Alborn Signs Distribution Deal With Imagen Records; Live Show Set For Saturday

Courtesy: Imagen Records/ADA/Warner Music

Alt-metal  band Alborn made a big announcement this week.

The independent band announced Monday, it has signed a new distribution deal with Imagen Records (ADA/Warner Music).  The deal will see the band release its new EP Impairative Friday.

Imagen Records A&R Rep (and Sevendust drummer) Morgan Rose talked about the band’s signing in a recent interview.

“When the opportunity opened up for me to sign Alborn to Imagen, I jumped on it, he said. “I’ve known these guys for years and have worked closely with them. The songwriting is so unique to me. It’s fresh and not predictable. I think people will get so much out of what this band has to say.”

Imagen Records President Bob Winegard added to Rose’s statements.

“I’m excited to have them on our roster and I can’t wait until people hear their new music,” said Winegard.

The five-song record features four original songs and a cover of Alice In Chains’ hit song ‘We Die Young.’ Impairative‘s track listing is noted below.

“Impairative” Tracklisitng:

1) Prime
2) Let Me Bleed
3) Waves
4) The Maze
5) We Die Young (Alice In Chains Cover)

The band debuted the video for its cover of ‘We Die Young’ on June 25.  The video is a CG presentation that features images of items, such as bullets, crime scene tape at a house, and skeletons on a subway train.  Alborn’s take on the song stays largely true to its source material from start to end.

Alborn formed in 2016 in northern Illinois.  The band is composed of Justin Taylor (guitar/vocals), Alex Raser (drums/vocals), Zame Lewis (bass) and Nate Guske (guitar).  The band’s music has been compared to works from the likes of Deftones and Alice in Chains.

The band’s win in a battle of the bands competition led the group earned the band a recording session of Jose Urquiza of the band 3 years Hollow.  Rose heard the demos that the session spawned and came on board to work with the band.  Rose said of the sessions that he and Urquiza worked on with Alborn, “I was brought in to do some producing with Alborn and what grabbed my attention immediately was that they refused to conform to a formula. They wanted to be themselves from the start. It’s rare to find a band so young not wanting to follow an easy trend. I was impressed right out of the gate.”

The successes that the band has experienced since will result Friday in the release of its new EP.

In other news Alborn is scheduled to perform live Saturday at the Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, IL.  The band will serve as support for Monroe as it celebrates the release of its new record.

104.9 The X is presenting the concert.  Kegel Harley-Davidson is the concert’s primary sponsor.  Information and tickets are available here.

More information on Alborn’s new EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.albornmusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/albornofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/albornofficial

 

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Sevendust’s New LP One Of 2013’s Best Hard Rock Records

Courtesy:  asylum/7bros/ada

Courtesy: asylum/7bros/ada

Sevendust is one of the most respected and beloved bands in the world of both mainstream and hard rock.  That’s because this fan favorite band has proven itself time and again over the course of eight albums and nearly twenty years.  Now with its ninth full length record, the members of this Atlanta, GA based band have proven yet again why Sevendust has stood tall while so many other bands have fallen by the wayside.

Black Out The Sun is everything that a Sevendust fan could hope for.  It opens deceivingly with a short near ninety-second instrumental that harkens back to its previous album, Cold Day Memory before launching into a sound that echoes across the band’s catalogue of albums in ‘Faithless.’  It is a solid, hard rocking opus that as loud and heavy as it is, is actually quite the positive and uplifting piece.  Front man Lajon Witherspoon sings in this first full opening number, “The burning ends/You come around/So step back for the answer/Lift yourself up slowly/It’s taken everything/Don’t you throw it away/The burning ends at least for now/So I resist/You go on/Days are lost/Can’t change a thing/Life hangs on for all days/But no real place to go/But I forgive/Life hangs on.”  This is a song of personal perseverance through all of life’s most difficult situations.  The lyrics are anything but cryptic here.  They are saying, “Don’t throw away life.  Don’t give up.  Things get tough, but don’t give up.”  The song’s musical side is a fitting “companion” of sorts as it helps serve as a motivator of sorts.  The aggression of the music helps to illustrate the feelings of perseverance being expressed lyrically.  Together, they make for a fitting opener to this album, and equally fitting transition from the band’s most recent album.

‘Mountain’ offers a similar vibe.  It is another of this album’s high points.  It has that same high energy music.  When set next to the song’s equally defiant lyrics, it becomes a song that one could easily see becoming a fan favorite both on the album and in a live setting.  It would be easy to envision a thousand fists and more pumping in the air while the audience sings along to this song.  Lyrically, it’s even more defiant than ‘Faithless.’  Witherspoon sings in this song, “First on top of the mountain/Push back/Drop down/Broke you to pieces/I’m on top of the mountain/Save name/Save face/Keeps all of me away from you.”  While it comes across as being a more personal piece, this chorus alone makes no bones about it.  It is aimed at someone in particular.  And really, who out there hasn’t felt like that at one point or another.  Even this critic has felt something similar to this more than once.  That ability of listeners to so easily relate to the song’s lyrical side and enjoy its musical side is sure to make this song another favorite.

For all the high energy and aggression exuded through Black Out The Sun, the band actually does pull back some in the form of the song, ‘Got A Feeling.’  It comes across as a very introspective piece, lyrically speaking.  Witherspoon‘s gentility as he sings, “I gave a poor man a dime or two/He saved my soul with gratitude/And gave his life/Yes he did” is moving to say the least.  The semi-country/western vibe of the guitars and the piano’s dark tones really serve to add a whole extra depth to the song.  It’s one that is certain to grow on listeners more with each listen.  Of course it’s just one of many other pieces that Sevendust’s legions around the world will enjoy on what is some of the band’s best work to date.  As a matter of fact, the band’s members have collectively crafted in Black Out The Sun a record that has found a place on this critic’s list of the year’s Best New Hard Rock albums.  And now, three other lucky Sevendust fans can own this hard rocking record for free next week just by “Liking” the Phil’s Picks Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/philspicks.  Three lucky fans will win copies of Black Out The Sun when they finish lyrics from the band’s previous records.  One song lyric will be posted there Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.  The first person to correctly finish the song lyric each day will pick up a copy of the album.  All three copies are signed by the entire band.

Those who don’t manage to pick up the band’s new album can still catch Sevendust live on the road as it tours in support of Black Out The Sun.  The band will be in Auget, IL tonight and then in Milwaukee, WI and Minneapolis, MN over the weekend.  Fans in North Carolina will also get to see the band when it makes a stop at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Fillmore Charlotte on April 23rd.  Even more tour dates are listed online on the band’s official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sevendust/25493613958 and the band’s official website, http://www.sevendust.com.  Fans can order the new album online at http://bit.ly/BlackOutTheSun.

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