TesseracT Claims Top Honors In Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums List

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This year has been a truly productive time for the metal community.  Veteran acts, up-and-comers and even the underground have produced offerings that have given the metal masses more than enough reason to put their horns in the air all year long.  The most notable acts who have released standout albums this year include, and are not limited to  from All Hail The Yeti, Judas Priest and Artillery just to name a few bands.

Keeping this in mind, rock and metal critics the world over will have to agree that developing a list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings was a monumental task.  That was especially the case for this critic.  This critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums features new albums from bands from both sides of the Atlantic and from the mainstream and the underground.

Taking the top spot in this year’s list from Phil’s Picks is none other than the British prog-metal outfit TesseracT, Sonder.  The band’s latest offering is both musically and lyrically a truly in-depth offering that holds its own in the metal community and the prog community.

Second place this year goes to Florida’s own Nonpoint.  The band’s aptly-titled is a powerhouse offering from the veteran hard rock band that shows Nonpoint as a band at the top of its game both musically and lyrically.

Judas Priest takes the bronze this year with its new album Firepower.  This one was not an easy choice to make, as Nonpoint, Judas Priest and TesseracT are all outstanding bands in their own right.  Firepower harkens back to some of Judas Priest’s best work from days long gone, and is such a welcome album.  With lyrics that pay tribute to the military, that make a bold statement of standing up for one’s self and more, it is that much stronger, so it was not with ease that the album ended up in third.

Also featured in this year’s list are new albums from Artillery, All Hail The Yeti and Soulfly just to name a few more. As always, the top 10 albums are the main list while the five that follow are all honorable mention titles.  With all of this in mind, here is Phil’s Picks 2018 Top 10 New Hard Rock and Metal Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK & METAL ALBUMS

  1. TesseracT — Sonder
  2. Nonpoint — X
  3. Judas Priest — Firepower
  4. Between The Buried and Me — Automata
  5. Soulfly — Ritual
  6. Sevendust — All I See Is War
  7. All Hail The Yeti — Highway Crosses
  8. Exmortus — The Sound of Steel
  9. Artillery — The Face of Fear
  10. The Amsterdam Red Light District — Sapere Aude
  11. Ice Nine Kills — The Silver Scream
  12. Black Label Society — Grimmest Hits
  13. Unearth — Extinction(s)
  14. Atreyu — In Our Wake
  15. Zardonic — Become

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Atreyu Leaves A Positive, Lasting Impact With ‘In Our Wake’

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Veteran metalcore band Atreyu is wrapping up the current leg of its North American tour in support of its current album In Our Wake.  The band’s tour is currently scheduled to wrap Dec. 13 in Anaheim, California before the band takes some time to rest and recharge for the annual Shiprocked cruise that launches Jan. 26 from Galveston, Texas.  While the band’s current tour schedule is winding down, audiences can still hear the band’s new album when they order it or buy it in store.  The 10-song record is a record worth hearing, too, whether one is a longtime fan of the Orange County, CA-based band or just a metalcore fan in general.  That is proven in part through the album’s opener/title track.  ‘The Time Is Now,’ which also comes relatively early in the album’s run, also supports that statement, both musically and lyrically.  ‘Safety Pin,’ which comes later in the record’s run, is yet another of the works featured in this album that exhibits the album’s strengths, and is certainly not the last of the songs featured throughout the 45-minute record that makes the album so appealing.  Any of the other works included in the album can just as easily be cited in showing the album’s strengths.  Between those songs and the works more directly noted here, the album in whole proves to be another positive offering from Atreyu that will appeal just as much to the band’s fans as it will metalcore fans.

Atreyu’s latest full-length studio recording In Our Wake is another strong new offering from the veteran metalcore outfit that is certain to appeal just as much to the band’s most devoted fans as it will metalcore fans in general.  As the album’s title notes, its songs are works that look back on life in all of its positives and negatives, examining those outcomes.  Those ruminations make for a record to which plenty of audiences will be able to relate.  The album’s opener/title track is just one of the songs that serves to support those statements.  That is proven in part through the song’s musical arrangement, which is a radio-ready metalcore arrangement that instantly lends itself to comparisons with other similar acts, such as Ice Nine Kills, Set It Off and Bullet For My Valentine, just to name a few.  The more upbeat, melodic metalcore style here is driven by the time keeping of drummer Brandon Saller, who keeps the song moving forward solidly throughout the three-minute-plus opus.  The dual guitar approach of Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel strengthens the foundation formed by Saller while front man Alex Varkatzas and bassist Porter McKnight put the finishing touch to the work.  The arrangement’s brooding sound is a good compliment to the song’s lyrical content, which finds Varkatzas asking outright, “Who will we leave in our wake?”  That opening line leads to an even deeper introspective presentation that is certain to generate plenty of discussion among listeners.

Varkatzas asks in the song’s lead verse, “Could I be more than flesh/Can I leave more than bones/Will these words have an impact/Can they be carved into stone/Force yourself to remember/Or choose to forget/You can leave this world as a lion/Or just fall asleep in it.”  This is someone asking, ‘what will I leave behind when I am gone?’ before going on to remind listeners that they can do one of two things – make the most of life or let it pass them by.  This is emphasized in the song’s second verse, in which Varkatzas sings, “We break like the ocean/We rise like the tide/We drown in emotion but reach for the sky/We’re moving the mountains/We’re making a change/Drink youth from the fountain before it’s too late.”  Again, this is the song’s subject reminding listeners that if they want to leave a positive, lasting legacy, then they need to make the most of life.  That way, those who we leave in our wake will have been impacted positively by us during our lives and theirs.  It is actually a very deep and positive lyrical concept.  When it is coupled with the song’s noted introspective musical arrangement, the whole proves to be a strong start for In Our Wake and just one of the album’s works that proves the album’s appeal.  Just as positive an addition to the record’s whole is ‘The Time Is Now.’

‘The Time Is Now’ is one of the best, if not the best addition to In Our Wake.  That is due in part to the song’s arrangement, which expertly balances the talents of each band member for a work that is certain to become a fan favorite both on record and in person.  Saller’s pulsing drum line immediately conjures thoughts of an audience pumping its fists collectively in the air as it sings along to Varkatzas’ singing while Jacobs and Miguel’s infectious guitar line couples with McKnight’s bass line.  The whole of the band’s lines creates a nearly three-and-a-half minute opus that moves fluidly from start to finish.  It is so enjoyable that it feels like it ends before it should.  That is meant in the best way possible.  Simply put, it leaves listeners wanting more in the best way possible.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s uplifting lyrical content couples with the musical arrangement to make it even more appealing for audiences

The lyrical theme at the center of ‘The Time Is Now’ is another statement that centers on someone celebrating life.  This is inferred as Varkatzas sings in the song’s lead verse, “Here at the starting line/Never-ending race/What I’ve got inside is commonplace/I’ve been dreaming ‘bout/Hope for better days/Time for dreaming’s done/Time to face the sun.”  Right off the bat here, Varkatzas is singing (seemingly) about someone who wants to make the most of life, singing, “Time for dreaming’s done/Time to face the sun.”  This inference is strengthened even more as he goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Flying high above the world/It’s a new life/It’s a new mind/And I will never fall.”  This is a statement of optimism, flat-out.  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “I cannot stop/See another way/Am I looking for another cheap escape/I’ve been pushing forward/Crushing everything/It’s a push and pull/It’s a give and take.”  From there, he goes on to reprise the chorus, yet again emphasizing that positive outlook on life.  It’s a view that continues on through the second half of the song, right to its finale.  That positive lyrical theme, coupled with the song’s infectious musical arrangement is certain to put a bright smile on any listener’s face while proving once again its strength, and even more, the strength of In Our Wake.  Even with that strength noted, it still is not the last of the album’s most notable additions.  ‘Safety Pin’ is yet another important addition to In Our Wake.  It shows the other side of the noted ruminations on the impact that we and others have on one another, and does so in quite the fiery fashion.

Unlike ‘The Time Is Now’ and ‘In Our Wake,’ ‘Safety Pin’ is a fiery work that addresses the negative impact that another has had on someone else.  As with the album’s other works, this song’s arrangement is more of a melodic metalcore style work than standard screamo-style work in regards to its musical arrangement.  It is an upbeat work, yet maintains a certain middle ground that helps to illustrate the song’s lyrical content.  That content seems to focus on some wrong that has been done to the song’s subject.  That alleged wrongdoing has not beaten the song’s subject, though.  This is proven as Varkatzas sings, “I can feel you in the back of my skull/On my best days/Worst ways/I don’t wanna talk about it/I can see you waiting for me to fall/Casting black rays, wasting/I don’t wanna talk about it/I won’t let you in/No, I won’t let you in/I will rise to walk again/I won’t keep on listening/The sorrow, I won’t let it in/My life held by a safety pin.”  This comes across as the song’s subject saying life is fragile and he/she is not going to let another’s wrongdoing take advantage of that fragility, but rather will push on.  This is inferred even more as Varkatzas sings in the song’s second verse, “try to cut me from a walk to a crawl/I will get up, stand up/And now I wanna talk about it/Try to break me/I can still take a shot/I will wake up, stay up/Now I wanna talk about it/Let’s f***ing talk about it.”  That defiant declaration leads to a reprise of the song’s chorus, which again strengthens that sense of defiant optimism against life’s negativity.  It is another way in which the album addresses the question of who we will leave in our wake and how they will be left, just in a different fashion from the other noted songs.  When it is considered along with those other songs – both those noted here and those not directly noted – the whole of the album becomes a record that sends an important message, and hopefully leaves listeners contemplating a lot of things in their own lives.  To that end, this record is both musically and lyrically a solid new offering from Atreyu that is certain to appeal just as much to the band’s most devoted fan base as it will to metalcore fans in general.

Atreyu’s latest full-length studio recording In Our Wake is a strong new offering that is certain to appeal just as much to the band’s most devoted audiences as to metalcore fans in general.  As has been noted above, that is due in part to the album’s overall theme of considering the impacts of our and others’ actions on one another throughout life.  Thus the title, In Our Wake.  It presents that theme in plenty of varying ways from start to finish as has been pointed out in the discussions presented here.  When those discussions are coupled with those that will be generated from examining the album’s other songs, the end result is a record that listeners will agree, is a welcome return from Atreyu.  It is available now.  More information on In Our Wake is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Sleep Signals Touring With Memphis May Fire, Ice Nine Kills As Support For Atreyu’s “In Our Wake” Tour

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Sleep Signals has hit the road with Atreyu for its “In Our Wake” tour.

The band is serving as support for Atreyu for the tour, which launched Friday and is currently scheduled to run through Dec. 13 in Anaheim, California.  Also joining the tour as support are Memphis May Fire and Ice Nine Kills.

Sleep Signals is touring in support of its most recent release, its six-song EP At The End of the World, which was released independently  by the band on Sept. 8, 2017.  The band recently premiered the video for the EP’s latest single, ‘Edge of My Sanity.’ The song is streaming now via Spotify.

The schedule for Atreyu’s “In Our Wake” tour is noted below.  The tour is sponsored by Monster Energy and Spinefarm Records.  Tickets for Sleep Signals’ dates are available here.

Dates with Atreyu, Memphis May Fire, Ice Nine Kills:

11.9 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
11.10 Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theater
11.12 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theatre
11.13 Houston, TX House of Blues
11.14 Baton Rouge, LA The Varsity Theater
11.16 Fort Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live
11.17 Tampa, FL The Ritz
11/18 Destin, FL Club L.A.
11.19 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theater
11.20 Greensboro, NC The Cone Denim Entertainment Center
11.21 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sound Stage
11.23 Harrisburg, PA Capitol Room
11.24 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
11.25 Boston, MA Paradise
11.27 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
11.28 Rochester, NY Anthology
11.30 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
12.1 Fort Wayne, IN Pierre’s
12.2 Chicago, IL House of Blues
12.4 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
12.5 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
12.7 Seattle, WA El Corazon
12.8 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
12.10 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
12.11 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
12.12 San Diego, CA House of Blues
12.13 Anaheim, CA House of Blues

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Website: http://sleepsignals.net

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‘The Silver Scream’ Will Be As Memorable For INK As The Movies From Which It Is Inspired

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More often than not, when people use the term “horror rock,” to define a certain act’s style and sound, thoughts generally tend to turn to the likes of Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Mushroomhead, Cannnibal Corpse and other acts of that ilk.  Of course, while they are the more well-known acts within the horror rock realm, they are not the only bands of which audiences should take note.  The Boston, MA-based band has made quite the name for itself in the horror/theatrical rock realm since the release of its 2006 debut album Last Chance To Make Amends.  Now with the release of its fifth full-length studio recording – and seventh overall studio recording – The Silver Scream, the band has proven itself one of the leaders of the next generation of the horror/theatrical rock genre.  That statement is supported in part through an examination of the collective songs and their source material that make up the album’s 49-minute run time.  This will be discussed shortly.  The songs’ lyrical content is just as important to discuss as the songs and their source material, and will be discussed a little bit later.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements, and will also be discussed later.  Each item is important in its own right to the whole of The Silver Scream. All things considered, they make The Silver Scream a work that is certain to appeal to metalcore fans and horror fans alike.

Ice Nine Kills’ fifth full-length studio recording The Silver Scream is a positive new offering from the Boston, MA-based horror/theatrical rock quartet.  One could honestly say that even despite being the band’s fifth full-length studio recording, it displays the band close to its apex if not already there.  One can only hope that as good as this album is, the band will be able to top itself with its next album.  Part of what makes the album such a strong outing is its featured songs and their source material.  The songs once again delve into the horror realm, this time using the cinematic realm as their inspiration instead of the literary or other realms.  The original musical works were inspired by moves reaching all the way back to the 1970s (Jaws) and as recently as the 2000s (Saw).  Also included are songs inspired by A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), The Shining (1980), Edward Scissorhands (1990) and The Devil’s Rejects (2005) among others.  Simply put, the band takes listeners through four decades of silver screen horror with its own original musical works inspired by the featured movies.  This is important to note because on one side, it could be the starting point to an introduction to horror for a whole new generation of audiences.  On the other side, the originality of the songs puts on display the band’s creativity and originality, and in turn showing once again why it is so quickly becoming one of the leaders of the next generation of horror/theatrical rock acts.  While the songs and their source material are unquestionably critical to the overall presentation of The Silver Scream, they are collectively just one of the album’s important elements.  The lyrical content presented throughout the album is just as important to its presentation as the songs and their source material.

The lyrical presentations within the overall presentation of The Silver Scream is important to note because as previously stated, it shows once again the band’s ingenuity and originality.  Case in point is the album’s opener, ‘The American Nightmare, which again is inspired by New Line Cinema’s 1984 slasher flick A Nightmare on Elm Street.  While the movie the story at the center of the movie makes the kids the victims, the song crafted by Ice Nine Kills is presented from the vantage point of Freddy Krueger, the janitor who died as a result of the acts of the teens’ parents.  Front man Spencer Charnas gives Freddy a voice here, singing, “Fast asleep/It’s all in your head now/Past the street where they cursed my name/But I won’t be forsaken/Craven my revenge from the shallow/Grave, where I went down in flames/The beast has been awakened/When night comes creeping/My cruel hand will rock you to sleep/I’m the American Nightmare/With American dreams/Of counting the bodies while you count sheep/the American Nightmare/Yeah, I’m living the dream/I’m slashing my way through the golden age of the silver scream.”  It is an interesting new take with an infectious arrangement that gives the classic movie a whole new life (so to speak).  It’s just one of the interesting stories presented here.  The lyrical content presented in the album’s second entry, ‘Thank God It’s Friday’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.

‘Thank God It’s Friday’ takes the classic line, typically used by people as a stress reliever of sorts at the end of the work week, is instead put on its head here as something very foreboding.  That foreboding goes full throttle as the band launches into the song, which finds Charnas providing audiences the overall plot of the original 1980 slasher flick from Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers in just under four-and-a-half minutes.  The whole thing starts with the ghostly voices of the counselors that Jason Voorhees killed singing mournfully about Jason’s death before Charnas launches into his verbal assault, telling the counselors’ story and their afterlife revelations.  He screams, “We’ve all been laid to rest/Our epitaph reads, “Mommy knows best”/A word of warning from beyond the grave that must be understood/Throats get slit in this neck of the woods.”  From there, Charnas continues the counselors’ story, illustrating the story told by Jason’s mother (played in the movie by Betsy Palmer – Friday The 13th, Friday The 13th Part 2, Queen Bee) of what led to his death and her view of the scenario.  The band even incorporates Mrs. Voorhees’ own words into the song, as she tells one of the potential victims, “Did you know my son was drowned in this lake?  He should have been supervised, but the counselors were off having filthy sex. His name is Jason, and today is his birthday.”  From there, the deceased counselors’ continue their mournful revelations.  When they are coupled with the song’s musical arrangement, which expertly illustrates the emotion in the words, those words create a story that is so sad, yet just as powerful and fear-inducing as the original slasher flick from which the song was inspired. It is hardly the last song included in the album that serves to show the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  The lyrical content at the center of ‘The World in My Hands’ is yet another example of that importance.

‘The World in My Hands’ was inspired by 20th Century Fox’s goth/romance 1990 flick Edward Scissorhands, and while the movie was a goth/romance hybrid, it also featured a story – from Edward (Johnny Depp, of Pirates of the Caribbean fame) of a figure trying to find his place in the world.  That journey of self-discovery is well illustrated in this song, as Charnas sings right from the song’s outset, “Lost on my own.In search of something real/How cruel to be exposed/To something I can’t touch, but still feel/How’d I end up here/So uncomfortable/I’m a stranger in this body/The world’s an ugly place/And that’s a fact that fate has brought me/I had to disappear/So will it all just go away/Now the end is drawing near/And God, I wish you would’ve stayed/It cuts deep, ‘cause our lives are still attached/A deadly touch spreads an itch that can’t be scratched/Sometimes I wish it would just fade to black/I won’t go back.”  From here, the story goes to Edwards thoughts of Kim (Winona Ryder – Alien: Resurrection, Little Women, Girl, Interrupted), and his thoughts of her versus everyone else in her town.  Given, the whole thing is rather emo, but in the bigger picture of things (no pun intended), this is a song to which so many listeners can relate because it is something that does not necessarily have to be from a movie.  It (and the story at the center of Edward Scissorhands) is something that can and does happen in the real world.  People try to find their place as they get older.  They see how the world is as they try to find their place.  To that end, this song’s lyrical content is doubly important to the album’s whole, and in turn shows even more the overall importance of the album’s lyrical content.  Of course it still is not the last of the content that shows the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  ‘Love Bites’ is itself a bittersweet love song inspired by An American Werewolf in London while ‘It Is The End’ (based on Green/Epstein Productions’ 1990 horror flick It) is another work that uses its lyrical content to tell the story of It, in turn introducing the band’s fans to the classic horror flick.  ‘A Grave Mistake’ takes inspiration from the groundbreaking 1994 goth/romance movie ‘The Crow’ to create its own Crow story about a vengeful spirit come back to avenge his death.  Between these songs, those more directly noted and those not directly addressed, it becomes clear throughout the album that its lyrical content is just as entertaining as the songs, their source material and their musical arrangements.  To that end, this album gives audiences quite a bit to appreciate.  Of course it is not all that stands out in this album.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

Listening from start to end, audiences will note that the record starts and ends with the same haunting and powerful energy in their own original arrangements.  Along the way, the energy rises and falls at all of the right point, ensuring listeners’ maintained engagement.  Case in point, the energy continued in ‘thank God It’s Friday’ from ‘The American Nightmare.’  That energy is maintained (and even stepped up to a certain point) through the album’s third entry, ‘Stabbing in the Dark,’ which is inspired by Compass International Pictures’ 1978 slasher classic Halloween thanks to its Slayer- guitar breakdowns and story, which tells Halloween’s story.  At some points, those noted breakdowns show a certain Slayer influence, and at others a more distinct djent style presentation.  Things barely let up from there until the album’s midway point that is ‘A Grave Mistake.’  This song’s energy is much more reserved than its full-on thrash/metalcore predecessors.  The thing here is that while it is more reserved in its energy than those songs, it does still maintain a certain energy.  It is just not as heavy and frenetic as those songs.  Rather, it is more of a radio-friendly addition to the album, put more simply.  Of course, the respite that the band offers here is short-lived, as the band makes its way into the Jaws-inspired ‘Rocking The Boat.’

After the band works its way through ‘Rocking The Boat,’ it lets back off again slightly as it makes its way through the more radio-friendly works ‘Enjoy Your Slay,’ ‘Freak Flag’ and ‘The World in My Hands’ before gradually picking things back up in Merry Axe-Mas (inspired by Tristar Pictures’ 1984 holiday-themed horror flick Silent Night, Deadly Night).  Listeners get one last break before the record’s finale in ‘Love Bites’ before the band leaves listeners breathless at the album’s end in ‘It Is The End.’  By the time the song ends, listeners will realize they have been taken on quite the powerful and engaging musical and cinematic ride.  Looking back, listeners will agree that the record’s energy rises and falls at all of the right points, ensuring again that maintained engagement.  The end result is an album of horror-inspired songs that metalcore fans and horror flick fans alike will appreciate.

Ice Nine Kills has developed quite a name for itself over the course of now 12 years as one of the leaders of the next generation of metalcore and horror/theatrical rock thanks to its past four albums (and three EPs).  Now with the release of its latest album The Silver Scream last month, the band has certified its place in those genres even more.  That is proven in part through its 13 original songs, inspired by some of the most important horror flicks to ever make their way to the silver screen, as has been discussed here.  The lyrical content is just as original as the songs as they tell the stories of the movies and present brand new angles from those stories through that content.  The stories and angles create their own interest that, along with the arrangements and vast inspiration for the songs, ensures even more, listeners maintained engagement throughout the album.  When the album’s overall sequencing is considered along with the previously noted items, the balance in that sequencing shows plenty of time and thought was put into the album’s arrangement.  It paid off, too.  Each item is key in its own way to the whole of The Silver Scream.  All things considered, they make The Silver Scream a work that is certain to be just as memorable for Ice Nine Kills as the movies from which its songs were inspired.  The band is currently on tour with Sleep Signals and Memphis May Fire as suppor for Atreyu on its “In Our Wake” Tour.  The schedule for the tour, which just launched Nov. 9, is noted below.

 

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Dates with Atreyu, Memphis May Fire, Ice Nine Kills:

11.10 Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theater
11.12 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theatre
11.13 Houston, TX House of Blues
11.14 Baton Rouge, LA The Varsity Theater
11.16 Fort Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live
11.17 Tampa, FL The Ritz
11/18 Destin, FL Club L.A.
11.19 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theater
11.20 Greensboro, NC The Cone Denim Entertainment Center
11.21 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sound Stage
11.23 Harrisburg, PA Capitol Room
11.24 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
11.25 Boston, MA Paradise
11.27 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
11.28 Rochester, NY Anthology
11.30 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
12.1 Fort Wayne, IN Pierre’s
12.2 Chicago, IL House of Blues
12.4 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
12.5 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
12.7 Seattle, WA El Corazon
12.8 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
12.10 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
12.11 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
12.12 San Diego, CA House of Blues
12.13 Anaheim, CA House of Blues

More information on The Silver Scream is available online now along with all of Ice Nine Kills’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://iceninekills.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/ICENINEKILLS

 

 

 

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Sleep Signals Announces New Live Dates

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Hard rock band Sleep Signals is headed back on the road.

The band announced this week that it will launch the “Fireproof Tour” on Sept. 7 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The nearly six week tour will feature performances in Las Vegas, NV; Logan, UT; Tulsa, OK and other cities across the West Coast and Midwest.

The tour’s current schedule is noted below.  Ice Nine Kills will serve as support for the tour.

Fireproof Tour Dates:

9.07 Lincoln, NE The Keg
9.08 Fort Morgan, CO Break the Silence Festival
9.09 Colorado Springs, CO Rocks Sports Bar
9.11 Laramie, WY Ruffed Up Duck
9.12 Salt Lake City, UT Liquid Joes
9.13 Ogden, UT Funk N Dive
9.14 Logan, UT Eagles 3114
9.15 Jerome, ID Diamondz Event Center
9.18 Spokane, WA The Pin
9.20 Tacoma, WA The Valley
9.21 Portland, OR Paris Theater
9.22 Medford, OR Howiee’s on Front
9.23 Klamath Falls, OR Yesterday’s Plaza
9.24 Anderson, CA Firehouse Lounge
9.26 Reno, NV Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
9.27 Pacifica, CA Winters Tavern
9.28 Modesto, CA The Other Place
9.29 Pomona, CA PBW
9.30 Fresno, CA Full Circle Brewery
10.2 Las Vegas, NV Legends Bar
10.3 San Diego, CA The Merrow
10.4 Los Angeles, CA 5 Star Bar
10.5 Yucca Valley, CA Gadi’s
10.6 Cottonwood, AZ The Main Stage
10.8 Scottsdale, AZ The Rogue Bar
10.9 El Paso, TX The Perch
10.10 Lovington, NM Lovington Youth Center
10.11 Abilene, TX The Zone
10.12 San Angelo, TX The Deadhorse
10.13 McAllen, TX Yerberia Cultura
10.14 Corpus Christi, TX Boozerz
10.15 San Marcos, TX The Morgue
10.17 Tulsa, OK The Vanguard
10.18 Fort Smith, AR Hero’s
10.19 Kansas City, MO Aftershock
10.20 Des Moines, IA Lefty’s

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group/Spinefarm Records

Following its headlining tour, Sleep Signals will join Memphis May Fire and Ice Nine Kills as support for Atreyu’s upcoming headlining tour in support of its headlining tour.  That tour is in support of its forthcoming album In Your Wake.

Its schedule is noted below.  Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased here.

Dates with Atreyu, Memphis May Fire, Ice Nine Kills:

11.9 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
11.10 Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theater
11.12 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theatre
11.13 Houston, TX House of Blues
11.14 Baton Rouge, LA The Varsity Theater
11.16 Fort Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live
11.17 Tampa, FL The Ritz
11.19 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theater
11.20 Greensboro, NC The Cone Denim Entertainment Center
11.21 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sound Stage
11.23 Harrisburg, PA Capitol Room
11.24 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
11.25 Boston, MA Paradise
11.27 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
11.28 Rochester, NY Anthology
11.30 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
12.1 Fort Wayne, IN Pierre’s
12.2 Chicago, IL House of Blues
12.4 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
12.5 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
12.6 Boise, ID The Knitting Factory
12.7 Seattle, WA El Corazon
12.8 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
12.10 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
12.11 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
12.12 San Diego, CA House of Blues
12.13 Anaheim, CA House of Blues

Sleep Signals Edge of My Sanity Single Art

Sleep Signals debuted the video for its latest single ‘Edge of My Sanity‘ on Aug. 18.  The song is streaming by itself via Spotify.

More information on Sleep Signals’ music, its upcoming live dates and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.sleepsignals.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sleepsignals

 

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Atreyu Announces New Album Release Date; Debuts Two New Songs, New Video

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Atreyu will release its next album this fall, and in anticipation of its release, the veteran rock band has released not one, but two singles from the forthcoming record.

In Our Wake, the band’s seventh full-length studio recording, is currently scheduled to be released October 12 via Spinefarm Records.  In anticipation of its release, the band has debuted two songs from the album — the record’s title track and the song ‘Anger Left Behind.’

The title track is streaming through various online outlets now and can be ordered online now here.  Its video is streaming via YouTube. Front man Alex Varkatzas talked about In Our Wake‘s title track recently, saying that it was inspired by the loss of fellow rockers Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington.

“It’s a deep one,” Varkatzas said of the song.  “We looked up to Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, and their deaths were fresh during the writing process.  It made us think of what we’ll leave in our wake.  We have a choice to change the lives of others for the better.”

Bassist Porter McKnight explained the concept behind the ‘In Our Wake’ video.

“With this music video, we wanted our longtime director friend Sean Stiegemeie to come up with something completely unlike anything we’ve done before,” McKnight said.  “We wanted to leave the viewer with a feeling of “What the f*** did I just watch?” and then play it again to deduce what went down.”

McKnight added that the video’s visual concept mirrors the overall theme of the album’s title.

“Most of our videos have been story-based or life-based, but with this, we just wanted the subtle thread of humanity’s growth and decline,” McKnight said.  “It starts with water, then earth, nature, cityscapes then slowly decaying humanity.  We have a choice as a species to to start giving a s*** about ourselves and the world around us, and what we choose to make of this life.”

Drummer Brandon Saller agreed and expanded on McKnight’s thoughts.

“This album is sort of a happy place for Atreyu,” Saller said.  “We’ve gone down many roads.  We’ve always been a diverse band that tried new things, but this is different.  This is a whole new level.”

The release of In Our Wake will come a little more than a year after the release of its most recent album Long Live (2015).  That album was also released via Spinefarm Records.

More information on Atreyu’s new album, songs and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.atreyuofficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/atreyuofficial

 

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Hell or Highwater Announces New Record Deal; New Album On The Way

Courtesy:  Spinefarm/Search & Destroy Records

Courtesy: Spinefarm/Search & Destroy Records

There’s good news for Hell or Highwater and its fans.

Three years after the release of its debut album Begin Again (Pavement Entertainment) the band has signed with Search & Destroy/Spinefarm Records. The new deal means that the band’s sophomore album Vista will be released this year via Search & Destroy/Spinefarm. Audiences can check out a video announcing the band’s new deal online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn-wPiJqWT8&index=1&list=PLfF_OpPMyx7Zsk3BAlznsfbgXSsO38oyw.

 

Courtesy:  Spinefarm/Search & Destroy Records

Courtesy: Spinefarm/Search & Destroy Records

 

The band’s addition to the Spinefarm/Search & Destroy family comes as little surprise as front man Brandon Saller’s other band Atreyu is also a member of the Spinefarm/Search & Destroy roster. It is just one of the veteran acts that is part of the Spinefarm roster, too. Fellow veterans Nonpoint, Venom, and Anti-Flag are all part of the Spinefarm family as are up-and-coming acts such as Royal Thunder, Santa Cruz, and Ember Falls among others.

Saller recently discussed the Spinefarm/Search & Destroy roster in discussing signing with Spinefarm/Search & Destroy. “We’re so incredibly excited to be a part of the Spinefarm/Search & Destroy family,” he said. He went on to note the band’s anticipation for the release in the discussion saying, “We’ve been crafting this album for two years and can’t wait to share it with the world.”

Hell or Highwater’s new deal and album have been a long time coming. Ever since the release of its debut album more than three years ago the band has seen lineup changes, van wrecks, and a number of other challenges. And while audiences wait for the band’s long-awaited new album they can check out the video for the band’s new song I’ll Be Waiting’ via the band’s official website at http://www.hellorhighwaterofficial.com/.

 

Courtesy:  Spinefarm/Search & Destroy Records

Courtesy: Spinefarm/Search & Destroy Records

 

More information on Hell or Highwater’s signing is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.hellorhighwaterofficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/hell0rhighwater

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