August Burns Red Premieres “Live” Video For Its Single, ‘Paramount’

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August Burns Red premiered a new “live” performance of its single, ‘Paramount’ this week.

The band premiered the new live clip Thursday through its official YouTube channel. The news release announcing the video’s premiere did not specify at which venue the performance was captured. The song is featured in the band’s latest album, Guardians.

Additionally, the band did not note that information either in a prepared statement discussing the new video.

“We got to play ‘Paramount’ live for the first time on our recent fall tour,” the statement reads. “It quickly became one of our favorite songs to play each night and we thought it was be fun to capture the energy and vibe of the song live. We’re grateful to everyone who came out to these shows and helped to make this video happen!”

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Killswitch Engage Announces Re-Scheduled Dates With August Burns Red, Light The Torch

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As progress in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Killswitch Engage is trying its hand at hitting the road again.

The band was forced to postpone the spring 2020 leg of its “Atonement Tour” last year due to the impacts of the pandemic, but now the band has announced it will try things out again this winter. The announcement was made Tuesday through a news release.

Front man Jesse Leach was upbeat as he talked about getting the tour running again in a prepared statement.

“The long wait is finally over,” said Leach. “We worked very hard to carefully piece this tour back together properly. After the tour was shut down two days in when it started in 2020, we are bringing it back!  We are honored and stoked to have August Burns Red and Howard Jones [former KsE frontman] and the boys in Light the Torch along to make this an ‘all killer, no filler’ lineup.”

Jones shared Leach’s excitement about the tour.

Jones echoes the sentiment, saying, “FINALLY! We get to pick up where we left off on the Atonement tour with KsE and ABR!,” he said. “We couldn’t be more excited to resume with the same lineup, and additional dates have been added so don’t miss this noisy party. Now, stop reading this and get your tickets. GO! This will be a tour to remember and you do not want to miss it!”

According to the provided information, the re-scheduled tour is set to launch Jan. 28 in Pittsburgh, PA and to run through March 12, bringing the band back to the Steel City to close things out. The tour also features performances in cities nationwide, such as Raleigh, NC; Riverside, CA and Boise, ID.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. August Burns Red and Light The Torch (fronted by Jones) are scheduled to serve as support for the tour. Tickets are available here.


1/28 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE
1/29 — Silver Spring, MD — Fillmore
1/31 — Stroudsburg, PA — Sherman Theater
2/1 — Montreal, QC — M-Telus
2/2 — Toronto, ON — Rebel
2/4 — Wallingford, CT — The Dome
2/5 — Portland, ME — State Theater
2/6 — Boston, MA — House of Blues
2/8 — New York, NY — Terminal 5
2/10 — Raleigh, NC — Ritz
2/11 — Atlanta, GA — Tabernacle
2/12 — Orlando, FL — House of Blues
2/14 — Houston, TX — House of Blues
2/15 — Dallas, TX — SouthSide Ballroom
2/17 — Tempe, AZ — The Marquee
2/18 — Los Angeles, CA — Wiltern
2/19 — Las Vegas, NV — Brooklyn Bowl
2/21 — Ventura, CA — Ventura Theater
2/22 — Riverside, CA — Municipal Auditorium
2/23 — San Francisco, CA — Warfield
2/25 — Spokane, WA — Knitting Factory
2/26 — Missoula, MT — Wilma Theater
2/27 — Seattle, WA — Showbox SoDo
3/1 — Boise, ID — Revolution
3/2 — Salt Lake City, UT — Complex
3/3 — Denver, CO — Fillmore
3/5 — Green Bay, WI — EPIC Event Center
3/6 — Minneapolis, MN — Fillmore
3/7 — Chicago, IL — Radius
3/8 — Columbus, OH — Express Live
3/10 — Detroit, MI — Fillmore
3/11 — Rochester, NY — Main Street Armory
3/12 — Philadelphia, PA — Franklin Music Hall

Killswitch Engage’s “Atonement Tour” is in support of its album, Atonement and its companion, Atonement II.

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Seasons Debuts ‘Violence Is A Virtue’ Video

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Independent metal outfit Seasons debuted the video for its latest single last week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Violence is a Virtue‘ April 21.  The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy work whose foundation is formed through its guitars, vocals and drums.  It crosses metalcore elements with some death metal sounds for a whole that will reach a wide range of metal fans.  The initial comparisons that can be made through the song’s musical arrangement is to works from the likes of Whitechapel, Killswitch Engage and August Burns Red.

The lyrical theme featured in the song will reach its own share of listeners, as it focuses on someone dealing with the difficult thoughts and emotions that lie just beneath the surface.

Front man Ken Stewart explained the song’s lyrical concept in a recent interview.

“This song is about how I feel about myself and the world around me to a degree,” he said.  “The overwhelming nature of the world and repetition of the day in, day out routine is stifling and limits us as creators.”

‘Violence is a Virtue’ is available to stream and download through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and Google Play.

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Nooky Jones’ New EP Is The “Sweetest” Of 2019’s New EPs

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EPs are some of the most under- and unappreciated records in the music industry.  Composed sometimes of no more than three songs, others as many as six or seven songs, they are often overlooked by audiences simply because they are not full-length recordings.  Given, sometimes they are little more than space-fillers to tide fans over between albums, but in other cases, they are chances for new, up-and-coming acts to get their feet in the door.  Whether one is the case or the other, the fact of the matter is that EPs deserve just as much credit as their full-length counterparts.  That is something that this critic has preached for years.  Keeping that in mind, they deserve a year-ender “Best Of” list as those records, and that is exactly what is presented here.

From Sister Hazel’s latest EPs Fire and Earth to underground rockers Charm City Devils’ latest offering 1904 to indie artist Denim’s new EP Endless Summer and more, this year has provided a lot to appreciate in the way of EPs.  There’s some rock here, some r&b and even some reggae, so this list is not limited to just one genre.  As with every list, this list features the Top 10 titles plus five honorable mentions for a total of 15 titles.  Those honorable mentions are not bad titles.  Everything was based on general content overall and the records’ separate lyrical and musical content.  Without further ado, here is Phil’s Picks 2019 Top 10 New EPs.



  1. Nooky Jones — Like Candy
  2. Sister Hazel — Fire
  3. Sister Hazel — Earth
  4. Santana — In Search of Mona Lisa
  5. Denim — Endless Summer
  6. Joyous Wolf — Place in Time
  7. Lakou Mizik & The 79ers Gang — Iko Kreyol
  8. ZFG — ZFG
  9. Hot 8 Brass Band — Take Cover
  10. Charm City Devils — 1904
  11. The Jacks — The Jacks
  12. Wake Hate — Deep Sleep
  13. 18th & Addison — Old Blues / Modern Love
  14. The Crash Republic — HomewreckersSweet Apathy
  15. August Burns Red — Phantom Sessions


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Miss May I To Support August Burns Red On Frozen Flame Tour

Courtesy:  Fearless Records

Courtesy: Fearless Records

The weather is turning cold and most of the world is counting down the days until the end of 2014. Meanwhile others such as the members of Miss May I are counting down the days until the start of the new year. That is because with the start of the new year comes the start of “The Frozen Flame Tour” presented by Rock Star Energy Drink.

Courtesy:  Rise Records

Courtesy: Rise Records

Miss May I, touring in support of its latest full-length album Rise of the Lion (Rise Records), will join Northlane and Erra on “The Frozen Flame Tour” presented by Rock Star Energy Drink beginning Thursday, January 22nd. The tour is headlined by August Burns Red. The tour spans thirty-eight dates and takes the bands across the United States and into Canada, too. It wraps up with a seven-date stretch through the East Coast, with one date in North Carolina. That date is March 5th at Amos’ Southend in Charlotte, North Carolina. The concert is an all-ages show. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. Audiences under the age of three are subject to a $3 surcharge. Doors open at 6:30 and the show is scheduled to begin at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased online at|utmccn=%28referral%29|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/l.php&__utmv=-&__utmk=256268811.

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