Breaking Benjamin guitarist Keith Wallen will take part in a tour with Red this fall.
Wallen is scheduled to join Red on its upcoming European tour, which is scheduled to launch Oct. 12 in London, UK. The tour is scheduled to run through Nov. 6 in Istanbul, Turkey. It also features scheduled performances in Oslo, Norway; Frankfurt, Germany and Lyss, Switzerland.
The tour’s schedule is noted below. The upcoming run is in support of Wallen’s album, This World or the Next, which is available to stream and download through Spotify and Apple Music. The album produced the singles, ‘Fractured‘ and ‘Wildfire.’
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Independent hard rock band DramaScream debuted its latest single and video to kick off the weekend.
The band premiered its new single, ‘Sham‘ and the song’s video Friday. The song is a heavy, melodic hard rock composition that exhibits influence from Breaking Benjamin, Stone Sour, and so many other modern rock acts. Front woman Lauren Eliza’s singing is a unique change of pace in a community in which so many female vocalists seem more directed toward screams than singing.
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the premiere of the band’s new single and video. No lyrics are provided with the song’s video, either. The visual of Eliza being covered in $100 bills at some points in the video would seem to hint that there is a message perhaps corporate greed and consumerism. That is just this critic’s interpretation.
Speaking of the video, the noted element is blended with footage of the band performing its new single in a specially lit soundstage as the song plays over the visualization to add to the song’s impact.
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Independent rock band Saturate is planning the release of its new EP, Feed The Fire, and in anticipation of its release, the band released the record’s second single, ‘Thank You‘ and its lyric video this week.
The band released the single and its video Tuesday through MVK Music Group. The band premiered the EP’s lead single, ‘Light The Match‘ Oct. 1.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Thank You’ is a heavy melodic hard rock composition. The crunching, down-tuned guitars used in the verses are a direct contrast to the more melodic hard rock sound and style of the choruses. That approach in the choruses lends itself to comparison to works from Sevendust while the verses present a more aggro-rock approach in the vein of Korn and Breaking Benjamin. The overall dichotomy of sounds and styles in this song is similar to that of ‘Light The Match’ and is certain to engage and entertain audiences from beginning to end.
On a side note, there are moments in ‘Light The Match’ that also conjure thoughts of Leprous and others that conjure thoughts of Mushroomhead thanks to the combination of the instrumentation and the vocal delivery styles of front man Jimmy Miller.
The lyrical theme featured in ‘Thank You’ is literally a show of appreciation for the band’s fans. This is pointed out in a press release announcing the premiere of the song and its lyric video. It is meant as a gratitude to the band’s fans for their support.
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Independent hard rock band Awaken debuted its latest single and its companion video this week.
The band premiered its new single, ‘Fall Break Rise’ and its lyric video Monday. The song is featured in the band’s recently released self-titled album. The record was released in February through The Label Group.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Fall Break Rise’ is a heavy, melodic rock composition. The arrangement’s production gives the collective instrumentation and vocals such a power and richness. The whole gives the song a sound and stylistic approach that lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Breaking Benjamin.
According to comments from front man Chad Griffin, the song’s lyrical theme delivers a message of hope.
“Our single,“Fall/ Break/ Rise”from our album Monsters & Machinesis a story of redemption. It is about a person who has hit rock bottom and come to what they feel is their end… only to be found in a new light. It follows the process of what it is to be human and fail time and time again, right before we come to our breaking point. It can end up being the exact moment that makes us new… to live again for a better purpose.”
The song’s lyric video is presented in black and white and features imagery, such as a forest filled with fog, a fire burning, and the sun shining above that fog-filled scene. The visuals are meant to help translate the noted message and in the song’s lyrical theme and musical arrangement, using the noted scenes as metaphors of sorts for the thoughts and emotions that people feel in the noted situations.
Alt-metal band Gemini Syndrome released its latest album over the weekend. 3rd Degree – The Raising was released Friday through Century Media Records. The band’s third album, it came more than five years after the release of the band’s sophomore album, Memento Mori (2016). The wait for the record was worth it, too. This has already been proven through the singles that the album has produced. That is due to the songs’ musical arrangements and lyrical themes. The musical and lyrical content featured through the rest of the album is collectively just as powerful. Each will be discussed in the bigger record’s bigger picture here, as will the record’s sequencing. Each item noted does its own important part to make the album successful. All things considered, they make the album overall, yet another strong addition to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums.
Gemini Syndrome’s latest album, 3rd Degree – The Raising, is an impressive new offering from the band. Its success comes in part through its musical arrangements. The arrangements continue to exhibit the richness and heaviness that became so familiar to audiences over the course of the band’s first two albums, Lux and Memento Mori. However, a close listen also reveals clear growth from the band this time out in terms of the arrangements. In place of the aggro rock and more nu-metal leanings present in those records’ arrangements is a darker, heavier approach that blends influences of Tool’s dark prog and Breaking Benjamin’s gloomcore sound into one. Each arrangement is unique from its counterparts here, but the influences are still there. The changes in the sounds and stylistic approaches are subtle from one to the next, but again, a close listen will reveal those variances. Case in point is the arrangement featured in ‘Absolution.’ This radio ready arrangement whose contemplative verses and heavy, fiery choruses create a great contrast that is certain to keep listeners engaged. The intense approach taken in the arrangement’s bridge, which finds front man Aaron Nordstrom almost rapping (believe it or not) adds even more to the song’s interest. By comparison, the full-on alt-metal approach taken in ‘IDK’ (one of the album’s singles), complete with Nordstrom’s screams against the more melodic choruses is a distinct change in sound and style. Yet it is still so immersive with its richness and heaviness. On yet another note, a song, such as ‘Children of the Sun’ takes listeners in yet another direction. The guitar riff that opens the song immediately conjures thoughts of Pantera. Interestingly enough, that comparison is only brief as the song progresses. From there, the guitar and bass line that builds presents an almost bluesy influence in its stylistic approach, even as heavy as the pairing proves. The song’s chorus meanwhile is a full, immersive melodic hard rock presentation. All things considered here, there is a lot that happens in this arrangement, but it is all so well-balanced from beginning to end. The whole stands on its own merits separate from the album’s other arrangements. Keeping that in mind, when it and those other arrangements (including the ones noted here) are considered collectively, they leave no doubt that the musical content featured in this record is so important to the album’s presentation. They are just a part of what makes the album an impressive presentation. The record’s lyrical themes also play in to the album’s success.
The lyrical themes that are featured throughout this album are important because of their overall accessibility. The theme featured in ‘Absolution’ is a prime example of that accessibility. The theme presents a seeming message that yes, things are going to be tough in life, but it is up to us to make a difference in our lives. He reiterates that seeming message in the song’s chorus, noting that “This is our last chance for absolution.” For those who might not know, absolution is the act of forgiving for having done wrong. It would seem to go in line with the inferred theme. He seems to be saying that forgiving others is part of making changes in our lives for the better; that we cannot hold onto anger as well as making the most of ourselves. This is all just this critic’s interpretation of course. Regardless, the seeming message is powerful and will certainly resonate with listeners whose hearts and minds are open to that apparent theme.
‘Broken Reflection’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes. This song – one of the album’s singles – is a rumination on how we view ourselves versus how we present ourselves to the public. Nordstrom talked about the song’s theme when the single was released this summer, noting, “We are all trying to show the best versions of ourselves, but we need to master those versions inside before we can present the perfect image and not have it be confused for something illusory.” This statement makes sense and hopefully will to audiences. He is saying we need to look inward before we look outward as part of that process of rebirth. The theme of personal and spiritual rebirth is the overarching theme of this album, so that makes this theme even more fitting.
‘Where We Started From’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes. In the case of this song, the inferred message (again this is this critic’s interpretation) seems to be one of addressing how we find ourselves in vicious cycles, doing the same things over and over. It would seem that the song hints at how our own mental and emotional states play into those cycles happening. It would seem to play into the album’s overall lyrical theme of personal and spiritual rebirth, too. Once again, this is all just this critic’s interpretation and is hopefully somewhere in the proverbial ballpark. When it is considered along with the themes (and seeming themes) of the other songs addressed here and those in the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes clear that the album’s lyrical content is just as important to its presentation as the album’s musical arrangements. The content overall gives audiences plenty to appreciate here. When the sequencing thereof is considered, too, it works with the content to show even more why this record is a success.
The sequencing of 3rd Degree – The Raising is important because it takes into account the subtle changes in the songs’ arrangements and their lyrical theme as it assembled the record. It also takes into account the energy in each arrangement. Considering the mood that the arrangements establish (even considering the overall positive and contemplative nature of the songs’ lyrical themes) this is extremely important. That is how emotionally heavy each arrangement proves. The themes, as noted, are meant to help audiences relate and cope with situations in their own lives. The sequencing ensures that those themes change from one song to the next. That in turn ensures listeners’ maintained engagement and entertainment even more. When this is considered along with the impact of the record’s sequencing in terms of the subtle changes in the arrangements, the whole proves the sequencing just as successful as the album’s content. When all things are considered together, they make the album overall a powerful new offering from Gemini Syndrome that the band’s fans will enjoy just as much as hard rock and metal fans in general.
Gemini Syndrome’s latest album, 3rd Degree –The Raising is a successful new offering from the band. It is a presentation that will appeal equally to the band’s established audiences just as much as it will to hard rock and metal fans in general. That is due in part to its arrangements. The musical arrangements stand out because of their familiarity and accessibility. The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements are accessible in their own unique way and will also make audiences really think deeply about life and themselves. It strengthens the record’s presentation that much more. The sequencing of that overall content rounds out the album’s most important elements. It takes all of the content into account in every way and ensures the songs are ordered so that the content has the maximum impact on listeners, ensuring the audiences’ maintained engagement from beginning to end. When it is considered along with the content and its impact, the whole makes the album overall a strong finish to Gemini Syndrome’s trilogy of albums and gives hope for the band’s future.
3rd Degree – The Raising is available now. More information on Gemini Syndrome’s new album, single, video and live appearances is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
Starset premiered the lyric video for its latest single this week.
The band premiered the lyric video for its new single, ‘Earthrise’ Thursday. The song is the third from the band’s forthcoming album, Horizons, which is scheduled for release Oct. 22 through Fearless Records.
The band premiered the lyric video for the album’s second single, ‘Leaving This World Behind’ late last month. Its premiere was preceded by that of the video for the album’s lead single, The Breach’ in early September.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Earthrise’ is similar to that featured in ‘The Breach.’ There is a heavy, but controlled melodic industrial/electronic sense to the arrangement in other words. At some points, audiences can make comparisons to works from the likes of Breaking Benjamin and at others, to works from any number of emocore bands. The song’s industrial elements meanwhile conjure thoughts of Ice Nine Kills and Fear Factory together in one. The whole gives the arrangement a unique identity that will keep audiences engaged and entertained.
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the lyric video’s premiere. In reading the lyrics, which are presented in the video’s lower right hand corner (as with the lyric video for the band’s previous single), audiences are left to infer that the song is a heavy ballad of sorts. It sounds like a person declaring his or her love for that other person.
In other news, Starset is scheduled to launch a tour in November in support of Horizons. The tour is scheduled to launch Nov.3 in Asheville, NC and to run through Dec. 18 in Cleveland, OH. Stops in cities nationwide, such as Newport, KY; Dallas, TX and Nashville, TN are also featured in the schedule.
The band’s tour schedule is noted below. Tickets and VIP packages are available here along with the band’s current 2022 European tour schedule.
STARSET DEMONSTRATIONS: 11/3 — Asheville, NC — The Orange Peel 11/4 — Knoxville, TN — The Mill & Mine 11/5 — Atlanta, GA — Buckhead Theatre 11/7 — Ft. Smith, AR — Temple Live 11/8 — Dallas, TX — House of Blues 11/9 — Houston, TX — House of Blues 11/10 — San Antonio, TX — House of Blues 11/13 — Daytona, FL — Welcome to Rockville* 11/14 — N. Myrtle Beach, SC — House of Blues 11/15 — Harrisburg, PA — HMAC 11/17 — Philadelphia, PA — Theatre of Living Arts 11/19 — Stroudsburg, PA — Sherman Theater 11/20 — Horseheads, NY — The L 11/21 — Portland, ME — Aura 11/23 — Worcester, MA — The Palladium 11/24 — New Haven, CT — Toad’s Place 11/26 — Columbus, OH — Express Live 11/27 — Newport, KY — Ovation 11/28 — Grand Rapids, MI — Intersection 11/30 — Bloomington, IL — The Castle Theater 12/1 — McKees Rock, PA — Roxian 12/3 — Buffalo, NY — Rapids Theater 12/4 — New York, NY — Irving Plaza 12/5 — Silver Spring, MD — The Fillmore Silver Spring 12/7 — Charlotte, NC — The Fillmore Charlotte 12/8 — Nashville, TN — Brooklyn Bowl 12/10 — St Louis, MO — Delmar Hall 12/11 — Madison, WI — The Sylvee 12/12 — Minneapolis, MN — The Fillmore Minneapolis 12/14 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s 12/15 — Chicago, IL — House of Blues 12/17 — Detroit, MI — Majestic Theatre 12/18 — Cleveland, OH — House of Blues *Festival Date
Horizons‘ track listing is noted below.
HORIZONS TRACK LISTING: “UNVEILING THE ARCHITECTURE” “THE BREACH” “OTHERWORLDLY” “ICARUS” “EARTHRISE” “LEAVING THIS WORLD BEHIND” “DEVOLUTION” “ANNIHILATED LOVE” “ALCHEMY” “DISAPPEAR” “ENDLESS ENDEAVOR” “SYMBIOTIC” “DREAMCATCHER” “TUNNELVISION” “INFECTED” “SOMETHING WICKED”
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Memphis May Fire followed up the debut of the video for ‘Blood & Water’ with the premiere of its new single, ‘Death Inside‘ and its video last month.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Bleed Me Dry’ is a driving hard rock composition. Its choruses lend themselves to comparison to works from Linkin Park, what with the pairing of front man Matty Mullins’ vocal delivery style and sound, and the song’s instrumentation style and sound. The verses meanwhile exhibit an almost industrial influence with the use of the guitars and keyboards. At the same time, Mullins’ vocals are just as comparable here to those of the late, great Chester Bennington. The whole makes this song just as unlike ‘Death Inside’ and ‘Blood & Water’ as they are from one another.
The lyrical theme featured in ‘Bleed Me Dry’ delivers a message of determination according to Mullins.
“Our third single of the year, ‘Bleed Me Dry,’ is my favorite yet,” he said. “It’s an anthem for anyone feeling beaten down by the negative voices around them.”
The video for ‘Bleed Me Dry’ is a simple presentation. It features the band performing its new single on a darkened sound stage as the song plays over. A wall of monitors stands behind the band as it performs.
In other news, Memphis May Fire has announced a new, brief live run. The tour is scheduled to launch Sept. 11 in Gilford, NH and to run through Sept. 22 in Huntington, WV. The tour’s schedule is noted below. Breaking Benjamin and Papa Roach are scheduled to join the band for the tour.
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE TOUR DATES: WITH BREAKING BENJAMIN + PAPA ROACH 9/11 — Gilford, NH — Bank of New Hampshire Pavillion 9/12 — Montclair, NJ — The Wellmont Theater 9/14 — Columbus, OH — Express Live! 9/15 — Toledo, OH — Huntington Center 9/17 — Uncasville, CT — Mohegan Sun Arena 9/18 — Scranton, PA — The Pavillion at Montage Mountain 9/21 — Youngstown, OH — Covelli Centre 9/22 — Hutnington, WV — Mountain Health Arena
On yet another note, Mullins recently commented on one of many charity works that it is conducting. The work in question is raising money for the nonprofit organization Heart Support, which helps people who battle a variety of mental health concerns.
“We’re so excited to announce that we will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the ‘In Your Eyes’ tee in our online merch store to one of our favorite non-profits — Heart Support!,” he said. “Every year, Heart Support helps men and women brave their wounds, find purpose, and discover healing. I am so stoked for everyone to hear this song and get involved with a great cause!”
MMF’s charity work with Heart Support is, as noted, just some of the charity work that it is doing. The band is also working with the nonprofit, Living The Dream, raising money for that agency also through sales of its apparel.
The band has also partnered with the domestic violence firm, Bridges DVC Nashville to launch two new merchandise designs. One hundred percent of the sales from the designs will go to benefit the center, which serves men, women, and children affected by domestic violence in the greater Nashville, TN region.
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Breaking Benjamin guitarist debuted the video for his latest single this week.
Wallen premiered the video for his new single, ‘Fractured’ Thursday. The single and its video are the second from Wallen’s new solo album, This World or the Next. Wallen premiered the video album’s lead single, ‘Wildfire’ July 30. This World or the Next is available now.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Fractured’ exhibits some influence from Breaking Benjamin. At the same time, the pairing of his vocals with the instrumentation also lends the song to comparison to works from Finger Eleven.
According to Wallen, the lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement centers on the topic of a toxic relationship and its impact on those involved in that relationship.
“‘Fractured’ is about pouring your adoration into someone you love or someone you look up to, but all they do is leave you feeling disappointed,” he said. “You wish they could be different, but there’s no changing or fixing the way a person is, they have to want to change for themselves. Until they do, your wounds will remain open.”
The video for ‘Fractured’ is simple and does an impressive job of helping to translate the message in the noted theme. It features Wallen taking a baseball bat to a room full of furniture and other items, releasing the tension that is clearly brought on by the noted toxic relationship. Viewers can only wish that was them doing just that, sometimes including this critic.
This World or the Next is available to stream and download now through Spotify and Apple Music.
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Breaking Benjamin guitarist Keith Wallen will release his solo debut next month.
Wallen’s new album, This World or the Next One is scheduled for release Aug. 13. In anticipation of the album’s release, Wallen premiered the video for the album’s lead single, ‘Wildfire’ Friday.
The video is a simple presentation. It features a silhouette of a person against a red background, singing. The figure is assumed to be Wallen. Various video effects are used to keep the video engaging and entertaining.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Wildfire’ is a flowing melodic rock ballad. It is grounded in the balance of its guitar, piano, and vocals.
The lyrical theme is centered on the all too familiar topic of toxic relationships, according to comments from Wallen.
“Wildfire is about loving someone with every ounce of your soul even though you know they are not right for you,” he said. “Even though your brain is telling you over and over that it’s not the healthiest situation, you ultimately resolve to accept that the heart wants what the heart wants.”
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Hard rock act Bulletproof Messenger released its first new music in more than a decade this week.
The band debuted its new single, ‘The Divide‘ Thursday. The song features a heavy, guitar-driven arrangement that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, and Finger Eleven. In relation, the song is a solid fit for any active rock radio programmer’s playlist.
The lyrical theme that accompanies the song is a commentary on the state of the world, according to a statement from the band.
“It’s about overcoming our differences, the challenges we face, and getting back to living life the way we were meant to live it, not through an artificial means of communication, but face to face and in person” the statement reads.
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