Armored Saint Announces Details For New Live Recording

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Armored Saint will release its new live recording this fall.

The band made the announcement through a news release distributed Wednesday. The document states that the new, forthcoming recording, Symbol of Salvation Live, is scheduled for release Oct. 22 through Metal Blade Records.

The recording, which will come ahead of the band’s upcoming dates with Black Label Society and Prong, will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below. The band’s noted run with BLS and Prong is scheduled to run from Dec. 27-31 along cities along the West Coast region.

– digipak-CD/DVD
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– silver vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– dusty rose pink marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– silver / white corona vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– crystal clear vinyl (US exclusive)
– red / black splatter vinyl (US exclusive)

The vinyl and digital release of Symbol of Salvation Live will feature an extra bonus. That bonus comes in the form of five previously unreleased demo tracks recorded during the sessions for Symbol of Salvation. Dave Prichard was part of those sessions.

According to information provided about the recording, the concert featured in the recording was capture at a 2018 performance at New York City’s famed Gramercy Theater. The concert celebrated the 30th anniversary of the release of the band’s 1991 album by the same name. This even though the album was released in 1991.

Bassist Joey Vera offered the following comment about the concert.

“I felt like showing Symbol in another light was a great homage to the record itself.  Also, having all the fans be there and part of that event is a way for us to say ‘Thank you!’ For, without them, we can’t do any of this in the first place.”

Added Vera about the concert, which was capture by a six-camera crew, “The vibe in the room was so great.  The fans made us feel so welcome, like we had come home for a celebration of sorts, and we all celebrated Symbol of Salvation. It gave me chills hearing people sing along to songs like ‘Burning Question’, a song we never had played live before.”

In anticipation of the coming release of Symbol of Salvation Live, the band has released a live clip of the band performing the album’s title track at the concert. The video is streaming here.

The track listing for Symbol of Salvation Live is noted below.

Symbol of Salvation Live CD/DVD track-listing
1. Reign of Fire (Live)
2. Dropping Like Flies (Live)
3. Last Train Home (Live)
4. Tribal Dance (Live)
5. The Truth Always Hurts (Live)
6. Half Drawn Bridge (Live)
7. Another Day (Live)
8. Symbol of Salvation (Live)
9. Hanging Judge (Live)
10. Warzone (Live)
11. Burning Question (Live)
12. Tainted Past (Live)
13. Spineless (Live)
*additional bonus tracks on the digital/vinyl versions:
14. Nothing Between the Ears (1989 4-Track Demo)
15. Get Lost (1989 4-Track Demo)
16. Medieval Nightmares (1989 4-Track Demo)
17. People (1989 4-Track Demo)
18. Pirates (1989 4-Track Demo)
19. Symbol of Salvation (Live) [Radio Edit] **available digitally only!

More information on Symbol of Salvation Live is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Blacktop Mojo’s Ongoing Success Continues With Its New Self-Titled Album

Courtesy: TAG Publicity

Things have picked up lately for Blacktop Mojo.  The band recently launched its latest tour and its new self-titled album.  Released Friday, the 12-song self-titled record is another successful offering from the independent hard rock band.  According to information provided, the album is already at #5 on the iTunes Rock Albums chart and at #30 on iTunes’ Top 100 Albums Chart.  No doubt the two singles that the album has already produced – ‘Tail Light’s and ‘Wicked Woman,’ which close and open the album respectively do their own part to help with that success.  Those two songs are only a part of what shows the album’s strength.  ‘Do It For The Money,’ one of the album’s later entries, does well in itself to support the noted statements.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Rewind,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another example of what makes this album worth hearing.  It will be examined a little later.  Much the same can be said of ‘Stratus Melancholia,’ the album’s penultimate entry.  It will also be examined later.  Each song noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  When they are considered along with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole proves to be one more of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Blacktop Mojo’s new self-titled record (its fourth overall album) is another successful new offering from the independent hard rock band.  That is proven in part through the late entry, ‘Do It For The Money.’  The song features a heavy, crunching guitar line and equally heavy, rich bass and drum line that is instantly comparable to some of the best works from Black Label Society.  The fullness and richness in the arrangement (including the vocals) makes the arrangement so engaging and entertaining.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The seeming commentary about understanding what is important in life featured in the song’s lyrical content adds to the song’s impact.

The noted inferred theme is presented right from the song’s outset as James sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “How much for your soul?/Is it for sale to anyone?/What’s the price of being loved?/Which bank do you owe?/Is it worth its weight in/Is it worth its weight in/Is it worth its weight in gold?/Do you do it for the love/Or do you do it for the money?/The poor die young and the rich get lucky/Cash is king and you’re the jester honey/Do you do it for the love/Or do you do it for the money?”  The song’s second verse continues that inferred theme as James sings, “He left you in the hole/Did you know the deal was wrong?/Did you sell it for a song?/It’s your blood on the note/Oh he cleaned you out/What will you pay with/What will you pay with/What will you pay with now?”  All of this seems to really infer a discussion on the familiar topic of deciding what is really important in life, money or our pride and simply more important matters in life.  The infectious nature of the song’s musical arrangement will ensure even more that audiences get that seeming message.  The two elements collectively make clear why this song is such a strong addition to the album.  It is just one of the many songs that make Blacktop Mojo’s new self-titled album such an impressive new offering from the band.  ‘Rewind,’ one of the album’s early entries, is another example of the record’s strength.

‘Rewind,’ like ‘Do It For The Money,’ stands out in part because of its arrangement.  This song’s arrangement is another work that tends to stray from Blacktop Mojo’s more familiar heavy, southern rock approach.  Rather in this case, what audiences get is a song that exhibits influence from Creed and (interestingly enough) Lifehouse.  The guitar-centered composition really comes across as a hybrid of songs from those two bands.  That is exhibited through the harmonies that it and the bass line create.  The addition of the vocals (which here really conjure thoughts of none other than Scott Stapp) adds even more to that sense.  Of course the song’s musical content is just one part of what makes it stand out.  The song’s lyrical content ensures its own appeal.

The lyrical content featured in this song seems to take on the all too familiar topic of a relationship matter.  This is inferred through the song’s extensive lead verse and chorus, in which James sings, “Rewind/To yesterday morning when/We were fine/Before we knew the world would end/If I told you/We could go back to that moment again/Would you drop everything/Take my hand, and follow?/Would you choose yesterday or tomorrow?/Sunshine/Morning light creeping in/White Lies/I don’t know what to say again/Is illusion/Better than the promise we give/When I love you for some reason seems hollow/Would you choose yesterday or tomorrow?/Don’t speak now live in the moment babe/One wrong word and everything’s changed/The second hand could tick and we lose everything we know/Fight back tears as the tape plays/It comes unwound and goes in and out of phase/The stereo is screaming and the song don’t sound the same anymore/Rewind the track to way back before we knew the words.”  The song’s second verse infers even more that the song’s theme is that of a potentially broken relationship as James sings, “Inside/I think I know the answer you’ll give/In your eyes/I can tell you’re barely holding it in/When I met you/We radiated light from within/But we chewed that up and now it’s time to swallow/Would you choose yesterday or tomorrow?”  The heartfelt feeling in the song’s arrangement, while thankfully not the typical oh woe is me approach, still does well to complete the picture of this seeming theme.  It adds even more to the song’s overall emotional impact.  Together, the two elements show clearly why this song is another positive addition to Blacktop Mojo.  It is just one more of the songs that makes the album in whole prove so enjoyable, too.  ‘Stratus Melancholia,’ the album’s penultimate entry, is yet another way in which Blacktop Mojo proves its success.

Right off the bat, the musical arrangement featured in ‘Stratus Melancholia’ evokes thoughts of the grunge sounds of the 90s.  Speaking more specifically, the song’s heavy, plodding arrangement likens itself to works from Soundgarden and Alice in Chains through the downtuned guitars, bass, almost mournful vocal delivery style and heavy drums.  At the same time, BTM’s own familiar influence is present, too.  It is just blended well with the other noted influences here to make the arrangement in whole such a unique addition to the album.  That arrangement does not work alone here, either.  The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement makes for its own interest.

The almost nihilistic approach to the song’s lyrical content adds even more to that noted grunge approach.  The song opens with James singing, “Black sun burn a hole in the clouds/The world goes cold the grass turns brown/Heart turning inside out/Open up and swallow me down//Blind darkness closing in/Whisper nothings, sweet as sin/Echoes now were they a dream/In the end they don’t mean a thing/Love won’t keep you safe/Love will slip away/Love won’t keep you safe/Love will slip away.”  The song’s second verse is just as brooding as it states, “All alone in my own head/Rotten smell/Is something dead?/Crawling on my hands and knees/Beg the darkness/Let me breathe.”  This comes across as someone in a dark place.  It is a fully relatable situation for every listener.  That ability to connect with listeners lyrically as well as musically (the song’s musical arrangement does very well to enhance the mood set by the song’s lyrical theme, too) shows even more why this song stands out.  The whole makes even clearer why this album is such an impressive new offering from Blacktop Mojo.  When it is considered along with the other songs examined here and the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes the album in whole a fully successful new offering from Blacktop Mojo that continues to help cement the band’s place among the current generation of young rock acts.

Blacktop Mojo’s fourth album, Blacktop Mojo, is yet another strong offering from the band.  Its musical and lyrical content alike does well throughout to make it fully engaging and entertaining.  Each of the songs examined here serve in their own way to support that statement.  They and the rest of the album’s songs show a continued growth from the band.  When they are considered along with the album’s existing singles and the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes the album overall one more of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  Furthermore, it continues to cement the band’s place among the current generation of young rock and hard rock bands.  Blacktop Mojo is available now.

The band is in the midst of the tour’s first leg of its tour. The band’s upcoming dates, including those for the second leg of the tour, are noted below.

BLACK TOP MOJO ON TOUR        
8/15 — Joliet, IL — The Forge 
8/17 — Nashville, TN — The End
8/18 — Memphis, TN — Growlers
8/20 — St. Louis, MO — Red Flag
8/21 — Hutchinson, KS — The Red Shed
8/22 — Lubbock, TX — Jakes
9/24 — Fort Worth, TX — Rail Club
9/25 — Enid, OK — Fling At The Springs
9/26 — Fort Smith, AR — Temple Live
9/30 — Biloxi, MS — The Cannery Bar & Grill
10/2 — Destin, FL — Club LA w/ Nonpoint
10/3 — Lake City, FL — Halpatter Brewing Company
10/5 — Orlando, FL — Soundbar
10/7 — Charlotte, NC — Amos
10/8 — Greensboro, NC — Blind Tiger
10/9 — Jacksonville, NC — Hooligans Music Hall
10/10 — Virginia Beach, VA — Elevation 27
10/12 — Brooklyn, NY — Kingsland
10/13 — Syracuse, NY — Lost Horizon
10/15 — Marietta, OH — Adelphia Music Hall
10/16 — Harrisburg, PA — HMAC
10/21 — Providence, RI — Alchemy
10/22 — Hampton Beach, NH — Wallys
10/23 — Hartford, CT — Webster Underground
10/24 — Albany, NY — Empire Underground
10/26 — Buffalo, NY — Mohawk Place
10/28 — Flint, MI — Machine Shop
10/29 — Indianapolis, IN — Emerson Theater
10/30 — Battle Creek, MI — Music Factory
10/31 — Ft Wayne, IN — Pieres
11/3 — West Dundee, IL — Rockhaus
11/4 — Peoria, IL — Crusens
11/5 — Wichita, KS — Temple Live
11/6 — Texarkana, AR — Crossties

More information on Blacktop Mojo’s new album and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.blacktopmojo.com

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/blacktopmojo

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Armored Saint Announces Winter Dates With Black Label Society

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records/eOne

Armored Saint is joining Black Label Society’s headlining tour.

The band made the announcement Tuesday through a news release distributed to the media. The band will join Prong as support for the newly announced dates, which are scheduled to run from Dec. 27 in Reno, NV to Dec. 31 Tempe, AZ.

Armored Saint’s upcoming live dates with Prong and Black Label Society are in support of the band’s latest album, Punching The Sky (2020).

Front man John Bush was upbeat as he talked about joining the tour.

“We’re super excited to finally be doing some dates in support of Punching the Sky!!,” he said.  “Albeit a year and two months after it came out. What makes it even more exciting is to support Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society!! Let’s do it!!!!”

Armored Saint’s upcoming dates with Black Label Society and Prong are noted below.

“Doom Trooping over North America” tour dates
w/ Black Label Society, Armored Saint, Prong

Dec. 27, 2021 – Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse
Dec. 28, 2021 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Grand
Dec. 29, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
Dec. 30, 2021 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Dec. 31, 2021 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee

Black Label Society announced the initial dates for its upcoming tour last month. The band’s tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 1 in Sacramento, CA and to run through Nov. 28 in Albuquerque, NM. The nearly two-month run features performances in cities, such as Asheville, NC; Dothan, AL and Houston, TX.

Prong and Obituary will share time as support for the tour, dubbed the “Doom Trooping Over North America Tour.” Tickets are available now. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Oct. 01 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Oct. 02 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater 
Oct. 04 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Oct. 05 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory 
Oct. 07 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo 
Oct. 08 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct. 12 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Oct. 13 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Oct. 15 – Bowler, WI – Mohican North Star Gaming & Resort
Oct. 16 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club Stage
Oct. 17 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Oct. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
Oct. 19 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater 
Oct. 21 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Live Hotel & Casino
Oct. 22 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theater 
Oct. 23 – Dothan, AL – The Plant
Oct. 24 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
Oct. 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
Oct. 28 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
Oct. 29 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel 
Oct. 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Oct. 31 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Nov. 02 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall 
Nov. 04 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Nov. 05 – Albany, NY – Empire Live
Nov. 06 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
Nov. 07 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Nov. 09 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Nov. 10 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
Nov. 11 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
Nov. 13 – Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Kewadin Casino
Nov. 14 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Nov. 15 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues 
Nov. 16 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
Nov. 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom 
Nov. 19 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
Nov. 20 – Grand Prairie, TX – Texas Trust CU Theatre
Nov. 21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Nov. 23 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater 
Nov. 24 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Nov. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex 
Nov. 27 – Denver, CO – Summit Theater 
Nov. 28 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater 

More information on Punching The Sky is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.armoredsaint.com

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Black Label Society Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: eOne

Black Label Society is heading out on the road.

The band made the announcement in a news release distributed Friday. The band’s forthcoming tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 1 in Sacramento, CA and to run through Nov. 28 in Albuquerque, NM. The nearly two-month run features performances in cities, such as Asheville, NC; Dothan, AL and Houston, TX.

Prong and Obituary will share time as support for the tour, dubbed the “Doom Trooping Over North America Tour.” Tickets are available now. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Oct. 01 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Oct. 02 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater 
Oct. 04 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Oct. 05 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory 
Oct. 07 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo 
Oct. 08 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct. 12 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Oct. 13 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Oct. 15 – Bowler, WI – Mohican North Star Gaming & Resort
Oct. 16 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club Stage
Oct. 17 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Oct. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
Oct. 19 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater 
Oct. 21 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Live Hotel & Casino
Oct. 22 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theater 
Oct. 23 – Dothan, AL – The Plant
Oct. 24 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
Oct. 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
Oct. 28 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
Oct. 29 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel 
Oct. 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Oct. 31 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Nov. 02 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall 
Nov. 04 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Nov. 05 – Albany, NY – Empire Live
Nov. 06 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
Nov. 07 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Nov. 09 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Nov. 10 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
Nov. 11 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
Nov. 13 – Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Kewadin Casino
Nov. 14 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Nov. 15 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues 
Nov. 16 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
Nov. 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom 
Nov. 19 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
Nov. 20 – Grand Prairie, TX – Texas Trust CU Theatre
Nov. 21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Nov. 23 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater 
Nov. 24 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Nov. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex 
Nov. 27 – Denver, CO – Summit Theater 
Nov. 28 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater 

Black Label Society’s latest release, the None More Black vinyl box set April 21 through eOne. The collection boasts all 12 of BLS’ albums on vinyl along with a 32-page hardcover book, None More Black bottle opener and back patch.

The full album and track listing for Black Label Society’s new vinyl box set is noted below.

Vinyl Selections in Boxset:
Grimmest Hits 2LP
Stronger Than Death 2LP
1919 Eternal 2LP
The Blessed Hellride LP
Hangover Music Vol. VI 2LP
Mafia 2LP
Shot To Hell LP
Order Of The Black 2LP
Catacombs Of The Black Vatican 2LP
Nuns And Roaches LP
Sonic Brew 2LP
Song Remains Not The Same II 3LP
  
Bonus Tracks:
Song Remains Not The Same Vol. II
1. My Dying Time 
2. Blind Man
3. Graveyard Disciples
4. The Nomad 
5. Scars
6. House of Doom
7. A Love Unreal
8. We Live No More 
9. Cry Me A River
10. The Chosen One
11. Empty Promises
12. Lead Me To Your Door

More information on Black Label Society’s new tour dates and box set is available along with all of the band’s latest news is available online now at:

Websitehttps://www.blacklabelsociety.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/blacklabelsociety

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Black Label Society Premieres ‘Heart of Darkness’ Video; ‘None More Black’ Vinyl Box Set Available Now

Courtesy: eOne

Black Label Society premiered another video from its new box set this week.

The band debuted the video for its single, ‘Heart of Darkness’ Wednesday. The single is featured in the band’s 2014 record, Catacombs of the Black Vatican, which is part of the band’s new, career-spanning vinyl box set, None More Black.

The band released the box set April 21 through eOne. It features remastered versions of each of the group’s 12 albums along with the band’s singles collections and some other bonus recordings. Additionally, the collection features a 32-page hardcover book, None More Black bottle opener, and back patch.

The new ‘Heart of Darkness’ video features footage of the band performing its new single paired with footage of animals in situations of survival. It is all preceded by a necessary warning that those prone to epileptic seizures could be negatively impacted by the video.

The video for ‘Heart of Darkness’ is the second from the box set. The band premiered the video for the single, ‘Blind Man’ April 21. That song is also featured in Catacombs of the Black Vatican.

The full album and track listing for Black Label Society’s new vinyl box set is noted below.

Vinyl Selections in Boxset:
Grimmest Hits 2LP
Stronger Than Death 2LP
1919 Eternal 2LP
The Blessed Hellride LP
Hangover Music Vol. VI 2LP
Mafia 2LP
Shot To Hell LP
Order Of The Black 2LP
Catacombs Of The Black Vatican 2LP
Nuns And Roaches LP
Sonic Brew 2LP
Song Remains Not The Same II 3LP
  
Bonus Tracks:
Song Remains Not The Same Vol. II
1. My Dying Time 
2. Blind Man
3. Graveyard Disciples
4. The Nomad 
5. Scars
6. House of Doom
7. A Love Unreal
8. We Live No More 
9. Cry Me A River
10. The Chosen One
11. Empty Promises
12. Lead Me To Your Door

More information on Black Label Society’s new video, box set and latest news is available online now at:

Websitehttps://www.blacklabelsociety.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/blacklabelsociety

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Rob Clores Debuts ‘Flesh And Blood’ Lyric Video

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Independent singer-songwriter Rob Clores debuted the lyric video for his new single this week.

Clores, who is also a well-known keyboardist and composer, debuted the lyric video for his new single ‘Flesh and Blood‘ Thursday.  The song and video are the first from his forthcoming debut EP Split Second Meltdown.

The video places the song’s lyrics over shots of various city scenes, some of which are presented in time lapse fashion.  The song’s musical arrangement is a mid-tempo, blues-rock song that lends itself to comparisons to early Stone Temple Pilots works.

The song’s lyrical theme comes across as coming from the mind of anyone who is dealing with the mental and emotional stresses being brought on by everything happening in the world today.  In other words, it is a social commentary.

‘Flesh and Blood’ is one of five songs featured on Split Second Meltdown.  It is available to stream and download here.

The EP’s track listing is noted below.  The record features guest appearances from performers, such as Charlie Paxson (Smashmouth), John ‘JD’ DeServio (Black Label Society) and Jimmy Messer (Awolnation) among others.

 

Tracklisting:

1. FLESH AND BLOOD
2. NOBODY LEFT BUT ME
3. HEAVY SONG
4. CHASING A DREAM
5. THE END OF YOUR WORLD

 

More information on Rob Clores’ new single and EP is available along with all of his latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.robclores.com

 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.comsplitsecondmeltdown

 

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Zakk Wylde Added To 2019 Experience Hendrix Tour Lineup

Courtesy: Experience Hendrix, LLC

The annual experience Hendrix tour added another big name to its lineup this week.

Concert organizers announced this week that Zakk Wylde has joined this year’s nationwide celebration of Jimi Hendrix.  The announcement was made in a news release sent Friday from Experience Hendrix LLC.

Wylde will join artists, such as Joe Satriani (who has previously taken part in the annual tour), blues legend Taj Mahal and Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine for this year’s tour.  This is not the first time that Wylde has taken part in the Experience Hendrix tour, having first taken part in the tour in 2014.  He has appeared on the tour many times since then.

Wylde talked about joining the tour again in a recent interview.

“Hendrix, you can pick out a mile away,” Wylde said.  “His sound, his execution — he was about as unique as it gets.  I’m a fan of all the guys on the tour.  I’m just excited to get out there and hang around the whole thing.  Just watching them play and jammin’ with them.”

This year’s Experience Hendrix tour is scheduled to start on March 3 in Pompano Beach, FL and to run through Apr. 6 in Wallingford, CT.  The tour features performances in cities, such as Raleigh, NC; Washington, D.C. and Albany, NY.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

2019 Experience Hendrix Tour 

Mar 3                      Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater*

Mar 4                      Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall*

Mar 5                      Melbourne, FL – King Center for the Performing Arts*

Mar 6                      Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre

Mar 8                      North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center

Mar 9                      Atlanta, GA – The Fox Theatre-Atlanta*

Mar 10                    Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center*

Mar 11                    Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center*

Mar 12                    Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theater*

Mar 14                    Raleigh, NC – Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts*

Mar 15                    Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium*

Mar 16                    Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre*

Mar 17                    Cincinnati, OH – The Taft Theatre*

Mar 19                    Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace Theatre*

Mar 20                    Madison, WI – Overture Center for the Arts*

Mar 21                    Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater*

Mar 22                    Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre*

Mar 23                    Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre*

Mar 24                    Charleston, WV – The Clay Center

Mar 26                    Washington, DC – Warner Theatre

Mar 27                    Bensalem, PA – Xcite Center at Parx Casino

Mar 28                    Westbury, NY – Theatre At Westbury

Mar 29                    Newark, NJ – New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Mar 30                    Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Casino

Apr 1                       Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre for the Performing Arts

Apr 2                       Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Center for the Arts

Apr 3                       Albany, NY – Palace Theatre

Apr 4                       Lowell, MA – Lowell Memorial Auditorium

Apr 5                       New Bedford, MA – Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

Apr 6                       Wallingford, CT – Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre

*dates with Zakk Wylde

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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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Black Label Society Debuts ‘Trampled Down Below’ Video

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Black Label Society unveiled the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for ‘Trampled Down Below‘ on Wednesday.  The song is the last to be released from the band’s latest full-length studio recording Grimmest Hits.  that record was released January 19, 2018 via entertainmentOne.

Directed by Dan Sturgess, this new video features footage recorded during a performance at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall from early this year.  The video and song are the fourth from the album, which debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Current Charts, #1 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart, #1 on its Independent Chart and #2 on its Rock Charts.

The other videos and singles released from Grimmest Hits are: ‘A Love Unreal,’ ‘Room of Nightmares‘ and ‘All That Once Shined.’

 

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Audiences can hear all of these songs and more live when Black Label Society heads back out on the road next month with Corrosion of Conformity for the next leg of Black Label Society’s North American tour in support of Grimmest Hits.  The nearly month-long tour  launches July 14 in Cadott, Wisconsin and spans 23-cities including Charlotte, North Carolina on August 2.  The full tour schedule can be seen here.

More information on Black Label Society’s upcoming live dates, its new video and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.blacklabelsociety.com

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Not A Singles Set, ‘Grimmest Hits’ is One of BLS’ Best Albums To Date

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This coming Sunday, veteran hard rock band Black Label Society will make its way to North Carolina’s capital city as part of its tour in support of its brand new album Grimmest Hits. Despite the album’s title, it is not a hits collection. It is in fact a brand new collection of songs from guitar great Zakk Wylde and company. One that once more proves why BLS is still one of the most revered and respected names in the rock realm and music community in whole today. That is proven in part through the arrangements presented throughout the album’s 12 total songs. This will be discussed shortly. The record’s lyrical themes also serve to support that statement, and will be discussed later. The album’s sequencing is one more item that supports that statement. When it is joined with the album’s musical arrangements and lyrical themes, the whole of these elements shows without doubt why this album is such an impressive new release from one of rock’s elite acts and why the band itself is so respected.

Black Label Society’s new album, its 10th full-length studio recording, is some of the best work to date that the veteran hard rock act has released. That is proven at least in part through its musical arrangements. The arrangements presented across the course of the 55-minute album take listeners back to the days of the band’s 1998 debut album Sonic Brew, its 2002 album 1919 Eternal and its follow-up, 2003’s The Blessed Hellride with its heavier side. Speaking of that heavier side, it is not the album’s only side. It also boasts a much softer, more reserved side that will impress fans of Zakk Wylde’s Book of Shadows albums in the form of ‘The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away,’ ‘The Only Words’ and ‘Nothing Left To Say.’ This album is not the first time that Wylde and company have shown both a heavy and soft side on one of its albums. That’s a good thing, too because it is another way in which the band continues to show its reach and talent. Considering this, having such mix of musical elements is just as welcome here as in the band’s previous efforts. It creates a solid foundation for the album; A foundation that is strengthened even more through the album’s lyrical themes.

‘The Betrayal’ is a key example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes to its presentation. The song seems to tackle the topic of someone who is somewhat short-sighted and who can’t see the way things are actually going. That is inferred as Wylde sings, “Gathered for this mass/Abandon all that you know/You say that you’re not blind/Yet you can’t see/Which way the river flows.” He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “the engines start to seize/The walls begin to close/The betrayal that you see/Yet you can’t see/Which way the river flows.” The song continues in similar fashion through its third and fourth verse. Considering this, the whole of the song seems to take on the matter of someone who might be able to see “A,” “B” and “C” but who can’t see the proverbial forest for the trees. It is definitely an interesting song, lyrically speaking, that is certain to generate its own share of discussion. As always, this is only this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as gospel. It could be wholly incorrect. Hopefully not, but one only knows for certain when one gets it from the horse’s mouth so to speak. Having noted this, it is just one of the songs that serves to show the importance of the album’s lyrical themes in showing what makes the album in whole such a strong new effort. The theme at the center of ‘The Only Words,’ which is one of the album’s previously noted softer moments, shows just as much as that of ‘The Betrayal’ why the album’s lyrical themes are so important to its whole.

The theme — or at least the seeming theme — presented in ‘The Only Words’ is simply that of a person’s love and affection for another. Yes, it comes across as a love song. Who’d have thought Black Label Society would ever craft a love song?! If indeed that is what this song is, then kudos to Wylde and company for going that route. That is because of how well it came off in its simplicity. Wylde sings here, “So you say you’ve got your plans/Well life’s got its plans, too/Changes that come and go/Come tomorrow one never knows.” He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Mountains may fall/The stars may all disappear/Just to hear you say you’re mine/The only words I need to hear.” The song’s second verse continues the same mentality of the lead verse, and couples with the chorus to once again present the seeming theme of love. When the song’s gentle, almost light southern rock musical arrangement, that theme seems to fit even more. It makes the song a display of a side of Zakk Wylde that is not often seen or heard, though not overly rare. Again, it makes this seeming theme one more way in which the album’s musical themes prove so important to the album’s whole. It is not the last of the songs whose theme shows the importance of the album’s lyrical themes. The theme at the center of ‘A Love Unreal’ is one more example of what makes the album’s lyrical themes so important.

The theme at the center of ‘A Love Unreal’ can be interpreted in one of two ways: romantic love and religious love. Which one is in fact the case is up to Wylde. It is a positive theme, regardless of which angle Wylde took here. That is proven as he sings, “Hand me your doubts, worries and fears/Within this embrace/They all shall appear/A love beyond/A love unreal/This sadness you felt/You will no longer feel.” This is just the song’s lead verse, but is a strong statement nonetheless. On the one hand, one could interpret it as one person comforting another in a time of despair and strife. On another hand, one could just as easily argue that it is linked to Wylde’s devout Catholic beliefs. This is especially possible as Wylde sings about giving “this world and all that there is”… “all to you: as he asks “Could you promise me as I promised you?” There’s even what seems like a statement about self-realization here. Regardless of what the song’s actual theme is, there is no denying that it is another positive theme, and one that stands just as separately from the other songs noted here as the rest of the album’s themes do from these songs and from one another. Keeping this in mind, it becomes yet another example of the importance of the lyrical themes to Grimmest Hits‘ whole. Having noted the importance of the album’s musical arrangements and its lyrical themes to its whole, it can be agreed that each element is critical to the album’s whole both alone and together. While each obviously has its own importance, they are not its only important elements. The album’s sequencing shows one last time just what makes this album another strong effort from BLS and of course why the band is still such a respected organization.

The sequencing of Grimmest Hits is so important to discuss because it puts the finishing touch to the foundation formed by the album’s musical arrangements and lyrical themes. Going back to the previous discussion on the album’s arrangements, there are both heavy and so soft that they’re heavy arrangements spread across the album. In the same vein, that means the album’s energies change from one song to the next. That change in those energies is clear over the first half of the album. What’s really interesting about that change is its subtlety. The record’s first three songs are heavy, full on pieces, but as it progresses into ‘All That Once Shined,’ the album’s fourth song, the energy becomes noticeably more reserved. As that song progresses into ‘the Only Words,’ the album’s energy becomes even more reserved before going abruptly full throttle again in ‘Room of Nightmares,’ its midway point.  It’s a clearly intentional way to make certain audiences were still along for the ride.

The musical punch from ‘Room of Nightmares’ is complimented immediately after by another heavy arrangement in ‘A Love Unreal.’ As the album progresses through its second half, its energy starts to switch up even more with a back and forth approach from ‘Disbelief’ on. What this approach does is insures listeners’ engagement even more through the second half of the album.  That in turn shows again just as much time and thought was put into this part of the album as was with its musical and lyrical content. When it is considered along with the time and thought put into those elements, the whole of all three shows why this album is another success from Black Label Society. In turn, the album shows why Black Label Society remains today one of the rock (and music) community’s most respected names.

Black Label Society’s latest full-length studio recording Grimmest Hits is one of the band’s most important albums to date. The band’s 10th album in its roughly 20 year life, it is a record that makes a bold statement as it takes listeners back to some of the best of the album’s predecessors, including the band’s debut album. This is evident through each of its twelve total musical arrangements. Its varied lyrical themes cover a wide range of ground, strengthening its foundation even more. From a seeming love song to a commentary on seeing the bigger picture of life to so many other topics, this record’s lyrical themes do plenty to strengthen its foundation even more. The time and thought obviously put into the album’s sequencing puts the finishing touch to that foundation, insuring even more listeners’ engagement. All thing considered, these elements join together to make this album one whole that is one of BLS’ best albums to date and an early candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock records. It is available now in stores and online. More information on Grimmest Hits is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.blacklabelsociety.com

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