Devin Townsend’s ‘Empath’ Gives The Best Feeling For Audiences In This Year’s New Hard Rock/Metal Field

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This year is one of the strongest in recent memory for metal masses around the world.  This year saw new releases — powerful new releases at that — from some of the most well-known and respected names in the metal community.  Slipknot’s new album We Are Not Your Kind is just one of those important new releases that the metal masses received this year.  Amon Amarth’s new album Berserker gave the masses just as much to appreciate, as did new albums from Dragonforce, Killswitch Engage and The Offering.

Between those records and so many others, it goes without saying that developing a list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums was anything but easy.  That’s especially the case considering the release early this year, of Devin Townsend’s new album Empath, Hyvmine’s new LP Retaliation and up-and-comers Alien Weaponry’s debut album Tu.  This critic took a long time trying to assemble this list.  It was not a chore taken lightly.  As with other lists from this critic, it features the Top 10 New Hard Rock/Metal albums as well as five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2019 Top 10 New Hard Rock/Metal Albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2019 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK/METAL ALBUMS

  1. Devin Townsend — Empath
  2. Slipknot — We Are Not Your Kind
  3. Amon Amarth — Berserker
  4. Overkill — The Wings of War
  5. The Offering — Home
  6. Bad Blood — Bad Blood
  7. Whitechapel — The Valley
  8. Hyvmine — Retaliation
  9. Dragonforce — Extreme Power Metal
  10. Of Mice & Men — EARTHANDSKY
  11. Dream Theater — Distance Over Time
  12. Killswitch Engage — Atonement
  13. Awake At Last — The Change
  14. Corroded — Bitter
  15. Alien Weaponry — Tu

 

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Hannah Williams & The Affirmations Stand Tall Among 2019’s New Independent Albums

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The old year is almost gone and the new year is on the way.  With the countdown to the calendar change nearing its annual end, critics are preparing their annual year-ender lists or have already posted said “Best Of” lists.  This critic has waited a while to make sure as many albums and EPs have been considered, and now with less than two weeks left in the year, the time is right to offer the first of many “Best Of” lists.

Opening this year’s multitude of year end “Best Of” lists from Phil’s Picks is the year’s top new independent albums.  Independent can mean acts signed to independent labels — of which there are many — and those who are straight up unsigned.  This year’s list presents a variety of acts and sounds, not the least of which is Hannah Williams & The Affirmations’ new album 50 Foot Woman.  Also featured in this year’s list is the surprisingly enjoyable self-titled album from Am I Dead Yet.  Its mix of David Bowie, Pink Floyd and other similar acts makes its musical content strong in its own right.  The addition of its lyrical content adds even more interest to its whole.  Hard rock band Bad Blood is also featured in this year’s list with its self-titled debut.  These are just some of the acts featured in Phil’s Picks 2019 Top 10 New Independent Albums.  It should be noted that while the list is the “Top 10,” it features five additional honorable mention titles for a grand total of 15 albums, as in every past year.

It should be noted that the choices featured on this list were not easy.  The honorable mention titles are not bad albums.  They are all good in their own way.  It was just that difficult to choose, as every listed album had its own positives. Some had more positives than others. Now with all that said here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2019 Top 10 New Independent Albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2019 TOP 10 NEW INDEPENDENT ALBUMS

1.Hannah Williams & The Affirmations — 50 Foot Woman

2. Am I Dead Yet? — Am I Dead Yet?

3. Bad Blood — Bad Blood

4. The Sh-Booms — The Blurred Odyssey

5. Aree And The Pure Hearts — Never Gonna Die

6. Wargirl — Wargirl

7. Lullwater — Voodoo

8. Sara Potenza — Road To Rome

9. Corroded — Bitter

10. Awake At Last — The Change

11. Blacktop Mojo — Under The Sun

12. Stone Leaders — Stone Leaders

13. Dark Station — Down in The Dark

14. Them Guns — From The Shadows

15. Damn Your Eyes — Kill The Outside

 

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Ice Nine Kills Debuts Video for ‘Stabbing In The Dark’ Acoustic Take

Ice Nine Kills debuted the video for its acoustic take of ‘Stabbing in the Dark‘ this week.

The band debuted the video Friday for the song, which is featured on the upcoming re-issue of the band’s 2018 album The Silver Scream.  The video features a family watching the original video for ‘Stabbing in the Dark‘ on a black and white television in a very 1950s living room setting.

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The acoustic take of ‘Stabbing in the Dark’ features guest vocals from Trivium front man Matt Heafy.  Heafy talked about joining Ice Nine Kills for the recording during a recent interview, saying how happy he was to take part in the song’s re-imagining.

“Ice Nine Kills is one of the absolute best bands on the planet right now,” he said.  “With their blend of styles and sounds and unique imagery, they’ve crafted a world entirely their own.  Being such a big fan myself, I did an acoustic cover of ‘Stabbing in the Dark’ on my Twitch live one day.  Next thing I knew, INK checked it out and dug it — which I was honored to hear.  I can’t wait till the world hears this newly re-imagined version of this incredible song.  Watch as INK takes the world over.  Mark my words.”

INK front man Spencer Charnas responded to Heafy’s comments with his own positive remarks in a separate interview.

“We were devilishly delighted to find out that Matt was a fan of INK,” he said.  “When we heard his chill-inducing cover of ‘Stabbing in the Dark’, we knew right then and there that we had to collaborate with him.”

He added, “We have enormous respect for Matt’s abilities, and are honored to have him be a part of this spooky, almost folk-like rendition of the song.  He slaughtered this performance, and we can’t wait wait for people to hear it during our favorite month of the year.”

INK’s acoustic take of ‘Stabbing in the Dark’ with Matt Heafy is just one of the acoustic works featured in the band’s upcoming re-issue of The Silver Scream.  The re-issue will also feature an acoustic performance of the song ‘A Grave Mistake,’ which the band recorded live on Sirius XM and a new take of ‘Thank God It’s Friday,’ which features the original Jason actor Ari Lehman.

The re-issue’s track listing is noted below.

THE SILVER SCREAM: FINAL CUT album will include the following track listing:
1. The American Nightmare
2. Thank God It’s Friday
3. Stabbing In The Dark
4. Savages
5. The Jig Is Up (ft. Randy Strohmeyer of Finch)
6. A Grave Mistake
7. Rocking The Boat (ft. Jeremy Schwartz)
8. Enjoy Your Slay (ft. Sam Kubrick)
9. Freak Flag
10. The World in My Hands (ft. Tony Lovato of Mest)
11. Merry Axe-mas
12. Love Bites (ft. Chelsea Talmadge, Stranger Things)
13. IT Is The End (ft. JR Wasilewski & Buddy Schaub of Less Than Jake and Will Salazar of Fenix TX)
14. Your Number’s Up
15. Thriller (Michael Jackson cover)
16. A Grave Mistake (Live from SiriusXM)
17. Stabbing In The Dark (Acoustic ft. Matt Heafy)
18. SAVAGES (Acoustic)
19. Thank God It’s Friday (Acoustic ft. Ari Lehman)

The original release of The Silver Scream spawned the singles and videos for ‘The American Nightmare,’ ‘Thank God It’s Friday,’ ‘Stabbing in The Dark,’ ‘A Grave Mistake,’ ‘IT Is The End,’ ‘Enjoy Your Slay,’ ‘Merry Axe-Mas‘ and ‘Savages.’

 

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Ice Nine Kills is preparing to launch a new North American tour in support of The Silver Scream‘s forthcoming re-issue.  The tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 29 in Cleveland, OH and to run through Dec. 1 in New York.  It also features performances in cities, such as Phoenix, AZ; Charlotte, NC and Denver, CO.

Fit For A King, Awake At Last, Light The Torch and Make Them Suffer will serve as support for the tour.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

DATE
CITY
VENUE
Tue
10/29
Cleveland, OH
House of Blues *
Sat
11/2
Milwaukee, WI
The Rave Club *
Sun
11/3
Minneapolis, MN
Varsity Theater *
Mon
11/4
Estes Park, CO
The Stanley Hotel
Tue
11/5
Denver, CO
Summit Music Hall *
Wed
11/6
Salt Lake City, UT
The Depot *
Fri
11/8
Las Vegas, NV
Brooklyn Bowl *
Sat
11/9
Los Angeles, CA
Belasco Theater *
Sun
11/10
Phoenix, AZ
The Van Buren *
Tue
11/12
Dallas, TX
House of Blues *
Wed
11/13
Houston, TX
House of Blues *
Thu
11/14
San Antonio, TX
Aztec Theater *
Sat
11/16
Pensacola, FL
Vinyl Music Hall *
Sun
11/17
Tampa, FL
Ritz Ybor *
Mon
11/18
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Revolution Live *
Wed
11/20
Atlanta, GA
Buckhead Theater *
Thu
11/21
Charlotte, NC
The Underground – Fillmore *
Fri
11/22
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Soundstage *
Sat
11/23
Pittsburgh, PA
Roxian Theater *
Mon
11/25
Philadelphia, PA
Theater of Living Arts *
Tue
11/26
Detroit, MI
St. Andrews Hall *
Wed
11/27
Chicago, IL
House of Blues *
Sat
11/30
Worcester, MA
The Palladium *
Sun
12/1
New York, NY
Webster Hall *
* = SiriusXM Octane Presents “Octane Accelerator Tour” with Fit For a King, Light The Torch, Make Them Suffer & Awake At Last

More information on Ice Nine Kills’ tour is available online now along with more information on the band’s upcoming re-issue of The Silver Scream and the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://iceninekills.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/iceninekills

 

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INK Debuts ‘IT Is The End’ Video; Launches North American Tour

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Ice Nine Kills debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘IT Is The End‘ Tuesday.  The video, directed by Daniel Hourihan, is the finale in a series of videos and singles, all of which have come from the band’s 2018 album The Silver Scream and features appearances from members of Fenix TX and Less Than Jake.

The band’s video series from  The Silver Scream also features videos for the songs ‘Thank God It’s Friday,’ ‘Stabbing in the Dark,’ ‘A Grave Mistake‘ and ‘The American Nightmare.’

Most recently, the band debuted the video for the song ‘Savages,’ also taken from The Silver Scream, as well as ‘Enjoy Your Slay‘ and ‘Merry Axe-mas.’

The band is scheduled to re-issue The Silver Scream Oct. 25 in an expanded package that features a new cover song, four acoustic takes of songs from the album and a new song that pays tribute to director Wes Craven’s hit slasher flick Scream.

 

Courtesy: Fearless Records/SRO

INK opens its new North American tour run tonight in Cleveland, OH.  The tour, which also will feature performances from Fit For A King, Light The Torch, Make Them Suffer, and Awake At Last, is scheduled to run through Dec. 1 in New York, NY.  The tour’s schedule is noted below

ICE NINE KILLS upcoming tour dates are as follows:
DATE
CITY
VENUE
Tue
10/29
Cleveland, OH
House of Blues *
Sat
11/2
Milwaukee, WI
The Rave Club *
Sun
11/3
Minneapolis, MN
Varsity Theater *
Mon
11/4
Estes Park, CO
The Stanley Hotel
Tue
11/5
Denver, CO
Summit Music Hall *
Wed
11/6
Salt Lake City, UT
The Depot *
Fri
11/8
Las Vegas, NV
Brooklyn Bowl *
Sat
11/9
Los Angeles, CA
Belasco Theater *
Sun
11/10
Phoenix, AZ
The Van Buren *
Tue
11/12
Dallas, TX
House of Blues *
Wed
11/13
Houston, TX
House of Blues *
Thu
11/14
San Antonio, TX
Aztec Theater *
Sat
11/16
Pensacola, FL
Vinyl Music Hall *
Sun
11/17
Tampa, FL
Ritz Ybor *
Mon
11/18
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Revolution Live *
Wed
11/20
Atlanta, GA
Buckhead Theater *
Thu
11/21
Charlotte, NC
The Underground – Fillmore *
Fri
11/22
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Soundstage *
Sat
11/23
Pittsburgh, PA
Roxian Theater *
Mon
11/25
Philadelphia, PA
Theater of Living Arts *
Tue
11/26
Detroit, MI
St. Andrews Hall *
Wed
11/27
Chicago, IL
House of Blues *
Sat
11/30
Worcester, MA
The Palladium *
Sun
12/1
New York, NY
Webster Hall *
* = SiriusXM Octane Presents “Octane Accelerator Tour” with Fit For a King, Light The Torch, Make Them Suffer & Awake At Last

More information on the band’s upcoming North American tour, its new singles and videos and all of its latest news is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.iceninekills.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/iceninekills

 

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Ice Nine Kills Debuts ‘Savages’ Video; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Fearless Records

Ice Nine Kills debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Savages‘ Tuesday.  The song is taken from the band’s latest album The Silver Scream (2018).

The video features footage of the band performing its new single and crosses that footage with footage of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as the song was inspired by the movie.  It is just one of the movies that inspired the album’s works.  The album in whole is composed of songs inspired by famous horror movies, such as The ShiningJaws and It.

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‘Savages’ is just the latest single from The Silver Scream to receive the video treatment. The album has also produced the singles ‘The American Nightmare,’ ‘Thank God It’s Friday,’ ‘Stabbing in the Dark,’ ‘A Grave Mistake‘ ‘Enjoy Your Slay‘ and ‘Merry Axe-mas.’

While the band debuted the video for its new single this week, it also recently launched a new campaign to promote the next single from its album, the It-inspired ‘IT Is The End.’  The campaign sent fans on a scavenger hunt to find a red balloon.  The first five people to reach each location in the hunt received special prizes and a sneak peek of the video, which is planned for its debut soon.

 

Courtesy: Fearless Records/SRO

Ice Nine Kills is in the midst of the European leg of its tour in support of The Silver Scream.  The band will return to North America for another stretch of dates across America beginning Oct. 29 in Cleveland, OH.  The upcoming North American tour is scheduled to run through Dec. 1 in New York, NY and to feature performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Los Angeles, CA and Salt Lake City, UT.

Fit For A King will join the tour as a special guest.  Awake At Last, Make Them Suffer and Light The Torch will serve as support throughout the tour.

More information on the band’s upcoming North American tour, its new singles and videos and all of its latest news is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.iceninekills.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/iceninekills

 

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‘The Change’ Could Change The Course Of Awake At Last’s Life

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Hard rock band Awake At Last has made a name for itself throughout the course of its life for presenting songs that promote positivity, spirituality and self-confidence.  That trend, which the band has held over the course of two EPs, continues on the band’s full-length debut album The Change.  The 12-song record presents those themes in various ways throughout the course of its 39-minute run time, complete with musical arrangements that will appeal to a wide range of listeners.  From one song to the next, the record’s musical arrangements and lyrical themes that make up its body ensure listeners’ continued engagement.  The album’s lead single ‘Dead Generation’ is just one of the songs that supports that statement.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Bigger Picture,’ which comes later in the album’s run continues to support that statement in a similar fashion.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Fallen Stars,’ the album’s closer is yet another of the album’s entries that exhibits the band’s continued themes of positivity and self-confidence. It serves just as much as ‘Dead Generation’ and ‘Bigger Picture’ to maintain listeners’ engagement.  When these songs are considered along with the nine songs that make up the remainder of the record, the whole of The Change becomes a work that may well “change” the course of Awake At Last’s career to the positive.

Awake At Last’s debut full-length studio recording The Change is a strong new effort from the Delaware-based hard rock outfit.  It is a nearly 40-minute presentation whose themes of positivity, self-confidence and spirituality are certain to keep listeners engaged while at the same time, offering those same audiences plenty of musical entertainment and lyrical inspiration.  One of the songs featured in the record’s 12-song body that serves to support those statements comes early in the record’s run in the form of ‘Dead Generation.’  The album’s lead single, it presents a musical arrangement that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Three Days Grace, Shinedown and to a lesser extent, Set It Off.  That combination of influences makes the song’s musical arrangement a strong foundation for the song’s presentation.  That foundation is strengthened through the social commentary presented in the song’s lyrical content.

The song’s lyrical content presents a theme of…well…making a change.  It approaches the subject in this case, by forcing listeners to contemplate whether the current generation that has inherited the planet is in fact as bad off as it has been made to seem.  Front man Vincent Torres delivers that message, singing in the song’s lead verse, “With every moment/We’re drifting into defeat/We keep on living a lie/Like it’s what we need/When conversation is avoided to keep the peace/The silence pulling us under will never cease.”  He is saying here, that people need to stand up and speak up, rather than be passive and just let things happen.  That is because if we continue to remain silent, nothing will get better in the world, rather it will do the opposite and get worse.  This statement is heightened through the song’s chorus in which Torres and his band mates – Eric Blackway (guitar), Imran Xhelili (guitar) and John Finney (drums) – sing, “We beg the world to change/But fail to face it/Are we alive or a dead generation?”  He is saying, we keep calling for change, but are we doing anything to back up our calls to action?  As if that is not proof enough, Torres goes on in the song’s second verse, to sing, “Trapped in a moment/Perpetual hell/This life’s a coffin and we are the nails/Cut out the answers and disarm the scars/We always take, take, take/And forget who we are.”  Again, here is a statement of looking at the bigger picture.  We are the cause, not the effect, is essentially what Torres is saying here.  We are the “nails,” the cause.  We always take, take, take/And forget who we are.  It’s all about us.  We need to act for the bigger picture.  Torres speaks in metaphors here, but it is relatively clear what he is saying.  Keeping that in mind, along with the fire in the song’s musical arrangement, this first statement from the band this time out shows without doubt that noted positivity for which the band has come to be known during its life.  Given it is hardly the first time that any musical act has ever presented a call to action so to speak, but it still works even in this case.  In the process, it helps to establish the band’s identity and that of the album.  It is just one of the album’s most standout additions.  Speaking of bigger pictures, the song ‘Bigger Picture’ is another of those key additions to the record.

‘Bigger Picture’ comes late in the album’s 39-minute run time.  It stands out quite starkly from its counterparts included in the album, through its musical arrangement.  This song’s arrangement boasts a sound more akin to Set It Off and Fall Out Boy than the previously noted bands.  What is nice is that even with those influences, the song still maintains its own identity separate from those bands’ works.  That goes a long way toward making the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content, which focuses on the importance of unity and seeing the forest for the trees, adds to the foundation formed through the song’s arrangement.

The message in question is delivered as Torres sings in the song’s lead verse, “Spent some time inside my mind/And found a way to re-align/My thoughts betray me, but it’s all in my head/Life is just a tapestry and I’m just a thread.”  Now this line in and of itself directly sends that message.  The song’s subject looked inside, and realized he/she needed to think differently because he/she was just one part of a much bigger whole.  The message continues as Torres sings, “People used to tell me ‘cause I doubted myself/Spent so much time tryin’ to be someone else/I know it’s not about me, but it’s plain to see/We’re losing ourselves to these selfish machines/Get into our bodies and out of our screens/If we’re all part of something bigger/Then I know who I am/If we’re all fragments of a picture/Then why can’t we see we’re all the same/Ignite the flame…You’re the same as you and I.”  Again, here we have a message that we need to see we are all part of something much bigger and we need to think of one another instead of ourselves.  Once again, this is not the first time that any band or act has ever presented such a message, but it is another message that can not be expressed enough.  Rather, it is a message that sadly, must continued to be presented to a public that needs constant reminders of this issue.  Keeping this in mind, this uplifting message couples with the song’s equally engaging musical arrangement to make the whole another song that shows how The Change in whole can potentially change the course of Awake At Last’s career.  It is not the last of the songs that serves to support that statement, either.  The song’s powerhouse finale, ‘ Fallen Stars’ is yet another way in which the album exhibits its strength.

‘Fallen Stars’ changes things up from Awake At Last in terms of its musical arrangement once again, this time moving from the emo-core sound of Fall Out Boy and Set It Off to a more aggro-rock style sound that takes listeners back to the late 90s, right down to the screaming climaxes of the verses.  That sound alone serves to help the song stand out, but is just one part of what makes the song so notable.  The song’s lyrical theme once again is that continued uplifting positive theme that reminds listeners to not give up even in life’s most difficult moments.

Torres reminds listeners to note give up in the song’s chorus, singing, “Sometimes we hurt/Sometimes we break/But it’s times like these/We learn to create/Everyone fails/It’s part of the plan/We have to fall/To get up again.”  This is a powerful statement that is certain to inspire plenty of listeners.  It is just one of the statements that will inspire listeners.  He sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’ve seen the vision/As lightning cracks the sky/I’m gonna chase this dream/But something worth having will never come easy/So I’ll take the long road/Even if I pave it on my own/’Cause when the sky falls down/the sky is quiet with the silence/We stand together united by fallen stars/We’re stronger together.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Burning image/On the canvas of our lives/We’re gonna change this scene/It’s something worth having, so it won’t be easy/But they’ll remember/How the artists took a stand/As we live and breathe/The world is quiet with our silence.”  In the song’s finale, he adds, “We stand together united by fallen stars/So let the darkness divide us/Remember who we are/Brave the weather/We’re stronger together/Everything comes crashing down around us/Like a phoenix we’re reborn from the ashes.”  Once again, here is that message of perseverance and positivity coupled with the continued theme of unity, much as is presented in so many of the album’s other songs.  It is just another way in which the album’s lyrical content continues the themes presented in the band’s currently available two EPs.  Those themes are continued throughout the rest of the album’s entries, too, in even more diverse fashion.  That diversity in the delivery of the band’s positive messages and the power in the album’s musical arrangements makes the album in whole a positive debut for Awake At Last; a debut that could create a positive change for the band itself.

Awake At Last’s debut full-length studio recording The Change is a strong offering from the up-and-coming hard rock outfit.  As has been noted in this review, the positive lyrical themes presented in the band’s currently available EPs are continued throughout this record in various ways.  The musical arrangements that accompany those positive messages do just as much to make the album a success.  When they are coupled together and considered from the album’s opening to its end, the album in whole proves to be a record that could change the course of Awake At Last’s life in a good way.  It is scheduled for release June 21 through Outerloop Records.  More information on the album is available online now along with all of Awake At Last’s latest news and more at:

 

 

Website: http://www.awakeatlastrock.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/awakeatlastrock

 

 

 

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Awake At Last Announces Tour Schedule; Debuts ‘The Change’ Visualizer

Courtesy: Outerloop Records

Independent hard rock band Awake At Last will launch a new slate of summer tour dates next month.

The two-month-long-plus schedule, which is scheduled to launch May 10 in Covington, KY, is in support of the band’s forthcoming album The Change.  The 12-song record, which runs almost 40 minutes, will be released through Outerloop Records.  Pre-orders for the album are open now.

In anticipation of the album’s release and the upcoming tour, the band released the visualizer for the album’s latest single and title track last week. The almost four minute song’s musical arrangement will appeal to fans of melodic hard rock bands, such as Sevendust, Three Days Grace and Shinedown. It features guest vocals from Ice Nine Kills front man Spencer Charnas as an added bonus.

The song’s lyrical theme is one of self-empowerment, according to a collective prepared statement from the band.

“‘The Change’ is anthemic and bold,” the statement reads. “It’s a call to arms to our listeners to not only make a change in themselves to pursue more fulfilling lives, but also to lead by example and be the change in the world that shows others they don’t have to be afraid to make the transformation themselves.”

The release of the visualizer for ‘The Change’ comes a little more than a month after the band debuted the video for The Change‘s lead single ‘Dead Generation.’

The current schedule for Awake At Last’s tour is noted below.  Famous Last Words, Dayshell and At My Mercy will join the band on the first leg of the tour.  Eyes Set To Kill and Rivals will join the band for the second leg of the tour. Tickets are available here.

AWAKE AT LAST with Famous Last WordsDayshell, and At My Mercy:
05/10 @ Legends Bar and Venue – Convington, KY
05/11 @ The Champ – Harrisburg, PA
05/12 @ Alchemy – Providence, RI
05/13 @ Revolution Music Hall – Amityville, NY
05/14 @ Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY
05/15 @ Championship – Trenton, NJ
05/16 @ Canal Club – Richmond, VA
05/17 @ Drunk Horse Pub – Fayetteville, NC
05/19 @ Soundbar – Orlando, FL
05/21 @ Crowbar – Tampa, FL
05/22 @ Connect Live – Acworth, GA
05/24 @ House Of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
05/25 @ Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
05/26 @ Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX
05/27 @ 89th St Collective – Oklahoma City
05/28 @ Fubar – St Louis, MO
05/29 @ Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
05/30 @ Amsterdam Bar and Grill – St Paul, MN
05/31 @ Annex – Madison, WI
06/01 @ Citadel – Indianapolis, IN

AWAKE AT LAST with Eyes Set To Kill and Rivals:
06/28 @ Let There Be Rock School – Frederick, MD
07/01 @ Bungalow – Manchester, NH
07/02 @ Alchemy – Providence, RI
07/03 @ The Cave – West Haven, CT
07/05 @ Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
07/06 @ Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
07/07 @ Rockpile – Toronto, Ontario
07/08 @ Rockpile – Ottawa, Ontario
07/09 @ Salle Multi – Quebec City, Quebec
07/10 @ Piranha Bar – Montreal, Quebec
07/11 @ Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
07/12 @ INKCarceration Fest – Mansfield, OH

More information on Awake At Last’s upcoming tour, video and more is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.awakeatlastrock.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/awakeatlastrock

 

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