Reality Grey Take Listeners Into ‘The Void’ As It Prepares Its Next Album

Independent metalcore act Reality Grey is getting audiences excited about its next album with the video for the as-yet-untitled album’s latest single.

The band this week the Italian rock act unveiled the video for the single ‘The Void.’  Musically, the song exhibits influences of As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage and other similar metalcore acts.  Guitarist Anto Addabbo explained in a recent interview that the song’s lyrical theme centers on personal growth throughout life.

“‘The Void’ is one of the album’s songs that we feel more emotionally attached to both musically and visually,” Addabbo said.  “It is about the struggle of finding ourselves in the different phases of our life.  We all have been there, and it’s a song that most of the people can easily relate to.”

Audiences can get the song’s full lyrics online via the band’s official bandcamp page.

Reality Grey The Void Vid Grab

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

‘The Void.’ is available for purchase via the band’s website now.  It is the second single to be released so far from the band’s next as-yet-untitled album.  The band unveiled the album’s lead single ‘Daybreakers‘ and its video late last year.

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As I Lay Dying Albums Get Vinyl Re-Issue Treatment

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As I Lay Dying is back…sort of.

Almost a year after the band’s former front man Tim Lambesis was released from prison for a conviction in a murder-for-hire plot in which he allegedly tried to have his wife killed, two of the band’s albums are getting the vinyl re-issue treatment.

Metal Blade Records announced Thursday that the band’s 2003 record Frail Words Collapse and its followup, 2005’s Shadows Are Security will be re-issued on vinyl Jan. 26.  Pre-orders for both albums are open now, and both will be available in limited quantities.

The specs for each album’s re-issue are noted below.

Frail Words Collapse LP re-issue
–180g black vinyl
–yellow/brown opaque split vinyl (limited to 1000 copies – USA exclusive)
–butter cream marble vinyl (limited to 500 copies – USA exclusive)
–orange/brown with black swirls vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–golden vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–cream/white splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)

Shadows Are Security LP re-issue
–180g black vinyl
–yellow/blue opaque split vinyl (limited to 1000 copies – USA exclusive)
–opaque teal marble vinyl (limited to 500 copies – USA exclusive)
–yellow with orange spots vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–blue/black transparent marble vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–clear ice-blue/orange and yellow splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)

Lambesis allegedly started working recently on new music for a new As I Lay Dying record with a new group of musicians according to various media reports. AILD ex-guitarist Nick Hipa did not entirely write-off a reunion in a recent interview on Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta’s radio program The Jasta Show, but did not say a reunion of the original lineup definitely would happen, either.

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Wovenwar Announces New Album Title, Release Date; Tour To Launch Next Month

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Wovenwar will release its sophomore album this fall.

The band today announced the details for its upcoming sophomore album Honor is Dead.  The album will be released Friday October 21st via Metal Blade Records.  In anticipation of the album’s release the band is currently streaming a video for the album’s lead single ‘Censorship’ online here.

The album is currently available now for pre-order in a number of bundle packs including: CD, Limited Edition CD/DVD (only 5000 copies available in Europe), Box set (limited to only 600 copies), 180 gram black vinyl, steel-grey marble vinyl (limited to 300 copies), clear/black marble vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to only 200 copies), exclusive t-shirt bundle and digital pre-order bundles.  The full track listing for Honor is Dead is noted below.

Honor Is Dead track-listing
1. Confession
2. Censorship
3. Honor Is Dead
4. Lines in the Sand
5. World on Fire
6. Compass
7. Stones Thrown
8. Cascade
9. Silhouette
10. Bloodletter
11. 130

Along with the new video, the band has announced a tour in support of Honor Is Dead that will launch October 14th in Providence, Rhode Island. The tour currently runs through November 16th and includes performances in Denver, Colorado, Carrboro, North Carolina and a number of other cities.  The current schedule for the tour is noted below.

Wovenwar tour dates
w/ Soilwork, Unearth, Battlecross, Darkness Divided

Oct. 14 – Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
Oct. 15 – Stanhope, NJ – Stanhope House
Oct. 16 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shakes
Oct. 17 – Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
Oct. 18 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
Oct. 20 – Ft. Worth, TX – The Rail Club
Oct. 21 – San Leon, TX – 18th Street
Oct. 22 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
Oct. 24 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
Oct. 26 – Pomona, CA – Glass House
Oct. 27 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
Oct. 29 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Oct. 30 – Spokane, WA – The Pin
Nov. 1 – Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
Nov. 2 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro
Nov. 3 – Denver, CO – The Summit
Nov. 5 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
Nov. 6 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub Concert Hall
Nov. 8 – Cudday, WI – The Metal Grill
Nov. 9 – Ringle, WI – Q&Z
Nov. 10 – Arlington Heights, IL – Home Bar
Nov. 11 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
Nov. 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
Nov. 13 – New York City, NY – Gramercy
Nov. 15 – Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
Nov. 16 – Toronto, ON – Rockpile

Honor Is Dead was recorded by each of the band’s members in separate different locations across the country–including California, Alabama, and Texas—instead of coming together in one studio together.  Guitarist Nick Hipa said recording the record in this fashion wasn’t easy but it ended up working for the band in the end.

“Recording separately across multiple states at different times with a mixing engineer bouncing between multiple countries made things very tricky,” Hipa said. “Luckily we’ve all made records before an everything ended up working out.”

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Wovenwar Begins Work On Sophomore Album

Courtesy  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy Metal Blade Records

Wovenwar will return.  And according to the band’s members, its return will come this year.

Officials with Metal Blade Records announced this week that Wovenwar has entered the studio to begin working on material for its sophomore album.  The band offered the following update on tis

“Recording for the second Wovenwar album is officially underway with the drum tracking being completed and the process moving into the guitar tracking phase.  Several months-worth of demos have been condensed into eleven new songs we are very proud of.  The process found us expanding upon our melodic sound with a darker and more aggressive approach – utilizing elements restrained on our debut but familiar to our cumulative history.  Nolly Getgood (Periphery) is onboard to handle mixing duties. We look forward to hearing how his versatile talents elevate our sound and direction.  We’re looking to have the recording process wrapped up in the next couple months and hope to have the album out sometime late summer/early fall.  Until then please keep up with us on all band socials for updates.”

The band originally features members of the now defunct metalcore band As I Lay Dying, which was also signed to Metal Blade Records.  The band released six albums in its time together, five of which were originally released via Metal Blade Records.  It also released a twelve-song compilation record titled Decas via Metal Blade in 2011.  The band eventually disbanded after frontman Tim Lambesis’ 2013 arrest on charges of plotting to have his wife murdered.  The band’s remaining members—Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar), Josh Gilbert (bass), and Jordan Mancino (drums) joined forces with Oh, Sleeper front man Shane Blay to form Wovenwar.  The band’s self-titled 2014 debut hit #36 on Billboard’s Top 200 New Albums Chart.  Audiences can preview the album now and even order it online via Wovenwar’s official Metal Blade Records page.  More information on Wovenwar is available online now along with all of the latest updates on the band’s new album, its latest news, and more at:






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Wovenwar’s Debut Record Puts AILD To Rest At Last

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Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

The self-titled debut record from Wovenwar is a triumphant return for the now former members of As I Lay Dying. The former band recently disbanded after the arrest of its front man Tim Lambesis for a murder-for-hire plot against his now ex-wife. The fallout from the band’s breakout and Lambesis’ arrest was far reaching for fans of AILD. Now thanks to the upcoming release of Wovenwar audiences will find that AILD is gone and from its ashes is a whole new band with a whole new sound. It is a band and sound that while unlike that of AILD is even better than that of that band. The sound on this record is one that promises a hopeful future ahead for Wovenwar. The melodic hard rock sound churned out right off the top in ‘All Rise’ is a clear indicator of this. The straight forward, driving energy of ‘The Mason’ makes for another wonderful addition to this record with its straight forward, driving energy. And or those hoping that the band that was AILD hadn’t lost its full on metal edge, ‘Matter of Time’ will assure them that they most definitely have not. These songs are but a few examples of what makes Wovenwar a welcome new birth for the members of AILD. And it is even more welcome for audiences that have waited with baited breath for this record.

When it was announced that the members of AILD had formed a new band and were hard at work on said band’s debut release, anticipation immediately built for that release. Both the band’s members and audiences alike needed a fresh start what with the black eye brought on by Tim Lambesis’ arrest. Right off the top of the album, the band lives up to all of that anticipation thanks to ‘All Rise.’ This melodic hard rock was the perfect way to open the album. Its pounding drums and shredding guitars are a bridge to what was once AILD while the more melodic vocal style of front man Shane Blay displays the band’s different direction. He sings in this song what may well be a reference to Lambesis’ arrest as he sings, “Who stands the storm and faces/The horrors that darkness breeds/Who will take the life they’re given/And cast light for all to see/Who stands the storm if not the brave/What’s built from cowards that we praise/Who stands the storm if not the brave.” It’s very possible that this could be in reference to comments made by Lambesis regarding his eventually changing views on faith that apparently led to his fate. That argument is made even stronger in the song’s opening verse as Blay sings in the song’s opening verse, “Oh You feel the hunter’s gaze/A shadow even in the dark of night/scheming your early grave/He’s going to leave you dead or dying/Draining all the blood he craves/You never thought you’d be meat for the market/What’d you expect when you sold your name?” One can’t help but wonder if this was directed at Lambesis’ ex-wife considering what is known about their relationship now. It would definitely be interesting to hear the story behind this one. Regardless it makes for a fitting introduction for Wovenwar on its debut album.

‘All Rise’ is a fitting opener for Wovenwar on its debut album. Just as impressive as an example of what audiences can expect from this album is the song ‘The Mason.’ The full on almost speed metal style sound combined with the song’s melodic metal sound makes it stylistically one of the album’s most intriguing moments. Blay shows in this song that he can do more than just sing, too as he screams and sings, “And I/I have caved in/Again but/I’m building from the wreckage.” It’s honestly nice to hear an album that is essentially a metalcore album without so much screaming and growling. Blay is a vocal powerhouse throughout the record. Audiences will agree as they listen to him make his way through the song’s chorus, singing, “We bend, we break, we’re forced to heal/The toll it takes in time revealed/The trial awakes and then creates or tears us down/We bend, we break, we learn to heal/Failings I claim for mason hands to shape/So strike away the grip of past mistakes.” He seems to be saying that things happen, but we have to learn to put the past behind us. As always, that is merely the interpretation of this one critic. It could very well be incorrect. Regardless of wrong or right, one must agree to the depth of these lyrics. That depth and the song’s straight forward, full throttle musical side together make it one more example of just how much Wovenwar has to offer audiences.

‘All Rise’ and ‘The Mason’ are both excellent examples of what audiences have to look forward to on Wovenwar’s upcoming self-titled debut record. They both exhibit both the band’s sound from its previous life as AILD while also exhibiting an obvious musical and lyrical growth at the same time. There is still at least one more example of that growth on the album’s penultimate piece, ‘A Matter of Time.’ This full-throttle piece presents almost a death metal style sound as Blay sings, “We fight to conceal this truth/But it’s all a matter of time/Time/The years wasted/Persuaded to smile/When it feels so wrong inside/How could we let ourselves/Continue this routine/The artificial beat/Of a heart that’s long since ceased.” One can’t help but wonder from what perspective this was written. It comes across as someone suffering from depression and what such person must feel. If that is indeed the case, then it could serve as a starting point for a discussion on such a topic that is all too often swept under the rug. As with the previously noted songs, it would be interesting to learn the story behind its creation. Regardless, it makes for one more great addition to an album that audiences will agree deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new hard rock and metal albums.

Wovenwar will be available Tuesday, August 5th in stores and online. While fans wait for the album to drop, they can hear these songs and more at all of the band’s current live dates including its show tonight at the Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee. Its current U.S. tour wraps up August 9th at the famed Roxy in Los Angeles, CA. After that, the band will take some time to rest up before kkicking off the European leg of its tour August 15th at the Pukkelpop Festival in Hasselt, Belgium. Audiences can see the band’s current tour itinerary and keep up with the latest news from the band online now at, and To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at

Common Ground A Good First Impression For Kingdom Collapse’s New Audiences

Courtesy:  Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

San Antonio, Texas based metalcore band Kingdom Collapse recently released its new EP Common Ground. The three-track EP is a good collection of songs for anyone that is a fan of the metalcore genre. Even while there are only three songs on the band’s new EP, the impact of the music’s combined music and lyrics is enough to leave listeners breathless by the EP’s end. A prime example of the power of the band’s music on this disc is the EP’s second song, ‘Dear Dad.’ The title alone invokes thoughts of it being just another song about someone’s broken relationship with one’s father. That’s typical fare for so much mainstream rock. But the reality of the song is anything but that. Rather, it’s a letter of sorts written to a young man’s father after the father dies. Vocalist Josh Wolford screams on this song, “Dear dad/I hope that you’re proud of me/I hope I’m the man you expected of me/Dear dad/I pray you’re looking after me/I pray I’m the son/You always wanted me to be.” The wording used here would easily lead listeners to believe that the song is about a broken father-son relationship. But that view is easily wiped clean as Wolford’s father figure replies to his son, “Dear son/Please know I’m so proud of you/I’m so proud of the man/That you’re growing into/Dear son/I’m always looking after you/Just reach out your hand/And I’ll always pull through for you.” What listeners get here is a hypothetical situation in which a son is talking to his deceased father. At the same time, the father is there in spirit, talking to his son, even though his son can’t hear or see him. Considering such lyrical content, one would expect the song to be less intense. But it actually works as the music’s intensity mirrors the intense feelings being felt inside the son. Many listeners will be able to relate to those intense emotions, too, thus making this a good addition to Kingdom Collapse’s new EP.

Another of the EP’s songs worth checking out is its closer, ‘Serenity.’ Wolford writes in the song’s chorus, “God grant me serenity/To accept the things/I can’t change/Please God/grant me the divinity/To change the things that will/they say stay invisible/And believe/The unbelievable…” Again the intensity in Wolford’s delivery and that of his band mates—Cameron Huser (bass/vocals), Michael Childress (Rhythm guitar), Jonathan Norris (lead guitar), and Hayden Allen (drums)—gives this song a certain impact that can only be experienced in listening to the song for one’s own self. Anyone that is a fan of We Came as Humans, As I Lay Dying, Underoath and others of that ilk will definitely appreciate that impact both musically and lyrically. The same can be said of Common Ground’s remaining song, ‘Bottom Feeder,’ which opens the EP. Whether for this song or for the two mentioned here, Common Ground proves to be a good first impression especially for audiences that are new to the band’s sound.

Audiences, whether new to Kingdom Collapse or relatively new to the band’s sound, will get to hear both of these songs and more for themselves tomorrow, March 28th, when the band performs at Headhunters in Austin, Texas. Also scheduled are live dates in Dallas, New Braunfels, and the band’s hometown of San Antonio next month. Audiences can keep up with the latest tour updates and more from the band online through its official Facebook page,

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Phinehas’ New EP Good For New Fans And Old

Courtesy:  Red Cord Records

Courtesy: Red Cord Records

Phinehas will release its new EP, The Bridge Between next Tuesday, January 22nd.  The band’s new EP is a collection of songs from two of its previous releases, thegodmachine (2011) and The Phinehas EP (2009).  For fans that are new to this band, the best way to describe it is to imagine taking the best elements of As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, and Shadows Fall, and mixing them together in a giant musical mixing pot.  The band’s vocalist, Sean McCullough is right up there with the likes of Brain Fair (Shadows Fall) and Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying).  Guitarist Jason Combs’ chops could easily be compared to the work of guitarists from the aforementioned bands.  And drummer and bassist Lee Humerian and Bryce Kelley respectively hold their own throughout all seven of the tracks compiled for this latest release from the La Mirada, CA based Christian metallers.

What’s most intriguing about this collection of previously released songs is that it shows that just as the band is capable within the realm of the fast, technical metalcore style sound, it is just as capable playing slower, more emotional music, too.  The EP’s first three tracks are a nonstop metal assault, opening solidly with the song, ‘Panhammer.’  The band wastes little time getting its audiences moving here with guitars and drums that instantly kick things into gear.  The way that drummer Lee Humerian and guitarist Jason Combs combine their talents will have audiences on their feet and pumping their fists from the song’s very first seconds.  And they barely let up if at all from there.  Musically, fans will be on their feet without stopping throughout the EP’s first three tracks.  The second half of the EP however, will have the exact opposite impact.  It shows the band’s deeper, more introspective side.  There are even points at which [Sean] McCullough even sounds like Corey Taylor (Stone Sour, Slipknot) in ‘Enkindler.’  And the subtlety of Combs’ guitar underneath McCullough’s vocals adds to the song’s power.  Jeff Darcy at Relic Recording brought that combination of sounds to life.  He shows that he has quite the ear in managing to balance the combination even in an acoustic song.  He is definitely to be commended for that.

There’s no doubt that the songs included on Phinehas’ new EP will impress audiences of both the band and of the “Christian Metal” and metalcore genres.  Longtime fans will largely be getting songs from the band’s previous releases in this new release.  Though the band’s acoustic takes on its previously released songs give an interesting new perspective on the songs.  That being the case, it makes an especially good start for anyone who is new to the music of Phinehas.  The songs noted here are just portions of what the band offers on its new EP.  Audiences will get the chance to hear the entire record for themselves next Tuesday, January 22nd courtesy of Red Cord Records.  Audiences will also have the chance to hear the band live as it will be performing a handful of shows beginning January 20th in Salt Lake City, Utah.  To get a full listing of performance dates, audiences can check out the band online at and  Fans can also follow the band on Twitter at

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