cross my path I’ll take your head.”  Again, here listeners get that seeming message of defiance and determination.  The rest of the song’s lyrical content builds on this statement and shows even more why the song is one more key example of the importance of the EP’s lyrical content.  When it is considered along with the rest of the EP’s noted lyrical content and that content not addressed here, the end result is such that it will appeal just as much to listeners as the EP’s musical arrangements.  Even as much as the EP’s lyrical content does to make it engaging and entertaining, it still is not the last of the record’s most notable content.  The EP’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

Wings of Agony’s sequencing ensures the record’s energy does its part to keep listeners engaged from start to finish.  It succeeds in that avenue, too.  The album starts off heavy and fast in ‘Barren.’  While the song’s opening bars are brooding and slow, the rest of the song is intense and extremely upbeat.  The same applies to the EP’s other four songs.  What this means is that the album’s energy remains high throughout its body, ensuring audiences are kept engaged from start to end of the EP.  That is a positive in its own right to the whole of this record.  When it is considered along with the EP’s musical and lyrical content, it shows once and for all why this EP is a presentation that every metal purist will appreciate.

Lutharo’s sophomore EP Wings of Agony is a presentation that will leave listeners feeling anything but agony.  It is in fact a presentation that the metal masses will appreciate.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements.  The musical arrangements featured in this record show obvious growth from the band in whole.  It has taken the power and death metal influences exhibited in the band’s debut EP and built on that in each song here.  The lyrical content that accompanies the musical arrangements is accessible in its own right.  The EP’s sequencing ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment in its own right, too.  Each noted element is important in its own right to the whole of this record.  All things considered, it becomes a work that every metal purist should hear at least once if not more.  Wings of Agony is available now.

More information on Lutharo’s new single, video and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

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Shadow & The Thrill’s New LP Is A “Sweet” Treat For Rock Purists Everywhere

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Fledgling blues rock band Shadow & The Thrill is scheduled to release its new album Sugarbowl Friday through Deko Entertainment (ADA/Warner Music).  The 10-song record is an offering that guitar rock purists are sure to appreciate.  That is due in part to the record’s overall musical approach.  This element will be addressed shortly.  Its lyrical themes play their own part in the album’s overall presentation.  The same can be said of the album’s sequencing.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the 39-minute album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Sugarbowl a surprisingly enjoyable presentation that rock purists will appreciate.

Shadow & The Thrill’s new album Sugarbowl is a “sweet” new offering from the duo of Tony Cardenas-Montana (Great White) and Brentt Arcement (Fiona Apple).  That is due in no small part to the record’s musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question run the proverbial gamut yet still manage to stay largely within the same stylistic range so to speak.  Fans of Joe Bonamassa and Gary Moore will appreciate the infectious bluesy groove of ‘Unaware’ — the record’s penultimate song — with its searing, soulful riffs and gritty vocal deliveries.  Much the same can be said of the even heavier blues rock arrangement presented in ‘Misery,’ which comes much earlier in the album’s run.  The funky groove of ‘The Grind’  that is established in the song’s piano, rums and guitars meanwhile takes elements of 80s hair rock and crosses that with a touch of blues for a work that will appeal just as much to fans of bands like Motley Crue as it will to fans of Aerosmith.  Yes, that sounds like one intriguing combination (and it is), but it works here somehow.  The result is a work that is one of the most notable of the album’s arrangements.  The album’s title track meanwhile lends itself to comparison to Bon Jovi’s famed song ‘Dead Or Alive’ with its stylistic approach and sound.  ‘Ready To Roll,’ which serves as the album’s midpoint takes that noted Gary Moore influence and crosses it with a touch of Aerosmith and Joe Bonamassa influence for yet another unique presentation in its own right.  It is just one more way in which Sugarbowl’s musical arrangements prove so important to the whole of its presentation.  While the record’s collective arrangements go a long way toward ensuring listeners’ engagement and entertainment, they are only a portion of what makes the album so interesting.  The album’s lyrical themes work with its musical arrangements to make the record even more worth hearing.

The lyrical themes that are featured throughout the course of Sugarbowl are worth noting because they are just as accessible as the album’s musical arrangements.  Case in point is the lyrical content at the center of ‘The Grind.’  This song’s lyrical content leaves little doubt as to its theme.  The note of “spent last night/Sleeping on the park bench/Till the cop came and moved me along…Mr. broken man/Mr. silver and gold/Mr. bustin’ my a**/Mr. all you can hold” and about “trying to find work” lends the song to be interpreted as being about someone just trying to make ends meet and get paid.  To that end, it’s a theme that will connect with listeners with ease.  It is just one of the themes that will connect with listeners, too.  The album’s title track is another way in which the song’s lyrical content proves its importance to the record’s presentation.

‘Sugarbowl’ comes across as using the term “sugar bowl” as a metaphor for a couple’s relationship.  Cardenas-Montana sings in the song that it’s “such a sad, sad story about a love that’s going dead.”  He asks, “will there be a happy ending for our sugar bowl?”  I other words, the song examines the state of a couple’s relationship as it reaches its breaking point.  He even sings of the “sugarbowl” that “if it’s empty, I won’t refill it.”  Again, there is zero doubt as to the song’s theme.  Between the ease of understanding and the connection that audiences will make to the song’s topic, it is one more way in which the album’s lyrical content proves so important to the album’s presentation.  ‘Ready To Roll’ is yet another way in which the album’s lyrical content shows its value to the record’s whole.

‘Ready To Roll’ comes across as a song that is about someone who is just trying to live his/her life.  This is inferred as Cardenas-Montana sings in the song’s second verse, “No strings/Holding me down now/No fear/Nothing to lose/Well I got aches/My head is pounding/To the rhythm of the motor that rolls me over/I don’t have one single possession/Even sold my soul/Just to lighten the load/I spend my last five dollars…burnin’ rubber and ready to roll.”  This is yet another topic to which plenty of listeners can relate.  It is that matter of wanting and needing freedom, to just live.  Once more, here audiences get a theme that is just as accessible as its companion musical arrangement, showing once again why the album’s lyrical content is just as important to its presentation as its musical arrangement.  When it is considered along with the other noted lyrical themes and those featured in the rest of the album, the album’s overall lyrical content shows without doubt why it is its own important aspect of Sugarbowl.  When it is considered with the album’s musical arrangements, the album becomes even more appealing.  Even with that in mind, the album still has one more element to examine – its sequencing.

Sugarbowl’s sequencing is important to note on one hand because it switches up the songs’ stylistic approaches from one to the next while still managing to balance the songs’ energies at the same time.  The album opens strong with ‘Lovesong.’  The album’s energy remains relatively stable from there even as the classic rock sound of ‘Lovesong’ gives way to the more southern/stoner rock vibe of ‘Misery.’  The energy level remains relatively stable from there as the next handful of songs are presented, each exhibiting its own classic rock style and sound.  The record pulls back from there, using the second half of its presentation to slow things down considerably.  Even though the album is slower from that point, the arrangements are still positive.  They are not melancholy.  Keeping that in mind, the album’s sequencing works with its arrangements to strengthen the record’s presentation even more.  That, together with the album’s lyrical content makes the album in whole a presentation that every rock purist should hear at least once.

Shadow & The Thrill’s new album Sugarbowl is a surprisingly engaging and entertaining album.  It is a work from two music industry veterans that every rock purist should hear at least once.  That is proven in part through its catchy, infectious musical arrangements.  The arrangements will appeal to fans of acts, such as Joe Bonamassa, Joe Satriani, Gary Moore, Motley Crue and even Aerosmith among so many others.  From the guitars to the drums to the bass and vocals, each arrangement offers audiences plenty to appreciate.  The arrangements’ companion lyrical themes are just as accessible as the music.  They take on topics to which any listener will relate.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements, ensuring that the album’s energy remains stable from start to end even as the song styles change from one to the next.  Each noted item is key in its own way to the whole of Sugarbowl.  All things considered, they make the album one of the year’s top new rock albums and independent albums.  Sugarbowl is scheduled for release Friday through Deko Entertainment (ADA/Warner Music Group).

More information on Shadow & The Thrill’s forthcoming album is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

 

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Armored Saint Announces Release Date, Specs For New LP; Debuts Video For Album’s Lead Single

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Armored Saint is scheduled to release its latest album this fall.

The band made the announcement Wednesday.  Its new album Punching The Sky — its eighth album — is scheduled for release Oct. 23 through Metal Blade Records.  Its release will come more than five years after the release of the band’s then latest album, Win Hands Down and more than three years after the release of the band’s then latest live recording Carpe Noctum.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘End of the Attention Span‘ through its official Metal Blade Records page.

The video — directed by Robert Graves — features the band performing its new single and crosses that with various images of technology and the news media.  The visualization is meant to translate and illustrate the message of how technology and the news industry has proven more detriment than boon to the world.  The song’s musical arrangement meanwhile, is a steady, up-tempo work that is founded in its guitar line.

Bassist Joey Vera talked about the video in a recent interview.

“Robert got the lyrical content right away and together we delved into society’s ongoing fascination with electronic devices and the insidious disconnect it creates,” he said. “The irony is that most of us feel connected together through our phone and computer screens, but the reality is that we have created a wedge between ourselves. Our human interactions have been infected with an intense need for information. We’re always ‘looking’ for more. The end result is a very damaged attention span.”

Pre-orders are open for Punching The Sky.   It will release through a variety of platforms, which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

– digipak-CD
– ltd. digibook-CD/DVD (incl. 3 bonus tracks)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– clear purple / white marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– dark violet marbled vinyl w/ 7″ & patch (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– signal orange marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– white w/ purple & red splatter vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– purple / red melt vinyl (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– deep purple marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
– lavender marbled vinyl w/ 7″ & patch (US exclusive)

Punching The Sky track-listing
1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
2. End of the Attention Span
3. Bubble
4. My Jurisdiction
5. Do Wrong to None
6. Lone Wolf
7. Missile to Gun
8. Fly in the Ointment
9. Bark, No Bite
10. Unfair
11. Never You Fret

More information on Punching The Sky is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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