‘Highway Crosses’ Continues Cementing AHTY’s Place In Today’s Metal Community

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More than two years after the release of its sophomore album Screams From A Black Wilderness, All Hail the Yeti finally returned Friday with its third full-length studio recording, Highway Crosses.  The record’s release is important to note because for some time, there was some speculation among fans as to whether it would ever see the light of day.  That is because the band released a short snippet of the video for the album’s lead single ‘Slow Season’ on Jan. 18.  From the time of its release up until September, little to no hint of anything new was released, but then on Sept. 24, the full video was released along with an announcement that Highway Crosses was officially on its way, and soon at that.  The wait was worth it, too.  That is evidenced in part throughout the course of the 11-song, 40-minute record, not the least through the pounding indictment of today’s social media-based society, ‘Anti-Social Media.’  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Cleveland Avenue,’ which immediately precedes that song, is another example of what makes Highway Crosses such a strong new effort from All Hail The Yeti.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Live Everyday’ is one more example of Highway Crosses’ strength, and will also be discussed later.  Each song is important in its own way to the whole of its new album.  When they are considered along with the songs not directly noted here, the end result is an album that is one more candidate for any critic’s list of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

All Hail The Yeti’s third full-length studio recording Highway Crosses is a strong new offering from the Los Angeles, California-based band that over the course of its 11-song, 40-minute run, continues to cement the band as one of the big names in the metal community’s next generation of bands.  On that same note, it proves from start to end, to be an easy candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  That is proven late in the album’s run in the socially-minded ‘Anti-Social Media.’  In regards to that theme, it is inferred as front man Connor Garritty screams, “May I have your attention/Right f***ing now/Sit down and save your questions/And shut your mouth/I’m right/You’re wrong/It’s gone on for far too long/Put down/Your phone/I cannot leave this one alone/I cannot leave this one alone/You can’t/Replace all the things that have crossed my mind/Friendships are trending now/I don’t need someone to save me/Just someone to make me proud.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “I’m sick of feeds and filters/And pointless rants/Social justice warriors/With no right/On your Facebook irony/Don’t forget to post your hashtag vanity/The end of days has now begun.”  From there, the song enters its bridge, which leads Garritty to proclaim in the song’s final minutes, “You can say you’re right/You can say I’m wrong/We can say what the f*** we like/This is anti-social media.”  It becomes crystal clear through this lyrical content that this song is a statement about what has become of the world as a result of social media.  The song is not a denouncement of social media itself, but rather an indictment of people and how people have allowed themselves to become so negatively changed through social media.  It is a powerful statement that while obviously not the first of its kind from any act, is still important because it is a reminder to people to not let themselves become so wrapped up in social media and its negative influence.  Keeping that in mind, this song proves a powerful example of what makes Highway Crosses a welcome return for All Hail the Yeti.  Of course it is just one part of what makes this song worth noting.  The song’s musical arrangement is just as worth noting as its lyrical content.

Looking at the song’s musical arrangement, the driving, opus is successful in illustrating the thoughts and emotions of the song’s lyrical theme.  Drummer Ryan Kittlitz’s time keeping couples with the song’s guitar line and Garritty’s own powerhouse vocal delivery to make clear the frustration generated through people’s vanity put on display via social media, and the overall divisive nature of platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  When this is considered along with the lyrical presentation of that frustration, the whole becomes even more clear in its strength in the overall frame of Highway Crosses.  Keeping this in mind, the song is not the only work that shows Highway Crosses’ overall strength.  ‘Seymour Avenue’ is another example of what makes this LP another welcome effort from AHTY.

‘Seymour Avenue’ centers on the discovery, in 2013, of three women in Cleveland who had been abducted by sex offender Ariel Castro.  The women’s story made national headlines, with graphic descriptions of what Castro did to the women while holding them captive in his home, and how their escape from his clutches started with the escape of one of the women.  All Hail The Yeti’s song focusing on their nearly decade-long captivity is something that few, if any, other band has ever crafted, and it goes in line with similarly styled works from the band on its past albums.  Those songs focused on stories such as an orphanage that burned to the ground with dozens of children inside and other tales.  The song’s musical arrangement is an absolutely pummeling work that again, does such an expert job of illustrating the emotions that those women must have felt.  That is evident in the down-tuned guitars and Garritty’s grinding vocal delivery.  The best description that this critic can give of the sound is a hybrid of sludge metal a la Crowbar, doom rock a la Type O Negative and something else difficult to pinpoint.  That aside, the overall arrangement again does an expert job of creating a fully ominous atmosphere for the song and its story, which again clearly was for those women.

Garritty tells the women’s story in no uncertain terms, screaming, “Someone new arrived today/I have yet to see her face/I hear the screams from down below/There’s evil in this place/Chained/To the wall/All alone/She’s shaking/A room/Down the hall/All alone/He’s waiting/Can someone save me/So cold/Memories are covered with stars/Don’t say his name/Just fight through the pain/To be dragged back into the dark/Two more girls/A nightmare show/Now they fear the worst/Their abduction makes the family grow/Vanished from the Earth/Chained/To the wall/All alone/She’s shaking/A room/Down the hall/All alone/He’s waiting.”  Again, this is largely the description that was given by every news outlet of the situation in which the women were held during their captivity.  The mention of the “family growing” references how Castro even impregnated one of the women.  It is a modern-day horror story that thankfully ended with the women escaping and surviving, and while they are still emotionally recovering today, will never have to see that horrible excuse for a human again since he is dead.  The band, here, is merely telling the story, reminding people of the evil of which mankind is capable.  When this is coupled with the song’s imposing musical arrangement, it becomes fully evident that this song is yet another clear example of what makes Highway Crosses another strong effort from AHTY.  Even with this in mind, this song is still not the last of the works that can be cited in showing the album’s overall strength.  ‘Live Everyday’ is one more example of what makes Highway Crosses a welcome new offering from the band.

Just as with ‘Seymour Avenue’ and ‘Anti-Social Media,’ ‘Live Everyday’ stands out in part because of its musical arrangement that crosses sludge, melodic hard rock and metalcore elements for a whole that instantly grabs listeners, and holds them to the end of the three-minute-plus opus.  That arrangement is just one part of what makes the song overall another one of Highway Crosses’ strong points.  Its lyrical content is just as important to its whole as its musical arrangement.

In regards to its lyrical themes, the song actually comes across as being rather uplifting, despite its heavy, grinding musical arrangement.  This is inferred as Garritty screams, “Take a look into our lives/the past is left behind/This is the time/the time to rise/Stand with us/It will be alright/Be grateful for the setting sun/Let you know that this day has come/You fought this fight/Fought it on your own…The world was ours/We had it all/to take the time/To change your mind/Don’t let it go/I can see you there/Before the fall/We came from starts/the world was ours/But now is gone/Everything is in your sights/Nothing in the way/You must believe/Believe in your heart/Don’t let the world tear your soul apart/Live your days like they are your last/And love with everything you have/The end is near/Closer everyday/Live in the moment/Don’t waste it away.”  This is a pretty straight forward message, and one that is certain to uplift any listener.  In hindsight, the fury in the song’s arrangement actually works well here in that it can be argued that that fury helps to illustrate the determination of someone working to overcome the negative emotions that work so hard to overcome.  To that end, the power in the song’s musical arrangement makes even more sense, and when coupled with this positive, uplifting lyrical theme, makes the song in whole doubtless, one more of Highway Crosses’ strongest points, if not its single strongest point.  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here, and those not directly noted, the end result is an album overall that will appeal to All Hail the Yeti’s more seasoned fans as well as those who are less familiar with the band.  What’s more, it cements the band even more as one of the most import names in the next generation of hard rock and metal.

All Hail The Yeti’s new full-length studio recording Highway Crosses is another strong new effort from the band.  That is evidenced through all three of the songs discussed here and the other works not directly noted.  The songs’ musical arrangements will appeal to a wide range of metal fans while the lyrical themes are just as widely appealing because of their variety and general content.  From start to end, that combination of widely appealing musical and lyrical content is certain to reach plenty of listeners.  Keeping all of this in mind, Highway Crosses is, overall, a work that has cemented AHTY’s place in the metal community just as much as its predecessors.  It has also cemented the band’s place on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  It is available now.  More information on Highway Crosses is available online now along with all of All Hail The Yeti’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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All Hail The Yeti Offers New Album Update

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All Hail The Yeti is hard at work in the studio on its next album.

The band recently announced this week that it is working with Grammy Award-winning producer Warren Riker (Down, Kill Devil Hill, Crowbar) on its third full-length studio recording at Water Music Studios in Hoboken, NJ. The band has been posting updates on its work on its Facebook page, too, keeping fans updated on its work.

Band front man Connorr Garritty said in a recent interview that he thought the album was progressing well, adding having Riker manning the boards has played directly into that positive progress.

“This process has been absolutely amazing,” Garritty said. “Warren dove right into the songs and has quickly become a fifth member of the band. His positivity and creativeness were exactly what we needed to make this record! the whole process felt so natural and unforced. to be able to work with someone who has such a diverse musical background really helped take this record to the next level. He has a great ear for every type of music, not just heavy metal, and I think that is what has made this so special. We could not be happier. Hopefully the world is ready for this chapter of All Hail the Yeti.

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All Hail The Yeti Announces New Live Dates

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All Hail The Yeti is heading back out on the road.

The band announced this week it will embark on the “Screaming Black Curse Tour” beginning May 17 in Los Angeles, CA.  The tour, on which the band will serve as headliner, is in support of its latest album 2016’s Screams From A Black Wilderness.

Invidia and Broken Rail will serve as support throughout the nearly three-week run.  The tour’s current schedule will take the bands throughout the west coast, Midwest and southwest.  The tour schedule is noted below.

ALL HAIL THE YETI on Spring Meltdown Fest:
4/22 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino w/ Ghoul, Skinlab, Alter Beast and more
 
ALL HAIL THE YETI Screaming Black Curse Tour Dates w/ Invidia & Broken Rail:
5/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
5/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
5/19 – Kingsburg, CA @ Bullfrogs
5/22 – Seattle, WA @El Corazon
5/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joes
5/25 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
5/26 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
5/27- Oklahoma City, OK @ Thunder Alley
5/28 – Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club
5/30 – Dallas, TX @ The Rail Club
6/2 – El Paso, TX @ The Rock House
6/3 – Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
6/4 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
+More TBA!

All Hail The Yeti front man Connor Garritty was upbeat as he talked about expectations for the upcoming live dates, adding he was also excited about the addition of some new sponsors for the tour.

“We are very excited about the “Screaming Black Curse Tour,” Garritty said. “We’ve teamed up with Invidia and Broken Rail to bring you a really diverse musical party.  This time of year is always really great to get on the road and play shows because the weather is nice and fans are excited to get out of hibernation!  Schecter Guitars and Black Hope Curse Clothing have jumped on board as the main sponsors and will be doing some fun stuff on the tour, too.  We hope to see all of our tried and true fans, friends and family. This is all about you! HAIL!”

Screams From A Black Wilderness is available in stores and online now.  It can be purchased online via Bandcamp, Amazon or iTunes.  Audiences can also check out the videos for ‘Daughter of The Morning Star,’ ‘Before The Flames,’ ‘After The Great Fire,’ and ‘Feed The Pigs’ online now, too.

More information on the “Screaming Black Curse Tour” is available online now along with all of All Hail The Yeti’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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All Hail The Yeti Debuts New Socio-Politically Charged Single, Companion Video

Photo Credit: Henry Diltz

Photo Credit: Henry Diltz

All Hail The Yeti released a powerful new composition this week and a video to accompany that song.

The band released its hard-hitting, socio-politically charged song ‘Feed The Pigs’ this week.  The song is focused on events that have happened around the world and urges listeners to take action against the things and events that are negatively impacting the planet.

Front man Connor Garritty explained in a recent interview with Huffington Post contributing writer Ilana Rapp the song was written in response to the current state of the world.

“Writing ‘Feed The Pigs’ came very naturally for us; one of the least stressful, yet one of the most important songs we have ever written,” Garritty said. “We have always been very conscious of the world around us, especially the environment.  With everything that is going on around us right now, I felt that this song needed to be heard…so inspiration wouldn’t be the word – it is more of a wake up call!  Our society needs to clue in to what is going on!  Change has to start right now!”

The song’s companion video is a powerful visual project that mixes video clips of events that have happened around the world with footage of the band performing its new song. Audiences should be warned the imagery presented in the video is very powerful – so viewer discretion is advised.  The video can be viewed online here now.

‘Feed The Pigs’ is a standalone work from All Hail The Yeti and is not included in the band’s latest full-length studio recording Screams From A Black Wilderness.  That album is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online via Bandcamp, Amazon and iTunes.  The band has also released videos for ‘Daughter of the Morning Star,’ ‘Before The Flames’ and ‘After The Great Fire.’  ‘Daughter of the Morning Star’ and ‘Before The Flames’ are both included in Screams From A Black Wilderness.  ‘After The Great Fire’ comes from the band’s 2012 debut album, which was re-issued via Minus Head Records in 2015.

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Hannah Williams’ Second LP Takes First On Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New Independent Albums List

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Courtesy: Record Kicks

The countdown to the year’s end continue today with yet another addition to Phil’s Picks’ 2016 “Best Of” lists.  This time, Phil’s Picks offers its list of the year’s top new independent albums.  This list was just as difficult as any assembled.  Readers should understand independent doesn’t necessarily mean unsigned.  Rather it encompasses unsigned bands and bands signed to independent labels, thus the title “Independent Albums.”  Included in this year’s list are new releases from Cage9, All Hail The Yeti, Hannah Williams and the Affirmations among many others.  As always, the list includes the year’s Top 10 new albums on the list as well as five honorable mention titles, bringing the total album count to 15.  So, without further ado, here are Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Independent Albums.

 

2016 Top 10 New Independent Albums

 

1) Hannah Williams and the Affirmations – Late Nights and Heartbreak

 

2) All Hail the Yeti – Screams From A Black Wilderness

 

3) Love and a .38 – Nomad

 

4) Buffalo Summer – Second Sun

 

5) Cage9 – Illuminator

 

6) Apollo Under Fire – Apollo Under Fire

 

7) The Heavy – Hurt and the Merciless

 

8) Celeb Car Crash – People Are The Best Show

 

9) Radio Exile – Soulfire

 

10) Ray Rocket – Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana

 

11) Another Lost Year – Alien Architect

 

12) Alexis Taylor – Piano

 

13) Garrett Klahn – Garrett Klahn

 

14) Pareidolia – Denied Truths

 

15) Phill Rocker – Hard To Bleed

 

 

 

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All Hail The Yeti Premieres ‘Mr. Murder’ Video

Courtesy:  Minus Head Records

Courtesy: Minus Head Records

All Hail The Yeti released the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its latest single ‘Mr. Murder’ online this week exclusively through Music Choice. The song is taken from the band’s latest full-length studio recording Scream From a Black Wilderness. Front man Connor Garritty talked about the video, saying that while it gives fans a view of the band’s live show it also pays tribute to one of the band’s close friends, Matthew Berube.

“We are very excited to finally release the video for ‘Mr. Murder,” Garritty said. “This was shot over the last few tours compiled with live footage and tour antics while paying tribute to our brother Matthew Berube, who passed away in 2015.  it also features our dear friend Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists who flew out from Alaksa to join us on the Haunted and Damaged Tour to perform live and film the video. This song is very difficult for us to perform live given the subject matter, but it also brings us great happiness to immortalize our best friend. Hope you all enjoy…Hail ‘Mr. Murder’!”

All Hail The Yeti is preparing to join Max and Iggor Cavalera’s “Return to Roots Tour.”   they will join The Black Dahlia Murder, Combichrist, Allegeon, and Oni as support for the tour.  The tour launches this Sunday, Sept. 25.

Along with its dates on the “Return to Roots Tour,” All Hail The Yeti will also perform at a number of off-date shows with Combichrist during its October tour.

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All Hail The Yeti Announces Summer Headlining Tour

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Courtesy: Minus Head Records/Adrenaline PR

All Hail The Yeti is heading out on the road this summer.

The band has announced that it will embark on a four-week headlining tour this summer in support of its latest album Screams From A Black Wilderness.  The tour launches Friday, July 29th in Tempe, Arizona and runs through Friday, August 26th in Salt Lake City, Utah.  St. Louis, Missouri-based Final Drive will serve as direct support for All Hail The Yeti on the upcoming tour.  AHTY front man Connor Garritty noted Final Drive’s addition to the tour in a statement about the tour along with a note about what fans can expect in the band’s upcoming live dates.  “We are very excited to be back on the road doing what we love. It’s been a while but we want to thank all our fans for being so patient. You will not be disappointed!,” he said about the tour.  In regards to the addition of Final Drive to the tour he said, We signed up Final Drive from St. Louis to directly support us every night. They are a great band with tons of energy! We hope to see all of our followers out there – the storm is coming! HAIL!”  The schedule for the bands’ upcoming tour is noted below.

 

ALL HAIL THE YETI Headline Tour Dates:

7/29/2016 – Tempe, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto

7/30/2016 – Santa Fe, NM @ The Underground

7/31/2016 – Lubbock, TX @ Depot O Bar

8/1/2016 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats

8/2/2016 – Houston, TX @ BFE

8/3/2016 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar

8/4/2016 – Tulsa, OK @ Downtown Lounge

8/5/2016 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room

8/6/2016 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird (Final Drive headline)

8/8/2016 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Castle Lounge

8/9/2016 – Billings, MT @ The Rail Yard

8/10/2016 – Missoula, MT @ The Dark Horse

8/12/2016 – Edmonton, AB Canada @The Brix

8/14/2016 – Calgary, AB Canada @Distortion

8/15/2016 – Canmore, AB Canada @ Canmore Hotel

8/18/2016 – Vancouver, BC Canada @ Cobalt Hotel

8/20/2016 – Anchorage, AK @ Koot’s (no Final Drive)

8/22/2016 – Seattle, WA @ Funhouse

8/23/2016 – Portland, OR @ Ash Street

8/24/2016 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder

8/25/2016 – Idaho Falls, ID @ The Falls

8/26/2016 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar (merging with another tour, NEID headlines)

 

In related news, AHTY bassist Nicholas Diltz has launched a new side project dubbed Day of Errors.  The band features Joe Amodeal on guitar and legendary drummer Bill Ward (ex-Black Sabbath) behind the kit.  The band will perform TONIGHT at 8pm at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles, CA.  The show is 21+ only.  Doors open at 8:00pm.  More information on tonight’s show can be obtained at http://www.luckystrikelive.com.  As an added note, while Diltz has started this new band, he is still a full-time member of All Hail The Yeti and will be alongside his AHTY band mates on the “Haunted and Damaged” Tour.

All Hail The Yeti released its sophomore album Screams From A Black Wilderness this past April.  The album was produced by Matt Hyde (Soulfly, Deftones, Slayer).  It can be ordered online now via Bandcamp, Amazon, and iTunes.  The band currently has three music videos streaming online now.  They are ‘Daughter of the Morning Star,’ ‘Before The Flames’ (Part 1 from Screams From A Black Wilderness) and ‘After The Great Fire’ (Part 2 from the band’s 2012 self-titled debut).  All three can be viewed online now at the noted links.  More information on those videos is available online now along with all of the latest updates on AHTY’s upcoming tour, news, and more at:

 

 

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