Fozzy Debuts New Single, ‘Sane,’ Companion Video

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Fozzy kicked off the long holiday weekend with a new single and video.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Sane‘ and its companion video Friday. The song is the band’s first new music since the debut of its then latest single, ‘Nowhere to Run‘ in September 2019.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Sane’ is a familiar work from Fozzy, in terms of its sound and stylistic approach. It exhibits the same kind of melodic hard rock approach and sound used in its existing works yet still ensures the song maintains its own unique identity separate from those songs.

Front man Chris Jericho had the following to say about the song’s musical arrangement.

“‘Sane’ is the perfect first single for Fozzy to unleash on the world, as it’s heavy, hooky, catchy and RIFF-TASTIC!!,” said Jericho. “I can’t think of a better way to remind everybody of the feeling you get when u hear a great rock n roll tune, one that makes u wanna put the top down on your car and put your foot down on the gas….and ‘SANE’ is that tune! It’s been such a tough year in so many ways, but now as the world is slowly getting better, FOZZY is here to vaccinate you with a proverbial phonograph needle and make you wanna ROCK again,” 

No information was provided about the lyrical theme in the press release distributed about the song’s debut. Listeners can infer through listening to the song that the theme in question centers on the matter of mental health to a point. The use of the roller coaster ride in the song’s companion video alongside the song’s lyrical content points to the inferred theme even more.

Asan aside, the video for ‘Sane’ was recorded aboard the ride, The Voyage’ at Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN. The video was shot on a closed set.

In other news, Fozzy is scheduled to return to the road this summer starting July 14 in Iowa City, IA. The band’s upcoming tour schedule features performances in cities, such as Jacksonville, NC; Cleveland, OH, and Savannah, GA. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

FOZZY Tour Dates:

July 14 – Iowa City, IA – Wildwood 

July 15 – Cadott, WI – Rockfest*

July 17 – Jacksonville, FL – Taco Festival*

August 7 – Sheboygan, WI – Brat Days *

September 2 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall 

September 3 – Joliet, IL – Apollo Theater 

September 4 – Belvidere, IL – Apollo Theater

September 6 – Kansasville, WI – 1175 

September 9 – Harrisburg, PA – HMAC 

September 10 – Appomattox, VA – Blue Ridge Rockfest *

September 11 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage 

September 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Jergel’s 

September 13 – Buffalo, NY – Iron Works 

September 16 – Angola, IN – Eclectic Room 

September 17 – Elevation – The Intersection 

September 18 – Flint. MI – Machine Shop 

September 19 – Cleveland, OH – The Winchester 

September 26 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life*

September 27 – Indianapolis, IN – Hi Fi 

September 28 – Harrison, OH – Blue Note 

September 30 – Nashville, TN – Basement East 

October 1 – Canton, GA – Action Building 

October 2 – Tampa, FL – 98ROCKFEST*

October 3 – Charlotte, NC – Underground 

October 4 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans 

October 7 – Johnson City, TN – Capone’s 

October 8 – Savannah, GA – Victory North

October 9 – Orlando, FL – WJRR’s Earthday Birthday*

October 21-October 25 – Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea

October 29 – November 3 – The KISS Kruise X

*festival dates

More information on Fozzy’s new single and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://fozzyrock.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fozzyrock

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fozzyrock

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Nonpoint Debuts New Single, ‘Ruthless’

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Nonpoint returned this week with its latest single.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Ruthless‘ Wednesday. The song is the band’s first new music since the release of its 2018 album, X. The song is the first single from the band’s forthcoming as-yet-untitled EP, which will see its release this year through the band’s newly formed independent label, 361 Degrees Records. Additionally, Nonpoint has partnered with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) to promote the song and the wrestling company.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Ruthless’ is another heavy, guitar-driven work from Nonpoint. The edge in the arrangement and its fire are collectively everything that audiences have come to expect from the band throughout its life.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Ruthless’ is a statement of self-determination and overcoming great odds, which plays directly into the band’s recent decision to launch its own label.

Front man Elias Soriano addressed the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“Ruthless is more than just a song,” said Soriano. “It’s a story with attitude and purpose. This is more than just an anthem, it’s heart pounding, high octane jet fuel and OUR MOST IRRESPONSIBLE MUSIC EVER”

Additionally, the band recently released a prepared statement discussing the launch of its new label.

“We would like to thank everyone for the support in our announcement of starting our own label!,” the statement reads. “The messages we have received have been really amazing, inspiring, and we’re so grateful to know we have all of your support. Over the past year, we filmed a documentary-series so we could show you our journey during this important step in our careers and to take you behind the scenes as we write new music.”

Nonpoint launched 361 Degrees Records LLC in January. The official announcement of the label’s launch was made last month through a video from the band. That video is available to view here. The band followed up that video with a “docu-series” that is streaming through the band’s official YouTube channel and website.

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

Websitehttps://www.nonpoint.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/nonpointworld

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/nonpoint

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Ian Abel Band Debuts New Single, ‘Not Afraid To Die’

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The Ian Abel Band debuted its latest single this month.

The band, fronted by its namesake, debuted the song ‘Not Afraid to Die‘ Jan. 3. The song, available to stream and download here, made its unofficial debut in a promo for a match between Cody Rhodes and Darby Allen for the TNT title at November’s All Elite Wrestling pay-per-view event, Full Gear.

Clocking in at just over two-and-a-half minutes in length, the song features a simple southern rock style arrangement. The dual acoustic/electric guitar pairing and its sound immediately lends itself to comparison to Bon Jovi’s timeless song ‘Wanted Dead or Alive.’ The airy, echo effect used in the arrangement adds to its depth and appeal.

The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement makes a statement about not being afraid of anything because the song’s subject has been to the lowest point possible in life. That sentiment pairs well with the ominous sense in the song’s musical arrangement.

Abel talked about the song during a recent interview.

“I wrote and recorded this song specifically for Cody Rhodes,” he said. “It was originally intended to be the Double or Nothing, Cody vs Dustin, promo, but Cody preferred ‘Shoes.’ At the time, AEW was just beginning and I wanted to write something that I thought captured Cody’s trailblazer like spirit. In hindsight, the song was better suited for the video package which included, Steve-O, Cody Rhodes and Darby Allin. Three very original performers who have paved their own way into history. Something I admire and am attempting to do myself.”

Abel released the song ‘Shoes‘ in 2019 as the music bed for a promo for the noted match between the Rhodes brothers.

The debut of Ian Abel Band’s latest single comes more than two months after the debut of the band’s then latest single, ‘All For Love.’ ‘All For Love’ is available to stream and download here.

More information on Ian Abel Band’s latest single is available along with all of the Ian Abel Band’s latest news and more at:https://www.facebook.com/ianabelband.

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Violent Idols Asking Fans To Help Craft Its Next Video

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Violent Idols wants fans to help create the video for its new song ‘F*** You.’

The band debuted the song by itself April 23.  It is featured in the band’s new EP Idolatry, which is streaming in whole through Spotify.  The song and EP were produced and mixed by Kane Churko at The Hideout Recording Studio.

As the band prepares to create an official video for its new single, which features guest vocals from Gemini Syndrome front man Aaron Nordstrom, the group is launching a contest to get its fans involved in the process.  The band is asking fans to submit footage to the band showing how they say ‘F*** You’ during the COVID-19 quarantine.

The footage picked by the band will end up in the upcoming video.  Fans can submit their footage now here.

In terms of its musical arrangement, the song lends itself, ironically, to comparisons to works from Gemini Syndrome, The Veer Union and other similar acts through its heavy, guitar-driven foundation.  The song’s low-end and percussion adds to that comparison even more.

The song’s lyrical theme is an anger-fueled statement to which any listener can relate, and was discussed by the band recently in a collective statement.

“‘F*** You’ encapsulates a feeling that every single person alive has felt at one time or another,” the statement reads.  “Even the best of us still have moments where we just want to let our anger and frustration out and say, ‘F*** You.’  This song is an ode to that feeling, a feeling that need not be hidden inside, as it’s an honest reflection of he internal human struggle.”

The band’s enigmatic front man “V” added to the discussion with his own comment on the song’s creation with his own statement.

“Very appropriately, I started writing this song in my car after getting stuck behind bad driver after bad driver,” he said.  “Aaron [Nordstrom] and I had discussed the idea of him guesting on our EP and once I had the initial seeds for it I knew it would be perfect to involve him on.  Aaron is an extremely talented artist, and he brought a whole other layer of intellectual rage to the song that I would not have been able to do alone.”

‘F*** You’ is the fifth and final single from the new five-song EP.  The band debuted the EP’s lead single ‘Enemies With Benefits‘ Oct. 22, 2019.  The song’s musical arrangement presents a sort of industrial metal sound at its base while its lyrical theme is heavy in its own right.

“V” discussed the song’s lyrical theme in a previous interview.

“There is no hero without an enemy, and usually, even the villain thinks himself the hero,” he said.  “This song explores the schizophrenic relationship between the two and their perpetual bond.”

‘Enemies with Benefits’ is available to stream and download here.

The debut of the EP’s second song, a cover of The Doors’ ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side)‘ followed in December.  The band debuted the EP’s next song, ‘Unscripted VIolence,’ which is the theme song for AEW star John Moxley, on Feb. 5.  It was followed weeks later with the debut of the record’s fourth single, ‘New Religion (ft. K.A.Z.).’

More information on Violent Idols’ new song, contest, latest news and more is available online at:

 

Website: http://violentidols.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/violentidols

 

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