Awaken Debuts ‘Stained Glass’ Video

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Independent hard rock band Awaken debuted the video for its latest single this month.

The band debuted the video for its latest single ‘Stained Glass‘ Oct. 8 through Sofa King Cool Magazine. The video’s debut comes five months after the band debuted its then latest single, ‘Behemoth.’ Both songs tentatively scheduled for inclusion in the band’s long-awaited new album Monsters & Machines which is expected or release in 2021 through INgrooves and The Label Group.

The ‘Stained Glass’ video features the band in what is meant to reflect a live setting, what with its lights and brick wall backdrop. That footage is coupled with imagery of people walking past a homeless person on the street who is holding a sign that states, “Please help.” The video presents a somewhat surprise ending, which will be left for audiences to see for themselves.

The imagery used in the video is meant to help illustrate the message delivered through the song’s lyrical content, which the band addressed in a prepared statement.

‘”Stained Glass” is a song for the overlooked,” the statement reads. “It’s a song that speaks for those who have been prejudged, counted out, or taken for granted without their situations being understood. It’s about how people can look at another through a stained glass lens and never really see who they are. This was actually one of the first songs written for the record, musically and lyrically. It’s always been one that stood out to us throughout the recording process.”‘

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Stained Glass’ is a heavy melodic metal composition. Its instrumentation and vocal delivery style join to make the song an appealing work for fans of bands, such as Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin.

‘Stained Glass’ is available to stream and download here.

More information on Awaken’s latest single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at http://www.facebook.com/awakenofficial.

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Saul Announces Release Date, Specs For Debut Album; Debuts LP’s Lead Single

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Hard rock band Saul will release its debut album next month.

The band is scheduled to release Rise as Equals Oct. 23 through Spinefarm Records.  The album’s release will come more than a year after the band debuted its EP Aeons.  The band signed with Spinefarm Records in April.

The track listing for Rise as Equals is noted below.

RISE AS EQUALS TRACK LISTING:
“Trial By Fire”
“Looking to Fight”
“Brother”
“King of Misery”
“Get It Right”
“Rise As Equals”
“Inside”
“Don’t Close Your Eyes”
“Levee”
“Here and Now”
“The Toll”
“Things Change”
“Sticks and Stones”
“Welcome to the Machine”

Front man Blake Bedsaul talked in a recent interview, about the lyrical themes presented throughout the album’s presentation.

Rise As Equals is the full embodiment of all the trials and tribulations we face as a band, fathers, sons, brothers, and humans,” he said. “We write about everything from our biggest fears in songs like ‘Looking to Fight’ and ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes,’ while the title track is an ode to the wonderful men and women that make up our amazing fan base known as ‘The Equals.'”

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted its lead single ‘King of Misery‘ over the weekend.  The song, which was co-written by Disturbed front man David Draiman, presents a musical arrangement will appeal to fans of Disturbed, as well as bands, such as Breaking Benjamin and The Veer Union.  That is evident in the combination of the stylistic approach and sound in the guitars and vocals, just as much as in the production of the drums and bass.

The lyrical theme featured in Saul’s new single is that of introspection and facing life’s problems, according to front man Blake.

“‘King of Misery’ is a track that we hope all people can relate to at some point in their lives,” he said. “It’s about being aware that your life is spiraling out of control and warning everyone around you that if they stay, you’ll only drag them down with you. We are the rulers of our own domain but there are certain life lessons that you can only learn in the struggle. At that point, we all become the ‘King of Misery.'”

Guitarist Zach Bedsaul added to his brother’s comments as he talked about creating the song with Draiman.

“It was a very unique experience being able to write a song with someone as influential as David Draiman,” said Zach. “His humble and down-to-earth nature made it such a comfortable experience. It wasn’t ideal having writing sessions over ZOOM. But we definitely made it work. We knew we wanted to write a song that once you heard it, it would give you an emotional concussion.”

“‘King of Misery’ is a blast into reality that most people don’t want to face and spend years running from,” added Zach.”

Draiman offered his own comments about the song and working with the members of Saul on the composition.

“These guys were a pleasure to work with, as they are talented, dedicated, diligent, and already armed with an arsenal of hooks,” he said. “I was honored to be able to contribute.”

More information on Rise as Equals is available now along with all of Saul’s current live dates and more at:

 

Websitehttp://saulofficial.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/saulbandofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/saulband

 

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NeverWake Debuts ‘Trapped Inside’ Lyric Video

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Independent hard rock band NeverWake debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Trapped Inside‘ Friday.  The video takes audiences on a through a house that serves as the top of a person’s body, its halls serving as the visualization for a person’s mind.  As audiences are taken through those halls and even around the outside of the house, the lyrics continue to be presented.

Front man Johnn DiCarlo discussed the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“When dealing with anxiety and depression every single day, there are a lot of thoughts and emotions that keep you circling around and around, trapped in your head,” he said.  “One thought makes you turn to another, which turns to another, etc.  Pretty soon you’re full circle back where you started. It’s hard to break that cycle.  With “Trapped Inside” we show those walls that keep us in place and we tear them the fuck down. The song is a rebellion against everything that keeps one inside their own head. This song stood out to each one of us because it has a lot of power, but it has a melodic way of ensnaring someone. It captures people in a way that they can relate. But when it gets to the bridge, people aren’t simply just relating to the concept, they’re a part of the rebellion.”

Along with crafting the song’s lyrics, DiCarlo also was the creative force behind the song’s lyric video.  He also discussed the video’s creation.

“I don’t like classifying myself as just a musician,” he said. “No one is ever just one thing. I like to have my hands in a lot of different arts; I like to create. That’s why I decided to go full force in creating the art and lyric video for “Trapped Inside.” If creating music is therapeutic to me, creating a 3D world around a song is straight up medicine. I was able to take the concept of the song and push it so much further. In a way I feel like that’s what it may take nowadays. Whether we like it or not, we are getting out of the age of print. Album art only goes as far as what your spotify single picture looks like. To make this 3D world for this song helped me pair artwork back with music in a new way that can be appreciated by everyone in the new world.”

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Trapped Inside’ is a heavy, metalcore style composition that will appeal to fans of bands, such as In Flames, Killswitch  Engage and Avenged Sevenfold with its clean vocals and screaming, and its heavy, melodic guitar lines and pummeling, precise time keeping.

The debut of NeverWake’s new single comes on the heels of a month-long tour with The Veer Union.  The band is working on a new EP.  It is unknown if the as-yet-untitled record will feature the band’s new single.

Audiences can keep up with the latest developments on the band’s EP and all of its latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.neverwakemusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.como/neverwakemusic

Twitter: http://twitter.com/neverwakemusic

 

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Madame Mayhem Debuts ‘Breaking Down’ Lyric Video

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Independent rock artist Madame Mayhem debuted the video for her latest single this week.

Madame Mayhem (a.k.a. Natalie Ann Cohen) debuted the lyric video for her new single ‘Breaking Down‘ Friday.  The song features a melodic hard rock arrangement that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Breaking Benjamin, The Veer Union and other similar acts.

The song’s lyrical content comes across as a message about someone who has gone through much difficulty in life, but ultimately refuses to give up despite experiencing those trials.  This is inferred late in the song as she sings, “I am not breaking down this time.”  The energy in her vocal delivery emphasizes that resolve, adding to its impact.

According to information provided about the new song, Cohen co-wrote the song with Brian Vodihn (10 Years) and enlisted Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K (Finger Eleven, Disturbed, Megadeth) to produce the song.  He is just one more of the big names who played a part in the song’s creation.

The information provided about the new single states Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big), Jason “J Bomb” Harrison and keith Wallen (Breaking Benjamin) also took part in the song’s creation.

‘Breaking Down’ is available to stream and download through Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

More information on Madame Mayhem’s new single and video is available along with all of her latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.madamemayhem.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MayhemOfficial

 

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Blacktop Mojo Announces New Album Release, Tour Dates; Premieres Album’s Lead Single, Video

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Blacktop Mojo announced this week, the release date for its new album.

The band announced it will release Under The Sun, its third full-length studio recording, on Sept. 13.  Pre-orders for Under The Sun are open now.  The band debuted the music video for the album’s lead single ‘Can’t Sleep‘ on Wednesday.

The dark, breeding song presents a musical arrangement whose choruses lend themselves to comparisons to Nonpoint’s cover of Phil Collins’ ‘In The Air Tonight’ while the verses are more akin to so many songs from Breaking Benjamin.  The video is just as dark as the song’s arrangement, finding the band’s front man Matt James carrying a shovel through a forested backdrop at night.  The revelation as to why he is carrying the shovel is even darker.

 

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Blacktop Mojo will tour in support of Under The Sun this summer.  The band’s tour is scheduled to launch July 12 in Dallas, TX and to run through Sept. 24 in Quapaw, OK.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Catch BLACKTOP MOJO Live on the 2019 CAN’T SLEEP TOUR w/Special Guests LULLWATER

07/12 @ The Blue Lights – Dallas, TX
07/13 @ Aftershock – Kansas City, MO
07/14 @ Apollo Theatre – Rockford, IL *
07/16 @ Spicolis – Waterloo, IA +
07/18 @ Durty Nellies – Palatine, IL
07/19 @ Rock USA – Oshkosh, WI
07/20 @ Kentucky Bike Rally – Sturgis, KY
07/21 @ Exit/In – Nashville, TN ^
07/23 @ Winchester Music Tavern – Cleveland, OH
07/25 @ Hard Times Cafe – Four Mile Fork @ Fredericksburg, VA
07/26 @ Muddy Creek Saloon – Heath, OH
07/27 @ Cotter Pin – La Crosse, WI
07/28 @ Q and Z – Ringle, Wi
07/31 @ Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
08/01 @ Manchester Music Hall – Lexington, KY
08/02 @ Madam Caroll Boat – Monticello, IN
08/03 @ Moefest – Monticello, IN
08/04 @ Madison Theater – Covington, KY +
08/06 @ Hard Rock Café – Pittsburgh, PA +
08/07 @ The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
08/08 @ Wally’s – Manchester, NH +
08/09 @ Alchemy – Providence, RI +
08/10 @ Spook Hill Bar & Grill – Adams Center, NY
08/11 @ Woodbury Brewing Company – Woodbury, CT
08/14 @ Eclectic Room – Angola, IN +
08/15 @ Illinois State Fair – Grand Central – Springfield, IL
08/16 @ Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
08/17 @ ABATE Summerfest 2019 – Bristol, IN
08/18 @ The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN
08/20 @ Sidetracks – Huntsville, AL +
08/21 @ 1884 Lounge – Memphis, TN +
08/22 @ Temple Live Commandry – Ft. Smith, AR
08/23 @ City Limits – Oklahoma City, OK
08/24 @ Downstream Casino – Quapaw, OK

+ w/ Lullwater
* Supporting Nonpoint
^ w/ The Georgia Thunderbolts

Tickets are available here while VIP packages are available here.

 

More information on the album is available online now along with all of Blacktop Mojo’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.blacktopmojo.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/blacktopmojo

 

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Saul’s ‘Aeons’ More Proof That Independent Acts Are Just As Viable As The Mainstream

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Independent music acts deserve far more credit than they get from the mainstream.  This critic can attest to this statement as time and again, so many unsigned and indie acts that this critic has listened to have proven with their records, to be able to hold their own against their more well-known counterparts in the mainstream.  Independent hard rock band Saul is just one more act that proves that argument true.  Its new EP Aeons holds its own against records from the likes of Disturbed, Korn and Breaking Benjamin. This is proven in part through the EP’s lead single ‘Brother.’  The EP’s opener, ‘The Toll’ supports the noted statement just as much as its lead single.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘I Am HIM,’ the EP’s penultimate song, is one more example of what makes Aeons a work that will appeal to the noted audiences.  When they are considered alongside the EP’s other two songs – ‘Bolide’ and ‘Aeons’ – the whole of the record proves to be a good effort from the Iowa-based band.

Aeons, the new five-song EP from Sioux City, IA-based band Saul is a good effort from the independent hard rock quartet.  It is a work that is certain to take listeners back to the late 90s and early 2000s with its musical arrangements and lyrical themes.  That is proven in part through the EP’s lead single ‘Brother.’  The band’s members waste no time launching into the nearly four-and-a-half-minute song’s musical arrangement, taking off right from the song’s outset.  The crunching guitars, bass and drums couple with front man Blake Bedsaul’s vocal delivery to instantly conjure thoughts of Hellyeah, Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin.  It doesn’t let up until late in the song’s run, either.  That moment when the song’s energy pulls back is well-placed, too.  That is because it helps to heighten the emotion in the song’s lyrical theme right at that moment.

Speaking of the song’s lyrical content, Bedsaul explained in an interview about the song’s topic.  “Lyrically, this song defines what I should have said to my brother in his last moments,” Bedsaul said in the interview.  “This song cuts deep for me, and it’s a constant reminder that life is fleeting.  Tell the people in your life that you love them.”  This message is delivered clearly as Bedsaul sings in the lead verse, “I write this letter/It’s a letter I’ll never send/Words I’d never say/Would you read it anyway/Tell me brother, what’s my fate/Did you see the sunrise/Did you see the rain/We’ve come so far/Penniless in pain/This is my fate/The world awaits/Hold my hands and tell me that it’s alright/Are you proud of everything I’ve done in my life.”  From here, Bedsaul goes on to sing in the song’s chorus asking pleadingly to his brother “Are you still proud of me after everything that I’ve done?”  Bedsaul continues in similar fashion in the song’s second verse.  Ultimately what this comes across as (at least to this critic) is a person who is dealing with a lot of personal guilty and heavy feelings in general.  Those thoughts and feelings are translated very well.  When it is considered alongside the companion that is the song’s musical arrangement, the song in whole becomes a work that easily holds its own against its more well-known noted counterparts, and proves easily that it could just as easily be played on any mainstream/active rock station along with songs from those bands.  It is just one of the songs featured in this EP that makes the record appealing for its noted audiences.  ‘The Toll,’ which opens the record, is another example of what makes Aeons a noteworthy record.

‘The Toll,’ is a strong first statement from Saul on this record.  The down-tuned crunching guitars couple with Bedsaul’s vocal delivery this time to just as easily conjure thoughts of Breaking Benjamin.  The same can be said of the subtle introduction of the keyboards in the song’s chorus.  The song’s ability to grab its targeted audience with its musical arrangement ensures that those listeners will pay just as much attention to the song’s lyrical content.

Bedsaul sings in this song, seemingly about facing the trials and tribulations and not letting those obstacles get in the way.  He sings, “I know I’m not giving in” and of “the toll it takes/the price we pay.”  Bedsaul never fully makes clear what is taking a toll, only hinting that maybe he is referencing facing life in general, as he sings in the lead verse, “Consider this/Like nothing left.”  Not having a lyrics sheet to reference, it is difficult to fully decipher Bedsaul’s words.  That aside, enough is understood that it is clear this is a song that lyrically sends a message about pushing through life’s adversity, which is always a welcome message.  The fire in the song’s musical arrangement couples with the strength of Bedsaul’s words to make the song in whole another standout addition to Aeons.  It is just one more of the songs that proves the record’s appeal.  ‘I Am HIM’ is one more way in which Aeons proves its appeal.

‘I Am Him’ once again conjures thoughts of Breaking Benjamin with its musical arrangement.  At the same time, though one could also argue that there are hints of In Flames and other similar acts.  It is by far one of the EP’s heaviest tracks, if not its heaviest arrangement.  In reference to its lyrical content, it is difficult, again, to decipher Bedsauls screams and growls when coupled with his band mates’ work sans lyrics sheet.  However, it can be inferred from what is decipherable, that perhaps this song is addressing matters of the past.  He notes late in the song, “say what you say/You cannot walk away/You know not what you’ve done.”  He is rather cryptic here and throughout the song, especially considering the addition of some religious imagery.  Simply put, this song is certain to generate plenty of discussion among listeners.  That is not a bad thing.  In fact, the fact that it will generate so much discussion makes it stand out that much more.  Considering that, it is clear why this song is so important.  It will get people thinking and talking.  The song’s heavy musical arrangement is just an added bonus.  When the two elements are joined with the music and lyrics in the previously discussed songs (and those not directly noted here), the end result is a record that makes Saul’s new EP just as viable for any mainstream/active rock radio station as the band’s more well-known counterparts and contemporaries.

Independent hard rock band Saul’s new EP Aeons is a good effort from the Midwestern outfit.  It holds its own well against records from the likes of Disturbed, Korn and Breaking Benjamin.  All three of the songs discussed here serve to prove that statement.  The EP’s other two songs that were not directly discussed do just as much to support that statement as the noted works.  Each song is critical in its own way to the EP’s whole.  All things considered, the EP proves to be a record on which any mainstream/active rock radio programmer should take a chance.  It is available now.  More information on Aeons is available now along with all of Saul’s current live dates and more at:

 

Website: http://saulofficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/saulband

 

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Breaking Benjamin Guitarist Debuts ‘Shallow’ Cover

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Breaking Benjamin rhythm guitarist Keith Wallen has released a cover of the Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper song ‘Shallow.’

The original song was included in the duo’s recent update of the classic movie A Star Is Born.  Wallen premiered the video of his performance of the song on Feb. 4.  His cover of the song is available now via Spotify and iTunes.

Wallen talked about how he came to cover the song during a recent interview.

“While on tour (as guitarist for Breaking Benjamin) I had the opportunity to see A Star is Born,” Wallen said.  “I was so inspired by the movie and the performance Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper gave in this film.  I love the song they sang together called ‘Shallow’ and thought it’d be fun to cover it!  Hope you guys like it.”

More information on Wallen’s take on ‘Shallow’ is available online now along with all of his latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.keithwallen.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kjwallen

 

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Bravo Delta’s Debut LP Might Be The Record That “Breaks” The Band Into The Mainstream

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Independent rock band Bravo Delta released its latest studio recording early this month.  The 13-song, 42-minute Unbreakable is the band’s third overall studio recording but its very first full-length album, coming on the heels of its EPs Sunset Wasteland in 2012 and Shutdown Sequence in 2013.  Considering that almost six years have passed since the band released its most recent studio recording, the band’s latest offering marks a good return for the band and a good way to start the year, too.  That is because this record holds its own easily against its more well-known counterparts, such as Three Days Grace, Avenged Sevenfold and Breaking Benjamin at least in terms of its musical content.  Its lyrical content helps validate it even more.  Each statement is proven in part through the song ‘Dark Room,’ which will be discussed shortly.  The collective that is ‘Lost At Sea’ and ‘Dreamless Sleep’ is another of the album’s featured moments that serves to show the strength of Unbreakable.  It will be discussed a little later.  Much the same can be said of the album’s opener/title track/lead single.  It will also be discussed later.  Each of the songs noted here is key in its own way to the whole of Unbreakable.  When they are considered along with the remainder of the album’s songs, the end result is a record that given the right support, can easily make Bravo Delta famous.

Bravo Delta’s debut album Unbreakable is a work that, given the right support, could be the work that breaks the band into the mainstream.  It is a record that will easily appeal to fans of bands, such as Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin and other similar acts.  This is proven in part through the song ‘Dark Room.’  The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy, down-tuned composition that sounds very much akin to so many works from the noted bands – especially from Breaking Benjamin, with its down-tuned bass, mid-tempo guitar line and soaring vocals from front man Brandon Davis.  The song’s musical arrangement is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  Its lyrical content follows the album’s central theme of overcoming life’s obstacles, which Davis discussed in a recent interview.

Davis said of the noted theme, “Being broken, disconnected, kicked to the ground…and still having the will to get up, fight and learn from it is the spirit of Unbreakable, and I think you can feel that in the music, the artwork and everything about this new album.”  Again, the lyrical content at the center of ‘Dark Room’ follows that theme, as Davis sings, “I’m sitting in the dark room/Trying to find some air/asking myself questions/But I don’t seem to care/I’ve lost the taste for comfort/I’m wrapped up in this fear/To move would be a challenge/I need somebody here/Will you be there with me/Will you hear my call/Is anyone still breathing/Does anyone believe that we still care/Are any hearts still beating/I hope someone feels the same.”  Here in this lead verse is someone looking at the world and feeling alone, asking for help.  It is that very message of being broken, wanting to have that will to get up and fight.  The theme continues in the song’s second verse, as Davis sings, “I’m told to take the white pill/I’m told there is no way/It’s not a switch you turn off/It might not go away/Alone I’ll stand beside me/Nobody else is there/A world of interaction/An empty space out there/Will you be there with me/Will you catch my fall/Is anyone still breathing/Does anyone believe that we still care/Are any hearts still beating/I hope someone feels the same.”  He goes on in this second chorus to sing that “I choose to fight/to overcome” “when all is numb…”  From there, the song proceeds into its bridge and finale, complete with bombastic guitar solo in the bridge that, again, conjures comparisons to works from the likes of Avenged Sevenfold and Breaking Benjamin.  That noted lyrical content, again, plays right along with the album’s overall theme, clearly.  This is someone in a very dark, difficult position, questioning if anyone in the world still cares about anything, but no matter what, refusing to become one of the masses, instead standing defiantly and proudly.  The overall image from the musical and lyrical content is quite the “gloomcore” presence, yet is actually a very positive work.  That is because the music illustrates the feeling of desperation within the song’s subject.  Keeping all of this in mind, the song is a good example of what makes Unbreakable a good debut for Bravo Delta.  It is just one of the songs that serves to show the album’s strength.  The collective that is ‘Lost At Sea’ and ‘Dreamless Sleep’ is another way in which this record proves itself a solid start for Bravo Delta.

The collective that is ‘Lost at Sea’ and ‘Dream less Sleep’ is an important part of Unbreakable as they are in fact one whole work, just divided into the three movements.  The opus starts out with  the familiar “gloomcore” sound already noted of ‘Dark Room.’ However, as the song progresses, however as it moves in to the second portion of ‘Lost at Sea,’ the vibe changes to a more AX7 type sound that wastes no time getting listeners to put their horns high in the air.  The use of the harmonics and echo effects together in this full-on instrumental movement adds even more impact to the old school riffs.  The opus’ final movement, which is also an instrumental work, puts the finishing touches to the whole as it fades away, closing out the song.  The whole of the three movements together makes the overall composition a work that is one of this record’s highest points.  That arrangement is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The lyrical content presented in the song’s first movement adds its own interest to the song.

Davis sings in the song’s lead verse, “Adrift/And half-asleep/But alive/the open water chills me/And I may not survive/the ocean floor is alive/I hear her calling my name/Well I’m lost at sea/She calls me in/Her voice it blinds my eyes/Haven’t slept for days/Now she’s close/I see her eyes beneath the waves/She’s bound to pull me in/My fears are growing like the rising tide/The ocean floor is alive/I hear her calling my name/When I’m lost at sea/She calls me in/Her voice it blinds my eyes/Beneath the crashing waves/I can hear her song/Draws me down beside her.”  The aggression that builds from that point on comes sans lyrics, but once can infer that the fiery energy in the arrangement is the song’s subject is not giving up despite a desperate situation.  The gradual reduction in the energy in the final movement seems to hint at perhaps success in that determination.  Hopefully that is the case, considering that only the first movement of this work boasts any lyrics.  Regardless, the energy in those instrumental movements and the feeling of desperation in the song’s lead movement definitely stands out collectively, and in turn proves to be another strong point for this album.  It is not the last of the album’s strongest points, either.  The record’s opener/title track/lead single is yet another of the album’s most notable works.

In terms of its musical content, ‘Unbreakable’ is just as radio ready as any of the other songs featured throughout the course of Unbreakable.  Its driving guitar line and equally solid time keeping conjures thoughts of plenty of other more well-known hard rock acts.  The energy in the arrangement helps to illustrate the urgency (of sorts) in the song’s lyrical content.  The song’s lyrical content once again runs that same line of the album’s overall theme.  This is proven as Davis sings, “True strength is found in time s we never thought we’d know/What defines us is how well we rise/After falling down/All that we take/Why can’t we live just to give it away/Long live the day/Long live the nights we are digging our graves/Unbreakable.”  This is a direct, straight-forward message.  He is saying here that we all have strength within ourselves, we just need to find it.  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse to sing, “We’ve been down and buried…you’re not alone/There’s others just like you/You will fight together/All that we take/Why can’t we live just to give it away/Long live the day/Long live the nights we are digging our graves.”  Again, this is a message to listeners to not let themselves get down. Davis comes right out and tells listeners “you are not alone.”  Yet again, there is that message of overcoming adversity and life’s obstacles in general.  When one considers all of this along with the notes of the other songs discussed here — and those not directly discussed – the album in whole shows that it truly does follow that central theme of hope in dark and difficult times.  The album’s arrangements couple with that message to make the album that much more accessible to a wide range of audiences.  Overall, the accessibility of the record, thanks to its musical and lyrical content makes it a strong new effort from Bravo Delta, and a good start for the band in terms of full-length recordings.

Bravo Delta’s debut album (and third overall studio recording) Unbreakable is a good new effort from the up-and-coming Las Vegas-based band.  That is due to a positive message of hope that is presented in a relatively accessible fashion through the record’s musical and lyrical content.  That statement is supported through each of the songs examined in this review.  The same can be said of the remaining 10 songs that make up the rest of the record.  Simply put, from start to finish, the album holds its own against works from Bravo Delta’s more well-known counterparts.  As a matter of fact, Unbreakable could be the record that, thanks to its overall content, breaks Bravo Delta into the mainstream.  More information on Unbreakable is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Madame Mayhem Debuts New Single, ‘Broken’

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Madame mayhem released her new single this week.

The veteran rocker debuted her new single ‘Broken’ on Friday.  The song was co-written with Keith Wallen (Breaking Benjamin) and features guest performances by Ray Luzier (Korn) on drums and Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Bozzio Levin Stevens, David Lee Roth) –and others — on bass.

‘Broken’ is streaming now on Spotify, and can be purchased via iTunes and Apple Music.

Madame Mayhem is currently scheduled to appear at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2019 showcase Jan. 24-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.  More information on the showcase is available here.

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Website: http://www.madamemayhem.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/MayhemOfficial

 

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Breaking Benjamin, 5FDP Tour Benefits Charity

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Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin wrapped their joint headlining summer tour last weekend, and the tour has helped two charities.

The bands donated $190,000 total to Concerns Of Police Survivors and Prevent Child Abuse America.  That gives each organization $95,000.  C.O.P.S. works with people affected by police officers’ line of duty deaths while Prevent Child Abuse America helps develop programs that help prevent all types of child abuse and neglect.

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory was humble as he talked about donating to C.O.P.S.

“We’ve had the privilege to work with veteran and police organizations for years,” Bathory said.  “Today we are making this donation as a token of our respect and gratitude to those who committed to protect and serve, to those who signed up to bravely hold that thin blue line between ‘civilization as we know it’ and ‘lawless savagery and chaos.’ Unfortunately, every 58 hours, a police officer who believes in something sacrifices everything and dies in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. helps and benefits the families of our fallen heroes in blue.”

C.O.P.S. Executive Director Dianne Bernhard was appreciative of the donation.

“C.O.P.S. is grateful to be the recipient of such a generous donation from Five Finger Death Punch,” Bernhard said.  “We not only appreciate their amazing musical talent, but their support for surviving families and co-workers of America’s law enforcement truly sets them apart.  Thank you on behalf of over 47,000 survivors!”

Breaking Benjamin front man Benjamin Burnley was just as humble as Bathory as he talked about working with Prevent Child Abuse America.

“We’re honored to be able to utilize the thing we love to do most as a tool to help children in need,” Burnley said.  “Organizations such as Prevent Child Abuse America remind us that we are the voice of the voiceless, and positive change is possible in otherwise hopeless situations for these kids.  We offer our utmost gratitude to every fan who bought a ticket this summer and made a difference.  And last but not least, thank you to the selfless people at Prevent Child Abuse America for inspiring greatness and all that you do to make the future brighter for so many.”

PCAAA President and CEO Dan Duffy was moved by the donation to his organization.

“We are very grateful to the members of Breaking Benjamin, not only for this incredible donation, but for helping to spread the word that child abuse neglect and prevention is possible, “Duffy said.  “This donation from Breaking Benjamin and their fans will go directly toward programs like Healthy Families America that are making a difference in local communities across the country.  At Prevent Child Abuse America, we say that “we all have a role to play,” and we hope that others are inspired by Breaking Benjamin to learn more about ways that each of us can make an impact in our local community.  Thank you again to Ben, Aaron, Shaun, Jason and Keith for your generosity on behalf of our nation’s children.”

Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch will head back out on the road together this fall thanks to fan demand for more from the bands. The groups’ new tour is currently scheduled to launch Nov. 6 in Whichita, KS and to run through Dec. 11 in Portland, ME.  The tour, whose dates are noted below, also features performances in Fayetteville, NC; Bozeman, MT and Lincoln, NE.

Five Finger Death Punch + Breaking Benjamin Tour:

Each band will tour in support of its own new full-length studio recording — Five Finger Death Punch in support of And Justice for None and Breaking Benjamin in support of Ember.

More information on Five Finger Death Punch is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FFDP

 

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Website: http://www.breakingbejnamin.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/breakingbenj

 

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