Atreyu Debuts ‘Warrior’ Remix

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Atreyu premiered an updated take of its song ‘Warrior‘ this week.

The updated take features guest appearances by Travis Barker (Blink-182) and Zero 9:36. The original song is featured in Atreyu’s latest album, Baptize, which was released in June through Spinefarm Records.

The updated take of ‘Warrior’ does show some differences from its source material. For starters, the remix is shorter than the original take by less than only 20 seconds. The original runs approximately three minutes, five seconds while the remix runs two minutes, 48 seconds. The remix is shorter as it omits part of the breakdown and replaces it with some brief rapping from Zero 9:36 (a.k.a. Matthew Cullen). Other than that, the two arrangements are largely the same.

‘Warrior’ is just one of the songs that serves as a single for Baptize. The album has also produced the singles, ‘Save Us,’ ‘Underrated,’ and ‘Catastrophe.’

In other news, Atreyu has expanded its upcoming tour schedule. The band’s initial tour schedule was set to launch Nov. 9 in Dallas, TX with support from Tetrarch, Crown the Empire, Saul, and Defying Decay. Its new, updated schedule is set to launch Sept. 3 in Green Bay, WI with Nonpoint, Tetrarch, and Another Day Dawns.

Following its brief run with Nonpoint, Tetrarch, and Another Day Dawns, Atreyu now also has dates scheduled with Eighteen Visions, Dragged Under, and Dying Wish on Oct. 5 & 6 in Phoenix, AZ and Los Angeles, CA.

The band’s updated tour schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

ATREYU ON TOUR:
WITH NONPOINT, TETRARCH, + ANOTHER DAY DAWNS:

9/3 — Green Bay, WI — Epic Event Center

9/4 — Newport, KY — Ovation

9/5 — Madison, WI — The Sylvee

9/7 — Wichita, KS — Temple Live

9/8 — Fort Smith, AR — Temple Live

9/10 — Danville, VA — Blue Ridge Rock Fest

WITH EIGHTEEN VISIONS, DRAGGED UNDER, + DYING WISH:

10/5 — Phoenix, AZ — The Marquee

10/6 — Los Angeles, CA — 1720
 

WITH CROWN THE EMPIRE, TETRARCH, SAUL, + DEFYING DECAY:
11/9 — Dallas, TX  — Gas Monkey Bar And Grill 
11/10 — Houston, TX  — The Warehouse 
11/11 — New Orleans, LA  — Republic NOLA
11/13 — Daytona, FL  — Welcome to Rockville 
11/15 — Atlanta, GA  — The Masquerade
11/16 — Charlotte, NC  — The Underground
11/17 — Baltimore, MD  — Rams Head Live
11/19 — Pittsburgh, PA  — The Roxian
11/20 — Sayreville, NJ  — Starland Ballroom
11/21 — New York, NY  — Webster Hall
11/22 — Albany, NY  — Empire Live 
11/23 — Hartford, CT  — The Webster
11/24 — Worcester, MA  — The Palladium 
11/26 — Detroit, MI  — The Majestic
11/27 — Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall 
11/30 — Cleveland, OH  — The Agora 
12/1 — Grand Rapids, MI  — The Intersection 
12/2 — Joliet, IL  — The Forge
12/3 — Belvidere, IL  — The Apollo Theater AC
12/4 — Minneapolis, MN  — Skyway Theatre 
12/6 — Kansas City, MO  — The Truman
12/7 — Denver, CO  — The Summit 
12/9 — Salt Lake City, UT  — The Depot
12/10 — Boise, ID  — Knitting Factory
12/11 — Portland, OR  — Roseland
12/12 — Seattle, WA  — The Crocodile 
12/14 — Santa Cruz, CA  — The Catalyst
12/15 — San Diego, CA  — House of Blues 
12/16 — Santa Ana, CA  — The Observatory 

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

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Another Day Dawns Premieres New Single, ‘Look At You’

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Hard rock band Another Day Dawns premiered is giving audiences their first preview of its next album this week.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Look At You‘ Friday. The song is the band’s first new music in almost a year, following the release of its single, ‘Never Okay.’ The song was featured on the band’s then latest record, its EP, Stranger.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Look At You’ is a fiery composition. It is grounded in its vocals from front man Dakota Sean. Sean’s band mates strengthen that foundation even more through the precision in their hard rock style approach to their respective parts. The song’s musical energy seems to hint at a lyrical theme that centers on the all too familiar topic of relationships.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the song’s premiere. However, in listening to the song, it would seem to be that the song’s subject is looking at someone following a breakup and telling that person that he/she does not want to return to that relationship because he/she sees how that other person really is and was all along. This is of course just this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.

The band offered a brief discussion on the new song in a prepared statement.

“Our new single, ‘Look At You,’ is a very different approach from our last few singles,
 the statement reads. “We had tons of fun writing and working in this one, it’s kind of a newer sound that we all feel still fits what we as the band stand for.”

In other news, Another Day Dawns has a series of live dates planned for next month alongside Atreyu, Tetrarch, and Nonpoint. Those dates are noted below.

2021 Tour Dates

September 3 – Green Bay, WI – EPIC Event Center

September 4 – Newport, KY – PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation

September 5 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee

September 7 – Wichita, KS – TempleLive

September 8 – Fort Smith, AR – TempleLive

September 11 – Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival

September 12 – Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater (*with Breaking Benjamin and Miss May I)

September 23 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival

September 25 – Orlando, FL – Rebel Rock Festival

October 9 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival

More information on Another Day Dawns’ new single and tour dates is available online along with all of ADD’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://anotherdaydawns.com

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Danny Wimmer Presents Launches New Rock Festival/Cruise

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Danny Wimmer Presents is bringing audiences a new live rock festival and cruise.

The company made the announcement Wednesday through a news release distributed to the media. Voragos: Destination Lunasea Beach is scheduled to take place Feb. 16-21, 2022 aboard the Norwegian Pearl ship. The cruise departs Miami, FL and heads to Harvest Caye, Belize, where audiences will disembark for one day for a one-of-a-kind beach festival.

Rob Zombie is scheduled to headline the beach festival. It will also feature performances by Mudvyane (which is replacing Chevelle due to scheduling conflicts that it had), Black Stone Cherry, New Year’s Day, Tetrarch, and Amigo The Devil.

Amigo The Devil, Kevin Martin (Candlebox), Brett Scallions Aupervant Fuel, and Austin Meade are scheduled to perform on board on the Voragos Storytellers Stage. Comedians Jim Breuer, Big Jay Oakerson, Rachel Feinstein, and Shayne Smith are scheduled to perform on the cruise’s Voragos Comedy Stage.

An after party featuring performances by Brass Against and The Voragos Shut Up & Dance, and others will additionally take place each night.

Adding to interest for the inaugural event is are special appearances SiriusXM’s Shannon Gunz and the cast of “The Space Zebra Show.” SiriusXM’s Jose “Metal Ambassador” Mangin is scheduled to emcee the whole thing on board and on land.

Other acts scheduled for the upcoming event are the likes of Atreyu, Crown The Empire, and Afterlife.

Tickets for the event are available here.

More information on Voragos: Destination Lunasea Beach is available along with the event’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.voragos.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vorag0s

Twitter: https://twitter.com/voragos1

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Nonpoint Announces New Live Dates

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Nonpoint will head back out on the road later this summer for a full-length tour

The band made the announcement Friday. It will launch what it has dubbed the “I’m About to Explode Part I” Tour Sept. 11 in Easton, PA. The tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 10 in Tempe, AZ and features performances in cities nationwide, such as Jacksonville, NC; Green Bay WI and Destin, FL.

Front man Elias Soriano was upbeat as he talked during a recent interview, about getting back on the road.

“We’re coming out of the pandemic swinging!,” he said. “The bands and the shows will leave fans talking for weeks.. Production is new, show is BRAND NEW, deep cuts from our catalog and our most Ruthless Setlist ever. ITS ABOUT TO EXPLODE, Part 1 is the swing of the bat and first contact”

The band had previously announced a handful of live dates for this month and September, as well as the schedule for its 2022 appearance on the ShipRocked Cruise. It makes this announcement the band’s first big tour announcement of the year.

Dropout Kings, Saul, and Any Given Sunday will serve as support throughout much of the tour. Joining the band for other dates are the likes of Tetrach, Seether, Atreyu, and Plush.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here. The announcement of the new tour comes more than two months after it premiered its latest single, ‘Ruthless.’ The band premiered the song’s video last month.

I’m About To Explode Tour Pt. 1 with special guests: Saul, Dropout Kings, & Any Given Sin

09.11.21 – One Centre Square – Easton, PA

09.12.21 – House of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ

09.14.21 – Wallys – Hampton Beach, NH

09.15.21 – Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY

09.16.21 – Beachland Ballroom- Cleveland, OH

09.17.21 – Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI

09.19.21 – Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN

09.21.21 – Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN

09.22.21 – Rock City Bake Company – Charleston, WV

09.23.21 – Shagnastys Grubbery And Pour House – Huntsville, AL

09.24.21 – Amos – Charlotte, NC

09.28.21 – Capones – Johnson City, TN

09.29.21 – Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC

10.02.21 – Club LA – Destin, FL

Dates with Atreyu, Tetrarch & Another Day Dawns:

09.03.21 – Epic Event Center – Green Bay, WI

09.04.21 – Ovation – Newport, KY

09.05.21 – The Sylvee – Madison, WI

09.07.21 – Temple Live – Wichita, KS

09.08.21 – Temple Live – Fort Smith, AR

Dates with Seether & Plush:

09.30.21 – House of Blues – Mrytle Beach, SC

10.01.21 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

10.10.21 – Marquee – Tempe, AZ

Nonpoint will be appearing at the following festivals:

09.10.21 – Blue Ridge Rock Fest – Danville, VA

09.18.21 – Fall Fling – Peoria, IL

09.25.21 – Rebel Rock – Orlando, FL

January 22-27, 2022 ShipRocked

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

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Atreyu Is As Strong As Ever On Its Latest LP

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Atreyu is officially joining the growing ranks of acts planning a return to the road now that the world is turning the corner in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.  The band made it official Wednesday through a press release.  The band’s forthcoming tour, which is scheduled to start in November, is in support of its forthcoming album Baptize.  Scheduled for release Friday through Spinefarm Records, the 15-song record is a strong new offering from the veteran metalcore act.  That is proven in part through the album’s musical arrangements.  They will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical arrangements adds its own appeal to the album’s presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the record in whole one of the best of this year’s new hard rock and metal albums.

Atreyu’s latest album, Baptize, is a positive new offering from the band.  Coming approximately three years after the release of its then latest album, In Our Wake (and two years after that album’s re-issue), the record proves a positive follow-to that record.  What’s more, it is another positive addition to the band’s overall catalog.  That is proven in part through its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question take the sound and stylistic approach that the band used in In Our Wake and build on them in this case.  There is even more balance here between the more melodic elements and hard rock/metal elements.  What’s more, the band even goes nu-metal to a point again in ‘Untouchable,’ which fittingly features a guest appearance by nu-metal band Papa Roach’s front man Jacoby Shaddix.  The growth exhibited through the musical arrangements in this record has resulted in an album that has already produced four infectious singles and even more singles possible.  Case in point is the moving, melodic ‘No Matter What,’ the intense ‘Broken Again,’ and the aforementioned anthemic ‘Untouchable.’  Between the catchy, infectious arrangement here, the moving arrangements in the other noted songs, those in the already produced singles and the content in the album’s other songs, the overall musical approach to this record forms a solid foundation for the album.  It gives audiences reason enough to hear the album.

Building on the foundation formed by the musical arrangements is the lyrical content that accompanies that musical content.  The songs are, for the most part, messages of hope and determination.  Not to bring it up again, but that message is clear in ‘Untouchable.’  Shaddix and Atreyu front man sing here, “We’re untouchable.”  This is a defiant message that when paired with the rest of the song’s lyrical content, delivers a powerful statement in itself.  The song’s lead verse is proof of that, as it states, “Watch out/Or you won’t even see me coming/Hands up…Sit down/Or you might end up starting something/They don’t know what they can’t see/And they don’t know ‘bout you and me/They don’t live in misery/Oh, no/But we don’t/We’re untouchable.”  The statement continues, “Watch out…Hands up.I’m stealing moments of protection/Sit down/So come and witness my deception.”  This message overall is one of defiance.  It is saying that “we” are stronger than “haters” and naysayers want to believe.  Thus the phrasing, “We’re untouchable.”  Shaddix even screams at one point, “Don’t step to me!”  So again, here is that defiant message of self-confidence and assurance.  This is a message that will resonate with a wide range of audiences.  It is just one example of how the album’s lyrical content proves so important to its presentation.  ‘Dead Weight’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.

While much of the album’s lyrical content delivers messages of confidence and self-assurance, it is not the album’s only theme.  ‘Dead Weight’ is one of so many songs out there that focuses on the matter of a broken relationship.  That is made clear as the song presents the subject as someone who is feeling “like dead weight.”  The inner battle is made even more obvious as the subject sings about being “lost in the smoke” and life being “so cold.”  The mention of the subject saying he would apologize to someone else “for the last time…trying to find the reason” shows that even more. That inner turmoil brought on by the broken relationship is, again, a common lyrical theme in the rock community.  In the case of this song, it is a song that is just as welcome as in songs from other bands.  That accessibility of the message and its delivery shows why it is just one more example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.  It is just one more way in which the lyrical themes prove so important to the album’s presentation.  The content featured in ‘Catastrophe,’ the album’s latest single, is another example of that importance.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Catastrophe’ is a commentary about the statement of the world while also being a love song of sorts.  The band made that clear in a prepared statement when it released the single last month. 

“‘Catastrophe’ is, in essence, an apocolyptic love song,” the statement reads. “We took a more imaginative approach to the feelings about that we as individuals and the rest of the planet were going through. The world felt like it was falling apart around us. Nothing was certain, and stress and darkness were coming in from every angle. But living through it all with someone who you truly love somehow made it all okay.” 

The message is made clear right from the song’s outset, which states, “Is this life, or just a dream?/Lost it all in this uncertainty/Take my hand, walk with me/As we dance in this catastrophe/Is this life, or just a dream?/Lost it all in this uncertainty/Take my hand, walk with me/As we dance in this catastrophe.”  The song’s second verse furthers that dual commentary/love story as it states, “Our thoughts will rise as cities fall/The ashes raining f****** drown us all/The flames consume all that I know/I will be fine in this uncertainty.”  By now, that duality is clear.  That also means that the understanding of how different this song’s lyrical theme is from that of the other examined themes and those in the rest of the album’s songs.  Keeping in mind that range of lyrical themes presented in this album, and even the varied ways in which the most common theme is presented, the whole of the album’s lyrical content is by now, unquestionably important to the album’s presentation.  When the importance of the lyrical content and its impact is considered along with the importance of the album’s musical content and its impact, the album proves even more why it is a success.  The collective is still only a part of what makes the album a positive presentation.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.

The production of Baptize is important to examine because of how much is going on in each of the album’s songs.  The arrangements featured throughout the album are fiery for the most part.  That means that much attention had to be paid to balancing the vocals, the dynamics, and the general instrumentation in each song.  It was clearly a time consuming task, and the efforts that went into balancing everything paid off.  Even in some of the most subdued moments, those points expertly bring out the deep emotion and thoughts going through the subject’s mind.  All things considered, the production ensured that the best in each song was brought out, ensuring even more, listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  When this baseline element is considered with the positive impact of the album’s musical and lyrical content, the whole makes Baptize a record that will appeal to all of Atreyu’s audiences.

Atreyu’s new forthcoming album, Baptize is a positive new offering from the veteran metalcore band.  It is a presentation that any of the band’s audiences will appreciate and enjoy.  That is proven in part through its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question bear some similarity to the works from the band’s existing catalog.  At the same time, they also show a certain amount of growth from the band.  That growth makes for its own share of enjoyment and engagement.  The lyrical themes featured alongside the album’s musical content add their own touch to the album, too.  That is because said content is accessible both in itself and its delivery.  The record’s production rounds out the album’s most important elements.  That is because it brings everything together, completing the album’s presentation.  The instrumentation and vocals are expertly balanced in each song.  That makes for its own appeal.  The balance also makes it easier to decipher (and in turn appreciate) the lyrical themes.  To that end, the time and effort that went into completing the album’s presentation is just as positive as the album’s content.  When it is considered along with the album’s content, the whole makes Baptize a successful new offering that is among the best of this year’s new hard rock and metal albums.  Baptize is scheduled for release Friday through Spinefarm Records.

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

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Tetrarch To Serve As Support For Atreyu’s “Baptize U.S. 2021 Tour”

Courtesy: Napalm Records/Adrenaline PR/Atom Splitter PR/Spinefarm Records

Tetrarch has been tapped to join Atreyu for its forthcoming “Baptize U.S. 2021 Tour.”

The band’s upcoming run is in support of its new album, Unstable, which is available now through Napalm Records. The tour is scheduled to start Nov. 9 in Dallas, TX. It features performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Detroit, MI and Seattle, WA.

Guitarist Diamond Rowe said the band is looking forward to joining Atreyu for the tour.

“We are very excited to be hitting the road with Atreyu,” said Rowe. “It’s a great bill of bands and we are more than excited to finally get back in front of fans all over the country. We have some extremely exciting things planned for this run.”

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

The band’s tour schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

ATREYU ON TOUR:
WITH CROWN THE EMPIRE, TETRARCH, SAUL, + DEFYING DECAY:

11/9 — Dallas, TX  — Gas Monkey Bar And Grill 
11/10 — Houston, TX  — The Warehouse 
11/11 — New Orleans, LA  — Republic NOLA
11/13 — Daytona, FL  — Welcome to Rockville 
11/15 — Atlanta, GA  — The Masquerade
11/16 — Charlotte, NC  — The Underground
11/17 — Baltimore, MD  — Rams Head Live
11/19 — Pittsburgh, PA  — The Roxian
11/20 — Sayreville, NJ  — Starland Ballroom
11/21 — New York, NY  — Webster Hall
11/22 — Albany, NY  — Empire Live 
11/23 — Hartford, CT  — The Webster
11/24 — Worcester, MA  — The Palladium 
11/26 — Detroit, MI  — The Majestic
11/27 — Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall 
11/30 — Cleveland, OH  — The Agora 
12/1 — Grand Rapids, MI  — The Intersection 
12/2 — Joliet, IL  — The Forge
12/3 — Belvidere, IL  — The Apollo Theater AC
12/4 — Minneapolis, MN  — Skyway Theatre 
12/6 — Kansas City, MO  — The Truman
12/7 — Denver, CO  — The Summit 
12/9 — Salt Lake City, UT  — The Depot
12/10 — Boise, ID  — Knitting Factory
12/11 — Portland, OR  — Roseland
12/12 — Seattle, WA  — The Crocadile 
12/14 — Santa Cruz, CA  — The Catalyst
12/15 — San Diego, CA  — House of Blues 
12/16 — Santa Ana, CA  — The Observatory 

Also joining the tour as support are Saul, Crown The Empire, and Defying Decay.

More information on Tetrarch’s upcoming live run and its new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.tetrarchmusic.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tetrarch

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Atreyu Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Atreyu will hit the road this fall in support of its new album.

The band made the announcement Wednesday through a news release. The document states the band will launch its “Baptize U.S. Tour 2021” Nov. 9 in Dallas, TX. The tour, which features performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Detroit, MI and Seattle, WA, is in support of the band’s new album, Baptize.

Baptize is scheduled for release Friday through Spinefarm Records. The album has produced the singles, ‘Warrior,’ ‘Save Us,’ ‘Underrated,’ and ‘Catastrophe.’ It features guest appearances by Papa Roach front man Jacoby Shaddix, Trivium front man Matt Heafy, and drummer Travis Barker (ex-Blink 182).

The band’s tour schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

ATREYU ON TOUR:
WITH CROWN THE EMPIRE, TETRARCH, SAUL, + DEFYING DECAY:

11/9 — Dallas, TX  — Gas Monkey Bar And Grill 
11/10 — Houston, TX  — The Warehouse 
11/11 — New Orleans, LA  — Republic NOLA
11/13 — Daytona, FL  — Welcome to Rockville 
11/15 — Atlanta, GA  — The Masquerade
11/16 — Charlotte, NC  — The Underground
11/17 — Baltimore, MD  — Rams Head Live
11/19 — Pittsburgh, PA  — The Roxian
11/20 — Sayreville, NJ  — Starland Ballroom
11/21 — New York, NY  — Webster Hall
11/22 — Albany, NY  — Empire Live 
11/23 — Hartford, CT  — The Webster
11/24 — Worcester, MA  — The Palladium 
11/26 — Detroit, MI  — The Majestic
11/27 — Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall 
11/30 — Cleveland, OH  — The Agora 
12/1 — Grand Rapids, MI  — The Intersection 
12/2 — Joliet, IL  — The Forge
12/3 — Belvidere, IL  — The Apollo Theater AC
12/4 — Minneapolis, MN  — Skyway Theatre 
12/6 — Kansas City, MO  — The Truman
12/7 — Denver, CO  — The Summit 
12/9 — Salt Lake City, UT  — The Depot
12/10 — Boise, ID  — Knitting Factory
12/11 — Portland, OR  — Roseland
12/12 — Seattle, WA  — The Crocadile 
12/14 — Santa Cruz, CA  — The Catalyst
12/15 — San Diego, CA  — House of Blues 
12/16 — Santa Ana, CA  — The Observatory 

Tetrarch, Saul, Crown The Empire, and Defying Decay will serve as support throughout the tour.

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

Websitehttps://www.atreyofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/atreyu

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/atreyuofficial

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Of Mice & Men Continues Its Success In The Second Of Its Three Planned New EPs

Courtesy: Sharptone Records

Veteran metalcore band Of Mice & Men returns this week with the second of its three planned new EPs for this year. 

Bloom is scheduled for release Friday through Sharptone Records.  The three-song EP picks up right where its predecessor, Timeless left off both musically and lyrically.  Speaking of that musical and lyrical content, each does its own part to make this latest offering from Of Mice & Men engaging and entertaining.  They will each receive their own attention here.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.  Each item noted does its own part to make this latest offering another positive offering from Of Mice & Men.  All things considered, they make Bloom a strong follow-up to Timeless that the band’s established audiences will enjoy just as much as metalcore fans in general.

Of Mice & Men has succeeded for the second time this year with its new EP, Bloom.  The second of the band’s three planned new EPs for this year, it stands out in part because of its musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question seem to show the band…well…blooming and growing.  Case in point is the musical arrangement featured in ‘Levee,’ the record’s opener.  The song exhibits the band’s familiar heaviness.  At the same time though, the stylistic approach in this case also lends itself to comparisons to work from the likes of Unearth (which ironically is more metal than metalcore), Atreyu, and Slipknot (which is also more metal than metalcore).  The full, wall of sound approach taken here shows the band as a unit willing to take that chance and grow more in another direction than just continuing on the same path yet again.  The risk paid off, too.  It ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment throughout its nearly five minute run time.   ‘Pulling Teeth,’ which closes out the EP, is another example of the importance of the EP’s musical content.  It exhibits the band’s familiar classic metalcore elements even more here alongside a more metal leaning.  The djent style added to the mix adds so much to the mix.  The whole here makes this song just as solid a closer for the EP as ‘Levee’ is an opener.  Much the same can be said of the arrangement featured in the EP’s title track.  The more melodic moments, balanced against the heavier choruses makes for another solid musical presentation that will keep listeners engaged and entertained.  All three arrangements collectively give listeners more than enough reason to take in this record.  It is only a portion of what makes the EP successful.  The record’s lyrical themes add their own touch to the EP’s presentation.

The lyrical themes featured in Bloom are notable because of the range of themes featured in the songs.  That is even considering that the EP features only three songs.  The band takes on the familiar theme of mental health in ‘Levee.’  Front man Aaron Pauley makes that clear as he sings in the song’s chorus, “It’s cold, cloudy, windy and wet/I see the sun inside my head/It’s warmer/And I need the warmth/More than ever.”  He adds in the chorus’ refrain, “It keeps raining/Down, down, down/It touches everything we love.” Eventually Pauley screams, “It can only rain for so long/Before it washes us away/The levee’s gonna break before long/I can only swing for so long/So maybe it’s our time to drown.”  The song’s verses are difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference, but the choruses are clear enough that it is easy to make an inference about the topic here.  This is a song that takes on the familiar topic of mental health.  It is presented in a unique fashion here that will definitely resonate with listeners. 

The EP’s title track offers its own deep topic.  According to Pauley, the song focuses on the loss of a loved one.  “It’s about understanding, through that loss, that grief is not only love in its most visceral and wildest form, but that it’s also the ultimate price we pay to experience such love,” said Pauley in a prepared statement about the song. “To know profound grief is to have known profound love. Nothing and no one lasts forever. Love isn’t a bouquet of plastic flowers; it’s watching the petals fall.”  This is a powerful statement both from him and from its delivery within the song.  Yes, it is familiar, but is always welcome since loss is something we all have to experience.  To that end, the theme here shows even more the diversity in the EP’s lyrical content and the importance thereof.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Pulling Teeth’ is difficult to decipher sans lyrics.  However, Pauley’s statement in the song’s closing bars that “I thought I was prepared/That I was up to the task/I said I’ll be okay/But my world collapsed/Piece by piece by piece/Like slowly pulling teeth” infers the matter of dealing with a serious matter.  He notes in the song’s opening, “Time stops for no man/The end awaits us all…I tried to fight off/The belly of the beast” builds on the overall statement.  Even with this and what little can be deciphered in the chorus, the theme is still somewhat up in the air.  It certainly comes across as being somewhat existential.  The discussions that will come about from what this song may or may not be about shows in its own unique way, the importance of the EP’s lyrical content.  When this is considered along with the impact of the EP’s musical arrangements, the two sides join to make for even more appeal here.  Even with that in mind, there is still one more item to address.  It comes in the form of the EP’s production.


The production of Bloom is important to discuss because of how much is going on in each song.  From the sound of the falling rain in the opening bars of ‘Levee’ and the transition into the much heavier body, there is a lot going on here.  The subtlety in the falling rain serves well to set the initial mood of depression.  That depression transitions into a much more intense mixture of anger and frustration along with that depression throughout the rest of the song.  That combination serves well to translate the wide range of emotion in the speaker’s mind.  The fact that those two distinctly different moods are so well balanced along with the full instrumentation here is a prime example of the result of the work that went into the production.  Even as heavy as the song is, each musician’s part is well-balanced with the others, and with the vocals and added effects.  The overall impact is a song that fully immerses the listener in the song.  ‘Bloom’ and ‘Pulling Teeth’ obviously required just as much attention as ‘Levee’ in terms of the songs’ production.  ‘Pulling Teeth’ is so heavy and plodding. It is heavier perhaps than anything that Of Mice and Men has ever crafted.  Luckily, the painstaking efforts to balance the heavy, crunching guitars, bass, and drums paid off here with each part complimenting the others in its own way.  The result is a song that will prove to be a fan favorite if only for this aspect.  All things considered, the production of this record required lots of attention in terms of production, and that attention paid off throughout.  When the positive impact of the record’s production is considered with the role and importance of the musical and lyrical content, the whole makes Bloom a solid follow-up to Timeless and gives great hope for Of Mice and Men’s third and final EP of the year.

The second of three new EP’s planned for release this year from Of Mice & Men is a strong new offering from the veteran metalcore outfit.  That is due in part to the EP’s musical arrangements.  The arrangements exhibit just enough of the band’s familiar metalcore leanings while also delving into more pure metal influences than on Timeless.  That growth is such that any audience will find it appealing in all three songs featured here.  The lyrical themes featured in this record do their own part to show the EP’s strength.  That is because where the themes featured in Timeless were all clearly existential, they are more diverse in this case.  From dealing with the loss of a loved one, to taking on the equally familiar topic of mental health, to something else, the band opted this time to “bloom” and expand on its lyrical content.  The production of the songs rounds out the EP’s most important elements.  It shows that even with so much going on in each song, the best of each song is brought out through the attention to every detail in each song.  The result is that the EP proves appealing just as much for its sound as for its content.  Considering this, the EP overall proves to be just as successful as Timeless and gives hope for the next EP from Of Mice & Men.  Bloom is scheduled for release Friday through Sharptone Records.

More information on Of Mice and Men’s new EP is available now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Execution Day Takes On Pandemic’s Mental, Emotional Toll In New Single, Video

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Independent metalcore band Execution Day premiered its latest single and its companion video this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Escape‘ and its companion video Friday. The band welcomed Ice Nine Kills guitarist Justin Deblick for a guest role in the song. The song’s musical arrangement is fittingly a work that will appeal to fans of Ice Nine Kills, Atreyu, Of Mice & Men, and other similar melodic metalcore acts.

According to a statement from the band, the single focuses on the emotional and mental toll that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had on people.

“The song is really about feeling dissociated from the world, and the people around you,” the statement reads.  “We wrote the song during covid Quarantine, and it really is about life right now, the world right now. Being basically alone for all those months, you start to think, and let your mind run, and the feeling of dissociation, among other feelings and thoughts really start to overtake your head space.”

The video for ‘Escape’ is meant to help translate that noted lyrical theme. It features the band in a confined studio setting. A variety of video effects is used throughout the song to visualize the thoughts and feelings that people have experienced (and are experiencing) as a result of the lockdowns enforced by local, state, and federal authorities as a result of the pandemic.

More information on Execution Day’s new single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/ExecutionDay.

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Atreyu Debuts ‘Catastrophe’ Video

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Atreyu premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its latest single, ‘Catastrophe‘ Thursday. Its premiere comes more than a month after the band debuted the single by itself.

The debut of the single and its video follow the premieres of the album’s first two singles, ‘Warrior‘ and ‘Underrated.’ All three songs are featured on Atreyu’s forthcoming album, Baptize, which is scheduled for release June 4 through Spinefarm Records.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Catastrophe’ follows the sound and stylistic approach of ‘Warrior.’ That is evidenced through the juxtaposition of the heavier guitar riffs and screams and the more melodic harmonies presented in the choruses. That is not to say that the two songs are identical. There are clear differences in the songs. As a matter of fact, the heavier, screams and guitars conjure thoughts of works from Atreyu’s counterparts, Killswitch Engage, Of Mice & Men, and As I Lay Dying.

The band explained the lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“‘Catastrophe’ is, in essence, an apocolyptic love song,” the statement reads. “We took a more imaginative approach to the feelings about that we as individuals and the rest of the planet were going through. The world felt like it was falling apart around us. Nothing was certain, and stress and darkness were coming in from every angle. But living through it all with someone who you truly love somehow made it all okay.” 

The new video for ‘Catastrophe’ pokes fun at all of the reaction videos that pollute the internet and the people who produce them. It features guest appearances from figures, such as Hyro The Hero, Trivium front man Matt Heafy, and Ice Nine Kills front man Spencer Charnas.

The track listing for Baptize is noted below.

BAPTIZE TRACK LISTING:
“Strange Powers of Prophecy”
“Baptize”
“Save Us”
“Underrated”
“Broken Again”
“Weed”
“Dead Weight”
“Catastrophe”
“Fucked Up”
“Sabotage Me”
“Untouchable” Feat. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach
“No Matter What”
“Oblivion” Feat. Matt Heafy of Trivium
“Stay”
“Warrior” Feat. Travis Barker

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

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