Black Veil Brides Will Impress Its Most Devoted Audiences Again With Its Latest LP

Courtesy: Sumerian Records

Veteran rock band Black Veil Brides is scheduledto finally release its latest album this week in the form of The Phantom Tomorrow.  The band’s sixth album, it was originally scheduled for release June 4.  Its release was delayed in order to allow the comic book that will accompany the record to get up to speed with the album.  The album stands out in part because of its general presentation, which will be discussed shortly.  The record’s musical presentation works with its general presentation to make for more appeal.  It will be discussed a little later.  The album’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the album another work that the band’s most devoted audiences will appreciate.

Black Veil Brides’ forthcoming album, The Phantom Tomorrow, is a presentation that audiences will find well worth hearing at least once.  That is proven in part through the album’s general presentation.  In regards to the general presentation, the album is presented not as just a collection of songs, but rather a concept album.  Now while concept albums are typically reserved for the prog realm, this approach is nothing new for this band.  The band has already released two other concept records in the forms of Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones (2013) and its “prequel,” Vale (2018).  In the case of The Phantom Tomorrow, front man Andy Biersack noted in a March 2021 interview with, that the album’s concept centers on essentially the human nature of idolatry.  It just takes a bit of a darker turn in this case.  Biersack is quoted as saying of the concept, “The story is essentially the idea…In our society, especially now, we have this love of building up heroes and obsessing over other people who often don’t give a s*** about you or anybody else and we kind of have these false idols and heroes.  And so the story is about taking this mythological character and the people putting all of this power on to them, and ultimately turning their back on the character because nobody can fulfill the dreams and ideas that you put on somebody else.”  He goes on from here to shorten the summary, pointing out that the story centers on humans’ obsession with those in positions of power and celebrity, and the resultant impact of that obsession.  It is a timeless theme considering that, again, people have that tendency to idolize, and then react a certain way when they react that those they idolize are not who and what they thought.  It makes the story here quite interesting and well worth hearing in itself.  To that end, the general presentation is clearly in itself reason enough for audiences to give The Phantom Tomorrow a chance.  It is just a part of what makes the album worth hearing, too.  The record’s musical presentation builds on the interest and appeal generated through the general presentation to give the album even more reason for being heard.

The musical presentation featured in The Phantom Tomorrow is of note because of its approach.  For the most part, the band takes a distinct metalcore style approach.  The only real deviation comes in the album’s finale, ‘Fall Eternal,’ which comes across more as an emo type composition.  All of this is important to note because the approach taken with the music here clearly shows the band’s continued growth and evolution away from the more glam rock/Motley Crue-esque sounds that made the band famous in its infancy.  It shows that continued willingness to take risks and grow, as noted and is something that will appeal, again, to the band’s most devoted audiences and to more casual audiences.  Keeping that in mind, it is one more way in which the album proves itself worth hearing at least once.  The production of that musical content rounds out the most important of the album’s items and completes its presentation.

The production of The Phantom Tomorrow is important to examine because of how much it plays into the record’s musical content.  As noted, the arrangements featured in this record continue to exhibit the growth and evolution of Black Veil Brides as a band and individually.  While the album, for the most part, presents a distinct metalcore approach, the songs featured here still boast their own unique identity separate from so many other metalcore acts out there.  The record’s production plays into that identity.  It serves to accent the arrangements’ melodies, and the nuances therein, even within the vocals, to really bring out the fullest body of each composition.  At the same time, the production ensures that no one part of each instrumentation overpowers its counterparts from one work to the next.  The overall result of that attention to detail in the production is that the arrangements keep listeners fully engaged and entertained throughout the album.  It puts the final touch to the whole and completes the presentation, showing once more why this record is worth hearing at least once.

Black Veil Brides’ new, forthcoming album, The Phantom Tomorrow, is a presentation that the band’s most devoted audiences will agree is another positive addition to the band’s catalog.  Its success comes in part through its general presentation.  In this case, the general presentation is that of a concept record, something to which the band is no stranger.  The concept here will resonate with listeners, too, because of its accessibility.  The album’s musical presentation adds to its appeal because it continues to show the band’s development and growth.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation, bringing everything full circle and bringing out the best in each song.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the album.  All things considered, they make The Phantom Tomorrow a record that will have plenty of tomorrows in audiences’ libraries.

The Phantom Tomorrow is scheduled for release Friday through Sumerian Records.  More information on the album is available along with all of Black Veil Brides’ news at:




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Prong Debuts ‘Forced Into Tolerance’ Video

Prong has unveiled its latest music video.

The veteran hard rock band on Monday, premiered the video for its latest single ‘Forced Into Tolerance.’  The video premiered via Blabbermouth.  Front man Tommy Victor said of the song in a recent interview that the song’s message is one of defiance against the powers that be.

“It’s our response to being told what to think and believe by everyone,” Victor said.

Courtesy: Steamhammer

He added the band appreciated partnering with Blabbermouth to debut the song’s video.

“Prong is happy to team with Blabbermouth to premiere the video for ‘Forced Into Tolerance’ from our latest album Zero Days!,” Victor said.  “It represents the no frills, in-your-face, relentlessness of the track.”

Courtesy: TAG Publicity

The video’s premiere comes only days ahead of the start of Prong’s upcoming west coast tour.  That tour is currently scheduled to launch March 29 in Phoenix, AZ and to run through April 8 in San Diego, CA with additional dates in Seattle, WA; Las Vegas, NV; Portland, OR and a trio of dates in California ahead of those Pacific Northwest dates.  Powerflo will serve as support for the tour, whose schedule is noted below.

PRONG with POWERFLO & Special Guests:
03/29 @ Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
03/30 @ Slidebar – Fullerton, CA
03/31 @ Slims – San Francisco, CA
04/02 @ The Ritz – San Jose, CA
04/03 @ Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
04/04 @ Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
04/07 @ Backstage Bar – Las Vegas, NV
04/08 @ Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

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Exmortus Tapped To Join “I Worship Chaos Tour”

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Exmortus has announced another new group of live dates.

The band has been tapped to join Oni and Abbath as support acts for Children of Bodom’s upcoming “I Worship Chaos Tour.” The tour launches November 23rd in Quebec City, Canada and runs through December 19th in Brooklyn, New York. It includes performances in the Midwest, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast.

The band’s upcoming dates are in support of its latest full-length studio recording Ride Forth, which is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct via Prosthetic Records’ online store.

Pre-sale tickets for the tour are available online now at using the code “BLABBERMOUTH.” General admission tickets go on sale Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. local time. the full schedule for the “I Worship Chaos Tour” is noted below.

9/19 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theatre (FREE)
9/23 San Bernadino, CA –  Knotfest Meets Ozzfest Camping Kick-Off Party 
11/23 Quebec City, QC – L’Imperial Hell #
11/24 Montreal, QC – Metropolis #
11/25 Toronto, ON – House of Blues #
11/26 Chicago, IL – House of Blues # 
11/28 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues # 
11/29 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave # 
11/30 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights # 
12/2 Denver, CO – Summit Theater #
12/3 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex #
12/5 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom # 
12/6 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory # 
12/7 Phoenix, AZ – The Press Room #
12/9 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live # 
12/10 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre #
12/11 Houston, TX – House of Blues # 
12/13 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade # 
12/14 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre #
12/16 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage #  
12/17 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts # 
12/18 New York, NY – Irving Plaza #
12/19 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw #
# with Children of Bodom, Abbath & ONI
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Holy Grail Announces New Live Dates In Support Of Its New Album

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Holy Grail has announced another new string of live dates.

Holy Grail (James-Paul Luna, Eli Santana, Alex Lee, Tyler Meahl, and Blake Mount) has announced a new slate of live dates in support of its new album Times of Pride and Peril. The album comes out Friday, February 12th worldwide via Prosthetic Records. The band’s upcoming tour begins February 8th in Phoenix, Arizona and runs through April 2nd in Newport, Kentucky. The band will serve as supporting act to Black Tusk for the course of the forty-six-date schedule. Legendary guitarist Marty Friedman will also be on board for a handful of dates. The current schedule for the upcoming tour is noted below. Additional information on upcoming dates, ticketing, and event deals can be found online via Holy Grail’s official website at



2/8 Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge ^

2/9 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls ^

2/11 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s ^

2/12 Houston, TX – Scout Bar ^

2/13 Dallas, TX – Trees ^

2/14 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s ^

2/16 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade ^

2/17 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits ^

2/18 Orlando, FL – Backbooth ^

2/19 St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre ^

2/20 Ocala, FL – O’Malley’s Alley

2/22 Greenville, SC – Gottrocks

2/23 Charlotte, NC – Milestone #

2/24 Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas #

2/25 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #

2/26 Boston, MA – Once Ballroom #

2/27 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus #

2/29 Burlington, VT – Nectars #

3/1 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle #

3/2 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques #

3/3 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck #

3/4 Detroit, MI – Berserker Fest #

3/5 Chicago, IL – Reggies #

3/6 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon #

3/7 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #

3/8 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium #

3/9 Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel #

3/11 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina #

3/12 Edmonton, AB – Brixx #

3/13 Calgary, AB – Palomino #

3/14 Kamloops, BC – The Office #

3/16 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore #

3/17 Seattle, WA – El Corazon #

3/18 Spokane, WA – The Pin #

3/19 Portland, OR – Panic Room #

3/20 Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub #

3/22 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst #

3/23 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside #

3/24 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room #

3/25 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick #

3/26 Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock #

3/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar #

3/29 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater #

3/30 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room #

4/1 Indianapolis, IN – 5th Quarter #

4/2 Newport, KY – Southgate House #

^ with Marty Friedman

# with Black Tusk



Holy Grail’s upcoming tour is a quick turnaround for the band as it just wrapped up a twelve-date tour alongside Night Demon. That tour included a performance at Death Angel’s second annual Christmas Show on December 16th. Flotsam and Jetsam, Mordred, and The Ghost Next Door were also on hand for that show.

Times of Pride and Peril is Holy Grail’s third full-length studio recording. It comes three years after the release of the band’s highly acclaimed sophomore recording Ride The Void. That album was touted by Blabbermouth as being “an impressive confluence of dazzling musicianship and catchy, anthemic songwriting.” The band’s upcoming album focuses on the rise and fall of an empire. It is not a concept record, though. It was produced by John Spiker (Tenacious D, Filter). Pre-orders for the CD, LP, and digital downloads of the album begin this Friday, January 8th. The band will debut a new song from the album on the same day. More information on this and more is available online now at:






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